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 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 3 of 10: COPD – You Take My Breath Away

TOP 10 Diseases Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters.

TOP 10 Diseases Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars.

 

 


The third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of death worldwide is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  The condition is not itself a disease. It is the generic name for a cluster of lung diseases which together cause the symptoms listed below in The Top 8 Respiratory Illnesses and Diseases. The National Emphysema Foundation states that 3.1 million Americans have emphysema while 11.2 million have been officially diagnosed with COPD.  It costs the United States nearly $50 billion dollars every year and represents a full three percent of all healthcare costs incurred in Europe.

COPD, is a serious and progressive disease that makes it difficult to breathe.  COPD is a long-term (chronic) illness. This respiratory disease is characterized by an abnormal inflammatory response in the lungs and restricted airflow, which both result in difficulty doing the most vital thing in life — breathing.  More than 11 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with COPD, while an estimated 24 million may have the disease without even realizing it.  Most people with COPD aren’t diagnosed until at least 50 percent of their lung capacity is gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This degree of damage makes it an uphill battle for recovery.  Knowing the pathway or symptoms at an earlier stage can help prevent COPD.   Deficiency of trypsin enzyme, trypsin inhibitor that protects against protease remodelling in the airway, accounts for 2% of COPD in the population. Recently, gene receptors, interacting proteins, and iron regulatory proteins, have been shown to be potential susceptibile for some COPD genetic risk factors.  Conventional medicine considers COPD to be incurable, progressive, irreversible, and fatal, that there is no way to repair the airways and lungs damaged by the disease.  I agree that it is a disease  that does not have a permanent cure if one follows the western pharmaceutical paradigm and lifestyle.  However, there is another side to the story. There is hope to reverse and improve this condition and live your best life ever now, given the fact that our bodies were created to heal themselves if given the conditions to do so. New studies reveal lung tissue can be Regenerated.

There are actually two main forms of COPD:

1.  Chronic Bronchitis: According to the Mayo clinic, chronic bronchitis is characterized by chronic inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which are the primary vehicle for air transport in (oxygen) and out (CO2) of the lungs. Common symptoms include: shortness of breath (“dyspnea”), thickening and narrowing of the airway lining, constant coughing to remove copious amounts of difficult to expel phlegm, wheezing and fatigue. Chest infections are common.                                 Acute bronchitis is an infection caused by a virus.

2.  Emphysema: Emphysema involves the gradual destruction of the small, air sacs (alveoli) located at the tip of the smallest air passages (bronchioles). Overtime the walls of the air sacs are destroyed resulting in “holes” leaving fewer and larger air sacs which diminish the gas exchanged in the lungs leading to dyspnea, fatigue, and early death.

Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.

Asthma: Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic lung disease that causes inflamed narrowed airways.

Asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. More than 25 million people in the US have been diagnosed with asthma and approximately 7 million are children. Over time, chronic inflammation can destroy the surface layer of the airways.


The Top 8 Respiratory Illnesses and Diseases

  1. Asthma – Around 25 million people suffer from asthma, 7 million of which are children.
  2. COPD – It is estimated that over 24 million people currently have COPD but around half of them don’t know it.
  3. Bronchitis
  4. Emphysema – The most common cause is smoking.
  5. Lung Cancer – This cancer is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
  6. Cystic Fibrosis – This genetic respiratory disease is caused by a defective gene that creates thick and sticky mucus.  This disease affects 30,000 people in the United States, 75% of which were diagnosed by the age of two.
  7. Pneumonia – This lung disease is caused by an infection in the air sacs in the lungs caused by bacteria, a virus or a fungi.
  8. Allergies – This condition is one of the most common chronic problems world-wide. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes a common substance as an invader. The most common culprits of allergic reactions are pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, medications and latex.

Cigarette smoking is either a cause or an exacerbator of every respiratory disease on this list. It is the leading cause of a preventable illness and death and produces 443,000 deaths a year, around 49,000 of which are caused by secondhand smoke.

“Secondhand smoke can kill. Too many Americans, and especially too many American children, are still exposed to it,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

 

Common Culprit: Smoking

The No. 1 reason someone gets COPD in developed countries is smoking tobacco, so the best way to avoid COPD is not to smoke or stop smoking immediately. Sadly, close to half of U.S. adults over the age of 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or  COPD still continue to smoke.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 90% of the men and 80% of the women who died from lung cancer were smokers.

Another hidden danger is that of grilling meats. Barbecue smoke contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), toxic chemicals that can damage your lungs. Charred marks in grilled meat look appealing and give a tasty flavor, but is laden with cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that form when meat and high heat are combined to create a blackened crust. The more char that’s created, the more carcinogens result that coat your food. High levels of HCAs can cause cancer and epidemiological studies show that eating charred meats may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.

Other Causes

  • Exposure to certain gases or fumes in the workplace
  • Exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution
  • Frequent use of a cooking fire without proper ventilation

10 Natural Treatments for COPD Symptoms

  1. Quit smoking – this includes the electronic cigarette. Outsmart smoking triggers: clean, drink water, go for a walk, start a new hobby.

What type of smokers are there?  Cool Smokers. Pull the all-nighter Smokers. Fear of telling the truth. Midlife crisis. Skinny Smoker. Social Smoker. Stressful Smoker. Sneaky smoker. Rebel Smoker and more.

2.  Follow a Healthy Diet – Citrus fruits are especially helpful because they contain quercetin. Flaxseeds and chia seeds, along with other omega-3 foods, can provide anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

A Nutrient-Dense Diet – As more people suffer from chronic lung disease and more studies are conducted to find ways to improve the quality of patients’ lives, the discovery is of a correlation between nutrition and the severity of COPD.

If you’re suffering with COPD symptoms, you definitely want to steer clear of conventional dairy since pasteurized dairy is mucus-producing and can plug the airways in the lungs.  You always want to stay away from processed, canned and some frozen foods and sugar as well. Additives, preservatives and food dyes are also known for contributing to breathing issues and even asthma attacks.

3.  Improve Your Breathing – physiologically, 96% of our nutritional need comes from oxygen.

“Take a deep breath in.” (Breath along with this GIF) Inhale specifically through your nostrils and not your mouth. Nasal breathing plays a pivotal role in coordinating electrical brain signals in the olfactory “smell” cortex, is closely linked to the limbic brain regions that affect emotion, memory, and behaviour, which is why sometimes a particular smell or fragrance can evoke very strong emotional memories.  Nasal Breathing Influences the Brain.  Our in-breath is like a remote control for our brains.

There are techniques for breathing that can help you breathe more efficiently with COPD.  Increase oxygen around you with good air, add plants and oils to purify the air.

We know that slow, deep breathing can calm the nervous system by reducing our heart rate and activating the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system.

4.  Exercise

a.  Exercise might seem like a terrible idea, but being sedentary won’t do anything to help your COPD symptoms. By  regularly getting exercise, especially cardio workouts, you can strengthen your respiratory muscles and improve your overall endurance.

b.  Exercise also increases endorphin levels, which improves mood, reduces depression and anxiety, and makes it easier to quit smoking.  The six-minute walk test (6MWT) was originally used for evaluating exercise tolerance in people with chronic lung disease and heart failure.  The 6MWT measures the distance you can walk over a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface.

5.  Increase Water Intake Inside and Outside the Body 

a.  Internally improve the mucus problem is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to thin mucus and to stay hydrated.

b.  Externally, you can increase the moisture content of the air in your home by using a humidifier.

6.  Avoid Cold Places and Crowds – cCold air can trigger bronchospasm, a sudden constriction in the muscles of airway walls that leads to shortness of breath.  The less you’re in big crowds the lower your risk of being exposed to infectious germs.

7.  Stay Away From Chemicals – Perfumes, scented candles or insect spray, hairspray.

8.  Natural Household Cleaners:  Homemade Melaleuca Lemon Household Cleaner (use glass containers when storing them)

9.  Use Eucalyptus Oil – Cineole, the main constituent of eucalyptus essential oil, actually reduced exacerbations in people with COPD. It also reduces dyspnea (shortness of breath), and improves lung function as well as health status overall. Cineole is an active controller and reducer of airway inflammation in COPD.

10.  Consume Ginseng – Ginseng is an herbal supplement that improves lung function and also decrease bacteria in the lungs. Panax ginseng and ginsenosides (active components of ginseng) appear to inhibit processes related to the development of COPD.

11.  Take N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) – increases glutathione levels and thinning bronchial mucus. Glutathione hands-down is front-line defender against oxidative stress in the respiratory tract.  Treating COPD With Glutathione orally via a nebulizer breaks liquids into tiny droplets that can be inhaled. It boosts antioxidant concentrations in the lungs, reduces free radical damage, increases oxygen saturation, and improves pulmonary function.

Key COPD Nutrients to Include in Your Diet:

  • Protein strengthen your respiratory muscles
  • Fluids thin mucus making it easier to break up and expel
  • Calcium strengthening your bones and immune system, but in addition to magnesium, the two regulate lung function, blood clotting and muscle contraction. Vitamin D is equally important, as it is necessary for the absorption of calcium.
  • Magnesium is the fuel that makes muscles work. When magnesium is combined with calcium, the two work together to deliver an antihistamine like-effect that reduces the severity of your shortness of breath. It is involved in protein production, muscle contractions, and blood clotting. minerals like magnesium, help reduce inflammation.  The recommended daily intake of magnesium for men over the age of 31 is 420 mg and 320 mg for women. Exceptional natural sources of magnesium are dark green vegetables, peas, whole grains, or beans.
  • Phosphorus is involved in building and repairing damaged tissues. consume at least 700mg of phosphorus per day through COPD friendly food options.
  • Potassium is involved in muscle contractions, healthy heart function, and it helps deliver nerve impulses throughout the body. Consuming potassium daily can lower blood pressure, anxiety, and stress levels.

Certain diuretics cause the kidneys to expel large amounts of potassium from your body. Increase your potassium packed  food sources from 1 medium banana (425), ½ cup of cooked pinto beans (400) or lentils (365), oranges (237 mg each),   avocados, dates, pears, raisins, prunes, carrots, spinach, or grapefruits to name a few.

  • Fiber prevents you from overeating. Fiber helps to move food along in the digestive tract, minimizing bloating and constipation that can further intensify your shortness of breath (breathlessness).

Let’s not forget that the health in your lungs begins in your gut. It might sound strange, but the respiratory system and the digestive system depend on one another for optimal function.  The respiratory and digestive systems work together to power the body. A properly functioning respiratory system delivers adequate oxygen to the blood. Because the digestive system breaks down food and uses muscular contractions to move food through the digestive tract, it needs oxygen to function properly.  So, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic inflammatory diseases of mucosal tissues that affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, respectively. In turn, the respiratory system depends on a properly functioning digestive system to provide the fuel it needs to work effectively. Each function of the body depends on other functions, and all parts of the body need fuel and oxygen. They share many similarities in inflammatory pathologies. To help repair the gut, try these supplements:   Bio Cleanse and ProBio5

Top inflammatory foods are: sugar, hydrogenated oils and fast foods, conventional grain products (wheat bread, wheat products, and white products), processed foods, GMO foods.

  • Vitamin A helps your body fight off possible infections
  • Vitamin C is an important vitamin required by your body in order to repair damaged lung tissue.
  • Vitamin D provides protection from symptom worsening flare ups (exacerbations), respiratory infections, helps to reduce lung inflammation.
  • Vitamin E reduce those free radicals, helping to minimize lung inflammation.  Leafy greens, almond butter.

Some of the best foods for natural stress relief include:

  • Foods high in B vitamins
  • Foods high in calcium and magnesium as relaxing minerals and electrolytes, calcium and magnesium are important for relaxing muscles.  500 mg of magnesium once or twice a day, 2,000–5,000 mg of high-quality fish oil daily.  Include 500–1,000 mg of vitamin C several times a day.
  • High protein foods foods with protein provide amino acids that are needed for proper neurotransmitter functions: Lentils: 1 cup: 18 grams, Black Beans (and other beans): 1 cup: 15 grams, Goat Cheese (and other raw cheeses): 1 ounce: 7 grams, Almonds (and other nuts): ¼ cup/23 almonds: 5 grams.
    • Eggs: 1 large free-range egg: 7 grams
    • If you are a meat eater, eat Grass-Fed Beef: 3 ounces: 22 grams,
    • Organic Chicken: 3 ounces: 21 grams,
    • Bone Broth: 1 serving (¼ cup): 20 grams,
    • Wild-Caught Salmon (and other wild fish): 3 ounces: 17 grams.
  • Healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help stabilize moods.  Avocado’s and Nuts create creamy dressings and sauces that are calorie-rich and healthy.  An Omega 3 supplement to consider is Plexus MegaX.  It combines balanced benefits of omega 3, 6, 9, 5 and 7 with no fishy taste.

Treating COPD With Diet

An increased intake of fruit by 100 grams is associated with a 24% lower COPD mortality risk of getting and then eventually dying from COPD.  Most importantly, high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant foods can help prevent and reverse this condition. Keep carbs to a minimum, but meet your nutrition needs with a wide variety of legumes includes kidney, lima, navy, black, white, pinto, and garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas); black-eyed peas; and split peas.  The more carbs you eat, the more stress is put on your lungs.

Serve wild rice instead of potatoes or macaroni

Mix up a cold salad of three or four types of beans with diced carrots in an oil-free dressing.


Cilantro Three-Bean Salad

Ingredients

1/2 cup(s) vinegar, cider

3 tablespoon oil, salad

2 teaspoon dark honey/maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper, black ground

1 can(s) beans, garbanzo (chickpeas) (15 ounces) drained and rinsed

1 can(s) beans, white (small) (15 ounces) drained and rinsed

1 package(s) beans, lima (10 ounces) thawed

3 medium carrot(s) coarsely chopped

.3333 cup(s) cilantro

cilantro

1 pepper(s), jalapeno seeded and finely chopped

Instructions

1. For dressing, in a large bowl, whisk together cider vinegar, oil, honey/maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Stir in garbanzo beans, white beans, lima beans, carrots, the 1/3 cup snipped cilantro, and the chile peppers. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Tote salad in an insulated container with ice packs.

2. Transfer bean mixture to a serving bowl. If desired, garnish with additional snipped cilantro.

Apple cider vinegar, draws moisture from harmful bacteria, helps body absorb protein minerals calcium Iron B vitamins and most nutrients.

Beans contain zinc, an essential mineral in a nutritious COPD diet. Research suggests that getting enough zinc might help improve COPD symptoms.


Stay Hydrated With Water and Other Liquids

What you drink is also important. When you drink caffeinated beverages, you’re actually increasing the amount of mucus produced by your membranes, which will only make your breathing problems worse.  Thick mucus hanging around is a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, jazz it up.

Cucumber – hydrating and cooling

Peppermint leaves – contain menthol that helps relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract. This promotes effortless breathing and helps clear symptoms of any upper respiratory congestion.

Lime is an excellent source of antioxidants, improves digestion, Vitamin C fights infections, reduces inflammation, helps respiratory disorders, and is anti-congestive.  Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief from congestion and nausea.  If you’ve ever felt bloated or constipated, suffered from excessive gas and intestinal distress, then paying closer attention to your digestive health is crucial.


Orange – provide IV vitamin C infusions that reduce muscle fatigue associated with COPD.

Basil (Holy Basil) helps in curing respiratory disorders, helps reduce stress, excellent antibiotic and disinfectant agent, Controls, headaches, coughs, and colds.


Strawberries w/leaves – powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal

Rosemary – loosens chest congestion, making phlegm easier to expel.  It is an anti-inflammatory.


Rethinking Your Eating Habits With Small Meals

When you have COPD, eating well occasionally won’t cut it — you must implement healthy eating habits into your daily routine to see the maximum benefits.  Dark-colored, leafy vegetables are packed with vitamins that help to lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and boost cellular oxygen.  Heavy food in your stomach pushes up the diaphragm, making it harder for them to breathe taxing your lungs. Some people with COPD feel that when they eat a big meal, the food in their stomach pushes up the diaphragm, making it harder for them to breathe. Aim for five small meals to get the nutrition you need without taxing your lungs.  Portion sizing is important.

Your green leafy vegetables are known to be your body’s healers.

Bell peppers our anti-inflammatory.  They contain Vitamins B1,2,3,5,6 and are also high in vitamin C.


Brightly colored fruits, particularly those high in antioxidants like apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits as they have been linked to a lowered risk of COPD. In fact, one study found that increasing your consumption of fruits by 100 grams (approximately one serving) a day lowered COPD risk by 24 percent.

All berries are loaded in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and may reduce inflammation in the lungs which may relieve airway constriction, helping you breathe easier.

If you’re willing, there are many ways to treat and reduce your risk of COPD with your own efforts and natural treatment. But first, you must realize you have COPD symptoms to begin with — then you can pinpoint exactly how to treat them.  It is possible for everyone to include more fruits and vegetables in their diet.

What spurs you on to make any positive choice?

 

The Incomparable Herb

“The Incomparable One”

Basil is one of the most important herbs in many cultures and cuisines.  There are actually some significant botanical differences between the more than 40 types of basil plants.  Some non-edible kinds are cultivated for ornamental purposes or to ward off garden pests, but basil carries powerful medicinal properties that goes far beyond its known culinary value.  Some of the many species of basil include: sweet basil, lemon basil, Italian or curly basil, holy basil (India’s most important herb and known as Tulsi in Hindu and means “The Incomparable One”), Thai basil and lettuce-leaf basil.

Basil is prepared as a tea or sometimes as a topical treatment to speed wound healing.  Basil’s natural compounds defend the herb from hungry insects and invasive bacteria and fungi. It is no surprise, then, that they can help protect us as well. Basil is incredibly good for balancing the mind, body and spirit.

This incomparable herb has an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activity.  You will be amazed at all it has to offer for your health.

Anti-inflammatory

Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are all enzyme-inhibiting oils  that are in Basil that help lower inflammation.  Inflammation is the body’s first defense against infection, but when it goes awry, it can lead to the root of most diseases.

…Basil contains large quantities of E-Beta-CaryoPhyllene (BCP) which may be useful in treating arthritis or bowel diseases by blocking the signals that lead to inflammation associated with arthritis.

…Inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (direct cell-to-cell communication) and nitric oxide (mediate cell-signalling reactions).

These “inflammatory cascades” put stress on the organs and slows down blood circulation, hormone regulation and cognitive processes.  Reducing inflammation places your body in a state that is conducive to healing.  Basil disrupts this cascading effect.

Dr. Andrew Weil has created a food pyramid of anti-inflammatory foods. 

Antioxidant its ability to inhibit cancer is the most heavily researched and probably the most interesting. 

…Basil increases antioxidant activity

…Alters gene expressions positively

…Basil Induce death of harmful cells

…Stops cancerous tumors from spreading

…Selectively protects normal tissues and cells from the negative effects of cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.

Antimicrobial Propertiesprecision nutrition (click link to appreciate full view)

…Basil helps in inhibiting resistant strains of bacteria that don’t  respond to antibiotic treatments.

…It may improve the body’s immunity by the production of infection-fighting antibodies by up to 20 percent.  Fresh Basil is better than dried Basil.

…Basil essential oil fights against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, and candida.

…Protects against various forms of skin irritations

European scientists are investigating the use of basil oil as treatment for antibiotic resistant infections with Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas.

Anti-Depression

Basil stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate hormones that lifts your mood and makes you happy.

Anti-stress – The Adaptogenic SuperStar 

…Basil helps the body adapt to stress.

…Basil helps keep stable cortisol levels that result in improved mental clarity and memory.  The individual feels as though they are less agitated and anxious and therefore able to perform better and have higher quality of life.

Cells in stress mode cause us to crave things that can sabotage our health, including junk foods. It can also cause depression, anger, and lead to drug and alcohol abuse.
Stress keeps the cell from absorbing nutrition, oxygenation and hydration.  In order to succeed and find happiness and health, you need to change your cellular programming from fear (or stress) to love, which triggers a natural chemical reaction that fuels you for success.  Fuel with the right foods and meditate on God’s promises.

Chewing 10 to 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent feeling stressed and developing stress related disorders.

Chewing the leaves daily can also help purify your blood and a significant decrease in blood sugar levels

Antiseptic

When basil leaves are rubbed onto bug bites they can help reduce itching.

It is as an insect repellent:  Basil + Lemon = 2 cups water, 5 drops lemon essential oil, 10 drops basil essential oil, 20 drops citronella essential oil.

 

Cardiovascular Health  

…Basil can help the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax those muscles.

…Basil helps prevent dangerous blood platelets from forming and clotting.

 

Basil Tea 

Pain-reducer (analgesic) works as a muscle relaxant.

Drink basil tea twice a day.

Put some fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Sip the tea slowly and your headache will vanish away gently.

(Expectorant) Basil & Honey – Basil juice + 1 Tbsp. Honey = Crush some Basil leaves to extract juice. Take one teaspoon and drink it slowly.  Drink it regularly on an empty stomach in the morning. Take twice daily.  (See more useful remedies here.)

Digestive System drink basil tea to treat other common stomach problems such as constipation, indigestion, piles, and acidity.

Fever-reducer

 A fever is basically a symptom of another condition or illness. A fever can occur when your body is fighting an infection, such as the  flu.  A fever is a good thing and usually will go away within a few days. But if a fever is making you uncomfortable, you can try some simple and easy home remedies to cool the body down and make you feel better. The healing properties in Basil will help reduce fever very quickly.

Boil together 20 basil leaves and one teaspoon of crushed ginger in one cup water, until the solution gets reduced to half. Add a little honey and drink this tea two or three times a day for three days.

Diabetes 

Basil prevents and control the level of sugar in the blood, increases and stabilizes the insulin production, thus putting diabetes in check.

A study out of the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry indicated that holy basil may reverse some of the damaging effects of diabetes such as neuropathy and retinopathy.

 

 


Liver 
Basil protects liver from damage. Kidney Basil strengthens Kidney function.

With five to six fresh basil leaves with water on an empty stomach.

 

 

 Basil Pesto:

2 cups fresh basil

1/2 cup raw almonds or pine nuts

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic

 

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