What Are the Possible Risk Factors in Our Homes That Can Cause Allergies? Part3

“Being a conscious, well-informed person making the right choices is the only way to reduce the negative effects that are putting us at risk.”

In this third part of our Allergy Series we are going to focus on our homes. So far we have dealt with other aspects and possible causes of allergies. In part 1 of the Allergy Series we concentrated more on the background that could help you to navigate better in the huge amount of information and make better lifestyle choices when possible. It also showed the main reasons behind the fact that the number of allergic people is constantly increasing.

In part 2 we spoke more in depth about the “hygiene hypothesis” and the possible risks of vaccination. We focused our attention on autoimmune diseases that also have become increasingly widespread in the high-income countries over the past several decades, and now affect an estimated 5—10% of the population in those countries and on childhood food allergies that have become very common in the last couple of years.

Food allergies really are a regular topic in our everyday life. In most of the cases the food itself has nothing to do with all the appearing health conditions but rather how it is designed and altered, how it is grown with bioengineering and herbicides, and also how it is sourced. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said “let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food”. If he were alive today he would be adding qualifiers to this statement for sure, for the commercial food eaten today requires medicine after eating.

Also genetics play its role in egg, milk, and nut allergies. “A study published in Nature Communications, led by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has found five genetic risk loci that point to the importance of skin and mucous membrane barriers and the immune system in the development of food allergies.”[1]

Our food is not the purest anymore but what is the situation with our houses? Apparently, there is a high chance that they are making us sick. What can we do then to avoid sick house syndrome? We are at higher risk for environmental-related conditions and illnesses than ever before but if we pay attention to our homes from the creative processes to the actual day-to-day processes, we can live in a healthy manner. So what are the possible risk factors in our homes that can cause allergies?

Some of them are in the air, some in the water or in the walls themselves, many of them we don’t even know about and have been present for years and some of them are caused by us. As we mentioned before, our water—even if it comes from safe water supplies—is not clean. One of its additives is fluoride—used synthetically in the municipal water supply, toothpaste, mouthwashes and various chemical products—that not only could contribute to allergic reaction but it can also cause problems with bones, teeth, heart and neurological development. Other possible dangers could be nitrates, bacteria, pesticides, organic chemicals, or radon.

Radon is a chapter on its own. There is a high chance that most people have never heard of radon gas let alone know it can be entering their home and could cause allergies or even death. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, invisible gas that occurs naturally throughout the earth’s crust. It is a by-product of the breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock, and water. It is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that is classified as a class-one carcinogen, which is a proven cancer-causing agent. Radon contributes to thousands of deaths each year, and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States –only cigarette smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.[2] Radon detectors are commercially available and a wise investment to know your radon risk within your home.

When it comes to your house, if it was built before 1978, there is a chance that you are exposed to asbestos (it was used as an insulation material) or lead (it could be found in paint)—both can cause serious health problems. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they can get trapped in the lungs. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause breathing difficulties and lead to serious health problems because asbestos—just like radon—has been classified as a known human carcinogen.

Exposure to even low levels of lead can cause damage over time (lead builds up in the body, often over months or years), and children are especially vulnerable. The greatest risk is to brain development, where irreversible damage can occur. Higher levels can damage the kidneys and nervous system in both children and adults.

The main problems and higher risk of allergies and even more serious illnesses don’t have to be caused by external factors: hygiene products, household chemicals or pesticides could be a reason too. Being a conscious, well-informed person making the right choices is the only way to reduce the negative effects that are putting us at risk.

For the treatment of allergies prevention is the key beginning with understanding the risks factors. Since we are exposed on a daily bases to heavy metal toxins such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic, they slowly accumulate within our tissues causing serious health issues, including allergies, joint pain, cardiovascular blockages and forgetfulness leading to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. To help clean the pipes from heavy metal toxicity EDTA chelation therapy is recommended. There are two treatment options to accomplish chelation therapy, one is by oral application with a product called CLAW-OCHMB from Doctor’s Choice® or by way of intravenous administered by your doctor, and both ways are effective to eliminate accumulated heavy metals residues within the body.

CLAW-OCHMB & Opti Cal/Mag Complex

 

References:

 

[1] Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association. 2107.

[2] Radon Info Sheet.

Why Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases Are Escalating

“Undoubtedly, the most important thing is to focus on understanding the impact of vaccination on the development of childhood food allergies and autoimmune diseases. We should be paying attention to the “red flags” that adverse reactions clearly represent.”

Childhood food allergies have become very common in the last couple of years and their rate has been constantly increasing. According to the non-profit organization Food Allergy Research and Education, researchers estimate that 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. Approximately 9 million adults and 6 million children have food allergies.[1]

Also autoimmune diseases have become increasingly common in the high-income countries over the past several decades, and now affect an estimated 5—10% of the population in those countries. Autoimmune disease means that the body’s immune responses get misdirected against itself. Environmental factors such as drugs, chemicals or vaccines are strongly to blame for the rise in autoimmune disorders and are a biologically probable trigger though these are not the only reasons.

As with many chronic health problems, scientists are still unable to identify the cause and as a result we do not have a clear answer on the cause of food allergies and autoimmune diseases. As we mentioned in part 1 of this series, the rising prevalence of allergies is definitely a complex problem that cannot be traced back to one particular cause.

There are many possible reasons for this extreme rise in numbers of food allergies. One of them is the fact that we have become too clean (the “hygiene hypothesis”). Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center found that infants are much less likely to suffer from allergies if they’re exposed to household bacteria and allergens from rodents, cockroaches and cats during their first year of life.[2] An environment that is too clean promotes allergies and asthma because there’s not enough exposure to various bacteria and allergens in early life. This leads to a less healthy microbiome, the body’s collection of friendly bacteria. The too-clean environment is not the only reason though. Researchers suggest that early antibiotic use changes the bacterial flora, which impacts the development of allergic diseases such as asthma.”[3]

Another contributing factor to food allergies and autoimmune diseases—besides the environment and antibiotics—could be vaccination. Despite the fact that many researches in the past demonstrated an association between vaccine ingredients and development of food allergies, the current ones seem to tend towards the assumption that vaccines are good.

How do autoimmune diseases really “work”?

The pathogenic hallmark of autoimmune disease is the production of proteins called autoantibodies, whereby the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own organs, tissues and cells instead of fighting external pathogens. Vaccines can prompt autoantibody production through a mechanism called “molecular mimicry.” Significant similarities between the pathogenic antigens contained in a vaccine and human proteins in the person receiving the vaccine can lead to immune “cross-reactivity” and “evolve into an autoimmune process targeting the…self-proteins.”[4]

Although researches haven’t consistently proven the link between vaccination and allergies or autoimmune diseases, according to a recent study Vaccination and autoimmune diseases: is prevention of adverse health effects on the horizon? Various autoimmune disorders occurred following vaccination:

Molecular mimicry and bystander activation are reported as possible mechanisms by which vaccines can cause autoimmune reactions. The individuals who might be susceptible to develop these reactions could be those with previous post-vaccination phenomena and those with allergies but also in individuals who are prone to develop autoimmune diseases, such as those with a family history of autoimmunity or with known autoantibodies, and the genetic predisposed individuals.[5]

Another factor to consider, a mother’s immunity passes to the baby through the placenta known as passive immunity, and may be strengthened by vaginal birth, this is dependent on the mother’s immunity and may last for 2 months or more. The natural immunity could be lengthened when the infant is breastfed; the milk contains antibodies that help with natural immune development, because of this natural development some researches recommend vaccinations not be started till the baby is 3 months old.

Undoubtedly, the most important thing is to focus on understanding the impact of vaccination on the development of childhood food allergies and autoimmune diseases. Instead of trying to bury adverse events as inconvenient to the monolithic vaccine safety narrative, we should be paying attention to the “red flags” that adverse reactions clearly represent.

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References:

  • Children’s Health Defense Team. 2018. Molecular Mimicry—Understanding the Link between Vaccines and Autoimmune Disease.

Molecular Mimicry—Understanding the Link between Vaccines and Autoimmune Disease

Vaccination and the Growing Rates of Childhood Food Allergies

  • Amy Shah, M.D. Why Allergies & Autoimmune Diseases Are Skyrocketing.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15741/why-allergies-autoimmune-diseases-are-skyrocketing.html

  • Maria Vadalà et al. 2017. Vaccination and autoimmune diseases: is prevention of adverse health effects on the horizon?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5607155/

 

[1] Food Allergy Research and Education. Facts and Statistics. FoodAllergy.org.

[2] Newborns Exposed to Dirt, Dander and Germs May Have Lower Allergy and Asthma Risk. 2014.

[3] AAAAI. 2019.

[4] Children’s Health Defense Team. 2018.

[5] Maria Vadalà et al. 2017.

Why Are We Becoming More Allergic to So Many Things? Part 1

“We need to start paying more attention to the various aspects of our lives that are affecting our health.”

This part of the Allergy Series will focus on the background that hopefully helps you to navigate better with the huge amount of information in order to make better lifestyle choices when possible. It will help expose the main issues to why the number of allergic people is constantly increasing.

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) estimate of allergy (an “immune response to a substance especially a particular food, pollen, dust or a medicine to which an individual has become hypersensitive to”) prevalence of the entire population by country ranges between 10 and 40%.[1] As the numbers continue rising more and more people are developing allergic reactions despite the fact they have no medical history of this chronic disease. We need to start paying more attention to the various aspects of our lives that are affecting our health. And to question why are we becoming more sensitive and allergic to multiple things?

The rising prevalence of allergies is definitely a complex problem that cannot be traced back to one particular reason. “Some research indicates that increased use of certain medications contribute to the increase in asthma. Studies have shown that increased antibiotic use parallels the rise in allergy and asthma. Researchers suggest that early antibiotic use changes the bacterial flora, which impacts the development of allergic diseases such as asthma.”[2] And why the importance of incorporating probiotic whenever taking antibiotics. Other influencing factors can be lifestyle and diet (obesity has been linked to the prevalence of these diseases), the quality of our food (the toxicity of GMO foods can cause celiac disease and gluten allergies while the hormones and antibiotics in meat are also contributing factors) and water, air pollution or the presence of toxic household items.

Globally, all forms of allergy cases have arisen e.g. food allergy by as much as 50% in the past decade with a 700% rise in hospitalizations due to anaphylaxis. It is thought that allergies and increased sensitivity to foods are probably environmental, and related to Western lifestyles. There are, of course, many possible reasons for that: e.g. the fact that we have become too clean, antimicrobial products for example (the “hygiene hypothesis”), the content of our microbiome, lack of vitamin D, genetics or the highly processed food we eat with the hidden sugars. Research has shown that some food processing methods increase the allergenicity of food proteins […] and they may also compromise the nutritional composition of foods.[3]

Our water is not clean either. One of its additives is fluoride—used synthetically in the municipal water supply, toothpaste, mouthwashes and various chemical products—that could not only contribute to allergic reactions but can also cause problems with bones, teeth, heart and neurological development.

With climate change everything—including hay fever and seasonal allergies—is starting to shift and we still cannot be certain about the health problems it could cause. Recent studies found that pollen production has been increasing around the world. As the average temperatures are climbing there is also an increase in the amount of pollen. The faster the climate changes, the worse it gets; in general, pollen is emerging earlier in the year and the pollen season is stretching out longer.

Also, the change in carbon dioxide concentrations has led to a doubling in pollen production because it turns out that higher carbon dioxide concentrations encourage plants to produce more pollen and it also increases the allergenic peptides of pollen which leads to more severe allergies. It is not just more pollen; the pollen itself is becoming more potent by causing an immune response. It is estimated that the pollen counts of all varieties will double by 2040—at least in some parts of the world—, and depending on what path the world takes concerning greenhouse gas emissions.

As you can see, everything is affected from the food we eat, through the water we drink, to the air we breathe. Our collective choices are one element that either increases or decreases the odds of becoming allergic. The question is: what choices are we willing to make?

Doctor’s Choice products that help treat allergies; Laktokhan Probiotic Complex, Ephedra Tincture, Zinc Picolinate, Thymus Gland and Colloidal Silver.

References:

[1] Pawankar R, et al, 2013.

[2] AAAAI, 2019.

[3] Cahill O, 2018.

Superbugs Part 2: Bacterial Resistance in Agriculture – Livestock and Poultry

On the heels of our last article ‘Drug Resistant Superbugs’, Canadian billionaire and owner of the Edmonton Oilers, Daryl Katz, spoke out about a life-threatening ‘bug’ relating to antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is not new, but it’s changing, and becoming more aggressive than in the past. “The infections are highly contagious and easily transmitted from person to person” stated Jason Tetro. (1)

Antibiotics

Feedlot cattle are the most targeted in antibiotic use, primarily in feeds but occasionally through injections and implants. Approx. 15% of all cattle antibiotics are used in human medicine (MIA).

Currently, new regulations concerning antibiotics will soon be implemented in Canada. The most prevalent is the removal of their use by the farm, and will become available only through veterinarians to administer. While farmers fight this, as their costs will soar and many of them are highly responsible, the problem is, not all are, and the cost to human life is climbing. New methods of dealing with cattle infections and diseases that are effective and non-antibiotic are being researched. Currently, anyone using ‘medically important antibiotics’ (MIA: human use) must be under vet care. The crossover with MIA antibiotics is the link that they are most concerned about regarding resistance.

Commercial chicken rarely see the light of day or move around freely in large spaces, and therefore are more susceptible to disease. In Canada, their lives are moderately better and the use of antibiotics is controlled as opposed to gang fed. The writer cannot guarantee this anywhere else in the world.

Antibiotics have been used consistently in the pork industry for weight gain and feed efficiency. The WHO called for a stop to using antibiotics for animal growth.

Medicinal products like antibiotics are biologically active molecules built to control pathogenic bacteria in humans and animals, but very little is known about their effects, harm and interaction with the environment. Mixtures of antibiotics and their effects are still unknown.

Vaccines

Cattle receive ‘killed and live’ vaccines, including a 7-way which protects against seven different Clostridium diseases. In the UK, the FSA does not regard vaccination in meats to be an issue. In Canada, the cattle must clear 21 days for most vaccines. Like humans, cattle shed vaccines. We could not find any studies on the effects, if any, this has on human health, or whether it’s even been studied, and there is no surveillance at the National level. It’s currently believed that the disease of cattle is far more dangerous than the vaccine. Keeping cattle back until the vaccine is cleared is up to the farm.

Bovine material is used in the creation of human vaccines.

Hormones

Canada has little to no hormone-free commercial beef. It is believed that hormones occur naturally and therefore are harmless. Yet chicken hormones have been banned since 1963, with an upgrade ban in 2014.

Solution

Canada ranks as one of the top third percent for antibiotic use in livestock, higher than the US. There are many ways for humans to be inadvertently exposed to numerous products, through early release of drugged animals into the system left unchecked and other routes of exposure.

These scenarios lead us to wonder how deep the connection is to the increase in human conditions and diseases, and the rise in human resistance and resistant bacteria. As more people become ‘mysteriously’ affected, it is likely governments will jump in with research, as long as corporate pressure does not intervene, which we all know happens on a consistent basis.

Knowing the farmer and their farm practices is becoming more and more crucial to connect with. We sit on the edge of a potential disaster as bacteria grows more resistant daily.

We make mistakes when we look at the source of the problem as being the root of the problem. When we take Katz as an example, although his sinuses are the stress point, it is the symptom of a much larger issue: compromised immune system (gut and intestinal). Prevention and recovery and for a more natural solution based on taking Doctor’s Choice® Immunity Protocol and Antibiotic Resistance. (This protocol is recommended to be taken with the Digestion Protocol and only with Doctor’s Choice products)

Thymus Gland : from New Zealand ovine: Helps to maintain the immune function. Helps to produce T cells in the body which are infection fighters. According to clinical studies, can benefit those who are immunocompromised (HIV, MS, cancer). Has demonstrated the ability to dramatically reverse thymic atrophy and restore levels of immunity to much more youthful levels. In addition to being among the most effective immune-enhancing agents known, thymic extracts and thymic hormones are among the few agents that are documented to extend the life span of experimental animals. Therapeutic dosages range between 200 mg and 800 mg per day, please consult your health care practitioner. Thymus Gland: Three capsules three times per day taken with food.

L-Glycine: Helps to balance both insulin and glycogen levels and to stabilize blood sugar levels in the bloodstream. Utilized in the synthesis of hemoglobin and required by the body for maintaining the nervous system. Essential in muscle development. According to clinical studies Muscle spasticity; glycine is reduced by 30% in the spinal cord affecting nerve impulses. L-Glycine: Three capsules three times per day taken on an empty stomach.

Colloidal Silver: Doctor’s Choice Colloidal Silver will effectively support the immune system in a very unique way. Being 20 ppm electrically charged and Colloidal Silver 8X homeopathically charged, two separate pathways for immune defense. According to clinical studies, effective for multiple drug resistant pathogens and superbugs. Colloidal Silver: Spray 0.5ml by mouth and or nostrils three to four times daily.

In addition, this Colloidal Silver is made without heavy metal accumulation, the same can’t be said about non-homeopathic solutions. Another very important difference is in the production, we do not use nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are thought to neutralize pathogens by restricting oxygen but they can also destroy friendly gut bacteria, like antibiotics do, but no one is talking about this. Nanoparticles cause clustering; several clinical studies prove that silver nanoparticles may cause clustering within the lungs resulting in lung cancer.

LAKTOKHAN Probiotic Complex: To help re-establish the damages created from antibiotic misuse. 10 Billion CFU’s, (colony forming units). Human origin strains remain within intestine and can survive the intestinal acid and bile, unlike other probiotic brands. All strains are clinically proven and scientifically tested. Laktokhan is vegan product and 100% dairy free. Prebiotic Inulin does not feed the bad bacteria unlike fructooligosaccharides (FOSS). Shelf stable and blister packed, eliminating oxidation. According to clinical studies, also helps immunity, mood disorders, and mental health. LAKTOKHAN Probiotic Complex: One capsule twice daily with meal.

Why Doctor’s Choice? In reality the health industry today is mainly associated with food, and when started it was associated with food supplements, this is no longer the case as most suppliers don’t source from plant based material instead from feed quality synthetic based raw materials. And as far as I know Doctor’s Choice is the only nutraceutical company producing therapeutic medicines sourcing from USP pharmaceutical grade raw material and formulated for cellular absorption. A simple website comparison with any other brand clearly shows both directions. With this in mind people like Katz and others have no idea a company like Doctor’s Choice even exists as they are all grouped into the same lot. This is why the population seeks drug induced treatments because they don’t know there are natural alternatives available and why Doctor’s Choice constantly emphasises their platform and placement in the healthcare industry.

 

References:

  • Jason Tetro, an independent researcher in health-related microbiology and immunology, from Toronto. From CBC May 10, 2019.

 

Drug-resistant Superbugs – The Results of Overuse and How to Stop Them

We need to change the way we use antibiotics because right now we are putting at risk our own health.

 

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. […] C. 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]

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.

You might ask how it is possible that such infections can spread so widely in our drug-centered age. Actually, this 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. 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. 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 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 of antibiotic overuse—or misleading, since many people think there always will be a new drug that can upbeat the new generation of bacteria. 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, not to mention that it can never solve the basic problem. We need to change the way we use antibiotics because right now we are putting at risk our own health. We need to ask ourselves whether this really lengthens and improves the quality of our lives or rather endangers it. The British Government commissioned a study which predicted a worst case scenario where more people will die by 2050 of infections caused by bacteria resistance than of cancer.

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to antibiotics that help the abundance of well-functioning T-cells, regulate the immune system and help the body fight off pathogens and diseases. This is what Life Choice® Thymus Gland was designed for. It also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and Zinc Picolinate. B6 deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus hormones. Zinc is included because it is the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, which are immune substances made in the thymus gland – no zinc, no immunity. In addition, and if antibiotics are truly required is to take Life Choice® Laktokhan® probiotics the same day but at different intervals separated by at least 4 hours to help maintain your gastrointestinal immunity while the antibiotics do their thing.

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. Life Choice® offers true full gland Thymus concentrates (not extracts) which are taken from New Zealand-raised, grass-fed sheep without hormones or antibiotics. This includes the brands specifically produced for the professional community; it just blows me away because it is so powerful, but not a part of everyone’s immunity program.

As we age, our bodies must fight harder and harder to maintain optimal performance. Products like Laktokhan® and Thymus Gland can ease the body’s immunological load to help you avoid premature aging.

 

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.

Cancer, Mental Illnesses and Treatments

In our society, no group is immune from these deadly phenomena. From preteens to the elderly, from low income earners to high income earners, from blue collar workers to white collar workers, we are all susceptible.

The health industry has always stated that the quality of food eaten affects human health, although the medical community has done the opposite. I recall speaking with an oncologist pointing out that sugar feeds the disease process, especially cancer. His answer made me question his basic understanding of human health when he said, “it does not matter what you eat, and you can eat all the sugar you want, for it’s your pancreas’ purpose to regulate sugar levels.” I asked “what happens when the pancreas stops working and causes diabetes”, he said “then you need to take insulin and monitor your diet.” Here, understanding the prevention as the base element for healthy living clearly disappeared.

The systems are broken, we are on a spiral decline as diseases will skyrocket in the next 10 years—it’s inevitable on the trajectory we are taking. Despite all the money being spent on mental illness and cancer, they are still growing. Both young mental illness and the rise of childhood cancer that has risen by 25% in the last 40 years are interrelated to airborne pollution, heavy metal toxicity, pesticides, herbicides and diet and even connected to the treatments.[1] This process is referred to the bioaccumulation of toxins which influences the gut microbiota, and affects the various organs and glands.

The cellular breakdown in developing cancer takes many years, a compromised immunity does not happen over night; exceptions being high radiation or other direct toxic exposure. Treatment must be approached to the causal focus; cancer should not be treated reversely, healthy cell structures must be maintained from further deterioration and infection with all treatments.

All healing begins in the mind; drugs have replaced common sense and personal responsibility. Take a pill let someone else become your health care guardian, Does this sound like an advice?

Childhood Lead Exposure Linked to Mental Health in Adulthood

Can lead exposure in childhood influence personality and mental health later in life? Though smaller studies have definitely linked childhood lead exposure and an increased risk of schizophrenia and antisocial behaviors, more studies were needed to gain a more thorough understanding. The latest study[2] taking more than 30 years showed that childhood blood lead levels (BLL) was significantly associated with higher general psychopathology, and internalizing and thought disorder symptoms in adulthood. It has been also associated with lower conscientiousness and agreeableness and higher neuroticism in adulthood. Associations between childhood BLL and adult personality and psychopathology remained significant even after adjusting for sex, maternal IQ, socioeconomic status, and family history of mental illness.[3]

These findings are important because lead exposure is a worldwide phenomenon and requires a much bigger awareness. Only in US 4 million households with children are affected.

The Case of the Properly Prescribed Medication

When mental health issues affect 20% of the population, it becomes a very serious problem. Nothing is stopping the progression, as the drugs that cause the mental illness keep flooding the market, while additional drugs are prescribed for treating the depression caused by the initial drug.

It’s like the infinite loop: the medically induced addiction causes the victim to feel stigmatized and looked upon negatively. Because they feel embarrassed, they seek counseling from a psychiatrist who knows that the drugs are the reasons for the depression. To help the patient cope, he prescribes additional medication. It is a long way from where the responsibility starts to where it ends, and those who are responsible, should be held accountable. So who would you fault for the following? “I go through periods of depression. There are times when I can’t even get out of bed to face the day.” or “I was so stressed that I would cry and cry and cry before I got to the office. I would have to sit in my car for 15 minutes before I got the courage to walk to the elevator.” Certainly fault can’t be applied to the patient who came for help, can it? Then why is it?

In our society, no group is immune from these deadly phenomena. From preteens to the elderly, from low income earners to high income earners, from blue collar workers to white collar workers, we are all susceptible. The underlying issue still remains; the people are not happy and are looking at external means in order to compensate for something missing deep within.

Lives today are out of line and need order; realignment is needed through proper nutrition, natural medicine, and a caring hand with lots of love, and without judgment. The cure can’t be prescribed or found on the street, it runs so much deeper than that.

 

References and Further Readings:

  • Aaron Reuben, MEM; Jonathan D. Schaefer, MA; Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD et al. 2019. Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With Adult Personality Traits and Lifelong Mental Health.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2720691

  • Feyza Sancar, PhD. 2019. Childhood Lead Exposure May Affect Personality, Mental Health in Adulthood.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2729713?guestAccessKey=e2812f56-1fbe-46dd-9183-0bf8e5f49a67&utm_source=silverchair&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article_alert-jama&utm_content=olf&utm_term=032719

  • Nils Opel, MD, Ronny Redlich, PhD, Katharina Dohm, PhD et al. 2019. Mediation of the influence of childhood maltreatment on depression relapse by cortical structure: a 2-year longitudinal observational study.

https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30044-6

  • Sarah Knapton. 2017. Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/05/chemotherapy-may-spread-cancer-trigger-aggressive-tumours-warn/

  • Zachary J Ward, MPH, Jennifer M Yeh, PhD, Nickhill Bhakta, MD. 2019. Estimating the total incidence of global childhood cancer: a simulation-based analysis.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(18)30909-4/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email#.XKP7lXGpUEw.email

[1] A new study shows that “childhood maltreatment is a leading environmental risk factor for an unfavourable course of disease in major depressive disorder. Both maltreatment and major depressive disorder are associated with similar brain structural alterations suggesting that brain structural changes could mediate the adverse influence of maltreatment on clinical outcome in major depressive disorder.” Nils Opel, MD, Ronny Redlich, PhD, Katharina Dohm, PhD et al. 2019.

[2] Aaron Reuben, MEM; Jonathan D. Schaefer, MA; Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD et al. 2019.

[3] Feyza Sancar, PhD. 2019.

The Health Care System Is Broken and in Dire Need of Repair; Integrative Health Care is the Answer Part 3 – Opioid Crisis

“No doubt, the opioid addiction epidemic has reached extraordinary measures affecting and devastating a huge number of lives.”

 

 

Prevention Programs and Medication Treatment Failing

Various issues are creating the breakdown of health while disease and medical treatment is failing. The opioid crisis has reached a crucial level that cannot stay unrecognized anymore. Whether it’s due to legal or non-legal alternatives, hundreds and thousands of cases have been brought to our attention in order to point out the seriousness of the issue.

“More than 600 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses in the first six months of last year, as overdose prevention sites await word on whether they can continue to operate in the province beyond Sunday.”[1] Articles starting with the similar introduction are becoming more and more common. But where does the problem really lie?

Prevention programs—when functioning properly—could help to reduce the number of drug-related deaths and lower the rate of public drug use. Unfortunately, as the Toronto case shows, this is not always true. Medicines proven to treat opioid addiction could be another alternative but as the news show, they remain vastly underused. “Only a fraction of the estimated 2 million people addicted to opioids are getting the medications, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.”[2] One of the reasons—again—is the lack of proper training in the education of doctors, nurses and social workers. So how are we planning to solve the problem? Without the focus on proper treatment and rehabilitation the crisis will remain a crisis, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Sackler Case and How Everyone Could Get Affected

The opioid crisis has started influencing areas of public life that we never thought about. Museums, universities and other nonprofits are cutting ties with the Sackler’s family which has long been known for abundant philanthropy to famous arts and education institutions. This phenomenon is not only present in the United States but also in Europe and started as a result of the massive lawsuit that was filed against the family.

Many “Sackler beneficiaries, including the Metropolitan Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences, are reviewing their donation policies as a result of publicity and legal actions surrounding the family and its company, Purdue Pharma, the maker of the groundbreaking, enormously profitable and frequently-abused painkiller OxyContin.”[3] Court documents accuse the eight family members of misleading the public and doctors about the dangers of abusing OxyContin, a pill that is more potent than heroin or morphine. “They are accused of deceiving doctors and patients and directing sales and marketing techniques that drove huge over-prescribing and ever stronger doses for many patients who should never have been prescribed the pills in the first place.”[4]

No doubt, the opioid addiction epidemic has reached extraordinary measures affecting and devastating a huge number of lives. Though it’s an important step to call out the creators of the medication, another question arises: where was the FDA and Health Canada oversight for safety?

It has become crystal clear that our current health care system needs to be medicated. And not with pharmaceutical drugs having thousands of side effects but with compassion and understanding on how this broken system is ruining millions of lives.

Illness, disease and death are highly emotionally charged issues for most people. Our brains have been distorted from addictive drugs for mental illness, affecting 1 in 5 people, and pain medication for those suffering from chronic pain (90 days or more) affecting 1 in 3 people. North American population is 4.75% of the global population, yet they consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers.  We have become desensitized to the point that we no longer feel empathy or sensitivity to what is happening around us. We all suffer from a disease of perception, being forgetful of what feeling normal is and the state of natural health. How can we? We are placed on drugs from the moment of birth till the time of death, all under the guise that claims it’s good for us! Wasn’t this predicted by George Orwell in 1984? His timing was a bit off but it’s the reality today.

In the meantime, our governments’ pharma care (in the form of Health Canada and the FDA) is clearly in the pockets of ‘Big Pharma’. Where is the oversight then?  It is time for society to stop being a victim and to take charge of their health. It is time for the healing to begin and for the toxicity, illness and mayhem of everyday life to end. We are in need of restoration. We are intelligent beings and it’s time to make the shift to true healing in both body and spirit.

 

References:

[1] Jones, Allison. 2019.

[2] Perrone, Matthew. 2019.

[3] Marshall, Alex. 2019.

[4] Walters, Joanna. 2019.

The Health Care System Is Broken and in Dire Need of Repair; Integrative Health Care is the Answer Part 2

“Huston, we have a problem” is an understatement. When one side is falling miserably, we must look for change, and this is where integrative medicine comes into play.”

How do you teach algebra to those who only know their ABC? The problem rests on a lack of oversight. Farmers are growing crops by using heavily sprayed pesticides and herbicides, and we have been told that they cause no harm. Food manufacturers are packaging processed foods empty of nutrition but laced with pesticides and herbicides. Animals and farmed fish raised for food are given antibiotics and estrogen stimulants to help them grow quicker, and are fed toxic GMO crops. And wouldn’t you have it, all the poisons carry on up the food chain and into the population?

The Lack of Nutrition Education in Medical Schools

When sickness arises, a visit to the doctor is in order and because of his lack of nutrition education in medical school, rudimentary at best, he gives out what he has been taught. Beginning with medical school, the time devoted to nutrition is limited, with an average of 19 total hours over 4 years, and is focused largely on biochemistry and vitamin deficiency states.[1]

Following medical school, nutrition education during the 3 or more years of graduate medical education is minimal or, more typically, absent. This lack of education in training is reflected in what physicians report about the quality of it. In a 2017 survey of 646 cardiologists, 90% reported that they had not received adequate nutrition education to counsel their patients, even though 95% believed it was their personal responsibility to do so.[2]

Unfortunately, it’s not just the question of personal responsibility. According to the US Burden of Disease Collaborators “health in the United States improved from 1990 to 2016 (…) but the probability of death between ages 20 and 55 years has increased more than 10%”[3] because of the poor-quality diet that has been identified as the leading cause of death in the United States. So who should be responsible for providing the information?

According to a study of 1500 health care practitioners, 97% responded that they have a responsibility to ensure that patients are counseled about obesity.[4] Another study of 606 clinicians showed that 96% ‘agree’ or ‘somewhat agree’ that they should contribute to patients’ weight management, 88% acknowledged that moderate weight loss is ‘extremely beneficial’ for patients with obesity, and 80% recognized obesity as a disease.[5] Though, based on the current situation, recognizing the problem is still not enough.

True Cost of Health Care

As we can see, each sector is broken, the food chain, the education system, and disease treatment. Is it any wonder why disease is raging out of control and spending with it? The US spends more on health care than most other countries at 3.5 trillion. Spending per person in the US was $10,224 in 2017, which was 28% higher than Switzerland, the next highest per capita spender.[6] With this spending, are Americans healthier from this investment? As you could see, they are far from it. American heath is, by most metrics, worse than all the other rich countries. US child mortality, for example, is about seven per 1,000 children. Compare this to Finland, where child mortality is two per 1,000 children. Then there is life expectancy. A Japanese child born today can expect to reach the age of 84, while an American child can expect to reach age 79. This gap exists despite the fact that the US spends about 7% more on health than Japan. It is also worth factoring in the unique health challenges the US faces, such as the obesity epidemicwhich costs the nation between $147 and $210 billion per year—and adds to the burden of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Would a truly healthy nation have such morbidity in its midst?[7]

Unless Americans make changes in their lifestyles and food industry changes from the way food is prepared and marketed, the number of people with chronic diseases—and the cost of treating them—will continue to rise. The US Chronic Disease estimates that by 2030, 83 million people in the US will have three or more chronic health conditions, up from 31 million in 2015 with a projected cost of 42 trillion, and 5% of population will account for 50% of the spending.[8]

Integrative Medicine as the Solution

“Huston, we have a problem” is an understatement. When one side is falling miserably, we must look for change, and this is where integrative medicine comes into play. As the above shows, there has been an evolution, but without balance. Today, things need to be integrative. The people want choices and convenience, but they don’t want disease and sickness. Let’s face it: the health industry is rapidly growing, selling vitamins of various quality levels when we should be concentrating on USP pharmaceutical grade raw materials. Most grocery store chains have separate health sections with an impressive assortment of organic produce. The one thing missing in this model is expertise, and at the moment, this is where the health food stores excel. Each and every time an antibiotic is prescribed, a probiotic should also be recommended by the prescribing naturopath, medical doctor and/or the pharmacist. This would help with the immune system and overall recovery, and could become an integral part of prescribing antibiotics. The worldwide nutraceutical market was estimated to reach $204 billion in 2015, of which the United States has a 39% market share and Canada a 3.9% market share.

For far too long, we have maintained two very distinct camps concerning healthcare and lifestyle preferences, and because of this, patients have suffered. Today, ‘integration’ is the new buzzword, uniting healthcare treatment options between the pharmaceutical approach and the naturopathic holistic approach, as well as between compounding pharmacies and health food stores. The time has come for the integrative, complementary approach: the marrying of what is best from each treatment modality and preference in lifestyle choices.

References:

  • Adams, Kelly M., Butsch, W. Scott, Kohlmeier, Martin. (2015) The State of Nutrition Education at US Medical Schools.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/357627

  • Devries, Stephen MD, Agatston, Arthur MD, Aggarwal, Monica MD and coll. (2017) A Deficiency of Nutrition Education and Practice in Cardiology. https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(17)30527-2/fulltext
  • Galea, Sandro. (2017) America Spends The Most On Healthcare But Isn’t the Healthiest Country. http://fortune.com/2017/05/24/us-health-care-spending/
  • Kaplan LM, Golden A, Jinnett K. and coll. (2018) Perceptions of Barriers to Effective Obesity Care: Results from the National ACTION Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Jan;26(1):61-69.
  • Petrin C, Kahan S, Turner M, and coll. (2017) Current attitudes and practices of obesity counselling by health care providers. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. 2017 May – Jun;11(3):352-359.
  • Sawyer, Bradley. Cox, Cynthia. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2018) How does health spending in the U.S. compare to other countries?

https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/health-spending-u-s-compare-countries/#item-start

[1] Adams, Kelly M., Butsch, W. Scott, Kohlmeier, Martin. (2015)

[2] Devries, Stephen MD, Agatston, Arthur MD, Aggarwal, Monica MD and coll. (2017)

[3] The US Burden of Disease Collaborators. (2018)

[4] Petrin C, Kahan S, Turner M, and coll. (2017)

[5] Kaplan LM, Golden A, Jinnett K. and coll. (2018)

[6] Sawyer, Bradley. Cox, Cynthia. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2018)

[7] Galea, Sandro. (2017)

[8] http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/sites/default/files/pfcd_blocks/PFCD_US.FactSheet_FINAL1%20%282%29.pdf

The Health Care System Is Broken and in Dire Need of Repair; Integrative Health Care is the Answer Part 1

“It is a cruel shame to create the trap and not the treatment leading to a cure. Someone wins; the business of sickness becomes the shareholders’ dream.”

The current global systems we have in place are clearly flawed, and the world is equally divided. This includes the medical system, the chemical industry, mass farming, and the environment. The politics are clear with their agenda, and equally clear are those in protest for a positive change. If we consider the issues facing humanity each issue has supporters and protesters who are diametrically opposed. Big business interests are directed towards shareholders’ profits, the scientists and directors of these companies know the damages they are creating but they continue in their efforts anyway.

GMO farming practices are interwoven: owned by Bayer, doing business under Monsanto and supplied by government sponsored chemical manufacturers without application oversight. Viewing these toxic issues, it is amazing what gets approved when one eye is closed.

Our one sided health care system is another thing: not so long ago it was called a Healthcare Plan which was now renamed as a Pharmacare Plan—most people probably never even noticed the deceptive move. Sponsorship does have its advantages. The pharma directed medical system is overloaded as there are not enough trained doctors and almost none of them received adequate nutrition education[1]; they treat the symptoms of disease rather than the core.

We can fully anticipate a resurgence of disease as it must come to pass due to the unregulated toxic systems we have in place. Herbicides are sprayed on school grounds and in parks, children and pets are closer to the earth and are the ones most vulnerable. Should we be surprised by the rise in allergies and childhood cancer? Golfers seek the perfect green and when walking the course it is their belief that the exercise is healthy, when in fact they could not be further from the truth. Most pristine golf courses are highly toxic and create the perfect bedding ground for developing cancer. The highly processed empty calorie diet, with most laden with sugars, creates obesity and weaken the immune system—combine this with environmental toxins and the disease process is certain.

Symptomatic directed synthetic based medication is covered by the medical system, and as most disease states cause chronic pain, the treatment of choice is addictive opioid medication with the brand names, Vicodin, OxyContin and Morphine.

For many, the addiction remains when the system no longer supports the patients’ access to their medication reliance, forcing the patient to buy from the street, from a pusher that is not as eloquent as the one who started the addiction. Once the addict is hooked, their lives quickly become eroded and society—seeing the escalated drug overdosing leading to death—offers lifelines with conditions. Rather to treat the core of the addiction, the system’s answers are safe heroin injection sites to the one time contributing member of society seeking health care. It is a cruel shame to create the trap and not the treatment leading to a cure. Someone wins; the business of sickness becomes the shareholders’ dream.

We have come to the time for integrative medicine when society offers the patient a choice in health care treatment—either allopathic drugs or naturopathic medicine and both supported equally by the system—that allows the freedom of choice. Many would choose the natural pathway, and it would not take more than a year to gauge results. For this to happen, pharma’s interests would need to be curtailed, and medical doctors would require training in nutrition and nutricutical medicines. Visits to a naturopath or medical doctor would become the decision of the patient. Isn’t that a fair offer from a system that depends on workers’ tax dollars?

For far too long the two opposing camps have fought, for the sake of our planet and the health of its inhabitants we need change. We have to come together and find a solution before it is too late, for the pathway we are taking will not survive.

[1] More information on the topic—lack of nutrition education at medical schools—with numbers and the consequences of the situation will be provided in part 2 of our newsletter.

Doctor’s Choice

Autism: More Alarming Statistics and Findings

“This may be your first time reading that there are differences when it comes to folic acid, and a question may come to mind: if the methylated form of folate is the best and avoids health complications, why isn’t it the only form used? The answer is the raw material costs.”

The number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing. In 1960 ASD was 1 in 2,500, and currently the situation is alarming (1 in 59 children and in boys 1 in 37 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) but the estimated rate for the upcoming decade is even more disturbing (every second child will be born with autism). Identifying the problem is a good start but even more important is to understand the causes and find the solutions to be able to change the predictions.

Unfortunately, most of the studies don’t dig deep enough. The newest one—conducted by the researchers of the University of California—does not address the issue of why parents are having autistic children in the first place either. It is a wide gaping hole as it does nothing for preventing or discovering the cause of autism, only suggests that prenatal supplements should be used for recurrence once the parents have their first autistic child.

Prescribing prenatal formulas is not new to naturopathic doctors since they have been doing it for several decades, pointing out the essential ingredients (folic acid and iron) of prenatal vitamins and the other nutrients necessary for the baby’s development. But is it that simple? For being able to find the solution, we need to take it one step further, so let’s dig a little bit deeper.

As mentioned above, folic acid is especially crucial for those who are pregnant. However, despite folic acid being in many supplements, the form of folic acid is not as widely considered despite the fact that it makes all the difference.

The active form of folate is called 5-MTHF. This is the form that the body can use; it can go into cells, and even cross the blood-brain barrier. Any folic acid that is not 5-MTHF has to undergo a conversion process in the body to be used. Still, up to 40% of people have a mutation in their MTHFR gene, which means they have problems metabolizing folic acid. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme that activates and regulates folate metabolism in the body; it is responsible for converting folic acid into its active 5-MTHF form. 5-MTHF goes on to influence many important bodily processes, such as DNA, RNA, and SAMe production.

While on one hand, folate is recommended for pregnant women as a means to prevent birth defects[1], on the other hand half of all pregnant women have the MTHFR mutation, which hinders folic acid metabolization. Supplementing with predigested, biologically active forms of folate, like 5-MTHF, can be a positive solution, as well as being healthier overall.

This may be your first time reading that there are differences when it comes to folic acid, and a question may come to mind: if the methylated form of folate is the best and avoids health complications, why isn’t it the only form used? The answer is the raw material costs. Standard folic acid costs $75.00 per kg, whereas 5-MHTF methylated folate costs $4,000 per kg; as they say, you get what you pay for.[2]

To help avoid health complications, read product labels, avoid foods that have been fortified with folic acid, and for food supplements, avoid folic acid sources. Instead, choose directly absorbable methylated forms. Doctor’s Choice® only uses methylated minerals (B6, B12, and folate) 5-MTHF folate in our formulations. If you want to ensure that the folate you are taking is helpful and not harmful, only trust brands that have done their homework on this very important nutrient.

Is Aluminium the Cause?

Compared to non-autistic children, autistic children have the highest levels of aluminum. This is a problem because aluminum in the form of a chemical and this heavy metal is prevalent throughout our society. Our modern lifestyle relies very heavily upon this element as an ingredient in many manufactured items that we use on a daily basis: vaccines, prepared foods, deodorants, treated water, pots and pans, cell phones, televisions, computers etc. In addition to aluminum, there are other heavy metals such as lead and mercury, which have also been linked to this disease by causing harm to the brain.[3]

Acknowledging the reality of a crisis is never enough. To be able to solve a problem, we always need to find why it exists in the first place and proactively look for the best possible solutions. Planning ahead and taking care of ourselves and our loved ones is an excellent starting place while being mindful that your health rests between your own two hands.

NGBC, OPTI Cal/Mag, CLAW-OCHMB

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References and further readings:

  • Dahl, Eldon, DNM. (2018) Synthetic Folic Acid in Fortified Food and Supplements:Why It’s Bad for Our Health, and How It Affects MTHFR Gene Mutation.

https://lifechoice.net/synthetic-folic-acid-in-fortified-food-and-supplementswhy-its-bad-for-our-health-and-how-it-affects-mthfr-gene-mutation/

· Dahl, Eldon, DNM. (2014) Alzheimer’s And Autism: Is The Common Link Aluminum?

Alzheimer”s And Autism: Is The Common Link Aluminum?

  • Puzic, Sonja. (2019) New autism study suggests prenatal vitamins can prevent recurrence in families.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-autism-study-suggests-prenatal-vitamins-can-prevent-recurrence-in-families-1.4314839

· Stein, Traci Ph.D., MPH. (2014) A Genetic Mutation That Can Affect Mental & Physical Health. MTHFR mutations are linked to depression, ADHD, migraines, miscarriage & more.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-integrationist/201409/genetic-mutation-can-affect-mental-physical-health

[1] The MTHFR mutation has implications for cardiovascular disease, stroke, recurrent early miscarriages, migraines, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Several mental health conditions have also been linked to the MTHFR mutation, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism.

[2] Dahl, Eldon, 2018.

[3] Dahl, Eldon, 2014.