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The Pesky Pathogens That Can Cause Cancer: What You Can Do About It

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In the age of awakening, it seems everyone is finding their own personal truth about health and productive life changes. It is quite frustrating that often even with the strictest of GMO free, organic, gluten free, vegan or vegetarian diet, we are still unable to overcome some persistent health issues. Most of us are not satisfied with the answers we received in school or in our careers, especially concerning true healthcare. Become your own best health advocate and do your research. At some point in your journey, it may become vital to look at INFECTIOUS causes of chronic diseases such as cancer or autoimmune conditions.

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Researchers are discovering that infections by viruses, bacteria, or fungi are linked to or can trigger the beginning of neurodegenerative conditions, cancers, and autoimmune conditions, and have the ability to permanently change our DNA. Sometimes, even with the best diet, the body is still overwhelmed, as all its resources are going to fight off the offending pathogen (virus, bacteria, fungus). As long as we continue to keep the mind, spirit, and body healthy, then no pathogen can live in the body.

Throughout medical history, scientists dismissed the role of acute or chronic infections that could potentially cause a noninfectious disease. For example, cancer isn’t contagious, so how could it possibly be caused by a contagious and acute pathogen? In 1982, scientists Barry Marshall and Robin Warren proved that Heliobacter Pylori, a bacteria that invades the gut, can cause ulcers and acid reflux, leading to cancer. Yes, an acute infection produced a chronic and noninfectious disorder. Warren and Marshall won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery.

What Other Diseases are Linked to Infectious Agents?

There are many, and some are directly linked while others are indirectly linked.

The human papillomavirus (HPV), for instance, causes more than 90 percent of cervical cancer cases. The hepatitis B virus accounts for more than 60 percent of liver cancer cases. The hepatitis C virus causes cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and eventual liver cancer. Human herpesvirus 8 causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, cancer that is a complication of AIDS. Helicobacter pylori bacteria that was discussed above is the agent of peptic ulcers and gastric cancer. These examples may be just the tip of the iceberg. These infections invade the host and dysregulate our natural immune systems in a few ways. An infection can slowly damage our body by leaking toxins chronically. Autoimmune conditions, like Crohn’s disease or type 1 diabetes, could possibly be due to our bodies reacting to an underlying toxin, not causing our bodies to attack themselves.

The accepted theory is that some pathogens are molecularly similar to our own cells and so an immune response directed against them can mistakenly attack your own body as well (molecular mimicry). Put another way, the body is not imperfect, but it is reacting to an imperfect pathogen that is still reeking havoc on the body. The immune response can continue even after the original pathogen is no longer in the body. Chronic Hepatitis B, for example, can provoke an attack against the liver, often leading to Chronic Liver disease or end stage liver disease over a period of several years. Secondly, an infection can attack the body rapidly and produce immediate handicaps. For example, poliomyelitis, a disease caused by the polio virus, sometimes causes permanent paralysis once the victim is stricken. Lastly, acute infections can lead to chronic conditions that intermittently flare up. For example, foodborne pathogens like E. Coli or viruses like herpes can induce chronic sequelae including reactive arthritis and cold sores, respectively.

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How Do Pathogens Overtake Natural Immunity?

There are a number of ways that these pesky pathogens can overtake our immune systems. Inflammation and oxidative stress seem to both play a role. Both are linked to infectious and non contagious diseases. Oxidative stress can release free radicals and reactive oxygen species which can change our DNA through cellular damage. Consider that if your immune system is already dampened due to an infection, it may not be able to clear all free radicals and oxidative damage done to the cells. As oxidative stress is implicated in the advancement of Parkinsons or Alzheimers, it would be logical to extrapolate that oxidative damage caused by an infection could also hasten or exacerbate the symptoms of a chronic disease like Parkinsons.

Inflammation is beneficial to the body when contained and acute. It alerts the immune system that something is awry. All of our fighter cells go to the site of inflammation, destroy the offending agent, and repair any damaged tissues or cells. It is when an offending environmental toxin, heavy metal, or pathogen continues to set the immune system off perpetually that chronic inflammation and disease set in. The system has gone haywire and is alerting us that something else is wrong.

The inflammation and oxidative stress caused by a chronic immune response have been strongly linked to many kinds of chronic diseases, including many types of cancer, neurological/psychiatric diseases (like Alzheimer’s Disease, autism, and depression) and autoimmune disorders (like Type 1 Diabetes or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis). An immune system burdened by chronic inflammation also can’t fight off other pathogens as effectively, so one chronic infection makes you more likely to get another. Some infections like bacteria and parasites can work together to suppress the immune system of the host.

Consider the Unknown

Considering that standard allopathic medical labs are often inaccurate (serum magnesium only measures 1% of the total mag as the rest is bound to protein and cannot be measured), there is a strong possibility that we do not accurately diagnose many pathogens that are still in the body and lie hidden. One theory, by Paul Janiwet and biologist Paul Ewald, states that as our defense measures get more sophisticated, so do the capabilities of many bacteria, fungi, and viruses. They can replicate so fast that they are able to outwit and become resistant to many antibiotics. Is it possible that they are also able to hide in the body as they also become more intelligent? Bacteria in the mouth and even Lyme disease are able to hide in a sticky biofilm. Candida overgrowth or parasites have also learned how to attack the system but still go unnoticed for years. Could we be missing chronic Epstein Barr or Cytomegalovirus that is causing chronic disease?

Tests for these infections are difficult, expensive, and often mutually contradictory, making diagnosis even more difficult. But if you have a chronic disease (and probably even if you don’t), it’s a safe bet that you’re also suffering from infections or pathogens in hiding.

One of the most important ways you can support your body’s defenses through diet is by healing your gut. The gut is the second brain. In fact, it speaks more to the brain than the brain does to it via the vagus nerve. Most of our immune cells are contained within the gut. Leaky gut is an inflammatory condition that generates systemic inflammation by decreasing immunity in the gut. On the other hand, healthy gut flora strengthen your immune system. Healing your gut and restoring a healthy balance of beneficial gut flora involves eating a healthy diet free from inflammatory grains or legumes, dairy, or factory farmed meat, and avoiding chronic stress. Meditation and yoga also help you connect to your higher self and with self introspection. Knowing yourself is always a key to the health puzzle.

It’s also important to get enough micronutrients to keep your immune system and your body’s natural defenses running smoothly. Vitamin C and Vitamin D are especially important for immune function. Cat’s claw, silver hydrosol, elderberry, curcumin, and MSM are also potent immune modulators and antivirals. Reduce daily stress by turning into what truly makes YOU happy. Obesity and metabolic syndrome contribute to oxidative stress, so staying at a healthy weight and stabilizing any blood sugars can help. Intermittent fasting or a juice fast is also beneficial since it promotes autophagy, the process of digesting any free radicals or inflammatory cells. Freeing up complicated digestion lets the immune system focus on other areas of disease that need to be tended to. Castor oil packs, detox IVs, parasite cleansing, and heavy metal chelation can also be necessary steps.

The key to preventing any infection (and many chronic conditions) is to not only have a strict, non inflammatory diet, clean water, decreased EMF/stress, and detoxing from environmental toxins, heavy metals, and pesticides, but to also increase our own innate immunity so that it is able to prevent any infection within our bodies. Remember, if it does not feel good to your soul or if you are damaging others, then it may be time to reconsider some life decisions. Often we make ourselves ill by keeping ourselves in unhealthy situations. The mind, body, and spirit are connected. Detox yourself of processed food and toxic people and careers, and refill your life with food, people, and activities that feed your soul and help change the world for the better.

Sources:

1. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/4/3/pdfs/98-0339.pdf

2. http://paleoleap.com/infections-chronic-disorders/

3. 16th edition of Harrison’s Internal Medicine: Infectious Diseases

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Johnson & Johnson Found To Have Knowingly Allowed Asbestos In Their Baby Powder

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  • The Facts:

    Johnson and Johnson have recently lost lawsuits for negligence in knowingly allowing carcinogenic substances in their talc-based hygiene products.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we starting to turn the page on an era where human health and safety are not the prime considerations in the manufacturing of consumer products?

We are starting to awaken to the fact that it seems to be the rule, and not the exception, that large Western corporations put profits above human health considerations. The only time they seem to give any regard to human health concerns is when their forecasts of potential lawsuits down the road would likely exceed the cost measures needed to ensure the safety of their product.

Johnson & Johnson is just one of a long line of corporate perpetrators who believed that covering up and lying about known health concerns would make better business sense than taking the time and resources to actually address those health concerns within their products.

Contaminated Baby Powder: The Height Of Indignity

One would think, regardless of an understanding that the bottom line is a priority for most private companies, that the health and safety of a nursing mother and her newborn child would be sacrosanct for any industry. The reality is that this is simply not the case, even though J&J could have mitigated this problem from the start.

Companies that mine talc are required to take extra steps to ensure the absence of asbestos in their talc. Instead, J&J allegedly went to great lengths to fake it.

Not only did the company know about the asbestos contamination, evidence suggests, but J&J also failed to warn its customers about the link between Baby Powder and cancer or replace its talc with a safer alternative. As a result, J&J guaranteed its customers’ exposure to asbestos.

And regardless of their size or numbers, asbestos fibers are lethal at any capacity. As the World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed repeatedly, there is no safe level of exposure. (source)

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The Testimony of Scientist James Webber

Baby Powder’s contamination with asbestos (a mineral that naturally occurs near talc) has long been the subject of lawsuits. But only in recent years has evidence begun to unravel J&J’s defense – that the company had no idea – and threatened its success in lawsuits to come.

In March, a California jury awarded $29 million to Terry Leavitt, a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-powder-based products caused her terminal mesothelioma. Environmental scientist James Webber testified in her high-profile California trial and made these observations:

During several hours on the stand, Webber explained how he ran tests that showed “clear” evidence of asbestos contamination in the mines from which J&J sourced talc.

“The testing I have seen [shows] that it was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the late 1990s,” said Webber, who ran an asbestos laboratory in New York state.

Despite denying it publicly, J&J had observed this contamination in internal memos. Its notes dismissed the amount of asbestos in its talc as “but a trace,” Webber alleged. But that was just an optimistic interpretation of superficial testing, he said: the tests used methods too weak to detect microscopic asbestos fibers. Webber insisted the actual tests results revealed there could be millions of asbestos fibers per gram of talc.

And J&J’s inaccurate reports were allegedly only the tip of the iceberg. In some instances, Webber said, photos attached to J&J’s reports revealed that “they had been seeing it and not reporting it.”  (source)

And It’s Getting Worse

The $29 million verdict, in California Superior Court in Oakland, was the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate facing more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide. And things may be getting even worse for J&J, according to ZeroHedge:

Johnson & Johnson shares are down over 5% after Bloomberg reports that, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a criminal investigation into whether Johnson & Johnson lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder…

Now, a grand jury in Washington is examining documents related to what company officials knew about any carcinogens in their products, the people said.

The Takeaway

It seems as though corporations have long been willing to take the calculated risk of short-cuts and denials instead of ensuring that their products are safe for public use. My suspicion is that a part of our collective awakening process will be issuing in a new business paradigm in which human health and safety become paramount.

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Prescription Infant Formulas Found To Be Contaminated With Aluminum

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  • The Facts:

    Multiple brands of prescription infant formula were found to contain high levels of aluminum.

  • Reflect On:

    Should we be questioning the quality of products that come from pharmaceutical production? Do we veer away from natural methods of raising children more than we should? At what cost?

You may not think aluminum is a big deal, but it is. For anybody who has looked into aluminum toxicology, it’s quite clear and apparent that it has no place inside of any living biological organism. Putting it simply, it wreaks havoc on our biology. High amounts of aluminum have been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, with experts in the field believing that aluminum brain accumulation may be one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s also been discovered within the brains of MS patients, and some of the highest aluminum content ever recorded in brain tissue has also been discovered in people with autism. Aluminum is associated with several diseases. But an adult body can do a great job of flushing out aluminum.

Despite the fact that aluminum has no place within earth’s biota, it’s still present in many of our medications, our food, and even in the water that we drink due to contamination since the industrial revolution. Aluminum inside the body is a new phenomenon and still understudied. Again, there is a threshold, and aluminum that is injected via vaccines doesn’t exit the body–there is strong evidence that it remains inside the body and ends up in distant organs and eventually inside of the brain. If you want to access more studies on that topic, you can read this article I published that provides them and goes into more detail. You can also watch this interview with Christopher Exley, where he also points to that fact.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has shown that multiple popular infant prescriptions are contaminated with aluminum. You may be asking how much aluminum, but the authors make it a point to stress that there are no safe amounts of aluminum levels that can be inside of a human body, let alone a newborn baby. That being said, the amounts found are listed within the abstract of the study:

Historical and recent data demonstrate that off-the-shelf infant formulas are heavily contaminated with aluminium. The origin of this contamination remains to be elucidated though may be imported via ingredients, packaging and processing. Specialised infant formulas exist to address health issues, such as low birth weight, allergy or intolerance and medical conditions, such as renal insufficiency. The aluminium content of these prescription infant formulas is measured here for the first time. We obtained 24 prescription infant formulas through a paediatric clinic and measured their total aluminium content by transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry following microwave assisted acid/peroxide digestion. The aluminium content of ready-to-drink formulas ranged from 49.9 (33.7) to 1956.3 (111.0) μg/L. The most heavily contaminated products were those designed as nutritional supplements for infants struggling to gain weight. The aluminium content of powdered formulas ranged from 0.27 (0.04) to 3.27 (0.19) μg/g. The most heavily contaminated products tended to be those addressing allergies and intolerance. Prescription infant formulas are contaminated with aluminium.

Another very important point made right off the bat by the authors:

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Human exposure to aluminium is a serious health concern. Aluminium exposure in infants is understandably a burgeoning issue. While infant exposure to aluminium continues to be documented, its consequences, immediate and in the future, have received only scant attention and research is required to understand the biological availability of aluminium through formula feeding. For example, how much aluminium is absorbed across the neonate gut and its subsequent fate, including excretion.

There is already too much aluminium in infant formulas and herein we have measured its content in a large number of prescription formulas, products which are fed to vulnerable infants in their first months of life. Many of these products are heavily contaminated with aluminium.

As for the specific infant formulas, you can refer to the study. The researchers obtained 24 prescription infant formulas via the Paediatric Clinic of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, United Kingdom. The ready-to-drink and powdered products were new, ready-to-be used and unopened samples. These formulas are for babies with some sort of growth restriction, like for preterm infants or infants who have poor weight gain. There were also powdered formulas for allergies and intolerances and powdered formulas with additional amino acids.

The authors contacted each manufacturer and expressed that they denied knowing that there was any aluminum in their products, which means it’s still a mystery as to their source. The authors hypothesize on a number of ways that aluminum could be entering into the formulas.

In their conclusion, the authors emphasize that:

Where possible, breast milk feeding should be prioritised, as the aluminium content of breast milk is invariably an order of magnitude lower than in formula feeds. Where infant formulas are the only source of nutrition for many infants in their first weeks and months of life, aluminium ingested in formula feeds will be the major contributor to their body burden of aluminium. The last thing that vulnerable infants fed specialised formulas for their specific nutritional/medicinal need is additional aluminium in their diet.

Detoxing

There is a lot of information out there on how a person can detox from aluminum and other heavy metals. There are multiple studies, and based on what I’ve looked into, water with high amounts of Silica are effective in draining aluminum out of your body and brain. Herbs like cilantro and substances like chlorella and spirulina are also great for removing some metals. The information is out there, so be sure to do your research.

The Takeaway

It’s concerning to think about what these corporations are doing. Again, aluminum should hold no place in our society, it should’ve remained well below our surface as part of the Earth’s crust for a reason. It wasn’t until humans began digging it out and using it for a number of things, irresponsibly I might add, that we started to see the health implications which still go largely ignored by the medical community.

In fact, heavy metal accumulation and detoxification of aluminum haven’t been addressed at all, which is odd given the fact that heavy metal accumulation is linked to a variety of diseases.

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9 Studies You Should Be Aware of Before Trying The Ketogenic Diet

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  • The Facts:

    The Ketogenic diet is a popular fad diet that promotes quick weight loss and symptom management for bodies that are dealing with poor lymph, kidney and digestion health.

  • Reflect On:

    Based on the studies that are emerging, is our desire for quick weight loss more important than living a long and healthy life? Are we learning about these diets primarily through those with strong ties to upholding these diets?

The ketogenic diet has popped up as a popular approach to weight loss in the last few years. Is it successful at that? Sure, it is. I’ve experimented with the diet myself years ago when I was looking to lose some belly fat. I was entering into ketosis in a different way than most, as I was not eating any animal products, but it does in fact work.

But like any animal product based diet, what are the consequences of eating so much food that does not truly jive with our human bodies? Not only that, is fast weight loss more important than keeping our morality rate down?

In the last few years, we’ve reported a lot on the Keto diet and the various ways it can be done. We have explored the studies, the results and in some ways, we supported it. But lately, I have been thinking about how supporting this could actually be encouraging people to jump into these diets, including the paleo diet, when in reality these diets increase mortality rates and are not healthy for the human body.

It became a thought in the back of my mind, I have always strived to put the best information out that I can through this platform to promote good health. And so we must look at that, even if that means upsetting some people who currently are on paleo or keto and are seeing some good weight loss or symptom management. The truth is, like the many people I’ve seen crash on these diets after a few years, I want people to know the truth of what’s going on out there. And how we can get beyond diets that symptom manage, and instead get onto diets that truly heal.

Anytime we have fad diets, which paleo and keto are, we see products and bias pop up all over the place to support the continuation of these trends. It becomes less about health and more about upholding an identity or a business.

So as I recently looked into what experts are saying about these diets, I came upon two important videos I think everyone should check out. Both have been embedded below. Remember, it’s not that I care what you choose in your own life, or that I feel there is a right or wrong, it’s that I believe we should be informed and I wish to use this platform to promote as best a message as I can.

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The Videos

Thanks to Plant-Based News for creating such a good channel and resource of information on YouTube.

In this video, several plant-based health experts talk through 9 nutrition studies that would be of interest to low carb keto diet proponents. To read the 9 studies, click here.

Next up, Dr. Kim Williams (past President of the American College of Cardiology) shares his insights about the ketogenic.

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