Lack of iodine leads to fibrocystic breast disease, PCOS and endometriosis.
Iodine is a mineral known to be important for thyroid function. However, doctors are rarely taught how important adequate iodine intake is. Continue reading
Lack of iodine leads to fibrocystic breast disease, PCOS and endometriosis.
Iodine is a mineral known to be important for thyroid function. However, doctors are rarely taught how important adequate iodine intake is. Continue reading
The long and the short:
The volume is low but the content is well worth the effort of listening. Continue reading
Why is the calcium magnesium ratio so important?
This workhorse of a mineral plays many roles in your body, including:2
Magnesium is a magnificent mineral and imperative for good health.
But a poor diet of processed foods and a stressful lifestyle can lead to mineral deficiencies, including magnesium. If you ARE deficient in magnesium, you may notice a wide range of symptoms.
Because magnesium is active in so many different processes in your body, magnesium deficiency symptoms are varied and can include:
Any of these common symptoms may indicate that you need more magnesium in your diet, but this simple mineral can help eliminate these symptoms and enhance your health.
Diet and lifestyle play a key role in your magnesium intake. Here are some simple and easy ways to boost your magnesium intake:
Why you may be suffering from ill health that seems impossible to shift.
In an early chapter we met Dr. Rashid Buttar, along with Dr. Boyd Haley, then chairman of the chemistry department of Kentucky University, had considerable influence over Dr Sircus’ early thoughts in terms of the chemistry of mercury and the misery it measured in human terms. He actually worked in cooperation with Dr. Buttar in research and writings about The Rising Tide of Mercury that is occurring on our planet.
It is the inability to see the effects of chronic,low-level toxicities on human health that has been,
and remains, our greatest failing as intelligent beings.
-Dr. Boyd Haley
People should not be happy to know that even in these six short years since Dr Sircus began his study of the exceptionally strong neurotoxin, mercury pollution has gotten disturbingly worse in the world, and we have reports from the United States to confirm that. Our failure as intelligent human beings is costing us stupendously in terms of enormous increases in chronic disease in children and adults alike.
Mercury is still in vaccines and still being embedded in teeth, apparently as it is inert.
Power plants in America emitted 134, 365 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009, according to the new Environment America report, “Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Mercury.” The report found that power plants in just four states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia—are responsible for over 35 percent of all mercury pollution from power plants in the United States.
In the late 1990s the estimates for coal-fired plants stood closer to 50 tons or 100,000 pounds, so Americans have been living through a 30 percent increase in the past decade or so. Globally the count is worse because China alone has been putting on the electrical grid one new coal-fired plant after another. India also has been expanding its industrial base rapidly using much more coal.
New Zealand is exporting the coal – exploding the myth of it being a ‘clean, green’ country.
At the same time we have some nightmarish reports about recent dramatic rises in the incidence of diabetes but of course no one is connecting the dots between increasing mercury exposure and the diabetes pandemic. The number of diabetics in the United States has grown to nearly 26 million, a 10 percent increase over 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in January 2010.
About five years ago Dr Sircus published an essay entitled “The Hun Hordes of Mercury and Diabetes” but not many paid attention. In the case of diabetes, mercury is especially telling for it affects the beta cells, the insulin itself, and the insulin receptor sites setting off a myriad of complex disturbances in glucose metabolism.
Scaring everyone is a recent study that estimated one in three Americans will have diabetes if current trends continue. And of course one’s chance of getting cancer, stroke or a heart attack increases when one is diabetic. The damage mercury is doing is well hidden and not openly discussed by doctors and dentists because they still use mercury themselves, pretending and living with the fantasy that they are doing no harm with it.
Mercury plays no part in sustaining human life. It is a dangerous and volatile heavy metal that can devastate every aspect of human physiology and even collapse the sulphur bonds in insulin.
Signs of mercury poisoning include:
It has even been linked to the onset of autism in some cases. Mercury poisoning is highly treatable if caught in the early stages and I strongly recommend using the most natural and pure medicinals, starting with the purest water possible.
In 2009, 12 coyotes died on the beach across the length of the Padre Island National Seashore, and more likely died hidden among the dunes. Scientists at first attributed the die-off to a red algae bloom that caused toxins to build up in fish the coyotes ate. But necropsies revealed a surprise: the animals had mercury levels of 16 parts per million in their livers.
Mercury toxicity eventually kills and this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the impact on the animal kingdom and the impact on our children and our own lives.
“I can now very comfortably and definitively state to you,” says Dr. Rashid Buttar, “that, in my opinion, based on the evidence, every single chronic insidious disease process is related to one word: toxicity.
You cannot address the issues of aging unless you address detoxification.”
Dr. Buttar, board certified and a diplomate in preventive medicine and clinical metal toxicology, and vice-chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology, contends that he only recently (around 2004) arrived at this conclusion.
“Five years ago I wouldn’t have said this, even a year ago I wouldn’t have said it. But the more success we’ve had, the clearer it has become:
All chronic disease is toxicity.
You get rid of the toxicity and you put out the fire. You may need to rebuild afterward, but you must put the fire out. Conventional medicine is just covering your eyes so you don’t see the fire.”
Dr. Boyd Haley believes that the CDC and the FDA are strongly influenced by the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries and that they have been derelict in their duty to safeguard the health of the American people. As a result of their delinquency, we have been systematically poisoned by mercury derived from silver amalgam fillings in our teeth, and our children, especially boys, have been severely damaged by vaccines containing thimerosal.
One way to remove these toxins is to ensure there is sufficient Magnesium in the body – transdermal application is best.
Another is to start taking something that is proven to get the Mercury and other heavy metals out – revitalising the body.
Dr. Rashid Buttar is well known for his work with the synthetic chelator TD-DMPS for children with autism as well as his cancer work with adults. His thoughts on the basic principles of managing and ridding our bodies of mercury burdens reach to people of all ages with numerous illnesses.
With mercury being proven to be increasingly involved in disease processes, the need for chelation and detoxification becomes more and more clear every day. Below are his beliefs.
“Children diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorders suffer from acute mercury toxicity secondary to huge exposure while in utero (maternal amalgam load, dietary factors, maternal inoculations, Rhogam injections, etc.) and early on in life (vaccinations preserved with thimerosal, etc.).
Adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s suffer from chronic, insidious mercury toxicity secondary to exposure over a long time (amalgam load, inhalation of mercury vapors, combustion of fossil fuels, dietary factors, etc.).
By addressing and eliminating the mercury ‘spark,’ the secondary ‘fires’ become far easier to manage clinically and the improvements realised from treatment of the resulting imbalances become easier to maintain.
“The reason for some individuals to have severe damage from mercury where others do not have serious adverse neurological deficits is due to various factors that include biological individuality and genetic predisposition.
In addition, factors such as the type of toxicity exposure the individual was exposed to makes an enormous difference.
As you can see, the variables are extensive. But the treatment is essentially the same. The only difference is the extent of continuity of treatment.
“The underlying common denominator in chronic neurodegenerative disease seems to be either decreasing vascular supply (less blood to the brain) or accumulation of heavy metals, specifically mercury.
The inability of an individual to eliminate toxic metals, especially mercury, is directly related to the level of neurodegeneration experienced.
In the young patient population suffering from autism or pervasive developmental delay, the vascular supply is not an issue.
The underlying pathology of children with autism and the geriatric population with Alzheimer’s is of the same etiology, specifically mercury toxicity. Both these patient populations suffer from the inability to excrete mercury as a result of a genetic predisposition resulting from the Apo E allele.
This allele appears to be associated with the inability to get rid of mercury from the system. If these patient populations inhabited a complete mercury-free environment, they would not have the problems associated with autism or Alzheimer’s.
“When the mercury is successfully removed from their systems, these individuals begin to significantly improve due to a cessation of the destruction and denudation of the neurofibrils, as evidenced by steady improvement in cognitive function.
Mercury is the ‘spark’ that causes the ‘fires’ of autism as well as many other neurodegenerative diseases including PDD, ADD, ADHD and Alzheimer’s. Autism is the result of high mercury exposure early in life versus Alzheimer’s where there is a chronic accumulation of mercury over a lifetime. A doctor can treat ALL the ‘fires,’ but until the ‘spark’ is removed, there is minimal hope of complete recovery with most realized improvements being transient at best.
“Mercury is the underlying common denominator of all the problems from which these children suffer due to impairment of their excretory pathways.
And the only solution for these non-eliminators is to effectively remove the mercury while repairing and enhancing the damaged elimination and detoxification pathways. Concomitantly addressing the GI tract is vital if the goal of treatment is to achieve permanent recovery.
“Once the process of mercury removal has been effectively initiated, the source of damage is now curtailed and full recovery becomes possible. Complete recovery can now be attained and further enhanced by utilizing various additional essential therapies including nutrition.”
Physicians treat heavy metal toxicity in a number of ways that can be quite confusing. The field of detoxification and chelation is a strange one where wars are fought over whose method is better.
Magnesium Oil is both necessary in detoxification and protective against mercury damage in autism and diabetes.
He even uses super nutritional substances like Rejuvenate whose backbone is made from chlorella and spirulina for there is nothing like it or better tasting to support overall cell physiology and recovery.
For those who are new to the concept that nutritional maximization has a lot to do with the removal of heavy metals we can look to mercury compromised children with autism. Traditionally there are several nutrients that children suffering from autism (mercury toxicity) are routinely lacking at the proper levels. They include calcium, zinc, vitamins C and E, varied amino acids, selenium, magnesium, taurine, and essential fatty acids.
It’s hard to miss the changes that a dietary change will bring about in your child. Potentially, the severity of your child’s behaviors can be reduced, and they may also improve in the area of social interaction if you feed them the rocket fuel provided by super concentrated nutritional substances.
But we do need to go after the heavy metals and especially mercury very specifically and pointedly. Dr Sircus will report on this more in his upcoming book Toxicity Syndrome, but for years he have been recommending HMD (Heavy Metal Detox) developed by Dr. George Georgiou in Europe along with the internal and external use of clay.
Rather than looking to the momentous reasons behind the maternal dislocation and mothering anxiety that may be visiting your household, or that has in the past, here is an article that aims to encourage you to get pregnant again, if you would if you had the courage.
It is also written for those who are coming to terms with the birth they had, the loss they feel, and the intangible hole they may still be trying to climb out of.
As an acupuncturist, I look at the symptoms that are written up as ‘post natal depression’, and realize that was I teaching students, it would make a great textbook scenario.
Post natal depression and allied states present as clearly as a range on a continuum within a couple of related categories. There is a clear symptom picture, a clear set of reasons for it, and a very clear resolution. This is often best with Chinese herbs as backup, but often acupuncture alone can remedy the drama.
As a naturopath, I look at the manifestations written up in scholarly articles, and wonder for whose benefit these academic thoughts are collated. Why is it that we are not going back to basics? Why are we not realizing that the concepts of good nutrition are beyond a lot of people – they think they ‘eat well’, but have no markers to gauge this by.
Often lactation consultants are unable to professionally weigh into the issue, as they are deemed to be ‘unqualified’. Why are we not being sensible? There is only so much money to be thrown by a distraught mother. There is only so much running around, and only so much nattering about self a person can put up with – especially as a new mum, often with other small children.
As a mother, I wonder why no one has thought of the obvious – whether breast feeding is happening, or has been abandoned, or was not possible for whatever reason, Mum needs to be rebuilt, as she is in a state of depletion, having given greatly to growing and birthing baby. She has also discovered sleeping in small spurts, and being TOTALLY at the apparent whim of another. On top of this, there are complications and new life experiences coming out of the wood work. How does she even get to get out of her sleepwear, let alone the house?
In clinic, very rarely does a woman seeking help, not receive it in a multi modality fashion – all without counseling, without massive history rehashing, and without fuss. Rather than seeking solutions in behaviour and thinking, often the answer is as simple of taking the nutritional supplement those deficiency is causing all the grief.
Why is this not on the list of first priorities in studies post natally?
Naturopaths have always prescribing Zinc (usually in a liquid form, in preference to tablet, as with any supplementation, it requires digestive strength to release the ingredient). Zinc is considered a ‘micronutrient’, but is one of the very active digestive enzyme components – and is thus required to release nutrients from all of our food. Zinc is usually the missing ingredient in any person’s make up – if it were present, why would they ask for help?
Getting ill all the time, not resilient and nothing is ‘fixing’ it.
All digestion related (Zinc major factor here) Dermatitis, especially in the perineal area) mouth. Tongue infections, Candida, poor wound healing, and scarring problems.
Emotional- especially depression, mood swings and inability to organize/cope?
Eating issues – especially very choosy and fickle eaters, those who seem to have no taste for food.
It would seem that we have become reliant on ‘studies’ to lead us to single pieces of information – forgetting that we are all individuals, and that our lives are totally anecdotal. There is only ever this minute. People and especially the littlies – are all anecdotal – here; now is all there is – what worked five minutes ago with this one, may never again – either with this one, or any other. We change. We grow, we feel different – and so does everyone else.
You no doubt get the drift . . .
Seen through an acupuncturist’s eyes, we become anxious, can’t sleep well, don’t feel at peace in ourselves, and can’t be who we are (may have a film of fuzziness, lack of clarity and inability to process information between us and the world) if we have a state of ‘blood deficiency’.
Rather than trying to talk through issues, help cope when personalizing and feeling too precious, an acupuncturist will go straight to the underlying imbalance. In correcting this, the person will apparently, magically become themselves again.
Chinese herbs help the digestive system absorb Iron and other nutrients better, they directly tonify blood energy, and they calm the aspects of self that are ruffled and hurting.
The issue of blood deficiency is not one of anemia. This, and post natal depression, is covered fully in my book “What Dads Can Do”, written specifically to empower those who want answers and who do not want to ‘hope for the best’.
As an acupuncturist and a naturopath, in clinic I found a multi disciplinary approach, rather than trying to see ‘what did it’ was superior to trialing one method/modality at a time. People just want to get better – they are not interested in what ‘did’ it, so much as getting back to their lives intact. This does not make for good research projects, thus doesn’t come with its own ‘statistics.
All women after birth were placed on a strong Vitamin B snapped on half and taken SIX times daily, along with a Vitamin C (same treatment). Both these are water soluble, and are not able to be stored within our bodies.
All were given a Magnesium drink to be taken at least FOUR times daily, until baby slept through the night (allowed Mum to cope, as Magnesium is required when under stress, and is part of the ‘tense/stressed/can’t cope’ list of problems).
All were cautioned to eat protein every three hours, to snack rather than wait for meals, to avoid gluten, as it may fill mum up and be quick and easy, but does not contain as much protein and fat as baby’s body demands, and to drink copious room temperature water.
Zinc had been supplemented from the minute they walked into the clinic – often as they were apparently unable to conceive, so they had been diligently allowing their body – and baby – maximum exposure to this vital life affirming ingredient.
Zinc is often seen as a micronutrient, of little consequence by those who market and sell to the public. Even less it seems to the established medical fraternity – although the medical model does make reference to the increased quantity needed (4mg in pregnancy, 6mg in lactation, in addition to the usual 12mg daily for adults). Women are cautioned often to take Iron and Folate. Why leave Zinc out of the picture?
Within our diets, Zinc is found in shellfish, whole grains and nuts. As we rarely see whole grains, and as pregnant women are often cautioned off oysters, as we don’t eat sardines very regularly as a culture, and as we steer away form handfuls of mixed nuts (expense? – pecans are highest source) it is very possible that here is a Zinc deficiency in most diets.
This is compounded by the absence of Zinc available to plants in some Australian soils, the presence of amalgams in our teeth, (which inhibit absorption of important nutrients), and the leaching effect being on the pill may have had on mum before she conceived.
Zinc is highest in colostrum and must be present in human milk, as baby requires it to mature and to grow, to develop neurologically, to have a strong immune response, (both for fighting infections, and coping with vaccination insults), to develop taste buds appropriately, to have a good appetite, to develop testes and for very good digestive strength (it is needed in cellular responses, enzyme and co enzyme work at all levels of being). Without sufficient Zinc, nutrients are not absorbed as well as expected.
Brain function, energy levels and mood fluctuations start interfering with life. Zinc is used in extra amounts during lactation. Without it, skin, wound healing, hair growth, mucous membranes, gut absorption and good digestion all falter. This may start to sound like the litany of woes a new born has to contend with, particularly as teething strikes. It is also all that is needed to lift a very depressed new mum out of the nutritional hole that no one notices, whilst they are so busy counseling her and providing her with ‘happy’ pills.
For mothers, who possibly have taken the pill, often for years before conceiving, and who have taken Iron supplements, there may be a definite sub clinical (no symptoms present YET) deficiency in pregnancy. They may feel slightly tired, various aches and pains, memory and clarity of thinking waning This gets talked away as being consequences of late pregnancy – not realizing that there SHOULD be no consequences. A well nourished woman should carry on, just as we should in menstruation – as though it were not happening. We are designed to be women, and well with it.
If a woman has had a tendency to an eating disorder, to emotional instability, mental and physical exhaustion, or has had chronic ill health prior to pregnancy, it is really likely she started baby making with a large Zinc deficit. This may in fact have created fertility issues initially, as Zinc is part of the good egg/sperm cocktail required to start baby going – again not mentioned in the haste to advertise Folate and Iron.
If the body shows symptoms, and a slowing up of general function, it is trying to get a message across. As we have a dominant medical reality that is crisis, rather than wellness orientated, slight personal variations are not noted or regarded as important. Quality of life issues are not seen as life threatening – although women DO kill themselves in post natal depression when it verges upon severe. This all leads on to where we as women try, (quite often at great personal cost) to ‘soldier on’ regardless of the effort needed.
When visiting my dentist, he told me of his daughter who ‘is in a terrible mess’ after the birth of her baby. He knew of my professional interests, and asked for advice. I told him Vitamin B and Zinc, lots of both, and we got on with my dental work.
Next visit, he thanked me profusely for saving his daughter – I had forgotten, as I tend to dispense lots of one liners – she had recovered instantly, and life reverted to wonderful for everyone.
What a difference we could make to the statistics we are told to expect between one in eight to one in ten women supposedly go down with this affliction.
Why is this not Common Knowledge?
Searching the web last night I found a paper presented 3-5 February 1995, in Victoria, Australia. Entitled “Improved Breast Feeding Retention Rates Associated with Postnatal Maternal Oral Zinc Supplementation”, it makes heartening reading. Someone was thinking.
Looking at ”The Farm’s” (Ina May Gaskin) statistics we see less than one in one hundred. Why such a difference? Social support? Good basic eating? Fantastic birth outcomes?
Looking at medically orientated websites they say that they do not know what causes post natal depression. One wonders thus why they next state that they promise that they are working on finding ‘a cure’ – they have no idea what ‘causes’ it, and ‘the cure’ exists already. Why do we not study OUTSIDE the drug and therapy options? That’s were life is.
Women suffer, their babies miss out on loving bonding and dads feel helpless as their loved ones go under. Why not go out and get some Zinc – preferably liquid today, and see what the eating plan also does for the general state of your life?
Amanda says: I have began using the transdermal magnesium three days ago and I am amazed at how much better I feel! The sciatica I had been having has gone – this has been bothering me for months and no … Continue reading
Magnesium in general is essential for the survival of our cells but takes on further importance in the age of toxicity where our bodies are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals.
Glutathione requires magnesium for its synthesis. Glutathione synthetase requires glutamyl cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form Glutathione naturally.
When there is insufficient magnesium, the enzyme y-glutamyl transpeptidase is lowered.
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation as well as Glutathione depletion and this is vital since Glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury. Mercury sits in the body after being left there through maternal legacy (left over from storing her heavy metals – placental mistake here – from her dental amalgams, old injections especially flu shots etc). We also store mercury as the body without enough magnesium cannot get rid of it. Mercury is still used in vaccines – especially the flu ones – and in some dental (metal) fillings. Accidental exposure through the modern light bulbs, thermometers breaking and the like does not help here.
Without the cleaning and chelating work of Glutathione (magnesium and sulphates needed) cells begin to decay as cellular filth and heavy metals accumulates; excellent environments to attract deadly infection and/or cancer Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely.
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation as well as Glutathione depletion and this is vital since Glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury.
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Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.
Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that are essential for normal bone formation. Through our youth, our bodies use these minerals to produce bones. If we do not get enough calcium, or if our body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissues may suffer.
With age, calcium and phosphate may be reabsorbed into the body from the bones, which makes the bone tissue weaker. This results in brittle, fragile bones that are more prone to fractures, even though this may not always be identified.
It is often said that bone health is maintained in the body by getting adequate:
Calcium, Vitamin D, Exercise
However, this ignores the role that magnesium plays in balancing the calcium levels.
A healthy cell has high magnesium and low calcium levels. Calcium can lodge anywhere in your body and cause serious harm if not balanced with magnesium, which is needed to regulate the action of calcium.
For instance, excess calcium buildup around your bones and joints is often diagnosed as arthritis.
Too much calcium lodged in your heart imitates arterial lesions.
Calcification or calcium poisoning can manifest as:
heart disease, cancer, wrinkled skin, kidney stones, osteoporosis, dental problems, bone spurs, cataracts and many other health problems.
Calcium and magnesium are opposites in their effects on our body structure.
The more rigid and inflexible our body structure is, the less we need calcium and the more we need magnesium.
Most people do not realise that often the key to weight, health and energy is their thyroid – and whilst re-training their habits is a start – what really needs to happen is to get the body working well.
Why is there fat where it is and why, when all efforts to lose it by rigidly following diets and being ‘good’ and even obsessing about food and doing vast amounts of exercise (if you have the energy), is it STILL THERE?
Getting medical tests done will not help as what is needed is a WELLNESS model – and medicine is more about crisis care. Starting with the inside can mean the weight melts off.
I have written the energy explanation for this in ‘Helping Yourself to Health and Vitality’ found elsewhere on this site.
Acupuncturists all talk about supporting normal and helping the body to help itself. Invariably the best ways are return to nature- no expenses – just living well with simple choices.
Often it is the temperature of the food/liquids ingested – please see what I have written elsewhere about cold and what it does to mess with our body’s wisdom.
What else upsets the metabolism is the invasion of far too much sugar – in all forms – especially as fruit and fruit juices.
Often just knocking off all the sweet taste (what all other diets don’t) starts addressing the inner energy imbalances.
Focus on eating for wellness.
Get the metabolism on your side – which means looking after the sleep and water intake and protein and eating FAT to ensure the hormones have a foundation – and avoiding all sweet and all grains. . . it works . . .
Consult Heather’s eating plan . . .
Happy munching .. . veggies and protein and fat – a little, often . . .
Most people do not realise that it is the BODY not working well that leads us into unwellness – and obesity is part of a whole picture.
To undo this – starting with the metabolism and what helps it?
Avoiding all chemicals and anything sweet and all grains is a great start.
Whenever anyone follows this regime – and also looks at portion control – the discover more energy and a better life – as just like in a car – what you use as fuel dictates how well it works.
A baby is being made – and after baby is out – breast milk – from what?
So where is it in the diet?
You can’t make a good strong baby/body with fresh air. ..
To help those who are a bit lost with what to do with food especially when pregnant, and then breastfeeding, I have written a series of ebooks.
You could start with Helping Yourself to Health and Vitality