Garlic for bladder and other organ health

This study investigated the possible effects and molecular mechanisms of diallyl disulfide (DADS) against cyclophosphamide (CP)-induced hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) in rats. Inflammation response was assessed by histopathology and serum cytokines levels. We determined the protein expressions of nuclear transcription factor kappa-B (NF-κB), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), oxidative stress, urinary nitrite-nitrate, malondialdehyde (MDA), and 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG). Finally, we studied the involvement of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) signaling in the protective effects of DADS against CP-induced HC. CP treatment caused a HC which was evidenced by an increase in histopathological changes, proinflammatory cytokines levels, urinary nitrite-nitrate level, and the protein expression of NF-κB, COX-2, iNOS, TNF-α, p-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and p-extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK).

The significant decreases in glutathione content and glutathione-S-transferase and glutathione reductase activities, and the significant increase in MDA content and urinary MDA and 8-OHdG levels indicated that CP-induced bladder injury was mediated through oxidative DNA damage. In contrast, DADS pretreatment attenuated CP-induced HC, including histopathological lesion, serum cytokines levels, oxidative damage, and urinary oxidative DNA damage. DADS also caused significantly decreased the protein expressions of NF-κB, COX-2, iNOS, TNF-α, p-JNK, and p-ERK. These results indicate that DADS prevents CP-induced HC and that the protective effects of DADS may be due to its ability to regulate proinflammatory cytokines production by inhibition of NF-κB and MAPKs expressions, and its potent anti-oxidative capability through reduction of oxidative DNA damage in the bladder.

garlic.JPG Garlic and the allium family of plants have been shown to have beneficial effects against several diseases, including cancer. Garlic, onions, leeks, and chives have been reported to protect against stomach and colorectal cancers, although evidence for a protective effect against cancer at other sites, including the breast, is still insufficient. The protective effect appears to be related to the presence of organosulfur compounds and mainly allyl derivatives, which inhibit carcinogenesis in the forestomach, esophagus, colon, mammary gland, and lung of experimental animals. The exact mechanisms of the cancer-preventive effects are not clear, although several hypotheses have been proposed. Organosulfur compounds modulate the activity of several metabolizing enzymes that activate (cytochrome P450s) or detoxify (glutathione S-transferases) carcinogens and inhibit the formation of DNA adducts in several target tissues. Antiproliferative activity has been described in several tumor cell lines, which is possibly mediated by induction of apoptosis and alterations of the cell cycle. Allium vegetables and organosulfur compounds are thus possible cancer-preventive agents. Clinical trials will be required to define the effective dose that has no toxicity in humans.

Cough remedies from Dr Mercola

Avoid mucus-forming foods, such as milk, flour, and eggs, as well as sugar Eat light foods such as vegetables, soups with garlic, ginger and herbal teas Homeopathic remedies for pertussis include Coccus cacti and the nosode. Pertussin. Drosera is recommended for coughing fits followed by gagging, retching, or vomiting. Cuprum may be indicated for coughing fits followed by gasping for air, difficulty breathing, or that end in exhaustion
Wild cherry bark lozenges may soothe your throat Keep well hydrated Try up to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily for seven days
Keep your room and home well-ventilated and free of smoke Use a warm air humidifier with essential oils (try basil, cyprus, marjoram, thyme, wintergreen, tea tree, camphor, lavender, chamomile, peppermint, or eucalyptus) Massage essential oils with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) into the patient’s chest or back
Acupuncture may be beneficial (and its effects for whooping cough are recognized by the World Health Organization) Rest and avoid exertion Arrange pillows so the patient can be more upright while sleeping
Boil fresh ginger root in water for 20 minutes, then add the water to a foot bath to soak feet for up to 20 minutes Heat a pan of water to just boiling, then add a few drops of oil of thyme. Have the patient breathe in the steam from the pan (cover his or her head with a towel, being careful to avoid getting burned) Keep skin hydrated by massaging in coconut oil daily

18 DIY Home Remedies for Diarrhea

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Diarrhea is a frequent watery bowel movements which are accompanied by painful cramps, nausea and vomiting. It may be mild (lasts for a day or two), acute (less than a week) and chronic (lasts for more than a week). Main cause for diarrhea, to occur is that when the food and fluids you ate will pass too quickly or too large in amount or both for some times through your colon. Colon is a substance which absorbs the liquid from the food what you eat by leaving a semisolid stool. But if the liquids from your food which you eat are not absorbed then it results in the watery bowel movement and at last it causes diarrhea.

Frequent loose and watery stools, mild fever, abdominal cramps and abdominal pain, blood in the stool, bloating etc are some of the symptoms of diarrhea. Food poison, diet, stress, some medications, fructose and other digestive disorders, etc. are the some of the causes for diarrhea.

Home Remedies for Diarrhea:

Diarrhea means loose, watery stools which makes more frequent trips to the toilet and also a great volume of stool. Diarrhea is what everyone experience at least once in their lifetime, so to avoid this problem follow these natural homemade remedies to be free from diarrhea and its symptoms.

1 Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is an excellent remedy in treating diarrhea as it helps to cure intestinal inflammation and it also has antispasmodic property to heal the problem.


  • Chamomile tea bag or chamomile flower powder – 1 teaspoon or one tea bag
  • Peppermint leaves – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1cup


  1. Take a saucepan and pour water in it.
  2. Then add either dried chamomile or tea bag and also pepper mint oil into it.
  3. Stir it well and steep it for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain it and drink this to get relief from the diarrhea and its symptoms.
  5. Drinking 3 cups a day will give instant relief.

2 Orange

It is an old remedy which helps in better digestion and also cures diarrhea.

Process– 1 (Orange Peel Tea)


  • Orange peel – 1 orange
  • Boiling water – 1 pint


  1. Take an orange and peel it
  2. Then chop that peel
  3. Pour this chopped orange peel in a pot
  4. Cover it with 1 pint of boiling water
  5. Allow the water to get cool
  6. Strain the tea and add sugar or honey to sweeten it.
  7. Organic orange is preferred as it is free from pesticides and dyes.
  8. Drink this tea as often once in a day to get rid of the diarrhea.

Process – 2: (Orange Juice)


  • Oranges – 2 to 3
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – 1/6 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 1/3 cups


  1. Take fresh oranges and make juice with the help of blender
  2. Add sugar, salt to it
  3. Mix it well in water
  4. Drink it for several times a day to get rid of the diarrhea and its symptoms.

3 Ginger

Ginger is used for better digestion and also helps to get rid of the cramps and abdominal pain which is caused by diarrhea.

Process – 1:


  • Ginger – a small piece
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon


  1. Take a small piece of ginger and grate it
  2. Add honey to it and mix it well
  3. Eat this mixture which helps to improve your digestive process.
  4. Be aware that not to drink water immediately after eating this mixture.
  5. Taking this regularly helps to protect you from any health diseases.

Process – 2:


  • Ginger – 1 small piece
  • Water – 1 cup


  1. Take a small piece of ginger in a pan to make tea
  2. Pour water into it to boil
  3. Boil it for few minutes to get hot
  4. Strain it and add honey to sweeten the taste.
  5. Drink this ginger tea to get relief from the diarrhea.
  6. If you’re not having ginger than you can also use powdered ginger which are available from your spice rack instantly to make tea.

Process – 3:


  • Dry Ginger powder – 2 teaspoon
  • Salt – a pinch to taste
  • Water – 1 glass


  1. Take ginger powder and add salt to it
  2. Mix it well in a glass of water
  3. Drink this once in a day to get rid of the problem.

4 Carrots

Carrots contain good source of pectin which helps to alleviate diarrhea. It also helps to replenish many vitamins and minerals which were lost due to diarrhea.

Process – 1: (Carrot Juice)


  • Carrot juice – 1 glass
  • Lemon juice – few drops
  • Sugar or honey – as you likes to sweeten the juice


  1. Take few fresh carrots and make the juice with the help of blender.
  2. Add few drops of lemon juice and sugar or honey
  3. Mix it well and taste this carrot juice
  4. Drinking carrot juice regularly will help to make you healthy.

Process – 2: (Carrot Puree)


  • Fresh Carrots – 4to 5
  • Water
  • Blender


  1. Take the carrots and cut them into pieces
  2. Then cook these carrots for few minutes to make it soft.
  3. Now blend these soft carrots in a blender by adding few drops of water
  4. Eat this puree to get relief from the diarrhea.
  5. Eating this puree of half a cup in several times a day will helps to get rid of the diarrhea problem.

5 Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are one of the wonderful remedy for many health problems. These are also helps to cure ingestion problems and diarrhea. It is a strong anti-diarrheal agent.

Process – 1:


  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 glass


  1. Take fenugreek seeds and mix it well with water
  2. Or you can mix fenugreek seeds with yogurt and eat it
  3. Drink this solution to fend off the diarrhea problem.
  4. Regular taking of this fenugreek seeds will be best results to cure the health problems including diarrhea.

Process – 2:


  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Yogurt – 2 tablespoons


  1. Take fenugreek and cumin seeds in equal quantities
  2. Roast them and make them a fine powder by using mixture grinder
  3. Add this to yogurt
  4. Mix it well to make this a fine paste
  5. Consume this paste thrice a day to get quick relief from the diarrhea.

Process – 3:


  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Yogurt – 1 tablespoon


  1. Take fenugreek seeds
  2. Swallow it with yogurt
  3. Do it once in a day to get rid of the problem.

6 Lemon and Ginger

Lemon helps to kill the bacteria that are responsible for the diarrhea. Ginger helps to cure the intestinal problems.

Process – 1:


  • Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons
  • Ginger paste – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder – pinch


  1. Take lemon juice and add ginger paste and a pinch of black pepper powder into it
  2. Mix it well to make it like a fine paste
  3. Consume this paste twice a day will helps to get rid of the problem.

Process – 2: Lemon Juice


  • Lemon – 1 or 2
  • Hot water – 1/2 cup


  1. Take fresh lemons and squeeze the juice from it
  2. Add water and mix it well
  3. Sip this liquid to get rid of the diarrhea quickly.

7 Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has antibiotic properties which help to cure diarrhea. It also contains pectin which will soothe the intestinal spasms / irritated stomach.


  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – 1 glass


  1. Take a glass of water and add apple cider vinegar in it
  2. Mix it well to make it clear solution.
  3. Drink this solution with each meal whenever you take, until you get rid of the diarrhea and its symptoms.

8 Berries

Blueberries have anti oxidant and anti bacterial properties which help to cure diarrhea and its symptoms. Black berries are good source of tannins which helps to treat diarrhea.

Remedy – 1: (Blueberry soup)


  • Dried Blue berries – 1/3 ounce
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 5 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 small
  • Lemon slices – 2 1/ 4 inch
  • Vanilla extract – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – pinch


  1. Take all the ingredients except lemon slices and heat them in a saucepan over high heat
  2. Stir it well until the sugar dissolves completely
  3. The reduce the heat to medium – low to simmer
  4. Allow the berries to become more tender for about 15 minutes
  5. Then discard lemon slices and cinnamon sticks
  6. Using blender make a soup with the puree
  7. Transfer the soup to a bowl and refrigerate until it is very cold.
  8. Drink this soup twice a day to get relief from the diarrhea.

Remedy – 2: (Black berry Tea)


  • Dried black berry leaves – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1/2 glass of water


  1. Make a tea by pouring water in the pan
  2. Add dried black berry leaves into the water
  3. Stir it well and boil it for about few minutes
  4. Strain the solution and drink it slowly to fend off the diarrhea problem.
  5. Drinking this tea for several times a day will definitely help to cure the problem soon.

9 Black Seed Oil

Black cumin seed is an herb with full of medicinal values. It is used to treat various health problems including diarrhea. It contains antioxidant properties and is full of vitamins and minerals which are helpful to cure diarrhea and also to boost up your immune system.


  • Black seed oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Plain or flavored yogurt – 1 cup


  1. Take a cup of yogurt and add black seed oil into it
  2. Mix it well as the oil has to dissolve completely in yogurt
  3. Consume this twice a day to get rid of the diarrhea and its symptoms.
  4. Continue eating it twice a day until and unless diarrhea has gone away.

10 Salt – Sugar Solution

As diarrhea leads to dehydration and you feel thirsty all the time. So to prevent that situation try this syrup as it helps to rehydrate you.


  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 quart / 1 glass


  1. Take salt and sugar in equal quantities
  2. Mix it well in water
  3. Drink this solution to get rid of the diarrhea and also to rehydrate yourself.
  4. Drinking this 2 – 3 times a day will provide to your body the necessary glucose and electro-hydrates

11 Brown Rice and Banana

Brown rice contains B vitamins which help to control and cure various symptoms of diarrhea. Bananas contain pectin which will soak up excess water and gives quick relief from the diarrhea.


  • Brown Rice – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Banana – 1 small one


  1. Prepare rice by adding brown rice and water in a cooker
  2. Let it like that until it becomes soft
  3. Then add a banana to the rice and mix it well
  4. Eat that rice which helps to remove the toxins from your body and thereby diarrhea.
  5. Process has to be continued for better relief from the diarrhea.

12 Honey and Ginger

Honey will helps to soothe the irritated part due to this diarrhea and ginger helps to cure gastro intestinal problems at last leads to cure diarrhea


  • Dry ginger powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon


  1. Take all the ingredients in equal quantities
  2. Then mix it well to make a fine paste
  3. Now take this thrice (three times) a day to get rid of the problem.

13 Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper

The combination of these is very effective in tightening the bowels and helps to prevent the diarrhea.


  • Cinnamon – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Water – 2 cups


  1. Take a pan and pour water in it and put this pan over medium heat
  2. Then add cinnamon and cayenne pepper to it
  3. Stir it well and put it in simmer for about 20 minutes
  4. Let it cool for few minutes
  5. Now drink 1/4 cup for every half an hour to get instant relief from the diarrhea.
  6. Drink this until and unless you get relief from the problem.

14 Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a potent aromatic spice which contains starch, potassium, proteins, calcium, safrole, camphene as this helps to treat nutmeg.


  • Flour – 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg – 1 teaspoon
  • White sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – pinch
  • Water – 1 glass


  1. Take a glass and mix all the ingredients in it
  2. Add water to it and mix it well
  3. Drink this solution for every 4 hours
  4. Or you can take three pinches of ground nutmeg and dissolve it in warm water. Sip it slowly to get rid of the problem.

15 Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is a bulk fiber source which helps to thicken the bowel movement and soothing spasms in bowels.


  • Slippery elm – 1 teaspoon
  • Hot water – 1 cup


  1. Take slippery elm powder and mix it with hot water
  2. Drink this to get relief
  3. Drinking a cup of this liquid for three times a day will helps to prevent the diarrhea.

16 Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics (friendly or good bacteria) which helps to line your intestine to protect you from disease causing germs. Yogurt produce lactic acids in your intestine which helps to kill the bacteria and makes you feel better. Live – culture yogurt is the best way to treat the diarrhea which is caused by antibiotics. As these antibiotics will kill the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, but by eating live culture yogurt (kefir) will helps to replenish those bacteria. So, it’s better to eat yogurt and live – culture products daily to get rid of these problems.

17 Garlic

Garlic helps to soothes, cleanses and also reduces the inflammation. It also helps for better digestion and makes you feel better while you’re facing the problems of diarrhea and constipation, etc. garlic contains rich in potassium which helps for proper contractions of muscles including intestines. By all these properties, garlic is an excellent medicine in curing the diarrhea and its symptoms. You can take this garlic either in raw, cooked, precooked forms by using this in soups, juice, milk, honey etc. you can also use garlic tablets (2 – 3) each of 2 grams once or twice a day for mild cases, 3 times a day for acute cases and 5 times a day for chronic cases.

18 Diet Plan

Planning your diet will also helps to get cure from many health problems including diarrhea.

  • Avoid milk, cheese and other dairy products (except yogurt, buttermilk, cheese) while you facing diarrhea and also after it got reduced for a month will gives better results.
  • Avoid caffeine, non clear drinks (orange juice or tomato juice), spicy foods and food with high concentration of sugars will also increase the diarrhea.
  • Intake the food which are kinder and gentler like soups, rice, noodles, bananas, soda crackers, cooked carrots, potatoes, toast, skinless white meat chicken in your diet to get relief from your diarrhea.
  • Have starchy food such as precooked rice or tapioca cereals, boiled which rice, brown rice, toast etc. but avoid fried and fast foods & high fiber food as it is not soluble in your stomach easily.
  • Avoid too much of sugar or salt in your diet and also oatmeal, uncooked vegetables, etc. has to be avoided.
  • Eat salty crackers / soda crackers, sugar cookies or even plain cookies which help to ease your pain.

Tips to Reduce the Diarrhea:

These tips will be useful to you in the travel of curing the diarrhea and its symptoms.

  1. Drink water and other fluids like fresh fruit juices (other than apple and prune), sports drinks, herbal teas, soups and other over the counter electrolyte powder which helps to run the body without any problem and replaces what you’re losing.  So, stay hydrated all the time to get proper resistance to fight against the infection causing gems, etc.
  2. Taking rest is the natural way to cure the problem, as it helps to boost up the immune system which helps to get rid of any problem.
  3. Frequent drinking / sipping of any broth (lukewarm but not hot) with little salt will also cures the diarrhea.
  4. Simply putting a heat pad on your belly will also helps to give relief from the abdominal cramps.
  5. Avoid drinking alcohol or consume a little quantity while you facing this problem. Also avoid smoking and chewing gums (sorbitol)
  6. After clearing up of the diarrhea symptoms, you can start drinking broth but make sure that the broth does not contain any fat or other substances. You can also try plain green tea, plain toasted food, etc to get rid of the diarrhea problem.
  7. Take only liquids for the first 12 hours of the problem to get solved. After 23 hours, take only BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce and toast) to get relief from the diarrhea problem. Eating green banana will helps to cure the diarrhea.
  8. Eat two bananas (ripped) every day until you got relief from the diarrhea.
  9. Drink plenty o water as diarrhea leads to dehydration of your body. So, drink water like coconut water, barley water, rice water etc. to get hydrate yourself and to prevent the diarrhea problem.
  10. Have fresh fruit juices especially pomegranate juice, mango, guava and avoid fruits which causes diarrhea like apple, prunes etc.
  11. Wash your hands frequently after completing your bowel movement and before going to take your meal to avoid the infections
  12. Take the fresh food but not frozen, other food which was stored in few days.
  13. Keep the food free from bacteria, fungus, and virus as they cause you the problem of diarrhea.
  14. Even stress also plays a vital role in causing diarrhea. So, try to reduce your stress by doing yoga, meditations and other activities.

Diarrhea is an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation, where diarrhea and its symptoms usually last for a couple of days. But for sometimes, diarrhea lasts for a week or more and becomes chronic. Then immediately consult the doctor as it can leads to any serious problem.


Comments: When travelling, drink clean water, avoid spoiled food such as white rice (3-day old), eat slowly, eat pineapple/papaya 30min before and after meals, drink green tea.


Leaky gut, leaky brain, eat your garlic and pickles by C Guthrie


Your intestines are home to a great deal of your digestive system, nervous system, and immune system. Here’s how to keep them healthy.

Modern life is hard on your gut. Your entire digestive tract can be affected by stress, processed foods, alcohol, medications, and bacteria.

All that chronic irritation can lead to inflammation and, eventually, to a lot of little pinprick-style leaks in the very thin and delicate lining of your intestinal wall.

And even a tiny leak can cause surprisingly big problems. A healthy gut is very selective about what gets passed into your body. But a leaky gut can release undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins into your bloodstream, leading to a potentially outsized immune response.

If the damage to the lining of your gut is bad enough that such substances regularly leak through, it can wreak havoc on your health.

The long list of conditions associated with leaky gut syndrome (a.k.a. increased intestinal permeability) include acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, autism, and many more.

The long list of conditions associated with leaky gut syndrome (a.k.a. increased intestinal permeability) include acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, autism, and many more.

Alessio Fasano, MD, director of the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston, recently discovered that leaky guts can even lead to autoimmune disorders.

And it’s a bit of a vicious cycle: “Our bodies can only fight so many fires at one time,” explains Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, author of Digestive Wellness. “If someone is suffering from chronic stress, disease, or inflammation, the normal repair and maintenance of the gut gets deferred.”

What damages the gut? Lipski and other experts say the top culprits include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, as well as sugar, alcohol, processed foods, and any foods that trigger an allergic response. Other irritants include chronic stress, toxins, and microbiome imbalances.

Given how commonplace such irritants have become in our lives, it’s not surprising that intestinal-permeability problems are pervasive, says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, coauthor of Real Cause, Real Cure: The 9 Root Causes of the Most Common Health Problems and How to Solve Them. “These days,” he asserts, “virtually everybody’s gut leaks to some degree.”


Leaky gut syndrome has been treated by the integrative and functional-medicine community for years. But now, more of mainstream medicine is acknowledging it, too.

So what’s changed? Our understanding of the microbiome, for one thing.

The discovery that human health and behavior are profoundly influenced by a huge population of microorganisms living predominantly in our guts shook up a lot of docs, says Leo Galland, MD, a conventionally trained internist in New York City who now serves as director of the Foundation for Integrative Medicine. “Western medicine’s acceptance of the leaky gut model has been nothing short of a sea change.”

Symptoms of a leaky gut vary. If the leakage is minor, symptoms will generally be confined to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, explains Tom Sult, MD, a Minnesota-based physician and author of Just Be Well. Typical results? Bloating, gas, or cramps.

More significant leaks are more likely to produce bodywide symptoms, he says, including fatigue, joint pain, rashes, respiratory issues, asthma, and autoimmune responses — including psoriasis.

More significant leaks are more likely to produce bodywide symptoms, he says, including fatigue, joint pain, rashes, respiratory issues, asthma, and autoimmune responses — including psoriasis.

As the condition of the gut degrades, notes Sult, the health impacts can be dramatic. So if you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of a leaky gut, it’s wise to address it promptly.

The good news, says Galland, is that the cells of the intestinal lining replace themselves every three to six days. This means that, given the proper support, your gut can repair itself quickly.

Here are the “five Rs” — remove, replace, reinoculate, repair, and rebalance — recommended by our panel of gut-health experts.


With leaky gut, the first step is to identify and remove the source of gut-lining irritation, rather than attempting to suppress its symptoms with drugs.

Start an elimination diet. Removing common irritants like sugar, dairy, gluten, soy, and the chemical additives found in many processed foods can provide surprisingly quick relief, says Galland, who notes that sugar alone is enough to cause gut problems for many. A properly conducted elimination diet can help you pinpoint which foods are causing trouble: Eliminate a food for two weeks, then reintroduce the food, and keep notes on its effects.

Begin a food journal. Write down what you eat and how it affects you. If you feel bloated, fatigued, or gassy, add that food to your elimination list. “Most likely,” says Lipski, “your gut is telling you what foods it is sensitive to. You just need to listen.”

Limit use of alcohol and NSAIDs

Alcohol taxes the liver and steals nutrients from the gut. NSAIDs inhibit the body’s production of prostaglandins, substances needed to rebuild the intestines’ lining. “If you use a full therapeutic dose of NSAIDs for two weeks, there is a 75 percent chance you will develop a leaky gut that doesn’t go away when you stop taking the drug,” says Galland. If you are dependent on NSAIDs for pain management, work to reduce your total load as much as possible, advises Sult.

Root out infections. Leaky gut can be instigated by any number of pathogenic microorganisms and parasites that thrive in the gut’s warm, mucosal environment. If food-level interventions aren’t helping, find a healthcare practitioner to run tests and treat you. Because “all the nutrients in the world won’t help you if you have a parasite,” says Lipski.

The second step is to give your body what it needs to rebuild the gut lining. Lipski likens the inside of the small intestine to a towel covered with millions of little loops (called villi), which in turn are covered with millions of little fibers (called microvilli). If the gut is leaky, those fibers get matted, hampering regrowth and the absorption of nutrients from food. It’s a vicious cycle, because the villi need those nutrients to revive.

Eat plenty of whole foods. The body needs the components in real, fresh food to repair damage and rebuild healthy new tissue. Whole foods are full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, plus enzymes the small intestine needs to heal.

Prioritize nonstarchy vegetables and lean proteins. And eat plenty of good, whole-food fats — they help strengthen cellular membranes.

As your body heals, it will get rid of toxins and byproducts through your large intestine. You’ll need lots of fiber to eliminate that toxic waste material as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The best high-fiber foods are colorful vegetables, berries, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole-kernel grains. Aim for 30 grams of fiber a day. Lipski suggests supplementing with 1 to 2 tablespoons of psyllium seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, or oat bran. If you have gluten sensitivities or are doing an elimination diet, stick with flaxseeds (also a good source of omega-3s) or psyllium seeds, which you can sprinkle in smoothies, or on hot cereal or granola.

Many of our experts also suggest supplementing with a good multivitamin, since nutrient deficiencies commonly accompany leaky gut conditions, even in those eating a healthy, whole-food diet.

Take digestive enzymes

The villi and microvilli projections are covered with digestive enzymes that your body needs to break food into component parts: carbs, fats, and proteins. In a leaky gut, enzyme support is crucial to healing and rebuilding villi, says Sult.

Taking supplemental enzymes before you eat gives the GI tract a jump-start on digestion, making food easier to break down and nutrients easier to assimilate. Take one or two capsules with meals three times a day or as needed.

In most cases, the villi rebound over the course of a few weeks, but it may take well over a month, notes Sult. Only a small percentage of people will require lifetime enzymatic support

Supplement with glutamine

The most plentiful free amino acid in the body, glutamine supports immunity and digestion by fueling the cells that line the small intestine. “Glutamine heals the intestinal lining more than any other nutrient,” says Lipski. She recommends taking 10 to 20 grams daily.

Get more omega-3 fatty acids

The gut uses them to calm inflammation and rebuild healthy cell walls. In animal studies, adding essential fatty acids improved the tight junctions between the gut lining’s cells and enabled the gut to fend off additional injury.

In addition to recommending several helpings of omega-3-rich foods, including coldwater fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, and purslane, Sult advises many of his patients to take a daily concentrated fish-oil supplement, preferably one with at least 3,000 milligrams of EPA and DHA. Look for a fresh, high-quality refrigerated oil that is tested for heavy metals and other impurities.

Once your body has patched up the leaks in the gut, you need to help it grow a healthy layer of good bacteria — flora that help protect the GI tract and assist with digestion. These beneficial bacteria strengthen your immune system, improve metabolism, help your body make vitamins, and aid in the absorption of minerals. The two most important groups are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

Once your body has patched up the leaks in the gut, you need to help it grow a healthy layer of good bacteria — flora that help protect the GI tract and assist with digestion.

Add a probiotic

High-intensity probiotic support rejuvenates and replenishes a microbiome damaged by antibiotics or a poor diet. Sult recommends a high-potency probiotic of at least 50 billion active cultures twice daily. For added insurance, he says, choose one that is enteric-coated, meaning it will ferry the bacteria through the stomach’s acid and release them into the alkaline intestines.

Eat fermented foods

To get your good probiotic bugs to stick around, says Sult, you’ve got to eat daily servings of prebiotic- and probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, yogurt (dairy or nondairy), sauerkraut, tempeh, and kombucha.

Other perks of fermented foods include lowered inflammation, increased blood-sugar control, and improved antioxidant status. “The only way to make a robust, permanent impact on gut flora, short of a fecal transplant, is with dietary change,” he says.

Once you’ve got your gut on the road to wellness, it’s time to focus on lasting lifestyle changes. Sliding back into the habits that caused your leaky gut will only invite the return of health problems you want to avoid. Here are two key strategies for supporting ongoing gut health:

Before taking your first bite, look at your food and take in its aroma. This will trigger the cephalic phase of digestion, an initial release of enzymes that help break down your food.

Eat mindfully. Before taking your first bite, look at your food and take in its aroma, advises Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, nutrition director for Food As Medicine at Washington’s Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of The Swift Diet. This will trigger the cephalic phase of digestion, an initial release of enzymes that help break down your food.

As you eat, chew thoroughly, paying attention to your food’s flavor and texture. Avoid multitasking or rushing while you eat. Take pauses and breaths between bites, allowing your digestive system to keep pace. (For more on digestive health, see “Functional Wellness, Part 3: Digestive Health“.)

Calm your central nervous system

Under stress, the body’s nervous system kicks into fight-or-flight mode — the opposite of its rest-and-digest mode. Recalibrate by cultivating a calmer, more centered state. Consider a daily meditation or yoga practice. Or on a stressful day, swap heavy weightlifting for a tai-chi class. “When you change your thoughts,” says Sult, “you change your physiology.”

Most of the problems associated with leaky gut syndrome occur in your small intestine, but all the organs of your digestion are involved — and impacted. The information here is compiled from Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, coauthor of Real Cause, Real Cure, and Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, author of Digestive Wellness.

Mouth: Not chewing food thoroughly can be a setup for digestive troubles. Mechanically breaking your food down to a liquid state makes your stomach’s job easier. It also mixes in digestive enzymes that begin dissolving proteins, carbs, and fats even before you swallow.

Stomach: Your stomach digests food with enzymes and acids, distilling it into a slurry that moves into the small intestine. If digestion is incomplete, food particles enter the small intestine. And if the gut lining there is irritated, those particles can pass into the bloodstream, setting the stage for inflammation and food sensitivities. Incomplete digestion can negatively affect your assimilation of nutrients and encourage the overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeasts.

Lymphoid Tissue: Throughout your small intestine, lymphoid tissues called Peyer’s patches are your first defense against pathogens sneaking through the gut lining. They are an important player in your immune system — about two-thirds of which is located in the gut. We eat about five pounds of food daily; our body’s digestive and immune systems have to process it all, filtering or neutralizing anything problematic — like food-borne chemicals and bacteria — from the good stuff our body needs. It’s a big job. Add undigested food particles to the mix, and the immune system can become overtaxed.

Large Intestine: As your large intestine continues to break down food, the colon extracts water from the slurry for use elsewhere in the body. A solid stool of waste forms and is sent to the rectum. In the absence of adequate fiber, however, elements of slow-moving waste can reenter the system, creating a variety of inflammatory and toxicity problems throughout the body.

Small Intestine: Your small intestine is like a 25-foot-long conveyor belt. Only tiny, digested molecules of fats, proteins, and starches are absorbed through the intestine walls into the bloodstream. But if you have leaky gut syndrome, the filter is defunct and large molecules leach into the bloodstream, where the immune system attacks them.

Gut Lining: The lining, or mucosa, is just one-cell thick (thinner than tissue paper) and has the total surface area of a tennis court. Keeping that lining intact is a big job — particularly if it’s under a continuous assault from processed foods, sugar, food intolerances, stress, toxins, alcohol, infections, and medications that irritate and inflame it. That chronic inflammation can eventually lead to leaky gut syndrome.

Tight Junctions: Your gut lining is made of millions of single cells; tight junctions form the seals between them. When these get irritated and inflamed, they loosen up, allowing undigested food particles to slip through into the bloodstream, triggering food allergies and stressing the immune system.


When you have a leaky gut, your gut lining allows larger-than-normal molecules of food to pass into your bloodstream. If a particle of undigested corn, for example, leaks through, your body may treat it like a foreign invader, attacking it just to get rid of it. “From that point, corn receives a physiological tag telling your immune system it’s a bad guy,” explains Lipski. And so a food allergy is born.


Every autoimmune disease has three components, explains Alessio Fasano, MD: a genetic predisposition, an environmental trigger, and a leaky gut. The presence of undigested food particles and other noxious substances can play a big role in putting your immune system into overdrive and turning against the body itself — the classic onset of an autoimmune disorder.


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Catherine Guthrie is a Boston-based science writer and contributing editor to Experience Life.


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Sulfur for bone health and cancer prevention

Sulfur for cancer prevention and bone health

Excerpted interview with Patrick McGean by Trung Nguyen

Sulfur-rich foods include eggs, legumes, whole grains, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

What theory is the “Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study” trying to prove?

The main hypothesis of our Study is that we all may be sulfur deficient. What we are trying to demonstrate is that by adding sulfur back into our diet we can allow healthy cellular regeneration to occur through the enabling of oxygen by sulfur. Sulfur is necessary for our bodies to make many of our amino acids and proteins. The function of the cell membrane is dependent upon the proteins and peptides in these membranes that allow the transport of nutrients and gases across the membrane.

When these proteins and peptides are diminished the cell membrane become aplastic and leathery forcing the cell to undergo anaerobic metabolism, acidosis or fermentation are examples of unhealthy cellular metabolism and result in cellular degeneration. When cells are allowed to regenerate after years of being scarred or damaged we believe this is an example of how cellular regeneration can be reactivated and some of the examples of neurological regeneration may be the most impressive.

We follow our Study members with digital photographs of their face to support what they report from taking Organic Sulfur.

What is the importance of Sulfur in the Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study?

Sulfur is a mineral but is first it is an element listed on the Periodic Table. Without oxygen we die. Sulfur, Selenium and Tellurium are the elements of the Oxygen Group. The interaction or enabling of oxygen is what makes sulfur so important regarding cellular regeneration. Everything on the planet including minerals is made of elements and there are only 118 elements if you include the “man made” series.

Like the human body the 3,800 minerals are made from the interaction of the elements. Sulfur is is an element with two main mineral forms: Elemental sulfur which is produced by volcanic activity in the atmosphere and organic sulfur which is produced by the same volcanic activity in sea water. The salt in sea water allows the sulfur to be released directly into the water and we believe that this is beginning of the sulfur cycle for all living organisms. Our research into the nature of sulfur leads us to believe that its bio availability is effected not only by temperature but also by the ease with which it bonds with most of the other elements. There is a sulfate, sulfite or sulfide of most of the other elements and this is the source of many compounds known as minerals.

Sulfur is not bio available in many of its compounded forms and some are toxic. Elemental sulfur is toxic to insects and animals. When you are in Yellowstone believe the signs that say don’t drink the water from sulfur springs. The other issue that is the sulfur cycle itself, animals do not store sulfur save for a minute amount in keratin found in hair, nails and cartilage so it must be supplied daily to be effective. Sulfur is passed every 12 hours after being ingested and the reason that most forms of manure are an excellent source of sulfur. Though sulfur is not a true catalyst sulfur enables oxygen through protein production. Without a constant supply of sulfur we are, in effect, dying each day through cellular degeneration.

How did you become involved with the Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study?

I was introduced to sulfur by accident. In 1999 I was given some MSM [Methylsulfonylmethane] as an alterative to acid indigestion for which I had been using tons of Tums, and the MSM worked in four days. I began to research the active element of MSM which is organic sulfur. Shortly thereafter my son was diagnosed with testicular cancer and following all of the surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant his physicians stated that his chance of survival was less than 3% in the next few years. They offered no further hope or therapy.

The research into sulfur revealed a relationship between oxygen and cancer, aerobic verses anaerobic cellular metabolism as described by Otto Warburg. He received a Noble Prize for proving that cancer was anaerobic in 1930. One ‘on line’ Study from Great Britain described 28,000 women who chose not to repeat surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy for their breast cancer but opted to take a pure form of MSM and had no reoccurrence of their cancer from 1975 to 2000. That article made me encourage my son to take sulfur. He is alive and cancer free 8 years later. Our Study was begun in an effort to explain not only that we are sulfur deficient but that most of the MSM methylsulfonylmethane which we tested was not as effective as demonstrated by the early researcher such as Dr. Stanley Jacob. The examples of cellular regeneration did not begin to be reported until we found a pure crystal precipitate which was not processed past precipitation. When this same crystal was pulverized our Study members reported that it less effective. MSM in pill, capsule or powder form are made with anti caking ( flow ) agents and as discussed regarding how sulfur bonds so easily these flow agents have been reported to inhibit or block the uptake of sulfur. Silicon dioxide completely blocks sulfur. Those Study members who had been taking one of these forms of MSM reported a remarkable improvement in effectiveness over those contaminated by pulverizing or the addition of anti caking agents.

What is the fertilizer in our food made of and what effects does it have on our health? How does the fertilizer now, in terms of mineral content, differ from the fertilizer of the pre-industrial age?

Pre industrial age fertilizers were organic, natural decomposition of organic material mainly manures. Chemical fertilizers are produced from high temperature processing of organic materials such as coal tar and later crude oil. The use of temperatures above the vaporization point of sulfur as described by the petrochemical company’s own web sites appear to be the issue.

Those cultures which have organic fertilized food supplies have lower disease than those who use artificial forms of plant foods. Finland banned the use of chemical fertilizers because of they feared the cadmium and its perceived toxic abilities in 1985. Their epidemiology has shown a 10 fold improvement compared to that of the US in 1985 which had almost identical numbers.

This is a story that may be too convoluted to tell briefly. But regarding sulfur hopefully this will suffice. Chemical fertilizers were first developed in the 1700s by a Polish researcher. Not until Farbin ( Bayer ) adopted this research and began producing chemical fertilizers from coal tar in 1860 did their use affect those who ate the food.

Two medical events which occurred in Germany we feel could be directly related to these fertilizers. 1906 Dr Alzheimer described “ women lost in their own minds.” otherwise Alzheimer’s which had not observed in countries other than Germany until after the adoption of the use of these chemical fertilizers. Most of Europe had adopted these fertilizers before the start of WW2. In 1920, Dr. Otto Warburg had an opportunity to see enough cancer to describe the basis for his Noble Prize work while cancer was less evident in other countries. In 1938 when the price of gas and crude oil was cheap Prescott Bush [the grandfather of current (2008) U.S. President George W. Bush] and Nelson Rockefeller [the son of John D. Rockefeller] contracted with Farbin I.G. to develop a crude oil based fertilizer in the West Nile Region of Africa. That formula which is known as Ammonium Sulfate and Ammonium Nitrate is the leading formula for most chemical fertilizers used world wide.

These fertilizers are devoid of sulfur due to the 380 degree F temperatures at which they are “crackled.” The other issue is that these fertilizers bind up any free sulfur available in rain water from the sulfur cycle.

Sulfur is the forgotten nutrient as stated by Dr. Beth Ley, Ph.D. Sulfur is the third or fourth most important mineral ( element ) necessary for healthy metabolism yet sulfur is not discussed in medical or scientific literature. The assumption is that we get all of the sulfur we need from our food we eat and that may have been true until we changed the way we feed our food.

A review of the epidemiology of the US since 1954 when chemical fertilizers were mandated shows as much as a 4,000% increase in cancer and other disease entities. The responses from our Study members appear to suggest that by adding sulfur to their diets these disease entities have been reversed or addressed in a positive manner.

Finland is an interesting case for the effects of chemical fertilizers. Fearing the cadmium these fertilizers contained Finland banned their use in 1985. Nowhere was sulfur ever mentioned regarding these fertilizers.

Other cultures such as the Amish which use only organic fertilizers also enjoy fewer diseases though we must rely on the fewer studies regarding their “epidemiology.” Okinawa and South Korea have lower disease rates compared to the rest of Japan or North Korea. Brazil has higher disease rates than Argentina which relies on manure rather than chemical fertilizers.

The manufacturers of chemical fertilizers argue that their products produce greater crop yields, but the question is whether the nutritional value is also higher compared to the gross tonnage. [a very interesting point]

You’ve noted “Without a constant supply of sulfur we are, in effect, dying each day through cellular degeneration.” What are some ways a person can get an adequate supply of sulfur in their body to stay healthy?

Prior to the use of chemical fertilizers, we and many nutritional researchers as stated in Jack Challem’s article the “Sulfur Solution” our nutritional need for sulfur was supplied by all of the food we ate. We argue that since we have altered the bio available sulfur our food receives have become sulfur deficient. Grass eating livestock plus organically grown produce could again supply our need for sulfur. Those cultures which eat organically grown foods are not sulfur deficient. Garlic, green onions, kale, broccoli and spinach are high in sulfur, if grown organically. Sulfur is a mineral which is not made by plants or animals, it is either in our soils or NOT. Until we return to a more organic agribusiness then supplementing is the only way we see to allow our bodies to stay healthy regarding our need for sulfur. We feel it is important to remember that we and all living organisms are cells which are combined within a matrix to form all of our “parts” and in turn our whole.

You’ve written that “The research into sulfur revealed a relationship between oxygen and cancer, aerobic verses anaerobic cellular metabolism as described by Dr. Otto Warburg. He received a Noble Prize for proving that cancer was anaerobic in 1930.”

This is very intriguing. Linus Pauling was the only person in history who was awarded two unshared Nobel prizes and he stated that “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Everett Storey, another scientist who invented the water-splitting technology that made the hydrogen bomb possible, stated that “It is time for the general acceptance of the concept that even in some terminal cases, our bodies can be given essential building blocks [oxygen, electrolytes, minerals, enzymes, amino acids] to repair and reconstitute every living cell within a span of 11 months.” Now, Dr. Otto Warburg, another Nobel Prize winning scientist comes into the picture.

Can you briefly describe the “relationship between oxygen and cancer, aerobic verses anaerobic cellular metabolism” and the work of Dr. Otto Warburg?

Cellular biology can be restated as cellular regeneration, throughout our life time we regenerate all of our cells save for memory cells. What Dr. Otto Warburg described was anaerobic cellular metabolism in plants as the healthy model. When plants were forced into aerobic metabolism fermentation occurred and the cellular regeneration ceased and plant cell necrosis occurred. On the other side of the symbiotic scale when animal cellular metabolism becomes anaerobic a similar form of fermentation or acidosis becomes the rule. An animal cell will undergo mitosis with or without intracellular oxygen, or it will die if such mitosis fails to occur.

What Dr. Warburg described was anaerobic cellular metabolism in the carbon dioxide or waste gas which remains in the cell when oxygen is not transported into the cell, gas transports is cellular respiration, no new oxygen in to “push” the carbon dioxide out.

Dr Warburg “proved” that such anaerobic metabolism was the precursor to cancer. He stated that all cancer can be linked to such anaerobic metabolism which allows the cells to become acidic and the energy produced by the cells was a function of fermentation not oxygen enabled ATP.

Dr Warburg’s research makes us believe that viral infections are also anaerobic and we have had a remarkable response from those few Study members who suffer from Hep C and HIV. Decreased viral loads may not be as important as regeneration of the livers of those with Hep C. The alternatives are Interferon chemotherapy or liver transplants if those infected can get on a transplant list. Both of these vial conditions cause cellular degeneration not only the liver but other cellular systems. We have too few Study members who have these viral conditions to make any claims but feel confident that sulfur could help with no adverse side effects. We encourage any who is infected to consider participation in our Study along with whatever other modalities they now depend. Oxygen is the enemy of all viruses whether due to its presence in the cell or the flexibility of the cell membrane which makes the virus incapable of “tearing” into the cell.

What is your view on the theory that several cures for cancer do exist but the “cancer industry” is suppressing them? Among them, The Gerson Therapy, Laetrile (Vitamin B17), DCA [DCA is an odorless, colorless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. And researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer]

Our Study is not qualified to discuss the therapies you list. These “cures” differ from conventional modalities in that they address the body’s ability to heal itself rather than the intention to destroy the cancer with chemicals, surgery or radiation. We believe that the oxygen enabled by sulfur also allows the body to “cure” itself through healthy cellular regeneration. Unlike conventional or alternative approaches to diseases we believe that sulfur is the element ( mineral ) which has been missing from our diets. We don’t believe that sulfur is a “cure” but a mineral necessary for healthy cellular metabolism.

It appears that the pharmaceutical industry (cancer industry) has demonstrated a desire to suppress any and all non pharmaceutical therapies not only for cancer but all diseases. It’s the business of heath rather than what should be natural process of health. Those doctors who suggest conventional therapies do so because the research suggests that drugs, surgery and radiation are the best “legal” medical approach to treatment.

That is how doctors are trained and the research has been supported by the commerce of medicine. Until the research supports other modalities then the “legal” aspect of the equation forces the cancer industry to lumber along treating disease rather than addressing its causes. The insurance industry may be complicit in this equation, will your insurance pay for preventative medicine?

: “We are what we eat” has been effectively demonstrated if you consider the Amish and other cultures that have an organic food supply. The health of our cells depends on the basic elements that are provided by an organic food supply. Foods not fed chemicals, irradiated or processed with additives which our body cannot assimilate on the cellular level. What may be a more important issue are the diseases caused by the side effects of the drugs of pharmaceutical industry, why do most drugs advertised carry a list of adverse side effects? Why don’t carrots or spinach carry the same warnings? Why do these adverse side effects require more drugs to treat these side effects which result?

These drugs are not natural substances because natural substances cannot be patented. They are produced from coal tar, crude oil or from synthesized material rather than collecting the natural substances found in nature. The new drugs developed from the plants of the Amazon are not produced from these plants but are synthesized to replicate them so that they can be patented. Natural products are not subject to patents. Aspirin is the classic example and the first drug to receive a patent but not for the acetylsalicylic acid that can be extracted from while willow bark but from the acetylsalicylic acid which was synthesized in the lab. “The Aspirin Wars” by Mann and Plummer explains why our drug industry may be more interested in profits than our health. The best example is that the cancer industry does not discuss cures only treatments. The body human can cure itself if it has the necessary material such as vitamins and minerals including sulfur, which means we agree with Everett Storey.

I have mentioned “patented” numerous times and will do so again because it is a necessity for the drug manufacturers to be profitable. Is our health only an issue of profitability?

The US Constitution guarantees the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; life is health; liberty can the freedom from disease, i.e. good health; and how do we pursue happiness if we are not healthy? Therefore we have a dilemma between the profits of corporations especially the medical and pharmaceutical industries and the rights guaranteed by not only our Constitution but by the laws of nature.

 I’ve interviewed many health care practitioners and I keep running across the same word no matter what field they’re in. The world is “metabolism.” What is metabolism and its importance in health?

Metabolism from the Greek. metaballein, “to turn about, change or alter that which an organism ingests and converts within its cells into nourishment, protoplasm, energy and waste.” The importance to our health is how “healthy” is defined for all living organisms, healthy cellular metabolism yields a healthy organism. Unhealthy cellular metabolism yields degeneration not regeneration. We believe that one of the main items that is overlooked in this process is the cell membrane and its ability to allow the basic nutrients and gases to transport across the cell membrane to permit healthy cellular metabolism. Energy can be produced by fermentation but most of that energy stays within the cells to fuel the mitosis and is not delivered to the organism as usable energy. When oxygen is not transported across the cell membrane anaerobic metabolism is the result and the Krebs cycle does not function and no extra cellular energy is available for the organism.

One unintended benefit of the Live Blood Cellular Matrix Study is that it can help people get off prescription drugs safely. How did that become to be?

Actually the cessation of prescription drugs has never been an aim of the Study. It is what we have learned from of our Members; we have never suggested that anyone stop taking drugs. The fact that they have stopped taking most all of the drugs we see advertised and some with the blessings of their physicians may be an example of the value of aerobic cellular metabolism.

The drugs advertised for relief from gastrointestinal distress were the first to be discontinued which was not surprising from my results, but Nexium or Prilosec are not Tums nor as inexpensive.

Preteen children who stopped taking Ritalin after taking sulfur was based on the observation of their parents not our suggestions. Those who had been taking anti depressants woke up feeling better and chose not to continue taking their SSRIs. Those who had been on high blood pressure meds for years who were told by their doctors to stop was based on their blood pressure readings not our suggestion.

The cessation of statins was more voluntary but if we were to suggest a drug to stop it would be statins, after photographing retinal blood vessels we believe that the argument that cholesterol causes strokes is not supported by pathology. Microscopic study has demonstrated that calcium carbonate (rocks) or the bright plaque of Dr Hollenhorst can and do block arteries. Those who were on arthritis meds stopped taking Vioxx and Celebrex because of reduced pain and increased motility not because the Study told them to do so.

Pain is the absence of oxygen on the cellular level. Pain meds are big business for the pharmaceutical industry, therefore is it surprising that people would cease their meds for pain if their cells were being oxygenated? Other than the pain issue the regeneration of cells that were incapable of regeneration due to an aplastic cell membrane no longer flexible and plastic enough to allow the transport of the largest of the gas molecules necessary for healthy cellular metabolism, i.e. oxygen. Certain amino acids and proteins that are dependent upon sulfur and how the cell membrane allows transport across its very complex structure.

To date every drug “advertised” on the tube has been voluntarily replaced with sulfur without any adverse side effects for our Study members, the key word is voluntarily. Those study members who added sulfur to their chemotherapy regimens reported no adverse side effects to the chemotherapy and their white blood counts stayed high; normally most chemotherapy destroys the white blood cells and makes the body open to infections.

Any parting words for our readers?

All the water that was, IS and the same is true of sulfur. We depend upon the natural cycles of life on this finite planet, sunlight or radiant energy is the only new part of the equation. The natural cycles are how these elements are utilized and when we change or alter these cycles we disrupt the nature of our cellular health. Every living organism on this planet is cellular, whether protozoa or man, we are all cells and with cell membranes. The cell membrane provides protection for its contents but it also works in concert with other cells to form a matrix to define not only our parts but the whole of the organism.

We feel that by studying the cells within their matrix will allows us to better understand how the cellular matrix can maintain the whole.

Science and medicine looks at the whole and its parts with little concern for the cells of which they are made or the matrix which allows them to perform their multi cell interactions. Our heart is an organ made of cells and via the cellular matrix it allows the continued circulation of our blood cells.

To date, The Live Blood & Cellular Matrix Study has over 90,000 voluntary study members. To join, please contact John Hammell, IAHF Study Director, at .