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06/22/15 Inflammation plays a critical role in wound healing and helping to fight off infections. Just remember that normal inflammation is a sign of the body doing its job to bring antibodies and healing nutrients to an injury site. But! Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to increased tumor development and there is huge association between chronic inflammation and cancer. In fact; chronic inflammation increases both metastasis and faster tumor growth. Did you know that virtually every chronic disease known to man has connections with chronic inflammation? Dialing in at the number one cause of chronic inflammation is diet! Other causes of chronic inflammation are Big Pharma drugs (including vaccines), alcohol, chemicals, environmental pollutants, mold toxins, STRESS, and mineral deficiencies. If you want to whip cancer and chronic diseases, you will have find and remove the chronic inflammation roots to the problem. Don’t wait around on this one. No drug will cure your sorry diet. Or stress. Or heart disease. Or diabetes. Or any other chronic inflammation disease for that matter.
06/15/15 Metabolic syndrome is like diabetes for beginners and nearly half of adults over 60 now have it. Metabolic syndrome begins with a hefty layer of belly fat and some moobs (if you’re a guy). Then the blood sugar rises, triglycerides spike, blood pressure bounds upwards and the memory tanks. Metabolic syndrome exacts a toll on your health - in fact, having metabolic syndrome just by itself raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and death by a whopping 60%. It becomes a veritable runaway freight train! And you have to stop that freight train before you can back it up again. Begin with a no-grain diet and organic food. Add in a daily walk and some regular exercise. Get some full-body sun for vitamin D and check out your thyroid function. Just don’t rely on the thyroid blood test because that test can lie like an imitation wool rug on a fake terrazzo-linoleum floor. To know how well your thyroid is working, record your daily basal temperature for a few weeks to find out what is really going on with your metabolic function - then do something about it. Here’s how: http://realhealthtalk.com/Basal_temerature_chart_for_the_thyroid.html
06/08/15 Severe personality changes don’t happen without a reason. One of the best-hidden causes of this is toxoplasma gondii contracted from cats and other sources. These toxo-infections can alter neurotransmitter function - bringing anywhere from mild to severe psychotic symptoms. In fact, some medications used to treat schizophrenia are designed to inhibit the replication of T. gondii parasite. Keep in mind that T. gondii can also selectively infect muscle and brain tissue consequently causing encephalitis, incoordination, tremors, head-shaking, seizures, deafness, cerebral palsy, delusions, hallucinations, impaired learning, organ inflammation, cancer and many other conditions. T. gondii in utero causes abortions and stillbirths. But here’s the kicker: sometimes the effects from this parasite don’t manifest for decades! The test for toxoplasmosis is a simple blood test checking for T. gondii antibodies and the treatment is usually easy. Oh, and the ravages of damage from this parasite are not limited to humans and can infect other species of pets and animals, causing personality changes in them too! Raw daikon, horseradish, garlic, oregano and goldenseal are all natural T. gondii fighters.
06/01/15 Want healthier teeth and gums? Then you must ditch the regular toothpastes and switch to tooth powder. Regular toothpaste has glycerin which works against your teeth to plug up the living dentinal tubules which allow the teeth to re-mineralize and repair naturally. Besides this, fluoride toothpaste is just plain poison - no, really - poison! One half a tube of fluoride toothpaste ingested by a small child can actually kill them dead… Besides that, it is natural calcium fluoride that builds healthy bones and teeth - not the man-made toxic sodium fluoride. Ok, how about this ingredient found in regular toothpaste: Sodium lauryl sulfate (which is an industrial degreaser), that is found in most toothpastes but is a known kidney, liver and nerve killer, a skin irritant and is also a carcinogen. What you’ll find in a quality tooth powder (like Simply Sooney) are things like bentonite, magnesium and calcium, baking soda, cinnamon, organic oils and other hippy-dippy wonderfuls that I personally approve of. A spray of food-grade hydrogen peroxide to wet the toothbrush first can also help chase away gingivitis and bad breath.
05/25/15 Once you hear your doc say the “C” word, the body automatically goes into stress mode - whether you actually have that particular cancer or not. Did you know that a critical part of any good cancer battle plan is to r-e-l-a-x? Researchers recently studied cancer victims by asking them to practice relaxation methods. Within weeks their bodies began to change genetically for the better. That’s right! Genes that fight cancer, inflammation and even help prevent cancer began turning on - and the more relaxed they became, the higher the cancer-fighting benefits. This brings to mind two points: First, mainstream cancer treatments are going about things the wrong way by stressing the body further with tests, chemicals, radiation, doom, more tests and, of course, the ultimate financial trainwreck experienced by the fleecing of life savings. The other point is; did stress bring on your cancer in the first place? What I recommend for ALL people is to forget your worries for a while. What is the use of struggling to gain the world if you lose your life in the process? Meditate, pray, read, eat right, do yoga, hug a kitten, walk, travel, spend time hanging with people that matter to you - whatever you do, eliminate the stupid stress before it eliminates you.
05/18/15 “I made $1million playing video games!” (Said no child ever…) There is no profit in children gaming. In fact, to the negative side of the ledger, children who spend over three hours a day playing video games are more likely to be involved in physical violence, be hyperactive, and lack serious interest in school - or so says the latest study experts that examined the effects of video games as related to the time spent playing them. The University of Oxford re-discovered (yet again) that the time children spend playing video and on-line games is definitely linked to behavior problems. The real story in this story is that there is absolutely NO significant factor in the types of games played. These scientists found no link between violent vs non-violent games and real-life aggression or a child's academic performance when compared to the amount of time spent on games. In fact, strategy and puzzle games didn’t even bring higher grades to the children who played them vs non-playing peers yet the amount of time spent playing them proportionately vexed the child's behavior.
05/11/15 Breastfeeding absolutely benefits the child’s health, brain development and intelligence. But what about those crazy moms who keep on breastfeeding until the infant becomes a toddler? Well, a newly finished 30-year study on prolonged breastfeeding (1 year as compared to breastfeeding for a much shorter time) found that adults who were breastfed for up to one year not only incrementally increased their long-term intelligence but also impacted the individual with improved educational attainment and earning ability. Infants that were breastfed up to one year of age gained full four IQ points; obtained an average of about a year more advanced schooling; and grossed about one third more of the average income level by the age of 30. Remember that this was not the usual breastfed vs bottle-fed study but rather a study of thousands of babies that were breastfed vs breastfed longer. One of the biggest factors in these adult benefits and achievements is the presence of natural long-chain saturated fatty acids found in breastmilk. The longer the infant nursed, the more they got. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in breastmilk are essential for brain development. Man has yet to successfully counterfeit the quality of EFAs found in breastmilk with anything put into a bottle formula.
05/04/14 Hey ladies, did you know that pencil eyeliner ingredients often include petroleum-based waxes and oils, silicones and gums to stick the eyeliner to the eyelids? These chemicals migrate to the eye itself via blinking, sweating and the natural secretion of body oils and tears - and, the older the makeup, the more bacteria is found in it. In the latest study of people applying eyeliner inside the lash line, scientists found that within five minutes, up to 30% more unnatural particles moved into the tear film of the eye versus applying it outside of the lash line. It grows even worse if the subject wears contact lenses because this forms a residual build-up on the contact lens itself; causing vision disruption as the lens becomes cloudier (accompanied also with a greater residue of unfriendly bacteria). People using eyeliner, and especially people who apply it to the inner eyelid, run a much higher risk of contaminating the eye and causing eye dominance problems, hyperopia, mycosis, bacterial infections and sometimes permanent vision trouble or blindness. Oh, and lets not even begin to discuss the lead and other metals used to make eyeliner colors more vivid and long-lasting…
04/27/15 Fasting for both diabetes and cancer prevention! I have always recommended fasting for cancer treatment but haven’t made it a point for fasting for cancer prevention. How about simply fasting an extra three hours a day to help prevent cancer? A study done by the University of California found that women who merely fasted for longer periods of time overnight had significantly better control over blood glucose concentrations and ultimately a lower cancer risk. For each three-hour increase in nighttime fasting they found an associated 4% lower postprandial glucose level, and this was regardless of how much women ate before fasting. Simply put, waiting longer in between the evening meal and breakfast reduces glucose levels and can reduce the breast cancer risk among women. But fasting is not even a recent discovery. In 75 AD, one of the favorite practices of Thessalus was to begin almost any disease treatment by prescribing an abstinence from all food for a period of three full days.
04/20/15 Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical found in food and drink packaging, food container liners, baby bottles thermal receipt paper, dental sealants and even in plastic plumbing pipes and parts. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with the body's normal hormone signaling and can totally screw up reproductive function. So, what happens when you expose pregnant mice to BPA levels equivalent to “FDA acceptable” human levels? You get three generations of offsprings that have significant reproductive problems - including lack of fertility, declining pregnancy success and all kinds of sexual maturity problems. Doesn’t this sound like a current human problem too? The National Institutes of Health says the primary route of human exposure to BPA is through the diet and according to a report in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, scientists have recently found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of human urine samples. Want to hear the bad news in all this? The lower the dose of BPA given to the study mice, the more profound the negative fertility and reproductive effects were in the third generation. Don’t wait! It is time to go plastic-free until the mucky mucks sort this one out.
04/13/15 The sad fact is that over 69% of Americans over 20 are either overweight or obese and a full 34% of US adults now suffer from metabolic syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a state of chronic low grade inflammation that results from surplus energy intake, sedentary lifestyles and our ever-increasing obesity rates. Even if you are just barely in the risk categories for metabolic syndrome, you are at a high risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, kidney problems, blood clots, reduced insulin production, and dementia disorders. Metabolic Syndrome confers a 5-fold increase in risk for type 2 diabetes; a 2-fold the risk for developing cardiovascular disease; up to a quadruple increased risk of stroke; another quadruple risk for heart attack; a 56% increased risk of cancer mortality and a whopping double-your-risk of dying from any health-related cause. Bottom line, metabolic syndrome is mostly about diet and lifestyle and can easily be reversed. Losing excess weight is one of the biggies for saving your life from metabolic consternation and ruin. Weight loss IMO is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Diet is more about what you eat and less about how much you eat.
04/06/15 Ever heard of adrenal fatigue? Some 80% of people will suffer from adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. What is adrenal fatigue? The adrenal glands above the kidneys secrete over 50 different hormones that are essential for life and well-being. Among these 50 are adrenaline, cortisol, progesterone and testosterone that are critical for producing energy, balancing electrolytes, storing fat and dealing with stress. When your adrenal glands get overworked and undernourished, adrenal fatigue is the result. Now you feel tired for no reason, stressed out, have morning fatigue and mid-afternoon sleepiness, decreased sex drive, depression, weight gain around the waist, pain levels rising, you become forgetful, your body temperature drops and you crave unhealthy snacks. Worse yet, your immune system tanks making you more susceptible to chronic diseases and cancer. Any of these symptoms sound familiar? Start on the road to adrenal recovery by eliminating stress from your life, improve the diet, exercise and take some really good multivitamins. Classic Chinese Medicine herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola and Astragalus are also perfect for adrenal support.
03/30/15 Appetite rules: In an inane attempt to “protect” people from their own self destruction, Los Angeles has designed an ordinance intended to curtail obesity in low-income areas. How? By eliminating any new fast-food restaurant startups. But, the fast-food restrictions passed back in 2008 have actually heralded new and higher obesity rates that actually surpass the obesity rate increases in unregulated parts of the city. (The area subject to these fast food rules contains about 700,000 low-income residents). Access to cheap and highly superficial foods has become a birthright for all Americans. Predatory big food companies are lined up to rake in the coins tossed their direction by the feckless masses. Obesity is not a problem that laws and ordinances will fix. Man, by and large, is driven by appetite and not by common sense.
03/23/15 Vituperate is what an internet troll does. I should know; I have block list with well over a thousand of them on it. An internet troll is someone who interrupts an online discussion with posts and comments that hijack and upset the conversation. Easy to spot, they will lie, exaggerate and defame to generate a response and derail a thread. What you should know is that researchers studied cybertrolls to conclude that the kind of people that indulge in this habit are actually manifesting common, everyday sadism. This is a for-real study published in a recent issue of Personality and Individual Differences. Actual internet trolls were tested and found to also exhibit the personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy along with the sadism. In fact, the study authors said that internet trolls assessment scores were so strong that “online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.” Just assume that the annoying troll crashing your favorite site is simply mentally ill and it’s not your job to reform them. Do like I do: click-ban-click-delete - enough said…
03/16/15 Why do they add fluoride to your city’s water? Better ask the Pied Piper for that answer… Fluoride added your water causes an aberration where calcium and phosphorus migrate into areas of the body that they would not normally be in. At particular risk are the pineal gland and the arteries. In fact, chemical fluoride causes brittle bones and has been proven to actually prevent the natural healing of cavities. More money for the dentist IMO... Primitive races like Aborigines have reproduced for centuries without the development of significant numbers of dental problems; that is until you add fluoride and modern diets into the equation. Did you know that dental cavities can actually heal through remineralization if you avoid the fluoride? The two minerals required for dental health are calcium and phosphorus properly distributed in the body. To use them effectively though, you need sunshine vitamin D (not the chemical D added to milk) and a healthy fatty diet full of fat-soluble vitamins. Oh, and avoid the chemical fluoride.
03/09/15 Every year, over 420,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital in the US - but often when a person collapses and has no pulse, bystanders are reluctant to assist for fear of doing something wrong. A pitiful 90% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims die… When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby and hands-only CPR performed on the scene can actually increase survival from a sudden cardiac arrest by up to three-fold. Why hands only chest compressions? Because if you stop pumping to give the victim a breath, critical blood flow and pressure to the brain lungs and other organs fails and can’t be regained with the same efficacy as with hands-only CPR. Besides, the pumping of the chest moves air in and out of the lungs enough to save lives without stopping to blow air. Two simple steps are required for hands-only CPR -- first, call 9-1-1; and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest. But don’t rely on this advice to prepare you for such an emergency. Beat feet to your nearest CPR class. Get certified. I am.
03/02/15 The chickenpox is a virus but the “pox” itself comes from the elimination of toxins through the hair fat glands along with the accompanying chemical burn from this acidic purging. This causes the characteristic blister and subsequent scab of the chickenpox. During a bout with the chickenpox virus, the liver becomes overwhelmed and eliminates the excess metabolic waste by dumping it into the bloodstream. These toxic bile poisons in the blood are expelled through the skin and mucous membranes. You know what makes a bad case of chickenpox worse? Drugging the kiddo - which further burdens the liver and ultimately causes a vast majority of all chickenpox complications. In fact, chickenpox fatalities are very rare as chicken pox is not a fatal disease while most of the extremely rare fatalities are actually a result of inappropriate care and aggressive medical interventions (according to the CDC’s own MMWR report). Healthy children who have not been medicated simply do not die of chickenpox! Oh, and adult re-exposure to chickenpox helps prevent shingles. Did you also know that getting childhood viruses helps stave of cancer later in life?
02/23/15 What is a PSA test? PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen which is produced in the prostate gland. PSA is found mainly in the prostate gland and semen but small amounts of PSA are also found in the bloodstream where it is measured by a PSA blood test. A PSA test will never tell you if you have prostate cancer - but higher PSA sometimes indicates prostate problems. Did you know that having sex the day before your test will spike PSA levels? Food allergies can cause inflammation in the prostate for up to 72 hours and bring a higher test level of PSAs. In fact, the PSA numbers are so ambiguous in the first place that some men naturally have really high levels and some have exceptionally low levels, neither of which indicates cancer. Over 80% of men who have prostate biopsies after a high PSA test find that their prostate is trouble-free and most of the “cancers” actually found are slow growing and won’t ever kill you. The biopsy itself can actually lead to more complications than the original problem might have been. IMO, PSA tests are a huge cash cow for Big Pharma and are used to fear-sell more procedures and drugs to men who may or may not have prostate cancer and probably wouldn’t die from it anyhow if they did have it.
02/16/15 Will the real dummy please stand up? Not only is America overweight but our crash-test dummies are getting fatter too. Crash test dummies coming out these days for vehicle safety testing are fattened up to reflect the average body of the general public. But the latest and the greatest of the new dummies mimics obese humans that weigh in at 273 pounds with a Body Mass Index of 35. Why? Because the University of California-Berkeley's Safe Transportation and Research Education Center says that if you're obese, you are 78% more likely to be killed in a car crash. To protect the new average American, cars have to be tested using new normals. Keep in mind that the original size of test dummies from the `80s topped off at 170 pounds. The new dummies ring in at $500,000 each and are a little taller (because the population is now taller) but also have enlarged butts and thighs with a much rounder midsection to represent our expanding population.
02/09/15 Pain is a feedback mechanism in the body to help the brain take inventory of injuries and the extent of damage done to our bodies. Pain feedback helps our body know how much repair is needed, what kind of immune response is required, and how long it takes to accomplish healing. Pain also triggers the body to produce its own natural pain-relieving opioids to help counter the severest pain making it more tolerable while also promoting natural "forgetter chemicals" that reduce the bad memories of the incidence. When we block pain feedback with chemical medications, healing takes more time, scarring is more evident, painful memories are more vivid and lasting AND we can keep on damaging our bodies further without realizing the harm until later. Diet, sedentary living and environmental toxins also influence how our brain and central nervous system interprets pain sensations. Pain may not be so friendly for the moment but it is our friend that warns us when we are injured or sick to help bring attention to the problem. Pain tells us that we need outside assistance to avoid further damage from a hot object, pull out a splinter, ease the weight on a damaged joint or set a broken bone. Pain is a symptom of something wrong. It is not a disease to treated.
02/02/15 In poor countries in 2012, HIV/AIDS claimed 1.5 million deaths, malaria ended 600,000 lives and tuberculosis wiped out 900,000 individuals. But what most people never hear is that pollution is actually the leading cause of death in developing countries. Contaminated soil and water along with and both indoor and outdoor air was responsible for 8.4 million deaths in developing countries in 2012. That’s triple the deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. So while we are hyped with some 8,000 Ebola deaths last year, worldwide, pollution brought 1 in 7 deaths globally. A whopping 44% of pollution deaths were directly related to household air pollution (such as cook stoves) while 38% were caused by outside air pollution from power plants, cars, trucks and etc. Heavy metal contamination of soil and food from industry and mining accounted for 10% of pollution-caused deaths and water systems polluted by sewage and industrial waste made up 8% of these deaths. Why should we care about pollution in the developing world? Aside from the obvious humanitarian reasons, we have a global economy that brings it right to our dinner plate and winds, rain and oceans that spread the problem everywhere.
01/26/15 Parasites happen and are often the underlying cause of serious, chronic and long-term disease and even cancer. Cleansing the body of a parasitic invasion helps the immune system regenerate and brings a restoration to health. Helminths are multi-celled organisms that live inside the body - like flatworms, ringworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. These parasites especially proliferate in a people with low thyroid and weak immune systems. People with low thyroid will also be plagued with candida filled intestines. In this case, taking incredible amounts of the most potent antiparasitic herbs will only bring partial results. Supplements and herbs simply are not going to get rid of parasites in an unhealthy body and with a crap diet. Natural remedies will only work against parasites by following a healthy diet rich in raw organic fruits and vegetables, fermented foods, and absolutely no refined or processed foods.
01/19/15 Sick of lying? How about sick from lying? Americans actually weave an average of 11 whoppers big and small every week. Fibbers fudge the truth to sidestep uncomfortable things, keep others from being mad at them, feel better about their selves, impress others, or escape negative consequences. But people who lie are actually more prone to anxiety or depression while also experiencing headaches, runny noses, diarrhea and even back pain according to the University of Notre Dame. But when people mend their errant ways and start telling the truth more often they can improve both mental and physical health - 54% fewer mental health complaints and 56% fewer physical health complaints from study participants who voluntarily lied less PLUS they also reported happier relationships and improved social interactions. Lying builds stress and anxiety and even the immune system becomes compromised making it harder to fight off colds and flu. Vitamin truth, who’da thunk?
01/12/15 The lymphatic system is made up of glands, lymph nodes, tonsils, the spleen and the thymus gland. Its primary job is to bathe our body’s cells in nutrient dense fluids to feed the cells and also carry cellular refuse away from the tissues to be filtered out by the liver and kidneys. This cellular sewage mostly comes from normal cellular processes but is also fouled with over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, illicit drugs, cigarette toxins, environmental pollutants, food additives, pesticides and many other toxins. DR Ann Louise Gittleman estimates that 80% of women have sluggish lymphatic systems. This can cause degenerative conditions, pain disorders and cancer. The problem is that there is no pump in the body to pressurize the lymphatic system to make it flow - well, actually there is: it is the whole body that moves lymphatic fluids around. Breathing, exercise and motion while drinking adequate fluids helps pressurize the lymphatic system. Eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables will supercharge the lymphatic system by providing enzymes and acids that are powerful lymphatic cleansers. Eat them on an empty stomach to maximum lymph-cleansing benefits.
01/05/15 Solid antiperspirants are made with a waxie emollient that are laced with an “active-ingredient” compound to give antiperspirants a magical sweat-blocking power over your sweat glands. Antiperspirants aren’t really magical though as almost all of them pack an aluminum-based compound that works as their super-power ingredient - AKA aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium, tricholorohydrex glycine, aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum hydroxybromide. These bad-boys operate by causing inflammation in your sweat glands until they simply swell shut. Not a good thing! Aluminum-based products are also neurotoxic and cancer causing and are used liberally in many other OTC and prescription medicines - such as certain pain-killers and anti-diarrhea medicines. Toxic aluminum can also be found in vaccines, toothpastes, nasal sprays, dental amalgam fillings, cigarette filters and pesticides. Make informed choices peeps!
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