Coronavirus and its Possible Long-Term Mental Health Effects

“Being aware of the power of our choices regarding life and health could change the outcome of many situations.”

What Does Research Show?
Experts from around the world are conducting research regarding the long-term mental health effects of the Covid-19 crisis in hope they will better understand the problems and manage its long-term impact. The current situation is revealing the possibility of lasting effects such as OCD (since it arises from an interaction between genes and environmental factors), chronic loneliness, anxiety or depression.

History shows that this is not a new discovery. Global outbreaks of viruses, natural disasters or nuclear accidents have always affected the survivors’ mental health, similar to the current crisis and we need to be prepared for its long term effects. As Joshua C Morganstein, assistant director at the Centre for the Study of Traumatic Stress in Maryland explains, “historically, the adverse mental health effects of disasters impact more people and last much longer than the health effects.”

While everyone is waiting for the things to become “normal” again, some might not get the chance to live as they used to. Several researchers, medical journals and psychologists raise concerns about the serious mental health problems that could stay with us long after the pandemic is over:

Steven Taylor, author of The Psychology of Pandemics, and professor in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, argues that “for an unfortunate minority of people, perhaps 10 to 15%, life will not return to normal”, due to the impact of the pandemic on their mental wellbeing. Australia’s Black Dog Institute, a leading independent mental-health research organisation, has also raised concerns about “a significant minority who will be affected by long-term anxiety”. In the UK, a group of leading public health specialists recently warned in the British Medical Journal that “the mental health impact of the pandemic is likely to last much longer than the physical health impact”.

Researches also show that different age groups react differently to the pandemic situation. Surprisingly, older adults are not the most affected group; in fact, they seem to cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders better than younger generations. On the other hand—according to a cross-sectional study from Spain—age group 40-59 experienced higher rates of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet younger adults (18-39 years) still seem to be the most affected. Long lasting social distancing, the loss of safety and occurring trauma can make it more difficult for certain individuals to start socializing again. Psychologists believe that obsessive-compulsive disorder could be one of the mental health issues connected to the Covid-19 pandemic that is most likely to last for the long term.

Possible Solutions
Despite the negative outcomes of the ongoing situation we need to do our best not to give up and even turn it to our advantage. Accepting the current circumstances is one of the key actions we can do yet we shouldn’t confuse acceptance with passivity. Being aware of the power of our choices regarding life and health could change the outcome of many situations. Besides making changes in our mindset we can also turn to natural medicine. Let’s choose health and stay focused on the right things!

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Kava Kava is known for having useful properties to aid anxiety, hyperactivity, stress and restlessness. GABA fills certain receptor sites in the brain and the body. This slows down and blocks the excitatory levels of the brain cells that are about to receive the anxiety-related, incoming message. When the message is received by the cortex, it does not overwhelm you with anxiety, panic or pain. You are able to maintain control and remain calm. Tryptophan is best-known as a natural relaxer. It helps improve sleep patterns, and aids the body in the metabolization of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, lithium salts were the first drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat mania and depression. It is found naturally at low levels in our water supply. Higher lithium levels in water have been linked to longer life expectancy and a reduced risk of neurodegenerative diseases. 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. Now—together with our other products—you can find Lithium Homeopathic 100% Pure Pharmaceutical Grade and non-GMO at Doctor’s Choice®.

References:
• 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
• Savage, Maddy. 2020. Coronavirus: The possible long-term mental health impacts. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20201021-coronavirus-the-possible-long-term-mental-health-impacts?ocid=liwl
• Vahia IV, Jeste DV, Reynolds CF. 2020. Older Adults and the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19. JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21753

Our Current and not so Rare Problems: Hashimoto’s Disease, Iron and Selenium Deficiency

“Research shows that there is a connection between selenium supplementation, thyroid gland and immune function.”

According to the latest official report by the US National Library of Medicine / National Center for Biological Information from 2016, anemia affects an estimated 25% to 37% respectively of the world’s population and depending on region, and it is estimated that up to half of all cases are due to iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is one of the most widespread nutritional disorders, iron deficiency anemia is estimated to affect one-third of all women of reproductive age and over 47% of children of pre-school age.

Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune disorder), that is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States, affects about 1 out of 20. Solutions are highly needed but not every treatment or supplement turns out to be beneficial. Synthetic and natural plant or animal nutraceuticals are a controversial subject and one of debate for several decades. Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic what nature naturally provides and is often produced with harsh chemicals—as recently discovered with so called hormone free thyroid gland. The body has difficulty recognizing synthetic drugs, making them harder to metabolize, and for this reason are more likely to induce toxicity and adverse side effects.

What is the Problem with Iron Supplements?

Similar to prescription medication, iron supplements often have disadvantages as well. In case of iron supplements, these can occur as an unpleasant metallic taste of typical iron sources or digestive problems. These drawbacks are especially problematic for children whose need for iron is critical to growth and development. “Existing iron supplements for children often come in inconvenient solid forms that can trigger reluctance to supplementation in children or adults with swallowing difficulties. Liquid iron formulations for children would be an appealing option.”[1]

Why Is Selenium Needed?

Our thyroid gland has the highest concentration of selenium in the body, those with hypothyroidism, the autoimmune Hashimoto’s or thyroid cancer have lower than normal selenium levels, a key role in the thyroid gland’s ability to produce thyroid hormone.

Research shows that there is a connection between selenium supplementation, thyroid gland and immune function (since selenium increases the production of activated T-cells and natural killer cell activity). Supplementing with selenium could also reduce the severity of hypothyroidism symptoms. Some studies have found that treating patients who have mild to moderate Graves’ orbitopathy (thyroid eye disease), selenium supplements could improve their eye health and slow progression of symptoms.

A Possible Thyroid Support That Will Benefit Hashimoto’s Disease

Thyrodine® Thyromoto is made without iodine to be acceptable for those having the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s disease, and fortified with yeast free selenium, zinc picolinate and non-binding iron. The proprietary preparation of our thyroid gland preserves the gland tissue, and produced without toxic chemical residue. Thyrodine® Thyromoto represents a safe and effective treatment for thyroid health without the need of synthetic hormones.

Thyrodine® Thyromoto is a thyroid gland concentrate from non-GMO, grass-fed New Zealand bovine; non-medicated and hormone free. The world’s first government (Health Canada) approved thyroid gland medication for thyroid support. Scientifically backed and clinically effective, formulation protected within Health Canada Master File. Designed by a naturopathic doctor, and manufactured under GMP guidelines using USP pharmaceutical grade raw materials to ensure therapeutic results with all safety markers in place.

References:

[1] Klopčič, Jernej. 2020.

To Wear Masks or Not To Wear Masks—What Does Science Say?

The average citizen remains confused as the health authorities flip flop directions concerning the wearing of masks.”

I have seen virus outbreaks my entire life, they are normal in any society. Usually the warning given if you are sick is to stay at home. Then again, we have our health authorizes advice if things change, such as the WHO, CDC or Health Canada—these are the type of groups that only speak when they have gathered all the documentation, and once sure, they share their advice with the public. This suggests that they are liable and trusted sources. Unfortunately, the past few months have showed, it is not that easy to trust and rely on anyone.

One of the problems is that information has been constantly changing, which makes it very hard for people to count on decision-making authorities and experts. One of the examples is the World Health Organization, whose recommendation has changed over time. “There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program in March. Only two months later, at the beginning of June, the WHO changed its advice and claimed that facial masks should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible. The WHO is not alone in recommendation of face masks, in fact many medical and political leaders support wearing them.

Yet questions arise regarding the effectiveness of face masks, especially cloth and other homemade masks. According to the online report Effectiveness of Cloth Masks for Protection Against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, “the filtration effectiveness of cloth masks is generally lower than that of medical masks and respirators; however, cloth masks may provide some protection if well designed and used correctly.” Also the Government of Canada warns that “homemade masks are not medical devices and (…) may not be effective in blocking virus particles that may be transmitted by coughing, sneezing or certain medical procedures.” On their website they also claim that wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. This has been the concern of many public health groups as face masks could provide a false sense of security. Experts feared the masks could lead to more touching of the face or contamination in case the mask has been put down on an unclean surface. As experience shows, this fear has its grounds.

Up and down and all around, the average citizen remains confused as the health authorities flip flop directions concerning the wearing of masks, and most don’t have a clue to the kinds of masks worn, no matter their effectiveness.

Inconsistencies are not the biggest concerns, safety and health, on the other hand, are. A British medical study, based on a randomized trial compared the efficacy of cloth masks to medical masks in healthcare workers (HCWs). The hypothesis was that there is no difference between medical masks and cloth masks though the trial proved otherwise. Results showed that the rates of all infection outcomes were highest in the cloth masks. Penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% and medical masks 44%. The results caution against the use of cloth masks and suggest further research. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations, and guidelines need to be updated.

Unfortunately, this is not where it all ends. Many medical experts claim that wearing face masks is harmful to the wearer. It means that not only do face masks not protect you, but they can limit your oxygen and even redirect harmful pathogens that you may be carrying back into your airway. According to a recent video of Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson MD, PhD (a Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist with a PhD in Pharmacology, with special interest in neurotoxicology, environmental medicine, neuroregeneration and neuroplasticity), masks and their effects on our brains could be much more serious than we thought.

“The re-breathing of our exhaled air will without a doubt create oxygen deficiency and a flooding of carbon dioxide. We know that the human brain is very sensitive to oxygen deprivation. There are nerve cells for example in the hippocampus, that can’t be longer than 3 minutes without oxygen – they cannot survive.

The acute warning symptoms are headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, issues in concentration, slowing down of the reaction time – reactions of the cognitive system.

However, when you have chronic oxygen deprivation, all of those symptoms disappear, because you get used to it. But your efficiency will remain impaired, and the undersupply of oxygen in your brain continues to progress.”

Dr. Griesz-Brisson is definitely not the only one warning us, other medical experts—like virus expert Judy Mikovits—say as well that masks can cause harm to wearers. According to Weblyf.com, in social media posts she has written: “Do you not know how unhealthy it is to keep inhaling your carbon dioxide and restricting proper oxygen flow? … The body requires AMPLE amounts of oxygen for optimal immune health. Proper oxygenation of your cells and blood is ESSENTIAL for the body to function as it needs to in order to fight off any illness. Masks will hamper oxygen intake.”

Other experts have also warned the public against wearing facemasks as the virus can get trapped in the material and cause infection when the wearer breathes in. “By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain” says board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock.

One of our most important tasks is to be able to navigate among different types of contradictory information, question the questionable and remember what the long-known facts and logic tells us. We should also be aware of our actions and their long-term consequences because our health and future could be determined by them.

References:

 

 

 

 

A Thyroid Support That Could Benefit Hashimoto’s Disease

Treatment of sub-clinical hypothyroidism with levothyroxine is not associated with improvements in quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms.”

What is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder and with the influx of environmental toxins, autoimmune disorders are on the rise. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It affects about 1 out of 20 people and at least 8 times more common in women than men. It can occur in teens or young women, though it is most common with women between ages 40 and 60. Hashimoto’s disease is hereditary and your chances of developing it may increase if other family members have the disease. In this case all family members should be checked proactively if they have any autoimmune deficiencies. Unfortunately, the treatments of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto are not working properly.

What is Hypothyroidism?

The thyroid gland produces and stores hormones that regulate metabolism. It releases T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine)—the two most important thyroid hormones—when the hypothalamus (a regulatory region of the brain) senses that their circulating levels have dropped. The hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland, which sends thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) to the thyroid to trigger the release of thyroid hormones. In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland doesn’t respond fully to TSH, so not enough T3 and T4 reach the body’s organs, and functions begin to slow. The pituitary releases more and more TSH in an effort to stimulate thyroid hormone production. That’s why TSH levels in the blood are high when thyroid function is low.

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone production) can cause many health problems but it can also be easily diagnosed and treated.

Changes in our mental state, energy level or appearance (skin, hair, or weight) are not always the results of the aging process but many times the result of an under active thyroid, the gland that influences virtually every organ system in the body. The hormones it secretes into the bloodstream play a vital role in regulating metabolism.

“Moreover, hypothyroidism is especially common in women. Between ages 35 and 65 about 13% of women will have an under-active thyroid, and the proportion rises to 20% among those over 65. Because the link between hypothyroidism symptoms and thyroid disease isn’t always obvious, especially in older people, many women won’t know they have an under active thyroid and therefore won’t be treated for it.”[1]

This lack of treatment can increase the risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. This is why it is so important to beware of the hypothyroidism symptoms and have the thyroid function checked by your healthcare professional. My preference is to seek a naturopathic doctor since the disease will be treated holistically and not symptomatically.

Hypothyroidism symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent, heavy menstrual periods
  • Forgetfulness
  • Weight gain
  • Dry, coarse skin and hair
  • Hoarse voice
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Severe mood swings
  • Constipation

 

Symptoms Related to the Reproductive System are Gender-specific

Thyroid hormone imbalance is far reaching and results in multiple health concerns from depression to lack of energy or side effects of pregnancy, and it also affects a large percentage of women globally, as you can read in the Danish nationwide study reported in European Journal of Endocrinology. Its objective was that immunological changes in and after a pregnancy may influence the onset of autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disease. An increased incidence of hyperthyroidism has been observed both in early pregnancy and postpartum, but it remains to be studied if the incidence of hypothyroidism varies in a similar way.

For example, women will notice changes in their menstrual cycle. Infertility could stem from hypothyroidism in both sexes, but it’s more common in women. Hypothyroidism can affect exercise capacity, physical performance, and libido in both genders. Men may also experience erectile dysfunction, according to Frederick Singer, MD, endocrinologist and director of the endocrinology and bone disease program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Men and women may share the tendency to dismiss their symptoms, relating them to stress or aging. But getting a proper diagnosis is important so treatment can be started and symptoms stopped.[2]

Why Medication Is Not Working?

What is absorbed to the cells is far more important than what’s consumed in the gut. This is true with most things in life from the food we eat to the medications taken, be it prescription drugs or naturally sourced nutraceuticals. A medicine that is beneficial for one may be poorly tolerated by another, while many taking synthetic medication may experience genetic mutations.

The human body is complex and interlinked with other endocrine gland stimulation. Taking a single gland—especially when synthetically based and created in a lab opposed to one naturally occurring—, may cause an imbalance with other endocrine glands involved: hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pineal glands, reproductive glands (which include the ovaries and testes) and the pancreas.

Synthetic and natural plant or animal nutraceuticals are a controversial subject and one of debate for several decades. Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic what nature naturally provides and is often produced with harsh chemicals—as recently discovered with so called commercial hormone free thyroid gland. The body normally has difficulty recognizing synthetic drugs and or raw materials produced with toxic chemical residues, making them harder to metabolize, and more likely to induce toxicity and adverse side effects.

Treatment of sub-clinical hypothyroidism with levothyroxine, though commonly practiced, is not associated with improvements in quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms, according to a meta-analysis from 2018.

Twenty-one randomized clinical trials including 2,192 participants with sub-clinical hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone therapy was not significantly associated with improvements in general quality of life (standardized mean difference −0.11) or thyroid-related symptoms (standardized mean difference 0.01).

Among non-pregnant adults with sub-clinical hypothyroidism, the use of thyroid hormone therapy was not associated with improvements in general quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms. These findings do not support the routine use of thyroid hormone therapy in adults with sub-clinical hypothyroidism.[3]

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Why Iodine Treatment with Hashimoto’s Disease Does Not Work?

Iodine deficiency is one cause of hypothyroidism. However, studies are also showing that in the case of chronic autoimmune thyroiditis, the highest prevalence occurs in countries with the highest intake of iodine, such as the US and Japan. So, although iodine supplementation should be implemented to prevent and treat iodine-deficiency disorders, supplementation with those with Hashimoto’s disease should eliminate iodine from their diet and from supplements.

Possible Thyroid Support That Will Benefit Hashimoto’s Disease

Raw desiccated whole thyroid gland concentrates derived from non-GMO grass-fed bovine that is non-medicated, hormone free and iodine free. Thyrodine® Thyromoto is a proprietary preparation without chemical residue, both safe and effective. It also contains selenium, yeast free, which is needed for treating thyroid disease, especially when combined with Zinc Picolinate, since they both help build immunity. It is also important to note that anemia is associated with hypothyroidism, thus low dose iron included in the formulation could also be effective in counteracting this deficiency. Thyrodine® Thyromoto is a four year achievement, and licensed by Health Canada for thyroid support.

 

References:

  • Feller M, et al. 2018. Association of thyroid hormone therapy with quality of life and thyroid related symptoms in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism: A systematic review and meta analysis. JAMA 2018; 320:1349-1359.
  • Stewart, Kristen. 2014. Hypothyroidism in Men vs. Women.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/thyroid-conditions/hypothyroidism/men-vs-women/

  • Harvard Health Publishing. 2019. The Lowdown on Thyroid Slowdown.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/the-lowdown-on-thyroid-slowdown

 

 

 

[1] Harvard Health Publishing. 2019.

[2] Stewart, Kristen. 2014.

[3] Feller, M. et. al. 2018.

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Why the Sudden Rise In Hashimoto’s Disease?

“Unfortunately, the treatments of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto are not working properly.”

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder and with the influx of environmental toxins, autoimmune disorders are on the rise. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It affects about 1 out of 20 people and at least 8 times more common in women than men. It can occur in teens or young women, though it is most common with women between ages 40 and 60. Hashimoto’s disease is hereditary and your chances of developing it may increase if other family members have the disease. In this case all family members should be checked proactively if they have any autoimmune deficiencies.

Unfortunately, the treatments of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto are not working properly. There was a case study of a 30-year-old Austrian female patient with unusually rapid conversion from overt hyperthyroidism to overt hypothyroidism and vice versa within only a few weeks which was treated with levothyroxine. The conclusion of the study suggested “educating patients and physicians to recognize changes in thyroid function and close monitoring of unclear cases of overt hyperthyroidism.”[1]

As you may have discovered, medical doctors are not treating this disease correctly. In laymen’s terms autoimmune disorders are like dementia or advanced forgetfulness and they occur when the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues in the brain or spinal cord, which results in inflammation. This inflammation may then cause impaired functioning, resulting in neurological or psychiatric symptoms. It is a breakdown due to diet, stress and environmental toxins leading to hormone deficiencies. Under normal conditions your T-cells (T-lymphocytes) produced from thymus gland will protect your body from invading cells.

With Hashimoto’s disease (chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis) your own immune system continues to attack itself to the point when damaged immune cells invade and destroy your entire thyroid gland if left untreated. Autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis may go undetected for several years without any noticeable symptoms till they reach a tipping point from which they can emerge quickly and end up being devastating to your health.

The case study mentioned above under normal circumstances would appear to be a rare occurrence going from a low functioning hypothyroidism to a high functioning hyperthyroidism. This may become more common as society’s immunity continues to become weaker due to added government interventions such as social isolation and the wearing of masks by healthy people especially during the summer months when our natural immunity is being built by congregating and social interaction and being outdoors absorbing natural vitamin D from the sun and eating locally produced foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Because societies have circumvented natural development for herd immunity the coming cold and flu season will be more severe than normal, we will not have the necessary antibodies necessary to face the winter. The media will attribute the harsh and higher infection rate as a result of the novel corona virus second wave, and that will not be the case. The global health authorities will be offering immunity produced in a lab in the form of a flu vaccine, followed by an untested corona virus vaccine in an effort to replicate what nature provides annually. I don’t know about you but I trust nature, not so sure about pharma.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Permanent hypothyroidism can be successfully treated, though not cured. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is one of the main causes. In this case the immune system makes antibodies that attack the thyroid gland, which may enlarge or shrink, and lose its ability to produce adequate thyroid hormone. Hashimoto’s is associated with other autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, and even prematurely gray hair. In people with a genetic susceptibility, the onset of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be triggered by factors such as high iodine intake, pregnancy, or cigarette smoking.[2]

For the restoration of health, including Hashimoto’s disease there is nature’s way: treatment must be thorough and holistic, simultaneously targeting the areas of the body being impacted. The human body, complex as it is, has the ability of healing itself when given the opportunity. For this to happen, lifestyle changes are absolutely necessary. Hormone free thyroid gland free of iodine may be helpful when combined with fermented selenium that is yeast free, zinc picolinate and low dose iron. Your thyroid is too crucial to neglect so don’t forget about the options that are natural and which create a balance in your health and life.

You can find more information on Doctor’s Choice’s THYRODINE® THYROMOTO

 

References:

  • Trummer C. Schwetz V. Aberer F. et al. 2019. Rapid Changes of Thyroid Function in a Young Woman with Autoimmune Thyroid Disease.

https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/499754

  • Harvard Health Publishing. 2019. The Lowdown on Thyroid Slowdown.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/the-lowdown-on-thyroid-slowdown

 

[1] Trummer C. Schwetz V. Aberer F. et al. 2019.

[2] Harvard Health Publishing. 2019.

8.5.2020 – D-Time: How to Get the Benefits of the Sun and Natural Vitamin D

“I make my own sunscreen because most of the products that are being sold in the stores are hormone blockers and toxic.”

Being in the sun has many benefits but we can all agree that sunburn is harmful. This is why protecting our skin is so relevant. Shop-bought sunscreens contain approved UV-filtering compounds that block UVA and UVB rays—harmful rays that penetrate the skin and can alter the DNA in skin cells and cause skin cancer—and also facilitates the production of vitamin D and other antioxidants from cholesterol (e.g. vitamin E or C), which neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. But are we really doing any good when we apply these products?
A lot of information came out recently about the harming effect of some sunscreen products containing ingredients that may disrupt hormones and be harmful for the environment. This, unfortunately, is true not only for non-natural but for organic products as well. What can we do in order to protect ourselves then? Well, you can, for example make your own sunscreen at home from ingredients you know and understand.
I make my own sunscreen because most of the products that are being sold in the stores are hormone blockers and toxic (especially for children), and they also block the benefits of the sun and the natural Vitamin D. Down below you can find the recipe I follow when preparing my own product.

My recipe is as follows. With the zinc oxide it should give you about SPF 10.

• 3/4 of a cup of organic shea butter
• 1/2 cup coco butter
• 3 TBS of zinc oxide
• 30 drops of neem oil—this helps as an insect repellant
• 1/4 cup of organic and pure aloe vera gel (no colours or additives)

Directions:

1. In a double boiler combine the above ingredients with the exception of the zinc oxide.
2. Fill the lower pot with about 2 inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat. Place the other pot with the ingredients on top of the lower pot and heat up until the ingredients are liquid.
3. Once melted and liquid, gradually add the zinc oxide till fully blended.
4. Place content into glass jar to cool and refrigerate until used.

The sunscreen will be solid but will quickly become liquid once in room temperature. It is also oily upon application, and will need to be reapplied after being in the water. A word of caution is to beware that when using this sunscreen, you limit your time in direct sun. For me it means 30 minutes in the sun, then 30 minutes in the shade but for you it can be different so please, be really cautious. Remember, this is not for shake and bake but for natural sun exposure to get your natural Vitamin D.

Maybe you wonder what the toxic ingredients in commercial sunscreens could be. Well, there is a list below, so you can check the sunscreen you are currently using. By taking a closer look at these ingredients, you will see these are the names of some of the most popular chemicals used in conventional sunscreen brands:

• Oxybenzone
• Avobenzone
• Octinoxate
• Octisalate
• Homosalate
• 4-methylbenzylidene camphor

Sadly, most of these chemicals were tested only to find hormone disruptors. These chemicals were also found to cause increased skin absorption, which is not something you want since they have the potential to disrupt your body’s hormones. In comparison, natural sunscreens will often have one or more of the following active ingredients:

• Benzophenone-3, also known as Oxybenzone
• Cylcopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone – reproductive toxin and endocrine disruptor
• Formaldehyde (Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin and Hydroxymethylglycinate) – human carcinogen and ecotoxin
• Homosalate – hormone disrupter
• Octinoxate / Octyl methoxycinnamate – endocrine disruptor that can mimic hormones

Next time you will be shopping for sunscreen, read the label carefully and choose the one that won’t be harmful for neither you nor the environment. Or prepare your own sunscreen from carefully selected ingredient. What I like to do after sun exposure and cleanup is to rehydrate the skin and restore the moisture barrier especially on the face since the fat layer is thinner; I use DMAE Concentrated Restorative cream mainly because I know the purity of the ingredients and what it can do for dermal health. Whatever you choose make sure you limit your time spent in direct sun to really enjoy the maximum benefits of what it can offer.

07/22/2020 – How Does the Data We Consume Influence our Mind and our Perception?

“The element of fear that has been created over this virus is one of the most concentrated attacks on how we live and plan our lives.”

What we absorb—fact or fiction—it does change our entire approach on life. Are we protecting ourselves with all the data we take in or are we doing more harm than good?

In the last couple of months life hasn’t been exactly easy: coronavirus has had an effect on all aspects of our lives and, according to a poll “nearly half the people in the United States feel the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health. The covid-19 pandemic has escalated into a nationwide psychological trauma”[1] wrote The Washington Post in April but the situation hasn’t changed a lot ever since. The tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that 19% felt the pandemic has had a “major impact” on their mental health.

The element of fear that has been created over this virus is one of the most concentrated attacks on how we live and plan our lives as the future is uncertain, and as a result hope is replaced by fear. What we perceive is what we receive. This is particularly true for children as they quickly adapt to their surroundings. Before covid-19, when in a park, a child would run and play with other children without hesitation. With covid-19, and depending on what they have been taught, they first need to filter their desires. The wearing of masks translates in a child’s mind as either me or them have a virus, if everyone is masked we are all the same then it is good. But what about when they see an unmasked child: how are they to be treated?

Children are worried about being isolated from family and friends and catching and even dying from the virus. Parents are confused about how to address their children’s fears, or how to explain extreme containment measures, like social distancing. “As jobs are lost and families lose precious sources of income, children’s sense of security, safety and normalcy will be challenged like never before. As a global community, we have a responsibility to children’s health and wellbeing — including their mental health and psychosocial wellbeing.”[2]

And then there are our seniors. I watch them as they go down the aisles shopping for groceries and how they stand frozen if being approached with someone without a mask, even if completely healthy. They feel vulnerable, after all the media has identified those 70+ as in the highest death group. This is a complete fabrication of the truth for being 70+ and healthy with no pre-existing health conditions cannot be grouped in with those who have died in long-term care facilities. These fatalities are mostly attributed to covid-19 and this is so very wrong. Let’s set the records straight: if a person (with high blood pressure, stroke or other coronary insufficiencies, diabetes, cancer, pneumonia, AIDS, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease) contacting covid-19 dies, they died from their pre-existing health conditions and at best with covid-19, which still would be a longshot.

Seniors are being looked at differently now and it is not out of respect, they are looked upon as being weak and vulnerable. There was already distancing between the young and the old but now it is almost to the point of complete avoidance. And on top of that add the loneliness and isolation even from their own children, even the staff in the long term care home sees them as this fragile container and they are approached this way.

“Even before the pandemic began, national studies indicated that nearly a quarter of older Americans were socially isolated and about one-third of middle-aged and older adults experienced loneliness. Having few social connections and feeling isolated have been associated with myriad health-related conditions, including chronic diseases and psychiatric disorders. Social isolation is now viewed as a risk factor for premature death, similar to cigarette smoking, physical inactivity or obesity.”[3] Not to mention depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts have been experienced as a result of the unknown fear and the continued isolation over the past several months.

As a society we have all lost tremendously by believing and accepting without question the media’s changing narrative, we remain scared and on edge that we may lose even more, and as a result our mental health continues to suffer. Things are not improving, actually they are getting worse at a time when this entire virus should already be gone, and it mostly is depending on how the numbers are being presented. They say trust but verify, but by what authority? In all honesty use your critical thinking skills before accepting as truth everything that is being reported and being told to you and if it does not seem right dig a little deeper.

References:

[1] Achenbach, Joel. 2020.

[2] Fore, Henrietta H., Hijazi, Zeinab. 2020.

[3] Ory, Marcia G., Smith, Matthew Lee. 2020.

07/07/2020 Guarding the Human Mind Takes a Lifetime. What Are the Consequences of Damaging Data?

“The question is: do we filter what we feed upon? As parents, we protect our kids from harm in any way we can, but how do we guard their minds?”

In rain we use an umbrella, in cold we bundle up, when in the sun we protect our skin and wear sunglasses. But what protection do we use to protect our brain? Next to oxygen, data absorption and collection is the most abundant in our lifetime. Professor Sir Robin Murray, one of the UK’s leading psychiatrists states that “we won’t be able to understand the brain. It is the most complex thing in the universe.” Science tells us that the human mind is so vast and complex that it is 1000 times as powerful as a current CPU in your computer. The average adult human brain has 125 trillion synapses (connecting points) and has the ability to store the equivalent of 2.5 million gigabytes of digital memory. It is mind boggling to say the least, and this is achieved without your morning coffee.

With such a powerful tool at our disposal, what is the best way to protect the human brain? Does it matter how and what is accumulated? What about age: can a child and adult fill their brains the same without life altering consequences?

Can the human brain distinguish reality from fantasy? Experimentation was done to see if the brain can be tricked. In order to understand fictional events we first need to distinguish reality from fantasy. This involves high level processes of a known reality as well as fantasy, both of which are impaired in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study examined how adults with and without ASD make sense of reality-violating fantasy narratives by testing real-time understanding of counterfactuals. An example of a counterfactuals: “If the moon was made of cheese, I could have eaten a slice of the moon for lunch”, requires readers to temporarily accept false information as true (that the moon is made of cheese) and to accommodate subsequent events according to that hypothetical model of the world (I ate a slice of the moon for lunch).[1]

What about physical or emotional trauma, especially at a young age—can that alter how the brain interprets reality? According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, trauma, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences permanently change a child’s body and brain, which can have serious, lifelong consequences. Sadly, policies that affect young children generally do not address the severity to which early exposure to trauma and stress can affect a child’s body and brain.

Can the brain separate what it feeds upon from physical trauma, or can violent movies or video games with horror or torture scare the brain and alter our reality? A Review of the Empirical Research on Psychological Responses to Horror Films[2] examines why people like scary movies, and how exposure to horror films change behavior, why we fear specific classes of stimuli, and how liking horror develops during childhood and adolescence. In conclusion, low empathy and fearfulness are associated with more enjoyment and desire to watch horror.

The same can be true about children being sexualized at an early age—by being exposed to sexual material in movies, television, music and other media—because the images they see can leave a lasting impression. The research has established that teens exposed to such content tend to engage in those behaviors themselves. Exposure (by age 14) to pornography and other explicit material may increase the risk of a child becoming a victim of sexual violence or acting out sexually against another child. For others it may be more likely to commit sexual assault, rape or child molestation.[3]

The human mind is extraordinary yet not fully understood. It has mass capacity for storage and retrieval yet the filing system at times may be confused and memories distorted depending on the content. The saying you are what you eat makes sense, and can also be applied to the human brain. As far as intellect is concerned, we can use the old proverb that asks what dog is stronger: the white dog or the black dog? The answer is: the one you feed the most. According to the World Health Organization the average lifespan is 72 years. Beginning at 10 years of age (which is an optimistic estimation considering children at much younger age start following social media) the average person will spend 3,462,390 minutes or 6 years and 8 months on social media in their lifetime.

The question is: do we filter what we feed upon? As parents, we protect our kids from harm in any way we can, but how do we guard their minds? The eyes are known as the window to the soul, and the brain is known as the basis of our reality. When I was a teen, my 86 year old grandfather gave me a valuable lesson. He said “as you age, collect good memories for when you become my age they will become your reality, what you fed upon will be played over and over again especially when you are alone.”

Doctor’s Choice products to protect cognitive health:

References and Further Readings:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6813198/

· Ross, Carolyn C. M.D., M.P.H. 2012. Overexposed and Under-Prepared: The Effects of Early Exposure to Sexual Content. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/real-healing/201208/overexposed-and-under-prepared-the-effects-early-exposure-sexual-content

[1] Ferguson, Heather J. Black, Jo, Williams, David. 2019.

[2] Martin, G. Neil. 2019.

[3] Ross, Carolyn C. M.D., M.P.H. 2012.

Trying to make sense from the senseless, COVID and BLM?

“We need a complete overhaul from the ground up to how the delegation of power and authority is being distributed.”

If aliens were to observe our world at the moment, they would conclude that life on earth is in a state of confusion and in need of saving with obvious spiritual cleansing. We experienced a common virus: it quarantined the planet’s inhabitants and shut down the world’s economies. The people were concerned for good reason. Such an act had never been done before and for a glimpse of understanding the severity, the masses were glued to each word from the newly trusted health authorities, including their W.H.O. guru, and a computer nerd with no health experience. The ever changing messages were like listening to a schizophrenic country singer teaching a new dance step: bend down and turn around, stomp your feet and wear a mask, don your gloves and again your mask then grab your partner with 2 meter stick, jump up and down and dosey doe—you’re doing the COVID Shuffle.

When things were beginning to turn back to normal with the virus coming under control, the computer geek gained the spotlight again with his message to vaccine the world making it mandatory, including the newborns. We must remain suspect when the one spreading the fear is the same one selling the solution; Gates is heavily invested in the manufacturing of vaccines.

With the masses still suffering from post-dramatic stress disorder (PDSD), for peace of mind, and to end their fear, the healthy lined up in droves for nasal swabs to be certain they were not infected in any way. Little did they realize that their mood had changed and their blood pressure had risen as they questioned the health of everyone they met? The opioid crisis was still taking lives on a daily bases exceeding the grouped deaths being attributed to COVID, (may have died with COVID but not from COVID) the deaths from opioid went unreported; their lives did not seem to matter while the world was dancing the COVID Shuffle.

As most nations were in a pressure cooker with the regulated release of steam from alcohol and various drugs or entertainment, and knowing the US were already in a state of division and getting ready to blow the lid from the cooker. Caught on camera was a police officer with his knee on a suspected criminal’s neck. What made this scene different from the others that week was the skin colour of the participants: a white officer and a black suspect. Watching the treatment was very disturbing, it was over the top, abusive and inhumane, it was gut wrenching to listen to the suspect as he said he could not breathe. The abuse lasted 8 minutes and in broad daylight, while no one did anything to prevent the suspect’s death. It never should have happened and changes need to be implemented that it will never be permitted to happen again, but knowing human nature it probably will.

What followed were global protests of every colour, a cry for racial equality and with it the release of frustration, pent-up anger and rage with looting, burning and killing—done so in the name of justice. But is that how justice is served, especially to the innocent: an eye for an eye? The collateral beauty was in the peaceful protests inclusive of all races, unified in hopes of justice to bring attention to the need of racial equality for all. I wondered if this same escalation would have happened if it were a black officer and a white suspect, or an Asian officer and a First Nation suspect. Or was this just the tip of the iceberg that had been brewing for many generations, a powder keg that was ready to explode. The ignition was the global broadcasting of this senseless abuse of power to the point of murder and then all hell broke loose.

Even at a young age I learned to question everything, to step back with critical thinking and see who is to gain from certain incidences and events. Every action has a reaction and especially when planned and staged for the greatest impact. What group profits, and how much freedom does society loose when the authorities influenced by the elite offer their remedy for each calamity? The elevator pitch for COVID is “We are all in this together” but are we? Governments offer tax payers handouts like candy on Halloween to help cope with their losses while creating debt several generations will be paying for. As for financial hardships, politicians continue unscathed, taking their full income and doing things the public are denied. It is the average everyday person that suffers the greatest losses, in the bottom of the heap they are the ones who are in this together.

We need a complete overhaul from the ground up to how the delegation of power and authority is being distributed. Society is at a loss and sadly, there are no real leaders. Keep looking up: maybe the aliens will be our best chance for change.

 

 

Coronavirus and the Web of Intrigue. Did Health Authorities Get the Treatment and Diagnosis Wrong? Did We Need to Shut Down the World?

“We have to admit: the information being delivered is full of conflicting evidence.”

Before any task is performed it is best to have a reliable pathway towards completion: the saying “measure twice and cut once” is a sound advice. For COVID-19 it seems that we have been cutting and cutting without any measurable documentation in place without fully understanding the consequences of our actions. What if the health authorities got it wrong? Of course, in their defense, it can be said that this is a novel virus and we are doing our best in treating this viral attack, at least till we will have a vaccine to inoculate the world. We have to admit: the information being delivered is full of conflicting evidence starting with the ‘wear masks—don’t wear masks’ discussion, continuing with social distancing and airflow of water droplets, not to mention gloves which—instead of preventing contamination—turn into a Petri dish thanks to everything touched on multiple surfaces. What was necessary yesterday does not apply today, as for tomorrow? If your life depends on it, you may have better luck checking your horoscope.

The World Health Organization (WHO) first estimated that the death rate from Covid-19 would be 3.4% of those contracting the virus, and due to the high death rate it caused massive fear and panic and was the cause of the lockdowns. Now the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is admitting the numbers are much lower, under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%. Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26%. If we were to adjust for the 50% asymptomatic the rate would drop the fatality rate to 0.2% – less than the possibility of dying in a car accident and exactly the rate of fatality Dr. John Ionnidis of Stanford University projected.

One of the most important information implies that coronavirus may be other than a virus; it may also be a bacterium and blood issue, and we may have been treating it completely wrong from the beginning.

A lot of information is coming from all over the world, with researchers trying to find out what might be behind and beyond coronavirus. Some of them claim that there is no real threat out there. “In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, the capital of the northern Lombardy region. “The swabs performed over the past 10 days have showed a viral load that is absolutely infinitesimal in quantitative terms compared to those carried out a month or two months ago. Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country”. Another doctor from northern Italy also thinks that the virus is weaker now. “The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength that it has today,” said Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital in the city of Genoa. “It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different.”

Others are doing their best to find out what the link between the coronavirus deaths and other health issues really is. “We need those tissues to determine what is killing patients affected by COVID-19,” says pathologist Roberto Salgado of the GZA-ZNA Hospitals in Antwerp, Belgium. “Is it pneumonia? Is it blood clots? Why do they develop kidney failure? We have no clue.”

Based on the autopsy reports of those who died from COVID-19 in Italy, it seems that all had a blood disorder. Desiree Marshall, a pathologist at the University of Washington, says that “it’s often the cascading organ failure triggered by acute respiratory distress syndrome—or ARDS—that causes elderly people to die from influenza, and firefighters to die from smoke inhalation, and cancer patients to die from reactions to chemotherapy.” According to the Science Talk by W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky from April 23, 2020 Gibbs says that “the pressing question we need to answer for COVID-19 is whether it’s just ARDS that makes the disease deadly, or whether this new disease is different and even more complicated to treat than what doctors have seen before.”
These tie into the blood clots. “Jeffrey Laurence, a haematologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, and his colleagues examined lung and skin samples from three people infected with COVID-19 and found that the capillaries were clogged with clots. Other groups, including a team led by O’Donnell, have reported similar findings. “This is really very new.” This might help to explain why some people have critically low blood-oxygen readings, and why mechanical ventilation often doesn’t help. It’s a “double hit”, says O’Donnell. Pneumonia clogs the tiny sacs in the lungs with fluid or pus, and microclots restrict oxygenated blood from moving through them.”

The reason behind clotting is still unclear and so are other complications of COVID-19. Researchers are now working on their hypotheses behind the frequently occurring phenomena so we are gaining new information and perspective every day. But how does our future really looks like?

We have been told that the virus can’t survive on surfaces of heat and humidity, and with temperatures rising, the virus is slowing down. Though it sounds like the WHO has downplayed it, there is evidence for this in each and every flu season. Also Vitamin D helps kill the virus and speed recovery, and since it is “the sunshine vitamin” there may be some truth to the fact.

Despite the dropping numbers and the positive effects of the upcoming summer months mentioned above, there is still mostly fear that has been projected on us. Apparently, we should be expecting a second wave in September. But should we really? And mainly: do we have the right information about what’s going on? The answer is: most likely not.

References:
• New-antibody-study-strong-evidence-lockdown-strategy-wrong-course https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-new-antibody-study-strong-evidence-lockdown-strategy-wrong-course/
• Ledford, Heidi. 2020. Autopsy slowdown hinders quest to determine how coronavirus kills. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01355-z
• Balmer, Crispian. Fonte, Giuseppe. 2020. New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-virus/new-coronavirus-losing-potency-top-italian-doctor-says-idUSKBN2370OQ
• Gibbs, W. Wayt. Mirsky, Steve. 2020. COVID-19: What the Autopsies Reveal. Science Talk Podcast.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/covid-19-what-the-autopsies-reveal/
• Willyard, Cassandra. 2020. Coronavirus blood-clot mystery intensifies.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01403-8