Liver Care

Maintaining a healthy liver, a true workhorse of the human body for well-being and longevity.

The liver is a strong organ, but as with most everything, it needs to be taken care of and maintained.

The liver is the largest organ in the body and has a mighty task. It cleanses the systems from toxicity and waste product every moment of every day. Blood flows through carrying oxygen to the liver which also cleanses the blood.

The Position of the Liver

Since hepatitis, inflammation of the liver that sometimes includes a virus, eventually damages the liver, even to the degree of hepatocellular carcinoma, which is liver cancer, it generally requires a stubborn commitment in the search to destroy it.

In order to find weapons that are truly effective for this particular warfare, a good amount of persistence is necessary. Methods offered by mainstream medicine (MDs) greatly differ from homeopaths, herbalists and osteopaths (DOs).

Diagnosis of the Hepatitis C Virus (hcv) remains to be on a steady incline, almost as if it has become an epidemic. Because the hcv has the ability to mutate and hide, it is difficult to eradicate. Difficult as it may be, it is not impossible to lower the viral load, even to an undetectable level! There are several types of Hepatitis C that seem to appear according to country. The one most prevalent in the U.S. is type 1a. Up to the present time, type 1a has been the most difficult to cure or reduce the viral load.

Both the liver and blood are two important mechanisms that must perform well to maintain good health.

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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.

Food Grown Genetically

Do you read the ingredient lables on processed foods? Did you know that some of the ingredients in most all processed food products are from a plant that was genetically modified (GMO), with organisms? Genetic biotechnology has become increasingly more widespread, not only in location, but also in the number of various plants being altered.

Many, if not most, people are not aware of all the food products that either contain ingredients that were modified, such as in processed foods, and in canned and frozen vegetables grown from gm’d seeds. The seed manufacturers and the growers of their plants fight against making it a law to label the foods gmo. The European Union passed a law in 1994 that all gm’d foods must be labled as such. Japan and most other countries have also passed a law to label all gm’d foods, including the ones imported from other countries. The U.S., however, continues to battle over this labeling issue, and the scientific reports of the various hazards continue to get suppressed.

One of the seed manufacturers, Monsanto, had an attorney of who was also their Vice President for Public Policy from 1998 to 2001, M. Taylor. This same attorney/VP/PR rep. obtained a key position at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the nineties. He instated a policy essentially decreeing that “it’s all food; there is no difference from any other food; and if the biotech company that created the GM foods say they’re safe, that’s good enough”. That FDA policy for GM’d food remains the same to this day. Some estimates report that Monsanto controls 90% of the global market for GM seeds.

The pollin from these plants are blown into surrounding fields of non-gmo crops and plants. Policy analyst for ‘Food First’, Annie Shattuck, stated that once attached to a pool of foreign aid funding, the pressure on open markets for biotechnology will be substantial.

The herbicide resistant gm’d plants use a particular herbicide that goes with the seeds. It contains a chemical, glyphosate that is absorbed by the leaves into the plant. GM’d crops require more spraying than conventional and weeds are developing tolerance requiring higher and higher doses. A study by a molecular biologist at the University of Caen, Dr. Seralini, has shown that Roundup, also a Monsanto product, causes cells in human embryos to die and is an endocrine (hormonal system) disruptor.

Over 85% of the soy crops grown in the U.S. are gm’d, as well as corn, cotton and canola oil. Last January, the USDA past their decision through to de-regulate alfalfa, and recently de-regulated sugarbeets as well. This has been, and continues to be protested against by both conventional and organic growers, as well as ecology enthusiasts and groups. Alfalfa is a primary source of feed for livestock, as is gm’d corn grain, and is also used worldwide as a field cover to enrich soil.

Sugarbeets aren’t normal beets, rather they’re grown as a sweetening agent used in many processed foods as it’s generally cheaper compared to sugarcane. This is very, very big business. Most all high fructose corn syrup in processed foods is of the gm’d version, as well as soybean oil in dressings and sauces, and msg. Canola (Canada) oil began as a gm’d product with the intentions of being used as a factory lubricant, as it initially was, and is made from the rapeseed plant. GM’d foods and ingredients suddenly appeared in 2/3’s of all U.S. processed foods in 1998, primarily the soy and corn.

Following are some foods that have been, and continue to be, grown from genetically engineered seeds: 

Ironically, the commodity price of corn has risen 37% the past few months, and soybeans are up 19%. The U.S. midwestern cornbelt is now predominantly genetically modified corn and soybean. Since the corn in Mexico has been perfected over generations, they’ve made strict regulations to protect their seed variety, crops and fields from GMO contamination. Many sauces such as ketchup, spaghetti sauce and paste, are from gm’d tomatoes.

Some of Canadian’s honey is from bees that pollinate the canola’s gm’d rapeseed crops. This put a stop to Europe’s importing their honey. About half of the U.S. sweet corn acreage in 2009 was planted with gm’d seed. Four or five types of potatoes that include snack foods and processed foods containing potatoes, are gm’d. Cotton oil, generic vegetable oil, and many margarines since they contain either soy, corn, canola or cottonseed.

Our meat and dairy products mostly come from animals that had consumed gm’d feed, and therefore causes us to be 2nd-hand consumers. As well as milk and dairy foods from cows that had been injected with gm’d growth hormone, rBGH. Some vitamin manufacturers use some gm’d plant material such as vitamin C from corn, vitamin E from soy, A, D and some B vitamins as well may be derived from gm’d plant sources. 

This appears to only be the tip of the iceburg. In 2009 there were already over 40 plant varieties having completed the federal requirements for commerce as the FDA and USDA has stated.  

Non-Gmo ‘Project Verified’ is a label being used on products to indicate foods produced without genetic engineering or DNA technologies.

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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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Dehydrate Kidneys With Too Much Water

Drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses of fluids daily can be hazardous to your health. This is particularly true if liquids are consumed within an hour before bedtime. You very well might be dehydrating yourself!

You ask, “How can that be”?

Hyponatremia – a low blood sodium concentration in the kidneys. The bladder is getting full too often and causing frequent urinations. Early and frequent emptying of the bladder prohibits the kidneys to concentrate the fluids and hydrate the blood system. The kidneys also need ample enough time to process out the toxins before the fluid is expelled from the system. These processes require fluids to remain in the kidneys long enough to filter out toxins and maintain fluid in the blood system to avoid dehydration.

A lot of fluid intake on a regular basis can habitually wash out the medulla, the area in the kidney that concentrates fluids to cleanse and hydrate. This can eventually result in a coma if it continues for a long period of time. The kidneys are designed to do the most work of this nature while we are asleep, which is one very important reason to avoid drinking anything an hour before bedtime and throughout the night. Another reason is to be able to stay asleep without getting disturbed by an irritable blader having to be emptied.

How many times a day is it considered normal to empty the bladder? 

This will vary from one person to the next depending on many factors, however in general, six to eight times throughout the day and none during the sleep period. In general, the need to empty the bladder averages four times after consuming 33 ounces which is equivalent to either 1 liter or 4 cups of liquid.

Some of the conditions that factor in to bladder frequency are:

  • age may have an effect on the elasticity of the bladder
  • muscle strength of the pelvis floor
  • some bladders are smaller
  • bladder capacity averages two cups
  • medicine that has a diuretic affect
  • activity level
  • thyroid and pancreas health
  • caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • overactive bladder and urgency

In the event your bladder frequency is over nine times a day plus once or more during sleep, and your regular intake is considered a lot, you may choose to decrease the amount. Waking up three or more times in the middle of sleeping to empty the bladder is considered excessive and referred to as “nocturia”.

Any one or all of the sensations of burning, straining, pain, or urgency can be a symptom of an infection. The council of a qualified physician is recommended particularly if it persists over a few days and includes a discharge, sudden urges, back pain, or fever and chills.

Infections do not occur nearly as often in men as they do women due to having longer urethras. Women’s are much shorter and positioned as such that an occasional infection is not unusual. Therefore, it’s suggested that men take these symptoms seriously also, if not even moreso to avoid serious complications caused by not having it checked out sooner. It’s advisable to rule out possible conditions such as an std, chlamydia, and prostatitis. 

When reducing the amount of water consumption, or fluid intake in general, a weaning off process is recommended. Reduce by one glass each day the first week, then two glasses the second week, and so on. All liquid drank within an hour and a half before bedtime is suggested to omit or exclude the first week as this will allow the kidneys the time necessary to concentrate and process the fluids from the day. This is a suggestion only and the actual fluids to exclude are best decided on by the individual.

“Urinary incontinence” is an entirely other matter and has to do with bladder control, incidence and how often. Urinary control relies on the finely coordinated activities of the smooth muscle tissue of the urethra and bladder, skeletal muscle, and autonomic nervous system. It’s recommended to avoid making a habit of holding it for lengthy periods of time.

Examples of sudden onset (acute) conditions that can result in incontinence are childbirth, medicinal side effects, limited physical mobility, and urinary tract infection. Long term (chronic) conditions may be caused by brain or spinal injury, blocked urethra, a weak bladder muscle, weak pelvic floor muscles, nerve disorders, or a birth defect.

The kidneys and bladder are a major part of the system involved in filtering out toxins from the body and hydration maintenance. It is important for good health to assure that they are functioning as well as possible. If you have questions or problems in this matter, please seek the assistance of a physician or urologist about your concerns.

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Source: urologychannel

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. 

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Water Flouride Hazards

What most of us are not aware of is that this practice of adding fluoride to the municipal water systems has been proven to be propaganda.

Fluoride has been listed as a contaminant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who disputed against the practice of adding it to tapwater in their own documents. There exist countless other professional publications disputing this use of fluoride as well, yet the mass water fluoridation program continues.

 An interesting fact to note is that drinking water is not fluoridated in any part of Germany. Is it mere coincidence that one of the founders of the codex alimentarius commission just happened to be in charge of the fluoridation program at auschwitz, and that Germany is somehow exempt from fluoridation? Do they know something we don’t?
 
As of the year 2000, 42 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. had water fluoridation and a study in ’02 shows 67% of United States residents living in communities with fluoridated water. This commission began in 1963 to develop food standard and guidelines of which all members of the UN are obligated to comply with. 
 
Under Frits Meers direction, I.G. Farben used a fluoridation program to control the population at the auschwitz concentration camp in any given area through mass medication of the drinking water supplies. “By this method they could control the population in whole areas, as well as reduce it by producing sterility in women, and so on.”
  
He was ultimately convicted of plundering and slavery, but his sentence was commuted due to friends in high places. A commuted sentence is not the same as a pardon as the codex commutation may be ‘conditional’. He then went on to become one of the constructors of the commission in ’62 and ‘63. If food is produced using fluoridated water, then it contains fluoride, which then follows that soil, crops and food are affected.
 

  
Good for Cargill and Monsanto, bad for us. Unless we can get ‘scientific integrity’ established (or re-established?) as the cornerstone of policy making, we are doomed to have otherwise honest and decent employees become the pawns of rotten political agendas. It is a lack of scientific integrity at the highest levels of the U.S. regulatory apparatus which makes it so difficult to get this issue re-examined in the light of new evidence on both its lack of effectiveness and its serious threats to human health and the environment.”
 
source: flouridealert
 
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Hydrofluorosilic acid in drinking water
Hydrofluorosilic Acid

Two thirds of the hazardous waste referred to as “hydrofluosilicic acid” used in 90% of the water fluoridation programs in the U.S. is supplied by cargill. This has raised concern among risk assessment scientists at the agency of environmental protection. They’re helping to draw attention to the fact that the only other place this fluosilicic acid can legally be disposed of is in a hazardous waste facility. As Dr. Hirzy of the agency’s Professionals Headquarters Union, put it, “If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing!”