Tuesday, December 27, 2011

With a tear in my eye, I say good bye to the Bill of Rights.

I never thought I’d become political. I used to turn a blind eye to elections, mainstream news and the various bills and laws passed. I put my energies into other things. This business of politics, war and economics overwhelmed me. So let me apologize in advance for posting a political article in a health blog. But I just can't help myself.

I never trusted the news. Sensationalizing, biased and paid for, I felt the news would only skew the facts and give me a false truth to base my opinions on. So I got my news through the various takes my friends had on what was happening in the world. I rely on my husband to tell me if anything really big happens.

As for elections, I believe that lying is a big part of politics, so how could I trust what any politician says? How do I know who to vote for without a crystal ball to see what they will really do in the future, not what they promise to do. It became an impossible task for me to guess who might be of their word, or who is just romancing me for their vote, and will never call me in the morning.

And economics? Forget it. I've never balanced a checkbook in my life. (OK, we don’t have checks anymore, but you know what I mean.) And world economics, with stock markets up and down on a whim, countries going bankrupt (what does that even mean?) and other countries that can’t seem to even feed their own population are lending out all that money… well, it just doesn’t add up to me.

So I chose to not be involved. That’s right. It’s a choice. We chose what we educate ourselves in, what we listen to, and what we believe in. BUT, and here’s the kicker, if you chose to not be involved, or to only be half involved, then you also choose to accept the consequences. I guess that’s when I sort of woke up. I was not willing to accept what might happen, and specifically what might happen to me. The stakes are just too high now. And although I’m not an American (I’m Canadian, living in New Zealand) the world is becoming smaller. Tiny in fact.

So I have been educating myself, reading multiple sources, talking to people who know much more than I do (not hard) and not ignoring radical so-called “crazy” opinions. Because what’s actually happening is crazier than anything anyone could make up. It’s like watching a horror movie and then finding out it’s based on a true story.

I’m writing this article today, because I just found out that Senate Bill 1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has passed. It’s gone through the Senate, and the House, and Obama and it’s a done deal. As of Dec 14th, 2011.

You may ask: What is this bill? If it's so important, why haven’t I heard of it?

Both are excellent questions.

As far as I can tell, the bill in essence negates the American Bill of Rights. I say as far as I can tell, because the bill is just under 700 pages long. I have read books that long before, and it’s taken me months to get through them. This bill was presented and passed in such a short time that I can’t imagine the Senators and Congress actually had time to read the bill. Even if they did nothing else but read. Maybe they had a team of people, each reading different parts, and giving them the Coles notes version. That’s what I have; the Coles notes from various sources. And they say this:

It’s a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.
From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/15/americans-face-guantanamo-detention-obama

But wait, for all you non-Americans, even living in other countries… The bill defines the world - the entire world - as a war zone, meaning that anyone can be detained anywhere in the world and they can be said to be on the battlefield of the "war on terror". And they can be held until the end of the hostilities. Hostilities in this case being the “war on terror” which of course, could have no end.

Basically, there is no more “due process”, or “reading of your rights” upon arrest, or a phone call, or lawyer, or speedy trial, or any trial, or jury of your peers, or set punishment. There’s indefinite detention without cause or trial, weather they’re American citizens or not.

Sen. Rand Paul, Ron Paul’s son, actually had to fight against Sen. McCain defending due process. Rand Paul gives a thought provoking address, fighting for the Bill of Rights here:


"There are laws on the books now that characterize who might be a terrorist: someone missing fingers on their hands is a suspect according to the department of justice. Someone who has guns, someone who has ammunition that is weatherproofed, someone who has more than seven days of food in their house can be considered a potential terrorist," Paul said. "If you are suspected because of these activities, do you want the government to have the ability to send you to Guantánamo Bay for indefinite detention?"

So, I thought (and you might have too) that Obama said he wouldn’t use the military against his own people. He wouldn’t break a 200 year old tradition of keeping the military out of domestic affairs. I thought that Obama and Congress and Senators all swore an oath to protect The Constitution. I thought that the whole basic idea of government was to protect and serve the people. To uphold the Bill of Rights. I thought we believed this so feverishly that we fought hard in other countries for their right to do the same. I thought that we just helped Egypt in their revolution to overthrow a government that had this exact same law that American government just passed.

What the… ???

And as for the question of news coverage, how is it possible for something as historical as this, as shocking, as life altering, doesn’t make headlines everywhere? It’s been weeks now (news has the ability to be Johnny-on-the-spot with something as irrelevant as a celebrity drunk at a bar for the love of God!). The progress of passing this bill, first with the Senate, then The House, and Obama’s own reversal of his veto vote, and nadda, nothing on the news. It’s been what’s called a “black out”, while the bill is quickly passed, so that people don’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. I guess the news is that corrupt after all. I can’t say I’m surprised, but I am deeply saddened by this confirmation.

That said, I am so grateful to the people who DO report the news. There are links below to articles, like Mike Adams of Natural News (Go Health Ranger!) and Phil Hirschkorn of CBS news, and Chris McGreal of The Guardian to name a few. Thank you sincerely.

But, well, it’s done now. Right? What can I do? What could I ever do? It’s too overwhelming. I don’t care. I don’t have time.

This attitude is why a bill has been passed that takes away the rights you and about 6 generations before you have lived by. I’m not pointing fingers. If I did, the first one I point would be at myself.

But I saw this and it made my skin crawl.

American Democracy: 1776-2011.

Why is this happening?

Well, the government says it’s for our protection, part of the “war against terrorism”, a term that has lost meaning in it’s overuse. A term we have accepted and become desensitized to. In fact, there is currently no imminent threat of terrorism. Some say that it’s a way that the government will be able to legally utilize force against any resistance. Some say that it’s a way to stop the inevitable rioting that happens in an economic collapse (which they say is also inevitable). Some say that it’s to be able to stop a revolution. Who knows? I guess ultimately, they are now prepared for any of the above.

So, what now? I care, but am in such a state of shock and dismay that I have no idea what happens now. What I can do?

For me, I’m writing this article. It’s all I can think of to do. But I think that this might be the first, most important step. Instead of saying I don’t care, I say this is wrong. I am not going to let the overwhelming facts put me into a state of a deer in the headlights. I will speak up, while I still can. It’s wrong. Dead wrong.

I think that if we simply say it’s wrong, we are in fact doing something. Say you don’t want this to be the way your world is run, that you are scared or angry or horrified. That you don't want this kind of government.

Feeling something IS doing something. What can you do? Simply say it’s wrong. There is power in that.

I have two theories as to why this is all happening, and where it might lead.

Theory one is depressing. I’m sorry. The government has been bullied or overrun or corrupted to the point that they are now against the people. This will lead to horrendous things, like the elimination of freedom of speech, and censorship (which from what I've read, might not be so far off with SOPA*).

Theory two is maybe a pipe dream. But maybe Obama and some of his government are tricking the tricksters, and going along with the corruption for the end result of pushing the American people to the point of a revolution. Maybe they see that it’s the only way to set things right.

In any case, it seems that there are limited outcomes. We either fight for democracy (like we encourage and support so many other nations to do) or we loose our rights and freedoms.

2012 is going to make history either way.


Bill of Rights: http://constitution.org/billofr_.htm







The voting results of the bill:

*Info on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act):  

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What does cholesterol, sunshine and fat have in common?

Cholesterol, sunshine and fat are not only good for us, but also necessary to sustain life. OK, so cholesterol is a kind of fatty acid, so maybe not a fair question. (BTW, if you already knew that, kudos.) But we have been lead to believe that these things are BAD for us. Will harm us. Kill us! When in fact, these things keep you alive. They are not the enemy. In fact, I suspect that they have become the scapegoats. They get an awful lot of bad press.

For me, cholesterol has always been confusing. Here’s what we all know… there are two sources of cholesterol; from what we eat, and from what our liver makes. If we have too much “bad” cholesterol, it attaches to the arteries and eventually causes blot clots and a heart attack, and you die. Right?


Also, high cholesterol can be hereditary, and if so, there’s nothing you can do about it. Diet and exercise won’t cut it if your levels are really high. You have to take statin drugs (Lipitor and the like) or you’re bound to have a heart attack and die. Right?

Again… Hum.

This never did sit well with me, even ten years ago when the first doctor tried to put me on statin drugs. I just don’t understand the problem. Why does my liver feel the need to make too much cholesterol? Then it became popular to say it was “hereditary”. I say it. But apparently, only about 25 people in 10,000 carry this hereditary trait for real. I doubt I’m one of them. I think family traits are becoming confused with a hereditary condition. It’s more like… “Well, my family eats an awful lot of baked goods and fried foods, and we’re a bunch of lazy asses.” Not really hereditary. It’s like blaming our mothers for all the terrible things that happen in our lives.

But there are people who have high cholesterol but are pretty good eaters, and exercise regularly. So, what the hell? Why does their liver still make too much cholesterol? Do I have to become a strict vegan to manage my cholesterol levels? (I have a friend who did this, and it worked for her, and she’s very happy BTW.) But not everyone wants to go down that path. Is there another way for me to politely ask my liver to stop making so bloody much cholesterol?

And what’s cholesterol for anyway?

And what happens to the cholesterol exactly if I don’t use it?

And how do I manage excess cholesterol effectively?

And furthermore… the big question… Do we have to? Are we blaming cholesterol for a problem that it is merely a symptom of?
It’s taken some digging around. Cholesterol is, like everything in our bodies, complicated. Everything is related to everything, there is cause and effects and imbalances and corrections that make my head spin. There are not many sites that have all the info I wanted in one place. It is understandable how there is so much misinformation and confusion about cholesterol. It’s very hard to get a bigger picture. But perseverance and interest won out.

So… here we go.

The word "cholesterol" comes from the Greek word chole, meaning "bile", and the Greek word stereos, meaning "solid, stiff". OK.

Next, I tackled why we need cholesterol in the first place. What is it, what does it do?

Cholesterol is a form of lipid, or fat, that travels through your blood stream. Nearly all body tissues are capable of making cholesterol, but the liver and intestines make the most. It is a necessary building block in the body for cells and used to make essential hormones, like vitamin D, estrogen and testosterone. Cholesterol comes from what our bodies make (about 75-80%), and what we eat (the rest).

http://www.thecholesterolscoop.com/ was super helpful in listing the things cholesterol does.
As was http://www.naturalnews.com/029533_heart_disease_myths.html#ixzz1DiP3Xkhy

Cholesterol has many vital functions in the body. It is required for building cell membranes and gives the membranes the rigidity and stability required. It is needed in the synthesis of the steroid hormones (eg. estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testerone) and the synthesis of adrenal hormones like aldosterone and cortisol. Aldosterone regulates sodium and water balance in the body while cortisol regulates metabolism and suppresses inflammation.

Cholesterol also produces bile salts that help in the digestion and absorption of dietary fats and fat soluble vitamins. It is needed for the synthesis of vitamin D, which keeps our bones strong, boost the immune system and keeps the blood pressure normal.

OK… a pause for the cause. Turns out, that cholesterol combined with sunshine makes vitamin D. So… getting some sun helps to lower cholesterol levels by turning the cholesterol into vitamin D. Again, I’m ahead of myself, but I just couldn’t help it, because that’s really kind of cool.

Cholesterol is also required for protecting our skin. It is secreted into our skin and helps to cover and protect us from dehydration, cracking and drying. It helps in healing too as a high concentration of it is found in scar tissue. Cholesterol is also necessary for the function of serotonin receptors in our brain. Serotonin helps to protect us from depression and several studies have shown that low cholesterol levels are associated with depression and violent behaviors. (eek!!!)

Cholesterol is the main fat present in the myelin sheath which coats our nerve cells and enable vital neurological functions. A healthy myelin sheath is needed for good concentration and memory. Cholesterol also helps to transport fat-soluble antioxidants such as vitamin A and E around our body.

Cholesterol plays a vital role in the repair and maintenance of the intestinal wall, preventing leaky gut syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and a host of other intestinal disorders.

Cholesterol is now understood to be a vital anti-oxidant that protects us from free radical damage and helps to heal any arterial damage that may have occurred.

Over half of the brain is composed of saturated fats and cholesterol.

So, cholesterol is a busy little bee. Doing all sorts of things we can’t live without. And we call it “bad”. Hum. Which brings me to the kinds of cholesterol.

Dietary cholesterol mainly comes from eating meats and dairy products. These dietary lipids are absorbed through your gut, and then are delivered through the bloodstream to your liver, where your liver places the cholesterol along with special proteins, into tiny sphere-shaped packages called lipoproteins, which are released into the circulation.


Not all lipoproteins are created equal. There are varying amounts of cholesterol to protein in these packages. Basically, the more cholesterol and less protein the lipoprotein has, the less stable the molecule will be.

We’ve all heard about the “good” and “bad” cholesterol. LDL stands for "low density lipoprotein," (more cholesterol, less protein) and HDL for "high density lipoprotein." (less cholesterol, more protein). This means that LDL’s are less stable than HDL’s.

But what do they DO?

Here’s where it gets interesting.

HDL, the heaviest lipoproteins, are primarily responsible for carrying cholesterol FROM various organs and tissues TO the liver for recycling or degradation. Basically, they’re the garbage men. They take out the trash.

“It appears that the HDL lipoprotein "scours" the walls of blood vessels and removes excess cholesterol. So the cholesterol present in HDL is (to a large extent) excess cholesterol that has just been removed from cells and blood vessel walls, and is being transported back to the liver for processing. The higher the HDL cholesterol levels, presumably, the more cholesterol is being removed from where it might otherwise cause damage.”

And even more interesting…

“LDL or "bad" cholesterol, are lighter than HDL and are primarily responsible for carrying cholesterol FROM the liver TO organs and tissues of the body that need it. These lipoproteins are more prone to breaking apart. Since they don't bring cholesterol back to the liver, they tend to hang around in the blood if they’re not being used, sometimes attaching themselves to inflamed vessels.”

Basically, the LDL’s are the “builders” necessary in our body to do all those things listed above. They’re the ones that make and repair and convert stuff. They have to be unstable so they can break apart and do their jobs.

If too much LDL is carried from the liver, more than the cells can use, there can be a harmful buildup of LDL. This is where the trouble starts.

There are even further kinds of LDL’s. Oxidized LDL’s and small, dense LDL’s. These are not even included in the testing. It all gets lumped together in the LDL category. But these are the ones that cause the trouble.

There’s a great article here: http://www.naturalnews.com/029532_heart_disease_myths.html
And more info here: http://cholesterol.about.com/od/lipoproteins/f/oxidizedldl.htm

“One may have very high levels of LDL particles yet still have a low risk of atherosclerosis. This is due to the anti-oxidant protection around the LDL particles.”

The larger and more buoyant LDL particles carry a high volume of the antioxidant Vitamin E which helps to fend off free radicals. They pose only a very small chance of being oxidized while traveling through the circulatory system.

Small LDL particles carry less fat-soluble antioxidants such as Vitamin E. This increases the likelihood of oxidation by free radicals. Due to their lesser size they also pose a major threat of slipping into the endothelial wall. Once they slip into the endothelial wall there is high probability they will become oxidized and damage the vessel. Regardless of the total number of LDL particles, this is a very dangerous blood lipid.

But don’t despair! There is good news in all this.

It seems that the issue is oxidization. Free radicals. And there ARE things we can do about that. This is not to say all oxidization is bad. Oxidization is how one thing can be formed into another, in a good way. Ah, I did say it’s complicated. But for the sake of this discussion, when cholesterol oxidizes in the blood, this is bad.

I read an interesting statement in:

“In 1914 only 15% of all heart disease was athero-sclerotic in nature; today that has risen to over 90%. Over 50% of adult Americans now die of cardiovascular disease. Yet the only significant change in dietary patterns in Western countries over the last 100 years has not been in fat consumption but in refined sugar and flour intake.”

Hum. Right.

High fructose corn syrup. Or as they’re trying to rename it, corn sugar. I think we’ve also gone to town on the man made fats. Trans fats (partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, ) started showing up in processed foods about 20 years ago to prolong their products' shelf life, despite public health experts warnings that these kinds of fats clog arteries and cause obesity.

Hum. Right.

So, onto the next question I had… why does my body make more cholesterol than I need?

Let’s assume that we’re NOT talking about one of the more rare hereditary conditions. Although that said, this might help explain anyone’s overactive cholesterol production.

Like most undesirable conditions we develop, overproduction of cholesterol comes from an imbalance in our bodies, via nutrition, toxins and inactivity. Here’s where it can get complicated, because everything sort of relates to everything else. There is a very delicate balance that we try to achieve in the body. It’s easy to get it out of whack, and tricky to get it back in line. Probably why most doctors find it much easier/more profitable to just give us a pill for the symptom and not treat the cause. I digress.

There are ways to have your body’s biochemical levels evaluated. One is through a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA).

My natural path, Gary Moller, who’s a wealth of information on all health issues, is a strong advocate of HTMA, and I have learned an incredible amount about my body and health issues through this information. He is also very enthusiastic on the subject of cholesterol, and pointed me in the direction of copper and zinc and their role in cholesterol production.

If you’re interested in a HTMA, check out…

Another site I ran into had a fascinating take on imbalances and how they relate to cholesterol.

“Every condition or disease can be defined in terms of its Patterns of Metabolic Imbalance. In other words, rather than name and treat the "disease," define and treat the pattern. In so doing you will have a patient-specific approach, derived from a scientific analysis and based upon the concept of biological individuality.”

I like it.

They say that a particular kind of imbalance called “anaerobic/dysaerobic” imbalance fully explains the vast majority of high cholesterol problems. An excess of cholesterol in the cells represents an anaerobic imbalance, while low levels in the cells correspond to a dysaerobic condition. Keep in mind that cholesterol’s biological role happens at the cellular level, so blood levels say nothing about cholesterol status in the cells.

If anaerobic, the cells are so saturated with cholesterol that it has now begun to accumulate in the blood. A dysaerobic patient actually has low cellular cholesterol due to excess fatty acid activity there. Blood levels rise as the cholesterol is unable to penetrate the cells. Both imbalances result in the same high blood levels of cholesterol.

Therefore, according to this site, effective therapy depends on the individual’s biochemical imbalance. Once determined, a diet and supplements specific to the individual’s imbalance can solve the problem. If you’re interested in this route, as I am, you can check out this page:


There is A LOT of cool info in this site, and if you’re like me, you will get lost in here for hours, but then feel like you’ve had a luffa scrub afterwards! (If you’ve never been luffaed, you’re missing out!) I am going to call these guys next week to see if I can find me a doctor that can do these tests for me. If I have success with this, I’ll post it.

OK, back to Copper…

Through a chain reaction involving the thyroid, without adequate copper, cholesterol levels rise. One possible cause is that without adequate copper, a hormone made in the thyroid called thyroxine, is not produced in adequate amounts, and this hormone inhibits the production of cholesterol. This makes hypothyroidism (a sluggish thyroid) related to high cholesterol. Get the thyroid working better (there are many natural ways to do this, which might become the topic of another post) and this will help reduce the amount of cholesterol produced.

The other influence copper has over cholesterol levels are in how we get rid of excess cholesterol. One means of controlling cholesterol involves converting it into bile acids for excretion. This conversion happens in the liver by a copper metalozyme: cholesterol-a-hydroxylase. A deficiency of copper impedes the enzyme, it’s not converted, and cholesterol levels rise.

Then there are even more convoluted ways that copper is involved. It can be an oxidizing agent in the blood. This is bad. BUT it reacts with zinc to become an antioxidant. Copper can make your head spin. It has special relationships with zinc, iron, and is associated with anemia and hypertension, and period cramps. Basically, too much or too little copper can become a big problem. A HMTA can tell you where you sit on the copper scale.

This is a great site that has lots of interesting things to say.

There’s a kind of genetic defect called Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) (the hereditary kind of high blood cholesterol) that renders the cells unable to absorb LDL from the bloodstream. They produce the cholesterol they need themselves. This makes the concentration of cholesterol in the blood high. And this only becomes a problem because the LDL that tried to get to the cell, now has to make it back to the liver to be eliminated. But because there’s more of it in the blood now, it takes longer to get there, and along the way has higher chance of being oxidized.

And the next question is… what can I do to manage the excess cholesterol in my body so that it doesn’t oxidize?

Most of the sites I read all said more soluble fiber helps reduce LDL’s by reducing the absorption of the cholesterol into the blood stream. Oatmeal is great (If you like it. Sadly, it makes me gag). Kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes are good sources of soluble fiber too.

Nuts are good. Walnuts are high in Omega 3’s (more about that next) and almonds are high in Vit E. They are very more-ish, but handful a day is sufficient.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fresh fatty fish (and walnuts) have been known to increase HDL and are good for the cardiovascular system. The thing with Omega-3 and 6 is that they are both essential fatty acids, and our bodies don’t make them, so we need to eat them. Most Omega-6’s are inflammatory, but there are a few, like evening primrose oil, that may actually reduce inflammation. Ah, why is nothing ever easy? In any case… here’s the skinny on these fats. We should ideally be getting an equal balance of these two Omegas. But a 4:1 (Omega 3: Omega 6) ratio would still be considered good. However, Omega 6’s are much cheaper than Omega 3’s and found in all sorts of processed foods, farmed fish (rather than fresh fish), etc, where the Omega 3’s have been beaten out of the food. So as a result, the typical American diet tends to contain 14 - 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Holly Mother of God. No wonder we’re all so inflamed. But this is a fact-finding mission on cholesterol, not Omegas, so… moving on.

Olive Oil has a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower LDL’s. Just be aware that Olive Oil can go “bad”. Once opened, it should be kept cool, and doesn’t have an endless shelf date. Extra-virgin oil is best. It’s less processed and has more antioxidants. Oh, and you shouldn’t over-heat olive oil. It kills all the good stuff.


Fruit and vegetables have both the fiber and the flavonoids (antioxidants). Berries are especially good. Raspberries (and even better the seeds) knock your socks off with benefits. Garlic reduces blood cholesterol and is very good for your heart.

Then there are the vitamins that are key to reducing blood cholesterol levels.

Coenzyme Q10: powerful antioxidant that improves circulation and reduces the formation of arterial blockages.

Vitamin B Complex controls the level of cholesterol. These vitamins are necessary for the metabolism of fats since they protect the liver from fatty deposits.

Vitamin C and vitamin E are used to lower cholesterol because they are antioxidants and improve the circulation. Beta-carotene (A) and Selenium are also up there in the good uns.

And then… there’s birch bark. Oh yeah. And this one is getting a lot of attention.

“Researchers from the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBC) in China have identified a powerful compound in birch bark called betulin that helps lower cholesterol and prevent both diabetes and obesity. And betulin works particularly better than the statin drug lovastatin at lowering cholesterol, except without the harmful side effects.”

Seems there is still research ongoing about bark. Although it appears to have a low toxicity, they are still looking into it. But it’s also said to be a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and virus-fighter. It’s available in supplement form, and as a tea. I’m going to look for some of the tea. This sounds like good stuff. Trees do have impressive life spans.

Apparently chromium substantially lowers cholesterol levels. But it’s advisable from this site that you get it in natural forms, ie from seafood. That way, you’re not creating imbalances by taking it as a supplement.

And here’s something on Vitamin C that’s kinda crazy! This site talks about a “Cholesterol-Fed Rabbit Controversy” donei n 1909, and then followed up in 1913.


“One curious difference between rabbits and humans is that when rabbits develop atherosclerosis, their plaques never rupture and they never get heart attacks. The main determinant of plaque rupture according to the current scientific literature is the balance between collagen degradation and collagen synthesis. Collagen synthesis requires vitamin C. Most animals, including rabbits, make their own vitamin C, but humans do not.”

Most animals DO? That’s amazing. So, we humans don’t, and without enough Vit C, our collagen goes to poop, and with it, more collagen is made. Wow. And Vit C is a powerful anti-oxidant too. The site says this may be why atherosclerosis produces heart attacks in humans and not rabbits or many other animals. Humans cannot produce their own vitamin C. (And it’s not a profitable and patentable drug, so we don’t get a lot of media and prescriptions for it either! I digress again.) Maybe this is also why dogs don’t get colds. ?

The last thing I’ll add in re managing cholesterol is… Moderate exercise. Say no more.


And what’s the stuff that makes it all worse, makes our poor livers struggle, causes oxidization (not just with cholesterol) and might be the real cause of heart disease?

Smoking. (seriously, a no-brainer really)


Trans-fats and high omega 6 fats cause a rampant increase in prostaglandin E2 and other inflammatory mediators. A diet high in these anti-nutrients causes massive amounts of free radicals to be produced and significant tissue damage to occur. Trans fats are found in must pre-processed foods. Check the labels. If the ingredient list includes the words "shortening," "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" or "hydrogenated vegetable oil," the food contains trans fat. I already “mentioned” the Omega-6’s.

Sugar consumption causes a very quick increase in blood sugar. When blood sugar raises quickly the pancreas pumps out massive amounts of insulin to clear the sugar out of the bloodstream. High circulating insulin increases inflammatory pathways. High insulin also triggers triglyceride and cholesterol formation while draining the system of its anti-oxidant protection. Sugar is like a slow acting poison in our bodies. It seems to cause so many problems it really makes me wonder why it has been labeled as such a “treat”. I KNOW it tastes good. I have a terrible sweet tooth. But I do find the less I eat of it the less I want. And as an aside, it really messes with the thyroid and metabolism, and energy levels and basically causes an array of problems. If you HAVE to eat sugar or life isn’t worth living, then try to limit it as much as you can, a weekly treat, not daily. Your liver, thyroid, heart and pancreas will thank you.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) immediately stimulates lipogenesis (fat generation) by turning into activated glycerol (G-3-P). This provides the very backbone for triglyceride formation. The fatty acids created during fructose metabolism accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle tissues. Over time this causing insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

The metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products, toxins, and free radicals. These free radicals steal anti-oxidants from our system and damage tissues in a process called glycation. Glycation accelerates the aging process and dramatically decreases our overall health and well-being. HFCS is bad sh*t. Even when it gets it’s new name “corn sugar”. Steer clear. It’s in most sugary pre-processed foods.

Basically, the ideal diet is eating from dishes prepared with single ingredient foods (ones that your grandmother would recognize), getting your sugars from fruit and eating your veggies without over cooking them, staying away from white flour and go organic whenever possible, and free range meet and eggs.

Can I take a personal moment outside of the information?

I used to say that life is about balance, some good and some bad. I used to say what’s the point of living if you can’t enjoy your life, and eat what you want? But I tell you, there’s no fun in being sick all the time. And there’s no enjoyment if health issues plague you. If you are one of the lucky people who has an iron constitution, never gets sick, eats what you want, and will live to 150, then try to understand how it would feel if you were one of us, and support your friends and family in their struggle for better health. Don’t encourage or pressure them to be “bad” with deserts. The consequences for some people are not fun. If you can manage it, pass on it yourself when you know they are struggling. You will have them in your life longer.

OK. Melodrama over… Onward.

What do statin drugs do?

Here’s the good stuff they do…
“Statin drugs work by blocking a key enzyme in the production of cholesterol. Studies have also shown that statin drugs can help the body reabsorb cholesterol that has accumulated on the artery walls. Statins also have "pleiotropic" effects - for which they were not originally intended - related to the cardiovascular system. They reduce oxidative stress of body tissue, they reduce inflammation (like aspirin), and they stabilize plaque on the blood vessel walls.”

And here’s the not-so-good stuff…
This guy, Dr. Duane Graveline, has written a book called “Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol”

“If you are on Vytorin, Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Mevacor, Pravachol or Lescol you must read this book. Most of the statin side effects I discuss are unknown to your busy doctor. Although knowledgeable about muscle and liver problems, few have heard of statin amnesia and other forms of memory dysfunction and fewer still associate hostility, aggression and profound depression as statin related.”

“Muscle symptoms are a common side effect of statins; many people experience aching in the shoulders, pain in the jaw, or muscle pain in the legs. The muscle pain is a symptom muscle breakdown that is occurring in the body due to the side effect of the statin drug. When tissues break down, the body must eliminate the excess waste products. The waste products then overload the kidneys, causing more serious problems. Severe rhabdomyolysis can result in death from acute kidney failure due to overload of the kidneys with deteriorated muscle tissue. If fact, the cholesterol lowering drug Baycol was removed from the market after being implicated in over 60 deaths due to rhabdomyolysis. However, rhabdomyolysis remains a dangerous side effect of statins in general.

Some researchers estimate the 1 in 10 people who take statin drugs will experience a mild form of neuropathy (malfunction of the peripheral nervous system) where the symptoms may be muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, a feeling of tiredness, shortness of breath or difficulty walking. In the extreme, severe neuropathy as a side effect to statin use can lead to death.”

A study in East Texas Medical Center reported their cardiology clinic patients who were on statin drug therapy discontinued statin therapy due to side effects (myalgia, fatigue, dyspnea, memory loss, and peripheral neuropathy) and began supplemental CoQ(10). The most recent follow-up demonstrated a decrease in fatigue from 84% to 16%, myalgia from 64% to 6%, dyspnea from 58% to 12%, memory loss from 8% to 4% and peripheral neuropathy from 10% to 2%. There were two deaths from lung cancer and one death from aortic stenosis. Measurements of heart function either improved or remained stable in the majority of patients. We conclude that statin-related side effects, including statin cardiomyopathy, are far more common than previously published and are reversible with the combination of statin discontinuation and supplemental CoQ(10). We saw no adverse consequences from statin discontinuation.”


There are several articles I came across that say statin drugs promote cancer. Perhaps it’s because too little cholesterol increases your risk of cancer along with stroke, depression, memory loss and other undesirable conditions.

Many of the sites I visited are now saying that this onslaught of statin drugs, and the myths we’ve been fed about cholesterol are all coming to light. That big drug companies and special interest lobby groups used “faulty” findings to capitalize for their own greed. And at our expense.

Which brings me to my final question… is cholesterol really the problem here? Have we been hoodwinked once again by an over zealous and greedy pharmaceutical marketing ploy?

The weight of the evidence clearly supports oxidation of LDL is the problem, and not the concentration of LDL in the blood in the development of atherosclerosis. So these blood tests are pretty much useless. Sure they show us how much is in the blood, but not if this is a problem. They assume it is and give us potentially harmful drugs just in case. I think it’s unethical and an easy out. It’s not even prevention, because statin drugs cause a host of other health problems that weren’t even in existence before. AND there are other ways to manage potential cholesterol problems that are usually not even discussed in a doctor’s office.

In this incredibly informative article (the one with the rabbits) it says:

“The solution should not be to diminish cholesterol synthesis, imparing CoQ10 synthesis along with it, but to increase LDL utilization. The appropriate nutritional strategies for increasing LDL utilization desperately need to be researched. The irony in all of this is that there is no evidence to suggest that cholesterol is the culprit.”

“So, does cholesterol cause atherosclerosis? No! But do blood lipids? Yes. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which degenerating lipids infiltrate the blood vessel wall and cause inflammation and degeneration of the local tissue once they arrive there. Solid evidence has amassed in favor of this view for the last 100 years.”

But it’s the oxidation of the lipids that cause the problems, and this is cause by other things. As well, it seems that inflammation is one of the key issues in heart disease. In studies, women with inflammation are twice as likely as those with high cholesterol to die from heart attacks and strokes.

“Pharmaceutical giants reported $33 Billion dollars in cholesterol lowering drugs last year. As a nation, we reduced the fat content in our diets faithfully and yet with 25% of the population taking statin medications, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before and at a younger age.

Inflammation is your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition results called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.”

So, this cool dude, Dr. Dwight Lundell is a heart surgeon, and he wrote a book called The Great Cholesterol Lie. http://thecholesterollie.com/aff/

He’s on you tube. If you feel I haven’t beaten a dead horse enough already, this is worth listening to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_Q0EuLv0hs

He says the root of heart disease is not cholesterol; it’s inflammation. He said that in 25 years of performing heart surgery, only half his patients had high cholesterol, but all of them had inflammation. He says he doesn’t believe that inflammation is a symptom; he says it’s the cause. Apparently The Physicians Health Study says that an aspirin a day reduces the risk of heart attacks by 44%. Last year, Lipitor sales reached 12.5 BILLION DOLLARS.

Inflammation causes the plaque to form, and in fact, heart attacks generally occur in arteries that have minimal or moderate blockage. And in fact, cholesterol plaque is more likely to rupture than to cause blockages.

Anti-inflammatory drugs are not the answer either. They seem to cause more problems than benefits. So, he came up with a supplement called “Heart Shot”. It’s got Omega 3 (Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory, and Omega 6 causes inflammation), CLA (apparently prevents and reduces plaque in arteries and reduces abdominal fat) and anti-oxidants.

This might not reduce your cholesterol levels, but it will reduce your risk of heart attack.

The bottom line is there are many natural avenues that can be danced down to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Knowing what they are, and making choices for your self is, I think, the key thing. If you decide that statin drugs are for you, then cool. But know what you’re getting into, and know that there are alternatives. Do not let decisions regarding your health be in anyone’s hands other than your own. No one will care about your health as much as you will.

One last note... If you made it all the way to the end of this post, well done you! Whew!

Next up… The Thyroid. (Dramatic music here).

Friday, January 14, 2011

Is tap water good for you?

I'm talking about fluoridated water. Once you start to peer through the slit in the black curtain there’s no pulling yourself back out. So, the only way to go is further in. But first, a few quick points I came across to get us started.

Getting a drug approved by the FDA cost $100 million dollars in clinical trials. No wonder small companies don't stand a chance in hell.

Allowing information on the established health benefits of supplements is opposed by the FDA.

Onto Fluoride.

It’s good for our teeth, right? Thank God they put it in the water, or we’d be in the dentist’s office all the time with our teeth rotting out of our heads, right? Great that it’s free, and everyone gets it! Right?

You guessed it. Nope.

The Wikipedia says “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control listed water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.” In fact, the whole Wiki entry reflects everything I used to believe about fluoridation.

Then I went to the “discussions” page. Here’s how the comments started:

“I am shocked at the cheerleading going on here. Fluoride is an industrial waste product and it accumulates in the Pineal Gland of the brain.”

And it went on into a much more heated and ugly debate. “The article is not balanced” seems to sum it up for me. The main page promotes fluoridation like an ad campaign, without referencing any of the controversy or addressing many of the more questionable facts about water fluoridation. For shame Wikipedia. I wonder how much in donations that cost?

If you want to know what the ADA and the FDA’s stand are on water fluoridation, just read the wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation

I’ll tell you the stuff it took me a little longer to uncover.

Seems the main controversial points to know about are:
1) Is Fluoride really good for our teeth?
2) Where does the Fluoride in our water come from?
3) What else does Fluoride do to us?
4) Does water fluoridation violate the individual's right to informed consent to medication?

The most obvious shocker is the suggestion that fluoride actually may be harming our teeth. There is something called fluorosis that an excess of fluoride can cause. One news video I watched said "according to new studies, this is showing up in one in three teens." Brown stains, white streaks and chipped teeth... If you want to see what fluorosis looks like, check here: (not pretty!)


This article goes on to say that “Children exposed to the government’s current maximum fluoride limit “risk developing severe tooth enamel fluorosis, a condition characterized by discoloration, enamel loss and pitting of the teeth, ” the National Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

In fact, last week, America’s top health official, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced plans to lower the agency's maximum recommended fluoride level from 1.2 milligrams per liter of water to 0.7. Which means that they acknowledge the research from many sources that there’s too much fluoride in American water, and it’s causing harm. It’s a start I guess.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment have been campaigning against fluoridation for six years.


So although fluoride might help prevent tooth decay, too much of it is a bad thing for our teeth. Not only is it in our water, but it’s found in many types of toothpaste, and in foods too (many are made with fluoridated water). We really have no idea how much fluoride we ingest.

The Environmental Working Group supports the use of fluoride in toothpaste, where there is strong evidence of its effectiveness. But EWG’s analysis concludes that fluoridation of public water supplies should end, because the risks outweigh possible benefits, especially for infants and young children, who consume more water than adults relative to their size.

Hey, maybe we should just eat less sugar and brush and floss more?

Next up: What IS Fluoride?

A little history…

From http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=phosphorus-a-looming-crisis

“In the 20th century the three nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) enabled agriculture to increase its productivity and the world’s population to grow more than six fold.”

Raw phosphate ore (which is what’s mined to make the fertilizer) contains high concentrations of fluoride. When this ore is processed, the fluoride content of the ore is vaporized into the air, forming highly toxic gaseous compounds. It seems for about 15 years, the cows were the most obvious great sufferers of this environmental disaster, being afflicted with terrible and painful bone cancer.

SO, the phosphate industry had to clean up their act. They came up with this scrubbing system that collects the toxic by products, and either they dump it in the wastewater ponds, or... water-treatment facilities!



“The chemicals used to fluoridate 90% of public drinking water are industrial grade hazardous wastes captured in the air pollution-control scrubber systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry, called silicofluorides. These wastes contain a number of toxic contaminants including lead, arsenic, cadmium and even some radioactive isotopes.”

So, instead of the expense of disposing of this 'fluosilicic acid' in a toxic waste dump, the acid is sold to municipalities, and injected into drinking water. EEK!! Sounds completely ridiculous, I know. But there you go.

BTW… my suspicious mind was curious about the dates that these two events happened. When did the scrubbing system start, and when did water fluoridation start? From what I could tell, it was about 1974 that the “scrubbing” system was patented (although sick cows from fluoride poisoning were reported back in the early 50's). But it was in 1945 that water fluoridation started in the USA. OK, fine. But still… it seems weird that they didn’t reconsider thinking fluoride was good for us when it was discovered that fluoride was poisoning the cows.

“The plain fact that fluorine is an insidious poison, harmful, toxic and cumulative in its effects, even when ingested in minimal amounts, will remain unchanged no matter how many times it will be repeated in print that fluoridation of the water supply is 'safe'." Ludwig Gross, M.D., former Chief of Veterans Administration Cancer Research, Bronx, NY.

You can read even more about what fluoridation is here, if you’re not horrified enough already.

or here

Onward! What else does this disgusting addition to our drinking water do to us?

I found this in an article from a site that seems to be an advocate of fluoridated water.

“However, with all the advantages, there are disadvantages of fluoride in water. Water fluoridation leads to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Dental fluorosis, which is an excess of fluoride, can also alter the appearance of children’s teeth during the developing years. Skeletal fluorosis, the result of high concentration of fluoride, weakens the bones. There have been isolated cases of fluoride poisoning from addition of excessive quantities of fluoride. This shows up as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.”

“Studies show that fluoride is a toxin that can cause liver and brain damage, osteoporosis and thyroid disorders.”

Damn. Seriously?

There is one study I found to determine the impact of fluoride on the pineal gland - a small gland located between the two hemispheres of the brain that regulates the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the onset of puberty and helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals. It also helps regulates the sleep-wake cycle and has been shown to regulate blood pressure and body temperature.


"In conclusion, the human pineal gland contains the highest concentration of fluoride in the body. Fluoride is associated with depressed pineal melatonin synthesis by prepubertal gerbils and an accelerated onset of sexual maturation in the female gerbil. The results strengthen the hypothesis that the pineal has a role in the timing of the onset of puberty. Whether or not fluoride interferes with pineal function in humans requires further investigation."

OK, gerbils don’t like it. (poor things!) But wait there’s more…

Fluoride accumulates in our bones and makes them more brittle and prone to fracture.
There is a substantive body of evidence that fluoride can induce bone cancer. It seems to affect boys in their growth spurts more than girls. Excessive exposure to fluoride causes an arthritic bone disease called skeletal fluorosis. (this is difficult to diagnose in early stages, and can resemble various forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.) Basically, it's just not good for the bones.

But wait… there’s even more…

Researchers at Binghamton University in N.Y., and an EPA neurotoxicologist speculate that "fluoride in water may complex with the aluminum in food and enable it to cross the bloodbrain barrier. Both treated groups also suffered neural injury and showed increased deposits of ß-amyloid protein in the brain, similar to those seen in humans with Alzheimer’s disease."

From http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2001/mar01/flouride.html
“In a recent article in the journal NeuroToxicology, a research team led by Roger D. Masters, Dartmouth College Research Professor and Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government Emeritus, reports evidence that public drinking water treated with sodium silicofluoride or fluosilicic acid, known as silicofluorides (SiFs), is linked to higher uptake of lead in children.”

“…our preliminary findings show correlations between SiF use and more behavior problems due to known effects of lead on brain chemistry."

We all know lead poisoning is bad! Seems fluoride makes even lead worse in our bodies by making it more accessible.

If you want to be even more disturbed, check out the long list of fluoride symptoms from a study done in 1887!

Which brings me finally to…

Don’t you feel betrayed and violated that the decision to consume this toxic waste is being put completely out of your hands?

It is in the water for the love of god. Without our consent or even the full disclosure of what it’s doing to us. And if we don’t want it in our water, we have to BUY bottled water that is filtered, or a water filtering system OURSELVES! I say the government should have to provide filters to anyone who wants one. I didn’t ask or agree to have this crap in my water. Thanks but no thanks!

There is one small hope, that would solve this problem, but of course, would cause a multitude of other problems.

“…we will see a global peak in phosphate rock reserves, estimated to occur in the next 30 years.”

“Mining phosphorus for fertilizer is consuming the mineral faster than geologic cycles can replenish it. The U.S. may run out of its accessible domestic sources in a few decades, and few other countries have substantial reserves, which could also be depleted in about a century.”

But damn it, do we want to wait that long to be able to have clean drinking water? When all they have to do is just stop adding stuff?

One more link to what’s becoming my favorite site that isn’t afraid to call it like it is: http://www.naturalnews.com/030952_CDC_fluoride.html

OK, don’t despair! I know this stuff gets really heavy. BUT there’s hope. There are lots of sites and information to help you from drinking as much of this stuff.


First of all… if you can, get a reverse osmosis filter to remove fluoride from your tap water. Definitely use fluoride-free water for infant formula.

If you go the bottled water route, make sure it’s been distilled or treated with reverse osmosis filtration, or at least doesn’t have fluoride in it! Nearly half the bottled waters out there are taken from tap water! The freakin' Bastards! You can also have mineral water (check there's no fluoride in there!) delivered in bulk quantities.

If you have pets, check this out…

Use the right toothpaste. The American Dental Association recommends fluoride-free toothpaste for children under 2. Personally, I also use a fluoride free toothpaste.

Here’s some reverse osmosis filter systems I found. There's more. Have a look around. Just make sure it gets rid of the fluoride. You want the Reverse Osmosis Systems.

http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/ro-45-detail.htm (USA)
http://www.nzfilterwarehouse.com/Reverse-Osmosis-Systems-and-Parts.html (NZ)
http://purewaterfreedom.com/osc/index.php?cPath=4 (NZ) (has some nice options)

If you live in a fluoridation-free country… GOOD ON YOU! I applaud your country for looking out for your best interests in this case.


“99% of western continental Europe has rejected, banned, or stopped fluoridation due to environmental, health, legal, or ethical concerns.”


In 2000, government authorities from various countries were asked if they fluoridated their water and if not, why. Germany stopped all fluoridation and provided the most extensive reasons for that action via a position statement issued by the DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water). As the letter indicated, “The information is dated 1992, but we still fully agree with this statement.” The DVGW sets technical standards that are used in the operation of water systems in Germany and the European Union. The following are quotes from the DVGW position statement.

(1) “It is not the task of water supply companies to add substances to drinking water intended as prophylactics against illness not caused by drinking water.” (2) “Caries is not the manifestation of fluoride deficiency, but is the result of a generally false nutrition and inefficient dental May 1, 2008
hygiene. Unwholesome habits resulting in caries are not eliminated by the fluoridation of drinking water; on the contrary, they are promoted.” (3) “The suggested optimal fluoride concentration of 1 mg per liter is very close to the dose with which long term detrimental effects in people cannot be excluded. . . the limit value in drinking water cannot be justified in view of different habits and therefore differing consumption of drinking water and the uncontrolled intake of fluorides from other sources. The safety of a lifelong accumulation of fluoride in the human body as a result of increased intake is disputed in medical science throughout the world.” (4) “More than 99 per cent [of fluoride contained in drinking water] would be discharged with waste water directly into the environment. This additional fluoride emission into waters is unacceptable for ecological reasons.” (5) “The consumer cannot avoid fluoridated drinking water made available by public water supply. This mandatory intake of fluoride violates the basic right to bodily freedom from injury . . . provided by the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.” (6) “Fluoride intake for the prevention of caries is more effective with specific measures taken by the individual than by fluoridation of drinking water.” (7) “An assessment of risks vs. benefits involving both the health aspects and ecological consequences justifies DVGW’s rejection of the fluoridation of drinking water.”

Wow. Go Germany!!

You can check your country’s fluoridation levels on the web. FYI, Canada’s water is also fluoridated. But it doesn’t have to be a whole country affair. That the whole country is in or out. New York is trying to have fluoride removed from their tap water. Go New York!

The Ministry of Health in NZ website indicates the fluoride in the water supply should be between 0.7 ppm and 1.0 ppm. New Zealand tap water is fluoridated at 0.85 mg/L. If you live in NZ, you can check to see if your town has fluoride in your water.

After the US has dropped their acceptable levels “Byrne believes New Zealand's Health Ministry now has no choice but to also recommend councils drop their maximum fluoride levels to 0.7ppm.”

Yeah. No kidding.

I'm off to buy me a reverse osmosis filter system!

ps. boiling fluoridated water just concentrates the fluoride, so make sure you empty the kettle each time before you make a cuppa if you're using unfiltered water.

Next time... to reduce cholesterol, you have to take drugs, right? ha! So wrong.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hi Ho Silver!!

I was sick over the holidays. Again. I was visiting with some friends, and they gave me some colloidal silver. My friend was very adamant. In fact so much so that I actually took a swig immediately. But I had no idea what it was. Other than something I thought of as liquid jewelery.

So, I contacted my pal Goggle. And read. And read. I'd never even heard of taking a metal to help against ailments. That's just crazy talk.

Or is it?

Turns out, silver has been used for over 1000 years for it's antibacterial qualities. It's not exactly new stuff. It's been commonly used topically as a treatment for burns and other skin infections. It's also been used as a water purifier, and as a purifier for swimming pools. Hell, the Royals used silver to eat with and store their food in for ages.

But what about using silver inside the body?

The more I read, the more it sounded like silver, processed a certain way, can kill 100% (!!) of the viruses, bacteria and fungus in your body and it's non toxic (!!). But surely, I asked myself, if there was a chance that there was something that worked better than antibiotics, we would have heard of it. Right? If it kills viruses instead of making them into stronger super bugs (as antibiotics does) then of course, this would be cause for big press and much rejoicing? Right?

Maybe not.

But first I wanted to see what all the quiet fuss was about. What is colloidal silver exactly? And how does it work? And what else does it do to us?

I searched on. I found a fabulous site called

It's a scientific site that is "dedicated to the publication and dissemination of scientific information about colloidal silver." The site is maintained by Mr. Frank Key, a principal scientist of the Colloidal Science Laboratory, Inc.

(BTW, Frank Key actually reads and replies to his emails. I know this because he's replied to me twice now. His emails were incredibly helpful for the gaps I still had. But I'm getting ahead of myself.)

In this site are 30+ publications all about the nature of various physical properties of colloidal silver, how the theory translates to practice and laboratory experiments that were performed to determine particular attributes of silver colloids.

Fascinating stuff. Seriously. I was engrossed through all of it. Mr. Key has presented a site that the non-scientific community can understand. I was hooked.

So, what is Colloidal Silver exactly?

One bit that I found most interesting in the publications was the differences between silver ions and silver particles and why it is important to know what type of silver is in a colloidal silver product. This is cause for MUCH controversy, and everyone seems to have their own opinion on which provides benefits and how much.

In brief, there is Ionic Silver (which looks clear like water and can be made at home) and there are True Colloids which contain Silver Particles, not silver ions.

From http://www.silver-colloids.com/Pubs/AboutIonic.html
"The difference between silver ions and silver particles boils down to the fact that silver ions combine with chloride ions to form silver chloride and silver particles do not."

So, why do we care?

Basically, the surface area of silver is the key to the benefits. And it's the particles that provide the surface area. As well, the particles are slowly eliminated from the body, and do not build up.

This is taken from the Colloidal Science Laboratory site

"One of the most important properties of a colloid, and one of most difficult to properly determine is particle surface area. Particle surface area is the property of a colloid that translates directly to the ability of the colloid to react with its environment. Effectiveness of colloids is predicated on exposing the largest possible surface area of the metal particles to the areas of interest. In the chemical world, reactivity increases with increasing surface area."

So, why aren't all products silver particles?

It's harder to make, and of course, more expensive. And you can't make it at home.

But ionic silver is still supposed to have benefits, because some silver particle content will survive. But it's the uncertainty of how it's made that concerns me. If it's poorly made, and you take too much of it, or put it on your skin and go under a sun bed (!?), then you can develop a condition called Argyria, a permanent discolouration of the skin. Yeah, it turns you blue, for life. I know. I want the good stuff.

OK, how do they work? And why don't they kill the good bacteria in my body as well as the bad, like antibiotics do?

I had a little more trouble find out HOW they work, so Mr. Frank Key sent me this web site. He said that the HOW was not his field of expertise, although I suspect he's just being modest! This site's articles are much harder to slog through than Frank Key's information, but it's well worth the effort.


There are articles on research of silver nanoparticles blocking the transmition of HIV-1.
This is the part I liked...

"...microbicides could have the potential to eliminate drug-resistant bacteria, in addition to sexually transmitted diseases that cause inflammation. Previous studies have reported that silver ions and silver nanoparticles exert anti-inflammatory effects, induce lymphoproliferation, and inhibit bacterial and HIV-1 infection. These characteristics make silver nanoparticles of interest in microbicide research."

But I still didn't tell you the HOW. Right.

This web site tells the story of Colloidal Silver very nicely.

But basically:

"Colloidal silver works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that all one-celled bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms use for their oxygen metabolism. In short, the bad guys suffocate."

"It does this by attaching itself to the cell membrane of a bacterium, which disables its oxygen-metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung. Because it can no longer breathe, within a few minutes the pathogen suffocates and dies and is cleared out of the body by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems."

Anything bigger than one cell seems to like it."

Another cool site I found is:

"It is believed to be effective in fighting bacteria because it disrupts an enzyme that harmful bacteria need to breathe. Silver atoms also adhere to the DNA of harmful bacteria, which prevents it from uncoiling and therefore prevents it from multiplying."

If you want more... this site explains how bacteria, viruses and fungus live and grow, and how silver nanoparticles kill them.

Cool, right?

Hell ya!!

So onto my next question... why doesn't it kill the good bacteria too?

"Many strains of pathogenic microbes, viruses, fungi, bacteria or any other single-celled pathogen resistant to other antibiotics are killed on contact by colloidal silver, and are unable to mutate. However, silver is virtually non-toxic and does not harm tissue-cell enzymes and friendly bacteria. Unlike antibiotics, colloidal silver does not weaken the body's immune system. In fact, it is said to give the body a second immune system, creating a shield against disease of all kinds."

"One explanation is that the friendly bacteria are aerobic, while unfriendly bacteria are anaerobic. Also, it is said that the silver does not attack bacteria directly, but rather decomposes certain enzymes the anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeast, and molds require. The silver acts as a catalyst... It is probable that the reason the bacteria cannot develop a resistance to silver, as they do to antibiotics, is because silver does not attack them directly, but rather destroys the enzymes they depend on."

But you know what, I've taken TONS of antibiotics, and we all know that kills the good bacteria. I take probiotics for that. So, what the hell, as some sites say, it doesn't hurt to be on the safe side, and take the probiotics while taking the colloidal silver.

And if it's a well made colloidal silver, it is eliminated completely from the body within 24 hours. Now, if you take a ton of the stuff, way more than what's suggested, then well, you're an idiot.

I have read a few unsubstantiated claims that colloidal silver is associated with a number of adverse side effects such as kidney damage, headache, fatigue, skin irritation, and neurologic problems. But for the life of me, I can't see it in any of the scientific papers I've read, or any of the masses of testimonials. I've read a whole lot more substantiated potential side effects on the forms of the drugs I'm prescribed.

And the benefits... WELL! Researchers has found that Colloidal Silver is effective against more than 650 dangerous microbes. Some of them specifically are:

the cold and flu viruses (oh yeah baby!)
MRSA virus (Methicilian resistant Staphylococcus aureus - antibiotic resistant virus)
Upper respiratory tract infection
Yeast Infections (Candidiasis)
cold sore virus
hepatitis C
Mononucleosis (glandular fever)

And many many more...

So, at this point, I'm feeling pretty astonished and really freakin' excited!!

The next obvious question is... why the hell isn't this more commonly used rather than antibiotics? (!!)

Seems that this is most likely the sad truth of what you've probably already guessed.

Silver can not be controlled (or profited) by the FDA or governing bodies, as it is considered a pre 1938 drug, and now an over the counter supplement. Antibiotics (not to mention cold remedies) are a HUGE money maker. Imagine the mayham if it got out that this was a viable and preferred method of treatment over antibiotics? Imagine if the world knew that Colloidal Silver can potentially eliminate many of the viruses, bacteria and fungus known to man while being virtually non-toxic?

I'm expecting the FDA to ban Colloidal Silver if word gets out.

The Drug Pushers (and FDA) probably had a celebration party over the numbskull that turned himself blue and got a ton of press. It takes a "special" kind of guy to do that to himself. Maybe the price of turning blue was worth it? (taking the conspiracy idea even a step further.) In any case, the only thing I can seem to find against Colloidal Silver is that it could turn you blue if you take too much of the poorly made nasty stuff. (And we know now how not to do that.)

There's a website has very strong opinions on the role the FDA plays in oppressing our health freedoms. The article was written in 2008 but still valid, and a good way to get good and pissed off! I mean if we're going to have a hope in hell of staying healthy, we have to care.


This 3 part interview with a Colloidal Silver producer, Ben Taylor about his fight with the government is astonishing, and a MUST READ (IMHO) for anyone who is compelled to fight for our health freedoms. Some really cool, simple things to be aware of about our rights. Big UPS to Mr. Taylor for his bravery!

I've ordered 6 bottles of what I can tell is some of the good stuff. It has an infinite self life (non organic, so no biodegradability) I'm not going to tell you what I ordered, in case you think I'm working for them. I'm not. OK, I'll tell you... but do your own research. That's the key to your own health after all.


I also think http://www.utopiasilver.com/ (Ben Taylor's Company) sells the good stuff. I will order from him next.

As a final note, despite all the other things that seem more pressing today, the financial collapse, the endlessly mystifying wars, the oil crisis, the water crisis, the food crisis... as the old adage goes, if you don't have your health, you don't have anything. Complacency is easier, but do you really want to leave your life in the hands of The Drug Pushers?

Speaking of complacency... next up... fluoride and what is it really doing in our water? And what is it doing to us?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Enough Mrs. Nice Sick Girl.

I’m sick of getting sick. I’m sick of not knowing why I get sick so often, what I’m sick of, and I’m sick of not understanding what drugs the doctors are giving me, and what they are doing to me really.

With Gary’s (www.garymoller.com/) patience and generosity to education and help heal me over the past few years, discussions with friends, and spending more time with Goggle than I care to admit, I have gained just enough knowledge to be dangerous. And seriously pissed off. I have questions.

Is there a conspiracy penetrating deep into the medical profession at large? Do companies, and ultimately people, who are in the business of pushing drugs, control the medical profession? Are they trying to find the best ways to improve our health? Or are they only interested in the best ways that make money? One thing for sure is that being sick is a moneymaker. And chronic illness is the jackpot of sickness. Repeat customers.

The idea that money controls the schools, the research, the clinics, the hospitals and in turn our health, gives me a shiver down my spine. We are forced to trust these institutions. We don’t have a choice. I suppose you can spend 7 years in med school and then 7 more becoming a nutritionist, and perhaps even a few more learning physio therapy, and perhaps some more as a chiropractor or an osteopath, or a naturopath. And don’t forget acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and then there’s energy healing and cranial massage and chakra cleansing. Just to name a few. And then you wouldn’t have to depend on anyone to keep you well. Right. So we pick a path and believe what they tell us, because the alternative is just too impractical.

But maybe if you did all that learning, or even a fraction of that, then you’d feel more confident telling your doctor “Actually I don’t think I have Lupus, and I’m not going to take those steroids you’re pushing on me thanks. I’m going to give these anti inflammatories a go, and perhaps I’ll cut down on some of the flammitory foods like red meat and sugar, eat more berries, and I’ll also take a few supplements that will help with my adrenal fatigue and I’ll get some more rest. When I’m up to it, I’m going to give some nanoparticle colloidal silver a try to see if I can’t get rid of the glandular fever virus I got as a kid that I think I’ve been fighting again. Of course, a good massage to get rid of some toxins is in order. And lots of black tea. I’ll let you know how I get on.”

Now, I’m not naïve enough to think that love and caring for our fellow man rules the world. I know business is about profit. I just don’t think that profit should take precedence over our health. Call me a hippie. There are enough questionable practices and impersonal guesswork that result in a prescription than there are flies around fresh dog poo. I know this from personal experience. Last year I got so many prescriptions for various drugs, if I’d stock piled all the pills; I bet they would have filled a triple D bra. Both sides.

More questions. Why is there not more research being done on the free stuff (Vitamin D from the sun for example)? Or on supplements (Vitamin C for example)? Why do doctors stick their noses in the air about using these as potential remedies rather than drugs? Why is it that most of the research goes to finding a drug that can be patented, even if there are other solutions which are better? How much of the medical research being done is funded by the drug companies? Why doesn’t the government fund more research that’s in the best interests of our health, and perhaps (gasp!) non profitable? Why do supplements get such an eye roll from doctors and most people? Who would benefit the most if people thought that supplements and alternate (other than drugs) medicine was a bunch of mumbo jumbo and drugs were the way to go?

When was the last time your doctor said, “You might be Vitamin D deficient. Let’s do a blood test for that before I put you on these anti depressants. In the mean time, take in some sun. If there isn’t any, go to a sun bed for 5 minutes.” Right. Where’s the profit in that? Where are the kickbacks? The sun isn’t going to give them any. And even if you have a well meaning (but stupid or narrow minded) doctor, who is interested in results that aren’t in their medical drug book online, they usually aren’t trained in any field other than drug pushing. And they are brainwashed, just like the rest of us, that the sun (never mind sunbeds!) is evil. One blast of raw sunshine on unprotected skin will surely cost you a melanoma or two. Best to stay covered up, and just take these little pink pills. They’ll make everything OK. Side effects? Don’t worry. We have drugs for those too.

More questions. So, are the pharmaceutical companies to blame for this era of miracle drugs that make us sick? Are antibiotics, statin drugs, anti depressants, steroids and too many more drugs to mention good for us? Or at least not bad for us? Now, I’m not saying that we should never take drugs. Or that all drugs are evil devices of the devil. (not out loud anyway) Sometimes when your health is bad, you’re suffering more than you can bare and there is no option, well, there’s no option. And there have been amazing breakthroughs in medicine because of the funding by pharmaceutical companies. (I'm sure there have been, despite their motivations.)

HOWEVER, and it’s a biggie, are they sabotaging any other form of health care as mumbo jumbo witchery? Is the drug club like being on “Survivor”? If you don’t play by our rules, and if you don’t tow the popular (our) line, then you’re voted off the medical island. You’re ridiculed, and your reputation is soiled. You are not invited to the nice parties any more. Is this why GP's generally don't know or don't care about nutrition? Are they afraid they won't get that nice trip to Fiji that's promised if they sell x number of pills for The Drug Pushers?

Here are a few personal examples that have added fuel to my growing anger. I had a doctor tell me that if they can’t measure it in a lab test, and he can’t find it in his drug book, then he’s not interested in that method. I had another doctor tell me that if I was looking for alternate ways to bring down my cholesterol without using a prescription drug, then I should go to a nutritionist. He wasn’t interested in that kind of treatment. Another doctor told me that I needed surgery. So I had it against my better judgement! (He guilted me into it when I questioned him.) Turned out, I did not need the surgery. But he stuck to his guns and in fact, didn't even call me afterwards! And I could go on. I kid you not. I have been misdiagnosed and mistreated more often by more medical professionals than I care to admit.

A few more questions. Why are hair tissue analysis tests not considered a viable source of information? Why are we not tested for vitamin and mineral deficiencies and toxicity levels as a standard practice for diagnosing a problem? Why is lifestyle (and stress levels) not more seriously considered as a leading cause of many diseases? Why? Is there no money in these lengthy and supposedly “inconclusive” tests? As an aside, tell me how is a blood test which is affected by the food you just ate more reliable than a hair analysis that averages the past 3 months of your life? Is it just simpler and more profitable to write a nice tidy prescription?

Isn't there a morality that goes with treating a sick person? It's not like someone selling you an inferior TV. I know "buyer beware" and all that. But chances are, if you're swindled out of a nice TV it's not going to kill you. Disease is on the incline, and we are sitting ducks.

Bottom line? I don’t think profit should determine the state of our health. I don’t think it should be about money and power. I don’t want to be an expendable guinea pig. I don’t want to be poked and analysed and evaluated without the results taking my whole story into consideration, or without options on care. I have no idea what or whom to believe any more.

So I’ve been doing some of my own, amateur and crude research. I mean who’s going to care more about my health and wellbeing than I do? Who's going to care more about my freedoms to be allowed to take supplements more than I do? But if I take an active role in my recovery, will I go mad with all the information and misinformation that’s out there? It's definitely like Pandora's Box. I've allowed myself to mistrust the ones we've been brainwashed to trust, and I am horrified. Did you know the FDA is trying to ban injectable Vitamin C? Make it a criminal offence. And yet, cigarettes are A-OK! WTF!

(If you're interested in the Vit C story, here's more...)

The more I peer down the rabbit hole, the more pissed off I'm getting. And I’ve got questions.

Why have we become so terrified of the sun? Can massage therapy really cure carpal tunnel? Do I have to take drugs to lower my hereditary high cholesterol? Can handling treated wood cause testicular cancer? Is Silver a replacement for antibiotics? Is there a cure for the common cold that we are not being told about? Why is the FDA in the drug pusher's pockets? Does the fluoride in the water make us dumb and rot our teeth?

How can we be fed so many lies, and we just swallow them?

I’ve discovered some shocking information that I feel an overwhelming need to share. If for no other reason than to scream to the world “I’m sick and tired and I’m not going to take it any more!”

First up… Can nanoparticle colloidal silver do a better job than antibiotics?