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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.

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

 

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®.

Resources:
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

The Divine is in the Details (Especially when it comes to Food)

I think most would agree that peanuts are a food that are fairly high on the allergen list.
I grew up eating peanut butter. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that, but my mother had a child almost every year, producing eight children in ten years. Peanut butter was quick, easy, satisfying and most of the children ate it without argument.
Many children today have full blown peanut allergies and those statistics continue to grow rapidly.
I often have these “what’s wrong with our food today” conversations with my father because it usually engenders lengthy “battles of scientific study” that are fun and mentally stimulating.
One of my continued arguments with my father, who was a PhD analytical chemist in food science for his entire carreer with the United States Army, is that if we would just embrace ancient sprouting techniques, we wouldn’t have most of the legume and grain reactions that we do today.
Well, I was mildly vindicated by an unlikely source.
My father purposefully walked into my kitchen several weeks ago and plopped his copy of Food Technology onto my kitchen table. It was open on page twelve and he points his finger at the article without saying a word.
“Germination Decreases Allergenicity of Peanuts” is the title of a 100 word article with a link to the research. The abstract was published ahead of print, but it is available in full text print online.

I didn’t know what to do. I could do my victory dance, or ask the question that most of us in the natural products industry ask which is, I wonder why the sudden interest in this ancient food technology? Is it because peanut sales are down?  Is it because the peanut industry is truly concerned about the probable allergenicity of this legume?

We may never know for sure what has inspired the scientific inquiry, but I was content to see the early possibility of confirmation regading sprouting making this food safer to consume, especially since it is linked with some of my most pleasurable childhood memories.

You can click on this title to read the abstract in PubMed.

J Food Sci. 2016 Jan;81(1):T255-61. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.13161. Epub 2015 Nov 30.

Beneficial Influence of Short-Term Germination on Decreasing Allergenicity of Peanut Proteins.
PMID: 26618608

It’s not just high cholesterol that increases CVD risk

Somewhere after Christmas and before the New Year, my mother called me late. I picked up the phone knowing something was up since it is uncustomary that either one of my parents calls me after 8PM. It was my mother calling for my father.
I had been watching my Dad since late autumn, suspecting a brewing heart condition. Well trained clinical herbalists take the pulses, the tongue and look at other signs that sometimes give us very early warnings for all kinds of imbalances before they become disease. I had been worried, but I was playing it cool. My father was not convinced it was his heart. His GP had given him a clean bill of health, but I was seeing too many signs that were pointing to his heart.
That strange, late evening Dad was having mild chest pressure. It wasn’t intense, it was almost in his esophagus and there were no other signs at all. He thought he had swallowed a vitamin sideways, but it wasn’t going away which was why he called me. Not wanting to be alarmist, I asked him to have a cup of chamomile tea, go back to bed and if he woke in the night with the same feeling, he was to go to the hospital under any and all circumstances.
Turns out my Dad was having a very mild heart attack. It was caught so early that there was no damage to any of his heart muscle.
Several weeks after the two stents were expertly sprung open in fairly blocked coronary arteries, my Dad asks the question which most might ask on meeting my father.
Why?
My father doesn’t smoke, has maybe one glass of red wine a week, eats incredibly well, doesn’t eat a lot of sugar, doesn’t eat fast food, is a perfect weight for his hight, is a very active gentleman farmer and his cholesterol levels were normal. At 82 he is outwardly the picture of health.
What the heck?!
What you can’t see is that my father has had a lifetime of tooth decay and periodontal disease. At first blush you may never attribute oral health as an inducer of CVD, but it can be.
Anyone who has a weak heart valve knows the antibiotic protocol before having their teeth cleaned. But its not necessarily the bacteria from the gums that is the culprit. There have been bacteria from the oral cavity found in atherosclerotic plaque which you can read about here:

J Oral Microbiol. 2014 May 15;6. doi: 10.3402/jom.v6.23408. eCollection 2014.

Bacteria and bacterial DNA in atherosclerotic plaque and aneurysmal wall biopsies from patients with and without periodontitis. 

PMID: 25006361 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4024159

What early research is finding is that gum disease can be a contributing factor to an overall systemic inflammatory response that may, over time, negatively effect the coronary arteries. A couple of research pieces that might start you thinking….

J Dent Res. 2011 Sep;90(9):1062-9. doi: 10.1177/0022034510397194. Epub 2011 Feb 14.

Novel endothelial biomarkers: implications for periodontal disease and CVD.

PMID: 21321068

Clin Sci (Lond). 2011 Apr;120(7):263-83. doi: 10.1042/CS20100429.

Endothelial progenitor cells: novel biomarker and promising cell therapy for cardiovascular disease.

PMID: 21143202

The real point to all of this inquiry is just to illustrate that our body systems are all connected. To focus only on our cholesterol levels as an indicator for whether we will have CVD or not doesn’t tell the whole story.

The liver sends cholesterol to areas where it thinks there’s a lesion and that signal is set off by certain inflammatory markers. It’s the same reason why sticky fibrin and platelets are sent to these areas and clots are formed. The body thinks there’s an injury or need for repair based on the inflammation signals. So, yes cholesterol has a part to play, but other systems, organs and tissues are suspect for influence on the underlying mechanisms.

Not that any of this is diagnostic in any way, but there is a golden thread here. The body is not the sum of its parts. The body is whole and coordinated and each aspect of it communicates with the totality of the being at all times.

It is a wondrous thing, our bodies and maintaining good health keeps some of us on our toes.

If you are interested in natural approaches to improving oral health, check out the Ayurvedic practice of Oil Pulling.

Take Good Care!

 

 

 

 

Why can’t I lose this fat? I diet, exercise and nothing seems to change?

Check this out…

The two groups in this randomized, crossed-over trial both had restriced caloric intake (the groups were all on the same calorie intake) but one group had 8.5 hours of sleep at night and the other group had 5.5 hours of sleep at night for only 14 days.

Guess what happened?

The group who had the 5.5 hours of sleep lost 55% LESS body fat and INCREASED the LOSS of their lean body mass (muscles) by 60%! Which means, the group with less sleep got FATTER on the same diet! Oye!

The link to this study is here, if you want to sit with it for a while.

Insufficient sleep undermines dietary efforts… [Ann Intern Med. 2010] – PubMed – NCBI.

In short, if you don’t get enough sleep at night, no matter how low the calorie intake is, or the amount of exercise you manage to perform, you will lose your muscles and GAIN stored body fat.

The trouble is getting to sleep and staying asleep, isn’t it?

The inquiry continues…..