Colds & Flu

It’s here again, the Flu Season. Just about every person I know who got a Flu Shot – has gotten the Flu. Why? In case you were not aware, the flu vaccines contain, mercury and aluminum (considered to be preservatives). These are two toxic metals that should never be allowed to be put into the body. I have never had a flu shot in my lifetime and I – “knock on wood” (if you believe in old wives tales), have never had the type of Flu that is said the Flu Shot keeps you from getting. I have had a COLD here and there – the same kind I had when a child. A mustard plaster, Vicks rubbed on the chest afterward, and a hot toddy always did the trick. It still does if I ever feel a cold coming on.

Colds and the flu are often treated with a variety of prescription medications which reduce the symptoms but not the cause. They do not have the ability to activate the body’s own immune system to fend off invading bacteria or viruses.

As I was reading the Life Extension Magazine, I came upon an article about colds and the flu. In the article they said, ” Scientists discovered that a targeted probiotic cocktail of bacteria can boost the body’s immune defense system, in particular mucosal secretory IgA.

Quoting from the article in the magazine, I am sharing the following  information about – What You Need to Know.

  • Respiratory infections such as colds and the flu can be life-threatening.
  • A major source of susceptibility is the gradual loss of secretory immunity, mediated by secretory antibodies called IgA.
  • IgA antibodies, secreted from mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, and lungs, bind to and block respiratory viruses from invading human cells and producing symptoms of colds and flu. But as their production fades, so does our immunity to these microbes.
  • Studies have revealed that selected strains of oral probiotic bacteria are capable of stimulating the intestinal immune system, resulting in body-wide increases in secretory immunity.
  • In the respiratory tree, this increase in IgA production leads to enhanced protection against cold and flu viruses.
  • Studies demonstrated that supplementing with these strains of probiotic bacteria resulted in significant reductions in the incidence and duration of year-round respiratory infections.
  • IgA is the acronym for immunoglobulin A.

Influenza  usually manifests itself by way of – headache, fatigue, muscle aches, a non-productive cough, nasal congestion, diarrhea, fever, and in the elderly, cognitive dysfunction and confusion, difficulty walking and falls.  It is necessary to take aggressive action within 24-48 hours upon the first signs and symptoms of the flu.  ALTERNATIVE supplements to be taken within that 24-48 hour period should include some, if not all, of the following:

  • High-allicin Garlic (9,000 mg.) – once or twice daily. Because of its potency you will experience heartburn if you don’t eat food right after taking this kind of garlic, and you will reek of the sulfur odor of garlic. But, saturating the body with it is the objective. Garlic has been shown to have direct virus-killing effects.
  • DHEA (200 mg.) early in the day. Another high dose – but DHEA has shown some unique benefits in boosting one’s ability to mount a stronger immune response and, as well, protects against inflammation and infection.
  • Zinc Acetate Lozenges (18.5-mg.) – Take 2 every 2 waking hours. CAUTION: this is a very high dosage and is considered toxic if taken over the long-term. You should do this for only a few days. Zinc has shown a direct effect of inhibiting cold viruses from latching onto your cells.
  • Melatonin (10-50 mg.) – Again, a high dose – as it is usually taken at levels of 1-3 mg. Melatonin induces a powerful immune response. This high dosage triggers a deep sleep needed to fend off infection, and will make you extremely tired. Be wise, only take at bedtime and DO NOT operate any machinery or vehicle after taking.
  • Aged Garlic Extract (3,600 mg.) per day. There are immune-boosting compounds in aged garlic that work differently than those found in High-allicin garlic.
  • The only allopathic drug suggested to be taken in the 24-48 hour period is the prescription drug Tamiflu (75 mg.) Take twice a day to block entry of certain viruses into cells where they multiply.

The reason suggested for implementing the above regimen early is because once a flu virus infects too many cells, it replicates out of control and strategies like zinc lozenges will NOT be effective.

The above is for your information. If you feel it can be applied to your situation – don’t hesitate to try it under the supervision of your physician or a good alternative doctor.

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Curcumin/Turmeric…..

For months now, the public has been encouraged by the various media, to add Curcumin and/or Turmeric to their regular supplement routine.  It is the latest trend. What is Curcumin/Turmeric?

Curcumin is a highly therapeutic component in Turmeric Root. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a an herbal plant with yellow flowers: the root is used as a spice, through, by way of scientific studies, has been shown to help remove the carcinogens in your body. A typical dosage is 250 to 500 mg in capsules, taken two to three times per day. I heard on the radio, recently,  that you can, now, purchase it in tincture (liquid) form. This form is supposed to have 5 times the potency that the capsule form has – thereby, it enters the blood stream and gets into the body’s system quicker than when taken as a capsule.

The medical community (the conventional doctors) are skeptical about the medicinal value of curcumin…mainly, again, because it is a natural food healing source. They don’t want to accept that anything short of synthetic pharmaceuticals are of any value in treating health issues.

So what are the benefits of curcumin in treating disease – health issues? There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the therapeutic value of curcumin. The benefit of turmeric in cancer treatment is the one that impresses the medical researchers the most. To understand this you have understand the term “CANCER”. I like the following definition of cancer being “a hyperproliferative disorder”, meaning that it is not a foreign agent like bacteria or virus, but that it is your body’s own cells that have differentiated incorrectly. These harmful cells then begin to spread and multiply to form colonies, and as they progress, hamper the natural function of the body to fight the spread of cancer on its own.

Conventional methods used to help the body to, supposedly, fight off or remove the cancer cells is chemotherapy and radiation. These methods are toxic and kill anything they touch – meaning that even large numbers of healthy cells die as well as the cancer cells. RESULT…the body weakens even further as that feeling of wellness is short-lived and the race against time begins. I’ve never experienced this, but have many friends who have, with many more joining the ranks everyday. With so many different types of cancer, conventional methods, basically, are effectively eradicating the cancer before the body becomes to weak to carry on. However, “studies about this have demonstrated that over 50% of patients die from the effects of the chemotherapy, not from the cancer itself.”

What has this to do with CURCUMIN? Curcumin is a humble little molecule, in turmeric, that research has shown “can accomplish what no conventional cancer treatment can – it kills cancer cells and halts the progression of the disease without damaging the body’s healthy cells, and without any negative side effects.” Turmeric/Curcumin can also be used to treat other imbalances in the body to include: peptic ulcers, hardening of the arteries, indigestion, liver problems, oxidative stress, and endocrine imbalance. It possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol reducing factors in addition to cancer-fighting properties.  Pre-cautions should to be taken into consideration when taking any herbal or chemical product into your body. With Turmeric/Curcumin the CAUTION is: that you NOT take this herb if you have gallstones or obstruction of the bile ducts. Also it may interact with anticoagulant drugs.

When used properly, turmeric/curcumin heals the whole body rather than damaging and destroying it (as happens when chemotherapy is used for the treatment of cancer). It combats the root factors that allow cancer, as well as other imbalances in the body, to flourish. When used for cancer, curcumin/turmeric, targets and kills cancer cells and it does this without harming normal healthy cells, something chemotherapy and radiation can (target the cancer cells) and doesn’t do ( without harming the normal healthy cells).

I am happy to share this information with you and urge you to do your own research on curcumin/turmeric – if you have or are experiencing cancer issues or other imbalances in your body. Keep in mind you need to take the right forms of curcumin/turmeric. The curcumin (usually called Turmeric), found on the spice shelf in the grocery store or your kitchen has some benefits, but not what is needed to be totally beneficial. You would have to put it on everything you eat and in very large amounts for the benefit it offers to be affective.

Check out the Curcumin/Turmeric supplements at your local ‘Whole Foods’ or other health food stores. The employees in these stores are always happy to share their knowledge to help you with what you are looking for. There are many brands out there – be sure you get the one that is most beneficial to you. My research shows that what is needed is ‘Liposomal curcumin’ as it has the best absorbable value. You be your own judge. Happy shopping!

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH – AND GOOD HEALTH TO ALL!

The Spleen

Continuing on the subject of organs that doctors might remove from the body with the idea in mind that they are, or are not important to the health of the human body.

THE SPLEEN – is many times removed when it seems to be destroyed because of an accident injury. The SPLEEN is the largest collection of reticuloendothelial cells in the body. An elongated, dark, oval-shaped organ lying in upper left quadrant of abdomen posterior and inferior to the stomach. It is composed of sponge like tissue (splenic pulp) consisting of lymphatic tissue differentiated into white pulp and pulp infiltrated with red blood cells (red pulp). It is enclosed by a dense capsule from which trabeculae extend into substance of the spleen. On one side is the hilus through which enter the splenic vessels and nerves.

FUNCTION: Blood formation: In the embryo all types of blood cells are formed but in the adult only lymphocytes and monocytes. Blood storage: Smooth muscle and elastic tissue fibers in the capsule and trabeculae enable the spleen to contract and discharge blood cells into circulation. Blood filtration: By which bacteria and particulate matter, wornout red blood cells, are removed from circulation.

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Welcome to 2018 – The Appendix

Make this your year to – BE HEALTHY, THINK HEALTHY, STAY HEALTHY, EAT HEALTHY, FEEL HEALTHY, TAKE CHARGE  of living a better life!

My goal is to help, and empower you to be your own best doctor.

In my earlier blog I mentioned that doctors take out the Appendix when doing various surgeries even though the Appendix is healthy. I have always believed the appendix to be of good use in our bodies. IS IT?

The Appendix is referred to in medical dictionary’s as “an appendage veriform or “veriform appendix” in the abdominal region of the body, just below the right upper quadrant of the bone structure and below the large intestine. It is a long, narrow, wormshaped tube connected to the cecum. It varies in length to more than 8 inches with an average of about 3 inches. Its distal end is closed. It is lined with mucosa similar to that of the large intestine.”  It is a subordinate appendage or attachment to a body part of more importance. Inflammation of the appendix is referred to as appendicitis.

Question: What is the function of the Appendix? I referred to the WebMD.
The function of the appendix is unknown. One theory refers to the appendix as a storehouse for good bacteria, ‘rebooting’ the digestive system after diarrheal illnesses. The other theory is that the appendix is just a useless remnant from our evolutionary past.  I prefer the first theory. With this theory it is understandable that the appendix assists the digestive and eliminative process as food goes through the intestinal tract. Good bacteria are a plus in the digestive process.

CONDITIONS of the Appendix include:

  • Appendicitis – inflammation, infection of the appendix that can cause it to rupture. This causes severe pain in the right lower part of the belly (large intestine), along with nausea and vomiting.
  • Tumors – carcinoid tumors which secrete chemicals that cause the periodic flushing, wheezing and diarrhea. epithelial tumors – growths in the appendix that can be benign or cancerous – but are rare.TESTS that are given for the Appendix include:
  • Medical Examination
  • CT Scan
  • Ultra Sound
  • CBC – (complete Blood Count)
  • Other imaging tests e.g. MRI, PET

TREATMENT  – if there is a problem includes: APPENDECTOMY – Surgery to remove the appendix (appendage); and ANTIBIOTICS – when the diagnosis is in question. It was also noted that antibiotics alone cannot effectively treat appendicitis. 

I hope this information helps to squash all the ‘old wives tales’ you hear about the Appendix and Appendicitis. However, I still don’t know why they remove the Appendix along with other surgical procedures when the Appendix is healthy. I want to keep thinking of it as a “storehouse” for good bacteria”, since, in my way of thinking, GOOD BACTERIA is crucial to maintaining GOOD HEALTH.

Again – WELCOME TO 2018 – BE HEALTHY, THINK HEALTHY, STAY HEALTHY, EAT HEALTHY, FEEL HEALTHY, and TAKE CHARGE  of living a better life!

Menopause

I received many requests to write about this topic – I hope the following information will help answer the myriad of questions, about MENOPAUSE, that I have been asked by my readers and clients.

Back to my trusty Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary – MENOPAUSE! What is menopause? It is “That period which marks the permanent cessation of menstrual activity.” It occurs, in women, between the ages of 35 and 58 (and sometimes older). “The menses may stop suddenly, there may be a decreased flow each month until there is a final cessation, or the interval between periods may be lengthened until complete cessation is accomplished.” Surgical menopause occurs usually when a woman has had a hysterectomy (removal of the ovaries), or other uterus induced surgeries.

SYMPTOMS: Menopause may be accompanied by hot and cold flashes, feeling of weakness, and in some cases mental depression.

TREATMENT: According to allopathic doctors, hormone replacement is given as required. Yearly pelvic exams are also suggested to test for cancer of the cervix.

Now, you may say, “what has all this to do with alternative medicine or natural healing?” Natural healing is considered to be just that, natural. Naturopathic doctors (Doctors who practice Alternative Medicine), don’t usually advocate any kind of surgery, unless it is absolutely necessary. If surgery has already been done, the only choice left, alternatively, is the task of getting the body back in balance without the removed organ in the picture.

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