Clear Chest Congestion and Cough

Effective products to loosen, a few remedies you may want to consider. colds and flu-like symptoms, take NAC as soon as symptoms appear, and for COPD

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A dry cough with congestion that is deep in the chest can interfere with breathing and linger for months. Finding effective products to loosen and expel it can require trial and error, however, here are a few remedies you may want to consider.

What are some benefits of the amino acid N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC):

NAC is a potent antioxidant, as is ALA,  however, NAC raises glutathione levels. It is the standard treatment for acetaminophen overdose and protects the liver while taking acetaminophen. NAC helps the respiratory system function and keeps the membranes moist against dry air, dust, and pollutants. It helps red blood cell production and taken with folic acid and B12, may increase hemoglobin levels. When taken over a period of time, it removes toxic metals such as mercury.

For colds and flu-like symptoms, take NAC as soon as symptoms appear, and for COPD, 600mg at bedtime. Take 500 mg of vitamin C three or four times a day. Vitamin C is water soluble and therefore needs to be taken frequently in lower doses rather than one or two high doses that will exit in urine.

Since there is a potential for NAC to cause kidney stones,  it is recommended to take three times more dose of vit. C to NAC, or at least the same dose amount. Diabetics should consult their physician as it may block insulin. A typical dose is 500-1500 mg. per day taken either a half hour before, or two hours after, eating to avoid competing with protein for absorption. A few foods for COPD are wild Alaskan salmon, dark leafy greens, blueberries, and organic apples.

What are some benefits of Turmeric:

Turmeric is a yellow colored herb widely used in India. It has antibacterial, anti-viral anti-inflammatory action that helps relieve chest congestion. The medicinal component in turmeric is curcumin.

Roast the turmeric root and grind into a powder. Add the powder to boiling water and inhale the vapors for chest, nasal and sinus’. Take a teaspoon with honey two times a day. Stir 1/2 tsp in warm herbal tea or hot water.Turmeric can also be obtained in capsule form.

What are some benefits of Chlorophyll:

Greek word khloros for light green and phylon for leaf, discovered by two French chemists in 1817. Plants need this to carry out photosynthesis, the process that creates oxygen by mixing water and sun. Its molecular structure is similar to a critical part of human blood except the central atom is magnesium instead of iron.

By maintaining the appropriate alkalinity and oxygen levels of the body, it prevents the growth of pathogens. Chlorophyll is effective against various respiratory infections and other conditions such as cold, rhinitis and sinusitis.

Chlorophyll improves the functioning of the colon, liver, bladder, and stomach. It breaks down and gets rid of calcium oxalate stones that help to protect against bile stones, liver problems, an inflamed colon, excessive stomach acid, etc.

Since it has large amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, and fatty acids, it is a powerful antioxidant, and therefore, anti-inflammatory. You should eat spinach, but don’t forget about the other leafy greens like chard, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, cilantro, green beans, celery and spirulina. Steam just until tender as overcooking tends to destroy nutrients, and try to eat it as raw as possible.

Liz Olivia

Ref:
futurescience dot com/nac
turmeric for health dot com
organic facts dot net/chlorophyll

steps to health dot com/ chlorophyll

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium

magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. It creates protein and strengthens bones and the immune system. Involved in heart, nerve and muscle function, magnesium may also help to prevent liver problems.

Food processing, soil conditions and dietary habits all play a role in decreasing levels of magnesium. Vitamin and mineral depletion in the soil has been linked to the use of pesticides and fertilizers by some experts. Also, the amount of magnesium in refined oils, sugar and grains have been reduced to almost zero.

Mother Earth News, Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. and agricultural expert explained:

High nitrogen levels make plants grow fast and bulk up with carbohydrates and water. Although the produce is heavier and larger, they lack in nutritional quality.

Dr. Mildred Seelig, author of The Magnesium Factor:

If restaurant, homemade, or store-bought food contains fat, refined flour, and/or sugar as one or more of the major ingredients, it is a low-magnesium, and quite possibly high-calorie, food. A steady diet of such foods year after year can produce a magnesium deficit. The deficiency can develop in to metabolic syndrome X, a major factor in heart disease.

Foods that contain magnesium:

Beans, oats, spinach, curly kale, beet greens, baked potato, artichoke, butternut squash, plantain, Swiss chard, okra, raspberries, blackberries, whole grains, fish, mackerel, halibut, blackeye peas, nuts and cooked quinoa. Spinach, dark chocolate and almonds are good sources for magnesium, however, they contain oxalates that may hinder absorption.

Those who have difficulty digesting foods, or have a liver disorder and the elderly  may become deficient in magnesium.

Symptoms of low magnesium levels:

Low calcium and potassium levels, sodium retention, tremors, fatigue, loss of appetite, numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle spasms, nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and mood changes.

Supplemental Magnesium

There are various forms of magnesium. Oxide is the most prevalent, but is not very effective. Aspartate is not recommended because it is similar to excito-toxins aspartame and msg. Other forms include citrate, malate, glutamate, glycinate, taurinate, lactate, chloride and a few more.

Magnesium lactate and chloride absorb better than the oxide form. Malate is combined with malic acid, which is found in apples, and helps to produce bile. It is also recommended for fibromyalgia and rheumatism. The B vitamins assist in magnesium absorption.

Daily Dose of Magnesium

The amount on average over the age of 19 are 200 to 250 milligrams every day. Not common at this dose, there exist a potential of a toxic overload, therefore an occasional three month program may be all that is needed to boost magnesium levels.

Liz Olivia

How Vaccines are Made

Growing viruses and bacteria for a vaccine requires an un-clean medium for them to propagate.

To grow a virus or bacteria
Growing viruses and bacteria requires an un-clean medium for them to propagate. This can be in the form of animal tissue, human blood products, gmo yeast and aborted fetal tissue. Fetal tissue is a preferred choice due to the otherwise potential contamination with animal diseases and cross-transfer of animal DNA to humans.

Avian eggs or cells derived from foul embryos have been, and remain to be, commonly used to grow viruses and bacteria. Other serums, such as polio, were grown in monkey kidney cells obtained by killing them for cell cultures. This not only puts a drain on the monkey population, but also carries the risk of monkey viruses such as SV40, which was found to cause cancer in humans.

High risks are involved with using human fetal tissue, including the transference of diseases and genetic material the fetus was carrying while in the womb. Human parts can cause the production of antibodies to human tissue. Children produce antibodies to every component of each vaccine, not simply the viruses. This can cause demylination of the nerves and auto immune disorders. Children given the MMR who later suffered autism have been found to have antibodies to their own brain tissue. This may be a consequence of using fetal tissue in the MMR.

Present in the blood of autistics are high levels of non-inherited antibodies that conflict with the body’s brain tissue.

Ref: Dr Catarina Amorim; Journal of Neuro-immunology

Nano Tech Vaccines

New modern form of needle to administer vaccines.

Small disks of about 1/2 inch in diameter having numerous teeny tiny needles attached are being manufactured to replace the needles and syringes used to administer vaccines. The needles are very short and therefore don’t go in as deeply nor do they hurt in comparison to the traditional needles.

They are made using nano technology and robotic arms and are still in the testing phase.

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Bipolar Remedies

Many people are diagnosed with bipolar, a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes a mood imbalance of highs and lows. These mood changes may occur as a reaction to various things such as a lack of sleep, reaching a threshold of allergens, loud noises for a prolonged period, stress or lack of nutritional intake. The set of symptoms and their severity vary from person to person and one may go for long durations without any symptoms. Studies show that much more time is spent in a depressive episode than in a manic state.

Medications such as lithium or depakote for mania, wellbutrin anti-depressant, and seroquel for sleep can be helpful in maintaining a balanced state and are taken on a daily basis. Since the chemical makeup is individual, the effectiveness varies from one person to the next. One person will do very well on a particular medication whereas another may not. There are other ones to try that may work better and it may take two to three weeks to get a good idea of how effective a newly introduced medication is. The doctor should be consulted as soon as it’s evident that one is having bad effects from a new medication.

Natural Therapy

Natural remedies are also helpful to maintain chemical balance. Some of these consist of selenium, St. John’s Wort (although this might stimulate mania) and 100 mg a day of 5-htp (only when not taking medications) all of which help manufacture serotonin and are antioxidants. Omega 3 in the form of fish oil or 2 to 3 tablespoons daily of ground flaxseed to clear fogginess, and improve fatigue and circulation. Psyllium as a source of fiber and passion flower and/or skullcap are good for calming or relaxing the nervous system. NAC manufacturers glutathione to regenerate cells.

Biochemic tissue salts soothe the nerves and restore harmony. They were developed in the 1870’s as a method to replenish minerals and are small tablets made to dissolve under the tongue. Whenever new cells are formed, these salts, there are 12 alltogether, must be present and in correct balance for all organs and tissues in the body to function properly. For mood would be Nat Sulph, Kali Phos and Nat Phos which can be found in a blend form.

 A quality form of vitamin c with bioflavanoids, amino acids and msm are also restorative. ALA is a great antioxidant and choline makes acetylcholine for memory and transports lipids from the liver. Magnesium with D promotes restful sleep, steady heartbeat, and helps to relax spasms and tight muscles. Some treatments add magnesium to stop symptoms of the rapid recycling of mania. Some bipolars have shown to have differences in the levels of magnesium in their blood. Anyone taking high blood pressure medication may need to lower the dose while taking magnesium. Magnesium is useful in patients with ADD/ADHD and is essential for the biochemisty of Omega-3s.

The chelates are citrate, lactate, glycinate, malate, taurate..these are the most common. These are forms of magnesium bonded to an amino acid which then allows for better absorption. Magnesium lactate may be the best and most completely absorbed. Some people suggest that magnesium oxide is hardly worth the trouble or money.
Since chelate weighs more than the magnesium the total actual percentage of magnesium itself is lower compared to the weight of the mixture. For ex., magnesium malate label –  152mg of magnesium and 848mg of malic acid to give a total weight of 1000 mg.  Another source is a warm bath for about 20 minutes in 1 to 2 cups Epsom Salts which allows magnesium in through the skin. Food sources for magnesium include –  3oz of almonds-270mg, 1 cup of oatmeal-57 mg, and 1 cup of navy beans-108mg.

Metal Toxicity

Metal detox is another method to assist with the chemical imbalance from bipolar; the toxicity being caused primarily from vaccine additives, air pollution and car exhaust fumes. Metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead and cadmium can gain a foothold through neurons into cells and become afixed. Some metals are capable of replacing the receptor sites for zinc which can cause a zinc deficiency and is fairly common. Food colorings, msg, some sweetners and preservatives have the potential to behave as neuron excitotoxins.

Metal detox may cause an immune reaction which can stir up a healing sickness. The system may react in an attack mode similar to a germ infestation foreign to the body as they are pulled out into the flow. This may last from 3 days to 3 to 6 weeks afterward. The chinese parseley, cilantro, eaten or taken in supplement form every day for a few weeks helps to cleanse metals from cell tissues. Chlorella helps to excrete them from the body.

Dandelion root and milk thistle help strengthen and protect the kidneys and liver. Since dandelion acts as a diuretic which promotes the formation of urine, it’s not a supplement to take on a continuous basis. Follow the dose amount on the label except for every 3rd day instead of every day, always skipping two days between doses, to the end of the bottle. Then skip one or two months and repeat either once or twice. The ‘standardized’ form is denser and purer and is therefore recommended compared to regular dandelion capsules. Dandelion is a powerhouse of nutritional and cleansing support. 

Refined sugar intake depletes the body of B vitamins because they are used up by turning sugar into energy. A low glycemic-load diet is recommended; whole foods, vegetables, fruits and regular meals.

A therapy treatment may take from three months to a year and the costs for natural remedies can be spread out over time according to one’s budget. It requires some research to find quality products that are also within an affordable range. They can be found online and sometimes are on sale, or at local health stores and gnc’s. A candida cleanse may also be helpful using a product such as Electrodine for thyroid health and protection.

Travel Body Scanners at Airports

Nov. 19, 2010

The security agency for the U.S. airports began using the newly installed body scanner devices this past week. Whether or not they’re useful to detect certain materials that will protect passengers, remains questionable. Some scientist have stated there is a high potential for basil cell carcinoma (skin cancer), particularly for frequent flyers and children. It’s recommended to give this some thought before participating.
The other options are the metal detector and personal pat-downs. Whatever security procedure is used, either nude scanner pictures or pat-downs are involved before many U.S. travelers are allowed on planes. The choice of security measure used is at the discretion of the technician screening the traveler at the time.
Total travelers each month in 2008 averaged approx. 72 million domestic and international.

The total number of travelers hiding an explosive material each month is 0.

The total number of flights per month is approx. one million, primarily within the U.S.

Total number of explosive materials found on board airplanes per month is 0.

It’s been reported that the cost of each body scanner is 136,500 dollars, with additional costs of training and salaries, to include also, lawsuits against the transportation security for privacy and health violations.

Security claimed last year that the machines can neither store nor transmit the images, but officials later admitted that the agency required manufacturers to include those functions for testing, training and evaluation purposes. Therefore, all the naked images of travelers who are screened by the x-ray detector devices can be saved in a database, the extent of which depends on the computer program installed.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit demanding a federal judge to put a stop on the transportation security’s scanning program. The group’s director said, “This is the dept of homeland sec. subjecting every U.S. traveler to an intrusive search that can be recorded without any suspicion”.

X-ray screeners use  ‘focused ionized’ radiation, the effects of which are unknown, particularly for pregnant women and children. The natural type of radiation travelers are exposed to on airplanes is ‘diffuse’. Diffuse radiation is less adverse in comparison to focused and is contrary to the claim a head official made in the media when he stated that the radiation level received during screening (focused) was the same as two minutes in an airplane (diffuse).

Radiation damage is cumulative and each successive dose builds on the cellular mutation caused by the last. The dose may be up to twenty times higher than first estimated. The opinion of many scientists states that the scanner radiation has been under-estimated. Can we measure the risk of a possible terrorist attack against that of basal cell carcinoma and leukemia? It can take years for radiation damage to manifest pathology; damage and alterations to the dna structure is also in question, as well as causing infertility for generations. Scanners used at the airport specifically focus on the skin and muscle tissue immediately beneath the skin which would include tiny and small blood vessels.

Neither the liquid material of flight 253, nor the December ’09 powder form are likely to be detected by the new x-ray scanners. There is no longer any way possible that anyone can travel by airplane in a safe and dignified manner without getting personally violated. Physical and emotional injury is of a magnitude that far outweighs the reality of the situation, to include also the injurious expense on tax dollars requires further investigation.

The manufacturer of the scanner devices that have been installed is none other than a head person of the security organization itself which causes the sale and purchase aspect strongly appear as a ‘conflict of interest’ and reason enough to consider other options and alternatives.  The full-body scanners appear to have been a derivative product hedged as a future contract by a member in a position of authority in a department of the same government at the time of agreement. This scanning program has the capacity to compile an enormously massive database of very personal profiles on a daily basis very similar to models that have already been in use in penitentiaries.

The potential risk for adverse effects to skin tissue, and the vascular and muscular systems directly beneath the skin, are high; not only in the immediate sense, but effects that extend far into the future due to a latency period. Radiation exposure may cause any number of various kinds of disabilities.

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avoid soy

Soymilk sales soared from $2 million in ‘80 to $300 million in ‘99. Soybean oil is found in hundreds of processed foods; baked goods, tortilla chips, margarine, mayonnaise, and imitation dairy products all contain soy. It has taken the place in the standard American diet of the real fats in butter, milk, meat, and fish. We are eating more and more largely due to the unchallenged health claims of the soy lobby. Soy beans are made into highly refined oil with factory methods that are unhealthy. The oil is produced with immense heat and pressure in a process called extraction. Heat-treated oils go rancid, they spoil and rancid oils are carcinogenic.

The soy foods Americans eat flunk the real food test. Soy is processed through the system when eaten in very small quantity, fermented and with animal foods. This is how Asians have consumed soy for the past thousand years. Soy must be fermented in order to be digestible to humans. The consumption of soy should be limited to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari)Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. In recent years, you may have read about studies indicating phytoestrogens are good for you. The soy industry themselves funded the studies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is dangerous for the human body.
A leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is associated with unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance. Why, then, would anyone argue that we should consume more of a food high in estrogen? Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing the thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine.
It is also a very allergic food and hard to digest. Contrary to the popular myth, Asians do not eat soy as a staple food, but rather only as a condiment. Soy poses real health risks, including sterility, cancer, and stunted development.As a convenience food for humans, with slick marketing and the halo of a health food, soy is worth billions. In America, soy farming is big business, worth more than $12 billion in 1999.To review the dangers of hydrogenated oils, visit
http://www.sssbiotic.com/content/oil_article.asp
 

Soy is no joy!
 Soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, bleeding and eventual pancreatic problems can result. Soy blocks the uptake of the essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract. 

Stay well,  Astrolivia