Archive for September, 2018

The body gives us subtle signs

As I’ve mentioned many times, the body is by its wonderful nature, supposed to be healthy. But, to enjoy its health potential, we must follow two basic rules. One – give it everything it needs for optimum function. We need nutrition (for example, protein, fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals). We also need water, sleep, sunshine, movement and so on. Rule two: don’t overload the body with excesses it cannot handle. On the excess front, that can be in food (e.g. sugar) but, also smoking, alcohol, and chemicals from the food, air and water. Even good things like water and exercise in excess can become problems.

For the most part, we do not get ill suddenly. Disease results from the effects of imbalances in those requirements and excesses that develop over time. But, how do we become aware of these imbalances? The accumulation of toxic metals (as well as status of nutritional minerals) can be easily measured by the Oligoscan test that Dr. Michael Einsohn discussed on the August 11th show.

Nutrition blood tests performed at the doctor’s office are typically pretty crude measures that only look at a few nutrients (e.g. iron) and only call attention when they are grossly out of order. For example, when calcium and magnesium are measured the tests are a snapshot of what is in the blood at the moment, not what is in storage. The body prioritizes and will pull nutrients from bones and other important tissues to keep the blood in a life-preserving range. The tests that look deeper must be specially ordered and tend to be expensive. Assuming that the RDA’s are a good guide seems silly when you consider that one person might need 100 times more of a nutrient than the next person. Those are some of the reasons that I advise taking supplements for insurance not only against deficiency disease but, also to promote superior health.

We can get some clues to inadequacy by noticing small things. Please refer to my article, 28 Subtle Signs of Imbalance. It covers these clues: Cold sensitivity, Constipation, Cramping, Cravings for Chocolate, Ear wax (excess), Eye brows (outside 1/3 gone), Gums (bleeding), Hearing, Hair (thinning), Lips (Dry), Mouth (cracks at corners), Nails (pale), Nails (thin), Nails (white spots), Nerves (jumpy), Perspiration on Head (to excess), Skin (small red spots), Skin (dry, flaky on legs, feet), Skin “tags” (e.g. on neck or under arms), Sulphite sensitivity (e.g. wine), Tingling in extremities, Tongue (pale), Tongue (teeth leave impression), Tongue (red, bumps, grooves, etc.), Tongue (white coating), Upper arms “chicken skin” bumps, Waist (women over 35″ or men 40″) and Warts.

The list in my article is just an example. My point is to assume that there is a reason for anything that is out of order. And, it makes sense to do some research and fix that imbalance than to cover it up, medicate it or wait for it to turn into something worse.

Normal blood pressure naturally

There is no debate about whether or not excessively high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other problems. However, there is a battle over what level is too high and something of a war about how to best get levels lowered.

Levels. The recommended “safe upper level” keeps being lowered. That is always good for drug makers because it creates a bigger pool of potential customers. They are not bothered by the over-treatment that too often comes along with these changes. This CHART is at least easy to follow.

Making matters more complex, it is difficult to get an accurate blood pressure reading because “white coat” anxiety increases pressure and the correct procedures are not uniformly followed. (For example sitting quietly for several minutes first; feet on the floor; arm supported; right size cuff; and so on.) Besides the likelihood of being medicated, there are other harms to being falsely proclaimed “hypertensive”. That stress can increase blood pressure. (A self-fulfilling prophecy.) You may start viewing yourself as sick and withdraw from activity. Also, insurance now considers that you have a preexisting condition. So, it is best to supervise the measurement taking and double check frequently at home with a good monitor and compare its readings to the doctor’s.

Conventional Treatment. Given that all medications have side effects, it is scary that there are 200+ blood pressure pills and that a great many people are on several of them. The best resource I know about this topic is Sherry Rogers, MD’s wonderfully documented book, The High Blood Pressure Hoax! (Use the code P129P for 20% discounts on that site.)

Lifestyle. It makes sense to improve lifestyle factors that raise blood pressure because there is no harm and the improvements will help other issues as well. Stop smoking. Exercise. Get enough sleep. Drink enough water. Maintain a normal weight. Reduce salt intake if you eat large amounts or are particularly sensitive. Reduce chronic stressors and learn to relax (The Relaxation Response book).

Natural remedies. Sauna has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Massage therapy lowers blood pressure. Having a pet helps. Acupuncture and microcurrent feedback have been shown to be helpful. Of course, diet is very important. The same good foods we recommend for general health are good for blood pressure but, also check out beets and beet juice.

Dietary Supplements. There are many nutrients that help, but the mineral magnesium is the first one I recommend. (Don’t get the oxide form. Any chelated form is probably okay. Start with a low dose like 250 mg. Build up but, stop increasing if you experience a loose or pasty stool.) Longevinex is a supplement with multiple benefits. Kyolic aged garlic Formula #109 has other specific ingredients but, the garlic itself has fringe benefits. Get a lot of good ideas from Bill Sardi’s articles on blood pressure. Having a well balanced gut helps, so I recommend Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics. Also, Reg’Activ Cardio Wellness Formula helps in many ways, including increasing the body’s master antioxidant, glutathione. (This is a very popular product and sometime there is a wait for it.)

Doesn’t it make sense to try the least dangerous, most widely beneficial options first…especially in this case where you can actually measure the effect?

Newsy bits and trusted sources

 

I am very fussy from whence I get my health news because there is a lot of nonsense floating around…too often even in medical journals. (You might want to read my post on Medicine’s Dirty Secrets  and/or Ron Hoffman, MD’s Why most health news is fake news.) I think it is important to know the source of the news and to see if the information makes sense in the context of what else we already know for sure.

  • Atrial Fibrillation. Also known as “AFib”. This is a very common cardiac condition where there is a fluttering or irregular beat in a part of the heart. It can lead to serious complications. You might be surprised to hear that I got a good reminder about this on Facebook. Yes, Facebook. This was the post: “The more calcium, the more AFIB.” The reason I took notice was that the quote was from author Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. She is an expert on magnesium. She knows that we typically get too much calcium and not enough magnesium and that leads to heart trouble.
  • Glutamine for Irritable Bowel. This tip came from my favorite and most prolific source, Bill Sardi. He passed along a study about subjects who had experienced a gut infection and were suffering leaky gut. The amino acid “L-glutamine supplements dramatically and safely reduced all major IBS-related endpoints.” Although the researchers were very enthusiastic, they, of course, didn’t say that anyone with IBS problems should give it a try. They just want another grant for a bigger study. And then another…
  • Aspirin not so helpful for heart health. People’s Pharmacy radio shows and newspaper columns are usually good resources. Recently they reviewed a study that cast doubt on the value of a daily low dose aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks. Although there was a teeny weeny itsy bitsy reduction in heart attack risk, there was also a significant increase in intestinal bleeds.
  • High fructose corn sugar / syrup. In Sherry Rogers, MD’s extremely well-researched and in-depth Total Wellness™ Newsletter,* she discusses that ever-present ingredient. Dr. Rogers notes that it is used by researchers doing animal studies to create the #1 liver disease (fatty liver) and leaky gut which leads to auto-immune diseases. A 12 ounce Dr. Pepper contains 10 teaspoons of the stuff. If you read labels carefully, you will find it in thousands of other products. Dr. Rogers has also recently discussed the alarming amount of mercury that is in this sweetener.
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