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The media fuzzy on details of recent supplement stories

Healthy by Nature radio show this week

Jonathan R. Latham, PhD is a plant biologist who early in his career worked with genetically modified plants (often called GMOs for Genetically Modified Organisms). Now he has joined the many scientists concerned with the effect of GMOs on our health and the environment. GMOs are increasingly hidden in our food supply and we need to know why that might be a problem. Dr. Latham also points to proven collusion between the giant agribusiness and chemical industries, supposedly neutral experts, PR companies, and administrators of universities–all in the service of promoting GMOs and the pesticides they support. Dr. Latham is Executive Director of the Bioscience Research Project. At the beginning of the show there is a little more I’d like to say about the dangers of medications for children.

Drugs, supplements and confusion
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Too often the media is a bit fuzzy about the details in stories about dietary supplements. In fact, I could probably spend full time writing “clarifications” of what the health news actually means for the public. In this week’s blog I discuss the Lamar Odom news, the study about calcium/vitamin D for colon polyps and the idea that supplements send people to the ER. Click here to read the blog

Poisoning kids while trying to help them?

The FDA is to evaluate the risk of codeine cough and cold medicines for children. Read article. I also ran across this article by the Mayo Clinic on their take on the topic and their recommendation to avoid them for toddlers. That is just one of many reasons I am excited about safe, natural homeopathic Remedy Ice.

Please watch this video and help if you possibly can.

Last Week Follow-up

LISTEN to that show in the archives.

This was a fun live remote show at the Natural HealthFest Fall Edition. I’d been seeing new research on the reasons we need to make sure we have enough DHEA. So, I arranged to talk to Hugh Woodward of Twist25. He offered listeners a 15% discount in addition to quantity discounts if they gave the discount code Martie. The deal is on only until the end of October. You can also call 1-888-489-4782. I also talked with Lisa Johnson about this nifty water filter that can go in a filter pitcher you already own or they sell it with a pitcher. I think this is more beneficial and environmentally sound than the common ones. Rachel Wilson joined us to talk about Remedy Ice and how you can help improve the way children are treated for health problems.

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.

Alcohol

Alcohol

Alcohol is one of many things (like chocolate and coffee) that may be beneficial in small quantities but harmful in large amounts. Here is a link to an excellent article on the issues with alcohol as well as how to protect yourself and friends from driving under the influence. It is good to remember that alcohol which is broken down in the human body to acetaldehyde, a poison that is a close relative of formaldehyde.

What is moderate consumption? Guidelines say that is a maximum of 1 drink per day for women and previously it was 2 for men. More recent research showed that a level of 2 drinks a day is associated greater risk of 6 types of cancer and death. The government’s viewpoint. How much alcohol is in a drink?  The source of the alcohol would seem to matter. Red wine contains beneficial antioxidants* where many mixed drinks are loaded with sugar and artificial colors. Don’t think you can be good most of the time and then binge. Binge drinking can alter your DNA. Treatment for alcoholism can be expensive. The page at this link has information on paying for treatment.

Benefits: Surprisingly, especially in older persons, moderate alcohol consumption seems to reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, dementia and gallstones. And that is any alcoholic beverage, not just red wine. There is other useful information on this Mayo Clinic page. But how does it help? Improvements in cholesterol balance, insulin sensitivity and appetite may be partly responsible. But perhaps the alcohol-induced relaxation also offsets the damaging effects of the stress hormone, cortisol. Very low doses of alcohol help us sleep, but slightly higher amounts degrade the quality of sleep. As I point out in my book on heartburn, alcohol is anti-bacterial and so it reduces the likelihood of infection with the bacterium H. pylori that is a major cause of ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux. I also have to wonder if folks who are moderate drinkers also moderate about a lot of other factors that affect health.

Risks: It is less clear that the alcohol risk/benefit ratio works as favorably in younger persons. Also, a follow-up analysis of the Nurses’ Health Study conducted between 1980 & 2008, indicates that as few as 3-6 drinks per week may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. Study link. However, in 2017 a review of studies showed otherwise. STUDY.The increase in risk was 15%. To put that in perspective, in absolute numbers, a 15% increase means that 19 new cases would appear in 100,000 women. Though that is not a huge number, it is still a slight trend in the wrong direction. More noteworthy is the fact that breast cancer risk jumped substantially with consumption of 2 drinks a day or more. Alcohol also speeds the conversion of testosterone to estrogen so men need to be careful too. Alcohol can be hard on the heart. For one thing it depletes magnesium which is important for blood pressure health and heart rhythms. Conventionally produced wines have a high pesticide count, some glyphosate (the cancer causing chemical in Roundup) and sulphites. Old world European imported wine is less so and organic wine is best. A study found glyphosate in 19 of 20 beers tested.

And, at any age, an alcohol binge can result in alcohol poisoning (in excess shuts down parts of the brain that control breathing and heartbeat) and fatal lapses in good judgment. It is common knowledge that heavy drinkers risk liver disease, job loss, family trouble and divorce. It is not so well known that alcoholics also have increased risk of heart disease, cancer, depression, dementia, etc. According to the Centers for Disease control, excess alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. (Note: they always forget to include prescription drug side effects which would be much higher on the list.) 

Combining alcohol with prescription drugs can cause big trouble. Check for interactions.

Impact on the body: Alcohol depletes the body of essential nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin B1. Those deficiencies alone could account for a lot of the short and long term side effects that plague alcoholics. It also creates free radicals and is dehydrating. Those are things to keep in mind when fighting a hangover. See remedies blog. Looking for gluten-free–tequila, gin, sake or vodka. Alcohol consumption lowers B vitamin blood levels and increases homocysteine

Bottom line: Since 6 Americans die each day from alcohol poisoning, I don’t think I should encourage anyone to start drinking. But, history tells us that there is a reason alcohol has been recorded as long as humans have left an archeological trail. Just remember, MODERATION. If alcohol is interfering with your life, GET HELP! SAMHSA.gov is a good place to start. In the UK try Rehab 4 Alcoholism. It is a free and impartial helpline for people troubled with drug or alcohol issues. Tel: 0800 111 4108.

And obviously, drinking and driving is not only stupid, it shows a sociopathic disregard for fellow humans.

Bill Sardi recommends Myricetin for alcoholism. He says: “This polyphenol derived and extracted from the raisin tree blocks the GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) receptor on the surface of brain cells, interfering with the somnolent effects of alcohol and retraining brain cells via epigenetic imprinting to break the addictive craving for alcohol.” 

* The resveratrol and other molecules in red wine have been credited with many amazing health benefits. The very best way to take advantage of those on a regular basis is in the balance with other age-reversing nutrients in Longevinex, formulated by Bill Sardi.

Radio Shows: Janet Chrzan, PhD, a nutritional anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Part One and Part Two.

Book: Alcohol (Historical and social emphasis) by Janet Chrzan, PhD


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