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General Information

14Dec/17

Zinc is Not Just for Immunity

 

If you are in a store that sells nutritional supplements, odds are you will find zinc lozenges.  These are used when you are fighting a cold to help boost the immune system but zinc is so much more.  There are many critical body functions that depend on adequate levels.

Immunity – Zinc increases T Cell growth and enhances differentiation into white blood cells.  It is important in creating proper gene transcription.  It has been shown to be needed in the process of apoptosis (programmed cell death) for viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells.

Thyroid – Zinc is critical for the conversion of Free T4 to Free T3 (active metabolic hormone).  When there are inadequate amounts of zinc in the body, it will be more apt to convert FT4 into RT3 (Reverse T3) which actually “negates” FT3.   This creates lower levels of energy and oxygen being delivered to the cells of the body.  These two hormones compete for the same receptor.  Despite this negative issue, RT3 has a beneficial function.  It is a defense mechanism to protect the body in the event of an over production of FT3.  But if you are already struggling to have enough FT3 you would not want this hormone to be increased unnecessarily.

Allergies – When zinc levels are low in the body it will release an increased amount of histamine.  High histamine will result in sneezing, runny eyes and itching.  Histamine is part of all allergic reactions.

Hair Loss – One of the first things that is looked at by physicians is thyroid levels.  If low, the patient will be given thyroid hormones.  However, this often does not correct the problem.  Low levels of zinc, as stated above, are needed for hormone conversion and are also important in proper adrenal function where sex hormones are released.  Stress can deplete zinc levels in the body.

Leaky Gut / Skin – Zinc is critical in wound healing by supporting the formation of collagen.  Collagen is also important in restoring the lining of the gut wall when leaky gut is an issue.  Leaky gut is a condition where the cell wall becomes permeable in the gut wall allowing proteins to leak directly into the blood stream.   Collagen is also required for skin integrity.  Proper levels will restore “plumpness” thus lessening the appearance of lines and wrinkles.   Since we know that stress lessens zinc, perhaps this is the reason why we see aging in the face when an individual experiences a stressful life.

Fertility – Fertilization of the female egg requires rapid movement of the sperm to the egg along with the ability to permeate the cell wall.  Zinc plays a role in overall quality and quantity of the sperm count.

Diabetes / Blood Sugar – Zinc is highly concentrated in the islet cells of the pancreas where insulin is produced.   It has the potential of promoting healthy insulin production which helps to maintain natural blood sugar control.   Zinc can bind to insulin receptors and activates insulin signaling pathways.  This will result in more glucose uptake into the cells and a lowering of glucose in the blood.   A deficiency in zinc can result in poor ?-cell function and a higher incidence of insulin resistance.

As you can see, zinc is important for overall health.  It is seldom discussed as a needed nutrient, but could be instrumental in combating many common health maladies of the day.  Zinc can be found in grass fed beef, pastured chicken, cashews, garbanzo beans and pumpkin seeds (to name a few) but you may also require supplementing  as well.

Dr Flechas on Zinc & Prostate Cancer

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12Nov/17

Exploited Dead Doctors List

I cringe each time I see a Facebook post about another “Holistic Doctor” that has died.  Does anyone do any research anymore?   Go back to these stories and you will see that many of these doctors have valid reasons for their deaths.  Do you know what?  Doctors die and yes even holistic doctors die.  They are murdered by their psychotic patients and jealous spouses, they are overcome with financial hardship, or just at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Sometimes they just die and no one will ever know why but God.  Not everything is a conspiracy.  I bet if you went back in history you would find that there are no more doctors dying now than there were then.  It’s just now we are looking for it.

If you include both MDs and DOs, there are currently 904,556 active primary care and specialist physicians in the US. Of those, approximately 400 will commit suicide each year. In fact, physicians kill themselves at a rate 70% higher than non-physicians. This sadly means that eight doctors commit suicide every week.

In July we had Tami Boroch .  Here is her Autopsy which states she died from hanging / suicide.  Sad, but she was not a licensed doctor, but a practitioner.  Some are saying she opposed vaccines but I saw one blog post on this topic which, in my opinion, does not make her a “threat”.  Her specialty was candida and assisting others to overcome their health issues with Multiple Sclerosis.  She is reported to have cured her own disease.  Family and friends stated that there was no reason for her to be suicidal.  But to get real here, I will tell you that the holistic practitioners I know will discuss their struggles sometimes… with each other but will rarely, if ever, admit it to the general public.  Many just suffer in silence.

This is a small list of updates but I think it proves my point.  I’m sure the rest would as well if checked into.

Then there was Dr Theresa Sievers.  She was early in this “list”.  Here is her updated story of her death.  Sadly this was a case of a spouse who had her murdered.

Lisa Riley, MD was an emergency room physician in Georgia with no ties to the holistic medical community. Police say someone known to Dr. Riley brutally murdered her, allegedly her husband. Her husband, a former boxer, was previously charged with attempted murder of his former girlfriend by shooting her in the head.
Here is her update.

Dr Baron Holt DC – He struggled with back issues and other health conditions, though not thought to be life threatening. There was an autopsy, but no results can be found.  Athletes can be more susceptible to sudden heart events.   His information can be found here.

Dr Bruce Hedendal – was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 3 yrs in prison. He turned up “dead” in FL.   The story of his death is here.

Dr Mary Bovier – was a DO who practiced geriatrics. Nothing there to cause her to be a “threat” that a conspiracy would be tied to.  Her story is chronicled here.

Dr Jeffrey Whiteside – Suicide.  Sadly even doctors feel despair and will take their own life.  I’m wondering if he was suffering with a medical condition since they are declining from answering.  I’m sure this was done out of respect for those who remain here.  His story is here.

Dr Abdul- Karim DDS – He had a heart attack while exercising.  He was a marathon runner.  Marathon runners are at risk of a cardiac issue.   This is his obituary.

Dr. Ronald Oliver Schwartz – Gynecologist who was killed by someone who worked for him.  Details here.

Sadly another individual was added to this “doctor hit list” and upon examination I found that this individual was not a licensed physician.  She held a PhD in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College (I know this because her name appeared in the Clayton Holistic Times magazine as getting a Masters in Holistic Nutrition in 2009) and was not known by anyone outside her community.  She was also a CHEK practitioner.  Here is her profile.  She was like many of us who are practitioners.  We teach on the benefits of nutrition, dangers of toxins and show others how to take control of their lives.  If this puts you in the line for being murdered then I guess I better watch my back as well, having a HUGE Facebook group of almost 24,500 members.  I teach the Iodine Protocol to group members.  It helped me to heal from thyroid cancer naturally after the conventional doctors almost killed me.

These deaths are sad and untimely.  Doctors like Dr Bradstreet and Dr Gonzales are suspect to me given their notoriety and the work they were doing.  There is reason to be concerned about them and the cause of their deaths.  But we will never know and I feel like the constant parade of unknown practitioners being added to this list of “dead doctors” is nothing more than a way to increase the traffic to the sites that promote them.  Please folks, these are real people with real family members who are hurting.

This all came to a head for me when a local 32 year old chiropractor was added to this list.  Her office is less than 5 miles from where I live and work.  She was just a chiropractor that had been in practice for 3 years.  Our local holistic family group had people who had seen her as a doctor and stated that she did not discuss vaccine issues nor any other holistic detail.  She just practiced chiropractic.  Why would she be on this mysterious list?  If she was a threat for this then the 1,400+ chiropractors here in Michigan better beware.

I felt I needed to speak my peace on this topic.  I hope that you will dig deeper the next time you see that Facebook post come across your feed.  Think about the family and most of all the truth.  Fake news is so prevalent  and why is that?   Because it makes money for those that promote it.  Think about it.

 

 

 

16Sep/16

Here Comes the “Pinktober” Celebration

 

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We are just two weeks away from the “Pinktober” event.  For the entire month of October we will be bombarded with pink trinkets and reminders to become aware of breast cancer.  Who isn’t aware of it?  It has claimed a life from most of us – be it family or a friend.  The fact of the matter is that the Susan B Komen program is a scam.  The money they use from what they raise is minuscule and doesn’t fund any meaningful research to stop breast cancer.  Breast cancer is a huge money making industry.  I doubt they want to find a cure.

I won’t bother to go into details about all the issues with this organization but will link the the Truth About Cancer’s post.

The biggest thing that is promoted this time of year is the Mammogram.  However, this method of screening is not effective nor is it safe for determining the risk of breast cancer.  In the NEJM we find a research article that discusses the risk of false positives.

Ten-Year Risk of False Positive Screening Mammograms and Clinical Breast Examinations

If a woman undergoes annual screening beginning at the age of 40, she will have had 60 opportunities for a false positive result by the age of 70, with 30 mammograms and 30 clinical breast examinations. The cumulative lifetime risk of her having a result from a screening test that requires further workup, even though no breast cancer is present, is not known. An estimate of 25 percent has been given for the cumulative risk of a false positive result after 10 mammograms and 10 clinical breast examinations. It is important to determine the cumulative risk of false positive tests, because women are advised to have breast-cancer screening every one to two years over several decades of their lifetimes, and false positive results can provoke anxiety, increase costs, and cause morbidity.

The American Cancer Society has now modified the screening requirements to begin at age 45 with annual checks until 54 at which point it is recommended biennially.

So what are your options if you don’t wish to be smashed and radiated?  There is another test that has been used safely and effectively in Europe and can detect a high risk of cancer up to 10 years prior to it being detected by a mammogram.  This test is called Thermography and measures the vascular changes within the breast.

What else can you do to keep your breasts healthy?

Iodine – If you have been following me for a while you know that I am a strong proponent of supplementing.  It is not just beneficial for the thyroid gland but also the breast.  The breasts are the 2nd largest storage site of iodine in the body.  A deficiency in iodine puts the woman at a higher risk for fibrocystic breast disease [1] as well as breast cancer. [2]

Iodine works as an antioxidant in the breast.[3]  Lipid oxidation can be a contributor to breast disease.  Without adequate levels, the breasts are also subject to excess estrogenic stimulation.  In studies performed on the breast, when iodine deficiency is induced, a fibrocystic condition can be obtained.

Sebatiano Venturi reports on the importance of iodine in the ducts of the breast in his “Is there a role for Iodine in Breast Disease?” 

It is hypothesized that dietary iodine deficiency is associated with the development of mammary pathology and cancer. A review of the literature on this correlation and of the author’s own work on the antioxidant function of iodide in iodide-concentrating extrathyroidal cells is reported. Mammary gland is embryogenetically derived from primitive iodide-concentrating ectoderm, and alveolar and ductular cells of the breast specialize in uptake and secretion of iodine in milk in order to supply offsprings with this important trace-element. Breast and thyroid share an important iodide-concentrating ability and an efficient peroxidase activity, which transfers electrons from iodide to the oxygen of hydrogen peroxide, forming iodoproteins and iodolipids, and so protects the cells from peroxidative damage. The mammary gland has only a temporary ability to concentrate iodides, almost exclusively during pregnancy and lactation, which are considered protective conditions against breast cancer.

If you are breast feeding your need for iodine increases.  Within the breast tissue exists two “iodine pumps” that pull iodine into the cells.  One of the vehicles of transportation is the  NIS or Sodium Iodine Symporter and is how iodine is pulled into the cells.  The other method of transporting iodine into the breast is through Pendrin.  The baby requires iodine for proper neurological and endocrine development and will take what it needs leaving the mother depleted.   How much is enough?  The iodine doctors based their recommendation of 12.5 mgs / day on the Japanese women who experience less breast issues and lower rates of thyroid disease.  This amount is also the amount where the least amount of detoxing may occur from toxic halides that can be passed through to the baby via the breast milk.  There is a protocol that should be followed when supplementing.  The specifics can be found in The Guide to Supplementing.  I wrote this guide to assist those new to supplementing with the basics.  It can be downloaded for free here.  I also run a Facebook support group where additional questions can be asked.  Many women there have experienced the amazing benefits in obtaining optimum breast health through supplementing with iodine.

 

  1. Ghent WR, Eskin BA, Low DA, Hill LP. Iodine replacement in fibrocystic disease of the breast. Can J Surg. 1993 Oct;36(5):453-60.
  2. Lynn C. Hartmann, M.D., Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., Marlene H. Frost, Ph.D.,et al Benign Breast Disease and the Risk of Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med 2005; 353:229-237 July 21, 2005 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa044383.
  3. PP Smyth, Role of Iodine in Antioxidant Defense in Thyroid and Breast Disease, Biofactors 2003; 19:3-4.