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.
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.
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.
3. 16th edition of Harrison’s Internal Medicine: Infectious Diseases
8 Incredible Reasons Witch Hazel Should Be Added To Your Medicine Cabinet
- The Facts:
There are many harmful chemicals lurking in most personal care products. There are enough natural alternatives out there, such as witch hazel that could eliminate your need to use these chemical-containing products at all.
- Reflect On:
How important is it for you to limit the number of harmful chemicals that you, your family and the environment are exposed to?
Witch Hazel is an ancient Native American remedy for a wide variety of ailments and people are starting to see why. Generally, in stores, we see witch hazel available in a clear liquid form in a bottle, but prior to that, it starts off as a shrub with yellow flowers.
There are two ways of getting the extract from the witch hazel bark, one as a distillation, this is commonly found in stores and generally has alcohol added to act as a preservative, or as a decoction. Many herbalists agree that the decoction method is superior because it makes a more concentrated version which means higher levels of tannins, which is the component that gives witch hazel its superior astringent properties. The distilled version is more shelf-stable, but just be aware of the alcohol that’s added, as some are sensitive to this.
Witch hazel can typically be used in the place of alcohol for treatment of many different skin irritations. It is recognized worldwide as a natural cleanser and toner, it’s clear that this product is absolutely great for the skin, so what benefits does it provide?
1. Clear Up Acne
A study, which was published in the Journal of Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology showed that Witch Hazel was one of the most effective acne treatments out of 52 tested products.
This liquid can slow bacterial growth, speed up healing of scabs and reduce inflammation, redness, oil production and even the development of blackheads and whiteheads.
2. Protect From Skin Cancer
A study that was published in Chemical Research in Toxicology found that the polyphenols and tannins found naturally in witch hazel reduced the number of free radicals and stopped the growth of melanoma cells.
3. Cleanse Hair & Hydrate Dry Scalp
Witch Hazel is a common ingredient in many homemade, all-natural shampoos. It can reduce oil build up on the hair, which could leave your hair clean, shiny and potentially add more volume.
According to this study, witch hazel was able to reduce symptoms of a dry, itchy and irritated scalp.
4. Reduce Degenerative Effects Of The Skin
Because of the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of witch hazel, it can help to protect collagen and the skin’s elasticity. This provides a super cheap alternative to many of the expensive wrinkle creams, cleansers and toners out there. Try mixing Witch Hazel with vitamin E oil and some herbs or flowers such as rose or lavender for your very own home-made anti-aging serum.
5. A Useful Addition To Homemade Baby Wipes
If you are someone who is crafty, economical and practical then the idea of homemade baby wipes might be exciting for you. Witch Hazel is a perfectly safe ingredient to use in homemade wipes to wipe your babies bum clean. This is a great alternative to whatever chemicals may be lurking in those store-bought wipes. Making your own is also much better for the environment as homemade wipes don’t come packed in plastic.
6. Heal Stretch Marks?
Some claim that a witch hazel spray applied directly onto stretch marks once a day can help to eliminate the appearance of stretch marks. It’s so simple so at least it’s worth a try, considering it assists with inflammation and scarring this only makes sense.
7. Itch Remedy
Witch Hazel can be an excellent remedy for anything from bug bites, to eczema to chickenpox and poison ivy. You can put some in a spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil and find relief next time you or your children have an itch that scratching won’t help.
8. Heal Mouth Sores & Freshen Breath
Canker sores, bit lip or cheek? Simply swish some witch hazel around your mouth to help reduce irritation. This is also a great natural mouthwash that can help freshen breath. You can add a drop or peppermint essential oil for a more powerful fresh feeling, just be careful not to swallow.
All Natural Products, All The Way
With so many all-natural alternatives to our everyday products, one might begin to wonder why we even use mainstream store-bought products that are laden with chemicals and preservatives in the first place? It seems that the plant kingdom has a remedy for almost anything that ails us; it’s just that a lot of this knowledge has been lost and unfortunately it’s not a focal point for most manufacturers. Aside from countless recipes for natural homemade personal care and cleaning products online, some retailers are starting to understand our desire to eliminate chemicals from our lives and offer many alternatives, which are generally found at health food stores.
Study Reveals Popular Vaccine “May Kill More Children From Other Causes Than It Saves”
- The Facts:
Multiple studies have shown and emphasized that the DTP vaccine may actually kill more children than it protects from DTP. This is one of the latest to show it, known as the Mogensen study.
- Reflect On:
Reflect on the fact that this information is never really brought up within the mainstream medical community. All it takes is one CDC study to "debunk" several studies that show opposite results. What's really going on here? Is our health a priority?
There are numerous vaccine safety issues. It can boggle your mind how health authorities and pharmaceutical companies can deem them to be completely safe, necessary, and responsible for saving millions of lives. When people hear this, they usually just believe it without ever looking into it and doing their research, and don’t realize they are only presented with one side of the story. If you have 100 studies raising an issue with a vaccine, all it takes is one study from the CDC to say it’s safe, and that’s the research medical associations dish out to doctors as well as medical schools. After all, the pharmaceutical companies are the ones paying for the whole shebang; what they say, goes.
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.” – Richard Horton, current Editor-in-chief of The Lancet
One example would be the vaccine ingredients themselves. Heavy metals, like aluminum and mercury, have been added to vaccines for approximately 100 years without any appropriate safety testing. Numerous studies point this out. You can access some of those studies and see some examples here.
Fast forward to 2017: researchers have now identified, in animal models, that the aluminum from a vaccine does not exit the body like aluminum from, let’s say, our food; it actually stays in the body, travels to distant organs and eventually ends up in the brain. Not only that, researchers also found some of the highest brain aluminum content ever measured in autopsies of the brains of people who were autistic.
You can read more about that and access those studies in the articles linked below:
It is simply no longer possible to believe…or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. – Dr. Marcia Angell
Questioning Vaccine Safety Is Suppressed
With all of these issues, why is there such a harsh reaction to questioning vaccine safety? Why can’t a doctor or professor keep their job if they question vaccine safety? Isn’t science about openly questioning? The day we stop questioning, when there are clearly multiple concerns and questions to be asked and addressed, is the day we abandon the possibility of doing real science.
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor in Chief of The New England Medical Journal (source)
The issue here is, vaccines are marketed as completely safe, and anybody who questions vaccines is made out to look crazy, dumb, or unscientific. This couldn’t’ be further from the truth, and there are a number of valid reasons why parents should not be forced to vaccinate their child.
The DTP Vaccine
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has long been a vocal critic of the lack of scientifically-based vaccine testing:
The public in both poor and rich countries has a right to scientifically-based evidence that international vaccine programs are as safe as possible and that they have been thoroughly safety-tested. The best metrics for measuring safety are studies comparing health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cohorts. Yet, both the CDC and the WHO have aggressively discouraged the pursuit of such studies. – RFK Jr.
He wrote an article that goes into more detail about the DTP vaccine, it’s history, and what the current research suggests. It is becoming difficult to avoid the conclusion that the DTP vaccine is causing more harm than good.
In the video below, I go into more detail about the DTP vaccine. HERE is the study I reference in the video.
Simple Exercises To Help Reverse Damage Caused From Excessive Sitting
- The Facts:
In our modern lifestyle, we are sitting too much and for too long periods of time. This level of sedentary lifestyle is not natural for our bodies and could lead to very serious health issues if we do not address this issue.
- Reflect On:
How could you be more active throughout your regular day to reduce the impacts of sitting too much? Can you make some of these simple excises a daily habit to help limit the damages of sitting?
If you are here and reading this, chances are you have a job that involves long periods of sitting, and most likely staring at a screen. This has become the norm in our modern society and because our bodies are designed to move, to stretch and well, basically to be used, sitting for extended periods of time is causing us some serious damage. Some people are going as far as to say that sitting is the new smoking.
Have you experienced those moments when you finally get up from a sitting position and your butt is completely numb? Excessive sitting causes your legs and hips to become tight and leaves your glutes completely inactive, which does nothing to strengthen these areas. Then there is the dreaded slouch over the desk and computer that could be ruining your posture as well.
Think about how our society was before the industrial revolution, stock market and even recently with the invention of the computer. Us humans were tending our own gardens, washing and hanging our own clothes, we didn’t have cars and were, by default, much more active than we are today. We didn’t even have couches to sit on at the end of the day or more screens, in various shapes and sizes to stare at whilst sitting. It is straight up unnatural for our bodies to spend so much time being inactive and we are starting to see the consequences.
However, having awareness is the first step towards change, and there are some simple ways that you can begin to undo the damage that is caused by sitting. So without further a due, here are 7 simple exercises you can do now to reduce the damage caused by sitting.
Sit Less & Move More
Prevention is the best remedy. By simply being aware of how much you are sitting, you can begin to negate its effects. Whenever possible stand up, go for a little walk around the office, perhaps a little stretch or plank while you’re at it. To remind yourself to do this you can set a timer to go off every 30-60 minutes.
Consider using a standing desk perhaps to keep you on your feet and activating your muscles for longer, although you will still want to ensure you are incorporating some movement, as standing for hours on end is not necessarily good for you and your body either. A friend suggested a great idea to me once, which was to drink plenty of water. This will force you to get up often, not only to get more water but to also relive your bladder, this sounds silly, but it totally works. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with staying hydrated!
Stretch Out Those Hips
If you are really tight, the following exercises may be difficult at first, don’t push it only go to your level of comfort. With time you will gain the flexibility to go deeper as it will get easier after a while.
Nothing like some good old-fashioned squats to engage your glutes and your legs. Stand up tall, have the feet about hip width apart and facing a little bit outwards, bend down so your knees are at about a 45-degree angle, come up and flex your glutes when you do. Repeat 10 times to start, increasing every time you do this.
This is a classic move that you may already know if you’ve ever taken a yoga class. If you haven’t — no sweat, it’s a fairly simple exercise. Stand up straight and bend over, place your hands in front of you on the ground and slowly walk them out. If you are on your tiptoes for this, that’s totally fine, you want your body to be in a “V” shape. Hold this pose for 10 – 15 seconds at first, then increase the duration as you get comfortable. To come out of this position, walk your hands slowly back to your feet than stand up tall. You may be able to eventually have your feet flat on the ground as you do this, but it may take some time to achieve this.
The plank position is great for whole body strength. Simply get into a standard push up position, or rest your elbows on the floor, ensure your back is flat, like a plank and hold for 20 seconds to start. Over time, you can increase the duration of this exercise. It is an excellent way to strengthen the core and gets your legs and glutes involved as well.
Lay on your back on the ground, bring your legs up so your feet are about 1 foot away from your butt, place your hands flat on the floor and begin to raise your pelvis off the ground. Repeat 20 times, ensuring to flex those glutes every time you lift up. As this becomes easier, increase the number of repetitions.
Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. To start, bring in your right knee and cross your foot across your left leg, hug your right leg into your body while sitting up straight. Hold this pose for 10 seconds then switch legs. As this becomes easier you can move on the
Start this exercise by finding something to hold onto for balance. Start by swinging your right leg backward and forwards as high and as far back as feels comfortable to you. Repeat 20 times then switch legs.
Next up is side to side leg swings. Keep holding onto something for balance and swing your right leg out to the side as high as is comfortable and then in front of you towards your left as far as you can. Again, do 20 swings then switch legs. You may repeat if you are feeling especially tight.
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