The World on Edge with Coronavirus: Comparing Your Options for Remaining Healthy

“Evidence based natural medicine with no side effects is exactly what is needed now with the coronavirus.”

The need to understand product quality and not to assume everything is the same is essential, especially at a time like this. There are many products that appear to provide the same solution for a particular problem when in fact they don’t.

Let’s take for example hand sanitizers, one of the most important items in a time of an epidemic like COVID-19. But do you know what is in your hand sanitizer?

Here are the ingredients of one of the most popular hand sanitizers in Canada, Purell:

70% Ethanol Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance (Parfum).

So what does this mean? It means that there are four different forms of alcohol:

  1. Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol),
  2. Caprylyl Glycol (an alcohol derived from caprylic acid),
  3. Isopropyl Myristate (an ester of isopropyl alcohol),
  4. Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (acrylate is a plastic chemical and Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a silicone, if inhaled, may cause upper respiratory tract infection).

Now compare this to Earth Pure hand sanitizer from Life Choice:

60% Grain Alcohol, Colloidal Silver, Aloe Vera, (organic), Tea Tree Oil, Oregano Oil, Eucalyptus, Neem, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Xanthan Gum and Carbomer.

Can you see the difference? A daily healthy hand sanitizer can be applied after a shower for all body parts exposed. I’m sure you know which one of the above you would use.

Of course, we are not talking about hand sanitizers only but many other commodities as well, like anti-inflammatory products. Ibuprofen, or any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are not indicated thus far in the exacerbation of COVID-19 symptoms. Rather about 10% of people with asthma can exhibit a hypersensitivity to NSAIDs, resulting in bronchospasms, lower airway restriction, and more seriously asthma morbidity. People with this sensitivity appear to over produce biochemicals (in this case those related to the immune system) called leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are released into the airways by immune cells causing the symptoms of asthma. Over-production of leukotrienes in the case of a reaction to NSAIDs just makes it worse. As COVID-19 causes lower respiratory symptoms, those with asthma must stay away from Ibuprofen.

Some of you may do disciplined fitness trainings like Cross Fit and may reach for an Advil for pain relief instead I would suggest taking a sustained amount of Turmeric through the day or other suggestions such as DMSO Gel mixed with Sweet Relief Cream, or the amino acid DLPA for pain relief of the muscles and joints.

As for immunity, Colloidal Silver – (at the moment on back order), Zinc Picolinate – (at the moment on back order) and Thymus Gland are great options. Life Choice Thymus Gland also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and Zinc Picolinate. B6 deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus hormones. Zinc is included because it is the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, which are immune substances made in the thymus gland—no zinc, no immunity. Don’t forget your daily dosage of Vitamin C and probiotic complex such as Laktokhan either—since all diseases affect the gut[1]—and then take a good natural plant based multi-vitamin like Next Generation B Complex.

Another interesting discovery being used successfully for treating coronavirus is from China, barbaric as it may be they use bile derived from bears, bile is a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It contains high levels of an acid, which has been clinically proven in studies to help treat some forms of liver disease. According to Animals Asia, “Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffering from multiple diseases and malignant tumours that not only contaminate their bile but ultimately kill them.” They use the bile in a product called Tan Re Qing, and used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners as a drug to treat bronchitis and upper respiratory infections.

We at Life Choice are diametrically opposed to the mistreatment of wildlife and we condemn China for the way they are treating their animals. A perfectly safe alternative would be using ox bile derived from bovine as they are used in the food supply and the bile extraction is one of the parts used. The health benefits of using bile are its ability to help with digestion and why ox bile is included in our Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme.

At this time we must pay special attention to safety measures along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, they are important to keep you and your family healthy. Evidence based natural medicine with no side effects is also what is needed now for the prevention or treatment of the coronavirus.

References:

  • Spector, Tim. 2020. Coronavirus: how to keep your gut microbiome healthy to fight COVID-19.

http://theconversation.com/coronavirus-how-to-keep-your-gut-microbiome-healthy-to-fight-covid-19-134158

[1] Spector, Tim. 2020.

Coronavirus -The Collateral Damage and What Will the World Become

“Focus on the good and be mindful of others, for kindness and love is stronger than disease and together we are stronger, living in the state of community.”

In the western world we are just starting to see the impact of Covid-19 and learning from the limited news being released from China that we have several months to endure before some sense of normalcy will return to our daily lives. On one hand we have health concerns and the need to restrict the transmission of the virus—this means the closure of many small to medium businesses in the tourist and service industry, since they survive month to month depending on continued customer support, and for many their tips aid their families. Many are under self-quarantine working from home and taking care of their children who are home from school. With current community restrictions the places once seen as a possibility to escape to (like parks, zoos, museums, theatres, restaurants, gymnasiums and recreation centers) became unavailable for us. This is a test of endurance to spend every waking moment restricted to your home and property.

Most economists are saying the world will slip into recession and it could take several months and perhaps years to recover. And what are the health consequences after the virus is subdued? Mental health is where we are going to see the collateral damages experienced from the coronavirus. My heart goes out to our senior citizens, especially those in long term care homes, as they are the most vulnerable group to the virus. The waking hours are very long in nursing homes and their one ray of hope is the visitations from their loved ones. Because of their weakened state of health visitor restrictions are in place—so they remain protected from the virus—but have a greater risk of dying from a broken heart. We have witnessed the hoarding from toilet paper to comfort food like chips, pop and junk food with the attitude like “what the heck, may as well enjoy ourselves.” Many sit in front of their TV and feed on social media posts on the current plight of the world, and many have even lost hope.

What will life be after the virus has passed? According to a Guardian article[1] it may never return to the state of before the virus outbreak. We might continue implementing some of the changes we are currently forced to accept, and say goodbye to habits that we used to have before the outbreak. The next stages of coronavirus will change our life in many other ways than it has so far. “We may be entering a grim, involuntary social experiment revealing which everyday habits and practices we’d miss if they were gone, and which could be swept away surprisingly easily” says Gaby Hinsliff from the Guardian and she is probably right.

What we have learned from the virus is the importance of preparedness and prevention. During the crisis Doctor’s Choice sold out of Colloidal Silver, Thymus Gland, Adrenal Gland while Zinc Picolinate, Laktokhan Probiotics and Kava are quickly selling out too. The issue is that we must practice prevention in our daily lives for seeking a cure in a time of panic, because further stressing our emotions and our will just adds to the frustration.

The question on everyone’s mind is when it will happen again. We must admit that it will, especially in the time of global travel, the population’s weakened immunity and the ever evolving risk from communicable diseases in our Petri dish world. Focus on the good and be mindful of others, for kindness and love is stronger than disease and together we are stronger, living in the state of community.

The best of health.

 

References:

Hinsliff, Gaby. 2020. The coronavirus crisis will pass, but life may never be ‘normal’ again. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/13/coronavirus-school-exams-five-day-week-pandemic

 

[1] Hinsliff, Gaby. 2020.

Natural Medicine Supply and Demand, Going Beyond the Industry Standard

“The best assurance to achieve results is by using the highest possible pharmaceutical standards. Anything short of the very best will simply not work.”

Naturopathic medicine does not qualify for patents due to their excessive costs; the luxury of patents is reserved mainly to pharmaceutical drugs. Customer support is needed in order for natural medicine to be a viable alternative to prescription drugs, especially when they must compete within the marketplace where product quality standards are not required. Product innovation is also important and needs to be supported in order to succeed. Sadly, many great products cannot survive due to the hardships independent researchers face when designing and creating medicines.

This happened to our liquid SAMe and we are already getting feedback from our customers: “I have been giving my 14 year old dog your Life Choice SAMe Liquid for a couple of years now. He had very severe liver disease and this is the only thing that has brought his levels down by literally hundreds of points. I am now unable to get it and it is the only stuff that has helped. I need to get more and I no longer am able to get it from the usual place.”

It is a sad situation that is happening to products like the world’s first liquid SAMe which was stabilized for immediate cellular absorption for treating several disease conditions without side effects. Unfortunately, the industry did not see its importance and the product was discontinued due to a lack of sales.

Still, going above and beyond the industry standard is the only way for us. This is why we use unique branded, patented and USP grade[1] raw materials in order to produce natural nutraceutical medicines that are equal to allopathic pharmaceutical drugs without the side effects. Also contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) that operate quality systems to the rigorous standards should be selected the same way as in traditional pharma.

“The most pressing reason for nutrition/nutraceutical brands to expand the search radius of their CMO exploration is to consider the legacy pharma portfolio CMOs revolve around, quality control and assurance. There’s a “Quality by Design” aspect here and, as the nutrition industry has sometimes struggled with (usually undeserved) accusations of suspect quality control, why not seek out CMOs with pharma-grade QA/QC systems and relevant manufacturing equipment/lines?”[2]

 

Quality is key in order to protect both the consumer and the product. Sourcing the raw materials for our products isn’t easy. Our Neurotransmitter Support (NTS) e.g. is one of our most challenging products to make due to the limited global quantity of the branded raw materials as most is reserved for pharmaceutical applications. NTS is comprised of 21 ingredients that are all directed for brain health, coming from 5 separate manufacturers around the globe, and 10 of these ingredients are branded and reserved to Life Choice by contract to preserve the clinical science and integrity of the ingredients. For example, if we take the R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, the one we use is bio-enhanced which means it is produced from 100% R- Alpha Lipoic Acid and is completely absorbed to the cells. Others of the same name are only 50% natural sourced and 50% synthetic sourced and are not nearly as affective. It is one of the most expensive ingredients in the formula, but it is needed as it completely binds to the Acetyl-L-Carnitine so that it crosses the blood brain barrier. Others do not, and that is why they do not work.

To fully comprehend, the consumer must read the labels and compare with other brands. This is where it gets tricky as the raw materials may have the same name and yet sourced from China at a fraction of the cost. They are mainly produced from synthetic sources, feed grade, not USP pharmaceutical grade standards, and are chemically extracted from sewage sludge (the source for most amino acids). The sad thing is that only a small percentage absorbs to the cells, they are cheaply produced and in the end they do not work. This is a big injustice and stigma to natural health industry and especially for suppliers who are producing plant based therapeutic medicines that are backed by science with clinical studies and USP standards of excellence.

From our testimonies from clinics specializing in head trauma and neurological health, NTS has been successful in lessening the recovery time for treating concussions and those who have suffered strokes. As acknowledged by their attending physicians, their recovery time period was less than half the expected time. NTS has also restored memory for those suffering from memory lapse. One catatonic patient was given NTS for 3 weeks and because of the formulations therapeutic actions in improved neuronal activity—the person awakened and was fully cognitive.

These are just a few of the testimonies we have received and it does not mean that everyone will respond in the same manner. In reality there is not another product in the market that can compare to NTS for improved neuronal synaptic connections and increased brain function.

In order to achieve a therapeutic response the formulation must be designed to be effective, and the best assurance to achieve results is by using the highest possible pharmaceutical standards. Anything short of the very best will simply not work.

References:

  • Quality Matters. 2015. What Is a USP Standard?

https://qualitymatters.usp.org/what-usp-standard

  • Tran, Tu T. 2018. Why Nutritional Brands Should Consider Legacy Pharma CMOs. https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2018-09/view_features/why-nutritional-brands-should-consider-legacy-pharma-cmos/

[1] Quality Matters. 2015.

[2] Tran, Tu T. 2018.

Coronavirus – Where Are We Now? (A Different Approach)

It is a choice just like everything else. And the choice is ours alone.”

Information abundance is what we have everywhere we go. The problem is that most of the news is not reliable. It is hard to navigate what is the truth especially because everyone is blaming someone else or has an added agenda—this is why sticking to the facts is so important. Here are some ways to give you a different perspective from what you normally hear.

Economic Impact

Thanks to globalism shortage in production does not exist anymore. If we cannot produce something, someone else will. We have come to rely on production from the other side of the world—and this is true for the vast majority of the goods we consume or use on a day-to-day basis. This is why the current situation has an extreme impact on national economics, especially for countries that are highly dependent on imported goods. So when China shuts down, e.g. the US economy loses almost 20% of its supply chain. By adding Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam to the list, you can count with a loss of 30—35%. If we cut off the supply chain in Asia, retailers will lose almost ¾ of goods they sell.

Though many people argue that the spread of coronavirus can somehow clean the supply chain by cutting off all the unhealthy and unnecessary products coming from China, unfortunately our global markets are way too affected by cheap commodities and toxic plastic production. There is a possibility that the US economy will eventually shut down, even if the virus never spreads there—this is the best case scenario. So far the Western world is mostly unaffected by the virus itself but the economic supply chain suffers major setbacks. “The global economy, which was already crashing over the past year due to historic levels of corporate and consumer debt, not to mention faltering exports and freight, is finally tipped over the edge.”[1]

Our Role

What can we, as individuals, do? On one hand it is obvious that we cannot do much about the problems some industries already face. On the other, though, we can stay reasonable. And while playing the “whodunit” guessing game might sound interesting and as a good source for social conversations, we should not forget that all the information we receive is already filtered several times and is nothing more than an interpretation of an interpretation.

Finding those who are possibly responsible for the current state is crucial, mainly if we want to avoid similar situations in the future. Keep in mind this is not the job of people whose only source is the news and not the facts. Our job is to stay safe by implementing the best possible prevention to avoid infection, be it now or in the future, and not to take part in global hysteria instead staying calm and reasonable (this does not include ‘end of the world’ type of shopping and talking about coronavirus everywhere you go), and most importantly to start investing in yourself with a stronger immune system by consuming only clean products that support our overall health and well-being.

There are things in life we do not have control over and that is fine, with these we can only react we are not able to change them. However, there are aspects that we can control and these are the ones we should pay attention to. It is what we do and say and how we react and think these are the most critical for change. And while most of the people out there are plotting their own theories (whether true or not), we need to remember that we do not have to participate. It is a choice just like everything else. And the choice is ours alone.

References:

Smith, Brandon. 2020. Global Centralization Is The Cause Of Crisis – Not The Cure. https://www.activistpost.com/2020/02/global-centralization-is-the-cause-of-crisis-not-the-cure.html

Doctor’s Corner: COVID 19 – Reading Between the Lies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80aHI61jbEg

[1] Smith, Brandon. 2020.

Health Prevention and Attention to Details Go Hand in Hand

“For vitamin supplementation product quality begins at the very foundation: the raw materials selected.”

As we know, our food and environment is compromised making it harder for us to stay healthy. This is why supplementation is so important. But how can we decide which ones to choose when the market is full of promising options? Navigating amongst the sea of vitamins may appear like an easy task but in fact it isn’t. Without a good map you might end up at a place that you never intended to visit or even wanted to avoid.

What appears on the surface does not necessarily reflect what is inside. For vitamin supplementation product quality begins at the very foundation: the raw materials selected. If you don’t have therapeutic value in the starting position you will never have it in the final production. And this is where the seemingly same products lead to so different results.
China’s introduction to the pharmaceutical industry has shifted the entire global field. In the few short years they have been in the business they have completely dominated the marketplace and their growth has steadily risen to become the world’s largest bulk supplier of drugs exporting to 200 countries—regions in Europe, North America and Asia. Each year, US pharmaceutical manufacturers import 75—80% of the essential raw ingredients for production of finished drug products that supply the US domestic market from which China and India sourced bulk drugs have accounted for 40% of these imported bulk ingredients.

The problem is that high quality raw materials are only in limited production in China. Some top quality producers are being forced to manufacture in joint affiliation with China in order to remain competitive in the marketplace, which means that something has to go—quality, mainly. Cutting corners in production is the quickest solution this is why e.g. extraction method is substituted for the more labour intensive fermentation process: it shortens production and lessens production costs, but at the same time reduces potency. For consideration, China has created a global monopoly of supply, and in light of the Coronavirus outbreak the supply chain could suffer greatly and affect massive drug shortages.
Other areas of concern are GMO source material; toxic solvents are being used in order to increase the yield, which leads to the main problem: the remaining residue in the extracted material and its dire consequences to our health and wellbeing. The paradox with this scenario is that people are getting sick in an effort to get well. How can the unsuspecting consumer avoid this entrapment when even product licensing does not address the issue?

The problem stems from compromising quality for price point advantage. Take calcium for example. Most think taking a calcium supplement will prevent brittle bones. In theory this may be true but in reality it does not happen. Taking a mineral does not necessarily translate into absorbable calcium as derived from diet. It needs more fine tuning, not to mention the fact that bones are made from more than just calcium, they are actually built on at least 12 different minerals. Taking one will not do the trick; in actuality it may even produce osteoporosis. This is why we formulated our Opti-Cal/Mag Complex that assimilates calcium into the bone. This is achieved by transporters and complementary nutrients: 2 forms of calcium 3 forms of magnesium such as orotates, aspertates, citrates and 6 other necessary nutrients designed for absorption. Keep in mind that the most expensive is no guarantee of higher quality, whereas the lowest price tells you it’s not.

Licensed products being sold in the natural health industry are not all good for you, and trust me when I say I stand for this business; I have dedicated my entire adult life (34 years) to the natural health industry. The only option and defence we have to pharmaceutical dominance and control is the freedom to choose how we treat ourselves and the natural health industry. But in order to have an alternative to allopathic drugs we need to have a standard in place, and that is getting harder and harder to achieve. Take for instance amino acids. These are the building blocks of protein for the body and one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal for maintaining and regaining our health. The highest quality raw materials were coming from Japan but since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster production has been reduced and calls into question any materials now originating from Japan. This leaves us with production in the USA, EU (mainly Germany, Spain and Italy), India and with limited production in South Korea and Brazil, yet all these combined don’t come close to China in global dominance. The question is, where are we really going here?

It’s inevitable; we have all become toxic from continued daily attacks, and it becomes evident since everyone is thyroid deficient. Each year in the USA, approximately 12 trillion kilograms of chemicals are produced or imported, with little or no research within the food chain or accountability for how they affect our health and well-being. Our supplements’ purity shouldn’t be among those things we have to second guess and worry about; instead they should be our assurance we are making healthy improvements and exercising the prevention of disease.

Prevention and Quality: The Key Elements Part 1

All of our choices could be one element that either increases or decreases the odds of becoming sick. The question is: what choices are we willing to make?”

We all know that doing the small things every day as a part of our healthy routine and reaching to quality choices is the key if we want to achieve the dreamy healthy life. So first we have to start making changes in the basics: in our selection of food, our lifestyle choices and also about which nutraceuticals are we going to take.

We are able to read sign posts for warnings, and the signs are very clear today. We all have choices in life; the question is what choice do we make at the time of decision? Becoming a label reader and understanding the difference between quality and non-quality ingredients as well as processed GMO foods and non-GMO or organic is only the beginning. Considering the amount of food consumed per meal, drinking plenty of pure water and exercising on regular bases (but mainly just start for the beginning) are also some of the key factors. Not to mention watching for hidden dangers like heavy metals or radiation toxicity.

Prevention has always been the key when dealing with health. There is a disease connection linked to diet, lifestyle and a positive mental approach. Like stepping stones, failure in these areas escalates from high blood pressure to high glucose, to increased need for insulin, to insulin resistance, to diabetes and mental illness.

Health is not a question related to age or gender, and it’s important for all of us to take care of ourselves the best we can. Building an immune system is not about avoiding connection with our world rather being aware of the quality and quantity of what we consume.

Our food highly influences our well being. Revealing the connection between the gut and the brain has become a huge interest in researches, and it proves that in our body nothing really works separated from the other parts. The delicate balance of gut bacteria combined with full digestion of food is necessary in order to prevent the proliferation of unhealthy micro intestinal flora within the gut. When out of balance, the disease process begins affecting the entire body, including our brain—influencing mood, memory and depression. The typical processed diet, combined with increased hidden sugars, is basically eating our way towards a disease process. We are what we eat, but how food is digested and the right balance of pathogens in the gut is also important: disease or health lies within the gastrointestinal system.

Unfortunately, everything is affected: from the food we eat, through the water we drink, to the air we breathe in. Globally, all types of allergy cases have risen e.g. food allergy by as much as 50% in the past decade with a 700% rise in hospitalizations due to anaphylaxis. It is thought that allergies and increased sensitivity to foods are probably environmental, and related to Western lifestyles. Research has shown that some food processing methods increases the allergenicity of food proteins […] and they also may compromise the nutritional composition of foods.[1] As you can see in most of the cases the food itself has nothing to do with all the appearing health conditions but rather how it is designed and altered, how it is grown with bioengineering and herbicides, and also how it is sourced.

Due to our lifestyle choices and environmental causes our immunity has become compromised. And this is where e.g. glandular therapy could come in. It can be used when an organ is weak or diseased but it is also recommended for preventative measures. Another principle behind the benefit of glandular therapy is that glandular tissues are rich in many nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes, and many other substances, and this is another reason why they work. The tissues work with all other products and foods you ingest. In this sense, glandular therapy can supply your missing essential nutritional needs in a highly efficient manner. For a tissue cell to repair or replace itself, it must have the raw materials to do so. Glandular therapy provides these raw materials to your weakened organs, glands, and other tissues so that they can start the process of regeneration.

As we age, our bodies must fight harder and harder to maintain optimal performance. Products that strengthen our system and supply it can ease the body’s immunological load to help us age well.

We all know that environmental contamination, decline of quality in raw materials used in pharmaceuticals and the overuse of allopathic drugs are only few of the mainly discussed problems of our age. All of our choices could be one element that either increases or decreases the odds of becoming sick. The question is: what choices are we willing to make?

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References:

[1] Cahill O, 2018.

Studying the Roots of Naturopathic Medicine – Immersed in Science, It’s Time for Bragging Rights

Naturopathic medicine has a long legacy based on science and discovery, treating the core of illness rather than the symptoms of disease.”

Those who practice natural medicine or those associated within the development of natural medicine have known for years how safe and effective it can be for treating disease conditions. We have heard time and time again from the pharmaceutical side that natural medicine lacks the science and clinical evidence, but science is at best speculative, and perhaps a deeper look is necessary to see what side is correct.

Science is based on evidence and especially evidence available at the moment; evidence to either support or counter a scientific theory or hypothesis. We must remember that for 1,000 years science believed that the earth was the center of all creation, with the Sun, planets, and stars all orbiting it. This concept reminds me of the pharmaceutical industry how they feel they are the center of medicine. And it is good thing Nicolaus Copernicus came along to show that the planets orbited around the sun. Science is expected to be empirical in nature and interpretation and in accordance with a scientific method, and I would extrapolate that medicine can be established in the same manner based on history and traditional use in proving its worth.

Traditional medicine stems from the growers of the herbs or other forms of plant based remedies to the designers and scientists who create the healing medicines. The medical establishment until recently believed that traditional naturopathic medicine was not based on science or clinical evidence, let’s examine that argument and see if it holds water or not. To better understand we need to examine the roots of naturopathic medicine and see how it has blossomed over the centuries in order to decide what group is based on science, and treatments that are both safe and effective.

The Short History of Naturopathic Medicine:

  • In 2000 BC: acupuncture was created as an alternative medicine in China.
  • In 400 BC: in ancient Greece Hippocrates established the bases that the body must be treated as a whole and not just a series of parts (referred as holistic medicine) and establishing the naturopathic foundation. In 420 BC Hippocrates establishes the Hippocratic Oath.
  • In 1493–1541: Paracelsus declared that disease was due to toxins in food and drink and explains disease as a chemical process.
  • In 1624–1689: Thomas Sydenham identifies the cause of disease—often lifestyle—and the natural healing ability of the body.
  • In 1755-1843: Hahnemann the founder of homeopathy establishes energetic medicine and the principle that “a like cures a like”.
  • In 1762-1836: Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland, founder of holistic medicine, uses vegetarian diets and herbal remedies to treat disease conditions.
  • In 1821-1894: Father Sebatian Kneipp establishes holistic healthy lifestyle and the link between European nature cure and American naturopathy.
  • In 1833: Dr. Constantine Hering immigrates to America and becomes known as the father of American Homeopathy.
  • In 1835 – 1907: Louis Kuhne introduces the concept of “unit of disease” and disease due to excess foreign matter or food in the body. He also advocates vegetarian diet and raw food.
  • In 1864: Louis Pasteur, a French microbiologist furthers the understanding of the germ theory.
  • In 1865-1933: Franz Schönenberger becomes one of the first university professors for nature cure methods.
  • In 1900: Benedict Lust opens the 1st naturopathic school in New York City, the American School of Naturopathy.
  • In 1902-1944: Linus Pauling, a scientist who won two Nobel Prizes, focused on the healing power of Vitamin C.
  • In 1912-1995: John Bastyr becomes the father of modern day naturopathic medicine. In 1978 a naturopathic school honoured in his name opens in Washington State.
  • In 1949: The name Canadian Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP) is established.
  • In 1956: The National University of Natural Medicine is established in Portland, Oregon.
  • In 1978: The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is established in Toronto, Ontario.

Naturopathic medicine has a long legacy based on science and discovery, treating the core of illness rather than the symptoms of disease. Treatment followed the causal chain of deterioration in order to treat the body as a whole (with glandular therapy, diet, and plant based remedies, homeopathic medicines and lifestyle changes) is applied to create an internal balance allowing the body to heal itself. The naturopathic principles follow what was established by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine: the body must be treated as a whole and not just a series of parts.

The next time you hear that naturopathic medical treatment is not based on science, please point out that they have not examined its rich history. Whereas allopathic medicine was established to do the same (do no harm), yet properly prescribed medicine is the third leading cause of death through the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. Who has the bragging right now?

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Coronavirus: A+ for Causing Panic and Confusion with Distorted Facts

“The main thing is to remain calm, don’t fear the unknown, and mostly, use our critical thinking skills before accepting things as the truth.”

Unless you have just awoken from a coma, coronavirus is not a reaction from drinking the Mexican beer of the same name, instead, it is a virus that has been released and gone viral around the world.

To better understand the coronavirus, we need to go back and examine how it unfolded. Just as the world was getting ready to close 2019, and the Chinese were planning the lunar New Year, on December 27th “Xia Qingqing joined her parents for a late-night dinner just 200 metres away from the now-notorious South China seafood market, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.” Little did they know that they were at the epicenter of a virus that had started spreading around the city. The Chinese government announced that coronavirus was not dangerous nor cause for concern as it was similar in nature to the common cold.

In a few days things quickly escalated: on December 30th the Chinese government put out a public warning about a “pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City,”[2] and four days later national authorities reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) that 44 patients were contaminated. Xia started running a fever in early January, by then; authorities had closed the seafood market for disinfection.

In 2017, information began to be released about the scientists’ fears in reference to the new laboratory (National Biosafety Laboratory which housed dangerous viruses and pathogens including SARS and Ebola to name a few). “The scientists told the publication Nature of their worries that one of those killer viruses could ‘escape’ and go on to infect members of the public. Tim Trevan, a Maryland biosafety consultant, said he had fears China’s culture could make the institute unsafe because ‘structures where everyone feels free to speak up and openness of information are important’.” It happens that the laboratory was built in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus.

The main issue here is the lack of transparency; no country, especially a communist country with unquestioned authority wants to take blame for a crisis, let alone a crisis they can’t contain. This is not new, look how Russia handled Chernobyl: hundreds of thousands of lives were lost, contaminated or infected and the danger is not over, only buried. Do you think Fukushima is over and done with? Absolutely not! Unfortunately, the Chinese government is just the same. Rather than admit the true facts, they tell lies for cover up, biding their time while coming up with a workable plan. The city of Wuhan was the first one that had been put under quarantine then province by province, China declared a ‘level 1’ health emergency, quarantining 60 million people, equivalent to the entire population of Canada, plus Washington and Oregon states! Now the Chinese authorities have egg on their face, and heads are rolling behind the scenes.

As of February 4rd, 2020, (World Cancer Day) over 20,428 confirmed cases were reported in China, an increase of 3,235 since yesterday and total death toll of 425, including a 1 month old baby. Coronavirus has now spread to more than two dozen countries, with 190 cases reported and one death in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong. A spokeswoman for the China’s Health Commission said 80% of victims were over the age of 60 and 75% had some form of underlying condition. What we are told is that the coronavirus can only travel six feet from the infected person, and each person can infect between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures, with the death toll coronavirus is more contagious than SARS. No more contagious than a common cold hey, if Pinocchio was the Chinese government its nose would over shadow the Eiffel tower by now.

From what we have learned, I don’t trust a single word that is being reported because we are not given the truth. The carefully reported and released news is filtered in an effort to give hope. And what do we do? We buy millions of surgical masks. Little do we know that they are active only for the first 4 hours yet by wearing the masks we feel protected, and we know from clinical studies that placebo is effective.

What I like the most is that people believe that one day a virus will be released that will seem unstoppable and take millions of lives. Why? Because scientists are experimenting with finding a breakthrough for treating diseases while other departments are seeking bioweapons for power and control. Why on earth are they experimenting with the bubonic plague, or attempting to bring samples from space, when we have not evolved as a species to restrain ourselves from using such power for destruction?

The main thing is to remain calm, don’t fear the unknown, and mostly, use our critical thinking skills before accepting things as the truth. In the meantime the best defence is in prevention. A virus, even the flu or coronavirus can only take hold if the host’s immunity is low—healthy people rarely get sick. It is advisable to take plenty of vitamin C, about 10 grams divided throughout the day, in addition, Thymus Gland from Doctor’s Choice which creates T-Cells, our immune defence. For maintenance take 2 per day, for treatment 3 capsules 3 times per day. Also very important is vitamin D3, at least 8,000 IU (4,000 IU twice per day) and the amino acids L-Lysine and L-Glycine. In addition, daily sprays of Colloidal Silver could also help. Make sure the silver is made without nanoparticles or heavy metal residues, sadly, most of them aren’t. The one Doctor’s Choice has is electrically charged with 20 PPM and homeopathic charged, which makes it 100% more effective.

 

References:

• Graham-Harrison, Emma. Standaert, Michael. 2020. Coronavirus: from one food market to global panic. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/26/coronavirus-from-food-market-to-global-panic-response-mistakes

• WHO. 2020. Pneumonia of unknown cause – China. Disease outbreak news. https://www.who.int/csr/don/05-january-2020-pneumonia-of-unkown-cause-china/en/

• Drewett, Zoe. 2020. US warned virus could ‘escape’ from lab near coronavirus epicenter. https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/24/us-warned-virus-escape-lab-near-coronavirus-epicentre-12114591/

• Sheikh, Knvul. Watkins, Derek. Wu, Jin and Gröndahl, Mika. 2020. How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? Here Are 6 Key Factors. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/asia/china-coronavirus-contain.html

Lithium – Understanding This Important Mineral for Improved Health

Eldon Dahl, Founder / CEO

“The untapped potential of using lithium in a homeopathic medium is a very exciting discovery that is well worth the pursuit.”

In 1817, Swedish chemist Johan August Arfwedson discovered an unknown mineral, and isolates one of its salts. The name, lithium, comes from “lithos,” the Greek word for “stone.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, lithium salts were the first drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat bipolar disorder, mania and depression. In clinical practice, I used lithium bound to uracil—a conjugate acid of an orotate (a cell salt) to treat my patient’s mood swings and other mental disorders. The lithium orotate dosage administered was five milligrams three times per day (this is far below the prescribed daily dosage of 1,800 milligrams), and it had great success.

In fact, lithium is not a drug by nature but a mineral like potassium, boron or sodium. It is found naturally at low levels in our water supply. Concentrated lithium levels in water have been linked to longer life expectancy and a reduced risk of neurodegenerative diseases. A published study in the European Journal of Nutrition titled Low-dose lithium uptake promotes longevity in humans and metazoans shows that in humans there is “an inverse correlation between drinking water with lithium concentrations and all-cause mortality in 18 neighboring Japanese municipalities with a total of 1,206,174 individuals (B = -0.661.p =0.003).” The study also states that “exposure to a comparably low concentration of lithium chloride extends life span of C. elegans (p=0.047).”

We know from research that Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to an excess accumulation of aluminum within brain cells. Using this logic of having an excess of a mineral, what effect would increasing an insufficient amount of a trace mineral have on the brain? A new study published in Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that lithium may be useful for its anti-aging affects within the brain depending on genetics, indicating a potential use of polygenic risk scoring for the prediction of adult telomere length; longer telomere are related to greater longevity.

In homeopathic medicine it is important to assess the patient and match the medications characteristics to the treatment. Below is the homeopathic profile for lithium.

Lithium homeopathic profile:

Those at the beginning of self-discovery:
• Confused about who they are, sense of self-worth has not been established
• Weak willed and indecisive, delaying decisions, struggle to finish
• Often upset by the insignificant issues, easily afraid and worry
• Seek protection, are afraid of everything unknown, fear standing up for themselves

An impulsive person:

• Quickly changeable, instant doers
• They attempt something new, give up, then try again, or they alternate between different possibilities to see if it will work this time.
• Values, the difference between good and bad seem unfounded, viewing most things in extremes
• Trying to prove themselves, and show their worth in the world
• Don’t think actions through

The untapped potential of using lithium in a homeopathic medium is a very exciting discovery that is well worth the pursuit, and for multiple health conditions. Now you can find Lithium Homeopathic 100% Pure Pharmaceutical Grade and non-GMO at Doctor’s Choice®.

References and Further Reading:

https://doctorschoice.ca/product/lithium-homeopathic-60ml-59dc/

• Zarse, K., Terao, T., Tian J. et al. 2011. Low-dose lithium uptake promotes longevity in humans and metazoans. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49817993_Low-dose_lithium_uptake_promotes_longevity_in_humans_and_metazoans

• Coutts, F., Palmos, A.B., Duarte, R.R.R. et al. 2019. The polygenic nature of telomere length and the anti-ageing properties of lithium. Neuropsychopharmacology 44, 757–765. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-018-0289-0

• Home or Research. 2010. Lithium metallicum. https://homeoresearch.blogspot.com/2010/08/lithium-metallicum-lith.html

• Post, Robert M. 2018. The New News about Lithium: An Underutilized Treatment in the United States. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5854802/

• Carnahan, Jill MD. 2018. A Little Lithium Goes a Long Way – 5 Benefits of Low Dose Lithium. https://www.jillcarnahan.com/2018/11/12/a-little-lithium-goes-a-long-way-5-benefits-of-low-dose-lithium/

• Tomen, David. 2017. Lithium Orotate. https://nootropicsexpert.com/lithium-orotate/

You are Never Too Old 4Play

“Use the best of the best – you deserve it!”

Nature’s 4Play personal body lubricant was designed to bring peace of mind. Pleasure should bring intimacy and joy, and not worry or concern whether the ingredients are safe for long term use. Most people don’t give it a second thought as they lather their bodies most sensitive and permeable regions with lubricant, though for safety sake they should.

Nature’s 4Play was designed by a naturopathic doctor after examining the lubricants promoted as natural. It turned out that the ingredients were not safe, even of those products directed to the natural health industry. The most popular lubricants contain nothing that is natural, and attempt to discredit safe and natural ingredients. The original purpose of a lubricant is to add moisture and to prevent friction, rubbing and discomfort to an act that should be enjoyable and pleasant.

Lubricants are particularly beneficial for women, as—mainly during sex—they provide short-term relief from vaginal dryness and increased pain that could occur with prolonged sex. Water-based lubricants have the advantage of being non-staining and water soluble. An internet-based, double-blind, prospective study found that water-based lubricants are associated with fewer genital symptoms in women, compared with silicone-based lubricants. Vaginal moisturizers are to moisturize the mucosa, mainly for the water to adhere to the mucosa. The best ones contain plant-based polymers such as aloe vera, which helps to heal the sensitive vaginal and/or anal tissues.

Natural lubricants have safety in mind concerning emollients and preservatives in order to prevent bacterial contamination. It is recommended to choose a product that is optimally balanced in terms of ingredients, and that both osmolality (concentration) and pH is similar to natural vaginal secretions.

Personal body lubricants are widely used products and for good reason: they are effective at reducing discomfort at the time used. When applied vaginally or rectally, they increase lubrication but health professionals and researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the possible health risks with their long term use. Unfortunately, in many cases not enough care has been taken in their design with the products’ main concern being the overcoming of dryness and not other, health related ones.

Vaginal lubricants are normally gel-like substances designed to add moisture to offset vaginal dryness, or when the body’s natural lubrication is inadequate, which results in discomfort or pain for an act that should give pleasure. Vaginal dryness is experienced by many women, especially from situational and health related conditions such as:

• aging and menopause,• stress,
• breastfeeding,
• hormonal imbalance—due to a lack of progesterone
• glandular deficiencies such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
• diabetes and
• side-effects of several medications

When surveyed, over 65% of women in the United States reported using some form of vaginal lubricant in the previous month. Are some lubricants toxic? This is dependent on how the lubricant was formulated. The sensitive areas of application such as the vagina and anus are highly permeable, and anything that is applied topically can quickly be absorbed into the bloodstream. The design of most lubricants does not consider how the ingredients will affect long term health; most of the ingredients have no certification of their origin to ensure they are safe for internal use. We must consider the chemical stabilizers as well, as many (e.g. parabens, a very common preservative) are known carcinogenic. Parabens can affect estrogen levels within the body by creating a hormone imbalance, and effect reproductive health. Then there is the need to match the lubricant pH balance to the body’s pH balance; if too acidic or too alkaline, it could lead bacterial growth and vaginitis, which is painful and discomforting.

There are several factors to consider, mainly the preservatives and chemical stabilizers, dyes and colours and ingredients to alter pH levels, as well as disrupt hormones, since they can be harmful, especially for long term use.

Here is a list of ingredients to avoid :

Parabens: weak estrogenic compounds that may disrupt endocrine balance. They have been detected in breast tumors, but there is no conclusive evidence if they are associated with carcinogenesis or significant toxicity. Further research is needed.

Propylene glycol: may cause tissue trauma and possible damage to veins. The risk of dermatitis, arthralgia (joint pain) and polyneuropathy (peripheral nerve damage) has been reported in about 10% of patients.

Dimethicone: (polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS) is a silicone-based polymer. Generally considered safe, possible side effects may include dryness, slight irritation, and allergic reactions, in severe cases burning, stinging, redness, or irritation may occur.

Phenoxyethanol: preservative used in cosmetics to limit bacterial growth. It can cause skin and lung irritation and is possibly toxic to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver. Repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ damage.

Isopropyl palmitate: An ester product of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid (palm oil, which may be sourced from animals, according to PETA). Because it is alcohol based, with long term use it may dry out the skin.

Tetrasodium EDTA: a chelating agent made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It is classified as a known human carcinogen. EDTA is a known chelator and may bind to certain mineral ions to inactivate them, and may affect the passage of other chemicals into the skin. Based on the available data, these ingredients are safe as used in cosmetic formulations.

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): synthetic antioxidants and preservatives. BHT can act as a tumour promoter in certain situations. Limited evidence suggests that high doses of BHT may mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, and prevent expression of male sex hormones, resulting in adverse reproductive affects.

Fragrance or perfume: over 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. There is evidence suggesting that exposure to perfume can exacerbate asthma, and perhaps even contribute to its development in children.

PEGs (polyethylene glycols): petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide (a known human carcinogen which can harm the nervous system) and 1,4-dioxane (a possible human carcinogen).

Petrolatum: either a mineral oil or jelly, used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin. It can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to

PAHs: including skin contact over extended periods of time—is associated with cancer.

Triclosan: mainly used as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. It can pass through skin, and may interfere with hormone function (endocrine disruption).

Nature’s 4Play has only safe ingredients that heal and benefit the body while moisturizing. The principle ingredient is organic aloe vera, with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidant benefits helping to treat and heal the skin. Flax seed extract helps to minimise skin rashes, irritation and redness, and recover wounds faster. We have also added a minimal amount of vegetable glycerine, enough to help with lubrication and sweetness to the palate, while considering its versatility with the right dosage. The preservatives are completely natural, the same as we use in all our skin creams.

Use Nature’s 4Play with confidence and focus on joyful play knowing that you are using the best of the best because you deserve it!

References:
• Edwards, D., & Panay, N. (2016). Treating vulvovaginal atrophy/genitourinary syndrome of menopause: how important is vaginal lubricant and moisturizer composition? Climacteric: the journal of the International Menopause Society, 19(2), 151–161. doi:10.3109/13697137.2015.1124259
• David Suzuki Foundation. 2019. “The Dirty Dozen” cosmetic chemicals to avoid. https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals-avoid/