SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

March 30, 2014

OH balks @ fed action

Prisons

State strikes back over juvenile seclusion

By Alan Johnson THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The state is pushing back against the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing that the feds overstepped their bounds in charging that mentally ill boys in Ohio correctional facilities are being unlawfully punished by being locked in seclusion.

In a response filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, Attorney General Mike DeWine accused the federal agency of “a unilateral attempt to circumvent the terms of the consent decree” signed in January 2013 in a case about how juveniles are confined and treated at Ohio youth prisons.

  • DeWine did not challenge the claim that mentally ill youngsters had been locked up in segregation for 60,000 hours in the last six months of 2013.

The action stems from a case originally filed against the state by the federal agency in 2008. By mutual agreement, the state and federal government narrowed the focus of the case to the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility in Delaware. DeWine said the Department of Justice now is trying to improperly reopen a wider case involving three other facilities.

If the Department of Justice wants to do that, DeWine argued, “it should file a new complaint.”

DeWine noted that the Scioto facility is closing soon and houses 10 girls and no males.

  • The federal lawsuit, being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley, contends the state “systematically violated the substantive due process rights of boys with mental-health disorders at four of its juvenile correctional facilities,” causing them “real irreparable harm.”

New statistics published yesterday by The Dispatch showed the total number of seclusion hours for all offenders, not just mentally ill juveniles, rose last year to 209,266 hours, about 453 hours for each youth in all facilities. That compares with 187,600 hours in 2012, an average of 362 per offender. The 2013 increase was in contrast to a 26.7 percent drop from 2011 to 2012.

ajohnson@dispatch.com

(My comment:

Ohio has so many indefensible behaviors and so-called political maneuvers which demonstrate little or no concern for it’s citizens, that I sometimes feel I surely must have stumbled into a past century or something.  What is happening  these last few years has certainly not benefited Ohio.

One grieves over treatment of the lack of regulation and protection for our children from the destruction of our public school systems (in the name of austerities); the hapless freedom to set up publicly-funded chartered schools, blossoming almost everywhere and going bust almost as fast as one could turn around.   As important but more grievous and painful is the same lack of concern for the welfare of displaced children bounced around from pillar to post and too frequently put where they haven’t a chance to survive including group homes where there is lack of supervision and counseling

But to read about mentally disadvantaged kids being put into “correctional facilities” or prisons is in my mind – criminal.  To isolate these kids is a torment beyond imagining.  If I anguish so just in reading about it, one has to wonder — who the hell designed this system and why?   Thank God the U.S. Department of Justice IS stepping in.   Jan)

Secrets of Sugar (5th estate)

More than you may want to know on Sugar

The fifth estate has put together an almost unbelievable film on Sugar which shows that it is driving the explosion we have in our healthcare costs.   Researchers find that Sugar is involved intimately with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and alzheimers and so much more.

We as a population must get involved and demand changes within our government which will bring about integrity and right action for our deserving people which would support a more healthful food system which could potentially result in improved health results.  As an example,  the government continues to heavily subsidize (with taxpayer money — read that yours and mine) the corn syrup industry; and GMO crops of corn, grains, soy and beets.  We need to demand action on the Farm Bill to stop this type of conflicting interest, as we are being coerced to drive the nails into our own coffins.   Forgive the morbidity.

I hope you find this as illuminating as I did.  This is stuff we all need to know,  Jan

 

The Secrets of Sugar – the fifth estate – CBC News – YouTube

 

 

March 29, 2014

Gary Null’s “Seeds of Death”

This is me – NOT going deep about Genetic Modification  and all the aspects I hold about GMO’s and their influence on our Earth and you and me and all other life hereon.  I’m weary of speaking about it and I’m betting you tire of hearing me.   So why not hear opinions on the subject as presented by those regarded as experts who have done a really job on this movie given to us by Gary Null.  

There is some highly relevant material here which all should be aware of.  So, unless you’ve already seen this, why not give it a look-see?   Jan

Seeds Of Death – Full Movie by Gary Null 858,581 views

March 28, 2014

HBP and Heart stuff

Living with Vascular Complications

Haven’t quite done this before whereby I take a comment from someone and display it, and it may be tacky of me to do this, I dunno.  I DO know that these problems are gigantic and way too common.  Heart disease is far and away the most dire, serious threat we face with few of us  lasting much beyond five years after diagnosis.   I am beyond ten years now, though I haven’t seen a cardiologist for at least 4 or 5 years.   But then, you understand, while I recognize that I am vulnerable due to age parameters, nevertheless, I felt that I was doing a fairly decent job of serving my bodies needs.  Don’t really know anyone else personally, who does wheatgrass juicing; plus the concepts I learned from the Gerson Therapy which it is said enables the body to heal itself from any disease if it is possible (e.g. – if one’s number isn’t up).   So, you understand where I am coming from — I felt  safer with my own efforts  than I did with all the smarts, pharmaceuticals and other techniques being administered to me.  So I’m a medical drop-out, kind of.

People die every day with sick toxic bodies, mal-nourished or even starved of all valid nutrition due to many things; modern society and it’s stresses, SAD diets, and lets face it — total ineptness in choosing healthful food.  People are being duped and sucker-punched and sold out with no where to turn.  Well, we do have the medical profession.  When one looks at outcomes and costs and our national health picture,  you don’t need me to rub your nose in it, do you?   And it is bankrupting our country.  The disease statistics are mounting daily  It is very depressing if you allow yourself to dwell on it.    And none of it has to be that way.

It is very simple.  We are what we eat.  We shouldn’t need doctors just to live and be happy.  Life could be simple, if we would choose that.  Eat simple foods,  uncomplicate stuff.  Consume no prepared anything, fix it yourself from your own kitchen, buy organic (as you can afford); consume 65% to 80% foodstuff from the plant world with the rest coming from animal protein, nuts and seeds.  Be smart — give up dairy and grains  (eggs are not dairy; they are a perfect protein food).  When one eats whole, fresh, local produce and  pastured  animal protein, there is no need to have to be reading labels. Same with the butter — if the butter is organic, it has come from pastured cows; is not fed grains, anti- biotics or hormones, so their butter is going to be very healthy to consume.   Just not hard to do.  Don’t use synthetics or go near sugar  (Stevia is safe and so is Honey, just don’t over do it).  Learn to drink pure, clean water and white or green teas.  (I still love my coffee and do indulge. . . but I’m never gonna be perfect… so not trying for it.)

Returning to the issue at hand, this commenter, Judy has kindly placed her query so straight-forwardly, that I set about trying to  find my prior posts relevant to the post she is responding to:  “Varied food best vs HBP (3-25-14).  And so, Judy, dear lady,  sorry to be so long in responding to you, but my computer problems are ongoing. . .I was up all night trying to do this post last night  (til 5:30), when I couldn’t take it anymore.  This is one of the reasons why I’m so derelict in my blogging efforts these days. I’m kinda dumb on computer savvy and have about reached my limit.

dividers4

Hi, Jan:

I’ve been reading your blog for sometime now, though I can’t remember how I found you. I love your articles and your writing style but have never posted a comment. I am finally moved to write you to ask you to elaborate on the amino acid protocol you mentioned that reduced your blood pressure. HBP runs in my family and I have been trying to address it with “natural” systems, e.g., various herbs and supplements, an aborted attempt with Chinese medicine (couldn’t stomach the brewed tea), chiropractic adjustments, etc. My holistic internist has finally put me on an ace inhibitor coupled with hydrochlorothiazide. Won’t bore you with details but am having mixed results, but I would love to get off these drugs so am keen to try your protocol. Perhaps in a previous blog you went into detail. Could you point me in the right direction? Many, many thanks for the fine work you are doing. BTW, I am 70 years young, as we elders like to say.   Judy E

 

Greetings Judy,  Delighted to hear your desire to not just  roll over for this status quo, and your willingness to at least look into other possibilities.  An open mind  and desire for what is rightfully yours. . .choice in outcome.  Kinda hard to do unless there is understanding to go along with it.  So with enthusiasm and hope, by all means, look into it.   Be aware tho, that hardly anyone thinks I’m totally there — who in their right mind would think to go against the established way of doing stuff for the body?  But then, I am an independent “rebel” who genuinely believes that our body is our best laboratory.  Just to be clear, this is not medical advice given for you personally or anyone else in particular, but since this is my blog and I have the right to express my own perspective and share what I’ve learned. . .this is what I am doing. My interest in health and what it takes to be that, get that and do it right goes back many decades which is not to say that I know all that much – – I am and will remain, the eternal student, recognizing that there are worlds of relevant stuff beyond my grasp. So will I ingest something about which I know little?  Not a chance.  And I would hope that you might feel the same with a propitious degree of discernment going for you.  Once something takes your interest, mull it over and struggle with it, because we’re grappling with our body and lives here.   It’s serious stuff. We so want to do it the right way.

My interest was tweaked highly by an 8 year old newsletter from Dr Blaylock I had filed away and then stumbled over a few months ago and it set me on fire.  I was ready to hear it now. It made sense.  But then I started to dig in online and magically, accidentally found Dr. Elwardt (a Naturopath) and read about his book “Lets Stop the #1 Killer of Americans Today” so I acquired that. For me, its top drawer.  Meanwhile Dr Blaylock references Dr Stephen Sinatra, a metabolic cardiologist of some repute. . . and on it went.

These three men were saving lives with the same or similar protocol.  All were deeply schooled in tradition, but found independently that there was a better way.  They were detailing the energy needs of our cells which can’t be helped with just prescription meds.  In fact, all three of them seldom use PhRMA, but instead dramatically upped supplementation with herbals and enzymes and amino acids.  I on my own had quit Coumadin as I never wanted it in the first place — its rat poison!.  I had been taking Nattokinase 2 X day.  Had long been taking CoQ-10, but the version I ingested is called Ubiquinol which is the more powerful version the body makes itself and therefore, recognizes  The body must be able to recognize an element or nutrient so that it understands its use; otherwise it is a burden for the body to detox and eliminate (impugning the kidney and liver with more work thereby weakening them).  This is why PhRMA being chemical is a burden, ergo not generally curative or helpful.

I’m kinda covering this again, but I did a fuller explanation in the post “HBP, fix it naturally”  (2-27-14) Please start there.  As to my computer, well, I can’t be much help til I get the bugger fixed.  With over 2075 posts and an inability to scoot around at present, I just can’t do better than guess at other recent posts and in fact the way I do my blog, the messages I may be thinking of are only in the comment area someplace.   I can offer a few more titles with dates which might be possible:

Gal’s Heart-Thyroid link  (1-27-14)

Energy drinks ding Heart (12-28-13)

Alternate Care – Cardio-HBP (6-23-13)

Fix cause or take a pill (4-28-13)

HBP high — this could help (4-13-13)

Perhaps the first  Amino I bought was Arginine and  Taurine  These two alone per what I’d learned from Blaylock’s letter produced a calming effect to the  ordeal of radical beating in chest.  Had spent a rather disturbing 5 years in radical A-Fib which can be unsettling. The addition of D-Ribose and Arginine completed the picture whereby my energy returning was so welcome, but the ability to begin moving around again as I could breathe easier was a huge blessing because I live alone and have quite a bit to do.  I am blessed and grateful. Tho I keep speaking of the Heart,  – it is known that the entire body functions cohesively and interchangeably.  HBP going on for any extended time can’t help but affect the heart and brain and the entire body.  Oxygen needs to reach every cell or it deteriorates.  Our hearts have a huge appetite for energy, without which it fails and can no longer pump our miraculous blood to every cell which awaits it. These aminos (proteins) supply that need and do so splendidly — that’s why it works so well carrying energy thru to the mitochondria which gets the job done.

I am not trying to be mean, elitist or off-putting to anyone.  I hesitate to tell you I take this at 9:00 a.m. and that at 3:00 and so on.. I have told you what I do.  It is for you to buy a book or two (both Sinatra and Elwardt books are out there and marvelous).  I buy online and go for used where its possible (at ThriftBooks or Amazon) and both are immaculate and readable and inspiring.  One must understand this stuff and the goal and in some cases, there are cautions in combining, so one needs to understand what and how and why.  Then speak to your trusted doctor who should be able to test and measure your progress via complete blood tests.  One doesn’t want prescriptions for any of these, because we are after natural, body recognizable stuff.  So the tab comes from your own pocket — but the benefits are yours for the keeping and all of it is cheaper by far than PhRMA, with no side effects.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and I’d love to know how you’re doing.   Success and joy to you,  Jan

March 25, 2014

Varied food best vs HBP

(This information is from Dr Mercola,  I find it relevant and pretty much agree with the concepts.   Since it was so large, didn’t want to import whole thing. . . tho, it is worth a full reading. This is not an attempt to denounce the vegan approach as I have traveled that path and understand and know its benefits.  I remain committed to the plant world; without which no one can have radiant health.  Animal protein is a logical and beneficial component to a balanced, healthy life as well.  I do believe that a careful selection of choices can grant even the vegan a well balanced, normal and healthy life without question.  One simply must employ more in the way of healthy fats, seeds and nuts, avocados  and lentils, etc. 

And I also agree with Dr Mercola that we in our own country consume far too much animal protein.  To overdo this is a huge burden for our organs.  A distorted understanding has been perpetrated on our nation for a long time; e.g. which fats are healthy and needed;   about the need for dairy in order to maintain calcium balance [we don’t need dairy at all and I take no calcium — and at my rather extensive time on earth have never broken any bones].  It’s not genetic, I have learned what the body really needs and handles best [for me].  20 years of HBP meds have done nothing for me.  Taking of certain amino acids for my Heart has ‘automatically’ normalized my vascular pressure, circulation and rhythm and in just a few months. 

We are still being advised to consume grains; told they improve health.  They don’t!  They are making us fat, sick and contributing to some of the worst chronic diseases amongst us, including diabetes and alzheimers (now being called Diabetes 3)  We are told much that isn’t correct.  Factory farming is hurting us and the animals.  If one can’t do the pastured, well-treated animals, we’d be better off going vegan.  Each of us has to find what we can handle, live with and afford.  It ain’t easy.  For those not willing to put the time in to figure stuff out, well, we get what we get, I guess and those choices can be less than desirable.      Jan)

 so am attempting to give the link:  

Should You Go Vegetarian to Control Your Blood Pressure

Mar 10, 2014 – March 10, 2014 Story at-a-glance Hypertension (high blood pressure) By Dr. Mercola Our analysis found that vegetarian diets lower blood pressure very effectively, and the evidence for this is now quite conclusive.”.

 

       Blood Pressure Drugs Do NOT Treat the Cause of High Blood Pressure

Please understand that while blood pressure medications are very effective at lowering blood pressure, they do NOT address or rectify the underlying cause of your hypertension.

Research published in 2013 found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to develop ischemic heart disease, and many other studies have demonstrated that vegetarians enjoy better health and longer lives than non-vegetarians. Certainly, eating more vegetables is bound to have a beneficial effect. Most people eat far too few of them. But I still do not believe excluding all meats makes for an ideal diet. It’s worth noting that studies such as these are not comparing vegetarians to LOW animal protein diets. I’m also not aware of any studies looking at the health effects of factory farmed versus organically raised meats, eaten at varying amounts, and this, I believe, may be a major part of the equation.

Why I Don’t Recommend Strict Vegetarian or Vegan Diets

There is no debate at all that most people do not eat enough vegetables, let alone high-quality organic ones. So it makes perfect sense that individuals who consume more vegetables are likely to be healthier.

Most Americans eat far too much protein and not enough vegetables, which likely accounts for most of the difference seen when comparing vegetarian to non-vegetarian diets. But that does not justify excluding all animal products.

The other part of the equation that is rarely addressed is the amount of protein consumed. When it comes to meat, two key factors that will determine the healthfulness of your diet are the quality of the meat and the amount.

In terms of quality, meat from pastured or grass-fed and finished animals is FAR superior to that from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). CAFO beef and poultry has many disadvantages, including fewer of the most valuable nutrients found in organically-raised meats, while being contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, beta-agonist drugs, and pesticides.

Since most CAFOs feed animals genetically engineered (GE) grains (primarily corn and soy), there’s also the issue of whether or not such feed might alter such meats in ways we still don’t fully understand.

There’s reason to think it might. At bare minimum, we know that so-called Roundup Ready grains tend to be most heavily contaminated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, and research suggests this chemical may be a key factor in the rising trend of many chronic diseases, both in animals and humans.

 

Most People Eat Too Much Protein for Optimal Health

Nutrition experts like Dr. Ron Rosedale believe most adults need about one gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass, or one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body weight per day. As an example, if your body fat mass is 20 percent, your lean mass is 80 percent of your total body weight.

So if your total weight is 200 pounds, you would then divide 160 by 2.2 to convert pounds to kilograms and come up with 72.7 grams of protein. If you are doing vigorous exercises or are pregnant, you can add up to another 25 percent or another 18 grams in this illustration to increase your total to 90 grams per day. This would be on the high side. Most women need half of this amount because they have far less lean body mass.

Most meat-eaters tend to consumer far more than that, especially in the US. In fact, the typical American diet is extremely meat-heavy, having risen dramatically over the past century. Previous research has suggested the average American consumes about 1.5 grams of protein per kilo of total body mass (lean mass plus fat). This is nearly double the ideal of one gram/kg of lean body mass. Some groups even consume 500 percent more protein than this. And the vast majority of all the meat consumed is CAFO, which only adds to the problem, for the reasons mentioned above.

There are a number of reasons why I believe it’s best to limit your protein intake. The first is that if you eat large amounts of protein your body doesn’t need, it will convert most of those calories to sugar. Additionally, it will need to remove the nitrogen waste products from your blood, which stresses your kidneys.

Excessive protein can also have a stimulatory effect on mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)—a pathway that seems to be largely responsible for the pathology seen in cancer growth. When you reduce protein to just what your body needs, mTOR remains inhibited, which helps minimize your chances of cancer growth.

Abstaining from animal protein altogether however, can lead to other health complications. For example, a strict vegetarian or vegan diet can lead to vitamin B12 and sulfur amino acid deficiency, both of which increases your risk of heart disease. Vegans or strict vegetarians who abstain from animal products and do not supplement their diet with vitamin B12 will typically become anemic. Nervous and digestive system damage can also result. Claims that B12 is present in certain algae, tempeh, and brewer’s yeast fail to take into account that the B12 analogues present in these foods are not bioavailable. The only reliable and absorbable sources of vitamin B12 are animal products, especially pastured eggs.  (Sorry, can’t let this close without my $.02;  there may be little else with as high a content of B12 vitamins as good old “fermented veggies”. . .any kind, simple or gourmet — nothing comes as close!. .so, vegan Wanna Be’s – be aware. Jan)

March 22, 2014

EEM pain-relief 4 golfer

(From Donna Eden’s March newsletter,  here is a terrific case history on a golfer enduring great pain in both his ankles and knees.  Unable to find relief, spoke to a surgeon who advised  that it may not be his answer with regard to the pain, but would do — or he could give up his golf which he hasn’t been willing to do.   His experience was most profitable and blows me away!     All should enjoy this.  Jan)

Energy Medicine for Pain Relief

John, a middle-aged man with chronic pain symptoms, was relieved of all pain with the implementation of some basic Energy Medicine interventions. John consulted Melanie Foster, an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner (EEM-AP) in Salem, Oregon, with complaints of an excruciating pain in his ankles and knees.

John is an avid golfer and was still playing despite the pain. He was riding in a golf cart to reduce the stress on his knees and ankles. Prior to coming to Melanie, he’d pursued chiropractic and massage therapies but found no relief.

He’d also spoken to a surgeon who concluded that golfing was causing and exacerbating the problem. The surgeon advised John that he could either elect to have surgery with no guarantee of pain relief, or he could stop golfing and at least stop the pain from getting worse.

Melanie started with a Quickie Energy Balancer and then went through a series of Energy Medicine techniques including holding Neurovasculars, opening up the Kidney Points, Liver Points, Spleen Points, and Bladder Points. She used a magnet to unfreeze the points on the ankle and legs, sedated Kidney meridian, and stimulated the flow of the vortex energy. She also placed magnets on his feet where the pain was the worst, positioning the north side of the magnet against the skin to help draw out energy.

She gave John homework, asking him to continue to place the north side of the magnet on the pain. John put the magnets on every evening and slept with them on, removing them in the morning. He was diligent with his homework and called Melanie four days later to tell her that 80-90% of his pain was gone from his ankles and knees.

John came for a follow-up visit two weeks later. Melanie again performed the Quickie Energy Balancer. She used Hastening Points to open the first five points on Kidney, Liver, and Spleen meridians and then a long 3-point technique on Kidney meridian.

Now all of John’s pain is gone! He is golfing three to four times a week and now walks the course, rather than riding in a golf cart.

Melanie has used magnets successfully on other clients as well, working with swelling of ankles and knees in addition to pain.

Melanie is available for questions relating to this case history. Click here to email Melanie or visit her EEM-AP page for more contact information.

(Compiled by Jeff Armstrong)

March 19, 2014

Memory thief in breakfast?

(While this is NOT a companion piece at all — it just happens it arrived in a timely fashion in that it continues a discussion I was making in the first post of this day – that of “Digestion”. I was incensed with the compulsive loyalty to the ‘pharmaceutical’ solution, while short-changing the millions of sufferers, rather than attending to the cause area – – the stomach, and why it hurts so much, and what intelligently could be done about it. It’s the food — its always the food and what we eat and how well we attend the body’s needs.

This piece from Kelley Herring of the Healing Gourmet couldn’t be more welcome, with good info. enjoy! Jan)

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According to a recent Harris Interactive study, there is something that people fear more than cancer and even death: Dementia.

The inability to recall fond memories, use reasoning and logic, or even recognize the faces of the people you love is a fate that most of us would do anything to avoid.

Yet, for more than five million Americans and their families, this is a reality of day to day life. And unfortunately, dementia and Alzheimer’s are on the rise.

  • Between 2000 and 2010, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 68 percent! And according to the Alzheimer’s Association, an average of one American is diagnosed with the disease every minute of every day.

But there is good news…

  • Alzheimer’s is not a genetic disease. It is a degenerative condition that is not a normal part of healthy aging. It can definitely be prevented and in some cases the symptoms can even be reversed.  (I can attest to that, Jan)

The answer to protecting your mind and your memories lies in your diet…

How Gluten and Grain-Based Foods are Harming Your Brain

You may already know that foods which contain gluten and grains can have harmful effects on your digestive system and immune function. But you may not know that these so-called “healthy” staples can also affect your brain.

According to an editorial in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, your brain may suffer from the effects of gluten – even in the absence of any noticeable gastrointestinal problems.

This means you could feel fine after indulging in pizza, pasta, cereal or bread – while gluten is silently taking its toll on your brain.

But how?

  • Researchers have conclusively shown that the brain and the gut are intricately linked to one another. This is why the digestive system is often called “the second brain”.

And the important thing to remember is that…

What Happens In The Gut… Doesn’t Stay In The Gut!

During digestion, gluten is broken into small proteins (called exorphins) that cross the blood-brain barrier. These proteins bind to morphine receptors, producing the feel-good sensation we associate with comfort foods. But that’s not all…

They also cause an onslaught of inflammation throughout the body.

Inflammation in the brain can present itself as foggy thinking, difficulty communicating and finding the right words, headaches, depression and other mental maladies. Over time, this same inflammation can cause permanent damage to the brain, contributing to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In fact, according to research cited in The Gluten Syndrome: A Neurological Disease, it is the central nervous system – not the gut – that is the primary site of gluten damage. This is because of the unique and destructive way that it interferes with the body’s neural networks.

Protect Your Brain with a Paleo Diet

The average person today consumes a towering 133 pounds of wheat per year. Yet, despite its prevalence in our modern diet, this is a food that is largely foreign to our ancestral genetics. It is not just a coincidence that the rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s have continued to climb.

If you wish to reduce the brain inflammation associated with chronic disease and cognitive decline, I urge you to follow a grain-free diet which emulates that of your ancestors.

In future articles, I’ll tell you about several other foods you should avoid to protect your brain, as well as the delicious foods, spices, herbs and surprising “supernutrients” that can provide significant protection for your brain.

To Making (and Keeping!) Precious Memories,

Kelley Herring

Editor-in-Chief
Healing Gourmet

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Digestion? . .lets talk again

To Your Good Health

Drugs that battle reflux carry significant risks

Keith Roach

Q: I have been taking 40 milligrams per day of omeprazole for several years to control gastroesophageal reflux disease. My doctor had increased this from 20 mg when the low dosage was no longer working for me.

Lately, I have heard about the risk of significant side effects from this class of drugs (proton pump inhibitors), including adverse bone-density effects. I have tried getting off the drug, but, each time I try, I begin to experience intolerable acid-reflux problems almost immediately.

I have heard about several ways to wean oneself, including the use of aloe-vera extract, cider vinegar and so forth. What do you recommend?

A: I agree with you completely that many people use omeprazole and similar drugs unnecessarily. Most people use the medications because of symptoms of heartburn and presumed reflux. The medications are effective, but they have side effects. Three of them are electrolyte (salt and water) abnormalities, loss of bone strength and increased risk of pneumonia.

  • The drugs probably shouldn’t be a first-line therapy. Lifestyle changes, such as abstinence from tobacco and alcohol, not eating three hours before bed, elevation of the head of the bed and weight loss in overweight people should be tried before medication, unless the symptoms are severe.

Antacids and H2 blockers, such as ranitidine (Zantac) or famotidine (Pepcid), can be used as needed.

If symptoms persist, an eight-week course of treatment with Prilosec or related medication can be tried. If someone needs repeated courses of PPIs, it is time to consider taking a look in the stomach with an endoscopy.

For people who have been on proton pump inhibitors long-term, I recommend slowly tapering off for two to three weeks. Although some people claim a benefit, I haven’t seen good evidence that cider vinegar or aloe-vera extract helps ease reflux disease, and I don’t recommend either.

Q: The medical advice is to reduce sugar consumption. Does this apply to 100 percent fruit juices, fresh fruit, sweetened cereal products or other fruit-sweetened products?

A: I think it makes sense to limit sugar intake, as most North Americans take in remarkably large quantities of it.

I do make an exception for fruits, as the body processes natural sugars from fruit differently.

You can try this out at home by eating four medium-sized oranges or drinking their equivalent in an 8-ounce glass of orange juice.

I think you will find a big difference in how full you feel.

Although reducing sugar is critical for diabetics and is important for anyone trying to lose weight — even for people with no sugar or weight problems — the evidence is accumulating that eating too much added sugar increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Dr. Roach answers letters only in his North America Syndicate column but provides an order form of available health newsletters. Write him at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or ToYourGoodHealth  @med.cornell.edu

(My Comment:

It has been a type of satisfying pleasure in responding to these “To Your Health” postings which come to my local paper weekly and I used to make more effort to respond. But as has become apparent, my output is kinda diminished in quantity as I try to maintain a certain ‘balance.’   Won’t speak on subjects I don’t fully grasp or, alternatively, have no interest or familiarity with. Furthermore, my preference is to detail what I have discovered regarding ordinary maladies which are common to most of us  and since I am not partial to “specialties,”  even that of ‘geriatrics’ (go figure),. . .when I do respond, it is because I believe a more natural, body-friendly and side-effect-free potential exists. 

This is not to suggest anything other than a divergence of opinion to which all are entitled.  This is what I have attempted to show through several physicians who have manned this “To Your Good Health” boat, starting with Dr Donohue.  However, I very much enjoy Dr Roach’s handling of answers to his querants.  He listens, is open and respectful, has an extensive, broad perspective.  As an allopath, he may be as good as it gets.  Even so, I do have something to add:  

Q #1:  The doctor’s response which I’ve bulleted can be generally useful, but describes an attempt to treat symptoms as he outlines traditional thinking as taught in BIG PhRMA’s schools. . . chemicals to solve organic ills.  Then goes on to respond to her questions regarding both aloe vera extract and apple cider vinegar to which he claims not to have seen any evidence of help in dealing with reflux disease.   I would agree with his observation; however, these would probably have been suggested to her for relieving the pain and distress she was experiencing in her stomach for which they are well suited and helpful. . .but not to “cure” her reflux disease 

This is an extremely common and ordinary condition which apparently is little understood within the medical establishment as seen by the multitudinous prescriptions  and treatments given to millions of sufferers.  It ain’t workin’ because people don’t get better. . . what is wrong is not being addressed; it is actually being made worse. 

The problem is too little stomach acid   (“Hypochlorhydria”)   

This can result from various causes such as food allergy, viral infection, over-indulgence from alcohol and/or  auto-immune diseases.   Most often, it is an inevitable result from getting older, which are the main causes of poor digestion  and assimilation — referred to as low-stomach acid.  The older we get, the more likely we are to develop these problems.. . which if left untreated, cascades into many more serious systemic problems, all because when one’s stomach doesn’t produce enough acid, food can’t be broken down properly and our food’s nutrient and mineral content will not be normal.  Health will deteriorate in many ways.  We slowly break the body down from mal-nourishment — no matter what we eat, even if it is the best organic stuff around. 

This is not the latest news, hot off the presses.  Indeed,  back in the 1930’s, Mayo Clinic researchers did research and analysis (by intubation) on people by every age classification except children and those over 90.  They found that teenagers rarely had sub-optimal  stomach acid production;  by the time we are 60, there is an approximate 50-/50 chance of having developed this problem.   As for me, I was still able to eat anything without the least problem till late in my 70’s.  But since then, I enhance my digestion with enzymes and the Betaine HCI and Pepsin Dr J. Wright’s covers in his generous writings via newsletter and books.  His book on this subject is called “Why Stomach Acid is Good for You.”  

I remember reading an article called the Hidden cause of nighttime leg Cramps a few years ago. He built a very logical case on just this – low stomach acid and the inability to assimilate the minerals one so desperately needs to keep the body humming along — as he pointed out, without normal stomach acid, neither calcium nor  magnesium can be optimally absorbed (as with so much else).  That’s important, isn’t it? 

So this is the underlying cause, which needs to be understood for so many reasons and the stomach needs organic help, not chemical insult and further injury by crippling it trying to shut off the stomach acid as the cause.  It needs MORE!  As the pharmaceuticals shut down the stomach acid production, alterations in the intestinal microflora take place.  The contents become too alkaline because of the loss of the stomach’s acid, and unfriendly microorganism can have a field day.  

Dr Wright also warns the low stomach acid can also be triggered by low levels of pancreatic enzymes and by hidden gluten/gliadin sensitivity, so these are some of the things to think about and discuss with your doctor.   

Q #2:  Sorry,  Here I must take a harder line than Dr Roach.  Sugar is the #1 causative factor in so many problems.  It is hiding in almost everything.  Americans have a big time Sweet-Tooth, and it is destroying our health.  Sugar is affecting even the Alzheimers progression which is now seen as Diabetes 3.  Few people should be eating more than three pieces of fruit on a daily basis (if that much).  Sugar shouldn’t even be brought into the house for anything.  We have to retrain our selves ad our taste buds.  We need some bitter in our palate — its healthy.  If we could quit dairy and grains and learn to consume only wholesome, fresh, real, made at home food with as little cooking as possible;. . . simplify, simplify, simplify  we probably wouldn’t have any health problems at all.  And we would all be so svelte. . . . .Jan)

March 17, 2014

Basis – goal of life

Filed under: Abraham - Hicks (daily message) — Jan Turner @ 3:52 pm
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The basis of your life is absolute freedom, the goal is joy, and the result of that perfect combination is motion forward, or growth. Your goal is to find objects of attention that let your cork raise.

 

—Abraham

 

Excerpted from the workshop: Virginia Beach, VA on April 12, 1997


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