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To take vitamins or not to take vitamins-that is the question. Answered here!

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

Lol, despite the provocative and somewhat incendiary headlines plastered all over the media, even a cursory reading of the actual article originally published the Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM), reveals scant evidence that taking a multi-vitamin is indeed a waste of money.
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The breathless headlines and catchy captions refer to the conclusions of an AIM editorial that was based on the result of two studies. The first one looked at 1700 North American adults aged 50 and older who had a myocardial infarction at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the study and who randomly received EITHER a high dose 28 component vitamin mineral formulation or a placebo. The second study was done on 6000 male physicians, aged 65 or older, who randomly received a daily multi-vitamin or a placebo. In the first study, after 4.5 years follow-up, mortality was no different between the vitamin group and the placebo group. In the second, after 6.5 years follow-up, vitamin-popping medical men showed no significant improvements in global cognition or verbal memory over their placebo taking colleagues.
No mention is made of what kind or amounts of vitamins were taken, when they were taken, what they were taken with or of what kind of health conditions or challenges participants were confronting, especially in terms of digestive health. We don’t even know if and how effectively the participants were absorbing their multi-vitamin supplements. Without answers to these kinds of questions it’s impossible to derive any meaning from this kind of research let alone conclude that regular intake of multi-vitamins is a waste of money. In fact, drawing these kind of conclusions from what are two, in essence, meaningless studies is at best ignorant and a classic example of sensationalism and yellow journalism, with no other purpose than attracting attention. At worst it’s dishonest, deceitful and misleading misdirection designed to cast aspersions on nutritional supplementation and create doubt and cynicism on the entire world of non-medical health care.
One of the most important points to consider about these periodic hit pieces that come out about multi-vitamin supplementation is the glib and very non-scientific way the word “vitamin” is used. Technically a there are only 6 vitamins specifically designated as B and C and D and E an A and K. And they are all ESSENTIAL

The human body cannot live without them. They are as fundamental and as necessary as air and water. However many health care professionals use the term for essential, vital life-giving chemicals called vitamin as a catch-all descriptive term to designate any kind of molecular substance that is used to support the nutritional content of the diet including mineral, herbal and other non-vitamin molecules. These health care professionals, who should know better, seem to think that the word vitamin is synonymous with a little pill that you take every morning. As in, “should you take a vitamin?” Or, “don’t take vitamins it’s a waste of time.” Or, “Vitamins are waste of money.”
This way of describing supplements, making a supplemental pill synonymous with a molecule or a chemical, that is in fact to the body what oil and gasoline is to a car, trivializes the absolutely vital nature of the chemicals of life. Which is actually what the word “vitamin” really means (amines are a type of chemical structure and vita means life). When you understand that vitamins are the chemicals of life, it becomes obvious how saying things like things like: “Using vitamins is a waste of time” or asking “should I take vitamin supplements” is really silly
Maybe we need a new word for vitamin. How about “life-force-molecules”? Would anyone say: using extra “life-force-molecules” is a waste of money? Or taking extra “life-force-molecules” is a waste of time? Or “life –force-molecules“ in a pill is a waste?
“Life-force-molecules” is an apt description for these substances that are the key essential (and essentially magical) molecules that play such an important role in making sure we can move our limbs and beat our hearts and pump our lungs and detoxify our blood or clear out our bowels. These are all functions of the human body, and they are all dependent on “life-force-molecules”, on the chemistry of life, on what we call vitamins. Why would you NOT take supplemental “life-force-molecules” that are available in a capsule or drink of tablet form? How the heck can anyone think that using these things supplementally are a waste of time or a waste of money? When you understand that what we call vitamins are the molecules that channel the life force throughout our bodies, how can you not want to saturate your body, drench your tissues and cells with these elements, ideally from quality food or if they’re not available in foods in high enough quantities, (and typically they’re not) by supplementing your foods with The Beyond Tangy Tangerine, The Ultimate Daily and the Mighty 90. And can anyone, once they understand that these things are the carriers of the life force, they are the amines of life, and the chemicals of life, say that using these things is waste of time or money?
Now, as far as the specifics of these really flawed studies, here’s my thoughts:
First of all there’s the subject of adherence to the program. In the first of the two studies reported on, subjects were considered to have adhered the program if they took their multi vitamin 2/3 of the time. In other words even if they skipped 2 or 3 days a week, they still counted as vitamin taking subjects and there results still counted and contributed to conclusions. Is that hard to believe? It should be! Did anyone read about in stories on Fox and CNN and New York Times, probably not! The authors of the study actually admit as a limitation the fact that: “there was considerable non-adherence and withdrawal, thereby limiting the ability to draw conclusions…”
And it gets worse! How much actual nutrition was in these so-called high dose multi-vitamins is not mentioned in the media reports, so I did some digging. As it turns out, in the study on multi-vitamin use and heart disease, 100 i.u. of Vitamin D3 was used and tiny amount of B-vitamins (50mg of B6, 200mg of B3 and 100mg of B1). 25,000 i.e. of Vitamin A was used, but it was partially composed of non-vitamin A compound beta carotene. Do conclusions drawn from the effects of such scant doses of nutrients really invalidate the use of a daily multiple-vitamin? And the nutrient dose in the study on cognition was even worse. Participants were given the equivalent of the Centrum Silver vitamin. Authors of this second study even recognize as a limitation that “doses of vitamins may have been too low”.
In both studies, conclusions were drawn based on patient’s reports of the supplements that they took and dependent on memory and recollection. They were not based on scientific measurements but rather on questionnaires. Does anyone out there believe that questionnaires constitute the rigorous standards mandated by science and the scientific method? Again, did anyone read this in the media articles screaming that scientists have” proven” that multi-vitamins are a waste of time?
How exactly did these studies measure whether the supplements worked? What were the criteria that researchers used to assess efficacy and determine whether indeed using supplements are a waste of time? Well, in the first study, authors determined that a 25 percent reduction would be required to determine that multi-vitamins were effective. In other words if there was a 24 percent reduction is cardiovascular risk according to the researcher vitamins would be a waste of time. Now do you think that if a drug could reduce your risk of a heart attack by 24 percent that it would be considered wasteful. On the contrary it would be considered a miracle!
You want more reasons not to pay attention to these ridiculous studies and conclusions. Ok, how’s this: subjects in the multi-vitamin taking group had a higher rate of diabetes one of the greatest risk factors there is for heart disease than subjects in the placebo group. In other words, the deck was stacked towards disease in the multi vitamin group and towards health in the placebo. And this is supposed to be an objective study!
Finally how about all the other studies that have been done that show the importance and health relevance of taking even a paltry bare bone minimum multi-vitamin when it comes to health improvement?
How about the Physicians Health Study that found that a multi vitamin was associated with 12 percent reduction in overall cancer incidence after 11.2 years? The same study found a 39 percent reduction in fatal heart attack risk. How about the supplementation in Vitamins and Mineral Antioxidant study that found a 31 percent reduction in total cancer incidence in men who took a daily multi vitamin. Another study published in the Journal of American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in Feb 1995 showed that postmenopausal women who took vitamin B6 and B2 reduced their risk of colorectal cancer.
Long story short, the bottom line folks is these things are not optional, they are the opposite of option which is what the word “essential” means. Without vitamins B and C and D and E and K, without 60 minerals and without the 2 essential fatty acids and without 10 or 11 essential amino acids, you cannot have a full long, vital, healthy, disease free life PERIOD! That is not opinion that is fact. The appearance of disease and degeneration in response to the lack of these substances (which are EASILY available through the Youngevity products, thru the Mighty 90, through what is called a multi-vitamin) is one of the great tragedies of our modern lifestyle. To have medical professionals, supposed scientists, the media and other sources we should be able to trust spew out hostility and venom and perpetuate misleading mendacious lies about the importance these things are as unconscionable, as it is unfair.
Now keep in mind here, I and no other responsible nutritionist is making a claim that a multi-vitamin is going to “cure” heart disease and make you smarter or more glib, but that doesn’t matter. Nutrients, the components of a multi-vitamin pill are a must-have; they are not optional, they are essential. What does that mean? Simply this: without the molecules that we call nutrients, the human body cannot do what it needs to do to stay alive, period. Without the essential nutrients that are found in a multi- vitamin, bodily diseases are inevitable. That means, for example, without Vitamin C blood vessels will degenerate, gums will swell and bleed and joints will become inflamed and painful. Without Vitamin B1 confusion will ensue, focusing will become difficult and hallucinations and delusions are likely. Without Vitamin B3 the digestive tract will begin to break down, painful chronic diarrhea is ultimately possible, rashes and “unexplained” dermatitis will develop. Without Vitamin D bones are likely to soften and dissolve and without Vitamin K hemorrhaging and internal bleeding are real possibilities. You want more? OK, without Vitamin B6 you can expect cardiomyopathy (heart disease) and Alzheimer’s disease and without Vitamin A depressed immunity, skin disease, defective night vision, and ultimately blindness are all likely. Still not convinced as to the vital nature of these nutritional elements? How’s this: without zinc you can count on the development of severe acne, without selenium heart muscle will degenerate and without magnesium, blood sugar defects, osteoporosis and hypertension are likely to ensue
Will taking a multiple vitamin on a daily basis guarantee that none of those unfortunate outcomes will occur? Probably not. But that’s doesn’t matter. The point is simply this: The essential vitamins and minerals that you’ll find in a multi vitamin are the basic bare bones minimum that the human body needs to do its work.
Nutrients are not drugs. Nutrients are not medicine. Their effects are gentle and sustained and unless frank all out deficiencies are present the results of supplementation are subtle. But that does not make them un-valuable and they are certainly not a waste of money. Nutrients are nourishing and they are nothing more (and nothing less) than the raw materials that your body needs to do its work. 

They are the body’s equivalent of fuel for your car. To make the claim that nutrient supplements are a waste of money because compromised patients that took them didn’t get significantly healthier is like saying gasoline is a waste of money because your old junked out, beat-up 1969 Ford Pinto with no oil in its engine and no coolant in its radiator didn’t run better even though it’s tank was filled with gasoline!

Thank you Ben for yet another eye opening, intelligent study.

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Dirty Blood and How to Fix it

“Molecular biology has shown that even the simplest of all living systems on the earth today…cells, are exceedingly complex objects. Although the tiniest…cells are incredibly small, weighing less than .000000000001 grams, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the nonliving world.”

-Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis

It’s called the living biological cell, and scientists know that, though it weighs trillions less than a copper penny, even the simplest ones are exceedingly complex; they are biochemically sophisticated “beings” capable of creating all the chemistry and components of life. When meditated on for even a moment, one can be forgiven for seeing the cell’s existence as testimony of a guiding hand behind biological existence. Even if one isn’t inspired to wax divine or poetic, it’s hard not to be awed by this tiny blob of living-ness that can manufacture 10 million molecules a second.

The cell is the most complex and basic living entity on the planet and the most abundant. It’s made up of 100 billion atoms and many millions of working parts. It’s got hundreds of thousands of substructures, some with a complexity that rivals that of their macroscopic residence. There are compartments, and a skeleton, and an information storage system that contains megabytes of data. All of this is crammed into an invisible little speck of stuff as small as 1/100th the size of the head of a pin, covered with a layer of fat a thousand times thinner than the cell itself. This slender slice of oily atoms act as a quantum electrical system, turning the membrane, as it is called, into a liquid crystal microprocessor that functions as the little creature’s brain! Above that is an even thinner layer of electrically activated sugar and water called the “glycocalyx” that functions as an insulating and protective barrier, trapping warmth and repelling would-be invaders; in essence, it is an energetically charged, saccharin skin.

A cell is a multifunctional, miniaturized, throbbing dynamo that the microbiologist Guy Brown called a “vast teeming metropolis”. Cells extract nutrients from food, conduct electrical energy for a heartbeat, and detoxify poisons like pharmaceutical and food additives. Cells deliver oxygen, fight bacteria, and build bone and connective tissue. All this is occurring at an infinitesimally tiny scale. In fact every single function of the human body must occur in a vast amount of cells before we can know about it. Likewise diseases must occur at the level of a vast amount of cells before we recognize that we’re sick.

So, a cell is not only an example of the astounding creativity, intelligence and sophistication of life. From a less cosmic and more practical standpoint, the optimal functioning of the cell is the key to the optimal functioning of the human body. All of this nano-structure detail and functionality requires energy. Behind all disease is always a group of cells that, through starvation, suffocation and toxification, no longer have the vim and vigor to do their business. All disease is cell disease. Heart disease is heart cell disease, liver disease is liver cell disease, and skin disease is skin cell disease. Likewise with bone, muscle, or any other broken down part of the body that is associated with chronic illness. If we’re sick and not getting better, somewhere, some cell system is toxic, suffocated, starved and not able to do its work.

But, behind “disease sick cells”, dirty blood is always to be found. It is the blood that is responsible for keeping the cells healthy. Blood is the five liters of sanguine fluid that winds through the nearly 50,000 miles of circulatory vessels, delivers food in the form of vitamins and minerals, drops off energizing oxygen, and drains away the acids and poisons produced by the cell as a part of its normal metabolism. If all disease is cell disease, all cell disease is the disease of dirty blood. It’s no coincidence that diseases of the kidney, the body’s blood filter, are increasing at dramatic rates and medical professionals have long-recognized that kidney health issues increase when the blood is toxified by high levels of drugs, pesticides and industrial solvents.

So, how does the blood become dirty?

Well, aside from the aforementioned poisons, it should come as no surprise that the major source of blood toxicity is the digestive tract. In the small intestine there is an enormous amount of blood flow, as would be expected, considering it’s this juncture through which nourishment enters circulation. Unfortunately, sometimes along with what is nourishing is the not-so-nourishing. The end result is that in addition to nutrition entering into the blood circulation so does toxicity.

Making good food choices is the main way to keep the circulatory system clean. Foods that cause digestive distress (constipation, loose stools, or a gas-bloating-sense-of-fullness, etc.) should be avoided.

Think about digestive enzymes after all meals, or apple cider vinegar can be helpful too. In addition to the aforementioned probiotics, make sure your diet includes some fermented foods, like sauerkraut, miso, tempeh are all good. If you are dealing with diet-based blood toxicity, caloric restriction and fasting are a great way to stop and slow down the stream of biochemical dirt that enters the body through foods. Using cartilage-based supplements like hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin can strengthen the digestive tract lining, reducing or preventing the leakage of incompletely processed food particles into the blood. Eliminating gluten and plant toxins can be helpful, same with simple sugars from processed flour and soda pop that can wreak havoc on gut health.

Practicing deep breathing techniques can leverage respiratory detoxification; blood toxins are expelled with every exhalation. Oxygen thins the blood, improving the movement of nutrition and the removal of toxicity. Drinking water and proper hydration can have the same effect.

There are also specific nutrients that have blood thinning properties, most notably Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids. One controversial but effective technique for blood cleansing in chelation, a sort of magnetic vacuum cleaner that picks up poisons like a magnet picks up filings. For maximum chelation benefits, doctors can pump a chemical called EDTA directly into the blood.

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By Ben Fuchs, R. Ph.

Pharmacist Ben is a nutritional pharmacist specializing in using nutritional supplements where other healthcare practitioners use toxic pharmaceutical drugs. He looks at the human body as a healing & regenerating system, designed divinely to heal & renew itself on a moment to moment basis. “Take charge of your biochemistry through foods and supplements, rather than allow toxic prescription drugs to take charge of you.”


Meaning and Well Being

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Dr. Victor Frankl was a powerful man. Not muscle and brawn powerful, but psychologically powerful. Frankel was an Austrian psychiatrist who spent 1944 in Nazi concentration camps, where, in addition to suffering the daily torture and slave labor, he was forced to experience the deaths of his mother, brother and wife.

Out of the tragedy of Dr. Frankl’s heart rending story came “Man’s Search for Meaning” his most popular book, a tribute to hope and possibility in the direst of circumstances and one that describes his experience in Auschwitz and Dachau as well as the development of a healing modality called “Logotherapy”.

Derived from “logos” the Greek word for “plan”, or more loosely “that which gives reason for being”, Logotherapy, as defined by Frankl, can be thought of as an emotionally resilient way of living that “aims to unlock the will-to-meaning of life”.

What Frankl noticed during his time enduring some of the most inhumane conditions in the history of man was that those around him who did not lose their sense of purpose and meaning in life were able to survive much longer than those who did. Frankl was so impressed by the survival benefits of “meaning”, that he devoted the rest of his life to using it therapeutically to improve the quality of life of his patients.

Logotherapy posits three basic assumptions:

1. No matter what is occurring, all the circumstances of life have meaning.
2. People have a will, an inner drive, to find that meaning.
3. People have freedom to find meaning in the circumstances of life, as disquieting as they may be.

According to Frankl, there was a link between all dysfunction, including neurosis, hatred, addiction, compulsion, even criminal behaviors, and a lack of meaning associated with distressing incidents. Furthermore, the insightful medical man asserted that, inevitably, sometime in their lives, all human beings would confront what he called a “Tragic Triad” composed of pain, guilt and suffering. Frankl believed that, no matter how adverse events could be, there was meaning to be found in readjusting our attitudes and perceptions to transform them into opportunities for psychological growth and development.

Modern psychiatric researchers, independent of Frankl’s findings, have also come to realize the importance of meaning for mental well-being and for addressing fundamental concerns of existence including isolation, meaninglessness, loss of freedom and death. According to their theories, meaning could be divided into three components: significance, purpose and coherence. Based on this formulation, something is meaningful when it has some importance (significance), has a point (purpose) and when we can understand it (coherence). Whether it’s to get through a particularly traumatic tribulation, perhaps the loss of a job or a health crisis or simply to improve the quality of an already joy-filled life, these building blocks can be leveraged to create meaning from scratch.

The first thing we have to do to find meaning in a harrowing experience is to establish the importance. What can come out of our specific angst? How is it significant? How will it make us better, stronger or more effective?

Secondly, we must be able to characterize an end point. Can we spot an end point? What will the end point be like? What will we be like at the end point?

Lastly, our experience must make sense to us. We have to know why we’re participating, why it’s happening and it must somehow be coherent with the rest of our lives; it must fit into some kind of pattern and context.

Let’s take a practical example. One of the most agonizing of life’s experiences is the loss of a loved one and, sooner or later, it’s something we’re all going to have to deal with. So, say we’re confronted with the death of someone close to us. To synthesize and marshal the meaning necessary to help us deal with what could otherwise be devastating and overwhelming, it might be helpful to take the following 3 action steps:

Step #1 – See how the death is significant. Maybe it relieved the deceased of their suffering or possibly you want to apply some religious importance to say, they’re in better place, heaven or in God’s hands.

Step #2 – Look for an endpoint and characterize it. Maybe it will make the survivors stronger. Perhaps there is some lesson to be learned. Or maybe as the old saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens and we’re about to experience a new opportunity.

Step #3 – Attribute the death to a cause, something that makes sense. Was illness involved? Was the beloved ready to go? Was it just his time? This step is most certainly the hardest when a seemingly random act of violence or accident leads to dying, but it’s a step that must be taken if we are truly going to be able to find the meaning required to help us go on. If need be, coherence can be discovered just by acknowledging randomness as part of the overall scheme of life and death; the Master Plan of reality where all beginnings have their end and everything that is born ultimately must die.

In a therapeutic setting the psychologist utilizing Frankl’s logotherapeutic methodology will leverage three primary techniques known as Paradoxical Intention (PI), De-reflection, and Socratic Dialogue (SD).

Paradoxical Intention (PI) attempts to get the client to do exactly what he or she is afraid of. In other words, the feared action is carried out without the harmful consequences the client expects. The benefits of PI are based in a reduction of what Frankl calls “Anticipatory Anxiety”, a type of stress that manifests as a result of a potentially failed or unmet expectation. For example, if a patient has insomnia, he or she may experience Anticipatory Anxiety as a result of failing to achieve their goal of falling asleep. Under these circumstances a therapist might suggest PI, recommending that the patient change their goal to see how long they can go without falling asleep, which alleviates the Anticipatory Anxiety by eliminating the relevance and impact of success/failure.

De-reflection is based on the idea that, at times, particularly during suffering, we become hyper-reflective, and excessively introspective, focusing inwardly on ourselves, our thoughts and our perceptions. De-reflection helps the patient deflect the internalization that shows up as perpetual self-observation. According to this concept when we detach from our internal dialogue and perceptions through De-reflection, it becomes easier to be aware of the more meaningful, purposeful activities which Frankl believed were essential to achieving wellness. For example, if a traumatized patient is constantly internalizing their experiences and living in perpetual state of self-observation, they may not be able to seek and find the meaning in their distressing experiences. Through De-reflection, he or she may be able to replace their chronic self-observation with a meaningful pursuit, which is essential for achieving existential wellness.

Socratic Dialogue (SD) is a process, first described by the philosopher Socrates. Psychologists sometime refer to SD as “Maieutic Dialogue”, after the Greek term for midwifing. Socratic Dialogue incorporates an interviewing technique which is a type of “cooperative argument” designed to elicit the patient’s own internal wisdom, “midwifing” to awareness the knowledge that the client already possesses. This protocol uses questioning, which helps the patient accept personal responsibility for living a meaningful and purposeful life. According to Frankl, Socratic inquiry should “stand with one leg firmly in the client’s way of looking at her world and the other in the new territory”. He recommends questions like: “As you look back on your life, what are the moments when you were most yourself?” or “What is life asking of you at this time, even in all your suffering?”. These questions in effect deliver or “give birth to” the meaningful possibilities associated with the client’s experiences, which he or she already intuitively knows.

Did you know-

“Well-being” is not the same as “pleasure”. The difference between the two can be measured in the blood. In an August, 2013 paper published by in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, patients were assessed and categorized as primarily “pleasure seeking” (looking to achieve immediate physical or experiential sensations) or primarily “well-being seeking” (looking for meaning and a noble purpose to their existence). When blood samples from the two groups were examined, it was shown that plasma drawn from the pleasure seeking group contained higher levels of inflammatory chemicals and was associated with exaggerated stress response, while that associated with the well-being seeking group had decreased genetic markers for stress and inflammation, as well as an increase in the strength and responsiveness of the immune system.

 

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

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Importance of the Pancreas 

Another educational and empowering article from our partner in health Pharmacist Ben Fuchs, from Critical Health News. 

Everyone should take few minutes of their time and read this!

“One of the best movies I’ve ever seen was the Rob Marshall adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. Not only was the historical depiction of the Windy City in 1920’s fascinatingly presented but watching funnyman John C. Reilly put out an Oscar worthy, if not Oscar winning performance, and listening to him belt out a tune was a pleasant surprise as well.

My favorite song in the film was Reilly’s character Amos Hart’s rendition of “Mr. Cellophane” a plaintive plea for recognition from an oblivious love interest that many of us can find familiar. “Mr. Cellophane” tells the story of the trials of an under-appreciated and misunderstood man in love. And, who among us can say that they never felt unrequited love from a guy or girl we simply wanted to acknowledge our affections.
When I think of unrequited love, sometimes I think of our human body and its parts. Like Chicago’s Amos Hart, our heart, and spleen and thymus and thyroid among other structures faithfully love us but remain unrecognized and unappreciated. And no organ in the body is more unrecognized and unappreciated than the pancreas. While everyone knows about the heart and the brain and the stomach and the skin hardly anyone ever give this little 2 or 3 ounce organ its due.
Not only does the pancreas manufacture and secrete insulin for blood sugar control, it also makes digestive enzymes for breaking down protein, carbs, fats and cholesterol. Bicarbonate for blood health and for controlling the acid levels of digested and processed foods is also made by the pancreas. Even the DNA of living and formerly alive foods is processed by pancreatic secretions.
There’s a reason why carcinogenesis of the pancreas is the most deadly form of cancer. The pancreas is super important and once this structure breaks down so does the entire body. In addition to being a digestive structure the pancreas plays a major role in sugar processing via its manufacturing of the hormone insulin. Autoimmune disease of the pancreas technically known as type 1 diabetes affects nearly 3 million Americans according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and includes unpleasant symptoms like chronic thirst, weight loss, visual problems and mental confusion. Ultimately unconsciousness and even death can result from autoimmune pancreatic disease further highlighting the importance of this unappreciated digestive and endocrine organ.
Keeping the pancreas in tip-top shape is one of the most effective paths to digestive health. Making sure your sugar and refined carb intake are low can support pancreatic wellness. Even unprocessed carbs like potatoes and grains can put a burden on the pancreas. Caloric restriction in general is another way to be kind to the pancreas. With every mouthful of food, the pancreas is required to work hard at making enzymes and digestive juices.

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Pyramid of Health(triangle of disease healing protocol ) 

By Ben Fuchs

From Critial Health News

By far the leading cause of death worldwide are a class of illnesses doctors call “non- communicable diseases” or “NCDs”. These are chronic long term illnesses that are not spread from person to person as are infectious illnesses and that do not resolve themselves.
According to the World Health Organization there are thousands of different types of non-communicable diseases also called chronic diseases that fall into four major classes: cardiovascular, respiratory, cancer and diabetes.
However, while there are numerous NCD diagnoses, from a healing perspective, the actual names, which are really nothing more than Latin descriptions, really don’t matter. Whether the diagnosis is Fibromyalgia (literally: “muscle fiber pain”) or Multiple Sclerosis (literally: “lots of places where there are hardening fibrous plaques”), Ankylosing Spondylitis (literally: “bending of the spine”) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (literally: “muscles that are deteriorating because of hard fibers on sides of the vertebra), the different descriptions are irrelevant to the healing process and true reversals all involve the exact same strategies.

 1) Stop the flow of toxicity that enters the body/blood through the digestive system. 2) Lower and stabilize blood sugar and 3) Reduce and eliminate stresses both psychological and physical, by leveraging nutrition, respiration and deep breathing and the use of mental and emotional strategies.
One of the more recent doctor described health crises is a constellation of symptoms referred to as “TINU”, a fancy-shmancy medical diagnosis, which contrary to its mysterious moniker, simply means that the blood vessels are breaking down. TINU stands for “TubuloInterstitial Nephritis and Uveitis”, a medical word salad if ever there was one, that simply describes inflammation of the kidney’s blood vessels (that’s the tubulointerstitial nephritis part) and the eyes (that’s the uveitis). 

This breakdown, however, is not restricted to the eyes and kidneys, that’s just where it’s noticed. It’s actually occurring throughout the circularity system (thus the term “syndrome”, which refers to multiple symptoms). In other words, TINU is a blood and body issue and as far as restoring health goes, it’s not a special kidney or eye problem, it’s an overall health problem whose tentacles potentially reach out through the entire organism.
While TINU is a somewhat unusual diagnosis, the circulatory system breakdowns that mark the disease affects many millions of people and are simply a manifestation of a generic breakdown process. The body breaks down as a whole, but because the smallest vessels are in the eyes and kidneys, these break down most rapidly, thus the reference to the kidneys (nephritis) and the eyes (uveitis). 

To reverse TINU or any other circulatory symptomology it’s best to take a twofold approach by strengthening blood vessels with nutrition first and secondly by reducing pressure on the circulatory system by eliminating digestive stress, lowering blood sugar and reducing psychological stress which can put undue pressure on circulatory vessels. 

Simply use the Triangle of Disease model; 1) Work on the digestive system (fasting, food elimination, probiotics, digestive enzymes etc.), 2) Work on the blood sugar system (eat less sugar, flour, processed food and drink, use B-vitamins in addition to minerals like chromium, vanadium magnesium, selenium, zinc, etc.), 3) Activate the relaxation nervous system (use nutrition, oxygen coupled with mental and emotional relaxation strategies). 

Of course, as always, the Mighty 90 essential nutrients are must-haves (“essential”) as are food sources of quality protein, fats and lots of veggie (non-grain) carbohydrates. These are all things everyone needs to do, TINU or not!

Live Awesome

Masters of Health
Ben Fuchs Ben Fuchs, R. Ph.


Pharmacist Ben is a nutritional pharmacist specializing in using nutritional supplements where other healthcare practitioners use toxic pharmaceutical drugs. He looks at the human body as a healing & regenerating system, designed divinely to heal & renew itself on a moment to moment basis. 

Take charge of your biochemistry through foods and supplements, rather than allow toxic prescription drugs to take charge of you.”

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16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

I have always loved to plant onions and garlic, and here are some more ideas for veggies you can regrow at your own organic garden!

Get your hands dirty …

  
…”There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin.

It’s fun. And very simple … if you know how to do it. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. 

So, wherever possible, I recommend buying local organic produce, so you know your re-grown plants are fresh, healthy, and free of chemicals and genetic meddling.

Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel

  
You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing.
Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. I keep mine in the kitchen window. The green leafy part of the plant will continue to shoot. When it’s time to cook, just snip off what you need from the green growth and leave the white root end in water to keep growing. Freshen up the water each week or so, and you’ll never have to buy them again.
Lemongrass
Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. To propagate it, place the root end (after you’ve cut the rest off) in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position.
Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Transplant your lemongrass into a pot and leave it in a sunny outdoor position. You can harvest your lemongrass when the stalks reach around a foot tall – just cut off what you need and leave the plant to keep growing.
Celery, Bok Choi, Romaine Lettuce & Cabbage

   

 Similar to leeks, these vegetables will re-grow from the white root end. Cut the stalks off as you normally would, and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water – enough to cover the roots but not the top of your cutting. Place it in a sunny window position, occasionally spraying your cutting with water to keep the top moist.
After a few days, you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. After a week or so, transplant it into soil with just the leaves showing above the level of the soil. The plant will continue to grow, and within a few weeks it will sprout a whole new head.
Alternatively you can plant your cutting directly into soil (without starting the process in water) but you will need to keep the soil very moist for the first week until the new shoots start to appear.
Ginger
Ginger is very easy to re-grow. Simply plant a spare piece of ginger rhizome (the thick knobbly bit you cook with) in potting soil with the newest (ie. smallest) buds facing upward. Ginger enjoys filtered, not direct, sunlight in a warm moist environment.
Before long it will start to grow new shoots and roots. Once the plant is established and you’re ready to harvest, pull up the whole plant, roots and all. Remove a piece of the rhizome, and re-plant it to repeat the process.
Ginger also makes a very attractive house-plant, so if you don’t use a lot of ginger in your cooking you can still enjoy the lovely plant between harvests.

Im going to put a piece of ginger in a soil in my garden, will take some pictures later and post it here!

Potatoes

Re-growing potatoes is a great way to avoid waste, as you can re-grow potatoes from any old potato that has ‘eyes’ growing on it. Pick a potato that has robust eyes, and cut it into pieces around 2 inches square, ensuring each piece has at least one or two eyes. Leave the cut pieces to sit at room temperature for a day or two, which allows the cut areas to dry and callous over. This prevents the potato piece from rotting after you plant it, ensuring that the new shoots get the maximum nutrition from each potato piece.
Potato plants enjoy a high-nutrient environment, so it is best to turn compost through your soil before you plant them. Plant your potato pieces around 8 inches deep with the eye facing upward, and cover it with around 4 inches of soil, leaving the other 4 inches empty. As your plant begins to grow and more roots appear, add more soil. If your plant really takes off, mound more soil around the base of the plant to help support its growth.
Garlic

  
You can re-grow a plant from just a single clove – just plant it, root-end down, in a warm position with plenty of direct sunlight. The garlic will root itself and produce new shoots. Once established, cut back the shoots and the plant will put all its energy into producing a tasty big garlic bulb. And like ginger, you can repeat the process with your new bulb.
Onions

  
Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to propagate. Just cut off the root end of your onion, leaving a ½ inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny position in your garden and cover the top with soil. Ensure the soil is kept moist. Onions prefer a warm sunny environment, so if you live in a colder climate, keep them in pots and move them indoors during frostier months.
As you use your home-grown onions, keep re-planting the root ends you cut off, and you’ll never need to buy onions again.
Sweet Potatoes

When planted, sweet potato will produce eye-shoots much like a potato. Bury all or part of a sweet potato under a thin layer of soil in a moist sunny location. New shoots will start to appear through the soil in a week or so. Once the shoots reach around four inches in height, remove them and re-plant them, allowing about 12 inches space between each plant. It will take around 4 months for your sweet potatoes to be ready. In the meantime, keep an eye out for slugs… they love sweet potatoes.
To propagate sweet potatoes, it is essential to use an organic source since most commercial growers spray their sweet potatoes to prevent them from shooting.
Mushroom
Mushrooms can be propagated from cuttings, but they’re one of the more difficult vegies to re-grow. They enjoy warm humidity and nutrient-rich soil, but have to compete with other fungus for survival in that environment. Although it is not their preferred climate, cooler environments give mushrooms a better chance of winning the race against other fungi.
Prepare a mix of soil and compost in a pot (not in the ground) so your re-growth is portable and you can control the temperature of your mushroom. I have found most success with a warm filtered light during the day and a cool temperature at night. Just remove the head of the mushroom and plant the stalk in the soil, leaving just the top exposed. In the right conditions, the base will grow a whole new head. (In my experience, you’ll know fairly quickly if your mushroom has taken to the soil as it will either start to grow or start to rot in the first few days).
Pineapple
To re-grow pineapples, you need to remove the green leafy piece at the top and ensure that no fruit remains attached. Either hold the crown firmly by the leaves and twist the stalk out, or you can cut the top off the pineapple and remove the remaining fruit flesh with a knife (otherwise it will rot after planting and may kill your plant). Carefully slice small, horizontal sections from the bottom of the crown until you see root buds (the small circles on the flat base of the stalk). Remove the bottom few layers of leaves leaving about an inch base at the bottom of the stalk.
Plant your pineapple crown in a warm and well drained environment. Water your plant regularly at first, reducing to weekly watering once the plant is established. You will see growth in the first few months but it will take around 2-3 years before you are eating your own home-grown pineapples.

They are delicious, smaller in size than where they came from, but superb!!

And one for the kids….. ‘Pet’ Carrot Tops!!
I call this a ‘pet’ because the plant that re-grows from planting a carrot top will NOT produce edible carrots, only a new carrot plant. The vegetable itself is a taproot which can’t re-grow once it has been removed from the plant. But it makes an attractive flowering plant for the kitchen, and they’re easy and lots of fun to grow…. for kids of all ages!
Cut the top off your carrot, leaving about an inch of vegetable at the root. Stick toothpicks into the sides of the carrot stump and balance it in a glass or jar. Fill the glass with water so that the level reaches the bottom of the cutting. Leave the glass in filtered, not direct, sunlight and ensure water is topped up to keep the bottom of your cutting wet. You’ll see roots sprout in a few days, and you can transplant your ‘pet’ carrot into soil after a week or so.
Your success re-growing lovely fresh vegies from scrap may vary, depending on your climate, the season, soil quality and sunlight available in your home or garden. And some vegies just propagate easier than others do. In my experience, a bit of trial and error is required, so don’t be afraid to do some experimenting. Get your hands dirty. It’s lots of fun! And there’s nothing like eating your own home-grown vegies.

Live Awesome!
  

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frugalliving.about.com/od/growyourownfoods/tp/How-To-Regrow-Foods

gardenofeaden.blogspot.com.au/2010/01/how-to-grow-sweet-potatoes-in-pots

gardenguides.com/88669-can-grow-mushrooms-store-bought-mushrooms

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permies.com/t/2997/plants/Vegetables-You-Eat-Replant

tipnut.com/nifty-food-plants

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organicauthority.com

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About the author: Andy Whiteley is a former corporate manager turned writer, editor and co-founder of Wake Up World. An advocate of peaceful revolution, Andy believes we are on a necessary path (albeit bumpy) to a renewed social model grounded in love, transparency, individuality, sustainability and spirit. Through his role at Wake Up World, he hopes to have a positive influence on that transition.

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12 DIY Face Masks to Brighten and Refresh Your Skin 

It’s no secret that dry weather messes with a person’s skin. I have combination to oily skin most of the time, but my skin gets dry during the winter. To combat this, I like to try various face masks.
Buying face masks at the store can get pretty spendy, so I wanted to look into making my own. 

Luckily there are a lot of DIY recipes out there!
Check out that and other DIY recipes below to get your skin ready for summer.

1. Brightening Turmeric + Lemon DIY Face Mask – The Glowing Fridge

If you want bright, glowing skin, then this is the mask for you. With only four ingredients, it’s easy to exfoliate and prepare your skin for summer.
  

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons rolled oats (ground into oat flour in food processor)

1 tablespoon manuka honey

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

squeeze of fresh lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.

Apply over the sink, on a clean face.

Leave mask on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off gently with warm water.

You may need to wash your face a couple times to remove the yellow tint.

2.Seaweed Mask Recipe – Mommypotamus

   
You’ve heard about green smoothies, but what about a green mask? This one features kelp and chlorella to improve the look and feel of your skin.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 teaspoon kelp powder (I use this kind and it’s amazing, but it’s a little coarse. I sift mine with a flour sifter and use the coarse stuff to make body scrub.)

1/2 teaspoon chlorella (Here’s where to find it. Spirulina can also be used but be aware that it can impart a temporary light yellow tint to skin)

1 tablespoon full fat yogurt – OR – 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (fresh if possible to avoid weird thickeners and preservatives) – OR -2 teaspoons skin nourishing oil (coconut oil is an option, and there are many more listed here)

1 drop skin nourishing essential oil, if desired (I love this anti-aging blend – it’s affordable, it smells like honeysuckle and it contains all the best essential oils and absolutes for skincare – neroli, rose, jasmine, geranium, sandalwood, Roman chamomile, German chamomile, sweet fennel, carrot seed, lemon, lavender and frankincense)

INSTRUCTIONS

If using an essential oil, add it to the kelp/chlorella powder and stir until it is thoroughly blended in. Add in yogurt/aloe vera gel/oil and blend again. If needed, add more liquid until the mixture creates a smooth, spreadable consistency. (If using yogurt or aloe vera, I typically add water. If using oil, I add more oil.)
Scoop out the seaweed mask with a spoon, then use your fingertips to apply it to your face and neck (if desired). I use a circular, rubbing motion to gently exfoliate as I apply. Allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes, then rinse. Follow with moisturizer.

3.DIY Edible Mud Mask – Essentially Eclectic

  
A lot of masks sound good enough to eat, and this one actually is! It features honey, cocoa, banana and more to moisturize, exfoliate and brighten your face. Plus, you can eat whatever is left of the mixture.
4.Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Face Mask – Liz Marie Blog
  

While the ingredients in this mask remind me of fall, it’s perfect for freshening up your skin any time. You can also include oatmeal, turmeric or other ingredients for more added benefits.
5.Cucumber Face Mask – What Dan Did Next
  

Blend some cucumbers with oats and yogurt for a cooling, hydrating boost for your skin. Put cucumber slices over your eyes while the mask dries for added relaxation.
6. Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask – Humblebee & Me
  

There are tons of recipes out there for detoxing your body, but what about your face? Refresh your skin with activated charcoal, zinc oxide and kaolin clay.
7. DIY Glamglow Inspired Mask – My Newest Addiction
  

If you’ve been eyeing the Glamglow Supermud mask but can’t handle the hefty price tag, make your own. This version features bentonite clay, charcoal, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and more.
8.DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask – Poor & Pretty
  

Still craving Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Try this simple mask that smells delicious and helps nourish and refresh your skin.
9.Avocado Face Mask – Living Chic on the Cheap 
  

 
If you have sensitive skin or are looking for a gentler option, try this one. This soothing, moisturizing mask makes your skin feel softer and look refreshed.
10. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Face Mask – Fresh-Picked Beauty
  

 
This mask smells good enough to eat! It features strawberries, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and more. You can also use it on your body or in your hair for a moisturizing boost.
11. Coconut Oil + Honey Face Mask – Mother’s Niche
  

You’ve used coconut oil for just about everything, but have you tried it in a face mask? This one combines coconut oil with raw honey to improve the look and feel of your skin.
12.Chia Seed Exfoliating Face Mask – Her Happy Balance
  

 
This mask features coconut oil and chia seeds to exfoliate your skin. It also helps moisturize and brighten your complexion.
 Source: Jessica B. See more at: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/jessica/diyfacemasks#sthash.igHVYnoE.dpuf

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