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Warfarin – The Rat Poison Drug

Written by Brenton Wight – LeanMachine, Health Researcher
Posted 8th December 2017, Updated 4th December 2019.
Copyright © 1999-2019 Brenton Wight and BJ&HJ Wight trading as Lean Machine abn 55293601285

Why use Warfarin?

Warfarin is a blood thinner, belonging to a class of drugs known as anti-coagulants, designed to keep blood thin and prevent clots. They make it hard for clots to form, which is a good thing if we are trying to prevent an ischemic (blood blockage) stroke, but a bad thing if we have a hemorrhagic (bleeding)stroke.
It is the most often prescribed drug prescribed for AF (atrial fibrillation), a type of irregular heartbeat, where upper chambers of the heart quiver instead of contracting efficiently, affecting millions of people.
Although AF is not necessarily life-threatening by itself, it can increase risk of blood clots which can break free to cause an ischemic stroke if the clot lodges in a brain artery, or pulmonary thrombosis if lodged in a lung artery.
However, there are down sides.
– Warfarin makes it difficult to stop a cut from bleeding.
– Warfarin increases risk of a hemmorhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain).
– Waefarin increases risk of intestinal bleeding.
– Warfarin increases risk of an aneurysm where a blood vessel ruptures.
– Warfarin increases risk of uncontrolled bleeding due to a fall or accident.

The Warfarin Study

A new study shows that Warfarin (marketed under the name Coudamin), a heart drug taken by millions of people, increases dementia risk 300%.
This study, led by Dr. T. Jared Bunch, was conducted by the Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Pharmacist Anticoagulation Service, based in Salt Lake City, and examined the medical records of more than 10,000 patients.
Dr Bunch presented the study results at the Heart Rhythm Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco.
The findings were:

  • Patients with erratic warfarin levels have a higher risk of small clots, or small bleeds in the brain, causing dementia
  • AF patients have three times the risk of dementia compared to those who take warfarin for other conditions
  • Some foods, drinks, antibiotics and other drugs alter warfarin blood levels quickly. Regular blood tests and dose variations are essential to maintain the correct range
  • The dementia risk increases to four times higher if the dose is not exactly right or requires frequent adjustment

History of Rat Poison

The University of Wisconsin developed the drug as a rat poison in the 1940’s. It kills rodents by invoking bleeding. Rats bleed to death after ingesting the poison.
Endo Laboratories began selling it for human use in the 1950’s, but Warfarin proved to be a management problem for doctors and patients. Bad reactions to many foods and some drugs, especially antibiotics, are common with Warfarin treatment.

Warfarin Side Effects

Another study by New England Journal of Medicine showed that warfarin accounts for double the emergency hospitalizations than any other drug, and is the leading cause of emergency room visits by seniors.
Apart from dementia, warfarin causes internal bleeding, stomach ulcers, kidney failure, and chronic cough. Hillary Clinton takes warfarin, and has suffered a severe cough while campaigning in 2016.
Of course, given that dementia is a common problem with seniors, and the risk for dementia is three to four times higher, more dementia means more missed or doubled-up doses of Warfarin, sometimes leading to death of the patient.

Prescription Alternatives

There are a few options:

  • Apixaban (Eliquis)
  • Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
  • Edoxaban (Savaysa)
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

Whichever we use, there is always a risk of bleeding problems.
The new medications have a reduced risk of bleeding, and wear off faster than warfarin, so appear to be safer.
However, dangerous bleeding while taking warfarin can be controlled with Vitamin K, or a combination of PCC (prothrombin complex concentrate) and fresh frozen plasma.
The amount of vitamin K in the diet, contained in leafy green vegetables, determines the effectiveness of Warfarin, so we must consistently eat the same foods. We can eat salads (and we should) but we have to eat them all the time with warfarin. This is not a problem for the new drugs because Vitamin K does not interfere with their operation. If we ate plenty of salads regularly throughout our life, we would probably never need warfarin!

Praxbind (idarucizumab) can be used in emergencies to reverse the anti-clotting effects of Pradaxa.
Other drugs to reverse blood-thinning are still in development.
Xarelto currently has no approved antidote, meaning that an overdose or a bleed from, say, a fall resulting in a nasty bump on the head, could cause death by a brain bleed.

Drugs and Lifestyle

The new drugs are more convenient in that they do not require as many blood tests as warfarin, which requires testing at least monthly, after getting the initial dose right, where the starting dose is high, followed by a maintenance dose, and blood tests are required every 2 to 3 days until the levels stabilise.
Apart from the inconvenience of regular blood testing, many people do not like getting stuck with a needle so often.

Interaction with Other Medications

Some prescription drugs, some supplements and some foods interfere with warfarin, while others make warfarin work too well, which can cause a major bleeding problem.
Some seniors have presented at the emergency room with blood coming from all fingernails, toenails, eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
Often the slightest bump in the body results in extensive bruising, and a small cut results in excessive bleeding.
There is an enormous list of medications that interact with warfarin. The newer blood thinners also have interactions, but nowhere near as many.
The new blood thinners have some benefits over warfarin, but if we manage our warfarin well, there is no need to change. However, if we have kidney failure or mechanical heart valves the new medications may not be safe.

Natural Alternatives

Warfarin patients whose dosages often change should ask their doctor for alternative medications, as other blood thinners have fewer potential problems.
Aspirin is another blood-thinning medication given to those with cardiovascular problems, but again, can cause massive problems with internal bleeding, loss of eyesight from Macular Degeneration (bleeding and expansion of blood vessels in the retina), or hemmorhagic stroke (brain bleed).
Natural remedies work well for some people, and here are a few known to work:

These or other natural alternatives may require Warfarin levels to be lowered. Thinning the blood too much while taking Warfarin may be very dangerous.
Green leafy vegetables, high in vitamin K, act as an antidote to warfarin, requiring higher dosage for efectiveness, but a change in diet will cause a higher risk of bleeding.

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Disclaimer

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LeanMachine has been researching nutrition and health since 2011 and has completed many relevant studies including:
Open2Study, Australia – Food, Nutrition and Your Health
RMIT University, Australia – Foundations of Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia – Chemistry – Building Blocks of the World
University of Washington, USA – Energy, Diet and Weight
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Health Issues for Aging Populations
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – International Nutrition
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics I
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics II
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Principles of Human Nutrition
TUFTS University, USA – Nutrition and Medicine
TUFTS University, USA – Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease I and Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease II
Technical Learning College, USA – Western Herbology, Identification, Formulas
Bath University, England – Inside Cancer
WebMD Education – The Link Between Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation
WebMD Education – High Potassium: Causes and Reasons to Treat
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands – Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain
LeanMachine has now examined thousands of studies, journals and reports related to health and nutrition and this research is ongoing.

Posted 8th December 2017, Updated 4th December 2019. Copyright © 1999-2019 Brenton Wight and BJ & HJ Wight trading as Lean Machine abn 55293601285

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New Insights on Gut Permeability and Depression

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 23, 2019

5 Natural Heartburn Remedies Proven to Beat Drugs

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Posted on:  Wednesday, October 30th 2019 at 12:30 pm

Here are five natural heartburn remedies that went head to head with drugs and won

Whether you call it heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, or just indigestion, the discomfort is unmistakable. It’s a sour taste at the back of your throat… a burning sensation in the middle of your chest… a persistent dry cough… a painful sensation in your stomach.

Over 60 million Americans get the symptoms at least once a month. And millions every day reach for over-the-counter antacids like Tums. Others rely on histamine blockers like Tagamet (cimetidine), Pepcid (famotidine), or Zantac (famotidine).

Heartburn is now so widespread that the third leading class of drugs on the market is proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs include Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (pantoprazole), and Prevacid (lansoprazole).

Proton Pump Inhibitors were originally prescribed for short-term treatment of peptic ulcers. But today long-term use of these drugs is common for the relief of heartburn and acid reflux. And they’ve been associated with a long list of serious side effects including:

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Deficiencies of magnesium, zinc and calcium
  • Increased bone and hip fractures
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Vitamin C Deficiency
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Myopathies
  • Cognitive malfunction
  • Food allergies
  • Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea (C. Diff)
[View the entire list of 30+ adverse effects on GreenMedInfo’s Acid Blocker Research page.]

And none of those pharmaceutical remedies get to the immediate triggers or the root cause of acid reflux. Some aren’t even very good at relieving the symptoms.

Here are five natural remedies that went head to head with drugs and won.

1. Melatonin Beats Prilosec

Brazilian researchers conducted a single blind randomized study of patients suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Every day half the patients took 20 mg of omeprazole (Prilosec). The other half took a supplement containing melatonin as well as l-tryptophan, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, methionine and betaine.

After just 40 days 100% of the melatonin group had a complete remission of their symptoms. But only 65.7% of the Prilosec group got relief.[i]

Another study of 34 GERD sufferers found that melatonin accelerates the healing effect of omeprazole and therefore shortens the duration of treatment and minimizes adverse side effects.[ii]

And a case study published in Alternative Therapies In Health and Medicine reported that a 64 year-old woman with GERD wanted an alternative to PPIs because she already suffered from osteoporosis. Her doctor found that after 40 days on 6 mg of melatonin she was able to discontinue her PPI without returning symptoms.[iii]

2. Gluten-Free Diet (GFD) Rapidly Improves GERD

Foods containing gluten are a frequent cause of heartburn. Eliminating gluten can resolve the problem.

A study in Argentina evaluated 133 adult celiac disease patients and 70 healthy controls. For four years the participants answered questionnaires about GERD symptoms.[iv]

At the beginning of the study 30.1% of the celiac patients had moderate to severe GERD compared to 5.7% of the healthy controls. After just three months on a gluten-free diet, celiac patients rapidly improved their GERD symptoms. Their symptom rates dropped to those of healthy controls.

And Italian researchers found that a gluten-free diet resolved non-erosive reflux disease in celiac patients after just eight weeks with no recurrence at 12, 18 and 24 months.[v]

3. Ginger Better Than Prevacid

Researchers in India compared ginger to lansoprazole, sold under the brand name Prevacid.[vi]

In an article published in the journal Molecular Research and Food Nutritionthey found that one compound in ginger was 6 to 8 times more potent than Prevacid at inhibiting acid production. In addition, ginger has powerful antioxidant properties that protect fats from oxidizing and shield DNA from damage. The researchers concluded that specific fractions within ginger have “potential in-expensive multistep blockers against ulcer.”

4. Acupuncture More Effective Than Proton Pump Inhibitors

When PPIs prove ineffective for patients, doctors typically double the dose. University of Arizona researchers compared a second dose of proton pump inhibitors to acupuncture treatments in GERD patients. In a 4-week randomized study of 30 patients, half were assigned to take a double dose of their PPI. The other half took their normal dose but received acupuncture treatments twice a week.

The acupuncture group experienced significant decreases in daytime heartburn, night-time heartburn, and acid regurgitation. They also significantly improved their general health. Those taking a double dose of their PPI did not have any significant changes.[vii]

5. Water Lowers Stomach Acid Faster Than Drugs

Greek researchers tested various antacids and PPIs against drinking a glass of water to reduce stomach acid. They gave 12 healthy subjects a single dose of either water (about 7 ounces), an antacid, Ranitidine (Zantac), Omeprazole (Prilosec), Esomeprazole (Nexium), or Rabeprazole (AcipHex). Then they monitored their stomach acid for six hours.

They found that far and away water worked fastest to decrease stomach acid taking only one minute to be effective. The antacid took twice as long and the drugs took anywhere from 50 to 175 minutes to match water.[viii]

For more information on how to relieve symptoms of acid reflux, read Heartburn Solved: How to Reverse Acid Reflux and GERD Naturally.

Originally published: 2014-09-28

Article updated: 2019-10-30


References

[i] Ricardo de Souza Pereira, “Regression of gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms using dietary supplementation with melatonin, vitamins and aminoacids: comparison with omeprazole.” J Pineal Res. 2006 Oct;41(3):195-200. PMID: 16948779

[ii] Tharwat S Kandil et al, “The potential therapeutic effect of melatonin in Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease.” BMC Gastroenterol. 2010;10:7. Epub 2010 Jan 18. PMID: 20082715

[iii] Melvyn R Werbach, “Melatonin for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease.” Altern Ther Health Med. 2008 Jul-Aug;14(4):54-8. PMID: 18616070

[iv] Fabio Nachman et al, “Gastroesophageal reflux symptoms in patients with celiac disease and the effects of a gluten-free diet.” Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Mar;9(3):214-9. PMID: 20601132

[v] Paolo Usai et al, “Effect of gluten-free diet on preventing recurrence of gastroesophageal reflux disease-related symptoms in adult celiac patients with nonerosive reflux disease.” J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Sep ;23(9):1368-72. PMID: 18853995

[vi] Mugur N Siddaraju, Shylaja M Dharmesh Inhibition of gastric H+, K+-ATPase and Helicobacter pylori growth by phenolic antioxidants of Zingiber officinale. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Mar;51(3):324-32. PMID: 17295419

[vii] R Dickman, E Schiff, A Holland, C Wright, S R Sarela, B Han, R Fass, “Clinical trial: acupuncture vs. doubling the proton pump inhibitor dose in refractory heartburn.” Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Nov 15;26(10):1333-44. PMID: 17875198

[viii] Karamanolis, G et al, “A glass of water immediately increases gastric pH in healthy subjects.” Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Dec;53(12):3128-32. PMID: 18473176

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2019

The Damaging Effects of Oxalates on the Human Body


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Analysis by Dr. Joseph MercolaFact Checked – November 10, 2019

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Oxalic acid or oxalates are very tiny molecules that bind minerals like calcium and form crystals. It is found in a variety of seeds, nuts and many vegetables. It’s only two carbons and four oxygen molecules. It’s a highly reactive compound that is attracted to positively charged minerals
  • Oxalates not only can cause kidney stones (calcium oxalate kidney stones) but also may be responsible for a wide variety of other health problems related to inflammation, auto-immunity, mitochondrial dysfunction, mineral balance, connective tissue integrity, urinary tract issues and poor gut function
  • Oxalic acid can harm glandular function, connective tissue function, neurological function and the function of the tissues of excretion, particularly the kidneys and bladder
  • Having a damaged gut lining will increase your absorption of oxalates. An inflamed or damaged gut lining is a very common problem, thanks to frequent antibiotic use and the presence of a number of chemicals in our food supply, including glyphosate. Other plant compounds such as phytates and lectins (such as gluten) can worsen gut health and exacerbate the impact of oxalates
  • Tissue destruction, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are all issues that can be related to oxalates

Sally Norton,1 who has studied nutrition and has a graduate degree in public health, is one of the leading experts on oxalate poisoning — a topic you don’t hear much about. Chances are you may never have heard about oxalates, or have any idea why they might matter.

As is often the case with experts in any health field, her expertise is an outgrowth of her personal struggles with health problems that didn’t respond to more conventional treatments, including healthy living (Norton was a vegetarian for 16 years).

“Like so many other people who are now discovering this, I was the kind of person who, no matter what I did, I could not create the vibrant robust health that I felt that I wanted, that I felt was intended for me to have.

It was just perpetual frustration, which is kind of amazing because the more you try to be healthy, the less it works — even when you’ve got a degree in nutrition from Cornell University and a degree in public health.

I worked in integrative medicine and knew all the holistic and complementary healing modalities … Here I was, the health expert who was not healthy …

The Vulvar Pain (VP) Foundation started educating people 25 years ago and making a big effort to get foods properly tested to know about oxalates in food because the story here is that we’re eating foods that are full of a toxin called oxalate …

We’re not paying attention to how this chemical’s affecting our physiology … [Oxalate] is a natural chemical that plants make, and we even make oxalate in our own metabolism.”

Chances are, if you have heard of oxalates, you’ve heard of them in relation to calcium oxalate kidney stones. A vast majority of the scientific information available on oxalate refers to this. However, while it certainly contributes to kidney stones, it can also have other detrimental health effects.

Interestingly, from the 1850s through the early 1900s, oxalate poisoning was well-recognized. Back then, it was referred to as oxalic acid diathesis. It was known to be a seasonal problem that got worse in the spring and summer, when fresh greens were available, when people’s oxalate consumption would go up.

Unfortunately, it has since gotten lost and left out of clinical science. As noted by Norton, there’s scientific evidence showing oxalic acid can harm glandular function, connective tissue function, neurological function and the function of excretion routes, particularly the kidneys.

Oxalate 101


Oxalic acid or oxalates are tiny molecules found in a variety of seeds, nuts and vegetables. It’s only two carbons and four oxygen molecules. It’s a highly reactive compound that is attracted to positively charged minerals. Norton explains:

“Calcium has a particular love of oxalate, and vice versa. The two of them seek each other out quite easily. We often see very abundantly the calcium oxalate form of oxalate. We see it in the plants. The plants form crystals and have the smaller individual ions and nanocrystals.

But they do form these bigger constructions, these kinds of plant pyramids, rocks and sticks and diamonds and things that the plants make, probably deliberately for many … plants are making use of oxalate for self-defense.

In the body, you’re going to see these other forms … A molecule that has less strong a bond — potassium oxalate, sodium oxalate and so on — those are the soluble forms. When you see oxalate in nature, you see the big calcium oxalate crystals — that’s the same thing that the kidney stone is made of. The major ingredient of the classic kidney stone is oxalate.

Unfortunately, in our parlance in medicine, we think of it as calcium … We just generalize to calcium because there are multiple types of calcium stones. But in the case of oxalate stones and oxalates causing calcification in the body, the oxalate part gets sort of dropped.

Medicine is not taught that you need the substrate to make a kidney stone. You need to provide enough oxalic acid or oxalate, soluble oxalate, the potassium oxalate, the sodium oxalates and so on. You can provide enough of that to perform this calcification in the kidneys and elsewhere in the body.

The plants that we’re eating have these oxalate crystals. The big ones just cause abrasion … They’re very small, but at the cellular level they’re quite big and abrasive. They just cause mechanical damage …

These soluble oxalates are the ones that easily — because they’re so tiny — pass through in between cells. Just with passive transport, we end up absorbing oxalates. The amount we absorb depends on a lot of factors, especially the health of our digestive tract.

Those of us with any inflammation in the digestive tract are more prone … to absorbing more of that soluble oxalate and even nanocrystals of calcium oxalate. At least 1% of calcium oxalate from food is also absorbed, in addition to the soluble oxalate.

But you see, soluble oxalate is not content being potassium oxalate. It would much rather be calcium oxalate, iron oxalate or magnesium oxalate. Right away, it starts grabbing minerals. It starts messing with mineral metabolism. It even can create bouts of acidosis.”

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Conditions That Can Worsen Oxalates’ Impact

As mentioned, having a damaged gut lining will increase your absorption of oxalates. Most people, in fact, have damaged gut lining, thanks to a number of assaulting compounds and chemicals.

The presence of glyphosate in our food supply is one of these problematic compounds. If you’re not eating mostly organic food, you’re bound to be consuming glyphosate, which can wreak havoc on your gut function, as described in “Glyphosate: Pathways to Modern Diseases.”

Other gut-destroying exposures include frequent antibiotic use, which can lead to various forms of microbiome imbalance, including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Some processed foods contain mucus-destroying emulsifiers. Even a number of naturally occurring plant compounds such as phytates and lectins (such as gluten) as well as the sharp oxalate microcrystals are trouble for gut health. These and other compounds found in foods can worsen gut inflammation and exacerbate the impact of oxalates by allowing oxalates easy entry into the blood stream.

Many of the foods that have become popularized in the modern diet are also high-oxalate foods, which means exposure is higher in general.

High-Oxalate Foods

Examples of high-oxalate foods include potatoes, peanuts, nuts, spinachbeets, beet greens, chocolate, blackberrieskiwifigs, black beans, buckwheat, quinoa and whole grains. Norton ate a lot of beans, soy, Swiss chard, and sweet potatoes when she was a vegetarian; these are all high oxalate foods. When she cut wheat and soy from her diet, sweet potatoes became a daily staple in her diet.

Eventually, she discovered the healing value of animal foods such as bone broth, but it took many years of painful disease before she made the connection between her arthritis and her favorite plant foods.

Nuts and seeds tend to contain high amounts of oxalates, so any seed is suspect if you’re sensitive. Pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, sunflower and flax are among the safest, as they contain lower amounts. Oils and fats, even when extracted from plants, are all low in oxalates.

“When you extract an oil or fat, you do not take with you the oxalates. It could have been from a peanut. The oil’s still low. Olives are pretty high, but olive oil’s low. It’s really simple. It’s not in the animal foods, and it’s not in the oils and fats. But it’s in most things that are seeds,” Norton says.

“It’s also in several green vegetables, mainly spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens. Those are really the bad ones. There are a couple of kales that are not so good.

Collards are kind of medium bad. The mixed greens that people like now … those baby mixes are loaded with little beet green leaves, little Swiss chard leaves, which are high [in] oxalates …

Certain fruits are really high: kiwi … clementine … Anjou pears, guava, figs, elderberries, apricots, blackberries, unripe avocados … Starfruit is so high it’s really dangerous.”

Signs and Symptoms of Oxalate Poisoning

Tissue destruction, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are all issues that can be related to oxalates because oxalate in tissues trigger the inflammasome reactions of the body’s innate immune system.

“This reactive compound kind of trashes your basic building blocks of connective tissue,” Norton says. Oxalates also cause inflammation and interfere with your body’s natural healing and repair mechanisms that usually happen overnight while you sleep.

Needless to say, this can worsen a wide variety of ailments, and trigger just as many. Norton tells the story of her own health problems, and how she finally identified oxalates as the culprit causing them all.

“Glycoproteins are where the oxalates get stuck on cells. We tend to see oxalates keeping old injuries in place where you don’t fully recover all the way. That’s one symptom. You’ve got things that don’t completely clear up. For me, it was my feet … I was forced to leave school and go get these feet dealt with. I just could not function anymore.

I had surgery. I stayed out of school for four years because I wasn’t getting better … I was getting weird vulvar symptoms, arthritis, fatigue, difficulty focusing and cognitive problems. There are a lot of neurological neurotoxicity [effects from oxalate] that interfere with cognitive function and sleep.

Fast forward years later to 2009 when I learned about the Vulvar Pain Foundation and connected the bout of vulvar pain that I had to my diet. But it took me years more of flipping around with complete disability. I could no longer work … I basically was sofa-bound.

I had to have a hysterectomy … There was endometriosis in there. The ovaries were trashed … and I didn’t recover well from that. My endocrinologist sent me off to this sleep lab because he said, ‘You’re eating great. You look awesome by way of blood tests. But, obviously, you can’t read, function or exercise.’

I was surprised to see that my nervous system was so toxic that my brain was waking up 29 times an hour … I developed irritable bowel syndrome, and then eventually it turned into chronic constipation, which is very common amongst us oxalate-poisoned people.

Part of what’s going on there is those nerves and muscles are almost paralyzed. They’ve lost their control. Their sphincters aren’t working well. The muscle tone in the colon is not functioning well because of this constant stream of oxalates coming …

It looks like you have SIBO, or you probably do, because of all the antibiotics. Of course, … emulsifiers in our [processed] foods are eroding away the mucous layer. The mucous layer is another layer of protection that we’ve lost and increases our absorption of oxalates.”

Eventually, you may develop signs and symptoms that look very much like an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Norton realized she needed to get her gut healthy. The question was how. She’d already tried everything she could think of.

An experiment with a kiwi diet in 2013 finally made the oxalate issue hit home. Her arthritis flared up and she couldn’t sleep from the pain. At that point, it dawned on her that the kiwi — a high-oxalate fruit — and the arthritis were connected.

In about 10 days on an oxalate-free diet, all of her symptoms improved. Six months after that, her feet, which had never properly healed after her surgery, were completely fine.

Lectins and Oxalates Are a Problematic Mix

On a related note, lectins — another plant chemical — can also wreak havoc on your health, and Dr. Steven Gundry, author of “The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain,” strongly believes lectins are at play in many autoimmune diseases. Norton warns that together, lectins and oxalates can “gang up on you.”

“Plants have many other chemicals too. In my research, it looks like the main target of plant chemicals that are aggressive and harmful to us is the gut … Lectins are going to create that leaky damage and make you vulnerable to infection and absorbing oxalates.

Basically, these [oxalate] nanocrystals and ions are the most toxic forms. The bigger ones that later on you can see in … kidney stones, they’re actually less toxic than the little ones.

Nanocrystals are known to interfere with the charge on cells. They depolarize cell membranes and start disabling the functions of membranes, which means your mitochondria are not working. The oxalate slows down the mitochondrial ability to produce energy.

The nanocrystals of asbestos and oxalates have basically the same level of harm. It’s just that we don’t eat asbestos three times a day and call it health food.”

How Oxalates Contribute to Heart Failure

Oxalates can also contribute to heart arrhythmia, heart failure, endothelial disorders or generalized endothelial distress. Endothelial cells are the cells that line everything, including your vascular system. Oxalates floating around your vascular system can do considerable damage, causing irritation and injury to endothelial cells.

“You set up the conditions for vascular problems,” Norton says. “Oxalates are grabbing minerals. It’s taking calcium out of the blood … and probably other minerals as well. It also has the potential to take the place of the normal chelator that would hold iron in your transferrin …

What we see in people who are post-keto, where they’ve been doing the almond bread and spinach smoothies a lot (these are the kind of people who come to me — ex-vegans and ex-keto dieters), they are getting attacks of heart rates of 130, 150. They’re getting attacks of arrhythmia … A few of them get hospitalized and they’re seeing T-wave inversions … In this case, people have stopped eating the almond bread and the spinach smoothies …

Now the body is so ready to be done with the oxalate that’s gotten stuck in all these tissues that it starts removing too much at one time. Then you get localized acidosis. You get effects in the blood. You get effects in the heart rate.

We see this electrolyte disturbance, which involves continued wasting of potassium and other minerals. We have to keep re-adding these minerals. Also, it’s almost like tissue dehydration. I really like to push salt, potassium, calcium and magnesium to help manage this sort of flushing …

Diaphragm hiccups, by the way, are a bad sign … hiccups are a neurotoxicity symptom; the vagus nerve and the whole diaphragm is getting flipped up by being poisoned … The literature … shows that one of the last symptoms before the rats die or the humans die from oxalic acid poisoning is hiccups …”

Dental tartar and even dental caries are other signs of excessive oxalates. I struggled with chronic tartar buildup myself, until I learned it was related to oxalates. When clearing out oxalates you may also experience sinus pain. Your sinuses, eyes, teeth, jaw and salivary glands are all prone to oxalate buildup, as are your fingers, toes, feet and joints in general.

Do You Need to Ditch High-Oxalate Foods From Your Diet?

If you’re eating a lot of high-oxalate foods and are struggling with any kind of chronic health issue that doesn’t seem to respond to other sensible lifestyle changes and treatments, you’d be wise to give a low- or no-oxalate diet a try.

In my own case, I was eating a lot of sweet potatoes because they’re a good source of “healthy” carbs, but they are also loaded with oxalates. All potatoes are. There is no potato that’s not high in oxalates, so get rid of the potatoes. Norton offers the following advice:

“Turning this around, you have to make a decision that you’re willing to walk away from group think because everybody around you thinks that plants are so great and you need the spinach smoothies … If you’re willing to get some facts that are science-based, then I’ve got a lot of free information on my website.

The way I understand one of the major mechanisms is this something called a trigger-maintenance theory of the oxalate accumulation in the body. The body is really smart. It’s holding onto oxalates because it’s trying to protect you from that heart arrhythmia and all that vascular damage.

The nonvascular system … the body is willing to sacrifice in order to keep the vascular system well … If you’ve got too much oxalate in your blood, the other cells will deliberately hold on to it as a temporary deal …

The body’s holding on to oxalate is meant to be temporary. Every tissue that’s holding oxalate so wants it to be gone. You give it that opportunity when you stop eating oxalates. But there can be so much already onboard. If that stuff starts moving at the same time, you could release oxalate from tissues at a [toxic] level … We’ve got to be careful about how quickly and how we go about moving [oxalate out] …

There are simple things you can do to start lowering your oxalate. Pick the foods that you don’t need in your life and then eventually get down to the chocolate and cut that too …

On my website you can get a beginner’s guide2 that explains the basics and has a graphic that shows that your spinach smoothie is 20 times what your level of oxalate should be on a whole day’s intake. It has a list of the safe bet foods and the worst offender foods that you’ve got to start cutting back on and then eventually eliminating altogether …

The two main causes of disease are toxicity and nutrient deficiency. Oxalate is causing both … You’re losing both B-vitamins and minerals. It’s very toxic. It is a poison. It’s fundamentally messing with the basics of metabolism that allows tissue recovery, repair, [that] allows growth and flourishing.”

The Carnivore Elimination Diet

Norton has for several months now been doing the carnivore diet as described in “Health Effects of the Carnivore Diet,” which features my interview with Dr. Paul Saladino. Norton discusses her transition:

“I kept seeing allergy, intolerance and colon intolerance to a lot of plant foods. I had already worked my way down to eating lemon juice because citric acid … helps weaken in bonds of the [oxalate] crystals and make them quite easy to come apart.

Citric acid protects your kidneys and is a great way to dissolve kidney stones. A half a cup of lemon juice a day and a low-oxalate diet will help your kidneys release all this oxalate painlessly. You just start peeing out all your kidney problems without pain.

I was using a lot of lemon juice, four or so lemons a day, and eating coconut products and coconut water, often from fresh young coconuts, sometimes bottled or dried coconut, and very little else for like a year. It really does help the colon repair and recover. It’s such a nice elimination diet.

April 1, 2019, I dropped the lemons and a few more supplements I was taking, like vitamin E, and dropped the coconut products … I went full carnivore.

I, myself, think that the mitochondrial and metabolic damage that’s happening from the oxalates is also being promoted by PUFAs, the polyunsaturated fatty acids, which I did not have a lot in my diet.

But some of us still need some sugars in the diet to keep the mitochondria happy. I’m back to using some maple syrup and some mangoes and a little bit of carbs to keep my legs from cramping up with low muscle glycogen.

I still love a high-fat diet. I eat a lot of beef fat and pork fat. I really enjoy a meat-centered diet. I think it’s a fabulous elimination diet that can help us. Then figure out how to bring back into the diet, as much as you wish to, low-oxalate foods like lettuce, apples and coconut stuff and some rice, some blueberries … things that you may want in your diet.

There’s a whole lot of vegetables in the cabbage family that are low in oxalate, if your digestive tract likes them, [that] … have resistant starch in them and can be useful … Transitioning from a high-oxalate diet to a low-oxalate diet, maybe even all the way down to the carnivore-style elimination diet, needs to be gradual.

Because if you create a big microbiome die-off, you’re just going to feel sick from that as well. When the oxalates start coming out, that makes you feel sick. That’s another reason why we need supplements.”

Recommended Supplements for Oxalate Poisoning

Supplements recommended by Norton for those struggling with oxalate poisoning include calcium citrate, potassium citrate, magnesium citrate and potassium bicarbonate. These are all simple mineral salts that you can easily buy in bulk powders, which I recommend doing as readymade capsules contain amounts that are so low you’ll have to swallow a whole handful of pills to get the dosage you need.

If you dislike the taste of potassium bicarbonate (which has a flavor reminiscent of baking soda), you can purchase large empty capsules and make your own. Natural unprocessed salt (such as Himalayan salt) is another important “supplement.”

“Some people go through these waves of feeling ill again as their body starts pushing out oxalates because, when you stop eating oxalate, that doesn’t fix your oxalate problem in the short run, because you’re still full of oxalates …

It’s just that the acute phases that were occurring post-meal aren’t there anymore. But you’re going to have some other phases that are often circadian in nature where you have waves of not feeling good.

We want to be aware that some of what’s going on there is a form of acidosis … The combination of lemon juice and bicarbs — about a quarter cup of lemon juice and about one-eighth teaspoon of sodium bicarb and one-eighth teaspoon of potassium bicarb — makes a lovely Alka-Seltzer Gold, made with natural citric acid …”

Again, any changes you make, whether removing food items high in oxalate or adding supplements, make sure you do it slowly and incrementally. If you have a lot of oxalate in your body, too-rapid a change can shock your already fragile system, causing you to get worse rather than better.

Over time, work your way up to 1,200 milligrams of calcium citrate, about 400 to 500 mg of magnesium and 2,500 – 4,000 mg of potassium per day. The purpose of the calcium citrate is to help release oxalates from your tissues, so when looking for calcium citrate, make sure it does not have vitamin D in it, as the vitamin D encourages absorption of oxalates.

“The bicarb is wonderful because it’s not citric acid [which, for some, can irritate the gut]. It is also alkalizing, as is the citric acid and the minerals. All of this helps with alkalization. You’re replacing the minerals. You’re also providing it citric acid, which protects your kidneys and other tissues from oxalate accumulation and damage.

They’re really helpful. You want to take as much as you can tolerate, because the more the merrier when it comes to the minerals. I think general liquid mineral for a broad spectrum is really good, [and] taking [natural unprocessed] salt to help pull hydration and pull potassium back into the bones and the muscles.

A lot of us, if you get any muscle numbness, like fibromyalgia pains, that’s the potassium deficiency showing up in the muscles, where they end up in chronic rigor and you get hypoxia from the poor circulation going on there.

Once you’ve got enough potassium that will disappear completely in about five or six weeks … I have salt and potassium bicarb, potassium citrate always in my drinking water … I drink it all day long, all the time …”

If you don’t want to drink it throughout your day, Norton recommends taking a third of your daily dose at bedtime, as this is when your body is repairing and recovering and needs these nutrients most. Take another dose in the morning, and a third dose with a meal. An additional dose can be taken if you’re having an episode you think might be related to oxalate release.

More Information

Norton currently has a book in the works. Until then, the best place to find more information is her website, SallyKNorton.com. There you can find symptom lists, guidance on oxalate-elimination, low-oxalate recipes, free articles and additional interviews and talks,3 along with more details on the science behind oxalates’ devastating health effects.

For a quick look at your own intake of high oxalate foods and the signs of oxalate-related health issues, check out Sally’s Symptom and Exposure Inventory, HERE.

“If you work your way through the various tabs on my site, you will get a huge education there,” Norton says. “And then work your way … through my blog … There’s enough reading there. You’ll be busy for a while. That will really help a lot.”

 

 

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The Little Known Miracle of Life: Fulvic acid

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In the beginning, the earth was blessed with rich, fertile soil and lush vegetation. The soil was teaming with microbes — bacteria, fungi, and protozoa, to name a few. In the perfect cycle of life, microbes in the soil break down dead plant material and create substances and nutrients that nourish plants. When humans eat these plants, we enjoy the nutrients that they provide

The microbes in the soil make the hidden treasure called fulvic acid, the miracle of life. Fulvic acid is not a vitamin or a mineral and science cannot synthesize this substance in a laboratory. Our bodies require it for optimal health, but, we no longer get fulvic acid in adequate amounts from our food.

While the scientific research is growing in support of fulvic acid, there are less than 1,750 studies on PubMed.gov. One needs to dig around to find fulvic studies related to human benefits, but information and clinical evidence exists. This is not “just another supplement” but a powerful, life-giving substance that is quietly disappearing from our food and this is taking a toll on human health.

Fulvic acid has been reported to rejuvenate health and bring a multitude of benefits that are unmatched by any other natural substance.

Fulvic acid (FA) has been used for 3,000 years as Shilajit in Indian medicine.

Carrasco-Gallardo stated, “It is likely that the curative properties attributable to shilajit are provided by the significant levels of fulvic acids that shilajit contains, considering that fulvic acid is known by its strong antioxidant actions.” [v]

Historically, it was believed that fulvic acid/Shilajit had immune-modulating, antioxidant, diuretic, antihypertensive, and hypoglycemic benefits. [Winker][Trivadi] FA was used in diabetes, and to support the urinary, immune, digestive, cardiac, and nervous systems. [xxiv][i][ii][viii]

In Ayurveda literature it is called “rasayana” or rejuvenator, enhancing the quality of life. [xxxviii][xv]

Benefits

Fulvic acids can be found in compost or peat, lignite (brown coal which gives inferior fulvic acid) or ancient humic deposits that come from deep within the earth. Unlike other deposits formed over time deep below the earth’s surface, like coal, oil and natural gas, humic deposits are safe, providing powerful compounds that provide an impressive number of benefits for plants, humans and animals.

  • enhances the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals [xxxix]
  • anti-inflammatory effects [iv][x][xiv][xxxvii][xxxiii]
  • anti-allergy [xl]
  • improves many aspects of eczema [xiv]
  • speeds skin healing [xxix][xiv][xxxvii]
  • enhances healing of wounds infected with drug-resistant pathogens [xliv][xlii]
  • protects against free radical damage as an antioxidant [iv][xxxiv][xxv]
  • anti-aging benefits [v]
  • improves gut flora and gut health [xxxix]
  • anti-diarrheal effects in animals and humans [xxvi]
  • improves energy levels [xxiv]
  • reduces oxidative stress [xxxix]
  • useful in treatment of osteoarthritis patients [xix]
  • shows antiviral activity, interfering with a virus’ ability to attach to a host cell, penetrate the host cell, and reproduce itself [xxii][xxviii]
  • displays antimicrobial activity [xxxvi]
  • displays antifungal activity [xiii][xxxii]
  • effective for the management of oral biofilm infections [xxxiii]
  • anti-aging effect on the skin, increasing fibroblast viability and reducing collagen degradation [xxi]
  • neuroprotective, improves memory and brain function [v][ix][xvi]
  • supports the immune system [xxxix]
  • stimulates metabolism [vi]
  • cleanses toxins and heavy metals from the body [xviii][vii][xxiii]
  • shows immunomodulatory activity [xxxi]
  • modulates homocysteine and pro-inflammatory mediators linked to atherosclerosis [xii]
  • promotes ulcer healing [xv][xxxi][xli]

Science cannot create fulvic acid

Fulvic acid offers a seemingly endless spectrum of benefits for human and animal health that would make any pharmaceutical company nervous. Fulvic acid cannot be made by man because it involves photosynthesis and humification. The process that creates fulvic acid requires nature’s recyclers, microorganisms, working in fertile, rich soil over a long period of time. Microbes decompose organic material (manure, compost, decaying plant material), in the soil to create nutrients for the plant including trace minerals, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Microbes make the minerals in the soil into a useful form for plants and over time the microbes help create an amazing substance called humus (hyoo-muh s).

“Essentially, All Life Depends Upon The Soil … There Can Be No Life Without Soil And No Soil Without Life”

~ Charles E. Kellogg, head of the Soil Survey in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 37 years (1934-1971)

We never had to worry about getting enough fulvic acid, it simply existed in our soil and in our food, since time began. Fertile soil, and the microbial life within it, is a highly valuable natural resource that is critical for food security and for human health. Fertile soil is teaming with microbial life (it is interesting to note that there are more bacteria in two spoonfuls of rich, fertile soil than there are humans on planet earth). Sustainable farming practices that add compost and organic compounds to the soil help create a robust microbial community. Microbes are required for the cycle of life. They work to break down plant and animal matter, and over hundreds and thousands of years, fulvic acid is one of the end products of decomposition.

Common agricultural practices cause the loss of fulvic acid in food and the progressive deterioration of human health

Over the past 50 to 100 years, farming practices that sustained humans for thousands of years have drastically changed. Chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides were created to increase crop yield, kill insects and control weeds. Modern agricultural practices increase the amount of food produced but the toll this has taken on soil microbes, plant nutrients and human and animal health is underappreciated.

While attempting to kill the pests and weeds and bolster plant production, the chemicals used in agriculture have inadvertently attacked friendly troops in the soil jungle.

The price of growing food this way is dramatically altering the natural recycling process required in nature, and the downstream effects on human health are mounting.

Fulvic acid may seem like “just another nutrient” that is declining in food, but it is actually the most important health-building compound because it is nature’s intended vehicle for transporting minerals and other nutrients into living cells.

Fulvic acid is nature’s answer to depleted food and too many toxins

Fulvic acid and humic acid are the key substances found in humus, the end result of the humification process where microbes in the soil break down once living matter, usually plants. It is believed that most of the health benefits attributed to Shilajit and humic substances are primarily due to the presence of fulvic acid. [v]

Fulvic acid is a very small molecule of low molecular weight. It is smaller than humic acid and penetrates the cell membrane and even the mitochondria. [v] Because fulvic acid bonds easily to nutrients like vitamins and minerals, it efficiently delivers nutrients where they are needed. Without fulvic acid our bodies’ ability to absorb nutrients (from food or supplementation) is diminished. [xxiv]

Fulvic acid’s small molecular weight coupled with the fact that it is water soluble at all pH levels, makes it superior for working in the body to:

  • deliver nutrients
  • bring antioxidant benefits
  • remove cellular waste products and toxins [xliii]

“You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

~Dr. Linus Pauling, awarded two Nobel Prizes

It is well known that minerals are required for a range of biochemical processes, but mineral deficiencies are epidemic. Our food lacks the vitamin and mineral content that it should have and most supplements do not absorb well enough to correct mineral deficiencies. The fulvic acid complex contains bioavailable minerals and trace elements that are desperately needed to combat widespread mineral deficiency in humans.

Fulvic acid is nature’s answer to the problem that man has created with over-farming and the production of processed foods.

Fulvic acid is a magical vehicle with 60 seats

The main components of fulvic acid are carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. These molecules in fulvic acid easily bond to other molecules and transport them through the body. It can possess over 70 trace elements, electrolytes, polyphenols, flavonoids, and essential amino acids.

Naturopathic physician, Dr. Daniel Nuzum, has been studying fulvic acid since 1998. He has used fulvic acid supplements with thousands of patients, and he researches and teaches extensively about fulvic acid. Very few doctors can make this claim, and have little to no experience with fulvic acid. Dr. Nuzum is an expert and he is able to communicate a difficult concept in a way that is easy to understand. “Fulvic acts like the FedEx truck and the garbage truck,” Dr. Nuzum explained. “It delivers nutrition into the cell and carries the trash (toxins & waste) out too!”

Fulvic acid has 60 receptor sites and because it is a carbon-based compound, it bonds easily to nutrients. Dr. Nuzum likens fulvic acid to a 60-passenger bus carrying nutrients in each of the 60 seats. The fulvic acid bus travels along to cells needing a nutrient package delivered. When it drops off the nutrient package, a seat is empty on the fulvic acid bus, so it picks up cellular waste and toxins, like the garbage man, and removes them from your system.

The missing puzzle piece

Many people are feeling the effects of low nutrient absorption, even in the presence of a good diet with regular intake of supplemental vitamins and minerals. This information about fulvic acid is the missing puzzle piece for many people seeking health. Whether you are fighting an infection, rebuilding health, or desire anti-aging strategies, add fulvic acid daily to help your body absorb and use needed nutrients. Take advantage of this powerful electrolyte and antioxidant.

Increase cellular voltage to increase health and energy

Fulvic acid has highly active carbon, hydrogen, molecular oxygen (available oxygen) and enables better electrolyte balance. It recharges cells allowing them to carry an electrical charge longer than normal and survive longer as a cell.

Your body must get enough electrons to keep cells at a healthy, healing voltage. While proper nutrition is a critical piece, it is not enough without voltage. This is where fulvic acid comes in to help. Fulvic acid brings molecular oxygen into the body, increasing the oxygen concentration.

CareyLyn Carter, biochemist and researcher said in an interview, “Fulvic acid molecules act like mini-batteries, going around and charging everything that it comes in contact with. It raises the voltage. When our cell’s membranes are fully charged, nutrients can get inside the cell more easily. When nutrients are inside cells they are available for biochemical processes that support our wellness.”

A closer look at fulvic acid for skin conditions, cancer and brain health

Fulvic acid improves skin conditions

Fulvic acid has anti-inflammatory properties.

A randomized, double blind, controlled study showed that fulvic acid significantly improves inflammatory skin conditions, like eczema with topical use, twice daily. It has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for skin infections, and would be useful for humans and animals. [xiv]

It was found that fulvic acid reduces the pH of the skin, relieves the itch and improves the appearance of the skin rash. [xiv] FA relieves inflammatory skin conditions. [xxxvii]

Fulvic acid has antimicrobial properties and is a safe and effective topical treatment for skin infections. [xxxvi] Previously studies were cited supporting the use of fulvic acid and humic substances for wounds, rashes and fungal infections.

Fulvic acid has anti-cancer actions

Fulvic acid and the humic compounds are potential cancer chemopreventive agents [xxvii] and have been shown to induce cancer cell apoptosis. [xx]

Fulvic acid and humic substances have actions that combat certain cancer risk factors:

  • free radicals (fulvic acid acts as an antioxidant) [v][xliii][xxx]
  • toxins and heavy metals (fulvic acid bonds to and removes toxins and heavy metals) [xviii][vii][xxiii]
  • UV Radiation (fulvic acid is a photoprotective agent) [xxiv]
  • diabetes (humic substances showed hypoglycemic effects in animal studies) [xxxv]
  • inflammation (Winkler and Ghosh stated in a 2018 review study “there is substantial evidence to pursue FvA (fulvic acid) research in preventing chronic inflammatory diseases, including diabetes.”) [xxxix]

Huang showed that fulvic acid suppresses resistin. High levels of serum resistin are associated with several types of cancer and is thought to play a role in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC) by initiating the adhesion of colorectal cancer cells to the endothelium. FA inhibits the adhesion of CRC activated by resistin.[xvii]

Fulvic acid is neuroprotective and gives brain benefits

The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, published a study in 2011 that concluded, fulvic acid “has several nutraceutical properties with potential activity to protect cognitive impairment.” Researchers showed evidence that fulvic acid inhibited the formation of intracellular tangles of tau protein, seen in Alzheimer’s disease. [ix]

How to supplement with fulvic acid

Natural sources of fulvic acid

As discussed, conventional food production methods are destroying microbes in the soil, therefore it is imperative to eat the highest quality, organically grown food possible to increase the fulvic acid content and nutrient content of the food.

Organic vegetables

It is possible to get fulvic acid from plants, provided that they have been grown organically, in fertile soil, rich in humic substances. As you know from the earlier discussion on current agricultural practices, this is very difficult to find these days so most people benefit from taking fulvic acid as a supplement.

The best organic vegetables, in terms of fulvic acid, are the root vegetables like radishes, carrots and beets, but there is no way to know for sure that you are getting adequate fulvic acid from your diet.

Organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses from sugar cane

Another source of fulvic acid is organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses from sugar cane. This sweetener provides a good source of minerals and fulvic acid to aid in mineral absorption.

Fulvic acid supplementation

If you are taking any medication, please consult with your healthcare provider for contraindications. While fulvic acid is safe, there just are not enough studies on using fulvic acid with medication.

Take fulvic acid daily as part of your health rejuvenation regimen.

As fulvic acid supplements are being added to the market in a variety of forms, the consumer must be aware that not all fulvic acid supplements are equally safe. Fulvic acid is available in liquid preparations or powder supplements and capsules. It is believed that liquid forms are more bioavailable.

Here are a few things to consider when looking for a fulvic acid supplement:

  • Source. It is important to know that the fulvic acid was not obtained from brown coal (lignite) or deposits from a source contaminated with heavy metals like aluminumleadmercury and arsenic. Look for a product sourced from high quality humic shale.
  • Extraction. Look for fulvic acid extracted with pure, distilled water (not tap water) and no harsh solvents.
  • Water. Tap water containing chlorine and fluoride must never mix with fulvic acid or any of nature’s nutrients as harmful compounds can form. Find out if your fulvic acid provider uses tap water in their supplement preparation.
  • Potency. Will the supplier provide lab-verified data about their potency.
  • Preservative-free, ideally.
  • Glass packaging. Using any type of plastic in the extraction or bottling of fulvic acid is dangerous because the fulvic acid breaks plastic down. Plastic is a petroleum-based substance and will contaminate fulvic acid solutions.

Fulvic acid is a natural, water soluble substance that can be combined with liquids for oral consumption and it can be used topically. Follow directions from the manufacturer of the product you choose, and consider different options for use:

  • Combine fulvic acid with other plant compounds, like spirulina in water, to enhance the benefits.
  • Add fulvic acid to a smoothie or antioxidant superfood supplement drink.
  • Take fulvic acid with herbs, medicinal mushrooms or essential oils suitable for internal consumption.
  • Topically, use fulvic acid in a natural healing salve recipe including plant extracts known to support the skin’s healing.

Should you add fulvic acid to your daily health regimen?

The choice is yours. I believe that we need to supplement with fulvic acid now in order to harness the ability to get more nutrient absorption, increased detoxification, and increased electrical potential.

This may be the missing puzzle piece and help explain the dramatic increase in chronic disease that people of all ages are experiencing. The information on fulvic acid resonated with me the first time I began hearing about it. When that happens, I cannot keep silent – for who knows whether you and I have come to this information for such a time as this.

Originally published: 2019-11-06

Article updated: 2019-11-07

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The Curious Bidirectional Link Between Gut Health and Sleep


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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Mounting research suggests your gut microbiome helps regulate not only your mood but also your sleep cycle through what’s known as the gut-brain axis — a bidirectional communication “highway” that links your central and enteric nervous systems
  • Your gut microbiota affect brain function through the immunoregulatory pathway, the neuroendocrine pathway and the vagus nerve pathway, all three of which have this bidirectional flow
  • Research shows the microbiota in your gut are under circadian control, which means disruptions in sleep can affect the composition and health of your microbiome, which can have significant impact on your overall health
  • The microbes in your gut can also affect the actual quality of your sleep. Total microbiome diversity is positively correlated with increased sleep efficiency and total sleep time
  • Recent research shows the composition of your gut microbiome, the quality and quantity of your sleep, your immune function and cognition are all connected

Sleep plays an integral role in your immune function, and one of the surprising mechanisms behind this link has to do with how sleep impacts your gut microbiome. Two recent studies shed light on this connection between sleep and your gut health.

The first, published in the December 2018 issue of Frontiers in Psychiatry,1 focused on the microbiome’s role in insomnia and depression. As noted by the authors:

“Numerous studies have suggested that the incidence of insomnia and depressive disorder are linked to biological rhythms, immune function, and nutrient metabolism, but the exact mechanism is not yet clear.

There is considerable evidence showing that the gut microbiome not only affects the digestive, metabolic, and immune functions of the host but also regulates host sleep and mental states through the microbiome-gut-brain axis.

Preliminary evidence indicates that microorganisms and circadian genes can interact with each other. The characteristics of the gastrointestinal microbiome and metabolism are related to the host’s sleep and circadian rhythm.”

Your Gut Microbiome’s Role in Insomnia and Depression

Previous studies have shown your gut microbiome can play a significant role in depression and anxiety, and that your diet — which can effectively alter the bacterial composition of your gut — can raise or lower your risk of these mood disorders.

As noted in the Frontiers in Psychiatry study,2 mounting research suggests your gut microbiome helps regulate not only your mood but also your sleep cycle through what’s known as the gut-brain axis — a bidirectional communication “highway” that links your central and enteric nervous systems.3

According to the authors of this paper, your gut microbiota affect brain function through three different pathways, all of which have this bidirectional flow:4

1.The immunoregulatory pathway — Here, gut bacteria influence brain function via interaction with immune cells that regulate your levels of cytokines, cytokinetic reaction factor and prostaglandin E2.

2.The neuroendocrine pathway — With more than 20 types of enteroendocrine cells, your intestine is the largest endocrine organ in your body. As explained by the authors,5 “The gut microbiome may affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the central nervous system (CNS) by regulating the secretion of neurotransmitters such as cortisol, tryptophan and serotonin (5-HT).”

3.The vagus nerve pathway — Your enteric nervous system also plays an important role in the vagus nerve pathway. Here, gut microbiota can exert influence via sensory neurons in your intestinal myenteric plexus.

These intestinal neurons have synaptic connections to motor neurons in the intestine that help regulate hormone secretion in the gut and intestinal motility. Synaptic connections also exist between the intestinal nervous system and the vagus nerve, which connects your brain and intestine.

The authors note that neurotoxic metabolites produced by various gut microbiota can also enter into your CNS via your vagus nerve, “thereby affecting brain function, stress responses and sleep structure.”

As mentioned, the information flow through these three pathways is bidirectional, so your CNS can also regulate the composition of your gut microbiome through these pathways.

As one example, through its ability to alter the function of epithelial cells in your intestine, the HPA axis can affect the bacteria’s living environment, and in so doing, influence the composition of your gut microbiome.6

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Circadian Genes Affect Your Gut Microbiome

In 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three biologists for their discovery of master genes that control your body’s circadian rhythms. Your body contains not just one biological clock, but a vast array of clocks that regulate everything from metabolism to psychological functioning.

While the master clock in your brain synchronizes your bodily functions to match the 24-hour light and dark cycle, each and every organ, indeed each cell, has its own biological clock.

Half of your genes are also under circadian control, turning on and off in cyclical waves. As you might expect, the microbiota in your gut are also under circadian control, which means disruptions in sleep can affect the composition and health of your microbiome as well. As reported in Frontiers in Psychiatry:7

“Evidence suggests that Clostridiales, Lactobacillales, and Bacteroidales, which account for ~60% of the microbiota, show significant diurnal fluctuations that result in time-of-day-specific taxonomic configurations.

Liang et al. found that the two primary components of the mammalian intestinal microbiota, Bacteroidetes, and Firmicutes, showed cyclical changes in abundance from day to night that are related not only to rhythmic food intake and dietary structure but also to the biological clock and gender of the host.

Recent studies showed that circadian clock misalignment, sleep deprivation, and shift experience changes circadian clock gene expression and microbial community structure.

Interfering with the sleep patterns of mice can also change the structure and diversity of the intestinal microbiota. These findings suggest that circadian genes might affect the intestinal microbiota.”

So, to summarize the findings of this Frontiers in Psychiatry, there’s a bidirectional connection between your gut microbiome, your sleep and your risk of depression, and endocrine hormones and clock genes play important roles in these processes.

Microbiome Diversity Linked to Sleep Quality

The second study8,9 addressing the curious link between your gut health and sleep was published in PLOS ONE in 2019. Here, the researchers investigated how the microbes in your gut affect the actual quality of your sleep — which we already know can have far-reaching effects on your general health.

Poor sleep and/or lack of sleep has been linked to a wide variety of ailments and health conditions, ranging from poor cognitive performance and neurological dysfunction to an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes,10 heart disease,11 cancer12 and Alzheimer’s disease.13

On the other hand, high-quality sleep is associated with improved health, cognition and increased creativity, as discussed in “Using Sleep as a Tool for Creativity.”

Using advanced sleep measuring devices, the researchers were able to measure the quality of participants’ sleep, which was then compared to the composition of their gut microbiome to see if a correlation could be made. As reported by the authors:14

“We found that total microbiome diversity was positively correlated with increased sleep efficiency and total sleep time, and was negatively correlated with wake after sleep onset. We found positive correlations between total microbiome diversity and interleukin-6, a cytokine previously noted for its effects on sleep.

Analysis of microbiome composition revealed that within phyla richness of Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes were positively correlated with sleep efficiency, interleukin-6 concentrations and abstract thinking.

Finally, we found that several taxa (LachnospiraceaeCorynebacterium, and Blautia) were negatively correlated with sleep measures. Our findings initiate linkages between gut microbiome composition, sleep physiology, the immune system and cognition. They may lead to mechanisms to improve sleep through the manipulation of the gut microbiome.”

The Role of Cytokines

As mentioned at the beginning, sleep is known to influence your immune function, and cytokines, produced in response to an antigen, are multifunctional chemical messengers that help regulate your innate and adaptive immune systems.15

Interestingly, cytokines also appear to act as a “critical interface between sleep physiology and gut microbiome composition,” according to this study. As explained by the authors:16

“The acute phase pathway cytokines IL-1β and IL-6 in particular are strongly associated with sleep physiology. IL-1β is a major somnogenic factor. IL-1β administration in human and non-human animals increases spontaneous sleep and fatigue, and IL-1β increases with ongoing sleep loss.

Unlike IL-1β, IL-6 is not a direct somnogenic factor, but sleep loss results in increased IL-6 levels. In the gut, IL-6 and IL-1β mediated-inflammation fluctuate in response to stress and disease.

For example, intestinal mucositis results in increased expression of IL-6 and-IL-1β in the small intestine and in serum and colon tissue in mice. In humans, chronic stress alone increases IL-6 and-IL-1β.

Despite the close relationship between cytokine activity, gut microbiome activity and sleep, only a handful of studies have examined sleep and gut-microbiome composition … In humans, previous research has shown that partial sleep deprivation can alter the gut microbiome composition in as little as 48 hours …

A more recent study showed that high sleep quality was associated with a gut microbiome containing a high proportion of bacteria from the Verrucomicrobia and Lentisphaerae phyla, and that this was associated with improved performance on cognitive tasks.”

So, in summary, what this PLOS ONE study reveals is that the composition of your gut microbiome, the quality and quantity of your sleep, your immune function and cognition are all connected.

Lack of Sleep Makes Chronic Health Problems Extra Risky

The finding that poor sleep and lack of sleep can deteriorate your gut health helps explain why sleeping too little when you’re struggling with a chronic health issue could be a downright deadly prescription. As reported by CNN Health:17

“If you’re a middle-aged adult with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or existing heart disease and you typically sleep less than six hours each night, you could be setting yourself up for cancer or an early death from heart disease.”

The study18,19,20 CNN is referring to was published in the October 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). In it, researchers sought to determine whether short sleep duration would increase the risk of death associated with cardiometabolic risk factors and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

Data from 1,654 adults from the Penn State Adult Cohort were evaluated. Using Cox proportional hazard models, the adjusted hazard ratio for all-cause mortality among those who slept less than six hours and had cardiometabolic risk factors (high blood pressure, elevated glucose or Type 2 diabetes) was 2.14 times higher than those who regularly slept six hours or more.

They also had a 1.83 times higher risk of dying from cardiovascular or cerebrovascular diseases. Among those with a diagnosis of heart disease or stroke, sleeping less than six hours a night increased their all-cause mortality risk by 3.17 times. Interestingly, it also increased their risk of dying from cancer, specifically, by 2.92 times.

All of these associations were found to be independent of age, sex, ethnicity, obesity, smoking and other health conditions that might influence the results. Conversely, sleeping less than six hours did not increase the risk of death in those that did not have cardiometabolic risk factors or a cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease diagnosis.

Likewise, those with cardiometabolic risk factors or a cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease diagnosis who slept six hours or more were not at increased risk for death either. It was specifically the combination of chronic health problems and short sleep duration that increased the risk of death, including cancer mortality.

Sleep Duration Plays a Role in Mortality Prognosis

As noted by the authors:21

“Our novel findings show that objective short sleep duration increases the mortality risk of middle‐aged adults with CMRs [cardiometabolic risk factors] and those who have already developed CBVD [cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases].

Middle‐aged adults with CMR who slept <6 hours were at a high risk of dying from CBVD, whereas middle‐aged adults with CBVD who slept <6 hours were at a high risk of dying from cancer …

If these findings are replicated in other large cohorts with objective sleep measures, short sleep duration should be included in the prediction of the mortality prognosis of middle‐aged adults with CMR or CBVD.

The primary finding of the current study indicated that there was an ≈2‐fold risk for all‐cause, CBVD, and non‐CBVD mortality in participants who had CMRs at baseline and demonstrated short sleep duration in the sleep laboratory.

Individuals who had CMRs and normal sleep duration at baseline, on the other hand, did not show a significantly increased risk on any of the mortality outcomes. This finding suggests that obtaining an adequate amount of sleep may minimize the adverse effect of CMRs on multiple mortality outcomes.

For instance, participants with both CMRs and short sleep at baseline showed an 83% higher risk of dying from CBVD, whereas their CMR counterparts with normal sleep duration had a modest 35% nonsignificant higher risk of CBVD mortality …

In conclusion, objective short sleep duration is an effect modifier of the mortality risk associated with CMR or CBVD. More important, our data suggest that short sleep may operate through different mechanisms on CBVD versus cancer mortality.”

General Sleep Guidelines

Considering the massive importance of sleep for preventing the two top killers in the U.S. (heart disease and cancer), just how much sleep do you need to reap protective benefits?

According to a scientific review of more than 300 studies published between 2004 and 2014, a panel of experts came up with the following recommendations. Keep in mind that if you’re sick, injured or pregnant, you may need a bit more than normal.

Age Group Hours of sleep needed for health
Newborns (0 to 3 months) 14 to 17 hours
Infants (4 to 11 months) 12 to 15 hours
Toddlers (1 to 2 years) 11 to 14 hours
Preschoolers (3 to 5) 10 to 13 hours
School-age children (6 to 13) 9 to 11 hours
Teenagers (14 to 17) 8 to 10 hours
Adults (18 to 64) 7 to 9 hours
Seniors (65 and older) 7 to 8 hours

Set a Nightly Alarm to Help You Get Enough Sleep

There’s simply no doubt that sleep needs to be a priority in your life if you intend to live a long and healthy life. For many, this means forgoing night-owl tendencies and getting to bed at a reasonable time.

If you need to be up at 6 a.m., you need a lights-out deadline of 9:30 or 10 p.m., depending on how quickly you tend to fall asleep. If you find it difficult to get to bed on time, consider setting a bedtime alarm to remind you that it’s time to shut everything down and get ready for sleep. For further guidance, see “Sleep — Why You Need It and 50 Ways to Improve It.

How to Nurture Your Gut Microbiome

As for how to improve and maintain a healthy microbiome — which might do more to improve your sleep than is currently appreciated — it isn’t very complicated, but you do need to take proactive steps to encourage its health while avoiding factors known to cause harm. This includes:

Do Avoid
Eat plenty of fermented foods — Healthy choices include lassi, fermented grass fed kefir, natto (fermented soy) and fermented vegetables. Antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary, and when you do, make sure to reseed your gut with fermented foods and/or a high-quality probiotic supplement.
Take a probiotic supplement — Although I’m not a major proponent of taking many supplements (as I believe the majority of your nutrients need to come from food), probiotics are an exception if you don’t eat fermented foods on a regular basis. Conventionally raised meats and other animal products, as factory farmed animals are routinely fed low-dose antibiotics and GE grains loaded with glyphosate, which is widely known to kill many bacteria.
Boost your soluble and insoluble fiber intake, focusing on vegetables, nuts and seeds, including sprouted seeds. Chlorinated and/or fluoridated water — Especially in your bathing such as showers, which are worse than drinking it.
Get your hands dirty in the garden — Exposure to bacteria and viruses can help to strengthen your immune system and provide long-lasting immunity against disease.

Getting your hands dirty in the garden can help reacquaint your immune system with beneficial microorganisms on the plants and in the soil.

Processed foods — Excessive sugar feeds pathogenic bacteria.

Food emulsifiers such as polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols and xanthan gum also appear to have an adverse effect on your gut flora.

Unless 100% organic, they may also contain GMOs that tend to be heavily contaminated with pesticides such as glyphosate. Artificial sweeteners have also been found to alter gut bacteria in adverse ways.22

Open your windows — For the vast majority of human history, the outside was always part of the inside, and at no moment during our day were we ever really separated from nature.

Today, we spend most of our lives indoors. And, although keeping the outside out does have its advantages, it has also changed the microbiome of your home.

Research shows that opening a window and increasing natural airflow can improve the diversity and health of the microbes in your home, which in turn benefit you.23

Agricultural chemicals — Glyphosate (Roundup) in particular is a known antibiotic and will actively kill many of your beneficial gut microbes if you eat foods contaminated with it.
Wash your dishes by hand instead of in the dishwasher — Research has shown that washing your dishes by hand leaves more bacteria on the dishes than dishwashers do, and eating off these less-than-sterile dishes may actually decrease your risk of allergies by stimulating your immune system. Antibacterial soap — It kills both good and bad bacteria and contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance.
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Posted by: | Posted on: November 8, 2019

Healthy sunlight exposure boosts gut health in vitamin D deficient people

Reproduced from original article: www.naturalhealth365.com/sunlight-exposure-gut-health-3180.html

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(NaturalHealth365) Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is incredibly important for your body. Unfortunately, research shows more than 41% of Americans are deficient in this essential nutrient, mainly because they don’t get enough sunlight exposure.

This obviously puts millions of people at an increased risk for issues like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and … impaired gut health?

A new study published in Frontiers in Microbiology discovered that “healthy” exposure to UV radiation can boost vitamin D levels and improve the diversity of friendly bacteria living in the gut in certain individuals. The implication of this is huge, because we know now that gut health is closely linked to immune health and overall well-being and longevity.

Modest sunlight exposure boosts vitamin D and can improve gut health, study reveals

In this article’s featured study, researchers exposed 21 women to three full body sessions of ultraviolet (UV) radiation – specifically, UVB, the type of UV radiation normally associated with sunburn and skin cancer (the researchers used a special type of UVB lamp that doesn’t cause burning).  9 of these women took vitamin D supplements for three months prior to the UV sessions.

What happened next?

After the UV radiation sessions, all women saw improvements in their serum vitamin D levels. But the women who were deficient in vitamin D prior to the sessions also developed better balance and diversity in their gut microbiomes.  In fact, their gut health improved to match the women who had been supplementing with the gut-healthy vitamin for three months!

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This evidence, the authors conclude, “[suggests] the existence of a novel skin-gut axis that could be used to promote intestinal homeostasis and health.”

This research is consistent with past evidence that reveals a link between living at higher latitudes (where exposure to UV radiation is lower) and a higher risk of certain immune-related diseases including inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.

Overall, this latest study supports the consensus that sunlight is really the best source of vitamin D (which your skin cells produce from cholesterol after exposure to UVB radiation). The study also offers a possible reason as to why sunlight is so good for you, given the way it can boost gut health.

Fun in the sun: 4 ways to enjoy healthy sun exposure

There’s  no debate about it – excessive UV radiation from the sun can be damaging to your health, and you should avoid overdoing it or getting a sunburn at all costs.

As an example, one 2014 study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention showed that getting five or more blistering sunburns before age 20 increased a woman’s risk of skin cancer by as much as 80%!

However, we now know that healthy exposure to the sun helps our body produce vitamin D which is good not only for gut health but also bone and brain health.  Vitamin D deficiencies are linked with dire health consequences such as cancer, osteoporosis, dementia, and even depression.

Since UV radiation exposure seems to be the most effective way to boost vitamin D levels in your body (especially if you’re already deficient in the nutrient), how can you get out in the sun safely while minimizing your risk of sunburns, cancer, wrinkles, and so on?

  1. Seek the high noon sun. Evidence suggests the body is most efficient at making vitamin D when exposed to midday sun. Because of this, you don’t need to spend as much time in the sun, which can mitigate the effects of excessive UV radiation exposure.
  2. Go without sunscreen – at least for the first 10 to 30 minutes.  If you slather yourself in sunscreen your body won’t be able to use UV radiation to convert cholesterol into vitamin D. So go sunscreen-free for up to the first half hour in the sun, depending on how sensitive your skin is – remember, we DON’T want to burn!
  3. Expose as much skin as your modesty allows. Since your head and face are smaller areas, the skin there won’t produce as much vitamin D in response to sunlight. So go ahead and wear your polarized glasses and a wide-brimmed hat to avoid chronic eye problems and wrinkles – but wear a T-shirt and shorts to expose your limbs whenever possible.
  4. Supplement your sun exposure with a vitamin D rich diet. Sunlight is the best way to get more vitamin D in your body. But to boost your body’s supply (especially if you live in higher latitudes or have darker skin), consider taking a high quality vitamin D supplement (like cod liver oil) and eat vitamin D rich foods like fatty fish, beef liver, and eggs.

Sources for this article include:

AACR.org
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Posted by: | Posted on: November 7, 2019

Trans Fats Linked to Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s


Reproduced from original article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/07/trans-fats-and-alzheimers.aspx

Analysis by Dr. Joseph MercolaFact Checked

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Three dietary components shown to promote dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are sugar (especially processed fructose), grains and trans fats
  • Research published in the October 2019 issue of Neurology found a strong link between trans fat consumption and incidence of dementia and its various subtypes, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • People in the highest quartile of trans fat levels were 74% more likely to develop dementia. Those in the second-highest quartile had a 52% higher risk
  • Diets rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89% increased risk for dementia while diets high in healthy fats are associated with a 44% reduced risk
  • Up to half of all Alzheimer’s cases could also be prevented by addressing other modifiable lifestyle contributors such as physical inactivity, depression, smoking, high blood pressure, midlife obesity and diabetes

As noted by neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of “Grain Brain” and “Brain Maker,” your diet and other lifestyle factors have major implications for your Alzheimer’s risk.

Indeed, according to research1,2 published in the journal Lancet Neurology in 2011, up to half of all Alzheimer’s cases could be prevented by addressing modifiable lifestyle contributors such as physical inactivity, depressionsmokinghigh blood pressure, midlife obesity and diabetes.

Three dietary components shown to promote this neurological degeneration are sugar (especially processed fructose), grains and trans fats. Research3,4 from the Mayo Clinic, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2012, found diets rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89% increased risk for dementia while diets high in healthy fats are associated with a 44% reduced risk.

As noted by the authors,5 “A dietary pattern with relatively high caloric intake from carbohydrates and low caloric intake from fat and proteins may increase the risk of MCI [mild cognitive impairment] or dementia in elderly persons.” Similarly, a 2013 study6 in the journal BioMed Research International reported that:

“Increasing epidemiological studies suggest that diet and nutrition might be important modifiable risk factors for AD [Alzheimer’s disease].

Dietary supplementation of antioxidants, B vitamins, polyphenols, and polyunsaturated fatty acids are beneficial to AD, and consumptions of fish, fruits, vegetables, coffee, and light-to-moderate alcohol reduce the risk of AD … Adherence to a healthy diet, the Japanese diet, and the Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of AD.”

Trans Fat Consumption Increases Your Dementia Risk

Most recently, research7 published in the October 2019 issue of Neurology found a strong link between trans fat consumption and incidence of dementia and its various subtypes, which includes Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

The study included 1,628 Japanese seniors aged 60 and older. None had dementia at the outset of the study, which went on for 10 years. Levels of elaidic acid — a biomarker for industrial trans fat — in the participants’ blood were measured using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.

Based on those levels, the hazard ratios for all-cause dementia, AD and vascular dementia were calculated using the Cox proportional hazards model. As reported by the authors:8

“Higher serum elaidic acid levels were significantly associated with greater risk of developing all-cause dementia and AD after adjustment for traditional risk factors. These associations remained significant after adjustment for dietary factors, including total energy intake and intakes of saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.”

This increase in risk was not slight. As reported by CNN,9 people in the highest quartile of elaidic acid levels were 74% more likely to develop dementia. Those in the second-highest quartile had a 52% higher risk. No association between trans fat and vascular dementia was found.

Of the various processed foods found to contribute to elevated elaidic acid levels, pastries were the biggest contributors, followed by margarine, candy, caramels, croissants, nondairy creamers, ice cream and rice cakes.10

Dr. Richard Isaacson, a neurologist and director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, who was not involved in the study, commented on the findings to CNN:11

“The study used blood marker levels of trans fats, rather than more traditionally used dietary questionnaires, which increases the scientific validity of the results. This study is important as it builds upon prior evidence that dietary intake of trans fats can increase risk of Alzheimer’s dementia.”

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What Is Trans Fat?

As explained by CNN:12

“… artificial trans fats are created by an industrialized process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid (think of semi-soft margarine and shortening).

The food industry loves trans fats because they are cheap to produce, last a long time and give foods a great taste and texture. Besides fried foods, trans fats are found in coffee creamer, cakes, pie crusts, frozen pizza, cookies, crackers, biscuits and dozens of other processed foods.”

Trans fats are different from an unsaturated fat by a single hydrogen molecule on the opposite side of a carbon bond.13 This one positional change is responsible for the difference in characteristics of the fat, and the increased danger to your health.

Aside from dementia, strong evidence also links trans fats with inflammation and the development of insulin resistance and heart disease (all of which also happen to be risk factors for Alzheimer’s).

Faced with overwhelming evidence of harm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration removed partially hydrogenated oils (a primary source of trans fat) from the list of “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list of food ingredients in 2015, and as of June 18, 2019, food manufacturers are no longer allowed to use partially hydrogenated oils in foods14 due to their health risks.

Processed foods manufactured before this date, however, are allowed to remain on the market until January 1, 2021.15 (Compliance dates vary depending on whether manufacturers had “limited use” permissions for partially hydrogenated oils, but these are the final dates where all use must cease.)

However, that doesn’t mean that trans fats have been entirely eliminated and are of no further concern. What’s more, as long as a food contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, food manufacturers are allowed to label it as trans fat free.

The problem with this is that many experts agree there is no safe threshold below which trans fats are safe.16 To determine whether a product might still contain trans fats, carefully read the ingredients list.

Any item containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is bound to contain trans fat, even if the label says “0 Trans Fat.” Fried food and baked goods in general are also suspect.17,18 As lead study author Dr. Toshiharu Ninomiya, a professor at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, noted in a press release:19

“In the United States, the small amounts still allowed in foods can really add up if people eat multiple servings of these foods, and trans fats are still allowed in many other countries.”

Trans Fat Has Killed Millions

The rise of trans fat can be directly attributed to the wrongful vilification of saturated fats and cholesterol. We now have decades’ worth of data showing saturated fat and dietary cholesterol have no impact on heart disease and mortality. Meanwhile, studies have revealed the switch from saturated fat to trans fat-rich partially hydrogenated vegetable oils have led to the premature death of millions.

When New York severely limited the amount of trans fat allowed to be served at restaurants, it offered a unique opportunity for researchers to study20 the effects on residents and compare rates of heart attack and stroke before and after the restriction.

Three or more years after the restrictions were imposed on specific counties in New York City, researchers found a 6.2% reduction in heart attacks and stroke in those counties compared to areas of the city where the restrictions on trans fat were not imposed.

Considering trans fat has proliferated in the American diet since the late 1950s, the unnecessary death toll attributable to trans fat likely numbers in the millions each year, nationwide. Similar findings have been reported by Danish researchers. Denmark was the first country to act on research demonstrating the dangerous health effects of trans fat.

The study,21 published in 2016, found that in the three years after trans fats were regulated, which nearly eliminated it from the Danish food supply, the annual mean death toll from cardiovascular disease was reduced by an average of 14.2 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

We’ve Known Trans Fat Takes a Toll on Cognition for Years

One can only guess how many people have lost their minds thanks to trans fat over these past decades. The 2019 Neurology study certainly wasn’t the first to demonstrate a clear link between trans fat consumption and dementia risk.

For example, in a 2012 study,22 Dr. Gene Bowman, assistant professor of neurology at Oregon Health and Science University, reported a strong correlation between trans fat and cognitive performance.

People with high levels of trans fat in their blood performed significantly worse in cognitive testing and had reduced brain volume. Bowman commented on the results to HuffPost:23

“It’s clear that trans fats are bad — both for your heart and now, we see, for your brain. So I would recommend that people stay away from all trans fats.

If you aren’t sure whether something has them, just look at the ingredients … if there’s vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated anything … just put it down. That’s the big message here.”

Similarly, a 2015 study24 led by Dr. Beatrice Golomb found trans fat intake was linked to memory impairment in people under the age of 45. Each gram of trans fat consumed per day was linked to a 0.76 word decrease in word recall.

In the highest trans fat group, participants could recall on average 11 fewer words than those with the lowest trans fat intake, who had an average word recall of 86 words. The research, while unable to establish cause and effect, suggests trans fats may act as a pro-oxidant, contributing to oxidative stress that causes cellular damage.

Oxidized Omega-6 — Another Harmful Fat to Beware Of

It is clearly important to avoid trans fat, but as you will find out next year in an interview I am doing with Dr. Chris Knobbe about his Ancestral Health Symposium presentation, it is processed oils that are the primary culprit for nearly all Western diseases. Assiduously avoiding them is the key to staying healthy.

This is largely related to the oxidized omega-6 fat found in many processed foods, which may actually be even worse than trans fat. Now, omega-6 fat (linolenic acid) in and of itself is not the problem. Linoleic acid is also found in foods such as nuts, seeds and eggs, and is important for health.

The problem is oxidized omega-6 fat, and the fact that most people eat far too much of it. Intakes of omega 6 fat more than century ago were typically below 5 to 10 grams a day, and most of us now eat FAR more than that. For years, I’ve stressed the importance of balancing your omega-3 to omega-6 intake to protect your health.

Eating too much damaged omega-6 fat (found in abundance in processed vegetable oils) and too little marine-based omega-3 sets the stage not just for Alzheimer’s but also for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and depression — and that’s the short list.

It is very easy to overeat omega-6 fats. I recently switched from macadamia nuts to pecans, which are also low in carbs and protein, but I did not realize pecans are loaded with omega-6 fats, relative to macadamia nuts. I only discovered this by using the terrific nutrient tracker Cronometer.com. I have since realized that is not wise to eat more than a handful of nuts and not every day.

I discuss some of the most significant hazards of omega-6-rich vegetable oils in “This Fat Is Actually Worse Than Trans Fat.”

The ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats ranges from 1-to-1 to 1-to-5, but the typical Western diet tends to be between 1-to-20 and 1-to-50. Most people, especially Americans, are guilty of this lopsided omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, and to correct it, you typically need to do two things:

1.Significantly decrease intake of damaged omega-6 by avoiding processed foods and foods cooked in vegetable oil at high temperatures. A number of studies25,26 have found that people who regularly eat deep-fried foods have a significantly increased risk of stroke and death.

Common sources of harmful omega-6 to avoid include corn oil, canola oil, soy oil, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, margarine and shortening.

2.Increase your intake of animal-based omega-3 fats. Ideal sources include small fatty fish such as sardines, anchovies and herring, along with wild-caught Alaskan salmon, or a supplement such as krill oil.

Examples of Healthy Fats to Eat More Of

When it comes to dietary fats, remember this simple ground rule: Natural is best. The tips that follow can help ensure you’re eating the right fats for your health:

Use organic butter (preferably made from organic grass fed raw milk) instead of margarines and vegetable oil spreads — Butter is a healthy whole food that has received an unwarranted bad rap.

Ghee is even better, as you remove the milk solids that many have problems with. Ghee is pure fat with no carbs and is what I personally use. The best way to make it is to place it in a glass container in a dehydrator and don’t heat it higher than 100 degrees F. to preserve the quality.

You can suck off the milk solids with a glass baster. Once you have the ghee you don’t even need to refrigerate it as it is stable at room temperature for many weeks.

Use organic pastured pork lard for cooking and baking — A 2015 analysis27 of more than 1,000 raw foods ranked raw separated pork fat, also known as pork lard, as the eighth healthiest food on a list of 100.28 Valuable nutrients found in lard include:

Vitamin D29

Omega-3 fats30

Monounsaturated fats31 (the same fats found in avocados and olive oil32)

Saturated fats33

Choline34

Coconut oil is another excellent cooking oil that is loaded with health benefits.

To round out your healthy fat intake, be sure to eat raw fats, such as those from avocados, raw nuts, raw dairy products and olive oil. Also increase your animal-based omega-3 fat intake by eating more sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring or wild-caught Alaskan salmon, or take a supplement such as krill oil.

Following my nutrition plan will automatically reduce your modified fat intake, as it will teach you to focus on healthy whole foods instead of processed junk food. You can also learn more in my interview with Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food.”

In it, she delves deep into the pros and cons of various fats. The following chart was also created by her, which gives you a quick overview of the good, the bad and the ugly.

good fats oils- versus bad

Eating Right Can Help Prevent Dementia

In closing, remember that, by and large, it is your everyday lifestyle choices that will determine whether your brain will maintain its function throughout your lifetime, or degenerate with age into a potentially deadly neurological disease like Alzheimer’s.

With regard to diet specifically, key factors that will promote lifelong brain health include the following. For a list that also includes other suggested lifestyle modifications, see “How Excess Iron Raises Your Risk for Alzheimer’s.”

Eat real food, ideally organic — Avoid processed foods of all kinds, as they contain a number of ingredients harmful to your brain, including refined sugar, processed fructose, grains (particularly gluten), vegetable oils, trans fats, genetically engineered ingredients and pesticides.

Ideally, keep your added sugar to a minimum and your total fructose below 25 grams per day, or as low as 15 grams per day if you already have insulin/leptin resistance or any related disorders.

Opting for organic produce will help you avoid synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Most will also benefit from a gluten-free diet, as gluten makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream where they sensitize your immune system and promote inflammation and autoimmunity, both of which play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.

Replace refined carbs with healthy fats — It’s important to realize that your brain actually does not need carbs and sugars; healthy fats such as saturated animal fats and animal-based omega-3 are far more critical for optimal brain function.

A cyclical ketogenic diet has the double advantage of both improving your insulin sensitivity and lowering your Alzheimer’s risk. When your body burns fat as its primary fuel, ketones are created, which not only burn very efficiently and are a superior fuel for your brain, but also generate fewer reactive oxygen species and less free radical damage.

Pay close attention to the kinds of fats you eat — avoid all trans fats or hydrogenated fats that have been modified in such a way to extend their shelf life. This includes margarine, vegetable oils and various butter-like spreads. For examples of healthy fats to add to your diet, see the section above.

Time-restricted eating in a six- to eight-hour window — Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool to jump-start your body into remembering how to burn fat and repair the insulin/leptin resistance that is a primary contributing factor for Alzheimer’s.
Keep your fasting insulin levels below 3 — If your insulin is high, you’re likely consuming too much sugar and need to cut back.
Optimize your omega-3 level — High intake of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA help prevent cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, thereby slowing its progression and lowering your risk of developing the disorder.

Ideally, get an omega-3 index test done once a year to make sure you’re in a healthy range. Your omega-3 index should be above 8% and your omega 6-to-3 ratio between 1-to-1 to 5-to-1.

Optimize your vitamin D level — Sufficient vitamin D is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s and, indeed, research shows people living in northern latitudes have higher rates of death from dementia and Alzheimer’s than those living in sunnier areas, suggesting vitamin D and/or sun exposure are important factors.

If you are unable to get sufficient amounts of sun exposure, take daily supplemental vitamin D3 to reach and maintain a blood level of 60 to 80 ng/mL. That said, it’s important to recognize that sun exposure is important for reasons unrelated to vitamin D.

Your brain responds to the near-infrared light in sunlight in a process called photobiomodulation. Research shows near-infrared stimulation of the brain boosts cognition and reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s, including more advanced stages of the disease.

Delivering near-infrared light to the compromised mitochondria synthesizes gene transcription factors that trigger cellular repair, and your brain is one of the most mitochondrial-dense organs in your body.

Optimize your magnesium levels — Preliminary research strongly suggests a decrease in Alzheimer symptoms with increased levels of magnesium in the brain. Keep in mind that the only magnesium supplement that appears to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier is magnesium threonate.
Vitamin B12 — According to a 2010 study published in the journal Neurology,35,36 people who consume foods rich in B12 may reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s in their later years. Very high doses of B vitamins have also been found to reduce memory loss by preventing brain shrinkage.37
Eat plenty of nitrate-rich foods — Beets and other nitrate-rich foods such as arugula provide powerful benefits for your brain and may be a powerful ally in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.38

Your body transforms plant-based nitrates into nitric oxide,39 which enhances oxygenation, has beneficial impacts on your circulatory and immune systems, and serves as a signaling or messenger molecule in every cell of your body.

The betanin in beets also helps prevent oxidation, particularly oxidation caused when the beta-amyloid is bound to copper, which may help prevent the misfolding and aggregation of amyloid beta.40

Previous research41 has also shown raw beet juice helps improve neuroplasticity, primarily by increasing blood flow and tissue oxygenation. Nitric oxide, in its capacity as a signaling molecule, allows your brain cells to communicate with each other better. Importantly, the beets boosted oxygenation of the somatomotor cortex, a brain area that is often affected in the early stages of dementia.

Optimize your gut flora — To do this, avoid processed foods, antibiotics and antibacterial products, fluoridated and chlorinated water, and be sure to eat traditionally fermented and cultured foods, along with a high-quality probiotic if needed.

Remember that eating factory farmed meats will provide you with traces of antibiotics in each bite. Factory farmed meats are also a suspected route of prions, which are yet another culprit in Alzheimer’s. You can learn more about this in “Study Claims Alzheimer’s Disease Is a Double-Prion Disorder.”

Novel Treatments Are Being Explored

Diagnostic guidance and core treatment strategies are detailed in my interview with Dr. Dale Bredesen, featured in “ReCODE: The Reversal of Cognitive Decline.” (You can also download Bredesen’s full-text case paper,42 which details his ReCODE treatment program.)

On a side note, two promising treatment alternatives for Alzheimer’s include photobiomodulation, discussed in “Healing the Body With Photobiomodulation,” and a novel treatment developed at MIT using flickering lights and low frequency sound to stimulate gamma frequencies in the brain,43 which appears to reduce plaque formation.44

MIT neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai discussed the experiments at a recent Society for Neuroscience meeting, saying the therapy appears to improve survival and health of neurons, improving neuronal connectivity and dilating blood vessels in the brain. His team is now investigating whether it might in fact slow Alzheimer’s disease in humans.45

Over the years, as more and more drug trials have failed to find an answer to Alzheimer’s, researchers are increasingly starting to realize that to be able to address this disease with any measure of success, we have to go back to basics.

There’s a wealth of data showing diet and lifestyle factors are where it’s at when it comes to Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment, and this puts the power right into your own hands. There’s a lot you can do to minimize your risk, and cleaning up your diet is the best place to start.

– Sources and References
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7 Amazing Healing Powers of Aloe Vera

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7 Amazing Healing Powers of Aloe Vera

Around 1750 BC Hannibal waged war to control the areas in North Africa where aloe vera flourished. It’s no wonder when you understand the powerful medicine contained in this plant

Aloe vera is a succulent plant that belongs to the lily family. There are more than 300 species of the aloe plant, but the Aloe barbadensis species exhibits the most proven medicinal properties.

To date, there have been 75 nutrients identified in the gel of the aloe plant. It contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, choline, folic acid, alpha-tocopherol, and beta-carotene. In addition, aloe gel and whole leaf extracts improve absorption of both vitamin C and vitamin E.

Aloe vera also provides 19 of the 20 required amino acids and seven of the eight essential ones. And it contains digestive enzymes like amylase to break down starch and sugar, and lipase to help break down fats.

Aloe vera has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Hannibal is said to have waged war in order to control its growing area in North Africa around 1750 BC. It has been used to traditionally to treat burns, hair loss, acne, skin infections, hemorrhoids, sinusitis, and gastrointestinal pain. It also heals bruises, x-ray burns, and insect bites.

In modern times, aloe vera has become a home remedy for dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Its amazing pharmacological actions include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and antifungal.

GreenMedInfo’s research database contains 39 studies on the benefits of aloe vera. Here are just seven conditions it is proven to heal.

1. Skin Aging

Aloe is an established topical remedy for skin. But a 2009 study found taking aloe orally reduces facial wrinkles. In the study, 30 healthy women over the age of 45 took aloe vera gel as a supplement. One group took a low dose (1,200 mg/day) and a second group took a high-dose (3,600 mg/day).

The researchers measured signs of skin aging at the beginning and end of the study. After just 90 days, the researchers found that facial wrinkles improved significantly in both groups. But in the lower dose group facial elasticity also improved.

How does it work? The researchers found that the aloe increased collagen production leading to better structural support of the skin and fewer wrinkles. They also found aloe decreased gene activity that causes collagen to become damaged in the first place.

2. Psoriasis

Swedish researchers found that a cream containing aloe vera is effective for the treatment of psoriasis. They conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 patients with psoriasis. Patients were given either an aloe vera extract (0.5%) cream or placebo cream to apply three times a day for five consecutive days per week. The study went on for 16 weeks but with only four weeks of active treatment and 12 months of follow-up. By the end of the study, the aloe vera cream cured 25 of 30 psoriasis patients or 83.3%. Only two out of 30 patients in the placebo group were cured or 6.6%.

3. Cancer

Consistent with its other skin benefits, aloe vera may also prevent and treat skin cancer. A study from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine found that aloe vera and its constituents inhibit the skin cell proliferation that accompanies skin cancer. The researchers radiated human skin cells to simulate sun damage and trigger the process of proliferation that leads to skin tumors. They found that treating the cells with aloe-emodin, a constituent of aloe, significantly stopped the proliferation process. This confirmed aloe’s benefit in halting the progression of tumor formation after sun exposure.

But its cancer effects aren’t limited to skin. Studies also show that aloe vera may help prevent cervical cancer. A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention found that a cream containing aloe vera, curcumin, reetha, and amla (brand name “Basant”) is an effective and safe therapy for the clearance of cervical human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Researchers studied a group of women with HPV that had not yet progressed to high grade cervical neoplasias (i.e. cervical pre-cancer). Of the women who used the Basant vaginal cream for 30 consecutive days, 87.7% cleared the HPV infection compared to 73.3% of the placebo group.

In addition, aloe improves treatment outcomes for cancer patients. In one study 240 patients with metastatic tumors were randomized to receive chemotherapy alone or chemo accompanied by 10 ml of aloe given orally three times a day. The aloe group had significantly better regression of their tumors and better 3-year survival rates.

4. Periodontal Disease

Aloe vera has been found effective when added to toothpaste and mouthwash. In one study 15 patients with periodontitis (an infectious inflammatory disease of the gums) received injections of aloe vera gel in the gums around certain teeth. All of the patients had improvements in plaque build-up and their periodontal condition.

Using aloe vera juice as a mouthwash also reduces plaque buildup on the teeth. In a study of 300 people in India, researchers compared 100% aloe vera juice with a placebo and the chemical mouthwash chlorhexidine. Chemical mouthwashes cannot be used long-term because of side-effects like altered taste sensation, staining of the tongue, hypersensitivity reactions, and toxicity. For four days the 300 subjects were randomly assigned to either use the chlorhexidine, aloe vera, or placebo mouthwash. At the end of the study aloe vera juice worked just as well to reduce plaque buildup as the chemical mouthwash but without any side effects. It also worked significantly better than the placebo.

Aloe vera juice is also effective for a range of other dental problems including gingivitis, mouth sores from radiation therapy, and oral lichen planus (OLP). OLP is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects mucous membranes inside your mouth. It shows up as white, lacy patches, red, swollen tissues, or open sores that can cause burning and pain.

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 54 patients with OLP in Thailand subjects were given either aloe vera gel or placebo. After eight weeks 81% of the aloe group had a good response compared to only 4% of the placebo group. And 7% of the aloe group had complete clinical remission while 33% had complete resolution of burning pain.

Topical aloe vera also improves the quality of life for patients with OLP. In a Spanish study 64 patients with OLP were randomized in a double-blind study to either aloe vera or placebo. The aloe vera group received a topical dose of 0.4 ml (70% concentration) three times a day. In the aloe group, 31.2% of patients had complete pain remission after 6 weeks compared to only 17.2% of the placebo group.

5. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Taking oral aloe vera gel improves irritable bowel symptoms in just four weeks. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial 44 patients with mild to moderate active ulcerative colitis were given 100 ml of aloe vera gel or placebo twice a day. Various measures of the disease improved 30 to 47% with the aloe vera compared to only 7 to 14% for the placebo.

6. Diabetes

Aloe vera helps lower blood glucose levels. In one study of five patients with non-insulin diabetes, subjects were given half a teaspoon of the dried sap of the aloe plant (aloes) per day for 4 to 14 weeks. Fasting blood glucose levels fell an average of 122 points in every patient with no change in body weight. The researchers concluded that aloes contains a hypoglycemic agent that lowers blood glucose.

7. Wound Healing

Dressing cesarean section incisions with aloe vera gel increased healing within 24 hours of surgery according to one study of 90 women in Iran.

And a preliminary study of 30 patients in Nigeria found that aloe vera gel was just as effective as benzyl benzoate lotion to treat scabies.

Aloe vera gel has also been found to be a safe and effective treatment for patients with vulval lichen planus.

For more information, visit GreenMedInfo’s page on aloe vera.

Originally published: 2016-04-26

Article updated: 2019-10-30

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
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Do we need vaccinations?

By LeanMachine, including some content by Dr. Mercola, edited and added to by LeanMachine, Health Researcher.

First, let me make this clear: LeanMachine is not anti-vaccine.
True, I have not had a vaccination in around 10 years prior to writing this article, and probably never will. There are some vaccines which can help in some situations for some people, while others can be dangerous or deadly.
However, everyone has the right to full disclosure of the risks versus benefits of anything they allow into their body. We cannot tolerate being lied to about these risks and benefits, and lies from the Drug Industy is becoming normal in our modern world to protect their enormous profits.
We all have a choice of what food we eat, but it seems as time goes on, we are dictated to by Governments, operating on advice from money-driven drug companies, what is injected into us.
We usually do not have a choice in refusing vaccinations. If we refuse such injections, it can deny us the right to the job we want, or the school we can go to. We cannot even sue the drug companies or doctors in the USA as Government legislation protects them when they make us sick or even kill us.
When the Government takes away our right to decide what goes into our bodies, the Government owns us, as they own real estate, cash and cattle. In a “free” society, this cannot be tolerated.
And there are ZERO follow-ups after vaccinations to determine what effect vaccinations have on our general health.

The Nuremberg Code

Vaccinations are technically illegal in Australia.
Australia is a signatory to the Nuremberg Code, which was developed before, during and after the Second World War, when Nazi doctors were using humans as guinea-pigs for all sorts of bizarre experiments without the consent of the subject.
The code states:

  1. Required is the voluntary, well-informed, understanding consent of the human subject in a full legal capacity.
  2. The experiment should aim at positive results for society that cannot be procured in some other way.
  3. It should be based on previous knowledge (e.g., an expectation derived from animal experiments) that justifies the experiment.
  4. The experiment should be set up in a way that avoids unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injuries.
  5. It should not be conducted when there is any reason to believe that it implies a risk of death or disabling injury.
  6. The risks of the experiment should be in proportion to (that is, not exceed) the expected humanitarian benefits.
  7. Preparations and facilities must be provided that adequately protect the subjects against the experiment’s risks.
  8. The staff who conduct or take part in the experiment must be fully trained and scientifically qualified.
  9. The human subjects must be free to immediately quit the experiment at any point when they feel physically or mentally unable to go on.
  10. Likewise, the medical staff must stop the experiment at any point when they observe that continuation would be dangerous.

Of course, ALL vaccinations are in violation of this code. There has been no vaccination produced in decades where a large, double-blind, placebo-controlled independent study has been carried out scientifically to prove the benefit and seek possible side-effects.
Governments who legislate that the refusal of a vaccination means no job, no unemployement benefit, no school, no child care, etc, are in direct violation of the code.
Many vaccinations have killed or maimed for life, many innocent babies, children and adults.

The Australian Vaccine Schedule

The link below points to the vaccination schedule in 2017. Doctors, hospitals, nurses and others are obliged to carry out vaccinations according to the schedule.
Australian Government Vaccine Schedule
Problems with this schedule:
At birth, babies must be given a Hepatitis B vaccination, but why?
We can get Hepatitis B from a dirty needle when using street drugs, or having casual, unprotected sex with multiple partners of unknown health.
How many babies, just hours old, fit this criteria?
Any why give a baby, with an underdeveloped immune system, a toxic injection?
This is outrageous and criminal, and parents must refuse, before the birth, as this often happens without the knowledge or the consent of the parents, or the baby!

Lies from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The CDC in the USA is supposed to protect us from disease, or so you may think. Australia generally uses the guidelines from the USA, so we should get the same protection?
Nothing could be further from the truth, with profit greed by the big drug companies overtaking the truth.
For decades, studies have shown that there is a correlation between Autism and vaccinations, but the big drug companies and Governments have always denied any relationship. Advice from Governments has always been that vaccinations do not cause autism.
However, in May 2016, after over a hundred FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests, the CDC was forced to release the proof they have known for years: That a vaccine preservative CAUSES AUTISM!
The preservative is Thimerosal, which was banned for use in children in 1999, but still used in more than 60 vaccines, and proven to cause autism.
Scientists have been attempting to alert the public, but their statements have been dismissed, or even made appear foolish by the corrupt pharmaceutical industry.
Every vaccination has an adjuvant, which has dual properties: Fist as a preservative, second to cause inflammation.
Inflammation is deemed necessary, because the fever forces the body to view this injected foreign material as an invader, and build immune system antibodies to the invaders.
While this can work in the majority of cases, it often fails in cases where:

  • The patient has a compromised immune system
  • The patient has an abnormal allergy response
  • The patient has been taking panadol (paracetamol, or in the USA, acetaminophen)

Vaccine Adjuvants

why are aluminium salts effective as adjuvants and why do we use them? The latter is easily answered. They are extremely cheap, essentially they cost nothing relative to other vaccine constituents, and there are absolutely no regulations as to the use of aluminium salts, either as adjuvants or otherwise. Adjuvants, including aluminium-based, are effective because of their toxicity at the vaccine injection site. One of the most effective adjuvants is Freund’s Complete Adjuvant (a preparation of dried and inactivated mycobacteria) but this adjuvant is too toxic to be used in human vaccinations. Aluminium salts are the most widely used adjuvants because their toxicity at the injection site is deemed acceptable in the light of the advantage gained from vaccination against the particular antigen. The toxicity induced by aluminium adjuvants at injection sites is almost certainly due to the free aluminium cation, Al3+, which is released from the injected aluminium salt. The cell death which is a consequence of the toxicity results in an inflammatory response and this is the origin of the swollen red tissue at the injection site almost immediately following vaccination. The toxicity of an aluminium adjuvant depends upon the aluminium salt with aluminium hydroxyphosphate (known commercially as AdjuPhos™) being more toxic at the injection site than aluminium oxyhydroxide (known commercially as AlHydrogel™). The aluminium adjuvant used in the Gardasil HPV vaccine is a sulphated version of aluminium hydroxyphosphate and is likely, based upon what we know about aluminium chemistry, to be even more toxic. Unfortunately, Merck, the manufacturers of this adjuvant have not made it available for any independent analyses, never mind safety testing. The visual evidence of the toxicity of aluminium adjuvants at the injection site is limited by their intramuscular administration (the adjuvant is hidden away in the muscle tissue) while their actual injection site toxicity is experienced by many as significant muscular pain, and associated events, in the receiving limb which can last for hours and even days. However, the role of the injection site toxicity is to attract a variety of immune-responsive cells and these cells proceed to load up their cell cytoplasm with particles of aluminium adjuvant as well as antigen, the latter may or may not be associated with the adjuvant material. Thereafter, dogma dictates that the delivery of antigen to lymph nodes initiates antigen-specific adaptive immunity. We have recently learned that the migratory cells which populate the injection site following vaccination are capable of loading up their cell cytoplasm with particles of aluminium adjuvant without these particles having any immediate effect upon cell viability . These immune-responsive cells are subsequently found in lymph nodes but they are also capable of transporting their cargo of aluminium throughout the body including gaining access to the brain. These aluminium-loaded migratory cells remain viable in the shorter term because the particulate aluminium salt in their cytoplasm is enclosed in membrane-bound vesicles. However, these vesicles undergo a progressive acidification which in turn dissolves the enclosed aluminium salt to release biologically reactive Al3+ which will eventually cause the membrane-bound vesicle to rupture and consequently release large amounts of biologically available aluminium into the cell cytoplasm. The inevitable consequence of this is cell death and where this cell death occurs will simply depend upon the trajectory of the cells upon leaving the vaccine injection site. Theoretically at least this is a mechanism whereby a significant, indeed acute, amount of aluminium could be released into areas distant from the injection site such as brain tissue. It is undeniable that a small proportion of individuals receiving vaccines which include aluminium adjuvants experience what have been called severe adverse events and such ‘events’ include brain encephalopathies. These severe adverse events are almost certainly caused by aluminium adjuvants and recent research showing how immune-responsive cells load up their cytoplasm with particulates of aluminium now offers mechanistic insight into how aluminium adjuvants are not only always toxic at the vaccine injection site but how they can occasionally be toxic at distant sites in the body too. Why some individuals are more susceptible to toxicity due to aluminium adjuvants is the subject of ongoing research.

Dangers of Paracetamol

Doctors still mistakenly advise parents to give their child paracetamol (Paracetamol, Panadol) before any vaccination, which is a BIG MISTAKE.
Paracetamol reduces the fever, in turn reducing the body’s natural immune response to the vaccination, reducing the effectiveness of the production of antibodies.
Even worse, a natural enzyme in the body in combination with Paracetamol, destroys Glutathione, the body’s MASTER ANTIOXIDANT.
Destruction of Glutathione compromises our immune system makes us much more susceptible to almost any disease.
When Glutathione levels drop to around 30% of normal, liver cell death starts, and other conditions start also because of low Glutathione.
Poisoning can occur with an accidental or deliberate overdose, or even continued use at the recommended dose.
Paracetamol poisoning requires urgent hospital treatment. Symptoms often do not appear before 24 hours after ingestion, and NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) is administered. NAC is available as a supplement, but do not try to treat any poisoning at home!

Cuba

In Cuba, where there is over 99% vaccination rate for children, more than most of the USA, there is an Autism rate of around 1 in 12,000 to 1 in 60,000. The data reporting in Cuba may influence the numbers, but when we compare the USA rate of 1 in 45, then clearly there is a problem in the USA. A few decades ago, Autism was almost unknown in the USA and Australia.
What is the difference? Why are USA children over a thousand times more likely to get Autism than Cuban children? Part of the answer is:
In Cuba, Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is prescription-only, where in Australia and the USA anyone can buy it almost anywhere with no prescription.
Apart from apparently causing Autism, Paracetamol also causes liver damage. Because this dangerous drug is marketed as “Safe and Effective” there is a public perception that a small overdose would not be harmful, but in fact a single pill causes harm by depleting Glutathione, and it is true to say that most of the people on the liver transplant waiting list are there because of a paracetamol overdose!
The second part of the answer:
In Cuba, there is a high vaccination rate, but the difference is that Cuba makes it’s own vaccines, there are no large drug companies seeking dollar profit only, so the quality of vaccines is higher, and the vaccine schedule is much less aggressive, with Cuban children under 5 receiving some 11 vaccinations, compared with 40 in the USA.
So with so many vaccinations in the USA, the children must be healthier, we would think?
Not so. In fact, the USA has the highest death rate of children under five, than all other developed countries in the world!

Dangers of Adjuvants

Adjuvants are added to vaccines to supposedly make them more effective.
Adjuvants are mixed with an antigen from a virus or bacteria to deliberately create a greater inflammatory immune response, theoretically providing a higher response of protective antibodies.

Thimerosal Adjuvant

Thimerosal is a vaccine adjuvant that contains mercury, which is a human carcinogen and:

  • Causes Autism and many other conditions affecting the brain
  • Causes Cancer
  • Is a mutagen (interferes with DNA)
  • Is a teratogen (causes birth defects)
  • Reduces immunity
  • Causes Alzheimer’s Disease and other brain issues

Thimerosal metabolises into toxic, dangerous methylmercury, then converted to inorganic mercury which is even more harmful and very hard for the body to excrete.
For those with a compromised immune system already, this destroys much of an already weakened immune system, leading to many diseases.

Aluminium Adjuvant

Most, if not all inactivated vaccines use aluminium (aluminum in the USA) as an adjuvant.
The problem with aluminium is that it is toxic to the human body, believed to cause Alzheimer’s and many other brain diseases. When aluminium is swallowed, less than 1.5% is absorbed by the body. But if injected into muscle tissue, as happens in a normal vaccination, then 100% is absorbed into the body. Add to this the very high number of vaccinations we are told our children need, plus extra aluminium from food and drink containers, cooking utensils, foil food wraps, etc, this becomes way too much.

How are vaccines made?

Depends on the type of vaccine.

The Standard Flu Shot

The standard process uses 500,000 fertilized chicken eggs every day for about eight months, so hundreds of millions of fertilised eggs are used every year, “mini incubators” for cultured viruses. When the chick embryos are eleven days old, the egg white (the amniotic fluid) is injected with a drop of solution containing the virus. After a few days, the viral suspension is then centrifuged, which removes much, but not all, chicken tissue and blood. Whatever remaining egg protein and blood is included in the final vaccine. This is why those with an allergy to eggs are advised not to receive a flu shot.
Given the very large numbers of eggs required, do you think they would select only the most expensive pasture-raised free range eggs? I think not. They would buy the cheapest eggs possible – factory farmed cage eggs, where the chickens are invariably sick, never see the light of day, are loaded up with cheap antibiotics to keep them alive long enough for them to produce the eggs, and would undoubtedly be full of unknown viruses. Salmonella is rampant among factory-farmed eggs, and the different strains of Salmonella cause illnesses such as typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and food poisoning.
The antibiotics destroy some bacteria, but this tends to help proliferate the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the chickens are then even more susceptible to viruses, because antibiotics destroy beneficial gut bacteria which provide immunity in chickens as well as humans.

Cell Line Technologies

This is another vaccine manufacturing method, using cells and tissues for growing vaccine viruses, used since the 1950’s.
In June 2014, the all-clear was given to use cells from the kidney of a Cocker Spaniel dog which died in 1958 to make the Flu and other vaccines.
Cells from animals used in vaccines includes:

  • Calf lymph for Smallpox vaccines
  • Mouse brain cells for Japanese Encephalitis vaccines
  • MRC-5 and WI-38 cells from aborted human fetal tissue were developed in the 1960’s and still used for Rubella, Chickenpox, Hepatitis A and Shingles vaccines
  • African green monkey cells (AGMK cells) for polio vaccines – see below

Still want to get a flu shot?

African green monkey cells (AGMK cells) for polio vaccines caused the HIV/AIDS virus

More Lies from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

New science which almost certainly proves that the HIV/AIDS virus was NOT caused by Africans eating infected monkeys, but from a Polio vaccine made from African green monkey cells injected into more than one million Africans, giving them HIV/AIDS directly, which has then spread to the rest of the world via blood transfusions, anal sex, dirty needles and other methods similar to vaccinations.
These monkeys were already infected with the SIR virus which transmuted into the HIV/AIDS virus in humans.
Of course, the medical profession denied this, and published many documents claiming why this was impossible, but modern science has blown major holes in this “evidence” as an obvious cover-up.
As the drug industry changes from egg-incubation methods to animal cell incubation, how do we know the effects on humans and how the virus will transmutate and spread?
Obviously, no one knows. No one cares. All the drug companies are concerned about is making money, not healing people. If people get sick from their vaccines, the drug companies get paid to make yet more vaccines. Even in cases where they can protect people from a certain disease, who knows what other diseases they are infecting people with?

Truth about Polio

India introduced an Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) in the routine immunisation programme for all children under 5 years old, claiming it “will be an important step in the Polio Endgame Strategy”, This appeared to work: India has not reported a single case of polio caused by the wild polio virus (WPV) since January 2012.
FAKE NEWS – There has been around 50,000 cases of flaccid paralysis, which is exactly like polio!
It is now called “Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (VDPV)” in medical literature.
Yes, the polio vaccine causes polio, but to protect the drug manufacturers and the politicians, they call this condition “Acute Flaccid Paralysis” or AFP.
Symptoms of AFP include fever, sudden muscle weakness in one or more limbs, just like polio. Many things cause AFP, but one cause is the polio vaccine!
AFP is less common in Western countries, because of two things; better sanitation and cleaner drinking water.
According to the American journal Pediatrics, there is an undeniable link between the increase in incidence of NPAFP (non-polio AFP) and the number of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) doses delivered in any region. OPV contains an attenuated (weakened) vaccine-virus. The weak form of the polio virus is used to activate an immune response in the body, which then protects the child when challenged by WPV. But when a child is immunised with OPV, the weakened vaccine-virus replicates in the intestine. During this time, the vaccine-virus is also excreted. In areas of inadequate sanitation, this excreted vaccine-virus can quickly spread in the community and infect children with low immunity. This excreted vaccine undergoes genetic changes as it circulates in the community and causes VDPV.
The government states that VDPV is still comparatively rare, as it has to circulate for a long time in the community of under-immunised or poor-immune children before it can infect and cause paralysis in someone.
The government’s only strategy is the addition of Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
A 2005 study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research on NPAFP found that a fifth of cases of NPAFP were reported from Uttar Pradesh. Researchers found that 35.2% of children with AFP had paralysis and 8.5 per cent died, about double the rate of paralysis and death if the child had the original Polio!
The government is still basking in the glory of one of its rare public health achievements for eradicating polio, while cases of flaccid paralysis have seen a huge resurgence.
Nearly 50,000 children fall prey to polio-like flaccid paralysis every year, with over 15,000 paralysed and over 4,000 die!

Reported side effects from vaccinations

Most side effects go unreported.
If a patient sees a doctor for an illness after a vaccination, the patient usually does not make the connection, and if they do, the doctor often refuses to admit there may be a connection. Even though laws in the USA prevent doctors from being sued because of injury or death from a vaccination, they are naturally always reluctant to admit that their action caused the injury or death.
If we view studies on reported side effects, then it is likely that unreported side effects may range from double to hundreds of times the reported side effects, especially mild side-effects like a fever, rash, feeling unwell, etc which the doctor will say is “probably just a virus” or “a coincidence”.
Guillian-Barre Syndrome is a devastating condition, shown to be caused by 5 in every million vaccinations. Perhaps only a small number, but devastating if we are one of those 5.
Article here: www.greenmedinfo.com/article/risk-guillain-barr-syndrome-after-2010-2011-influenza-vaccination

The Flu vaccine causes six times more respiratory infections

We are told by Government health “experts” that: “The flu vaccine protects the very young and the very old, the groups most likely to suffer serious respiratory complications from the flu.”
And they say: “It is important everyone else get the flu vaccine to further protect these vulnerable segments of the population.”
But these statements are FALSE.
If the flu vaccine really works, then a non-vaccinated person should not be able to infect any vaccinated person, young or old.
Of course, the vaccine does NOT work.
Governments force everyone working in haspitals, schools, child care, prisons, welfare, etc to have the flu shot, but the results speak for themselves. They still get the flu just like the rest of the population, but they get it WORSE than the unvaccinated group, who get the flu, recover, and have then a natural immunity to help prevent future attacks when the flu virus develops into a different strain, and reduce severity of future attacks.
Evidence proves the flu vaccine is a failure, ESPECIALLY in the very old, and the 2014-2015 annual flu vaccine in the USA does not cover half of the flu viruses in circulation. Even in years when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) does get it better, vaccination does not protect the elderly against serious flu complications. The typical success rate for seniors is claimed to be 30% (which I call a 70% failure rate), even if we can believe them. Children now do not get the flu shot because of an alarming number of cases of severe health issues after the shot.
Governments also claim that if anyone still gets the flu after being vaccinated, then their symptoms will be milder, and they will recover around one day earlier. Of course, they omit to tell us that if we have a glass of lemon juice and water every day and forget the flu shot, we are less likely to get the flu at all, and if we do, the symptoms will be milder, and we will recover at least a day earlier, and our risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease will be substantially reduced! And if we add vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin A, probiotics, and stick to a healthy diet and avoid antibiotics, we will probably NOT get the flu at all!
LeanMachine changed his lifestyle completely at age 63, and 8 years later at age 71, has not had a cold, flu, any other illness, not even a headache!
There are very few studies on preventing disease without vaccinations, as there is no money in it for the big drug companies, but LeanMachine has embodied all he has learned in 8 years of research in a one-person study, proving to himself, if no one else, that vaccinations are not necessary.

The Flu vaccine causes miscarriages

Recent studies have shown that women who have the flu shot in at least two consecutive years, have increased risk of spontaneious abortions (Miscarriages) compare to women who do not get the shot.
This means that thousands of would-be babies have never been born alive and well, a disaster for the parents involved.
The drug companies put their spin on this situation, but no matter how they manipulate the data, the results come out the same.
This study was carried out by the CDC, who are pawns to the drug industry, so an independent study would have come out even worse.

Are non-vaccinated Children Healthier?

The flu shot effect on children:

The U.S. government still refuses to carry out a single study comparing vaccinated to non-vaccinated children, because “it would be unethical to deprive any child of the vaccine.”
However, nothing can be ethical without scientific validation. It’s a good thing we have all those full-time, non-physician bioethicists guiding the government and the academic medical research complex. Maybe they should all go back to Bioethics 101.
Fortunately, in 2012, scientists in Hong Kong did conduct a scientific test of vaccination on children.
It’s probably one of the few, if not the only, true scientific study on the effectiveness of flu vaccines in children conducted in recent years, and it revealed the absurdity of vaccination “science.”
The study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the same kind designed to study drugs before they are approved.
Of course, mainstream medical researchers insist upon using this methodology to assess natural therapies too, even when it is completely inadequate and inappropriate. But in this case, the design is perfect for demonstrating the effectiveness of a vaccine, or lack thereof, as it turned out.
Researchers divided the children into two groups.
The first group received the trivalent flu vaccine (meaning the vaccine contained three strains of influenza circulating that season).
The second group received a salt solution, a genuinely inactive treatment, as the placebo.
(Curiously, most vaccine trials use active placebos, or substances already found in the vaccines, which makes the results meaningless, but this fact is almost never revealed.)
Then, they followed the children for about nine months.
At the end of the trial period, the researchers said they found no “statistically significant” difference in the risk of influenza infection between the two groups. In other words, they found NO BENEFIT from the vaccine.
But when you look at the actual numbers, it is a different story.
In fact, 116 children in the vaccinated group caught the flu. But only 88 children in the placebo group got it. In other words, nearly 25 percent more children who received the flu vaccine got the flu compared to children who didn’t get the vaccine. I would hardly call that difference “statistically insignificant.”
And another interesting point…
The vaccinated children had evidence in their blood of antibodies against the flu, as you would expect when you inject a vaccine. The study authors suggested that the presence of these antibodies provided benefits to the children. But if the children still had the same or greater risk of actually getting the flu, then what difference did it make?
Clearly, the vaccine did NOT protect the children from getting sick in other ways either. In fact, the vaccinated group ended up getting almost six times more respiratory infections. To be more specific, the vaccinated group experienced 230 cases of rhinovirus (common cold) and the non-vaccinated placebo group experienced only 59 cases. That’s 75 percent fewer cases!
Furthermore, there were 160 cases of Coxsackie/Echovirus (Enterovirus, causing bronchiolitis, bronchitis and exacerbations of asthma) in the vaccinated group, but ZERO cases in the non-vaccinated placebo group.
Among other respiratory viruses, there were 97 in the vaccinated and only 88 in the placebo.
Of course, the common cold is not a life-threatening illness. Coxsackie and Echovirus usually just cause minor respiratory symptoms, although they both can also cause hepatitis, heart disorders, meningitis, and paralysis.
But these infections certainly aren’t enjoyable for children or their parents, amd often lead to parents administering dangerous medications, like acetaminophen (also called Panadol, Paracetamol, Tylenol, etc), to alleviate their child’s symptoms. So why increase a child’s chances of coming down with one of these “harmless” viruses? And if viruses are harmless, then why vaccinate in the first place?
The study authors concluded in their report that the trivalent influenza vaccine “could increase influenza immunity” even though their results showed it INCREASED actual flu cases, and clearly reduced the children’s immunity against non-influenza respiratory viruses. They blamed this “unusual” finding of increased risk on some “unknown” biological mechanism.
“Unknown”? It is NOT unknown. In fact, vaccines interfere with normal immune system responses, so interfere with the ability to fight other infections. We have known about this phenomenon in virology for more than half a century.
On the contrary, this study gives us many “known” conclusions!
First, influenza vaccines provide NO BENEFIT.
Second, they carry a huge risk of other respiratory illnesses.
Third, they likely harm the normal immune response.
But the facts are up against the alphabet soup of CDC, FDA and NIH, as well as WHO, all heavily influenced by the big drug companies.
Henri Pasteur, a true pioneer of effective vaccination, would be rolling over in his grave at the current state of affairs. Or, perhaps shouting, “Sacre bleu.”

Too many vaccinations?

Children in the USA are expected to get 48 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they’re just 6 years old. By age 18, federal public health officials say they should have gotten a total of 69 doses of 16 vaccines from day of birth to age 18. This “prescription” is supposed to keep children healthy and free of disease, but, incredible as it may sound, no scientific study has ever proven this to be the case.
The cost to immunize a child in 1985 when Dr Mercola started practice was about US$80. In 2016, largely because in the increase in the number of vaccines, plus general cost increases, that cost has risen to US$2,200. This is an ENORMOUS increase, and you can begin to imagine the amount of revenue that is being generated from forcing mandatory vaccinations on the entire population.
It seems painfully obvious that in order to justify the expense and the risk of side effects inherent in the U.S. vaccination schedule, it would have to be proven that this series of shots is actually effective, safe and better than receiving no shots at all. The only way to do this would be to compare the health of vaccinated children with that of non-vaccinated children, and see which group fares better.
But such a common-sense study comparing the health of vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated children has never been done in the United States for any vaccination!
That is, until now…

Vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated: Survey Reveals Who’s Healthier

In December 2010, a survey was initiated by www.vaccineinjury.info to compare the health of vaccinated children with non-vaccinated children. To date over 7,850 surveys have been submitted, and the study is ongoing, so if you have a non-vaccinated child (or are non-vaccinated yourself) and would like to submit his or her health data, you can do so here.
Though this is obviously not a double-blind controlled study, and depends on the individuals submitting the data to give accurate information, it is still incredibly revealing.
So far, the results show:

Health Condition Prevalence in Vaccinated Children Prevalence in non-vaccinated Children
Allergies 40% report at least one allergy Less than 10%
Asthma 6% 2.5%
Hayfever 10.7% of German children 2.5%
Neurodermatitis (an autoimmune disorder) 13% of German children 7%
ADHD 8% of German children, and another nearly 6% with borderline cases 1-2%
Middle ear infections 11% of German children Less than 0.5%
Sinusitis Over 32% of German children Less than 1%
Autism Approximately 1 in 100 Only 4 cases out of 7,800+ surveys (one child tested very high for metals, and another’s mother tested very high for mercury)

In the chart below, from www.vaccineinjury.info, we can see a direct comparison of health data from the KiGGs study (The German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents) versus the data from non-vaccinated children taking part in VaccineInjury.info’s survey:
Vaccine Injury Survey

Vaccine Autism Connection

Although nearly every major vaccine “expert” will vehemently deny the connection between autism and vaccines, there is no question in my mind at all that it exists. They quote seriously flawed and biased research to support their position, and because it is published in scientific journals (which are in large part funded by the drug companies), most health care professionals and the public believe it.
However, objective analysis, like the one featured here, show what nearly every other study shows:
That the incidence of autism has increased to 1 in 100 in those that were vaccinated.
No one disagrees with this. What is fascinating is that the incidence in the non-vaccinated group was about one in 2,000 which is still more than in the past, but TWENTY times lower risk than in the vaccinated group.
Fortunately it appears that we do have a risk factor and a test that you can use that will help you understand if your child is at risk for autism.
After all, 99 kids in 100 did NOT get autism. So wouldn’t it be great to identify the risk factor BEFORE you vaccinate your child and correct it? Remember, we are all about SAFE vaccine policies and radically lowering their risk. It is up to parents to review the evidence and make the choice, but if you decide to vaccinate I could not more strongly recommend listening to the interview Dr Mercola did with Dr. McBride, and follow her screening and treatment recommendations.

Make Sure You Believe in Artificial Immunity Before You Vaccinate

It is quite clear from the data above that vaccinated children are not healthier than their non-vaccinated peers, despite what the public health agencies would like you to believe. What is not clear is why vaccinated children appear to be sicker, and although this survey does not establish cause and effect, it does suggest that the vaccinations themselves are involved.
There are numerous mechanisms by which a vaccine could potentially damage your health:
Contaminationadjuvants, and preservatives like mercury, to name just a few. But an often-overlooked component is the very way in which they are intended to build your immunity, which is artificially. The presumed intent of a vaccination is to help you build immunity to potentially harmful organisms that cause illness and disease. However, your body’s immune system is already designed to do this in response to organisms that invade your body naturally.
Most disease-causing organisms enter your body through the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, pulmonary system or your digestive tract, NOT through an injection.
These mucous membranes have their own immune system, called the IgA immune system. It is a different system from the one activated when a vaccine is injected into the body. Our IgA immune system is our first line of defence, by fighting off invading organisms at the entry points, reducing or even eliminating the need for activation of the body’s immune system.
However, when a virus is injected into your body in a vaccine, and especially when combined with an immune adjuvant, our IgA immune system is bypassed and our body’s immune system kicks into high gear in response to the vaccination. Adjuvants can trigger unwanted immune responses, as they can cause your immune system to over-react to the introduction of the organism you’re being vaccinated against.
According to Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center:
“Vaccines are supposed to fool your body’s immune system into producing antibodies to resist viral and bacterial infection in the same way that actually having the disease usually produces immunity to future infection.
But vaccines atypically introduce into the human body lab-altered live viruses and killed bacteria along with chemicals, metals, drugs and other additives such as formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, monosodium glutamate, sodium phosphate, phenoxyethanol, gelatin, sulfites, yeast protein, antibiotics as well as unknown amounts of RNA and DNA from animal and human cell tissue cultures.
Whereas natural recovery from many infectious diseases usually stimulates lifetime immunity, vaccines only provide temporary protection and most vaccines require “booster” doses to extend vaccine-induced artificial immunity.
The fact that man-made vaccines cannot replicate the body’s natural experience with the disease is one of the key points of contention between those who insist that mankind cannot live without mass use of multiple vaccines and those who believe that mankind’s biological integrity will be severely compromised by their continued use.”

Why did Australia, Europe, and the U.S. Ban the Flu Vaccine for Children Under 5?

In 2010, Australia temporarily suspended its seasonal flu program for children under the age of five after detecting an abnormal number of side effects within 12 hours of vaccination, compared to previous years.
The vaccine in question was Fluvax, manufactured by CSL Limited. Side effects included high fevers and seizures.
One infant also lapsed into a coma.
After a three-month investigation, the Australian Department of Health resumed seasonal flu vaccinations for young children, stating that “the higher than usual occurrence of fever and febrile convulsions appears to be confined to the vaccine Fluvax” and advised parents to continue vaccinating their children with another brand. The link to this study has now disappeared…
Now, however, it’s being reported that an 18-month investigation by CSL found the reactions appear to have occurred due to the combination of swine flu and seasonal flu strains in the vaccine, a mix that had never before been concocted.
CSL reported:
“Our scientific studies indicate that the interaction between the particular virus strains used in the 2010 … vaccine contributed to the reactions, but we are still working to understand the how and why.”
The Fluvax vaccine has now been banned for children under 5 in Australia, Europe and the United States due to the increased rate of convulsions in children who received the vaccine. Meanwhile, the swine flu vaccine even on its own has been linked to unusual side effects as well. In fact, new data from Sweden, released at the end of June, show the vaccine raises the risk of narcolepsy by nearly 660 percent!
It is very clear that vaccines do not cause problems for everyone who receives them, but when they do, it can be an unmitigated disaster. The reaction may be acute, such as fever or swelling, or it may be chronic and show up much later, such as narcolepsy or an increased propensity for allergies and autoimmune diseases. Long-term health outcomes post-vaccination are typically not studied, so surveys like the one noted above are now offering the first real look at the potential long-term health risks of vaccination.
Remember that when you or your child is injured by a vaccine, the risks are 100 percent, and you will be left to deal with the consequences.

FluMist Worthless Against Influenza

The Washington Post wrote about why the FluMist vaccine suddenly stopped working.
This spray form of the flu vaccine was preferred over the injected form for children between 2 and 8 years old. FluMIst is a “live attenuated vaccine”, meaning it contains a live but weakened version of the flu virus.
However, a CDC advisory panel found that the nasal spray “was so ineffective that it should not be used by anyone during the 2016 to 2017 season.”
Data from the 2015 Winter showed FluMist to be only 3% effective in 2 to 17 year old children. Nearly all who received FluMist risked their health for nearly zero benefit!
MedImmune are the makers of FluMist, and have not determined why their product fails.
The Washington Post reported:
“In any given flu season, vaccine effectiveness varies. One factor is how well the vaccines match the virus that is actually prevalent. Other factors include the age and general health of the recipient. In the overall population, the CDC says studies show vaccines can reduce the risk of flu by about 50 to 60 percent when the vaccines are well matched. Now, researchers are trying to find a common factor behind FluMist’s recent incidents of poor performance.”
Researchers will attempt discover if the flu vaccine loses effectiveness when given to a child who has been previously vaccinated against influenza several times.

I consider that the vaccine makers do not know as much about their products as they say, but despite this, they insist that vaccines are beneficial and worth almost any risk to the population to protect society at large.

So – before you decide to get a flu shot, or any vaccination, for yourself or your child, remember that some vaccines can cause serious health problems, and when it comes to pandemic vaccines like the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, these risks may be magnified due to them being fast-tracked.
Further, in many cases there are far safer ways to protect your children and yourself against disease, and you just might wind up being inherently healthier for it in the future.

HPV – Gardasil – The Killer Vaccine

In Waukesha, Wisconsin, a 12 year old girl (Meredith Prohaska) suddenly died, only hours after receiving the HPV Gardasil vaccine.
This was an enormous shock to the girl’s family, and local media was asking the questions: How could this happen?
Dr. Geoffrey Swain of the local health department was interviewed to give the standard CDC reply, which is similar to almost every other vaccine, stating that severe reactions like this resulting in death are “very rare,” and about “1 out of a million”.
Assuming that there is some data to back up the claim of only “1 out of a million,” how many doses of the HPV vaccine are administered every year? According to statistics (July 2014) published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 9 million per year. So the government admits that at least 9 girls per year are killed by the HPV vaccine. How many parents know this prior to taking a doctor’s advice to administer this vaccine that is supposedly a protection against cervical cancer caused by the HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually transmitted disease?
Since the HPV vaccinations began, LeanMachine believes that almost 200 girls have died (up to around 2017), and thousands more physically maimed for life, with many of those perhaps wishing that they were the ones who have died, their injuries so severe they can never have a normal life, never bear children, never get out of a wheel chair.
After the news announcement that Meredith Prohaska had died from receiving the HPV vaccine, at least one other parent contacted a local news station to report that her 17-year-old daughter also had a serious adverse reaction to the HPV vaccine, requiring urgent care at a local hospital. The local news affiliate asked the question: “So what are the odds another local girl had a similar reaction after getting the shot?”
Here is the report:
The local news media, possibly covering the HPV vaccine for the first time, were all quick to interview and provide links to the official CDC view of the vaccine.
But here are some other facts regarding the vaccine that they failed to disclose, probably because they did not take the time to look outside of the standard government response to events like this, or their station managers did not allow them to give any other news outside of what the CDC claims.

1. There are many more reported side effects than just death from the HPV vaccine. Human papilloma virus vaccine has caused primary ovarian failure. Another problem of the autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants.
Australian pediatrician, Dr. Deirdre Little, was the first to sound the alarm over the HPV vaccine causing premature menopause when she observed it in one of her 16 year old patients in 2012. Two sisters from Wisconsin say a cervical cancer vaccine shut down their ovaries and almost certainly left them never able to get pregnant.

The Cochrane Nordic Center reported that the EMA (European Medicines Agency) ignored data showing the severe adverse events associated with the HPV vaccine. Functional disorders were shown to be caused by the vaccine or the adjuvants used in the vaccine.
The EMA’s internal 256-page report contradicts the final 40-page official report. Chochrane said “We find that the EMA’s comments are unprofessional, misleading, inappropriate and pejorative, and that the EMA’s approach involves cherry-picking, which is unscientific.”
The Uppsala centre compared reported adverse events following HPV vaccination with all other vaccines given to women, and found that the HPV vaccine has a FAR greater risk of severe side effects than ANY other vaccine!
And the EMA still claims no conclusions could be drawn from the following official data:

  • POTS reported 82 times for HPV vaccines vs only 1 time for other vaccines
  • CRPS reported 69 times for HPV vaccines vs only 16 times for other vaccines
  • Autonomic nervous system imbalance reported 77 times for HPV vaccines vs 16 times for other vaccines
  • Fibromyalgia reported 62 times for HPV vaccines versus 39 times for other vaccines

Disorders Linked to HPV Vaccine:

  • CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
  • CRPS (Chronic regional pain syndrome)
  • Premature menopause
  • Infertility
  • Narcolepsy and/or Cataplexy
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Autonomic nervous system issues
  • Stroke
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Appendicitis
  • Seizures
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Allergic reactions

2. Countries Outside the U.S. Are Halting HPV Vaccines: Lawsuits due to Damages are Mounting.

  • Gardasil Vaccine: Spain Joins Growing List of Countries to File Criminal Complaints
  • Supreme Court in India to Rule on Merck Fraud Regarding HPV Vaccine Deaths
  • Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts that Gardasil will Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time.
  • Japan Halts HPV Vaccine and Begins Full-Scale Probe over Safety Issues.
  • Ten more young women file criminal complaints due to injuries from Gardasil Vaccine in France.
  • Israel Health Ministry considers canceling HPV vaccination due to side effects.

3. We Cannot Sue the Manufacturer of Vaccines in the U.S. because they have total legal immunity!

Most of the U.S. public is unaware that a U.S. citizen, by law, cannot sue a pharmaceutical company for damages resulting from vaccines. Congress gave them total legal immunity in 1986, and that law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. There is a special “vaccine court” called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that is funded through a tax on vaccines. If you are injured or killed by a vaccine, you must hire an attorney and fight tax-funded government attorneys to seek damages, as you cannot sue the drug manufacturers. It can take 10 years or longer to win your case and be compensated. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services usually publishes a report every couple of months on settlements on their website.
So from 1986, the vaccine manufacturers saw an enormous money-pit, where they started inventing new vaccines for every disease imaginable, and why not? They did not have to advertise to get sales, they just had their puppets and shareholders at the CDC and Government mandate the vaccinations as compulsory.
They could not get sued, so it did not matter if the vaccine did not work, or if it killed or maimed people. They got away scot-free to continue doing it to this day.

4. The U.S. Government Earns Royalties from the sale of the Gardasil HPV Vaccine.
Dr. Eric Suba tried to use the Freedom of Information Act to find out how much money the National Institute of Health (NIH) earned from the sale of Gardasil, but they refused to report the amount of revenue the government earns from this vaccine (although not denying they do earn royalties).

5. Conflict of Interest.
Julie Gerberding was in charge of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) from 2002 to 2009, which includes the years the FDA approved Gardasil as a vaccine. Soon after she took over the CDC, she reportedly completely overhauled the agency’s organizational structure. Many of the CDC’s senior scientists and leaders either left or announced plans to leave. Some have claimed that almost all of the replacements Julie Gerberding appointed had ties to the vaccine industry. Gerberding resigned from the CDC on January 20, 2009, and is now the president of Merck’s Vaccine division, a 5 billion dollar a year operation, and the supplier of the largest number of vaccines the CDC recommends.

6. Black women who are vaccinated with Gardasil are vaccinated against the wrong strains.
Scientists at the Duke University School of Medicine discovered that African American women carry HPV strains not found in the Gardasil vaccine. Moshella Roberts, a 20-year-old African American woman died needlessly from the HPV vaccine.

Although some local news affiliates report deaths and injuries from the Gardasil vaccine, they do not research or present all of the facts, they simply copy what the CDC says. Many fear to raise the issue of the “Gardasil controversy” because it may jeopardize their journalistic careers, and can be forced to apologise for even suggesting the HPV vaccine is not totally safe.

So – conduct your own research before making any decisions on any vaccine, especially the HPV (Gardasil) vaccine!

Vaccine Reaction Symptoms

Symptoms may include any or many of the following, but often viewed by doctors as unrelated to the vaccine:

  • Pronounced swelling, redness, heat or hardness at the injection site
  • Body rash or hives
  • Shock
  • Collapse
  • High pitched screaming or persistent crying for hours
  • Extreme sleepiness or long periods of unresponsiveness
  • Twitching or jerking of the body, arm, leg or head
  • Crossing of eyes
  • Weakness or paralysis of any part of the body
  • Loss of ability to roll over, sit up or stand up
  • Loss of eye contact or awareness, or social withdrawal
  • Head banging or onset of repetitive movements (flapping, rubbing, rocking, spinning)
  • High fever (over 39.5 degrees C or 103 degrees F)
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Restlessness, hyperactivity or inability to concentrate
  • Sleep disturbances that change wake/sleep pattern
  • Joint pain or muscle weakness
  • Disabling fatigue
  • Loss of memory
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Violent or persistent diarrhea or chronic constipation
  • Breathing problems (asthma)
  • Excessive bleeding (thrombocytopenia) or anemia

There can be many other symptoms that may indicate that you or your child has suffered a vaccine reaction.
Not all symptoms following vaccination are caused by the vaccine received, but it cannot be automatically concluded that symptoms are NOT related to the vaccine. Unfortunately, adverse reactions to vaccines are under-reported, often because mild symptoms can be vague, and many doctors would rather blame a virus rather than admit their action caused the problem. Some say only 10% are reported, while others say less than 1% are reported. It is very important that the doctor records all health problems occuring after vaccination in the patient’s permanent medical record, also to report any symptoms to the TGA in Australia, or VAERS in the USA. Any re-vaccination MUST be postponed until the issue developed after vaccination has been investigated and found absolutely unrelated to the vaccination.
Continued vaccination after serious health problems may lead to injury or death.

How to Reduce Risk of Disease Without a Vaccine

The best defense against any disease is a strong immune system, but vaccines can compromise immunity rather than build immunity.
Building the immune system naturally is essential for resistance to disease.
Research proves that vitamin D is essential for optimal health, but Australia’s 30-year “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign to keep everyone out of the sun has been the biggest disaster of all time, causing countless deaths from cancer and other diseases, all because of sub-optimal Vitamin D.
For more info, read my article vitamin D
Our immune system determines whether we get sick or not when we are exposed to any infectious disease. The main keys to immunity are:

  • Healthy food
  • Stress free living
  • Good sleep
  • Regular exercise
  • Sunlight and Vitamin D

For more information, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a great resource, with objective and unbiased information.
Everyone has the right to the ability to make intelligent, informed decisions about which vaccines you may want for ourselves and our families.

The LeanMachine Experience

LeanMachine always had several bouts of cold and flu every year until the age of 63. Then came a complete change of lifestyle: Sugar, processed foods, dairy, fluoride and other toxins were removed from the diet. Supplements of minerals and vitamins (especially Vitamin D3) were added to the diet. Since then, 8 years down the track at age 71: Zero colds, flu, not even a headache, allergies disappeared, more energy, obese build now lean.
No vaccinations of any kind. Same goes for Mrs LeanMachine, no colds or flu and no vaccinations, yet we have both been heavily exposed to all diseases at shopping centres, meetings, etc where everyone around us is coughing, spluttering, sneezing.

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Disclaimer

LeanMachine is not a doctor, and everyone should consult with their own health professional before taking any product to ensure there is no conflict with existing prescription medication.
LeanMachine has been studying nutrition and health since 2011 and has completed many relevant studies including:
Open2Study, Australia – Food, Nutrition and Your Health
RMIT University, Australia – Foundations of Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia – Chemistry – Building Blocks of the World
University of Washington, USA – Energy, Diet and Weight
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Health Issues for Aging Populations
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – International Nutrition
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics I
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics II
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Principles of Human Nutrition
TUFTS University, USA – Nutrition and Medicine
TUFTS University, USA – Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease I and Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease II
Technical Learning College, USA – Western Herbology, Identification, Formulas
Bath University, England – Inside Cancer
WebMD Education – The Link Between Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation
WebMD Education – High Potassium: Causes and Reasons to Treat
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands – Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain
LeanMachine has now examined thousands of studies, journals and reports related to health and nutrition and this research is ongoing.

Posted 13th August 2018, updated 3rd November 2019, Copyright © 1999-2019 Brenton Wight and BJ & HJ Wight trading as Lean Machine abn 55293601285