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Jun 22 2010

Free Healing Herbal Remedy for Bursitis Swelling

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This article is about a frustrating bout I had with Bursitis on both of my elbows.   The inflammation was easy for me to solve as you will see below but the swelling was a whole other matter.   It took a technique I invented a long time ago to solve the swelling problem which worked excellently.   Herbs will always work, you just need to find the right combination and technique for the problem you have and apply it consistently.

 

Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary (bursitis definition)

Bursitis, elbow: Inflammation of the olecranon bursa, the bursa at the tip of the elbow is called the olecranon bursitis. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving tissues of the body.   Bursitis is usually not infectious, but the bursa can become infected.   Treatment of non- infectious bursitis includes rest, ice, and medications for inflammation and pain. Check what are the best office chairs cushions and do a reasearch on why you should buy one. They are very affective! Infectious bursitis is treated with antibiotics, aspiration, and surgery.

 

There are 160 bursae in the body.   The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.

 

What I did to Treat My Bursa

I am going to keep this article simple and to the point.   What I did to solve the bursitis swelling on both of my elbows.  

 

I am still not exactly sure what caused the bursitis I had in the first place.   There were a number of things going on at the same time and anyone of them could have caused the problem.   I was exercising using some pretty heavy weights and that may have led to the problem.   I was using a chair that was too low at my computer station and that may have led to the problem.   I was also resting my elbows at that time on the sharp edge of the retractable computer keyboard table.   And I was staying at my computer desk much too long and not getting enough sunshine which can cause a shortage of vitamin D and can lead to bone and joint problems plus I am 65 years old.   So one of the first things I did was to remove and change all of the things I was and was not doing so I could take the stress away from the elbows, rest them and get back into the sunshine.     

 

Then I went to those things that I know have a reputation of reducing inflammation and swelling and preventing infection.   I went to alternating ice and heat 3 times a day to reduce the swelling and inflammation.   I started taking extra doses of a food form of the mineral magnesium to help with the inflammation.   A food form of vitamins and minerals are important because you body cannot absorb synthetic forms properly (see my article The Truth About Vitamins).   I started taking anti-inflammatory enzymes that I use to do the same thing reduce inflammation and swelling.   The Yoga arm and shoulder stretches which I was doing I increased.   I also went to see a massage therapist to get full body massage with extra attention to the neck, shoulder and arm areas.   I started rubbing an ointment I use, which has tissue repair herbs, into my neck, shoulders and elbows.   I was doing all of these things together which are known to reduce the inflammation and swelling.  

 

Bursitis can cause infection so I brought my vitamin C levels up to ward off infection (see Orthomolecular Medicine, Dr. Klenner) and to keep my immune system strong.   I also added a herbal formula and also olive leaf that boosts the immune system  and destroys pathogens which again avoids infection reduces inflammation and of course swelling.  

 

Here are the results of all the above naturopathic medical treatments that I used.   I had no infection at all that I am aware of and the pain became minimal and so I believe the inflammation was almost completely eliminated.   But the swelling stayed exactly the same and did not appear to have been reduced one bit.   I was satisfied that I had solved most of my problem but frustrated and exasperated that the swelling was still there.  

 

It was wearisome and annoying to have this swelling as I am sure you know.  I may be 65 but I am still vain about my appearance and I am also a Naturopathic Doctor who should be able to take care of problems like this.   My left elbow from the beginning was a little smaller, about the size of a kids rubber jack ball, a little over an inch in diameter while the right elbow was bigger, the size of a ping pong ball more then 2 inches in diameter (I took photos).     I continued the use of the above program another 2 weeks but I saw no reduction in size of the swelling at all, zip.   This was completely cramping my life and it was a challenge to my skill as a Naturopathic Doctor.

 

Into the 3rd week I was considering seeing a doctor to get the fluid removed by syringe or operation.   And if you know me that is not an option I want anything to do with as I believe in “Physician heal thyself” in all its meanings.   I have not used modern medicine in any form in 20 years and I did not want to start now plus the cost.

 

The Light Goes on in My Head

That same week I was preparing some organic cayenne pepper for a tincture I was making.   It struck me that this herb increases circulation to any area it is applied to.   Well there is a powerful technique I developed to intensify this herb and any herb with it to speed up healing.   I used this technique when I dislocated my right knee in a karate accident and I also used it on my low back when I had taken a fall from a roof years ago.   Both injuries had developed into arthritis and were preventing me from working.   So I developed this herbal technique to focus the herbs into the arthritic areas of my knee and back which gave me relief and completely eliminated my arthritis (see my article, Arthritis Formula to Reduce Pain, Swelling and Increase Movement).

 

My Bursitis Herbal Remedy Technique

First I brought out the salve I mentioned above, that has the cayenne in the formula.   This salve is a combination of deep heat herbs for pain and inflammation relief and also tissue repair herbs to encourage healing of the afflicted area.    I rub it directly into the muscles or joints that suffer from injury or the pain of arthritis for relief. 

 

This is what I did for my arthritis in the past, and I was now going to apply it to my bursitis swelling.   I decided to apply it to just the left elbow first to see if it would work.   If I was doing this for the first time I would try just the ointment and then add some more cayenne if needed.   So I took some of the ointment which I am very familiar with and added more cayenne to it and took photos for before and after.   I made a paste using both powdered cayenne and the ointment together and I wanted it just hot enough that I could tolerate it.   The cayenne will not hurt you but you will feel like it is if you add too much.   I wanted it hot enough so that it would bring on a healing while moving that fluid out of the bursa and I took more photos of this process.

 

I got this paste nicely mixed up and then completely covered the bursa on my left elbow.   Now like I said, I wanted to concentrate the healing bower of the herbs in this mix.   So I wrapped the bursa and elbow in saran wrap then wrapped the elbow with an ace bandage.   This will hold the dressing in place and as I said concentrate the healing power of these herbs.   And of course I took photos of this process.

 

I could feel the heat within about 5 minutes and it climbed till it was nice and hot so I knew it was working.   Then I left the dressing with the herbs on the left elbow for three and a half hours while I attended to other things   It was late afternoon so when the time was up I removed the dressing and washed off the paste with soap and water.   Even after the paste was washed off I could still feel the heat, but after 30 minutes it was gone and I took a shower.  

 

Warning: You do not want to put any hot water on that area until the paste is washed off with soap and water and you allow a half hour to go by.   Because the hot water will magnify the heat on your skin.

 

When I woke up the next day I noticed that the skin around the bursa on the left arm was loose and the size had gone down a little.   I reapplied the paste again for the second time, same amount of cayenne to the ointment with the same dressing to concentrate it and left it on all day.   By the second day the bursa on the left elbow was noticeably smaller and I knew I was on the right track.

  

Once I saw how well it had worked for me I knew I had to demonstrate the power of this herbal technique by recording this in an article with photos so you can see what can be done.   I searched the internet before I did this to see if there were any other natural ways to reduce the size of a bursa and there was only one and from the blogs I was reading it was expensive and not very effective.  

 

Warning: I do not want anyone getting in trouble here so remember I am not a Doctor of Allopathic (modern) medicine I am a Naturopathic Doctor.   If you are having difficulty with a painful bursa, see your doctor and by all means follow his advice.  

 

If you want, show your doctor this article and get his opinion on it.   I have had many doctors who have endorsed the suggestions I have made regarding chronic illnesses like bursitis, arthritis and rheumatism.   Usually they say something like this, “I cannot see how it can hurt you so give it a try.”  

A Few Questions You May Have About This Technique

I have seen information on bursitis that said do not add heat to bursitis.   I sometimes agree with that but this is not real heat.   The capsicum in the cayenne is fooling your nerves, making them think there is heat being applied but in reality there is no heat.  

 

Won’t the cayenne injure the tissues and cause further damage?  No, even police departments are not afraid to allow their policemen to spray a very strong pepper spray directly into the eyes of someone who is resisting arrest.   They know that cayenne does not damage even the delicate tissues of the eyes.     

 

If you have any further questions email me at my website: paul@theherbprof.com

 

 

Important Note:

 

The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

 

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Jul 07 2009

No Cures!!! The Root Cause of the American Health Care System Crisis

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It is obvious but no one sees it. Modern medicine has lost the fight with chronic disease.   That’s right! They have not cured a single disease in 55 years, not one.   And that is the root cause of, and why we have a health care crisis in the United States.   Why would not finding cures for diseases cause a health care crisis?   If you take a minute, it’s easy to see.  If a chronic disease is not curable and you get that disease, then that means that you’ll need treatment and medication for the rest of your life.   Then, if you get another chronic disease, it will also require more treatment and medication and so on.   I have seen patients being treated for 5 or more diseases on 20 plus medications.  When you figure that out over that person’s lifetime, the cost is staggering.

Just take someone diagnosed with diabetes for example; which is just one of the many incurable diseases.   There are 23.6 million diabetics in the United States and each one incurs an average expenditure of $11,744 per year, this is a combination of direct and indirect costs (CDC 2007).   If modern medicine cured diabetes tomorrow that would save the health care system 1 dollar of every 10 dollars spent on health care or 174 billion dollars.

I thought that modern medicine’s basic goal was eradication or curing of all diseases and I am sure that you thought the same thing.   Well somewhere along the road of modern medicine that noble goal got set aside in favor of the life long treatment of disease.   The upside of life long treatment of say diabetes is that a tremendous amount of profit can be made from a life long customer.  The down side is the cost to the diabetic in the quality of their life and that of their loved ones, the possible loss of a limb and eyesight, and even death, let alone monetary loss.  In 2002, for instance, we lost 224,092 innocent souls to diabetes.  

Another down side is the staggering number of chronic diseases we have, with new ones evolving almost daily and many of them considered epidemic, such as Lupus.   Here are a few of the problems.  There are 147 autoimmune diseases (it was 65 when I first studied this 5 years ago) and they are at epidemic numbers (1 in 4 people in the USA will have an autoimmune disease) and many of these individual autoimmune diseases are at epidemic numbers, rheumatoid arthritis is one.   And each autoimmune disease has variations. Arthritis has 100 different variation forms alone.   Cancer is epidemic. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will get cancer in their lifetime.  Diabetes is an epidemic; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three U.S. children born in 2000 will develop diabetes.   Obesity is also epidemic (34% of the population and growing), and every one of them will have multiple diseases (diabetes being one) and medications for the rest of their lives.   Here is a challenge for you.  Write down as many diseases as you can think of, and then do a search on line adding the word epidemic to each as you look them up.   You will very sadly find that the majority of the diseases you wrote down are epidemic.   If it wasn’t such a tragedy for so many people this would be a colossal ironic joke!

There are so many chronic diseases that few doctors would dare diagnose by symptoms alone.   There are too many disease possibilities with disease symptoms overlapping each other.   So they run test after expensive test, relying on laboratory results to assist them in making the final decision as to what disease you have.   But even then the diagnosis can be wrong.  There was a shocking statistic reported in a 2006 New York Times article estimating that about one-fifth of every diagnosis involving a fatal illness is misdiagnosed.  

So what has modern medicine been doing for the last 55 years?   They certainly haven’t stopped asking for money to “help us find the cure”   Where have they been spending those donations and the government money (it must add up to trillions of dollars by now) to find a cure?   We must assume that the money has been spent on finding those disease treatments that are destroying patients and breaking the back of the health care system.  Do you think there will be an investigation, hmmm?   So for the present time modern medicine’s answer to every disease is, “it is incurable, you will have to take this medicine for the rest of your life”.  Try thinking about it this way.  If every time you took your car to the mechanic and he told you “I can’t cure the problem but it’s treatable at a cost of $978 dollars a month for the life of your car.”   How long would it be before you would be bankrupt and he would be rich?   Now you tell me, would we call that an automotive care crisis?

Do I have an answer to this crisis?  Yes, you bet I do.   I jumped off of this medical merry-go-round about 20 years ago when I used completely naturopathic medical techniques to cure my cancer and a few autoimmune diseases I had picked up along the way from a poor American lifestyle.   That is right, a poor American lifestyle is the root cause of, and what leads you to all these chronic so called incurable diseases.   I am 64 now and I don’t take medication and I do not have any chronic diseases and I am my own doctor plus my lifelong treatment is a good American life style.

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Jun 02 2009

The Mystery of Food Cravings, Weight Gain and Disease

Published by under Ailments,Diet,Experiences,Health

Here comes the food craving monster and it just has to have a dozen Oreo cookies with chocolate-chip ice cream and hot fudge sauce, or a bag of potato chips with your favorite dressing, a side of peanut butter on Cheez-it Crackers or chocolate, any kind will do, ppppp-please.   But nooo no no, you are on a diet and you have to have that tiny tiny dish of no cal, no fat, no salt, no carb, no taste Yuk!   Well good luck with the diet, because the craving monster is not going to give in until you do.   And you know, that deep down inside, you want the monster to win so that you can cuddle up in front of the TV and munch away at those goodies in a vain attempt to solve your favorite food craving.

The question is, why does your body and mind send you messages to eat the very things that make you fat and eventually sick?   What is wrong with your body and mind?  Why are they pushing you toward self destruction?   It is as though there is an empty place inside you that calls out for the junk, but no matter how much junk you pour in, it cannot be filled.   While in the mean time your body blows up like a balloon and disease is waiting around the corner.

Actually, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your body or your mind.   That’s right, your body and mind are just fine, running just exactly like they should.   Let me make this absolutely clear.  Your body and mind are doing exactly what they were programmed to do.   And your body and mind will do this even if your stomach is full, which I am sure many of you have experienced.             

What is the program your body and mind are on that would do this to you?   It is a nutritional program, a program that is trying to get you to eat the nutrition it needs for optimal functioning.   To run at peak performance your body needs certain amounts of water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and friendly bacteria, etc.   Some of these are needed in large amounts and some in micro doses but all of them are crucial for peak performance and isn’t that what we all want, peak performance?

Peak performance, well what does that have to do with my body craving junk food, there is little nutrition there?   That, my friend, is just the point and a big part of the craving problem.   Your body does not understand that there is little nutrition in those foods.   Your body depends on taste to tell it if there is nutrition in the food you eat.   Most junk food is either sweet or salty tasting and your body senses sweet or salty as containing the nutrition it needs (the other flavors are sour, bitter and umami).    

Let me approach this from a different angle.   The craving is your body saying to you that there is some nutrition missing and it needs to be replaced.   Your body cannot hand you a list that says I am missing vitamin C, iodine, magnesium and potassium.   Your body can only get that message to you by giving you a craving to eat foods that have the taste that tells your body the nutrition is there, salt and sugar etc.

Of course we both know that the food manufacturing companies have refined the nutrition out of the junk food.   Well what about the regular food you eat?  What about the nutrition that is in those foods, and what about the produce?   Many of those foods were grown using poor farming methods, refined, altered genetically and irradiated to extend shelf life, which also depletes their nutrition and gives you cravings for what is missing.   Oh, and lets not forget the cooking.  When the food you cook reaches somewhere between 112 and 118 degree Fahrenheit you destroy even more of the nutrition your body needs.      

Now you might very well ask about those expensive vitamins you take every day.  Some of them say that they have thousands of times the minimum daily requirement (MDR).   Sorry no cigar, easily 95% plus of those vitamins are synthetic made from chemicals not food.   Nature, God bless her, has a basic law when it comes to the nutrition of living things; “we can only get our nutrition from plants”.   We cannot sidestep that law and eat dirt, so if your vitamin does not say “made from whole foods” or something to that effect, then it does you little good and that goes for food based as well.   Plus having thousands of times the MDR is confusing to your body, a meaningless sales gimmick that will not stop the cravings.      

Are you beginning to feel like you are between a rock and a hard place?  I know how you feel, I felt the same way when I discovered this.   It is why America is now the fattest country in the industrialized world today, with 70% of our people overweight and 20% of them obese.   So, at least now you know that it is not you or your body’s fault if you are overweight, or that you are weak in the face of these food cravings, because you were not aware till now what was going on.

“Wait a minute,” you might ask, “what about genetics, my thyroid, low metabolism, my hormone imbalance?”   Common sense tells us that the genetic makeup of the country does not change overnight.   Your genetic make up and all the organs in your body from your skin down to your bones are all tied to the nutrition your body receives.   If your body is depleted of any of the essential nutritients I spoke of before, things will not run as they should and you will start to experience symptoms.   Symptoms, like headaches, indigestion, skin problems, weight gain, dry and brittle hair (see my article “Nutritional Debt” for a full list of symptoms); until something gives way and you become sick.   Taking drugs for a disease of nutrition will lead to another disease, and so on until you have many diseases and many drugs; I see this all the time.

So until you get enough nutrition in your body you will not know if a disease you have is real or just a nutritional problem.   The worst I have seen personally, was an obese man with 5 diseases on 19 prescribed drugs telling me he just wanted to see his son graduate from high school.

So what can you do to solve this problem and protect your family and you from what is happening?   You need to get enough nutritious foods to help offset what refined foods have taken.   Produce, though we have been taught differently, has been scientifically proven to be the most concentrated food on the planet.  But the produce most markets carry isn’t the best, as I described above, but there is a trend to bring organic produce into most chain markets today.   Farmers markets and health food stores can help you and as a last resort take what is available until you can locate a better source.

Here is the optimal way to reverse what has been happening to you; at each meal, gradually bring in more raw produce till you are eating 70% of your meal (for the average person that works out to about 1 to 1½ lb or .4 to .7 kg) in raw produce.   I know, I know that sounds like a lot but if you do it gradually and juice some of it if you like, you will find that the benefits will make it well worth your while.   It will alkalize your body, drive away those symptoms I described, like the headaches and indigestion; plus your skin and hair will get more youthful and you will discover energy you never knew you had.   If I were you I would start with the morning drink for breakfast (see my article The Morning Drink).

There is a way to speed-up this process and that is by adding a whole food supplement as I spoke of before.   Adding food supplements will also help fill that nutritional hole and you will start feeling naturally full after a meal, not like you just swallowed a bowling ball.   Gradually the cravings will go away and you will move to your genetic weight as I did.   Here are some products I have used that will speed up the recovery process  Earth’s Nutrition, Bountiful Blend or Vita-Mineral see their benefits and ingredients below.

Earth’s Nutrition   

All ingredients in Earth’s Nutrition are from the richest, organic whole food sources available.  These concentrated foods such as blue green algae have the distinction of being referred to as Superfoods because of their great healing and nourishing abilities. These are Nature’s Nutrients, not chemicals unnaturally put together in a laboratory and these will help you lose weight fast. This fat-free formula will give you quick energy, not because it is a stimulant, but because it will nourish the cells of your body and healthy cells produce an abundance of energy and vitality. We recommend that Earth’s Nutrition become the foundation of your health program as it will build your body and your health.

  • Spirulina Blue Green Algae – Spirulina platensis
  • Chlorella Green Micro Algae – Chlorella pyrendoidosa
  • Alfalfa leaf – MedicagrJ satilla
  • Barley grass – Hordeum vulgar
  • Wheat grass – Triticum aestivum
  • Astragalus root – Astragalus membranaceous
  • Nettle leaf – Urtica dioica
  • Purple Dulse Seaweed – Rhodymenia palmatta .
  • Beet root – Beta vulgaria
  • Spinach leaf – Spinacia oleracea
  • Rose Hip – Rosa canina
  • Orange Peel – Citrus sinensis
  • Lemon Peel – Citrus limon
  • Non-Active Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Nutritional Yeast

Bountiful Blend

Our bodies are designed to eat whole foods, just as they are found in nature. Healthy bodies feel better and have abundant energy. Bountiful Blend is a naturally balanced blend of Fruits, Vegetables, Berries, Dark Greens, Sea Vegetables and Herbs, specifically formulated to supply natural food sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and essential trace nutrients. Bountiful Blend is enzymatically rich and is easily assimilated into the blood stream because all ingredients are whole foods.

  • Healthy Berry Blend …………………………………………………………………….. 2211 mg
    Raspberry Juice, Cherry Juice, Acerola Cherry, Cranberry Juice, Blueberry fruit, Camu Camu berry, Elderberry fruit, Strawberry fruit, and Schisandra berry.
  • Fruit Blend ……………………………………………………………………………………1628 mg
    Pineapple fruit Juice, Lemon fruit Juice, Mango fruit Juice, Orange fruit Juice, Papaya fruit Juice, Kiwi fruit, Grape Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Apple fruit, Pomegranate fruit, Prune fruit, Plum fruit, Peach fruit Juice, and Pear fruit Juice.
  • Vitamin-Rich Greens Blend …………………………………………………………….1609 mg
    Barley grass Juice, Spinach leaf, Wheat grass Juice, Kale, Alfalfa leaf Juice, and Parsley leaf Juice. 
  • Sea Vegetable Blend ………………………………………………………………………1042 mg
    Spirulina, Irish Moss, Chlorella, and Kelp
  • Assorted Blend ………………………………………………………………………………..892 mg
    Vanilla, Soy Lecithin, Aloe Vera gel, Stevia, Apple Cider Vinegar, Pine bark Extract, and Grape seed Extract.
  • Vegetable Blend ……………………………………………………………………………. 526 mg
    Carrot Juice, Beet root Juice, Celery, Asparagus Juice, Tomato Juice, Brussel Sprout Juice, Broccoli Juice, and Cauliflower Juice.                                  
  • Medicinal Herb Blend ……………………………………………………………………..492 mg
    Peppermint leaf, Spearmint leaf, Cinnamon, Astragalus root, Milk Thistle seed, Licorice root, Ginger root, Nettle leaf, Pau d’ Arco bark, Eleuthero root, Fo-ti root, Ashwagandha root, Olive leaf, and Turmeric root.

Vita-Mineral

Most multi-vitamin formulas are primarily synthetic (e.g. petroleum-derived) vitamins plus crushed industrial rocks, yet even peer reviewed medical research has concluded that food vitamins are superior to synthetics. Numerous scientific papers have concluded that Food vitamins and minerals such as Vita-Mineral are better than USP isolated ‘nutrients’ because they contain important enzymes, peptides and phytonutrients which are critical to the utilization of vitamins and minerals that are lacking in isolated USP nutrients.

Contains in Tablet Form naturally occurring calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins (including all ten essential amino acids), monosaccharides (including all considered essential), and superoxide dismutase as found in enzymatically processed Saccharomyces cerevisiae, acerola cherry, mixed citrus fruits, carrots, horsetail herb, alfalfa sprouts, kelp, soy, corn, and aloe vera extracts–all the nutrients shown above are contained in these foods. Unlike many so-called “natural” vitamin formulas, Food Vita-Mineral is a food vitamin (and not a synthetic isolate), it contains no synthetic USP nutrients, and only contains foods, food complexes, and food concentrates. Studies indicate that Food nutrients ARE better than isolated USP nutrients and are better absorbed, retained, and utilized than USP nutrients.

Cheating

Eating this way is perfect for your body but maybe a little too perfect for your mind.   So cheat once a week, yes that’s what I said, cheat!   Once a week completely throw the whole system out the window and completely cheat.   Go out somewhere and have an ice cream sundae or something like that, that is completely off this lifestyle change, once a week.   You have got to have some flexibility or you will just give up, it’s too much to ask, so like I said cheat.   The cheating will not hurt you because you have all those other days, when you were spot on, that will offset any cheating.    So completely relax, cheat and enjoy it. 

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Apr 29 2009

Teflon Poisoning, Tip of the Pollution Iceberg

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Pre-polluted children moving toward an autoimmune nightmare

To open a Pandora’s Box means to unwittingly unleash chaos on yourself and the world around you.   One toxicologist said, “We’re already to the point where it is in people and getting near the point where there’s significant risk.”   Kenneth Cook, the president and founder of the Environmental Working Group.   “It is found everywhere from babies in the womb to whales in the ocean.   And beyond that, it is indestructible in the environment.   It lasts forever.”  Author, “It appears that we, through science, have opened a Pandora’s Box upon the world unleashing chaos upon ourselves and, what’s worse, our children”.

Infertility Linked to PFOA and PFOS (Perfluoriated Teflon Pollutants)
A new study finds that women who have difficulty getting pregnant have higher concentrations of certain nonstick-chemical pollutants in their blood.   The pollutant compounds are known as PFOA and PFOS; they are the primary constituents of Teflon and Scotchguard products. 
In the January 28th issue of Human Reproduction, released online, Chunyuan Fei and her coworkers at the University of California, Los Angeles report that “higher maternal PFOA and PFOS (chemicals released from Teflon) levels measured in early pregnancy were found to be associated with longer time to pregnancy.”   Indeed, the proportion of women defined as experiencing infertility means it took them more than a year of trying to become pregnant  These woman had higher perfluorinated pollutants in their blood compared to those who had no conception problems.  

EPA Charges DuPont with Withholding Tests that Show Risk to Humans from PFOA in Products (a Teflon Perfluoriated Pollutant)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) charges that Data Recovery Software failed to provide immediate notification of tests showing “substantial risk of injury to human health”, including birth defects and liver damage.    PFOA, a chemical found in products ranging from pots and pans to clothing and stain repellents (Scotchgard), to food packaging and cosmetics, and a component of Teflon production, poses developmental and reproductive risks to humans, according to a risk assessment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Exposure Levels of PFOA in Children
Current PFOA exposures in children may be well above safe levels, and some children have high enough blood levels of PFOA to cause serious toxicity in laboratory studies.
 

Some of the effects of these chemicals:
Children’s health and development problems.   Risks of liver, pancreatic, testicular and mammary gland tumors.  Altered endocrine system including decreased levels of reproductive hormones, disrupted thyroid hormone regulation.  Damaged and weakened immune system. 

PFOA affects the body’s endocrine system
Already, the C8 study indicated that PFOA is associated with significant dose dependent effects on the endocrine system, including decreased levels of reproductive hormones; weakened immune response, detected as decreased levels of disease-fighting blood proteins; and increased levels of uric acid, a bodily waste linked to hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. PFOA is also associated with higher levels of cholesterol, another predictor of chronic health problems.We advise that you use air purifier.

ABC’s 20/20
A year and a half ago an airing of ABC’s 20/20 with representatives from an organization called the Environmental Working Group demonstrated how a Teflon-coated pan can easily reach a temperature of 500 degrees while cooking bacon.   And at around 680 degrees the pan will begin to emit toxic gases. When inhaled, the gases may cause a reaction with symptoms that are typical of the flu, including a rise in body temperature, chills, headache, etc.DuPont has said that the temperatures needed to release the fumes cannot be reached during normal cooking.   As the Environmental Working Group showed 20/20 in the kitchen demonstration, however, a pan can reach that temperature in just a few minutes.

“At 554 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Houlihan, “studies show ultrafine particles start coming off the pan.   These are tiny little particles that can embed deeply into the lungs.”

The hotter the pan gets, the more chemicals are released. “At 680, toxic gases can begin to come off of heated Teflon,” Houlihan said.   It also turns out that, DuPont has known about the “Teflon flu” for years.

Environmental Lottery Nightmare, More of the Iceberg Exposed
Everyone, knows that your chances of winning a lottery are next to zero.   For instance, the odds of winning the New York lottery’s first prize of $26 million dollars are 1 in 175 million.   Think of this, what if the odds were 1 in 100?   You would convert everything you had into cash then beg, borrow and steal every dollar you could get your hands on to buy lottery tickets for that lottery, wouldn’t you?    Well there is another game of chance with the odds of 1 in 100 that I guarantee you; you do not want to win.   That is the chance of 1 in 100 that your wife or daughter could give birth to a son with Hypospadias.    And the chances improve every year; when I first heard of this defect 2 years ago the odds were 1 in 300. 
Hypospadias is a male birth defect that affects roughly 1 in 100 boys where the opening of the urethra is not at the tip of the penis.   The opening can be anywhere along the shaft, within the scrotum or even in the perineum.   The child may have ambiguous genitelia making accurate sex determination difficult and cause serious psychological problems later.   Severe hypospadias can be associated with a number of other problems, including undecided testis, enlarged prostate, stone formation and infertility.    Hypospadias is linked to exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy to certain environmental toxicants, mainly those that mimic hormones called Phthalates.   These chemicals are used in a wide variety of products including plastics, detergents and personal care products, such as deodorants, fragrances, nail polish and hairspray. These chemicals of course affect hormones.

In 2005, researchers from the Environmental Working Group found something very frightening: a cocktail of 287 pollutants – PFOA’s, pesticides, dioxins, flame retardants — in the fetal-cord blood of newborn infants from around the country.

Children Pre-polluted
It is morally wrong that kids are born pre-polluted with hundreds of toxic chemicals.   It is the worst kind of violation of human rights, I know it, and you know it.   Shouldn’t Congress know it??    We think so.   (At end of this article find a website that will send your message to Congress letting them know how you feel)

Autoimmune Soup Anyone
Scientific arrogance has led us down the wrong path we better stop and take a close look at what is happening.   This month 150 new chemicals (that is 7 each day) will be added to the 85,000 which are a major cause of disease.   They will be added to industry with no oversight control at all, zero.   Did you think that there was a United States Government watch dog system keeping you and your family safe from chemical harm, sorry it’s a paper tiger.   The U.S. government has no adequate chemical regulation policy, therefore companies are allowed to manufacture and use chemicals without ever establishing their safety.

Because of the many chemicals in farming and industry, the methods science uses for detecting chemicals in our environment have improved.   There is increased pressure and interest by the public and their representative groups to understand the dangers these types of toxic, polluting chemicals pose.    In response, more scientists and toxicologists are identifying what are called “emerging chemicals of concern,” or ECCs.   Of the thousands of chemicals in use about 400 resist breaking down in the environment and are known to accumulate in fish and wildlife.   When a chemical accumulates in fish and wild life, that is the clue that it will accumulate in us as well.   Researchers estimate that of this 400, only 4 percent are routinely analyzed and about 75 percent have not been studied.   Emerging Chemicals of Concern, www.dtsc.ca.gov

The Autoimmune Disease Epidemic

What disease born of toxicity and pollution
can be triggered just by taking aspirin or any medication, or by starting a new exercise routine, stretching unused muscles, even too much stress, a car accident or giving birth?   Latest research says the answer is an autoimmune disease and there are plenty of them to go around.   There are approximately 80 to 100 autoimmune diseases with another 40 still waiting for a name.   It’s like popcorn popping up faster as it heats till you can hardly keep up with all of them and there are some real monsters in this popcorn.   For those who have one, get ready because many people with an autoimmune disease generally get another.   Statistically a
bout 25 percent of patients with autoimmune diseases have a tendency to develop additional autoimmune disorders

Women, Chemical Endocrine Disruptors and Autoimmune Diseases
Recent studies have shown that some of these chemicals can act as endocrine disruptors, disrupting normal hormone function.   These dangerous chemicals can produce effects at parts per billion or parts per trillion levels.  Also, effects of some ECCs can be transgenerational.   Transgenerational means when animals are exposed in utero, effects are transmitted not only to the offspring, but are inherited for many generations thereafter, from exposures to the grandmother or the great-grandmother animal.  In addition, scientists are worried about the effects from exposures to mixtures of these ECCs and/or other chemicals.It is possible that endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogenic activity may be involved in the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases such as SLE (Ahmed, 2000).   It has been widely noted that females have stronger immune capabilities (particularly B-cell–mediated immunity) than males, as evidenced by their better immune responses to a variety of self-antigens and non-self-antigens. This phenomenon of gender-based immune capability is largely attributed to the effects of sex hormones (Ahmed, Penhale, and Talal, 1985 ; Grossman, 1984; Homo-Delarche et al., 1991).  

Etiologic factor in the development of autoimmune diseases. …
toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/81/1/139

Here is what this basically means; that women because of their stronger immune capabilities are more sensitive to chemical endocrine disruptors and so develop autoimmune diseases more easily then men.   For reasons we do not understand, about 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years.  Hormones are thought to play a role, because some autoimmune illnesses occur more frequently after menopause, others suddenly improve during pregnancy, with flare-ups occurring after delivery, while still others will get worse during pregnancy.

From the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Michigan National Bank Building, 15475 Granot Ave, Detroit, MI 48205, (313) 371-8600.

Men, Chemical Endocrine Disruptors and Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases that develop in men tend to be more severe.   Women with multiple sclerosis begin to show symptoms earlier than do men with the disease.   At the same time, the disease seems to progress faster in men than in women.   Women tend to develop lupus during their childbearing years while men are affected much later in life.
A study by Dr. Michelle Petri from Johns Hopkins University tried to address the differences in men and women lupus patients by comparing the clinical and laboratory features of a group of 41 males and 545 females.   She found that men had an increased frequency of seizures, immune-mediated anemia, and lupus anticoagulant (which may lead to clotting problems), but a lower frequency of Sjogren’s disease.   Her study suggests that men may have more severe disease than women.

Medical drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE) tends to occur more frequently in men illustrating the role of environmental triggers in the development of lupus.   DILE is commonly associated with hydralazine, procainamide, and isoniazid, and is more common in men because the disorders for which some of these medications are used (e.g., high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms) are diagnosed more often in men.Again as with women, hormones play a role in the disease and so chemicals that mimic hormones the endocrine disruptors could be a factor.   Some studies have noted lower levels of a specific androgen, testosterone, in some men with lupus.   Men with lupus, however, are in no way less masculine than men without lupus, and sexual activity, potency, and fertility in men with lupus does not differ from men without lupus.

Why is there an Autoimmune Epidemic?
How could there not be an autoimmune epidemic?   That question makes more sense.   We are breaking every natural law and dirtying up our own nest as we go.   We think we can do anything to this planet and ourselves with no repercussions, no dept to be paid.   I remember when I was a little boy in the early 1950’s it was announced on TV that it is going to be a throw away world with the new plastics coming out.   Well, we have just about thrown the world away.    

You only have to look around you to see the obvious human problems.   America is now the fattest country in the world with 75% of its people fat and 20% of them obese.   We eat for entertainment with barely a thought about what happens after we eat that meal.   I read in the news yesterday that the military is having a difficult time finding anyone physically qualified because so many applicants are too overweight.   There is no genetic mystery as to why there is an autoimmune epidemic and everyone is fat.   We are swimming in chemical pollution and eating trash; that is the answer no one wants to look at.   We better clean up ourselves and the environment pretty quick before Mother Nature swats us like a fly.   

Some Simple Naturopathic Answers to Get Started on the Human Problem
More raw produce every day; I am talking 70% of your diet or more. ?
Start every morning with a fruit smoothie; see my article
Make this Energy Packed, Healing Fruit Smoothie your Everyday Morning Drink“.

Cleanse and detox 4 times a year with the change of the seasons, see my article Seasonal Cleansing and Detoxingfor instructions 

Water, if you are sick, take your body weight divide by 2, drink that many ounces of distilled water each day.   Distilled water acts as a vacuum drawing toxins as it moves through your body.

If you are overweight read my article Are You Gaining Weight Because of Nutritional Debt?

Do you exercise at least 3 times per week? The lymph system plays a large part in our total immune system.   There are 45 pints of lymph (3 times more than blood) that move throughout the body.   Breathing and movement are two ways that lymph is moved, as it does not have a heart.   For breathing, go to my site; go to “Programs” then to Yoga.   Study this breath, “Kapalabhati” is an incredibly energizing breath it will strengthen your lungs relax your heart and nervous system and oxygenate every cell of your brain and body.  

Through these simple techniques you can move away from the sick life style that is making everyone fat and sick.   They will give your body the ability to start. 

Summation

Before poison air sensing equipment was developed birds were used to alert humans to the presence of toxic poisonous air.   This very sad story has something to say to everyone. In December 2002 a family lost more than 55 birds and 2 dogs after a defective nonstick pan on their stove overheated when the water burned off.   “As I walked into the kitchen, I saw the pan that was smoldering. The pan had been full of water and the burner turned off, but a short circuit had turned it on even though the handle/ indicator said it was off. I then noticed a sun conure flying by dropping to the ground, also, immediately dead.”“The next few hours are the hardest I will probably ever go through. One by one the birds were dying. Agonizing, screaming… we opened up everything in the house. It was snowing and freezing. I placed fans everywhere to exhaust the fumes. (I lost 2 Boston terrier puppies from pneumonia 2 days later)… We did our best to hold each and every one of the macaws as they were dying, I didn’t want them to be alone in their pain. In my mind will always be etched my husband  holding Caleb, the Camelot Macaw, and Max, a Nanday tucked under his shirt, as I went down the steps to pull DeeDee, a 50+ Blue and Gold and hold her as she was screeching her last breaths away…. My husband sounded so vulnerable as he screamed out, “Oh God, Not DeeDee.”

I am sorry but I wanted to shock and create some discomfort for you so you will understand how bad things are; not to make you paranoid, just educated and a little angry.   When enough people are educated and feeling a little angry, things will change very quickly.   Those people who place more value on money than they do on the welfare of human beings will become frightened, and when they do, they will change things immediately; you are more powerful then you think.   This happened in England a few years back regarding genetically modified products and within one week all manufacturers changed out of fear.

Pandora

Finally she could stand it no longer. One day when everyone was out she crept up to the box, took the huge key, fitted it carefully into the lock and turned it.   She lifted the lid to peep in but before she realized it the room was filled with terrible things: disease, despair, malice, greed, old age, death, hatred, violence, cruelty and war.   She slammed the lid down and turned the key again…keeping only the spirit of hope inside.

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Mar 22 2009

The Thyroid Epidemic

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Are You Gaining Weight, Losing Weight, Fatigued, Too Much Energy, Diminished Sex Drive, Severe PMS, Losing Hair, Sleeping Too Much, Insomnia, Brittle Nails?   Could it be an Autoimmune Disease is Attacking Your Thyroid?

The title of this article has a lot of contradictory symptoms in it; well thyroid disease is very contradictory in this modern unhealthy world.   Thyroid diseases are actually very rare but they have reached epidemic numbers; there I go again a contradiction but it is true.   Why because autoimmune diseases are involved here and autoimmune diseases are a total contradiction when you look closely.

Medical science has identified 80-100 different autoimmune diseases at this point and suspects at least an additional 40 exist, unnamed.   Here are some examples of well known and dangerous autoimmune diseases; muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) Disease, Parkinson’s,  Crohns disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Hepatitis C, Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.   And though they have been with us for a long time medical science cannot explain why and has not found a cure for even one.

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Feb 12 2009

The Naturopathic Way to Combat Insomnia, Stress, Restlessness and Anxiety, Plus Many Other Common Psychological Problems

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A total 41% of American workers interviewed reported an increase in work stress on their jobs compared to a year earlier.   Another poll taken among Americans showed that more than one half of the respondents (58%) reported having experienced insomnia at least a few nights a week.   This is a trend in American health, where we are seeing many common psychological problems such as stress and insomnia moving to an epidemic stage (epidemic means 1 in 4 have the ailment). But have you heard about the natural remedies for insomnia? In this post you will find a few.

Why have these psychological problems reached epidemic numbers?   There are many reasons for stress, insomnia, restlessness and anxiety, such as significant personal events, like losing a job, marital problems, money worries and generally worrying.   Other causes can include physical illness that causes pain, depression, shift work, caffeine or alcohol consumption, and medication side-effects.   Each one is a drain on your nutritional support system, this is a scientific fact.

The drain on your nutritional support system is the common thread here which runs through all of these problems.   What do I mean when I say drain on your nutritional support system?   I mean that each one of those problems burns up large amounts of your B vitamins and minerals.   Those B vitamins and minerals are your nutritional support and if they get low the problems you are experiencing will seem to grow in number and severity.

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May 16 2008

Thyroid Disease, a Naturopathic Answer

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Thyroid disease, malfunctions of the thyroid gland, hyperthyroid (overactive) or hypothyroid (underactive) are showing signs in our population of becoming an epidemic says “The Colorado Thyroid Disease Prevalence Study”.   This is a trend across the board in American health, where we are seeing many common diseases moving to an epidemic stage.   You name a disease and it is probably an epidemic or moving toward becoming an epidemic like thyroid disease.

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May 12 2008

Scientifically Tested Olive Leaf Herb is Known to Kill Every Virus and Germ Known to Man

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What is the worst case scenario for the bird flu or just how bad could it get?   A question I have always wanted the answer to.   Well history is always the best teacher and we have an excellent historical teacher from 1918.   The answer there is the bird flu of 1918, and that teacher is foreboding.   Called the aquatic bird flu that actually started in China (sound familiar) then somehow got into Kansas not Europe.  Isn’t that interesting?   It started among US Cavalry horses then moved to American troopers assigned to those mounts, stationed in Kansas.   Continue Reading »

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Apr 05 2008

Juniper Berries, The Powerful Kidney Herb

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For each organ of the human body there is a herb that outshines all others in its ability to assist that organ when it is diseased.  Juniper berries are magic when it comes to the kidney and urinary tract system.  I say magic because I have seen it at work and its power to heal the urinary tract system is so powerful and fast that it seems magical.  I have seen the power of this herb help many people but the most impressive case I ever saw was a woman (a registered nurse) who had been suffering from urinary tract infections for more then 3 years.   Continue Reading »

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Mar 31 2008

Is Cayenne Pepper the Top Herb in Naturopathic Medicine?

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Cayenne is considered by many Herbalists, Natural Healers, Naturopaths and myself to be the top herb of all.  Cayenne is known as the best, purest and most effective stimulant in the herbal kingdom. Used in herbal combinations cayenne becomes the top carrier and catalyst in the herbal bag of medicine, because cayenne can multiply the power of all other herbs. Continue Reading »

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