I’m posting fewer and fewer items per day, it seems, and it has become very clear to me that what is posted here on the Kp blog must resonate (within myself) strongly. So that’s what I’m doing these days.
There are indeed tonnes and tonnes of exposure and disclosure and so and so this and so and so that articles, videos, but they are not all being put up here because, for one reason or other, they are not strongly resonating with my now-moment Higher Innards.
There’s probably no need to explain this to everyone, but all I’m doing is basically “putting out there” the current situation within my Self.
When people think of the world’s various cuisines, main dishes are the first things that enter their minds. But how about condiments? You might be surprised to know that condiments, along with herbs and spices, play a huge role in a culture’s cuisine.
Condiments come in various forms, many of which you may be familiar with, such as chili sauce, vinegar and soy sauce. Ketchup may be one of the most ubiquitous condiments. According to an article by National Geographic, around 97% of American households have a bottle of ketchup.
Another widely used condiment, although not as famous as ketchup, is tartar sauce. Most likely you’ve dipped your food in it before and enjoyed the flavor.
However, the tartar sauce you’ve tasted probably comes from the supermarket, and is filled with various food additives and chemicals that may endanger your health. Instead, make your own tartar sauce — it’s very easy to prepare, and is healthy as well.
What Is Tartar Sauce?
Tartar sauce is a dip with a mayonnaise base. Ingredients are added, such as mustard and seasonings, to alter the flavor. It’s found all over the world and generally paired with seafood, such as fried fish.
According to a report from The New York Times, tartar sauce has French roots and is radically different from the dip we know today. Originally, it was a mixture of “pureed hard-boiled egg yolks, vinegar, chives and oil.”
Before Making Tartar Sauce, Make Your Own Mayonnaise
One of the main components of tartar sauce is mayonnaise. Before making tartar sauce, I strongly suggest that you make your own homemade mayonnaise because the ones sold in groceries and supermarkets are filled with ingredients such as GMO soybean oil and fructose — ingredients that aren’t good for your health.
Delicious, healthy and homemade mayonnaise will be the foundation of your tartar sauce. Follow this simple recipe adapted from Naturally Savvy:
Mix the egg, mustard and salt in a food processor while it is running. Pour in the coconut oil, drop by drop until the mixture thickens.
Add the remaining oil in a thin stream without stopping the food processor.
Slowly add the vinegar once the oil incorporates into the mixture. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Note: The mayonnaise will stay fresh in the refrigerator for three to five days. To cut the recipe in half, beat the egg first and take out half of it. Then follow the rest of the instructions.
Tartar Sauce Recipe
Once you’ve made your homemade mayonnaise, it’s time to make your own tartar sauce. The process is quite easy, since you only have to mix the mayonnaise with other ingredients, creating the tangy flavor tartar sauce is known for. Try this healthy recipe, adapted from Bon Appetit:
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper.
Make Your Own Tartar Sauce Instead of Buying
It’s no surprise that dips can make certain foods more enjoyable, and they can be made even more delicious when your dip is made from fresh, healthy ingredients. If you’ve bought commercially made tartar sauce before, it’s time to throw that away. Making your own tartar sauce is easy, fun and healthier for you and your family.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tartar Sauce
Q: What’s in tartar sauce?
A: Tartar sauce has a mayonnaise base. Other ingredients are added to enhance the flavor, such as lemon juice, capers and gherkins. Salt and pepper modify the taste.
Q: Is tartar sauce dairy-free?
A: Generally, tartar sauce is a dairy-free dip, like the recipe outlined in this article. However, certain versions add yogurt, such as this recipe by Epicurious. If you want to explore new flavors by using yogurt instead of mayonnaise, I strongly suggest that you make your own yogurt for a healthier, more delicious dip.
Q: Is tartar sauce keto-friendly?
A: Tartar sauce can be a keto-friendly dip, especially when made using free-range eggs and coconut oil. Follow the homemade mayonnaise recipe above to create a fat-rich base before making your tartar sauce.
Q: Is tartar sauce gluten-free?
A: Yes, if you make your own tartar sauce at home. According to charity group Coeliac UK, mustard, one of the main ingredients of tartar sauce, does not contain gluten. The recipe presented in this article does not contain wheat ingredients.
Q: Does tartar sauce have cream of tartar in it?
A: While tartar sauce and cream of tartar have similar names, they are very different products. According to Cooking Light, cream of tartar is another name for tartaric acid, a byproduct found in the bottom of wine barrels.
Q: Does tartar sauce need to be refrigerated?
A: Yes, you will need to keep tartar sauce refrigerated or else it will spoil. According to The Kitchn, homemade mayonnaise, one of the main ingredients in tartar sauce, can last up to two weeks when stored in the refrigerator. The mayo recipe above from Naturally Savvy lasts only three to five days.
Q: How do you make tartar sauce with relish?
A: Relish is one of the main ingredients in making tartar sauce. Simply mix it along with the other ingredients in the mayonnaise. The recipe in this article has relish in the tartar sauce.
This article is part of a weekly series in which Dr. Mercola interviews various experts on a variety of health issues. To see more expert interviews, click here.
Emily Givler1 is a functional genetic nutrition consultant with the NutriGenetic Research Institute and Tree of Life, founded by Robert Miller, a traditional naturopath and trailblazer in the field of functional genomics, which looks at the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, pronounced “snips”) of genes.
Here, Givler discusses the benefits of the urine organic acid test (OAT) — a little-known test that can provide you with valuable insight into your biochemical individuality.
“We’re all living in this super toxic world, so everyone is being confronted by insult and injury to their bodies every day. Even those of us who are in this field can tweak things based on our biochemistry to make things work better for us,” she says.
“There’s not one right answer for everybody. We’ve got to find what makes us unique and find those places where we’re a little bit more vulnerable and support those areas appropriately.”
Givler’s Personal Story
Givler’s own health challenges were in part what drove her into the field of functional nutrition. She explains:
“I started with chronic pain and pretty excessive fatigue as a teenager … I had test after test and really got no answers. It took about five years before I got a fibromyalgia diagnosis. At the time, it was reassuring to know that this wasn’t all in my head. Other people felt this way too.
But where I got frustrated was the only recommendations I was given were narcotic painkillers or antidepressants … I was still a teenager. I decided I wanted to have a liver and kidneys by the time that I was 40, so I did not go down that route.
But I really had to carve out my own path to try to regain my health. I definitely had some missteps along the way. I stopped eating meat. I started eating a lot of spinach, beets and Swiss chard. Sounds good, right? I was eating these three meals a day, seven days a week and just felt worse and worse.
My rheumatologist told me to plan on being disabled by the time I was 30. I was about 20 at the time and thinking, ‘Boy, I knew to expect disability, but I didn’t think it would happen this fast.’
It turned out I was really dealing with extremely high levels of oxalates, which cause crystalline precipitates to form in the muscle and connective tissue. This was causing much of my pain and depleting my nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH), which was zapping my energy. I looked like I had fibromyalgia. I really think a lot of people who have that label are probably dealing with something similar.
The healthy foods I was eating, the spinach and the beets, are sky-high in oxalates. I don’t want to suggest that no one should eat them, but I was poisoning myself with these healthy foods … The lowest my pain level ever got was an 8 out of 10.
I can say that now, almost two decades later, it’s completely managed with no painkillers … There are too many people who suffer every day. They think they’re doing the right things. On paper, they’re doing the right things. But what’s right for one person may be totally wrong for them, [and] there are ways you can figure this out rather than just fumbling through the way I did.”
SNP and OAT Testing Are a Powerful Combination
The irrefutable evidence Givler needed was found in her OAT test. She’d also done Miller’s functional genomics test, which further supported her conclusion that her fibromyalgia was related to an excess of dietary oxalates.
Indeed, the combination of functional genomics testing and OAT can be very powerful. When I had the SNP test done, it revealed I have a genetic variant that is essentially equivalent to celiac disease, with the crucial difference that it does not cause any noticeable gastrointestinal issues. Still, this genetic flaw means I must abstain from gluten to optimize my health and avoid autoimmune problems. Turns out I have a problem with oxalate as well.
“As clinicians, we tend to get into the habit of wanting to put people on a protocol. We find something that works and we push it. It may work for a lot of people, but there are always going to be people who slip through the cracks because there are differences in our biochemistry,” Givler says.
“Whether it’s differences because of genetic predispositions that may make us metabolize things, like oxalates, histamine or glutamate, differently than the average person, or because of particular environmental insults that we’re exposed to, either because of our occupation or because of our geography — those things pile up and may make us fall outside of that normal box.
If we can use genetics as kind of the framework around which we build our protocols, and then use functional testing like the urine organic acid testing, we can more precisely target the types of dietary choices or nutritional, supplemental interventions, and in some cases, lifestyle changes, we need to implement to really propel us towards health …
I think histamine foods are a really good example. We can read volumes about how good fermented foods are for your gut … and how we should be eating these things every day. But if you can’t clear histamine, or if you’re dealing with excessive mast cell activation, and you bring these foods into your diet, you may set off a catastrophic cascade of events and make your symptoms exponentially worse.
Too often then, you’re going to be told, ‘You’re just having die-off. Just keep going. You’re just not doing enough of it,’ when actually you may be making yourself sicker. Getting the right guidance with the right functional testing can really make a huge difference in people getting on the right plan for themselves.”
The Most Common Genetic Disorder in the World
Givler’s SNP test also revealed she has glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) insufficiency, which is one of the most common enzyme insufficiencies in the world.
“This is where things get complicated,” she says. “Very few of us are dealing with just one thing. We have to see where these patterns of weakness kind of pile up … G6PD insufficiency … can result in a significant loss of NADPH. That can increase inflammation in the body and decrease mitochondrial function.
That, piled on top of my genetic predispositions to over-absorb oxalates, which will also deplete NADPH, really gives me a one-two punch when it comes to energy … [Dr. Mercola] and I have spoken pretty extensively about things I can do to rebuild my nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and NADPH levels. That has really helped me to propel my health to the next level as well.”
NADPH may in fact be as important as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), because while it lowers inflammation, it’s also the primary source of electrons in your body to internally recharge antioxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C and vitamin E. If that’s not working, it’s very difficult to get healthy.
The good news is there are simple and inexpensive ways to improve your NADPH, such as glycine supplementation. The bad news is you won’t know you have a serious NADPH problem unless you do these two tests.
I my view, doing genomic and OAT testing can go a long way toward figuring out what you need to do if you have a chronic complex problem and not getting better, and Givler is quite skilled in interpreting these tests. In my case, she also detected a B2 insufficiency. She explains:
“So few people are thinking about B1, B2 and B6, but they are critical. For you, for true metabolic flexibility, getting adequate B2 to work with the level of fat that you’re eating was a big piece of it. Interestingly, with the gluten, it was not just the SNP test that showed it. That was reflected on the organic acid test as well. It took about four months, being strictly gluten-free, for you to get that metabolite back in line …
It’s amazing how much insight we can get from looking at the right functional testing. These two are just a one-two punch for figuring out, ‘Is it some inborn issue that you need more of a certain nutrient than someone else, or is it just poor dietary choices for you? Is it an environmental toxin?’ When we pair [SNP and OAT] together, so many of those pieces really come to light.”
Is Glyphosate Exposure Affecting Your Health?
There are at least two types of glyphosate screens currently available, one by Great Plains Analytical Laboratory2 and another by Health Research Institute (HRI) Laboratory, which is the glyphosate test kit I carry in my online store. Certain patterns in your OAT results can also be indicative of a problem with glyphosate exposure.
“We can see patterns when there is high level of glyphosate exposure,” Givler says. “Glyphosate’s very disruptive for the gut microbiome but it doesn’t kill all species uniformly.
If there are elevations in clostridia species, yeast and depleted beneficial bacteria, that is one pattern you can see with glyphosate exposure, because it’ll kill the lactobacilli and the bifidobacterium and leave some of the more opportunistic organisms, which will make you more vulnerable to lipopolysaccharides.
Glyphosate also breaks down into oxalate. For some people who are not dealing with the genetic predisposition but are dealing with the secondary hyperoxaluria, that may be a result of glyphosate as well. If we see a lot of mineral depletions — since glyphosate is a mineral chelator — that may be an indicator that there are some problems.
High succinate on the OAT test also can be an indicator, because succinate and glycine combine to move into the heme pathway. Without the glycine, if it’s being disrupted by glyphosate, that level may be elevated. If you’re seeing high oxalates, high succinate, high clostridia and low good bacteria, I would start looking for glyphosate exposure.”
A Clinical Example: My Personal OAT Results
To give you an idea of what OAT might tell you, I share my own test results in this interview, which Givler interpreted for me. My first OAT was in August, and the results shocked me. It was not at all what I expected considering how strict I am about living a healthy lifestyle and eating a healthy organic diet.
“There were definitely some things out of line,” Givler says. “One of the first things that I always tell my clients is this is a written explanation for why you’re feeling how you’re feeling. Sometimes when people see things out of line, they get really upset about it …
But if we don’t know what’s wrong, then we don’t know how to bring you back into balance. I’m a data lover. The more data we can collect, the better. This showed us that your gut was not in the best of shape. You were maybe overdoing it on good bacteria. I recommend that you slow down on your probiotics.”
Turns out I had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, also known as SIBO. Interestingly, I’m a huge fan of molecular hydrogen, as it has a long list of health benefits. Alas, SIBO type C is one of the few, if not the only, clinical conditions where molecular hydrogen may actually do more harm than good, as it feeds the bacterial overgrowth.
SIBO-C is typically caused by an overgrowth of archaea, which feed on hydrogen. Now, I had SIBO type D. But SIBO-D will often progress to SIBO-C, because the overabundant bacteria that cause the diarrhea produce hydrogen, which then feed the archaea, which then produce the methane, which then causes the constipation.
“That’s why many people see evolving gastrointestinal issues that start in one way and end up another way,” Givler says. “If you take hydrogen water and you get gassy, bloated, constipated or brain fogged, there is a really good chance that there’s an overabundance of organisms in your digestive tract.”
In my case, the therapy was cutting down on fiber and eliminating gluten. Elevated hippurate also revealed that my phase II liver detox was not keeping up with phase I. Givler explains:
“Phase I was moving too fast for phase II. Phase I takes those fat-soluble toxins and turns them into intermediary metabolites, which are more toxic than those toxins when they were sequestered in fat cells … They should move right onto phase II to move into one of our six conjugative pathways of detoxification so they turn into a water-soluble form to leave the body.
When hippurate is elevated, it’s often an indicator that you’re getting stuck with those more toxic intermediary metabolites. Phase II needs a little bit of assistance.”
My last test, in February, revealed the bacteria in my gut had rebalanced, but I still need to improve my phase II detox pathway. This test also revealed a mold marker suggestive of black mold exposure, which makes sense, as I had a small leak in my laundry room that had gone unnoticed for perhaps a year or more. Some of the wood behind the wall was rotted through by the time I discovered the problem.
Oxalates May Be a Problem Even if Test Results Are Negative
As mentioned, one thing that’s an issue for both of us are the oxalates. Interestingly, oxalates may be a problem even if your test is normal. Givler explains:
“[In your] first test we saw an overt elevation. There were oxalates physically leaving your body. The oxalic acid was elevated. But if you are storing oxalates, if they’re all aggregated in connective tissue, in the lungs or the pelvic griddle, in your brain or in your eyes … then they don’t necessarily show up in unprovoked urine tests.
Just in the same way that if you are doing an unprovoked heavy metal test, you are only seeing what’s excreted and not what’s being stored. There are times that the oxalic acid can show up in range, or even low, when there is truly a high body burden of oxalates.
This is where [you need to look] at the bigger picture. Is there mold? Is there yeast? Are there other types of dysbiosis? Are there genetic predispositions on genes like the alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGXT) or the glyoxylate and hydroxypyruvate reductase (GRHPR) or 4-hydroxy-2-oxoglutarate aldolase 1 (HOGA-1)?
If you find variants there and you find patterns of inflammation and pain presentations going along with it, then you may actually be dealing with retained oxalates. This is a risk for osteoporosis. It’s a risk for iron deficiency anemia because the oxalates will chelate your calcium; they’ll chelate your magnesium; they’ll chelate your iron and form these really painful precipitates.
The most common form or the one that people are most familiar with are kidney stones because the oxalates [are] physically leaving your body … But only 0.5% of people who have oxalate issues will actually develop kidney stones. The other 99.5% have issues, like myself, where the pain presentation or those oxalates are actually trapped in the body and creating issues.
They’re linked with some really serious health conditions, as well as a pretty significant amount of chronic pain. Like myself, they may find themselves doing healthy things that are really wrong for them, but there are some really excellent, easy and inexpensive things you can do if you suspect the oxalates are an issue. Or if you have testing like this that tells you beyond a shadow of a doubt that, yes, oxalates are a problem.”
How to Lower Your Oxalate Level
One way to lower your oxalate level is to take Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. When you eat sulfurous foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and eggs, your body must metabolize that sulfur. The sulfur goes through a multistep process, getting converted into sulfite and then into sulfate.
When you take an Epsom salt bath or foot soak, on the other hand, it’s already in the sulfate form, which your body can absorb transdermally, thereby displacing a lot of the oxalates.
“Many of your listeners probably use Epsom salt soaks for aching muscles and they think, ‘Oh, the magnesium is really helping me.’ I don’t want to discount the role of magnesium — it’s really important for that — but that sulfate the magnesium is bonded to, if there are oxalates, that’s the part that’s really making the difference with pain,” Givler says.
“If you suspect oxalates, the Epsom salts are a pretty safe, gentle and effective way of starting to move those out of your system.”
Another little pearl Givler taught me is to combine any high-oxalate food I eat with calcium-rich foods or a calcium supplement. The oxalates will then bind to the calcium in the digestive tract, preventing them from becoming a problem.
“The oxalates get into the system through the sulfate transporters, and then they attach to the sulfate receptor sites, which is part of why they’re able to get into so many tissues.
We tend to think about absorption as being a function of the small intestine, but our sulfate transporters are all over the colon. If you can bind the oxalate and the minerals in the stomach, then they will bypass those transporters in the colon and be excreted in the stool without giving you any difficulty,” she says. “Bringing in any type of calcium source … is a really good idea if you have oxalate issues.”
“For many, food has become the enemy because they can’t figure out what they’ll actually feel good on. They don’t realize they don’t necessarily have to navigate that road on their own through trial and error.
We can take targeted action, eliminate a lot of the guesswork, actually make progress and save a lot of money by testing and seeing what the right answer is for you, rather than shifting through wrong answer after wrong answer,” Givler says.
If you’re a health care provider, you may consider joining the Environmental Toxins and Genomics Conference September 6 through 8, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. This event will focus on environmental toxicity, detoxification and methylation mapping.
You can register on NutriGeneticResearch.org. I will be speaking at this event, as will Dr. Neil Nathan, Dr. Jill Carnahan and many others. The annual Functional Genomics Conference will be held November 15 through 17, 2019, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The NutriGenetic Research Institute also offers a 30-hour, 14-module online certification course to become a nutritional genetic consultant for health practitioners. This course will teach you what you need to know about functional genomic analysis and how to apply it in your own practice. Webinars for health practitioners are held every other Thursday.
Patients interested in more information are directed to the yourgenomicresource.com which includes a listing of doctors who have completed the training and are qualified to provide nutritional guidance based on your SNPs.
About 100,000 Americans today are struggling with sickle cell disease (SCD),1 a group of genetic disorders that causes the red blood cells to have an unusual shape. The severity of symptoms may vary, with some people experiencing only mild ones, and others requiring hospitalization to address serious complications.2
The most common type of SCD is sickle cell anemia. In children and young infants, SCD could be life-threatening because it exposes them to a higher risk of infections.3 This is why it’s crucial for the illness to be detected early, so sufficient proper preventive treatment can be employed to extend the child’s life span.
One thing you should know about this condition is that it is a genetic disease, so if both your parents or even just one of them, have this ailment you could be at risk. This page will give you helpful information about sickle cell anemia. Read up about this ailment so you’ll know the causes, risk factors and how to reduce your risk of this disease.
What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell anemia is a mutation that mainly affects your hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that deliver oxygen to other cells throughout the body. Its primary telltale factor is that your red blood cells are distorted into a crescent shape — similar to a sickle. These unusually shaped hemoglobin molecules are called hemoglobin S,4 and are fragile and prone to rupturing, leading to anemia and poor oxygen circulation in the body.5
The discovery of sickle cell anemia can be traced to 1910, when Dr. James Herrick, a cardiologist, had a 20-year-old patient who was complaining of symptoms like pain and anemia. The patient, a dental student of African descent, had his blood checked under a microscope, where Herrick noted that the shape of his red blood cells was “very irregular.” They were “thin, elongated, sickle-shaped and crescent-shaped.”6
Herrick was unsure of whether the sickle-shaped cells were an indication of a “disease sui generis” — a disease of its own kind — or if it was a symptom of another disease.7 Over time, more researchers conducted numerous studies to further identify the mechanism by which this disease worked.8
Sickle cell anemia is just one of several types of sickle cell disease. It’s also called hemoglobin SS, since it indicates that a person has two hemoglobin S genes — one from their mother and the other from their father. If you are born with only one sickle cell gene, then you have what’s called sickle cell trait.9 The other types of SCD include:10
Hemoglobin S?0 thalassemia
Hemoglobin S?+ thalassemia
What Are the Symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia?
Because of their abnormal shape, the red blood cells impair and block your blood flow circulation, resulting in lack of oxygen in your tissues. This is what causes symptoms to manifest. Some of the telltale signs and symptoms of sickle cell anemia are:11,12
Sickle cell anemia in children may be noticeable during their first year of life, with fever, dactylitis, pneumococcal infections and abdominal pain being the most common symptoms.
However, these symptoms do not occur during their first months, as the fetal hemoglobin protects the baby’s red blood cells from turning into sickles. But because this fetal hemoglobin is no longer present in the red blood cells that are made by the body after birth, the cells start sickling by 5 months of age, and symptoms will then manifest.13
In the United States, a sickle cell anemia diagnosis can be made after childbirth, where it is part of the routine newborn screening. A blood test can check for hemoglobin S. Older children and adults may undergo this test as well.14
What Causes Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell diseases like sickle cell anemia are not contagious15 — it cannot be passed on from one individual to another through physical exposure. Rather, this is a genetic condition that you inherit from both your parents.
A person who has the faulty gene but does not have the disease are called sickle cell carriers, also known as having the sickle cell trait. They do not suffer from the condition, but there’s a high change that they could give birth to an individual with the disease if their partner is also a sickle cell carrier.
If both your parents are sickle cell carriers, and they both pass the faulty gene to you, then you’re at risk of having some sort of sickle cell disease. According to NHS Choices, if both your parents are sickle cell carriers, you:16
• Have a 25% chance of not inheriting any faulty genes and not having the disease
• Have a 50% chance of only inheriting a copy of the faulty gene from one parent, thus becoming a sickle cell carrier as well
• Have a 25% chance of inheriting both copies of the faulty gene and being born with sickle cell disease
Although SCD can occur in almost anyone, there are certain groups that are at a higher risk of developing this illness, such as those of African, Caribbean17 and Hispanic descent. One out of every 365 African or African-American babies born have sickle cell disease, and 1 in 13 African-American babies is a sickle cell carrier.18
Sickle Cell Anemia Life Span: What’s the Life Expectancy for This Illness?
Today, people with sickle cell anemia have a significantly better life expectancy compared to several decades ago. In the 1960s, Sir John Dacie, a British hematologist, described it as a “disease of childhood.”19
Very few patients reach adulthood, despite the high standard of medical care. In a 1973 review, it was found that the estimated median of survival was 14.3 years. It is said that of the deaths occurred during the first two years of life, 30% before patients turn 5 years old, and 50% between 5% and 30 years old.20
Over time, life expectancy of those affected significantly improved. in a 1994 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers followed over 3,000 sickle cell disease patients and found that half of the them survived past 50 years old. Among children and adults with sickle cell anemia, the median age of death was 42 years for men and 48 years for women. The median age for those with sickle cell hemoglobin C disease is 68 years old for women and 60 years old for males.21
Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment: What Are Your Options?
Being a genetic condition, sickle cell anemia is a lifelong disease. Managing this ailment focuses on easing the symptoms, avoiding sickle cell crises (pain that may last for hours or days22) and preventing complications from arising.23
Conventional medications for sickle cell anemia include painkillers to ease pain during sickle cell crises and antibiotics to avoid infections. However, remember that these medications may come with risky effects. A medicine called hydroxyurea has also been prescribed to decrease several complications of sickle cell anemia,24 but there are concerns about its potential toxicity and carcinogenic effects.25
For example, antibiotics, which are prescribed to reduce the risk of infections,26 may contribute to antibiotic resistance and also impair the gut. If you absolutely have no choice but to take antibiotics, then I advise taking a spore-based probiotic supplement. Since they do not contain any live Bacillus strains, only its spores, antibiotics will not affect them, so they may help reestablish your microbiome.
The opioids27 that are prescribed for the pain are also problematic, as they contribute to the opioid epidemic, which is responsible for the rising cases of addiction today. Hence, it’s best that you opt for safer, nondrug pain relievers instead.
Bone Marrow Transplant for Sickle Cell Anemia
Since the bone marrow is responsible for producing the red blood cells that have the hemoglobin S,28 replacing it with a new one will allow the body to stop making the sickle-shaped cells. Transplant is the only successful treatment for sickle cell anemia, but it’s not done frequently because of the potential risks.
The primary process will involve taking healthy stem cells from the donor’s bone marrow and then injecting them into your body through your veins. The cells will then go to your bone marrow where they will produce new healthy blood cells. However, preparation for the transplant is a tedious process that can take several weeks. You will need to undergo chemotherapy and possibly even radiation therapy to weaken and destroy the cells that produce the sickle-shaped cells.
You will be under observation after the procedure, and once your doctor confirms the success of the transplant, you will be allowed to go home. Your blood cells and immune system will return to normal in six to 12 months’ time. Until then, your health should be closely monitored.29
To relieve anemia, you may need to undergo blood transfusions. This is simply having donated blood given to you intravenously to boost the amount of red blood cells in circulation. Children who may have a high risk of stroke because of this condition may benefit from regular blood transfusions. However, this treatment may carry some risk, such as infection and excess iron buildup.30
Herbal Remedies May Potentially Help With Sickle Cell Anemia
Sickle cell anemia has been prevalent in places like West Africa for ages, but instead of conventional medicine, those affected turn to natural remedies to deal with this ailment. A 2012 paper closely looked at the antisickling herbal remedies that African natives used to help with this ailment. Four of these were used to develop a dried extract, namely:31
• Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
• Piper guineense, a West African species of piper
• Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)
• Pterocarpus osun, also known as black camwood
The herbal medicine was called Niprisan, and has been used in Nigeria for treating sickle cell disease patients. It was formally approved for use in that country as a sickle cell anemia medication since 2006. The study also noted other herbs that may potentially have antisickling properties, such as:
The researchers said that their study “raised the hope that the search in the Tropics for more effective herbal recipes for managing sickle cell anemia will be more fruitful with time and effort.”32
Sickle Cell Anemia Prevention: 6 Tips to Avoid a Crisis
The painful episodes that occur when you have sickle cell anemia are called sickle cell crises. This occurs when the abnormally shaped red blood cells cause a blockage in the small blood vessels that bring blood to your bones.
The pain can affect your chest, stomach, legs, arms, knees and your back. It can be sharp and throbbing, a dull ache or a stabbing sensation. The intensity and frequency can vary from one person to another.33 If you’re prone to sickle cell crises, there are a few natural ways to help keep them from occurring:34,35,36
• Reduce or avoid stress. Consult with a doctor if you have work or family problems or if you’re depressed.
• Drink sufficient amounts of water per day, especially during warm weather. Dehydration can increase your sickle cell crisis risk.
• Exercise regularly, but pace yourself so you do not become overfatigued. Drink lots of fluid to replenish the lost liquids.
• Avoid swimming in cold water.
• Dress yourself in warm clothing during cold weather. If you’re in an air-conditioned room, bundle up as well.
• Don’t drink alcohol. You should refrain from smoking as well because it can trigger your risk of acute chest syndrome.37
Sickle Cell Anemia Diet
As with most diseases, nutrition plays a significant part in dealing with sickle cell anemia. Make sure that you consume a well-balanced diet that’s mainly composed of wholesome foods like fruits and vegetables, along with healthy fats and moderate amounts of protein. Drink plenty of water as well — as mentioned, sickle cell crisis can intensify when you’re dehydrated.
A 2010 study38 looked at the nutritional profile of sickle cell anemia patients, and noted that the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) that the general population follows are insufficient for people dealing with this genetic disease. This includes micronutrients, such as vitamin D deficiency, which is associated with bone disease — a potential complication of sickle cell anemia. Some of the micronutrient deficiencies seen in sickle cell anemia patients include:
• Iron — Reports from Nigeria and India39 noted that 36% to 67% of patients they studied had low iron stores in the bone marrow.
• Zinc — Inadequate levels of this nutrient have been linked to immune dysfunction, poor wound healing, abnormal or delayed sexual maturation and having abnormal growth patterns.40
• Magnesium — Low levels of this nutrient have been linked to increased sickling.41
The researchers concluded:
“[A] prudent approach at this time would be to ultimately consider a combination of nutrients that could achieve optimal nutritional and immune status for disease prevention and to reduce morbidity and mortality in HbSS patients.
This approach is likely to provide an effective and ultimately affordable intervention, albeit challenging. There will also be a need to determine specific recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) for this group of individuals, just as special RDAs are set to cover the increased demands for extra nutrients during pregnancy.”42
Frequently Asked Questions About Sickle Cell Anemia
Q: What type of mutation causes sickle cell anemia?
A: Sickle cell anemia occurs when a person has a mutated version of the gene that helps make hemoglobin — this is the protein that brings oxygen to red blood cells.43
Q: How is sickle cell anemia inherited?
A: If both your parents are sickle cell carriers, meaning they have the sickle cell trait, and they both pass the faulty gene onto you, then you’re at risk of having some sort of sickle cell disease.
Q: Who gets sickle cell anemia?
A: Anyone can be diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, but certain groups like Africans, African-Americans, and Hispanics are at a higher risk of getting it.
Q: How is sickle cell anemia diagnosed?
A: To check for hemoglobin S, or the mutated form of hemoglobin, you need to have a blood test. This is part of routine newborn screening done in most U.S. hospitals.
Q: How common is sickle cell anemia?
A: In the U.S. today, at least 100,000 people are diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.44
The screenshot posted below was taken from a class action lawsuit aimed at first slowing down and then vacating the FCC “order and declaratory ruling purporting to streamline the deployment of wireless facilities by pre-empting local government authority”.
It is critical for every U.S. citizen to understand that this illicit and highly consequential order by the FCC is wholly unprecedented.
It is also reckless to the extreme. Much more significantly, however, this FCC ruling represents a massive and complex criminal conspiracy that will seriously injure the American people.
That the FCC would blatantly attempt to unlawfully arrogate power unto itself to foist 5G on the entire nation represents the height of federal overreach and governmental hubris.
This is an official comment, directly from Anna von Reitz. John, with all due respect, your comments are all wrong. First of all, you talk about “We, the People” as many patriots do, without bothering to discover who or what the “People” being referenced are. Notice that the word “people” is capitalized? That “P” is there for a reason. The reason is that the “People” being referenced are acting in a specific capacity — as the Lawful People governing the States of the Union. Correcting our political status records and acting in that capacity to assemble our actual States of the Union as “People” is exactly what I am teaching people to do —contrary to your suppositions. I am, in fact, putting the pieces together to unite the People of this country to lawfully and peacefully self-govern. That is what The American States Assembly is all about.
I am teaching people the basics of how their government is supposed to be organized and I am pointing out the necessity of finishing the long overdue “reconstruction” of the Federal States of States. There is nothing “nonsensical” about it. It’s the proper and lawful and established way for us to organize ourselves and conduct our own government and direct our own business. You suggest that we somehow use The Declaration of Independence to “remove our government” — but it’s not our government sitting in Washington, DC. Our government at the Federal level has been moth-balled for 150 years. What needs to happen is for our actual Government — of the people, for the people, by the people — to wake up and get organized and do the actual work of self-governance. All that we could do by “exercising” The Declaration of Independence is create another bloody war and blame others for our own ignorance and sloth and as you put it, “mind-numbing stupidity”. Granted that we have been deceived and suffered constructive fraud, identity theft, Breach of Trust and a host of other evils, but also note that we were not awake enough nor motivated enough to do anything effective to prevent or even protest these crimes until now. For the most part, we have just trundled along under the lash of the tyrants and gone, “Oh, ho, hum, well, that’s the way it is….” and paid more taxes and put up with more harassment until it has finally come to this. Be assured that this is not a “lie” and not a matter of “law”. It is a matter of fact. Calling me a “liar” because I am not preaching insurrection against what is masquerading as “our” government is extremely irritating, most especially because I am not lying and am in fact offering the only course of action that doesn’t lead to violence.
To finish this comment — our opponents in this game would just LOVE for us to blunder into their trap and “start something”. They have been trying to get some kind of violent insurrection going for years.
They have tried all the motivators there are —- race, religion, politics, false flags, you name it, and they have been trying to gin up something that would cause riots and other disturbances that they could use as an excuse to attack us all. Why? Because we are their Priority Creditors.
They owe us an unimaginably large amount of Credit and also unimaginably large amounts of actual assets. They don’t want to pay us back. They want to kill us off instead, which is exactly what they have prepared for with 800 FEMA Camps and millions of body bags and 30,000 guillotines. Simply killing their Priority Creditors helps and enriches them in many ways. First, they don’t have to pay anything back — not the credit, not the assets, and not the interest. Second, they get to come in and claim all the “abandoned assets” of their victims — our land, our homes, our businesses, our public facilities, everything. Third, they get to claim all the “Life Force Value Annuities” and Life Insurances they have placed on each and every one of us. Fourth, they get to charge the survivors for the “service” of killing us. This is why it is emphatically necessary for us to NOT give them any reason to do what they want to do. This is why we must follow the lawful path and do the work and give them no excuse.
It's raining again where I'm located, and I decided to move today's original blog to the honorable mention category, and do another blog about weather modification, which has been much on my mind lately.
And it's not just because the weather has been so freakish. On my trips outside, I've been watching watching cloud formations, and on clear days I have seen cirro-nimbus and cirrus clouds in rectilinear shapes, and on one occasion, they just stayed more or less stationary for several minutes.
Today was another day of "weird" and in some cases "unnatural" looking clouds.
This is all qualitative and subjective evaluation, of course, but to a purpose: last week I interview in the members' area of this website Elana Freeland, who wrote the book Under an Ionized Sky, which I regard as a kind of one-volume encyclopedia of weather modification technologies, their implications, and most importantly, their operational use for at least three decades.
And, just for the record, I believe a case can be made for their operational use as early as the 1950s.