Preventing End Stage Kidney Failure Part 6
|Posted on May 9, 2010 at 9:25 PM|
Using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), will help in any stage of kidney dysfunction, whether early on or in the latest stages, including dialysis.
Recent research on animals have proved to postively alter gene expression in obstructed kidneys using two common Chinese herbs, namely, Astragalus and Dong Quai.
Taken together, these herbs have demonstrated to have profound kidney protective effects, including anti-fibrotic effects, which means to prevent scarring.
The function of these herbs were found to fight fibrosis, inhibit excess clotting, decrease free radicals, and regulate calcium-phosphate metabolism.
In addition, Astragalus and Dong Quai improve microvascular lesions that obstruct proper kidney filtration by increasing blood flow to oxygen starved tissues, augmenting the recovery of blood flow and glomerular filtration rate after oxygen starvation (reperfusion injury).
These herbs can improve the balance of vaso-activators such as nitric oxide and angiotensin, which act to dilate and constrict as needed. Further, to encourage the growth of new blood vessels while inhibiting the release of intracellular calcium ions.
Why use ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers when these two herbs are hundreds of times safer?
In one case, a 77-year-old woman with nephrotic syndrome, a condition in which the kidneys are damaged, causing them to leak large amounts of protein was treated with the following medication: ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors), angiotensin receptor blockers, both of which prevent a major kidney artery from clenching, cyclosporine A and mycophenolate mofetil, both of which are immunosuppressant drugs, all without response.
After more than 2 years of treatment without improvement, she began therapy with Astragalus. She took a dose of fifteen grams per day, finding a significant reduction of protein wasting in the urine, called proteinuria.
Her nephrotic syndrome recurred after temporary cessation of astragalus, with a complete remission of nephrosis observed after its reintroduction.
Another valuable "herb" is a mushroom, called Cordyceps. The patented form called Cordyceps Mycelia CS-4, has been well studied on animals and is a potent kidney protectant. Cordyceps has been used for the kidneys in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Integrative physicians have found real benefits in terms of lab numbers with kidney function in patients, such as better creatinine, albumin, and Glomerular filtration rates (GFR).
If the kidneys are beginning to degenerate, this is when to get aggressive, because if this condition is allowed to get much worse, the basic diet and many nutrient supplementation becomes far more complicated than most would imagine.
Using forms of Vitamin B6, including the active forms pyridoxal-5-phosphate and pyridoxamine should only be used in early kidney disease, as they can become dangerous in the later stages.
The mineral, magnesium is crucial for proper kidney function and its deficiency often leads or exacerbates diabetes, which helps further along kidney degeneration. Yet if the kidneys are failing, they may not adequately clear out magnesium and can create a toxic overload.
It is a well known fact that kidney patients are urged to adopt a low protein diet in order to reduce strain on the kidneys. However, one superfood is the exception to this. Spirulina is a very protein rich, microscopic blue-green algae, which is an excellent source of nutrients.
Numerous studies have shown spirulina to provide kidney protective effects in experimental animals, despite its high protein content. Besides spirulina's impressive nutrient profile, it protects against heavy metal poisoning such as lead, which affects the kidney.
Clinically, it has observed that spirulina also helps real human patients. However a problem study to demonstrate this may not occur for decades.
In conclusion, kidney disease is a very complex degenerative process, involving multiple systems and stages of development. Please be sure to review any of the previous information with a physician or nephrologist, knowledgeable and capable of integrating such methodologies with a patient's individual biochemistry and stage of kidney disease.
Preventing End Stage Kidney Failure Part 5
|Posted on May 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM|
The homegrown epidemic called diabetes, has contributed to the flourishing business of kidney dialysis centers. The increase of activity around major cities in the United States has been explosive over the past 20 years.
If there's any doubt in the epic failure of conventional medicine, look no further than diabetes. It's the pathway towards vascular diseases, such as heart attacks and leg amputations--and if that doesn't kill the patient, eventual kidney failure will.
Kidney dialysis clears out the toxins in the blood that the damaged kidney can no longer excrete into urine. Of course, dialysis is not curative, it merely buys a little time until the Grim Reaper finishes he or she off.
So naturally, it is prudent to avoid getting diabetes by eating a diet low in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Before kidney failure begins, diabetes is usually already well established, unless accomplished through drug poisoning. That being said, it is crucial to maintain proper regulation of blood sugar levels with the correct diet and supplementation.
Speaking of diet, a typical diet of a kidney disease patient is particulary bland, consisting of low protein and high carbohydrate. Of course the carbohydrates should be specified to be of vegetable origin.
Unfortunately, an over eager dietician may suggest a particulary bad idea, such as salt restriction, which is more than unnecessary, it could be dangerous.
Studies have shown that salt restriction may be linked to organ damage, because low blood sodium, known as hyponatremia can damage the heart and kidneys.
One mineral you really should avoid if you suspect kidney trouble is
fluoride. It has been demonstrated in rats that fluoride enhances absorption of another toxic mineral, aluminum, which again is bad for the kidneys. This is an instance to avoid all sources of fluoride, including tap water and toothpaste to name just two.
Before the eventual threat of kidney failure looms, some medications are used to control symptoms related to the kidney, such as excessive fluid accumulation and swelling. A very common water pill (diuretic) prescribed today for kidney issues is called furosemide, better known as Lasix.
Furosemide is also prescribed to alleviate fluide accumulation due to more severe conditions such as heart failure, cirrhosis, chronic kidney failure, and nephrotic syndrome. However, this drug is harsh on the kidneys although still helpful for relief of kidney problems.
While furosemide is a powerful diuretic, it depletes electrolytes and in advanced stages of kidney failure, it suddently becomes too dangerous to use.
The garden "weed" known as dandelion happens to work just as effectively as forosemide, without the negative side-effects or puting a kidney patient at risk. Dandelion has been used traditionally as a diuretic and was very surprised to find that it was not properly studied until just recently.
In the August, 2009 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the diuretic effect in human subjects was evaluated using an extract of dandelion
to significant effect. The pilot study demonstrated what traditional herblists have known for centuries--dandelion works!
If one is approaching kidney failure, baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate can be a life saver. While it's even FDA approved for kidney acidosis, baking soda is also one of the most basic medicines for kidney disease.
Recently, scientists at the Royal London Hospital revealed that baking soda can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. In essence,
baking soda can forestall kidney dialysis, possibly indefinitely.
When the proper protocol is followed, kidney dialysis can be reversed along with the use of baking soda. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate can be helpful as a bath soak, however the oral route is much more effective.
Normally, the pancreas secretes bicarbonate during the alkaline phase of digestion, which occurs during the simultaneous release of digestive enzymes. If the pancreas becomes weak, and subsequently fails to deliver enough bicarbonate, the kidneys will provide some back-up, as they produce a significant amount each day.
However, if the kidneys fail, there is little left to control the acidity or pH balance of the blood. This is when oral baking soda or sodium bicarbonate can really save your "neck" or kidneys for that matter.
Well before the kidneys get into any trouble, a hyperglycemic state, or having high blood sugar or diabetes can induce magnesium shortages. While it is prudent to maintain sufficient intake of magnesium for most everyone, if you have failing kidneys, magnesium levels may rise too steeply because of an excretion problem.
However, there are patients with low magnesium levels despite kidney trouble, so adequate kidney function is required before administering
any magnesium supplementation.
If a kidney patient reaches a stage where they experience some swelling (edema) and protein wasting in the urine, it my underscore a deficiency in blood vessel and capillary building nutrients, namely vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
As mentioned before, clinicians are especially cautious concerning vitamin C, as it is widely believed to be associated with kidney stones. However, this is not exactly the case. Often, it is the absence of B-vitamins and sufficient magnesium to be the real culprit behind kidney stone formation.
Moreover, vitamin C stops the formation or oxalate stones, and actually dissolves phosphate and struvite kidney stones. Before the kidney condition worsens, it is important to supply enough vitamin C and sources of bioflavonids to nourish the collagen based filtrations to allow proper handling of protein.
A common sign of a vitamin C deficiency and/or bioflavonoids is bleeding gums, so heed this warning and supplement.
A well known compound from a family of bioflavonoids, called Pycnogenol offers potent protection against kidney damage.
Pycnogenol is an extract of the French maritime pine tree, and can offset kidney damage caused by high blood pressure say Italian researchers. This was reported in mid March this year.
In a clinical study, pycnogenol was found to be statistically significant further enhanced kidney cortical flow velocities, by 8% for diastolic flow and 12% for systolic flow, relative to values found for the a group taking the drug ramipril only.
Kidney disease is a very complex degenerative process, involving multiple systems and stages of development. That being said, it is critically important to review any of the previous information with a knowledgable physician or nephrologist, capable of integrating such methodologies with a patient's individual biochemistry and stage of kidney disease.
In the next Daily Topic, will wrap up some final considerations on preventing and treating kidney disease.
Preventing End Stage Kidney Failure Part 4
|Posted on May 1, 2010 at 10:35 PM|
A kidney contains about one million nephrons, which are the filtration systems of the body. They regulate the amount of water, salts, glucose, urea and other crucial minerals.
One of the most important measurements of kidney function is called the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). The glomerular filtration rate is commonly derived from a formula in which age, sex, race, and plasma creatinine are relevant variables. GFR above 90 milliliters per minute is normal, and below 15 denotes end stage kidney disease.
An issue of vicious cycle causation is elevated homocysteine in the blood, which not only contributes to atherosclerosis, but can bring on kidney failure. This cycle allows homocysteine to build up even higher, causing more atherosclerosis.
An unfortunate paradox of end stage kidney disease is that homocysteine lowering B-vitamins such as B6, folate and B12 can actually worsen it. Based on research conducted at five university medical centres.
The water solubility of B-vitamins is easily excretable in healthy people, however those with kidney failure may not be able to do so based on adverse effects observed in the research. Therefore, using heavy metal chelation such as OSR, should first be used until kidney health is strong enough to handle taking supplemental B-vitamins.
As the kidney improves with heavy metal chelation, the root of elevated homocysteine may stablize, and if it does successfully, the thyroid gland may also improve. The state of the thyroid is intimately involved in the regulation of homocysteine, thus treating the cause of homocysteine elevation maybe a key to success.
Conversely, limiting treatment to lowering homocysteine only, for chronic kidney disease does not improve outcome.
The kidney normally plays an important role in the metabolism, degradation, and excretion of several thyroid hormones. It is not surprising therefore that impairment in kidney function leads to disturbed thyroid physiology.
Failing kidney function results in all levels of hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis faltering, including alterations in hormone production, distribution, and excretion. This means with an expectation of improvement of kidney function, hormone balance will improve accordingly.
If kidney health becomes severe, it may bring on secondary hyperparathyroidism, due to problems with the ability to break down and remove phosphate. A patient at this time may also need the active form of vitamin D, called calicitriol as it may lose the ability to synthesize vitamin D on its own.
Careful controlled doses of the active form of vitamin D or pre-formed, such as calcitriol and alfacalcidol can be administered to those with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
As mentioned earlier, atherosclerosis can bring on kidney failure. Atherosclerosis in the peripheral arteries implies atherosclerosis elsewhere, and in such places when poor circulation occurs in the kidneys, it is the hallmark of chronic kidney failure and, ultimately, end-stage kidney disease.
So while metal chelation and Benfotiamine can allow the kidneys to recover, amongst other important nutritional considerations depending upon the stage, there is another nutrient to help prevent the dreaded possibility of hemodialysis, the mechanical, man-made version of the kidney.
Despite the normal role that water soluble B-vitamins provide to lower homocysteine levels, they are of no use in end stage kidney disease, and as stated before, can make things only worse, despite lowering homocysteine levels.
The alternative is the use of propionyl-L-carnitine (PLC), which not only lowers homocysteine, it also lowers endothelin-1, which constricts the arteries. As the kidneys begin to deteriorate, they produce diminishing quantities of the amino acid, carnitine. Taking either acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) or propionyl-L-carnitine (PLC) can help protect the kidney and are more bioavailable than regular L-carnitine.
An excellent addition to PLC or ALC carnitine is Lipoic acid. Lipoic acid is an ideal, natural compound that augments kidney protection. Lipoic acid is both water and fat soluble, therefore it is widely distributed in all tissue.
Lipoic acid scavenges hydroxyl radicals, hypochlorous acid and singlet oxygen while exerting transitional metal chelation. Vitamin C is often shunned in kidney treatments due to concerns over oxalate stones, so it is helpful that
lipoic acid "recycles" endogenous antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E.
Several clinical studies have shown lipoic acid as a therapeutic agent for such diverse conditions as diabetes, atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, neuropathy, which in part are all related to kidney function.
It is important to note that the synthetic antioxidant, Oxidative Stress Relief (OSR), should be taken at least 4-hours apart from lipoic acid.
In the next Daily Topic, will conclude some final treatment options and considerations to help prevent end stage kidney failure.
Preventing End Stage Kidney Failure Part 3
|Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:15 PM|
In the previous Daily Topic, a lot of emphasis was placed on heavy metal detoxification via oral chelation for treatment of poor kidney function. Heavy metal chelation isn't everything of course, there is more to treating various stages of kidney dysfunction.
In most cases, kidney dysfunction is a progressive disease, although there can be cases where it can strike without warning. Typically this occurs during drug use, prescription, over-the-counter and otherwise. If you want to hold on to your kidneys, avoid combining acetaminophen (Tylenol) with alcohol.
An extremely common cause of progressive kidney dysfunction is the consumption of food that leads to advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are derived primarily from technologically processed "food" products, especially from fructose and acryalimades from high temperature cooked grain products, such as pastries, donuts, cookies and cakes.
Acrylamides develop in foods when they are heated above the boiling point. Frying and other high temperature cooking methods will produce acrylamide residues in foods containing grain. Microwave form of cooking is a sure way to create acrylamides in food such as popcorn.
If you use a microwave, you might want to toss it out--keep in mind that the Russians banned microwaves in 1976, and there are many other reasons to avoid using them, but maybe that's a topic for another time.
It's fairly well known that many kidney diseases are brought on by diabetes, and this is no surprise because diabetes manifests the wasting of nutrients, especially the mineral magnesium, and vitamins thiamine (vitamin B1) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6).
A very prevelant kidney disease that is often caused by diabetes is nephropathy. If it's not caused by diabetes, it's is almost always caused by a drug, such as the gout drug, allopurinol or by pain reliever medications such as aspirin and acetaminophen.
One way to treat the incipient development of nephropathy is with high-dose thiamine and benfotiamine therapy. Vitamin B1 or thiamine is absolutely critical for the human body, but unfortunately for the diabetic, thiamine is flushed out of the system before it can protect tissue such as the kidneys, the arteries, the heart and the eyes against the ravages of glycosylation.
In simple terms, glycosylation refers to a prolonged level of glucose in the blood and its interaction with red blood cells during their 120-day cycle. The more sustained an elevation of blood glucose occurs, the greater the potential tissue damage will occur to various organs and tissues that are not dependent on insulin for their absorption of glucose.
Kidneys, blood vessels, peripheral nerves and lenses of the eye are more susceptible to damage from periods of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) than other organs due to their lack of insulin dependence.
When therapeutic doses of thiamine and its fat soluble form, known as benfotiamine are introduced to a kidney patient, their enzyme levels of transketolase increase in kidney microcapillaries. These micropcapillaries filter the blood and are called the glomeruli.
Transketolase is essential enzyme for initial processes that ultimately are required for biosynthetic reactions involving oxidation-reductions to protect against the toxicity of ROS (reactive oxygen species) for the regeneration of reduced glutathione.
Unfortunately, mainstream medicine completely ignores a diabetic's needs for high dose thiamine or its fat soluble equivalent, benfotiamine that are needed for transketolase. Sadly, most nephrologists (kidney specialists) have not even heard of benfotiamine.
If so-called 'modern' medicine were designed for the benefit of the patient, and not the profitability of the treatment, I would be hard pressed to imagine any doctor not knowing about benfotiamine.
Because benfotiamine is fat-soluble, it can remain in the tissue much longer than regular thiamine or vitamin B1 that is water soluble. Diabetics lose these vitamins like thiamine so easily, and even more so when they are taking prescription drugs such as diuretics, like Lasix (furosemide).
While the commonly prescribed diuretic drug, hydrochlorothiazide used in diabetic, hypertensive and kidney patients does contain some thiamine, it's not nearly enough, and taking it will make diabetes worse which will hurt the kidneys even more.
If nephrologists knew about the therapeutic potential of benfotiamine, they would "prescribe" this vitamin for all of their patients. In therapeutic doses, it will strongly inhibit the development of microalbuminuria.
Microalbuminuria is a condition where abnormally high amounts of albumin are detected in the urine, essentially protein wasting through the kidneys.
Having microalbuminuria is a key factor in erectile dysfunction or any type of endothelial tissue.
A few years ago, a prospective patient was planning to make a trip to California from New York City to find relief for his kidneys, which were showing signs of atrophy. Most of this lab tests with respect to kidney function were abnormal and he had bouts of edema (water retention) which really concerned him.
I told him to take a 1,500 milligrams of benfotiamine every day while he was preparing to make flight arrangements some three weeks in the future. About four weeks later he called me and said he felt so good that he cancelled his trip, and he later reported that his lab tests were very much improved.
There's more to cover, so look out for part 4 in the next Daily Topic.
Preventing End Stage Kidney Failure Part 2
|Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:55 AM|
In the previous Daily Topic, I made a brief mention of Oxidative Stress Relief (OSR) for the removal of heavy metals.
OSR is far more desirable to use than EDTA chelation, DMSA or many other professionally used metal detoxification agent. The simple reason is that these other chelators do not bind tightly enough to the metals for safe removal, but instead lose their "grip" and release these toxins back into the bloodsteam only to be reabsorbed back into the tissue.
So what is OSR anyway? OSR was developed by Dr. Boyd Haley, a professor from the University of Kentucky. OSR was the most successful out of a series of compounds sought to bind heavy metals tightly without toxicity.
It was also the intention of Dr. Boyd Haley to develop a compound that would not bind to essential nutrients, while pulling out toxic metals.
Dr. Haley began testing OSR on goldfish, then in rats. Of all the compounds tested, OSR was best. No actual claims are made that OSR is a metal chelator. Instead, OSR is registered as an antioxidant, without any doubt it is an extremely powerful one.
OSR possesses an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of 192,400. If you compare that value to most anything else, you may not see many rivals.
Remarkably, OSR was found without toxicity. An independent laboratory was utilized to test OSR for toxicity. Using an extremely high dose of OSR, five grams per kilogram of body weight produced no toxic result!
Dr. Haley eventually tried OSR on his own 16 year-old cat, which previously had significant kidney trouble. He has little doubt that the OSR helped his cat fully recover, still alive and healthy some two years later. Given the fact that animal studies also showed a significant improvement in kidney function on OSR, maybe this was no surprise.
Pregnant rats were also studied with three large doses of OSR. When the babies were born, there was difference between these mice and the controls.
The problem with most of the well known chelators such as DMPS and DMSA is the toxic effects they produce. Unlike OSR, they are not true chelators, nor do they increase body glutathione levels.
If one has kidney failure, it is a good idea to test your glutathione levels, and if low, you'll know the cause is something affecting those levels, and more likely than not, that cause is heavy metal toxicity. If not, another likely source is from a root canal.
On the other hand, if your glutathione levels are adequate, something else is a foot and OSR may not help at all. However, this is quite unlikely given the pathology of most kidney dysfunction.
Glutathione is a universal antioxidant, produced in every cell in the body. Having healthy levels is synonymous with long life.
Upon the release of toxic waste products from root canal teeth or from the constant flow of mercury vapor from amalgam teeth, a constant source of hydroxy radicals will deplete electrons and cause a glutathione shortage.
When OSR is introduced, hydroxy radicals can be scavenged, freeing up glutathione stores and allowing a healthy excretion of stored toxins.
While OSR is still being evaluated with respect to optimal dosage, the amounts currently available are in 50, 100 and 200 milligrams.
Currently OSR is generally available for sale to only doctors and dentists, however it is also available through the following website:
Patients with end-stage kidney failure suffer from extensive DNA damage which is synonymous with cardiovascular complications. 'Modern medicine' organizes the human body much like a machine with parts, often failing to recognize that dysfunction in one area such as the kidneys is generally systemic, it affects the whole body.
The DNA damage observed in both pre-dialysis and dialysis phases are a direct result of oxidative stress, which may be induced by various toxic assaults.
Aside from the threat of metal toxicity and root canals, one of the most common is advanced glycation end products (AGEs). More about this and other causes of kidney dysfunction and remedy in the next Daily Topic.
Preventing End Stage Kidney Failure
|Posted on March 29, 2010 at 11:50 PM|
Kidney disease is a very complex degenerative process, involving multiple systems and stages of development. That being said, it is critically important to use any of the following information with a knowledgable physician or nephrologist, capable of integrating such methodologies with a patients individual biochemistry and stage of kidney disease.
Upon the threat of kidney failure in the modern medical system is a pathway toward impending doom, that is if one decides to flow in and out medical corridors of death.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic kidney disease, poor kidney function and the creeping threat of kidney dialysis can be prevented. Moreover, kidneys can be rejuvenated when the proper nutrients are supplied and with toxins removed.
The kidney is a dialyzing organ, that is to say that the blood that enters it is processed through a vast number of "intelligent" filtration systems.
Blood that passes through the kidney is dialyzed to separate the good from the not so good.
Kidney dysfunction is usually caused by two primary pathways, either a loss of nutrients by way of wasting diseases such as diabetes, or by a constant flow of free radicals, typically generated by heavy metals or noxious bacteria.
Patients suffering from poor kidney function will be instructed to uphold a very bland diet consisting of foods that place as little burden to the kidneys as possible, such as having them go on a very low protein, very low fat diet--and of course, very little salt.
The diet isn't without some irony, since protein is the building block of tissue remodeling, and fat is needed to remove heavy metals, which in most cases is the cause of kidney disease itself.
Conventional medicine looks at treating kidney disease as a management of certain decline, instead of attacking the actual problem.
Chronic kidney failure is much more common than people realize, and often goes undetected and undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced. The effect of environmental lead exposure can have a pronounced impact on kidney health.
The effect of lead in kidney health has been well documented in over two dozen studies. Even in the young without disease, lead produces adverse effects.
In 769 adolescents aged 12 to 20 years, an association between blood lead levels and level of kidney function glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
Those adolescents with lower readings of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) were found to have some environmental lead exposure.
Medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can disrupt normal kidney function, causing progressive scarring and shrinkage.
Many drugs, including over the counter (OTC) such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can present great harm to the kidneys. Of the prescription variety such as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor) and lovastatin (Mevacor and generic) can place the kidneys in great jeopardy.
To fully understand the nature of the harm these drugs present to the kidneys, here is an example of what happens when acetaminophen (Tylenol) enters the liver, it’s chemically altered and becomes extremely toxic. A regular intake of toxins like acetaminophen will largely prevent the liver from producing an abundant supply of glutathione, which is needed to handle toxins in general.
If the kidneys are burdened with heavy metals or other toxins, the body is unable to excrete these without sufficient glutathione, because the
long-term use of this drug can exhaust the liver’s stores of glutathione.
Studies show that people who use acetaminophen on a regular basis more than double their risk of kidney cancer.
Your kidneys can be taxed even greater if taking acetaminophen with alcohol.
If for any reason taking a once in a while dose acetaminophen product is desired, it's a good idea to take NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) along with Vitamin C and Lipoic acid to help increase glutathione stores.
As mentioned previously, heavy metals are a major cause of kidney disease, and so it's no wonder that removing these offer a potential treatment.
For example, there is evidence that EDTA chelation will slow down and, in some cases, completely stop the progression of kidney disease.
In one study, 116 non-diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease were evaluated for treatment. Their creatinine levels ranged from 1.5 to 3.9 mg/dl. A normal is less than 1.4 mg/dl.
All of the participants had similar rates of kidney function decline prior to the treatment. The researchers divided the subjects into two groups of 58. They gave one group calcium disodium EDTA weekly for four years or until their body lead level to dropped below 60 mcg. Note that the participants lead levels ranged between 60 mcg to 600 mcg prior to treatment.
The control group also received IV treatment, but it was a placebo without EDTA.
The results showed that the chelation group had a very statistically significant reduction of their kidney function decline!
The authors of the study concluded that chelation that was the determining factor. These results proved to be interesting considering that it has been widely believed that chelation therapy was harmful to the kidneys.
This belief was never proven, but merely conjecture, yet was widely disseminated as 'fact' without any clinical proof.
Just as metal chelation is beneficial for the arteries, where lead, mercury, and other metals accumulate on the inner surface (endothelial cells), removing them will improve circulation dramatically for all tissues of the body.
Chelation by the use of EDTA is not the most convenient way to reduce heavy metals, and it may not be the most effective means either.
That said, perhaps the safest and most effective way to remove heavy metals is using a producted called Oxidative Stress Relief or OSR for short.
In the next Daily Topic, will explore this and other measures to help prevent end stage renal (kidney) failure.
Sleep Apnea Part Deux
|Posted on March 22, 2010 at 9:58 PM|
In the previous Daily Topic, I mentioned an oral formula so effective for sleep apnea, it would serve as an ideal alternative to C-PAP. Of course, nothing works for everyone, so I have two other methods to share with you, that are sure to help if relief has not yet been found.
One other effective alternative to C-PAP is using an oxygen concentrator, which is a very effective and inexpensive treatment for all kinds of sleep apnea.
It is referred to as overnight oxygen per nasal cannula. With this treatment, one can sleep on their side, and is a lot easier to use than C-PAP.
overnight oxygen per nasal cannula generates oxygen from room air, called an oxygen concentrator, supplies the oxygen. Oxygen concentrators do make some noise, but they are much less noisy than C-PAPs.
If breathing is decreased to the point that oxygen levels fall, then breathing a higher concentration of oxygen should raise the levels to normal. In most cases, using the oxygen concentrator will resolve all forms of sleep apnea.
However, not all obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) cases will work, and in such cases there is yet another alternative.
It may require the use of a plastic dental appliance that fits in the mouth.
This appliance is called a dental splint, and it maybe needed when oxygen delivery is simply not enough to overcome an obstruction, such as in OSA.
Sometimes with OSA, there is a constriction in the airway due to a problem with the curvature in the neck or an obstruction in the airway, causing a chronic elevation of cortisol.
The dental splint will allow an opened airway, making a healthy air flow possible.
Dental splints or appliances can be expensive, especially if they are custom fit by dentists. Fortunately, there is a splint available that costs a lot less, called TheraSnore.
According to their website, the adjustable TheraSnore is custom fit chair-side in your doctor’s office. Patients take their appliance home the same day they are fit. TheraSnore gently holds the mandible slightly protrusive without locking the mandible into the appliance. When the mandible is in a protrusive position, the tongue follows forward naturally and the soft tissue at the back of the throat tightens up. This protrusive position opens the airway, allowing more air to enter.
TheraSnore is 93% effective in treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and simple snoring. The appliance is available in three different arch sizes; large, standard, and small. The standard size is the most common and will fit just about any patient.
It takes about an hour to custom fit the splint. The approximate cost is $500 and maybe reimbursable by insurance.
To find a practitioner skilled in fitting this appliance, consult the following website. www.distar.com
|Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:25 PM|
Anyone who finds themselves tossing and turning throughout the night, never feeling fully rested, may have a condition called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is often associated with patients who carry extra weight, however, this is not always the case. Some symptoms of sleep apnea are elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatigue, brain fog and can complicate any underlying disease, increasing risk of premature death.
Sleep apnea occurs when one literally stops breathing in periods during their sleep. These periods occur up to hundreds of times during the night. Some patients may remain unconscious during the short periods they are not breathing, while others will stop breathing up to a minute and a half.
Needless to say, sleeping during periods of oxygen deprivation is very harmful and when the body is suffocating, the adrenal glands will overwork, producing a chronic stream of stress hormones. If this condition is allowed to continue long enough, it can lead to adrenal exhaustion.
There are three different forms of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common, followed by central sleep apnea (CSA), and complex sleep apnea. Complex is a combination of central and obstructive.
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airway is blocked by a sagging soft pallet, however one might ask why this occurs in the first place. During sleep the brain receives signals to the diaphragm, which helps control the breathing rate.
When these signals fail to reach the diaphragm, breathing is halted and as the blood oxygen level drops low enough, the endocrine system will send emergency stress hormone response, initiating a deep breath.
This sudden breath of air can literally suck a sagging pallet into the airway. In turn, a sleep apnea patient will snore, obstructing their sleep.
With central sleep apnea (CSA), there is no obstruction is involved, instead CSA affects how the brain regulates breathing during sleep. Unlike OSA, the brain does not respond normally to changes in blood levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
While CSA is considered to be rare, it may not actually be. The reason is that it usually goes undiagnosed because CSA is not necessarily associated the typical signs found with the most common form of sleep apnea (OSA), such as obesity.
Some causes of CSA are the use of tranquilizers, sleep aids or possibly alcohol.
Regardless of whether one has OSA, CSA or both, either or will lead to shortened lifespan if allowed to continue untreated.
The reason is that either condition prevents the body from entering into restorative sleep stages, such as REM sleep. Without a proper sleep, the body cannot sufficiently produce enough ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecule. Moreover, important metabolic processes cannot initiate and will lead to increased toxicity within cells.
When most physicians consider testing patients for sleep apnea there are a few problems. If one enters a sleep clinic, there are some rather expensive diagnostics designed to measure parameters such as the depth of sleep stages concerning rapid eye movement or the measurement of brain activity, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, heart rate and rhythm, and many other measurements.
While this sounds all fine and wonderful, it will cost several thousands of dollars. If a sleep apnea diagnosis is confirmed, it will be recommended to use a device known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (C-PAP).
This machine that delivers compressed air through a bulky mask you have to wear all night. Or they may advise surgery to remove the excess tissue blocking the airway.
C-PAP is far from a desirable option, because this device works by continuously shooting pressurized air in through the nose. Patients complain it makes too much noise and is simply awkward to use, and it isn't possible to sleep on your side.
If you know someone who uses the C-PAP, they might not always use it and some patients get tired of using it, because either way, they have difficulty sleeping throughout the night. So what's the alternative?
Let's start with the diagnosis first, because it isn't necessary to use an expensive sleep study to properly identify the various types of sleep apnea.
In one study, 68 patients who were presumed to have sleep apnea were used to evaluate the difference between the standard over night sleep study, and a much simpler method, called overnight home oximetry.
The researchers found that overnight home oximetry is just as accurate as the standard sleep study.
The vast majority of oxygen supply stores will provide home oximetry at no cost, plus it's easy to use. The oximeter continually monitors and records the level of oxygen in your tissues during the night. The following morning, it prints out the minute-by-minute results. By then, a physician or yourself can determine what form of sleep apnea is occurring.
However sleep apnea is caused, it appears to be brought a by problem with the signaling between the brain and diaphragm muscles as the body transitions into deeper stages of sleep.
When the body enters into stage II sleep, the phase that occurs before the all important restorative deep sleep, this is when there are possible problems with brain signaling.
If we can somehow improve the regulation of this brain-signaling problem, most causes of sleep apnea can be resolved. Recently, a new product has emerged which helps with this problem, called Nature's Rite Sleep Apnea Relief.
Sleep Apnea Relief works by increasing respiration intensity to help maintain regular breathing. It contains three primary ingredients plus two others for general support. First, the herb lobelia, which is helpful in respiratory disorders and cramp bark is added to promote relaxation of the muscles.
The third primary ingredient is thyme, which has been historically prescribed for congested lungs and shortness of breath. Sleep Apnea Relief also contain the herbs chamomile and sweet meadow, however these are secondary.
The creator of Sleep Apnea Relief has an interesting explanation to the cause of sleep apnea, quoted below.
"The reason that the obstructions cause a problem when you are drifting off to sleep but not when you are awake is the subtle key issue that medical science is missing. Your brain reduces the intensity of the signals to your skeletal muscles when you go to sleep so that you don’t physically act out the movements that you are dreaming. As we get older, the diminished integrity of the nerve boundaries in our spinal column cause some other signals to be diminished unintentionally."
This formula will not work for everyone, but it's certainly worth a try. It prices around forty-five dollars per month, however if you buy the three primary ingredients you'll probably get the same effects while saving money.
In the event this formula does not work, there is still yet another effective alternative to C-PAP.
More on this and additional information in the next Daily Topic.
Cave Women Never Brushed Their Teeth!
|Posted on March 11, 2010 at 5:43 PM|
Primitive men and women have died with perfect teeth into old age, yet never once brushed their teeth.
Advertisers have been selling the belief that we 'need' to brush our teeth, and it further hurts matters that in many cultures, there is a social stigma, keeping a pressure on to brush, brush and brush more!
What if I told you that brushing your teeth with toothpaste is actually harmful for your teeth and gums? Toss out your toothpaste and read on!
So then why do we get cavities?
The answer is that most of us no longer consume what our ancestors ate some two thousand years ago. Chances are, you're not living anywhere near where your ancestors lived, or at the very least, not eating anything like what your ancestors ate.
When you consume carbohydrate, your blood chemistry can reveal how this affects your calcium, phosphorus, glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The readings provide strong clues to your ancestral diet, and what you shouldn't be eating. Ultimately, the readings can reveal what sort of percentage in carbohydate, fats and proteins one should consume.
Essentially what to look for is a glucose level at 85 or below and a triglyceride level at a 100 or below. If these readings are higher, it means you'll need to reduce your carbohydrate consumption.
So what causes dental decay? Low phosphorus levels create a dysregulation of calcium. There is a normal, healthy fluid flow that goes through the tooth, from the pulp chamber, through the dentin, through the enamel and finally through the mouth. This will occur when the phosphorus level is close to 4.0
However, if the phosphorus level drops below 3.5, then the endocrine system that governs the fluid flow can reverse its direction through the mouth, through the enamel, into the dentin, into the pulp chamber and finally sucking the bacteria into the tooth.
If your ancestral diet originated from a cold climate, where fruits are never seen nor grown, your blood chemistry may not respond so favorably to all that much fruit in your diet.
To put it another way, if you follow the dietary "herd" and eat all the fruit that all the 'diet guru's' tell you to eat, you might eventually run out of viable teeth!
This becomes the case for so many who find themselves having dental cavitations filled with various toxic materials.
If your ancestral origins came from a tropical region where fruit grew abundantly, then your blood chemistry can handle plenty of fruit just fine.
Depending how your glucose and triglyceride levels respond to fruit, will provide a strong indication of whether you should steer clear of it or not.
There seems to be a prevailing trend spanning many decades of mothers giving their children fruit juices thoughout the day. If they had any idea what they're actually doing, they would stop this practice immediately.
Dr. Weston A. Price was a dentist who traveled around the world in the 1930's and 1940's studying the diet's of isolated primitive peoples from the modern world.
Weston Price discovered that he could eliminate or greatly reduce bad bacteria in the mouth which fuel the tooth degeneration process through diet.
"Civilized diets" or foods that come from the derangement of processing have left us with a toxic soup of substances such as white sugar, breakfast cereals, vegetable and hydrogenated oils, along with various flavor enhancers and additives that contribute to a dysregulated endocrine system.
When a Dr. Weston Price studied the robust, isolated, primitive peoples around the world, he found that many had a tooth cavity rates close to zero.
Dr. Price also noticed in groups following their traditional diet that decayed teeth either fell out painlessly, or were covered over with a hardened layer of enamel. Weston Price treated many cases of cavities with a success rate of over 90%.
Many wonder about filling in the gaps of prior cavitations. If the calcium and phosphate of the enamel is migrating out of the teeth, perhaps winding up in other areas of the body, naturally one would desire the opposite to occur.
To increase the building of tooth enamel requires the correct chemistry of nutrients and macronutrients. It also requires the cooperation of the endocrine system to drive the fluid flow outward, keeping the bacteria out.
Dental cavities can be properly prevented by rinsing acids off the teeth. The simple solution regardless of diet is to promptly rinse the teeth with salt water, or if you prefer, using baking soda. If on the go, then simply rinse with water during meals.
What about toothpastes you ask? Most toothpastes contain fluoride, so at the very least avoid any variety containing this neurotoxin. Another reason to avoid fluoride is because it deactivates an enzyme called adenosine diphosphatase, which is required to remineralize teeth.
Beyond that, maintaining a healthy glucose metabolism will help insure healthy calcium and phosphate levels. Nutrients such as the mineral, magnesium, vitamin K2 and Vitamin D will assist with regrowth of tooth enamel.
Fluoride appears to be a co-factor in gum disease, because it breaks down adhesive protein molecules which adhere the gums and teeth. According to Dr. Gerard F. Judd, fluoride has been shown to break apart hydrogen bonds, destroying some 83 enzymes.
Gum disease can be sufficiently prevented by salt water rinsing. There is no limit to the amount of salt one can use. Gum health is further augmented by sufficient vitamin C, which is critical for its integrity.
Receding gums is a nutritional problem, surgery is never necessary for this. Routine use of salt and water rinsing has been found to prevent future gum problems.
A Weight Loss Supplement That Actually Works!
|Posted on March 5, 2010 at 1:05 AM|
When it comes to the effective fat loss supplements, finding something that works for one person is one thing, but quite another to find one that works for everyone. A few years ago several clinical trials have shown that the herb, Coleus forskohlii to be an effective supplement for body fat loss.
The active constituent in coleus is called forskohlin, which stimulates adenylate cyclase and cyclic AMP levels.
An increase in cyclic AMP leads to subsequent activation of protein kinase. Protein kinase has been shown to activate the hormone sensitive lipase which involves the breakdown of triglycerides and releasing these fatty acids from adipose tissue (fat storage).
Cyclic AMP also initiates a series of biochemical reactions that invigorate the body's metabolism with respect to food induced thermogenesis, while encouraging the stability and creation of lean body mass.
Besides the mechanism of action, the most interesting thing about Coleus are the three randomized controlled clinical trials that essentially prove its efficacy.
In one randomized, double-blind trial, overweight female volunteers took either Coleus extract (50 mg/day of forskolin) or a placebo for 12 weeks. Although there was no difference in food intake, the Coleus group lost an average of 1.5 lbs, while the placebo group gained an average of 2.2 lbs. A similar trial conducted in India with obese men and women also saw a significant difference in body weight between the groups.
The patients who took Coleus lost an average of 4 percent of total body
weight (3.8 lbs), compared to a gain of 0.3 percent (0.55 lbs) in the placebo group. The effect on body fat and lean body mass was also statistically significant. The loss of body fat in the Coleus supplemented group was replaced with lean body mass, while those taking the placebo gained body fat and experienced a decrease in lean body mass.
In a double blind, clinical trial on overweight/obese male volunteers were randomized to receive Coleus extract (containing 50 mg/day of forskolin) or a placebo for a period of 12 weeks. Those who took Coleus had a significant decrease in fat mass and body fat. The reduction in fat mass from baseline to after treatment with Coleus was nearly 10 pounds (9.9 lbs).
When seeking out Coleus, plan on taking 25 milligrams of forskohlin twice per day.
Novel Medicine Delivery Against Cancer
|Posted on March 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM|
Mainstream medicine breeds hatred when a possible truth threatens to undermine its all mighty empire of "cut, burn and poison."
In the past, I've mentioned a little about sodium bicarbonate intravenous treatment for various forms of cancer. The primary obstacle in receiving this treatment is to find willing medical staff to administer it!
Not following standard cancer treatment isn't a risk most physicians are willing to take.
Recently, I had learned of a novel way to introduce medicine that is more effective than injection. It is nebulization, or the use of a nebulizer.
There are oral medicines, natural and otherwise that are not particulary effective through the oral route. This is because the digestive system does not allow an optimal level of medication with respect to achieving proper blood levels of a substance.
What exactly is a nebulizer anyway? A nebulizer is a machine that converts a liquid into microscopic bubbles, that resembles a gas. Patients typically use a nebulizer for asthma and COPD. They literally breathe in the mist, and the interesting part about this delivery method is that it doesn't just reach the lungs, it reaches the entire body!
Some medical professionals are already referring to this therapy as off-label nebulization. Hopefully we will start to see new research in this area, particulary in regard to magnesium, sodium bicarbonate, iodine, hydrogen peroxide and glutathione.
All of the above have already been used with good effectiveness for certain conditions, and each of the above are very useful in cancer treatment.
For patients who need a rapid delivery of magnesium to the lungs would involve magnesium chloride oil, nebulized as an isotonic solution, delivering 7.5 grams per 100 ml of distilled water, which is approximately, 3.5 teaspoons of magnesium oil per 100ml.
Some practioners have been utilizing Dr. Tulio Simoncini's sodium bicarbonate via nebulizer inhalation, administering 8.4% sodium bicarbonate to lung cancer patients. In addition, a very difficult to treat cancer by orthodox standards is mesothelioma, which is now being treated by direct inhalation method with 8.4% sterile vials of sodium bicarbonate with great results!
As far as lung cancer is concerned, this is probably the most effective way to treat it, and best of all, it can be performed in the comfort of home.
If you're not already familiar with sodium bicarbonate, well here is an introduction, it is simply baking soda (pharmaceutical grade) and it is a disintegrator of cancer.
How is baking soda the answer to cancer?
Dr. Tullio Simoncini is an Italian oncologist who had made the observation that cancer is always white in "color" and essentially is a fungus, called Candida.
Candida is found in all of us, however it is not usually a threat unless it is allowed to grow out of control. Eating refined carbohydrates (sugars), taking antibiotics, being contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals all increase risk of Candida overgrowth.
Primitive tribes who typically lived to a hundred years of age, never suffered with today's common diseases like cancer and heart disease, it's doubtful they ever had Candida overgrowth either. Diet certainly played a role in their health, however their food was also loaded in minerals, because unlike industrial strength agriculture, which is grown from soils lacking top soil of fossil minerals, the foods consumed were always rich in minerals.
The "primitives" ate what foods grew around them, when in season, organic and fresh.
Today's soils lack meaningful quantity of minerals, and according to Dr. John Apsley, executive director of the Immunogenic Research Foundation, we are presently so depleted in cations (positively charged minerals) that our cells, desperate to stay alive, will grab onto anything positively charged.
With no or few minerals, the only thing they can resort to is positively charged hydrogen ions (which are nothing more than acid ions) or positively charged chemical toxins.
It occured to Dr. Apsley when learning of Dr. Tulio Simoncini's sodium bicarbonate treatments that had not occured to him before--that injecting bicarbonate into the cancer site does something that diet alone can't do.
The bicarbonate literally sucks out the acid hydrogen ions, from within the cells. This allows nutritional minerals to replace the semi-toxic acid.
In turn, this recharges your cellular defenses.
Baking soda is not only alkaline, it is also negatively charged. Dr. Simoncini discovered research showing that all solid cancers have something in common. They are all held together by a fungus. This fungus produces an acid-based glue that holds it and the cancer cells together.
All normal cells are programmed to self-destruct (apoptosis) when no longer viable. However, the fungus or rather, Candida creates toxins that directly interefere with healthy programmed cell death, causing an unmitigated cell proliferation.
Bicarbonate soda has the ability to neutralize this acid-base, and quickly unravel the "glue" holding these diseased cells together. Cancer is neutralized!
It is interesting to note that after the age of thirty, we tend to accumulate postively charged hydrogen ions in our cells, and when this happens, our cells innate ability to produce their own bicarbonate soda wains, thereby inviting potential cancer invasion.
In the near future, will provide more insights on how to circumvent cancer at its beginning and near its end.
"Run" For Your Life -- Away From Endurance Aerobics!
|Posted on February 17, 2010 at 1:21 AM|
Ever wondered if cavemen ever went jogging? It probably hasn't crossed your mind, it certainly hasn't mine.
Cavemen probably did a lot of sprinting, and their primary motivation was to catch a "lunch" or perhaps avoid becoming something Else's lunch!
Human physiology was designed for sprinting, not for endurance jogging or running. Animals also run in short spurts, never seen to run for miles on end!
One study found that 35 percent of marathoners had significant levels of arterial plaque, compared to just 22 percent of non-marathon-runners.
Most of us have heard of endurance athletes’ suddenly dropping dead of a heart attack. Enlargement of the heart, also known as cardiomegaly, a condition that should be taken seriously as in a non-athlete is considered a very serious illness.
Many endurance athletes have irregular electrocardiograms that should give a clue as to the 'benefit' of their exhaustive training and exercise.
One study involved ten cases of sudden death among marathons runners. Of these ten, nine of them died of heart attacks secondary to severe coronary heart disease.
Moreover, researchers examined the results of 24 cases of death by joggers, all but one died of coronary artery disease.
Stanford University Medical Center researchers reported on 18 runners who died as a consequence of jogging. While they were all in excellent health prior to exercising, all perished within one to five years of their activity.
These studies are just a small sample of many, and the real point I'm driving at is that according to one study, running a marathon creates an inflammatory storm in the body that is identical to the early symptoms of heart disease!
I'm not suggesting that all exercise is bad, only endurance aerobic exercise.
In fact, check out an earlier Daily Topic that discusses the best form of exercises if you're interested in living longer and improving your lung capacity. Click here
Your heart and lungs were designed for short bursts of intense exercise followed by rest. This rest in between is critical for the body's ability to strengthen the lung capacity, quite the opposite of what many endurance athletes perform.
If you take a close look at the photo above, the marathon runner found on the t-shirt, not the girl, you will see a typical example of an endurance runner's physique, one that borderlines an emaciated look. In sharp contrast, take a look at any Olympic sprinter and observe how muscular their overall appearance is.
Dr. Al Sears, an author of the book, PACE, which stands for Progressively Accelerated Cardiovascular Exercise, conducted a study involving identical
twins. Note that PACE is the same as high intensity interval training, a type of exercise that mimics the actions of how animals and prehistoric man typically "exercised," that is, in short bursts with rest in between.
Dr. Sears had one of the 18-year old twins, a women to follow the PACE program, while the other performed an aeorbic exercise, in which she ran up to ten miles a day. Her twin performed the natural PACE style exercises; in this case she sprinted 50 yards as fast as she could, rested, and repeated the cycle six times.
While the twins had the same lean body mass and body fat at the beginning of the experiment, just 16 weeks later, the PACE twin’s body fat decreased ten percent with a 9 pound gain in muscle. The endurance exercise twin’s body fat decreased 19.5 percent; however, she lost 2 pounds of muscle.
This is a classical example of why marathon runners usually appear the way they do, someone who could be mistaken for being sick, instead of healthy.
In light of all this, endurance exercise, which appears to lend itself towards a catabolic state, is probably not ideal for one who wants to keep their hair.
Mercury in Fish? Don't worry about it!
|Posted on February 15, 2010 at 1:44 AM|
Mercury in Fish? Don't worry about it!
I realize this statement might not be so easy to swallow. Just about every health publication around warns against eating fish that are known to be loaded with mercury. Well, I haven't been too worried about this, as I have consumed swordfish with 'reckless abandon' for years!
However, according to studies around the world, particulary those that have explored the relationship of mercury in tissues, countries that are well known for high consumption of fish do not show levels of mercury to be any higher than the average American.
What does show a correlation with high levels of mercury in tissue is the number of amalgams a person has. This has been studied in cadavers, with an absolute conclusion. The more "silver" fillings or mercury amalgam, the greater the mercury levels found in tissue.
The mercury in fish has already reacted with protective compounds. If you were to take a little mercury and pour some into a goldfish bowl, those fish will be dead in no time flat. However, in the ocean, fish are exposed to mercury over a period of time.
The ocean is rich in the mineral selenium, and when it combines with mercury, it forms mercury selenide (HgSe). This makes the mercury no longer bioavailable, essentially neutralizing its toxic effects.
So when mercury selenide is ingested, you're consuming an insoluble compound that is rapidly excreted in the fecal matter, within the day or day after its consumption.
Let's compare this with mercury fillings, which put out a constant flow of vapor, that is unreacted mercury, is absorbed in the fat tissues, penetrates the blood-brain barrier and oxidizes.
According to the October 18, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, any "risks" associated with eating fish are far outweighed by the benefits of consuming them.
For their review, the authors selected reports published through April of 2006 which evaluated the effects of fish or fish oil on cardiovascular risk, methyl mercury and fish oil's effect on early neuro development, mercury's risks in adults, and the health impact of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contained in fish.
They found that consuming one to two servings of fish per week containing up to 250 milligrams per day of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) reduced the risk of coronary heart disease death by 36 percent, and lowered all-cause mortality during the periods studied by 17 percent. Please note that much higher doses show much greater protection.
Due to often ignorant and irresponsible lobbyists, a repeated fiction can carry a lot of weight for people in positions of power. For instance, senators can accept things as fact that in reality are pure fiction. It only takes a single EPA employee and an inaccurate statistical evaluation, which is all too typical of EPA epidemiology. Once accepted as "fact," false propaganda about mercury is born.
Fortunately for us, there are people like Robert Ferguson of the Center for Science and Public Policy.
Quoting from Robert Ferguson: "In Japan, 87 percent of the population exceeds the EPA (mercury levels). In Hong Kong, Chinese children have mean mercury hair levels (almost twice those of the EPA limits). These children, like those of every high fish-consuming nation, seriously out perform U.S. children from grades 4-12 on international standardized tests for math and science. One key reason could be because they eat lots of fish!"
Ferguson said: "Study after study shows no adverse effects on children from maternal fish consumption as high as 12-14 meals per week. Only benefits have been reported, such as superior eyesight, higher child mental development scores, less hyperactivity, good heart and brain function and improved intelligence at 4 years of age."
The reality is that mercury poisoning isn't easy to get, and you're not going to get it from food, yet your dentist is a more likely source.
Mercury is abundant on the Earth, and it's certainly nothing to be afraid of. We live in a veritable sea of mercury, most of it naturally produced by nature, like volcanic eruptions, forest fires, and especially the oceans. The oceans alone contain millions of tons of mercury that have been there for billions, millions, or thousands of years (depending on your religion).
If you take a moment to look at the history of mercury for the past few thousand years, you will quickly realize that there is no problem. History indicates that methylmercury (MeHg) has been with us since "the beginning." That includes being present in fish and in people.
Micro-traces of the potentially toxic form of mercury have likely been in fish tissue naturally since fish have existed. Studies examining mercury levels in tissue samples from fish from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans dating as far back as the 1880s have found no trends of increase.
Let's go back a little further than this mere 150 years. In AD 400, there was evidence of "high" levels of mercury in human tissue. And Alaskan mummies dated from AD 1445 had mercury levels twice as high as pregnant women in Alaska today.
|Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM|
Fiber is not necessary for human health. Fiber from fruit and vegetables is just fine, however what isn't necessary and even detrimental are fiber cereals, grains and psyllium.
So if what I say is true, then why do most doctors recommend to eat more fiber?
The recommendation to use fiber for constipation originally began as a way to cover up the side-effects of antibiotics, dental amalgams, and most other prescription drugs. Physicians themselves believe this lie, so it isn't any fault of their own.
Pharmaceutical companies in the United States control almost all aspects of medical education, either directly, by publishing references, textbooks, and curriculums for continuous education courses as well as designing and administering licensing exams.
The belief of fiber has been so well ingrained that it has become somewhat of a religion. Moreover, enormous amounts of advertising have promoted this view in every possible medium.
It's only natural that doctors will recommend fiber for constipation because that is what is written up in all medical references and textbooks, even though every single piece of independent research states emphatically that fiber causes constipation and related colorectal disorders, it doesn’t relieve constipation or improve motility.
While medical schools teach that bowels contain innate bacteria critical to health, the antibiotics frequently prescribed today, routinely kill this bacteria along with their intended target, wreaking all kinds of havoc.
Most everyone has little idea that almost all of the stool is dead bacteria, it is not undigested food. If undigested food is found in abundance, that is indicative of an inflammatory bowel disease or malabsorption problem.
Most physicians are not familiar with disbacteriosis, which is an imbalance between different types of the intestinal microorganisms, leading to inflammatory disease. This is ignored because it is so pervasive in the westernized diet, and it is becoming more difficult to find an American child or adult who hasn’t taken antibiotics at least once or twice, much less been exposed to traces of antibiotics in meat, dairy, poultry, and farmed fish.
That said, most are vulnerable to disbacteriosis. To complicate matters, those who are exposed to mercury in dental amalgam are also subject to the destruction of gut microflora.
Beneficial bacteria protect the bowel mucosa from inflammation, polyps, and cancers, as they synthesize essential vitamins K and biotin, and regulate the process of phagocytosis, where pathogens are engulfed.
In addition, beneficial microflora allow stools to remain soft, while still retaining a solid shape and moisture.
In the medical literature, the intestines contain over 450 strains of bacteria, which comprise somewhere between 50 to 75% of dry stools by weight. In contrast, in the absense of beneficial flora, stools become small, dry, and hard.
Physicians believe a constipated patient needs more insoluble fiber, commonly found in fruits, vegetables, and grains, because fiber enlarges stools by retaining water in them. However, the larger stools caused by added fiber only serve to narrow an already narrow canal even more.
As constipation resumes after a while, patients are told to add soluble fiber, acting as laxative and blocking the absorption of fluids inside the bowel.
Psyllium is a very "popular" form of soluble and insoluble fiber, and it is definitely something to avoid, because eventually it can diminish the bowel’s peristalsis (involunary muscle movement in the colon), causing the suppression of the "need to go" urge.
All this fiber is really "doing" is substituting bulk for beneficial bacteria, creating an unhealthy stool.
Before the cereal "killers" came along (the industrial cereal food giants), fiber wasn't even on the nutritional "radar." Fiber gradually leads to dependence and addiction by stretching and expanding the colon, narrowing down the anal canal, creating nerve damage. Ever wonder how hemorrhoids develop? It's the nerve damage from this pressure of large stools.
Eating fiber will not damage you right away, yet in decades to come it will, as irreversible changes complicate constipation matters, creating colorectal damage, such as diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, polyps, and cancers.
The Harvard School of Public Health has stated and I quote, "Fiber intake has also been linked with the metabolic syndrome, a constellation of factors that increases the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes. These factors include high blood pressure, high insulin levels, excess weight (especially around the abdomen), high levels of triglycerides, the body's main fat-carrying particle, and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Several studies suggest that higher intake of fiber may somehow ward off this increasingly common syndrome."
The references given for such statements included, below.
Diabetes Care 2004; 27:538-46.
Am J Clin Nutr 2002;76:390-8.
I must confess that I have felt some reluctance to write this topic due to its unpopular message, however after years of research, I had come to the absolute conclusion that fiber isn't needed in the diet. Moreover, the existence of grains is relatively recent considering the history of human beings.
Finally, I should state that up until recently, scientists have grossly underestimated the critical importance of our intestinal microflora, which constitute ten times the number of cells of the human body.
In contrast to my earlier statements, there are actually some forms of fiber that appear to be quite beneficial, and one of these is called Acacia gum (Acacia Senegal). Acacia gum is a soluble food source type of fiber, and in fact, is considered to be medical food for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Acacia gum has a clinically proven prebiotic effect, which improves bowel motility and stimulates the growth of healthy gut flora, which in turn reduces bloating, gas, and bowel irregularities.
So if you're currently taking a fiber, please consider switching to Acacia gum instead.
A recent study released in February this year, revealed a novel effect of Acacia gum on the ability to decrease glucose transport in mice. In other words, it reduced the negative impact of glucose!
Treatment with Acacia gum at 100 grams per liter of drinking water for four weeks significantly blunted the increase in body weight, fasting plasma glucose and fasting insulin concentrations. Essentially, Acacia gum counteracted glucose-induced obesity. If this translates to humans, we could have a real useful fiber to use during parties and the holidays when eating sugar is too hard to resist.
Back to the "bad" fibers, along the way of my research, I had stumbed on to a few anti-fiber advocates in recent years, only adding weight to my own conclusions. Take a look at this entertaining and informative video, courtesy of an anti-fiber avocate, Konstantin Monastyrsky.
The Cause Of Acne Part Deux
|Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM|
Previously, the role that diet plays in the etiology of acne was discussed. In part two, will provide some information on treatment and prevention.
As mentioned before, brewer's yeast taken daily can offer up to an 80% success rate in the remission of acne, but imagine how effective the results could be if diet is controlled as well.
For those who have recalcitrant, chronic forms of acne, there is a derivative of milk protein, called lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is also present in exocrine secretions that are commonly exposed to normal flora, such as within the fluid of tears, nasal and bronchial mucus, gastrointestinal fluids and saliva.
In patients with rosacea or acne have lower levels of lactoferrin in their tear ducts. The surface of the eye provides an inert barrier against infection, and it offers this though antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities of lactoferrin.
Lactoferrin also plays a protective role in the skin, providing antimicrobial action by binding free iron, thus preventing its availability necessary for microbial growth and its survival.
Moreover, the action lactoferrin has on scavenging free iron in body fluids, acts to suppress free radical-mediated damage.
In a trial using lactoferrin on adolescents came with impressive results. The average decrease in acne lesions was 71% within one month and 95% decrease within two months respectively.
Look for a 200 milligram capsule, taken once daily.
There are different forms of acne, and for if it is the cystic form, then brewer's yeast and lactoferrin may not prove to be all that effective.
For cystic acne, the best approach is to supplement with a quality probiotic. One particular set of strains may not necessarily work as well as another, so it pays to experiment until you find the variety of probiotic strains that work with your body best.
One probiotic product that works quite well for many with cystic acne is called Dr. Ohhira's, Essential Formulas Inc., Probiotics 12 PLUS. In any event, if you have used antibiotics within the last year or two, it is imperative to take a quality probiotic for at least while.
Antibiotics allow opportunitic yeasts to crowd out beneficial bacteria, causing an elevation of androgen activity, and poor glucose management.
Finally, another important measure to prevent acne is to incorporate sufficient intake of omega-3 fatty acids, especially in the form of EPA and DHA. If you're a vegetarian, then opt to take supplemental forms of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) from borage oil.
These fatty acids, help balance prostaglandins, which are hormone-like fatty acid molecules that a play a regulatory role in inflammatory processess.
The Cause Of Acne
|Posted on January 31, 2010 at 2:50 AM|
For whatever mysterious reason, the vast majority of dermatologists still share the outdated belief that diet is unrelated to the etiology of acne. Moreover, topical products sold commercially take full advantage the public's immense ignorance about the role of diet and acne.
Conventional approaches to acne are the use of topical retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, and topical and oral antibiotics for mild to moderate severity. While the side-effects can be well tolerated, they are merely band-aids and do not address the underlying cause of this skin disorder.
Oral isotretinoin, better known as Accutane, is typically prescribed for the treatment of severe nodular acne, treatment-resistant acne, and acne with a risk of physical or psychological scarring. Side-effects from isotretinoin can be quite severe and sometimes even permanent. Some of these include hair loss, eye problems, dry skin, pain in the joints, knee, back and possible organ failure.
Acne is so common among western civilization, it can affect up to 95% of the adolescent populaton. In older men and women, some 40% to 54% have some degree of facial acne.
Acne can be prevented, it's all about diet and the proof comes from two
non-western civilizations, the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Aché hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. Based on observations of 1,200 Kitavan subjects examined (including 300 aged 15-25 years), not a single case of acne was found!
Of 115 Aché subjects examined (including 15 aged 15-25 years), over 843 days, no case of active acne was observed. Neither of these non-western civilizations consume refined starches or sugars.
In a pilot study used to determine the short-term effects of a low glycemic load diet on hormonal markers of acne suggested that dietary glycemic load may be one environmental factor contributing to the variation in acne prevalence worldwide.
It was found in high glycemic load/ insulin resistant group that sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels decreased significantly from baseline, allowing increased androgen activity, a driving force behind sebum production, while insulin growth factor binding protein-1 (IGFBP-I) and insulin growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) significantly increased in the low glycemic load group.
These results suggest that increases in dietary glycemic load may augment the biological activity of sex hormones and IGF-I, suggesting that these diets may aggravate potential factors involved in acne development.
Processed and refined starches and sugars stimulate growth factors which activate the phosphoinositide-3-kinase/Akt signaling pathway, which increases androgen receptor transcriptional activity. Further, it causes a vast over production of skin cells (keratinocytes) and sebaceous fatty acids (sebum).
Foods that trigger high insulin response stimulates the elevation of free insulin like growth factor I (IGF-1). This action increases basal keratinocytes or production of skin cells.
While this is occuring, the high insulin response also stimulates a reduction in insulin like growth factor binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3). The role of IGFBP-3 is to stop the proliferation of new skin cells, so during hyperinsulinaemia or an excess level of circulating insulin in the blood, reduction of IGFBP-3 contributes to an over proliferation of skin cells.
The pores of the skin, the pilosebaceous ducts can become encased in oil (sebum), essentially blocked by a overcrowding of skin cells, called corneocytes.
Both whiteheads and blackheads start out as microcomedones and the initial step in the formation of blocked microcomedones (pores) is the obstruction of the pilosebaceous duct by corneocytes.
Corneocytes are cells in the outer skin layer, and can block the opening of the pilosebaceous duct. This occurs when corneocytes are too tightly bound together during the skins natural shedding process. Normally, the skin's adhesion molecules will exfoliate via apoptosis, but instead remain intact.
Dietary stimulated increases in proliferation of basal keratinocytes (which ultimately may become overly cohesive corneocytes) fuels the obstruction of the pilosebaceous duct.
As a result of this, a delay in the normal apoptotic process in corneocytes is a primary mechanism involved in the development of the acne lesion, also known as the microcomedo.
Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is a native microorganism found within the skin's sebum and plays a role in acne inflammation by stimulating skin cells to produce a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Propionibacterium acnes induces tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), which in turn increases the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), a key enzyme involved in remodeling of acne skin.
High consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, without sufficient omega-3 fatty acids contributes to a rise in arachidonic acid levels. Aarachidonic acid can increase the secretion and expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 in skin cells (keratinocytes).
The human body requires some arachidonic acid, however too much can lead to serious inflammation. Additionally, the higher your insulin levels, the greater the stimulation to increase levels of arachidonic acid.
Brewer's yeast can treat acne by neutralizing excess bacteria, as well as by supporting production of white blood cells, serving to reduce inflammation in the philosebacious ducts.
In 1989, a German study evaluated the effects of brewer's yeast on various forms of acne. This randomized, controlled double-blind study involving 139 patients was studied in comparison with a placebo over a maximum period of five months. Over 80% of the patients were considered to be healed or considerably improved taking brewer's yeast, while the corresponding figure for the placebo group was only 26%.
The development of hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance elicits a pathological rise in serum concentrations of nonesterified free fatty acids (NEFAs), which causes an over expression of the Epidermal Growth Factor receptor (EGFR). This causes a deranagement in the opening of the philosebacious ducts.
There is still more to cover, especially in regard to treatment and prevention of acne. Look out for part 2 of this discussion.
Rising Above Your Genetics
|Posted on January 24, 2010 at 7:35 PM|
Medical school breeds dogma. This dogma is in the form of so many outdated theories still in practice today. With a very few questioning unproven methodologies, and it's no wonder sickness is spread wide and far.
Many theories, taught as 'fact' are repeated enough to become a perceived fact. It makes the process of educating the 'educated' a little more difficult that it ought to be.
Perceptions from false teachings keep the blind harming the blind, and one of the most unfortunate examples of this, is the orthodox view of genetics. It is taught that genetics are a predetermined future. This means that our DNA determines the sort of diseases we are prone towards.
I have always found the standard teachings of medicine to be short sighted and self limiting. Medical school conjures up a view of dread and disease with little hope of a positive outcome.
Maybe your like me, who has found countless news and magazine articles on health to be a little bit on the depressing side. Medicine today has much to do about disease mongering, and that diet and lifestyle have limited potential to prolong life. We are told to regularly screen ourselves for a disease that we have "little control" of, which ultimately will be managed by a myriad of pharmaceutical cocktails.
We are told that at the time of birth we are dealt with genes we have to live with and that certain diseases are forthcoming.
Naturally, to me all of this is simply rubbish. Instead of genetic roulette, I vouch for the field of epigenetics, which literally means "above the genes."
Scientists understand only 1% of the human body, so it makes little sense to make absolute assertions about anything within the genetic code, making scientific reductionism a hazard to our health. Today, we are finally beginning to understand that the body is not a mechanical unit, but more of a field energy force, governed by quantum mechanics, hence the success of the placebo effect.
It is interesting to note that many pharmaceuticals accomplish little beyond the placebo effect, making drug approval passage somewhat of a dubious process.
Everything from behaviors to hormonal states are thought to be passed down from parent to offspring without change in the DNA code or maintenance of the parental environment. While it certainly appears this way, the truth is, there is something we can do to change our genetic behavior.
DNA contains the instructions for all the parts of the body, yet it is only half of the story. The DNA in our bodies is wrapped around proteins, called histones. Both the DNA and histones are covered with chemical tags, these actually shape the physical structure of the genone and are called the epigenome.
The epigenome wraps around inactive genes, making them unaccessible, while the epigenome relaxes active genes, allowing their accessibility.
So while DNA remains fixed, the epigenome constantly reacts to the diet and environment, allowing a complete change in genetic expression.
Epigenetic modulation plays a critical role in cellular aging. Two major epigenetic codes are DNA methylation and histone modifications, including acetylation, methylation, phosphorylation and ubiquitylation. Environmental factors such as dietary components can regulate gene expression by altering epigenetic modifications.
This means that we can slow down the aging process with appropriate dietary and environmental protective measures.
One shining example of this is how mitochondrial function is modified by supplementation of acetyl-L-carnitine in young and old rats.
Young 3 to 5 month-old and 22 to 28 month-old rats were given a solution of acetyl L-carnitine in their drinking water for one month. Upon examination of their liver parenchymal cells, acetyl L-carnitine significantly reversed the
age-associated decline of mitochondrial membrane potential.
Cardiolipin, which declines significantly with age, is also restored. Acetyl L-carnitine increases cellular oxygen consumption. This is very significant, as our oxygen typically declines with age. This oxygen consumption of the older rats was brought up to the level of young rats.
In the untreated older rats, (not supplemented with acetyl L-carnitine), the cellular glutathione and vitamin C levels were nearly 50% lower than in the cells of the acetyl L-carnitine supplemented group. However, there was an increase in oxidative stress in the treated groups.
Fortunately, oxidative stress driven by acetyl L-carnitine can be completely offset with the addition of lipoic acid. In its reduced form, lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant, and like acetyl l-carnitine, also increases intracellular ascorbate and glutathione concentrations.
Lipoic acid and acetyl l-carnitine have been found to act together in reversing age-related metabolic decline and also reduce indices of oxidative stress. It is believed that this combination can extend animal life up to 30% longer. Just from my own personal experience, my oxygen capacity is far greater than it used to be.
doi: 10.1073/pnas.261708898 PNAS February 19, 2002 vol. 99 no. 4 1870-1875
Some other marvelous ways to alter genetic expression through epigenetics is taking a super nutrient called Sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is a nutrient found heavily in broccoli sprouts.
When cancer wreaks havoc in the body, a destructive process called deacetylation causes DNA to wrap too tightly around histones, turning off important gene sequences. An important process called apoptosis, which is a cellular self-destruct sequence is supposed to occur when a cell is no longer viable.
During deacetylation, healthy programmed cell death can no longer occur, allowing abnormal cells to grow out of control.
Cancer is a proliferation of cells mitigated by a fungal contamination. Sulforaphane is a potent histone deacetylase inhibitor, and works marvelously as a cancer prevention agent.
The reversible acetylation of histones is an important mechanism of gene regulation. During prostate cancer progression, specific modifications in acetylation patterns on histones are apparent. Targeting the epigenome with sulforaphane is an obvious choice for cancer prevention, yet it offers a myriad of other benefits.
Sulforaphane helps restore defunct antioxidant systems in several organ systems, including the skin. Sulforaphane increases the transcription of certain enzymes to increase glutathione synthesis in the body.
In the liver, there is a protein system that holds the transcription factor nrf2. Sulforaphane binds to this protein system and releases nrf2, a transcription factor which can bind to specific promoter regions of DNA and turn on transcription of genes for detoxification enzymes.
In male pattern baldness, there is a sharp decline in glutathione, which is a critical antioxidant for the removal of toxins. Sulforaphane can restore the antioxidant system in skin cells, possibly protecting against hair loss.
Sulforaphane is also capable of treating asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) in ways once thought to be impossible. So as you can see so far, it really is possible to change genetic expression.
If you haven't already heard, vitamin D can regulate over 2,000 genes in the body. Several studies have shown that optimal levels of vitamin D will prevent premature death from all causes.
If a mother has sufficient vitamin D prior to full embryonic development, chances are far greater the child will be born healthy. Eighty percent of those born with type-I diabetes have a vitamin D deficiency. Does this sound like genetics to you?
Other super nutrients are resveratrol, quercetin, curcumin, the mineral magnesium and much more.
Besides incorporating dietary measures, another important consideration is to be certain you are not carrying a burden of heavy metals, courtesy of the dentist or from vaccinations, such as the flu shot.
The Causes Of Autism & What To Do About It
|Posted on January 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM|
Just as many organizations exist to raise money for cancer research, now there are fund raising campaigns for autism spectrum disorders. Just as there are "no" cures for cancer, they'll proclaim that the cause of autism is 'unknown.'
It's the mercury, and how do we know? Amish people rarely get vaccinated, and the only case of Amish autism I have heard of involved an amish receiving a vaccine.
Since the early 1980's autism has been rising steadily, right in line with the increase in the number of childhood vaccinations. In America for instance, children are recommended to receive 49 doses of vaccines before they reach six-years old. Prior to 1980's, the number of vaccines given were one-quarter of what they are today.
Naturally, the makers of vaccines claim that these medical 'wonders' are proven safe. I disagree, as there are no studies that show their safety over a significant of period time, much less the dangers of administrating several vaccines all at once. With additives such as aluminum, bacteria, formaldehyde, Thimerosal (mercury), and viruses, vaccinations appear more akin to population control than disease prevention.
I'm not suggesting population control is at work here, perhaps it's a case of blindness. Usually when you combine greed with lawsuit immunity, vaccine makers have the goose that lays the golden egg. Imagine a perfect business in which the government mandates everyone to consume your product, completely free of medical liability.
This phenomenol business model is not likely to go away anytime in the foreseeable future. Instead, we're probably going to witness new dangerous vaccines, such as the recent HPV vaccine for girls. Anyone ever heard of iodine? It will reverse cervical dysplasia.
Researchers have made comprehensive genetic studies, and of course they have found nothing. The real cause is mercury exposure, and there are a few ways to acquire it. If a mother has a mouth full of mercury amalgams, the fetus in utero can absorb up to 30% of her mercury.
Autism also relates to an iodine deficiency. Autistic children were found to have iodine levels 45% lower than normal. Iodine deficiency can lead to both thyroid problems and mental retardation, and the researchers say their findings are consistent with studies suggesting altered thyroid function both in autistic children and their parents.
It is unfortunate that average iodine levels in the United States have dropped
significantly in the last few decades. This is probably due to fortification of bromide in breads instead of iodine, and salt restriction advocacy groups discouraging the use of salt, which is typically iodized.
Alterations of cortical neuronal migration and cerebellar Purkinje cells have been observed in autism. Neuronal migration requires triiodothyronine (T3) which is converted from thyroxine (T4) by fetal brain deiodinases. If there isn't enough iodine this process cannot take place.
Essentially, low thyroid function can cause autism, and it shouldn't be a surprise that mercury inhibits thyroid function.
Besides iodine, yet another halogen mineral was found to be deficient in autistic children. Between the ages of three and six were found to have reductions in levels of lithium, as well as the mothers of three to eight-year-old autistic children.
A shortage of lithium during pregnancy adversely affects fetal development and especially brain development. Low levels of lithium are linked to
aggression and decreased sociability. Bear in mind that lithium protects against glutamate toxicity, which is driven by free radicals of fatty acids in the brain.
Because fatty acids in the brain are constantly under attack in autism, supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids will help sustain brain function and allow for better behavior. Fatty acid supplements can markedly improve the behavior of autistic children.
Declining levels of vitamin D over the last 20 years is another factor in the recent increase in autism incidence. This connection has not been explored in depth, however it is likely to be a factor considering the effects of estrogen and testosterone have on vitamin D metabolism.
One of the most effective methods to resolve mercury poisoning is the use of a relatively new fat-soluble antioxidant called OSR. OSR stands for Optimize, Strengthen, and Rejuvenate.
OSR is a product associated with Dr. Haley who has conducted research on the link between autism and mercury exposure, it is marketed as a generalized antioxidant.
OSR is generally only distributed through doctors. However, the following website will sell it to the public.
What makes OSR remarkable is its ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score, which is 192,400. This is extremely high when compared with blueberries which is well known for its high ORAC value of 2,400. Moreover, OSR is a fat soluble antioxidant, which is where the antioxidant activity really matters most, especially for mercury toxicity.
Another important consideration in the treatment of autism is to avoid dietary allergens, especially gluten and milk casein. In addition, would avoid all grains that contain gluten. Leaving off refined starches and sugars is important as well. Mercury toxicity helps breed yeast overgrowth, and eliminating these foods will go a long way towards recovery.
In the practice of integrative medicine, it has been found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) shows considerable improvement in children with autism.
In a recent study, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was found to be remarkably effective for children with autism. Treatments consisted of 10 sessions in a hyperbaric chamber at 1.3 atmopsheres, for one hour per day, five consecutive days for two weeks. SPECT scans of each patient’s brain were taken before and after the hyperbaric treatments to quantify physical changes to the brain tissue.
The SPECT scan showed an increase to blood flow and oxygen to the temporal lobe. SPECT scans of patients taken before hyperbaric treatments showed a significant amount of dormant activity while scans taken of patient brains after hyperbaric indicated an increase in brain activity and blood flow. After hyperbaric therapy, dormant brain regions were replaced with greater functioning tissues and represented a scan more similar to a healthy individual.
In yet another study, measuring the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on autistic children ages 1-11 yrs, researchers found a total effectiveness of hyperbaric in 93.6 % of study participants.
Another very useful treatment for autism involves supplementation of RNA extracted from saccharomyces cerevisiae. Parents with autistic children have found marked improvement in their children who use these products.
These unique RNA products were developed by microbiologist, Dr. Amy Yasko, who has authored two books about autism and brain diseases, called
"The Puzzle of Autism" and "The Power of RNA."
Consult Dr. Yasko's website for more information.
Finally, optimizing intake of iodine, vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids, a natural source of B-vitamins as well as magnesium will go a long way in helping towards a recovery. I strongly suggest the use of magnesium oil as those with autism always suffer from a shortage.
Why You Should Never Get A Root Canal
|Posted on January 16, 2010 at 7:16 PM|
There's a lot wrong with the dental profession. In fact, just about everything is wrong with the dental profession. Just a few examples are mercury-filled amalgams, root canals and any sort of dental filling material imaginable.
It's a good idea to remove existing root canals and to definitely avoid getting any new ones. One obvious question is, what does one do when the existing ones are removed? Absolutely nothing, at least for a little while--because the body will start producing blood clots which are intermediates for bone mineralization. In other words, those empty spaces will be filled up with bone in due time.
Why exactly do dentists perform root canals anyway? They will tell you that having a root canal will let you hold on to a dead tooth. The false presumption is that the bacteria is nonexistent, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, root canal 'therapy' is in fact palliative.
Studies on thousands of teeth have demonstrated the presence of bacteria in 80% to 90% of the canals after they have been "sterilized." According to Dr. Weston Price, the primary bacteria found in root canals includes streptococcus, staphylococcus, and spirochetes. He found 90% of the bacteria in the teeth that produced the patients' acute diseases were streptococcus and 65.5% of the time they belonged to the fecalis family.
Further research has found that bacteria and their toxins from root canals can enter the blood stream and travel to any point in the body, and generate disease to that tissue or organ.
The American dental association (ADA), will deny this time and again. It's really no wonder, because the potential liability involved would be insurmountable. Moreover, root canals are extremely profitable--it's just not good business to deny them to patients.
Modern testing procedures have confirmed the work of Dr. Weston Price's research using DNA analysis, making any claim by the ADA that Price's research being "outdated," is an attempt to keep the public blind over the real dangers of root canals.
Dr. Josef Issels of Germany found that in his 40 years of treating terminal, end-stage cancer patients, 97% of them had root canals. He would not initiate his successful treatments until all root canals had been removed.
The bottom line is, bacteria from root canals are extremely toxic, anaerobic bacteria have been found and identified in and around root canals. It is believed by many experts that root canals will lead to some form of an autoimmune disease. Of course, when an autoimmune disease is identified, it is fought with palliative treatments that involve killing the body's defense system instead of killing the source of the infection.
The toxins made by the bacteria that live by the billions in and around root canals contain the most toxic organic substances known. For example, thio-ethers are a 1000 times more toxic than botulism toxin, which used to be considered the most toxic organic substance.
If one has a root canal, toxins leak into the blood stream everytime they chew food. To make matters much worse, most if not all of these patients also have dental fillings. Mercury is the second most toxic substance on the planet, next to plutonium. When mercury or other dental filling material exchanges with bacteria, the harm becomes magnified.
The Toxic Element Research Foundation, headed by Dr. Hal Huggins has uncovered extremely disturbing data concerning the implications of root canal bacteria and various autoimmune diseases. Unfortunately, this research has been ignored by mainstream dentists for all the same reasons stated earlier.
In light of all this, one may ask, what can be done about amalgam fillings and existing root canals? It's very important to note that most dentists are ill- equipped in the removal of both amalgams and root canals. Upon the removal of root canals, it is suggested by Dr. Hal Huggins to have a treatment of intravenous ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to help kill of the microbes.
Regarding the removal of amalgam fillings, regardless of their composite material, a special dentist should be sought whom specializes in this extraction process. The reason is that without proper removal, a very potent and residual toxicity can result, creating incalculable turmoil to the patient.
If you're concerned about your existing root canals or amalgam filings, I strongly suggest consulting a dentist who has been trained by Dr. Huggins by calling (866) 948-4638 or by visiting this website http://www.hugginsappliedhealing.com/alliancedentist.php
If you currently have mercury fillings and would like to safely remove mercury from the body without any side-effects, consider taking Humifulvate daily. Doing so can help alleviate some burden until these fillings are removed properly.
Reversing Years Of Arterial Damage Part 3
|Posted on January 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM|
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) was originally used by placing a patient with the "bends" or nitrogen sickness in a pressure chamber and increasing the pressure to 3.0 atmosphere with 100% oxygen. Not long after, it was recognized that hyperbaric oxygen therapy could also facilitate wound healing in patients with poor circulation.
The first open heart surgeries were performed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber without the use of heart and lung bypass machines. This is possible because when the body is super saturated with oxygen, all the vital tissues still receive it, so the heart can remain at rest without any detriment to the patient.
Oxygen is a critical substrate in the alleviation of hypoxia, or very low oxygen conditions. Furthermore, the beneficial effects of oxygen have been augmented by administration at doses above normal atmospheric pressure and at higher concentrations. The pressures suitable for cardiovascular disease are typically administered at 1.4 atmosphere of pressure.
While researchers remain mystified at the remarkable effects HBOT has on heart attack, I have long suspected that it works by alleviating the accumulation of acid in the left ventricular tissue. When low oxygen conditions are present (hypoxia) result in tissue acidosis.
When a heart patient has been crippled with cardiac drugs, a series of hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments can stimulate various growth factors as well as stem cells, which migrate from the bone marrow to facillitate repair of damaged tissue. Moreover, an environment that is super saturated with oxygen can neutralize microbes and drastically reduce inflammation.
As mentioned in some previous Daily Topic issues on heart disease, magnesium in the form of magnesium orotate is very useful for cardiovascular disease, especially those who have had a heart attack or heart surgery.
Because magnesium orotate is not particulary soluble in water, it delivers magnesium directly to the cells without any gastrointenstinal disturbance. Its effects with respect to arterial plaque are a reduction in calcification of damaged heart tissue, increasing HDL cholesterol, and reduction of the monocyte conversion to macrophages in the endothelium, which is how it prevents plaque formation.
Moreover, in animal research, magnesium orotate therapy have been shown to prevent and reduce arteriosclerosis (stiffening of arteries). Additionally reducing calcification of soft tissue.
Recent research points towards the potential of vitamin D to reduce plaque formation in the arteries. When 375 patients with type I diabetes (insulin-dependent) were assessed for their vitamin D levels, it was found that those whose levels were below 25 nmol/L, the risk rose 3 times greater to develop calcified plaque blockages than those who had levels above 75 nmol/L.
This finding may not be so surprising when considering that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with an increased C-Reactive Protein (CRP) level. This measure indicates probable blood vessel lining inflammation.
Some interesting studies, more or less ignored by the mainstream showed significant plaque reduction when both iodide and niacin were used. Iodide dissolves waxes, which is essentially what sticky plaque is made out of. Niacin can increase HDL, lowering triglycerides and reduce Lp(a) levels.
In integrative medicine, a treatment known as Plaque-X is used to remove arterial plaque. Plaque-X is the intravenous use of egg derived Phosphatidylcholine. This treatment was originated Europe, however the patent has long expired so its use in conventional medicine has fallen out of favor.
Fortunately Plaquex is still available, and it's also known as essential phospholipid therapy. I had the opportunity to look through a patent using this therapy and had noticed it also has an application for hair loss.
In the patent, it stated that the invention includes a method of achieving hair regrowth in a person suffering from male pattern baldness. In one section, it stated the following, "An elderly male subject with scalp hair loss was treated with liposomes, the subject noticed a significant improvement in hair regrowth after liposome treatment.This was also followed by a reduction in Lp(a) levels.
That stated however, there is an alternative to intravenous essential phospholipid therapy or Plaque-X. It's not lecithin, which normally one would consider when thinking of phospholipids, because the micelles cannot accept all that much lecithin within the blood stream. Fortunately, there is a product that allows the essential phospholipids to enter into the blood stream.
The product in question is natural essential phospholipids (EPL) that is encapsulated in liposomes, allowing for greater absorption through the gut wall. One such brand is Nutricology's LipoPhos Forte.
I intended to write more about heart disease in the future, however for the time being, I will give a deserving break to explore other pressing subjects.