Ozone therapy is an alternative form of treatment that is rapidly gaining popularity in the US. The claims made about ozone therapy is that it can boost the immune system, heal infections because it kills bacteria, decrease the damage caused by aging, restore balance in the body, heal everything from heart disease to AIDS and kill cancer cells. There are claims that treatments can be performed at home with an ozone generator.
There are many differences between ozone and oxygen found in the air we inhale at ground level. Ozone is a more potent form of oxygen. Regular oxygen molecules contain only 2 atoms, while ozone molecules contain 3 atoms. This may not seem like much of a difference, and people think "since they are similar, their benefits should be similar". That is a dangerous assumption.
The practice of ozone therapy is based on the idea that increasing the amount of ozone in the blood or the level of oxygen in the body can only be beneficial and helpful to restore health.
• Since oxygen is vital for our survival, why wouldn’t a more concentrated form of the gas only benefit us?
• Ozone is created by the interaction between UV rays and oxygen in the stratosphere, about 6 miles above the earth, and protects us from UV radiation, so why wouldn’t it protect us from UV damage? We’ve come to assume that ozone automatically means protection, even though at ground level it is a pollutant.
• Ozone is naturally produced in the human body by white blood cells and believed to help in the removal of foreign bodies, so it’s easy to think of it as completely safe.
There is a very delicate balance that must be maintained in the body and changing it may cause more damage than improvement.
Even though oxygen is essential for life, it is also dangerous to organic compounds. Oxygen causes oxidation, which has damaging effects on cells. Ozone does the same thing, but on a much larger scale.
• IV Hydrogen peroxide - The most important physiologic or “natural” substance causing oxidation in the human body is hydrogen peroxide. Although it is naturally made in the body, hydrogen peroxide is considered a drug when used in Bio-Oxidative Therapy.
IV Hydrogen peroxide is administered as a very weak concentration of medical grade peroxide added to a normal saline solution. The hydrogen peroxide is then slowly infused into a vein in the arm. It is painless except for a very small needle prick. Treatments are given daily for acute illnesses such as the flu, or weekly for all other chronic medical conditions.
IV Oxidation is catabolic and does the following:
• It stimulates white blood cell production. Oxygen stimulates cell receptor sites in white blood cells, so that it can play a key role in stimulating the immune system.
• It stimulates lymphokines and cytokines from lymphocytes and monocytes as well as Tumor Necrosing Factor, Interferon and Interleukin production, all of which are the body’s natural chemical defenses to infectious microbes and carcinogens.
• It kills bacteria, virus and fungi. Oxygen also kills Candida yeast. Fungus and viruses also can’t function well in a highly oxygenated environment.
• It increases oxygen delivery to the cells of the body.
• It increases the production of interferon, interleukin-2 and tumor necrosis factor which help fight infection, prevent the growth of cancer and kill cancer cells. Human cells require oxygen for respiration, while cancer cells get their oxygen from fermentation, which requires no oxygen. That’s why oxygen kills cancer, by suffocating it.
• It enables the red blood cells to flow through clogged blood vessels.
• It helps anti-oxidants to rid the body of too many free radicals.
• It helps the body degrade toxic chemicals.
• It helps the Kreb’s cycle (citric acid cycle) function at its optimum which creates energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat metabolism. [Kreb’s cycle is the sequence of reactions by which most living cells generate energy during the process of aerobic respiration. It takes place in the mitochondria, consuming oxygen, producing carbon dioxide and water as waste products, and converting ADP to energy-rich ATP.]
• It produces a general wellness in sick patients by increasing the oxygen tension in the body tissues.
Major Auto Hemotherapy (MAH)- MAH is a treatment that involves temporarily removing between 100-250 mililiters of blood from the patient, infusing it with medical grade ozone, and then slowly reintroducing the highly oxygenated blood back in. One thing you will notice is that the blood turns bright red once the ozone is added. This is oxygenation working before our eyes! The patient will most likely feel an immediate boost in vitality after the treatment, which can take between 1-2 hours.
Activated oxygen, as found in peroxide (H202) and ozone (03) are ‘oxidant', the opposite of anti-oxidant. Oxidation is a form of corrosion.
Ozone gas is so corrosive that it can be used instead of chlorine in swimming pools, making it a healthier alternative because it doesn’t stay in the water, and many water purification stations use it to purify water because it immediately decomposes into O2, which of course is safe to inhale and drink. It can also be a safe way to decontaminate foods, like produce. However, putting ozone into the body by inserting it into an orifice (rectal and vaginal insufflation, auricular insufflation, autohemotherapy) or applied on skin (sauna, body suits) is an entirely different matter.
• The deterioration of ozone into O2 can cause damage, especially if inserted directly in the body or inhaled.
• Humans aren’t able to breathe it without causing lung damage. I can testify to this fact, because I used to sleep with an ozone generator running and pumping the gas in my closed bedroom all night long and developed lung damage and breathing problems as a direct result, in addition to dizziness, weakness, eye and airway irritation and other unpleasant symptoms. Ozone has a very unpleasant smell. I stopped and my lungs did eventually heal, but the machine came with no instructions about its use except those that pertained to the operation of the machine and its warranty. I didn’t know ozone therapy doesn’t involve inhaling the gas and ozone should not be used directly from the generator. The gas should never be allowed to accumulate in a room, not even in small concentrations, which caused me to ask myself how helpful can it really be?
• What’s also frightening is ozone can cause these symptoms through skin exposure alone. This begs the question, what are the real effects of rectal and vaginal insufflations, or even worse, auto hemotherapy (in the bloodstream). Ozone irritates the skin, so should it be introduced into the blood stream where oxidation damages arterial walls, including inside the heart, and can become a cause of heart and circulatory related diseases? (Activated oxygen in the bloodstream is said to cause lipid peroxidation, which is assumed to help in the reduction of serum cholesterol and triglycerides, so it is speculated to be helpful for cardiovascular disease.)
• I also put ozone up my butt, once, using a tube. Introducing toxic gas into your rectum without being well informed could have dire consequences and should not be done, ever. The pressure alone can be very damaging, especially for someone who is in a delicate condition. That was extremely painful! Thankfully, ozone does have a short life span and converts into O2, or it probably would have killed me. I learned later that it must be stored in a bag and then inserted or applied to the body. If I could have used it wrong, I probably did.
When you are sick and desperate you are in stress physiology, which is right brain survival mode thinking. Logic and wisdom do not reside in the emotional center of the brain, so you can’t make good decisions and you will try just about anything.
Oxygen and Ozone kills bacteria and viruses, making it a useful disinfectant, but it is highly corrosive, especially affecting larger organisms. After all, since it kills microorganisms, it should prevent disease, heal infections or cure diseases, right? When used topically on psoriasis, athletes feet, cuts and such, it does disinfect and help to prevent infection. However, based on my extensive personal experience and my research, I say, “It cannot cure yeast infections or diseases. You may temporarily interrupt a vaginal yeast infection, but it will return within 5 days, and then what? The yeast infection is systemic and deeper in the body than you can reach with ozone therapy or any other means. Ozone gas kills all bacteria, so it has the same effects as antibiotics, which also means killing the helpful strains of bacteria and yeasts, forever altering the gut micro biome. This affects immunity and digestion. Disease ensues because the immune system is weak, so if ozone causes the immune system to suffer, how can a claim be made to the contrary?
Uses of Bio-oxidative therapies: [Almost all of these conditions are symptoms of or in some way connected to Systemic Candidiasis. You have to get Systemic Candida yeast overgrowth before you can get sick!]
Cardiovascular Disease: Irregular heartbeat, angina, stroke, memory issues, Raynaud’s and other circulatory imbalances, gangrene, vascular and tension headaches
Infectious Diseases: Acute and chronic viral, fungal and bacterial infections, Epstein Barr Virus, herpes simplex and zoster, hepatitis, HIV, candida infection, EBV, CMV, parasitic infections. [I received one IV oxidation treatment a minimum of once every month, for a total of 1068 treatments) to keep me alive with Final stage Systemic Candidiasis - for 20 years. The IV’s destroyed my veins, like putting a rubber band in the freezer for 20 years. When my veins couldn’t tolerate the treatments or being stuck anymore, my naturopathic physician literally sent me home to die. It has been more than 4 years since my last IV treatment and my veins are healed. I developed the strategy to eliminate fungal dysbiosis and restore my health. Now that I am well, I can say that IV oxidation has limitations; it can only reach where the blood goes, so it can’t reach the surface of mucous membranes or the inner skin, the intestines or brain. I still had head to toe Candida after 1068 treatments.]
Pulmonary diseases: Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, mycoplasma pneumonia, COPD. [My grandmother had emphysema. We discovered her lungs couldn’t do a gas exchange when after one IV oxidation treatment the felt amazing for 24 hours. Her body used the oxygen and produced C02, which her lungs could not exhale. C02 built up in her blood and she ended up in the hospital.]
Immune Illnesses: Diabetes, hypersensitivity reactions, MS, arthritis.
Other illnesses: Alzheimer’s, Cancers (especially blood/lymph cancers), chronic pain, migraines, Lyme’s disease, Bell’s palsy, arthritis, colitis, chronic wounds, peripheral nerve regeneration.
The effectiveness of ozone as an alternative therapy has not been proven, but we do have proof that ozone is dangerous. Ozone therapy has caused disease and even death on a few occasions. Ozone benefit claims are based on virtually nothing. Proponents mention various studies, but none of them are actually conclusive. It works fine to sterilize burns and wounds by killing bacteria and allowing the tissue to heal, but that’s about it. There is no evidence to support the theory or assumption that increasing the amount of oxygen through ozone has any positive effects on the body, but its dangers are very well known. I don’t recommend it for anybody. Ozone therapy will only worsen a disease and the risks outnumber any potential benefits, which are not worth it. No-one should risk their health by doing this.
Deep breathing, using the bottom of your lungs to full capacity and surrounding yourself with clean air 24/7 is more important and beneficial than any ‘treatment’. Making sure your air, food and water is the highest quality is an absolute priority. Everything else will take care of itself.
I use 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) externally for cuts, psoriasis, athletes feet, ear infection treatment and prevention and as a vaginal douche for yeast infection.
To make a 3% FG H202 solution: Please check my math and make sure it is correct.
One ounce = 456 drops. 456 drops x .03 = 13.68 drops. I would round it down. So, 1 (one) ounce of water + 13 drops of 35% H202 should make a 2.69% solution. 35 ÷ 13 = 2.69
I have added it to natural (well) water (not distilled, tap, reverse osmosis or deionized) to drink on an empty stomach, but it is not an ongoing practice.
This is a very good video explaining the different types of hydrogen peroxide and how to use it, except I don't appreciate his language near the end and I do not recommend drinking distilled water for any reason.
I purchase my Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide from here.
Humans are dependent on an external source of magnetism.This was proven in the 1960's when astronauts required the use of magnets to replace the magnetic field of the Earth. Before the use of supplemental magnetism, space travelers experienced up to 80% loss of bone calcium.
Magnetic energy is measured in gauss; a unit of magnetic induction, equal to 1/10,000th of a tesla (a unit of magnetic flux density). It has been established that the magnetic field of the Earth, on which our bodies depend, has been decreasing. It has decreased from a level of over 4 gauss, 4,000 years ago, to less than 1/2 gauss today. People are currently healthier in parts of the earth where magnetic fields are stronger. Damaging force fields bombard us almost constantly as we go about our lives in this modern age. These force fields come from household electrical appliances, televisions, cell phones, computers, water beds and electric blankets, just to name a few. They are damaging because they disrupt the structure of our cells which puts extra stress on the body to restore them. Force fields from properly designed therapeutic magnets can assist the body in repairing this damage; thus reversing the effect of the damaging force fields.
Proper magnetic therapy has been proven to enhance the body's natural ability to be healthy and heal itself, not just mask symptoms as many other treatments do in our modern day world. When an injury occurs, the injured area registers magnetically positive (bio-south pole). After a few hours the site of the injury without any outside magnetic influence registers negative (bio-north pole). What this shows is that bio-north energy is present during healing while bio-south energy is present during, and is a sign of injury and disorder. On its own, the body treats injury and illness with magnetic energy, which it derives from within itself (Krebs Cycle) and from the Earth's magnetic field. The Krebs Cycle is the sequence of reactions by which most living cells generate energy during the process of aerobic respiration. It takes place in the mitochondria, consuming oxygen, producing carbon dioxide and water as waste products, and converting ADP to energy-rich ATP. Sleeping in this therapeutic force field coincides with the healing cycle of the body which is optimal at night. The extra energy provided by the mattress pad can assist the body to help heal injuries, pain and many other conditions.
Using the bio-north pole facing the body on a recent injury may immediately start the healing process before it has the opportunity to go through the hours of stress from the bio-south pole presence. It has been clinically established that north pole energy arrests protein activity, draws fluids, contracts, constricts blood vessels, increases alkalinity, acts to sedate or inhibit pain, decreases activity, increases potassium ions, decreases abnormal calcium ions and decreases hydrogen ion concentration. The north pole is the normalizing energy. It normalizes the alkaline state of the body but never produces an over alkalinized condition. It oxygenates the body but never produces oxidized free radicals. It has a normalizing effect no matter how long the exposure. [When we say, "bio-north pole," I am referring to a type of magnetic energy in a properly designed "bio" or life magnet and not the actual poles of the earth.]
North Pole Negative Polarity (-)
encourages restorative sleep
increases cellular oxygen
normalizes acid balance
encourages high acid levels
supports biological healing
reduces fluid retention
pulls fluids and gases
reduces fatty deposits
South Pole Positive Polarity (+)
accelerates micro-organism growth
can increase inflammation
decreases cellular oxygen
inhibits biological healing
pushes fluids and gases
encourages fatty deposits
These are clinical observations of Dr. William Philpott and others.
Magnetic research has revealed that the bio-north and south pole energies from a magnet have an opposite effect on your body and its cells. Doctors recommend that pain, inflammation, bruising, infection, and most other applications require the use of the bio-north pole. The south pole is not used in these cases because bacteria, viruses and cancer could be stimulated also.
Because each cell in your body carries electrical charges, the bio-north polarity magnets will influence the electrical charge of your cells to a negative (north pole) ionic charge. This is the state that your cells are in when they are properly oxygenated, pH balanced and healthy. A positively charged cell creates and requires low oxygen, over acidity and swelling or edema.
Sleeping in this therapeutic force field coincides with the healing cycle of the body which is optimal at night. The extra energy provided by the mattress pad can assist the body to help heal injuries, pain and many other conditions. As part of my strategy to optimum health I sleep on a magnetic mattress pad, which has helped to heal, restore, and revitalize my body while I sleep, when the body is in its natural state of healing and restoration.
In comparing magnetic productsYou may have seen or heard the word "gauss" used to show how powerful a product is. Lyon Legacy International does not directly use this misleading rating of gauss on their products as this value, when used by itself, only relates to the physical holding strength of a magnet and does not apply to the bio-availability of magnetism to your body. It is easy to see with a meter that a 1,000 "gauss" properly designed bio-magnet can be more beneficial to your body than a 2,000 "gauss" improperly designed magnet, although at first glance it may not seem this way. Magnetic energy decreases rapidly as you move away from a magnet. A magnet that has a surface gauss of 1,000 (which is a manufacturers' gauss rating of 4,000), may only produce 3 gauss, 5 inches away.
The best magnetic mattress pads are designed according to all the factors important in creating a properly designed magnetic health product, which include Energy (gauss), Polarity, Penetration, Spacing and Placement (number of magnets) and Frequency.
The direction of circles that the magnetic energy travels. Bio-north polarity is counter-clockwise and the bio-south polarity is clockwise. As a result, bio-south has a directly opposite effect of a bio-north magnet.
Measures speed in which the energy travels. Frequency must be in tune with the frequency of our bodies in order to provide benefits and be safe to the body. Magnets not specifically designed for therapeutic reasons may attract metal well, but may be ineffective or harmful to the body.
The distance traveled by the energy into the body. If the thickness and type of magnet does not allow it to travel into the body far enough, the magnet will provide poor results.
SPACING & PLACEMENT (NUMBER OF MAGNETS)
In products using more than one magnet, spacing is very critical. Bio-magnets spaced properly work together, rather than individually, and enhance each other's energy to form a complete circuit among themselves and ultimately throughout the body. Spacing is different for each type and size of magnet. Our competitors fail to take this into consideration. Lyon Legacy guarantees our products are properly designed.
Regardless of the shape of the magnet, there is an exact spacing that is required to create a complete magnetic circuit between the magnets and ultimately into your body. The magnetic lines of "flux" which emit from any magnet, come off of the magnet and "seek" the other side of the magnet. If the magnetic spacing is too far apart, the north and south poles will meet between each magnet. This results in a magnetic energy that is less than half as effective, and that also allows the south pole to wrap around and enter your body, which all research has proven can be harmful with continued exposure. In a mattress pad, if the magnets are properly spaced, the bio north (-) and south (+) poles will meet off of the edge of the mattress pad, which creates a 100% true north pole field of approximately 6 gauss to the center of your body.
The magnetic lines of "flux" which emit from any magnet, come off of the magnet and "seek" the other side of the magnet. If the magnetic spacing is incorrect, the north and south poles will meet between each magnet. This results in a magnetic energy that is less than half as effective, and that also allows the south pole to wrap around and enter your body, which all research has proven can be harmful with continued exposure.
When the magnets are properly spaced, the bio north (-) and south (+) poles will meet off of the edge of the mattress pad, as shown in the illustration below. This creates a 100% true north pole field of approximately 6 gauss to the center of your body. Residual magnetism (emitting from a magnetic field as opposed to the surface magnetic readings) should be between 4-6 gauss throughout your body for optimum health.
“Properly designed” mattress pads made with therapeutic magnets provide the restorative energy to ensure restful sleep. This indicates there are more than a few magnetic mattress pads on the market that are not properly designed and their use can cause harm to the body. Companies that sell alternating and bi-polar products with "patented" alternating patterns for pain relief, need to recommend that you wait several hours before treating to avoid increasing the bio-south presence in the area. I researched for a few years before I felt confident in choosing the best magnetic therapy product. I wanted to get it right the first time and not waste money on something that didn’t benefit, as in the past. I chose Lyon Legacy Magnetic Products, because they are truly the "Cadillac" of the industry. Lyon Legacy products have been designed according to all the factors important in creating a properly designed magnetic health product, which include Energy (gauss), Polarity, Penetration, Spacing and Placement (number of magnets) and Frequency. Magnetic polarity is guaranteed for life. Overall construction is warranted for a full five years but designed to last a lifetime.
Since the magnets are only beneficial where they come in contact with my body, I saw no point in paying for a larger pad that would cover my entire mattress. The crib size Lyon Legacy Bio-North Magnetic Mattress Pad and Pillow insert does everything I need without excess. Plus, I can put it in my office chair, the seat of my car or travel with it on a train or airplane. This was the most versatile and economical choice for me. The first night, and for the next week, I slept on the mattress pad and pillow insert, it's like I was ‘dead’. Then I changed the sheets and pillow case.
I did experience and learn about the negative effects of south pole magnetism on the body. I accidentally put the pillow insert south side up and slept with it like that for two nights before I realized the restlessness I experienced all night, terrible dreams and the way I felt bad the next day, like my brains were scrambled, was directly caused by having it upside-down under my head. The next time I changed my sheets, I did it again, but I caught it the next morning and turned the pad north side up. Since then, I make sure I get it correctly placed with the north side up and I have consistently enjoyed rejuvenating sleep and optimum energy during the day.
The Bio-North polarity of Lyon Legacy Magnets, provides "supplemental" magnetic energy, which every cell in our body is dependent upon this energy for survival and health. In fact, we can't live without it. [I am in no way affiliated with the company - Lyon Legacy. I simply research, test and pass what I learn to you, so you can benefit from my experience and knowledge, and avoid costly trial and error.]
Absence of symptoms. Balance. Vibrancy. Honesty. Love. Peace. No disease. Fully functional. Beauty. Power. Self acceptance. Being uninhibited. Wealth. Having lots of energy. Feeling strong. Giving your gift. Being real.
An energetic state of congruency, that originates beyond biology, but can radiate and express through the body however it may. You can be healthy, but not necessarily have the most healthy body, the most energy, have symptoms or even have a disease. Be healthy in heart and soul, with an energy radiating from you that is magnetic and attracts others to you. Healthy attitude, outlook, etc. It depends upon what we do with the things that happen to our body, emotions and relationships. When you heal mind, body and soul, you heal the whole person.
Healing - What heals us?
Self love. Honesty. Listening. Time. Nature. Understanding. Forgiveness. Perspective. Laughter. Curiosity. Creativity. Faith. Surrender. Dance. Presence. Sleep. Children. Communication. Relationships. Vacations. Hope. Music. Pets. Change. Fun. Sex. Herbs.
So much that comes to mind about healing has to do with the personal realm. Seldom will you hear that surgery or that Rx healed me. Never will you hear, “that vaccination healed me”. So much of what heals us has to do with supportive therapies, like nutrition. You can heal leaky gut and improve digestion, but there are other areas of the body that also need healing; emotions, relationships, spiritual, self love.
So often the physical healing cannot happen until a deeper healing takes place. What else heals? You may need more consciousness, self-awareness, truth, love, self forgiveness. I see you as a set of possibilities and cheerlead you into healing.
When does healing happen?
When you slow down. When you are ready. When you let go. When you learn something. When you feel something. When you finally take responsibility. When you choose to heal.
Not, when you are in the hospital, in the doctors office. Healing is a Mystery. Seldom does healing happen, “If you follow these specific protocols".
Approach the mystery of healing with more respect. We don’t know it all. Sometimes you do everything right and see little or no results. Sometimes dying is the healing. Sometimes the disease process is the healing. There is a grander intelligence and wisdom that does the healing. It’s a big WOW! So many biochemical reactions are involved in healing, but we don’t do the healing. We create the conditions for healing, but we don’t do the physical work because the body does it. We know how to take care of a cut finger; clean it, apply a bandage, keep it clean and safe, but do we know how to heal a disease? We need to create the conditions for healing, but we also need to trust the body to do the work and know what it’s doing. Partner with that higher, grander wisdom and intelligence.
The mystery of healing teaches life lessons, patience, humility, that we are not in control, to ask for help, to search within, develop character or deeper spiritual understanding. Go deeper! Use strategies that work with who we really are. Create conditions so that a greater wisdom can come in and add support.
As a coach, it isn’t on my shoulders to do the healing. I am simply creating conditions that partner with the grander design. Step into a relaxed knowing that what you are doing is right. We don’t know what the creative wisdom of the universe has as its agenda. We just need to trust it and know that when we look back and review our lives, it will all make sense. Your story is right for your souls growth and character development, and to accomplish the purpose you are her for.
I wish you optimal health, safe travels and many blessings.
What is fluorine and fluoride?Many people associate Fluoride with the periodic element table namesake - fluorine. Fluorine is not the same as fluoride that causes you to envision tooth protection, strong bones, and a government that cares about your dental health.
Fluorine is the chemical element of atomic number 9 (F), a poisonous pale yellow gas of the halogen series. It was discovered as an element in other compounds in the early 1500's by the German physician Georgius Agricola, and isolated in its pure form by Henri Moissan in the late 1800's. Fluorine is the most electronegative (the tendency to attract a bonding pair of electrons) and is reactive with practically all organic and inorganic substances. It is the most corrosive and oxidative of all the elements, causing severe burns on contact with skin. Even water will burn in fluorine with a bright flame.
- An ion is an atom or molecule with more or less electrons than usual, giving it a positive or negative electric charge. Because an ion "wants" to become neutral by acquiring or losing additional electrons, and that's why fluorine is never found in its purest form in nature. Ions usually come in the form of solutions or compounds. There are three types of ions — anions, which are negatively charged, cations, which are positively charged, and radicals, or radical ions, which are highly reactive due to having a large amount of free electrons. This is the category fluorine falls under. Fluorine is a corrosive, oxidative, free radial, poisonous substance.
Fluoride is a compound of fluorine with another element or group, especially a salt of the anion F¯ or an organic compound with fluorine bonded to an alkyl group. Remember, fluorine can bond with almost any element due to its electronegative and oxidizing properties. Compounds containing the negative ion of fluorine are referred to as fluorides.
- Stannous fluoride (SnF2 - tin II fluoride) is tin with two hydrogen atoms combined with fluorine, an ingredient in toothpastes as a "tooth decay preventative" and decrease dental hypersensitivity and are typically more expensive than those that use sodium fluoride.
- Sodium fluoride is a compound of the elements sodium and fluorine with the chemical formula NaF. NaF is a dry compound, soluble salt, which is added to water systems. Sodium fluoride is also an ingredient in toothpaste.
- Fluorosilicic acid - added to water systems that supply small populations. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng1233.html "AVOID ALL CONTACT! Effects of long-term repeated exposure: The substance may have effects on the bones and teeth, resulting in fluorosis."
- Sodium fluorosilicate is made by neutralizing fluorosilicic acid with sodium chloride or sodium sulfate. It is used as an additive for water fluoridation, ore refining, or other fluoride chemical production. http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1701.pdf "Sodium fluorosilicate has not been tested for its ability to cause cancer in animals; has not been tested for its ability to affect reproduction. Repeated high exposure can cause deposits of fluorides in the bones and teeth, a condition called 'Fluorosis'. This can cause pain, disability and mottling of the teeth".
When ingested, the fluoride part of the molecule splits off to form a fluoride ion. This ion is easily absorbed by the body.
Both elemental fluorine and the fluoride ion are highly toxic. Neither fluorine, nor fluoride is considered a necessary dietary element because humans do not require it for growth or to sustain life.
In this article, I want to make you aware of the dangers associated with fluoridation and why fluoride is one of the most pernicious toxins in our water supply.
What you may not know is that the fluoride added to drinking water, mouthwash and toothpaste is a waste product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries, cement, steel and nuclear weapons manufacturing, and a substance toxic enough to be used in rat poison.
- The history of artificial water fluoridation began with the uncontrolled release of industrial fluoride waste into rivers and streams where many communities got their drinking water from. In the late 19th century patents were filed using fluorides to purify and soften water. They claimed that fluoride displaced the minerals that were responsible for water hardness. None of the applicants considered that any of their proposed additions would be toxic or poisonous, even though its toxicity was recognized at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1850’s, when iron and copper factories released it into the air and poisoned plants, animals and people. The 1940’s brought about increased production during the war, which increased industrial wastes. The dumping of wastes into rivers and streams was considered an unjustifiable, but time-honored practice that had to stop, but they had to face the fact that it couldn’t be discontinued at that time.
- More inventive minds realized that instead of dumping fluoride waste into rivers directly, they could earn additional income by more subtle means of disposal. They coordinated between industry, public health services, a number of government departments and researchers who had incentive to conceal evils. Government funds, provided by the Social Security Act of 1935, were used to introduce artificial fluoridation by adding fluorine to the water supply in Cincinnati, Ohio (population 30,000) in 1942. The Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), one of the largest producers of sodium fluoride, was interested in selling it. ALCOA ran several advertisements in the Journal of the American Water Works Association saying sodium fluoride was particularly suitable for the fluoridation of city water supplies and offered to sell it to them. Toxicity information was only for those who handled the chemical at the water works. “Water soluble fluorides are toxic. Do not swallow or inhale. Avoid prolonged contact.” With the growth of fluoridation programs, sodium fluoride was in short supply already in 1951 and prices increased. The Office of Price Stabilization granted higher price ceilings to manufacturers of sodium silicofluoride.
- It was James McClure, a biochemist at the National Institutes of Health, who made the actual proposal to substitute sodium fluosilinate for sodium fluoride as a water fluoridating agent in 1950.
- In June 1951, the State Dental Directors recommended never to refer to “sodium fluoride” as the agent is used for water fluoridation, but most people know it as a trademark for rat poison and insecticide.
- The argument was raised that sodium fluoride is a waste product of their aluminum production, but the Journal of the American Dental Association was quick to publish a denial presented by ALCOA’s Chemical Sales Mgr. in 1955, saying “ We do not sell sodium fluoride directly, but through chemical distributors. A high percentage of sodium fluoride is obtained from phosphate rock and we have no operations involving phosphate rock. Our policy may change from time to time. We are now selling direct and we may sell to municipalities … We manufacture sodium fluoride for sale. Anyone who wants to use it can buy from us, provided our production facilities enable us to supply it and our prices enable us to secure the business”. He contradicted himself.
- Chemical companies developed new uses for sodium fluosilate, the waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. For phosphate fertilizer plants to dispose of silicon tetrafluoride and hydrofluosilicic acid as wastes, they have to convert these chemicals to hydrofluoric acid or some other fluorine compound. But first, the recovery of hydrofluosilicic acid involves essentially the recirculation of scrubbing water until the acid concentration reaches a marketable value.
The industry paid researchers to manufacture fraudulent science to "prove" the safety of fluoride, and carefully planned marketing campaigns in the early 1940’s to persuade Americans to embrace an environmental hazard in an effort to evade massive litigation against industry pollution.
Two hundred million people in the United States are on fluoridated water and those who aren’t are encouraged to supplement with fluoride. The push for fluoridation has nothing to do with the dental health of Americans and everything to do with disposing of a hazardous waste very inexpensively, and make money selling it at the same time.
One of the most visible evidence of fluoride toxicity is dental fluorosis. In 1931, fluoride was found to be the cause of “mottled teeth” in humans. The chief chemist of ALCOA’s New Kensington plant near Pittsburg, Harry V. Churchill, proved the presence of fluoride in the water of districts afflicted with dental fluorosis near the Allegheny River. Fluorine had been discharged into the Allegheny River and he measured a concentration not greater than 1 part per million. It was assumed, “Probably not harmful and on the other hand may be positively beneficial …" and excused because small amounts of fluorine in the water could have come from certain rock formations”.
Today, it is an extremely common disorder characterized by hypo-mineralization of tooth enamel caused by ingestion of fluoride during enamel formation. In the extra-cellular environment of amelogenesis, the development and maturing of enamel, protein, ameloblastins, enamelins, and tuftelins direct the mineralization of enamel to form a highly organized matrix of rods, interrod crystal, and protein. Fluoride alters how amelogenin is enzymatically broken down and the rate at which the subsequent breakdown products are removed, and indirectly alter the action of protease via a decrease in the availability of free calcium ions in the mineralization environment. This results in the formation of enamel with less mineralization. It is marked by white specks and mottling of the teeth.
Dental fluorosis, while considered a mere cosmetic issue, is a warning sign that more harmful, invisible metabolic effects are taking place. In the United States, 58% of adolescents have signs of fluoride toxicity, 20% of those have moderate dental fluorosis, and 2% have severe dental fluorosis due to water fluoridation. That's a huge number. In moderate to severe fluorosis, teeth are physically damaged. The pits, bands, and loss of areas of enamel seen in severe fluorosis are the result of damage to the severely hypo-mineralized, brittle and fragile enamel which occurs after they erupt into the mouth. If severe, calcification of the ligaments also occurs. In truth, fluoridation does not prevent cavities or stop them from progressing, improve or lower the incidence of dental cavities. If anything, it increases the risk of tooth decay. We can stop this by discontinuing the fluoridation of water.
Fluoride displaces iodine from the thyroid, because iodine and fluorine are both halogens. Other halogen elements in the periodic table include chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), and astatine (At). Without iodine, you cannot make active thyroid hormones and this causes thyroid problems. If you are not currently hypothyroid, drinking fluoridated water may increase the risk of developing thyroid problems and if you are hypothyroid, consider that your water source may be the cause.
Fluoride is a poison that sabotages your mitochondria's ability to create cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and an enzymatic reactor, meaning it reacts with enzymes in your body.
Fluoride is contributing to cancer, heart disease, diabetes (insulin resistance) and obesity.
Many independent scientists consistently find and now recognize, fluoride is a neurotoxin. When fluoride is added to the water system it also leaches lead out of old pipes, increasing the neurotoxic effects of fluoride. This is no surprise, considering 50 studies have linked fluoride with reduced IQ in children. The latest research shows there's a 5 point drop in IQ in the United States because fluoride in the water and from other sources is harming our brains.
Fluoride is a neurotoxinThe question, therefore, is not if fluoride damages the brain, because we know that it does, but at what dose do we actually see noticeable damage? The latest research by Dr. William Hirzy, a former risk assessment scientist at the EPA, shows a “safe” dose to prevent a 5 IQ point loss is 0.045 mg per day, but no-one should get more than 0.001 mg per day. Daily intakes in excess of about 0.05 mg of fluoride may result in depressed intellectual capability. Many children in the US commonly consume fluoride from a number of sources (i.e., water, food, dental products, medicines and air pollution). Current average mean daily intakes among children in the United States are estimated by EPA to range from about 0.80 mg/day to 1.65 mg/day. There is a considerable margin between the doses known in these studies to cause significant harm (.045) and the doses (.80 - 1.65 mg) that millions of Americans now receive. However, the EPA's own Guidelines for Neurotoxicity Risk Assessment highlights the importance of having a robust margin between the doses of a chemical that cause neurotoxic effects and the doses that humans receive. So, it makes sense that Mr. Hirzy would say, “No-one should get more than 0.001 mg per kg per day.” That is from all sources, not just drinking water. Infants drinking fluoridated water can get a dose 100 times higher than maximum recommended limits. Typically, this would be a cause for major concern, but unfortunately, the EPA has consistently avoided applying the normal rules of risk assessment to fluoride. Why, because they have to keep managing the disposal of this toxic industrial waste.
Fluoride may be similar to lead and mercury in having no threshold below which exposures may be considered safe. We would not think to add arsenic or lead to the water supply, but we do add fluoride which is more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic. There is an impact of in utero exposure to fluoride (via drinking water) on cognitive development delay in children. Mild mental retardation is associated with environmental fluoride exposure. There is no ’safe’ amount!
Some people are being harmed and they don't want the fluoride. I have clients who have real problems with fluoride, and chlorine. They can't even take a shower, bath or swim in a pool due to the fluoride and chlorine added to city water because they are so chemically sensitive. Their children are ADHD/ADD, autistic and experience other health problems because fluoride is causing serious problems to the developing brain. There is a correlation between fluoridation and increased ADHD rates in the U.S. We know that it's lowering IQ.
Fluoride's ability to lower IQ in children is just the tip of an iceberg of over 300 animal and human studies that indicate that fluoride is neurotoxic. Fluoride is causing neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's, even though there are no studies currently connecting it to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. http://www.parkinsonsandfluoride.com. Few understand the molecular biology involved and therefore haven't made that connection yet. In the future, that will probably come to pass, but we simply do not have the time to wait for science to catch up.
Fluoride Is an Unapproved DrugFluoride supplements in the form of drops, tablets and lozenges have been on the market since the 1950s, but they've never received FDA approval, as the scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness does not exist. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Dental Pediatrics, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) all confessed, after checking their records, “No studies could be found in their files.” Also, the FDA said they had no such studies and that the products in question, which had been prescribed to millions of infants and children since the 1950s, were not FDA approved. When the FDA was petitioned to remove these unapproved fluoride products in 1993, no action was ever taken.
Americans are being medicatedFluoride is given to us in water without individual consent. No doctor is permitted to do that. A dentist can prescribe fluoride for the patients he/she has on record, but they can't do it for everyone. Yet the water districts, who are not legally able to prescribe, do that.
Water fluoridation medicates people without regard for age, weight or medical status. Infants drinking fluoridated water can get a dose100 times higher than maximum recommended limits, even by conservative U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations. Infants receiving formula made with fluoridated water are getting hundreds of times more fluoride than breastfed babies. Bear in mind that the EPA does not aim to protect 100 percent of the population, only 90 percent and infants are excluded altogether because they end up getting such a toxic dose. In my opinion, the EPA has not only failed to protect public health, but is actively sabotaging their health everywhere water is fluoridated.
Water Fluoridation Is UnregulatedThere's no federal agency in charge of regulating water fluoridation. The EPA is prohibited by Congress from adding anything to water for the treatment of humans, so they don't add fluoride to water. They just permit it to be done, and they keep the maximum allowable contaminant levels high enough so that it's possible to do it. In 2006, the National Research Council said the maximum contaminant level was too high, but instead of lowering it, the EPA raised it because they realized that there are too many sources of fluoride as a waste byproduct of industry, not the natural mineral everyone thinks they are getting. Companies have to get rid of this toxic substance somehow — by putting it into the drinking water supply and using people as filters to reduce environmental pollution. Not really the right way to go, but that's what's happening. It's a crime against humanity to use us a bio-filters for toxic waste.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) really should regulate fluoride, seeing how it is a drug, yet the agency has continuously deferred regulatory action. The ultimate decision to add fluoride to water is made at the local level by your city's water district. The local people are supposed to do all the scientific research, yet most people don't typically have a science background, and yet are expected to evaluate the science on something that's given to everyone without freedom of choice. They're making this decision for you, and doing the FDA's job of deciding whether fluoride, a drug, is safe and effective or not. However, to a large extent, they are relying on the CDC, and the CDC is relying on the American Dental Association. It’s the American Dental Association’s job to protect dentists, and dentists make a significant amount of money on fluoride.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared water fluoridation one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Most dentists are proponents of water fluoridation because it is purported to decrease your risk of dental cavities. How do dentists make money on fluoridation if it prevents decay? Because it doesn't prevent decay and it causes damage to teeth. Plus, the amount of money charged in the dental office for fluoride treatments is significant. I have something to say about alternative dentistry at the bottom of this article.
You maybe looking for a way to remove fluoride from your drinking water.Fluoride is a very small molecule, making it tremendously difficult to filter out once added to your water supply. Fluoride can be removed from drinking water, but most commercial water filters do not filter out the fluoride.
The three methods recommended for removing fluoride from drinking water by the EPA and WQA-Certified Water Treatment Products which use activated alumina filter media, bone char carbon filter, and reverse osmosis systems. Regular carbon filters will not remove fluoride as some claim they do, like Brita. If you have a house water carbon filtration system that has a large volume of carbon, then it may reduce the fluoride as fluoride removal is in direct proportion to the amount of fluoride and the time it's in contact with the media. It's just not going to get it all. A double multi-media cartridge filter system is needed to allow proper contact time for effective fluoride removal. The substance in the activated alumina filter cartridges is aluminum oxide, which is the same chemical substance as sapphire and rubies, but without the impurities (this is not aluminum).
The more effective filtering systems for fluoride removal are hazardous for other reasons:
Reverse osmosis (RO). The drawback is that it removes valuable minerals and trace elements as well and makes the water acidic, which is very detrimental. RO systems also need frequent cleaning to avoid bacterial growth because bacteria feed on the nutrients the filters remove. Those nutrients should be going into you! So, I do not recommend reverse osmosis.
Water distillation which, like RO, gets everything out, including beneficial minerals and makes the water acidic. I do not recommend distilled water. I drank distilled water for several years, thinking it was the best thing, but when my combined urine and saliva pH measured 4.5, and it felt like battery acid was flowing through my muscles, I realized my error.
You can add back minerals to restructure the water but it is expensive and ineffective because most mineral supplements are not absorbable and not all the minerals and trace elements are restored, or in the proper proportions with their synergy and cofactors in tact. We can’t reproduce what nature has already provided.
Other options include
Vitasalus/Equinox Products offers the FluorideMaster™ Whole House Fluoride Water Filtration System. It utilizes an effective chemical-free, state-of–the-art, highly-specialized fluoride removal system. Utilizing premium-grade FluoriSorb™ media, it is designed to completely remove or significantly reduce fluoride, sediment and/or particulate matter from all of the water entering your home for 3 years or 300,000 gallons. The FluorideMaster™ system uses over 70 pounds of premium-grade FluoriSorb™ media (known as Hydroxyapatite/Bone Char) which significantly outperform other fluoride reduction filtration systems that use "activated alumina". The reviews I have read say, "FluorideMaster™ is one of the highest quality and most affordable whole house fluoride water filtration systems available on the market." Website: http://www.equinox-products.com/FluorideMaster.htm
Pure Earth Technologies, Inc. offers fluoride water filters for city water, and fluoride water filter cartridges. Website: http://www.pure-earth.com/fluoride-water-filters.htm
Crystal Quest® Fluoride Water Filters utilize high capacity synthetic adsorbent media that is highly selective for fluoride, lead and arsenic. Website: http://crystalquest.com/Fluoridefilters.htm
FriendsofWater.com provides the 2 or 3-canister water filters for removing fluoride removing. Website: http://www.friendsofwater.com/Fluoride_Filters.html
Note: WholeFamilyHealthandNutrition.com is not affiliated in any way with the manufacturers of the products mentioned above. This information is provided as a courtesy. You are responsible to research and educate yourself, and decide the best course of action for you.
When water travels through pipes, the spin changes the molecular structure of water and makes it less absorbable by cells. If you are drinking, still thirsty and bloated, it is an indication that your water is not hydrating cells and pooling in the spaces between cells. I can help you correct this problem, so you can get the optimum hydration your body needs. It's easy and inexpensive.
I would be happy to assist you in your search for the healthiest drinking water solution for your family.
Clearly, the simplest, most effective, most economical strategy is not to put fluoride in the water to begin with.
I used to live in a row home with city water and I became more seriously ill with every passing year. The tap water I drank and bathed in for eleven years was chlorinated and fluorinated, but also the air was toxic with exhaust and industrial pollution. When I couldn't tolerate it anymore, we moved to the top of a mountain surrounded by state forest and county watershed lands. We have well water and the air is clean to breathe. We've lived here almost 20 years and my health has never been better. Not everyone can move to a more healthy environment, but if you can, I highly recommend it.
You maybe looking for a new dentist
On the subject of dentists and hygienists, my family has gone to a biological dentist for the past 25 years, aka holistic dentistry, biologic dentistry, alternative dentistry, unconventional dentistry or biocompatible dentistry. It is the equivalent of complementary and alternative medicine - for dentistry.
Holistic dentistry recognizes the strong connection between oral health and general health. It emphasizes approaches to dental care that consider dental health in the context of the patient's entire physical and emotional health. Although the holistic dental community is diverse in its practices and approaches, they have a common strong opposition to the use of mercury amalgam in dental fillings, use nonsurgical approaches to gum disease, and believe that root canals may endanger the systemic health of the patient through the spread of bacteria trapped in the cavitations to the rest of the body. Many dentists who use these terms also regard water fluoridation unfavorably.
My children are grown and have no cavities or dental problems. They are truly healthy and don't get colds or infections. I think it is because they are not exposed to certain things, like fluoride, chlorine, pollution, toxins, medicines, etc. I want that for your children too.
True cavity prevention requires addressing your diet, because cavities develop in response to an abnormality in your oral micro-biome. Moreover, since your mouth is part of your gut, it is also a gut micro-biome issue. I can help you with that also.
2017 Fluoride ConferenceIn 2016, The Fluoride Action Network (FAN), and the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology petitioned the FDA to remove all sources of fluoride from the market. FAN is trying to at least reduce, if not eliminate, the amount of fluoride that people are ingesting nationwide. On February 27, 2017, the EPA published their response. It was denied because FAN had not done a comprehensive analysis of all the uses of fluoride. In their decision, the EPA claimed: “The petition has not set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride in the U.S. through the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to drinking water or otherwise from fluoride exposure in the U.S." Fluoride is used in so many areas, like pesticides, post-harvest fumigants, medications, dental products, water, toothpastes, so to do a comprehensive analysis of all sources is virtually impossible and the EPA has never done it.
Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN), along with a coalition of environmental and public health groups has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to their denial of FAN’s petition under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) seeking a ban on water fluoridation. For too long, EPA has let politics rules over science on the fluoride issue. FAN welcomes having these issues considered by a federal court, where scientific evidence has a better chance of being weighed objectively.
Many believe this lawsuit is an unprecedented opportunity to end the practice once and for all in the U.S., and potentially throughout the world, based on the well-documented neurotoxicity of fluoride. This case will present the first time a court will consider the neurotoxicity of fluoride and the question of whether fluoridation presents an unreasonable risk under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). And, in contrast to most other legal challenges of Agency actions, TSCA gives FAN the right to get the federal court to consider the more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health as evidence ‘de novo’ — meaning federal courts are to conduct their own independent review of the evidence. FAN and the EPA will stand on equal footing, and the court will not have to give deference to a government agency, which is typically the case. I believe an impartial judge reviewing this evidence will agree that fluoridation poses an unreasonable risk. I am hopeful the court will see reason.
FAN’s relentless effort to get the U.S. government to take fluoride's neurotoxicity seriously is drawing attention to this issue. For many years, American regulatory and research agencies have failed to finance research to reproduce the more than 300 studies undertaken by other countries that have found fluorides neurotoxic harm to the brain, but now the U.S. government is funding several important toxicology studies, including a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded fluoride/brain study.
As shown by its support for these new neurotoxicity studies, our own government has acknowledged the risk fluoride poses to our children. If proponents cannot cite primary scientific studies (not bogus reviews conducted by pro-fluoridation agencies) that gives them the confidence to ignore or dismiss the evidence that fluoride damages the brain, as documented in over 300 animal and human studies, including 50 IQ studies, then fluoridation should be halted immediately, and should under no circumstances ever be initiated again.
More than 460 communities throughout the world have ended existing fluoridation programs or rejected new efforts to fluoridate either by council vote or citizen referendum since 1990. For the first time in more than 40 years, the U.S. population served by community water systems receiving fluoridated water (natural and artificial) has decreased, from 74.6 percent to 66.3 percent. Since January 2016 alone, FAN has confirmed that at least 33 communities with nearly a million collective residents voted to end fluoridation, bringing the number of victories since 2010 to at least 225 communities,15 representing approximately 6.5 million people. Since 2010, 220 communities have rejected water fluoridation. Most of these victories were the result of citizens organizing local campaigns and voicing their opposition to public officials. Many have been working in coordination with FAN or educating their neighbors and local decision makers about the serious health risks associated with the practice. Some of the latest victories in the U.S. include: 30,000 in Maine, 157,428 in New Mexico, 10,120 in Oregon, 25,000 in Virginia, and 26,000 in Pennsylvania.
If you want to learn more about how you can get involved to prevent or end water fluoridation in your community, join FAN's fluoride conference in Washington D.C. September 16-17, 2017. It is open to anyone who's interested. Bookmark FAN's website, FluorideAlert.org and check back for more information about this conference.
We are aware of the use of Roundup as a herbicide since the early 1980's, which contains glyphosate. However, during the past it has been used as a drying agent sprayed on the crops 7-10 days before harvest. Wheat ripens unevenly in fields, so pre-harvest application of Roundup kills the wheat so the greener parts of the field can be harvested with the more mature, allowing for an earlier harvest. Also, this practice increases profits for the farmer because wheat exposed to glyphosate releases more seeds as it dies, resulting in slightly higher yields. Less moisture in withered, dead wheat plants makes it less taxing on farm equipment, saving the farmer money on maintenance and harvest time.
Just because you don't experience symptoms immediately, doesn't make it nontoxic. Beneficial gut bacteria, also called probiotics, are essential for human health. These flora (plants) aid digestion, maintain intestinal wall integrity, synthesize vitamins, and are the foundation for immunity. Glyphosate disrupts the shikimic acid pathway, which is a seven step metabolic route used by bacteria for the biosynthesis of critical aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan). It also inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut micro-biome, which catalyze many reactions involved in drug metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, steroids, and other lipid components. CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they also detoxify a multitude of synthetic chemical compounds (xenobiotics) that are foreign to the body. This makes us more vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and toxins we encounter. Herbicides kill gut flora, which predisposes to intestinal wall permeability (Leaky Gut) and autoimmune diseases. Glyphosate exposure through ingestion of its residues in industrialized food products over months and years causes inflammation to gradually build up in the cellular systems of the body.
Your lack of symptoms from eating wheat means nothing. You may not be feeling the effects of consuming conventional wheat as yet, but it would be very wise to avoid it in your diet now, so you don't have to wish you had later. The increases in the incidence of celiac disease is not genetic in nature, but due to the gradual destruction of the gut micro biome and intestinal epithelium. The increased amount of glyphosate applied to wheat crops just before harvest, concentrates in the grains to dry them out and this closely correlates with the rise of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. When symptoms are not completely alleviated by eliminating gluten, it is evidence that the intestinal wall has been severely damaged and more must be done to restore health.
The only safe wheat is organic Spelt, Kamut or Einkorn wheat, which is the original non-hybrodized wheat that has remained pure for over 12,000 years.
Lifestyle and dietary driven diseases cause twice as many deaths as infectious diseases, globally. Today, grocery store shelves are filled with boxes, cans and bags of wheat and corn disguised in literally hundreds of thousands of different food-like products, or FrankenFoods. These are scientifically engineered edible products that have been developed over the past 65 years.
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Stress can be both positive and negative. Eustress is a positive stressor such as getting married, moving, going on vacation, getting a promotion at work, a surprise party and making new friends. Distress is a negative stressor which are frustrating, traumatic, and unpleasant situations that induce the emotions of fear, anger, and shock. Other stressors include anything that threatens survival like malnutrition, sleep deprivation, infection, medication, dehydration, excessive exercise, toxic beliefs, negative self talk, and un-forgiveness. Stressors are physical or emotional responses that trigger a physiological reaction to stress. The body responds to internal and external stressors in predictable biological patterns, so that internal balance, or homeostasis, can be maintained or restored.
Dr. Hans Seyle divides GAS into three stages, but I have identified four stages.
The alarm stage is the body’s initial reaction to stress it labels as a threat or danger to balance. It immediately activates the fight or flight response system, and releases “stress” hormones (adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol). These hormones enable you to have abilities you don’t usually have, like more speed, strength and greater pain tolerance. The body wants things to be resolved quickly and easily, so it releases hormones in its response to stress because they act immediately. However, the body’s ability to control or reduce stress has its limits. The survival mode, fight or flight mechanism is designed to last not longer than four minutes, because something will happen within 2-4 minutes. Either you will get away or the enemy will kill you.
The alarm stage is the body’s reaction to sudden exposure to anything it has not qualitatively or quantitatively adapted. In other words, something the body has not evolved with. Then the body responds to an immediate threat or challenge by going into shock phase and then counter shock phase of the alarm stage. Shock occurs when the body experiences a drop in its resistance to the stressor leading to a release of adrenaline, an increase in heart rate, and a decrease in muscle tone, body temperature, and blood sugar. Counter shock occurs when the body reverses most of the physiological signs of the shock phase, leading to an increase in blood volume, blood sugar, and temperature. These phases can last from a few minutes to 24 hours depending on the intensity of the stressor.
As the body goes through the phases of the alarm stage, defensive mechanisms are activated through the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis to fight against the stressors. The HPA axis unites glands, hormones, cytokines, glucose regulation, other metabolic processes and parts of the brain that deviate the GAS into a complex set of feedback interactions among the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenals. This forms a major part of the neuroendocrine system. The endocrine system controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, such as digestion, immune function, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and use. The hypothalamus activates adrenal functions and prepares the body for fight or flight by increasing heart rate and blood flow to the muscles, heart, and brain.
Symptoms associated with the alarm stage include heart palpitations, shallow breathing, muscle tension in lower back and neck, nausea, anxiety, dizziness, sweating, and numbness of the limbs. Continued exposure to stressors cause the body to transition from the alarm stage to the resistance stage of General Adaption Syndrome.
The resistance stage is when the body attempts to return to normal after the physiology has responded to the stressor, because the stress level has been reduced or eradicated. The fight or flight response robs the body of its vital force and makes it weaker. It needs to allocate energy to the repair of damaged muscle tissues and lower the production of stress hormones. The body remains on-guard, even though it has shifted to this second stage of the stress response, especially when the cause of stress persists. The body could respond again to the threat, but not as strong as during the initial response.
The body was not designed to live in a state of chronic stress. Living in survival mode every day is causing the symptoms many people suffer and those symptoms are the body’s way of telling them that their lifestyle is not working for them. Medication tells the body to ‘shut-up,’ but that doesn’t solve the underlying problem. Chronic stress exhausts the body’s limited energy supply and reduces its ability to handle future stressors. Chronic stress has the potential to interfere with your enjoyment of life, your ability to perform ordinary daily activities, causes you to age more quickly, and dramatically increases your susceptibility to chronic illness and diseases. Dr. Hans Selye says, “Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.” He observed how stress affects the human body through aging and other natural body processes that occur as we encounter stressors in our daily lives.
Prolonged stress continually activates the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis, affecting hormone balance and cell mediators. Cortisol is the primary glucocorticoid hormone involved in the adaptation process that helps maintain homeostasis and stimulates the release of other hormones to maintain balance. Cortisol is released by the adrenals in response to stress to regulate physiological reactions to stress, but continued release of cortisol affects hypothalamic and pituitary feedback loops in a way that can lead to persistent activation. HPA axis activation and cortisol issues can persist for years, affecting most major body systems; gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, and immune systems. Stress can affect physical, behavioral, and neurophsychiatric function.
The adaptation stage is when the body tries to function with the status quo, but with much lower performance in an attempt to ration all available resources in order to survive. This is the gateway to chronic illness, and makes itself known through chronic symptoms, which can lead to chronic health problems and disease if not resolved immediately.
You enter the exhaustion stage when tissues in the body become susceptible to dysfunction. During this stage, the stress has been persistent for so long that the body begins to lose its ability to combat stressors and reduce their harmful impact because the adaptive energy is exhausted. This is physiological burn-out, which shows up as chronic health problems and disease conditions.
Think of yourself as a plant. When a plant receives the proper amount of light, moisture, nutrients from healthy soil and is protected from damage by external elements, it is able to thrive. It produces phytochemicals that repel insects that would eat it. The healthy plant would enjoy a state of homeostasis.
When a plant is deprived of any one of the things it requires to stay healthy, it stresses the plant and homeostasis is threatened. This is the alarm stage.
The resistance stage is an attempt to survive, the plant begins to slow down its metabolic processes to need less water, nutrients or sun while waiting for conditions to improve.
When conditions do not improve, the plant tries to adapt to the prolonged stress. This is when parasites, viruses, bacteria, molds and fungus invade the plant and the weakened immune system cannot defend it against the pathogens. Think about it! Mold and fungus grow on dying and dead things. Many of these invaders were designed to decompose a dead body. What does that tell you about the state of your health when yeast infections occur?
When the plants resources are exhausted, systems begin to break down and the plant begins to succumb to disease. Restoring the plant to homeostasis at this point is not impossible, but it will take a tremendous amount of time, effort, close attention, a carefully planned strategy, experimentation, re-adjusting, expense and patience to obtain optimum results. There are two approaches to this.
A holistic plant doctor will notice the undesirable changes, identify the problem, develop a plan of action and provide the appropriate remedy; the correct amount of pure water, organic nutrients, the proper exposure to real sunlight. The plant instantly responds and has a better chance for a full recovery and thrive because it receives and recognizes these nutrients in the forms that nature intended and it was designed to utilize.
The other kind of plant doctor will medicate the plant with pesticide to kill the bugs, apply synthetic nutrients and put it under an artificial grow light. The plant may survive longer than if nothing was done, but it will never be truly healthy and present with a false or artificial appearance of 'health'.
The effects of chronically high levels of cortisol due to chronic stress:
Under normal conditions, plasma cortisol peaks just before awaking and decreases throughout the day. When cortisol levels are weak upon waking, this can indicate HPA axis disruption. Cortisol secretion should ideally peak between 6-8 am, with a natural decline throughout the day and the lowest levels achieved between 9pm-12am.
• Cortisol levels increasing between 80-100 indicates accelerating activity.
• Levels decreasing from 100-50 indicates decelerating activity, usually mid-afternoon, when people reach for coffee to get through the day.
• Winding down occurs when levels decrease further, to 30.
• Physical repair occurs when cortisol levels are around 20-10 and below 10 psychological repair occurs.
My personal experience: I progressed into the exhaustive stage, after a three decades of prolonged chronic stress, when cortisol levels are always high, resulting in two more decades of chronic illness and disease conditions. The phases of awake and sleep became blurred, so that I existed somewhere between ‘asleep and awake’ most of the day. I couldn’t get sleep and when I did, I didn’t sleep for very long or well (not restorative or rejuvenating). I was a zombie during the day.
Salivary cortisol monitoring throughout the day can provide valuable clinical information. Patients who are under stress may have surges of cortisol that are superimposed on the innate circadian patterns. HPA activation can affect normal sleep cycles, and the lack of sleep can alter HPA axis function and the glucocorticoid feedback loop. Supporting hypothalamus and pituitary sensitivity to cortisol, maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm, and supporting limbic system activity to reduce inappropriate threat perception is key to achieving clinical goals. The limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).
Stress can affect the function of metabolic processes regulated by the HPA axis. Changes in metabolic function may be adaptive at first, but on-going stress necessitates additional support from various metabolic parameters. We are familiar with ‘adrenal fatigue’ and focus on supporting adrenal function, however, the effects of stress impact more than just the adrenals. Focusing on cortisol and adrenal function may overly simplify complex interactions among several systems and overlook the contributions of the central nervous system, environmental factors, and other metabolic factors.
The clinical utility of identifying the stages of General Adaptation Syndrome is helpful, however, it never occurs in its pure form, but is always complicated by superimposed specific actions of the eliciting stressors. The impact of stress is a spectrum that has an individualized and varied outcome. Individuals react differently to stress. The impact of stress is unique to each person and it can manifest through a range of symptoms which are affected by blood type, nutritional status, sleep, past exposure to stress (PTSD) and other differences. Approximately 90% of visits to primary care physicians are stress-related. The spectrum of responses to stress resistance as the body progresses through these four stages are a guideline.
Early-stage symptoms in response to high stress levels include, appearing high strung, anxious or agitated, occasional sleeplessness, but little fatigue (tired, but wired) and higher pulse.
Laboratory values - check cortisol, DHEA, blood pressure and blood glucose.
Mid-stage symptoms in response to moderate stress levels include, being tired.
Laboratory values - check serotonin.
Late-stage symptoms in response to low level stress include, fatigue/exhaustion, very tired in the evening, occasional sleeplessness (difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep), low pulse, low body temperature, chronic pain.
Laboratory values - check cortisol, DHEA, serotonin and blood pressure.
Understanding the impact of stress on the HPA axis will help to accurately assess common and complex symptoms within various stress response stages. Being able to recognize and respond appropriately to eliminate stressful stimuli is the first step to recovering your energy, restorative sleep and creating a healthy stress response. Health professionals should assess a patient’s stressors and identify symptoms associated with each stage of the General Adaptation Syndrome, but of all 23 doctors I have been to, conventional and alternative alike, not one has ever mentioned it.
Supporting proper functioning of the HPA axis should be a critical goal for patients. Appropriately-designed nutritional, behavioral and lifestyle support are critical to help support healthy HPA axis function and restore homeostasis. Specific recommendations differ based on the stage of stress resistance. Generally speaking, movement on a regular basis that is appropriate for your biochemistry, establish regular bed times and obtain optimum sleep, practice relaxation on a daily basis, stop smoking, avoid alcohol and sugar, increase food quality and remove foods that are not biocompatible with your blood type. I provide a comprehensive, yet flexible, and individualized approach to client coaching.
Note: Cortisol is a steroid hormone, in the glucocorticoid class, that your body makes naturally. When used as a medication, it is known as hydrocortisone. When the body is continually bombarded with steroid, it can develop something called 'Topical Steroid Withdraw' or 'Red Skin Syndrome.' See article.
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