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My Dad has been on a holistic, alternative path for 40 years.  Back in 2012, I attended a holistic medical conference that one of his best friend’s was giving in Toronto.  His name is Gerry Smith and he’s a holistic dentist who was curing terminally ill patients of cancer once he removed their root canals, extracted the tooth and cleansed the mouth with homeopathic medicine.  His patients were in the audience. I was amazed. Root canals can cause major infections that enter the bloodstream. The worst part is that there isn’t any pain or noticeable side effects that allow someone to know that their root canal is infected... 

 By @jenacovello and @simpleorganix

It was over a Century ago when Dr. Weston Price, along with the Mayo Clinic jointly disclosed the toxicity of a root canal procedure. Although many studies since then have proven the potential links of root canal and diseases such as MS, brain, thyroid, heart, lung, kidney and liver disease, Auto-Immune, and Cancer, there are still none however to prove the procedure's safety. Today over 40 million root canal procedures a year are done in the US alone. 

 A root canal procedure consists of: 

  • removal of decay 
  • removal of the nerve in the center of the tooth (blood supply) 
  • removal of the pulp which surrounds the nerve that goes from under the crown of the tooth to the end of the roots in the jaw. (oxygen supply) 
  • removal of any abscess or inflamed ligament in the jaw. 
  • an attempt to sterilize the cavitation using sodium hypochlorite which is shown to miss up to 50% of the bacteria. 
  • canal is filled with a rubber-like material. 
  • canal is sealed shut with a filling often containing heavy metals and or posts. 

 Because a root canal cancels the blood and oxygen supply, the tooth is now a dead piece of bone in the jaw often referred to as a “zombie” tooth. The cavitation becomes susceptible to housing microbes which mutate into anaerobic bacteria that thrive in this environment. DNA testing performed on retrieved crushed root tips showed root canals contained 53 different species of anaerobic bacteria. It is said that all of these species have what is referred to as chemotaxins, a magnetic attraction, and preference to different tissues found in different organs in the body. This process becomes especially convenient when given the ability to travel through the bloodstream and other parts of the body via microscopic pathways made available by the root canal. According to Dr. Gerald Smith, we house up to 3 miles of these pathways referred to as “tubules” in each tooth. As these microbes travel down these tubules and into the lymphatic system, one of the most common places they settle in women is the breast. 

 According to statistics, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In fact, many doctors in Europe now insist that any and all root canals should be removed completely before treatment begins. According to Dr. Issels, a world-renowned German Doctor treating cancer patients for 40 years, 97% of all cancer patients had root canal-filled teeth. A similar statement was also made by Dr. Thomas Rau, the head of the Paracelsus Cancer Clinic in Switzerland. He examined records of the last 150 women who had been admitted to his clinic for breast cancer treatment and found that 147 of them had one or more root canal procedures done on the same meridian as the original breast cancer tumor. 

It is also widely suggested that in order to avoid regression of breast cancer and other diseases, the origin where the microbes are breeding must be resolved. A study by Dr. Weston Price removed a root canal tooth from a person who was suffering from disease and surgically inserted the tooth in a rabbit. The rabbit developed this same disease whereas the human patient was quickly cured. 

 Some things that may help remedy previous root canals: 

  • Seek a biological dentist via
  • Seek a “mercury safe” biological dentist if any heavy metals are involved. 
  • Integrate ozone therapy for proper sanitization.
  • Integrate BioEnergetic testing to establish safety with the dental materials, as well as testing for microbes present in the system. 
  • Integrate a Rife Machine weekly to eradicate pathogens in the system. 
  • Look into Thermography testing for hotspots. 
  • Immune building diets, nutrition, vitamins and herbs. 
  • Opt for extraction performed correctly (removal of membrane and ligament) by a biological dentist in place of a root canal procedure. 
  • Proper remedy of previous cavitation areas/extractions. 
  • Properly chelate and detox heavy metals, radiation, and microbes with the help of a well versed professional only after all heavy metals have been completely removed. 
  • Seek dentist familiar with Safety with oral and whole body meridians. 
  • Oil pulling & other natural oral practices. 
  • Removal of fluoride from the system. 

 Because many dentists and doctors alike state that oral health is essential to general health at every stage of life, a proper oral diagnosis may be a powerful tool when trying to heal from disease. 


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By @jenacovello and @simpleorganix

Have you ever heard of the saying that everything is energy and energy is everything? Modern technology has recognized that humans are electromagnetic beings and have been using diagnostic machines that correspond with energy such as MRI, EKGs, and Ultrasound for years. However not many know about the Asyra machine and its unmatched prognosis when it comes to not only energetic testing but also energetic balancing as well. It is said that the Asyra is the most advanced bioenergetic testing device on the market today and approved by the FDA as a class two medical device. A study conducted by the University of Utahs Alternative Medicine Department with the Asyra on 1800 patients yielded a 97% correlation with blood test chemistry. Those stats are astounding for non-invasive testing.

 The Asyra system uses bioenergetic electromagnetic signals. Frequency from the computer encounters a molecule that shares its same frequency and records it. Asyra software contains digitally encoded information relating to an intricate range of physiological, physical and emotional factors that have been compiled for the last 30 years. The signals are output by the Asyra hardware as electromagnetic signals during testing while the patient holds safe low voltage brass cylinders, whereas then, the response of the body to those signals is recorded. Basically, the program asks the body a question and obtains the response directly from the body’s own physiology using energy. Through the process, frequencies relating to specific issues such as cancer, allergies, digestion, etc are output. If any of these frequencies create a disturbance to any energetic component, cellular component, tissue, organ, emotional, the negative response will be registered by the patient’s body through the program.

 The Asyra runs a response test on meridian points connected to the major organ systems and can be used to possibly identify disease and emotions within the body. Each Asyra session begins by holding a metal prong in each hand.  These prongs connect to the meridians like other energy balancing systems. It determines the stress points so that those can be the first points of healing. It then suggests remedies related to the emotional body, chakras, homeopathic, herbal remedies, physical therapeutic modalities, foods to avoid, adjustments, environmental modifications, supplements and the frequencies to use if you're being treated with a rife machine.

As both modern technology and science discover the connection between mind, body and energy, Traditional Chinese Medicine has discussed removing barriers from the bodies energy fields to assist in healing for thousands of years. Although the focus is always on chemical balance, vitamins, minerals, diet and lifestyle, many holistic practitioners believe that none of these function properly when there is miscommunication within the body's energy field. The Asyra helps to communicate and check in with these energy fields. Another way of looking at it is that a healthy organ cell has a different frequency than a diseased organ cell. If the unhealthy frequency can change to a healthy frequency and be maintained, the cell may begin to heal itself and other cells around it.

According to the creators of the Asyra technology, it is not so much a diagnostic tool but more so a tool to ‘discern’. This process may help assist a holistic practitioner in treating the patient's root causes of disease instead to the effects. Many practitioners are finding the real value of a bioenergetic testing to help reveal and identify underlying patterns that are able to help change the dynamics of the entire system. This non-invasive and inexpensive test can be another great tool that can be utilized to further assist anyone on their path to healing. Make sure you find a practitioner in your area well versed in this amazing energy technology.


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A note from Jena...

From an early age, something intuitively told me not to allow a dentist to remove my wisdom teeth.  I understand that sometimes the teeth become impacted and extraction is necessary, but I like to consult with a holistic doctor prior to any tooth removal. A few years ago, my friend's boyfriend suffered from a bad seizure and was immediately diagnosed with epilepsy the day he had his wisdom teeth removed.  @simpleorganix explores the link between tooth extraction and health issues...

Wisdom Teeth
Did you know that not everyone is born with wisdom teeth? In fact, they are the most common congenitally missing teeth in the mouth. Have you ever wondered why they are called wisdom teeth? Technically referred to as “third molars”, wisdom teeth got their name because they appear later in life (between the ages 18-29) when people are considered to be “wiser”, versus the other teeth that come in as children.
Many conventional dentists believe that these third molars are no longer needed now that humans eating habits have evolved. It is said that they were previously used when humans had to chew harder due to a diet high in raw meats and tough roots. In more modern times, wisdom teeth extraction has been one of the most common “preventative” surgeries performed with over 10 million extractions done annually in America alone. The dental industry associates wisdom teeth with things like infection, impaction, tooth crowding, and pain even though most people extracting wisdom teeth experience no pain or problems at all. The UK dental industry concluded routinely removing wisdom teeth without solid evidence in 1998, after a study at the University of York concluded that there was no scientific evidence to support it. Another British study showed that only 5% of the 500 patients monitored required removal of wisdom teeth. The human mouth may contain up to 4 wisdom teeth. Tooth 1: located upper right. Tooth 32: located lower right. Tooth 16: located upper left. Tooth 17: located lower left. These third molars often stay underneath the gum line in positions such as angular, horizontal and vertical often identified with X-ray imagery. When the tooth has emerged above the gum line, this is referred to as a partial eruption, thus dentist often suggesting removal to avoid decay. Some of the health problems that may be associated with unnecessary and improper wisdom teeth extractions are as follows:
Cavitations: a hole in the jawbone surrounded by dead and decaying tissue that occurs when the surgeon fails to clean out the socket thoroughly to remove the periodontal ligament (gelose cartliagineous material and mandibularis nerve) that attaches the tooth to the underlying jawbone. This hole may harbor microbes and toxins which ultimately enter the body’s circulation via natural pathways and disrupt the terrain, infest organs and possibly promote illness and disease in all of the different parts of the body these microbes travel to. It is noted by the dental industry that almost half of all cavitation’s occur in wisdom tooth extraction sites.
According to holistic biological dentist, cavitations (jawbone necrosis) may also be linked to:
  • heart valve, muscle and tissue complication
  • chronic muscle and joint inflammation
  • ulcers
  • gall bladder
  • cystitis
  • rheumatism
  • asthma
  • thyroid disease
  • herpes
  • multiple sclerosis
  • skin disorders
  • diabetes
  • migraines
  • hypertension
Epilepsy & Seizures: it is common that many epileptics report having their first seizure after a wisdom tooth extraction. According to Dr Thomas Rau in Sweden, disrupted wisdom teeth and improper removal of impacted wisdom teeth may lead to epilepsy. In addition, extracted site cavitation’s and root canals harboring highly toxic proteins from dead tissue and free radicals which can react chemically with nerves or the interstitial system are also to be taken into high consideration.
Other Dental Health Risks:
  • permanent nerve injury causing numbness
  • sore lymph nodes
  • impaired speech and chewing
  • severe periodontal disease
  • cysts
  • possible allergies to toxic dental materials
  • site infections
  • dry socket
  • bone loss
Even though dentists often suggest to remove wisdom teeth to avoid teeth shifting and crowding, new technology in dentistry now provides many options to remedy smiles aesthetically for wisdom teeth that do not cause problems. Even still, there are no studies with evidence that wisdom teeth are in fact the cause of any shifting of other teeth in the mouth. Remember to always seek a holistic biological dentist or holistic orthodontist that is well versed in wisdom teeth, cavitations and how they affect whole body wellness. As well as the importance of preservation of all teeth pertaining to disease.
Natasha M

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First synthesized by a Detroit chemist in 1962, Ketamine was primarily used in hospital emergency rooms and the battlefields of Vietnam as an anesthetic for pain relief, sedation and respiratory stimulation. However, it is now being administered as a powerful aid in depression, pain management and PTSD without the addition of other side effects that often accompany traditional therapies.

Common symptoms of depression include anxiety, hopelessness, loss of interest, sleep and appetite. Lack of concentration, suicidal thoughts and mood swings are also other symptoms that may accompany debilitating severe depression. While traditional anti-depression medication often take 2-3 weeks to start, studies show that ketamine treatment begin to work within a revolutionary 4-72 hours. Low dose ketamine infusion therapy for depression and anxiety’s effects often last for a week, even after ketamine has left the system. A 2017 review by Lancet Psychiatry described ketamine as the single most important advance in the treatment of depression in over 50 years. It boosts the brain’s overall functional capacity and serotonin production, quickly and naturally.

As holistic doctors and science alike find the connection of gut probiotics and magnesium deficiency to depression, ketamine therapy has shown a successful improvement in the absorption of both. A study performed in Howard University, by the Department of Pharmacology, Microbiology and Anatomy in 2018 discussed both Ketamines anti-inflammatory and antidepressant capabilities. The study noted that ketamine amplified good gut bacteria such as Lactobacillus, Turicibacter and Sarcina. The lack of these bacteria’s are often associated with depression and absorption of vital brain-boosting nutrients.

Common symptoms of PTSD may include nightmares, flashbacks, distressful reminders of trauma, negative thinking, despair, shame and depression. Traditional treatment consists of a combination of psychotherapy and medication management which often takes weeks to manage symptoms and show improvement. However, ketamine infusion therapy may lead to rapid reduction of most symptoms within hours of a 40-minute intravenous infusion treatment. Doctors often recommended a series of six treatments spread over two to three weeks in order to achieve an optimal outcome and the deliverance of faster relief. Ketamine, acts like an antagonist to the NMDA receptor, a glutamate receptor and a major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain that plays a large roll with PTSD. Intern, ketamine acts by activating the receptor without damaging it with overactivation.

Pain Management
Ketamine acts as a neural growth stimulator. It resets nerves, it triggers growth of nerve pathways which may help with both nerve and inflammatory pain. Nerve Growth Factor has shown to play an important role in pain, cognitive function, depression and inflammation. Ketamine in low doses continues to display pain relief without the severe addictive qualities of opioids such as Vicodin and Codeine as well as the harmful affects of Ibuprofen. According to Dr. Charles F. von Gunten, “Its successful use as pain medicine is because of a very specific action in the spinal cord on a very specific set of receptors”. The future studies of ketamine on those receptors and how they further affect pain management without other debilitating side effects is crucial.

Although ketamine has been used in the medical industry for decades, its modern take on symptoms has many doctors and naturalist looking forward to its future reaching far beyond its newly approved depression healing capabilities. Ketamine is often administered intravenously, intramuscularly, orally and topically. Ketamine should only be discussed and considered with the help of a health care professional that is well versed in its effects and administration. Also be sure to discuss if ketamine is suitable with the presence of cardiovascular & liver disease, psychosis, substance abuse problems and glaucoma.


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A Note from Jena:
Here are some healthy chocolate brands that I love...

By @simpleorganix
I love Chocolate. 

There isn’t a time when I think of chocolate that doesn’t bring me complete joy. From the moment that I watched Lucy and Ethel on the conveyer belt to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, there is so much nostalgia involved with this beautiful food that it has always been and always will be America’s favorite. I remember being a little girl and waiting for my dad to come home with a pocket full of Hershey’s kisses for me. There was something truly magical about dangling that silver little bell in the air and slowly unwrapping to find a perfect piece of sweet chocolate heaven inside. The world felt right for a second and until this day, that feeling of pure joy is recreated every time I eat a piece of chocolate. I love chocolate!

Chocolate has been prepared as a bitter drink as early as 1750 BC. The Mayans grew cocoa trees in their backyards and cocoa beans were often used as a form of luxury currency. It wasn’t until 1847 that a man by the name of Joseph Fry created moldable chocolate using sugar, cocoa powder and cocoa butter. By 1875, swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by using powdered milk that was developed by Henri Nestle. By 1879, Henri Lindt used machines to process it. But it wasn’t until 1893 that Milton S Hershey began their chocolate ventures. These are the famous companies that were the founding fathers of chocolate as we now know it today.

Although Chocolate is considered a confectionary food item, the cocoa bean has been used medicinally for centuries. Some of the many healthy compounds found in the cocoa bean are:
  • Polyphenols, an antioxidant found in plants that help scavenge free radicals. They are known to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar levels.
  • Flavonoids, found in plant pigments, these molecules improve the effects of antioxidants. They are associated with skin protection, reducing cognitive decline, improving mood, depression and anxiety. Also improves heart function and reduces the risk of cancer. Bitter dark chocolate that has not been alkalized holds the highest form of flavonoids as they are reduced by 60% otherwise. (“Dutch” (alkali) processing of cocoa pow­ders destroys much of the flavanols).
  • Micronutrients, trace elements that include minerals such as fluoride, selenium, sodium, iodine, copper and zinc. As well as vitamins such as vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K. They are necessary in small amounts for optimum immune and brain function as well as potent disease preventers that help in hormone production, aid in bone mineralization and synthesize DNA.
  • Theobromine, a bitter alkaloid compound derived from cocoa and tea leaves. It is know to possibly aid in heart, respiratory and excretory systems by activating enzymes that may reduce inflammation, improve cholesterol and remove toxins. As well as strengthens tooth enamel, lowers blood pressure and aids in cognitive function. (Warning: this is the ingredient that is considered toxic to pets in chocolate due to its similar stimulating effects that mimic caffein).
Even though the darker the chocolate, the better the health benefits, there is still an even darker side to chocolate that no one is talking about. Many chocolate brands contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. As referenced in the HMD blog, lead and cadmium toxicity may cause:

Lead Toxicity
: Constipation, Nausea, pain in Abdomen and Joints, Headache, Memory Loss, Irritability, Fatigue, Kidney Damage, Central Nervous System problems, high blood pressure, Carpal Tunnel and Auto Immune symptoms. Lead heavily impairs kidney and liver detoxification. Lead can stay in the blood for several months and is stored in the bones for up to 30 years, usually released at 60 years old when bones are brittle. Other conditions that cause early release of stored Lead is pregnancy, stress, hormonal problems and hyperthyroidism. 

Cadmium Toxicity
: It targets the body's Cardiovascular, Renal, Gastrointestinal, Neurological, Reproductive, and Respiratory systems. Also known to cause Cancer. Cadmium is absorbed in Bone, Pancreas, Adrenal, Placenta, Liver and Kidneys.

Although Switzerland is the largest consumer of chocolate in the world with 19.8 pounds of chocolate consumed annually per person, Americans also consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, which is over 11 pounds per person annually. The potential build-up of heavy metals from this food item alone can be concerning. Because West Africa is one of the leading suppliers of cocoa beans, a study was conducted by the University of Santa Cruz California on cocoa beans from Nigeria. Their findings concluded that the lead was not naturally occurring and that the husks of cocoa beans were instead found to be absorbing environmental lead pumped into the atmosphere by the use of leaded gasoline and soil contaminants in Nigeria. There was also an article published in 2005 by The National Institute of Environmental Health Science that concluded although cocoa bean shells may be one source of lead, most of the contamination occurred during the processing (fermenting/drying the beans), manufacturing (drying, refining, cinching) and the shipping of the chocolate. As well as tracing the cadmium contaminant routes from pesticides, fertilizer, sewage, and sludge.

Research shows that lead contamination has been recognized as early as 1820 when a British study found the poison in London chocolates. While recent testing documents lead content in chocolate and candies to range anywhere from 21 ng/g to 1,920 ng/g. Children absorb 50% of lead through their bloodstream and ingesting about one microgram a day on a continued basis can severely affect them. With an average of 2 micrograms of lead in every 25 grams (1/4 cup) of chocolate daily and most brands containing 5 times the legal limit of Cadmium, heavy metal built up concerns may be valid for those consuming chocolate on a daily basis.

Here is the full list of chocolate brands to avoid:
Other toxic ingredients found in chocolate brands today that should be avoided are:
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (GMO corn) may be linked to diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and obesity.
  • Soy Lecithin (GMO soy) may be linked to allergies, estrogen dominance, inflammation. Look for Organic Soy Lecithin, sunflower lecithin or cocoa butter instead.
  • Artificial Colors linked to cancer, inflammation, allergies, and behavioral changes. Look for natural colors such as turmeric, beets, and berries.
  • Artificial flavors (MSG, soy, yeast) linked to depression, dizziness, chest pain, headaches, fatigue, allergies, and brain damage.
  • PGPR also known as Polyglycerol polyricinoleate, an emulsifier (derived from castor and soy beans, GMO) made from glycerol and fatty acids to reduce viscosity. May be linked to gastrointestinal inflammation and allergic reactions.
  • TBHQ also known as tert-Butylhydroquinone is a synthetic antioxidant that is added to foods to prevent or delay oxidation. May be linked to vision disturbances, liver enlargement, neurotoxic effects, convulsions and paralysis.
  • Vanillin is a synthetic, cheap and unhealthy alternative for real vanilla extract that is made from eugenol or guaiacol, petrochemicals which may often be derived from crude oil. A small amount of synthetic vanillin can be produced from lignin waste (a by-product from the wood pulp industry). May be linked to migraines, allergies, inflammation, dermatitis, asthma and weight gain. Look for 100% pure vanilla extract as an ingredient instead.
  • Carrageenan is derived from seaweed and although is a natural source it may be destructive to the digestive system. May be linked to ulcerative colitis, Colon cancers, and diabetes, this ingredient causes an immune response similar to that of food poisoning.
  • Sugar substitutes such as sorbitol, aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, acesulfame, neotame and adventame are all chemical sugar substitutes made from hydrogen and chlorine atoms, bacteria feces, GMO e-coli, glucose, fructose and more. May be linked to MS, Lupus, Cancer, Neurological disorders to name a few, these toxic chemical should always be completely avoided. Look for other natural sweeteners such as Stevia, Monk Fruit, Honey, Date sugar, Coconut Sugar and Maple Syrup instead.
As I read through all these contamination testing and find that some of the brands I considered on the healthier side were still contaminated with heavy metals, I wondered what this all means for my love of all things chocolate? Is it something that one should avoid forever? Stay calm ladies... I believe that it should be consumed in moderation. Also supporting brands that have taken measures to lower or eliminate heavy metals in their chocolate and cocoa products is key. Although purchasing organic helps eliminate the addition of pesticides and other toxic ingredients listed above, it does not, however, guarantee lower cadmium and lead levels.

A great way to reduce heavy metals leaching into your system is to consume chocolate along or with the addition of natural heavy metal removers such as:
  • blueberries
  • citrus (citrus pectin)
  • ginger
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • matcha (green tea)
  • bananas
  • apples
A great tip is to make sure and research brands that have been tested for heavy metals while avoiding ones that show higher contamination levels. The addition of a clean diet, balance of daily intake of plants, healthy fats, sea veggies, vitamins, and minerals is another sure-fire way to safely continue indulging in this sweet treat without the worry of heavy metal build up. Although my love for chocolate will never change, what has changed however is my preference for a healthier, cleaner brand with higher quality cocoa. Because there are many brands available now that checks off many of these demands, I am no longer afraid to indulge a little when life happens.... because of course, chocolate always helps.
Natasha M


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Thermomagraphy is a safe, radiation-free alternative to mammograms. It can detect early signs of the development of disease in the body such as formation of tumors and breast cancer as well as periodontal and heart disease 8-10 years earlier than other methods. Thermal imaging scans performed with experience and expertise can allow you to identify and understand potential health issues today rather than years from now when it can be too late to treat.

Thermography can allow individuals an opportunity to actually see, through visual imagery, the efficacy of their body processes. When clients are able to finally visualize their bodies in this way, they become effective in monitoring and orchestrating their own path to optimum health. Thermography empowers clients to become proactive agents of self-change with a focus on disease prevention. Thermography is a 100% safe, radiation and compression-free screening test for men and women. Natural breast screenings and full body thermal scans are procedures available through The Thermography Center, here is the link (Search your area if you're not in southern California)


Thermographic imaging is a painless, radiation-free mammogram alternative which takes a thermal picture to determine abnormalities or changes in the breast tissue. Breast thermography can detect irregular patterns. Thermography’s role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of disease. When used with other procedures, the best possible evaluation of breast health is made.

This valuable procedure alerts your GP or specialist to the possibility of underlying breast disease. This test is designed to improve chances for detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the intervals between mammographic screenings or when mammography is not indicated by screening guidelines for women less than 50 years of age.

Thermography is especially appropriate for younger women between 30 and 50 whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to pick up suspicious lesions. This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination. The faster a malignant tumor grows, the more infrared radiation it generates. For younger women in particular, results from thermographic screening can lead to earlier detection and ultimately, longer life.


“The imaging process is called DITI: Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging. With DITI a digital scanner takes infrared radiation in the form of heat coming from the skin, and converts it to colored images. In this manner you are able to obtain a visual “map” of the body’s temperature. The variance in color indicates an increase or decrease in the body’s temperature in the different parts or regions, which could be an early warning sign that there is a problem forming. Because tumors can emit more heat than their surrounding tissue and can increase in temperature as time passes, breast thermography is useful for detecting and tracking suspicious activity in the breast and monitoring changes over time.

The thermographic images are sent to a Board Certified Radiologist for interpretation and the results are classified according one of six categories of risk: Within normal limits, At low risk, At some risk, At increased risk, At high risk, or Previously confirmed malignancy. The patient’s health history, previous scans and other data, and current concerns and symptoms are taken into account and discussed in the report findings when interpreting the images.

Depending on the category assigned and other findings reported, establishing a stable baseline, three month, six month or annual comparative follow-up will be recommended along with clinical correlation, objective evaluation, examination of associated history or symptoms, and additional diagnostic testing..”


Despite this massive increase in the use of mammography, there is a substantial body of research indicating that the widespread practice of mammography over the past few decades has had little to no effect on breast cancer mortality rates. Research shows that mammography screening may do more harm than good. Mammography has demonstrated a number of adverse effects, including breast cancer over diagnosis, unnecessary breast cancer treatment, undue psychological stress, excessive radiation exposure, and a serious risk of tumor rupture and spread of cancerous cells.

A 17-year study in Denmark from 1980 to 2010 measured the incidence of advanced and non-advanced breast cancer tumors in women ages 35 to 84 who received regular breast cancer screening over the years or had not received screening. If mammography was effective at reducing rates of advanced breast cancers, a reduction in the incidence of advanced tumors in the women who received the screening should have been observed. However, no difference was found in the incidence of advanced tumors between the screened and unscreened groups. In addition, significant over diagnosis of breast cancer was found in the screened group- approximately one out of every three invasive tumors and cases of ductal carcinoma (DCIS) was found to represent breast cancer over diagnosis. This meant that, due to screening mammography, healthy women were diagnosed with breast cancers. These women subsequently had to deal with the severe psychological distress of a cancer diagnosis, as well as the numerous physical harms of cancer treatment, when in fact their tumors were not cancers that necessitated treatment at all.


The cumulative effect of routine mammography screening may increase women’s risk of developing radiation-induced breast cancer. The current recommendations for mammography screening have led women to start screening at a younger age and also to receive more frequent screening; this has amplified the amount of radiation to which the breasts are being exposed, and the effects are not trivial. In addition, women who are exposed to radiation for other purposes or women who are carriers of the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility) gene are at an even higher risk of experiencing adverse effects from mammography radiation.

While not a direct reflection of the impact of mammography on breast cancer risk, other studies examining the effect of diagnostic chest x-rays on breast cancer risk have found that medical radiation exposure increases breast cancer risk.


Mammography involves compressing the breasts between two plates in order to spread out the breast tissue for imaging. Today’s mammogram equipment applies 42 pounds of pressure to the breasts. Not surprisingly, this can cause significant pain. However, there is also a serious health risk associated with the compression applied to the breasts. Only 22 pounds of pressure is needed to rupture the encapsulation of a cancerous tumor. The amount of pressure involved in a mammography procedure therefore has the potential to rupture existing tumors and spread malignant cells into the bloodstream.

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Ozone Therapy for Humans and Pets


"Doctors in Brazil are saying that ozone therapy is curing endometriosis by vaginal administration.  I started getting ozone treatments around a year ago intravenously, vaginally and through the ears.  I can say with certainty it helps eliminate endometriosis but adenomyosis is trickier because it’s located inside the muscle of the uterus.  I’ve also been getting rectal ozone treatments for my cat to treat excessive licking and an eye condition called sequestrum that is common in older, Persian cats.  It has made a world of a difference and she has avoided eye surgery.  I also use ozonated oil at nighttime and it is a remarkable anti aging oil. Recently I invested in my own ozone machine which costs anywere between $1k-$5k depending on the size. Prior to making my own ozonated oil, I purchased it through Norman Cowell in the valley. He also sells ozone machines. Here is a link:

 I asked @simpleorganix to break down the benefits.  Enjoy!" –Jena Covello

 One of my favorite things in the entire world is the way the earth smells and feels after a thunderstorm. That smell and energy shift is a natural source of ozone gas that is produced in nature. Although ozone gas is created a few different ways naturally, it can also be generated by man. Nikola Tesla was one of the first to patent an O3 generator in the US which later formed the “Tesla Ozone Company” as a way to clean indoor air. 

 Ozone (O3) is a gas discovered in the mid-nineteenth century that consists of three oxygen atoms with powerful oxidizing properties versus oxygens (O2) two atoms. For over a century, ozone therapy has been utilized for treating hundreds of diseases. In the past, it was used to disinfect drinking water before the turn of the last century and popularly used in WWI as a healing aid in wound care. 

 It is said to be 35 times more powerful than chlorine but non toxic when used properly. Some of the revered functions of Medical Ozone Therapy are: 

 Disinfects medical supplies.

  • Deactivates infections such as virus, bacteria, fungi, yeast and protozoa. 
  • Stimulates oxygen metabolism by increasing red blood cells. 
  • Stimulates production of enzymes which act as free radical scavengers and cell-wall protectors.
  • Reduces and eliminates pain. 
  • Activates multiple functions in the immune system.
  • Improves efficiency in white blood cells. 
  • Increases efficiency of the anti-oxidant enzyme systems that scavenge excess free radicals in the body.
  • Increases the release of growth factors in wound healing. 
  • Lowers oxidation levels in the body. 
  • Increases respiratory function. 
  • Flushes out infected cells so that the body can produce new healthy cells. 
  • Stimulates and restores cellular energy production.  
  • Promotes the production of enzymes (catalase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and reductase) that form cell wall coatings which may enhance cellular immunity. 
  • Increases oxygen delivery to tissues and cells. 
  • Enhances the performance of other integrative and traditional medical therapies when used simultaneously. 
  • Reduces inflammation in tissue.

 There is documentation by over 10,000 physicians of ozone therapies successful treatments in Europe alone for the last 50 years. Some of the different administration techniques of ozone and what symptoms and disease they may help aid are: 

 I.V Ozone Therapy (autohemotherapy) being the most commonly practiced form of is when Ozone is delivered to the bloodstream intravenously. A small amount of your blood is drawn and infused with ozone. The mixture is then delivered back into your body via intravenous transfusion. This is a highly effective treatment method that has been used to aid in 150 different diseases. For example, most all German ambulances are equipped with Ozone IV infusions for instant use. Infusions are usually administered to help relieve symptoms in diseases such as these and more: 

  • HIV/Aids 
  • Auto immune diseases 
  • Lyme disease 
  • Alzheimer/ Dementia/Parkinson’s 
  • Arthritis 
  • Cancers 
  • Cardiac disease 
  • Neurological disease
  • Spinal disease
  • Immune disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis 
  • Nervous system 
  • Pain management 
  • Viral diseases (HPV, EBV, CMV) 
  • Bacterial/pneumonia/strep 
  • Respiratory diseases 

 Prolozone Therapy is a non-surgical injection-based treatment as a form of rebuilding and healing using ozone. Prolozone injections may include a blend of ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, steroids, ozone, anesthetics and anti inflammatory ingredients. The injection provides a boost of therapeutic ozone directly to the impacted area of the body which then may reduce inflammation, promote healthier cellular function, repair damaged tissue, oxygenate tissue, oxygenate blood and reduce pain. These injections are being used to support tissue regeneration and activate the body’s natural healing mechanisms in ailments and diseases such as these and so much more: 

  • Endometriosis 
  • Lyme disease 
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Herniated discs
  • Joint, spine and neck pain 
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Pelvic and Uterine disease 
  • Autoimmune disease

 Rectal/Vaginal Insufflation is when a cannula is used to introduce ozone gas to patients. This form of therapy allows oxygen to be absorbed through the gut and liver via rectum and is found to be 95% as effective as the IV administration. While the vaginaladministration helps boost immune system response to ailments affecting the entire pelvis and many uterine diseases. These forms of administrations are currently being used to treat: 

  • Endometriosis 
  • Menstrual pain 
  • Uterine/Ovarian diseases
  • Fibroids 
  • PCOS
  • Rectal diseases 
  • Colon diseases
  • Parasitical activity 
  • Infertility 
  • Intestinal diseases 
  • Gut microbes 
  • Liver diseases 
  • Immune system support 

 Bio-oxidative therapy (an advanced therapy) provides the body with extra oxygen by mixing blood with ozone gas and the intravenous infusion of liquid hydrogen peroxide. This duo therapy is known to stimulate the body’s oxidative capacities, which are required for energy metabolism, immune function and proper detoxification. It also may inhibit the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors. It stimulates how the body produces energy from fuels and increases cancer fighting abilities. This form of administration is currently being used to treat the following and much more: 

  • Cancers of blood and lymph 
  • Immune disorders 
  • Heart & blood vessel disease
  • Chronic pain 
  • Virus and bacteria 
  • Diabetes 
  • Infectious disease 
  • Migraine headaches 
  • Joint and arthritis pain 
  • Gangrene 
  • Candida 
  • HIV infections

 Ozone Sauna is a steam sauna fortified with ozone that induces hyperthermia on the body, mimicking the beneficial effects of a 104 fever. The artificial fever works as an immune system stimulant by increasing the number of white blood cells in the body. The number of white blood cells in the blood increased by an average of 58% during artificially induced fever according to a Mayo Clinic review in 1959. The addition of ozone via sauna is easily absorbed into the skin and lymphatic system because of the open pores. The sweat then also help eliminate 30% of the bodies waste that the ozone has stimulated the immune system to remove. This form of therapy is widely used as form of detoxing and rejuvenation when any disease is present. Please note that it should only be used if the head protrudes out of the sauna as a means to not breathe in gas steam mixture. 

 Auricular Insufflations is an irrigation of the ear canal using water, oxygen and an ozone mixture. This form of administration is used to enter the lymphatic and blood system. Many patients have reported relief of allergies, colds, clearing of sore throats and swollen glands. 

 Bagging is a method of isolating the body part using a bag and introducing ozone directly to a wound on any part of the body except the head. This method is only used to treat external wounds that are slow healing or refusing to heal. This administration is used to treat gangrene, sores, diabetic foot ulcers, scars, burns or any wounds that may be infected. This method has shown success in killing bacteria, viruses, fungus, or molds that have infected the open wound. It has the ability to increase blood flow to the wound, and stimulate healing as a means to spare further damage and amputation. 

 Ozonated Olive Oil often turned into a salve, it is used to treat acne, skin lesions, burns, fungal infections, herpes, eczema, sores, gingivitis, hemorrhoids, STD’s and cold sores. Many people also ingest as another form of administrating ozone into the system. Note that the color of the oil is a sure way of identifying its authenticity. When olive oil is ozonated correctly, it will transition into a clear hue, thicker in viscosity and packaged in dark glass. If it is still green in color, it has not been ozonated correctly. 

 Ozone Facial Steamers are devices that use UV light and an intense boiling process to generate steam during a facial. This form of ozone therapy helps to disinfect pores, reduce signs of aging, remove dead skin cells, moisturizes and improves skin texture. Because this therapy improves cell oxygenation, excess oils, bacteria and debris are easily combatted. Its anti inflammatory properties may also be beneficial for people with wounds, acne scars, rashes and swelling. It is also known to boosts skin metabolism and blood circulation which intern helps the healing process as well as purify and promote a more youthful complexion. This process usually only takes around 8-12 minutes for regular to oily skin and 5-7 minutes for sensitive skin. Ozone facials are performed by experienced and licensed estheticians and are generally inexpensive. 

 Studies from all over the world have shown the intelligent way ozone works medicinally. The third atom of ozone attaches itself to contaminants, changes the structure and compound of the contaminants and then reverts back to oxygen. Most all disease cannot thrive or live in an oxygen rich environment. This therapy has not only shown to be successful with humans but with animals as well. Ozone treatment is a safe option for pets because healthy cells are surrounded by an enzyme coating, which ozone will not penetrate. Bacteria and viruses have no such coatings and are oxidized on contact with ozone. Most all of the methods discussed above can also be safely administered to pets to help aid with multiple diseases. 

 It has been shown that ozone treatments of the blood increase two chemicals called interferon gamma and tumor necrosis factor alpha.  These chemicals are called cytokines and are responsible for the rebalancing and stimulation of the immune system functionality.  This may help with pain and fatigue in a major way. In cancer, it is a useful adjunctive therapy to keep the patient strong during chemotherapy and radiation and also to help the immune system to fight the cancer according to Italian researcher Dr. Bocci. 

In the midst of educating myself on ozone therapy, I remembered my mother talking about how they used to “clean the blood” back in the Middle East. It finally dawned on me that it was ozone therapy she was referring to. I always thought that she may have mistaken the procedure as she tried to explain this amazing way to assist the body in healing. But when you find something that takes 10 seconds to kill 99% of bacteria, fungi, yeast, mold, and viruses 3000 times faster than chlorine and safely when administered correctly... it is definitely worth looking into. Be sure to find a local experienced practitioner that is well educated in the many benefits and administration options of this wonderful therapy to aid in healing. 

 Natasha M 


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Naltrexone sold under the brand names ReVia and Vivitrol was approved in 1984 by the FDA as an “opiate antagonist” for drug and alcohol addiction. An opiate antagonist is a drug that works in the brain and blocks opioids by attaching to the opioid receptors without activating them as well as preventing other opioids to bind to the receptors. These receptors are meant to respond to your bodies endorphins which are the “feel good” chemicals. Although it has been successful in keeping people out of addiction and used as an emergency aid for those who have overdosed, a man by the name of Dr Bernard Bihari discovered the role it played in immune function when taken in low doses.

 When naltrexone is taken in low doses (1.0-4.5 mg daily), it causes an increased production and utilization of endorphins and opioid receptors by blocking this pathway temporarily (usually when endorphin level is highest between 2-4 am), which intern forces the body to compensate by producing its own natural opioids, increasing overall levels of endorphins and enkephalins. These increased endorphins and enkephalins are the heroes in the healing process. Endorphins are found in the human body originating from the amino acid L-tyrosine and the methyl group, L-methionine. These endorphins help manage pain, help regulate cell growth, immunity and much more according to The Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Opioids in other parts of your body serve to regulate function of the pancreas and liver, glucose metabolism and insulin resistance which is may be present in many illnesses.

 Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) therapy has opened doors in successfully treating symptoms for chronic illnesses such as:

  •  HASHIMOTO'S:  You can go into remission through modulating your immune system with LDN. The medication will help you move towards an appropriate immune status, and once the immune system is in balance again, you may be able to get off the LDN.
  • PCOS: has shown to improve in women who are trying to get pregnant. It may decrease BMI, improve periods by 80% and decrease testosterone, cortisol and weight levels.
  • PMS: alleviates symptoms and may be an effective treatment according to Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic 1988.
  • Endometriosis: is an imbalance of hormones, immune system, pain and inflammation, most all symptoms improved if not eradicated. Because Endometriosis has been shown to have similarities with various other autoimmune diseases by also presenting with elevation in inflammatory markers, LDN has been successful treatment due to its anti inflammatory agents.
  • Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: significantly reduced pain, fatigue, stress levels, mood, and inflammation according to Stanford University. When other areas are addressed such as nutritional deficiencies, hormones, infections, environmental toxins, heavy metals with the addition of LDN therapy, both of these may be reversed if not significantly reduce the symptoms.
  • Infertility: linked to hormonal and immune system imbalance has shown positive results in LDN therapy pre and post pregnancy. Fertility clinics in Europe have published reduction of miscarriages, safety in use during pregnancy up to 27 weeks as well as reduction in postpartum depression under treatment of a well versed health care provider.
  • Auto Immune: diseases such as Lyme, Celiacs, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and much more have all shown to have a positive reaction to LDN therapy. One of the documented reasons of its success is due to LDN blocking the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (cells secreted by immune system) this modulates T-cell (hunts & destroys microbes) production and shifts the immune response from an allergic response to a compound that reduces the infectivity of microbes.
  • Arthritis/Joint Pain/Pain: There is no single pain in the body. The nervous system (brain and spine) controls how the body processes and feels all pain. Opioid antagonist appear to work in pain management by reducing the force of pro-inflammatory response initiated by the release of cells called Microglia in the brain. Microglia are glial cells that aid the nervous system in oxygen and cleaning up. When there is an “assault” on the central nervous system via pain, the microglia are activated and release an inflammatory substance to destroy the invaders. LDN suppresses that inflammatory (inflammation) response of the Microglia according to an article released in 2014 by Stanford. 
  • Crohns Disease/ Ulcerative Colitis: an inflammatory condition afflicting the digestive tract with a connection that is known to signal opioids that long affects secretion and motility in the gut. In a study published by Journal of Gastroenterology in 2007 showed a 89% response to treatment while rectal imaging showed healed lining, ulcers resolved, and a healthy mucosa.
  • IBS: up to 76% improvement of abdominal pain, stool urgency, consistency, and frequency according to a study published in Israel in 2006.
  • Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s: when treatment is begun as early as possible, LDN has been successful. However, higher doses may be necessary for more progressive patients. Better mood and behavior, less confusion, reversal of behavior and lost function has been shown for both illnesses.
  • Autism: behavioral improvements, increased verbal production and decreased autistic stereotypes according to study done in 2006.
  • Multiple Sclerosis: 99% of Dr. Biharis MS patients showed improvement with 90% of MS symptoms, while 3 mg a day showed improvement to muscle spasms. Many studies now show that LDN is more effective than interferon in treating MS and reduces the inflammatory response.

 Research has shown that the success in subsiding the symptoms of most illnesses listed above has been due to the 3 distinct receptor mechanisms and elements of LDN therapy:

  •  1) action on opioid receptors to increase release of B-endorphins which are proteins synthesized by the pituitary gland in response to pain that function through both the central and peripheral nervous system to relieve pain when bound to opioid receptors.
  • 2) ability to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are chemical messengers, often made by immune cells, that increase or decrease immune function.
  • 3) regulation of the opioid growth factors which may decrease tumor growth.

 Because all body tissue and every cell in the immune system has receptors for these endorphins, LDN therapy has been proving itself to be one of the most advanced therapies available today. Even with lack of research, it may still be a viable form of treatment for a number of different cancers such as brain, bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, pancreatic, ovarian, uterine just to name a few.

 Cancer: In a study having approximately 450 cancer patients directed by Dr. Bihari, nearly a quarter of his patients had at least a 75% reduction in tumor size, and nearly 60% of his patients demonstrated disease stability. It may be effective for cancer because it increases the number of opiate receptors within the tumors themselves, which makes them more responsive to the “tumor-shrinking” effects of endorphins. For example, the 2 published reports of long-term survival using LDN and infused alpha-lipoic acid in patients suffering from pancreatic cancer.

 With all that said, those looking to use LDN therapy should seek the help of a well versed medical practitioner as there are precautions for individuals taking thyroid hormone replacement, opiate drugs and immunosuppressive drugs. It can be obtained by a regular compounding pharmacy and taken orally or in cream form in the evening while adjustments can be made according to mild symptoms that may arise. 

 To my surprise, in all of my years studying health and natural medicine, LDN has been one of the most astonishing therapies that I have had the pleasure of learning about. My philosophy is mind body soul awareness and how it affects our health in general, and this drug seems to definitely display a connection. When I think about the role an endorphin plays in our body, it is essentially a high vibrational, positive energy, “feel good” mechanism that is produced when the human is doing something that creates joy and happiness. That positive “happy adrenaline” can be created by a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual practice such as dancing, meditating, exercising and laughing. This drug is aiding in getting happiness back into the immune system which then aids in healing. This can be ideal, especially living in a world that may feel like its in a constant state of being stressed and sick. I now like to think of Dr. Bihari as a pillar in connecting how happiness creates a physical reaction that aids our immune system in healing through a drug. 


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Astragalus (Huang Qi) is an herb best known for its potent immune boosting properties. It has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine to strengthen the bodies resistance to most all forms of disease. Although there are a couple of thousand species of astragalus found in nature, only two forms are used medicinally. Astragalus-membraneceus and Astragalus-mongholicus. This adaptogen has been used for things as simple as a cold and as acute as Cancer.
Although astragalus contains a wide array of constituents including free-form amino acids, essential fatty acids coumarins, and multiple trace minerals,
The 4 most studied components of astragalus right now are:
  • polysaccharides: molecules consisting of a number of sugar bonded molecules that have anti-virus, anti aging, anti radiation, anti inflammatory, stress resisting and antioxidants capabilities. Disease is fueled by sugar and polysaccharides carry healing components to disease to combat.
  • flavonoids: important antioxidants that are found in plant pigment (colors). They control and scavenge free radicals and contain antiviral, anti cancer, antihistamine and antimicrobial properties.
  • saponins: naturally occurring glycosides in plants which attribute to cell death. They are known to for tumor necrosis, lowering cholesterol, lowering both sugar and fat in the blood while also containing selenium, zinc and copper.
  • telomere: a compound structure found at the end of a chromosome, almost like the plastic end of the shoe lace that keeps the chromosome from deterioration or knotting. The telomerase enzyme works to repair the genetic errors in damaged DNA and prevents the telomere from shortening. These functions protect our cellular health, longevity and aging process.
Let’s learn about some of the amazing health benefits of Astragalus:
Immune System Aid: Astragalus heightens the efficiency of virtually every element of the immune system as it contains dozens of components yet to be discovered by science. When taken daily, it may increase the count of white blood cells and stimulate the production of antibodies, triggering immune cells to “wake up” from a resting phase. Astragalus function focuses on aiding the body by fortifying the existing immune system rather than directly attacking infection.
DNA Repair: Our cells replicate daily, almost in a cut, copy & paste fashion. Exposure to radiation, heavy metals, environmental toxins, diet, pesticides, stress and lifestyle can often damage DNA. Thus when cells replicate, they continue to split the cells along with the errors caused by these exposures. According to a study published in 2011 by Spanish National Cancer center, an enzyme found in astragalus called the telomerase works to repair these genetic errors in damaged DNA. Many studies also showed this same enzyme caused drastic reduction in patients with CMV. CMV is a herpes virus often present with stomach ulcers, ailments & cancers.
Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Microbial
Anti-Viral: multiple studies show that astragalus increases interferon levels, natural killer-cells and T-cell (it can make T-cells more aggressive) activity which aid in destroying virus, bacteria and microbes. While, also containing polysaccharides which inhibit viral replication and saponins, which have a similar immunity-enhancing effect. Science is now publishing its positive affects on aiding the immune system in fighting viruses such as CMV, EBV, HBV, HPV, HIV, Herpes and much more. As well as bacteria’s such as Shigella, Pneumonia, Strep and many upper respiratory infections.
Aging & Longevity: rich in flavonoids which may visibly reduce the look of neck and chest wrinkles, according to Chinese medicine. A study published in 2013 in Alternative Medicine stated astragalus stimulates the natural production of hyaluronic acid at the level of the skin. (hyaluronic acid is one of the main reasons aging become visible). The saponin also has shown benefits in reversing cell damage and in activating telomerase which may slow down cellular aging. Many of the elements yet to be discovered in astragalus may have the ability to fight free radical damage which is one of the main components in aging. Topically used may help heal wounds, reduce the look of scars, wrinkles and skin blemishes.
Organ & Blood health: protects lungs and may clear congestion and improve fullness of breath from asthma, allergies & respiratory infections. The flavonoid antioxidants may help prevent plaque buildup in arteries and narrowing of vessel walls by protecting the inner wall of the vessel in the heart and reduction in high blood pressure. Astragalus extract may be rich in highly bioavailable iron, a blood-building essential mineral. The saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides all are effective in treating and regulating type 1 and 2 diabetes whilst protecting the renal system and kidney function. It may strengthens muscle tone and mucosa of the intestine according to the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Astragalus May also protect the liver from the negative effects of alcohol as well as fatty liver disease.
Anti inflammatory & Anti cancer: As inflammation accompanies all disease, polysaccharides found in astragalus exhibit anti inflammation properties for things such as arthritis, eczema and cancer. The phytochemicals, antioxidants and saponin found in astragalus may combat chronic inflammation, damage to tissue and DNA cells that trigger most all cancers. A study publish by the Anderson Cancer center of Houston showed astragalus treatment restored immune system function in the majority of patients. In some cases, it made the cancer patients' immune systems resemble those of the healthy subjects. A study published in 2016 by Scholars Research Library showed anti-carcinoma properties were found in astragalus which helped breast, ovarian, colon, gastric, cervical, stomach, colorectal, liver, lung and nasopharyngeal cancers alike by decreasing or eliminating tumors. When Astragalus is administered alongside conventional chemotherapy, it may improve the outcome by reducing resistance of cancer cells to the chemotherapy drugs while minimizing most all side effects of chemo and radiation.
Male & Female ailments: As astragalus plays a positive role in reducing inflammation and balancing histamine, a reduction with endometriosis symptoms may be possible due to allergies quite often being present in endo. As an adaptogen, Astragalus may help adrenal fatigue, in particular when symptoms manifest as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. According to a study published in 2014 by Plant Biochemistry & Physiology, astragalus may increase circulating testosterone levels and often prescribed in Traditional Chinese Medicine for sperm mobility and proper fertility. In TCM it is considered a Qi (life force energy) tonic as Qi can be depleted by lifestyle, poor diet, stress and environmental factors for both men and women alike.
Synergistic Applications: One of the greatest things about astragalus is that it works in synergy with other vitamins and herbs to combat disease such as:
  • Astragalus and Goji berry: aids in renal cell carcinoma.
  • Astragalus and Elderberry: increase probiotic in gut, aids in cold, flu and bronchial disease.
  • Astragalus and Ginseng: strengthen bodies natural defenses, fortifies immune system, blood building tonic, strengthens spleen and lung, increases memory function, boosts energy and improves nutrient assimilation.
  • Astragalus and Ginger: clears toxins, relieves energy stagnation, relieves nausea and vomiting.
  • Astragalus and Licorice: strengthens immune function, relieves stomach and digestive discomfort, protects liver, allows smooth flow of energy.
  • Astragalus and Schisandra: encourages immune system health, stamina, endurance to physical and emotional stress.
  • Astragalus and Ligustrum: provides cellular support for tissue, blurred vision, tinnitus and reducing side effects of chemo.
As astragalus continues to be one of the most common herbal remedies, more and more studies continue to show benefits against ailments not covered above such as fibromyalgia, digestion, Aids, ulcers, sores, UTI, insomnia, hyperthyroidism, flu, lupus, auto immune disease, bone density, fertility, memory loss & seizures. Providing more and more reason to add this “super herb” to a daily health regimen.
Astragalus can be administered in powder, pill, extract or tea form. Always make sure that you speak to your health care provider to avoid any interactions with other medication as it may interact with treatment of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lithium treatment, auto immune and immune suppressing drugs, cyclophosphamide and steroids. Pregnant and nursing women should consult a doctor as well.
To conclude, this has been one of my personal favorite herbs for over a decade. I love how mild and effective it is and the positive energy and life force it provides. I like to think of our immune system as Batman while astragalus comes in as Robin. Although they are brilliant alone, together they are always more powerful and effective.
Natasha M.

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By Jena Covello and @SimpleOrganix
Everywhere we go these days you can find a hand sanitizing station. Between doctors, media and advertisements constantly warning people about germs, I find that the public has been programmed to be in a constant state of sanitizing panic. But is it setting up a false sense of cleanliness? Am I really combatting germs or am I creating new ones?
Most hand sanitizers found today contain some form of toxic alcohol (some of my patented ingredients for Agent actually include a trace amount of benzyl alcohol, but this is for preservative purposes and it is Ecocert approved for organic cosmetics), fragrance, thickening agents and other chemical solvents. What many don’t know is how these ingredients affect health and microbes in general.
Soap and water kill and flush germs from skin. Hand sanitizers work by sitting on skin and killing germs on contact. They only work if they have enough alcohol to kill the germs—at least 60 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Many hand sanitizers these days are made with triclosan. This antibacterial has been found in animal studies to disrupt hormone function. It’s also connected to the rise of so-called “superbugs”—bacteria and viruses that can resist antibiotics. The CDC announced in 2013 that the rise of superbugs (as a result of overuse of antibiotics) was a serious threat to human health, and had caused at least 23,000 deaths that year.

We think we’re reducing our risk of getting sick when we use hand sanitizers, but they can actually weaken the immune system. Studies have shown that ultra-clean environments, particularly early in life, can contribute to reduced immune defenses later on.

The FDA states that there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps (and sanitizers) are any more effective than regular soap and warm water in helping to prevent the spread of germs. A 2000 study found that sanitizers do not significantly reduce the amount of bacteria on the hands, and may actually even increase it. Researchers added that the products strip the skin of its natural oils—and since those oils usually prevent bacteria from coming to the surface, the sanitizer can actually reduce the skin’s own defenses.

Here is a list of some of the ingredients found in hand sanitizers today:
  • Ethyl alcohol is a chemical compound called ethanol derived mostly from the fermentation process of yeast, sugar and starches. About 90% of ethyl alcohol is converted in the body as carbon dioxide. It may affect the central nervous system, may inhibit activities in the brain and impair coordination.
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is an antiseptic that has similar function and structure of ethanol but derived from crude oil. Isopropyl (aka Isopropanol) is converted into acetone in the liver.
  • Triclosan/Triclocarban is a synthetic chemical introduced in 1972 with antimicrobial properties which destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms, bacteria and fungi. Triclosan is also lipophilic, which means it can bioaccumulate in your fat and release formaldehyde. It may be detectable in human breast milk, blood, and urine. It may be linked to abnormal endocrine system, abnormal thyroid hormone signaling, weakening of immune system, developmental and reproductive abnormalities.
  • Personally, I wear synthetic fragrance.  I attended school in France and I know that it is very hard to create a natural perfume that lasts.  Just because something is synthetic does not mean it is toxic.  I trust fragrances that are made in Europe and Japan because they have safety regulations unlike the US.  The problem is that the fragrances made in the USA don't go through any sort of safety testing.  The ingredients in synthetic fragrance may be linked to birth defects, central nervous system damage, endocrine disrupters, allergic reactions and much more. Most forms of fragrance are also environmental toxins, allergens, carcinogens, neurotoxic chemicals and may irritate the respiratory, endocrine and reproductive system. There are many hidden chemicals in this ingredient as US companies are not required to list the ingredients that make up the scent according to the Environmental Working Group.
Inactive Ingredients:
  • PEG-12 is a silicone-based polymer used as an absorption enhancer which allows both good and bad ingredients to be absorbed faster into deeper parts of skin. According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, PEGs may be contaminated with heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, cobalt and iron. PEG-12 may be linked to breast, brain, bladder, stomach and pancreatic cancers according to the International Journal of Toxicology.
  • Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from caprylic acid, a fatty acid found in the milk of some mammals (Natural versions are derived from palm and coconut oils). It is used as a skin conditioning agent with antimicrobial properties however according to Environmental Protection Agency, excessive contact with glycols may play a role in brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
  • Isopropyl Myristate is a synthetic oil composed of Isopropyl alcohol used as a thickening agent or lubricant. It is linked to acne inflammation, skin irritation and clogged pores.
  • Tocopheryl Acetate is Vitamin E mixed with Acetic acid as a preservative most often derived from soy and used in skin products. Studies have found that it may encourage the carcinogenic effects of the sun’s UV rays.
  • Parabens are a series of esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid used as preservatives to extend shelf life. Not all parabens are dangerous and it is going to become illegal to use the term "Paraben Free" on packaging in the EU.  The parabens that have been around the longest for 30 plus years with the smallest molecular structure is not carcinogenic and the public has been mislead.  Parabens with a long molecular structure were banned in the EU a long time ago. Again, the issue is that the US doesn't test a Parabens safety so products made in the US should be avoided.  In Europe it safe to use: methylparaben, ethylparaben and propylparaben.  The following parabens have been in Europe but are still used in the US.  In fact, if you find any of the following parabens listed as an ingredient in a brand's product in EU you can sue the brand because they are banned.  They are: butylparaben, isobutylparaben, and isopropylparaben. Studies are now showing parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body's cells by binding to estrogen receptors and have been found present in breast tumors. They are also found to be toxic to the reproductive, endocrine and digestive system.
Now that we understand and can identify what some of these ingredients are, it is safe to say that these hand sanitizers may be causing more harm than good. Not to mention alcohol based hand sanitizers are less effective when dirt, oil, or grease is present on hands while statistics show that it is 60% of the reason why people use them to begin with. In recent years the over usage of hand sanitizers has contributed to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance may lower your resistance to diseases because the over usage of anti bacterial products is killing the good bacteria that helps protect against the bad bacteria. This is a natural function in nature, microbes and immunity. As we continue to eradicate both good and bad bacteria’s, they continue to get stronger and more resistant in order to adapt. This eventually creates what is now known as “super bugs”. This cycle has the potential to be dangerous and never ending as they continue to adapt.
Not only are hand sanitizers boosting bad bacteria but they are also now linked to boosting the negative effects of BPA found in plastic products. The act of sanitizing your hand and then handling items containing BPA such as receipts or plastic bottles has shown to increase the BPA absorption in blood and urine by 40% within 45 seconds of exposure according to a study published by The University of Missouri.
BPA is a chemical that can be mixed with other compounds that create a stronger and more resilient plastic product. This chemical is commonly used in:
  • Plastic containers and packaging
  • Tupperware
  • Water bottles
  • Canned foods
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Thermal printer receipts
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Electronics
  • Sports equipment
  • Dental filling sealants
  • Soda & Beer cans
  • Plastic Bags
  • Fast Food packaging
  • Food packaging
  • Baby bottles and toys (especially pre 2011).
  • Industrial usage
BPA has been linked to:
  • heart disease (Epidemiology and Public Health Group 2008)
  • infertility & miscarriages (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nagoya City University Medical School 2005)
  • hormone disruption
  • endocrine disruption (Hotchkiss Brain Institute 2013)
  • type 2 diabetes
  • prostate health
  • neurological problems
  • fetal development disruption (Kaiser Foundation Research Institute 2011)
  • PCOS (Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Hospital 2011)
  • central nervous system disruption
  • impotence & low sperm count
Many of these problems arise because it is know to imitate hormones which intern interfere with the production, function and elimination of the bodies natural hormones. It is also known to behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body. All of these problems are amplified when hand sanitizers are facilitating a faster absorption especially when fingers are wet or greasy.
Some of the things you can do to avoid the problems listed above are:
  • Avoid alcohol based hand sanitizers and purchase ones made with thyme, fennel, rosemary, tea tree, grapefruit and pine essential oils and extracts.
  • Avoid thermal printed receipts, opt for emailed instead.
  • Avoid plastics by replacing with glass containers and bottles.
  • Use reusable shopping bags.
  • Avoid anti bacterial soaps unless necessary
  • Thoroughly wash and dry hands with soap and water as a form of sanitizing.
  • Sanitize surfaces with natural plant based disinfectants.
  • Avoid other products with ingredients listed above by reading labels.
  • Avoid recycled plastic numbers 7,3 & 6 as they contain highest BPA. Use recycled plastic numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 as they are BPA free.
  • Avoid constantly focusing on germs, bacteria and the notion of contraction.
  • Have natural wipes on hand to sanitize shopping carts.
  • Do not handle food or eat after using hand sanitizers and BPA products.
  • Buy BPA free products when possible.
  • Hand sanitizers should only be used in places such as hospitals to avoid the spread of C-Difficile and other virus and bacteria.
Just like a baby builds immunity with natural hand to mouth action, the immune system has provided skin with powerful good bugs to protect while allowing necessary bad bugs to enter and keep the system functioning. Hand sanitizing is slowly destroying this function in immunity. I find that knowledge and a few easy changes are always the key to finding safer options. While many of these toxic materials, ingredients and products have become the “new normal”, I believe it is my responsibility to control as much exposure as I can.
Natasha M

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