How Private Equity is Turning Public Prisons into Big Profits

In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors.

By Tim Requarth | 30 April 2019

THE NATION — When the Bellamy Creek correctional facility’s longtime kitchen officer decided to leave in 2014, David Angel requested the position. Angel, who was nearing retirement, had worked at prisons all over Michigan, including stints at three maximum-security facilities. “I wanted a permanent position for my last few years in the department. I had a lot of respect among the prisoner and officer staff, and I thought I could do the job and keep people safe,” he said. “Um… I was wrong.”

The Bellamy Creek kitchen is typical for a Michigan prison. Sixty incarcerated men staff it, doing everything from slicing potatoes with tethered knives to working the dish tank. Angel’s job was to provide security while six or seven outside employees oversaw the operations. The employees were new hires by Aramark, a food-service company recently contracted by the state to run its prison kitchens.

“It was a constant daily struggle,” Angel recalled. At first, it was the little things: Food was spilled but never cleaned up. Meals were served late, or the kitchen would run out of food and the staff would have to swap ingredients. “I saw peanut butter substituted for a hamburger patty more times than I care to count.” […]

Antibiotics for 2 Months Increase Stroke and Heart Attack Risk

Using antibiotics for an extended period of time during middle-age or later may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.

The finding comes from a study published in the European Heart Journal, which revealed women aged 60 and over who used antibiotics for two months or longer had significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, compared to women who did not.1

According to a press release2 by the researchers, the results held true even after adjusting for other related factors, like obesity, other chronic diseases and diet and lifestyle. Antibiotic exposure leads to long-lasting alterations in gut microbiota, which may influence risk of cardiovascular disease.

Antibiotics Use Leads to Heart Risks

While the use of antibiotics in younger adults between the ages of 20 and 39 was not linked to heart risks, women aged 60 and older who used antibiotics for two months or longer were 32% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use such drugs.

Overall, among women in late adulthood who take antibiotics for two months or more, six per 1,000 would develop cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 for women who did not. Women in middle age (40 to 59 years) who used antibiotics for longer than two months also had a 28% increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

The women used antibiotics most often for respiratory infections, urinary tract infections and dental problems, although the results held true even after the reasons behind the usage were factored in. Lead study author Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University Obesity Research Center in New Orleans, stated in a news release:3

“By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years.

As these women grew older they were more likely to need more antibiotics, and sometimes for longer periods of time, which suggests a cumulative effect may be the reason for the stronger link in older age between antibiotic use and cardiovascular disease.”

Antibiotics’ role in wiping out beneficial gut bacteria was also highlighted as a likely reason for the increased heart risks. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” Qi said.4

What Does Your Gut Health Have to Do With Your Heart?

It’s becoming increasingly common knowledge that antibiotics are an enemy to the health of your gut — so much so that even mainstream pharmacies may suggest you take probiotics, or good bacteria, along with a prescription for antibiotics in order to help protect your gut.

One of the risks of taking antibiotics is that it can allow unhealthy bacteria, viruses or other microorganisms to flourish in your gut, which can take a toll on your heart.

For starters, when the bacteria in your gut break down lecithin, a fat found in meat, eggs, dairy and other animal foods along with baked goods and dietary supplements, and its metabolite choline, it leads to the creation of a by-product called trimethylamine N-oxide or TMAO.5

TMAO encourages fatty plaque deposits to form within arteries (atherosclerosis), and the more TMAO you have in your blood the greater your risk of heart disease becomes. It’s not clear which types of gut bacteria lead to the formation of TMAO, but it’s suggested that probiotics may help to buffer the effect and thereby help prevent heart disease.

Another study published in the journal Atherosclerosis found that patients with inexplicably high amounts of arterial plaque, based on their age and risk factors for atherosclerosis, had higher levels of TMAO, p-cresyl sulfate, p-cresyl glucuronide and phenylacetylglutamine — metabolites produced by certain gut microbes.

On the other hand, people with unexpectedly low amounts of plaque, despite having traditional risk factors, had lower levels of these metabolic products. The differences could not be explained by renal function or poor diet.

Rather, there was a difference in gut microbiome between the groups. The researchers noted, “The intestinal microbiome appears to play an important role in atherosclerosis. These findings raise the possibility of novel approaches to treatment of atherosclerosis such as fecal transplantation and probiotics.”6

Some Antibiotics May Cause Fatal Heart Damage

One class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones may harm your heart by causing an increased risk of ruptures or tears in the aorta blood vessel. The aorta is the main artery in your body supplying oxygenated blood to your circulatory system.

In December 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that fluoroquinolones taken by mouth or via injection could lead to these aortic dissections or ruptures of an aortic aneurysm that could lead to serious bleeding or death.7

The risk is so great that the FDA advised health care professionals to avoid prescribing such drugs, which include brand names Cipro and Levaquin, to people who have an aortic aneurysm or are at risk for an aortic aneurysm, including people with peripheral atherosclerotic vascular diseases, hypertension, certain genetic conditions such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and elderly patients.

Long-Term Antibiotics Use Linked to Colon Polyps

The gut alterations that occur as a result of antibiotics use may also influence your risk of cancer. In 2014, researchers linked antibiotics use to a slightly increased risk (8% to 11%) of developing colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, possibly because of alterations to the gut microbiome.8

Likewise, past research has also shown that people with less bacterial diversity in their gastrointestinal tracts are more likely to develop colon cancer.9 Then, in 2017, research published in the journal Gut found women who had used antibiotics for two months or more were at an increased risk of developing colon polyps.10

Specifically, those who used the drugs for a total of at least two months in their 20s and 30s had a 36% increased risk of polyps compared to those who did not. Among women who used the drugs long-term in their 40s and 50s, the risk of polyps increased by 69%.11

Even taking antibiotics for 15 days or more, at any age range, was associated with an increased risk of polyps. Those researchers noted that antibiotics “fundamentally alter the gut microbiome by curbing the diversity and number of bacteria, and reducing the resistance to hostile bugs.”12

When Taking Antibiotics, ‘the Shorter the Better’

Antibiotics save lives when used appropriately, but the benefits must be carefully weighed against the risks, which can occur in both the short- and long-term. From 2010 to 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that, of 262 million antibiotic prescriptions written by physicians, 30% were unnecessary.13

Antibiotics prescriptions for acute respiratory conditions were most often inappropriately prescribed, which is interesting since the featured study also found respiratory infections to be a common reason why older women took antibiotics for long periods. Viruses, against which antibiotics are useless, commonly trigger upper respiratory infections.

In the short term, 20% of adults prescribed antibiotics in the hospital experienced adverse side effects and 20% of those side effects occurred in patients who didn’t need the antibiotics in the first place.14 Further, every additional 10 days of antibiotic therapy led to a 3% increased risk of a related adverse event, so the longer antibiotics were taken, the higher the risk of adverse events became.

Further, just one course of antibiotics negatively alters your microbiome for up to a year,15 which is precisely why it’s crucial to only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary. In fact, previous research by Qi and colleagues found that one course of antibiotics leads to long-lasting adverse effects on gut health and increases the risk of antibiotic resistance.

Taking antibiotics for at least two months also increases the risk of death from all causes by 27% among women in late adulthood, compared to women who did not take the drugs.16 The women taking long-term antibiotics also had a 58% higher risk of death due to heart problems.

According to Qi, speaking of the featured study, “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better.”17

Antibiotic-Resistant Disease Is on the Rise

Arguably, the greatest risk of antibiotics use is the spread of antibiotic-resistant disease. Every year at least 2 million Americans acquire drug-resistant infections and 23,000 die as a result. Many others die from conditions that were complicated by antibiotic-resistant infections.18

Worldwide, 700,000 people die every year due to antibiotic-resistant disease, and it’s estimated that more people will be affected by it than cancer by 2050.19 Already, tens of thousands of Americans may be vulnerable to life-threatening infections following surgery or chemotherapy due to antibiotic resistance.

One study estimated that up to 50.9% of pathogens that cause surgical site infections, and 26.8% of those that cause infections following chemotherapy, are already resistant to common antibiotics.20 If antibiotic effectiveness drops by even another 10%, it could result in 40,000 more infections and 2,100 additional deaths following surgery and chemotherapy each year.

A 30% drop in effectiveness could mean another 120,000 infections and 6,300 deaths annually, the researchers concluded.21 Worse still, if antibiotic effectiveness declines by 70%, the US could see 280,000 more infections and 15,000 more deaths as a result.

For the protection of your heart, your gut and your overall health, it’s important to carefully weigh whether every course of antibiotics you take is truly necessary. Meanwhile, agriculture remains a driving force behind the surge in antibiotic-resistant disease, both in regard to livestock living on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as well as the spraying of antibiotics as pesticides on crops such as citrus.

To protect yourself, choose antibiotic-free, organic food and use antibiotics for medical purposes only when necessary. If you do have to take antibiotics, add more traditionally fermented and cultured foods to your diet to optimize your gut flora, and consider the use of spore-based probiotics, or sporebiotics, which are part of a group of derivatives of the microbe called Bacillus, have been shown to dramatically increase your immune tolerance.

I also recommend taking the beneficial yeast Saccharomyces boulardii after you’ve finished your antibiotics, to prevent secondary complications of antibiotic treatment, such as diarrhea.

Low Cholesterol May Raise Your Alzheimer’s Risk

While cholesterol has been vilified as something that should be as low as possible to prevent heart disease, it’s actually a crucial component for good health and too low a level can have serious repercussions for your health.

Cholesterol is found not only in your bloodstream but also in every cell in your body, and is necessary for the production of cell membranes, virtually every steroid hormone, vitamin D and bile acids that help you digest fat.

Cholesterol also plays an important role in the formation of memories and is vital for healthy neurological function. For example, low cholesterol levels have been shown to increase your risk of depression and suicide,1 in some cases rather dramatically.

As noted by neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, a quarter of all the cholesterol in your body is found in your brain, where it performs the function of an antioxidant.2 A number of studies have demonstrated that, contrary to popular belief, higher cholesterol levels are associated with better brain health.

According to senior research scientist Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., insufficient fat and cholesterol in your brain play a crucial role in the Alzheimer’s disease process, detailed in her 2009 paper3 “APOE-4: The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins May Cause Alzheimer’s.”

Cholesterol 101

As noted by nutritional researcher Zoe Harcombe, a researcher in dietary fat who has a Ph.D. in public health nutrition, “It is virtually impossible to explain how vital cholesterol is to the human body. If you had no cholesterol in your body you would be dead.”4

Your liver manufactures most, about 80 percent, of the cholesterol your body requires, which in and of itself suggests your body cannot survive without it. The remaining 20% comes from your diet. However, dietary cholesterol is absorbed at a rate of 20% to 60% depending on the individual, and if you consume less, your body will compensate by making more and vice versa.

In order to be transported through your bloodstream, the cholesterol is encapsulated in a lipoprotein, which is where the terms LDL (low-density lipoprotein), HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and VLDL (very-low-density lipoprotein) come from. Whether LDL is truly as hazardous as many in the medical community insist, however, is still up for debate.

According to Harcombe, the notion that there is good (referring to HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol is incorrect, as technically LDL and HDL are not even cholesterol; they’re carriers and transporters of cholesterol, triglycerides (fat), phospholipids and proteins. “LDL would more accurately be called the carrier of fresh cholesterol and HDL would more accurately be called the carrier of recycled cholesterol,” Harcombe explains.5

Now, HDL is indeed beneficial in that it acts as a master manager, helping protect LDL against oxidation and transporting triglycerides and cholesterol in and out of the VLDL. In a healthy person, the LDL will be reabsorbed by the liver after about two days, where it gets broken up and recycled. As a general rule, a high-sugar diet will cause damaged LDLs to rise, beneficial HDLs to drop, triglycerides and, often, total cholesterol to rise.

How Cholesterol Impacts Neurological Function and Disease Risk

Getting back to Alzheimer’s, a number of studies have demonstrated the importance of higher cholesterol for the prevention of this devastating neurodegenerative disease. In 2014, a study6 in JAMA Neurology investigated the impact of cholesterol levels on the deposition of beta-amyloid plaque in the brains of 74 seniors with a mean age of 78. Three of them had mild dementia, 33 were clinically normal and 38 had mild cognitive impairment. As explained by the authors:7

“Cholesterol, vital to neuronal structure and function, has important roles in the synthesis, deposition, and clearance of ?-amyloid (A?) and may have a pathogenic role in Alzheimer disease (AD) … There are also important connections among apolipoprotein E (APOE), A?, and cholesterol.

A strong genetic risk factor for AD, the APOE ?4 allele is associated with earlier and higher deposition of A?. APOE is the primary transporter of cholesterol in the brain, and its isoforms differentially modulate brain cholesterol levels.”

Here, the researchers found that higher levels of HDL and lower levels of LDL were associated with a reduced risk for amyloid plaque deposits in the brain, and these findings were independent of age and presence of the APOE4 gene. Study co-author Dr. Charles DeCarli, a professor of neurology at UC Davis and director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, commented on the results:8

“If you have an LDL above 100 or an HDL that is less than 40 … you want to make sure that you’re getting those numbers into alignment. You have to get the HDL up and the LDL down.”

That said, research9 published in 2008 found that elderly individuals who were not genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease who had the highest levels of cholesterol — including the highest levels of LDL — had the best memory, so the verdict is still out on whether high LDL is a significant risk factor.

Another study 10, 11 published in 2018 similarly came to a similar, although more complex, conclusion. In this study, the researchers evaluated the total cholesterol levels of participants in the Framingham Heart Study at midlife (around the age of 40) and late-life (around the age of 75). They also assessed mean total cholesterol between midlife and late life, and the total change in cholesterol since midlife.

Here, they found that having higher total cholesterol at midlife was associated with a reduced risk for cognitive decline after the age of 85. However, those whose cholesterol levels increased between midlife and late life were at increased risk, suggesting there are likely other unknown variables at play as well.

New Theory Proposed

In related news, researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Brain Institute and Vanderbilt University have proposed a new theory to help explain the link between cholesterol, beta-amyloid and Alzheimer’s. The study,12 published in Neurobiology of Disease in July 2019, tracked the location and mobility of amyloid precursor protein to assess its function in neurons.

Amyloid precursor protein is strongly associated with Alzheimer’s, but its distribution across various brain membranes and neuronal functions are still unclear. As reported by Science Daily:13

“In the case of more common sporadic Alzheimer’s disease, the highest genetic risk factor is a protein that is involved in cholesterol transportation and not this amyloid precursor protein … For the study, [Qi] Zhang [Ph.D., senior author and researcher at FAU Brain Institute] and collaborators genetically disrupted the interaction between cholesterol and amyloid precursor protein.

Surprisingly, by disengaging the two, they discovered that this manipulation not only disrupts the trafficking of amyloid precursor protein but also messes up cholesterol distribution at the neuronal surface.

Neurons with an altered distribution of cholesterol exhibited swollen synapses and fragmented axons and other early signs of neurodegeneration. ‘Our study is intriguing because we noticed a peculiar association between amyloid precursor protein and cholesterol that resides in the cell membrane of synapses, which are points of contact among neurons and the biological basis for learning and memory,’ said Zhang.

‘Amyloid precursor protein may just be one of the many accomplices partially contributing to cholesterol deficiency. Strangely, the heart and brain seem to meet again in the fight against bad cholesterol.'”

High-Fat Ketogenic Diet Protects Your Brain Health

As noted by Seneff in her 2009 paper14 on Alzheimer’s:

“ApoE-4 … is a known risk factor [for Alzheimer’s disease]. Since apoE plays a critical role in the transport of cholesterol and fats to the brain, it can be hypothesized that insufficient fat and cholesterol in the brain play crucial role in the disease process.

In a remarkable … study, it was found that Alzheimer’s patients have only 1/6 of the concentration of free fatty acids in the cerebrospinal fluid compared to individuals without Alzheimer’s. In parallel, it is becoming very clear that cholesterol is pervasive in the brain, and that it plays a critical role both in nerve transport in the synapse and in maintaining the health of the myelin sheath coating nerve fibers …

Throughout a person’s life, the myelin sheath has to be constantly maintained and repaired. This is something that researchers are only beginning to appreciate, but two related properties of Alzheimer’s are poor quality myelin sheath alongside a drastically reduced concentration of fatty acids and cholesterol in the cerebrospinal fluid …

An extremely high-fat (ketogenic) diet has been found to improve cognitive ability in Alzheimer’s patients. These and other observations … lead me to conclude that both a low-fat diet and statin drug treatment increase susceptibility to Alzheimer’s.”

Indeed, I’ve previously written about how a ketogenic diet, high in healthy fats, helps protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. One of the most striking studies15 showing the effects of a high-fat/low-carb versus high-carb diets on brain health revealed that high-carb diets increase your risk of dementia by a whopping 89 percent, while high-fat diets lower it by 44 percent.

According to the authors, “A dietary pattern with relatively high caloric intake from carbohydrates and low caloric intake from fat and proteins may increase the risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia in elderly persons.” A ketogenic diet benefits your brain in a number of different ways. For example, it:

Triggers ketone production — A cyclical ketogenic diet will help you convert from carb-burning mode to fat-burning mode, which in turn triggers your body to produce ketones, an important source of energy (fuel) for your brain16 that have been shown to help prevent brain atrophy and alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s.17 They may even restore and renew neuron and nerve function in your brain after damage has set in.

Improves your insulin sensitivity — A cyclical ketogenic diet will also improve your insulin sensitivity, which is an important factor in Alzheimer’s.18 The link between insulin sensitivity and Alzheimer’s is so strong, the disease is sometimes referred to as Type 3 diabetes.

Even mild elevation of blood sugar is associated with an elevated risk for dementia.19 Diabetes and heart disease20 are also known to elevate your risk, and both are rooted in insulin resistance.

The connection between high-sugar diets and Alzheimer’s was also highlighted in a longitudinal study published in the journal Diabetologia in January 2018.21 Nearly 5,190 individuals were followed over a decade, and the results showed that the higher an individual’s blood sugar, the faster their rate of cognitive decline.

Studies have also confirmed that the greater an individual’s insulin resistance, the less sugar they have in key parts of their brain, and these areas typically correspond to the areas affected by Alzheimer’s.22,23

Reduces free radical damage and lowers inflammation in your brain — Ketones not only burn very efficiently and are a superior fuel for your brain, but also generate fewer reactive oxygen species and less free radical damage.

A ketone called beta hydroxybutyrate is also a major epigenetic player, stimulating radical decreases in oxidative stress by decreasing NF-kB, thus reducing inflammation and increase NADPH levels along with beneficial changes in DNA expression that improve your detoxification and antioxidant production.

I explain the ins and outs of implementing this kind of diet, and its many health benefits, in my new book “KetoFast.” In it, I also explain why cycling through stages of feast and famine, opposed to continuously remaining in nutritional ketosis, is so important.

Phospholipid-Bound DHA Is Particularly Important for Those Genetically Predisposed for Alzheimer’s

A type of fat that is of particular importance for your brain health and prevention of neurodegeneration is the marine-based omega-3 fat docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in fatty fish, fish oil and krill oil.

Research24 by a biomedical research scientist on aging, Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D., highlights the benefits of DHA bound to phospholipids — such as that found in krill oil — showing this particular form may actually reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in those with the APOE4 gene, which is thought to be present in about one-quarter of the population.

Having a single copy of the gene raises your risk two- to threefold. For those with two copies, the risk of Alzheimer’s is as much as 15 times higher than those without this genetic predisposition.

Two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s are amyloid beta plaques and tau tangles, both of which impair normal brain functioning. Alzheimer’s patients also have reduced glucose transport into their brains, and this is one of the reasons why plaque and tangles form and accumulate. As explained by Patrick in her press release:25

“DHA promotes brain glucose uptake by regulating the structure and function of special proteins called glucose transporters located at the blood-brain barrier, the tightly bound layer of cells that limits passage of substances into the brain …

DHA … naturally occurs in a triglyceride form and a phospholipid form. Eating DHA-rich fish slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and improves symptoms in APOE4 carriers. However, some evidence suggests that taking DHA supplements, which largely lack the phospholipid form, does not.”

According to Patrick, this variation in response appears to be related to the different ways in which the two forms of DHA are metabolized and ultimately transported into your brain.

DHA in Phospholipid Form May Be Ideal for High-Risk Individuals

When the triglyceride form of DHA is metabolized, most of it turns into non-esterified DHA, while the phospholipid form is metabolized primarily into DHA-lysophosphatidylcholine (DHA-lysoPC). While both of these forms can cross the blood-brain barrier to reach your brain, the phospholipid form does so far more efficiently. Patrick explains:26

“Whereas non-esterified DHA passes through the blood-brain barrier via passive diffusion, the phospholipid form, DHA-lysoPC, enters via a special transporter called Mfsd2a.

Previous studies have found APOE4 disrupts the tight junctions of the blood-brain barrier, leading to a breakdown in the barrier’s outer membrane leaflet and a subsequent loss of barrier integrity. One end result of this loss is impaired diffusion of non-esterified DHA.”

According to Patrick, people with APOE4 have a faulty non-esterified DHA transport system, and this may be why they’re at increased risk for Alzheimer’s. The good news is that DHA-lysoPC can bypass the tight junctions, thereby improving DHA transport, and for those with one or two APOE4 variants, taking the phospholipid form of DHA may therefore lower their risk of Alzheimer’s more effectively.

“When looking at the effects of DHA on cognitive function in people with APOE4-related Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important that researchers consider the effects of DHA in phospholipid form, especially from rich sources such as fish roe or krill, which can have as much as one-third to three-quarters of the DHA present in phospholipids,” Patrick says.27

“That’s where we’re most likely to see the greatest benefits, particularly in vulnerable APOE4 carriers.”

Alzheimer’s Prevention Basics

One of the most comprehensive assessments of Alzheimer’s risk is Dr. Dale Bredesen’s ReCODE protocol, which evaluates 150 factors known to contribute to the disease. This protocol also identifies your disease subtype or combination of subtypes so that an effective treatment protocol can be devised.

You can learn more about this in “ReCODE: The Reversal of Cognitive Decline,” which includes my interview with him. In his book, “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline,”28 which describes the complete protocol, you will also find a list of suggested screening tests and the recommended ranges for each test, along with some of Bredesen’s treatment suggestions.

If you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Bredesen’s book. You can also find some of the program details in his 2014 case paper, which you can download for free online.29 Following are some of the lifestyle strategies Bredesen describes that I believe to be among the most important:

Eat real food, ideally organic — Avoid processed foods of all kinds, as they contain a number of ingredients harmful to your brain, including refined sugar, processed fructose, grains (particularly gluten), vegetable oils, genetically engineered ingredients and pesticides like glyphosate.

Ideally, keep your added sugar to a minimum and your total fructose below 25 grams per day, or as low as 15 grams per day if you already have insulin/leptin resistance or any related disorders.

Opting for organic produce will help you avoid synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Most will also benefit from a gluten-free diet, as gluten makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream where they sensitize your immune system and promote inflammation and autoimmunity, both of which play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.

Replace refined carbs with healthy fats — Diet is paramount, and the beauty of following my optimized nutrition plan is that it helps prevent and treat virtually all chronic degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. It’s important to realize that your brain actually only needs 15% of its energy from carbs, which can easily be produced in your liver; ketones are far more important for optimal brain function.

A cyclical ketogenic diet has the double advantage of both improving your insulin sensitivity and lowering your Alzheimer’s risk.

As noted by Perlmutter, lifestyle strategies such as a ketogenic diet can even offset the risk associated with genetic predisposition. (Estimates suggest genetics account for less than 5 percent of Alzheimer’s cases. An estimated 75 million Americans have the single allele for APOE4. It’s unknown how many Americans have the TOMM40 gene or others that may affect your risk.)

When your body burns fat as its primary fuel, ketones are created, which not only burn very efficiently and are a superior fuel for your brain, but also generate fewer reactive oxygen species and less free radical damage.

Pay close attention to the kinds of fats you eat — avoid all trans fats or hydrogenated fats that have been modified in such a way to extend their longevity on the grocery store shelf. This includes margarine, vegetable oils and various butter-like spreads.

Healthy fats to add to your diet include avocados, butter, organic pastured egg yolks, coconuts and coconut oil, grass fed meats and raw nuts such as pecans and macadamia. MCT oil is also a great source of ketone bodies.

Keep your fasting insulin levels below 3 — Lowering your insulin will also help lower leptin levels which is another factor for Alzheimer’s. If your insulin is high, you’re likely consuming too much sugar and need to cut back.

Optimize your omega-3 level — Also make sure you’re getting enough animal-based omega-3 fats. Ideally, get an omega-3 index test done once a year to make sure you’re in a healthy range. Your omega-3 index should be above 8 percent and your omega 6-to-3 ratio between 0.5 and 3.0.

Optimize your gut flora — To do this, avoid processed foods, antibiotics and antibacterial products, fluoridated and chlorinated water, and be sure to eat traditionally fermented and cultured foods, along with a high-quality probiotic if needed.

Intermittently fast — Compress your eating window to six to eight hours. Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool to jump-start your body into remembering how to burn fat and repair the insulin/leptin resistance that is a primary contributing factor for Alzheimer’s.

Once you have worked your way up to where you’ve been doing 20-hour daily intermittent fasting for a month, are metabolically flexible and can burn fat as your primary fuel, you can progress to the far more powerful KetoFast protocol, detailed in my new book.

Move regularly and consistently throughout the day — It’s been suggested that exercise can trigger a change in the way the amyloid precursor protein is metabolized,30 thus, slowing down the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s.

Exercise also increases levels of the protein PGC-1 alpha. Research has shown that people with Alzheimer’s have less PGC-1 alpha in their brains and cells that contain more of the protein produce less of the toxic amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer’s.

Optimize your magnesium levels — Preliminary research strongly suggests a decrease in Alzheimer symptoms with increased levels of magnesium in the brain. Keep in mind that the only magnesium supplement that appears to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier is magnesium threonate.

Optimize your vitamin D, ideally through sensible sun exposure — Sufficient vitamin D is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s. If you are unable to get sufficient amounts of sun exposure, take daily supplemental vitamin D3 to reach and maintain a blood level of 60 to 80 nanograms per milliliter. That said, it’s important to recognize that sun exposure is important for reasons unrelated to vitamin D.

Your brain responds to the near-infrared light in sunlight in a process called photobiomodulation. Research shows near-infrared stimulation of the brain boosts cognition and reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s, including more advanced stages of the disease. Delivering near-infrared light to the compromised mitochondria synthesizes gene transcription factors that trigger cellular repair, and your brain is one of the most mitochondrial-dense organs in your body.

Curcumin supplementation — Research31,32 published last year suggests curcumin supplementation may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s by improving memory and focus. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, included 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 who reported mild memory lapses.

None had a diagnosis of dementia at the time of their enrollment. Participants randomly received either 90 milligrams of curcumin twice a day for 18 months, or a placebo.

A standardized cognitive assessment was administered at the start of the study and at six-month intervals thereafter, and the level of curcumin in their blood was measured at the beginning and end of the study.

Thirty of the participants also underwent positron emission tomography (PET) scans to assess their level of amyloid and tau deposits before and after treatment, both of which are strongly associated with Alzheimer’s risk.

Those who received curcumin saw significant improvements in memory and concentration, while the control group experienced no improvement. PET scans confirmed the treatment group had significantly less amyloid and tau buildup in areas of the brain that control memory, compared to controls. Overall, the curcumin group improved their memory by 28 percent over the year-and-a-half-long treatment period.

Curcumin has also been shown to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),33 and reduced levels of BDNF have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Yet another way curcumin may benefit your brain and lower your risk of dementia is by affecting pathways that help reverse insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia and other symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome and obesity.34

Avoid and eliminate mercury from your body — Dental amalgam fillings are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity; however, you should be healthy before having them removed. Once you have adjusted to following the diet described in my optimized nutrition plan, you can follow the mercury detox protocol and then find a biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.

Avoid and eliminate aluminum from your body — Common sources of aluminum include antiperspirants, nonstick cookware and vaccine adjuvants. For tips on how to detox aluminum, please see “Top Tips to Detox Your Body.”

Avoid flu vaccinations — Most flu vaccines contain both mercury and aluminum.

Avoid statins and anticholinergic drugs — Drugs that block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, have been shown to increase your risk of dementia. These drugs include certain nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence and certain narcotic pain relievers.

Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete your brain of coenzyme Q10, vitamin K2 and neurotransmitter precursors, and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants to your brain by inhibiting the production of the indispensable carrier biomolecule LDL.

Limit your exposure to wireless radiofrequencies like cellphones, Wi-Fi and routers — Radiation from cellphones and other wireless technologies trigger excessive production of peroxynitrites,35 a highly damaging reactive nitrogen species.

Increased peroxynitrite production from cellphone exposure will damage your mitochondria, stem cells, DNA, cell membranes and proteins.36,37 Your brain is the most mitochondrial-dense organ in your body. Increased peroxynitrite generation has also been associated with increased levels of systemic inflammation by triggering cytokine storms and autonomic hormonal dysfunction.

Optimize your sleep — Sleep is necessary for maintaining metabolic homeostasis in your brain. Without sufficient sleep, neuron degeneration sets in, and catching up on sleep during weekends will notprevent this damage.38,39,40 It is very clear this is one of the most important and overlooked areas and many fail to integrate this into their lifestyle.

Sleep deprivation causes disruption of certain synaptic connections that can impair your brain’s ability for learning, memory formation and other cognitive functions. Poor sleep also accelerates the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.41

Most adults need seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Deep sleep is the most important, as this is when your brain’s glymphatic system performs its cleanout functions, eliminating toxic waste from your brain, including amyloid beta. For a comprehensive sleep guide, see “33 Secret’s to a Good Night’s Sleep.”

Challenge your mind daily — Mental stimulation, especially learning something new, such as learning to play an instrument or a new language, is associated with a decreased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers suspect that mental challenge helps to build up your brain, making it less susceptible to the lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Horsetail May Help Improve Your Skin and Bone Health

Horsetail, or equisetum, is a group of grass plants from the Equisetaceae family, a plant family that has been around for about 400 million years.1 Because of this, Equisetum has been deemed as a “living fossil,”2 because its existence dates back even before the dinosaurs.3

One of the members of the Equisetum group is the Equisetum arvense, which is commonly called the horsetail4 or field horsetail.5 This article will primarily focus on the Equisetum arvense variant of the horsetail group, with the name “horsetail” referring exclusively to the Equisetum arvense.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, horsetail has been distributed all throughout the world and has been used as an ornamental6 and medicinal plant. Its symmetrical and linear appearance lends patios and lawns a clean-cut aesthetic, which many people appreciate. As a medicinal plant, its use dates back to the Roman and Greek civilizations, who used it to help treat ulcers, wounds and kidney problems.7

Unfortunately, farmers usually treat horsetail as a pest that’s very challenging to get rid of. This is because horsetail can propagate through spores, which are located in cones at the end of the plant’s stems.8 These spores are equipped with elaters, which allow them to move around once they land on the ground.9 This means they can spread easily and more effortlessly than other weeds.

How Can You Benefit From Horsetail?

Despite its status as a weed, horsetail can deliver surprising advantages for your well-being. Numerous studies have focused on the medicinal uses of horsetail and the possible health benefits you can get from this plant. Some of these benefits include:

  • Helps promote bone health — Horsetail contains high amounts of silica, a mineral essential for strong bones.10 In fact, this herb has the highest amount of silica in the plant kingdom.11 In an Italian study, menopausal women with senile osteoporosis were observed to have increased bone density after a year of horsetail supplementation.12
  • Helps stop bleeding — According to the book “Prescription for Herbal Healing,” using horsetail topically may help heal wounds quicker and stop them from bleeding.13
  • Functions as a diuretic — Horsetail may help flush excess fluids and salt from the body, and may be beneficial for people with kidney problems, bladder stones or edemas.14 A 2014 study showed that horsetail is just as effective as hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic medication.15
  • Aids in maintaining skin and hair health — The high levels of silica in horsetail assist in the production of collagen, an important factor in preventing signs of aging.16 One study found that using an oral supplement that included horsetail in its formulation helped boost hair growth among people with alopecia.17
  • Assists in easing urinary tract infections — The diuretic, astringent and tissue healing properties of this herb may help ease UTIs. In a 2011 study published in the International Journal of Drug Development and Research, horsetail was one of the herbs evaluated for this particular ailment.18

Here’s How You Can Use Horsetail Herb

If you’re curious on how you can use horsetail to improve your health, here are some ideas you can try:19

  • Drink horsetail tea — This is one of the easy ways to reap this herbs benefits. The instructions on how to make horsetail tea can be found below.
  • Create a horsetail poultice — This is ideal for topical ailments that can be resolved by this herb, such as healing wounds. Apply it on the affected area.
  • Make an herbal bath — Adding horsetail to your bath water may help address a sluggish circulation and ease gout or rheumatism. Soaking your hands in a basin of water infused with dill seeds and dried horsetail herb may also help keep your nails healthy.20

Apart from its therapeutic uses, horsetail is important in biodynamic farming. Called Equisetum 508, horsetail tea or liquid manure preparation is used as a spray to help protect plants from weeds, rot, pests and mildew, as well as to control and prevent fungal diseases.21

Note that this type of horsetail tea is different from the one you can brew and drink. You can find instructions on how to make horsetail tea for plants, as well as liquid manure, in the book, “Biodynamic Gardening.”22

How to Grow Horsetail in Your Own Backyard

Horsetail is a perennial plant23 that usually thrives in wet and boggy soil. It’s extremely hard to control if not managed well. This is one of the reasons why horsetail is best planted in wide areas. If you have limited space, using containers and pots will help control their spread.24 If you want to plant your own horsetail to add a tinge of green to your home or you want to reap this plant’s numerous benefits, here are a few tips from SF Gate:25

  1. Choose a shady part in your garden. A shady location will ensure that the horsetail will keep its color throughout the year. Make sure that you have soil that is rich in organic matter. You can ensure this by adding a layer of compost or organic manure on top of your soil.
  2. Make a hole in the soil for your plant and set the plant down into the hole. The crown should be at ground level.
  3. Water the horsetail after planting. Make sure that you keep the soil moist at all times.

How to Correctly Harvest and Store Horsetail Herbs

The best time for harvesting horsetail is during late spring, when its leaves are still bright green.26 After harvesting, storing a whole year’s supply of horsetail is easy enough. The thing that you should remember is that the leaves should be thoroughly dried before storage. Here is a step-by-step guide from The Daring Gourmet blog on how to properly store horsetail leaves:27

  1. After harvesting, rinse the leaves to get rid of dirt. Dry them in the sun for a few minutes before hanging them up.
  2. Bundle a few horsetails together, making sure that they still get enough air exposure. Tie them with a string.
  3. Hang them up in a dark place with good air circulation. Drying them would take two to three weeks. You can determine whether they’re completely dry by breaking a stem with your fingers and no moisture comes out anymore.
  4. Chop the leaves up and store them in an airtight glass container. Place the container in a dark place. Stored leaves usually last for up to one year.

Get This Herb’s Health Benefits by Brewing Horsetail Tea

As mentioned above, one of the best ways to reap horsetail’s benefits is by making horsetail tea. There are online stores that offer horsetail tea, either as loose tea or in teabags, but if you currently have an adequate supply of this herb, there is the option of brewing your own. To help you brew your first batch of horsetail tea, here is a recipe from the book, “Healing Teas:”28

Horsetail Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce (or 3 3/4 teaspoons) dried horsetail herb
  • 8 ounces water

Procedure

  1. Boil water in a kettle.
  2. Place the horsetail in a mug or teapot.
  3. Pour water onto the herb. Let it steep for three minutes.
  4. Strain your tea and drink.

Note: You can take this daily for two weeks, but no longer than that to avoid irritating your intestines and kidneys.

Contraindications and Possible Side Effects of Horsetail

Take note that horsetail, like other herbs, can lead to various side effects, especially if taken without the assistance of a health practitioner. Some of the side effects that you could suffer from prolonged horsetail use include the following:

  • Thiamine deficiency — People who suffer from thiamine deficiency should steer clear from this herb because it’s been observed to destroy thiamine during digestion.29
  • Potassium deficiency — Horsetail’s diuretic property may increase your risk of potassium deficiency (hypokalemia by depleting your body’s supply.30
  • Lowered blood sugar levels — The ingestion of horsetail can alter glucose levels in the blood, which may be hard to manage for people with diabetes. If you are diabetic, it is best that you don’t use horsetail unless approved by a health professional.31

Remember that Equisetum arvense is the focus of this article, and not the other types of Equisetum plants. Equisetum palustre, another variety of horsetail found in areas like Canada, is toxic to sheep and cattle32 and may not be safe for humans. Before ingestion, make sure that you have the correct herb.

For pregnant or breastfeeding women, it is best that you do not take any horsetail products to ensure your and your child’s safety. This is due to the herb’s nicotine-like effects and the lack of conclusive studies that determine its toxicity.33


Revisit of Fred (the membrane)

Denice: I noticed someone in the CATS comments mentioned Fred… and when I went back and did a search, found the CATS posted one AK post and several original posts back in 2016 ?


Denice: ?


Denice: About “FRED” ??

Denice: ?? so I sent a shout out to FRED… no reply… only a warming sensation in my heart and feeeeeeeeling a huge smile…

Denice:  when I wanted to say humongous or large, I was corrected… HUGE.

Denice: ??

Denice: adjective

extremely large; enormous.“a huge area” 

synonyms: enormous, vast, immense, very large, very big, great, massive, cosmic, colossal, prodigious, gigantic, gargantuan, mammoth, monumental, tremendous, stupendous; Moreof considerable importance or seriousness.“this could be the start of something huge for you”

INFORMALvery popular or successful.“while he may be unknown in the American mainstream, he’s huge in Britain”


Denice: ooooh, I sooo love these beings! ??

1.of considerable or relatively great size, extent, or capacity.“add a large clove of garlic”
synonyms: big, great, huge, of considerable size, sizeable, substantial, immense, enormous, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, cosmic, goodly, prodigious, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monumental, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, mountainous, monstrous; More
2.of wide range or scope.“we can afford to take a larger view of the situation”synonyms: wide-reaching, far-reaching, wide-ranging, wide, sweeping, large-scale, broad, extensive, comprehensive, exhaustive, wholesale, global “the measure has large economic implications”


Denice: (large is just global) ? “Huge is extremely Large”

Denice: (lol)

Girl Lost Half Her Brain After MMR Vaccine

by Anne Abbot

Our daughter, Roz, was born a happy, healthy little girl on June 17, 2010. She developed just like all children her age and hit her milestones on or before the target age.

My husband and I decided to do vaccines one at a time on a delayed schedule after our first family doctor gave her PediaX vaccine with a combination of vaccines. At the age of one, we began with her DTap vaccinations and spread them out over a period of time. Then at her two-year checkup, we decided to begin her MMR vaccinations.

On June 12, 2012, Roz was given the MMR vaccine. She had the normal fussy period, as she did with the DTap, but after a week, she began to seem a little off, not as responsive, and she continued to be fussy.

She began to run a low-grade fever on June 27. On June 28, Roz had been outside for a short period of time. After her shower, my husband put her in the chair. He walked in after about five minutes and noticed she wasn’t moving and was in a staring state, unresponsive.

We immediately rushed her to the ER.

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8 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Detoxify

Written By: Sayer Ji,

Given what we are now exposed to through our food, air, and water, detoxification has become a modern-day necessity. Without the daily activation of ancient, effective physiological pathways designed to remove naturally occurring environmental and toxins or manmade chemical toxicants, we are bound to get sick.

So, what are some simple, effective ways we rid our body of its daily toxic burden?

1) Pop a Probiotic: Of course, you don’t have to ‘pop a pill’ to get a probiotic. In fact, it is preferred you ingest either a probotically cultured food (e.g. kombucha, yogurt (preferably non-cow’s milk based), cultured veggies, etc.) or eat more raw fruits and vegetables grown in truly healthy soil, as the Earth’s microbiome is actually the root of where ‘good bacteria’ come from.

How will getting probiotics help? Fascinating research indicates that probiotics actually help us break down foods (e.g. gluten; casein) and chemicals  (pesticides, Bisphenol-A) which can cause great harm to our bodies, and which our own detoxification pathways do not handle effectively. Its kind of a wonder, isn’t it, that ‘germs’ can help save us from ourselves in this way? (Learn more: 8 Ways Microbes Can Save Us From Ourselves).

1) Breaking a Sweat: Sadly, sweating has become synonymous with something gross that should be blocked with antiperspirants/deodorants – which, ironically only further exacerbates the problem of bodily odor, as it keeps one of your primary channels of detoxification from doing its job.

The reality is we were designed to move our bodies, the result of which is the release of profoundly uplifting and regenerative hormonal and neurochemical secretions. And this is just the obvious ‘reward’ we receive by pushing ourselves through the discomfort of sustained, intense bodily exertion to the point where we are profusely sweating.

Deeper benefits include the activation of the lymphatic system, which while being part of the circulatory system lacks a pump (like the heart) to push the lymphatic fluid through; this requires the activation of our entire skeletal musculature via exercise.

While one does not necessarily need to break a sweat to move the lymph – walking will suffice – you can ‘free two birds with one hand,’ by eliminating various heavy metals and chemicals via profuse sweating if you bring your physical activity towards that threshold, which incidentally also overlaps with that ‘sweet spot’ that activates the ‘feel good’ secretions we talked about.   (Learn More: Research Confirms Sweating Detoxifies Dangerous Metals, Petrochemicals).

3) Don’t Break-The-Fast: In wealthier countries, where we suffer from the Orwellian paradox of being incredibly over-nourished and simultaneously dying of nutritional deficiencies, one of the best way to optimize your detoxification systems is to stop eating before sundown (which, I believe, is hard-wired into our bodily design) and skip your break-fast entirely. In other words, don’t break-the-fast and continue through your day until you are truly hungry (not morbidly craving nutritionally dead gunk, or confusing the putrefaction-associated acidity of last night’s poorly digested, or poorly food-combined dinner with an actual need to eat more), wherein you’re eating something wholesome, organic, and preferably living to “get your fill.”

If you eliminate and/or minimize the consumption of nutritionally vapid foods such as processed grain products, and beans (soybean, peanut, and other “vegetable oils”  included), and have a salad, eat an apple, or consume some organic nuts, etc., and focus on eating one really good meal later in the day, you will be surprised by how little you will be hungry; much of that craving is a byproduct of chronic, elevated insulin, which is largely caused by over-consumption of processed grain-based foods, and/or simple carbohydrates way beyond what you need to replenish your glycogen stores.

Now consider, this doesn’t have to be painful. Literally, if you awake in the morning, have your cup of coffee or tea (if you imbibe), and feel that empty hunger and low energy driving you towards you French toast, or whatever you would normally eat, try taking a couple tablespoons full of coconut oil, which will provide you (and your grumpy ‘morning brain’) with a near immediate source of fuel (66% of coconut oil is medium chain triglycerides which your body can use for energy very quickly, and which your liver breaks down into ketone bodies for your brain, which is the brain’s only other source of energy beyond glucose).

[1]  Consider, of course, this is not going to work for everyone, but it certainly may fit better into a busy lifestyle than the ‘heroic’ fast concept of just not eating anything at all – which has its place, especially for the very sick under professional guidance, or those on a spiritual mission, but not those with kids, several jobs, and just wants a way to jump-start the internal house-cleansing, metabolism-boosting process.4) Spice Up Your Life! Basic culinary spices can work wonders at stimulating bodily detoxification. A recent study, which we highlighted in the article “Garlic Beats Drug In Safely Detoxifying Lead from the Body,” illustrates how you can use your ‘food as medicine.’ If you LOVE Garlic, great. You are already a step ahead of those who tolerate it. In the former case, you might just want to ratchet up your romance a bit. In the latter case, just don’t ignore its potential application in foods you are already enjoying. The point is that we have plenty of help all around us, in our kitchen cupboards, on our spice racks, etc. And do you know what’s cool? There is a huge list of spices, foods, and nutrients – over 75 last time we counted — that we have indexed on GreenMedInfo.com that can stimulate detoxification pathways in the body. Here’s how you navigate to it: GreenMedInfo.com > Menu Item: Research Database  > Pharmacological Action > Detoxifier.

6) An Apple A Day Isn’t Going Away: One of the most amazing nutritional stories of our time is what happened to tens of thousands of so-called “Chenobyl Children,” after the meltdown of that reactor. As we discussed in our article “Why Apple Is One of the World’s Most Healing Superfoods” we discuss the radioisotope-detoxifying properties of this incredible healing agent:

“Post-Chernobyl, for instance, apple pectin was used to reduce Cesium-137 levels in exposed children, in some cases by over 60%.[x] From 1996 to 2007, a total of more than 160,000 “Chernobyl” children received pectin food additives. As a result, levels of Cs-137 in children’s organs decreased after each course of pectin additives by an average of 30-40%.[xi] Significant reductions were noted in as short a time period as 16 days.[xii]  Apple pectin has even been found to prevent the most deadly, and entirely man-made radioisotope, Plutonium-239, from absorbing in the gastrointestinal tract of animals fed it.[xiii]

The great thing about an apple, of course, is that it’s a whole food. Rather than take mega-doses of apple pectin (assuming you don’t live in Fukushima, or are exposed to its fallout in some way – then please do!), simply incorporating a ‘good apple’ – that is to say, 100% organic, non-irradiated, etc. – into your daily diet, should constitute an extremely pleasurable experience (especially if you incorporate this healthy snack as the “break” in our “Break-The-Fast” strategy). We can be nourished, pleasured, and detoxified all in one act; and this is, indeed, the way nature designed things with inexhaustible wisdom.

The last thing we should say on the topic, which may be the most important thing of all, is please void being poisoned in the first place. Easier said than done, I understand. But here are some really important things to remember, to make sure you aren’t unintentionally throwing yourself on a chemical grenade every day….

  • Unless you need your receipts, don’t take them.  Next to canned food (with those darn alphabetic soup of bisphenols in their can liners; yeah, its not just BPA, but BPS, and others the industry is now using), what is likely our primary route of exposure for this profoundly damaging class of gender-bending, heart-damaging, brain-damaging petrochemicals is going to be touching thermal printer receipts – especially if you already use lotion, which only helps to accelerate the skin’s absorbance of these chemicals.
  • Stop slathering petrochemicals on your body.  If you are putting it on your skin, it’s likely worse than eating it. How’s that? Unlike what you put into your mouth, where your liver determines if what you eat will be allowed into your bloodstream, your skin has no such ‘guardian’ to keep the poisons out. If something you are using as a body care product has an ingredient that requires a degree in chemistry to understand, ditch it (that is, recycle it) or don’t buy it.  If you can’t eat an ingredient, don’t put it on your body. Even better trying using coconut oil, or related food-cosmetic-medicines, with thousands of years of prior use backing it up for effectiveness and safety. If you want to learn more on the topic, read about how everyone now had actual crude oil derivatives in their body years of eating FDA/USDA-approved “food grade petroleum,” and aforementioned exposures: [“Crude Awakening: Mineral Oil Contaminates Everyone’s Bodies“]
  • Don’t drink the water. What I mean by this is if you get your water through a municipal system, and it hasn’t been effectively purified (ideally, distilled with minerals reintroduced), you shouldn’t drink it. [Read: Why There Is No Such Thing As ‘Safe’ Tap Water] Keep in mind, also, you can get ‘pristine’ water from Iceland or Fiji, or wherever marketers like to take our imagination, but if its been sitting in plastic for a year, its not as good as it would seem, due to the widespread contamination of plastic bottles with microplastics. Keep in mind that the problem with municipal drinking water, isn’t just the fluoride residues, but the 600+ disinfectant byproducts all of which are known to be toxic to the body,[2] to damage DNA, and probably contribute to cancer. It still boggles my imagination that anyone would willfully expose themselves to this, even in its secondary reiteration as ‘cooking water,’ i.e. using it to make pasta.  Water is what the majority of our bodies are composed of. Learn to savor ‘biological water,’ that is, water that comes from pure food, e.g. watermelon. This is ‘structured’ by the universe itself, and is unparalleled in what it can do for your body.

So, we’ve covered some problems and solutions, and certainly this is just the tip of the iceberg. Just take it all with a grain of sea salt, and take what works for you and leave the rest. If you find the time to comment on your own experience with detoxification, or how some of these strategies played out in your life, please feel free to below.


Additional References

[1] GreenMedInfo.com, MCT Fats Found in Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose.

[2] Susan D Richardson, Michael J Plewa, Elizabeth D Wagner, Rita Schoeny, David M Demarini.Occurrence, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity of regulated and emerging disinfection by-products in drinking water: a review and roadmap for research. Mutat Res. 2007 Nov-Dec;636(1-3):178-242. Epub 2007 Sep 12. PMID: 17980649

Article originally published: 2013-08-19  

Article updated: 2018-12-30

 

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