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Cinnamon’s Infection and Diabetes-Fighting Properties Revealed

Cinnamon’s Infection and Diabetes-Fighting Properties Revealed

Cinnamon's Infection and Diabetes-Fighting Properties Revealed

Cinnamon’s medicinal potential is as rich and complex as its flavor and aroma, with blood sugar balancing and infection fighting top on the list.

Cinnamon is a familiar spice, but few are aware of just how diverse are its medicinal properties.  The US National Library of Medicine houses well over 1300 abstracts on the subject of the various forms of cinnamon’s potential health benefits.

GreenMedInfo.com has gathered together research on no less than 60 potential health benefits of this highly valued spice on our research page dedicated to the topic: Cinnamon Medicinal Properties.

First, it must be clarified that there are a wide range of plants whose bark are sold as cinnamon. The first though less used form is known as Cinnamomum verum (literally “true cinnamon”) and is sometimes called Ceylon (the ancient name of Sri Lanka) cinnamon, as it is named after the geographic region where it was first commonly cultivated.  Due to its rarity, it is more expensive and harder to find on the market.

Other forms include:

  •  C. cassia (Cassia or Chinese cinnamon)
  •  C. burmannii ( Indonesian cinnamon)
  •  C. loureiroi (Vietnamese cinnamon)

One of the major differences between C. verum and varieties such as C. burmannii and C. cassia is that the latter types contain much higher levels of coumarin, a naturally occurring phytochemical with blood-thinning properties.  This has prompted European health agencies to warn against consuming large amounts of cinnamon varieties such as cassia.[i]  Natural blood-thinning activity, of course, within the proper context can be life-saving, but when mixed with already dangerous blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin, can be a recipe for disaster – all the more reason why folks using spices and herbs in ‘pharmacological’ or heroic doses should consult a medical herbalist, or physician with a nuanced understanding of the benefits and potential harms of using high-dose herbal therapies.

Another issue that the US buyer of spices must be fully aware of is the likelihood that unless explicitly labeled USDA certified organic the cinnamon they are purchasing was exposed to toxic levels of gamma irradiation in a controversial process known as “electronic” or “cold” pasteurization. To learn more about this serious threat to our food supply read: The Invisible Nuclear Threat in Non-Organic Food.

Lastly, be mindful of the differences between the powdered whole herb, various water or alcohol extracts, and the oil itself. Some of the studies below focus on solely the oil component (90% of the oil is the therapeutic substance known as cinnamaldehyde) whereas others use water soluble components. The information listed below is not provided as medical advice but to illustrate the vast potential natural substances have to be used in a therapeutic manner.

Blood Sugar Disorders

Probably the most well-known health benefit of cinnamon is for blood sugar disorders.  And this is for good reason. There is now a rather substantial body of clinical and preclinical research showing that it may help to improve the condition of both type 2 and type 1 diabetics in the following ways:

  •  Type 2 diabetics:  Improve fasting blood sugar,[ii] reduce glycated hemoglobin (A1C) and blood pressure,[iii] increase glucose optimization in a manner similar to metformin,[iv][v]improve insulin signaling and sensitivity,[vi] [vii] and improve blood lipid profiles.[viii]
  •  Type 1 diabetics: Protect against hypertension,[ix] protect against diabetes-associated kidney damage,[x] suppress post-meal blood sugar elevations,[xi] and contribute to ongoing reduction in blood sugar.[xii]

Infections

While there is extant folk medical lore indicating that honey mixed with cinnamon can help relieve a sore throat, or fight off infection, few realize it has been confirmed to have extensive anti-infective properties against a wide range of bacteria, viruses and fungi.

It makes sense that cinnamon bark would protect against infection, as one of the major biological functions of plant bark is defense against predation (i.e. infection).

What follows is an impressive range of pathogens that appear to succumb to cinnamon:

  •         Aspergillus niger[xiii]
  •         Campylobacter Infections[xiv]
  •         Candida Infection[xv]
  •         Coronaviridae (SARS-associated) Infections[xvi]
  •         Escherichia coli Infections[xvii]
  •         H1N1 Infection[xviii]
  •         Head Lice[xix]
  •         HIV Infections[xx]
  •         Insect Bites: Repellent[xxi]
  •         Klebsiella Infections[xxii]
  •         Legionnaires’ disease[xxiii]
  •         MRSA[xxiv]
  •         Pseudomonas aeruginosa[xxv]
  •         Staphylococcal Infections[xxvi]

Like many natural spices that have been used for thousands of years, we are only now just beginning to comprehend through scientific research how important they are in not simply flavoring our foods but helping keep us free of disease.

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Lose Weight To Boost Your Vitamin D Levels?

Lose Weight To Boost Your Vitamin D Levels?

Lose Weight To Boost Your Vitamin D Levels?

It might sound strange, but taking higher doses of vitamin D or sitting in the sun may not always be the best way to boost your vitamin D levels.  For some people losing weight might do the trick.

In fact, overweight or obese women who lose more than 15 percent of their body weight significantly increase their circulating levels of vitamin D.

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center followed 439 overweight-to-obese, sedentary, postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 75, for one year.  The women were randomly assigned to one of four groups: exercise only, diet only, exercise plus diet and no intervention.

Those who lost 5 percent to 10 percent of their body weight through diet and/or exercise saw a relatively small increase in blood levels of vitamin D (about 2.7 nanograms per milliliter, or ng/mL).  But women who lost more than 15 percent of their weight almost tripled their vitamin D levels (about 7.7 ng/mL).

How did this happen? The authors theorized that obese and overweight people have lower levels of vitamin D because the nutrient is stored in fat deposits. They believe that during weight loss vitamin D trapped in fat tissue is released into the blood and becomes available for use throughout the body.

In their paper published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutritionthe researchers noted that vitamin D is generally lower in obese people.  The lead author suggested that low vitamin D levels could account, in part, for the link between obesity and diseases such ascancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers were surprised at the effect of weight loss on blood vitamin D levels. They noted that the relationship between weight loss and blood vitamin D is not linear.  It goes up dramatically with more weight loss.

They noted that weight loss of 5 percent to 10 percent is generally recommended to improve risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars.  But they believed their findings suggest that more weight loss might be necessary to meaningfully raise blood vitamin D levels.

According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin D plays many important roles in the body. It promotes calcium absorption and is needed for bone growth and bone healing and helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.  It also influences cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduces inflammation.

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Vitamin D (and thus Sunshine) Reduces Risk of Becoming Obese

Vitamin D (and thus Sunshine) Reduces Risk of Becoming Obese

Vitamin D (and thus Sunshine) Reduces Risk of Becoming Obese

A new study by researchers from Spain’s University of Carlos Malaga has determined that a deficiency of vitamin D leads to an increased risk of obesity. This supports the findings of previous research that indicate a clear link between vitamin D levels and obesity.

The Spanish researchers followed 1,226 adult human subjects initially, including 988 of those subjects through six years later, and then 961 subjects through another three years later. In total, 961 subjects were followed through the entire eleven years of the study, from 1996 through 2007.

The researchers analyzed each subjects’ body mass index, weight, height, waist and hip measurements, along with fasting blood glucose levels, vitamin D status and other blood analyses. They also conducted oral glucose tests each year on the subjects.

The researchers measured blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D along with intact-parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels. (Hyperparathyroidism can also produce low levels of vitamin D, so this possibility was screened).

Serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D that were below or equal to 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) were qualified as being deficient in vitamin D. This is consistent with the Endocrine Society standards.

Learn more about vitamin D, health from the sun and the many other benefits of sunshine.

A direct relationship between existing obesity and vitamin D deficiency was not established in this study. The researchers did find, however, that 39% of obese subjects were deficient in vitamin D at the second testing, compared to 33% deficient among non-obese subjects. This difference was considered not significant enough to make a broad conclusion.

However, when the standard of vitamin D deficiency was reduced to 17 ng/ml from 20 ng/ml, there was a definite and significant relationship between being deficient in vitamin D and becoming obese within the next four years. Those who had less than 17 ng/ml of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in their blood during the testing had more than double (2.35 times) the incidence of becoming obese in the next four years than those who had 17 ng/ml or greater levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the bloodstream.

In their discussion the researchers stated clearly:

“The results of the present study suggest that lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D values in obese subjects may not have been secondary to obesity, but may in fact precede obesity.”

Other studies have also found that obesity is related to low vitamin D levels. A 2010 study from Norway’s University of Tromsø studied 10,229 people and then followed 2,656 people for fourteen years. Their results concluded that increased body mass index was directly associated with lower vitamin D levels. The Norway researchers also found that:

“The very obese need higher vitamin D doses than lean subjects to achieve the same serum 25(OH)D levels.”

While vitamin D can be supplemented, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to produce adequate levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D is by safe sun exposure.

Written by Case Adams, Naturopath

You can learn more about this article at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/vitamin-d-and-thus-sunshine-reduces-risk-becoming-obese

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Pick Your Poison – Sunscreens vs. Sunburns

Pick Your Poison – Sunscreens vs. Sunburns

Pick Your Poison – Sunscreens vs. Sunburns

Confused about what to put on your skin to protect it from the sun?  Is a tanning bed a safer way of maintaining that “healthy glow”?  How much sun is good for us?  How much sun is bad?  Is it better to get natural sunlight or controlled exposure through a tanning bed?

It’s easy to get lost in the myriad of claims bombarding us from print and television media.  There are more tanning outlets in the United States than there are McDonald’s fast food restaurants.  It’s an industry that brings in $5 billion dollars a year[i]!  We read ongoing discussions about the risk of UV rays vs. the risk of vitamin D deficiency.  We read connections between sun exposure and melanoma, and research declaring tanning bed UV rays as carcinogenic.

It almost seems that we should hide inside and protect ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays – but then, what about vitamin D?  We spend our time indoors for a good chunk of the year.  Finally, summer comes and we’re lured outside by warm weather and sunshine.  Too much, too soon and the next thing you know, you’re burnt to a crisp.  Or, we spend our weekdays inside in an air-conditioned environment and when the weekend arrives, we’re in the garden, at the beach or participating in a variety of outdoor activities.  This is also an ideal way to char pale skin – and not an ideal way to get Vitamin D!

Information and Misinformation about the Sun and Skin Cancer

Outdoor sun exposure has been safe for centuries.  In 1930, skin cancer was rare.  Today, one in every five Americans develops skin cancer.  3.5 million cases are diagnosed every year, and the incidence of melanoma has increased by 1800% over the last 30 years[ii].  No wonder we are so afraid to go out in the sun.

We have seen arguments about depletion of the ozone layer and its impact on the incidence of skin cancer.  The premise is that a thinning of the ozone layer allows more intense damaging rays through the atmosphere, increasing our risk of sunburn and the increased risk of cancer[iii].  Truthfully, that link is weak, in that the ozone layer depletes seasonally in winter and spring, which is generally not when we spend time in the sun.  And the depletion is largely over the Arctic and Antarctica, and at the equator, yet cancer rates are not higher in those geographic regions[iv].  And should that exposure equal an 1800% increase in the incidence of skin cancer over the past 30 years?  Until this argument is resolved, let’s look at the issues over which we have some control.

Genetically, humans require sunlight exposure for vitamin D, required for wellbeing and cellular function.  Research is clear about the healthy benefits of sun exposure.  It is, however, sunburns that potentially raise cause for concern[v].

Most studies examining sun exposure and its connection to melanoma, or skin cancer, show that it is the incidence of burns that are related to the appearance of melanoma[vi].  However, some studies are unable to “find lifetime routine sun exposure or sun exposure via recreational outdoor activities or occupations to be associated with melanoma risk”[vii].  Not only does this suggest that every day exposure is less of a concern than a burn, these results were also not changed “by detailed examination of sun exposure according to season, decade age, type of outdoor activity, indoor tanning status, or tumor site”[viii].

What does this tell us?

  • There are people every year who get melanoma on random parts of their body, less exposed to the sun than others.  How do we explain the case of melanoma on the plantar surface of the heel?  Clearly, there are many other factors to be considered.
  • Indoor tanning vs. types of outdoor activity are neither to blame, definitively.  There are people every year who get skin cancer who never use a tanning bed.

Further, the incidence of melanoma in the United States follows no pattern whatsoever[ix].  Certainly, number or length of days in the sun, or one’s proximity to the equator, can’t be to blame.

In an assessment of this current research, Dr. James Chestnut proposes that while sunburn is a causal factor in skin cancer, the body is most limited in its ability to defend itself from a scorching when intensely tanning indoors[x].  It would only make sense that the body is best able to utilize its antioxidants and regenerative healing abilities when a burn is acquired in an outdoor environment, over time, as opposed to in a manufactured environment, indoors, in which the body has less of an ability to defend itself – and you are less likely to even realize that you’re getting burned.  Our body is configured to manage natural sun, not the artificial sun of a tanning bed.

Regardless of the amount of time we spend in the sun or in a booth, what should be avoided at all costs is the burning of our skin from intense overexposure.  It’s not sun exposure, not UVB exposure, but exposure beyond our body’s limitations that raises most (but not all) cause for concern.

One’s goal in sun exposure is to not get burned – definitely not in a tanning bed, and preferably not in the fresh air.  While the risk of cancer related to tanning bed burns is indeed clear, though the risk of fresh air burns is not, no one loves a burn from either setting.

Avoiding sunburn – What are the best options for sunscreen?

Commercial sunscreens and their ingredients are terrifying.  Just as we erroneously hear that anything “low fat” must be good, we’ve been taught that the higher the SPF in a sunscreen, the better it must be.  There are two reasons this statement could not be any further from the truth.

First, your body needs to produce vitamin D as a result of having sun exposure.  A higher SPF means reduced exposure to the benefits of the sun and the less vitamin D your body will utilize.  Research shows that incidence of melanoma increases in those not exposed to the sun, and the depletion of vitamin D has a strong correlation to the rise in melanoma[xi].

Second, generally speaking, the higher the SPF, the more synthetic chemicals are contained in the lotion to create its formula.  The biggest problem with the lotions and creams we slather all over our bodies is not how much they protect us from the sun, but what’s in them that pollutes our bodies in the interest of blocking the sun’s rays.  After all, it has been stated that 80 percent of all cancers are attributed to environmental factors, including exposure to carcinogenic chemicals[xii].

Further, a summary of research in 2008 showed that only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle[xiii].  Notably, whereas only up to 10% of total cancer cases may be induced by all forms of radiation (of which UV is just a small part[xiv]), there are a multitude of environmental agents, mainly chemicals, associated with specific cancers[xv].  In older studies, some cancers have been linked to exposure to arsenic in medicines.  In fact, the strongest link has been found with skin cancer[xvi].  Arsenic can be found in older pressure treated lumber, some pesticides, leather preservatives, and some glass.

The top five toxic exposures occur in water, cosmetics, food, household products and health care.  Sunscreens are a big contributor to toxins in the body.  Sunscreens containing para-aminobenzoic acid (PABa) and benzophenones are the biggest culprits, causing not only skin irritations and allergies but generating cell-damaging free radicals when exposed to sunlight (as reported by Dr. Kerry Hanson, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, October 2006).

Chemicals are readily absorbed through the skin.  Within 26 seconds of application, traces of chemicals from products topically applied can be found in every organ.  The five chemicals to avoid in any skin preparation are[xvii]:

  1. Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
  2. Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3
  3. Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  4. Homosalate
  5. 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)

PABa is most likely to cause skin irritations.  The remaining four contain estrogenic properties, potentially disrupting hormone production and negatively affecting brain development and reproductive function.

And parabens, which are antibacterial preservatives, used in cosmetics and found in over 60 percent of commercially available sunscreens, migrate through the body and are found in breast cancer cells and in the male reproductive system[xviii].

Parabens increase the proliferation of breast cancer cell lines, and decrease testosterone production[xix],[xx].

Children are at greater risk because their immune systems are not fully developed.  A child’s skin is more sensitive than an adult’s and absorbs more toxins, and because the child is young, toxic accumulation is greater over time.

Natural options

If you can’t use sunscreens containing toxic chemicals and you want to get the full benefit of being outdoors, what do you do?

First, avoid the chemicals noted above.  If a sunscreen contains these chemicals, do not use it.

Get 10-20 minutes of full sun daily for the best vitamin D production.  Increase exposure gradually, rather than all at once.  Avoid getting sunburned.  Use lightweight clothing or hats to prevent excessive sun exposure.

In place of a sun screen or sun “block,” I would prefer for people to apply natural oils rich in antioxidants such as coconut oil while being exposed to the sun, to best enable your skin to adapt to the UV radiation[xxi].

Be sure to incorporate foods rich in antioxidants into your diet.  It makes sense that we are given berries and other antioxidant-rich foods when there is more sun.  They flourish at a time when your body most needs them to deal with oxidizing radiation.  This is not an accident, but provision.

The definition of health is not that you are free of symptoms, but that your body is fully equipped to adapt to its environment.  Therefore, anything you can apply to help your body adapt to an extreme environmental change will support your good health.

For some people and in some climates, that adaptation may require more of a sunblock. Therefore, protect your skin with a safe alternative.  Use only organic, vegan and pure products.  Apply as often as it comes off or gets absorbed.

For example, zinc is a physical sunblock.  You can mix the zinc with natural oils to make your own sunblock.  The oils are slowly absorbed into the skin while the mineral (zinc) stays on the surface of the skin, acting as a barrier to the sun.

If you are using a commercially prepared sunscreen, or one that you make yourself, be sure that the zinc oxide is not a nano particle (extremely small particles called nano particles easily penetrate cells, leading to DNA damage after exposure to sunlight[xxii]). Many natural products will use nano zinc particles (the ingredient list on the bottle may not necessarily describe the zinc as a nano particle) or titanium dioxide.  Titanium dioxide, while mainly considered toxic only to the lungs when inhaled, should be noted to create free radicals when exposed to UV radiation.  While titanium dioxide may be a safer ingredient in certain cosmetics and in certain climates or times of day, common sense should prevent us from covering the surfaces of our skin with it while exposed to intense rays[xxiii].

Physical sunblocks such as clothing, and shade from the trees work well, too.  When the warm weather begins to beckon you outside, you’re better to work in a semi-shaded garden for several hours than lying on your back at high sun for 30 minutes straight.  Let yourself gradually adapt to the season.

Most importantly, let’s not forget to protect ourselves from the inside out.  The more omega 3 and 6 fatty acids you consume, the greater your protection from sunburn (in addition to all the other amazing and essential health properties they provide)[xxiv].

I would endorse vitamin D supplementation year-round – even in the summer.  I’ve worked with far too many patients who “get a lot of sunshine”, even those who spend their winters in sunny climates, who discover that their levels of serum vitamin D are greatly depleted.  It’s unrealistic to assume that 20 minutes per day of tanning is the best way to ensure optimal vitamin D levels.  Neither is supplementation.  However, in a climate where we spend little time in the sun, and when the foods we consume to assist our bodies in the absorption of Vitamin D is also reduced, it is in my opinion the best option.  Most natural health experts advocate for 5,000 to 10,000 units per day of quality vitamin D3 supplementation.

Above all, remember to focus on the whole body.  Daily exercise reduces the accumulation of toxins in the body.  Exposure to sunshine also enables the detoxification pathways[xxv]!  Supporting nerve supply through chiropractic care allows the body to function the way it was intended, naturally detoxifying and eliminating the harmful chemicals we do absorb through daily life in our increasingly toxic environment.  We have enough challenges with the environmental stress on our bodies.  Try not to increase the load by intentionally absorbing chemicals in a misguided attempt to protect yourself from what, for centuries, has been natural, beneficial and healing – the sun.

You can learn more about this article at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/pick-your-poison-%E2%80%93-sunscreens-vs-sunburns

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So Just What Is Disease? A Grand Unified Theory

So Just What Is Disease? A Grand Unified Theory

So Just What Is Disease? A Grand Unified Theory

Does the common use of the word “disease” bypass critical reasoning to effectively mislead scientific thought?  Modern medicine describes hundreds of individual “diseases.”  Each “disease” is generally named for a group of symptoms and the area of the body affected. Many are suffixed by -itis, meaning inflammation of… like tonsill-itis or arthr-itis.  And interestingly, recent studies are finding inflammation involved in virtually all of them.  Does this terminology serve to pigeonhole distinct “diseases” and distract us from seeing the big picture of inflammation as the disease?  Have we been looking at secondary pathologies and opportunistic microbes, and treating them at symptom-level… instead of addressing a common root cause? Is there some imaginary partition that separates human health from chemistry, physics and cell biology?

Whether inflammation is acute like appendicitis or chronic like atherosclerosis and obesity, an immune response is taking place. In-flam-mation literally means “on fire” and is classically marked by the Latin: rubor, tumor, calor and dolor — or redness, swelling, heat and pain — so we know from those words that oxidation is at work.

Oxidation is simply fire or rust or whenever one molecule seizes an electron from another molecule. The needy oxidant grabs or shares the electrons of an electron rich anti-oxidant. When the electrons are stolen from chemical bonds, those molecules (like DNA) come apart or are deformed (like fats) and said to be oxidized, burnt.

Inflammation does not just happen; a bacterium or toxin or some other irritant triggers an immune response. The ammunition used by the body for immune firefights is singlet oxygen, an all-purpose defensive weapon. With an unpaired electron, an oxygen radical is a powerful oxidant.

It can deconstruct and destroy pathogens, poisons, cell debris and other unwanted substances, molecule by molecule, by snatching the electrons that hold them together. Immune cells initiate the conflagration, armed with mini-flamethrowers that generate oxidative bursts of singlet oxygen to burn the area clean.

Mounting an oxidative immune response is dependent on the strength of the body’s electrochemical charge, which in turn hinges on a delicate balance between oxidants/acids (both electron-hungry) and overall body charge. (This charge is generated in mitochondria and at fluid/membrane interfaces. It is stored in fatty membranes, “anti-oxidant” molecules and water, and even flows from the Earth itself. Charge is transmitted via nerves and connective tissue meridians. If a potato can generate electricity, so can your body!) In the end, it is the electrochemical charge terrain that determines biochemical reactions, molecular integrity and health.

An oxidative immune response must be powered with, and yet contained by, abundant electrons, or damage will result to the cells it is designed to protect. To halt inflammation, the cause of the immune response needs to be removed, and then the flames of the defensive assault itself must be extinguished so charge can rise to normal and cells can be repaired or replaced.

So if we equate disease to inflammation, and understand that inflammation is oxidation, then we can understand that the common denominator of “disease” is oxidative stress — chronic unrelenting “fire” — loss of electrons, DNA dysfunction, and molecular and cellular deterioration.

Nearly undetectable low-level oxidative stress takes place even in healthy individuals and has become a focus of longevity research. Some of the most promising studies are concerned with the integrity of telomeres and mitochondrial membranes that take a beating, being at the center of metabolic oxidation and electron energy production. Fatty cell and mitochondrial membranes are prone to destruction when improper fats are consumed — making an All-American low-fat, high-glycemic, high-grain-carb/sugar/vegetable oil diet a train-wreck in progress.

Impaired membranes cannot transport oxygen or other substances to the cell, nor can they hold electron charge. These conditions bring disease, invite pathogens, cause cells to revert to cancerous anaerobic state, and eventually lead to cell death by suffocation. Undamaged Omega fats and varied saturated fats like butter and coconut oil are essential; crooked hydrogenated/oxidized/trans-fats/easily-oxidized polyunsaturated oils and a grain-based diet kill.

So are there individual “diseases” or just varied symptoms of inflammation expressing at the weakest seams in the boat — the points of nutritional inadequacy, sites of infection, trauma or toxic metal concentration or areas of circulatory stagnation, low charge and poor oxygenation? It all depends on how you look at it — on what level causes are sought.

We need oxygen to produce energy (electrons) and we need (electron) energy to deliver oxygen to mitochondria as a basic necessity of life. When net electron charge falls below optimum levels, oxygen/energy needs are unmet, inner balances shift toward acidity, hypoxia, oxidative stress, inflammation — and there is your disease.

What to do? Examine the three major areas of concern: nutrition, toxins/radiations and emotional states/lifestyle choices.

Nutrition can easily be divided into acid-forming and alkalizing food groups. A healthy balance favors alkalinity since acids rob electrons and charge. Processing strips electrons from foods. Fats are critical to membrane construction, should be consumed in pristine un-oxidized form and should be protected by fat-soluble antioxidants like Vitamins A, D, E and K and astaxanthin. Nutrition includes pH buffering electrolyte minerals like potassium and magnesium, and enzyme/hormone essentials like zinc, selenium and iodine, all of which are egregiously deficient across the population.

Nutrition also feeds gut bacteria and determines populations. These symbiants are there for our benefit and deserve respect.

Nutrients can be rated on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), so high ORAC means high electron content, antioxidant power. Look at cayenne and oregano, and small red beans and pecans, and direct your choices accordingly.

Nutrition is like the list of parts for a car: you need them all, and then to make it all work, the battery must have strong voltage. To make your biochemistry and DNA work, you need volts, too!

Toxins, metals and radiation all have one thing in common: they steal charge by generating oxidizing free radicals.  They also trigger an immune response that brings inflammation. Detox! Organic toxins can be destroyed by oxidation. Pathogen attractive positively-charged metals can be reduced, mobilized and excreted by raising charge, supplementing proteolytic enzymes and supplying chelators like chlorella. Radiation damage can be prevented or ameliorated with antioxidant electrons that scrub free radicals formed of damaged cell molecules.

The mind is like the computer in the car. It monitors and adjusts internal conditions while the conscious part in the driver’s seat sets the tone of being. When the mood is chronically fearful, internal conditions deteriorate. When spirits are sunny and loving, your cells sing and your lifestyle choices become proactive — especially with healthy meals, exercise, breathing and physical activity at beneficial levels.

Check previous articles like “Healer’s Toolbox” for some of the substances that work if employed correctly and quantitatively, giving this approach a practical validity and logic.  To reverse disease, the sources of inflammation must be oxidized/burned/removed and then the flames of inflammation snuffed out by an overwhelming electron boost to restore charge/voltage to operational levels and obtain sufficient oxygen to generate more charge and reverse damage. Hundreds of specific vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, amino acids and fats have proven useful in studies covering a wide range of maladies ultimately boosting body voltage and returning internal conditions to viable parameters.

You can learn more about this article at:http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/so-just-what-disease-grand-unified-theory

 

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