Health Fact Tips 2019

The tabloids, TV, Radio etc. are continually coming out with the latest rendition of Health Tips. Every once in a while I follow suit. All I can do as a Detoxification Specialist  is share knowledge to help you make better decisions about your health. Here are facts I have found of some of the latest tips. You may have already heard them, or read about them elsewhere, or even in my blogs. But then, it is said that repetition is a good teacher.

  • GENETICS – sometimes, not all the time, dictate what your genetics tell you about your body. Genetics can be altered for the good – NATURALLY!
  • FASTING – a 3-5 day fast at least twice a year is an excellent way to cleanse the toxins from the body. (7 days is even better if you can do it)
  • LIVE PLANT FOODS – eating low on the food chain nourishes your brain. Live foods affect the well-being of everyone who eats them. Fruits and vegetables (live foods) are considered high energy, high frequency foods. Both lift your consciousness, and promote the healing of the body naturally.
  • GREEN DRINKS – you are hearing a lot about ‘green drinks’. Green drinks are made primarily from greens and sprouts, are filled with mega nutrients and are moderately detoxifying. Green drinks are not made by blending your greens and veggies into liquid. A juice extractor is required to make a true green juice from your greens and veggies. Ingredients can be varied to whet your palate and taste. They can include: Parsley, Cilantro, Dandelion Greens, Collard Greens, the Green Tops of Beets, Celery, Spinach, Broccoli etc. Carrots can be added for sweetness and taste. A small amount of Apples can be also added to sweeten the juice. As well Lemons for taste along with a small piece of Ginger Root. Note: No other fruit than apple should be consumed with green drinks.
  • IMMUNE SYSTEM – If you are suffering with a poor Immune System, it may be caused by a sexual virus called HPB – Human Papolova virus.
  • CONSTIPATION – It has been found lately that being in a “squatting position” when having a bowel movement eases the pain, and causes all the internal organs used for this to be in their proper position. It is called ergonomics. Products are on the market already to help with this problem. Have you heard of the ‘Squatty Potty’? If not, or if you find this product to expensive for your taste, try using a foot stool under your feet.
  • PROBIOTICS – According to the Mayo Clinic, “Probiotics are good bacteria that are either the same as or very similar to the bacteria that are already in your body. Your lower digestive tract alone teems with a complex and diverse community of these bacteria.” Did you know, factually that there are a greater number of bacteria in your intestines than there are cells in your body? Why so much talk of Probiotics – because scientific research is showing that having too many of the “bad” and not enough of the “good” bacteria caused in part by an unhealthy diet – can cause havoc on all the systems of your body, leading to the chemical balance being disrupted. When this happens it can lead to weight gain, skin problems, constipation, diarrhea, and many other chronic health conditions. Probiotic supplements are live microorganisms that can provide good health benefits when consumed by restoring the balance of the friendly bacteria in the digestive system. Using Probiotics will again take time to kick in. Be sure you are consuming lots of fruits to help it along.

Once again, detox, and proper diet is the key.

My quote: “FOOD DICTATES THE MENTAL REALM REGARDING HEALTH IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE!”

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Water?

 

You have heard the old saying, “water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink.” Read on, for information about water you may or may not know. For instance, are you aware that there are several different types of water, each with its own definition?

I was researching a place near where I live called ‘Warm Mineral Springs’ and came across some interesting information on ‘water.‘ We take water for granted, thinking it will always be there when we need it. However, nothing kills quicker than lack of water.  Water is essential to all living things. Sometimes we hate it (when it floods), but love it when drought takes over the land. You can do many things with water, freeze it, boil it, cook with it, mix it with other liquids, wash with it, swim in it etc. and etc.  But, over the years have you  noticed how ‘water‘ has changed?  It is no longer clean, bountiful or free. The water you get from the faucet in your kitchen sink has been treated with so many chemicals, to include chlorine and fluoride that is doesn’t even taste good.

People are drinking water they have to buy at the store, in order to be sure that it is clean water. The terminology used on the bottles is pure, spring, purified, filtered, special water for babies, distilled, mineral, oxygenated, etc. The list could go on and on. What does all this mean? The following is a list of the TYPES OF WATER recognized here in the USA.

  • Drinking Water: drinking water is bottled and obtained from an approved source. Usually, it has been filtered with activated carbon, treated with ozone or an equivalent process of disinfection. Many times it is noted as ‘Spring Water’.
  • Natural Water:  Natural water is bottled water that was obtained from an underground spring or well. Sometimes it is filtered and disinfected, but no dissolved solids have been added or removed; it as well, has not been blended with any other ingredients.
  • Spring Water: Spring water is regulated by the FDA. The protocol is “that ‘spring water’ must be derived from an underground formation, from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth. No particular physical/chemical properties are required other than those normally applied for drinking water.
  • Well Water: is water that is bottled from a hole drilled, bored or otherwise constructed in the ground that taps the water of an aquifer.
  • Purified Water: is water that has been bottled and purified by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or other suitable means.
  • Distilled Water: is water that has been heated until it vaporizes. The condensation frees the water of any dissolved minerals. Deionization of the water is where it is passed through resins, which remove most of the dissolved minerals.
  • Reverse Osmosis: Reverse Osmosis Machines are sold everywhere. People use them on really hard water (heavily mineralized and full of chemicals) to remove about 90% of dissolved solubles. This is done by high pressure that forces the water through membranes.
  • Mineral Water: Again, regulated by the FDA. They require the ‘mineral water’ which is designated by the FDA as ‘spring water’ to contain, “at least 250 mg/liter (250 parts per million) of Total Dissolved Solids. This must be verified through a lab test whereby a liter of water, evaporated at 180 degrees centigrade should leave a residue of minerals and salts.”‘Warm Mineral Springs’ (WMS), of which there are many all over the state of Florida, as well as many other places in the world, are used by people with health issues with the idea in mind that the minerals in the water will aid in healing their ailments. This theory is still being studied by scientists all over the world. Some folks consider this theory to be a legend; however, it is still integrated into national health systems. It is indicated by many scientists that, “mineral waters are always free of any calories, sugar or artificial ingredients and with the possible exception of mineral waters with high magnesium (Mg) content, which can cause mild diarrhea, there are usually no adverse effects from drinking mineral water of soaking in its grace.

Mineral Waters are one of the fastest growing bottled water in the world. High on that list is Italy, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. America lags way behind. Minerals Waters are becoming popular because they are advertised as being useful for “maintaining wellness or treating a specific medical condition.” Health practitioners often advocate “that soaking in mineral waters provide great benefits to humans and animals for both external (skin, mucous membranes, etc.) and internal health challenges (arthritis, pain management, relaxation, swelling, etc.) It appears that “individual minerals are absorbed through the skin and into the body’s blood chemistry for travel to all organs, tissues, joints and cells. What your body doesn’t use, it removes.” Experts also suggest, “that minerals may have the ability to adhere to toxins within the body, which are then released back into the mineral water.”

  • Club Soda and Seltzer Water: ARE NOT CONSIDERED BOTTLED WATER, BUT RATHER SOFT DRINKS.

Did you know:
1. People with the worst health,  drink the least amount of water and use the most alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.
2. The environment of an unborn baby is water and salt.
3. Salinity of the water outside the cells of our body is the same as the ocean.
4. Water and salt is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood, a needed element in diabetics.
5. Water and salt is vital for clearing the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and congestion of the sinuses.
6. Osteoporosis, in a major way, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body. (and this list could go on forever)

Other source information: Natural Business, Lohas Journal, July/August 2001. Special Report ‘Bottled Water.’ Chris O’Brein

I have a water purifier which uses a charcoal filter. The unit stands on its own and requires no electricity or attachment to the faucet. It cleans and purifies 2 gallons of water at a time. It was pricey, but has already paid for itself, and has saved me a lot of money at the store.  It totally clears the tap water, that I put into it, from unwanted chemicals, to include chlorine,  and fluoride, etc. The water tastes great. Besides drinking it, I clean with it, cook with it and know that  my nice clean water is what helps me to maintain my good health. The only things that I add to it are Aloe Vera Gel and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I add these when I drink a glass of water, or to a water bottle when I take water with me.

Water, which can be mixed with just about anything, can be restructured and ionized. Water has its own special intelligence. 

LET’S SAVE OUR WATER SOURCES – GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN HE CREATED WATER! 

 

 

Eye Sight

This has been the most challenging subject for me to blog about. The eye is so intricate and, definitely, everyone’s eyes are different starting with color.  Conditions of the eye are unique to each of you, starting with birth, genetics, diseases you may have, defects which may be caused by a variety of issues such as disease, and/or accidents, etc.

I never had eye issues until I was over the age of 50. Even though my dad wore glasses as long as I can remember, my mom never did until she was over 60 years old. I blame my eyes going bad on the computer. It was between the age of 40 and 50 that I started having issues. But, that was also when I was first introduced to the computer. They were different then and the color of the screen, which was green with white lettering, was difficult to look at for long periods of time. I had a job where I was on the computer almost 12 hours a day. I would go home feeling like I was going blind. My eyes felt tired and watery and itchy and scratchy, etc. Suddenly,  my friends would say to me, “we notice Ilse, that your arms are getting longer and longer.” I could see at a distance, but not so good up close anymore. Finally, giving in, I went to the doctor – and ended up needing glasses. I wore them for years until the blurry took over , which ended up being cataracts, which led to surgery. I opted to have one eye fixed for long distance, and one eye fixed for short distance. I did not want to ever wear glasses again, and I don’t, except when I am on the computer, again, for sometime endless hours of the day.

I have a daughter whose story is different. She had bad eyes from a very young age. She couldn’t see the blackboard in class at school, but never told anyone. When the teacher finally noticed she was having an issue, she admitted to her that she couldn’t see the board from the back or the front of the room. I took her to the optometrist. She still wears glasses, even after having had laser done. The rest of my children never had any eye problems, to my knowledge, until they were adults.

Why do I tell you all of this? Because, even though being in the same family, we each have had different eye issues.  So what about ‘Eye Sight’?

The eye, an organ of vision, is composed of three coats (from the Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary). “From inside the eye out they are retina, sensory for light; uvea (choroid, ciliary body, and iris), nutritional; sclera and cornea, serve as protection for the delicate retina. These layers enclose two cavities, the more anterior or ocular chamber being the space lying in front of the lens. It is divided by the iris into an anterior chamber and a posterior chamber, both of which are filled with a watery aqueous humor. The cavity behind the lens is much larger and filled with a jelly like vitreous body. The lens is suspended behind the iris by the ciliary zonule. Anteriorly, the cornea is covered by the conjunctiva which continues and forms the inner layer of the eyelids. Movements of the eyeball are brought about by six muscles: the superior, inferior, medial and external rectus muscles, and the superior and inferior oblique muscles.” The eye also has a nerve supply. Function: “Light entering the eye passes through the cornea, then through the pupil, an opening in the iris, and on through crystalline lens and the vitreous body to the retina etc…….The amount of light entering the eye is regulated by the pupil, its size being controlled by the dilator and constrictor muscles of the iris.”

“The diagnosis of disease which the physician makes from an examination depends largely upon symptoms manifested by the pupils of the eyes. These issues can include: contracted pupils, dilated pupils, floating, crossed, one dominant eye, pink eye, squinting, watery eyes, an infestation of worms in the eyeball, specks, eyestrain, cornia issues, etc. Only you  know what the problems are that you may have. A good eye doctor or specialist is the only answer I can give you if you experience eye problems. But how do you know what kind of eye doctor to go to? Read next and  you decide.

The Ophthalmologist M.D: is a physician who specializes in the treatment of disorders of the eye; an oculist. The Optometrist O.D: is not a physician, but one who is skilled in testing visual acuity and prescribing corrective lenses. An Optician: sells or makes optical materials.  You may find the Ophthalmologist, Optometrist, and Optician all sharing the same office space, or they have separate offices in different locations.

Last on the list of eye specialists is the IRIDOLIGIST: someone who studies the eyes, from a scientific stand point. Specifically, the Iridoligist studies the changes in the iris of the eye during the course of disease.

According to Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.d, in his book ‘The Science and Practice of Iridology, “disease is just as baffling to the doctor today as it was back in the 1800’s, regardless of the new “wonder” drugs and the numerous doctors who are seeking cures for the many diseases that are increasing so rapidly today. A true doctor must be a blessing to patients, not only for this moment, but in years to come. In Iridology, the important fundamental is the appearance in the iris of signs that new tissue is replacing old tissue.” “Iridology can be used in conjunction with any other form of analysis and diagnosis in helping a patient to a better state of health.” To make a long story short, the iridologist can determine the inherent structure and working capacity of an organ in the body, can detect environmental strain, and can tell whether a person is anemic, arthritic, has heart issues, brain issues, blood issues, bone issues, etc. The iris of the eye can show acute, subacute, chronic, and destructive stages in the body – not just now, but from the past. “It foretells the development of many conditions long before they have manifested into disease symptoms. It reveals the suppression of disease through mal-treatment, such as the administration of drugs, it indicates when tissue is not being replenished and rejuvenated. It is impossible to tell from the eyes what germ life exists in the body, but when tissues have degenerated to the stage where germ life exists in various parts of the body, it will be reflected in the iris of the eye.” “Through iridology, patients can be warned in time for prevention of disease. Today there is a challenge that never has existed before for the doctor who uses natural methods.”

This phase of health and natural healing appealed to me to the point that I studied Iridology. So true, a look at the iris of the eye can help a practitioner to analyze the health issues of a person’s whole body well-being, to include the eyes.

The more I researched this topic, what to do about the eyes to keep them healthy as possible goes right back to DETOXIFICATION. The body needs to be cleansed of destroying toxins. This is done through fasting for a short period, and then taking herbal supplements to repair the Adrenal Glands, the Lymph Glands, the Endocrine Glands, Kidneys and Bladder, and Stomach and Bowels. It will take time and patience, but it will be worth it to get the whole body back in balance internally. When you reach that balanced point, then you just need to maintain. Along with this goes eating non-processed healthy fruits and vegetables, no meat, no dairy, no alcohol, no drugs (other than the prescription drugs you may already be taking, until you don’t need them anymore), and no smoking or caffeine…all the things that I talk about in my Detox Plan. To my knowledge, none of these herbal supplements have been known to interfere with medications. Caution should be taken, though if you are pregnant. If in doubt, consult your physician.

I follow my plan and have not been back to see my ophthalmologist in over 5 years. I ran into him on the street. He asked how I was doing. I told him I have had no eye issues since the Cataract surgery. He said “fine, let me know if or when you do have issues.”

Such an ambiguous topic. So much to be said. I suggest that if you have any kind of issues with your EYE SIGHT, that your personal physician, can in turn, put you in contact with the correct physician for your eye healing needs.

Rearranging the old saying – YOUR EYES ARE THE ROAD MAP TO YOUR WELL BEING, AS WELL AS YOUR SOUL. Take the best care of them that you can!

God Bless!

Miscellaneous Health Tips

A new year. A fresh start. A NEW YOU! The next chapter in the story of your life. It is all up to you. Catch your breath and focus on your future with some miscellaneous tips that might put you on the road to better health.

DID YOU KNOW?

ANTIBIOTICS – kill friendly flora in your gut. This can result in depression, anxiety, inflammation, and memory loss, to name just a few health issues.

STRESS – decreases immune system productivity, and disrupts gut microbes.

Image result for FREE pics of germsWhat is a microbe? My medical dictionary tells us the Greek derivation means small. It is a minute one-celled form of life not distinguishable as to its vegetable or animal nature. It is bacteriagerms producing fermentation, putrefaction, and disease. When I was young I had a book called ‘The Adventures of Jimmy Microbe’. It had stories in it that taught children about good health habits. That is how I learned about germs, the ‘good’ ones and the ‘bad’ ones.

SUGAR – impairs memory and learning ability. Artificial sweeteners can cause obesity.

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PROBIOTICS – there is a lot of talk today about Probiotics, but do you know why? The Mayo Clinic tells us that scientific research shows that having too many of the ‘bad’ and not enough of the ‘good’ bacteria – caused in part by an unhealthy diet – can cause havoc on all the systems of your body – leading to the chemical balance being disrupted – which can lead to weight gain, skin problems, constipation, diarrhea, and many other chronic health issues. Probiotics are, “good bacteria that are either the same as or very similar to the bacteria that are already in your body.” (good Jimmy Microbes). They go on to say that “your lower digestive tract alone teems with a complex and diverse community of these bacteria.” And, that ‘factually there are a greater number of bacteria in your intestines than there are cells in your body.’ So, why “Probiotic” supplementation? Probiotic supplements are live microorganisms that can provide good health benefits when consumed, by restoring the balance of the friendly bacteria in the digestive system. Aside from the store-bought version – they can best be eaten the old fashion way (like in the picture).

Did you know only 1% of the genetic material in your body is your own? The rest belong to the 2000 different microbe species that live on and in you. (from Microbiome’s by the “Human Microbiome Project”. What they found is that your body of 30 trillion cells is home to 100 trillion microbes and 10 trillion of those little guys live in your gut! The Quantum Wellness Botanical Institute suggest that good bacteria, called microbiomes, during a person’s lifetime are disturbed, minimized or killed. Diseases now being linked to disturbances in the gut/stomach include; diabetes, obesity, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, Rheumatoid arthritis, MS, MD, fibromyalgia, allergies/asthma, and depression/anxiety, etc.

Did you know  – BLEACH was invented in the late 1940’s? It’s chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our troops. PEROXIDE was invented during WWI in the 1920’s. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Uses for peroxide (Hydrogen Peroxide 3%) include: rinsing the mouth out daily to avoid canker sores, and have cleaner whiter teeth: Use instead of mouthwash – one capful (the cap that is on the bottle) will do the job; clean your toothbrush; clean your counter tops to kill germs; pour on cutting board after cleaning to kill salmonella and bacteria; spray a 50/50 mix of peroxide to water and spray on feet to get rid of fungus; the same mix in a spray bottle will keep the bathroom disinfected; spray into nostrils when you have a cold or plugged sinus. Hold in for a few minutes and then blow your nose; put 1/2 bottle in your bath water to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections; add 1 cup instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them; I use peroxide to clean my mirrors – there is no smearing.

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NUMBNESS – and TINGLING in the extremities (arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, toes, etc.) This feeling may be experienced by everyone. Not a fun feeling to have. The Home Health site among others tell us that Numbness and Tingling in the extremities can be caused by a number of conditions to include pressure on the spine or peripheral nerves, atherosclerosis, nerve damage or injury, and even insect or animal bites. Also, abnormal levels of calcium, sodium and potassium can be the cause. (In this case, I conclude that a person could be underdosing or overdosing on these supplements). Neuropathy – usually peripheral neuropathy, a nerve condition is usually caused by diabetes, and/or nutritional imbalances, infections and autoimmune disorders. When numbness/tingling is felt in the arm/hand, you can also add carpal tunnel syndrome as a cause. Vascular damage, cancer, chronic inflammation, kidney, blood or liver disease, alcoholism, exposure to toxins such as arsenic, mercury, lead and thallium are, as well causes for numbness and tingling in the extremities. Insect caused numbness can result in infections caused by ticks such as Lyme disease, and as well, herpes, shingles and HIV. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, consult your family physician. Numbness is not to be ignored, as it can indicate many issues other than those mentioned.

IMMUNE SUPPORT – on the lighter side Black Elderberry is full of antioxidants that are beneficial in supporting the immune system and preventing sickness. Check with your local Health Food Store for more information.

I hope you learned something new – PASS IT ON!

 

Hair Loss

Image result for free pics of hairLife is a road of continuing education. A section of that road for me has been the field of Cosmetology. It didn’t surprise me when I was asked to blog about Hair Loss.

We all have hair, or not – but what is hair? The Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary describes hair as “a slender thread like outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal, mammal, human head.” The standard text-book of Cosmetology describes hair as “an appendage of the skin. It is a slender, thread-like outgrowth of the skin and scalp of the human body.” It goes on to tell us that there is no sense of feeling in the hair of the head or body, due to the absence of nerves in the hair. And, that the chief purposes of the hair are adornment and protection of the head from heat, cold and injury.

This all sounds good to me. However, humans tend to abuse their hair. They perm it, color it, bleach it, and men just plain shave it off if that is the fad of the day or year.

Hair is composed of a protein called keratin. Hair varies in color. Hair has a root – found beneath the skin surface and is enclosed within the follicle. The part of hair that extends above the skin is called the hair shaft. There are other terminologies used to describe hair – such as oily hair, dry hair, hair structure, long hair, short hair, bristly, soft, coarse hair, and etc., but that could take me all day to write about. The question I am trying to address is ‘hair loss’.

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To understand ‘hair loss’, you need to understand hair growth. I tell my clients that if the hair is normal and healthy, each individual hair goes through a steady and continual cycle of growth, fall and replacement. Natural hair loss occurs usually in the spring and in the fall. Healthy hair is determined by the persons diet, blood circulation, emotional disturbances, endocrine glands, lymph system, kidney filtration, Adrenal glands, too much acid in the body, because of the foods you eat, drugs being taken for various health issues, hair treatments, and etc.

The formation and growth of hair cells depend upon proper nourishment and oxygen which only the blood stream can supply making the function of blood indispensable to the health and life of hair. When you are healthy, the hair flourishes. When you are ill or have any kind of health issue, the hair weakens and as with other vital organs eventually dies causing ‘hair loss’.

Clients tell me “my hair didn’t grow much this month, my hair really grew a lot, my hair didn’t grow at all.” And then ask me why? The normal hair growth per month should be one-half inch. Basically, hair growth can be influenced by seasons of the year, nutrition, hormones, and climatic conditions. Hair growth is not influenced by the way it is cut, the application of ointments, shampoo, conditioners, etc. Hair does not grow after a person dies.

So, what about ‘hair loss’. A certain amount of hair is shed daily. This is natures way to make way for new hair to come in. Dogs shed, cats shed, birds molt, other animals shed. Why wouldn’t humans shed. If the hair was pulled out by the roots, it would grow back. However, there is a part  beneath the root called the papilla from which what is needed for the growth of the hair comes. Should the papilla be destroyed, it will never grow hair again. New hair is formed by cell division, from the growing point at the root of the hair around the papilla. Now the question should be what destroys the papilla?  The answer – dis-ease, or diseases in and on a not so healthy body.

There is no one answer that fits all. Dis-ease is different in everyone. As I study the body the same things I talk about in my blog when it comes to diseases of any kind can be an influence on hair loss. These include: Dermatitis – an inflammatory condition of the skin; Eczema – a more acute inflammation of the skin; Psoriasis – cause unknown; Herpes simplex – again, the origin is unknown; Alopecia – of which there are many different types to include senilis (old age baldness – permanent), prematura (a slow thinning process before middle age – in this type the new hairs coming in are weaker ones), areata (the sudden falling out of hair in patches) – causes can be anemia, scarlet fever, syphilis, or the nervous system being compromised. New to some of you, but not to others, contagious disorders such as parasitic infections (ringworm – all types, mites, head lice, inflammation anywhere in the body for any reason, and staphylococci infections can be causes for hair loss. Other causes can include dandruff – long neglected dandruff often leads to permanent hair loss (baldness). Dandruff is waste trying to get out of the skin which is acidic; pulling long hair back on the head to make pony tails; tight braids; use of elastic bands; extensions; wearing of wigs on a regular basis smothers the root which needs air to grow, the result – thinning hair; and even the use of hair rollers.

Last but not least, especially today, is the taking of prescription medications for various health issues. When I got my cosmetology license in 1979, medications taken the most were over the counter drugs, penicillin and the sulfa drug. As the years have progressed, the list has had phenomenal growth, not just for drugs, but diseases. Every drug on the market today has an effect on not only the part of the body that is diseased, but on all the other organs of the body as well. These medications, which include all chemo therapy, have contra-indications which affect the whole body which is made up of millions of cells – some of which make up our hair. Is it not reasonable to say that one’s health affects one’s loss of hair. With everyone’s physical and chemical makeup being different, everyone experiences different reactions to the medications, foods, drinks and/or anything else put into or onto their bodies.

What about genetics – people ask? European researchers chalk ‘male pattern baldness up to genetics – saying “mothers may unwittingly put their sons on the path to baldness.” (from the maternal grandfather). It is called ‘androgenetic alopecia – which is related to male sex hormones. This is only one factor that may be the cause of hair loss. Male pattern baldness is usually accompanied by dandruff (see above paragraph). Again, dandruff is the skin trying to get rid of waste material on it, and in it, which is very acidic. Dandruff is a symptom of something more serious – usually lymph system issues, kidney filtration not working properly, adrenal gland failure, etc. all caused by too much acid in the body.

Genetics only play a part in the natural loss of hair which is gradual as you age. In summary sources of hair loss definitely include: health issues, stress, medications, and etc.

Quoting from ‘The Detox Miracle Sourcebook’ by Robert Morse, N.D.
“Your hair is little different from any other tissue in the body, requiring virtually the same elements for growth and repair. Since the hair is second most metabolically active tissue in your body, it can be used as a “record” of metabolic activity. An inch or so of your hair can give you a good picture of the last two months or so of your body’s metabolic activity. As it grows, it “locks in” the history of intra’and extra-cellular metabolic activity.” In other words, your hair is the history of your body’s health – to include your hairs health. “Hair analysis is more reliable than blood analysis in indicating tissue (cellular) level utilization, storage and excretory factors.” Hair, therefore, can be contaminated by hair treatment products, such as dyes, bleaches, and shampoos, and I will add conditioners, oils, hair sprays, etc. This is in opposition to what I said before, which is what we were taught 35 or more years ago. I know, I am allergic to all the hair care products that I put on my hair or put on clients – but then, how do you steer clear of using them? You use natural or organically produced products – which are available, but are hard to find because there are too few.

The cellular level is where it is all happening folks. The hair is very sensitive to everything you do to your body. You need the correct nourishment, to include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. to aid in having and maintaining a healthy growth of hair. You need to understand the systemic conditions of your body, and fix them. Detoxification (ridding the body of toxins), can drastically change the condition of the hair. It will bring the body’s chemistry back into balance by removing the toxic metals, elements and substances that don’t belong there. A fruit diet is a good start, along with herbal formula supplements.

Recently, the latest ‘scientific information’ claims hair loss can be fixed with stem cell re-nourishing products. I checked out the product and you can try it for around $99 per hair spray can size container. But know that without continual use, your hair loss will come right back. The same happens with the use of other hair growth products.

In summary – These are the facts as I see them. I cannot tell you what to do as you are all different genetically, chemically, and reactionary to life in general. It is up to each of you to determine what might be the cause of your loss of hair, and how much you are willing to do, and to pay, to get your hair back.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL DAILY!

 

Health Tips – Tobacco

Image result for free pics of anything related to smokingWhat Do You Know – about Tobacco Related Dis-ease, or diseases?

The government claims that approximately 480,00 people die each year as a result of cigarette smoking. The lists are numerous as to what diseases are the result of cigarette smoking. But what doesn’t the government and tobacco industry tell you? 

If you are a smoker or a non-smoker, but are exposed to secondhand smoke, the following information should peak your interest.

The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study. Here are some of the results of that study.

It is important to note that insidious diseases that kill smokers and former smokers long after they quit, can cause genetic changes that manifest decades later as a lethal disease.’

Diseases that are recognized by the Government and medical system that are a result of the use of tobacco in any form and especially cigarette smoking include:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke (total)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Urinary bladder cancer
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Pneumonia, influenza, TB
  • COPD2
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lip/oral cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer

Diseases that are not on the list of recognized illnesses by the government and medical system as being related to or the cause of death by the use of tobacco or cigarettes, include:

  • Kidney Failure
  • Immune system suppression
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Platelet aggregation (related to the blood)
  • Inflammation
  • Gene Alterations
  • All infections (to include flu/common cold)
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Rare cancers
  • Digestive Diseases
  • Acute Mycloid Leukemia
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Bowel Obstructions
  • Gallstones
  • Diverticulitis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Gastric hemorrhage

There you have it – in a nut shell. Cigarette smoking is the most prominent cause of death and disability, all of which are ‘PREVENTABLE’.

This kind of information appalls me. In the first place, the big question in regards to smoking, is WHY? Why would a person want to jeopardize their whole life for what they feel is a pleasure and claim it is not an addiction – a serious addiction, even though it may take a long time to manifest the results of the choice made. WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

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The list of what can be done, is being done. Everyone has been given ‘free agency’ by God, to do what they want with their lives. The government steps in to make us think that they care. However, in the long run, it is the money to be made by the tobacco industry that counts – not my opinion, or yours.

Do you know?

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Sounding like a broken record – you as parents, me, family doctors, anyone who really cares need to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. It can start in your own family. When it comes to teenagers, tell them to not use tobacco and especially now days, to not use,or try the E cigarette (another subject that needs to be addressed, but not in this blog). Educate them as to the results such a choice may cause.  Remind them that once addicted, a smoker craves a new cigarette as often as every 30 minutes. That is a difficult schedule to meet, today, where smoking is prohibited almost every where.

In addition to children, teenagers, anyone who has the wish to smoke or use tobacco, should be educated on Nicotine – the damaging chemical that is what tobacco users become addicted to. Do you know that nicotine addicts spend most of their day suffering the miseries of unfulfilled cravings. Smokers who try to stop smoking suffer withdrawal agonies for weeks. I know people who have experienced this. However, many eventually succumb to temptation from any direction where they see cigarettes or smell cigarette smoke.

Aggressive efforts need to be applied to help improve the health of countless people. Discontinuing the sale of cigarettes in retail stores and pharmacies would help, but only minimally. And, that is not about to happen because, once again, it is all about the money to be made by the big industries. The government adding on more taxes doesn’t seem to help, just as it doesn’t help to keep people from buying alcoholic beverages (another addiction). It is funny how Medicare will help pay medical expenses for people with addictions (adding on to the cost of healthcare costs), but won’t help pay the expenses incurred for senior citizens who can’t see or hear.

In my research, it seems other countries are more successful with their efforts in reducing tobacco consumption than the U.S. In spite of all the strategies here in the U.S. to reduce smoking, such as warning mandates, tax hikes, and smoke-free zones, statistically, “one out of six Americans is a smoker, and one out of five smokers has a disability.”

What can you do?  Use your common sense folks. Think about how your actions may be, or are affecting the people around you – especially your wives, husbands, and children, co-workers, friends etc. who are not tobacco users or smokers. Think about how your addiction is affecting your health. Think, does smoking really help you lose weight – an excuse used by many women (especially) – for years. Think, does it reduce your anxiety, fears, worries, make you feel good, make you feel you are now part of the ‘in crowd’, look sexy – as the movies seems to make it look (especially back in the good old days). Think, does smoking improve your life style, improve your hygiene? Think again, in reality, smokers cannot effectively camouflage the smell of cigarette smoke in clothes, the house, or your hair, the taste in the mouth, the smell on the breath, the effect of decay on the teeth, fingernails, toenails, and the list can go on and on.

Image result for free pics of anything related to smokingIt may be difficult, but suffering the agony associated with quitting may be worth it. Remove yourself from being a burden to your family, your friends, the government and the insurance companies.

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It, once again, is your choice. QUIT SMOKING, OR USING TOBACCO PRODUCTS. Detox yourself back to good health, great health for what time you may have remaining. It can be done.

PS: This is not a trivial matter. I understand that the CVS Pharmacy discontinued retail sales of cigarettes and other tobacco related products. I applaud them. This is, at the least, a step in the right direction to reduce the consumption of tobacco. May everyone get on the Band Wagon, so to speak, so this type of addiction can be eliminated from the lives of those who are addicted and the life of those who are affected by those who are addicted. I have never been a smoker, but am one of those people affected by the smoking addiction of others, at home and in the work place. I am thankful for what little has been done to alleviate this problem – but there is yet, much more to still be done.

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                                         Trudging along, but getting it done!

Fermented Foods – Test Kitchen

There is a lot of hype in regards to Probiotics, and a lot of new companies popping up that say we need them, over and over again. Were you aware that ‘probiotics’ are prevalent in FERMENTED FOODS?

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So what are FERMENTED FOODS? Fermented foods can be bought in the grocery store – or you can make them yourself. They include Kimchee a Korean and or Asian food, Indian Chutney, German Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Brine Pickles, Kefir, Relishes, Pastes and etc.

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “You are literally bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A study in the journal Gastorenterology says that fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function. Because fermented foods are strong they should be eaten as condiments, and not consumed in large quantities. Too much or overdoing the intake of fermented foods might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems.

When eating fermented foods as a condiment the recommended amount would be a half-cup. You can start there and work it up to more as long as your body can handle probiotic cultured vegetables and liquids.

Fermented foods are not to be seen as a ‘medicine’. They should be seen, rather, as a fun food, delicious, easy, and as a healthy addition to a meal.

In an earlier Test Kitchen, I posted my Kimchee recipe. I also make my Sauerkraut.

SAUERKRAUT – so easy try it:    Image result for picture of fermented foods

Using a small head of Organic green cabbage – finely shred the whole head. Put in a bowl, add 1 Tbsp sea salt. Wash your hands and then mix the cabbage and salt by squeezing it and moving it around until the cabbage becomes limp and begins to release its juice. (can also use a wooden spoon for this process).

Pack the mixture into a clean 1 quart wide mouth Mason jar. Pack it down and add until it fills the jar. The cabbage should be submerged in the juice. Leave about 1 inch at the top. Cover with a clean piece of cheesecloth. I have a special lid with holes in it that I put on over the cheesecloth to hold it in place. Put it in a cool place. I put mine at the bottom of a lower cupboard. Leave it there for about 1 week, checking it but not opening it. The bubbles you see signal fermentation is taking place. It is ready to eat in 3-5 days, but keeps well in the refrigerator for several weeks. I have kept it for 2-3 month. I found that the longer I kept it the better it tasted.  It is up to you. You may like it so well you will eat it up quickly.

I found this recipe in a local newspaper over 40 years ago. I love it. It tastes much better than store-bought Sauerkraut. I also pickle red beets, okra, red cabbage, and other vegetables. Yogurt is also a source of probiotics.  I use it is as long as I make my own, and, I do not use cows milk. You can buy what is called ‘Yogurt Starter’ at any health food store. I have never made Kefir as I find it tedious to make.

BENEFITS OF FERMENTED FOODS!

  • Boost immune system
  • Maintain healthy Intestines
  • Strengthen bones (rich in calcium)
  • Weight loss
  • Improve Mental Health
  • Improve Digestion – and the list goes on.

Fermenting the food preserves the beneficial enzymes, Omega-3 fatty acids, the b-vitamins, and etc.

For otherImage result for picture of fermented foods fermented food recipes – and yogurt recipes, just google them. You will find ‘You Tube’ videos and all kinds of information. 

HAVE FUN!