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

Examining the Inconsistencies of Dealing with COVID-19. Can Their Word Still Be Trusted Even Through the Lies?

Does social distancing work or is it completely unnecessary? Can the World Health Organization or our governments be trusted that they are doing what is best for us? What is the situation with long-term care and seniors’ homes? And what is the real deal with the masks and ventilators—are they being overused or needed?

There are many questions and way too many answers—mostly different ones. And, of course, there are inconsistencies, lies and at the end, even more questions.

When it comes to social distancing, there are both supporters and opponents and not just among the public but also within the experts. One of those who doubt the relevance of physical distancing is Josef Buttigieg from the University of Regina, who specializes in neurobiology and stem cell physiology. In his April 2 post on Facebook Buttigieg speaks about the importance of antibody tests mostly for the reason that “the outcome of this test is going to show that the vast majority of the population has already had the virus, meaning that social isolation is 1) not necessary and 2) didn’t work as well as we thought it would.” Meanwhile, other experts claim that herd immunity is not evidence based. According to a scientific brief the World Health Organization warned that the presence of coronavirus antibodies may not protect against future infections. “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.” The question is then: how will a vaccine help?

It is not only the WHO that might appear questionable. Remember, Health Canada gave a time-limited approval of technical-grade ethanol (which contains acetaldehyde, a very possible carcinogen) to be used in hand sanitizers.

We can see clearly the mixed messages how our Canadian government passed a law without democratic process which is horrifying to the majority of Canadians. Prime Minister Trudeau previously said he admires China’s dictatorship. Does that mean he wants to be a dictator himself? As a leader of a democratic country how can he admire China with its human rights violations?
The problem of forcing self-isolation on the healthy, and leaving the elderly unprotected, remains. This practice continues, we are just starting to see an easing of restrictions. In the process they make the claim that if a rise will resurface, everything will be shut down. Statistics are revealing that 79% of COVID-19 deaths are in nursing homes and remainder mainly associated with pre-existing health conditions, healthy people are not dying. Based on the research, seniors are dying with flulike symptoms from pre-existing health conditions and not from COVID-19 as they would have you believe.

The question remains whether we need to wear masks or not. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization all originally agreed that healthy people did not need to wear masks, the United States Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams wants the CDC to re-evaluate this recommendation since research shows asymptomatic people can spread COVID-19. The advice posted on the CDC website: “If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask).” Wherever the truth might be, it is important to note that not every material is efficiently filtrating coronavirus-sized particles, neither are all materials equally breathable. According to Smart Air test, the top 3 materials for masks balancing breathability and filtration are: paper towel, denim (10oz) and 100% cotton bed sheets (80-120 thread). Paper towels…Go figure?

Besides the need of masks the shortage on ventilators is another popular subject. We hear time and time again that we need more ventilators to treat COVID-19, but do we? If we look at the most famous person to get the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he ended up in ICU and had difficulty in breathing but he never went on a ventilator. Why is that, you might ask.
An April 22 study published in JAMA describing the outcomes for 5,700 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City area reported that “mortality rates for those who received mechanical ventilation in the 18-to-65 and older-than-65 age groups were 76.4% and 97.2%, respectively. Mortality rates for those in the 18-to-65 and older-than-65 age groups who did not receive mechanical ventilation were 19.8% and 26.6%, respectively. There were no deaths in the younger-than-18 age group.”

According to Luciano Gattinoni, a world-renowned Italian intensive care specialist, COVID-19 patients, like those suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), have below-normal levels of oxygen in their blood, which leads to breathing problems. In ARDS cases the lungs lose their elasticity. But in many cases of COVID-19, the lungs remain elastic and people are able to continue breathing for some time despite the low oxygen levels.

This “remarkable combination is almost never seen in severe ARDS,” he writes, adding that patients with normal looking lungs but low oxygen are at risk of lung injury from the ventilators, where pressure from the air damages the thin air sacs that exchange oxygen with the blood. In Gattinoni’s study, only 20% to 30% of patients fully fit the severe ARDS criteria.

Confusion seems to be an underlying message, laced with touch of truth and contradicted by those in authority. Someone or some groups always benefit, the only question remains: at what cost? We should be able to navigate ourselves between all this information and yet the truth remains nebulous, there is so much at stake, who to believe? Well, at least we can discern whose motives we can question, while keeping in mind “that the greatest of lies is the one closest to the truth.”

References:
• Robertson, Paddy. 2020. The Ultimate Guide to Homemade Face Masks for Coronavirus. https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-diy-coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-covid/
• Williams, Megan. 2020. Ventilators are being overused on COVID-19 patients, world-renowned critical care specialist says. https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ventilators-covid-overuse-1.5534097

The New World View; In Sickness and Health

“At this point each of us has a decision to make on how we live our lives and whether the outcome will be a long, healthy life or premature death.”

With the introduction of coronavirus it comes as no surprise we see each other differently now. We have become more focused on our health—which is a good thing—but we have also become aware of the concept of viral contamination and our vulnerability. Visa had a slogan “It is everywhere you want to be.” Now we are all thinking the same, and not with our credit cards but in terms of viruses: are you sick or are you healthy?

It took a novel virus with flu-like symptoms to stop the world’s economy. Never before have healthy people been told not to work and instead go into self-quarantine while seniors, our society’s most vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, are left unprotected. This miscalculation of risks will be the lasting legacy of Covid-19 because of the media fear campaign being present everywhere to the point where nurses and health care workers responsible for feeding and caring for our seniors were in fear of their own lives and refused to do their job. This resulted in starvation and dehydration, many were left in unchanged dippers for days and since their family members were banned from visiting, they suffered in silence. This treatment is criminal and those responsible should be held accountable. I just shake my head in unbelief; this is a total reversal of common sense. The provincial and federal governments call this leadership—god help us all—are responsible for this unnecessary suffering.

Doctor Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi, from Accelerated Urgent Care facilities in Kern County, California, stated how self-isolation can actually compromise the immune system in otherwise healthy people. “Dr. Erickson explained that the immune system is actually built by exposure to pathogens. Coming in contact with viruses and bacteria in the environment fires the body’s system for fighting infection. Additionally, the normal flora, or good germs we have on and in us all the time, also drop when we isolate.”

In addition, the self-quarantine of entire healthy families for eight weeks and longer have triggered rage, anger, depression and domestic violence on a global scale. Under these trapped conditions mental illness develops in the same manner as when a new prisoner is placed in jail, referred to as going stir crazy. While most businesses have been closed and classified as nonessential, liquor stores are, strangely enough, classified as an essential service on the same level as grocery stores. Can you image the amount of violence if jails served unlimited alcohol to prisoners? And yet, our leaders didn’t connect the dots how imprisoning healthy people would react the same way. Marianne Hester, a Bristol University sociologist who studies abusive relationships explained that “domestic violence goes up whenever families spend more time together, such as the Christmas and summer vacations.” No wonder that with families in lockdown worldwide, hotlines are lighting up with abuse reports. The United Nations called for urgent action to combat the worldwide surge in domestic violence. “I urge all governments to put women’s safety first as they respond to the pandemic,” Secretary General António Guterres wrote on Twitter.

Judith Lewis Herman, a renowned trauma expert at Harvard University Medical School, has found that the coercive methods domestic abusers use to control their partners and children “bear an uncanny resemblance” to those kidnappers use to control hostages and repressive regimes use to break the will of political prisoners. “The methods which enable one human being to control another are remarkably consistent,” she wrote in a widely cited 1992 journal article. Those who become violent do so because it is within them, an underlying nature and when the conditions present themselves they react and release what they are suppressing. Covid-19 can unite families or divide and under self-isolation it does not take long to discover the outcome.

With the corona diversion we have forgotten about society’s real killers. After old age, obesity appears to be the most prominent risk factor for being hospitalized with Covid-19—doubling the risk of hospitalization in patients under the age of 60 in one study—even if the individual has no other obesity-related health problems. 42% of American adults—nearly 80 million people—live with obesity in the U.S.A. According to Dr. Leora Horwitz, the director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science at NYU Langone “obesity is more important for hospitalization than whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes, though these often go together, and it’s more important than coronary disease or cancer or kidney disease, or even pulmonary disease.”

Disease is spiraling out of control, and a very clear demarcation is growing in society today between those that seek to be healthy by preventative means and those that don’t. Covid-19 is a test of humanity, and the governments knew the outcome of human nature, the reaction was well planned. What do we do at this point, especially now that they are predicting a resurgence of the coronavirus in the fall and winter season? Those without critical thinking or those uneducated who place trust in the current system expect that the system in place is protecting its citizens. You will have to decide on your own: have the authorities acted in such a manner for betterment of human health? The media and governing bodies pacify society using avenues of trusted communication deemed worthy, such as the World Health Organization, a private organization, which is supported by medical doctors, and clinical trials funded by pharmaceutical companies. When the message is packaged and delivered through the media, it is accepted with total trust and without question. With this in mind, do you feel safe?

As a society we are getting to the point where healthy and unhealthy will be distinguished by observation alone, especially if you know what to look for. Without discrimination, could the health of society be judged clearly by observation? At this point each of us has a decision to make on how we live our lives and whether the outcome will be a long, healthy life or premature death. Or will society not look at what causes disease instead take everyone on the same level, the healthy and the sick, and demand everyone to be vaccinated for the greater good? I hope for clear thinking and a debate for the preservation of our sovereign rights on how we choose our health care in times of health and in times of sickness.

Doctor’s Choice recommendations that help deal with stress and combat anxiety:

Kava Kava can help with stress, anxiety and offer an improved mental outlook on life.
GABA can help cope with stress, improve mood, and generally have calming effects.
Melapure® Melatonin dosage for the treatment of anxiety is around 3 milligrams per day.
L-Tryptophan can improve social interactions by improving mood and decreasing aggression and dominant behavior.

 

References:

• Lennox, Stacey. 2020. California Docs Say Lockdown vs. Non-Lockdown ‘Did Not Produce a Statistically Different Number of Deaths’.
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2020/04/25/watch-california-docs-say-lockdown-vs-non-lockdown-did-not-produce-a-statistically-different-number-of-deaths-n386005
• Taub, Amanda. 2020. A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/world/coronavirus-domestic-violence.html
• Rabin, Roni Caryn. 2020. Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients.
http://archive.is/rUYmq#selection-425.0-425.77

At Risk: Consequences of Using Hand Sanitizers with Technical Grade Ethanol

“Remember, there is a big difference in product quality and we need to be able to identify which products serve us and which don’t.”

You should feel protected when using hand sanitizers, do you? Have you checked the ingredients, did you know that technical grade ethanol is a toxic type of alcohol that might be among those that can do more harm than good. So what is the problem, really? Technical grade is also known as denaturized alcohol, or methylated spirit that might contain methanol, isopropyl alcohol, acetone, ketones, or other poisons.

You might ask why technical grade is being used and not hospital grade. Normally, hand sanitizers are made with pharmaceutical or food-grade ethanol. But because of the unexpected demand for hand sanitizer products during the current COVID-19 pandemic, global shortages of pharmaceutical and food-grade ethanol has been created. In response, Health Canada gave a time-limited approval of technical-grade ethanol to be used in hand sanitizers; I know sheer government brilliance!

“We engaged a broad range of technical and scientific experts in the assessment of the potential risks to health posed by hand sanitizers containing technical-grade ethanol with concentrations of up to 1000 ppm of acetaldehyde.[1] Based on the results of this assessment, we have determined that, when used as directed and for a limited period of time, the public health benefits of using hand sanitizer containing specific sources of technical-grade ethanol outweigh the risk.”[2]

A controversial decision that brings many health risks into play which, unfortunately, for the average consumer are definitely not obvious for the first sight. 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 or, even worse, they cause harm.

What else does Health Canada’s Risk Assessment Summary Report say? It claims that “concerns remain about potential carcinogenicity due to an increase in acetaldehyde exposure, particularly if the hand sanitizer is used for a longer duration. The risk is considered a Type II health hazard, which means that the use of, or exposure to, a product may cause temporary adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

It also includes the worst case scenario which does not sound reassuring at all. “Based on these factors, and using a worst case scenario of an acetaldehyde concentration of 1000 ppm (v/v), the increased cancer risk resulting from both dermal and inhalation exposures when applying hand sanitizers would not be considered negligible. However, this risk is considered to be tolerable for the short-term, under the current COVID-19 circumstances. By the way, front line workers, nurses working in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) applications could be as high as 109 exposures per day. Should the level of acetaldehyde decrease, the risk of cancer would decrease as well.”

Fortunately, there are options that are safe to use while providing the expected benefits. Our Earth Pure Hand Sanitizer contains 60% grain alcohol, colloidal silver, aloe vera, (organic), tea tree oil, oregano oil, eucalyptus, neem, lemongrass, peppermint, xanthan gum and carbomer. While keeping its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it is also all natural, non-GMO, cruelty free and USP Grade, not technical grade.

Remember, there is a big difference in product quality and we need to be able to identify which products serve us and which don’t. This is not a time to gamble with our health; only evidence based natural medicine with no side effects is what is needed with the coronavirus.

 

References:

[1] Acetaldehyde is considered to be possibly carcinogenic to humans according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

[2] Health Canada. 2020.

Viruses and Drug-Resistant Superbugs – Covid-19 Is a Wakeup Call

“We need to change the way we do things, the use of antibiotics and chemicals because right now we are at risk for our health.”

We are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic but is it only Covid-19 or is there much more that we are not being told? What this virus has exposed is society’s weakness. This is not isolated in any means, the most vulnerable are our seniors, but even if we are lucky and have the privilege of becoming old one day, viral attacks affect everyone. In my estimation, a vaccine will provide at best a band aid for our weaken state, while our underlying core health issues are still of the gravest concern.

There are many active viruses other than the coronavirus being spread around the world: there is the African swine fever, “pig ebola”, which has already wiped out millions upon millions of pigs in China, 300 million to be exact and it has now spread to more than 40 other countries. Then there is the H1N1 swine flu that—unlike the African swine fever—can actually kill humans. The H5N1 bird flu is now experiencing a stunning resurgence: China is reportedly dealing with the outbreak of this deadly bird flu in chickens again in the Hunan province. The H5N8 bird flu is another bird flu—many believe it is even more frightening. It recently made an appearance in Germany killing 44 birds out of a flock of 69.

Mysterious and deadly infections are spanning the globe. A newly discovered germ, a fungus called Candida auris, threatens people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading from Venezuela through Spain, India to South Africa and recently New York. “The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat. Candida auris is so tenacious, in part, because it is impervious to major antifungal medications, making it a new example of one of the world’s most intractable health threats: the rise of drug-resistant infections.”[1]

Just like the Coronavirus, resistant germs or superbugs don’t typically kill everyone. They are most dangerous to people with immature or compromised immune systems (e.g. newborns, elderly, smokers, diabetics or people with autoimmune disorders), but scientists warn that in time risk will spread to healthier populations as well. I have my doubts that it will spread to healthy people for if really healthy your immune system should be able to kill the germs, although you may need to take specific nutrients to bolster your immunity.

You might ask how it is possible that such infections can spread so widely in our drug-centered age. Actually, our drug-centered age is the reason. In the US the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that 30% of all prescribed antibiotics are not needed at all, but instead of reducing the amounts, we have increased the use. That’s 47 million excess prescriptions. However, this doesn’t stop the industry since the antibiotics market is valued 40 billion dollars. The same goes with the rampant use of antifungals. Lately, there has been an explosion of resistant fungi as well, adding a more scary dimension to a phenomenon of drug resistant evolving defenses.

Another important fact that we need to be aware of is that 80% of antibiotics goes into agriculture, which means that our food carries our risk of disease. How sad is that? We feed the animals antibiotics so the food we eat carries drug-resistant bacteria while fungicides on crops are contributing to the surge in drug-resistant fungi infecting humans. And in case we got sick from the food we eat, there is a high chance that we can’t even identify the origin of the meat that caused the sickness—unless you live in Japan, New Zealand or the EU, where meat ID is required. Since the bacteria work together so efficiently, the situation has to be handled globally.

Sadly, the information doesn’t flow in a way it should. It’s either being withheld—regarding the possible consequences like the origin of the coronavirus the antibiotic overuse—or it is misleading, since many people think there always will be a new drug that can beat the new generation of bacteria and viruses. The fact is that even if it’s true, it takes a lot of time and resources to bring a new drug to the market, and it must be first field tested for at least a year or more (watch and see the vaccine to treat the coronavirus: it will be fast tracked). On the other hand we need to mention that it can never solve the basic underlying problems: we need to change the way we farm, and the use of antibiotics and chemicals because right now we are at risk for our health. We need to ask ourselves how long we can dodge the bullet and endanger our life instead of improving the quality of it. The British Government commissioned a study which predicted a worst case scenario where by 2050 more people will die of infections caused by bacteria resistance than of cancer. I think these numbers are conservative at best and will happen much sooner unless we flatten the curve on their use.

While we can, we need to regain our health and look for natural alternatives and a healthy diet. We need to boost our T-cells, as they regulate the immune system and help the body fight off pathogens and diseases. The best daily supplement to our diet is the super vitamin, Next Generation B-Complex that is unlike anything else in the marketplace.

In addition, the perfect product for immune defense is Thymus Gland—it was designed for this purpose. What better way to boost your T-cells than to strengthen the gland that supplies them? The paradox of thymus gland is that it is one of the most important organs for boosting our immune system and yet virtually unknown. If it were known, it would be selling like vitamin C. Doctor’s Choice® offers true full gland thymus concentrates (not extracts) which are taken from New Zealand-raised, grass-fed sheep without hormones or antibiotics. It also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and the most needed 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 and today’s society is in dire need of zinc.

It is also important to mention that all disease begins in the gut and there is a need to help with antibiotic abuse like Laktokhan® probiotic complex does. Even if you are on antibiotics, taken the same day but at different intervals separated by at least 4 hours, it will help maintain your gastrointestinal immunity while the antibiotics do their thing.

In these uncertain times we have become paranoid of contacting an infection, and now with the coronavirus, things will never be the same. As we age, our bodies must fight harder and harder to maintain optimal performance. A proper wholesome diet is a must with plenty of clean water and nutraceuticals that produce a therapeutic response. It is our best defence for remaining healthy.

References:

  • Goolsby, Julie. 2017. Dangers of a Deadly Fungus: The Candida auris ‘Superbug’. https://draxe.com/candida-auris/
  • Richtel,Matt and Jacobs, Andrew. 2019. A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/health/drug-resistant-candida-auris.html

[1] Richtel, Matt and Jacobs, Andrew. 2019.

Coronavirus: Mindful of Our Seniors, They Have Become the Victims

We must maintain our health and mental well-being, and to protect our most vulnerable.”

There is a great debate going on around the world concerning Covid-19. Is it real, is it man-made, is it a bio-weapon or is it just the flu? Is the global response an over-reach to gain global power to benefit the elite while plundering the world in financial ruin? The population is filled with fear and quarantined in self-isolation and the cities resemble ghost towns with the eerie feeling that once the sun sets, zombies may emerge and start dancing in the street.

When China detected the coronavirus in Wuhan, they locked down the city and in a few days the entire province of Hubei (sixty million people) in absolute quarantine, and also ordered stoppage of all businesses. The West blindly followed the East spending trillions of dollars to stop the spread, closing all non-essential businesses and schools, and forced the nation into self-isolation as they ramped up testing displaying the numbers case by case and comparing the numbers globally in a manner never seen before. Meanwhile, panic and fear griped the entire world. Had they had any insight and studied those who were most vulnerable, and to put all their resources in isolating and protecting those 60 years plus who had a compromised immunity or preexisting health conditions, the amount of deaths would be minimal and the economy would have continued. Those exposed who have a strong immunity would develop flu-like symptoms but in a matter of days most would be symptom free, just like it happens with the flu year after year. As you see from the chart below, those 60 years plus have the greatest risk of dying from the coronavirus. These are the ones in our society that we need to prioritize, not the young and healthy—unless, of course, they have another agenda.

Another thing I find particularly disturbing is the thought that these seniors are dying alone in complete isolation, not even their children at bedside to simply hold their hand and give them comfort when they need it most. When strong they lived their entire lives as providers and caregivers but when comforting is most needed it’s denied. There must be another humane way of protecting those not infected with the virus, even if one member was selected and used FaceTime for others, dying with dignity and surrounded by loved ones is the greatest farewell one could ask for, a little kindness goes a long way.

Vitamin C for Treating Coronavirus?

From the perspective of a naturopath it would appear they are not seeking a cure for the coronavirus but instead, they are pressing for a vaccine. There is no money in a cure. There are numerous reports and studies supporting intravenous vitamin C treatments for treating coronavirus—high doses of vitamin have worked for treating the flu, and the coronavirus is after all a form of the flu. It makes sense to try it out on coronavirus too since the symptoms are similar. Now New York doctors are treating critically ill coronavirus sufferers with vitamin C, and so do scientists in Wuhan, China.

“A 1994 randomised double-blind trial involving vitamin C/placebo supplementation was conducted on 57 elderly patients admitted to hospital with acute respiratory infections (bronchitis and bronchopneumonia). Using a clinical scoring system based on major symptoms of the respiratory condition, patients supplemented with vitamin C fared significantly better than those on placebo. This was particularly the case for those commencing the trial most severely ill, many of whom had very low plasma and white cell vitamin C concentrations on admission.”[1] Even if Vitamin C is not the coronavirus cure, it can definitely be something that can reduce the severity of the infection.

Coronavirus and Zinc Deficiency

Numerous studies[2] are also pointing to the similarities of symptoms between the coronavirus and zinc deficiencies especially for those who are seventy plus years; it is almost a perfect match. “An abundance of evidence has accumulated over the past 50 y to demonstrate the antiviral activity of zinc against a variety of viruses, and via numerous mechanisms.”[3] We have been saying this for years no zinc, no immunity—it is especially true of the aging population, particularly males. Also those with pneumonia have a zinc deficiency, and again, it’s the elderly as they struggle to absorb zinc. Even if they eat a lot of meat (which is high in zinc) they still have low serum zinc levels. The intestinal barrier blocks the absorption of zinc and in order for it to pass through the barrier it must be bound to a transporter like picolinic acid—as it acts like a cloaking devise—so it passes through the barrier into the blood stream.

Low zinc status: a new risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly?[4] Reviews the magnitude of the problem of pneumonia (its prevalence, morbidity, and mortality) in the elderly, pneumonia’s etiology, and the dysregulation of the immune system associated with increasing age.

The global society is in a difficult position and many things will change in a post coronavirus world. Many will face financial ruin, companies will downsize using the pandemic to cut back on workers and products deemed unnecessary. We must learn from this tragedy and become more proactive being more self-reliant as a nation and not dependant on others for our state of health. We must maintain our health and mental well-being, and to protect our most vulnerable. We must not use social distancing as an excuse for not being hospitable and caring for our fellow human beings, we must extend love to overcome the fear and we must think as a community as we are one of the many and we are stronger when united. The world will be changed and we need to think three steps ahead of the curve.

Doctor’s Choice Zinc Picolinate

References:

  • Player, Graham PhD. and col. 2020. Published Research and Articles on Vitamin C as a Consideration for Pneumonia, Lung Infections, and the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19). https://orthomolecular.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=a5e00132373a7031000fd987a3c9f87b.150&ref=facebook&sh=882a884dd7f416689cfe29c1e4b3320a&fbclid=IwAR0BKMapl9JVpUUWIYHj6EHbUastpOw53uo5OEdJ3rqEF91ukZj_69yrw5Q
  • te Velthuis AJ. 2010. Zn(2+) inhibits coronavirus and arterivirus RNA polymerase activity in vitro and zinc ionophores block the replication of these viruses in cell culture. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21079686
  • Barnett, Junaidah B and col. 2010. Low zinc status: a new risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2854541/
  • Read, Scott A and col. 2019. The Role of Zinc in Antiviral Immunity. https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/10/4/696/5476413

[1] Player, Graham PhD. and col. 2020.

[2] te Velthuis AJ. 2010.

[3] Read, Scott A and col. 2019.

[4] Barnett, Junaidah B and col. 2010.