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Brain Fog: What It Is & How To Treat It Naturally

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  • The Facts:

    Brain fog is an experience that more and more of us are becoming far too familiar with. Unfortunately, western medicine often overlooks energetic imbalances in the body, so we need to turn to eastern medicine to understand and treat this condition.

  • Reflect On:

    How often do you experience brain fog and what tends to trigger it? Rather than turning to stimulant medications, try any of the following eastern treatments first!

Brain fog is a state of mental confusion. Some find it difficult to think, concentrate, or find the right words to say. Some have trouble recalling facts, faces, or events. Brain fog can also make a person feel unmotivated, depressed, anxious and moody as well. Many individuals with brain fog are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

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Unfortunately, western medicine often overlooks energetic imbalances in the body. Our doctors will often put an individual on stimulant medication and send them on their way. With this approach, we are missing key opportunities to heal the body and beat brain fog naturally and effectively without potentially dangerous side-effects.

Eastern Medicine treats the body as a whole. No single organ can be understood except in relational to the whole person. It is the 2,500-year-old belief that the imbalance or blockage of Yin and Yang in the body leads to all disease. To maintain or restore balance – healthy food, acupuncture, moxibustion, homeopathy, Chinese herbal therapy and Reiki, is used to heal a person emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Why Food Matters

For the body to be balanced and for the brain to work optimally, it must be harmonized and nourished. Eastern medicine practitioners understand the importance of nutrition, gut, and digestive health for a healthy mind.  Instead of focusing on the quantity of food and counting calories, the east focuses on the quality of the food, the flavour, temperature and how the food benefits the body. Understanding that food can be the most significant form of medicine or the most prominent type of poison, they emphasize the need to eat nutritionally dense food; free of processed salt, sugar, food additives and artificial chemicals.  Also, testing for food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis/yeast overgrowth and intestinal inflammation is essential, and they are often a culprit of brain fog and neurological dysfunction.

Acupuncture For Mental Health

To support proper neurological function, Chinese Medicine focuses on energetically balancing the five primary organ systems including the spleen, heart, lungs, liver and stomach to reduce systemic inflammation, help with the assimilation of nutrients, increase blood supply, and oxygenize blood to help the liver to store the blood to help send it into the brain.

Acupuncture has been treating and preventing illness and disease for over 2,000 years.  And many scientific studies demonstrate the benefits.  A study in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences demonstrated that acupuncture can reduce anxiety and insomnia. And, the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine reported that acupuncture also improves mental clarity and alertness.

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There are no adverse side effects, and the needles are tiny and thin, causing little to no pain.

The basic theory of acupuncture starts with the meridian system and flow of energy (called Qi, pronounced “chee”) between organs and the blood. Acupuncture is used to regulate the functions of organs via the flow of energy and blood through the meridian system. The needles balance the blood flow between the right and left frontal lobes of the brain and help improve neurological functioning.

For mental clarity, memory, concentration, and alertness an acupuncturist may focus on the following points.  If an acupuncturist is not around, applying light pressure to these acupressure points can also assist as well:

Middle of a Person – between upper lip and nose

Sea of Tranquility – upper part of the ribcage between the breasts

Three-Point Mile – the outer edge of the leg

Bigger Rushing – on top of the foot

One Hundred Meeting – back of the top of the head

Sun Point – outside of the eyebrows

Gates of Consciousness – the base of the skull

Heavenly Pillar – below the base of the skull

Third Eye Point – between the eyebrows

Acupuncture is also extremely helpful in aiding the body to eliminate toxic burden which can help improve memory, speech, learning and mental clarity. Studies demonstrate that detoxing from systemic yeast, bacterial infections such as Lyme, viral overload, heavy metal, and other environmental toxins can lead to improved mental performance. Acupuncturists often work on the liver and gallbladder meridian points to clear toxins.

Burn Moxa To Enhance Acupuncture Treatments

Commonly known as “mugwort,” Moxa is burned near the body to stimulate acupuncture channels and warm the body to dry dampness which can cause brain fog. In a study of mice featured in the Journal of Evidenced Based Complementary Medicine, moxibustion positively impacted behavior, learning, cognition, memory and focus by changing the oxidant state in the central nervous system. Moxa is also used to boost the immune system, manage inflammation, reduce pain and increase energy.

Homeopathy: Energy Medicine For The Body & Mind

Homeopathy is a system of medicine originated in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann.  Native American Indians practiced this form of natural healing before it was coined homeopathy. Homeopathy can treat all your symptoms at all levels of your being – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. It helps dissipate blockages in an individual’s subtle energy that may be preventing the individual’s body wisdom from healing the chronic or acute illness.

Homeopathy works on the law of nature, that “like cures like.” A patient suffering from symptoms can be treated and cured by minute doses of a substance (mineral, animal or plant) capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person very much like an allergy shot aims to do. Except, homeopathy has little-known side-effects and can reach deep inside the body and gently nudge it to trigger the body to heal itself, in a way western medicine cannot. Highly diluted, non-toxic remedies are prepared. They taste a little bit sweet, are odorless and taken orally. According to the World Health Organization, it is the second largest therapeutic system used in the world.

The aim of a study in the European Journal of Pediatrics was to obtain scientific evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy in ADHD. That randomized, partially blinded trial and a clinical observation study, concluded that homeopathy did in fact have positive effects in patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) particularly in the areas of behavioral and cognitive development.

Some homeopathy traditionally used for symptoms of brain fog and mental focus:

Some homeopathy traditionally used for symptoms of anxiety & hyperactivity that often leads to a lack of mental focus:

Using Chinese Herbal Therapy To Stay Clear Minded

Chinese herbology has been used for over 5,000 years and is the oldest medical system in the world.  Like other Chinese medicine modalities, herbal therapy (herbs, minerals, and other extracts) aims to balance and regain homeostasis in the body to strengthen one’s resistance to illness and disease.  Chinese herbal medicine also treats emotional and neurological conditions quite successfully.

Some Chinese herbs traditionally used for brain fog, ADHD, anxiety, and focus:

  • Reishi mushrooms – can bring calm and help maintain focus.

  • Bacopa – reduces mental fatigue and improves cognition (learn more)

  • Ginko Biloba – increases blood flow to improve clarity and memory.

  • Acorus – known as Shi Chang Pu in Chinese herbology this herb transforms damp it works well for people suffering from a cloudy mind.

  • Chai Hu – reduces stress and depression to increase memory.

  • Jujubes or Chinese dates – restores balance and replenishes Qi; produces red blood cells to calm the mind

  • Siberian ginseng – reduces fatigue, supports adrenals and increases clarity (learn more)

  • Bu Nao Wan – an ancient herbal remedy believed to clear brain fog, increase alertness and focus. It is a combination of many herbs including ginseng, bamboo sap, dragon tooth, dang gui, and others

Reiki: Channeled Energy Aimed at Supporting the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal

Reiki is an ancient Japanese method of healing, promoting the body to heal itself.  Dating back to the late 19th century, it is a “laying on of hands” approach.  The practitioner channels an unseen “life force energy,” and helps balance the client’s body and mind.  Reiki is used to heal a person’s physical health, as well as maintain harmony and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system without side effects.

Please ensure that you are obtaining high quality sourced supplements, homeopathy preparations, and herbs. To avoid any potential side-effects, consult a highly skilled functional health care provider, homeopath, naturopath or a trained herbalist before taking these or giving medicinal remedies to children.


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Glyphosate & Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

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  • The Facts:

    This article was written by By Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, President of Children’s Health Defense.

  • Reflect On:

    How did our federal health regulatory agencies ever approve something so dangerous and damaging to human health?

In Part I, “The Disturbing Increase in Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults,” we called attention to the steep rise in colorectal cancer incidence in young people in their twenties and thirties and discussed the risks associated with viral vaccines. In Part II, we discuss glyphosate as another plausible culprit in the colorectal cancer epidemic.

Gut bacteria play a pivotal role in shoring up brain health and overall health. This fact has become a widely acknowledged talking point in scientific circles as well as in the popular press. The reverse is also true—when diet or environmental factors produce gut dysbiosis (an imbalance of the microbes that reside in the gastrointestinal tract), the imbalance can “impact the pathologies of many diseases.”

Colorectal cancer has increased by 51% in Americans under age 50 since the mid-1990s, and researchers suggest that “early life exposures…may be contributing to the rise” in that age group. A leading hypothesis is that gut dysbiosis is playing an active part—perhaps by disrupting young people’s immune response and triggering overactivation of cell signaling proteins in the colon. Some researchers have even posited a “bidirectional self-feeding relationship” between the gut microbiome and colorectal cancer, with gut dysbiosis contributing to colorectal cancer growth and progression, and tumor growth in turn disturbing the gut microbiome.

Autism investigators have been at the forefront of research on the gut microbiome. They point to environmental toxins and antibiotic use as two influences that can shift the gut’s microbial composition in an unfavorable direction. Scientists attribute up to 85% of colorectal cancers to environmental and microbial factors. Glyphosate (the leading ingredient of Roundup) is both an herbicide and a patented antimicrobial. Could the upward trend in glyphosate usage that began roughly three decades ago have something to do, therefore, with the skyrocketing incidence of colorectal cancer in young people? Although recent court cases linking Roundup to cancer have focused mostly on other types of cancer such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the evidence that glyphosate wreaks havoc with gut bacteria has led many researchers to suspect that the answer is yes.

Glyphosate in the air and everywhere

These days, glyphosate exposure affects everyone, not just farmworkers. Newsweek reported in 2016 that the world is “awash in glyphosate,” with a fifteen-fold increase in Roundup use since the mid-1990s. American agriculture sprays glyphosate on at least 70 food crops. As a result, glyphosate residues are now rampant in the U.S. food supply, including in the processed Cheerios, Doritos and Oreos so frequently gobbled up by children and adolescents.

Studies have documented concerning levels of glyphosate in Americans’ urine and breastmilk. One study of U.S. adults found that average glyphosate levels in urine increased by a factor of thirteen over the two-decade period between 1993–1996 and 2014–2016—and seven out of ten study participants had glyphosate levels above the limits of detection. Mean levels of a glyphosate metabolite called AMPA measured approximately 36 times higher in the second time period. Moms Across America has reported high levels of glyphosate in three out of ten breastmilk samples tested.

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Glyphosate and the gut

A variety of in-progress clinical trials are exploring the link between the intestinal microbiota and colorectal cancer. Completed studies have already shown that individuals with colorectal cancer “display instability in the composition of their gut bacterial communities when compared with healthy controls” and have elevated levels of unfavorable bacterial species. Several of these species exhibit “pro-inflammatory and pro-carcinogenic properties, which could consequently have an impact on colorectal carcinogenesis.” In fact, researchers suggest that measurement of these out-of-whack bacterial populations could have “potential value as a marker of colon cancer.”

The widespread and intensive use of glyphosate has exacerbated “distortions in microbial communities.” Researchers note that:

Shifts in microbial compositions due to selective pressure by glyphosate may have contributed to the proliferation of plant and animal pathogens. …[W]e hypothesize that the selection pressure for glyphosate-resistance in bacteria could lead to shifts in microbiome composition and increases in antibiotic resistance to clinically important antimicrobial agents.

Researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have written extensively about glyphosate in a series of papers elucidating “pathways to modern diseases.” They note that in animals, glyphosate “has been shown to disrupt gut bacteria…, preferentially killing beneficial forms and causing an overgrowth of pathogens.” Overgrowth of opportunistic pathogens can lead to a breakdown of the gut lining and the development of “leaky gut” syndrome. Researchers describe “the loss of gut barrier integrity” as “an early event which contributes to chronic inflammation,” and they have observed both gut dysbiosis and a dysfunctional intestinal barrier in colorectal cancer patients.

Turning a blind eye

Far from sticking up for American consumers, U.S. regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have largely turned a blind eye to concerns about glyphosate safety. The environmental website EcoWatch reported in 2016 that although the FDA routinely tests foods for pesticide residues, it had never tested for glyphosate residues until that year; EPA critics believe that the agency “has been unduly influenced by the agrichemical industry.” EcoWatch also observed that U.S. regulators allow a much higher “acceptable daily intake” of glyphosate than is permitted in other countries.

In July, 2019, Children’s Health Defense filed a lawsuit against Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, asserting that the company’s labeling and marketing practices “deceive parents who seek to be mindful of what is contained in the baby foods they provide to their infants.” Independent laboratory testing identified multiple synthetic pesticides, including glyphosate, in Beech-Nut’s “Naturals” line of baby food. Children’s Health Defense and Chairman and Chief Legal Counsel Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. take the health of our most precious resource—our children—very seriously and are at the forefront of legal efforts to challenge fraud and free children from exposure to toxic chemicals.

The rising toll of colorectal cancer deaths in young people who are in the prime of life points to the urgent need to reset regulatory priorities and put people before profits. Glyphosate’s deleterious effects on the gut microbiome—just one of many problems associated with the herbicide—are one more nail in the coffin for a toxic product that is well past its use-by date.

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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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