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Inhalants raise risk of pneumonia by 1/3

In allergy, asthma, drugs on December 1, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Inhaled Corticosteroids Raise Pneumonia Risk For Lung Disease Sufferers (November 28, 2008) — Lung disease experts are calling for physicians to show much greater caution in prescribing inhaled corticosteroid drugs for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after finding evidence that the widely used anti-inflammatory medications increase the risk of pneumonia by a full third. … > full story

 

Strengthen lung tissue with vitamin A.

alfalfa – cholesterol, allergies, blood sugar, arthritis

In allergy, arthritis, blood sugar, bursitis, cholesterol, digestion, heart disease, hot flash, IBS, liver, sinus, steroids on November 30, 2008 at 4:37 am

Alfalfa, the king of plants

  • reduces cholesterol
  • reduces blood sugar levels 
  • enzymes break down food
  • thins mucas (sinus, intestinal)
  • alleviates allergies / congestion
  • promotes liver health
  • detoxifies the body
  • relieve pain and stiffness of arthritis/bursitis
  • anti-cancer activity because of isoflavone/phytoestrogens content
  • alleviate postmenopausal “hot flashes”. 1
  • If cut before it blooms, alfalfa is low in fiber and high in energy. 
  • improves soil structure and condition, and controls weeds in subsequent crop rotations.
  • Alfalfa is a good source of protein, B-complex vitamins, and certain minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
  • Alfalfa could help prevent fatigue associated with vitamin/mineral deficiency or protein energy malnutrition in disadvantaged parts of the world. 
  • absorbs significant quantities of cholesterol. The direct interaction of saponins and cholesterol is thought to be responsible for the ability of alfalfa and other saponin-containing plant materials to reverse diet induced cholesterolemia in rats. Alfalfa saponins also interact with cholesterol found in intestinal cell membranes. This potentially alters cholesterol metabolism by interfering with intestinal absorption of cholesterol. 3
  • absorbs bile acids in the small intestine which then enter the large intestine and are eliminated along with steroids.  Since steroids normally facilitate cholesterol absorption, their elimination provides another possible mechanism to reverse or prevent cholesterolemia. 4
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References

  1. Alfalfa, Supplementwatch.com, 2002 
  2. International Forage Factsheet Series, http://www.forages.css.orst.edu/Topics/Species/Legumes/Alfalfa/International_Fact_Sheet.html
  3. Hwang J, Sevanian A, Hodis H, Ursini F. Synergistic Inhibition of LDL Oxidation by Phytoestrogens and Ascorbic Acid. Free Radical Biol Med, 29(1); 2000:79-89; Malinow M, McLaughlin P, Stafford C, Livingston A, Kohler G. Alfalfa saponins and alfalfa seeds. Atherosclerosis, 37;1980:433-438; Molgaard J, von Schenck H, Olsson A. Alfalfa seeds lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol and apolipoprotein B concentrations in patients with type II hyperlipoproteinemia. Atherosclerosis, 65,1987:173-79.
  4. Story J, LePage S, Petro M, West L, Cassidy M, Lightfoot F, Vahouny G. Interactions of alfalfa plant and sprout

 

alfalfa

Beautifully Deadly Hygiene

In allergy, alzheimer's, anti-aging, asthma, autism, beauty products, breast cancer, bumpy arms, cancer, cancer risk factors, chemicals, chronic fatigue, Fertility, fetal development, hormone questionnaire, hygiene, immune system, makeup, Menstrual disorders, mercury poisoning, skincare, Women on November 17, 2008 at 6:55 pm

makeup-masquerra

Problems caused: 

  • abnormal hormone levels
  • parabens found in breast cancer
  • mercury poisoning found in eye shadows
  • chronic fatigue
  • liver
  • infertility
  • asthma
  • allergies

Solutions for a Healthy Beauty 

 

More Information:

CosmeticsInfo.org

Babies Absorb Phthalates from Baby Products

Phthalates Information Center

FDA’s Guide to Parabens

Cosmetics, Parabens and Breast Cancer

Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition

Washington Toxics Coalition

The Dirty Dozen Ingredients In Personal Care Products

Chronic Fatigue, allergies, insomnia– caused by Mercury Poisoning?

In ADD, allergy, alzheimer's, autism, candida, chemicals, chronic fatigue, cleanses, Fertility, intestine, Menstrual disorders, mercury poisoning, metal poisoning, sinus on November 17, 2008 at 5:18 am

mercury

Mercury Poisoning   

1.  What is it?         

2.  Symptoms?         

3.  Exposure? 

 

Solutions  

1. Remove poison           

2. Rebuild          

3. Repair DNA         

4. Maintain & Prevent

 

 

 

 

Water bottles – heart disease and diabetes?

In allergy, athletes, babies, chemicals, diabetes, heart disease on November 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm

 

JAMA Raises Concerns about BPA

–Dr. Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP
Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences & Education

BPA – what is it?  It is a chemical modifier used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics typically are clear and hard and have many applications, including use in certain food and beverage packaging such as water and infant bottles, as well as compact discs, impact-resistant safety equipment, and medical devices.  About 7 billion pounds of BPA are produced worldwide each year.

Problems BPA causes?  cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, heart attack, angina), diabetes, liver enzyme abnormalities, brain damage, developmental abnormalities, precancerous changes, metabolic syndrome, etc. 

Why BPA causes these problems?  Possibly, BPA is a hormone disruptor or modulator and causes pancreatic cells to increase insulin production.

Who is at risk?  In 2007, the CDC found BPA in the urine of nearly 93% tested.  This indicates widespread exposure to BPA in the US.  Who has the highest levels?   Children, then females, then males.

Shaklee’s response:  Shaklee’s first commitment is to product safety and, as such, our product packaging is free of BPA.

Tips to reduce Exposure to BPA:

  1. Avoid Reusable Polycarbonate (labeled #7) plastic water and baby bottles, which tend to be hard, clear and colorful. Choose polyethylene or glass.  
  2. Avoid Polycarbonate Plastic Food Containers and Tableware. These may also be labeled “PC” underneath a plastic code #7 in the recycling triangle on the bottom of the container. Use instead: BPA-free plastics with the recycling labels #1, #2, or #4 and #5, ceramic or glass. Soft or cloudy-colored plastic containers do not usually contain BPA.
  3. Minimize the use of canned food & drink, especially tomato sauces because the high acidity causes more chemical leaching. Choose foods which are fresh, frozen, or stored in glass. The recent study by EWG found BPA in more than half of the 97 canned goods that were tested.
  4. Ask your dentist for BPA-free sealants and composite fillings.
  5. Avoid microwaving or heating any food in plastic containers because heat may release chemicals into food.

Body Burden Test – How many chemicals are found in your bloodstream? 

 

References: (full list in full article)

Cloudy, throbbing, stuffed up?

In allergy, cleanses, cold, flu, infection, prevention, sinus on October 15, 2008 at 1:41 am

When the leaves fall, do your airways constrict and sinuses congest?  Do your throbbing headaches prevent you from enjoying the fall colors?  I remember when my eyes would tear up so badly that a film would cloud my vision and cover my contact lenses.  It’d  make everything from driving to reading difficult.  So, I’d wear my glasses, wipe my eyes and hope for the best.  That is, until infection set in.

The allergy whirlwind 

  • clear, runny nose
  • cracking ears
  • sore throat
  • constricted airways
  • constricted sinus cavities
  • thicker mucas
  • cloudy vision
  • headache
  • neck ache
  • swollen glands
  • infection sets in
  • productivity & focus depletes
  • miserable

Old, broken techniques

Here’s what I used to do…

  • blow nose
  • wipe eyes
  • take allergy meds
  • sleep more
  • drink more water
  • eat comfort food (ie. chocolate malt ball ice-cream)
  • wear glasses instead of contacts
  • get antibiotics from my doctor
  • finish antibiotic cycle
  • two weeks later, get antibiotics again
  • all fall, winter and spring
  • summer was my only hope, untill ragweed blooming.  Arggghhh!

Sound familiar?

Sing a new song.  “Free at last!”

I’ve learned some simple and effective techniques to help overcome and avoid this cumbersome cycle.   I hope they help you!

  • Raise the immune system so histamine isn’t produced when in contact with ‘allergens’.   How? 
  • Avoid sugar (which lowers the immune system and uses up antioxidants).
  • Distinguish acquired allergies from actual allergies; avoid actual allergens
  • Thin the mucas.  How? 
    • alfalfa (thins mucas, reduces inflamation & raises immunity.) 
    • What if you’re allergic to grasses?  Don’t worry, for most people Shaklee’s alfalfa isn’t allergy causing because we only use the leaves, not the stems of the plant.  Also, we only use mature alfalfa leaves so the root systems go deep into the soil.  Why is this important?  When you take our alfalfa, you get the trace minerals found deep within the earth which can raise your immunity. 
    • Take acidophilus to thin intestinal mucas.  Much of the immune system effectiveness is in the intestine.
    • Hydrate with purified water to thin the mucas and avoid infection.
    • Avoid mucas producing foods like dairy.
  • If congested, irrigate the sinuses immediately.   This removes excessive thick mucas, kills infection and reduces inflamation. 
  • Soothe sore throat with echanacea & zinc
  • Kill infection
  • Breathe clean air.

more on allergies

Infection Relief

In allergy, cleanses, infection on October 15, 2008 at 1:08 am

NOTE:

To effectively kill infection, it’s important that the product you’re using:

  • has no contamination
  • is consistantly the same formulation
  • has enough active ingredient
  • is made with the most pure raw ingredients
  • is processed so the enzymes are still alive. 

 If these specifications aren’t met, the product won’t be strong enough to kill the infection.  All of our products exceed these specifications.

 

FIGHT INFECTION: virus, flu, cold, ear, sinus

Every 5 hours till infection is completely gone:

 

 

ANTIBIOTIC WARNING

If you used an antibiotic, the good flora of the intestine will be destroyed.  Be sure to replenish the healthy flora (acidophilus) in intestine before the yeast (Candida) get overgrown.  Your choice of acidophilus is important because if it can’t arrive in your intestines alive, pass the hydrochloric acid of the stomach, it won’t help the body.  Shaklee’s patented ‘pearl coating’ ensures live flora get delivered to your intestine. 

Candida overgrowth?  Test here.  (If you don’t include proper contact info, I won’t be able to send you your results.)

 

SKIN INFECTION

  • Soak infected body part in 1 gallon water with 1/2 teas Basic G for 20 min as often as possible (1-3 times daily)
  • Rub area with antibacterial herbal cream
  • Strenthen immune system with Vivix

Lead-Contaminated Vitamins!

In allergy, cleanses, digestion, Fertility, metal poisoning, vitamins on October 13, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Drop-wrist?  Blue line on gums?  Anxiety?  You may have lead contamination.

The FDA uncovers that lead is found in many vitamins.  Shaklee vitamins do not contain lead! 

Lead toxicity (emedicine, Wikepedia) lowers the immune system, causes neurological (ADD, memory & anxiety) and fertility problems. 

Symptoms and effects

The symptoms of chronic lead poisoning include neurological problems, such as reduced cognitive abilities, or nausea, abdominal pain, irritability, insomnia, metal taste in oral cavity, excess lethargy or hyperactivity, chest pain, headache and, in extreme cases, seizure and coma. There are also associated gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, poor appetite, weight loss, which are common in acute poisoning. Other associated effects are anemia, kidney problems, and reproductive problems.

In humans, lead toxicity sometimes causes the formation of a bluish line along the gums, which is known as the “Burton’s line”, although this is very uncommon in young children. Blood film examination may reveal “basophilic stippling” of red blood cells, as well as the changes normally associated with iron-deficiency anemia (microcytosis and hypochromia). However, basophillic stippling is also seen in unrelated conditions, such as megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 (colbalamin) and folate deficiencies.[14]

Lead affects the peripheral and central nervous system. The most common sign of peripheral neuropathy due to chronic lead poisoning is painless wristdrop (weakness of the extensor muscles of hand) which usually develops after many weeks of exposure.

A direct link between early lead exposure and extreme learning disability has been confirmed by multiple researchers and child advocacy groups.

A May 2000 study by economic consultant Rick Nevin theorizes that lead exposure explains 65% to 90% of the variation in violent crime rates in the U.S.[15][16]. A July 2007 paper by the same author claims to show a strong association between preschool blood lead and subsequent crime rate trends over several decades across nine different countries[17]. These results were discussed in a July 2007 Washington Post article, reviving interest in the subject[18]. Nevin’s results reflect peer reviewed findings by Dartmouth Political Scientist Roger D. Masters,[19] [20]and similar work is being done by other researchers. Amherst economist Jessica Reyes’ working paper[21] and Masters’ work are both pre-publication and available online.

—Wikipedia

Want to cleanse your body from lead toxicity?

Body Cleanse – overview

In allergy, business owners, cleanses, crohn's disease, digestion, Fertility, intestine, Menstrual disorders, prevention, productivity on October 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Time to clean up your body?

Starter Cleanse to increase energy to entire system.

 

SYMPTOMS- A cleanse would benefit you if have or if you want to prevent: 

acid reflux, acne, ADD, ADHD, allergies, arthritis, asthma, auto immune disease, bloated, bumpy skin, cancer, canker sores, cholesterol (high), chronic fatigue, congested, cramps, disease (any), Endo, fatigued, fibromyalgia, flatulence, gas, headaches, IBS, immunity (low), insomnia, irritability, itchy, itchy ears, joint pain, memory (poor),  migraines, Mono, odor (any part of body), pain (joint, shoulder), plaque (excess), rashes, stuffy sinuses, warts…  

 

Specific Cleanses

Enjoy the linked items now.  The others will be available soon.

 

Want to begin? – Get your supplies here. 

 

Lymphatic System Cleanse

In allergy, cleanses, prevention on October 8, 2008 at 8:58 am

Daily for @ least 1 month. 

(Longer if you have a serious immune system challange.)

 

 

  1. Jump on a mini trampoline or run up the stairs 5-45 min.

     

  2. Use 1 teas. Vivix to repair DNA damage. 

     

  3. Sweat! 

     

  4. Use Herb Lax to purify the blood, which lessens the toxic load on the lymphatic system. 

     

  5. Use 3 DTX daily to clean the liver, which lessens the toxic load on the lymphatic system.  (more about the liver)

     

  6. Use 1 Nutriferon to boost the immune system, which lessens the toxic load on the lymphatic system. 

     

 

 

 

Want to begin? – Get your supplies here