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Enzymes (and where to find them)

It is our belief, shared by many proponents of Raw Foods that the single best mechanism for getting enzymes inside your body is by eating Raw Foods. It is also often true that we need to supplement with enzymes in order to recover from ill health, or to make up for the limited amounts in even the best diets. If you are struggling with ill health, poor digestion or similar problems, enyzmes may really be at the root cause.

First off, what is an enzyme, and why it is so important.

Enzymes are the fundamental catalysts (helpers) of processes occurring in the body. They help facilitate chemical reactions and allow them to speed up and work more efficiently. Without enzymes, these reactions might never occur quickly enough, powerfully enough, or occur at all.

What kind of processes? Almost every single one! It is common reading articles readily available that enzymes are largely held as the measuring stick for biological activity. Meaning Life is measured by the amount of enzymatic activity! Your body is producing millions of these every second, and using them immediately:

  • Digestion of Food
  • Creating Cellular Energy (For more information research ATP, Krebs Cycle, and cellular metabolism) from the resource digested.
  • Cell repair in all tissues, organs etc…
  • Brain Function

While there are lots of chemical catalysts, most chemical catalysts catalyze (help) a wide range of reactions. They are not usually very selective. Enzymes are usually highly selective, catalyzing specific reactions only (for instance digestion). This is due to the shapes of the enzyme molecules, and how they fit into the substances they help.

Types/Classes of Enzymes

There are generally 3 types, or classes, of enzymes.

  • Metabolic Enzymes:
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Food Enzymes

Metabolic Enzymes

These enzymes work directly within the cells, functioning as helpers to do whatever specific work that unique cell needs to do. Examples would be the conversion of minerals into a usable substance (Phosphorus or Calcium or Magnesium into human bone), providing the bind for iron within a red blood cell, regulation of valves in cardiac tissue, dilation of blood vessels, and much, muhc more.

Digestive Enzymes

These function outside a cell, and are normally associated with the break down of food into the usable, basic elements like Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamins, Minerals etc… Most digestive enzyme supplements are focused on the breakdown of macro nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fats, and Protein. These enzymes are created by your body itself.

Food Enzymes

Food Enzymes are actually contained within the food itself, allowing the body to begin digesting and breaking down the food before the Digestive Enzymatic process actually begins. These enzymes are also what causes fruit to ripen, and then subsequently rot.

Functional scenarios for enzymes

Enzymes humans use fit into 2 categories, ones we make (Intrinsic) and ones we get from outside (Extrinsic).  A great example of Intrinsic enzymes is digestive enzymes. Our bodies produce these in many areas of the body that help break down food into its simpler and more usable substances. An example of an Extrinsic enzyme is Papain, which comes from Papaya.

Enzymes humans use function within a fairly narrow range of Temperature, PH, and Concentration. The optimum Temperature is about 104 degrees F. Above that, the enzymes begin to break down and degrade (actually they “denature” similar to cooking proteins) as the temperature increases. They also function in very narrow ranges of PH. They are also limited by Concentration. If there aren’t enough enzymes molecules, they won’t work on all the chemical “substrates” (molecules) that need them.

So what does this mean to me?

This essentially means that a very fundamental ingredient in the basic functions of most every part of life are dependent on and governed by, some very specific products that have very specific requirements. The performance of this vital element has a very narrow range to work their best. This has huge impact on our bodies because there is really only one source of these products if they are not enzymes the body can make itself: EATING!

So now what?

It isn’t simply eating, but eating enzymes that are functioning within their correct parameters; Temperature, PH, and Concentration. Without these factors, the enzymes will not work as well as we need. 1

Concentration: Considering basic logic that all true food designed for Humans has within itself what we need (or it really wouldn’t be food), Concentration isn’t hard if we don’t affect the other parameters. The levels of enzymes should be sufficient assuming they haven’t already been denatured or modified. The concentration of enzymes in a particular food will be highest if we ensure the following:

PH: There is a lot of debate about this topic, but we can safely say enzymes themselves function within specific ranges, and if you need enzymes but are not able to have an environment within their optimum range, they are not optimally active! Some enzymes function only in acidic environments, but those are typically specialized, and occur only in areas they are needed (think pepsin in the stomach). Most references point to human enzymes, especially metabolic enzymes (enzymes that affect metabolic processes that are located in EVERY cell of the body) working at about 7.2, slightly alkaline. Therefore, more alkalinity would be considered better than more acidic for most enzymes in the human body.

Temperature: This is the easiest to control, but the hardest to implement! The more closely most enzymes is to 104 degrees F, the better. Any higher, and it starts to denature, until they are totally ineffective. Note this serious dilemma, I have found no easily accessible research claiming that at 118 degrees F all enzymes break down! I cannot find it anywhere other than on sites selling raw Foods, and it is not backed up by a results based study, it is simply made as a blanket claim!

However, it is clear from a simple looking around that enzymes do break down after heating, and I found a claim that Papain (from Papaya) is able to handle one of the highest temperatures, 190 degrees F.

Therefore, it is safe to find some maximum, and we think most Plant based enzymes handle up to 125 degrees F, which is awfully close to 118!

So tell it to me straight.

So, all factors point to foods that are slightly alkaline, near 104 Degrees F are optimum sources of enzymes. This would mean that RAW PLANT FOODS that have not been brought to Acidic PH, or above 104 degrees, have to be some of the best, if not THE best, enzymes for us to eat. The other alternative is taking supplements that have been extracted from Plants, and we think you should skip the middle man when possible, and go right to the source.

Common biology and understandings point by themselves to basic raw plants as optimum source of enzymes.  This isn’t rocket science, and it isn’t a metaphysical argument.

The basic conclusion is: More RAW FOODS! And when you are making a transition to a healthier lifestyle or find your digestion sluggish or incomplete, use a good supplemental source of digestive enzymes.

Digestive Enzymes

PrepZymes Digestive EnzymesWe believe that the AIM Prepzymes are some of the best digestive enzymes available. They are highly effective, and high value.


 

 

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Mary-Ann Shearer interviews her daughter, Marie-Claire, and discusses the reality of eating healthy and taking responsibility for your own health.

 

 


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Mary-Ann Shearer interviews her husband Mark. Hear how Mark began to adapt to a Whole Food diet and the tremendous benefits to his overall health.

 

 


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The Natural Way Interviews: Pamela

This remarkable story about how many problems are truly related to diet and lifestyle. Pamela suffered with several different autoimmune disorders with no help from several expensive medications.

 

 


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AIM Membership and Products

The benefits of signing up for AIM membership

The reality is that using AIM products promote health in a way no other products seem able to replicate. Highly nutrient dense food, grown organically, harvested optimally, and processed quickly isnt easy, or common. They have perfected it. Many people who love their products benefit significantly from AIM membership. The cost savings are DRAMATIC. Here is a list of the current (Oct 2014) retail vs member prices, coupled with the potential rebate/commissions on products.

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Being a member would get you significant savings:

  • Just taking BarleyLife monthly would save you up to $21/mo (if you are at the maximum membership level of Director).
  • Taking the GardenTrio and AIMMega monthly would save you close to $60/mo (if you are at the maximum membership level of Director).
  • Using ProPeas, Garden Trio, and AIMMega, essentially satisfying a tremendous portion of your daily micro nutrient requirements, as well as Essential Fatty Acids, and Plant Based Protein, you would save up to $74/mo (if you are at the maximum membership level of Director).

The reality is, if you intend to take AIM products regularly (and The Natural Way uses these products as the foundation of it’s program), AIM membership is an incredible savings even just at the member price, before any additional rebates or commissions.

Building a Business

Some people find the opportunity to take their interests and passions for health and nutrition and use AIM to build a business out of it. This opportunity can be tremendous, and AIM is very aggressive at rewarding sales and organization building.

The Bottom Line

It’s certainly true that it is not everyone’s objective or goal to build a business, and it doesn’t need to be. There is plenty of incentive to become an AIM member either way. Saving lots of money while having access to some of the most nutrient dense, naturally healthy food on the planet is a great thing.

We are happy to help sign you up with our AIM membership (you can do it yourself by following these instructions), and even help you develop a business using our resources, support, and content. Feel free to Contact Us, and let us help you get started

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How to Sign Up for AIM Membership

If you wish to get wholesale prices and/or start your own business you have 2 choices. AIM membership gives you significant costs on AIM nutritional products, even allowing you to build your own business if you like:

  1. Contact Us and we will coordinate with you and help you sign up

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  1. Sign up yourself

 

Sign Up for AIM Yourself

Step 1  Click Here to open up the correct webpage

It should look like this

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Pick your specific country (In this case United States)

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While you certainly should review the member income plan, it can seem quite complex as most of it is structured about growth. Feel free to Contact Us and we can help you understand it if it seems overwhelming.

When you are ready pressing the AIM Member button will bring up this page

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Fill out your information and press Step 2. The next page to come up will look like this

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In some cases it will bring up an intermediate step asking you to qualify your address. Once you complete this step you will see the following page

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The membership will NOT be active until you place a qualifying order of at least $100 or more. We find AIM’s prices on shipping are so good that you arent forced to order more than you really need in general, however the first order needs to be more than $100 to get started.

You will be enrolled “under” our membership, which will shortly be changed to The 25 Group, LLC. We are your “sponsors” in the AIM organization, and we will be happy to help you with your AIM account, as well as helping you build out an AIM business if you wish. You are under NO OBLIGATION to make this more than a simple membership to help you get the best discounts possible.

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Density: Nutrient vs. Calorie

A fundamental categorization of food products is their placement on a spectrum between Nutrient Density (ND) and Calorie Density (CD). It most every case, there is an inverse relationship between the two.

As foods become more calorie dense, they normally become less nutrient dense. Dr Joel Furhman has done an incredible job of collecting data and scoring food from the USDA nutrition database, and assign it an ANDI value. The methodology used to calculate this becomes clear as you look at the foods and their scores.

Example: Kale

Kale, according to the ANDI score, is 1000. The highest possible score. All other products relate to this score.

Grains: 200.

Meat: Very low, almost non significant ND per calorie.

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Alcoholism, Hypoglycemia & Diet

Estimated that 50% of people in most western countries suffer from hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, where people have easy access to refined cane sugar (sucrose).

Refined cane sugar upset the blood sugar and this in turn can upset the entire endocrine system. When your blood sugar is low you will crave sugar to bring it back up again and some people will find this craving translated in a desire for alcohol.

According to Barbara Reed Stitt, Researchers, Poulos, Stoddard and Carron found that 97% of alcoholics they tested where hypoglycemic as opposed to only 18% in control group. Many other clinical studies have found similar results.

So what came first, the chicken or the egg? Does alcohol cause hypoglycemia or does hypoglycemia cause the alcohol craving.

it appears from further research that people who craved sweets and had access to refined sugar on a daily basis as children are for more likely to suffer from hypoglycemia and have a tendency to towards alcoholism.

Hypoglycemia also contributes to bad behavior in that increased aggression can result. In hypoglycemia the higher less primitive area of the brain cannot work efficiently as the brain requires sufficient glucose to work properly. When these “socially responsible” areas of the brain shut down because of lack of energy, aberrant behavior results.

This would explain the violent behavior that results when some people consume alcohol or even just refined sugar.

Carry Bekker the programme director at Stepping Stones (a recovery programme for drug abuse) says “If alcohol were discovered today, it would be the foremost banned substance. Alcohol damages more parts of the body than any other drug”

She goes on to say that “What you drink, when you drink and how often you drink don’t define a tendency to addiction, it’s what happens to you when you drink. If alcohol changes your life in some way, and you continue to drink in spite of negative consequences- that’s the definer.” “Alcohol dependence and addiction are diseases of denial, in which you truly believe you are in control. But other people see the consequences. Listen to them”

It is essential that you follow a healthy diet and include plenty of fresh fruit in your diet. Fruit it is God designed sweets and helps to regulate blood sugar correctly and supply the right kind of glucose without any detrimental side effects.


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Health A-Z Archives: Nail in the Coffin of Big Medicine

by Lynn McTaggart

Every so often something happens that restores my faith in the power of the truth. This rarely happens when it comes to health care. Modern medicine is one of the big, dangerous monoliths of our time, a stark symbol of the competitive mindset and the industrial age – the triumph of the machine over the human being.

Besides being one of the largest industries in the world, Big Pharma is probably one of the most dangerous.

Not long ago, the Journal of the American Medicine Association, the official organ of the primary organization representing physicians in America, publicly admitted that diseases caused by doctors—that is illness created by correctly prescribed medication —is the third leading cause of death in America, responsible for a quarter of a million deaths per year.

To put the magnitude of the problem into perspective, as one study, also in JAMA, once described it, the death rate from modern medicine in America alone as the “equivalent of three jumbo-jet crashes every two days.”

This poor track record is well known by those on the inside. In a throwaway comment, Dr. Allen Rose, the worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline, once casually observed that 90 per cent of his company’s products—or any other drug companies’ products—don’t work on the majority of patients.

If any other business maintained this appalling track record, there would be public outcry, Parliamentary and Congressional investigation and swift adoption of new law. With modern medicine there is not even the airing of debate.

This has largely to do with the fact that medicine is a conspiracy of silence, a private conversation—by doctors for doctors.

Private conversation
This conversation has very little opportunity to be heard by you and me. Newspapers, funded by or seeded with board members of the pharmaceutical industry, carry ever fewer stories about medical dangers or promising alternative possibilities. For instance, James Murdoch, whose newspaper The Times led the story discrediting the doctor who challenged the MMR vaccine, was, until recently, a board member of the SmithKline, which manufactures the vaccine.

In the UK the Advertising Standards Association forbids any claims being made about any promising product or therapy because it would interfere with the ‘doctor/patient relationship.’ A British law set down in 1939 forbids anyone outside of conventional medicine from even advising about cancer. Similar laws exist in America.

I tell you all this as background to place in context my shock to learn of the recent release of the most comprehensive assessment ever conducted by any governmental body into homeopathy.

The report concluded not only that it works but that it is far more cost effective than conventional medicine. In fact, it works so well that patients should be reimbursed for it on the National Health.

In a rare departure from its history of neutrality on many issues, the Swiss government conducted a detailed inquiry into homeopathy and other alternative therapies.

The task fell to the Swiss Network for Technology Health Assessment, a body created by the Swiss government in 1999 in order to determine the best value for money invested on health.

Major evidence examined
The book-length report by Gudrun Bornhöft and Peter. F. Matthiessen, of the Chair in Medical Theory and Complementary Medicine of the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany, comprehensively reviewed all the major evidence for homeopathy, from major pre-clinical research (studies with human cell lines, studies on plants and animals and basic research into the chemical changes), and the big ‘gold standard’ trials on humans to systematic reviews, meta-analyses and epidemiological research.

The Swiss scientists had two major criteria for judging the effectiveness of the studies: internal validity (that is, quality of study design and execution) and external validity (whether the studies accurately reflect how homeopathy is used in real life.

Evaluating the external validity of studies is particularly crucial because research into homeopathy is often conducted by doctors or scientists with little understanding of how it is supposed to be used or which treatments work best for which patients. Many high profile studies purporting to debunk treatments like homeopathy are essentially set up to fail because the researchers essentially don’t know what they’re doing.

It works
Once all the data was assessed, the German scientists concluded that ‘many high-quality investigations of pre-clinical basic research proved homeopathic high-potencies induce ‘regulative and specific changes in cells or living organisms.’

Of the systematic reviews of human research, said the report, 20 out of 22 detected ‘at least a trend in favor of homeopathy,’ and five showed results indicating ‘clear evidence for homeopathic therapy.’

The report found particularly strong evidence for the use of homeopathy for upper respiratory tract infections or allergic reactions; 6 of 7 controlled studies were at least equivalent to conventional interventions and of 16 placebo-controlled studies, half showed significant results with homeopathy.

Perhaps most significantly, the report concluded that the effectiveness of homeopathy ‘can be supported by clinical evidence and ‘regarded as safe.’ Applied properly, it said, ‘classical homeopathy has few side-effects and the use of high-potencies is free of toxic effects.’

The Swiss government’s report was particularly scathing about the Lancet, which publicized a 2005 report supposedly to signal the ‘end of homeopathy.’ In the study, the scientific team evaluated 110 clinical trials of homeopathy and then compared them to the same number of trials of conventional medicine. Although the aim was ostensibly to compare the 22 high quality homeopathic trials with nine high quality conventional studies, the team created criteria to eliminate a majority of the best homeopathic trials, thereby supporting their conclusion that homeopathy doesn’t work.

As the Swiss authors noted, this study neglected follow the most basic accepted guidelines on best practice for scientific reporting.

Cost effective
Aside from evidence about effectiveness, the Swiss government went to great pains to examine whether homeopathy was saving or costing money. To do so, the Swiss government examined data from participating doctors from Swiss health insurers, including all costs for consultation, medications and physiotherapy.

As it turned out, those doctors who specialized in homeopathy costs at least 15 per cent less than doctors practicing conventional medicine, even though patients seeking homeopathy tend to be sicker with more chronic or serious ill health – factors that would usually translate into higher health bills.

When treatments of specific illnesses were compared, homeopathy again proved cost-saving; children with upper respiratory tract infections had fewer recurrences of illness and required fewer antibiotics than those receiving conventional drugs.

In other cases, using homeopathy led to less dependence on drugs. In the case of more than 500 patients with rheumatic disease, nearly a third were able to stop taking conventional medication, and another third reduce their use of drugs. Homeopathic fertility treatment for women offered one of the largest cost savings of all, when compared to standard medical treatment.

Homeopathy also saved in hospital bills; women patients using homeopathic doctors were six times less likely to land in hospital than were those using conventional doctors.

In the land of the pharma
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this is not simply that as a result of this study, homeopathy is now enshrined in the Swiss constitution, and paid for by public money, but that this has occurred in a land where two of the top largest pharmaceutical firms have their base.

It also occurred precisely at the point where initiatives in the European Union (of which Switzerland is a part), funded by the pharmaceutical industry, are busily banning or drastically curtailing the availability of nutritional supplements and many alternative treatments with a long history of success.

Lynn McTaggart

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Health A-Z Archives: Sports Drinks

The enormous financial rewards generated by various sports disciplines have created a market for specialized foods ‘guaranteed’ to enhance physical performance within the legal limits.

Now what about sports or energy drinks?  Personally, I would not recommend that you give them to your child.  To show you why, I have given you a breakdown of two of the most popular sports drinks around and then a breakdown of pasteurised grape juice.  The results speak for themselves.

Most sports drinks that I have come into contact with advertise that they contain carbohydrates and minerals that are absorbed into the bloodstream faster than water, thereby providing both energy and fluid.  However, carefully controlled studies have indicated that these sports drinks actually reach the blood much more slowly than water.  The American College of Sports Medicine recently condemned these drinks and was dismissive of the idea that they are superior to water.

Let’s take a look at that breakdown.

Popular Energy Drink.  The following 16 ingredients are listed:

  • Water
  • Enzymatic Partial Hydrolysate of Corn Starch.  This has a similar effect to refined sugar in that it upset glucose levels in the body and affects the endocrine system negatively
  • Maltodextrin.  A natural sweetener derived from barley malt.  No side-effects known
  • Citric Acid.  Found naturally in most plant foods.  No known side-effects other than that it can erode tooth enamel.
  • Dextrose.  This is basically refined glucose and can have similar effect to sugar
  • Salt
  • Cloudifier.  (Unspecified – this could be one of many)
  • Sodium Cyclamate.  This is considered to be carcinogenic and has similar effects to saccharin (see below)
  • Sodium Saccharin.  There is now clear evidence that this can contribute to bladder cancer and tumours in the urinary tract.  Sports people make efficient use of their urinary tract during exercise, so it seems strange to me that this harmful substance is added to a ‘sports drink’.  Saccharin may also contribute to other forms of cancer.
  • Vitamin C.  Synthetic vitamin C can cause kidney stones, gout, arthritis and ulcers, as well as heart disease.  The vitamin C found naturally in foods such as fruit and vegetables is extremely important to overall health and does not have any detrimental side-effects
  • Mono-Potassium Phosphate.  Can lead to loss of calcium and cause kidney damage
  • Di-Potassium Phosphate (as above)
  • Flavourant.  Unspecified – this could be one of dozens, including the toxic MSG
  • Colourants.  Unspecified – again, there are many in common use.  Tartrazine is particularly popular and is used in yellow, green or orange coloured drinks.  It can cause asthma, migraines, hyperactivity and skin rashes.  It has also been found to cause a deficiency in other vitamins and minerals, and new research indicates that it may play a role in heart disease
  • Sorbic Acid.  High levels can irritate the nose, eyes and throat
  • Benzoic Acid.  This preservative causes allergies and intolerances, and results in asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity

    Popular Power Drink.  This contains 23 different ingredients in all, many of which are common to the drink above.  It also lists the following:

  • Sugar.  This upsets blood sugar levels and in turn, the endocrine system which controls muscle tone and development, energy levels, metabolism and, in fact, almost every body function
  • Sodium Hexametaphosphate.  This can lead to a loss of calcium and cause kidney damage
  • Potassium Benzoate.  This can trigger asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity
  • Potassium Sorbate.  No real research has been done on humans
  • Stabilisers.  This could be one of many different types, usually artificial or chemical in nature
  • Potassium Citrate.  Presumed safe
  • Tartrazine.  This colourant can cause a wide range of allergic and intolerant symptoms, including hyperactivity, asthma, migraines and skin rashes

    Grape Juice Per 100g.  Now let’s take a look at a natural alternative to meeting your sporting child’s energy and hydration requirements:

  • Carbohydrates (57g)
  • Vitamin A (13.9g mg)
  • Vitamin B (10.1g mg)
  • Glucose (56g)
  • Kilojoules (235)
  • Calcium (5 mg)
  • Protein (0.1g)
  • Iron (0.5mg)
  • Magnesium (7mg)
  • Phosphorous (11mg)
  • Potassium (42mg)
  • Sodium (4mg)

    Zinc (0.22mg)

    Ø      Vitamin C (23mg)

    Ø      Copper (0.22mg)

    Ø      Manganese (0.32mg)

  • As you can see from the above breakdown, grape juice contains a wide range of nutrients needed for optimum activity and has no detrimental side effects.  Don’t waste your money on sports drinks – the only thing that they will achieve, will be to compromise your child’s health and performance on the sports field. Sports Drinks

  • The enormous financial rewards generated by various sports disciplines have created a market for specialised foods ‘guaranteed’ to enhance physical performance within the legal limits.

    Now what about sports or energy drinks?  Personally, I would not recommend that you give them to your child.  To show you why, I have given you a breakdown of two of the most popular sports drinks around and then a breakdown of pasteurised grape juice.  The results speak for themselves.

    Most sports drinks that I have come into contact with advertise that they contain carbohydrates and minerals that are absorbed into the bloodstream faster than water, thereby providing both energy and fluid.  However, carefully controlled studies have indicated that these sports drinks actually reach the blood much more slowly than water.  The American College of Sports Medicine recently condemned these drinks and was dismissive of the idea that they are superior to water.

    Let’s take a look at that breakdown.

    Popular Energy Drink.  The following 16 ingredients are listed:

    Water

    Enzymatic Partial Hydrolysate of Corn Starch.  This has a similar effect to refined sugar in that it upset glucose levels in the body and affects the endocrine system negatively

    Ø      Maltodextrin.  A natural sweetener derived from barley malt.  No side-effects known

    Citric Acid.  Found naturally in most plant foods.  No known side-effects other than that it can erode tooth enamel.

    Dextrose.  This is basically refined glucose and can have similar effect to sugar

    Salt

    Cloudifier.  (Unspecified – this could be one of many)

    Sodium Cyclamate.  This is considered to be carcinogenic and has similar effects to saccharin (see below)

    Sodium Saccharin.  There is now clear evidence that this can contribute to bladder cancer and tumours in the urinary tract.  Sports people make efficient use of their urinary tract during exercise, so it seems strange to me that this harmful substance is added to a ‘sports drink’.  Saccharin may also contribute to other forms of cancer.

    Ø      Vitamin C.  Synthetic vitamin C can cause kidney stones, gout, arthritis and ulcers, as well as heart disease.  The vitamin C found naturally in foods such as fruit and vegetables is extremely important to overall health and does not have any detrimental side-effects

    Ø    Mono-Potassium Phosphate.  Can lead to loss of calcium and cause kidney damage

    Di-Potassium Phosphate (as above)

    Flavourant.  Unspecified – this could be one of dozens, including the toxic MSG

    Colourants.  Unspecified – again, there are many in common use.  Tartrazine is particularly popular and is used in yellow, green or orange coloured drinks.  It can cause asthma, migraines, hyperactivity and skin rashes.  It has also been found to cause a deficiency in other vitamins and minerals, and new research indicates that it may play a role in heart disease

    Sorbic Acid.  High levels can irritate the nose, eyes and throat

    Benzoic Acid.  This preservative causes allergies and intolerances, and results in asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity.

    Popular Power Drink.  This contains 23 different ingredients in all, many of which are common to the drink above.  It also lists the following:

    Ø      Sugar.  This upsets blood sugar levels and in turn, the endocrine system which controls muscle tone and development, energy levels, metabolism and, in fact, almost every body function

    Ø      Sodium Hexametaphosphate.  This can lead to a loss of calcium and cause kidney damage

    Ø      Potassium Benzoate.  This can trigger asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity

    Ø      Potassium Sorbate.  No real research has been done on humans

    Ø      Stabilisers.  This could be one of many different types, usually artificial or chemical in nature

    Ø      Potassium Citrate.  Presumed safe

    Ø      Tartrazine.  This colourant can cause a wide range of allergic and intolerant symptoms, including hyperactivity, asthma, migraines and skin rashes

    Grape Juice Per 100g.  Now let’s take a look at a natural alternative to meeting your sporting child’s energy and hydration requirements:

    Ø      Carbohydrates (57g)

    Ø      Vitamin A (13.9g)                   {MA, is this g or mg?}

    Ø      Vitamin B (10.1g) …………….{Please double check}

    Ø      Glucose (56g)

    Ø      Kilojoules (235)

    Ø      Calcium (5 mg)

    Ø      Protein (0.1g)

    Ø      Iron (0.5mg)

    Ø      Magnesium (7mg)

    Ø      Phosphorous (11mg)

    Ø      Potassium (42mg)

    Ø      Sodium (4mg)

    Ø      Zinc (0.22mg)

    Ø      Vitamin C (23mg)

    Ø      Copper (0.22mg)

    Ø      Manganese (0.32mg)

    As you can see from the above breakdown, grape juice contains a wide range of nutrients needed for optimum activity and has no detrimental side-effects.  Don’t waste your money on sports drinks – the only thing that they will achieve, will be to compromise your child’s health and performance on the sports field.

    Distilled water from my new book “Perfect Weight- The Natural Way”

    Distilled water has an acid pH, which usually results in a loss of alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. This can put tremendous strain on the heart for example. Dr Zoltan P. Rona actually states that “early death comes from distilled water”, which is quite the opposite of what the distilled water peddlers claim.

    “Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals such as magnesium, deficiencies which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, “Distilled water, being essentially mineral free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water”


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FDA: Glaxo, Merck vaccines OK despite pig virus

Friday, May 14, 2010 6:34PM UTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rotavirus vaccines made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Merck & Co Inc are safe to use despite being contaminated with a pig virus, U.S. health regulators ruled on Friday.

The Food and Drug administration, in a statement, said it was safe for doctors to resume giving patients Glaxo’s Rotarix and continue using Merck’s Rotateq. The agency said there was no evidence the contamination caused any harm and the vaccines were important in preventing hospitalizations and death.

Rotavirus can cause fatal diarrhea. Both vaccines target the virus, but pieces of DNA from porcine circovirus (PCV) have been found in both companies’ products.

The FDA’s decision follows a May 7 recommendation by its advisory panel, which ruled that the risk to humans from the pig virus was theoretical at best. It called for continued use of the vaccines, saying their benefits outweighed any potential risk.

Some strains of the pig virus are believed to cause a wasting syndrome in young piglets, marked by diarrhea and an inability to gain weight, but they are not known to injure humans. Tests found DNA from the virus in master cells used to make the Glaxo’s product.

Glaxo officials have said the DNA may have come from a pig-derived enzyme called trypsin used early in development. The company has said there is no manufacturing or safety issue with its vaccine. Merck has also said its product is safe.

Neither vaccine is a blockbuster product.

Sales of Merck’s vaccine totaled $522 million in 2009, including $468 million in the United States. Glaxo’s rotavirus vaccine sales in 2009 were $440 million globally, including $118 million in the United States.

Worldwide, rotavirus kills more than 500,000 infants each year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Deaths are rare in the United States, but severe illness that requires a hospital stay is possible.

Glaxo’s vaccine won U.S. approval in 2008.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)


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Health A-Z Archives: SARS

Right now there is a lot of panic over the SARS virus and people are running around in a state canceling flights and generally just feeling frightened.

 Firstly there is nothing to be frightened of once you know the facts.

As far as virologists have established, you need to literally be face to face with someone who is obviously ill – sweating coughing and running a fever. The virus will not just jump on you while walking down the road. The fatality rate is only 3.7% much the same as normal flu and to date, out of billions of people world wide only 2700 have been infected of which only about 100 have died. (Sunday Times April 13 2003)

“For individuals who think they might have SARS:

People with symptoms of SARS (fever greater than 100.4°F [>38.0°C] accompanied by a cough and/or difficulty breathing) should consult a health-care provider. To help the health-care provider make a diagnosis, tell them about any recent travel to places where SARS has been reported or whether there was contact with someone who had these symptoms

How SARS spreads

The primary way that SARS appears to spread is by close person-to-person contact. Most cases of SARS have involved people who cared for or lived with someone with SARS, or had direct contact with infectious material (for example, respiratory secretions) from a person who has SARS. Potential ways in which SARS can be spread include touching the skin of other people or objects that are contaminated with infectious droplets and then touching your eye(s), nose, or mouth. This can happen when someone who is sick with SARS coughs or sneezes droplets onto themselves, other people, or nearby surfaces.

Who is at risk for SARS

Cases of SARS continue to be reported mainly among people who have had direct close contact with an infected person, such as those sharing a household with a SARS patient and health-care workers who did not use infection control procedures while taking care of a SARS patient. In the United States, there is no indication of community spread at this time. CDC continues to monitor this situation very closely.

Treatment

Because the etiology of these illnesses has not yet been determined, no specific treatment recommendations can be made at this time. Empiric therapy should include coverage for organisms associated with any community-acquired pneumonia of unclear etiology, including agents with activity against both typical and atypical respiratory pathogens (2). Treatment choices may be influenced by severity of the illness. Infectious disease consultation is recommended.” Center For Disease Control USA

 Secondly, just as healthy plants do not succumb to disease so healthy people who have a healthy immune system, will avoid almost any infectious disease and if they do get a disease of some type it will be extremely mild and hardly noticeable.

Thirdly even if you are run down, there is plenty you can do see below

The Natural Way to maintain a healthy Immune system by Mary-Ann Shearer

 I believe that one of the best ways to build your Immune system is through a natural diet. Lets take a look at what some researchers say about diet and the Immune system.

 DIET AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS

1.       The same symptoms that are evident in malnourished people closely resemble symptoms of immuno deficiency.This means that malnourished people and those with Immuno deficiency should be approached the same way. Finding a ‘cure’ in the form  of a drug or vaccine, for Aids (the foremost Immune deficiency disease) is as ridiculous and finding a cure in these forms for malnutrition!

 2.       Malnutrition predisposes one to:       

 3.       In malnutrition, viral infections are severe.

         Viruses implicated include:     

4.       “Pneumocystis Carinii” observed in people suffering from AIDS is seen more   frequently in malnourished people.

5.       On a global scale, malnutrition is the most frequent cause of immuno deficiency.

6.       Malnutrition results in an abnormally small thymus. Autopsies on AIDS patients show the same results.

7.       Malnutrition results in a lowered T-cell count and a poor allergy response –     just as for Aids.

8.       The “allergy” response is lower following immunization.

 9.       Immune system dysfunction can occur as a result of deficiency or excess of a single nutrient (reason enough not to take supplements).

 10.     Immunology effects are seen when the anti-oxidants are deficient, namely

         Vitamins A, C, E and Selenium. (All found freely in fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds and very high in Barleylife).

11.    Excess polyunsaturated fats suppress the immune system. Margarine is high in the processed variety as are all processed foods that contain fats and most fast food.

12.     Cholesterol in the diet (these are found in animal products only, including marine shortening found in chocolates and baked goods) lower the immune response. If you have any Immune or autoimmune problems, you would do well to cut all animal products out of your diet.

13.     Malnutrition in pregnancy results in immuno-suppression for a prolonged period from a couple of months from birth to beyond the babies offspring.

14.     Diseases associated with immune deficiency are:

15.     T-cells (fighter cells) can increase within 5 – 15 days of changing your diet.

Extracted from “Nutrition, Immunity and Resistance to Infection” by Dr B A Chowdhury and Dr R K Chandra.

 “ Malnutrition is usually taken to mean not eating enough food….  Malnutrition, however, is the result of not eating the foods and nutrients adequate and necessary for healthy cell & tissue development and of loading the body’s metabolism with items it is not equipped to process. We can be feasting on an abundance of food and yet suffer from malnutrition if our diet lacks the nutrients required for healthy cell development or contains artificial ingredients which cannot be processed by ourselves” 

 (‘A Beginners Introduction to NUTRITION’ By Albrecht A. Heyer: – Executive Director of the Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research in New York City. – edited by Richard Passwater & Earl Mindell)

 According to the above author, the following foods & beverages are harmful to a healthy Immune system.

 Foods high in processed & heated fats such fast foods, margarine etc

 Refined sugar & carbohydrates and the foods that contain them such as sweets, chocolates cold drinks cakes etc. Refined sugar upsets the blood sugar, which is needed by the body to be stable so that white blood cells can destroy virus’ & bacteria.

 Table salt and foods that contain it

 Processed foods 60-70 years ago only 10 % of our food was processed. Today 80 % of the foods most people eat are processed.

 Caffeine containing foods & beverages, such as colas, tea, coffee & chocolates. Caffeine causes a loss of water-soluble vitamins (C & B) Caffeine upsets the Endocrine system, which works together with the Immune system.

 Alcohol – destroys vitamins & minerals, and upsets the Endocrine system & in turn the Immune system.

 Jennifer Meak (an Immunologist & Nutritionist) says that the best way to avoid the common cold to cancer & Aids is to boost your Immune system through nutrition. To quote,

 “ Raw whole foods provide many other factors (some of which are probably unknown) like natural antibiotics, essential oils, pigments and enzymes, which are of benefit to health. Raw, whole foods increase the oxygen content of our cells especially important for the prevention of cancer, where cells have switched to live without oxygen. Fresh fruit and vegetables are high in potassium, which is essential for maintaining a healthy Immune System and for avoiding cancer.

 All processed foods (and this even includes cooked whole foods here) require you immune army to defend your gut and many white blood cells are lost. Raw foods, however, do not cause destruction of the white defenders. It would appear that some raw food, taken before cooked food, reduces or even eliminates battle fatalities, so saving you the energy used in fighting, repair and replacement.”

Gluten

Celiac disease is a classic example of food sensitivity. It is caused by an immune response to gluten (the protein portion), found in WHEAT, OATS,

RYE AND BARLEY.

 The classic symptoms have always been severe diarrhea, growth failure and malabsorption of nutrients resulting in growth failure.

 New research indicates that dermatitis, anemia, loss of bone density, arthritis, joint symptoms, dental defects, infertility and neurological symptoms such as intellectual deterioration and seizures and possibly multiple sclerosis are other manifestations of celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

 It is estimated that as many as 1 in 300 people suffer from any of these symptoms.

 With anaemia being one of the most common deficiency diseases among woman and children in westernized countries, where bread is considered the staff of life, this could cause considerable upheaval. Throw in arthritis, osteoporosis and infertility and we’ve got a major problem on our hands.

 ”Clinicians need to consider the possibility of celiac disease when treating patients with any of these symptoms, even if the classic symptoms of diarrhoea and weight loss are not present. It is also important for physicians to be aware that the prevalence of celiac disease is increased in certain high risk groups, such as insulin dependent diabetics, people with either Down’s syndrome, IgA deficiency or autoimmune thyroid diseases, Alzheimer’s or autism and children with juvenile arthritis.”

References from :Lancet 14/7/97 & 10/2/96 & 22/1/94, Archives Internal Medicine 12/5/97,J Clinical Gastroenterology 3/97, J Family Practice, American 1/95, J Gastroenterology 10/96,& 8/97 & vol 89/94, Scandinavian J Gastroenterology 2/95, New England J Medicine 2/5/96, J Pediatrics 4/96, Medical J Australia 17/3/97, etc.

Fluoride

Research from both Britain and America shows that fluoride confuses the immune system, causing it to attack the body’s own tissues resulting in one of many symptoms such as skin rashes, gastro-intestinal disorders, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Amalgam

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in Canada has advised that mercury amalgam fillings should be discontinued until such time as primary pathological evidence of amalgam safety is produced.  They add that although we’ve been led to believe that these fillings are stable and harmless when combined with other components of silver dental amalgam, this is not the case.

They further add that mercury vapour is released into the body from these fillings.  As it takes approximately 70 days for mercury to pass out of the body, this continuous exposure to mercury vapour accumulates in the body over years, resulting in numerous health problems related to the central nervous system (such as headaches, weakness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and weight, gastrointestinal problems, joint and muscle aches, metallic taste, sore gums and tongue, increased or decreased salivation, black lines on teeth, increased risk of infection, enlarged thyroid, liver and kidney problems, breathlessness, vertigo, irregular heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, timidity, loss of memory, depression, tremors, manic depression, psychosis, double vision, involuntary eye movements, and slight to severe skin changes).

Furthermore, experiments conducted by the IAOMT show conclusively that through the acts of chewing, grinding or brushing the teeth, mercury is released from the fillings and that this release is increased in the presence of heat (when eating hot foods, for example).

 In support of findings such as these, the World Health Organization has concluded that the average person has more to fear from dental mercury than from possible mercury poisoning from food sources (fish, for example, living in polluted waters, are contaminated by the mercury from the pesticides and factory waste that are flushed into rivers and the sea).

 So…what can you do? Give up the good life and live on an island?

I suggest that rather than focusing on giving up, you focus on what you can do. Most people can start their cooked meals with a raw salad or any raw vegetables. Follow the 5 Steps (then move onto option 1, 2 or 3 in chapter 3 of The Natural Way)  and take Aim’s Garden Trio, both will increase the amount of free radicals and natural oxygen bearing plant food to your cells. Both have a high alkaline effect on the blood stream and this has a very profound and positive effect on the Immune system. Try to remove or drastically reduce the offending foods above, exercise, get natural sunlight and balance your life by focusing on all the areas of well being such as emotional, spiritual, stress, diet, exercise, sunlight etc. (See more in The Natural Way)

Most people find it easy to eat some naturally sweet foods such as fresh & dried fruit before they eat a chocolate or sweet.

Most people find it easy to eat one meal a day, made up of entirely fresh fruit.

& How about you? If you can do these three things, your intake of whole raw food will increase by 50-75%! That in it self will help your Immune system work efficiently. Then relax and enjoy your journey of life and stop focusing on the destination.


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Health A-Z Archives: Natural Hygiene

NATURAL HYGIENE

The beginnings of natural hygiene go back thousands of years. Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates taught basic natural hygiene principles. Hippocrates is often referred to as the father of modern medicine, although modern medicine today seems far removed from his teachings.

Hippocrates established medical theory on rational scientific principles, and he believed that disease had only natural causes and not supernatural ones. Furthermore, he regarded the human body as a whole organism, treating patients in what we today call a holistic manner with proper diet, fresh air and attention to habits and living conditions.

The Hippocratic Oath, named after Hippocrates, was meant to give the medical profession a sense of duty towards humanity.

The Hippocratic Oath

•To reckon him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him and relieve his necessities if required; to regard his offspring as on the same footing with my own brother, and to teach them this art if they should wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation, and that by precept, lecture and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by stipulation and oath, according to the law of medicine, but to none others.

•I will follow that method of treatment which, according to my ability and judgement, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.

•I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; furthermore, I will not give to any woman an instrument to produce abortion.

•With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my art. I will not cut a person who is suffering from a stone, but will leave this to be done by practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and further from the seduction of females or males, bond or free.

•Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I may see or hear in the lives of men which ought not to be spoken abroad I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.

•While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men at all times, but should I trespass and violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.”

Apparently those entering the medical profession no longer say the Hippocratic Oath. One wonders why.

Many Natural Hygienists based their initial research on the Scriptures. Genesis 1 verse 29 states:

“Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

Returning to More Recent Times

Natural Hygiene, as it is today, can be traced back to Dr Isaac Jennings (of Oberlin, Ohio, USA) who, after practising medicine for 20 years, began to ask questions when, during a fever outbreak in the summer of 1815, a patient who rested, drank water and did nothing, recovered in absolute record time compared to patients who had been medicated. Based on this, Dr Jennings noted similar results with many other patients.

He then went on to treat many patients with what must have been one of the first placebo (dummy pill) treatments. In 1822 he gave up medical pills, plasters, powders and potions and treated patients with pills made from bread and vegetable-coloured water for the next 20 years. This he only did to keep the patients’ confidence in him. He would then advise his patients to correct their lifestyle and diet to a more natural approach. He then practised for a further 20 years the “do nothing mode of treating disease.” He wrote three books, “Medicine Reform” (1847), “Philosophy of Human Life” (1852) and “Tree of Life” (1867).

Natural hygiene was often referred to at this stage as Orthopathy meaning TRUE or RIGHT AFFECTION or BEHAVIOUR.

Dr Jennings had a great influence upon Dr R T Trall, who went on to do more for the hygiene movement than any man, next to Dr Herbert Shelton.

Dr Russell Thacher Trall was born in 1812 in Connecticut, and after graduating from a regular or Allopathic School of Medicine, he practised as a regular Doctor for 12 years. Dr Trall was remembered as an independent and thinking mind whilst at medical school (much to the dismay of his professors).

After spending some time in Europe to investigate so-called hydro-therapy at various clinics, he returned and designed or developed a system, which he called Hygieo-therapy. He set out to promote the welfare of mankind by teaching the Laws of Life and the conditions of health so as to prevent rather than cure sickness and disease.

He was the founder of The New York Hydrophatic and Physiologist School, later changed to The New York College of Hygieo-Therapy. It had the right to confer the degree “Doctor of Medicine” and admitted both sexes (very daring for those days). Besides having a fully equipped laboratory and large library, the College/School taught Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Pathology, Psychology, Hygiene, Dietetics, Callisthenics, Theory and Practice of the “Healing Art” diagnosis, Therapeutics, Jurisprudence (science or the philosophy of law), nature cure, water cure and other subjects including dissection. The faculty members were all doctors in their various fields from chemistry to surgery and obstetrics.

At about the same time, Sylvester Graham (born 1794) entered Amherst College to study as a Minister of Religion. Whilst there, he studied anatomy and physiology. He left the ministry later to lecture on the Science of Human Life.

During a cholera epidemic in 1832, he went around teaching and lecturing on the importance of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains in the diet, as well as abstinence from meat and meat products, alcohol and other stimulants or narcotics, correct sleeping, bathing, clothing and exercise habits to avoid cholera, with astounding results.

At the time, the average person (influenced strongly by Europe) believed that animal flesh and flesh broths with a little good wine and complete abstinence from most fruit and vegetables were the best way to escape cholera! This was backed by the then “Board of Health”.

Many others followed the Natural Hygiene route, such as Drs Susana and Mary Dodds, Dr A M Ross, Dr Joel Shaw, Dr G H Taylor, Dr J C Jackson – the list is almost endless.

Most of these people wrote books with titles such as “The Natural Cure”, “How Nature Cures”, “The Exact Science of Health”, “The Fasting Cure”, etc.

Today’s natural hygiene was very much developed by Dr Herbert M Shelton, another disillusioned medical Doctor who wrote the “Bible” of natural hygiene, “Human Life, its Philosophy and Practices of Orthopathy”, and who, for many years, ran his Health School in San Antonio.

One of his students, Virginia V Vetrano, went on to become one of the founders of the Institute of Natural Hygiene or Life Science, which unfortunately no longer exists.

Today, much can be learned from books written by Bernarr Macfadden, Ross Horne, Dr Robert S Mendelsohn, Dr Henry G Bieler, and Dr Weston Price, Dr Dean Ornish and Udo Erasmus. In South Africa, people like Professor Bernard Meyer (Physiologist), Professor Meiring (Chemical Pathologist), Dr A R P Walker and Dr André Kruger can be seen to be carrying the torch of the modern medical reformer.

The basis then of natural hygiene is that we are designed to be healthy.

Health is Normal and Natural, Disease is Not and that Health is as a Result of Healthy Living and that alone.

You cannot buy health! If you could, Howard Hughes and Aristotle Onassis, two of the richest men in the world, would not have died prematurely.

Natural hygiene teaches that using drugs, medicines, herbs, vitamins, supplements, etc. are unnecessary and in fact, harmful. Natural hygiene teaches that the best way to help a body in a sick or diseased state is to “intelligently do nothing” at the same time, establishing the conditions of health which are fresh air, pure water, rest and sleep, wholesome foods (especially fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds), cleanliness, comfortable temperature, sunshine, exercise, constructive work, emotional poise, self mastery, recreation and a pleasant environment.

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Legumes

LentilsBest legume recipes ever! (voted by Mark)

Best Lentil soup ever.. (might even be the one Esau sold his birthright for!)

500 g organic red lentils

2 dessert tsp. Natural Way vegetable stock

Mary-Ann’s Garlic & Herb salt to taste

4 cups diced baby marrows (courgettes/zucchini)

2 cups sliced mushrooms

6-8 cups water, or more if you prefer soup

1 can diced organic tomatoes or 6 fresh large ones

2 tsp mild curry powder (it does not burn just flavors and even the 3 year old loves this!)

2 tsp ground cumin

Method

Rinse the lentils until most of the foam has gone

Add to a large pot and cover with the water

Add the vegetable stock, tomato, curry and cumin

Bring to the boil and simmer gently until lentils are soft (about 15-20 minutes)

Add the mushrooms and marrows

Simmer until soft, turn off and rest and serve

Optional Add chili pesto

Feeds 6-8 adults

Best Chickpea Salad Ever

2 cups chickpeas /garbanzos

2-4 cups finely shredded or chopped cabbage

3-6 fresh tomatoes (or sun dried)

fresh or dried olives – optional

2-4 avocado diced

Extra virgin olive oil

Mary-Ann’ s seasoning salt to taste

Juice of 1 fresh lemon

Combine, adding avocado last to stop it becoming mushy and serve

Best quick chili beans ever

500g organic red or black beans of any kind

Soak beans over night, rinse with clean water, bring to the boil and discard the water, cover and boil again – adding Mary-Ann’s Vegetable stock powder

500g – 1litre tomato puree (add 1-2 dtsp fructose to sweeten if too tart)

1-2 red bell peppers – diced

2 dessert spoons Mary-Ann’s vegetable stock powder

Optional 1-2 cups fresh or frozen organic corn

Mary-Ann’s Garlic & Herb salt

2-4 dessert spoons of my chili pesto (get recipe from the crush link and while there vote – 5 stars please – so I can win the camera and take photographs of these dishes for you to see what they look like!)

Dry stir fry the red bell peppers

Add the tomato and Garlic & Herb salt (and corn if using)

Simmer gently, then add the beans and lastly the pesto

Serve as is after a salad or with rice, potatoes, polenta.

Basic Cooked Legumes

As a general guideline, 1 cup of dry beans will make 21/2 cups of cooked beans- enough for 4 average servings.

5 Easy steps

1.Before cooking, rinse to remove any stones or dirt and.

2. Cover with 3-4 times their volume in warm water and soak overnight, discard the water.

3. Add fresh water and bring to the boil.

4. Pour this water off and add a fresh batch and continue boiling until the beans are soft.

5. I have found that if you add salt the beans take longer to cook, but when I add our vegetable stock, which is dried vegetables, spices and herbs, the beans cook well and have a delicious flavour

30 minutes for lentil

60 minutes for most beans

4 hours Chick peas (garbanzos)

Legume plants are well-known for their ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, so are essential to grow in vegetable gardens as it improves the crop nutrition and production.


Legumes Nutritional Facts

• Beans and lentils contain carbohydrates and they are high in folate, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, calcium and selenium. Beans are packed with saponins which is an anti-inflammatory compound helping your immune system to protect you against cancer. Saponins lowers your cholesterol. This factor makes the legumes nutritional value very high. Remember, overcooking of beans may destroy saponins.

• Legumes have relatively low quantities of the essential amino acid methionine. Legumes are high in essential amino acid lysine. Grains are low in lysine and high in methionine. Hence a combination of grains and legumes was always considered best for a balanced diet. Indian Dal and Rice is the best example of this type of diet. Tofu with rice, beans with corn tortillas, wheat bread and peanut butter are some other examples.

• Legumes are low in sugar and fat and high in protein. They are healthy and can be cooked and eaten in curry, stew, soup, salad, etc. They can be used as meat substitutes. They give you a feeling of satiation.

• Soybeans, garbanzo beans and chickpeas, etc. contain the flavonoids, which work as the female hormone estrogen, providing the women, some relief from menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes.

• They have a significant amount of fiber to prevent and correct constipation and improve digestive function. This fibre is known to help stabilize blood sugar so is ideal for diabetics and those with insulin resistance or hypoglycemia

• Legumes nutritional value is considered as very high they are a good source of protein, carbohydrates B-complex vitamins and many minerals. They are also high in iron low in fat and contain no cholesterol. When sprouted they are high in vitamin C. Beans in a kidney shape become poisonous. Stick to Alfalfa, lentils and mung beans and you’ll always be safe.

• Legumes can help boost your overall health and I am only sorry that I avoided them for so long. For many years I felt that the high protein and carbohydrate combination caused the digestive discomfort, but since learning how to cook them, I have found this is not a problem at all and in fact we have benefitted by adding them to our diet.

Legumes can to cause gas and flatulence due to the 2 Trisaccarides or 3 molecule starches they contain. (raffinose and stachyose) If you eat legumes regularly (1-3 times a week) you will find you have no gas as your body will adjust to make the right enzymes to digest these glucose molecules. The gas is also minimized when you rinse the beans and pour off that first boiled water.

Legumes contains complete protein they should not be seen as your main source of protein on a vegetarian diet. Nuts and seeds are easier to digest and being a raw protein, more usable by the body.

What legumes do, do is make your diet more versatile.

Soya beans are the most difficult to digest , with lentils, split peas, chickpeas and lima beans being the easiest.

Nutritional Benefits Of Chickpeas

• Chickpeas are one of the healthiest food sources of dietary fiber. They provide carbohydrates for people sensitive to insulin and those suffering from diabetes. Chickpeas are low in fat content and contain both the soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps in reducing both total and LDL cholesterol.

• Chickpeas are rich in folate and protein content. Folate is a soluble B vitamin, which is present naturally in food items and reduces the risk of colorectal cancer in people. Vegetarians can mix chickpeas with rice or whole grains to get wholesome amount of proteins in their regular diet. The folate content also helps in lowering the level of the amino acid, ‘homocysteine’ in the body.

• Chickpeas are also rich in calcium and are considered by experts as equal to yogurt and milk in providing calcium to the body.

• The insoluble fiber content in chickpeas also helps in increasing the stool bulk, which in turn prevents constipation and other disorders of the digestive tract, including the irritable bowel syndrome.

• Chickpeas are rich source of magnesium, which assures the cardiovascular health of a person. Magnesium deficiency in a person can increase the risk of heart diseases in a person.

• If you are planning to lose weight, switching on to chickpeas diet would be extremely helpful. Chickpeas due to their high protein and fiber content help in controlling hunger. Salads with chickpeas as the main ingredient are a good option for a person looking for weight loss diets. Such salads are tasty and help you to feel full for a longer duration.

• Chickpeas also help in detoxifying sulfites, which act as a preservative in prepared food items. It is the presence of molybdenum, a component of the enzyme that helps in the process of sulfite detoxification. Sensitivity to sulfite can lead to symptoms like disorientation and rapid heartbeat.

• Chickpeas increase the energy level of the body by refilling your iron stores. It is very beneficial, especially for women undergoing menstruation who are more at risk of iron deficiency. Chickpeas are a good substitute for other iron suppliers like red meat, because they are low on calories unlike other food items that supply iron.

• Chickpeas contain phytochemicals, known as saponins, which can act like antioxidants. Regular consumption of chickpeas helps in reducing the risk of breast cancer in women and also protects them against osteoporosis. It also reduces the hot flushes in post menopausal women.


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Health A-Z Archives: Kidney Stones

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If only kidney stones were smooth and round like this!

Kidney stones: A natural approach

“Kidney stones, also called ‘renal calculi’, are solid concretions (crystal aggregations) of dissolved minerals in urine; calculi typically form inside the kidneys or bladder. The terms nephrolithiasis and urolithiasis refer to the presence of calculi in the kidneys and urinary tract, respectively.

Renal calculi can vary in size from as small as grains of sand to as large as a golf ball. Kidney stones typically leave the body by passage in the urine stream, and many stones are formed and passed without causing symptoms. If stones grow to sufficient size before passage – on the order of at least 2-3 millimeters – they can cause obstruction of the ureter. The resulting obstruction with dilation or stretching of the upper ureter and renal pelvis as well as spasm of muscle, trying to move the stone, can cause severe episodic pain, most commonly felt in the flank, lower abdomen and groin (a condition called renal colic). Renal colic can be associated with nausea and vomiting due to the embryological association of the kidneys with the intestinal tract. Hematuria (bloody urine) is commonly present due to damage to the lining of the urinary tract.” (Wikipedia)

There are various folk, home or natural remedies that can be used to break down and pass kidney stones, with a quarter cup or olive oil and the same of lemon juice being the most popular and apparently the most effective. Apple cider vinegar with equal quantities of water is another cure used by many as is limejuice and water.

But how do you prevent kidney stones?

Overweight risk kidney stones
Scientists have uncovered yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight: obesity and weight gain are linked with an increased risk of developing kidney stones.

The more overweight a person is, the more likely he or she will have kidney stones, says a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre study in the issue of Kidney International. This is the first study to identify a direct link between excess body weight and uric acid kidney stones, which occur in about five percent of kidney-stone patients, and in about 30 percent of diabetics with kidney stones.

Kidney stones form when waste materials in urine do not dissolve completely. Starting as microscopic particles, they eventually grow into kidney stones, which remain in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract.

The risk was higher in women than in men, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fruit juices as prevention
Drinking lemon juice could help prevent painful kidney stones, research has found.

Regular consumption of the refreshing drink – or even lemon juice mixed with water – may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.

This was the conclusion of two studies presented at the American Urological Association annual meeting in Atlanta.

A daily glass of orange juice could also help prevent kidney stones, says a study from the US.

“This short-term study suggests that orange juice consumption could result in biochemical modification of stone risk factors; however, additional studies are needed to evaluate its role in long-term prevention or recurrent nephrolithiasis [kidney stones],” wrote author Dr Clarita Odvina in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Preventing kidney stones
Some people may have a disease or inherited condition that causes them to keep getting kidney stones. Once your doctor knows the type and cause of your kidney stones, it may be possible to prevent them with changes to your diet. Here are some suggestions from the American National Kidney Foundation:

• Drinking up to 12 glasses of water a day. This will help dilute or flush away substances that form stones.

• Avoiding too much protein in your diet.

• If you have symptoms of a kidney stone, such as pain, nausea and vomiting, blood in the urine, more frequent urination, fever or chills, see your doctor at once.

• Your doctor may do blood and urine tests, ultrasound and possibly a CT scan or special X-ray called an IVP to confirm the diagnosis and decide what treatment is best.

• Most stones pass out of the body on their own. Treatment may be needed if a stone is too large to pass, blocks the flow of urine, or causes infections, kidney damage or constant bleeding.

Some other natural health suggestions are;

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in particular, those rich in beta carotene like mangoes, carrots, papaya, red peppers and any other yellow, orange, red or green vegetables. But keep greens with oxalates like spinach to a minimum. Wheat grass and barley grass juice do not contain oxalates.

Avoid dairy products, apparently the calcium in dairy is too difficult to use and forms deposits in the kidneys

Eat a high alkaline forming diet, as this helps calcium stay in your bones and not be used to neutralise excess acid forming foods, like animal products and processed foods. Calcium once used to neutralize excess acid minerals, passes out through the kidneys, contributing to kidney stones.

Use extra virgin olive oil daily, natural plant oils help to like olive oil help to remove and prevent kidney stones

Drink Aloe Vera juice daily as it helps reduce the size of the stones.

Aloe gel (from the Aloe Vera plant) is very high in both citrate and tartrate, which means it is highly recommended at preventing kidney stone formation. Studies have shown that consumption of just 100g of Aloe gel daily is enough to reduce the build up of crystals in both adults and children.

Drink Cranberry juice daily (you can combine this with the Aloe Vera Gel like Forever has in their Aloe Berry Nectar).

Aloe Berry Nectar helps dissolve stones of ‘calcium oxalate’ which are present in 80% of cases. with bladder problems, and therefore those suffering from kidney stones.

As a very general rule of thumb allow one month for every year with Kidney Stones for the condition to clear with Aloe Vera Gel. You need 50ml 3 x daily until they are gone, then 50ml every day to prevent recurrence

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a great natural source of carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They also contain Vitamin C, D, E, and K, plus nearly all of the B vitamins. It is due to their phosphorus content however that they are highly recommended to people.


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Health A-Z Archives: Junk Food

JUNK FOOD MAY BE AS ADDICTIVE AS HEROIN

Health By Andrew Donaldson

Junk food companies may face massive multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits, following several new research findings, which indicate their products could be as addictive as tobacco or heroin.

Research suggests that junk food high in fat or sugar can cause changes in the brain similar to those in people addicted to cigarettes or drugs — and may have triggered a global splurge in binge-eating.

Already, global franchises McDonald’s, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and others have been warned of the likelihood of litigation.

The warning came from Professor John Banzhaf of the George Washington University’s law school, who said companies selling food high in fat and sugar were “deeply vulnerable” to being sued.

Banzhaf played a key role in the campaign against tobacco companies in the 1990s, filing hundreds of lawsuits against them.

When evidence emerged that the industry had manipulated the content of cigarettes to increase their addictive qualities, Banzhaf and the anti-tobacco lobby managed to force out-of-court settlements totaling $206-billion in 1998 between the industry and 46 American state governments.

According to the Telegraph, Banzhaf has now seized on the junk food research findings, and while there has been no suggestion the food industry knowingly manipulated its products to boost overconsumption, or binge-eating, he nevertheless maintained there were distinct parallels with the case against the tobacco industry.

As he put it: “They said smokers smoke for the taste, and it had nothing to do with the brain. It sounds to me that we have something very similar here.”

Banzhaf has written to six multinationals selling junk food, the Daily Mail reported. “A heavy fast-food diet over time blocks the normal mechanism in the brain that produces hormones that tell us to stop eating when we are full,” he said.

“Most of these companies sell this food without any nutritional information, labeling or warnings. A product that is both dangerous and addictive is very difficult to defend.”

Scientists with companies like Nestlé and Unilever have, for some time now, been investigating how certain foods – chocolate biscuits, hamburgers and various snacks – compel people to binge-eat, fuelling obesity.

The companies have insisted that there was no proof that the foods created biochemical reactions that make people eat too much – and hence were not prepared to issue consumer warnings or change the nature of their products. But scientists working for these companies have revealed that manufacturers fear they may have produced foods that undermined the body’s ability to control intake and are battling to find a solution.

“We have created a biochemical monster,” the Telegraph quoted one scientist as saying.

And, it would appear, the results are plain to see for all: more than 300-million people worldwide are clinically obese, with an estimated 2.5-million of these dying each year as a result of being overweight.

Research at institutes around the world has produced startling findings on the effects of junk food.

• Psychologists at Princeton University, New Jersey, have shown that rats fed a diet containing 25% sugar were thrown into a state of confusion and anxiety when the sugar was removed.

The rodents’ symptoms included chattering teeth and the shakes, similar to those seen in humans suffering from nicotine or morphine withdrawal.

• Scientists at New York’s Rockefeller University have found that a regular junk-food diet could reconfigure the body’s hormonal system to want yet more fat. By giving your body the wrong fat it keeps craving fat as it has to get EFA’s for survival, so a vicious circle is set up. These processed fats actually prevent your body from being able to use EFA’s efficiently

As people put on more weight, they increased resistance to the hormone leptin, which is linked to weight and appetite.

Leptin is secreted by fat cells and sends a signal to the brain when the body has consumed enough food.

In overweight people, this signal does not work properly.

Similarly, research has revealed that fatty meals may also cause the overproduction of a substance in the brain called gelanin that stimulates overeating. Rockefeller University’s Dr Sarah Leibowitz found that a single high-fat meal was enough to stimulate gelatine production.

• According to another study, by Professor Ann Kelley, a neuroscientist, and Matthew Will, of the University of the Wisconsin, rats that were fat and overweight underwent significant changes in brain development.
Will was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “The research suggests that a high-fat diet alters brain biochemistry with effects similar to those of powerful opiates, such as morphine.”

Researchers at the University of Sussex have suggested that high-fat foods stimulate “pleasure chemicals” in the brain called opiods.

Although their effect was short-lived, they did have a dramatic effect on food intake.

Their research found that, when the release of opiods was blocked with drugs, intake among human volunteers fell 21%.

The effect was even greater among obese people, whose intake fell by 33%.

• A spokesman for Nestlé confirmed the company had been studying the role of palatability and opiods in food intake for many years.

SA is getting fatter 
In South Africa, about 29% of men and 56% of women are overweight, and almost one in 10 men and three in 10 women are severely overweight or obese.

According to a statement from Stellenbosch University’s Nutrition Information Centre, these figures are based on the National Demographic and Health Survey of 1998 but subsequent local research has revealed that, in keeping with the global trend, obesity is an increasing problem among all population groups.

“White men and the most educated men are the most overweight and obese of all men,” the centre said. And for men, obesity occurred more frequently in urban areas.

The overweight patterns for women did not differ much between urban and rural areas.

“Women with the lowest level of education seem to be the most obese, although this might again be a function of age.”

The highest rate occurred among African women.

In Britain, about one in five adults is obese – 17% of men and 21% of women.

This is triple the rate of 20 years ago.

In the last decade, the percentage of overweight children has virtually doubled.

In South Africa, according to the 2000 National Food Consumption Survey, only one in 13 children was overweight, although the prevalence was higher, about one in eight children, among children of “well-educated” mothers.

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an enchanted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Juicing

JUICING

Juicing is probably one of the most efficient way to get concentrated nutrients into your body. I do believe it is far superior to supplementation as the nutrients in juice are bonded to a carbon molecule and fully absorbable, yet in supplements, you would be lucky to be able to use 4-10%!

Books have been written on juicing, and as I have no space here, will just give you a list of juices for some common health conditions.

If you do not have a good juicer you can order from Healthmakers who have a range to choose from.

Juicing Troubleshooting chart

Acne – Aloe Vera Gel, Carrot, cucumber, barley grass, wheat grass, papaya, strawberry, mango
Ageing – Aloe Vera Gel, barley grass, wheat grass, watermelon & berries
Anemia – Beet juice, kale, lettuce, parsley, watercress, barley & wheat grass, cherry, grape, lemon, lime, orange & prune
Arthritis – Aloe Vera Gel (stabilized aloe Barbedensis is best), carrot, cucumber, Fennel, Kale, Peppers, barley & wheat grass juice, apple, cherry, watermelon
Asthma – Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, kale, radish, barley & wheat grass, cranberry (aloe berry nectar contains this juice)
Bladder – Aloe Berry Nectar (contains cranberry and apple juice), beet, cabbage, parsley, tomato, water cress, barley & wheat grass, cranberry, melon, pear, watermelon.
Blood pressure (high or low) – Aloe Vera Gel, beet, beet leaves, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, barley grass and wheat grass
Blood sugar(high or low) – Aloe Vera Gel, carrot, spinach, turnip, barley & wheat grass juice.
Cancer – Aloe Vera Gel, asparagus, beet, carrot, kale, parsley, Turnips, barley & wheat grass, grapes, mangoes, berries
Colds & flu – Aloe Berry Nectar, carrots, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, oranges
Constipation – Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Bits n Peaches, best one is the 98% pure, Cabbage, Celery, Lettuce, spinach, barley & wheatgrass, juice, Cherry, grape, lemon, lime, melon, papaya, peach, prune,
Eczema – Aloe Vera Gel, Cucumber, Radish, carrot, melons
Fluid retention – Cucumber, melons, cranberry, strawberry, watermelon
Gout – Aloe Vera Gel, Asparagus, Celery, Fennel, Fresh tomato, apple, cherry, grape, lemon, lime, pineapple, strawberry
Hair Loss – CDabbage, cucumber, lettuce, red pepper, watercress, wheat & barley grass
Hay Fever– Aloe Vera Gel, Kale, Parsnip, barley & wheat grass juice
Inflammatory bowel disease – Aloe Vera Gel (very anti inflammatory), Cabbage, spinach barley grass & wheat grass
Lungs – Aloe Berry Nectar, Turnips and turnip greens, barley & wheat grass juice, pineapple
Skin disorders – Aloe Vera Gel, carrot, Asparagus, beet, & greens, carrot, parsley, String bean, fresh tomato, Turnip, water cress, barley & wheat grass

You can drink these one at a time or mix them and get well and stay well. Juices are living foods and concentrated nutrients and ideal for times you do not have an appetite or are not feeling well.

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Glaucoma

GLAUCOMA

As an Optometrist, I have also searched for studies on the natural approach to glaucoma, and found very little. This is the logic that I have applied to the condition:

Glaucoma occurs when the production of fluid in the eye exceeds the drainage. This causes the pressure to build up in the eye, which causes the eye to ‘stretch’, damaging the nerve fibres.

In the absence of physical obstruction to the drainage mechanism, the balance between production and drainage is maintained by the hormonal system.

The logic is thus that a healthy hormonal system will give the best opportunity to maintain ideal pressure in the eye, while a strong ‘globe’ will provide the greatest possibility for warding off damage.

My recommendation
• – Garden Trio – the foundation of all we do, and in the case of the eye, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and antioxidants
• – Aimega / flax oil – to nourish the hormonal system
• – Frame essentials – to maintain integrity of the collagen fibrils that make up the matrix of the ‘globe’ of the eye
• – Avoid gluten – causes deterioration of the collagen fibrils
• – Avoid caffeine – directly causes increase in intra-ocular pressure

I hope this will be helpful

Regards,

Gordon Burnham-King


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Health A-Z Archives: Amalgam Fillings

By Mary-Ann Shearer – Natural Health author and founder of The Academy of Natural Health and The Natural Way

AMALGAM FILLINGS

“Amalgam fillings contain mercury [Hg], and mercury and its compounds are toxic and tend to accumulate in higher animals such as humans” – Dictionary of Chemistry – Penguin.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in Canada (IAOMT) has advised that mercury amalgam fillings should be discontinued until such time as primary pathological evidence of amalgam safety is produced. Although we’ve been led to believe that these fillings are stable and harmless, when combined with other components of silver dental amalgam, this is not the case. Mercury vapour is released, and adsorbed, taking approximately 70 days to pass out of the body. This continuous exposure to mercury vapour accumulates in the body over years, resulting in numerous health problems related to the Central Nervous System, such as headaches, weakness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and weight, gastrointestinal problems, joint and muscle aches, metallic taste, sore gums and tongue, increased or decreased salivation, black lines on teeth, increased risk of infection, enlarged thyroid, liver and kidney problems, breathlessness, vertigo, irregular heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, timidity, loss of memory, depression, tremors, manic depression, psychosis, double vision, involuntary eye movements, and slight to severe skin changes.

The IAOMT’s experimental evidence shows that the act of chewing, grinding or brushing of teeth releases mercury from the fillings and this is increased if heat is added-such as eating hot foods.

Research also indicates that mercury passes through to the foetus of a pregnant women and can be found in breast milk and most foetal and maternal organs and tissues within 30 days of amalgam fillings being placed in teeth (Journal of American Physiology — April 1990)

These researchers further concluded that mercury vapour released from dental amalgam fillings is absorbed by the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, jaw bone and progressively accumulates in maternal and foetal tissues. They conclude that, “our laboratory findings in this investigation are at variance with the anecdotal opinion of the dental profession which claims fillings are safe.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has concluded that the average person has more to fear from dental mercury than from food sources, although Carl Pheiffer Ph.D. MD states that “pesticides and some large fish are the most notorious sources of mercury” (Mental and Elemental nutrients — Keats). This source of mercury stems from water pollution with mercury from chlorine and paper factories. Whether from fish or fillings, the fact remains that mercury accumulates in the brain.

Eventually concentrations are reached that damage neural elements, resulting in a variety of clinical manifestations. Physiologist Robert Siblerud states that a mouth with many fillings could release up to 560 milligrams of mercury over several years … a very toxic dose (R L Siblerud. American Journal of Psychotherapy — October 1998).

A study of nearly 400 people by the Swedish Health Insurance Bureau found that replacing amalgam fillings led, after 2 years, to a 33% reduction in sick leave (CA Strong. ‘Nurse Practitioner’ — June 1993).

In a further study, Robert Siblerud found that people with many fillings had twice as many ‘mental symptoms’ as people with no fillings. The most conspicuous symptoms being the angry outbursts, depression, fatigue and morning sickness. He also found that mental health improved when amalgam fillings were removed, the same applied for persons with multiple sclerosis (Dealing with Depression — Syd Baumel).
Many dental associations such as those in Germany and Sweden, are now recognising the dangers of amalgam fillings and banning their use in pregnant women and small children. The most common symptom of mercury poisoning is low body temperature, chronic fatigue, a metallic taste in the mouth, and suicide tendencies.

What to do:
The most obvious step would be to remove these fillings in one’s mouth — This is costly and traumatic.

Replace fillings with real gold (if you can afford it!) or porcelain.

A diet high in ‘raw’ fruit and vegetables results in a high intake of natural Vitamin C — which is the best natural detoxifier of mercury in the body. (Drs William Philpot and Dwight Kalita – Brain Allergies)

Find a good source of chlorophyll, BarleyLife! is the best! Take 2 – 4 teaspoons a day. Chlorophyll neutralizes mercury’s toxic properties in the body

Many people in fact blame any ache, pain or ailment on mercury fillings when other changes such as a healthier diet, exercise, or a change of attitude would actually be of far more benefit. Either way, without a change in lifestyle, removing amalgam fillings would not necessarily result in improved health, but it might just!


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Everyone always asks “well then Mary-Ann, what do YOU use to sweeten things up?” Here is the answer, along with key ideas on how to use them.

 

 

 


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Mary-Ann goes into how diet and lifestyle affect your brain and how profound the results can be. By feeding your brain correctly, you can transform many other elements of your life.

 

 


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Detoxification

Everyone’s favorite topic… well not really. But is is really vital to your health to understand this process and how to support it.

 

 


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Blood Type Diet

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By Mary-Ann Shearer


Based on your blood type group this diet excludes large groups of really good natural foods such as avocado and mangoes. This diet flies in the face of all nutritional research, which says that man is designed for a high alkaline forming plant based diet. (Dr Colin Campbell – Cornell University).


The Blood Type Diet is bad news

The only diet that seems to benefit anyone in the book The Blood Type Diet is the one for the A type blood, but that’s because it is plant based with very little if any animal flesh or products.  The author of the book has not thought through this one well as he forbids sesame oil for example for A type, but allows sesame seeds! The oil comes from the seed so why is it okay in the seed but not when extracted?

Many people will of course benefit tremendously from removing gluten from their diets, and most of the blood groups are encouraged to do this. Consider that the biggest blood group is O type, followed by A type, which together make up over 90% of the population. This means that over 90% will benefit from gluten removal and nearly 50% of that from a plant based diet.

I believe the only reason people benefit is from the removal of gluten and processed foods. The exclusion of so many other natural foods can only be detrimental in the long term. The high protein diet recommended for O type people is extremely dangerous and can cause kidney damage, promote heart disease cancer and diabetes as well as osteoporosis and arthritis. How can a family who has parents and children of different blood groups all follow different diets without causing major reactions?

People like to feel unique, so this type of diet appeals to them. Next we will have the diet that encourages you to eat according to the colour of your skin. I think I’ll write another bestseller on the ”Head Stand Diet” which will allow you to only eat while standing on your head. You can eat as much as you like as long as you are on your head. OK so don’t take me seriously I am just kidding.

I personally feel that the blood type diet is a huge hoax. Reading some other views from recognised researchers or doctors, many feel the same. In fact John Robbins in his book, “The Food Revolution” says basing your diet on blood groups, makes as much sense as basing it on eye colour.

Dr T. Colin Campbell, who headed the most comprehensive nutritional research worldwide (The China Study) says that it has no nutritional or scientific basis and goes against what sound long term research has proven.


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But But But . . . where do you get your PROTEIN?

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You get your protein from WHERE?

This question is still so common. It is typically an honest one, but it reveals an underlying misconception about nutrition which has been largely perpetuated by business interests, not science.  And the science that IS out there, is largely FUNDED by business interests. The next problem is research done by people with a non business agenda (vegans who are opposed to animal consumption based on cruelty for example, religious or ideological philosophy etc…)

The main challenge is to consider the fact you might be experiencing the effects of programming by interests that are not your own best ones! All bad grammar aside, perhaps its time to consider that there is a significant motivation to maintain your dependence on something regardless of its benefit or impact on your life. The main point is to get to some level of intellectual honesty. The research and the science isnt there to support your NEED for a lot of protein. In fact, many researchers believe it is BAD for your health.

We aren’t scientists, or clinical research specialists. But we know and recommend a few. Here are 3 interesting articles that might be worth considering:

Dr McDougall: https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/apr/protein.htm

In this article Dr MacDougall states :

“How many cases of the so-called ‘protein deficiency state,’ kwashiorkor, have you seen? I have never seen a case, even though I have known thousands of people on a plant-food based diet. Sixty percent of people alive today and most of the people who have lived in the past have obtained their protein from plant foods. They have lived successfully; avoiding all the diseases common in our society. Even today plant sources provide 65% of the world supply of the protein we eat. The picture one often sees of ‘protein deficient’ children in famine areas of Asia or Africa is actually one of starvation and is more accurately described as ‘calorie deficiency.’ When these children come under medical supervision, they are nourished back to health with their local diets of corn, wheat, rice, and/or beans.”

Forks over Knives website

http://www.forksoverknives.com/slaying-protein-myth/

Here an ultra-runner talks about his experience. He goes into a little technical things, but mostly speaks to his own experience.

Dr T Colin Campbell

http://nutritionstudies.org/animal-vs-plant-protein/

“My point is that, beginning with the discovery of protein in 1839 until the present day, we have virtually revered this nutrient and as a result have made sure that our more general thoughts about nutrition and health had to fit this paradigm. This was especially true when protein was considered–and still is considered by many–to be mostly found in animal-based foods. In the early years, protein meant meat and meat meant protein. Thus, much of the reverence for protein really was a reverence for meat.”


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Cholesterol Down, Goodbye Lipitor

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“I wrote you a while ago re my cholesterol levels. The good news is at my last test the levels were down from 9.5 to 4.1! My doctor has ok’d my not taking Lipitor and says to “carry on with my new diet”!”


Here is the Important Safety Information taken from the rxlist.com website which curiously enough has MORE listed than Lipitor.com!


Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking atorvastatin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;
  • confusion, memory problems;
  • fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine;
  • swelling, weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss; or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild muscle pain;
  • diarrhea; or
  • mild nausea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)


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Raising Healthy Kids on The Natural Way

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Raising Healthy kids is possible!

The best information on a practical approach to Children and Natural Health. If you are curious about what, when, how to feed your children to create optimal health, stop and watch this video NOW!

Raising 3 daughters, and now with grandchildren, Mark and Mary-Ann Shearer have some experience raising Healthy Kids. From babies to teenagers, this information is very critical to avoiding sickness and disease.

Mary-Ann has made a very provocative statement, one that causes an interesting reaction:


“We (our family) have never had a doctor bill related to Ill Health in over 20 years”


This statement was made years ago. Think through the many implications of this statement:

  • Financially
  • Emotionally
  • Time Savings
  • Secondary effects of medications
  • Additional complications
  • Developmental results

Watch the presentation below, as well as the link to the other articles and resources.


In the Kitchen with Mary-Ann: Healthy Kids


Allergies and Children

Here is an article about allergies and children.


 

Here is an excerpt of the introduction from the book Healthy Kids: The Natural Way

Healthy Kids Hardcover

“After battling for many years with constant ear infections, tonsillitis, allergies, and a host of other problems accepted as ‘normal’ childhood ailments, both author and dietician discovered independently how simple and easy it is to attain glowing health. A chance meeting through their children brought these two like-minded mothers together, and here they offer other parents the persuasive experience, coupled with their joint 50 years of study and application in the field of natural health. They offer advice on a range of subjects, from preparing your body for pregnancy to nutritional guidelines for babies and toddlers. There are useful tips for ensuring that your growing child cope with the demands in the classroom and on the sports field, and a sound plan for helping your teenager through a painless adolescence.”

 


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Success Stories: Headache Relief

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“I cannot begin to tell you how good I feel already. I actually started your program 2 weeks ago. I purchased your book Perfect Weight, The Natural Way.

In the last two weeks I have managed to wean myself off coke, something that I had to have everyday. I had severe headaches but that has now subsided.

Not combining protein and starch has made such a difference to my body and the way I feel. I am not bloated anymore and I feel very light when I go to bed at night…

Thank you very much for responding to my e-mail and I look forward to the next 100 days.


 Migraine Relief

“Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know how much I have appreciated being on this health program.

As a 46 year old, overweight (okay obese best describes me!) habitual dieter, I am so impressed with this new program. I had purchased “The Natural Way” a few years ago, implemented a few of the things but then when back to my old ways. I have to admit that I have tried every diet out there – the ones where they weigh you each week; give you a diet plan etc. to the Low GI diet to the Milkshake only diet. None of these worked for me. Several years ago I was diagnosed as being “Insulin Resistant” but the dietician’s diet only made me extremely moody and hungry all the time.

“What made the change? As a Pastor’s wife I know that I am constantly being looked at and criticized for my weight – I have hidden behind my size for too long now. Four weeks ago I woke up with the worst headache I can remember – I have had migraines before but this was the one to top them all. I realized then that there is no easy solution to loosing weight – and that is exactly what I had been looking for – an easy way. Totally convicted by the Lord that I was being both negligent and slothful I dusted off “The Natural Way” books (actually just by chance) and started reading. Something totally clicked this time – I think I had reached such a low that I had to take it seriously this time. After reading the books I decided to eliminate gluten products and most dairy products, red meat and artificial sweeteners (I was a Coke Zero addict!). It was extremely hard at first – then I found your site about the ’100 days to health”. This is just what I needed.

I signed up and have been following the plan for the past 16 days – I still eliminated the dairy and gluten products and red meat on my own. I am so impressed and have learnt so much and I wake up feeling great. I have more energy and my joints don’t ache so much and this is only day 16. I have also lost 4kgs. Yesterday a mom at my son’s school wanted to know what I was doing as she could already see a difference. WOW! (Thanks to my diet my teenage daughter’s acne prone skin has cleared up quite a bit. The rest of the family are eating healthier and starting each meal with a salad – it will take a while to get them all to stop eating the protein/starch combination – but they are off to a good start without knowing it!)

I really appreciated two statements:

“Don’t look forward but look back at the changes you have already made” – I know I have a long way to go and that can be overwhelming – but by looking back I can see what has happened over such a short time!

“You can and will blow it every once in a while” – mmm yes, I did have some chocolate – but didn’t feel guilty and didn’t really enjoy it as much as I have before.

I also don’t feel ravenously hungry all the time – I am controlling the food, and not the food controlling me! I know I have the freedom to eat when I am hungry and LOVE the fact that I can eat an avo a day (The 1/8 of an avo on other diets was laughable!).”

I just wanted to write and let you know how I have benefited from the 100 days to health and thank you for it!”


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Fighting Breast Cancer: The Natural Way

“In November 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 3 and ‘highly aggressive

After a mastectomy in December 2008, I was told that I needed
· 6 treatments of chemotherapy (3 weeks apart),
· Tamoxifen for 5 years in order to suppress the oestrogen and put me into menopause, and
· Herceptin for a year (17 treatments, 3 weeks apart)

Although I insisted that I did not want to do chemotherapy, I was persuaded by the oncologist, as I was only 47 years old and I had a 7 years old daughter as well as two grown up daughters. A friend tried to persuade me to change to a vegan diet rather than do the chemo, but I was too scared to go against “conventional wisdom”.

The first session of chemotherapy in January 2009 put me to bed for a week. I believed I would die from the chemo before the cancer could take me. In the 2 weeks before I was due to have the next chemotherapy, I prayed and cried and read several books (including Perfect Health The Natural Way) and prayed some more and cried some more. I believe God confirmed to me during this time that I should forego all the recommended drugs, and I started on a strictly vegan, 85 -95% raw diet with fresh vegetable juices and smoothies, plus rest, sunshine, exercise, clean water, early to bed, etc. (I was already on Barley Life). At this time, I signed up to 100 days to health, purely out of interest and for moral support, as I had jumped from day 1 to day 100 overnight.

The past year and a half has been a difficult road as most people do not understand my choice, but I thank God for the support of my husband, who joined me after only 5 days, because what he read made sense to him. I praise God for all those people who prayed for me, and for people who have written books and web pages, etc that has given me the information I needed to persevere. I give God the glory that I am stronger physically than ever before…….no more Candida infections, PMS has disappeared, cellulite has almost gone, strong nails, sleeping through the night. Even my cholesterol has gone up to 4.02! This is the first time in 20 years that my cholesterol has even showed a reading on the finger prick test. I would love for it to increase further, but I am so excited that a healthy lifestyle has done what no amount of animal fats could do.”

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The facts about allergies to local anesthetics

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By Mary-Ann Shearer

True allergies to local anesthetics used nowadays are exceedingly rare – only a few cases have been reported worldwide. Some people are allergic to preservatives in local anesthetics. But most of the time, people complain of things like heart palpitations, shaking, sweating, or feeling faint, which are not the symptoms of a true allergy.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is a hypersensitive state which is acquired through exposure to an “allergen”. People can be allergic to lots of different things.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to local anesthetics include

  • skin reactions (rashes, itching, edema or hives)
  • asthma-like attacks
  • in the most extreme cases, anaphylactic shock

Not all allergic reactions are dangerous. Most people who are allergic to local anesthetics only experience temporary itching and skin rash after receiving the injection. Anaphylactic shock is almost unheard of with local anesthetics (though dentists have to be prepared for this possibility, so they have emergency equipment to reverse such a situation).

What causes the allergies to local anesthetics?

Local anesthetic cartridges contain two active ingredients: the actual anesthetic (which ends in -caine, e. g. lidocaine) and epinephrine. Most people who have a genuine allergic reaction to local anesthetics are not allergic to the actual anesthetic agent (or “caine”). It is much more common (though still rare) to be allergic to preservatives in the local anesthetic solution.

Why are preservatives added?

All standard local anesthetics contain the preservative sodium bisulfite or metabisulfite. The preservative is necessary to keep the epinephrine fresh (epi quickly deteriorates and becomes useless otherwise). The standard local anesthetic cartridges (called lidocaine in the U.S. and lignocaine in the U.K.) have epi added.

Why use epinephrine in the first place?

Epinephrine is added to the local anesthetic for a good reason: it makes it work longer and more efficiently. For example, the most commonly used local anesthetic (lidocaine 2% with 1:100,000 epi) numbs the tooth for one hour, but without the epi, it only numbs the tooth for 5-10 minutes. Epinephrine also acts as a “vasoconstrictor”: it stops soft tissues from bleeding.

Allergy to Preservatives

If an allergy test shows that you are allergic to the preservative, a local anesthetic without epinephrine can be used. Because the usual local (lidocaine) doesn’t numb for very long without epi, mepivacaine (also known as carbocaine) or prilocaine without epi can be used. People who are allergic to bisulfites often know about it, because bisulfites are commonly sprayed onto fruit and vegetables to keep them looking fresh. If you have an allergy to bisulfites, let your dentist know about it!

Allergy to “Caines”

People from the U.S. often use the term “novacaine”, “novocain”, “novacaine” or a variation thereof when talking about local anesthetics… even though novocaine has not been used in dentistry for decades (both because it wears off too quickly and because allergies to novocain and other ester-based -caines are relatively common). All the -caines used for local anaesthesia these days are amides rather than esters. Virtually nobody is allergic to amide caines. But there are some documented cases, so if you’re among them, what can you do?

There are a few possibilities:

  1. general anaesthesia in a hospital
  2. using a histamine blocker instead of an amide anesthetic (stings and burns and is only suitable for emergency situations)
  3. going without local anesthetic – a possibility for minor work if you don’t mind the potential pain factor. If it’s anything more than that, research would suggest that the work you have done will be much less successful and will fail sooner.
  4. hypnosis can be used in some cases
  5. using a different -caine (the best option).
  6. and 2. should only be used in acute emergency situations, if there really is no time to have an allergy test done. Otherwise, an allergy test will show which of the -caines are safe for you.

The 5 local anesthetics used in dentistry today are:

  • Lidocaine Hydrochloride (UK: Lignocaine) (tradenames: Xylocaine, Alphacaine, Lignospan, Octocaine)
  • Mepivacaine Hydrochloride (tradenames: Carbocaine, Arestocaine, Isocaine, Polocaine, Scandonest)
  • Prilocaine Hydrochloride (tradename: Citanest)
  • Articaine Hydrochloride (tradenames: Septocaine, Septanest, Astracaine, Ultracaine)
  • Bupivacaine Hydrochloride (tradename: Marcaine)

Luckily, there is no cross-allergenicity with amide local anesthetics – meaning that someone may be allergic to lidocaine and mepivacaine, but not to articaine, for example.

Allergies in the Past

In the past, some local anesthetics were esters rather than amides, and allergic reactions to these were not uncommon. They are no longer sold these days. Novocain was an ester anesthetic, as was the very first local anesthetic: cocaine! Nowadays, esters are only used for topical anesthesia (numbing gels) in dentistry. Because they don’t enter the blood-stream, they can’t produce dangerous reactions. Another ingredient which is no longer used in local anesthetic cartridges is methylparaben. Allergy to methylparaben has increased over the years, because it is used in drugs, cosmetics and foods. It is still used in multiple-dose vials in hospitals, but it is no longer used at the dentist’s.

Allergy to Epinephrine

It is physically impossible to be allergic to epinephrine (epinephrine is the same as adrenaline). Our bodies produce epinephrine all the time. If you were allergic to it, you’d be long dead before reading this page, never mind seeing a dentist…

Symptoms like:

  • a racing heart
  • shaking uncontrollably
  • breaking out in a cold sweat
  • not being able to breathe properly (breathing rapidly/hyperventilating), leading to dizziness, lightheadedness and tingling in fingers, toes and lips

are all signs of an adrenaline rush – but it’s unlikely that the epinephrine in the injection caused it. The amount of epi in local anesthetics is tiny compared to the amount your body naturally pumps out. The reason your body produces adrenaline is to prepare you for a fight-or-flight situation, and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure mean that you can run faster! If you do decide to do a runner, please let your dentist know first… that way, they’ll be able to remove any sharp objects between you and the door  .

On very rare occasions, the epi may be accidentally injected into a vein instead of muscle tissue (the local anesthetic is usually ineffective in this instance). This can cause a very dramatic increase in heart rate. While not dangerous, such an experience can certainly be unsettling, but the chances of it happening again are extremely slim. Also, the use of aspirating syringes has become more common in recent years, and this prevents the accidental injection of adrenaline containing local directly into a vein.

Some people do appear to react more sensitively to the epi in injections than others. It is possible to use a local anesthetic without epi. However, not all dentists will stock this – so if you’re concerned, it’s best to ask.

Mepivacaine (carbocaine) and prilocaine work for a reasonable amount of time even without the epi and can be used instead. But it may be more difficult to achieve profound numbness without epi. In this case, using laughing gas or IV sedation in addition to the local anesthetic may be helpful.

From our message board:

“There have been some people who had a sensitivity to the local anesthetic itself or the preservative used. Sometimes the dentist can try a different type or brand of anesthetic to see if that might help. I had one patient who experienced the same after effects from anesthetics, but we tried Carbocaine with no epinephrine, and she found that one worked great for her. You could see if the dentist could try a little of that instead.

One idea might be to visit the dentist and have some nitrous oxide. The dentist could give you a very small amount (eg. 0.4 mL or quarter carpule) of Carbocaine infiltration to see whether that causes you any problems. You wouldn’t even have to have any work done. It could be just a visit to see if a different anesthetic might work better for you. You could then wait 20 minutes to see if you had any problems.”

Local Anesthetic Overdose

This may be more common than one might believe, but it is pretty much never dangerous (unless it’s badly abused – see below). For example, one study cited by Malamed (2002) showed one particularly LA-happy general dentist using an average of 19.24 cartridges of local anesthetic (per person!) for the removal of all 4 wisdom teeth (or wizzies, as they are called in the trade). Gulp . Clearly, a lot of these patients received an overdose, yet none of them experienced any adverse reactions. Which shows that local anesthetics are extremely safe for healthy adults.

However, it’s clearly not best practice and dentists need to be careful not to give an overdose. This is particularly true for young children, who have a low body weight.

The symptoms of a mild to moderate overdose can be similar to those of anxiety – lightheadedness and dizziness, nervousness, numbness, inability to focus, tinnitus, elevated heart rate, sweating, etc.
In the vast majority of adults, anxiety is a far more likely culprit than overdose. But if you have had a lot of cartridges of local anesthetic in one go and you experienced these symptoms, it might have been an overdose.

In most cases of overdose, the reaction is mild and short-lived, and requires no treatment. Some people with a fear of local anesthetics are concerned because they’ve read about deaths following local anesthetic overdose on the internet. What isn’t reported is that the few serious incidents which have occurred involved very bizarre circumstances:

“Heard of a case in the USA where the “dentist” (and I use the word very loosely) injected 20 carts to a patient who was having problems during an IV, because he wanted to get some adrenaline in!!! Patient died, dentist convicted of manslaughter.”

Tips for Coping

Most commonly, the “allergy” turns out to be an adrenaline rush. Here are a few tips for coping:

  • If you feel anxious about injections or upcoming treatment, talk to your dentist about it. Most dentists will be extra gentle with you if they know about your fears, and do their best to calm and reassure you (both before and while they administer the local).
  • Perhaps just understanding what is happening and knowing that an adrenaline rush is not dangerous, but a natural reaction, will make injections easier for you. The sensation is unpleasant, but not dangerous.
  • Your dentist may be able to offer you laughing gas, IV sedation, or anti-anxiety medications.
  • Rescue Remedy (a natural anti-anxiety remedy available in pharmacies and Natural Health stores) might also work for you, as can distraction techniques such as listening to a IPod.
  • Some dentists tell their patients beforehand that the injection contains adrenaline and that they will feel an increase in heart rate, which is not dangerous. This can actually be helpful, because it prepares people for the possibility that they’ll feel their heart beat faster. Better still, one can attribute any adrenaline rush to the drug, rather than to anxiety. For these reasons, some people find knowing about the adrenaline in the injection helpful. Unfortunately, this technique can also backfire and make people panic instead!

If you suspect a true allergic reaction:

  • Consult with an allergist. They can test exactly which substance you are allergic to.
  • Local anesthetics (caines) should be tested without the epinephrine. Preservatives should be tested separately.
  • If it turns out that you really are allergic to a -caine, an allergist can help you find out which of the -caines you can tolerate.
  • If it turns out that you are allergic to sodium bisulfite, a local anesthetic without epi can be used.

If you are concerned about a local anesthetic overdose:

  • An overdose is only really a concern when you are having a lot of dental work done in one go, especially when it’s in all 4 quarters of your mouth (upper and lower left and right).

Let your dentist know about your concern and discuss the options. For example, if there is a pressing reason to numb all 4 quarters during the same appointment, your dentist can administer local anesthetic to one quadrant, treat that area, then numb the next quadrant, and so on. This results in a lower concentration of local anesthetic in the blood compared with giving the local all at the same time.

 


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Parasites

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By Mary-Ann Shearer

What is a Parasite?

It is an opportunistic organism that survives off the host. Very often their affect on the body goes unnoticed. Internal parasites, such as worms, take the nutrition from our food intended for us. This leaves us wide open to other illnesses. If you are feeling generally run down or have any of the symptoms below, this is the time to consider anti parasitical treatment. Some doctors estimate that over 90% of people suffer from parasite infestation.

These parasites can be in the form

  • tapeworm – usually from eating animal flesh
  • hook worm  – from soil or sand(so wash even organically grown produce)
  • pin worm – from not washing your hands and touching  almost anything
  • flukes and a host of other lesser known parasites which are estimated to number over 400!.

How can Parasites harm you?

  • Destroy cells faster than new cells can be regenerated this will contribute to premature ageing and cancer
  • Produce toxic waste products
  • Irritate body tissue
  • Invade body tissue, including skin and intestinal lining
  • Put pressure of internal organs
  • Depress immune system function while activating Immune system response, thereby contributing to auto Immune diseases such as Lupus, arthritis and Multiple sclerosis etc.
  • Cause nutrient malabsorption, thus contributing to eating disorders and nutritional deficiencies.

How do you know you have Parasites?

Signs of parasites can be diarrhea, hunger pains (gnawing feeling), appetite that is too healthy or no appetite, weight loss or weight gain, (here I suggest that if you have any weight problem that you get rid of any parasites while you alter your diet and lifestyle) anemia, rectal itching especially at night, tooth grinding, nose picking, bloating and gas (even after you have changed your diet and are properly combining), nausea, fever, rash, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, joint and muscle pain, bad breath, fluid retention (this will also affect your weight as well), allergies and food sensitivities, sugar cravings, mental confusion, fatigue or tiredness), foul smelling stools,  heartburn, headaches, bed wetting, nervousness, sleep disturbances. All this indicates that your Immune and endocrine system is being affected and who knows the long term effects parasites have on the body.

What can you do to get rid of Parasites?

Try to include some of the following foods on a regular basis, they help control parasite infestations; raw carrots, fresh and dried figs, parsley, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds or tahini.

There is a variety of medication available from pharmacies, but they do not get rid of all parasites such as flukes and usually have some side effects. The safest approach is with a combination of herbs. The best herbs are those such as American wormseed, Black walnut hulls, Boldo leaves, Butternut bark, clove, cramp bark, garlic, grapefruit seed, Kamala, Male Fern Root, Neem, Peppermint, Pumpkin seed, Sweet Annie, Thyme and White Oak bark,these are all found in Aim’s Para 90. I do however suggest taking Aim’s Herbal Fibre Blend  (1 heaped tsp twice daily for a month at least) as this will help clear the digestive tract of old fecal matter and some of the herbs in HFB will also rid you of some parasites, thus making it quicker and easier when you take Para 90.

You will know the product is working if you feel a ‘pokey’ feeling in your abdomen, or your skin itches or feels ‘crawly’. Headaches, excess mucous, nausea and extreme tiredness are other symptoms. You may also experience more frequent bowel movements, looser stools and increased urination. Some people even feel pain in the liver area.

I also suggest taking a probiotic such as Florafood after taking Para 90 to recolonize the intestinal bacteria. Some people also feel they benefit more by continuing to take Herbal Fibre blend with the Para 90

Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid Para 90 as the parasites can emerge in some strange places, also some people experience severe stomach cramps as the parasites dislodge. People with colon problems should consult a doctor. It is safe to use from the age of 3 upwards. You should aim to cleanse yourself of parasites about once a year.

In the Kitchen with Mary Ann: Recipes to combat Parasites!


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Health A-Z Archives: Flaxseed Oil

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By Mary-Ann Shearer

History of Flax and Flaxseed Oil

Flax was originally grown both for its fibre, which was woven into linen, and for its seeds and oil, which provide a wide array of essential nutrients. References to the healing properties of flax are found in Greek and Roman writings dating to around 650 BC. Hippocrates, considered to be the father of modern medicine, mentioned the use of flax to relieve inflamed mucous membranes, and for relieving abdominal pains and diarrhoea.

Flax has been used since antiquity to maintain healthy animals such as calves, cows, horses, and dogs. Its uses include correcting digestive disturbances, lactating and pregnant cows, preventing diseases such as foot-and-mouth, respiratory problems, improving coats, preventing distemper, and improving the general health and disposition of animals.

Flax seed and the Oil is Rich in Nutrients

An average 100g of flax seeds will provide you with:

  • 35g oil
  • 26g of protein (including all 8 essential amino acids)
  • 14g of fibre, 12g of mucilage
  • 4g vitamins & minerals
  • 9g water.

If you swallow flax seeds whole, they will just pass right through your body. In fact, if you planted them then, they would grow!

Flax seeds are protected by a tough seed coat and need to be ground in a nut or seed grinder (coffee grinder also does the trick) to make the nutrients available.

You can comfortably take 1-6 Tbsp a day of ground flax seeds, but make sure you drink a lot of water, because its mucilage absorbs five times the seeds’ weight in water. I personally prefer to take flax seed oil and have seen hundreds of people benefit from taking the oil on a daily basis.

Flaxseed Oil is rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Flaxseed oil is one of the best-known sources of the essential fatty acids, linolenic (the full name being Alpha-Linolenic Acid or LNA) and linoleic acid. Together with a healthy natural diet, it will provide you with all the nutrients for abundant health.

These essential fatty acids are essential (as the name implies) for a variety of functions, but in particular endocrine or hormonal function. Any and all problems therefore related to Endocrine function are likely to benefit from taking flaxseed oil.

The endocrine system is perhaps the most important system in the body, in that it is involved in heart, kidney, liver, lung, and skin function.

It is also involved in controlling weight, metabolism, water retention, premenstrual tension, menopausal symptoms, blood pressure and blood sugar, allergies, and inflammation such as arthritis. The immune system is also dependent on a correctly functioning endocrine system and I have found that auto-immune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis improve with the right fats in the diet. (Found in Flaxseed Oil!)

Flaxseed Oil is a Powerful Therapeutic

Flaxseed oil is a powerful, traditional and therapeutic tool used against the following conditions:

Fatty degeneration in heart disease
Cancer
Diabetes
Hypoglycaemia
Blood pressure problems
Kidney function
Immune and platelet function

Maintaining healthy arteries (helps transport cholesterol out of the arteries to the areas where the body needs the cholesterol-such as the brain, skin and hormonal system)

All forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout
Weight loss and gain
Eczema
Psoriasis
Hyperactivity, Schizophrenia and learning problems
Lowers cholesterol levels
Dry skin, dandruff and sun sensitive skin
Depression
Visual function
Colour perception

Improves the metabolism of calcium (helping to prevent osteoporosis)
Helps the body fight infections such as staphylococcus and malaria
Mental acuity
Multiple sclerosis
Shortens the time for fatigued muscles to recover after exertion
Shortens healing time for bruises, sprains, and injuries
Improves hair and nails
Food for All

To quote Udo Erasmus (PhD) and author of Fats that Heal Fats that Kill, “Fresh Flax oil, properly made, ought to become part of the intake of virtually the entire population.”

Flaxseed oil contains good sources of carotene and vitamin E. Both powerful anti-oxidants that slow down the ageing process. Most people notice within a month a huge improvement in skin texture.

Flax seeds and the oil contain lignans, which are cyclic molecules with anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer properties.

Which Flaxseed Oil?

Flaxseed oil must be cold-pressed and stored in a dark cool place. For excellent health, take 1-6 tsps Flaxseed oil a day (AIMega is thebest source for EFA’s and flaxseed oil), together with a good source of B complex and Vitamin C. BarleyLife is the best source for these nutrients,. Following The Natural Way diet will provide support for these nutrient. AIMegaBarleyLife and The Natural Way lifestyle will go a very long way to sorting out most health problems.

Other Beneficial Oils

Other oils that are beneficial to your health are:

  • Cold-Pressed Olive Oil
  • Cold-Pressed Sunflower, and
  • Cold-Pressed Sesame oils

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Shearer’s Green Barley Juice Detox

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By Mary-Ann Shearer

This is a sidebar from a 2013 newsletter from The Natural Way.

Green Barley Juice Detox: DO NOT GIVE UP CONTINUE! IT IS WORTH IT.

16 years ago, when we started drinking barley grass juice,Mark was nauseous for 2 days, I got sinus/flu symptoms for 2 days and woke up feeling a bit groggy on one or two days, Meredith had a skin rash for about a week (we had blood test to see if the rash was infectious and all it showed was that one of her white blood cells were raised. This indicated, as the doctor put it, that her body is responding to something – physical proof that it was working in the one person the most reluctant to take it!). Some of our staff and other family had upset tummy’s for a day or two. Our diets are really good and we exercise a lot, yet every single one of us detoxified. Even our Labrador who had a degenerative spinal condition, went on to live another 11 years with no pain, outliving his litter! This proved to me that Barleylife has a real effect on the body, even in a healthy person. We have all experienced a bit of weight loss as we have found our appetites reduced. (They were a bit too healthy at times)

Within 5 days the sun damage to Mark’s back, from years of overexposure to the sun (pre Natural Way Days) had completely gone. A healthy diet had kept it under control but now his back is as smooth as a baby’s bottom!

These are some of the symptoms of detoxification.
CLOGGED SINUS
CONSTIPATION
COUGH
DIARRHEA
FATIGUE/TIREDNESS
FEVER
FLU SYMPTOMS
COLD SYMPTOMS
GAS
HEADACHE
IRRITABILITY
MOODINESS
SKIN RASH
STOMACHACHE
SKIN BREAKING OUT, SUCH AS ACNE
ITCHY EYES
NAUSEA
SPLITS AT THE CORNER OF MOUTH

How much to take?

I suggest you start with ½ -1 tsp. 0r 1 capsule per day, taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You can eat it dry or stir it in some apple or grape juice or chilled water. Take 20-30 minutes before eating. After 2-3 weeks you can increase the amount to 2-4 heaped tsp. Daily, depending on how demanding your lifestyle is.

What I’ve come to realize is that even on a perfect diet, we need something more to cope with environmental poisons such as fillings and pollution, especially from traffic. I believe that BarleyLife meets this need. I have always advocated drinking organic freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices as an extra boost to your nutritional intake. This is not always possible or convenient and BarleyLife is organically grown, dried juice and is the ideal food for people on the move.

BarleyLife contains a little kelp and benefits you in the following areas;

  • Thyroid problems such as Goiter.
  • Obesity or overweight
  • Helps the Thyroid to function optimally, so that you have maximum endurance and energy
  • Promotes circulation, particularly in the brain resulting in clearer thought
  • Contributes to better nourishment of the cell as it contains almost every known trace element and mineral, amino acids and some vitamins

It also contains Oligodextrin from brown rice to stabilise the dried juice and stop it oxidising.


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The 100 days have changed my lifestyle

“I found your “100 Days To Health” very inspiring and just wish it went on for longer! From your book I gather that you were a “health nut” who was having health problems yourself until you discovered food combining. My story is similar but for different reasons. I have always been a “health nut” whose body looks as if I stuff my face with chocolate cake every five minutes. I am nearly 48 years old and have been very obese since preschool, I remember being teased at nursery school by the other kids who called me fat. While growing up my mother tried various diets on me all to no avail and I always believed deep inside that eating all this weird food could not be God’s answer to my problem.

At 30 I finally met a wonderful man who was prepared to marry such a big fat creature and had two sons who are now teenagers. During my first pregnancy my weight doubled and after he was born the weight just stayed. My doctor sent me to a well-known slimming club that supposedly promotes healthy eating. I followed the program, but did not lose the weight. Last year I was desperate and cried out to the Lord that He would show me how to lose weight and came across your 100 days program while browsing the web. The 100 days have changed my lifestyle (despite opposition from my family) and I still find the food combining a little difficult, but I lost weight and feeling better with more energy on the 100 days.”


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Exercise and Hormone Health

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The relationship between Exercise and Hormone Health

Obviously there is a reason that health focuses on diet. Diet provides the fundamental elements for a healthy lifestyle, supplying micro-nutrients as well as enzymes, phyto-chemicals, and anti-oxidants.

The Power of Exercise

However, do you know the incredible power of exercise? From detoxification, improved circulation, to adaptive response and hormone balancing the connection between exercise and hormones is ALMOST AS STRONG. Exercise (especially outdoors) plays a key role in hormone management, maintaining the whole endocrine system, which is associated with everything from fighting disease, to mental clarity, to proper digestion.

Exercise, Hormones, and Depression

There is a connection between Hormone Health and Depression. Read more in our article Health A-Z Archives: Depression

Exercise for Hormone Health, The Natural Way

Learn more from Mary-Ann in her outdoor talk in sunny Southern California.  Get some motivations to get moving, and stay moving to help your hormones.

 


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“I have completed the 100 days programme and found it life-changing with regard to my eating habits. I had not eaten much fruit before but now I so enjoy blending a fruit drink in the mornings! I read product labels now and shop for healthier options instead of cheaper ones. Have also cut down on meat and fish proteins. Your book has led me to respect my body so much more – I am truly “wonderfully and fearfully made” by God! I am so keen to learn more and have bought the course to study – just waiting for the shipment to arrive.

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Sleep might be the new vitamin

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By Mary-Ann Shearer

Is Sleep a new vitamin?

“I’d like to challenge you to think about rest as if it were a newly discovered vitamin, let’s call it vitamin R. In this hypothetical situation, we can now forget about whether or not we have time to rest. After all, every one of rest’s advantages can be obtained from taking a pill. Let us now look at this amazing “vitamin” and see if you want to include it as part of your daily program.

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Sleep needs vary with our genetics. Dr. James Perl, a Ph.D. psychologist and sleep expert, points out that about 20 percent of the population genetically needs less than six hours per night. He also observes that 10 percent of our populace genetically needs more than nine hours per night

“Just as the body has a natural daily clock (circadian rhythm), it also has a weekly clock (circa-septan rhythm). Circa-septan rhythms are just that: body rhythms that run about seven days in length. Medical research has demonstrated such rhythms in connection with a variety of physiological functions. Some that have been identified included heart rate, suicides, natural hormones in human breast milk, swelling after surgery, and rejection of transplanted organs. To understand the significance of these rhythms, consider the latter two items in the list. A person will tend to have an increase in swelling on the seventh and then the fourteenth day after surgery. Similarly, a person with a kidney transplant is more likely to reject the organ seven days and then fourteen days after the surgery. Research on circa-septan rhythms continues and new relationships are continually being discovered. There are seven-day rhythms that have been observed in both human and animal cancers and their response to treatment. Fibrinogen, a blood-clotting compound that has been demonstrated to increase the risk of heart attack, has now also been observed to have a seven-day rhythm. Further work has shown that in addition to inflammatory responses operating on a circa-septan rhythm, so do the drugs that we often use to treat them.”

Neil Nedley, M.D., taken from his book Proof Positive

Focus on what you can do; not on what you cannot, educate yourself in all these areas, and just do it.


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What is blood pressure?


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By Mary-Ann Shearer

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure results from two forces. One is created by the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries and through the circulatory system. The other is the force of the arteries as they resist the blood flow.

What do blood pressure numbers indicate?

  • The higher (systolic) number represents the pressure while the heart contracts to pump blood to the body.
  • The lower (diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart relaxes between beats.

The systolic pressure is always stated first. For example: 118/76 (118 over 76); systolic = 118, diastolic = 76.

Optimal vs. High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure below 120 over 80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) is considered optimal for adults. A systolic pressure of 120 to 139 mmHg or a diastolic pressure of 80 to 89 mmHg is considered “prehypertension” and needs to be watched carefully. A blood pressure reading of 140 over 90 or higher is considered elevated (high).

Traditionally any blood pressure measurement over 120/80 is considered high and steps need to be taken to lower it. The medical route is to take blood pressure lowering the blood pressure.

Side effect of High Blood Presure medication

What people are seldom aware of is that the side effects of the medication are often just as bad, if not worse than the risk of heart disease. Some of the side effects are;

  • hives
  • rashes
  • sensitivity to light
  • joint aches
  • confusion
  • loss of libido (sexual vigour)
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • lack of energy
  • numbness in the extremities
  • depression
  • anger
  • moodiness
  • muscle spasms
  • kidney damage
  • gout
  • long term side effects of diabetes.

How can you lower your blood pressure naturally?

Blood pressure responds very quickly to a change in diet and when you realize that the hormonal system controls blood pressure, you can begin to understand just how this works.

Caffeine, for starters has a known effect on the endocrine (or hormonal) system and can raise (or lower) blood pressure for those predisposed to blood pressure problems. Other foods are substances are artificial sweeteners, animal protein and dairy products (contain arachidonic acid, which raises blood pressure), aspartame sweeteners, lack of essential fatty acids, lack of exercise etc. I recommend that you read my separate notes on the endocrine (hormonal system) for details on how this system controls blood pressure.

Remove all arachidonic acid as its function is to raise blood pressure. Arachidonic acid is found in abundance in animal flesh and research shows clearly that vegetarians and vegans have lower blood pressure than meat eaters.

A good source of Omega 3 & 6 is essential – eating avocado, raw nuts and seeds, olives, olive oil, and taking a good supplement like Aim’s Aimega is essential

Exercise & Sunlight regulate the endocrine system, which controls blood pressure – 20-30 minutes daily is ideal.

For an overall program that will help you correct endocrine function and blood pressure, log onto www.100daystohealth.com  and follow the program.


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Concentrated Foods: Spirulina vs. Barley

 

By Mary-Ann Shearer

algaeWhat is Spirulina?

There appears to be a lot of confusion about this product. Some books (‘Chlorella” by William H Lee & Michael Rosenbaum – edited by Richard Passwater) say that “spirulina is a multi-cell, spiral shaped plant that grows in salt water or brackish water” and Dr Michael Sharon in his book, ‘Complete Nutrition’ says, “spirulina is a blue-green single celled alga, thriving in warm alkaline lakes”. Either way, I believe we need to look at the process of harvesting, drying and packaging. Then let’s look at the nutrient levels and any levels of toxic substances.

Harvesting and Processing Spirulina

Spirulina and chlorella are harvested in a variety of ways, some control the water quality, some don’t, some heat the product when drying, some don’t go over 40C. Some dry in an aerobic condition, which allows bacterial growth and some dry in an anaerobic environment that discourages bacterial growth.

This basic process is that it is harvested from a water source, dried and then sold either as a powder or compressed into a tablet. Obviously if it is heated during the drying process, then enzyme and nutrient destruction will be extremely high.

Spirulina and Toxins

Spirulina contains 4 heavy metals that are toxic to the body. They are Arsenic, lead, Cadmium and Mercury. There is not much available on the nutrient content of chlorella, except that they boast that the chlorophyll level is 5 times greater than spirulina.

In an article titled “Blue green algae and human health”, under the search for harmful algae or spirulina, Dr Thomas Morris a medical epidemiologist says that there are three general categories of toxins in blue green algae (also known as spirulina) they are; neurotoxic (affecting the Central Nervous system & brain), hepatoxic (affecting the liver) and cytotoxic (poisonous to most cells).

  • He claims there are 50 genera of freshwater blue green algae and about one third have been identified with toxin production.
  • Blue green algae also known as cyanobacteria and spirulina are thought to cause a wide range of symptoms in humans. Probably the most notable symptom and sign is abdominal pain with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, skin rashes and eye irritations can also occur. Contact dermatitis similar to a reaction to poison ivy may also occur.
  • The most dramatic documented event of human fatality from blue green algae occurred in Feb 1996 in Brazil, when 60 people died from kidney failure and 66 others where treated medically when they consumed water containing blue green algae. The culprit toxin in the algae was ‘microcystin’ a hepatoxin.

He ends the report with the following statement, “ It should be noted that the cyanobacterial Spirulina is sold as a dietary supplement in the US markets, ostensibly as a diet aid. While Spirulina has not been implicated as a toxin producing blue green algae, the full understanding of it, how and when cyanobacteria are able to produce toxic compounds is far from complete. Of more compelling concern is that there is no standard for the harvesting of blue green algae, and Spirulina may be confused for or contaminated with a known toxin-producing cyanobacterium. In 2000, the Oregon State department of Health surveyed 87 commercially available products of blue green algae and found 85 (98%) contaminated with microcystin compounds.
Dietary supplements are exempt by law from Food and drug Administration (FDA) regulation.”

Another article titled “Spirulina: Health food or fraud?” Says the following,

“ Because it has considerable amount of Vitamin B12, spirulina is usually recommended to strict vegetarians who can’t get this vitamin from plant sources. But Dr. Varro Tyler, a world-renowned authority on herbs at Purdue University, said spirulina Vitamin B12 contents are due mainly to contamination with insect or animal fecal matter. This is not surprising since spirulina grows in open lakes and ponds and is not thoroughly washed before it’s dried.

In Health Schemes, Scams and Frauds, Dr Stephen Barrett, a psychiatrist and board member of the National Council Against Health Fraud, Inc. said that an FDA analysis of one popular product called Blue Green Manna contained 15 whole adult flies, 164 fly fragments, 41 whole or equivalent maggots, 59 maggot fragments, one ant, five ant fragments, one adult cicada. One cicada pupa, 763 insect fragments, nine ticks, four mites, 1000 ostracods, two rats or mouse hairs, four bird feathers, six bird feather barbules and 10 500 water fleas” Some strains of spirulina also have toxins that can cause nausea, diarrhea and throat infections.

In test animals injections of the toxic algae causes tumors, and larger doses can cause death within minutes…since the toxins are not routinely tested for by all manufactures, it would seem that using algae is like playing Russian Roulette…”

He goes on to say that any symptoms people may experience using spirulina is in fact from poisoning and not from so called “cleansing” of the body.

There are reams more of this type of information which I can supply you with or refer you to the websites.

BarleyLife, Green Barley Juice from Aim
This product is organically grown in rehabilitated land, it is then picked at a certain height, when the nutrient level is at it’s peak. Then it has the juice extracted within 30 minutes of picking and then within 2 seconds of being juiced it is spray dried at room temperature to ensure no nutrient destruction. It is then has rice dextrin and ground brown rice added to prevent the enzymes oxidizing and to naturally extend shelf life

Other green powders
Since the introduction of barley grass nearly 20 years ago and it’s phenomenal success, there have been a variety of copy cat companies promoting their products as superior. One of them, a local company, dropped off a bottle of barley grass for me to try. The rep that dropped off the samples not only smelt like an ashtray, but promised that she would send or drop off research that backs her claims. That was over 10 years ago! Unlike Barley grass juice, this product is not juiced before dried. It is just dried, roots and all and ground into a pulp. What you get then is mostly fibre with very little nutrient content. The grey colour speaks for itself.

Nutrient content in blue green algae, spirulina and green barley grass juice

It must be understood that plant nutrients can alter from season to season, so that anyone claiming an exact amount of a particular nutrient is either misleading you or the product has been manipulated to have a constant level and is therefore no longer a natural food product, but now an altered and extracted supplement.
Spirulina vs Barley
It’s your choice…

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Childhood Obesity

By Mary-Ann Shearer

CHILDHOOD OBESITY STATISTICS

American children are getting fatter at an alarming rate, with the percentage of significantly overweight black and Hispanic youngsters more than doubling over 12 years and climbing 50 percent among whites.

  • By 1998, nearly 22 percent of black children ages 4 to 12 were overweight, as were 22 percent of Hispanic youngsters and 12 percent of whites, according to researchers who analyzed data from a national survey.
  • In 1986, the same survey showed that about 8 percent of black children, 10 percent of Hispanic youngsters and 8 percent of whites were significantly overweight.

“Prior studies show it took 30 years for the overweight prevalence to double in American children,” said Dr. Richard Strauss, a paediatrician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. This study should be “a call to action,” said Strauss, who conducted the research with Harold Pollack of the University of Michigan.


 

Among the reasons given for the increase: Children are spending much more time watching television, using computers and playing video games, and busy parents are relying more on fast food to feed their families. Also, black and Hispanic youngsters are more likely to live in poor neighborhoods where outdoor exercise may be unsafe and where the quickest, easiest foods may not be the most nutritious, Strauss said.

The study was based on data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which followed a nationally representative sample of 8,270 youngsters from 1986 to 1998.

Overweight was defined as having a body-mass index higher than 95 percent of youngsters of the same age and sex, based on growth charts from the 1960s to 1980s. By some criteria, that would be considered obese. Body-mass index is a measurement of weight relative to height. Disturbing trends also were seen in the number of children who had a body-mass index higher than 85 percent of their peers. In 1986, about 20 percent of blacks, Hispanics and whites alike were in that category. By 1998, those figures had risen to about 38 percent of blacks and Hispanics alike and nearly 29 percent of whites.


“These trends carry enormous public health implications, because of the known effects of excess body weight on the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other complications,”

said Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital in Boston.


 

Dr. Rebecca Unger, a paediatrician and nutrition specialist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said small changes in children’s diets can make a big difference.

“If we can catch a 3-year-old who’s still on a bottle, drinks tons and tons of juice, and goes to McDonald’s five times a week, we can stop the bottle, cut out the juice, eat at McDonald’s only two times a week – and you will see a tremendous difference in growth pattern,” Unger said.


Washington Post December 12, 2001
JAMA December 12, 2001;286:2845-2848

Mary-Ann Shearer

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Contraception

By Mary-Ann Shearer

C for Contraception

The issue of contraception comes up regularly as women all over the world who live natural lives, try to live as close to nature as possible. As a mother of 3 daughters, the last one being conceived on the Billings Method (a natural system in use for decades in rural areas), I am only too aware of the effect that the contraceptive pill had on me and my daughters. So here is a summary of some of the many side effects and an amazing natural solution.

THE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL
Perhaps the most convenient of all forms of contraception, but also the most harmful, is the Pill. There are many different preparations available but the most popular consist of a combination of synthetic female sex hormones that block the normal process of ovulation and disrupt the normal menstrual cycle. I do not intend to go into the different types of oral contraceptive pills available on the market today, but I do want to take the time to point out some of the potential risks and side effects associated with these preparations, many of which manifest in seemingly unrelated symptoms or only surface some years down the line. If you wish to go into the subject at some depth, I suggest that you read an excellent book written by Barbara Seaman, The Doctor’s Case Against The Pill.

Side Effect # 1 (Blood Clots)

Blood clotting, particularly in the lungs, is considered one of the most frequent and dangerous side effects of the Pill.

The Pill causes veins to dilate abnormally, which slows down the blood flow, and this in turn encourages the formation of clots. These clots may impair circulation permanently, and when they form in the legs, they may result in varicose veins or they may require surgery (and in extreme cases, amputation).

Should you experience any leg or chest pains, it would be wise to stop taking the Pill immediately and see a doctor straight away.

Side Effect # 2 (Strokes)

Neurologists first began reporting strokes, ‘for no apparent reason’ in otherwise healthy young women, shortly after the Pill came into use on a large scale. The first case was written up officially in the British Medical Journal in 1962. Since then there have been numerous reports in the same journal as well as in the prestigious Lancet.

Strokes essentially result in death of part of the brain, and cause a host of side effects, including blindness, loss of speech, loss of limb use, cataracts, epilepsy and, of course, death.

Initial symptoms are headaches often accompanied by dizziness, double vision and stiffness in the neck. See a doctor and stop taking the Pill immediately.

Side Effect # 3 (Reduced Libido)

This has been referred to as the unkindest trick that the Pill can play on women, turning sex into a duty instead of a delight.

Reduced libido has been confirmed in various studies conducted by the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Lund University in Sweden and The Council for Investigation of Fertility Control in England.

Initial symptoms here are quite obvious. But as it can take a few months to correct this after discontinuing the Pill, give your body time to recover.

Side Effect # 4 (Sterility)

Certain women simply do not ovulate or start menstruating again after talking the Pill. Others have irregular, scanty periods. In either case these women may find that they are unable to conceive, and sterility must surely be considered the most tragic of all side effects.

It appears that the Pill interferes with the endocrine or hormonal system, and one of the possible disorders resulting from this is infertility.

I do believe, though, that a natural lifestyle and diet will do much to assist your body in recovering, and that in time most women thus affected would stand a good chance of conceiving (see Chapter Three for more on this).

Side Effect # 5 (Cancer)

One in every two to three people following a Westernised lifestyle is likely to develop cancer. Cancer is most commonly a side effect of the oestrogen-containing pills, and the higher the oestrogen content, the higher the risk of cancer. Add to that the oestrogen we unwittingly absorb from the animal products in our diet, and from certain plastics in daily use in our homes, and the chances of ‘oestrogen overload’, and therefore of cancer, increase greatly.

The most common forms of cancer attributed to the Pill are breast, ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer.

Side Effect # 6 (Heart Disease)

Heart disease is one of the serious disorders associated with taking oral contraceptives. According to Dr William Spellacy of the University of Miami Medical School, the Pill produces certain changes in the body’s metabolism, resulting in a significant rise in triglyceride levels in the blood. This, in turn, is associated with a hardening of the arteries and possible heart disease.

If there is a history of heart disease in your family, the risk would be higher.

Side Effect # 7 (Diabetes and Hypoglycaemia)

Various studies indicate that the Pill affects blood glucose levels and insulin output in many women, contributing to the possible development of diabetes or hypoglycaemia.

As the Pill is made up of unnatural or synthetic hormones, it makes sense that its use can and does upset the body’s endocrine (or hormonal) system. One of the endocrine system’s many functions is the regulation of blood sugar. Conditions like hypoglycaemia and diabetes are a direct consequence of an imbalance in the body’s blood sugar levels.

Low blood sugar can frequently lead and at least contribute to the next side effect …

Side Effect # 8 (Depression and Behavioural Problems)

Psychiatrists were apparently among the first to persuade their wives to stop using the Pill. They noticed several adverse reactions in their family, friends and patients, ranging from suicidal and even murderous tendencies, to irritability and tearfulness. Other possible behavioural symptoms include hostility, suspiciousness, delusions and even a tendency to being accident-prone. But the most common of all behavioural symptoms is depression.

Depression manifests itself in a variety of emotional symptoms. Some women become agitated and disorganised, others have difficulty in sleeping, and some withdraw and become indifferent to their families and surroundings. Many women suffer from a host of negative emotions experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, guilt, unworthiness, shame, enervation or exhaustion. Some lose their appetites, while others eat compulsively.

Depression is a serious condition and should not be dismissed or taken lightly.

Side Effect # 9 (Foetal Abnormalities)

Chief gynaecologist of the US Air Force, Colonel William Peterson, discovered a significant incidence of miscarriages and foetal abnormalities in a group of women who had used the Pill prior to falling pregnant. Other scientists have concurred, and it is now accepted that women who have been on the Pill are at risk.

General Side Effects

Apart from the major, potentially dangerous side effects mentioned previously, more than 50 different side effects have been attributed to the Pill. Some of these are decreased liver function (often resulting in jaundice), thyroid problems, weight gain, urinary tract infection, problems related to the joints (like arthritis), skin problems (the most common being pigmentation), and gum disorders.

Many young girls take the Pill to sort out skin problems, but even though their skin may clear up, there may be many other long-term side effects that are not immediately apparent. The best way to sort out skin problems is to change your child’s diet (see Chapter Fifteen).

Hair-loss and facial hair are other side effects that indicate that the hormonal system has been tampered with.

Several nutrient deficiencies are linked to taking the Pill, among them the B-complex vitamins, folic acid, zinc and magnesium (a shortage of which will in turn cause an imbalance to your calcium levels). As the brain requires the B-complex vitamins to function efficiently, a deficiency could well explain the behavioural problems associated with the Pill. But don’t think that taking vitamin and mineral supplements is the answer. It has been shown that the absorption rate of such supplements is poor, with 90 to 96 per cent being excreted into the sewerage system!

Women on the Pill find that wounds usually take a lot longer to heal, indicating the immune function has been adversely affected.

Masculinisation of the female foetus may result from taking a progesterone based Pill, and feminisation of the male foetus may result from taking a Pill containing oestrogen.

Taking the mini-Pill is no better, for although there are fewer side effects due to the absence of oestrogen, women experience breakthrough bleeding, irregular or heavy ‘periods’, and other unpleasant side effects like headaches, anxiety and depression, abdominal or breast discomfort, and premenstrual tension.

So what can you do?

Well at last after 25 years of development by scientists and gynecologists a German company has developed a neat (size of a small cell phone) device, called the Pearly and a bigger bed side version called the Lady-Comp that:

Offers 99.3% Reliable Contraception – the same rate as The Pill

>>No possible side effects

>>None invasive

>>No stress on your body or mind (no mood swings from medication)

>>Contains an integrated pregnancy test

>>Clinically proven to be more reliable than an IUD or condoms

>>No hormones or interference with the hormonal system

>>Tracks your fertility with maximum accuracy

Developed by a team of gynecologists, software specialists, electronic engineers and designers in Germany

25 years of success

Every morning immediately on waking, you place the thermo-sensor under your tongue, the monitor provides you with an immediate, reliable forecast for the next 24 hours , with green meaning fertile, red meaning fertile and yellow means your computer is still learning your cycle. The fertility computer requires no charting and lack of discipline and human error do not affect it.

Love,

Mary-Ann Shearer


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