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Breast Cancer Prevention and Then Some

Susan here today…

First of all here’s what The American Cancer Society says…

Cancer is caused by changes in a cell’s DNA-its genetic “blueprint.” Some of these changes may be inherited from our parents, while others may be caused by outside exposures, which are often referred to as environmental factors. Environmental factors can include a wide-range of exposures, such as the following:

Poor nutrition, tobacco use, physical activity, ultraviolet light, radon gas, infectious agents like bacteria, fungus and parasites, chemotherapy, radiation, immune system-suppressing drugs …interesting that they don’t come right out and say that cancer treatment can cause cancer:(, chemicals, solvents, sprays, cleansers, vapors, air quality, herbicides, pesticides, paint vapors, gasoline, other chemicals, xenohormones or estrogens in water, herbicides, pesticides, and toxic air.

Substances and exposures that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens. Some carcinogens do not affect your DNA directly, but lead to cancer in other ways.

Carcinogens do not cause cancer in every case, all the time. Substances labeled as carcinogens may have different levels of cancer-causing potential. Some may cause cancer only after prolonged, high levels of exposure. And for any particular person, the risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including how they are exposed to a carcinogen, the length and intensity of the exposure, and the person’s genetic makeup.

In October there is a lot of attention on breast cancer. Cancer plays a role in the lives of most people, either directly or indirectly. So why is breast cancer, in particular so prolific. In the US alone, breast cancer takes the lives of 45,000 women a year. Many in the prime of life! 95% of all breast cancer cases are caused by excess estrogen. So we will be looking at managing estrogen here and to manage your estrogen levels you need to understand the principles of apoptosis (limited cell life) and liver health. The liver is responsible for clearing excessive estrogen from your body so adapting habits that keep it healthy is a must.

Iodine (which most of you know is extremely important to thyroid health) is antagonized by three halides (bromine, fluorine, chlorine). All of these deplete your iodine sources. Iodine is not only needed for thyroid health, but it assists in proper colon function and reduces liver stress thus allowing it to function better and eliminate excess estrogen more efficiently.

bromides3Where do we find halides? Municipal drinking water, bakery products (after 1960, bromine was substituted for iodine due to misinformation about iodine), Gatorade and other sports drinks, some water purifiers so be careful what you buy, medications, pesticides (methylbromide used on foods such as strawberries), pools, hot tubs, car interiors (Love that new car smell!!), flouride toothpaste. Basically flouride, flourine, bromide, bromine, chloride and chlorine all are a problem. See the link for more info on iodine inhibitors.

http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com/Common-Conditions.html

Here’s an excerpt from a previous blog that further explains how it’s not only estrogen that’s the problem but estrogen mimics.

Years ago, it was found that estrogen added to cancer cells caused the cancers to grow like wild fire. (Hmmm…is that why in their infinite wisdom, the medical world was promoting estrogen replacement? Big pharma, MORE $$$$$ MORE CANCER MORE $$$$) Later researchers accidentally found that cancers cultured in plastic petri dishes had dramatically accelerated growth even without adding estrogen. It turned out that the phthalates leeching out of the plastic containers were such potent cast estrogen mimics that they turned on the growth of cancer cells.

It’s obvious then that synthetic estrogens, whether they are from prescriptions or from estrogen mimics, can alter our chances for breast and other types of cancer. The bad news is that our society is swimming in a sea of estrogen.

Estrogen mimics or xenoestrogens are used in plastic bottles that hold pop and bottled water. They’re also used in plastic wraps that wrap supermarket meats and vegetables, etc. (Best to avoid microwave ovens all together but for sure DO NOT put plastic wrap over food and reheat it in a mikey.) So don’t be drinking water from plastic bottles either. Have you ever seen a big flat of bottled water sitting outside a store like say Walmart in the hot sun? What do you think is happening to the water? Yep…toxins from the heated plastic are going into the water. Also, think about cosmetics…full of chemicals. Find a company that produces natural cosmetics. Take a further look into the sources of these chemicals and how they get into our food and water supply so you can be more savvy. Check out the link below to Dr. Mercola’s chat with Dr. Christine Horner, author of ‘Waking the Warrior Goddess’. She has some good info and options for screening instead of mammograms. You can read the full blog and get the link to this interview here.

http://drdiffrant.com/2013/10/23/what-you-probably-dont-know-about-breast-cancer-prevention/

So what have we learned here? First of all avoid halides as much as possible. Not only will it help prevent cancer but it will help to keep your thyroid gland functioning normally. I call the thyroid your ‘happy’ gland. A great way to become depressed and end up on anti-depressants is to let your thyroid go without the support it needs. What I do is take some Iodine every day, not only for my thyroid but for prevention of cancer. Biotics make it in 2 forms one in a tablet form and one liquid.

http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com/Common-Conditions.html   more info here on iodine inhibitors.

So I know that you are thinking, ‘How can I avoid halides when they are in my drinking water and I can’t drink bottled water’. Get a decent filter for your house and take your own water with you in a non-plastic container. We have a Kangen machine but they are $4000 approx. You can buy them on a payment plan so that might work for you. If you can’t afford one of these types of machines, Santevia filters are reasonable. It’s better than drinking from the tap and consider that reverse osmosis and distilled water are pretty much devoid of minerals and that’s no good either. We hydrate from minerals. So if you drink water that is devoid of minerals, you will deplete your minerals. You don’t want to do that considering our food is already pathetically low in minerals these days. Modern farming practices have seen to that. A hundred years or so ago 1 apple had almost 1/2 the daily recommended iron. Now…you have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount. Shocking!! Read this if you want to get depressed:( http://drdiffrant.com/2012/04/13/shocking-statistics-about-our-food-supply/

So basically eat a healthy organic diet as much as possible. We tend toward the vegetable based paleo diet and I’m not talking about vegetarianism here. Use the 80/20 rule so you don’t get too stressed out over things. We still have to have some fun! Avoid halides, get an iodine supplement, and support your liver. Another good thing to do is use a mineral supplement. And don’t get some cheap brand. Get a nutraceutical brand like Biotics Research – Multi Mins, Standard Process – All Organic Trace Mins or Nutri West – Trace Min +. These need to be purchased through health care practitioners and there’s a reason for that. These are high quality supplements designed to treat conditions so the products need to be really high quality and properly formulated. We mostly use Biotics. If you get cheap mins, you can’t absorb a lot of them and they can deposit where you don’t want them and cause issues. I recommend using nutraceuticals for any supplement you take.

Another really great thing to use for many reasons is Vitamin D as it is commonly deficient for reasons such as avoiding sunshine, sun screen, where you live and your age. Adequate vitamin D improves apoptosis. So when there is lots of sun, you may be able to get away without a supplement but people with darker skin may tend to have lower D levels so may consider supplementing always. We generally use Biotics Bio D Mulsion but there are other nutraceutical companies with Vitamin D products.

For liver support…Phosphatidylcholine (Biotics). This may also enhance gut function, adrenal efficiency, neurological capabilities and short term memory.

TRIVIA:

In Japan the average daily intake of iodine is 13.8 mg. The US RDA is 150 mcg. Japan has lower incidence of breast cancer, hypothyroid and feminizing cancers. Iodine deficiency is the main predisposing factor for breast cancer and fibrocystic disease. Women share their iodine with thyroid, breasts and ovaries. Before 1960, risk for breast cancer was 1:20. After 1960, iodine in bread was replaced with bromide. Breast cancer is now 1:8 and rising at 1% per year.

So contact us to order any of the products mentioned.

 

Why Test for Heavy Metals?

First of all, how do we end up with concentrated amounts of heavy metals in our bodies? There are various sources…mercury amalgams (tooth fillings-silver), fumes like gasoline, other petrochemicals, air pollution, our food and water, excessive use of aluminum (pots and pans, deodorant, canned foods) and paints containing lead and or mercury. Strange that as children in school, we were allowed to play with mercury. That was a while ago and it isn’t happening now but most of us were fascinated with it and handled it regularly. I remember having a little vile of it in my desk!!

So what are the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity?
· Chronic pain throughout the muscles and tendons or any soft tissues of the body
· Chronic malaise – general feeling of discomfort, fatigue, and illness
· Brain fog – state of forgetfulness and confusion
· Chronic infections such as Candida
· Gastrointestinal complaints, such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn, and indigestion
· Food allergies
· Dizziness
· Migraines and/or headaches
· Visual disturbances
· Mood swings, depression, and/or anxiety
· Nervous system malfunctions – burning extremities, numbness, tingling, paralysis, and/or an electrifying feeling throughout the body

Note: Heavy metal toxicity can produce vague symptoms that sometimes are mistaken for other chronic conditions such as Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, and a host of other serious disorders. Discuss heavy metal toxicity with your healthcare professional before receiving any diagnosis or treatment for a serious chronic condition.

Something many people don’t know is that chronic or reoccurring infections, parasites, fungus (candida) can occur due to heavy metals. The organisms bind to the metals and make them impossible to get rid of. This causes a host of other issues and can damage the gut lining and throw the gut balance off.
So in order to deal with this properly we not only need to detox the metals but restore health and balance to the gut.

So to test for heavy metals, there is only one accurate method although there are people testing through blood, hair and urine. It is done by using a provocative challenge and then taking a fecal sample that we send to the lab. This means that we use Chela-Zyme for 7 days. 6 – 2 x a day on an empty stomach, starting on a Monday and then the following Monday the sample is taken and you call FedEx to pick up the test kit. So essentially, the Chela-Zyme chelates the metals into the feces and when we take the sample, the metals can be measured properly. The cost is $130 + GST. Shipping by FedEx is included.

What happens if you have heavy metal toxicity?

Well, fortunately Biotics Research have a very specific product for this problem, which is the same Chela-Zyme you used to do the provocative challenge along with some other products to support the detoxification process. See the protocols at the end of this document. Remember, we also need to heal your gut and balance it so those protocols are there too.

Here is the story of how Biotics developed Chela-Zyme…

In 1980, Biotics Research Corporation began investigating the use and production of Spirulina plankton. A leading expert from the University of Texas provided insight into methods of production, as well as pure Spirulina cultures that were the starting culture for their research and production.

Production was halted when scientists at Biotics isolated what they considered the “active” principal of Spirulina the porphyrin ring of chlorophyll. While many claims for the nutritional value of Spirulina have been made, the consensus was the most significant value in Spirulina was chlorophyll. However, the chlorophyll content in Spirulina is low (typically less than 1%).

Chela-ZymeTM – A Concentrated Porphyrin Product

Unlike traditional chlorophyll products, Chela-ZymeTM is a concentrated porphyrin supplement. By increasing the porphyrin content, the heavy metal binding capability is also increased, providing clinicians with a natural, effective “chelating” tool.

Porphyrins have the ability to bind divalent metal ions due to the nitrogen atoms of the tetrapyrrole nucleus. The central ion in chlorophyll is magnesium, which is freed from chlorophyll under acidic conditions, permitting other metals to bind in its place. Toxic metals, such as mercury, lead and arsenic, are complexed first. Then excess amounts of other divalent metals, such as calcium, can be complexed by porphyrins.

Investigational Data on Chela-ZymeTM

Scientists at Biotics Research Corporation studied the ability of Chela-ZymeTM to bind heavy metals in vitro. Chela-ZymeTM was dialyzed against aqueous solutions of heavy metal ions. Afterward, the concentration of heavy metal ion remaining in the dialysis medium was determined. As can be seen by the Investigational Data Chart, Chela-ZymeTM proved to be very effective in binding heavy metals. Using dialysis, the following exchange range for toxic metals was established: See Investigational Data Chart. Measurements were made using atomic absorption techniques (flame, furnace and hydride methods), using a Perkin-Elmer 603 spectrophotometer.

Protocols

Generally once we know we are dealing with metals, we heal the gut, then balance it and then detox.

Healing the Gut Protocol

Gastrazyme gut healing/intestinal support 3 tabs 3 x a day Empty Stomach
IPS gut healing/intestinal support 3 cap 2 x a day Empty
L-Glutamine Pwd gut healing/intestinal support 1 TBSP 2 x a day Empty
ADP If leaky gut is present 3 tabs 3 x a day Food/Empty
Bio HPF If h-Pylori present 2 cap 3 x a day Empty
Note that after using ADP, Bio Doph 7 should be used for one month. 1 cap in the am and one before bed. One bottle will take care of this. Bio Doph 7 is a pre and pro biotic with 7 strains.

Gastrazyme contains Gamma Oryzanol, Methionine Ferulic acid and Chlorophyllins for gastric distress, inflammation, healing gut wall, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, heartburn and protecting DNA.

IPS-intestinal permeability support. Prevents food from leaking though gut.

L-Glutamine caps or powder-Gastric inflammation, peptic ulcer and supports metabolism to reduce sugar cravings. Aids in formation of Glutathione.

This is a 2 week program and then follow with Balancing Digestion Protocol.

Balancing the Digestion Protocol (this is also a sugar balancing program)

Hydrozyme HCl and enzymes 2 tabs with meals with Food
HCl+ acidity for gut 2 tabs with meals Food
Betaine Plus HP Acidity for gut 2 caps with meals Food
Intenzyme Forte Enzymes for healthy digestion and assimilation 2 tabs 3 x a day During meals

Secondary Support
GlucoBalance Balances blood sugar-limits cravings 3 cap 2 x a day Food
Bio-Immunozyme Forte Immune Support 2 tabs daily with meals Food
Aqueous Zinc Digestive support 2-4 tsp with meals Food
Mo-Zyme Forte Digestive support 2 tabs with meals Food

HCl+ is used for people up to 40 years of age. Betaine Plus HP for people over 50. For a vegetarian formula instead of Intenzyme use Bromelaine Plus CLA.

Toxic Metal Detox Protocol
Chela-Zyme Chelates metals 2-6 tabs, 2 x day Empty
Bio Detox pks or MCS 2 General liver detox 1 pk daily or 2 cap 2 x a day Food
Renal+ or Nephrazyme Kidney support 3 tabs 2 x day Empty
Mixed Ascorbate Pwd Buffered Vit C chelates copper ½ to 1 tsp a day Food
Mixed EFAs Binds to metals 2 tsp a day Food
*Nitrogreens may be added to NutriClear (1 TBSP) to speed up metals detox.

This can be done safely pre, during and post amalgam removal for 3 months then re-test for metals. This can be used for children but a different format is followed. Please ask.

Once we have completed all the steps, we can give you an affordable maintenance program.

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Cold Sores? Here’s Why…

RELATIONSHIP OF VITAMINS D AND F, WITH CALCIUM

MAJOR INVOLVEMENT: Calcium transport from the Gastro-Intestinal tract to the bloodstream.

MAJOR CONDITIONS: Rickets, calcium assimilation problems, nose bleeds, haemorrhage, delayed healing, lack of exposure to sun, hypo-tension (low blood pressure) and low blood and tissue calcium.

The issues behind the above vitamins and mineral are largely misunderstood.

sun12-240x240We know that very few people need Vitamin D in the form of a supplement as the ultraviolet rays from the sun convert skin oil to Vitamin D. Vitamin D picks up calcium from the gut and puts it into your blood. So, as long as you have some sun exposure, you will produce Vitamin D. That’s the first part of understanding these essential nutrients. The second part of the equation is found in Vitamin F, today known as Essential Fatty Acid (EFA). EFAs take calcium from the blood and put it into the tissues. Essential Fatty Acids are mainly found in oils. If deficient in these oils, calcium will not be delivered to the tissues.

So, Vitamin D takes the blood from the gut to the blood steam and EFAs take it to the tissues. Tissues include organs and not just your skin.

A person chronically low in EFAs, may experience sunstroke. Sunstroke involves high blood calcium levels with low tissue calcium levels. Excess Vitamin D from extreme exposure to the sun is known to cause cancer. You might have read articles that say you should stay out of the sun, that sunshine is hazardous to health. Well, it’s only dangerous to people who are EFA deficient. The Vitamin F part of EFA is the polyunsaturated fatty acid found in meats and butter as examples. It is not found in vegetable oil. And by the way, margarine is a phony food. It starts as good oil, but when hydrogenation is introduced it is converted into stearic acid, which is a hard saturated fat. (Hmmm, hardening of the arteries?)

Calcium is a salt mineral with two positive charges. It is a major factor in skin health. Its presence in our skin protects us from outside contaminants such as bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses. Low “tissue” calcium levels in skin can result in intense ITCHING. This can increase to HIVES, CANKER SORES, COLD SORES (really a hot sore) , and if you have the HERPES virus (as 98.9% of the North American population has) mucous tissues in the lips or genital and anal area can develop painful WELTS OR BLISTERS. Overworking, overstressing or overdoing anything can lower the blood calcium levels even further, resulting in fatigue and exhaustion. And “pop”, out comes the blisters.
The above conditions respond quickly with the administration of bio-available calcium.

Calcium is the 5th most abundant element in the earth’s crust and biosphere and is essential to all earth life forms. The late Paleolithic Period of 35,000 to 10,000 years ago was the most recent time our human forebearers lived in the bios for which they had been bio-chemically designed. The agricultural revolution occurred 10,000 years ago reducing the wide variety of wild foods in the human food chain. This change spread universally and forever decreased man’s dietary intake of minerals, trace minerals and rare earth minerals. In the 20th century adults have only 1/3rd this calcium intake.

There are no less than 147 deficiency diseases attributed to calcium imbalances. Some include osteoporosis, receding gums, arthritis, high blood pressure, insomnia, cramps, twitches, PMS, Bell’s Palsy and panic attacks. Bone spurs and calcium deposits at the sites of insertion of tendons and ligaments (bursitis, tendonitis, myofascitis (fibromyalgia) are a result of calcium deficiency in trauma areas.

Calcium also is required for the release of energy from ATP for muscles to contract. It aids in blood clotting, mediates the transport function of cell membranes to send thoughts and actions and mediates the synthesis of hormones.

Calcium deficiencies can come from a diet high in phytates found in the stems of many plants such as oatmeal and whole wheat. Oxalic acids found in cooked rhubarb, spinach, tomatoes and fruits (such as pies), peanuts, pop, deli meats and processed foods (ask us for a chart) binds with calcium to form an insoluble sludge, calcium oxalate which can lead to gout, arthritis and stones. Pharmaceutical drugs such as diuretics result in decreased absorption of calcium. Excess of caffeine can leach calcium from the bones.

Sufficient acid in our stomach sets up calcium absorption. This acid is developed from salt in our diet. A diet low in salt will result in less acid. Less acid, less calcium absorption equals lactose intolerance all the way to celiac disease.

It was the medical profession 50 years ago that said to reduce salt and fat intake. They neglected to inform the public of what kind of salt and fat (in reality, the food conglomerates gave them limited information). We listened; they were ‘our’ doctors after all. But, they were never trained in nutrition, only pharmacology. It was the food industry that influenced the medical profession to become their spoke-persons for marketing programs and the concept that you can get all your requirements from the four food groups. Even so, the food conglomerates still take away and then add artificial vitamins and minerals to warehouse foods. Even present day baby formulas have much less supplements in them than dog food!

Reduction of salt in the diet leads to loss of calcium and increase in blood pressure to compensate = HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

Reduction of fat in the diet leads to loss of insulation and dehydration occurs. In the brain, this is called Alzheimers. We didn’t see this terrible condition until the phase of low-fat diets. We need the good fats. Notice how the companies are quick to say they have reduced their bad fats in warehouse foods (packaged)? And what are these fats called? Yes, trans fats. Are you starting to see the bigger picture?

Contact us for more info or for ordering products as they are only available through Health Care Practitioners.

Note: It is interesting that of all our skin colour variations, there are four areas on the body the same in all races. Check it out! Whether you are white, black, brown, yellow, olive, red, etc in skin colour, the palms of your hands and soles of your feet are pinky-white. Ever wonder why?!!! These are solar panels for the invisible spectrums of light. This light reflects through the solar panels in our palms and soles and results in an internal rainbow. This rainbow of light or colour energy innervates the relationship amongst the organs. We vibrate and emote colour. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is really called HEALTH.

We need a mere three minutes of sun on our palms to ‘charge’ up. So, everyday, get some rays and get “charged”.

This is the first of our L.A.W.S. of Life, that of L or Light from our white star, the sun.

Tough Thyroid Cases

Overview of the thyroid system (See Wikipedia:...

Dr. David Brownstein estimates over 40% of Americans have suboptimal thyroid function.  Some say it’s close to 80%. Part of this can be attributed to our food supply and the lack of minerals in the soil but there are other contributing factors.

First of all, how do you know that you have a thyroid problem? Blood tests aren’t always conclusive so we use a temperature test. Download a Thyroid Temperature Chart so you can record your basal temperature. Also, here are some symptoms that might help you determine if this is something you should look into.

Hyperthyroid Symptoms (overactive)

Racing heart or increased heart rate, nervousness, tremor, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, increased problems sleeping, excessive weight loss, excessive sweating, and elevated basal temperature over 98.2. Dr. Broda Barnes (a reknowned researcher of thyroid dysfunction) said if the basal temperature went over 98.2 an immediate reduction in therapy is indicated. In his case he reduced the desiccated porcine thyroid.

Hypothyroid Symptoms (low function) Hypothyroid Questionnaire

Fatigue, morning headaches that wear off during the day, increase in weight, sensitivity to cold (rule out anemia and atherosclerosis), dry brittle hair, hair that falls out easily, dry, scaly or itching skin, reduced initiative, mental confusion, poor memory, low axillary temperature (below 97.8), muscle cramps at rest, reduced immune function, edema especially facial (myxedema), constipation, loss of outside portion of eyebrows, breast, ovarian or uterine cysts/fibroids, increase in serum lipids, increase or decrease in blood pressure, tinnitus, impaired hearing, depression, premature grey hair, red hair, type 1 diabetes, B-12/folate anemia, and vitiligo.

Adrenal Function Hypoadrenia Questionnaire

Additional symptoms of adrenal deficiency include feeling hot all the time, palpitations, low blood pressure (systolic of 100 or less), very slender build, dizziness (especially on standing up quickly), severe allergies, anxiety and feelings of impending doom, hypoglycemia, arthritis, weakness and fatigue after exercise, muscle twitching. There is an overlap between the symptoms resulting from hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. Sometimes it is necessary to support the adrenal glands and thyroid simultaneously. For example, we’ve found clinically that when you place a patient on correct thyroid support, their basal metabolic rate increases and as a result of this, their utilization of minerals increases dramatically. In other words, they begin to utilize them correctly rather than storing them in soft tissue, arteries, the intercostals spaces, the aorta, etc.

*Very often if a person is calcium or magnesium insufficient when beginning treatment for the thyroid and aches and pains are present, they will exacerbate. Iron and copper (Fe/CU) free Multi-Mins at 3-5 tablets twice a day will generally take care of the aches, pains and cramps in a week or so.

Here are two cases that are not often associated with hypothyroidism: sleep apnea and elevated homocysteine. The Southern Medical Journal connected sleep apnea and thyroid hypofunction many years ago. In their report once the thyroid hypofunction was resolved, the sleep apnea resolved. Not all cases of sleep apnea are thyroid related, but it’s worth checking out.

Homocysteine, known as homocystinuria is an indication of B complex deficiency, mainly, folate, B-12, B-6, betaine and recent information indicates certain gene types need B-2 as well. There is a strong correlation between thyroid hypofunction and increased levels of homocysteine. Obviously when homocysteine is increased, dietary changes and supplementation with Bio-B Complex and Beta-TCP is certainly required.

By the way, the Beta-TCP is used for the betaine, also called trimethylglycine. Some companies use the term beta and some use the term trimethylglycine, however both are betaine.  The betaine used by Biotics Research is concentrated from organic beets and is called Beta TCP.

The conversion from T-4 to the active molecule T-3 is dependent upon selenium, iodine, glutathione, zinc, copper and a host of other nutrients and this is why Biotics Research put Meda-Stim into their line. The product Meda-Stim is used to assist with the T-4 to T-3 conversion. Some doctors have called it “one of the best supplemental products available in the country.”

Also, excess cortisol and use of exogenous estrogen will to some degree, interfere with the conversion of T-4 to T-3, therefore any person with adrenal cortical hyperfunction or any person on exogenous estrogen should be checked to determine if they are making the T-4 to T-3 conversion. A common pattern seen with under-conversion is a free T-4 above the midline of the lab range with a free T-3 below the midline of the lab range. When this pattern is present, Meda-Stim is needed.

Here are some other factors that block this conversion.

T4 to T3 Inhibitors

Nutrient DeficienciesIodineIronSeleniumZincVitamin AVitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Theophylline

Medications AmiodaroneBeta BlockersBirth Control PillsIodinated Contrast AgentsLithiumMethimazole

Phenytoin

Propylthiouracil

SSRI

Other Factors
AgingAlcoholAlpha-Lipoic AcidBPAChemotherapyCigarette SmokingCruciferous Vegetables

Diabetes

Fasting

Fluoride

Growth Hormone DeficiencyHemochromatosisLeadLow Adrenal StateMercuryPesticidesSoy

Stress

Surgery

Radiation

Here’s a clinical pearl especially useful for resistant cases. Dr. George Goodheart years ago found that cellular resistance to T-3 can often be overcome with RNA using Nuclezyme-Forte at 2 capsules, three times a day or in some cases with riboflavin using Bio-GGG-B at 2 capsule, three times a day.

Another reason why people may not respond to the appropriate treatment is thyroid hormone resistance. Their lab tests are normal but still have hypothyroid symptoms. In other words their Free T4 and Free T3 are above the lab median so the conversion from T4 to T3 has been made but somehow the receptor sites have been blocked. This could be caused by competitive binding of the receptor sites.

Here are some of the factors causing competitive binding and thus thyroid resistance: Bisphenol A, found in many plastics and reusable water containers (a study of 394 adults detected BPA in 95% of urine samples); perchlorate, found in ground water; triclosan, used as an anti-bacterial, antifungal agent in soaps, toothpaste, skin care products, and fabrics (detected in 75% of urine samples especially those with the highest income); PCBs, outlawed in 1979 due to their half life are still in the environment; PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), not outlawed and are used as flame retardants in carpet, foam and building materials (detected in meat, fish, vegetables, dairy products, indoor air and household dust).

In some cases, a person’s symptoms and lab tests are normal after a detox. The detox process re-sensitizes the receptor sites and their own thyroid hormones work better. Never underestimate the value of clean food and water and an intentional avoidance of household toxins. Even diabetes patients can need less glucose support after a detox.

So if you’re doing all the right things and still not better, implement the 3-Step Detox from Biotics.

ITS TIME TO FEEL GOOD AGAIN

Dietary Recommendations

Eliminate refined carbohydrates, dairy, gluten and processed foods. Reduce total daily carbohydrate intake if the patient is overweight to 60 gram or less. Eliminate food in the cabbage family, soy, red clover, the skin from poultry, fatty beef, cosmetics containing estrogen and millet. Use only pure water (no well or city water). Increase oil and quality protein. If an increase in dietary protein causes gas and/or bloating, add Betaine Plus HP at 1 capsule in the middle of the meal (increase every third day until the patient experiences a slight burning in their stomach and then reduce).

Additional Notes and Nutrients to Consider

Selenium 200-400 mcg: Se-Zyme Forte provides 100 mcg of a food based selenium.

Iron – make sure ferritin is over 100 for men and 130 for women but under 200. Fe-Zyme provides 25 mg of iron as well as 8 mg of zinc and 2 mg of copper.

Iodine/ Iodide – Iodizyme-HP 1 tablet per day supplies 12.5 mg.

EFAs for cell membrane integrity. Optimal EFAs is a mixture of organic GLA, ALA and EPA/DHA from small fish. Use 3 capsules, twice a day

Magnesium 600-1000 mg – Mg-Zyme supplies 100 mg of aspartate, gluconate and glycinate,

Aqua Mag-Cl supplies 200 mg per tsp. (Due to a salty taste it must be mixed with juice to increase patient compliance.)

Porcine glandular: Biotics Research has the only porcine glandular on the market called GTA. GTA by law has to have the thyroxine removed; however, it has many of the co-factors necessary to feed the thyroid and enhance physiology. GTA has 5 mg of porcine thyroid with trace amounts of selenium, rubidium and SOD and catalase, GTA-Forte II has 20 mg of porcine thyroid with zinc, selenium, copper, rubidium, with SOD and catalase.

Dr. Broda Barnes used 1 grain or 60 mg and added ½ grain or 30 mg every month until the patient bloomed. Dr. Starr found out that sometimes the recommendation of desiccated porcine thyroid made patients worse. This may happen to patients with severe allergies, chemical sensitivities and chronic pain. These were the patients that needed the therapy the most and yet due to toxins and nutrient deficiencies patients would have an aggravation of symptoms. At these times therapy would have to be reduced and then a detox would be instigated. You see, environmental toxins interfere with thyroid as well as other hormonal functions. If the receptor sites of the cell are already full or blocked, then the body will signal a heightened or alarmed state. Therapeutically we need to explain the process and go back to the basics of clean food and some form of detoxification. So in some cases, starting with a detox may be the best way to go.

Contact us for more info.

What You Probably Don’t Know About Breast Cancer Prevention

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Upend the pink ribbon!

It’s breast cancer awareness month which I think is another ploy by big pharma to scare the living daylights out of everyone and sell more mammograms and drugs. Have to rant a bit you know:) Drowning in a sea of pink ribbons…being forced to have my hot beverage at my local co-op in a pink freaking cup!! I DO NOT want to contribute to the cancer foundation this month or ever. They don’t want a cure so supporting them is a crime. http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?p=2191 (Someone that has had breast cancer and feels the same way…yeah!) Check it out…it will make you think again. Sometimes we get on these band wagons and we don’t even know what’s behind it all. Another peeve…’Cops for Cancer’. Why are they ‘for’ it? Shouldn’t they be against it? Arggghhh!! It might just seem like semantics but think again. Here’s another link…http://womenwcancer.blogspot.ca/2011/09/upending-pink.html

So here’s our take on breast cancer and this is becoming much more known in the holistic health world. So down the road there will be more of this in the headlines. Here’s an excerpt from a Biotics newsletter for doctors and this is our stance as well. My particular comments are in italics.

‘One of the most important health concerns for women today is breast cancer. Statistics show approximately 1 in 7 women will get breast cancer. Those are scary odds. As clinicians, we can make a profound difference. In many cases, we can truly predict and prevent breast cancer; and we can monitor our progress.

Mammograms and early chemo cocktails are not our idea of prevention. Now everyone knows you don’t just wake up one day and find out you have breast cancer. Cancer growth is a process. It takes years before aberrant cells can accumulate to a point where we can feel or even detect a lump. Most women have no idea that they are exposed to something every day that can dramatically speed cancer growth, excess estrogen and estrogen mimics.

Years ago, it was found that estrogen added to cancer cells caused the cancers to grow like wild fire. (Hmmm…is that why in their infinite wisdom, the medical world was promoting estrogen replacement? Big pharma, MORE $$$$$ MORE CANCER MORE $$$$) Later researchers accidentally found that cancers cultured in plastic petri dishes had dramatically accelerated growth even without adding estrogen. It turned out that the phthalates leeching out of the plastic containers were such potent cast estrogen mimics that they turned on the growth of cancer cells.

It’s obvious then that synthetic estrogens, whether they are from prescriptions or from estrogen mimics, can alter our chances for breast and other types of cancer. The bad news is that our society is swimming in a sea of estrogen.

Estrogen mimics or xenoestrogens are used in plastic bottles that hold pop and bottled water. They’re also used in plastic wraps that wrap supermarket meats and vegetables, etc. (Best to avoid microwave ovens all together but for sure DO NOT put plastic wrap over food and reheat it in a mikey.) So don’t be drinking water from plastic bottles either. Have you ever seen a big flat of bottled water sitting outside a store like say Walmart in the hot sun? What do you think is happening to the water? Yep…toxins from the heated plastic are going into the water. Also, think about cosmetics…full of chemicals. Find a company that produces natural cosmetics. Take a further look further into the sources of these chemicals and how they get into our food and water supply so you can be more savvy. Check out the link below to Dr. Mercola’s chat with Dr. Christine Horner, author of ‘Waking the Warrior Goddess’. She has some good info and options for screening instead of mammograms.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/20/breast-cancer-prevention.aspx?e_cid=20131020Z1_SNL_Art_1&utm_source=snl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20131020Z1

Many of the pesticides and herbicides on our fruits and vegetables have estrogen like activity. The meats we eat are also increasing our estrogen levels. Animals are fed estrogen to increase their water weight before slaughter. One dramatic study demonstrating the effects of xenoestrogens in our drinking water found that male small mouth bass taken from a drinking water source actually had eggs in their testes. EGGS IN THEIR TESTES! These fish were harvested from a river that provides drinking water for millions of people.’

This isn’t the first story I’ve heard about xenoestrogens causing sexual deviances in animals so what’s it doing to humans. Sigh….

What are some other causes?…it isn’t just one thing but there can be bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses behind cancer so that’s always a consideration. Future treatment methods for cancer will likely be identifying and eliminating one or more of the 4 criminals from a patient. Google Atavistic Therapy and Dr. Frank Arguello MD. He’s ahead of his time in this work.

What you can do….

Test for good/bad estrogen ratios– 2/16 Hydroxyestrone urine test is what to ask for.

Diet wise…here’s a few tips…eat at least 1 cup of cruciferous veggies per day. Arugula, bok choy, broccoflower, broccoli, broccoli rabe, broccoli romanesco, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, collards, cress, daikon, Ethiopian mustard, flowering cabbage greens, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mizuna, mustard greens, mustard seeds (brown, white & black), napa cabbage, radish, rutabaga, Siberian kale, tatsoi, turnip root, wasabi, watercress. In fact, this will increase your body’s ability to detoxify harmful liver agents like Tylenol by 20 %. Cruciferous veggies contain multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties: diindolylmethane, sulforaphane, and selenium.

NitroGreens from Biotics contain sprouted cruciferous veg so if you can’t get enough in your diet then here’s a great way to supplement. The sprouted forms are even more potent than the raw or cooked forms. 1 scoop per day is an excellent prevention strategy. It also contains beet and carrot juices which have liver protecting abilities as well. NitroGreens have the alkalizing effect of the grasses.

Ground flax seeds are another good addition to your daily diet. They improve the 2/16 estrogen ratio. 2 tablespoons of ground up flax seeds on salad, in your NitroGreens shake or with the above mentioned cruciferous vegetables has been shown to improve the 2/16 hydroxyestrone ratio as well. That’s over and above what the veggies will accomplish.

Reduce pesticides, plastics and commercial meats (as mentioned, they feed animals estrogen to bulk their water weight up for slaughter-in other words heavier…more $$)

Optimal EFAs (Biotics) are a blend of ultra pure EPA, DHA, organic Flax seed oil, cancer fighting GLA, and a balance of the omega 9 oils. 2 to 3 capsules, 2 times per day will provide excellent protection.

Iodine is sorely lacking in our diet as are most minerals (poor soil management…mega farming don’t care if they replace the essential trace minerals). Read this to get a big shock about our food supply. Liquid Iodine Forte and Multi Mins from Biotics are a way to add iodine and minerals to your diet that you can’t get from food anymore. I wish this wasn’t the case but anyone that says I don’t need to supplement because I eat well should click on the link and read. It will open your eyes, believe me. Iodine protects breast, uterine, prostate and ovarian tissue and is extremely important to optimal endocrine function especially thyroid. Minerals give us our spark so if you wonder why so many people are on anti depressants this is one BIG reason why…way less minerals in our food supply than 30 to 40 years ago. One shocking example…100 years ago the old adage ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ had some truth. Almost 1/2 our daily need for iron came from one apple. Drum roll….today you would have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount!!! Agghhh!!! Is that not just criminal? We are starving to death yet fatter than we’ve ever been. Extreme measures are going to have to be taken if we are going to survive. It’s not plagues, war and pestilence that will wipe us out but food with no nutrients. We will get weaker and sicker and the rest is yours to speculate. Liquid Iodine Forte-30 drops per day or use a tableted form called Iodizyme- HP. Iodine levels can be assessed through a 24 hour urine collection for more precise protocols. Multi Mins 3 to 6 per day. More if you think you may be dehydrated…most of us are:( It’s minerals that hydrate us not drinking water devoid of minerals. Most tap and bottled water fall into this category.

Supplement with Vitamin D–Bio D Mulsion Forte (Biotics) (emulsified is important but know that not all are created equal-it must not separate. Poor quality emulsions will separate.)

Vitamin D has been shown to cut breast cancer incidence by 77 percent in four years! Of course, other lifestyle factors are also important in preventing cancer, such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and managing stress. However, vitamin D’s critical importance seems to grow with every emerging study. Carole Baggerly, founder director of GrassrootsHealth—an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about vitamin D and the crucial role it plays in health—believes that as much as 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer is related to vitamin D deficiency, which is 100 percent preventable! Vitamin D levels can be tested. I use 2 drops per day most of the year because we live in a place where the sun isn’t very strong for the bulk of the time.

So here’s some info you might not have known and can now implement in your prevention program. We shouldn’t be scared but well informed and we need to stand up to the ‘politically correct’ dictocrats that are trying to keep us sick and rake in the cash. So speak up!

In health,

Susan

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Are You Out of Your Mind?

thiamineARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?   Can’t sleep, crave sugar.?

This could be an acid problem, no not stomach acid, but pyruvic acid. Never heard of it?

Do you experience drowsiness after a meal, urinating several times a night?  Do you feel a tight band around your head, difficulty holding your breath, yawning, fatigue, bloating? Poor appetite, really sore after exercising, burning in the soles of you feet?  All these symptoms can be the result of too much pyruvic acid in your system.

Pyruvic acid is a residue of incomplete carbohydrate metabolism, basically too many carbs in your diet for your digestive system to handle.  You’re eating too many sweets or starches that convert to sugar.  A decent diet will contain the necessary nutrient that removes this acid, thiamine pyrophosphate.  See those first four letters … pyro, yes to burn.  Like a pyromaniac who likes to light fires, thiamine pyrophosphate aka Vitamin B1 handles the burning up of this acid.If not, you might have burning in your feet or the most common side effect  SCIATICA.  This is when the pyruvic acid builds up on the head of nerves. And the head of the sciatic nerve is the size of your baby finger.

If this acid gets into general circulation and enters the brain, the inflammatory reaction here starts with the band around your head from the acid in the cerebrospinal fluid that your brain floats in. This worsens into depression, anxiety, a fear of doom and gloom, don’t want to leave home and weird sounds and sights disturb your senses.

For a malnourished drug addict this comes up as seeing bugs crawling under the skin with sensations like ants biting (formication). What do they do about it? They try cut them out.They call them ‘coke’ (cocaine)  bugs!

Dietary sources are grains, pasta, rice, etc. which if you are gluten-gliadin sensitive defeats the purpose and chronic deficiency requires supplementation.  We recommend Biotics Thiamin B 50 to start with.  You need to take enough to loosen the bowels which means you have activated the removal of the pyruvic acid. Once there is relief, switch to Bio GGGB for 90 days. And watch those symptoms disappear.

We believe this is the cause of FM or Fibro-Myalgia.

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Day Light Savings Can be Detrimental to Your Health

spring forwardI was just noticing that daylight savings is already upon us. As much as we all welcome having longer days as it heralds in the spring and summer, there are some concerns you should be aware of.

Dr. Mercola has posted a very interesting article about this that I really felt I should share with you. I posted the link on our Face Book page.

Basically, the stats are that there are more heart attacks, suicides and car accidents on the Monday/week following DLT. There is also less productivity. Go to our Face Book page and follow the link to Dr. Mercola’s story and video. It’s very interesting. If you like what you see, ‘Like’ us:

Actually you probably won’t like what you hear about this phenomenon but there are some things that you can do to safe guard.

Safe Guards for the Spring-Forward

University of Alabama Associate Professor Martin Young suggests the following natural strategies to help your body resync after the time change:

1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday, to minimize the impact of getting up earlier on Monday morning (Your kidding, right? No, I’m kidding…it’s only ½ an hour and it will really help.)

2. Eat a nutritious breakfast (not cold cereal- Chuck that stuff out!) See NIN attachment for my nutrition book-a gift:)

3. Go outside in the sunlight in the early morning (raise your palms up to the light to absorb it well-they are your solar panels.)

4. Exercise in the mornings over the weekend, in accordance with your overall level of health and fitness (walking is good)

5. Consider setting your clock ahead on Friday evening, allowing an extra day to adjust over the weekend (just make sure you don’t show up for you appointments late. LOL)

In addition:

Pay attention to your diet, making sure you are consuming plenty of fresh, whole foods, preferably organic, and minimal amounts of processed foods and fast foods; keep your sugar consumption very low, especially fructose. Use good fats like coconut oil, red palm oil, olive oil or organic butter.

Practice good sleep hygiene, including sleeping in complete darkness, checking your bedroom for EMFs, and keeping your bedroom temperature no higher than 70 degrees. See the attachment about the underlying causes of sleep loss. We have EMF protectors available if you think you need them too.

Optimize your vitamin D levels. We use Biotics Research Bio D Mulsion Forte.

Manage your stress with whatever stress-busting techniques work for you. We have a stress test to determine your stressor type if you need help with this.

Consider supplementing with melatonin if you have trouble sleeping. We can get Insomnia HP (homeopathic drops) from Dr. Clarke at BioActives or VHP (valerian, hops, passion flower) from Biotics as some people feel hung over using Melatonin.

NIN

Underlying causes of sleep loss

EMF Transcript

Bio D Mulsion Forte 1000IU

VHP

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