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Documentary Explores Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are all around us, no matter where you live these days. They emanate from power lines, televisions, household electrical wiring, appliances and microwaves. Then you have the information-carrying radio waves of cellphones, cellphone towers and wireless internet connections and a whole host of other wireless gadgets.

For some, the effects of EMFs are unmistakable and undeniable. The RT documentary “Wi-Fi Refugees” investigates the struggles reported by people who claim to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) — a condition in which sufferers claim EMFs affect their health and well-being.

The video features several such individuals, including Sue Howard, who used to spend most of her time in a specially-constructed shielded room, as EMFs cause a burning sensation in her skin.

Ida Pardo, another EHS sufferer, says she’s spent between $10,000 and $20,000 per year for the last four years on medical evaluations and treatments for her symptoms. “Most of my savings have been put toward trying to figure out what was wrong with me and gain my health back,” she says. Oftentimes, it can take years before the cause is identified.

While the film claims there’s no known test that can diagnose EHS, this isn’t entirely accurate. Some researchers have indeed shown the effects of EHS are biologically recognizable, and lab tests can in fact be done to show biological impairment is occurring during EMF exposure.

For example, Dr. Dominique Belpomme, a French oncologist, conducted a study on 700 individuals with EHS, showing they suffered immune system damage and nervous system damage.1 He also established a number of other biomarkers for EHS. However, this kind of information has yet to pervade the medical field, and many are still unaware of these medical advancements.

Symptoms of Electrohypersensitivity

While symptoms may vary from one individual to another, some of the most commonly reported symptoms of EHS are:

  1. Skin itch/rash/flushing/burning and/or tingling
  2. Confusion/poor concentration and/or memory loss
  3. Fatigue and muscle weakness
  4. Headache
  5. Chest pain and heart problems

Many describe a “burning pins and needles” kind of pain, especially in the head and chest area. Jennifer Wood, a professional architect interviewed in the film, describes feeling like her detoxification system simply shut down, causing a whole-body kind of toxic nausea that felt very different and distinct from the nausea felt when she’d come down with an actual virus or food-related illness. Other reported symptoms include:

Ear pain

Panic attacks

Insomnia

Seizures

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Feeling a vibration in the body

Paralysis

Unrelenting dizziness

Some Are More Susceptible to EHS Than Others

In the film, professor David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, discusses some of the scientific evidence showing health effects from EMFs, starting with the launch of early radar systems.

“Military people involved in radar work got into the radar beam and got an excessive exposure. And there are some 10 or 12 reports of individuals [who were] perfectly healthy before that sudden exposure, [who] after that exposure suffered from constant headaches, from photophobia — they couldn’t stand being in the presence of light; they felt their brain wasn’t working right. It’s classic hyperelectrosensitivity,” he says.

Wood notes that many EHS sufferers have a certain gene that inhibits detoxification, making them slow detoxifiers. Indeed, in her book “The Electrical Sensitivity Handbook,”2 Lucinda Grant3 compares EHS to that of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), which is an apt comparison.

Although it is not mentioned in the 2-year-old video, more recent work shows that those with genetic variants in voltage gated calcium channels (VGCCs) also appear to suffer from EHS at a much greater rate. This makes sense when one considers that the VGCCs are likely how EMFs damage your body.

Oftentimes, those suffering from EHS will also be highly sensitive to chemicals or have MCS.4 This makes logical sense since your nervous system is a primary site impacted by both chemicals and electromagnetic fields, and if your nervous system has been damaged from toxic exposures, it may render you more susceptible to EHS as well.

Dr. Yoshiaki Omura’s research5 shows that the more your system is contaminated with heavy metals from silver amalgam fillings, eating contaminated fish, living downstream from coal burning power plants and so forth, the more your body becomes a virtual antenna that actually concentrates radiation, making it far more destructive. Other at-risk groups for developing EHS include those with:

Spinal cord damage; whiplash; brain damage or concussion

Impaired immune function; lupus or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

Bacterial and/or parasitic infections such as Lyme

The very young and the very old

Tinnitus — Evidence actually hints at a shared pathophysiology between EHS and tinnitus.6 In this study, nearly 51 percent of EMF hypersensitive patients had tinnitus, compared to just 17.5 percent of controls.

As an interesting aside: Earlier this year I had a construction leak in my home that caused some mold damage. I had mold remediation performed and the foreman had suffered with tinnitus for over 15 years. He was also sensitive to mold.

I immediately recognized that as a common symptom of EMF sensitivity so I took him into my bedroom, which has very low levels of radiofrequency and electric fields. It was the first time in 15 years that his ringing disappeared. It was a powerful experience for him and motivated him to radically reduce his EMF exposure.

According to the authors of this study: “An individual vulnerability probably due to an overactivated cortical distress network seems to be responsible for both electromagnetic hypersensitivity and tinnitus. Hence, therapeutic efforts should focus on treatment strategies (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy) aiming at normalizing this dysfunctional distress network.”

Grant works with a lot of children with EHS, among whom the primary symptoms tend to be headaches, brain fog and difficulty learning. He’s currently involved in a legal case in Massachusetts, where the parents of a 9-year-old child with EHS sued the school for refusing to provide him with a Wi-Fi-free space.

Health Effects of EMF Exposure

While many still doubt the reality of EHS, there’s extensive — and growing — research showing EMFs are indeed harmful to human health. For example, research has shown EMFs:7

Create excess oxidative stress — EMFs activate voltage gated calcium channels located in the outer membrane of your cells.8,9,10,11,12 Once activated, the VGCCs open up, allowing an abnormal influx of calcium ions into the cell. The excess calcium triggers a chemical cascade that results in the creation of peroxynitrites, extremely potent oxidant stressors believed to be a root cause for many of today’s chronic diseases.

Inside your body, peroxynitrites modify tyrosine molecules in proteins to create a new substance, nitrotyrosine and nitration of structural protein.13 Changes from nitration are visible in human biopsy of atherosclerosis, myocardial ischemia, inflammatory bowel disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and septic lung disease.14

Open the blood-brain barrier, allowing toxins to enter your brain.

Fragment DNA — Studies have shown EMFs cause DNA fragmentation. Significant oxidative stress from peroxynitrites may also result in single-strand breaks of DNA.15

Damage mitochondria, and impair proton flow and ATP production — The enzyme ATP synthase — which passes currents of protons through a water channel, similar to current passing through a wire — generates energy in the form ATP from ADP, using this flow of protons. Magnetic fields can change the transparency of the water channel to protons, thereby reducing the current.

As a result, you get less ATP, which can have systemwide consequences, from promoting chronic disease and infertility to lowering intelligence.

Alter cellular function due to excessive charge — In a previous interview, Alasdair Philips, founder of Powerwatch,16 explained how EMF exposure alters cellular function by way of excessive charges. Essentially, the cell functions as a gel, held together by electric charge. When the charge becomes excessive due to a massive influx of electrons, the function of the cell is disrupted.

Raise the risk for abnormal cell growth and cancer, including leukemia and cancer of the brain, acoustic nerve, salivary gland, eyes, testes, thyroid and breast — As early as 2011, the evidence was strong enough for the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, to declare cellphones a Group 2B “possible carcinogen.”17

Since then, a number of studies have found support for EMF having carcinogenic potential, including two recent government-funded studies.18,19,20

Has neurological effects — Studies dating back to the 1950s and ’60s show the nervous system is the organ most sensitive to EMFs. Some of these studies show massive changes in the structure of neurons, including cell death and synaptic dysfunction. Consequences of chronic EMF exposure to the brain include anxiety, depression, autism and Alzheimer’s disease, which Martin Pall, Ph.D., details in a 2016 paper.21

Contributes to reproductive problems in both sexes — For example, prenatal exposure to magnetic fields can nearly triple a pregnant woman’s risk of miscarriage.22 Several other studies have come to similar conclusions.23,24,25,26,27 In men, studies show EMF radiation from cellphones and laptops reduces sperm motility and viability,28,29 and increases sperm DNA fragmentation.30

Alters your microbiome turning what might otherwise be beneficial microbes pathogenic. In the book “Cross Currents,” Dr. Robert Becker states that when you expose a bacterial culture to abnormal electromagnetic fields, the bacteria believe they are being attacked by your immune system and start producing much more virulent mycotoxin as a protective mechanism.

This too can have far-ranging health effects, since we now know your microbiome plays an important role in health.

Human Life and EMFs

As explained by Blake Levitt in the film, author of “Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves,”31 all life on planet Earth exists in harmony with the Earth’s natural electromagnetic field.

“10 Hertz frequencies emanate from the core of the Earth [and] that’s right where human conscious thought occurs,” she explains. “What we’ve done with technology is introduce signaling characteristics that don’t exist in nature; power densities that do not exist naturally on the surface of the Earth … and other forms of pulsations that do not exist in nature. There’s no corollary in biology that understands … how to adjust to this.”

Levitt goes on to discuss how man-made EMFs disrupt all life; not just humans but animals, insects and plant life as well. It disrupts our natural circadian cycles, hormone levels and seasonal changes that occur in both humans and other species (such as the migratory activities of birds and butterflies).

She describes man-made EMFs as a “serious environmental toxin,” due to its effects. “It’s a form of energetic pollution, and people need to understand it as such.”

Why Some People Develop Symptoms and Others Don’t

However, it’s important to remember that the primary hazard of EMFs, including cellphone radiation, is not cancer but, rather, systemic cellular and mitochondrial damage, which threatens health in general and can contribute to any number of health problems and chronic diseases.

Whether you feel it or not, damage is occurring. In one sense, people with EHS have an advantage, as the distinct discomfort makes them take proactive steps to avoid exposure, while everyone else remains oblivious.

In addition to taking proactive steps to reduce exposure (see guidance below), various forms of energy medicine,32 where you’re strengthening your body’s innate electrical system and meridian network, may also be a crucial EHS treatment component. By boosting your body’s resilience against EMFs, many troublesome symptoms may be lessened or eliminated, making it easier to live a normal life.

Finding Refuge From EMFs

Today, this energetic pollution is so widespread, even many natural areas no longer offer the refuge from EMFs that EHS sufferers are in need of. Wood takes the film crew to her recuperation spot deep in the wilderness where she goes whenever her symptoms become too much to bear. Here, all her symptoms vanish.

The Green Bank Observatory33 in West Virginia is a national “radio quiet zone,” meaning there’s no cell service in the area. According to the observatory’s business manager, Michael Holstine, many EHS sufferers have also found refuge here.

Howard is one of them. Every two weeks, her husband drives to visit her in Green Bank from their home in New York. By living in Green Bank, Howard no longer has to stay in a shielded room and is able to go places without having to worry about EMFs.

In this area, the background level of EMF is about 3.6 millivolts per meter (mVm). This is a very safe level as anything lower than 10 mVm is considered very safe. Most of my home has been remediated to this level, especially my bedroom. You can purchase an Acousticom 234 to measure the EMF level of your own home.

Suburban areas may have a background level of about 400 mVm, while hotspots can measure in the thousands. In Manhattan, the addition of thousands of wireless kiosks around the five boroughs have raised the background level to about 20,000 mVm, according to the film.

EHS Resources

Sweden has led the pack in acknowledging and addressing EHS, mainly due to the progress made by Elöverkänsligas Riksförbund35 — The Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive. The association produces and distributes educational literature that has helped raise awareness about the phenomenon around the world.

The EMF Experts website36 lists EMF groups worldwide, to which you can turn with questions, concerns and support. EMFsafehome.com37 also lists a number of publications where you can learn more about the dangers of EMFs.

Information, including a video lecture about EHS, can be found on EMFsafetynetwork.org.38 Lastly, should you need help remediating your home, consider hiring a trained building biologist. A listing can be found on the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology’s website.39

Remedial Strategies to Lower EMF Exposure

Several of the EMF sufferers in the film explain how they’ve remediated the EMFs in their homes, using a variety of means. Below are several suggestions that will help reduce your EMF exposure. You can also find guidance and solutions for mitigating electric and magnetic fields in this “Healthy Wiring Practices”40 document.

Nighttime remediation

Flip off breakers (or a remote switch) at night to circuits in and around your bedroom to reduce 60 Hz AC electric fields. If you have metal-clad wiring and can keep your breakers on at night, use manual or remote plug-in switches at outlets to kill power to plastic lamp cords within 6-8 feet of the bed, or rewire lamps with MuCord from LessEMF.com.

Almost all dirty electricity in the bedroom will automatically be eliminated when you sleep if you flip off breakers to reduce 60 Hz AC electric fields, because dirty electricity rides on the voltage, which will be switched off.

If you have metal-clad wiring, voltage will stay on. In that case, use filters to remove voltage transients from your electricity and use meters to confirm that they are in a safe range. Keep filters more away from the bed, as they emit a localized magnetic field of about 2 to 3 feet.

Use a battery-powered alarm clock, ideally one without any light. I use a talking clock for the visually impaired.41

Consider moving your baby’s bed into your room, or keep doors open between your bedrooms, instead of using a wireless baby monitor. Alternatively, use a hard-wired monitor.

If you must use Wi-Fi, shut it off when not in use, especially at night when you are sleeping.

For more extensive RF shielding, you can consider painting your bedroom walls and ceiling (and floor, if necessary) with special shielding paint, which will block RF from inside, as well as outside sources, such as cell towers, smart meters, radio/TV towers and neighbors’ Wi-Fi routers and cordless telephones in an apartment or condo building.

Windows can be covered with metal window screen or transparent film. Line your curtains with RF-shielding fabric. For your bed, consider a shielding bed canopy.

Daytime strategies to reduce unnecessary EMF exposure

To reduce an important type of EMF exposure during the daytime, consider using Stetzer filters to decrease the level of dirty electricity or electromagnetic interference being generated. You can also take these with you to work or when you travel. This may be the single best strategy to reduce the damage from EMF exposure coming from voltage transients since it appears that most of them are generated by the frequencies that the filters remove.

Avoid daytime 60 Hz electric fields when using your computer by making sure it has a three-pronged, grounded plug rather than a two-pronged, ungrounded plug. Disconnect the two-pronged adapter on your Apple MacBook transformer and connect a grounded AC power cord.

If your PC laptop has a power cord with a two-pronged plug, connect a USB Ground Cord from LessEMF.com to a USB port on your computer and a properly grounded outlet. You can order shielded AC power cords for any PC computer tower or iMac from Safe Living Technologies (slt.co) or Electrahealth.com.

You can connect to the internet with iPhones and iPads while in airplane mode using a Lightning to Ethernet adapter and putting the device in airplane mode. You will need a Cat-6 or 7 shielded, grounded Ethernet cable as well as an Ethernet grounding adapter kit from Electrahealth.com to avoid electric fields.

Metal lamps emit high electric fields because the metal, especially in floor lamps, amplifies electric fields. Reduce this by rewiring with shielded MuCord from LessEMF.com.

Keep unshielded power cords away from your legs and feet at your home (and office) computer to avoid electric fields while you work. Transformers plugged into surge protectors under your desk emit high magnetic fields. Move them more than 2 to 3 feet away from your feet.

Connect your desktop computer to the internet via a wired Ethernet connection. Then, just as importantly, be sure to put your desktop in airplane mode. Also avoid wireless keyboards, trackballs, mice, game systems, printers and portable house phones. Opt for the wired versions and disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth whenever possible.

Ideally, work toward hardwiring your house so you can eliminate Wi-Fi altogether. Remember to always manually shut off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your router and computer when you do so. That does not happen automatically when you plug in an Ethernet cable.

It’s important to realize that if you have a Wi-Fi router, you essentially have a cellphone tower inside your home. Even more importantly, remember that the device right in front of you that communicates with the router also sends out harmful RF signals, right into your body. Most people forget about this because radio signals are invisible. You cannot see or smell them like you can cigarette smoke, and they are silent.

Ideally, you’d eliminate your Wi-Fi and simply use a wired connection to get on the internet. If you absolutely must have a router, you can place it inside a shielded pouch or wire mesh box and then move it as far away from where you sit as possible. Never have the router in a bedroom or within 15 to 20 feet of one. You can find shielded pouches and mesh boxes online, or make your own using Swiss Shield fabric.

If you have a newer, thinner laptop without any Ethernet ports, various adapters will allow you to connect to the internet with a wired Ethernet connection from any Thunderbolt, USB or USB-C port. This is also true for the Lightning port on iPhones and iPads. Keep electric field EMFs low when you do this (see above).

When looking for a corded telephone for your landline or VoIP connection, be careful not to purchase a hybrid corded/cordless model. They have a corded handset but contain a wireless transmitter inside that is always on. Look for the designation “DECT 6.0” on the box and phone, as well as a cordless extension inside the box.

Even if you never use the extension, the base unit continues to silently transmit a radio frequency signal 24/7, especially when sitting on your bedside table, desk or kitchen counter. Switch to corded landline telephones and use them when at home. Call forward your cellphone to your landline number when home and put your cellphone in airplane mode.

Avoid carrying your cellphone on your body unless in airplane mode and never sleep with it in your bedroom unless it is in airplane mode. Even in airplane mode some cellphones can emit signals, which is why I put my phone in a Faraday bag.42

When using your cellphone, use the speaker phone and hold the phone at least 3 feet away from you. Use an air tube earphone for privacy. Seek to radically decrease your time on the cellphone. I typically use my cellphone less than 30 minutes a month, and mostly when traveling. Instead, use VoIP software phones when traveling that you can use while connected to the internet via a wired connection or, better yet, use a landline telephone.

General household remediation

If you still use a microwave oven, consider replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food as quickly and far more safely. Measure magnetic fields near electronics and digital clocks at the front of stoves and dishwashers. Stand clear of these (below 1 mG). Avoid induction cooktop units altogether, as they emit very high magnetic fields far into your kitchen.

Avoid using “smart” appliances and thermostats that depend on wireless signaling. This would include all new “smart” TVs. They are called smart because they emit a Wi-Fi signal, and unlike your computer, you cannot shut the Wi-Fi signal off on some models when you connect to a wired Ethernet cable (you can with Sony smart TVs).

Consider using a large computer monitor as your TV instead, as they don’t emit Wi-Fi. Also, avoid “smart speakers,” which continuously emit RF signals into the room.

Avoid electric beds and chairs. If you do use them, plug them into a power strip and flip that off when sleeping or sitting in them. Avoid high electric fields from ungrounded wires and metal frames. Also avoid magnetic fields from transformers that may be right under your body, and Wi-Fi in the foot of some beds. Switch these off in all cases when sleeping.

Replace CFL bulbs with incandescent bulbs, as CFLs produce dirty electricity. Ideally remove all fluorescent lights from your house. Not only do they emit unhealthy light but, more importantly, they will actually transfer current to your body just being close to the bulbs. Many LEDs are cleaner than CFLs, but incandescent bulbs are best, including new halogen incandescent bulbs.

Dimmer switches are another source of dirty electricity, so consider installing regular on/off switches rather than dimmer switches. Central lighting control systems (Crestron, Lutron) tend to have cleaner dimming modules. Request hardwired, not wireless, keypads when using central control systems, especially near beds.

Refuse smart meters as long as you can or, when you cannot opt out, add a shield to an existing smart meter, some of which have been shown to reduce radiation by 98 to 99 percent.43

The 5 Potential Benefits of Drinking Nettle Tea

If you’re familiar with stinging nettle, there’s a high chance that it’s for the wrong reason. If you’re one of the unlucky people who’ve been stung by this plant, you’ve probably vowed to stay away from it forever. However, that might just change as numerous studies show that nettle tea may actually have potential benefits. The only thing is to just make sure you don’t get stung again.

What Is Nettle Tea?

Nettle tea is an herbal infusion made from stinging nettle leaves and, in some cases, even its roots. Drinking nettle tea for health purposes has been done for hundreds of years, with early civilizations using nettle to reduce swelling caused by arthritis, and to relieve muscle aches, kidney problems and seasonal illnesses. Nettle’s medicinal properties were especially valued in rural and poor areas because of its availability.1

Nettle offers various nutrients, such as vitamins B, C and K1, plus flavonoids, sterols and carotenoids,2 which make it a worthy herb to add to your diet. It’s even dubbed as a “trophorestorative” herb, meaning it may help repair an organ or organ system. Specifically, nettle aids in restoring the function of your kidneys and adrenals, mainly due to its diuretic properties.3

Nowadays, nettle tea is available in health stores and food shops. There are also infusions that feature other herbs and spices. For additional flavor and nutrition, nettle tea may be brewed with raspberry leaves, lemon balm and alfalfa.4 You may also use fresh leaves if you have a nearby source. Harvesting the leaves may be a challenge, but once you are aware of the plethora of nutrients the plant contains, you’ll know it’s worth it.

5 Benefits You Can Get From Nettle Tea

Nettle tea offers chemical constituents that may benefit your well-being. Some of the health benefits you can get by drinking nettle tea include the following:

  • Functioning as a diuretic — A mouse study published in 2000 notes that stinging nettle has diuretic, natriuretic and hypotensive properties at low doses. Higher doses have been found to be toxic, so moderation is advised when drinking nettle tea.5
  • Promoting urinary tract health — A 2006 study notes that a combination of sabal palm and nettle helped improve lower urinary tract symptoms in elderly men. A total of 257 patients were tested, wherein half of them received the herbal mixture and the other half received a placebo. Results show that moderate and even severe symptoms were alleviated, with tolerance rated as good.6
  • Improving benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms — Studies suggest that nettle may be helpful in managing BPH, a condition wherein the prostate gland is enlarged, causing urination problems.7,8,9
  • Helping relieve burns — In a study published in the World Journal of Plastic Surgery, researchers applied nettle extract on mice with second-degree burns. Results indicate that nettle helped speed up healing, suggesting it may be a viable alternative to common treatments such as Vaseline and silver sulfadiazine.10
  • Managing inflammation — In a 2012 study published in Phytomedicine, researchers discovered that all parts of the nettle plant (roots, stems, leaves and flowers) contain anti-inflammatory properties.11

Does Nettle Tea Contain Caffeine?

While nettle tea may provide you with an energy boost, it doesn’t contain any caffeine. This means that you can benefit from it without suffering from any of the side effects of caffeinated drinks, which include anxiety, insomnia and a raised heart rate.

You can drink nettle tea in the morning to get that morning kick without the fear of suffering from an energy crash in the afternoon or having problems sleeping at bedtime.12

Brew Your Own Nettle Tea With These Easy Steps

You can brew nettle tea using teabags, dried leaves or freshly cut nettle leaves. If you’re lucky enough to have saved a few nettle plants in your garden instead of plucking them all out, make your way over there now. Just be careful not to handle the leaves with your bare hands. Wear gloves or use tongs to avoid being stung by the small hairs on the stems and leaves.

Once you’ve safely harvested a few cups of nettle leaves, you can now brew your own tea. Here’s a recipe from The Tea Talk you can follow:13

Fresh Leaf Nettle Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh, young nettle leaves
  • 2 to 3 cups of water
  • Raw honey, optional

Procedure

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil on a stovetop.
  3. Reduce heat and let simmer for five to 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the leaves out and pour into mugs. Serve.

You can also choose to use dried leaves or a nettle teabag. If you’re planning on brewing some with dried tea leaves, here’s a guide you can follow:

Dried Leaf Nettle Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 nettle tea bag or 1 tablespoon of dried nettle leaves
  • 8 ounces hot water

Procedure

  1. Put the teabag or dried nettle leaves in a tea infuser and put it in a mug.
  2. Pour the hot water onto the cup, and cover.
  3. Let the tea steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Note that steeping it longer will make the tea stronger.
  4. Remove the teabag or tea leaves and enjoy your drink.

How Do You Store Nettle Tea?

Before you think about storing nettle leaves, you should first know how and when to harvest them. Nettle tea enthusiasts note that nettle leaves are best harvested young. If you’re planning on using the leaves for tea, pick the leaves before they start producing flowers.

Make sure you wear protective gear, like long-sleeved clothing, long pants and work gloves. While the precautions may seem like a bit of a hassle, rest assured the benefits nettle tea offers are worth the extra struggle. Here’s a guide on cutting nettle leaves:14

  1. Place your fingers on the front and back of the leaf and cut the stem.
  2. Choose the top leaves of the nettle plant.
  3. After you’ve harvested enough, place them in a colander and run cold water over them to remove dirt.

You can keep your freshly harvested nettle in your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer for about two to three days. You can also dry nettle leaves for better storage by using a dehydrator or hanging them up. You can follow these steps from Getty Stewart to dry your nettle leaves successfully:15

  1. Tie five to six stems of nettle with a kitchen string. Make sure that you don’t tie too many branches together as this will make them harder to dry out.
  2. Hang the bundles in a clean, dry and dark area of your house. The leaves may take one to three weeks to dry out, depending on the room’s humidity and the maturity of the leaves you gathered.
  3. Store the dried leaves in paper bags or sealed glass containers. Avoid using plastic containers as they promote condensation, spoiling your leaves.

Side Effects and Contraindications for Nettle Tea

While nettle tea may provide you with a wide range of health benefits, take note that it can also cause a handful of side effects, especially if it’s your first time to drink it. You may suffer from mild upset stomach, fluid retention and diarrhea. If you chose to use it as a topical solution, nettle tea may cause hives and rashes.16

Aside from these, nettle may interfere with certain medications. If you’re taking any of the following medicines, it’s best that you stay away from this tea:

  • Blood-thinning drugs — Nettle tea has high amounts of vitamin K. If you’re currently at risk of blood clots and you’re taking blood-thinning medications to treat a condition, drinking nettle tea may decrease their effects, as vitamin K plays a role in blood clot formation.17
  • Medications for high blood pressure — Drinking nettle tea may lower your blood pressure further when combined with medications that manage hypertension.18
  • Diabetes drugs — Taking diabetes medications with nettle tea may cause abnormally low blood sugar levels.19 If you’re planning on drinking nettle tea, consult with your doctor to ensure that you’re not unknowingly exposing yourself to hypoglycemia.

Nettle should not be used during pregnancy due to the limited studies examining its safety for pregnant women. Drinking nettle tea during the first trimester may also trigger uterine contractions. This may lead to preterm labor or even miscarriage.20

Additionally, it has been noted that consumption of nettle could cause serious imbalances in electrolytes.21

Sip on Nettle Tea to Get a Health Boost

Nettle may not be one of the most loved herbs in the world, but it surely compensates through its nutrients and potential benefits. Behind its rough exterior, nettle can actually offer you some health benefits. However, if you’re one who just doesn’t want to risk getting stung, the good news is that there are numerous ways you can benefit from this herb, and drinking nettle tea is one of them.

Brewing your own batch of nettle tea is a good way to boost your health, but make sure you’re getting your dried tea leaves, fresh leaves or nettle teabags from trustworthy sources. You should also take note of the numerous side effects of this tea to avoid unexpected complications.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Nettle Tea

Q: What is nettle tea good for?

A: Nettle tea has been used for hundreds of years to help treat numerous conditions. Today, studies show that it can help alleviate inflammation, promote urinary tract health and relieve burns. It may also help ease allergies and hay fever symptoms.22

Q: Where can I buy nettle tea?

A: If you cannot freely pick nettle leaves from your backyard, you can buy loose nettle tea leaves or teabags from various food and health stores. There are also online merchants that may just have what you’re looking for. Just make sure you’re getting them from trustworthy and organic sources so you know you’re getting high-quality nettle tea.

Q: Is nettle good for your hair?

A: While there have been no clear studies on the effectiveness of nettle for hair health, this herb is commonly used to treat hair loss. You can either drink nettle tea, or topically apply diluted nettle oil to help strengthen your hair roots.23

Q: How do I dry nettle leaves for tea?

A: You can dry your own nettle leaves by using a dehydrator or hanging bundles up in a clean, dry and dark area of your house. If you do not own a dehydrator, manually drying leaves may take up to three weeks, depending on the temperature of the room and the maturity of the leaves you’ve harvested.24

Q: Is nettle tea safe during pregnancy?

A: Pregnant women are not advised to drink nettle tea as it may cause miscarriage and alter the menstrual cycle.25

Q: How much nettle tea can I drink?

A: It’s best to consult a health practitioner to determine the correct amount of nettle tea you’re permitted to drink per day.

Q: Does nettle tea have caffeine?

A: Nettle may have energy-boosting properties, but it does not contain any caffeine. Caffeine-sensitive people may drink this tea without the risk of any caffeine-related complications.26


Could You Have a Heart Attack and Not Know It?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 nearly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, and 525,000 are first heart attacks. When you learn the risk factors, symptoms and how to take early action, it increases your chances of survival.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some who suffered a heart attack did not act quickly enough to make it to the hospital on time.2 Delaying treatment can be deadly, so it’s important to learn the warning signs.

While chest pain is the single most common sign for many women, women are also more likely than men to have symptoms other than chest pain when experiencing a heart attack.

What Is a Heart Attack?

Your heart is an extraordinary organ that can function even when detached from your body as long as it is supplied with an adequate amount of oxygen. It works relentlessly to pump blood throughout your body, so it is crucial the muscle receives enough oxygenated blood and nutrients or it can die.

Your heart beats nearly 100,000 times every day and pumps nearly 1 million barrels of blood in an average lifetime. This is enough blood to fill more than three supertankers. One way your heart may experience a loss of blood supply is if there is plaque buildup in your arteries, blocking the flow to your heart.

Heart attack can also happen when blood supply is affected by narrowed heart arteries, commonly known as ischemic heart disease. Although sometimes used interchangeably, a heart attack and cardiac arrest are two different occurrences. Sudden, unexpected cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,3 but it is different from a heart attack.

The most immediate and recognizable difference is that a heart attack victim will remain conscious with their heart beating, while someone who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest will be unconscious with no discernible heartbeat.

While a heart attack affects the oxygen supply to the heart muscle, cardiac arrest affects the electrical impulses. During a heart attack, part of the heart may have a reduction in oxygen supply if the blood is restricted, but the remaining areas of the muscle will continue to beat.

During a cardiac arrest, the electrical system is impacted by physical conditions, such as cardiomyopathy, heart failure or arrhythmias. A heart attack will also increase your risk of having a sudden cardiac arrest since the loss of oxygen supply will affect the electrical system in the heart.

This is perhaps the most common reason for a sudden cardiac arrest.4 In other words, loss of oxygen to the heart muscle from a heart attack affects the electrical impulses and may trigger a cardiac arrest.

What Increases Your Risk of Heart Attack?

Although there are stories of people who have a heart attack even when they eat right and exercise, these are the exception rather than the rule. The fact is, no matter how perfectly you eat or how fit you are, there’s no guarantee you’ll remain heart attack free. Women’s Health Magazine shares the stories of five young women and the unusual symptoms they had while suffering a heart attack.5

In a study of over 88,000 women, ages 27 to 44 years in the Nurse’s Health Study II, researchers documented 456 cases of coronary heart disease. They found women who adhered to six guidelines lowered their risk of heart disease by 92 percent. Based on this information, the researchers extrapolated more than 70 percent of heart attacks could be prevented if individuals implemented:6

  • A healthy diet
  • Normal body mass index (BMI)
  • Getting at least 2.5 hours of exercise each week and watching television seven or fewer hours per week
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Limiting alcohol to one drink or less per day

Although researchers measured BMI, it should be noted your waist to hip ratio is a more reliable risk predictor as it is a greater reflection of visceral fat. The results of this study also support results from a study published the previous year, which concluded the same health habits could prevent 79 percent of first-time heart attacks in men.7,8

To this I would add maintaining a healthy iron level is important for your heart, as various studies show that both iron deficiency and iron overload9 can be a significant risk factor for heart attack. To that end, excess iron is a more common problem than you may think when it comes to affecting your heart.

For example, a Scandinavian study in Finland10 found elevated ferritin levels raised men’s risk of heart attack two- to threefold. Another11 found elevated ferritin doubled the risk of a fatal heart attack at 2.18, while women with high levels were five times more likely (5.53) to have a fatal heart attack.  

Still another study,12 this time in Finland in 2017, found that higher iron raised the risk of first-time heart failure for women. While this particular study failed to show similar risks in men, it still shows how important it is to monitor your iron levels.

Stress Influences Your Heart Health

Stress has an enormous impact on your health. While acute stress is a life-saving biological function enabling you to instinctively square off against an assailant, run away from a predator or take down prey, chronic stress activating the same biological reaction over long periods of time can cause your body to marinate in corrosive hormones around the clock, and has serious consequences.

Chronic stress may lead to the accumulation of stubborn fat, high blood pressure and heart attacks. It increases inflammation in your body and activates your sympathetic nervous system, suppressing your parasympathetic system.

In one study,13 researchers found young and middle-aged women have a harder time recovering after a heart attack than men. They theorized this may be due to the stress of carrying multiple roles. Women are also twice as likely as men to die within the first two weeks following a heart attack.14

Data have demonstrated a link between bouts of intense anger with an 8.5fold higher risk of experiencing a heart attack in the following two hours.15 Stress also increases your risk of heart attack by triggering over activity in your amygdala, activated in response to real and perceived threat. Researchers16 measured nearly 300 participants over the age of 30, none with a diagnosed heart problem.

Participants were observed over two to five years, during which 22 experienced a serious cardiac event. Based on brain scans, the researchers conclude those with higher levels of activity in the amygdala were at an elevated risk of a cardiac event.

In short, people who are highly stressed have a higher activity in the amygdala, which in turn increases inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease. While not concrete proof of causation, activation of the amygdala can trigger arterial inflammation by triggering immune cell production in the bone marrow.

Stress can also trigger a heart attack by raising your levels of disease promoting white blood cells, leading to atherosclerosis, plaque rupture and myocardial infarction.17 The release of norepinephrine during high-stress events can also cause the dispersal of bacterial biofilms within the walls of your arteries, allowing plaque deposits to break loose, thereby triggering a heart attack.

Symptoms of Heart Attack

When a heart attack starts, blood flow to your heart has suddenly become blocked and the muscle can’t get oxygen. If not treated quickly, the muscle fails to pump and begins to die. While often a result of coronary heart disease, a blockage in an artery of the heart can occur following clot formation. Some of the most common symptoms of a heart attack include:18

Chest pain or discomfort

Upper body discomfort

Shortness of breath

Breaking out in a cold sweat

Nausea

Sudden dizziness

Feeling unusually tired

Lightheadedness

However, while it’s important to know the common signs of a heart attack, not all heart attacks begin with a sudden crushing chest pain as you might have seen on TV or in the movies. Symptoms can vary from person to person and some may have very few symptoms, especially women.19 

Many Women Mistake Heart Attack Symptoms With Anxiety or Stress

Importantly, research20,21 shows women are less likely to report chest pain when having a heart attack. According to the authors, compared to men, “women were more likely to perceive symptoms as stress/anxiety (20.9 percent versus 11.8 percent) but less likely to attribute symptoms to muscle pain (15.4 percent versus 21.2 percent).”

They were also more likely to use terms such as “pressure,” “tightness” or “discomfort” in the chest rather than referring to it as chest pain. A significantly greater number of women also reported that their doctor did not think their symptoms were heart-related. Overall, 53 percent of female heart attack patients reported this, compared to just 37 percent of men.

Nearly 30 percent of women had actually sought medical help prior to being hospitalized with a heart attack, compared to just 22 percent of men. What these findings suggest is that both women and their doctors tend to misdiagnose or dismiss symptoms of heart attack, placing them at increased risk of death than men. As noted by the authors:

“The presentation of [acute myocardial infarction] symptoms was similar for young women and men, with chest pain as the predominant symptom for both sexes. Women presented with a greater number of additional non-chest pain symptoms regardless of the presence of chest pain, and both women and their health care providers were less likely to attribute their prodromal symptoms to heart disease in comparison with men.”

Unfortunately, the absence of chest discomfort is a strong predictor of diagnosis and treatment delays.22 For this reason, it’s important to remember there are many other symptoms that might indicate a heart attack in progress, including the following:23

Anxiety attack

Back pain

Heartburn

Hot flashes

Extreme fatigue

Feeling electric shocks down on the left side

Numbness and stiffness in the left arm and neck

Feeling like they had a large pill stuck in their throat

Quick Action Saves Lives

Some of the more uncommon symptoms of a heart attack may lead you to believe you aren’t having a heart attack. Even if you’re not sure you’re having a heart attack, if you experience any of these symptoms, it is vital you call for immediate emergency care, as time is of the essence. Acting quickly can save your life.

Using an ambulance is the best and safest way to get to the hospital as emergency personnel can start life-saving treatments before reaching the hospital emergency room and those who arrive by ambulance often receive faster treatment upon arrival.

Emergency medical personnel would much rather treat you in the emergency room for a nonlife-threatening condition then have you die because you were unwilling to go to the emergency room for treatment. You and your family should work out action steps to take should a heart attack occur so there are no questions of what to do.

During a routine office visit, talk to your health care provider about your risks and keep important information with you in case of an emergency. For instance, write down all medications and supplements you’re taking on a card and laminate it, keeping it in your wallet or purse.

Three Underlying Causes of Heart Attacks

While blocked arteries is the conventional explanation for why heart attacks occur, there’s plenty of evidence refuting that notion. In his 2004 book, “The Etiopathogenesis of Coronary Heart Disease,”24 the late Dr. Giorgio Baroldi wrote that the largest study done on heart attack incidence revealed only 41 percent of people who have a heart attack actually have a blocked artery, and of those, 50 percent of the blockages occur after the heart attack, not prior to it.

This means at least 80 percent of heart attacks are not associated with blocked arteries at all. According to Dr. Thomas Cowan, a practicing physician, founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart,” three of the core, underlying issues that cause heart attacks are:

Decreased parasympathetic tone followed by sympathetic nervous system activation — Common causes for this include chronic stress, poor sleep, high blood pressure, diabetes, a high-sugar, low-fat type of diet, smoking and factors that contribute to low mitochondrial function. (In my book, “Fat for Fuel,” I address a number of factors that suppress mitochondrial function, thereby leading to low sympathetic tone.)

Collateral circulation failure (lack of microcirculation to the heart) — To understand how the blood flows to and through your heart, check out the Riddle’s Solution section on heartattacknew.com’s FAQ page.25 There, you’ll find detailed images of what the actual blood flow looks like.

Contrary to popular belief, blood flow is not restricted to just two, three or four coronary arteries (opinions differ on the actual number). Rather, you have a multitude of smaller blood vessels, capillaries, feeding blood into your heart, and if one or more of your main arteries get blocked, your body will automatically sprout new blood vessels to make up for the reduced flow.

In other words, your body performs its own bypass. According to Cowan, your body is “perfectly capable of bringing the blood to whatever area of the heart it needs, and as long as your capillary network is intact, you will be protected from having a heart attack.”

Not surprisingly, the same factors that cause low sympathetic tone also lead to loss of microcirculation. For example, smoking has a corrosive effect on microcirculation, not just in your extremities but also your heart. A high-sugar, low-fat diet, prediabetes and diabetes, and chronic inflammation also reduce microcirculation.

One of the most effective ways to encourage and improve microcirculation is physical movement, so chronic inactivity will also deteriorate your body’s ability to maintain healthy microcirculation.

Another highly effective and noninvasive treatment option that will help improve microcirculation to your heart is enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). It’s a Medicare insurance-approved therapy, and studies show EECP alone can relieve about 80 percent of angina. EECP works by inflating compression cuffs on your thighs and calves that are synchronized with your EKG.

When your heart is in diastole (relaxed), the balloons inflate, forcing blood toward your heart, thereby forcing the growth of new capillaries. It’s a really powerful and safe alternative to coronary bypass surgery for most people. Rather than bypassing one or two large arteries, you create thousands of new capillary beds that supply even more blood than the bypassed vessels. To find a provider, visit EECP.com.26

Lactic acid buildup in the heart muscle due to impaired mitochondrial function — In essence, angina is a symptom of poor mitochondrial function, causing a buildup of lactic acid that triggers cramps and pain. When this pain and cramping occurs in your heart, it’s called angina. The lactic acid buildup also restricts blood flow and makes the tissue more toxic.

Eventually, as the lactic acid continues to build up, it eventually starts interfering with the ability of calcium to get into the heart muscle. This in turn renders your heart unable to contract, which is exactly what you see on a stress echo or a nuclear thallium scan.

Simple Steps May Reduce Your Risk

Taking simple steps to change your diet and lifestyle may have a significant impact on your risk for a heart attack. It is important to quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake to protect your heart. Here are several more strategies to reduce your risk.

Eat real food — You can take control of your health by making small changes to your nutrition plan. A foundational recommendation is to eat real food and limit processed food to no more than 10 percent of your diet.

Reduce your sugar intake — The average American eats nearly 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is one of the most damaging substances you can ingest. Sugar overloads your liver, tricks your body into gaining weight, causes metabolic dysfunction and increases the inflammatory response, leading to heart disease.

According to Dr. Thomas Dayspring, a lipidologist (expert on cholesterol), most heart attacks are due to insulin resistance,27 and cutting out sugar is a crucial step to normalizing your insulin level.

Reduce stress — The Emotional Freedom Techniques, breathing techniques and yoga are all methods that can help reduce your stress level and enjoy better health.

Get restorative sleep — The importance of sleep cannot be overstated. Wakefulness is associated with mitochondrial stress. Researchers have found a 24 percent increase in heart attacks right after the time change in the spring, which demonstrates how fragile the body is to even the smallest changes in sleep patterns.

Women who get less than four hours of sleep per night double the risk of dying from heart disease28,29 and adults who sleep less than five hours a night have 50 percent more coronary calcium, a sign of impending heart disease.30  

Exercise — While exercise is extremely important for every aspect of health, your heart needs the right kind of exercise. High endurance training puts an extraordinary amount of stress on your heart, while focusing on high-intensity interval exercise can help strengthen as well as protect your heart.

Harvard Scientists to Fight Global Warming by Spraying Particles into Atmosphere — 4,000 Times a Year

Some scientists warn geoengineering will have unintended consequences.

Harvard’s Gernot Wagner wants to save the world from global warming. His method? Develop a new type of plane that will fly more than 4,000 missions a year dumping particulates into the stratosphere.

Wagner and his colleague Wake Smith call the proposed plane “SAI Lofter (SAIL).” Anonymous individuals at “Airbus, Atlas Air, Boeing, Bombardier, GE Engines, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Near Space Corporation, Northrup Grumman, Rolls Royce Engines, Scaled Composites, The Spaceship Company, and Virgin Orbit” provided input.

Estimates for SAIL’s design and operation seem sophisticated but are fabricated. Wagner and Smith admit, “No existing aircraft design — even with extensive modifications — can reasonably fulfill [their] mission.”

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