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The Future Is Now ….Dentistry
Synonyms for Irritability, Synonyms for Uncontrolled Inflammation
Sensitive Teeth – Sensitive Person
Tooth Decayand Behavior
Tooth Mobility – A Sign Of Distress
Boost Minerals and Water - Reduce Irritability & Inflammation
Diuretics and Mineral Loss
Bad Breath Signifies Scrambled Synapses
Compromised Immunity & Frying Brains
Leaking Bones – Leaking Bleeding Gums
TMJ & Chronic Facial Pain
TMD - Tempromandibular Dysfunction, Nutritional Approach to Facial Pain
Adrenal Exhaustion & Slow Metabolism
Pain - Fatigue - Apathy - Slow Metabolism -TMJ - TMD - PMS – MPS
Myofascial Pain Syndrome - Fibrositis - Fibromyalgia - Low Serotonin State
Candidiasis or A Fungus Among Us
Yeast Infections – Thrush – Monilia
Combating Uncontrolled Inflammation
Combating Inflammatory Diseases
Pain & Infection Protocol
The Pain “Cocktail” Recipe
Good Fats – Antioxidants – Free Radicals
Omega-3 Fats & Antioxidants Combat Inflammation, Daily Antioxidant Ranges
Type I & Type II Diabetes, Weight Loss - Weight Gain - Accelerated Aging
Cancer – A Call For Change
Healing Principles & Stopping Metastasis, Live A Life Of Detoxification
First Aid in a Bottle, Cancer Therapy
Early Childhood, Doctors, Safe Medicine, Fetal Feedings, “Sweet Tooth”,
Viruses & Vaccines, Ideal Skull Shape & Function, Self Esteem.
Analyzing Your pH, Window To Your Metabolic Process
Charting Urine pH
Tides and Body Pools or Acid vs. Alkaline
Autonomic Parasympathetic Dominance
Alkalemia and Fatigue, Alkalosis and Irritability
Acidosis and Serenity
Autonomic Sympathetic Dominance, Typical Acid-base Reaction Foods, pH
Measurements of Drinks, Alkaline-Acid Effects Of Some Common Foods,
Irritability and Depression
Migraine – Hypertension – Asthma – Pain
Alkalosis & Tetany, Sensitivity to Light or Noise, Dizziness, Nausea, Vomiting,
Cold - Clammy Hands & Feet, Introverted, Depressed, Pain, Panic Attack,
Anxiety, Angina, High Blood Pressure, Nutritional Therapy Effectively
Cavitations: A Bone Of Contention
Avascular Necrosis, Idiopathic Bone Cyst, NICO, Atypical Migraine
Acute Injury, Stroke, Heart Attack, Anxiety, Dilated Pupils, Front to Back
Headache, Rapid Heart Beat, Shortness of Breath, Warm-Dry Hands & Feet,
Extreme Acidosis (Rebound After Alkaline Reserves Exhausted), Coma,
Shock, Partial Paralysis or Numbness, Nerve Injury.
Steven N. Green, DDS
Nutritional Company Information
Books, Newsletters, Website Links
HEALTH, HEALING, AND HARMONY THROUGH NUTRITION
We live in decadent times. In America, fresh vegetables and unripened fruits (grown on depleted soils) have been refrigerated and stored under argon gas before becoming commercially available. Diabetes is an epidemic. Too many of our children are defective and cancer is expected to take half of us.
In defense of our decadence, a new organizational theme for primary care is needed. Health, disease or behavior begins with what we put in our mouth. Supplements are now necessary for health. The dental team can provide its own special perspective in health, healing, and harmony.
The current business of clinical medicine is based on the concept of differential diagnosis. This is helpful for research, but tangential to health. Focusing on differences has led to a situation much like the twelve blind men examining the elephant. Each blind man thinks he has a different animal. Dentistry is but one of over 250 medical specialties. Each treats the symptoms of toxicity and uncontrolled inflammation in its own narrow area of expertise. For example, the chemistries of cradle cap, eczema, difficult teething, muscle trigger points, tooth decay, gum disease, inflammatory bowel, migraine, asthma, arthritis, angina, and coronary vessel spasm all reflect uncontrolled inflammation.
By focusing on differences, we highly-trained specialists have forgotten the basic universal catabolic response of the complaining patient: irritability leading to inflammation.
We must help define a more functional paradigm of health as society emerges from the industrial age. Ethics stems from philosophy. The industrial age is based on themes of scarcity and greed. In the emerging age, with man's effort so magnified by computer technology, with information as an ever-expanding resource, the themes can be abundance and altruism.
A doctor is, most importantly, a teacher. A dentist is a teacher and also an artisan who gains sustenance by helping people to repair and rehabilitate. Prosthetic repair falls short of the creator's design. The milieu that creates therapeutic need begs for change. Our major industries promote addictive foods and habits that result in pain, chronic fatigue, cellulite, as well as irritable and inflammatory behavior in the sick "canaries" (weak detoxifiers) of our populace.
As primary providers, dentists can use the mouth as a barometer of the immune system, helping our patients develop higher awareness. Dental diseases are a signal of lost health. The underlying mechanism of disease is inappropriate expression of genes. Mindset, toxicity, food choices, and the timing of eating and sleeping determine the expression of our genes. We direct our genes to create the homeodynamic of vigorous health or the homeodynamic of irritability, degeneration and disease. Other than defined mutation or unknown toxicity, disease is due to harmful addictive behavior arising from diminished self-esteem or perverted reward-systems.
We can broaden dentistry's range of services into the primary-care arena abandoned by the orthodoxy of the medical profession. Nutritional pharmacology could be a uniquely dental approach, especially in treating that transitional area between vibrant health and disease diagnosis codes. The technology of the emerging age is coming full circle, rediscovering old truths, and thus giving doctors the power to become healers again.
Steven N. Green, D.D.S.
Copyright 2004, please feel free to copy. If you have changes or improvements please let me know.
The gold mine of information presented here is my unique distillation of many people's energies and perspectives. Thanks especially to my parents, Anne and Henry, Joan Green, Synthia Kozial, Joyce Brislawn, Debra Chilson, Penny Mahaffey, Lilly Navarro my sons David and Jeremy from whom I have learned so much, to my Mom from whom I learned to ask "Why?" and to the practical experience my dentist Dad had with minerals for tightening teeth and enzymes for trauma (even though my pharmacology professors said oral enzymes do not work), to my Aunt Mary, the first person I knew with osteoporosis, and to Susan Isquierdo and all my patients who have shared with me what really worked, all because I asked them what they ate!
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Holistic dentistry provides primary care. We greet the world with our mouth. Lips frame our smile. Our oral organ nurtures us emotionally and is the beginning of sustenance and gratification. The comfort and security of healthy gums and stable teeth are primary survival goals. Improved behavior, enhanced resilience and resistance to all disease is encouraged and emphasized by viewing the mouth as a mirror of immunity. By practicing full-face restorative dentistry, supported by nutritional foundations, we become your aid and advocate with other specialists when indicated.
Since young ones are so precious, we are especially proud of our "first visit" experience and enjoy sharing it with family. We start parents prenatally and children at three years of age. In preparation for the first visit: 1) Please do not say: "It will not hurt." 2) Promise no rewards. 3) Make no bigger deal about the first dental visit than a trip to the bank. Answer questions with: "They need to count your teeth to make sure you have the right number. They are very nice. They explain everything before they do it." At this fun office, children get a prize for showing up, even unappointed, not for being good.
We begin with prenatal counseling, emphasizing staged first solid feedings, promoting greens, reducing grains or fruits. We recommend early optimal supplemental vitamin C and other nutritional remedies for uncontrolled inflammatory conditions such as difficult teething, yeast overgrowth, cradle cap, herpes, allergies, night grinding, hyperactivity, ear aches, mouth breathing and sinusitis. We do not believe in routine fluoride treatments or x-rays. Along with typical repair services, we check for efficient cellular immunity, excessive irritability, iron deficiency, B vitamin deficiencies, anemias, provide growth and development checks, sealants, and protective mouth guards.
Nothing is more beautiful than the glow of health provided by healthy daily patterns and nutritional principles taught in this office. Aesthetic dentistry is the cornerstone of our practice. "Silver fillings" containing mercury amalgam are durable and inexpensive but not healthy, aesthetic, or environmentally sound. Metal is used reluctantly. Instead, we aim to provide more biocompatible resin-bonded tooth-colored restorations and laminates. Beautiful composites, ceramics, caps, crowns, and bridges, removable prosthetics, bleaching, gingival plastic surgery, and dental "face lifts" are provided within the framework of functional harmony.
We believe the facial bones are programmed to change all through life. Harmonious movement at the cranial sutures is important for optimal function. Manipulation of the cranial sutures is performed by dentists all of the time, whether we realize it or not. Torqued cranial bones creates chronic distress. We diagnose and treat acute facial pain, including abscesses and traumas such as whiplash. Chronic pain and dysfunctional syndromes of the head and neck, including arthritis and migraine, are treated medically and nutritionally, as well as with TMJ appliances, functional appliances, night guards, or bruxism appliances. We make dental devices to reduce snoring and sleep apnea.
We emphasize the non-surgical treatment of periodontal diseases. Plaque is failure of cellular immunity. Periodontal disease is a local inflammatory autoimmune condition due to breakdown of immune barriers. Inflammation of the barrier tissues supporting the teeth is also a "risk factor" for other potentially inflammatory life-threatening disease; an important sign of toxicity and that immune system response is out of control.
Enhanced performance, increased immunity and improved mental attitude are the result of changing the chemistry conditional to tooth decay, gum disease, facial pain, or cancers. We promote healthy lifestyle choices and the use of vitamins, minerals, and accessory nutrients. We also provide herbal and homeopathic remedies.
Healing is a spiritual ethic. Dental diseases are crises that provide an opportunity for awareness of the underlying mechanisms of disease and the desirability for change, leading to growth.
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THE FUTURE IS NOW.....DENTISTRY
Industrial age medicine focused on differential diagnosis of disease. Disease was seen as an abnormality in a functioning machine. The primary symptom was suppressed with its specific "silver bullet." The patient played the role of victim. The doctor was an authoritarian glorified mechanic, a tooth engineer, and an oral plumber. Disease processes could be reduced to a computer code.
Future dentistry focuses on the underlying mechanisms of disease processes. Symptoms are seen as appropriate, reflecting one’s unique genetic and environmental response. The patient becomes a student, with the disease process stimulating a growth experience. The doctor as teacher enhances awareness of the whole-body implications of dental disease. Correcting the altered body chemistry that leads to dental disease reduces irritability and pain, increasing our capacity for love and joy.
Irritable or inflammatory feelings are first clues to a disturbed immune system. Sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, mobile teeth or sore jaw muscles are important clinical signs. The root cause of exaggerated response is reduced electrical potential of the cell. This immediately reflects in irritability, negative thoughts and diminished vitality. A significant amount of magnesium, best obtained by nibbling four fistfuls per day of deep-green vegetables, stabilizes most irritable people.
Uncontrolled inflammation is characterized by enhanced pain response, muscle spasm, trigger points, diminished joint lubrication, tooth decay, and the swelling, hypersensitivity, increased gingival bleeding, and when cellular immunity is exhausted, pus and putrefactive odors of degenerative periodontal diseases. Reducing inflammation involves identifying and eliminating immune triggers, avoiding high glycemic events and boosting anti-inflammatory systems.
Besides viruses, bacteria and other environmental toxins, favorite foods are our largest immune assault, causing an explosive cascading oxidation of fats. The most noxious chemical warfare of the immune system utilizes oxidized fats, with most damage done by "friendly fire." Antioxidants can quench this fire. Supplemental digestive enzymes defuse many inflammatory messengers.
Dietary omega-3 fats diminish inflammatory response. Rich sources of omega-3s are seaweed, cold-water fish, and canola, flaxseed, hemp, sesame, and walnut oils. Omega-6 fats are more inflammatory when oxidized. Necessary omega-6 is plentiful in corn-fed and soybean-fed beef and milk products, pork, turkey, chickens and their eggs. Important anti-inflammatory nutrients are found in deep-green vegetables and in fruits. Green powders, garlic, ginger, curry and milk thistle contain very important inflammatory blockers. Anti-oxidant nutrients can quell inflammation with fewer negative side effects than currently available pharmaceuticals.
Sophisticated technology simplifies repair of the ravages of disease. With the mouth as a useful barometer of the immune system, the dentist of the future becomes the primary care physician, helping the patient prevent other painful diseases of decadence.
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Dental diseases provide us with the clues to practice functional medicine, to detect and treat the early loss of health harmony. Apply nutritional concepts to enhance resilience, thus minimizing irritability and uncontrolled inflammation. Altered feelings and loss of imperturbability are the first and most sensitive indicators of loss of resilience.
SYNONYMS FOR IRRITABILITY
Night grinding of teeth
Clenching of teeth
Gritting of teeth
Loss of patience
Short temper / Uncool
Loss of center
Type "A" personality
Irritable - depressed
Worse in early morning
SYNONYMS FOR UNCONTROLLED INFLAMMATION
Painful, tender gums
Bad breath - plaque
Coated tongue (poor pancreatic enzymes)
TMJ arthritis, DJD,MPD,TMD
Myofascial pain / Trigger points
Cysts (ovarian, dental, breast, etc.)
Swelling - bloating
Cellulite - allergies
Hyperalgesia / Accentuated pain response
Local anesthesia fails
Leg cramps - eye twitches
Dark circles under eyes
PMS - infertility
Acne - Abscess
Migraine - headache
Angina - Arthritis
Rx High blood pressure
Eczema - psoriasis
Seborrhea - hives
Colitis - ulcers
Asthma - Fibrosis
Sinusitis - Otitis
Tinnitus - Dizziness
Rhinitis - Bronchitis
Panic attack - Psychosis
1) Water and multi-minerals, morning and night.
1) Identify & eliminate immune triggers.
2) Balance dietary fats.
3) Antioxidants to quench.
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SENSITIVE TEETH - SENSITIVE PERSON
Where are the happy, smiling natives?
Heat, cold, or sweets can stimulate the dental nerve over its threshold, causing transient pain. Teeth provide a primary measure of systemic irritability. Sensitive teeth connote enhanced responsiveness at all levels: psychologically, immunologically, neurologically and glandularly.
Low energy states weaken the 200-millivolt electrical attraction between the aerobic epithelium and its friendly anaerobic bacterial layer. The oxidation-reduction potential of aerobic border epithelial tissues is about +100 mV and its indigenous protective micro flora (bacterial plaque) is about -100 mV. Compromised barriers allow tooth decay, ear infections or sinusitis, acne, gingivitis, pericoronitis and periodontitis, yeast infections, toenail fungus, oral and skin cancers. Altered immune response results in mucus congestion, thickened blood and sleep apnea.
Tooth sensitivity instantly reflects the strength of the battery of the cell. One’s electron glow is diminished and electro magnetic barrier function no longer effectively repels. Instead, lowered electrical charge signals and invites pathogenic bacteria.
If the pain is more profound and prolonged after the stimulus, uncontrolled inflammation is present. Super-sensitive teeth and gums demonstrate diminished inflammatory buffers. Teeth with significant disease or structural damage are often painless. When teeth are extra responsive, they reflect a stressed body chemistry expressed in every organ system of the body. Allow the sensitive tooth to make you aware of the irritable and inflammatory feelings flitting across your consciousness.
The teeth are a barometer of one's resilience. Typically sensitivity signals catabolic states and disappears during anabolic states. Sensitive teeth reflect tidal shortages of minerals. Shortages of the major minerals: potassium, calcium, and magnesium reduce the stabilizing electrical charge of the cell. The more easily triggered cell translates into an important survival mechanism, enhanced edginess and alertness. Imperturbability is lost and chronic stresses become magnified. The man who created universal stress concepts, Hans Selye, said: "It's not the amount of stress. It's how you respond to it that counts."
Besides major minerals like calcium or magnesium, shortages of the trace minerals, zinc, copper, manganese, or selenium, compromise thyroid function and are important cofactors for inherent antioxidant enzyme systems. When these critical trace minerals are in short supply, sensitive teeth can quickly decay with explosive uncontrolled inflammation. During extended catabolic phases streptococcal antigens enter the tooth and tweak pulpal immune cells. Tooth decay is a pimple of a tooth, an uncontrolled autoimmune inflammatory destruction of one's bones. Arthritis, acne, increased response to pain and inflammatory behavior often accompanies tooth decay.
The loss of minerals due to high protein diet, high sugar diet, diarrhea, excessive sweating, over-the-counter pain pills (NSAIDs), or diuretics such as alcohol or coffee, commonly causes sensitivity. A low-dose multi-mineral tablet, two to three times per day, is often an easier remedy than the recommended daily nibbling of four or five cups of mineral-rich deep-green vegetables.
The depression, irritability and fatigue of illness result from inflammatory oxidative overload. Uncontrolled inflammation creates a systemic alkaline explosion, tying up minerals, expressed as exquisitely sensitive teeth. Large doses of ascorbic acid can balance the alkalosis and, along with other anti oxidants, quench the underlying oxidative chemistry. Do more than use desensitizing toothpaste. Listen to your screaming teeth! Nibble green vegetables all day long. Take your minerals morning and night with a full glass of water.
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TOOTH DECAY AND BEHAVIOR
In health, a flow of extracellular fluid is pushed through dentinal tubules and microscopic pores in the enamel of specialized bones called teeth. This brine washes and protects the surfaces of the teeth making them slippery. Glistening teeth do not harbor harmful bacteria. Instead, growth of beneficial commensal bacteria is promoted.
During stress-induced catabolism, this protective flow reverses. Minerals from teeth are returned to the circulation. The resultant dry, ‘lifeless’ surface of the tooth attracts scavenging bacteria. Immune markers of the scavengers stimulate the immune inflammatory process within the tooth pulp. Tooth decay is immune-mediated inflammatory destruction of teeth infected with bad bacterial information. Tooth decay is inflammation "out of control," a pimple of a tooth. The rate of decay is determined primarily by the degree of the exaggerated TH2 (Thymus-helper 2 white blood cell) humoral or chemical response due to disabled TH1 (thymus-helper 1) cellular immunity. Excessive sugar energizes the bacteria, and literally puts immune ‘gobbler’ TH1 cells to sleep. Even more important may be the shortage of fresh vegetables that provide polarized water, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants designed to quench this aggressive inflammatory response.
Enamel tooth decay is seen primarily in rapidly growing youngsters. Tooth decay peaks at all growth spurts and mostly with the massively stressful pubertal growth spurt. Low bone density, scoliosis, dandruff, acne, all kinds of irritable and inflammatory behavior, growing pains, as well as ‘arthritic problems’ of the hip, knee, ankle, and heel peak at this apogee of growth-induced stress.
Childbearing is a major stressor. Bad behavior, enamel tooth decay and gum diseases often erupt again during and after pregnancy. This growth state creates a high demand for nutrients. All kinds of irritable and inflammatory states occur during and after pregnancy. Post-natal tetany syndrome also expresses itself as TMJ problems, myofascial pain, trigger points, nocturnal leg cramps, post-natal blues, depression or even harmful psychotic behavior.
The next major burst of decay activity occurs much later on the tooth roots of people of retirement age. The difference between graceful slow erosion and root meltdown is the integrity of nutrient-dependent anti-inflammatory buffering mechanisms. Root decay, along with the stereotype of the shrinking, thin-skinned, cranky old person, is created by the crescendos of failure of cellular immunity and the acid-forming catabolic chronic stress response.
The body functions twice per day in two primary modes, anabolism or catabolism - build or rot. Stress creates catabolism, the breaking-down of tissues to provide nutrients to meet emergency needs. The build-up of harmful plaque, and the tendency to tooth decay reflects lack of repair and compromised cellular immunity. People who get significant tooth decay and gum disease are at greater risk for other diseases, including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Eating primarily richly pigmented fruits and vegetables, reducing excessive animal protein, stopping soda pop and sugar, stopping trans fats and crisped, browned, or caramelized grains, starches or proteins, nibbling greens all day, eating foods of low glycemic index, brushing, flossing, and supplementing with extra minerals and essential fatty acids will stop the decay in one's teeth. Awareness of the whole-body implications of decay might create change that leads to more energy, endurance, and enhanced resistance to disease. Such change often translates into more centered behavior, enhancing the joy and productivity of all kinds of social relationships.
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A SIGN OF DISTRESS
Every tooth gives just a bit. Teeth are joined to the bone by a shock-absorbing hammock of collagen fibers called the periodontal ligament. Widening of the ligament due to catabolic leaching of bone minerals or compromised collagen production creates loose shock absorbers and increased mobility of teeth. Collagen requires adequate protein intake (especially early in the day), plenty of energy-dependent stomach acid, and twice daily vitamin C from the diet. The primary tissues, bone (calcified collagen) and fibrous collagen, comprise a joint. Because these joints are so close to the surface, they are at a unique risk to an infectious arthritis called periodontal disease.
Breakdown of the tooth's gingival collar that protects the joint ligament is the primary worry. The rapid turnover of cells in the gum collar protects the ligamentous tissues underneath by forming a constantly renewable seal. This collar has a high nutritional demand, similar to other cells of the immune system, "a continuous critical period of growth." Signs of nutritional deficiencies are first seen in tissues of high metabolic demand, and are demonstrated most commonly during growth.
Tooth mobility signals problems with collagen, the primary structural protein of the body. Mobility is an important sign of stress. Unnecessary clenching of the teeth suggests that one is trapped in a vigilant ‘feeding frenzy,’ seeking minerals or essential fatty acids to maintain electrical potential of the cell. Stress creates a catabolic response, a kind of internal cannibalism that frees up nutrients to meet emergency needs. Stress shuts down anabolic repair mechanisms. Stress also induces negative mineral balance. Toxicity induced negative mineral balance is the most common cause of stress and irritable behavior in civilized society.
Increased tooth mobility tells us that the balance between repair and rot is being lost. The long-term result of stress-induced catabolism is osteoporosis, along with characteristic flabby muscles, fragile arteries, and thin gums and skin. Sensing the stress, one's psyche becomes edgy and irritable. A stressed person's behavior aggravates difficult social situations, disappointing friends and family. Anxiety and depression sets in. Motivation is lost.
Irritability is the primary symptom of toxicity, which accentuates lack of ionized calcium or magnesium, or excess phosphorous. It is an expression of the beta-adrenergic response, increased activity of eighteen stress hormones, including parathyroid hormone. Mobility associated with enhanced inflammation can also be the result of low levels of zinc, copper, manganese, selenium or chromium.
Nutritional hyperparathyoidism is the normal response to the low mineral diet, or the mineral-wasting high protein or sugar and bread-based diets. Chronic stimulation of the parathyroid causes the production of a newly discovered second parathyroid hormone. Originally called PHT or parathyroid hypertensive factor, its mechanism of action is closer to parathyroid hyper calcium intracellular factor. It seems to open the calcium channels. Leakage of calcium or heavy metals into the cell and its organelles causes premature aging.
The easiest change to make is to supplement two or three times per day, with a low dose multi-mineral and a full glass of water. Building bone begets better behavior. Other antioxidant nutrients are also beneficial, since inflammatory mechanisms are used by the catabolic system. Green vegetables, sunshine, moderate exercise, and stress management also tighten teeth.
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BOOST MINERALS AND WATER
REDUCE IRRITABILITY & INFLAMMATION
Want to build imperturbability and have stronger skin, nails, muscles, hair, teeth and bone? Nibble on green things all day long. Aim for four or five fistfuls, half cooked, half raw. Green vegetables are the best source of minerals in your meals! Other good leaves are those from broccoli, cauliflower, snap beans, beets (chard), carrots and sweet potatoes.
1) Deep green vegetables, especially sea vegetables - with supplements of alfalfa, blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley, or wheat grass.
2) Fresh fruit, especially low-sugar richly pigmented berries.
3) Seeds and nuts, especially soaked.
4) Complex carbohydrates, especially sticky short grain brown rice.
5) Glass of wine or beer (not "lite").
Besides minerals, raw green vegetables provide important enzymes and antioxidants necessary to quench inflammation. Fiber and water promote proper elimination and bowel health. Exercise! Use it or lose it! Less than a thousand calories eaten per day, or lack of exercise produces a sleepy thyroid.
Small and frequent meals keep mineral rich foods passing through the small intestines where they are absorbed. If there are no minerals in the gut, the stressed body becomes catabolic and robs minerals from the muscles, bones and teeth. There can be no more significant stressor than inadequate minerals for cellular function. The hormonal stress response to low minerals includes beta-adrenergic stimulation with functional parathyroid elevation. Proof positive is that beta-blockers and calcium-channel blockers are among the most commonly prescribed drugs.
Take supplements: (with a full glass of water) Before bed.
If skipping a meal.
If eating an empty calorie meal.
Before and after alcoholic intake.
Use small amounts of blended multi-minerals several times a day, roughly equaling the daily requirement. Chelated (such as Metagenic’s Multi-Min Chelates or Biotic’s Multi-min) are best if you are sedentary, over 35, or have diarrhea or constipation. Nutricology’s or Allergy Research Group’s capsulated multi-mins work well for teens. Eniva’s cell-ready liquid minerals are excellent for children, or for those who are tired of swallowing pills.
Diuretics cause mineral loss!
Coffee and teas (may reduce absorption 40-80%)
Sodas (carbonic & phosphoric acids)
High animal protein
High simple sugars
Megadose Vitamin C
Large amounts of single mineral supplements can be counterproductive. Taking a daily dose of minerals all at once is not nearly as beneficial as small frequent doses of multi-minerals taken with water throughout the day!
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SIGNIFIES SCRAMBLED SYNAPSES
The smell of rot is what we are talking about. That unmistakable smell of putrefaction associated with rotten eggs, decomposing abscesses, periodontal diseases, sinus and lung infections, rotting undigested fecal matter, or spoiled fish. Putrefaction is the rotten egg smell of scavenging bacteria digesting and decomposing structural sulfur-bonds in proteins. An inflammatory crisis has occurred. Significant numbers of immune cells are dying. Dead tissue invites the electro magnetically attracted ever-present anaerobes to proliferate. The reducing capacity of the body is being exceeded by an explosive oxidant cascade.
When triggered by immune messengers, a host of white cells undergoes a thousand-fold metabolic increase called the "respiratory burst." Stress-mediated catabolism dominates anabolic repair. Oxidative destruction of fatty acid structures overwhelms antioxidant-buffering capacity. The stage is set for degeneration and premature aging.
Sometimes the source of odor is a thick coating on top of the tongue. Sugar disables protein-digesting enzymes produced by the pancreas and puts our patrols of cleansing gobbler white blood cells to sleep. (It is our most damaging late night societal habit to eat sweet desserts right after our major protein consumption). Stress also diminishes pancreatic enzyme production, leading to coated tongue. Inadequate protein digestion promotes this exuberant bacterial growth. Nothing uses up more enzymes than digesting red meat. Tongue scraping (be gentle at first) will diminish the accumulation. The tongue naturally stays clean by reducing metabolic sugar insults from high glycemic foods, managing stress, sleeping better, seeing sunrises and sunsets, boosting antioxidants or digestive enzymes.
When that swamp smell emanates from the breath, the body's major synthesizer of prostaglandins is in inflammatory crisis. The lungs are the major endocrine organ. The brain, just a heartbeat away, is also in inflammatory crisis. The brain has the highest concentration of oxidatively vulnerable unsaturated fatty acids and an even higher metabolism than the lungs.
A popular drug-awareness infomercial, depicting frying eggs, sermonizes: "This is what happens to your brain, when you are on drugs." When one has bad breath or smelly tongue or gums, the brain is frying and thought processing is fuzzy. Bad breath is immune and metabolic crisis. The unsaturated fatty acids that sheathe and insulate neurons are undergoing meltdown. Thinking is clouded. Many prescription drugs also push oxidative overload, just as many lifestyles promote oxidative stress.
In our daily rhythms, the early morning hours cortisol dominates, presenting the highest metabolic challenge of stress, growth, and hormone repair. That is why protein is so important for breakfast. We wake at our alkaline peak, with our lowest serum levels of ionized calcium and magnesium. Along with "morning breath," we see increased irritability, clenching or grinding of the teeth, sore jaw muscles, tender jaw joints, headache and migraine, sinusitis, heart attacks and stroke, leg cramps, and inflammatory "woke up on the wrong side of the bed" behavior. The afternoon from 3-7 PM presents us with a similar alkaline challenge.
Bedtime is an ideal time to stoke body reservoirs with antioxidants and the major and minor minerals to quiet early morning symptoms. Noon time for biggest meal. High glycemic foods or excessive calories in the evening disable nighttime cellular scavenging and repair. Remember to drink a full glass of mineral-rich water upon arising. The body craves pure water, fresh vegetables and fruits, along with minerals, antioxidants and B vitamins. Bay berry (myrtica cerifera) (one teaspoonful per day) was used by the eclectics in the middle 1800's to remove offensive breath, cure bleeding and mouth ulcers. Antibacterial toothpastes may contain tea tree oil, neem, eucalyptus or other essential oils. Parsley will diminish the smell of garlic. Peppermint tea combats halitosis and is a digestive aid. Fennel or cardamom seeds can be chewed as a breath freshener. Tooth and Gum Tonic or Toothpaste contains long-acting effective essential oils and healing herbs.
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LEAKING BONES - LEAKING BLEEDING GUMS
Bleeding gums are the first signs of breakdown of the physical fibrous barrier collagen, connoting vitamin C insufficiency, leading to cardiovascular disease and cancer. That is premature aging.
The calcified plaque (tartar) attached to the teeth above the gum line is of similar composition to bone. Stress response creates catabolic state, dissolving bone to free up metabolically needed magnesium. Sluggish white blood cells allow plaque to form in the arteries, or on the teeth and gums. Resultant free calcium in the serum deposits in arterial plaque, and is excreted in urine and saliva. Bacteria form the nidus for kidney stones, or calculus on the teeth, thus creating their own mausoleum. Bacterial molecular markers are an immune irritant, covered by calculus. Chronic inflammatory response is typically seen around calculus, but not necessarily loss of barrier. Breakdown of the gingival sealing collar occurs when catabolism exceeds anabolism, and cellular immunity becomes exhausted.
Low magnesium availability or excess phosphorous prompts the parathyroid with generalized beta-adrenergic stress response and dissolution of bone. Magnesium is utilized, and excess calcium is excreted in urine and in saliva, accumulating on the teeth. Tartar is leaking bones accumulating on the teeth. Low levels of magnesium occur when we burn the candle at both ends, eat less than four cups per day of deep green vegetables, or consume diuretics, such as soda pop, alcohol or caffeine. Processed foods are rich in phosphorous, diminishing useful calcium and magnesium. Emotional stress, metabolic stress and resultant acidosis of exercising beyond ‘conversation capacity’, significant sugar or high animal protein intake also create high pulses of calcium excretion.
Another kind of calculus seems to form under the gum line. This calcium barrier is the normal end-stage to the inflammatory process. This inflammatory process is likely a protective immune response to remaining embryologic traces of root-surface antigenic enamel. Depending on total body titer of toxic triggers (modified by ones individually inherited detoxification pathways), local production of eicosanoids creates an alkalinity that encourages calcium crystal formation. Calcium deposits are seen in other joints subjected to inflammatory stress. Although we try to remove this subgingival calculus, we are always imperfect in our efforts. After surgical intervention, the body often covers antigenic enamel traces with sheets of immunologically acceptable sub gingival calculus.
Bleeding gums attract scavenging bacteria. The bacterial digestion of blood creates unpleasant oral odors. Bleeding gums connote scurvy and compromised ability to make collagen, the primary structural protein of the body. Bleeding gums increase the risk of spreading disease. Let your lifestyle allow your immune system to eliminate the local bacterial plaque, which triggers oozing gums. High vitamin C levels in the blood are more closely correlated with clean mouth than tooth brushing.
Vitamin K is formed by gut bacteria, which are often eliminated by antibiotics. Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables, alfalfa, egg yolks, sea weeds (kelp) and cod liver oil. For excessive calculus, osteoporosis and bleeding gums try 50-100 mcgs up to 5 10mg of menadione (vitamin K). Bilberry, grape seed extract, gotu kola, propolis (honey) dandelion and gingko are also helpful. Nibble greens all day long.
Reduce tartar formation by reducing stress. Balance calcium supplements with extra magnesium and appropriate ratios of the other minerals. Reduce excessive animal protein and processed foods. Reduce plaque and calculus through exercise, seeing sunrises and sunsets, diminishing stress, avoiding addictive foods, and boosting antioxidant nutrients. Avoid high glycemic crisped, baked, browned boxed breakfast cereals, crackers, and breads, French fries, baked potatoes, cooked carrots, cookies, cakes, pastries and sherbet. Drink plenty of water; increase vegetables, fruits, and sprouts. The herb red root (California lilac) remedies menstrual hemorrhage, nosebleeds, hemorrhoids, varicosities, old ulcers and capillary ruptures. Red root also enhances electrical repelling of blood proteins, encouraging lymphatic drainage and cyst reduction. Lymphagogue Compound from Wise Woman Herbals is based on red root, echinacea, burdock, stillangia, pokeroot, Baptisa, and prickly ash. Combine red root with milk thistle, ocotillo, or vervain for connective tissue swelling.
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The tissues that anchor the teeth to the jaws are key to survival. If one's teeth begin to fail, it is time to become aware. Listen to what your body is telling you. Similar disease is also occurring in other organ systems. Those aches and pains, those irritable and inflammatory emotional responses are part of this too. Periodontal diseases are largely autoimmune disorders, with most damage caused by failure of cellular immunity (TH1) and one's own uncontrolled inflammatory response (TH2).
Cells can't "see," but they use a sensory system similar to Braille to identify friend or foe (antigen). A controlled autoimmune inflammatory process first causes eruption of the teeth. Enamel triggers an antigenic response, just as the markers of certain bacteria or foods trigger the antigenic inflammatory response. Inside the jawbone, a protective cyst always surrounds the enamel. The boundary of the cyst is created by the controls of the inflammatory process. When a tooth first enters the mouth, the enamel is squeezed from the body just as a boil or a pimple is erupted. The root surface of teeth has a bony covering called cementum, which is well accepted by the immune system unless marked by antigens. Many teeth form with traces of antigenic ectodermal enamel on root surfaces. When toxicity causes antioxidant-buffering mechanisms to become exhausted, inflammation begins near marked root surfaces.
Inflammation is controlled in the same way as a "bumper car" at the fair, with both the accelerator and the brake functioning at all times. If the brakes fail, the "friendly fire" of inflammatory chemistry can liquefy bone, joint tissues, or teeth in short order. Inflammation creates a heightened state of critical demand for nutrients necessary to quench oxidative reactions. Lack of magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, vitamin E, tocotrienols, sulfur-containing amino acids, or vitamin C can allow rapid liquefaction of membranes, destroying the structural integrity of the cells. Coenzyme Q 10, at 30-200mg per day will enhance energy, tighten gums, shrink pockets, as well as reduce elevated blood pressure.
The classical odors of a poorly drained swamp are created in one's mouth when damaged dead tissues attract scavenging putrefactive families of anaerobic bacteria. Only when pus pockets in the gums are disturbed does one become aware of their odor. The same disabled cellular immunity and uncontrolled inflammatory response often exists in the sinuses and in the lungs, creating personal and social awareness of those offensive odors. The same heightened inflammatory response may express itself as plaque, arthritis, asthma, skin conditions, headache, trigger points, high blood pressure, cellulite or irritability and fatigue. Disabled cellular immunity and uncontrolled inflammatory processes increase risk of the major killers, heart disease, stroke and cancer. If parts of one’s body are rotting, change is desirable.
Pophyromonas gingivalis (a common cause of gum disease) may promote arterial disease. Eleven hundred men were followed at the Boston VA Outpatient Clinic with varying levels of gum disease for twenty-five years. The ones with bad gums had almost double the heart attack rate and three times the stroke rate. Women with bad gums deliver babies with low birth weights. Bacterial infections connote compromised barriers at all of our borders.
Elevated homocysteine is a most significant risk factor for heart disease and stroke, as well as all other inflammatory diseases. One theory is that the homocysteine itself injures the artery wall, but also cogent is that elevated plasma homocysteine indicates disordered glutathione metabolism. Glutathione represents five major systems of detoxification and reduction of excessive inflammatory oxidation. First vitamin C is used fighting inflammation, then glutathione. When glutathione is depleted, we build toxins, bloating and proliferative hormones and decompose. Cold-processed whey protein effectively boosts glutathione. NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) is a bioavailable precursor to glutathione. Vitamin E, selenium, lipoic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, SAMe, and/or betaine hydrochloride recycle glutathione and reduce harmful homocysteine.
Plaque does not accumulate in the mouth of a healthy animal. If flossing is necessary to prevent gingival bleeding or swamp odors, an increased risk to all inflammatory disease is present, including heart disease, and cancer. If one is in top shape, flossing is for food fibers.
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TMJ – CHRONIC FACIAL PAIN
TMD - TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DYSFUNCTION
The TMJs (temporomandibular joints), the jaw joints, are a focal point for stress. Pain may originate within an inflamed joint capsule, from trigger points within associated musculature, or from migrainous vascular spasms in the blood vessels that traverse the area. Besides obvious emotional stress, the most common cause of clenching or gritting teeth that creates symptoms in joints and muscles is due to weakened cellular immunity allowing parasites. Gut dysbiosis, an unfavorable mix of bacteria in the bowels is an internal stress we cannot get away from. Parasites reflect weak cellular immunity and interfere with proper digestion and restful sleep. Colostrum extracts often help, along with beneficial bacteria, as does Citricidal grapefruit seed extract, or artemsia.
The use of the teeth for noxious rubbing, gnashing, clenching, or grinding is called bruxism. This "unnecessary" use of the jaws is also called parafunction. Parafunction tooth symptoms may be mild, ranging from small wear facets on the teeth to more severe with teeth nubbins worn down to the gums. Overdeveloped masseter muscles (chipmunk cheeks) connote inefficient energy production due to toxic mitochondria. Accentuated by the demands of stress and lack of dopamine (adrenal exhaustion), bruxism expresses a basic oral need to seek supportive nutrients. Farm animals are given mineral supplements when they exhibit odd biting behavior. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors suppress dopamine while boosting serotonin, causing bruxism. Restorative dentistry or orthognathic surgery can only improve mechanics, and will fail if bruxing continues. Most therapies succeed if the patient stops bruxing. Controlling stress, and establishing positive mineral balance is the key to quieting hyperfunction.
Clenching during the night may create jaw joint tenderness and sore muscles upon awakening. Early morning symptoms are an important sign that resilience is being lost. The early morning hours are a high demand time. The peak flows of stress, growth, and repair hormones occur in the early morning before awakening. If toxicity is high or mineral reserves are low, symptoms occur at this time. When mineral reservoirs are low, resultant stress mechanisms create an essential extra irritability. Taking a multi-mineral supplement before bed with water generally quiets morning symptoms.
If the multi-mineral supplement before bed does not help, try chelated minerals. Check that magnesium is equal to, or greater than the amount of calcium. Thousand-milligram doses of calcium supplements tend to induce relative magnesium or zinc deficiencies, creating symptoms of irritability and inflammation. Vitamin B6 deficiency also induces functional deficits in magnesium and zinc. Alcohol intake induces bruxism in some people. Alcohol's detoxication requires magnesium.
Anxiety, depressive, neurotic, or psychotic behaviors are the result of inflammatory brain chemistry, which may be caused by excessive coffee and cigarette smoking, heightened immune response or by counter productive thought processes. Orofacial pain sometimes reflects the patient's need to discuss something too deep and difficult to vocalize. Counseling may be indicated to help cope with loss of one's health, or hypnotic therapy might reveal the source of deeply seated social conflict that cannot be safely expressed verbally.
Inflammatory pain of the jaw joints has not been strongly associated with any specific orthopedic or occlusal relationships, just bruxism. Other inflammatory diseases indicate risk, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, allergies, inflammatory bowel, low back pain, and asthma. Migraine is associated with TMJ, angina, and low thyroid function. Autoimmune collagen diseases, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and lupus or endocrine imbalance, also increase risk to inflammation in the TMJs.
Glucosamine in substantial doses in any of its three forms helps feed and repair cartilage. Both glucosamine and lysine act as collagenase inhibitors, slowing the catabolic breakdown of joints. Chondroitin sulfate may reduce autoimmune breakdown of cartilage by the immune mechanism of oral tolerance. Soups boiled overnight with bones and cartilage provide similar help. The folic acid metabolite, SAMe in doses of 400-1600 mg/day tends to help with arthritis and depression. An orally absorbable form of hyaluronic acid called synovoderma from Allergy Research has had salutary effects. MSM and NAC provide sulfur to help detoxification and repair.
Trauma induces jaw joint inflammation. Common traumas are whiplash, oral sexual play, intubation for anesthesia, tonsillectomy, excessive yawning during ‘all-nighters,’ extensive dental work, wisdom tooth removal, or just being punched. Child or spouse abuse often presents as TMJ or facial pain. If trauma is not seen as a primary causative factor, TMJ symptoms become a risk factor for other uncontrolled inflammatory responses, such as coronary vessel spasm. Control sugar, limit inflammatory triggers or replenish disabled antioxidant systems to reduce risk.
If facial pain is debilitating, look to environmental toxicity. Airborne pollutants may be involved, but the most common triggers are foods. If severe symptoms occur in early morning, look to food reactions from favorite nighttime meals or snacks. Associated symptoms might be sinus or sleep apnea, nighttime terrors, leg cramps, toe or finger locking, or a debilitating head, neck, or back ache. Sensitized trigger points are tweaked by immune-antibody complexes created by reactions to favorite foods.
The nutritional approach to facial pain has seven basic parts:
1) Drink plenty of water. Reduce diuretics.
2) Eat tons of greens and pigmented berries.
3) Use low-dose multi-minerals morning and night.
4) Identify and eliminate your trigger (bad information) foods.
5) Limit use of commercially fried foods, pasta, pastries and baked goods, supermarket beef, chicken, and milk products.
6) Boost use of seaweed, cold water fish, canola, flaxseed, sesame, safflower, walnut, olive, hemp, and avocado oils.
7) Supplement with quenching doses of antioxidants & enzymes.
The bioflavinoids of deodorized garlic, ginger, curcurmin, Hawthorne or the silymarin in milk thistle are specific blockers of the lipoxygenase enzymes that cause the spasm and hyperalgesia of migrainous pain. See the page "COMBATING UNCONTROLLED INFLAMMATION" for more details.
Bite appliance therapy orthopedically reduces stress in the jaw joints and their musculature. Wearing a bite appliance often quiets hyperactive musculature. Bite appliances can dissipate harmful forces and reduce wear on the teeth. They can also brace the jaw by repositioning the meniscus and allowing injured joint parts to rest and heal. In patients with underdeveloped mandibles, passive eruption bonding or appliances significantly reduce long term dysfunctional symptoms.
If eyes, ear canals, or cheekbones are substantially asymmetrical; or chronic sinusitis, tinnitis, or difficulty in clearing the ears is part of the clinical picture, consider intranasal balloon therapy. Tiny balloons can unleash locked cranial sutures by torquing the sphenoid bones internally from three distinct angles. Significant cranial remodeling and improvements in symmetry occur for 2-4 months after a series of balloon treatments. Balloons driven by a blood-pressure bulb can push against the sphenoid bones from inside the nasal passages, literally fluffing out the skull. Eustachian tube function is improved enhancing balance and hearing, often eliminating tinnitus. Clear breathing is enhanced, reducing snoring. The balloon technique has variously been called endonasal technique, the Stober technique, and lately neurocranial reconstruction, by Dean Howell, N.D. of Tonasket, Washington, 98855. This is a powerful, dramatic technique. It does what Dr. Upledger’s highly recommended much gentler cranio-sacral adjustments most often do, but in fewer visits. Naturopathic techniques for mobilizing cranial sutures should be considered to correct birthing trauma. "You can never use all the abilities you inherited, until you release the pressures on your brain coming from your skull." Dr. Howell can be reached at 888-252-0411 for referrals of doctors trained in this incredible technique. His website is at http//www.drdeanhowell.com. When skull shape is distorted, different brain centers experience excess or diminished cerebro-spinal fluid, impacting functions such as speech, muscle coordination, or emotions. Much emotional release can occur during these often challenging visits. Old blockages can be quickly shed with this technique. Stephen Berman, D.C. described the technique in the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, July 1991, Vol. 9, No. 3.
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ADRENAL EXHAUSTION & SLOW METABOLISM
PAIN - FATIGUE - APATHY - SLOW METABOLISM
TMJ - TMD - PMS - MPS - MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME
FIBROSITIS - FIBROMYALGIA - LOW SEROTONIN STATE
Of the factors that perpetuate pain, none is more depressing or demotivating than awakening tired with low energy states created by adrenal exhaustion and slow metabolism.
The chief chemical currency of energy in the body is adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Magnesium helps convert ATP to ADP, releasing a phosphate bond. The adsorption-binding constant for ADP is 100,000 times weaker on myosin, a primary structural protein of the cell. Loss of ATP from the binding site causes a conformational change in protein shape, initiating work. Every day our mitochondria produce about half our body weight in ATP. Toxicity or any other glitch in the production of ATP creates an energy shortage, causing fatigue and irritability. The energy released by ATP gives each of our cells its electrical potential. Efficient energy production gives cells a strong charge, a pulsing glimmer of electrochemical energy.
Shortages of calcium, magnesium, ATP, creatine phosphate or water, cause potassium to leak from its preferential adsorption sites; diminishing the electrical charge of the cell. Cells with lowered electrical potential are more easily triggered, more irritable. Optimal magnesium intake begs consumption of four cups per day of deep green vegetables. Minimally 400mg of magnesium is required for daily energy release requirements. Lack of magnesium, copper, iron, coenzyme Q10, carnitine, niacin, riboflavin, biotin, or lipoic acid may cause problems in the production of ATP.
Slow metabolism creates diminished immunity, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, apathy, poor wound healing, compromised digestion, constipation, brittle nails, poor skin, coarse dry hair, weak bones, and flabby muscles. The most common cause is lack of exercise. The normal response to lack of exercise is low thyroid function. This functional hypothyroidism creates a lowered metabolism. The blood tests for thyroid hormone will likely be in normal ranges. But it is the thyroid receptors within each cell's membranes that are the primary regulators of thyroid activity, and receptors are not tested. If the thyroid receptor is sluggish, due to lack of adrenal hormones, starvation diets, being sedentary, or too little selenium, even plentiful circulating thyroid hormone will have little effect on the cell. The thyroid sets the level of metabolic activity of the body. Pain, postural hypotension, easy sweating or salt cravings connote adrenal exhaustion that will not allow thyroid hormone to work. If blood pressure is low or normal, enjoy your salt. Virus may trigger ‘autoimmune’ destruction of the thyroid now measured by thyroid antibody tests. Selenium (200-400mcg/day), niacinamide (1-3gms/day), and NAC (n-acetyl cysteine at 1-2gms/day) slow, stop, or reverse autoimmune destruction of the thyroid, and many other tissues.
Basal metabolic rate can be observed with a thermometer. Body temperature upon awakening and without moving about is one way to check basal metabolic rate. Waken 10 minutes early and barely move to record the armpit temperature for 10 "snooze-button" minutes. Average two mornings. Below 97.8 degrees connotes low adrenal or thyroid function. Women with an active menstrual cycle record their low temperature days the second, third, or fourth days of menstruation (temperature is highest in the middle of the cycle at ovulation). Check temperature between 4-6 PM to check diurnal rhythm. It should rise to 98.2-98.6 degrees late afternoon. Saliva samples four times over 24 hours can provide an adrenal stress index relating cortisol and DHEA to low metabolism.
Key raw materials for thyroid function are the amino acid tyrosine and the minerals iodine, zinc, copper, chromium, and selenium. Lack of any of these interferes with the production of thyroid hormone or the efficiency of its receptor. Ask about the zinc taste test. A bitter disgusting taste suggests zinc adequacy, and a pleasant or mildly discernable taste indicates need for zinc. A self-test for iodine: simply paint a 2% tincture of iodine (available at drugstore or supermarket) the size of a silver dollar on tummy or thigh. If a smudge of the stain lasts a full 24 hours, iodine levels are adequate. A body thirsty for iodine will suck it up quickly. Keep applying (or supplementing) iodine until some of the stain lasts a full 24 hours. Adequate iodine discourages mucus and cyst formation, and keeps estrogen in its benign form.
Taking kelp along with l-tyrosine promotes the natural production of thyroid hormone. Low thyroid function diminishes digestive efficiency and cellular immunity, allowing a coated tongue. Poor digestion creates a chronic catabolic stress response because required nutrients must be internally cannibalized.
Twenty minutes of sunshine, exercise, or even a cold shower will boost thyroid activity for the following eight to ten hours. Two half-hour sessions, morning and evening, create almost twice the thyroid burn of one continuous hour of exercise. Schedule an activity such as walking that generates light perspiration and deep breathing (so you can still maintain conversation) for twenty minutes twice per day.
Anemias are a common cause of lowered energy production. Most anemias are seen in rapidly growing youngsters, in menstruating women, and in both sexes with GI malabsorption problems, bleeding ulcers or hemorrhoids. Apathy, diminished mental acuity, lack of appetite (paradoxically often considered desirable), headache, muscle and joint aches, and, classically, fatigue, are common symptoms. Pale mouth tissues, balding tongue, magenta tongue, strawberry tongue, or cracking at the corners of the mouth may all be physical clues to different anemias. Iron, copper, and a cluster of B vitamins are important for red cell production and for oxygen transport. The efficient aerobic production of energy can be compromised by lack of key nutrients long before there is an actual reduction in the number of oxygen carrying red cells. Testing for serum homocysteine elevations is the current best indicator of B12 and folate status. Elevated homocysteine creates chronically inflamed endothelium, also compromising, energy exchange and nutrient transfer.
Inositol hexaphosphate (phytic acid) aids the efficient release of oxygen from hemoglobin. A plant based diet is rich in phytic acid.
Stress causes magnesium depletion, which allows wasting of potassium. Potassium shortage creates loss of mental alertness, difficulty with decisions and insecurity about memory. Mental and muscle fatigue develop and endurance declines. Sensitivity to cold develops. Twitches or cramps might develop. We become irritable and have difficulty sleeping well and may develop joint soreness. Paprika, kelp, apple cider vinegar, honey, cream of tartar, grapes, apples and cranberries are rich sources of potassium.
The miraculous green molecule chlorophyll is our best source of magnesium. Chlorophyll traps the energy of the photons of the sun and converts it into useful food for us. Our bodies convert chlorophyll to hemoglobin by removing its central magnesium and replacing it with iron, changing its vibration level from green to red. The hemoglobin of our red cells is photoactive, similar to chlorophyll. We are photoactive beings. Juicing and eating greens is the most effective way to build blood.
Sunrises and sunsets are required to set body clocks. Ultraviolet light (countered by darkness) is required by photoresponsive cells in the eye to trigger pineal production of melatonin, which regulates the primitive brain stem, the pituitary, the thymus, and the thyroid. One-third to twenty mgs of melatonin either at dusk or one half hour before bed promotes a deep restful sleep and is a powerful antioxidant. Twenty minutes of sunlight helps convert cholesterol into vitamin D, a steroid hormone with anti-inflammatory activity. Vitamin D is better known for its bone-enhancing qualities.
If evening snacks are high in carbohydrates blood sugar will be driven-up. Insulin-driven decline of blood sugar triggers a cortisol response at night when cortisol is programmed to be low. Nighttime cortisol alters the sleep cycle. The "Packmen" of the immune system, the white blood cells that engulf bacteria and cellular waste, mostly sleep during the day sequestered in the spleen. If cortisol levels are high, white cells stay asleep all night, and nighttime repair does not take place. During the day these phagocytes do their best repair and clean-up work only when blood sugar levels are 75-85 mg% or lower and they become quite sluggish at blood levels of 120-130 mg%. Ineffective cellular immunity sets us up for plaque accumulation, vascular problems and cancer. Avoid high glycemic foods.
Chronic pain may be an expression of biochemical uniqueness. Many chronic pain patients respond negatively to a common food additive, an amino acid called monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG is also known as hydrolyzed vegetable protein. MSG is used as a flavor enhancer (Accent tm) in America. Up to 30% of Caucasians have difficulty metabolizing MSG. In Asia, pungent MSG has the status of a primary flavor, along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. The essence of this flavor is hydrolyzed vegetable protein (MSG). Only one percent of Asians have trouble metabolizing MSG.
MSG sensitivity defines a biochemical weakness in phosphorylating dietary vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) into its active coenzyme form P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate). Many chronic pain patients have adequate amounts of pyridoxine in the diet, normal levels in the serum, but may have a deficit in vitamin B6 function. Phosphorylated B6 is necessary to transport magnesium and zinc into the cell. The underlying cause of irritability and inflammatory symptoms of zinc or magnesium deficiency may be poor B6 function. Activated B6 is necessary to produce serotonin, the brain chemical of sleep and optimism. Depression and sleep disorders are common in chronic pain patients. In basic energy production, phosphorylated B6 is necessary, along with vitamin C and lysine, to produce CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10). Along with copper and iron, CoQ10 is critically necessary to channel energy production in the cristae of our mitochondria.
Adrenal exhaustion is associated with normal thyroid blood tests, but reduced thyroid function, pain, bloat, flab and low systemic levels of the catecholamine adrenal medulary hormones. Also reduced are the desirable brain chemicals of alertness and sexual drive, the catecholamines: epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Besides providing brain energy, one function is to control muscular or motor activity, reducing bruxism. The catecholamines are inactivated by oxidative processes. Chronic inflammation stresses the reserves of the antioxidant buffers and increases oxidative load. Inflammatory overload literally depresses and demotivates by breaking down catecholamines, creating the malaise of illness. The liberal use of antioxidants prolongs the life of the catecholamines and promotes desirable brain chemistry, reducing hyperactive muscles.
The fatigue of illness reflects the diversion of energy used to fuel the immune process. In response to the stress of illness, production of white cells increases up to a thousand fold. These triggered immune cells then undergo a respiratory burst, increasing consumption of oxygen another thousand fold. That's turning up the heat by a factor of one million. Oxidative inflammatory processes dismantle muscle and bone so that new cells can be created, part of the two catabolic and anabolic tidal flows each day. The pumps that keep the electrical charge of the cell primed are exquisitely sensitive to oxidative damage. Damaged pumps diminish the electrical potential of the cell, making us both more vulnerable and irritable.
The typical American diet provides insufficient essential fatty acids, and rarely provides enough antioxidants to effectively cope with the modern onslaught of oxidant stress. Popular low-fat diets paradoxically make us fat and create deficiencies of the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins, increasing inflammatory pain. If inflammation is present, balance fat ratios. Then add antioxidants to quench the painful oxidant cascade, with fewer negative effects, than currently available patented pharmaceuticals.
The other major weakness of the low fat diet: the diet generally becomes too high in insulin-triggering carbohydrates to compensate. Advertised, hybridized, civilized caramelized, crisped, fried, dried, browned, baked, boxed and bagged carbohydrates exponentially and informationally create increased glycemic response, spiking of insulin and blockade of the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins 1's. The insulin-driven rapid decline of blood sugar triggers the catabolic cortisol stress response. Phagocytosis (cellular immunity) becomes sluggish. Proliferative estrogen dominates over progesterone and metabolically ineffective reverse thyroxin predominates. Metabolic syndrome X with insulin resistance, cysts and increased inflammatory pain with increased risk to tooth decay, periodontal disease, TMJ, mood swings, and sexual dysfunction, matures into adult-onset diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
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Patients often come to dentists when they have sinusitis. Symptoms include toothache, headache, jaw ache, TMJ, earache, facial pain, loss of smell, tenderness over cheekbones or forehead, or cranial pressure. Sometimes all of the above. Sinusitis triggers heightened immune response and can accentuate periodontal disease or inflammatory symptoms elsewhere in the body. Left untreated, sinusitis can lead to asthma, bronchitis, osteitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis or pneumonia. Sinusitis is an inflammatory process caused by viral, bacterial, and often fungal infections due to compromised cellular immunity with heightened compensatory allergic reactions. TH1 (natural killer cells & phagocytes) activity is disabled with stress (no sleep, excess sugar or protein). TH2 (humoral or chemical allergy phenomena) rises to compensate for disabled or sluggish gobbler cells.
During colds, sinuses can become blocked with excess thickened mucus. Usually the mucus clears in three to five days, but for one person in twenty the mucus and sinus linings of a sealed space become chronically infected and inflamed. More than fifty percent of acute sinusitis cases are caused by bacteria, which often create greenish or yellowish mucus response. The clear discharge of allergic sinusitis may be triggered by irritant fumes and smells, hay fever and food allergies, classically to dairy products. Chronic sinusitis may signal salivary IgA immune deficiency, with yeast taking over. A simple saliva test can quantify production of this most significant immunoglobulin.
Antihistamines slow the runny allergic nose. They dry the air passages. Drying is fine for short-term rhinitis. However, drying thickens mucus and can further block sinuses or eustachian tubes. Sinusitis begs for additional moisture to thin thickened mucus. Humidifiers and saltwater sprays can provide moisture. Use one-quarter teaspoon of salt in four ounces of water. A quarter teaspoonful of baking soda can also be added as a mucolytic and for alkalinity. Pour the lightly salted water into the palm of your hand. Suck the solution up your nose as you move your head upright to draw the mucus into the throat. The neti pot is specially designed to irrigate the sinuses.
It is best to not forcefully blow the nose. This action forces mucus into the eustachian tubes or back into the sinus spaces. Instead, draw the phlegm to the back of the throat by sniffing and, collect and expectorate. Reduce stress. Stress makes mucus thicker. Do not stifle (but shield) sneezes.
Prescription decongestants such as pseudoephedrine reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels. Besides making many people jittery or boosting high blood pressure, the pseudoepheds have a rebound effect, with symptoms worsening when the spray wears off. Avoid classic mucus inducers: cow's milk, soymilk and wheat. Drink water, soups, and teas. Add vitamin C powders to your water. Try echinacea tea. Lemon juice with added horseradish makes an effective cocktail.
The inflammatory pain of sinusitis (or cystitis) is associated with loss of organic acid buffers (pH) and oxidative alkaline (redox) crisis. The balance of acid and base is off, and oxidation-reduction as well! Take antioxidants to quench the fire and try shifting the pH to neutral, relieving the pain, by taking one teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water each hour for seven doses. Asthma and hay fever also exhibit excessive alkalinity through the urine. Diluted unsweetened cherry or cranberry juice, sauerkraut, spearmint, raspberry leaf and buchu are acidifying. Try a hot bath or shower without soap (alkaline), but with vinegar, or bathe with 2 cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate).
Larger doses of garlic, such as 1000 mg of Kyolic every 3-4 waking hours are a useful natural antibiotic. Oil of oregano or olive leaf extract are powerful alternatives. Beneficial bacteria, such as acidophilus, ingested orally can minimize the gastrointestinal upset and lactobacillus applied via a nasal saltwater spray can kill yeast and help establish beneficial bacterial flora in the gut and in the airways. Probiotics tone the immune system, boosting natural killer cell activity. Bromelain and quercitin or pancreatic (proteolytic) enzymes can aid penetration of antibiotics and the dissolution of the thickened mucus. Try several tablets one half to two hours before meals.
NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) in timed-release form is an effective mucolytic at 500 mgs twice per day. IGA+ precursor from Ecological is a broader formula. Other clinical uses range from smoker's hack to cancer and cataracts, for mercury and other heavy metals toxicity, for protection from alcohol, aspirin, or phenacetin abuse to detoxication of a wide range of pollutants, for patients with the ammonia smell of kidney failure (uremia), for baldness, psoriasis, asthma, and cystic fibrosis. The parent molecule, cysteine, is better tolerated by some. NAC is the essential sulfur-containing amino acid modified for easier absorption. Sulfur containing amino acids are necessary for restoring those very important glutathione antioxidant-buffering enzymes. Cysteine is plentiful in egg yolks, red peppers, animal muscle protein, garlic, onion, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Selenium, zinc, magnesium, and even vanadium help recycle glutathione. These minerals should be provided in your multimineral. The B vitamin methyl donors and natural vitamin E help recycle glutathione. Lipoic acid also recycles glutathione, at 100 - 900 mg/day.
An extract of rye grass, called Oralmat has balancing biological response modifiers that are remarkably effective against sinus, asthma, hay fever, cough, and even PMS. Just three drops under the tongue often reverses symptoms quickly. Many agents boost TH1 activity, indirectly reducing TH2 dominance. Oralmat is the only agent I know that directly lowers TH2 dominance.
Vitamin C supplementation adjusted to bowel tolerance acts as an antiviral and maximizes the action of antibiotics. Garlic and onion extracts are antiviral, antibacterial, and decongestant in action. Combine six chopped white onions and one half-cup honey in a double boiler. Simmer two hours and strain. The warmed extract can be taken at regular intervals.
Chicken soup, which is rich in cysteine, helps to thin mucus. Chicken soup can also contain the antioxidant extracts of its vegetable bouquet. Adding garlic, onions, ginger, pepper, and hot spices such as horseradish, mustard, curries or hot chilies really help to fight congestion. Hot salsa works even better than menthol cough drops. Try a sprinkling of cayenne or ten to twenty drops of Tabasco sauce in a glass of warm water and drink or gargle.
Bee pollen increases immunity, speeds healing, and increases antihistaminic activity especially for allergic or hay fever types. Honey also contains propolis and homeopathic levels of local pollens for oral tolerance in 1-3 teaspoonful doses. Honey and apple cider vinegar are a Vermont hay fever remedy, two teaspoonfuls of each in water twice per day. Chewing the honeycomb will keep the nose clear and dry. For wetness of the eyes and seeping sinuses, take one teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar and one drop of Lugol's potassium iodide to a glass of water each meal for two weeks. Try the ‘silver dollar’ iodine test.
Asian mushrooms, especially shiitake, combat viruses. Shiitake, three ounces of fresh or one-third ounce of dry, significantly reduces cholesterol. Beta-3-glucans may be one of the most active polysaccharides in increasing cellular immunity. Lentinan, part of the shiitake, is a broad-spectrum antiviral agent that potentiates immunity. In Asia mushrooms are used to treat cancers and leukemia.
During inflammation, the body requires increased B vitamins: Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (5 - 20 mg) for the MSG sensitive; extra pantothenic acid, 100 mg three times per day with meals enhances peristalsis, aiding elimination. Apply the general principles of combating inflammation.
Unless pregnant or taking birth control pills, take vitamin A, 50,000-100,000 units per day, systemically or topically, for two weeks. Pharmaceutical grade cod liver oil, several tablespoonfuls per day for a few days is effective. Natural vitamin E 400-800iu per day to balance A. Vitamin E is soothing topically.
Herbs are also beneficial in treating sinusitis: anise and horehound, brigham tea, echinacea, fenugreek, goldenseal root, lobelia, marshmallow, mullein, red clover, and rose hips. For a sore throat, clogged eustachian tubes and sinuses, gargle and swallow 1/4 cup of sage tea and follow with a menthol lozenge or eucalyptus tea or desert lavender tea. Fresh vegetable juices are helpful. Good combinations are: carrot and spinach; carrot, beet and cucumber; carrot, celery, endive and parsley.
Euphobrium, a homeopathic from BHI at 10 drops, three times per day for three months has been reported to make nasal polyps disappear.
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The vast majority of us are colonized by our family's varieties of the herpes virus by the time we are six months old. Herpes and other viruses may also accompany vaccinations or gamma-globulin injections. When we recover, the virus (masked to mimic our molecular markers) settles in the nerves, even in the spinal connections. When natural killer cell activity (TH1) declines the herpes awakens. A bad copy of intracellular adhesion molecules, herpes creates those prodromal tingles or itches that predict vesicles of fluid laden with virus. These vesicles ulcerate in moist mucosa or harden, crust and crack on dry skin. We focus on the skin lesions, but there is neural inflammation to the spinal ganglia, even to the brain. Herpes is a chronic disease of the nerves, which periodically blossoms on the surface.
America is experiencing a herpes epidemic as we disable cellular immunity. This partly relates to disruption of sleep cycles by the electric light, mercury and viral contamination of vaccines and other blood products, and the liberal use of patent and recreational drugs, and the increasing load of lead from the last 2,000 years of civilization. The negative synergy of mercury, cadmium and others. Steroids and aspirin-like drugs suppress immunity. Competitive flora destruction by antibiotics provides a niche. The dry mouth of Sjogren's syndrome and other autoimmune diseases stems from the herpetic involvement of a gland. A flood of lymphocytes attracted by virus dries up the salivary glands, the lachrymals, or the thyroid or adrenals. Functionally the gland becomes a chronically inflamed lymph node. Destruction created by rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases has similar virally attracted clusters of lymphocytes.
Nerves run alongside and into the intimae of arteries. The nerve endings inside arteries respond to the communication of membrane chemistry between the intimal lining and the membranes of the mobile cells of the immune system. Muscle spasm or tension headaches are created in the arterioles feeding the muscle fiber, not in the muscle. If leukotrienes are produced in large arteries ultimate pain and spasm are felt, as in migraine, angina, stroke or heart attack. Cytomegalovirus (CMV), another herpes variant implicated in autoimmune destruction of the pancreas, adrenals, and thyroids, typically triggers the tumor-like growth of the smooth muscle lining of artery that is the hallmark of atherosclerosis. A viral ulcer on the inside of arteries is all too plausible an explanation for the injury that excites the cholesterol clog and the inflammatory pain and spasm of angina. CMV infection quintuples odds of closure of reamed-out angioplasty arteries.
Toothache, jaw ache, migraine headache, dizziness or Meniere's disease, tinnitus, trigeminal neuralgia, Tic douloureux, and Bell's palsy are nerve syndromes triggered by herpes. Alzheimer’s disease, largely a disease of brain toxicity, is four times higher in herpes infected brains. Chickenpox and its painful later in life return from dormancy, shingles are both herpes zoster. This new understanding that chicken pox returns in another form destroys the basic premise of the vaccination industry. Yet more and earlier vaccinations are recommended by a self-regulated and government protected industry. Periodontal bacteria infected with herpes-6 or Epstein-Barr are 6-30 times more pathogenic. Risk of shingles increases with Hodgkin’s disease and other cancers, anti-cancer drugs, stress, and immune deficiency. Herpes itself increases risk of cancer and is found in practically all cancerous tumors. Another herpes variant, Epstein-Barr, the maven of mononucleosis, is characterized by its unrelenting aching fatigue. Fatigue is the result of lost energy due to energy-intensive production of inflammation and RNAase, required to fight virus. The immune system's anti-viral RNA efforts also compromise manufacture of our own memory RNA, draping mental fog over the fatigue.
Selenium markedly reduces risk to heart disease and cancer. Heavy metals compete with selenium at enzyme binding sites. Lead, cadmium, mercury, and aluminum additively block selenium’s key role in recycling glutathione. A recent JAMA study showed that supplementation with 200mcg of selenium per day reduced risk to internal cancers by fifty percent and reduced risk to heart disease. This level has no known risk. Selenium in trace amounts acts as birth control for many kinds of virus, including HIV. Zinc oxide ointment is topically antiviral, and may be taken orally up to 100mg per day.
The pain of facial neuralgia is often associated with alkalinity. Try a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water hourly. Three grams of ascorbic acid every two to three hours will acidify urine. Check your urine pH. See pH section. Shingles is a very painful rash caused by the reactivation of the herpes virus. A capsaicin cream, Zostrix provides some relief. The most popular folk remedy is apple cider vinegar four times during the waking hours and up to three times at night. The homeopathic remedy Rhus tox 6c taken sublingually can be effective. A combination homeopathic, HRPS Drops, from Professional Health Products improves resistance and relieves symptoms.
The FDA approved drug acyclovir interferes with virus expression, but does not kill. The FDA has also approved a similar topical antiviral cream called Denavir that speeds healing, reducing the duration of pain. These patent drugs do not cure and are best used in conjunction with other changes. Swishing and swallowing one teaspoonful of milk of magnesia up to six times per day may soothe mouth ulcers. Orabase-B with 20% benzocaine might numb mouth ulcers long enough for a meal. Hydrogen peroxide rinses such as Peroxyl may be soothing and reduce bacterial infection of herpetic mouth ulcers. Oral paste from Wise Woman Herbals is like tar, but very effective.
Arginine is the building block of herpes viruses. Chocolate, nuts, peanuts, peas, gelatin (Jell-o), seeds, cereal grains, and raisins are all rich in arginine. A box of chocolate covered nuts can easily awaken dormant herpes. Wheat, wheat germ or gluten is often associated with outbreaks of mouth ulcers. Substituting the amino acid lysine slows the herpes virus. Lysine is relatively high in avocados, beans and soybeans, chicken soup, turkey, duck, wild game, ricotta, cottage cheese, potatoes, and brewers yeast. Supplemental l-lysine, 500 mg, two to ten tablets per day has proven to be beneficial during a herpes outbreak. One tablet per day is taken as a preventive. Lysine is also available in an excellent topical cream. Lysine also reduces calcium loss in the urine making for stronger bone, and reducing risk to kidney stones. In pilot studies lysine helped reverse cardiovascular disease. The lysine metabolite carnitine helps burn fats and promote stamina. Another metabolite, caproic acid, enhances the fluidity of blood.
Vitamin C (5-20gms) adjusted to bowel tolerance along with bioflavinoids (3-5gms). Kyolic aged garlic capsules: 1,000mg three times per day with meals. Vitamin B12 (1, 000mcg) in the sublingual form or 500mcg intramuscularly daily. Vitamin A 25,000-100,000units per day, systemically or topically, for two weeks. If pregnant or taking birth control pills, limit vitamin A to 10,000 units. Natural vitamin E 400-1200IU per day, topically too. Try a vitamin E stick with sunscreen, available at most drug stores. Propolis salve is antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Propolis is useful internally also at 500-1500mg.
Goldenseal, garlic, Echinacea, myrrh, and red clover are herbal treatments for herpes that boost natural killer cell activity (TH1). Eclectic Institute makes a preparation called Opti-biotic that contains these herbs. They also compound a botanical extract of lomatium and ligusticum, which is useful for chronic viral problems. A tronadora-echinacea combination combats herpes and adenoviruses. Tronadora is also known as yellow elder, yellow trumpet or Palo de Arco. Extracts of the olive leaf (prolive) have proved to be potent antivirals. Acidophilus capsules, colostrum products, other beneficial bacteria, along with favorable substrate such as the fructo-oligosaccharides richly present in artichoke flour promote healthy gut flora.
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6 or phytic acid) is a mineral-binding antioxidant found plentifully in whole grains and legumes. An important regulator in mammalian cells, it enhances oxygen release and availability. It enhances natural killer cell activity synergistically with the glucans found in Asian mushrooms. Asian mushrooms, especially shiitake, combat viruses. Shiitake, three ounces of fresh or one-third ounce of dry mushroom, significantly reduces cholesterol. Lentinan, part of the shiitake is a broad-spectrum antiviral agent that potentiates immunity. In the Orient it is used to treat breast cancer and leukemia. Maitake extract may be even more potent. MGN3 also has excellent studies.
Seaweed from the red-green alga family (dumontaceae) has been shown to block herpes activity. Red Alaskan Dulse is available as a therapeutic product, Herp-Plex III, from DNA Laboratories West, PO Box 8354, Santa Rosa, CA 95407-1354, (800) 332-7713. Seaweed is also a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids needed to sheathe and repair inflamed nerves.
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CANDIDIASIS - YEAST INFECTIONS - THRUSH - MONILIA
A FUNGUS AMONG US
Most of us have small numbers of forms of the fungus family Candida albicans living benignly in the mouth, sinuses, intestinal tube, rectum, or vaginal tract. Problems are due to overgrowth due to diminished cellular immunity (TH1) and compensating heightened allergies (TH2). Yeast overgrowth may create episodes of foul burping, bloating, flatulence, acid indigestion, psychosis, loose abnormal stools, rectal itching, hemorrhoids, or even varicose veins. The corners of the mouth may get angry, reddened and cracked. Mucus membranes can be red, irritated and inflamed or covered with white patches, sometimes stained other colors. Candida patches may be fixed or detachable. Skin may range from subtle to unbearable itch and mild red irritations to thickened ‘yeasty’ skin.
Blossoming and overgrowth of yeast is an important wake-up call! Pay attention! Important immune functions are out of tune. Perhaps it is those birth control pills. Perhaps it is bagels, sugar pastry or alcohol binges. Cellular immunity is most often compromised by broad-spectrum antibiotics; cortisone-like drugs; diabetes; antidepressants and other medications that cause dry mouth. Low iron or folic acid, or any other glitch in energy production encourages yeast. Yeast thrives in the acidic environment created by inefficient energy production. Stress creates acidity. A diet high in animal protein, soda pop, sugar, alcohol or grains creates acidity and makes macrophages sluggish. Most vegetables are alkalizers and enhance redox and pH buffering capacity.
The Candida infection may stay on the surface as the yeast form or due to poor barrier function, may penetrate within the body in its interlacing mycelial fungal form. Superficial infections respond well to temporary cessation of sugar and alcohol in the diet. Dr. Balch says, "avoid aged cheeses, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented foods, all grains containing gluten (wheat, oats, barley, rye, buckwheat), breads and pastas, white potatoes, ham, honey, nut butters, pickles, raw mushrooms, soy sauce, sprouts, vinegars, sugar, and yeast." Eat mostly green vegetables with some animal protein.
Killing candida often provokes unpleasant allergic response to its damaged parts, creating misery. Unless we have effectively boosted natural killer cell activity, the yeast explosively grows back as soon as we give in to the sugar temptation. Saccharomyces boulardii is beneficial yeast that kills candida and clostridia. Establishing this yeast from France maintains an internal chemical factory to control candida overgrowth.
Cold first-press, extra-virgin olive oil contains many anti-inflammatory bioflavinoids and caprylic acid, an agent poisonous to yeast. Use it internally and on the skin. Acidophilus bacteria compete for binding sites in the gut and may even have some natural antibiotic effect against yeast. Dr. Lendon Smith suggests vitamin C, vitamin A and the herbs echinacea, usnea, and green walnut shells. Icelandic moss and barberry (berberis vulgaris) also kill yeast. Oil of oregano is even stronger than caprylic acid in some studies.
Michael Moore suggests other herbs which have antifungal effect: desert willow, eucalyptus, stillangia, trumpet creeper, milk thistle, Oregon grape, red cedar, sweet root, or white sage. Desert willow and echinacea make an effective antifungal tea. For problems at the other end, douches or enemas may be made of a warm decoction of sweet root, usnea, yerba mansa, or white sage. If you are a sugar-binger or tend to imbalances in blood sugar, try a tea of two parts sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis or Smilax species), one part licorice root, and one part sweet root. Another tack might be alternating clove tea and pau d'arco tea, three to six cups per day. Glyco-Kinetic Complex from Tyler in double to triple the dosages recommended on the label is quite useful.
The safest antibiotic for superficial thrush is nystatin. Surprisingly, most forms of nystatin contain sugar. For this reason we recommend the vaginal tablets (for oral use) or special-ordering the sugarless powder from the pharmacy (must be refrigerated since the product degrades at room temperature). Topical creams of nystatin, miconazole, or combinations like mycolog are effective for those wet-dry border areas of the orifices of the body.
Most anti-inflammatory drugs are immuno-suppressants. Yeast, a mostly benign fungus can move deeply into the body when resistance is drug or lifestyle depressed. Once yeast is established, eradication requires a major change in attitude and lifestyle. Perhaps the most common cause of fungus overgrowth is the alteration of the normal, stable competition between bacteria and fungus by the use and misuse of common antibiotics, cortisone and aspirin-like drugs. The constant systemic presence of candida has been associated with lowered cellular immunity (TH1) with autoimmune and slow virus conditions and heightened chronic allergy states (TH2) with environmental sensitivity, and is aggravated by diabetes or high sugar conditions (the typical American diet).
Deeper fungal infections can be blamed for almost any set of symptoms that you might have. Diagnosis is difficult. We recommend a blood serum test for candida antigen, a stool culture for yeast and candida specific SIgA. If SIgA is depressed, elevated cortisol should be evaluated by Diagnostix' Adrenal Stress Index test.
Systemic yeast antibiotics are liver toxic, expensive, and will not really cure the problem unless important lifestyle changes are made. Fluconazole seems to be the least toxic, perhaps because it is the newest and we do not yet know its weaknesses. Diflucan is the older, less expensive, more predictable systemic and requires only once per day dosing.
Yeast is easy to kill. The systemic antibiotics seem to make it want to leave by crawling out through the gut linings, or anywhere on the skin. If we are allergic, this can be unpleasant. Once yeast gets to the surface, it can be killed with topical applications of fungicides or make an enzymatic paste with T9 to L1-Sml from Thera-zyme. Stay off the sugar. Remember how fast bread rises.
Systemic yeast creates many of its symptoms by overloading liver detoxication pathways creating brain fog and fatigue. Any symptom of liver dysfunction may arise from yeast. Always support liver function during yeast treatment. My favorites are Hepacaps from Wise Woman, Livotrit Plus from Biotics, Milk thistle with silymarin, and Essiac tea.
Dr. Balch says, "High mercury levels can result in candidiasis. Mercury salts inhibit growth of 'friendly bacteria' in the intestines. Urine or hair analysis can help detect presence of heavy metals." The only predictable way to document inner mercury load is with an intravenous DMPS chelation challenge.
If low energy, fatigue, muscle or joint aches are part of the picture, aerobic metabolism needs evaluation. A 24-hour urine collection provides the substrate for an organic acids assay, a meaningful window into the combined energy productions of opportunistic yeast and our resident mitochondrial family. Oral temperatures taken three to four times per day can provide us with thyroid metabolism clues. Oxynutrients from Nutricology contains germanium and other factors that enhance tissue oxygenation.
Try garlic, six cloves per day. Your friends may prefer that you take the deodorized Kyolic garlic 1,000mg, three to four times per day. Do not forget the essential fatty acids (3-6gms) along with the caprylic acid-rich olive oil, and the B vitamins emphasizing biotin.
Read: Digestive Wellness, Elizabeth Lipski, MS, CCN, Keats Publishing, New Canaan, Connecticut.
Conquer Candida and Restore Your Immune System, Jack Tips, ND, PhD, Apple-A-Day Press, Austin, Texas, 1-512-328-3996.
The Body Ecology Diet, Donna Gates with Linda Schatz, B.E.D. Publications, Atlanta, Georgia.
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COMBATING UNCONTROLLED INFLAMMATION
COMBATING INFLAMMATORY DISEASES
Discover why this disease process is perfect in your life. Find balance in your life. Ask your head what that takes, but check with your heart. Respond positively to stress. Drink alkaline water, boost fiber, and engage in moderate exercise. Smoking is the single biggest risk factor. Aim to eat four fistfuls of greens per day, and other richly pigmented vegetables and berries. If you can't consume that many vegetables add alfalfa tablets, blue-green algae, kyogreen, or spirulina supplements.
Eliminate bacterial triggers. Plaque, bleeding gums, gum pockets, infected tonsils or sinuses, inadequate root canal therapies, or unfavorable intestinal flora can provoke immune reactivity.
Identify and eliminate the foods that are bad for your immune system. Everyday foods often become immune triggers. Phlegm in one's throat is a major clue. Mucus is immune response. The most common triggers are milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream; beef, chicken, eggs; wheat, yeast, bran; coffee, tea, chocolate, colas; peanuts, corn, oranges, soy and uncooked tomatoes. A blood test called the ALCAT food intolerance screen (http://www.alcat.com or 800-881-AMTL) can provide a personalized "learning list" to jump-start you on your elimination - provocation diet. Proteolytic enzymes reduce allergenicity and inflammation. See section on Proteolytic Enzymes. Eat according to your blood type. Dr. Peter D’Adamo (http://www.dadamo.com) describes how in Eat Right For Your Type, published by Putnam.
Limit consumption of supermarket beef, chicken and commercially baked or fried foods. Boost beneficial oils: sesame, walnut, and flaxseed. Supplemental oils are often helpful, such as cod liver oil, cold-water fish oils, and evening primrose, black currant or borage oils. Less inflammation results when these oils are oxidized.
If you are sensitive to MSG, monosodium glutamate, or hydrolyzed vegetable protein, take the activated form of vitamin B6, pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P), 5 to 50 mg per day.
Daily supplementation ranges:
Low dose multimineral, such as Multi-min Chelate twice a day. Add extra magnesium, 200-400 mg per day for angina, asthma or migraine. Multiple antioxidants, Oxybalance or Bioprotect, twice or more.
Take the primary quencher, Vitamin C, two to twelve grams per day in divided doses. A mixed mineral ascorbate, Super Gram III, one to three twice per day. Higher doses do well with buffered powders.
Vitamin E, mixed natural tocopherols, 400 - 800 I.U. Take one teaspoonful of cod liver oil per 400 I.U. of vitamin E to balance vitamins A & D. Vitamin K 500mcg-5mg per day.
Multivitamin twice per day.
Coenzyme Q 10, 30-100mg, once or twice per day, with fat, or in emulsified form.
Deodorized garlic (one in ten allergic), one to three capsules twice per day, or for stronger effect, every three to four hours. Similar bioflavinoids are also found in ginger, curcurmin, ginkgo biloba, boswellia, feverfew, and milk thistle (silymarin). These potent pain relievers mitigate migraines, dizziness and tinnitus, angina, asthma, inflammatory bowel, allergies, psoriasis, and inflammatory conditions of the liver. They are also important first aid for stroke, heart attack, and even panic attack!
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VITAMIN C POWDERED
(Pills work, just a few minutes
2000 mg if 100-150 pounds, 3000 mg if 150 pounds plus, in approximately 8oz water. (This can be either warm
or cold if the patient prefers). Can be repeated every 2 to 3 to 4 hours.
MILK THISTLE (SILYMARIN) 2 capsules (Acute pain 3 capsules). Can be repeated every 2 to 3 to 4 hours.
OR ADD THE BEST ANTIBIOTIC: GARLIC - CLOVES OR CAPSULES
GARLIC (Kyolic = DEODORIZED) 2 - 300mg capsules (Acute pain 3 capsules). Can be repeated every 2 to 3 to 4 hours.
VITAMIN E (natural mixed tocopherols best) 2 – 3 capsules (soft gels, 400 IU) totaling 800 to 1200 IU per day.
Expect this "cocktail" to have substantial effect on reducing symptoms in eight to ten minutes.
**When steps one through three fail, add magnesium (taurate) or other magnesium form: 100-200 mg every two to four hours (or a multi mineral). **Essential fatty acids, such as found in a tablespoonful of cod liver oil may also be a missing link.
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GOOD FATS- ANTIOXIDANTS- FREE RADICALS
OMEGA-3 FATS & ANTIOXIDANTS COMBAT INFLAMMATION
Inflammation is the response of altered gene expression at the nuclear level of the cell. Modern industry has created tens of thousands of extra triggers to our immune system. These pollutants enter with the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Triggers are legion. Response is the same: inflammation: redness and heat, swelling (bloating and cellulite), enhanced pain, sticky blood and joints, loss of function, and inflammatory behavior. Whole-body catabolic stress response is enhanced.
Inflammation is a chemical version of burning fat, triggered by caramelized sugar, fanned by oxidizing enzymes. The sulfury rotten-egg smell of putrefaction (rancidity) is due to an exponentially exploding cascade of oxidized fats. The powerful local hormones, the prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and thromboxanes are oxidized fats. When these oxidized fats are considered hormones, the lungs become the largest endocrine gland in the body. The halitosis odor of putrefaction is the result of lung membrane sulfur bonds decomposing due to oxidative overload and diminished buffers. This is an important clinical symptom. The fatty insulators of brain circuitry are undergoing oxidative meltdown as well. Antioxidant buffering mechanisms are exhausted. More serious symptoms are on the way.
The dietary balance between necessary families of fats, primarily the omega-3s and the omega-6s, determines the ratio of the more benign odd-numbered prostaglandins to aggressive even-numbered prostaglandins. The necessary even numbered prostaglandins are much more inflammatory.
ODD - LESS INFLAMMATORY
Canola (rapeseed) oil
linseed (flaxseed) oil
cold water fish*
EVEN - MORE INFLAMMATORY (with civilized diet)
grape seed oil
*The impact of dietary animal fat found in meat, chicken, or fish on inflammation is profound. Animal fatty acids have been converted to metabolically more active forms. Animal processed fats bypass normal controlling enzymes and directly enter the inflammatory cascade. Besides lack of vegetables with their fiber, antioxidants, and their minerals, the major defect in the American diet stems from the uncivilized way we treat and feed farm animals. Our big mistake is making "corn-fed" or "soybean-fed" animals a substantial part of our diet. Smaller portions of "grass-fed" beef or game, or "range-fed" turkeys promote health.
Fats from plants are reshaped and regulated by several controlling enzymes. These enzymes are disabled by the insulin response to modern grains with high glycemic index (blood sugar rush). Plant oils have a much milder effect on the inflammatory process. Corn, soybeans, sunflower or safflower seeds are good foods, supplying essential omega-6 oils. Bean, legumes, spirulina, blue-green algae and seaweed are good sources of beneficial omega-3 oils. My favorite supplement is a daily heaping tablespoonful of flaxseeds soaked overnight in water. Soaked flaxseeds garnish rice pudding, hot breakfast cereals and protein shakes. Grape seeds are best chewed and swallowed, giving us essential omega- 6 fatty acids and potent pycnogenol-like proanthocyanidins.
Cold-water fish oils pharmacologically block inflammatory interleukins and produce odd-numbered prostaglandins that significantly modulate inflammation. Pharmacologic doses range from 5-15 one gram capsules of cold-water fish oils, containing 2000-6000mgs of the active EPA and DHA fatty acids. Salmon oil is generally the richest and cleanest source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Evening primrose oil (EPO) has been given a high priority in treating inflammatory conditions from PMS and fibrocystic disease to arthritis and cancer. First clues for need might be chapped lips; excessive thirst, brittle nails, and skin lesions, dandruff, thinning hair, acne, eczema and tooth decay. EPO is 75% linoleic acid and 10% GLA (gamma linoleic acid) a direct precursor to the anti-inflammatory prostaglandin 1 series. Borage oil or black current seed oil have proportionally double the GLA, and are a generally more economical way to charge this pathway. Remember insulin disables this pathway and insulin is the response to over-eating or meals containing more than 40% carbohydrates.
The anti-inflammatory prostaglandin 1's are manufactured from omega-6 fatty acids. However, our typical high carbohydrate diet promotes insulin production, blocking synthesis of the GLA precursor of the prostaglandin 1's. Alcohol abuse, infections, trans fatty acids from margarines and shortenings and excess saturated fats also block natural GLA synthesis. Best to avoid low-fat high-carbohydrate diets.
Omega-3 fats help circulation by limiting vasospasm, reducing high-risk cholesterol, making sluggish blood slippery and normalizing blood pressure. This reduces risk of heart attack and stroke.
Odd-numbered prostaglandins improve fertility and prolong gestation. (Spontaneous abortion and premature delivery are triggered by high levels of an even numbered prostaglandin derivative called prostacyclin). Omega-3 fats relieve cradle cap, eczema and psoriasis. They aid in brain and retinal development. Cod liver oil, sesame, hemp or flaxseed oil can be absorbed directly through baby's skin. These essential oils are not in most baby formulas. Mom needs to have precursors in her diet so that the best mix will come from the breast.
Mental retardation and blindness are less common when cold-water fish oils are a substantial part of the diet. Essential fatty acids reduce migraine, asthma and irritable bowel. They reduce excessive stomach acid and enhance the mucus lining of the gut. Essential fats reduce periodontal diseases, gastrointestinal disturbances, fever, myalgia, arthralgia, and arthritis, as well as autoimmune destruction.
Cold water seafood rich in omega-3 fats:
Salmon Northern herring
Mackerel Northern sardines
Pacific oyster Sablefish
At the molecular level, oxidants rip and tear electrons off existing structures, altering their structure and function. Oxidants are also called free radicals, an appropriate name for such aggressive chemical species. Picture shriveled, dehydrated cells floating in a hot pool of peroxides and chlorine bleaches. Damaged structures might be DNA, the genetic command post of the cell. Alteration of DNA by free radicals can turn a normal cell into a cancer cell. Free radicals heighten autoimmune destruction of our own tissues.
The most easily oxidized fatty membrane structures are the bacteria-like mitochondria (energy producing organelles found in every cell). These discrete clusters of organized membranes channel electron flow. Without these basic proton pumps, there is only inefficient anaerobic energy production. Calcium pumps shut down, creating spasm. Sodium pumps shut down and cells explode, releasing proteolytic enzymes and more destructive fatty peroxides.
Avoid artificially hydrogenated (hardened) fats! These specially processed oils, vegetable shortenings, and margarines have had their shape changed. These "wrong sided" molecules jumble membranes when integrated into them. If 2% of the fats consumed are artificially hydrogenated, the mitochondria measurably begin to clog up, compromising energy production. Even the primary way the liver excretes cholesterol becomes compromised. Fat in the diet tends to become like fat in the body. Liquid fats literally make us fluid and supple, enhance circulation and oxygenation. Hard fats make us sluggish and "lard like".
The free radical theory suggests that damage caused by just about every disease results from a similar oxidative breakdown. Symptoms are different depending on which tissues and organ systems are involved. It is not just the germ or virus that determines how sick we get. The degree of damage from an offending organism depends on the responsiveness of the immune system, balanced by antioxidant buffering capacity. Positive mineral balance is necessary to stabilize trigger-happy membranes. Psychological stress, environmental triggers, normal metabolism and aging all add to the oxidative load. Dietary antioxidants either bolster natural protective enzyme systems built into every cell membrane, or may simply sacrifice themselves, reducing free radicals. Antioxidants preserve the molecular structures of the cell.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. For example, smokers have a heightened risk of lung cancer. But smokers who eat five servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables have the same rate of lung cancer as the general population. People who do not smoke, and who primarily eat fruits and vegetables reduce risk even more. Dietary and supplementation choices can make a difference, thus reducing risk.
Aspirin is used for a wide range of problems. Aspirin blocks cyclo-oxygenase, one very important enzyme in the inflammatory cascade. Aspirin also acts as an antioxidant, blocking inflammatory prostaglandin 2s. Unfortunately aspirin and other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) also inhibit prostacyclin, which is responsible for the protective mucus lining in arteries and in the gut. NSAIDS kill 11-12,000 people per year in the United States, primarily by bleeding them to death. Official acetaminophen kill reports suggest that only 300 people per year die from acetaminophen, though this drug is responsible for half the kidney dialysis patients, liver transplants and many hospital admissions.
The reason that vitamin C and vitamin E have been so useful - and recommended for such a wide range of ailments, (many of them similarly responsive to aspirin), is that they also block cyclo-oxygenase. The mineral magnesium and vitamins A, C, and E have the advantage in that they also boost prostacyclin which maintains important protective mucus linings. One of the benefits of alcohol consumption is that ethanol boosts prostacyclin. Licorice also enhances mucus production. Excessive prostacyclin can trigger spontaneous abortion by creating a hypersecretory state of the mucus lining cells. This is the primary risk of the drug cytotek (misoprostol), a patented prostacyclin analog, or, for that matter, excessive alcohol, vitamin A or the herb licorice.
The other major inflammation-triggering enzyme is lipoxygenase. Lipoxygenase catalyzes leukotrienes, the most aggressive armament of the cell. Leukotrienes are ten to one thousand times more potent than histamines. Lipoxygenase mediated leukotrienes are the ultimate trigger to pain, spasm and hyperalgesia. Lipoxygenase oxidized omega-6 fats are implicated in migraine, angina, asthma, avascular necrosis, psoriasis, eczema, inflammatory bowel, allergies, and high blood pressure. The bioflavinoids of garlic, ginko biloba, feverfew, or the silymarin of milk thistle block lipoxygenase.
Supplementing with vitamin E reduces oxidative risk from the increase in the recommended polyunsaturated omega-3 fats. Marathoners who supplement with the antioxidant vitamin E have less muscle breakdown. However, side effects have been reported in people taking more than 800 I.U. of synthetic vitamin E per day. Adding vitamin A, approximately 10,000 I.U. per day will usually mitigate E side effects. A prudent dose might be between 400 - 800 I.U. of natural d-l alpha tocopherol, along with a teaspoonful or two of sweet tasting cod liver oil. Double or triple those doses of vitamin E for surprisingly effective control of severe pain by adding additional vitamin C and another tablespoonful of cod liver oil. Vitamin E is best absorbed when consumed with a meal containing fat. Blood levels remain elevated for some time. There is no advantage to the time-release form of vitamin E. Natural vitamin E with its tocotrienols and other antioxidants has significant injury and inflammation reduction potential. By reducing the metabolic damage sustained by working tissues, antioxidants enhance performance.
Elevated intakes of zinc and magnesium are associated with speedier healing. Other minerals are also important. Amino acid supplementation is anabolic and promotes healing. Nothing correlates with increased speed of healing like vitamin C. Dr. Emmanuel Cheraskin's classic studies demonstrate that human wounds close twice as fast with increased doses of vitamin C, up to 2,000 mg/day. Time-released forms are most convenient. They are best taken with plenty of water - in the ascorbate form complexed with minerals. In this way, acid-loading and diuretic effects of large doses of ascorbic acid are minimized. Try significant doses of vitamin C, as mixed mineral ascorbates, in time-released forms, morning and evening.
DAILY ANTIOXIDANT RANGES
| Vitamin C
|| 2 - 20 gms.
| Vitamin E
|| 400 - 1200 I.U.
|| 500 - 2000 mg.
| Pycnogenol (proanthocyanidins such as grape pips)
|| 25 - 75 mg.
| Coenzyme Q10
|| 30 - 400 mg.
| Lipoic acid
|| 100-900 mg.
| Ginkgo biloba
|| 40 - 120 mg.
| Alpha and Beta-carotene*
|| 10,000 - 25,000 I.U.
|| 10,000 - 25,000 I.U.
|| 5 – 10 mg.
Lycopenes* (tomato, ruby red grapefruit, red peppers)
* best found together in spinach, collards, kale, turnip greens, green peas
| 5 – 10 mg.
| Gamma oryzanol
|| 25 - 100 mg.
| Propolis (resinous by-product of honey, sores, ulcers, wounds, cancer)
|| 500 - 1500 mg.
| Carnosine (also reduces cross-linking)
|| 50-1500 mg.
Bioflavinoids, from garlic, ginger, curcurmin, silymarin of milk thistle, hawthorn, feverfew, citrus, rosemary, totaling two to ten grams.
Vitamin C can stop the burning pain or the putrefactive odor of inflammation when used in substantial doses. Just as a bucket of water cannot quench a large fire, minimal doses of vitamin C will have little effect on inflammation. Moderately loose bowel movements reflect vitamin C doses in excess of the need to quench free radicals. Determine your current "quenching" four hours dose of vitamin C. Put 1,000 mg (one gram) of vitamin C powder in a glass of water. Take every half hour until diarrhea results. Subtract one gram from the number it took to loosen the stool. Divide this "daily dose" into two or three doses of timed release C, perhaps boosted with buffered C powders. A watery stool announces the recovery phase of illness, and the time to taper vitamin C to lower levels.
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WEIGHT LOSS- WEIGHT GAIN - ACCELERATED AGING
So what is the problem with diabetes? The brain is fueled by glucose. Glucose’s addictive rewards make us crave huge blood sugars. Most people feel "best" when their sugar is too high. Diabetes is a major glitch in the metabolism of sugars, fats and proteins. Foods cannot enter the cells. Nutrients clog up the blood and spill into the urine. The pancreas is stressed. Either there is destroyed or exhausted production of insulin (type I), or the tissues have become tolerant to chronic excessive levels of insulin (type II – or metabolic syndrome X). The metabolism "burns the candle at both ends" oxidizing and aging us prematurely. Potential anti-inflammatory prostaglandin 1s are shunted into the inflammatory prostaglandin 2s, increasing spasm and pain. Prostaglandin 2s globally increase pain and also invite spasms, sticky blood and joints. Excessive sugar triggers the "browning reaction," creating age spots on the skin and internally, making us rigid, more like tanned leather. These advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are information nmolecules that encourage increased inflammatory response at the nuclear level, encouraging a new homeodynamic of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome X. Eating foods that have been browned, baked, crisped, caramelized, toasted, crusted or burnt is eating harmful information molecules. Causes and treatments for both diabetes types are different, but the complications, accelerated aging are similar.
Both types run in families. For type I, small oral doses of pancreatic enzymes or insulin may prevent onset. Rapid weight loss often provides a diagnosis before total destruction of insulin producing cells. This "honeymoon period," opportunity for modulation of the self-destructive autoimmune response is currently clinically ignored in mainstream medicine. The primary environmental triggers for the genetically susceptible are casein (cow’s milk protein), gluten from wheat and other grains, probably peanuts as well as exposure to the cytomegalovirus of the herpes family. For type II, the classic story tells of the family with the fat grandparents, the fat parents, the chubby children, and the fat family dog. For insulin resistance, complex societal and familial patterns of dietary imbalance often tell the real story.
Blurred vision, dry mouth, painful gums, frequent infections of the skin, gums or bladder, rapid tooth decay and the need for multiple root canals, or tingling and numbness in the gums, hands or feet are often the presenting symptoms. People with diabetes have more periodontal disease and vascular disease. Stroke and heart attack is the major cause of death. Complications involving small blood vessels are the main causes of blindness, kidney failure and the need for amputation in diabetic patients. Vitamin E, alpha-lipoic acid and other antioxidants diminish oxidative stress, improve blood sugar control, and lessen complications commonly associated with diabetes.
Not only does the pancreas make insulin, but the digestive enzymes (which double as anti inflammatory enzymes) are produced in this same gland. Poor circulation, excessive mucus, a heavily coated tongue, bad smells or undigested food in the stool indicate the need for more glandular pancreatic enzymes. Pancreatic enzymes keep the inner walls of arteries and veins clean and slippery, enhance fluidity of the blood, and control the production of new arteries. Pancreatic enzymes also lubricate the articulating surfaces of sticky painful joints. These enzymes speed healing, digest antigen-antibody complexes reducing allergy and auto immunity to improve skin, reduce pain and swelling, and often cause insomnia and depression to disperse. Pancreatic enzymes reduce the need for insulin.
The stress response to blood sugar fluctuations enhances excessive and inappropriate cortisol, melting muscle into fat. Cholesterol rises when the adrenals become exhausted. Cortisol promotes carcinogenic estrogen dominance over progesterone, creating polycystic ovary syndrome. Ineffective reverse thyroid hormone increases slowing metabolism. Parathyroid controlled calcium channels open, resulting in spasm pain and inappropriate calcifications. Diminishing nighttime release of immune-boosting growth hormone slows healing, aging us prematurely.
Type I Diabetes – Insulin is not produced, likely due to T-helper-1 destruction of the insulin-producing islet cells. Diabetes is the number one condition predisposing to dental disease. Occurs in one in every 200 to 300 and increasing. Unexplained weight loss, dry mouth, increased thirst and urination are often first clinical signs. The weight loss occurs because insulin is not available to adsorb sugars and fats into the cell. Autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas is likely triggered by the herpes cytomegalovirus. If discovered in the "honeymoon period" before total destruction of the pancreatic islet cells, the too-aggressive autoimmune response may be defused. Functional insulin producing beta cells may be protected by halting the autoimmune process, by stimulating regeneration of beta cells, or by increasing resistance of beta cells to destruction. Large doses of niacinamide (work up to 3gms/day) may defuse inflammatory destruction and enhance resistance. Use selenium at doses of 200-400mcg per day, along with NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) at 500-2000mg per day. Calcium AEP is used to save pancreases in Germany. Cyclosporin (methotrexate) prevents organ-transplant rejection by dampening autoimmune destruction, is sometimes used in by conventiaonal medicine in USA. For those at risk, oral doses of insulin or pancreatic enzymes may diminish destruction by inducing oral tolerance.
Islet cell destruction is virally related, casein cow's-protein and very commonly gluten-related. Rice, sweet potato, arrowroot and buckwheat are free of gluten. Soy protein is generally well tolerated, even though soy has tiny bits of gluten. The primary factor in this immune sensitization is exposure of an immature or inflamed gut to hybridized gluten grains or modern casein in cow’s milk.
Once the destructive autoimmune response has significantly slowed, an opportunity exists to repair and recharge the pancreas. Presenting our white blood cells with pancreatic DNA information allows them to carry this potential to sites that support pancreatic islet cell function. Fetal pancreatic extracts available from Aeterna have potential to recharge the pancreas. In the Chinese model, Yu Xiao San (yo-shee-ow-san) restores pancreatic function and proliferates the islet cells.
It has never been tried that I know! But eating the very foods that seem to trigger diabetes might paradoxically enable survival of someone who can no longer produce insulin. Depending on blood type, cow’s milk protein, wheat, corn, lentils, buckwheat, and peanuts provide food insulin molecules.
Type II Diabetes (ten times more common). However, eighty to ninety percent of dental patients are fat-around-the-middle obese or have upper-arm fat. This imbalance creates the biochemical basis for headache, tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ, sinusitis, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, or "premature aging." Key concept is insulin resistance. Chronically elevated insulin due to high carbohydrate or caloric intake creates cellular resistance to insulin. Insulin triggered blood sugar declines cause excessive and inappropriately timed cortisol release. Cortisol causes some active thyroid hormone to be formed in an ineffective reverse form, reducing thyroid activity. Estrogen dominates over progesterone. Insulin resistance is also associated with low growth hormone, the clock-setting master anti-aging hormone from the pituitary.
Eat as a caveman-woman (hunter-gatherer humans) to treat obesity, diabetes, hypertension and constipation. Back then, the flourmill was not invented. Primitive humans ate up to five times more fiber than we do. Natural sunlight and the exercise that accompanies it are necessary for optimal insulin utilization. Inactivity creates insulin resistance and low thyroid activity.
Increase water and fiber. Get out the blender. Try Bios Life 2 from Rexall or Cholesterade (800 - 290-3639) or 4-6 grams of other soluble fiber before meals such as Metagenics' Ultrafiber. Alfalfa capsules before meals provide fiber and excellent nutrition. Fiber sources are apples, onions, oat bran, broccoli stems, carrots, dried peas and beans, potatoes, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables. Guar gums up to 20 gms/day. Ground flaxseed, or soaked flaxseeds provide anticarcinogenic fiber, even drinking mucilaginous water from soaked flax seeds improves glucose metabolism by twenty-five percent.
Acknowledge addictions, especially to wheat or milk. Carbohydrate-induced insulin creates fat and inflammation, heart and gum disease, metabolic syndrome X. Molecular markers on many grains mimic insulin, creating excessive insulin effect and insulin resistance. Grains to minimize are wheat, rye, corn, lentils, buckwheat, and peanuts. Kamut, low in gluten, is more grass-like. Emphasize foods of low glycemic index: greens, proteins, and fats. Eat small meals. Blunt ‘carbohydrate effect’ with extra vegetables, legumes, barley, amaranth, quinoa, rolled oats, fat, protein, rice, or cold-processed whey, predigested soy, milk or egg. Eat beans according to blood type.
Glycemic index is the sugar rush or sugar stress of a food. Everybody’s index is different, but in general alcohol, coffee and caffeine are very destabilizing to blood sugar. High fiber and water, green vegetables, animal protein and fat tend to release sugar slowly into the blood stream, creating less of a metabolic insult. Nibble all day long, avoid large meals. Allergic response can trigger high blood sugar.
Dried breakfast cereals are generally the equivalent of sugar. White and whole wheat bread as well as water biscuits or plain crackers are functional sugar, just as honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, or cornstarch. White potatoes mashed or dry baked are sugar. For lower glycemic index, boil the potatoes and then sauté them in butter or olive oil with parsley. Sweet potatoes have low glycemic index. Dried fruits are like sugar. White and brown rice are good, sticky rice has the lowest glycemic index. Puffed rice and rice cakes are sweeter than sugar. Rice milk is high in sugar. Raw onions and carrots are excellent foods, but cooked they release their sugar too fast. Cooked beets, parsnips, winter squashes (butternut, buttercup, acorn) can create sugar stress. Combine high index foods with foods of low glycemic index to blunt the sugar effect. Avoid all commercial juices. Eat whole fruits. When juicing, combine sweet tubers with leafy greens. Beans have low glycemic index, but beans are powerful potential allergens. Follow blood type for your best beans.
Stevia is a leaf extract that is very sweet with a touch of a taste of licorice. Stevia is the only sweetener that supports blood sugar metabolism. Use sparingly if you have weak kidneys.
Be aware of yeast. Elevated carbohydrates, compromised immunity and inefficient metabolism encourage growth of the fungi. Infections with yeast or parasites may create sugar cravings, fluid retention and throw off the appestat mechanism.
Biotin 3-9mg aids the first step in glucose utilization. Pyridoxine vitamin B6 150-300mg or P-5-P (for the MSG sensitive) 15-50mg. Niacin (vitamin B3) or nicotinic acid is a key player in energy metabolism. There are three favorable forms for diabetics. Niacinamide (especially for arthritic pain) 500-1500mg -inositol hexanicotinate 400-1800mg reduces cholesterol. NADH 2–6 mg also reduces Parkinson's symptoms with second and third doses. B12 500-1000mcg along with folic acid up to 5mg. The cherry-flavored sublingual lozenge is tasty. New liposomal-bound forms of B12 might prove to be most effective. Plasma homocysteine defines risk to B6, B12 and folate functional deficiencies, to nerve and vascular disease. Test blood sugar, glycohemoglobin, and lipid concentration of membranes. Organic acids analysis of a 24-hour urine collection provides a unique window into mitochondrial processes.
L-lysine 500mg twice a day, L-proline 500mg, L-carnitine 500mg (These amino acids unclog arteries and make connective tissue stronger.) Alpha-ketoglutarate 1500-3000mg sometimes shores up a key stage in energy production.
Vitamin C best in buffered or neutral ascorbate forms, 2000-4000mg or more in divided doses. Vitamin E 400-800IU / Balance vitamins A and D with 3- 6 (taste better frozen) capsules of cod liver oil. Co Q10 90-150mg will tighten puffy gums, reduce high blood pressure and increase energy. Alpha-lipoic acid (thioctic acid) 100-900mg/day - works best with thiamine.
Chromium picolinate has the best research and reputation, or chromium nicotinate or chromium gluthathionicotine at 200-1000mcg daily. Improves glucose tolerance and lowers blood lipids. If you exercise, chromium helps increase muscle mass.
Vanadyl sulfate 15-30mg helps shuttle electrons and mimics insulin. The risk-reward ratio for vanadyl sulfate is not high.
All minerals are at risk due to poor gut function, poor kidney function, and continuing compensation for chronic acidosis. Calcium 200-800mg per day. Diabetes is considered a biochemical compensation for ionized calcium deficiency, increasing the metabolism of glucose by increasing organic acids. Magnesium 200-800mg per day perhaps along with malic acid 600-1200mg per day (also in apple cider vinegar). Don't forget the citric acid in lemon juice. Zinc orotate 50-100mg / Manganese 5-20 mg / Copper 2-4mg (best as copper sebacate, glycinate, or other SOD precursor) / Selenium 200-800mcg.
Aloe vera. One to two teaspoonfuls (5 to 10 gms) up to two tablespoonfuls of cinnamon increases efficiency of insulin. An extract of cinnamon, MHCP (methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer) increases cellular glucose oxidation by twenty times, improves the function of insulin receptors, and is a strong antioxidant. Two to twelve ounces of mormordica charantia (bitter melon) juice daily lowers blood sugar. Turmeric (as 500 mg of curcumin three times per day, stimulates bile production, lowers cholesterol, increases fluidity of blood, and reduces inflammatory pain). Ecological's diabetrol contains several of these of these. Garlic in food. Garlic in capsules. Do not forget the onions, but big sweet ones can be a sugar rush. Sage, lavender, bear berry (uva ursi), hops and oregano prevent diabetes. Two to four ounces / day of okra juice and as a steamed vegetable. Dandelion greens juiced daily can normalize diabetics.
Fenugreek powder or seeds provide excellent fiber, make mucilage similar to flax, and are helpful for hot flashes and depression of menopause, for impotence in men and slows onset of insulin resistance and high blood sugar. Try Wakunaga's Ginkolic, which contains ginko, aged fermented garlic and Siberian ginseng 3-4 capsules per day, or a combination of bilberry, dandelion, gotu kola and ginko biloba. Holy basil (ocimum sanctum) is useful at one to four grams of dried leaf daily.
Essential oils of bitter fennel, dill and coriander have been found to normalize blood sugar.
Prickly pear cactus flesh diced in salads or tacos, or juiced. The rose apple as 1 gm of powdered herb is a powerful hypoglycemic. Both seed and fruit.
Gurmar (gymnema sylvestre, source hydroxy-citric acid) 500-1000mg before meals, especially for weight loss. Promotes insulin secretion (but might increase blood pressure). Gymnema sylvestre repairs liver, kidney and muscle tissue and improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Since excessive insulin secretion is part of the problem in many diabetics, gurmar may be better for an insulin dependent diabetic.
Low body temperature? Emphasize garlic, cloves, ginger, especially capsicum and kelp.
Reduce excessive blood sugar to prevent nerve damage, especially in the eyes, kidneys, arms and legs. Ellagic acid found in raspberries, black current, strawberries, grapes and some nuts including Brazil nuts protects myelin sheathing at nerves and reduces stroke risk.
"Improved carnitine" is acetyl-n-carnitine (refrigerate) 500-1000mg prevention, advantageous 1500-2500 mg/day to treat nerve damage. Carnitine also helps in doses of up to 3 gms/day.
Inositol (myo-inositol) repairs nerve damage and improves memory. Choline 1000-3000 mg, found in lecithin granules, 5-20 grams. Food rich in choline are egg yolks, soybeans, cabbage, peanuts and cauliflower. A tea brewed from oriental club moss (Huperzia serrata) raises acetylcholine levels by inhibiting its esterase. Phosphatidyl serine (PS) 200-900mg daily is worth taking separately along with your vitamin E. PS blunts excessive cortisol response. Fish oils contain EPA and DHA, both necessary for nerve repair. GLA found in borage oil, 1000 to 1500 mg (also in evening primrose, black current oil).
ATP 500-1500mg per day, even though our collective mitochondria produce pounds daily.
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP-6 or phytic acid) is a mineral-binding antioxidant abundant in unprocessed grains and legumes. IP-6 is a plentiful and potent human cell regulator that promotes the efficient release of oxygen from hemoglobin and has recently been hailed as a major immune booster and cancer fighter.
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) at 500 mg twice per day cuts mucus and effectively boosts glutathoine. Try IGA + Intercellular Gluathione Inducers from Ecological Formulas. Add taurine and/or glycine for the chemically sensitive, for irritability to seizures, resistant cardiac failure or for recurrent inflammation or infection.
DHEA, 25 mg/day may be helpful (after measuring levels). For some, extracts of diascorea (Mexican yam) may slow the loss of glycemic control and obesity associated with aging.
Beneficial teas may be made from the leaves of blueberries, huckleberries, mulberries, eucalyptus, olive or cooked snow peas, or string beans, or burdock root. Senna leaf will lower blood sugar and loosen the stool. Other foods helpful for diabetics are green tea, nutmeg, bay leaf, cashew, celery, cayenne, ginger, coriander seeds, lettuce, cabbage, turnips, papaya fruit, cranberry, Jerusalem artichoke. Chickweed (stellaria media), burdock root, nettles tea breaks down fats and reduces appetite. Skullcap relaxes, lowers eye pressure and removes fat from the system.
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CANCER - A CALL FOR CHANGE
LIVE A LIFE OF DETOXIFICATION
Any illness presents us with the need to create change. Cancer is the ultimate attention getter. More fear is associated with cancer than most any other condition. The medical monopoly is most dangerous armed with the mindset of eradication and the tools of radiation and chemotherapy.
Tumors act as storage vessels, solving the problem of excess toxic waste. Cancer is eternal youth, anerobic growth without maturation to store ever increasing toxic waste. Unless the situation is surgically acute, live with this competing life form. Clean up your act, energize yourself. The stabilized or shrinking cancer serves as a marker of the effectiveness of lifestyle and attitudinal changes.
1. Examine self-esteem issues and toxic emotions. Meditate. Do yoga.
2. Find a passionate reason to live: people, plants, pets, or preservation of pet perversities. Emphasize laughter and gratitude.
3. An exercise program reduces risk 2-4 fold. Walk and talk. Cancer thrives on sugar and lack of oxygen (anaerobic metabolism). Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) is antiviral and increases oxygen release from hemoglobin. Just fifty grams of glucose reduces white blood cell activity 50%. Make sure your body temperature reaches 98.6. Fatigue necessitates resuscitation of your mitochondria. Try the Oxynutrients Formula from Allergy Research. Big three are CoQ10, Carnitine, and NADH. CoQ10 in doses of 200 - 400 per day. See diabetes section. Tumors love blood sugars. Eat foods of low glycemic index. Late night calories disable the healing potential of sleep. Usual and real everyday blood sugars (not fasting blood sugars) in the range of 130mg% turn on tumors.
4. Eat according to blood type. Eliminate wheat and sugar in all forms and corn-fed-factory-raised animals. Consume carbohydrates from organic fruit or fiber-rich green vegetables, three grams of protein to every four grams of carbohydrates. Emphasize legumes, soy protein, miso, bean curd, tamari and tofu. Rigid, driven folks with hard tumors do better on alkaline green vegetarian fare. Anti carcinogenic sulfurophanes are rich in garlic, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, carrots, and green onion. If you tolerate sulfur foods, aim for two cups per day. Flexible low blood pressure folks with soft tumors do best on acid-forming red meat, green vegetables, lentils and low B vitamins.
5. Drink plenty of pure alkaline water. Get your energy directly from a large variety of green vegetables. Eat like a peasant. Seaweeds are nourishing and antiviral. Aloe can cure. Blend a palm sized chunk of peeled fresh aloe, a heaping tablespoon full of Kyogreen or Greens+, one tablespoon of flax seed oil or soaked flax seeds, and two scoops of soy based Ultrameal with 8-10 oz. of water for a quick meal. Alternate with cold processed whey protein. (It's my usual breakfast and/or snack!)
6. Purees of cooked asparagus or canned-cut asparagus spears, 2-4 tablespoons morning and evening. Asparagus can repair damaged DNA.
7. Expose yourself and your unprotected eyes to natural light for 1/2 hour around sunrise and 1/2 hour around sunset. To protect from radiation or chemotherapy, take melatonin in increasing doses from one to forty mg at bedtime. When you wake up groggy, reduce the dose.
8.Taking all the vitamins with water and avoiding white sugar and white flour can prolong life span twelve to twenty times. Emphasize vitamin C and niacin. Patients that can tolerate 12,000 mg of vitamin C orally often don't need intravenous vitamin C. Build up to niacin or niacinamide orally in divided doses 1,000 - 3,000mg per day. Selenium alone at 200 mcg per day reduced cancer deaths by fifty percent, try 400- 600mcg per day. NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) 500 mg twice per day.
9. Pancreatic/proteolytic enzymes in large consistent quantities, primarily taken on an empty stomach. See sheet on pancreatic enzymes.
10 . An herbal "blood purifying" tonic as Essiac, Floressence or Hoxey (has iodine). Eat kimpira (mountain root) at Japanese restaurants. Eat the seaweeds too!
11. Dry infrared saunas, baths, coffee enemas, dry skin brushing and massage also aid detoxification.
12. Anti-angiogensis >cartilage - bovine or shark 3oz/day or 1/2 tablespoon Cart T-cell frozen
>modified citrus pectin, 1-800-782-4274
>ellagic acid found in raspberries, black currants, grapes, strawberries and Brazil nuts prevents the
formation of new cancer.
>extracts from the bark of the western larch (arabinogalactans).
According to Earl Mindell, flax contains 27 anti cancer compounds including phytoestrogens similar to soy. One to two tablespoons of flax seeds soaked in water for 24 hours at room temperature then refrigerated make a nice alternative to allergenic soy. Sesame seeds seem to provide similar salutary effects.
Cancer as a herpes virus or papilloma - Maitake extract, Ten mushroom formula, MGN3, Dumontacea (red-brown algae), Hypericum (St. John's Wort), Melissa (Lemon Balm) and Proplis. Ligusticum (osha) an antiviral is often combined with astralagus. Reishi strengthens compromised immunity. Olive leaf extract is antiviral.
Thymus extract, frozen neonatal from Aeterna likely to be most effective.
Emulsified A & E according to Pantox test, and Vitamin D3.
Skin cancers, basal cells and warts: Paint lesion to be shed with Skin Answer from Lane Labs or Melazepam (azelaic acid) from Cardiovascular Research. Concentrated aloe makes surface lesions disappear. Shrink tumors, reduce anxiety and agitation with the alcoholic root-extract of ashwagandha, learning enhancement and memory retention improved when gotu kola and gingko biloba are added.
Do tests to check: >gut permeability, fecal analysis
>liver function, phase 1 and phase 2
>American Metabolic Lab, (954) 929-4814, http://www.lef.org.com
>fat-soluble vitamins, fatty acid balance
>Immunosciences Lab, (800) 950-4686, http://www.immuno-sci-lab.com
>heavy metals tested via hair analysis and chelation challenge
>DHEA & Cortisol levels - adrenal stress index (lymphoma).
Read: Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Dr. Patrick Quillin, Nutrition Times Press, 1-918-495-1137.
See Dr. Lorraine Day’s video Cancer doesn’t scare me any more, (800) 574-2437.
Call THE MOSS REPORTS 1-718-636-4433. http://www.ralphmoss.com
Listen: Diet, Nutrition & Detox In Treating Advanced Cancer, by Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD. Call FAIM in New York to order. 1-914-368-9797.
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FROM THE PANCREAS, PINEAPPLE, PAPAYA, OR ASPERGILLUS
FIRST AID IN A BOTTLE - CANCER THERAPY
Enzymes are a time-honored natural remedy for inflammation (spasm, swelling, pain and loss of function). Enzymes stop the process of swelling and bruising after injury or surgery. Whether the enzymes are produced by our body, or come out of a bottle they have anti-inflammatory effects. When most food was uncooked, nature supplied many enzymes. Juicing supplies many enzymes. Soaking seeds (pumpkin, flax, sesame) 12 to 72 hours generates an ideal fat-protein-enzyme source.
Intenzymes* (Wobenzyme) or Metagenic’s Spectrazyme or Metazyme mimic complex protein molecules produced by our own pancreas. Production of these enzymes requires many intricate metabolic processes. When stress is high, energy is low or fatigue is present, these processes are compromised. The gut has sites that reclaim our own, or extract similar plant or animal enzymes from the raw diet. Cooking destroys natural enzymes. Many conditions can interfere with our production of enzymes. We produce fewer of these enzymes if we're stressed, fatigued, over 35 years of age, have low body temperature or are malnourished. Morning coated tongue indicates enzyme insufficiency.
Enzymes are effective against most "itis's" including periodontitis, arthritis, sinusitis, cystitis, prostatitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia or asthma, allergies, miscarriages or pelvic inflammatory disease, or painful swollen lumpy breasts. Enzymes help break down the wall of an infection allowing increased penetration of antibiotics. The healing process of abscesses and fistulas, boils, carbuncles, hematomas and bruises is shorter, with or without antibiotics. Enzymes release tumor necrosis factor making them an important treatment for viruses and hard tumors.
Taken with food, two or three of these tablets aid digestion, help cleanse the colon and reduce risk to diabetes. Allergenic potential of foods is reduced, but there will be only mild anti-inflammatory effect on the rest of the body. When taken in quantity on an empty stomach as before meals, significant systemic anti-inflammatory and mood enhancing effects are felt. The walls of arteries and veins become cleaner are more slippery, skin conditions improve, the blood becomes more fluid, and the articulating surfaces of joints become less sticky, sprained joints become more mobile, antigen-antibody complexes are broken down, swelling and pain is reduced, insomnia and depression disperses.
A typical dose of Intenzymes would range from 2 to 10 tablets, depending on body size and severity of the injury. Traumagesics** or Spectrazyme (Metazyme)*** are in larger capsules, vegetarian, and the dose ranges from 2 to 6. Larger doses are best tapered over the week with subsequent decreasing dosage. The first dose of the day might be upon awakening, with the second dose somewhere between lunch and dinner, the last dose before bed - or even in the middle of the night.
For example: 150-pound person, intenzymes on an empty stomach.
First day 8*(6)** 8(6) 8(6) 24(18)
Second day 7(5) 7(5) 7(5) 21(15)
Third day 6(4) 6(4) 6(4) 18(12)
Fourth day 5(3) 5(3) 5(3) 15(9)
Fifth day 4(2) 4(2) 4(2) 12(6)
Rest for 2 days and repeat if necessary for chronic inflammation.
*Biotic's proprietary product. **Tyler's proprietary product. ***Metagenic’s proprietary products.
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Pregnancy could age you nine years, instead of nine months, if you're not careful! Being pregnant is a heavy (pardon the pun) responsibility. It's a time of opportunity to be good to yourself and to your contribution to the world. Prenatal vitamins and minerals are an excellent idea. Preconception vitamins and minerals including folic acid are also an excellent idea. In addition to the prenatal vitamins, taking an extra multimineral supplement at a different time of day is highly beneficial. This makes for a stronger, healthier egg. Do not forget your baby’s dad. The quality of his semen is also nutritionally dependent. It takes both a healthy egg and a healthy sperm to make the healthiest baby. Start a good six months before conception, if possible.
For good selfish reasons, be with supportive friends. Things are always easier with a good friend around.
Exercise! A brisk 25-minute to one hour twice daily walk is one of the best choices. Deep breathing pulls the blood out of the legs and helps to avoid varicose veins. Bilberry, blueberries, and other richly pigmented berries strengthen vessel walls, treating venous insufficiency of the legs and reducing hemorrhoids. Massaging essential oils above the varicosities can help them drain. Using 15 drops of essential oil blend to one ounce of carrier oil (olive, sesame, grape see oils), try the following blends: a) 10 drops cypress or 5 drops mastic, b) 10 drops lavender or geranium, c) 5 drops rosemary or juniper, and d) 5 drops chamomile. To treat hemorrhoids, add 10 drops of essential oils to one ounce of KY jelly. Herbs useful internally for postpartum hemorrhoids are horse chestnut, white oak bark, witch hazel, and calendula.
Don't smoke! Best not to drink alcohol!
Have your doctor evaluate your iron reservoir with the serum ferritin test. Don't wait until you are outright anemic to assess iron stores. Under 100 to 125 signifies lower performance although most doctors think 8 is adequate. Dandelion, skullcap, and dock are good herbal iron sources.
See if your doctor will agree to leave at least 4 - 6 inches of the umbilical cord attached to the baby after birthing. This tissue is very valuable to the hospital. They want it. The pulsating umbilical cord is loaded with steroid hormones that help the baby cope with birthing stress. Animal mothers eat the hormone-rich placenta and umbilical cord, enhancing their recovery rate.
Have your teeth cleaned near the start of the second trimester. Heavy production of the hormone progesterone can attract and feed the bacteria that trigger puffy, bleeding gums.
Minor nausea and vomiting can be normal and even protective to the fetus. Ginger is useful to keep vomiting from spiraling out of control. There is lack of data on possible harmful effects of ginger in early pregnancy, but presently ginger seems safer than use of current antiemetic drugs. Capsules containing 250 mg of ginger are taken four times per day. Synergistically, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in doses of up to 50 mg two to four times per day is often useful for nausea.
Milk thistle or its most active bioflavinoids, silymarin is a safe herb for pregnancy. Milk thistle is a wonderful decongestant and helps the body detoxify many poisons, especially solvents or alcohol. Milk thistle is available in tasty glycerite, delightful for children of all ages.
Essential oil of lavender reduces stretch marks. Nettles and raspberry tea strengthen the uterus.
Aim your total weight gain to 24-30 pounds. Eat four to sox servings of fresh organic vegetables, soaked seeds and fruits are best. Avoid modern grains and processed foods.
Cow's milk is not what it used to be, and is now associated with triggering diabetes. Vegetables are a far superior source of minerals, avoiding excessive protein, fats and calories. Mineral supplements stabilize better in small frequent doses and as "mini meals," as if we were nibbling on green vegetables all day long. Minerals reduce the risk of preeclampsia (the most common cause of maternal death), as well as that "pregnancy cavity". If you are irritable, it may be because of temporary mineral shortages. If there is a tendency to neglect fruits, berries and the three to four fists-full of green leaves that are a prime source of minerals, add a teaspoonful or two of authentic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water periodically.
The tendency to pregnancy diabetes can be managed by eating fewer grains and more foods such as proteins, fats, and greens. Common grains contain many protein chains that mimic insulin molecularly. The hormonal effect of these modern hybridized grains stresses our metabolism far out of proportion to simple calories, causing extra fat deposition. Wheat (especially gluten), corn, lentils, buckwheat, and peanuts contain molecular markers that mimic insulin. Worse yet, these common grains are highly allergenic, potentially creating allergies in your child. Intake of modern grains is best minimized during pregnancy and breast feeding, since these allergenic and hormone-mimicking molecules travel across the placenta and breast. Cow’s milk, wheat, corn, soy, peanuts, lentils and buckwheat are best not fed to baby in the first year of life. As alternatives, try according to blood type: wild rice, millet, tapioca, rice, taro, and barley malt, wheat grass or barley grass.
Keep vitamin A supplementation below 10,000 IU. Pregnancy or taking birth control pills causes the body to store vitamin A. Beta-carotene is best part of a carotenoid mixture. Doses of vitamin A below 10,000 IU are also prudent when using birth control pills.
Caffeine probably won't cause birth defects. But drinking coffee, coke or tea can cause your baby to be born with caffeine high that may last 2 - 4 months. The baby's liver cannot produce the enzymes necessary to detoxify caffeine until then. Caffeine also reduces the absorption of minerals from meals from 40 to 80%. Women that drink coffee have more difficulty conceiving. On the other hand, drinking more than one half cup of caffeinated tea increases a women’s chance of pregnancy.
If you are at all inclined to breast-feed DO IT! Advantages include decreasing the incidence of infant ear infections, allergies, diarrhea and bacterial meningitis; and may also protect against childhood lymphoma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and diabetes. Breast-feeding moms have reduced risk to ovarian cancer, early breast cancer and the fractures of osteoporosis. Aim for a full year. A year is better than a month, but a month is better than a week and a week is better than nothing. Mothers begin breast-feeding within the first hour of birth and feed newborns on demand for as often as 12 times daily if needed. Look for sucking motions, rather than waiting for the baby to cry, which is a sign of a late stage of hunger. Sore nursing nipples are relieved with comfrey salves.
Blessed thistle, alfalfa, Vitex (chaste tree), dill, caraway, fennel, garlic, and authentic apple cider vinegar promote milk production. There are many good reasons, nutritional, developmental, and psychological to breast-feed. However, breast-feeding is very stressful to the mother's mineral reserves. Mineral supplements are suggested upon arising, at bedtime, and with mineral-weak meals. Supplements are best continued for at least six months after weaning to replenish lost minerals from mom’s body.
A teaspoonful or two of apple cider vinegar added to water and consumed with meals will satisfy with less food. Vermont folk medicine suggests we use apple cider vinegar for mastitis, reducing spontaneous abortions, aiding conception, for constipation, and reducing arthritis and varicose veins both orally and topically. It enhances the potency of the male and reduces the risk of difficult birthing, weak or fussy offspring.
Allowing the baby to sleep sucking on the bottle is a no no! Plain water is okay, but milk and juices can rot the teeth pretty quickly. That's called "baby bottle mouth".
Iron deficiency may be associated with baby bottle mouth. Iron deficiency is very common,
especially in bottle-fed infants and rapidly growing children. Lack of iron can slow baby’s progress.
Use an anatomical pacifier, if you choose to use one for your child. Remember that constant gnawing, or later on, clenching or grinding of the teeth is an expression of essential irritability that can be soothed by increasing mineral intake. Difficult teething is often helped with the homeopathic camomilla.
AVOID THE DREADED "SWEET TOOTH"
You can use the following guide to keep your child from developing a "sweet tooth":
1. At about six months, pureed or cooked green beans, peas, pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes.
2. At nine months start spinach, beets, turnips, carrots, and collards. (Baby's liver is not ready until now for foods naturally rich in nitrates).
3. At one year start vegetables before fruit. Then applesauce, peaches, apricots, pears, nectarines and plums. Cook first, then mash.
For colic, crush two tablespoonfuls of fennel seeds; simmer for twenty minutes in one and one half cups of water. Feed by the teaspoonful once cooled.
Early childhood development is commonly characterized by rapid growth inducing clusters of mineral deficiencies. The most common symptom, irritability preceding inflammation, could be expressed as excessive ticklishness, headache, difficulty sleeping, attention deficit disorder, psychological problems, grinding of the teeth, nocturnal muscle cramps, bed wetting, colic, sleep talking, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, scoliosis, difficulty in teething, tooth decay, or failure to thrive. The best sources of critical minerals, fiber and antioxidants are green vegetables.
Build centered behavior and stronger skin, nails, muscles, hair, teeth and bone! Nibble on green things all day long! Aim for four tummy-sized fistfuls, half cooked, half-raw. Green vegetables are the best source of minerals in your meals! 1) Deep green vegetables, especially sea vegetables - with supplements of alfalfa, blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley, or wheat grass; 2) Fresh fruit; 3) Seeds and nuts; 4) Complex carbohydrates; 5) For mom, glass of real wine or beer.
Besides the minerals, green vegetables provide important enzymes and antioxidants necessary to quench inflammation, and the fiber for proper elimination. Drink quality water. Ideally we will have a bowel movement within one half hour after our two to three primary meals per day
Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for brain and retinal development in the first three years of life. Odd-numbered prostaglandins improve fertility and prolong gestation. (Spontaneous abortion and premature delivery are triggered by high levels of an even numbered prostaglandin derivative called prostacyclin). Omega-3 fats relieve behavior problems, cradle cap, eczema and psoriasis. They aid in brain and retinal development. Cod liver oil, sesame or flaxseed oil can be absorbed directly through baby's skin. These essential oils are not in most baby formulas. Mom needs to have precursors in her diet so that the best mix will come from the breast.
Mental retardation and blindness are less common when cold-water fish oils are a substantial part of the diet. Essential fatty acids reduce tooth decay, migraine, asthma and irritable bowel. They reduce excessive stomach acid and enhance the mucus lining of the gut. They reduce gastrointestinal disturbances, fever, myalgia, arthralgia, and arthritis, as well as autoimmune destruction, such as juvenile diabetes.
Sesame oil on the rash, flaxseed oil rubbed on baby's tummy, or fish oil on the tush supply essential fatty acids conveniently. Omega nutrition makes a butterscotch flavored "Essential Balance Jr. TM." Try in puddings. Soaked flax or pumpkinseeds provide excellent fiber, the highest quality oils, and easily digestible proteins with the highest enzyme activity. Udo Erasmus has made high quality essential oils available. Udo’s book on fats is among the best.
VIRUSES AND VACCINES
Check out the vaccination issue. The vaccine industry is totally self-regulated and protected by government agencies. Vaccination benefits are overstated, and risks are minimized. Vaccinations can wear off and allow a more serious version of the viral disease to blossom as an adult. Polio returns thirty and forty year later. Chicken pox reappears as shingles. The basic vaccination premise of protection for life is false. The reality is infection for life. Most biological products are contaminated with poisonous preservatives, viruses and other life forms. Sudden infant death syndrome and autism have been associated with vaccines.
Linda Rector Page, N.D. feels that most vaccines as they exist today, unnaturally irritate and imbalance the immune system. Repeated viral insults set the stage for many more autoimmune disorders, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and the herpes with its yeast. Try to balance individual risk with societal profit. Homeopathic preparations offer a safer alternative, but are belittled by allopathic medicine. Two months of age is frighteningly early to begin injecting this mix of potentially pathogenic proteins into a baby whom has an undeveloped immune system. Make vaccination decisions before you go to the hospital.
If vaccination seems unavoidable, cover the child with 100 mg of vitamin C per month of life per day, before and after. This seemingly high dose of vitamin C is also recommended by some as the every day dose for optimal development. Certainly it is a reasonable level to use fighting any illness. In fact, these "feared diseases" become minor inconveniences when quenching doses of vitamin C are used.
The role of viruses is not really understood. As bacteria, viruses will likely be proved to be far more beneficial than harmful to our species. Our genetic uniqueness is partly due to viruses. Viruses change our genetic expression and can be passed to our progeny by a variety of vectors. Most of our immunity is in the gut. It is likely that certain viral infections are helpful, necessary to "mature" parts of our gut immunity and digestion. Mumps primes the parotid glands’ ability to breakdown fats. Chickenpox triggers the production of the enzymes in the small intestine that digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Measles primes liver enzymes and encourages the expression and potency of the pancreatic enzymes.
Painful, red, swollen, boggy gums often accompany the first viral infection. Liquid vitamin C is anti inflammatory, as is an oral rinse of milk of magnesia. Rinse and swallow acidophilus liquid. Rhus tox is a classic homeopathic remedy. Essential oils are very helpful for infants. Try one drop of tea tree oil, one drop of lavender, and one drop of calendula oil in juice.
The vast majority of us are colonized by our family's varieties of the herpes virus by the time we are six months old. When we recover, the virus (masked to mimic our molecular markers) settles in the nerves, even in the spinal connections. Periodically the herpes awakens, curbing defensive lymphokines and cytokines, creating those familiar prodromal tingles or itches that predict vesicles of fluid laden with virus. These vesicles ulcerate in moist mucosa or harden, crust and crack on dry skin. We focus on the skin lesions, but there is neural inflammation to the spinal ganglia, even to the brain. Herpes might be thought of as chronic disease of the nerves, which periodically blossoms on the surface. Again, vitamin C in doses of 100 mg per month of life per day allows quick recovery.
IDEAL SKULL SHAPE AND FUNCTION
For correct spinal development, for full development of the jaws, and to prevent tibial torsion (pigeon-toed) encourage back sleeping for your baby, swaddled and supported. Older children can be told that boys will have better athletic ability and that the girls will have prettier faces. Since jaws will be better aligned, there will be fewer orthodontic visits, a less costly treatment, and we will likely have a superior result with less chance of relapse. When parent and child are in agreement, say "Lie on your back with this little neck roll for ten minutes when you first go to bed. If you have not fallen asleep in ten minutes, you may snuggle in any position to get to sleep. But later on, I will flip you over on your back. This will only wake you a little bit. You know what we are trying to accomplish. Fall right back asleep." Within a week, we will have a back sleeper.
The vitality and balance of our nervous system is largely defined during the birthing process and the first year of life. Ideal birthing conditions provide for plenty of healthy uterine and vaginal muscular contractions. Compressed flexible bones of the baby’s skeleton in turn squeeze the dura mater, which forms a fluid-filled bladder around the brain and spine. Reciprocal tension of the dura’s taut inner sheets is created by attachments to areas within the skull, the upper neck vertebrae, even down to the tailbone. The rhythmic contractions of the birth canal help establish a lifelong rhythmic pump that feeds and washes the brain and spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid is part shock absorber, part brain food, and part brain bath. Free and balanced movement of the head, neck and spine is key to the pump mechanism
Induced delivery, surgical delivery, difficult or complicated birthing is reason to consider NeuroCranial Restructuring (NCR) and manipulation. NCR is used to restore full cranial form after the birthing process, or other trauma. Craniosacral adjustment has a gentle approach favored by Dr. John Upledger of Palm Beach Gardens, FL that is often successful. If there is still cranial imbalance, saddle deformity, difficulty in breathing or clearing mucus, Eustachian tube dysfunction, hearing or balance problems, recurrent sinus or ear infections, or snoring, or emotional problems, Dr. Dean Howell's balloon naturopathic techniques for mobilizing cranial sutures should be considered to correct birthing trauma. Dr. Howell, near Seattle, WA can be reached at 206-252-6066 for referrals of doctors trained in this incredible technique. In Miami, FL, Dr. Lewis Arrandt at 305-279-0850 has been trained by Dr. Howell, and is current president of the NCR Physicians Association.
High self-esteem is a critical key to health. The most loved and effective healers and teachers are "good helpers." Just before one falls asleep, there is a direct window into the subconscious. This creates an opportunity for the strongest hypnotic suggestion, even if you are not a hypnotist. You just need to be there as your child drifts off to sleep, and affirm night after night, "You are such a good helper!"
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
One third of children say their parents routinely use sticks, paddles, whips, or cords as bodily punishment. Children less than two years old should not be spanked because it carries the potential for physical injury. In threatening situations, for two to six year-olds, spanking might increase the effectiveness of less aversive disciplinary techniques, weighing benefits and risks. Spanking is counterproductive in older children and adolescents. Fear is a poor motivator. The brain is designed to respond primarily with good feelings. Effective alternatives are positive reinforcement such as parental affection, encouraging independent play, and parental responsiveness and nonphysical punishment such as "time-outs," temporarily ignoring children, or giving the silent glare.
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ANALYZING YOUR pH
WINDOW TO YOUR METABOLIC PROCESS
by JACK TIPPS, N.D., Ph. D. - The Pro Vita! Plan
modified by STEVEN GREEN, D.D.S.
The body has a preference for the pH of the blood, which is generally established at 7.4 on the pH scale, slightly alkaline. A venous blood pH of 7.46 is considered optimal. If the pH deviates even a little bit, this creates great metabolic problems, even convulsions and death. However, the body has several ‘fail-safe’ mechanisms to regulate the blood pH and keep it suitable for life, primarily through buffer salts. Many other tissues that deal with the external environment (colon, living skin, vagina, stomach, lymph node fluid) rely on an acid pH for their proper function.
The pH is a dynamic state of ebb and flow like the ocean tide. One difficulty people have in understanding pH is that they try to make it a static, or linear, rather than a cyclical condition. The pH scale seems linear like this: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14. But in effect, in body health pH is actually circular. If pH becomes too alkaline (too high) such as 9, the body automatically switches into an acid-fast condition at 5 for self-preservation. Since we know this, the urine pH scale looks more realistically like this: 5-6-7-8-9-5.
And, for self-preservation in an over acid condition such as a consistent pH of 5 which depletes the body's alkaline reserves, the body will access bicarbonate and ammonia to buffer the acid and the urine pH shifts to the alkaline. Thus, the urine pH scales looks like this: 9-5-6-7-8-9-5. So extreme urine pH values often have underlying opposite deviations. A very acid pH can be the body's effort to control alkalosis. A very alkaline pH can be the body's effort to control acidosis.
Simply put, the pH wraps around itself rather than staying in a straight line. Therefore, such concepts as "alkaline pH is better than acid" or vice-versa, limit an understanding of the dynamic principles of pH. Dr. Morter's memorable quote on pH is, "We are alkaline entities by design, but acid-generating beings by function." This helps explain the interplay between these two polarities inherent within each of us.
It is natural for the pH to shift like the tides. If it dips too acid during the acid cycle, then the compensation rises too high during the alkaline cycle. A deviation to one extreme simply causes a deviation to the other extreme, like the pendulum on a clock. pH can be measured via the urine and the saliva, each fluid providing specific insights to what is occurring in the body. The theoretical most accurate fluid to measure is venous blood, but this process involves drawing blood without mental stress and the availability of a centrifuge. Dr. Harold Kristal explains an indirect way of evaluating blood pH following blood sugar curves in The Nutrition Solution.
Salivary pH. While generally more acidic than blood, salivary pH mirrors the blood (if not thinking of food, or around meals) and is also a fairly good indicator of health. It tells us what the body retains. Salivary pH is a fair indicator of the health of the extracellular fluids and their alkaline mineral reserves.
Optimal pH for resting saliva is 6.4 to 6.8. Spit upon arising before anything is put into the mouth. A reading lower than 6.4 is indicative of insufficient alkaline reserves. After eating, the saliva pH should rise to 7.8 of higher. Unless this occurs, the body has alkaline mineral deficiencies and will not assimilate food very well. To deviate from ideal salivary pH for an extended time invites illness.
Acidosis, an extended time in the acid pH state, is part of metabolic syndrome X, can result in diabetes, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease and most cancers. If salivary pH stays too low, the diet should focus on vegetables and removing strong acidifiers such as sodas, whole grains and red meat.
Alkalosis, an extended time in the alkaline state, is a result of chronic inflammation seen with parasites in constipation and indigestion, flu, heart and artery trouble, and bacterial and viral infections.
Urinary pH. The pH of the urine indicates how the body is working to maintain the proper pH of the blood. The urine reveals the alkaline building (anabolic) and acid tearing-down (catabolic) cycles. The pH of urine indicates the efforts of the body via the kidneys, adrenals, lungs and gonads to regulate pH through the buffer salts and hormones.
Urine can provide a fairly accurate picture of body chemistry, because the kidneys filter out the buffer salts of pH regulation and provide values based on what the body is eliminating. Urine pH can vary from around 4.5 to 9.0 for its extremes, but the ideal range is 5.8 to 6.8 with slight variances for climate. The warmer the climate the lower the pH median. For example, in the warm southern United States urine pH of 6.4 promotes activity and offsets lethargy. In colder climates, optimal 24-hour pH will climb to 6.45 to 6.5.
CHARTING URINE pH
Here is a pH chart for visual comprehension of its function.
Chart of the normal 24-hour cycle
4 6 8 10 12 2 4 6 8 10 12 2 4
The body goes to great lengths to regulate the homeostasis, or equilibrium, of its preferred blood pH. Yet, as seen by the general health of most people, the body's environment needs some assistance. An imbalance in the blood chemistry means that many of the natural functions will be inhibited at the atomic level by the presence of too many acid hydrogen (H) or alkaline hydroxyl (OH) ions.
Understanding how pH functions can be a turning point to health. People who are environmentally sensitive, or are affected by chronic fatigue, may find that metabolic balancing of the pH provides a degree of energy and stability that is critical to their daily function. If you are interested in this vital knowledge about your health, here are the instructions how to monitor your pH. Using "pHydrion lo-buff" microfine pH 5.5 – 8.0 paper available from MicroEssential Laboratory, Brooklyn, NY 11210, follow these guidelines:
[ Measure the pH of each urination of the day and night. The first urination is a composite of the acid/alkaline swings during sleep. Log the first urination and designate it as such. Measure the saliva first thing in the morning. Urine and
saliva pH does not always coincide--one may be acid and the other alkaline.
[ Allow the urine to run on a small strip of the pH tape, or pee in a cup and dip. It is best to measure salivary pH by drooling on the tape rather than sucking on the chemicals. Compare the color of the pH tape with the color chart provided with the tape and log it on your pH chart.
[ If YELLOW, indicating an ACID pH, select one the following, which, according to your average urinary pH is not within a 6.4 to 6.8 range, take steps to shift pH. IF TAPE IS TOO yellow, help to alkalize your pH:
[ Cool bath or shower. Soap will alkalinize.
[ 6 oz. pineapple juice or most other fruit juices, but not cranberry.
[ Fresh vegetable juice / grated radish.
[ Large doses B vitamins, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate.
[ Wakame seaweed, Kombu.
[ Molasses, sugar cane juice, maple sugar (also less healthy white or brown sugar).
[ Herb teas: chamomile, peppermint, fenugreek, red clover, hibiscus, burdock, dandelion (leaf and root), kudzu, bancha, ohsawa coffee, mu (macrobiotic).
[ Deep breathing, singing, chanting, rapid exercise (not heavy exercise).
[ Salt and baking soda, or Epsom salt and baking soda bath. (2 lb salts, 2 lb baking soda in full tub. Soak for an hour).
[ 1/2 tsp. citro-carbonate (available in drug stores) in water, but only use this when other means listed here are not available, or the pH is unresponsive to the other means.
[ Lemon juice in water.
[ 1/2 tsp. baking soda plus 1/4 tsp cream of tartar plus juice of 1/2 lemon in 4 oz water.
[ Alka-Seltzer Gold.
[ Avoid red meat, lentils, soda pop phosphates, whole grains.
Sympathetic-dominant people generally are acidic and though most calcium salts tend to alkalize, calcium is the "wire" of the sympathetic system. Instead emphasize magnesium and potassium. Alkalizing calcium ligands are gluconate, orotate, carbonate and bone meal. Chelated calcium and hydroxyapatite are neutral.
Foods considered to be alkaline-forming and thus helpful to people with consistently acid pH include: Almonds, aloe vera, apples, apricots, bee pollen, buckwheat, cabbage, cantaloupe, celery, carrots, cucumbers, dairy products except hard cheese, dates, dulse, poached eggs, figs, grapefruit, honey, lettuce, millet, parsley, raisins, peaches, fresh red potatoes, pineapple, soy products, sprouted seeds, cooked spinach, turnip tops. Wakame miso soup, Azuki beans, rice.
People who remain too acid often display symptoms such as:
Fatigue in early morning
Headaches, occipital to frontal
High blood pressure
Hyperactivity, hyper sexuality
Shortness of breath
Warm, dry hands and feet
Since it is often difficult to control and correct an acid pH through diet, a homeopathic remedy can be used. M. L. Tyler (1989) writes that Natrum phosphoricum (Phosphate of Soda) is a useful remedy for "that modern bogey 'acidosis' supposed to need very careful dieting." Nat. phos. is one of Schussler's cell salts and is useful for conditions arising from excess of lactic acid.
Clarke (1986) reports Schussler's explanation how Nat. phos. helps with acidosis. Through the presence of Nat. phos. lactic acid is decomposed into carbonic acid and water. Nat. phos. is able to bind to itself carbonic acid, which it conveys to the lungs. Here, the oxygen flowing into the lungs liberates the carbonic acid, which is exhaled and exchanged for oxygen. Clarke also notes that Nat. phos. is necessary for dissolving uric acid in the blood. Clearly, if acidosis can be checked by the remedy Nat. phos. serious illness can be prevented.
If TAPE IS TOO GREEN OR BLUE, indicating an ALKALINE pH, select one of the following, according to Wheelwright, to acidify the pH:
[ Minimize most B vitamins and emphasize ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, nicotinic
acid and betaine HCL.
[ Use one or more of the following acidifying calcium salts:
lactate, citrate, ascorbate, acetate, or the neutral hydroxyapatite
[ Hot bath or shower (avoid soap).
[ Mustard bath (oz. dry mustard in warm bath for 14 minutes--no longer!).
[ Drink unsweetened cranberry juice (dilute in water).
[ Apple cider vinegar - 1 tsp. with 8oz water hourly. Source of potassium and malic acid buffers. Lemon juice adds citric acid buffers.
[ Vinegar bath (2 cups vinegar to full tub. Soak 30 minutes). Hand bath
with cider vinegar.
[ Herbal teas: desert herb, spearmint, shave grass (horsetail), raspberry
[ Ferntops, dandelion leaves, purslane, water cress, garden sorrel, dock, horseradish leaves.
[ Eat low-stress proteins: soaked seeds, sprouts, sesame tahini, 5+5 protein meal.
[ Eat sauerkraut, sour pickles.
[ Take brisk walks with long strides and shallow breaths.
Foods considered by nutritional researchers to be acid-forming and thus helpful to people with consistently alkaline pH include: Brown rice, hard cheese, chicken, cranberries, fried or scrambled eggs, fish, whole grains, (wheat, oats, corn, brown rice, rye), lentils, meat, nuts (except almonds, Brazil), mayonnaise, pomegranates, tomatoes, seeds and vinegars.
People whose pH runs alkaline often display some of these symptoms:
Cold, clammy hands and feet
Fatigue in mornings, hard to arise from bed
Headaches, side of head, temples (migraine)
Excitability of nervous system
Introverted behavior, depression
Leg cramps, tetany
Low blood pressure
For alkalinity, homeopathic remedies based on the potassium salts can be effective. Such Kali remedies impact the fundamental state of the vital force and therefore also the pH factor.
Balancing the pH is a major step toward well-being and greater health. The Pro-Vita! Plan builds proper pH and both the alkalizing reserve and the acid activity. This food plan builds a depth of resources and stability rather than causing radical swings in the pH cycle.
Pro Vita! Plan can be ordered from Apple-A-Day Press, 102 Westlake Drive, #102, Austin, TX 78746-5373. Telephone (512) 328-8012, fax (512) 328-8012.
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TIDES AND BODY POOLS
ACIDITY - ALKALINITY
Water is the stuff of life on this planet. A coalesence of magnetized polarized molecules with vibrational memory, water becomes biologically active brine when minerals are added to it. Water supports and electomagnetically organizes the chemical patterns of life. The body separates its different brine pools by intricately structured membranes. A cell membrane is a fluid mosaic of electro magnetically balanced bipolar fat molecules, bristling with structural protein inclusions, many of which are mineral pumps. Altering mineral balances (by pumps and holes in these membranes) allows the body to regulate the various functions of tissues.
The body's pumps change the character of, and modify the daily tidal flows, two anabolic, two catabolic. The concentrations of different minerals in solution, inside and outside our families of cells, are critical communicators. Through actions, direct, indirect and directed, the mineral concentration gradients across membranes are changed. Magnetized minerals mediate our perceptions, feelings, thoughts, and actions. They are the ultimate regulators at the molecular level. The mineral pump's controlling enzymes are understood poorly. But, we can optimize performance if adequate water and minerals are present.
Muscle contraction is triggered when calcium is released from a reservoir area, across a membrane, completing a protein trip-switch. This is the basic on/off mechanism of glands or muscles. Work ends, muscles relax (spasm is relieved), when calcium is actively pumped back into its cistern by the magnesium-dependent calcium pump. The sarcoplasmic reticulum (membrane-bound storage area) carries a thousand times more calcium than resting muscle.
The white blood cells are our amphibious defensive attack force against viruses and bacteria. Their ability to move and gobble up invaders is determined by contractile mechanisms dependent on the same molecular machinery. Our tongue gets coated or plaque builds up on the teeth when such cellular immunity diminishes. The same mineral flows occur in the cilia that clean our lungs, wiggle the tails of sperms, or in the release of hormones and in the breakdown of fat into usable energy.
The sodium - potassium pump also involves magnesium, but a separate controlling enzyme. The sodium pump maintains the serenity of our nerves and keeps the body from leaking potassium. It is the single most important metabolic event in the body, producing 30% - 40% of our resting heat. These two pumps together can easily produce half to two-thirds our body heat. Both pumps are dependent on energy and magnesium. Poor function of these pumps leads to irritability, depression, an exaggerated response to stress, obesity and many degenerative processes.
Magnesium and other important minerals become tied up when areas of the body become excessively alkaline, as in an inflammatory crisis. Lack of magnesium causes nerves to become irritable. Muscles may become weak, twitch or cramp easily. In a relatively alkaline environment, literally every cell becomes irritable. On the other hand, when areas become relatively acidic, magnesium and other minerals are freed for metabolic function.
Freed minerals are spilled from the body when the kidneys remove extra acid. This can lead to excessive loss of critical minerals. Long term, lack of minerals can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease and weak bones and joints. Through loss of potassium, this acid state can overcorrect to an alkaline state.
The lungs and kidneys normally maintain a narrow range of an almost neutral alkalinity. However, the foods we eat have a definite loading effect on buffering systems. The typical American diet is high in protein (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk products), grains, carbonated beverages, coffee, tea and alcohol. These foods leave an acid residue in the body, which is partly neutralized by the body's stored minerals and excreted via the kidneys. The lungs also compensate with deeper breaths, blowing off carbonic acid as carbon dioxide. Naturally these mechanisms are compromised if a person smokes, has lung disease, or kidney disease. Osteoporosis, flabby muscles, receding gums and thin skin commonly appear along with these maladies.
A vegetarian diet can cause the body to tend to become alkalotic. Vomiting or diarrheas causes loss of acid and many minerals. This leaves the body more alkalotic. Loss of potassium from diuretics, stress, injury, stress hormones (such as ACTH or cortisone), or a low magnesium diet causes alkalosis. A strict low salt diet can cause alkalosis from lack of chlorides. Sodium chloride and potassium chloride are salts; hydrochloric acid is an important resultant body acid.
For example, some of us have a hard time maintaining good levels of blood sugar. Sometimes it’s too high, sometimes too low. Normally the body's systems buffer most of its critical metabolic factors, keeping them in their appropriate ranges. This is called the steady state or homeostasis, or perhaps more descriptive homeodynamics. The more effective our chemical checks and balance are, the more effectively we can handle life's stresses. A primary homeostatic mechanism is the buffering system handling acidity and alkalinity. If our internal seas are inadequately buffered, our chemical brines surge between acidity and alkalinity. This may explain why muscle aches or irritability come and go, or travel from one area of the body to another.
At the most primitive level, the body needs adequate water and minerals. Green vegetables are the best source.
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AUTONOMIC PARASYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE
ALKALEMIA AND FATIGUE
ALKALOSIS AND IRRITABILITY
Many things can cause our tissues to be alkaline. The primary signs of alkalosis are inflammation, hyperexciteability and irritability. The cardinal example of irritability is neuromuscular hyperexciteability. Nerve and muscle, the classically excitable tissues product the most dramatic symptoms. A major muscle spasm is as immobilizing as psychiatric problems can be incapacitating. These changes occur even though blood tests are in normal ranges. Normal diurnal rhythms typically trend most alkaline at around 4 AM and 4 PM.
Alkalosis makes positively charged ions (cations) less available by tying them up. Deficiency symptoms of cations are initiated and exacerbated in an alkalosis. Irritability symptoms of calcium, magnesium and potassium deficiencies are well described but are rarely diagnosed before reaching emergency stages. Zinc, manganese and chromium deficiencies can have profound effects as well. Some doctors are recommending supplementation of these (on a largely intuitive judgment) for their characteristic deficiency symptoms. Iron is the best-known deficiency, accentuated by alkalosis.
All cells in an alkalotic medium will be excitable and irritable. Mineral shortages, therefore, create a higher metabolic demand, an energy drain.
The most common cause of alkalosis is lost potassium. Potassium loss is caused by: acidosis, the hormonal response to stress, vomiting, diarrhea and magnesium deficiency. At the membrane level, potassium loss is caused by decreased efficiency of the sodium pump. The achy, irritable feeling we have when we have the flu stems from alkalosis. Perhaps the body alters its chemistry in this way to make it less hospitable to the attacking organism; just as it may raise the body temperature (through increased activity of the sodium pump). High production of the oxidized fatty acids of inflammation uses up chlorides. The freed sodium ties up the carbonic acid buffers, creating sodium bicarbonate and alkalemia. Antacids lead to accumulation of alkalii. Fruits and vegetables leave an alkaline residue. Vegetarians are often alkalotic, unless they eat acid-forming grains.
Diuretics (especially the thiazides) create an alkalosis by causing the loss of these same minerals. The side effects of thiazides represent many classical symptoms of alkalosis. They are: increased sensitivity to sunlight; increased thirst; impaired glucose tolerance; loss of appetite; irregular heart beat; rash; nausea; severe stomach pain; unexplained sore throat and fever; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; yellowing of skin or eyes; decrease in sexual ability; and muscle cramps. If neuromuscular hyperexciteability were the underlying cause of high blood pressure, the thiazide type diuretics would worsen the underlying causes. Many doctors have abandoned thiazide diuretics as treatment for high blood pressure.
The lack of freely available calcium or magnesium causes irritability of cells. The lack may be due to low intake, poor absorption, high demand or excessive loss. The acidity or alkalinity of the tissues is a primary determinate of mineral availability and enzyme activity. Minerals are locked up in an alkaline environment and freed in a neutral or acid situation. The most common clinical signs of alkalosis are irritability and neuromuscular hyperexcitability.
Stress hormones initially make us more acidic. This frees up minerals for metabolic function. Prolonged stress causes us to retain sodium and lose potassium. Acidity then rebounds to an acute alkalosis, characterized by muscular weakness, excessive urination and alternating constipation and diarrhea.
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ACIDOSIS AND SERENITY
AUTONOMIC SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE
Acidosis is a subtle thing. Only severe acidosis has clinical symptoms, headache leading to coma. On the other hand, alkalosis of tissues causes pain, spasm and weakness. Any organism will learn to avoid alkalosis if it can. Overcompensation (alkalosis to acidosis) produces relief of irritability and the reduction of muscle spasm. Diurnally we tend to be most acidic (and most calm and imperturbable) at 10 AM and 10 PM.
Since alkalosis sets us up for pain, is it any wonder that many addictions produce an acid effect on the body? For example: soda pop; coffee and smoking; alcohol; tea and cookies; chocolate; high protein diet; high fat diet; diets high in wheat germ, lentils and pasta; starvation diet; dehydration; strenuous exercise; ascorbic acid; aspirin type drugs; stress (drama queen) and even trauma result in acidosis.
Acidosis is also caused by the use of potassium sparing diuretics, such as diamox or aldactone. Kidney disease causes acidosis. Diabetes causes acidosis. Hyperthyroid activity or excessive thyroid consumption cause acidosis. Excessive intake of Epsom salts leaves an acid residue. Ammonium chloride (recommended by Selye for PMS symptoms) acidifies.
Symptoms of acidosis that may be noted are: headache and drowsiness; an acetone odor to the breath in ketoacidosis, produced in diabetes, after alcohol consumption, during fat burning and carbohydrate starvation; air hunger; nausea and vomiting; thirst and dry mouth. Diabetes classically produces acidosis.
Acidosis quietly enhances the loss of potassium, eventually creating a rebound alkalosis and its symptoms. Calcium and magnesium are wasted too. This creates negative mineral balance. Early negative mineral balance is symptom free. In fact, you usually feel good because levels of minerals in the blood are normal, or even higher. The long-term effects are tooth and bone breakdown and exhaustion of adaptive systems. Manganese is wasted too. It is important for the production of proteoglycans, which maintain body lubrication and resilience. Chromium, a leveling factor for blood sugar, is wasted as well.
An entire family of stress hormones is activated in response to the mineral losses induced by acidosis. The family stimulated through the beta-adrenergic nervous system would include: adrenal hormones, thyroid and parathyroid hormones, vasopressin and glucagon (an insulin antagonist). These hormones must be doing overtime, since beta-blockers are currently among the most popular drugs in medicine. They are used to combat hypertension, arrhythmias, angina, migraine, hyperthyroidism, anxiety states, and tremors, even myocardial infarction. These disease states are major expressions of the sympathetic syndrome (results of dominant sympathetic autonomic nervous system). The trigger may be physiologic stress due to mineral lack or imbalance of acid and alkalii. The trigger may be psychological stress brought on by pain, fear, cynicism, any strong emotions, or excessive change.
After long-term stress, parathyroids produce a second hormone that opens up the calcium channels of the cells and their organelles, increasing intracellular calcium, causing premature aging. Calcium-channel blockers are a clumsy attempt to do what nibbling on greens or small frequent doses of multiminerals with water will do.
Chronic headache patients often have low levels of the adrenal hormones in their blood. When one has had a dominant stress (sympathetic) response, and can no longer adapt to stress, one becomes "stressed out." Damaged mitochondria make less ATP energy and less sex and steroid hormones.
The primary potential perversion of the reward-response is that stress triggers endorphin release. Stress appears in the form of many of our favorite foods, activities, and emotional situations. eliminates the nasty feelings of alkalosis while disarming the immune system and cannibalizing the skeleton.
TYPICAL ACID - BASE REACTION OF FOODS
Keeps mineral soluble.
Encourages loss in urine.
Ties up minerals.
With lack, creates irritability.
Coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol
Whole milk, skim, buttermilk, fruit and
Meat, fish, fowl, eggs, shellfish, all
types of cheese and peanut butter.
Butter and cooking oils
Cereals, grains, breads, crackers, pasta, brown rice, wheat germ.
Arrowroot starch, corn starch, tapioca.
Corn and lentils
Most vegetables including potatoes
Brazil nuts, filberts, peanuts, walnuts
Almonds, chestnuts, coconut
| Cranberries, plums, prunes (alkaline, but
increase urine acidity)
Most fruits, including raisins and figs
| Cakes and cookies
Honey, plain candies, sugar and syrup.
|Salicylates, vitamin C
| Ideally 20% of diet
|| Ideally 80% of diet
The lungs immediately compensate for a change in pH (relative acidity or alkalinity), by changing breathing patterns. Deeper breaths blow off carbon dioxide. This creates less carbonic acid in the buffer system. By simply breathing more deeply, chanting, or by being chilled, the body becomes more alkaline.
By the same token, shallow breathing allows carbon dioxide to accumulate, causing more acid system. Other things such as smoking, emphysema, air pollution, or even congestion tend to create a more acid chemistry in the body.
The kidneys also compensate. They excrete hydrogen ions to eliminate acidity. Many minerals are lost in this process.
pH Measurements of Drinks
Most soft drinks have a teaspoonful of sugar per ounce.
|Royal Crown Cola............................
Squirt (natural grapefruit)..................
|Fresca (sugar free...........................
|Diet pepsi (sugar free).....................
|7 UP (sugar free)............................
|Nestea Tea (sugar and lemon)........
|Diet Rite Cola................................
|A & W Root Beer...........................
|Dade County tap water....................
Ideal saliva pH.......................
| 6.0 to 7.6
7.0 is neutral.
6.0 is ten times as acid.
5.0 is one hundred times as acid as 7.0
2.0 is 100,000 times as acid.
Most of this data comes from George Schuchard, III, D.D.S., of Chino, California.
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ALKALINE-ACID EFFECTS OF SOME COMMON FOODS
Degree of acidity of alkalinity makes a difference too. Lentils and wheat germ are quite acidic. However, rice, cheeses, wheat bread and peanuts are only mildly acidic.
|| acid (-) alkaline (+)
|| 2 tsp.
|| 1/8 c. shelled
|| +34.0 1
|| 1/3 c. seedless
| Figs, dried
|| 1 1/2 c.
| Beet Greens
|| +27.0 .
|| 1 c
|| 1 c. leaves
| Dandelion Greens
|| 1 c.
| Yeast, dried brewer's
|| 1 T.
|| 12 nuts
|| 1 large scraped
| Flour, soybean
|| + 9.5
|| + 7.8
|| 2 stalks
|| + 7.0
|| 1/2 c. juice
| Potatoes, sweet
|| + 6.7
|| 1 pared
| Potatoes, white
|| + 7.0
|| 1 pared
| Baked Beans
|| + 6.0
|| 1/2 cup
|| + 5.6
|| 1 small, cored
|| + 5.5
|| 12 hulled
|| + 5.6
|| 1 small peeled
| Peas, dried
|| + 6.0
|| 2 T.
|| + 4.0
|| + 3.7
|| 1 large, cored
| Milk, whole
|| + 2.3
|| 1 glass
|| + 2.2
|| 1 glass
|| + 1.5
| Squash, summer
|| + 1.0
|| 1 c. seeded, rindless
|| 2 pats
|| - 1.1
|| 1 T.
| Bread, whole wheat
|| - 3.6
|| 2 slices
|| - 3.9
|| 16 nuts, skin removed
| Cheese, cottage
|| - 4.5
|| 1/8 c.
| Cheese, cheddar
|| - 5.0
|| 1 cube
| Rice, brown
|| - 5.7
|| 3 T.
| Flour, buckwheat
|| - 7.1
|| 2 T.
| Walnuts, English
|| - 7.8
|| 12 meats
|| - 8.4
|| 1/4 lb. fillet
| Lamb, chops
|| - 9.7
|| 2 chops
| Beef liver
|| - 11.0
|| 1/4 lb.
| Beef steak
|| 1/4 lb.
|| - 11.0
|| 1 shell removed
|| 1/4 lb.
| Macaroni or Spaghetti
|| 1/4 c.
| Lentils, dried
|| 2 T.
| Wheat germ
|| 2 T.
Cranberries, plums and prunes are alkaline, but because they contain precursors of hippuric acid, they increase the acidity of the urine. Ripe olives are soaked in alkaline during the fermentation process and are apt to be quite alkaline.
Fix and Daughton, 1981
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IRRITABILITY AND DEPRESSION
This is about when it is too much effort to get out of bed in the morning, stretch or eat correctly. People around you are irritating. Are you overly sensitive, having feelings too easily hurt? Are you are on a treadmill, never going to win, never get ahead? Cold things make the teeth ache and little things irritate. That is mild depression. Take chelated minerals morning and night with vitamin D (and vitamin K if you form much tooth tartar). Craving sugar and caffeine? Difficulty maintaining focus or getting things done? Eat quality protein early in the day. Try tyrosine in Norivals and/or Brain Energy.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) shares many similarities with depression, but is simply mammalian hibernation response to diminishing light and high carbohydrates (traditionally consumed only in autumn). See daylight. Test 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels in blood. Cod liver oil and multi-min chelates (Metagenic’s) contain vitamin D, sunshine’s steroid hormone. This hormone (vitamin D) increases bone density, muscle strength and mass, enhances insulin sensitivity, reduces risk to cancer, heart and autoimmune disease, is anti-inflammatory and boosts mood. Commercial cow’s milk preparations contain many metabolic poisons. Surprisingly, ‘milk’ often tests well. Likely the benefit comes from added vitamin D. Better sources of D are noontime sunshine and cod liver oil.
Is body temperature normal? Low metabolism is associated with apathy, pain and depression. See previous section on pain, fatigue and apathy (if you have the energy). Use saliva testing to evaluate sex and steroid hormones. Custom compounded transdermal creams correct high cholesterol and naturally replace critical pregnenolone, progesterone, estrogens, DHEA, or testosterone improving mind, mood and muscle.
In times of difficulty, we marvel at folks with indefatigable energy, resilience and imperturbability. Loss of control diminishes brain serotonin production, necessary for level mood, optimism and restful sleep. In the digestive system, serotonin quiets irritable bowels. Hyper vigilance or always being ‘worried’ is a sign of lack of dietary tryptophan. Having shortness of breath? Obsessive-compulsive? Backache? Food binging? Sweets enhance release of serotonin, but disable cellular immunity and stress energy-endocrine balance. Find balance with tryptophan precursors or citrin bioflavinoids. Progesterone/pregnenolone creams also promote this balancing chemistry.
Lack of sleep creates irritability and depression. Eat lightly in the evening. Bananas, chocolate, almonds, peanuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds (most beans & seeds), oats, dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, meat, fish, turkey contain tryptophan. Try to get to bed by 10PM. Naps 3-5PM are a good idea. The adrenal stress test samples saliva at 8AM, noon, 6PM, and 11PM to check DHEA and cortisol rhythms. Melatonin (1.8mg or more sustained release taken after sunset) corrects circadian rhythms even if you are not aware of more sleep. Boost natural production of optimistic serotonin and melatonin with tryptophan. Take tryptophan with vitamin B6 (or P5P), niacin and a few ounces of fresh fruit juice (avoiding competing proteins).
One side effect of excessive magnesium is relaxation and sleep. Many magnesium forms help sleep. Try 2cups Epsom salts in warm bath. Try swallowing 100-400 mg magnesium complexed with taurate, citrate, glycinate, orotate, oxide or other ligands. Constipation is a major cause of toxicity and headaches. That’s depressing. Regulate constipated bowels with magnesium. Ideal elimination is early and 2-3 times daily after fiber-rich meals. Too much magnesium will cause transit time to be less than 18 hours (the amount of time from when food enters one’s mouth until it leaves the anus). Transit times that are too short do not allow time for proper assimilation and absorption.
Living life with butterflies in your stomach or a lump in your throat? Do you have easy sweating, flushing or palpitations, cold or clammy hands? This defines anxiety or loss of brain rhythm. Are you restless? Do you crave carbohydrates? Have hyperventilation, some trembling or twitching? Promote calm brain rhythm with glutamine, glycine, the branched chain amino acids (BCAA - leucine, isoleucine, and valine), inositol and other B vitamins, taurine. Just anxious about your next panic attack?
Panic attacks are related to gall bladder stress or spasm. The brain hormone of panic is cholecystokinin (CCK). CCK is also released as a digestive satiety hormone as the gall bladder functions. When the gall bladder spasms (try magnesium for any spasm) due to ingesting large amounts of sweets or fat, massive amounts of CCK are released. Gut CCK reaches the brain, first creating anxiety, then panic. If this is your pattern, try small meals, less oil, less sugar and more lecithin, fiber and digestive enzymes.
Irritability, anger (generally justified) and occasional mood swings lead to lack of trust, depression and compensatory ineffective obsequious behavior. Think toxicity. A young body tolerates many poisons. Capacity to handle those same poisons diminishes with age. Get checked for retained poisons with a chelation challenge test at the anti aging doctor. Prescription transdermal chelation creams are available to painlessly get out the poisons. Alternate one day of removing heavy metals with cream, with one day of stoking minerals internally - greens along with several small doses of multi-minerals (chelated or in solution). Coffee enemas relieve headache and enhance poison removal.
The human fantasy of control in our cosmic universe seems necessary for optimal health. When too much ‘evening news’ intrudes on optimistic fantasies, (e.g.: prescription antidepressants are linked to cancer and modern western medicine is a leading cause of death), reemphasize: water, regular sleep, gratitude, real foods, greens, digestive enzymes, sunrises, protein (not caffeine) early in day, sunshine, sunsets, stretching, singing, breathing, moderate exercise and meditation, vitamins especially Bs and C, frequent doses of minerals, essential fatty acids and herbs.
Depressive types are often achy and alkaline. Autonomic parasympathetic dominance keeps urine measurements clustering around urine pH 6.5 - 7.5. Bipolar types that bounce in and out of depression may be sympathetic (stress) dominant, which presents with a urine pH bouncing from 5 all the way to 8. Alkalinity makes calcium less available to "wire" the sympathetic system. In alkaline parasympathetic dominant people, extra magnesium or potassium can reduce available calcium creating depression.
St. Johnswort elevates mood and decreases depressive symptoms, helps with hypersomnia and insomnia; best used when tension and exhaustion are combined, especially around menopause. Helps eliminate poisons, so sometimes effectiveness increases over time. Many feel their mood lift almost immediately. Useful for mild to moderate unipolar or situational depression, helps functioning of most neurotransmitters. Linda Costarella, N.D. wrote Naturopathic Specific Condition Review: Depression in The Protcol Journal of Botanical Medicine, Volume 2, No. 1.
Ashwagandha strengthens and builds, especially the muscle, bone, nerves, and reproductive tissue. It counters nerve pain, calms the mind and promotes deep sleep and meditation. Especially useful for anxiety and for nervous exhaustion, ashwagandha boosts immunity and increases white blood cell activity. David Frawley wrote the chapter, Herbs and the Mind, in AMERICAN HERBALISM, 1992, edited by Dr. Michael Tierra, O.M.D., The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA 95019.
Avena sativa (oats) is supportive in general, especially for debility or the depression of menopause or low body temperature, helps slow healing neurasthenia. Good for situational depression in irritable, hyperactive people. David Winston, Herbalist AHG wrote Eclectic Specific Condition Review: Depression in The Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, Volume 2, No. 1. Feel your wild oats!
Ginkgo Biloba (green leaf) improves cerebral vascular flow to help memory and lift depression. Brown or golden leaf lessens fibrosis and stiffness.
Garum Armoricum (1,000 years old) is marketed as Stabilium or Adapton. Contains peptides and fatty acids, precursors to endorphins, regulatory neurotransmitters, and prostaglandins. After two weeks, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and insomnia were reduced 51-65% in a group of stressed chronic fatigue patients. In Europe, hyperactive children (learning disabilities &attention deficit disorder) use Garum Armoricum
Pfaffia (suma) is an immune system modulator, also known as Brazilian ginseng. Suma root stimulates cellular oxygenation, muscular strength, appetite, memory and vitality, and is used for arthritis, rheumatism, the digestive system, and infections.
Essential fatty acids need to be in balance. Dr. David Horrobin found that the essential oils in evening primrose oil (probably also borage) help PMS, addictions, depression, and hyperactivity, even schizophrenia. Do not forget the old standard, cod liver oil. Soaked flax seeds are another excellent source.
Pancreatic digestive enzymes are low when stressed, and especially in the aged and infirm. Look at the back top of the tongue. If the tongue is red, smooth or coated, try enzymes. Digestion is key to anti aging and getting nutrients into the system. Proteolytic enzymes improve circulation and oxygenation. Pancreatic enzymes work best before meals (producing more anti inflammatory effects), but are effective during or after. FDA fiat prevents useful labeling, but double or triple the labeled dose is usually appropriate. Enzymes function partly as a high quality source of amino acids, since 95% are digested. Almost any high quality protein supplement improves mood.
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Alkalosis and Tetany
Sensitivity to light or noise
Dizziness, Nausea, Vomiting
Cold, clammy hands and feet
Pain, Panic attack, Anxiety, Angina, High Blood Pressure
A migraine knocks you down. It is a bad headache that cannot be ignored. More than a headache, it is a whole-body phenomenon. People turn green, get nauseous, dizzy, disoriented, sit right down, and sometimes vomit. They throb. Migraines are definitely vascular. My last six patients who reported that they were now taking prescription high blood pressure medication were diagnosed because they went to their doctor with a terrible headache!
Classic migraine is a ‘half-headed’ headache, occuring in one major artery traversing the temples. Constriction, dilation and spasm of the muscular lining of any "tube" of the body (artery, vein, esophageal sphincter, Gall bladder duct, colon), can occur. The reactivity of the inner lining of all of our tubes is set by the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic polarities of the autonomic nervous system, which controls and is controlled by our emotional response to our total sensory input.
An important genetrophic mediator of various environmental stressors is nuclear factor–kappa B (nf-kB), upregulating the expression of the cascade of inflammatory mediators and cytokines upstream. Many substances reduce nf-kB activity. Sesquiterpenes in many essential oils, turpentine, rosemary, thyme, eucalyptus, frankincence (Boswellic acid), hops, curcurmin, green tea extracts, Vitamins A and E, fish liver oils, resveratrol (found in red wine), sulforaphane (found in crucifers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts), even Celebrex and aspirin reduce activity of nf-kB.
"Atypical migraine" is the most common form of clinical pain! This concept is part of a paradigm shift! Migraine means ‘half headed’ in Latin. Descriptive medicine of the ‘industrial age’ renames one’s symptoms with fancy words. Inflammatory head pain neurologically became a sinus, tension or a cluster headache and a different descriptive syndrome in different parts and organs of the body, depending on which specialist was treating that part of the ‘turf.’ ‘Information age’ medicine instead seeks to identify and correct underlying mechanisms of disease, which has diverse salutary benefits.
Various hereditary weaknesses called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involving methylation compromise detoxification and allow excessive homocysteine creating a proinflammatory state of the endothelial wall of arteries. Supplementing folks who have these SNP weaknesses with folic acid and other B vitamins will reduce tendency for spasm. Look for dorsal ‘strawberry spots’, bald spots, geographic tongue, red, smooth, shiney, purplish or magenta tongue as an indicator for B vitamin need.
The nastiest family of oxidized fats that mediate this extremely painful migrainous spasm are called leukotrienes. Leukotrienes, a thousand times more potent than histamine, are oxidized from fatty acids by the lipoxygenase enzyme. The pharmaceutical cartel has spent more than six billion dollars developing lipoxygenase inhibitors (or leukotriene receptor antagonists - LTRAs), even though low-cost, effective natural lipoxygenase inhibitors are plentiful in garlic, Hawthorne, curcurmin and ginger for example. Leukotrienes create spasm and hyperalgesia, the ultra sensitivity of the inflammatory immune flare. When energy production is low, and antioxidant and acid buffers are exhausted, migraine arrives.
Synonyms for Atypical Migraine: Asthma bronchiole spasm occurs when leukotriene mucus chemistry explodes out of control in the lungs, triggered by foods or air-born allergens. When migrainous spasm shuts down the flow of blood-nutrients to an area avascular necrosis results, creating degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), bone cavitations, and periodontal abscesses. Immune complexes are seen inflaming arterioles in muscle trigger points and in bursitis. The pain of a throbbing toothache or periodontal abscess is migraine of the surrounding microvasculature. Necrotizing gingivostomatitis (NG) ranging from necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (trench mouth) to the rare noma is the most painful dental condition with this vascular flare. Spasm in the brain vessels creates stroke. Migraine in the coronary vessels is called angina. Is it headache or heartache? Unrelenting anginal migraine is called heart attack. Migraine mild enough to cause constriction (not necessarily pain, but often headache) is called idiopathic high blood pressure. Paradoxically, low blood pressure is often the rule for the alkaline-dominant, unless trigger-foods are present. Peripheral arterial disease, aneurysm, hemorrhoids, and even phlebitis or varicosity can be created by avascular necrosis of vessel walls.
Tension head and muscle aches are merely milder migraines occurring in microscopic vessels of the muscle. Nighttime leg cramps or active legs are seen when anti-inflammatory mechanisms flag diurnally. Hot flashes and menstrual cramps are estrogen flux migraines. Inflammatory bowel disease - spastic colon is migraine in the inner lining of the gut. Ulcers are the result of avascular necrosis, instead of within a joint, on the lining of the gut. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, dizziness or ringing is lipoxygenase-triggered chemistry of ear innards. Hives, eczema, and psoriasis are skin migraines. Migraine brain chemistry creates mood swings and emotional changes, inexplicable irritability, inability-to-concentrate, autism, free-floating anxiety, even deep depression. Cystitis or sinusitis is a migraine. Heartburn is esophageal spasm. Gall bladder attacks are spasms of the duct.
Necrotizing vasculitis is associated with the virally mediated immune flare. On the skin, herpes may create a small vesicle, noticed only when irritated; or herpes might create an angry, terribly painful leukotriene wheal, surrounding a wound of dead tissue and pus. Medicine makes many distinctions, variously calling the virally triggered vascular migraine: leukocytoclastic vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, granulomatous vasculitis, giant cell arteritis, or temporal arteritis. Arteritis is often associated with hepatitis. The degree of destruction seen in the liver reflects the degree of exhaustion of phase two detoxification pathways (loss of control of inflammation). The painful inflammation of most rheumatic or autoimmune diseases is also characterized by masses of virally attracted lymphocytes. The pain can be managed by adding antiviral herbs to the following nutritional remedies. Cancer comes from low oxygen due to constriction and cancer pain from uncontrolled immune inflammatory response.
Nutritional Therapy Effectively Eliminates Migraines
Dietary fats derived from corn-fed and soy-fed farm animals are efficient precursors to the nastiest forms of leukotrienes. Eat fewer factory-farmed animals. Reduce frequency of migraine by increasing flaxseed (oil), evening primrose oil, borage or hemp oil, or cold-water fish, algae, or seaweeds rich in omega-3 oils. Natural vitamin E (400-800 IU) protects from oxidative hazard of increased unsaturated oil intake and is strongly anti-inflammatory as well.
The oxidative production of leukotrienes is explosive, using chloride reserves, freeing up chloride’s favorite partner sodium from our bodys major ‘salt,’ sodium chloride. Excess sodium binds to the primary respiratory acidic buffer of blood, carbonic acid, creating alkalosis. Diminished chloride also makes it more difficult to produce hydrochloric acid, diminishing vitamin B12 absorption and increasing risk to respiratory and digestive infections. Irritability and neuromuscular hyperexciteability are the hallmarks of alkalosis. Alkalosis makes the immune system more "trigger happy" to environmental stimulus, more likely to explode. Alkalosis is cause or effect of raging inflammatory chemistry. Large doses of ascorbic acid can quench the oxidative fire and balance the alkalosis. Try two grams of vitamin C every hour or two until the headache disappears.
There are two types of migraine people, one hot, and one cool. Sharp stabbing expansive pain associated with a red vasodilated face is best treated with cooling feverfew or Hawthorne and bitter sedatives such as hops, wild lettuce, California poppy, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower. There may be a bitter taste rising in the back of the throat, liver congestion, and constipation. Purgatives or enemas (especially the coffee enema) may be used along with antispasmodics for quick relief.
The vasoconstrictive pain, cool, throbbing, "head in a vice," or a "steel band around the head," often with blue rings around the eyes, is helped with warming herbs. Gingko, periwinkle, garlic, ginger, guggal, curcurmin (turmeric) as in curries, other proanthocyanidins such as pycnogenol, grape pips, blueberries, cherries, and other richly pigmented fruits can be used lavishly.
To combat alkalinity, the Kali homeopathic remedies (based on the potassium salts) can effectively impact vital force. Dress warmly and take a brisk walk with long strides (but shallow breathing) to acidify. Cool the hands and feet and vigorously swing the arms to draw blood away from throbbing cerebral vessels. Try a hot bath or shower, with vinegar or mustard, not soaps. Ammonium chloride is a readily available drugstore acidifier and buffer builder. Many of us have learned that acid-forming "bad habits" provide us temporary relief of alkaline irritability and pain symptoms. Smoking, soda pop, coffee, alcohol, high animal-protein meals, the grains, especially wheat and wheat germ, cocaine and stress are all acidifying, freeing minerals for function, overdrawing our alkaline reserve.
An atypical migraine can even create a cosmetic problem. Dr. Ron Goldstein of Atlanta shows slides of a patient’s gummy smile with beautiful shell-pink gums around the front teeth. In the next picture, the gums were an unattractive blotchy-red around the central incisors. The patient discovered that coffee triggered this atypical vasodilatory migraine.
Certain bioflavinoids block the lipoxygenase enzyme used to create leukotrienes from structural fat molecules cleaved from our membranes. Garlic, ginger, osha, ginkgo biloba, Hawthorne, guggal (boswellia), silymarin from milk thistle, combretum, feverfew, and cruciferous vegetables are lioxygenase blockers and leukotriene inhibitors. Use an equivalent volume (2,000mg) of several bioflavinoids to vitamin C, every hour or two at the beginning, and when stable, every morning and evening. Try antioxidants before and after enjoying terribly tasty temptations that might be immune triggers. Garlic alone reduces migraines by 50%.
Other flavinoids rich in phenols such as chocolate, red wine, or oranges and tangerines can overload and inhibit a detoxification enzyme called phenosulfotransferase (PST), triggering a toxic migraine. Remember a chocolate bar per week is associated with 36% less death than abstainers. Even three or more chocolate bars promote 16% less death.
Magnesium is key to stopping spasm. Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) is acidifying, as are the magnesium citrates, ascorbates, acetates, or malates. Milk of magnesia is readily available. Epsom salts and milk of magnesia are taken at half the bowel-loosening dose, unless a purge is desired. Neutral magnesium taurate is very appealing because taurine is a calming amino acid, reducing arrhythmia, spasms, and diarrhea. Taurine (and Epsom salts) also supply sulfur, recharging important antioxidant systems. Magnesium-potassium aspartate is mildly stimulatory and enhances endurance. Take 200-400
mg of magnesium per day to reduce migraines by 50%. Try up to 800-1,400mg magnesium in divided doses, balanced with other minerals, on a bad migraine day.
Well-known environmental triggers for migraine are often the foods "we love" due to a perverted reward-response. An inappropriate food stresses the immune system, releasing endorphins, addicting us to a negative experience. After thirty years of treating patients with migraines, we have great success when food addictions can be identified and controlled. Food and symptom diaries are helpful, as are elimination-provocation diets, and often "eating right for your blood type." Molecular mimicry and alteration of gene expression by a variety of parasites or viruses may explain localization of symptoms.
Tyramine-rich aged meats and cheeses, citrus, fermented foods, especially red wine, yogurt, cheeses, and other milk products, inadequately soaked seeds, kidney beans, nuts, and legumes - especially peanuts incite migraines. Northern-heritage people often have migraines triggered by tropical fruits such as avocado, citrus, pineapple, dried fruits, or with versions of Oriental pungency: MSG (monosodium glutamate - hydrolyzed vegetable protein). Often, the stimulus is a favorite every-day food (aspartame in diet soft drinks), or especially an every-meal food (wheat) that is "filling up the immune rain barrel to overflowing" as a trigger for chronic inflammation." Maybe it is the extra phenols in my chocolate.
Aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) trigger asthma in 10% of asthmatics. Migraines are similarly triggered. Two primary fat oxidizing enzymes trigger inflammation: the milder cyclo-oxygenase blocked by NSAIDs, vitamins C & E and the more aggressive lipoxygenase, blocked by a variety of bioflavinoids such as garlic. Effective blockade of cyclo-oxygenase will shunt more chemistry into the more spastic lipoxygenase pathways. Aspirin and NSAIDs also inhibit prostacyclin. Prostacyclin is a beneficial prostaglandin that keeps platelets and vessel walls slippery, resisting spasm. Prostacyclin provides effective mucus lining of the gut, the lungs and sinuses, the mouth and vagina. Asthma is bronchial migraine with mucky mucus. Licorice, marshmallow, slippery elm, vitamin E, vitamin C and rose hips, as well as magnesium promote healthy slippery mucus membranes.
Proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain or papain help to more efficiently digest food allergens, although they themselves may be allergens. Fortunately, there are many different sources of proteolytic enzymes since proteases powerfully control pain. Protein-digesting enzymes reduce inflammation inside of arteries. Proteases digest immunoglobulins (antigen-antibody complexes) that cause immune response in muscles, joints, and glands. Increased gut permeability is the primary potentiator of increased food-fragments in the circulation. Internally inappropriate food-fragments create immune confusion and functional disarray. Stress, parasites (low TH1 activity), alcohol, and NSAIDs are primary causes of damaged digestion and increased gut permeability, creating increased risk to all inflammatory disease.
Platelet excitation unleashes migraine serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) chemistry. Find out your personal stimultors of platelet adhesion with the ALCAT test. Proteolytic enzymes make platelets less sticky. Nitric oxide (synthesized from arginine) is the final mediator of arterial relaxation. Arginine’s oxidatively driven antagonist ASDA (assymetrical dimethyl arginine) can now be assayed. Acetylcholine (promoted by choline), and serotonin (made from tryptophan) promote eccentric contraction of vessel muscles, elongating the fibril and creating dilation. Immune triggered spasm and pain can occur with the vessel dilated, or when it is clamped, creating viselike ischemic pain (death from lack of oxygen). Oxygen is used as a treatment for ‘cluster’ headaches.
The B vitamins are alkalizing, and large doses should be minimized in general, for the overly alkaline migraine type. However, riboflavin has a special place as an antioxidant anti-migraine vitamin with doses of 400 mg per day with breakfast, or 200 mg twice daily, reducing migraines. Niacin 300-500 mg chewed at start of aura aborts many migraines. Vitamin B6, 200 mg twice daily or the activated P5P, 5-25 mg, inhibits platelet aggregation and is necessary for serotonin production; Vitamin B12 (I mg) and folic acid (in doses to 1-15 mg per day) are also helpful. Other methyl donors such as trimethtylglycine with meals, will also reduce elevated homocysteine, diminishing inflammatory responsiveness of the inner tubal wall.
Migraine is a significant symptom of low thyroid function. Thyroid blood testing is still very crude. Synthroid is effective for less than fifty percent of my low thyroid patients. Follow your own body temperature. One degree below 98.6 reduces metabolic efficiency tremendously. Low thyroid activity compromises digestion and immunity and generates pain due to increased accumulation of toxins in metabolically active areas. When seemingly appropriate thyroid supplementation causes side effects, the underlying cause may be weak pituitary or adrenal function. Support adrenal function with five to six drops of an herbal licorice preparation 2-3 times early in the day. Adrenal preparations are taken morning and noon and pituitary glandular preparations are taken in the evening repair diurnal rhythm, along with vitamin C. Pantothenic acid aids digestion taken with meals.
Menstrual migraines are associated with low progesterone states. Use a natural progesterone cream after ovulation for two weeks to reduce the menstrual migraine. Better yet, test hormones with saliva testing and supplement with a custom cream of bioidentical hormones through the skin. Herbs that balance progesterone activity should help men and women: Vitex (Chaste tree), Angelica (Dang Kwai), Dioscorea (wild yam), Taraxacum (dandelion), and Cinnamomum (cinnamon). Try 10-25mg/day of DHEA. DHEA (dihydroepiandosterone) is the precursor to progesterone. Excessive doses may lead to extra hair or acne pimples.
Hot flashes are a very special whole body migraine related to fluxes in estrogen levels. Two to three months on balancing herbs such as vitex usually makes hot flashes merely a memory. Until then, symptomatic relief is often rapidly provided by the homeopathic remedy lachesis (diluted snake venom).
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CAVITATIONS – A BONE OF CONTENTION
IDIOPATHIC BONE CYST – NICO – AVASCULAR NECROSIS – ATYPICAL MIGRAINE
My patients tell me a plethora of problems have been solved by the identification and surgical cleansing of their internal cavitational cesspools. They remember the bad smell when it was opened. A wide variety of chronic pain syndromes, hormonal imbalance, psychological, neurological and immune related problems seem to radiate from these dead spaces within the bone. Diagnosis is difficult. Unlucky undiagnosed patients sink into prescription narcotic bliss or are simply tranquilized into submission. Phantom shadows in computer-averaged X rays of a naturally porous and variable bone are the dentist’s usual clue. Sonography using a machine called the Cavitat can provide a higher level of diagnostic ignorance. Fatigued patients in chronic pain, often traumatized by many failed treatments, are asked to have one more exploratory surgery, if lucky enough to have a suspicious and courageous surgeon.
Sometimes sugicaly treated cavitations ‘come back.’ People with cavitations tend to be poor healers. Even one or two stray "surface cells" trapped in any healing wound could theoretically trigger another cavitation. Every surgeon has a pet way of cleansing these mysterious inner labyrinths of smelly amorphous gel abutting natural trabeculation. Cavitations are scraped and flushed with sterile saline, flooded with antibiotics, treated with homeopathics, packed with iodoform gauze with eugenol or other essential oils, cold lasered, marsupialized, prayed over and more. One holistic dentist I know has had his own cavitation treated four times. Mining expeditions into the jawbones sometimes reveal multiple connecting cavitations.
Eight known herpes viruses can infect and migrate along any nerve into the body. It is easy enough for a virus swimming in an aerosolized droplet of sputum to enter through the eye, mouth or any mucous membrane. The eye is specialized nerve, visible brain. If surface cellular immunity is down, virus can travel along any nerve connected to the eye. From the mouth, nerve transport mechanisms naturally carry viruses, heavy metals, and organic solvents along the trigeminal towards the thyroid, ganglia, adrenals and the brain. When TH2 activity increases, viruses furthur irritate the insides of tubes. Heightened cytokine activity triggers terminal constrictive spasm, causing an area inside the bone to die (just as fissures seen on the tongue), creating a cavitation.
Drooping numb lip along with paralysis of one side of the face, called Bell’s palsy is a classic syndrome often seen by dentists. Usually cortisone is prescribed to limit the symptoms. A viral infection of the nerve is presumed. The loss of the ability to smile is very disturbing. The lachrymal glands dry up, tears do not flow and eyelids often do not work. Sometimes there is even a reddened vesicular eruption on the skin. Hardly anything can be more debilitating than a major attack of shingles, with large areas of non-healing necrotic tissue interspersed in hot inflammatory tracts following the patterns of the superficial sensory nerves. Patients tell heart-breaking stories of suffering for a year or more. Symptoms usually abate quickly now that we have begun to recommend immune boosting activities, along with water and green vegetables, richly pigmented fruits, water, multi-minerals in bioavailable multiple doses with water, vitamins C and E, and garlic with water.
The medical model prescribes cortisone analogs, suppressing symptoms (and the immune system) until (hopefully) the virus runs its course or the body rights itself. The acute response is aborted. The virus never goes away. It resides in our tissues. When our immune response gets overloaded and aroused, it attacks our own virally labeled cells. This is autoimmune disease. Sjogren’s syndrome of dryness, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes are common autoimmune diseases.
In medical jargon, lymphocytic infiltration means virus. When there is a virus, the immune system makes more lymphocytes and TH2 activity. When there is a bacterial challenge, the body makes more cellular immunity multi-nucleated white cells called neutrophils. The loss of tears and saliva so often associated with autoimmune diseases is caused by lymphocytic infiltration. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the autoimmune disease causing the most common destruction of the thyroid is associated with lymphocytic infiltration. Now we know that the adrenals and even the pituitary can be affected similarly. Diabetes types are now interpreted as partial or complete infection of the pancreas by the herpes cytomegalovirus. Do we now we have a clue about endometriosis? Much arterial disease is bacterial and much is viral. Diseases that bother more than 1%of the population are primarily environmental or infectious, not genetic.
Heavy metals are transmitted axonally along nerves. Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury clog up zinc and selenium pathways. Selenium is birth control for virus, and zinc is toxic to virus. Selenium is necessary to recycle the body’s most important protective anti-inflammatory systems (glutathione). Heavy metals promote the bacterial plasmid for antibiotic resistance, coding and morphing our current crop of bacteria with antibiotic resistance. Low zinc or magnesium promotes production of endotoxin. Solvents and petrochemical poisons are perhaps as profound biological response modifiers as viruses. These fat-soluble xenobiotics are deposited in and travel along nerve sheathes. Expensive tests can prove that one best take vitamins to shore up detoxification pathways.
Any vessel and its accompanying nerves can spasm as a result of immune-mediated leukotriene chemistry. The resultant pain and tissue necrosis depends on the duration and frequency of spasm and the metabolic efficiency of the tissue served by the artery as well as the area’s collateral circulation.
Virus often invades the dentist’s favorite nerve, the trigeminal; bilaterally three major branches join behind the eye and connect the central nervous system to the eye, ear, nose, upper teeth and sinuses, and lower teeth and mandible. Terrible throbbing toothaches can be the result of an activated virus in branches of the trigeminal when there is nothing wrong with the tooth. Vitality tests might indicate a dead or hypersensitive tooth. Radiograph may indicate a slight thickening of the apical ligament. Local anesthesia relieves some of the pain.
Root canal therapy results in one of two operative scenarios. Sometimes the tooth pulp comes out intact, dehydrated and almost blood free. Other times the amputated pulp is hyperemic, its stump a gushing fountain of red syrup. Dry pulp is the result of a constrictive spasm of the feeder vessels to the tooth that accompany the infected nerves. This same person may get cramps, cold "head in a vice" migraines, or experience Raynaud’s phenomenon. In larger arteries, viral ulcers form just as they do on the inside of the mouth. Ulcers may create eccentric spasm of the muscles to freeze arteries in the open position. Or perhaps this is just the person who blushes too easily, or gets hot, flushed migraines.
Because of similarity of symptoms to an infected tooth, severity of the pain, and the panic, root canal therapy is often attempted. The real problem is deeper. A chronic viral infection of the root nerve-artery apparatus triggers a constrictive atypical migraine and avascular necrosis. Necrotic tissue then encourages commensal bacteria to morph into anaerobic scavenging bacteria.
We know that remnants of ectodermal tissue trapped on the inside of the body provoke chronic immune response. Many surgical sites need to be re-entered and cleaned again. A cyst is classic protective wall around an immune irritant, such as around the antigenic ectodermal enamel of an unerupted tooth. Developmental traces of enamel left on root surfaces called enamel pearls provoke the avascular necrosis that becomes what dentists call periodontitis. The degree and severity of periodontal disease depends on the balance between immune triggers and buffers.
A growing tooth moves through the bone like a slow-motion jet, trailing a cellular exhaust as it develops along with the nerve artery. Antigenic enamel-like cellular debris can be left along the eruption path of any tooth waiting like a time bomb for those times when food, viral, or petrochemical molecular mimicry heightens immune awareness, increasing "friendly fire" and exhausting protective antioxidant buffering systems. The result of this immune over response to an ectodermal trace could be an idiopathic avascular necrosis cavitation, deep within the jaw.
Abscess, be it viral, fungal or bacterial means that one’s immune system is exhausted. Treat the local condition, but wake up, smell the roses, see sunrises and sunsets, eat whole foods from nature, seek restoring and restful sleep. Do not attempt extraction or root canal treatments if the symptoms might be viral pain. Try lifestyle changes and immune boosters before operating.
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ACUTE INJURY - STROKE, HEART ATTACK
ANXIETY, DILATED PUPILS
FRONT TO BACK HEADACHE
RAPID HEART BEAT
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
WARM, DRY HANDS AND FEET
(REBOUND AFTER ALKALINE RESERVES EXHAUSTED)
PARTIAL PARALYSIS OR NUMBNESS
Enzymes - 6 oz raw pineapple or papaya; other proteolytic enzymes. Think nothing of taking five to ten capsules of pancreatic enzymes, nattokinase or lumbrokinase every 2-3hours, with plenty of water.
Arnica, the classic homeopathic to stop the extending damage of trauma or stroke, diffuse nutrients and encourage activity of the healing white blood cells.
Do deep breathing, chanting, or singing. Take a walk if you can.
Moist, cool towels; spritzes of water.
Cool Epsom salt and baking soda bath, 2 lb. salt and 2 lb. soda, full tub supervised - 1 hour.
Lemon juice in water. --or -- Lemon juice + 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar in 4 oz water. --or even -- Alka Seltzer Gold.
Nat. phos. Natrum phosphoricum (Phosphate of soda) One of Schussler's homeopathic cell salts, a primary remedy for acidosis.
Liquid minerals such as Body Toddy or Essential Minerals (colloidal minerals), Eniva minerals, or even milk of magnesia (at half the bowel-loosening dose). Or chew a multi-mineral and wash down with a glass of water, each two-four hours.
1) DMSO - oral, topical or intravenous injection. DMSO limits damage propagation and aids long-term repair. This wonder drug is ignored because it has no patent. When applying DMSO topically, it is very important that the applying fingers and the receiving skin be clean, so contaminants are not drawn into the body. DMSO also helpful for arthritis, gout, hemorrhoids, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, tinnitus, neuritis, bursitis, frostbite, or phlebitis.
2) Garlic,or NAC, or cysteine found in cooled chicken soup, milk thistle, ginko biloba, boswellia (guggal), Hawthorne, Siberian ginseng, proanthocyanidins - grape pips, blueberries, cherries, as in fruit smoothies.Try 2,000mg of these (or other bioflavinoids) along with 2,000mg of buffered vitamin C powder every 2-3-4 hours.
3) Red root (California lilac, a member of the Ceanothus species) enhances fluidity and electrical repelling of the blood. Ligusticum (Osha) (licidum or wallichii) better than aspirin at resolving blood clots, improve blood flow to brain and relieves angina.
4) Germanium, vitamin E, octacosanol, Coenzyme Q10, and lipoic acid. Choline and large doses B vitamins, especially niacin and NADH, such as in diabetic nerve repair.
Oxygen > 80-90% oxygen/10-20% CO2 as ventilation. Reduces seizures, aids healing, shrinks tumors, fights infection and restores brain function. Work up times slowly. Support with antioxidants.
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Two antibacterial neurotoxins are regularly used in dentistry to repair decay, mercury and fluoride. Industry regulators and leaders focus on the small impact of their individual poisonous effluent. Mercury, and other metals of industry, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic add up synergistically, compete with and clog up the function of essential minerals. The first clue is irritability, the universal signal. Irritability leads to anger and mood swings, often with long periods of carefully controlled calm and obsequiousness after emotional outbursts. The result is loss of love, isolation and lack of trust. Other symptoms might be grinding of the teeth, burning tongue, dry mouth, or metallic taste. Itches and rashes appear on the skin. Neurological symptoms might be apathy and fatigue, nervousness, lack of concentration, attention deficit, depressive autistic mood, gastrointestinal disturbances, insomnia, dizziness, ringing ears, headache, and migraine.
Strikingly, such symptoms closely parallel extreme vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency, beriberi. Lead and mercury are strongly anti thiamine, binding to the sulfur entity in thiamine. Mercury also disables the progesterone receptor, promoting estrogen dominance. Estrogen is now associated with aggressiveness. Mercury compromises detoxification by displacing selenium, inhibiting the recycling of reduced glutathione, the most important membrane-bound antioxidant. We develop "brain fog," or "age dramatically," an "infection blossoms," or "we come apart at the seams," when glutathione is exhausted.
The position of the American Dental Association is that the amount of mercury vapor coming from ‘silver’ fillings is so small that it cannot be scientifically proved that harm comes from the fillings. They are correct. Silver amalgam fillings account for only about one third of our direct mercury exposure. The other metals of industry poison us in additive ways. Scientific, double blind studies are designed to look at such a small part of the puzzle that whoever is paying for the study generally gets the desired results. Poor detoxifiers, the ones most at risk ‘paradoxically’ show the lowest levels of toxic elements in their hair and nails. If, by accident, the results are corporately negative, the study is quashed. Science is used as a tool of corporate industry. Corporations are ‘alien’ non-human life forms, interested only in their own preservation.
The removal of mercury fillings and other metals from the mouth is a highly controversial and emotional issue. I have placed these poisonous materials into the pristine mouths of children. My awareness of the risks associated with the everyday tools of my profession arose gradually. Grounded in physiology and biochemistry, my readings outside the politically controlled dental literature brought me to the conclusion that the environment is heavily polluted, and that we all are feeling the effects.
The lead problem is even better documented. A whole series of articles have run in the New England Journal of Medicine. The slightest detectable levels of lead measurably reduces intelligence quotient in our offspring. Commercial water fluoridation sources double the amount of lead we absorb from our drinking water. Mercury blocks similar pathways to lead and cadmium! It can be argued that mercury is more toxic than lead. Perhaps mercury is the most poisonous non-radioactive material. My profession has supported the use of these mercury ‘silver’ fillings for more than one hundred years. In fact, the primary reason the American Dental Association was historically created was to promote the use of silver fillings. It was difficult to depart from the teachings of my trusted professors and the ‘science’ of the main body of my profession. Guilt and denial made it even more difficult to acknowledge, and to accept the potential harm I have caused to my patients and the environment.
Then comes the question of alternatives or replacements. Mostly today, dentists are using composite resins highly filled with quartz, ceramics, or zircon. Some have aluminum. Many have fluoride added. Plastics are estrogenic. The harmful results of excess toxic estrogen metabolites likely contribute to our epidemics of acne, fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis, other cysts, breast or prostate cancer and even male pattern baldness. The harmful effects of oxidized estrogens or testosterone may be mitigated by supplementing with fatty extracts of the saw palmetto berry (serenoa repens). But then, composites are just one more plastic, with a few extra things added. Extrapolations done with inadequate data suggest that these composite fillings carry ten to one hundred times less risk than the heavy metals. Clinically useful blood tests have been developed using the response of subsets of immune cells to the contents of various dental materials. Dentists who are members of the Holistic Dental Association or The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology can prescribe this test.
Fluoride in toothpaste is the most common cause of morning nausea. Fluoride does not seem to present much of a clinical problem to psychologists, however motor dysfunction, IQ deficits, and learning disabilities in humans have been linked to fluoride. (Neurotoxicology and Teratology, Vol. 17, No. 2, 1995.) Breeders of purebred bulls know that the administration of fluorides makes bulls more submissive and easier to handle. During World War II, both the Germans and the Russians added sodium fluoride to prisoner’s drinking water to subtly poison the mind and reduce the power to resist domination. Dental & Health Facts, Vol. 10, Issue 1, January, 1997, Foundation for Toxic Free Dentistry, P.O. Box 60810, Orlando, FL 32860-8010.
Even more perplexing is a 1997 article from Acta Odontol Scand 55:58-63, by IA Mjor, The reasons for replacement and the age of failed restorations in general dental practice. Half the fluoride containing and releasing glass ionomers failed at three years due to recurrent decay. The frequency of secondary caries as a cause for replacement of glass ionomer restorations was surprising because fluoride is supposed to prevent decay.
Hair analysis is a good screening tool for heavy metal toxicity, or mineral imbalance associated with various mental states. However, the most susceptible people, poor detoxifiers, can not excrete mercury and other heavy metals into hair, creating ‘paradoxically low’ results. Before and after 24-hour urine analysis, with ingestion or injection of a heavy metal chelator in between the 24-hour collections, has the best chance of defining the degree of heavy metal toxicity stored deep in the heart, kidneys or brain. Most clinically practical is a single 6-hour collection after a known DMPS intravenous chelation challenge. Side effects may resemble acute mercury or other heavy metal toxicity. Mitigate potentially serious side effects of chelation by adding glutathione.
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STEVEN N. GREEN, D.D.S.
Dr. Green's father, Henry Green practiced dentistry in Miami for 1946 to 1979. It was Steven's admiration of his dad that led to his interest in dentistry. His parents encouraged important artistic skills by enrolling Steven in many art classes through the years, especially at the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum.
Dr. Steven Green learned all he could about pharmacology, TMJ, occlusion and treating pain (at Dad's behest) and graduated with honors with his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Detroit, School of Dentistry in 1969, and began teaching clinical periodontics. He was awarded membership in the honoraries Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Dr. Green conceived and co-authored "The Value of Medical Diagnostic Tests in a Dental Practice, " published in the Journal of American Dental Association in 1970. He practiced dentistry in the Navy, in Virginia, during the waning days of the Vietnam War. This is when he saw his first case of scurvy, changing his clinical perspective forever. Mercury on the amalgam line and in required vaccinations altered his immunity and emotions. Toxic anger fueled the drive to be different. His second Navy year was an excellent fellowship-training program in fixed and removable prosthodontics.
During the time spent in the Navy, life-long interests in treating chronic pain and improving human performance with nutrition began. Dr. Steve returned to Miami in 1972. He practiced with his father for a year, and learned that minerals tighten loose teeth in pregnant women, and about the historical healing power of digestive enzymes. Steven then opened his own practice focusing on bone density as a measure of health.
Dr. Green has lectured internationally on chronic facial pain, orthomolecular nutrition and dental aesthetics. He has been on the staff of Mt. Sinai Hospital, teaching removable prosthodontics in the residency program. He participated as a staff member of the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and was one of the founders of their TMJ Treatment Center. His home-study book on TMJ syndrome, published by Health Studies Incorporated had four editions. Dr. Green taught for eight years at the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He continues to be active at the local level of organized dentistry. In 1993 he was president of the South Dade District Dental Society. Currently he is past president of the dental department at Robert Morgan Vocational School, and is past president of the Holistic Dental Association. He is a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. This year he is president of the Miami chapter of PATH, Positive Alternative Therapies in Health Care. Although writing, research and teaching are important, Dr. Green's first love is family clinical care.
Allergy Research Group
Advanced Medical Labs Pro Health, Inc.
North American Pharmacal
Biotics Research Corp., SE
Orange Peel Enterprises
Da Vinci Laboratories
Wise Woman Herbals
Micro Essential Laboratories
From Allergy Research Group: All in capsule form. These formulas are also free of iodine.
Multi-Min - Calcium/Magnesium and trace mineral supplement.
Powder ideal for children who grind their teeth.
Multi-Vi-Min - Vitamins with trace minerals.
Pyridoxine P5 - Higher dose than the Biotics B6. Good for PMS problems.
Oralmat Drop - Unique Australian import for asthma, allergies, hay fever, cough, PMS
Synovoderma - Oral form of hyaluronic acid for more bounce.
Saccharomyces boulardi - Great good germs for the gut and intestines
Super Gram III - Neutral, time-release source of C, with mineral and bioflavinoids.
Emergen-C - Vitamin C powder drink. Great flavors.
From Advanced Medical Labs Pro Health, Inc.
Transfer Factor Basics - Increases natural killer cell function.
From Biotics: Well-tolerated, very bioavailable, innovative.
Multi-mins - Calcium/Magnesium and trace mineral supplement.
Bio-Multi Plus - Mostly the vitamins with a few trace minerals
Bio Protect - A multi spectrum antioxidant in one capsule.
B6 Phosphate - Activated B6, bypasses common hereditary conversion problem for MSG sensitive people or "that time of the month" problems.
Intenzyme Forte - Proteolytic enzymes for trauma, pain and inflammation.
From Bronson: Classic formulas, often best value.
Vitamin C 500 mg or 1000mg - Both time release, 500mg capsule #46, 1000mg tablet #78
Mineral Insurance Formula #12 - Nice dose of minerals especially for children.
Zinc #18 - 15mg low dose supplement.
From Da Vinci Laboratories:
Sublingual B12 1000mcg with Folic Acid - Used as an antioxidant after nitrous oxide.
Flora - Good germs for the gut.
From Eclectic Institute:
Opti Biotic - Designed to aid treatment of acute and chronic infections, whether of bacterial, viral or other microbial origin.
Cell-Ready Minerals - Great tasting liquid multi-mineral.
From Metagenics: Innovative company.
Multi-min chelate - Calcium/Magnesium and trace mineral supplement. Most frequently recommended multi-mineral.
Ultraprostogen - Support for the prostate.
Ultradolphilus - Great for building up those "good" germs in the body, especially while on antibiotics.
Kaprex - The first available patented NF-kB blocker.
Zinlori 75 - Japanese can patent nature, supplies zinc & carnosine with repair effect (gth).
From Micro Essential Laboratories:
Hydrion MicroFine pH paper - For testing ph, urine or saliva.
From North American Pharmacal:
Blood Typing Kits – Find out your blood type for food allergies.
From Ola Loa:
Ola Loa Energy - More complete than Alacer’s less expensive Emergen-C.
Ola Loa Repair - Joint support in a tasty powder.
From Orange Peel:
Greens+ - An affordable whole living green drink containing concentrated sources of vitamins, organic covalent minerals, essential amino acids, phytochemicals, enzymes, co-enzymes, cell salts, chlorophyll, standardized herbal extracts and insoluble plant fibers from high quality, organic, nutrient rich foods.
From Vitameric Laboratories:
Kyolic Garlic SGP Formula 210 - Odorless, organically grown, aged garlic.
From Wise Woman Herbals:
Many herbal preparations in liquid and capsule form.
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Health Comm, Inc. Best nutrition courses.
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Health and Healing Julian Whitaker, M.D. is a warrior.
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Health Revelations Dr. Robert Atkins is much more than a diet doctor.
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Last Chance Health Report A Health Newsletter by Sam Biser, the man who talks
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This section is part reference, part resource guide, and part acknowledgment of some of my favorite teachers.
Anthony A. Albanese, Ph.D. was among the first to call attention to the problem of osteoporosis, and to the role of other minerals being important besides calcium. BONE LOSS: Causes, Detection, and Therapy was published by Alan R, Liss, Inc., 150 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 in 1977.
Dave Barry lives in Miami, and still maintains a sense of humor. To help keep things in perspective, I often turn to STAY FIT & HEALTHY UNTIL YOU'RE DEAD, Rodale Press, Inc., 33 East Minor Street, Emmaus, PA 18049. "Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Dave Barry Ferrari Maintenance Fund."
Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph. D. has done much to popularize nutritional pharmacology and complementary health care. He offers a host of excellent educational opportunities through HealthComm, Inc., 3215 56 Street N.W., Gig Harbor, Washington 98335, (206) 851-3943. Harper & Row published his NUTRAEROBICS: The Complete Individualized Nutrition and Fitness Program for Life After 30 in 1983. I enjoyed his resource guide, TREATING THE BURNOUT SYNDROME, which he compiled with Scott Rigden and MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, Keats Publishing, which he edited.
James F. Balch M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C. PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING, second edition is a very useful everyday reference book for whatever ails; by Avery Publishing Group of Garden City Park, New York, 1997.
Emanuel Cheraskin’s book, DIET AND DISEASE, written with W.M. Ringsdorf, Jr. and J.W. Clark. This book transformed my traditional medical bias. PREDICTIVE MEDICINE, also written with Dr. Ringsdorf, examines how we could learn more from diagnostic testing. Cheraskin's book PSYCHODIETETICS, reminds us of the diet to behavior connection. THE VITAMIN C CONNECTION and his more recent HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, Bio-Communications Press, 3100 N. Hillside Ave., Wichita, Kansas 67219, demonstrate how adeptly Dr. Cheraskin finds the essential point, the most critical perspective.
Deepak Chopra, M.D. has two popular cutting edge books, QUANTUM HEALING: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine showed how wellness is influenced by awareness to the level of quantum physics, where matter and energy are interchangeable; and PERFECT HEALTH where he educates us about the ancient daily rituals that lead to health, forgotten by modern medicine.
Peter D’Adamo, N.D built EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE on over thirty years of his father’s naturopathic work. For once we know not only what not to eat, but also what to eat. Published by Putnam, 1996.
Udo Erasmus wrote FATS AND OILS: The Complete Guide to Fats and Oils in Health and Nutrition, published by Alive Books, P.O. Box 67333, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V5W 3T1. This is the best overview of fats that I have seen, that just about everybody can understand. Recently published: FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT KILL.
Marilyn Ferguson penned THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY: Personal and Social Transformation in Our Time, St. Martin's Press, New York.Her chapter, "Healing Ourselves" describes the kind of transformation that has become the new paradigm presented in this book.
James F. Fries and Lawrence M. Crapo wrote VITALITY AND AGING: Implications of the Rectangular Curve, W.H. Freeman and Company, 1981. From the Stanford University School of Medicine, they provide a scholarly examination of realistic expectations in the maintenance of vitality.
Leo Galland, M.D. and Diane Buchman Ph.D., wrote SUPERIMMUNITY FOR KIDS, What to Feed Your Children to Keep Them Healthy Now - and Prevent Disease in Their Future. It is available from Price-Pottenger. Dr. Galland has emphasized magnesium in his writings.
Richard Gerber, M.D. synthesized VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE: New Choices for Healing Ourselves, Bear & Company, Santa Fe, New Mexico. His book "is dedicated to the vast spiritual Hierarchy which silently works to uplift the human condition." This book presents a cohesive perspective of the new paradigm formed by another traditionally trained physician breaking away from the structures of biology based on Newtonian physics. His new book is VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE for the 21st CENTURY.
Burton Goldberg edited my favorite bible of ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE. The Goldberg publishing group also has a new bible of ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR CANCER.
Robert Goodhart and Maurice Shils wrote MODERN NUTRITION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE, published by Lea & Febiger. In its sixth edition, this classic, thick tome is respected, but often ignored.
Seymour L. Halpern, M.D. provided us with QUICK REFERENCE TO CLINICAL NUTRITION, A GUIDE FOR PHYSICIANS, J.B. Lippincott Company. This is one of the better nutritional perspectives from the traditional medical model.
Peter G. Hanson, M.D. wrote THE JOY OF STRESS: How to Make Stress Work for You, published by Andrews and McMeel, Kansas City *New York, 1985. A lighter, more up-to-date version of many of the stress concepts championed by Hans Selye.
Harold Hawkins' APPLIED NUTRITION, originally published in 1947, is available through Mojave Books, 7040 Darby Avenue, Reseda, California 91335. A meticulous researcher, Dr. Hawkins beautifully demonstrates how supplements and dietary changes can alter body biochemical buffers and the course of diseases. He could even predict decay or erosion of the teeth with blood chemistry.
Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. is editor-in-chief of the JOURNAL OF ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE, available from the Canadian Schizophrenia Foundation, 7375 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C., Canada V3N 3B5. This journal presents an important forum for nontraditional concepts. He also wrote NUTRIENTS TO AGE WITHOUT SENILITY.
Bernard Jensen, D.C. bases his work on what he learned from Hippocrates and V.G. Rocine. FOODS THAT HEAL, Avery Publishing Group Inc., Garden City Park, New York, is a guide to understanding and using the healing powers of natural foods. The book presents an age-old, common sense approach that can easily be incorporated into today's lifestyle.
Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street, New Canaan, CT 06840-0876 publishes HEALTH NEWS & REVIEW, Incorporating Sports, Fitness & Body Building bimonthly. They also publish many of my favorite authors.
Saul Kent is editor of LIFE EXTENSION REPORT, P.O. Box 229120, Hollywood, FL 33022, (305) 966-4886. He calls it the insider's report on efforts to prevent aging and rejuvenate the aged. Constantly challenging the boundaries placed on personal choice by the medical monopoly, the life extension people are a thorn in the side of the FDA.
Michael Klaper, M.D. has written PREGNANCY, CHILDREN, and the VEGAN DIET available from Gentle World, Inc., P.O. Box 1418, Umatilla, FL 32784. As Albert Einstein said, "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
Pat Lazarus, a medical reporter, created HEALING THE MIND THE NATURAL WAY, NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS TO PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS, 1995, Putnam. She touches on psychosomatic problems, depression, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, learning disorders, hyperactivity and Alzheimer’s disease.
Stephen Levine, Ph.D. and Paris Kidd, Ph.D. collaborated on ANTIOXIDANT ADAPTATION, heavy into technical chemistry; it is a groundbreaker in the field of free radicals. This book has information valuable for those who are not biochemists. It is available from Allergy Research Group/NutriCology, Inc., 400 Preda Street, San Leandro, CA 94577.
Gilbert N. Ling, Ph.D. has created a REVOLUTION IN THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE LIVING CELL, published by Krieger Publishing Company, (407) 727-7270, Malabar, FL, 1992. Extremely important and groundbreaking.
Longevity. The monthly magazine LONGEVITY: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Staying Young is published by Bob Guccione. He takes what he learned publishing PENTHOUSE, and makes LONGEVITY colorful, enlightening, entertaining, and aggressively informative.
Parker E. Mahan and Charles C. Alling III wrote FACIAL PAIN, now in its third edition from Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia. Nutrition is discussed in this book,but is a small part of the overall subject matter. Dr. Mahan's energy, intellectual curiosity and integrity are a constant source of motivation.
MERCK MANUAL, edited by Robert Berkow, M.D., published by Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, 1987. The renewable classic on current standard medical perspective and therapies.
Michael Moore writes about real treatments for people. MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE PACIFIC WEST, published by Red Crane Books, Santa Fe, NM. Knowledge of herbs has been suppressed or ignored by the patent drug industry. Michael Moore bridges the gap between modern science and traditional knowledge.
Lennart Nilsson photographed THE BODY VICTORIOUS, from Delacorte Press, New York. It is the illustrated story of our immune system and other defenses of the human body. Pictures like this have a profound effect on our ability to understand the wonderful layered intricacy of life at the molecular level. Once the cells of the body are seen as individual beings, we begin to understand the responsibility of being a "god".
THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE is the most widely read medical journal. The Massachusetts Medical Society publishes it from 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115-6094.
NUTRITION ACTION Health Letter is published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Suite 300, 1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009-5728.They are activists at the national level for the cause of healthier nutrition.
Robert Ornstein, Ph.D. and David Sobel, M.D. have brought us HEALTHY PLEASURES: Discover the proven medical benefits of pleasure and live a longer, healthier life. Naturally, someone writing a book titled, IN DEFENSE OF DECADENCE, would pull HEALTHY PLEASURES off the shelf. The concepts presented are liberating because of the emphasis on pleasing, rather than punishing ourselves. The book is delightfully written.
Melvin E. Page, D.D.S. wrote DEGENERATION > REGENERATION in 1949. This is a classic, and somewhat dated perspective by a dentist who helped many people with chronic and debilitating disorders, even though he was hounded for "practicing medicine without a license."
Lindsey D. Pankey's A PHILOSOPHY OF THE PRACTICE OF DENTISTRY, Medical College Press, Department of Dentistry, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43699-0008, carefully extracted and reported by William J. Davis, is a classic. There are just a few pages concerning "Systemic Health," but Dr. Pankey's anecdotes about striving for excellence, "making a difference" and aiming for a balanced life can help define anyone's personal philosophy.
Linus Pauling. Besides winning two Nobel prizes, Linus Pauling is the father of orthomolecular medicine. Many of the concepts of nutritional pharmacology in this book were first broached by this man. His latest book, HOW TO LIVE LONGER, BETTER, provides another practical perspective on enhanced productivity.
Carl C. Pfeiffer's MENTAL AND ELEMENTAL NUTRIENTS, Keats Publishing, is a classic, easy-to-read reference. My own copy is dog-eared. In this book, Dr. Pfeiffer concentrates primarily on the minerals. With Eric Braverman, he also wrote THE HEALING NUTRIENTS WITHIN, facts, findings and new research on amino acids. This book is for those interested in more sophisticated forms of nutritional diagnosis and therapy involving amino acids.
Weston Price's NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL DEGENERATION is arguably the most important book written concerning nutrition. It is a comparison of primitive and modern diets and their effects of degeneration on humans, accounting for genetic factors. The parallels with Frances Pottenger's work with cats fed cooked versus uncooked food are chilling, POTTENGER'S CATS: A STUDY IN NUTRITION. Their work is carried on by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 5871 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115, (619) 582-4168.
Emanuel Revici, M.D. wrote RESEARCH IN PHYSIOPATHOLOGY AS A BASIS OF GUIDED CHEMOTHERAPY, With Special Application to Cancer, D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., in 1961. Unapproved of by the cancer establishment, his important and valuable work has been ignored. We are just now beginning to understand what Dr. Revici was talking about all those years ago. Dwight McKee wrote a review of his scientific work that is available through LIPID BIO-NUTRITION, LTD., 26 East 36th Street, New York, New York 10016
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MEDICINE, P.O. Box 5911, New York, New York 10164. This is a monthly update on medicine for doctors from the boys at Harvard. It generally represents the best thinking of the medical establishment.
Richard Passwater, Ph.D. and Elmer Cranton, M.D. wrote TRACE ELEMENTS, HAIR ANALYSIS AND NUTRITION, published by Keats. Hair analysis has been much abused and maligned. These authors present a cogent case for appropriate diagnosis using hair analysis.
Sherry Rogers, M.D., wrote TIRED OR TOXIC and is a key player in the environmental medicine movement. She really understands free radical disease, immune overload, the importance of magnesium, and detoxification pathways. Dr. Rogers has made an encyclopedic contribution with her, DEPRESSION CURED AT LAST! 1997, SK Publishing, Sarasota, FL 1-800-846-6687. She discusses the environmental factors in the depression epidemic and it’s hidden food, chemical, heavy metal, and mold causes. The causes of nutritional deficiencies; and how vitamins, mineral, amino acids, fatty acids and orphan nutrients make the brain’s happy hormones are covered. In her metabolic factors section, the hormone, gut and mind connection is digested. Many recommended treatments are non-medical in nature. Sherry Rogers, M.D. is a key player in the environmental medicine movement. She really understands free radical disease, immune overload, the importance of magnesium, and detoxification pathways.
Mildred S. Seelig, M.D., Ph.D. edited NUTRITIONAL IMBALANCES IN INFANT AND ADULT DISEASE: Mineral, Vitamin D, and Cholesterol, Spectrum Publications, Inc., New York in 1977. She is a tireless worker for legitimate research and understands the importance of magnesium like few others.
Hans Selye authored the entire concept of stress-adaptation syndrome. His research spanned over 50 years. He summed up his scientific research in one perennially popular book called THE STRESS OF LIFE, and another called STRESS WITHOUT DISTRESS, J.P. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1974.
Nathan Allen Shore, D.D.S. wrote OCCLUSAL EQUILIBRATION AND TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DYSFUNCTION in 1959, J.B. Lippincott Company. This man and one of his students, Stuart Davidson, helped to fuel my interest in treating pain, after my father, Henry Green told me, "It is the most important thing in dentistry.
Wilfrid Shute, M.D. wrote VITAMIN E FOR AILING AND HEALTHY HEARTS, Jove Books, in 1969. Dr. Shute was vilified by the establishment for decades. In the 1990s, new research is supporting the Shute hypothesis.
Lendon Smith, M.D. is an entertaining and informative fellow. FOODS FOR HEALTHY KIDS, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1981 provides much useful information.
Lubert Stryer's textbook, BIOCHEMISTRY, W. H. Freeman and Company, rekindled my interest in the "basic language of medicine." He translates the intricate dances of molecules into understandable themes that can be related to the clinical practice of medicine. Now in its third edition, this tome is for real biochemists.
Lewis Thomas' THE LIVES OF A CELL is a treasured collection of essays. He brings us the essence of a premier physician as an ennobling teacher. An award-winning author, he brings us the wonders of life and medicine through the eyes of a "biology watcher." Dr. Thomas helps us grapple with the societal and philosophical implications of biological science. His books, the SNAIL AND THE MEDUSA and THE YOUNGEST SCIENCE are also excellent.
FOR TOMORROW'S CHILDREN, A MANUAL FOR FUTURE PARENTS is available from Preconception Care, Inc., P.O. Box 357, Blooming Glen, PA 18911.
Janet G. Travell, M.D. and David G. Simons, M.D. in 1983, wrote MYOFASCIAL PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION: The Trigger Point Manual, published by Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. Parker Mahan wrote the introduction. They say, and I agree that the most important chapter is the one called "Perpetuating Factors." It provides a strong sixty page medically oriented perspective on the relationship of nutritional and metabolic problems to chronic pain.
Jay Tepperman, M.D. and Helen Tepperman, Ph.D. wrote METABOLIC AND ENDOCRINE PHYSIOLOGY, Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., Chicago. In its fifth edition, it provides good basic science along with clinical examples. There is a good basic chapter on oxidized fatty acids, and another on cyclic AMP as a secondary messenger.
Gary Price Todd, M.D. wrote NUTRITION, HEALTH & DISEASE in 1985, published by The Donning Company, 5659 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. He discusses the incredible role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of cataracts, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, ulcer, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and senility.
Henry Trowbridge, D.D.S., Ph.D. and Robert C. Emling, MS, EdD. collaborated on INFLAMMATION: A REVIEW OF THE PROCESS, Third Edition, Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc., Chicago in 1989. A relatively inexpensive paperback, and surprisingly untechnical. Explains concepts with an elegant simplicity.
Michael A. Weiner, Ph.D. contributed MAXIMUM IMMUNITY: How to Fortify Your Natural Defenses Against Cancer, Aids, Arthritis, Allergies - Even the Common Cold - and Free Yourself From Unnecessary Worry for Life! Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2 Park Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108, in 1986.
Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D. in 1987 wrote NUTRITIONAL INFLUENCES ON ILLNESS: A Sourcebook of Clinical Research. Published by Third Line Press, Inc., 4751 Viviana Drive, Tarzana, California 91356, (818) 996-0076. A very nice compilation of common disease processes, with cited nutritional remedies.
Roger Williams Ph.D. was one of the real giants in nutritional science. He emphasized the concept of biochemical individuality and that disease is a combination of environmental insult and genetic predisposition. Among others, he wrote PHYSICIANS' HANDBOOK OF NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE, Charles C. Thomas publisher, and BIOCHEMICAL INDIVIDUALITY, The Basis for the Genetotrophic Concept, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1956, and in 1977, with Dwight Kalita, Ph.D., A PHYSICIAN'S HANDBOOK ON ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE, Pergamon Press, New York.
Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has been at the cutting edge of nutritional therapy for a long time. DR. WRIGHT'S BOOK OF NUTRITIONAL THERAPY: Real-Life Lessons in Medicine without Drugs was published 1979 by Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Attend Wright & Gaby’s semiannual seminar.
Gary Zukav helped define the new paradigm based on quantum physics with his book, THE DANCING WU LI MASTERS: An Overview of the New Physics, 1979, Bantam Books. He carries that transformation even further with his new book, THE SEAT OF THE SOUL, Simon & Schuster, New York.
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