8 things you need to know about nutrition for a healthier pregnancy

foods-pegnant-woman-avoid_leadHere are 8 things to know about nutrition before and during pregnancy:

Get a head start. Even before becoming pregnant, a woman’s nutrition, weight and general fitness can impact both her fertility as well as the health of future pregnancies. If you’re trying to conceive, it’s important to eat a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, fiber, lean protein and healthy fats. In addition, specific nutrients like antioxidants such as vitamins C, E and selenium can help protect the cells in the reproductive system from oxidative stress.

One of the most important nutrients during pregnancy is folate, also known as folic acid. Supplementing daily before and during early pregnancy with 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid can significantly reduce the incidence of neural tube defects in the baby. Folate and vitamin B12 are required for the health of the neurocognitive and cardiovascular systems. Because half of all pregnancies are, in fact, unplanned it’s important for all women of childbearing age to take a multivitamin with at least 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid every day, even if they aren’t planning a pregnancy any time soon.

Get your vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for immune function, as well as reproductive and fetal health. Experts recommend between 2500 to 8000 International Units per day. Experts recommend between 2500 to 8000 International Units per day.

Vitamin D is key. Supplemental vitamin D is often required to correct deficiencies. Vitamin D plays multiple roles: it supports a healthy pregnancy, supports brain development and of course, increases the absorption of calcium. Also, if the mother has a vitamin D deficiency, there will be very low vitamin D in her breast milk, so that vitamin D supplement will continue to be important for breastfeeding.

High quality protein and healthy fats are vital to your diet. As your body builds another human, the need for protein increases, so it’s important to get plenty of high quality lean protein. Good sources are soy, egg whites, lean meat and milk. Pregnant women should also focus on healthy fats, especially the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. EPA supports the heart and immune system, while DHA plays an incredibly important role in the development of the brain, eyes, and central nervous system.

Minerals make a difference. Iron is important during pregnancy because it’s essential for the creation of hemoglobin and myoglobin, two proteins that help carry oxygen to the baby. And a recent study found that supplementing with iron and folic acid has a strong protective effect in life. During pregnancy, minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium not only help to build baby’s healthy bones and teeth, but also help to protect the mother’s bone density.

Iodine is imperative. During pregnancy and lactation, there’s an increased need for iodine, an essential trace mineral needed to produce thyroid hormones throughout life. During pregnancy, sufficient iodine consumption by mom is important for baby’s mental and physical health. Experts recommend 200 micrograms of supplemental iodine.

Get the extra healthy calories you need. Pregnant and lactating women need about an extra 300 calories daily, so try to increase your nutritional intake without adding too many calories. This means making good food choices, such as minimizing fast food consumption, and making sure your daily diet has a balanced amount of proteins, carbohydrates and fat, in addition to the micronutrients.

Quality nutrition is essential throughout our lives, but there’s no better time for women to develop those healthy habits than during their childbearing years. By taking care of yourself, you’re also helping to give your baby the best possible start in life. Supplements should be an important part of your strategy to accomplish that goal.

Neuroscientists Fight Brain Damage with Gut Microbes

Neuroscientists from Cornell University have found that by tweaking the gut microbiota of mice it’s possible to reduce the amount of brain damage incurred following a stroke.

Their work, which is described in Nature Medicine, isn’t a readymade cure for brain damage, but it does shed new light on a very hyped topic in medicine—the relationship between the gut and brain—while offering some new hope to the some 800,000 Americans who will suffer a stroke in any given year.

A stroke is a medical emergency characterized by some variety of disrupted blood flow to the brain, either by way of blockage or by way of hemorrhage. Neurons are starved of their blood supply and very quickly die. The non-fatal result is usually a combination of impaired functioning—including but not limited to cognitive deficits, hearing and vision loss, emotional and psychological problems, and, very frequently, some degree of paralysis—and, thus, permanent disability.

Functioning can sometimes be regained, at least partially, but this is by no means a guaranteed outcome. Emergency stroke interventions mostly involve removing whatever blockage is causing the stroke in the first place (a clot), usually with drugs or sometimes surgery.

The Cornell work has to do with the gut-brain coupling imposed by the immune system. Following a stroke, pro-inflammatory compounds are produced in the intestines and travel to the brain, where they cause all sorts of inflammatory trouble and ultimately facilitate brain damage beyond normal blood deprivation.

The microbes in question here are known generally as commensal bacteria. Their whole commensal thing is chilling on the parts of your body exposed to the outside world (skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract), a group of surfaces known together as the epithelium, and living it up courtesy of your various forms of filth. While often thought of as “good bacteria,” their goodness is only provisional: Good bacteria can become bad bacteria very fast if the body’s immune system goes south.

Post-stroke MRI. Image: Wiki

This immune system is represented on epithelial surfaces by Gamma delta T cells (?? T cells), which are in their highest abundance within the mucosal membranes of the intestines. Their role seems to be as a sort of early-warning system for infections and they help direct the body’s inflammatory responses. The Gamma deltas are part of the immune system’s peripheral defenses, which includes all of the immune system outside of the brain.

But they can still have effects on the brain, which is still a bit mysterious. “The peripheral immune system, which involves both innate and adaptive immune cells, has an essential role in the pathophysiology of stroke and contributes to secondary neurodegeneration by releasing neurotoxic factors, including reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, as well as exopeptidases,” the current paper explains.

So, while a stroke has the obvious effect of starving neurons of blood, there’s this whole secondary wave of destruction, which comes courtesy of the gut-dwelling Gamma delta dudes. The neuroscientists found that these cells race to the meninges, the interface between the brain and spinal cord, following a stroke, and it would thus seem that immune cells have something of a gut-brain expressway (a gut-brain axis, properly) at their disposal.

The researchers tailored the gut bacteria in their experiments using both antibiotics and fecal transplants from other mice that had been treated with antibiotics. By doing so they were able to reduce the destructive Gamma deltas while also boosting the production and transport of anti-inflammatory immune cells called Treg cells. They found that after inducing these changes, fewer inflammatory cells made their way up to the meninges, which is obviously a good thing. Less inflammation occurs in the brain, and so less destructon.

There’s still a lot of work to do here. For one thing, it’s unknown how all of this scales to human bodies and whether the effects can be replicated. We’re still a long ways off from emergency room fecal transplants for stroke patients, but at the very least we’ve learned something interesting about the immune system’s role in bridging guts and brains.

Source: http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/neuroscientists-fight-brain-damage-with-gut-microbes 

Essential Oil Spotlight: Blue Cypress

Blue-Cypress2-121x300Are you familiar with Blue Cypress essential oil? Surprisingly, many of our members are not yet acquainted with this amazingly versatile oil. Let me introduce you!

Sometimes referred to as Blue Gold, Blue Cypress is a beautiful, cobalt blue and is the only naturally blue essential oil that comes from a tree. Other blue essential oils such as German Chamomile and Blue Tansy are from flowers. So distinctive and beloved is this tree’s aroma that it was chosen as the official fragrance of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Young Living’s Blue Cypress essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and wood of the rare Northern Cypress Pine, native only to Australia’s Northern Territory. The scientific name of Blue Cypress, Callitris intratropica, is derived from the Greek calli (beautiful) and treis (three), which references the tree’s triangular leaves that are arranged in spirals of three.

Blue Cypress has been used for thousands of years by Australian aboriginal people in a variety of household and personal applications. Here are a few ways you can use Blue Cypress:

Blue-Cypress-2-300x1991. Support muscles. Blue Cypress is great to use post-workout. Just add a few drops to V-6 Vegetable Oil ComplexOrtho Ease® Massage Oil, or Ortho Sport® Massage Oil and rub it on muscles after physical workouts.

2. Moisturize skin. Blue Cypress has excellent beneficial properties for the skin. Use Blue Cypress alone or blend it with Sacred Frankincense, Lavender, and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils and apply topically to hydrate the skin after time outside.

3. Soothe skin while shaving. Add a drop or two of Blue Cypress to shaving cream, soap, or aftershave to help prevent razor burn.

4. Use in household cleaning. Add Blue Cypress to Thieves® Household Cleaner for extra cleaning power or include it in a custom blend of Lemon and Clove essential oils mixed in water to create your own all-purpose cleaner for kitchens, bathrooms, desktops, and other surfaces.

This blog was written by Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager Heidi Jeanfreau, and reprinted with permission from the Young Living website.

Humans are Biological Beings

This essay is addressed to all the people in the world, including “food scientists,” farmers, “food industry” giants, and just plain old ordinary human beings.
Somewhere along the way in the last century, an idea entered the world – an erroneous idea – that man was capable of screwing around with Mother Nature and getting it right. This idea is captured in the slogan “better living through chemistry,” a slogan given to us by DuPont* in 1939, a time when it seemed that fledgling science really might help solve the problems of this planet, feed the masses, cure diseases, make our lives better. Scientists have certainly experimented away on us, “progressing” from creating our foods in the laboratory to now gene-tampering with our foods, so that with each decade we have moved further and further away from natural food sources. Foods on our supermarket shelves contain lists of chemicals, not real food. They contain non-food additives, preservatives, fillers, colors, false tastes and smells which, taken together, look like food, but are not food and do not nourish us.
[*DuPont is a multi-product chemical company, making everything from explosives and munitions to Teflon, herbicides, refrigerants, high-tech coatings, nonwoven fibers, and much more. The phrase “better living through chemistry” was dropped from their company slogan in 1980. The use of that phrase in this essay does not specifically reference DuPont, but all modern industrial activity based on similar thinking.]
Today, some 60 or 70 years later, it is very clear that “better living through chemistry” has actually turned out to be one of the worst ideas ever conceived. We have poisoned the planet with our industrial chemicals, in exchange for which we now have more “stuff,” but we are not living better (although we are living longer). We are actually very unhealthy through much of that longer lifespan. We are far more unhealthy than our grandparents. Our obese, autistic, ADD, allergic, asthmatic and diabetic populations are enormous, way out of proportion to our total population. We are cancerous, hypertensive, mentally ill, prone to heart disease, ulcers, and new mystery neurological conditions which are likely the result of enviro-toxins created by synergistic combinations of chemicals in our environment that have been ignorantly unleashed upon us by those “better living through chemistry” geniuses, who were so smart they didn’t have a clue what they were doing.
Somewhere along the way in this march to the scientific/chemical future we forgot that we are natural biological beings, that our bodies, our physical vehicles, are entirely natural to this earth, as natural – and in the SAME way – as a squirrel or a bird. Our bodies have an innate chemistry that cannot be successfully subjected to manipulation, although our “food scientists” and “chemists” have tried to manipulate it. The result of those manipulations is disease, imbalances in our guts, our blood, and our brains.
Where did we get the idea that our body, a natural biological system, could be fed unnatural, non-biological ingredients through our food, air, and water, and that it would somehow be able to transmute those unnatural substances, hundreds of which are poisons, into the ingredients that create health?
Where did we get the idea that we are somehow NOT natural? Even if one accepts the idea that we are genetically engineered beings, our biology is still Earth biology. We come out of this planet. We are in sync with this planet. We need the natural substances of this planet in order to survive in a state of health.
Where is the evidence that science has been able to achieve anything positive in regard to our physical beings, other than mechanical manipulations? Sure, medical science can give you a titanium hip, but it absolutely does not understand how the chemistry of the body works. Most doctors don’t know anything at all about nutrition. They don’t know what foods are good or bad for you. They don’t know what makes people healthy. They don’t know how the body heals itself. They invent products that will eliminate a woman’s menstrual cycle but have no idea how body chemistry will be affected by this disruption of natural hormone balances. The whole-body system is a precisely balanced mechanism that they don’t understand. Science now tells us that menopause is a “condition,” when it is actually a phase in the process of the body’s biological life, just as puberty is. Neither of those things is a “condition.” Both are natural periods of transformation, metamorphosis, when we move from one stage of life to another in the unfolding of our biological pattern that is millions of years old.
In our search for everlasting youth, an unnatural state, we deny the wisdom of the body and try to force it into unnatural chemical arrangements through drugs and therapies that are antagonistic to the body. In the end they all fail because the processes of nature are more intelligent, cohesive, balanced, and intricate than anything scientific tinkerers will ever be able to conceive. The tinkerers never get it right. That’s why there are so many ridiculous side effects to modern medicines – because they didn’t get it right, and they won’t get it right. It is unbelievable to think that a nasal spray, that is meant to relieve your allergy symptoms but may also give you a nasal fungus or cataracts, is the best our science can do! It is foolish to put faith in these experiments. That’s all they are: multi-million dollar experiments with our health.
Nature has it right. What we need to do is develop a holistic understanding of the wisdom of nature, not by taking it apart in the laboratory and thinking that by identifying the individual components we then understand what makes it work. That has never been the right answer. The complex synergies of natural chemistries are tossed out the window in that approach. No one understands them. We are only left with the mistakes of the laboratory, the partial solutions, and the terrible side effects, because this kind of chemistry always gets it wrong.
Despite the fact that scientists now know all this, as I look around I see us continuing to try to move further and further from nature. This is a mistake. There is nowhere to go, especially if what we have seen so far from “better living though chemistry” is any indication of our success in this regard. The further we move from nature, the more wrong we get it. Time has not improved the statistics. We don’t get it right in 2007 any more often than we did in 1939. Hasn’t anyone noticed this? There is something basically wrong with our scientific and chemical thinking. It’s the wrong road, which, of course, is why so many of science’s answers are wrong, meaning unsuccessful, partial or total failures – our “food science,” our pharmaceuticals, our industrial chemicals, etc., which only “succeed” by causing failures somewhere else – in the environment, our health, our minds and bodies.
Examples: The folderol and argument about whether Red Dye #2 is harmful to humans; all the arguments made by the “food industry” that preservatives, sodium nitrite, are good for you; mercury in our children’s vaccines; fluoride and chlorine in our water; aspartame; pesticide residues in food – clearly none of this is natural and cannot nourish a natural living system, i.e., a human body.
Has The Matrix and cyber-think mislead us into believing that we can put outlets in our heads, wire our brains, plug into our computers and become cyborgs? Well, OK, but what do cyborgs eat?
Our bodies are not garbage converters. Our bodies are not the DeLorian vehicle from Back to the Future that converts garbage to energy. It doesn’t work that way. That is pure fantasy. No amount of tinkering will make it work that way. The only thing that results from tinkering is imbalance. Our bodies have a precise chemistry that only works in pre-set ways, and only produces health when specific natural nutritional components are supplied to it. There is no other way it works. It baffles me why “chemists” and “scientists” don’t understand this. Nothing good has resulted for our physical beings from “better living through chemistry,” so why do we continue down this path? Why are there still arguments about any of this?
Every time one arrives at the big “Why?” question which seems to defy common sense, as in this case, the usual answer is that someone is heavily monetarily invested in an erroneous path and will continue on that path because it makes money, no matter how erroneous the path is or how much harm is done to humans. This of course is completely illogical, but money will always make its own rationalizations and excuses and is not very often traveling in company with common sense. So it is entirely up to the individual to understand this issue and make choices that defy the system, the science, and the chemists. Your great-grandmother understands it better than these geniuses do.
The best possible thing every person on this planet can do is to eat organic foods, grow your own if you can, buy them even though they are more expensive. Avoid GM foods of all kinds. Avoid all pre-packaged, time-saving foods whose ingredients you cannot pronounce or are not natural. Drink distilled water. Try not to breathe.
It is my hope that some individuals will revise their thinking on this issue, become natural humans again and think of themselves that way, which re-establishes a loving connection with the Earth rather than being divorced from and in conflict with it. It is my hope that these “new humans” will actively lobby against all governmental support of the unnatural substances that the food and pharmaceutical industries continue to come up with.
You are a natural biological being. Honor that. Do not follow any advice from anyone that violates this principle!
In health,
Francesca Caigatti
(Francesca has no credentials of any kind other than being an educated, intelligent, living being on this Earth.)



Human beings have been exposed to heavy metal toxins for an immeasurable amount of time. The industrialization of the world has dramatically increased the overall environmental ‘load’ of heavy metal toxins to the point that our societies are dependent upon them for proper functioning. Industry and commercial processes have actively mined refined manufactured burned and manipulated heavy metal compounds for a number of reasons. Today heavy metals are abundant in our drinking water air and soil due to our increased use of these compounds. They are present in virtually every area of modern consumerism from construction materials to cosmetics medicines to processed foods fuel sources to agents of destruction appliances to personal care products. It is very difficult for anyone to avoid exposure to any of the many harmful heavy metals that are so prevalent in our environment. While it does not appear that we are going to neutralize the threat of heavy metal toxicity in our communities nor decrease our utilization of the many commercial goods that they help produce we can take steps to understand this threat and put into action policies of prevention and treatment that may help to lessen the negative impact that these agents have on human health.

Heavy metal toxins contribute to a variety of adverse health effects. There exist over 20 different heavy metal toxins that can impact human health and each toxin will produce different behavioral physiological and cognitive changes in an exposed individual. The degree to which a system organ tissue or cell is affected by a heavy metal toxin depends on the toxin itself and the individual’s degree of exposure to the toxin. Here are presented just 5 of the many hazardous metal toxins that are commonly encountered by humans. Each of these metals affects an individual in such a way that its respective accumulation within the body leads to a decline in the mental cognitive and physical health of the individual. The specific sources of exposure where the metals tend to be deposited and the adverse health effects of each metal are identified below.

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1. Aluminum (CAS# 7429-90-5)
Sources of exposure: Aluminum is a naturally occurring metal that has been utilized by humans for a number of years. It is the third most abundant element in the earth’s crust (approximately 8% of the crust is composed of aluminum compounds) and is apparent is small quantities (from 3-2400 ppb) in seawater (Venugopal and Luckey 1978). Incidences of acid rain on the planet have increased the availability of aluminum to various biological systems. Acid rain is able to dissolve aluminum compounds that are naturally found in soil and rock thus increasing their prevalence in soils and fresh and salt-water sources. Because of this aluminum concentrations can be seen in various fresh and salt-water marine life and in plants that have been grown in aluminum laden soil. Humans have processed aluminum compounds for years and its use is apparent in many different forms of industry. Because of its many industrial and commercial uses aluminum is consumed and/or handled by many individuals on a daily basis. Today aluminum can be found in cookware aluminum foil dental cements dentures leather tanning preparations antacids antiperspirants appliances baking powder buffered aspirin building materials canned acidic foods food additives lipsticks construction materials (the automotive aviation and electrical industries all use aluminum compounds for various uses) prescription and over-the-counter drugs (anti-diarrhea agents hemorrhoid medications vaginal douches) dialysates vaccines processed cheese paints toothpaste fireworks and “softened” and normal tap water (ATSDR 1990 Wills and Savory 1985). Aluminum has been found in at least 489 of the 1416 (34%) National Priorities List (NPL) sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (ATSDR 1995).

Target tissues: Aluminum accumulates in the brain muscles liver lungs bones kidneys skin reproductive organs and stomach (ATSDR 1990 Wills and Savory 1985). Depending on the source of exposure aluminum can be absorbed through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or the lungs. Absorption through the GI tract is slow due primarily to pH factors but once absorbed it is distributed to the bones liver testes brain and soft tissues. Following aluminum inhalation deposition occurs primarily within the lungs (Venugopal and Luckey 1978).

Signs and Symptoms: Aluminum toxicity can produce a number of clinical signs and symptoms. Common are excessive headaches abnormal heart rhythm depression numbness of the hands and feet and blurred vision (Kilburn and Warshaw 1993). Aluminum toxicity has been shown to produce impairment in choice reaction time long-term memory psychomotor speed and recall in affected individuals as compared to controls (Wills and Savory 1985). Animal studies have shown similar impairment in locomotor activity/response and spatial learning in rats receiving dietary aluminum for a period of 12 weeks (Commissaris et al. 1982). In a study conducted with patients receiving dialysis for renal failure aluminum was believed to be a causal agent in the development of dialysis encephalopathy (or “dialysis dementia”) a special form of bone disease known as osteomalacic dialysis osteodystrophy and anemia (Wills and Savory 1985). In this study individuals had been receiving concentrations of aluminum directly from their dialysate. Similarly long-term hemo-dialysis patients have exhibited a progressive neurological syndrome that includes speech disorders dementia myoclonus and encephalopathy (Perl and Brody 1980). Evidence suggests that inhaled aluminum may contribute to the development of pulmonary fibrosis and to a lesser degree pulmonary granulomatosis (ATSDR 1990).

Aluminum may be involved in a myriad of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. McLaughlin MD F.R.C.P. a professor of physiology and medicine and the director of the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto states: “Concentrations of aluminum that are toxic to many biochemical processes are found in at least ten human neurological conditions”(Crapper-McLachlan 1980). Recent studies suggest that aluminum may be involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease Parkinson’s disease Guam ALS-PD complex “Dialysis dementia” Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) senile and presenile dementia neurofibrillary tangles clumsiness of movements staggering when walking and an inability to pronounce words properly (Berkum 1986; Goyer 1991; Shore and Wyatt 1983). To date however we do not completely understand the role that aluminum plays in the progression of such human degenerative syndromes.

Chronic aluminum exposure has contributed directly to hepatic failure renal failure and dementia (Arieff et al. 1979). Other symptoms that have been observed in individuals with high internal concentrations of aluminum are colic convulsions esophagitis gastroenteritis kidney damage liver dysfunction loss of appetite loss of balance muscle pain psychosis shortness of breath weakness and fatigue (ATSDR 1990). Behavioral difficulties among schoolchildren have also been correlated with elevated levels of aluminum and other neuro-toxic heavy metals (Goyer 1991). And aluminum toxicity may also cause birth defects in new-borns (ATSDR 1990).

Medical tests for aluminum screening: Blood urine feces hair and fingernails.

2. Arsenic (CAS# 7440-38-2)
Sources of exposure: The use of this toxic element in numerous industrial processes has resulted in its presence in many biological and ecological systems. Ground surface and drinking water are susceptible to arsenic poisoning from the use of arsenic in smelting refining galvanizing and power plants; environmental contaminants like pesticides herbicides insecticides fungicides desiccants wood preservatives and animal feed additives; and human made hazardous waste sites chemical wastes and antibiotics. Arsenic concentrations are apparent in the air as a result of the burning of arsenic containing materials such as wood coal metal alloys and arsenic waste (ATSDR 1989; Morton and Caron 1989). Arsenic concentrations can also be found in specialty glass defoliants marine life (primarily fish and shellfish) and riot-control gas (Hine et al. 1977). Arsenic is present in at least 781 of the 1300 (60%) NPL sites as identified by the EPA (RAIS 1992).

Target tissues: Many arsenic compounds are readily absorbed through the GI tract when delivered orally in humans. Absorption within the lungs is dependent upon the size of the arsenic compound and it is believed that much of the inhaled arsenic is later absorbed through the stomach after (respiratory) mucocillary clearance (ATSDR 1989). After the absorption of arsenic compounds the primary areas of distribution are the liver kidneys lung spleen aorta and skin. Arsenic compounds are also readily deposited in the hair and nails (U.S. EPA 1984).

Signs and Symptoms: Arsenic is a highly toxic element that has been used historically for purposes of suicide and homicide. Its health effects are well known and multiform. Acute exposure to arsenic compounds can cause nausea anorexia vomiting abdominal pain muscle cramps diarrhea and burning of the mouth and throat (ATSDR 1989). Garlic-like breath malaise and fatigue have also been seen in individuals exposed to an acute dose of arsenic while contact dermatitis skin lesions and skin irritation are seen in individuals whom come into direct tactile contact with arsenic compounds (Feldman et al. 1979). A large acute oral dose has caused tachycardia acute encephalopathy congestive heart failure stupor convulsions paralysis coma and even death (Morton and Caron 1989). Animal studies have shown similar acute effects when arsenic compounds were delivered orally to Rhesus monkeys (Heywood and Sortwell 1979). Repeat exposure to arsenic compounds have been shown to lead to the development of peripheral neuropathy encephalopathy cardiovascular distress peripheral vascular disease EEG abnormalities Raynaud’s phenomenon gangrene of the lower legs (“Black foot disease”) acrocyanosis increased vasopastic reactivity in the fingers kidney and liver damage hypertension myocardial infarction anemia and leukopenia (ATSDR 1989; Blom et al. 1985; Feldman et al. 1979; Heyman et al. 1956; Hine et al. 1977; Langerkvist et al. 1986; Morton and Caron 1989). Other chronic effects of arsenic intoxication are skin abnormalities (darkening of the skin and the appearance of small “corns” or “warts” on the palms soles and torso) neurotoxic effects chronic respiratory diseases (pharyngitits laryngitis pulmonary insufficiency) neurological disorders dementia cognitive impairment hearing loss and cardiovascular disease (Blom et al. 1985; Kyle and Pease 1965; Morton and Caron 1989). A significantly higher percentage of spontaneous abortions has been shown in a population living near a copper smelting plant; lower birth weights of babies born to this same population are seen and an abnormal percentage of male to female births is also apparent suggesting that arsenic affects babies in utero (Nordstrom et al. 1979).
Studies have shown close associations between both inhaled and ingested arsenic and cancer rates. Cancers of the skin liver respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract are well documented in regards to arsenic exposure (IARC 1980; Lee-Feldstein 1989). Several arsenic compounds have been classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a Class A- Human Carcinogen (IARC 1987).

Medical test for arsenic screening: Urine (best) hair and fingernails.

3. Copper (CAS# 7440-50-8)
Sources of exposure: Copper occurs naturally in elemental form and as a component of many different compounds. The most toxic form of copper is thought to be that in the divalent state cupric (Cu2+). Because of its high electrical conductivity copper is used extensively in the manufacturing of electrical equipment and different metallic alloys. Copper is released into the environment primarily through mining sewage treatment plants solid waste disposal welding and electroplating processes electrical wiring materials plumbing supplies (pipes faucets braces and various forms of tubing) and agricultural processes (ATSDR 1990a). It is present in the air and water due to natural discharges like volcanic eruptions and windblown dust. Drinking water sources become contaminated with copper primarily because of its use in many different types of plumbing supplies. It is a common component of fungicides and algaecides and agricultural use of copper for these purposes can result in its presence in soil ground water farm animals (grazing animals like cows horses etc.) and many forms of produce (ATSDR 1990a). Copper is also present in ceramics jewelry monies (coins) and pyrotechnics (ACGIH 1986). Though copper is an essential trace element required by the body for normal physiological processes increased exposure to copper containing substances can result in copper toxicity and a wide variety of complications.

Target tissues: Absorption of copper occurs through the lungs gastrointestinal tract and skin (U.S. EPA 1987). The degree to which copper is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract largely depends upon its chemical state and the presence of other compounds like zinc (U.S.A.F. 1990). Once absorbed copper is distributed primarily to the liver kidneys spleen heart lungs stomach intestines nails and hair. Individuals with copper toxicity show an abnormally high level of copper in the liver kidneys brain eyes and bones (ATSDR 1990a).

Signs and symptoms: Acute toxicity of ingested copper is characterized by abdominal pain diarrhea vomiting tachycardia and a metallic taste in the mouth. Continued ingestion of copper compounds can cause cirrhosis and other debilitating liver conditions (Mueller-Hoecker et al. 1989). Inhaled copper dust or fumes can produce eye and respiratory tract irritation headaches vertigo drowsiness chills fever aching muscles and discoloration of the skin and hair in humans (U.S.A.F. 1990). Vineyard workers exposed to copper fumes for a long period of time developed pulmonary fibrosis and granulomas of the lungs liver impairment and liver disease (cirrhosis fibrosis and various morphological changes). Similar results were obtained in animals chronically exposed to copper containing dust and fumes (Johansson et al. 1984; Stockinger 1981). Further animal studies on copper toxicity have shown varying degrees of liver and kidney damage (necrosis of the kidney; sclerosis necrosis and cirrhosis of the liver) decreased total weight brain weight and red blood cell count increased platelet counts and the presence of gastric ulcers (Kline et al. 1977; Rana and Kumar 1978). Copper also appears to a
ffect reproduction and development in humans and animals. Offspring of hamsters that received copper sulfate injections while pregnant exhibited increased incidences of hernias encephalopathy abnormal spinal curvature and spina bifida (Ferm and Hanlon 1974). Sperm motility also appears to be compromised by the presence of copper in human spermatozoa (Battersby and Morton 1982).

Chronic exposure to copper can produce numerous physiological and behavioral disturbances. Copper toxicity has been characterized in patients with Wilson’s Disease a genetic disorder that causes an abnormal accumulation of copper in body tissue. Wilson’s disease is fatal unless treated in time. Manifestations of Wilson’s Disease include brain damage and progressive demylination psychiatric disturbances; depression suicidal tendencies and aggressive behavior; hemolytic anemia cirrhosis of the liver motor dysfunction and corneal opacities (ATSDR 1990a; Goyer 1991a; U.S. EPA 1987). Some patients may also experience poor coordination tremors disturbed gait muscle rigidity and myocardial infarction (ATSDR 1990a).

Medical tests for copper screening: Blood urine and hair.

4. Lead (CAS# 7439-92-1)
Sources of exposure: Lead is the 5th most utilized metal in the U.S. It is mined extensively in Missouri Colorado Idaho and Utah and is used for the production of ammunition bearing metals brass materials solder ballasts tubes containers gasoline products ceramics and weights (ATSDR 1993). Human exposure to lead occurs primarily through drinking water airborne lead-containing particulates and lead-based paints. Several industrial processes create lead dust/fumes resulting in its presence in the air. Mining smelting and manufacturing processes the burning of fossil fuels (especially lead-based gasoline) and municipal waste and incorrect removal of lead-based paint results in airborne lead concentrations. After lead is airborne for a period of ten days it falls to the ground and becomes distributed in soils and water sources (fresh and salt water surface and well water and drinking water). However the primary source of lead in drinking water is from lead-based plumbing materials (U.S. EPA 1989). The corrosion of such materials will lead to increased concentrations of lead in municipal drinking water. Lead from water and airborne sources have been shown to accumulate in agricultural areas leading to increased concentrations in agricultural produce and farm animals (ATSDR 1993). Cigarette smoke is also a significant source of lead exposure; people whom smoke tobacco or breath in tobacco smoke may be exposed to higher levels of lead than people whom are not exposed to cigarette smoke (RAIS 1994).

Target tissues: Lead is absorbed into the body following inhalation or ingestion. Children absorb lead much more efficiently than adults do after exposure and ingested lead is more readily absorbed in a fasting individual (U.S.EPA 1986). Over 90% of inhaled lead is absorbed directly into the blood. After lead is absorbed into the body it circulates in the blood stream and distributes primarily in the soft tissues (kidneys brain and muscle) and bone. Adults distribute about 95% of their total body lead to their bones while children distribute about 73% of their total body lead to their bones (U.S. EPA 1986a).

Signs and Symptoms: Lead is one of the most toxic elements naturally occurring on Earth. High concentrations of lead can cause irreversible brain damage (encephalopathy) seizure coma and death if not treated immediately (U.S. EPA 1986). The Central Nervous System (CNS) becomes severely damaged at blood lead concentrations starting at 40mcg/dL causing a reduction in nerve conduction velocities and neuritis (ATSDR 1993). Neuropsychological impairment has been shown to occur in individuals exposed to moderate levels of lead. Evidence suggests that lead may cause fatigue irritability information processing difficulties memory problems a reduction in sensory and motor reaction times decision making impairment and lapses in concentration (Ehle and McKee 1990). At blood concentrations above 70 mcg/dL lead has been shown to cause anemia characterized by a reduction in hemoglobin levels and erythropoiesis– a shortened life span of red blood cells (Goyer 1988; US EPA 1986a). In adults lead is very detrimental to the cardiovascular system. Occupationally exposed individuals tend to have higher blood pressure than normal controls (Pocock et al. 1984; Harlan et al. 1985; Landis and Flegal 1988) and are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease myocardial infarction and stroke (US EPA 1990). The kidneys are targets of lead toxicity and prone to impairment at moderate to high levels of lead concentrations. Kidney disease both acute and chronic nephropathy is a characteristic of lead toxicity (Goyer 1988). Kidney impairment can be seen in morphological changes in the kidney epithelium increases in the excretion rates of many different compounds reductions in glomerular filtration rate progressive glomerular arterial and arteriolar sclerosis and an altered plasma albumin ratio (Goyer 1985 1988; Landigran 1989). Chronic nephropathy has lead to increased death rates among occupationally exposed individuals as compared to controls in studies by Selevan et al. (1975) and Cooper et al. (1985). Other signs/symptoms of lead toxicity include gastrointestinal disturbances-abdominal pain cramps constipation anorexia and weight loss-immunosuppression and slight liver impairment (ATSDR 1993; US EPA 1986a).

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Children are susceptible to the most damaging effects of lead toxicity. Ample literature exists that shows just how damaging lead is to children. Prenatal and postnatal development are compromised significantly by the presence of lead in the body. At blood lead concentrations of 80-100 mcg/dL severe encephalopathy occurs. Those children who survive lead-induced encephalopathy typically suffer permanent brain damage marked by mental retardation and numerous behavioral impairments. These children also suffer slower neural conduction velocities peripheral neuropathy cognitive impairment and personality disorders (US EPA 1986a). Tuthill (1996) has found that hair lead levels in children were positively correlated with attention-deficit and hyperactive behavior. Numerous studies have implicated lead as a causal agent in the deterioration of cognitive functioning in children. Studies by Schroeder and Hawk (1986) Burchfield et al. (1980) Otto et al. (1981 1982) and Munoz et al. (1993) have shown IQ deficits in children with blood lead concentrations from 6-70 mcg/dL. Longitudinal studies have given further evidence that lead affects intelligence in exposed children. Studies by Vimpani et al. (1989) McMichael et al. (1988) and Wigg et al. (1988) have shown decreased performance on intelligence tests in lead exposed school children. One study has correlated lower socio-economic status with childhood lead poisoning 50 years after lead exposure (White et al. 1993). Maternal blood lead concentrations and prenatal lead exposure appear to be strong predictors of cognitive performance in offspring. Prenatal exposure may also cause birth defects miscarriage spontaneous abortion and underdeveloped babies (Goyer 1988; McMichael et al. 1988; US EPA 1986d). Lead not only appears to affect cognitive development of young children but also other areas of neuropsychological function. Young children exposed to lead may exhibit mental retardation learning difficulties shortened attention spans (ADHD) increased behavioral problems (aggressive behaviors) and reduced physical growth (Bellinger D. et al. 1990 1992). Lead has been determined by many health experts to be the #1 threat to developing children in our industrial societies.

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5. Mercury (CAS#7439-97-6)
Sources of exposure: Mercury occurs primarily in two forms: organic mercury and inorganic mercury. Inorganic mercury occurs when elemental mercury is combined with chlorine sulfur or oxygen. Inorganic mercury and elemental mercury are both toxins that can produce a wide range of adverse health affects. Inorganic mercury is used in thermometers barometers dental fillings batteries electrical wiring and switches fluorescent light bulbs pesticides fungicides vaccines paint skin-tightening creams vapors from spills antiseptic creams pharmaceutical drugs and ointments (ATSDR 1989a). Inorganic mercury vapor is at high concentrations near chlorine-alkali plants smelters municipal incinerators and sewage treatment plants. The organic form occurs when mercury is combined with carbon. The most common form of organic mercury is methyl mercury which is produced primarily by small organisms in water and soil when they are exposed to inorganic mercury. Humans also have the ability to convert inorganic mercury to an organic form once it has become absorbed into the bloodstream. Organic mercury is known to bioaccumulate — or pass up the food chain due an organism’s inability to process and eliminate it. It is found primarily in marine life (fish) and can often be found in produce and farm animals processed grains and dairy products and surface salt- and fresh water sources (ATSDR 1989a; Brenner and Snyder 1980). Occupational exposure to mercury containing compounds presents a significant health risk to individuals. Dentists painters fisherman electricians pharmaceutical/laboratories workers farmers factory workers miners chemists and beauticians are just some of the professions chronically exposed to mercury compounds.

Target tissues: The absorption and distribution of mercury compounds depends largely upon its chemical state. Organic mercury compounds are absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract more readily than inorganic mercury compounds with the latter being very poorly absorbed. After absorption in the gastrointestinal tract organic mercury is readily distributed throughout the body but tends to concentrate in the brain and kidneys (Goyer 1991b). Approximately 80% of mercury vapor is absorbed directly through the lungs and distributed primarily to the CNS and the kidneys (Friberg and Nordberg 1973). Inorganic and organic forms of mercury have also been seen in the red blood cells liver muscle tissue and gall bladder (Peterson et al. 1991 Dutczak et al. 1991 ATSDR 1989a).

Signs and symptoms: Mercury exposure can result in a wide variety of human health conditions. The degree of impairment and the clinical manifestations that accompany mercury exposure largely depend upon its chemical state and the route of exposure. While inorganic mercury compounds are considered less toxic than organic mercury compounds (primarily due to difficulties in absorption) inorganic mercury that is absorbed is readily converted to an organic form by physiological processes in the liver.

The acute ingestion of inorganic mercury salts may cause gastrointestinal disorders such as abdominal pain vomiting diarrhea and hemorrhage (ATSD 1989a). Repeated and prolonged exposure has resulted in severe disturbances in the central nervous system gastrointestinal tract kidneys and liver. Daivs et al. (1974) reported dementia colitis and renal failure in individuals chronically poisoned due to the ingestion of an inorganic mercury containing laxative. Inhaled inorganic mercury can cause a wide range of clinical complications in individuals including corrosive bronchitis interstitial pneumonitis renal disorders fatigue insomnia loss of memory excitability chest pains impairment of pulmonary function and gingivitis (Goyer 1991b ATSDR 1989a). Chronic inhalation of inorganic mercury compounds may result in a reduction of sensory and motor nerve function depression visual and/or auditory hallucinations muscular tremors sleep disorders alterations in autonomic function (heart rate blood pressure reflexes) impaired visuomotor coordination speech disorders dementia coma and death (Clarkson 1989; Goyer 1991b; Fawyer et al. 1983; Piikivi and Hanninen 1989; and Ngim et al. 1992). Ngim et al. (1992) have shown that a group of dentists exposed to mercury vapors occupationally perform significantly worse in neurobehavioral tests that measure motor speed visual scanning visuomotor coordination and concentration verbal memory and visual memory. Kishi et al. (1993) have found that smelter workers exposed to inorganic mercury compounds continue to experience neurological symptoms-tremors headaches slurred speech-senile symptoms and diminished mental capacities eighteen years after the cessation of mercury exposure.

Our understanding of the effects of methyl mercury poisoning comes primarily from epidemic poisonings in Iraq and Japan. In iraq more than 6000 individuals were hospitalized and 459 died as a result of methyl mercury poisoning. Adults experienced symptoms including parasthesia visual disorders ataxia fatigue tremor hearing disorders (deafness) and coma (Bakir et al. 1973; Mottet Shaw and Burbacher 1985). Neuropathologic observations of exposed individuals have shown irreversible brain damage including neuronal necrosis cerebral edema gliosis and cerebral atrophy (Mottet Shaw and Burbacher 1985). Iraqi children poisoned through the consumption of methyl mercury containing food products (grains treated with mercury containing fungicides) exhibited nervous system impairment visual and auditory disorders weakness marked motor and cognitive impairment and emotional disturbances (Bakir et al. 1973; Bakir et al. 1978). Individuals in Japan experienced many of these same symptoms after the ingestion of fish containing large amounts of
methyl mercury. Similarly autopsies conducted on deceased Japanese in the Minamata Bay have shown pronounced brain lesions cerebral atrophy edema and gliosis in the deeper fissures (sulci) of the brain such as in the visual cortex (Takeuchi 1968). The Japan and Iraq epidemics have clearly established mercury as an agent that can disrupt developmental processes in the unborn and infantile individual. Methyl mercury can pass through the placental barrier and produce many deleterious effects on the unborn fetus (Mottet Shaw and Burbacher 1985). Children born to mercury poisoned mothers were of smaller total weight had decreased brain weights at birth had fewer nerve cells in the cerebral cortex and experienced an abnormal pattern of neuronal migration (Choi et al. 1978; Takeuchi 1968 Amin-Zake et al. 1974). Of those children that survived the epidemic many experienced severe developmental effects like impaired motor and mental function hearing loss and blindness throughout their childhood (Amin-Zaki et al. 1974). Researchers have also observed a heightened incidence of cerebral palsy in children born to mothers in the Minamata Bay (Matsumoto Koya and Takeuchi 1965).
Mercury has recently been implicated as being a contributing factor to the increasing prevalence of autism in American children. The Autism Research Institute has focused on mercury containing vaccines (TMS) and their relationship to autism. Over 2 million individuals are affected with autism a neurodevelopment syndrome that typically produces impairment in sociality communication and sensory/perceptual processes and recent evidence has found a positive correlation between complications seen in autistics and complications seen in mercury poisoned individuals (Bernard et al. 2000). While it is difficult to ascribe causation in this case it should not be altogether dismissed. Mercury poisoning has been implicated in the development of many other human dysfunctional states for many years. Among these are cerebral palsy amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Parkinson’s disease psychosis and chronic fatigue syndrome (Adams et al. 1983; Bernard et al. 2000; Dales 1972) .

We are beginning to understand the threat that heavy metal toxins are to our health. However heavy metal toxicity is a condition that often goes overlooked in traditional medical diagnoses. While it is rare for an individual to experience a disease or health condition solely from a heavy metal toxin it is reasonable to conclude that these toxins exert a dramatic effect on the health of an individual and contribute to the progression of many different debilitating conditions. We have seen how just 5 heavy metals and their respective compounds can adversely affect an individual’s health. These effects range from simple gastrointestinal disturbances to severe emotional and cognitive disturbances. Metal toxins have the ability to impair not just a single cell or tissue but many of the body’s systems that are responsible for our behavior mental health and proper physiological functioning that we depend on for sustained life. If undetected these agents can cause immeasurable pain and suffering for any afflicted individual. Fortunately there are avenues that an affected individual can pursue to detoxify heavy metals already in their system. Popular therapies (known as chelation) today rely on intravenous (IV) solutions to help eliminate heavy metal toxins. EDTA and DMSA are two compounds that are being used for the removal of heavy metals today. These therapies have been shown to be effective but also potentially harmful to many individuals. Alternative chelation therapies have been developed that are safer than the traditional IV therapies and may prove to be just as effective. These therapies popularly known as oral chelation therapies rely on nutritional substances that have been shown to help detoxify heavy metals within the body and help support the body’s overall health.

Oral Chelation and Age-Less(Nutritional Replacement) for Heavy Metal Toxicity and Cardiovascular Conditions

Heavy metal toxicity is frequently the result of long term low level exposure to pollutants common in our environment: air water food and numerous consumer products. Exposure to toxic metals is associated with many chronic diseases. Recent research has found that even low levels of lead mercury cadmium aluminum and arsenic can cause a wide variety of health problems.

Symptoms Sources Solution
Decreased Intelligence in Children
Nervous System Disorders
Immune Dysfunction
Muscle Weakness and Aches
Skin Rashes
High Blood Pressure
Memory Loss
Metallic Taste in Mouth
Behavioral Disorders
Aluminum Cookware
Amalgam Fillings
Drinking Water
Air Pollution
Tobacco Smoke
Fish and Seafood
Heavy Traffic
Old Paint
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Behavioral Structural Functional Abnormalities associated with various Heavy Metal Toxins

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Psychiatric Disturbances
Social Deficits Social withdrawal Mercury
Repetitive perseverative stereotyped behaviors
OCD-typical behaviors
Depression mood swings flat affect
impaired facial recognition
Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Mercury
Schizoid tendencies
Irritability aggressive behaviors temper tantrums Lead, Mercury
Suicidal Behaviors Copper, Mercury
Sleep difficulties/ disturbances Lead, Mercury, Thallium
Chronic fatigue (CFS)
weakness malaise
Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Thallium
symptoms reflecting eating disorders loss of appetite/weight
Arsenic, Lead, Mercury
nervous tendencies
Attention problems (ADHD) lacks eye contact impaired visual fixation Lead, Mercury

Speech and Language Deficits

Speech disorders Aluminum, Mercury
Loss of speech developmental problems with language Mercury
Speech comprehension deficits Mercury
articulation problems
slurred speech unintelligible speech

Cognitive Impairments

Mental retardation borderline intelligence Arsenic, Lead, Mercury
Uneven performance on IQ scores low IQ scores Copper, Lead
Poor concentration attention deficits (ADHD) response inhibition Aluminum, Lead
Poor memory (short term verbal and auditory) Aluminum, Lead
pre-senile and senile dementia
Stupor Aluminum, Arsenic
Impaired reaction time
lower performance on timed tests

Sensory Abnormalities

Abnormal Sensations in the mouth and extremities Arsenic
Hearing loss difficulty hearing Arsenic, Lead, Mercury
Abnormal touch sensations
diminished touch sensations aversion to touch
Blurred vision
sensitivity to light
Arsenic, Mercury

Motor Disorders

Choreiform movements myoclonal jerks unusual postures Copper, Mercury
Difficulty walking swallowing talking Copper, Mercury
Flapping circling rocking toe walking Mercury
Problems with intentional movements or imitation Mercury
Abnormal gait/posture
uncoordination loss of balance
problems sitting lying crawling and walking
Decreased locomotor activity Aluminum, Arsenic
Aluminum, Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Thallium

Structural and Functional Abnormalities associated with various heavy metal toxins

Physiological Impairment

Brain and Central Nervous System

Neurofibrillary tangles Aluminum
Neuritis retrobulbar neuritis
Aluminum, Arsenic, Thallium
Encephalopathy Aluminum, Arsenic, Lead, Thallium
Alterations in nerve conduction velocity Lead
Alterations in the spinal chord Thallium
Accumulates in CNS structures Aluminum, Mercury
Abnormal EEGs Arsenic, Lead
Autonomic disturbances Copper, Lead, Mercury, Thallium

Peripheral Nervous System

Peripheral neuropathy Arsenic, Mercury
Alterations in peripheral nerves Arsenic
Loss of feeling/ numbness in the extremities
Arsenic, Mercury, Thallium

Gastrointestinal Tract

Nausea vomiting diarrhea
loss of appetite
Arsenic, Copper, Mercury, Thallium
Abdominal pain stomach cramps
burning of the throat and mouth
Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Thallium
Arsenic, Mercury, Thallium
Cancers (colon pancreatic stomach or rectal) Arsenic

Renal and Hepatic Impairment

Liver dysfunction damage
Arsenic, Copper, Thallium
Cirrhosis of the liver
Kidney disease
kidney failure
Arsenic, Lead, Mercury
Renal toxicity
tubular proteinosis
Arsenic, Copper, Lead
Kidney Damage histological alterations Arsenic, Lead

Cardiovascular System

Blood vessel damage Arsenic
decreased red blood cell count
Arsenic, Copper, Lead
increased heart rate (tachycardia)
Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Thallium
Electrocardiac disorders
Peripheral vascular disease
cardiovascular disease
vascular collapse
Arsenic, Lead

Respiratory System

Pulmonary Fibrosis Aluminum, Arsenic
Pneumonia laryngitis pharyngitis bronchitis Aluminum, Arsenic, Mercury
Restrictive airway disorders asthmatic conditions pneumoconisis Arsenic, Aluminum
Respiratory tract cancers Arsenic

Immune System

Immunosuppression Lead

Decreased white blood cell count

Arsenic, Thallium

Reproductive System

Genital abnormalities

Aluminum, Thallium

Disturbances in menstrual cycle
menstrual pains

Copper, Mercury

Birth defects
premature births
Spontaneous abortion

Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

Reproductive dysfunction

Arsenic, Aluminum, Cadmium, Lead

Other Physical Disturbances

Rashes contact dermatitis eczema itchy/irritating skin

Aluminum, Arsenic, Copper, Mercury

Muscle pain

Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Thallium

Alopecia (hair loss)

Weight Loss the Natural Way

How many times have you tried to diet and managed successfully for a few days or even weeks – and then found that your eating has spun out of control and you have piled all the weight on again? Does your weight fluctuate like a yo-yo? Have you tried every diet in the book and spent a fortune, only to find yourself back at square one (or worse) every time?
This is a problem shared by many people. Society tells us that we are not attractive or lovable unless our bodies are ‘perfect’. Poor self-esteem causes us to desperately struggle to achieve that ‘model figure’.
The major ingredient missing from most diets is an understanding of how our bodies ‘think’ and the role that food and eating (or overeating!) play in our emotional functioning. Without this knowledge, you can diet, starve, fast, exercise all you like – and even lose weight drastically, but you will be almost guaranteed to put it all on again – and then some!
But before we take a look at how our bodies ‘think’, let’s first explore the mechanics of weight loss.
How does weight loss or gain take place?
Food is taken into our bodies, converted into growth, heat and energy and then excreted. This process is called metabolism. Some people have faster metabolic rates than others do. Individuals can also increase their own metabolism by increasing activity levels (e.g. exercising). We put on weight when the intake of food exceeds our energy and growth needs and the body then “stores” the excess as fat, “in case” it is needed later. Weight loss takes place when the energy requirements of the body exceed the intake of food. Those same “reserves” are then used to make up the difference and weight loss takes place. If there is a perfect balance (on average) between the body’s needs and its intake, body weight will remain stable.
Most weight loss programs work by reducing the intake of food and/or increasing activity levels in order to ‘burn up’ fat.
What happens when we drastically reduce our food intake in order to lose weight? How do our bodies interpret a crash diet?
Our bodies think, “Famine!!!”
Crash diets make you fat!
When we diet or drastically reduce our intake of food, our bodies “think” that we are starving because there is a famine or lack of food available. The body then goes into crisis mode and slows down metabolism in order to conserve or make the most of the little food it is getting. The longer the ‘famine’ lasts, the slower your metabolism will become. Sooner or later (because we are depriving our bodies of essential nutrients) we will be forced to ‘binge’ or break our diet. When this happens, the body ‘hangs on’ to every bit of fat, carbohydrate or ‘storable’ food taken in, because:
a) metabolism is still slow and
b) the body will want to lay in ‘provisions’ for any future famine by storing food ‘just in case’.
The more we crash diet, the more our bodies become convinced that our food supplies are unreliable and the more they will therefore tend to store fat.
If this happens often enough, we will begin to put on weight even while eating a normal, healthy diet.
So what is the answer?
The answer, believe it or not, is to eat more! This will ‘trick’ our body into increasing metabolic rate to deal with the excess supply of food. The secret is in WHAT you eat and HOW OFTEN you eat, not in reducing the amount you eat! Obviously if you begin eating large amounts of rich foods and chocolates you are not going to do anything except put on weight (sorry! However, frequent meals consisting of fruit, raw vegetables, rye or whole wheat biscuits, low fat cheese, yogurt, grains, etc., accompanied by a daily increase in energy levels (exercise) will help you to increase your metabolism and lose weight without subsequent ‘bingeing’ or tendency to put on weight after the diet.
When we exercise, our bodies need more energy.
Food and any reserves (i.e. fat deposits) are then metabolized more quickly in order to produce that energy. When we exercise more regularly, our bodies get the message that metabolism needs to stay higher because energy levels require it. We will then tend to ‘burn’ our food intake faster, whether we are exercising or not. People who rarely exercise usually have slow metabolic rates, because their bodies ‘know’ that they do not need much energy to get through the day.
Exercise also builds lean muscle, which adds to metabolic rate and helps us to lose weight faster.
Beware of the messages you are sending your body!
Don’t starve yourself – you will only put the weight on again and again and again!
Comfort eating is another common problem.
This can sometimes be due to boredom and inactivity, but is often linked to depression and low self-esteem. Go to www.feelgoodcounseling.com/eating_disordersBKS.htm and take a look at the recommended books dealing with the link between emotional health and eating. Consumption of rich food is thought to temporarily increase serotonin levels and lift mood in a manner very similar to anti-depressants. While eating these foods, we feel ‘full’ and satisfied, but soon after we begin to experience feelings of guilt and despondency.
The Native Remedies Weight Loss Diet is a healthy eating plan, which helps the mind, body and the emotions to work together to achieve permanent weight loss.
It is specifically designed to increase metabolism and to prevent the ‘bingeing’ effect so often experienced with many other diets. You will not loose ridiculous amounts of weight in “just three weeks/eight days”, etc. But – if you follow the plan and keep eating (!!), you will steadily lose weight without stressing yourself and your body. And the weight will stay off!
It is important that you enjoy your food and that your senses are stimulated and aroused when you eat. It is also important that you have enough to eat (see ‘Famine’ above!) so that your body does not start to ‘hoard’ the food that you consume. You need a variety of different foods for your health and to prevent boredom, causing you to binge or crave fattening foods. The Native Remedies Weight Loss Program provides foods of different textures, colors, flavors and aromas to stimulate all your senses!
In order to achieve maximum effectiveness, the Native Remedies Weight Loss Program should be coupled with regular exercise – at least three one-hour sessions a week, preferably more. You can decide on what kind of exercise you prefer and anything goes – just so long as you increase your heart rate and work up a bit of a sweat! So walk, dance, run, garden, join an aerobics or kick boxing class – whatever works for you! But keep it regular and that excess weight will begin to melt off your body! You will find that the regular exercise will lift your mood and increase self-esteem too – making it more likely that you will stick to your Healthy Eating Program!
Here goes!
The Native Remedies Weight Loss Plan is a flexible diet that lists the basic ingredients available to you for each meal. The more variety you can achieve in the preparation of the food, the better. Remember that boredom is a big factor in the failure of many weight loss programs!
When you wake up:
Start your day each day with a cup of boiled water with a slice of fresh lemon in it. Lemon helps with the production of bile – which breaks down fat in the food supply. Put the lemon in the cup and pour the boiling water over it. Leave to cool and draw for about three minutes and sip slowly.
This is an important meal! Wake up your metabolism and use the following foods to prepare your breakfast.
One cup of high fiber plain cereal or oats (no sugar or flavoring like chocolate! No muesli!)
Use fruit juice or skim milk with the cereal.
Whole apple cut into slices or wedges or a grapefruit.
Cup of herbal tea or juice. (fennel tea is very good for weight loss and will also help to settle the stomach)
Note: One slice of whole-wheat or rye bread/toast with low fat cottage cheese (or a hard boiled egg) can be substituted for the cereal three times a week. Don’t leave out the apple or the herbal tea!
Cup of herbal tea
2 small whole wheat or rye crackers (you can use a 0% fat spread like vegemite on them)
1 apple cut into wedges or slices
Main Meal:
You should preferably have your main meal at midday, not at night. This gives your body a chance to digest it and to use up the calories instead of storing them. If this is impossible, make sure that you eat at least three hours before going to bed.
Use the following foods in a variety of ways to prepare your food. For example you may grill, steam or bake (not fry) the fish/meat/chicken whole or you may cut it into small pieces and stir-fry it in a low-fat oil with the vegetables or the pasta.
  One medium portion of fish/chicken or lean meat (red meat not more than twice a week)
  One small portion of starch (brown rice, pasta, potatoes – boiled, steamed or baked)
(avoid lamb or mutton and remove the skin from chicken before cooking)
One big portion of raw salad containing
  a green leaf vegetable (lettuce/cabbage/spinach),
  an orange vegetable or fruit (orange/carrot/tangerine),
  a green vegetable or fruit (cucumber, green pepper/celery/parsley)
  a red vegetable or fruit (red pepper, tomato) and
  a white vegetable or fruit (apple, pear, cucumber). Add sprouts like lentil, alfalfa, barley or a few sunflower seeds if you like.
You can substitute the salad three times a week with cooked vegetables from the above groups so long as they are steamed, baked or lightly boiled – or cooked in lemon juice or plain yogurt. Try and include all the colors – green, red, orange, yellow and white!
If you are a vegetarian, you can increase the salad and add almonds, low fat cottage cheese and sunflower seeds or use soybeans, tofu, egg or other protein source.
Mid-afternoon snack
Same as for the mid-morning snack. These snacks are important – don’t skip them!
Second meal (lunch or supper):
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 banana
1 orange
1 other fruit, e.g. strawberry, melon, peach, pear, etc)
1-cup plain low fat yogurt
1 glass fruit juice/herbal tea.
Either combine the above into a fruit salad and use the yogurt as a dressing or cut the fruit up into attractive wedges/slices and arrange on your plate. You can then eat the yogurt separately.
Before bed:
Cup of Chamomile tea (good for the stomach and also soothing and relaxing) or a cup of warm low fat milk;
One banana or one sweet plain biscuit
(this snack will also help you to sleep)
* Remember to take your Ecoslim Slimming Drops three times a day. This will help to control appetite and also provide energy for exercise.
* Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day – non-negotiable! Begin each meal with a glass of water.
* No sugar allowed! Use artificial sweeteners if you absolutely must – but rather try to become accustomed to going without sugar. This eating plan provides lots of natural sugars.
* Good herbal teas to drink are mint tea, Chinese green tea, fennel tea or chamomile (sleepy tea) – all good for digestion!
* You can cook or flavor with lemon juice, herbs, garlic or ginger to your heart’s content. You can also use Oriental spices like tumeric, chilli, masala, etc – but no MSG! Moderate amounts of salt are OK, but don’t overdo it!
* Try to have your main meal at midday, so that you have a chance to digest it.
* If you are tempted to deviate from the eating plan, get up and DO something! Go for a walk, visit a friend, write an email, put on some music and dance – do anything! But, most importantly, get away from the food that is tempting you!
* No calorie-counting, food weighing or worrying please! ‘Big’ means large, ‘medium’ means a little smaller than your norm and ‘small’ means just a little. Don’t fuss – it stresses you out and makes you head for the chocolate!
* It is a good idea to keep a daily record of your meals – it helps to commit yourself and to be able to identify where things go wrong.
* Try your best not to ‘cheat’ or ‘lapse’, but if you do – don’t despair! Don’t give up in misery and guilt. Accept that you are human, give yourself a ‘pep talk’ and start afresh!
* In addition to the meals in the Eating Plan, the following foods are ‘free’ and can be eaten as much as you like: apple, raw carrot, celery sticks, raw mushrooms, cucumber.
Above all, keep listening to your body!
Good luck and be well!
Michele Carelse is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Counselor with more than 15 years experience.
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Flowers and Spices: Ayurveda or Toxic Chemotherapy?

Ayurveda is the Vedic system of health care that developed in India over 5000 years ago and this ancient science is about restoring health and healthy functioning of the body and there are formulations that address certain disease conditions. One such formulation involves spices and coconut oil and petals of a flower for diabetic patients and that basic formula can be altered to treat cancer patients or diabetics with cancer etc. I have noted even cobra snake bites being treated with plant “juices” in North India and it is entirely possible to think of a herbal antivenom.
Ayurveda is a life science of a past civilization and it is practiced even today. Ayur means life or life-giving and veda means knowledge. It embodies the phyto-pharmaceutical knowledge of ancient India that attempts to treat patients with plants (natural biomolecules) and bioavailable minerals. It is life-giving because it aims to restore the biochemical pathways in the human body in accordance with its natural or cellular biochemistry in contrast with drugs as used in allopathic medicine.
Ayurveda does not treat people or disease conditions with drugs but there are instances of the use of mildly toxic natural biomolecules that occur naturally in combination with natural antioxidants that are applied by some ayurvedic doctors in treating diarrhoea or food poisoning and infections in village areas.
Dr. Rebecca Liu from the University of Michigan is reported to have shown that ginger can kill ovarian cancer cells (NST, Thursday 6 April, 2006, p36; Using spices to fight cancer) and such reports become news in the global media as a thing in the celebration of life but it is nothing new to the experienced ayurvedic doctor or researcher. Ayurvedic doctors have been using spices and certain flowers and other plant extracts for restoring health as well as treating disease conditions.
Ginger is commonly used in India for a host of medical problems. Sometimes it is used in combination with black pepper and honey for swellings or for treating a persistent cough. Citrus fruits, too are important in certain ayurveda formulations, not to mention onions which provide the citrate and ascorbate radicals.
Modern science is only rediscovering ayurvedic knowledge. Scientists have researched the anti-cancer properties of black pepper, a spice grown in Malaysia as a cash crop. Several studies and research at the Forest Research Institute, our scientists have shown the LDL-lowering (“bad cholesterol-lowering) property and anti-inflammatory properties of black pepper.
There are other studies that show the role of cinnamon in improving glucose metabolism and show that medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are not converted into lipoproteins (unlike vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils) but instead they are broken down in the liver to produce energy. Hence, coconut oil as a formulation with cinnamon, a spice, improves glucose metabolism and provides energy from a non-glucose source.
Long chain fatty acids from vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils are converted in the body into lipoproteins. Lipoproteins circulate in the blood stream and these molecules can participate in plaque formation and clog the arteries or contribute to heart disease.
Spices, like natural vitamin C are edible substances and are in fact food for our bodies. They are not toxic to our cells but promote the life-giving biochemistry in healthy tissues and cells unlike drugs that may be disruptive to cellular biochemistry or disruptive to the biochemical pathways and they are not harmful to the symbiotic (“good”) bacteria in our large intestines. Their mechanism of action againsts pathogens and cancer cells lies in their biochemical breakdown in the pathogen or cancer cells to induce the production of hydrogen peroxide that kills these cells, a process referred to as apoptosis or cell death.
Natural biomolecules in spices also disrupt the (oxygen transferring and hydrogen transferring) enzymes required in the anaerobic respiration that keeps the cancer cells alive just as carcinogens impair aerobic respiration in normal cells directly or indirectly through excess free radicals especially the hydroxyl radicals.
People in Sri Lanka consume the largest amount of turmeric in their daily diet and they have the lowest incidence of cancers. Many ayurvedic doctors know the cancer-inhibiting and tumour inhibiting properties of turmeric and some use it as part of the approach to prevent the spread of cancers in the body of the cancer patient while using other phyto-chemicals and spices to shrink tumours or destroy cancer cells and improve function of the immune system with antioxidants and minerals. We now know that increasing the number of T4 cells helps fight cancers.
Some studies show a link between chronic mineral deficiencies and cancers. Such an association may be biologically linked through disruption in the Krebs cycle and the electron transport system in cells and eventually producing a cellular environment of low oxygen and low aerobic energy which is conducive to cancer cell formation as it makes the switch to anaerobic respiration that uses the sugar-fermentation-alcohol process to generate energy.
Paradoxically, chemotherapy also depletes several minerals in the body and its own toxicity is now being linked to cancer formation and a warning has been issued to health workers who handle these drugs. Also, oxidative stress initiated by chemotherapy can exert oxidative stress on the insulin receptors in cells and/or cause free radical damage to insulin molecules and in both cases, the insulin molecule cannot dock onto its receptors – a situation that can result in low aerobic energy in cells.
Using spices to fight cancer or to promote normal metabolism of glucose is part of ayurvedic knowledge and I am therefore confounded why when scientists rediscover this through research in their labs, it is hailed as a major breakthrough knowledge. Ironically, as recently as 20 years ago, scientists scoffed and laughed at ayurveda and the use of spices in therapy. They went on to test one toxic drug after another as a chemo-agent to treat cancer patients and one wonders if the cancer patient eventually dies of cancer or from the effects of chemo-toxicity.
Chemo-toxicity could very well finally produce sufficient free radicals in the breathing centres in the brain to produce breathing difficulties and suppress the immune systen at the same time.
Today, many of these very same proponents of chemotherapy now claim that cancer cells are becoming resistant to standard chemotherapy. In evolutionary biology, there are no life forms that so rapidly evolved to become resistant to toxic chemicals and there is no known adaptation to chemicals as toxic as the chemo-drugs.
Life forms in toxic environments took millions of years to evolve and adapt their biochemistry in order to thrive in it. Hence, it is doubted that cancer cells managed to evolve rapidly within two decades to become resistant to chemo-drugs. The basic biochemistry of cancer cells is the same as talked about in 1966 and the basic cytotoxic mechanism of chemo-drugs remains the same. What needs to be reviewed and re-examined is the original claims on the efficacy of chemo-drugs to determine if those were true.
In the mean time ayurvedic knowledge must expand as a modern science especially in its knowledge of how natural biomolecules improve cellular function and how some of these disrupt energy pathways in cancer cells. It is already supported by information on free radicals and the role of antioxidants in cellular biochemistry. It is a safe therapeutic approach but it must find ways to collect better extracts that could also be used intravenously and contribute to the science of perfect aerobic embryonic metabolism that enables the liver to regenerate rapidly so that it could be used as therapy in heart patients and trauma patients as well as in patients with major problems in other organs. That would be indeed something to celebrate.

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What is ADHD

Imagine living in a fast-moving kaleidoscope, where sounds, images, and thoughts are constantly shifting. Feeling easily bored, yet helpless to keep your mind on tasks you need to complete.
Distracted by unimportant sights and sounds, your mind drives you from one thought or activity to the next. Perhaps you are so wrapped up in a collage of thoughts and images that you don’t notice when someone speaks to you.
For many people, this is what it’s like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. They may be unable to sit still, plan ahead, finish tasks, or be fully aware of what’s going on around them.
To their family, classmates or coworkers, they seem to exist in a whirlwind of disorganized or frenzied activity. Unexpectedly–on some days and in some situations–they seem fine, often leading others to think the person with ADHD can actually control these behaviors.
As a result, the disorder can affect the person’s relationships with others in addition to disrupting their daily life, consuming energy, and diminishing self-esteem.
ADHD, once called hyper kinesis or minimal brain dysfunction, is one of the most common mental disorders among children. It affects 3 to 5 percent of all children, perhaps as many as 2 million American children.
Two to three times more boys than girls are affected. On the average, at least one child in every classroom in the United States needs help for the disorder. ADHD often continues into adolescence and adulthood, and can cause a lifetime of frustrated dreams and emotional pain.
What are the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment?

ADHD is not like a broken arm, or strep throat. Unlike these two disorders, ADHD does not have clear physical signs that can be seen in an x-ray or a lab test. ADHD can only be identified by looking for certain characteristic behaviors, and these behaviors vary from person to person. Scientists have not yet identified a single cause behind all the different patterns of behavior–and they may never find just one. Rather, someday scientists may find that ADHD is actually an umbrella term for several slightly different disorders.
At present, ADHD is a diagnosis applied to children and adults who consistently display certain characteristic behaviors over a period of time. The most common behaviors fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Inattention. People who are inattentive have a hard time keeping their mind on any one thing and may get bored with a task after only a few minutes. They may give effortless, automatic attention to activities and things they enjoy. But focusing deliberate, conscious attention to organizing and completing a task or learning something new is difficult.
Hyperactivity. People who are hyperactive always seem to be in motion. They can’t sit still. They may dash around or talk incessantly. Sitting still through a lesson can be an impossible task. Hyperactive children squirm in their seat or roam around the room. Or they might wiggle their feet, touch everything, or noisily tap their pencil. Hyperactive teens and adults may feel intensely restless. They may be fidgety or they may try to do several things at once, bouncing around from one activity to the next.
Impulsivity. People who are overly impulsive seem unable to curb their immediate reactions or think before they act. As a result, hey may blurt out inappropriate comments. Or, they may run into the street without looking. Their impulsivity may make it hard for them to wait for things they want or to take their turn in games. They may grab a toy from another child or hit when they’re upset.
Assessing ADHD

Not everyone who is overly hyperactive, inattentive, or impulsive has an attention disorder. Since most people sometimes blurt out things they didn’t mean to say, bounce from one task to another, or become disorganized and forgetful, how can specialists tell if the problem is ADHD?
To assess whether a person has ADHD, specialists consider several critical questions: Are these behaviors excessive, long-term, and pervasive? That is, do they occur more often than in other people the same age? Are they a continuous problem, not just a response to a temporary situation? Do the behaviors occur in several settings or only in one specific place like the playground or the office? The person’s pattern of behavior is compared against a set of criteria and characteristics of the disorder. These criteria appear in a diagnostic reference book called the DSM (short for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
According to the diagnostic manual, there are three patterns of behavior that indicate ADHD. People with ADHD may show several signs of being consistently inattentive. They may have a pattern of being hyperactive and impulsive. Or they may show all three types of behavior.
According to the DSM, signs of inattention include:
becoming easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds
failing to pay attention to details and making careless mistakes
rarely following instructions carefully and completely
losing or forgetting things like toys, or pencils, books, and tools needed for a task
Some signs of hyperactivity and impulsivity are:
feeling restless, often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming
running, climbing, or leaving a seat, in situations where sitting or quiet behavior is expected
blurting out answers before hearing the whole question
having difficulty waiting in line or for a turn
Because everyone shows some of these behaviors at times, the DSM contains very specific guidelines for determining when they indicate ADHD. The behaviors must appear early in life, before age 7, and continue for at least 6 months. In children, they must be more frequent or severe than in others the same age. Above all, the behaviors must create a real handicap in at least two areas of a person’s life, such as school, home, work, or social settings. So someone whose work or friendships are not impaired by these behaviors would not be diagnosed with ADHD. Nor would a child who seems overly active at school but functions well elsewhere.
Can other conditions cause these symptoms?

The fact is, many things can produce these behaviors. Anything from chronic fear to mild seizures can make a child seem overactive, quarrelsome, impulsive, or inattentive. For example, a formerly cooperative child who becomes overactive and easily distracted after a parent’s death is dealing with an emotional problem, not ADHD. A chronic middle ear infection can also make a child seem distracted and uncooperative. So can living with family members who are physically abusive or addicted to drugs or alcohol. Can you imagine a child trying to focus on a math lesson when his or her safety and well-being are in danger each day? Such children are showing the effects of other problems, not ADHD.
In other children, ADHD-like behaviors may be their response to a defeating classroom situation. Perhaps the child has a learning disability and is not developmentally ready to learn to read and write at the time these are taught. Or maybe the work is too hard or too easy, leaving the child frustrated or bored.
Some children’s attention and class participation improve when the class structure and lessons are adjusted a bit to meet their emotional needs, instructional level, or learning style. Although such children need a little help to get on track at school, they probably don’t have ADHD.
It’s also important to realize that during certain stages of development, the majority of children that age tend to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive–but do not have ADHD. Preschoolers have lots of energy and run everywhere they go, but this doesn’t mean they are hyperactive. And many teenagers go through a phase when they are messy, disorganized, and reject authority. It doesn’t mean they will have a lifelong problem controlling their impulses.
ADHD is a serious diagnosis that may require long-term treatment with counseling and medication. So it’s important that a person first be assessed for any other causes for these behaviors.
What Can Look Like ADHD?

Underachievement at school due to a learning disability
Attention lapses caused by petit mal seizures
A middle ear infection that causes an intermittent hearing problem
Disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to anxiety or depression
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Can other disorders accompany ADHD?

One of the difficulties in diagnosing ADHD is that it is often accompanied by other problems. For example, many children with ADHD also have a specific learning disability (LD), which means they have trouble mastering language or certain academic skills, typically reading and math. ADHD is not in itself a specific learning disability. But because it can interfere with concentration and attention, ADHD can make it doubly hard for a child with LD to do well in school.
A very small proportion of people with ADHD have a rare disorder called Tourette’s syndrome. People with Tourette’s have tics and other movements like eye blinks or facial twitches that they cannot control. Others may grimace, shrug, sniff, or bark out words.
More serious, nearly half of all children with ADHD–mostly boys–tend to have another condition, called oppositional defiant disorder. These children may overreact or lash out when they feel bad about themselves. They may be stubborn, have outbursts of temper, or act belligerent or defiant. Sometimes this progresses to more serious conduct disorders. Children with this combination of problems are at risk of getting in trouble at school, and even with the police. They may take unsafe risks and break laws–they may steal, set fires, destroy property, and drive recklessly. It’s important that children with these conditions receive help before the behaviors lead to more serious problems.
At some point, many children with ADHD–mostly younger children and boys–experience other emotional disorders. About one-fourth feel anxious. They feel tremendous worry, tension, or uneasiness, even when there’s nothing to fear. Because the feelings are scarier, stronger, and more frequent than normal fears, they can affect the child’s thinking and behavior. Others experience depression. Depression goes beyond ordinary sadness–people may feel so “down” that they feel hopeless and unable to deal with everyday tasks. Depression can disrupt sleep, appetite, and the ability to think.
Because emotional disorders and attention disorders so often go hand in hand, every child who has ADHD should be checked for accompanying anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression can be treated, and helping children handle such strong, painful feelings will help them cope with and overcome the effects of ADHD.
Of course, not all children with ADHD have an additional disorder. Nor do all people with learning disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety, or depression have ADHD. But when they do occur together, the combination of problems can seriously complicate a person’s life. For this reason, it’s important to watch for other disorders in children who have ADHD.
What causes ADHD?

Understandably, one of the first questions parents ask when they learn their child has an attention disorder is “Why? What went wrong?”
Health professionals stress that since no one knows what causes ADHD, it doesn’t help parents to look backward to search for possible reasons. There are too many possibilities to pin down the cause with certainty. It is far more important for the family to move forward in finding ways to get the right help.
Scientists, however, do need to study causes in an effort to identify better ways to treat, and perhaps some day, prevent ADHD. They are finding more and more evidence that ADHD does not stem from home environment, but from biological causes. When you think about it, there is no clear relationship between home life and ADHD. Not all children from unstable or dysfunctional homes have ADHD. And not all children with ADHD come from dysfunctional families. Knowing this can remove a huge burden of guilt from parents who might blame themselves for their child’s behavior.
Over the last decades, scientists have come up with possible theories about what causes ADHD. Some of these theories have led to dead ends, some to exciting new avenues of investigation.
One disappointing theory was that all attention disorders and learning disabilities were caused by minor head injuries or undetectable damage to the brain, perhaps from early infection or complications at birth. Based on this theory, for many years both disorders were called “minimal brain damage” or “minimal brain dysfunction.” Although certain types of head injury can explain some cases of attention disorder, the theory was rejected because it could explain only a very small number of cases. Not everyone with ADHD or LD has a history of head trauma or birth complications.
ADHD Is Not Usually Caused by:
too much TV
food allergies
excess sugar
poor home life
poor schools
Research shows that a mother’s use of cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs during pregnancy may have damaging effects on the unborn child. These substances may be dangerous to the fetus’s developing brain. It appears that alcohol and the nicotine in cigarettes may distort developing nerve cells. For example, heavy alcohol use during pregnancy has been linked to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a condition that can lead to low birth weight, intellectual impairment, and certain physical defects. Many children born with FAS show much the same hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity as children with ADHD.
Drugs such as cocaine–including the smokable form known as crack–seem to affect the normal development of brain receptors. These brain cell parts help to transmit incoming signals from our skin, eyes, and ears, and help control our responses to the environment. Current research suggests that drug abuse may harm these receptors. Some scientists believe that such damage may lead to ADHD.
Toxins in the environment may also disrupt brain development or brain processes, which may lead to ADHD. Lead is one such possible toxin. It is found in dust, soil, and flaking paint in areas where leaded gasoline and paint were once used. It is also present in some water pipes. Some animal studies suggest that children exposed to lead may develop symptoms associated with ADHD, but only a few cases have actually been found.
Other research shows that attention disorders tend to run in families, so there are likely to be genetic influences. Children who have ADHD usually have at least one close relative who also has ADHD. And at least one-third of all fathers who had ADHD in their youth bear children who have ADHD. Even more convincing: the majority of identical twins share the trait. At the National Institutes of Health, researchers are also on the trail of a gene that may be involved in transmitting ADHD in a small number of families with a genetic thyroid disorder.
Treatment Options
For decades, medications have been used to treat the symptoms of ADHD. Three of these medications are methylphenidate (Ritalin), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine or Dextrostat), and pemoline (Cylert). However, most prescription psychiatric drugs also carry far-reaching negative side effects and risks (see below).
Unfortunately, people think medication is all that’s needed. For lasting improvement, numerous clinicians believe that the most significant, long-lasting gains appear when medication is combined with behavioral therapy, emotional counseling, dietary control and practical support.
The Medication Debate

Ritalin and the other stimulants have sparked a great deal of controversy. The potential side effects should be carefully weighed against the benefits before prescribing the drugs. While on these medications, some children may lose weight, have less appetite, and temporarily grow more slowly. Others may have problems falling asleep. Some doctors believe that stimulants may also make the symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome worse. Some doctors say if they carefully watch the child’s height, weight, and overall development, the benefits of medication far outweigh the potential side effects. Side effects that do occur can often be handled by reducing the dosage. However, that is not necessarily true, and you should educate yourself on all aspects of the debate before making a decision.
A far safer approach is often found with natural (herbal or homeopathic) remedies, which should be considered as a first step ahead of prescription psychiatric drugs. When combined with strong dietary control, counseling as necessary and a healthy lifestyle, natural remedies have been show to be effective in helping to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD.
Another debate is whether Ritalin and other stimulant drugs are prescribed unnecessarily for too many children. Remember that many things, including anxiety, depression, allergies, seizures, or problems with the home or school environment can make children seem overactive, impulsive, or inattentive. Critics argue that many children who do not have a true attention disorder are medicated as a way to control their disruptive behaviors.
Treatments To Help People With ADHD and
Their Families Learn To Cope
Life can be hard for children with ADHD. They’re the ones who are so often in trouble at school, can’t finish a game, and lose friends. They may spend agonizing hours each night struggling to keep their mind on their homework, then forget to bring it to school.
It’s not easy coping with these frustrations day after day. Some children release their frustration by acting contrary, starting fights, or destroying property. Some turn the frustration into body ailments, like the child who gets a stomachache each day before school. Others hold their needs and fears inside, so that no one sees how badly they feel.
It’s also difficult having a sister, brother, or classmate who gets angry, grabs your toys, and loses your things. Children who live with or share a classroom with a child who has ADHD get frustrated, too. They may feel neglected as their parents or teachers try to cope with the hyperactive child. They may resent their brother or sister never finishing chores, or being pushed around by a classmate. They want to love their sibling and get along with their classmate, but sometimes it’s so hard!
It’s especially hard being the parent of a child who is full of uncontrolled activity, leaves messes, throws tantrums, and doesn’t listen or follow instructions. Parents often feel powerless and at a loss. The usual methods of discipline, like reasoning and scolding, don’t work with this child, because the child doesn’t really choose to act in these ways. It’s just that their self-control comes and goes. Out of sheer frustration, parents sometimes find themselves spanking, ridiculing, or screaming at the child, even though they know it’s not appropriate. Their response leaves everyone more upset than before. Then they blame themselves for not being better parents. Once children are diagnosed and receiving treatment, some of the emotional upset within the family may fade.
Medication can help to control some of the behavior problems that may have lead to family turmoil. But more often, there are other aspects of the problem that medication can’t touch. Even though ADHD primarily affects a person’s behavior, having the disorder has broad emotional repercussions. For some children, being scolded is the only attention they ever get. They have few experiences that build their sense of worth and competence. If they’re hyperactive, they’re often told they’re bad and punished for being disruptive. If they are too disorganized and unfocused to complete tasks, others may call them lazy. If they impulsively grab toys, butt in, or shove classmates, they may lose friends. And if they have a related conduct disorder, they may get in trouble at school or with the law. Facing the daily frustrations that can come with having ADHD can make people fear that they are strange, abnormal, or stupid.
Often, the cycle of frustration, blame, and anger has gone on so long that it will take some time to undo. Both parents and their children may need special help to develop techniques for managing the patterns of behavior. In such cases, mental health professionals can counsel the child and the family, helping them to develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of relating to each other. In individual counseling, the therapist helps children or adults with ADHD learn to feel better about themselves. They learn to recognize that having a disability does not reflect who they are as a person. The therapist can also help people with ADHD identify and build on their strengths, cope with daily problems, and control their attention and aggression. In group counseling, people learn that they are not alone in their frustration and that others want to help. Sometimes only the individual with ADHD needs counseling support. But in many cases, because the problem affects the family as well as the person with ADHD, the entire family may need help. The therapist assists the family in finding better ways to handle the disruptive behaviors and promote change. If the child is young, most of the therapist’s work is with the parents, teaching them techniques for coping with and improving their child’s behavior.
Several intervention approaches are available and different therapists tend to prefer one approach or another. Knowing something about the various types of interventions makes it easier for families to choose a therapist that is right for their needs.
Psychotherapy works to help people with ADHD to like and accept themselves despite their disorder. In psychotherapy, patients talk with the therapist about upsetting thoughts and feelings, explore self-defeating patterns of behavior, and learn alternative ways to handle their emotions. As they talk, the therapist tries to help them understand how they can change. However, people dealing with ADHD usually want to gain control of their symptomatic behaviors more directly. If so, more direct kinds of intervention are needed.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps people work on immediate issues. Rather than helping people understand their feelings and actions, it supports them directly in changing their behavior. The support might be practical assistance, like helping Henry learn to think through tasks and organize his work. Or the support might be to encourage new behaviors by giving praise or rewards each time the person acts in the desired way. A cognitive-behavioral therapist might use such techniques to help a belligerent child learn to control his fighting, or an impulsive teenager to think before she speaks.
Social skills training can also help children learn new behaviors. In social skills training, the therapist discusses and models appropriate behaviors like waiting for a turn, sharing toys, asking for help, or responding to teasing, then gives children a chance to practice. For example, a child might learn to “read” other people’s facial expression and tone of voice, in order to respond more appropriately. Social skills training helps ADHD children learn to join in group activities, make appropriate comments, and ask for help. A child might learn to see how his behavior affects others and develop new ways to respond when angry or pushed.
Support groups connect people who have common concerns. Many adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD find it useful to join a local or national support group. Many groups deal with issues of children’s disorders, and even ADHD specifically. The national associations listed at the back of this booklet can explain how to contact a local chapter. Members of support groups share frustrations and successes, referrals to qualified specialists, and information about what works, as well as their hopes for themselves and their children. There is strength in numbers–and sharing experiences with others who have similar problems helps people know that they aren’t alone.
Parenting skills training, offered by therapists or in special classes, gives parents tools and techniques for managing their child’s behavior. One such technique is the use of “time out” when the child becomes too unruly or out of control. During time outs, the child is removed from the agitating situation and sits alone quietly for a short time to calm down. Parents may also be taught to give the child “quality time” each day, in which they share a pleasurable or relaxed activity. During this time together, the parent looks for opportunities to notice and point out what the child does well, and praise his or her strengths and abilities.
An effective way to modify a child’s behavior is through a system of rewards and penalties. The parents (or teacher) identify a few desirable behaviors that they want to encourage in the child–such as asking for a toy instead of grabbing it, or completing a simple task. The child is told exactly what is expected in order to earn the reward. The child receives the reward when he performs the desired behavior and a mild penalty when he doesn’t. A reward can be small, perhaps a token that can be exchanged for special privileges, but it should be something the child wants and is eager to earn. The penalty might be removal of a token or a brief “time out.” The goal, over time, is to help children learn to control their own behavior and to choose the more desired behavior. The technique works well with all children, although children with ADHD may need more frequent rewards.
In addition, parents may learn to structure situations in ways that will allow their child to succeed. This may include allowing only one or two playmates at a time, so that their child doesn’t get over stimulated. Or if their child has trouble completing tasks, they may learn to help the child divide a large task into small steps, then praise the child as each step is completed.
Parents may also learn to use stress management methods, such as meditation, relaxation techniques, and exercise to increase their own tolerance for frustration, so that they can respond more calmly to their child’s behavior.
Controversial Treatments
Understandably, parents who are eager to help their children want to explore every possible option. Many newly touted treatments sound reasonable. Many even come with glowing reports. A few are pure quackery. Some are even developed by reputable doctors or specialists–but when tested scientifically, cannot be proven to help.
Here are a few types of treatment that have not been scientifically shown to be effective in treating the majority of children or adults with ADHD:
allergy treatments
medicines to correct problems in the inner ear
chiropractic adjustment and bone re-alignment
treatment for yeast infection
eye training
special colored glasses
A few success stories can’t substitute for scientific evidence. Until sound, scientific testing shows a treatment to be effective, families risk spending time, money, and hope on fads and false promises.
The natural approach
Rather than prescribing strong and sometimes addictive psychiatric drugs, (Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall) naturopathic approaches to the treatment of ADHD and ADD take a more holistic look at the individual and take into account diet, lifestyle, personality type, surroundings and emotional factors.
Natural remedies are used to gently and effectively treat the symptoms, while at the same time helping the person to heal and to reach a state of balance and health.
The natural approach is less harmful and more thorough and has a greater chance of curing the problem altogether, instead of keeping the individual on psychiatric drugs for many years.
This is very important, especially in the case of children, because of the frequent side effects of prescription drugs and the risk of addiction. (side effects of drugs like Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall)
What is Focus?
Too often, doctors and psychiatrists quickly prescribe powerful psychiatric drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall to treat the symptoms of ADHD, subjecting ADHD sufferers to unnecessary risk and possibly devastating side effects.
Focus ADHD Formula is a 100% safe, non-addictive alternative treatment for ADHD, without the risks and side effects of prescription psychiatric drugs.
Focus is a proven, complex herbal remedy, specially formulated by a practicing Clinical Psychologist to safely and effectively treat the symptoms of ADHD.
In combination with a healthy lifestyle and diet which excludes excess sugar, stimulants, artificial preservatives and colorants, Focus acts as a calmative remedy which can focus the mind and improve concentration.
Focus is formulated for children and adults with ADHD. Adults with ADD (no hyperactivity) refer to Focus ADDult

How has Focus helped others?

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“My 11 year old daughter had been on Concerta for 4 years. I had been researching herbal remedies for years but was skeptical about their effectiveness. Recently, our insurance changed and the cost of her medication went up $35 a month, so again, I started looking into the herbal remedies and came upon the Native Remedies website. We decided that we would try her on the Focus ADHD Remedy. I sent her teacher an email advising her of what we were going to try and gave her the website so she would be able to read up on everything and could be a bit informed about what exactly it was that my daughter would be taking. I can say that I am TOTALLY amazed and her teacher is as well!! She can tell the difference in her concentration level and attention span also!! IS THAT NOT THE GREATEST!? Even if for some crazy reason, insurance would cover the cost of her meds again – it wouldn’t matter one bit. I’d pay for the Focus over the meds ANY DAY!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!”- Suzanne, IN
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“I highly recommend your Focus product to every mother with a child on prescription meds for ADHD. After feeling as if I had exhausted all options by trying numerous ‘natural’ approaches to address my 6 year old son’s impulsivity, restlessness, difficulty attending, and the accompanying intense emotions, I succumbed to a physician prescribing Adderall. This choice went against my instincts, but I didn’t know what else to do. As his Mother, I found the effects of that medication frightening to observe. Two weeks of taking the Adderall resulted in a rapid weight loss, lack of sleep and neurological ticks. Of course we discontinued the Adderall. Knowing there had to be another way, I continued my research and found the Native Remedies site. FOCUS HAD IMPROVED HIS LIFE! Results were observable within a couple of days. We have been using Focus for 13 months. I feel it is a God send. He finally has some peace and calmness from within that is evident in his eyes and face. First grade was successful and he is loving second grade even more. He is still ‘all boy’, but the transformation is what every mother would desire. Thank you for a wonderful product.”- Debra, AZ
“I have a 10 year old son Lewis who has had ADHD since the age of 6. He was prescribed Ritalin by the consultant. I thought it would be better for him if I get him of the Ritalin as it had a lot of side effects, ie, insomnia, nightmares, loss of appetite “highs”, lows of Ritalin wearing off. I was a bit skeptical about trying natural products, but after looking through the internet I came across FOCUS, living in the UK natural remedies for ADHD are not greatly advertised, so I thought I would give it a try. Lewis has been on the drops for about 2 weeks now and his dosage for ritalin has been halved. He was also on sleeping tablets as well. I have noticed a considerable change in his eating habits, he is of the sleeping tablets, and is a lot calmer and is able to concentrate a lot more at school. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to take their child off a prescribed drug given for ADHD. I have no hesitation in continuing ordering Focus and completely taking Lewis off the Ritalin altogether. Thank You” – Tanya, UK
“We are so very pleased with both Focus and BrightSpark. My grandson was having major problems as he entered the second grade, he was getting bad notes on his conduct and his inattention. We took him to the doctor and a medication was prescribed for ADHD. He had side effects and said his chest hurt, so we immediately took him off. I found Native Remedies on the internet and ordered the products, he has been helped tremendously. He has been on this all this school year and doing much better. We are so thankful for this product” – Kaye, AL, USA
What are the ingredients of Focus?
Ginkgo Biloba, Scuttellaria Laterifolia (also known as Skullcap)
Matricaria Recutita (also known as German Chamomile)
Centella Asiatica (also known as Gotu Cola)
Avina Sativa (Green Oats), also called Hawer
Urtica Urens, called Umbabazane in Africa
Aspalathus linearis (also know as Rooibos)

Aromatherapy Care For Childhood Ailments

THE SMELL OF CAMPHOR BRINGS VIVID MEMORIES of my mother rubbing my chest with that warm, wonderful potion. Our sense of smell tin trigger the about powerful emotional responses. Aromatherapy taps into that response network to nurture the body and soothe the mind. By using aromatherapy as a cancel remedy for your children’s ailments, you tin can provide them with comfort and healing without having to worry approximately the unknown side effects and chemical additives of o’er-the-counter medications. Lavender sitz baths toilet rapidly heal a baby’s diaper rash. Cider vinegar and lavender compresses lavatory speed the healing of swollen, bruised knees.
A bottle of tea tree oil color lav save the day when mosquitoes attack on a class outing. Children’s lifelike vigor and powerful immune systems shuffle them highly responsive to aromatherapy. A fiddling aid from nature is often all that’s needed to jump-start the body’s own defenses. Natural remedies ar safest and just about effective at the beginning of an unwellness, which is why it’s important to be tuned in to the first sign of malaise before the condition becomes serious. To equip your aromatherapy medicine chest, have on hand amber dropper bottles, a selection of the almost useful necessity oils (see list on varlet 29), a vegetable carrier anoint such as almond almond or grapeseed (to dilute your pure requirement oils), flannels for compresses (cloth diapers work well, excessively), and an aromatherapy diffuser or lamp.
All of these items available at all but born(p) food stores. Keep your requisite oils stored in a dry place out of sunlight. For the measles, continuously diffuse or vaporize eucalyptus in the child’s room to assist the respiratory problems that usually accompany this malady. To reduce fever, give the child a sponge bathtub every few hours with necessary oils such as bergamot or chamomile.(7) Pre-party jitters and excitement john be overwhelming.
Calm overstimulated children with substantive oils such as mandarin, grapefruit, and orange added to an aromatherapy diffuser. Make a footling girl’s perfume from equal parts mandarin and sandalwood, and dab behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. When the party’s and the kids refuse to go to bed, wind them down in a bathing tub with 3 drops sandalwood and 3 drops lavender . If overly many treats have brought on a tummy ache, use the belly rub formula in the “Colds, Flu, Fever” section. After the kids in bed, how close to a neroli, geranium, and sandalwood tub for Mom and Dad, followed by back rubs. Happy parents shuffling happy kids.

Young Living Essential Oils
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(Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.
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(Citrus paradisi) has a fresh, citrusy aroma that is energizing and uplifting. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is good for skin and is a popular oil for helping to control weight.
ORANGE – 15 ML Click here!
(Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, citrusy scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind as it supports the health of the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems.
Eucalyptus globulus has a fresh, penetrating scent. It contains a high percentage of the compound eucalyptol, a key ingredient in many mouth rinses.
BERGAMOT – 15 ML Click here!
(Citrus bergamia) has a fresh, sweet, citrusy scent that is familiar to many as the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood.

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Aromatherapy And Weight Loss

All of us will like to see ourselves well groomed and fit enough to look great and flaunt those athletic physiques among friends and relatives.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible for the most obvious reasons; we simply can not maintain our body weight. For some people the dilemma of being overweight starts first in the mind: It is all psychological and once the mind is healthy, the slimmer body will automatically follow. Mentally, aromatherapy can help you to fight stress and lift your mood.
The connection between smell and emotion are thought to be extremely close. Taking a deep breath of pleasant smells triggers positive reactions in the brain, resulting in a sense of wellbeing and goodness. We are all very unique. If oil works well for one person it doesn’t necessarily mean it will work the same for the next person. The way the oils are used could also make a difference; one person might benefit more by using the oils in the bath, rather than inhalation, massage or burning the oils.
The same theory holds good in case of human weight; more you feel good and hale, the more will be the care towards your physical well being. A regular aromatherapy session may help you achieve weight loss campaign, by increasing your sense of well-being and relaxation. However, aromatherapy cannot produce desired weight loss without you creating your own calorie deficit regime, either by eating a calorie-reduced weight loss diet, or by increasing calories burned through rigorous exercise, or more ideally by a combination of diet and exercise. Aromatherapy has proven to be very useful for this weight loss. This natural way of treating has no side effect at all as compared to other treatments.
Certain essential oils are very useful in weight loss trial, like Birch, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, and Fennel. Massage is probably the best method and oils must be used with base oils like sweet almond, which makes oil less strong and easy to use. Applying oil to those places were fatty tissues are more, will really help to reduce the fat level and make your physique well shaped.
Essential oils used here are not only sweet smelling but have also the capacity to make your digestive system good, that in turn also helps in weight reduction. How ever, one must see that the oils used should be in moderate amount and mixed with carrier oil before using.
A calculated dosage, rigorous exercise-workout and a strict diet will go a long way in achieving a significant weight loss.

Young Living Essential Oils
GRAPEFRUIT – 15 ML Click here!
(Citrus paradisi) has a fresh, citrusy aroma that is energizing and uplifting. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is good for skin and is a popular oil for helping to control weight.
ORANGE – 15 ML Click here!
(Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, citrusy scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind as it supports the health of the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems.
FENNEL – 15 ML Click here!
(Foeniculum vulgare) has a sweet, earthy, anise-like aroma that is energizing, vitalizing, and balancing. It is stimulating to the circulatory, glandular, pancreas, respiratory, and digestive systems.
JUNIPER – 15 ML Click here!
(Juniperus osteosperma and scopulorum) has a clean, mildly penetrating, woody scent that has a cleansing effect on the mind, spirit, and body.
LEMON – 15 ML Click here!
(Citrus limon) has a strong, clean, purifying citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. It consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant.