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Benefits Of An Alkaline pH In The Body

Are you wondering how you can reduce the acidic pH level in your blood? It is possible to alter the pH of your blood by changing your diet. The alkaline diet has been a trend that many people have wanted to try, with many claiming that the alkaline diet helps you lose weight, and improves your overall health. It is also commonly prescribed as a nutritional therapy in eastern schools of medicine.

There are many benefits of an alkaline body pH, which will be discussed in this article. In these modern times, you will realize that there are a lot of acid-forming foods, including the meats, dairy, and carbs, which most people consume. Eating a lot of acidic processed foods is not good for your health because your body tends to become more prone to diseases, weight gain, and chronic illnesses.

Balancing your body’s internal pH levels is important to keep your body happy and healthy. Research shows that following an alkaline diet helps to alleviate illnesses which would have otherwise had a toll on you. The human body is usually alkaline, with a blood pH of about 7.4. This figure alternates when you take too many acidic foods. Read on to learn more about your body’s pH.

Benefits Of Alkaline PH In The Body

One thing you need to understand is that the body works on a particular pH range, usually around 7.4. This number lies more on the alkalinity side of the spectrum than the acidic side. For the body to function to its optimum, it has to ensure that the environment is alkaline. Anytime your pH levels shift towards the acidic side of the spectrum, your body gets into distress. The kidneys play an important role in maintaining alkalinity in the body. They are responsible for filtering out any excess acids in the system, to keep the body at the right pH levels.

Anytime you consume excessive acidic foods, your kidneys have to work harder to create an alkaline environment. Sometimes, the kidneys fail to keep up, especially when you over-consume such foods. When the kidney fails to get rid of the acidic waste, the waste starts to accumulate in your tissues, leading to health conditions such as breast cancer.

Examples Of Acid-Forming Foods

It is important to know the types of food and drink you consume if at all you want to take care of your body. Start by identifying foods that may encourage acid waste accumulation in your body. While most people will think of fried foods such as fries, most of them are ignorant of the other acidic foods that they consume every day. Some of the acid-forming foods that you need to think about include poor-quality meat, farmed fish, and pasteurized dairy products. It would be best if you also minimized intake of all sugar slurries (sodas, with the exception of Stevia sodas) and processed foods. Never consume corn syrup, refined sucrose (white sugar), MSG, gross preservatives, etc. Anything refined or canned should be thoroughly vetted with nutritional knowledge, nutrition label study, and contacting manufacturers, because they often tend to be high in acid-forming poisons. Alcoholic drinks, sugared ice creams, and certain low-quality sweetened yogurts should also be scrapped from your daily intake.

Reasons To Eat Alkaline Foods

Reduces Fatigue

Taking a lot of acidic foods reduces the supply of oxygen in your body. This means that your body’s ability to repair and collect nutrients is decreased. If you have been feeling tired even after sleeping for many hours, then it could be that you are consuming a lot of acidic foods, which result in the unnecessary buildup of acid in your body. Also, research shows that supplementing your diet with alkaline minerals helps to minimize back pain.

Strengthens Bones And Prevents Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone fracture that affects older men and women. Research shows that alkaline diets reduce the amount of calcium lost in the urine, hence reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Alkaline foods and drinks also charge up the volume of calcium consumed in an assimilable form.

Note that as you grow older, your body naturally uses up calcium from your bones, leaving you with little calcium. Calcium plays a key role in balancing your body pH and blood. Alkaline diets have low protein, which is important for the growth and support of your muscles. However, note that very little protein may also cause osteoporosis. To ensure you are on the safer side, consume more lean proteins, more vegetables, and fruits.

Dr. Joel Wallach has been heard to recommend Tums (Calcium carbonate) as a quick supplement for calcium. It contains more calcium per weight than the expensive calcium lactate. While not the most assimilable form of the mineral calcium (like so many rock minerals sold in stores), it does absorb around 3-5%, depending on your health and age. Stay tuned for the end of the article, when I’ll share a supplement source that is cheap, natural, unprocessed, and assimilates an abundance of calcium in a bio-available organically-bound form at rates up to and exceeding 90%.

Just keep in mind: the body can’t absorb much from rock minerals (like most solid supplement tablets, which are often found in quantity, undissolved in portable toilets). Clays are slightly better, but nowhere near 90%.

Also beware of the chronic calcium deficiency plaguing America, causing such varied ails as: heartburn, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, receding gums, cavities, narrow and underdeveloped bone and facial structure, hip and joint deterioration, and I suspect even insulin resistance.

Reducing salt intake is considered “conventional wisdom,” but it is false information. Think about how much propaganda is shared by doctors who know nothing about real nutrition. I have become beware of refined white salt, and switched to “impure” salt like sea salt and Himalayan salt, in quantity, to taste every day. It helps me in many ways.

Reduces Inflammation

Too much acid in the body also increases inflammation and especially if you already have other preexisting conditions such as cancer or heart disease. Taking alkaline food and drink is advisable because they help to keep the inflammation in check. If you have been having inflammatory issues, you need to eat more alkaline forming food and drink in your diet.

Minimizes Chronic Kidney Diseases

A highly acidic diet is said to increase metabolic acidosis, which, on the other hand, increases the risk of you getting kidney disease. To minimize the chances of getting kidney disease, you need to take foods with loads of magnesium and vegetable sources of protein. Avoid acidic foods at all costs. Also, note that raising urine pH may help to improve your health. Since most people’s diet is mostly acidic, the kidneys tend to have a difficult time trying to eliminate the body’s acidic wastes. If you want to give your kidneys an easier time, you need to embrace a lower acid diet.

Ways To Measure The Salivary And Urine PH Using PH Strips

It is important to do a pH test to check how alkaline or acidic your body is. Knowing your pH levels helps you determine the course you need to take, as far as your health is concerned. If your body is highly acidic, you can make huge adjustments to your diet, to create an alkalizing effect on your body’s pH. It is recommended to test both your urine and saliva to get the accurate results. Test the pH at different times of the day as you record the readings over some time.

Just FYI, I was introduced to this idea by an MD (oncologist) who does alternative treatments including alkaline diet, high-dose vitamin C, hyperbaric oxygen, energy therapy, meditation, IV infusions of EDTA and vitamins, and other detoxifying supplements like chlorella, essential oils, probiotics, etc. I think he has the right idea, but he never shared the secret “easy way” I will drop below…

Saliva Test

Before you do the test, you need to wait for two hours after you have eaten or drank a meal. Proceed to fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow it. This helps to eliminate any acidic bacteria that may be present. Put some saliva on a spoon and then dip the strip to test the pH. Use saliva that is free from any bubbles. Ensure that both pads on the test strip are covered in the liquid and then remove it. Wait for 15 seconds and then match the color reading against the indicator chart in the pH test strip packaging.

That is the “proper procedure,” but I don’t do that myself. I just dip the pH paper into my tongue saliva directly and wait 15 seconds for reading. It’s good to do this several times a day.

Urine Test

I don’t really like going in for bloodletting or other lab analyses anymore. But I have a lot of data from over the years on myself, after being compelled to do bloodletting by a host of MDs.

For this test, you are advised to use the first urine of the day, since it’s usually more acidic than normal. Place the pH test strip in the urine stream and allow both pads on the test strip to be covered in the liquid. Proceed to shake off any excess fluid and then wait for a few seconds. Compare the color change to the color chart and then throw away the used pH test strip.

How Long Does It Take For Someone To Improve Their PH Levels?

There are two ways for someone to achieve an alkaline salivary pH round-the-clock: the easy way, and the hard way. Let me explain:

Easy Way (Through Your Water)

Fulvic and Humic minerals (classified scientifically as Vegetable Bio-Mass Minerals). This is decomposed vegetable matter sourced from rich veins in the earth.

I recommend reading the article on hydrotherapy, or “water-therapy,” which I wrote last month, describing how useful it is for me to help replace insulin therapy in my Type 1 Diabetes if you want to learn more about how water is good medicine in itself. I can’t do it full justice here. But it’s a good supplementary resource for you if you’re curious.

Anyways, humic/fulvic minerals are sometimes used to fertilize crops by very well-educated growers in a holistic manner (including all the raw minerals that the life forms need, including a slew of trace minerals counting 80 or more). In short, the longest-lived and most disease-free people on the planet often have varying diets, but they share something in common: the sources of their water.

The best water contains the whole spectrum of the aforementioned minerals because it is glacial “milk” pouring from the mountain heights, where the ice and water erode 4 inches annually of rich stone at a molecular level. These minerals, when used to water crops and for drinking, supply the body with all the co-factors and catalysts needed by the amazingly complex body to run processes in the background that science now barely understands.

Other quality sources of minerals include a good salt intake (such as sea salt and Himalayan salt – the pink color comes from so-called “impurities,” namely minerals!). Natural springs can also be good, depending on their source.

The minerals in fulvic and humic blends are dissolved down to the molecular ionic level, and wrapped in a slew of organic compounds (such as amino acids, organic vitamins, and fulvic) which lend a negative charge to the complexes. The negative charge is attracted to the positively charged surfaces of the intestinal tract and cells, facilitating rapid and presumably passive absorption into cellular machinery where it is critically needed.

Deficiencies of trace essential so-called “non-essential” minerals manifest in people today are the result of bankrupt water and foods sourced from depleted soils. Each disease seems to have one or more trace mineral deficiency lying at the root of it.

Ever wonder why your dog never gets sick? Or livestock most of the time? Well their feeds are formulated to provide between 20 and 40+ trace minerals. But the baby formula we give our infants has 12 or less! Why do we get the cheap stuff?

The solution is to supplement, and the purest fulvic and humic mineral blends are the best and easiest way. Be sure to source it from a company that takes the time to only use cold purified water to extract the minerals from the source shale deposits. Cheapskates in the industry will use heat and chemicals to speed up the process, thereby destroying the fulvic wrappers on the minerals, and greatly decreasing their ability to work fast, reliably and effectively.

You can source your quality, vetted minerals from Friendo Health for a low price. I am a chemist and have personally used my source of minerals long term and recently increased my consumption of the same fulvic/humic minerals I am selling to get immediate positive health benefits, manifesting themselves each day as improved hair, nail, and skin texture. Also less medication requirements and continually alkaline pH (a good metric for dietary and health progress).

The minerals I am sourcing come from quality deposits in New Mexico and I can provide the laboratory analyses on batches to back it up. And I assure that they aren’t produced using heat nor chemicals – just cold distilled water and patience.

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Hard Way (Through Your Food)

It’s worth mentioning, because you will get this recommendation from a variety of alternative practitioners, from chiropractors to more-enlightened MDs to acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese/Eastern medicine.

Creating an alkaline body this way does require you to sacrifice much. You need to make a few changes when it comes to your diet, following the famed “Alkaline Diet,” and soon enough, you’ll start seeing the changes. For a start, you need to take a lot of vitamins and minerals through supplements or diet. Drinking lots of water and minimizing processed foods is also a good way to reduce your body’s acidic levels. Since this is a lifestyle, you need to manage your pH levels sustainably. If you have to eat meat, consider lean meat instead. Eat the meat once a week as opposed to how you were eating before. Slowly, you will start noticing that you have more energy and that your body is feeling way better.

You need to look at your diet and make the necessary changes if you realize that your acidic levels are too high. Consider the tips discussed above to make a lifetime change.

So How Long?

I can’t say for sure in my limited experience treating myself. I’ve tried so many things. But I would expect to see results within a few days or weeks at least, depending on the amount of trace minerals deficiencies which have accumulated in the body over decades. Rome wasn’t built in a day (but it’s still here – just check out the quality Roman cement that puts modern cement to shame). And the Hebrew Bible advises to be patient in healing. But have faith that the Holy One, blessed is He, has given you disease as a wake-up call. He admonishes the ones He loves, and pays cash to the face of the wicked that wouldn’t get the message anyways.

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Why Natural Fats and Oils Are Among Nature’s Healthiest Foods

Ever notice what a huge, embarrassing failure the low-fat diet has been for Americans? Since it’s popularity began in the 1990’s, Americans have suffered increasingly from obesity, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, ulcers… you name it. Autism…

Ever hear of the X Factor? Or vitamin F? Probably not. What a travesty of ignorance, perpetuated by the FDA.

Here’s the short story: The dentist Weston A. Price toured a variety of cultures in the beginning of the 20th century around the world. He observed that peoples who ate the ancient diet of their ancestors thrived without disease, with straight teeth and beautiful broad facial structures. But after they switched to the processed foods of “Western Civilization,” their health deteriorated and they got all manner of “diseases of civilization,” including crooked teeth, cavities, narrow underdeveloped facial structures, and the whole host of nutritional ailments from diabetes to obesity, cancer and everything in between.

Genetics didn’t matter. Nutrition is everything. Dr. Price said that he attributed what he called the nutritional “X Factor” or “Activator X” found in ancient diets to fat-soluble nutrients. He did not isolate the X Factor but identified it’s presence in a large variety of foods such as raw whole milk, butter, cheese, organ meats (offal), nose-to-tail diets, oily fish, raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil, oily fruits like olives and avocados, and beef tallow (a rendered form of fat trimmings from cattle).

Fast forward some decades to Dr. Royal Lee. He took an interest in nutrition from a very young age and eventually healed his mother’s cancer through nutritional supplements he made at home from whole foods. He would go on to read the works of Dr. Price and isolate and concentrate the X Factor, deciding to rename it “Vitamin F.” You can think of Vitamin F as being “vitamin (healthy) fat.”

Vitamin F is a spectrum of nutrients that are fat-soluble in animals and their byproducts. That’s in contrast to water-soluble nutrients like Vitamin C (also a spectrum of compounds). What is a spectrum? It is very different from what you find on drug store shelves, which are purified and patentable chemical compounds and molecules that exist as only 1 “isomer.” That’s chemistry speak for ultra pure. The problem is that the ultra pure petrochemical compounds sold as drugs and “vitamins” are lacking dozens, hundreds, if not thousands of co-factors, enzymes, and complementary isomers which belong to the same group of molecules/compounds. You need the full spectrum because they harmonize and synergize with one another in the body.

Another risk of highly purified patentable garbage is that when not taken with the necessary co-factors, it depletes your body’s natural stores of those things. So benefits are guaranteed to be temporary at best, if at all as they eat away at your body’s nutritional stores. That’s why we need whole foods, whole food supplements, and none of that purified, patentable garbage they sell for cheap in supermarkets.

Beware of poisonous oils and fats mascarading as healthy alternatives. They do nothing but increase shelf life for manufacturers and distributors while decreasing costs so they can sell you petroleum products falsely labeled as food. It’s fraud!

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Helpful Recipe and Ingredient Substitutions to Alleviate Pica

If you haven’t guessed, I take my nutrition cues from the Weston A. Price foundation. I recommend reading their website before you criticize my dietary choices.

Here’s a simple definition of pica (I also have an article on the topic): cravings for junk food caused by a deep-seated nutritional deficiency in the body. It is only resolved by adequate nutrition in adequate quantities. Junk food is empty calories that makes you fat and inflamed, but does not remedy the deficiency your body has in any helpful way.

Keep in mind that I tried the conventional “medical wisdom” i.e. low-fat, high-carb, low cholesterol and salt diet for years and only experienced deteriorating health. Now things are improving after I threw all that nonsense out the window (liver enzymes, cholesterol level, A1C, etc – not that believe in the medical profession’s bloodletting system anyways).

  1. Popcorn: a good substitute is a scrambled egg, fried in quality oil (coconut, avocado, butter, tallow) with salt and whole garlic cloves. Be sure to salt generously and fry in a deep pan with a lot of oil.
  2. Chips: kosher pickles (unsweetened with 0 carbs), green olives, sliced cucumber with heavy salt.
  3. Pancakes: a chaffle (shredded cheese and egg and keto flour waffle). Top with a concentrated slurry of stevia powder and butter.
  4. Ice Cream: Make keto ice cream from heavy cream, allulose/stevia/erythritol, cinnamon, etc. You can make it with an ice cream machine or in a gallon zip bag using ice and salt and the freezer. Either way. This stuff is delicious and 0 carb!
  5. Peanuts: sacha inchi seeds, macadamia nuts, raw sunflower seeds
  6. Peanut butter: raw pumpkin seed butter
  7. Milk: If you’re not yet on raw milk, then make some macadamia nut milk fresh. You need only filtered water, nuts, a food processor/coffee grinder, and some cheese cloth. I drink this stuff unsweetened with some vanilla, and even dissolve turmeric into it. Try suspending nutmeg or cinnamon also.
  8. Eggnog: Just make your own keto version: raw egg, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice, macadamia milk (unsweetened) and stevia.
  9. Milkshake: Use a scoop of your keto ice cream and use a “Nutrabullet” food processor or something to blend it up with some unsweetened macadamia milk and whatever spices you like. Avoid cacao, as it has carbs in it even unprocessed/pure.
  10. Latte: Make a keto latte: black coffee, generous heavy cream, stevia, spices, etc. It’s amazing.
  11. Potato Chips (again): organic roasted seaweed snacks from Costco (salty, nutritious and addictive). No carbs in the good ones, and you can even wrap your own sushi in it.
  12. Sushi: make your own from frozen wild salmon, tuna, etc. Use the seaweed snacks and maybe some avocado, cucumber, or cauliflower rice to roll it up. Don’t forget to get the lowest carbohydrate soy sauce you can find.
  13. Hamburger: Make a lettuce wrap using romaine lettuce. Be sure to mix your own patties by hand and use generous salt and spices to get a great flavor. Pan fried is quick and easy and highly nutritious. If you use a butcher, have them grind in some extra fat and organ meats to get more of a whole food nutritional boost.
  14. Chocolate Milk: Make your own with a glass of unsweetened macadamia milk (<1 carb), a heaping spoonful of unsweeted cocoa powder (1 net carb), and a generous amount of stevia. It takes a lot of stirring, but it does dissolve cold and tastes as delicious and refreshing as the Nestle garbage made with regular milk. Instead of tearing you down with sugar, this chocolate milk builds you up. If you’re not going super low-carb, then substitute the macadamia milk for raw goat or cow milk.

Long story short, you can turn any junk food you crave into a healthy nutritional powerhouse that nourishes your body and doesn’t make you fat. The key to not making you fat is that it is low-carb and still nutritionally dense, so it satisfies your pica at the root cause (nutritional deficiency). These snacks also have the benefit of being tastier than the things you were originally craving.

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Why People With Blood Sugar Problems Have Emotional Imbalances

Long story short: every hormone is a chemical. And every hormone has an associated emotion attached to it. Think about cortisol: it is a stress hormone. In fact, most hormones are stress hormones, insulin included. Yes we need them to build and rebuild the bodies, but minimizing their utilization by the body by optimizing metabolic processes through nutritional therapy will lead to improved emotional states in the body.

Why is insulin a stress hormone? Because eating sugar is stressful on the body. Carbohydrates are not an essential nutrient. So they are to be consumed only in small amounts, as little as possible! The body treats the glucose released by carbohydrates as a toxin. Yes, glucose is toxic in excess amounts. Cancer cells, for example, are obligate glucose metabolizers. That is why any MD worth his salt will prescribe a low-carbohydrate diet to a cancer patient, so as to starve out the cancer cells. You can also starve out fungal infections in the body.

If you suffer from depression as a diabetic, now you know the cause. It is hormonal. Yes, all of us diabetics are hormonal. So we need to have war strategies to prevent these hormones from poisoning our bodies and giving us toxic emotional states which self-perpetuate themselves. Antidepressant pharmaceutical witchcraft will not help you. It will interfere with normal hormone systems and cause infertility as long as you use the poisons.

Alcoholics can be violent and angry because of they are poisoned by hormones/emotions. People with blood sugar issues can be the same way: angry, inexplicably harboring hatred and irritation, depressed, and so on. The solution is to remove the poisons and re-establish natural hormonal processes in the body.

Keep in mind that introducing exogenous hormones into the body down-regulates the bodies natural ability to create that hormone on its own. So if you give someone an insulin injection, you are telling the organs responsible for regulating insulin (pancreas, liver, etc) that they can go ahead and atrophy and go away, because they are not needed.

So minimize hormone therapy as best as you can to best remove chemical poisoning from your emotions and “medicines.” You can literally poison yourself with negative emotions. Here are some strategies to eliminate poisonous emotions (read my article about cortisol for more info.):

  1. Stop watching national news (they perpetuate fear, divisiveness, and baseless hatred amongst brothers)
  2. Go low-carb/keto if you are on insulin therapy.
  3. Switch your morning alarm clock away from stressful ringers and beeps, and more towards natural sounds like birds singing, harp music, waves crashing, water falling, etc. Rise gently in the morning.
  4. Synchronize your body with the rhythms of your environment. Rise at dawn and sleep at dusk. Pay attention to the moon and know its phase. Mind the Hebrew calendar and regard the wisdom of King Solomon, son of David, King of Israel: For every thing there is a time/season, a time for healing, a time for … For example, the Hebrew month of Iyaar literally means “G-d is my healer.” That would make that time of year a good time to heal!
  5. Avoid negative speech about others. Give others the benefit of the doubt.
  6. Avoid people that speak ill of others, unless it is absolutely necessary (like warning others not to be taken advantage of). Distance yourself from those who propagate hatred and fascination with abominations.
  7. Pray to G-d for wisdom. Trust in Him. Look for Him speaking to you in the world.
  8. Trust yourself more than you trust medical doctors. Better yet, be your own doctor. And use doctors as the limited sources of experience and information that they are – mere humans.
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Some Reasons for Blood Sugar Spikes in Type 1 Diabetes

  1. Living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14 (2 decades) I have at times been puzzled by blood sugar spikes despite maintaining an A1C under 6%. The algebra equation I was originally provided by the endocrinologist only had 3 or 4 variables. But I have noticed there are really about 20, some of which I explain here.
  2. Dehydration: As we say in chemical laboratories, “the solution to pollution is dilution.” When your body is not holding enough water, glucose concentration in the blood rises because the volume of blood is low. Concentration = (quantity of glucose)/blood volume. Read my post about hydrotherapy for type 1 diabetes for the full scoop.
  3. Delayed metabolism of proteins and fats: About 10% of fats and up to 50% of proteins consumed can be converted to glucose through gluconeogenesis in the liver and skeletal muscle. Protein metabolism takes 2-4 hours. Fat metabolism takes 2-8 hours.
  4. Over-consumption of protein: The body can assimilate only so much amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) at any given time and any given day. I suspect this is around 100 grams max per day for a 150 pound person. I’ll need to investigate that quantity further. But regardless, when you eat more protein than your body’s cells need, the excess is converted to glucose through gluconeogenesis for storage (glucose is the building block of fat it seems).
  5. Strenuous exercise: This breaks down muscle through a process known as catabolism under certain conditions. It also increases absorption of insulin into the tissues – the lower level signals glucagon release and hence the release of glucose into the blood from the glycogen stores. The solution is not to overexert yourself. Moderate aerobic exercise is inherently fat-burning (ketone burning) and below the “anaerobic threshold,” the body won’t start releasing glucagon hormone to breakdown glycogen into unwanted glucose (which a T1D will struggle to assimilate without enough insulin supply).
  6. Stress: Stress in many forms can do sabotage your blood sugar. Read my post about cortisol for more info.
  7. Not enough sleep:

On the other side of the equation, just wanted to mention one reason for seemingly unexplained blood sugar drops (hypoglycemia in severe cases): Delayed release of insulin from injection site: As one example, insulin glargine (such as Lantus long-acting) is present as a crystal in the injection site. The crystals can accumulate and then suddenly dissolve as conditions in the body change (pH, hydration, exercise, etc.) Just keep in mind that some types of insulin build up in the tissues. In glargine specifically, it is injected as an acidic clear solution but then crystalizes in the alkaline environment in the subcutaneous tissue.

Just realize that insulin therapy is governed by a complex equation that is only an approximation. The body is a wonder created by HaShem (the Holy One of Israel). It is infinitely more complex than we can conceive. Hormone therapy in general is degrading and it is best to minimize and wean off it as best you can. Read my information about keto diet and optimizing insulin sensitivity to get started in the right direction. When you introduce an exogenous hormone such as insulin into the body, it immediately induces chemical (hormone/emotional) and electrochemical (disharmonizing) influence on more than one system and organ.

Also keep in mind that long-term insulin therapy has long-term deleterious side effects, even when one maintains ideal A1C levels.

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Spacing Meals Strategy for Type 1 Diabetes

The goal here is to avoid blood sugar spikes (hyperglycemia) by eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. There are several reasons for this. On a keto diet, where net carbohydrates are minimized to less than 5 or 10 per day (very easy to do with the right guidance on cooking and snacking), the impact of protein on blood sugar becomes more obvious and an important factor to consider. We all know that carbohydrates are not an essential nutrient. Fats and proteins are. Get the idea out of your head that fats are bad. There are good fats that heal, and bad fats that kill. We just focus on eating the fats that heal in huge quantities and forget about the propaganda and misinformation put out by the USDA at the behest of big corn, big soy, big wheat, and other corporate stooges.

Now that we know that the best diet for a T1D (type 1 diabetic) is about a 1:1 ratio of healthy fat to protein (in line with pemmican, the “bread of the wilderness,” which is said to maintain a working individual in perfect health, indefinitely, for as many years as necessary, working 16 hours per day outdoors in the wild), we can talk a little about good fats and bad fats. It’s also worth mentioning before we begin that the healthiest dogs in the world are sled dogs, like in the Iditarod race across Alaska. They eat pemmican, a 50:50 mix of rendered fat (tallow) and dried protein (dehydrated lean muscle tissue i.e. meat). Read about the Pemmican Wars if you want to dive into this fascinating subject on your own.

For the full deal, read “Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill” by Udo Erasmus. In short the information is in line with the Weston A. Price Foundation. Namely, it wasn’t until processed foods arrived to peoples around the world that the diseases of civilization caught up with them (crooked teeth, obesity, diabetes, the flu, and so on). The foods our ancestors ate 5,000 years ago are what we need to thrive. The whole idea that disease is caused by faulty genetics is a piece of Darwinian fake news. If you’re a Semite like me, then you come from a strong stock of shepherds who thrive on fresh fish, cattle meat, tallow, fat, raw milk, cheese, salt, butter, heavy cream, and seasonal whole produce like seaweed, herbs, spices, olives, coconuts and dates in small quantities. If you aren’t 100% sure what your ancestors ate, then know that you can’t go wrong with fish. Fish are found in oceans and rivers and lakes the world over. It’s a universal food and currency of vitality. Kosher fish (with fins and scales) are probably healthier because they aren’t bottom feeders and the scales make them less vulnerable to parasitic attack. In fact, I have a hunch that the ancients were a lot smarter than people today. So I trust the kosher laws of the so-called “Old Testament” of the Hebrew Bible as the word of G-d.

Now onto the spacing of meals. In short, gluconeogenesis is the process by which about 50% of the proteins the average person eats, and 10% of the fats/oils they eat are converted to glucose by the liver. We can decrease this gluconeogenesis mostly by not eating more protein than the body needs. So you need to figure that out. I think a 150 pound person that walks about an hour a day does well on about 80-120 grams of protein daily. Too much at any one time throughout the day though and the body can’t take in the massive dose of amino acids, so gluconeogenesis turns on. Avoid this by spacing the protein into at least several smaller meals throughout the day. I do about 5-6. Also, be aware that if your body goes into starvation mode, where you aren’t eating enough, then gluconeogenesis turns on again to break down your own muscle tissue into glucose. So you want to avoid losing weight by keeping an eye on the bathroom scale from time to time.

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Bread and Type 1 Diabetes

Contrary to popular perception, bread can be made of nearly anything. Remember the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, when the giant says “Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he live or be he dead, I’ll grind his BONES to make my bread.”

I have never been able to shake the desire for bread and butter. For many years, I thought I would have to do without, because I only knew bread rich in carbohydrates (the cheapest source of nutrition, which thanks to processing is now nutritionally bankrupt and therefore unsatisfying). Now I have found how easy it is to use a coffee grinder to make my own flours, and a bread machine to easily bake my own fresh bread. “Bread is the staff of life” is another biblical truth.

My favorite ketogenic four is made from fresh ground hulled raw sunflower seed. It provides about a 1:1 ratio of healthy, heat-stable fat (high smoke point) to healthy protein. The net carbs are very low, so each slice of thick, hearty bread is probably under 1 net carbohydrate. It doesn’t seem to budge my blood sugar at all, and I slather it with butter and salt.

In the past I tried hulled raw pumpkin seed and raw walnut. But these contain therapeutic oils which are heat sensitive. The degradation occurs at even low baking temperatures over 200F. So I now stick to eating them raw in my mixed nut snacks.

Other good heat-stable flours can be made from sacha inchi seed, macadamia nut, and yes, bone. You just need a good way to reduce whole bones to a fine powder meal, such as a ball mill. I guarantee that eating this way will provide you rich, satisfying nutrition which means you can eat less and feel better day by day. Dried meat also works. Simply powder it in the food grinder or coffee grinder.

For more information about using dried meat as the foundation of your bread, read what I wrote about pemmican, or the Bread of The Wilderness in my article about Meal Spacing Strategy for Type 1 Diabetes. It’s really enlightening, and explains a little about the nutritional breakdown of the ideal food: 1:1 fat:protein.

You can also make delicious keto pizza crust this way. I never liked cauliflower crust, and don’t recommend it. My suggestions have the lowest carbs anyways, which is best suited to T1Ds. If you only have T2D then you can do ok on things like almond flour and coconut flour. Those aren’t low-carb enough for my taste though.

Baking is a fun hobby. Read my article on baking breads to get the full scoop.

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Fungal Infection/Candida

Fungi grow as a mycelium network in forest ground cover. One spore seen above ground as a mushroom is actually part of a larger organism, a network which spreads underground and pops up in other places.

If you have “seasonal allergies” then you may think that allergens are the root cause of symptoms like runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, some food sensitivity, lethargy, recurring seasonal sinus infections, etc. I found that by targeting the underlying fungal infection, I eliminated most of those problems significantly.

It can take years to root out all of the “underground” fungal network in the body. Since temporary symptom relief only means that the fungus is on the defense. Be assured, you have to persist to kill it all out.

Since fungi feed on dead wood and material in the forest, they benefit the environment by breaking down forest litter into glucose which they feed on. Think of wood and forest litter as hot-burning fuel, also known as carbohydrates. Hence the “heat” of damp heat. The dampness is self-explanatory. Fungi thrive in warm, damp environments, like the musty surface beneath the forest litter field.

Starve out the fungus through carbohydrate restriction. This means your blood will greatly reduce the total volume of glucose it is processing each day. This can take years. An old natural medicine rule of thumb is that for every year you had a disease, you can expect about a month to heal. So if you had this 20 years, then expect complete healing to take around 20 months, or almost 2 years. 

Starving out the fungus is the only way to get 100% healed. Pharmaceuticals only provide temporary relief, hacking at the branches of the mycelium network but not touching the deep roots. There are some other methods to get symptom relief and fight the fungi though, without poisoning the gut and navel with antibiotic pharmaceuticals. Nasal rinse with dissolved buffered salt and nano silver solution is highly effective. Adding 2 drops of orange oil is helpful. Orange oil is also anti-fungal and imparts a pleasant aroma. My experience using these rinses, during times of profuse runny nose, is to draw out more of the mucus living in the sinuses, and fight back the encroachment of the fungi for several days. I have been advised to do it daily but haven’t done this yet.

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Health Risks & Mitigation

Cortisol

This is probably the cause of all kinds of seemingly inexplicable blood sugar spikes. Minimizing carbohydrate intake does a lot. I don’t want to discount it. But even when I got down to under 5 or 10 net carbs per day I would sometimes get spikes. And I don’t cheat. Haven’t cheated in 3 months. It’s not worth it.

So clearly carbohydrate restriction only does so much. And knowing about gluconeogenesis, we have part of the puzzle. The other part seems to be the influence of cortisol on glycogen in the liver and muscles. Stress causes cortisol release, which in turn causes glycogen to break down to glucose and be released into the blood. Stressful events for me include: waking suddenly and jumping out of bed to turn off an abrasive alarm clock sound, waking up from a bad dream, listening to angering news, fighting with people, or lingering on bad thought patterns and obsessive compulsive behaviors (like washing hands and kitchen utensils after every little soiling, even if it’s just oil or butter or cheese). 

I like to remind myself that my ancestors didn’t wash their hands 10 times a day with antibacterial soap. And they were just fine. I’m here, aren’t I? Clearly it is me that messed up along the way to end up with diabetes, the end stage of a progression of the more general metabolic syndrome (diagnosed by eastern practitioners as “damp heat”).

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What is Pica?

Not often discussed in the medical community, pica is thought to be at the root of most diseases. Ever wonder why some babies will eat paint chips or be seen “cribbing?” They are trying to get minerals lacking in their diets. Pica is compulsive eating, commonly experienced by adults as going to the refrigerator and staring inside with the door open, looking for something to eat. The Standard American Diet (SAD) leaves most people with a constant nagging, deep-seated hunger in the pit of the stomach that cannot be satisfied by the nutritionally bankrupt processed foods we find all around us.

Pica is mineral deficiency, and there are over 80 essential trace minerals from the periodic table of elements that our bodies need. In fact, each organ in the body has a mineral associated with it and its function. For example, calcium for bones, chromium for the pancreas, iodine for thyroid, and so on. Autopsies on tens of thousands of animals reveal a direct correlation between disease in a given organ and a deficiency in the mineral needed for that organ to be healthy and function according to nature’s (G-d’s) design.

Dr. Joel Wallach recommends colloidal mineral supplementation from humic shale/fulvic source because as opposed to solid mineral supplements commonly found in cheap drug stores which only can be absorbed around 3% by our bodies, these colloidal suspensions of the full spectrum of essential minerals are absorbed at rates as high as 90% by our bodies. His general protocol seems to indicate that every time a person gets a hunger pang/craving, they should eat and take a shot of colloidal minerals. Even if that means 10 shots a day. That’s because many of us have deep-seated mineral deficiencies in our bodies which we accumulated over decades. Some are even intergenerational deficiencies based on where we live and get our foods from and the depleted soils the foods come from. In fact, being the first born out of the mother’s womb means having the first grab at her mineral supply. Second and third-born children get sloppy second and thirds on a nutritionally-deficient mother’s meager supply.

Raw milk is also a great all-around multivitamin and supplement to fortify the body and rebuild health. Milk has everything the baby calf needs to grow, develop and thrive. So it stands to reason that it has everything that YOU need too. If you’ll only wake up and realize that doctors don’t study nutrition in medical schools, they know nothing about this sort of thing.

I also don’t want to discount the spiritual root of disease (tzaaras – the Hebrew word for disease in the Hebrew Bible). G-d seems to use pica as a way to manifest tzaaras.

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Hydrotherapy for Type 1 Diabetes (Diabetes mellitus T1)

The average volume of blood in a 150 pound individual is about 5 liters. If you drink 1 liter of water, then you just diluted the blood and thereby decreased the blood glucose concentration by ⅙, or about 17%. I have found that drinking water in quantity is an effective first line defense and remedy for slightly elevated blood glucose (hyperglycemia).

For example, if I get a reading of 150 mg/dL, and I drink 1L (one liter) of water in 10 minutes or so, then within 10 minutes, my blood sugar will respond by dropping 10-15%, down to 135-140 mg/dL, within my acceptable postprandial (after meal) range.  I find that this hydrotherapy is faster and safer than insulin therapy (1 unit of rapid insulin subcutaneously will lower glucose concentration by about 20 mg/dL over the course of 2 hours for me personally).

I find that the power of hydrotherapy is most helpful on a low or zero-carbohydrate diet, because any episodes of hyperglycemia are usually not more than 150-170 mg/dL, and can thereby be brought back into range with 1-4 liters of water consumed in a short amount of time.  I can’t speak to it’s effectiveness with a high-carbohydrate diet, because the swings in blood glucose concentration are more dramatic and harder to control.

I add a few pinches of sea salt of Himalayan salt to my filtered water to ward off mineral deficiency. If I find myself experiencing leg cramps at night, then I know I am mineral deficient and take appropriate action through supplementation with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in my drinking water.

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Ketogenic Food Type 1 Diabetes

Top 19 Simple and No-Prep Keto Snacks for Type 1 Diabetes

  1. Green olives: who’s going to say that eating lots of olives is bad for you? I eat them like popcorn now, because they have only 1 carb and 1 fiber (0 net carbs) per serving of about 3 olives. I don’t worry about salt because I believe it is a myth that sodium chloride causes blood pressure dysregulation.
  2. Kosher Pickles: It’s the salt craving I am satisfying here. The first thing any rancher puts out is a salt lick for cattle. Seems like they’re onto something right? We eat often because we crave salt. Pickles give you salt and some vitamins without the carbs. Definitely no empty calories here.
  3. Salted Seaweed Packs: These are available in health stores and now in bulk at Costco. They are an addictive 0-carb snack with a nice 1:1 ratio of fat:protein from the avocado oil in which they are roasted and the natural protein in the kelp. Salty and delicious, and full of minerals like potassium.
  4. Mozzarella Cheese: I eat this by the chunk. You can also mix it with some pepperoncinis, garlic, olive oil, basil, oregano, and sliced cherry tomatoes for a tasty antipasto. I melt this onto my keto toast and pizzas also. 0 carbs.
  5. 0-0 Heavy cream (my way of saying 0 carbs, 0 protein: pure fat in other words), coffee, stevia, ginger powder, turmeric. This tastes like a latte but won’t budge blood sugar much at all. I drink this daily in the morning for sustenance. 0-0 heavy cream is a great secret recipe to make scrambled eggs creamy. Also works in other recipes.
  6. Raw sunflower seeds: A tasty snack by the handful. They’re also great for baking, and my preferred flour for pizza, sweet bread, and regular bread because they only have 1 net carb per ¼ cup. Grind them in a coffee grinder and bake (high smoke point means they’re safe for baking). Highly nutritious.
  7. Macadamia nuts: Probably the nut with the highest fat:protein ratio in existence, with only 1 net carb per ¼ cup. These nuts are expensive but give a great nutrient density that packs a super bang for the buck. You can also make your own flour from it in a coffee grinder (high smoke point good for baking) or some fresh macadamia milk by blending with water and filtering through cheesecloth.
  8. Avocados (salted with lemon juice, in sushi, out of the rind with a spoon and cinnamon, guacamole)
  9. Raw pumpkin seeds: Only about 1 net carb per ¼ cup. Pumpkin seeds contain an oil that is considered therapeutic. They taste great raw, especially mixed with sunflower, macadamia and other ketogenic nuts and seeds.
  10. Raw walnuts: Another tasty fatty nut with a natural oil considered therapeutic. Not to be roasted, because its oil is sensitive with a smoke point of as low as 200F. Raw prevents the threat of heat denigrating the therapeutic oil into toxins and carcinogens. 
  11. Canned sardines in olive oil: hear me out on these puppies. I eat them straight out of the tin. The bones are soft. It’s a soft-boned fish and the heads and organs are removed. I pepper the fish with some curry or garam masala or cayenne pepper seasoning and eat them with a spoon. The oil/water mixture is a tasty broth just like a soup. Very satisfying and they don’t budge my blood sugar. Close to being a whole food. For a whole food, eat the fish whole. Smoked has a nice flavor.
  12. Homemade sushi: (fresh-thawed Costco frozen salmon, seaweed snack, soy sauce, avocado or celery)
  13. Sacha inchi seeds: rare yet delicious to eat by the handful salted. They remind me of peanuts, but have 0 net carbohydrates. These seeds grow on vines in the East and are slowly gaining popularity in the West in ketogenic recipes and snacking.
  14. Salted cucumber slices: self-explanatory. I like the salty, crunchy texture and vitamin C boost.
  15. Celery stalks with raw pumpkin seed butter: fast and simple snack.
  16. Glass of unsweetened vanilla macadamia milk: Try it, you’ll like it. Macadamia milk has about 3g fat per 8oz serving, and can also dissolve turmeric powder for a little spice. It’s very hearty and delicious. It hits the spot for me when I want some nourishment, as it stifles that nagging hunger I get in my gut sometimes (pica).
  17. Keto toast with spread brie cheese, sliced white onion, and lox salmon
  18. Homemade keto ice cream: You buy an electric ice cream maker off of eBay for $25 or so (2022) and the ingredients are simple: fresh heavy cream, allulose (works a little better than erythritol), unsweetened almond or macadamia milk, and whatever flavors you want to add (I like Ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint essential oil, etc.). Try substituting cold coffee for the unsweetened milk for a coffee iced cream.
  19. Fried eggs: Can’t beat the simple preparation of an egg fried in olive oil or coconut oil or avocado oil with some salt, smoked paprika, and maybe cayenne pepper. A great wh0le food that is rich in the full spectrum of minerals.
  20. Filtered water: Yes, sometimes you misinterpret a signal from your body as hunger which is really thirst. Drinking more water will rehydrate the thirst receptors and eventually you can rely on the thirst signal again to tell you when to drink. According to Dr. Rashid Buttar though, most people live in chronic dehydration and need to drink 1-2 fluid ounces per pound of body weight they have. I wrote an article on hydrotherapy also which you might find helpful in managing hyperglycemia.
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The Cylinders Of The Pharaoh

The Egyptians used the Cylinders of the Pharaoh as a regular part of life. Also known as the Rods Of Horus, and Egyptian Healing Rods, they worked for them and in many cases, they can work for other people. The healing powers that the rods provide have helped many people over the ages and the Egyptians may have been smarter at doing this than many other people. For those that use healing rods, they know the powers that they have within them.

What Are The Cylinders Of The Pharaoh?

These rods use techniques similar to acupuncture and Reiki. They were used for a long time in order to help people to live better lives in Egypt. Now, people all over the world are beginning to find out about them and are benefiting from them all the time.

Health Benefits Of The Cylinders Of The Pharaoh

For over 3,000 years, these are the oldest and simplest techniques that were used by the Egyptians in a way to help people. There are many health benefits that they give and here are some of them:

  1. Reduces Stress – Reducing stress is a key part of the benefits of using the rods. If you have a lot of stress in your life, you will want to use the rods to give you the ability to get more rest and stay calm in all types of situations. They will really benefit you in many ways.
  1. Improves Psychic Ability – If you are psychic, they will help to enhance your powers. You will be able to increase your abilities in many ways. Since many people have used the rods to develop their psychic abilities, you may find that yours will tend to develop quickly also.
  1. Restores Inner Balance And Harmony – Having a good inner balance and harmony is the key to living a healthy and interesting life. You will find the rods can give you this ability and that you will be able to live a better way. Make sure that you do all that you can in order to reap the benefits of using the rods.
  1. Creates Better Energy – Another key way that the rods can help you is to increase your energy level. You will have the motivation to get the things done that you need to and you will have the energy that you need to enjoy all that there is to in life.
  1. Induces Focus – Your focus will improve when you use the rods. This will help in both your personal and professional dealings because you will be able to concentrate in a much better way. Focus is key to getting the things done that are part of everyday life as well as planning for a great future.
  1. Eliminates Pain – For many people, pain is a part of their lives. They may have arthritis or their pain was caused by an injury or disease. Since the rods will help to eliminate the pain, this can save them money on medications and other things that they need to do in order to keep their pain in check. You should use the rods on specific areas that may be causing you discomfort and learn other ways that you can use the rods to get rid of the pain that you are feeling.
  1. Helps With Sleep Disorders – If you have insomnia or sleep too much, you will find that the rods will help you with this. When you use the rods, you are reducing your stress levels and relaxing your entire body. This will help you with your sleep patterns so that you will be able to get the rest that you need. In fact, the Rods of Horus have many of the same purported benefits as modern microcurrent therapy!
  1. Improves Confidence – When you look and feel your best, you will have the confidence that you need to go out into the world and face your challenges. You will use the rods on a regular basis and it will give you the ability to look and feel your best at all times.
  1. Gives You A Better Attitude – Since the use of the rods helps with your mind, body, and soul, you will find yourself having a more positive attitude. This can help improve your life in many ways because you will diminish the negativity in your life so that positive energy is all around you. Sometimes, the results of using the rods can be very remarkable. You will most likely see an improvement in your attitude right away when you use the rods.
  1. Controls Appetite – If you want to try and lose weight or gain weight, the use of the rods will allow you to do this in an easier manner. Be sure that you know what you are doing with your weight by weighing yourself regularly. You always want to eat healthy no matter what when you are using the rods for the best outcomes.

How Do You Use The Cylinders Of The Pharaoh?

You can sit or stand when you are using the rods, preferably barefoot on the bare ground, grass, or a concrete slab, so that your body is concurrently taking advantage of the earthing/grounding effect. You want to relax and smile to give the best results. The rods will be in your hands and you will want to squeeze them and then relax. For the best results from the rods, you will want to lie down after you use them. You will feel the inner, as well as the outer relaxation of your mind, body, and soul, start to happen. Many people love the feeling that it gives to them and they use them regularly.

How Often Should The The Cylinders Of The Pharaoh Be Used?

You can use your rods as often as possible as long as you feel comfortable doing so. Many people use them daily in the morning or night whichever is most convenient for them. They fit the rods into their daily schedules so that they can benefit highly from them.

Where Do You Use The Cylinders Of The Pharaoh?

You will want to use them with barefoot earthing. Standing is the ideal pose for when you will using the rods barefoot outside. You will get the most benefits by using rods like this. It is highly recommended that you remove all jewelry and metals when you are using the rods. Another thing that you will want to remember is to avoid eating too much when you are going to use the rods. You won’t be able to get as many benefits from them on a full stomach and it will be uncomfortable for you.

Where Can You Purchase Them Online?

You can find websites that sell the Cylinders Of The Pharaoh online. It will take a simple search to locate some great companies that have a large selection of them. You will want to do some price comparisons before making your purchase. This website is a great one to begin searching for them on https://egyptianhealingrods.com. They sell their rods on Amazon at a special discount. Be sure that you take advantage of any sales, discounts, or promotions that they might be offering so that you will be able to save even more money. For the most part, people find that the prices are fair and reasonable. Make sure that you are getting what you pay for from a good company. You should also check to see if they offer a phone number, email, or texting ability so that you can contact them if there are any problems with your order.

cylinders of the pharoah with multimeter
These quality Cylinders of the Pharoah are available on Amazon for $39.99. They are 6″ long by 1″ diameter zinc galvanized steel and copper cylinders filled with natural quartz stone. They come with end caps and a velvet bag.

Utilize Other People For Knowledge

If you have questions about the use of your rods, you can get the answers that you need. You will want to learn as much as possible about them so that you can use them on a regular basis and enjoy a much healthier life. If you have any problems, concerns, or issues using the rods, you can also find resolutions to these matters when you speak up. Join groups of people on the internet that also use rods so that you can compare notes with them and also help others to use them properly. Learn as much as you can about the healing properties that they have to offer so that you can benefit from them in most ways. You will be glad that you did this. Also be sure to check out Amazon for books about Egyptian healing.

The Secret Medicine of the Pharaohs by Cornelius Stetter
The Secret Medicine of the Pharaohs is an amazing book, describing things like the Rods of Horus and many more methods not commonly discussed in the modern medical community. Discover the ancient wisdom which is often superior to conventional wisdom! Order here for $19.95.

Something Not All People Know About

The Egyptians used the rods for a long time but many people didn’t believe that they worked. It was shrouded in secrecy for a long time but now has become more talked about. Many people are finding out about them and they are using them too.

Now that you know more about the Cylinders Of The Pharaoh, you can begin using them too. Make sure that you learn as much as you possibly can about them in order to help your situation the most. You will be pleased with how they will improve your life in many ways.

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All You Need to Know About Microcurrent Therapy

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Our human bodies have a natural electrical current that allows communication between cells. If our bodies suffer injuries or disease, those electrical currents become disrupted. The cells, in turn, cannot function properly without these currents. If cells don’t function and communicate properly, the healing process is slowed down. That’s where microcurrent therapy comes in.

What is Microcurrent Therapy?

Microcurrent therapy is also known as microcurrent stimulation or electrotherapy and is a non-invasive yet highly effective pain relief, peak performance, and rehabilitation system. It uses electrical energy to strengthen muscles, repair tissue, reduce pain, promote bone growth, and much more.

Microcurrent therapy is used to restore the body’s electromagnetic field to allow cells to return back to normal function, which speeds up healing. It has been shown to reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. It can also help with range of motion.

How Does Microcurrent Therapy Work?

Every tissue in the body has its own unique electrical frequency that can be disrupted by either disease or injury. Microcurrent therapy restores normal electrical frequencies within the cells and this results in improvements in function, inflammation, and pain.

Microcurrent therapy works by sending low-level electrical currents into the target tissues. These currents are almost identical to the body’s own natural electrical frequencies. Running a current through tissue adds more electrons thus allowing for faster processing of energy as well as stimulating cellular and tissue repair [1].

Microcurrent therapy, at a cellular level, stimulates a dramatic increase in ATP, which is the energy responsible for fueling the body’s biochemical functions. It also accelerates protein synthesis, which is essential for tissue repair. The resulting enhancement in inflammation reduction and blood flow results in reductions in muscle spasms and pain, as well as increased range of motion.

What Conditions is Microcurrent Therapy Used to Treat?

Microcurrent therapy is typically used for neck and back pain [2], but it can be used for many other physical conditions, both acute and chronic. Treatment generally lasts several sessions and it is often used with other forms of therapy. Here are some of the conditions that microcurrent therapy is used to treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Burns
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Disc Injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Herpes
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ligament and Tendon Pain
  • Low back Pain
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Sports Injuries
  • Slow-Healing Wounds
  • Sprains, and Many others

Microcurrent therapy, however, is not a treatment option for people with/using/suffering from any of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Skin Irritation
  • Metal Implants
  • Epilepsy
  • Cardiac Pacemakers
  • Cancer (Current or Past)
  • Blood Thinners of Any Type

Microcurrent Facials

Microcurrent therapy has been used to treat people suffering from Bell’s Palsy for several decades. Bell’s Palsy is a condition that’s characterized by the sudden paralysis of muscles that cause drooping of the muscles in one side of the face.

A quality microcurrent delivery device is safe, painless, and well-reviewed by customers. The NuFACE Mini Petite Facial Toning Device is one such device which has a great track record and is available for a low price here.

The toning effect of microcurrent therapy captured the attention of the cosmetic industry for its ability to lift facial muscles and tighten sagging skin thus creating a more youthful appearance [3]. Today, microcurrent therapy is one of the hottest trends in anti-aging and is used in leading medical offices and spas for firming and toning aging skin as well as for facial contouring.

Microcurrent therapy is safe, painless, and effective technology for clients looking to attain and maintain a younger, healthier appearance. Results might take some time to become evident, but they are so dramatic that it is often referred to as the non-surgical facelift.

The Benefits of Microcurrent Therapy

Microcurrent therapy is used for treating various conditions and ailments, which include wounds, sagging skin, sports, injuries, etc. It is a great tool to have and a healthy form of therapy with lasting results. Here are some of the benefits of microcurrent therapy:

  • Improves the symptoms of fibromyalgia
  • Heals tendons
  • Reduces joint, neck, and back pain
  • Lessens headaches
  • Helps reverse or stop macular degeneration
  • Grows new nerves
  • Increases the flow of oxygenated blood to tissues
  • Tones the skin and stimulated the production of collagen

Microcurrent Therapy Vs. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

People often confuse microcurrent therapy with a different kind of electrical therapy known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). TENS uses mild electric shocks that can be felt under the skin while microcurrent therapy uses extremely weak electric currents, which means that you won’t feel a thing. TENS is used to provide short-term relief from inflammation and pain while microcurrent therapy provides long-term relief.

What is a Typical Microcurrent Therapy Treatment Session Like?

microcurrent therapy on head of patient
The microcurrent therapy process is incredibly simple. A therapist first applies a warm, moistened towel or self-adhesive electrodes to the target area. He/she then sets frequencies on the microcurrent device that correlate with the condition being treated. The process is known as frequency-specific microcurrent therapy because the frequencies change depending on the area and condition being targeted.

Once the frequencies have been set and the device attached to the skin, electric currents will act as a stimulator to repair the damaged tissue and provide pain relief. It is generally advisable to be properly hydrated before receiving the treatment since this helps promote electrical stimulation. The body’s cells comprise largely of water, which means that properly hydrated cells will tend to conduct the electric current better, which means that the treatment is likely to be more effective.

Where Should You Go for Microcurrent Therapy Treatments?

Microcurrent therapy hardly has any real side effects, so you don’t really need to worry much about where to get it. Even when done incorrectly, there’s only little damage. Usually, the worst that may happen is that you lose some of your money and time and definitely won’t see results.

To ensure the best results with your microcurrent therapy treatments, it is advisable to find a trusted clinic or spa to have the procedure done. You should ensure that the facility has properly trained and experienced technicians.

The facility should also offer you a consultation to get answers to all your questions. The consultation also allows the technician to identify the issue/problem that he/she is dealing with to come up with the most suitable course of action.

It would be very difficult for the technician to tell whether you would benefit from a certain procedure before seeing you and determining what could be causing your problems in case of a microcurrent facial treatment.

So, always choose a microcurrent therapy treatment facility that offers its clients consultations. At the consultation meeting, talk to the technician about what he/she recommends and enquire about any procedures that you would like to learn more about.

Professional Microcurrent Therapy Treatment Vs. At-Home Devices

If you don’t like the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on microcurrent therapy treatments, you can always consider investing in at-home devices, which are available for the price of a couple of professional treatment sessions. While such devices are available in plenty for the face, there aren’t so many options for treating the rest of the body, and even when you do find such, they usually cost more.

You should also not expect the results to come instantly if you decide to invest in your own device. You have to administer the therapy consistently for at least 60 days or longer before you start seeing any noticeable results. The reason why results aren’t noticeable within a shorter timeframe is that at-home devices tend to be weaker than those used by professionals.

Top 3 At-Home Microcurrent Therapy Devices

  1. NuFace Mini Petite Facial Toning Device
The NuFACE Mini Petite Facial Toning Device is recommended by many professionals and is available over the counter for $199 at Amazon.

The NuFace Mini Petite is designed to reduce fine lines and improve your facial contours by using a microcurrent to stimulate the surface area of your skin. The Mini petite is a highly portable device that produces professional-looking results in just 5 minutes. It helps to smooth fine lines, contour facial features, and even out eye bags and saggy skin. The kit includes a facial toning device, power adapter, gel primer, and user manual.

  1. 4D Multifun Microcurrent Facial Massager
The 4D Microcurrent Massager Roller from Multifun is well-suited for therapeutic use on the face, neck, legs and elsewhere on the body. It is an affordable option and available at Amazon for only $64.99.

The 4D Microcurrent Facial Massager from Multifun helps to energize facial muscles. It provides a gentle and painless microcurrent massage that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. It also makes your skin firmer, improves your skin tone, and gives you a more youthful appearance. It also promotes lymphatic drainage and stimulates blood circulation. The device is solar-powered, which means that you don’t have to worry about replacing the batteries.

  1. 4D Yeamon Microcurrent Facial Massager Roller
The Biotechnique Advanced Toning & Tightening Device is a professional-grade system with superior performance, lifespan, and effectiveness. It has been trusted by countless professionals and happens to be sold manufacturer direct through Amazon for the price of $1,699.95.

The Biotechnique Advanced provides professional-grade microcurrent therapy via high-frequency vibration. Its vibration speed, vibration mode, and microcurrent intensity are all fully adjustable. For each function, you can choose from multiple. The massager releases gentle microcurrents that energize and stimulate muscles and go into deep tissue. The device also works on 110-240 volts, with global compatability guaranteed.

Final Thoughts

Microcurrent therapy provides a host of benefits to our body and face. It helps reduce wrinkles, enhance hydration production, and firm skin among numerous other health benefits such as pain relief. Whether you use it for pain relief/health benefits or to improve the health of your skin, you can always trust microcurrent therapy to take proper care of your body.

References
1: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2090123211000695#b0045
2: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19542797/
3: http://www.scielo.br/pdf/acb/v19n5/a03v19n5.pdf

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What Exactly Is High Dose Vitamin C Therapy

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Vitamin C has been used for a long time and it happened to be one of the more important advancements in improving nutrition due to its ability to cure and prevent scurvy which was one of the leading causes of naval deaths of the time [1]. It wasn’t until the 1970s when Linus Pauling, a Nobel Price winner developed a strategy to utilize intravenous vitamin C in patients battling cancer [2].

Citrus fruits are well-known as a good source of natural Vitamin C

What Is High Dose Vitamin C Therapy?

High dose vitamin c therapy is the utilization of vitamin C in the treatment of cancer. It was found that vitamin C had the amazing ability to kill off cancerous cells. The reason for this was largely unknown at the time. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for a variety of bodily processes. One of the most important aspects of it is its critical role in the synthesis/production of collagen. The original study conducted in the 19070s hypothesized that it might be effective against cancer because of the corresponding changes in connective tissue structures which could be caused by a lack of vitamin C. This led to the belief that high dose vitamin C supplementation could potentially benefit the advancement of cancer therapy.

What Is It Used For?

This is a type of treatment that is used in conjunction with other cancer treatments to kill off cancerous cells. Likewise, there have been numerous studies that have utilized a combination of high dose vitamin C along with traditional cancer treatments either to look at its added effectiveness or to see whether or not it can reduce negative side effects from traditional treatment. It has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for cancer on its own.

What Dosages Are Commonly Used?

A lot of the therapies involve taking the dosages orally through a tablet. That being said, when it is given intravenously, it is capable of bypassing the digestive system. Therefore, it is capable of creating blood levels that are as much as 100 to 500 times higher than the levels that are seen through oral alternatives. As a result, it is seen to be much more effective than when taken through oral supplementation.

Benefits Of High Dose Vitamin C Supplementation:

  1. Kills Cancerous Cells – Newer studies have shown that vitamin C has the ability to single out and target cancerous cells through its generation of hydrogen peroxide. When vitamin C breaks down, it creates hydrogen peroxide which are capable of damaging cancerous cells even to the point of killing them off. Therefore, very high levels of vitamin C supplementation don’t damage normal unaffected tissue, but they are able to damage tumor tissue [3].
  1. Promising Studies – There is still a lot of research to be done, but there have been a number of promising studies that indicate it can be an effective treatment against certain types of cancer. There have even been various studies indicating that it may prove to be a useful addition to other effective drugs and cancer treatment methods. For instance, a study conducted in 2014 showed that patients that suffered from advanced ovarian cancer were able to have fewer side effects from the chemotherapy that they received because of the treatment with IV vitamin C. Therefore, there is some research indicating that it may indeed lessen the severity of cancer-related symptoms. Another study showed that those that suffered from pancreatic cancer who combined chemotherapy with high dose vitamin C therapy did not have their disease progress over the average of 6 months [4].
  1. Well-Tolerated – While there are certain subsets of people that should avoid this treatment due to associated risk factors, it has been generally well-tolerated among those that have been linked to various studies. This includes all of the different kinds of administration whether it be oral or through an IV. As mentioned, it has been shown that it can relieve associated cancer symptoms. Because there have been numerous studies that indicate that it doesn’t have a negative impact on traditional cancer treatments, there isn’t much risk associated with adding it to your treatment plan unless you are one of those who are likely to develop kidney stones or in the other groups with high-risk factors.
  1. Lessens Side Effects – There has been some research that showcases vitamin C’s effectiveness at not necessarily treating cancer itself, but minimizing the associated side effects of traditional cancer treatments. Two studies found that the patients that received an IV of high dose vitamin C had much better quality of life and fewer side effects than those that didn’t get the same supplementation [4]. Therefore, when combined with treatments like chemotherapy, it may prove to be useful by reducing the negative side effects one faces throughout the course of the treatment.
  2. Alkalizes Salivary pH – An alkaline salivary pH is a metric of health progress. Disease states such as cancer manifest acidity in the body which promotes cancer proliferation. Nutritional therapy for cancer often utilizes an alkaline diet to promote a healing state in the body because at this higher pH level, there is an abundance of free electrons which neutralize the positively-charged free radicals (cancer and inflammation-causers). The pH test of saliva is a quick way for patients to monitor their own progress and see the impact of foods the same day they eat them. You can read more about the benefits of an alkaline pH in my article on the topic.

Overall, there has been a lot of promising research that has come out indicating high dose vitamin C may be an effective treatment against a variety of cancers. That being said, it has not yet been approved by the FDA as a treatment of cancer. Therefore, you will want to discuss the potential of using it with your doctor. While the use of intravenous high dose vitamin C has been well tolerated by the majority of patients in various studies, it is not recommended for those that have various conditions including hemochromatosis, G6PD deficiency, or even kidney disease [4].

Want to try high-dose vitamin C? Talk to your doctor. Here is a high-dose vitamin C supplement from American Pharmaceuticals (Vitality C) which is very popular right now, which provides 4,000 mg per scoop, and is commonly used three times daily. Dissolve it in a tasty beverage!

Vitality C from American Nutriceuticals is a popular high-dose Vitamin C supplement, commonly taken three times daily. Order here at the lowest price on the web!

References:

[1] https://www.cancer.gov/research/key-initiatives/ras/ras-central/blog/2020/yun-cantley-vitamin-c

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6566697/

[3] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170109134014.htm

[4] https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/vitamin-c-pdq

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How Can You Protect Yourself From 5G And Other Radio Frequency (Wireless) Radiation

wireless radiation is like cigarettes were 50 years ago – we didn’t know they were harmful yet…

The introduction of 5G technology has created a much greater awareness of different types of radiation and whether or not it is harmful to human beings.

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In the same way that cigarette smoking was considered safe not too long ago (even the surgeon general promoted the safety of cigarette smoking in the 70’s and 80’s), governments and other agencies are claiming that the radiation emitted by 5G tech is not harmful.

While 5G is going to advance technology on an immense scale, should the potential health hazards that it poses not be a priority? Should the government as well as environmental and safety agencies not take a longer look at the threat or at least institute measures to protect the general public from the radiation?

The obvious answer to this question may be yes but the issue is far more complicated than that. So far, there is no confirmed scientific evidence to suggest that the radiation emitted by 5G technology is harmful. On the other hand, there is not evidence to say that it is safe either.

What The Science Says About 5G

The scientific evidence regarding the safety of radio-frequency radiation emitted by 5G technology is complicated and has created more confusion than clarification. The amount of radiation that will be bombarding our bodies when the networks are turned on has been estimated to be equal to that of turning on a microwave and leaving the door open.

The question is how can this amount of radiation not be harmful?

We are constantly surrounded by radiation and our bodies continuously absorb harmless amounts from the natural and man-made world around us. This harmless radiation consists of radio-frequency waves that do not change the structure of human cells or DNA and therefore have for decades been considered to be safe.

Ionizing radiation on the other hand is extremely hazardous to the human body. This is the type of radiation that is emitted by radioactive substances and technology such as x-rays. Ionizing radiation causes severe structural damage to cells and DNA resulting in diseases such as cancer as well as gene mutations.

The 5G tech emits radio-frequency waves which are “safe” and that should be the end of the discussion. However, new scientific evidence suggests that this radiation may not be as safe as we once believed. The World Health Organization has recently categorized radio-frequency radiation as a potential 2B carcinogen. Carcinogens cause cancer and other health conditions.

It must however be noted that caffeine and talcum powder (which contains asbestos) are placed in the same 2B category. While these substances can result in certain types of cancer, it may take an large amount or extended exposure to the substances for them to have accumulated carcinogenic effects.

A far more convincing study published by the National Toxicology Program showed that rats who were exposed to 2G and 3G radio-frequency radiation developed cancerous tumors. This study, conducted over a 10 year period, exposed the rats to levels of radiation that far exceed the amount that a human could ever be exposed to. It is therefore highly unlikely that humans can develop cancer from exposure to 2G and 3G radiation emitted from mobile phones and other technology.

However, whether the huge amounts of radio-frequency radiation emitted by proposed 5G tech is sufficient to be carcinogenic remains to be seen. These studies also do not take into consideration the effects of radio-frequency radiation exposure in conjunction with other known carcinogens that we are exposed to every day.

So is 5G technology hazardous and can it result in cancer, gene mutations and other diseases? At this point in time, there simply is no definitive answer.

What is clear is that much more research needs to be performed. But governments and large corporations are going ahead with laying out the infrastructure for 5G regardless of this. In the meantime, it is recommended to take safety precautions and implement ways to protect yourself from the potentially harmful radio-frequency radiation that is emitted by 5G technology.

How To Protect Yourself From 5G And Other Radio-Frequency Radiation

There are a number of different ways in which you can limit exposure to EMF (Electromagnetic Frequencies) that may be harmful and protect yourself from the potentially damaging effects of radio-frequency radiation.

  1. Limit Exposure

Limit the amount of time and duration you spend on your phone or other mobile devices. Keep the devices a minimum of 5 to 10 feet away from your body when not in use. Charge your phone or tablet in a room other than where you are sleeping. It is in fact not recommended to have mobile devices in the bedroom at all or in a room where you spend the majority of your time.

  1. EMF Measurements

Buy a device that measures EMF in the home. These measurements will provide a better idea of where the majority of radio-frequencies are coming from and take steps to reduce the emissions. Laptops, televisions, routers, microwaves and just about every other type of electronic equipment will emit some degree of EMF. Turning these devices off (not on standby) while they are not in use can reduce exposure to radio-frequency radiation.

  1. EMF Shields

There are a wide range of EMF shielding devices available on the market including laptop cases, mobile phone and tablet covers, television shields and devices to protect against EMF emitted by all devices in the home. There also a range of devices available that can be worn on the body to shield against EMF while outside the home emitted from cell towers, Wi-Fi Tech and other sources.

There is some debate as to the efficacy of these types of EMF shields and how successful they really are at blocking different radio-frequencies. Some products claim to block up to 92% of EMF. While these claims may be a bit excessive, the EMF shielding devices have been proven to block a lower percentage of frequencies. It is therefore still recommended to limit exposure and turn EMF emitting devices off while they are not in use.

  1. Stay Educated

Keep updated with the latest news and results from research being conducted into the risk associated with EMF, radio-frequency radiation and 5G technology. Read up on advice from scientists and doctors as to how to better protect yourself from these potentially harmful frequencies. If in doubt, taking measures to protect yourself can do no harm and may potentially reduce the risk of being exposed to harmful radiation.

  1. Health, Fitness And Lifestyle Choices

A healthy mind and body are better able to deal with the increasing amount of EMF and radio-frequency radiation that we are being bombarded with. Eat a healthy diet and exercise in order to ensure that your body is receiving the nutrients it requires and is fit enough to function optimally.

Be aware of the symptoms of illnesses and diseases that could be the result of EMF or extended exposure to radiation. Consult a doctor if any of these symptoms develop, sooner rather than later. While it is a good idea to be proactive and not ignore symptoms of a potential health condition, it is also not advisable to self-diagnose or over-react to every small symptom. If you practice grounding, this may be yet another natural way to eliminate the effects of excessive wireless radiation.

  1. Pregnancy And Babies

It is highly recommended for pregnant women to reduce their exposure to EMF and radio-frequency radiation as much as possible. The rapid rate of development of a baby in the womb can result in abnormal cells forming as a result of extreme or extended exposure. It is also recommended to limit exposure in infants and babies.