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4 Ways to Repair the Hormone Imbalance from the Pill

4 Ways to Repair the Hormone Imbalance from The Pill

The Pill, a.k.a Hormone Imbalance Tablets
Before my research frenzy that turned into Quit PMS, I struggled for years with really horrific menstrual cycles. In 9th grade, my mom, wholly sympathetic because she experienced the same symptoms when she was younger, took me to the doctor and inquired about putting me on The Pill. Why? Because this was the solution that provided her relief in the past.
This was years before I plowed into the world of alternative medicine, so it was my habit to take any medications the doctors doled out to me – even though the pharmacy-worth of meds for my ulcerative colitis were doing zip-zero-nada for my health. Fortunately, something inside me deeply and violently opposed this suggestion and I staunchly refused the prescription. 
Hormonal birth control is often used as a way to dampen painful period symptoms. It’s even given to women as a way to control acne, a skin disorder properly treated by diet and a holistic skin care regimen. Due to the permanent health-robbing effects of The Pill, which is passed on through generations, women must thoroughly educate themselves before using birth control pills as a contraceptive method or a way to reduce period symptoms.
Use the following steps to help recover your health after using any type of hormonal birth control. 
The Devastating Damages of The Pill
Birth control pills (BCPs) literally rob the body of nutrients required for vitality:
  • BCPs deplete folate and this can cause serious health problems because lack of folate disrupts DNA metabolism
  • BCPs deplete vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, which may lead to irritability, depression, insomnia and fatigue.
  • BCPs deplete zinc and this in turn lowers the immune system and encourages insulin resistance
  • BCPs deplete magnesium, leading to a chain reaction of mineral imbalances in the body (Source)
  • BCPs permanently disrupts the balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. This means reduced nutrient assimilation, lowered immunity, and the overgrowth of pathogens like Candida. Since gut flora is passed on from mother to baby, the mother’s imbalanced gut health is passed on to her children, and likely even her grandchildren (Source – Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride).
Those serious deficiencies and imbalances that result from taking birth control pills translate into these more visible symptoms:
  • Weight gain
  • Water retention
  • Hair loss
  • Reduced libido
  • Depression
How to fix Hormone Imbalance from The Pill
The following steps are a priority for any woman who has taken birth control pills (or any other form of hormonal birth control). Whether you took The Pill years ago or if you have just decided to transition off it, these steps will support healing and balance after the severe hormonal disruption resulting hormonal birth control. 
1. Ditch all sources of excess estrogen
To achieve hormone balance, we must identify and eliminate sources of excess estrogen. The Pill contributes to a condition called Estrogen Dominance, where too much circulating estrogen throws all hormones out of whack and creates a hot mess of symptoms. Even women (and men) who have not taken the pill can suffer from estrogen dominance, due to the high levels of estrogen in our diet and body care products.
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that look like estrogen. They attached to estrogen receptors, overburdening the body with estrogenic effects. Yes, it’s scary but true: the products we use on our body can significantly disrupt our hormones.  Common sources of xenoestrogens include:
  • Plastics that leach chemicals into food
  • Conventional body care products
  • Conventional cosmetics
Steps to reduce exposure to xenoestrogens include switching to non-toxic cosmetics, hair care and skincare (click those linked words for my specific recommendations).
Phytoestrogens, found in plant sources, also attach to estrogen receptors. Again, they do not act exactly like our own estrogen. Research is highly variable on the health detriments and benefits of phytoestrogen intake. I do not recommend consuming foods high in phytoestrogens, particularly when struggling with acne. Men, boys, and young girls should use more care to avoid phytoestrogens. Common sources of phytoestrogens include:
2. Support your hormonal negative-feedback loop
Most of the hormones in the body are governed by negative feedback, which works like your household thermostat. Say you set your thermostat to 72 degrees and the room temperature is 69 degrees. The heater kicks in to warm the room up.  When the temperature reaches 72 degrees, the heat shuts off until the temperature drops again.
Hormonal birth control wreaks havoc on this system and actually shut off our body’s hormonal negative-feedback loop. It’s like adding a space heater and the furnace shuts off because it isn’t needed. Supporting the negative-feedback loop through supplementation provides support during a period of hormonal catastrophe. Going back to the heating example, the right supplement can help wake the furnace up again so things function as normal.
Biotics Cytozyme PT/HPT is a unique supplement containing lamb pituitary and hypothalamus tissue. Glandular treatment – the ingestion of small amounts of animal glands – is a traditional treatment practiced by ancient healers from across the globe. The pituitary and hypothalamus tissue (from lamb) in this supplement directly affects the performance of your own pituitary and hypothalamus, the key players in the negative feedback loop. Most women benefit by taking 2-5 tablets per day, taken in divided doses with breakfast and lunch, for the duration of 1 – 2 bottles.
2. Use the moon to support your cycles

Women’s menstrual cycles are wired to be in sync with the moon. In all early societies, before industrialism and processed foods disrupted traditional cultures, all women ovulated at the full moon and menstruated at the new moon. This is our default setting, but The Pill (as well as poor diet and stress) disrupt this pattern. 
Fortunately, because the female reproductive hormones are so sensitive to light, we can naturally re-train and regulate our menstrual cycle simple night lighting technique that mimics the pattern of the moon. I avidly practice this simple routine, called Lunaception, and I explain how to do it here.
3. Replenish your nutrient deficiencies
Unless you want to read a whole book here, I can’t discuss entire dietary protocol for repairing the nutritional deficiencies caused by hormonal birth control. Replenishing nutrient deficiencies are key to regaining hormone balance. Besides focusing on a real food diet and reading the details in Quit PMS, these three time-honored foods provide potent nutrient-building properties:
  • Homemade bone broth, rich in minerals Drink 12-16 oz. per day.
  • Himalayan salt helps your body balance hormone production and use the vitamins and minerals from your food. Take as much as is pleasant – salt all your food to taste and add a pinch to your drinking water.
  • Liver from pastured animals – although viewed as gross or old-fashioned, properly sourced liver is perhaps the most powerful food for rebuilding nutrient deficiencies. Chicken liver boasts the mildest flavor. Sauté in butter or enjoy in homemade paté and enjoy a 2-3 oz. serving twice per week. Alternatively, you can opt for dessicated liver capsules.
4. Support your gut flora
If you’ve taken The Pill, some permanent damage to healthy gut bacteria has taken place. Fortunately, numerous resources allow you to repair and rebuild some of the flora disruption. A healthy balance of gut flora provides a foundation for hormonal equilibrium.
First, ensure a steady income of probiotics by consuming naturally-fermented foods or beverages daily. Yogurt, pickles, sour cream, and sauerkraut are traditionally made through fermentation, which preserves the food and increases its nutritive value. Now, most commercial versions of the foods are quickly processed or processed with heat, so they don’t provide significant probiotics. You can learn how to make your own fermented veggies and beverages at home, or find brands like Bubbies and Firefly Kitchens that create naturally-fermented, raw veggies.
You’ll also want to take a clinical-strength probiotic supplement to help repair the damage. Good probiotics are few and far between, however! After much research and after talking to my mentors, I recommend this one and this one. Take one capsule, of each or both, in the morning and evening.

Have you used birth control pills or other forms of hormonal birth control? Did you notice the hormone imbalances and are you working to address the problems?
The European Food Safety Authority has more than doubled the “safe level” a toxic chemical that causes infertility


(Natural News) The European Food Safety Authoritys.(EFSA) recently updated its recommendations for the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for 3-MCPD, a contaminant commonly found in refined vegetable oils and fatThe updated guidelines raised the TDI for the oil contaminant from only 0.8 micrograms per kilogram of body weight to 2.0 µg/kg bw. The current TDI is two and a half times higher compared with that published in 2016. The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) limits 3-MCPD intake to 4.0 µg/kg bw, the researchers said.
“EFSA decided to review its assessment after the UN’s [United Nations’] JECFA subsequently established a different safe level (TDI). In the meantime EFSA updated the method we used to calculate our previous TDI — what’s called the benchmark dose (BMD) approach. We checked again the data concerning effects on development and reproduction, particularly on male fertility as these were highlighted by JECFA. We calculated at which possible adverse effects on the kidney and on male fertility could occur. The updated TDI is protective for both types of effects,” Professor Christer Hogstrand, who spearheaded both the 2016 and the current update, told Nutra Ingredients online.
Henri Rieux, president of the trade group FEDIOL, noted that the update has an important implication in risk management discussions. FEDIOL represents the interests of oil and protein meal suppliers and manufacturers across the European Union (EU).
“Mitigation of 3-MCPD esters is particularly complex. It requires an integrated approach including preventive measures in the country of origin and processing changes, whilst at the same time maintaining other safety and quality parameters and meeting customer and consumer demands,” Rieux said.
The EFSA stressed that the update was only for the 3-MCPD and its esters.
EFSA contradicts itself, says 3-MCPD affects kidneys and reproductive health
The EFSA itself confirmed that exposure to the oil contaminant may compromise the kidneys and male reproductive health. According to the update, male rats exposed to more than one milligram of 3-MCPD over a short period showed significantly reduced sperm motility and male fecundity. Data from long-term trial also revealed that rats exposed to higher doses over an extended period exhibited marked declines in sperm count.
Likewise, the researchers observed that long-term exposure to the oil contaminant may lead to histopathological changes in the testes and epididymis. The EFSA confirmed that the harmful oil contaminant may trigger the onset of kidney tubular hyperplasia as well. (Related: Controversial ingredient sparks debate: Could palm oil give you cancer?)
A vast number of studies have also found a link between 3-MCPD and various adverse medical conditions. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health showed that the harmful oil contaminant possesses strong antifertility properties that may inhibit reproduction. The researchers examined a group of male rats that were given up to 5 mg/kg of 3-MCPD for four weeks. The results revealed that the oil contaminant altered the pH levels in the cauda epididymis, which in turn affected sperm maturation and motility.
“The paternal administration of 3-MCPD (5 mg/kg) was found to result in adverse effects on male fertility and pregnancy outcome without inducing remarkable histopathological changes in testes and epididymides…3-MCPD lead to a disruption of sperm maturation and the acquisition of motility…Additionally, 3-MCPD (5 mg/kg) significantly reduced sperm motility, copulation, fertility indices, and the number of live fetuses showed steep dose-response curves,” the study’s abstract read.
Likewise, a study published in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences showed that 3-MCPD exposure may induce apoptosis or cell death in human embryonic kidney cells. Data from a series of MTT assay and high-content screening revealed that the toxic component inhibited cell proliferation and reactive oxygen species generation. Likewise, the researchers found that nine apoptotic genes were up-regulated by more than twofold following 3-MCPD treatment.
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Psychiatrists Roadblock Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Initiatives Part 2

Psychiatrists Roadblock Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Initiatives: Part 2

by Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
From organised denial to outright resistance: Rejection of a symposium on withdrawal at the psychiatrists’ annual meeting
Can anything be more important for psychiatrists to discuss at their annual meeting than how they may help their patients come off their psychiatric drugs in the safest and best way?
I don’t think so. In Denmark, about 5% of the whole population has become dependent on psychiatric drugs. These drugs are all neurotoxic (1) and particularly harmful when used long term (1-5), which is usually the case. Therefore, by far most patients would do better if they had their drugs slowly withdrawn.
Psychiatrist Jan Vestergaard Christiansen – who has withdrawn many patients from benzodiazepines – submitted a proposal for a two-hour symposium about withdrawing benzodiazepines for the 2018 annual meeting of the Danish Psychiatric Association. He had planned four lectures: one on the pharmacology of benzodiazepines by a neuroscientist, one on a manual for cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of benzodiazepine addiction by himself, one on withdrawal of psychiatric drugs by me, and one on the treatment of dual addiction to alcohol and benzodiazepines by a psychiatrist.
The Board of the Association replied: “We have received many proposals, which we unfortunately did not have room for, and your symposium was not accepted. The Board very much encourages you to apply again for the 2019 annual meeting.”
As I was surprised by this prioritization, I looked at the programme for the 2017 meeting, which, like the 2018 meeting, ran over three days. There was a symposium called “Mortality and antipsychotics.” Psychiatrist Jimmi Nielsen announced it by stating that the risks for life-shortening adverse effects of antipsychotics should be weighed against the risk of untreated psychosis where there is an increased risk of suicide and unnatural deaths. He also noted that, “In recent years, large studies have been published that show that the use of antipsychotics is associated with increased average survival. The aim of this symposium is to elucidate the relation between antipsychotics and mortality, including a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the studies.”
I do not know how Jimmi Nielsen interpreted the large observational studies of neuroleptics or what he told people at his symposium. But I do know that many leading Danish psychiatrists believe that neuroleptics improve survival and that they usually refer to a deeply flawed Finnish study by Tiihonen et al. in The Lancet (6), which Joanna Moncrieff and I have criticised in our books (2,5). People classified as not taking neuroleptics included those who had recently stopped them, although they are at increased risk of suicide because of withdrawal reactions. In accordance with this, the mortality in patients who were not on drugs was very high and didn’t concur with other Finnish data. There were other fatal flaws in this study, e.g. 64% of the deaths were not accounted for.
The fact is that neuroleptics increase deaths (5), which should surprise no one who is not a psychiatrist. However, it has been abundantly documented that, unfortunately, the psychiatrists prefer to believe in substandard research that supports their false beliefs about neuroleptics as well as other psychiatric drugs (2-5).
Jimmi Nielsen is on the payroll of at least three drug companies, including Lundbeck, which sells neuroleptics and antidepressants (7). He is a great fan of clozapine and believes it can do wonders (7), although a Cochrane review found that it is no better than other neuroleptics (8). As far as I can see, clozapine is worse than other neuroleptics. There were 27 trials with a total of 3099 patients in the Cochrane overview, and clozapine had several dangerous harmful effects. In my opinion, this drug should not be used at all.
Only 12 hours were set aside for symposia in the 2017 programme. It might very well be true that Christiansen’s proposal was turned down because more important issues had been prioritized. I wonder, however, whether it played a role for this decision that I was one of the suggested lecturers. As I have described in my first blog, a professor of psychiatry tried to prevent me from conducting my first course on withdrawal of psychiatric drugs by sending a complaint to the Patient Safety Board.
In his introduction to the proposal, Christiansen mentioned that Professor Emeritus Poul Munk Jørgensen, an honorary member of the Danish Psychiatric Association, held an honorary lecture at the Society’s 2017 annual meeting where he emphasized that psychiatrists, as a professional group, needed to communicate with me. Christiansen also noted that I am one of the founders of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, established in 2017 in Göteborg; that we have held the first withdrawal courses, both in Sweden and Denmark; that we have established a major international network; and that we do scientific research on psychiatric drug withdrawal at the Nordic Cochrane Centre and have a PhD student who works on this.
Few psychiatrists know how to withdraw psychiatric drugs safely and effectively. They often do it much too quickly and then conclude that the patients still need the drug because they interpret abstinence symptoms as disease symptoms (2-5). I therefore very much hope that we will be on the programme for the 2019 annual meeting. At any rate, we will continue with our own courses, and psychiatrists are most welcome to turn up.
I have noticed that, as mainstream psychiatry moves from organised denial to outright resistance against any reforms aimed at saving the brains and lives of patients, an increasing number of psychiatrists are questioning their specialty’s many dogmas and falsehoods and are prepared to speak out even though it can endanger their careers. We must support these psychiatrists as much as we can.

1. Breggin P. What Should We Really Call Psychiatric Drugs? Mad in America 2018; 17 Jan.
2. Moncrieff J. The myth of the chemical cure. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008.
4. Whitaker R. Anatomy of an epidemic. New York: Broadway Books; 2015.
5. Gøtzsche PC. Deadly psychiatry and organised denial. Copenhagen: People’s Press; 2015.
6.Tiihonen J, Lönnqvist J, Wahlbeck K, et al. 11-year follow-up of mortality in patients with schizophrenia: a population-based cohort study (FIN11 study). Lancet 2009;374:620-7.
7. Rebsdorf G. Psykiater får penge fra medicinalindustrien. 2017; 3 Dec. .

8. Asenjo Lobos C, Komossa K, Rummel-Kluge C, Hunger H, Schmid F, Schwarz S, Leucht S. Clozapine versus other atypical antipsychotics for schizophrenia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2010;11:CD006633.

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Top 5 Reasons Never to Take a Proton Pump Inhibitor

Top 5 Reasons NEVER to Take a Proton Pump Inhibitor

Posted on: Tuesday, January 16th 2018 at 12:15 pm
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2018

Millions of doses of "acid blocking" proton pump inhibitor drugs are doled out every year, yet most doctors and their patients are completely oblivious to their unintended, adverse effects, which include increased risk for premature death. 
Proton pump inhibitors are a type of drug commonly known as acid-blockers, whose primary purpose is to reduce the amount of gastric acid secreted in the stomach wall. Available with or without a prescription, acid-blockers are used to treat common disorders such as indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and various ulcers. These types of digestive disturbances are so common, proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, were prescribed at nearly 270 million hospital trips made by adults via ambulance from 2006 to 2010.[1] The standard American diet of sugar-laden, highly-acidic processed foods, and the stress-filled lifestyle that accompanies it, make it easy to swallow the fact that PPIs are among the most highly prescribed drugs on the planet.
Economically, the boost these drugs represent to pharmaceutical companies cannot be overstated. With cumulative sales of more than $10 billion dollars annually, drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, and others, represent a significant chunk of Big Pharma’s profits.[2] Despite clinical research that shows an act as simple as drinking more water reduces stomach acid more than these drugs, and does so safely with no negative side effects, Big Pharma’s relationship with the corner doctor’s office too often prevents these basic self-help practices from being disseminated.
PPIs work by raising stomach pH above normal range to inhibit secretion of pepsin, a digestive enzyme that can be irritating to stomach lining. While this action may provide temporary feelings of relief, it effectively blocks secretion of normal, healthy enzymes, impairing the body’s digestive function over the long-term. Lack of adequate stomach secretions can also expose us to harmful molds, viruses, and bacteria that may be present in our food.
PPIs have developed a list of known side effects that are reported to occur within days or weeks of onset of use. The most commonly reported short-term side effects of taking PPIs are:
  • Digestive disturbances, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and gas
  • Headaches
  • Fever or cold symptoms, such as stuffy nose, sneezing, and sore throat
  • Skin rashes
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Infection
Even more disturbing are recent announcements from the scientific community on the long-term effects of PPIs. Considered safe and well-tolerated, many of these medications are available in drugstores without a prescription. But recent research demonstrating serious side effects have some calling for an end to unfettered access to these medications. The findings are so damning, one researcher proclaimed they had uncovered “a smoking gun.”[3]
Safe Antacid or Smoking Gun?
The majority of people who take acid blockers are doing so because of dietary and lifestyle choices that create an unfavorable condition in the digestive tract. Poor quality food, consumed in rushed conditions, chased down with coffee or soda - what could go wrong? Just pop a purple pill to chase away the inevitable heartburn that follows. When pills are so readily available that help us divorce consequence from causation, these dietary indiscretions can become commonplace, even normalized. Side effects are rushed through in commercials, with the emphasis on “enjoy the foods you love!” presumably, with no downside. But the systemic effects of proton pump inhibitors are finally being recognized, and the action of these drugs is not merely isolated to the stomach. They affect the acid production of every cell in the human body.
Research conducted at Stanford University and Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, uncovered shocking findings in 2016, through research supported by the American Heart Association. What co-author John Cooke, MD, PhD, chair of Cardiovascular Disease Research at Houston Methodist Hospital calls “the smoking gun,” is the fact that PPIs effectively inhibit acid production throughout the body, disrupting normal, healthy metabolic processes of cells. The acid bath that PPIs disrupt in the stomach carries important digestive enzymes. When this enzymatic activity is inhibited in the rest of the body (because the effects of PPIs are not limited to the stomach) cells become unable to break down waste materials. Cooke likens this process to “a garbage disposal that requires acid to work.” Cells rapidly become burdened by these waste products, and the damaging effects of aging are accelerated. This type of cellular damage leaves patients, particularly those taking PPIs for a year or more, susceptible to a host of diseases, and even premature death.[4]
It is of critical importance to note that the intended, reasonable use of these drugs has been hugely overshot. Approved by the FDA for short-term use only,[5] these drugs are now taken daily by millions of people, sometimes for decades. Doctors have fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to safeguarding patients from the harmful effects of medication abuse, and are now guilty of over-prescribing.[6] The potential complications from PPIs are vast, as each individual responds to these and all drugs differently. It is up to each person to determine his or her acceptable level of risk, and a proper determination of risk cannot be made without first knowing the facts. Based on the latest science, the following risk factors represent our top five reasons why you should never take a proton pump inhibitor.
1. Increased risk for kidney disease
The evidence that PPIs are damaging to the spleen and kidneys first appeared in case reports of acute interstitial nephritis, inflammation of the tissues between renal tubules that affect how our kidneys regulate and uptake water. This condition, which can lead to kidney failure, was observed to occur suddenly and in significantly higher rates among users of PPIs. Cessation of use of PPIs was also observed to initiate a reversal of symptoms in many cases. Once the alarm was sounded, large observational studies were conducted that found correlations of PPI use with increased incidence of acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, and end-stage renal disease.,[7],[8] These risks increase when users consume more than one dose daily of these medications.[9]
While researchers are quick to point out that correlation is not causation, the data trend was alarming enough to prompt both doctors and researchers to acknowledge, “PPIs may not be as innocuous as initially thought.” A meta-analysis of independent studies found a “positive and significant association” in thirteen of seventeen studies, between PPIs and compromised kidney function,[10] prompting researchers to conclude that “timely cessation of PPIs might reduce kidney disease.” This is especially true in cases where use is prescribed for non-serious medical issues, which is the case with the majority of PPI users.
2. Increased risk for heart disease
There is now a significant body of evidence demonstrating the adverse cardiovascular effects of PPIs. A June 2016 article published in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs reviewed available information on PPIs in relation to cardiovascular risks, as well as the mechanisms by which this harm occurs. The study confirms the finding that proton pump inhibitor effects are not isolated to stomach cells. In particular, PPIs were observed to reduce the acidification of lysosomes, cells responsible for the breakdown of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. PPIs alter basic cellular functions, including those related to blood clotting ability, thereby increasing a risk of major adverse cardiac events.[11]
A study conducted in Denmark involving more than 56,000 participants who had been hospitalized for a myocardial infarction (MI), “reported a 30% increase in incidence of cardiovascular death, recurrent MI, or stroke within the first month after discharge for those patients that were taking PPIs.”[12] Another study on nearly 24,000 participants confirms this finding, reporting an increased risk of recurrent MI in those individuals taking PPIs.[13] A meta-analysis of studies involving more than one-hundred thousand patients in total, examined the link between cardiovascular risks for patients taking PPIs in conjunction with the blood-thinning drug, clopidogrel. Analysis revealed that while this drug combination is contraindicated due to PPIs diminishing the effectiveness of the blood-thinner, “a significant cardiovascular risk” was attributable to taking PPIs alone.[14]
3. Digestive disorders
Most people take PPIs because of digestive system upset, so it may seem oxymoronic to include this condition in the list of reasons not to take PPIs. The most common ailment cited when writing prescriptions for PPIs is gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. This condition, which expresses as excess acid in the stomach, is not the only reason for prescribing a PPI. A PPI prescription is written for 50% of all digestive diseases![15] PPI overuse has been documented in numerous studies,[16],[17] so whether the cause of the digestive complaint is excess acid or other, the “fix” you are given in many cases is a proton pump inhibitor. This creates conditions under which proper diagnosis of the digestive complaint cannot be made, and a domino-effect of symptoms that may or may not be related to the original problem can cloud the picture.
The gut is believed to be our “second brain” due to the proliferation of biological signals that originate in the intestinal tract. The acid balance in the stomach, directly altered by PPIs, is now understood to play a vital role in the health of the all-important microbiome. PPIs alter the delicate pH balance in the gut, compromising microbial communities and corrupting these biological signals. Studies have linked damages to the health and diversity of beneficial gut microbes, directly to PPI use.[18] A compromised microbiome can drive digestive complaints, and commonly reported PPI side-effects such as diarrhea[19] and vomiting.[20] Having an impaired microbiome for months or years can lead to serious diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, diabetes, liver disease, cancers, and more.[21]

4. Diminished brain function
One of the most startling correlations between proton pump inhibitors and chronic health problems, are the findings related to cognitive disorders. While it’s not such a novel idea that food affects our mood, there isn’t yet a wide consensus on food’s impact on brain health. A study released in Dec 2015 was prompted by research showing that PPIs increase the brain burden of amyloid-beta, an amino acid that is the main component of the amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer patients. PPIs are also known to create vitamin B12 deficiency, a second factor in Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers amassed sixty volunteers, divided into five test groups, and one control group. Each of the five test groups were given a different PPI: omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole, and esomeprazole. All six groups participated in computerized, neuropsychological tests at the beginning of the study, and again, seven days after taking the specific PPIs maximum daily dose. While researchers admit that a larger study is desirable, the evidence was clear:
We found statistically and clinically significant impairment in visual memory, attention, executive function, and working and planning function. All PPIs had a similar negative impact on cognition.
Of the PPIs studied, omeprazole had the most significant impact (significant results on 7 of 7 cognition tests), and esomeprazole showed comparatively less (significant results on 3 of 7 tests).[22]
Fueled by this kind of result, a larger study was conducted in 2016 that analyzed more than 73,000 participants, aged 75 years or older, and free of dementia. The patients receiving regular PPI medication had a significantly increased risk of incident dementia compared with the patients not receiving PPI medication.[23] Researchers made the shockingly forthright conclusion that “The avoidance of PPI medication may prevent the development of dementia.”
5. Increased risk of death
It’s clear from the evidence, as well as common sense, that PPIs have a systemic effect on the entire body, not just the small function they are prescribed to adjust. PPIs launch an attack on basic cellular functioning, inhibiting healthy cell metabolism from taking place. When the body’s ability to convert the building blocks of life, namely proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and nucleic acids, into useable fuel is compromised, so is our immune system, and life begins shutting down. An older study that helped pioneer awareness of harm due to PPIs, is a 2013 study called Inhibition of lysosomal enzyme activities by proton pump inhibitors. Researchers observed that many of the adverse effects of PPIs are caused by systemically compromised immunity, a result of PPI inhibition of lysosomal enzymes. Lysosomes are essentially tiny membranes or sacs that carry enzymes essential to cellular metabolic functions. When PPIs inhibit this function, there is an increased incidence of tumors (tumorigenesis) and infectious diseases.[24]
A 2016 study[25] examined the association between PPI use and “risk of all-cause mortality” among U.S. veterans. In this study, nearly 350,000 veterans records were analysed, including new users of either PPIs, or the older antacid type, H2 blockers, in addition to control groups taking no medications. Health events were observed over approximately six years. Researchers were “startled” by the results.[26] Increased risk of death was associated with PPIs across all controls, including a 25% greater risk of death compared to individuals taking H2 blockers. The risk of death was greater still when compared to those taking no antacid medications. In addition, the longer a person was on PPIs, the higher the risk of death. While researchers admit they don’t know how each person in the study met their end, it was noted that PPI use was most prominent in older, sicker individuals. Considering the array of biological processes that our proton pumps facilitate, shunting the body’s ability to carry out normal, healthy cellular functions is a very good way to end up biologically older, and sicker, indeed.
Other precautions when taking or considering a proton pump inhibitor are the potential for drug interactions or contraindications. Stomach acids are often instrumental in the absorption of swallowed medication, and for this reason, PPIs have the potential to negatively impact the effectiveness of any oral drug. Consult your doctor for advice on this and any matter related to medication. Above all, trust in your body’s ability to self-heal when given the right ingredients and opportunity. Dietary change can be the best antidote for digestive disturbances, and simple natural remedies deliver powerful support with no negative side effects.
For additional research about proton pump inhibitors, visit our database on the subject.


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[12] Proton-pump inhibitors are associated with increased cardiovascular risk independent of clopidogrel use: a nationwide cohort study. Charlot M, Ahlehoff O, Norgaard ML, Jørgensen CH, Sørensen R, Abildstrøm SZ, Hansen PR, Madsen JK, Køber L, Torp-Pedersen C, Gislason G. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Sep 21; 153(6):378-86.

[13] Risk of recurrent myocardial infarction with the concomitant use of clopidogrel and proton pump inhibitors.Valkhoff VE, 't Jong GW, Van Soest EM, Kuipers EJ, Sturkenboom MC. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2011 Jan; 33(1):77-88.

[14] No consistent evidence of differential cardiovascular risk amongst proton-pump inhibitors when used with clopidogrel: meta-analysis. Kwok CS, Jeevanantham V, Dawn B, Loke YK. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Aug 10; 167(3):965-74.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Use of Color Chromotherapy for burns etc

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  • Chromotherapy can be used as a complementary treatment for virtually any disease or ailment, but is particularly effective for burns, chronic disorders and pain
  • You can implement colored light therapy either by shining light through a colored filter, or by wearing colored glasses, so that the light striking your retina is of a particular color frequency
  • Indigo and blue are used for “hot” conditions such as burns, inflammation and wounds; lemon, yellow and red are staples for chronic conditions; magenta benefits depression and purple is helpful for sleep disorders
30 Tips in 30 Days Designed to Help You Take Control of Your Health
This article is part of the 30 Day Resolution Guide series. Each day a new tip will be added designed to help you take control of your health. For a complete list of the tips click HERE
By Dr. Mercola
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to use colors as a way to make your life healthier? The truth is, you can. Dr. Alexander Wunsch, who is based in Germany, is a world-class expert in the use of light as a therapeutic healing agent, and is a human treasure trove of information on a topic that very few people understand.
In previous interviews, we've discussed the history of photobiology and how LED lighting can compromise your health. Here, our focus in on the therapeutic use of colored light, which Wunsch began experimenting with nearly 25 years ago.
"My first approach was colorpuncture from Peter Mandel. One evening, I met a friend of mine. I told him I would like to go deeper into the colorpuncture issue and learn more about that. He handed me a book by Darius Dinshah, 'Let There Be Light: Practical Manual for Spectro-Chrome Therapy' …
I thought this is really a fascinating color system. It's not only a color therapy method, it's also a beautiful color system — [the way] Dinshah arranged these 12 basic colors, how they compose the Spectro-Chrome color wheel is a pleasure by itself, because it's very symmetric and there's a very logical plan behind it. I started to evaluate this method on my own."
Why Chromotherapy Was Relegated to the Dustbin
As noted by Wunsch, who has studied the historical rise and fall of photobiology, in the 1920s, there was a strong push to weed out so-called "quackery" in medicine, although there was no evidence-based medicine to speak of as of yet.
All physically-based treatments were targeted for elimination, for the simple reason they were unwanted competition standing in the way of the burgeoning drug industry. In this crusade, the Spectro-Chrome method was one of the hundreds of targets of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"If you have a brave patient who takes the pills every day, he's a good customer … If you have a client who's treating himself with colored light, you might sell a lightbulb to him, but that's it," Wunsch says.
"There was a hype for blue light [in those] days. It was very popular. Light therapy, think of Kellogg, for example, was very popular. The medical experts in a way had problems with the spreading of these physically-based methods. It was more or less a logical step to [ban] the method …
Dinshah did one thing quite early in his chromotherapy career. He thought, 'OK. If the doctors aren't ready for the method, I will address all the knowledge I collected around the diligent use of colors to the laymen.' His motto was, 'Spectro-Chrome for every home.' This was his aim. He wanted to spread the word about the effects of colors so that everyone would know how to treat himself or herself by using colored light."
While there are well-documented health benefits associated with the red, near- mid- and far-infrared spectrum, the Spectro-Chrome method created by Dinshah focuses on the visible part of the light spectrum, on the rainbow and the extra-spectral colors.
Systemic and Local Use of Colored Light
You can implement colored light therapy either by shining light through a colored filter, or by wearing colored glasses, so that the light striking your retina is of a particular color frequency.
"You could say there is systemic use and local use of colored light. You would shine the light onto a body part, which can be the eye or the skin. There is a dermal application, and there is an ocular application. You can treat systemically, which means you are taking a light bath, covering the full body surface with the light, [or you can do] local treatments.
The ocular treatment is somehow in between the local and the systemic. You're treating only the eyes, which is locally defined, but the eyes are the window of the brain, the window of your vegetative system, so the treatment of the eyes is also a systemic treatment," Wunsch explains.
"In the 1930s, when the Spectro-Chrome method had been banned already, there was some kind of modification, which is called Syntonics Optometry. Syntonics optometrists used the colored light exclusively for the eye (learn more at They addressed also systemic disorders using this ocular pathway. As a basic principle in phototherapy, it does not matter what kind of technology you're using for the light source.
[What's] important is that you cover the wavelength band and that you reach certain intensity levels. Intensity levels are already something that is very close to modern phototherapy. Spectro-Chrome [produces] effects based on information, not intensity. This means you can use large, huge colored projectors, but you can also use the small little light [that] might have comparable effects."

Transpalpebral irradiation of the retina (for regeneration purposes) is performed through the closed eyelid
What Can You Treat With Colored Light?
The premiere textbook for Spectro-Chrome is "Let There Be Light," written by one of Dinshah's sons, Darius Dinshah, current president of the Dinshah Health Society. This book lists more than 320 different disorders that have been successfully treated with this method. Don't look for this on Amazon, the best place to get a copy is on
Wunsch goes so far as to say he would not exclude any disorder from the potential treatment with colored light, because you can, at bare minimum, benefit from symptomatic treatment. That said, one concrete example includes the treatment of skin burns.
"[Dinshah] understood green as the central color … the color which balances all the different body functions, mental functions and partly also emotional functions. The colors with longer wavelengths compared to the green, he called the infragreen colors. The shorter wavelengths, he called the ultragreen colors …
[W]hen you think of the classical signs of inflammation … you have the reddening, the erythema, you have heat, the inflammation. You have too much inflammatory or flame effect, so to say. The tissue gets red. The tissue gets hot. The tissue is painfully altered. You have hampered function …
Too much of red, too much of heat gives you already the idea of which color to use. You would use the ultragreen color to compensate for the long wavelengths, which become apparent by reddening, fever or heat. An acute inflammation would be treated with ultragreen colors and vice versa.
The chronic inflammation or the chronic disorder should be treated by the infragreen colors. You're always aiming to reach the green after a certain while, because this is the balance. This is the middle between the extremes."
To Cool Heat (Red) Symptoms, Use Violet or Indigo
This is not to say that there's not a certain level of complexity involved. For example, you need to be cautious with ultraviolet (UV) rays and shorter wavelengths when you have a wound, as exposing wounds to sunlight can result in more severe scars. Wunsch explains:
"If you have inflammation … sometimes it comes along with an infection. Some germs, some bacteria, are aggravated or they benefit from shorter wavelengths. UV light can induce inflammatory reactions. We can tell this, for example, from the erythema caused by sunlight. This was one of Niels Ryberg Finsen's findings that short wavelength light acts as an inflammatory.
If you have too much heat and you want to cool it down, it's important to lower the activity of the metabolism. The metabolism is more or less represented by the activity of mitochondria. If you have an overactivity of mitochondria, then you would increase this over activity, probably, if you are using long wavelengths, because the long wavelengths definitely activate mitochondrial activity, metabolism and energy production, which we know from photobiomodulation.
So yes, you could treat a skin burn with a certain intensity of long wavelength light. This is not what Dinshah did [though]. For severe skin burn, which is induced by long wavelength, which is a thermal skin burn, he would use violet or indigo in the first phase.
The reason is when we talk about the thermal skin burn, we have blistering. We have excretion or secretion of liquid. We want to reduce these secretory activities. Here, the violet or the ultragreen colors in general are much better than the infragreen colors.
There comes a moment in the process of wound healing where we definitely need the longer wavelengths as well, where we start and compensate for the excessive heat, for the excessive infragreen. We compensate for that using the ultragreen colors.
Personally, I [had] the best experience using the indigo in the first step. If you treat a skin burn once or twice with indigo, you can even keep this injury from developing a blister … [I]f the blister does not fully form, it will hold and it will stay on the skin, even if it's thermally modified. It will stay as your own natural wound dressing for the first few days. This gives the deeper layers the time to regenerate and restore."
Practical Example: How to Treat a Burn With Colored Light
If you were to get a sunburn, or accidentally burn yourself on the stove or hot instrument, how exactly would you treat it using colored light? Wunsch recommends using a simple incandescent lamp equipped with an indigo filter. Post-surgical wounds also benefit from indigo.
If you're even the least bit handy, you can easily build your own Spectro-Chrome color projector. For a mere 50 cents, you can purchase step-by-step instructions1 to make a color projector with a 25- or 40-watt reflector lamp, some cardboard and glue from the Dinshah Health Society.
The book will also tell you exactly which filters you need to get to achieve the recommended Spectro-Chrome colors. Rosco and LEE are two companies making colored filters. This book is available on
A drawback with these filters is that since they're made for theater lighting, they also transmit white light. In other words, they're not as saturated as the true, original Spectra-Chrome filters were. To achieve the required saturation, you'll need to combine two or more filters according to the recommendations of the Dinshah Health Society (detailed in "Let There Be Light").
As for the lamp, Wunsch builds his using a military angled flashlight, available from Amazon. They're specifically made for adding filters for signaling purposes. Once you've made your projector, simply shine the light onto the affected area.
"The first one, two or three days, depending on the reddishness, on the heat in the tissue, you start with Indigo and [then] switch over to blue … In the classical and original Spectro-Chrome method, you would treat for 30 to 60 minutes …
[A] 10th of a millimeter under the skin surface [is] the capillary layer. All the colors of the rainbow reach the capillary layer. They reach the bloodstream. This is one of the direct actions. If you shine colored light onto the surface of the skin, it will automatically come in contact or it will automatically reach the bloodstream.
This is the reason why Dinshah recommended treatment duration of 30 to 60 minutes. He wanted to make sure that your whole blood comes in contact with the treatment color several times during the treatment session … Personally, from my own experience, after five minutes of treatment of thermal skin burn, the pain turns into a kind of tickling discomfort.
When you remove the indigo light, after 10 minutes or so, this tickling discomfort disappears almost immediately. But as soon as you treat it again or tonate — tonation [means] the use of colored light — if you go on treating it and the tickle and discomfort reoccurs, there is still [more healing to be done] …
In my experience, as long as the tickling and discomfort reappears under the influence of the indigo light, you should go on with the treatment. I had a third and fourth degree skin burn on my wrist. I treated this for more than two hours. I was able to prevent it from blistering. It healed up within two weeks or so.
After two or three days, you can use the turquoise, the green and the Lemon. Depending on the progress of healing, you adjust the color which fits to the actual condition," Wunsch explains.

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How Color Affects Your Skin
Contrary to the application of ice, which will only act superficially, the indigo colored light will act on different layers of your skin. Superficially, the indigo light will reduce the inflammatory reaction. In the deeper layers, there will be photobiomodulatory active radiation as well, because when you use an incandescent lamp combined with an indigo filter, you will have:
  • A basic field consisting of near-infrared radiation
  • A controlling field, which consists of the color indigo (approximately 430 nanometers or nm), which addresses the reduction of the metabolic activity on the surface
Incandescent light is an analog full-spectrum source, and when you place a filter over it, the majority of the wavelength will be indigo. However, almost all older glass filters and modern gel or plastic filters allow infrared, especially near-infrared radiation, to pass through. Were the filter to excessively absorb heat, it would break or melt.
"The filters from the old technology, you always have a transmission in the long wavelength part of the spectrum as well," Wunsch says. "This, in a way, fits well to the principle of Fritz-Albert Popp, who said there is a supporting field in the long wavelength part and an information field in the visible and probably also in the UV part.
But for the Spectro-Chrome method, we use the information part in the visible section of the spectrum, and we use the supportive energy from the wavelengths we also know as being effective in the realm of the photobiomodulation."
Treating Low Back Pain With Colored Light
Another common ailment is back pain. Wunsch, who is trained in the Alexander Technique, osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture, notes that the area where it hurts is not necessarily the specific site of the problem. In acupuncture, specific meridian points will help alleviate back pain, but you could actually use a laser light on these points instead of a needle. You can also use temperature or vibration or other physical stimuli.
"Normally, the Spectro-Chrome method uses the whole body tonation. There is a set of questions you can ask, and then you will get an idea how to treat it. Is the back pain acute or is it chronic? If it's acute, you would probably use the indigo, because indigo also relieves pain. An alternative would be violet or purple. These three colors are classical pain relievers.
If it's a chronic event, you would not necessarily treat the area of pain, but you would start with whole body tonation using lemon … As a standard, if we are talking about a chronic condition, the basic color, which is always part of the treatment regimen, is lemon."
Spectro-Chrome Glasses for Day and Nighttime Use
Another alternative is to use Spectro-Chrome glasses. Similar to a color bath, the glasses will provide systemic treatment, and they're a lot easier to use than setting up a room for full-body tonation, as you need to make sure the room is pitch-dark aside from the colored light, the temperature needs to be optimal since you must be naked or near-naked, and you need a projector and all of the necessary filters.
"The glasses resemble a kind of ultimate life hack, because you can just choose the best color for the moment or the situation out of the box … When we just imagine the colored world that surrounded us as early humans in the step in the Savannah, in the rainforest, in the river scape, the coast landscape, the desert, the mountains, all these settings are linked to certain colors, which are predominantly active in this scene.
The seasons, they add that color characteristics to the location and to the climate. Normally, our physical and mental body expects colors from our environment. When you are in a concrete desert and you look around, especially during the day when daylight is on, you would miss a lot of these colors. During the night, you will not have colors for longer periods of time …
I would not recommend for someone who is in a chronobiologically disordered situation to use the blue light or the blue glasses at nighttime … [T]here are colors that are recommended for the use during the daytime and other colors are recommended for the use during nighttime — those are the purple and magenta colors. Purple is the color which has the highest impact on sleep quality …
[P]urple activates bromine … [B]romine was used in former times … for sleep disorders. Magenta stimulates lithium and alleviates depression. It's the color addressing soul-associated disorders. Lithium salts are used for depression treatment in pharmacology as well. Instead of administering lithium, Dinshah would administer magenta. Magenta, purple, those are colors that should be used during the nighttime."
A Remarkable Success Story
A powerful testament to the effectiveness of color therapy comes from Wunsch's own family, on his wife's side. A male relative was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis at the age of 50. The university clinic gave him six months to live, telling him to go home and get his affairs in order. Using Dinshah's method, he exceeded this grim forecast by a factor of 72.
"He traveled from Germany to Dinshah's place [in Malaga] and learned all about the diligent use of the Spectro-Chrome method from Dinshah. He took a set of filters home and started to treat himself as you would treat a chronic condition, with lemon and red. Red is the color which addresses the liver. He was able to add another 36 years to his life."
Personally, I believe chromotherapy is a safe and powerful alternative healing strategy that nearly anyone can add to their self-healing toolbox. For $100 or so you can obtain all the information and supplies you need. Just like liposomal C, which I believe should be in every emergency kit to treat acute infections, a light with an indigo or violet filter is another must to radically accelerate burn healing.

Again, you'll want to get Dinshah's book, "Let There Be Light," from the Dinshah Health Society. (It's also available on Amazon, but you'll pay as much as five times the price.) Once you know which Spectro-Chrome colors you need, you can buy the required filters from Rosco or LEE and fashion a projector, either using Dinshah's inexpensive projector plans or an angle head military flashlight. Alternatively, invest in a set of Spectro-Chrome glasses, available from Innovative Eyewear.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Essential Oils Psoriasis

Essential oils out-perform chemo drug: Former model lost her livelihood to extreme case of psoriasis; after 15 years trying every standard treatment available, a natural treatment saved her life


(Natural News) An aspiring British model who acknowledged being on the verge of suicide at one point because of psoriasis finally found relief with a commercial product that contains essential oils. Victoria Fine, 34, suffered from the skin disorder, which during a breakout covered her from head to toe, for 15 years.
“The condition robbed her of her job, modelling dream, self confidence, social life and love life,” the Daily Mail reported.
In an attempt to alleviate her suffering, Fine tried various physician-prescribed creams with little improvement. Eliminating certain foods from her diet didn’t help. Ultraviolet B therapy was initially effective but only temporarily. She also took multiple anti-depressants for pain control along with methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug.
Fine realized that taking the prescription drugs amounted to “trading one illness for another,” and specifically that chemotherapy made her “feel exhausted and nauseous.”
In 2017, at the suggestion of the manufacturer, she started using topical Soratinex products, which contain an array of natural essential oils including safflower, castor, olive, sesame oil, wheat germ, lavender, rosemary, rose, evening primrose, lemongrass, avocado, bergamot, and chamomile. Fine, who also runs an online psoriasis support group, says that while she was skeptical at first about the products, her skin is now about 95 percent clear.
A separate British publication reports that a U.K. waitress cured herself of head-to-toe psoriasis by switching to a vegan diet after experiencing steroid cream withdrawal. Jessica Belshaw, 20, suffered from psoriasis for about five years. Belshaw, who chronicles her psoriasis journey on Instagram, explained that “I eat a completely vegan and gluten free diet, I eat a lot of raw foods and leafy green vegetables,” The Sun of the U.K. reported. She also drinks a lot of water, practices yoga and meditation, and minimizes alcohol intake.
Elsewhere in Britain, a woman who battled psoriasis and eczema for 20 years now says she has her condition under control by following an anti-inflammatory diet. In researching and creating her own diet, interior designer Hanna Sillitoe, 38, who has written a book about her experiences along with a blog, eliminated items like alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, sugar, and wheat. After going on the diet, she indicated that her skin condition cleared up, she lost weight, and recurring infections and exhaustion went away. Sillitoe says that she has received feedback from hundreds of people around the world who have achieved success by following her diet. (Related: Read more about natural remedies at
About two percent of Americans have been diagnosed with psoriasis, a complex autoimmune disease that can be triggered by a variety of factors, Natural News previously explained, such as chlorine, mercury fillings, and parasite infestation, as well as stress. At least 100 million people across the globe are afflicted with psoriasis, the most common form being plaque psoriasis, which shows up as raised and thickened red patches of skin that can itch or cause a burning sensation. The severity of the often-agonizing condition, as well as where it appears on the body, can vary from person to person.
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