Liver Care

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

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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.

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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complex causes and effects

Even with cleaner water and communities, and new and improved medicines, people over the past century have been inflicted with a number of various kinds of illnesses. There are four main types of disease:  pathogenic, deficiency, hereditary, and physiological disease. A treatment attempts to improve or remove a problem, but treatments may not produce permanent cures. Cures are a subset of treatments that either reverse it completely, or end medical problems permanently. Many diseases that cannot be completely cured are still treatable.

Acute describes the sudden onsight of an illness requiring short term care considered either severe or generally mild. Nearly one in two Americans (133 million) has a chronic medical condition of one kind or another, and chronic illnesses cause about 70% of deaths in the U.S. and take up 3/4ths of the costs yearly. Chronicity is usually applied to a condition that lasts more than three months requiring long term care management for effective treatment many of which aren’t actually disabled as their medical conditions do not impair normal activities to that degree.

To name a few; asthma, allergies, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, hepatitis, arthritis, cardiovascular, lupis, ms, hiv, human parvo, cancer, and rheumatism. The causes of these are always the same, such as either co-incidental, or genetic and some times considered environmental or unknown. With as much funding that’s been poured into the fields of medical science and research over the past fifty years, and since it has grown by leaps and bounds, it seems astonishingly untrue that so little knowledge in regard to today’s chronic illnesses has been obtained. This begs the question by the masses, how can this be so?

Etiological discovery in medicine has a history in Robert Koch’s demonstration that the tubercle bacillus causes the disease tuberculosis, Cacillus anthracis causes anthrax and so on as summarized in his postulates. But proof of causation in infectious diseases is limited to individual cases that provide experimental evidence of etiology; greek for ‘giving a reason for and cause’. Contiguity postulates that cause and effect must be in spatial contact or connected by a chain of intermediate things in contact.” For ex.: People who can’t metabolize a drug will require a much lower dose than is recommended by the manufacturer, if any at all, and those who metabolize it quickly may require a higher dose. Also, people without the enzyme to activate them, some drugs such as codeine, will not be effective. People who are poor metabolizers of a drug may overdose while taking less than the recommended dose.

Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that happen in living organisms to maintain life . These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes that are crucial for the reactions to produce energy. Enzymes act as the catalyst in their reaction with others and release energy quick and efficiently, as well as allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes. Poisons cause disturbances usually by chemical reaction or other activity on the molecular level and are determined by the metabolism.

Because the main cause is not always obvious, it is important to consider the significance of each cause very carefully and to consider possible alternatives to it. An immediate cause closely precedes an effect and therefore is relatively easy to recognize. A remote cause takes place further in the past and is less obvious. It’s recommended to assess all possible contributing factors rather than just the most obvious. To not inspect the remote as well as the immediate causes can often result in an oversimplified and illogical conclusion.