Liver, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease

Overt hepatic encephalopathy is generally taken to refer to a syndrome of neuropsychiatric, neuropsychological and neurological disturbances that may arise as a complication of liver disease, and which is reversible.2 This definition is not entirely consistent with the current state of knowledge, however, as there is growing evidence that the reversibility of the syndrome is not complete.11,,12

A recent consensus statement, published following the World Congress of Gastroenterology in 1998, suggested that hepatic encephalopathy be divided into three main types, with further subdivisions within one of the categories (Table 1).13

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  •  Proposed nomenclature of hepatic encephalopathy (HE)13
  • Table 1
HE type Nomenclature Subcategory Subdivisions
A Encephalopathy associated with acute liver failure
B Encephalopathy associated with portal-systemic bypass, but no intrinsic hepatocellular disease
C Encephalopathy associated with Episodic HE Precipitated
    cirrhosis and portal hypertension or Persistent HE Spontaneous
    portal-systemic shunts Minimal HE Recurrent
Mild
Severe
Treatment-dependent

Between 10 and 50% of patients with cirrhosis and/or porto-caval shunts will experience an episode of overt hepatic encephalopathy at some time during their illness, with the prevalence varying across the spectrum of severity of the cirrhosis.14,,15 The true incidence and prevalence of overt hepatic encephalopathy in these patients is difficult to establish, because of the considerable heterogeneity in aetiology and disease severity. It is also difficult to diagnose the more subtle forms of hepatic encephalopathy such as stage 1 (Table 2) and minimal hepatic encephalopathy. The lack of a gold standard for assessing the presence of hepatic encephalopathy means that the incidence of these more minor forms is difficult to ascertain.13

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  •  The clinical stages of hepatic encephalopathy2,20
  • Table 2
Stage Mental state
1 Mild confusion, euphoria or depression, decreased attention, mental slowing, untidiness, slurred speech, irritability, reversal of sleep pattern, possible asterixis.
2 Drowsiness, lethargy, gross mental slowing, obvious personality changes, inappropriate behaviour, intermittent disorientation, lack of sphincter control, obvious asterixis.
3 Somnolent but rousable, unable to perform mental tasks, persistent disorientation, amnesia, occasional attacks of rage, incoherent speech, pronounced confusion, asterixis probably absent.
4 Coma.

The factors that can precipitate overt hepatic encephalopathy are well recognized, and include an oral protein load, gastrointestinal bleeding, electrolyte imbalance, infection and deteriorating liver function.2,,16

It is unlikely that a single mechanism underlies the whole syndrome of hepatic encephalopathy in all its various forms; a multifactorial pathogenesis is much more likely.17–,20 Current thinking suggests that a combination of chronic low-grade glial oedema17 and potentiation of the effects of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) on the central nervous system by ammonia may be responsible for many of the symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy.

GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human brain.19 Increased GABA-mediated neurotransmission is known to cause impaired consciousness and psychomotor dysfunction.19 In animal models of hepatic encephalopathy, an increase in GABA-ergic tone has been demonstrated due to both an increase in GABA release and enhanced activation of the GABA-A receptor complex.18 Benzodiazepines can act at the GABA-A receptor complex, and increased concentrations of endogenous benzodiazepines are found in the brain in liver failure.18,21,,22

Ammonia is known to be neurotoxic, but usually at much higher levels than those found in liver failure, and even then it does not produce a syndrome like that seen in hepatic encephalopathy; in fact, it tends to cause neuronal excitation.2,,19 However, at the lower concentrations seen in hepatic encephalopathy, ammonia potentiates the actions of GABA, possibly by enhancing ligand binding to the GABA-A receptor complex.19 It is probably for this reason that some patients with hepatic encephalopathy improve following administration of the GABA-A receptor antagonist flumazenil.20,,23

In addition there is some evidence for involvement of the glutamatergic system in hepatic encephalopathy. Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the human brain, and ammonia reduces its synthesis and down-regulates the glutamate receptor in vitro. This would result in reduced excitatory transmission in the brain.18 The dopaminergic, serotonergic and opioid neurotransmitter systems have also been implicated in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy, and it is likely that all of them and possibly others are involved in this complex syndrome.2,,18

In fulminant hepatic failure where hepatic encephalopathy develops within 8 weeks of the onset of liver disease,24 autopsy reveals brain oedema and astrocyte swelling.20 In patients with cirrhosis and portal-systemic shunts, the typical finding is the Alzheimer type II astrocyte, which is the pathological hallmark of hepatic encephalopathy.2,,20 They are found in many locations, including the cortex and the lenticular, lateral thalamic, dentate and red nuclei.24 In turn, these abnormal astrocytes have been shown to be produced by ammonia.25 These findings are similar to those in the acquired hepatocerebral degeneration syndrome.26–,29

Recent studies have also shown increased levels of manganese in the basal ganglia and to a lesser extent other areas of the brain,30–,32 but the relevance of these findings is undetermined.

Overt or symptomatic hepatic encephalopathy is traditionally graded into four stages (Table 2). The clinical picture is of a derangement of consciousness accompanied by decreased (or occasionally increased) psychomotor activity that if left untreated progresses through increasing drowsiness, stupor and coma.33 Sleep disturbance is one of the more common early signs and occurs in nearly 50% of cases.34

As the encephalopathy progresses along this path, signs of pyramidal tract dysfunction such as hypertonia, hyperreflexia and extensor plantar responses are common, eventually being replaced by hypotonia as coma develops.2 The familiar sign of asterixis is well described in hepatic encephalopathy, but unfortunately also occurs in other metabolic encephalopathies and is not therefore pathognomonic.20 One of the areas in which hepatic encephalopathy can differ from other metabolic encephalopathies is in the early stages when the psychomotor retardation that occurs can produce a striking Parkinsonian syndrome.2 In one study, these Parkinsonian features were shown to correlate with the degree of T1 hyperintensity seen in the basal ganglia on cerebral magnetic resonance imaging and the changes in choline/creatine ratios in the basal ganglia on cerebral magnetic resonance spectroscopy.35

Source:

http://qjmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/96/9/623


Connie’s Comments: Check for manganese or other metal toxicity that can harm the liver.

 

Warfarin, NSAID, Magnesium, Atrial Fibrillation, Dementia

Lack of magnesium causes Atrial Fibrillation in the heart and 22 other medical conditions. NSAID (over the counter pain meds) and Coumadin or Warfarin (rat poison) can cause Atrial Fib and Dementia.

atrial fibwarfarin

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 — People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia — and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints.

Specifically, researchers found, patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin showed a higher dementia risk if their blood levels of the medication were frequently too high or too low.

And that was true not only for people with atrial fibrillation, but also for those using warfarin for other reasons.

Dr. Jared Bunch, the lead researcher on the study, said the findings uncover two potential concerns: People with atrial fibrillation may face an increased risk of dementia, independent of warfarin use, but warfarin might also contribute to dementia if the doses are not optimal.

“If people’s levels of warfarin were erratic, their dementia risk was higher, whether they had AF or not,” said Bunch, who was scheduled to present his findings Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society’s annual meeting, in San Francisco.

The results do not prove that either atrial fibrillation or warfarin are to blame, according to Bunch, a cardiologist at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah.

But, he said, there is reason to believe that both could contribute to dementia — in part because of effects on blood flow to the brain.

Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia, affecting about 3 million U.S. adults, according to the Heart Rhythm Society. In it, the upper chambers of the heart quiver instead of contracting efficiently. The condition is not immediately life-threatening, but it can cause blood clots to form in the heart. If a clot breaks free and lodges in an artery supplying the brain, that can trigger a stroke.

Because of that, people with atrial fibrillation often take medications that cut the risk of blood clots. Those include aspirin or anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin).

Warfarin is a tricky drug to take, Bunch explained: People need regular blood tests to make sure their warfarin levels are in the “therapeutic range” — high enough to prevent clots, but low enough to avoid internal bleeding. The doses typically have to be changed over time.

According to Bunch, it’s possible that patients with erratic warfarin levels are more prone to “small clots” or “small bleeds” that could affect the brain.

The findings are based on records from over 10,000 patients who were on warfarin for atrial fibrillation or to prevent blood clots from other causes.

Over six to eight years, almost 6 percent of the atrial fib patients developed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease — versus less than 2 percent of other warfarin patients.

People with atrial fib were generally older and in poorer health. But even after Bunch’s team accounted for that, the atrial fib patients had more than double the risk of dementia than that other patients.

The quality of warfarin treatment also seemed to matter, whether patients had atrial fibrillation or not.

Compared with patients whose warfarin was in therapeutic range more than 75 percent of the time, those who were usually out of range had 2.5 to four times the odds of developing dementia.

However, there are many reasons a patient could be out of therapeutic range, said Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, chief of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a past president of the American Heart Association.

So it’s hard to pin the blame on warfarin management, according to Tomaselli, who was not involved in the study.

Still, he said it is plausible that both atrial fibrillation and erratic warfarin levels contribute to dementia.

A study that compared warfarin patients to those on newer anticoagulant drugs could help sort out the medication’s role, Tomaselli said.

For now, Bunch had some advice for patients. “If you’re doing well on warfarin, there’s no reason to worry,” he said.

In other cases, he added, closer monitoring and better management might help patients keep their warfarin levels in range.

“But if you’re someone whose warfarin doses have to be changed a lot,” Bunch said, “you could ask your doctor about alternatives.”

The newer anticoagulants dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and apixaban (Eliquis) — do not have the same “swings” that warfarin does, he noted. (The study received no funding, and none of the researchers reported ties to the companies that make the newer anticoagulants.)

According to Tomaselli, warfarin patients can take their own steps, too.

Certain foods and medications interfere with the drug, for example. So patients should be careful about major diet changes, and always talk to their doctor before taking any new medication, Tomaselli said.

He also emphasized the importance of lifestyle — in protecting the heart and possibly lowering dementia risk.

“You can’t stress enough the importance of a good diet, being physically active, and getting high blood pressure and other risk factors under control,” Tomaselli said. “What’s good for the heart is good for the brain.”

Magnesium for your heart by Dr Mercola

Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys.1 If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame.

If you’ve recently had a blood test, you might assume it would show a magnesium deficiency. But only 1 percent of magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood, making a simple sample of magnesium from a serum magnesium blood test not very useful.

Most magnesium is stored in your bones and organs, where it is used for many biological functions. Yet, it’s quite possible to be deficient and not know it, which is why magnesium deficiency has been dubbed the “invisible deficiency.”

By some estimates, up to 80 percent of Americans are not getting enough magnesium and may be deficient. Other research shows only about 25 percent of US adults are getting the recommended daily amount of 310 to 320 milligrams (mg) for women and 400 to 420 for men.2

Even more concerning, consuming even this amount is “just enough to ward off outright deficiency,” according to Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor.

Magnesium Deficiency May Trigger 22 Medical Conditions

Connie’s comments

Most meds are to be monitored to be in the therapeutic range. Green veggies (most of the top healthy ones) are contraindicated when taking Warfarin.

DMSO, hydrogen peroxide and Vit C fight cancer cells

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You might ask your oncologist why your chances of survival are only 3% (ignoring all of their statistical gibberish such as “5-year survival rates” and deceptive terms like “remission” and “response”), when your chance of survival would be over 90% if they used DMSO.

It would be better for medical doctors to treat cancer patients with the right treatment than to have patients treat themselves at home. Medical doctors can diagnose better, treat better, watch for developing problems better, etc. Unfortunately, doctors are using treatments that have been chosen solely on the basis of their profitability rather than their effectiveness.

DMSO is a highly non-toxic, 100% natural product that comes from the wood industry. But of course, like so many other potential cancer cures, the discovery was buried. DMSO, being a natural product, cannot be patented and cannot be made profitable because it is produced by the ton in the wood industry. The only side-effect of using DMSO in humans is body odor (which varies from patient to patient).

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The FDA took note of the effectiveness of DMSO at treating pain and made it illegal for medical uses in order to protect the profits of the aspirin companies (in those days aspirin was used to treat arthritis). Thus, it must be sold today as a “solvent.” Few people can grasp the concept that government agencies are organized for the sole purpose of being the “police force” of large, corrupt corporations.

While it is generally believed that orthodox medicine and modern corrupt politicians persecute alternative medicine, this is not technically correct. What they do is persecute ANY cure for cancer, it doesn’t matter whether it is orthodox or alternative. The proof of this is DMSO. It appears that orthodox medicine persecutes alternative medicine only because there are far more alternative cancer treatments that can cure cancer than orthodox treatments.

Folic acid

Another substance that targets cancer cells is being researched at Purdue University and other places: folic acid. This too will be buried unless it can lead to more profitable cancer treatments.

But alternative medicine is rightfully not interested in combining DMSO with chemotherapy. DMSO will combine with many substances, grab them, and drag them into cancer cells. It will also blast through the blood-brain barrier like it wasn’t even there.

DMSO has been combined successfully with hydrogen peroxide (e.g. see Donsbach), cesium chloride, MSM (though it may not bind to MSM), and other products.

DMSO – Vitamin C Treatment

Vitamin C is so simlar to glucose, that cells, and especially cancer cells, consume vitamin C the same way they would consume glucose.

Cancer cells are anaerobic obligates, which means they depend upon glucose as their primary source of metabolic fuel. Cancer cells employ transport mechanisms called glucose transporters to actively pull in glucose.

In the vast majority of animals, vitamin C is synthesized from glucose in only four metabolic steps. Hence, the molecular shape of vitamin C is remarkably similar to glucose. Cancer cells will actively transport vitamin C into themselves, possibly because they mistake it for glucose. Another plausible explanation is that they are using the vitamin C as an antioxidant. Regardless, the vitamin C accumulates in cancer cells.

If large amounts of vitamin C are presented to cancer cells, large amounts will be absorbed. In these unusually large concentrations, the antioxidant vitamin C will start behaving as a pro-oxidant as it interacts with intracellular copper and iron. This chemical interaction produces small amounts of hydrogen peroxide.

Because cancer cells are relatively low in an intracellular anti-oxidant enzyme called catalase, the high dose vitamin C induction of peroxide will continue to build up until it eventually lyses the cancer cell from the inside out! This effectively makes high dose IVC a non-toxic chemotherapeutic agent that can be given in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments. Based on the work of several vitamin C pioneers before him, Dr. Riordan was able to prove that vitamin C was selectively toxic to cancer cells if given intravenously. This research was recently reproduced and published by Dr. Mark Levine at the National Institutes of Health.

As feared by many oncologists, small doses may actually help the cancer cells because small amounts of vitamin C may help the cancer cells arm themselves against the free-radical induced damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation. Only markedly higher doses of vitamin C will selectively build up as peroxide in the cancer cells to the point of acting in a manner similar to chemotherapy. These tumor-toxic dosages can only be obtained by intravenous administration.

Over a span of 15 years of vitamin C research, Dr. Riordan’s RECNAC (cancer spelled backwards) research team generated 20 published papers on vitamin C and cancer. RECNAC even inspired its second cancer research institute, known as RECNAC II, at the University of Puerto Rico. This group recently published an excellent paper in Integrative Cancer Therapies, titled “Orthomolecular Oncology Review: Ascorbic Acid and Cancer 25 Years Later.” RECNAC data has shown that vitamin C is toxic to tumor cells without sacrificing the performance of chemotherapy.

Intravenous vitamin C also does more than just kill cancer cells. It boosts immunity. It can stimulate collagen formation to help the body wall off the tumor. It inhibits hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to metastasize and invade other organs throughout the body. It induces apoptosis to help program cancer cells into dying early. It corrects the almost universal scurvy in cancer patients. Cancer patients are tired, listless, bruise easily, and have a poor appetite. They don’t sleep well and have a low threshold for pain. This adds up to a very classic picture of scurvy that generally goes unrecognized by their conventional physicians.

Because cancer cells consume 15 times more glucose than normal cells, under the right conditions, cancer cells should consume 15 times more vitamin C than a normal cell. While normal cells benefit from vitamin C, the microbes inside of the cancer cells may be killed by vitamin C. It is microbes which are inside of the cancer cells which cause cancer and which force a cancer cell to remain cancerous.
It should be mentioned that two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, and an associate, Dr. Ewan Cameron, M.D., were able to extend the lives of cancer patients more than 10-fold using only 10 grams of vitamin C a day by I.V.
This protocol will modify the Pauling/Cameron protocol four different ways:
1) It will include DMSO in the evening dose to help Vitamin C target cancer cells and get inside of cancer cells,
2) It includes a very, very low glucose diet so that the cancer cells will feast on Vitamin C instead of glucose,
3) It includes 15% or less potassium ascorbate, which has a special affinity for cancer cells,
4) It will include as little sodium ascorbate (or other sodium forms of Vitamin C) as possible because these types of Vitamin C do not get inside of cancer cells very well.
Regarding the use of potassium ascorbate, a foundation in Italy has proven that potassium ascorbate can be used to cure cancer (WARNING: no more than 15% of the Vitmain C you take should be a potassium version!!). See: Pantellini Foundation (Italy)

WARNING

Do NOT use potassium ascorbate or any other form of potassium as your primary source of Vitamin C!!! If you use potassium ascorbate work with the vendor of this product to insure you are taking safe doses relative to non-potassium forms of Vitamin C!!! If your vendor does not make a recommendation, then use 15% as the maximum portion of Vitamin C that is a potassium form!!
The second thing this treatment uses is DMSO. DMSO is used to “open” the ports on the cancer cells to assist getting vitamin C inside the cancer cells. DMSO is very well known to target cancer cells and open their ports. To better understand this concept see this article.

In summary, there are three things that help get the vitamin C inside the cancer cells:
1) Cancer cells consume 15 times more glucose than normal cells and cancer cells cannot tell the difference between glucose and vitamin C.
2) The use of potassium ascorbate as a part of the Vitamin C protocol.
3) The use of DMSO.
A fourth unique thing about this protocol is the “cancer diet.” The cancer diet for this treatment focuses on a LOW GLUCOSE cancer diet. In this way, the cancer cells have less glucose to interfere with their consumption of vitamin C!

Possible Swelling and Inflammation

There are two possible results when large amounts of vitamin C get inside of a cancer cell. First, the vitamin C can kill the microbe(s) inside the cancer cell and the cell will safely revert into a normal cell; or second, the vitamin C can kill the cancer cell itself.

While the first of these two options will not cause any swelling or inflammation, the second option may cause swelling and inflammation.
For this reason, anyone on this protocol who would be put at risk by swelling and/or inflammation (e.g. in a tumor), should carefully and slowly build-up to the theraputic dose of vitamin C, watching carefully for any potential swelling or inflammation.

Details of the Treatment

Many people have difficulties working with DMSO. In some cases, when taken transdermally (through the skin) there is a skin rash which is simply too severe to continue the treatment. When you get your bottle of DMSO put one drop on your skin, spread it around a little bit and see if you have an allergic reaction (i.e. severe rash). If not, an hour later put 10 drops on your skin and spread it thin.

If you do have a reaction, you may still be able to take the DMSO orally (added to 4 ounces of water). But if you cannot take the DMSO orally, and you have a skin reaction to the DMSO, you will have to abandon this treatment.

If you want to know more about DMSO, see this website:
http://www.dmso.org/articles/information/muir.htm

The Importance of the DMSO

This treatment uses DMSO (in the evening) and vitamin C (twice a day). The theory of this treatment is that the DMSO will be used first (in the evening dose), either taken orally (with water) or transdermally (through the skin). In about 10 minutes the DMSO will have targeted the cancer cells and will start “opening up” their ports.

In the evening dose, about ten minutes after taking the DMSO, the vitamin C will be taken with water. When the vitamin C gets to the cancer cells the cells natural affinity for consuming vitamin C (because the cancer cells “think” the vitamin C is glucose) should be enhanced by the fact that the cancer cells have been “opened up” by DMSO.

The theory is that the DMSO will allow a larger concentration of vitamin C to get inside the cancer cells than would normally occur.

As already mentioned, once vitamin C can get inside of a cancer cell the cell may revert into a normal cell or it may be killed. If enough cancer cells are killed, some swelling may occur.


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Thyroid Health by Dr Mercola and health tips for a new mom with Hashimoto

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Thyroid disease is one of the most common health problems we face today. From a practical standpoint, there are many ways to approach this issue. In this interview, Dr. Jonathan Wright, a pioneer in natural medicine, shares his protocols for addressing thyroid dysfunction.

Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is a very common problem, and there are many reasons for this, including drinking chlorinated and fluoridated water, and eating brominated flour.

Chlorine, fluoride, and bromine are all in the same family as iodine, and can displace iodine in your thyroid gland.

Secondly, many people simply aren’t getting enough iodine in their diet to begin with. The amount you get from iodized salt is just barely enough to prevent you from getting a goiter.

A third principal cause of hypothyroidism is related to elevated reverse T3 levels. Interestingly, 95 percent of the time, those with elevated reverse T3 levels will see their levels revert back to normal after undergoing chelation with EDTA and DMPS, which draw out cadmium, lead, mercury, and other toxic metals. In essence, heavy metal toxicity can cause a functional form of hypothyroidism.

“It’s very well-known that lead and cadmium interfere with testosterone production,” Dr. Wright says. “What’s not so well-known is that reverse T3 is stimulated by toxic metals, so up it goes.

In effect, we can have levels that are so high, they way outnumber the regular T3. You’re functionally hypothyroid even if your TSHs and free T3s happen to be normal.”

How Much Iodine Do You Need for Thyroid Health?

In Japan, the daily dose of iodine obtained from the diet averages around 2,000 to 3,000 micrograms (mcg) or 2-3 milligrams (mg), and there’s reason to believe this may be a far more adequate amount than the US recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 150 mcg.

Some argue for even higher amounts than that, such as Dr. Brownstein, who recommends 12.5 milligrams (mg) on a regular basis. Another proponent of higher iodine amounts is Guy Abraham, an ob-gyn and endocrinologist at the University of Southern California.

“Oddly enough, he didn’t publicize [his publications] much until he retired from the University of Southern California. But after that, he came out with a wonderful website, optimox.com, where you can read a lot of stuff for free,”Dr. Wright says.

“There’s a fairly careful study showing that the thyroid gland does not start to downregulate until we get to 14 or 14.5 milligrams of total iodine and iodide. This is probably why Dr. Abraham first, and then others, have designed both liquids and tablets that come out with 12 or 12.5 mg.

Oddly enough, in 1829, Dr. Lugol put together a combination of iodine and iodide. Two drops of that stuff equals exactly to 12.5 milligrams. How did Dr. Lugol know? We don’t know. But it works so well for people ever since 1829 that it’s still available (with a prescription) as Lugol’s iodine…

Usually, in my practice, I’ll say, ‘One drop of Lugol’s, which is six milligrams; six and a quarter.’ Or for the guys, who don’t have as much massive breast tissue, let’s stay with three milligrams. [To] prevent cancer, I want more than three milligrams for the ladies.”

Iodine Helps Protect Breast Health Too…

From Dr. Wright’s experience, there are no adverse effects from taking upwards of 12.5 mg of iodine per day, and in some cases higher amounts may benefit more than your thyroid. There’s compelling research suggesting that iodine is equally important for breast health, and that iodine – not iodide – combines with a lipid to form molecules that actually kill breast cancer cells.

“Breasts are big sponges for iodine,” Dr. Wright notes. “Not iodide so much; that’s the thyroid gland. But if you have enough iodine, why, those molecules are just sitting there ready waiting to kill new breast cancer cells!”

According to Dr. Wright, iodine is also crucial for other breast-related problems, such as fibrocystic breast disease, for which iodine works nearly every time. Interestingly, for severe cases, it’s recommended to swab the entire cervix with iodine.

“For bad cases, you got to work with your doctor. Get the iodine swab done,”Dr. Wright says. “The worse the fibrocystic breast disease is, the more treatment it takes. But that one, I can almost give a money-back guarantee… because I never would have to give you your money back.”

That said, it would seem prudent for most to avoid taking such high doses unless they were using it therapeutically, for a short period of time. I personally feel that supplementation at a dose 10 times lower, or a few mg, might be best for most.

Good Sources of Iodine

Besides Lugol’s, seaweed or kelp is a great source of iodine. One that is oftentimes recommended by herbalists for thyroid health is a seaweed called bladderwrack (Latin name: Fucus vesiculosus). You can find it in either powdered form or in capsules. If you want, you can use it to spice up your meals, as it has a mild salty flavor. The downside is that to reach three milligram dose, you’ll need to take at least a couple of teaspoons per day.

Another concern is the potential radiation issue from the Fukushima reactor, which has contaminated much of the Japanese seaweed. So make sure you look at the source of your seaweed. Try to get it from the Norwegian Coast or as far away from Japan as you can get. While manufacturers have not started labeling their products as “radiation-free,” you could simply check the bottle with a Geiger counter before taking it.

Dr. Wright’s Thyroid Program

Dr. Wright always begins with a physical exam, where he looks for signs of thyroid dysfunction. This includes symptoms such as dry skin, thinning of the outer margins of your eyebrows, subtle accumulation of fluid in your ankles, constipation, lack of sweating, weight gain, and high cholesterol. An older yet helpful test is to take your temperature every morning and observing if your temperature registers close to 98.6.

This test stems from the work of Dr. Broda Barnes back in the ’30s and ’40s. Dr. Barnes found that if the temperature was low, it was a reliable indication of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroid). “These days, with all the other things going on, I find that sign useful in some people but not in others,” Dr. Wright says. “But I do want it for everybody.”

As for laboratory tests, the complete thyroid panel includes thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), total T4, free T4, total T3, free T3, and the reverse T3. He cautions against trusting the TSH test as a primary diagnostic tool, despite that being the conventional norm. He bases his recommendation on research by Dr. St. John O’Reilly, an expert on thyroid health at the University of Scotland, who has shown that the TSH test virtually never correlates with the clinical condition of the patient.

According to Dr. Wright, the TSH level doesn’t really become a valuable indicator of hypothyroidism unless it’s high, say around 5 or 10. Thyroid therapy has been around since the 1890s, and until the TSH test became the norm, the average dose of thyroid given was almost exactly twice what the average dose became when everybody started paying attention to the lab test rather than the clinical signs. Dr. St. John O’Reilly recommends basing the diagnosis on the physical exam and the Free T3 level instead, which is the protocol Dr. Wright follows in his clinic.

“The Free T3 is, of course, the free hormone, not the one bound up on the thyroid globulin, where it’s temporarily inactive,” Dr. Wright explains. “The Free T3 is the one that helps us to burn energy; it’s the active hormone. The Free T4 is waiting to become active, but it’s not active yet. It signals back to the TSH. But the Free T3 doesn’t signal back to the TSH as much as the Free T4 does.”

Meanwhile, the T4 is the type of thyroid replacement that is typically and traditionally given by almost every conventional physician. In my experience, it’s one of the primary ways you can differentiate between a natural medicine physician and a traditional conventional physician: the type of thyroid replacement they prescribe.

Complicating Matters: Autoimmune Thyroid

Unfortunately, most people who end up on thyroid hormone replacement are placed on synthetic thyroid hormone, again, typically T4, commonly prescribed under the brand names Synthroid or Levothroid. Traditional doctors almost always prescribe this, and anyone who doesn’t prescribe it is oftentimes severely criticized, and may even be called before their state medical board.

That actually happened to me, and I wasn’t even prescribing it. I have stopped seeing patients, but have written about it in this newsletter. I was called before the medical board to defend my position on prescribing bioidentical whole thyroid hormone rather than Synthroid or Levothroid—even though my article was supported by a study reference from the New England Journal of Medicine, a very prestigious journal. Dr. Wright also prefers bioidentical thyroid replacement, and typically starts patients out on whole thyroid derived from animals (typically cow, sheep, or pig).

“In the whole thyroid are all the things that nature and creation put into whole thyroid. That’s what we should be using unless you happen to have an autoimmune problem. Many people with… Hashimoto’s disease… make antibodies to thyroid. If you’re making antibodies to thyroid, I’m not sure that we should be putting in whole thyroid right away… because there is a small chance – it’s not a large chance – that we’re going to stimulate more antibody formation,” he says.

In those with Hashimoto’s disease, where your body is making antibodies against your thyroid hormones, Dr. Wright will typically start you out on T4 and T3, which are only two of the 12 iodinated substances your thyroid gland makes, and which are all found in whole thyroid.

The Role of Heavy Metal Toxicity

As mentioned at the beginning, one of the principal causes of hypothyroidism is related to elevated reverse T3 levels, which can become elevated in response to heavy metal toxicity. In such cases, Dr. Wright recommends detoxifying before beginning thyroid treatment. The detoxification protocol will vary depending on your level of lead, cadmium, mercury, and other heavy metals.

“Some people get these efficiently out of their bodies within 10 to 15 chelation treatments. There are other people, particularly those who lived in major metropolitan areas all their lives, where it takes 30 or 40 chelation treatments to pull out all the toxic metals,” he notes. “When doing that, you have to make sure you’re seeing a doctor who follows the procedure put out by the American Board of Chelation Therapy (ABCT).

Chelation pulls out toxic minerals. But no one has yet discovered a chelation material that pulls out toxic metals without pulling out normal metals, too – calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper, the whole works. The doctors doing the chelation must be reinfusing normal minerals periodically according to his or her reading of the initial chelation test. The initial chelation test on page one shows all the toxic metals that are or not coming out. Page two, which should never be omitted, should always be done. It shows the normal minerals.”

In the meantime, while you’re trying to clear these toxic metal stores to bring the reverse T3 down, opinions are mixed on whether you should be treated with thyroid medication or not. Some believe it’s beneficial to add in regular T3, but if the chelation rectifies your reverse T3 level, then by adding regular T3, you may simply end up with too much free T3. Others recommend waiting until the chelation is done to reevaluate, and if needed, put you on whole thyroid later on, provided you don’t have a family history of autoimmune disease or have Hashimoto’s.

“It simply takes the doctor’s judgment and skill in deciding which way to go,” Dr. Wright says.

Eliminating Heavy Metals Requires Special Care

Clearly, this is a process you’re not going to be able to do by yourself. You really need to have a health coach, a trusted and respected healthcare clinician, who has the capacity to perform these relevant tests and procedures, who can also prescribe the appropriate supplements and thyroid hormone replacement, which you cannot obtain over the counter.

Elimination of carbon-based toxins, such as herbicides and pesticides, can be promoted through sauna-induced sweating. The Hubbard Protocol takes it a step further, and involves the use of niacin, high-intensity exercises, and sauna on a regular basis to help mobilize and eliminate toxins. Unfortunately, sweating doesn’t readily eliminate toxic metals. For those, you need a more aggressive approach, such as chelation.

One option that can help minimize the loss of crucial microminerals is to use chelating suppositories. They will still pull out minerals from your system, but you don’t have to worry about it nullifying the nutritional value of the food you just ate, which is a concern anytime you take an oral chelating agent. One drawback is that it takes a bit longer. “I’ve seen some people who have to do rectal suppository stuff for a couple of years to get all their toxic metals out,” he says. “And yes, we check their normal minerals fairly routinely, every couple of months, just to make sure it’s not being overdone that way.”

Recommended Types of Thyroid Medications

Once your reverse T3 is normalized and any autoimmune issues have been addressed, Dr. Wright goes on to prescribe a thyroid hormone replacement, such as:

  • Armour thyroid
  • Nature-Throid
  • Westhroid

The Armour Thyroid has one disadvantage: despite it being practically a generic now, it costs twice as much as the other two. But unless cost is a major factor, there are several types of tests to check for compatibility, to determine which one is likely to work the best for you.

“We’ve all heard of muscle testing. We don’t have to employ that, but some doctors are very skilled at it,” Dr. Wright says. “We use other sorts of compatibility testing to check for energy flow in the acupuncture meridians and how it’s impaired or not impaired by certain types of thyroid. We’ll go with the one that’s compatible with that individual. But we do respect if people say, ‘Look, I’ve heard that Westhroid and Nature-Throid are half the price of Armour Thyroid. Let’s stick with those if we can.’ We do respect that.”

As for fine-tuning the dose, there are a wide variety of symptoms that can help you gauge whether you’re getting enough of a dose—or help you determine whether you might have a thyroid problem to begin with. To learn more, Dr. Wright suggests picking up Dr. David Brownstein’s book Overcoming Thyroid, Dr. Mark Starr’s book Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic, or Dr. Ridha Arem’s book The Thyroid Solution. All of these books contain checklists of symptoms to look out for.

If you’re on thyroid hormone replacement, two key signals that you’re taking too much are excessive sweating and rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations. If you get either of those symptoms, you’re getting too much thyroid, and you need to cut back on the dose.

It’s also worth noting that in some cases, if you’re borderline hypothyroid, you may only need an iodine supplement rather than a thyroid hormone replacement. “Some people ask that very question. They’re close enough to normal and they say, ‘I could feel a little better. My test could be a little better. But can I just try some iodine?’ They try and sometimes it succeeds. That’s another option. Sometimes you could normalize with nothing more.”

Treating Overactive Thyroid

At the other end of the spectrum of thyroid dysfunction, you have hyperthyroidism, where your thyroid is overactive. It’s far less common than hypothyroidism, but it’s no less of a problem when it happens. “It’s not common. No. But we should let everybody know that there is an effective treatment out there,” Dr. Wright saysThis is particularly important in light of the conventional treatment options, which are really poor. Typically, you’re looking at using radioactive iodine, which is a disaster, or surgery.

In the video clip above Dr Wright reviews the treatment that originated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), at their department of thyroid. They had enough people with hyperthyroidism there that they were able to divide them into four treatment groups. One treatment group received lithium. A second group received Lugol’s iodine. Group three took lithium first and then, three or four days later, started iodine. Group four took Lugol’s iodine first, and then three or four days later started taking lithium.

When the statistical dust settled, what they found was that the group that started with Lugol’s iodine and finished with lithium did significantly better than all of the other groups in getting the hyperthyroidism under rapid control. More than two decades ago, The Mayo Clinic also published an article on the treatment of hyperthyroidism using lithium. Here, they used lithium alone, and were also able to bring abnormally high T3 and T4 numbers down to normal within a week to 10 days. It didn’t work on everybody though.

According to Dr. Wright, Walter Reed’s system is profoundly effective. Of all the people treated for hyperthyroidism in Dr. Wright’s clinic, amounting to about 40, there have only been two cases where the protocol failed. Normal levels can often be achieved in less than two weeks. In summary, the treatment is as follows:

  • Patient starts out on five drops of Lugol’s iodine, three times per day
  • After four or five days, patient starts receiving 300 mg of lithium carbonate, one to three times per day

Take Control of Your Thyroid Health

Hypothyroidism is far more prevalent than once thought. Some experts believe that anywhere between 10 and 40 percent of Americans have suboptimal thyroid function. Thyroid hormones are used by every cell of your body to regulate metabolism and body weight by controlling the burning of fat for energy and heat. They’re also required for optimal brain function and development in children. If you feel sluggish and tired, have difficulty losing weight, have dry skin, hair loss, constipation, cold sensitivity, and/or lack of sweating, these could be signs of hypothyroidism.

Iodine is the key to a healthy thyroid, and if you’re not getting enough from your diet (in the form of seafood), you’d be well advised to consider taking a supplement, ideally a high-quality seaweed supplement (be sure to check its source to avoid potential radioactive contamination), or other iodine-containing whole food supplement.


About Hashimoto

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed.[1] Early on there may be no symptoms.[1] Over time the thyroid may enlarge forming a painless goitre.[1] Some people eventually develop hypothyroidism with its accompanying weight gain, feeling tired, constipation, depression, and general pains.[1] After many years the thyroid typically shrinks in size.[1] Potential complications include thyroid lymphoma.[2]

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.[3] Risk factors include a family history of the condition and having another autoimmune diseases.[1] Diagnosis is confirmed with blood tests for TSH, T4, and antithyroid antibodies.[1] Other conditions that can produce similar symptoms include Graves’ disease and nontoxic nodular goiter.[4]

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, regardless of whether or not hypothyroidism is present, can be treated with levothyroxine.[1] If hypothyroidism is not present some may recommend no treatment while others may treat to try to reduce the size of the goitre.[1] Those affected should avoid eating large amounts of iodine; however, sufficient iodine is required especially during pregnancy.[1] Surgery is rarely required to treat the goitre.[4]

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects about 5% of the population at some point in their life.[3] It typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50 and is much more common in women than men.[1][5] Rates of disease appear to be increasing.[4] It was first described by the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto in 1912.[6] In 1957 it was recognized as an autoimmune disorder.

Managing hormone levels

Hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is treated with thyroid hormone replacement agents such as levothyroxine, triiodothyronine or desiccated thyroid extract. A tablet taken once a day generally keeps the thyroid hormone levels normal. In most cases, the treatment needs to be taken for the rest of the patient’s life. In the event that hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, it is recommended that the TSH levels be kept under 3.0.[21]

Prognosis

Overt, symptomatic thyroid dysfunction is the most common complication, with about 5% of patients with subclinical hypothyroidism and chronic autoimmune thyroiditis progressing to thyroid failure every year. Transient periods of thyrotoxicosis (over-activity of the thyroid) sometimes occur, and rarely the illness may progress to full hyperthyroid Graves’ disease with active orbitopathy (bulging, inflamed eyes). Rare cases of fibrous autoimmune thyroiditis present with severe dyspnea (shortness of breath) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), resembling aggressive thyroid tumors – but such symptoms always improve with surgery or corticosteroid therapy. Primary thyroid B cell lymphoma affects fewer than one in a thousand patients, and it is more likely to affect those with long-standing autoimmune thyroiditis.[22]

Epidemiology

This disorder is believed to be the most common cause of primary hypothyroidism in North America; as a cause of non-endemic goiter, it is among the most common.[23] Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects about 5% of the population at some point in their life.[3] About 1 to 1.5 in 1000 people have this disease at any point in time.[23] It occurs between eight and fifteen times more often in women than in men. Though it may occur at any age, including in children, it is most often observed in women between 30 and 60 years of age.[22] It is more common in regions of high iodine dietary intake, and among people who are genetically susceptible.[22]

History

Also known as Hashimoto’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is named after the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto (1881−1934) of the medical school at Kyushu University,[24] who first described the symptoms of patients with struma lymphomatosa, an intense infiltration of lymphocytes within the thyroid, in 1912 in a German publication.[25] The report gave new insight into a condition (hypothyroidism) more commonly seen in areas of iodine deficiency that was occurring in the developed world, and without evident causation by dietary deficiency.

In 1957 it was recognized as an autoimmune disorder and was the first organ-specific one identified.[7]

Pregnancy

Pregnancy challenges thyroid function, putting additional pressure on the organ to function properly. In pregnant women who are positive for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, this challenge can lead the thyroid either to have decreased functionality or to fail entirely.[26] Pregnant mothers who are at a risk for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or who have been diagnosed as TPOAb-positive should be aware of the risks to themselves and their fetuses if the disease goes untreated. “Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAb) are detected in 10% of pregnant women,” which presents risks to those pregnancies.[26] Risk factors are primarily indicated for women whose low thyroid function has not been stabilized by medication. These factors include: low birth weight, neonatal respiratory distress and fetal abnormalities (such as hydrocephalus and hypospadias), miscarriage, and preterm delivery.[26][27] When Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is medicated through levothyroxine replacement, embryo implantation rate and pregnancy outcome are improved.[27] The 2012 study by Lepoutre et al. supports not only treating pregnant women who are TPOAb-positive throughout the entirety of their pregnancies, but their research also strongly recommends universal screening of thyroid levels for pregnant women.[26] They also recommend consistent cooperation between obstetricians and endocrinologists throughout the patient’s pregnancy to ensure a positive outcome.[26] This conclusion is also supported by the research conducted in 2013 by Budenhofer, et al., as well as the 2013 study of Balucan, et al.[28][29] In March 2015, the Endocrine Society clearly stated that it does recommend screening in pregnant women who are considered high-risk for thyroid autoimmune disease.[30]

It is also recommended for undiagnosed women to be tested for thyroid peroxides antibodies if they have ever been pregnant (regardless of birth outcome). In their 2014 study, Carlé, et al. concluded, “…previous pregnancy plays a major role in development of autoimmune overt hypothyroidism in premenopausal women, and the number of previous pregnancies should be taken into account when evaluating the risk of hypothyroidism in a young women [sic].”[31] According to the research conducted by Carlé, et al., risk for thyroid dysfunction as well as for thyroid antibody production increases when at-risk or previously diagnosed mothers have more than one pregnancy.

Caring for clients with lung health issues

Clean air, water and food are the basics of good health. My senior client with lung health issues had been using a lot of strong household cleaning chemicals and had been over fatigued in the last months. Their corporate health insurance was dropped and they have to fill out long forms for another health insurance. She is now 86 and her husband, 91 yrs old. She was also the caregiver for him. Together,  they have been married for more than 65 yrs.

The first time I saw her I noticed dry skin, heavy breathing and lack of water. Older adults sometimes forget to drink/sip warm water with pinch of sea salt, ginger and garlic to cleanse their body every hour especially when the body’s lungs are not in good health.

Checking out her lifestyle and house keeping, I noticed that she used a lot of chemical sprays.  As I talked to her, I massaged her arms as she complained about some pain near the shoulder and reminded her of nose breathing and proper belly breaths. I am reminded of how my father complained of his back pain, a year before he died of lung cancer.

So the next morning, I brought eucalyptus oil, sea salt, magnesium EPSOM salt for foot soak, coconut oil, Vitamin C, organic apples, avocado, papaya, ginger, garlic, lemon grass, beef bone soup and fresh pineapple.  I will be teaching the new caregiver on how to care for her, massage her to bring her back to good health.

Connie Dello Buono, Motherhealth Caregivers for bay area homebound seniors 408-854-1883 motherhealth@gmail.com

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The following information are from Dr Mercola.

The Effects of Nitric Oxide

Nitric oxide is found in your nose, so when you breathe through your nose, you carry a small portion of the gas into your lungs. As explained by Patrick, nitric oxide plays a significant role in homeostasis, or the maintaining of balance within your body. Nitric oxide is also:

  • A significant bronchodilator
  • An antibacterial agent that helps neutralize germs and bacteria
  • A vasodilator

This is one of the amazing aspects of Buteyko therapy that I noticed. As you breathe exclusively through your nose and abandon mouth breathing, your nose starts to water and you frequently have to blow it. But amazingly your nasal passages eventually expand quite dramatically and it becomes much easier to get all your air through your nose rather than your mouth. This is true even for high intensity exercises like Peak Fitness. It may take a few months to work up to it, but once you are there you will rarely if even need to breathe through your mouth again, even under the most extreme circumstances.

Asthmatics typically breathe through the mouth. They also tend to breathe heavier and have a higher respiratory rate than non-asthmatics. According to Patrick, there’s a feedback loop, in that the heavier breathing volume that’s coming into your lungs cause a disturbance of blood gasses, including the loss of carbon dioxide (CO2). Contrary to popular belief, carbon dioxide is not merely a waste gas. Although you breathe to get rid of excess CO2, it’s very important that your breathing volume is normal, in order to maintain a certain amount of CO2 in your lungs.

“If you’re breathing too heavily, you lose carbon dioxide, and smooth muscles surrounding your airways constrict. Another factor from an asthmatic point of view is dehydration of the inner walls of the airways. It’s a combination of these factors that cause the airways to constrict. Heavy breathing is causing the loss of carbon dioxide. And carbon dioxide also helps to relax smooth muscles surrounding your blood vessels. So, it’s not just the airways which constrict when you’re breathing too much, but it’s also the blood vessels.”

As your airway constricts, there is a natural reaction to breathe more intensely as a compensatory mechanism. However, this causes even greater loss of carbon dioxide, and cooling of your airway causes it to close even more. In other words, asthma symptoms feed back to the condition.

You can test this out by taking five or six big breaths in and out of your mouth. Most people will begin to experience some light-headedness or dizziness. While you might reason that taking bigger breaths through your mouth allows you to take more oxygen into your body, which should make you feel better, the opposite actually happens. This is because you’re getting rid of too much carbon dioxide from your lungs, which causes your blood vessels to constrict—hence the light-headedness. So, the heavier you breathe, the less oxygen that’s actually delivered throughout your body due to lack of carbon dioxide, which causes your blood vessels to constrict.

“Also, when you breathe too much, your red blood cells hold on to the oxygen and don’t deliver so readily to where it is needed throughout your body. It’s called the Bohr effect; discovered in 1904 by Christian Bohr,” Patrick says. “In order for oxygenation to take place, we need the presence of carbon dioxide. Heavy breathing causing the loss of CO2 is not only causing blood vessels to constrict, but it’s also causing a greater affinity of the red blood cells with oxygen.

… If you were to look at the basic premise of breathing, we should not hear our breathing during rest. We should see very little movement from the chest and tummy. Ideally, most of our breathing is diaphragmatic, but we shouldn’t see it. The mouth should be closed, breathing should be regular, and breathing should be effortless.”

Many Cancers Heal on Their Own by Dr Mercola

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Another important study was published in November 2008 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.2 This study followed more than 200,000 Norwegian women between the ages of 50 and 64 over two consecutive six-year periods. Half received regular periodic breast exams or regular mammograms, while the others had no regular breast cancer screenings. The study reported that those women receiving regular screenings had 22 percent more incidence of breast cancer.

The researchers, as well as another team of doctors who did not take part in the study but who analyzed the data, concluded that the women who didn’t have regular breast cancer screenings probably had the same number of occurrences of breast cancer, but that their bodies had somehow corrected the abnormalities on their own.

“Of course, this makes complete sense, because your immune system is set up to recognize and destroy cancers in the right environment,” Dr. Northrup says. “The right environment, of course, is enough sleep, a low-glycemic diet, enough vitamin D, and also regular handling of resentments, anger, grief, and loss.

I think what I want women to know is that your breasts are not two potentially pre-malignant lesions sitting on your chest. The problem with our paradigm – whether it’s tomosynthesis or mammograms – is that it will find things that were never going to go anywhere. And then you’re out there wearing a pink ribbon and running for the cure, thinking that you were going to die of breast cancer when you never will, and never would.”

What are Your Breasts Telling You?

Dr. Northrup is a firm believer in the innate wisdom of the body, and you can apply a certain measure of symbolism to various body parts. Your breasts, for example, were designed to feed and nurture your children, as well as for pleasure. According to Dr. Northrup, women who tend to be most at risk for breast cancer are those who have difficulty nurturing themselves and receiving pleasure…

“The first thing you need to understand is you have to learn how to receive – how to receive rest, how to receive pleasure – and that’s going to be the primary intervention that I would do. This is the biggest stumbling block for women: we’re so afraid of appearing selfish.

Here’s what we do to get the nutrients of pleasure and receiving that we all need for optimal brain health – the beta-endorphin or the feel-good chemicals in the brain: We import it through alcohol and sugar, when we can import it directly through self-love, meditation, exercise, and good sex, which you can do with yourself,” she says.

Bernie Siegel, a pediatric surgeon from Yale, was co-president of the American Holistic Medical Association with Dr. Northrup in the early ’90s.

“Bernie used to say, ‘I have come to see that the fundamental problem most patients face is the inability to love themselves,'” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘God, Bernie, that seems pretty simple to me.’ And you know what? He’s right. The older you get, the more you realize this.”

So how do you love yourself when you feel unlovable? Dr. Northrup suggests a paradoxical strategy she picked up from Gay Hendricks, who is a pioneer in relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Simply meditate on, or use the mantra:

“I don’t feel lovable, so I’m going to love myself for that.”

Another powerful strategy that we use in my practice is a form of energy psychology known as the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which also uses the affirmation to love and accept yourself unconditionally. This really is a powerful healing affirmation that can have a profound influence. I’ve worked with tens of thousands of patients, and it can seem like nothing short of magic when unconditional love and self acceptance is integrated into a person’s neurology. In many cases, it can resolve physical symptoms quite rapidly.

According to Dr. Northrup, part of this healing is due to the increase in nitric oxide, which is found at high levels in your nasal pharynx. This is one of the reasons why you should breathe through your nose (opposed to mouth-breathing).

“Think about what happens when you do that. You get an increase in nitric oxide in every blood vessel in the body. And remember: a capillary is a micron away from every cell in the body. Nitric oxide is produced by the endothelial lining of every blood vessel in the body. It’s increased in all situations of health: self-love, aerobic exercise, antioxidant, vitamins, eating your vegetables. Nitric oxide is the molecule of life force. It also balances all the neurotransmitters instantaneously – serotonin, dopamine, beta endorphin, and all those things for which one in 10 Americans is on an antidepressant.”

Dr. Northrup’s Top 10 Health Tips for Women

In this interview, Dr. Northrup shares her top 10 tips for women’s health:

  1. Get enough sleep: Proper sleep is essential for optimal health, and it helps metabolize stress hormones better than any other known entity.
  2. Meditate for at least 3-12 minutes each day, to calm and soothe your mind.
  3. Begin your day with a positive affirmation.
  4. Exercise regularly. Ideally, aim for a comprehensive program that includes high intensity exercises and strength training along with core-building exercises and stretching.
  5. Breathe properly. When you breathe in and out fully through your nose, you activate your parasympathetic rest-and-restore nervous system, which expands the lower lobes of your lungs, and therefore engages the vagus nerves.
  6. “Relax the back of your throat. So many women have thyroid problems – it’s from chronic tension here; because you’re pretty sure your feminine voice isn’t going to be heard. It hasn’t been heard for 5,000 years. You’re not alone. But it’s being heard now,” she says.
  1. Practice self love and unconditional acceptance. Dr. Northrup suggests looking at yourself in the mirror at least once a day, and saying: ‘I love you. I really love you.’
  2. “After 21 days, something will happen to you. You’ll see a part of you that looks back at you, and you begin to believe it. “I love you. I really love you.”
  1. Optimize your vitamin D levels. Get your vitamin D level checked. Ideally, you’ll want your levels within the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml. According to Dr. Northrup:
  2. “Sunlight is not the enemy. It’s lack of antioxidants in your diet that is the enemy. Natural light is a lovely source of vitamin D; you can’t overdose. But many people – to get their levels of vitamin D into optimal – are going to need 5,000 to 10, 000 international units per day. So, vitamin D is important. You can get your level drawn through MyMedLab.com without a doctor’s prescription.”
  1. Just remember that if you take high doses of oral vitamin D, you also need to boost your intake of vitamin K2. For more information on this, please see my previous article, What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium.
  1. Cultivate an active social life; enjoy some face-to-face time with likeminded people.
  2. Epsom salt baths (20 minutes, three times per week) are a simple, inexpensive way to get magnesium into your body.
  3. Keep a gratitude journal. Each night, before you go to bed, write down five things that you are grateful for, or five things that brought you pleasure.

“Remember: every emotion is associated with a biochemical reality in your body. So, you want to bring in the emotions of generosity, pleasure, receiving, and open-heartedness. The same things that create heart health create breast health.”

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