A Cosmetic Shame – Yellow 5 & 6

Yellow, the color that stimulates appetite and triggers the feelings of happiness and friendliness, gives us a warm fuzzy feeling like the sun.  When the LORD God created light, this literally created the possibility for us to see living beautiful colors for our benefit in so many ways.  

Since we eat with our eye’s first, it is no wonder the food industry uses color in their fake food because of the psychological nature of it to the consumer.  But, we must remember the purpose of these chemicals is often to mask the absence of real food, to increase the appeal of a low-nutrition product to children.  These artificial colors continue to be known as the secret shame of the food industry and the regulators who watch over it.

  • quinoline yellow (E104)
  • FD&C Yellow 6 – *sunset yellow-orange shade FCF (E110) (3,558,351
  • FD&C Yellow 5 Tartrazine (E102) Yellow shade (3,756,551 pounds of dye)
  • Alternative names – Tartrazine, Y4, Coal Tar Dyes
  • Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6water-soluble food colorings used in some medicines, most foods, and often beauty products.  They are banned in Norway, Austria, and Germany. Delisted are FD&C Yellows No. 1, 2, 3, and 4.

WHAT IS YELLOW 5 (E102)?

Yellow 5 (aka Tartazine, E102): synthetic lemon yellow that is made from petroleum (crude oil from the ground).

  • it contains the cancer-causing compounds benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl. 
  • Six of the 11 studies on Yellow 5 showed that it caused genotoxicity, a deterioration of the cell’s genetic material with potential to mutate healthy DNA. 
  • Yellow 5 combined with sodium benzoate could result in hyperactivity in children.

It’s found in gelatin desserts, candy, pet food, and baked goods.  It is often fed to chickens to make their egg yolks more appealing.

Side effects of yellow 5: ingestion, anxiety, migraines, clinical depression, blurred vision, itching, general weakness, heatwaves, worsen asthma symptoms, feeling of suffocation, cause allergy-like hypersensitivity reactions, purple skin patches, and sleep disturbance. Tartazine, Yellow 5 (watch video)

WHAT IS YELLOW 6 (E110)?

YELLOW 6 LAKE is really bad stuff combined together from lots of chemicals. Benzenesulphonic acid treated with hydrochloric acid and sodium nitrite.  Since it is a lake, salt has been added to it so it is insoluble in liquids.  The resulting dye is purified and isolated as the sodium salt.  Out of the numerous artificial dyes under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&C).

Yellow #6 belongs to the monoazo class of colorants that is yelloworange in color.

  • is a toxic chemical
  • is a sulfonated form of Sudan I

Sudan l is a poisonous substance that was one of the original petroleum azo compound dyes developed in the late 19th century during the European textile boom.  A tiny proportion of people express an allergy to yellow #6 and experience symptoms, such as hives, asthma and skin rashes.  70 percent of the global use of dyes are azo dyes, which are among the most hazardous.

  • it is heavily correlated with hyperactivity, especially in children.
  • is linked to some types of tumors. 
  • may have a relationship to adrenal and kidney malfunction
  • *Yellow #6 (E110): Banned in Norway and Finland. Due to the same cancer-causing compounds as Yellow #5, it causes tumors in the kidneys and adrenal glands of laboratory animals.
  • In “Food and Chemical Toxicology” in 2010 noted that both Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 food dyes changed the chemical functions of the liver and kidneys.

Side effects – gastric upset, diarrhea, vomiting, nettle rash (urticaria), swelling of the skin (angioedema) and migraines, linked to hyperactivity in young children

Further reading:  Is It Bad For You

What’s the Big Deal?

Regardless of how many of these turn out to be proven or not, I am not sure how eating a product that was made from industrial coal-tar can be good for you.  At best, there is no nutritional value.  At worst, it may be causing a whole host of problems.  Even if you’re not sensitive to Yellow Dye, would you knowingly feed your children coal-tar? Which has nothing to do but give dangerous diseases or conditions to people?

Why would the FDA allow an industry to put yellow dye in anything?

It may ATTRACT the children.

But then, adults are children at heart also, aren’t we?

The FDA continues to justify the negative effects of artificial dyes on human health, in spite of numerous studies highlighting these effects.

What Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 is in: skittles, jello, gelatin desserts, dessert powders, pet foods, American cheese, macaroni and cheese, Starburst, frostings, Oreos, ice creams, flavored milk, yogurt, carbonated beverages. color bakery goods, cereals, crackers, beverages, dessert powders, candies, gelatin desserts, sausage, pickles, hot dogs, cosmetics, drugs (yellow vitamin capsules) and on and on.  Allergy-symptoms

Don’t assume that only yellow color foods include this dye, but few white cup cakes also contain yellow dye as an ingredient.  It is best to read the labels.

Where can you find easy, natural dyes?

Does Trader Joe’s sell natural dyes?  Not a single one.  If you shop there, encourage them to carry the products you see below and in this Red – Appealing Danger Color Food Beautiful series. (Click link for last months suggested coloring producers.)

Americolor food coloring natural?  Sorry, what may be the best-selling premium brand still uses the synthetics.

Here is a list of safe food coloring manufacturers: Have you made your Christmas cookies yet?

Using Color Gardens colors

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What can you do?

  1. Use a smidgen of Tumeric Powder for a truer yellow color.
  2. Using annatto or paprika will produce more of a rusty orange versus a yellowish.
  3. For your non-dessert recipes, such as if you want to make vegan cheddar cheese using ground nuts, then mustard seed powder along with nutritional yeast is a good alternative for creating that yellow-orange hue.

Several major multinational companies that do not use dyes in Europe said that they don’t use dyes in Europe because government has urged them not to—but that they would continue to use dyes in the United States until they were ordered not to or consumers demanded such foods.

Consumers should not have to wait decades, if not forever, for companies to voluntarily remove questionable dyes from their products. The FDA, which is charged with protecting the public from unsafe food ingredients, should ban all of the dyes.

It is reported that 90 percent of all dyes used in the US involve these three food dyes —red #40, yellow #5, and yellow #6.


What else can you do?

  • Lobby your government Representatives to push for the removal of toxic dyes
  • *Get educated about what is in your food.  READ LABELS.  Read more in the Food Dyes Rainbow of Risk.
  • *Use your purchasing power and avoid foods with toxic dyes
  • Right to companies expressing your views
  • Reduce or stop consuming processed food
  • *Buy organic, but still look for dyes.
  • Cleanse and detox your body to remove the cumulative chemicals

 You have more influencing power than you think!

In the US, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These unnecessary – yet potentially harmful – dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they were removed due to consumer outcry.  Isn’t it time we cried out, enough is enough.  We need to get smart, be wise with our food choices for our families health.

Why not sleep well at night knowing you are using beneficial colors to liven up your food?  Just think about all the nutritional benefits you gain from these real and beneficial colors.  Hmmm, I think I need to cover the nutritional benefits of these at some point.


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RED – Appealing Danger

SPOTLIGHTING  RED

Dactylopius coccus costa (female bug) carmine or cochineal extract (Carminic acid)

Red happens to be the most used color out of all the colors in the food industry, especially the most prolific artificially colors in candy.  In nature, red is a very appealing food color; many fruits are colored red to indicate ripeness.  Some of the red coloring we use in food is actually made of crushed bugs (Soylant Red – Carminic acid). Carmine is a beetle native to South America used over many hundreds of years as a dye for blankets and cotton.  Now, it is found in our food.  Eew, creepy, crawly bugs.  Although it is natural, and many cultures eat beetles and other bugs, this one can cause severe allergic reactions.  I don’t know which is worse, the Carmine or the artificially made one from coal tar sludge.

I have learned to extremely enjoy history and how things come to be.  Here is a little history of our appealing first color in this series, the RED40!  History tells us that color additives typically came from substances found in nature, such as turmeric, paprika and saffron.  By the 20th century, new kinds of colors appeared that offered marketers wider coloring possibilities.

In the 1800’s, some manufacturers colored products with potentially poisonous mineral- and metal-based compounds resulting in injury and even death.  To mask poor product quality or spoiled stock, food producers deceived customers by using color additives.  By the 1900’s, unmonitored food colorings spread through many food items that were derived from aniline, a petroleum product that in pure form is toxic and dubbed “coal-tar”.  Strong economic incentives phased out the use of plant, animal, and mineral sources.  In the passage of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 the FDA’s mandate included the full range of color designations to separate their hues.  Consumers can still read these on product packages: “FD&C” (permitted in food, drugs and cosmetic); “D&C” (for use in drugs and cosmetics) and “Ext. D&C” (colors for external-use drug and cosmetics).  We would be wise to take advantage of this information on packages and become knowledgable of what it all means for our own benefit.


FD&C RED No. 1 – BANNED in 1961 – due to cancer concerns

FD&C RED No. 2 – BANNED in 1976 – carcinogenic; increases bladder tumor risk (found on Florida oranges)

FD&C RED No. 4 – BANNED in 1964 – due to cancer concerns.  They were banned by FDA in foods, ingested drugs, and ingested cosmetics in 1964, but are permitted for external use only.

What happened to FD&C RED 3?

FD&C RED No. 3 (Erythrosine) – was recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and is banned in cosmetics such as lipsticks, in externally applied drugs and as a pigment form called ‘lakes’ in food, drugs, and cosmetics. The FDA still permits Red 3 in ingested drugs and foods.  It is known to be linked to Thyroid Cancer/linked to allergies and ADHD in children.

Can food dye cause hyperactivity?

Erythrosine, also known as Red No. 3, is an organoiodine compound, specifically a derivative of fluorone.  FD&C RED No. 3 is a synthetic dye with a cherry-pink stain used primarily for food coloring. In foods it is used to dye cake decorating gel, candies and popsicles, among other food items such as sausage to maraschino cherries.

Red 3 was found to cause DNA damage in human liver cells in vitro, comparable to the damage caused by a chemotherapy drug whose whole purpose is to break down DNA, but Red No. 3 was also found to influence children’s behavior over 30 years ago and to interfere with thyroid function over 40 years ago.  Many parents were desperately searching for a solution to their children’s behavior problems.  They knew how debilitating hyperactivity (now called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD) was to their children and their family.  It is estimated that over half a million children in the United States suffer adverse behavioral reactions after ingesting food dyes.  A good read on the topic of ADHD and food coloring is in this SEEING RED.pdf.

Why is it still legal?

Good question!  By 1985, the FDA had already postponed action on banning the Red No. 3 twenty-six times, even though the Acting Commissioner of the FDA said Red No. 3 was “of greatest public health concern,” imploring his agency to not knowingly allow continued exposure (at high levels in the case of Red No. 3) of the public to “a provisionally listed color additive that has clearly been shown to induce cancer while questions of mechanism are explored.”

That was over 30 years ago and it’s still in our food supply.

In 1990, concerned about cancer risk, the FDA banned the use of Red No. 3 in anything going on our skin, but it remained legal to continue to put it in anything going in our mouths.  Seriously?!

Then we have the BIG RED!

FD&C RED No. 40 – Allura Red AC

FDA regulations state that Red40 must be listed on labels as “FD&C Red No. 40” or “Red40.” However, manufacturers don’t have to specify how much is in their product.

As mentioned above, RED40 Is the most-widely used dye and is a certified color that comes from petroleum distillates or coal tars.  Red is one of the most prolific artificial colors in candy.  Allura Red (AC) was originally introduced in the United States as
a replacement for the use of amaranth as a food coloring.  However, Allura Red (AC) is banned in many European countries solely.

Dyes lack nutritional value and are often used as cheap replacements for healthful ingredients. For example, most of the color in the “carrot- flavored pieces” in Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix comes not from the smidgen of carrot powder, but from the Yellow 6 and Red40 dyes.  Similarly, there are no cherries or berries in Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast.  The color comes primarily from Red40.

Foods that aren’t red or orange can still include Red 40.

  • You can find it, and other artificial food colors (AFCs), in cheeses, peanut butter crackers, salad dressings, and marshmallows.  Do you consume any of these products?  Bakery, Candy, Cereals, Dairy, Drinks, Sauces, Snacks

  • You can also find red dye in drinks marketed as healthy, such as sports drinks and nutritional shakes.  
  • Red dyes are also found in these foods that are not red. For example red dye is used in combination with yellow food coloring to give peanut butter-flavored food a golden color.
  • Even unexpected foods such as pizza may contain red dye, so it’s necessary to scan or read the labels of everything you purchase. This includes foods marketed as healthy such as fiber bars and oatmeal with fruit.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more products with RED40 under these categories.  Learning a new habit to read the labels would be better.  Here is a list of the different RED40 names.

  1. Red 40
  2. Red No. 40
  3. FD & C Red No. 40
  4. FD and C Red No. 40
  5. Allura Red
  6. Allura Red AC
  7. C. I. 16035
  8. C.I. Food Red 17
  • Allura Red has been determined to cause behavioral & developmental problems in children (increased hyperactivity in 8‐ to 9‐years old children) and is a carcinogenic & mutagenic azo dye causing cancer growth in cells.
  • Red40 lowers reproductive success in rats. It also reduced parental and offspring weight, decreased brain weight, and lowered chances for survival in newborn rats.
  • Artificial red is known as a toxic endocrine disruptor.  This means it disrupts normal hormone function.

The allowed amount of food dyes certified per person has more than doubled over the past four decades:  10 mg was the typical daily challenge dose of Red40, 14 people may consume as much as 52 mg of Red40 in a day, according to the FDA in 2014, and some children between the ages of 2 and 5 consume 38 mg of Red40 in a day.  Ironically, two-forms of the drug Ritalin, which is often used to treat children with ADHD, contain dyes as the first inactive ingredient.

After receiving much backlash from concerned consumers, some companies are now using natural dyes as alternatives to Red40. These Red40 alternatives can be derived from natural products such as beets, elderberry, and purple sweet potatoes.

It is very encouraging to see that major companies including Kraft, Campbell Soup, Frito-Lay, General Mills, Kellogg, Chick- l-A, Panera, Subway, and Taco Bell have pledged to stop using AFCs in their products.  For these companies to make such a commitment is huge, but the battle continues on and are still commonplace in supermarkets, schools, and restaurants, which puts the burden on families to learn of dyes’ effects and try to keep their children from eating artificially dyed foods.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  1. Avoid using any foods with artificial dyes
  2. Read the ingredient list before using them.
  3. Learn how to make your own colors from plants:

Vegetable powders are great ways to add vivid colors without adding excess liquid, so if you’re wanting a deep red, for example, use beet powder rather than beet juice.

RED (VIVID): 

  • pure beet juice
  • beet powder
  • pure pomegranate juice
  • red raspberry purée, strained to remove seeds

To make a concentrate, place about 1 cup of freshly squeezed juice over very low heat. The only way Nourishing Joy has been able to do this successfully is with a mini-crockpot. She uses this one.  (I do not benefit from this sale.)

Leave the lid off the pot so the liquid can evaporate and heat until the juice begins to thicken and drips slowly off a spoon rather than running off easily, about 24 hours, give or take 8 hours depending on your climate and pot. The liquid will be less than 1/4 of its original volume.  Store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.


Red Sprinkles

1. Peel, then thinly and evenly slice or grate beets and place on a dehydrator sheet.

2. Set temperature to 150′ and dehydrate until crispy.

3. Allow to cool then remove and pulse in blender. For small jobs you can use this.

4. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.


Red Liquid

  1. 1/2 cup cooked beets canned
  2. 1/2 cup of beet juice

Blend until smooth.  Strain.  Pour in glass container and store in fridge for up to 4-6 weeks

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If you do not want to make your own, here is Natures Flavors in powder and liquid forms.  (I do not benefit from a sale.)


Red Velvet Cupcakes

Gluten-free vegan red velvet cupcakes with a natural red hue, a tangy frosting, and a secret chocolate center. Delicious, healthy, and with no oil or sugar!

For a visual live demonstration click here.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cupcakes

CUPCAKES

  • 1 cup [pitted Medjool dates (about 12)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small beet (about 1.5 inch diameter, peeled)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsps cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat flour

CHOCOLATE FILLING

  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk or water
  • 2 tbsps cacao powder

FROSTING

  • 6 oz . coconut yogurt (So Delicious Plain Greek Cultured Coconut Milk)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cupcakes: Blend the water, dates, vanilla, and beet on high till there are no chunks.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend till combined.
  3. Spoon into a cupcake pan that is lightly oiled or use paper liners.
  4. Bake for 22-24 minutes at 350F.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Chocolate Filling: Blend all the ingredients till smooth. Remove the center of the cupcakes with a cupcake corer or a small cooke cutter. Spoon in the filling.
  7. Frosting: If the yogurt is lumpy, whisk first, then pipe or spread onto cooled and filled cupcakes. Serve immediately.

If you try any of these, I would love to hear your thoughts about it and what you used the color red for.


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A Rainbow of Risks

We need to celebrate!  LIFE is to be celebrated, and with full color!!

We are all geared to celebrating as much as we can, right?  We have even come up with reasons beyond the normal holidays as reasons to celebrate.  Take the Gender Reveal Parties for instance. The opportunities are endless.

Why do we celebrate?  

It brings people together, as a collective whole to remember, celebrate, support one another, to encourage one another, and to build bridges amongst one another.  We live in a world with so much negativity, and we want to forget the troubles we face.  Celebrating allows us to be happy and experience the peace that is required to improve and help the world.  Celebrating make us pause and be mindful and also boosts our well-being.

What reasons have you come up with to celebrate?

But with all of our celebrating, we are also partaking in a rainbow of risks.  

What do I mean by rainbow of risks?  All synthetic (chemical imitation of a natural product) colors additives (dyes) that are certified by the FDA.  Certified colors are synthetically produced (or human made) and used widely.  These dyes are complex organic chemicals that were originally derived from coal-tar, but now from petroleum.  Petroleum is estrogen dominant linked to infertility, menstrual problems, accelerated aging, allergies and autoimmune problems as well as nutrient deficiencies, sleep problems, and even some types of cancers.  Antifreeze may be added to the chemical cocktail to help retain its color.

As far back as the 1870s and 1880s and the early 20th century, food dye was normalized with the artificial coloring of food.  In the 1960s and ’70s, there was a return to a back-to-nature movement and against chemicals.  In the 14th century, European farmers colored butter carrot juice and annatto (red-orange pulp from a tropical fruit). In the mid- to late 19th century American farmers began coloring butter by using food dyes.  In the early 20th century, many consumers were frightened by those bright-red foods, but they still liked them because they hadn’t seen such bright color’s like that before.  Food company’s advertised they were using FDA approved colors, but there were very real dangers.  People actually died from eating some candy.

Here is a list of the FDA’s 9 accepted food dyes:  The Rainbow of Risks

  1. Citrus Red No. 2
  2. Red No. 3 (Erythrosine)
  3. Red No. 40 (Allura Red)
  4. Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine)
  5. Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow)
  6. Blue No. 1 (Brilliant Blue)
  7. Blue No. 2 (Indigo Carmine)
  8. Green No 3.
  9. Orange B

There are some potential problems with food dyes, specifically:

  • Carcinogenicity – leading to cancer development
  • Genotoxicity – leading to mutations or damaging chromosomes
  • Neurotoxicity – leading to the damage of nerve tissue

The most popular food dyes are Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These three make up 90% of all the food dye used in the US, in particular breakfast cereals, candy, snacks, beverages, vitamins, and other products aimed at children are colored with dyes. Even some fresh oranges are dipped in dye to brighten them and provide uniform color, says Michael Jacobson, executive director at CSPI.

Food dyes are one of the most widely used artificial chemicals added to our food supply and are deceptively dangerous.  Color additives are categorized as either dyes or lakes.

Dyes dissolve in water and are manufactured as powders, granules, liquids or other special-purpose forms. They can be used in beverages, dry mixes, baked goods, dairy products, jams, pudding, pie filling, yogurt, popsicles, pet foods and a variety of other products.

Lakes are the water-insoluble form of the dye. Lakes are more stable than dyes and are ideal for coloring products containing fats and oils, or items without enough moisture to dissolve dyes. Typical uses include coated tablets, cake and donut mixes, cheese, margarine, candy and chewing gums.

Why Companies Go Artificial (synthetic, fake)

Food manufacturers know that we eat with our eyes, and apparently the brighter the better.  Brighter is more exciting.  It is good marketing.  They create an appeal to the consumer, grabbing our attention. Think of food coloring like cosmetics to give the food a face lift.

Artificial food dye consumption has increased by 500% in the last 50 years, and children are the biggest consumers.  In the favorite classical movie “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” we all remember the child catcher who entices the children to come out of hiding with all his goodies.  This is what the food manufacturers are doing, enticing the masses with fun, colorful treats to lure us into their lair and appease the kid inside each of us.  Once the consumer buys the product they find themselves a slave, a prisoner to the artificial, fake food.

The certified colors are used widely for intense, uniformity of color, and because they blend easily to create a variety of hues. Certain colors are approved for a specific food types.  Companies like using them because they are cheaper, more stable, and brighter than most natural colorings.  They bring foods a longer lasting shelf life.  These dyes are also used in drugs and cosmetics mainly for identifying purposes, and are hiding in places we may not expect like toothpaste, pickles, and yogurt.  When certain colors are used they automatically bring to mind an identification of the real food, ie. blue for blueberries.  Just think without food coloring your hot dogs would be grey.  How many people would buy a grey colored hot dog?

About 70% of the diet of the average U.S. resident is from processed foods.  15,016,634 dyes of all nine colors are certified through the FDA in these processed foods.  Now that’s an unbelievable amount!

From their own web site, the FDA claims no harmful results come from the consumption, yet the variety of artificial chemical colors are linked to health concerns, including allergic reactions, behavioral changes including ADD & ADHD, and even cancer. Even after continual efforts, the FDA continues to do nothing.  The FDA’s data show a dramatic five-fold increase in consumption of dyes since 1955.  It looks like American’s have increased their intake of processed foods.

“These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson, co-author of the 58-page report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks.”

These same dyes rainbow of risks have been banned from our animal laboratories continue to be manufactured and stocked on grocery shelves and finally grabbed by parents making their way to the shelves at home without giving any further thought to the risks involved in their family’s health.  I believe that all parents want fun and goodies to give to their children, but rarely think of the consequences these goodies offer from these trusted food giants.  Most tragic thing of all are that the children who rely on their parents to provide healthy, wholesome, nutritious foods are being taken by the villain (food manufacturers) right out from underneath the parents noses.

In a 58-page 2010 report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks,” CSPI reveals nine food dyes that are currently approved for use in the United States linking to a range of health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions. These results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself.  It is worth noting that dyes are not pure chemicals, but may contain upwards of 10 percent impurities that are in the chemicals from which dyes are made or develop in the manufacturing process.  (FDA 2018 approved colors)

Are you or your children sensitive to synthetic food coloring?

You cannot look to the FDA for help.  The FDA blames sensitive individuals, not dyes.  We must take action with our “pocket books”.  You can continue to provide fun, colorful celebrations just find alternatives.
But, we cannot just blame the FDA’s regulation and the food manufacturers alone, the consumer’s demands can drive change. That’s right.  We are partially to blame.  We can break away from our addiction to these processed foods.  Here are some ways:

  1. Focus on real foods from the produce section.
  2. Buy organic.
  3. Read Labels looking for real ingredients.  Most eight-year-olds reading labels. Not many adults do either.
  4. Educate yourself – begin by following this series.
  5. Start making your own foods and stay away from the processed.

Considering the adverse impact of these chemicals on children, and considering how easily they can be replaced with safe, natural ingredients.

Most synthetic dyes have dropped out of the food supply in Europe, yet they still sell the same foods in the U.S.  Half a million in the U.S. suffer from the above mentioned conditions.

I would like to help you discover the risks and dangers of the common nine artificial colors used in the food that lines our grocer’s shelves.  But, I won’t leave you hanging without giving you some great alternatives.  Dare I suggest conquering the growing everyday tensions and anxieties we face by having a Detox Party?

If you eat processed food, you are most likely eating food color additives. Many experts have raised health concerns about food color additives.

Consumers have used change.org to successfully communicate to these giant companies.  This communication has resulted in the following companies, as of July 28, 2015, that have promised to removed artificial dyes from their products by 2018.   Kraft who has removed artificial dyes from Mac & Cheese products, Subway, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Nestle, Papa John’s, Campbell Soup, Taco Bell and Panera eliminated these dyes, and General Mills and Mars announced they’re doing away with them as well!  

It would be great to support those places that have removed these artificial dyes from their product lines.  We, the consumer, must keep these giants accountable.  Keep an eye on their products and ask to read labels.  In addition, if you would like to take action, tell the FDA to Ban Harmful Synthetic Food Dyes here.

Let’s celebrate LIFE together the right way, in a positive way, and make it the best LIFE ever!

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The Royalty of Purple

Purple was called a “royal color” because it was very rare in nature and expensive to make.

The color dates back to the ancient world of kings and queens.  The Persian King Cyrus adopted a purple tunic as his royal uniform, and some Roman emperors forbid their citizens from wearing purple clothing under penalty of death.

The reason for purple’s regal reputation comes down to a simple case of supply and demand. For centuries, the purple dye trade was centered in the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre in modern-day Lebanon. The Phoenicians’ “Tyrian purple” came from a species of sea snail now known as Bolinus brandaris, and it was so exceedingly rare that it became worth its weight in gold. To harvest it, dye-makers had to crack open the snail’s shell, extract a purple-producing mucus and expose it to sunlight for a precise amount of time. It took as many as 250,000 mollusks to yield just one ounce of usable dye, but the result was a vibrant and long-lasting shade of purple.

Clothes made from the dye were exorbitantly expensive—a pound of purple wool cost more than most people earned in a year—so they naturally became the calling card of the rich and powerful.

“Purple is . . . the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow – and it’s a color with a powerful history . . . purple symbolizes luxury, romancemystery, spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, dignity, royalty – and it captures all of these meanings more so than any other color.” (ColorMatters.com)

Long associated with royalty, purple creates an air of luxury, even decadence. Using a purple dominantly is a quick way to create a sense of elegance or high-end appeal.

Lighter shades of purple – especially lavender – bring to mind spring and romance. Darker shades add more mystery, and can even symbolise creativity. Darkening the shade will also turn the romantic elements more sensual.

Purple fits in the realm of food in its “royalty” regarding nutrition.

Purple is the new trend in food.  Why?

The Pantone predicted purple foods to trend in 2017.  Throughout 2017, purple foods seemed to come out of hiding and showing up everywhere.  Chef’s menus elaborated on these richly trend setting recipes colored purple foods which include:  Berry & Beet Smoothie, Roasted Baby Purple Cauliflower, Roasted Beets, Baked Purple Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage, Eggplant parmesan. Other foods including Blackberries, Purple Asparagus, Elderberries, Acai, Purple Carrots,  Pomegranate, Purple sweet potatoes, Concord Grapes, Blueberries, Darker Skinned grapes, Plum’s, Purple Corn, Black rice (has more anthocyanins per gram than blueberries).

The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color trends, has chosen Ultra Violet as the color of 2018.  For a second year in a row, purple is at the top of food trends.

What is so special about purple food?

In a nut shell, the color purple is a protector of the outer nervous system of brain, eyes, and skin, and inner nervous system how of our digestive system.  This vibrant color often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.

Purple Foods are “superheroes” of nutrition

Purple foods harbor some of the most royally amazing nutritional benefits possible fit for a king, but are there for each one of us. Imagine a drug that could fight cancer, reduce cholesterol, improve blood sugar and protect against cellular damage that was also safe, without side effects and taste great!

A government report sharing how “nearly 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough produce from this color family [purple], which is linked to a slew of health benefits, from protecting memory, slowing the aging process and safeguarding your heart, to warding off Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.” This article was written by a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health.

1. Purple foods kill cancer

2. Purple foods are ulcer-fighters

3. Purple foods are good for your liver

4. Purple foods are good for the heart

5. Purple foods prevent urinary tract infections

Many purple foods contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins:

Anthocyanins are colored water-soluble pigments belonging to the phenolic group. The pigments are in glycosylated forms.   Glycans serve a variety of structural and functional roles in membrane and secreted proteins. It is the enzymatic process that attaches glycans to proteins, lipids, or other organic molecules. Anthocyanins are responsible for the colors, red, purple, and blue, are in fruits and vegetables.  Anthocyanins are particularly found in fruits such as grapes, purple grapes, black berries, strawberries, raspberries and some tropical fruits.  They are powerful antioxidants that also possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. In acidic condition, anthocyanins appear as red but turn blue when the pH increases.  Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigment in the Plant Kingdom that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, or blue.  An anthocyanidin is a steroid molecule.  Vacuolar is a small cavity or space in tissue.

Anthocyanins possess the following health benefits:

  • antidiabetic
  • anticancer
  • anti-inflammatory – inflammation is at the root of all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and immune dysfunction.
  • antimicrobial
  • anti-obesity effects
  • prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Anthocyanins have been credited with capacity to modulate cognitive and motor function, to enhance memory, and to have a role in preventing age-related declines in neural function.

Anthocyanins have demonstrated marked ability to reduce cancer cell proliferation and to inhibit tumor formation.

Human clinical trials, show that anthocyanidins and anthocyanins possess antioxidative and antimicrobial activities, improve visual and neurological health, and protect against various non-communicable diseases.

  • Purple is associated with calm and relaxing.
  • Purple has the property to restore capillaries.
  • Purple has antibacterial properties to help treat UTI’s.
  • Purple helps with eye strain and prevent deterioration of other eye health issues such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma,

Resveratrol

Harvard University scientist and professor David Sinclair is an Australian biologist and Professor of Genetics best known for his research on the biology of lifespan extension and driving research towards treating diseases of aging. A resveratrol formulation that Sinclair became known for making, states resveratrol like: “(It’s) as close to a miraculous molecule as you can find…. One hundred years from now, people will maybe be taking these molecules on a daily basis to prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

  • Resveratrol is typically known as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and a phytoestrogen.  It is Anti-aging & Anti-cancer effects, Neuroprotective, contributes to heart health, Helps Protect the Brain and Cognitive/Mental Health.
  • Resveratrol is shown to have cancer chemopreventive activity in assays representing three major stages of carcinogenesis.
  • Resveratrol was found to act as an antioxidant and antimutagen
  • Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation.
  • Resveratrol responds to injury or, when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decrease arterial pressure and promote healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

Betalains

Like anthocyanins, betalains have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Eating more purple food is really critical when it comes to fighting the age process, preventing diseases such as cancer, and also helping to fight inflammation.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decreases arterial pressure and promotes healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels and boosts immunity in healthy middle-aged adults.  Cholesterol levels significantly dropped and the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, to improve circulation and blood flow and reduce stress on the heart. Decreases oxidative stress.

No wonder they are at the top of the list of foods to be consumed for the second year in a row.

https://www.theholisticingredient.com/blogs/wholesome-food/10369150-berry-delicious-ice-cream-with-macadamia-crunchIt helps to have a high-powered blender to make this ‘ice cream’, you will simply need a little more patience without, that’s all. If you are without maqui berry, never fear, it’ll be very scrumptious with blueberries alone.  * Maqui berry can be purchased online or via many health food stores.  Recipe by The Holistic Ingredient.

2 bananas, frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1 heaped tablespoon maqui berry *


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TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions: The BIG Three (Summary)

Here is the list of the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions:

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)
  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062) 8b of 10 Pneumonia “The Winter Fever” (part one)
  9. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 9 of 10:  Kidney Disease 1 in 7 (57,062)
  10. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 10 of 10: Depression * Suicide * Self-Harm (Supercharge Your Happy Chemicals)

75% of our health care spending is on chronic preventable illnesses.  These illness are not separate disorders, they are different expressions of the same unhealthy lifestyle that have the same treatment.  If you make destructive dietary decisions on a daily basis, imagine the strife and sorrow it you may cause your family, friends, and loved ones if such decisions result in TOP 10 above or a premature death.  The only hurdle to jump is to care enough about your own health to LIVE now and make serious critical lifestyle changes.

Have you ever wondered what is the root cause of all these diseases are?  Have you ever considered looking further into it?  There are a number of alternative healing therapies that work so well and cost so little (compared to conventional treatment), that Organized Medicine, the Food & Drug Administration, and their overlords in the Pharmaceutical Industry (The BIG Three) would rather the public not know about them.

Did you know that most of these TOP 10 are man-made?

As late as 1900, infectious diseases were the most common cause of death throughout human history.  The 10 leading causes of death in 1850 were all infectious diseases.  What do you conclude as you look over the years?

Notice how heart disease and cancer have surged to become two of America’s top killers.  What do I see in our present day condition from these lists?

Lifestyle/man-made issues.  Lack of exercise, obesity, dietary excess, drinking, and smoking would greatly reduce our risks from the top ten killers today.  Consumerism that indulges in artificial, fake foods of the standard American diet (SAD) that line our shelves with addictive chemicals that is too busy to care about or question the giants of BIG industry.

Stress is a BIG deal that aggravates these conditions.  It includes physical, emotional, cognitive, and oxidative stresses. Some stress is rather normal even necessary.  With a society that does not seem to want to slow down, we place ourselves in a constant state of “fight or flight” when that natural chemical reaction was only meant to be used sparingly.  Individualistically, each one of us has our own stress threshold.  What my husband can handle is quite different from my own.  It really all comes down to how your brain sees, perceives, and interpret the stress.

Medicine.  “Medicine is undergoing an existential crisis today. Its core value proposition – to help and not hurt — is failing to manifest. Patients are suffering. Doctors are suffering. The only exuberant party on the battlefield against disease is the pharmaceutical industry…”  Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com.

Sayer further comments about “…An industry whose annual casualties far exceed the death total from our two decade long involvement in the Vietnam war.”  “The irony is that the system has become so ineffective and dangerous that avoiding medical treatment (excluding perhaps emergency care) has become one of if not the best healthcare strategy you can implement to protect your health and well-being.”


Feel free to explore the 28,000 + biomedical citations posted on GreenMedInfo.com that vindicate the safety and efficacy of natural substances in the prevention and treatment of disease. View the Research Dashaboard here.


There are many fine, caring physicians, please don’t misunderstand me. When a person experiences a trauma from an accident, a severe laceration, by all means, of course you require medical treatment. But, let’s not mix compassion with profit. Medicine started out based on compassion.  Before I go any further please know that I am about exposing the truth here only.

Turning Disease Into Gold With The Drug-Based Printing Press

Dr. Robert Sharpe, “… in our culture treating disease is enormously profitable, preventing it is not. Preventing the disease benefits no one except the patient. Just as the drug industry thrives on the ‘pill for every ill’ mentality, so many of the leading medical charities are financially sustained by the dream of a miracle cure, just around the corner.”

Investigative reporters Robert Houston and Gary Null (Death by Medicine) concluded that these institutions had become self-perpetuating organizations whose survival depended on the state of no cure.

They wrote, “a solution to cancer would mean the termination of research programs, the obsolescence of skills, the end of dreams of personal glory, triumph over cancer would dry up contributions to self-perpetuating charities and cut off funding from Congress, it would mortally threaten the present clinical establishments by rendering obsolete the expensive surgical, radiological and chemotherapeutic treatments in which so much money, training and equipment is invested.

The reason is obvious: Alternative, non-toxic therapies represent a potential loss of billions of dollars to allopathic (drug) medicine and drug companies.

The BIG Three have collectively engaged in a medical conspiracy for the better part of 70 years to influence legislative bodies on both the state and federal level to create regulations that promote the use of drug medicine while simultaneously creating restrictive, controlling mechanisms (licensing, government approval, etc) designed to limit and stifle the availability of non-drug, alternative modalities.

Here in America, as you have read throughout this series, a relentless campaign of misinformation, fraud, deception, and suppression of alternative therapies and healers has been in place for the better part of this century in order to keep highly effective alternative therapies from reaching any significant plateau of public awareness.

Control is exerted through “news items” and propaganda from pro-establishment organizations like:  …with the full cooperation of main-stream media of course.

  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Cancer Society
  • The Diabetes Foundation, etc.
  • Local Medical Boards
  • Government Agencies like:
    • the FDA
    • The National Institute of Health (NIH)
    • The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    • The National Academy of Science, etc.

Over the past decades, hundreds of caring, concerned, and conscientious alternative healers have been jailed and abused like common criminals for the “crime” of curing people of life-threatening diseases in an “unapproved” manner by heavy-handed government agents who swoop down on clinics with drawn guns, flax jackets, and Gestapo manners.

BIG Pharma’s BIG/Deep Pockets – Let’s follow the money trail

When I say BIG Pharma, who are the players in the pharmaceutical industry?

Tackling BIG government/BIG Pharma is difficult and sometimes dangerous.  The federal government issues massive fines to keep companies in check.  BIG Pharma itself is a significant contributor to the Food and Drug Administration’s budget.  This leads to concerns of conflicts of interest and outright bribery. This is where “the pharmaceutical industry” becomes “Big Pharma.”

  • Johnson & Johnson ($276 billion market value)
  • Novartis ($273 billion)
  • Pfizer ($212 billion)
  • Merck ($164 billion)
  • GlaxoSmithKline ($103 billion)
  • Eli Lilly ($98 billion)
  • DuPont
  • The list goes on…

How deep are their pockets?  Are you a “share holder”? I encourage you to take a look at these “7 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Big Pharma.” (July 2015). The Motley Fool. Accessed July 25, 2016.

1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)  

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Purdue Pharma and the American Opiate Epidemic

The Sackler family, who owns Purdue Pharma, is worth $14 billion, amounting to the 16th-largest fortune in the United States.  Purdue Pharma, a seller of OxyContin, the brand name of the generic form of oxycodone, a semisynthetic opioid has had lots of help by employing 318 sales representatives (through doctors and “thought leaders) who receive yearly bonuses to the tune of $70,000. “The OxyContin Clan: The $14 Billion Newcomer to Forbes 2015 List of Richest U.S. Families.”(July 2015). Forbes. Accessed July 27, 2016

But BIG Pharma does not appear to be going away anytime soon and they have the money to stay in business.  Pharmaceutical companies have agreed to pay the Department of Justice in fines and penalties for fraudulent market practices, such as promoting medications for uses that violate the approval standards of the Food and Drug Administration, exceeded $13 billion.  “Big Pharma’s Big Fines.” (February 2014). ProPublica. Accessed July 27, 2016.

War On Microbes Through Vaccines

BIG Pharma’s drugs (a stunning statistic of the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year.)  In an article Death By Medicine” written by By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD, over 700,000 Americans die each year at the hands of government-sanctioned medicine, while the FDA and other government agencies pretend to protect the public by harassing those who offer safe alternatives.  A definitive review of medical peer-reviewed journals and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good.

Today, all children in America are being required to get dozens of doses of vaccines, whether or not the disease is deadly or high communicable, whether or not there is a disease outbreak, and whether or not a child is biologically at higher risk for being harmed by vaccination.

BUT, we cannot just blame the BIG guys.  We must take responsibility.  No one can do it for you. Not your family, your friends, or your therapist.  Journal of the American Medical Association in noting that many doctors acquiesce to their patients’ demands.  “When Patients Demand A Brand-Name Drug, Many Doctors Likely To Give In.” (January 2013). Consumer Reports. Accessed July 26, 2016.

Let’s take a look at the definition of pharmacia:

A pharmakós (Greek: φαρμακός, plural pharmakoi) in Ancient Greek religion was the ritualistic sacrifice or exile of a human scapegoat or victim.  The term “pharmakos” later became the term “pharmakeus” which refers to “a drug, spell-giving potion, druggist, poisoner, by extension a magician or a sorcerer.”  A variation of this term is “pharmakon” (φάρμακον) a complex term meaning sacrament, remedy, poison, talisman, cosmetic, perfume or intoxicant.  From this, the modern term “pharmacology” emerged.

Sounds like witchcraft.

So, how does one persuade trusting citizens that an emperor is naked? In the fairy story, it takes the naïve candour of the little boy who is too young to realize the consequences of speaking out of turn. But once he does speak, the rest of the people look up and see that what he says is true, that their ruler is behaving with an imperial disregard for both truth and decency.

Maybe being bold enough to tell the truth.  We must think outside the box!  We must also beat them by their own game: using our “pocket-book” wisely!  Find and choose alternatives!  There are so many out there! 

Man-made diseases come in many forms of offensive biological and chemical warfare attacks, some from an intense focus of U.S. army and CIA biological warfare.

Man-Made Pollution and Chemicals are linked to 200 Diseases – Doctors from the Boston Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco state that “More than 80,000 chemicals have been developed, used, distributed, and discarded into the environment over the past 50 years.”

Harmful chemicals are found everywhere.  Chemical preservatives are sprayed on foods which lower their quality.  Florida is found in our water to drink and bathe. Fluoride is a known endocrine disruptor and other evidence shows fluoride is even a neurotoxin.  Understanding Fluoride.

Chemicals are found in cleaning products, even in our clothes, and vehicles (like the new smell things have).  These all play a major role in our health.

We have raped our land.

We have land that is stripped bare of the vital nutrients from the soil our foods are grown in.  Because of this there is need for supplementation; but not just any generic supplement.  It is important to find high-quality supplements.  Even the highest-quality supplements tend to undergo some type of processing and incorporate additional ingredients, fillers, binders, or other excipients (inactive substances included in the formulation for stabilizing, bulking, or otherwise helping deliver the active ingredients). In some cases, they are necessary because of the equipment or the delivery system.

Natural Healing Through Nutrient Diversity

Eat organic foods.

Eat the rainbow.  I encourage you to read through my Color Me Beautiful series under the Home tab.  Growing our own food through our own blood, sweat, and tears through organic gardening, learning what it takes to prevent using harmful commercialized pesticides.

Gardening is great exercise!

Or, it is a wise investment is to support Organic Farmers that do.  Investing in our health this way costs way less than pharmaceuticals in addition to feeling better

Herbal Medicine

The patient’s immune system and the immune system alone is responsible for healing and recovery from ill-health.  The human body is predisposed to heal itself and to exist as a healthy, thriving organism. We inhibit that process by ingesting unhealthy foods, fouling our inner environment with toxins, and relying upon poisonous substances to treat disease conditions.

Around 1776 in Benjamin Rush’s time, herbs were still considered and employed as legitimate medicines. Even if many wise women herbalists were eliminated as competition by being branded witches and sometimes murdered, the herbs themselves were not categorically demonized because no vast armory of pharmaceutical drugs had yet been created to supplant them. The herbs and foods themselves have now been both vilified as dangerous and lampooned as completely ineffectual, generating the ridiculous contradiction. the positive association between food and healing has been outright denied by medical authorities.  It is illegal for non-doctors to make health claims for natural substances even if thousands of years of use in folk medicine and a vast emerging body of scientific research now confirms their benefits.   You can’t say cherries cure gout even if its true. (Truth is no longer the criteria that decides what you can or cannot say).  From the growing acceptance of  traditional Chinese medicine to India, Ayurvedic medicine, herbal medicines can be grown from seed or gathered from nature for little or no cost.  Herbs also commonly featured in the medicine of ancient India, where the principal treatment for diseases was diet.

The use of drugs and vaccines represents an assault on the immune system. In some cases, the use of a particular drug might be a wise choice to speed healing and recovery for the patient, but the use of natural, orthomolecular therapies and substances (substances normally found in Nature) that can more effectively address the cause of the disease should be considered first because natural substances work in harmony with Nature.  They aid and stimulate the body to truly cure itself, without the terrible millstone of drug side-effects.

The first written record of medicinal plants was created on clay tablets over 5000 years ago by the Sumerians, in ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq). Around 1500 BCE the Ancient Egyptians wrote the Ebers Papyrus which listed over 850 herbal medicines.

  • Aloe vera –  worms, relieves headaches, soothes chest pain, ulcers and for skin diseases and allergies.
  • Basil (Ocimum basillicum) – excellent for heart
  • Garlic (Allium sativa) – gives vitality, aids digestion, is a mild laxative, and shrinks hemorrhoids
  • Honey – was widely used, a natural antibiotic and used to dress wounds and a base for healing ungaunts, as was castor oil, coriander, beer and other foods.
  • Onion (Allium cepa) – diuretic, induces perspiration, prevents colds, soothes sciatica, relieves pains and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Parsley (Apium petroselinum) – diuretic.
  • Mint (Mentha piperita) – soothes flatulence, aids digestion, stops vomiting, breath freshener.
  • Sesame (Sesamum indicum) – soothes asthma.
  • Thyme (Thymus/Thimbra) – pain reliever.
  • Tumeric (Curcumae longa) – close open wounds (also was used to dye skin and cloth).

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Hippocrates used many herbal remedies in his practice and wrote the famous words “let your foods be your medicines, and your medicines your food.”  God gave us herbs for the service of man as is stated in Psalm 104:14.  Happily, herbalism is once again gaining in popularity and being recognized and accepted in our expanding medical environment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care.  Pharmaceuticals are prohibitively expensive for most of the world’s population, half of whom lived on less than $2 U.S. per day in 2002.

The burden of these diseases has shifted to chronic and epidemic levels. These diseases, which are often referred to as Western diseases, are more appropriately thought of as man-made diseases.  The list of these TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions are largely man-made and iatrogenic (illness caused by medical examination or treatment) in origin, yet we ignorantly dismiss their growing incidence to factors which we assume are not preventable or curable.  The current failing medical system suppresses a cure to anything, because there is a lot of money to be made. Prevention is not profitable.

America as a Role Model

We take a lot of pride in the fact that for decades the U.S. has been a champion in scientific and medical research.

America’s eating habits have not only put its own people on a path toward obesity and heart disease — a path of destruction in the US but others as well.

America’s high-carb/low-fat obsession has affected the health and waistlines outside its borders, as other countries seek to emulate the American way, sadly, in the worst way.

Mexico being a prime example of this type of terrible “American culture trickle down”.  For centuries Mexico subsisted on fiber-rich beans, hearty meat and vegetable broths, and hand-made stoneground tortillas and tamales.  Mexicans have experienced a health crisis of their own. Obesity rates tripled from 7% in 1980 to 20.3% in 2016!

Mexico is not alone.  Africa, Haiti, South America and others all try to emulate America.

America is coveted and looked at from across the ocean as the land of freedom and where money grows on trees.  America eats the “rich man’s” diet, but it also is dying and digging its own grave.  We have become “gluttonous” the habitual greed or excess in eating, over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items.  Is America being a stumbling block to the poor by its example of eating unclean, artificial foods?

Proverbs 23:2, 21

And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite…21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

What Is The Next Step?

Are you a sheep dog with a mission and purpose driven and love your flock even when they don’t love you back?  Are you a sheep going along with the herd and you do not want to see trouble?

It’s time to take back control and actually eat in a clean way that supports your body and how it was meant to function. We cannot expect our bodies to be vibrant on junk, artificial, phony food.  Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Do not get too angry, too lonely, too tired, or too hungry.  Any of these lead to the risk of eating the wrong foods.

a. Using food for comfort isn’t helpful (Avoid compulsions (including with food) of all kinds to honor God) 1 Corinthians 6:12, 20b  

b. Think before you eat: What am I feeling? How much do I really need?

c.  Bring your anxieties to God (not to food) Philippians 4:6-7

d.  Nourish your body and appearance eat vegetables and drink lots of water! Daniel 1:8, 12,13,15  

e.  Physical training can positively relate to spiritual training.  Discipline is the road to the good life (Proverbs 10:17)

  1. Eat smart, eat high nutrient dense foods:

> The right healthy fats 42% less risk of Alzheimer’s (The Great Cholesterol Myth– LDL’s A is fine, B is not.) Some good fats are – Avocados, coconuts, olives, seeds and nuts. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that satisfy cravings and hunger.  Coconuts are a winner, because they contain the highest amount of MCTs, medium-chain triglycerides, that the body burns instantly as fuel.  60 percent of your brain matter consists of fats that create all the cell membranes in your body.  We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform.  Do not use SKIM or low-fat foods! Your brain can only make low-quality nerve cell membranes that don’t function well on low-fat.

> Clean Quality Organic Protein (21% less risk of Alzheimer’s) – It turns out that the right amount of protein for any one individual depends on many factors, including their activity level, age, muscle mass, physique goals and current state of health.  A good rule of thumb to start with is to eat protein the size of your fist.  Why?  Protein is a negative energy food and more is not necessarily better.

> Smart carbs  (not simple carbs like rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar, breads 200% increased risk of Alzheimer’s) Vegetables, fruit, Quinoa, Beans and legumes, Oatmeal, Sorghum, Millet, Amaranth, Teff.


A Deadly Plague Spreading Fast, That Attacks the Heart

Perhaps the deadliest of all diseases is the deadly plague that is spreading fast and that attacks the heart!  Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  

From the Lord God’s perspective, have you ever wondered what your heart looks like?  Does it look good, sweet, and full of beautiful things?  Or, does it look mediocre, meeting status quo’s?  Or, does it look very dark, corrupt, full of secrets, and wicked in the eyes of the Lord God.

You may ask, how can I know the condition of my heart or what can I do about the condition of my heart?  How can I ensure my heart is right before the Lord God?  What we speak and do come from our heart and reveals our hearts.  Consider pondering what we think about, what we say to other people, what we do or get involved in.  Then weigh or measure those things with God’s Word.  If they do not line up with God’s Word, we know we are saying and doing things that are not pleasing to the Lord God.

Proverbs 4:23 states, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

You can ask the Lord God to reveal the condition of your heart.  Ask for help from the Holy Spirit because we can do nothing but allow Him to cleanse our heart and make it whole and healthy again.  Why does he care about what you think, say, or do?  Because we are his children, we are his pride, and joy!


My closing comment is this.  People are waking up!  Praise the Lord for that!!  The more you educate yourself the more you will wake up.  Each one of us has a choice.  Either we deny what is happening or we deal with it.  I encourage you to choose LIFE.  As long as you are living, I believe there is a reason for your life and there is a way to improve your life and live your best life now.

More than anything else are you hungry for the LORD God. We need to feed our souls with God’s Word.  Matthew 4:4

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 10 of 10: Depression * Suicide * Self-Harm (Supercharge Your Happy Chemicals)

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)
  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062) 8b of 10 Pneumonia “The Winter Fever” (part one)
  9. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 9 of 10:  Kidney Disease 1 in 7 (57,062)

There are certainly many more conditions that need attention, but this finishes the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Series.  I hope to do a summary report next time to end this series.  Be sure to stick around for the next series.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed.


Intentional self-harm (suicide): 844,193

Additional Facts About Suicide in the US

  • According to the World Health Organization, roughly one every 40 seconds or so someone takes their own life in suicide.
  • For every person who takes their own life, 20 more attempt it.
  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals.
  • Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
  • Males take their lives four times the rate more than females and represent 77.9% of all suicides.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.
  • Females are most likely to have suicidal thoughts.
  • 34.8% Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females.
  • 56.9% Firearms are the most commonly used form of suicide in males.
  • Officially, over 160,000 people under the age of 25 will kill themselves this year—that’s over 50 times more than died in the September 11 terrorist attacks (unofficially, that’s described as a “gross underestimate”).  There’s a killer in our midst, stalking the youngest and most vulnerable. A new black death.
  • Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world.
  • Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year.

Suicide is an extremely complex issue, and while it is not possible to pin down its causes, there are some risk factors that have been identified, mainly through correlations. Mental health, specifically depression, is widely recognized as the most important risk factor.

Suicide is more common in older people: in most parts of the world, the over 70s (particularly the widowed and divorced) are most likely to kill themselves.

Suicide rates are increasing, with suicide accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in the United States in 2016; 25 percent more than in 2000, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.  High-risk groups include: adolescents and young adults at highest risk, American Indians, and Alaska Natives across all ages.

18 or older 2.9% among blacks, 3.3% among Asians, 3.6% among Hispanics, 4.1% among Whites, 4.6% among Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders, 4.8% among American Indian/Alaska Natives, 7.9% among adults reporting two or more races.

Most of those people will say they’d never seriously consider actually trying to harm themselves.  Tragically, however, there’s a large percentage of people around the world who think differently.  Self-harm types of behaviors directed toward oneself include cutting, burning, hitting, hair pulling, and other acts of intentional self-injury.

I hope to shed light on a dark subject with information that brings hope when there seems to be no hope.  Take a small journey with me as we take a look at positive answers that shed light on possible interventions to prevent suicide because all life is valuable, and best news of all,…

Suicides are preventable!

We only have one life to live.  Your best life CAN be now.


Topic Lineup:

  • Suicide: Related Medical Conditions
  • Understanding Depression/Suicide
  • The Mystery of the Human Brain
  • Stress-Related Factors
  • Depression Linked to Nutrient Deficiencies 
  • Other nutrients for brain health: Probiotics
  • Anti-Depression Diet

Suicide: Related Medical Conditions

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Antidepressants
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia form disorder
  • Post traumatic disorder

Understanding Depression/Suicide

What could cause suicide (self-destruction)? 

1. Biological

  • Some mental illnesses have been linked to abnormal balance of special chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters help nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other. If these chemicals are out of balance or are not working properly, messages may not make it through the brain correctly, leading to symptoms of mental illness.
  • Poor nutrition and exposure to toxins, such as lead, may play a role in the development of mental illnesses.

2. Psychological factors that may contribute to mental illness include:

  • Severe psychological trauma suffered as a child, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Coping with past or current traumatic experiences such as abuse, bereavement or divorce will strongly influence an individual’s mental and emotional state which can in turn have an influence on mental health
  • An important early loss, such as the loss of a parent
  • Neglect
  • Poor ability to relate to others

3. Certain stressors can trigger an illness in a person who is susceptible to mental illness. These stressors include:

  • A dysfunctional family life
  • Living in poverty
  • Significant life changes
  • Social or cultural expectations
  • overwhelmingly painful emotions, perhaps of deep sadness, intense fear, rage or self-loathing.

You have the ideal recipe for happiness inside you.

I can hardly wait for you to read further.  Your body has the amazing ability to make “happy chemicals” naturally – no drugs, no side effects, no danger of addiction – that will leave you feeling better than you might believe possible. You have access to these feel good compounds today.

The Mystery of the Human Brain

All of us are born with a factory just waiting to manufacture feelings of happiness – bliss even – yet we’ve forgotten how to turn on the machines.  Brain chemistry is a field researched all over the world. Your brain is capable of so much that scientists can search for years to discover the answer to one small aspect of how it works. It is only recently that they began to understand that the dance of neurotransmitters and hormones inside your body determine the bulk of your moods and personal satisfaction.

The Hippocampus is involved in the emotional, mood, depression, Post-Traumatic Syndrome (PTS), and bipolar disorders. A small hippocampus generally shows the symptoms of these disorders.  It’s structure is effected positively or negatively by our thoughts and actions.  Imagine that for a minute!  If we can control our thoughts and actions, we are better able to control our environment.  Our conscience is formed by our choices; and, our senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing are all inputs.

Reprogram your subconscience through repetition – Habits that change emotions.  Emotions are chemicals.

The brain is very elastic and constantly receiving communication:

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Consistent firing = Consistent Chemical Production = Constant Emotions

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Learning = Repetition = Reprogramming

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Both our conscious and unconscious minds lead to our body’s response.

Memorizing the scriptures with promises that bring hope that will restore your mind.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


Stress-Related Factors

STRESS – physical, chemical, emotional stresses the source of mental illness your body doesn’t know the difference.  You will be in constant fight or flight state.

Stress is something everyone in modern society seems to understand. There are two basic kinds of stress: inner stress from previous traumas or wounds that affect one’s present life; and outer stress, or the environmental issues that complicate life on a daily basis, such as work or family problems.

The interplay of these two forms of stress affects brain chemistry just as it can affect physical health. Numerous studies have shown that when people are chronically stressed in life, they are vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and other disorders.  What can be done to reduce the stresses in our lives?

Tip 1:  Confide in someone

The first step is to confide in another person. It can be scary to talk about the very thing you have worked so hard to hide, but it can also be a huge relief to finally let go of your secret and share what you’re going through. Deciding whom you can trust with such personal information can be difficult. Choose someone who isn’t going to gossip or try to take control of your recovery. Ask yourself who in your life makes you feel accepted and supported.  We are encouraged to bear one another’s burdens.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

In the world of psychiatry, they use the term “talk therapy”.  There are many different kinds of talk therapy. The two most commonly used for depression are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy. CBT focuses on looking at how negative thought patterns may be affecting your mood. The therapist helps you learn how to make positive changes in your thoughts and behaviors.  While this type of therapy may be helpful at times, it doesn’t have answers that target the deep areas of hurt.  There is a counselor that does and His name is Jesus.  Isaiah 9:6 tells us He is the … counselor ….  He consults, guides, and gives purpose and hope through His Word like no man can.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Tip 2:  Identifying triggers

Understanding what triggers to cut or self-harm is a vital step towards recovery.  Self-harm is most often a way of dealing with emotional pain. What feelings make someone want to cut or hurt themselves? Sadness? Anxiety? Anger? Loneliness? Shame? Emptiness?

No matter how lonely, worthless, or trapped a person may be feeling at the moment, there are many other, more effective ways to overcome the underlying issues that drive self-harm.

Tip 3:  Release tension or vent anger through exercise.

Tip 4:  Listen to calming music

Tip 5:  Start a journal to express feelings.

TIP 6:  Helping a someone who cuts or self-harms

TIP 7:  Learn about the problem.

TIP 8:  Don’t judge. Avoid judgmental comments and criticism—they’ll only make things worse. Remember, the self-harming person already feels distressed, ashamed and alone.  Be sympathetic.

TIP 9:  Offer support, not ultimatums.

TIP 10:  Encourage communication. Encourage your loved one to express whatever they’re feeling, even if it’s something you might be uncomfortable with.

  • Matthew 10:31 – Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
  • Psalm 118:5-6 5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
  • The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
  • Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Depression Linked to Nutrient Deficiencies

Over the past few decades, we’ve gradually shut down the production of the substances Melatonin, Anandamide, Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, with our diet and lifestyle choices. The result has been a dramatic increase in depression, eating disorders, suicide rates, substance abuse, and general unhappiness that affects every part of your daily life.

The pharmaceutical industry responded to these issues with dozens of “feel good drugs” that come weighted with dangerous side effects and the possibility of addiction.

First Resort and/or Last Resort – Test to make sure these drugs are absolutely necessary. Medication may be needed when your depression is severe, self-harm has happened, or you begin feeling suicidal thoughts. Natural cures do not work fast enough or strong enough to bring quick change that is needed to preserve life.  Once people start feeling better, they should seek out treatments for depression without medication. That way the body can begin to take over regulating its own hormones and you do not need to rely on the prescription medication.

Prescription medication, otherwise known as drugs, have dangerous antidepressant side effects.  Freedom of Information Act (FIA) has exposed these medications that can cause brain shrinkage, cause the “blunt effect” a condition of reduced emotional reactivity in an individual. It manifests as a failure to express feelings. This is also a part of Frontal Lobe Syndrome (FLS).

One of the side effects of medication for depression is weight gain. During the depression, the hormones that regulate hunger and fullness are disrupted. As your hormones become regulated, you will begin to feel hungry again. The biggest reason for weight gain is that you become hungry for foods that lack nutritional value and are high in sugars. These appetite changes are stoppable. Normally, serotonin, acting on certain receptors on brain cells, produces a sense of satiation or fullness.  If you can control yourself, which is very difficult coming out of depression, choose healthy fruits and vegetables. This will help prevent any weight gain and give your body the nutrition to fight the depression.

No drug has ever gotten rid of the problem.  It only covers the symptom like a bandage and it always has side effects.


Melatonin

Your pineal gland produces a hormone called melatonin. It is responsible for quality sleep – something the majority of Americans do not get – as well as adjusting to new sleep cycles (such as changing your work schedule), jet lag, and chronic fatigue. When darkness falls, your body produces more melatonin to get you ready to sleep.

Foods such as Bing Cherries, Walnut (tryptophan for sleeping), pineapples (B vitamins), bananas (tryptophan converts to melatonin), oranges, and tomatoes help to boost your body’s natural production of melatonin. Leafy greens contain calcium which helps the brain use tryptophan to make melatonin). Better sleep quality means better mood, more energy, and a happier you!

Green Juice is very healing.  Drink when you rise, before you go to bed, and 30 minutes before meals.

Anandamide 

It’s been called the “bliss molecule,” aptly named after ananda, the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss, or happiness.”  The neurotransmitter anandamide is responsible for easing pain in the body, improving mood, and boosting brain function. It is a fragile compound Located in the higher thought areas of your brain. By increasing neurogenesis — the formation of new nerve cells — anandamide exhibits both anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. Anandamide, like all neurotransmitters, is fragile and breaks down quickly.

Chocolate is one of the most beloved foods on the planet. It’s rare to meet anyone who doesn’t enjoy chocolate.  It’s known for sure that chocolate contains mood-boosting caffeine and phenylethylamine, a substance called the “love molecule” that simulates the feeling of being in love. It also contains theobromine, a substance related to caffeine, that acts as a relaxant rather than a stimulant. It’s thought that theobromine causes the brain to produce more anandamide. more of a neurotransmitter, anandamide, account for the euphoric sensation.  Chocolate contains compounds that slow anandamide’s breakdown.

Dopamine

The neurotransmitter dopamine is well-known as a happy chemical released by your nerve cells and sends signals to other nerve cells and a precursor of other substances including epinephrine (another term for adrenaline). Its biggest job is controlling the pleasure and reward centers of your brain.  Believe it or not it also plays a big role in maintaining a healthy weight. When you have adequate levels of dopamine in your system you eat less, make wiser choices, and are more focused.  Dopamine motivates us to take action toward goals, desires, and needs, and gives a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them.

Foods like almonds and walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  All contain l-phenylalanine which convert into tyrosine which then converts into dopamine.  Bananas, apples, beets

Serotonin – the brain in your head “The feel good hormone”

When you feel significant or important you have good serotonin levels.  Serotonin is a compound present in blood platelets and serum that constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter. It may come as a surprise to learn that the majority of the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin is manufactured and resides in your gut. This compound is responsible for mood, appetite, quality of sleep, feelings of sexual desire, and high-level brain function such as memory and learning.  Works good with dopamine.

Serotonin and norepinephrine are most highly implicated in depression, panic disorder and anxiety, as well as OCD.

Protein prevents an amino acid tryptophan from getting into the brain (even though protein contains tryptophan) and making new serotonin.

Food like almonds, walnut, cashews, help formation of serotonin.  Eat a handful of nuts a day.  Flaxseeds or flaxseed oil helps maintain serotonin.  Banana’s have tryptophan that helps with formation.  Dark chocolate is high in serotonin. pineapples contain high levels of serotonin.  Always use fresh not canned.

Expose yourself to the sun for 20 minutes; our skin absorbs UV rays, which promotes vitamin D and serotonin production.

Endorphins

The hormones known as endorphins are produced in the pituitary gland and central nervous system and are also considered neurotransmitters. They are in charge of many functions that relate to overall feelings of happiness and wellbeing. These hormones are your body’s first line of defense against pain called peptides, provide an opiate effect (similar to morphine causing an analgesic effect (relieve pain) after exercise or trauma, and basically make you feel pretty fantastic. They can be stimulated by foods such as cacao (dark chocolate) boost endorphins naturally, and nuts.  Exercise is usually attributed to endorphins known as “Runners high”.

Oxytocin

Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships. Often referred to as the cuddle hormone, a simple way to keep oxytocin flowing is to give someone a hug.  When someone receives a gift, their oxytocin levels can rise.


Other nutrients for brain health:

MUSIC: Regulate your mood with the help of music.  Music can help people cope with physical pain.

EXERCISE: is also crucial to preventing weight gain. Your physician may not mention it so it is up to you to find a way to move.

Eliminate depression from your life with the help of probiotics!

Both the University of Virginia School of Medicine and McMaster University have found that consuming the friendly bacteria causes a natural antidepressant effect.  The environment of the gut seems to be in direct communication with the brain.  Probiotics offer a non-toxic way of overcoming the unwanted consequences of depression.

In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that consumption of a specific probiotic can improve both gut symptoms and psychological issues in IBS.  IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world.  It affects the large intestine and patients suffer from abdominal pain and altered bowel habits like diarrhea and constipation. They are also frequently affected by chronic anxiety or depression.  Signals generated by the brain can influence the composition of microbes residing in the intestine and that the chemicals in the gut can shape the human brain’s structure.

A study out of McMaster University Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute linked probiotics and improvement in symptoms of depression as well as gastrointestinal upset.

The research looked at adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and found they reported improvements from both their gastrointestinal issues and depression from a specific probiotic versus those taking a placebo.

1. Lactobacillus bacteria (in particular) was found to reverse depressive behavior in mice. The researchers determined that it did so by altering their gut microbiome – which refers to the population of friendly microorganisms in the intestines.

Stress seems to lead to the loss of Lactobacillus in the gut – which in turn paves the way for the symptoms of depression. Lactobacillus levels in the gut microbiome also influence kynurenine (made in many tissues in response to immune activation) levels, a blood metabolite associated with the onset of depression and suicide.  Low levels of Lactobacillus bacteria should be avoided to preserve emotional wellbeing

2. Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 eases symptoms of IBS and depression

10 week Study – 44 adults with mild to moderate anxiety or depression and IBS were followed.  After six weeks, 64 percent of those taking the probiotic showed reduced depression markers.  It can also reduce anxiety.

Researchers have even figured out that it works by acting through the vagus nerve.  The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in your body.

It connects your brain to many important organs throughout the body, including the gut (intestines, stomach), heart and lungs.

In fact, the word “vagus” means “wanderer” in Latin, which accurately represents how the nerve wanders all over the body and reaches various organs.

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3. Bifidobacterium longum (strain R0175) Researchers have concluded that this strain can reduce cortisol and alleviate psychological distress in humans (including obsessions, compulsions, paranoia, anxiety)

4. Lactobacillus rhamnosus (strain GG) Can lower anxiety in humans.  GABA is the main inhibitory and relaxing neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and studies suggest that lactobacillus rhamnosus (strain JB-1) may reduce anxiety by changing the expression of GABA receptors.

Has also been shown to reduce obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)-like behaviour in mice. In fact, researchers found it was just as effective as fluoxetine, an SSRI antidepressant commonly used to treat OCD

5. Lactobacillus plantarum (strains CECT7484 and CECT7485) to patients with irritable bowel syndrome and it significantly reduced their anxiety and improved their quality of life.

6. Lactobacillus plantarum (strain PS128) can cause positive changes in emotional behaviours and significantly reduce anxiety-like behaviours. It does this by increasing dopamine and serotonin, lowering stress hormone levels, and reducing inflammation.  It has psychotropic properties without physical side effects, and has great potential for treating neuropsychiatric disorders, including anxiety.

Lactobacillus plantarum is also commonly found in many fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, pickles, brined olives, kimchi.

7. Lactobacillus helveticus (R0052) is a probiotic strain that has been shown to reduce cortisol and have anti-anxiety effects in humans.  It can even reduce paranoid and obsessive-compulsive thoughts.

Animal research shows that a Western-style diet can negatively change the gut microbiome, increase brain inflammation, and contribute to anxiety. But lactobacillus helveticus (strains ROO52 and NS8) can protect against this, reducing both neuroinflammation and anxiety.   Lactobacillus helveticus (strain NS8) works better than citalopram, a common SSRI antidepressant, at reducing anxiety-like behaviour in rats. It also reduced their stress hormone levels and increased their serotonin levels

8. Lactobacillus reuteri (strain 23272) can reduce anxiety-like behaviours in animals by reducing stress hormone levels and altering the expression of GABA receptors

9. Lactobacillus fermentum is another species that is part of the human microbiome and commonly found in fermented vegetables.  But there still is some evidence that is may be able to help treat anxiety, especially if you have a long history of antibiotic treatment.

Typically, it is recommended that people try one probiotic strain at a time to figure out how they respond to each one.  You can click here to find the perfect probiotic for your symptoms.


The role diet plays in mood as well as overall physical health. Research from 2014 linked friendly gut bacteria with reduced stress and anxiety in human adults.

Berries: The National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted a study that found compounds in berries – blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries that block chemicals in our brain that depression and anxiety.

Papayas (reduce stress):  Studies have found out that this fruit contains powerful compounds that help to create a chemical in our body that decreases pain and gives us a sense of calm and well-being.  Folic Acid and Vitamin B6 to Remove Homocysteine play an important part in stress management.  Folic acid also acts on your hypothalamus to aid in the production of an anti-stress hormone.

Radish:  Research has found that every different kind of radish has compounds that increase chemicals in our brain that produce a better mood such as dopamine and norepinephrine.

Avocado:  Studies have discovered two compounds in avocado that play a key role in fighting depression – tryptophan and omega-3 fatty acid.

Collard Greens:  Collard greens are high in magnesium which powerfully assists in fighting depression by producing serotonin.

Mango:  This tropical fruit is rich in B-6 which promotes the production of serotonin, a powerful and natural mood-lifting compound in the brain.

Citrus:  All citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C and folate which increase the production of dopamine and have an antidepressant effect.


Anti-Depression Diet – eat to change the mood (food drives mood) Colorful foods like the rainbow brighten your day.  Eat more of them.

NUTRITIONAL FACTORS. There is no doubt that poor nutrition leads to mental imbalances. While few people in the United States are truly starving or completely depleted nutritionally, instances of mental disorders related to malnutrition still occur in this country.  In fact the U.S. is well fed but malnourished.  The statistics prove it!

All natural foods contained antidepressant qualities. None of them act as antidepressants, but every single fruit and vegetable will contribute to keeping you happy and healthy.  The foods that help the most with depression are the ones that you may not seek out. They are going to be the ones that are darker in color, a little bit more bitter in taste, and low in carbohydrates. In other words, any fruit or vegetable but not potatoes.

Here are a couple of recipes that should be uplifting:

Savory Roasted Nut

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (HPSS)
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke

Soak all nuts for at least 12 hours.  Rinse well.  Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir.  Put in oven and roast.


Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

1 1/4 cup Vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
1/2 cup Rolled oats
1 tbsp Maple syrup
2 tbsp Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tbsp Almond Nut butter or dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 tsp Vanilla extra
Drink your blues away in a healthy way with the most powerful fruits and vegetables for fighting depression according to the latest nutritional research. Compounds recently discovered in each will help lift your spirits. Add 1 or more to your daily juice or smoothie recipes. For best results try this super depression-fighting juice and smoothie recipe – the spices and green tea fight depression as well!

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 9 of 10: Kidney Disease – “A Silent Killer”

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)
  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062) 8b of 10 Pneumonia “The Winter Fever” (part one)

GLOBAL FACTS: ABOUT KIDNEY DISEASE

1 in 7 (57,062)

  • 73 million 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing kidney disease
  • 30 million 1 in 9 American adults of 15% is estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), although most don’t know
  • 48% of those with severely reduced kidney function but not on dialysis are not aware of having CKD.


According the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, chronic kidney disease was ranked 27th in the list of causes of total number of deaths worldwide in 1990, but rose to 18th in 2010. This degree of movement up the list was second only to that for HIV and AIDs.

Over 2 million people worldwide currently receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive, yet this number may only represent 10% of people who actually need treatment to live.

In the US, treatment of chronic kidney disease is likely to exceed $48 billion per year. Treatment for kidney failure consumes 6.7% of the total Medicare budget to care for less than 1% of the covered population.

In people aged 65 through 74 worldwide, it is estimated that one in five men and one in four women have Chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Chronic kidney disease is a worldwide health crisis. For example, in the year 2005, there were approximately 58 million deaths worldwide, with 35 million attributed to chronic disease, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure; of these, 468,000 individuals are on dialysis, and roughly 193,000 live with a functioning kidney transplant.  You are at greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Diabetes injures the small blood vessels in the kidneys.

Kidney disease is sometimes called the silent epidemic because there are no symptoms until the later stages.

As a result of the fast paced city life and unhealthy eating habits, a greater number of  younger people are being diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension which in turn leads to irreversible kidney failure, in most cases.  Hypertension is a leading contributor of kidney disease and kidney failure.


Topic Line Up:

  • The Common Kidney Diseases
  • What puts you at risk for kidney disease?
  • How To Treat Kidney Failure Naturally
  • Natures Pharmacy – Kidney-friendly foods
  • Recipes

The Common Kidney Diseases: 

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that the kidneys have been damaged to such an extent that they tend to start malfunctioning. CKD is mainly a secondary disease developed due to an underlying primary condition, and according to statistics, chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease are the main causes of CKD.
  • Gallstones are hard crystalline mass formed abnormally in the gallbladder or bile ducts from bile pigments, cholesterol, and calcium salts.  People over age 40, losing weight quickly may increase the chances of getting gallstones and a lack of melatonin that boosts the conversion of cholesterol to bile has been thought to contribute to gallbladder stones. Cholesterol gallstones — are the most common type consisting of more than 80% cholesterol by weight. Pigment gallstones — are made of bilirubin, a product of red blood cells destruction (haemolysis).
  • Kidney infection/Pyelonephritis ~ Inflammation of the substance of the kidney as a result of bacterial infection.  Kidneys commonly get infected and inflamed when the bacteria spread up the urinary tract or travel through the bloodstream to reach the kidneys. Acute pyelonephritis: It occurs rapidly and is a life-threatening infection of the kidneys that can lead to renal scarring.  Chronic pyelonephritis: It is a permanent damage and scarring of the kidney due to repeated episodes of acute pyelonephritis or even a single episode of severe acute pyelonephritis.
  • Kidney stones are solids formed in the kidneys when substances like calcium, oxalate and phosphorus that are excreted through the urine become concentrated. Kidney stones—known as renal calculi—are solid, often sharp substances made of mineral and acid salts.  The occurrence of kidney stones is due to excess buildup of mineral deposits that develop from this waste in our kidneys, most commonly oxalate, phosphorous, and magnesium. These mineral deposits crystallize and form the small stones famous for causing so much pain.  The main culprit for kidney stone formation in most cases, lack of adequate hydration.  During the summer months, we lose body fluid through perspiration and fail to replace it. Drinking enough water is really critical for preventing the development of stones. 

    There are four major types of kidney stones.

    • Calcium is the most common type of stone. Calcium can combine with other substances, such as oxalate (the most common substance), to form the stone.
    • A uric acid stone may form when your urine contains too much acid.
    • A struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) stone may form after an infection in your urinary system.
    • Cystine stones are rare. The disease that causes cystine stones runs in families.

    The leading cause of kidney stones is a lack of water in the body.  A major risk factor for kidney stones is constant low urine volume. Low urine volume may come from dehydration (loss of body fluids) from hard exercise, working or living in a hot place, or not drinking enough fluids.  Adults who form stones should drink enough fluid to make at least 2.5 liters (⅔ gallon) of urine every day.

  • Kidney failure An infection or inflammation of the organ, leading to kidney damage is known as acute kidney failure, and the damaged resulted due to an underlying health condition that slowly affects the failure.
  • Polycystic kidney disease ~ characterized by multiple cysts
  • Diabetic Nephropathy ~ Fluctuating or poorly controlled blood sugar levels can affect every system of the body, including the renal system. According to a hospital based study, about 46 % of diabetics are currently suffering from kidney disease.
  • Nephrotic syndrome Each kidney has about 1 million filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron is about the thickness of a human hair. A tiny tuft of blood vessels (glomerulus) in each nephron filters waste from the blood under pressure. High blood sugar levels due to diabetes can damage these blood vessels, leading to leakage of protein and eventually kidney failure.
  • Glomerulonephritis |ɡlôˌmeryəlōnəˈfrīdəs| An acute inflammation of the kidney, typically caused by an immune response.
  • Preventing kidney stones isn’t complicated, but it does take some determination.
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has morphed into a major epidemic – and is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in America.  Costs a whopping $32 billion a year.  NAFLD – defined as excess fat in the liver that is not caused by alcohol – is primarily caused by excess caloric intake, and is closely associated with the obesity epidemic.  Avoid: GMOs and pesticides – with particular attention to avoiding glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.  Glyphosate is linked with serious liver disease, and animal studies have suggested that exposure to very small quantities – such as amounts found in drinking water – can cause liver damage and scarring.  Eat iron-rich foods – such as parsley, arugula, and cilantro, cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale.

What puts you at risk for kidney disease?

While CKD can affect anyone, people are at higher risk if they have any one or more of a number of risk factors:

  1. Having established cardiovascular disease,
  2. Having a family history of kidney failure
  3. Race, Ethnicity, & Kidney Disease


African Americans
are almost 4 times more likely to experience kidney failure?

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in African Americans. African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as Caucasians. Approximately 4.9 million African Americans over 20 years of age are living with either diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure among African Americans, and remains the leading cause of death due to its link with heart attacks and strokes.

Hispanics

  • Since 2000, the number of Hispanics with kidney failure has increased by more than 70 percent.

 American Indians and Alaska Natives

  • Compared to Whites, American Indians are about 1.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with kidney failure. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among American Indians.
  • This risk is due in part to high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in these communities.  People who live in poverty have less healthy dietary patterns and their dietary patterns could influence the rate of kidney disease.  High carb diets without the balance of other nutrients are the poor man’s diet.  They are usually high in transfats, processed sugars and/or salt, and alcohol.

Why Are the Kidneys So Important?

  • The kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:
  • remove waste products from the body – Our kidneys are incredible little organs – every day they process 200 quarts of blood, removing waste products and excess water in order to detoxify the body and keep things running smoothly. When the kidneys stop filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. Dangerous levels of electrolytes and waste then build up in the body.
  • remove drugs from the body
  • balance the body’s fluids
  • release hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
  • stimulate red blood cell production
  • control calcium metabolism
  • control the production of red blood cells
  • regulates the body’s salt, potassium and acid content
  • When the kidneys stop filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. Dangerous levels of electrolytes and waste then build up in the body.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine test called albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) can tell you if you have kidney disease. Albumin is a type of protein in your body that should be in the blood, not the urine.  Remember, it’s important to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  • When kidneys work the way they should, they play an important role in keeping the whole body clean, strong, well-fueled and functioning properly. Waste products that the kidneys filter include extra fluids, particles left behind in the digestive system, sodium/salt or other electrolytes, and various other substances found in the blood. Not only do the kidneys pass waste out from the body in the form of urine, but they also help control blood pressure, remove drugs or toxins, regulate hormones, and maintain a strong skeletal system (strong bones).
  • If our kidneys aren’t working to the best of their abilities, we can experience exhaustion, headaches, water retention, stomach pain and more. Kidney failure, therefore, can be a very serious condition — requiring a high level of intervention, including dialysis treatments in order to do the filtering work the kidneys are no longer able to.
  • A list of studies about sodium intake:
    • A 2004 meta-analysis by the Cochrane Collaboration
    • “Intensive interventions, unsuited to primary care or population prevention programs, provide only minimal reductions in blood pressure during long-term trials.”
    • A 2006 study in the American Journal of Medicine “raised questions regarding the likelihood of a survival advantage accompanying a lower sodium diet.”
    • In 2011, the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that when you reduce your salt intake, you actually increase several other risk factors that could theoretically eliminate the reduced risk for cardiovascular disease predicted from lowering your blood pressure!

How To Treat Kidney Failure Naturally

The following nutrients are needing regulation:

  • Protein – Protein is essential for tissue maintenance and other bodily roles.  Protein is not a problem for healthy kidneys.  Normally, protein is ingested and waste products are created, which in turn are filtered by the nephrons of the kidney.  The waste then, with the help of additional renal proteins, turns into urine. Protein in the urine is the earliest sign of kidney disease.  When your kidneys are not working well, they can’t handle as much protein. It is very important you eat enough carbohydrates and fats to supply your body with all the energy you need.
  • Sodium – is one of the body’s three major electrolytes. Electrolytes control the fluids going in and out of the body’s tissues and cells. Some people are sensitive to salt.  And, here again, the effects of salt and sodium on blood pressure tend to be greater in blacks.  But don’t think you’re off the hook if your white! 

Did you know that on average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day?  That is nearly seven times the minimum amount that your body needs.More than 75 percent of the sodium Americans eat comes from some processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods – not from the salt shaker. An ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults. (See the top 10 food sources to the left.)  If the U.S. population moved to an average intake of 1,500 mg/day sodium from its current level, it could result in a 25.6% overall decrease in blood pressure and an estimated $26.2 billion in health care savings.

How sodium contributes to our health:

  • Regulating blood pressure and blood volume
  • Helps in regulating nerve function and muscle contraction
  • Regulating the acid-base balance of blood
  • Balances how much fluid the body keeps or eliminates

However, kidney patients must monitor sodium intake because damaged kidneys can’t filter out excess sodium. Sodium can raise your blood pressure and cause you to retain fluids. Sodium is found in salt and most processed foods.  It’s often recommended to limit total sodium content to 400 mg per meal and 150 mg per snack.

How can patients monitor their sodium intake?

  • Always read food labels, sodium is always listed.
  • Pay close attention to serving size.
  • Use fresh, rather than packaged meats.
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, no salt added canned, and frozen produce.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Use spices that do not list “salt” in their title (choose garlic powder, instead of garlic salt).
  • Cook at home but try to cook without salt
  • Limit total sodium content to 400 mg per meal and 150 mg per snack

Potassium Role: Potassium is keeping a heartbeat regular and muscles working correctly. Potassium is also necessary for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the bloodstream.  The kidneys help to keep the right amount of potassium in your body and eliminate excess amounts into the urine. Potassium must stay balanced in your body. If your kidneys are not working well, potassium levels in your blood can rise, and high potassium levels affect your heart rhythm.   Limit potassium to less than 2,000 mg per day.  To stay within your limit, it is best to limit your potassium intake found in many fruits and vegetables, beans, and nuts.  Most nuts are high in phosphorus and not recommended for those following a renal diet.

Tips to help keep potassium at safe levels:

  • Read labels on packaged foods & avoid potassium chloride.
  • Pay close attention to serving size. Stick to recommended serving sizes
  • Keep a food journal.

Phosphorus role: Phosphorus is a mineral critical in bone maintenance and development.  It also functions in developing connective tissue and organs and aids in muscle movement.  When food containing phosphorus is consumed and digested, the small intestines absorb it and it becomes stored in the bones.

Why monitor Phosphorus? Normal working kidneys can remove extra phosphorus in your blood. Damaged kidneys can’t remove excess phosphorus.  A high phosphorus level’s in your body decreases the availability of calcium for your bones. Poor kidney function can cause phosphorus levels to rise in your blood.  Restricted to less than 800–1,000 mg per day in most patients.

Tips to help keep phosphorus at safe levels:

  • Pay close attention to serving size
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid packaged foods that contain added phosphorus. Look for phosphorus, or for words with PHOS, on ingredient labels.
  • Keep a food journal

Calcium. Common causes of calcium kidney stones is high levels of calcium in the urine. Control Dairy: Although most doctors ask for milk to have good calcium in bones and teeth, these are not very healthy for the kidneys. Lowering the amount of calcium in your diet rarely stops stones from forming. Dairy products are the main causes of “kidney lithiasis” which is stone formation.

  • First, ditch all processed foods:  They are very high in processed salt and low in potassium and other essential nutrients. Potato chips, crackers, cheese spreads, instant potato mix, and deli meats and cheese all are examples of processed foods that are high in phosphorus additives and sodium – both of which can have a damaging effect on the kidneys.
  • Limit red meat: Diets high in protein – especially those with animal protein – may harm the kidneys. Red meat is also high in the wrong kind of saturated fat.  A diet high in animal protein, such as beef, fish, chicken and pork, can raise the acid levels in the body and in the urine. High acid levels make it easier for calcium oxalate and uric acid stones to form.
  • Avoid soda: Sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, are high in calories and contain no nutritious value. Additionally, colas have phosphorus additives which can damage kidneys.
  • Reduce sugar intake: Consuming too much sugar can result in diabetes or obesity – both linked to kidney disease. A high level of blood glucose is a big threat to kidney health.  In fact, around half of those with diabetes go on to develop kidney damage.  A high sugar diet can affect the absorption of calcium and magnesium and contribute to kidney stones.
  • Avoid medications: If you are one of the people who take drugs for any discomfort or self-medicate for the least discomfort, The kidneys can be damaged by overuse of some over-the-counter pain killers.
    Kidney disease alters metabolism of protein, water, salt, potassium and phosphorous, and kidney failure makes all of this even more complicated.
  • A poor diet stresses weak or damaged kidneys and contributes to various complications like anemia, cholesterol changes, heart damage and bone metabolism dysfunction.

Drinking Enough Water

Water is a miracle potion. It has the power to bring you back to health. It’s also important to prevent dehydration, since not drinking enough fluids can put you at risk for kidney complications (especially if you exercise a lot, live in a hot climate, drink diuretic beverages and sweat a lot).   Drinking enough water and other hydrating fluids should become a regular habit, including herbal tea, sparkling water or fruit-infused water.  Drink just enough fluids to keep your urine either light yellow or colorless. Drinking enough water will be different and conditional for every one. A standard recommendation is 13 cups daily for men and 9 for women.  This includes both healthy fluids like filtered water, and the water found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Water dilutes the materials that lead to stones, and helps flush out existing stones and other toxins.

Water might not always work if a person is dehydrated, though it is the best place to start. For one, you should not gulp down glass after glass of water. If you drink water too fast, your body will not be able to absorb and use it effectively, causing your kidneys to expel most of it. And, this means you will have to make multiple trips to the restroom, even if you haven’t had much water to drink.

If you already have kidney disease, your doctor will advise you to drink much less so you don’t overwhelm your kidneys. People on dialysis often have decreased urine output, so increased fluid in the body can put unnecessary pressure on the person’s heart and lungs. Frequent urination inhibits the process of rehydration, compromising the purpose for which you were drinking water in the first place.  For starters, drink 1 or 2 glasses of water, taking small sips initially.

A fluid allowance for patients is calculated on an individual basis depending on urine output and dialysis settings. It is vital to follow your nephrologist/nutritionists fluid intake guidelines.

To control fluid intake, patients should:

  • Not drink more than what your doctor orders
  • Count all foods that will melt at room temperature (Jell-O® , popsicles, etc.)
  • Be cognizant of the amount of fluids used in cooking

Most Hydrating Kidney Foods:

Celery  > Watermelon  > Cucumber > Kiwi > Bell peppers > Citrus fruit > Carrots > Pineapple > Iceberg lettuce > Radishes > Tomatoes > Cauliflower > Spinach > Berries > Broccoli


Ditch the Salt!?  So much confusion about sodium!

All salts are not equal, in terms of their impact on your health. Processed (table) salt is health-harming, while natural unprocessed salt is not only healing, but in fact essential for many biological functions.  The vilification of salt is similar to that of fat. Just as there are healthy fats that are necessary for optimal health and unhealthy fats that cause health problems, there are healthy and unhealthy types of salt.  Recent research, which has been widely publicized, suggests that too little salt in your diet may be just as hazardous as too much.  Moreover, the balance between sodium and potassium may be a deciding factor in whether your salt consumption will ultimately be harmful or helpful.

Here are some helpful measurement guidelines:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt = 575 mg sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,150 mg sodium
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,725 mg sodium
  • 1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium

How much sodium should you take?  Check the ingredient list for words like sodium, salt and soda. The total sodium shown on the Nutrition Facts label includes the sodium from salt, plus the sodium from any other sodium-containing ingredient in the product (for example, ingredients like sodium nitrate, sodium citrate, monosodium glutamate [MSG], or sodium benzoate).

Natural unprocessed salt, such as pink Himalayan salt (known as pink gold), contains about 84 percent sodium chloride (just under 37 percent of which is pure sodium). The remaining 16 percent are naturally-occurring trace minerals, including silicon, phosphorus, and vanadium. Since pink Himalayan salt contains so many minerals, it’s more beneficial to the body, but as a salt, it’s still naturally high in sodium. Sodium is also widely used throughout the food supply. It’s used to cure meats, boost flavor, and aid in the preservation of foods.  As with any salt, you don’t want to overdo it.

1. Rich in Trace Minerals  2. Helps Avoid Dehydration and Balance Fluids  3. Excellent Electrolyte Source (major electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium) 4. Proper Brain, Muscle and Nervous System Function  5. Digestive Health Aid  6. Nutrient Enhancer

As much as you hear about making sure you don’t get too much salt in your diet, it’s also absolutely just as important to make sure we get enough.

Processed (table) salt contains 97.5 percent sodium chloride (just over 39 percent of which is sodium). The rest is man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and flow agents, such as ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate. Many commercial table salts also undergo a bleaching process and contain aluminum derivatives and other terrible ingredients known to be highly toxic to human health.

Besides the basic differences in nutritional content, the processing also detrimentally alters the chemical structure of the salt.  it’s important to realize that most Americans and other Westerners get the majority of their sodium from commercially available table salt and processed foods—not from natural unprocessed salt.

You Need Salt, But Make Sure It’s the Right Kind

Avoid seasoning your food with processed salt and salt substitutes, use natural salt in moderation and opt instead for dried or fresh herbs, chopped garlic or onion and a splash of olive oil.

READING LABELS:  

Here are sodium-related terms you may see on food packages:

  • Sodium-free – Less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving and contains no sodium chloride
  • Very low sodium – 35 milligrams or less per serving
  • Low sodium – 140 milligrams or less per serving
  • Reduced (or less) sodium – At least 25 percent less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level
  • Light (for sodium-reduced products – If the food is “low calorie” and “low fat” and sodium is reduced by at least 50 percent per serving
  • Light in sodium – If sodium is reduced by at least 50 percent per serving

How to Optimize Your Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio

It is important to get these two nutrients—sodium and potassium—in the appropriate ratios.  While there is a relationship between sodium and blood pressure, it’s not a direct relationship.  It is wiser to consume high-quality diets rich in potassium instead like potatoes, bananas, avocados, leafy greens, nuts, apricots, mushrooms all high in potassium. It’s easier for people to add things to their diet than to take away something like salt.”

To easily determine your sodium to potassium ratio every day, you can use a free app like Cronometer.com for your desktop, smart phone, or tablet that will easily allow you to enter the foods you eat and painlessly make this calculation for you.

Natures Pharmacy – Kidney-friendly foods

Healthy nutrition is essential for the functionality of the body when talking about kidney health. Try to eat healthy will make our kidneys work better.  Avoid excess fats, sugars and dyes because they are the ones that accumulate different toxins that force the kidneys to work extra for cleaning the body. Optimize on your electrolytes and your antioxidants.

Choose The Rainbow (Whole Foods)

Eating the rainbow also prevents against major disease in all forms.  Please visit the Color Me Beautiful Series. Also browse the drop-down menu for the series giving individual color benefits.

Crowd Out, Don’t Cut Out

The best way to keep your diet whole-food based without feeling deprived from sugary cookies and salty chips is to crowd them out, not focus on cutting them out. Instead of choosing a cookie, go for an apple.  Instead of salty chips, have some carrots or celery sticks dipped in hummus or salsa. You’d be surprised how these better choices actually taste great and won’t leave you feeling hungry just half an hour later.  The more you crowd out the bad stuff, the less room in your belly you’ll have for those cookies, chips, and vegan candy bars.

Yes, there IS help for reversing Chronic Kidney Disease

  1. Asparagus can act as a natural diuretic, according to a 2010 study published in the West Indian Medical Journal. This can help rid the body of excess salt and fluid, making it especially good for people suffering from edema and high blood pressure. It also helps flush out toxins in kidneys and prevent kidney stones. On the other hand, the National Institutes of Health recommends that people who are suffering from uric acid kidney stones should avoid asparagus.
  2. Cabbage for instance, contains a compound called sinigrin, which helps fight cancers of kidney.  Cabbage improves kidney functioning and is most commonly used as a natural medicine to repair and nourish the kidneys. It is an essential food for anyone suffering from kidney problems. It is high in vitamins B6, C and K, along with fiber and folic acid. Low in potassium, cabbage makes a great addition to a dialysis diet. You can enjoy this vegetable steamed or boiled.   Including cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Eating a cup of these veggies at least 2- 3 times a week protects your kidney.  
  3. *Black Cherries – These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as    vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The more tart the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the bloodstream which can lead to gout and arthritis.
  4. Garlic has antioxidants that help in reducing inflammation and anti-clotting properties that can effectively reduce the chances of kidney disease as well as heart disease. It also protects the kidneys from the potentially harmful effects of heavy metals. It is also thought to play a role in reducing renal reperfusion injury which is linked to increased mortality due to acute kidney failure.
  5. Berries are an excellent sources of manganese, vitamin C, fiber and folate. Different types of berries like strawberries, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries are good for your kidneys.  These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The more tart the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the bloodstream which can lead to gout and arthritis.  3 factors in berries promote kidney health. They are: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, phyto-nutrients.

*Blueberry (1/2 a cup/day) have been found to reduce stiffness of blood vessels because of their antioxidants. This helps lower high blood pressure which is critical for kidney health. They’re also low in sodium and contain minerals for healthy blood pressure. The antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties in these berries help reduce inflammation and improve bladder functioning.

*Cranberries benefit CKD patients by protecting their Gastrointestinal (GI) tract and preventing ulcer-causing bacteria from attacking their stomach.  They also benefit both the urinary tract and kidneys. These tiny, tart fruits contain phytonutrients called A-type proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract and bladder, thus preventing infection.  Cranberry juice has a decades-long association with kidney health, especially in preventing urinary tract infections.

     6.  Pomegranate JuiceThe seeds and the juice of pomegranate are important for removing kidney stones as they are a good source of potassium. Potassium prevents the formation of mineral crystals that can develop in to kidney stones. It also reduces the formation of stones due to its astringent properties, flushing out the toxins from the kidney and lowering the acidity levels in the urine.

7.  Red Grapes – (1/2 cup) Resveratrol is an antioxidant in grapes that reduces oxidative damage and prevents injuries to kidneys.

8.  The presence of citric acid in apple cider vinegar helps in dissolving kidney stones, further alkalizing blood and urine, and helping to remove the stones.

9. *Celery – promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones. Celery has anti-inflammatory properties it is not safe for some kidney disease patients. Celery is an effective home remedy for bladder disorders, urinary tract infections, kidney problems and cysts on the reproductive organs.

10. Cucumber have the reputation as the best kidney cleanser known. This is because they help to wash the kidneys and bladder of debris and stones. Studies have shown that eating cucumbers regularly helps to regulate uric acid in the body, thereby preventing certain kidney and bladder stones.

11.  Lemons or oranges – Start Your Day With Lemon Water. A warming glass of lemon water every morning provides a variety of health benefits such as aid the kidneys to filter blood, flushes them out.  Lemon’s natural citrate content, may also prevent the calcium in the body from binding with other minerals that lead to stones.
Citrate in these foods prevents stones from forming.

12. Beets – They contain nitric oxide that cleanses the blood and kidney cleanser.

     13.  Spirulina and Chlorella

     14.  Red bell peppers help break down toxic waste in the blood, and therefore contribute to kidney health. They are low in potassium and rich in vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid and fiber.  When suffering from kidney problems, it is often advised to keep your potassium intake low because damaged kidneys may not be able to effectively filter potassium from your blood.  You can include red bell peppers in your diet in raw, baked, roasted, cooked or stuffed form.

     15.  Basil is diuretic in nature and acts as a detoxifier that helps in removing kidney stones and further strengthens its functioning. It lowers uric acid levels in blood, cleansing the kidneys. It consists of acetic acid and other essential oils that help in breaking the stones down to pass through urine. It also acts as a pain killer.

     16.  Beans – Low sodium: Dry peas, lentils and beans.  Kidney beans that have a close resemblance to that of a kidney, is known to remove kidney stones effectively and cleanse the kidneys. Kidney beans are high on fiber and are a great source of minerals and B vitamins that help in cleaning your kidneys and help the urinary tract function better.

     17.  Olives improve the life of those suffering from chronic kidney disease and will certainly provide kidney support to those looking to maintain kidney health.

     18.  Onions are full of powerful antioxidants that help detoxify and cleanse the kidneys, thereby helping prevent many types of kidney-related health problems. The chemical properties found in onions work to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients.

Onion is healthy food for people who have a high creatinine level along with reduced kidney function. They contain a substance called prostaglandin that naturally reduces blood viscosity and helps to lower high BP, thereby reducing the progression of kidney disease.

Onions are rich in an antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin helps improve blood circulation to all organs. It helps relax the blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and supports kidney function. Low in potassium, onions also contain chromium, a mineral that helps the body metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. Onions can be enjoyed raw or cooked in a variety of dishes. Eating raw onions can help treat kidney stones naturally.

     19.  Spices and Condiments

Low sodium: Fresh garlic * basil * black pepper * cayenne pepper * chili powder * cinnamon * cumin * curry * dill *  thyme * red pepper * parsley * paprika * nutmeg * oregano * lemon juice * vinegar

Avoid seasoning your vegetable dishes with salt and salt substitutes, and opt instead for dried or fresh herbs, chopped garlic or onion and a splash of olive oil.

Extra virgin olive oil is good for your heart as well as your kidneys. This oil is a great source of oleic acid, anti-inflammatory fatty acids that lower oxidation and promote kidney health.

Olives improve the life of those suffering from chronic kidney disease and will certainly provide kidney support to those looking to maintain kidney health.


Get Rid of Kidney Stones with Kidney Beans

It is interesting that the kidney-shaped legumes are of immense value to treat various conditions of the kidneys including renal stones! The vital vitamins, minerals, and compounds that are there in the legumes will do the job for you very effectively!  Kidney beans are known as an effective home remedy for kidney stones. In ancient times, the pods served as a medicinal tonic.  To reduce kidney stone pain, remove the beans from the pods and in a slow cooker, boil the pods in purified water for 6 hours. Once finished, strain the liquid and let it cool before drinking. Drink throughout the day.

A Kidney Bean Salad

You are now going to read about an excellent recipe of kidney bean salad, which is not just delicious, but also keeps you overall healthy. Begin to have this recipe, which also includes many other healthy ingredients, regularly and there will be no need for you to visit your physician!

Ingredients:
  • Kidney beans- 1 cup
  • Green beans- 1 cup
  • Black beans- 1 cup
  • Chopped red onion- ½ cup
  • Chopped celery- ½ cup
  • 1 small bunch Parsley
  • Chopped 1/4 Red, 1/4 Orange, 1/4 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Vinegar- ½ cup
  • Himalayan Sea Salt- 1 tsp
  • Pepper- 1 tsp

Directions

  1. Combine all these ingredients together in a big bowl.
  2. Toss them so that they get mixed properly.
  3. Store in your fridge for minimum 8 hours.


Body Cleanse Juice

Cucumbers and celery are natural diuretics and help with cleaning out the kidneys. Beets are great for liver cleansing and strengthening the blood. Lemons, ginger and apples aid in protecting and healing the body. They help cleanse the entire body. Cranberries are good for cleansing the bladder and kidneys.

Natural Liver and kidney Cleanse (removes toxins not stones)

  • For seven (7) days.  Along with you must eat wholesome rainbow foods.
  • 2 large Apples (prevent gallstones)
  • 1 celery 1 (useful for UTI’s, gout, HBP)
  • medium Carrot

Note: While it’s true that celery contains more sodium than most vegetables, the sodium is offset by very high levels of potassium. Furthermore, the amount of sodium is not significant even for the most salt-sensitive individuals.

One celery stalk contains approximately 32 milligrams of sodium and 104 milligrams of potassium and only 20 calories as carbohydrate.


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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 8b of 10: It’s Gone Viral – The Winter Fever (part two)

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)
  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062)

Part 8b of 10: Pneumonia: 1 in 10 (57,062)

Topic Lineup:

  • WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?
  • CONNECTION BETWEEN INFLUENZA AND PNEUMONIA?
  • WALKING PNEUMONIA
  • TYPES OF PNEUMONIA
  • DIFFERENTIATING BRONCHITIS FROM PNEUMONIA
  • IS PNEUMONIA CONTAGIOUS?
  • PNEUMONIA RECOVERY TIME
  • PNEUMONIA RISK FACTORS
  • PREVENT PNEUMONIA
  • RECIPES
  • SIMPLE INEXPENSIVE REMEDIES FROM HOME

…Pneumonia accounts for 16% of the 5.6 million under-five deaths, killing around 880,000 children in 2016. Most of its victims were less than 2 years old.

…Number of deaths: 51,811

…Deaths per 100,000 population: 16.1

…Pneumonia is easily prevented and managed illnesses with simple and effective interventions that are rarely life threatening.

WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?  

The Winter Fever, symptoms of pneumonia were first described by the Greek physician Hippocrates around 460 BC. Although it carried many names and was often identified as a sickness, it wasn’t until the 19th century that scholars were able to identify pneumonia as its own infection.

Pneumonia is an acute chest infection or inflammation of the lungs is one of the most serious infectious diseases.  You should know that there is not just one primary cause of pneumonia. This illness can actually be brought on by different types of germs, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi, that you inhale and that enter the lung. Knowing the cause of pneumonia is extremely important, as it is crucial in determining the course of treatment for this illness.  The air sacs fill with pus and other liquid and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia), one lung (single pneumonia), or only certain lobes (lobar pneumonia).  Pus and liquid block oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. If there is too little oxygen in the blood, the body’s cells cannot work properly, which can lead to death.

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN INFLUENZA AND PNEUMONIA?

Dr. Raphael Dolin in “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine,” patients with flu are often able to recount the exact time when they became sick. Pneumonia usually falls somewhere in between. Most patients with viral pneumonia notice a deterioration over the course of 12 to 36 hours, advises the American Lung Association.

In most cases, cold symptoms subside within four (4) to nine (9) days. The flu usually resolves somewhat faster–two to five days–although respiratory symptoms such as dry cough and sore throat can persist for up to two weeks.

WALKING PNEUMONIA?

Walking pneumonia is a non-medical term for a mild case of pneumonia. Technically, it’s called atypical pneumonia and is caused by bacteria or viruses.  People who have this condition do not know they have it since their daily activities are not affected and does not require you to be hospitalized compared to the other forms of pneumonia. Walking pneumonia is a form of pneumonia that involves the lower and upper respiratory system.  Walking pneumonia can take on several forms:

LET’S DIVE INTO THE TYPES OF PNEUMONIA BY THE TYPE OF GERM:

1. Bacterial Pneumonia ~ caused by—you guessed it—bacteria. The most common strain is Streptococcus pneumonia; however, it can also be caused by Chlamydophila pneumonia and Legionella pneumophila. It can occur on its own or after you’ve had a cold or the flu.  Symptoms of bacterial pneumonia can include fever, chest pain, and an increased heart rate.  This type of pneumonia generally occurs “when the body is weakened in some way, such as by illness, poor nutrition, old age, or impaired immunity.

 The 3-types of atypical pneumonia:

                a. Mycoplasma Pneumonia~occurs in crowded areas like the workplace or schools

Legionella Pneumonia ~ Bacteria is spread through water vapors flourishing in air conditioning and central heating systems. This type of pneumonia cannot be spread from one person to another unlike other forms of pneumonia. It is more severe since it can lead to your respiratory system failing and eventually causing death.

Chlamydophila Pneumonia ~ Bacteria is most common among  school-aged children. Chlamydophila  (anaerobic bacteria) pneumonia: Anaerobic means “living, active, occurring, or existing in the absence of free oxygen”

b. Viral Pneumonia is among the most common types of pneumonia, as Dr. Joseph Mercola says it accounts for approximately one-third (1/3) of all cases.  It is contagious via coughing, sneezing or touching an object that was contaminated by an infected person, and it is characterized by swollen lungs and blocked oxygen flow.

c. Mycoplasma (small typically, parasitic bacteria) Pneumonia is not a virus or a bacteria and is referred to as atypical or walking pneumonia. People with this type of pneumonia have flu and cold as signs and symptoms and patients are rarely hospitalized with this condition.  It is often quite mild but can be passed from person to person through respiratory fluids. And while symptoms of this condition can differ greatly among each individual who is infected, a dry cough is common. 

Tuberculosis is a slowly progressive pneumonia caused by the bacteria.

2. Aspiration Pneumonia results from the inhalation of food, fluids, gases or dust lead into the lungs, resulting in inflammation and infection.  Symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fever.

3. Fungal Pneumonia occurs due to exposure to certain fungi, such as those from soil or bird excrement.  It is fairly rare but most often affects those with an impaired immune system, such as those with HIV or AIDS.  Symptoms including a cough, troubles breathing, fever, fatigue, and weight loss.

4. Bronchopneumonia is when bronchitis and pneumonia may occur at the same time and means both your bronchial tubes and alveoli sacs are infected. Bronchopneumonia may be caused by either a virus or bacteria. If you are mistakenly diagnosed with pneumonia when you actually have bronchitis, and your physician recommends taking antibiotics, this will not treat the disease. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, and not viruses, and may only lead to antibiotic resistance – spelling more danger for your health.  

DIFFERENTIATING BRONCHITIS FROM PNEUMONIA

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi or the bronchial tubes, that carry air to the lungs. It can be caused by bacterial infection or a viral infection, and by exposure to irritants such as smoke.  Bronchitis is caused by infection, usually viral infections, although it is known to be bacterial at times. The viral or bacterial infections cause inflammation in the mucus membranes in the bronchial passages. These irritated membranes swell and cause coughing. 

Viruses causing bronchitis are influenza A, influenza B, coronacirus, Parainfluenza, Rhinovirus and RSV.

Bacterial infections are caused by; Bordetella pertussi, Chlamydia, H influenza, Katarrhalis, Mycoplasma, Moraxella, S. aureus or S. pneumoniae.  Bronchitis is usually a viral infection, meaning antibiotics may not be helpful in treating it.  

Pneumonia is also caused by an infection; however, it is more often the bacterial infection than viral.  It can be caused either by viruses, bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms.  The infection causes inflammation of the lungs and because of this inflammation, the lung leaks fluids and shed dead cells, clogging up air sacks. As there is a fluid build up, the body does not get enough of the Oxygen.  

The organisms that are responsible for pneumonia infections include, S. pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pnemoniae.

Generally, people with pneumonia feel much worse than those with bronchitis; and, it is also more dangerous than bronchitis, as it affects your oxygen supply, meaning all the organs and tissues in your body can be severely compromised. While bronchitis is usually viral in nature, pneumonia may be viral, fungal, or bacterial in nature, or may occur because of other harmful organisms. 

Pneumonia caused by viral and bacterial pneumonia are usually contagious. Pneumonia caused by fungi or chemicals is not contagious. Chemical pneumonia, which is caused by inhalation of toxic fumes or gases, often manifests either because of chemical injury to the lung tissue or aspiration of gastric contents (such as gastric acid) in people with altered levels of consciousness, coma patients or drunk people.

WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO RECOVER FROM PNEUMONIA?

One reason is that the waste from an infection of the lung is hard to clear. Antibiotics kill the bacteria, but all the weaponry your body produced to fight the bacteria — mucus, essentially, or sputum, as it’s called once you cough it up — is left behind.

“Your clearance mechanisms have to take all that stuff out,” says Steven Simpson, acting director of the division of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the University of Kansas. Your airways are lined with hairlike cilia that consolidate microbes and mucus and help move it toward the exit.  “It literally takes a lot of energy to keep yourself going with all that stuff in your lungs,” Simpson says.  Cough is a primary way to get that stuff out.

The infection sets off a cascade of events that ramps up inflammatory and immune response.  Your body goes into a mode where it’s diverting energy to the immune system. You have the bug, and you have the host response to the bug. The best thing you can do for your host body is to really rest. There’s no reason to confine yourself to your bed, but don’t push it like most people do. Don’t make yourself exhausted. Listen to your body.  Pneumonia can trigger a syndrome that is asthma-like. It’s not asthma. It’s a hyper-responsiveness of the airways.

FACTORS THAT INCREASE YOUR PNEUMONIA RISK

Your community or environment. Also known as community-acquired pneumonia, this refers to pneumonia cases that come from sources other than hospitals or health care facilities.

Hospital-acquired pneumonia. This refers to pneumonia that develops during a hospital stay, and may be more serious, as the bacteria may be more resistant to antibiotics. Patients who use ventilators and other breathing machines are at a high risk of this type.

Healthcare acquired pneumonia. People who live in long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes) or treated in outpatient clinics and kidney dialysis centers, are at high risk of healthcare acquired pneumonia.

 

1.  Having a weakened immune system due to medications 

2.  Having a pre-existing medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, asthma, AIDS/HIV, cancer, or damaged or removed spleens

3.  Smoking (Emphysema and Chronic bronchitis are usually caused by smoking.)

Conventional medicine, in all its years of ‘wisdom’, advise people to get a flu shot for ‘prevention’. There’s only one problem – it doesn’t work! Flu shots only weaken the immune system – especially when you consider that flu vaccines are loaded with unwanted (toxic) ingredients like, mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde. Adding insult to injury, the most deadly cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ are treated with antibiotics – which are completely ineffective against viruses.  But, if antibiotics are extremely necessary, make sure to take a high-quality probiotic supplement a few hours before or after taking the antibiotic.

For over 70 years, forward-thinking physicians have noted the association between vitamin C deficiency and pneumonia – a serious health condition that claims over 50,000 lives a year. 

According to Dr. Hemila, of the University of Helsinki, 148 animal studies show that vitamin C may alleviate or prevent infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi – including tuberculosis, strep infections, diphtheria and Candida albicans. 

For this reason, integrative healthcare providers have long insisted that intake of vitamin C should be drastically raised when illness is present. In addition, the nutrient’s antioxidant properties can help curtail the oxidative stress that is created by the immune system in response to pathogens.  

 Ask any (honest) physician and they’ll tell you that antibiotics will not help you – if you suffer from a viral infection. But, even if your health troubles stem from an ‘unfriendly’ bacterial overload – vitamin C can do wonders without damaging your intestinal flora, which (eventually) compromises your immune system.

Andrew Saul, Ph.D. with DoctorYourself, says you can reverse Pneumonia in three (3) hours.  Taking 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C every six minutes you are awake.  If you should decide to take vitamin C orally in powder, capsule, or liquid form – just remember that you may experience bowel intolerance (loose stool) – once you reach your threshold. Everyone is different – depending on health history and current state of health.

Vitamin D also acts as a natural antibiotic working against all types of microbes (bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses).  It has shown, in scientific studies, to be more affective at preventing influenza than vaccines and anti-viral medications.  During the winter months the body can only store up to 60 days so extra vitamin D rich foods should be consumed.

Here are some other preventive measures that you can and should take.

PNEUMONIA PREVENTION:

Contagious pneumonia cases can spread quickly, so if someone you know has bacterial or viral pneumonia, make sure to take extra precautions to avoid becoming infected. Traditional treatment for pneumonia includes antibiotics, pain relievers, and fever reducers. Here are some alternative natural remedies and strategies to remember and consider:

Improve Immune Function – Probiotics help populate the GI tract with healthy bacteria that actually keep bad bacteria in check. They are your soldiers fighting the enemy.  Different strains of probiotic bacteria have slightly different functions and are concentrated in various places along the digestive tract, probiotic supplements that contain multiple strains tend to be more effective overall than products containing an extremely high concentration of just one or two strains.  This is because many strains work synergistically to influence our health.  Be sure to take a good probiotic with a “delivery system” that works and remains alive and healthy while on store shelves, and to reach the areas in your gut where they’ll be most effective.  A probiotic supplement full of dead bacteria—or bacteria that die in a sea of stomach acid—is a waste of money.  

  Two types of probiotic strains that target problem areas for pneumonia are:  

  1. B. longum BB-536, has been shown to boost immune function in older adults for as long as 20 weeks.  
  2. B. infantis, which helps ease inflammation.

  You can also get probiotics from your diet naturally by eating probiotic foods like cultured veggies and homemade yogurt.  (See recipes below)

TOP KILLERS OF PROBIOTICS

1)  Overuse of prescription antibiotics 2)  Sugar 3)  GMO foods 4)  Inflammatory gluten 5)  Emotional stress 6) Medications 7)  Alcohol (except for red wine) 8)  Lack of exercise 9)  Over-sanitation 10)  Smoking 11)  Poor sleep habits

  • Wash your hands frequently with water and a non-antibacterial soap.
  • Do not share eating utensils and glasses with people infected with pneumonia.
  • Avoid smoking, as tobacco can weaken your lungs and hinder its ability to fight infections.5
  • Strengthen your immune system by consuming a healthy diet composed of fresh, organic whole foods. Avoid processed foods at all costs.
  • Get enough exercise, which will not only help reduce inflammation but strengthen your immune system.
  • Avoid stress. Stress and anxiety can impair your immune system and make your body more susceptible to infections.
  • Get plenty of rest and high-quality sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours per night.
  • Should drink a lot of fluids
  • Manage fever suck on ice cubes or make homemade ice pops. Take cooling baths or showers, or wrap a damp, chilled towel around your neck.
  • Control Coughing Naturally – Breath in moist, warm air as much as possible

RECIPES: 

Homemade Yogurt

  • 6 cups of young coconut meat, 
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 drops probiotic liquid (Ascended Health ProAlive)
  • ferment in a dark cupboard overnight

Watch how to make it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=iGZpH_FJVG0

OR Choose a Coconut Milk or Cream:

  1. Organic full fat coconut milk without any additives (thickeners like guar gum are OK) Thai Kitchen and Native Forest     Thai Coconut Milk – thinner consistency
  1. Thai Coconut Cream – thicker consistency

Choose a Sweet:

    1.  Markus Sweet  Natural Sugar, Zero calories, zero glycemic! Does not raise blood sugar or insulin! Great for diabetics. Does not feed Candida or yeast! Does not cause digestive distress like xylitol, sorbitol, etc. 

    2.  Add unsweetened fruit of choice

Homemade Sauerkraut

  • Shredded Cabbage (any other ingredients like onions, carrots) 
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Mason Jars
  • Mason Jar Lids

   Instructions:

  1. Take one cabbage leaf off and put to the side.  You will use this to cover all your ingredients later.
  2. Next, shred the cabbage and pack the shredded cabbage and other chosen ingredients into a mason jar.
  3. Dissolve 1-2 tbsp. sea salt in 2 cups of pure water and pour this over the cabbage.  Keep the cabbage under the water level of the brine, which protects the fermentation environment.  The beneficial bacteria need an anaerobic environment to ferment correctly.
  4. A correct fitting mason jar lid is important. and a the minimum time is about three days, although the sauerkraut will continue to ferment and become tastier for many days after that.  Sauerkraut is best when fermented at around 64-67 degrees, though anything in the 60-70 degree range works well.
  5. Once you’ve achieved the desired level of fermentation, it is important to move it to the refrigerator to stop the fermentation. At this point, it will store for up to 6 months if kept cool and with the sauerkraut below the brine.

Watch a sauerkraut demonstration here: CHEF MAMA ROSA


Other Simple Inexpensive Remedies from home:

 1. Garlic – a natural antibiotic

Garlic is well-known for the magic power to combat against bacteria, fungi as well as viruses thanks to its allicin. That is the reason why garlic is listed one of the best home remedies for pneumonia.  It helps to treat fever as well as facilitate expectorating phlegm from your lungs, contributing to helping you to recover from pneumonia quickly.

Try this method:

  • Firstly, pour a cup of nut milk in a pot. (Regular milk may contain pesticides.)
  • Then, add about 4 cups of fresh water to the pot.
  • Also, take ½ teaspoon of garlic which is crushed to the pot.
  • Boil the pot.
  • Remove the heat when there is ¼ of the mixture left.
  • Let the mixture cool down.
  • Consume the mixture three times every day.

2.  Sesame Seeds

Sesame seed can be your next choice to combat against pneumonia because the seeds are so effective in expectorating phlegm from your lungs and chest, easing annoying symptoms of pneumonia

  • Take a tablespoon of sesame seeds.
  • Put them in a pot.
  • Add some water to the pot.
  • Then, boil the mixture.
  • When the mixture boils, pour a tablespoon of flax seeds in the pot.
  • Boil for some few minutes.
  • Remove the heat.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Add some raw honey and salt in the mixture.
  • Stir them well.
  • Consume the tea once every day.

3.  Cayenne Pepper

Containing a high content of capsaicin, cayenne pepper works well to expel the mucus from your respiratory air passages. Plus, it can help to encourage the healthy membranes to develop because of its beta-carotene.

Home remedies for pneumonia using cayenne pepper and lemon juice

  • Take a small amount of cayenne pepper.
  • Put it in a bowl.
  • Add a little fresh lemon juice.
  • Add some water to the bowl.
  • Stir them well.
  • Consume the mixture several times every day.

4. Turmeric

As we all know, turmeric has wonderful antiviral as well as antibacterial powers. It can work so well to expectorate the mucus from the lungs and air passages. It also helps to ease infected areas, helping to facilitate the recovery process. As a result, it restores the lungs to their normal function, thereby bringing a long-term relief.

  • Put a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass.
  • Pour some warm milk in the glass.
  • Stir them well.
  • Consume the mixture three times every day.

5.  Steam Inhalation

You can inhale steam to ease coughing, blocking or difficulty in breathing due to pneumonia. Steam is so effective in clearing up the mucus and congestion due to pneumonia. You can make use of eucalyptus oil to relieve symptoms of pneumonia because it is very valuable in dealing with respiratory disorders thanks to anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antibiotic as well as analgesic properties

  • Add some water to the pot.
  • Pour several drops of eucalyptus essential oil in the pot.
  • Take a large towel to cover your head and the pot.
  • Inhale the steam coming from the pot.
  • Take a little oil to apply to your nose.
  • Do this process three times every day.

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  13. Pneumonia: History and Prevention of the ‘Winter Fever’ is republished with permission of Passport Health.”

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 8a of 10: Influenza – It’s Gone Viral (part one)

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)

1 in 10 (57,062)

Topic Lineup:

  • What is influenza?
  • Types of influenza?
  • What are viruses?
  • What are the root causes of Influenza?
  • Flu prevention
  • Natures Pharmacy – Dietary flu treatment
  • Facts about hand hygiene
  • Why Put Down the Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?
  • Recipes intermingled

We have a tie for 8th place in the TOP Ten.  Flu season is leaving its mark as one of the deadliest flu seasons in 13 years. In the U.S., 36 states are reported high flu outbreak levels, according to the CDC. In Oregon, for example, 120 people were hospitalized for flu the week ending December 23 – a big rise over the 85 flu hospitalizations the week before. Experts say one big factor in this chaos has been the flu vaccine’s poor efficacy.  In January, 14,401 people were sick. Hospitalizations went up from 22.7 per 100,000 in the first month of January to 31.5, which is the highest rate since 2010.  21 children have died so far, and at least 43 people under the age of 65 have died in California alone.  There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018.  Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths, according to Fortune.com, posted February 10, 2018.  I will cover influenza first.

The flu is linked to between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States.

As for the stats, usually, in a normal year, some 12,000 people die from the flu each year in the US. The elderly, the very young, and those with other conditions are most at risk. But there is some risk to everyone. And that’s all in a “normal” year.

This year is not normal – it’s worse. They expect the death toll in 2018 to top 56,000 people. WOW, what are we doing wrong in the health care system?  We need to take our lifestyles seriously by learning what causes our ill-health and then doing what is necessary to prepare to avoid making it 56,001.  We need to change some lifestyle habits that are not benefiting our bodies.  We all know that habits are difficult to break, but a bad habit is possible to break if we have the knowledge and have some sort of support group.

There are different strains of the flu every year during flu season, and of course the CDC continues to encourage everyone to get their flu shots, which is like playing Russian Roulette. But what most people do not realize is that if you understand how you get the flu, there are other more natural and healthy means to consider being proactive in to avoid the flu and getting well without medication or flue shots. As you read further you will begin to understand the unhealthy state of life we live in and what we can do to resolve this condition.

WHAT IS INFLUENZA?

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Influenza is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

TYPES OF INFLUENZA

There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C. The past couple of years, Influenza C has been the most prominent strain of the flu causing illness throughout the United States, but this year, it’s strain Influenza A.  When a strain is prevalent in a population of people, the flu vaccine gets tweaked to accommodate how those specific strains attack the immune system.

1.  Type A [H1N1-swine, H3N2-swine,bird,etc) viruses are capable of infecting animals.  Wild birds commonly act as the hosts for this flu virus and transmitted from bird to human.  Type A flu virus is constantly changing and is generally responsible for the large flu epidemics.

The influenza A2 virus (and other variants of influenza) is spread by people who are already infected. The most common flu hot spots are those surfaces that an infected person has touched and rooms where he has been recently, especially areas where he has been sneezing.

Here is a new name that gives a new perspective on Type A.  Zoonoses [Zoh-on-uh-sis] from zoo-of animals + Greek nosos disease are infectious diseases of animals (usually vertebrates) that can naturally be transmitted to humans.  Now you know why pig, turkey, chicken, cow farmers are susceptible and sometimes required to exterminate their entire zoo-‘of animal’ populations.  What are the causes of Bovine disease?  There are a host of environmental factors to pay attention to. I imagine this goes for the other strains as well.

1. The likelihood of BRD problems increases the more calves co-mingle, such as in auction barns.

2. Weather is another factor, with temperature and wind chill during transport having the biggest impact.

3. Transport seems to be the biggest risk factor for BRD, also called shipping fever.

4. Overcrowded, damp, or dusty places can make animals susceptible, nutritional factors such as feedlot rations, dehydration, and bodyweight play a role.

                5.  What happens when these animal’s get sick, the same thing with humans.  They are given meds/vaccines.

It looks like it all boils down to animal stress (environment), diet (including the hormone driven market), and meds/vaccine.

Things have changed since Old McDonald Had A Farm

BUT…I digress!

2.  Type B [/Victoria, /Yamagata] flu is found only in humans. Influenza Type B viruses are not classified by subtype and do not cause pandemics.  It can last about 2 or 3 days is a type of flu that is similar to influenza A. However, while A usually afflicts people in the early winter, influenza B can infect any time of the year. Another difference between the two, according to Dr. Vincent Racaniello, a professor at Columbia University, and author of “The Virology Blog,” is that type B can only pass from human to human unlike type A bird flu or swine flu.

At times, type B influenza can affect the stomach also, which is why some people refer to it as the “stomach flu.”

Type A and B cause the annual influenza epidemics that have up to 20% of the population sniffling, aching, coughing, and running high fevers.

3.  Influenza C viruses are also found in people. They are, however, are much more milder than either type A or B. People generally do not become very ill from the influenza type C viruses. Type C flu viruses do not cause epidemics.

What are viruses?

They are aggressive parasites that need a host DNA or place to replicate.

I can already hear the panic.  To deal with this fear and anxiety and take the necessary precautionary measures, we must first educate ourselves on the differences between regular flu and Swine Flu.

When we are fit and healthy we can usually defend ourselves against germs and infections.  The good news is most people will recover from the flu on their own.

The flu is also very contagious and can be spread via coughing, sneezing, or even touching infected surfaces.

Prevention is the key! Instead of taking a pill or getting a vaccine, all you have to do to achieve health is by adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet.  We need to accept what we cannot change; but, there are things that we can do so that we CAN live that best life now.

What are the root causes of Influenza?

  • Overwork
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Poor Hygiene
  • Run down immunity due to another illness
  • Lack of Sleep

If you experience any of the above, you are more susceptible to catching the flu so keep these in mind during the winter months and take care of yourself!  Some experts have identified probiotics, vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C as particularly good nutrients to focus on when trying to boost your immunity to protect against cold and flu.  Forget the flu vaccine and all its dangerous side effects.  Nature’s Pharmacy gives us what we need to stay healthy and are safer and more effective than any vaccine.

Our immune system is a powerful mediator of our health. Through specialized cell-defined lymphocytes (white blood cells in the lymphatic system), it manages to neutralize and destroy viruses and bacteria. One of its key features is to be fine-tuned in perfect balance with the surrounding environment.  Where your immunity power is strongly unbalanced, your immunity is compromised.  The increased chances of getting infections, developing autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, thyroiditis, etc.), allergies and intolerances occurs.  People who are prone to diseases are recommended to wear masks on mouth and nose so that they do not intake the virus from the environment.  Another action plan would be for those who are sick to wear masks to let people know what’s up with them.  We live in a very stressful, fast paced world that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon and generally, people don’t slow down and rest and want to keep going continuing to press forward pushing themselves.  To keep going, we are so used to quick and convenient lifestyles that we welcome pharmaceutical drugs and continue on with our social life as usual.  We need to listen to our bodies.  When we are sick our body is saying “I need rest”.  But, that’s not all.

Flu prevention

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Prevention of flu takes place in the first instance while maintaining a healthy immune system through a healthy and balanced diet associated with an active lifestyle and optimum daily stress management.

You may be saying the bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding.

But you have a lot more control than you might think.  As you read on, discover how you can be proactive for yourself.

Stress – Identify It, Understand It, Shrink It

Stress wreaks havoc on our emotional and physical health.  Furthermore, stress management is not a one-size-fits-all.  Learning how to be proactive in a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun is important. That’s why it’s important to experiment and find out what works best for you.

Tip 1:  Identify the stress source:

  1. How are your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors contribute to your everyday stress levels.  Are deadlines worrying you, yet you may be procrastinating somewhere?
  2. Accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it.
  3. Start a stress journal.
  4. Incorporate a positive attitude.  It’s hard work sometimes, but it is possible.  Dream, Pray for help, think of others in a worse situation than you. Practice thinking on those things that are true, honest, good, just, pure, good reports, lovely… (Philippians 4:8)

Tip 2: Practice the 4 A’s of stress management

The four A’s – Avoid, Alter, Adapt & Accept

  1. Avoid unnecessary ~ learn to say “no” and avoid stressful places.
  2. Alter the situation ~ learn how to express your feelings.
  3. Adapt to the stress ~ adjust standards.  Avoid perfectionism.  This is a big one for me.  Reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life.
  4. Except the things you can’t change ~ learn to forgive.  Holding on to resentments and anger is negative energy.  Forgive and move on.

Tip 3: Get moving

  1. Physical activity can help burn away tension and stress
  2. Good choices include walking, running, swimming, dancing, and cycling.  Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy so you’re more likely to stick with it.

Tip 4: Connect to others and seek Godly counsel

  1. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  Matthew 7:7
  2. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
  3. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.  Proverbs 11:14
  4. Confide in a pastor, friend, or someone you trust and is a good listener and can provide encouragement, sound, and clear advice.

Tip 5: Make time for fun and relaxation

  1. Set aside leisure
  2. Do something you enjoy everyday

Tip 6: Manage your time better

  1. Prioritize tasks
  2. Break projects into small steps
  3. Delegate responsibility

Tip 7: Maintain balance with a healthy lifestyle

The basic principles of the diet for flu are varied and very important, but – depending on the specific case, stage of the disease and predominant symptoms – may be slightly different.

  1. Eat a healthy diet
  2. Reduce caffeine and sugar
  3. Avoid alcohol cigarettes and drugs
  4. Get enough sleep ~ when we get adequate amounts of sleep this inflammatory state supports the immune system by enhancing the body’s ability to form an initial immune response to invading ”bugs.”  For the brain to remove waste matter, you must be asleep.

a.  Chronic sleep deprivation can cause numerous mechanisms to go wonky inside the body (i.e. how readily your body’s cells can recognize glucose floating around in your blood and pull it into the cells of the body where it will fuel activity).

b.  When your body does not take glucose into the cell efficiently, you feel tired and hungry more often than you should, which makes you reach for more food.  Your body is already not using this energy input, calories, and glucose well.

c.  Sleep deprivation lowers leptin (an appetite-suppressing hormone produced by fat cells and increases ghrelin, (a hormone released by the stomach that stimulates hunger reaching for reach for carbohydrate-dense, sweet, and salty foods.

d.  Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when you’re under stress. It heightens alertness which helps our bodies respond to stress appropriately so that we don’t become ill, but high cortisol levels also breaks down collagen.  Stress can raise cortisol levels to unhealthy levels.

e.  Electricity suppresses melatonin (Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF’s).  Melatonin is produced in pure darkness.  So if you have any light in the room spilling in from anywhere (night lights, cell phones, television, electric clocks, window with street lights shining in, etc).  No electricity should around you, especially near your head.

f.  Don’t eat at least four hours before you go to sleep.  You are just fueling your body with energy and that energy has to be used somehow (weird dreams, restless leg syndrome,

g.  When you truly sleep, you look younger in the morning.  Hmmm, there must be some truth to the term “sleeping beauty”.

Natures Pharmacy – Dietary flu treatment:

  1. Eating Light ~ Drink soups by spoon.  Eat citrus for Vitamin C – will stimulate white blood cell production and offer good hydration.

     2.  Drink Plenty of Fluids

Every system in the human body needs water in order to function properly so it is said that drinking regular water is very beneficial.  Staying hydrated will help keep your respiratory tract from drying out and will also assist your body in detoxing during healing.

1) Allow your Body Work Effectively  2) Enhance the Metabolism 3) Helps Fighting Skin Disorder 4) Help you Stay Moisturized 5) Helps in Removing Toxin 6) Reduces Risk of Cancer (colon, bladder, even breast cancer prevention) 7) Helps you Elevate Mood (Dehydration can make you weak, fatigue, dizzy, but if you drink water you can build muscle tissue, prevent muscle cramps) 8) Lose weight 9) Flush Out Body Waste 10) Reduce Joint Pain [it keeps the cartilage soft] 11) Relief from a headache and even back pain 12) Maintain the neutral pH 7 in the body 13) Improve the digestive system 15) Increase blood flow & oxygen in the brain and can help in maintaining memory function

Hydration ~ In all types of flu, it is strongly advisable to ensure a high level of hydration needed to compensate for: sweating, increased renal function for endogenous (the internal cause of infection) and pharmacological catabolism’s (metabolic pathways that breaks down molecules into smaller units), vomiting and diarrhea. Body water can be maintained by drinking more and eating liquid or well-hydrated foods. However, if the flu is characterized by significant nausea and vomiting, this can become a serious problem. In that case, the increase in beverages and liquid foods becomes impractical, as the stimulus of vomiting would increase drastically.

Drink spring water, green tea, herbal teas, broth, and fresh juice.

3.  Fresh Ginger

Making a strong tea with fresh ginger is an excellent natural remedy for reducing chills, sore throat, and body aches.

Ginger and cinnamon. To counteract the flu it is useful to consume hot and liquid foods and herbal teas.

Ingredients

    • 1 bag good quality organic Echinacea tea (optional)
    • 3 or 4 thin slices of fresh organic ginger root
    • 3 tablespoons organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed
    • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
    • ½ teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon organic ground clove
    • Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large cup of hot filtered water, steep the tea bag and the sliced ginger (you may omit the tea bag if you’d like).
  2. Add the lemon juice, honey and spices and stir well. The tea will be cloudy.
  3. Let it infuse for 4-5 minutes and filter the drink.

4.  Cinnamon – Cinnamon has anti-fungal and analgesic properties. Make some cinnamon tea by adding boiling water over the herb into a cup. Drink at least one cup twice or thrice a day.

5.  Garlic is a very important nutrient reservoir for the body’s immunity, such as allicin, sulfur and vitamin B vitamins.  Do not use it if you have stomach or gastritis.

6.  Supplements

Vitamin B Complex ~ involved in the good functioning of the immune system.

Vitamin C ~ It is a well-known antioxidant well-known for its production of interferon, natural antiviral properties.  Taking  1,000-2,000mg of Vitamin C 3-4 times a day for adults. If diarrhea occurs, lower the dose.

Homemade Elderberry Gummies: Vitamin C Treats

Ingredients

•  1/3 cup unsweetened elderberry juice (see recipe elderberry syrup below)

•  2 tbs orange juice

•  3 tbs raw honey

•  2-3 tbs grass-fed gelatin (Vegans can use sea moss gelatin.)

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients into a small sauce pan, with a whisk combine them until no lumps are visible and mixture seems even.
  2. Turn stove to the lowest setting and keep whisking until mixture is completely melted and warm to the touch.
  3. Do not let mixture get too hot to conserve all the properties in the honey.
  4. Transfer to a pan or candy mold such as this or this one.
  5. Pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Gummies will remain solid even at room temperature.

Ingredients for Elderberry Juice

  • 1/2 cup of dry elderberries
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey

Instruction

  1. In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until it is reduced to about half.
  2. Set aside and let it cool off and add the honey while it still warm enough to dissolve the honey but not too hot that it will damage its properties.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, it will keep for a few week.

7.  Vitamin D ~ Research has confirmed that catching a cold or the flu is often a direct result of Vitamin D deficiency.  Of course, the best source of Vitamin D is from the sun, but when that isn’t doable, I recommend taking 1,000-2,000 IU daily during flu  season.

8.  Take activated charcoal to avoid vomiting.

Activated charcoal owes its usefulness to its high porosity. Through activation the charcoal is riddled with microscopic pores that increase its surface area exponentially, allowing the charcoal to bind toxins, gases, and other impurities to itself through the process of “adsorption.”  Charcoal binds with chemicals such as harmful toxins (poison, tannins that yellow teeth, etc.)

9.  Selenium at a dose of 200 micrograms per day is capable of counteracting viral    infections, stimulating the Th1 system and powerful natural killer cells of viruses and bacteria.

10.  Zinc has the same potential as selenium but has a different effect depending on the dose administered. If you want to counteract winter sickness, your daily dose should not exceed 25-35 milligrams for a period not longer than 2-3 weeks.

11.  The use of probiotics strengthens the immune system of the intestine against all those viruses and bacteria that prefer the gastrointestinal system.  If you are interested in a top of the line Probiotic please contact me faagric@yahoo.com.

Facts about hand hygiene

Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stop infections spreading.

Many of us get so busy and are in such a hurry, and most of us don’t pay attention to how we wash our hands, but it’s important to do it the right way.  Further more, with all the traveling I do, it amazes me how many people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom or barely rinse their hands off and go.  It is always refreshing for me to see those that do the proper washing routine.

So, do not under-estimate the role of good hand hygiene.  It is good to remind ourselves frequently to wash their hands, several times a day, and keep the rooms aerated because the virus spreads by air, and avoid crowded places as much as possible.  This makes it very important to keep your hands germ-free with frequent and thorough hand washing. Encourage family members to do the same to stay well and prevent flu.

Hand Washing Works to Keep The Bad Guys Away  

I’m sure most of you already know about the importance of hand-washing especially during the cold/flu season when bacteria and viruses like to hang out the most.  Some viruses — tiny living things that cause colds — can live on surfaces for hours. Many infections, such as the common cold and the flu, are caused by spreading germs from person to person.  Regular hand washing is your best strategy to keep them from getting inside your body. And of course, if you’re the one who’s sick, washing up will keep you from spreading your germs.

When to wash your hands

You should wash your hands properly and often, especially:

  1. Before, during and after preparing food
  2. After going to the toilet or changing a nappy
  3. *After you blow your nose, sneeze or cough.
  4. When your hands are visibly dirty
  5. After smoking (smoking is not healthy lifestyle habit – take steps to be proactive and quit)
  6. After handling or patting animals
  7. Before and after taking care of someone who is sick
  8. When you enter and leave a healthcare facility.

*Here is the proper way to sneeze and cough and lessen the spreading the germs:  Watch a live sneeze test.

 

 

 

 

Here’s the drill to wash your hands:

  1. First, wet your hands with water. Then add soap.
  2. Rub them together vigorously for 20 seconds. Make sure to rub the wrists,between the fingers, and under the fingernails.
  3. When you have time, do a more thorough job using a nailbrush, as germs often hide under nails.
  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry with a clean paper towel or air dryer.
  5. If you are in a public restroom, shut the faucet off with a paper towel.
  6. Try to push the door open with your shoulder, or use another paper towel to turn the knob.
  7. Watch this video: Proper Hand Washing Technique.
  8. In case there is no running water and soap, use can but Eo Hand Sanitizer Spray or make your own.
  9. Here are a couple of recipes of good hand sanitizers:

 Gentle Hand Sanitizer Recipe (Safe for Kids)

This herbal hand sanitizer gel doesn’t dry the skin and is actually nourishing because of the aloe vera. It’s also so simple that your children can help you make it. It can even be made in the container you plan to use so you don’t have to get a bowl dirty.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops Germ Destroyer Essential Oil (Kid Safe by Plant Therapy)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicone tube (like this one).
  2. Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.

 Alcohol-free hand sanitize

  1.   A great aloe vera gel dries quickly, is moisturizing, and isn’t sticky. Aloe vera gel is available online and in health food stores.  The many benefits of aloe vera are attributed to its anti-fungal, antivirus and antibacterial properties. Aloe vera is also an antioxidant, cell growth stimulator, astringent, coagulant, and can be used as a general antibiotic. It also has anti-inflammatory and pain inhibiting abilities.
  2. add 3-4 drops of high quality tea tree oil (antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral)
  3. 4 drops of lavender oil. Lavender oil also has antiviral and antibacterial properties of its own. If you prefer a stronger scent, add in a few more drops of lavender.

Try these other great scents to add to your hand sanitizer…

  • Orange or citrus oil: uplifting
  • Peppermint oil: refreshing
  • Rosemary: relaxing

Why Put Down the Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?

  1. They don’t work! Antibacterial soaps kill bacteria but not viruses.
  2. Even though there is an appeal of killing “99.9% of germs”, and it may be true that antibacterial products kill 99.9% of germs, there is that .1% that is the most potentially harmful (since it can resist antibacterial agents). This small percentage that survives then breeds and passes on its antibiotic resistance to its offspring, creating lines of “super bugs” that resist antibiotic use. This may be one factor in the dramatic increase in strains like MRSA.
  3. Triclosan, the chemical in most antibacterial soaps, has been shown to be a hormone disruptor and contribute to a rise in resistant strains of bacteria.
  4. Some evidence shows that kids who grow up in an overly sterile environment have higher rates of allergies and asthma.

If the bacterial exposure exceeds the body’s first immune response, this reaction begins to trigger further activation of leukocytes and Type 2 T helper cells (Th2). This is a stronger immune response the body mounts to things like parasites and physical invaders. This manifests in different ways depending on the person’s genetics and where the body perceives the invasion.

How to distinguish flu from cold, especially in children?

It is flu if a sudden high fever, chest tightness, chills, fatigue, and muscle aches occur (pain in the bones and joints).

Resting is a must! We know that everyday life is frantic and we believe it is indispensable (and in some cases, they are) but if we are sick we cannot help anyone. If we are sick it means that our body needs to regain breath.

Drink a lot and eat light and digestible things, rich in vitamins and minerals.

It is cold if the symptoms are located essentially above the neck. Nasal drip or congestion, coughing, eyes tearing, but throat, congestion and sneezing. You may also have some fever, but never high.

At the beginning you may have noticed that both Influenza and Pneumonia tied for 7th place in the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions.  We will get a better understanding about Pneumonia as well as its Influenza connection.  Until next time…

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10: Diabetes – Finding Your Sweet Spot

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease: 1 in 10 (110,561)

Diabetes: 1 in 4 (79,535)

Imagine a greedy telemarketer got a hold of your phone number. Every 15 minutes, they call you with a new sales pitch. Even if you hang up or get angry – they still call back later. It gets to the point where you dread picking up.

Eventually – you’d stop answering, right?
Well, something similar is happening in your body.
It’s a condition known as…
INSULIN RESISTANCE! 

 Diabetes is a life-threatening health condition that has reached epidemic levels.  Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by the body’s failure to produce enough insulin to regulate blood glucose — or blood sugar.  This results in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

Diabetes as been around for roughly 2000 years.  The term diabetes was coined by Aretaeus of Cappadocia in 150 AD.

In 1675, the word Meletus, which means “sweet like honey”, was added by Thomas Willis, after discovering the urine of his patients was sweet.  What could possibly cause urine to be sweet?  The Pancreas produces enzymes and hormones to help break down foods.  A healthy pancreas produces these enzymes and hormones at the right time, in the right quantities to die in order to properly digest the food we eat.

Topic Lineup:

  • THE COST OF DIABETES
  • KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
  • DIABETES TYPES
  • THE KILLER IN YOUR BLOOD
  • KICK THE CAN
  • WHEN & WHAT TO EAT
  • PORTION CONTROL MATTERS
  • THE “PRESCRIPTION” IS SIMPLE
  • 8 HEALTHY ACTION STEPS
  • QUICK FIX TIPS
  • PERMANENT SOLUTIONS
  • RECIPES

THE COST OF DIABETES:

Type-2 diabetes isn’t really a “disease” in the classic sense; it’s just physiological cause and effect. The symptoms of diabetes, in other words, have causes. And if you remove those causes, you halt the symptoms and no longer have the “disease” at all.  Yet the ongoing propaganda of the processed food industry and the anti-science lies of the medical establishment continue to deprive the masses of the simple knowledge they need to eliminate type-2 diabetes for life.  This is all by design, of course. The pharmaceutical companies don’t profit from people being well; and, the FDA is the marketing and public relations branch of the pharmaceutical industry.  It is not your friend.  It’s the same story with cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases and symptoms.

  • In April 2016 the cost of diabetes hit 825 billion dollars a year globally.
  • Diabetes is known as the black death of our times.
  • It’s just risen to become the third killer in America, and it is on its way to becoming the number one killer world-wide.
  • 1 in 5 dollars spent in healthcare is for diabetes.  The prices for medication, custom-made medical supplies, and physician office visits are astronomical and twice as much as a regular patient. The annual medical expenditures of a diabetes patient can come to about $13,700 on average; roughly $7,900 is attributed to the disease itself.
  • An adjunct professor of global health at Harvard Chan School says that this global data reveals the disease has reached levels that can bankrupt some countries’ health systems.  Professor Goodarz Danaei, co-lead author of the study and an assistant professor of global health at Harvard Chan School, said: “The most important risk factor for diabetes is obesity. Yet global obesity levels are soaring out of control.”  If current trends continue, over 700 million adults worldwide would be affected with diabetes by 2025.  Here is an article from Dr, Mercola on proper waist to hip ratio numbers.

The good news is that the condition of Diabetes has been solved.  We know what causes it, and we know how to reverse it.  No one needs to live with type-2 diabetes.  People are waking up they are thriving.  They understand that they don’t have to live with Diabetes.  Type-2 diabetes can be prevented, reversed, and CURED in most cases.

If you suffer from Diabetes, all you need is the proper knowledge from outside of the medical system, and the desire to do what it takes to live your best life now.


KNOWLEDGE IS POWER:  Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge

What causes Diabetes?  It really is a loaded question.  There are a number of factors, multiple root causes.  

Here is a summary:  it depends on the individual’s chemistry, biological processes such as chronic inflammation, oxidation, glycation (the bonding of a sugar molecule to a protein or lipid molecule without enzymatic regulation), and toxicity.

Let’s take a look at what the average American consumes.

We have gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar a year to eating over 150 pounds.  The average American consumes at least 64 pounds of sugar per year, and the average teenager consumes at least 109 pounds.  How could this happen?

To make foods taste savory and preserve food for shelf-life,  manufacturers have become savvier. They add fats, sugars, and salts, and of course many times the wrong kinds.  And, if you want a low-fat food, they add more sugar or salt.  As a matter of fact, many supermarkets and even health food stores now carry many sneaky sources of sugar, disguised in unrecognizable ingredients and so-called healthy foods that contain as much if not more sugar than their regular versions.  Part of the problem is using these cheap ingredients just to make more money.

Sugar is added to over 70 percent of processed foods which makes it hard to avoid – unless you become more label-savvy.  Sugar leads to cravings and buying more processed foods which is great for the food manufacturing industry and its pocket but not very good for you, the consumer.  Sugar can dramatically alter your metabolism and your brain chemistry, causing you to suffer intense cravings while increasing your risk for disease.  Sugar is sticky and sticks to other molecules inside our cells and then they stick together.  Processed sugar is very pro-inflammatory as well and is linked to chronic illness.  Take a look at the list of sugars here of what you may find on processed foods label.

DIABETES TYPES:

In Type 1 Diabetes (T1D – 5%), known as Juvenile Diabetes also named autoimmune diabetes, afflicts 10 million people worldwide.  It is an autoimmune condition where the pancreas is being attacked by the body’s own cells and can no longer produce insulin to remove sugar from the bloodstream.  Although the disease usually starts in people under the age of 20, Type 1 diabetes may occur at any age.

While some people have a genetic predisposition to type 1 diabetes, some of the possible triggers that have been suggested include:

  • viral infection (B4 virus german measles, mumps)
  • Rotavirus (RNA), vaccines (childhood vaccinations such as smallpox, tuberculosis and Hib vaccines),
  • low levels of vitamin D (lower levels of vitamin D had a higher incidence rate of developing type 1 diabetes),
  • cow’s milk (contains proteins gluten and A1 casein),
  • increased insulin demand (a diet with high glycemic index foods).

Current strategies to cure type 1 diabetes include immunotherapy, replacement therapy, and combination therapy.  Eating a real food diet and proper nutrition can greatly influence a T1D’s daily life and reduce its symptoms and dangers.

Plenty of peer-reviewed and published research now indicates that plant compounds, including many found within commonly consumed foods, are capable of stimulating beta cell regeneration within the pancreas, and as a result may be potentially provide a cure – truly a four letter word, as far as the profit-based model of medicine goes, which thrives on the concept of the incurability of the disease-afflicted human body in favor of symptom management.

Note 1: Since most Type 1’s tend to be children, it is imperative that the parents educate themselves about the disease, the drugs, nutrition, blood glucose testing, the signs of high/low blood sugar, especially about proper nutrition.

Note 2: One of the biggest mistakes that hurt Type 1’s is the belief that they can eat whatever they want and compensate by injecting more insulin! This leads to unnecessary damage of the blood vessels and organs that could have been prevented or slowed down with a superior nutritional program.

Note 3: Type 1’s should avoid drinking raw juices, and, instead, consider drinking green smoothies with fiber and fat along with 4-6 macronutrient-balanced meals — to offset the sugar from the vegetables.

In Type II Diabetes (T2D – 95%), due to the volume and frequency of insulin being released, cells become less sensitive to the insulin.  This “insulin resistance” results in less sugar being removed from the blood into the cell.

It takes a period of years of biological damage.  The immune system responds to try to repair the damaged cells and tissues by triggering the inflammation process, which is the first stage in the healing process (where the body tries to repair the damaged cells and tissues).  As inflammation increases, it progresses towards long-term chronic inflammation, causing more damage to cells and tissues this may eventually lead to immune system dysfunction.  As you can see, blood glucose is only part of the problem.  Blood glucose is a symptom not a root cause of being diabetic.  These harmful biological processes feed on each other.    Biochemical/hormonal imbalances are associated with insulin, cortisol, glucagon (a hormone formed in the pancreas that promotes the breakdown of glycogen to glucose in the liver), leptin, and adrenaline, which can lead to adrenal fatigue.  The stress hormone, cortisol, is there to help you with a real crisis.  When you have too much sugar, your body is stressed and your body activates cortisol the physiological response to hold on the that sugar and turns it to fat just as though you just ate a candy bar.

Note:  Cortisol tends to break down protein.  So the release of cortisol would turn your thigh muscles to your belly.

It is very important to understand the harmful biological processes that fuels this process.  As you read further you will find other reasons.

Insulin Resistance > Cellular Inflammation > Oxidative Stress (Excess Oxidation) > Protein Glycation/AGEs > Toxicity (Excess Cellular Toxic Load) > Nutrient Deficiencies

Please Note: Not only do these biological processes fuel a disease like Type 2 diabetes; but, these processes fuel other diseases.  See THE KILLER IN YOUR BLOOD list below.

Any food with any caloric value going in is read by your body as chemical information and chemically turns into sugar in your body.  But, it is important to know the foods that provide the right and beneficial calories.  Any type of sugar needs insulin to escort it into the cell.  Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas, and its primary role is to get the sugar out of the blood stream into the cell.  If it cannot get the sugar/nutrient into the cell, you have nutrient deficiency because the insulin cannot do its job to get the food/sugar/nutrient into the cell for energy.   Insulin is what the brain uses to trigger all the firing up of the communication in the brain.  Without it your brain gets slow, old, inflamed, and angry.

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Sugars trigger the reward center in your brain.  From there it drives up serotonin and then depletes it.  From that point you keep feeling you need more and more sugar, which causes inflammation.  The cell then resists the insulin due to damage.

Why would our cells resist needed insulin?  When certain synthetic toxins keep elevating glucose to where the cells cannot use it, the cells resist opening the door to let it into the cell.

The access sugar creates a feeling of exhaustion because your body has been overworked trying keep up with the sugar invasion but without success.  Your body wants to get this sugar inside the cell to be used for energy, but it can’t keep up.  This sugar invasion can damage your nerves, blood vessels, and your eyes.  To protect you, your pancreas increases more and more insulin to get the glucose into the organs, muscles, and the brain.  *High levels of insulin in the blood can cause stiffening of blood vessels, high blood pressure, (HBP), and inflammation. When insulin is so high, it triggers the body’s extra sugar to be stored as fat.

Type III Diabetes (T3D) – is a brain-specific form of diabetes, a combination of 1&2, a brain condition Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

Insulin actions are important for neuronal survival and brain function.  The brain is an insulin-sensitive organ.  For our entire lives, we’ve been told that the primary source of energy in the body is carbohydrates or glucose.  However, your brain operates on two fuels:  glucose and ketones.  Most of the time it is fueled by glucose, but too much toxic glucose overload can damage the system.  Your body needs insulin to transport glucose into your brain cells.  But if insulin refuses to escort glucose energy, there is a problem.  Due to our modern epidemic of insulin resistance, your brain may be starved of fuel because your insulin is not effective at getting glucose into your cells. When the machinery in the cell does not work well, you get general vague symptoms (not feeling well, being tired, Brain fog, etc. are communicating intracellular nutritional deficiencies.  The wrong kinds of sugar are potent brain neurotoxins.  The wrong kinds of sugar are addictive, possibly even more than cocaine.

  • Carb addiction is eight times more powerful than cocaine.
  • Carbs turn off fat burning gene and turn on the gene for fat production.
  • Omega 3 fats actively turn on fat burning and off fat production.
  • Keeping your carbs low while consuming the right fat, will burn fat.
  • If your carbs are as high as the fat, your body will choose the carbs to burn first.
  • Omaga 3’s assist in weight

The Brain has two metabolic functions:   It uses or burns glucose (sugars) and ketones (fats). During metabolic stress, ketones serve as an alternative energy source to maintain normal brain cell metabolism.   Ketones are a cleaner burning fuel than glucose and they produce much less inflammation because it is cleaner.  Our body can make new sugars out of protein and fat (gluconeogenesis=GNG).  The brain also secretes its own insulin and the brain uses 25% of the body’s glucose.  Hear an explanation from Dr. Eric Berg.

Ketones are not produced in large quantities unless you are following an extremely low carbohydrate, high-fat diet.  These ketones can fuel your brain even when it’s become resistant to insulin.  Evidence suggests coconut oil, in particular the medium-chain triglycerides, can be easily converted to ketones by your liver.

It is also important to understand that insulin resistance prevents the absorption of B1, potassium, and protein.  Potassium is an electrolyte that carries electrical impulses, such as nerve impulses, to other cells. Potassium’s job is to help nerve conduction, help regulate your heartbeat, and help your muscles contract. It also works to maintain proper fluid balance between your cells and body fluids. Protein builds cells.  B1 plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system and improving the cardiovascular functioning of the body.

THE KILLER IN YOUR BLOOD:  The wrong sugars are sweet poison.

If you cut the wire to the oil light, the car will still continue to overheat. High blood sugar represents the oil light.  So, if you lower your blood sugar (with meds), the diabetes will continue to progress and cause damage throughout your body.

Raised blood glucose can eventually cause these risk factors:

  • 15% risk of Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver Disease
  • Eye disease
  • Blindness
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood Vessels – Strokes
  • Oxidative stress increases Cancer
  • Lung inflammation
  • Foot Amputations
  • Doubles the risk of Dementia
  • Abnormally low blood glucose can cause seizures and loss of consciousness.
  • People with diabetes are 50% more likely to develop Alzheimers.  In Alzheimer’s disease, we learn that increasing fats, like medium chain fats coconut oil, you can feed the starving brain.

This does not sound like a promising future!

GET AGGRESSIVE  FOR HEALTH:

 

KICK THE CAN:

Liquid sugar is a unique driver of today’s skyrocketing type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemics. Diabetes rates have almost tripled over the past three decades, just as sugary beverage consumption has doubled.  Liquid sugar is uniquely harmful because we absorb it in as little was 30 minutes.  This sugar can transform into fat in the liver.

Ditch the diet soft drinks as well.  The impact of artificially sweetened beverage users is +121%.  In a 24 week study, which had no financial ties to the beverage industry and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the University of Nottingham assigned 62 women instructing half of the women to replace zero-calorie diet beverages with water after their main meal (i.e., lunch), while the other half continued to drink only one diet soda per day after lunch.  The women who replaced diet beverages with water, on average, lost 16% more weight than the women who drank diet sodas and also experienced improvements in their insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate tolerance that were 70% and 42% greater, than the group who drank diet beverages.  If you drank the entire 20-ounce beverage you would have consumed 17 ½ teaspoons of sugar.  As the example above shows beverages can be a major source of added sugars; found in high quantities in soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened coffee and tea.

What’s wrong with a little pizza, a donut, etc?  If you have a food intolerance, just a little causes big problems. When you eat foods that you are intolerant too, you can get insulin resistance, high cortisol, etc. and your body stores fat.  Your body responds to these inflammation toxins by storing fat and cooling it down.  Hormonal changes respond to your body’s inflammation and you start craving the foods that do not work well for you. If you know how your body uses these white foods, you would understand and that knowledge quite possibly would help you begin that better life now.  WHAT DOES FLOUR HAVE IN COMMON WITH SUGAR? it turns into sugar.

Our society pushes 152 pounds of sugar and 142 pounds of flour that acts like sugar in your body, and we have accepted it as the #1 recreational drug of choice.  When we are feeling down or tired or stressed we reward ourselves “stuff our feelings” and reach for the sugar.  Traditions play a role as well.  Some say you cannot have a well rounded meal without dessert at the end.  Their effect on the bloodstream and the brain are the same.  They are addictive because they cause a supernatural release of Dopamine in the brain.  Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter involved in addiction.  The problem is that sugar works its enticement in the same area of the brain that cocaine and other addictive substances do triggering the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that gives the sensation of pleasure.  Dopamine is responsible for what neuroscientists call “reward-driven learning” that drives repeating what triggered it.

Break the sugar, drug habit:  have sugar without it having you.

This modern plague of imbalanced blood sugar and insulin resistance is reversible. When you eat and what do you eat makes a difference in your blood sugar levels.  Most people don’t know they are out of their “sweet spot” and engulfed in the modern plague.  The Sweet Spot Solution through Dr. Ritamarie’s program takes you through the process of balancing your blood sugar and banishing belly fat, brain fog, and burnout so you can regain the energy, focus, and self-confidence to live your life with passion and purpose.  You have 12 systems – including digestive, immune, and cardiovascular – with 78 individual organs. Each one has its own cycle, and a kind of “biological harmony” it’s trying to maintain.  There are five elements, five little lifestyle shifts for immediate and permanent relief that will help you find your “sweet spot”:  balanced nutrition, movement, restful sleep, low stress, optimal timing and rhythms.  These 5 lifestyle factors have an overwhelming impact on your Sweet Spot.

I feel it is important to include here that there is no “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” solution and even vegetarians and vegans struggle with finding their “sweet spot” of balance.  Further, although weight gain and obesity are co-factors for Type 2 diabetes, you do not have to be overweight to become a Type 2 diabetic. In fact about 5% to 10% of Type 2 diabetics are not overweight.

WHEN & WHAT TO EAT:

More people are concerned about what they eat then when they eat.  Here are some when to eat tips:

  • 12 hours between dinner and breakfast
  • 4 hours between meals ideally
  • 14 hours or more of Intermittent fasting – A cycle through periods of feast and famine.  Modern research shows this cycling produces a number of biochemical benefits, including improved insulin/leptin sensitivity.  When we are in the fasting state we are in the healing state.
  • Do not eat right after exercise.  When exercising, the growth hormone goes up.  Insulin and growth hormones fighting cousins.

Are you at risk?  Here are some tests to find out.

Tests:  Hemoglobin A1C (early marker, should be 5) … Fasting *insulin (should be 3-5) … Triglyceride/HDL (ratio should be 1:1)

If the doctor says everything looks okay, don’t take that for an answer.  Ask the doctor to explain it to you.  Better yet, get a copy of your blood test and learn how to read the results.

Here’s some motivation: As soon as you quit consuming processed sugar, your health will improve rapidly. In fact, it takes just 10 days without sugar to see substantial metabolic and neurological benefits.  Giving up sugar can be challenging because our brains are programmed to love it.  Sweet things in nature are different and are safe to eat. They provide a quick source of energy that helps us store fat for times of scarcity.  Focus on eating real, whole, unprocessed foods.

PORTION CONTROL MATTERS

Portion sizes have increased 69%.  Portion control is important for blood glucose control and weight control.

Food labels do tell you what a serving size is and how much that serving size gives you in calories (fats, sugars, and salts).  For someone with type 2 diabetes and who is also overweight, simply losing some pounds can lead to an easier time controlling blood sugars and possibly less need for medication.  Generally, aim for two portions of fruit a day in the beginning and at separate times of the day.

  • When going out to eat, avoid all-you-can-eat buffets or if you do go out, get a doggy bag.
  • Use smaller plates, like salad plates.
  • Right down what you are eating.
  • Stay away from super-sizing.
  • Avoid regular sodas and yes even juices.  Beverages, liquid sugars, don’t satisfy hunger and they raise blood glucose very rapidly.  Reach for that water instead.
  • Avoid the Wrong kind of sugar:  Processed Sugars, grains, syrups, artificial sweeteners.

You can optimize blood sugars with the glycemic index (GI & GL).

The Glycemic Index (GI) ranks carbohydrate foods according to their effect on the body’s blood glucose levels.  GI values less than 55 are considered low.

Glycemic Load (GL) measures both the type and quantity of carbohydrate consumed, which tell you how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar

Many fruits have a low GI because of their fructose and fiber which means the sugar is released slower into the blood.  The 1:1 ratio in a whole food diet comes from about 50 grams of natural sugars per day and about 45 grams of natural fiber.  Sugar drives consumption and fiber drives satiety or the signal “I have had enough”.  When eating foods with a label, aim for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving and at least 10 to 15 grams of fiber per meal. Start slowly. Expect a change in bowel habits (usually for the better). A high sugar to fiber ratio, artificially manipulated, in food gets us to consume and therefore buy more processed food.

Carbohydrate servings                               Glycemic load

5 vegetables (GL of 1-3 each)                    5-15

3 fruits (GL of 3-10 each)                           9-30

2 grains or starches (GL of 10-30             20-60

Total GL         34-105

The typical western diet contains: 1.5 vegetable servings, 1 fruit, 6 grain and starch servings, and 2 to 4 “pure sugar” carbs such as ice cream, juice or soft drink.  This yields a much different glycemic load picture:

Carbohydrate servings                              Glycemic load

1.5 vegetables (GL of 1-3 each)                1-5

1 fruit (GL of 3-10 each)                            3-10

6 grains or starches (GL of 10-30)          60-180

3 “sugar” carbs                                           60-90

                                             Total GL         124-285

Looking at the above statistics, the average glycemic load is about 200-210, well within the highest coronary artery disease risk group found in a study.  Heart disease risk is just one of several increased by high glycemic load eating.

Perhaps to avoid the diabetes risk is to control dietary glycemic load and keep it simple.

The advantage of eating a low-carbohydrate fruit is that you can take a larger portion to make up the 15g carbohydrate serving size.  Fat alone or in combination with protein does not raise blood glucose.  When fat is combined with carbohydrate, it tends to lower the glycemic index value of the food, since fat slows digestion.  This means no fruit juice, liquid sugar.  Eating the whole fruit with the fiber to slow the assimilation of fruit sugars down.

THE “PRESCRIPTION” IS SIMPLE:

Remove the added processed sugars from the die