How Chiropractic Can Help Kids Chronic Sprained Ankles and Pigeon Toes

Parents often become concerned when they notice their child running awkwardly, being “pigeon toed” (also known as in-toeing), or when they repeatedly sprain their ankles. Your child my trip or fall more often than seems normal, you may notice them rolling their ankles inward (AKA excessive pronation), or their foot may have a “hooked appearance”. There are three conditions which can cause these problems and depending on which condition and the age of your child they may require intervention to correct. The good news is that serious interventions such as wearing leg braces or surgery are not usually needed in these cases.

1. Tibial torsion – This is fairly common condition where the tibia or “shin bone” has not rotated into the position where it will be during adulthood. Tibial torsion is considered normal until the age of 7 years. However excessive toe-in between 2 and 7 years my warrant consultation with a doctor. Your child may have excessive pronation seen by weight bearing on the big toe side of the foot much more than the pinky toe side.

What your Chiropractor can do – Your Chiropractor can adjust a subluxated (misaligned) joints in the legs and show you how to stretch the proper muscles while strengthening others. Your Chiropractor may also be able to fit your child with custom shoe orthotics to help correct the excessive pronation.

What you can do – Buy shoes with flexible soles and good arch support such as athletic shoes. Also, getting your child involved in sports or activities which emphasize running such as soccer will help to strengthen the muscles of the legs and provide good muscle length.

2. Femoral torsion – This is similar to tibial torsion except in this case the femur or “thigh bone” is the one that is out of position. This is another common condition that usually resolves on its own by 8 years of age. Again excessive pronation may be seen as well as bowing back of the knees and an excessive curve in the low back.

What your Chiropractor can do – Chiropractic treatment will be similar to that of tibial torsion, adjustments/stretching/strengthening only focusing on the hip instead of the knee and lower leg.

What you can do – Again good shoes are in order. Sports in this case should include those that work out the hips such as bicycling, ballet, or gymnastics. Also, encouraging your child to sit cross legged will stretch the muscles holding the leg in a toe-in position.

3. Metatarsus adductus – This one is a little different than the other two in that it involves the feet instead of the legs. In this case the toe-in occurs in the foot itself. This condition is normal until 1 year of age is a common problem in school age children.

What your Chiropractor can do – Adjusting will focus on the bones of the feet and orthotics may be used if the problem persists beyond 7 years of age

What you can do – Gently stretching your child’s foot toward the pinky toe several times a day will help to loosen up the tight tissues.

In all cases, it is important to ensure your children’s shoes are well-fitting with plenty of room and no stress points. Also, having your child go barefoot more often encourages better motor control and position sense.

A note on Chiropractic adjustments: Many doctors, including those at Fletcher Hills Chiropractic use low-force techniques such as Activator technique that are much more gentle and less intimidating for children. Ask your Chiropractor what techniques he uses.

This article by a San Diego Chiropractor is a review of an article from the March 12th issue of Dynamic Chiropractor by Dr. Mark Charrette. Read the entire article here Dynamic Chiropractor

Is There A Home Remedy for Thrombosed Hemorrhoid Flareups That Can Relieve Symptoms?

A home remedy for thrombosed hemorrhoid pain can be helpful…it’s just a matter of finding the right one. Thrombosed hemorrhoids are simply blood vessels that have developed a clot, or thrombus, on the inside of the vein within the anus or rectum.

If there are external, you can see the swollen veins quite clearly as they are on the outside of the rectum. Often, the thrombosed hemorrhoid will look and feel soft, much like a raisin. If the clot has hardened, it may feel more like a bit of feed corn or a dried pea.

Treatment for thrombosed hemorrhoid is much the same as with a normal variety. With the former type, however, the clot develops when one of the veins under the skin in the rectum or anus area become plugged or cut off. The skin surrounding the area may begin to bulge and bruise and pain inevitably follows.

The blood has actually begun to pool in the vein, creating the discoloration and further irritation. This small lump or bump is sometimes called “skin tag” and may simply feel like a bit of extra flesh. Despite the fact that the thrombosed hemorrhoid is a pooling of blood, they rarely bleed.

While they sound a bit sketchy, a home remedy for thrombosed hemorrhoids is often effective. In fact, much of the time they are effectively treated with warm sitz baths, changes in diet, topical anesthetics, and herbal remedies. Be wary of topical anesthetics, however. In many cases, they provide the desired relief, but do little to treat the actual problem.

Studies have shown that diets low in fiber tend to create hard, lumpy stools. Straining and hard stools create large opportunities for existing hemorrhoids to develop into thrombosed ones. The increase in pressure can produce further engorgement and interfere with proper circulation. Any time a hemorrhoid is present, the potential for a thrombosed vein is a potential. One treatment for thrombosed hemorrhoids is modifying your diet to include more high-fiber foods.

Likewise, spending inordinate amounts of time behind the locked door can result in enlarged hemorrhoids, as can aging and pregnancy. The latter is typically a result of the weakening of the anal support structures. Removing one of the main culprits, constipation and straining, will often do wonders during home treatment of thrombosed hemorrhoids.

In some extreme cases, the thrombosed hemorrhoid may need to be drained or removed (hemorrhoidectomy). When this route is elected it is usually because the pain is intolerable or massive swelling occurs. Obviously, you would not want to pinch the thrombus or attempt a “home surgery.” You may rupture the thrombus producing excessive bleeding or infect the area.

If your doctor opts for surgery, he or she may remove just the clot or the entire the hemorrhoid.

After returning home, you should feel tremendous relief. However, some pain and swelling may still be present.

Traditional methods for post treatment of thrombosed hemorrhoids, such as over-the-counter pain relievers and topical creams, many be used.

Many people are finding more success with more natural, herbal supplements, such as Horse Chestnut to help reduce swelling and inflammation. Oat straw has been proven to be effective in helping hemorrhoids surgery patients fight off depression and cope better post operation.

You might want to try a home remedy for thrombosed hemorrhoid to see if you can see any significant relief.

Andreas Moritz on Vitamin B12 – Digestion, Absorption, and Herbivores

This article is based on a video by Andreas Moritz, called Debunking Vitamin B12, which I found interesting and reasonably informative, so I thought, I want to know more. I was particularly interested in vitamin B-12 for my own health reasons, since finding my energy better after cutting back on meat, fish and high-fat dairy in my diet.

Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, is required for every function in the body, and every single cell needs it to work. A deficiency can cause anaemia, brain and nervous system disorders, and severe gastro-intestinal problems.

The main theme of the video is that we are deficient in B12, not due to not eating enough B12 foods, but due to not absorbing enough B12 from our foods.

He is in favour of vegetarianism generally, but not as staunch as some, a bit more balanced than most, which I liked.

What’s his own diet like, I wondered? So I looked it up and couldn’t find anything. And unfortunately he has died, apparently under mysterious circumstances, as he seemed to be fit, healthy and strong beforehand, but he was researching areas sensitive to Big Pharma/Food industry – that’s the impression I got.

Anyway, he talks about intrinsic factor in the stomach. In order to digest, absorb, assimilate B12, we need intrinsic factor in larger quantity than we generally have it.

What is intrinsic factor, I wondered? So I looked it up.

Intrinsic factor

Intrinsic factor is produced by the cells lining the stomach and combines with vitamin B12, and so it is necessary for absorption of vitamin B12 later on in the small intestine. It is a glycoprotein. (The “glyco” just means there is a carbohydrate group attached to the protein part.)

The stomach acids release vitamin B12 from food during the digestion process, but vitamin B12 is sensitive to acids and so it needs to be protected. Therefore the process starts much earlier in the mouth with the salivary glands, where vitamin B12 is combined with another glycoprotein called haptocorrin, which safely transports it through the stomach, protecting it from the acids, and on in to the intestines, where there is a more alkaline environment, and it can be safely released and absorbed.

The same cells in the stomach that produce the gastric hydrochloric acid also produce the intrinsic factor (IF), which rebinds the B12 after its release from haptocorrin by digestion. So in the duodenum, a vitamin B12-IF complex is created, which then travels on through the small intestines. Interesting stuff – amazing body, eh?

Where we find it and why we need it

It is now well-known, especially among the vegan/vegetarian community, that we need to make sure we get adequate vitamin B12 in our diets. As it’s mostly found in fresh animal products, like liver, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese, you can’t just eat a healthy plant-based diet and hope you get enough. It an essential vitamin, and can cause irreversible and quite severe problems if there is a deficiency.

It used to be thought, however, that people could get it from non-animal sources, like spirulina, and fermented and cultured foods like tempeh, or not cleaning the soil completely off food taken from the ground. But the Vegan Society now states that fortified foods and supplementation are the only reliable sources of B12, and that eating only a raw (rather than cooked) plant-based diet offers no special protection.

What it’s good for

We need it for the brain and nervous system (so think stability of mood, memory, eyesight), energy metabolism (production of ATP, fatty acid and amino acid metabolism) and growth (blood formation, protein and tissue synthesis) – pretty important then I’d say!

The main symptoms of a deficiency, as stated, are anaemia and neurological problems, so the elderly need it to protect against brain atrophy and things like Alzheimer’s disease, and a lack of B12 can break down the myelin sheath protecting the nerves, causing multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

A deficiency can also cause thickening of the arteries, due increased circulating homocysteine, a digestion byproduct that can cause damage throughout the entire body, which B12 normally acts to break down.

So a deficiency can start with unclear symptoms, like loss of energy, a sore tongue, tingling in the hands, mild confusion, but if left untreated can lead to serious problems: nerve damage (even the spinal cord can breakdown), low bone mineral density, and eyesight deterioration, plus mental health problems, depression.

So being found mostly found in animal products and dairy, that’s why vegans need to make sure they get an alternative source in their diet.

Best sources of B12

Vegans

The only vegan sources are fortified cereals, milks, juices, soy and other products, and yeast-containing products like Marmite (UK name, or Vegemite in the US, and it goes under other names too, basically yeast extract – that black gooey, salty stuff you spread on your toast), but these are relatively minor amounts.

For example, Marmite contains 0.5 mcg per 100 g, but we only tend to use a teaspoon or two on our toast because it’s such strong tasting stuff, so that only contains 0.025 mcg. Whereas a cup of fortified soy milk will contain 3 mcg, which is 50% of the DV (daily value – see below).

And there is another issue here if you’re going to add fortified products to your diet, in the UK at least, the soy, almond and rice milks that contain added vitamins also contain gums (gelan gum and/or carrageenan usually), which are known to cause digestive issues – more below.

Vegetarians

Obviously the situation is better if you are vegetarian because you can have eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt. Also whey powder, as 100 g of that is said to contain 42% DV.

And with milk and yogurt, you’re more likely to consume a whole cup of that, which contains 0.9 mcg (15% DV) for non-fat yogurt, and 1.14 mcg (19% DV) for reduced fat milk. So a bit more but still not brilliant though.

Even with eggs, unfortunately, 1 large boiled egg only contains 0.6 mcg, just 10% of the DV, although other types of eggs contain more, e.g. duck eggs contain 3.8 mcg (raw, not sure about cooked), which is 63% DV, and goose eggs, which are rather large, contain 7.3 mcg, which is 122% DV. But then I personally find duck eggs too fatty – you just can’t win, can you?

Daily allowance

The recommended amount you need varies between countries (according to sources on the Internet): the UK RDA (recommended daily amount) is 1.5 mcg/day (from the National Health Service website, so should be accurate and up-to-date).

Google (no source given, but which turned out to be the US RDA – recommended dietary amount) says: 2.4 mcg daily for ages 14 years and older, 2.6 mcg daily for pregnant females, and 2.8 mcg daily for breastfeeding females. For the over 50s, they should eat foods fortified with B12 or take a vitamin B12 supplement.

So those over 50, and pregnant and breast-feeding women, need more due to reduced absorption in older people of naturally occurring B12, and greater demands for B12 whilst pregnant and for nursing mothers.

Note that the DVs quoted above are based on 6 mcg daily (rather confusingly), rather than the US RDA of 2.4. (It’s to do with the value in the food apparently, rather than the daily amount you need). So that applies to reading the nutrition labels for fortified foods, which is why for egg, quoted above, it’s 0.6 mcg, which is 10% DV, not 25% (which would be the relative amount for the RDA of 2.4 mcg).

Supplementation

A Dutch study (from 2005) looked at how much oral B12 should be prescribed for patients with a confirmed deficiency of this vitamin – NB the population studied were elderly (people with what was termed a mild B12 deficiency), with an average age of 80. This was usefully pointed out by Hyla Cass M.D., in “Vitamin B12 – How much is enough?” (1)

They were given B12 (cyanocobalamin form) in a range of doses: 2.5, 100, 250, 500 and 1000 mcg daily (administered for 16 weeks).

No adverse events were reported with any dosage, but the principal result was that the 500-mcg dose was the lowest dose required for an oral dose, for patients with a confirmed deficiency of this vitamin (measured by an estimated 80% to 90% reduction in plasma methylmalonic acid).

So this study was for supplements, and the value found is quite high compared with the daily values needed, which is the amount recommended that we get from foods.

As further confirmation, a supplement from a trusted source I know of provides 1,000 mcg/capsule, which also contains 400 mcg of folate. And most supplements contain 500 mcg or 1,000 mcg (which might be the difference between the therapeutic dose and a maintenance dose).

Easier to absorb

The good thing about supplements is that in some people, the B12 is easier to absorb than that found in naturally occurring foods, where it is bound to protein. Reduction in stomach acid and digestive enzymes with increasing age, and things like inflammation of the stomach lining due to allergies, food intolerances, alcohol intake, conditions like celiac disease and Crohn’s disease, all reduce body’s ability to cleave the required nutrient from the food and to absorb it.

Full list of B12 containing foods

Here is a list of the top food sources of B12 (from Nutritiondata.self.com):

  • Shellfish – clams, oysters, whelk, crab (crab: Alaska, King cooked, Dungeness and Queen, cooked)
  • Liver – from lamb, beef, veal, moose, turkey, duck, goose, pork, chicken (pan-fried, then tinned)
  • Fish eggs, specifically of whitefish, caviar (black and red, granular), mixed fish roe (cooked, dry heat)
  • Organ meats and giblets: turkey giblets, beef kidney, pancreas (from various animals), beef brain, veal heart, chicken giblets, lamb heart, beef heart, turkey gizzards (cooked)
  • Fish and sea mammals – octopus, salmon (dried chum), trout (dried, then Rainbow trout, cooked), mackerel (Atlantic cooked, dry heat), kippered herring (Atlantic), dried whitefish, red salmon (smoked sockeye), King mackerel (cooked), herring (cooked dry heat), mackerel (salted), tuna (fresh Bluefin, cooked dry heat), cod (dried, Atlantic, salted), sardine (Pacific, canned in tomato sauce and canned in oil, with bone), trout (cooked), whale (dried Beluga meat), seal (dried), red salmon (canned), bass (striped, cooked), walleye pollock (cooked), snapper, (cooked), seatrout (cooked)…
  • Fortified breakfast cereals – high fibre Bran Flakes, Kellogg’s All bran Complete wheat flakes, Multi-Grain Cheerio’s
  • Complete Oat Bran Flakes, All Bran Buds, Special K, General Mills cereals, All Bran Original, Kellogg’s low fat granola
  • All Bran yogurt bites, Nature’s Path Optimum, Ready to eat muesli (with dried fruit and nuts)…
  • Pates/liver sausage: Braunschweiger (pork liver), liverwurst and liverwurst spread, foie de gras (goose liver, smoked)
  • Wild game: caribou (dried shoulder meat), emu (fan fillet cooked), beaver and muskrat, rabbit (roasted), deer, moose, ostrich
  • Margarine-like (vegetable oil) spreads
  • Whole dried egg, dried egg yolk, goose egg (whole, fresh, raw is highest)
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Soup (clam chowder, New England, tinned, condensed)
  • Meatless chicken, breaded fried
  • Baby foods (some)
  • Milk (dry, non-fat, with added vitamin A and without), Instant Milk (dry, non-fat, with added vitamin A and without),
  • Meat – roasted mutton, some lamb cuts, and other meats… (vitamin B12 content goes down from there)…

Not included above, there are also lower amounts in B12 in:

  • Mussels and other shellfish, haddock
  • Beef
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Fortified tofus
  • Swiss cheese, reduce fat mozzarella, parmesan, feta cheese
  • Ham
  • Duck eggs (being so much higher than chicken eggs), chicken eggs
  • Chicken meat

This is to give an idea of the top B12-containing foods, partly grouped by type of food, partly by highest to lowest, but note cooking methods also alter the amount significantly. Raw organ meats, for example, contain much more than cooked. And even dry heat versus steaming and braising makes a difference.

And I was surprised to see roast chicken has half the amount of low fat cottage cheese for example, and that low fat versions of dairy often contain more B12 than the full fat varieties. So that’s useful to know.

Fortified foods and gums

I personally have avoided the fortified milks because, as I say, they tend to contain gums which, I have read, stop your digestion. According to Dr P D’Adamo, they contain a lectin or other agglutinin (basically causing cells to stick and clump together, not least your red blood cells – eeek), and it is a metabolic inhibitor – that was for guar gum and carrageenan. Also for acacia (gum arabic): it flocculates serum or precipitates serum proteins, it contains lectin or other agglutinin, and is a metabolic inhibitor, and it increases lectin activity and binding – blimey, the whole caboodle! So you simply cannot break them down, and they can wreak havoc on your whole system by the sound of it.

Also see Dr Michael Greger’s video: “Is Carrageenan Safe?” (2)

Which is a shame, because it means I miss out on these fortified foods. And I don’t eat any other type of fortified foods either, like the cereals, because of the sugar and other additives they tend to contain, or bread and other wheat-based products they make with fortified flour, or use the fortified spreads (I only use olive oil and ghee generally on rye bread), and I don’t drink regular cow’s milk either, or the fortified drinks of any kind because of said gums and sugar, and I don’t use fake meat soy products, textured vegetable protein/mycoprotein – that and those smoke flavourings are definitely best avoided – and finally, I don’t eat baby food… hmm, I always liked the look of that stuff, maybe I should try it.

The reason I wonder if gums might stop the body breaking down other foods properly is because of what I learnt about the effect of, for example, adding milk to a smoothie or your morning tea or coffee. Milk actually stops you absorbing the antioxidants (the good stuff like polyphenols and catechins) in the tea and the coffee – same goes for chocolate – and even with fruits and berries you might have in your morning smoothie or breakfast bowl, adding milk actually stops the absorption of the good nutrients in it, as measured by blood levels of certain beneficial compounds after consuming it.

The scientific research done on this is handily summarised by Dr Michael Greger, an MD (medical doctor) who trawls the scientific literature for such useful information, and is presented in short, info-bitesize videos, making it more accessible for us.

And shockingly, it’s not just cow’s milk that does this, it’s soy milk as well – at least in tea – because unfortunately the only study they tested soy milk in was the one with tea. They didn’t test soy milk in the other (separate) studies on the chocolate/coffee and berries. So how about that then? That really surprised me, as it did Michael Greger, and no doubt the researchers as well. To find that adding even soy milk to healthy drinks/smoothies might be negating the beneficial effects of the antioxidant compounds in them. That was a real eye-opener.

I guess that’s part of the reason why dark chocolate is so much healthier than milk.

And so if the milk itself blocks absorption, I obviously wondered what the added gums in milk can do. So I’d rather just avoid them altogether, if I can.

B12 absorption – anatomy and controversy

Back to the video:

Andreas Moritz says undigested meat and protein in our guts upsets the probiotic bacteria, and that these bacteria are the principle source of vitamin B12 – didn’t know that – which is typically absorbed at the end of the small intestine in the terminal ileum.

(As an aside, I wondered whether the “terminal ileum” was the Appendix, as I had mine out when I was aged about 8 and I’ve have always been super-sensitive to foods, although not officially allergic to any). Anyway, it isn’t the appendix, because I looked it up.

Terminal ileum

The terminal ileum occurs between the large and small intestines and connects to the caecum (the first part of the large intestines) via the ileocecal valve. So it’s not quite the appendix but close, anatomically speaking, as the appendix is connected to the caecum.

Here is a 3-D picture (http://www.innerbody.com/image_dige03/dige10.html) showing the exact location of the terminal ileum within the abdomen, with a navigation grid to the left which, if you hover the little hand over it, highlights in green whatever part of the digestive system you want to look at. There is also a short description with each area. 

Storage of B12

The terminal ileum is where B12 gets absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the liver. The liver stores it there until required, and it is then recycled in most cases. The recycled B12 is used for up to 6 or 7 years.

The amount we need in an entire lifetime is as much as you can fit on the end of your little finger – interesting! Very small amount.

So it’s quite difficult to get a B12 deficiency, and as already stated, it’s not so much the food we eat, as the absorption of it that is the cause of the problem. Our own gut health is the problem.

He goes on: Junk food and medications, particularly antibiotics, destroy the probiotic bacteria in our gut. Plus eating a lot of meat which, although it contains B12, cannot really be absorbed properly if the digestion is not working very well, particularly when intrinsic factor is diminished, which does happen when you eat too much protein foods, he says.

He says the misunderstandings about B12 come from how we produce our own B12. Like cows, for example, don’t have to eat meat or drink other species’ milk in order to get B12, and that it is provided from the plant foods, and they don’t have a deficiency.

And, Andreas makes the point: Humans eating natural foods will also not develop B12 deficiency.

(This is a hotly debated topic, as to whether we can produced our own B12 from the bacteria in the gut, coming down now on the side of we can’t, or some of us may do but it is not absorbable by us, but read on.)

So how do herbivores get their B12 then? I was curious and had a look:

Herbivores and B12

Ruminants, such as cows, buffalo, goats, sheep, these guys get their vitamin B12 from these bacteria which synthesise it in their voluminous four-chamber guts. Some herbivores (horses, elephants, zebras, rabbits, hares, and many rodents) have large caecums in their digestive tracts, which is between the small and large intestine, where bacterial fermentation takes place.

Primates eat eggs and insects in the soil. Gorillas (also hares, rabbits, and some rodents) eat faeces as well. And lots of animals regularly ingest soil, so they have many more sources/ways of getting B12 than us.

As an aside, there is a suggestion that all animals need supplementation of B12 in their feed, but one source says that bacteria in a horse’s digestive tract are able to produce enough B12 if there is enough cobalt in the diet. Leading to the suggestion that often our soil is depleted of these essential minerals these days.

There are various other references about bacteria and vitamin B12 production, if you are interested, online (3).

Increasing the absorption

Other vitamins are necessary for good absorption of vitamin B12 supplements. For example, it is recommended you include foods rich in vitamin B6 in your diet, as vitamin B6 is necessary for the proper absorption and storage of vitamin B12.

Foods such as spinach, poultry, brown rice, avocados, walnuts and bananas. Poultry includes: chicken, quail, turkey, duck, goose and pigeon.

Folate is also necessary for good absorption: from dark leafy greens, parsley, romaine lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower and beets, fruit, and beans, peas and lentils.

Along with adequate intake of calcium. One study in 2000 found that patients with diabetes were able to reverse low vitamin B12 levels by increasing their calcium intake(4).

Some calcium rich foods are: collard greens, broccoli and kale; sardines and salmon; ricotta, mozzarella and cheddar cheese; low fat yogurt, Greek yogurt and skimmed milk; fortified: milks, cereals and tofu; beans, sesame seeds, dried figs, and molasses.

Importantly, stomach acid levels and pepsin (protein digesting enzyme) are key to extracting the B12 from our food. If you have low stomach acid, taking betaine hydrochloride supplements can help to cleave the B12 from the protein foods.

It is noted by Sandi Busch on livestrong.com (5) and Dr J E Williams (integrative medicine practitioner for 25 years), that use of antacids reduces stomach acid, and heavy drinking causes the stomach lining to become inflamed, thereby reducing the digestive enzymes. Some integrative medicine practitioners recommend cranberry juice and using spices in food, which help with the absorption of B vitamins in general, and some even say consider caffeine, as this increases stomach acid production.

Also eating smaller, regular amounts of B12-containing foods, rather than all at one meal, can increase the amount you absorb overall as well, because there is a limit to the amount that can be absorbed at any one time, due to the availability of the intrinsic factor.

Other considerations

Andreas is an advocate of vegetarianism but says B12 deficiency has nothing to do with vegetarianism, and that meat eaters are just as deficient, if not more so (which has been confirmed by studies in the literature). But vegetarians can suffer too if they take medication, for example, or have used antibiotics in the past. Apparently the probiotic bacteria population in your gut can be disturbed for many years after.

To improve digestion, he says to clean out the liver and bile ducts, to get rid of gall and hepatic stones. They inhibit the body’s ability to digest food properly. As already stated, this interferes with good bacteria population. And so putrefying food, whether vegetables or meat, will lead to diminished absorption of B12 because of lack of probiotic bacteria, he says, which is the major source of B12.

NB: I imagine that partly explains why undereating is better for you than overeating. With undereating, you have no rotting food in your gut.

He says finally, B12 absorption also depends on how much vitamin D you have available to keep your digestive system strong and vital. So exposing the whole body to the sun on a regular basis will improve the healthy bacteria populations in the gut, and lead to stronger absorption of nutrients generally. (Maybe he’s an advocate of naturism too! He lived in a warm climate no doubt… ah, his Ener-Chi Centre is in North Carolina… moderate climate then! )

Other sources of vitamin D – (some overlap with the list for vitamin B12 I notice):

  • Fatty fish and tuna
  • Mushrooms (that are grown in the light – although ones that aren’t can still have some vitamin D and can be put in the sun which will increase the levels apparently)
  • Good old fortified milks, orange juice and cereal
  • Egg yolks
  • Beef liver
  • Cod liver oil
  • Vitamin D supplements

Vitamin B12 in nature

Andreas didn’t believe we would necessarily absorb B12 that well from a supplement, because in nature, it never comes alone, always combined with other B-vitamins, other vitamins and minerals, and even more substances that allow B12 to be absorbed and utilised, so eating a balanced, healthy diet is key to absorbing this vital nutrient.

Andreas Moritz was very ill when growing up, he says from eating too many dairy products and animal proteins, and that when he stopped eating them, he got the colour back in his face, whereas before he was as white as snow. And because of his own illnesses in childhood, he dedicated his life to studying the root causes of disease.

Described as a medical intuitive and writer, he spent his adolescence studying nutrition, and by age 20 had trained as an iridologist. He then studied Ayurveda in India, followed by shiatsu and various other forms of energy medicine.

Although I didn’t manage to find details of his daily diet, he does have more general diet advice online at his Ener-Chi Centre.

References

1. Vitamin B12-How Much Is Enough? by Hyla Cass, M.D. Life-enhancement.com.

2. Dr Michael Greger (2013): Is Carrageenan Safe? Nutritionfacts.org.

3. MIT biologists solve vitamin puzzle. MIT news. http://news.mit.edu/2007/b12

4. Increased intake of calcium reverses vitamin B12 malabsorption induced by metformin. Diabetes Care. 2000 Sep;23(9):1227-31.

5. The Best Way to Absorb B12 by Sandi Busch. Livestrong.com.

Ruptured Ovarian Cyst Treatment – How It’s Treated and Steps to Prevent It

An ovarian cyst is frightening on its own. A ruptured cyst is even more scary. What happens if it ruptures? How do you know if it’s ruptured? What’s the doctor’s plan for ruptured ovarian cyst treatment? And is there anything you can do to keep a cyst from rupturing?

A cyst ruptures when it becomes too large to support its own weight. Basically, a cyst is a fluid filled pocket in your ovary. When the pressure of the fluid inside becomes too much for the cyst, it will rupture. This can cause some complications, which is why it is important to seek immediate treatment.

When a cyst ruptures, most women fill a sharp, intense pain, followed by a burning. The intense pain is the cyst exploding. Afterwards, the fluid inside the cyst will irritate the surrounding area, which creates the burning. So if your cyst suddenly begins hurting more than before, be safe and call the doctor.

When you go to the doctor for a ruptured cyst, you will generally have an ultrasound to see if the cyst has, in fact, ruptured. This will also be used to check for any internal bleeding. Proper ruptured ovarian cyst treatment requires that you be started on antibiotics and monitored to make sure you do not have ongoing bleeding. The antibiotics are to prevent an infection, a potential life threatening complication of a burst cyst. Most cysts do not cause internal bleeding, although a few may. If this happens, you may be given medication or even have to have surgery to stop the bleeding.

To keep a cyst from rupturing, you need to treat it the best you can before it gets too large. Sometimes this is impossible, since you may not even know you have a cyst until it ruptures. But if you do know, you can take steps to help it shrink faster.

Most doctors will advise you to wait and see if the cyst shrinks on its own. However, you can help it dissolve faster by trying natural treatment options. First, you need to detoxify the body. This can be done through herbal teas and drinking plenty of water. You also need to avoid any artificial chemicals and processed foods. This includes BPA, a compound found in soft plastics. Eat plenty of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid hormonally treated meats and dairy. You can also look into Chinese herbal remedies.

Can Beer Make a Vaginal Yeast Infection Worse? What You Must Know About Alcohol and Yeast Infections

Can beer make a vaginal yeast infection worse? The answer is yes, it can, and there are a few things you should know and understand about a yeast infection.

Can beer make a vaginal yeast infection worse and why? Yeast infections are caused by the candida fungus. The candida fungus is natural in all of our bodies just as yeast is. We also have natural micro organisms in our bodies that help to keep the yeast in check and maintain a natural balance. Our diet often times will throw this balance off, creating a yeast infection. Taking antibiotics as well as steroids can also create a yeast infection.

The reason the answer to can beer make a vaginal yeast infection worse is simple. The candida fungus needs a living host, you. It also thrives in a moist, dark, warm place, such as your genital area, and this is true for men as well as women. This fungus feeds on yeast, sugars, carbohydrates, and starches. All of which are in alcohol, including beer. Yeast and sugar are two large ingredients in alcohol and beer is packed full of carbohydrates. That’s why beer makes us fat.

The fungus feeds on this sugar and the other ingredients in alcohol and beer. The ingredients found in alcohol are also found in other foods which can also make your infection even worse. You will need to get rid of extra amounts of sugar, carbohydrates, yeast, and processed foods in order to help get rid of your yeast infection. It is best if you stay away from alcohol completely until you cure yourself.

While you are suffering from a yeast infection, it is best to avoid alcoholic beverages of all types. Because beer can make a vaginal yeast infection worse. Once you have cured the yeast infection, you can again drink alcoholic beverages. Understand though, you must take a look at your diet and completely get your system back in balance. Over the counter and prescription drugs will only fix the yeast infection, not the root cause of the infection which is an imbalance in your system.

Sewage Damage – The Health Risks it Poses to People

When we hear of the term sewage, we really have a very clear idea of what it looks like. We know what sewage is and where it comes from. We are so grossed just having to think that it came from our bodies’ excretory system, but then, despite its gross nature, we are still being careless in terms of its disposal.

Sewage can cause health risks to people. It is well-known that sewage is the accumulation of human wastes such as feces and urine. Because of its characteristic, it is indeed true enough that it has various pathogens and allergens that can be very harmful to people’s health.

There are several diseases are caused by sewage damage. It is important to have an idea of these diseases and the effects of these to our health.

The Dangers of Sewage damage to people’s health

The people are at great risk of acquiring infectious diseases due to exposure to sewage. Not only are the general public affected, sewage damage also poses risks to workers who usually venture in the remediation process, sewage treatment and other sewage-damage related activities. There is a big possibility for them to acquire chronic respiratory illnesses and other chronic illnesses whether it could be viral, fungal, bacterial and parasitic.

There are several diseases that are brought by sewage damage. It is important to have an idea of these diseases and the their effects to our health.

Public health

The general public is the one being at risk of sewage damage. It is ordinary to hear and read news about cases of hepatitis, cholera and other diseases due to exposure to untreated sewage. Take for example the case of epidemic Hepatitis A in Ocee, Florida on 1988-1989. In the said epidemic, statistics showed that 18 cases had a history of exposure to sewage-contaminated storm water.

Over 120 variants of viruses can be seen in human feces, urine and sewage damage which can lead their way to sewage. The 120 viruses can include the following:

Rotavirus-causes severe diarrhea in children

Norwalk virus- causes gastroenteritis

Adenoviruses- cause of respiratory and eye infections

Parasitic agents such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium can cause chronic intestinal illnesses in children and adults.

Bacterial pathogens abound in places with sewage damage can consist of strains of gram-negative organisms like Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. coli. Aside from the strains of gram-negative bacteria, gram-negative bacteria also produce endotoxins which occur at the point of cell’s death and elimination. Endotoxins can manifest in the air through remediation, take for example the cleaning and drying of infected carpets.

Public health risks can also be incurred through improper sewage damage disposal and transport from hospitals and other industrial companies. These could leaf to public health’s declining status due to unscrupulous manner of managing their wastes.

However, workers from sewage damage remediation and other sewage-related activities are not free from health risks. They are prone to infectious illnesses due to exposure to certain chemicals, allergens, toxic gases, fumes, vapors and endotoxins as well as mycotovins and other infectious agents.

The Danger of Tattoos

Tattoos are popular, colourful ways for us to express our creativity, our experiences and our personality. For many people tattoos carry symbolic meaning or have personal memories behind them. As more celebrities are seen with tattoos, either permanent or temporary henna, they are becoming an increasingly popular fashion accessory. However, on the spur of the moment many people forget that proper tattoos are permanent and they are actual extremely serious because they can cause life-threatening problems.

At the moment tattooing isn’t properly licensed or regulated but artists must register with the Environmental Health Department. It is vital that you check with your local council beforehand whether your tattooist is registered, because the local authorities should have registration and inspection schemes in place. A health and safety certificate should be on display or with the operator so ask to see one before you have your tattoo done.

The health and safety standards say that:

  • Sterile needles must be used for every customer
  • Hands must be washed thoroughly before and after tattooing
  • Disposable latex gloves must be worn and a new pair worn for each customer. (Some people can have allergic reactions to the latex gloves so you could take an antihistamine before you have it done, or if you are aware that you have this allergy you should inform the artist beforehand who should be able to use a different glove.)
  • It is illegal to tattoo anybody under 18.

The artist should ask you a list of medical questions before doing the tattoo to check that you are alright to have one. For example people with haemophilia should not have tattoos as their blood doesn’t clot properly and so they cannot stop any bleeding which may occur during a tattoo. Pregnant women are advised against tattoos, as are diabetics, people with heart conditions, people with conditions that weaken the immune system and also people on aspirin or aspirin-based medication as these thin the blood so you bleed more.

Firstly tattoos are wounds and therefore good hygiene is imperative. When you have a tattoo the ink is injected into the dermis or the lower layer of your skin which doesn’t flake away making it permanent. The machine that is used can pierce the skin as many as 3000 times per minute making holes as deep as 1/16 of an inch or 1.5mm.

One of the biggest problems associated with tattoos is blood borne infections such as:

Hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis affects the liver causing inflammation. Hepatitis B is a DNA virus and it can be acute (self-limiting) or chronic (long standing). The symptoms of acute hepatitis B are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Mild fever
  • Dark urine
  • Development of jaundice.

It generally lasts a few weeks and gradually improves in most cases. Chronic Hepatitis C is often asymptomatic and can lead to advanced scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and liver cancer.

Hepatitis C is a blood borne infection which is often asymptomatic. It causes liver inflammation which can lead to scarring of the liver (fibrosis) or advanced scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) which in turn can lead to liver failure and cancer. It is spread by blood to blood contact and at the moment no vaccine is available. Early medical intervention is beneficial but many people only experience mild symptoms and so don’t seek treatment until it has developed into more serious problems. Some symptoms can include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Flu-like symptoms.

HIV. Human Immunodeficiency Virus can lead to AIDS; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is transmitted through bodily fluids and it infects white blood cells which are part of the body’s immune system, weakening it so that you cannot fight off other opportunistic diseases, leading to AIDS.

Tetanus. This infection causes muscle stiffness and spasms, commonly starting with the jaw muscles making it difficult to swallow or open your mouth. Other common places for muscle spasms are the neck, the chest making it difficult to breathe, the stomach wall and the arms and legs. Other symptoms are:

  • extreme sensitivity to touch,
  • high fever,
  • sore throat,
  • rapid heartbeat,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • headache,
  • bleeding into the bowels, and
  • diarrhea.

Tetanus can lead to suffocation, blood poisoning, cardiac arrest, kidney failure and exhaustion, all of which can be fatal.

Septicemia. A bacterial infection commonly known as blood poisoning. Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Violent shivering
  • Faintness
  • Cold and pale hands and feet
  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Delirium
  • Shock
  • Loss of consciousness

Other problems include:

  • Chronic skin ailments
  • Allergies
  • Lichenoid, which are small bumps of reactive tissue, similar, but more accentuated to those seen in chronic eczema.
  • Sarcoidal granulomas, which are ball-like collections of immune cells below the surface of the skin.
  • Scaling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Infections leading to discolouring of the tattoo
  • Swelling (due to an allergic reaction)
  • Ulceration, which is the formation of sores.
  • Delayed hypersensitivity reaction. This occurs several years after the tattoo and causes sudden local itching, scaling, redness and swelling.
  • Lymphocytoma, which is a mass of mature white blood cells which resemble a tumour; it is a skin reaction.
  • Keloids are raised scars that are not easily removed.
  • Photosensitivity occurs when the sun reacts with the dye causing an allergic reaction.
  • Photo toxicity occurs when the sun reacts with the dye causing localised sun burn.

According to research carried out by Dr Bob Haley and Dr Paul Fischer from the University of Texas South western Medical School tattoos account for “more then twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection drug use” and people tattooed in a parlour are “nine times more likely to by infected by hepatitis C due to infected needles and unsanitary conditions.” In America you are not allowed to donate blood to the American Red Cross for a year after having a tattoo due to the high risk of blood borne infections.

As well as the risk from blood borne infections the ink itself poses a number of risks. Until recently the ink being used in tattoos was not monitored and many artists use inks which are not approved for skin contact. Some inks are actually “industrial grade” colours suitable for use in printers or car paint! Many people can have allergic reactions to the ink the most common one being to mercury in red inks, but others include manganese in purple inks, chromium in greens, cobalt in blues and cadmium in yellows. Irreversible darkening can occur in flesh, red, tan and white coloured inks which are used in cosmetic procedures and is thought to be caused by the conversion of ferric oxide (Fe2O3) to ferrous oxide (FeO).

Many inks also contain metal filaments so if you have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan (MRI) you may feel a burning pain. This is because magnetic metals convert the radio-frequency pulses of the MRI machine into electricity and the burning could be electricity running through the tattoo. Because of this some hospitals won’t do MRI scans on people who have tattoos. MRI scans take very detailed pictures of almost all body tissues and is particularly useful in seeing areas around the spine and the brain. It is the best technique of finding tumours in the brain and whether the tumours have spread to nearby brain cells and therefore extremely important and useful.

At the moment lasers are used to try and remove tattoos or at least fade them but this is expensive and painful as it involves burning the skin which results in scarring. However, a new removable dye is just coming out which is made of plastic beads containing the dye or pigment which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As it the dye is contained inside plastic beads it can’t be absorbed by the body, however, when a laser hits the bead it breaks down and the dye is absorbed.

Tattoo artists are bound by the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 as they are providing you with a service. Therefore they must provide this service with “reasonable skill and care” and they are liable for “consequential loss” if the tattoo goes wrong and you have to pay for corrections or removal. It is best to go to a licensed tattooist if only because they are more likely to have the protection and correct insurance cover should anything go wrong.

If you have suffered from any blood borne infections, allergic reactions or other medical conditions due to the negligence of your tattoo artist; or if your tattoo doesn’t resemble your design or descriptions then you could be entitled to compensation towards any extra tattoo treatments or medical treatments that you required to remedy the damage, and towards any discomfort or embarrassment you may have felt while you were recovering. It is advised that you take pictures of your tattoo as evidence of any damage or incorrect detailing and if possible pictures of the designs that were intended or agreed upon for comparison purposes.

Overcome Morning Sickness Using Natural Remedies

Oh wow! You have missed your period! Could you be? You hope you are! PREGNANT! You are so excited you can hardly stand it! It is too soon to find out on a pregnancy text strip. You wait, you hold your breath! But then one day you wake up sick. Nauseous, you wonder if you can hold down your breakfast. Drinking water even makes you sick! Is this what Morning Sickness is? How can people stand it? If you have to go through this how could you stand to even have another child? What can you do it about? Are there any simple natural remedies for morning sickness? You have heard how some people are sick all pregnancy long. Hey wait, what was that about Her Royal Highness Kate having to go to the hospital because she was so sick.

When I was pregnant with my first child, a mother of 6 told me to be grateful for morning sickness because in the early stages of pregnancy that is the only way you really know you are pregnant! But in some people morning sickness can get way out of hand. Some people vomit profusely, some have debilitating headaches. Some people can’t get out of bed ever and instead of the slight nausea being only in the morning and lasting only a few weeks, the nausea goes on all day and night and last until they are 5, 6 or even 9 months along in their pregnancy! I have seen some women’s skin turn pea green from the nausea and bile. What can be done!

So let us talk about the many different reasons people get morning sick and what you can do about each one.

The first reason is a toxic liver. It can be either dumping the toxins back into the blood stream or out into the skin or into the kidney. The kidney in turn dumps its toxins into the blood stream. Someone who has a toxic liver might turn green in the skin. They generally have a dull headache all day also. There nausea will last all day long. You can do a few things to see if it will help before you choose to cleanse the liver. I prefer that if people have to cleanse during pregnancy that they do it after the first 12 weeks have passed in case they stir up something imbedded in the tissues that ought to remain safe there and out of the way of a developing fetus. After 12 weeks have passed it is much safer to cleanse. If you are cleansing the colon or the liver when you get pregnant you may want to choose to rest from cleansing until 12 weeks have passed. If you have been cleansing for several months already before you get pregnant then you are probably pretty safe with cleansing some more. If you are still sick after the first trimester is over then go on a colon cleanse and a liver cleanse to assist your body in getting over morning sickness.

So in the meantime, you can take JuvaCleanse® or Purification® Essential oil blend from Young Living. Take them one drop at a time in the lining of the cheek every minute until you feel better. That might be about 10 minutes. If your skin is turning grey, green or yellow, you may have some gall bladder involvement. You can take JuvaFlex™ and put it over the gallbladder, which would be just under the ribs on the right side of the body. Take some castor oil and soak a rag in it and place that over the JuvaFlex™. This softens the bile and allows it to pass through the bile and liver ducts. Do not take castor oil by mouth ever during pregnancy. It is very caustic on the bowels and can cause a miscarriage, and severe cramping and diarrhea.

If the kidney is spilling toxins into the blood, then generally the person vomiting a lot. The headache that accompanies this type of morning sickness is usually very severe. So once again see if rubbing Purification® oil into the lining of your cheek helps clear the blood. Use juniper oil on the kidney points of the feet and vita-flex it in and also make a warm compress using juniper oils and place it over the kidneys to assist the body in getting rid of the toxins and calm the kidney down. K & B™ Tincture also from Young Living would be a good choice to use as well.

If the adrenal is low then morning sickness is generally mild. You may have a little bit of achiness. Taking B vitamins such as Super B™ or a green drink as well as Trace Minerals will turn this problem around. Many people will tell you all you have to do is take B vitamins then you will get better. It worked for them! Just take note that that was because they needed adrenal support. It does work for many people but if it doesn’t work for you then keep reading and you may just find your answer!

If the problem is in the pancreas, then the person cannot keep anything down. They are exhausted and can’t get out of bed. Their head throbs. To overcome this problem start with an ounce of NingXia Red® from Young Living. NingXia Red® will bring the blood sugar back up. Drink it every 15 minutes until you feel better. Then eat raisins and nuts throughout the day. Raisins have a substance in them that cuts through the toxins in the blood that the pancreas is dumping causing the vomiting. And the nuts will assist the blood sugar to stabilize. Drink an ounce of NingXia Red® several times throughout the day. Ocetea essential oil is known to balance blood sugar also. Place only one drop at a time every minute in the lining of the cheek until the blood sugar comes up. You can tell the blood sugar comes up because the nausea and headache will go away. Make sure that you never let the blood sugar drop. Have a peanut butter or cheese sandwich next to your bed at night so you can eat it in the middle of the night. Have someone bring you some protein type breakfast in the morning before you get up. Then rest for 20 minutes before you get out of bed so that your blood sugar will stabilize. As you get stronger you will know when you don’t have to take such extreme measures any more.

If the problem is just the stomach, then peppermint oil does wonders! Taking a drop of peppermint oil in a glass of cold or hot water is very refreshing and also will settle the stomach and it gets rid of headaches. Wintergreen, fennel, ginger or Di-Gize™ will do the same thing. Some people are afraid of taking wintergreen during pregnancy. Wintergreen has aspirin like properties. But wintergreen is not a drug. It is a natural substance that is homeostatic, meaning it brings balance. All essential oils are homeostatic. I did research on wintergreen and found out that in the science experiment to prove that wintergreen was toxic they used 4 bottles of Wintergreen at once! I don’t know anyone who would take that much Wintergreen at once!

If the problem is hormonal, the headache might be severe and the nausea slight. Increasing your progesterone will assist this problem. I remember during my 12th pregnancy I had a severe headache. I remember looking up one morning and saw the progesterone cream sitting on my night stand next to my bed. I had stopped taking it when I got pregnant. I picked it up and read the label. It said not to use when pregnant unless under the use of a health care physician. I said, “Duh! I am a health care physician!” So I put a tsp of it on my skin and within five minutes my headache went away! The new bio-identical serum Progessence™ Plus is safe to take while pregnant. If you are having headaches or morning sickness then drop a couple of drops of Progessence™ Plus on your wrists several times a day and see if you don’t start feeling better soon. Morning sickness caused by a hormonal imbalance may also show up with depression or other emotional issues. The body is supposed to naturally have a lot of progesterone during pregnancy so it is just fine to use Progessence™ Plus when pregnant. As a matter of fact low progesterone is the number one cause of miscarriage! If the pregnant woman has horrible migraines during pregnancy that are also accompanied with pain behind the eyes, or arm or leg pain or burning, it could be that she has a swollen pituitary gland. To decrease the swelling use Ultra Young® + Oral Spray about three sprays at a time in the cheeks of the mouth. Also put frankincense, sandalwood and Idaho Balsam Fir in the roof of the mouth several times a day.

If you have a history of morning sickness with your pregnancies then it would be wise to cleanse your body for at least 3 months before you get pregnant. Support your adrenal glands and make sure your hormones are in balance.

Having had 12 children, I can tell you from experience that these remedies work wonderfully. And the best thing is that after you have cleansed your body you may not experience morning sickness again! I was very sick and in bed I was so sick with my first 8 pregnancies, many times for the entire nine months! But during my 8th pregnancy, my doctor talked me into doing a colon and liver cleanse. Within three months I was well! And to add to the blessing, this was my happiest baby ever. She didn’t have colic, ear infections, thrush or any crankiness! She was pleasant and slept through the night! With the 9th pregnancy, I didn’t have any morning sickness! I didn’t even believe I was pregnant! No headaches, no nausea! I didn’t have any nausea for the next three babies! How miraculous was that?

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any disease.” Information provided here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. So you should consult with the health authorities of your choice.

Health Benefits of Kuma-zasa – What Are These Tea Leaves Good For?

For ages now, people across the world have been drinking tea. Nations such as China and India have been using tea for many centuries, either just as simply a beverage or as a means of currency. Some people would drink various teas strictly for the taste and enjoy drinking tea more than anything else. Other people may not enjoy the taste so much, but they choose to drink tea for other reasons like some of the health benefits they can get from tea. One type of tea that is very popular in Japan, its native country, is called Kuma-zasa.

These tea leaves are not only good to use for preserving food, but they also have some medicinal qualities. One of the medical properties of Kuma-zasa has been known for is that it can be used to treat things such ringworm, ulcers, inflammation, halitosis, oral putrescence, heartburn, boils, food poisoning, coughing, fever and gastric ulcers. The reason why this type of tea leaf is able to help do all of these things is because they can be used as an expectorant, stomachic, antiseptic and styptic. They can also be used as a disinfectant, as it can be helpful in both the prevention of infections as well as clearing up an infection once it has started. Some people also use it to gargle with to help get rid of bad breath.

Extensive research has been conducted on the Kuma-zasa tea leaves and it has shown that the chemicals in them are able to make existing immune cells kick in and start gathering up toxins by stimulating the bone marrow to make more blood. As the extract from the tea leaves makes its way through the blood stream, it gathers up all kinds of toxins and other waste products that should not be in there. They are then taken to the liver, which works quickly to get rid of these unwanted products. The extract in these tea leaves are also able to get the cells in the liver and kidneys to kick in and start working much faster at getting rid of these toxins from the blood stream.

Essentially, the extract from this particular type of tea leaf works as a cleaning mechanism that works to help improve your vitality, general health and well being overall. In addition to helping you to improve your health, Kuma-zasa tea leaves are also commonly used in food prep, especially in Japan. It is mostly used as a protective wrapping use to help preserve various food items.

Naturally Defeats Acid Reflux Without Drugs

The last few decades have seen an increased effort in brainwashing all of us into a mind-set of believing that the natural digestive acids produced by your stomach are the culprit of digestive problems such as acid reflux, bloating, heartburn,ulcer, indigestion,allergies or constipation.

Natural Stomach acids needed for digestion.

Indeed as a result of that brainwashing, acid-blocker drugs are selling like hot cakes, even though they do not ever address the real cause of the acid reflux problem. As if human beings are brain dead, the ads pushing these drugs and the anti-acids, even claim that those drugs can stop the secretion of natural stomach acids for a whole day. Reader, have you ever stopped for a moment, to ask exactly how food can be digested without the presence of the natural stomach acids?

Truth always being stranger than fiction, the simple naked truth is that using medications to block the secretion of stomach acids, cannot and does not eliminate the cause of acid reflux. You find that using them does make your stomach pain or other stomach problems worse.

The cause of acid reflux.

There is every indication from clinical researches, that an amino acid deficiency, particularly your deficiency of glycine, as being the cause of digestive problems, like food allergy,constipation, ulcer, heartburn,indigestion,bloating and of course the acid reflux disease, if you want to call it that.

It is the most common of all amino acids, and is synthesized by your own body, provided your nutrition contains the required raw materials. Because your body can make it, it is classified as non-essential in comparison to the essential amino acids that the body does not make, and you must therefore supplement your body with them if you want to maintain good health.

It was in the beginning of the 20th century, circa 1911, that research on glycine was seriously begun. Soon thereafter clinical reports were showing the critical importance of glycine to overall health of the body human. It was also the same time-interval, that the deceptive pharmaceutical compounds begun to take root as the method of choice (due to brainwashing) of handling ailments, while effective and safe natural therapies were being brushed aside by the self-serving media as being old-fashioned.

It should be kept uppermost in your mind, that the body’s ability to synthesize glycine and maintain adequate levels of it, depends on your nutrition to supply the specific raw materials. And most of the nutrition in North America today is down the pits, so to speak. It is highly processed that most of the nutrition is removed including dietary-fiber, then loaded with toxic additives and unnatural preservatives. While it is expensive in money terms, it is very poor in nutritional terms and a cause of many health problems this day.

Matters are not helped at all, that even the public water supply is loaded with toxic chlorine and toxic fluoride. Add to all that the stress of living and surely your body can easily get overwhelmed in an effort to produce sufficient levels of the amino-acid glycine.

Boost Glycine Levels to eliminate acid reflux, naturally

Your body absolutely needs a supply of high quality protein on a periodic basis, as the specific raw material to synthesize glycine. One of the best and high quality protein has also demonstrated it’s unique ability to protect your intestinal tract and stomach from stress induced ulcers, and removes them if already present. Likewise, because it is a natural direct precursor to an abundance of glycine in your body, acid reflux is also eliminated.

You will readily notice that inadequate protein from the diet is very common in the elderly as well, not only due to poor nutrition, but as well due to decreased ability to produce the digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid necessary for it’s proper digestion.

Effective Flatulence Cure and Herbal Treatment

Flatulence is a disorder related to the improper digestion of food. Stomach and small intestine are responsible for digestion. Whenever food we ate does not break down completely, it enters into large intestine in an undigested state and large intestine starts to digest this food with the help of certain bacteria.

Stomach uses enzymes for digestion and large intestine uses bacteria. When food is digested in large intestine, the bacteria produce byproduct in the form of gases. These excessive gases arises this disorder known as flatulence. In simple words, flatulence is caused due to production of excessive gas in the digestive system.

Flatulence is a very common problem and nearly everyone faces this disorder every now and then. There are few causes that are responsible for over production of gas. Constipation is the most common cause for occurrence of this disorder. Any disorder in digestive system can lead to flatulence. There are some more reasons that may cause flatulence. Intake of contaminated water, high fat diet, lactose deficiency, food containing high starch level such as potato or corn, alcohol, smoking cigarettes, certain medication; any of these things can cause flatulence.

There are some symptoms that can tell us that if we are suffering from flatulence or not. The most common symptom is excessive expulsion of wind. Belching and farting are the only ways through which our body expulse excessive gas. Foul odor in fart can be diagnosed as excessive amount of certain bacteria in digestive system. When our body is not able to expulse excessive gas; this gas can cause some discomforts. Bloating of the stomach or pain in abdomen is a symptom about gas is stuck in digestive system. There are remedies for treating flatulence effectively.

1. Garlic soup is the most important remedy for this disorder. Grind garlic, cumin, black pepper and coriander seeds together. Add water in this mixture and cook for 15 to 25 minutes. It will not only improve digestion but also it will reduce intestinal gas.

2. Asafetida is a good carminative and very effective anti-flatulent. Take half cup of water and add small pieces of asafetida in it. Stir this solution until asafetida dissolves completely. Drink it whenever needed.

3. Eating few coriander seeds will relieve excessive gas and it is also effective on abdominal pain caused due to gas.

4. Take one cup of water and boil it with grinded ginger root. Use it as tea.

5. Tea made with cumin is also very effective. Add one teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds in two cups of water. Boil it till water reduces to one cup. Take this preparation once, daily.

6. Add two tablespoons of peach leaves in one glass of water. Boil it for 15 minutes. Have this solution 3 times a day.

Preventions are very important for the treatment of any disorder. When someone is suffering from disorders related to digestive system, tobacco must be avoided. Tobacco is well known for giving birth to mortal diseases related to lungs and mouth. Nevertheless, tobacco is also very harmful for digestive system. So avoid usage of tobacco in any form. If you need to release gas, do not hesitate in doing so. Release it even if you have to leave the room. Foods sweetened with fructose or sorbitol must be avoided. Chewing food thoroughly is recommended to prevent indigestion. As mentioned indigestion is most common cause for flatulence. Exercise improves the digestion and it also helps move gas through system faster. When these remedies and preventions are paired along, flatulence is cured completely.

The Disadvantage of Using Proton Pump Inhibitors

Last year alone, millions upon millions of heartburn sufferers bought more than 25 billion dollars worth of proton pump inhibitors, making this product, one of the biggest pharmaceutical product sellers worldwide.

Although the medical communities are endorsing and promoting them as being a safe heaven for acid reflux and ulcer sufferers, recent reports have exposed some shocking revelation about the inducting side effects of these products.

People rapidly develop a dependency when taking (PPI’s) proton pump inhibitors, the major problem related to the negative side effect is sufferers are only supposed to use them for a short period of time. The prolong use of these drugs inhibits the production of acid in the stomach resulting in bacterial diseases.

Taken for a long period of time, PPI’s will adversely affect the natural process of digestion creating even more unwanted complication ranging from; Calcium deficiency, Diarrhea, pneumonia, bone fractures, C difficile.

Recent studies show some hospital patients using these drugs were at risk of developing C difficile, and pneumonia.

Research in regard to these types of drugs and C difficile suggested patient who’ve been administrated PPI’s are more susceptible to catching the disease due to the decrease of stomach gastric acidity.

Another reports discloses over dosage and long-term usage of these drugs may increase the risk of bone fracture, including hip, wrist and the spine. Wrist and hip fractures have been more predominant among Post menopause women.

In conclusion, proton pump inhibitors have a very high success rate among patient suffering from ulcers and acid reflux disease. Actually, 80% of hospital patients diagnosed with a mild case of ulcers, have been successfully treated by using these types of suppressors. However, the problem seems to depend on the way they are administrated. There is a need for stricter rules and treatments concerning prescription of anti- suppressors. Too many patients leaving the hospital still depends on these medications, and without proper surveillance, can develop serious side effects that could damage in the long run, the digestive system. Heartburn sufferers should take a closer look at what causes their problems instead of trying to fix them. Unhealthy eating habits like; junk, fatty, spicy and greasy foods are the primary reason why people stays stuck in the vicious circle of proton pump inhibitors. If people would just lay off these types of foods and eat more nutritional and natural aliments, they would stand a better chance of improving their lifestyle and become less addicted to pills.

3 More Foods To Avoid If You Have H Pylori

H pylori infections are relatively common. Some people develop nasty symptoms, whereas others do not. The majority of people who do develop symptoms experience problems in the upper GI tract, such as heartburn, bloating and stomach pain, though some may also develop lower GI symptoms such as diarrhea.

What many folk don’t realize is that a number of commonly eaten foods can cause exactly the same – or similar – symptoms as H pylori. This can lead to confusion. First, H pylori can be successfully eradicated only for symptoms to remain if these irritating foods are not avoided. Second, symptoms can all go away when people avoid these foods, even when H pylori is still present.

Thus, eradicating H pylori and overcoming symptoms are not necessarily the same thing! Unfortunately, the medical system does not address foods and diet when treating patients who have H pylori. But think about it: the foods that you put in your mouth day in, day out, are sure to influence the health of your gut.

Fortunately, it’s relatively simple to avoid these trouble-causing foods, as long as you know the what alternative foods are available.

In a previous article on this topic, I explained how gluten, coffee and soy-based foods can all irritate the stomach and intestinal lining in much the same way as H pylori does. Gluten and soy, in particular, are enormous problem foods. The author is allergic to soy, develops flatulence and loose stools when eating it and can attest first hand to the problems this so-called health food can cause.

Three more foods that can act as major irritants to the gut are cow’s milk, especially when heavily processed, spicy foods and polyunsaturated oils from seeds and nuts.

Cow’s milk:

Cow’s milk is actually the number one allergy causing food on the planet. It presents a conundrum because some people do very well consuming cow’s milk products. However some people are very sensitive to the sugar (lactose) and protein (casein) in milk, developing digestive symptoms, skin problems and other symptoms when they consume milk.

I recommend my clients avoid cow’s milk for 60-days, then reintroduce it, noting how they feel. In the meantime, I recommend they consume goat and sheep’s milk products, which tend to be more compatible with the human gut.

Spicy foods:

Because H pylori damages the delicate lining of the digestive system – particularly the stomach and upper intestine – spicy foods can exacerbate irritation in those areas.

However, there is a caveat here, which is that certain spices, including chilli of all things, can have anti-H pylori properties.

Again, I recommend to my clients that avoid spicy food if it causes problems, but if they feel OK eating spices, I tend to encourage their use from a therapeutic perspective.

Polyunsaturated oils:

This is probably the most controversial topic because seed and nut oils are heavily promoted as being healthy options and should replace the likes of butter.

This is false, dogmatic information. Seeds oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn, soybean and nut oils are damaging to the body, especially when consumed at levels seen in today’s society. They interfere with the body’s ability to make energy, disrupt thyroid gland function and oxidize readily in the body, setting the scene for cancer and heart disease.

Specifically, these oils affect the gut by down-regulating the activity of certain enzymes that help break down food. When food is not broken down properly, it can be putrefied in the gut, causing wind, bloating, loose stools or constipation.

I recommend coconut oil, olive oil (which has a different composition to the other vegetable and seed oils) and organic goat’s butter as optimal sources of dietary fat.

Olive oil has been shown to have anti-H pylori properties and coconut oil contains lauric acid, which also has anti-H pylori activity. Thus, not only are these oils non-disruptive to the gut, they may also assist in killing the H pylori.

In summary, if you have H pylori, avoiding cow’s milk for 60-days and removing spicy foods may assist in quickly reducing digestive symptoms. Avoiding seed oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oil has the potential to improve all aspects of your health.

The Benefit of a Low Sodium Diet

Low-sodium diets are useful in the management of hypertension and in conditions in which sodium retention and edema are prominent features, particularly congestive heart failure, chronic liver disease, and chronic renal failure. Sodium restriction is beneficial with or without diuretic therapy. Low-sodium diets are widely reported to reduce blood pressure and are recommended by the American College of Cardiology in the treatment of mild hypertension.

Seaweed preparations have been shown to decrease blood pressure by a mechanism involving ion exchange. Low-sodium diets are prescribed to help control high blood pressure. These limit the amount of sodium in the diet to less than 2 grams per day (about half the amount of sodium in the average diet). Low sodium diets are often used with diuretics to get rid of surplus fluid. This combination helps to reduce weight. These diets are also helpful if we are fortunate it can help add some time to our life.

Low sodium diets are beneficial in preventing heart disease. Eliminate foods that are high in salt content. They are helpful in reducing urinary output. Thiazides or indomethacin may also help reduce urinary output , though there are side effects to consider. Low sodium diets are a necessity for some and a goal for others. Sodium is not only found in a salt shaker, 75% of our salt intake comes from packaged foods alone. Special low sodium foods are available from many gourmet meat and foods purveyors. Low sodium diets are often advised to prevent heart disease and followed by people who have an existing heart condition or a family history of heart disease.

There has been much publicity regarding the amount of salt included in the majority of processed foods. The Dash Diet is considered to be one of the most effective diets for lowering sodium intake and blood pressure. The most common source of sodium in our diet is table salt added to foods. Low-sodium cottage cheese spoils quickly, and has very low demand. I can understand why most stores do not want to carry it.

The low sodium diet is the type of diet that is easy to maintain as there are many food choices that are available. As a result, a low sodium lifestyle does not have to be boring and it will not become old. Until next time keep living your best life.

How to Protect Your Heart and the Cardiovascular System

You should really take better care of your health, and the good news is that you can do it in more ways than one. Protecting your heart and the cardiovascular system is particularly important. You can get effective results by using a few essential rules. In fact, you do not have to do anything special in order to get the desired results. Quite the opposite, you can protect yourself from getting a heart attack or a stroke as well as from type 2 diabetes.

The right nutrition is the key to cardiovascular health. You can include a number of beneficial foods in your diet that can protect you from high cholesterol. There are foods that can effectively reduce the amount of cholesterol that has already built up. You can change your nutrition to have foods that can provide for the lowering of blood pressure. There are foods that can protect you from getting diabetes as well. Black beans contain nutrients that can help you in all three of these diseases. Almonds can effectively reduce the cholesterol levels and prevent diabetes. Oranges are great for the reduction of high blood pressure as well for the improvement of the blood vessels. Fish such as tuna and salmon that contain omega-3 fatty acids are also extremely beneficial for the heart and can prevent arrhythmia.

Exercising is another important factor for the protection of the cardiovascular system. By being physically active you improve the functioning of the heart and provide for the optimal blood flow in your body. Also, it has been proven that exercising can effectively allow for the reduction of cholesterol levels. You can choose to do any sport from jogging to swimming, but even walking for 30 minutes every day will do a great job too.

It has been scientifically proven that the way we feel affects our cardiovascular health. People who experience constant stress and the ones suffering from anxiety attacks and chronic depression are more likely to get heart disease. On the other hand, recent studies reveal that individuals who are happy have a lower chance of suffering from these. Thus, you should try to get as much rest as possible, avoid worrying and do enjoyable things more often.