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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?

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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.

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Understanding Viamin D

This is the epitomy of what people face when talking to some doctors about supplements. In all fairness, it isn’t their place to know about hoistic medicine. They train in drug therapy so their knowledge of vitamin and mineral supplementation is limited at best.

Did you know that contrary to popular belief, the sun doesn’t provide Vitamin D…it helps the body synthesize what you get from diet. Watch the video for the whole story.

You need to make sure you are getting the right kind of Vitamin D. We use Cataplex D from Standard Process (available to US customers) and Bio D Mulsion (400IU or 1000IU) from Biotics Research (Canadian Customers). These products are only available through healthcare practitioners so email us to order.

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The Horrors of PPSD. Huh?

Let's go surfing now. Everybody's surfing now...Ode to the Beach Boys!

A recent Province newspaper editorial by Gordon Clark (Gordzilla in the City) was entitled ‘Don’t Go to Maui Unless You Can Risk the Horrors of PPSD’…so what’s he talking about? As that part of the paper was destined to be used as a parrot dropping catcher, I snatched it up before our Hawk Head parrot, Godzilla (Zilly) had a chance to make a deposit on Gordzilla’s story! I haven’t been to Maui but I’ve only ever heard people say they love it so I definitely wanted to know why he was ragging Maui. As it turns out, he too loved it and it was going home that was the pits. PPSD stands for Post Paradise Stress Disorder!

Godzilla the Hawk Head Parrot

So I get that it was warm and after all it was a holiday so no work and there was probably yummy food and swimming with the dolphins, surfing, etc. but we all know that holidays come to an end so why such a bother. Well, those of us that live in the ‘frozen north’ need to realize that we get very little sun exposure for a good part of the year. So off we go to paradise and get a suntan only to return to the grey days of winter. Granted, those of you on the lower mainland (Vancouver) and I here on Gabriola Island (looking across the straight to the mainland) don’t have it as bad as some people in our vast country. Having lived in Inuvik many years ago, I do know what it’s like to have only a few hours of sun a day. However, we ‘the blessed’ still spend most of our fall and winter inside. AND those of us that aren’t athletically inclined aren’t out there skiing, skating and whatnot either. My experience with skiing left me with a toenail that fell off (the dreaded ‘black’ toe) and my day was spent mainly rolling down the hill looking for people to help me up. So here I am in the house or office holed up waiting for spring to show up.

So big deal. Suck it up.  I totally accept that I’m here because I want to be but 2 weeks of sun in the middle of the winter isn’t enough to avoid certain health problems that can creep up on us unsuspecting northerners. We don’t need much sun, just a few minutes a day but at this latitude, the strength of the sun is lacking this time of year. So what do I do, you ask? Every morning I take a drop or 2 of Biotics Research Bio D Mulsion Forte. In fact I do this every month except July and August. This gives me enough Vitamin D without sun exposure to get me through the grey days without any trouble. Email us to order. cchs@shaw.ca

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Susan Van Dueck

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