Cleanse and detoxify the body

Most people suffering from chronic health conditions are dealing with a high toxic burden because there are 80,000 synthetic chemicals in the environment. This overwhelms their elimination organs, recirculates in the body and eventually gets lodged in organs and tissues. They weaken the immune system and trigger symptoms. Over 700 poisonous substances are present at detectable levels in the body of the average American adult, causing challenges to the immune system. The results of a study done by the Environmental Working Group revealed more than 300 toxic chemicals in newborn babies. It is important to eliminate all sources of synthetic chemicals in your environment, foods and beverages, and detoxify your body, especially if you are planning to get pregnant because the toxic load you are carrying can be transferred to your unborn fetus.

Each organ has a specific function in the detoxification process

Intestines

The selectively permeable mucous membrane of the intestine absorbs nutrients into the bloodstream and they are transported to the liver, while it provides a barrier that blocks toxins from the rest of the body. However, most people have some degree of leaky gut, so pathogens and contaminants enter, and cause great harm.

Intestinal disorders like IBS, IBD, Crohn’s or Colitis are considered “autoimmune diseases”, but it is simply inflammation in different locations in the intestines. The immune system is going after microbes that have become so deeply entrenched in the mucosal lining that it fails to root them out, but continues to try. Pathogens got past the stomach, where hydrochloric acid is supposed to kill them. Either the person stopped making sufficient hydrochloric acid, they are taking medication to reduce stomach acid production or they are eating combinations of foods that cause the pH in the stomach to be too alkaline for the complete digestion of proteins. Candida was designed to attack and kill the parasites, viruses and bacteria that make it past your first line of defense; your stomach. In a fungal form, Candida can’t do their job. Now these pathogens have made their home in your intestinal lining and are consuming your food, and producing waste that adds to your toxic burden, while at the same time preventing your intestines from absorbing nutrients. Malnutrition slowly progresses, and the structural integrity of the intestinal mucosa deteriorates; leaky gut. Also, other organs and systems begin to break down. The conventional medical model acknowledges that H. pylori is a prime cause of ulcers (inflammation in the stomach), but fails to make the same connection with various other well-known organisms that reside elsewhere in the intestinal tract. These syndromes are just an effect and nothing more.

You want your colon to function efficiently, so it can evacuate any toxic substances in the bile that come down from the gallbladder into the intestine as the bile is being excreted.

The second line of defense against internal contamination is the liver and kidneys.

Liver & Gallbladder

The liver is a very multi-tasking organ. Your liver is the largest and heaviest internal organ in the body, weighing about 3 pounds. It is found in the right upper abdomen, below the diaphragm. It takes up most of the space under the ribs and some space in the left upper abdomen. The two lobes are separated by a band of connective tissue that anchors the liver to the abdominal cavity. The gallbladder, where bile is stored, is found in a small hollow on the underside of the liver.

Liver tissue is made up of lots of smaller units of liver cells called lobules. Many canals carrying blood and bile run between the liver cells. Blood coming from the digestive organs flows through the portal vein to the liver, carrying nutrients and also toxic substances. Once they reach the liver, these substances are processed, stored, altered, detoxified, and passed back into the blood or released in the bowel to be eliminated. In this way the liver can separate that which is beneficial from that which is harmful.

The liver processes everything you eat, drink, wear, touch and breathe. The liver filters out harmful toxins before they contaminate the body, while aiding the body in the breakdown/use of fats, proteins and carbs, and converting the nutrients into substances that the body can use, stores these substances, and supplies cells with them when needed. It also takes up toxic substances and converts them into harmless substances or makes sure they are released from the body.

The liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes in the body.
Carbs: In the metabolism of carbohydrates, the liver helps to ensure that the level of sugar in your blood (blood glucose) stays constant. If your blood sugar levels increase, for example after a meal, the liver removes sugar from blood supplied by the portal vein and stores it in the form of glycogen. If someone’s blood sugar levels are too low, the liver breaks down glycogen and releases sugar into the blood. As well as sugar, the liver also stores vitamins and minerals (iron and copper), and releases them into the blood when needed.
Fats: The liver produces about 800 to 1,000 ml of bile per day. This yellow, brownish or olive green liquid is collected in small ducts and then passed on to the main bile duct, which carries the bile to a part of the small intestine called the duodenum. Bile is important for the breakdown and absorption of fats.
Proteins: The liver also plays an important role in the metabolism of proteins: liver cells change amino acids in foods so that they can be used to produce energy, or make carbohydrates or fats. A toxic substance called ammonia is a by-product of this process. The liver cells convert ammonia to a much less toxic substance called urea, which is released into the blood. Urea is then transported to the kidneys and passes out of the body in urine. With the help of vitamin K, the liver produces proteins that are important in blood clotting. It is also one of the organs that break down old or damaged blood cells.

Loose stools, constipation, (or a combination of both) nausea, weakness after meals, light colored stools and/or floating stools are all an indication of a liver that is not functioning properly. It MUST make enough bile (acids) for digestion.

The liver is also the primary purifying organ of the body. It has to filter out all toxins that come into our bodies on a daily basis. Toxins from food (preservatives), air (pollution and air fresheners and such), prescription drugs, street drugs, over-the-counter drugs, alcohol and even chemicals in our water. When the liver becomes overburdened with toxin removal - the skin (which is the LARGEST purifying organ of the body) will jump in and help remove toxins too. This can cause all sorts of skin problems including acne, boils, eczema, etc. Toxins trying to leave the body through the skin cause rashes. An indication of gallbladder stagnation is itching skin. Bile salts go into the blood and cause itching.Toxins trapped in the body and recirculate, causing serious health problems. That’s what’s been happening, so opening the exits will stop that cycle from continuing. Sometimes getting the liver to function properly will clear up many skin problems. If the liver has to choose - the liver will remove toxins before it will create bile. A good liver cleanse will allow the liver to get rid of the toxins, which will then allow it to produce the correct amount of bile.

The liver helps detoxify your body, but when the liver isn’t functioning properly, your body is likely not absorbing, storing, or utilizing all the nutrients from your food, which can result in bloating, constipation, low energy, and an inability to lose or gain weight. Without a healthy liver, it’s nearly impossible to have a properly functioning metabolism, healthy circulation, beautiful skin and hair, balanced hormones, and strong digestion.

What can harm your liver?
  • Alcohol is the most well-known liver toxin. Alcohol creates a toxin called acetaldehyde, but Candida also creates toxic acetaldehyde and it’s your liver’s job to flush it out of your system. Alcoholic fatty liver is the earliest stage of much more serious liver damage.
  • Refined sugar can lead to fatty tissue buildup in the liver, which can lead to liver disease even if you’re not overweight. Sugar is just as damaging as alcohol. Candida lives on sugar and it will give you intense cravings for refined sugar and processed carbohydrates.
  • Soft Drinks are not only loaded with sugar, but also artificial sweetener, artificial color, solvents and other chemicals that can cause damage in the long-term.
  • Extra pounds can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Fat buildup in your liver can harden, swell, and turn into scar tissue.
  • Acetaminophen is a very popular ingredient over-the-counter painkillers which are very toxic to the liver. Be sure to stay read all the ingredients on the label and know what you are taking into your body. What you consume becomes a part of you.
  • Oral medications must overwhelm the liver to pass through to the body, and over time many can cause liver damage in the process.
  • Hepatitis A, B, and E, and other Viruses can create serious problems for the liver.

When the liver is overwhelmed, it can’t keep up and dumps what it can’t manage back into general circulation in the blood stream, which then recirculates. That's how prescription and OTC drugs work. Eventually these toxins get deposited in tissues and organs, or the body dumps them in the lymphatic system to hopefully deal with them later and keep them from causing harm. Usually the toxic load is continuously high, so the body never gets a break long enough to handle the excess in storage, so it creates cysts and tumors to hold it all.

There are many reasons why it’s so important make maintaining liver health a top priority. My goal is to help get your liver into shape so you can start feeling healthy again; more energy, clear skin, keeping your hair, regular hormone cycles, stronger immunity, healthy digestion, better oral health, positive mood and longer life.

Kidneys

The kidneys are an important part of the elimination of toxins too. The kidneys' main function is to purify the blood by removing nitrogenous waste products produced by metabolic processes and excreting them in the urine. Nitrogen combines with other molecules in the body to produce toxic compounds such as ammonia, which has only one nitrogen per molecule, but it is very toxic. It requires a great deal of water to be flushed out of the body. We metabolize ammonia into a less toxic molecule called urea, which is less toxic than ammonia and requires less water to flush out of the system. Your urine is composed mainly of nitrogenous waste or urea nitrogen. The renal system also controls the fluid and ion (mineral) levels in the body by excreting any excesses. This kidneys regulate the body's salt, potassium and acid content. The production of urine involves highly complex steps of excretion and re-absorption. This process is necessary to maintain a stable balance of body chemicals. The kidneys also produce hormones that affect the function of other organs, and regulate blood pressure. The kidneys produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones and control the production of red blood cells.

There are two kidneys, each about the size of a fist, located on either side of the spine at the lowest level of the rib cage. If you're having an ache or pain in that area, it's often mistaken as low back pain, but it may be your kidneys talking to you through the language of symptom and asking you to look closer.

Each kidney consists of a million functioning units called nephrons. A nephron consists of a filtering unit of tiny blood vessels called a glomerulus attached to a tubule. When blood enters the glomerulus, it is filtered and the remaining fluid then passes along the tubule. In the tubule, chemicals and water are either added to or removed from this filtered fluid according to the body's needs, the final product being the urine we excrete.

The kidneys perform their life-sustaining job of filtering and returning to the bloodstream about 200 quarts of fluid every 24 hours. About two quarts are removed from the body in the form of urine, and about 198 quarts are recovered. The urine we excrete has been stored in the bladder for anywhere from 1 hour during the day to 8 hours while we sleep.

When the kidney's tiny filtering units called the glomeruli become inflamed, it may cause progressive loss of kidney function. Kidneys can develop cysts that enlarge over time and may cause serious kidney damage or even kidney failure. Cysts are usually the result of the body's attempt to immobilize and imprison a parasite. Kidney stones are formed by drinking black tea (15.5-20 mg oxalic acid per cup), coffee, cocoa or eating chocolate, because they contain oxalic acid, which forms into stones. Too much phosphate contained in meats, breads, cereals, pastas and carbonated drinks also cause crystals to form. These collect to form kidney stones, which cause severe back pain. Drugs, OTC pain relievers, toxins, pesticides and parasites can harm the kidneys and cause damage.

Kidney disease usually affects both kidneys. If the kidneys' ability to filter the blood is seriously damaged by disease, wastes and excess fluid may build up in the body. Although many forms of kidney disease do not produce symptoms until late in the course of the disease, there are six warning signs of kidney disease:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Blood and/or protein in the urine.
  • A creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) blood test, outside the normal range. BUN and creatinine are waste that build up in your blood when your kidney function is reduced.
  • A glomerular filtration rate (GFR) less than 60. GFR is a measure of kidney function.
  • More frequent urination, particularly at night; difficult or painful urination.
  • Puffiness around eyes, swelling of hands and feet.

My goal is to help you prevent loss of kidney function by coaching you on how to take care of your kidneys.

Parasites
An organ can’t cleanse if it’s burdened with parasites, viruses and bacteria; wee-beasts.
Organs that are laboring with parasites can’t function, so it is important to route out the parasites that are clogging the plumbing so your cleanse will be easier and more complete. A liver cleanse can’t be done until the parasites are first eliminated.There are some things that block the movement of bile from the liver into the bile tree. Endotoxin are the membrane parts of gram negative bacteria. When they move through a leaky gut wall and get into circulation, they cause inflammation and activate the immune system. They enter the liver and block toxin flow out of the liver. When that passage way is blocked, toxins take another route and go back into the blood. Toxins go everywhere; the brain and cause neurological inflammation, and brain fog. They go to the kidney, causing lower back pain.

True healing comes when the invading pathogens are eliminated, so the immune system no longer has any reason to attack and then normal body functions can return. If this condition continues, the damage increases with every passing year and diagnosis multiply, but this can easily be turned around and the damage doesn’t have to be permanent.

70% of all parasites that can live in the human body are microscopic. Only 30% are visible to the naked eye.

Malaria is a microscopic infection. The "worm" parasites can range from ¼ inch to 33 feet long! This is not ALL of them, but this will give you a pretty good idea of what a PARASITE CLEANSE removes:
Ringworm, tapeworms, pinworms, candida albicans (yeast infections) and plasmodia (which is the malaria causing parasite), roundworms including ascaris, hookworms, whipworms, flukes including the blood fluke the anisakid worm and microscopic parasites and all parasitic larvae and eggs.

All microscopic protoza (including blastocystis hominis ) , tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), cholera, scabies, viruses, bacteria and fungi including, pseudomonas aeruginosa, all species of shigella, staph (staph aureus) and strep (Streptococcus), bacteria, fungal infections (ie: yeast infections), threadworms and skin parasites (including scabies).

Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus, Saprolegnia, and Zygorhynchus species. Salmonella typhimurium, and other bacterial species (including sixty + types of fungi and twenty + types of bacteria, including some of the most potent viruses known to man), B. subtilis, P. mirabilis, Salmonella typhi, methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, Staph faecalis, salmonella enteritidis, and V. cholerae , Escherichia, Proteus, Providencia, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Hafnia, Aeromonas, Vibrio and Bacillus genera, Microsporum, Epidermophyton, Trichophyton, Rhodotorula, Torulopsis, Trichosporon, Cryptococcus neoformans, Entamoeba histolytica and Paramecium caudatum, the herpes simplex virus, and viral infections.
Also cystitis, prostatitis, gonorrhea, and syphilis, cholera, giardia, salmonella, and Eschorichia Coli.

AVOID REINFECTION!

Restoring health

The first step to restoring health is to eliminate all the things that cause harm to the body and protect it from exposure to contaminates and reinfection.
This process will require an investment in time and money, but also lifestyle changes. For those who want to improve their health without rearranging their lives, there are supplements that claim to boost liver health, but they are copycats of other liver support formulas, as if they are purchasing the same ingredients or product from one pill manufacturer and applying a different label and price. These manufactured supplements add to the already high toxic load, and are nothing more than bandaids that alleviate symptoms and produce "false positive" results. Some of them contain ingredients that are not biochemically compatible with certain blood types. They are often used to avoid the cost and inconvenience of lifestyle changes, while opting out of prescription drugs and invasive treatments which come with their own side effects. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn't work and costs more in the long run. Health challenges are calling us to pay attention and see that how we are doing life and taking care of our bodies isn't working. Symptoms are the language of the body communicating there is a problem and they point to the problem. In truth, purchasing the herbs to make a tea cost less than the supplements and the tea contains ingredients that are compatible specifically for your biochemistry.

How do you determine your toxic burden?

If you ate fast food or used toxic personal hygiene, hair and skin care products, yesterday, 5 or even 20 years ago, your body has bioaccumulated all of it. You have absorbed and consumed plasticizers (a group of chemicals used to increase the polymers flexibility and make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They leach out of PVC plumbing, and are used as dissolving agents for other materials,, so you will not see them listed in the ingredients of packaged foods and are in personal-care products - shampoos, soaps, cosmetics and lotions. They are not only found in packaged foods from China and Taiwan, but in all processed foods. Phthalates are not converted into breakdown-products (metabolites) in the body because it's not designed to break down these chemicals, so they don’t pass out of the body via the urine or stool. Your liver and gallbladder were never designed to identify and process those chemicals, so the liver excretes them into the gallbladder for storage. When the gallbladder gets filled up with green and black (very old and toxic) stones, it gets infected and they have to remove it. We eat artificial food, and this is what happens to an increasing number of people. Cholesterol stones, pigment stones, mixed stones, Calcium stones. Medical doctors will not tell you to flush your liver and gallbladder. They will just tell you that your liver is sick and prescribe medications or schedule you for a transplant or remove your gallbladder and wish you luck with digesting fats.

Most people suffering from chronic health conditions are dealing with a high toxic burden. By answering the questions below, you may gain some insight as to your current toxic burden, which is the amount of toxins that your body needs to process. Do you or have you in the past, used, consumed or been exposed to the following …

  • processed foods, GMO’s, preservatives, additives, dyes / colors, or mold inhibitors
  • non-organic fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, farm raised fish?
  • use artificial sweeteners?
  • fast foods and /or eat out at restaurants?
  • grilled, fried or charbroil foods?
  • drink coffee, beer, wine, alcohol or tap water?
  • mercury amalgam fillings, tattoos, hair treatments, cosmetics.
  • perfume / cologne, tobacco smoke, air fresheners.
  • unnatural personal care, laundry products, dry cleaning chemicals.
  • pharmaceutical / OTC medications?

If any of your answers are "yes," then it is likely that your diet and lifestyle contributes significantly to your toxic load.

If you are thinking of cleansing the whole body - here is the correct order

If you have mercury amalgam fillings, it is critical that they be replaced with composite fillings by a qualified biological dentist who has the proper equipment necessary for their safe removal and is trained in the latest decontamination processes. Mercury in dental fillings constantly seeps into the body from the mouth and is more toxic than lead. Some of it travels to the brain and spinal cord. Long-term, low-level exposure has been associated with fatigue and every neurological symptom and diagnosis from Alzheimer’s to Multiple Sclerosis. When I had 5 amalgam fillings replaced by a biological dentist, my immune system danced for joy, because it felt like an elephant was taken off my back. Your mouth should be metal and bacteria free (cavitations cleaned). A toxic mouth puts a heavy load on the liver. Eliminate the source of the problem first, for best results.

Colon cleanse for one week, Kidney cleanse for 3 weeks, Parasite cleanse for 30 days, the liver cleanse 5 days, and gallbladder cleanse for two days. All 5 cleanses should be repeated several times with a minimum of one month of rest between each round of the 5 cleanses. Cleansing and detoxifying are hard work for the body, so more time may be required after each cleanse. The removal of filth from the body may take months or even years, and should always be done slowly and carefully under the guidance of someone who's knowledgeable about such things.

The liver cleanse should not be done before the parasite cleanse and should also follow a kidney cleanse.

I use a very broad spectrum system that will gently clean the entire body.

FAQ’s:

Can a liver cleanse be performed if the gallbladder has been removed?
Yes. When the gallbladder is removed, the body compensates for its absence. The bile duct, found on the visceral side of the liver, will increase in size to take over the task of bile storage. Some patients experience diarrhea, IBS and some GI disorders whereas other exhibit no post-surgery symptoms at all.

How will I know when my liver is clean?
Every person will have different results depending upon many factors; age, diet, exercise, physical and emotional stress levels. The liver and gallbladder are never 100% clean since their intended function is to metabolize toxic and potentially toxic material. Most people require a minimum of 3 initial cleansing sessions, followed by periodic cleanses once or twice yearly for maintenance. Some people will notice a foul smell in the initial stages of cleansing. Over time, there should be a noticeable decrease in foul-smelling bowel movements and other bodily excretions; sweat, breath, etc.

Will I experience a healing crisis?
You may feel worse during and after you do a liver cleanse than you did before you started. The accumulation of toxic material must be processed to be removed from the body. This process can include physical indications caused by these toxins as they are further metabolized or oxidized. The most common indications include: fatigue, headache, minor rash, lack of mental clarity, joint or muscle ache, inability or difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, or mood swings. Some people experience multiple indications while others have just one or none. These indications will go away in 2-3 days as the body naturally expels these toxins. However, many people report feeling energetic and experience an increased sense of well being after the initial liver cleanse. If you feel worse, you may need to continue with the cleansing process and repeat it a couple more times. In addition, an organic whole foods diet and drinking only natural water, in addition to plenty of rest, will help you feel better. Massage, an occasional total body clay mask, Epsom Salts baths and sweating may also help to eliminate toxins from the body.

Can I take medications during a liver cleanse?
Yes, but take any medications far away from the liver cleanse ingredients. I suggest working with a practitioner who can assist you more directly with these accommodations.

How quickly can I get this done?
The western mindset of doing too much, too quickly causes problems for the body. The body likes slow. Even a sudden positive change can throw the balance so far off that is causes a severe healing crisis. Some people have previously used other products and strategies to clean the body. They report that it was too harsh and I agree, if used too aggressively any strategy can be. Some ingredients in the cleanses kill Candida and other microbes, so it makes sense that anyone with fungal dysbiosis or SIBO could experience some die-off symptoms as a result, but if done properly they shouldn’t be too uncomfortable.

How can you help me?
My passion and purpose as a health coach is to help you understand what's sabotaging your healing efforts, give you valuable information to make wise decisions, recommend strategies that will set you up for success, and provide support and encouragement as I walk beside you in your journey from illness to wellness.

I wish you optimal health, safe travels and many blessings.
Johnna Wheeler

Why I don't like Fabreeze

Recently, I traveled by train and someone (who didn't work for Amtrak) kept walking the length of the train spraying Fabreeze. I insisted that he stop. I've also encountered it in public restrooms.

I looked up the ingredients in this popular air freshener spray and what I found was not surprising, because my body told me on more than one occasion, "This is very bad for me."

The ingredients in Fabreeze, as provided on their website, include: Cyclodextrin, Dimethizone, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzisothiazone, Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Diethylene Glycol, and Polyamine Polymer.

I researched these ingredients, and this is what I found.

Cyclodextrin increases permeability through mucous membranes and as a result, increases the bioavailability of other ingredients into tissues.

Dimethizone is a silicon-based polymer that creates a plastic-like barrier in tissues that traps bacteria and impurities. It is in cosmetics, which accumulates just under the skin and causes damage, but airborne I hate to think of what it does in the lungs.

Sodium Hydroxide is a corrosive acid that decomposes proteins and lipids (fats) in living tissue, causing chemical burns. Again, in the lungs this is a problem.

Benzisothiazone is toxic. It irritates skin, eyes and lungs. It is linked to systemic contact dermatitis via airborne contact. There are no safe levels.

Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride has been found to cause infertility and birth defects.

Diethylene Glycol is not allowed in food and drugs due to its toxic effects. It has been used as a counterfeit ingredient for glycine (glycerol) or propylene glycol in cheap products, has caused mass poisonings and many deaths in different countries around the world. Symptoms of poisoning begin with gastrointestinal symptoms, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and neurological sumptoms; including central nervous system depression and mild hypertension. Then, metabolic acidosis resulting in kidney failure. Also, hypertension, tachycardia, cardiac dysrhythmia, pancreatitis, hyperkalcemia and mild hypoatremia. Finally, lethargy, facial paralysis, dyspnoea, dilated/nonreactive pupils, quadriplegia and coma leading to death within 10 days of consumption. Perhaps you aren't drinking it, but it is absorbed into the blood stream from the mucous lining of the lungs as lower concentrations. Consider that perhaps your milder symptoms could be caused by chronic, low level exposure to this avoidable toxin, which is being made more bioavailable due to the first ingredient listed.

Tattoos

Popularity

Since the invention of the first electric tattoo machine in the late 1800’s, tattooing has steadily increased in popularity, but in the 1960’s tattoo became a mark of fashion, rather than that of the rebel in the 1950’s. Roughly 36% of those born in the mid-1960’s to mid-1980’s have one tattoo, according to a recent Harris poll. Tattoos are more popular than ever. Today, almost half of people between the age of 18 and 35 have tattoos. The number of Americans who have at least one tattoo has jumped 50% in the past four years. I have no tattoos.

Out of concern for people, and the clients I serve in my private practice, I began to investigate this topic myself and write about the health issues they might encounter as a result of having a tattoo. There are a list of unexpected and sometimes shocking concerns that everyone should know.

The tattooing process

A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on your skin with pigments inserted through a hand-held machine that acts much like a sewing machine, with one or more needles piercing the skin repeatedly. With every puncture, the needles insert tiny ink droplets and cause a small amount of bleeding. The process is done without anesthetics, so the experience can feel like a pin scratch or like being carved by nails.

Oversight

The actual practice of tattooing is regulated by local jurisdictions, such as cities and counties, in order to limit infection and disease transmission risk. The regulation requirements and licensing standards vary from state to state. That means there is no “standardized certification” for those doing the tattooing and no overall governing body supervising the health and safety of tattoo parlors. Although tattoo artists and parlors are regulated, there are those who are not.

While the Food and Drug Administration “is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation”, tattoo inks are not very closely regulated in the FDA. Published research has reported that some tattoo inks contain pigments used in printer toner and in car paint. The FDA has not approved any pigments for injection into the skin for cosmetic purposes. Some medical practitioners have recommended greater regulation of pigments used in tattoo inks because the wide range of pigments currently used in tattoo inks may create unforeseen health problems.

Tattoo

Few people know what is in the tattoo ink itself

Tattooing ink contains toxic chemicals, including phthalates, heavy metals (lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel and titanium that trigger allergies or diseases), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (from products of combustion or soot, and have been linked to skin cancer in shale oil workers), which are carcinogenic and endocrine system disruptors. Some pigments are industrial grade colors, which are suitable for printers’ ink or automotive paint. Some studies in Europe suggest that black ink often contains carbon-based pigments, whereas red dyes may contain “azo-based hues,” which contain nitrogen compounds.

Red colors have been found to contain mercury, while greens and blues have been found to contain cobalt. Barium, copper, mercury and other unsafe components in tattoo inks. Their research also found a disheartening mismatch between the listed ink container contents and its actual chemical composition found on testing.

Mercury is one of the most toxic metals, even more so than lead. It is used in many products other than dental fillings, like fabric softeners, cosmetics, laxatives containing calomel, some hemorrhoid suppository preparations and other medications, polishes, wood preservatives, latex, solvents, plastics, ink used by printers and tattooers, and some paints. Mercury in dental fillings leaches out while chewing and is absorbed into the bloodstream on a continual basis. There is no barrier to prevent mercury from reaching the brain cells, where it can do serious neurological damage. Mercury is a cumulative poison that is retained in the pain center of the brain and the central nervous system. My symptoms of mercury poisoning included insomnia, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, depression, memory loss, irritability, a metallic taste in my mouth, loose teeth, dermatitis, and hair loss. High levels of mercury have been linked to Systemic Candidiasis, which I also had. Experts believe ink nanoparticles could enter the bloodstream and accumulate in the spleen and kidneys, harming the body's ability to filter impurities. Studies have found that some ink used in the UK contains known carcinogens and scientists want more regulation of the dyes used by the industry.

Some early research hints that these inks can cause different types of reactions. One chemical commonly used to make black tattoo ink called benzo(a)pyrene is known to be a potent carcinogen that causes skin cancer in animal tests. Melanomas and malignant tumors have been found in tattoos. The Food and Drug Administration has become more involved with tattoo inks, stating “Many pigments used in tattoo inks are industrial-grade colors suitable for printers’ ink or automobile paint.” Like the studies started overseas, the agency is now examining the chemical composition of inks and pigments and how they break down in the body, as well as their short and long term safety. Also, when tattoo inks break down in the body, they migrate to lymph nodes.

Lymph nodes are responsible for filtering out disease-causing organisms. Dibutyl phthalate, a common plasticizer found in black tattoo inks, mimics estrogen and disrupts testosterone. Exposure of fetuses and infants is a major concern. Prenatal exposure to dibutyl phthalate has been linked to feminization of the reproductive tract in infant boys. In men, it has been linked to sperm defects and altered thyroid hormones. Some pigment migrates from a tattoo site to lymph nodes, where large particles may accumulate. When larger particles accumulate in the lymph nodes, inflammation may occur. Smaller particles, such as those created by laser tattoo treatments, are small enough to be carried away by the lymphatic system and not accumulate. Lymph nodes may become discolored and inflamed with the presence of tattoo pigments, but discoloration and inflammation are also visual indicators of melanoma; consequently, diagnosing melanoma in a patient with tattoos is made difficult, and special precautions must be taken to avoid misdiagnoses. Pathologists, meanwhile, are reporting tattoo ink in surgical biopsy specimens of lymph nodes. For instance, a 2015 report in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology detailed the case of a young woman with cervical cancer which doctors believed had spread to her lymph nodes. After surgery to remove the nodes, they discovered that what appeared to be malignant cells in a scan was actually tattoo ink. A similar misdiagnosis occurred in another patient with melanoma.

Most of the long term health effects happen in skin regions injected with black and red ink, which are the most commonly used colors.
Carcinogens were identified in 83 percent of black inks – by far the most popular color for tattoos.
Approximately 44% of long term reactions happen after red ink was used in a tattoo.

Tattoo dyes — especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes — can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo.

Azo-type pigments used in tattoos tend to cleave through enzymatic catalysis of redox reactions, resulting in highly electrophilic aromatic amine by-products capable of forming chemical bonds by the sharing of electrons between atoms binding with DNA. Naphthol and Azos break down in sunlight exposure into toxic and/or carcinogenic aromatic amines. As with heavy metals, these by-products of the pigments’ decomposition accumulate in the lymphatic system. Plastic-based inks (e.g., glow-in-the-dark ink) are known to lead to polymerisation under the skin, where the tattoo pigment particles converge into one solid plastic piece under the skin.

Ramifications for health

Research has linked tattoos with different health issues from the ink itself including, infections, toxic effects, scarring, burns, chronic irritations and much more.

A skin infection is possible after tattooing. Many of the skin problems are suspected to be caused by underground "scratcher" tattoo artists working without licenses. There are two trades: scratchers and the legitimate trade, however the same ink is used by both and the health problems associated with the ink is my main focus.

Tattoos breach the skin, which means that short term complications can include delayed healing, pain, itching, redness, swelling, and infection within weeks of getting tattooed. You can get serious infections from unhygienic practices and equipment that isn’t sterile. Using non-sterile water to dilute the pigments (ingredients that add color) is a common culprit, although not the only one. For many people, the complications linger for years after the tattoo was inked.

The most common infections associated with tattooing involve staphylococcus aureus or pseudomonas bacteria arising from poor skin preparation or equipment sterilization. More aggressive infections may cause high fever, shaking, chills, and sweats. A doctor treating such infections might prescribe a variety of antibiotics—possibly for months—or even hospitalization and/or surgery. “Staph” skin infections can become serious and even life-threatening, as antibiotic-resistant strains become more prevalent. The other unexpected consequence is antibiotics cause Systemic Candidiasis and Leaky Gut to develop, or if you already have this, it will progress to the next stage.

Other skin problems include: Cement dermatitis, collagen deposits, discoid lupus erythematosus, eczematous eruptions, hyperkeratosis and parakeratosis, and keloids. The most common dermal reactions to tattoo pigments are granulomas and various lichenoid diseases. Granulomas are small knots or bumps that form around material the body perceives as foreign. Keloids are scars that grow beyond normal boundaries or raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue. Hypersensitive reactions to tattoos are known to lay latent for significant periods of time before exhibiting symptoms. Delayed abrupt chronic reactions, such as eczematous dermatitis, are known to manifest themselves from months to as many as twenty years after the patient received his or her most recent tattoo.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also seeing reports of people developing infections from ink that was contaminated with bacteria or mold, as well as adverse reactions to the inks themselves. Although research is ongoing at FDA and elsewhere, there are still a lot of questions about the long-term effects of the pigments, other ingredients, and possible contaminants in tattoo inks. The FDA has received reports of bad reactions to tattoo inks right after tattooing and even years later. There’s no sure-fire way to tell if the ink is safe. An ink can be contaminated even if the container is sealed or the label says the product is sterile. Two years ago the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation after research found inks contained potentially dangerous substances including metals and hyrocarbons that are known carcinogens.

Inks and kits sold as “do-it-yourself” to consumers have been associated with infections and allergic reactions. They've been linked with infections and allergic reactions because users may not know how to control and avoid all sources of contamination. Avoid do-it-yourself tattoo inks and kits.

Maurie Luetkemeier, a professor of physiology at Alma College in Michigan, found that tattoos may interfere with the way your skin sweats. Compared to non-tattooed skin, inked skin excretes about 50% less sweat, and the sodium in sweat is more concentrated when released from tattooed skin. When your glands produce sweat, the skin tends to reabsorb sodium and other electrolytes from that perspiration before it breaks free, but his findings indicate that tattoos may partially block this reabsorption. Also, if you have extensive coverage—especially on your back, arms or other areas densely populated by sweat glands—tattoos could interfere with the skin’s ability to cool your body and hold onto important nutrients. Exposure to high heat and a heavy workload could cause your body to have a difficult time regulating body temperature.

A rash may also mean you’re having an allergic reaction to the ink, or ingredients You also might become allergic to other products, such as hair dyes, if your tattoo contains p-phenylenediamene (PPD). And because the inks are permanent, the reaction may persist.

Blood-borne diseases. If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various blood-borne diseases — including tetanus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Hepatitis, which is 10 times more infectious than HIV, can be transmitted through needles used by tattoo artists. It is the reason the American Red Cross restricts blood donations from individuals with newer tattoos done outside of regulated tattoo facilities. A study from Tulane University added credence to these blood donation restrictions by showing that 17 percent of all participants had at least one tattoo done somewhere other than a tattoo parlor, and 21 percent admitted to being intoxicated while receiving at least one of their tattoos. We were rather alarmed at the high rate of reported chronic complications tied to getting a tattoo."

Occasionally, when a blood vessel is punctured during the tattooing procedure a hematoma (bruise) may appear. Bruises generally heal within one week. Bruises can appear as halos around a tattoo, or, if blood pools, as one larger bruise. This bluish or dark blurry halo that surrounds a tattoo can also be attributed to ink diffusion or 'blow-out'. Commonly mistaken for a hematoma, this discoloration occurs when tattoo pigments spread out into the subcutaneous tissue beneath the dermal skin layer, and may be caused by ink being deposited too deep in the skin.
About 10 percent of the people said they’d had some complications. For some, these complications were short-lived, such as bacterial infection right after the tattoo was inked, or temporary swelling and itching.

MRI complications. Let your health care professional know that you have a tattoo before an MRI is ordered. Tattoos may cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. Black ink commonly contains iron oxide. The MRI scanner causes the iron to heat up either by inducing an electric current or hysteresis. Non-ferrous pigments have also been known to cause burns during an MRI.

The health effects of tattoos are so bad they require removal using laser surgery and patients are given steroids to resolve the problems associated with removal. The consequence of steroids is they contribute to or advance Systemic Candidiasis.

I don’t think anyone gets a tattoo because they believe it’s totally safe. I think people get tattoos because it’s culturally a little bit rebellious, and I don’t think they are well educated about the risks. I’m not talking about risks like, it will turn out ugly or fade in the sun. I’m speaking in terms of long term or permanent health problems that are absolutely 100 percent likely to occur. Most people who get tattoos are willing to face some risk, because they already participate in other risky behaviors. Tattooing is considered a “risky behavior”.

Regrets

According to the 2016 Harris Poll, of about 1 in 4 people have tattoo regret. When asked, many said the primary reason they regret having gotten a tattoo is they were too young to make a decision that permanent, and at the time put little or no research into the decision. The second most common reason, which coincides with the first, is the tattoo “no longer fit their lifestyle or interests.” They may have the name of an old boyfriend or girlfriend permanently on their body. Whether a tattoo depicts a name, a person, a place or a thing, tattoos take on different meanings, depending on the interpreter, their relative history and knowledge. Their perception changes through time and experience, and tattoos are always in a state of gradual transition.

During job interviews with hiring managers tattoos can actually hurt job prospects. 86 percent of college students discover that having a visible tattoo is a detriment to their future employment. With such a large number young people considering tattoos, informing them of the health and social risks could help them avoid tattoos they may regret later. As the prestige of the profession or job position rises, older coworkers are less tolerant of visible tattoos. The acceptance doctors, primary school teachers and presidential candidates decreases significantly among the vast majority of people age 51 and above.

Understandably, people who have many friends and family members with tattoos are generally more accepted regarding their tattoo, and tend to suffer less tattoo regret, but those who interact with individuals without tattoos, like in the workplace or institutions of higher learning, experience more social stigma, and are more likely to suffer regret and consider tattoo removal.

Getting a tattoo is a body-changing decision, which is akin to a life-changing decision, which is really no different from young people getting married, which has a 32 percent regret rate or choosing the wrong college major, which has a 37 percent change rate. For many, making a major decision when young is rife with regret. The difference with tattoos is having to face that regret every time you look in the mirror or social experiences on a daily basis.

Removal

You might think that if you tire of your tattoo, you can just get it taken off, but the process of tattoo removal is actually expensive, time consuming, and painful. Tattoos covering extensive areas of the body are simply too large to tackle in one session, and could take years to remove. Depending on the size of the tattoo and other factors, you may need to undergo anywhere from five to 20 sessions for a satisfactory removal -- and each session costs hundreds of dollars. Darker pigmented people tend to have less success with certain lasers and require more sessions to avoid skin damage.

As the number of people who have tattoos grows, the need for laser surgery tattoo removal services have rapidly grown across the nation into a multi-million dollar business, with additional potential for growth as the younger, highly tattooed, generation ages.

The process of tattoo removal involves a laser that targets the pigment and dissolves it so the body can absorb it. Because the laser shatters the pigment particles under the skin for removal by the body, the issues with infections, scarring and the ink spreading become a concern again. Their have been case reports of tattoo removal that have caused potentially deadly allergic reaction (anaphylactic reactions), which involves the closing of the throat and a dangerous drop in blood pressure. Other complications include hypopigmentation (white spots where the tattoo used to be) and fibrosis (thickening of the skin in the tattoo site). We don’t know the short or long term consequences of how pigments break down after laser treatment. However, we do know some tattoo removal procedures may leave permanent scarring. You can lighten them, but complete removal is a challenge. You have to accept the fact that the skin will never look the same.

The tattoo artist usually uses an electric machine with disposable needles that injects colored inks into the lower layer of the skin, the dermis. The upper layer, or epidermis, does not retain the color but rather sheds it as the skin is renewed as following an injury, which is why the ink is deposited into the lower layer of the skin where it will stay permanently, which is why it is so difficult to remove a tattoo. Some tattoos can never be removed completely because the ink has been placed too deep in the skin and the laser treatment can't reach it.

Current lasers still have limitations in the colors they can erase with added difficulty stemming from more vibrant tattoo colors.
Black is the easiest shade to remove, while green, blue, yellow and purple can be the most stubborn. Older tattoos will fade more easily than newer ones. And the darker your skin pigment, the more difficult it will be to erase your ink. Where the art is on your body can also affect removal: The further away the tattoo is from your heart, the harder it is to treat.

Because of the risks (burns and scarring) involved and the skill required, you should see a dermatologist or other medical professional to have the work done. Laser complications include pain, blistering, scarring and, in some cases, a darkening of the tattoo ink can occur, according to dermatologists. Dermatologists have observed severe medical complications from tattoo pigments in the body, and have noted that people acquiring tattoos rarely assess health risks prior to receiving their tattoos. Over the years, the FDA has received hundreds of adverse event reports involving tattoos.

Physical consequences for others

Beyond the well-known risks for the individual with the tattoo, people should also recognize the chance that what they do to and put into their body will cause physical consequences for others.

In 2005, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a ground-breaking report called “Ten Americans”. It tested for 500 toxic chemicals to determine the toxic chemical burden of ten Americans. They found 300 toxic industrial chemicals in their blood, but what was so interesting is these exposures did not come from
• the air they breathed, even though there was mercury found in their blood, which is often found in air pollution.
• the water they drank, even though there were additives found in their blood, like perchlorate, which is a rocket fuel component.
• the personal care products that they used, even though there were chemicals like parabens and phthalates found in their blood.
These ten Americans were newborn babies. This proves that toxic pollution does cross the umbilical cord and placenta, causing a toxic burden in the blood of unborn babies. What you expose your body to before and when you are pregnant - ends up in your baby!

I ask every expectant mother or woman planning to get pregnant, to take a serious look at what she eats, drinks, the synthetics in the clothing she wears, the products she uses on her skin and hair (cosmetics, deodorant, perfume, dyes, permanents, lotions, soaps, shampoo, tattoos even), medications, habits, what chemicals are used to clean her clothes (detergents, fabric softeners, dry cleaning, spot removers), what chemicals she uses to clean her home (bleach, oven cleaner, air fresheners) and the environment they are exposed to (tobacco smoke, exhaust, fuels, etc). It’s time that we as women and the caregivers of our families, commit to being focused on those things that really matter; being a nurturer and focusing on our home and family.

We need to think about how what we do each day really does affect our health and the health of the next generation in some very serious and long lasting ways, and on so many levels. We need to operate on the “precautionary principle”, which is basically the same as the “Better safe than sorry” approach.

Our Bodies Are God’s Temple

As a Christian, I studied my bible and read it daily. I’d choose a topic and learn all I could about what God says about that one thing. I wanted to understand what God expected of me as a person, woman, wife, mother and friend. I also wanted to know what He had to say about food and the body, because my perception of food and my body had been warped. It is no secret that our culture is obsessed with physical appearance. Many Christians focus on spiritual growth and maturity, but rarely give any thought to their bodies because, after all, we will get a new body in heaven - right. I did think of my body as the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and so I didn’t put drugs or alcohol in it, and I didn’t smoke. I didn’t tattoo it either, because I equate that to graffiti on the walls of the Holy of Holies in the old testament temple.

Your body is meant to be the temple of God. This may be a touchy subject, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share this thought with you. What would God think of someone who sprayed graffiti on the walls of the Holy of Holies in His temple in Jerusalem? That’s exactly how He feels about your body! Some people think, “My body is mine to do with as I please”. But Gods perspective is very different.

God created the body, so it belongs to Him. It also belongs to God, because He sent Jesus to redeem it (body, mind and spirit). Value is all about perception. Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. You and I are very expensive, because Jesus paid the highest price (His life) to redeem us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). If you want to know how valuable you are to God, just look at the cross. If I am worth dying for, than I am worth caring for. God cares for me, so I need to care for myself. That way, I can have the energy and clear mind to serve God and others. My body is on loan, like a tool, to use while I am here on earth. He expects me to care for it and use it to do His work. Think of your body as one of the “talents” (Matthew 25:15-28) He has given you and one day He will expect an account for how you used it. This life is preparation for the next life. If I can’t be trusted to manage earthly possessions; time, money, talents, opportunities, mental and physical abilities - how can God trust me with heavenly riches. I can’t expect God to bless me with heavenly riches, if I don’t manage my earthly responsibilities well. God is watching all of us, to see how well we manage what He has given us. Do we make the most of what we receive or do we squander it?

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Bio-oxidative Therapies

Bio-Oxidative therapies have quickly become an adjunct to natural healing methods.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Magnetic Therapy

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.


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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 (-)
fights infection
relieves pain
reduces inflammation
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

Lyon Legacy bio-north:south

South Pole Positive Polarity (+)
accelerates micro-organism growth
increases pain
can increase inflammation
stimulates wakefulness
decreases cellular oxygen
inhibits biological healing
increases edema
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 products

You 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.
ENERGY (GAUSS).

POLARITY
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.

FREQUENCY
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.

PENETRATION
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.


Lyon Legacy matress pad

“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.]

What is healing and when does it happen?

Health - What do you think health is?
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.