Health, Medicine, and Glyconutrition – The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be

This is what they call “Hope?”

We’ve all gotten used to the idea that certain maladies will be around for a while…like until the Second Coming. Maladies such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis…and many more are expected to be around, in epidemic proportions, longer than we think we will be alive…and anyone who tries to tell us otherwise is looked upon with real skepticism. In fact, when anyone tries to tell us “there’s hope” for such maladies as, say, diabetes, we are more likely to believe that the person is trying to sell us

Until these discoveries, scientists had NO idea how the cells of your body could tell the antibodies of your body you had an infection and that they had to “get on over here” to deal with it. Until these discoveries, scientists had NO idea how the cells of your body told the rest of your body that they needed nutrition, oxygen, waste elimination, infections healed…and a thousand and one other necessary functions of every cell. Goodness! We in the scientific world hadn’t known just exactly HOW even aspirin made its way to that nasty headache of yours. We just knew it worked. So, we prescribed it.

Sugar? Say it ain’t so, doc!

But, my attention was riveted to the news that scientists like Dr. Gunter Blobel had discovered what it was that let the cells COMMUNICATE with the other systems of the body. And would you believe it? What he found was amazing. Sugar…SUGAR! (Glyco = Greek for “sugar”) No…not table sugar (else diabetics wouldn’t be so excited over this new-found help for their diabetes).

,br> There are over 200 sugars in nature but, eight of them are VITAL to our good health. In fact, eight of them are the glyconutrition “backbone” for helping the body prevent or heal:

* auto-immune diseases such as diabetes, psoriasis

* overactive immune disorders such as allergies and asthma

* under active immune disorders such as cancer, TB, strep

* inflammatory disorders such as colitis, ulcers, Fibromyalgia

* other conditions such as Alzheimer’s, infertility, heart disease

Suddenly, the medical world was on fire over glyconutrition. The “anecdotal evidence” concerning glyconutrition is mounting rapidly as people are finding conditions which have long grieved them…to be a thing of the past. For so many, the expectation for the future is not a “long, long, road” fraught with impossible dieting, grueling workouts, thousands of dollars of prescriptions, and the need to dream positively. People are getting relief – from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, and many others – with glyconutrition…and without prescriptions! (Glyconutrition products are NOT prescription items…they’re food.)

Oh yes. I almost forgot. If you go to your doctor and he isn’t aware of glyconutrition, don’t panic. Your poor doctor CANNOT possibly keep up with all of the signs, symptoms, conditions, and their myriads of treatments, chemical make up and complications associated with thousands of maladies and the millions of prescription antidotes for those maladies. I couldn’t as a doctor, and I had several DECADES of experience in the field. “Been there … done that” as they say.

Incidentally, doctors don’t usually find out first what works. They’re just too busy being overwhelmed with the medical conditions they face, day to day. They usually find out like everyone else…They read about it or attend some seminar. Often, the marketplace produces antidotes – or research finds the right treatment, as in this case – long before they do.

But, I can tell you this. Glyconutrition is helping conditions as diverse as diabetes and Alzheimer’s … and a lot of people have hope that these conditions CAN be and are being…overcome…

Suddenly, the future isn’t what it used to be…

Beyond Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy in its simplest definition is the smelling of vapours for health & well-being effects, howsoever gained. This article examines a cross-section of the art and proposes a future course of direction for those professionals not wishing to be tarred with an aromatherapy brush.

Of course the fragrance of a nice perfume will leave you in a better frame of mind than the smell of rotting cadavers. The general intuitive appeal of a nice smell (etc) has launched a blind universal hype on essential oils, the mainstay of aromatherapy. Over the years it has attracted a large following of uncritical persons eager to believe good news. By contrast it has produced research well beyond the scope of aromatherapy.

Much opposition has been levelled against the wild claims that border on or even cross the line of fraud. Where there’s money to be made, there is opportunism. The truth is often the first casualty.

Then there is the medical profession. They are the stalwarts to uphold and defend the medical truth. Unfortunately there is opportunity to denigrate the practice of aromatherapy for motives other than altruism, leaving academia to the rescue. Disappointingly, much academic research is in effect unavailable to the general public as good research papers can be expensive.

Deserved or otherwise, alternative medicines such as Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Kinesiology, Light Therapy, Phrenology, etc. have been slow to gain traction in mainstream medicine. Within each field there may be something worthwhile. There is risk of throwing the baby out with bathwater.

Aromatherapy by semantic definition is in lockstep with things smelled, the nose being solely equipped to perceive things smelled. Thus aromatherapy armoury consists solely of essential oils. “Essential” not because we can’t live without them but because essential is merely the adjective from the noun “essence” being a vapour from a liquid at a low boiling point.

This semantic deception taken together with people such as those involved in routinely claiming these potions to cure things like ADHD, arthritis, high cholesterol, lupus, asthma, migraines, cancer, fibromyalgia confuses even more. It is there, on offer, all without the rigours of scientific validation. Long Live The Placebo!

Then there are the others making ambiguous claims that leave lots of wiggleroom such as “cleanses air of negative energies”, “restoring harmony and balance between the mind and body”, “restore psychic energy flow”, “return to one’s centre and chakra”. These and more have become aromatherapy’s articles of faith in some circles. Most are seen as nonsense to the mind versed in scientific methods.

Contrast these with Moss et al in the peer-reviewed paper “Aromas Of Rosemary And Lavender Essential Oils Differentially Affect Cognition And Mood In Healthy Adults” where they showed the efficacy of Lavender and Rosemary oils. 144 persons took part in the study and no one was informed of the study nature. Before and after inhalation tests included 15 words to be flashed on a screen for 1 second and participants were asked to remember as many words as they could in the space of 60 seconds. More tests were done using 20 photographs enabling researchers to test recall and reaction time.

Nominal recall improved from 5.5 for the control group to 6.2 for the Rosemary and showed little change for the Lavender. Nominal reaction time improved from a score of 246 for the control group to 259 for the Lavender. Little change was reported for the Rosemary tests. They concluded that essential oils can significantly affect aspects of cognitive performance.

Worth considering is a paper by Sayorwan et al, who, using electroencephalography (EEG), measured the changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate before and after Rosemary oil inhalation by uniformed groups of subjects and controls. Their findings provided evidence that brain wave activities, autonomic nervous system responses, and mood states could all be modified with Rosemary oil inhalation.

Aromas may well have a placebo effect and as such it is a good thing. However it is not the smell that gives essential oils their efficacy but the compounds that comprise the oils. Compounds such as Eugenol, Carvacrol, Thymol, Geraniol, and Menthol appear to stimulate while Linalool appears to calm or relax. Then there is Eugenol, a very powerful antioxidant as well. These compounds can enter the bloodstream via the olfactory system and the lungs through breathing. The bloodstream can also be fed via the skin by massage and contact patches. Other possible routes are ingestion and intravenous injections. The latter are subject to much more research than currently appears in the literature.

In conclusion, the subject of essential oils is therefore a much wider field, rich with potential discovery. Thus it is important that practitioners who prescribe the use of essential oils in their practice divest themselves of any stigma that has grown around aromatherapy. A whole new name for their practice would help to distance themselves from any hint of quackery and dogma.

The general public may well be sceptical as a result of conflicting opinions. The misnomer “essential” does not help. Volatile Oil Therapy (VOT) as a name may engender some trust especially if the practitioners of VOT confine themselves to proven effects.

What is a Greenpreneur?

Everyone knows that the environment is a mess, and the government isn’t doing much to correct the situation. That means, it’s up to US – everyday people – to do what we can to make a difference. Fortunately, there are many new jobs that people can jump into, to become America’s new working class: Greenpreneurs.

Perhaps the most visible way to switch gears is to go back to school – many people are choosing online universities – to get a new “green” degree. There are so many avenues to choose from, a quick internet search will give you many ideas. But that’s not the only way to make a great income.

For instance, I recently started working with a company that helps people to replace toxic household products with non-toxic household products. It is a well known fact that the products we use in our homes are poisoning us – causing asthma, cancer, fibromyalgia, ADHD, Autism, and many other illnesses and irreversible conditions. So, by simply switching to non-toxic, you are drastically improving not only the health of your family, but the environment as well! It’s a win-win situation.

That’s just one example of how you can become a Greenpreneur. There are also training centers, where you can learn to build green houses, become an energy auditor, or learn more about our very concerning fresh water situation. You have to ask yourself what you enjoy… this is always the first question you should ask when looking for a new career. What is it that you enjoy? And then, using that as a direction, explore all the possibilities!

As with anything, enthusiasm will open many doors. If you want to bounce some ideas off me, I’d love to hear from you!

Do Children Outgrow Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a genetic disorder and skin condition that commonly occurs in both children and adults. It is caused by the keratinization of the hair follicle, which will create small, red bumps on the surface of the skin. Many people refer to this as chicken skin or goose bumps, and it affects up to 40% of the population. These bumps will normally be found on the upper arms and thighs, and they can often be located on the torso and cheeks. Most often, keratosis pilaris is associated with dry skin, and it can be further exacerbated by allergies and asthma.

Keratosis pilaris is actually more common in children than adults at 50% to 80%. Many people who have KP are not aware of the medical term for this condition because it does not pose any health risk, and the bumps are frequently confused with acne. Unfortunately, this skin condition has no cure, but there is treatment available to manage the bumps on the skin.

Keratosis pilaris is a condition that is normally detected within childhood, and it may become worse during puberty.

The good news for any children that may have keratosis pilaris is that it will improve with age, and many sufferers of this skin disorder will frequently outgrow it. 30% to 50% of the patients that have keratosis pilaris have a history of it in their family because it is a genetic condition.

Furthermore, KP can often become worse or better, depending upon the changes in the seasons. In the winter weather, there is less moisture in the air, so the skin tends to become drier and flakier to make the symptoms of this condition worse. In the summer months, it is often warmer and more humid, so the areas of the body that have keratosis pilaris will likely remedy themselves for a temporary period of time.

The truth of the matter is that the best way to treat this skin condition is with proven at-home remedies. This is much more preferable to using harsh over-the-counter products that often contain chemical ingredients. This is especially true for children who have KP because their bodies are still developing and chemical ingredients may be too aggressive for their sensitive skin. If your child is suffering from keratosis pilaris, the best way to treat this issue is with at-home ingredients that will gently exfoliate and moisturize the tender and swollen skin in this area. This is especially the case if keratosis pilaris becomes worse during puberty since a natural at-home remedy will give you the opportunity to quickly alleviate this skin condition.

Using at home remedies for KP is much better than spending money on products prescribed by a dermatologist that may or may not work. This is also the opportunity to benefit the skin from head to toe through natural remedies that can be created at home to nourish and treat the harmful effects that this disorder may cause in the skin.

Pee-Ewe! My House Stinks!

So there you are, sitting comfortably on your favorite chair, and you get the dreaded call. Your out of town friends announce that they are coming to visit for the weekend. As your stress levels begin to rise, you quietly make your to-do list to prepare to impress your guests! You are determined to make them believe that you always live in a gleaming, sparkling clean, and fresh smelling house. As you compile your grocery list for those gourmet styled meals that you plan to serve them, and start to clean up the house it hits you, what’s that smell? Panic comes over you like a rolling meadow, and you are left with a feeling of horror. After all, the guests must enter a sweet smelling house for what would they think if the air upon entering the threshold of your home smelled like a mixture of Brutus the dog, your teens hockey bag, and your cat’s litter box? So now what? Of course, you get into your car, and you head to the nearest store to the air freshener isle. You are inundated by the myriad of scents and devices to help make your home smell clean and fresh. There are so many choices: plug-ins, diffusers, sprays, what one should you choose? Then you are faced with the multitude of scent choices like: Mountain Air, Vanilla, Fall Harvest and Ocean Wave.

Air fresheners are a multi million dollar industry for after all what can be worse than having an awful smelling house? But the questions remains, are air fresheners bad for you, your pets and the environment? You might be saying to yourself, how can something that smells so good, be bad?

Let’s take a closer look. What are the main ingredients in common air fresheners? The four most common are: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, aerosol propellants and P-dichlorobenzene.

Many of these chemicals are hormone disrupting cancer causing chemicals that can cause a variety of health issues such as: asthma (and other respiratory conditions), cancer, headaches, nausea, and dizziness just to name a few! Place an aerosol air freshener in a closed space and it can be likened to a gas chamber as the particles are diffused not only in the room, but in your lungs.

These chemicals have also been linked to polluting the environment by polluting the groundwater and depleting the ozone layer.

So what are the alternatives? Do you buy a store bought product that states that it is eco-friendly, or labeled green? While some green products contain legitimate green ingredients many manufacturers use very misleading verbiage designed to confuse the consumer with very long ambiguously named ingredient lists. Green labeling is also under scrutiny as there are different criteria for different types of green labeling, making the green product industry nowhere near regulated as it should be.

The best plan of action is always to make your own air fresheners. That way you know exactly what you are putting into it. While it is always nice to open all your windows and let the fresh air, flow through your home this might not be enough to keep your household odors at bay. Why not try placing vinegar in a bowl near that stinky source, or place a little essential oil unto your light bulbs. As a holiday air freshener why not try simmering cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg on the stovetop pot.

So next time you spray your commercial air fresheners in your car or house think about not only how it affects you your family and the environment. Seems to me that the benefits of a few hours of indoor freshness, does not outweigh the detrimental consequences.