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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.

 

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.

A Little Something You Probably Didn’t Know About Sciatica

What is sciatica? Here’s the stock answer…

The main nerve traveling down the leg is the sciatic nerve. Pain associated with the sciatic nerve usually originates higher along the spinal cord when nerve roots become compressed or damaged from narrowing of the vertebral column or from a slipped disk. Symptoms can include tingling, numbness, or pain, which radiates to the buttocks legs and feet. BUT what if it isn’t from the spine??? Read on…

Anyone who’s had sciatica knows that it isn’t a little problem. It can be horribly painful and make it difficult to get around and to sleep! What you probably don’t know is that there are different causes of sciatica. As mentioned, sometimes it’s positional. For example, you are out of place possibly in the low back/hip or there are disc issues and pressure is put on the large sciatic nerve. It is a large nerve in circumference so that’s part of the reason the pain is so great. So seeing a chiropractor might help but if it doesn’t, then you may have another reason for the sciatica to be present. If it’s a disc issue, there are possible ways to rehab the disc but not all chiropractors do this. You may need to seek out a Pettibon trained chiropractor. I’m sure there are others out there who specialize in this area too.

The other cause can be a chemicals built up in the nerve or acids like lactic acid. We often see this as a cause and we must use a high dose of nutraceutical Thiamine  (B1) to get rid of it. There is a specific way this is done once we know that this is the root cause of the sciatica.

Other possibilities are poor carbohydrate metabolism and dehydration but as I said, we mostly see the acid build up or a positional issue. So there is hope but typically the chemical/acid problem is not addressed and people go on suffering without an answer in sight.

For more info, email us at cchs@shaw.ca.

 

 

 

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.

Contact us re ordering these nutraceuticals. They are only available through health care practitioners.

Something to Remember About Supplementation

Why you should carefully read all supplement and food labels.

There are studies that show, many over the counter supplements contain GMOs mostly from corn derivatives. Corn is one of the most altered food out there. It’s in tons of things.

Here’s some examples of ingredients used in many vitamins and health products that are GMO:

* Maltodextrin
* Sucrose
* Citric acid (used in many drink powders)
* Corn syrup

There are many more as well. Also, MSG is hidden in many food products. Check the MSG Chart for a list of suspect foods.

… plus there’s aspartame, which is also genetically modified from a bacteria source.

Is this what you want to give your children? Is this what you want for yourself?

Most people do not give much thought to the purchase of their nutritional supplements, assuming that they are basically the same. However, the quality of dietary supplements varies tremendously from manufacturer to manufacturer. Unfortunately, many products are not what they are represented to be. So how can a consumer make an educated choice when purchasing the nutritional supplement that is right for them? We can help and this is why we only use high end nutraceuticals from companies we can trust. Companies like Biotics Research, Standard Process and a handful of others. Most are available only through healthcare providers. This way you know you are taking things that are right for you and not wasting your money.

Many nutrients can oxidize or lose their potency, some quicker than others. Therefore, it is important that manufacturers buy these ingredients in small lots which can be quickly processed and made readily available to the consumer. Manufacturers who buy these raw materials in large lots, in an effort to cut costs, may store them for longer periods of time, resulting in less effective products.

Manufacturers are not required to test the ease of digestibility of their products and many lack the equipment to do so. Many may try to cram their products’ constituents into small, very hard tablets that are aesthetically pleasing but do not disintegrate properly. Raw materials can come in forms that are not as effective as other forms. Many companies use the cheapest form available, and the unknowing consumer does not realize that there are differences between the various forms.

The companies we use test their supplements on site, using state of the art laboratory methods to check for digestibility, approve raw materials and monitor production processes, including the testing of finished products prior to their release.They produce each product in isolated rooms to avoid cross contamination and to maintain the purity of each product, ensuring that what is claimed on the label is actually what the consumer gets.

Their products consistently produce reliable results. More and more people are choosing a natural approach to compliment their healthcare, but they are unaware of the possible interactions that can occur between prescriptions and nutrients. Many prescriptions can negatively affect the status of vitamins, minerals and/or trace elements in different ways. Healthcare providers can provide input needed to avoid interactions between drugs and micronutrients. Suggestions can be made when not to use certain supplements or when supplementation is necessary.

So read your labels and purchase the best. It really does make a huge difference.

Calcium Prevents Osteoporosis But Can You Absorb It?

calciumCalcium prevents osteoporosis! So let’s all take more calcium, right? Not necessarily. We can ingest calcium but if we don’t have the synergistic factors for absorption and digestion it can cause more harm than good.

How can too much calcium cause harm? First let’s remember if you don’t have the proper pH in your stomach, it doesn’t matter what form of calcium you take it’s not going to be fully utilized. Minerals must be cleaved from their substrate, ionized and then attached to amino acids for transport and absorption. Hydrochloric acid decreases as we age, subsequently osteoporosis is more prevalent as we age due to the lack of all minerals not just calcium. More and more clinicians are discovering that “over the counter” and prescription antacids as well as stomach acid blocking agents are creating serious problems. By decreasing physiologic levels of hydrochloric acid, the mineral availability of our already mineral depleted diets is further compromised.

What happens when we get too much calcium or calcium in an unusable form? Calcium abnormalities show up as bone spurs, kidney stones, and calcium deposits on mammograms and heart scans. The lack of proper absorption of calcium can cause calcium deposits which are related to osteoporosis, heart disease and heart attack. Remember too much calcium can push out or displace other minerals like magnesium and potassium which are two essential minerals for heart health.

Commonly, white specks on finger nails are considered to be “zinc deficiency” spots. I think they are indicative of a general malabsorption of minerals. A veteran nutritionist at Biotics Research shared that she had numerous specks on her nails for years despite zinc supplementation. She also had calcium deposits on her knuckles but found that when the calcium deposits were eliminated all the white specks on her nails disappeared She also saw this pattern with her patients as she changed people’s diets and fixed digestion.  She came to this conclusion by accident many years ago when she first noticed calcium deposits on several of her knuckles. They not only hurt but were unsightly. She also had a mammogram which revealed numerous calcium deposits. She had always had digestive problems including heartburn, hiatal hernia, and lack of hydrochloric acid in her stomach. She started taking Hydro-Zyme, a HCL supplement. Hydro-Zyme contains 2 mg vitamin B6, 150 mg Betaine Hydrochloride, 10 mg Pancreatin 4x (from porcine), 10 mg Pepsin, 50 mg Glutamic Acid and 35 mg Ammonium Chloride.

She also added Betaine Plus HP, a high potency hydrochloric acid supplement, to correct her heart burn, and other digestive and absorption problems. Within approximately 6 months all the calcium deposits on her fingers were gone. She’s never had them since. That’s amazing!

She continues to take a small dose of Hydro-Zyme, 1 with each meal and large doses of the Betaine Plus HP, 4-6 per meal. Her digestive issues are corrected and her nails are stronger and grow faster with no “zinc spots.”

She also spoke about her son-in-law “Bob,” and his family history of kidney stones. Each of the six members of his family had gone through numerous painful episodes. After he experienced three bouts with kidney stones within a year, he decided to try to do something about the calcium utilization problem. By taking 2 Hydro-Zyme with each meal, the kidney stone formation stopped and he has been pain free for over three years. Due to the kidney stones and white spots on his nails, my associate encouraged Bob to get a heart scan. His cardiologist was amazed to see calcium deposits on someone only 34 years of age.

So what are the causes? The major causes of poor calcium utilization are: drinking carbonated beverages (also one of the major causes of obesity), a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and antacid use. In fact it is EXTREMELY rare to have too much acid…it just feels like too much acid when it really is too little. See our website for a video on GERD or Acid Reflux.
http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com/Common-Conditions.html

No wonder we have a calcium problem with all the antacids and acid blockers prescribed and taken by a majority of people. The body is trying to tell us something when we get indigestion, poor growth of hair and nails, and certainly as things like bone spurs, kidney stones or calcium deposits are detected.

We need to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us. Why wait for something serious to develop. Pay attention to the signs early; make a habit of looking at your nails. Do they have spots, do they crack and peel? Do you have calcium deposits around your joints? Many of you are taking calcium, that’s a good thing. Now let’s make sure you have all the correct co-factors and digestive ability to utilize it. As in many conditions, we see the need for adequate levels of hydrochloric acid.

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