Saturday, June 30, 2007

Sinuses Stopped up?

Sinus problems aren't necessarily all in your head -. Endeavour to avoid polluted, dusty and smoky environments, as well as anywhere there is second hand smoke. If you can eliminate milk products from your diet. this includes staying away from prepared foods that list milk as an ingredient, this will cut down on the forming of mucous. Try this for about 60 days and see how you feel.

Adding vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants can help protect you from the damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke and pesticides etc.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


John Erb a research assistant at the University of Waterloo, who spent years working for the government, made an amazing discovery. While he was going through scientific journals from around the world, he noticed scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. They make these obese creatures by injecting them with
MSG when they are first born. This triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates,
causing the rats (humans?) to become morbidly obese. In the scientific community they are called “MSG-Treated Rats”.

Look in your kitchen and see how many of your products contain this chemical.
Don’t end your search there. Ask questions at restaurants. Do menus have items
that contain this chemical? Ask to see their ingredient list. It shows up as MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein. Most of the fast food places use it in abundance.

Why do they put it in our food? Because it makes it taste good. It causes us to actually eat more ! Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


If you or someone you know is getting on in years, you may want to consider supplementing with lutein. Lutein and another carotenoid, zeaxanthin, form the yellow pigment of the retina and absorb blue light, a potentially harmful component of sunlight.

There is very good evidence that the lutein in food helps protect against cataracts and macular degeneration, which are common, age-related eye disorders. It is one of the yellow and orange pigments found in many fruits and vegetables, including mangoes, sweet potatoes, watermelon, carrots, squash, tomatoes and dark, leafy greens (such as kale, collards and bok choy). The best thing you can do to prevent eye disorders is to make sure that your diet contains plenty of lutein-rich fruits and vegetables. To get zeaxanthin, orange bell peppers, oranges and honeydew melon are good additions to the foods listed above. If possible, always buy organic fruits and vegetables.

Vitamins for Healthy Eyes
Vitamins can be used prudently to supplement diets that are lacking in certain areas. Lutein and zeaxanthin in supplement form may be beneficial if your diet is not rich in antioxidant foods.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Recognizing A Stroke

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
Ask the individual to SMILE .
Ask the person to TALK .. to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out today)
Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS .

{NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue... if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke}

If the person has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Pass on this information on it could save someone's life.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Growing Acidity of Our Oceans is a Threat to ALL Life on Earth! - By Dr. Robert O. Young

The growing acidity in our ocean waters is a threat to mankind and will wipe out coral and many species of fish and other sea life if nothing is done soon.Extra carbon dioxide in the air caused by the burning of fossil fuels is not only spurring climate change, but is making the oceans more acidic and endangering the marine life that helps to remove carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere.

Marine scientists have become so alarmed that special briefings have been held for government departments. Carol Turley, head of science at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in England, warned of a "potentially gigantic" problem for the world."It is very urgent to warn people what is happening," she said. "Many of the species we rely on to eat, like cod, will disappear. In cartoon form, you could say people should prepare to change their tastes from cod and chips to jellyfish and chips. The whole composition of life in the oceans will change."Jerry Blackford, another of the authors of a paper presented to a climate change conference in Exeter, England, has modeled the effect on the oceans. He said: "Some scientists are saying that in 35 years all the coral reefs in the world could be dead - it could be less or more. Put it this way, my children may never get the opportunity to go snorkeling on a living reef. Certainly, my grandchildren won't."Although the phenomenon is caused by the excess acidity of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it is not a "global warming" problem. It is more serious then that!

A simple chemical reaction between the acidic air and the alkaline sea starts the chemical and electrical attraction. With the sea being alkaline and the air being acidic, it pulls the carbon dioxide into its watery body causing an acidic decline in the pH and the potential death of the oceans! The oceans of the world are becoming cancerous!

Carbon dioxide mixed with water produces carbonic acid making the oceans more and more acidic and increasingly sick. For example, it takes thirty parts of alkalinity in the form of sodium bicarbonate to buffer or neutralize one part or one molecule of carbonic acid in order to maintain a pH of 8.2 - the healthy pH of our oceans. Thus, the chemistry to buffer carbonic acid in the oceans is a thirty to one ratio. This means that it is going to be virtually impossible to reverse this catastrophic situation unless we do something about decreasing the emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere--and do it NOW!

Balance of this article at:

***Did you know in the US there is a Pure Food & Drug Act of 100 years ago, which could stop the near total removal of the abundance of the mineral chromium from whole sugar and whole grain flour? The end products of bleached white, refined sugars and flours constitutes more than one third of the average American diet? This is why diabietes is running rampant in North America.
Chromium is a vital mineral in our diet.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, is a water-soluble vitamin present in most animal and plant tissues. It is one of the essential B vitamins, known to help support adrenal function, help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and facilitate key metabolic processes, including helping to turn food into energy. It is necessary for energy production and normal cell function and growth. It is also crucial in helping other B vitamins undergo the chemical changes that make them useful.

Emerging research shows that riboflavin can act as an antioxidant, potentially helping to prevent cancer and prohibit cholesterol buildup by controlling the proliferation of harmful molecules known as free radicals.. Keep in mind that riboflavin is easily destroyed by exposure to light.The recommended amount of 50 mg as part of a B-50 complex in a daily multivitamin is advised.
Riboflavin is not toxic when taken orally, as its low solubility keeps it from being absorbed in dangerous amounts from the gut [2]. Although toxic doses can be administered by injection[2], any excess at nutritionally relevant doses is excreted in the urine[3], imparting a bright yellow color when in large quantities

Riboflavin deficiency
Further information: Ariboflavinosis
Riboflavin is continuously excreted in the urine of healthy individuals[1], making deficiency relatively common when dietary intake is insufficient. However, Riboflavin deficiency is always accompanied by deficiency of other vitamins[1].
A deficiency of riboflavin can be primary - due to not getting enough of the vitamin from the diet - or secondary, which may be a result of conditions that affect absorption in the intestine, the body not being able to use the vitamin, or an increase in the excretion of the vitamin from the body..
In humans, signs and symptoms of riboflavin deficiency (ariboflavinosis) include cracked and red lips, inflammation of the lining of mouth and tongue, mouth ulcers, cracks at the corners of the mouth (angular cheilitis), and a sore throat. A deficiency may also cause dry and scaling skin, fluid in the mucous membranes, and iron-deficiency anemia. The eyes may also become bloodshot, itchy, watery and sensitive to bright light.

Riboflavin is found naturally in asparagus, okra, chard, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, meat, eggs, buckwheat and fish, each of which contain at least 0.1 mg of the vitamin per 3-10.5 oz (85-300 gram) serving[citation

Monday, June 18, 2007


Dietary and metabolic acids are the likely cause of brain lesions and the symptoms of dementia.One of the most powerful buffers to protect the brain from dietary and metabolic acid is the tri-peptide, glutathione.Glutathione is critically important to our brain as it is one of the most important brain antioxidants.

Glutathione helps preserve brain tissue by preventing damage from free radicals (acids). In addition to quenching dangerous acids, glutathione also acts to recycle vitamin E which also has the ability to reduce acidity in the brain. (Perlmutter D., July 2004, 5th ed:13)

Autism - Medical literature documents that an out-fection can lead to a lowering of glutathione which participates in detoxification, interacts with metallothioneins, and supports many crucial aspects of immunity. A link between glutathione and autism regression may derive from the fact that transient or chronic intestinal problems can impair an infant's or toddler's nutritional status, thereby minimizing the levels of amino-acids required for the production of glutathione (McCandless, J. Children With Starving Brains. 2003, 2nd ed; 252)

- Parkinson's Disease - Glutathione helps to preserve brain tissue by preventing damage from free radicals (acids) and destructive chemicals formed by the normal processes of metabolism, toxic elements in the environment, and as a normal response of the body to challenges by acidic agents or other stresses. With the understanding that glutathione is important for brain protection and that this protection many be lacking in the brains of Parkinson's clients due to glutathione deficiency, it can be seen as very beneficial. (Di Monte DA, Cahn P, Sandy MS. Glutathione in Parkinson's Disease: A Link Between Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Damage? An Neurol. 32 Suppl; S111-115, 1992.)

This is a very important antioxidant. Be sure you are not deficient.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Diabetes and Stroke

Individuals diagnosed with the acidic condition of Type 2 diabetes are at double the risk of having an acid stroke compared to those without diabetes, according to new research from the University of Alberta.

It was found that the risk of a stroke is considered high within the first five years of treatment for Type 2 diabetes and more than doubles the rate of occurrence.Why? Because the treatments for diabetes are focused on the acidic effects (high or low blood sugar) that causes the symptoms of diabetes rather then the cause which are the acidic lifestyle and diet choices.

For this study, the researchers entered 12,272 subjects into a Type 2 diabetes cohort. All subjects were recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and had a mean age of 64 years. After five years of monitoring, stroke incidence rates were compared between the cohort and the general population."What we found is that 9.1 percent of the diabetes cohort had a stroke within the first five years of their diagnosis," Dr. Thomas Jeerakathil, an assistant professor in neurology, at the University of Alberta.

"We also found that compared to persons from the general population of a similar age, the relative risk for stroke was much greater in younger persons with diabetes than for older persons. As it has been more common to study stroke prevalence within 10 years after diagnosis, this is the first study to specifically examine stroke-related outcomes immediately after the diagnosis of and initiation of treatment for Type 2 diabetes.

Jeerakathil indicates it is possible that physicians are undertreating stroke risks because of a prevailing attitude among physicians and patients that the cardiovascular complications of diabetes occur long after diagnosis rather than in the first five years."We hope our findings will help to dispel the notion that the risk of stroke occurs only in the long term and will improve the motivation of both patients and healthcare providers to aggressively control cardiovascular risk factors soon after diagnosis." said Jeerakathil.

The research recently appeared in the American Heart Association's Stroke journal.

Monday, June 11, 2007


A word to the wise. E-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable petitions must have signed signatures and your full address. Same with "prayer chains" -be wary.

Almost all e-mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.

All it was, and all this type of e-mail is, is to get names and "cookies" tracking info for tele-marketers and spammers to validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes. Any time you see an e-mail that says forward this on to "10" of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck, or whatever, it has either an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails of those folks you forward to, or the host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of "active" e-mails to use in spam e-mails, or sell to others that do.

Please forward this notice to others, if you want to, then you will be providing a good service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting 30,000 spam e-mails in the future. (If you have been sending out the above kinds of email, now you know why you get so much spam!)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Working in Dirt Can Actually Be Healthy!

Exposure to certain forms of soil bacteria can boost the immune system, which can in turn improve mood as effectively as antidepressant drugs.

Mice exposed to a benign soil microbe, Mycobacterium vaccae, performed better on a behavioral task commonly used to test the effectiveness of antidepressants.
The mice were placed in water and observed to see how long they continued swimming before giving up. The mice who had been exposed to Mycobacterium vaccae continued swimming for a much longer time.

These results are similar to those from a previous study, in which human cancer patients treated with the bacteria reported significant improvements in their quality of life.

Researchers suspect that the microbes are affecting the brain indirectly by causing immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which stimulate the production of the mood-regulating chemical serotonin.
The lead researcher on the study, Chris Lowry, added that, "These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health.
They also leave us wondering if we shouldn't all be spending more time playing in the dirt."

Neuroscience March 28, 2007
MSNBC April 13, 2007
Medical News Today April 2, 2007

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Microwaving Your Food Isn't Safe -By Larry Cook

If you have ever wondered whether or not microwaved food is safe, here's an experiment you can do at home. Plant seeds in two pots. Water one pot with water that has been microwaved, the other with regular tap water. The seeds that received microwaved water won't sprout. If microwaved water can stop plants from growing, think of what microwaved food can do to your health!

In 1989, Swiss biologist and food scientist Dr. Hans Hertel studied the effects of microwaved food. Eight people participated in the study. For eight weeks, they lived in a controlled environment and intermittently ate raw foods, conventionally cooked foods and microwaved foods. Blood samples were tested after each meal. They discovered that eating microwaved food over time, causes significant changes in blood chemistry.

Here's link to the whole article:

Friday, June 8, 2007

Grapefruit and Weight Loss

Researchers conducted a three-month study on 100 obese adults who were divided into three groups to see if eating grapefruit had an affect on weight loss. The first group ate half a grapefruit with each meal, three times a day, and lost 3.6 pounds on average. The second group of participants, who ate a similar diet without the grapefruit, lost only 0.5 pounds on average, and the third group drank grapefruit juice and lost 3.3 pounds on average. Individually, some participants who ate the grapefruit lost as much as 10 pounds, researchers say.

Results of the study also showed that the grapefruit group had reduced levels of insulin and glucose, which might be linked to weight loss. They believe the phytonutritients found in grapefruit affect the way the body deals with sugar and makes it less likely to be bound up to fat. This may help the body to use food for energy more efficiently and reduce the amount as stored fat, they explain. Because of this finding, researchers say eating grapefruit may help protect obese people from diabetes. ( January 29, 20040

Dr. Robery O Young's research indicates that grapefruit helps to buffer excess acidity from the the foods we eat and the energy we consume and thus helps to lower acidic blood sugars. The body will only retain fat as a protection against acids in our lifestyle and diet that are not being eliminated through urination, perspiration, respiration or defication.

Grapefruits also contain a flavonoid naringine that helps to increase hematocrit or blood iron to normal levels in cases of anemia. Naringine is also effective in preventing cancer. Furthermore, narigine improves blood circulation, while pectin (a soluble vegetable fiber) unclogs arteries. The bitter flavor comes from limonene, a limonoid that gives grapefruit its proven anticarcinogenic properties.

Monday, June 4, 2007

The Art of NOT Being Offended

The Art of Not Being Offended
By Dr. Jodi Prinzivalli
There is an ancient and well-kept secret to happiness which the Great Ones have known for centuries. They rarely talk about it, but they use it all the time, and it is fundamental to good mental health. This secret is called The Fine Art of Not Being Offended. In order to truly be a master of this art, one must be able to see that every statement, action and reaction of another human being is the sum result of their total life experience to date.

In other words, the majority of people in our world say and do what they do from their own set of fears, conclusions, defenses and attempts to survive. Most of it, even when aimed directly at us, has nothing to do with us. Usually, it has more to do with all the other times, and in particular the first few times, that this person experienced a similar situation, usually when they were young.

Yes, this is psychodynamic. But let's face it, we live in a world where psychodynamics are what make the world go around. An individual who wishes to live successfully in the world as a spiritual person really needs to understand that psychology is as spiritual as prayer. In fact, the word psychology literally means the study of the soul.

All of that said, almost nothing is personal. Even with our closest loved ones, our beloved partners, our children and our friends. We are all swimming in the projections and filters of each other's life experiences and often we are just the stand-ins, the chess pieces of life to which our loved ones have their own built-in reactions. This is not to dehumanize life or take away the intimacy from our relationships, but mainly for us to know that almost every time we get offended, we are actually just in a misunderstanding.

A true embodiment of this idea actually allows for more intimacy and less suffering throughout all of our relationships. When we know that we are just the one who happens to be standing in the right place at the right psychodynamic time for someone to say or do what they are doing--we don't have to take life personally. If it weren't us, it would likely be someone else.
This frees us to be a little more detached from the reactions of people around us. How often do we react to a statement of another by being offended rather than seeing that the other might actually be hurting? In fact, every time we get offended, it is actually an opportunity to extend kindness to one who may be suffering--even if they themselves do not appear that way on the surface. All anger, all acting out, all harshness, all criticism, is in truth a form of suffering. When we provide no Velcro for it to stick, something changes in the world. We do not even have to say a thing. In fact, it is usually better not to say a thing.

People who are suffering on the inside, but not showing it on the outside, are usually not keen on someone pointing out to them that they are suffering. We do not have to be our loved one's therapist. We need only understand the situation and move on. In the least, we ourselves experience less suffering and at best, we have a chance to make the world a better place.
This is also not to be confused with allowing ourselves to be hurt, neglected or taken advantage of. True compassion does not allow harm to ourselves either. But when we know that nothing is personal, a magical thing happens. Many of the seeming abusers of the world start to leave our lives. Once we are conscious, so-called abuse can only happen if we believe what the other is saying. When we know nothing is personal, we also do not end up feeling abused. We can say, "Thank you for sharing," and move on. We are not hooked by what another does or says, since we know it is not about us.

When we know that our inherent worth is not determined by what another says, does or believes, we can take the world a little less seriously. And if necessary, we can just walk away without creating more misery for ourselves or having to convince the other person that we are good and worthy people.

The great challenge of our world is to live a life of contentment, regardless of what other people do, say, think or believe. The fine art of not being offended is one of the many skills for being a practical mystic. Though it may take a lifetime of practice, it is truly one of the best kept secrets for living a happy life.

This seemes like such a practical way to improve your emotional and mental health
on a day to day basis.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

If I don't eat dairy what will happen to my bones?

The truth is, the U.S., England and Sweden have the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world - and the highest level of dairy consumption. American women have been getting an average of two pounds of milk per day for their entire lives, including milk, ice cream, cream, yogurt, butter etc. which is measured in pounds. It takes 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese, 12 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of ice cream and worse of all it takes 20 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of butter - all extremely acidic or better said concentrated acid - yet 30 million American women have osteoporosis.

Drinking milk does not prevent bone loss. That's because bone loss is caused by too much protein and sugar intake, like the protein whey and the sugar lactose in dairy.

Science magazine called dietary protein the most important contributor to osteoporosis in 1986. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1995 explained that "dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton." A study in the Journal of Nutrition in 1981 found that doubling your protein intake doubled you calcium loss. And a 1979 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that even someone getting 1400 mg. of calcium daily can lose up to 4% of their bone mass each year on a high-protein diet. The key is not to keep drinking milk for the calcium (getting more and more protein all the while) but to reduce the excess protein in your diet so that the body has no need to leach calcium from the bones, weakening them.

To have healthy strong bones stop eating high levels of animal protein and start eating alkaline antioxidants to buffer dietary and metabolic acids, such as avocado and broccoli which have a high concentration of glutathione - the master antioxidant and protector of bones.