Bayer/Monsanto’s Horrors – Part 2

There was a recent article in Natural News that exposed unbelievable Bayer/Monsatan devious nightmares that
they have to pay incredible fines. That being said, I would like to put the Bayer/Monsatan fraud in its proper perspective. I remember when I was growing up in the 1940s my parents got into a new thing for them called smoking. By the 50s and 60s the whole country was obsessed. Even the physicians did ads touting the safety of smoking.

But there were activists and protesters that said smoking was harmful and they were laughed at, demeaned, and called disrespectful, all because they were against it. But all the “respectful” people like the politicians, the tobacco companies, and all the “hip” people blasted them saying, “it was safe”, or “no tests found any negative effects.” Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Only this time smoking has become like GMOs.

Instead of tobacco companies, we have the biotech companies like Bayer/Monsatan, Pioneer, DuPont, Syngenta, etc. saying all the same things about GMOs that were said about smoking. The only difference is they all rally behind the “we want to feed the world” propaganda.

In Hawaii, when a labeling bill gets defeated, the biotech hookers give credit to our politicians for utilizing common sense when defeating a bill. They further say that it makes common sense to make the decision to “study” the potential consequences before passing legislation that could increase our grocery bills, boost our taxes, and violate the Constitution.

What’s funny is that when the genetically modified Rainbow papayas were shipped to Japan, they must be labeled. Interestingly enough, prices rose insignificantly.  Then they rant about how the politicians are acting responsible and prudent in their decision making and seeing the importance of the issue of the safety and availability of our food supply, using, if you’ll pardon the expression, “reliable information to understand a bill’s implications is the responsible way of achieving good policy and protecting everyone.”

They, however, never talk about paying off the politicians so they will not bite the hand that feeds them. Say a politician is in office for ten years and receives $500 every two years, when they re-run for office, from the above mentioned corporate lobbyists. That $2,500 every 2 years equates to $12,500 over 10 years. Now, multiply that by 20 or so politicians. So much for a government of, for, and by the people.

They never say that the potential consequences of passing a labeling bill will only interfere with their profits and that the “reliable information” about GMOs only comes from the biotech industry. All others are ignored even if the studies prove it’s disastrous to one’s health. They say that mandatory labeling creates the false impression that there are differences in our food where none exists. So what if a seed is created in a laboratory and is only good for one planting?

So what if foreign genes are forced into a plant’s DNA and those inserted genes come from bacteria and viruses that have never been in the human food supply?

So what if the biotech industry hides the toxic effects of their chemical products?

So what if the FDA scientists affirmed that genetic engineering transfers genes across natural species barriers, using imprecise laboratory techniques that are outdated as to how genes and cells work and absolutely bear no resemblance to natural breeding?

They say that the federal government requires labeling of any food if there is a health concern, but there are none regarding GMOs. I wonder if all the heads of the FDA, USDA, EPA, and the US Dept. of Agriculture has anything to do with that, as well as Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Kagen, who worked for Monsanto’s law firm as did Hillary Clinton?

They say that no one has gotten ill from GMOs, but how does one tell if GMOs are hidden and not disclosed. A friend of mine that recently lost a political seat and tried an experiment after he lost. For three months he ate nothing but GMOs. He gained 40 pounds. Imagine that!

They say that spraying enormous quantities of toxic pesticides and insecticides on crops by people wearing HAZMAT uniforms will have no adverse health ramifications on those that eat them or on the land that they continually poison. Do you really believe that?

Regarding not getting ill from GM crops, then why are they swimming in that big river in Egypt about the links to thousands of toxic and allergic reactions and thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab animals?

Why did soy allergies skyrocket by 50% in the UK, soon after soy was introduced?

Why did hundreds of laborers in India report allergic reactions just from handling Bt (Bt is a gene inserted into cotton and corn DNA, where it secretes the insect-killing Bt-toxin in every cell) cotton and their symptoms identical to those exposed to Bt spray?

Why did sheep graze on Bt cotton and within a week 1 in 4 die? Why did about 24 US farmers report that Bt corn caused widespread sterility in pigs and cows?

Why did the stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes show excessive cell growth that was a precursor condition to cancer?

And why, unlike the safety evaluations for drugs, were there no human clinical trials prior to the introduction of GM foods, despite experiments verifying that genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of intestinal bacteria and continues to function long after we stop eating GM foods creating GM proteins that live continuously inside us?

About 19 percent of GM crops produce their own pesticide, where another 13 percent produce a pesticide and are herbicide and pesticide tolerant.

They say they support Whole Foods labeling agenda. What they did not say was that the natural foods market makes up a small percentage of the buying public. And as long as the conventional supermarkets do not label GMOs, their profits will not suffer greatly.

I could go on and on but by now I think you get the point and see the deception. Think about all the cases of cancer, emphysema, and birth defects that arose years after smoking was deemed safe. Well, here we are with the new tobacco, GMOs. If GM foods on the market are causing common diseases or if their effects appear only after long-term exposure, like tobacco we will not be able to identify the source of the problem for decades, if at all. There is no monitoring of GMO-related problems and no long-term animal studies. Why? Because the biotech corporations are gambling away the health of our world for profit.

So, where do you come in? First you must understand that the primary reason these companies genetically engineered plants is to make them tolerant to their brand of herbicides and pesticides. The four major GM plants, soy, corn, canola (even so-called organic, which is the worst of the worst), and cotton, as well as sugar beets and alfalfa are designed to survive an otherwise deadly dose of weed killer.

Once that is understood, you must never buy anything containing soy, corn, canola, and cotton if it does not say organic or non-GMO. If the sugar ingredient says cane sugar it is safe. If it just says sugar, you could be in deep doo-doo. It’s better to spend a bit more now and stay healthy rather than ignore what you buy and have to pay lots more on medical and hospital bills later.

So, it is up to each and every one of us to pressure government, be it local or federal, to label GMOs. We may lose battles but ultimately we must win the war. Future generations depend upon this.

The good news: the organic sulfur crystals detox heavy metals, mercury, parasites, fluoride and toxins out of the body. There is hope after all. Oh yeah, the “they said” came from Fred Perlak, Monsatan’s vice president of research and business operations in Hawaii. I guess they laugh all the way to the bank!

Aloha!

Source:

www.centerforfoodsafety.org

www.hotzehwc.com

 

 

Bayer/Monsanto’s Horrors – Part 3

When I was a kid, if I were told that I’d be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would’ve thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30’s.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a “plastic” community would be an understatement.

Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.

I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, ” let’s become vegetarians”. I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, “okay”! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.

So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, “The Little Kitchen”.

Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.

I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I’ll elaborate on that in a minute.

But right now, back to “The Little Kitchen”. Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.

The owner said to me, “Let’s make a deal. You do our tax return and we’ll feed you as well”. So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.

But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, “Hawaii”. Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called,” Mr. Natural’s”. I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at “Mr. Natural’s.” To make a long story short, that’s exactly what happened.

So, I’m working at “Mr. Natural’s” and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle – it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka’anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.

Since I was the new guy, and didn’t really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that’s exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.

I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.

Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I’m asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn’t thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, “You expected anything less”? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, ‘enchilada’s at “Natural’s” tonight’. I never had to cook anything else.

A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That’s when they found out I was an accountant and “Down to Earth” was born. “Down to Earth” became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.

In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD’s that would call in asking for my credentials.

My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.

I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii’s premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. She said,” If you want to be with me you’ve got to stop working on naked women”. So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.

Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a “chicken” or “egg” or “fish” or “pig” or “cow” was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.

The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.

Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.

For more, please view www.healthtalkhawaii.com and www.asanediet.com.

Namaste!

 

Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System

With the Corona virus shutting down many countries in 2020, individuals with health challenges have chosen to limit social contacts and shutter in. Health organizations have focused prevention on social distancing, hand washing and face mask wearing.

We have an immune system which has successfully fought off illnesses throughout history. The famous germ theory versus terrain debate is what divides integrative medicine from more conventionally practiced medicine. Those in the terrain health camp know the immune system is the key to fighting all viruses and illness, including the most recent covid-19 virus.

While washing hands, limiting contact with sick individuals and quarantine of ill persons has been successfully used historically, what also makes sense is building one’s immune system. There are many steps one can take to do so. These include sunbathing, outdoors activity, exercise, good sleep, earthing, positive outlooks, healthy diets, and taking targeted nutritional supplements, vitamins and herbs.

By increasing one’s self care protocol, you can take charge of your health and feel safer when venturing out during the current pandemic. There are also steps one can take if symptoms of illness arise like sore throats, runny nose and coughing for extra boosting and healing.

Benefits of Sun

The benefits of sunshine to health are well established. Only recently have individuals been warned to limit sun exposure. Sun is now well known to help create vitamin D, but natural light has many more health benefits, including increasing immune function, improving eye sight, increasing mitochondria and creating healing. Sunbathing for a minimum of 20 minutes daily is recommended during warmer months, but exposure of eyes and skin throughout the year is beneficial.

Exercise

Excersing is another way to boost one’s immune system and mood. Exercise is a well established activity that improves sleep, mood, heart and lung health. Every organ of one’s body benefits from movement.  Both cardiovascular and strength training activities are beneficial. Interval training exercise for just 12 minutes daily create tremendous health benefits.  Dr. Al Sears has done tremendous research documenting the health benefits of interval training exercise for 12 minutes.

Walking and spending time outdoors

Walking outdoors is a safe activity most can engage in to help with mood and overall health. During these times of limited social activity, it is especially important to get outdoors and enjoy the healing benefits of sunshine, fresh air and the sounds of nature. Walking outdoors barefoot, with one’s feet touching the ground, is even healthier, because the earth’s electrons are anti-inflammatory and healing. Spending time in nature is also known to be calming and beneficial to health.

Sleep

While sleeping our bodies heal and rejuvenate. Seven to nine hours is recommended and earlier is better if possible. Listening to your body and getting adequate sleep is essential for good health. Natural supplements which can help with sleep include GABA and L-tryptophan. If needed CBD oil is another safe supplement which can enhance sleep. Epsom salt baths, minimizing blue light exposure in the evening and developing  good sleep hygiene habits are important steps toward improving and maintaining good sleep.

Positive Attitude

Fear damages one’s immune system. The power of a positive attitude is well established to promote healing and boost one’s immune system. Using cognitive therapy strategies can help improve one’s thinking. David Burns MD has many excellent books and resources on the easy use of cognitive therapy strategies to improve one’s outlook.

Nutrition

The Weston Price Foundation is a powerhouse of information detailing nutrient dense foods that can boost the immune system. Dr. Weston Price studied endemic cultures for 10 years in the early 1930’s discovering that these people enjoyed superior mental, physical and dental health by eating unprocessed foods available to them, including raw foods and healthy animal fats. These cultures consumed 4 to 10 times more water and fat soluble vitamins compared to the average American diet at that time. They enjoyed a natural immunity to tuberculosis which was common then. They also had perfect teeth, with no cavities or need for orthodontia.

An easy way to remember these dietary principles is to eat foods the way your great grandparents ate them, before the advent of fake, highly processed and unhealthy non foods. Every culture has traditional, healthy and delicious foods for both daily eating and special occasions.

Eating sunny side up pastured eggs with true sourdough bread toast with raw butter for breakfast, along with some fruit is nutrient dense. Old fashioned chicken soup, made from simmering pastured chicken or chicken bones with added vegetables, is full of vitamins. Organic fruits and vegetables, raw whole organic milk, pastured butter, wild salmon, oat porridge, soaked grains and legumes, and pastured beef, chicken and liver are traditional health foods. Preparation can be easy. My site Holistic Health to Go has many easy, delicious and healthy recipes.

Best Supplements

A good multi vitamin is essential now because our soils are very depleted of nutrients. Cod liver oil and K2 are important immune boosters. Cod liver oil contains vitamins  A and D in a perfect ratio. For virus prevention, vitamin C is a true superpower. Liposomal vitamin C is best absorbed and 1-10 grams can be taken daily. Tremendous research shows vitamin D is essential for our health and protective for Covid. Zinc combined with quercetin are also good for viral protection. B complex vitamins help mood and immunity. Omega 3 fish oil is a good overall supplement. Iodine, magnesium, glutathione, berberine, goldenseal, echinacea, Reishi mushrooms, colloidal silver, Kaolic garlic, ginger and selenium are other immune boosters.

Important supplements to treat a viral infection

Vitamin C is magical and high dosages can greatly help the immune system fight the cytokine storm resulting from a viral infection. Zinc and Quercetin can also greatly reduce a viral load associated with an infection. Increasing or maintaining other immune boosters is also beneficial when fighting any type of viral infection. Taking up to 100mg zinc daily along with upwards of 1,000 mg quercetin daily are considered safe dosages. Elderberry is considered beneficial for treatment of viruses, along with colloidal silver and raw Manuka honey.

Take Charge of Your Health

Taking responsibility for one’s health is an empowering step.  We have always had an immune system which fights disease. At the end of the day, it is only our bodies’ immune systems which are capable of healing of any kind. For viral illnesses, along with other contagious diseases boosting our immune system with the above strategies will help empower us to face the world with less fear.

Disclaimer: If one it taking medications of any kind or has any special health considerations, it is recommended to consult a physician prior to taking any supplementation. The information in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult your personal healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions for yourself.

Sources for this article and further research:

Curing the Incurable by Thomas Levy, MD

Mood Cure by Julia Ross

HolisticHealthToGo.com

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/04/20/zinc-dosage-for-immune-system.aspx

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/08/24/quercetin-and-vitamin-c-synergistic-effect.aspx

The Immune Summit, 2020

earthing.com

Michelle Goldstein

Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic principles into her full time counseling practice. She is passionate about holistic nutrition, natural healing and food/ medical health freedoms. After immersing herself into alternative medicine, seeking answers to a family health crisis, she discovered that conventional healthcare recommendations often contribute to illness. She has written for Natural News, Vac Truth and other health news sites, beginning in February 2013. All of her articles and recipes to date can be found at her site Holistic Health to Go, http://holistichealthtogo.com/.

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About the Author

Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic principles into her full time counseling practice. She is passionate about holistic nutrition, natural healing and food/ medical health freedoms. After immersing herself into alternative medicine, seeking answers to a family health crisis, she discovered that conventional healthcare recommendations often contribute to illness. She has written for Natural News, Vac Truth and other health news sites, beginning in February 2013. All of her articles and recipes to date can be found at her site Holistic Health to Go, http://holistichealthtogo.com/.

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Study Finds This Nut May Significantly Improve Your Heart Health

Participants included adult men and women between the ages of 30 and 70 years old, all of whom were at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

After two weeks of eating traditional snacks, the participants were split into two groups. One group ate whole almonds, while the other continued eating the control snack (sweet and savory mini muffins) for a remaining four weeks. Both snacks provided a 20% total calorie intake.

At the end of the six weeks, researchers measured the cardiometabolic health markers in both groups.

Almond snackers showed an improvement in endothelial function, which according to the study is “a key factor in the initiation, progression, and disease manifestation of atherosclerosis.” Atherosclerosis is characterized by a buildup of fats and cholesterol in the arterial walls and can lead to other cardiovascular problems, if left untreated.

The almond group also lowered their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also called bad cholesterol. This is likely because snacks high in saturated fats were replaced with almonds, which are rich in unsaturated fats, phytosterols, and fiber, the study explains.

Overall, the almond-eating group lowered their cardiovascular disease risk by 32%.

Spotlight On: Ashley Larose

Name: Ashley Larose

Major: Psychology

Role at UNH: Student

Year Started at UNH: 2016

What does being healthy look like to you? 
Being healthy looks like practicing self-care in whatever way an individual sees fit.

What have you been doing to take care of your mental health while in quarantine? 
In order to take care of my mental health, I have been staying in contact with my friends and checking in on them periodically. I schedule social distancing coffee dates with friends where we sit on the roof of our cars and chat. Getting outside has been a huge help, as well as ensuring that I have someone to talk to about things so that it doesn’t stay bottled up inside.

What has been your favorite tech-free hobby? 
My favorite tech-free hobby has been spending time in the sun, whether I am taking my dog for a walk or reading a book.

What do you do to stay active? 
In order to stay active, I created a plan for myself to stick to. It consists of going for a run, practicing yoga, and going on solo hikes.

What has been your favorite food to make while in quarantine? 
My favorite food to make in quarantine has been omelettes in the morning.

How do you find motivation to stay healthy and active while in quarantine? 
A lot of my motivation comes from my dog, because I remind myself that while I can find things to do around the house all day, she can’t go anywhere unless I take her. I also remind myself that when my body feels good, my mind feels good and it makes my days easier and helps in seeing the good in the current situation.

Have you seen or felt any improvements in your physical or mental well-being after making positive changes in your life?
Due to the circumstances, my mental health began to deteriorate, but once I was able to find my new normal and establish coping skills to help me easily deal with day-to-day stress, I have been able to process my emotions in the moment. This has helped me to improve my mental and physical health, and I have been  using physical movement one of my useful coping skills.

Do you have any positive words of encouragement for others to create a healthier lifestyle? 
I recommend doing what works best for you and not what has worked for other people. It could take a while to even find the motivation to begin, but once you start you won’t want to stop. The motivation has to come from you and not someone else.

Eat Your Stress Away

Feel-Good Foods To Reduce Stress

We all seem to be stressed more often than not these days. You may have a fool proof way of dealing with it, or you may be struggling to find a good coping mechanism. Many of us, myself included, will sometimes eat our feelings away, which may help in the moment but we may regret that pint of Ben & Jerry’s a couple hours later. However, there are foods that can make you feel good and can still reduce your stress.

  • Lavender, mint, chamomile, or lemongrass – While you technically don’t eat these, you can still reap their calming benefits through a cup of tea or aromatherapy.
  • Berries – They are full of antioxidants, which can protect your cells from stress and reduce depressive feelings.
  • Spinach – Dark leafy greens are full of a mineral called magnesium which may act as a calming mechanism.
  • Dark chocolate – Exercise moderation here, but having some chocolate at least 70% cocoa will increase blood flow to the brain and make you less anxious.

If none of these foods appeal to you, don’t worry! Consider baking or cooking something you enjoy to distract yourself from whatever your stresses may be. Or you don’t have to eat to reduce stress! Exercise, paint or draw, or play with your pet – the important thing is to find something that works for you. And everything in moderation, if, every now and then, you just really want to devour an entire pint of ice cream, you can as long as it is not an everyday occurrence.

Treating Sun Spots Just as Important as Wrinkle Care

Women ages 30 and older are growing increasingly aware of new wrinkles with each passing year. Yet, evidence suggests that sun spots  may have as much of an impact on age-related appearance as wrinkles.

Nearly 63 percent of women older than age 35 experience sun or age spots, discolorations and uneven skin. The dark side? The problem reflects your apparent age — or lack of youth.

“Getting a clear, even skin tone without discoloration is just as important as wrinkle-fighting to achieving a rejuvenated, youthful appearance,” says Dr. Ellen Marmur, prominent New York City dermatologist and author of “Simple Skin Beauty.” “To some patients, it’s even more important.”

Dermatologists like Marmur call it hyperpigmentation, but its various types are commonly known as age spots, sun spots, liver spots, freckles and melasma, brown patches of skin triggered by a hormone imbalance. Age spots, sun spots and liver spots are all the same ailment — pouches of melanin where the skin pigment has overproduced and dumped uneven amounts, the majority of which are a result of sun damage.

According to Marmur, the two most used topical treatments for discoloration are hydroquinone and retinoids, which both may have irritating side effects and require a prescription. However, a new alternative, StriVectin-EV Get Even Brightening Serum, is an over-the-counter solution that’s clinically proven to work quickly minus the same risky side effects.

“StriVectin-EV Get Even products, both the serum and new Get Even Spot Repair, combine natural ingredients like willow bark, vitamin C and licorice with our unique, patented form of niacin for the most even supply of pigment, skin repair and anti-aging effects,” explains chief scientist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry Myron Jacobson. “Studies reveal 85 percent of women see reduced sun spots and more even skin color after eight weeks of use.”

But to treat the long-term problem, sufferers of dark spots should also heed the following sun-related advice:

  • Wear sunscreen year-round with an SPF of 30. For prolonged sun exposure, get a wide-brimmed hat to wear outdoors.
  • Neutralize stubborn spots with peach-toned concealer while using StriVectin-EV Get Even products to slow down melanin production.
  • Beware of products that bleach skin, as this can cause white spots, another form of discoloration.

Arthorozene

“Arthrozene” The next level in natural joint health.

If you’re like me and have scoured the internet for a “Joint Health supplement” that actually works, so after many hours of continues websites leading to dead ends, I had given up but thanks to countless promotional emails I received due too surfing the internet paid off. I ordered a product called Arthrozene made by Fisico, a dietary capsule supplement that you take once a day on an empty stomach.

Arthrozene is a 3-step solution that attacks joint discomfort and stiffness at their root. Arthrozene claims to be clinically tested ingredients that soothe swelling, slow down cartilage degradation, and increase lubrication. This helps increase mobility and flexibility so you can get back to the daily activities you love and enjoy.

  • Slow the breakdown of cartilage.
  • Increase the production of joint fluid
  • Reduce soreness and discomfort
  • Improve mobility and flexibility

I quickly would like to point out to anyone who is a vegetarian or a vegan that this product contains B-2Cool Native Collagen type 11 which contains “chicken”.  The native type II collagen, sourced from chicken sternum, works with the body’s immune system to turn off T-cell attacks to endogenous type II collagen in the body, reducing the destruction of collagen. This mechanism of action is called oral tolerance. Damage to joint cartilage is often exacerbated when the immune system misinterprets degraded joint cartilage as a foreign substance rather than endogenous tissue. At a low dose of 40 mg, b-2Cool has a structure that mimics joint cartilage so that the immune system learns to recognize the body’s own collagen as endogenous.

Mobilee a natural component is 60-75% hyaluronic acid, 10% polysaccharides and 5% collagen. Improving mobility, joint health and muscle strength decreasing joint pain and improving the overall joint mechanics

ApresFlex is a potent extract of the Boswellia plant designed to stop joint pain caused by joint inflammation. By stopping this enzyme gives the joints the opportunity to defend itself and give it room to repair and heal.

 

Sources: www.healthline.com; www.brandedingredients.com; www.nutraingredients.com; www.growthinwellness.com

 

 

Mistakes That Weaken Your Immunity And How To Fix Them

You must have played the game – Mario, right? Remember the mushrooms Mario used to bump into to get energy and protect himself? That’s pretty much how immunity works in your favour. If you have good immunity you can easily get over flu or even a pandemic causing virus, like Covid-19 without much difficulty. Immunity acts like a resistance shield to protect your body from foreign organisms. That’s why it’s super important for you to keep your immunity high at all costs.

Mistakes That Weaken Your Immunity: 

These are things that you need to stop doing right away to raise your immunity level with ease. We are going to talk a lot about your daily habits and gut health because that’s what impacts your immunity the most.

Intake Of Junk Or Processed Foods

We know how difficult it is to cut down on your cravings, many people even incentivize themself with pizzas and cheeseburgers on their cheat days. Now it may sound like the best thing to do but a diet with high carbs, sugar, and salt is not helping your body or immunity even one bit. Studies say that the intake of junk food depletes the good bacteria in your gut allowing the bad bacterias to do worse. Studies say that junk food creates an imbalance of microbiome in the gut that causes inflammation and results in poor immune function. The over intake of sugar, salt, and fats in junk food restricts the growth of good bacteria that helps to produce a fatty acid called butyrate (butyric acid) which works to reduce inflammation in your gut. 

Enjoying Party Drinks Way Too Much

Drinking alcohol has become a part of lifestyle for many and there’s nothing gravely wrong about it. But the problem comes when you don’t draw the line between casual drinking and daily indulgence. Having a heavy limit of alcohol disrupts the balance of the microbes in your body. The good bacteria from your body get flushed out while the bad bacteria enter your bloodstream making you feel sick. Yes, the phrase “feeling sick to my gut” is a legit biological thing. So if you’re aiming at keeping your immunity high, you better put a limit on your pegs.

Smoking

Aren’t you hating this article already for pointing out everything that you (possibly) love doing? Well, such is life! Studies say that smoking causes excess buildup of mucous in your respiratory tract, thus exhausting your lungs in pushing out toxins. This makes you more susceptible to infection caused by virus, bacteria or other antigens. Smoking also restricts the growth of antibodies in your blood. Now, you wouldn’t soo many things going wrong inside your body especially when your immunity is low, correct? The magical word is “QUIT”.

Being A Couch Potato

If you look around you and you could only see comfy spots 24 hours a day, you’re doing it all wrong. It’s a known fact that working out helps you to keep sickness at bay. We’ll tell you how it works – for basics – when you workout your body temperature increases which helps in preventing the growth of infections. Working out also helps to increase antibodies and WBC (white blood cells) which helps to fight against infection and bacterias. A recent case study on immunology suggests that an aerobic exercise of fewer than 60 minutes stimulates the innate immune cells that improve the resistance to pathogens and cancer cells. (Interesting, right?) 

Bonus information: Doing daily workout strengthens your immune system cells and delays the course of age-related immune dysfunctionality. That’s like a cheat code for extending youth, who would say no to that? 

Over Stressing

We can’t stress enough on the fact that stress doesn’t help in any situation, not denying that a stress-free life is a thing of euphoria. Chronic stress and being tense release adrenaline and cortisol hormones in your body that eventually lowers down your immunity. The best way to tackle this is to give yourself just 1 hour in a day think about everything that’s bothering you. Make a note of this and in the rest of your productive hours tackle your problems with calm. Keeping yourself away from anxiety triggering situations will also work in your favour.

How To Strengthen The Immune System?

Lucky for us, boosting the immune system isn’t very difficult: 

  1. Start exercising or involve yourself in physical activities
  2. Eat your greens and nuts 
  3. Include food items in your diet that are rich in Vitamin C & A 
  4. Get a good amount of sleep 
  5. Maintain good hygiene to avoid infections 
  6. Start addressing your chronic stress 
  7. Take 15-20 mins of sunlight as Vitamin D is a great immunity booster 

Hope you all are strong and secure. Share this article with your folks and comment down if you have more suggestions to strengthen immunity. 

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Are cancer patients at higher risk of COVID-19? What can we do?

It is incredible, to say the least, everything that is happening worldwide. Undoubtedly it is hard to believe that this is even real. Sometimes I think we are in a bad dream hoping to wake up soon. As a mother, the first thing that comes to mind is my family’s safety. Understanding and implementing every precaution possible to protect my children is my top priority. Of course, due to my personal journey and now as a wellness blogger and health advocate I can’t help to wonder how much of impact this COVID-19 disease may have on cancer patients.

We already know that cancer patients are immune-compromised, to begin with. Therefore, cancer patients automatically fall in the higher risk category. But what about those that are in the treatment and those that are in remission? According to a small study conducted in Wuhan, China, “Cancer patients show deteriorating conditions and poor outcomes from the COVID-19 infection,” the study, which was recently published in the Annals of Oncology, states. “It is recommended that cancer patients receiving anti-tumor treatments should have vigorous screening for COVID-19 infection and should avoid treatments causing immunosuppression or have their dosages decreased in case of COVID-19 co-infection.”

Furthermore, researchers found “more than half (53.6%) of the patients involved in the study developed severe events—defined by admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), mechanical ventilation, or death—with 28.6% of the patients dying. This is far higher than the general COVID-19-infected population, which has an average clinically critical status rate of 4.7%, and a mortality rate of 2.3%.”

Researchers also wrote, “Patients with lung cancer, with worse baseline lung function and endurance, are more likely to develop more severe anoxia and progress more rapidly with COVID-19”

I’m not a researcher but my common sense tells me that the conclusion found on this small study conducted ironically enough in Wuhan China makes a lot of sense. Of course, the outcome for cancer patients would be poor and more challenging if dealing with the COVID-19 in addition to cancer. This is why it is vital for patients to be proactive in their current treatment plan and implement a preventive plan not only to get tested but discuss with their medical/ oncology team the possibilities before continuing with immunosuppressing treatments, making themselves more vulnerable to COVID-19.

What Can We Do?

In one of my most recent blog articles titled “How to fight the Coronavirus naturally” I share additional helpful tips to help you boost your immunity and take additional precautions as a preventive mechanism for you to be safe during this crisis. Let me provide you with a quick summary:

Practice the following to prevent and protect from the virus:

• Social distancing (2 meters minimum) because the secretions that are the ones that contaminate cannot move more than 2 meters due to the weight of the virus.
• Correct handwashing, for 20 seconds (both surfaces, anterior-posterior, interfaces, and fingertips) each time you come from outside or enter or leave any public space.
• Use of masks when traveling through crowded areas (supermarkets, banks, hospitals, etc.)
• Clean surfaces with disinfectant (especially those that may be in common and frequent contact)

Boost your Immune System

Keeping our immunity strong is most definitely the best form of prevention and our strongest defense when facing any sort of illness that threatens our lives. Here are some powerful and amazing tips to help you boost your immunity:

  • Take a good Probiotic
  • Take Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin C IV therapy
  • Take Camu Camu Powder
  • Take Beta Glucan
  • Eat Adaptogens like Maca
  • Follow a Plant-based Diet
  • Mild Exercise
  • Rebound
  • Infrared Sauna
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Water

If you like to learn more about each one of those recommendations read my article on “How to fight the Coronavirus Naturally.” I hope you find this blog article helpful and as always I welcome your comments and I really appreciate you sharing your experiences with me. Sending much love, blessings, peace and protection prayers for you and your families. Stay strong, stay safe, and stay healthy.

Karen Berrios

As I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in the summer of 2014, I stepped
into a journey of discovery. A journey of total healing shaped primarily by the power of natural medicine. It was then that my desire to find an alternative to Western medicine’s traditional approach to cancer treatment led me to explore what was, for me at the time, new ideas and new knowledge.

My journey began with much self-educating, looking for natural ways to
heal my body. This immersion into the world of natural medicine then led me to search for additional education. I wanted to provide myself with more tools and resources to support my healing process. So I went back to school for much more formal training on ways to use nature’s potent healing properties to apply natural health to support my own healing journey. I’ve discovered and learned the profound and therapeutic effects of natural medicine and how it can be used to prevent, treat and repair many health conditions. As I became a Certified Natural Health Professional, I learned much on how we can easily use God’s given nature to bring healing to ourselves and others.

I now live with a vision. It is my mission and calling to share my journey,
and all I have learned along the way, with others. My blog, Facebook page,
e-books and more are all part of this effort. To learn more about me and my journey please visit my website at

www.karenberrios.com

Thank you for reading.. Blessings!