Vaccines: My Thoughts and Loads of Information

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My Personal Thoughts And Concerns Regarding Vaccines

In my workplace I frequently meet people whose children have been injured by vaccines.  For some it has dramatically altered their lives. My own child suffered from vaccine related side effects.  She had crazy high levels of thimerosal (mercury) and aluminum (preservatives used in vaccines) in her brain and chronic asthma, food and chemical allergies, dyspraxia, ear infections, eczema, leaky gut, neurological issues, speech problems, and sensory disorders.  The amount of antibiotics and steroids she was on because her immune system was compromised, also contributed to her health problems.  She also has egg allergies.  Some vaccines, including the flu vaccine, are cultured in eggs.  These vaccines were toxic for her.  I wish I had known.

Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, over $2 billion has been awarded, by the government, to children and adults for vaccine injuries.  It is estimated that less than 5% of vaccine injuries are reported.  Parents should be aware that vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks, which can be greater for some than others.

Most people are unaware that Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have completely shielded drug companies and doctors in America from product liability and malpractice lawsuits when vaccines injure or kill people.   It is also important to remember that vaccines are profit makers for drug companies. According to market research firm Kalorama Information, vaccine sales should double, from $19 billion last year to $39 billion in 2013.  That’s nearly five times the $8 billion in vaccine sales in 2004.

The United States recommends more vaccines than any country in world. The CDC recommends 48 doses of 14 vaccines by age six, and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18.  In contrast, vaccines are not required by law in Israel. Only 6 childhood vaccines are recommended. Israelis enjoy the fourth-longest life expectancy in the world as of 2012.  The US ranks 34 out of 35 industrialized nations in life expectancy.

In the 70s children received 10 vaccines before attending school. Today they will receive over 36 injections.  More than twice as many children have chronic brain and immune system dysfunction today than they did in the 1970s.

Many health professionals are concerned that widespread use of vaccinations may trigger bacterial adaptations leading to antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases and vaccine-resistant viral diseases. For example, vaccines have now been implicated in causing new, vaccine-resistant strains of whooping cough, hepatitis and polio.  We are also learning that pharmaceutical companies are using aborted human fetus cells/DNA in vaccines.  No one knows what effect injecting human DNA into other humans will have. Our children are guinea pigs for this experiment.

Numerous times in the past 50 years the pharmaceutic industry has been accused of falsifying drug study results, paying bribes, covering up or omitting side effects and deaths, and denying responsibility when drugs are pulled off the market for killing people.  For an eye-opening introduction to the criminal side of the vaccine industry please review this recent article.

I’ve put this post together to give parents information on vaccines.  For the record, I am not anti-vaccine but I am very concerned about vaccine safety and the insane vaccine schedule that is being mandated by our government and the pharmaceutical industry for all children, when no long term safety tests have ever been done using the current vaccine schedule.  Yes, I  believe that some vaccines, when properly administered to healthy children do save lives.  Choose wisely.

Some Thoughts on Herd Immunity (Source – Dr. Russell Blaylock, Board Certified Neurologist and Brain Surgeon)

In the original description of herd immunity, the protection to the population at large occurred only if people contracted the infections naturally. The reason for this is that naturally-acquired immunity lasts for a lifetime. The vaccine proponents applied it to vaccine-induced immunity. But, there was one major problem – vaccine-induced immunity lasts for a relatively short period, from 2 to 10 years at most, and then this applies only to humoral immunity. This is why they now suggest boosters for most vaccines, even the common childhood infections such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.

However, the boosters are lasting for only 2 years or less. This is why there are mandates that youth entering colleges have multiple vaccines, even those which they insisted gave lifelong immunity, such as the MMR. The same is being suggested for full-grown adults.

Years ago medical students were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population has been unprotected for decades.

If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection. That is, herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades and no resurgent epidemics have occurred.

40 years ago medical students were taught that the tetanus vaccine would last a lifetime. Then 30 years after it had been mandated, we discovered that its protection lasted no more than 10 years. Yet most physicians have never seen a case of tetanus.  If we look at the yearly data on tetanus infections – one sees no rise in tetanus cases. The same can be said for measles, mumps, and other childhood infections.

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What I Would Have Done Had I known What I Know Now

If I could go back and redo our vaccination schedule I would definitely change what I did with my kids.  I would only consider allowing them to receive a few of the vaccines recommended in the 70s.

I would give them only one vaccine at a time and only if they were healthy and had been free of infection and off of antibiotics and steroids for 3 or more months. I would only give single injections, not combination injections and I would wait until they were at least a year old before starting to vaccinate. I would put them on a good probiotic before, during and following injections.

I would also take time to study the diseases they were being vaccinated against and only incorporate those vaccines that protect against deadly diseases that my children are likely to be exposed to or expose others to.  In my opinion, acquiring a mild infection that is treatable and builds natural immunity (which, unlike the vaccine, is life-long) is not worth getting a vaccine to avoid (chicken pox and measles are good examples).  I would definitely not give my kids the flu shot.  After vaccinations I would help their body detoxify from the chemicals and heavy metals in the vaccines.

I would also never allow my child to be injected with thimerosal (mercury), aluminum (neurotoxin) and aborted human DNA.  Most people don’t realize that thimerosal is 50 times more toxic than plain old mercury because injected mercury is far more toxic than ingested mercury, there’s no blood-brain barrier in infants, mercury accumulates in brain cells and nerves, and infants don’t produce bile, which is necessary to excrete mercury.

Here’s an example of a vaccine I’ve researched and why I personally would not choose to give it to my child:  The Hepatitis A Vaccine

  • Hepatitis Does Not Cause Chronic Infection and Rarely Causes Death: Hepatitis A has a mortality rate of less than one percent (0.6) and over 70 percent of deaths occur in adults over the age of 49. Almost everyone who gets hepatitis A recovers from it without any treatment. Plus, it is so rarely fatal that the CDC does not show a record of deaths from it some years.
  • Hepatitis A Gives Lifelong Immunity But the Vaccine Does Not: Children often show no symptoms if they get hepatitis A and then develop lifelong immunity to the infection, but nobody knows how long vaccine-induced immunity will last. (All vaccines give only temporary immunity).
  • Child-to-Child Transmission in School is Rare: According to the CDC, “Child-to-child disease transmission [of hepatitis A] within the school setting is uncommon.”
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine Can Cause Reactions: The vaccine can cause unpleasant or even health- or life-threatening conditions, such as Guillian-Barre Syndrome

I wouldn’t give my child the Hepatitis B shot either.  Hepatitis B is primarily an adult disease most often transmitted through infected blood. Highest risk populations are IV drug users and people with multiple sex partners.  The Hepatitis B shot is one of the most toxic vaccines available and it’s usually given to newborn infants.  I wish I had declined it!

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I have found that the most reliable source for information on vaccines is the National Vaccine Information Center.

  • National Vaccine Information Center – The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a national charitable, non-profit educational organization founded in 1982. NVIC launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America in the early 1980′s and is the oldest and largest consumer led organization advocating for the institution of vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the public health system.
  • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created as “a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.”  (Why is the federal government paying out billions to people “found to be injured by certain vaccines” if the theory that “shots cause brain defects in children … has been soundly disproved by extensive medical research,” as many mainstream pro-vaccine activist contend?).
  • List of Vaccine Ingredients

Interview with Dr. Palevsky, Board Certified Pediatrician, on Vaccines:

Smoke, Mirrors, and the “Disappearance” of Polio – Suzanne Humphries, MD, speaking on Polio at the Association of Natural Health

Vaccine News:

Video Interviews:

Websites:

Blogs/Facebook Sites

Podcasts

Videos:

Interview with Prominant Physician and Researcher, Dr. Andrew Wakefield on Vaccines and Autism

Vaccines – The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices

No Pharma Liability? No Vaccine Mandates, March 3, 2011

Vaccine Epidemic the Book

Interview on Vaccine Adaptations with Dr. Meryl Nass (Board Certified Internal Medicine)

Does HepB Vaccine Cause Defects?

Alex Jones Show interviews Dr. Russell Blaylock, A Board Certified Neurologist and Brain Surgeon, on vaccines — Feb 2012

Shocking True Vaccine Story

Dr. Russell Blaylock – Compulsory Vaccinations Part 1/4

Controversy Over Vaccine Research

Shocking Testimony About Vaccines!

The shocking truth about what’s really in vaccines: Mercury, MSG, Formaldehyde, Aluminum

Kim’s Top Recommendations To Relieve Constipation

1. Get checked for hypothyroidism. Constipation is one of the hidden symptoms of hyopothyroidism.

2.  Check for food intolerance, leaky gut, pathogenic gut flora, infections and parasites.  (Use the Alcat food sensitivity test and GI Effects Complete Profile Stool test) – http://www.metametrix.com/test-menu/profiles/gastrointestinal-function/dna-stool-analysis-gi-effects and http://www.alcat.com/

3. Eat plenty of fiber-rich foods. Vegetables are phenomenal sources of fiber. For added fiber to help normalize your stool, try whole organic flaxseeds. Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder, then add a tablespoon or two to your food.

You can also try organic psyllium. Psyllium is unique because it’s an adaptogenic fiber, which means it will help soften your stool if you’re constipated, or reduce frequency of your bowel movements if you have loose stools.

4. Exercise Regularly. This helps stimulate circulation and intestinal function, causing your bowels to move properly.

5. Take a high-quality probiotic. This helps to balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut, which is essential for proper digestive function. Probiotics are also useful in fighting IBS, which can contribute to constipation.

6. Aloe vera and magnesium supplements can also be useful tools to speed up your bowel movements. (Krebbs magnesium/potassium chelates – http://www.integrativepsychiatry.net/integrative-therapeutics-krebs-magnesiumpotassium-chelates60.html)

7. Drink plenty of water.  Try to drink half your weight in ounces.  Start your day with 10 ounces of water with lemon before eating anything.  Drink a large glass of water an hour or so before meals.

8. Avoid foods that cause constipation: Dairy, wheat and processed foods

9. Take a digestive enzyme

10. Try a detox fast

Here’s one that I recommend from Dr. Smothers, a clinical nutritionist in Memphis, TN.

Detox Fast:  Accelerated Fasting Detoxification Program: Liquid Fast  (By Dr. John Smothers)

Day 1:  Juice 2 quarts of Organic Apple Juice with lemon

  • Drink fiber shake first thing in the morning – 2 T of Colon Plus mixed in apple juice or water
  • Consume 2-4 tablespoons of of vegetable oils per day 
(flax seed oil, coconut butter, olive oil) – Best if mixed with broth
  • Unlimited water, green tea (no sugar or honey) organic vegetable/fruit juices and bone broth are also allowed during the fast
  • Use a herbal laxative with fiber if not having 2-3 bowel movements per day.
  • Healthy Option:  HydroColonic to help irrigate toxins and waste from Large Intestine

Day 2:  Drink 2 quarts of hot stock broth

  • Drink fiber shake first thing in the morning – 2 T of Colon Plus mixed in apple juice or water
  • Consume 2-4 tablespoons of of vegetable oils per day (flax seed oil, coconut butter, olive oil)
  • Water, green tea (no sugar or honey) organic vegetable/fruit juices and broth are also allowed during the fast
  • Healthy Option: HydroColonic to help irrigate toxins and waste from Large Intestine

Day 3-5:  Drink 2 quarts of organic vegetable juice

Vegetable Juice Recipe –  (8oz) 70% Carrot, (2oz) 20% celery, (1/2oz) 5% beet, (1/4oz) fresh ginger, (1/4oz) garlic and (1oz) wheat grass.

  • Drink fiber shake first thing in the morning – 2 T of Colon Plus mixed in apple juice or water
  • Consume 2-4 tablespoons of vegetable oils per day 
(flax seed oil, coconut butter, olive oil)
  • Water, green tea (no sugar or honey) organic vegetable/fruit juices and broth are also allowed during the fast.
  • Healthy Option: HydroColonic to help irrigate toxins and waste from Large Intestine
  • Olive Oil Flush:  Day 4 of fast.
  • Mix 4-8 oz of extra virgin olive oil, 4-8 oz of fresh squeezed orange juice, 1-2 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Mix well and drink at bedtime.  Go immediately to bed and lay on your right side, with your right knee pulled close to chest for 20-30 minutes. Drink Fiber shake upon arising the next morning.

Related Podcasts Worth Listening To:

  • Listen to an interview with JJ Virgin on the topic of food intolerance:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/undergroundwellness/2012/11/02/the-virgin-diet-w-jj-virgin
  • Wheat Belly with Dr. William Davis – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/undergroundwellness/2011/09/28/wheat-belly-with-dr-william-davis
  • Magnesium Deficiency: The Stealth Bomber in Chronic Disease – http://undergroundwellness.com/podcasts/magnesium-deficiency-the-stealth-bomber-in-chronic-disease/

Our Cold and Flu Treatment and Prevention Plan

2013 has certainly been the year of the flu.  Everyone I know has been touched by it including some members of my own family.  Our community has been hit very hard with multiple flu strains this year effecting lots of people, many who got the flu shot.  Our family opted not to get the shot to avoid the side effects of some of the ingredients (formaldehyde, mercury and aluminum) and the risk of acquiring GUILLAIN-BARRE syndrome.  Many of our friends who got the shot still had serious bouts of the flu.

Last week I had the unfortunate experience of succumbing to the flu myself.  After two nights of very little sleep and elevated stress during which time I was exposed to the flu virus via my husband, I became very ill.  It started on Saturday evening with a sore throat, headache and ear ache. By midnight I had severe chills and a fever of 102.  My entire body, every muscle and joint ached and my head throbbed.  I felt as if both of my ears and my throat were infected.  I was so weak I could barely walk to the bathroom and when I did, the chills would come over me until I was shaking.  After that I would break out in a sweat.  I stayed in bed for 30 hours straight, sleeping off and on and drinking every waking moment.

My family rallied around me and took wonderful care of me.  They helped me stay on my protocol by bringing me hot green tea or yerba mate, apple cider vinegar and refilling my water bottle.  I drank 90 ounces of water during that time. I diligently followed what I could of my own protocol (see below).

On Monday morning at 3:20 AM I woke up fever free.  Other than a mild sore throat I felt fine all day.  I took it easy doing light work around the house and reading.  I did one round of light therapy on Wednesday at Dr. Smother’s office.  I woke up Thursday morning feeling amazing and right back at 100%!  I was even able to work out (low intensity) on Thursday and I got a good hour long work out in on Friday.

The flu usually lasts from 3 days to 2 weeks.  I believe the protocol below shortened the duration of my flu symptoms to just one and a quarter days and that’s without a shot or Tamiflu.

Prevention is always the best medicine!   Here are a few things I do to keep my immune system strong in hopes of preventing the flu or limiting the severity and duration of it should I be exposed.

Preventative Steps:

When I started having flu or cold symptoms, I continue with the above while adding a few more ingredients.  I don’t necessarily use all of these ingredients at once.  I’ve starred the top 6.

Dealing with Symptoms:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (2x day)
  • Green tea sweetened with raw, local honey
  • Stop eating any dairy, sugar or wheat products
  • 5000 mg of Vitamin C (3 times a day)
  • Syinfect (2 tablets 3 times a day)
  • LOTS of fresh Garlic or freeze dried garlic (4 tablets 3x a day)
  • Boiron Oscillococcinum Natural Flu Relief
  • Sambucus (Elderberry Syrup) 3x a day
  • *  Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (2 tablespoons mixed with water 2x a day, good for sore throats)
  • *  Goldenseal (natural antibiotic/antiviral) or my natural doctor’s herbal flu tincture: Dr. John’s Bac Viral
  • *  Bovine colostrum – ImmunoGPRP powder or spray
  • Iodoral Iodine supplement (1/2 capsule a day while having symptoms)
  • Gargle with warm salt water  (wonderful sore throat treatment)
  • * Zinc – When taken within a day of the first cold symptoms, zinc can reduce the duration of a cold by about 24 hours and reduce the severity of symptoms, according to a Cochrane Review of 15 clinical trials.
  • * Chicken Soup from bone broth (or just drink the broth). Yes, it does work! Chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily. Processed, canned soups won’t work well. For best results, make up a fresh batch yourself using the broth from bones cooked overnight. Make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper. The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory mucus so it’s easier to cough up and expel.

***ACF is an excellent cold and flu supplement that combines several of the ingredients above into one single product.

5 Reasons to Ditch Gluten

5 Reasons to Ditch Gluten

Source – http://jjvirgin.com/3366/5-reasons-ditch-gluten-invitation-upcoming-book-free/

Here are 5 reasons why going gluten-free can burn fat, eliminate symptoms, and help you feel and look your best.

  1. Gluten creates gut permeability. Gluten contains a protein with the unwieldy name zonulin, which damages the tight junctions in your gut. Things not intended to slip through your gut wall suddenly get through, creating an immune response. Delayed reactions, which can occur hours or days later, include joint pain, brain fog, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety, and depression. You may not connect, for instance, the headache you have Wednesday morning with the wheat pasta you ate the night before.
  2. Gluten triggers inflammation. Besides the immune-related delayed symptoms, gluten-induced leaky gut creates inflammation. Chronic inflammation contributes to every degenerative disease, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and obesity. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death. The results were shocking: while people with full-blown celiac had a 39% increased risk of death, that number increased to 72% for people with gluten-triggered inflammation!
  3. Gluten is low in nutrients. Someone on my social media recently commented that without gluten, you’re missing out on key nutrients. Au contraire! Gluten-containing foods are notoriously low in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients compared to vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Don’t believe me? Compare nutrient rock stars like spinach or almonds with whole grain bread or wheat pasta. Whole foods like spinach and almonds come loaded with naturally occurring nutrients, whereas breads, pastas, and other processed gluten-containing foods contain small amounts of cheap, fortified nutrients.
  4. Gluten inhibits nutrient absorption. Not only does gluten not bring much nutrient-wise to the party: it also steals nutrients other foods bring! Gluten-triggered permeability, for instance, inhibits your gut from absorbing nutrients and making vitamin B12. Gluten also contains phytates, an anti-nutrient that can block mineral absorption.
  5. Eating gluten makes you fat. Gluten contains lectins, which can bind to insulin receptors and create insulin resistance.  They can also bind to your intestinal lining, causing you to store more calories as fat.  To make things worse, lectins can trigger leptin resistance, which makes you hungrier even after you’ve eaten a full meal. Couple lectins with leaky gut, inflammation, and poor nutrient levels that can stall metabolism, and you’ve got a surefire way to pile on weight. Most gluten-containing carbohydrates also raise your blood sugar, which triggers an insulin response. Higher insulin levels do one thing really well: store fat. When people with weight loss resistance pull gluten, they feel night-and-day better and the scales start moving again.

Related Articles:

Common Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity:

Those directly related to someone who has already been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity (celiac disease or gluten intolerance) should always be tested, but those suffering with any of the following list of diseases should also get tested:

  • Chronic intestinal problems
  • Infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • High cholesterol
  • Any Autoimmune Disease
  • Chronic anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Obesity or inability to gain weight
  • Arthritis
  • Memory loss
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • IBS
  • Bipolar or Schizophrenia
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Low thyroid (Hypothyroid)
  • ADD or ADHD
  • Autism
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea or Insomnia
  • Type I and type II Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis

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Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health with Dr. William Davis.

Food Allergy Linked to Autoimmune Disease – Dr. Osborne Featured on Fox News

Extreme Climate and Weather Events Of 2012

 

Why Your Body Needs Cholesterol

Recently I’ve been learning about the importance of healthy fats in our diet. I’ve always had high cholesterol but I noticed that when I started eating more saturated fat (coconut oil and butter), cholesterol (eggs)  and omega 3 fatty acids (flax oil, chia seeds and fish oil) and cut out grains and excess sugar from diet, my LDL cholesterol levels went down and my HDL (good) cholesterol increased.  My doctor says that my cholesterol numbers and ratios are excellent. I know from research that HDL or good cholesterol is heart protective.  Most people have no idea of the important role that cholesterol plays in the body and in overall health.

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Here’s an excerpt from an informative article on Cholesterol entitled: “Dangers of Statins: Why Your Body Needs Cholesterol”,  By Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD

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Cholesterol

Of course, statins inhibit the production of cholesterol–they do this very well. Nowhere is the failing of our medical system more evident than in the wholesale acceptance of cholesterol reduction as a way to prevent disease–have all these doctors forgotten what they learned in biochemistry 101 about the many roles of cholesterol in the human biochemistry?

Every cell membrane in our body contains cholesterol because cholesterol is what makes our cells waterproof–without cholesterol we could not have a different biochemistry on the inside and the outside of the cell. When cholesterol levels are not adequate, the cell membrane becomes leaky or porous, a situation the body interprets as an emergency, releasing a flood of corticoid hormones that work by sequestering cholesterol from one part of the body and transporting it to areas where it is lacking. Cholesterol is the body’s repair substance: scar tissue contains high levels of cholesterol, including scar tissue in the arteries.

Cholesterol is the precursor to vitamin D, necessary for numerous biochemical processes including mineral metabolism. The bile salts, required for the digestion of fat, are made of cholesterol. Those who suffer from low cholesterol often have trouble digesting fats. Cholesterol also functions as a powerful antioxidant, thus protecting us against cancer and aging.

Cholesterol is vital to proper neurological function. It plays a key role in the formation of memory and the uptake of hormones in the brain, including serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical. When cholesterol levels drop too low, the serotonin receptors cannot work. Cholesterol is the main organic molecule in the brain, constituting over half the dry weight of the cerebral cortex.

Finally, cholesterol is the precursor to all the hormones produced in the adrenal cortex including glucocorticoids, which regulate blood sugar levels, and mineralocorticoids, which regulate mineral balance. Corticoids are the cholesterol-based adrenal hormones that the body uses in response to stress of various types; it promotes healing and balances the tendency to inflammation. The adrenal cortex also produces sex hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, out of cholesterol. Thus, low cholesterol–whether due to an innate error of metabolism or induced by cholesterol-lowering diets and drugs–can be expected to disrupt the production of adrenal hormones and lead to:

  • Blood sugar problems
  • Edema
  • Mineral deficiences
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Difficulty in healing
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Reduced libido
  • Infertility
  • Various reproductive problems

Enter the Statins

Statin drugs entered the market with great promise. They replaced a class of pharmaceuticals that lowered cholesterol by preventing its absorption from the gut. These drugs often had immediate and unpleasant side effects, including nausea, indigestion and constipation, and in the typical patient they lowered cholesterol levels only slightly. Patient compliance was low: the benefit did not seem worth the side effects and the potential for use very limited. By contrast, statin drugs had no immediate side effects: they did not cause nausea or indigestion and they were consistently effective, often lowering cholesterol levels by 50 points or more.

During the last 20 years, the industry has mounted an incredible promotional campaign–enlisting scientists, advertising agencies, the media and the medical profession in a blitz that turned the statins into one of the bestselling pharmaceuticals of all time. Sixteen million Americans now take Lipitor, the most popular statin, and drug company officials claim that 36 million Americans are candidates for statin drug therapy.

What bedevils the industry is growing reports of side effects that manifest many months after the commencement of therapy; the November 2003 issue of Smart Money magazine reports on a 1999 study at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (apparently unpublished), which found that 36 percent of patients on Lipitor’s highest dose reported side effects; even at the lowest dose, 10 percent reported side effects.

Muscle Pain and Weakness

The most common side effect is muscle pain and weakness, a condition called rhabdomyolysis, most likely due to the depletion of Co-Q10, a nutrient that supports muscle function. Dr. Beatrice Golomb of San Diego, California is currently conducting a series of studies on statin side effects. The industry insists that only 2-3 percent of patients get muscle aches and cramps but in one study, Golomb found that 98 percent of patients taking Lipitor and one-third of the patients taking Mevachor (a lower-dose statin) suffered from muscle problems. A message board devoted to Lipitor at forum.ditonline.com contains more than 800 posts, many detailing severe side effects. The Lipitor board at www.rxlist.com contains more than 2,600 posts.

The test for muscle wasting or rhabdomyolysis is elevated levels of a chemical called creatine kinase (CK). But many people experience pain and fatigue even though they have normal CK levels.

Tahoe City resident Doug Peterson developed slurred speech, balance problems and severe fatigue after three years on Lipitor–for two and a half years, he had no side effects at all. It began with restless sleep patterns–twitching and flailing his arms. Loss of balance followed and the beginning of what Doug calls the “statin shuffle”–a slow, wobbly walk across the room. Fine motor skills suffered next. It took him five minutes to write four words, much of which was illegible. Cognitive function also declined. It was hard to convince his doctors that Lipitor could be the culprit, but when he finally stopped taking it, his coordination and memory improved.

John Altrocchi took Mevacor for three years without side effects; then he developed calf pain so severe he could hardly walk. He also experienced episodes of temporary memory loss.

For some, however, muscle problems show up shortly after treatment begins. Ed Ontiveros began having muscle problems within 30 days of taking Lipitor. He fell in the bathroom and had trouble getting up. The weakness subsided when he went off Lipitor. In another case, reported in the medical journal Heart, a patient developed rhabdomyolysis after a single dose of a statin. Heel pain from plantar fascitis (heel spurs) is another common complaint among those taking statin drugs. One correspondent reported the onset of pain in the feet shortly after beginning statin treatment. She had visited an evangelist, requesting that he pray for her sore feet. He enquired whether she was taking Lipitor. When she said yes, he told her that his feet had also hurt when he took Lipitor.

Active people are much more likely to develop problems from statin use than those who are sedentary. In a study carried out in Austria, only six out of 22 athletes with familial hypercholesterolemia were able to endure statin treatment. The others discontinued treatment because of muscle pain.

By the way, other cholesterol-lowering agents besides statin drugs can cause joint pain and muscle weakness. A report in Southern Medical Journal described muscle pains and weakness in a man who took Chinese red rice, an herbal preparation that lowers cholesterol. Anyone suffering from myopathy, fibromyalgia, coordination problems and fatigue needs to look at low cholesterol plus Co-Q10 deficiency as a possible cause.

Neuropathy

Polyneuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy, is characterized by weakness, tingling and pain in the hands and feet as well as difficulty walking. Researchers who studied 500,000 residents of Denmark, about 9 percent of that country’s population, found that people who took statins were more likely to develop polyneuropathy. Taking statins for one year raised the risk of nerve damage by about 15 percent–about one case for every 2,200 patients. For those who took statins for two or more years, the additional risk rose to 26 percent.

According to the research of Dr. Golomb, nerve problems are a common side effect from statin use; patients who use statins for two or more years are at a four to 14-fold increased risk of developing idiopathic polyneuropathy compared to controls. She reports that in many cases, patients told her they had complained to their doctors about neurological problems, only to be assured that their symptoms could not be related to cholesterol-lowering medications.

The damage is often irreversible. People who take large doses for a long time may be left with permanent nerve damage, even after they stop taking the drug.

The question is, does widespread statin-induced neuropathy make our elderly drivers (and even not-so-elderly drivers) more accident prone? In July 2003, an 86-year-old driver with an excellent driving record plowed into a farmers’ market in Santa Monica, California, killing 10 people. Several days later, a most interesting letter from a Lake Oswego, Oregon woman appeared in the Washington Post:

“My husband, at age 68, backed into the garage and stepped on the gas, wrecking a lot of stuff. He said his foot slipped off the brake. He had health problems and is on medication, including a cholesterol drug, which is now known to cause problems with feeling in one’s legs.

“In my little community, older drivers have missed a turn and taken out the end of a music store, the double doors of the post office and the front of a bakery. In Portland, a bank had to do without its drive-up window for some time.

“It is easy to say that one’s foot slipped, but the problem could be lack of sensation. My husband’s sister-in-law thought her car was malfunctioning when it refused to go when a light turned green, until she looked down and saw that her foot was on the brake. I have another friend who mentioned having no feeling in her lower extremities. She thought about having her car retrofitted with hand controls but opted for the handicapped bus instead.”

Heart Failure

We are currently in the midst of a congestive heart failure epidemic in the United States–while the incidence of heart attack has declined slightly, an increase in the number of heart failure cases has outpaced these gains. Deaths attributed to heart failure more than doubled from 1989 to 1997. (Statins were first given pre-market approval in 1987.) Interference with production of Co-Q10 by statin drugs is the most likely explanation. The heart is a muscle and it cannot work when deprived of Co-Q10.

Cardiologist Peter Langsjoen studied 20 patients with completely normal heart function. After six months on a low dose of 20 mg of Lipitor a day, two-thirds of the patients had abnormalities in the heart’s filling phase, when the muscle fills with blood. According to Langsjoen, this malfunction is due to Co-Q10 depletion.

Without Co-Q10, the cell’s mitochondria are inhibited from producing energy, leading to muscle pain and weakness. The heart is especially susceptible because it uses so much energy.

Co-Q10 depletion becomes more and more of a problem as the pharmaceutical industry encourages doctors to lower cholesterol levels in their patients by greater and greater amounts. Fifteen animal studies in six different animal species have documented statin-induced Co-Q10 depletion leading to decreased ATP production, increased injury from heart failure, skeletal muscle injury and increased mortality. Of the nine controlled trials on statin-induced Co-Q10 depletion in humans, eight showed significant Co-Q10 depletion leading to decline in left ventricular function and biochemical imbalances.

Yet virtually all patients with heart failure are put on statin drugs, even if their cholesterol is already low. Of interest is a recent study indicating that patients with chronic heart failure benefit from having high levels of cholesterol rather than low.

Researchers in Hull, UK followed 114 heart failure patients for at least 12 months. Survival was 78 percent at 12 months and 56 percent at 36 months.

They found that for every point of decrease in serum cholesterol, there was a 36 percent increase in the risk of death within three years.

Dizziness

Dizziness is commonly associated with statin use, possibly due to pressure-lowering effects. One woman reported dizziness one half hour after taking Pravachol. When she stopped taking it, the dizziness cleared up. Blood pressure lowering has been reported with several statins in published studies. According to Dr. Golumb, who notes that dizziness is a common adverse effect, the elderly may be particularly sensitive to drops in blood pressure.

Cognitive Impairment

The November 2003 issue of Smart Money describes the case of Mike Hope, owner of a successful ophthalmologic supply company:

“There’s an awkward silence when you ask Mike Hope his age. He doesn’t change the subject or stammer, or make a silly joke about how he stopped counting at 21. He simply doesn’t remember. Ten seconds pass. Then 20. Finally an answer comes to him. ‘I’m 56,’ he says. Close, but not quite. ‘I will be 56 this year.’ Later, if you happen to ask him about the book he’s reading, you’ll hit another roadblock. He can’t recall the title, the author or the plot.”

Statin use since 1998 has caused his speech and memory to fade. He was forced to close his business and went on Social Security 10 years early. Things improved when he discontinued Lipitor in 2002, but he is far from complete recovery–he still cannot sustain a conversation. What Lipitor did was turn Mike Hope into an old man when he was in the prime of life.

Cases like Mike’s have shown up in the medical literature as well. An article in Pharmacotherapy, December 2003, for example, reports two cases of cognitive impairment associated with Lipitor and Zocor. Both patients suffered progressive cognitive decline that reversed completely within a month after discontinuation of the statins. A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh showed that patients treated with statins for six months compared poorly with patients on a placebo in solving complex mazes, psychomotor skills and memory tests.

Dr. Golomb has found that 15 percent of statin patients develop some cognitive side effects. The most harrowing involve global transient amnesia–complete memory loss for a brief or lengthy period–described by former astronaut Duane Graveline in his book Lipitor: Thief of Memory. Sufferers report baffling incidents involving complete loss of memory–arriving at a store and not remembering why they are there, unable to remember their name or the names of their loved ones, unable to find their way home in the car.

These episodes occur suddenly and disappear just as suddenly. Graveline points out that we are all at risk when the general public is taking statins–do you want to be in an airplane when your pilot develops statin-induced amnesia?

While the pharmaceutical industry denies that statins can cause amnesia, memory loss has shown up in several statin trials. In a trial involving 2,502 subjects, amnesia occurred in seven receiving Lipitor; amnesia also occurred in two of 742 subjects during comparative trials with other statins. In addition, “abnormal thinking” was reported in four of the 2,502 clinical trial subjects. The total recorded side effects was therefore 0.5 percent; a figure that likely under-represents the true frequency since memory loss was not specifically studied in these trials.

Cancer

In every study with rodents to date, statins have caused cancer. Why have we not seen such a dramatic correlation in human studies? Because cancer takes a long time to develop and most of the statin trials do not go on longer than two or three years. Still, in one trial, the CARE trial, breast cancer rates of those taking a statin went up 1500 percent. In the Heart Protection Study, non-melanoma skin cancer occurred in 243 patients treated with simvastatin compared with 202 cases in the control group.

Manufacturers of statin drugs have recognized the fact that statins depress the immune system, an effect that can lead to cancer and infectious disease, recommending statin use for inflammatory arthritis and as an immune suppressor for transplant patients.

Pancreatic Rot

The medical literature contains several reports of pancreatitis in patients taking statins. One paper describes the case of a 49-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital with diarrhea and septic shock one month after beginning treatment with lovastatin.

She died after prolonged hospitalization; the cause of death was necrotizing pancreatitis. Her doctors noted that the patient had no evidence of common risk factors for acute pancreatitis, such as biliary tract disease or alcohol use. “Prescribers of statins (particularly simvastatin and lovastatin) should take into account the possibility of acute pancreatitis in patients who develop abdominal pain within the first weeks of treatment with these drugs,” they warned.

Depression

Numerous studies have linked low cholesterol with depression. One of the most recent found that women with low cholesterol are twice as likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center carried out personality trait measurements on 121 young women aged 18 to 27. They found that 39 percent of the women with low cholesterol levels scored high on personality traits that signaled proneness to depression, compared to 19 percent of women with normal or high levels of cholesterol.

In addition, one in three of the women with low cholesterol levels scored high on anxiety indicators, compared to 21 percent with normal levels. Yet the author of the study, Dr. Edward Suarez, cautioned women with low cholesterol against eating “foods such as cream cakes” to raise cholesterol, warning that these types of food “can cause heart disease.” In previous studies on men, Dr. Suarez found that men who lower their cholesterol levels with medication have increased rates of suicide and violent death, leading the researchers to theorize “that low cholesterol levels were causing mood disturbances.”

How many elderly statin-takers eke through their golden years feeling miserable and depressed, when they should be enjoying their grandchildren and looking back with pride on their accomplishments? But that is the new dogma–you may have a long life as long as it is experienced as a vale of tears.

Any Benefits?

Most doctors are convinced–and seek to convince their patients–that the benefits of statin drugs far outweigh the side effects. They can cite a number of studies in which statin use has lowered the number of coronary deaths compared to controls. But as Dr. Ravnskov has pointed out in his book The Cholesterol Myths, the results of the major studies up to the year 2000–the 4S, WOSCOPS, CARE, AFCAPS and LIPID studies–generally showed only small differences and these differences were often statistically insignificant and independent of the amount of cholesterol lowering achieved.

In two studies, EXCEL, and FACAPT/TexCAPS, more deaths occurred in the treatment group compared to controls. Dr. Ravnskov’s 1992 meta-analysis of 26 controlled cholesterol-lowering trials found an equal number of cardiovascular deaths in the treatment and control groups and a greater number of total deaths in the treatment groups. An analysis of all the big controlled trials reported before 2000 found that long-term use of statins for primary prevention of heart disease produced a 1 percent greater risk of death over 10 years compared to a placebo.

Recently published studies do not provide any more justification for the current campaign to put as many people as possible on statin drugs.

Kim’s Favorite Health and Wellness Items

After conducting quite a bit of research (on the web, reading books, watching documentaries, talking to people, and listening to podcasts) and sampling different products I have decided to compile a list of my favorites here.  If you have a suggestion in any one of these categories please feel free to share it.  Just click on each item/link to learn more.  Check back for updates!

Best Juicers/Blender

Favorite Certified Organic Farms

Favorite Magazines

More of my favorite health products:

Best Whole Food Supplements and Nutritional Products

Favorite Books

Best Skin Care

Best Health Documentaries

Best Grocery Store for Organic Produce in Memphis

  • Whole Foods
  • Fresh Market
  • Collierville Meat Market (for organic, grass fed beef and free range, organic chickens)

Best Bentonite Clay for Detox – Mississippi Miracle Clay

Best Free Nutrition/Prevention Advice

Best Natural, Preventative Health Care Provider in MemphisDr. John Smothers

Best Site for Learning about VaccinesNational Vaccine Information Center

Best Herbs and SuperfoodsDragon Herbs, Gaia Herbs

Best Cleanse/Detox ProgramsArise and Shine, Detox Safely, Candida Cleanse

Kim’s Health and Wellness Wish List:

  • Arise and Shine – Full Body Cleanse
  • Rebounder – N.A.S.A. found that rebounding was 68% more efficient than treadmills or other forms of exercise. N.A.S.A. also found rebounding to be helpful in rebuilding the bone mass and muscle mass that astronauts lose in the weightlessness of space.
  • Magnetico Sleep Pad This pad was designed and constructed to enhance recuperative sleep and turn your current mattress into a therapeutic, stress relieving sleep environment giving you a deeper, more relaxed and restful sleep. The mattress pad is shown to promote nerve stimulation, accelerate the natural healing process and relieve pain and discomfort in certain patients. Magnetic therapy increases circulation, blood flow oxygen levels and helps supply energy to the body.  Click on this link to learn more about magnetic therapy – http://www.thebestdayever.com/news/podcast/podcast-88-david-wolfe-and-dr-dean-bonlie
  • Ewater Revitalizing Shower Filter – SIX TECHNOLOGIES including stronger far infrared & magnetics, are sequenced with carbons and KDF for structuring, energizing, chlorine and metal reduction, and powerful water flow. Provides an average 12-15 months of superior bathing and showering per cartridge. A strong water flow with no need to back wash.
  • Complete Home EMF Protection Set – Stetzerizer-US is the US distribution for Graham Stetzer Stetzerizer products.  The Stetzerizer product line consists of 3 products: the Microsurge Meter, the original filter, and the dual-filter powerstrip/surge-suppressor.  Are you interested in cleaning up dirty electricity in your environment?  Then you have come to the right place.

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Favorite Detox Fast:  Accelerated Fasting Detoxification Program: Liquid Fast  (By Dr. John Smothers)

Day 1:  Juice 2 quarts of Organic Apple Juice with lemon

  • Drink fiber shake, Colon Plus (2 tablespoons) mixed in apple juice or water.
  • Consume 2-4 tablespoons of of vegetable oils per day 
(flax seed oil, coconut butter, olive oil)
  • Water, green tea (no sugar or honey) organic vegetable/fruit juices and bone broth are also allowed during the fast.
  • Use herbal  laxative with fiber if not having 2-3 bowel movements per day.
  • Healthy Option:  HydroColonic to help irrigate toxins and waste from Large Intestine

Day 2:  Drink 2 quarts of hot stock broth.

  • Drink fiber shake, Colon Plus (2 tablespoons) mixed in apple juice or water.
  • Consume 2-4 tablespoons of of vegetable oils per day (flax seed oil, coconut butter, olive oil)
  • Water, green tea (no sugar or honey) organic vegetable/fruit juices and broth are also allowed during the fast.
  • Healthy Option: HydroColonic to help irrigate toxins and waste from Large Intestine

Day 3-5:  Drink 2 quarts of organic vegetable juice.

  • Vegetable Juice Recipe –  (8oz) 70% Carrot, (2oz) 20% celery, (1/2oz) 5% beet, (1/4oz) fresh ginger, (1/4oz) garlic and (1oz) wheat grass.
  • Drink fiber shake, Colon Plus-2 tablespoons mixed in apple juice or water.
  • Consume 2-4 tablespoons of vegetable oils per day 
(flax seed oil, coconut butter, olive oil)
  • Water, green tea (no sugar or honey) organic vegetable/fruit juices and broth are also allowed during the fast.
  • Healthy Option: HydroColonic to help irrigate toxins and waste from Large Intestine
  • Olive Oil Flush:  Day 4 of fast.
    Mix 4-8 oz of extra virgin olive oil, 4-8 oz of fresh squeezed orange juice, 1-2 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Mix well and drink at bedtime.  Go immediately to bed and lay on your right side, with your right knee pulled close to chest for 20-30 minutes. Drink Fiber shake upon arising the next morning.

The Connection Between Gluten and Acne That Often Gets Overlooked

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/024669_gluten_acne_health.html
(NaturalNews) Does it feel like nothing helps with your acne? You eat healthy, you live healthy and you’ve tried everything, but nothing helps. Your acne just won’t budge. You may suffer from gluten sensitivity and it may prevent you from curing acne.

Gluten sensitivity is one of those hidden and hard to detect causes behind many health problems. And something you might not think of in a million years. It also happens to be the reason many acne victims struggle to get clear skin.

If you are badly sensitive to gluten, you could have a perfect diet and live the healthiest life but won’t get clear because of regular exposure to gluten.

To make matters worse, gluten is everywhere. You can find gluten in nearly all processed foods. And even in items you wouldn’t think of, such as lipsticks, shampoos and vitamins.

Gluten – Acne Connection

So how does gluten contribute to acne?

First let me say acne is a result of blood sugar problems and chronic inflammation. These trigger hormonal reactions that lead to increased sebum production, blocked pores and overgrowth of acne-causing bacteria. For a more detailed explanation, please see: what causes adult acne.

Gluten contributes to acne in two ways. First, it causes damage to the small intestine, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies and an increased toxic body load (through leaky gut syndrome).

The second link between gluten and acne is inflammation. People with gluten sensitivity cannot digest gluten effectively. As a result they absorb incompletely digested protein molecules. The immune system treats these as invaders. As it attacks these ‘invaders’ the white cells release histamine, which increases inflammation. Inflammation increases insulin resistance in the nearby cells.

Insulin resistance leads to blood sugar problems, which is linked to acne.

As this happens once in a while, the body can deal with it. But most people are exposed to gluten 3 or more times a day. This, coupled with other inflammatory agents, spreads inflammation all over the body. Suddenly cells all over the body start becoming insulin resistant.

Hidden Connection

I call the gluten-acne connection hidden, for two obvious reasons.

First, most people are not aware of their gluten sensitivity. Even fewer are aware of its link to acne and other skin problems. Second, gluten lurks in many foods and it’s very easy to get exposed to it — even if you try to avoid it.

For many medical professionals, the dangers of gluten extend to celiac disease and not much further. Celiac disease is clear-cut allergic reaction and as such, is easy to diagnose.

Subclinical gluten sensitivity is entirely different. First, most people show no outward signs that could be linked to gluten. Second, the immune system doesn’t produce standard antibodies after gluten exposure. So gluten doesn’t show up in standard allergy tests. Doctors specializing in gluten sensitivities can detect it with special tests [1].

Gluten sensitivity could be the most common food allergy as it is estimated that around 40% of the population is sensitive to gluten.

Gluten Here, There and Everywhere

With most food allergies, it’s reasonably easy to avoid exposure. Usually you just have to read the labels carefully.

Not so with gluten. Thanks to modern food processing you can find gluten in most processed foods.

Avoid the obvious, such as breads, pastas and pastries, and you’ve cut out the biggest sources. But did you know there can be gluten also in cheese, butter and teriyaki sauce? Many processed foods contain vegetable starches and other additives that may contain gluten.

So gluten could be lurking in close to 90% of the items in your local supermarket.

Outside of grains, most food products contain only small amounts of gluten, but for people with severe sensitivities even these can make it difficult to cure acne.

As a rule, don’t assume anything. If the food is not raw and fresh fruit or vegetables or does not clearly state gluten-free (wheat-free is not enough), it may contain gluten.

And if that’s not bad enough, it’s not just the food items that contain gluten. Your toothpaste may contain gluten. Same with your shampoo. And what about that new lipstick you (or your girlfriend) have. That also may contain gluten. Finally even the capsules of your nutritional supplements may contain gluten.

Gluten is one more reason to avoid both processed foods and chemical-based personal care products.

I cannot list all the sources of gluten here, but I’ve listed a few good links with more information at the bottom of this article.

Coping with Gluten Sensitivity and Curing Acne

There are two parts to getting over gluten sensitivity and eventually curing acne. First is to avoid gluten. When you stay away from gluten you avoid triggering the immune system and inflammatory response.

Study the resources at the bottom of this page for sources of gluten and see how you can cut them out of your life.

Second is to bring your body back to a state where it’s not so sensitive to gluten anymore. Gluten causes problems because of two reasons:

1) Undigested protein molecules leak from the digestive track into the bloodstream

2) The immune system is ‘on the edge’ because of chronic inflammation

As you heal the digestive tract and bring down the inflammation levels you become less sensitive to gluten. You may never fully get over the gluten sensitivity, but at least it doesn’t trigger such a strong reaction anymore.

Let’s look at the digestive tract first.

Research has shown two interesting facts. First, people with celiac disease have different bacterial gut microflora than healthy people. Second, supplementing with probiotic bacteria may reduce the damage gluten causes and accelerate healing.

Researchers at the Department of Science and Technology, University of Verona in Italy studied the differences in the composition of bowel microflora between celiacs and healthy people. The researchers concluded the following [2]:

“The diversity of the faecal microbiota was significantly higher in coeliac children than in healthy controls. The presence of the species Lactobacillus curvatus, Leuconostoc mesenteroides and Leuconostoc carnosum was characteristic of coeliac patients, while that of the Lactobacillus casei group was characteristic of healthy controls. The Bifidobacterium population showed a significantly higher species diversity in healthy children than in coeliacs. In healthy children, this population was characterized by the presence of Bifidobacterium adolescentis. Overall, the results highlighted the need for further characterization of the microbiota in coeliac patients, and suggested a potential role of probiotics and/or prebiotics in restoring their gut microbial balance.”

The composition of the bowel microflora may hold the key to celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. Probiotic bacteria have been shown to digest gluten into peptides, and thus make it harmless.

Researchers in Finland studied the effect of probiotic bacteria on cultures of epithelial cells (cells that line the intestine) to find out their effect on gluten-induced cellular damage. The researchers found that probiotic bacteria called Bifidobacterium lactis countered the harmful effects of gluten, and that it may be a helpful addition to a gluten-free diet [3].

Despite supplementation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the most important factors controlling the health of your digestive tract. The type of bacteria you have in the gut depends on what you put in there. A healthy diet with plenty of raw fruit and vegetable fiber cultivates healthy bacteria. A diet full of processed food, sugar and animal products cultivates unhealthy bacteria. Drinking enough water throughout the day and engaging in regular exercise are also important.

Reducing inflammation is the second part in coping with gluten sensitivity and curing acne.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are the only viable solutions. Antioxidant supplements may help, but they cannot overcome the harmful effects of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

You can find many articles on anti-inflammatory foods and supplements from Naturalnews, so I’m not going to cover them here. The same diet that cultivates healthy bacteria in the gut also helps to reduce inflammation.

Fighting inflammation is not just about diet. Proper sleep, maintaining a positive attitude (or at least avoiding stress) and steering clear of chemicals and pollutants are equally important. Regular exposure to sunlight also has an anti-inflammatory effect.

So if you’ve been struggling with persistent acne that, despite all your efforts to eat and live a healthy life, hasn’t budged, gluten might be the missing piece.

Try a gluten-free diet and the other suggestions in this article for at least one month and see how your skin reacts.

Links for more information on sources of gluten:

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-free_diet)

(http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Uns…)

(http://www.celiac.com/articles/181/1/Safe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Safe-…)

(http://www.celiac.com/articles/183/1/Additional-Things-to-Beware-of-t…)

(http://gfcf-diet.talkaboutcuringautism.org/hidden-sources-of-gluten.h…)

References:

[1]Lydia S. Boeken M.D. Allergy and Intolerance

[2] Sanz et al. Differences in faecal bacterial communities in coeliac and healthy children as detected by PCR and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis – FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 2007 Dec;51(3):562-8

[3] Lindfors et al. Live probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis bacteria inhibit the toxic effects induced by wheat gliadin in epithelial cell culture – Clin Exp Immunol. 2008 Apr 16.

About the author

Seppo Puusa is a health advocate, author and educator. After discovering the painfully obvious, non-secrets to curing acne he has dedicated his life to helping other acne victims to cure their acne and reclaim their lives.

By following his advice thousands of people in over 65 countries have discovered how getting clear can be simple, easy and fun.

Seppo’s main website is Natural Acne Solution.Com. And his two most popular works are free minicourse Acne 101: What Einstein would have done to get clear and Clear for Life book.

If trying to cure acne has been like wondering in the dark, Acne 101 flips on the light for you. It explains acne from a different perspective. Put in this way acne suddenly makes perfect sense. You understand why nothing has worked before and what you need to do to cure acne. Click here for free and instant access to Acne 101 and start curing your acne.

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Apple Cider Vinegar: A Powerful Antibiotic, Detoxifier, Antiseptic, Cleansing and Healing Tonic for All

10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar Outside of the Kitchen

source – http://mamatron.hubpages.com/hub/Apple-Cider-Vinegar-A-Powerful-Antibiotic–detoxifier–antiseptic–cleansing-and-healing-tonic

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been used by men and women outside of the kitchen for thousands of years, and those applications still exist today. Raw ACV is preferred to any distilled, pasteurized or refined vinegar for flavor, acidity and healing power. The following outlines common uses for this organic, multi-purpose, effective and environmentally safe and sustainable product.

  • Attacks Mucous, Sore Throats and Laryngitis

Treat excess mucous, sore throat and laryngitis by gargling with a mixture of 6-8 oz warm water and 1-2 tsp of ACV every 2 hours. Drink plenty of water, and don’t swallow what comes up; it’s meant to leave your body.

  • Sanitary and Effective Household Cleaner and Deodorizer

Mix ACV and water in a spray bottle at a ratio of 2:5. Mist onto surfaces and allow activation for 3-5 minutes before wiping clean. Add ½ – 1 cup to toilet bowl and let soak for at least 30 minutes before scrubbing and flushing. Safe for septic systems.

  • Treats cold sores, shingles and chickenpox

Swab 100% ACV onto surface area of cold sore lesions, being careful not to rub. Use a new swab for each site. Treat shingles and chickenpox by sweeping an ACV and water-soaked cotton ball to affected areas. Soaking in a warm bathtub or sitz bath with

¼ – 2 cups ACV is a relaxing and effective way to treat symptoms.

  • Relieves itching caused by poison oak and poison ivy

Treat affected areas with a spray solution of ACV and water in a ratio of 1:5, allow to air dry completely or use a hairdryer at the lowest, coolest setting. Apply up to 8 times daily.

  • Treats minor cuts, abrasions and sunburns

Treat cuts and abrasions with a cotton ball soaked in ACV water solution in a ratio of 1:5. Treat sunburns with 1:10 ratio soak, spray or drenched cotton ball.

  • Helps Oily Skin and Acne on Face, Chest and back

Facial steam bath, pore cleanser, skin toner. Add 2 TB to a basin of hot water, place towel over head and lean over bowl for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. To treat acne on back and chest, soak in warm bath with 1-2 cups ACV. Treats blemishes, deodorizes and softens skin all over. To remove deposits of product, pollution and other irritants that can dull the hair, add 1TB to your shampoo application, apply, and leave on the hair for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing, rinsing and repeating. Your hair will be noticeably more shiny and manageable.

  • Treats and prevents yeast and fungus infections such as thrush, diaper rash, jock itch, eczema, athlete’s foot

Soak, Spray or dab on to treat of ACV and water in a ratio of 1:5, allow to air dry completely or use a hairdryer at the lowest, coolest setting. Apply 1-5 times daily.

  • Aids Digestion

Sip tonic of ½ tsp ACV to 8 oz water 30 minutes prior to mealtime to stimulate saliva and enzyme production. Optional: add ½ tsp honey or agave nectar for a sweeter fruit flavor.

  • Softens Corns, Calluses and Rough Spots

Soak gauze or cloth in 100% ACV and apply to affected area for 30 minutes – 1 hour. Remove the cloth, scrub problem area well, rinse, and then re-apply new application to remain on during sleep. Skin will be noticeably softer in the morning.

  • Treats Stain and Spots

Give some of these suggestions a try and you will soon understand why ACV has a cult following among men and women alike.

ACV can easily be made at home with only a couple of ingredients (fresh apple cider and special yeast (or ‘mother’). Add herbs in decorative or simple bottles for gift-giving or simply share your bounty with friends and family. Think of all of the consumer product packaging that will be eliminated when you introduce your successes with ACV. Talk about sustainability!

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The Miracle of Apple Cider Vinegar

THE MIRACLES OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
FOR A STRONGER, LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE
The old adage is true: “An apple a day helps keep the doctor away.” 
  • Helps maintain a youthful skin and vibrant body
  • Helps remove artery plaque
  • Helps fight germs, viruses and bacteria naturally
  • Helps retard the onset of old age in humans, pets and farm animals
  • Helps regulate calcium metabolism
  • Helps keep blood the right consistency
  • Helps regulate women’s menstruation
  • Helps normalize the urine pH thus relieving the frequent urge to urinate
  • Helps digestion, assimilation and balances pH
  • Helps relieve sore throats, laryngitis and throat tickles and cleans out toxins
  • Helps sinus, asthma and flu sufferers to breathe easier and more normally
  • Helps banish acne, soothes burns, sunburns
  • Helps prevent itching scalp, baldness and dry hair and banishes dandruff
  • Helps fight arthritis and removes crystals and toxins from joints, tissues and organs
  • Helps control and normalize weight
– Paul C. Bragg, Health Crusader,Originator of Health Stores
Our sincere blessings to you, dear friends, who make our lives so worth while and fulfilled by reading our teachings on natural living as our Creator laid down for us to follow. He wants us to follow the simple path of natural living. This is what we teach in our books and health crusades worldwide. Our prayers reach out to you and your loved ones for the best in health and happiness. We must follow the laws He has laid down for us, so we can reap this precious health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually!
With Love,
HAVE AN APPLE

HEALTHY LIFE!
Braggs Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the “Mother” is the #1 food I recommend to maintain the body’s vital acid – alkaline balance.  – Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Author, Conscious Eating
Source – http://www.scribd.com/doc/6979984/Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Miracle-Health-System
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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar – Detailed Information

Kim’s Kitchen Essentials

I do my best to keep my kitchen stocked with these ingredients so I can make fresh, wholesome food for my family at any time.  We are a gluten free, mostly dairy free, GMO free house.

Spices/seasonings:  I grow many of my own herbs

  • himalayan or celtic sea salt
  • liquid aminos and coconut aminos (gluten, soy, and msg free soy substitutes)
  • organic apple cider vinegar (great for acid reflux, acne, weight loss, cold, flu symptoms, sinus infections and yeast infections)
  • cayenne pepper
  • Italian seasonings (parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary)
  • gluten-free mustard
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • cilantro
  • turmeric (super food cancer fighter)
  • curry powder
  • coriander
  • chili powder
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • garam masala (for Indian dishes)

Oils and Fats:

  • organic flax seed oil (great source of omega 3s. Must be refrigerated)
  • organic coconut oil (fabulous brain food!)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • organic, pastured butter (We prefer Kerrygold)
  • organic, pastured ghee
  • Hemp oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Grapeseed oil – cold pressed organic

Dairy Substitutes:

  • coconut milk (Native Forest Canned is BPA free)
  • almond milk
  • hemp milk
  • coconut yoghurt
  • coconut Kefir
  • coconut ice cream
  • coconut coffee creamer

Sweeteners:

  • Dextrose (pure glucose)
  • Raw local honey
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Xylitol
  • Stevia (real deal, not Truvia which has less than 1% stevia)

Nuts/nut butters and seeds:

  • almonds and almond butter
  • walnuts and walnut butter
  • pecans
  • cashews and cashew butter
  • almond flour
  • coconut flour
  • brazil nuts (great source of selenium)
  • pumpkin seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds – for making chia pudding
  • ground flax seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • tahini butter
  • coconut butter
  • cacao butter

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • mixed berries
  • bananas
  • pineapple
  • pealed, frozen garlic (we purchase a large bag at Costco)
  • frozen green beans

Beverages:

  • green tea
  • white tea
  • yerba mate
  • coconut water (better than Gatorade or Pedialyte for restoring electrolytes)
  • hibiscus tea
  • Pau’D arco tea (kills yeast and candida)
  • organic, raw cacao powder

Safe starches:

  • brown and white rice
  • Quinoa
  • sweet potatoes and yams
  • organic white and red potatoes
  • Plantains
  • Pamela’s gluten-free bread, brownie and pancake mixes – in moderation
  • Gluten free tortillas (watch out for GMO ingredients)
  • Jovial gluten free brown rice pastas and quinoa/rice spaghetti noodles

Fruits and Vegetables:  I add whatever is in season

  • organic apples
  • organic grapes
  • organic strawberries
  • organic blueberries
  • organic carrots
  • organic kale
  • organic spinach
  • organic celery
  • organic tomatoes
  • organic cucumbers
  • organic lemons
  • organic limes
  • organic romaine
  • organic zucchini
  • organic yellow squash
  • organic green, yellow and red peppers
  • organic beets
  • asparagus
  • arugula
  • Cheyote squash
  • fresh cilantro
  • spaghetti squash
  • eggplant
  • brussel sprouts
  • okra
  • sweet potatoes
  • sprouts
  • green beans
  • jicima
  • broccoli
  • cabbage – purple and green
  • cauliflower
  • avocados
  • onions
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • prunes, dates, and organic raisins
  • mangoes
  • pineapples
  • bananas
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • papaya

Meat/Fish/Eggs: (best sources of protein)

  • Organic, free range whole chickens, chicken breasts, chicken sausages and chicken thighs
  • Organic, pastured turkey
  • Organic, pastured beef (ground, stew, roast, liver, steak) – I buy from Mathis Creek Farms
  • Wild Alaskan salmon (frozen, fresh, canned)
  • Wild caught sardines
  • Organic, pastured pork bacon
  • Organic, grass fed hotdogs
  • Organic, free-range eggs
  • Organic, pastured lamb
  • Wild meat when available

Beans: dried for soaking (I rarely eat beans because they don’t agree with me but I keep them on hand)

  • Black beans
  • White beans
  • Garbanzo beans

Other:

  • Fermented foods (kimchi, kefir and sauerkraut)
  • Beef stew bones, oxtail and chicken bones for making bone broths
  • Home made salsa
  • home made dips – see recipe below
  • Home made hummus – recipes here
  • Home made bone broths from chicken, beef and turkey bones

Snacks:

  • chopped vegetable sticks for dipping
  • cut up fruit and whole bananas
  • dips, sauces, salsa and hummus
  • smoothies (the kids love 1 cup coconut milk/2 frozen bananas/1 raw organic egg and 1 tsp vanilla blended up)
  • home made popsicles from freshly juiced fruits (lemons and apples are delicious)
  • coconut ice-cream
  • Kind bars
  • apple sauce
  • nut butters with fruit or veggies
  • coconut yoghurt
  • rice chips and salsa
  • gluten free crackers with almond butter
  • chocolate coconut cookies and almond butter brownies
  • toasted home made gluten-free bread with Kerrygold butter or ghee
  • dark chocolate/almond butter mixed with coconut oil for dipping (great w/ strawberries and bananas)

Equipment:

  • electric tea kettle
  • reverse osmosis water filter
  • rice cooker
  • digital instant read thermometer
  • zester
  • vitamix blender
  • green star juicer
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Large stock pot, safe cookware (esp. enameled cast iron, stainless, glass, ceramic)
  • crock pot

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Our Favorite Dip Recipe:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup of celery
  • 1 cup of carrots
  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup of fresh parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • Himalayan salt to taste

*Cucumbers, jicama, carrots and celery for dipping

Our Favorite Hummus Recipe:

  • 2 cups of soaked/cooked chick peas
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 large chunk of pineapple or ginger
  • 1 lime (or half lime/half lemon)
  • 1 Jalapeno (remove seeds)
  • 1 Tablespoon of sesame seed butter (Tahini)
  • 1 Tablespoon of each – olive oil and coconut oil
  • Cilantro
  • two cloves of garlic
  • lots of cumin
  • lots of Himalayan salt

*Place wet ingredients in the bottom of the blender, add the rest and blend until smooth.  Add more oil or water as needed.

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Favorite Main Meals:

  • chicken or beef fajitas as a rice bowl (gluten free wraps are also available) with homemade salsa and guacamole and Daiya, dairy free cheese
  • beef tacos as a rice bowl or in a lettuce wrap with homemade salsa and guacamole
  • beef stew with a side salad
  • Lasagna made with gluten free pasta and and Daiya, dairy free cheese
  • chicken enchiladas with gluten free wraps and homemade salsa and guacamole, and Daiya, dairy free cheese
  • spaghetti (jovial rice pasta) and steamed broccoli  (I make my own tomato sauce in the blender)
  • chilli and rice with green beans (I make my own tomato sauce in the blender)
  • roasted chicken with mashed potatoes & green beans
  • curry chicken or curry beef with rice and vegetables
  • chicken and vegetable soup (Best Friend Soup cooked in bone broth) over cauliflower rice with a side salad
  • potato soup with salad  (I use bone broth, butter, rosemary, salt, garlic and onions to season)
  • roast beef with steamed vegetables/salad and mashed potatoes (potatoes – cauliflower/potatoes/chicken drippings and broth/butter)
  • grilled chicken and sweet potatoes with vegetables
  • hamburgers in lettuce wraps or on gluten-free bread with steamed broccoli and fruit
  • salmon salad with soup or bone broth (chicken or turkey can be substituted for salmon) I like spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados and nuts in my salad.  I dress it with olive oil and lemon juice or Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • marinated steaks with baked or sweet potatoes (topped with Kerrygold butter or Ghee) and steamed broccoli
  • scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage, salsa or guacamole and a serving of fruit.
  • Any raw vegetable salad topped with nuts, seeds, salt, walnut oil and some protein (chicken, chili, fish, eggs, lamb, turkey)
  • Beef heart in the crockpot with lots of carrots, celery and onions.
  • Calf liver cooked with onions and garlic.

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9 steps to Perfect Health from Chris Kresser

  1. Don’t eat toxins
  2. Nourish your body
  3. Eat real food
  4. Supplement wisely
  5. Heal your gut
  6. Manage stress
  7. Move like your ancestors
  8. Sleep more deeply
  9. Practice pleasure