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B12 Deficiency: A Serious Silent Epidemic That’s Affecting Us All

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There are two common criticisms that vegetarians and vegans are accustomed to hearing on a regular basis from those who either disagree or refuse to accept their dietary choice.

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The first is the famous protein myth, which centres around the idea that without meat in their regular diet vegans and vegetarians are bound to be protein deficient. Although many meats are widely recognized as a great source of protein, there are way more non-meat related protein packed options, many of which outperform popular meats in a per serving protein content comparison (find out more HERE, HERE or HERE).

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The second is the argument centred around the all important nutrient B12, and for good reason as numerous studies have been done showing that it can be substantially harder -if not impossible -to come by in a vegetarian or vegan diet. It’s this subject that I would like to centre this article around, to help us all better understand B12, why we all need it and why so many of us are lacking it, regardless of whether or not we eat meat regularly.

What Exactly Is B12?

Vitamin B-12 is a nutrient that helps to keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy, all while helping to make DNA -the genetic material in all of our cells. B12 is essential in preventing megaloblastic anemia which can make people feel both tired and weak.(2) The daily suggested intake of B12 varies based on age, but ranges from 0.4 – 2.8 mcg.

Traditionally B12 can be found in a variety of fish, -such as mackerel, clams and crabs -eggs, certain dairy byproducts and fortified soy products amongst several other things found in a conventional diet.(3) Since B12 is not found in any non-fortified plant based foods the commonly held belief is that animal-derived foods are the only true source of this essential nutrient.

However, the truth is that no foods -neither animal or plant -naturally contain vitamin B12.

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Vitamin B12 is a microbe (bacteria) produced by microorganisms and is the only vitamin that contains a trace element: cobalt.(7) How certain animal meats manage to become a source of B12 is that the animal tissue stores the bacteria-synthesized B12 in that which they also consume.

B12 Deficiency Is Impacting Us All

A recent Tufts University study found that 40% of people aged 26-83 have B12 levels in the low-normal range, a value that becomes even more significant considering that the measurement scale varies from country to country.(1) The other astonishing factor is that the deficiency has been found to be just as common in younger generations as it is in the elderly, making it an oddball from most degenerative issues.

Despite this seemingly widespread deficiency, B12 related symptoms continue to be blindly suffered by many since it is not tested for routinely. Common side effects of a B12 deficiency include:

  • Fatigue/ Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Loss of Appetite/ Weight Loss
  • Megaloblastic Anemia

It is also worth noting that there are four stages to B12 deficiency: 1) a decline in blood levels of the vitamin, 2) low cellular concentrations of the vitamin, 3) an increased blood level of homocysteine, decreased DNA synthesis rate, 4) macrocytic anemia. (1)

The Real Culprit

Believe it or not, historically most would receive a sufficient amount of B12 daily simply by being in close contact with farm animals since cow, chicken, sheep and many other animal feces all contain large amounts of active B12. Since these feces are regularly used as a manure to grow crops, B12 would be consumed as a residue bacteria living on un-sanitized vegetables.

The real culprit as to why we now live in a society swamped in B12 deficiency is that we have manufactured an un-natural environment. Our surroundings have and are continually sanitized and stripped of their natural nutrients by fanatical washing, powerful cleansers, antiseptics and antibiotics.(8)

Am I suggesting that our overall move toward cleanliness was a mistake that we should take back? Absolutely not, but our B12 deficiency may be one of the major unwanted side effects to this particular stride “forward.”

How To Get Enough B12, No Matter Your Dietary Choice

Whether you eat all meats, are a vegan or any other dietary choice in between there are a growing number of ways to ensure that you getting enough B12 in your regular diet. The first and most important step is to begin monitoring your B12 levels, especially since it is not tested for routinely. Ask a trusted practitioner to help you get a reading of your current B12 level and also closely monitor your own life for any of the above mentioned symptoms.

If you are B12 deficient look into a dietary choice or supplement that best fits you. B12 is available in a variety of ways, including but not limited to as a vitamin supplement , as an injection and as droplets. Thanks to a recommendation, one particular B12 source that has recently caught the attention of several CE members is E3Live. According to the product description E3Live is a wild-grown, organic, USDA approved, certified kosher liquid superfood that has more blood-building, oxygen attracting chlorophyll than any other food. It is said to contain every mineral, including human active Vitamin B12.(5)

Sources:
(1) http://chriskresser.com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences
(2) http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/
(3) http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-vitamin-B12.php
(4) http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Macrocytosis-and-Macrocytic-Anaemia.htm
(5) http://www.breathing.com/e3live.htm
(6) https://www.e3live.com/
(7) http://www.vibrancyuk.com/B12.html
(8) https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/nov/b12.htm

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World Doctors Alliance: “We Do Not Have A Medical Pandemic.” Fake News?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Formed under the “Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee,” an alliance of hundreds of doctors and scientists, the "World Doctors Alliance recently held a press conference sharing their views about the coronavirus.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are tens of thousands of doctors and scientists all over the world being ridiculed and in many cases censored for sharing their research and opinions?

What Happened: Once again, doctors and scientists are and have been sharing the opinion that COVID-19 should not be classified as a pandemic virus due to the fact that it’s, in their opinion, nowhere near as dangerous as big media is making it out to be.

An organization made up of well over 500 German doctors and scientists called “Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee” who share the same perception discussed in this article have also created the “World Doctors Alliance.” Not long ago they held a press  sharing their perspective.

Below is a clip of one of the members, Dr. Elke De Klerk, founder of Doctors for Truth from the Netherlands sharing her thoughts. Below that you will find the press conference recently held by the alliance.

Many expert have been emphasizing that we are dealing with something no more dangerous than the flu. For example, approximately 40,000 scientists, doctors and more than half a million concerned citizens have now signed The Great Barrington Declaration. The declaration explains that “Covid-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.”

The CDC also released new infection/fatality estimates that show numbers on par with seasonal flu. This recent release also has many people and experts calling into question the severity of the virus, this was well after John P. A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Stanford University  said that the infection fatality rate is close to 0 percent for people under the age of 45 years old.

The Physicians For Informed Consent (PIC) recently published a report titled  “Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) Compares COVID-19 to Previous Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Periods.” According to them, the infection/fatality rate of COVID-19 is 0.26%. You can read more about that and access their resources and reasoning here.

Then there is the controversy surrounding the PCR tests and the idea that a large majority of cases may actually be false positives. You can read more about that here and here. This as been coupled with the fact that many COVID deaths may not have actually been the result of COVID. You can read more about that here and here.

These groups are made up of veteran experts in the field, Nobel Laureates, Professors of Medicine, Doctors and more, yet all it takes is for an Anthony Fauci like figure to oppose their opinion, and this is the perspective that gets beamed across mainstream media outlets, radio and television while the opposing view is nothing but ridiculed and “debunked.” This is very bizarre to say the least, mainstream media alone has the power to make the majority seem like the minority, and the minority seem like the majority. They have a huge reach when it comes to regulating the perception of the masses.

The exampels listed above are a few of many.

Right now, the Great Barrington Declaration mentioned above and the idea of “heard immunity” is being heavily ridiculed in the mainstream, without any of the renowned scientists who support the declaration having an opportunity to share their opinion via mainstream media.

Below is a recent full press conference held by the alliance.

Is This Fake News? Nothing in this article is fake, these opinions are actually being shared by doctors and scientists around the world, and a lot of them. As far as what they are saying and the opinions expressed above, this is what’s come under the scrutiny of Facebook Fact-Checkers. It’s been emphasized during this pandemic that any type of information that does not come straight from federal health regulatory agencies and the World Health Organization is not to be trusted.

Here’s an article from Health Feedback, for example, explaining why low infection fatality numbers do not mean that the virus is not dangerous.

The organizations above have been speaking up regarding the censorship they’ve experienced from social media giants, and this has also been a common theme throughout this pandemic. Michael Levitt, a Biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, criticized the WHO as well as Facebook for censoring different information and informed perspectives regarding the Coronavirus. According to him, “the level of stupidity” going on here is amazing.

The Takeaway: It’s been quite intriguing to see so many scientists and doctors completely oppose the recommendations and claims made by the World Health Organization (WHO) since the beginning of this pandemic. What’s even more shocking for lots of people is the fact that many scientists and doctors have been completely censored for sharing their research and opinion regarding anything to do with COVID if it opposes the information and recommendations set out by the WHO.

It’s not hard to see why so many people are confused and so many of us have beliefs that completely differ from one another.

Should people not have the right to examine information and opinions and decide for themselves what is and what isn’t Should there be a digital fact checker patrolling the internet limiting peoples ability to see certain information? Do organizations like the WHO and our governments really make decisions that are in and for our best interests, or are there other interests being served here?

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Our Body Makes Neurotransmitters, Should We Give It Nutrition Instead of Psych Meds?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    If our body is nutrient deficient or full of toxins, it can lead to cell death,  immunodeficiency, and physical and mental health illness. When diet and lifestyle is addressed remarkable changes can occur.

  • Reflect On:

    Have you ever tested your nutrient levels? How much time and care are you putting into your diet to ensure that your body is getting what it needs to thrive?

“Those with psychiatric symptoms aren’t missing certain chemicals. They are missing certain nutrients that make those chemicals.” – Healing Without Hurting

Our bodies are amazing machines. When we provide our cells with nutrient-dense whole food nutrition free of chemicals, additives, pesticides, and herbicides, our bodies flourish. If our body is nutrient deficient or full of toxins, it can lead to cell death,  immunodeficiency, and physical and mental health illness. According to the July 2017 edition of Nutrients, thirty-one to forty-five percent of the United States population has some nutritional deficiency. Before a psychiatrist prescribes a psychiatric medication, testing for levels of nutrients in the body is essential.

The brain is the greediest organ of our body, with some particular dietary requirements. It’s hardly surprising that nutritional deficiencies lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficiencies, attention, cognition issuessleep problems, and sensory processing disorders. The most common nutrient deficiencies leading to mental disorders are omega–3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are precursors to neurotransmitters.

When diet and lifestyle is addressed, and an intervention is put in place to correct for deficiencies, there is a remarkable change. In a 2016 study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, “patients reported multiple benefits across all conditions addressed and felt their emotional and or neurological symptoms diminished significantly.”

Other symptoms of nutritional deficiencies include weight gain due to a slower metabolism, fatigue, salt and sugar cravings, muscle weakness, diminished sex drive, hair loss, brittle hair and nails, and scaly skin. There are many causes of nutritional deficiencies including, eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) lacking essential nutrients, low absorption due to poor digestion, metabolic issues due to genetic mutations, lack of nutrients in our soil, and medications. And so, a vicious cycle ensues.

Common medications deplete vital nutrients essential to your health.” -Hyla Cass, MD.

The sad reality is that many people eat poorly-paying no attention to how their eating habits affect their mental health, and many are too quick to find the “quick fix” remedy. Our allopathic psychiatrists and doctors do not get training in a systems biology to treatment, nor are they encouraged to offer this advice. The lack of knowledge in this area is primarily because the pharmaceutical companies fund our medical schools. There is no money in good nutrition or healthy people.

Why We Need to Eat Enough Protein

Eating enough protein is vital. We can get adequate protein from many plant sources, as well as meat products. Everyone talks about how those with mental health issues need more dopamine or serotonin, which usually translates into more medication. However, if we look at the physiology behind how neurotransmitters are made in the first place, most of them depend on an adequate intake of protein. Protein is broken down into amino acids, and the amino acids are then converted to neurotransmitters with the help of other nutrients such as B vitamins and specific minerals.

Interestingly, medication does not increase the levels of these chemicals in the body; it only re-uptakes what is already there. So, if a person is deficient, the medication may do little to remedy the situation. If it recirculated back to the brain where there may be too much already, side-effects could occur.

Two of the most common brain chemicals involved with depression are dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, regulate mood. Serotonin deficiency can lead to depression. Hence why antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are typically the go-to medication treatment.

Serotonin is actually created by an amino acid called tryptophan. Niacin (vitamin B3) is part of the metabolizing process of forming serotonin from tryptophan. Therefore, niacin deficiency can also directly impact mood by affecting your production of serotonin. Dopamine is produced from the amino acid tyrosine and phenylalanine, both of which can be obtained from protein-rich foods.

Melatonin is an important hormone that helps to regulate our sleep cycle. The conversion of serotonin to melatonin is controlled by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus, the coordinator of the body’s circadian rhythms. Many doctors, both holistic and conventional, often recommend it for sleep problems. Although generally safe in lower doses and limited time, supplementing this powerful hormone may have some side effects. Some of them include nightmares, grogginess, seizures, tics, headaches, nausea, diabetes, small testicles, and depression. To avoid synthetic substitutes, we can provide the brain’s pineal gland what it needs to make melatonin. The necessary nutrients include tryptophan, GABA, fatty acids, B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.

As one can see, proper nutrition and getting enough nutrients is essential to our mental well-being. Instead of running to get a script, perhaps it is time to address the many other root causes of mental health issues, including nutritional deficiencies. To learn more about how to help you or your family overcome ADHD, autism, and mental health conditions, while at the same time improving your overall health, I am offering a FREE downloadable PDF of an online presentation I recently gave containing these tips and much more. Learn why eating protein is essential and why microbiome diversity is critical. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. And to purchase my award-winning book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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Seven Natural Medicines For A Strong Immune System

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The world knows, everyone is terrified at the prospect of contracting any germ that could overwhelm the immune system, including seasonal flu, colds, and more. Yet, there is no need to be entirely overwhelmed. The answer is fully found in nature, especially wild nature. Viruses can’t stand up to the powers of wild plants, but even many commercial plants have the necessary power.

Regardless, it is crucial to fight back. People should not be allowed just to succumb. The great fight for the benefit of the immune system is found exclusively in nature, with the God-given wild nature being the most extremely powerful for providing all that humans need.

It is necessary to comprehend the natural sources, because, in fact, what else is there? When it comes to the spread of infection, medicine has proven impotent. Viruses and bacteria infect people, doing so globally, and no one can do anything about it. Obviously, for the majority of infectious diseases the standard recommendations of frequent hand-washing, the use of hand sanitizers, and now so-called social distancing, have proved largely impotent. Once the infected people arrive in the hospitals there is nothing but chaos. How could it be otherwise? There isn’t a single treatment known that is effective against halting these germs’ wild progression.

Now, it is time to turn to the natural kingdom, to the authoritative powers of aromatic and wild plants. Here, the top seven plants and/or their extracts are listed that can be taken advantage of to fight back against this condition. While this is no replacement for medical care, the issue is in this case there is no solid medical offerings. So, it only makes sense to rely upon plants and their extracts for supporting health and bolstering the immune system.

What are the other options? In fact, through the traditional approach there aren’t any. All that is described is how dire this is and how incredibly rapidly it is spreading, while all that medicine offers is to no avail. Images are shown of people dying in their secretions upon respirators. For nearly all people the situation appears hopeless. Yet, this is not the case. Through natural medicines there are dozens of answers. Here, among the most potent are selected and described.

It is crucial to realize—the fact is the almighty creator has already designed in advance the answer for this crisis. This is hot-tasting, aromatic foods and spices. It is also raw honey. All these dramatically aid the body in the fight against nasty viruses. Yet, the most potent of all is wild oregano. It has immense, natural antiviral powers, demonstrated in a number of studies. It also has strong antioxidant, antihistaminic, and anti-inflammatory capacities. Let us review this seven to see how it is possible to take advantage of their authority in this time of crisis:

Wild oregano

Growing on the mountain tops in the deep Mediterranean wild oregano thrives where virtually no other plant can exist: above the tree lines. Here, it thrives on rock, being one of the only plants that can do so. In this respect it is even more powerful than trees. It is a great idea to consume such a sophisticated plant. The ideal forms are the whole, crude herb, the distilled oil extract in an extra virgin olive oil base, and the distillate water, known as the hydrosol, popularly known as the juice. Such wild oregano complexes greatly enhance human health. Through their intake the immune system is greatly strengthened, so it can more powerfully defend itself. As medicine has nothing to offer, certain nothing as clean, rarified, and potent as this, it would a good idea to consume it. While this is no attempt to preach almighty God took the care to mention this in a holy book, the Old Testament. Here, He deemed it a “purifying herb.” With all that is happening in the world today nothing could be more telling than this.

The studies confirming its powers are voluminous. One such study in abstract form found published in Antiviral Research shows astounding capacities against viruses, including the human coronavirus and the common flu.

Medicine might belittle this. Yet, there is no basis for doing so. There is no harm in taking the wild oregano, even with medications or other medical treatments. In fact, it would enhance any such treatments applied for reversing infectious conditions. Studies show it makes antibiotics were better, so that even the dosages can be reduced. People eat oregano oil as a food flavoring, though unwittingly. The worries and concerns have no basis. Avoid cheap imitations made from farm-raised, cloned oregano and/or tainted with synthetic additives.

Wild sage

It may not be that easy to get wild sage, at least not in the common marketplace. If it can be found, it can be made into a tea and also burnt as aromatherapy. It can also be found as an extract, distilled from the wild plant. Wild sage is optimal for lung and respiratory health. It is also a potent germicide. In work at Georgetown University it was found to kill all germs against which it was tested. Wild sage can be found as a key component of certain supplements for respiratory and immune health. Yet, even commercial sage is health-giving and should be consumed in cooking and food. It can also be made into a tea, though, once again, the truly wild type is superior.

Cumin seeds or the extract oil

According to work at Georgetown University cumin seed oil proved to be one of the most potent germicides known. Other work has shown that cumin seed extract and oil was active against various viruses, including herpes, causing a significant reduction in both growth and tissue damage. Cumin can be taken by the seeds themselves, the powdered spice, and/or the extract, as found in oil of cumin seed in an olive oil base or in the dried spice oil form, the latter being a potent respiratory support formula.

Garlic

Everyone knowns that garlic is particularly strong, especially when consumed raw. In fact, in the raw form it is a powerful germ-killer. In one study by Cornell University garlic was found to be a universal germicide where no known pathogen, in this case, bacteria could resist it. So, for any microbial challenge be sure to consume garlic, especially in raw on gently cooked form. High-quality garlic supplements add to the benefits.

Onions

What a powerhouse for the germ fight that the seemingly lowly onions are. Squeeze and onion and drink the juice—surely, no germ can stand this. Science supports this. Work in 1997 by J. H. Kim found that it inhibited or killed all bacteria against which it was tested.

Raw honey

Honey is a major medicine unto humankind, so deems the Qur’an. This applies only to the raw, unprocessed type. For any major health concern that involves both inflammation and infection raw honey should be regularly consumed. This is true both for internal and skin conditions. The top raw honeys, though hard to find, are those derived from bees never fed sugar. Find these types of honey supplements and consume them regularly.

Black seed and its oil

A numbers of studies show that black seed and its expressed oil help modulate the immune system. They seem to tone it down when it is hyper-reactive. When the immune system is in overdrive, there can be toxicity throughout the body, including excessive and often dangerous inflammation. Black seed helps prevent this. Note Indian investigators treatment with the seed extract led to a “significant decrease in pathological changes in the lungs.” The black seed would work best if combined with wild oregano.

Use such wonderful food and supplements for optimal health. This is for the entire body, all organ systems. As a result of following this approach the individual will experience nothing but optimal health.

Sources:

https://tahomaclinic.com/Private/Articles4/Onions/Kim%201997%20-%20Anti-bacterial%20action%20of%20onion%20(Allium%20cepa%20L.)%20extracts%20against%20oral%20pathogenic%20bacteria.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3048935/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S168411821500033X

http://grasasyaceites.revistas.csic.es/index.php/grasasyaceites/article/viewFile/90/90

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283534141_Antimicrobial_properties_of_methanolic_extract_of_cumin_cuminum_cyminum_seeds

Written by Dr. Cass Ingram, a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written over 25 books on natural healing. He has given answers and hope to millions through lectures on thousands of radio/TV shows. His research and writing have led to countless cures and discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100’s of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America’s leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. He now travels the world promoting perfect health – the natural way.

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