From Tomb to Table: Cumin’s Health Benefit’s Rediscovered

cuminTraded along spice routes separating ancient cultures by vast distances, spices like cumin were once worth their weight in gold. Has modern science now revealed why, beyond their remarkable aesthetic value, they were so highly prized?

Many spices are perfectly happy living a charmed life as Continue reading

Newtown School Shooter Needed Nutrition, not Drugs like Fanapt from Novartis

Adam Lanza, the mass murderer in the Newtown School shooting, reportedly took the pharmaceutical drug Fanapt, made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. According to the drug company’s literature, published on the packing insert, Fanapt is prescribed to treat schizophrenia in adults. Fanapt was approved Continue reading

The Body’s Protein Cleaning Machine

When Dr. Avram Hershko, 74, a biochemist at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and a winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was recently asked to name the most important fact of his life, he answered: “That I love my six grandchildren. For two, three days every week, I take them to dance class, sport and school. I am completely in their lives.” Continue reading

Body Clock ‘Alters’ Immune System

The time of the day could be an important factor in the risk of getting an infection, according to researchers in the US.

They showed how a protein in the immune system was affected by changes in the chemistry of the body through the day.

The findings, published in the journal Immunity, showed the time of an infection changed its severity.

An expert said drugs were likely to take advantage of the body clock in the near future.

Plants, animals and even bacteria go through a daily 24-hour routine, known as a circadian rhythm. Jet lag is what happens when the body gets out of sync with its surroundings after crossing time zones.

It has been known Continue reading

Radical Theory Explains the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life, Challenges Conventional Wisdom

Case Western Reserve Theorist Develops Incomparable Model that Unifies Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

The earth is alive, asserts a revolutionary scientific theory of life emerging from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The trans-disciplinary theory demonstrates that purportedly inanimate, non-living objects—for example, planets, water, proteins, and DNA—are animate, that is, alive. With its broad explanatory power, applicable to all areas of science and medicine, this novel paradigm aims to catalyze a veritable renaissance.

Erik Andrulis, Continue reading

The Deadly Effects of Anger on Your Health and Mind

Anger can have a destructive—even deadly—effect on your health.

Everyone gets angry. But according to Dr. Don Colbert, M.D., author of Deadly Emotions, anger can profoundly damage your health. “Depression, anger, guilt, condemnation, low self-esteem…these are only a few of the lethal toxins…,” Dr. Colbert warns.

He supports these claims with scientific evidence about the effects of anger on the physiological aspect.

Simply put, the effects of anger, triggers a biologically embedded “fight-or-flight” response. In ancient times, when human beings faced physical threats like animal predators, the fight-or-flight response saved our lives by pumping our bodies with hormones and chemicals necessary to fuel intense physical action. Continue reading

UVB-Exposed Mushrooms Shown To Have Higher Vitamin D Content

Considering the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. and abroad, researchers and nutritionists have been working on ways to increase consumption of the vital nutrient. A study that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that one solution may lie in fungi exposed to ultraviolet light.

In a trial, a team of researchers compared the vitamin D content of button mushrooms kept in the dark, fungi exposed to natural sunlight and mushrooms that were exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) light.

The scientists observed a significant increase in vitamin D for the UVB-exposed vegetables — about 700 percent, in fact. Other nutrients found in the mushrooms, Continue reading

No Probiotics in Your Gut, No Glory

Feel like your life is in a rut and going nowhere? Help with your mood and attitude may reside not only in your head but in your digestive tract. The friendly bacteria that live down there, known as probiotics, may produce neurochemicals that could improve your mental outlook and beneficially alter your brain chemistry.

Your digestive tract is home to about a thousand-trillion bacteria that are necessary for optimal health. These microorganisms extract nutrients from your food, help the immune system fight off infections and keep pathogenic bacteria from colonizing the cells of the intestines. They may also determine whether your metabolism functions efficiently enough to keep your weight under control.

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Your health would suffer terribly without the miniscule organisms that protect a large part of your body. And now researchers are finding that these little bugs may also influence your mood Continue reading

Improved Method for Capturing Proteins Holds Promise for Biomedical Research

Antibodies are the backbone of the immune system—capable of targeting proteins associated with infection and disease. They are also vital tools for biomedical research, the development of diagnostic tests and for new therapeutic remedies.

Producing antibodies suitable for research however, has often been a difficult, costly and laborious undertaking.

Now, John Chaput and his colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have developed a new way of producing antibody-like binding agents and rapidly optimizing their affinity for their target proteins. Such capture reagents are vital for revealing the subtleties of protein function, and may pave the way for improved methods of detecting and treating a broad range of diseases. Continue reading

How Testosterone Protects against Inflammation

Pharmacists of the University Jena analyze why men suffer more rarely from inflammatory diseases than women.

It’s all down to the testosterone: men are usually more muscular than women, they have deeper voices and more body hair. And – men are less susceptible to inflammatory diseases and allergies than women. This is also due to the male sex hormones as pharmacists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) have shown in a recent study.

“It is mostly women who are affected by diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or asthma“, Professor Dr. Oliver Werz from the Jena University explains. Although this is a fact known for some time, the reasons for these differences are largely unknown. As the Jena Professor for pharmaceutical and medical chemistry Continue reading

Rare Type of Tree Bark to Relieve Serious Pain According to Study

A new study published in the journal Nature Chemistry provides new insight into the power of a rare type of tree bark to relieve serious pain. Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) in Florida discovered that the bark of the Tabernaemontana divaricata plant, also known as crepe jasmine, contains a compound known as conolidine that appears to be just as effective at treating pain as morphine, but without all the harmful side effects.

Glenn Micalizio, an associate professor at the SRI Department of Chemistry, and his colleagues first had to figure out a way to synthesize conolidine in order to study it. Once they did, they discovered for the first time that conolidine is an effective alternative to traditional opioid analgesics. And because it does not cause nausea, constipation, breathing problems, and even death like morphine can, conolidine has great potential to become a natural replacement for this and other pain medications.

Not an opioid itself, conolidine remains a bit of a mystery. Researchers are not quite sure how the substance works to relieve both acute and inflammatory pain in a similar way as opioids do without acting upon the same cellular receptors.  Continue reading

The Mercury Poisoning of Our Bodies and Planet

This essay is about the work of Dr. Rashid Buttar, author of The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away, who along with Dr. Boyd Haley, then chairman of the chemistry department of Kentucky University, had considerable influence over my early thoughts in terms of the chemistry of Mercury and the misery it measured in human terms. I actually worked in cooperation with Dr. Buttar in research and writings about The Rising Tide of Mercury that is occurring on our planet.

It is the inability to see the effects of chronic, low-level toxicities on human health that has been, and remains, our greatest failing as intelligent beings. Dr. Boyd Haley

People should not be happy to know that even in these six short years since I began my study of the exceptionally strong neurotoxin, mercury pollution has gotten disturbingly worse in the world, and we have reports from the United States to confirm that. Our failure as intelligent human beings is costing us stupendously in terms of enormous increases in chronic disease in children and adults alike.

Power plants in America emitted 134,365 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009, according to the new Environment America report, ‘Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Mercury.’ The report found that power plants in just four states – Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia – are responsible for over 35 percent of all mercury pollution from power plants in the United States.

In the late 1990s the estimates for coal-fired plants stood closer to 50 tons or 100,000 pounds, so Americans have been living through a 30 percent increase in the past decade or so. Globally the count is worse because China alone has been putting on the electrical grid one new coal-fired plant after another. India also has been expanding its industrial base rapidly using much more coal.

At the same time we have some nightmarish reports about recent dramatic rises in the incidence of diabetes but of course no one is connecting the dots between increasing mercury exposure and the diabetes pandemic. The number of diabetics in the United States has grown to nearly 26 million, a 10 percent increase over 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in January 2010.

About five years ago I published an essay entitled ‘The Hun Hordes of Mercury and Diabetes’ but not many paid attention. In the case of diabetes, mercury is especially telling for it affects the beta cells, the insulin itself, and the insulin receptor sites setting off a myriad of complex disturbances in glucose metabolism.

Scaring everyone is a recent study that estimated one in three Americans will have diabetes if current trends continue. And of course one’s chance of getting cancer, stroke or a heart attack increases when one is diabetic. The damage mercury is doing is well hidden and not openly discussed by doctors and dentists because they still use mercury themselves, pretending and living with the fantasy that they are doing no harm with it.

Mercury plays no part in sustaining human life. It is a dangerous and volatile heavy metal that can devastate every aspect of human physiology and even collapse the sulfur bonds in insulin. Signs of mercury poisoning include excessive peeling skin, discoloration, rapid heartbeat, muscle weakness and others. It has even been linked to the onset of autism in some cases. Mercury poisoning is highly treatable if caught in the early stages and I strongly recommend using the most natural and pure medicinals, starting with the purest water possible.

In 2009, 12 coyotes died on the beach across the length of the Padre Island National Seashore, and more likely died hidden among the dunes. Scientists at first attributed the die-off to a red algae bloom that caused toxins to build up in fish the coyotes ate. But necropsies revealed a surprise: the animals had mercury levels of 16 parts per million in their livers. Mercury toxicity eventually kills and this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the impact on the animal kingdom and the impact on our children and our own lives.

‘I can now very comfortably and definitively state to you,’ says Dr. Rashid Buttar, ‘that, in my opinion, based on the evidence, every single chronic insidious disease process is related to one word: toxicity. You cannot address the issues of aging unless you address detoxification.’ Dr. Buttar, board certified and a diplomat in preventive medicine and clinical metal toxicology, and vice-chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology, contends that he only recently (around 2004) arrived at this conclusion. ‘Five years ago I wouldn’t have said this; even a year ago I wouldn’t have said it. But the more success we’ve had, the clearer it has become: All chronic disease is toxicity. You get rid of the toxicity and you put out the fire. You may need to rebuild afterward, but you must put the fire out. Conventional medicine is just covering your eyes so you don’t see the fire.’

Dr. Boyd Haley believes that the CDC and the FDA are strongly influenced by the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries and that they have been derelict in their duty to safeguard the health of the American people. As a result of their delinquency, we have been systematically poisoned by mercury derived from silver amalgam fillings in our teeth, and our children, especially boys, have been severely damaged by vaccines containing thimerosal.

Dr. Rashid Buttar is well known for his work with the synthetic chelator TD-DMPS for children with autism as well as his cancer work with adults. His thoughts on the basic principles of managing and ridding our bodies of mercury burdens reach to people of all ages with numerous illnesses. With mercury being proven to be increasingly involved in disease processes, the need for chelation and detoxification becomes more and more clear every day. Below are his beliefs.

‘Children diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorders suffer from acute mercury toxicity secondary to huge exposure while in utero (maternal amalgam load, dietary factors, maternal inoculations, Rhogam injections, etc.) and early on in life (vaccinations preserved with thimerosal, etc.). Adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s suffer from chronic, insidious mercury toxicity secondary to exposure over a long time (amalgam load, inhalation of mercury vapors, combustion of fossil fuels, dietary factors, etc.).By addressing and eliminating the mercury ‘spark,’ the secondary ‘fires’ become far easier to manage clinically and the improvements realized from treatment of the resulting imbalances become easier to maintain.

‘The reason for some individuals to have severe damage from mercury where others do not have serious adverse neurological deficits is due to various factors that include biological individuality and genetic predisposition. In addition, factors such as the type of toxicity exposure the individual was exposed to makes an enormous difference. Was it inhaled, ingested, injected or exposed on their skin? What type of mercury exposure did the individual receive? Was it organic or inorganic mercury? If it was organic, was it ethyl mercury or methyl mercury? How frequent was the exposure to the source of toxicity? Was there a significant maternal load present prior to birth?

‘Was the situation exacerbated by the mother being inoculated, or having Rhogam administration either during gestation or prior to conception? How many vaccine administrations took place and over what period of time? What about the diet? How about the proximity to industrial sites, and exposure to combustion of fossil fuel? As you can see, the variables are extensive. But the treatment is essentially the same. The only difference is the extent of continuity of treatment.

‘The underlying common denominator in chronic neurodegenerative disease seems to be either decreasing vascular supply (less blood to the brain) or accumulation of heavy metals, specifically mercury. The inability of an individual to eliminate toxic metals, especially mercury, is directly related to the level of neurodegeneration experienced. In the young patient population suffering from autism or pervasive developmental delay, the vascular supply is not an issue. The underlying pathology of children with autism and the geriatric population with Alzheimer’s is of the same etiology, specifically mercury toxicity. Both these patient populations suffer from the inability to excrete mercury as a result of a genetic predisposition resulting from the Apo E allele. This allele appears to be associated with the inability to get rid of mercury from the system. If these patient populations inhabited a complete mercury-free environment, they would not have the problems associated with autism or Alzheimer’s.

When the mercury is successfully removed from their systems, these individuals begin to significantly improve due to a cessation of the destruction and denudation of the neurofibrils, as evidenced by steady improvement in cognitive function. Mercury is the ‘spark’ that causes the ‘fires’ of autism as well as many other neurodegenerative diseases including PDD, ADD, ADHD and Alzheimer’s. Autism is the result of high mercury exposure early in life versus Alzheimer’s where there is a chronic accumulation of mercury over a lifetime. A doctor can treat ALL the ‘fires,’ but until the ‘spark’ is removed, there is minimal hope of complete recovery with most realized improvements being transient at best.

‘Mercury is the underlying common denominator of all the problems from which these children suffer due to impairment of their excretory pathways. And the only solution for these non-eliminators is to effectively remove the mercury while repairing and enhancing the damaged elimination and detoxification pathways. Concomitantly addressing the GI tract is vital if the goal of treatment is to achieve permanent recovery.

‘Once the process of mercury removal has been effectively initiated, the source of damage is now curtailed and full recovery becomes possible. Complete recovery can now be attained and further enhanced by utilizing various additional essential therapies including nutrition.’

Physicians treat heavy metal toxicity in a number of ways that can be quite confusing. The field of detoxification and chelation is a strange one where wars are fought over whose method is better. My approach through Natural Allopathic Medicine is comprehensive, using basic substances like magnesium, iodine and sodium bicarbonate to support detoxification, chelation and healing. Magnesium Oil is both necessary in detoxification and protective against mercury damage in autism and diabetes.

I even use super nutritional substances like Rejuvenate whose backbone is made from chlorella and spirulina for there is nothing like it or better tasting to support overall cell physiology and recovery.

For those who are new to the concept that nutritional maximization has a lot to do with the removal of heavy metals we can look to mercury compromised children with autism. Traditionally there are several nutrients that children suffering from autism (mercury toxicity) are routinely lacking at the proper levels. They include calcium, zinc, vitamins C and E, varied amino acids, selenium, magnesium, taurine, and essential fatty acids.

It’s hard to miss the changes that a dietary change will bring about in your child. Potentially, the severity of your child’s behaviors can be reduced, and they may also improve in the area of social interaction if you feed them the rocket fuel provided by super concentrated nutritional substances.

But we do need to go after the heavy metals and especially mercury very specifically and pointedly. I will report on this more in my upcoming book Toxicity Syndrome, but for years I have been recommending HMD (Heavy Metal Detox) developed by Dr. George Georgiou in Europe along with the internal and external use of clay.

Courtesy of Mark Sircus., AC, OMD