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Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
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The future of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment will not be found in your medicine cabinet, rather in your kitchen cupboard or in your back yard growing on a tree
Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression
A study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that pomegranate extract may prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fatty materials known as atherosclerosis.[i]
Mice with a genetic susceptibility towards spontaneous coronary artery blockages were given pomegranate extract via their drinking water for two weeks, beginning at three weeks of age. Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment actually increased cholesterol levels associated with very low density lipoprotein-sized particles, the treatment both reduced the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated opening above the aortic valve) and reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.
Remarkably, the researchers also found that pomegranate extract treatment resulted in the following 7 beneficial effects:
- Reduced levels of oxidative stress
- Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1, a chemical messenger (chemokine) associated with inflammatory processes within the arteries.
- Reduced lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
- Reduced macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
- Reduced levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
- Reduced cardiac enlargement
- Reduced ECG abnormalities
How can something as benign and commonplace as a fruit extract reverse so many aspects of coronary artery disease, simultaneously, as evidenced by the study above? The answer may lie in the fact that our ancestors co-evolved with certain foods (fruits in particular) for so long that a lack of adequate quantities of these foods may directly result in deteriorating organ function. Indeed, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling argued that vitamin C deficiency is a fundamental cause of cardiovascular disease, owing to the fact that our hominid primate ancestors once had year-round access to fruits, and as a result lost the ability to synthesize it.
There’s another obvious clue as to how pomegranate may work its artery opening magic. Anyone who has ever tasted pomegranate, or consumed the juice, knows it has a remarkable astringency, giving your mouth and gums that dry, puckering mouth feel. This cleansing sensation is technically caused, as with all astringents, by shrinking and disinfecting your mucous membranes.
Anyone who drinks pomegranate juice, or is lucky enough to eat one fresh, can understand why it is so effective at cleansing the circulatory system. Nature certainly planted enough poetic visual clues there for us: its juice looks like blood, and it does resemble a multi-chambered heart, at least when you consider its appearance in comparison to most other fruits.
Indeed, your mouth and your arteries are lined with the same cell type: epithelial cells. Together, they make up the epithelium, one of four basic tissue types within animals, along with connective tissue, muscle tissue and nervous tissue, and which comprises the interior walls of the entire circulatory system. So, when you feel that amazing cleansing effect in your mouth, this is in fact akin to what your circulatory system — and the epithelium/endothelium lining the inside of your veins and arteries — “feels” as well.
The Pomegranate “Artery Cleaning” Clinical Trial
Published in Clinical Nutrition in 2004 and titled, “Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation,” Israeli researchers discovered pomegranate, administered in juice form over the course of a year, reversed plaque accumulation in the carotid arteries of patients with severe, though symptomless, carotid artery stenosis (defined as 70–90% blockage in the internal carotid arteries).
The study consisted of nineteen patients, 5 women and 14 men, aged 65-75, non-smokers. They were randomized to receive either pomegranate juice or placebo. Ten patients were in the pomegranate juice treatment group and 9 patients that did not consume pomegranate juice were in the control group. Both groups were matched with similar blood lipid and glucose concentrations, blood pressure, and with similar medication regimens which consisted of blood-pressure lowering (e.g. ACE inhibitors, β-blockers, or calcium channel blockers) and lipid lowering drugs (e.g. statins).
The ten patients in the treatment group group received 8.11 ounces (240 ml) of pomegranate juice per day, for a period of 1 year, and five out of them agreed to continue for up to 3 years.
The remarkable results were reported as follows:
“The mean intima media thickness the left and right common carotid arteries in severe carotid artery stenosis patients that consumed pomegranate juice for up to 1 year was reduced after 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of pomegranate juice consumption by 13%, 22%, 26% and 35%, respectively, in comparison to baseline values.”
You can only imagine what would happen if a pharmaceutical drug was shown to reverse plaque build up in the carotid arteries by 13% in just 3 months! This drug would be lauded the life-saving miracle drug, and not only would be promoted and sold successfully as a multi-billion dollar blockbuster, but discussion would inevitably follow as to why it should be mandated.
While these results are impressive, if not altogether groundbreaking for the field of cardiology, they may be even better than revealed in the stated therapeutic outcomes above. When one factors in that the carotid artery stenosis increased 9% within 1 year in the control group, the pomegranate intervention group may have seen even better results than indicated by the measured regression in intima media thickness alone. That is, if we assume that the pomegranate group had received no treatment, the thickening of their carotid arteries would have continued to progress like the control group at a rate of 9% a year, i.e. 18% within 2 years, 27% within 3 years. This could be interpreted to mean that after 3 years of pomegranate treatment, for instance, the thickening of the arteries would have been reduced over 60% beyond what would have occurred had the natural progression of the disease been allowed to continue unabated.
3 Ways How Pomegranate Heals The Cardiovascular System
The researchers identified three likely mechanisms of action behind pomegranate’s observed anti-atherosclerotic activity:
- Antioxidant properties: Subjects receiving pomegranate saw significant reductions in oxidative stress, including decreases in autoantibodies formed against ox-LDL, a form of oxidized low density lipoprotein associated with the pathological process of atherosclerosis. Decreases in oxidative stress were measurable by an increase in the blood serum enzyme paraoxonase 1 (PON1) of up to 91% after 3 years; PON1 is an enzyme whose heightened activity is associated with lower oxidative stress. All of this is highly relevant to the question of pomegranate’s anti-atherosclerotic activity because of something called the lipid peroxidation hypothesis of atherosclerosis, which assumes that it is the quality of the blood lipids (i.e. whether they are oxidized/damaged or not), and not their quantity alone that determine their cardiotoxicity/atherogenicity. Essentially, pomegranate prevents the heart disease promoting effects of oxidative stress.
- Blood Pressure Lowering Properties: The intervention resulted in significant improvement in blood pressure: the patient’s systolic blood pressure was reduced 7%, 11% ,10%, 10% and 12% after 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months of pomegranate consumption, respectively, compared to values obtained before treatment. Pomegranate’s ability to reduce systolic blood pressure indicates it has a healing effect on the endothelium, or the inner lining of the artery which fails to relax fully in heart disease; a condition known as endothelial dysfunction.
- Plaque Lesion Stabilization: Because two of the ten patients on PJ (after 3 and 12 months) experienced clinical deterioration, carotid surgery was performed and the lesions were analyzed to determine the difference in their composition to those who did not receive pomegranate. The researchers noticed four distinct positive differences in the composition of the pomegranate-treated lesions:
1. Reduced Cholesterol Content: “The cholesterol content in carotid lesions from the two patients that consumed PJ was lower by 58% and 20%, respectively, in comparison to lesions obtained from CAS patients that did not consume PJ (Fig. 3A).”
2. Reduced Lipid Peroxides: “[T]he lipid peroxides content in lesions obtained from the patients after PJ consumption for 3 or 12 months was significantly reduced by 61% or 44%, respectively, as compared to lesions from patients that did not consume PJ (Fig. 3B).
3. Increased Reduced Glutathione Content: “A substantial increase in the lesion reduced glutathione (GSH) content, (GSH is a major cellular antioxidant) by 2.5-fold, was observed after PJ consumption for 3 or 12 months, (Fig. 3C).
4. Reduced LDL Oxidation: “LDL oxidation by lesions derived from the patients after PJ consumption for 3 or 12 months, was significantly (Po0.01) decreased by 43% or 32%, respectively, in comparison to LDL oxidation rates obtained by lesions from CAS patients that did not consume PJ (Fig. 3D).”
Essentially these results reveal that not only does pomegranate reduce the lesion size in the carotid arteries, but “the lesion itself may be considered less atherogenic after PJ consumption, as its cholesterol and oxidized lipid content decreased, and since its ability to oxidize LDL was significantly reduced.”
This finding is quite revolutionary, as presently, the dangers of carotid artery stenosis are understood primarily through the lesion size and not by assessing for the quality of that lesion. This dovetails with the concept that the sheer quantity of lipoproteins (i.e. “cholesterol”) in the blood can not accurately reveal whether those lipoproteins are actually harmful (atherogenic); rather, if lipoproteins are oxidized (e.g. ox-LDL) they can be harmful (or representative of a more systemic bodily imbalance), whereas non-oxidized low density lipoprotein may be considered entirely benign, if not indispensable for cardiovascular and body wide health. Indeed, in this study the researchers found the pomegranate group had increased levels of triglycerides and very low density lipoprotein, again, underscoring that the anti-atherosclerotic properties likely have more to do with the improved quality of the physiological milieu within which all our lipoproteins operate than the number of them, in and of itself.
Finally, it should be pointed out that all the patients in this study were undergoing conventional, drug-based care for cardiovascular disease, e.g. cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering agents. Not only did the pomegranate treatment not appear to interfere with their drugs, making it a suitable complementary/adjunct therapy for those on pharmaceuticals, but it should be pointed out that the control group’s condition got progressively worse (e.g. the mean IMT increased 9% within 1 year), speaking to just how ineffective drugs are, or how they may even contribute to the acceleration of the disease process itself.
Further Validation of Pomegranate’s Artery-Clearing Properties
Pomegranate’s value in cardiovascular health may be quiet broad, as evidenced by the following experimentally confirmed properties:
- Anti-inflammatory: Like many chronic degenerative diseases, inflammation plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis. There are five studies on GreenMedInfo.com indicating pomegranate’s anti-inflammatory properties.[iii]
- Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural angiotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, [iv] and is a nitric oxide enhancer, two well-known pathways for reducing blood pressure. [v] Finally, pomegranate extract rich in punicalagin has been found reduce the adverse effects of perturbed stress on arterial segments exposed to disturbed flow.[vi]
- Anti-Infective: Plaque buildup in the arteries often involves secondary viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae.[vii] Pomegranate has a broad range of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
- Antioxidant: One of the ways in which blood lipids become heart disease-promoting (atherogenic) is through oxidation. LDL, for instance, may be technically ‘elevated’ but harmless as long as it does not readily oxidize. Pomegranate has been found to reduce the oxidative stress in the blood, as measured by serum paraoxonase levels. One study in mice found this decrease in oxidative stress was associated with 44% reduction in the size of atherosclerotic lesions. [viii]
- Anti-Infective: While it is commonly overlooked, cardiovascular disease, and more particularly atherosclerosis, is connected to infection. Dentists know this, which is why they often prescribe antibiotics following dental work which releases bacteria into systemic circulation. Plaque in the arteries can also harbor viral pathogens. Pomegranate happens to have potent antiviral and antibacterial properties relevant to cardiovascular disease initiation and progression. It has been studied to combat the following infectious organisms:
- Avian Influenza
- Escherichia Coli
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza A
- Staphylococcus auerus
- Vaccinia virus
- Vibrio (Cholera) virus
For additional research on pomegranate’s heart friendly properties read our article: Research: Pomegranate May Reverse Blocked Arteries, and to learn more about it’s broadly therapeutic properties read: 100+ Health Properties of Pomegranate Now Includes Helping Diabetics.
Also, view our dedicated research section on reversing arterial plaque: Clogged Arteries
[i] Aishah Al-Jarallah, Fatima Igdoura, Yi Zhang, Christine B Tenedero, Elizabeth J White, Melissa E Macdonald, Suleiman A Igdoura, Bernardo L Trigatti. The effect of pomegranate extract on coronary artery atherosclerosis in SR-BI/APOE double knockout mice. Atherosclerosis. 2013 May ;228(1):80-9. Epub 2013 Mar 7. PMID: 23528829
[ii] Michael Aviram, Mira Rosenblat, Diana Gaitini, Samy Nitecki, Aaron Hoffman, Leslie Dornfeld, Nina Volkova, Dita Presser, Judith Attias, Harley Liker, Tony Hayek. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr. 2004 Jun;23(3):423-33. PMID: 15158307
[iv] Mahalaxmi Mohan, Harshal Waghulde, Sanjay Kasture. Effect of pomegranate juice on Angiotensin II-induced hypertension in diabetic Wistar rats. Phytother Res. 2009 Dec 17. PMID: 20020514
[v] Filomena de Nigris, Maria Luisa Balestrieri, Sharon Williams-Ignarro, Francesco P D’Armiento, Carmela Fiorito, Louis J Ignarro, Claudio Napoli. The influence of pomegranate fruit extract in comparison to regular pomegranate juice and seed oil on nitric oxide and arterial function in obese Zucker rats. Nitric Oxide. 2007 Aug ;17(1):50-4. Epub 2007 May 5. PMID: 17553710
[vi] Filomena de Nigris, Sharon Williams-Ignarro, Vincenzo Sica, Lilach O Lerman, Francesco P D’Armiento, Russell E Byrns, Amelia Casamassimi, Daniela Carpentiero, Concetta Schiano, Daigo Sumi, Carmela Fiorito, Louis J Ignarro, Claudio Napoli. Effects of a pomegranate fruit extract rich in punicalagin on oxidation-sensitive genes and eNOS activity at sites of perturbed shear stress and atherogenesis. Cardiovasc Res. 2007 Jan 15;73(2):414-23. Epub 2006 Sep 1. PMID: 17014835
[vii] Yasunori Sawayama, Kyoko Okada, Shinji Maeda, Hachiro Ohnishi, Norihiro Furusyo, Jun Hayashi. Both hepatitis C virus and Chlamydia pneumoniae infection are related to the progression of carotid atherosclerosis in patients undergoing lipid lowering therapy. Fukuoka Igaku Zasshi. 2006 Aug;97(8):245-55. PMID: 17087362
[viii] M Aviram, L Dornfeld, M Rosenblat, N Volkova, M Kaplan, R Coleman, T Hayek, D Presser, B Fuhrman. Pomegranate juice consumption reduces oxidative stress, atherogenic modifications to LDL, and platelet aggregation: studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 May ;71(5):1062-76. PMID: 10799367
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- Blood flow restriction (BFR) training was developed in Japan by Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in 1966. There, it’s known as KAATSU, which translates into “additional pressure”
- KAATSU, known more generically as Blood Flow Modification, was introduced outside of Japan by Steven Munatones after a 13-year-long mentorship by Sato
- Aside from dramatically improving muscle tone, BFR is also a wonderful tool for post-surgical rehabilitation, allowing you to regain physical function in a fraction of the time that you would normally anticipate
- KAATSU is very safe, even for those with cardiovascular issues, and can also benefit those who are bedridden or paraplegic
- The original KAATSU device became commercially available in 2006 and was quite large, heavy and bulky, with a $16,600 price tag. Since then, the technology has improved, gotten much smaller and is far less expensive
If the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s the importance of being healthy and having a robust immune response. Aside from old age, people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk of complications from the disease, and obesity has been found to be the biggest determinant — after old age — for whether a patient will require hospitalization.1,2
The good news, of course, is that you have a lot of control over your own health. Obesity, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease are all reversible, and if you want to prepare for the next pandemic (which is already being promised), you’d be wise to start improving your health rather than simply masking or “managing” your symptoms with drugs.
Aside from eating a healthy whole food (ideally organic) diet and implementing time-restricted eating, exercise is a foundational health strategy that will strengthen your immune function.3,4
According to research5,6,7 published in the March 19, 2020, issue of Redox Biology, exercising regularly may also help prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a lethal complication and major cause of death among patients with COVID-19.
Similarly, a review8 published in the journal Nutrients, February 28, 2020, details how physical activity and diet shape your immune system during aging and, of course, we now know that the elderly are at a disproportionally high risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death.
Importantly, the review details how exercise helps improve immunosenescence and slows down the aging processes of both the innate and adaptive arms of your immune system.
Blood Flow Restriction Training May Be an Ideal Choice
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training, which I perceive to be the greatest innovation in exercise training in the last century, was developed in Japan by Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in 1966. There, it’s known as KAATSU.
Aside from dramatically improving muscle tone, BFR is also a wonderful tool for post-surgical rehabilitation, allowing you to regain physical function in a fraction of the time that you would normally anticipate.
KAATSU, known more generically as Blood Flow Modification, was introduced outside of Japan by Steven Munatones, after a 13-year mentorship by Sato. In this interview, Munatones provides some of the history behind this radical innovation, and how he facilitated its overseas migration and its headquarters in Southern California.
What Is BFR?
BFR involves exercising your muscles — using no or very light weights — while partially slowing arterial inflow and modifying venous outflow in either both proximal arms or legs.9 In KAATSU, venous flow reduction is achieved by using thin elastic pneumatic bands on the extremity being exercised.
By modifying the venous blood flow, you create a relatively hypoxic (low oxygen) environment in the exercising muscle, which in turn triggers a number of physiological benefits.
BFR increases vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which acts as “fertilizer” for growing more blood vessels and improving their lining (endothelium). It also increases the production of hormones such as growth hormone and IGF-1, commonly referred to as “the fitness hormones.”10
Sato got the inspiration for BFR in 1966 when, during a Buddhist ceremony that required him to sit on his heels, he noticed a distinct tightening of his calves, as if he’d been doing weighted heel raises. He wondered what the physiological process for that might be, and for the next seven years, he experimented on himself.
“He experimented with every kind of tire tube, strand and rope that he had. He put bands on his legs, around his waist, on his chest, his arms, forearms, even his forehead,” Munatones says, to figure out the best way to modify his blood flow and replicate traditional weight training.
Eventually, Sato developed the KAATSU protocols that are still in use today. Between 1996 and 2015, Sato, along with exercise physiologist Naokata Ishii, Ph.D., and Dr. Toshiaki Nakajima, a renowned cardiologist at the University of Tokyo Hospital, performed a variety of groundbreaking research, proving the benefits of KAATSU and discovering its underlying mechanisms.
How KAATSU Was Brought to the US
For the first 27 years, all of Sato’s information was restricted to Japan — primarily the University of Tokyo Hospital — and the Japanese language. In 2001, Munatones, who speaks fluent Japanese, was asked to coach the U.S. national swim team at the world championships held in Japan.
“That’s when I first found out about Sato,” he says. “I visited his office in Tokyo. I saw a huge line of people waiting to see him at his office. The people would come out quite happy.
I’d ask them in Japanese, ‘How do you feel?’ They’d say, ‘I feel great.’ I’d ask them how they felt before. They said, ‘There was a strain in my back,’ or ‘I had broken my finger,’ or a variety of injuries and ailments.
When I met Dr. Sato, he said to me very softly — he is a very humble man with a very soft voice — ‘I was waiting for you.’ I said, ‘Oh really? I didn’t even know about you until three days ago.’ He said, ‘Well, I’ve been anxious to share this with the rest of the world, because I think everybody in the world should be doing KAATSU.'”
After 13 Years of Mentorship, Munatones Got the Green Light
Sato does not speak English and doesn’t travel outside Japan, which is why he’d not been able to introduce it to a global audience before. Munatones decided immediately he wanted to learn the system and Sato agreed to teach him. That mentorship ended up taking 13 years.
“It was a very Japanese mentorship,” Munatones says. “I learned the Japanese way of thought, their social protocols and the expectations of the respect between different levels of society …
[You have to] accept — whether you’re trying to be a sushi chef, a Japanese sword master, a kimono maker, it doesn’t matter — that you don’t know what that length of mentorship or apprenticeship will be. If you’re good, it might only be eight years. If you’re not good, it might be 18 years. In my particular case, it was 13 years …
I learned everything. I learned how to wrap the bands, what to look at a person physiologically. We went through his research labs. We used Doppler machines and ultrasound machines.
We tested, prodded and poked people with blood samples before and after KAATSU. He really wanted me to learn what was the mechanism of KAATSU. That’s what I did for 13 years. I was going to Japan at least four times a year.
When I first met Sato, there was no information written. It was all in his head … I had to write a how-to book. I had to capture the information in his head and what he had showed me and explained to me, and make English words for that, because there were no English words for what he was teaching me.
The only word I kept was the original Japanese word KAATSU. It’s formed by two Japanese characters: KA, which means additional, and ATSU, which means pressure. That’s the additional pressure that the band and the equipment is placing on the limbs.
Everything else, all the explanations of KAATSU, we translated over the 13-year period. He wanted to make sure that if I was going to share this with the rest of the world, that I had as much information and experience as possible, and in English, to share with the rest of the world.”
The Development of KAATSU Equipment
Originally, and up to about 2006, Sato had used very long elastic bands. He’d wrap and unwrap a patient’s limbs in 20-second cycles, doing eight cycles per limb, which was a laborious process. Munatones, who had a background in engineering, suggested they invent an easy to use device to replicate this cycled blood flow restriction.
“I had lived in Japan for seven years previously, working in Hitachi R&D Labs. I had the skillsets to develop a machine, to create a product that attempted to replicate what Sato and his Japanese colleagues were doing with their own hands,” Munatones says.
The original KAATSU Master device became commercially available in 2006, was quite large and had a $16,000 price tag. Since then, the technology has improved, gotten much smaller, and far less expensive.
The latest device, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, is now only $800, which you can purchase from KAATSU Global. This is the best exercise investment I have ever made and now that the price is finally under $1,000, it’s become accessible to far more people.
BFR Benefits Your Vascular System
The first clear benefits of KAATSU were increased muscle mass, regardless of the age of the individual. However, as the science developed, it became clear that the mechanism behind this effect was actually increased elasticity of the vascular system. This is what triggers a cascade of biochemical changes that result in muscle growth. Munatones explains:
“Sato and the researchers theorized that [KAATSU] was replicating heavy exercise. Therefore, human growth hormone (HGH) was being secreted. That was leading to increased muscle tone or increased muscle mass.
But as we started to study more and more with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, Doppler devices and ultrasound, we realized that it was actually the strength or the elasticity of the three vascular walls — the inner, middle and the outer walls of the capillaries and veins — that were becoming more elastic. When that happened, there was a subsequent or secondary hormonal response.”
By creating a hypoxic environment, you catalyze hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha (HIF1A), which in turn catalyzes VEGF. VEGF is the strongest angiogenic signal your body produces. It’s a very powerful “fertilizer” for capillary growth and endothelial cells specifically. (That’s why it’s called vascular endothelial growth factor.) The end result is increased vascular elasticity.
BFR Has an Excellent Safety Record
Importantly, KAATSU is very safe, even for those with cardiovascular issues. At the University of Tokyo Hospital, Sato worked frequently with cardiovascular rehabilitation patients, people who’d had heart attacks, strokes or heart bypass surgery, and, when dealing with patients with cardiac issues, safety is a paramount concern.
Using pneumatic bands that were gentle and provided controlled pressure, even bedridden patients could be safely treated, and even under those conditions the patients increased their muscle tone.
Even paraplegics are benefiting from it, even though they’re unable to use weights of any kind. Simply strapping on the inflatable cuffs and using the KAATSU device’s cycling program (with intermittent inflation and deflation of the pneumatic bands at regular intervals), they can realize these benefits.
The cycling program pumps air in, maintains pressure for a prescribed time, releases the pressure, then adds pressure again, in cycles. With the help of a trainer or caregiver, a paraplegic patient can also perform passive exercise with the bands on.
In this case, they’d use the cycling mode — which inflates the cuffs for 20 seconds, releases the pressure for five seconds, inflates for 20 seconds, release for five, and so on — while the caregiver lifts their arm or moves their leg.
While the inflatable cuffs look quite simplistic, a lot of specific engineering has gone into their design and construction. Superficially, it resembles a blood pressure cuff. It does not work like one, however. Munatones explains:
“The band itself has an air bladder inside. That air bladder is inflated only to one side. Imagine a balloon. When you blow up a balloon, it expands uniformly. When we blow up the KAATSU band, it does not expand uniformly. It expands in one direction, the direction toward your skin.
People say, ‘Oh. That looks like a blood pressure cuff. That looks like a tourniquet.’ Outwardly, it does. Except, the tourniquet keeps the blood out. It occludes momentarily, so the physician or the nurse can check your blood pressure.
The KAATSU bands are specifically designed to keep the blood in on a practical basis. It reduces the venous flow back from the limb to the torso. It doesn’t completely obstruct it. You can view it as a type of ‘blood flow modification,’ because when you contract your muscles the blood is forced out of your muscle for a brief period.
When your muscle is not contracting, the blood remains in your muscle. That’s why the cycle [mode] — pressure on, pressure off, pressure on, pressure off — enables that blood flow to continue; the arterial flow in and the venous flow out. That is very important.
When a person does KAATSU, the palm of their hands and/or their feet become very pink, even a rosy, beefy red. In some athletes and very fit people, it actually turns it deep purple, because what’s happening is that all that blood is going in and is being modified coming out. There is what we call ‘blood pooling in the limb. That is the catalyst for a bunch of metabolite hormonal responses in the body.”
What Makes KAATSU Different From Other BFR Devices?
It’s important to understand the difference between the KAATSU devices and other inflatable surgical tourniquets used in blood flow obstruction (BFO) therapy.
The two are not the same, the primary and most crucial difference being that KAATSU never completely occludes or obstructs blood flow, whereas BFO does. Complete obstruction of blood flow comes with risks that you simply don’t get when using a KAATSU device. Munatones comments on the differences:
“The original intention of Sato was literally for every person on planet Earth, anywhere, anytime, to be able to do KAATSU. That’s a difficult bar to hit. We had to make sure that it was safe to use for every person on this planet.
Now, I’m not saying that every person on the planet will want to use this or should use it, but that was our engineering goal: To make a product that you could use at any age, in the comfort of your own home, without a medical practitioner actually applying it …
So, we set out to engineer a product that was easy to use and effective at the same time. Therefore, when other products come on the market and you have to go to your physical therapist and you have to use your own medical insurance to get reimbursed or pay for this, we believe that is [a block] for global adoption.
That’s why our original patients who were using this were among the most vulnerable patients possible, those with heart attacks, strokes or clots, who had undergone cardiac surgery. If it was safe for them, we knew it would be safe for most people on this planet …
I have no problem putting [the KAATSU device] on my parents … They’re 82 and 83. They use KAATSU daily. Sometimes twice a day. They have their own unit.
Their muscular form is great. They’re very active. My mother uses it in the pool for her arthritis. My father used it for his varicose veins and while riding a bike. They also use it in a variety of exercises. They’ve really been my guinea pigs here in California …
They’ve used KAATSU through hip replacements, knee replacements, et cetera. They do not go to a physical therapist after their surgeries. They just come home. They know how to use the KAATSU equipment themselves — and they don’t even know how to use a computer. They live very close to me. But it’s quite easy to implement.”
KAATSU Training Modes
We’ve already mentioned one of the two training modes — the cycling mode — available on the KAATSU device. In cycling mode, the cuffs are inflated for 20 seconds and deflated for five seconds, for eight repetitions. (Some units allow for variations in that cycle). In training mode, the cuffs remain inflated throughout your exercise.
“The KAATSU cycle started in 1973. I always enjoyed this story. Sato went on a skiing trip and broke his ankle. He instinctively theorized that KAATSU would be helpful for his bones to heal,” Munatones says.
“Now, he’d come from a long line of physicians. His father said, ‘Come into the hospital. We’ll take care of you.’ He, being sort of the rebellious out-of-the-box thinker, said, ‘No. I’m just going to treat myself with KAATSU.’
He wrapped his leg with the bands as he normally did. And because there was so much blood pooling in the area where his ankle was broken, it was very discomforting. He unwrapped it after about 30 seconds.
He says, ‘Well, there’s a lot of blood going to the injured part. That’s a good thing. I’m going to wrap it again.’ That was the catalyst for this KAATSU cycle. They’ve been doing that for decades now.
KAATSU training is when you don’t want to be tethered to a machine. You want to go out for a walk. Or you’re a boxer and you’re boxing in the gym. Or you’re a swimmer in a pool. Or you are a cyclist.
In this case, we inflate the bands to what we call your optimal pressure, whatever the appropriate pressure is for you, and you can untether yourself from the machine and go ahead and do whatever exercise or motion that you want. We recommend limiting that to 20 minutes.”
In short, the cycling mode allows you to exercise even when you cannot perform a regular workout. For example, if you’re bedridden, or are just starting a training program, have limited mobility due to excess weight, if you’ve broken a bone or have recently had surgery — these are all instances where the cycling mode can be extremely beneficial.
“They’re not going to go to a gym. They might not even want to lift dumbbells. In this case, we can do the KAATSU cycle and just ask them to move their limbs very slowly as they contract their muscles,” Munatones says. “That has the same effect as untethering the bands and doing what we call KAATSU training [while] lifting dumbbells.”
The training mode, meanwhile, is great for athletes and anyone who wants to maximize the benefits from their regular exercise, such as their walking or swimming routine. You can detach the air tubes from the bands once they’re inflated, which allows you unrestricted mobility to do whatever exercise you want, while wearing the bands.
The Older You Are, the More You Need BFR
While great for competitive athletes, BFR can radically transform the health of our aging population, as it effectively improves vascular and cognitive function, and lowers your risk for both osteoporosis (brittle bones) and sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss).
Without question, the older you are, the more you need BFR training. Even if it doesn’t improve your life span (which it probably would), it will undoubtedly improve your health span — the number of years you remain in good health before you die.
While great for competitive athletes, BFR can radically transform the health of our aging population, as it effectively improves vascular and cognitive function, and lowers your risk for both osteoporosis and sarcopenia.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a very important coenzyme in your body that has become increasingly appreciated for its influence on health and mitochondrial function in the last decade. BFR has been shown to increase NAD levels by 30%, and that can have a profound influence on your health span.
NAD supplements and precursors can cost between $1 and $2 per day, and that alone can help justify the cost of the equipment; you don’t have to pay for expensive supplements because your body makes it.
As you age and start losing muscle, you also lose protein stores, and this can significantly increase your risk of dying if you get ill or injured. You need the protein reserve that muscle mass provides, and BFR, in my experience, is one of the most effective ways to improve your muscle mass and strength.
I think it’s important to understand that KAATSU is not some fly-by-night marketing gimmick. It’s nothing short of a fitness revolution. While still relatively unknown, once people — especially health professionals — get a taste of what it can do, there’s no doubt it’ll become a mainstay.
Helpful Training Resources
To learn more, check out my BFR Training PDF. There you will also find the details and specific videos and instructions on how to perform BFR and the various equipment options that are available.
You can also find a free training program on KAATSU.com. This can be particularly useful right now, as many gyms are still closed. Live online ZOOM training sessions are given every Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific time.
Access it by going to KAATSU.com and clicking on the banner on the top of the page. Each session is also recorded, so if you cannot attend live, you can find the replay on KAATSUBLOG.com. Laurel Kuzins, who leads the workout, is a certified KAATSU, yoga, Pilates and high-intensity trainer.
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- 2 ZDnet April 12, 2020
- 3 Harvard Health, How to Boost Your Immune System
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- 9 Frontiers in Physiology 2019; 10: 533
- 10 International Journal of KAATSU Training Research 2005;1(1):1-5, Page 4 (PDF)
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- Aside from sepsis — which in one study was present in 59% of COVID-19 patients and 100% of those who died — blood clots also appear to be common in patients with severe COVID-19 disease
- Abnormal coagulation is associated with poor prognosis in patients with COVID-19. According to one case report, 71.4% of patients who died of COVID-19 met the criteria for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) while only 0.6% of patients who survived met that criteria
- DIC refers to a systemic disorder that affects blood coagulation and can result in organ dysfunction and death. Prothrombotic DIC causes persistent blood clots. Sepsis is one of the most common causes of DIC
- Doctors are divided when it comes to treatment of DIC. Some believe early administration of blood thinners is advisable, while other data suggest they don’t improve outcomes
- Holistic prophylactic alternatives that might be beneficial against blood clots include proteolytic enzymes such as lumbrokinase, nattokinase and serrapeptase, all of which act as natural anticoagulants by breaking down the fibrin that forms the blood clot
Aside from sepsis — which in one study1 was present in 59% of COVID-19 patients and 100% of those who died — blood clots also appear to be common in patients with severe COVID-19 disease.2,3,4,5 As reported by STAT news:6
“Doctors treating the sickest COVID-19 patients have zeroed in on a new phenomenon: Some people have developed widespread blood clots, their lungs peppered with tiny blockages that prevent oxygen from pumping into the bloodstream and body …
Physicians from the U.S., the Netherlands, and China have published a number of case reports in scientific journals about Covid-19 patients with a multitude of small blood clots. In one report, researchers in China said 7 out of 10 patients who died of Covid-19 had small blood clots throughout the bloodstream, compared to fewer than 1 in 100 people who survived …
It still isn’t clear why the virus leads to these blood clots forming, or why patients’ bodies can’t break them up. It also isn’t clear how significant a role they play in a patient’s illness.”
Blood Clots — A Newly Discovered Hallmark of Severe COVID-19
According to a case report published April 8, 2020:7
“A hallmark of severe COVID-19 is coagulopathy, with 71.4% of patients who die of COVID-19 meeting … criteria for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) while only 0.6% of patients who survive meet these criteria.
Additionally, it has become clear that this is not a bleeding diathesis but rather a predominantly pro-thrombotic DIC with high venous thromboembolism rates, elevated D-dimer levels, high fibrinogen levels in concert with low anti-thrombin levels, and pulmonary congestion with microvascular thrombosis and occlusion on pathology in addition to mounting experience with high rates of central line thrombosis and vascular occlusive events (e.g. ischemic limbs, strokes, etc.) …
There is evidence in both animals and humans that fibrinolytic therapy in Acute Lung Injury and ARDS improves survival, which also points to fibrin deposition in the pulmonary microvasculature as a contributory cause of ARDS and would be expected to be seen in patients with ARDS and concomitant diagnoses of DIC on their laboratory values such as what is observed in more than 70% of those who die of COVID-19.”
There’s a whole lot of tongue twisting medical jargon in that abstract, but the key points are these: DIC8 refers to a systemic disorder that affects blood coagulation and can result in organ dysfunction and death.
Prothrombotic DIC causes blood clots to form while simultaneously activating the fibrinolytic system9 — the pathway responsible for degrading and removing clots in the blood stream. The process is dysregulated, however.
The final step in the fibrinolytic process is the cleavage of fibrin, which results in the formation of degradation products such as D-dimer.10 High D-dimer levels indicate that your body is breaking down one or more blood clots.
Fibrinogen is a clotting factor essential for proper blood formation. Fibrinogen levels typically rise when inflammation or tissue damage is present. Fibrinogen is broken down by the enzyme thrombin into fibrin, which causes a clot to form.
As the name implies, antithrombin11 is a protein that inactivates enzymes involved in blood coagulation. In COVID-19, antithrombin levels tend to be low and fibrinogen levels high. The end result is blood clots that are not properly degraded and removed.
Abnormal Coagulation Associated With Poor Prognosis
According to a February 19, 2020, report12 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, abnormal coagulation is associated with poor prognosis in patients with COVID-19.
Of 183 consecutive COVID-19 patients treated in a Chinese hospital, those who died had significantly higher levels of fibrinogen, D-dimer and other fibrin degradation products; 71.4% of those who died also met the criteria of DIC, compared to just 0.6% of those who recovered.
Lewis Kaplan, a University of Pennsylvania physician and head of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, told The Washington Post13 that while clotting complications are common in cancer and trauma patients, “they don’t clot like this.”
According to Kaplan, “The problem we are having is that while we understand that there is a clot, we don’t yet understand why there is a clot.” The Washington Post14 also quotes Harlan Krumholz, a cardiac specialist at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center, who said:
“One of the theories is that once the body is so engaged in a fight against an invader, the body starts consuming the clotting factors, which can result in either blood clots or bleeding. In Ebola, the balance was more toward bleeding. In COVID-19, it’s more blood clots.”
Interestingly enough, the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis paper15 highlights the link between DIC and sepsis, noting that:
“Sepsis is well established as one of the most common causes of DIC; development of DIC results when monocytes and endothelial cells are activated to the point of cytokine release following injury, with expression of tissue factor and secretion of von Willebrand factor.”
In other words, COVID-19 patients found to have blood clots should probably be assumed to have sepsis as well, and the sepsis must be properly addressed too. Unfortunately, sepsis is commonly overlooked, even by medical professionals, as many of the symptoms of sepsis look very similar to those of both flu and COVID-19. Examples include high fever with chills and shivering, unusual sweating, dizziness, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, muscle pain and cold, clammy skin.
Cellular and molecular biologist Judy Mikovits, whom I recently interviewed, believes the clotting issue is related to cytokine release but not from SARS-CoV-2. She is confident that a coinfection with the retrovirus XMRV is causing this problem.
Vitamin C Protocol Lowers Sepsis Mortality
Dr. Paul Marik’s protocol of intravenous (IV) vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1) has been shown to dramatically improve chances of survival in patients with sepsis.16
His retrospective before-after clinical study17,18 showed giving patients 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours, 1,500 mg of ascorbic acid every six hours, and 50 mg of hydrocortisone every six hours for two days reduced mortality from 40% to 8.5%. Importantly, the treatment has no side effects and is inexpensive, readily available and simple to administer, so there’s virtually no risk involved.
Marik’s sepsis protocol can be a lifesaver, so you’d be wise to discuss it with your doctor any time you’re hospitalized, especially if you or someone you love is diagnosed with COVID-19, considering how common sepsis is in those with more severe disease.
Sepsis is also often the result of a secondary infection contracted while in the hospital, and they’re now finding hospitals are primary vectors of disease, so it’s prudent to be prepared.
This way, should you develop sepsis while you’re admitted, your medical team already knows your wishes and can act swiftly. According to Marik, the best results are obtained when the concoction is administered within the first six hours of presentation of symptoms.19 The longer you delay treatment, the less likely it will be successful. If your doctor refuses to consider it offhand, convince him or her to review the studies cited here.20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28
Doctors Struggle to Identify Best Blood Clot Treatment
As for the blood clots, doctors are unsure and divided when it comes to treatment. Some believe it’s advisable to administer blood thinners early, even in mild cases treated at home. Some case studies, however, suggest anticoagulants aren’t doing much to improve outcomes.29
Systemic thrombolysis with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) — an intravenous “clot busting” drug used for heart attacks and stroke — has also resulted in mixed success.30 As reported by STAT news:31
“Doctors around the country are already giving patients heparin or tPA … The drug tPA does carry its own risk. It’s typically given to stroke patients within hours of symptoms to reduce the risk of bleeding in the brain.
But [transplant surgery fellow and researcher Hunter] Moore pointed out that the risk of those bleeds for patients on tPA is lower than for Covid-19 patients who are placed on ECMO [extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] machines to improve oxygen levels in their blood.”
Holistic prophylactic alternatives that might be beneficial against blood clots include proteolytic enzymes such as lumbrokinase, nattokinase and serrapeptase, all of which act as natural anticoagulants by breaking down the fibrin that forms the blood clot.
As noted in one 2018 Scientific Reports paper,32 “Defibrinogenation, inhibition of platelet aggregation, and/or interference with components of the blood coagulation cascade are some of the key mechanisms by which proteolytic enzymes exert their anticoagulant effect.” They also have anti-inflammatory effects.
Lumbrokinase, a complex fibrinolytic enzyme extracted from earthworms, is a highly effective antithrombotic agent that reduces blood viscosity and platelet aggregation.33 It also degrades fibrin, which is a key factor in clot formation.34,35
Some researchers have suggested lumbrokinase could be used “as secondary prevention after acute thrombosis,” such as heart attacks and stroke.36 A 2008 study37 found its antiplatelet activity protected against cerebral ischemia.
It is important to note that lumbrokinase is about 300 times stronger than serrapeptase, and nearly 30 times stronger than nattokinase.38,39,40 It is my strong personal preference and recommendation if you are using a fibrinolytic enzyme.
Nattokinase, produced by the bacteria Bacillus subtilis during the fermentation of soybeans to produce natto,41 is a strong thrombolytic,42 comparable to aspirin43,44 without the serious side effects.
It’s been shown to break down blood clots and reduce the risk of serious clotting45 by dissolving excess fibrin in your blood vessels,46 improving circulation and decreasing blood viscosity. Interestingly, in one in vitro study,47 the thrombolytic activity of equimolar amounts (meaning equivalent amounts) of nattokinase and tPA were found to be identical.
Serrapeptase, also known as serratiopeptidase, is a substance produced in the gut of newborn Bombyx mori silkworms that allows them to dissolve and escape from their cocoons.
Research48 has shown it can help patients with chronic airway disease, lessening viscosity of sputum and reducing coughing. Like lumbrokinase and nattokinase, serrapeptase breaks down fibrin. It also helps dissolve dead or damaged tissue without harming healthy tissue.49
- 1 The Lancet March 11, 2020 doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30566-3
- 2, 7 J Thromb Haermost Case Reports April 8, 2020 DOI: 10.1111/jth.14828
- 3, 13, 14 The Washington Post April 22, 2020
- 4 Journal of the American College of Cardiology April 2020 DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.04.031
- 5 Detroit Free Press April 22, 2020
- 6, 31 STAT April 16, 2020
- 8 Indian Journal of Anaesthesia 2014 Sep-Oct; 58(5): 603–608
- 9 Science Direct Fibrinolytic System
- 10 Science Direct Fibrin Degeneration Product
- 11 Stoptheclot.com Antithrombin Deficiency
- 12, 15 Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis February 19, 2020 doi: 10.111/jth.14768
- 16 NPR March 23, 2017
- 17 Chest June 2017; 151(6): 1229-1238
- 18 Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, January 28, 2017
- 19 PowerPoint Presentation: Hydrocortisone, Ascorbic Acid and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis & Septic Shock, Paul E. Marik, MD, page 16-17
- 20 J Clin Med. 2019 Apr 9;8(4). pii: E478
- 21 Ann Intensive Care. 2019 May 20;9(1):58
- 22 Trials. 2019 Jul 11;20(1):420
- 23 Crit Care. 2019 Jul 30;23(1):265
- 24 Nutrients. 2019 Aug 23;11(9). pii: E1994
- 25 Journal of Clinical Medicine January 16, 2019’ 8(1): E102
- 26 Indian Journal of Anaesthesia December 2018; 62(12): 934-939
- 27 Nutrients November 14, 2018; 10(11): E1762
- 28 Critical Care October 29, 2018; 22(1): 283
- 29 Medpage Today April 20, 2020
- 30 Medpage Today April 14, 2020
- 32 Scientific Reports 2018; 8, Article Number 6210
- 33 Chinese Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry 1993; 4(26) (PDF), Abstract
- 34 Institute for Progressive Medicine
- 35 Subcell Biochem. January 1, 2017;82:405-456
- 36 ICH GCP Clinical Trials Registry, The Effects of DLBS1033 on Haemostasis Parameters in Healthy Volunteers
- 37 European Journal of Pharmacology August 20, 2008; 590(1-3): 281-289
- 38 Townsend Letter May 2018
- 39 Enzymatic Activity Comparison of Common Fibrinolytic Enzymes 2011
- 40 Lumbrokinase Reference List May 2018
- 41 Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Mar; 18(3): 523
- 42, 46 Biol Pharm Bull. 1995 Oct;18(10):1387-91
- 43 Lab Anim Res December 2013; 29(4): 221-225
- 44 International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2017 Mar; 18(3): 523, Benefits of Nattokinase
- 45 Scientific Reports 2015; 5: 11601
- 47 Article Number 6210, Lunathrombase has in vitro thrombolytic potency but is devoid of hemolytic activity or cytotoxicity against mammalian cells
- 48 Respirology 2003 Sep;8(3):316-20
- 49 International Journal of Surgery, 2013 Apr;11(3):209-217
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- Prophylactic aspirin use in adults over the age of 70 is potentially harmful, primarily due to the increased risk of bleeding in this age group. Long-term low-dose aspirin therapy nearly doubles your risk for gastrointestinal bleeding
- In adults younger than 40, there is insufficient evidence to judge the risk-benefit ratio of routine aspirin for the primary prevention of heart disease
- While daily aspirin is still recommended for people with heart disease to lower the risk of another heart attack or stroke, previous studies have cast doubt on the effectiveness of this approach as well
- You may be able to achieve the same kind of cardiovascular protection by donating blood. The bleeding caused by aspirin may be part of why it lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke, as bleeding will lower your iron level. People taking seven aspirins per week have been shown to have 25% lower mean serum ferritin than nonusers
- Other aspirin alternatives include nattokinase and lumbrokinase, both of which are potent thrombolytics, comparable to aspirin without the serious side effects. They break down blood clots and reduce the risk of serious clotting by dissolving excess fibrin, improving circulation and decreasing blood viscosity
In decades past, a daily low-dose aspirin regimen was frequently recommended as a primary prevention strategy against heart disease. However, the evidence in support of it was rather weak, and kept getting weaker as time went on.
I stopped recommending daily “baby aspirin” use for the prevention of heart disease over two decades ago, due to the growing evidence of harmful side effects.
The primary justification for a daily aspirin regimen has been that it inhibits prostaglandin production,1 thereby decreasing your blood’s ability to form dangerous clots. However, in more recent years, most public health authorities have reversed their stance on the practice of using aspirin for primary prevention.
‘Baby’ Aspirin No Longer Recommended as Primary Prevention
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reversed its position on daily low-dose aspirin as primary prevention for heart disease in 2014,2 citing clearly established side effects — including dangerous brain and stomach bleeding — and a lack of clear benefit for patients who have never had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease.
In 2019, the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology updated their clinical guidelines on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease,3 spelling out many of the controversial findings on prophylactic aspirin use.
Importantly, studies have found that prophylactic aspirin use in adults over the age of 70 is potentially harmful, primarily due to the increased risk of bleeding in this age group. As noted in one 2009 paper,4 long-term low-dose aspirin therapy nearly doubles your risk for gastrointestinal bleeding.
Older people are, of course, more likely to be at high risk for heart disease, and thus more likely to be put on aspirin therapy. In younger adults, the risks are less clear-cut.
As noted in the AHA guideline, in adults younger than 40, “there is insufficient evidence to judge the risk-benefit ratio of routine aspirin for the primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”5
That said, the conventional recommendation to avoid a daily aspirin regimen only applies to primary prevention of heart disease in those with no history of heart problems, or those with low or moderate risk for heart disease. As reported by the AHA:6
“The new recommendation doesn’t apply to people who already have had a stroke or heart attack, or who have undergone bypass surgery or a procedure to insert a stent in their coronary arteries.
These individuals already have cardiovascular disease and should continue to take low-dose aspirin daily, or as recommended by their health care provider, to prevent another occurrence …”
Is Aspirin Regimen Safe for Heart Disease Patients?
While daily low-dose aspirin continues to be recommended for patients who already have heart disease, there’s evidence suggesting it may not be an ideal solution for them either.
For example, the WASH (warfarin/aspirin study in heart failure) study7 published in 2004 — which assessed the risks and benefits of aspirin and the blood thinner warfarin in heart failure patients — found those who received aspirin treatment (300 mg/day) actually had the worst cardiac outcomes, including worsening heart failure. According to the authors, there was “no evidence that aspirin is effective or safe in patients with heart failure.”
Similarly, a 2010 study8 found older heart disease patients who had a prior history of aspirin use had more comorbidities and a higher risk of recurrent heart attack than those who had not been on aspirin therapy.
Aspirin has also not been proven safe or effective for diabetics, who are at increased risk for heart disease and therefore likely to be put on an aspirin regimen.
For example, a 2009 meta-analysis9 of six studies found no clear evidence that aspirin is effective in preventing cardiovascular events in people with diabetes, although men may derive some benefit.
Another 2009 study10 that examined the effects of aspirin therapy in diabetic patients found it “significantly increased mortality in diabetic patients without cardiovascular disease from 17% at age 50 years to 29% at age 85 years.”
On the other hand, it did lower mortality in elderly diabetic patients who also had cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis11 published in 2010 also concluded aspirin did not reduce the heart attack risk in diabetic individuals.
Why Phlebotomy May Be a Better Option Than Aspirin Therapy
While the benefits of low-dose aspirin may outweigh the risks for some people, I believe you may be able to achieve similar cardiovascular protection by doing therapeutic phlebotomies.
There’s evidence to suggest that the bleeding caused by aspirin may in fact be part of why it lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke, as bleeding will lower your iron level. Aspirin’s ability to lower inflammation may be another factor at play.
As shown in a 2001 study,12 people taking seven aspirins per week had 25% lower mean serum ferritin than nonusers. The effect was most marked in diseased subjects, compared to healthy ones. As explained by the authors:
“Atherosclerosis, a primary cause of myocardial infarction (MI), is an inflammatory disease. Aspirin use lowers risk of MI, probably through antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Because serum ferritin (SF) can be elevated spuriously by inflammation, reported associations between elevated SF, used as an indicator of iron stores, and heart disease could be confounded by occult inflammation and aspirin use if they affect SF independently of iron status …
Aspirin use is associated with lower SF. We suggest this effect results from possible increased occult blood loss and a cytokine-mediated effect on SF in subjects with inflammation, infection, or liver disease.”
Most people, physicians included, fail to appreciate that — aside from blood loss, including menstruation — the body has no significant way to excrete excess iron. There are very minor amounts lost through normal bodily processes, but not enough to move the needle on overall iron levels.
Between supplementation, fortification and the iron that occurs naturally in foods, it’s very easy to end up with excessive levels. In fact, most adult men and postmenopausal women are at risk for excess iron and need regular blood testing for ferritin.
Excessive iron causes significant oxidative stress, catalyzing the formation of excessive free radicals that damage your cellular and mitochondrial membranes, proteins and DNA. It is a potent contributor to increased risks of cancers, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases. You can learn more about the ins and outs of excess iron in “Why Managing Your Iron Level Is Crucial to Your Health.”
While dangerous, iron overload is easy and inexpensive to treat. All you really need to do is monitor your serum ferritin and/or gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) levels, avoid iron supplements, and be sure to donate blood on a regular basis.
By doing this, you can avoid serious health problems, and donating blood is a far safer way to lower your iron stores than taking aspirin and losing blood via internal bleeding.
Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk of Death
Interestingly, a 2019 study13 found prophylactic aspirin use may lower the risk of all-cause cancer, gastrointestinal (GI) cancer and colorectal cancer mortality among older adults.
The study included 146,152 individuals with a mean age of 66.3 years who participated in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. The median follow-up time was 12.5 years. Those taking aspirin at least three times a week had a:
- 19% lower risk of death from all causes
- 15% lower risk of death from any cancer
- 25% lower risk of death from GI cancer
- 29% lower risk of death from colorectal cancer
Having a higher body mass index (BMI between 25 and 29.9) lowered these percentages by 1%, with the exception of colorectal cancer. In this group, colorectal cancer death decreased by 34%.
No observable benefit of aspirin use was found in underweight individuals (BMI below 20), which led the researchers to hypothesize that “the efficacy of aspirin as a cancer preventive agent may be associated with BMI,”14 although this theory needs to be confirmed in future studies. The authors also warn that prophylactic aspirin therapy for cancer prevention would need to be weighed against the increased risk of bleeding.
Other Health Risks Associated With Long-Term Aspirin Use
Overall, there’s a lot of evidence against long-term daily aspirin therapy. The risk of internal bleeding is one significant concern, which is further magnified if you’re taking antidepressants or blood thinning medications such as Plavix.
Using aspirin in combination with SSRI antidepressants has been shown to increase your risk of abnormal bleeding by 42%, compared to those taking aspirin alone,15 and taking aspirin (325 mg/day) with Plavix has been shown to nearly double your risk of major hemorrhage and significantly increase your risk of death, while not affecting your risk of recurrent stroke to any significant degree.16
Aside from damaging your gastrointestinal tract,17,18 routine aspirin use has also been linked to an increased risk for cataracts,19 neovascular (wet) macular degeneration,20 tinnitus21 and hearing loss in men.22
Nattokinase Reduces Clot Formation Without Side Effects
Aside from donating blood to lower your iron level (provided it’s elevated), nattokinase is another far safer alternative to a daily aspirin regimen. Nattokinase, produced by the bacteria Bacillus subtilis during the fermentation of soybeans to produce natto,23 is a strong thrombolytic,24 comparable to aspirin without the serious side effects.
It’s been shown to break down blood clots and reduce the risk of serious clotting25 by dissolving excess fibrin in your blood vessels,26 improving circulation and decreasing blood viscosity. These effects can also help reduce high blood pressure.27
As noted in a 2018 paper,28 nattokinase appears to be a promising alternative in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and has been linked to a reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality.
Lumbrokinase Is Even Better Than Nattokinase
Yet another alternative is lumbrokinase, a complex fibrinolytic enzyme extracted from earthworms. Like nattokinase, lumbrokinase boosts circulatory health by reducing blood viscosity, reducing blood clotting factor activity and degrading fibrin, which is a key factor in clot formation.29,30
Some researchers have suggested lumbrokinase could be used “as secondary prevention after acute thrombosis,” such as heart attacks and stroke.31 A 2008 study32 that explored “the mechanisms involved in the anti-ischemic action of lumbrokinase (LK) in the brain,” found it protected against cerebral ischemia via several mechanisms and pathways. As explained by the authors:
“These data indicated that the anti-ischemic activity of LK was due to its anti-platelet activity by elevating cAMP level and attenuating the calcium release from calcium stores, the anti-thrombosis action due to inhibiting of ICAM-1 expression, and the anti-apoptotic effect due to the activation of JAK1/STAT1 pathway.”
A 2009 pilot study33 that used lumbrokinase in patients with coronary artery disease and stable angina found it improved angina symptoms in 40% of patients and lowered the summed stress score by 29% (the summed stress score is a risk indicator for a cardiac event over the next 12 months34). According to the authors, “Oral lumbrokinase improves regional myocardial perfusion in patients with stable angina.”
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- 2 FDA Consumer Update May 5, 2014
- 3, 5 Circulation March 17, 2019;140:e596–e646
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- 6 American Heart association March 18, 2019
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- 12 American Society for Clinical Nutrition August 2001; 74(2): 219-226
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- 14 JAMA Network Open 2019 Dec; 2(12): e1916729, Discussion
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- 20 American Optometric Association, The AMD, Aspirin Balancing Act
- 21 Neuroscience 2010 Feb 17;165(4):1323-3
- 22 Am J Med. 2010 Mar;123(3):231-7
- 23 Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Mar; 18(3): 523
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- 25 Scientific Reports 2015; 5: 11601
- 27 Integrative Blood Pressure Control, 2016;9(95)
- 28 Biomarker Insights 2018; 13: 1177271918785130
- 29 Institute for Progressive Medicine
- 30 Subcell Biochem. January 1, 2017;82:405-456
- 31 ICH GCP Clinical Trials Registry, The Effects of DLBS1033 on Haemostasis Parameters in Healthy Volunteers
- 32 European Journal of Pharmacology August 20, 2008; 590(1-3): 281-289
- 33 J Altern Complement Med. 2009 May;15(5):539-44
- 34 Radiographics November 8, 2011
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January 31, 2020
- A study sought to ascertain whether randomizing exercises and repetitions produces better results than a traditional weight training program composed of a fixed set of exercises and repetitions
- Many believe “confusing” your muscles by varying your exercises from one session to the next forces adaptation to constantly changing demands, thus improving growth and strength and allowing you to avoid training plateaus
- There was virtually no difference in strength and muscle size between the two groups. The only difference between the two groups was their motivation to work out. Those whose workouts varied from one session to the next reported greater levels of motivation, which can improve adherence
- There are instances in which you might want to limit the variety of your exercises. To maximize muscle building, a conventional, fixed training program may actually be a better bet, as too-frequent rotation of exercises can compromise muscle growth and strength
- To improve motivation when doing a fixed strength training program, consider varying your weekly cardio session and/or adding or changing some of your isolated muscle exercises. Other suggestions for improving your motivation are also reviewed
I’ve often stated that, for optimal health and fitness, you need diversity in your fitness routine — something that challenges your body in different ways. A study1 in the December 2019 issue of PLOS ONE sought to ascertain whether randomizing exercises and repetitions produces better results than a traditional weight training program comprised of a fixed set of exercises and repetitions.
The idea is that by “confusing” your muscles by varying your exercises from one session to the next, they’re forced to adapt to constantly changing demands, thus improving growth and strength, and allowing you to avoid training plateaus. As noted by the authors:2
“The term “muscle confusion” has been coined to describe the effects of constantly varying exercise selection as a means to provide a novel stimulus that enhances muscular adaptations. However, research on the topic is limited.
Fonseca et al. showed that changing lower body exercises every two weeks may elicit greater regional-specific hypertrophy of the quadriceps muscle compared to just performing the squat.
More recently, Rauch et al. demonstrated that varying exercise selection via autoregulation produced modestly greater increases in lean mass and strength compared to a fixed exercise protocol.
However, to our knowledge, no study to date has endeavored to investigate the effects of randomly undulating exercise selection as some programs advocate. It is conceivable that such frequent rotation of exercises may enhance results by continually providing a novel stimulus to muscles and/or bolstering motivation to train.”
Does ‘Muscle Confusion’ Improve Strength and Muscle Growth?
To test the hypothesis that muscle confusion will improve strength and muscle growth by forcing adaptation to a wider set of demands, the researchers recruited 19 healthy men aged 18 to 35 with at least two years of strength training experience.
None used anabolic steroids or other substances that might affect muscle growth. They also agreed to avoid supplements that might affect muscle size, such as creatine and whey protein, for the duration of the trial.
Muscle strength and leg muscle size were measured at the outset and after the completion of the trial. They were also asked about their motivation levels before and after the intervention, and meals were tracked to avoid dietary confounding. Participants were randomly divided into two groups:
1.The first group performed a conventional strength training routine composed of three sets of six fixed upper- and lower-body exercises, four times a week for eight weeks. Upper and lower exercises were done on alternate sessions. The exercises were done in the same order each week, but weights were increased at regular intervals as strength improved.
2.The second group performed randomized workouts generated by a cellphone app from a database of 80 possible exercises. While the overall number of upper- and lower-body exercises and the weight used matched that of the conventional group, their routines varied from one session to the next.
After eight weeks, strength, muscle size and workout motivation levels were reassessed. Surprisingly, there was virtually no difference in strength and muscle size between the two groups. As reported by The New York Times,3 “it is not easy to confuse a muscle” after all.
Variety Can Improve Exercise Motivation
The only thing that really differed between the two groups was their motivation to work out. Here, those whose workouts varied from one session to the next reported feeling more motivated to head to the gym, and the difference in motivation between the two groups was significant.
In fact, the conventional group’s motivation levels had “slightly declined” by the end of the eight weeks. So, by supporting motivation, varying your exercise routine can go a long way toward improving adherence which, of course, is an important component if you want to enhance or maintain your fitness. The New York Times writes:4
“What these findings suggest is that muscles are not deterred or bored by unvarying routines, says Brad Schoenfeld, an associate professor of exercise science at Lehman College in New York and a co-author of the study.
‘They adapt to load,’ he says, whether that load arrives through the same exercise or a different one each time. But minds are not muscles and could be influenced by novelty, he says. ‘The differences in motivation scores at the end were substantial,’ he says, suggesting that ‘from a purely motivational standpoint, variety matters.'”
When to Limit Exercise Variety
The authors do point out, however, that there are instances in which you might want to limit the variety of your exercises. If your goal is to maximize muscle building, then a conventional, fixed training program may actually be a better bet:
“There may be a trade-off whereby too frequent rotation of exercises somewhat compromises muscle growth and strength; thus, those who wish to maximize these outcomes may wish to limit exercise variety,” the authors note.5
“A possible solution is to keep more complex, free weight exercises (e.g. squats, deadlifts, rows, etc.) in a regular rotation throughout a training cycle and vary movements that have limited degrees of freedom and thus do not require a high degree of motor learning (e.g. leg extensions, machine press, arm curls, etc.).”
That said, it’s important to remember that building muscle requires constant challenge, so even if you adhere to a set workout plan, you still need to continue to raise the challenge level by gradually increasing the amount of weight you use, as well as the reps and intensity.
Karl Smith, who holds a master’s degree in exercise science and a Ph.D. in health education, told Men’s Journal6 he recommends switching up your reps, sets, recovery time and workout volume every six to eight weeks to avoid hitting a plateau.
Maintaining Motivation During a Fixed Weight Training Program
If the idea of doing the same strength training routine for weeks on end fills you with boredom, consider following ReInvention Fitness owner Doug Barsanti’s advice. Barsanti is a certified strength and fitness coach with a master’s in kinesiology. Men’s Journal writes:7
“Barsanti suggests switching up lower-skill exercises, such as cardio, or smaller muscle-isolation exercises. Functionally, this means following the same general-strength-training program for a full six weeks, but changing up your weekly cardio, hitting the rowing machine one day and the stair climber the next, or, while following your routine, adding or changing isolation exercises here and there.
This means continuing to work your plan for squats, lunges, deadlifts, bench press, pull-ups, and the like, but maybe you isolate your biceps, calves, or triceps a little differently each routine.”
What You Need to Know About Blood Flow Restriction Training
In my opinion, BFR is the most incredible innovation to improve your health that I have learned about in quite some time. It has the most significant potential to increase your healthful life span and help you maintain full range of your mental and physical capacities than anything that I know of.
To help you get started, I have put together a comprehensive article that outlines the benefits of this amazing technique. Click the button below to access it — absolutely FREE!
As I have discussed in many previous articles and interviews that you can see by following the link in the above graphic, I am a major fan of KAATSU and blood flow restriction training. The same principles apply here. You can certainly mix it up for muscle confusion, or use the same exercises routinely.
I personally use KAATSU every day in the cycling mode for walking and stretching exercises. I use it five days a week in training mode with no pulsed mode, just continuous compression. I only use it on my upper body and alternate between there different workouts. The other two days a week I do conventional high-resistance strength training with my personal trainer.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
You can also limit boredom and enhance adherence by making sure your fitness routine suits your personality.
A Live Science article8 published in 2010 listed recommended fitness routines based on personality traits established by psychological research, which has boiled down various psychological traits to five main components: Conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism (sensitivity) and openness to experience.
While you can’t fit the entirety of an individual into a neat little box, each person contains these five traits in various amounts, and psychologists look at these basic dimensions when ascertaining personality. As described by Live Science, taking these core traits into account when setting up a new fitness regimen can be very helpful. For example, if you are:
|Highly conscientious — Take advantage of your innate stick-to-itiveness and drive to follow the rules. Solo activities tend to work well since you don’t have to coordinate your schedule with others.|
|Noncommittal — More impulsive people who tend to avoid planning and don’t like making promises may improve their chances of success by writing down their exercise plan in detail, including the when and where. Focusing on activities that give you “a buzz or high,” can also help to make you stick to your regimen. Examples include sprinting and contact sports.
Breaking down a large goal into smaller, more manageable chunks with deadlines in the near future will also be helpful, especially if your attention span is short.
|Extroverted — So-called “people persons” can feel bereft when having to exercise all by their lonesome, so if you’re very outgoing, consider joining a fitness class or taking up a team sport such as ultimate Frisbee to keep you going.|
|Introverted and/or highly agreeable — These personality types may be uncomfortable with highly competitive and aggressive activities. Better alternatives include yoga or tai chi, either at home by yourself or in a class setting, and golf.|
|Worried or anxious — Those who find it hard to relax can find a great friend in exercise, as exercising is a fantastic tool for releasing anxiety and providing stress relief and emotional stability.
Aside from relieving stress, people in this category also tend to be motivated by the idea of improving their physical appearance, so reminding yourself of the physical benefits you can reap can help keep you going.
|Adventurous — Those who are open to new experiences tend to be happiest when their fitness routine takes them outdoors. Running, cycling or walking are all great options, and taking different routes can quench your need for variety, keeping each workout fresh.|
Other Motivation Factors
Active people, and women in particular, tend to focus on the intrinsic value of exercise — things like feeling successful, relaxed and happy during or after each session, rather than having a goal of losing a certain amount of weight by a certain time, or the even more nebulous goal of living longer.
So, keep in mind that your ability to adhere to a regular fitness routine may have a great deal to do with the way you frame your goals. How you think about exercise, or how you frame the idea of it, may help you change your perspective and enjoy your chosen activities.
The process of reframing an idea is an active and dynamic process occurring every day in your brain. In fact, advertisers use it to persuade you to purchase products, and you use it to construct the meaning behind your decisions. Presenting information in a different light allows you to frame the information in such a way that you may justify the decisions you make.
So, rather than thinking of exercise as an alternative or threat to enjoying your free time, socializing with friends or achieving educational or professional goals, change your perspective so that exercise becomes a way of making your desires happen instead.
- 1 PLOS ONE December 27, 2019, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226989
- 2 PLOS ONE December 27, 2019, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226989, Introduction
- 3, 4 New York Times January 8, 2020 (Archived)
- 5 PLOS ONE December 27, 2019, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226989, Practical applications
- 6, 7 Men’s Journal, What, Exactly, Is Muscle Confusion?
- 8 Live Science December 26, 2010
Written by Brenton Wight, Health Researcher, LeanMachine
Copyright © Brenton Wight, LeanMachine
Updated 31st January 2020
Candida albicans, also known as Yeast infections, Fungal infections, Mycosis and Thrush
Almost everyone has Candida in their bodies. For most of us, it causes no problems.
But if our immune system is compromised by antibiotics, poor diet, sleep deprivation or other factors, candida can grow uncontrollably.
Each of us has about 70 to 100 or more trillion bacteria in our bodies, weighing between 1 and 2kg, or over 3% of our total body weight.
Most of them good, but some are bad – really bad, like yeast, parasites and other organisms, and most of the time we don’t know they are even there.
If we are healthy with a good diet, our immune system and the good bugs keeps the bad bugs under control. We can never eliminate them, but we can keep them at levels where they can’t do too much harm.
75% of our immune system is in the gut – our trillions of good bacteria is our second, but most important line of defence against unwelcome invaders.
Our first line of defence is in the mouth, and this is where our good bacteria first start to knock out the bad guys, and this is why sugar should be banned from our diet, as sugar keeps the bad bugs fed well.
Healthy gut flora keeps candida under control, because in it’s normal state, Candida is a relatively weak fungal type bug.
Unfortunately, under some conditions, Candida can transform into dangerous mutations, changing to an aggressive bug which can cause systemic (throughout the entire body) destruction.
Candida is very common, and very dangerous.
75% of women, and many men, suffer from Candida in some form at some stage, from minor symptoms including rashes, increased PMS issues and bad breath, to severe conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), depression, joint pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
A Candida problem can be a host of apparently unrelated chronic symptoms which refuse to go away, regardless of treatments, and a course of antibiotics only makes things much worse.
Mainstream Medicine Mistakes
In the 1980’s links were found between candida, chronic fatigue, chronic pain problems and fibromyalgia-type symptoms.
Mainstream health professionals have little idea how to diagnose, let alone treat Candida issues, and those who do attempt to treat Candida use dangerous medications which often exacerbate the situation by destroying our good bacteria, leaving us defenseless against the bad guys.
Creams, oils, lotions, etc are only marginally effective on the skin where applied, and cannot resolve systemic, body-wide infestations.
The “nuke it” approach, with powerful anti-fungal prescription medications, can work temporarily, but Candida is smart enough to disguise itself and eventually develop resistance to the medication.
Drugs used for other purposes such as antibiotics, cortisone therapy, immune-suppressants, even birth control pills can start a Candida infestation explosion.
Candida critters are very smart.
Classified as a fungus, but are in fact part plant, part animal, part bacteria, part parasite, and able to reproduce themselves either sexually (with a mate) or asexually (by themselves), and by re-arranging their own chromosomes, can alter their shape and forms to adapt to the environment and ensure survival.
No surprise that with these attributes, it can be very difficult to dispose of yeast infections!
How Candida Works
In the normal, relatively harmless yeast form, under the microscope, Candida looks like a small white egg, with a smooth and consistent shape and living in our gut.
Candida feeds on the food we eat and normally keeps to itself, but under some conditions, it mutates into a monster super-fungus, multiplying rapidly to colonise in every possible part of the body.
In some areas it can double the colony size every hour, so before long it runs rampant, destroying everything in it’s path.
The best way to start this happening is to feed it it’s favourite food – sugar!
- White coating on the tongue
- Development of food sensitivities
- Aches and pains without a known cause
- Bloating, constipation or diarrhea
- Persistent fatigue
- Dry or other skin problems
- Vaginitis (inflammation of the female genital area)
- Breathing problems
The mutated form called mycelial-form of Candida grows rhixoids, which are elongated, finger-like tentacles that tunnel, bore and burrow their way through our gut walls, where they enter the blood vessels, to be transported everywhere in the body, blooming to a systemic infection.
They now appear anywhere – heart, eyes, kidneys, liver, lungs and even the brain. A yeast infection is not just a minor annoyance causing a little itching – this is a warning sign that some insidious thing is happening.
Like tree roots which can crack, lift and eventually destroy pavement, Candida does the same thing to our bodies as it mutates into the dangerous super-fungus form. Apart from entering the blood through the cracks in our gut and spreading, another opportunity is now “opened up” – many other undesirable things now enter our blood stream through these cracks; things which should normally stay in our gut: Bacteria, toxins, undigested food, milk, etc.
A short note about Milk
This is a good reason why no-one should ever drink homogenised milk, as the fat globules in homogenised milk are ten times smaller than un-homogenised milk, easily entering the blood through the tiniest holes in the gut.
When undigested milk enters the bloodstream directly through a “leaky gut”, the body’s own immune system recognises this as a unwanted invader and attempts to destroy it. From that time on, the immune system remembers this pattern, and we then have a milk allergy.
Leaky gut is the main culprit for the rapid rise in allergies we have seen in the last few decades, as we are now allergic to every food that passes directly into the blood.
We can find unhomogenised milk at all good supermarkets if we look hard enough, but none of the major brands make it.
Sure we have to shake the container to mix the cream, but that is a small price to pay for our better health, and I should also mention that we should never buy low-fat or skim milk, as all of the nutrients, including CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and Omega-7, have been lost with the cream.
The “Low Fat” advertising is a gimmick. We lose weight more effectively with full-cream milk compared to low-fat milk.
Milk also contains lactose. Like most other things ending in “ose”, lactose is a sugar, and sugar feeds candida (and cancers).
Again, milk fills a complete chapter in my upcoming book, so I’ll leave a summary: Most people do better without milk, have less allergies without milk, lose more weight without milk, have stronger bones without milk, but if you have to have milk, FULL-CREAM and UN-HOMOGENISED milk is the only reasonably healthy milk to buy, and if you can get it straight from the cow (NON-PASTEURISED), even better.
Candida Waste Products
Candida overgrowth can make us feel sick, tired, plain lousy, and can make us drunk from inside out!
As yeast dies as part of it’s natural life cycle, acetaldehyde is released. This is a toxin which the liver converts to ethanol, the same hangover-causing chemical produced by high consumption of alcohol, so Candida sufferers often feel like they have a hangover without drinking a drop of alcohol, because they have an alcohol factory in their own body.
Another problem, as if we don’t have enough problems already, is “Candida Poo”, which is the 79 distinct toxins and waste by-products released as part of the Candida lifecycle. It’s bad enough that we feed all parasites, but we have to clean up and dispose of their waste and toxic elements as well as recover from the damage and disease they cause!
Candida infestation can continue growing, producing more acetaldehyde, causing our blood alcohol level to rise enough to cause symptoms such as impaired thinking, lack of concentration, irritability, depression, brain fog, slowed reflexes, fatigue and other signs of excess alcohol.
In this state, red blood cells have trouble flowing into small capillaries, aggravating migraine headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, slowing healing.
At the same time, white blood cells have reduced ability to fight infection, often causing allergies, rashes, acne and even further inhibiting of healing processes.
Like the way bread rises from yeast because of carbon dioxide released from carbohydrate fermentation, Candida builds up carbon dioxide in the intestine, resulting in excess gas, bloating, and yet another waste product for the over-taxed body to dispose of.
The Real Candida Cause
Can we defeat this little terror? Of course we can, but we must get back to basics to eliminate problems once and for all.
Why do we get Candida in the first place? Everyone has Candida, because we can’t help consuming it from food, water and the environment, but the reason it develops is because our body gets out of balance, and our immune system gets compromised, allowing immediate, almost uncontrollable flourishing of Candida.
We cannot destroy Candida completely without killing ourselves, so our only real, long-lasting solution is to re-balance the body, restore the immune system, and let the body’s own natural defenses do their job.
If we have bad breath, rashes, fatigue, trouble concentrating, brain fog, strange allergies, weird pains or anything we can’t explain, it could be a sign that something is out of whack, allowing Candida to get out of control, and even if the problem is not Candida, correcting the balance and immune system of the body is the first step to recovery from any sickness.
Candida and Cancer
New research is now finding a link between Candida infections and Cancer. While billions of dollars are being spent on cancer research, cancer cases are increasing, now overtaking cardiovascular issues as a leading cause of death. LeanMachine suggests that staying Candida free is the first step in staying Cancer free. Like most modern diseases, prevention is the key, then requiring no cure.
We must create an environment which is good for nourishment of the body, but bad for Candida. By following these guidelines, we will remain Candida free, and also reduce the risk of Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and most other “modern” diseases.
- Eliminate all sugar from the diet. The natural sweetener Xylitol is OK as it is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol, and despite it’s misleading name (it is technically neither a sugar, nor an alcohol), it will not feed Candida, and has far less insulin-spiking effect. Other alternatives are Erythritol and Stevia, with virtually zero insulin spiking. Avoid all artificial sweeteners. In the long term, lose the sweet-tooth altogether
- Change to an alkaline-forming diet, as acids cause Candida and other parasites to thrive. See my Alkaline Diet Article
- Avoid yeast in all forms. All grain/flour based products will acidify and aggravate our bodies, and are usually made with yeast, the best food for Candida. No more bread, cakes, biscuits, muffins, etc. Tough for some people but you will thank me a few weeks! Excess weight will slowly disappear, while digestion, health and energy will all improve, and the holes in the gut caused by flour products will begin to heal
- Keep cool and dry, wear well-ventilated clothing and live in a well-ventilated house. Candida loves sugar, warmth and moisture. Avoid artificial fibres in clothing. Keep to natural fibres like cotton, bamboo or wool. Before buying any clothing, give it a sniff. Any trace of a chemical smell? Leave it in the store
- Never take antibiotics unless there is a severe, life-threatening situation. Antibiotics encourage Candida and other harmful organisms by destroying their natural enemies (the good bacteria)
- Reduce carbohydrate intake, as all carbs feed Candida. This means potatoes, pasta, grains, cereals, breads, cakes, etc. A healthy body requires NONE of these “foods”. There is NO medical condition such as “Carbohydrate Deficiency” as the body can make all the carbs it needs from breaking down protein
- Take liver detox supplements such as Milk Thistle
- Add some parsley to each meal. Easy to grow yourself in a pot, and available at the greengrocer or supermarket
- Take a supplement containing Pau D’Arco or Candida Support
- The main ingredient in Pau d’Arco is beta-lapachone, also a potent catalyst for NADH (Reduced Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, or NAD+ or CoEnzyme E1), important for mitochondria, the energy components of every cell in the body and as a sensor for stress and disease
- Also consider Pumpkin Seed Oil for more parasite protection
- Most kitchens have cloves in the spice rack. Add them to everything to help control Candida and other parasites, and add a great flavour at the same time
- Berberine has anti-inflammatory, immune-enhancing, anti-microbial properties against bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Berberine’s action against Candida pathogens is stronger than prescription antibiotics commonly used
- Echinacea is also of benefit in building the immune system
- Aloe contains a mucopolysaccharide with strong immune properties and also benefits the mitochondria
- Take a probiotic supplement such as Acidophilus or at least eat some yogurt every day to help re-build the good gut flora
- Try to use a probiotic that includes a FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides), a pre-biotic that enhances functionality of gut flora, included in Acidophilus above
- Fermented foods – sauerkraut, etc are a good source of probiotics, generally much more than available in supplements
- Eat more high-fibre foods like chia seeds, preferably containing over 40 grams of fibre daily
- Or take a daily fibre supplement containing Psyllium to improve regularity, keep things moving through the colon, improve internal cleansing and reduce risk of colon cancer. Can help relieve constipation, but because it increases bulk with both soluble and insoluble fibre, may also help with diarrhoea
- Eat some garlic every day, or at least onions or shallots, but if the taste and odour is not to your liking, then try Odorless Garlic
- To help cleanse the blood and the liver, eat Chlorophyll-rich foods (Green leafy vegetables) every day, or take Chlorophyll supplements. The molecular structure of Chlorophyll and Haemoglobin appear identical, apart from one small difference: Haemoglobin has a central iron atom (making blood red), while Chlorophyll has a central magnesium atom (making plants green)
- Coconut Oil contains Caprylic Acid, along with capric acid and lauric acid, MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) that help defeat candida as it is a natural anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial product, and also helps lose weight, as MCT’s go straight to the liver to be burned as fuel and cannot be stored as fat
- Avoid antibiotics, steroid hormones and oral contraceptives, as they alter the gut bacteria, increasing risk of candida changing into an invasive form
- Avoid antibiotics in food such as from animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations which are fed antibiotics to counteract bad sanitation and to boost growth. Ask for “grass fed” or “pasture raised” meat, and limit meat consumption (acidic) in favour of plant foods (alkaline)
- Get more good sleep, more exercise and an alkaline, sugar-free diet, but never consume food or drink with aspartame or other artificial sweeteners, which destroy good gut bacteria. Stevia is a better natural choice and has anti-cancer properties
- Treat the partners of infected patients, even if there are no symptoms, as they can also be carrying abnormally large amounts of Candida, potentially leading to constant cross-infections
- Continue treatment until all symptoms have disappeared, plus a further 2 weeks, which destroys eggs laid by the previous generation
There are some prescription drugs which can help if all of the above fails and the condition is serious:
- Nystatin, an antifungal, available as tablets or a powder, and fairly benign with few side effects.
- Diflucan, an antibiotic if all else fails
Updated: 31st January 2020. Copyright © 1999-2020 Brenton Wight – Lean Machine
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- Known as one of the oldest trees on the planet, ginkgo biloba has been long revered for its many medicinal uses
- Get to know more about ginkgo biloba – how it works, what’s the best way to take it and other health considerations before using this supplement
The ginkgo biloba tree is known for its resilience and hardiness, and for good reason – it is the oldest living tree species known to man. It’s said that a ginkgo tree can live for as long as 1,000 years, with heights reaching up to 120 feet.1 Thus, it should come as no surprise that this plant can have healing benefits, too.
Today, ginkgo biloba ranks as one of the top-selling herbal remedies,2 with a long history of medicinal use for various illnesses and health problems. Get to know more about ginkgo biloba – how it works, what’s the best way to take it and other health considerations before using this supplement.
Also known as the maidenhair tree, ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest trees on Earth, having said to have been in existence for 350 million years.3 In fact, it’s often referred to as a “living fossil,” as it has continued to thrive even after major extinction events.4
The ginkgo biloba tree is the only surviving species from the Ginkgoaceae family.5 The name is said to come from the Japanese words “gin” and “kyo,” which means “silver” and “apricot” respectively, which refers to the ginkgo fruit’s resemblance to apricots.6
Ginkgo biloba is native to Asia, particularly in China, Korea and Japan. In fact, some ginkgo trees in China are said to be 2,500 years old.7 This plant is also believed to have thrived in Europe and North America during ancient times, but after the Ice Age, all the wild ginkgo trees in these areas were destroyed.8
The ginkgo tree is known for being tough and hardy – it can even thrive in polluted environments, such as urban roadsides and large modern cities.9 The plant has short branches and fan-shaped leaves, which change colors during fall.
However, ginkgo fruits are inedible, emit an unpleasant scent (reminiscent of rancid butter10) and have inner seeds that may be poisonous.11 Today, organic ginkgo biloba supplements are widely available, and is sold either in liquid extract, capsule or tablet form. The extract is made from the dried leaves of the plant.12
Although it has been popularly utilized in Chinese medicine for more than 5,000 years, it is only recently that researchers are uncovering what components account for ginkgo biloba’s many uses and benefits. According to the book “Prescription for Herbal Healing,” written by Phyllis A. Bach:13
“Ginkgo increases the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a compound that is the main source of energy at the cellular level. This activity has been shown to boost the brain’s metabolism of glucose for energy and to increase its electrical activity.”
Particularly impressive are the flavonoids in ginkgo, called ginkgolides, which are said to have an effect on even the smallest microcapillaries, leading to widespread benefits on all of the body’s organs, especially the brain.14 Ginkgo biloba is also known for its antioxidant abilities, brought on by ginkgolides as well, and is said to prevent platelet aggregation inside arterial walls to keep plaque from forming.15
So what exactly is ginkgo biloba good for? According to research, taking ginkgo biloba supplement may help improve:
•Memory and thinking — Some research suggests that ginkgo may offer improvements in memory, speed of thinking and attention among healthy adults.16 In fact, it is touted as a “brain herb” that may have potential benefits for people suffering from dementia.17
•Eye health — Ginkgo may help prevent macular degeneration and glaucoma by deactivating the platelet-activating factor (PAF), which is necessary for growth of new capillaries, and increasing circulation within the eye, supplying more oxygen to the retina.18 One small study found that people with glaucoma had improvements to their vision after taking 120 milligrams of ginkgo daily for eight weeks.19
•Reproductive health and sexual function — One of ginkgo biloba’s benefits for men is its potential for helping treat impotence. It enhances nitric oxide’s effects, allowing more blood to flow into the penis to help maintain erection during sexual intercourse.20
•Anxiety — According to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, people with generalized anxiety disorder experienced better anxiety relief after taking ginkgo biloba, compared to those who took a placebo.21
•Raynaud’s syndrome — This is an illness that triggers episodes of numbness and cold due to a decrease in the blood supply to the fingers and toes (earlobes, lips and nose may also be affected), triggered by stress or cold temperatures.22 A study said that ginkgo biloba may reduce the number of episodes in patients who have this illness.23
•Skin and hair health — The rich antioxidant content of ginkgo biloba can help eliminate free radicals that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging. Extracts of this herb are also used in hair care products to keep your tresses strong, long and shiny.24
There have been numerous research conducted on the effectiveness of ginkgo biloba for certain health conditions, and one of the most widely studied claims is its potential effects for degenerative illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to WebMD, this herb may halt the progression of dementia symptoms, especially if the condition is brought on by atherosclerotic vascular disease.25
Initially, ginkgo was thought to improve blood flow going to the brain, but recent findings reveal that this herb may actually give protective effects to nerve cells against Alzheimer’s as well.26 One study, for example, found that EGb 761, a ginkgo biloba extract, may be clinically effective in treating Alzheimer’s dementia.27
Another research supported this claim, saying that the extract was safe to use and may help stabilize and improve cognitive and social functioning of dementia patients for between 6 to 12 months.28 However, there’s still conflicting evidence on whether it can have the same cognitive effects on healthy adults.
There are individuals who reported having mild upset stomach and mild headaches that last a day or two after taking ginkgo biloba. Some who took large doses experienced nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness and dizziness. Finnish physicians also reported that their patients experienced orthostatic hypotension, a sudden loss of blood pressure when standing up, after using ginkgo for several days.29
In addition, the leaves of this herb contain long-chain alkylphenols, which have allergenic properties. If you are allergic to poison ivy and other plants with alkylphenols, do not take ginkgo.30
As with any supplement, it is important that you listen to your body when using ginkgo biloba. It may offer potential benefits, but if your body is exhibiting unpleasant symptoms while using this supplement, then you may be better avoiding it or finding another alternative. Seek your physician’s advice should any of the symptoms above occur.
- 1, 11, 19 Penn State Hershey, Ginkgo Biloba
- 2, 4, 7, 12, 17, 26, 30 Medical News Today, February 23, 2017
- 3, 10 Eden Project, Maidenhair Tree
- 5, 8 Encyclopedia.com, Ginkgo Biloba
- 6, 9 Dr. Schar, Ginkgo Biloba
- 13, 18, 29 Prescription for Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, January 1, 2002
- 14 Heliyon 1(1) · September 2015
- 15 Alternative Nature Online Herbal, Ginkgo Biloba
- 16 WebMD, Ginkgo
- 20 WebMD, May 5, 2004
- 21 J Psychiatr Res. 2007 Sep;41(6):472-80
- 22 Mayo Clinic, Raynaud’s Disease
- 23 Vasc Med. 2002;7(4):265-7
- 24 Style Craze, March 7, 2017
- 25 WebMD, Ginkgo Biloba Supplement Guide
- 27 Pharmacopsychiatry. 1996 Mar;29(2):47-56
- 28 JAMA. 1997 Oct 22-29;278(16):1327-32
Investigation Finds Serious Flaws in Study That Served as Basis for Guideline Suspected of Killing Nearly a Million Europeans
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August 13, 2014
- European doctors may have caused as many as 800,000 deaths in five years by following the “standard of care” to use beta-blockers in non-cardiac surgery patients—a guideline based largely on discredited science
- The discredited researcher, who was fired for scientific misconduct in 2011, was also the chairman of the committee that drafted the European treatment guideline
- An investigation into the flawed study has now been completed, and while the full extent of the researcher’s scientific misconduct is almost impossible to ascertain, it appears to be extensive
- Investigations assessing the prevalence of scientific fraud and/or its impact show that the problem is widespread and serious
By Dr. Mercola
Investigations assessing the prevalence of scientific fraud and/or its impact show that the problem is widespread and serious—to the point of making most of “science-based” medicine a genuine joke.
Conflict of interest is another pervasive problem that threatens the integrity and believability of most studies. We’ve been repeatedly faced with study findings that are clearly tainted with industry bias.
The soda industry’s study1, 2 finding that drinking diet soda makes you lose more weight than drinking no soda at all is just one of the most recent examples. It blatantly contradicts a massive body of research demonstrating that artificial sweeteners disrupt your body’s metabolism and lead to greater weight gain than regular sugar.
Earlier this year, I reviewed findings that a flawed research paper may have led to the death of as many as 800,000 Europeans. The discredited paper served as the basis for a guideline3 that helped establish the “standard of care” to use beta-blockers in non-cardiac surgery patients.
The study’s author, Dr. Poldermans, was also the chairman of the committee that drafted the guideline (he has since resigned from his position with the task force4).
Physicians who failed to follow this guideline were at risk of medical reprimands. This case is a sobering example demonstrating the need for maintaining strict scientific integrity, and why the issue of conflicts of interest really needs to be more widely understood and addressed.
Scientific misconduct can have a very real impact on your health, or someone you love, as doctors routinely use published research to implement or alter treatment protocols.
Investigation Finds Serious Flaws in Prestigious NEJM Study
An investigation into Dr. Poldermans beta-blocker study has now been concluded, and as reported by Forbes,5 the full extent of the misconduct is almost impossible to ascertain, although it appears to be extensive:
“Erasmus Medical Center says it has wrapped up its investigation of Don Poldermans, the disgraced cardiology researcher who was fired for research misconduct…
One major finding… is that the most prestigious and influential publication from the Poldermans’ group, the 1999 publication of the DECREASE 1 study in the New England Journal of Medicine6– appears to be riddled with serious problems…
The Dutch investigators found a number of important discrepancies between the trial conduct and the written protocol found in the archive of the Medical Ethics Committee. Poldermans told the investigators that there was an updated version of the protocol but this document has not been found.”
Another major problem is that while Dr. Poldermans claimed adverse events were evaluated by two cardiologists who allegedly made up the trial’s safety committee – both of them deny having any involvement in the study.
Only one of them could remember having been asked to participate, but claims he never actually did any evaluations. According to Dr. Poldermans, the two cardiologists had reviewed all patient data. He also claims that it was this two-man safety committee’s decision to end the trial early. According to the featured article:7
“One member said that he had given some advice to Poldermans by telephone about ‘stopping rules.’ Poldermans told the investigators that, contrary to the published report, the decision to stop the trial had been made by ‘the steering committee.’
Perhaps surprisingly, the report does not conclude that the trial is invalid. Instead, it concludes that doubts about the scientific integrity can neither be confirmed nor denied.”
The investigators also reviewed Dr. Poldermans extensive body of work, some 495 studies in all, trying to ascertain whether the studies actually took place. Lack of documentation and missing records hampered the investigation, suggesting Dr. Poldermans contribution to the field of medicine may indeed have been based on large-scale misconduct.
Most Misconduct Occurs in Drug Research
Previous investigations8 have revealed that the vast majority of scientific misconduct occurs in the drug literature, compared to the biomedical literature. Three guesses as to why that might be, and the first two don’t count… Of course the answer is massive drug company conflict of interest and manipulation.
Two years ago, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research found that nearly 75 percent of retracted drug studies were attributed to scientific misconduct, which includes data falsification, data fabrication, questionable veracity, and plagiarism.
Tragically, since these are the types of studies that many health care professionals rely on to make treatment recommendations, large numbers of patients can be affected when false findings are published.
This certainly appears to be the case here—nearly one million surgical patients losing their lives over a five-year span as a result of a hazardous drug guideline is pretty significant.
Vioxx is another example of what canhappen when a drug is manufactured and marketed under false pretenses. It killed more than 60,000 people in just a few years’ time, before it was removed from the market.
To this day there are lingering questions about the soundness of the research backing Vioxx. In 2008, Dr. Joseph S. Ross of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine came across ghostwritten research concocted by the company’s marketing department,9 while reviewing documents related to lawsuits filed against Merck…
It’s important to understand that our current medical system has been masterfully orchestrated by the drug companies to create a system that gives the perception of science while in fact being a heavily manipulated process designed to sell expensive and potentially toxic drugs. The drug companies that make them benefit, while your health suffers.
Understanding the Potential Risks and Benefits of Beta-Blockers
Beta-blockers are drugs commonly used in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. They dilate your blood vessels, which reduces your heart rate and blood pressure.
Until recently, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recommended using beta-blockers in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery as well, regardless of whether the patient had a heart condition.
The medical literature and media articles reflect ongoing concern and confusion about whether or not to use beta-blockers in non-cardiac surgeries. What the media are missing is that there are two different classes of patients, and the studies typically involve either one or the other—but rarely do they compare both.
When viewed in total, the research suggests that giving beta-blockers to non-cardiac surgery patients can have lethal consequences in people who do not have a pre-existing, serious, life-threatening heart condition.
In one study,10 perioperative use of beta-blockers showed that people who had the highest risk of dying from them were the ones with the lowest cardiac risk. In effect, they found that perioperative beta blockers may have helped those with the most serious pre-existing heart conditions, while harming those with little or no prior heart risks.11
Anytime drugs are involved, it’s important to understand and weigh the risks and benefits. In this case, in order for non-cardiac perioperative beta blockers to be of potential benefit, the risks associated with heart disease must outweigh the heavy risk and side effects of the drug itself, which covers a very limited target population. The moral of this story is that patients should push back to ensure the physician sees a definite need before prescribing this, or any other, drug. In this case, it appears that nearly a million Europeans with little or no need were given the drug as part of a routine guideline, and paid with their lives.
How Many Americans May Have Been Harmed by Similar Guidelines?
If the claim that beta-blockers may be killing some surgical patients — those who don’t already have serious risks for cardiac conditions, and who are not already on beta-blockers – what is the potential number of deaths in the US? Fortunately, according to a previous Forbes article12 published in July 2013, US guidelines are less aggressive in their support of perioperative beta blockers. Researchers say more than 30 million non-cardiac surgeries occur in the US each year,13 so if you divide 30 million by the 25 percent that European researchers claim may be harmed by this one-size-fits-all practice, you end up with a number of 7.5 million American surgery patients POTENTIALLY harmed by beta blockers each year. The numbers could be higher, or lower.
According to the CDC,14 the total number of surgical procedures performed in the US is 51.4 million, of which 4.7 million are cardiac-related. Using this statistic, the number of Americans potentially affected by dangerous beta-blockers is 46.7 million, giving us a potential number of more than 11.6 million who could die from this drug every year in the US. On the other hand, we don’t know how many already had a life-threatening heart condition prior to going in for non-cardiac surgery and might have benefited from the drug, opposed to patients whose risk of death is increased by the absence of prior heart disease…
Tragic Fact: Most Research Claims Cannot Be Trusted
In 2005, Dr. John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece, showed that there is less than a 50 percent chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper will be true.15 So just think about this for a moment. You have a far better chance of tossing a coin and guessing correctly than you do for any random “scientific” paper is valid. This is extraordinary, especially since skeptics who regularly ridicule natural medicine use these studies as a justification for the vilifications.
Additionally, a large number of investigations have revealed that when industry funds the research, it’s virtually guaranteed to be favorable to their product. Other conflicts of interest play a significant role in the outcome as well. Did the fact that Dr. Poldermans was the chairman of the committee that drafted the beta-blocker guideline influence his research conduct? We don’t know, but there’s always a risk that hidden incentives can come into play with this kind of conflict of interest.
In recent years, a number of individuals have taken it upon themselves to prove just how easily the system can be fooled by fake science. A previous article in Slate Magazine16 headlined: “How Gobbledygook Ended Up in Respected Scientific Journals,” reveals how a group of MIT graduate students created a program that randomly generates computer-written research papers. Shockingly, these fake papers have been routinely published in various scientific journals over the past several years.17
No one knows exactly how many have been published as the creators of the program, called SCIgen, made it available for free download. An unknown number of people have used it18 besides its creators. Cyril Labbé, a French computer scientist developed a way to detect SCIgen generated manuscripts,19 and have alerted publishers about 205 of them so far. Confounding the problem further, highly paid PR firms disguised as scientific organizations have been created for the specific purpose of controlling how the media reports new science and portrays industry. Two examples are Science Media Centre (SMC) and the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), both of which are heavily funded by the industries they represent.
Exercising Good Judgment in an Era of Conflicting Interests
Ultimately, the take-home message here is that even if a drug or treatment is “backed by science,” this does not guarantee that it’s safe or effective. Likewise, if an alternative treatment has not been published in a medical journal, it does not mean it is unsafe or ineffective. This is why it’s crucial to have a philosophical framework to assist you in evaluating all these studies. First, always consider the source of the information… Who funded the study and where it was published? Also, do not accept the findings of any single paper, as scientific results are only reliable after replication and the building of consensus through time. Look for corroboration.
Anytime you’re trying to address a health issue, make full use of all the resources available to you, including your own common sense and reason. Since it is well established that most drugs do absolutely nothing to treat the cause of disease, it would be prudent to exercise the precautionary principle when evaluating a new drug claim, as it will more than likely be seriously flawed, biased, or worse.
If you value your health and life, remember that prescription drugs kill more people than illegal drugs or motor vehicle accidents. Hypertension is dangerous if uncontrolled, increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke. But using drugs like beta-blockers to lower your blood pressure may shorten your lifespan instead of extending it. For recommendations on lowering your blood pressure without the use of drugs, please see my previous article, “Foundational Lifestyle Strategies to Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure.”
If you’re facing a health challenge, it is best to identify a qualified natural health consultant—someone who really understands health at a foundational level and has had extensive experience in helping others resolve their health care challenges. Just make sure to see a competent regular physician to make certain any serious conditions like cancer are ruled out as well.
- 1 CNN May 27, 2014
- 2 NPR May 28, 2014
- 3 European Heart Journal (2009) 30, 2769–2812
- 4 Forbes November 23, 2011
- 5 Forbes July 30, 2014
- 6 New England Journal of Medicine December 9, 1999; 341:1789-1794
- 7 Forbes July 30, 2014
- 8 Newswise May 29, 2012
- 9 Medheadlines April 16, 2008
- 10 Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;52(18):1482-1489
- 11 BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013, 13:52
- 12 Forbes July 31, 2013
- 13 Science Daily November 2, 2009
- 14 CDC.gov, Inpatient Surgery
- 15 PLOS Medicine August 30, 2005
- 16 Slate February 27, 2014
- 17 Nature February 24, 2014
- 18 The Guardian February 26, 2014
- 19 SCIgen Detection
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Updated 10th August 2020
Coronavirus updates for Australia and the World
Australia 10th August 7:07 pm Central time. Most States update their stats by late morning, Victoria often later.
21,397 Infections: 1 in QLD, 14 NSW, 322 (down 74) in VIC today
313 Deaths: 19 in Victoria today
8,172 Active Cases
664 in hospital: 56 in ICU, 37 on ventilator
4,915,764 Tests – usually around 90,000 daily tests, most in VIC and NSW.
As of 6:08 am 10th August 2020, Australia was the 69th country on the list sorted by total infections order, and 74th sorted by deaths. The lower on the list, the better we are controlling the virus spread and treating the patients compared to other countries. Australia had been gradually dropping in the list until the Victorian outbreak, now creeping up.
People are recovering daily, but the outbreak in Victoria means that active cases and deaths are increasing,
World infections 10th August 2020 6:06 am
64,938 in Serious or Critical Condition
NOTE: The infected figure quoted is misleading, as this is the total confirmed from day 1 of the pandemic. We must subtract the recovered figure (and the deaths) to get the theoretical active cases number. Given that many people who recovered do not get tested again because of the disappearance of symptoms and the shortage of test kits or facilities, they are not counted as recovered, so the actual active figure is generally significantly less.
For Australia, I quote only the actual active case number.
It is impossible to arrive at an accurate figure for actual cases world wide, so I no longer quote this number.
In some countries with large populations in remote areas and few medical facilities, infections and deaths go untreated and unreported. In more developed countries where money talks, numbers are profoundly increased to receive more Government cash.
The old saying: “There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics” is true when attempting to decipher the real truth about Coronavirus numbers. In China, it is reported that numbers were covered up, and true infections and deaths may have been 10 times the number reported. Doctors were told to use other descriptions on death certificates, claiming pneumonia, heart attack, etc instead of Coronavirus as the cause of death.
In the Western world, the media thrives on death. Doctors are urged to blame Coronavirus when there are often several other health conditions that actually caused the death, when a true diagnosis has never been made and only suspected. Why? High death numbers force politicians to supply benefits to health workers, more equipment, etc. Follow the money.
Deaths from heart attack and other serious conditions has dropped off remarkably in recent weeks, because those deaths are now being reported as Coronavirus deaths.
A recent Stanford University study found that in California, many more people than estimated have unknowingly contracted the virus, mostly with no symptoms at all, so the actual death rate is much lower than stated. Read more:
Despite the “Death Virus” headlines, the chart here shows Flu killed more people world wide than COVID-19 in the first 3 months of 2020.
However, 2 months on at the end of May 2020, COVID-19 has supposedly killed over 365,000 people world wide. At the same time in Australia, Flu infections and deaths are down by 90% although Australia and other Southern countries are coming into the Winter Flu season where flu death numbers will ramp up again. Note that deaths are listed as caused by Coronavirus without autopsies or testing, only by “guessing” without any confirmation. Because people who die nearly always have other conditions, those other conditions or medications may have been the cause or certainly co-contributors to those deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says COVID-19 may be no more deadly than seasonal Flu. Read more:
Normally, over 60 million people die every day world-wide from all causes, which is over 164,000 people every day.
As of 23rd July 2020, the Coronavirus death rate is 3,737 every day, or just 2.2% of total deaths attributed to Coronavirus.
When we consider that most Coronavirus deaths are people in their 80’s and 90’s who have other factors that increase death risk and who probably would have died soon anyway from existing conditions, then Coronavirus deaths cannot be considered that deadly.
Should I get the APP?
There are more than privacy concerns with “The App”. Read more about how the USA are promoting the App and the dangers in using it:
Australian Death Rate
The Australian death rate is less than 1.5% of infected people, compared with 6% world-wide, so Australia is doing well so far in comparison, but if the infection ramps up exponentially, there may be not enough hospitals, ventilators, other equipment and medical staff to treat very sick patients, and doctors will have to make decisions who gets the resources, which means who lives and who dies.
Note: Ventilators are extensively used in hospitals. In the USA, hospitals are paid tens of thousands of dollars by the Government for every patient who is put on a ventilator, so many receive ventilator treatment even when the requirement is in doubt, but they may be causing more harm than benefits. Read more about problems with ventilators:
We have achieved minimal infections due to the isolating and social distancing directives.
Infections are already reducing, but to contain the virus, new cases must stop for 2 weeks, with every infected person fully recovered.
Deaths in Perspective
The media loves headlines about the COVID-19 death toll, but fail to mention:
Every day, over 150,000 people die world-wide, but over 200,000 are born, so the world population will double every 35 years.
From 1st January to 30th May 2020, the average death rate from Coronavirus is about 2,000 per day world-wide, and in Australia, less than 1 death per day, which is almost insignificant in the daily deaths from all other causes.
– Every day, 48 Australians die from heart disease, and every year hundreds of Australians die from being overweight or obese. Why are there no laws about fizzy drinks and fries?
– Every day, over 50 Australians die from smoking. Why is it still legal to smoke, and why is tobacco not outlawed?
– Every day, the flu kills 10 Australians, with the rate climbing in spite of record flu jabs administered.
– Every day, breast cancer kills over 8 Australian women.
– Every day, asthma kills at least one Australian.
– Every day, motor accidents kill 3 Australians, and over 60 are injured or disabled.
– Australian bushfires killed 33 Australians in the last year.
Effect of Warmer Climate on Deaths
Why is it that the Australian States with the warmest climate have the lowest Coronavirus death rate?
Statistics at 30th April 2020:
Warm States are:
Northern Territory: 28 cases, 0 deaths (0% death rate)
South Australia: 438 cases, 4 deaths (0.9% death rate, most imported from cruise ships)
Western Australia: 551 cases, 8 deaths (1.5% death rate, most imported from cruise ships)
Queensland: 1034 cases, 6 deaths (0.6% death rate)
Cooler States are:
New South Wales: 3018 cases, 40 deaths (1.33% death rate)
Victoria: 1354 cases, 18 deaths (1.33% death rate)
Tasmania: 219 cases, 12 deaths (5.5% death rate)
Death rates in cooler climates are always higher, because:
1. The body’s immune system does not work as well at cooler temperatures
2. People spend more time indoors, have lower Vitamin D, less fresh air, and poor circulation.
Social Distancing may actually worsen epidemic outcomes in the long term, as isolation causes reduced immunity, mental problems, fear of unemployment and uncertain financial future and more. Read a detailed explanation:
Chinese Death Rate
Males have been dying at a greater incidence than females, according to a study of 55,000 deaths. It is not a hormonal difference, it is the fact that smoking is much more evident in the male population. If we smoke we die. Of course, everyone dies sooner or later, but smokers die sooner, if not from the Coronavirus, then lung cancer, pneumonia or something else.
Deaths from Coronavirus generally only occur when there are other health factors involved. In order of death rate:
- Cardiovascular disease (statin and blood pressure medication)
- Diabetes (obesity, statin and blood pressure medication)
- Chronic respiratory disease (a result of low Vitamin D3 caused by statins)
- Hypertension (blood pressure medication)
- Cancer (immune-depressing drugs)
- Others including other medications that reduce immunity
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses containing over a hundred different strains, seven of which cause the common cold. Some of these viruses exist naturally within the human virome, and never express themselves pathogenically, but will potentially cause false positives through the many different COVID-19 testing methods.
Read more about the Virome:
This group of viruses have been around for a long time, first discovered in 1937 in bird populations. In the 1960’s found in humans and normally responsible for the common cold. They can be zoonotic (transferred back and forth between animals and humans) and cause diseases in mammals and birds. Sometimes these viruses mutate, often coming from bats, snakes, pigs (swine flu) or other animals. Other mutated versions of Coronavirus have been SARS and MERS.
The SARS virus is well-documented as a weaponised version of Coronavirus, built by the Chinese Virus Laboratory in Wuhan and caused the previous SARS Epidemic. Read more:
This virus, originating in Wuhan, China, now named SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), causes a disease, originally code-named Novel Coronavirus 2019 (nCoV-2019) but then re-named to COVID-19 that spreads more rapidly than SARS, MERS and Flu viruses, but causes death only in those whose immune system is compromised, mainly in those over 50 ears old, mainly in the 80+ range, or those subject to air pollution (e.g. in Wuhang, the industrial area of China where air pollution is extreme) because COVID-19 affects the lungs.
COVID-19 is comparatively rare in the very young, partly because of less exposure years to pollution, and partly because the young generally have better immunity.
Viruses are very small, typically between 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size. The Coronavirus is about 0.125 microns, which is fairly large for a virus. The electron microscope image above shows the red “spikes” around the virome, giving a corona, which gives this virus it’s name.
In humans, COVID-19 causes respiratory infections which are typically mild, and the average person has little to worry about, as most symptoms vary from nothing at all, to a mild condition similar to a common cold. The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Over 200 viral types are associated with colds, including Rhinovirus (a type of picornavirus with 99 known serotypes), Human Coronavirus, Influenza viruses, Adenoviruses, human respiratory syncytial virus (Orthopneumovirus), Enteroviruses other than Rhinoviruses, human Parainfluenza viruses, and human Metapneumovirus.
Past outbreaks of SARS, originating in China from Avian Flu (Bird Flu), another Coronavirus, and MERS, originating in the Middle East that sporadically jumps from camels to humans, spread to many other countries around the world and still cause problems in some areas, but the media is quiet about these as they are “old news”.
Coronavirus appears to be more easily spread than SARS or MERS, but death from Coronavirus is still significantly less than SARS or MERS. The “RS” in SARS and MERS refers to “Respiratory Syndrome” and deaths are caused by pneumonia-like infection of the lungs. Even the flu causes more deaths than the Coronavirus, but the media is quiet about this, as they want “fear headlines”. The Flu killed 40,000 Americans over their 2019-2020 Flu season, double the number of Coronavirus deaths world-wide at the time. With the population of the USA at just 4% of the world, this makes the Flu 50 times more lethal than the Coronavirus, but the media is full of “Deadly Coronavirus” news.
Update 15th March: One report from National Science Review suggests that there are now 2 types of COVID-19.
Type L, the early version that is transmitted quickly, and the more recent type S which is not as contagious. This report is discredited by University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research so at this time there are more questions than answers about Coronavirus.
Many infected people who have a healthy immune system are Asymptomatic (have no symptoms) or have very mild symptoms.
These people have been blamed for infecting others, but according to a WHO statement in June, it is extremely rare for an Asymptomatic person to spread COVID-19 to another person.
But people with a poor immune system will have symptoms, and are the main way the virus spreads, especially if they have been active in the community (before isolation or quarantine applied).
Symptoms vary, but these are some to look out for:
- Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
- Muscle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pneumonia-like illness
- Loss of taste or smell
- Blood thickening (increasing risk of blood clots)
Anyone with any of these symptoms should report to their doctor or hospital or any of the helplines set up in many areas.
Do NOT report physically, use the telephone and only report physically if instructed to do so.
A study by Greek scientists, published 27th January 2020, examined the genetic relationships of COVID-2019 and found:
“the new coronavirus provides a new lineage for almost half of its genome, with no close genetic relationships to other viruses within the subgenus of sarbecovirus,” and has an unusual middle segment never seen before in any Coronavirus concluding that it could not have “jumped” from a bat or other animal to humans. Reports indicate that there are sections of the AIDS/HIV virus and the Influenza virus contained in COVID-19, confirmed by the fact that doctors in China, France and now Australia have been using AIDS medications to treat Coronavirus.
The Chinese have tested every animal, dead or alive in the Wuhan Seafood Market and every test came back negative for Coronavirus, and not bats, dead or alive, had been sold or used in any way in the market.
Chinese doctors worked back among patients to find the very first person suffering from Coronavirus, treated in hospital on 1st December 2019, and found that this man had NEVER been to the Wuhan Seafood Market! In fact, out of the first 41 cases, 13 had NEVER been to the market.
This means that we are dealing with a brand new type of “man-made” Coronavirus. The scientists rejected the original hypothesis that the virus originated from random natural mutations between different Coronaviruses.
Read the documentary on the source of the virus:
Read why the Wuhan laboratory was shut down in October 2019:
Also read this article on how Harvard University was involved in modifying Coronavirus AND the Spanish Flu viruses to make them more dangerous:
Also read article on PROOF of man-made viruses in Wuhan lab:
Who is responsible for the COVID-19 virus? Read more:
“Smoking Gun” evidence of man-made virus:
Also read this article about how the US and China may have colluded in developing Coronavirus:
Read how the Coronavirus was engineered:
Coincidence: Research on a Coronavirus vaccine started 5 years ago, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates?
Coincidence: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation forecast a Coronavirus pandemic before the pandemic existed.
Coincidence: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-hosted a pandemic exercise in late 2019 that simulated a global Coronavirus outbreak.
Coincidence: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also fund the group who owns the patent to the deadly virus and were working on a vaccine to solve the predicted crisis.
Coincidence: There is a BSL-4 Virus Research Laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (10 miles from the Wuhan Seafood market) – one of only a handful of sites in the world sanctioned by WHO (World Health Organisation) that is certified to work with Ebola virus, small pox, Coronavirus and Bats, and is linked to China’s biological weapons program, which in the past has developed modified Influenza viruses as part of it’s Chemical Warfare program. The Chinese have been developing deadly Coronaviruses for a long time, which may possibly relate to the outbreaks of Avian (“Bird”) Flu, Swine Flu, etc. The USA was also conducting virus research about the same time, until all research of this nature was deemed to be too dangerous, and was prohibited in the USA, but of course, not in China.
News from a BBC investigation 22nd April: The USA has been funding the Wuhan laboratory for years to the tune of about $3.7 million! Read more about this report:
Read more about bio-weapons and Coronavirus at:
Read more about the Wuhan Bioweapon Virus Lab:
Coincidence: Faucci and Bill Gates predicted this pandemic in 2017. Watch this video of an interview with Bill Gates: Sorry, this video was removed 26th April for “violating YouTube’s Terms of Service” in other words, YouTube, owned by Microsoft, are censoring any information that tells the truth and discredits the big drug companies.
This article may or may not remain on this site because Governments fear that releasing this information may make the World wide idiotic panic even worse, and my Google statistics are dropping rapidly daily as they are censoring this type of information. I believe in truth at any cost, something we rarely get from the “fake news” propagated by the Big Drug Companies we see on television daily.
How much information on Coronavirus is “Fake News?”
It seems that if we do not watch the news, we are uninformed, but if we do watch the news, we are misinformed.
Read just one example of the famous Forbes publication reversing completely the result of a scientific study on the origin of Coronavirus:
WHO – World Health Organisation
The WHO receives much of it’s money from drug companies, but in order to keep the cash coming in, the WHO must protect the drug companies. First, by encouraging vaccinations and pharmaceutical drugs, second by attempting to squash any natural therapies that hurt the drug company profits.
News: After five months of claiming the Coronavirus could spread via “asymptomatic carriers,” necessitating the lockdowns, mask policies, social distancing and mandatory vaccines, the WHO declared on 8th June “Spread of COVID-19 through asymptomatic carriers is very rare”.
This means that apart from known cases that should be quarantined, everyone else should go back to normal – no lockdowns, no masks, no social distancing and no vaccinations!
The next day, I believe due to pressure from the big drug companies who fear that this would damage sales of their yet undeveloped vaccines, the WHO backtracked on this statement and changed the wording from “very rare” to “unknown”. All of the science studies relating to these decisions has not been released. Read the story here:
How does COVID-19 infect the body?
There are about 40 to 50 trillion cells in the human body, plus another 100 trillion or so bacteria and other cells.
Every cell has a cell membrane on the outside, a nucleus containing our DNA, and our mitochondria in between.
The cell membrane is a complex structure. It allows nutrients to enter and feed the cell, it allows waste products to exit the cell, it controls the amount of water in the cell, and it keeps unwanted visitors out, like viruses. For a virus to enter the cell, it requires some weakness in the membrane, which happens when we have poor immunity. When the virus enters the cell, it takes it over and replicates itself. If the virus cannot find a host (one of our cells) it dies, then breaks down, and the body either uses the remains as food, or expels the waste.
Cells with important attributes in the membrane, such as high pH (alkalinity), Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc and other Vitamins and minerals, are generally impervious to foreign invaders.
This is why people with a diet of processed foods, junk foods that are deficient in all of the things we need, are the ones who will suffer most or even die when they get hit with a virus.
COVID-19 infects the blood
Doctors first thought that Coronavirus started attacking the lungs, it is now apparent that it attacks hemoglobin in red blood cells. Hemoglobin molecules contain 2 oxygen molecules and 2 iron molecules, which hemoglobin needs to carry oxygen to every cell in the body.
Research shows that the virus targets hemoglobin, binding to the iron and breaking it loose from the hemoglobin molecule, stopping the hemoglobin from carrying oxygen. When enough hemoglobin is damaged, there is less oxygen carrying capacity, and the patient has respiratory problems. Lung cells become toxic and inflammatory, leading to pneumonia and cytokine storm. Inflammation causes capillaries to break easily and coagulant proteins rush in, forming tiny blood clots and further reducing oxygen absorption, leading to organ damage and critical illness.
Autopsies show tiny clots and dead cells within the capillaries of the lungs, as well as distended blood vessels in every organ in the body, caused by severe inflammation and increasing risk of strokes, blood clots, heart attacks and organ failure.
Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Over 20% of Coronavirus patients with severe infection admitted to hospital had diabetes or hyperglycemia (pre-diabetes), a similar number had cardiovascular conditions, and again, most of those were overweight or obese. All of these conditions already cause hemoglobin problems, and they are the most likely to die.
Boosting the immune system will help people recover from COVID-19, but having a healthy immune system will help defeat the virus before it gets a foothold.
Every cell in the body has many receptors, designed to allow entry of certain nutrients. Researchers have now found that the receptor for ACE Inhibitors and ARB’s (common blood pressure drugs) target a cell receptor, and this is the entry point for the Coronavirus. Read more under my heading “Get off some Drugs”. Read more about why COVID-19 affects seniors, mainly those on medications:
Read how hospital-aquired COVID-19 infections account for 1 in 5 infections:
Can I Catch Coronavirus from Food?
This is unlikely, but food hygiene is always important. Read the full story here:
What Causes Coronavirus Deaths?
1. Poor Immune System
Only those people with poor immune systems and other medical conditions are dying. This is common among older people, because their prescribed medication makes it worse, other medical conditions make it worse, and their uptake of Vitamin D is worse, and worse again because most are taking statin drugs. Rarely, a slightly younger person dies, but invariably when their immune system is compromised, their diet is poor, they live in a polluted area, and have other existing medical conditions (along with dangerous medications that often reduce immunity).
So, age does not increase risk.
Lack of immunity increases risk.
This can be prevented by high-dose supplements of Vitamins C and D3, Selenium, Iodine, etc that can bring their immunity up to reasonable levels. Almost all seniors are on statin medication that damages Vitamin D levels, and locking them up in a Nursing Home ensures they will get no Vitamin D from the sun.
Read more about age and risk of Coronavirus:
2. Cytokine Storm
Inflammation can cause a Cytokine Storm, where large numbers of white blood cells are activated and release inflammatory cytokines, in turn activating yet more white blood cells, giving a positive feedback loop, in turn causing a major immune reaction that can be deadly. Cytokine storms are said to be the cause of a majority of deaths in the Spanish Flu, Swine Flu, Epstein–Barr virus, Pneumonia, and especially COVID-19. Cytokine Storms build into Sepsis. Lab results are typically high in C-reactive protein, sedimentation rate and/or IL6 indicate that a storm is mounting. High-dose IV Vitamin C can help stop or limit these storms and the onset of Sepsis. Vitamin D3 has a unique advantage of improving immunity, yet helping to moderate an immune system in overdrive.
Another supplement to use that helps prevent a cytokine storm is Astaxanthin. Read more about Astaxanthin here:
Unhealthy diets cause 11 million deaths every year, more than tobacco and high blood pressure deaths combined. Bad diets reduce immunity, making people more susceptible to all disease including Coronavirus, cancer, cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Always eat fresh, organic food, preferable grown locally, to add decades of healthy living.
Read more about the dangers of processed food:
Modern processed food is full of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones, additives and often radioactive particles. In China, there are no restrictions or monitoring of toxins in agriculture, so any food products originating in China are not recommended to be consumed.
The moral of this story:
If we eat junk food, ignore a healthy lifestyle, ignore health supplements, suffer chronic stress, we will DIE, if not from the virus, then from the Flu (just as deadly), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s or any other “modern” diseases that almost never existed a hundred years ago.
If we expect a miracle vaccination to cure the virus from the Big Drug Companies, that is a myth, and most people DIE by that myth.
The 5G Connection
Coincidence: Recently 130,000 5G antennas were installed in Wuhan city, also large 5G installations were installed in Iran and in Northern Italy, and these are the three places where Coronavirus has spread fastest and caused the most deaths. The cruise ship Diamond Princess that held passengers in their cabins for weeks because of a Coronavirus outbreak was also recently fitted with a 5G installation ship-wide. Of course, this is not proof, but it is well-known that the extremely high frequency radiation from 5G (10 times the power and up to 26 times the frequency) damages DNA and reduces immunity, and although 5G has some technical benefits, the cost to the human race is high. Scientific studies on 5G prove the danger, but telecommunications companies ignore the risk and continue the 5G rollout which is a multi-trillion dollar business.
4G wavelengths travel along the surface of the skin, but 5G penetrates deep into the body at pulsed frequencies up to 90 GHz, disrupting cell membranes and damaging our DNA.
Read more about 5G :
And more about the dangers:
Doctors are only looking for a new vaccine, overlooking proven natural therapies that build immunity to all disease!
Vaccines can save people, but also kill people. The reported average is one death per 1 million people injected with any vaccine, however most go unreported because the deaths are normally reported as:
- Some organ failure (caused by the vaccine)
- Some variation of a disease that was caused by the vaccine
- The vaccine caused reduced immunity
So if every person in the world was vaccinated (an impossibility) then using reported statistics, at least 7,000 people would be reportedly killed by the vaccine, and probably at least 10 times that number.
So health officials must weigh up how many can be saved by a vaccine versus how many would be killed or harmed by the vaccine.
Even Bill Gates, in a rare interview, admitted that the current flu vaccine does not work well in seniors, and that any new Coronavirus vaccine would probably harm 700,000 people! Read here:
Unfortunately, doctors ignore the natural therapies which are proven to destroy viruses and without the dangerous side-effects of vaccines and prescription medication.
View an important video relating to debate: RFK Jnr vs Alan Dershowitz on Mandatory Vaccines:
Why are the big drug companies intent on discrediting all of the natural therapies and concentrating on vaccinations?
Because they make a fortune on vaccinations, and are protected from law suits when the vaccination fails, harms or kills someone!
After China’s 2002 SARS-CoV outbreak, teams of US & foreign scientists first attempted to develop Coronavirus vaccines. They vaccinated animals with the four most promising vaccines, which seemed successful as all the animals developed a strong antibody response to Coronavirus. But when they exposed the vaccinated animals to the wild virus, the results were horrifying. Vaccinated animals suffered hyper-immune responses including inflammation throughout their bodies, especially in their lungs. This same “enhanced immune response” was discovered during human testing of the failed RSV vaccine tests in the 1960s when two children died from the vaccine.
Read more about how difficult or impossible it is to produce a Coronavirus vaccination:
Read how how the Gates/Oxford vaccine is making monkeys sick, but the truth is hidden and the trial is going ahead on humans:
Read more about the dangers of rushing a vaccine to market:
Read more in my vaccination article:
Want more info on vaccinations? Go here:
Read more again about rushing a vaccine:
Moderna claims vaccine trial is “promising” with a 20% serious condition rate:
Read about why the Governments continue the false narrative that the Coronavirus jumped from animals to humans in the Wuhan Seafood Market:
Read about the crimes committed against humans by Big Pharma and Bill Gates:
Read how the CDC lied about the dangers of vaccines, causing 1 in 16 boys in Ireland to have Autism:
Unexpected drop in infant deaths in lockdown
Because the lockdowns prevented many parents from taking their infants for scheduled vaccinations, less infants died!
In fact, death rates dropped by over 36% in infants and children, at the same time as death rates in seniors were increasing due to Coronavirus. Read more in these comprehensive articles:
Using old technology in a new way for a better, faster cure than any vaccination:
Coronavirus Test Kits
Most testing is carried out using various PCR (polymerase chain reaction), or rRT-PCR (real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests, using nasal and throat swabs, and is unreliable after the first week of infection, where it may disappear in the throat but continues to multiply in the lungs.
PCR tests were developed at Berlin in January 2020, in the United Kingdom, in South Korea, in China and the United States. Older versions of the test kits caused inconclusive results due to faulty reagents, and were not reliable until 28 February 2020, and it was not until then that state and local laboratories were permitted to begin testing.
There are many false positives, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) admit that the test kits do not always work properly. The USA supplies test kits for many parts of the world, but Australia has their own, developed in South Australia by SA Pathology, which give results much faster. Accuracy remains to be seen, but appears to be more successful than tests from other countries.
Read more about the evolution of the test process:
And more recent testing information:
Because there are so many different strains of the Coronavirus, including about 7 strains responsible for the Common Cold, testing often reveals an “indeterminate result” but the testing technician must give only a positive or negative result and nothing in-between, so to be on the “safe side” all indeterminate tests are classified as positive for COVID-19, so many of these results are a false positive.
In addition, humans have a natural virome (billions of friendly and helpful viruses) that often contain Coronaviruses, that sit happily in the body doing no harm, but the tests can give a false positive again when encountering this virus.
Corruption in Testing
Many test labs are falsifying test results, probably for financial gain. Read more:
And even more:
A small Chinese study of 6 mothers who were positive for COVID-19 and who had cesarean deliveries, all had babies free from the virus, but had high levels of antibodies IgG and IgM (Imminoglobulins G and M), indicating that antibodies to the virus were present. Normally IgG passes across the placenta, but IgM does not due the the larger molecule size, but the babies acquired IgM in some way. Later testing found the babies did not develop the virus.
Standard treatment in Western countries is not always correct, sometimes completely wrong and ineffective.
Anti-viral medications have had some degree of success, but can have significant side-effects.
Many doctors in China, France, Italy, Spain and more recently in the USA, are using drugs “off-label” (i.e. not approved for use for COVID-19) such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, lopinavir-ritonavir, favipiravir, remdesivir, ribavirin, interferon, convalescent plasma, steroids, and anti–IL-6 inhibitors, based on either their in vitro antiviral or anti-inflammatory properties.
The Malaria drugs Hydroxychloroquine brand name Plaquenil, and Chloroquine are generic drugs used to treat lupus, arthritis and malaria, and are claimed relatively safe, with the main side effect being stomach irritation, though they can cause echocardiogram and vision changes (what? heart and eye problems are safe?). Echocardiogram side effects include elongating the QT wave, meaning alteration of electrical activity in the heart, possibly causing seizure, fainting and sudden death.
Chloroquine acts as a zinc ionophore, allowing more zinc into the cells, where it promotes death of the virus.
So it is really the Zinc rather than the drug that kills the virus.
Update: Hydroxychloroquine is ONLY effective in the presence of Zinc. Read more:
Read more about the benefits and dangers of Chloroquine at:
Hydroxychloroquine has been found useful as a preventive rather than a cure by Chinese doctors, but can moderate symptoms if administered to a sick person.
Australian doctors announced on 21st March that a trial is starting on a combination of an AIDS anti-viral drug Kaletra (a mixture of anti-HIV medications) combined with Hydroxychloroquine. This combination has had better success in-vitro when combined, much better than each individually, but we will see what happens in real people.
French doctors have conducted a successful study with a combination of Hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin (azithromycin is used to prevent bacterial pneumonia). This is surprising, since antibiotics generally reduce immunity, the benefit is probably due to reduced bacterial complications in the lungs that are damaged by the COVID-19 virus.
Fake News on Hydroxychloroquine:
Articles published in the Lancet and on television, even in Australia, claimed that Hydroxychloroquine does not work for COVID-19 and is very dangerous and can kill people, coincidentally just after President Trump said he was using it. Red faces everywhere when the truth was uncovered: This article was a total fabrication (lie) produced not by doctors, but by “spin” people with no medical training, presumably hired to discredit Trump! No retractions that I have seen on Australian TV because no one wants to admit that they lied.
Quercetin is also being studied as a much safer alternative to Chloroquine. Read more:
Another study is under way using Remdesivir, a drug originally intended for treating the Ebola virus.
In Australia, symptoms have been very mild, and patients have recovered with “only the use of Paracetamol” (Acetaminophen in the USA). What did these doctors learn at medical school?
How could they forget the basic rule by the ancient Greek physician Parmenides about 2,500 years ago: “Give me the power to create a fever and I can cure any disease.”
With the world-wide introduction of Aspirin, the Spanish Flu killed up to 50 million people, but most would have survived if they had NOT taken Aspirin, which lowers body temperature. Paracetamol also lowers body temperature, but fever is the basic method by which the body defeats disease, so removing the fever only exacerbates the disease.
Apart from reducing fever, Paracetamol destroys L-Glutathione, the body’s “Master Antioxidant” which is the most important thing we need to defeat disease, and Paracetamol damages the liver (many people on the liver transplant waiting list are there because of Paracetamol overdose).
In Australia, doctors still recommend Paracetamol (Acetaminophen or Tylenol in the USA) for every COVID-19 patient, which increases risk of sickness, liver damage and death!
For a comparison of Coronavirus to the Spanish Flu, read more:
I think more promising is convalescent plasma treatment, where a sick person is given a transfusion of blood plasma from a patient who has recovered from the virus. This plasma contains antibodies that have already defeated the virus, and side-effects should be near zero in theory.
HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy)
HBOT is a chamber pressurised with a high-oxygen air mixture, and shows promise as a treatment, however most hospitals will not have anywhere near enough. Read more:
Vitamins C and D are finally being used to treat Coronavirus!
At Last! 7th April 2020: I have been telling people for 10 years about these benefits, while the drug companies dismiss the benefits as “fake claims”, afraid of losing millions of dollars when cheap, readily available Vitamins beat most drugs hands down.
Now doctors in the USA are using these Vitamins, and eventually Australian doctors will get the message too.
Read the full story:
The benefits of IV (Intravenous) Vitamin C therapy have been known for a long time, but doctors are strangely reluctant to use it! The Chinese are now using Vitamin C therapy, but Western doctors are still failing to use the most basic, inexpensive and effective tools available. Vitamin C supplements are effective to prevent or minimise COVID-19 but daily doses of over about 9,000 mg (or up to 20,000 mg in divided doses every 3 to 4 hours) can cause stomach upset, so for treating patients with severe symptoms, 50,000 mg or more should be administered by IV which by-passes the stomach, and has almost zero side-effects.
See the article about New York doctors achieving significant results with Vitamin C at only 1500 mg every 3 or 4 hours given by IV:
Ozone therapy has been used for a long time. Read more at:
Coronavirus can increase risk of blood clots, which can be deadly.
Read about the natural treatment that is rarely seen in hospitals:
I receive the JAMA Network updates daily, which contains the latest medical info that doctors use to treat Coronavirus. No mention of any vitamin or any other alternative health medicine or supplement, and they even say NOT to use Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine even though they are effective. No wonder these doctors are watching patients die.
Fraud in WHO and CDC
To say that the WHO and the CDC were fraudulent would be an understatement. Read more in this article:
Can we get these drugs now?
In theory, yes, Hydroxychloroquine (also Chloroquine) is “off-label” but doctors in the USA can prescribe it. Unfortunately there are not enough supplies, as all available stockpiles are used in studies and treatment of desperately ill people.
Get off some drugs
Do NOT continue taking Statins. Statins (cholesterol drugs) cause the liver to make less cholesterol, but also reduce production of Vitamin D, and Vitamin D is one of the best defenses against all disease, including COVID-19.
Statins are prescribed to the majority of seniors to “protect them from cardiovascular disease” but they actually do the opposite, increasing death rates by all other causes.
Statins also reduce production of Cholesterol Sulfate, and I have another article coming up on this important ingredient for healthy blood flow.
Statins also reduce production of CoQ10 (Co-Enzyme Q10) which is essential for our mitochondria, the energy-packs in each of our cells, especially our heart cells, and we need a strong and healthy heart to deal with any virus.
Statins cause muscle breakdown, sometimes so severe that the kidneys fail as they cannot deal with the waste from the muscle breakdown, resulting in death.
Statins also affect many more of the 48,000 different things that the liver normally manufactures for a healthy body.
Do not take ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) Inhibitors or ARB (Angiotensin Receptor Blocker) which are very common blood pressure drugs, even though the JAMA Network advises not to stop these drugs.
These drugs have shown in rodent studies to upregulate ACE2 expression hence may affect the severity of Coronavirus infections, because Coronaviruses now have a much more receptive entry point.
ACE Inhibitors have a common side-effect, much more common than the drug companies admit: A persistent, dry, unproductive cough. Is it a coincidence that a side-effect of COVID-19 is also: A persistent, dry, unproductive cough?. Read more about why COVID-19 affects seniors, especially those on medications:
Note that ibuprofen (Advil) also acts as an ACE Inhibitor.
Natural prevention for Coronavirus
Several years ago, the famous Andrew Saul (the Vitamin Doctor) said “one day, vitamins would be used before drugs when it comes to sickness” and in the current pandemic it is being proven every day, as more and more people die from prescription drugs, and more and more are saved by healthy doses of Vitamins and other natural methods.
All viruses have weaknesses that can be exploited in simple remedies, including some that have been used for hundreds or thousands of years.
UV light is now recommended by doctors to treat patients indoors.
It is well-known that viruses are killed almost instantly by UV light.
But why invest in UV light equipment when we only have to step outside and get some sunshine that gives us free UV light and fresh air?
No wonder nearly half of all Coronavirus deaths are in Nursing Homes, where patients are locked in their rooms and never see natural light or receive fresh air?
Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in reforming hospitals by opening windows for natural light and fresh air, saving countless lives from effects of war injuries, but modern hospitals forget these basic rules, and Governments continue to ban people from public beaches, when this is the best place for them!
Viruses generally thrive in an acidic environment (low pH) but die in an alkaline environment (high pH).
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is not only safer than yeast as a raising agent in baking products, it is the best and fastest way to increase pH (alkalinity) when taken internally, and/or used on the skin.
Dissolve completely half a teaspoon in half a glass of water and drink every 2 hours, or as directed by a physician.
Do not take more than 7 times in 24 hours, 3 times for those over 60.
Add a cup or more to a bath and soak. For skin wounds, mix a little water into Bicarb powder to make a paste and apply to the affected area. To treat Coronavirus (or Cancer or other serious disease) aim for a urine pH level of 8.0 for 10 days, take a week off then repeat for another 7 to 10 days. Repeat the cycle as long as required.
Read more about Baking Soda benefits:
A new study found that people with low levels of Vitamin D3 were much more likely to suffer serious symptoms or death from Coronavirus. Of course, I have been advising the benefits of D3 for 10 years because the scientific evidence is indisputable. Read more on this study:
And more in this article:
And from Dr Mercola:
Vitamin D3 stimulates “innate immunity” to viruses and bacteria, at the same time moderating auto-immune conditions.
Importantly, Vitamin D3 can regulate immune responses and cytokine production to prevent COVID-19 from creating a “cytokine storm” (the main problem with Sepsis) that can destroy the body’s organs, leading to death.
Typical doses available in retail stores are about 1,000 IU and this is enough to stop rickets, but nowhere near enough to build immunity. I have taken 5,000 IU daily for 10 years and have never had a cold or flu in that time. More recently I have taken 10,000 IU 3 days a week. I also get as much sunshine as I can get (without turning pink) in the middle of the day from a clear blue sky to increase D3 and also reap the many other benefits of sunshine such as Cholesterol Sulfate. This is the complete opposite of advice given by the Cancer authorities who say that the sun is our enemy and we must avoid sun, especially in the middle of the day. Why is it then that more office workers die from melanoma than construction workers?
Be wary of lies about Vitamins from the big drug companies who are desperate to sabotage sales of vitamins that are eroding their expensive and dangerous drugs. Read about the lies CNN News tell about life-saving Vitamin D:
Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin (actually not a true vitamin, but a Steroid Hormone) so we do not need to take it every day, but should be taken with a meal containing some healthy fat (Coconut oil, Avocado, Olive Oil, etc). Some doctors give Vitamin D3 by IV as a monthly dose of 40,000 IU to 100,000 IU.
D3 Blood Tests: Doctors say healthy D3 levels mean over 75 nmol/L (30 ng/ml). This level was only 60 nmol/L recently but doctors finally realised that this was still way too low. If D3 test results come in at over this threshold, the doctor will say you are fine.
However, true experts in this field say that truly optimum for a normal healthy person for immunity to disease, is between 125 and 175 nmol/L (50 – 70 ng/ml) and these levels are almost impossible to obtain unless we live outdoors or supplement.
For those recovering from cancer or other serious disease, optimum should be 175 to 250 nmol/L (70 – 100 ng/ml).
NOTE: Because Vitamin D3 increases Calcium absorption, we should always take Vitamin K2 MK7 that helps place Calcium into the bones and teeth where it belongs, and keep it out of the blood where it can form clots. I recommend at least 200mcg of and up to 300mcg Vitamin K2 MK7 in conjunction with 5000 IU Vitamin D3. Note that the MK7 version of Vitamin K2 is twice as beneficial as other versions, and taking high doses over 300mcg daily does no harm, but offers no extra benefits.
As we age, our ability to absorb Vitamin D3 decreases, which is partly why more seniors have worse outcomes with Coronavirus. Generally, over 50’s need 5,000 IU daily, and over 80’s need 8,000 IU daily. Always ask for a D3 test with an annual blood test to ensure your sunshine and/or supplementation is sufficient.
Read more about Vitamin D3 in my article:
Also read how Vitamin D3 reduces severity and risk of death from Coronavirus:
African Americans are 3 to 6 times more liable to suffer COVID-19 infections AND to dying from those infections, and also Hispanics to a lesser extent. Doctors look at socio-enomic, housing, crime rates, existing obesity, other health issues and other factors, but overlook the real reason: Low Vitamin D3 because they do NOT absorb enough D3 from sunlight and should ALWAYS supplement with Vitamin D3.
Vitamin A increases immunity, and works well in conjunction with Vitamin D3. Both can be toxic when taken at very high doses, but when taken together, the toxic level is doubled, which really means the toxic level of one really means a deficiency of the other.
Vitamin C powder is a cheap and effective way of improving immunity, also Liposomal Vitamin C that the body retains better. The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service says “The Coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general, and Coronavirus in particular.”
Vitamin C is antiviral, antitoxin, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, works as an antibiotic, even an antidepressant!
High doses of vitamin C, typically over 9,000 mg daily, can upset the stomach, but hospitals should be using the safe high doses given by IV (direct into the blood), often doses from 20,000 mg to 50,000 mg or more, with proven success rates for serious Coronavirus cases.
NEWS Announcement: Chinese Government now recommends Vitamin C for Coronavirus treatment.
Read more about Vitamin C:
Read more in Rhona Patrick’s article on Vitamin C:
Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate
Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate Spray is a topical spray, used on the skin where it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Also Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate Flakes can be used to soak in a bath.
This by-passes the digestive system, which can be a problem for high doses of magnesium taken orally that may cause loose bowel motions.
There are many different magnesium salts available, but Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate appears to work best for immunity to viral infections, as well as the traditional Magnesium benefits to Heart, Bones and over 280 biochemical reactions in the body. Most magnesium supplements will help, aim for 400mg per day, or use a cup of Epsom Salts in a bath for direct absorption through the skin.
Note that Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and Magnesium work in a synergistic manner, that is, when combined, work better than each one work alone.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B Complex contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12 which are all important for health.
Read more about Vitamin B1:
Zinc is essential for the immune system. A 30-mg dosage of zinc in one study showed a significant increase in levels of infection-fighting T cells.
Zinc is used up faster when we have an illness, so supplementation is essential. See more under the Diet heading.
Read more about zinc:
Selenium is an antioxidant that lowers oxidative stress in the body, reducing inflammation and improving immunity to viruses, bacteria and parasites.
At the same time, Selenium protects against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other “Modern” diseases.
Glutathione is the body’s “Master Antioxidant” but is used up by stress and bad diets.
Glutathione is also clobbered by Paracetamol (Panadol), also called Acetaminophen or Tylenol in the USA despite being advertised as “Safe and Effective”, and impacts liver health and substantially reduces immunity. The worst side-effect is reducing body temperature, when the best way of killing off any virus is to raise body temperature (or allow a natural fever when fighting infection).
Glutathione is not well absorbed, as much is lost in the digestive process, so the above supplement that is dissolved in the mouth gets straight into the blood through the mucous lining of the mouth. It is also the “reduced” form that is already in the beneficial form and does not have to be converted, unlike other non-reduced forms.
An alternative is precursors (building blocks) of Glutathione, NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) and Glycine will increase Glutathione levels. NAC is used in hospitals as a treatment for Paracetamol overdose.
Read more about treatment of Coronavirus and Influenza with NAC and Reduced Glutathione:
Iodine has been used for centuries to treat infections and disease.
It is still one of the very few weapons to destroy viruses as well as bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa and more.
Iodine increases immunity, but in modern times, people are becoming more deficient in Iodine, because:
- Chlorine in drinking water displaces iodine in the thyroid, causing thyroid problems
- People are reducing salt intake, so getting less iodine
Dr. Brownstein from Detroit tested 7,000 patients and found 97% were deficient in Iodine.
Few researchers test for Iodine. If they did and treated those deficient with supplemental Iodine, there would be far fewer diseases in the world, and far fewer outbreaks of mutated viruses.
Lysine is a natural amino acid, and studies have demonstrated that Lysine can reduce infection rates of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) Chicken Pox virus, so I recommend everyone take Lysine supplements. Only 1/4 teaspoon daily is cheap insurance for viral infections. Also helps prevent Shingles which is becoming an epidemic because of effects of the Varicella vaccine that reduces immunity to Shingles, which has now reached epidemic proportions, but only in those who have had the Chicken Pox vaccine.
Quercetin has long been a valuable ingredient found in many foods such as Red Onions, Elderberries, Kale, Apples, Spinach, Red Grapes, Raw Black Plums and many more.
Already famous for health in Cancer, Cardiovascular, Kidney and other diseases, studies are now under way for the effect on Coronavirus which is already showing promising results.
See the study on Quercetin for Coronavirus:
Quercetin also helps the body cells take in zinc. Read more:
The gut is responsible for 80% of our immune system, so we must look after our 100 trillion friendly microbes, usually totaling about 2 kg of our body weight.
Of course, taking antibiotics destroys a large proportion of the friendly bacteria, compromising our immune system.
Antibiotics also have no effect on viruses, so antibiotics will only have a negative effect on any virus condition and increase the risk of microbes becoming resistant to antibiotics.
We must also avoid a “leaky gut” where imperfections in the gut lining allow raw food to directly enter the bloodstream, causing allergies.
Eating fermented foods can significantly lower risk of death from Coronavirys. Read more:
Hydrogen gas is a treatment that improves lung function, but not many hospitals have it available or use it.
Because hydrogen is the smallest atom (1 proton, 1 electron) it can go everywhere in the body, nothing can stop it. Hydrogen can cross cell membranes and the blood-brain barrier. It can protect DNA and mitochondria from damage due to free radicals (unstable molecules that tear other molecules apart to gain stability). Read more about Hydrogen and it’s effect on Coronavirus:
Hydrogen supplements are available. Drop a tablet into a glass of water and drink.
Hydrogen Peroxide has been used for decades to fight viruses. In fact, the body normally makes hydrogen peroxide, but because this is a natural product, the Drug companies are not interested because they cannot patent it or make money from it. Read more in this article:
Healthy foods build our immune system. Bad foods bring it down.
Processed foods, sugar, bad fats (margarine, canola oil) and anything with unpronounceable ingredients or numbers on the ingredient list.
Always eat fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. Buy organic and grass-fed meat when you can, use plant-based foods more than animal products.
Some immune-boosting foods include garlic, onion, leek, ginger, broccoli sprouts, reishi and shiitake mushrooms, green tea, cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, bitter melon, stevia.
Citrus, berries of all kinds, broccoli, peppers all have Vitamin C.
Walnuts, almonds and other nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables, avocados all have Vitamin E.
Walnuts in particular can help maintain the length of telomeres, which maintains health and immunity in seniors. Read more about walnuts: www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/eating-walnuts-preserves-youthful-telomere-strands
Seafoods, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, lentils, chickpeas, eggs, grass-fed beef, Cacao or Cocoa, yogurt, kefir, dark chocolate, dairy (especially ricotta cheese), mushrooms, avocados, chicken are some of the best sources of Zinc which is essential for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Zinc is used up at a much higher rate if we have an illness, so supplementation should be considered if sick or if we cannot get enough through our diet.
Fish, flaxseed, walnuts have high levels of Omega 3.
Fermented foods, yogurt, kefir are high in Probiotics.
Dysfunction of our mitochondria, the tiny energy packs inside every cell in the body, is always a problem for our general health and immune function.
Supplements to support mitochondrial function include:
Herbs are best known for increasing flavour in cooking, but many herbs have natural ability to fight viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Echinacea has antiviral properties, containing echinacein that inhibits bacteria and viruses from penetrating healthy cells.
Elderberry contains anthocyanidins with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant properties.
Andrographis has antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Garlic, especially raw garlic, is well-known for antiviral properties, as well as being used for tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush, herpes, eye infections, ear infections, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular health and even hair loss.
Astragalus Extract, has powerful antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, used to boost the immune system, for HSV (herpes simplex virus), coxsackie B virus, wound care, and is an adaptogen for lowering cortisol.
Olive Leaf Extract has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-cancer properties due to the polyphenol ingredient oleuropein, a potent antioxidant that helps in blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Pau D’Arco is used for arthritis, pain, inflammation, prostate health, fever, dysentery, boils, ulcers and cancers.
Others are Goldenseal, Japanese honeysuckle, Stinging Nettle.
For more reading on herbs, read:
If we are confined due to isolation or quarantine directives, staying in bed or watching TV all day is bad for our brains as well as our health and immunity. If we have a back yard, balcony or other ways to get fresh air and sunshine, get outside and get some exercise.
For more reading on exercise benefits:
Read how staying at home can lower Vitamin D levels and increase risk of infection and death from Coronavirus:
Confining ourselves indoors is detrimental to our immune system. Getting outdoors as much as possible is one way to maintain or improve our immune system. This is proven by Nursing Home procedures that lock people in their rooms, and cruise liners that confine people to their cabins, both situations causing major outbreaks and deaths from the virus. Read more here about the report from two doctors that was banned on YouTube:
What NOT to do
Do not take NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Aspirin) or other anti-inflammatory drugs that impact immunity, as the body’s normal response to a pathogen is to increase fever and inflammation.
Normal body temperatures are 36 to 37 degrees C, and normally varies. Body temperature will usually be at its lowest just before dawn and highest in the afternoon, and will be higher after exercise. If fever goes over 40 degrees C (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in a child or adult, it can become dangerous, and may cause seizures at 106 degrees F, and potentially deadly at 108 degrees F. It can be reduced naturally by sitting in a bath of cool to lukewarm water and sponging the water over the body, and no side-effects! Note that infants have much less tolerance to fevers. See a doctor immediately.
Do NOT get a flu shot. The diet and supplements above will help with Coronavirus, the Flu, Colds and almost everything else. A study on the Coronavirus deaths in Italy show a 36% INCREASE in Coronavirus infections in those who have had the Flu shot. The Flu shot is known to be only slightly effective in preventing 2 or 3 strains of the Flu, but increases risk of contracting hundreds of other strains and probably almost all other viruses. Read more on this study:
Do not touch your face, especially near eyes, nose, mouth and even ears. The average person touches their face 23 times every hour. Medical masks can help in stopping touching of mouth and nose. If no masks are available, a clean super-size handkerchief will help. Looking like a cowboy should not bother anyone unless you are walking into a bank…
Do NOT eat Sugar because, blood lab tests show a lowered immune system function within 30 minutes of eating sugar, causing a 50% reduction in the ability for white blood cells to kill pathogens!
Read more about how sugar and insulin resistance causes Coronavirus deaths:
I have already discussed the benefit of having a fever, but there are easy ways to create a fever if the body is not automatically doing it.
- Exercise heavily enough to sweat
- Use an infra-red Sauna. Infra-red heat penetrates deep into the body, increasing the white blood cells and immunity
I rarely use hand sanitisers, only when there is no opportunity to wash hands, but I regularly wash hands because I work hard and get dirty a lot! Grime on hands can hide many unknown bacteria and viruses, so washing hands regularly is important, but not too much, as the natural protective oil (sebum) in skin is depleted, allowing pathogens to enter the blood directly through the skin. Hospitals have hand sanitisers at the entrance, but it is best to use these on the way out to protect against MRSA and other infections that we pick up in hospitals because of the over-use of antibiotics and sterilising agents. When we get home, forget the Sanitisers and wash hands in soap and hot water.
Commercial hand sanitisers have many problems:
- They almost always have toxic ingredients such as Tricoslan that can cause cancer, hormonal imbalance and can increase absorption of BPA (Bisphenol A) that introduce excess synthetic estrogens
- Most contain Phthalates and Parabens that damage the endocrine system, causing early onset puberty, obesity and cancer
- They are generally only 99.7% effective, but washing hands in soap and water is 99.2% effective anyway
- According to a 2013 FDA study, chemical-based anti-bacterial hand soaps/sanitisers have never been proven to be any more effective than washing with natural hand soap. The best soap is a non-toxic hand soap with natural ingredients like Eucalyptus Oil Soap
- Soap effectively kills COVID-19 and most other viruses by dissolving the fatty membrane that holds the virus together, causing it to fall apart and is washed off under running water
- We need good bacteria for a strong immune system, and grabbing a shopping trolley or doing some gardening is a good way to build the immune system
- Sterile hands are a recipe for infection as we need the good bacteria to help defeat the bad bugs
- Sanitisers are more effective against bacteria and may have limited effect against viruses
- Intended to ward off bacterial infection, these products have backfired. Prolific use of sanitisers promotes bacteria becoming resistant such as MRSA
- Sanitisers are associated with allergy development in young children
- Sanitiser chemicals leach into the environment, ending up in our tap water, rivers, lakes and oceans
- One bottle of Witch hazel
- One bottle of Aloe vera Oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- Orange essential oil
- Glass spray bottle
- Vitamin E oil
- Add 20 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of lemon oil, and 5 drops of sweet orange oil to the glass bottle.
- Gently swirl the oils together. Slowly pour witch hazel into the spray bottle until it is about 2/3 of the way full.
- Add aloe vera until the bottle is full. If desired, add a few drops of vitamin E oil; it extends the shelf life and adds antioxidants.
- Put the lid on the bottle and shake it to mix the ingredients. Label the bottle and store it in a cool, dry place for up to two months.
- Use it before touching surfaces or when it is not possible to wash hands with soap and water.
Sanitisers can be valuable only if there is no soap and water available.
Face masks may help reduce transmission of disease in crowded areas, but given social distancing, there should be no need. However, one advantage of the masks is that they help prevent a person touching their mouth or nose. One study found that people on average touch their face 38 times per hour without being aware. However, the mask can trap water droplets allowing a build-up if the virus, so then touching the mask, then touching another object can trigger the disease in another person touching that object.
Caronavirus attaches to minute particles of water, so if the mask allows us the breathe, it allows us to breathe in the virus.
The WHO finally admits that there is no hard evidence that a mask can help. Read more:
Home made masks are easy to make and work nearly as well as commercial masks. More mask info:
An original May Gibbs drawing from 1919 which she drew for the Spanish Flu epidemic.
© The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance 2020
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Do Not Panic
Fear and Panic lowers our immunity and drives us to make irrational decisions.
Fear creates high levels of Cortisol and Adrenaline, which enables us to perform in “fight or flight” situations. This is a good thing if we are faced with immediate danger, but a bad thing if the levels do not return to normal in a few hours because our immune system will be compromised with consistently high levels.
For any healthy person, Coronavirus will be no worse than the common cold.
Good nutrition, clean air, clean water and some supplements above will either prevent infection or substantially alleviate symptoms. The only people who may die from Coronavirus are those with a compromised immune system, and if Coronavirus did not exist, the they would probably die from the flu, cancer, Alzheimer’s, vaccinations, cardiovascular events, or even the original Coronavirus or Rhinovirus (common cold) etc.
Danger of Lockdowns
Given that 99% of deaths are caused more from existing medical conditions and prescription drugs and false death records, and the fact that the seasonal flu kills as many or more, and that at least 10 times that many deaths are caused by medical mistakes, infections caught in hospitals, and almost all people who died from Coronavirus would have died anyway, is it wise to destroy the world’s economy and cause millions of people to lose jobs and possibly homes, more deaths from suicide, mental problems, marriage breakups and more; what is the real cost?
There are many conditions that are far worse than Coronavirus. 5 times more people die from the Flu than Coronavirus, but we have never had lockdowns for the Flu except some Nursing Homes, where all patients, staff and visitors have had compulsory Flu vaccinations (proving that the vaccinations do not work, because usually they all get the Flu.).
Hospitals all over the world are concerned with Candida Auris (C. Auris), a fungal yeast infection that is spreading and killing many people. Major anti-fungal medications do not work, and nearly half of all who contract it die within 3 months.
First found in Tokyo in 2009, it has spread across Asia and Europe, and to the USA in 2016.
For general Candida Albicans infections, read my Candida Article.
Solutions for Candida Albicans may not work for Candida Auris, but will probably do no harm, and may help.
Another Swine Flu Virus
Yet another swine flu virus found in Chinese pigs, and also in people handling the pigs, has the potential to become another pandemic. Read more:
We have to keep laughing to keep our sanity…
– They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the supermarket. Not true, everyone else had clothes on.
– Remember: No matter how much you eat in a lockdown, your earrings will still fit.
– The buttons on my jeans are social distancing from one another.
– I used to say “I would’t touch him with a six-foot pole”. Now it is Government policy.
– I’m going to stay up on New Year’s Eve. Partly to see the New Year in, but mainly to make sure the old year leaves.
– The Supermarket wanted me to wait on a big X – but I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that one.
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- Recommendations for once-a-day aspirin were pulled by the FDA when the risks of major bleeding far outweighed the benefits of preventing a heart attack. Salicylic acid, the active ingredient, is found in high concentrations in cumin
- Eating one teaspoon of cumin in well-spiced foods spikes blood levels of salicylic acid as if you took a baby aspirin. Data show those eating foods high in salicylic acid may help lower their risk of developing certain cancers
- Consider stimulating the vagus nerve, or 10th cranial nerve, to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and protect your heart
- Nattokinase and lumbrokinase are two aspirin alternatives without high side effect profiles, which demonstrate the ability to improve circulation and reduce the risk of serious clotting
Aspirin has a long history, dating back nearly 4,000 years when Sumerians wrote of using willow bark for pain relief.1 The ancient Egyptians used willow bark to reduce body temperature and inflammation, and the Greek physician Hippocrates used it to help relieve pain and fever. By the early 1800s Europeans were researching the effects of salicylic acid and how to determine a correct dosage of it.2
In 1899, Bayer begin distributing the powder, and it was sold as tablets over the counter in 1915. Doctors gave aspirin to Alexi Nicholaevich Romanov of Russia, who had hemophilia. The aspirin likely made the bleeding worse. When the family’s mystic Grigori Rasputin advised the family to stop modern treatments and rely on spiritual healing, the bleeding improved.
In an article published in 2010 in CNN, one physician from Harvard Medical School recommended reducing the risk of stomach bleeding associated with aspirin by taking a second medication — Prilosec.
By 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reversed their recommendation, concluding data did not support aspirin as a preventive medication for those who had not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems.3 In this population, not only had benefit not been established, but “dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach” was a significant risk.
Salicylates Found Naturally in Some Foods
In the same year the FDA withdrew their recommendation for daily aspirin intake to reduce cardiovascular risk, one meta-analysis was published showing a reduction and cancer mortality in those taking daily low-dose aspirin.4 The researchers hypothesized the effect was the result of inhibition “of cox-2 in preneoplastic lesions.”
Their results were supported by a second meta-analysis5 published in the same year finding a reduction in nonvascular deaths and cancer with low dose aspirin. In another study published in 2018,6 researchers found data suggesting aspirin is associated with a lower risk of developing several types of cancer, including colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic, ovarian and endometrial.
As New York Times best seller author and nutrition expert Dr. Michael Greger writes,7 animal products made up 5% or less of their diet before Japanese citizens began adopting a Western diet.8 During the same period, there was a vast difference in cancer deaths between the U.S. and Japan.
The age-adjusted death rates for colon, breast, ovary and prostate were five to 10 times lower in Japan, and leukemia, lymphoma and pancreatic cancer death rates were three to four times lower. In part, this protection may have been the result of phytonutrients found in the plant-based diet, including salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin.
The highest concentrations in plants is found in herbs and spices with the greatest amount in cumin. Researchers have found eating a teaspoon of cumin will spike your blood levels of salicylic acid to the same degree that taking a baby aspirin does. Greger9 quotes one study describing the lower incidence of colorectal cancer in areas where people eat diets rich in salicylic acid:10
“The population of rural India, with an incidence of colorectal cancer which is one of the lowest in the world, has a diet that could be extremely rich in salicylic acid. It contains substantial amounts of fruits, vegetables, and cereals flavored with large quantities of herbs and spices.”
In another analysis11 comparing organic versus nonorganic vegetables, scientists found soup made with organic vegetables contained more salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is produced by plants in response to stress, such as when they’re being bitten by bugs. Plants treated with pesticides do not undergo this type of stress, and studies show they contain six times less salicylic acid than those grown organically.
Is Aspirin Overrated?
Evidence supports the assertion that a plant-rich diet offers protection against certain cancers. Aspirin used to be recommended to reduce clotting time and the risk of heart attack and ischemic stroke, triggered by a clot to the brain. However, long-term use of aspirin has been associated with harmful effects, including hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding in the brain when a clot doesn’t form.
In addition to aspirin side effects, results from a trio of studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated daily low-dose aspirin had no measurably significant health benefits for healthy older adults. Instead, the data demonstrated it did not prolong disability-free survival and contributed to the risk of major bleeding.
In one study the authors found those with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection who used low dose aspirin had a higher risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding then those who took aspirin without the infection.
In another study12 researchers found those who used aspirin regularly, which they defined as at least once a week for one year, experienced an increased risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Results from a separate study13 also point to a connection between frequent aspirin use and AMD, linking increasing frequency of use to higher risk.
Nattokinase: Aspirin Alternative Without the Side-Effects
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death14 in people of most racial and ethnic groups in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports one person dies every 37 seconds from heart disease and cardiovascular deaths account for 25% of all deaths reported.
Using aspirin to reduce the risk of clot formation comes with significant risk. A better alternative is nattokinase, produced by the bacteria bacillus subtilis when soybeans are being fermented to produce natto. This is a fermented soybean product that has been a traditional food in Japan for thousands of years.
Without using conventional drugs, nattokinase has demonstrated the ability to reduce chronic rhinosinusitis and dissolve excess fibrin in blood vessels, which improves circulation and reduces the risk of serious clotting. Another benefit is the ability to decrease blood viscosity and improve flow, which consequently lowers blood pressure.
Data also showed consuming nattokinase decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure and demonstrated effectiveness in reducing deep vein thrombosis in those who were on long-haul flights or vehicle travel. Studies have demonstrated administration of a single-dose can enhance clot breakdown and anticoagulation.
Each of these factors affects your long-term cardiovascular health and risk for heart disease. In one study,15 researchers wrote nattokinase is a “unique natural compound that possesses several key cardiovascular beneficial effects for patients with CVD and is therefore an ideal drug candidate for the prevention and treatment of CVD.”
Could Earthworms Hold One Key to Heart Health?
One of the drawbacks of pharmaceutical interventions, including thrombolytics, antiplatelets and anticoagulants, is that they interfere with the anticoagulation system and carry a risk of major bleeding.16 Lumbrokinase is a secondary option that works as a fibrinolytic enzyme, activating the plasminogen system and direct fibrinolysis.
The compound also indirectly achieves anticoagulation through inhibition of platelet function. Additionally, lumbrokinase has an enzyme opposing the coagulation system. Research has demonstrated it promotes fibrinolysis but also fibrinogenesis, meaning it may have a built-in balance system that contributes to the safety record.
Interestingly, this complex enzyme is extracted from earthworms and is sometimes referred to as earthworm powder enzymes. Eastern medicine has used earthworms for thousands of years, and Chinese medicine practitioners believe they possess properties to “invigorate blood, resolve stasis and unblock the body’s meridians and channels.”
They are commonly found in a traditional herbal formula used to treat ischemic or thromboembolic conditions. To date, those producing lumbrokinase cannot make any therapeutic claims. Available studies have demonstrated safety and effectiveness in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke and impressive results in the treatment of coronary arterial disease including those with unstable angina.
Lumbrokinase has also been evaluated as an antimetastatic and antitumor agent, with evidence demonstrating a potential use in anticoagulation to limit cancer growth and metastasis. The authors of two review papers found adverse rates to be 0.7% to 3% with most symptoms being a mild headache, nausea, dizziness and constipation, which resolved when the enzyme was discontinued.
Neither of the reviews found the enzyme triggered bleeding or adverse effects in the kidney or liver. Both nattokinase and lumbrokinase have a lower side effect profile than aspirin and provide much of the same benefits to the cardiovascular system. While aspirin is no longer universally recommended, consider speaking with your physician to include nattokinase or lumbrokinase in your heart health regimen.
- 1 Smithsonian Magazine, August 10, 2017
- 2 CNN, December 22, 2010
- 3 U.S. Food and Drug Administration, May 5, 2014
- 4 Medical Hypothesis, 2012;78(1)
- 5 American Journal of Medicine, 2012;125(6):560
- 6 BMC Cancer, 2019;18(288)
- 7, 9 Nutrition Facts, December 26, 2019
- 8 Annals of NY Academy of Science, 2007;1114:434
- 10 Food and Function, 2011;2(9):515
- 11 European Journal of Nutrition, 2001;40(6)
- 12 JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013;173(4): 258
- 13 Ophthalmology, 2012;119(1)
- 14 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 15 Biomarker Insights, 2018
- 16 Townsend Letter, May 2018