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These articles are provided to assist you in your quest for health and well-being. The information is intended for educational purposes, so you can discover for yourself the benefits of vibrant health. Any knowledge only becomes power when we use it. And, only when we pursue any knowledge for ourselves will we discover growth. So, remember, small improvements add up quickly.

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Minerals: The Spark of Life

Presentation by Ann Louise Gittleman in Minneapolis, MN February 1, 2001 Ann Louise Gittleman, N.D., M.S.

HERE'S THE BEST-KEPT SECRET IN NUTRITION:
Minerals are the spark of life and are even more important than vitamins. You see, plants manufacture vitamins but minerals must be obtained from the soil- and minerals are NOT in the soil any more (we will discuss this in more detail in a moment). This is why EVERYONE needs to know about Minerals.

The secret…that minerals are more important than vitamins…has been kept under wraps for nearly 65 years according to this overlooked document issued by the United States government way back in 1936:

“Our physical well being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon the precise proportion of starch, protein, or carbohydrate we consume.” U.S. Senate Document Number 264 Published in 1936.

Many of us are aware that we can live for a prolonged period of time without food but NOT without water. This is because water provides our bodies with the minerals of life. And where can you get the minerals of life these days?

Let me take you on an abbreviated Magical Mystery Tour of what minerals can do for you. Besides their role in promoting blood formation, fluid regulation, protein metabolism, and energy production: Minerals are also co-factors for enzyme catalysts for every biochemical response in the body. Can you guess which mineral is involved in over 350 biochemical processes like muscle contraction, nerve conduction, the prevention of anxiety, irritability, asthma, and panic attacks? This mineral is widely considered the most important mineral in the body. All of the other major minerals (like calcium, potassium, and sodium) are dependent upon its presence in order to function.

Right, magnesium.

Even sleep can be affected by the lack of magnesium. People who are magnesium deficient tend to fall asleep readily but wake up periodically. They toss and turn and wake up exhausted. I recommend keeping a bottle of magnesium right on your bed stand. Magnesium is designed to support nighttime rest or occasional sleeplessness.

Now try this one:

Which mineral is involved in over 100 biochemical processes like the stimulation of taste, smell, wound healing, immunity, and the maintenance of thick hair (without split ends) and enhancement of healthy blood sugar levels?

If you guessed zinc, you’re right on.

Minerals also maintain strong bones and teeth.

But bet your bones not just on calcium but also on magnesium. In fact, the research of Dr. Mildred Seelig, widely recognized as the most distinguished magnesium expert in the USA, suggests that a 1:1 ratio of both calcium and magnesium is essential for bones, teeth, and the prevention of hypertension and hardening of the arteries.

Excess calcium, without equal amounts of magnesium, can result in calcified arteries and heart valves, migraines, cataracts, gallstones, kidney stones and irritability. Some researchers even suggest that a 2:1 ratio in favor of magnesium to calcium is even better for overall health including bone density.

Magnesium gives your bones the flexibility and strength of ivory. Ivory is a combination of 50% magnesium and about 50% calcium. Chalk, on the other hand, is 100% calcium and looks dense on the outside but is very porous and weak and easily breakable.

The moral of this story is that calcium should not be taken on its own. If it is, it will pull magnesium out of body parts in order to assimilate it creating a further magnesium deficiency.

Minerals maintain organ and glandular strength.

The key minerals for the liver (the body’s head honchos for detoxification of all wastes) are potassium and sulfur. The liver contains twice as much potassium as sodium. Sulfur is an important nutrient because it is needed to make glutathione, the liver’s most important antioxidant for neutralizing those nasty free radicals that are associated with every degenerative disease from cancer to heart disease.

The thyroid gland needs both iodine and selenium to make thyroid hormones while the adrenals need zinc for the production of adrenal cortical hormones.

Minerals can support mood and relieve stress and frustration.

The copper-zinc ratio is THE most important ratio when it comes to behavior. Elevated copper and deficient zinc have been associated with hyperactivity, ADD, violence, and depression. The Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Naperville, Illinois has found that 80% of hyperactive patients and 68% of behavior disordered patients have elevated blood copper levels.

Many high copper depressives experience severe PMS, are intolerant to estrogen, and have a family history of post-partum depression.

This group also has a high incidence of acne, eczema, sensitive skin, sunburn, headaches, and white spots on their fingernails. The ideal ratio in the blood stream of zinc to copper is 8 parts zinc to 1 part copper.

THINK ZINC!

Minerals are the battery and spark plugs of your body.

There are over 70 trillion cells in the human body and each cell is like a biological battery, a mini dynamo that generates life. Minerals are the catalysts to keep the battery going and to hold a charge. Without minerals in the proper ratio, your cellular membranes cannot maintain the proper liquid pressure between the inside and outside cell walls. Without this balance, the cells become weak and eventually die. Your immune system depends upon this mineral balancing act right down to the cellular level.

Remember that without the battery and spark plugs, the most expensive and well-kept automobile simply won’t run. The minerals of life recharge us on a minute by minute, daily basis empowering every cell, organ and tissue of the body.

So, where did all the minerals go?

By right we need to get our minerals from the water we drink and the food we eat. The problem is that as a result of past and present farming methods, there are virtually NO nutritional minerals in our farm and range soils these days. As a result, the crops that are grown there are mineral deficient and the animals And people who eat these mineral deficient crops get sick. Many of today’s long term degenerative diseases like arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis are caused by nutritional deficiencies. And now you can add asthma, irritability, and anxiety to the mix.

A fascinating study conducted at the Earth Summit in Rio in June of 1992 compared the mineral content of soils today with soils 100 years ago revealed some startling facts. Researchers found that in African soils there were 74% less minerals present in the soil today then there were 100 years ago. Asian soils have 76% less, European soils have 72% less, South American soils have 76% less, And the soils in the US And Canada contain 85% less minerals today than they did 100 years ago.

Other data compiled by Paul Bergner of Boulder, Colorado shows the disappearance of minerals from our soil quite graphically. Bergner compared data from 1914, 1948, 1992. Besides soil depletion, minerals get axed due to other factors like stress, drug interactions, coffee, alcohol, sugar, excessive grains, and heavy metals. Let’s take a look at these now: STRESS: Hans Selye, M.D. a pioneer in the area of stress research recognized that stress, whether it was stress in the form of lack of sleep, injury, pollution, or from stimulants like coffee, sugar and drugs, will cause the body to lose minerals even more than vitamins when you are stressed out. The key minerals most affected by stress are magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, sodium, and copper.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Many drugs can severely restrict the percentage of minerals we get from the foods that we eat. In fact some drugs reduce mineral absorption as much as tenfold. The birth control pill interferes with both zinc and selenium absorption, which can lead to memory loss, muscle weakness, and weakened immunity. HRT or hormone replacement therapy like Premarin can leave you short of magnesium. No wonder women report side effects like depression and muscle cramps. Antacids that contain aluminum disturb both calcium and magnesium metabolism. Diuretics, as well as antibiotics, are notorious for flushing potassium out of the body leaving your muscles tight and tense. Cortisone, Tagamet, and Zantac impair zinc absorption making you susceptible to viruses and anxiety. In fact, in many holistic circles, zinc is known as the “good-mood” mineral.

Coffee, Alcohol, Sugar, Excess Grains: These popular food And beverage robbers are major mineral thieves. Calcium, as well as other important minerals like magnesium, are lost in the urine when you drink coffee and/or alcohol. Caffeine is so diuretic that it alone doubles the rate of calcium excretion. A mere three cups of black coffee can result in a 45 mg. loss of calcium – and women between the ages of 35 and 50 drink more coffee than any other age group. Sugar robs us even more because in the process of being metabolized, refined sugar uses our magnesium, manganese, chromium, zinc, and vanadium. Grains contain phytic acid, a phosphorus like compound that combines with calcium in the intestine and blocks its absorption. Grains can also provide too much insoluble fiber, which binds with and sweeps out minerals like manganese and zinc from the body.

Heavy Metals: When it comes to heavy metals (and we are NOT talking Led Zepplin here) minerals can really save the day. Toxic metals, those unbound, electromagnetically active ions, are everywhere. Time does not permit me to discuss all of the heavy metals, but I would like to discuss two of the most insidious and ubiquitous, mercury and aluminum, which researchers have suggested are at the root of a myriad of disorders.

MERCURY: Found in large fish like tuna and swordfish, silver amalgam fillings, water supplies, seeds treated with mercurial fungicides, vaccines including both infant and adult vaccines, eye drops and contact-lense solutions (thimerosal), nasal sprays, eardrops, and hemorrhoid creams.

Mercury is classified as a poison because it is a neurotoxin and irreversibly blocks protein synthesis. The main target organs and glands for mercury are the kidneys, thyroid and pituitary. The most threatening mercury compound is organic methylmercury.

Metabolic Dysfunctions Associated with Mercury Toxicity

Alopecia (hair loss) ¾ causes impairment of copper Metabolism

Excessive salivation

Vision loss

Ataxia

failure of muscular coordination

muscle weakness

numbness and tingling

tremors

Birth defects: higher incidence of cerebral palsy, mental retardation and neurological deficits Infertility

Hearing Loss: mercury has an affinity for the acoustic nerve

Depression: accumulation in the thyroid and pituitary glands causing a slowing of the metabolic rate

Memory loss

migraine headaches

mood swings

nervousness

Dermatitis: caused by a mercury-induced zinc depletion

Blushing, rashes

Hyperactivity

Immune system dysfunction resulting in M.S.
The minerals selenium and zinc are both antagonists to mercury toxicity.

ALUMINUM: found in antacids like Maalox, Mylanta, and Gelusil, buffered aspirins, aluminum cookware, cans, antiperspirants and deodorants, cosmetics, water supplies, baking powders, salt, and various brands of colloidal minerals.

Aluminum penetrates the blood-brain barrier accumulating in brain cells, impedes the body’s utilization of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, and neutralizes the protein digesting enzyme pepsin in the stomach.

Metabolic dysfunctions potentially associated with aluminum toxicity:

Alzheimer’s disease: dementia

Kidney and liver dysfunction

Neuromuscular disorders: possible link with Parkinson’s disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS

Anemia: due to the interference of aluminum with iron metabolism

Colic: affects bowel activity and can cause digestive disturbances

Dental carries: impairs bone calcification and competes with natural fluoride

Fibromyalgia

Magnesium and selenium are aluminum’s mineral antagonists. Another healing mineral that counteracts metal toxicity is: Calcium is the mineral antagonist to lead and excess iron.

New Horizons in Mineral Research: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection

By far, the most exciting research in America today is being conducted at the Pfeiffer Institute in Naperville, Illinois where they are exploring the origins of behavior. I mentioned the Pfeiffer Institute earlier as you may recall. The Pfeiffer researchers feel that violent behavior may not be just a matter of genes or upbringing, but may be more related to nutritional imbalances.

In a study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, Dr. William Walsh of the Pfeiffer Institute compared the results of blood tests given to 135 assaultive men to those of 18 controls with no history of violence.

It turned out that the violent young men had lower zinc and higher copper levels than the control group. The more imbalanced the ratio, the more severe the frequency of aggression. When the young men were given extra zinc in the form of supplementation, their violent episodes substantially declined.

I guess you could say “A Deficiency Made Me Do It” and ZINC IS probably one of the three most deficient minerals in our diet these days which is a shame because zinc plays a significant role in brain function and well-being. It is a mood-supporting nutrient.

The Pfeiffer Institute recently made headlines several months ago when Dr. William Walsh released the results of his heavy metal evaluation of Beethoven’s hair. Walsh discovered more than 100 times the amount of lead in the famed composer’s locks. The lead toxicity is now believed to be the underlying cause of Beethoven’s deafness and irrational behavior. Today we know that lead binds to phospholipids of the nervous membrane. Toxic amounts of lead in children have been associated with a reduced IQ, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate and learning difficulties.

Other mineral super stars that you will be hearing about in the years to come include: *Sulfur for pain management and as an anti-arthritic agent

*Vanadium, chromium, and zinc as insulin are co-factors and potent nutritional therapy for diabetes, low blood sugar and Syndrome X. The mysterious sounding Syndrome X, a term coined by Stanford University’s distinguished Dr. Gerald Reaven refers to a group of health problems including insulin resistance (the inability to properly metabolize sugars), elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, overweight, and high blood pressure.

TOMORROW’S HEALTH TODAY

The right mineral balance will provide you with tomorrow’s health remedies today! And one of the very best, non-invasive ways to assess your personal mineral needs is through mineral tissue analysis via a tablespoon or two of your hair.

Uni Key can help to connect you with a FDA approved and regulated laboratory which can perform hair analysis.

Let me close by saying that I believe Health is God’s greatest gift to man. Health is that which we use for the first 60 years of life in order to obtain wealth, after which we use up our wealth to try and recapture our lost health.

And minerals can lead the way!

Official site for Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman is annlouise.com


Muscle Soreness…OUCH

by Marc David

Muscle soreness can affect any person, at any age. There are many different causes of this uncomfortable health condition. Individuals who experience this complication often do so as a result of damage to the actual muscles as a result of injury and/or illness. Many experience spasms in the muscles, or even damage in the area of the sensitive muscle tissues. Any type of sickness or medical condition that results in cellular damage can lead to sore, stiff muscles. Here, you will learn about a few sore muscle tips that can help you overcome the challenges that this type of pain can bring to your life. These tips are for those who work out regularly. There are a couple of things you can do in order to pre-pare for the workout you are about to engage in. If you take some simple precautionary steps, you will be able to take the heat off of the muscles throughout the body.

Phase 1: Pre-training Recovery: Leg Elevation

One of the first things that you can do is elevating the legs. This is especially helpful because of the fact that many of us fall into a slump and either stand or sit for excessive amounts of time prior to the workout. When this happens, the muscles are stiff and unprepared for the strain of a workout. However, if you take the time to stretch and elevate the legs, you will find that the muscles are more prepared.

A "warm up" is always a good idea when it comes to preparing for your workout. Not only can it prepare your muscles to reduce the possibility for strain to these components of the body, but it also helps to prepare the respiratory and circulatory system for the impending workout.

Relaxation techniques can also be an effective strategy when it comes to soothing the muscles prior to a highly strenuous and physical workout. If you take the simple steps mentioned here, and apply them, you are less likely to experience sore muscles and physical strain.

Phase 2: Recovery during Training: Rest Intervals between Sets

A great way to boost the intensity of any workout without changing a single thing is to decrease the rest time between sets. You'll instantly get more work done in less time. However, if you feel that the intensity is too high, you can increase the time between sets and help reduce the build up of lactic acid as well. The time you take to rest between sets has a significant impact on your next set as well as future performance.

Movement between Sets:

It's like a warm-up and cool-down all over again but between the sets. Most people understand the importance of warming up before lifting weights. They also know about a proper cool down after working out.

But did you know that you can use those sample principles on a minute level in between your sets? This movement not only serves as a 'transition' between an all out effort and recovery but it aids in better circulation and helps reduce swelling of muscular tissues.

“Periodization”:

Remember that soreness can be caused by a few hypotheses (tissue damage, muscle damage, spasms). But did you stop to think that if you keep on training "heavy" you just keep on damaging the muscle at a micro level over and over without a chance to recover? Incorporating a light day or week into your training can help flush the area with new blood, reduce the formation of scar tissue and flush waste from the area. Planning these types of workouts in your training program will speed up the time needed to recover as well as add variety to your program which in turn provides overall recovery.

Once you have started your workout session, there are many things that you can do to help ease the transition that your muscles are experiencing. One of the first things that should be done is that you should gradually increase the complexity and intensity of the workout that you are participating in. When you feel as if you need a break ¾ whether physically or mentally— you should take it. Pushing yourself builds character, yes, but it can also break down your body. This is especially true when working with the muscles. Taking breaks as appropriate can really benefit your workout. Cooling down is just as appropriate as warming up when it comes to your muscle workout activity.

If you find that you experience damage to the muscles as a result of your workout, it is important to remember that the body needs some time to replenish and recover. Mentally, you may believe that missing a few days or even a week of your workout may hurt you, but the truth is that is really and truly only in your mind. It is better to take the time off in order for the body to recover than it is to continually push yourself and cause more damage to your muscles. If you feel as if you are unable to handle taking a complete break from your physical workout, then you should consider lightening the load of your workout.

Any type of relief that you can provide your muscles will be appropriate.

Phase 3: Post Training Recovery

My strong hunch is that most people will be unable to avoid soreness at some point and seek treatment. So that's why there's a few ways you can help reduce the severity of soreness during your training as well as aid in the recovery process after your training.

Contrast Showers:

If you find that you suffer from aching, sore muscles, you may consider implementing the use of contrast showers. This means that you expose the sore area to both hot and cold water in order to increase blood circulation. In addition to this, it helps to relieve any type of stiffness that may be occurring in the body. It has been discovered that individuals who go back and forth with heat and something cool to relieve muscle soreness achieve success more quickly than those that do not take this step. Improved circulation helps in the area of reducing inflammation and pain in general. If you experience pain as a result of an injury, the contrast shower can prove to be exceptional when it comes to pain relief!

Post Workout Nutrition:

After your workout your body is in a prime time to devour nutrients. This is an ideal time to give it the protein it needs with the carbs for energy recovery. [Remember your essential minerals and trace minerals, which are vital for muscle repair! See article on Mineral Benefits] You see, if muscle soreness is caused by micro trauma resulting in cellular damage then obviously you want to give your body plenty of materials quickly to repair itself. Proper post workout nutrition can reduce the amount of soreness you can experience.

Therapeutic Modalities:

This can encompass such things as therapeutic massage, sauna, whirlpool, chiropractic adjustments, acupressure and others are among the more popular therapeutic modalities. Make no mistake....

Recovery really begins when you leave the gym. Depending on factors such as your level of fitness, age, medical conditions, you may be wise to use some or all of these post workout recovery methods to speed up overall recovery.

There's no magic formula per se but anything you can do to help speed the recovery process will result in less muscular discomfort and quicker recovery for the next workout.

There are over-the-counter products and medications that can assist pain relief associ-ated with sore muscles. You can choose products like ActiveOn, Absorbine JR, and Aspercreme, to name a few…**

Sleep:

Last, but not least, if you are experiencing sore muscles, it is important that you take the time to sleep. Sleep has been proven to be highly effective when it comes to soothing soreness in the body. This is because, when you sleep, the body goes through a natural restorative process in which is works diligently to repair any injuries that the body may be recovering from, as well as any other complications that may be occurring.

While there is no set number of hours you need to sleep, it's still clear that sleep is vital to recovery. This is the time your body repairs and regenerates that entire micro trauma.

If you aren't getting enough quality sleep, it can affect your overall recovery and body's ability to repair itself. That can lead to prolonged muscle soreness. The amount of sleep each person needs will vary.

Make no mistake about muscle soreness…its uncomfortable! But by using any or all of the above recovery methods you can significantly reduce the duration of muscle soreness. More important than that...

Create a periodized program that helps to keep your body in a state of recovery and avoid overtraining.

In conclusion, there are many sore muscle tips that you can engage in to relieve the symptoms associated with injuries, everyday wear, and any other type of damage that you may have experienced. By using the ideas listed here, you are sure to experience a faster degree of recovery, as well as relief.


Sweet Nothin's

That’s what on the market today…

Refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and genetically modified (GM) sweeteners, i.e., sugar beets and corn syrup.

Genetically Modified definition from Wikipedia, on the internet:
Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering, using a process of either Cisgenesis or Transgenesis. These techniques are much more precise than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms include selective breeding (plant breeding and animal breeding), and somaclonal variation.

A good resource is Marion Nestle’ book, “Safe Food,” where she sheds light on the GM food industry. The FDA’s 1994 decision to prohibit labeling of GM foods continues to haunt the food biotechnology industry. By now, nearly all American soybeans and sugar beets (95 percent) are GM, as is most corn (60 percent). But when the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved GM sugar beets in 2005, it neglected to perform the required environmental impact assessment. On that basis, environmental groups want to ban further planting of GM sugar beets. The dispute is now in the courts.

Getting back to “sweet nothings”… here are some negative effects of refined sugar. Edward Howell, Ph.D. calls it both “skeletonized food” and “a castrated carbohydrate.” Ralph Golan, M.D., calls it a “metabolic freeloader” because as it is being burned for energy it robs the body of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

Some results:

Overloads and weakens the liver

Over-secretion of insulin wears out the pancreas’ insulin production

Undermines and retards immune response

Linked to diabetes, and heart disease

Creates acid in the body.

Essential Science Publishing in their book Essential Oils Desk Reference, warns: “The worst dangers, though, are not found in natural sugar but in the use of artificial sweeteners. Seventyfive percent of the adverse reactions reported to the US FDA come from a single substance: the artificial sweetener, aspartame…” “Three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol make this toxic sweetener anything but sweet!”

Aspartame is marketed under a number of trademarked names. Does NutraSweet, Equal, or Spoonful sound familiar? There are others. And it is included in thousands of products such as cereals, instant and frozen foods, breath mints, and even multivitamins. (Excess amounts of aspartame breaks down into methanol and eventually formaldehyde.)

Aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. How can aspartame create such chaos? Aspartame dissolves into solution and can therefore travel throughout the body and deposit within any tissue. The body digests aspartame unlike saccharin, which does not break down within humans.

Some symptoms:

Headaches, migraines
Depression, anxiety
Insomnia, phobias
Low blood sugar
Drowsiness
Panic attacks
Mood changes
Decreased vision
Brain damage
Mimicing or causing illnesses such as:

Epilepsy Alzheimer’s
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
ALS
and the list goes on and on…..
Resources available:

Marion Nestle Safe Food by Marion Nestle
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills written by Dr. Russell Blaylock
Defense Against Alzheimer’s Disease written by Dr. H. J. Roberts

What to do? Detox and restox (restore nutrients).

Where to start?

Do your research
Read labels
Drink pure water
Eat natural/raw foods as much as possible
Exercise
Use natural products over fake ones
Sweet nothin’s??? No! No! No!!! How about…Sweet somethings!!! natural, delicious, lowglycemic sweeteners!

Grade B Maple Syrup (great sweetener and most balanced) low glycemic index with a slow, gradual rise in blood sugar levels. (Vermont is best… it is strictly regulated for purity and authenticity by government law.) Blue Agave: The nectar from the agave cactus plant has minimal impact on blood sugar levels. Best suited for people with candida infections. Fructose: one of lowest glycemic indexes of any food. Stevia: non-caloric; lowers and balances blood sugar levels, supports the pancreas, digestive system, protects the liver. Honey: from the nectar of flowers produced by bees known as nature’s sweetener is also an energy booster, immunity-system builder and is used as a natural remedy for some ailments. Raw Cane Juice Crystals: naturally dried cane juice has nutrients and is known as unrefined sugar. Cane juice is a good source of riboflavin and is a natural source of sweetness that can be a part of a healthy diet. Treat your sweet cravings with healthy sweets…and be well!

The Truth about Flu Vaccines

Facts to Consider

In order to make informed vaccine decisions, you must know what the ingredients are in the vaccine. There are no long-term safety studies done on any vaccines, including the flu vaccines. This new flu vaccine will be released without adequate safety studies.

Common Flu Vaccine Ingredients include:

Egg protein, including avian contaminant viruses (and many are allergic to eggs) Gelatin: known to cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis are usually associagted with sensitivity to egg or gelatin.

Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™): can cause severe allergic reactions including anaphylaxis. It has shown to cause infertility in mice

Formaldehyde-Formalyn (formalin) is a 37% solution of gaseous formaldehyde which includes methanol (used in vaccines as a tissue fixative). Formaldehyde solution (formalin) is considered a hazardous compound and it is vapor toxic: it is a known carcinogen

Sodium Chloride and Calcium chloride

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): C5H8NNaO4, a stabilizer MSG. MSG intolerance: There have been numerous studies of allergies and/or sensitivities to MSG, attributed to the free glutamic acid component, which has been blamed for causing a wide variety of physical symptoms such as migraines, nausea, digestive upsets, drowsiness, heart palpitation, hair loss, asthma, anaphylactic shock, rapidly increasing diabetes, and many other complaints.

Potassium phosphate, a soluble salt which is used as a fertilizer, a food additive and a fungicide. It is a source of phosphorus and potassium. It is also a buffering agent.

Thimerosal, a form of mercury still found in some multi-vile vaccines

Polyoxidonium, synthetic polymers and nanomaterials display selective phenotypic effects in cells and in the body that affect signal transduction mechanisms involved in inflammation, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis. When physically mixed or covalently conjugated with cytotoxic agents, bacterial DNA or antigens, polymers can drastically alter specific genetically controlled responses to these agents.

Squalene, an oil-based adjuvant that has never been approved in the United States as safe, can cause blindness, autoimmune dysfunction and can inhibit sperm production. More than two dozen peer-reviewed scientific papers from ten different laboratories throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia have been published documenting the development of autoimmune disease in animals subjected to squalene-based adjuvants. Novartis will make a flu vaccine using MF59 consisting of Squalene and Tween80.

A recent study (December 2005) discovered that Tween80 can cause anaphylaxis, a sometimes fatal reaction characterized by a sharp drop in blood pressure, hives and breathing difficulties. Span85, another oil

Human Diploid Tissue, organ and tissue from aborted baby tissue is now used in manufacturing many vaccines.

Vaccines given in the past have contained H1N1 viruses; this is not a new virus (novaccine.com).

For a complete ingredient list to go
World association of Vaccine Education (WAVE)
www.novaccine.com

H1N1: It all started in February 2009

In the News:
Feb. 27, 2009 Toronto Sun. A large consignment of seasonal flu vaccine, which was circulated to 18 European countries, has been infected with deadly live Avian flu virus. The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria, Baxter International, confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 Avian flu viruses. And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said its body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth- Donau, Austria.

The contaminated product, which Baxter calls “experimental virus material” was made at the Orth-Donau research facility. Baxter makes its flu vaccine including a human H5N1 vaccine for which a license is expected shortly at a facility in the Czech Republic.

News: From the Center of Disease Control – What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people?
The symptoms of Noval H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Also, like seasonal flu, severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus. It is not known at this time how severe Novel H1N1 flu virus will be in the general population. In seasonal flu, there are certain people that are at higher risk of serious flu-related complications.

The CDC is recommending that all people take two regular vaccines and one H1N1 vaccine this year. Giving multiple flu vaccines has never been tested for safety. Never have children or adults taken three vaccines in one flu season.

When Medicare began to cover the flu vaccine for seniors, the hospital visits for seniors went up dramatically that year from complications.

1997 Swine Flu Vaccine – the last time we had a swine flu H1N1 vaccine, there were 25 deaths from the vaccine and only one death from the flu. The vaccine program was pulled and considered a disaster. For information, see Congressman and medical doctor, Ron Paul, on YouTube, CNN and ABC Reports.

Some major concerns that have not been addressed:

Fast-tracked by the FDA, very little testing for safety Will only be tested a few weeks on a few hundred adults and children Going to give it to the children and pregnant mothers first! One-size fits all! Babies will get the same vaccine as an 280-pound man!
this is not sound science and carries grave risks for the children or those who are immune sensitive We now have a whole generation of children who are immune-compromised and are suffering with autism, ADHD, seizure disorders, diabetes and asthma. These children could potentially have severe reaction to this vaccine. First responders will be next, police, firemen, EMS, nurses…

2001 a bill was passed that totally protects any vaccine manufacture free of all liability from injury or death!
Drug companies were given billions of tax dollars to develop experimental flu vaccines last year Many of these vaccines are coming from Europe where some ingredients are not approved in the United States for use in vaccines. Squalene is one example.

The Childhood Vaccine Safety act of 1986
set up very clear safety guidelines to include the following measures:

Provide written benefit and risk information to parents before giving vaccines Accurate written record of manufacturer’s name and lot number must be kept Child’s medical record must have this information recorded Close monitoring after vaccinations and reporting of all serious health problems that develop after vaccines and all adverse events must be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events
Reporting System VAERS.

QUESTION:

  • How are the schools going to insure that these safety rules are followed?
  • How are they going to comply with this Act if they line children up in schools like cattle to vaccinate them?
  • Are parents going to have the right to say NO?

There are reports across the country from people who have gotten the flu shots in the past that they have had the worst flu ever!

There is compelling evidence that people who get five (5!) consecutive flu shots in a 10-year period are 10x more likely to get Alzheimers because of the accumulation of aluminum and mercury.
– Hugh Fudenburg, Immunologist.

References:
Toronto Sun, February 27, 2009
http://www.newswithviews.com/Tenpenny/sherri6.htm
www.novaccine.com
Are Vaccines Safe? DVD, Mary Tocco

www.sayingNoToVaccines.com
www.DrTenpenny.com


The Yoke… No Joke. The Mighty Egg

by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer

I was on a weekend trip with some friends recently and one of my friends was cooking breakfast for the whole group. I went over to see what he was cooking and saw he was getting ready to make a big batch of eggs.

Well, to my shock and horror, I noticed that he was cracking the eggs open and screening the egg whites into a bowl and throwing out the egg yolks. I asked him why the heck he was throwing out the egg yolks, and he replied something like this...

"because I thought the egg yolks were terrible for you...that's where all the nasty fat and cholesterol is". And I replied, "you mean that's where all the nutrition is!"

This is a perfect example of how confused most people are about nutrition. In a world full of misinformation, somehow most people now mistakenly think that the egg yolk is the worst part of the egg, when in fact, the YOLK IS THE HEALTHIEST PART OF THE EGG !

By throwing out the yolk and only eating egg whites, you're essentially throwing out the most nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich, vitamin and mineral loaded portion of the egg. The yolks contain so many B-vitamins, trace minerals, vitamin A, folate, choline, lutein, and other powerful nutrients... it's not even worth trying to list them all.

In fact, the egg whites are almost devoid of nutrition compared to the yolks.

Even the protein in egg whites isn't as powerful without the yolks to balance out the amino acid profile and make the protein more bio-available. Not to even mention that the egg yolks from free range chickens are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and panthothenic acid of the egg. In addition, the yolks contain ALL of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the egg, as well as ALL of the essential fatty acids.

And now the common objection I get all the time when I say that the yolks are the most nutritious part of the egg..."But I heard that whole eggs will skyrocket my cholesterol through the roof"
No, this is FALSE!

First of all, when you eat a food that contains a high amount of dietary cholesterol such as eggs, your body down-regulates it's internal production of cholesterol to balance things out.

On the other hand, if you don't eat enough cholesterol, your body simply produces more since cholesterol has tons of important functions in the body.

And here's where it gets even more interesting...

There are indications that eating whole eggs actually raises your good HDL cholesterol to a higher degree than LDL cholesterol, thereby improving your overall cholesterol ratio and blood chemistry.

And 3rd... high cholesterol is NOT a disease! Heart disease is a disease...but high cholesterol is NOT. Cholesterol is actually a VERY important substance in your body and has vitally important functions... it is DEAD WRONG to try to "lower your cholesterol" just because of pharmaceutical companies propaganda that everyone on the planet should be on statin drugs.

You can read the following article about why trying to attack cholesterol is a mistake, and what the REAL deadly risk factors actually are... Cholesterol Myths. In addition, the yolks contain the antioxidant lutein as well as other antioxidants which can help protect you from inflammation within your body (the REAL culprit in heart disease, not dietary cholesterol!), giving yet another reason why the yolks are actually GOOD for you, and not detrimental.

To help bring even more proof that whole eggs are better for you than egg whites, I recently read a University of Connecticut study that showed that a group of men in the study that ate three eggs per day for 12 weeks while on a reduced carb, higher fat diet increased their HDL good cholesterol by 20%, while their LDL bad cholesterol stayed the same during the study. However, the group that ate egg substitutes (egg whites) saw no change in either and did not see the improvement in good cholesterol (remember that higher HDL levels are associated with lower risk of heart disease) that the whole egg eaters did. So I hope we've established that whole eggs are not some evil food that will wreck your body... instead whole eggs are FAR superior to egg whites.

Also, your normal supermarket eggs coming from mass factory farming just don't compare nutritionally with organic free range eggs from healthy chickens that are allowed to roam freely and eat a more natural diet. Your typical cheap grocery store eggs will have lower nutrient levels and a higher omega-6 level and lower omega-3 level. On the other hand, the cage-free organic eggs from healthier chickens allowed to eat more natural feed and roam freely will have much higher vitamin and mineral levels and a more balanced healthier omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio.

I recently compared eggs I bought at the grocery store with a batch of eggs I got at a farm stand where the chickens were free-roaming and healthy.

Most people don't realize that there's a major difference because they've never bought real eggs from healthy chickens... The eggs from the grocery store had pale yellow yolks and thin weak shells. On the other hand, the healthier free range eggs from the local farm had strong thick shells and deep orange-colored yolks indicating much higher nutrition levels and carotenoids... and just a healthier egg in general.

So next time a health or fitness professional tells you that egg whites are superior, you can quietly ignore their advice knowing that you understand the REAL deal about egg yolks. And can we all please STOP with this sillyness about eating an omelette with 4-5 egg whites and only 1 egg yolk... If you want real taste and real health benefits, we'd all be better off eating ALL of our eggs with the yolks.

Another interesting thing about eggs...

I read a study recently that compared groups of people that ate egg breakfasts vs groups of people that ate cereal or bagel based breakfasts. The results of the study showed that the egg eaters lost or maintained a healthier bodyweight, while the cereal/bagel eaters gained weight.

It was hypothesized that the egg eaters actually ate less calories during the remainder of the day because their appetite was more satisfied compared to the cereal/bagel eaters who would have been more prone to wild blood sugar swings and food cravings.

Enjoy your eggs and get a leaner body!


Understanding Salt and Sodium

by Ann Louise Gittleman, N.D., M.S.
SODIUM IS ESSENTIAL TO LIFE!

Sodium is so important, in fact, that humans have a specific sensor on the tongue that can detect salt. Thousands of years ago, when the diet of humans was potassium-rich and sodiumpoor, this sensor for salt was a crucial survival tool. Nature, in her infinite wisdom, devised a way to help humans (as well as animals) seek out salty foods so they could be assured of receiving adequate sodium from their diets. This is important because sodium—often found in the form of sodium chloride or salt—plays countless roles in the body.

To begin with, sodium is crucial for maintaining the health of every cell in the human system. It permeates the fluid between cells (often called the “extra cellular fluid”) and potassium exists mainly on the inside of the cells (in the “intracellular fluid”). These two minerals need to be inconstant dynamic balance so nutrient and waste can take place across cell membranes. If either of these minerals is deficient or in excess, cell permeability becomes compromised and the health of all the cells suffer.

Besides being a component of extra cellular fluid that bathes every living cell, sodium is important in two other “salty oceans” in the body—our blood and our lymphatic fluid. It is also necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid, the digestive enzyme secreted by the stomach in order to digest protein. Along with potassium, sodium is required for the proper functioning of our nerves and the contraction of our muscles. (The heart, as you may know, is our hardest-working muscle.) Finally, sodium is necessary to maintain several kinds of equilibrium—fluid balance, electrolyte balance and pH (acid/alkaline) balance—which are all of the utmost importance to the body.

With the many crucial roles sodium plays, it’s clear that if we had no sodium, we would cease to exist. Obtaining adequate, easily absorbable sodium from foods then is important for maintaining health, but obtaining too much of the wrong kinds of sodium is harmful. Like fat, sodium is often misunderstood by the public. Sodium and fat are nutrients we need for health, but not all forms of them are healthy.

Most of us already know that excessive salt consumption contributes to the development of high blood pressure but recent research shows that it is also associated with strokes, calcium deficiency and osteoporosis, fluid retention, weight gain, stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. However, reducing sodium too much can be just as harmful as consuming large amounts of it. Too little can cause spasms, poor heart rhythms, sudden death and even increase the risk of heart attack in hypertensive patients. Under-standing the role sodium plays in the body and the difference between “good” and “bad” sources of sodium will help you get the salt out of your diet while still meeting your sodium needs.

Just how much salt do we consume? According to The Sodium Counter (Pocket Books, 1993), the average American’s salt intake is two to three teaspoons a day. This may not sound like a lot, but it provides 4,000 to 6,000 milligrams of sodium a day—which can be double the Food and Drug Administration’s maximum recommended daily quantity of 2,400 milligrams.

No other mammal eats this much salt and no other mammal has the health problems we do. High blood pressure, for example, was never even seen in animals until researchers found they could induce it either by surgery or by introducing large amounts of salt into animals’ diets. We unknowingly absorb excessive salt not only from the food we consume, but also from an unsuspected source, the salt-softened water in which we bathe. Since the American Heart Association now warns that salt-softened water can cause an elevated sodium level, many health-conscious Americans no longer drink salt-softened water. Few of us, however, realize that we receive a lot of unwanted sodium every time we take a shower or a bath or wash clothes in softened water. Sodium is very efficiently absorbed through the skin and topically ingested salt has become a common culprit of excess sodium.

The sodium we consume from food and water is only part of the problem. The highly refined nature of common table salt is the other part. Although our bodies are not designed to handle large amounts of sodium, healthy individuals usually can tolerate some excess sodium if it is in a naturally occurring form that our bodies can readily use or excrete. Commercial table salt used in our food and to soften water, however, is the furthest thing from this ideal. During the refining of tables salt, natural sea salt or rock salt is stripped of more than 60 trace minerals and essential macro-nutrients.

Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but it also is heated at such high temperatures that the chemical structure of salt changes. In addition, it is chemically cleaned and bleached and treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. Unfortunately the anti-caking agents perform the same function in the human body, so refined salt does not dissolve and combine with the water and fluids present in our system. Instead it builds up in the body and leaves deposits in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems.

Two of the most common anti-caking agents used in the mass production of salt are sodium alumino-silicate and alumino-calcium silicate. These are both sources of aluminum, a toxic metal that has been implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and that certainly does not belong in a healthy diet. To make matters worse, the aluminum used in salt production leaves a bitter taste in salt, so manufacturers usually add sugar in the form of dextrose to hide the taste of the aluminum. Refined sugar—as I explained in my previous book, Get the Sugar Out (Harmony Books 1996) —severely disrupts the equilibrium of the body and is associated with the development of more than 60 diseases.

Whether you consider the minerally unbalanced condition of the salt we use, the anti-caking agents that prevent salt from doing some of its most important jobs in the body, or the chemicals and sugar that are added to it, table salt should be avoided because it is, without a doubt, hazardous to human health.

However, there are alternatives to commercial table salt. Unrefined sea salt and RealSalt® [are good salts the body can use for many of the roles sodium plays.

RealSalt [most locally available] is a pollutant-free salt extracted from an ancient seabed in Utah. It is not altered with coloring, additives or bleaching and it is not kiln dried. It also has a full complement of trace minerals, including iodine. For all these reasons, RealSalt is the brand of salt I recommend most often. The maker of RealSalt also sells an ultra-small convenient salt shaker that is perfect for all our dining-out and traveling needs.

Contrary to popular belief, getting hazardous salt out of your diet and controlling your intake isn’t as simple as passing up the use of the salt shaker. In fact, if you’re the average American, throwing away your salt shaker will hardly make a dent in your sodium intake because salt added at the table is minimal compared to the salt that is hidden in the processed foods we eat every day. Salt is added so insidiously and so routinely to foods by manufacturers that it’s difficult to escape it. From obviously salted snack foods like chips, pretzels and roasted party nuts to basic staples like soups and breads, salt is in there. It’s even hidden in cereals like cornflakes and disserts like instant chocolate pudding.

Become a label reader. No matter where you buy your food, you have to pay attention to what’s in it. Don’t forget that the overwhelming majority of the salt Americans consume is “hidden” in processed foods. This means you have to be skeptical about every food you’re thinking of buying. If you do nothing else to lower your sodium intake, read those labels and don’t let the “hidden” sodium sneak past you.

Read the number of sodium milligrams listed in the Nutrition Facts label of the food you’re considering buying. Although sodium requirements differ for each individual, use this as a rule of thumb: focus on buying low-sodium foods—foods that have 140 milligrams or less of sodium per serving—and make these your staples. (If you need additional sodium in your diet, add extra salt at the table.)

The use of salt in the cooking and processing of foods is so widespread that getting the salt out clearly requires a multi-dimensional approach. It means developing a “salty savvy”—learning where salt normally is found and how to do without it creatively and tastefully. The 501 tips in my book will help you do exactly that. They were written to give helpful hints for people wanting to reduce their sodium intake as well as for salt-sensitive individuals who need to severely restrict their sodium intake.

(Ann Louise Gittleman’s book Get The Salt Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Salt Out of Any Diet
(Three Rivers Press, 1996) will be a valuable addition to your natural health library.

Official site for Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman is www.annlouise.com

[Other fine sodium products are Pink Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt and Himalayan Pink Salt]


Whiplash: Check my Neck!

If I said “Car crash!”… you might say “Whiplash!”….and rightly so! Whiplash… that’s our subject… What is it and what does it look like?
WHAT IS WHIPLASH?

A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology: “Cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD)

Webster’s Dictionary: “1. The lash of a whip. 2. A sudden, sharp jolting of the neck backward and then forward, done to a person in a car hit from the rear.”

Adding to that definition, we know other car accidents including seatbelts and airbag deployment cause whiplash as well as sport injuries, falls, fallen objects, assaults, and shamefully; shaken-baby syndrome.

Whiplash is the term used to describe the sudden jolting of the neck and the soft-tissue injuries of the cervical spine (better known as the neck), which are the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and discs. It can include fractures, subluxations, sprains, strains and cerebral concussion.
This is huge!

Let’s pretend to be one of those fancy cameras that just keep flashing to catch the sequences of something in motion. Before we get started, a point of reference…If you hit a pole or get struck from behind, the sequences are the same only in reverse order. So, here we’ll deal with a rearend collision, in slow motion.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MUSCLES?

At the time of the collision, the momentum of the car seat forces the thorax forward and overstretched muscles in the neck go into a state of contraction to splint the head and spine to protect you against further injury. About 100 millisecond later, the head and neck are propelled into flexion and thrown back and forth, a protective reflex, called “stretch reflex”, tightened the muscles of the neck to prevent excessive motion which might otherwise have fractured your neck and damaged your spinal cord. Those muscular contractions formed a natural splint which automatically and quickly braced your spine, which is desperate to protect you! The entire neuromuscular system is at a high state of survival making this emergency situation a shock to the system. Shocks to the system tend to make lasting memories, creating protective, reflexive reactions. Suddenly, a tension habit was formed.

The crisis is over…. Or is it? No, the crisis is not over. Within minutes in many cases of whiplash injury, neck muscles become painful, stiff, fatigued and sore. If the vertebrae moves because of unequal muscular tension, that tension of spinal misalignment pulls the vertebrae of the neck closer together, making the neck shorter, thicker and stiffer, sometimes leading to pinched nerves that cause pain and numbness.

Let’s look at the signs, symptoms and complications of whiplash.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS/COMPLICATIONS:

LIGAMENT SPRAINS: REFER PAIN SIMILARLY TO LOCAL NERVE ROOTS
MISALIGNED CERVICAL VERTEBRAE: CAN GO IN ANY DIRECTION
DAMAGED DISC: MOST COMMON CAUSE OF HERNIATED CERVICAL DISCS
SPASM: SPLINTING MECHANISM WHEN LIGAMENTS ARE WEAK
TRIGGER POINTS: REFER PAIN TO HEAD
NEUROLOGICAL SYMPTOMS: DIZZINESS, BLURRED VISION, HEADACHES, TINNITUS…
CAN BE RELATED TO CONCUSSION OR BLEEDING
TMJ DISORDERS: “JAW LASH”
HEADACHES: FROM ANY OF THE ABOVE

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE VICTIM?

They are usually seen by a medical doctor, who assesses the damage; from there they may be referred to any one of these “treatment people”… chiropractor, physical therapist, orthopedic surgeons, exercise physiologists or a neurologist.

Until recently the profession of massage therapy had been omitted from these “treatment people.” It has been added because we can now offer therapeutic massage… massage that causes change.

The damage the body undergoes in a whiplash affects muscle groups of the top and back of the head, the front and back of the neck, plus pain at the neck referring into the shoulders and arms.

The Spine Research Institute of San Diego reports an estimated 3 million whiplash injuries occur each year. It also reports that 45% of people with chronic neck pain attribute the pain to past motor-vehicle-collision injuries!

It has been said that “therapeutic massage is one of the most effective therapies for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system.”

Why? Because, a therapeutic massage can help. It can help…

relax the muscles to ease stress and tension,
increase and maintain range of motion,
decrease stress and tension to accelerate healing,
increase circulation to aid healing, and
and breakdown excess scar tissue formation.

Drive carefully, save my neck!

PARAVERTEBRAL MUSCLES AFFECTED

HEAD: TOP

SCM
Splenius capitis

HEAD: BACK

SCM

Trapezius
Semispinalis capitis
Semispinalis cervicis
Splenius cervicis
Suboccipital group
Occipitalis
Diagrastic
Temporalis
NECK: BACK

Trapezius
Multifidi
Levator scapula
Splenius cervicis
Intraspinatus
NECK: FRONT (THROAT)

SCM
Diagastric
Medial ptergoid

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