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Diet Affects Gut Microbes & Colon Cancer Risk

In cancer, candida, colon, colon cancer, digestion, gut, gut microbes, intestine, microbes, optiflora on April 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Diet Affects Diversity Of Microbes In Human Gut, And In Turn, Colon Cancer Risk (April 2, 2009) — A typical Western diet, rich in meat and fats and low in complex carbohydrates, is a recipe for colon cancer, scientists say. Researchers have described an expanding body of evidence to show that the composition of the diet directly influences the diversity of the microbes in the gut, providing the link between diet, colonic disease and colon cancer. … > full story

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Childhood Constipation as serious as Asthma

In alfalfa, alkalinity, children, constipation, digestion, fiber, hard stools, herb lax on December 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm

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(November 28, 2008) — Family life gets crazy around the holidays, and kids can get out of their bathroom routine. A new study finds childhood constipation is much more than an inconvenience – it’s a common, sometimes serious medical problem that costs nearly billion each year to treat. That’s equal to major chronic illnesses like asthma and ADHD. We have some important tips for parents to help treat or prevent the problem before it gets serious. … > full story

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OUR COMMENTS

Motto:  “If it goes in, it must come out!”  

  • If you eat one full meal a day, you should have one full bowel movement a day.  (2 meals, 2 movements, etc.)  
  • Ideally, BMs should float, clean easily (not liquid, sticky or hard), and not smell too odorous.   
  • If you don’t have the ‘ideal BM’, you can increase fiber, herbs and alkalinity.

 

Fiber

  • helps digestion 
  • eases constipation,
  • cleanses bowel, blood and arteries.   

 

Herb Lax

  • strengthens intestinal muscle action
  • cleanses intestine and blood
  • increases nutrient absorption
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    Alfalfa   

    • increases alkalinity of cellular system
    • enzymes help digest food in the stomach before it enters the intestine
    • natural body deodorizer

     

     

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    Green Tea: tooth decay, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, cholesterol, weight, digestion, detox chemicals and alcohol

    In alcohol, alzheimer's, antioxidant, beriberi disease, blood sugar, blotchiness, body temperature, bonde health, bone health, brain, cancer, detox, digestion, fatigue, green tea, HDL, heart, LDL, metabolism, morepinephrine, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative disease, parkinson's, soda, stimulant, tea, thirst, tooth decay, urinary funciton, weight on December 14, 2008 at 10:49 am
    • Drink Tea To Avoid Tooth Erosion, Study Suggests (November 28, 2008) — Researchers compared green and black tea to soda and orange juice in terms of their short- and long-term erosive effect on human teeth. The study found that the erosive effect of tea was similar to that of water, which has no erosive effect. … full story
    • History  Wikipedia 
      • Tea consumption had its origin in China more than 4,000 years ago[5]. Green tea has been used as traditional medicine in areas such as China, Japan, India and Thailand to help everything from controlling bleeding and helping heal wounds to regulating body temperature, blood sugar and promoting digestion.
      • The Kissa Yojoki (Book of Tea), written by Zen priest Eisai in 1191, describes how drinking green tea can have a positive effect on the five vital organs, especially the heart. The book discusses tea’s medicinal qualities, which include easing the effects of alcohol, acting as a stimulant, curing blotchiness, quenching thirst, eliminating indigestion, curing beriberi disease, preventing fatigue, and improving urinary and brain function.
    • Claims  Wikipedia
      • Stopping certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
      • The prevention and treatment of cancer [6]
      • Treating multiple sclerosis [7]
      • Preventing the degradation of cell membranes by neutralizing the spread of free radicals which occur during oxidation process. [8][dubious ]
      • Reducing the negative effects of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by lowering levels of triglycerides and increasing the production of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
      • Joy Bauer, a New York City nutritionist, says [the catechins in green tea] increase levels of the metabolism speeding brain chemical norepinephrine (noradrenaline).
      • Japanese researchers claim that drinking five cups of green tea a day can burn 70 to 80 extra calories. Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a self-proclaimed anti-aging specialist, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and told Oprah’s viewers they can lose 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in 6 weeks drinking green tea instead of coffee.

    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

     

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    IBS to Colitis to Cancer?

    In cancer risk factors, candida, crohn's disease, digestion, intestine, stress on November 30, 2008 at 12:30 am

    How can IBS lead to Cancer?

     

    CAUSE and PROGRESSION

    • IBS develops when people eat less than 25-50 grams of fiber a day or have a Candida Infection.
      • IBS is chronic constipation, alternating constipation and diarrhea, spastic colon, abdominal cramps and tenderness, mucas, abdominal bloating and gas, or incomplete evacuation.
    • IBS can lead to Ulcerations & Inflammation.  (Source: Dr. Mark Bowles)

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      • A diverticulum is a bulge of the inner colon lining through the colon’s muscular wall to its outer surface. 
      • Diverticulitis occurs when undigested foods become hard and dry, causing the colon walls to strain and break. 
      • A local infection in the colon develops, causing subsequent pain in the lower left corner of the abdomen, sometimes accompanied by fever and chills.
      • Many with Diverticulosis have been given the bad advice of severely restricting fiber.  Lack of fiber worsens the condition.
      • Fatty foods, Candida Infection and stress aggravate the condition.
    • Diverticulosis increases the risk of Colon Cancer as damaged cells replicate.  colon-cancer

     

     

    SOLUTIONS to help

    1. REPAIR DAMAGED INTESTINE — Energizing Soy Protein, Vitalizer, Vivix
    2. CLEAN INTESTINE / KILL INFECTION — Acidopholis, Nutriferon, Vivix
    3. STOP INFLAMMATION — Vivix, GLA, OmegaGuard, Stomach Soothing Complex
    4. STRENGTHEN INTESTINAL MUSCLE / REMOVE TOXINS FROM INTESTINE & BLOOD — Herb Lax
    5. PREVENT 
      1. Drink 64 ounces of purified water.
      2. Eat 25-50 grams of fiber. 
        1. Eat a safe fiber supplement, fruits & vegetables with edible skins, & 100% whole grains.
        2. Insoluble fiber holds water in undigested food, making stools soft.
        3. Soluble fiber carries LDL cholesterol (bad fat) out of the body.
      3. Intake live enzymes to digest food.  — Alfalfa, EZgest

     

     

    STATS

    • By age 60, 1/2 of North Americans have diverticulosis. 
    • By age 80, 2/3 have it.  
    • Digestive disorders have been prevented and reversed with immediate and consistant action.

     

     

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    Endometriosis alleviated, finally.

    In cancer risk factors, candida, candida questionnaire, digestion, Fertility, hormone questionnaire, Menstrual disorders, Women on November 21, 2008 at 10:29 pm

     

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    Endometriosis.

     
    I had this pain 25 out of 28 days each month for a number of years.  It was diagnosed through symptomology first, then surgical laporoscapy.
     

    Doctors recommended:

    1. Morphine
    2. birth control
    3. laporoscapy surgery every couple years

    I choose the laporoscapy surgery.  Unfortunately, because I still had the candida overgrowth, the endo returned within a few months.  I began searching alternative medicine archives. 

     

    Alternative Approach: 

    I tried this for 3 years, without cheating.

    1. organic, mostly raw food diet, no hormones or antibiotics
    2. purified water
    3. excercize (5-45 min day on mini trampoline, aerobic, stretching)
    4. avoided 37 food allergens (including dairy, wheat, egg, some beans, etc)
    5. no refined sugar, caffiene, chemical preservatives or food dyes
    6. many brands of supplements (starting with cheap ones, ending with expensive brands.
    7. followed candida diet (no sugars, vinegars, processed meats, etc)

    After 3 years of disciplined struggle, I still had Endometriosis and systemic Candida Overgrowth.

     

    What finally worked:

    I got rid of endo and the candida infection with Shaklee’s technology based products. :
    1. ALKALINE CELLS: Created with Energizing Soy, Vitalizer, Osteomatrix & Alfalfa
    2. DIET: As Shaklee strengthened my body and my food allergies were overcome, I gradually add in more foods.
    3. CANDIDA: killing the candida overgrowth (which is usually the root cause of endo.)
    4. SCAR TISSUE: dissolved with Fiber Plan
    5. ENDOMETRIAL LINING: repaired with antioxidants (A, B, C, E)  
    6. NERVOUS SYSTEM: balanced with B-complex
    7. HORMONES/ CELLULAR REJUVINATION: balanced with lots of Energizing Soy Protein
    8. HORMONES / INFLAMMATION: balanced with essential oils (omegaguard, gla, lecithin)
    9. DNA REPAIR: repaired damage DNA with Vivix  (which also rebalances hormones, keeps candida astray and keeps inflamation down)
    10. EXCERCIZE: (5-45 min day on mini trampoline, aerobic, stretching)

     

    Will it alleviate your pain?

    Do you have endo or candida overgrowth

    • Take quiz to find out.  (endo quiz, candida quiz)
    • If you give your correct contact info, I’ll share and discuss your results with you.

    Sugar Sickness Alternatives

    In cancer risk factors, cleanses, crohn's disease, diabetes, diet, digestion, Fertility, infection, sugar on November 15, 2008 at 7:42 pm

     

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    Deadly sweet? ?

    • Refined sugar is a simple carbohydrate because its been stripped of its nutrients. A sugar plant has nutrients. Sugar cane and molasses are more directly utilized, not extracted, and carry more of the nutrients to metabolize sugar.  more about sugar
    • Sugar drives insulin levels to abnormal heights, causing Type 2 Diabetes or Syndrome X.
    • Sugar depresses the immune system by slowing the ability of white blood cells to kill infection.  Think of a group of kids just after a sugary cereal breakfast; they’re very susceptible to passing around viruses and bacteria.
      • “Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent.  The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.” (from Feeding Your Immune System) 
    • Our body deals with excess sugar by creating more insulin.
      • What is the purpose of Insulin??  It is a hormone secreted by the pancreas. Its main function is to store energy from food. Only a small amount of carbs are stored as glycogen, the rest are converted into triglycerides. Yes, triglycerides! 
      • Why is insulin fluctuation problematic?  Cells become resistant when too much insulin is pumped. They turn off their insulin receptors and are not ready to receive energy from food. The cells are trying to protect themselves from the excess, so they send a signal that they’ve had enough.
    • Sugar depletes B vitamins and harms the nervous system.  Adrenaline is made from B vitamins; stress causes adrenaline production.  If too much adrenaline enters the system, cortisol is produced.  Cortisol harms many processes, including the nervous system.
    • Sugar harms digestion because it feeds candida which can lead to candida infection.
    • Sugar creates an acidic body system. (not acidic blood ph, but acidic cells created by consuming certain food types)  Acidic cells lead to all types of disease (allergy, cancer, diabetes, endo, candida, arthritis, etc.)

    Alternatives to refined sugar? ?

    • Artificial sweetners:
      • The food industry has tried to create chemical imitations for sugar to help us avoid calories. Water is the only drink that truly has zero calories. A chemical concoction like diet soda dehydrates the body because it takes water away to dissolve and try to break down those chemicals.  All of the chemical sweetners have side effects.
      • Aspartame, or Nutra Sweet (brand name), is found in so many drinks, yogurts, gums, usually in food items traditionally sweetened with sugar, which people have decided they want to avoid, either to avoid calorie intake or tooth decay.
        • When the FDA approved aspartame, it was never intended to become so widely used, and the threshold for consumption by which they figured it would be “safe” for humans is usually surpassed by anyone taking more than one serving per day.
        • It was tested only in its powder form and then it was stated that it does not produce cancer in the animals, but does produce brain lesions.
        • In its liquid form it turns into poisonous wood alcohol (methanol). Methanol is stored in the liver and accumulates. 
        • Discovered by accident through biological warfare research and has become entrenched in our food supply.
        • Aspartame is linked to the rise in the rate of childhood seizures. (adapted from Chemical Crazy and Insulin Resistant by Sherrie Attila)
    • Natural Sweetners:
      • Sucanat is non-refined cane sugar which retains its molasses content. The pure dried cane juice is extracted by mechanical processes, heated and cooled at which point the small brown grainy crystals are formed. (from WikiPedia)
      • Xylitol is extracted from fruit, usually strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. It is safe and good for preventing tooth decay. Many chewing gums and natural toothpastes are made with xylitol.  
        • Both sucanat and xylitol are able to be measured and used in a way similar to white sugar in cooking and baking.
      • Agave Nectar is a cactus plant similar to aloe vera. It doesn’t effect blood sugar levels.
      • Stevia is a sweet herb, not a sugary substance. It can be in liquid or powder and is measured in drops and has no effect on blood sugar.
      • Honey sugars are surrounded by nutrients to metabolize the sugar.  In recipies, increase flour or decrease liquid, add a bit of baking soda and powder.
      • Maple Syrup sugars are surrounded by nutrients to metabolize the sugar
      • Molasses is sugar which is not refined or whitened. It contains a good compliment of B vitamins. The strong flavor makes it inappropriate for some recipes. Available in granule form.
      • Ground dates add sweetness and fiber.
      • Applesauce adds moisture and sweetness.
      • Ground grapes add moisture and sweetness.

    Sugar may be entrenched in our diets, but nutritious additions and alternatives can be found. Some families may wish to delete sugar completely. Artificial sweeteners should be avoided. Any change you can make to control sugar intake will be an improvement, and step by step, we can all build healthier habits.

    How will you respond to this article?  Leave a comment.

     

    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

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    Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse

    In cleanses, crohn's disease, digestion, intestine, prevention on October 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm

     

    Trying to restore normal function?

    This is not recommended for under age 25, pregnant woman, or those who know they have large gallstones.

     

    You’ll need:

    • 6 quarts apple cider (organic) or fresh extracted juices
    • 6 teas Epsom salts
    • 1/2 cup cold-pressed olive oil
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice (organic)
    • Liver DTX
    • close to vegitarian diet (fat free)
    • all your regular supplements

    STEPS

    1. Day 1-6 Drink 1 quart of apple cider (or fresh extracted juices) daily & eat as much vegitarian diet (fat free) as you need.
    2. Day 6 @ noon: eat your lunch
    3. Day 6 @ 3 pm: 2 teas epsom salts dissolved in one ounce hot water followed by a little citrus juice for taste
    4. Day 6 @ 5: repeat #3
    5. Day 6 @ evening meal: only citrus juices or fruits
    6. Day 6 @ bedtime: whip in a blender 1/2 cup warm olive oil & 1/2 cup lemon juice.  Drink quickly (not slowly)  (Some people occasionally reported slight nausea which disappears soon.  On rare occasions vomiting occurs.  It’s not necessary to drink the mixture again.)
    7. Day 6 after olive oil / lemon juice: go to bed. Lie on your right side with your right knee pulled up close to your chest for at least 30 minutes.
    8. Day 7, 1 hr prior to breakfast: take 2 teas epsom salt dissolved in 2 ounces hot water.
    9. Resume normal diet and continue normal supps.
    10. People who have chronically suffered from gallstones, biliousness, backaches, nausea, etc. occasionally find small gallstone-type objects in the stool on Day 7.  They are light green, irregular shape, gelatinous texture and vary in size from grape seeds to cherry pits.  If several are passed, repeat the cleanse in 2 weeks.

     

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    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

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