Have you discovered the host of health benefits in lemon tea? Do you drink it every day? If so, you are making an excellent choice; lemon tea cleanses your body from within while it refreshes you with vibrant energy.
Aloe vera is a short succulent plant that is widely used for a variety of healing purposes. It is used in treating autoimmune diseases, cancer, high cholesterol, bowel problems, and other health conditions. Remedies made of aloe vera are easily accessible and can be made at home.
For most of us, one of the most miserable physical experiences possible is unrelenting nausea. When that happens, over-the-counter medications have only limited effect, and prescription medicine is seldom at hand. There’s good news, however, if you keep some ginger in your kitchen.
Mainstream Media Blames Anti-Vaxxers for Measles Outbreak While Conveniently Ignoring These Blatant Vaccine Risks
If you read or watched the news anytime recently, you won’t have been able to ignore the many headlines and articles about the measles outbreak at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Local health officials say that the outbreak started in December 2014 at the theme park and has spread to approximately 80 people in 7 states and Mexico, with the bulk of the patients being in California. There is now a health warning suggesting that children under 12 and those who are not vaccinated stay away from theme parks.
The reality is, in the year 2014, an estimated 644 people actually caught the measles. This is an extremely low rate, compared to deaths from say, prescription drug side effects – of which 100,000 people unfortunately fell victim to last year. So before you rush your entire household to get caught up on the measles vaccine, you need to be aware of the information below.
While vaccine companies tend to propagate 100% positive results with zero risk, this is actually not the case. If you need any proof, you don’t need to look further than at the vaccine inserts – which most people never read. Whether or not you choose to vaccinate, there are risks involved, and it only helps you to be informed. Typically, these vaccine inserts tell a very different story from what the media will tell you. You may have to ask to see these inserts, or look them up online at the pharmaceutical company websites, because they are not typically handed out to patients as the tear away inserts come typically in ratios of 1 sheet to every 10 doses, which obviously does not leave enough to go around.
Lets take a quick look at the most common measles vaccination insert – the Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live, or MMR-II from Merck & Co, Inc.
Several interesting points to note:
1. The insert warns against giving the vaccine to pregnant women, as effects on fetal development are not known at this time. It is also advised that women not get pregnant at least 3 months after receiving this shot.
2. Because the measles vaccine is cultured in a chick embryo cell culture, those who are allergic to eggs are warned that they may be at risk for anaphylactic reactions inculding hives, swelling and difficulty breathing.
3. The insert states – “As for any vaccine, vaccination with M-M-R II may not result in protection in 100% of vaccinees.”
4. There are many, many adverse reactions (reported during clinical trials) to this vaccine listed – too many to mention here. Among them are: atypical measles symptoms, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, diabetes, thrombocytopenia, anaphylactic reactions, arthritis, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.
Yes, you read that right – diabetes, arthritis and death may actually result from this vaccination. Read it for yourself here.
And if you were curious, the MMR II’s ingredient list as are follows:
So before you allow yourself to get caught up in the media storm of measles and vaccinations, do yourself a favor and make sure you know what you’re getting into. The truth is, vaccinations are far from 100% effective and even further from 100% safe.
There is always a concern about how to boost your immune system, especially when winter time hits, and with it, the flu season. Doing an internet search will bring such suggestions as eating clean whole foods, exercising and consuming medicinal herbs, spices and foods that support the immune system such as certain teas, garlic or mega doses of vitamins. What if there was a simpler, fuss free way to not just boost your immunity, but to actually regenerate your entire immune system within 72 hours?
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) recently published new research in the journal, Cell Stem Cell that shows a surprising and effective way to do just that by using a completely natural intervention – prolonged fasting. Trials were done in both mice as well as in humans undergoing chemotherapy – a medical cancer fighting process that severely damages the cells that are responsible to provide your body immunity. The study showed that when subjects were put on prolonged fasting cycles, white blood cell counts were significantly lowered. In mice, it seemed like a switched was flipped, causing regenerative actions of stem cells that are responsible for the blood and immunity cell growth.
Valter Longo, coresponding author of the study, Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute, said,
When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Longo said. “What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?
The idea behind the concept is that fasting makes your body go into serious elimination mode – making you burn through not only your stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but also breaking down white blood cells quickly and efficiently. This draining of white blood cells induces stem cells to trigger the renewal of immune system cells. An enzyme called PKA is key here, as it has been identified as the main gene that – when shut down, wakes the stem cells up. Prolonged fasting reduces PKA.
This study has enormous potential, not only for chemotherapy patients who suffer from severe immune system damage, but also for the elderly, who have declining immune systems, and for disease healing in general. The research builds upon previously introduced ideas that fasting could be an answer for natural healing – from health pioneers in the alternative health field called “natural hygiene“, the founders of which include Herbert Shelton.
According to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 10 adults in the US suffer from depression – an alarmingly high statistic. Depression has been attributed in the past to many causes – among the – genetics, substance abuse or certain medications, life circumstances and even lack of sunshine. Now, new research has surfaced with the interesting discovery that this pervasive and far spread mental illness could be a symptom of inflammation in the body.
When we are sick, injured or have foreign compounds enter our bodies, our system responds by triggering the release of specific cells and proteins into our bloodstream and inducing inflammation. This includes cytokines – a special class of proteins that handle intercellular communication. They are known to modulate brain neurotransmitters and a part of the brain called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which are both disturbed in depression. People with depression have high levels of cytokines and usually, cytokine levels shoot very high when depressive episodes are occurring.
This has led to new research connecting the dots between depression and inflammation – namely, that depression could actually be nothing more than a side effect of inflammation. This knowledge could open up a whole new world of possible new treatments for the condition. But to expand on this knowledge, scientists need to discover the root of the inflammation. There is currently one camp of researchers who believe that the inflammation is typically caused by reaction to poor eating and the whole epidemic that comes along with it – obesity and toxicity from processed foods and chemicals. Another camp of researchers believe that this particular inflammation comes from outside stress due to circumstantial situations such as loneliness, bullying or rejection.
In the initial trials, good results have been reported when anti-inflammatory drugs were added to the antidepressants.
The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials will be needed to confirm this. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement.
Although it will be a few years before this groundbreaking research has been sorted out to determine an exact cause, this discovery should go a long way toward improving the outlook for the millions who suffer depression – by prescribing not only a healthy supportive lifestyle with medication if needed, but also introducing anti-inflammatory foods and medicines to complement traditional treatment.
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Over the course of human history, human beings have undergone physiological changes that have produced many new genetic expressions.
For instance the dark skin of blacks, and others, can be attributed to the increased production of melanin in people groups who live close to the equator.
Likewise it’s known that Nepalese sherpas have a greater lung capacity, as well as the increased ability to extract more oxygen out of the air than those who live at lower elevation.
And while these mutations generally serve a purpose (helping people adapt to their environment) there are some mutations that actually hurt your health.
One of those mutations is known as the MTHFR mutation.
MTHFR is a gene that regulates the methylation cycle.
The methylation cycle is in charge of many of the bodies fundamental processes.
For instance, vitamin B12 is ingested in the body and is then methylated into a final “end-form” that is used for energy, cognition, brain activity, and more.
When the MTHFR gene is mutated then the body is then unable to perform the process of converting vitamin b12 into its usable “end form.”
This can leads to some serious health deficiencies.
To get a basic explanation of the methylation cycle, Dr. Wiggy Saunders shows how the inability to methylate folic acid can have serious health consequences.
The MTHFR gene produces an enzyme which is known as MTHFR enzyme (what a coincidence).
Now this enzyme works with the folate class of vitamins. These are the same vitamins recommended for pregnant mothers as they’re incredibly necessary for the formation of children in the womb.
In a perfect world, MTHFR enzymes will works with folate and breaks down 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. When there’s a corruption in the MTHFR gene 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate does not get broken down.
This is a problem because your body needs for 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to be broken down. That’s because 5-methyltetrahydrofolate is necessary to convert an amino acid called homocysteine into yet another essential amino acid called methionine.
Too much homocysteine in your body can cause some serious problems. In fact, it’s believed to be one of the biggest contributing factors to heart disease, as well as some other serious health conditions.
However, when homocysteine is broken down into methionine, the body is then free to make use of antioxidants, help to fashion amino acids into usable proteins, as well as working with the liver to process fats.
Ultimately methionine works to reduce inflammation, help relieve depression, and works to convert the hormone estradiol (E2), into estriol (E3).
Once in the liver, methionine undergoes another transformation and is turned into SAM-e (s-adenosylmethionine).
SAM-e being an end product of methionine is known to give the immune system a much needed boost, as well as being anti-inflammatory, and helps to break down serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin for higher brain function.
The way this gene mutation is passed on is through reproduction.
The parents pass down the mutation, and the child can inherit either a single copy, or double copies of two different MTHFR gene malfunctions.
Unfortunately there’s nothing that can be done to prevent passing down this relatively common genetic mutation.
MTHFR mutations can have some seriously negative health effects.
It can increase the risk of certain cancers (breast cancer and prostate cancer being the most common).
Likewise MTHFR mutations can lead to congenital defects, miscarriages, migraines, depression, irregularities of the heart, an increase in homocysteine (which can lead to cardiovascular disease) and more.
MTHFR mutations have even been known to produce Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and a variety of other disease affecting cognition.
The good news when it comes to MTHFR is you can supplement to reverse the ill effects of the genetic mutation.
What you read above covers just one of the aspects of MTHFR mutation.
Essentially what happens when the methylation cycle is what’s disrupted is many of the essential nutrients your body needs are never fully formed. Though your body received the right nutrients originally (a variety of common vitamins), it never got to break them down and turn them into their end forms.
Fortunately many of these end-form nutrients are available at health food stores and from integrative physicians.
With a simple DNA test, you can find out and if you suffer from an MTHFR mutation.
Keep in mind that even if you do manage to “fix” a MTHFR mutation, you can still harm your body based on the food you eat.
One common food has been proven to cause heart disease in many of those who eat it.
In Part 1 of this article, we looked at 3 different studies done which had the same conclusion: Your gut microbes have a huge influence on your health and weight.
Our microbiome begins to build up from birth, and increases as we are exposed to more things like breast milk, food, water, animals, soil and other people, to the point where we are basically a vessel for microbes. In numbers, we are something like 10 percent human and 90% microbe.
Most of these microbiobes live in our colon, where they help break down fiber, process calories, and protect against infection, being a hub and foundation for our immune system.
As evidenced by many studies, including the ones in part 1 of this article, scientists are just now starting to see the undeniable, major connection between our microbe population and our overall health.
In the case of the experiment by microbiologist Zhao mentioned in part 1, the study was expanded even further. Zhao brought in a 385 lb man who was inflamed, diabetic, had high bad cholesterol and high blood sugar. When analyzing this man’s microbes, it was found that 35% of them belonged to the species “Enterobacter cloacae”. He put the man on the same diet he was on, and not only did the man lose 113 pounds in 23 weeks, but the Enterobacter clocae numbers went down, as did the endotoxin and inflammation markers.
Zhao then introduced Enterobacter into mice. Astonishingly, they developed endotoxemia, diabetes and became obese – but only when eating a high fat diet. Different mice introduced to bifidobacteria or kept microbe free, remained lean on the same high fat diet.
The implication of Zhao’s findings as well as the other research out there is that there is a huge area of knowledge to be explored on radical medical treatment via microbe manipulation and treatment.
In the meantime, what kinds of foods should we eat to promote healthy microbes?
Ideally, foods containing high amounts of oligosaccharides – prebiotic fibers that allow the bacteria in our gut to feed and thrive, producing byproducts that are essential for our bodies such as vitamin K and B vitamins. The food list: plant foods, especially raw plant foods where possible – fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Potatoes, bananas, yams, apples and oranges – these all provide healthy servings of good starches and prebiotics that will help your micro flora thrive.
On the other hand, refined and fatty processed foods will change your gut permeability and alter your entire microbial system, turning it against you by leaking toxic byproducts into your bloodstream.
Metabolic Syndrome has become an epidemic in North America. It is characterized by a wide variety of dysfunctions which include obesity, chronic, low grade inflammation, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, low good cholesterol and a “beer belly”. Eventually, these symptoms if ignored will lead to bigger, full blown problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancers and even dementia.
Now, scientists are starting to consider the possibility that chronic inflammation may not just be a symptom – but a cause of metabolic syndrome, and that this may all be connected to how healthy your gut is.
Consider these three experiments detailed here:
1) Diabetes specialist, Dr. Paresh Dandona measured the body’s response to a fast food breakfast from McDonalds. He discovered that “within literally” minutes, levels of a C-reactor protein which is an indicator of systemic inflammation had shot up greatly, and went on to last for hours. Dr. Dandona then went on to test different foods on subjects over the next decade.
In 2007, he had a break through when he discovered that while sugar water caused inflammation, orange juice (which contains a lot of natural sugar) did not. In a subsequent study, when subjects drank a glass of fresh squeezed OJ along with their fast food breakfast, the juice seemed to protect their metabolism, and the subjects did not show either elevated blood sugar or inflammation.
Perhaps, Dandona’s key finding was on a substance called endotoxin. Endotoxin comes from our gut microbes, and as long as it stays in our gut, it does not cause harm, but in our bloodstream it wreaks havoc and causes inflammation. Dandona’s research showed that foods full of fat and refined carbohydrates pushed endotoxin into the bloodstream, whereas orange juice stopped the process immediately.
2) Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis raised mice in plastic bubbles without any microbes 10 years ago. They found that these mice were able to gorge on food without growing obese or developing metabolic syndrome. However, when the mice were given a dose of endotoxin, the mice became obese and developed diabetes. However, similarly to Dandona’s experiments, when the scientists added oligosaccharides (soluble plant fibers) from things like bananas and garlic into the mice diets, the process again reversed and there was no inflammation or diabetes.
3) A Chinese microbiologist, Liping Zhao heard of the Washington University trials and decided to do his own research on himself, combining traditional Chinese medicine with modern microbiology. He changed his diet to whole grains (which are rich in prebiotic fibers which promote healthy gut bacteria) and started regularly consuming two traditional Chinese foods also thought to promote healthy micro flora – bitter melon and Chinese yam. The results? Zhao lost 44 lbs, lowered bad cholesterol levels and normalized his blood pressure. Sampling his microbes throughout the process, Zhao found that a bacteria called “Faecalibacterium prausnitzii” had increased in his gut. This bacteria and it’s relatives are absent in people with inflammatory diseases.
When people think of natural killers, they think of cancer, and heart disease, and other similar conditions.
If that’s what you automatically think of when you think of serious health conditions, then you’re correct to assume they’re pretty dangerous.
But surprisingly the main culprit for most of these disease might be something you’ve never even thought of, much less heard of.
And in in all likelihood since this condition leads to many of these common health conditions, it might be safe to call it America’s #1 killer.
The culprit here is Leaky Gut.
Leaky gut (or intestinal permeability) is more than likely one of the leading causes of the large majority of health conditions seen in the U.S.
Part of the reason is the Standard American Diet (SAD) is detrimental to the body’s intestinal system. By eating food that your body wasn’t designed to handle your body will then develop diseases that can often be fatal.
Think of what would happen if you put rocks in your car’s gas tank.
That’s leaky gut in a nutshell.
Now here’s how leaky gut affects your health.
When you eat food, the food is digested and then passed into your intestinal tract for the extraction of nutrients. As food moves through your intestines, only wholly digested proteins are meant to move through your body’s intestinal lining into the blood stream.
But what happens when you eat a SAD, is undigested food begins to pass through the intestinal lining. This can trigger two very harmful effects, inflammation and an autoimmune response (where your body attacks its own tissues). Both inflammation and auto-immune responses can have catastrophic affects on your health.
Take a look at the conditions that inflammation alone can produce in the body.
- Heart Disease
- Chron’s Disease
- Cognitive Heart Failure
- Gall Bladder Disease
And a lot more.
Autoimmune conditions include:
- Addison’s disease
- Celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Pernicious anemia
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sjogren syndrome
- Type I diabetes
And typically all of these conditions are caused by leaky gut.
So how exactly does leaky gut begin?
First it has everything to do with what kind of foods are eaten. Food like gluten, beans, soy, any kind of sugar, corn, dairy, and anything artificial begin to erode the lining of the intestines. As this happens holes begin to emerge. These holes eventually allow for food material to pass into your blood stream
The result as already explain is both inflammation and auto-immune disorders begin to develop.
Additionally, leaky gut can be caused by the use of antibiotics (which kill healthy gut bacteria) and the use of NSAIDs (ibuprofen) which create an environment where acids and enzymes can eat through your intestinal walls.
The truth is adjusting your diet to where you avoid all off the aforementioned foods, as well as staying away from most medicines, can help fix a leaky gut.
When the gut is repaired, then the chances of developing many of the more common diseases of civilization that kill so many are severely reduced.
One of the easiest ways to fix leaky gut is to adjust diet.
But if you’ve tried to adjust your diet and still have symptoms associated with leaky gut (“Headache, brain fog, Rashes, hives, and skin problems, gas bloating and gastrointestinal problems”) then you might need to fix your gut flora.