Deep Breathing for Lung Cleansing

Deep Breathing for Lung Cleansing

 

Dr. Group

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Deep breathing exercises are great for lung cleansing.

Oxygen Helps With Lung Cleansing

Oxygen is, by far, the most vital component humans need to live. We can go weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without air. To get the most out of oxygen, it’s imperative our lungs are functioning properly. Every cell in the human body requires oxygen and, although it seems like an autonomous function, deep breathing exercises can be done to help clear out toxins that may have built up in the lungs which can help improve lung performance and clear airways. Deep breathing gets more nourishing oxygen into your body. Blood that is rich in oxygen will help you feel better, and give you more energy. Deep breathing also reaches the deepest depths of your lungs, and helps to expel and break up residue.

Shallow Breathing vs. Deep Breathing

Although the average human lung capacity is about 6 liters of air, we typically inhale much, much less. In fact, it’s amazing how little of our lung capacity is routinely used. This can be described as shallow breathing, or chest breathing. Shallow breathing is a self descriptive term, and may be caused by poor posture, stiff muscles, or simply inactivity. The majority of the breathing we do is shallow breathing. After all, it’s just not feasible to be heavily huffing and puffing all day. However, when shallow breathing is the only type of breathing you do, you’re utilizing a small fraction of your lung capacity and doing your lungs a disservice. Shallow breathing lets stagnant air and pollutants accumulate in the depths of the lungs and may lead to fatigue, respiratory sluggishness, and diminished tissue function.

Deep Breathing Exercises for Lung Cleansing

Find a relaxing and quiet place to sit down. Close your eyes, and begin by breathing in deeply through your nose from your belly up. Count to five, inhaling the entire time. Even when you think you can’t inhale any more, try to squeeze a little more air in. Allow your lungs and stomach to fully inflate. This enables oxygen to reach the deepest depths of your lungs to inflate all the alveoli and break up any toxins and pollutants that may have accumulated. Hold your breath for several seconds and then exhale over the course of another five count. When you think you can’t exhale any more, keep blowing from the deepest depths of your lungs and stomach! You should feel your chest and abdomen flatten inward. Repeat this breathing exercise 9 times. Performing this exercise on a daily basis will not only help cleanse your lungs, but it also helps relieve stress. It won’t take long before you notice positive improvements!

Health Benefits of Deep Breathing Exercises

Although the lungs are not muscles, they can be exercised. Failing to exercise the lungs can impact the respiratory system. Related muscles, and even the rib cage, can become stiff and lead to reduced elasticity in the lungs, which furthers shallow breathing. Air can remain in the tissues of the lungs and become stale, hindering fresh oxygen from finding its way into the bloodstream.

Those who exercise, especially athletes, often have larger than average lung capacities as a result of taking deeper breaths more often. Why? Because deep, rhythmic breathing expands the diaphragm muscle and the air pockets within the lungs. This allows for more oxygenation of the cells within the body which improves health, helps all the body’s systems perform better, and even can provide you with more energy. Deep breathing actually helps to stretch out the torso, you needn’t look any further than at the Olympic swimmers who typically have very large torsos to see this in action. Humans need oxygen for complete cell development. It’s impossible to be healthy if you’re not getting enough oxygen.

Lung Cleansing Improves Lung Performance

Taking deeper breaths that utilize the full capacity of your lungs helps cleanse the lungs and provides your body’s cells with more nourishing oxygen. Poor breathing allows toxins to accumulate, robs energy and negatively affects mental alertness. Daily breathing exercises are a vital way to keep the body clean, and provide your inner systems with the necessary oxygen to operate at optimum capacity. Proper lung function is especially important when working out because your body uses the oxygen as a source of energy. Less than adequate lung function when working out can cause a significant reduction in the amount of intensity and time your body can exercise. Adding deep breathing exercises to your daily routine to cleanse your lungs will balance and help your body. Remember, small changes add up to big improvements!

Lung Cleansing Herbs

Plants like oregano, orange peelelecampane, eucalyptus, peppermint, lungwort, osha root, chaparral, and lobelia have been used for hundreds of years, if not longer, as natural remedies for respiratory conditions. Individual herbal tinctures and extracts are available, or, rather than purchasing and taking each separately, Allertrex® is a natural lung cleansing supplement that contains organic and wildcrafted herbs known to support respiratory ailments, help with normal lung functions, and cleanse your lungs of harmful agents.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

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Tamiflu – please take note of the facts

It’s a particularly nasty flu season, right – what should we do??

Last week, a student in my daughter’s elementary school died. An apparently healthy, active, and vital 10-year old child suddenly departed. Despite an initial announcement of “cause unknown,” the administrators followed up with a suddenly clear pronouncement that he died “from the flu.” Looking beyond the fact that now even school administrators feel entitled to give clinical advice (“if you haven’t yet received your flu shot, please do”), I was interested to see that this child’s flu vaccine status was not mentioned. I wondered if he had received the flu shot or taken Tamiflu – especially since both have been associated with sudden death in the pediatric population.1

It’s a “deadly” flu season, and the pharmaceutically-funded media would have you believe that you must head on over to CVS and get your flu shot to make it through the year. And if the flu shot doesn’t work – even the CDC estimates its effectiveness around 39%2 – well then, just head to your doctor and get treated with Tamiflu!

But is it really that simple? Is it possible that we are bumping up against the glass ceiling of the Simple Solution for Sickness? Many of us are rolling our eyes at the “10% off your shopping order!” flu shot incentives, and our sniffles don’t send us running to the doctor for antibiotics “just in case.” As our own memories tell a different story from the scary stories on TV (wait…the chicken pox and the flu are deadly? Mom, Dad…didn’t you both have Measles and live to tell the tale?), we are becoming less and less susceptible to fabricated lore. We are harder to scare into action. We are beginning to accept that the magic pill is a fantasy, and that this crisis of confidence in our medical system is no small hurdle to overcome. It is an initiation into a new belief system.

I believe that this initiation begins with information and understanding. This understanding leads to informed choices. These empowered choices lead to a new experience of trust in your body and in the natural world.

Let’s bring this back to earth with an example. Let’s look at the Simple Solution for the flu: Tamiflu.

Conventional medicine tells us that you can pull one thread of the spider web without impacting the whole design. So, is it possible that Tamiflu can enter your system, kill those nasty flu germs, and quietly exit without harming any innocents?

What is Tamiflu, and how does it work?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is prescription medication that is FDA-approved for anyone 2 weeks of age and older.3 It is designed to prevent the influenza virus from replicating and invading other cells. The pharmaceutical company that developed Tamiflu, Roche (also called Hoffmann–LaRoche), claims that Tamiflu can protect against getting the flu and reduce the severity of flu symptoms. Roche cites studies like a 1999 article in JAMA, in which authors write that Tamiflu “…provided significant antiviral, biochemical, and clinical effects in experimental human influenza virus infection. Prophylactic administration either once or twice daily completely protected against viral recovery in the upper respiratory tract and against infection-associated respiratory tract illness.”4

Well that sounds good, right? In 1999, Roche presented this study, along with two clinical trials involving 1,358 patients,5 to an FDA committee of medical advisors – but the committee declined to approve Tamiflu due to a lack of convincing data.

Let’s dive a bit deeper to see if the data are indeed unconvincing (the full-text of this article is free!). This study involved 117 young adults (median age was 21), split into several groups that ranged from 11 to 64 subjects. Any scientist or statistician will immediately warn you that those group sizes (called sample sizes) are too small to draw statistically significant conclusions. With that in mind, let’s continue unpacking this study…

To measure the prophylactic effects of Tamiflu, researchers gave 12 people a placebo pill, and they gave 21 people various doses of Tamiflu before they stuck influenza virus into their noses. Flu-like symptoms were measured after viral inoculation, and people who had received Tamiflu were rated to exhibit lower symptom scores. From this experiment (based on a paltry 33 subjects), researchers concluded that Tamiflu indeed protects against getting the flu.

Next, to determine if Tamiflu reduced the severity of flu symptoms, researchers infected 80 people with the influenza virus (again in their noses). They gave Tamiflu to 56 people and a placebo to the rest. Then, researchers washed out people’s noses and measured the number of virus particles in their mucus. They reported that Tamiflu treatment reduced the number of viral copies in people’s nasal passages.

Quantifying the number of viral particles in people’s noses – after the flu virus was stuck into people’s noses – does not tell us anything about how the flu virus is spreading throughout the body. Anyway, for whatever reasons (you can use your imagination), FDA administrators overruled the medical expert committee’s suggestion and approved Tamiflu in October 1999.6 But the FDA hedged a bit and required the drugmaker to issue the following statement:

Tamiflu has not been proven to have a positive impact on the potential consequences (such as hospitalizations, mortality, or economic impact) of seasonal, avian, or pandemic influenza.7

Since its FDA approval, clinical trials touting the effectiveness of Tamiflu have been published – though a look at the authors and footnotes of these studies may give you pause. For example, Penelope Ward, MD has authored dozens of scientific studies that support Tamiflu,8 including the 1999 JAMA study we just deconstructed, a 2001 JAMA study with similar methods and conclusions,9,10 and an oft-cited 1999 study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) entitled ‘Use of the Selective Oral Neuraminidase Inhibitor Oseltamivir to Prevent Influenza’ – and she served as the Head of Clinical Development for Hoffman-LaRoche.11 Actually, let’s look at the footnote of the 1999 NEJM study:12

Interesting…

Overall, it appears that all the studies that support the efficacy of Tamiflu are funded by the pharmaceutical companies that stand to profit from its sales.

Fortunately, a group of unbiased medical experts at the US Cochrane Center13 re-analyzed data from 20 clinical trials like these, reporting their results in a 2009 BMJ article. Their meta-analysis showed that there was no significant evidence that Tamiflu reduced influenza symptoms or complications – the only possible positive association was that Tamiflu might decrease the length of time people exhibited symptoms by a few hours.14 Further, the reanalysis found that Tamiflu increased nausea.

As an interesting aside, Cochrane Center researchers noted that it took years-long concerted efforts to obtain clinical data from drugmakers.15 Along these lines, investigative articles published in The Atlantic in 200916 and 201317 suggest that political and financial motivations (to the tune of billions of dollars) underpin this Tamiflu delusion.

So where does this leave us? Perhaps Tamiflu doesn’t work that well, but is there any harm in taking it anyway, just to be safe?

Is Tamiflu safe?

A 2007 scientific report18 suggests that Tamiflu is in fact exceedingly dangerous. In the 6 years that Tamiflu was marketed in Japan, the Japanese Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare received 1377 reports of adverse reactions. Approximately half of these reactions were serious neuropsychiatric cases, including delirium, convulsions, and encephalitis. Eighty deaths were reported, and 71 were considered to be directly related to Tamiflu. Two of the most alarming deaths were suicides by 14-year-old teens on Tamiflu.19

A 2011 Japanese study found that those diagnosed with influenza had an almost six fold increased risk of deteriorating and dying within twelve hours of receiving Tamiflu.20

They conclude:

These data suggest Tamiflu use could induce sudden deterioration leading to death especially within 12 hours of prescription. These findings are consistent with sudden deaths observed in a series of animal toxicity studies, several reported case series and the results of prospective cohort studies. From “the precautionary principle” the potential harm of Tamiflu should be taken into account and further detailed studies should be conducted.

As such, Japanese authorities have advised against Tamiflu for adolescents, and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (the UK’s version of the FDA) recommends against Tamiflu as a preventative strategy in healthy people.21 Yet, American agencies like the CDC and FDA continue to push Tamiflu in spite of its documented side effects of hallucinations.22

Several recent news stories have highlighted these side effects of Tamiflu. For example, on January 15, 2018 a 6-year-old Texan girl took Tamiflu, hallucinated, and tried to jump out of a window.23 About a week later, another Texan child, this time a two-year-old boy, suffered from hallucinations that caused him to repeatedly slap his mother.24

In a news article from January 24, 2018, the mother of a five-year-old girl who experienced severe hallucinations and seizure-like symptoms stated, “The flu is bad, it’s horrible, you feel helpless your child’s sick…I would take that a hundred times over the reaction she had to the Tamiflu.”25 Perhaps most telling is an article in Time entitled ‘Tamiflu Made My Kid Hallucinate. I Think the Flu is Preferable to Delirium.’26

Very sadly, a 6-year old girl named Emily Muth from North Carolina died this week – three days after being given Tamiflu.27 According to her mother, Emily suffered from labored breathing (a known side effect of Tamiflu) right before her tragic passing.


Emily Muth

Unfortunately, Tamiflu is neither safe nor effective. I hope that presenting the terrible experiences of the children and families mentioned in this article will serve as a warning to prevent more tragedies.

Fighting won’t win this fight

When you understand that the preschool analogy of foreign invaders (germs) fighting your inner soldiers (immune system) has been rendered obsolete by our awareness of the microbiome (including the virome!), and the poetic reality that we are made up of the very organisms we thought that we were fighting…well, then pharmaceutical medicine seems something like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

This is when you can graduate to a deeper sense that illness is purposeful, that the body recalibrates through fever, and that we are simply here to support the body’s innate wisdom…the less fear, the better.

There are many evidence-based tools for supporting your body’s detoxification process including vitamins A and D, herbs like ginsengelderberry, and ginger, and food-derived compounds like AHCC and beta glucan, and, my favorite in this case, homeopathy (Oscillococcinum).28 Take the cue to stop, rest, and just be – while your body does its wise work.


References

  1. http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2013/11/27/a-shot-never-worth-taking-the-flu-vaccine-by-kelly-brogan-md/
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm
  3. https://www.tamiflu.com/
  4. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/191957
  5. https://tenpennyimc.com/2013/01/12/why-you-should-avoid-tamiflu/
  6. http://www.gilead.com/news/press-releases/1999/10/roche-receives-fda-approval-of-tamiflu-first-pill-to-treat-the-most-common-strains-of-influenza-ab
  7. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/02/tamiflu-myth-and-misconception/273167/
  8. https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=penelope+ward%2C+oseltamivir&oq=pene
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11176912
  10. https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00003088-199937060-00003
  11. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=59123569&privcapId=2529483
  12. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199910283411802
  13. http://us.cochrane.org/about-us
  14. http://www.bmj.com/content/339/bmj.b5106.full
  15. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/exposed-tamiflu-ineffective-against-flu
  16. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/12/the-truth-about-tamiflu/307801/
  17. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/02/tamiflu-myth-and-misconception/273167/
  18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1914480/#!po=4.54545
  19. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892497/
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22156085/
  21. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta168/chapter/2-Clinical-need-and-practice
  22. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4540039/
  23. http://www.newsweek.com/six-year-old-hallucinates-tries-jump-out-window-after-taking-tamiflu-781830
  24. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5308613/Tamiflu-causes-child-hallucinate.html
  25. http://www.nbc-2.com/story/37343508/local-girl-suffers-severe-rare-reaction-to-tamiflu
  26. http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/13/tamiflu-made-my-kid-hallucinate-i-think-the-flu-is-preferable-to-delirium/
  27. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/six-year-old-girl-dies-from-flu-after-ambulance-was-sent-back-as-victim-list-grows/ar-AAv4OL9? li=BBnba9O
  28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10796675
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

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Colloidal Silver – be informed and be well!

8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

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Colloidal Silver Health Benefits and Uses Title

 

If you haven’t heard of colloidal silver, you will soon enough if you’re on the lookout for alternative therapies to common health issues, such as a sinus infection or a cold.

Grab Your Guide For The Top 8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits

Most health food stores and pharmacies stock several brands of colloidal silver, and, of course, you can find a find a vast amount of information about colloidal silver benefits on the Internet. Unfortunately, the information out there is confusing as many sources have conflicting opinions.

On one hand, you’ll run across thousands of personal testimonials about colloidal silver helping people with practically every disease you’ve heard about. You will also stumble upon some well-known health sites that warn consumers about safety concerns. (1) Usually, these sources quote a statement made by the FDA in 1999 claiming that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of colloidal silver. (2)

This type of information can confuse even the most savvy natural health enthusiast, which is why I want to lend a helping hand and provide some evidenced-based information to help you make an informed choice.


How Colloidal Silver Benefits Work 

According to a report written by Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute in a 1996, there are three primary ways that colloidal silver can help heal the body: (3)

  1. Catalytic Oxidation: Silver naturally holds onto oxygen molecules, which readily react with the sulfhydral (H) groups that surround bacterial and viruses. In turn, this helps block the life-preserving cellular process known as cellular respiration, which is defined as “the set of metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and then release waste products.” (4)
  2. Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes: Silver ions can attach to bacteria cell membranes directly and produce the same respiration-blocking effect.
  3. Binding with DNA: Shown to literally enter bacteria DNA, up to 12% of silver has been detected in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. According to one source, “While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.” (5)

Top 8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits 

By having a direct effect on cellular respiration, colloidal silver benefits the body in numerous ways. There are, however, eight proven healing properties that I consider to be particularly supported by the medical literature.

1. Antibacterial

First, colloidal silver’s ability to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs is astonishing. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different disease-causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of silver. (6)

Colloidal silver, unlike its modern prescription antibiotic counterpart, simply doesn’t create resistance or immunity in the organisms that are killed by it. This point cannot be emphasized enough, especially in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reporting that more than 2 million people in the U.S. suffer illness every year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 die from these infections. (7)

2. Wound Care/Skin Health

Robert O. Becker, MD, says that colloidal silver stimulates healing in the skin and other soft tissues. (8) In a research article produced by Pharmacognosy Communications in 2012, it was specifically recommended that certain colloidal silver preparations should be considered for topical use to treat burns, thrush, periodontitis and other conditions. (9)

For instance, you can treat ringworm (Tinea capitis) at home with colloidal silver because it’s a potent anti-fungal. Caused by a fungus that lives on the top layer of the skin, ringworm presents as round, scaly patches. It’s contagious and spread by skin contact and by contaminated materials, such as clothing.

Colloidal silver benefits many skins conditions such as psoriasis and eczema as well. It’s soothing to scrapes and even repairs tissue damage from burns.

 

 

3. Pink Eye/Ear Infections 

Pink eye is an inflamed mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and eyelid lining, and it’s primarily caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Colloidal silver can be used for prompt action against this irritating and highly infectious virus and bacteria.

When applied on the infected eye, the tiny silver colloids pick up the infected cells by attracting them electromagnetically and sending them into the bloodstream to be eliminated.

Our modern prescription antibiotic drugs are designed to work against specific classes of bacteria, but ear infections may be caused by multiple classes of bacteria or can even be fungal.

In this case, the prescription antibiotic will be useless, whereas colloidal silver is effective regardless of what may be causing your infection.

4. Antiviral

Colloidal silver benefits can be experienced as an anti-viral for HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles and warts. Dr. Martin Hum, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, lists colloidal silver as one of the natural remedies to stop viruses fast. (10)

Colloidal silver suffocates the virus and can even reduce the activity of the HIV virus in AIDS patients. There are also numerous anecdotal accounts of colloidal silver’s efficacy against the hepatitis C virus.

5. Anti-Inflammatory

Colloidal silver is also a fantastic anti-inflammatory remedy. Case in point: Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studied the effects of inflammation after being treated by colloidal silver; they found that the inflamed skin of pigs treated with silver experienced near-normal skin after 72 hours, while other treatment groups not treated with silver remained inflamed. (11)

Research is beginning to reflect what many people have already known anecdotally for years — that colloidal silver can reduce swelling, speed healing, and boosts cell recovery!

6. Sinusitis

Widely used to control sinus infections, colloidal silver can benefit people as a nasal spray, according to a study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology last year. (14)

Specifically shown to kill Staph aureus, you can add a few drops of silver in a “neti pot” or by applying directly into your nasal cavity and letting it drain down your throat by tilting your head back.

Also, it’s important to point out that recent research indicates that hidden infections by pathogens could be a cause of respiratory inflammation associated with common allergies and asthma. Colloidal silver destroys Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, which may be the reason why airborne allergy sufferers often find such dramatic relief from colloidal silver.

 

7. Cold/Flu

Some claim that colloidal silver helps prevent all types of flu, including swine flu, as well as the common cold. (15)

Few studies have been done to test this clinically, but in 2011 the NIH took 100 children under the age of 12 suffering from the common cold and nasal congestion and assigned them into two groups; the first group was treated with a solution of colloidal silver and beta glucan, and the second group with saline solution. Even though both groups benefited from the treatment, 90% of the people in the colloidal silver group completely recovered! (16)

8. Pneumonia 

Our modern drugs have become limited in their efficacy when it comes to fighting bronchitis or pneumonia. Typically, antibiotics are administered as the first line of defense, but when the pneumonia is viral, antibiotics won’t help in the least. The nice thing about colloidal silver is that it can help regardless of the pathogen.

Colloidal silver is a remarkable product to help fight against bronchitis and pneumonia when ingested internally, but an even more effective way to utilize it? Simply breathe it into your lungs.

This way, the silver directly contacts the germs residing in the lungs, which are causing bronchitis or pneumonia. It’s basically the same thing as using respiratory support, and it works speedily, clearing it up within a couple of days.

Now, the most effective method to get the colloidal silver into the lungs is to use a nebulizer. Generally, use one teaspoon approximately three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

 

Proven Colloidal Silver Health Benefits Infographic chart

What is Colloidal Silver?

Before the invention of the refrigerator, it was common practice to drop a silver coin into a container of milk as a preservative because silver was known to prevent the growth of algae, bacteria and other undesirable organisms.

Dating back to ancient times, silver was also a popular remedy to stop the spread of diseases. Its use as a natural antibiotic continued all the way until the 1940s, when modern antibiotics arrived.

Today, obviously, people don’t need to drop silver coins into their water to experience colloidal silver benefits! All you need to do is carefully take a few drops from a bottle that you buy at the store, which is:

A solution of water containing nanometre sized particles of suspended silver. The total silver content is expressed as milligrams of silver per litre (mg/L) of water which is numerically the same as parts per million (ppm). The total silver content is divided into two forms of silver: ionic silver and silver particles. (3)

There are basically three types of products that are marketed as “colloidal silver” and these can be categorized as:

  • Ionic silver solutions
  • Silver protein
  • True colloidal silver

Ionic silver – 

Ionic silver solutions are products whose silver content primarily consists of silver ions. Although ionic silver is often marketed as colloidal silver, it’s not true colloidal silver. Because it’s the least expensive to produce, ionic silver is the most popular product in this category. The problem? It simply won’t produce the same benefits that true colloidal silver can.

Silver Protein – 

In order to keep large silver particles suspended, silver protein-based products add gelatin. Silver protein is the second-most popular type of colloidal silver product on the market and can easily be made by adding water to silver protein powder. Again, it’s also often marketed and labeled as colloidal silver, but should not be confused for the real thing. Silver protein is less effective for human use, and you won’t experience the true colloidal silver benefits.

True Colloidal Silver – 

Lastly, true silver colloids don’t contain any protein or other additives, as the vast majority of the silver content consists of nanometre-sized silver particles. (4)


Colloidal Silver Side Effects

Although the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health reports that colloidal silver may cause poor absorption of some drugs, there is limited research proving that side effects to colloidal silver use even exist. (17)

Nonetheless, you may come across many warnings about it causing an irreversible condition called argyria (when people turn blue). However, this is caused by misuse not of true colloidal silver, but through other cheaper products marketed as colloidal silver, such as ionic silver or silver protein.

One point to consider is that, because colloidal silver is such a potent antibacterial agent, you should be sure to supplement with probiotics during use to be sure that you maintain a proper balance of microflora.


Colloidal Dosage & Use

Colloidal silver needs to be applied differently for each condition. To experience colloidal silver benefits, it may be taken as follows, always keeping in mind to never use it for more than 14 days in a row.

  • 2-5 drops applied directly to the skin
  • 1 eyedropper taken orally for immune support
  • 1-2 drops into eyes for pink eye
  • 1-2 drops can help disinfect any wound or sore by applying onto a Band-Aid
  • If prepared properly, it can be injected into a muscle, a cancerous tumor, or into the bloodstream
  • 5 drops added into a neti pot or directly sprayed into the nose
  • 5-10 drops can be applied vaginally or anally (18)

Top 10 Pain-Triggering Foods

Pain-triggering foods - Dr. AxeBy Rachael Link, MS, RD
Have you ever experienced chronic pain that lasts for days, weeks, months or even years? If so, you know just how debilitating it can be. Not only does chronic pain interfere with just about every aspect of daily life, but it can also cause feelings of hopeless and intense frustration.According to a survey published in The Journal of Pain, chronic pain affects an estimated 31 percent of American adults. (1) Unfortunately, too many people turn to pills and creams looking for relief, without ever truly addressing the root of their symptoms.

If you suffer from nagging pain, I believe the real answer to feeling better could be right in front of you — on your plate. A recent 2017 study provides more evidence that your diet and pain are connected. The findings? Nearly a quarter of those with rheumatoid arthritis reported that diet impacted the severity of their symptoms. (2)

So how can what you eat affect your pain levels? And how can you decrease pain without even opening your medicine cabinet? Let’s find out.


How Foods Inflict Pain

To understand how certain foods can trigger pain, you first need to understand inflammation and the role that it plays in diet and disease.

Inflammation is a normal immune response that helps protect the body against injury and infection. When you get a bug bite, for example, you might start to notice a bit of swelling and itchiness as your immune system springs into action.

Some conditions cause the immune system to set off this inflammatory response even when there are no foreign organisms to protect against. This causes the immune cells to attack the normal, healthy cells in the body, resulting in tissue damage and pain.

Certain types of pro-inflammatory proteins also work by directly activating nerve cells, which can both initiate and intensify pain. (3)

Some conditions commonly associated with inflammation and pain include:

So how does food play into all of this? About 70 percent of your immune cells are found right in your digestive tract. (4) Not only that, but your diet can have a powerful effect when it comes to mediating the inflammatory response. Certain foods have been shown to ease inflammation while others can set off symptoms and make inflammation worse.

Strengthening your immune system by taking control of your diet can be an easy and effective way to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.


Top 10 Pain-Triggering Foods

1. Dairy

Although most people are born with the ability to digest lactose, the main type of sugar found in cow’s milk, it’s estimated that 75 percent of people around the world lose this ability at some point. (5) Consuming dairy products when you’re living with lactose intolerance may result in symptoms like bloating, abdominal cramps, flatulence or diarrhea.

Research also turned up some conflicting results about the role of dairy in inflammation and chronic pain. One review published in 2012, for instance, suggests that dairy consumption should be limited in those with arthritis to decrease inflammation and alleviate symptoms. (6) Conversely, a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming full-fat dairy foods was not related to inflammation. (7)

Although more studies are needed, switching to a dairy-free diet may be worth a try if you suffer from chronic pain. Case in point: one study showed that switching to a low-fat, planet-based diet significantly decreased symptom severity and inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. (8)

 

Pain triggering foods - Dr. Axe

2. Soy

Soy is commonly found in a wide array of products including tofu, soy milk, soy sauce and vegetarian meat substitutes. Unfermented soy products contain phytic acid, a type of antinutrient that impairs nutrient absorption and irritates the lining of the gut.

This could potentially result in increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, a condition that allows particles to pass from the intestines into the blood. Not only can this contribute to inflammation, but it may also cause symptoms like joint pain, nutritional deficiencies, skin rashes and changes in mood.

3. Nightshades

Nightshade vegetables are a group of plants from the Solanaceae family, including tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, chili peppers and bell peppers. While these nutritious veggies are generally healthy and safe for most people, they can trigger a host of adverse symptoms ranging from joint pain to muscle aches and mood swings in people who have a sensitivity.

Unfortunately, current research on nightshade intolerance is extremely limited, and most of the information available is anecdotal. However, testing out an elimination diet may be worthwhile if you think your pain may be worsening after eating nightshades.

4. Gluten

Gluten-free diets generate a lot of buzz, but many people still don’t understand basic gluten facts. Gluten is a type of protein found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Besides being hiding out in bread and other wheat products, it also winds up in many salad dressings and deli meats, too.

For those with celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten, eating even trace amounts can be a major pain trigger. While more research is still needed, gluten may even cause pain or symptoms in individuals without a sensitivity. Some test-tube and animal studies suggest that gluten may increase inflammation and exacerbate leaky gut syndrome by activating a specific protein involved in intestinal permeability. (91011)

5. Alcohol

While the occasional glass of red wine with your dinner is okay, chronic alcohol consumption may not be so great for your health or your pain levels. Overdoing it can weaken the liver, amp up inflammation and even worsen symptoms of conditions like inflammatory bowel disease. (1213)

If you do want to wind down with a drink at the end of the night, be sure to skip the sugary mixers and high-carb beers. Also, remember to keep it in moderation with less than five drinks a week; no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink a day for women.

6. Meat

Emerging research indicates that limiting your consumption of red and processed meats could be beneficial for your health. Eating more red and processed meats is associated with increased inflammation, which is believed to be a major cause of chronic pain. (141516)

Some types of meat are also high in purines, compounds that can aggravate gout and cause pain. If you suffer from gout, it’s best to limit your consumption of high-purine meat products like seafood, bacon, turkey, veal and organ meats during flare-ups.

7. Sugar

Sugar is linked to an extensive list of deleterious effects on health, from heart disease to cancer. (17) But did you know that your sweet tooth may also be contributing to pain as well?

Some research suggests that a high-sugar diet could cause alterations in your gut microbiome, which could promote inflammation and influence on immune. (18) Loading up on sugar may also increase intestinal permeability, allowing particles to pass through to the bloodstream, triggering leaky gut symptoms, including pain. (19)

8. Processed Foods

Unfortunately, ultra-processed foods make up a pretty substantial portion of the modern diet. One study estimates that processed foods account for a whopping 58 percent of total energy intake in the average American diet. (20) This includes popular items like convenience foods, snack cakes, sodas, juices, potato chips and breakfast cereals.

A diet packed with processed junk could be the culprit behind your chronic pain. A Harvard Medical School study found the traditional Western diet (characterized by a higher intake of red and processed meats, sweets, desserts, French fries and refined grains) was associated with higher levels of inflammatory markers. (21) Other studies show that trans fats, which are frequently found in processed foods, are tied to increased inflammation. (22)

For this reason, minimizing your intake processed foods is consistently recommended to help manage painful conditions like arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. (2324)

9. Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils like corn, safflower, cottonseed and soy oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids, a type of fat that most Americans are eating in excess. While most experts suggest sticking to a 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, the typical ratio in the Western diet is closer to 20:1. (25)

Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory. Some research links excess omega-6s to pain. A study published in The Clinical Journal of Pain associated a diet high in dietary omega-6s with more pain, functional limitations, pain sensitivity and distress in participants with knee pain. (26)

10. Caffeine

Bad news for coffee lovers: if you suffer from frequent, painful headaches, it may be time to cut back a bit on the caffeine. While some studies ID caffeine as a way to ease headaches,  it appears that benefit occurs mostly in people who rarely drink coffee. For chronic caffeine users, it may actually increase the risk. (27)

One study out of South Korea, for example, found that discontinuing caffeine consumption helped treat migraines in 72 percent of participants. (28Caffeine isn’t just found in coffee, though. Other sources of caffeine include chocolate, tea, soft drinks and energy drinks.


How to ID & Deal

If you suffer from chronic pain and think your diet could be at the root of the problem, there are several steps you can take to start on the path towards pain-free living.

Testing is available for certain conditions, such as lactose intolerance, food allergies and celiac disease. These tests are a great way to pinpoint specific problems and identify foods that you should be nixing in your diet.

Unfortunately, detecting other food sensitivities isn’t quite as easy and sometimes requires a bit of detective work. The best way to identify trigger foods is by using an elimination diet.

During an elimination diet, foods are cut out completely and then slowly re-introduced over a period of several weeks to determine which foods may be contributing to symptoms and which foods can be safely added back in.

Remember: while identifying which foods may be causing your symptoms is important, following an overall healthy diet is just as crucial. Even if you feel just fine after polishing off a bag of candy, for example, that doesn’t mean that you should do it. Pairing a diet rich in whole, unprocessed, anti-inflammatory foods with a healthy lifestyle is vital to maximizing health, minimizing inflammation and keeping pain under control.


Final Thoughts on Pain-Triggering Foods

  • Diet, inflammation and pain are all intricately connected and can have a huge influence on your health and pain status.
  • Certain foods may trigger inflammation and pain in certain people, along with other adverse side effects.
  • However, keep in mind that not all foods affect everyone in the same way. You may experience negative symptoms to one or two of these foods; others may not affect you at all.
  • Identifying your trigger foods through medical testing or an elimination diet can be a powerful way to reduce chronic pain and promote better health.

Read Next: 8 You-Won’t-Believe-It Natural Painkillers


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Black Seed Extract 'Cures' HIV Patient Naturally

 

Black Seed Extract ‘Cures’ HIV Patient Naturally

There are words you don’t use in medicine today, such as “cure.” But a remarkable case study in an HIV positive patient treated with black seed extract resulted in a sustained remission, indicating a safe, accessible and affordable alternative to highly toxic antiretroviral HIV drugs may already exist.

Nigella Sativa, also known as ‘black seed,’ has been studied for a wide rage of health benefits, but not until recently was it discovered to hold promise as a curative agent against potentially lethal viral infections, including Hepatitis C[i] and now HIV.

A remarkable case study published in August of this year in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine described an HIV patient who after undergoing treatment with a black seed extract experienced a complete recovery, with no detectable HIV virus or antibodies against HIV in their blood serum, both during and long after the therapy ended.[ii]

 

 

This was a remarkable and unexpected observation, described by the researchers as follows:

“Nigella sativa had been documented to possess many therapeutic functions in medicine but the least expected is sero-reversion in HIV infection which is very rare despite extensive therapy with highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). ” [emphasis added]

Despite its commonplace use as the standard of care for HIV treatment globally, anti-retroviral therapy remains highly controversial, in part because the adverse health effects of the drug class may outstrip those associated with the HIV infection itself. This is especially true in cases where the infection was treated ‘early,’ having been discovered through routine blood work in asymptomatic and otherwise still healthy patients.

Drug therapy can also produce selective pressure on the HIV virus to mutate and gain resistance, with the net effect that a stronger, more drug-resistant form of HIV is produced in the body at the same time that the drugs have done severe and even irreversible damage to the patient’s immune system. Sadly, however, the decline and ultimate death of the patient is rarely if ever attributed to the treatment (and its many *iatrogenic effects) but rather to the “disease” itself – a well-known problem in our failed ‘war against cancer’ where the victim (patient) and the ‘the cancer’ gets blamed for the incessant failure and even disease-promoting properties of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

 * Definition of iatrogenic

induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures, e.g. an iatrogenic rash

 

This is all the more reason why the possibility that an ancient healing food like black seed — which the research shows is generally safe, affordable and accessible — can cure HIV is so exciting.

The ‘Miraculous’ Recovery
At the outset of the study, the patient presented with classical symptoms of symptomatic HIV infection, “with [a] history of chronic fever, diarrhoea, weight loss and multiple papular pruritic lesions of 3 months duration.” Examination identified moderate weight loss, with laboratory confirmed tests showing ‘sero-positivity’ to HIV infection with a “pre-treatment viral (HIV-RNA) load and CD4 count of 27,000 copies/ml and CD4 count of 250 cells/ mm(3) respectively.”

CD4 cells are essential for the adaptive immune response in the body against a wide range of opportunistic infections and is the primary target of HIV infection. CD4 cell count and status therefore represent a primary diagnostic marker for the severity of HIV infection and the patient’s prognosis.

The patient was administered a black seed concoction of 10 mls twice daily for 6 months, resulting in a rapid improvement in symptoms, and significant reductions in viral load:

“Fever, diarrhoea and multiple pruritic lesions disappeared on 5th, 7th and 20th day respectively on Nigella sativa therapy. The CD4 count decreased to 160 cells/ mm3 despite significant reduction in viral load (≤1000 copies/ml) on 30th day on N. sativa.”

By the 187th day on black seed therapy, testing indicating the blood was entirely cleared of signs of infection, a so-called ‘sero-negative status’. The post-therapy CD4 counts increased from baseline to a normalized 650cells/ mm(3) with an undetectable viral (HIV-RNA) load.

Follow up tests revealed that even after 24 months without herbal therapy the patient’s HIV tests remained normal, without any indication of infection or associated immune suppression.

They concluded:

“This case report reflects the fact that there are possible therapeutic agents in Nigella sativa that may effectively control HIV infection.”

Black seed is only one plant ally in the vast array of natural compounds with experimentally confirmed anti-HIV properties. GreenMedInfo.com’s database contains research on natural substances capable of reducing antiretroviral drug toxicity, as well as that directly inhibit the replication of the HIV virus.

[i] Eman Mahmoud Fathy Barakat, Lamia Mohamed El Wakeel, Radwa Samir Hagag. Effects of Nigella sativa on outcome of hepatitis C in Egypt. World J Gastroenterol. 2013 Apr 28;19(16):2529-36. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i16.2529.

[ii] Abdulfatah Adekunle Onifade, Andrew Paul Jewell, Waheed Adeola Adedeji. Nigella Sativa Concoction Induced Sustained Seroreversion in HIV Patient. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2013 Aug 12;10(5):332-5.

 

 

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How Important is Gut Health?

 

 

So you’ve had an amazing holiday and like most of us, you’ve probably over indulged, feeling bloated, lacking energy and in desperate need of a detox.There’s no point beating yourself up about it; indulgent dishes are the norm for so many during the end of the year. It’s a time to be around your family and friends and just enjoy yourself. Now that the fun and festivities are over, it is time to look forward, kick those bad habits you’ve perhaps picked up and get your gut health back on track.

Our gut is the heart and soul of our body and if it is not functioning to its best everything suffers.

Hippocrates said more than 2,000 years ago, all disease begins in the gut, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. We’ve only recently begun to understand that gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system.

RADIANT HEALTH probiotic booster is here to support you get your gut right and ensuring a healthy system protecting your immunity and keeping you strong for the year ahead.

Having a healthy gut means more than simply being free of annoyances like bloating or heartburn. It is absolutely central to your health. It is connected to everything that happens in your body. The most obvious first step in maintaining a healthy gut is to avoid all of the things that destroy gut flora like antibiotics, chemicals and bad diet.

As we start 2018, let us look at how you can get your gut back on track and keep it there:

Increase the amount of fibre (prebiotics) in your diet. Fibre feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut and creates an environment that your gut bacteria can flourish in. Some examples of fibre rich foods include avocados, berries, brussels sprouts, artichokes, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, beans, quinoa.

Give your body a detox from the following foods: wheat, sugar, red meat, dairy and processed foods. Even just a few days will be beneficial. Cutting out portions of your diet that are harmful for your gut health is a great way to get your gut back on track fairly quickly.

Feed your body with probiotics. A healthy gut requires plenty of good bacteria. And we actually have the ability to directly add more of that friendly bacteria to the gut – all thanks to probiotics. Probiotics are the free radical fighting and beneficial gut bacteria that roam the gut that are an essential part to good gut health. Ensure you are getting your daily supply of probiotics.