Is Fluoride Bad?

April 3rd, 2013

Fluoride is the only additive used in water for medicinal purposes without our consent.  There are approximately 300 products that may be added to our water supply under the name fluoride.  Sodium fluoride and other fluoride compounds are chemical by-products of  manufacturing steel and nuclear weapons, fertilizers and cement.  Fluoride is the active ingredient in many pesticides and rat poison.  Fluoride itself is established as a poison with the CDCs highest MSDS danger rating of ’4′.  A ’4′ is considered “life-threatening”; “major permanent damage may result from a single or repeated exposure” .

Is fluoride bad?  Yes! Notice the warning label on fluoridated toothpaste.  17 countries have banned fluoride in their water and many cities in the U.S. have done the same.  Even the ADA created an alert to warn the public not to make baby food using fluoridated water. Fluoride replaces calcium in bones and teeth, making them brittle instead of strong.  It is linked to diseases of the bone, kidney, thyroid, and cardiovascular system; also reduced IQ, melatonin and sperm quantity and quality and certain kinds of cancer.

Many people use filters for their drinking water, but may not realize that fluoride is not being removed.  Next week I will discuss how to avoid fluoride and filters that remove this deadly poison.

 

 

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Soon Aspartame May Be Added to Dairy Products

March 20th, 2013

Last week there was a proposition to add Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, to dairy products without adding this ingredient to the label.

Aspartame is known to have many negative effects that were mentioned in this previous Healthy Tip (click here), but the biggest concern is for children.  Aspartame increases appetite and creates a desire for more sweets,  leading to a greater risk of obesity in kids.  Aspartame stimulates the brain in kids potentially making them  hyperactive, violent and less able to focus.  The cumulative effect can cause neurological damage.

I doubt that anyone has requested dairy to be sweeter, and who would want the aftertaste of aspartame in their milk?   Aspartame not only contains no beneficial nutrients, it is a genetically modified product contributing to a sicker US Nation. The fact that Monsanto Corporation  requested aspartame not be listed as an ingredient, makes me think that people would  never buy this milk if they knew.  So if this is allowed to occur, what products can be added without labeling next?

Please consider casting your vote against this proposal, by going to https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milk-petition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identity-for-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products or click on this link, while comments are still being accepted.  In the mean time, please have your children avoid anything with aspartame.

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Preventing Prolapses

February 27th, 2013

A prolapse is when an organ falls downward instead of remaining in place where it was meant to be.  The common organs that prolapse are the uterus and bladder and in both cases incontinence in the common symptom.  The main reasons this occurs is because part of the large intestine sags down onto the other organs.  The transverse colon which reaches from the right side of the body to the left, is suspended just under the ribs.  Due to poor elimination of the colon, it remains full all of the time.  Between gravity and pressure from “bearing down” during bowel movements and child delivery, the tissue that should hold the intestine in place  gets stretched.  Here are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening or reverse the problem.

Keep your intestines moving; fiber is the key.  Eating a salad at least once a day and eating fruits and/or vegetables at each meal are the best forms of consuming insoluble fiber.  Whole grains can be helpful, but may also cause irritation and inflammation.   Processed foods and refined products such as breads, cereals, pastas and desserts often contain no fiber and are what cause the problem in the first place.  If you don’t eliminate 2-3 times a day, you need more fiber and are on the road to developing a prolapse.  Psyllium seed husk is an excellent supplement to increase bulk, also aloe vera powder and probiotics will help keep food moving.

There are several practices you can implement to prevent or take pressure away from an already sagging intestine.  A series of  colonics or colon cleansing, dislodges and removes built-up debris that has resided in the colon for years.  Coffee enemas can be done regularly at home, which also remove old garbage and increase normal intestinal movement called peristalsis.  Laying on an incline board with your head down or using equipment that lets you hang upside down reverses the gravitational pull against the intestine.  Lastly, raise your arms during elimination.  While your arms are raised, the tissue holding the intestine is pulled up instead of pushed down while “bearing down”.  This is a little longer tip than usual, but but I thought sharing the information was worth it.

 

 

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Genetically Modified Salmon

February 22nd, 2013

Although many people are opposed to genetically altered foods, the experiments continue.  Genes from an eel have been injected into the DNA of  salmon to make it grow nearly double in size  Cloning these salmon makes them available for humans to consume.  Here is a little information about GM salmon.

Salmon will not naturally cross  breed with eels, but thanks to scientific experimentation, a new species of salmon has been created that is completely unnatural.  Studies indicate that a growth hormone called IGF-1 is stimulated with this modified gene structure.  IGF-1 has been linked to lung, breast, prostate and colon cancer.   At this point, we know the salmon are larger, but we don’t know the detrimental long-term effects on our health.  The environmental concern is that once the fish are released into the wild, they may mate with other salmon and there will be no way to determine which salmon are normal and which are GMO.  The tumor growth can occur in the salmon themselves, in the predators that eat them and also in humans.

On Friday December 21st late in the afternoon and just before the long Christmas weekend began in 2012, the FDA announced that it found “no significant impact” from adding eel genes to salmon.  Bad news always comes out when the public is focused on another event.   We saw genetically altered Tryptophan kill 37 people and injure over 5,000 others permanently when it was introduced.  There has been an explosion in allergies, infertility, digestive issues, cancer and autism since GMO corn, soy, cottonseed oil and canola oil have been introduced and many, many people are gravely concerned.  If you would like to share your concern and ban the cloned GM salmon, there is a petition that you can sign.   Click here to sign the petition.  There isn’t much time left to prevent these fish from being mass-produced and released; but hopefully enough people can help turn this around and prevent other GMO’s from being produced in the future.

 

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How To Improve Bone Density

February 12th, 2013

Last week I covered calcium supplementation.  Today I want to share a related topic; what you can do to improve your bone density

There are many factors that relate to the cause of osteoporosis (loss of bone density) and osteopenia (bone softening).  Calcium is certainly a factor, but so are magnesium, vitamin D and K2, boron, silica and potassium.  Excellent bone-rebuilding herbs were mentioned in last weeks tip.  Click here to read about them.

Women tend to be the more susceptible to bone density loss, especially after menopause.  The production of progesterone is the greatest hormone loss following menopause.  Fat cells continue to make estrogen, but the opposing hormone progesterone made by the ovaries, is hardly produced any longer.  John Lee, MD has written books on this subject and has stated using bioidentical progesterone not only stops the loss of bone, it builds bone back.

Another way to lose bone density is with stress.  Stress causes the body to become acidic.  Calcium and magnesium are strong alkaline minerals which neutralize the acids.  When we are under stress emotionally, or from toxins, pain or inflammation, the blood pulls calcium and magnesium from bones and teeth to help balance the acidity.  Drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of clean, mineralized water, will help slow the depletion from stress.

Diet and digestion are key factors in maintaining bone density.  Produce, especially green vegetables, contain vital nutrients and minerals for bone health.  Refined carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, cereals and sugar, deplete vitamins and minerals, including calcium and magnesium.   Diet, combined with weight bearing exercise and appropriate supplements provide a winning formula for keeping a healthy, strong bones.

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Choosing Calcium Supplements

February 6th, 2013

A patient contacted me about writing a tip about choosing a calcium supplement.  Thank you so much Janna for suggesting the subject; this one’s for you.

There are many reasons to consider buying a calcium supplement, but the most common reason is to maintain healthy bone mass  (next week I’ll talk about this topic).  Calcium is found in most foods, but especially nuts, seeds, green vegetables and dairy products.  Magnesium helps the absorption of calcium, however most milk has very little magnesium.  Also, most cows are corn-fed instead of pasture-fed, so the calcium content is much lower.

Another fact to consider is calcium is best absorbed in an acidic environment.  As we age we produce less stomach acid.  A 60-year old produces about 50% the stomach acid of a 25-year old.  Low stomach acid means less calcium will be absorbed, whether from  food or a supplement.

Also, the more “added” ingredients used in any supplement, including preservatives and fillers such as magnesium stearate, the less calcium and other minerals you will absorb.

It is best to get a calcium supplement with magnesium, preferably a 1:3 ration, which may be tough to find.  My preference is using herbs such as horsetail, oatstraw, dandelion root, nettle, plantain and shepherds purse.  They are balanced in calcium and other minerals that help calcium absorption.  Taking isolated minerals or vitamins like calcium, or B6 for example, are great for temporary relief, but usage for more than 2 months will start to cause imbalances in other minerals and vitamins.  It is best not to stay on any isolated substances for long periods of time and instead choose foods and herbs to support your health.

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Beneficial Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

January 30th, 2013

Hydrogen peroxide is a simple remedy that provides antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal benefits.  It also increases oxygen in the body and reacts with toxins in and around us.  Last week I described how hydrogen peroxide works.  Click on this link to read it.

Peroxide is great as a mouthwash and for brushing teeth to keep the mouth free of cavities and because of the bleaching effect, for whitening the teeth.  It is a good option to control mold by washing walls with it or to use as a spray.  When I worked in medical clinics in the 80′s and 90′s we applied a few drops in the ear to soften ear wax prior to wax removal.  It can be used in swimming pools instead of chlorine.  I used a specific dilution of hydrogen peroxide in water when I had asthma in 1986.  This resolved the asthma and I have never had asthma again.

Hydrogen peroxide is easily absorbed through the skin and my favorite use is in the bath.  Putting a 12-16 ounce bottle in a hot bath can increase energy.   Adding 2 cups of Epsom salts and soaking daily for 20-minutes can relieve pain, colds, flu and other infections.  Epsom salt is magnesium and sulfate.  The magnesium relaxes muscles and the sulfate releases toxins.  The mixture of hydrogen peroxide and Epsom salts before bed, is not only great for releasing pain in muscles and joints, but also helps one have a great night’s sleep.

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The Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide

January 24th, 2013

This week I’ve had several conversations with a close friend of mine about the benefits of hydrogen peroxide.  It seems there is a misunderstanding about how peroxide works, so here’s a simple explanation.

The molecular structure of water is H2O which is a very stable structure.  Hydrogen peroxide’s structure is H2O2.  They are very similar in one sense, but the extra oxygen molecule in hydrogen peroxide is what makes it so different and amazing.

Hydrogen peroxide is known to be used for cuts and infections because of its antibacterial properties.  Some additional benefits are that it is anti-viral and anti-fungal.  The reason it is so effective is because the extra oxygen molecule in H2O2 is readily released to interact with other substances.  Oxygen reacts with bacteria, viruses, fungi and other toxins by “oxidizing” them and breaking them down.  Oxygen is readily absorbed through the skin and since oxygen is what keeps us alive the additional oxygen is beneficial to animals and humans.

There are many uses for this inexpensive, colorless liquid and they will be described in next week’s tip.

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Test For Risk of Mortality

January 17th, 2013

I saw two interesting articles this week describing a simple test to determine if you are at a higher risk of mortality. There was a nine-year study done on more than 2000 people ranging from ages 51 to 80 years old and the results were statistically conclusive.

The test is simple. There are two things measured. One is moving from a standing to a seated position on the floor and the other is moving from a seated position on the floor to a standing position. Each movement is worth 5 points, totaling 10 points altogether. A score of 10 has the lowest risk of mortality; 0 has the highest risk. If the subject used their hand, knee, lower leg, forearm, any other appendage or additional form of assistance, 1 was subtracted  for each one. For example, if the person leaned to one hip, kneeled and used one hand to change a position, 3 was subtracted from 5.0. If the person lost their balance or seemed unstable, 0.5 was subtracted.  The two scores were added together.  A score below 8 had double the chance of mortality in the next 6.3 years.  If someone could increase their score by one in the sitting to standing test they reduced their risk of mortality by 21%

Flexibility, coordination, body strength and power-to-body weight ratio are factors represented in this test, indicative of life expectancy. Here are the links to the articles and a video you can watch:  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/esoc-ats121012.php and http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254100.php

Some people are skeptical about the value of this test, but I found it quite interesting and had to try it myself.

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Stress Causes Hypothyroid Symptoms

January 9th, 2013

I recently held a class about the thyroid and realized sharing this information might help more people find the cause of their hypothyroid symptoms and resolve them more quickly.

In a healthy thyroid, the thyroid mostly makes a hormone called T4.  T4 converts to T3,  the most potent, active thyroid hormone.  When someone is under stress, the body will often convert T4 to  Reverse T3 (RT3).  RT3 is an inactive substitute for T3.  When RT3 levels are high, we know stress is the cause for hypothyroid symptoms which requires temporary treatment to resolve.  Here is a brief schematic to help simplify.

Normal function   T4 ——> T3  (active hormone)

Under stress  T4 ——> RT3  (inactive hormone, leading to hypothyroid symptoms)

There are many symptoms of hypothyroidism, some  include fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, depression, brittle nails, insomnia, headaches, high cholesterol, acne, allergies  and even carpal tunnel syndrome.

Lab testing for the thyroid often includes T4, sometimes T3 but rarely RT3.  Having all 3 lab tests done can reveal the cause of symptoms and direct the physician to use a temporary treatment of supplements or T3 that may resolve the issue without long-term use of medication.

 

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