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Bone up on osteoporosis

HBN’s mission is to help listeners and readers be healthy by nature by learning how to supply the body with everything it needs for optimum function and to limit excesses that gum up the works. That principle can be applied to any part of the body and so, today I focus on bone health. According to Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMed Info, “the present-day definitions of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis were arbitrarily conceived by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the early 90’s and then projected upon millions of women’s bodies seemingly in order to convince them they had a drug-treatable, though symptomless, disease.” Again, aging became an insurance billing code. Read More

Bone Drugs. Typically, in stark contrast to the HBN mission above, mainstream medicine treats every symptom, condition or unfavorable test result as a drug deficiency. For a very long time, naturopaths and nutritionists have believed that the common osteoporosis drugs interfere with the body’s normal bone remodeling (strengthening) system and that the drugs end up making the bones more brittle and more likely to break. This newspaper article adds more weight to that argument.

“Osteoporosis Is Scurvy of the Bone, Not Calcium Deficiency” That is the title of an excellent article by Suzanne Humphries, MD posted on the GreenMed Info website. [Scurvy is a vitamin C deficiency.] She says,It saddens me to see older women diagnosed with ‘osteopenia’ or ‘osteoporosis’ listening to their doctors and taking supplemental calcium and even problematic drugs called bisphosphonates. These are irrational, dogmatic, harmful approaches to the problem of degrading bone as we age.” She goes on to discuss how the excess calcium can end up in the arteries causing cardiovascular problems. Dr. Humphries recommends the nutrition that I would suggest for bone health beyond vitamin D: “Vitamin C, Vitamin K2, magnesium and minor minerals such as [manganese], boron and silica.” Vitamin C is vital to help form the collagen matrix that holds the minerals in place. Vitamin K2 helps get calcium out of the arteries where it causes trouble and into the bone where it is needed. Bone-building is a team sport!

Resveratrol for bones. There is more we can do for bone beyond supplying necessary basic nutrients and load-bearing exercise. A scientific human study is described as “24-month randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-period crossover intervention conducted to evaluate the effects of resveratrol (75 mg twice daily) on cognition, cerebrovascular function, bone health, cardiometabolic markers, and well-being in postmenopausal women.” Researchers found that “regular supplementation with 75 mg of resveratrol twice daily has the potential to slow bone loss in the lumbar spine and femoral neck, common fracture sites in postmenopausal women without overt osteoporosis.” They also noted that “the bone-protective benefit of resveratrol was greater in participants who supplemented with vitamin D plus calcium [as well as well as resveratrol].” As you probably know, my choice (and Sherry Rogers, MD’s) for resveratrol is Longevinex.

Gut ‘bugs’ should be helping. Our friendly bacteria are a key part of the control for virtually all systems in the body, so it should be no surprised that studies show they are involved in bone health. They also protect against leaky gut which is a risk for bone disease.  A scientific study showed that taking Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics increased bone mineral content by 32%.

Stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy is not suggested to treat diseases such as osteoporosis, but because these fantastic natural cells go where there is degeneration, inflammation, and other trouble, I’ve heard wonderful testimonials about improved bone health. Read more about Stem Cells. Check this linked page of our website for webinars and informative conference call. For a no cost, no obligation consultation call (972) 303-0683.

News that makes sense

Headlines today are not usually as amusing as the one above, but they are very often misleading because the articles below them are. I am concerned that the media’s so-called “fact checkers” and censors base their process on long-standing prejudice. They seem blindly opposed to certain viewpoints and science sources. (For centuries scientific dogma taught that the earth was flat.)  The result is a lack of balance in the reports, especially regarding health. The worst errors are crimes of omission—the stories that should be told but are not. For example, how much have you heard or read in mainstream media about building our human immunity with nutrition to protect against viral diseases?

Below are a variety of overlooked tidbits and tips that may be helpful.

  • Vitamin C to prevent and treat Covid-19. Read about a study on vitamin C that is an example that the “fact-checkers” are not so good at their jobs in this area. CLICK HERE.
  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently reported that Mexico has joined the growing list of countries that have BANNED cancer-linked glyphosate! Glyphosate (e.g. Roundup) is even found in kids’ breakfast cereal and our bodies. The non-profit organization said, “Scientists have been raising the alarm for years about glyphosate’s link to cancer. But glyphosate is still the most widely used herbicide in the United States, with more than 250 million tons dumped on American farmland each year!” Why on earth has the US not banned it? I assume that is because there is too much money at stake for the big pharmaceutical company that produces it and for the makers of the GMO food products that have been developed to work with the weed killer. (Remember, money buys access to regulators and legislators in Washington and access means influence.) What can YOU do? Learn more and vote with your dollars—buy organic foods or at least products marked ‘Non-GMO’. (When sales and profits drop, companies do pay attention and make changes!) The big companies have lobbyists, but so do you…if you support EWG in their efforts to fight for us.
  • Sunscreen. Speaking of toxins. We are supposed to wear sunscreen to prevent cancer, right? A new article in the HBN library discusses the multiple short- and long-term health risks from the chemicals, including hormone disruption and, ironically, skin cancer. A quote from the article: “[Six]chemicals mimic estrogen, causing hormonal imbalances, allergic reactions, skin irritations and reproductive harm. They also attack the cells in your body, causing premature aging. And studies show they can promote the onset of breast cancer. … [Additional] dangerous chemicals like octyl methoxycinnamate, parabens and formaldehyde are also common. Some sunscreens still also contain PABA (also called octyl-dimethyl and padimate O) — a substance known to attack DNA and cause genetic mutations when exposed to sunlight.” The article cites references and discusses how to sun safely.
  • Universities and Covid-19. An interesting article by Jeff Brown of The Bleeding Edge shows data revealing that as of September 10 “there have been 1,018 COVID-19 cases found through extensive PCR [polymerise chain reaction] testing at 17 universities, [however] there have been zero]” The tricky question is what to do with the students who test positive? Sending students home to spread the virus is not a great idea. Unfortunately, the typical ‘quarantine in place’ comes with its own risks.
  • New resource added to the Library. On the Library page Suppress Symptoms or Listen to them? I added a link to the online MERCK MANUAL. It is a great reference for both the patient and professional. It comes mostly from a conventional point of view, but to start with that is a useful base before looking into alternatives.

The threat of mandatory vaccines is coming. For a free documentary series on the issue, Click this: Vaccines Revealed.

Covid-19 Update and Summary—Part 2

Click here to read Part 1 which covers other covid-19 factors.

Flu. Also known as “Influenza”, it is also a seasonal upper respiratory viral condition which may come in the fall/winter in part because of less sunshine and vitamin D. Thousands die annually from the flu and it may be years before we can get an honest comparison of flu with covid-19 because of reporting overlap.

Meanwhile, most of the coronavirus prevention steps and natural remedies listed here help with flu and with colds. Note, colds are typically caused by mild varieties of coronavirus. For many more tips about prevention, treatment, and a remedy kit to have on hand, read this Library article.

Gloves. Gloves are necessary for healthcare works to keep from spreading contagions. It is important that they change them often—hopefully before going from one patient to the next. I’m unsure about their value for the general public. Too often, I have seen people touching their face while wearing them. That defeats the purpose. I just use a paper towel or sanitizing wipe to open doors or to touch handles at the beverage bar in a restaurant.

Lockdown. In the ideal situation, only sick people would be quarantined. However, with this disease, people who seemed well could spread it. We can hope that everyone now (including young folks who like to party) have gotten the message that it is important to stay away from indoor crowds and at a safe distance even outside away from people who are not in your household. That practice plus masks and hand washing may keep us from having another panic lockdown.

Masks. You can find respected experts, studies, and charts on both sides of the debate about the usefulness of masks. I discussed both pro and con in a recent blog, To Mask or Not to Mask, That is the Question. While Bill Sardi is more persuaded by the not useful and maybe harmful arguments, in an extremely rare occurrence, I disagree and come down on the wear masks side of the debate.

Good masks (This Duke University study ranks the effectiveness of various types) worn correctly (e.g. over the nose) do offer at least some benefit and I think the dangers have been exaggerated. A listener told me of a person who did not want to wear a mask for fear people might think that they were democrats. That seems a particularly stupid reason to avoid a mask. Speaking of dumb, wearing a mask plus a plastic face shield to protect the eyes is fine. Wearing a plastic face shield instead of a mask is pretty pointless.

Medications. So far, there is no surefire go-to drug to cure a serious case of covid-19, but studies are beginning to accumulate. The one most people have heard of is hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) because it has been so controversial. This website lists the negative and surprisingly large number of positive studies on the drug and its relationship to deaths. Based on worldwide experience, it seems clear that HQ is helpful if used early in the disease and especially in combination with zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin. HCQ has been poo-pooed by the media seemingly just because President Trump mentioned it. (Again, I think politics is a stupid basis on which to decide health matters.)

A review of 17 studies showed that steroids reduced mortality among severely ill covid-19 patients.

An early small study of Remdesivir showed a 68% clinical improvement in critically ill covid-19 patients. (The drug is extremely expensive and must be given intravenously.)

Plasma from donations from recovered patients is hoped to provide antibodies to fight the disease. However, it is still experimental because we don’t know how long the protection is active and there are potential side effects. Read what the Mayo Clinic advises.

Natural prevention & remedies. Let me start by pointing out that “not proven” is a vastly different thing than “disproven”. The FDA only considers a substance as “proven” if it is (a) a drug and (b) has gone through many years and hundreds of millions of dollars in testing. Since nutrients cannot be patented, what company would pay for those studies when competing companies would be able sell it? Furthermore, the FDA will not allow the supplement company to even make benefit claims to sell it.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of basic university science on how various nutrients help the immune system and fight viruses. I’m not saying that makes them “proven remedies for covid-19”. But, as Bill Sardi has coached us, there is much to gain and little to lose by becoming well nourished in vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc. Vitamin C is activates sluggish immune cells and is even curative when given IV. Vitamin D aids immune function and helps prevent the inflammatory storm that causes most of the deaths. Selenium keeps zinc more available and helps keep the virus from mutation. Quercetin helps zinc get into cells where it can keep viruses from replicating. Resveratrol protects delicate lung tissue. In a recent blog, Covid-19 Briefs, I talk more about natural remedies. Sherry Rogers, MD recently did a webinar on how to stop covid-19 at any stage of its progress. Click here for a link to that webinar. You may have heard about oleander but forget that because it is way too toxic. Learn about potentially useful nebulizing hydrogen peroxide in an article by Tom Levy, MD: Covid cures including nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. Also, here is a Mercola article on that topic.

Panic. Panic is typically not useful because it can cause us to rush into bad decisions. Cautious concern and getting educated is a better approach.

Sanitizer. Hand sanitizers are fine but keep them away from small children who can get alcohol poisoning. On that note, I want to mention something that drives me nuts when I hear it in the “news”, because it is not fair. I watched the TV pandemic briefing where it supposed happened and I swear that President Trump never said to drink or inject bleach or disinfectants. After hearing how quickly viruses can be inactivated by sanitizers on surfaces, he merely asked the doctors if there was something like that for internal use…just showing intellectual curiosity. He actually wasn’t far off. Most sanitizers are oxidants. So is ozone. Practitioners have been using ozone in many ways (including saunas and IV’s) to kill pathogens. Ultraviolet light works to sanitize surfaces—treating blood with it has been called “The Cure That Time Forgot”.

School. This sure is a tricky one. Children suffer greatly in many ways (educationally, nutritionally, abuse, emotional issues, etc.) from not being in the classroom and it is also a big problem if it keeps parents from going to work. On the other hand, kids are not immune to coronavirus. Although they typically have stronger immune systems and do not usually get as sick, kiddos can infect teachers and staff and bring the illness home. So, the more the protections are in place, the better—especially improved ventilation systems.

Testing. Testing may be the most confusing aspect of the pandemic. The swab-way-up-your-nose may be the most accurate, but it is uncomfortable and, depending on how backed up the labs are, can take days to a week or more for results. By then, contact tracing is nearly useless.  The quickie tests have yet to be really proven. Then there is just nonsense, like when people who filled out the form but didn’t get the test are called to say they are positive. Read what Harvard has to say about tests.

Vaccine. In this recent blog, I gave a lot of information about the soon to be available covid-19 vaccine. Vaccines in general are controversial, let alone one that was developed and tested in months rather than the usual years.

Just a thought, conventional wisdom warns us not to buy a car from the first batch when an automaker does a major revamp of a model. Likewise, most computer users resist being the first to try a new version of the Windows operating system. We like having some other guinea pigs help the companies get the bugs out.

Be aware that hospitals now have language in their routine consent forms allowing them to vaccinate you (e.g. for flu or pneumonia) without telling you. Remember that vaccines are more effective in people who have strong immune systems. Bill Sardi developed an educational and protective vaccine consent/rejection form. (All proceeds go to support health freedom.) Recent Sardi articles, The Vaccine from Helland “In Case the Vaccines Don’t Work, Here is Plan B.” 

Ventilators. Ventilators can save lives when a patient cannot breathe on their own. However, in many cases, covid-19 patients can breathe, they just aren’t absorbing oxygen well because of problems with the lung membrane. Since ventilators can damage lung tissue, hospitals are trying to limit their use. They are employing other methods of upping oxygen levels and have patients on their stomachs to help them breathe. (Unfortunately, this does not work as well with the obese.) Longevinex Advantage is great support for healthy lung tissue.

Covid-19 Update and Summary—Part 1

As of the date of this blog, the world has been dealing with the danged covid-19 pandemic for about 7 months.  And yet, it seems that we still have more questions than answers. I do not claim that the points below are definitive answers. They are simply the most up-to-date data-driven information, resources, and opinions that I could deliver. Not knowing what would be of the most interest to you, the items are in alphabetical order. (“Prevention” and “Natural Remedies” will be on next week’s Part 2.)

Case #’s. There is much confusion about these numbers and other statistics because of inconsistencies and lags in reporting as well as variations in definitions. The chart at this link shows cases by country and lists USA as having over 6 million  which is about 1.9% of our population. What those numbers do not reflect are the millions of people who were never tested because they had mild or no symptoms (up to 80% of infections) or who did not have access to testing. On the other hand, inflating case numbers happens when hospitals label as covid-19 any upper respiratory ailment (e.g. flu, pneumonia or Tuberculosis) because the hospital is paid more for covid cases. And, as we will discuss next week, the testing is not 100% reliable.

Censorship. The establishment (i.e. US government agencies and vested interests like hospital and pharmaceutical trade groups) are committed to the drug approach. They have no interest in low cost nutritional remedies. Sadly, they also seem to have no interest in prevention of covid-19…except for the use of vaccines and their mandates for social distancing, masks and hand washing. Because of the establishment’s enormous power (think FDA / FTC regulations) and deep pockets (think big pharma’s billions spent in marketing and lobbying), they have the ability to put a squeeze on information sources. For example, social media periodically shuts down posts that don’t suit their view of the world. Dr. Joseph Mercola’s popular website is one of many valuable resources to receive a FDA warning letter. Amazon has banned John T Bowles’ great book, 16 Fascinating Covid-19 & Spanish Flu Mysteries HOW TO EASILY PREVENT THE NEXT PANDEMIC. It is Amazon’s right to sell whatever they want, but in this case, they are in effect killing people by depriving customers of this life-saving information. The author, John Bowers has more integrity and is offering an e-book version at no charge at least until Amazon repents. Send a request to: [email protected]

Death statistics. Of course, one death is too many. However, because statistics guide public policy, they should be accurate, not artificially jacked up. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reportedly told the healthcare network that if there is any doubt, deaths should be called covid-19—even if the patient was not tested. Motorcycle injuries, heart attacks, hip fracture complications and gunshot wounds are examples of deaths illogically labeled as “covid-19”. Such problems are common elsewhere, but those specific examples were reported by the CBS affiliate in Palm Beach County, Florida. Video  (It is probably not a coincidence that, reports of deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer have dropped precipitously.) Another factor is that we do not know how many will succumb to side effects of the disease years from now.

Deaths from covid-19 as the single cause are very low. Bill Sardi wrote about these statistics. Anyway, if we take the mainstream statistics at face value, out of 6,307,855 US cases, 190,362 Americans have died. The simple math makes that a 3% death rate. However, we know that a huge percentage of infected person are never tested. So, experts looking at more realistic figures (e.g. deducting deaths that would normally have been expected from other conditions), they come up with a mortality rate less than half of that. Even the CDC says the rate is lower, i.e. less than 1%. As my mom used to say, “Statistics don’t lie but statisticians do” (by selecting the figures and comparisons that support their theories). Other than making it sound worse than the flu and thereby justifying the lockdown, what is the advantage to the establishment of making the pandemic sound worse than it is? That is simple—power. “They” can make us hold still while they enact policies we don’t like and gain more control of our lives.

Distancing. Common sense says to stay away from sick people. However, since people who don’t have symptoms may not know that they are infected, it makes sense to avoid being close to people who are not in your household. Parties and crowded bars tend to be “superspreader events,” so avoid them.

Elderly. Although 80% of deaths from covid occur in the elderly, the problem is more their condition than their age. The obese and diabetics can die at younger ages from covid and healthy persons well over age 100 have recovered. It is just that as we age, the odds increase that there will be underlying conditions.

NEXT WEEK, Part 2 will cover Flu, Gloves, Lockdown, Masks, Medications, Natural Remedies, Panic, Prevention, Sanitizers, School, Testing, Vaccine, Ventilators.

How Diet Soda Damages Your Body

In our interview last week with pediatrician, Yohanna Vernon, MD, on the subject of family immune health, she strongly advised us to reduce sugar intake. She mentioned that a major but controllable source of sugar is soft drinks. People who have not yet learned the truth about artificial sweeteners might think that a switch to “diet” drinks could be the answer. The evidence against fake sweeteners is piling up and I was delighted when my chiropractor, Dr. Andrew Shepherd, gave me this well-researched article on the topic:

As you change your lifestyle habits and opt for healthier food and drink options, there may be gray areas confusing you as to whether or not diet products are safe– specifically diet soda. So can your favorite no-calorie diet drink help you lose weight? In short, the answer is no.

A Purdue researcher suggests that health officials should urge diet soda consumers to avoid the drink just as they do with regular soda. Warning labels should be expanded to include limiting the intake of all sweeteners, including the infamous no-calorie sweeteners1, said Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D., a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue.

The issue with diet soft drinks primarily concerns the use of artificial sweeteners that confuse the body’s natural ability to manage calories based on tasting sweets. People who consume artificial sweeteners are twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome, according to the Purdue report2.

But did you know that diet soda is also the culprit behind various other health issues such as depression, kidney damage, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung issues, and poor brain health?

Depression A study3 conducted by Honglei Chen, MD, Ph.D., with the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park stated that drinking more than four cans of soda a day is linked to a 30 percent higher risk of depression. The risk was significantly higher for people who drank diet soda.

Kidney Damage Researchers from Harvard Medical School who studied the effects of long-term diet soda consumption found a 30 percent greater reduction in kidney function. The study observed participants who regularly drank diet soda for over 20 years.

Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic SyndromeAccording to a 2009 study published in the journal Diabetes Care, drinking diet soda is linked to a 36 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes compared to non-diet soda drinkers.

Also, artificial sweeteners may interfere with the body’s gut-brain connection. This can inevitably lead to metabolic disorders.

Cardiovascular Disease Researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University studied more than 2,000 adults for ten years and found that those who drank diet soda daily were at a higher risk of a stroke or heart attack. They were also more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. The increased risk remained even when researchers adjusted for smoking, exercise, weight, sodium intake, high cholesterol, and other contributing factors.

Compromised Lungs COPD symptoms and asthma can develop as a result of drinking soda and diet soda. An Australian study found that 13.3 percent of participants with asthma and 15.6 percent of those with COPD drank more than two cups of soda a day.

A Less Protected Brain Aspartame, a common artificial sweetener found in diet sodas, has been found to eat away at the brain’s antioxidant defense system. Aspartame has also been associated with migraines and headaches, anxiety, short-term memory loss, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, hearing loss, weight gain, fatigue, brain tumors, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, birth defects, Alzheimer’s disease, lymphoma, diabetes, arthritis, chemical sensitivities, ADHD, and Parkinson’s.

  1. Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23850261/
  2. https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/Q3/prof-diet-drinks-are-not-the-sweet-solution-to-fight-obesity,-health-problems.html
  3. https://www.newswise.com/ee/blog/entry/diet-soda-linked-to-depression-coffee-tied-to-lower-risk/

The heavy burden of heavy metals

* As we discuss on the Healthy by Nature show, we are by nature healthy but only if we follow the two “prime directives”—1. give the body everything it needs for optimum function and 2.Don’t gum up the works with excesses it can’t handle. We spend most of our time on the show learning about what makes up those two categories. Today, clearly, we are going to discuss a biggie from rule #2. This information is taken directly from the Library’s newly updated page, Health Basics page about Toxins. (that page also covers fluoride, pesticides / weedkillers, plasticizers, tap water, radiation, smoking and more).

HEAVY METALS — If you are new to the idea of traces of toxins being a cause of major health problems, you might be surprised to find that we are continually accumulating these toxic metals.If you know that the human body is powered by electrical currents, you might wonder if these metals might create tiny short circuits. They do a lot more than that, including killing our gut bacteria and limiting immune competence while also promoting cancer. They contaminate cell membranes, mitochondria and other parts of cells and organs. They affect enzymes that are involved in metabolism, detoxification, and damage repair. Below are 2 of the top heavy metals:

LEAD –  Read an amazing article by Bill Sardi on Lead Toxicity as the 4th leading cause of death. Remember that fluoride in tap water increases the body’s burden of lead.

MERCURY – Other than radioactive materials, this metal may be the most toxic metal on the planet. There is so much loose in the environment that we must now even be cautious about what fish we eat. Other controllable exposures are in amalgam dental fillings and some vaccines which contain mercury as a preservative and activator. Shockingly, high fructose corn syrup is a mercury source. I recommend listening to our exciting interview with FDA whistle blower, Renee Joy Dufault, PhD about the many mercury sources in foods and medicines. LINK  Mercury-related Resources:

Heavy metal REMEDIES: Step 1 in the battle against heavy metal toxicity is to avoid the sources noted above so you don’t make matters worse. More steps: The far-infrared sauna and Aloe vera are helpful detox tools ad well as Reg’Activ Detox & Liver Health. I also take a supplement specifically to remove heavy metals, Folium Px. It is also an antioxidant, a help with radiation exposure and it offers immune support. The product is made from pine tree barks, grape-seed extracts and other natural ingredients. To learn more about heavy metals, cancer, heart disease and that product, read this article. The product is available for even less than on Amazon at this website and you get an extra 5% discount on your first order using the discount code HBN.Then, your second order will automatically earn a 10% discount, no code needed.(Folium Px is on the same site that offers the vitamin D / K2 spray that I recommend as well as the marvelous Brain Light Pro.)

ALUMINUM – Two more heavy metals are cadmium (e.g.cancer cause found in cigarette smoke) and arsenic (it interferes with immune critical zinc and is found in Roundup herbicide and in rice). While not technically a “heavy” metal, aluminum does not have a nutritional benefit and is damaging. This metal is a growing threat in part because there are so many sources: e.g. vaccines, antacids, other medications, antiperspirants (NOT deodorants), tap water, aluminum cookware and even the heating elements in water heaters and coffee pots. Aluminum is especially worrisome because it is a nerve toxin that crosses the blood brain barrier. Autopsies find excess aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. Aluminum is also hard on bone health. The heavy metal detoxifiers mentioned above help reduce aluminum.

*the graphic is from Portland Clinic of Holistic Health

Covid News and Views

I often feel compelled to offer alternative viewpoints on, for example, covid-19 since it seems that the mainstream media mainly just parrots what it hears from government institutions and organizations proven to be controlled by big pharma. Perhaps we can’t force a public debate that would air all viewpoints on the science, but at least listeners to my radio show and readers of this newsletter/blog may be individually protected by knowing that there are these questions…and possibly having useful answers that the average person does not.

Covid Quandaries

Can we believe the pandemic death rate statistics? The short answer is “No”. In most cases, people die “with corona virus” rather than “from coronavirus”. It is easier to understand why numbers might be artificially inflated when you know two powerful motivations for running up the total:

  • Most people who allegedly die from covid-19 do so in a hospital. If patients are tested and found to be positive for the coronavirus, that label follows them into all the statistics, including death. It is a big deal that hospitals are paid more for covid-19 patients than other ailments. Someone who is about to die of pneumonia, heart failure or Parkinson’s disease will be counted as having died of the virus. Isn’t this a classic case of “follow the money”?
  • The establishment (government, medical community, would be world controllers) is happy to have people people very frightened because they will more likely comply with the anticipated vaccine push as well as relinquish other freedoms. Motorcycle injuries, heart attacks, hip fracture complications and gunshot wounds are examples of deaths illogically mislabeled as “coronavirus”. These examples are from Palm Beach County, Florida and were reported by the CBS affiliate there. Video

How safe and effective will the vaccine be? The short answer is “no one knows.” First, we should remember that existing vaccines for other diseases are not 100% effective or safe.

    • For example, according to the CDC, effectiveness of the annual flu shot can be as low as 10% in 2004 to 19% in 2014 and a high of 60% in the  2010 season. The average for 15 years is about 40%. Rates are best in years when the virus type has not mutated into a bad match and flu shots are more protective of healthy adults aged 18 to 46. The vaccines are much less effective in the elderly for reasons mentioned below. And remember that there were financial incentives to skewing those statistics in a positive direction.
    • The fact that the US government pays out a lot of money from its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate citizens for vaccine injury is a clue to vaccine safety. There is more information and resources about on the vaccine page in our Library.
    • The covid-19 vaccine search has been on an unprecedented fast track (“Operation Warp Speed”) to approval. There are issues:
      1. As discussed in this ChildrensHealthDefense.org article, some of the prime contenders “use never-before-approved [emphasis added] messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, an experimental approach designed to turn the body’s cells into viral-protein-making factories.”
      2. That same article noted that: “mRNA vaccines undergoing Covid-19 clinical trials, including the Moderna vaccine, rely on a nanoparticle-based “carrier system” containing a synthetic chemical called polyethylene glycol (PEG). The use of PEG in drugs and vaccines is increasingly controversial due to the well-documented incidence of adverse PEG-related immune reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. Roughly seven in ten Americans may already be sensitized to PEG, which may result in reduced efficacy of the vaccine and an increase in adverse side effects.” Keep in mind that federal law protects drug makers from being sued for their mistakes.
      3. An article in the journal Chemistry World, describes some of the other potential side effects that will not be fully understood before release of the vaccines—for example: “One potential adverse event is antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), a type of immune reaction where vaccination makes subsequent exposure to the virus more dangerous.
      4. Folks over age 65 typically respond poorly to vaccines. That is for the same reason that they suffer more severe cases of the flu—i.e. their immune systems are not strong enough. We talk about that situation on the radio show, especially with Bill Sardi. He advises us to make sure that we have adequate levels of the minerals zinc and selenium plus the vitamins D and C. In fact, virtually all the diet and lifestyle subjects we cover on Healthy by Nature help to strengthen immune response one way or another. But, do not expect to hear about these inexpensive alternatives from the TV networks which are funded by roughly 4 billion dollars a year in drug company advertising.

The Care and Feeding of Your Brain, Part 4

For a healthy brain, just as is the case for the rest of the body, it is important to avoid damaging substances and activities and to do more of those that are beneficial.  Previously, in Part 1 we discussed the brain dangers of smoking, and anticholinergic drugs (e.g. those with “PM” in their names.) Part 2 covered more brain negatives—antibiotics, agricultural chemicals in the food supply, sugar / corn syrup and excitotoxins (such as MSG and in vaccines). Part 3 began to explain the positive factors such as the importance of gum health, restful sleep, and the exciting restorative Brain Light Pro. Now, Part 4 offers additional positive brain support:

Meditation / Mindfulness. Using MRI brain imaging technology, Harvard University found that people who practice mindfulness / meditation not only had improved brain function, but also visibly improved neural mass (gray matter) in the brain. Read their report. This seems to demonstrate the flip side of the negative effect of stress.

Brain workouts. British research showed that you might shave 10 years off brain aging and degeneration by routinely doing crossword and sudoku puzzles. (At our house, we like the NY Times crossword until the end of the week when they get tougher.) Crafting, reading, playing games, bird watching, learning a language or musical instrument and using a computer are also shown to protect against memory loss. (I’m still searching for a study proving that binge-watching The Big Bang Theory can boost brain health.)

Exercise. Research shows that aerobic physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus which is the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Consistent exercise helps the release of hormones that provide an excellent environment for the growth of brain cells. And, of course, exercise increases blood flow which means more oxygen and nutrients are being delivered to the brain. Strength training helps prevent obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes which are all hard on the brain.

Apparently, we need a balance of brain activity (e.g. puzzles) and brain calming (e.g. meditation). That is like what the body needs to support the brain, i.e. a balance of physical exercise and sleep.

In the next installment, we’ll take a crack at diet and dietary supplements for the brain.

Listeners highlight controversies

Of course, I learn things every week from guest experts on the show, but I also learn a lot from our listeners! Sometimes they send me interesting information and I learn from research I do to answer their questions. Here are two examples.

Stem Cell Therapy. I am an ardent believer that stem cell therapy is the most revolutionary advance in medicine in my lifetime. I know of nothing else that can so dramatically regenerate tissue, balance immune function and reduce inflammation. Stem cells are nature’s own elegant system for stimulating repair, restoring function and reducing pain. They may save patients from dangerous steroid injections (which unfortunately degenerate joints) and risky surgeries. For example, why replace a knee with an artificial one which will only last a few years when it is possible to regrow the cartilage in that bone-on-bone joint?

Knowing of my interest, a listener shared a video about stem cells. It was billed as a “documentary” but was certainly not journalism. It was a sleazy, sensationalized and wildly misleading propaganda informercial created to sell the risky and expensive surgical approach to acquiring stem cells. It discredited competing approaches by focusing on extremely rare bad apples (which you can find in any field). Our listener was not fooled, but it did make him ask about why I recommend only Infiniti Stem Cells. That is an excellent question that has an easy answer.

First, because they work! Those Infiniti Cell folks have provided over 120,000 successful therapies—including several for my own family. On the radio we have highlighted just a few of the heartwarming and dramatic recovery stories. Remember, stem cells do not treat disease, (i.e. focus on insurance billing codes). They help the body solve its own problems in the same way nature did when we were very young. (To be clear, therapy does often result in patients becoming so well that they no longer meet the criteria for a diagnosis! But, that is just the result of the body’s wisdom at work.)

Second, I am completely confident in their safely and integrity. As you may recall from previous discussions, Infiniti Cells are umbilical cord derived cells—the only source I support. FYI The other sources are: fetal cells (immoral and illegal); amniotic fluid (less potent and much less clean) and autologous (they are from the patient’s own fat or bone marrow that are surgically removed, at some risk and great expense, and then manipulated. Those cells are relatively scarce and weaker.) The Infiniti safety system starts with a thorough pre-screening of prospective donors. It continues through extensive FDA-inspected labs that take many steps to assure maximum safety, viability and to ensure that there is no contamination or degradation of quality. Also, therapies are performed by qualified medical personnel under strict guidelines.

Third, the Infinity Cell therapies are much less expensive than most other types and brands. That is because the providers are deeply committed to helping people restore their health, not to pushing unneeded procedures in order to maximize profits.

Read more about stem cells. Call (972) 303-0683 for a complimentary no-pressure consultation to see if you might be a candidate for stem cell therapy. Yes, I do promote businesses like Infiniti Stem Cells that support our show. However, know this: I only accept sponsors that I am already excited to promote!

Front line doctors / hydroxychloroquine. Another fan of the show shared a link to what almost instantly became an extremely controversial video. It is about a group of front line medical doctors who are treating covid-19 patients and had gathered for a press conference in Washington, DC. They wanted to share the success they were having with atypical therapies. One doctor became quite animated talking about the 350 patients that she had saved using hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and an antibiotic. (She has had no fatalities, even among elderly patients with the dreaded “underlying conditions”.) She said she is writing up the results but worries that many patients will die unnecessarily if we simply wait for the results to be published rather than giving the plan a try. She has nothing personally to gain if the treatment becomes more widely used.

President Trump retweeted the video and mentioned the content in a daily briefing. That is probably unfortunate in that his association with the message inspired the anti-Trump media to quickly discredit the brave frontline doctors. The networks had no trouble finding critics who would point to studies that had supposedly “proven” that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work for covid-19 and is dangerous…never mind that some studies showed benefit and a couple of the negative studies were retracted by the medical journals. Some studies used a toxically high dose (apparently starting with 2400 mg instead of 200 mg twice a week) and had begun treatment too late in the progress of the disease. Some, if not all, the spokespersons interviewed decrying the new plan have income or at least reputations which might be harmed if this new therapy were to be taken seriously and proven useful.

Facebook, YouTube and other sites took the video down and admitted to censoring any information that goes against what the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Google has been known to even censor studies. The WHO has not been proven infallible! In any case, how are we supposed to have a productive debate if we are only allowed to hear one side of important issues? President Hubert H. Humphrey said,“Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.”

(A similar problem exists surrounding vaccines. With the big covid-19 vaccine push headed our way, I encourage you to watch a debate about the vaccine between Robert F. Kennedy, JR and another famous attorney, Alan Dershowitz.) I found one website that (for the moment) still has the frontline doctors’ video available. By the way, it also describes the logical reason why hydroxychloroquine works and why it is so safe that after 65 years on the market, it is available over-the-counter to the public in several countries. Another interesting point was made. Many of the symptoms of covid-19 (loss of taste, smell, depression, etc.) are also symptoms of zinc deficiency. Hmmm, in part, hydroxychloroquine works by getting zinc into the cells.  Watch the doctors and decide for yourself. Also, look over this list of positive and negative studies on Hydroxychloroquine.

Covid-19 BRIEFS

No, we are not going to talk about the kind of “brief” shown in the photo above. Sleepwalking nearly naked in the snow along a road would not help covid-19 or anything else.  Brrr. The figure was actually just a very lifelike sculpture–a prank pulled February 2014 at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. As you might imagine, since that is an all-female school, it caused some controversy. The briefs below may also spark or highlight controversy.

  • CBD May Help Prevent Lung Destruction in COVID-19. Read about a study on the subject. When the immune system overreacts to a disease like coronavirus, it can cause unmanageable inflammation (the dreaded “cytokine storm”). With covid-19, this happens in the lungs thereby making cases much more severe. On top of that, pressure from ventilators that have typically been used with these critically ill patients can cause more lung damage and further increase death rates. Treatment has recently evolved to avoid ventilators by simply supplying high levels of oxygen without mechanically forcing the lungs to breathe. Hospitals also put patients on their stomachs instead their backs to ease breathing.

Controlling the excess inflammation is the holy grail.  That is why some successful treatments use inhaled anti-inflammatory drugs. Another CBD Study proposes several ways that supplementation with it may help, including tamping down the inflammation and reducing lung damage. Read about other benefits of CBD and potential long-term problems with the medications often being used. Of course, the FDA is quick to warn that CBD (or no drug for that matter) is a proven cure. However, if it were one of my family that was ill, I would add CBD to the other supplements that we’ve discussed (such as vitamins D and vitamin C, zinc and quercetin, plus selenium) and plan to avoid hospitalization.   

  • Hydroxychloroquine, good or bad? The news on this drug has been like watching a ping pong match. Early in the pandemic, some hospitals had reported good results with alleviating covid-19. Then came studies saying that it didn’t help and caused side effects. However, it seems that those studies may have been intended to fail since the drug was not given early in the disease as had previously been shown beneficial. Some objection to use of the medication seemed to be part of a propaganda war based on what I believe is criminally misguided political purposes.

Now, a highly analyzed and peer-reviewed study from the Henry Ford Health System concluded that, “Treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19 – and without heart-related side-effects.”[!]  Yale epidemiology professor, Dr. Harvey Risch commented on that saying, “Hydroxychloroquine Could Save 100,000 Lives If Widely Deployed” [!!] The medicine is most useful as a preventive or early in the disease and could protect health care workers. The drug is not approved by the FDA for coronavirus, but doctors can prescribe it as an off-label use. Important, see “zinc” below.

  • Zinc. Hydroxychloroquine is an “ionophore”, meaning that it gets zinc into cells. Once there, zinc stops the virus from replicating. That is apparently why the drug is of more use early in the exposure…before the virus has reproduced out of control. I am very annoyed that the news rarely, if ever, mentions zinc. If you are among the 40% of elderly persons that are deficient in zinc, what good would that medication do? Read more about the mineral zinc’s other benefits. Research shows that zinc lozenges are the form that helps you recover from illness most quickly. Bill Sardi has (brilliantly) created these revolutionary Lifespan zinc lozenges that contain not only zinc but also ionophores! Be prepared with some on hand. Preorders are being shipped today! (Buy 2 and get a bottle free.)
  • Quercetin. The natural molecule Quercetin has been shown to act as an ionophore and makes a great partner with zinc. It is found in many plants, including citrus, berries, leafy vegetables, herbs, spices, legumes, tea, cocoa and Sardi’s Lifespan zinc lozenges.
  • Greatly anticipated vaccine. The media would have us believe that everything will be solved by a covid-19 vaccine. Really? Given the problems with other vaccines that took several years to bring to market, many of us are genuinely concerned about one that has been rammed through the process at high speed.(Even 2021 which the WHO says is likely is still FAST.) One major issue is that those now in trials are not being tested on those most at risk—elderly people like me. (Note: the flu vaccine is only 20% effective in the elderly.)

There is also a question of whether or not the scientific method is being applied to vaccines such as those for covid-19. (There is a vaccine page in the HBN Library.) Reminder: a lot of good information and protection can be had from the form designed by Bill Sardi and lawyers, the CONSENT/REFUSAL FORM for the COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS VACCINE. (All proceeds go to fight for health freedom.)

  • Alternative treatment: Our goal at HBN is to arm you with what it takes to prevent infection with the virus and, if infected, to fight it off successfully at home. David Brownstein, M.D. and his colleagues successfully treated 107 covid-19 patients with a protocol that used vitamins A, C and D, iodine and hydrogen peroxide (nebulized). Read “A Novel Approach to Treating COVID-19 Using Nutritional and Oxidative Therapies” You’ll notice that they suggested vitamin C in doses of at least 3-5,000 mg/day. (My proofreader and I were both surprised that there was no zinc.)

* Photo credits, Time magazine


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