Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Water has Memory

A neat video about water and the memory that it can hold.  Researchers in Stuttgart demonstrate how water will pick up the different vibrations from the individuals who participated in the study.    Japanese researcher Dr.  Masaru Emoto also demonstrates the unique ability for water to retain memory.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mineral Wheels

Minerals play very key roles in human health from the manufacture of essential glutathione, to function of the nervous system.  They are overlooked in Western Medicine in the role of disease.   Unfortunately our soils are depleted of these life giving minerals, however organic farming has restored much of the mineral content.

Minerals have interactions among other minerals, toxic minerals and even vitamins.   Trace Elements is run by Dr. David Watts who is an excellent researcher.   He has posted the interactions which can be accessed on this link http://www.traceelements.com/wheelindex.aspx

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Eat your veggies!

Neutrophils are white blood cells and make up most of the white blood cell community, their job is to eliminate pathogens such as bacteria, parasites, certain cancers and toxins.   There are many ways the do this, one of these is a process called phagocytosis which means to engulf like a PacMan and by releasing chemicals.

Production of neutrophils is very dependent on nutrients, so low nutrition = low neutrophils = low immunity.    Nutrients such as B12, magnesium, proteins, vitamins A, D and C among others are vital for neutrophil health.  Mouse over below for a link http://pptu.lefora.com/2012/06/20/neutrophils-protozoa-and-nutrition/#post0

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lino Tagliapietra

Lino Tagliapietra is considered to be the best in glass blowing.    Lina was born in Murano Italy in 1934, Murano is an island that has fostered glass blowing since the 11th century.   He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

International Space Station photography

Astronaut Don Pettit took these amazing time lapse photographs from the International Space Station.  Pettit used editing software to create these images.   A gallery of his work can be found here.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stem Cells and Nutrition

Stem cells are specialized cells that have dramatic effects on the body, studies have shown that stem cells  have the potential to heal the body of many diseases.     The wide range of diseases that stem cells include immune (cancer, autoimmune), regeneration of lost tissues, cardiovascular etc.

Of course with any new therapy there is a high cost involved and the second issue is the credibility of the people who offer this expensive therapy.   There have many frauds perpetrated which prey upon people's desperation.

I like nutrition which includes a wide range of things including herbal preparations and I am always looking, researching this area since there is many good things to be found.   My guess is that stem cells begin to degenerate due to oxidation issues (environmental toxins, heavy metals), the failure of people to obtain proper nutrition from dietary sources which exacerbate the loss of glutathione and other antioxidants.   Damage to cells, organ systems etc occur from high oxidative states and I would imagine that stem cells are subject to this damage as well.

I like to find studies that have been accepted into medical journals which the NIH stores.   This article describes the effect of both astragalus and angelica which are popular Chinese herbs.  Astragalus is held in high regard in TCM and is a known immune stimulant and helps stimulate white blood cells.   The Journal of Immunology in 2008 showed the power of astragalus in reducing aging and helping the immune response particularly in viral situations.   Current studies show promise for telomerase integrity which involves the aging process.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More Clouds

Here is a nice slideshow from National Geographic all about clouds.

Vitamin D and Cancer

Vitamin D outperforms chemotherapy drugs in cancer.   Article is here.

Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging

thisthis information is considered educational only and is not an attempt to diagnose or treat any disease.  

When I was 24 I performed CPR on my father who died as a result of a doctor's error in prescribing a deadly mix of drugs.   I assumed the leadership role at our family's business and within a short time began to experience very bad depression.   I was urged to seek a psychiatrist who filled me with the old school antidepressant Imipramine, a tri-cyclic antidepressant.  I liked the way that it helped my sleep but did not appreciate any of the other effects on the brain in which case I dropped the drug and the psychiatrist.  

My neurological symptoms persisted as in sleep difficulties in which I was diagnosed as having a sleep disorder and was given tryptophan as the remedy.  This was before the small outbreak of a bacteria that contaminated a specific batch of tryptophan and it was quickly removed off the market.   Conspiracy theorists believe that the contamination was deliberate, that is was from the competing pharma interests in which the next generation of drugs were due to arrive.  

Little did I know that the core of the problem had to due with unrelenting stress that my body was unable to cope with.   Lots of cortisol is secreted during these stressful events and by drowning this body with this hormone biochemical changes take place.    Of course I sought out spiritual help, and everything else that someone in this situation would do, thankfully I never indulged in drugs or alcohol which would only further exacerbate the problem.  

Americans are woefully ignorant in these matters and the popular media only contributes to this ignorance.  Americans have been trained that the popular medical system and its drug suppliers has all the answers it needs to solve these problems.   This is simply not true in many circumstances but they won't tell you that.    

When I was taking the drugs, it was unusual for people to see psychiatrists - I was considered taboo to say the least, people laughed at me.   Now it is almost chic to be on mind altering chemicals, the medical system is widely influenced by pharma interests and they have designed elaborate marketing campaigns to convince both the medical practitioner and the patient that drugs are good.  I am not going to knock anyone who is using these substances to help in their situation, but they should be educated to other modalities of treatment.  

Back to my situation.   Cortisol is a hormone that is designed to help us in times of stress or emergencies, in fact emergency rooms use cortisol as a powerful drug.   The bad thing about cortisol is if left running it presents many problems.   Cortisol not only helps in the physical part of the body such as improving eyesight or forcing blood into the muscles to help in times of emergency but cortisol is a powerful neurotransmitter.  

Orthomolecular medicine is a form of medicine that looks at nutrition to bring a resolution to an ongoing problem as opposed to drugging the body with synthetic chemicals.  The brain is not a separate entity from the rest of the body but is an organ like any other organ system.  It is subject to the same biochemical activities of the rest of the body.  Cortisol causes havoc in this organ (the brain) by causing anxiety, mood disorders, sleep problems and depression.   Reducing stress = reducing cortisol = better moods.   

Magnesium is the mineral needed by so many parts of the body including the brain.   Magnesium is shown to reduce the onslaught of cortisol, relax the nervous system, help in the cardiovascular system, manufacture vital glutathione and so many other things.    

Magnesium is lost under high cortisol as well as many other nutrients*which need to replenished.  Without these vital nutrients, the body is unable to repair and the manufacture the needed processes for a healthy system.  

*Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D3,  B vitamins, Vitamin C, essential minerals etc.   

Psychotropic drugs can be a vital help for some people but is not the end of the road for many people, nutrition offers a more complete solution for these issues.   

Friday, June 8, 2012

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a relief aid agency that is well known for its efficiency in using funds that are donated to them.   Up to 88% of the money donated is sent to those who are in need, so you know your money is well spent and not wasted on 'administrative' expenses.  They are given the highest rating from the outside agency Charity Navigator.   

They have several campaigns that are ongoing with the emphasis on the famine that is occurring in Western Africa.  So if you are looking to give then please consider Mercy Corps  https://www.mercycorps.org/

Saturday, June 2, 2012

NASA develops anti aging concotion

NASA has developed a concoction of herbs and phytonutrients  that helps the body slow the aging process and helps the skin rejuvenate.   They developed the cocktail to protect the astronauts from the radiation found in space.  

The drink contains a blend of fruits including cupuacu (a Brazilian fruit from the cacao plant family), acai, acerola, prickly pear and yumberry, which all provide vitamins and phytochemicals -- . Other ingredients are grape, green tea, pomegranate and vegetables.


50 best photos from The Natural World


Here is a sample from the above link which is the 50 best photos of The Natural World which is a collection from the Natural World gallery 2011.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Zeolites show promise in cancer treatment

Zeolite is a special clay that has a strong affinity for drawing toxins out of the body, however in research I found a study that shows it to have anti-cancer, anti-tumor properties. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11434724