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Why I created the Tick Bite Rescue™ Kit

I took ill when I was 28 years old and wasn’t recovering. I went from being an active triathlete to barely being able to get out of bed. I had pain all over my body. My joints and muscles ached and I had migraines that were relentless. I had a constellation of other symptoms that would take too long to recount in this document. It took 8 months to finally get a diagnosis. Finally, in 1993 I got the bad news, I had Lyme Disease. I had very little understanding of Lyme disease and its many ramifications at the time. I was in a state of shock as I was told to get my affairs in order, that I would very likely die soon. I didn’t even remember the tick bite and I never saw a bulls-eye rash, but the test results were conclusive. I was given the standard of care at the time, had a negative reaction from the protocol and spent the next 10 years and thousands of dollars trying to recover my original state of wellness.

As the years marched on and I slowly started to regain some health with the expert help of some very talented alternative practitioners, I noticed that even though I was now able to get out and about almost as before, I was avoiding going into nature. So much so, that I wouldn’t walk in the grass even if it was near my house for fear of encountering another tick.

The peace of mind, beauty and connectedness that drew me to nature in my youth had turned into fear and avoidance. When I finally noticed this shift in my general outlook I decided it was time to make my way back to nature, but this time I would stay aware and go prepared.

By that time, inspired by those who had helped me so much, I had become a clinical herbalist and lifelong student of homeopathy. I began to deeply study all the aspects of what we knew so far about the infectious agents related to tick borne illness. I read Dr. Burgdorfer’s seminal text on Lyme Disease. I read about its known vectors and the known species and strains of the bacteria itself, Borrelia burgdorferi as well as the form the disease could take in the body, the genus spirochete. I interviewed a few authorities who were knowledgeable on the subject and after gathering an enormous amount of information, I set in motion some habits of protection that I use successfully to this day.

Tick borne illnesses can be extremely serious and, in some cases fatal for humans as well as dogs. According to Dr. Burgdorfer, there were 7 known strains of Borrelia that carried varying degrees of disease virulence as well as a spirochete named Leptospira, found in some spiders, which mimics many of the same symptoms of Borrelia. Since Dr. Burgdorfer’s death, there have been additional strains of Borrelia catalogued. In addition to those different strains of Borrelia, ticks can all carry various types of co-infectious agents in the contents of their stomachs such as Babesia, Bartonella, Epstein Barr virus, Encephalitis and the list goes on.

After all I had been through and seeing others with similar health issues, simply removing the tick, watching and waiting was never going to be proactive enough for me. Demanding Doxycycline every time my dogs or I were bitten wasn’t a solution for me either, since this could contribute to antibiotic resistance and have significant negative effects on the health of my dogs as well as my own microbiome. In 2000, it occurred to me that I needed an intermediary between the repellant and the standard of care in medicine. Historically, we managed our insect bites not just to reduce itching but to encourage self-care. Somewhere along the way, people lost the ability and interest in managing bites and stings, surrendering to poisonous sprays such as DEET or running to a clinic demanding antibiotics if they were exposed. This just didn’t resonate with me and my need to be able to help myself. So, I designed a kit in order to be proactive in managing tick bites that occurred in spite of bug sprays, the recommended ways of dressing to avoid tick bites.

This was the prototype of the Tick Bite Rescue kit, and I have used an iteration of it ever since with great success. It is my desire that this kit may help to provide a better level of protection for you and your loved ones and to allow you, your families and your pets to be outdoors without fear.

What’s in the Tick Bite Rescue™ Kit?

There are several functional parts of the Tick Bite Rescue Kit. Proper removal of the tick is step one and it’s crucial. If you pull the imbedded tick out with your fingers or flat tweezers you could leave behind the head or tiny parts of the tick’s mouth, which you will come to find in a moment, can leave you exposed to infection and the spread of tick- borne illnesses. Some use dish soap, touting that the tick unlatches its jaws and disengages by itself. Unfortunately, unless you own a microscope, you wouldn’t know or see that the tick “vomits” before releasing its bite when you employ the detergent method. When that happens, whatever is in the contents of the tick’s stomach is now in the bite site. I systematically went about testing 5 different types of tick removal tools, trying to find tweezers that could be depended on to safely remove the complete tick, mouth parts and all. The “Tick Tweezers” (included in this kit), hands down, were the best tool for properly removing all parts of the tick from people and pets.

In order to be thorough and manage the bite as effectively as possible, there are four other actions that I feel need to be taken. I, myself, personally care for the bite in the following manner every time I have found a tick imbedded in my skin or my dogs’ skin. First, as stated, I remove the tick. After properly removing the tick, I use the following procedures. Nano-particle silver gel is a natural antiseptic and is applied to the bite after removing the tick. Organic Echinacea purpurea is used for local immune support at the bite site, to help stimulate healthy immune response. Homeopathic Ledum, 30C, is used for systemic immune support and an activated charcoal patch is used as a cautionary absorptive, just in case any part of the tick or its saliva remains at the bite site. It can be very difficult to see these with the naked eye.

Nano-particle silver gel

Silver has been used for centuries to prevent illness and to improve recovery from injury. The use of silver has spanned generations, cultures and continents. The Greeks used vessels made from silver to keep water and other liquids fresh. The Roman Empire stored wine in silver urns to prevent spoilage. Before the invention of germicides and antibiotics, it was known that disease-causing germs could not survive in the presence of silver. Thus, silver was used in dishware, drinking containers and eating utensils.

Settlers in the Australian outback used silverware in their water tanks to retard spoilage.

Pioneers in the American West found that if they placed silver coins in their casks of water, it kept the water safe from growth of bacteria, algae, etc. Silver leaf was used to combat infection in battle wounds sustained by soldiers during World War I.

Before the introduction of antibiotics, silver was commonly used in hospitals and has been known and used as an antibacterial agent for over 1000 years.

In the early 1800s, doctors used silver sutures in surgical wounds with successful results.

SilverSol® was created to improve on current formulas to make them safer and more effective. Through a new manufacturing technology, patented under multiple patents, the SilverSol® technology advanced nano-silver solution has become the new standard by which all other silver products are measured. Not only is SilverSol® Technology more advanced than the original colloidal silvers, but through years of research at leading universities, SilverSol® was then put through rigorous studies and tests for efficacy and safety. The parent company has compiled thousands of pages of test work documenting many key advances. SilverSol® has been proven to be completely safe in human ingestion studies and didn’t produce any side effects or negative reactions. Nano-particle silver gel can be used on insect bites, burns, skin abrasions and other skin eruptions where the integrity of the skin has been compromised.

Echinacea purpurea

In April 2007, Juncadella and colleagues determined that Salp15, an enzyme found in the saliva of ticks, inhibited T-cell activation by interfering with the binding of CD4 receptors on T-cells and disrupting their signaling cascade. They confirmed that the Salp15-CD4 interactions caused premature activation and a defective immune response thus rendering the host’s skin based immune system less effective, which allowed the infectious agents safe passage into the host.

The root of Echinacea purpurea is also called Snakeroot and was historically used by Native Americans and later, western herbalists to manage snake, spider and other insect bites. The use of Echinacea was shared by Native American Healers with Eclectic Physicians and herbalists in early America.  Echinacea purpurea is an herb that gained greater use to counter winter season imbalances. Multiple studies have researched the herb’s positive effects on humans. Published in the journal of International Immunopharmacology, March 2014 and posted on the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) website, Echinacea purpurea, in an extract of ethanol (grain alcohol) and water, had moderate effect on up-regulating T-cells, the very types of cells that are inhibited by the Tick’s saliva.

Homeopathic Ledum 30C

The underlying premise of homeopathy was used as far back as 3,500 years ago in India. It was called “visa chikitsa”and is discussed in the book “Discourses on Mahabharata” and in the chapter entitled “Medical Practices of the Age” by P.R. Sakar (English edition 1981, Ananda Press, Calcutta India). Hippocrates also used a system so close to Homeopathy and what is now known as the Law of Similars that it is difficult to assign the complete origination of Homeopathy to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who is credited for creating Homeopathy and the first modern text on this medical theory entitled The Organon of Rational Medicine. Our current vaccines are based on a very similar premise of using a very small amount of the disease agent, which has been inactivated, to inform our immune system to recognize and mobilize against the foreign invader before we develop a debilitating or life threating illness from that disease.

A homeopathic has to go through a rigorous testing period on humans called a “proving” in order to be accepted as a remedy. Suffice it to say, homeopathy is used successfully and extensively throughout Europe, India, Asia, South America, Australia and Canada.

Because Homeopathy is gentle and strives to “first do no harm”, using a proper remedy will not upset the body unnecessarily and yet offer an appropriate approach to a tick, spider or insect bite. Ledum 30C is used for the bites of spiders and insects and the homeopathic in the Tick Bite Rescue kit is lactose free and the first certified organic homeopathic in the market today. Since we often have no idea how long the tick has been attached and how long our exposure time has been, I wanted my kit to have a gentle but effective systemic immune support ingredient in addition to the Echinacea, for local bite immune support, in case the tick has been attached for longer than a couple of hours.

Activated charcoal patch

Activated charcoal is one of the substances in the so-called Bremen List, a list compiled by the poison control center in northern Germany of five antidotes that emergency rescue service workers should always have at hand. Activated charcoal was given in cases of poisoning in childhood and was registered for such in the USA in 2013. In that year, it was recommended for over 50,000 patients across all age groups. Activated charcoal is used as an “adsorbent” (not to be confused with an “absorbent”). An “adsorbent” binds atoms, ions, or molecules to its surface. The application of activated charcoal plays a major role in both primary and secondary detoxification of the tick bite site. In the event that there is any part of the tick or its saliva that wasn’t removed or neutralized by the other remedies in the kit, the application of the activated charcoal patch is meant to be the final, thorough management of any tick bite.

The patch is made of bamboo and is completely biodegradable. It is conveniently equipped with infused activated charcoal that sits on the skin. If you had to dig out the tick or if you didn’t use the magnifying glass and aren’t sure if everything has been cleared, then using the patch to support normal detoxification is a good strategy. In my earlier kit prototypes, I had used bentonite clay, but this posed a problem since it comes as a powder and needs to be mixed in water before using. It was too messy and added too many parts to the kit. Activated charcoal is used in hospitals and in emergency situations to encourage detoxification and is an extra insurance added to the other parts of the kit.

Additional techniques to manage ticks

My immediate outdoor living area is next to a pond and is basically on a heavily wooded 3-acre piece of property.

I invest in completely natural sprays and strategies to repel ticks from my property without disturbing the pond or nature in its delicate balance. Personally, I hire the services of “oh Deer” (a company located in my area and I believe syndicated in other parts of the country) from April until October to spray a proprietary blend of essential oils that are non-toxic to aquatic and land animals and that break down easily. They have been truly amazing in reducing the tick population on my property. I have found this to be completely effective and safe for my three dogs and me.

I do not go out into nature without my Tick Bite Rescue Kit and some sort of repellant spray. My choices for repellants are natural and organic essential oils. I find these formulas very effective although none, including DEET, are 100% foolproof.

The two essential oils I use the most are lemon eucalyptus and rose geranium, both of which can be suspended in witch hazel or purified water for ease of application in a spray bottle.

There are many more options as preemptive strategies and I will write more about those in future blogs.

May you be well and may the Tick Bite Rescue™ kit protect you and your loved ones.

“Love Your Body” Guide – Valentine’s Day Edition

Social media, commercials, and the beauty industry bombard us daily with an unrealistic and often unhealthy view of what our bodies should look and feel like. We are shown photoshopped and edited versions of real women and men to shape our ideas of what beauty is. It’s time we get back to loving our amazing bodies and how they function. This Valentine’s Day, our staff at Angel Healing Group recommends celebrating your body for what it can do rather than what the media tells us we should believe beauty to be.

The statistics in our society are scary, at best. The National Organization for Women (NOW) reports that “By age thirteen, 53% of American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This number grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.” In order to counteract these negative feelings and sense of body-shaming, experts suggest de-emphasizing numbers such as the ones we see on the scale or on the tags of clothing. In fact, neither weight nor Body Mass Index tells practitioners anything substantial about body composition and overall health. Instead, eating habits, activity patterns, and other self-care choices are much more important in the larger scheme of things.

While there is no magic cure to solving our society’s obsession with beauty, we can counteract some of these messages with our own challenge to you this year – “Love Your Body.” How can you do this? Here are just a few of the ways that you can begin to embrace and celebrate the way that our bodies work to keep us safe, healthy, and happy.

  • Find a holistic practitioner who can help you discover the right foods for your body. This will include a guide to wholesome foods to eat and an adequate water intake.  Avoid fad diets and how problematic these can be. At Angel Healing Group we help clients discover their constitutional body type according to Ayurveda so people can choose foods and herbs that are more appropriate for their constitution versus a “one diet for everyone.”
  • Change your mindset about your body. You are a person, not a number on a scale or a size on a tag. Your body is made up of interdependent parts. When one part is not working correctly, all parts are impacted. Therefore, if there is an imbalance in one area, it may be affecting another area. Take care of your whole body and help it function the way it was meant to.
  • Explore alternative methods to support your body. For example, our IonCleanse® Foot Soaks can help detox your body and give your organs and systems the support they need to cleanse themselves. Or consider Therapeutic Body Massage to improve: muscle tone, circulation, sleep patterns, mental clarity, mood and range of motion. For those of you struggling with long-term or chronic health challenges, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or Far Infrared Therapy may be a better fit. Our practitioners can discuss which treatment is right for you and your lifestyle or health situation.
  • Think about how you feel. For many on a better health journey, they forget to consider how they feel on a daily basis. Are aches and pains subsiding? Is there a better range of motion when doing tasks around the house? Can you enjoy your hobbies or sports? Instead of envisioning what the media has taught us about being healthy and doing activities, like going to the gym, think about how you feel on a daily basis.
  • Be mindful. When you hear yourself thinking negative things about your body, or comparing yourself to airbrushed models, remind yourself about your body’s abilities. Transform those negative thoughts into reflections of how far you have come or how good you feel after eating right, exercising, or taking part in meditation. Loving your body starts in your mind!

 

This Valentine’s Day, enjoy being with your loved ones, but don’t forget to love your body too. Nurturing the parts of your body, mind, and spirit as one can make this year a great one. If you are interested in supporting your body in order for it to work the way it was intended, contact our practitioners through the contact page on our website. Happy Valentine’s Day to all. May this year be the one you learn to appreciate and love your body both inside and out.

 

The Medical Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – HBOT

What do you know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and its many medical benefits? Many of us think of sci-fi movies when we think about a hyperbaric chamber, but there is so much more to this natural therapy that can greatly speed recovery and promote healing for many different medical conditions. Angel Healing Group has an onsite Hyperbaric Chamber and Oxygen Concentrator that can help with some of these medical issues in a safe and natural way. Read on to find out more about our HBOT therapy and the medical benefits it provides.

What Is HBOT?

To understand Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy it is important to understand the way it works. First, the terms may seem confusing, but they are actually describing exactly what an HBOT chamber does. “Hyper-” means increased and “-baric” means pressure. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a special chamber where the normal 21% oxygen breathed under typical atmospheric conditions increases to 100%. This non-invasive chamber supports the entire body as it pressurizes to 100 percent oxygen – the equivalent of diving 33 to 45 feet below sea level.

What are the Benefits of Increasing Oxygen to 100%?

Oxygen is necessary for the production of cellular energy in the mitochondria of every cell in the body. By using 100% pure oxygen, the HBOT chamber has been shown to have extraordinary health benefits. When the human body takes pure oxygen into the bloodstream it dissolves at a greater rate. This means that the blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissue. More oxygen to the tissues can speed healing and recovery time. Over time and with multiple sessions of HBOT, the increased oxygen can support the body’s natural (oxygen dependent) wound healing mechanisms, reduce inflammation in bones and tissue, and improve new blood cell formation and nerve growth. HBOT improves oxygenation and can help patients with non-healing wounds, chronic wounds, ulcers, diabetic damage to feet/lower extremities, and aid in the healing of injuries and sores due to radiation therapy for certain cancers. Research has also found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy also has medical benefits including the following:

  • Restoration of functions for patients with traumatic brain injuries
  • Decompression illness due to diving
  • Patients with rapidly spreading infections
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Thermal burns
  • Brain abscesses
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Reduction in inflammation for those with radiation injuries
  • Some positive improvements in the functioning of autistic patients such as receptive language, eye contact, cognitive awareness, and an overall improvement in functioning.  in some.

In general, HBOT can: increase oxygenation to the body’s tissues, increase blood flow and circulation, boost white blood cell counts, enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics, and reduce swelling and pain. Our trained technicians can show you exactly what the therapy entails and how you may feel during the procedure. Most of our clients report feeling extra pressure in their ears, similar to going up or down in an airplane, but that regulates after a short time. The time spent in the chamber can be a time to relax, nap or watch some television.

Are you looking to find out more about HBOT beyond what the celebrities and science fiction movies have portrayed? Talk to one of our technicians about how this therapy can benefit you. We have included resources for you to explore, but don’t hesitate to contact us through our contact page on our website.

 

 

Resources:

“Hyperbaric oxygen inhibits stimulus-induced proinflammatory cytokine synthesis by human blood-derived monocyte-macrophages.” Clinical and Experimental Immunology

The Health Benefits of HyperBaric Oxygen Therapy

Novant Health – Hyperbaric Healing

 

Holistic Resolutions for 2019

It’s that time of year again when people around the globe celebrate the dawn of a new year. Although for some, it is merely the turning of the page on the calendar, for others it symbolizes a clean slate, a fresh beginning. As such, this is the perfect time to set some personal and/or professional goals for ourselves. Common resolutions of many of our clients include making healthier choices, taking better care of their bodies, sleeping more, finally quitting smoking– the list could go on. Making resolutions should not be yet another thing you promise yourself, only to abandon weeks later. We would like to suggest five actions you can take this year that can truly make a difference in your life. Here is our Holistic Resolutions List for 2019.  

Be Mindful

When making your list of resolutions this year be mindful of why you are making these promises to yourself. For example, do you want to get fit in order to wear a smaller size clothing or do you want to feel better every day? Or are you, perhaps, considering your children and improving your longevity in order to see them grow and have children of their own someday? Think about what your intentions truly are for the long run, not just the weeks following New Year’s Day. Remember, sometimes it is the journey rather than the destination that is most important.

Improve Athletic Performance

Instead of making a specific resolution to run faster or increase the number of reps you can lift, consider a general resolution about how you feel before, during, and after exercising. For example, Angel Healing Group offers a Biocharger service that can help muscles recover faster from workouts, improve mobility and flexibility, and improve your overall athletic performance. Our therapeutic massages can also improve circulation, help muscles recover faster, and strengthen the body’s immune system.

Help Your Body Help Itself

If you are struggling with inflammation, chronic diseases or illnesses, take some holistic steps to help your body help itself. One such way is our (HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. This type of therapy refers to breathing in conditions of 100% pure oxygen under high pressure. This process encourages oxygen to be quickly absorbed and dissolved into the bloodstream at an expedited rate. This can stimulate blood flow to damaged tissues, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, boost the supply of stem cells that are being circulated, and elevate the body’s natural immune defenses. We offer a convenient on-site Hyperbaric Chamber and Oxygen Concentrator at Angel Healing Group with trained practitioners to help you feel better.

Detoxify Your Body of Environmental Toxins

Our bodies are amazingly adept at being able to detoxify naturally. Our skin, liver, kidneys, lungs, and colon all work hard to remove waste from our bodies. Unfortunately, our environment exposes us to many toxins on a daily basis. Our Ionic Foot Baths are a great way to help boost your body’s ability to detoxify itself. These safe, efficient, and gentle baths can become a regular part of your self-care routine that will detoxify your organs. You will be amazed at the difference you will see after only 8 weeks!

Seek Guidance to Attain Your Goals

If you are hoping to improve your athletic performance, help your body work better, be less stressed, be more mindful, or understand nutrition that is right for your body, seeking guidance is a great first step. Our clinical herbalists can educate you about topics such as herbs, homeopathy, general nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle choices.

Visit our website if any of these services and resolutions resonate with you. Our services in HBOT, Ionic Footbaths, Biocharger, Therapeutic Massage, and Herbs and Homeopathy may be just the right thing to help you get started on your New Year’s Resolutions this year. We wish you a safe, happy, and healthy New Year from our family to yours.

How Toxicity Affects the Body

The human body is an amazing and complex organism. The labyrinth of components is designed to work together, much like the instruments in an orchestra work together to produce beautiful music. Every part of our body has a role to play. There are organs, cells, and systems whose sole functions are to make sure the body is working properly to rid itself of harmful toxins and work efficiently. When toxins enter our bodies, we may experience a wide spectrum of discomforts and/or chronic diseases. How do these toxins affect the body? Let’s examine how toxins impact us, how the body is designed to work, the common symptoms of toxins, and the methods of entrance into our body.

Our Balanced Bodies

The human body is composed in such a way that it can regulate itself when things get “out of whack.” For instance, when we get overheated, our skin sweats to cool itself off. If we are cold, our muscles shiver to warm up our bodies. When our body is exposed to toxins, our organs work hard to detoxify and eliminate the substance(s). Our liver, kidneys, skin, colon, and lungs are especially adept at ridding the body of unwanted toxins. We process out toxins in our sweat, urine, waste, and breath on a daily basis and minute to minute in order to keep our body balanced and healthy.

Unfortunately, when our systems are bombarded with too many environmental toxins, our organs and regulatory systems cannot adjust quickly enough to maintain homeostasis. In addition to that, our bodies will sequester toxins it cannot manage in our adipose (body fat) tissues to protect our vital organs. This basically means that our organs are working toward the goal of stable equilibrium maintained by physiological processes. Most of the time, our organs and regulatory systems maintain homeostasis without our awareness or even thought on our part. When the main pathways of natural detoxification are unable to keep up with the overload of toxins we are all exposed to on a daily basis, then we begin seeing symptoms of discomfort or even diseases.

Common Symptoms and Methods of Absorption

A buildup of toxins can cause a large number of symptoms, ranging from small annoyances like a cough, rash, or headaches, to more serious complications such as fever, nausea, vomiting, chronic illnesses, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, aches and pains, extreme exhaustion, and even some forms of cancers.

The damage caused by these toxins may be widespread across organ systems, or the toxins may affect a singular area or organ. It is hard for researchers to tell the reasons why a toxin impacts one person differently from another, but most believe it is a combination of genetics, the amount of exposure, and the potency of exposure. Many of our clients who are looking for safe, gentle, and natural detoxification here at Angel Healing Group have experienced either acute short-term toxicity or chronic long-term symptoms of toxic exposure. Talk to one of our practitioners about what your specific symptoms include so that we can tailor a program unique to you and your needs.

Where are these Toxins Coming From?

The large number of toxins in our environment is likely due to chemicals in processed foods, plastic food packaging, prescription drugs found in trace amounts in our drinking water, synthetic clothes, synthetic carpets, building materials, house paints, mattresses, vinyl shower curtains, air fresheners, household cleaning products, cosmetics and skin-care products, perfumes, consumer products, and even in the plastic in children’s toys.

While many of our clients are unaware of where and when they encountered their specific toxic exposure, there are believed to be three main routes that environmental toxins, such as the ones listed above that are able to enter the bloodstream and negatively affect the organs. Most toxins are inhaled, ingested, or have come in direct contact with a person’s skin. Vapors, dust, particles, and mist can be breathed in and enter the bloodstream via the lungs. Food and drinks can contain toxins that are transported to the rest of the body after they are absorbed in the intestinal tract. And finally, many people come in direct contact with toxins by touching items that have been made with chemicals or contain chemicals in the packaging. Research has shown that humans are exposed to hundreds of toxins on a daily basis when we use shampoo, cosmetics, drink out of plastic bottles, sip out of straws, eat processed food, and drink contaminated water. The list can go on and on.

Have you noticed any of the symptoms we discussed? Would you like to begin a regular detox program to help your organ systems keep up with toxins all around us? Please call our office or visit our website through the contact page and we can talk about the options that may be right for you.

Resources:

 

Toxic Effects – Extonet – Extension Toxicology Network

 

Signs You Have Too Many Toxins In Your Life

 

Fitness Foods – How Toxins Affect Our Health

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Cleansing

In recent years, the terms “cleansing” and “detox” have gone from fad craze status to increasingly more mainstream. More and more people are experiencing the positive effects of cleansing their body from harmful environmental toxins, whether they have chronic long-term illnesses, or are just looking for a way to feel healthier. In fact, all it takes is a quick keystroke or two on a Google search to find a long list of types of cleanses including: juice cleanses, colon cleanses, fruit detox, and sugar detox, to name a few. Unfortunately, all cleanses are not created equal, and there are caveats that we would like to stress when it comes to completing a cleanse. Here are a few “Dos and Don’ts” when it comes to choosing and carrying out a cleanse.

Why Cleanse?

Let’s start with a question that is often asked: What is the purpose of a cleanse? In our July blog How the Body Naturally Detoxifies, but Still Needs Help, we discussed how our organs, including our kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin, naturally work to detoxify our bodies of the toxins that surround us. We also discussed that our bodies still need help with this process due to our highly processed diets and over saturation of environmental toxins. For example, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, they found some pretty shocking results. On average, the CDC’s report found 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. More recent studies on health and longevity show that fasting and detoxing can activate the SIRT1 gene. This gene can then turn off the diabetes and cancer gene. (Source: Oral Investigations July 20, 2018, Nutrition Feb. 3, 2018, Food Chemical Toxicology, July 4, 2009.)

Toxins in our food, water, and environment need to be cleared of our bodies in ways that are safe, effective, and gentle. The cleanses we endorse at Angel Healing Group are just that. Our cleanses include:

  • Colon Cleanse
  • IonCleanse Footbath
  • Basic Cleansing Diet

Dos and Don’t of Cleansing

When searching for a cleanse that is right for you, there are some things to keep in mind.

DO

  • Choose a detox that is right for you. Talk to our practitioners about what method is right for your unique situation. Always discuss your medical history with a practitioner before you begin any cleanse so as not to cause more harm than good.
  • Listen to your body during a cleanse. When a cleanse is done right, you should feel invigorated, not weak, dizzy, or excessively tired. A cleanse, no matter the type, should be safe, gentle, and effective.
  • Have a purpose. Go into a detox with the idea that it is a regular part of your healthy lifestyle, and NOT a quick fix.
  • Continue to hydrate and feed your body. Many detox programs have limited nutrition that can leave your body dehydrated and lacking the right nutrients and minerals to remain healthy.
  • Be mindful during a cleanse. Fasting, cleansing, or detox should always be done while in a restful state of mind. Try not to overexert yourself or take on stressful activities.

Do NOT

  • Follow a restrictive detox for an extended period of time. Depriving your body of needed vitamins and minerals can be detrimental to your body and health.
  • Cut calories too far. Your body will feel weak and go into conservation mode which can cause your systems to consume your body’s tissues.
  • Take laxatives, stimulants, and diuretics. These can be risky, unsafe, and cause an electrolyte unbalance.
  • Buy into trendy detox products that are not based on research or medical studies.

 

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control,  Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.

The IonCleanse by AMD Foot bath Detox and Glyphosate Excretion

Debra Lynn Dadd, Glyphosate Found in 85% of Tested GMO Cotton Personal Hygiene Products (Jan 2016)

“SIRT1 Activating compounds reduce oxidative stress-mediated neuronal loss in viral induced CNS demyelinating disease.” Khan et al. Acta Neuropathologica Communications 2014, 2:3 http://www.actaneurocomms.org/content/2/1/3

“Epigenetic-based combinatorial resveratrol and pterostilbene alters DNA damage response by affecting SIRT1 and DNMT enzyme expression, including SIRT1-dependent γ-H2AX and telomerase regulation in triple-negative breast cancer.” Kala et al. BMC Cancer (2015) 15:672 DOI 10.1186/s12885-015-1693-

“The Protective Role of Sirt1 in Vascular Tissue: its Relationship to Vascular Aging and Atherosclerosis.”  www.aging‐us.com. AGING 2016, Vol. 8, No. 10.

“SirT1 Brings Stemness Closer to Cancer and Aging.”  www.impactaging.com. AGING, February 2011, Vol. 3. No 2

Oral Investigations July 20, 2018

Nutrition. Feb. 3, 2018

Food Chemical Toxicology, July 4, 2009.

 

Fibromyalgia and the Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a widely misunderstood and mistreated condition that causes chronic pain, fatigue, and mental distress. Part of what we do here at Angel Healing Group is give our clients options to help alleviate the pain associated with this condition through therapeutic massage, often in coordination with other therapies. Let’s take a closer look at Fibromyalgia including the symptoms, causes and how the benefits of therapeutic massage can be a welcome relief for those living with this painful and often overlooked syndrome.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder resulting in abnormal pain processing. Most people suffering from this syndrome describe widespread muscle pain, tender point pain, extreme fatigue, morning muscle stiffness, headaches, sleep difficulties, anxiety and/or depression. In general, the symptoms resemble those of arthritis, but fibromyalgia affects the soft tissue, not the joints. The pain of this syndrome can range from mild to profound and is commonly described as having the flu all the time. To make matters worse, those living with Fibromyalgia often have dual diagnoses with other chronic conditions such as: chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and vulvodynia.

Prevalence

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), around 5 million adults aged 18 years or over in the U.S. experience the debilitating and chronic pain of Fibromyalgia. While men and children have been known to have the syndrome, more than 80 to 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are women in middle age. Given these statistics, it is obvious that those who live with Fibromyalgia are not alone, although they often feel as though they are because they suffer for weeks and even years with symptoms that are not outwardly obvious.

Cause and Treatment Options

Although the cause of this syndrome is unknown, specialists in Fibromyalgia report in Medical News Today that risk factors include traumatic injury, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, and genetic factors. Recently, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) issued a recommendation against using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat fibromyalgia in their updated 2016 guidelines. Other drugs have been tested to ease mental distress and the widespread pain associated with the syndrome. Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs may help reduce pain. Unfortunately, further review has recommended that patients often stop using these drugs because they are not effective in relieving pain or because of their adverse effects. NIAMS puts forward a three-pronged treatment option for Fibromyalgia. It includes: traditional prescriptions to help with pain, lifestyle modifications, and complementary therapies such as therapeutic massage.

The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

For many people living with the pain of Fibromyalgia, traditional medicines have not been able to provide any relief. Complementary therapies such as therapeutic massage may hold the key for help with the pain, fatigue, headaches, mood, and muscle stiffness. Recent studies completed at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute examined the benefits of Therapeutic Massage for those with Fibromyalgia. The report concluded that massage therapy provided the following benefits: increased serotonin levels, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of substance P (basically a pain messenger), decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns, and an improved overall sense of well-being. The principal investigators stated that massage therapy is a clinically significant complementary treatment for Fibromyalgia. In addition to this study, the National Institutes of Health also recommends supporting treatments such as therapeutic massage.

The benefits of therapeutic massage include:

  • Improved sleep patterns that allow for the body to begin to restore itself during a restful night’s sleep.
  • Improved circulation can alleviate headaches with better blood flow and nutrients to the brain.
  • Improved range of motion in joints and increased production of the body’s natural painkillers.
  • Improved muscle tone for those muscle groups that have become lethargic due to pain.
  • Improved mental clarity while relaxing muscle groups.
  • Improved mood due to the release of natural endorphins during the massage.

If you have questions about our therapeutic massage services, contact Angel Healing Group today. If you are homebound, we can also come to you if you’re in the Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties. Learn more about how this process can help you, by visiting our website and contacting us.

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Why IonCleanse® is the Right Choice

An oft-repeated question we hear at Angel Healing is whether IonCleanse is the right choice. Maybe you too have decided that it’s time to look deeper at detoxification techniques that have been scientifically proven to keep your self-healing and self-cleaning processes functioning well. If you have begun the search for ways to feel better, whether it is preventing chronic disease, enhancing your immune system, improving your mental clarity, increasing your energy, or even improving your skin quality, then Ion Cleanses or foot bath techniques may be top on your list.

Unfortunately, Googling the terms “Ion Cleanse” or even “foot bath” could bring up potentially thousands of results. After sifting through the research and the scientific studies, you may come to the conclusion that we have already arrived at – the IonCleanse® is, by far, the most effective, safe, and gentle approach when it comes to detoxification methods that are available. Let’s take a closer look at these three reasons why IonCleanse® is scientifically the right choice.

Safety – Combining the power of electricity and water can be a dangerous endeavour, but the IonCleanse® safety record is well documented. In fact, it has a perfect safety record since its introduction in 2002. It is the only model that passed the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) and Ce (European Community) safety standards. Manufactured right here in the United States, the IonCleanse is the safest on the market.

Most Effective – Practitioners, clients, and researchers alike agree that the IonCleanse is the most effective detoxification technique. It is known to help balance the body’s regulating systems, and help the body better detoxify itself. Check out our testimonials on our website and the research listed below that reports on effectiveness.

Gentle – There are many products and services out there that claim to cleanse and detoxify the human body. Unfortunately, many of them are too fast and harsh. The IonCleanse® is slow, gentle, and balanced to ensure our clients’ safety. This foot bath supports our own self-righting mechanisms for health and longevity. Practicing detoxification regularly should be done in a gentle way, and always with a skilled practitioner, instead of trying something on your own.

Are you searching for a detoxification program that you can trust and make a part of your healthier lifestyle? Read more about the research behind the IonCleanse and visit our website. Contact us for scheduling, or to discuss the benefits of IonCleanse®.

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The IonCleanse by AMD Foot bath Detox and Glyphosate Excretion

The Environmental Working Group has a useful and free app, called the Healthy Living App. You can learn more here: https://www.ewg.org/apps/. Use it to scan a barcode and review the health and safety ratings for over 200,000 food and cosmetics products.

How the Body Naturally Detoxifies, but Still Needs Help

Have you ever just marveled at the magnificence of our bodies? Whether thinking, walking, talking, or digesting, the human body can seem like a work of mysterious perfection. Of course, there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Each organ, muscle, and even the smallest cell has a purpose and a function. In our line of work, in which we focus on healing and detoxifying the body, we are especially amazed at the body’s natural ability to constantly self-heal and self-cleanse. Knowing this, many of our clients often ask: why, if our body naturally detoxifies, do we need further detoxification through such methods as an IonCleanse® foot bath, Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT) application, or Therapeutic Body Work? Let’s take a closer look at the way our organs naturally detoxify and why it is important to access other methods to support our internal systems.

Our Natural Detoxifying System

Human beings are born with a built-in detoxification system. The organs that take part in these functions include: the skin, liver, colon, kidneys, and respiratory system.

● Our skin is on the front lines in the fight against environmental toxins. Due to its elasticity and the fact that it is impervious to water, the skin prevents many toxins from entering our bodies to begin with. In addition, our skin releases toxins that are water-soluble through the natural process of sweating.

● The liver is our chief detoxifier that removes toxins from our blood.

● The colon helps eliminate solid waste from our internal systems.

● Our kidneys move more than 200 quarts of fluid through our bodies daily, expelling waste and toxins in the form of urine.

● The complex respiratory system expels metabolic wastes, such as carbon dioxide, in the simple form of an exhaled breath.

Why We Need Help Detoxifying

The human body is constantly working to dispel toxins and unwanted matter from all of these various systems. Unfortunately, in our everyday lives, we are exposed to more toxins than our bodies can handle. Environmental pollutants and toxins such as heavy metals (e.g. mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium) chlorine, pesticides, PCBs, molds, and fungal toxins (e.g. dioxins, chloroform, and phthalates) can slow down our organs’ natural ability to detoxify. The toxins we are talking about are not just in the form of carbon emissions from cars and trucks, but in the everyday items that we use in our home such as cosmetics, plastic water bottles, tap water, the foods we eat, toothpaste, and our beverages of choice, just to name a few. In fact, in the past 100 years, there have been over 120,000 chemical compounds created, with over 50% of those known to be toxic to human life. That is in excess of 60,000 toxic chemicals that can potentially find their way into our environment (Environ Work Group).

In order to support and enhance our body’s natural detoxification systems, we need to make detoxification part of our lifestyles. One way to do this is to access one of our services such as an IonCleanse® foot bath, Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT) application, or Therapeutic Body Work. Each of these programs can help reduce the effects of long-term exposure to toxins and environmental pollutants. Our clients find that the benefits can include: improved skin quality, increased energy, relief from pain conditions, enhanced immune functioning, increased mental clarity, and better digestion. No matter how cleanly you live or eat, external factors still require us to give our bodies a chance to dispel anything hampering the efficiency and quality of our own internal detoxification systems.

If you have questions about our detoxification services, contact Angel Healing Group today. Want to find out more about how this process can help your body function better? Visit our website and reach out to us with your questions.

Resources:

Mullerova and Kopecky. “White Adipose Tissue: Storage and Effector Site for Environmental Pollutants.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16925464

Environmental Working Group. Pollution in Minority Newborns: BPA and Other Cord Blood Pollutants. https://www.ewg.org/research/minority-cord-blood-report/bpa-and-other-cord-blood-pollutants#.Wzobzi2ZMn0