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You’ll remember in the June Newsletter where we talked about pop icons who were leading the way down the new path of self-mutilation, consenting to just-in-case surgeries, persuaded that they were in some sort of defective gene pool.
These people are going to be kicking themselves when they find out that the principal test used to determine their ‘genetic aberration’ has been now declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.
Myriad Genetics’ BRCA Test is based on their patent of a certain sequence in the human genome. 20% of the human genome has been patented by various biotech companies since the it wasdecoded 10 years ago.
No longer, says the Supreme Court. Human
genetics is part of nature. It is commonly owned by the human race and cannot be hijacked and patented by supranational corporations.
This new ruling has no effect on the science that underlies the BRCA test in the first place, of course. That remains preposterous, as it always has been. All that science was invented by the same company that owned the patent and devised the test - Myriad.
Pop icons seem to be no better educated than normal mortals – in many cases they can be much dumber. They may do almost no reading on the subject before making the momentous decision to undergo the disfiguring surgery, other than what the surgeon tells them. And the surgeon gets his information from Myriad as well. Point of closing sales techniques are obviously quite persuasive.
That’s the problem with deciding to excise parts of the body based on a new trend in “medical research” that has no track record. If they find out next month they were mistaken, you can’t change your
mind and get the body part back. Such a bummer.
Let’s see what the trend will be five years from now. Looking back, will this be just a quirky little detour, a footnote in curriculum coursework on how to market prophylactic surgery? Or will the bottomless
pockets of biotech industry legal find a loophole in the new Supreme Court ruling?
How will the disfigured victims of the procedures rationalize their past decision to themselves?
Time will tell. Who would have thought we’d ever be asking such questions at all?
Turmeric, ginger and boswelia: Taking large doses of anti-inflammatory herbs has been shown to dramatically reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. These herbs provide powerful antioxidants and help modulate the immune system to ensure that it doesn't hyper-inflame the damaged or vulnerable regions of the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin: Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and astaxanthin reduce inflammation. Omega-3s provide better cell membrane receptor activity. Astaxanthin provides a very strong antioxidant effect. Combined they powerfully reduce inflammation and pain.
Probiotics: Chronic pain is often a sign of leaky gut syndrome and infections in the gut. Parasites release toxins that increase inflammation in the body and states of chronic pain. Probiotics help neutralize these toxins and fight parasites and other antagonistic organisms in the gut.
MSM and sulfur-rich foods: such as onions, garlic, chives, scallions, cruciferous vegetable family, raw, grass-fed dairy cheese and whey protein help reduce inflammation. MSM and sulfur containing amino acids shown to soften scar tissue, improve blood supply to affected areas, reduce muscle spasms and modulate inflammation.
Magnesium: Magnesium plays a critical role in relaxing muscles, maximizing blood flow and allowing nutrients to be delivered into cells. Magnesium deficiencies lead to muscle spasms, cramping, poor blood flow and lowered cellular nutrient delivery. These create pain in the body. Supplementing with magnesium and/or eating magnesium-rich foods like green, leafy veggies, sprouted seeds and raw cacao improves these conditions.
Methylating agents: Methylation is a key biochemical process that happens billions of times every second to repair the DNA in the body. B-vitamins are the key components to healthy methylation processes. Take a whole-food B complex supplement, improve your gut health to absorb these nutrients more effectively. It is also key to eat lots of dark, green leafy vegetables and organic animal products to get these nutrients.
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About the author:
Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go to www.drjockers.com To find a Maximized Living doctor near you go towww.maximizedliving.com Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals
Make Your Own Spray to keep Bugs Away
Can’t stop getting bit by these annoying insects? Before you reach for the bug spray, mix one cup of mouthwash with seven drops of lavender oil for a natural way to keep them at bay.
Consider a Bat House
Bats, surprisingly, eat hundreds mosquitos each night. Though it may seem unappealing, consider keeping a bat house in your backyard to keep your yard mosquito free in the summer.
Invest in Fans
According to Rodale, mosquitos are dormant when wind speeds exceed 10 miles per hour. Next time you’re having an outdoor party, set up strong rotating fans to keep the mosquitos from ruining the fun.
Add Garlic to Your Diet
If you can handle it, try drinking apple vinegar and eating garlic to keep your body free from ticks this summer. However, for a less intense approach, mix rose geranium oil with vodka to form a spray.
Reconsider Your Wardrobe
If you’re out hiking or camping and really concerned with ticks, choose a light colored outfit. You’ll be more apt to spot a tick on lighter clothes.
Keep Your Pets Safe
If you’re a pet owner, fleas may be one of your biggest concerns when it comes to your animal. However, combine lavender oil, cedar oil and witch hazel for a mixture that’s sure to keep them away.
Apple Cider Vinegar To the Rescue Again
Similar to ticks, fleas are repelled by the smell of apple cider vinegar. If you want to protect your pet this summer, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your animal’s water bowl to keep them safe.
Cats can actually help you heal. Read this article to find out how.
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Decoding Nail Color Changes
The following nail changes are connected to a variety of health conditions:
- White nail syndrome. The whole nail will appear cloudy or white. This change in nail health could indicate heart disease, renal failure, liver cirrhosis, pulmonary tuberculosis, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Terry’s nails. The nail will look mostly white and grainy with a pink or perhaps red strip at the top because of an increase in connective tissue and a decrease in blood supply in the nail bed. This change in nail health can be found in 80 percent of patients with liver cirrhosis, as well as in patients with congestive heart failure, hyperthyroidism, malnutrition, diabetes, or HIV.
- Muehrcke’s nails. Abnormal blood flood in the nail bed will make the nails appear as if they have horizontal (often paired) white lines, most often in the second, third, and fourth fingers. The lines disappear if the nail is pressed and blood is squeezed out of the nail bed blood vessels. Because this problem occurs in the nail bed, it will not progress up as the nail grows. Problems associated with this are hypoalbuminemia, liver disease, malnutrition, and nephrotic syndrome; it is also a side effect of chemotherapy.
- Half-and-half nails, also known as Lindsay’s nails. The bottom half of the nail appears white while the top half is a darker pink-brown. This is because there is swelling in the nail bed at the bottom and increased melanin (a type of skin pigment) production at the top. Chronic renal disease or HIV could be the cause of this condition.
- Mee’s line. Horizontal white lines appear in the nail, caused by microscopic fragmentation of the nail after growth has been disrupted. Mee’s lines could indicate heart failure, Hodgkin disease, renal failure, system-wide infection, or poisoning by arsenic, thallium, or other heavy metals.
- Splinter hemorrhages. These thin, dark red or brown vertical lines in the nail bed look like splinters beneath the nail, hence the name. Possible causes include cirrhosis, mitral stenosis, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy, peptic ulcer disease, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, and trauma. A classic association is with subacute bacterial endocarditis (infection of the heart valves).
- Yellow nail syndrome. In this rare condition, nails appear yellowish-orange and thicken and curve into the cuticle. It is associated with lymphedema (impaired lymphatic drainage), pleural effusions, and bronchiectasis.
- Blue nail. Blue nails — either the lunula or the whole nail — could indicate Wilson’s disease, argyria (silver poisoning), or quinacrine therapy (used to treat lupus and other health conditions).
- Red lunula. Lunulas that appear red could indicate alopecia areata (hair loss), carbon monoxide poisoning, cardiac failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic urticaria (hives), cirrhosis, collagen vascular disease, oral prednisone treatment, or psoriasis.
- Vertical brown streaks. These are common among people with dark skin; however, they can indicate melanoma and should be checked by a doctor. A benign nevus (overgrowth of cells) or chemical staining (including from some nail polishes) could also be the cause.
Nail Texture Changes
Apart from the odd bump or small lines, nails are normally fairly smooth. But texture can change if there is a problem elsewhere in the body:
- Beau’s line. When there is a disruption in nail growth, a deep horizontal groove can appear. This could indicate peripheral artery disease, pemphigus (a skin disease), psoriasis, Raynaud’s disease, systemic infection, or trauma.
- Pitting. Small, pinpoint depressions can appear in the nails when there are problems in nail plate layering. This is seen in 10 to 50 percent of people with psoriasis. It can also be caused by alopecia areata, pemphigus, a type of arthritis called Reiter’s syndrome, and sarcoidosis.
Nail Shape Changes
A wide range of health issues can cause the shape of the nails to change, sometimes radically:
- Spoon shaped nails (koilonychias). The nails curl up at the edges and become whiter, fragile, and concave. This can have a variety of causes, including iron deficiency anemia, hemochromatosis, hypothyroidism, malnutrition, nail trauma, constant exposure to petroleum-based solvents, Raynaud’s disease, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
- Clubbed nails or clubbing. The soft tissue around the nail and fingertip becomes enlarged, and the nails become thicker, harder, shinier, and shaped like a bulb, while the flesh below the cuticle gets spongy. Clubbing is usually caused by low oxygen levels in the blood and is associated with lung and heart conditions such chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. It is also seen with liver disease and inflammatory bowel diseases, and can signify cancer, most commonly of the lung and lung lining.
Certain medical conditions can cause nails to lift off the nail bed:
- Onycholysis. If the nail separates from the nail bed starting at the top portion of the nail, it can signal medical problems including anemia, certain types of cancer, connective tissue disorders, fungal infection, psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, syphilis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and most commonly, trauma. It can also occur with hyperthyroidism, with the fourth and fifth nails possibly becoming brown.
- Onychomadesis. The nail separates from the nail bed starting from the base, and usually results in complete loss of the nail. Causes include fungal infection, Raynaud’s disease, chemical damage, frostbite, hand-foot-mouth disease, poor nutrition, febrile illness, and vascular disease, though the most common cause is also trauma.
The yucky origin of fluoride
Anne Jarvis, The Windsor Star | Jan 25, 2013 | Last Updated: Jan 25, 2013 - 8:05 UTC
Why would a city pay to force its residents to ingest nocuous industrial waste for no reason?
That's what the reams of documents on fluoridating water, the conflicting claims and counter-claims threatening to bury city council, boil down to.
I was horrified to find out where the fluoride added to our drinking water comes from: it's an industrial derivative called hydrofluorosilicic acid, and it comes from the scrubbers of smokestacks at fertilizer factories. As Dr. Hardy Limeback writes in a letter to council, "I find it absurd that industrial toxic waste is shipped to the water treatment plants in large tanker trucks and trickled into the drinking water of major cities in North America."
Limeback is a dentist and former head of preventative dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto who has studied the effects of fluoride on teeth and bone. He also served on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences subcommittee on fluoride in drinking water. He's not a crank. He was a leading authority on fluoride who was often cited by health officials defending fluoridation - until he could no longer ignore the research. In 1999, he changed his position and apologized to his faculty and students, saying he had "unintentionally misled" them.
Why did he change his mind? "I was initially concerned with the chronic accumulation of fluoride