Health News Around The Web for Week Ending 10th Feb 2013


Another week down! Interesting news around the web comes in the form of an article on about a Study that Shows “Reversing Brain Damage” Among NFL Players. This is possibly a big step towards helping to understanding and reversing injuries to the brain.

The natural news has some interesting stories such as one on Creatine and its bennifits beyond helping weight trainers, another article called ‘Death by Doctors revisited’ is well worth a read and there is an article abotu love Vitamin D levels and breast cancer in young women that is also worthy of a few minutes reading. Science Daily had an interesting article that bucks the recent trend and published an article on “No Clear Evidence More Gluten in New Wheat Is Responsible for Increase in Celiac Disease” Which might make some people sit up and take notice as for many people in the ‘health world’ this is assumed as FACT!

Along with all that, I have included some articles from that i liked. Articles from GreenMed that i have added below is : Pineapple’s Amazing Healing Properties Revealed, Xylitol in the News: Reading Beyond the Headlines, 20 Herbs from Tribal Domain for Remedying Acidity and To Save Your Teeth You May Need To Fire Your Periodontist!

I think that’s enough for this week. Take a read and look out for more Video’s that will be posted showing Tony Pantalleresco’s Videos! Also, Tony’s Radio show on Saturday 1am UK time GMT.

Study Shows “Reversing Brain Damage” Among NFL Players is Possible With a Targeted Brain-Healthy Protocol; “One of the Most Exciting Discoveries in Medicine!” According to Daniel G. Amen, M.D.



NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Feb. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reports of suicide, murder, dementia, memory loss and other problems experienced by players from the National Football League have led one research group — headed by neuroscientist and brain-imaging expert Daniel G. Amen, M.D. — to study the effects of an interventional strategy designed to improve cognitive function which would “reverse brain damage” from years of playing in contact sports.

The findings, released today, have significant impact on the football community, as well as anyone with brain damage due to concussions, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), toxicity from alcohol and drug use, and other brain traumas, according to Dr. Amen, founder of Amen Clinics, Inc.

“It’s one of the most exciting discoveries in medicine today,” said Dr. Amen who has published 55 scientifically peer-reviewed studies and three specifically on his work with 135 active and retired NFL players. “I hope this message finds anyone who played contact sports like football, hockey, soccer, boxing so they can find help because their degenerative conditions can be reversed.”

The study, titled “Reversing Brain Damage in Former NFL Players” and published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, used brain SPECT images (single photon emission computed tomography) and a standard neuropsychological test to measure the blood flow in the areas of the brain, cognitive functions and proficiency related to mood, memory, language, attention and information speed and accuracy. The athletes followed a “brain-healthy protocol” designed by Dr. Amen that included a revised diet, regular exercise, limited alcohol use, eliminating drug use and cigarette use, getting enough sleep, as well as nutritional supplements, including high dosage of fish oil, a high-potency multi-vitamin, and a group of brain boosting ingredients, such as gingko, vinpocetine, phosphatidylserine, among others.

Within an average of six months, the players were measured again. The results showed significant increases in cognitive scores, blood flow, and the self-reported symptoms of mood, memory, and motivation. Many athletes had greater than 50% increases in percentile scores.

“We demonstrated that even if you have been bad to your brain, on the right program you can often reverse the damage and improve your life,” said Dr. Amen who is also a physician, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, New York Times best-selling author.

Daniel G. Amen, M.D. founded Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) in 1989 and now has offices in Newport Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York City. ACI specializes in the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of a variety of conditions. Dr. Amen is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, and brain-imaging specialist. Dr. Amen has also authored more than 30 books, five New York Times bestsellers and helped raise more than $40 million for public television.

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Creatine – What you want to know and much more

NaturalNews) Creatine is very popular in the fitness industry as a muscle builder, but may in fact do much more than bulk you up. After synthesis in the kidney and liver from amino acids, creatine supplies energy to all cells in the body, not only muscle (although 95 percent of the body’s total creatine is found in muscle). It works by increasing the availability/production of ATP, the main fuel source in the cell, by recycling ADP and donating an additional phosphate with aid of the Creatine Kinase enzyme (hence the commonly heard phosphocreatine) to rapidly recreate ATP.

Where does it come from?

About half of the creatine stored in your body stems from nutrition, meat. Vegetarians actually have lower levels of creatine as vegetables are a poor source of the nitrogenous organic acid.
Creatine can either be ingested directly as a supplement or the amino acid building blocks can be consumed (L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine) and allow the body to make what it needs. Fortunately creatine is easily digestible with up to 80 percent entering circulation. The majority of studies on creatine have used creatine monohydrate, the most digestible and easiest to obtain. Although there are several on the market, none have been studied and proven as effective as creatine monohydrate.

It’s commonly thought that creatine taxes the organs, especially the liver and kidneys. The most recent meta-analysis of the effects of creatine on these organs have found no adverse reactions and these claims have since been refuted.

Since creatine has a short half-life in the body of about three hours, it’s important to maintain dosing every three to six hours to maximize the potential benefits. Post ingestion, creatine reaches its peak blood levels in one to two hours. Any additional creatine consumed that cannot be held within the body is excreted as waste.

Not a body-builder? It can still help!

With that said, there are numerous benefits to creatine supplementation that are not associated with body-builders.

Neurodegenerative diseases – Creatine supplementation has been found to increase strength in people with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and may ease symptoms of depression.

Hydration – Creatine supplementation was found to improve thermoregulation and endurance through hyper-hydration that can benefit athletes and individuals exposed to prolonged high temperatures.

Cardiovascular – Creatine supplementation has been found to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system by lowering levels of triglycerides and homocysteine, both markers for potential heart disease. It was also found that people with congestive heart failure have low levels of creatine in their heart (remember the heart is a muscle).

Brain power – A placebo-controlled, double-blind experiment found five grams per day supplementation significantly improved short-term memory, fluid intelligence, and even IQ scores as compared with the placebo group. Another study found it improved cognitive ability in the elderly.

Can’t hurt to try

Creatine is a hot topic of research and has shown promise in numerous conditions and health enhancement. Dosing of five grams spread throughout the day has shown to be the most effective at increasing circulating creatine levels for fitness, heart health, and brain health. ATP is what makes your body move, your heart pump, and your brain tick; it makes sense that more ATP would equal better health.

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Death by Medicine Revisited

NaturalNews) The mandatory health insurance due to be implemented January 2014 has no provisions for opting out. Allopathic medicine’s “standard of care” will be “legally” enforced with vaccines, medications, annual health exams, including mental health exams. It will make drug treatment for such milestones as cholesterol over 180, fasting blood sugar, over 100 compulsory. Regular mammograms will be followed up with biopsies and surgery. In this system there will be no provision for natural alternatives. A Brave New World is upon us.

Government-mandated health insurance covers up the fact that allopathic medicine is failing. Mike Adams, in his recent article on Natural News, “,” quotes my Death by Medicine paper, which I personally wrote in 2003, where I inventoried medical iatrogenesis.

My 2005 research found an annual death rate of 783,936 due to medical interventions at a cost of $282 billion. I updated that figure in the 2008 edition of my Kindle/eBook, Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions and found that the number had actually risen to 895,936 with a price tag of $282.85 billion.

What’s interesting is that the cost of iatrogenesis has decreased. When the iatrogenic figures came out in 2005, allopathic medicine tried to deny them but each new study they did uncovered more bodies. And when medicine set out to change the stats, it didn’t aim for fewer deaths but for cost containment!

Another interesting aspect of my research for Death by Medicine was finding few if any deaths due to supplements. Yet, allopathic medicine keeps warning the public that supplements can be dangerous and we must be protected from them by restricting dosage and restricting access to prescriptions by doctors.

Promoting the allopathic medical agenda are websites like For the past year I’ve been gritting my teeth every time I do a health topic search on google and find Livestrong appearing in the top three results. I think Lance Armstrong proved pretty convincingly that he’s pro drugs and his namesake website is definitely following his lead.

On, wellness posts make sure to emphasize the so-called “dangerous” aspects of natural medicine. What caught my attention most recently was an article warning pregnant women about the “Side Effects of Magnesium in Pregnancy” Recently someone asked me if magnesium was safe in pregnancy. My concern is that people google the words “magnesium in pregnancy” and up pops Livestrong’s warning article making women afraid to take it. When in actuality, pregnant women need even more magnesium than anyone else to avoid high blood pressure, constipation, fluid retention, eclampsia and problems that a newborn infant can suffer if their mother is magnesium deficient. Taking enough magnesium in pregnancy is the best way to birth a healthy child.

I then googled the words “ and magnesium” and found a file of over 200 articles on various magnesium topics written by many different authors, none of whom I’ve ever heard of. I don’t know how educated these authors are about health but in all the articles I scanned there is only a superficial knowledge about magnesium.

Here’s a quote from one article Can a Lack of Magnesium Cause an Irregular Heartbeat? “Although magnesium deficiency can cause an irregular heartbeat, it is not the only cause. According to, a variety of things can lead to arrhythmias.”

The article then goes on to state that “Serious causes might include blocked coronary arteries, heart tissue scarring, high blood pressure, changes to the heart’s structure and electrical shocks. Less severe causes might include diabetes, hyperthyroidism, smoking, excessive intake of alcohol or caffeine, stress and certain medications.” The author then urges you to consult with your doctor to find the exact cause.

Unfortunately, the author and your doctor aren’t going to tell you that:

1. Blocked coronary arteries are due to calcification that is caused by magnesium deficiency.

2. Heart tissue scarring can be prevented by daily intake of oral magnesium and also giving IV magnesium at the first signs of a heart attack.

3. High blood pressure is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

4. Diabetes can be caused by magnesium deficiency.

5. Excessive intake of alcohol or caffeine can drain magnesium.

6. Stress burns off magnesium like nothing else can.

7. And certain medications block magnesium for working.

Another article, “Cardiac Palpitations & Magnesium” said that “sometimes a nutritional problem, such as magnesium toxicity, may be the culprit.” I suppose that one of the millions of medical errors that occur annually could be a case of too much IV magnesium being given to a patient resulting in heart palpitations but this is not made clear. The statement and others like it scare people and make them wary of incredibly safe interventions like magnesium.

The author is certainly not aware that I just received “The Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012″ at The Heart Rhythm Congress organized by the Heart Rhythm Society, September 2012. This award indicates that magnesium is of major concern to the arrhythmia community.

The mandate of medicine is to diagnose disease symptoms and treat with drugs or surgery. The mandate of drug companies is to sell drugs and vaccines and keep their investors happy. The mandate of government is to force you to buy into this monopolistic health care system. The mandate of the WHO and WTO is to force the world to comply with Codex Alimentarius and its low standardized amounts of a restricted number of dietary supplements.

If any of your have read my blogs and articles, you know that I try to maintain a positive stance and give people options and choices. But if your personal mandate is to stay healthy and avoid drugs, that’s going to be very hard to maintain. You will have to buy health insurance, which you probably won’t use, to the tune of a few thousand dollars a month.This means that all the healthy people will be subsidizing all the sick people who just get sicker the more drugs they take.

The threat to take away guns has riled up a lot of people, why doesn’t the threat to take away your health freedom? Join Citizens for Health and the National Health Freedom Association to support those fighting for your right to choice in health care.

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Dr. Carolyn Dean is The Doctor of the Future. She is a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor in the forefront of the natural medicine revolution since 1979.

She has two published patents on novel health products such as RnA Drops and more in the pipeline.

Dr. Dean is the author/coauthor of over 30 health books (print and eBooks) including The Magnesium Miracle, Death by Modern Medicine, IBS for Dummies, IBS Cookbook for Dummies, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, Future Health Now Encyclopedia, Death by Modern Medicine, Everything Alzheimers, and Hormone Balance.

She is on the Medical Advisory Board of the non-profit educational site – Nutritional Magnesium Association ( Her magnesium recommendations can be found under Resources on her website.

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Low vitamin D levels linked to high risk of breast cancer in young women

NaturalNews) Over the past several years, Natural News has covered research from around the world that shows a lack of vitamin D is somehow associated with breast cancer. Now comes yet another piece to the puzzle. A study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine concludes that low serum vitamin D levels in young women may actually predict there’s a high risk that breast cancer will, in fact, be found in upcoming months.

The researchers looked at the blood levels of 1,200 healthy women and discovered that the women whose serum vitamin D level was low during the three month period just before being diagnosed with breast cancer had a highly elevated risk of the disease – three times higher, in fact – than women in the highest vitamin D group.

“While the mechanisms by which vitamin D could prevent breast cancer are not fully understood, this study suggests that the association with low vitamin D in the blood is strongest late in the development of the cancer,” principal investigator Cedric Garland, DrPH, FACE, professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego, said in a media statement. The research was just published online in advance of the print edition of the journal Cancer Causes and Control.

Several previous studies have also concluded that low serum levels of vitamin D are linked with a higher risk of premenopausal breast cancer, according to the researchers. They pointed out their new study suggests the possibility there’s a relevant window of time critical to the growth of a malignant tumor, about three months, when a lack of vitamin D might be the reason a woman develops breast cancer.

Garland explained in the media statement that this time frame is likely to be the point at which a tumor could be actively recruiting blood vessels needed for a malignancy to grow. “Based on these data, further investigation of the role of vitamin D in reducing incidence of premenopausal breast cancer, particularly during the late phases of its development, is warranted,” he said.

An earlier 2011 meta-analysis by Garland and colleagues also found that a serum level of about 50 ng/ml of vitamin D is associated with a 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Although there are some variations in how much vitamin D individuals absorb, the researchers pointed out that those who take in about 4000 IU per day of vitamin D from food or a supplement should normally have a serum level of 50 ng/ml. A consensus of all available data, Garland pointed out in the media release, has shown no known risk associated with this concentration of vitamin D.


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Sherry Baker is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Natural Healing Newsletter, OMNI, UCLA’s “Healthy Years” newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s “Focus on Health Aging” newsletter, the Cleveland Clinic’s “Men’s Health Advisor” newsletter and many others.

No Clear Evidence More Gluten in New Wheat Is Responsible for Increase in Celiac Disease

That’s the conclusion of an article in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Donald D. Kasarda cites evidence that the incidence of celiac disease increased during the second half of the 20th century. Some estimates indicate that the disease is four times more common today. Also known as gluten intolerance, celiac disease occurs when gluten, a protein in wheat, barley and rye, damages the lining of the small intestine, causing a variety of symptoms. Nobody knows why the disease is increasing. One leading explanation suggests that it results from wheat breeding that led to production of wheat varieties containing higher levels of gluten.
Kasarda’s Perspective article examined the scientific evidence for that hypothesis and found that gluten levels in various varieties have changed little on average since the 1920s. Overall gluten consumption, however, has increased due to other factors. One involves increased consumption of a food additive termed “vital gluten,” which has tripled since 1977. Vital gluten is a food additive made from wheat flour, and it is added to various food products to improve their characteristics, such as texture. Overall consumption of wheat flour also has increased, so that people in 2000 consumed 2.9 pounds more gluten annually than in 1970, nearly a 25 percent increase.

Pineapple’s Amazing Healing Properties Revealed

Enjoyed the world over as something of an icon of the tropical experience, the pineapple was used in indigenous medicine for a wide range of ailments; uses that are only now being confirmed by modern scientific methods.

While most know pineapple as an exceptionally delicious tropical fruit, indigenous peoples used it to treat a variety of ailments. Unfortunately, much of this intimate plant knowledge was considered by early anthropologists to be based on mere “superstition” and subsequently disregarded, so few in the modern world have been made aware of its formidable healing powers.

Thankfully, research on the medicinal properties of pineapple has steadily accumulated over the past few decades, to the point where the conventional medical system has been compelled to take notice.

Bromelain, for instance, is a protein-digesting enzyme extract from the pineapple plant, and has even been found to be superior to the highly toxic chemotherapy agent 5-fluorouracil as an anti-tumor agent in preclinical research.[i] [For more details, see our article on the topic: Research: Pineapple Enzyme Kills Cancer Without Killing You]

This remarkable compound, concentrated primarily within the stem (i.e. fibrous core), which is often wastefully discarded, has been researched for the following potential medicinal applications:

Allergic Airway Disease[ii]
Breast Cancer[iv]
Breastfeeding Problems: Poor Milk Production/Quality[v]
Colitis[vi] [vii]
Colon Cancer[viii]
Constipation: Post-operative[ix]
Debriding Agent[x]
Glioma (Brain Cancer)[xiii]
Immune Disorders: Low Function[xiv]
Inflammation[xv] [xvi] [xvii] [xviii]
Irritable Bowel Disease[xix]
Liver Damage[xxi]
Lung Cancer[xxii] [xxiii]
Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)[xxv]
Osteoarthritis of the Knee[xxvi]
Skin Cancer[xxviii] [xxix] [xxx]
Tendon Injury[xxxi] [xxxii]
Thrombosis (pathological clot)[xxxiv] [xxxv]
How To Eat Pineapple To Get The Benefits of Bromelain
Bromelain extracts are actually composed of a variety of substances, including peroxidase, acid phosphatase, calcium, and protease inhibitors. But the main active ingredients are two enzymes known as fruit and stem bromelain, respectively. Keep in mind that bromelain’s potential therapeutic activity, depends entirely on how you take it. When consumed on an empty stomach, the plant’s enzyme will enter the blood and exert systemic action. When consumed with food, its activity will mostly be expended on helping the body to break down dietary proteins, easing the body’s digestive burden.

Bromelain is an example of something we eat that actually eats us back. Commonly used as a meat tenderizer, when used appropriately it can tenderize our overly inflammed and fibrin-congested muscles and connective tissues with its enzymes.

Word of Caution: Bromelain’s fibrinolytic properties can contribute to thinning the blood, so those on blood-thinning medications must be careful, especially when consuming part of the bromelain-rich core. Also, bromelain has the ability to enhance the absorption of other nutrients and drugs due to its ability to modulate intestinal permeability. This can be a good thing, for instance, if one is trying to absorb more of a therapeutic herb or nutrient, but a bad thing if one does not wish to disrupt the delicate pharmacokinetics of the bodily absorption and distribution of potent drugs.

The Part Is Not Superior To The Whole
Keep in mind that the benefits of whole pineapple cannot be reduced down to a singular constituent such as bromelain, no matter how impressive. The pharmaceutical model only goes so far when applied to natural substances. As with most things in the realm of whole food nutrition, the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Pineapple juice and leaves, for example, have additional benefits not found in bromelain alone:

A Rich Source of Dietary Melatonin: Pineapple has been identified to be one of the richest sources of dietary melatonin tested (beating out orange and banana), capable of causing significant blood level elevations, peaking two hours after ingestion.[xxxvi]
Pineapple Leaf Has Anti-Diabetic Properties: All parts of the pineapple plant have potential value. The leaf has been studied to have insulin-sensitizing and/or anti-diabetic properties.[xxxvii] [xxxviii]
Pineapple Leaves May Beat Cholesterol-Drugs: Preclinical research indicates that pineapple leaves may modulate cholesterol synthesis and activity in a manner similar to statins, but likely without the over 300 known adverse health effects of the statin drug chemical class.[xxxix]
Pineapple Juice Deactivates Rotavirus Transmission: Pineapple juice, due to its low pH and other constituents in the juice, has been found to be effective at inactivating rotavirus, while honeydew and papaya juice failed. [xl]
Whether you are fascinated by the research, simply enjoy the amazing taste and feel of pineapple, or its juice, we can be certain of one thing: food and medicine are inseparably bound within this amazing plant.

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[ii] Eric R Secor, William F Carson, Michelle M Cloutier, Linda A Guernsey, Craig M Schramm, Carol A Wu, Roger S Thrall. Bromelain exerts anti-inflammatory effects in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of allergic airway disease. Cell Immunol. 2005 Sep;237(1):68-75. Epub 2005 Dec 6.
[iii] Eric R Secor, William F Carson, Anurag Singh, Mellisa Pensa, Linda A Guernsey, Craig M Schramm, Roger S Thrall. Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 Mar;5(1):61-9.
[iv] Kulpreet Bhui, Shilpa Tyagi, Bharti Prakash, Yogeshwer Shukla. Pineapple bromelain induces autophagy, facilitating apoptotic response in mammary carcinoma cells. Biofactors. 2010 Sep 16. Epub 2010 Sep 16.
[v][v] A Contreras, M J Paape, R H Miller, J C Corrales, C Luengo, A Sánchez. Effect of bromelain on milk yield, milk composition and mammary health in dairy goats. Trop Anim Health Prod. 2009 Apr;41(4):493-8. Epub 2008 Jul 27.
[vi] Laura P Hale, Maciej Chichlowski, Chau T Trinh, Paula K Greer. Dietary supplementation with fresh pineapple juice decreases inflammation and colonic neoplasia in IL-10-deficient mice with colitis. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2010 Dec;16(12):2012-21.
[vii] Laura P Hale, Paula K Greer, Chau T Trinh, Marcia R Gottfried. Treatment with oral bromelain decreases colonic inflammation in the IL-10-deficient murine model of inflammatory bowel disease. Clin Immunol. 2005 Aug;116(2):135-42.
[viii] Ibid vi
[ix] Suping Wen, Tom H W Huang, George Q Li, Johji Yamahara, Basil D Roufogalis, Yuhao Li. Bromelain improves decrease in defecation in postoperative rats: modulation of colonic gene expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase. Pharmacol Res. 2007 Sep;56(3):254-60. Epub 2007 Jul 14.
[x] J C Houck, C M Chang, G Klein. Isolation of an effective debriding agent from the stems of pineapple plants. Int J Tissue React. 1983;5(2):125-34.
[xi] R Pellicano, S Strona, D Simondi, S Reggiani, F Pallavicino, C Sguazzini, A G Bonagura, M Rizzetto, M Astegiano. Benefit of dietary integrators for treating functional dyspepsia: a prospective pilot study. Clin Exp Allergy. 2009 Jun;39(6):875-82.
[xii] F Inchingolo, M Tatullo, M Marrelli, A M Inchingolo, V Picciariello, A D Inchingolo, G Dipalma, D Vermesan, R Cagiano. Clinical trial with bromelain in third molar exodontia. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Sep;14(9):771-4.
[xiii] B B Tysnes, H R Maurer, T Porwol, B Probst, R Bjerkvig, F Hoover. Bromelain reversibly inhibits invasive properties of glioma cells. Neoplasia. 2001 Nov-Dec;3(6):469-79.
[xiv] H Barth, A Guseo, R Klein. In vitro study on the immunological effect of bromelain and trypsin on mononuclear cells from humans. Eur J Med Res. 2005 Aug 17;10(8):325-31.
[xv] Eric R Secor, Anurag Singh, Linda A Guernsey, Jeff T McNamara, Lijun Zhan, Nilanjana Maulik, Roger S Thrall. Bromelain treatment reduces CD25 expression on activated CD4+ T cells in vitro. Int Immunopharmacol. 2009 Mar;9(3):340-6. Epub 2009 Jan 20.
[xvi] Jing-Rong Huang, Chia-Chuan Wu, Rolis Chien-Wei Hou, Kee-Ching Jeng. Bromelain inhibits lipopolysaccharide-induced cytokine production in human THP-1 monocytes via the removal of CD14. J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 2003;23(2):151-3. : 18569070
[xvii] Rolis Chien-Wei Hou, Yuh-Shuen Chen, Jing-Rong Huang, Kee-Ching G Jeng. Cross-linked bromelain inhibits lipopolysaccharide-induced cytokine production involving cellular signaling suppression in rats. J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Mar 22;54(6):2193-8.
[xviii] David J Fitzhugh, Siqing Shan, Mark W Dewhirst, Laura P Hale. Bromelain treatment decreases neutrophil migration to sites of inflammation. Clin Immunol. 2008 Jul;128(1):66-74. Epub 2008 May 14. PMID: 18482869
[xix] Jane E Onken, Paula K Greer, Brian Calingaert, Laura P Hale. Bromelain treatment decreases secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines by colon biopsies in vitro. Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;126(3):345-52. Epub 2007 Dec 21.
[xx] Iu A Smirnova, L V Kordiukova, M V Serebriakova, I Iu Filippova, E N Lysogorskaia, L A Baratova. [Flu virion as a substrate for proteolytic enzymes]. Bioorg Khim. 2008 May-Jun;34(3):409-15.
[xxi] Ralf Bahde, Daniel Palmes, Evgeni Minin, Udo Stratmann, Ricarda Diller, Jörg Haier, Hans-Ullrich Spiegel. Bromelain ameliorates hepatic microcirculation after warm ischemia. J Surg Res. 2007 May 1;139(1):88-96. Epub 2007 Feb 8.
[xxii] S Batkin, S J Taussig, J Szekerezes. Antimetastatic effect of bromelain with or without its proteolytic and anticoagulant activity. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 1988;114(5):507-8. PMID: 3182910
[xxiii] Ibid i
[xxiv] Kulpreet Bhui, Shilpa Tyagi, Amit Kumar Srivastava, Madhulika Singh, Preeti Roy, Richa Singh, Yogeshwer Shukla. Bromelain inhibits nuclear factor kappa-B translocation, driving human epidermoid carcinoma A431 and melanoma A375 cells through G(2) /M arrest to apoptosis. Mol Carcinog. 2011 Mar 22. Epub 2011 Mar 22.
[xxv] Bela Juhasz, Mahesh Thirunavukkarasu, Rima Pant, Lijun Zhan, Suresh Varma Penumathsa, Eric R Secor, Sapna Srivastava, Utpal Raychaudhuri, Venugopal P Menon, Hajime Otani, Roger S Thrall, Nilanjana Maulik. Bromelain induces cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion injury through Akt/FOXO pathway in rat myocardium. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008 Mar;294(3):H1365-70. Epub 2008 Jan 11. PMID: 18192224
[xxvi] A F Walker, R Bundy, S M Hicks, R W Middleton. Bromelain reduces mild acute knee pain and improves well-being in a dose-dependent fashion in an open study of otherwise healthy adults. Phytomedicine. 2002 Dec;9(8):681-6. PMID: 12587686
[xxvii] J M Braun, B Schneider, H J Beuth. Therapeutic use, efficiency and safety of the proteolytic pineapple enzyme Bromelain-POS in children with acute sinusitis in Germany. In Vivo. 2005 Mar-Apr;19(2):417-21. PMID: 15796206
[xxviii] Kulpreet Bhui, Shilpa Tyagi, Amit Kumar Srivastava, Madhulika Singh, Preeti Roy, Richa Singh, Yogeshwer Shukla. Bromelain inhibits nuclear factor kappa-B translocation, driving human epidermoid carcinoma A431 and melanoma A375 cells through G(2) /M arrest to apoptosis. Mol Carcinog. 2011 Mar 22. Epub 2011 Mar 22.
[xxix] Kulpreet Bhui, Sahdeo Prasad, Jasmine George, Yogeshwer Shukla. Bromelain inhibits COX-2 expression by blocking the activation of MAPK regulated NF-kappa B against skin tumor-initiation triggering mitochondrial death pathway. Cancer Lett. 2009 Sep 18;282(2):167-76. Epub 2009 Mar 31.
[xxx] Neetu Kalra, Kulpreet Bhui, Preeti Roy, Smita Srivastava, Jasmine George, Sahdeo Prasad, Yogeshwer Shukla. Regulation of p53, nuclear factor kappaB and cyclooxygenase-2 expression by bromelain through targeting mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway in mouse skin. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2008 Jan 1;226(1):30-7. Epub 2007 Aug 23.
[xxxi] Ayoola I Aiyegbusi, Olaleye O Olabiyi, Francis I O Duru, Cressie C Noronha, Abayomi O Okanlawon. A comparative study of the effects of bromelain and fresh pineapple juice on the early phase of healing in acute crush achilles tendon injury. J Med Food. 2011 Apr;14(4):348-52. Epub 2011 Jan 23.
[xxxii] A I Aiyegbusi, F I O Duru, C C Anunobi, C C Noronha, A O Okanlawon. Bromelain in the early phase of healing in acute crush Achilles tendon injury. Ann Nutr Metab. 2009;54(4):283-90. Epub 2009 Jul 27.
[xxxiii] H R Maurer. Bromelain: biochemistry, pharmacology and medical use. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2001 Aug ;58(9):1234-45.
[xxxiv] C Metzig, E Grabowska, K Eckert, K Rehse, H R Maurer. Bromelain proteases reduce human platelet aggregation in vitro, adhesion to bovine endothelial cells and thrombus formation in rat vessels in vivo. In Vivo. 1999 Jan-Feb;13(1):7-12.
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20 Herbs from Tribal Domain for Remedying Acidity

The traditional storage of ethnobotanical knowledge in memory and practices has a long history and must go back to the beginning of human existence. Likewise, ethnobotany is of great age in India, where it has been described in several ancient literatures. One of the most important sources is the Rig Veda (1200-900 BC), which has been useful in the attempt to identify the source of the traditional medicine system, also known as ‘Ayurveda’. Application of such herbal remedies has also been mentioned in the Atharva Veda (around 3,000 to 2,000 BC). It was in the 19th century when scientists started focusing on the active components found in herbs that gave a way to the research on molecular level. Herbs like Caraway, Cardamom, Turmeric, Aniseed, Clove, Cumin seeds, Basil, Ginger etc. are a few among the gigantic range of culinary herbs (Acharya 2004, 2012; Acharya and Shrivastava, 2008).

Acidity is something that we have all suffered with. Acidity is basically the result of excess secretion of acids from the gastro-glands of stomach. Heartburn is a main symptom of this problem. Interestingly, major dominance of this problem is seen in fast-paced cities where human body has become like a machine. The imbalance of biological clock and routine has disturbed the internal equation of the body. Disorders like indigestion, acidity, gastric troubles and many others have become very common ailments we face everyday. The side effects of synthetic antacids are known to the world and this is high time to understand the role of herbs in the treatment of disorders like acidity.

Tribesmen in India have been using herbs for remedying their day to day health disorders from the ages (Acharya & Sancheti, 2005; Acharya & Acharya, 2007; Acharya and Shrivastava, 2011). Patalkot in Madhya Pradesh and Dangs in Gujarat are two remote pockets where I have been working for more than 15 years and documenting their indigenous knowledge about herbs. In this article, I am trying mention herbal formulations pertaining to 20 important medicinal plants for the cure of acidity.

Asparagus racemosus Willd. (Indian Asparagus)

Asparagus racemosus root powder boiled in Cow’s milk is excellent remedy in acidity. Root decoction of with milk and honey is also very effective.

Barleria prionitis L. (Barleria, Porcupine Flower)

Juice of leaves of Barleria prionitis and Eclipta prostrata (Eclipta) in equal proportion should be taken together with milk and sugar to cure acidity.

Bauhinia variegata L. (Buddhist Bauhinia, Mountain Ebony, Orchid Tree)

For controlling hyper-acidity, eat Bauhinia variegata dried flowers (2g) with sugar or honey in a frequent interval of 2 hours.

Borassus flabellifer L. (Bassine Fibre, Odiyal Flour, Palmyra Palm)

Borassus flabellifer fruit pulp is a good antacid and acts as a wonderful option for taking care of heartburn.

Bougainvillaea spectabilis WILLD. (Bougainvillea, Lesser Bougainvillea)

The leaves of Bougainvillaea spectabilis are crushed and paste is prepared. About 5ml paste should be consumed every 2 hours to stay away from acidity.

Cocculus hirsutus (L.) Diels (Broom-Creeper, Ink-Berry)

To cure acidity, Cocculus hirsutus leaf juice is prepared and to it, pinch of Zingiber officinale (Ginger) powder is added and given to the patient.

Cordia dichotoma Forst. f. (Indian Cherry, Clammy Cherry, Fragrant Manjack)

Ripe sweet Cordia dichotoma fruits should be consumed to reduce the inflammation that occurs due to acidity.

Coriandrum sativum L. (Coriander)

Trachyspermum ammi (Carum) seed powder along with Coriandrum sativum seed powder (2g each) and little sugar is given by the tribesmen to get rid of acidity.

Cucumis sativus L. (Cucumber)

The seeds of Cucumis sativus have cooling properties thus given in acidity. According to tribesmen in Dangs of Gujarat state, it should be chewed in regular intervals. It has an ability to cure severe acidity too.

Cuminum cyminum L. (Cumin)

Chew raw Cuminum cyminum seeds without any salt, about 3g in a frequent interval of 1 or 2 hours (minimum 5 times in a day) for 2 consecutive days.

Cynodon dactylon Pers. (Dhub Grass, Bermuda Grass, Bahama Grass)

Cynodon dactylon is a wonder grass. It should be picked fresh and prepare juice. To 50ml of this juice, add, 10 ml milk and little sugar. Take this juice thrice a day. Acidity will be gone completely.

Eclipta prostrata (L.) L. (Eclipta)

Powder of Eclipta prostrata whole plant and Terminalia chebula (Chebulic Myrobalan) fruit is given orally with jaggery (unrefined sugar).

Juice of Eclipta prostrata and Barleria prionitis (Barleria) leaves in equal amount should be taken twice along with milk.

Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (Fennel, Pastis, Sweet Fennel, Wild Fennel)

To control acidity, boil Foeniculum vulgare (Saunf) seeds in milk and take it twice a day. According to Patalkot herbal healers, steep ½ teaspoon of crushed Fennel seeds (5g) in boiling water for 10 minutes and give it thrice a day to the patient suffering from indigestion and acidity.

Fennel seeds (10g), Katuka (Picrorhiza kurroa) seeds (15g) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome (5g) is ground and the mixture is boiled in 100ml water for 5 minutes. This water should be consumed at an interval of 3 hours.

Glycyrrhiza glabra L. (Licorice)

For controlling acidity, prepare a mixture of Glycyrrhiza glabra root powder, Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) seed powder and Rosa indica (Rose) dry leaves in equal amount. Take it orally twice a day.

Mangifera indica L. (Mango)

Fresh leaves from Mangifera indica tree is picked and made in to juice and sugar is added to it in appropriate amount. This juice should be given once everyday before going to bed in the night.

Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng. (Curry Leaf Tree)

Decoction of Murraya koenigii leaf is wonderful natural option for reducing acidity and controlling it. Curry Leaf juice (2-4 teaspoon) should be given every day for better digestion and to control acidity.

Picrorhiza kurroa Royle ex Benth. (Kutki)

To get relieve in vomiting due to acidity, Picrorhiza kurroa seed powder is roasted and 5g is given 3-4 times a day for 4 days.

Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels (Jambolan, Black Plum, Java Plum)

In acidity, Syzygium cumini bark juice is added in milk and taken. It causes vomiting thus acidity is cured.

Thespesia lampas (CAV.) DALZ. EX DALZ. (Portia Tree)

Fresh stem of Thespesia lampas is chewed in the cases of severe acidity. In Patalkot, this has been a traditional remedy for hyperacidity.

Trapa natans L. var. bispinosa (Roxb.) Makino (Water Chestnut)

Trapa natans fruit powder is taken orally along with cold milk before going to bed.

The wild plants have been providing an important source of food and medicine since time immemorial. It is a major need of our time to find natural remedies for day to day health disorders. Tribals are the repository of accumulated experience and knowledge of indigenous vegetation that has not been properly utilized for the economic development. They are not only familiar with the thousands of plant species in their ecosystems but they also understand the ecological interrelations of the various components of their resource base and utilize their expertise in treating a number of disorders like acidity. We should come back to our root to chose better herbal options and parallel to this, standard diet, a regular systematic daily routine and good hygiene can help you in getting rid of any such disorders.

Acknowledgement: I wish to acknowledge herbal healers of Patalkot and Dangs for their invaluable contribution in scouting and documentation of their herbal expertise.

Additional Research on on Acid Reflux.

Acharya, D. 2004. Medicinal plants for curing common ailments in India. Positive Health 102: 28-30.
Acharya, D. 2012. Adivasiyon ki Aushadhiy Virasat, Aavishkar Publishers Distributors, Jaipur. ISBN: 978-81-7132-706-5.
Acharya, D, Acharya, GS. 2007. Kitchen Garden: A clinic in your backyard. Positive Health, 140 (Oct): 30-32.
Acharya, D, Sancheti, G. 2005. Indian culinary herbs and their traditional uses. The Essential Herbal, Nov/ Dec: 9-13.
Acharya, D. Shrivastava, A. 2008. Indigenous Herbal Medicines (Tribal Formulations and Traditional Herbal Practices). Aavishkar Publishers Distributors, Jaipur. ISBN: 978-81-7910-252-7.
Acharya, D. Shrivastava, A. 2011. Ethnomedicinal Plants of Gujarat State. Forest Department, Gujarat State, Gandhinagar. ISBN: 8190311484. pp 1 – 414.

Xylitol in the News: Reading Beyond the Headlines

Earlier this month a study called the “Xylitol for Adult Caries Trial” was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Several of my dental friends contacted me, concerned to find out what was going on. If you look closely at the study, the results are not surprising, but the amazing thing was how quickly it reached the front page of the New York Times Health Section. I guess the conclusion of the study may seem shocking at first glance, because researchers found xylitol did not significantly reduce cavities in adults who are at high risk for decay.

The researchers confirmed xylitol has been shown to be successful in reducing cavities for over 50 years in Europe, Asia and even in the US. These studies, however, have mainly focused on children and adolescents, so this new study took a look at adults in the US with a high rate of cavities. The hypothesis was that 5 grams of xylitol could stop new cavities in selected clinic patients. After two and a half years, the conclusion was that xylitol had only reduced decay by 10%, which was not significant.

The results did not surprise me, nor a well-respected lecturer, Dr Graeme Milicich from New Zealand. His comment was, “Water can put out a fire, but a cup of water is not going to deal with a house fire. The people selected in this study were high-risk patients, so throwing a cup of water at the problem, without any other intervention, is obviously not going to deal with it”. The patients in this study had serious decay problems and many had half their teeth missing. They experienced about 4 new cavities a year, yet it does not appear anyone addressed their lifestyle or other risk factors.

Xylitol’s main benefit is its alkalizing ability. You can do a pH test in your own mouth and show that 100 percent xylitol quickly alkalizes your mouth to protect your teeth from acidity and sugars. This is why we recommend eating xylitol mints or gum after eating, after drinking and after snacking. If you eat xylitol and then sip diet soda or a 20 oz energy drink, the xylitol will have no chance to protect you. Most Americans snack frequently, particularly when it comes to sipping drinks.

To benefit from xylitol we must understand how teeth become damaged and how xylitol prevents the damage. If 5 pills a day could stop cavities – it assumes “cavities happen”, which is not the case. Acidity is the pivotal risk factor for cavities. Acidity is from plaque and also from foods and especially drinks that lower mouth pH. Older adults with cavities usually have acidic saliva due to hormonal change, pregnancy, stress, medications, or a depressed immune system. In the age-range of this study, many patients would have acidic or insufficient saliva to counter acidic attacks from eating or drinking. Only with the correct xylitol protocol and correct home care regimen could these patients have avoided cavities.

Anyone can test with pH paper and see how xylitol (mints or gum) can alkalize the mouth within minutes of an acidic challenge, to stop acidic damage and help protect teeth. This study used xylitol without any education, which is similar to giving a couple of “diet pills” to obese patients without any dietary advice, and then being shocked that they didn’t work!

Cavities are not a mystery or phenomenon – they are the progressive destruction of teeth to a point where the tooth caves in, allowing an infection to enter and destroy the tooth under the enamel. To prevent cavities, you must get rid of cavity-producing bacteria and protect teeth from acidity that weakens the outer enamel. The amount of daily prevention must outweigh the amount of damage to a tooth. I describe this as being like a bank balance, the outcome between how much you deposit each day vs. how much you withdraw. If the amount of damage to teeth exceeds the amount of help you give each day – you will end up with cavities. If you offer more protection than damage, cavities will stop. For adults with decay, it is important to control acidic damage from snacking habits. Xylitol offers us all a simple and delicious tool, but it is the person who must make the effort, use xylitol to limit damage, and understand that even xylitol is not a magic pill!

Another benefit of xylitol is that it can loosen plaque and improve daily tooth cleaning. Useful as this is, you still need well-formulated mouth rinses, good toothpaste and effective brushing habits. Additionally, xylitol must reach a minimum daily dosage, and Dr Milgrom’s studies at the University of Washington in 2002 indicated a dosage between 6.5 and 10 grams xylitol is required, and frequency is important. This is why you find so much information about how to use xylitol, how to clean your teeth, and which mouth rinses work with xylitol, etc on our websites.

This study was definitely at odds with the outcome that many of us, as dentists, have professionally witnessed with adult patients. We have prescribed effective protocols with xylitol that have allowed patients to escape a lifetime of cavities and dental problems. When used with proper education and application, xylitol can be an amazing oral health adjunct, especially for mouth acidity or dry mouth issues. The study admitted several problems, including “illogical” reversals, errors in one of the examination sites, and data that was “unusable”. There were some positive results– for example there was a 10-20% reduction in cavities in some groups, and the study showed ethnic variations, which may be interesting and could uncover cultural habits or unknown genetic factors.

The researchers in this study admitted decades of powerfully positive results using xylitol for preventing cavities in kids’ teeth. Hundreds of good and Evidence Based studies have shown it works to protect children and adolescents (see for yourself – go to Google Scholar and type in “xylitol” and “caries” and you will see the hundreds of studies showing xylitol’s incredible effect on preventing and reversing tooth decay). Isn’t it fascinating that the ADA and the media appear to have completely ignored those great stories, but picked a negative one and raced it to the NY Times in one day!

I wish the media had been excited in the 1970s to tell mothers how xylitol prevents transmission of cavities to children (how many teeth would we have saved?) or the study last year that shows how wiping baby teeth during eruption can give long-term protection from cavities. I wonder why the ADA could not have commented on this most recent article – explaining what was lacking and using this as the perfect platform to discuss the dental dangers of sipping energy drinks, fruited waters, athletic drinks, juices and sodas.

Today we have an epidemic of tooth decay in 2 year olds, 52 million school hours are lost to dental disease annually, 80% of teenagers have fillings and 50% of 30 year olds have gum disease. NOW is the time to start encouraging the American public to improve their oral health and use xylitol to help reduce the staggering burden of disease in the US. Xylitol offers an easy and exciting method to help raise our standard of oral health – yet the unfortunate NY Times headlines will surely push us backwards on this path.

Dr. Ellie Phillips DDS has specialty training in Pediatric and Advanced General Dentistry. She is author of, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, a founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and creator of Zellies, a mission-driven company that empowers people to take control of their health and prevent dental disease by providing 100% xylitol products alongside good oral health education.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

To Save Your Teeth You May Need To Fire Your Periodontist

Notice bleeding gums or gingivitis? Lucky (sort of) because that is proof positive of systemic oxidative stress, the neon-sign of an overall decline in health. Gum condition is an early warning and constant reminder to ramp up self care, as well as an indicator of progress in your efforts to heal. You may overlook subtle changes in skin texture, vision, joints and occurrence of colds and bronchial infections, but a bloody toothbrush is hard to ignore.

Gum problems are marked by the presence of plaque, weak gingival tissues and gum pocketing… pockets where the nasty anaerobes that attack the flesh and bone supporting those precious teeth thrive. Standard periodontal treatment consists of cleaning teeth, cutting gums (a little or a lot) to clean deeply, planing roots and removing bacteria, and possibly administering courses of antibiotics. As gum infections proceed into painful crippling abscesses, more powerful antibiotics are needed, followed by deep surgery or tooth removal. This barbaric specialty promises continual torture sessions; there will be “gnashing of teeth!”

My travels through the belly of the periodontal beast provided a damn good reason to find a better way. At the first dire assessment of my mouth I was informed that hygiene was poor, procedures were required now and on an ongoing basis, smoking must stop and that all my teeth would be lost in 20 years. Questions I had concerning Vitamin C (of which I took 1000-2000 mg/day religiously) were met with, “Won’t help.” Amalgams? “No problem, safe.”

I suffered under this conventional dead-end wisdom for at least ten years. A few years after leaving periodontal care, despite a nutrient-dense organic diet and good hygiene, my situation declined, abscessing became frequent, teeth loosened and ached, then one was lost. I had to figure this out!

Still focused on “destroying bacteria,” I looked at alternatives. I tried a therapy that used hydrogen peroxide injected into perio-pockets via a blunt needle. This was somewhat effective, but tedious. I tried peroxide mouth-soaks for 5 minutes; that helped too as did brushing with clove and cinnamon oils. Then another abscess announced a setback.

The drill and fill dentist prescribed strong antibiotics, then extraction. This was not my plan. I filled the Rx, but left it in the truck. Instead I decided to mega-dose. Huge teaspoons of Vitamin C powder were mixed with baking soda 4-5X/day. I found bowel tolerance at approximately 8 grams of C per day, especially if taken more frequently than every 3-4 hours. The pain eased the next day, and was gone after three days — along with the abscess! After a few weeks I noticed gums had healed, teeth tightened and I felt better all over. I continued peroxide mouth washes as I dug further into this curious success.

Turns out, the dreaded bacteria were only opportunists finding friendly dark, moist, low oxygen conditions where weak tissues and poor immune response invited their presence. Emergency dental visits usually occurred in January when sunshine Vitamin D, many fruits and vegetables, and physical activity were minimal. I considered myself lucky to have gone through that painful period, since heart/artery problems are known to follow gum disease. I noticed, too, that joint pain stopped, depression lifted, skin thickened and tightened while high blood pressure, colds and bronchitis disappeared for good. I had submitted a sample for hair analysis out of sheer curiosity. A follow-up test one year later showed mercury, cadmium and lead dropped to near zero as potassium and magnesium levels returned to normal, proving detoxification had been enhanced through my efforts.

Weston Price associated oral health with nutrition, particularly the disastrous shift to chemical grain agriculture and processed foods, and away from traditional diets rich in healthy fats, proteins and ferments. Modern conditions, including industrial foods, metals, organic toxins and growing levels of psychological stress, cause a drain on life energy (electrons) which leads to acidity, poor oxygen delivery, proliferating pathogens, and the oxidative destruction of the very molecules forming our bodies (and those of every other living organism). Forbidden Healing introduced the idea of oxidative stress/inflammation as the common denominator in all disease, and provides a logical systematic protocol to reverse it.

Using the forbidden principle, every nutrient, toxin, lifestyle choice and emotional state can be seen as contributing to the redox balance:

The inventory of electrons (and electron generating factors like membrane construction, electrolyte minerals and oxygen delivery, along with antioxidant intake and glutathione production )


The level of oxidants (that devour electrons and oxygen, like free-radicals, acids and metals, as well as in-house inflammation resulting from immune response).

GMI lists dozens of vitamins and phyto-antioxidants shown to impact gingivitis: from ascorbates and Vitamin D to flavonoids, polyphenols, carotenoids, curcuminoids, etc. found in vegetables, fruits and herbs. In the forbidden realm a variety of antioxidant electron inputs is encouraged, but mega-dose quantity of electrons is key. Oxidative elements are also used to act first as surrogate immune ammunition and then to signal the body to produce antioxidants like glutathione. “Oxygen” enjoys no less than 105 pages in the GMI database; there is a reason!

I liked my periodontist. He phoned nights after procedures to ask how I was doing. When I checked with him 20 years later, he just couldn’t see beyond his training or wrap his head around the principles that would have decreased his surgical load. The pharma-care medical community seems to do everything in its power to hide these facts, confuse the public and denounce or ban as dangerous any truly effective redox-based therapies.

Capt. Randall is the author of Forbidden Healing , an organic farmer and independent health researcher. He studied chemistry and biology at the University of Florida. His interests range from marine science to archaeology and ethnobotany.

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