Special Alert: The Alarming Reason Some People Die From The Flu

Special Alert: The Alarming Reason Some People Die From The Flu

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season appears particularly virulent. Influenza activity increased significantly in December, with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating, and in a December 27 notice, the agency noted that “In the past, A(H3N2) virus-predominant influenza seasons have been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in persons aged 65 years and older and young children …”1

While influenza can indeed be deadly in rare cases, what most health experts fail to tell you is that these deaths are typically the result of secondary infections, not the flu virus itself. Importantly, research has highlighted the link between influenza and severe sepsis — a progressive disease process initiated by an aggressive, dysfunctional immune response to an infection in the bloodstream (which is why it’s sometimes referred to as blood poisoning).

Symptoms of sepsis are often overlooked, even by health professionals, and without prompt treatment, the condition can be deadly. Unfortunately, conventional treatments often fail, and most hospitals have yet to embrace the use of intravenous (IV) vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine,2 which has been shown to reduce sepsis mortality from 40 to a mere 8.5 percent.3,4

How Influenza May Cause Lethal Sepsis

According to researchers, “Severe sepsis is traditionally associated with bacterial diseases … However, viruses are becoming a growing cause of severe sepsis worldwide.” As noted in the video above, some sepsis symptoms also resemble influenza, which can lead to tragedy. The video offers guidelines on how to tell the difference between the two.

Sepsis, without doubt, requires immediate medical attention, whereas most people will successfully recover from the flu with a few days to a week of bedrest and fluids. Just how influenza can lead to sepsis is a somewhat complex affair, described as follows:5

“Regardless of the etiologic agent, the inflammatory response is highly interconnected with infection. In the initial response to an infection, severe sepsis is characterized by a pro-inflammatory state, while a progression to an anti-inflammatory state develops and favors secondary infections …

In the predominant pro-inflammatory state, Th1 cells activated by microorganisms increase transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α), interferon-γ (INF-γ), and interleukin-2 (IL-2).

[C]ytokines … released from endothelial cells and subsequently from macrophages can induce lymphocyte activation and infiltration at the sites of infection and will exert direct antiviral effects. Subsequently, with the shift toward an anti-inflammatory state, activated Th2 cells secrete interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-10 (IL-10).

In certain situations, T cells can become anergic, failing to proliferate and produce cytokines. Type I IFN has a potent anti-influenza virus activity; it induces transcription of several interferon stimulated genes, which in turn restrict viral replication. However, influenza virus developed several mechanisms to evade IFN response …

Viral infections such as the influenza virus can also trigger deregulation of the innate immune system with excessive cytokines release and potential harmful consequences. An abnormal immune response to influenza can lead to endothelial damage … deregulation of coagulation, and the consequent alteration of microvascular permeability, tissue edema, and shock.”

Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis

Common signs and symptoms of sepsis to watch out for include:6

  • A high fever
  • Inability to keep fluids down
  • Rapid heartbeat; rapid, shallow breathing and/or shortness of breath
  • Lethargy and/or confusion
  • Slurred speech, often resembling intoxication

Should a few or all of these be present, seek immediate medical attention to rule out sepsis. Also inform the medical staff that you suspect sepsis, as time is of the essence when it comes to treatment. As noted in the featured video, hydration is of utmost importance, as much of the damage caused by sepsis begins with fluid loss.

Preventive Strategies That Can Reduce Your Chances of Influenza, Sepsis and Other Secondary Infections

Your immune system is your first-line defense against all types of infections, be they bacterial or viral, so the most effective way to avoid coming down with the flu is to bolster your immune function. While conventional health authorities claim getting an annual flu shot is the best way to ward off influenza, the medical literature actually suggests vitamin D optimization may be a far more effective strategy, and the evidence for this goes back at least a decade.

Dr. John Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, was one of the first to introduce the idea that vitamin D deficiency may actually be a causative factor in influenza. His hypothesis7 was initially published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in 2006.8 It was subsequently followed up with another study published in the Virology Journal in 2008.9

The following year, a large, nationally representative study10 confirmed that people with the lowest vitamin D levels indeed reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu.

Since then, a number of studies have come to similar conclusions. Most recently, a scientific review11,12 published last year concluded that vitamin D supplementation boosts immunity and cuts rates of cold and flu. In all, 25 randomized controlled trials were included in the review, involving nearly 11,000 individuals from more than a dozen countries. People with significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 ng/mL), taking a vitamin D supplement reduced their risk of respiratory infections such as influenza by 50 percent.

People with higher vitamin D levels also benefited, although not as greatly. Overall, they reduced their risk by about 10 percent, which the researchers stated was about equal to the effect of flu vaccines. Coincidentally, 10 percent is the effectiveness rate of this year’s flu vaccine.13 The take-home message here is that vitamin D supplementation far exceeds the flu vaccine in terms of effectiveness, and the more deficient you are, the greater its protective effects.

Aside from vitamin D, loading up on vitamins B1 and C may go a long way toward keeping you healthy through the flu season and beyond. Influenza has also been successfully treated with high-dose vitamin C.14 Taking zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold or flu can also be helpful.

Zinc boosts immune function and plays a vital role in activating your body’s T cells (white blood cells tasked with destroying infected cells). If you fall victim to frequent bacterial infections or colds, your body might be trying to tell you it needs more zinc.

Be Aware of This Life-Saving IV Protocol

If you or a loved one succumbs to sepsis, whether caused by influenza or some other infection, please remember that a protocol of IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1) can be lifesaving.15 So, urge your doctor to use it. Chances are, they might not even be aware of it.

This sepsis treatment protocol was developed Dr. Paul Marik, a critical care doctor at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in East Virginia, and clinical use has proven it to be remarkably effective for the treatment of sepsis, reducing mortality nearly fivefold.

Marik’s retrospective before-after clinical study16,17 showed that giving patients IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and vitamin B1 for two days reduced mortality from 40 percent to 8.5 percent. Of the 50 patients treated, only four died, and all of them died from their underlying disease, not sepsis. Importantly, the treatment has no side effects and is inexpensive, readily available and simple to administer, so you really have nothing to lose by trying it.

The only contraindication is if you are glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficient (a genetic disorder).18 G6PD is an enzyme your red blood cells need to maintain membrane integrity.

High-dose IV vitamin C is a strong pro-oxidant, and giving a pro-oxidant to a G6PD-deficient individual can cause their red blood cells to rupture, which could have disastrous consequences. Fortunately, G6PC deficiency is relatively uncommon, and can be tested for. People of Mediterranean and African decent are at greater risk of being G6PC deficient. Worldwide, G6PD deficiency is thought to affect 400 million individuals, and in the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 African-American males have it.19

This Year’s Flu Vaccine Is a Poor Match to Circulating Strains

Sadly, flu deaths are inevitably used to incite fear, and the recommended remedy is annual flu vaccination. As recently reported by lohud.com, an affiliate of the USA Today Network:20

“Doctors urged New Yorkers to get flu shots as pediatric deaths surfaced recently while a potentially record influenza season approached its peak cycle. The public-health warning comes after authorities in New York and Connecticut reported their first flu-related deaths took the lives of two children …

‘Influenza is a significant threat to public health, and we are strongly encouraging anyone who has not already gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately,’ said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.”

Considering the many studies showing flu vaccines have a dismal success rate even when well-matched to circulating viral strains, the fact that vaccination continues to be touted as your first-line of defense against influenza suggests this annual campaign is more about generating conformity for profit, opposed to actually improving and protecting public health.

In January 2015, U.S. government officials admitted that, in most years, flu shots are — at best — 50 to 60 percent effective at preventing lab confirmed type A or B influenza requiring medical care.21 At the end of that same year, a CDC analysis22 revealed that, between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was actually less than 50 percent effective more than half of the time.

As mentioned, the 2017/2018 flu vaccine has an effectiveness rating of just 10 percent, due to it being poorly matched, yet the call for flu vaccination remains, while strategies that are 10 times more effective, such as vitamin D3 supplementation, are completely ignored! Many also gloss over the fact that flu deaths also occur in those who have been vaccinated. Such was the case with this 8-year-old boy in Arkansas, featured in this CNN report.

Flu Vaccine Likely Raises Your Risk of Illness

The fact that flu vaccines offer negligible protection against the flu is bad enough, but evidence suggests the vaccine may even make you more susceptible to the disease. For example, Canadian researchers found that annual flu vaccination appears to increase your risk of pandemic illness, and cause more serious bouts of illness.

Data collected from Canada and Hong Kong during 2009-2010 showed that people who received the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008 had twice the risk of getting the H1N1 “swine flu,” compared to those who had not received a flu shot.23

A well-publicized ferret study24 confirmed these results. Research25 published in 2011 also warned the seasonal flu vaccine appears to weaken children’s immune systems and increases their chances of getting sick from influenza viruses not included in the vaccine. Some health experts claim flu vaccination will help you develop resistance against strains that are not included in the vaccine, but research has actually shown the complete opposite to be true.

When blood samples from healthy, unvaccinated children and children who had received an annual flu shot were compared, the former unvaccinated group had naturally built up more antibodies across a wider variety of influenza strains compared to the latter vaccinated group.26 Flu vaccines are also associated with debilitating and potentially lifelong side effects such as Guillain–Barré syndrome and chronic shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).

But what about the claim that you might contract influenza from your flu shot? There are many anecdotal reports of people developing the worst bout of influenza they’ve ever had, following a routine flu vaccination, and indeed, a Chinese study27 published in 2012 appears to support such claims, finding that children had a 4.4 higher chance of contracting a viral upper respiratory infection following seasonal flu vaccine administration.

It’s also worth noting that double-blind, placebo controlled trials for vaccines are not done. Instead, all a vaccine trial needs to demonstrate in order for the vaccine to be licensed is an antibody response.28

Researchers have also highlighted the influence of bias in studies looking at influenza vaccine effectiveness. As noted in one 2010 study,29 ”Forgoing vaccination predicted death in those who had received vaccinations in the previous five years, but it predicted survival in patients who had never before received a vaccination. We conclude that bias is inherent in studies of influenza vaccination and death among elderly patients.”

Beware: Tamiflu Can Trigger Psychosis

Should you or your child come down with the flu and your doctor or pediatrician recommends Tamiflu,30 you should know this antiviral drug has been shown to shorten the duration of flu symptoms by less than 17 hours.31,32 It also does not reduce viral transmission and does not lower your risk of complications from the flu, such as pneumonia.33,34 Scientist have also warned that the risks far outweigh the benefits.35

These risks include convulsions, brain infections, psychosis and other neuropsychiatric problems. Tamiflu made recent headlines after a 6-year-old girl started hallucinating and attempted to jump out a second story window.36 “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects that we went through,” the girl’s father told ABC7 News.37

Indeed, a number of studies have observed that Tamiflu may cause psychiatric symptoms. Research38 published in 2015 reported the case of a 22-year-old man who “complained of mood swings, suicidal feelings, auditory hallucinations, memory deterioration and insomnia” after taking the drug. Other studies39 have found more than half of all children taking Tamiflu suffer side effects from the drug.40

Dangerous Lies Told by the CDC

Prior to the global H1N1 scare, the U.S. government stockpiled $1.5 billion of this basically useless antiviral — money that could have been spent in far better ways than merely enriching Roche’s company pockets. As noted in an article about Tamiflu by The Atlantic, “The only people helped by the proven-to-be-ineffective drug are its manufacturers.”41

A 2013 Forbes article42 also spelled out a number of flaws in the science behind Tamiflu, and how benefits were overstated. Despite all of this overwhelming evidence, the CDC to this day continues to recommend both flu vaccines and antiviral drugs like Tamiflu.43 They even continue to claim antiviral drugs “may prevent serious flu complications” — though the evidence clearly shows Tamiflu does no such thing.

The take-home message here is to do your homework, and not blindly follow public health recommendations. Also avoid falling prey to unreasonable fears. All deaths are tragic, but people die from influenza with and without flu vaccines. People also die without certain drugs, and from drugs.

Remember, optimizing your vitamin D to a level of 60 to 80 ng/mL may be one of the most effective flu prevention strategies out there. Also familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and urge your doctor to administer Marik’s IV vitamin C protocol should you or a loved one be diagnosed with sepsis. It just might save your life.

This article was brought to you by Dr. Mercola, a New York Times bestselling author. For more helpful articles, please visit Mercola.com today and receive your free Take Control of Your Health E-book!

See also:
The Difference Between A Cold And Flu – Try Nature’s Flu Shot
Flu Vaccine Insert Admits Safety and Effectiveness Not Established, Product Contains Mercury

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3 NPR March 23, 2017
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27 Clinical Infectious Diseases 2012 Jun 15; 54(12): 1778–1783
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DAILY OM ~ Unmedicated. The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness

Unmedicated. The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness

By Madisyn Taylor

The following is an excerpt from Madisyn Taylor’s new book, “Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness.”  If you would like to purchase the book, click here.

When we think of medication in the traditional sense, we think about pills taken on a daily basis to provide relief from a specific ailment. Our doctor writes us a prescription for what ails us and we begin the regimen. Normally we accept the medication without question, because we fully believe it will make us well and we trust our doctor with our health. In many cases, this belief is warranted. In these situations, the medication has a direct intent and use, and taken for a period of time, it can give much-needed relief and healing.

Unmedicated offers an alternative, holistic path for people who want to heal themselves from the crippling effects that excessive reliance on medications such as antidepressants can create in the body, mind, and spirit. I hear too often from my friends, colleagues, or those who write to me through DailyOM, “I’m suffering on medication.” This book is for them and for you–for anyone who wants to be their healthiest. I want to provide a new, gentle option–a guide based on the assumption that you know best the roots of what debilitates you and prevents you from living fully. I’m a big believer in taking your health into your own hands, which really means taking your life into your own hands.

You must advocate for your own health because nobody else is going to. You must practice being inquisitive, informed, and proactive. At first it may be challenging and maybe even intimidating to question your doctor. I know firsthand because I had to learn to find the courage to speak up. Now, whenever I am offered medication, I always ask these two questions:

1. Is there a lifestyle change I can make first to avoid taking this medication?
2. Is there an underlying, root cause of the condition?

It isn’t always possible to find the answers, but I always investigate first, and being informed leaves me feeling empowered rather than deflated. When you decide to really advocate for your own health, it means having a conversation with your doctor and then researching on your own. I check the website of the pharmaceutical company to read side effects and studies, I check with friends to see if they have taken the medication, and I look online for any negative feedback from other people who have taken it.

I do the same thing when exploring an alternative: Is there an herbal or homeopathic remedy? A lifestyle or dietary change I can make? For too long we have given our power away to our doctors. If you are fortunate enough to have a family doctor who has known you well and for a long time, count yourself lucky. Most people have multiple doctors for different ailments and have zero personal connection with their caregivers. Because we often lack a relationship with our doctors, there is a disconnect, and we simply take the prescription order and fill it; we assume that is what is best for us. Maybe the prescription is best for you, but you owe it to yourself to find out why.

There are other types of medication, though, besides pharmaceuticals–the type we use to self-medicate, such as addictive behaviors involving food, social media, work, sex, gambling, alcohol, isolation, and illicit drugs. We tend to self-medicate to numb ourselves of an emotional pain, past abuse, or trauma; we want to protect ourselves from the deep pain we don’t want to feel. I know this from personal experience.

All of these types of behaviors throw a blanket over us so we no longer have to feel our feelings or participate in life fully, with an open heart. We are so brilliant as a human species that we have a built-in protection system to keep us from harm, and each of us chooses what seems to fit appropriately. Any behavior you engage in to make you not feel your emotional pain could be considered self-medicating.

Slowly, over time, these behaviors take hold, become addictive, and take over your existence, often without your recognizing it. We know about the destructive habits of illicit drug use, but we may not notice how the behavior of isolation can become detrimental to our well-being. When isolation becomes a firmly rooted belief in your life, shielding yourself from friendships and relationships, it can silently evolve into a deep fear that prevents you from ever leaving your house. Because there is no blood test needed for this, we pass it off as just wanting to be alone.

Or maybe you enjoy your wine each day after work but don’t realize when, at some point, it shifts into needing the wine each day rather than just enjoying it–the point where one glass becomes two or three. Or perhaps you feel bored, which leads you to spend countless hours online, surfing the internet with no real purpose or value. You don’t recognize that the boredom and isolation are signs of depression; you don’t recognize that getting tipsy or drunk each day allows you to ignore feelings that desperately want to be acknowledged.

All of these physical and emotional behaviors and actions derail you from living your best and most fulfilled life. You don’t mean to do it, and you aren’t a bad person or a failure for taking up these behaviors. Like I shared in my own story, by continuing to ignore and numb my feelings, these behaviors never went away but instead manifested as debilitating illness, depression, and anxiety. Fortunately, all of my self-medicating behaviors changed and I am healthy now, and you can do the same thing if you take the time and dedicate yourself to improving your wellness.

For more information visit:
> Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness

Cobra: Urgent Request | The Portal (Meditation for recovery and healing of Isis Astara)

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Isis Astara is Cobra’s beloved partner.
She is in critical condition since Saturday morning.
Please pray 🙏for her and join the group meditations
   for her recovery and healing.💫 🙌  💖
~ PB  (Links/info below)

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Cobra: Urgent Request | The Portal

Isis Astara is in hospital in critical condition. Please pray for her in your heart and send her love, light and support.

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Urgent meditation for Isis Astara

Here is an urgent request from Cobra for Isis Astara who is now in hospital in critical condition.

We will do a meditation for her in the next hour at 7:30 PM UTC to help her recovering from this critical condition, and then every 4 hours in the next two days. Time for this meditation may be revised depending on her situation in the coming days.

Here is our facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/149012195798921

Time schedule:

Sunday / following days:

03:30 am UTC – #1
07:30 am UTC – #2
11:30 am UTC – #3

03:30 pm UTC – #4
07:30 pm UTC – #5
11:30 pm UTC – #6

Time zone City #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
HAST Honolulu 01/27 05:30p 01/27 09:30p 01/28 01:30a 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p
PST Los Angeles 01/27 07:30p 01/27 11:30p 01/28 03:30a 01/28 07:30a 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p
MST Denver 01/27 08:30p 01/28 12:30a 01/28 04:30a 01/28 08:30a 01/28 12:30p 01/28 04:30p
CST Chicago 01/27 09:30p 01/28 01:30a 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p 01/28 05:30p
EST New York 01/27 10:30p 01/28 02:30a 01/28 06:30a 01/28 10:30a 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p
BRST Rio de Janeiro 01/28 01:30a 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p 01/28 05:30p 01/28 09:30p
UTC Reykjavik 01/28 03:30a 01/28 07:30a 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p 01/28 07:30p 01/28 11:30p
GMT London 01/28 03:30a 01/28 07:30a 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p 01/28 07:30p 01/28 11:30p
CET Berlin 01/28 04:30a 01/28 08:30a 01/28 12:30p 01/28 04:30p 01/28 08:30p 01/29 12:30a
EET Cairo 01/28 05:30a 01/28 09:30a 01/28 01:30p 01/28 05:30p 01/28 09:30p 01/29 01:30a
MSK Moscow 01/28 06:30a 01/28 10:30a 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p 01/28 10:30p 01/29 02:30a
ICT Bangkok 01/28 10:30a 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p 01/28 10:30p 01/29 02:30a 01/29 06:30a
CST Taipei 01/28 11:30a 01/28 03:30p 01/28 07:30p 01/28 11:30p 01/29 03:30a 01/29 07:30a
JST Tokyo 01/28 12:30p 01/28 04:30p 01/28 08:30p 01/29 12:30a 01/29 04:30a 01/29 08:30a
AEDT Sydney 01/28 02:30p 01/28 06:30p 01/28 10:30p 01/29 02:30a 01/29 06:30a 01/29 10:30a
NZDT Auckland 01/28 04:30p 01/28 08:30p 01/29 12:30a 01/29 04:30a 01/29 08:30a 01/29 12:30p

You can convert UTC time zone to your local time zone here:

Instruction:
Make yourself comfortable, then visualize Isis Astara surrounded by a pink egg full of energy of Love.
Suggested time of this meditation is about 5 to 10 minutes

You can also use the following invocation  if you wish:

“I Am the Soul, and I call upon the Source, universal I Am presence, Galactic Center, Galactic Confederation, all Ascended Beings of Light and Archangels and any other being of Light necessary, and in our name declare and command that all evil and anomalous energies are fully removed canceled banished transmuted and healed from Isis Astara’s whole being, and that the true Light of Source is fully anchored and coming through her whole being, on all time space dimensions and planes and in full totality, as guided by the Source. This is our Will and the Will of Source and therefore it is Law, and So It Is, and So It Is,and So It Is.”

Or visualize a vortex of rainbow Light around her. 🌈

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Short update | We Love Mass Meditation

In the last 2 days, there is a new Black Alert and then a very shocking news from Cobra that Isis Astara is now in hospital in critical condition.

http://2012portal.blogspot.co.uk/

In response to these, we have organised two sets of meditations to be held every 4 hours

Alert Meditation (3 AM, 7 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM and 11 PM UTC)

https://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/urgent-alert-meditation-every-4-hours.html

Meditation for Isis Astara (3:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM UTC)


https://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/urgent-meditation-for-isis-astara.html

To avoid confusion, a new page has been created on this blog with countdown timers for each of these meditations at particular time. A new option for meditation for Isis Astara has also been added to the page.

http://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.com/p/alert-other-meditaitons-every-4-hours.html

Link to this page can also be found on the side bar of this blog on the left:

Apparently, Operation Mjolnir are in full force that the Dark Forces are doing whatever they can to create hovac before their final defeat. It looks like that attacks on Lightworkers and Lightwarriors may get even worse. Therefore, please use any protection methods that you are resonated with to guard against energetic attack.

In Hoshino’s opinion, the Dark Forces have completely crossed the line. I sincerely hope that there will be big reaction from the Galactic Light Forces.

To close this post on a more positive note, there are a number of projects behind the scene at WLMM.  More details about them will be published when the time is right.

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Favorite Immunity Boosters | Laura Bruno’s Blog

Favorite Immunity Boosters | Laura Bruno’s Blog
Posted January 16, 2018 by laurabruno

I thought I’d reblog this 2009 post listing my favorite immunity boosters. I think I’ve had only two colds or flu’s in the past fourteen years, and one of those was when I forgot to use oil of oregano after spending an unplanned 40 minutes waiting in sub zero temps inhaling car fumes and chemtrails. Under normal circumstances, I don’t get sick.

Since 2009, I’ve also become a fan of Four Sigmatic’s Chaga-Cordyceps and Chaga-Lion’s mane mushroom coffees, as well as Organo Gold Reishi coffee. Those are the only mushroom (or other) coffees I drink, but I love them. I also take some extra vitamin C if I encounter anyone sick.

As usual, this is not medical advice. I’m just sharing my own experiences, because people have been asking how to support their own immune system.

Many blessings and good health to you and yours!

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Favorite Immunity BoostersPosted April 29, 2009 by laurabruno
in Healing Stories, Health. Tagged: Diet and Health, Essential Oils, Health, Immunity, Swine Flu.

With all the concern over the Flu, I thought I’d post some of my favorite tips for staying well. You don’t need to buy into the American pharmaceutical industry in order to benefit from some extra health precautions. I haven’t gotten a cold or flu since 2004, despite working in close proximity with many people who’ve been very ill and coughed or sneezed all over me. 🙂 Here are my top-twelve quick fixes whenever I feel a bit under the weather. As usual, I’m just sharing my own experiences and observations; nothing here constitutes medical advice:

1 )  Oil of Oregano. This stuff rocks! I bring some with me every time I travel by plane, because it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. A few drops in water (putting it on the tongue as instructed burns like crazy) helps me feel immune to any sneezing or coughing going straight into recirculated air.

*Note that in some women, Oil of Oregano seems to cause breast tenderness. If you already suffer from monthly breast pain, you might want to choose #3, Colloidal Silver, instead, or just use O of O in the event of direct exposure.

2 ) Yogi Tea  Echinacea Immune Support. Full of a synergistic blend of herbs and spices. If my glands feel swollen, I drink a cup of this, and I usually feel fine by the time I’ve finished the mug. I also love pau d’arco tea for its fortifying and anti-fungal, anti-viral  qualities.

3 ) Colloidal Silver Throat Spray. Not for continuous everyday use, I do find this valuable when that first throat tickle comes on. Like Oil of Oregano, Colloidal Silver also offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity.

4 ) Probiotics (non-dairy based). I often use Garden of Life’s Primal Defense. Keeping gut ecology healthy helps the body stay healthier all around.

5 ) Green Juice. Lots and lots of celery, parsley, spinach, kale and collards mixed with small amounts of fruit or veggies in juice form. Alkalizing the body automatically prevents most pathogens from thriving. Some people believe regular juice fasting keeps them more resistant to disease and common colds.  In the wild, many animals will not eat when they feel sick. Giving the digestive system a break allows more energy to be directed towards healing.

6 ) Vitamin C. Common knowledge, but also effective! Whether you get it from camu camu powder, Trader Joe’s freeze-dried strawberries, capsules or freshly squeezed orange juice, a little extra vitamin C gives the immune system a boost.

7 ) Medicinal Mushrooms. I don’t use these all the time, but in a pinch, I like New Chapter Organics’ tincture called Host Defense, featuring a synergistic combination of mushrooms designed to amp up immune activity. Some top players include: Reishi, Maitaki and Cordyceps.

8 ) Miso Soup. Miso doesn’t always mean soy. You can find chick pea miso in some health food stores. A warm cup of miso does wonders for sore throats.

*NOTE: If you have Candida problems, skip the miso until you get that under control. Sometimes the koji culture in miso can aggravate Candida.

9 ) Omega-3 Oils. Supposedly, peasants who ate a lot of hemp and flax did not succomb as heavily to the plague. More recent research validates the importance of cold-pressed Omega-3 oils or whole foods containing these oils. They support both immune and hormonal function. If you do not regularly consume hemp and coconut oils together, a high quality vegetarian DHA oil can also help.

10 ) Essential Oils. Other Black Plague lore: supposedly perfumers, who spent their days and nights surrounded by essential oils, did not get sick. These oils not only smell good; they have medicinal effects. My favorites include lavender, jasmine, frankincense, and lemongrass, for their mood-lifting and anti-bacterial effects. Jasmine, in particular, creates a nice scent while also easing coughs. Eucalyptus — of Vick’s Vapo-rub fame — also works well. Most essential oils offer some kind of healing benefit. For more information, you might enjoy this site.

11 ) Garlic, Onion and Ginger. Normally, I do not like too much garlic and onion, but if I feel a cold coming on, this combo stops it in its tracks. Juiced or added into Chinese or Indian dishes, the triple whammy of garlic, onion and ginger has never let me down.

12 ) Rest. Good, old-fashioned R & R, does wonders for the body, mind, soul and spirit. Since illness affects all these levels, it makes sense to cultivate good health in each area.

I drive myself hard, squeezing novel-writing in between busy, intense hours of coaching and intuitive sessions and a marriage. When I start feeling a little sluggish or ill, I know it’s time to take a break. I may not want the break, but the warning signs of illness come as “permission” to slow down and recharge.

Finding your own, proactive version of R & R lets your body and soul know they don’t need to manifest a full-blown illness in order to receive a full-blown break. Go ahead: take a walk; take a nap; watch a movie; read a book; get some Reiki; or … do nothing at all! You deserve a break today. 🙂

In health,

Laura

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com

Yes, There Is A Way To Work Through Family Conflict Mindfully. Here’s How

Yes, There Is A Way To Work Through Family Conflict Mindfully. Here’s How

Photo: Maa Hoo

While Thanksgiving grants us an opportunity to give thanks and reunite with loved ones, it also puts us in tight quarters with family members who may may know how to push our buttons. Conflict in families is natural, but to make your holiday a happy one, here are a few practices that can help you move through tension mindfully.

Use the right phrases and avoid generalizations.

While it might be tempting to raise your voice if you feel like no one is hearing you, do your best to keep your tone even and use phrases that diffuse conflict. “Try using phrases such as ‘I hear what you’re saying’ or ‘I understand that you’re upset’ so your family member feels acknowledged,” suggests psychologist Nathalie C. Theodore. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., suggests avoiding generalizations and “you” statements. “‘You’ statements like ‘you never help out’ or ‘you always sit on the couch’ come off as accusations,” she says.

Breathe.

It seems so simple, but practicing a little breathwork can make a world of difference. “Just breathe and let it go,” says Theodore. “When you’re home for the holidays and everyone’s at each other’s throats, sometimes the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and agree to disagree.”

Focus on being happy and present.

Do you want to be right and perfect or present and happy? Lombardo suggests you aim for the latter. “Your uncle is not going to suddenly change his behavior, and your mother-in-law is not going to suddenly gush over what a great mom you are. Don’t expect them to be perfect. Your mantra can be, ‘I accept people for who they are’ or ‘I get to choose my reaction to my family. And I choose happiness.'”

And on the note of happiness, Lombardo suggests not focusing on convincing your family of how wrong they are. “Focus on being happy, not right,” she says. “By this I mean don’t try to convince your family that they are wrong now. Now is not the time to make sure others admit to being wrong. Instead, concentrate on topics and activities that you can engage in together that will bring more joy to you and those around you.”

Make self-care a priority.

Last but not least, Theodore suggests you remember to be a little selfish when working through family conflict. “Always remember to make self-care a priority. If too much family togetherness has you feeling stressed, steal some moments away for the sake of your sanity,” suggests Theodore. “Go for a walk, check out a yoga class, or call a friend if you need to blow off some steam.”

Going through a hard time? Read about how the worst year of one woman’s life led to the career of her dreams.

What Eating a Banana and an Avocado Every Day Can Do to Your Body | BeWellHub.com

Two of my favorite breakfast foods are Bananas and Avocados! ~PB

What Eating a Banana and an Avocado Every Day Can Do to Your Body | BeWellHub.com

If you’re fairly familiar with the vitamins and minerals in the most common fruits and vegetables, you may be aware that in bananas and avocados, potassium and magnesium are notable ingredients in both of them. Like all foods, these two powerhouse fruits (because both are fruits rather than avocados being a vegetable) have many other things to offer, but scientists have recently announced that both foods have the potential to prevent heart attacks.

The research was conducted at the University of Alabama and was published in the journal JCI Insight.1 In fact, scientists have revealed that if you eat a banana and an avocado every day, you could eat yourself right into protection from heart disease, or more specifically, the atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries that often leads to a series of disorders, NDTV2 reported.

Additionally, it may also lower your risk of arterial blockages, which often necessitate surgery. It’s the potassium in these foods that can alleviate a large part of the burden, the study indicates. The animal study found it reduces vascular calcification, one of the complications of kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

Mice were fed alternate diets containing low, normal or high levels of potassium, and those with the highest levels had substantially more pliable arteries, while those given lower amounts had much harder arteries. It works the same way in humans. When you include foods in your diet that contain good amounts of these minerals, these symptoms are alleviated, particularly the stiffness in arteries seen as a precursor to cardiovascular problems.

Problems occur because the stiffness in arteries can cause your heart to work harder to pump blood through your body. Artery calcification is just one of the problems that having a consistent amount of adequate potassium in your diet can help prevent, and all of them are serious and related conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Hypertension

 

Calcification and What It Means for Your Arteries

Calcification is a buildup of calcium in your tissues, organs or blood vessels. As it’s in the process of forming, it can call a halt to the necessary process that keeps your body working as it should.

According to Difference Between:

“Arteriosclerosis is a defect occurring in the artery (blood vessels carrying oxygenated blood) walls. It refers to hardening of the normally flexible walls due to loss of elasticity of the arterial musculature. When young, the arteries are flexible due to the presence of a protein called elastin.

As age advances, there is loss of this elastin causing thickening of the arterial walls. Atherosclerosis is another condition that refers to the deposition of fat plaques and cholesterol globules within the arteries causing narrowing of the lumen of the arteries.”3

The scientists noted that vascular smooth muscle cells, or VSMCs, contribute to vascular calcification in atherosclerosis and that “Arterial stiffness has become an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, representing an important health problem for the nation as a whole.”4

According to their research, vascular calcification may be more culpable in aortic stiffening than scientists originally thought. In fact, a 2009 study is even titled “Vascular calcification: the killer of patients with chronic kidney disease.”5The study noted:

“Previously considered a passive, unregulated, and degenerative process occurring in the arterial media, vascular calcification has now been demonstrated to be a highly regulated process of osteochondrogenic differentiation of vascular cells.”6 Further, VSMCs were found to produce “extracellular matrix proteins” that actually caused the arterial calcification process to happen faster.

 

People With Less Potassium Have Higher Risks

It’s no secret to the scientists that potassium plays a crucial role in staving off arterial calcification and related diseases. In fact, previous studies have made it clear that the association between low blood potassium levels and death from either chronic kidney disease7 or metabolic syndrome,8 while clear, hasn’t been investigated thoroughly. The study made something else clear: that “appropriate dietary potassium intake improves those pathological conditions.”9

The researchers also noted that, whereas the direct influence of dietary potassium on the development of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis hadn’t yet been “established and characterized,” for the first time they’d been able to produce evidence that potassium was the key. While consuming too much of it can cause problems, too, such as a stomachache, nausea and/or diarrhea, according to International Business (IB) Times,10 it’s clear that what you eat directly influences your risk of these serious diseases.

That’s why, for these diseases, especially, bananas and avocados are two of the foods containing the potassium that can lower your risk. In response to the study’s findings, Dr. Mike Knapton from the British Heart Foundation observed that “With more research, we might be able to see if the disease forms in humans in a similar way and develop treatments.”11

Magnesium and Potassium: Interrelationships in Regard to Health

When it comes to maintaining a healthy heart, as well as properly functioning kidneys, nerves and muscles and blood pressure regulation, having an adequate intake of magnesium on a regular basis is key. Because it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, on which more than 600 functions hinge, getting the right amount to avoid a deficiency is critical.12 But there’s more to it than that. The National Academy of Sciences assessed the role of several nutrients, including magnesium, and observed:

“Magnesium has been called ‘nature’s physiological calcium channel blocker.’ During magnesium depletion, intracellular calcium rises. Since calcium plays an important role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, a state of magnesium depletion may result in muscle cramps, hypertension, and coronary and cerebral vasospasms.

Magnesium depletion is found in a number of diseases of cardiovascular and neuromuscular function, in malabsorption syndromes, in diabetes mellitus, in renal wasting syndromes, and in alcoholism.”13

“Classic” symptoms of low magnesium include muscle spasms, unexplained fatigue, irregular heart rhythms, eye twitches and even anxiety, but those that can be difficult to spot until after it’s established that low magnesium levelsare what’s causing the problems. Studies show that problems such as asthma and osteoporosis may also be involved, along with symptoms that indicate possible related deficiencies, including potassium.

In response, experts recommend that individuals with these symptoms assume that low levels are likely the problem and begin remedying it immediately by concentrating on higher magnesium intake, either through supplementation or food, and maybe both. One of many reasons is that the body begins stripping magnesium and calcium from your bones during what is called “functioning” low magnesium. Ancient Minerals explains:

“This effect can cause a doubly difficult scenario: seemingly adequate magnesium levels that mask a true deficiency coupled by ongoing damage to bone structures. Thus experts advise the suspicion of magnesium deficiency whenever risk factors for related conditions are present, rather than relying upon tests or overt symptoms alone.”14

One study shows that intracellular concentrations of magnesium and potassium are closely correlated, and the ratios in your cells are what’s important, not the concentrations, and hypokalemia, aka low potassium, “can be induced by the same mechanisms and are often clinically related to one another,”15 especially as they relate to cardiac arrhythmias and, arguably, other heart-related disorders and diseases.

The upside is that when you begin ingesting adequate potassium and magnesium — bananas and avocados would be a great start — the above symptoms can be reversed, i.e., regulation of blood sugar, better sleep, less stress, improved mitochondrial function and increased energy.

Bananas: An Example of the Adage
‘You Are What You Eat’

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Bananas

Bananas are a very popular tropical food, known for being an easy-to-carry snack that doesn’t require refrigeration and can remain clean while you eat it thanks to its convenient peel. Besides high amounts of potassium, one fairly small banana (about 101 grams) provides a good amount of fiber, Nutrition Data16 reports. Vitamin B6 and vitamin C are also plentiful, as are proteins, copper and manganese.

You’ll want to watch your sugar intake, however, as bananas are an example of a fruit with high amounts of natural fructose; one 7-inch-long banana has 12.4 grams. However, just as the potassium content is good for you, IB Times lists a number of advantages to adding a small banana as a snack choice (or dozens of dishes that incorporate them):

  • Bananas help balance your blood sugar level because they don’t raise your glycemic index.
  • Unripe bananas have proven beneficial for people with insulin sensitivity as they contain 15 to 30 grams of digestive-resistant starch.
  • Eating bananas can help maintain a healthy blood pressure level.
  • High-potassium foods can help lower your risk of developing kidney stones.17

Bananas are a wonderful addition to smoothies, making them creamy and delivering a tropical vibe, but they’re also great sliced with organic raw nut butter, aside from just enjoying one for a healthy snack.

Avocados: Impressive Nutritional ProfileKết quả hình ảnh cho Avocados

A single avocado provides very impressive nutrients that positively impact nearly every part of your body, but especially your heart and arteries. Fiber is a big one, as well as vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. To start the litany of how well avocados reach your dietary reference intakes (DRI), or how much you need to provide you with the optimal amounts, Nutrition Data18 provides data on the major nutrients one avocado contains and the percentage of daily values:

Fiber — 54 percent Folate — 41 percent
Vitamin C — 33 percent Vitamin B6 —26 percent
Vitamin K — 53 percent Pantothenic acid — 28 percent
Magnesium — 15 percent Potassium — 28 percent

Avocado slices are excellent on sandwiches and salads, topped with mozzarella, basil and black pepper, mixed with salsa and chopped papaya or with poached eggs.

Other foods containing magnesium include greens such as spinach, romaine lettuce and Swiss chard, crucifers like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, seeds and nuts, fatty fish, such as mackerel and wild-caught Alaskan salmon, specific spices such as fennel, basil, cloves, chives and cilantro, fruits including papaya, watermelon, raspberries and strawberries, and grass fed yogurt.

Good potassium sources include beet greens, carrots, cantaloupe, oranges and most of the foods listed above. If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed, upping your intake of these foods can likely improve them and may serve to relieve other problems as well.

Source: healthy-holistic-living

Jenny Schiltz: Time of Surrender and Great Growth

A New Food Label Is Coming Soon And It Goes ‘Beyond Organic’ by Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association

A New Food Label Is Coming Soon
And It Goes ‘Beyond Organic’

WIN-WIN SOLUTION

WIN-WIN SOLUTION: Let’s all go to a Yoga class and meet halfway. We’ll do Warrior II pose, which is neither standing or kneeling. Seriously, why not?


I did make it to a “Flow and Restore” Yoga class this evening. I have been in the house on the computer most of the time for many days sitting way too much, until today. I had signed up for 2 classes that I canceled on Friday night and Saturday morning.  I was kind of having a Dark Night of the Soul for a few days, and didn’t feel like being around people if I didn’t have to. Almost went to one Sunday, but walked at the pond instead. Almost went last night, but I couldn’t get there in time. Now I feel much better from doing yoga and eating a healthy, spicy meal afterward. ( I went for Thai food, because that’s what my body wanted to feel better. I love Thai iced tea to balance out the heat in the food.)

I actually want to do some more yoga before bed, which is the point of taking classes, to get back into a regular, daily practice. When you stop doing yoga for a long time, then start again, it is not so easy to get back to where you were. Your body protests, and as you breathe into that discomfort, you start to learn about your habits and your what your body wants and needs. To my surprise, I have come to understand it is the long hours at the computer that impacts me the most, not the bodywork on multiple massage clients. It’s all about finding the balance. Balance, that is something I also need to work on more. Sounds like a plan.

(p.s.) Remember, Yoga is for EVERY body. Some clients have told me that they can’t do yoga because “I’ve never been very flexible.” –which is exactly why they need it! The beauty of it is that you are challenging yourself, it is not a competition. Who wouldn’t want to feel better, sleep better, and cultivate better habits?

(p.p.s.) The other benefit of yoga is that is calms one down and helps one gain perspective, because the focus is not out there, it is inside one’s heart.

Psychedelic Medicine Is The Topic For Discussion By Marco Torres, Prevent Disease | Spirit of Change

Psychedelic Medicine Is The Topic For Discussion | Spirit of Change

There is a growing body of evidence that some psychedelic drugs can be used to treat a variety of conditions. The potential, the people and the politics are all up for discussion.

Many researchers have been interested in the idea that psychedelics facilitate communication across the brain and, more specifically, how the default-mode network in the brain, arguably science’s best biological correlate of the self, normally works to constrain this.

Psychedelics” are substances with the ability to expand human awareness beyond our normal modes of perception. Some may be the most amazing substances known to humanity, so potent that just 1/10,000th of a gram can send one on a journey beyond time and space, beyond life and death.

Psychedelic Treatments

Carhart-Harris performed the UK’s first clinical trial of psilocybin — the active ingredient in magic mushrooms — for treatment-resistant depression. It was a small trial with no control group, but the results gave cause for optimism, with 5 of the 12 participants no longer clinically depressed three months after the treatment.

In other psilocybin research, one dose was found to help people with life-threatening cancer face death. Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction drunk for centuries as part of religious rituals in South America, has also been found to improve hard-to-treat depression. It contains the psychedelic compound dimethyltryptamine (DMT).

The vine is usually mixed with leaves containing the psychedelic compound DMT (diemethyltryptamine). It causes hallucinogenic experiences, and is made up of a chemical compound that already occurs within the human body endogenously (as well as in a number of plants). This means our brains are naturally set up to process the compound because it has receptors that exist specifically to do so.

While research into psychedelics is still thin on the ground, a meta-analysis of six studies carried out between 1966 and 1970 concluded that LSD was as effective as the standard treatment for alcoholism.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured the impact of LSD-assisted psychotherapy on 12 people with life-threatening diseases (mainly terminal cancer). “The study was a success in the sense that we did not have any noteworthy adverse effects,” Gasser says. “All participants reported a personal benefit from the treatment, and the effects were stable over time.”

LSD reduces connectivity within brain networks, or the extent to which nerve cells or neurons within a network fire in synchrony. LSD also seems to reduce the extent to which separate brain networks remain distinct in their patterns or synchronization of firing. Overall, LSD interferes with the patterns of activation in the different brain networks that underlie human thought and behavior.

And Ibogaine — derived from the iboga plant — has been used to treat heroin addiction. MDMA, or ecstasy, was found to help people who have experienced trauma.

Psychedelic drugs are not physiologically addictive and they are not necessarily that pleasurable either. “People often say, as our patients did, that this isn’t a moreish drug. It’s certainly not a hedonic drug,” says Carhart-Harris. “Some even challenge whether it’s a drug of recreation; maybe it’s a drug of exploration.” People taking such substances can have intense and disturbing experiences — aka a bad trip.

Mind And Brain

There are a wealth of ideas about what goes on in the mind after someone takes a psychedelic substance. One is that the ego — your sense of yourself as a separate entity — dissolves, as the brain’s “default mode network” goes offline, and brain areas that do not normally communicate with each other start working together.

Such drugs may also make our minds more malleable and open to new ways of thinking about the world and ourselves, which could help to break the negative patterns often associated with depression. Psilocybin may even offer a window into the consciousness of babies.

Brain scanning technology has allowed objective neuroscience to start catching up with the subjective experiences brought on by psychedelics. Scans have helped us discover that people who under the influence of psychedelic drugs show more diversity in their patterns of brain activity than people who had not taken the drug.

Recent work may have found out how LSD creates its long-lasting trippy effect. And brain scans of frequent ayahuasca users suggest that the visions it induces appear to be as real as anything the eyes actually see. Yet a psilocybin trip may be similar to a dream — they look similar in an fMRI brain scanner.

The People

Many creators of psychedelic drugs famously tested their products on themselves first. Alexander Shulgin, considered the world’s foremost “psychonaut” is among those featured in our gallery of self-experimenters.

Some people hope to derive benefits from psychedelics without the tripping, by taking a low dose daily. Proponents say it improves their work-life and mood. Janet Lai Chang, a digital marketer in San Francisco, who took microdoses of LSD with her breakfast to help her deal with social anxiety. And one of our journalists took part in a trial of MDMA, which included getting his brain scanned after taking the drug. It was quite an eye-opener.

The Politics

In 2009, David Nutt was dismissed as chairman of the UK government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. A week after his dismissal he wrote an editorial for New Scientist, urging the UK government to “take careful note of the evidence and develop a rational drug policy.” He lamented that “Some politicians find it easier to ignore the evidence, and pander to public prejudice instead.” Nutt’s editorial provoked a big reaction from our readers.

In the UK today, the many obstacles to psychedelics research prevent scientists from uncovering medical benefits that could destabilise the UK government’s tough stance on drugs, according to Ian Dunt, editor of Politics.co.uk.

While psychedelic medicine is experiencing a nascent renaissance, particularly in the US, the ascension of US President Donald Trump has sparked worries of a renewed so-called “war on drugs.”

Despite this, the renewed interest in psychedelics science, and the necessarily painstaking nature of today’s researchers, make it unlikely that this genie will be squashed back into its lamp any time soon.

This article was republished from Prevent Disease.

See also:
Magic Mushrooms Finally Being Accepted As Viable Treatment For Depression
A History of Medicinal Mushrooms