Archive for December, 2014

Hangover prevention and remedies

Man Nursing A Hangover Holding An Ice Pack

It is party time. Fun, fun, fun. But, why waste the precious next day with the headache, upset stomach and fatigue of a hangover? Click here for my article about the good and bad effects of alcohol. But back to preventing/treating a hangover the natural way:

1.  The most sure fire protection is of course to stay sober. Having a New Year’s party? For toasting make festive Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider available at least for abstainers and pregnant women.

2.  Tricks to pace yourself. Alcohol is absorbed almost instantly and because it is a good solvent, it very quickly affects all parts of the body, especially the brain. Since it takes the liver 1-2 hours to properly process one drink, slowing the alcohol absorption down with food in your stomach is quite helpful. Alternating alcoholic beverages with other beverages gives the liver a fighting chance to keep up. (A martini glass of water looks just like a martini and helps avoid the dehydration that is a big cause of hangovers!) Alternating drinks seems easier than just trying to drink slowly, especially if the snacks are salty. Don’t let someone else keep your glass full because it is too easy to lose track.

3.  Sidestep side effects. Sugary drinks seem to make matters worse, so consider sticking with non-sweet choices.

4.  Take a remedy before you go to bed. In the morning you will be amazed at how much better you feel. (The glass of water that goes with each of these remedies is extra help.)

  • RU-21. I know about this product because friends of mine in California own the company. The formula was created by the Russian Academy of Sciences to help spies keep their heads straight while drinking. In addition to nutrients that replace those lost due to the alcohol and antioxidants to help with the free radical damage, it also contains succinic acid. That is a fascinating substance (also found in the menopause/weight loss product Amberen) that improves cellular communication.
  • Oxylent vitamin/mineral effervescent powder is a great daily multiple vitamin/mineral that you may well have in the house already.
  • Emergen-C is not nearly as good for regular use as Oxylent, but is more widely available.

5.  “Hair off the dog that bit you” theory. Drinking in the morning (e.g. Mimosas or Bloody Marys) simply delays the evitable by making you slightly drunk again so you don’t know how bad you feel.

6. Drinking and driving. Is there a worse idea? Cab fare, even if outrageously high might be the best investment you ever make.

Holiday wishes

merry christmas

Wishing you and your loved ones wonderfully safe

and meaningful holidays. Pray for peace.

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Chicken Pox – Shingles

Chicken pox

Chicken pox

Chicken pox is a contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) that produces fatigue, fever, aches and itchy blisters. While it is certainly no fun at all and it is self-limiting in a week or 10 days. Chicken pox becomes serious only for the very frail and those with compromised immune systems–as is the case with most diseases. (The annual number of US deaths from the flu ranges from 3,000 in a good year to over 10 times that in a bad one.)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), before vaccination for chicken pox became so common, the annual death rate from the disease was between 100 and 150 persons. While that is only one in 3 million Americans, it is still not good. But, consider this: according to a scientific study of the government’s own Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), during the period 1990 through 2010, a total of 1,880 children age 1 and under died apparently from the effects of multiple vaccinations given at the same time. This number (about 94 per year) is likely an underestimate because these deaths may often be reported as having been caused by something else (sudden infant death syndrome?). And that is just babies.

Another study in the same scientific journal showed that during the 2009-2010 flu season, 40 times more pregnant women lost their babies if they had received immunizations for both the season flu and the A-H1N1 virus. The researchers proposed that the culprit was likely the mercury contained in the the shots and warned that the children who survived should be monitored for future problems.

The experts in the media are hounding us to get children vaccinated for chicken pox and suggesting booster shots for adults. They often fail to mention that children can still get chicken pox even after being immunized and close to a third of those may suffer a case as bad as if they hadn’t been vaccinated. They also don’t tell us that sometimes adults can get shingles* from simply having had the chicken pox vaccine without having contracted the diseease.

I don’t want to wade into the debate over immunizations and autism or even the concerns expressed by Russell Blaylock, MD during an interview on our show about the effect of adult vaccines on the brain. I will go this far: immunizations should not be taken lightly. At the least it seems prudent to request a vaccine that does not contain mercury. Also, I see no reason for infants to get so many vaccinations in such a short period of time. Many of the combinations being given have not even been studied to prove they are safe.

I also want to caution readers to be wary of information found on the misinformation highway. I found a website that claimed 145,000 children died from multiple vaccines in 20 years. They referred to the same study I quote, but I can’t figure any legitimate way they could have reached that conclusion. By the same token, the CDC dances around a lot of the bad news. Sorting this stuff out makes the blog take a lot longer, but I sleep better for getting closer to the truth. 

*Shingles is a painful condition where the same virus that causes chicken pox comes back later to attack nerve endings. Click here to read my article about it and home remedies with which I have had success.

Fungus–a Cause of Cancer

We’ve known for a long time that fungus in our system can cause headaches, joint pain, depression, rashes, menstrual issues, sugar cravings, fatigue, chemical sensitivity and virtually any kind of GI complaint including heartburn. My friend, Doug Kaufmann, host of the popular television show, Know the Cause, is the lead author along with two physicians of a wonderful article about how fungus can cause cancer. Fungus releases mycotoxin poisons and that is one way they can cause cancer. He makes a good case that sometimes fungus problems are misdiagnosed as cancer. It is well known that aflatoxin (an example of a mycotoxin) on grain can cause cancer of the liver. Doug says that corn and peanuts are among the worst culprits for being contaminated with fungus toxins. Unfortunately, cooking may kill the fungus but does not destroy the mycotoxins the fungus has released. (I’ve found in my research that aflatoxin can even be found in the milk from cows fed contaminated grains. That is another good reason for buying from farmers that feed their animals on grass.) Just to be clear, yeasts are a type of fungus. He also explains how fungus (yeasts) in our systems can produce similar mycotoxin poisons that circulate through the body to potentially create trouble almost anywhere. Doug has often mentioned that drugs and natural substances with anti-fungal effects have beneficial effects in cancer treatment. Congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Kaufmann.

Problems with fungus are much better known in the form of discolored toe nails, athlete’s foot and vaginal yeast infections. What is less understood is that fungus in the body can sabotage almost any system and do so for decades if not stopped. Most often problems start after a round of antibiotics. A fungus overgrowth can crowd out our friendly microorganisms (probiotics) that function like one of our organs. Among the many benefits of our probiotics is that they fight cancer. One thing that fungus mycotoxins do is to suppress the immune system, which could set us up for any number of problems, not the least of which is cancer. It probably doesn’t help that fungus can make us crave starches and sweets. Those in turn also slow down the immune system. Even worse, cancer cells love sugar. 

Fungus can cause chronic sinus infections and it is also a major contributor to leaky gut which causes us to absorb fewer nutrients and more toxic substances. This condition may lead to autoimmune problems. Of course, we want to keep fungus from causing cancer, but we also want to stop fungus from sapping our health and vitality. My yeast questionnaire will help readers decide if fungus might be the cause of some of their symptoms and my article about fungus explains how yeasts get a foothold and what to do about them without accidentally harming our crucial probiotics. That is a real concern because a lot of even natural substances used to kill fungus can also kill our good little soldiers. The more I learn about all the functions they do for us, the less I want that to happen.


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