When it comes to Arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases, there are many different diets that may be effective to correct the disintegrating tissues of your joints. It is imperative to make sure your body is strong and healthy, and diet can be one of the best methods to ensure this. In any diet, fats are always a contentious issue, but while there are many different fats you should cut back on, Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the few that you should not. The Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids are many; it is one of the nutrients that our brains require constantly in order to function, they encourage normal growth and development in children, they can also reduce the risk of developing heart disease, as well as decrease inflammation.
What are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?
There are three Omega 3 fatty acids that are critical to the body: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The first two are found in fish, while the latter is found in nuts and certain plants. These have been found to play a critical role in warding off arthritis, though most studies pertaining to arthritis have used rheumatoid arthritis, as it causes severe inflammation to the joints and tissues. EPA and DHA have been found to lessen joint pain and stiffness, as well as provide a boost to the efficacy of anti-inflammatory medications. They can also lessen depression, and boost your emotional state.
EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish, [...] Continue Reading…
If you ask your dentist about the Cause of Impacted Wisdom Teeth, he’ll probably give you some vague uprovable answer about evolution making human’s jaws smaller over time, but is that really true? Is there any evidence that ‘evolution’ is the cause of impacted wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth, also called the Third Molars, are the furthest back teeth, erupt between the ages of about 16 and 25 years old and are the last teeth to come in. In a large percentage of the population, these third molars either come in improperly or get ‘stuck’ behind other teeth, leading to infection, pain and other dental problems.
According to most dental sources, these ‘impacted’ wisdom teeth are considered ‘Normal’ due to the human evolution towards a smaller jaw. In the research of isolated cultures by a curious dentist, however, his findings prove that impacted wisdom teeth are a problem caused by nutrition and NOT evolution.
In the mid 1930′s, an adventurous dentist set out to study some of the most isolated cultures on earth. His travels sent him from beautiful Swiss mountain villages, to vast African plains, to the tundra of northern Canada. In each village, Dr. Weston Price took measurements and pictures of the faces and teeth of people who still ate exclusively as their ancestors had for generations. Most had never, or almost never, eaten processed foods such as sugar or white flour. Shockingly he found that, almost without exception, people who had never eaten processed foods had [...] Continue Reading…
If you have tendon, cartilage, joint, ligament or other connective tissue problems, it’s a distinct possibility that these were caused from a chronic lack of magnesium.
I know that you probably think that you couldn’t possibly have magnesium deficiency, but if you problems with any of these body structures it’s actually most likely that you absolutely DO have moderate and maybe even SEVERE magnesium deficiency- and that you’ve had it for many years.
The reason that you probably think that you don’t have magnesium deficiency is that you simply aren’t aware that the Signs of Magnesium Deficiency include common problems like:
Low back pain
And a whole host of other problems that people consider a ‘normal’ part of living in a stressful society. But these are NOT ‘normal everyday’ problems, they are distinct symptoms of magnesium deficiency that neither you nor your doctor recognizes. The fact that everyone has these symptoms doesn’t mean that they aren’t problems with a real and fixable cause- and there ARE doctors who DO recognize these problems as being from magnesium deficiency. The doctors who DO understand this, such as Dr. Caroline Dean author of The Magnesium Miracle and Dr. Marc Sircus author of Magnesium Medicine, know that magnesium deficiency is epidemic and actively promote magnesium supplementation in the vast majority of their patients.
Connective Tissue Synthesis
While most of the problems mentioned above can be corrected within several weeks to several months of aggressive magnesium replacement, connective tissue problems [...] Continue Reading…
The mitral valve is one of the valves of the heart that keeps blood flowing in the proper direction when the heart beats and pushes the blood into the next chamber. Mitral Valve Prolapse is a common problem where the ‘leaflets’ of this valve don’t fit perfectly together and can lead to an abnormal backflowing of blood that causes problems in some people that experience this condition.
There have been a large number of studies showing that people with mitral valve prolapse have magnesium deficiency, but it’s extremely interesting to note that some studies have shown that chronic magnesium deficiency may have actually been the cause of the mitral valve prolapse in the first place!
“Magnesium deficiency may also lead to alteration
of collagen synthesis and subsequent degeneration
of mitral valve leaflets.”
Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
and Magnesium Supplementation:
A Review of the Literature
Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse
When mitral valve prolapse causes symptoms that affect people’s lives, then it is often termed Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome (MVPS) and it can lead to problems such as:
Shortness of breath
These symptoms can really affect people’s lives in a negative way on a day to day basis. Those with MVPS go to the emergency room frequently and can sometimes feel that they are dying due to their severe symptoms.
The Magnesium Connection
There have been MANY studies showing that those with mitral valve prolapse often have low Magnesium Levels in their blood. This is especially interesting since blood magnesium [...] Continue Reading…
Pharmaceutical drugs designed to control abnormal heart rhythms have been used for decades and have been ‘presumed’ to work without exacting clinical trials to prove this. While it has been taken for granted that these drugs work the way the drug makers claim, recent studies have shown that many of these drugs actually do exactly the opposite. Not only can these drugs cause an INCREASE in some heart rhythm disturbances, but they are also actually increasing the overall rate of death from dangerous heart rhythms.
Most problematic heart rhythms, known in the medical world as ‘arrhythmias’, are electrical disturbances that can be worsened by electrolyte disturbances, exercise or excessive stress and can be painful and frightening for those who experience them. Some rhythms are dangerous and some are not, but most people who experience these heart problems end up having some form of medical intervention to correct or reduce the frequency of these occurrences. Different forms of ‘Anti Arrhythmic’ drugs have been around for decades and have been used by cardiologists and even heart surgeons as a ‘first line’ treatment for heart rhythm disturbances, but new research is showing that taking these drugs may be more dangerous than doing nothing at all.
“In the last decade or so, numerous experimental
and clinical studies have revealed that drugs that act by delaying
conduction, while markedly suppressing ventricular arrhythmias, have
the proclivity to increase mortality
in subsets of patients with significant cardiac disease.”
‘The coming of age [...] Continue Reading…
Most people would identify sun exposure as the primary risk factor for getting skin cancer, but few would think of antibiotics as a contributing factor to this deadly disease. Yet there is an entire class of antibiotics that are known to cause a condition known as photocarcinogenesis that can multiply the damage normally done by the sun and lead to an increase in the risk of skin cancer.
The Quinolone class of antibiotics, which includes such common antibiotics as Levaquin (Levofloxacin) and Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), has a LONG history of causing dangerous toxic conditions. In fact, no less than nine different Quinolone Antibiotics have actually been approved by the FDA and released onto the market only to be found to be so dangerous that they had to be removed and recalled.
While each one was removed for various different toxic reactions, at least four were removed due to a problem called ‘Phototoxicity’. Phototoxicity is a common occurrence with many prescription medications requiring people using them to stay out of the sun because of the excess sun damage and sunburn that can result. But the phototoxicity that is caused by the Quinolone antibiotics may be so bad that it is causing genetic damage to the cells and contributing to a more damaging form of phototoxicity called ‘Photocarcinogenesis’.
A carcinogen is a substance that is known to cause cancer; therefore, photocarcinogenesis refers to a substance that can actually cause skin cancer in the presence of sunlight. Yet this fact was only discovered [...] Continue Reading…
The U.S. embargo of Cuba between 1991 and 1993 caused more than just economic consequences for the tiny island nation; it also caused interesting medical consequences that wealthier nations could learn from. The medical consequences of the embargo included an ‘outbreak’ of a painful nerve problem called ‘neuropathy’ that ended up affecting over 50,000 people. While it was determined that this ‘epidemic’ was caused by a virus, this virus was not treated with antiviral medications, antibiotics or any other pharmaceuticals. This epidemic was completely stopped in its tracks and the more than 50,000 people affected were CURED simply by taking a multivitamin supplement.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a nerve condition that causes pain and decreased sensation in many parts of the body but typically affects the lower extremities where it is called Peripheral Neuropathy. However, it may also affect the hands, the hearing, the face and even the nerves of the eyes causing not only pain and decreased sensation, but also deafness and blindness as well. The Cuban Neuropathy Epidemic, as this outbreak was later called, affected a combination of the extremities, the hearing and the eyes – sometimes in the same person. Young and old alike were affected and medical care was scarce due to many factors related to the embargo:
The poor economic conditions
The limited medical supplies entering the country
The vast numbers of people that were seeking medical attention for the epidemic
But in this environment of minimal funds in a [...] Continue Reading…
Most of us believe that laws requiring dairies to pasteurize milk has made milk safer and has reduced illness. On the surface, it certainly SEEMS as though it has made society safer and healthier, but is this really true? Looking more deeply, it’s evident that pasteurized milk laws have actually made milk more unsafe and unhealthy. Not only has it created more unhealthy milk, but it has created longer term health consequences for society as a whole. Additionally, the companion piece to this article The Societal Consequences of Pasteurized Milk Laws outlines other, not so great, consequences to having these ‘well-intentioned’ laws passed.
Poor Quality Milk
Rather than creating healthier milk, laws requiring pasteurization immediately and decisively FAVORED the producers of poor quality milk over producers of higher quality healthy milk. Raw milk absolutely must be produced from healthy cows fed on healthy feed (or pasture raised) in clean conditions. By passing pasteurization laws, it has allowed dairies to transform from the local family-owned pastures that they had been for hundreds of years to the unhygienic animal abusing conglomerates that they are today.
By its nature, raw milk for human consumption simply can’t be made from cows that are sick, don’t have access to pasture or who have udder infections. Dairies that sell milk intended for pasteurization routinely sell milk from cows that have infections, are ill or a condition called ‘mastitis’, a painful infection of the milk glands. Milk from conglomerate dairies is completely unfit for human consumption- unless it is [...] Continue Reading…
Lately, I’ve been getting people writing in asking if they should worry if they Store Vitamin D. Now, I’m not sure where people have got the idea that storing vitamin d is something that is worrisome or something harmful, but let me set the record straight that you should not worry if you store vitamin d.
Vitamin d is a FAT SOLUBLE vitamin and you do not excrete it through the sweat, urine or stool as you would if it were a Water Soluble vitamin. Vitamins and minerals such as the B vitamins, magnesium and Vitamin C Supplements must be taken on a daily basis because they get excreted if you do not use them in a short period of time (a few hours to a few days depending upon the vitamin). But the fat soluble vitamins like vitamin d are not excreted this way. In fact it is a GOOD thing that you store vitamin d because this was how humans were designed!
When we evolved as humans, we did not always have consistent sunlight- and for most populations, sunlight was the only way to obtain vitamin d. Only populations, such as the Inuit and Sami people of the far Northern parts of the world have access to abundant year round vitamin d food sources- and ‘NO’, milk in its natural form is NOT a food source of vitamin d, it has had synthetic vitamin d supplements added artificially.
Since Vitamin D and Sun is an inconsistent way to obtain vitamin [...] Continue Reading…
Are We Getting Preventing or Screening?
Doctors and insurance companies have brainwashed us into believing that screening exams or early detection exams are the same thing as prevention. This is absolute nonsense. In fact the idea for this article came about by hearing an ad for an insurance company that offered “Free Prevention Screening Exams”. A “Prevention Screening” is an oxymoron like “Jumbo Shrimp”. The only way that the term “Prevention Screening” would make sense would be if you saw people in order to make sure that they were doing all that they could to prevent disease. But that is NOT what happens at a disease screening.
Disease Screening is much like pregnancy testing. A friend of mine is trying to get pregnant right now and about 2 weeks after she ovulates, she does a pregnancy test. She is doing Pregnancy SCREENING. Is she PREVENTING pregnancy by doing her ‘Pregnancy Screening Exam’? No, she is actively ATTEMPTING to GET pregnant. Screening and Prevention are two distinctly different entities. Doing a screening exam is to detect something that has ALREADY happened- like pregnancy or cancer. In order to PREVENT something, you must do something BEFORE the event to stop it.
There is NO PREVENTION being done at all when you get a :
Breast Self Exam
Treadmill test for heart disease
These only do anything at all when you actually HAVE the disease. They are DETECTION devices, but do not in any way prevent [...] Continue Reading…