Disease has been on the rise for multiple decades. It seems quite clear that things aren’t really getting any better, and with a growing population, the rate of chronic illness seems to be getting worse. On top of that, we have a medical ‘industry’ full of good-hearted people who want to help people, and are helping people, that’s plagued by fraud and deception. One that is not really interested in healing people, but rather, in profiting off of their sickness. There are countless instances of this. For example, a study that was published last week in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. You can read more about that and access the study here.
The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful. — Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal
The above study is one of many examples, with various medications for various diseases. This is extremely concerning, especially given the fact that various experts estimate more than 100,000 people die every year in the United States alone from prescription drug use. (source)
There doesn’t seem to be much attention paid to the environment we choose to surround ourselves with, the foods we eat, and detoxifying our bodies. The answer to everything from the world of medicine seems to come in the form of drugs, which is not always the best option depending on your situation.
Ask yourself: why are so many people getting sick all the time? Why is disease constantly on the rise? One explanation that many experts are putting forth is the environment. We live on a planet where simply breathing in the air from any major city is a health hazard. Our cosmetics, self-care products, and common everyday household products are littered with hormone disrupting chemicals, and the food most of us eat has been linked to multiple diseases. Roundup herbicide has been found in the urine of people across Europe, and the list goes on and on. It’s no secret that we are currently living in a toxic environment, and for those looking to stay in good health, detoxifying is something important we can to do instead of putting so much stress on our internal organs to do it on their own. We need to assist them and we can do it in several different ways.
The body does a great job of detoxifying itself on its own, and it’s quite amazing. Perhaps this is why some people can smoke, drink, and eat poorly for most of their life and still survive into old age, but that’s not true for the majority of people.
Autophagy means “self” eating, and it’s a process where your body cleans out various toxins and recycles damaged cell components.
The video above provides a more in-depth biochemical review of the autophagy processes involved in health and disease.
Dr. Colin Champ, a board-certified radiation oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explains it well:
Think of it as our body’s innate recycling program. Autophagy makes us more efficient machines to get rid of faulty parts, stop cancerous growths, and stop metabolic dysfunction like obesity and diabetes. (source)
One of the best ways to detoxify your system, and slow the aging process (thus greatly reducing the risk of various age-related diseases) is to assist your body in the process of autophagy.
Exercise is a great way to fight disease. Our bodies are built to move, which is something many people don’t do enough of. Exercising alone has been shown to kill cancer cells, because it’s an excellent way to boost the autophagy process.
Clinical trials were conducted to help detoxify people from the Gulf War, and in doing so, results showed that that using a combination of exercise, sauna (detox through sweating), and niacin supplementation, maximized the elimination of toxins through the skin. Not only that, exercise does cause an increase in blood flow and vasodilation.
Scientists have also engineered mice to have glowing green autophagosomes and found that the rate at which the mice were demolishing their own cells (in a healthy way) increased significantly after they ran for 30 minutes on a treadmill. The rate also continued to increase as they ran past the 30 minute mark.
All of this is discussed by Dr. Yu, in the interview below that was conducted with Dr. Joseph Marcela discussing those studies. You can check it out for more information.
A number of scientists have been studying fasting these days, and the results are quite remarkable to say the least. One thing it definitely does is boost autophagy. Fasting has a number of other benefits, including regenerating new stem cells, fighting cancer, and reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
When you supply fuel to your mitochondria when they don’t need it, they leak electors that enhance reactive oxygen species as free radicals, and free radicals are extremely damaging. Supplying fuel to your mitochondria (via food) is the opposite of fasting.
Mitochondria is the power source to your cells, and these free radicals damage it.
Here is a video (TEDx) talk given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University, and one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. In it, he describes how fasting can reverse multiple age-related diseases.
Basically, when you take a look at caloric restriction studies, many of them show a prolonged lifespan as well as an increased ability to fight chronic disease.
Calorie restriction (CR) extends life span and retards age-related chronic diseases in a variety of species, including rats, mice, fish, flies, worms, and yeast. The mechanism or mechanisms through which this occurs are unclear.
The quote above is from a review of the literature that is more than 10 years old. The work presented here is now showing some of these mechanisms that were previously unclear.
A study published in the June 5 issue of Cell Stem Cell by researchers from the University of Southern California showed that cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and, moreover, induce immune system regeneration. They concluded that fasting shifts stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal. It triggers stem cell based regeneration of an organ or system. (source)
Human clinical trials were conducted using patients who were receiving chemotherapy. For long periods of time, patients did not eat, which significantly lowered their white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles “flipped a regenerative switch, changing the signalling pathways for hematopoietic stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems.” (source)
This means that fasting kills off old and damaged immune cells, and when the body rebounds, it uses stem cells to create brand new, completely healthy cells.
We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system. . . . When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged. What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. – Valter Longo, corresponding author (source)
One well-known option is the “5:2 Diet.” On the 5:2 plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), along with plenty of water and tea. On the other five days of the week, you can eat normally. Another way to do it is to restrict your food intake between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm daily, while not eating during the hours outside of that time. This is also explained in the documentary below.
Watch What You Eat & Monitor Your Protein Intake
This is really a no-brainer: eating healthy organic fruits and vegetables is important. One factor to consider is your protein intake. Today we seem to be bombarded with the idea that a lot of protein is necessary, especially if you are working out quite a bit. Although this may be true, over doing it on protein is definitely not a good idea.
It’s important to watch your protein intake when talking about autophagy, because too much protein will shut down autophagy, which is why it might not be a bad idea to limit your protein intake to about 40-70 grams a day, depending on your body bass. The usual formula health experts use to calculate how much protein your body requires is one gram of protein for every kilogram of lean body ass, or one-half gram per pound of lean body mass.
One of the quickest ways to shut down autophagy is to eat large amounts of protein. What this will do is stimulate IGF-1 and mTOR, which are potent inhibitors of autophagy. This is expanded upon by the scientists in the documentary linked above if you’re interested in learning more.
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Do you consider yourself a socially conscious person? Are you someone who stays up to date on current events, researches what’s going on in the world, and knows which companies are contributing to our world’s problems and which are working to solve them? If you said yes, then it sounds like you are a conscious consumer and understand the power of voting with your dollar and putting your money where your mouth is… but — where do you put your money? Which bank do you use? This is something many of us don’t even consider, but just like anywhere else you put your money, the bank you choose to support with your dollars matters.
This is something that I myself am just learning the importance of now, as I have recently begun researching the best places for storing my dollar bills. Not that I have a lot of them by any means, but still, I want them to be supporting things that I myself would support, which does not include a machine fuelled by greed — no matter the cost.
This idea of taking your money out of the big financial giants really came into my reality around the time of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, when people were withdrawing their money en masse. Protesters came to understand that, by giving their money to the big banks, they were actually contributing to and supporting the very oil giants t hey were fighting so hard to stop.
What Would Happen If We All Took Our Money Out of the Banks?
This is the thing that is a little scary to consider. When you put your money in a bank, it doesn’t just sit there, patiently waiting for you to decide to spend it. It is being invested at high levels. If you choose to, you can actually get involved in that game and potentially profit from your money rather than letting it collect dust, but again, it is up to you to be aware of what your money is actually going to support if you should choose to do that. If everyone were to take out their money from their banking institutions, the banks would essentially collapse. Those who were late to the money party, moreover, wouldn’t get their money back, because once in a bank, it’s technically under the bank’s control, and they do not hold it all in a safe waiting to be returned to customers.
Now, there are some other options, the most obvious being to keep all your money in cash format, but in this day and age, that is becoming increasingly less practical, as we need credit cards for so many things, and carrying a lot of cash is both inconvenient and risky.
So, Where Should You Keep Your Money?
Enter “Green banks.” Sometimes referred to as a green investment bank, clean energy finance authority, or clean energy finance corporation, a green bank is a public financial institution that uses innovative financing techniques and market development tools in partnership with the private sector to accelerate the deployment of clean technologies. This is one option.
But there are also a number of other socially responsible banks that you can choose from that invest the money they receive into ethical and sustainable businesses that truly have the consumer and the planet in mind.
Consider Credit Unions
You can also consider credit unions, whose model is people before profits. They use a co-operative model, which means any profits they make are reinvested back into the credit union to serve the members better, and some of these benefits are shared directly with their members and the community.
There are a lot of misconceptions around credit unions. People think they don’t have good online banking services, use mobile apps, or offer ATMs, but that simply isn’t the case. Most credit unions have all of these perks and more. Essentially, a credit union can do anything a bank can do, but it all revolves around you as the customer. Check out this cute video from Vancity that describes the difference between credit unions and banks:
Thinking About Making a Switch?
It’s a lot easier than you think. You can walk into your bank and tell them you want to close your account, and that’s that. Of course, if you have any loans or mortgages with your bank, the process becomes trickier, but it’s not impossible. Here are some simple steps, courtesy of GreenAmerica.org,
10 Steps ToBreak Up With Your Mega Bank:
1. Find a new community development bank or credit union. As you research your new bank, be sure to ask about fees, services, and the details about the banking products you need. Make sure the institution you select is FDIC or NCUA-insured.
2. Open your new account with a small deposit while keeping your normal mega-bank account open. Order the products you need such as checks, debit cards, and deposit slips.
3. Make a list of any of your automatic deposits like your paycheck, or auto-withdrawals, like your bills.
4. Move your automatic deposits to your new account. If you have direct deposit for your paycheck, ask your employer to transfer your paychecks to your new account (you will likely need to provide a voided check from your new account to your employer). The same holds true for Social Security payments or other forms of income you receive automatically into your account. Ask for the date on which the payment to your new account will take place.
5. Move your automatic withdrawals to your new account (you will likely need to provide the routing and account numbers at the bottom of your checks). When you know that sufficient funds will be in your new account, transfer your automatic payments so that they are now deducted from your new account. Ask for the date on which the payments from your new account will begin. It’s wise to leave a small amount of cash in your mega-bank checking account for a month after you think you have shifted your deposits and withdrawals to your new bank or credit union to guard against any unforeseen circumstances like checks you wrote that hadn’t been cashed, or payments you forgot about.
6. If you have only online banking through your mega-bank, take screenshots of statements or print them out. Save them for your records and keep canceled checks you may later need.
7. Transfer the final funds from your mega-bank account to your new account – once you have all your automatic deposits and payments transferred and any last checks have cleared your old account. Electronic transfer of these final funds to your new account is usually the fastest and safest method to use.
8. Close your mega-bank account. Once the last remaining funds in your old account have transferred to your new account, follow the bank’s procedures for closing accounts. Obtain written confirmation that your account is closed.
9. Inform your bank why you are breaking up (You can use our sample letter as a guide).
10. Encourage your congregation, workplace, or alma mater to use a community development bank or credit union if they do not already do so. Also, if you are on the boards of any nonprofits, or live in a condo or housing co-op, you can encourage these organizations to switch too. For colleges and universities, turn to Responsible Endowments Coalition.
If you believe in the power of voting with your dollar and putting your money where your mouth is, then this is the next important step you can take. There are many aspects of our system that aren’t working, and we know it, but the good news is, we do not have to participate in these parts of society that no longer serve us. We can take responsibility for our own lives and our actions and make a powerful impact wherever we leave our money. We always have a choice, and a vote, because every time we spend money, even at a bank, we are casting a vote for the type of world in which we want to live.
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