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The Disastrous State Of Prenatal Care In America & Its Link To Autoimmune Disorders (Including Autism)

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    The prenatal care regularly suggested to and followed by pregnant women has become both outdated and overrun with decisions made by Big Pharma. Thankfully alternatives do exist!

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    Are there any pregnant women in your life that would benefit from reading this information?

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We all know that a healthy pregnancy leads to a healthier baby, but are we doing enough? We are following the advice of our physicians, so why are we facing an epidemic of sick children? As advanced as our society is, I believe allopathic doctors miss the mark when it comes to prenatal care. There are many things our doctors are not telling us. Here are some tips to help improve the health and well-being of your future children.

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“We need to do a better job of preparing our bodies before conception and beyond.” – Healing Without Hurting, 2018

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Resolve Infections and Get Brewing Autoimmune Issues Under Control

Get yourself checked to see if you have any chronic inflammation, a yeast infection, a urinary tract infection, Lyme Disease, or any other low-grade chronic infections. If you do have any infections, consider avoiding prescription medications, and try to have the issues treated naturally. Remember two things: we pass our poor immunity to our children in utero (newer research suggests that if a mother’s immune system is activated, it can affect her child’s health and brain development), and inflammation can lead to malabsorption and malnutrition, which can cause many health issues.

Address Your Microbiome

I had no idea that being on birth control pills for 13 years would completely wipe out my microbiome, or that my years of vaccines, antibiotics and pesticide-laden foods I was eating would wipe it out as well. 

Rebuild your gut with fermented foods, human strain probiotics, and feed the probiotics with plenty of dietary fiber. A healthy gut is essential to your health and your child’s health.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine revealed in a 2018 study that autism risk was determined by the health of the mother’s gut. “We determined that the microbiome is a key contributor in determining susceptibility [to autism-like disorders], so it suggests that you could target either the maternal microbiome or this inflammatory molecule, IL-17a,” said lead researcher John Lukens of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience.

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Cut Environmental Toxins Out Of Your Life

Cut out any lifestyle habits that put toxins into your body. Avoid:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Harmful Drugs
  • Environmental toxins you may be exposed to regularly at work or home—including second-hand smoke and industrial chemicals. Avoid contaminated air such as industrial fumes as much as possible. Use air filters in your home and office to trap toxic airborne chemicals.
  • Skincare and beauty products that contain toxic ingredients can seep in through your skin and scalp. Don’t put anything on your skin that you don’t want absorbing into your system.
  • Toxic cleaning products and air fresheners. Use natural products instead.
  • Over-the-counter medications, such as antacids that contain high levels of aluminum and other harmful ingredients.
  • Unnecessary prescription medications. Educate yourself so that you can weigh the costs versus benefits of medications and vaccinations for you and your baby.

Drink Mineralized Water

Drink lots and lots of mineralized water. Try to only store water in glass or stainless-steel bottles and avoid plastic. Have your tap water tested for heavy metals, essential mineral levels, pH, and bacteria. Minerals are essential for many functions of the body, including proper detoxification.

Cleanse Your System – We Pass Toxins To Our Baby Through The Placenta

Detoxify your organs, glands, and tissues of heavy metals, estrogen-mimicking chemicals, and other toxins. Virtually all of us have toxins built up in our systems, and eliminating them is very important. These toxins can lead to birth defects, miscarriages, or illnesses in our children. Some experts advise starting a detox regime two years before conception. Drink lemon water and take milk thistle and dandelion root.

Flush Toxic Metals

You can help remove toxic metals from your body by consuming foods and supplements that contain sulfur such as cabbage, beans, and garlic. You can also take hot clay and sea salt baths, which I elaborate on  in Chapter 19 of my book, Healing Without Hurting. Make the water as hot as you can stand, and then add essential oils such as lavender (10 drops) or a tiny bit of tea tree oil (2 drops). Then, soak for forty-five minutes.

Warning: Do not perform any detoxification regimes once you become pregnant because toxins that you release from your body could transfer to your baby. Detoxifying before you become pregnant is highly recommended, but not after. Seek help from a qualified practitioner if a vigorous detox is required.

Learn the Risks of Vaccinations and Make an Informed Choice

Learn the risks. All medication comes with potential side effects and vaccinations are no exception. Adjuvants are necessary for vaccines to alert the immune response to react, but who knows what all these ingredients do to an immature brain that may not be able to handle these elements. Despite what the CDC reports, many published reports and scientific research point to an increased risk of miscarriages and elevated risks of birth defects and autism in the offspring of mothers who received DTaP & influenza vaccines during pregnancy.

Increase Levels of Glutathione

Eat Sulfur-rich foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Eat foods high in selenium such as Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, onions, and herbs such as cinnamon and cardamom, which have compounds that can restore healthy levels of glutathione. Talk to your physician about N-acetyl cysteine (N-AC) injections or supplements. Liposome capsule supplements are best because they protect the glutathione from the digestive process and allow it to absorb into the body.

Eat a Nutritionally Dense Diet, Avoid Extreme Diets and Avoid Toxic Foods​

Eat carefully, and increase your intake of healthy protein and mineral-rich foods such as kelp and organic root vegetables. The following strategies can help ensure a healthy diet.

An unbalanced diet has the potential to cause health problems. For example, don’t live on protein drinks, as they lack many vital minerals. If you’re committed to a vegetarian diet, you must take extra care to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your baby needs through vitamin supplements and/or nutrient-dense foods. Also, you can take digestive enzymes and chew your food slower to ensure you’re digesting and absorbing nutrients properly.

Avoid processed and chemical-laced foods. Our mainstream food supply is so processed and refined that many vitamins and minerals essential to our health are stripped away, while chemicals and preservatives that are bad for you are added.

Avoid tuna, marlin, swordfish, tilefish, grouper, bluefish, Chilean sea bass, shark, king mackerel, and other large fish known to contain high levels of mercury, which is poisonous. 

Go Organic

Whenever possible, buy organic foods. In a comparative study between organic and conventional tomatoes, “A farming experiment at the University of California, Davis, has found that organically grown tomatoes are 70-97% richer in certain kinds of flavonoids than conventionally grown tomatoes. The increased flavonoid levels could stem from the difference in how organic and conventional tomatoes are fertilized.” Plants grown without fertilizers and pesticides react to the environment by building their defences. The result means higher levels of antioxidants, benefiting the tomato and the consumer. These powerful antioxidants increase detoxifying enzymes in the body.

The Soil & Farming Association reviewed the evidence and concluded that organic produce is far superior than its conventional counterparts in nutrient levels, overall quality and food safety. That makes sense because we often use monocrops in mainstream farming and GM crops, which is when one crop is grown over and over on the same piece of land, negatively affecting the environment and depleting the soil of its nutrients. Also, toxic sprays damage microorganisms that help the plants absorb minerals from the soil.

Don’t forget that primitive man consumed five to eleven times the amount of the essential minerals most of us get from mainstream food. When food is low in essential minerals, the body absorbs and makes use of more toxic metals.

Another reason to eat organic is that conventional foods contain a lot of synthetic pesticides that are considered neurotoxins. Our primary exposure to these chemicals comes through our diets. According to Rodale News, pesticides in food are linked to ADHD in kids and Phil Landrigan, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine agreed, “People who switch to an organic diet knock down the levels of pesticide by-products in their urine by 85-90 percent.”

Warning: Steer clear of organic foods, herbs, and supplements from China, which is one of the most polluted nations on Earth with high levels of toxins including lead, cadmium, and arsenic, which routinely appear in food. Look for the USDA “certified organic” logo to ensure you’re buying authentic organic food.

Make Sure Nutrient Levels Are Optimized & Take Whole-Food Vitamin/Mineral Supplements

Vitamins and minerals are essential for boosting your energy and keeping you feeling your best. In contrast, chemicals add toxins to your system that may remain in your body for decades and lead to a variety of illnesses. Bio-available, whole-food prenatal vitamins with adequate amounts of minerals will help both you and your baby. Avoid prescription prenatal vitamins and ones bought at big-box stores like CVS.

Eat Organic Foods High in B Vitamins​

B is for the brain. Eating foods high in vitamin B such as legumes, seeds, nuts, fruits, and dark leafy veggies are essential for a healthy mind and body. If you are looking to supplement, use a B complex vitamin with methylated B’s for higher bioavailability. B vitamins work synergistically, so taking a complex is better than taking B vitamins individually.

Get Enough Zinc, Iodine & Other Minerals

In September 2017, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research concluded that “low levels of minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iodine in pregnant women can lead to anemia, malnutrition, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, labor complications, maternal death, miscarriage, preterm delivery, fetal growth restriction, and even diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

According to a 2007 article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, zinc deficiency may be a hidden cause of genetic defects: “Genetic birth defects may be caused by faulty DNA or by faulty gene expression. Even if one’s DNA is perfect, the synthesis of proteins from that DNA can be faulty. For example, zinc is required for a key enzyme in gene expression, RNA transferase.”

Get Enough Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids provide numerous health benefits including reducing blood pressure, decreasing inflammation, improving joint and bone health, bettering skin, and enhancing mood and focus. EPA and DHA have also been associated with proper fetal neurological development.

Sources for omega-3 include ground flax seeds and flaxseed oil, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, ground chia seeds, primrose, borage, grape seeds, coconut oil, walnuts, kidney beans, and black beans.

Get Tested for the MTHFR Gene Mutation

Did you know that taking folic acid could be a bad idea? Synthetic folic acid is recommended to pregnant moms by OBGYN doctors for proper brain development of their unborn child. However, this practice may be wreaking havoc on the brain health of our children. Simple blood or saliva tests could prevent a miscarriage and prevent babies from developing birth defects, neurological problems, and other medical issues.

Interestingly, 40%-55% of us carry the mutated gene(s) and the correct dose, and if the proper form of this essential nutrient is not supplemented, many health problems can arise. This mutation(s) inhibits the body’s ability to regenerate folate with the help of vitamin B12. When a person is identified as having this genetic mutation, their physician will often recommend replacing synthetic folic acid with folate and methylated B12 vitamins.

According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association on February 13, 2013,Women taking folate before pregnancy were 40 percent less likely to have a baby later diagnosed with autism, according to a 2014 study.”

On October 12, 2011, the same journal stated, “The use of folate supplements in early pregnancy was associated with a reduced risk of severe language delay in children at age three years.”

Get Tested for Pyrrole Disorder​

Symptoms of pyrrole disorder include anxiety, mood swings, aggression/bad temper, poor tolerance of stress, and hypersensitivity to light, sounds, tastes, and/or touch. A simple urine test can detect this problem. If zinc and vitamin B6 are dumping into your urine, it means these nutrients aren’t being correctly metabolized in your body. Both are essential for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Exercise Regularly

Exercising and sweating at least thirty minutes a day will help you become physically healthy, balance your emotions, and sweat toxins out of your system.

Get Enough Sleep

When you get eight to nine hours of sleep daily, you’re giving your body the opportunity to detoxify, heal, and rebuild. Getting proper rest is critical to achieving optimal health.

Get A Handle Over Your Stress

Take good care of yourself so that your pregnancy can be as stress-free as possible. Natural therapies such as bodywork, psychotherapy, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic work, and energy work can greatly facilitate digestion and alleviate stress.

Delay Umbilical Cord Clamping​

In 2012, Mark Sloan, M.D. wrote a fascinating article in Science and Sensibility. He explains how immediate cord clamping leaves nearly one-third of stem cells in the placenta, which play a crucial role in the development of the immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems, among many other functions.

There is also growing evidence that suggests that delaying cord blood clamping by a few minutes may be extremely beneficial for both pre-term and full-term babies. JAMA Pediatrics released a randomized clinical study in 2015 that concluded that delayed cord clamping improved fine-motor functioning and social skills at age four, especially in boys. In addition, this allows for more blood transfer between mother and child increasing the infant’s iron storage and improving immunity – which are both essential for healthy brain functioning.

I didn’t know that when I opted to bank my children’s cord blood, I may have done them a disservice. Attendants that come to bank the cord blood usually cut the umbilical cord within 30 seconds of birth to capture “enough cord blood” for the cord blood bank. I didn’t realize that this was not desirable, nor did I know that I may have been robbing them of their stem cells, blood, and much-needed oxygen during those critical minutes when they were transitioning to breathing on their own.

Seek Out A Functional Medicine M.D. or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Always seek help from a qualified functional medicine practitioner and/or naturopathic physician. They address the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach and engage both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners should spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and cause chronic diseases. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.


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3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

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  • The Facts:

    The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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    If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try these suggestions before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies.

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The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Takeaway

If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try the above suggestions and download my helpful video before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies. Also, you can discover the many mind-body practices you can do at home to help manage stress more successfully and so much more. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. To purchase my book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health With Vitamin D

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    Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation.

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    Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? When is the last time you checked your Vitamin D levels?

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Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

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Most Diabetic, Heart Disease & Alzheimer’s Deaths Categorized As “Covid” Deaths (UK)

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    According to professor of evidence based medicine at Oxford Dr. Carl Heneghan , who is also an emergency GP, most diabetic, heart disease & alzheimer's deaths were categorized as COVID deaths in the United Kingdom.

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    How many deaths have actually been a result of COVID? Why is this pandemic surrounded with so much controversy? Why does mainstream media fail at having appropriate conversations about 'controversial' evidence/opinions?

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 Dr. Carl Heneghan has an interesting view on the pandemic, not only is he a professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, he also works Saturday shifts as an emergency GP. This allows him to see healthcare from both the academic perspective as well as the healthcare experience, more specifically, it allows him to see COVID from both perspectives.

What Happened: In a recent article he wrote for The Spectator, he writes the following,

It’s hard to imagine, let alone measures, the side effects of lockdowns. The risk with the government’s ‘fear’ messaging is that people become so worried about burdening the NHS that they avoid seeking medical help. Or by the time they do so, it can be too late. The big rise in at-home deaths (still ongoing) points to that. You will be familiar with the Covid death toll, updated in the papers every day. But did you know that since the pandemic, we’ve had 28,200 more deaths among diabetics that we’d normally expect? That’s not the kind of figure they show on a graph at No. 10 press conference. For people with heart disease, it’s 17,100. For dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s 22,800. Most were categorised as Covid deaths: people can die with multiple conditions, so they can fall into more than one of these categories. It’s a complicated picture. But that’s the problem in assessing lockdown. you need to do a balance of risks.

Evidence-based medicine might sound like a tautology — what kind of medicine isn’t based on evidence? I’m afraid that you’d be surprised. Massive decisions are often taken on misleading, low-quality evidence. We see this all the time. In the last pandemic, the swine flu outbreak of 2009, I did some work asking why the government spent £500 million on Tamiflu: then hailed as a wonder drug. In fact, it proved to have a very limited effect. The debate then had many of the same cast of characters as today: Jonathan Van-Tam, Neil Ferguson and others. The big difference this time is the influence of social media, whose viciousness is something to behold. It’s easy to see why academics would self-censor and stay away from the debate, especially if it means challenging a consensus.

This is something that’s been a concern since the beginning of the pandemic. For example, a report published during the first wave in the British Medical Journal  titled Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19″ has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom, as a result of the new coronavirus, may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the months of April and May.

According to the data, COVID-19, at the time of publication, only accounted for 10,000 of the 30,000 excess deaths that have been recorded in senior care facilities during the height of the pandemic. The article quotes British Health officials stating that these unexplained deaths may have occurred because quarantine measures have prevented seniors from accessing the health care that they need.

Fast forward to more recent research regarding lockdowns, and these concerns have grown. Professor Anna-Mia Ekström and Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson have gone through the data from UNICEF and UNAIDS, and came to the conclusion that at least as many people have died as a result of the restrictions to fight COVID as have died of COVID. You can read more about that here.

These are just a few of many examples. You can read more about the hypothesized “catastrophic” impacts of lockdown, here.

When it comes to what he mentions about academics shying away from debate, especially if their research goes against the grain, we’ve a seen a lot of that too. Here’s a great example you can read about from Sweden regarding zero deaths of school children during the first wave despite no masks mandates or lockdown measures. Jonas F Ludvigsson, a paediatrician at Örebro University Hospital and professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute is quitting his work on COVID-19 because of harassment from people who dislike what he has discovered.

Why This Is Important: Heneghan’s words are something that many people have been concerned about when it comes to the deaths that are attributed to COVID-19. How many of them are actually a result of COVID? The truth seems to be that we don’t really know. But one thing we do know is that total death toll caused by COVID doesn’t seem to be quite accurate.

That being said, we do know that people with comorbidities are more susceptible to illness and death from COVID, and that’s something to keep in mind. For people with underlying health conditions, covid, just like flu or pneumonia, can be fatal.

Ontario (Canada) Public Health has a page on their website titled “How Ontario is responding to COVID-19.” On it, they clearly state that deaths are being marked as COVID deaths and are being included in the COVID death count regardless of whether or not COVID actually contributed to or caused the death. They state the following:

Any case marked as “Fatal” is included in the deaths data. Deaths are included whether or not COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death…”

This statement from Ontario Public Health echoes statements made multiple times by Canadian public health agencies and personnel. According to Ontario Ministry Health Senior Communications Advisor Anna Miller:

As a result of how data is recorded by health units into public health information databases, the ministry is not able to accurately separate how many people died directly because of COVID versus those who died with a COVID infection.

In late June 2020, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Public Health tweeted that:

“Individuals who have died with COVID-19, but not as a result of COVID-19 are included in the case counts for COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.”

It’s not just in Canada where we’ve seen these types of statements being made, it’s all over the world. There are multiple examples from the United States that we’ve covered since the start of the pandemic.

For example, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health stated the following during the first wave of the pandemic:

If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live and then you were also found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death, despite if you died of a clear alternative cause it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who is listed as a COVID death that doesn’t mean that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of death.

Also during the first wave, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had to announce a change to how it tallies coronavirus deaths due to complaints that it inflated the numbers.

As you can see, we’ve struggled to find an accurate way to go about tallying COVID deaths since the start, creating more fear and hysteria around total numbers that are plastered constantly in front of citizens by news stations. That being said, a lot of people who are dying of COVID do have co-morbidities as well. But as the professor says, “it’s a complicated picture” and hard to figure out, and probably something we will never figure out.

There’s been a lot of “fear mongering” by governments and mainstream media, and some believe that lockdowns and masks are simply being used as a psychological tool to keep that fear constant, which in turn makes it easier to control people and make them comply.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of experts in the field who are pointing to the fact that yes, COVID is dangerous, but it does not at all warrant the measures that are being taken, especially when the virus has a 99.95 percent survival rate for people over the age of 70. There are better ways to protect the vulnerable without creating even more chaos that lockdown measures have created, and are creating throughout this pandemic.

That said, it’s also important to note that some calls for lockdown measures are focused on stopping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Why do some places with very restrictions see no hospital capacity issues? Why do some places with a lot of restrictions see hospital capacity issues? Why do we also see the opposite for both in some areas? These questions appear to be unanswered still. That being said. Hospitals have always been overwhelmed. This is not a new phenomenon.

The main issue here is not who is right or wrong, it’s the censorship of data, science, and opinions of experts in the field. The censorship that has occurred during this pandemic has been unprecedented.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. COVID-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency—a time when it is even more important to safeguard science. –  Dr. Kamran Abbasi, recent executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal (source)

This censorship alone has been an excellent catalyst for people to question what we are constantly hearing from mainstream media, government, and political scientists. Any type of information that calls into question the recommendations or the information we are receiving from our government seems to be subjected to this type of censorship. Mainstream media has done a great job at not acknowledging many aspects of this pandemic, like clinically proven treatments other than a vaccine, and therefore the masses are completely unaware of it.

Is this what we would call ethical? When trying to explain this to a friend or family member, the fact that they are not aware of these other pieces of information, because they may be avid mainstream news watchers, has them in disbelief and perhaps even sometimes labelling such assertions as a “conspiracy theory.” This Brings me to my next point.

The Takeaway: As I’ve said in a number of articles before, society is failing to have conversations about “controversial” topics and viewpoints. This is in large part due to the fact that mainstream media does such a poor job at covering these viewpoints let alone acknowledging them. The fact that big media has such a stranglehold over the minds of many is also very concerning, because we are living in a time where independent research may be more useful. There seems to be massive conflicts of interest within mainstream media, and the fact that healthy conversation and debate is being shut down by mainstream media contributes to the fact that we can’t even have normal conversations about controversial topics in our everyday lives.

Why does this happen? Why can’t we see the perspective of another? To be honest, I still sometimes struggle with this. When it comes to COVID, things clearly aren’t as black and white as they’re being made out to be, and as I’ve said many times before when things aren’t clear, and when government mandates oppose the will of so many people, it reaches a point where they become authoritarian and overreaching.

In such circumstances I believe governments should simply be making recommendations and explaining why certain actions might be important, and then leave it to the people to decide for themselves what measures they’d like to take, if any. What do you think? One thing is for certain, COVID has been a catalyst for more and more people to question the world we live in, and why we live the way that we do.

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