Archive for May, 2012

Demanding Change


Demanding that more show up in your life without having gratitude for your life as it is creates a vacuum, not a greater space. Because somewhere in there is a judgment that this is not enough or something is wrong with you. In order to step into a greater space of possibility, you have to demand from the space of gratitude because gratitude allows you to receive the energies that will take you into that greater space. In gratitude there is no judgment.

People say “This doesn’t work for me?” What does that mean? How do you know if something works for you or not? When something is working for you, it will be expanding your life. It will be rewarding, generative, expansive.

TOOL: You have to be willing to lose everything in order to have everything. You have to be willing to lose with every choice. It is only in that space that you have total freedom. When you are willing to lose you can have the clarity to know what will work for you and what will allow you to have everything you desire in your life.

Being willing to lose everything requires a trust that the universe will support you and facilitate you. When you are willing to trust in that, to trust in you, there is an ease created because you know that you have generated everything in your life and if you lose it, you can generate it again if you choose.

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 Living in the State of Causation

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What’s in Store for You in 2012 – Part 1 Wellness

Tessa Brauer is a Young Living Distributor 48482

How is your health right now? Are you full of energy, no health issues, living life to the full; or are you sickly, tired, have a nagging health concern that eludes you? Why not make 2012 your year to get back on top, energized, set free from physical and emotional baggage that has been weighing you down.


As always when a year comes to an end I receive many email testimonies of how the health and nutrition information I share, the Young Living products and have seen them change people’s lives. We’re talking both minor and some very serious health issues.


These people all made changes in their diet, began using the Young Living products daily and made appropriate lifestyle changes and achieved success. You can also.  Here are some steps you can take in 2012 to be at your healthy best:


1.      Eat nutritious healthy foods. Nothing radical may be needed, just get rid of the high acid, nutrient void junk, sodas, and mega sugar foods. We also know that the YL essential oils and supplements work best when your nutrition is improved.

2.    Get the chemicals out of your life, your home and office. Use the Young Living Thieves Household cleaner, the bath soaps, lotions, shampoos, etc for chemical free living. De-toxify the body with the YL 5 Day Nutritive Diet or some of the many other YL nutritional products created to bring the body back into balance.

3.    Smile – get happy. Deal with your emotional baggage. There are several great resources that utilize the YL emotional oils to help you overcome the past and be excited about your future. We all have those issues in life that need addressing, some will even take a while to completely overcome and others you may need to work on the rest of your life, that’s ok, just get started. The Young Living Emotional oils will enhance the quality of your life more than you may think.

4.    Exercise – get up off the couch – walk, ride, run – do something that will exercise the muscles, the heart; that can improve circulation, mental clarity even your mood. There are no lack of choices, pick one and get started.

5.   Use the many Young Living products on a daily basis. Learn from the Essential Oils Desk Reference book( which oils will support your body and be prepared for life’s little emergencies. (I have never seen in all my years of helping people a product line so effective at helping people regain their health, and I have seen and used most everything out there).

6.     Relationships – pause and take a look at your relationships – are they healthy, supportive and nurturing. Are you spending time with your Heavenly Father daily? Does your spouse, children and extended family get your attention?

7.    YOU – do you make time to stop and smell the roses? Are you serving and sharing with others? Do you take time to make sure YOU are taken care of? Make it a point next year to do something for you everyday. Then you will be more ready to serve others. How about getting a Raindrop technique or massage with the Young Living essential oils.

8.     Simplify your life. Get rid of the clutter, the things you haven’t used in a couple years, the clothes that no longer fit. Bless someone else with the things that no longer serve you that will be a big blessing for them. In a world of keeping up with the Jones’s, bigger houses, fancier cares, the latest fashion – make sure the things you enjoy in life – really do bring enjoyment and not a burden.

9.     Count your blessings – be grateful.  We all have much to be grateful for. Smell the YL oil blend Gratitude and write down four things you are grateful for each evening (no repeats allowed) and watch your life transform.

10.  Share – Share what you know, and what you have with those around you. Share Young Living’s wellness, purpose and abundance. The world needs Young Living, even more today than 20 years ago when it began.


Life’s too short to live any other way but at its fullest. I feel a great sense of gratitude and honor being part of Young Living. The privilege and responsibility I have to help others change their lives and the blessings I have received in return are incredible. Just like anything else in life, you can turn a lemon into lemonade. Use 2012 to change your health, your family’s health, your friend’s health. If we all do our part, who knows, by 2020 many of the health issues our world now faces, can be a thing of the past.


Share what you know, learn what you don’t, serve with a smile.


Stay tuned for part two as we talk about another aspect of our lives – purpose and abundance.


Debra Raybern


Young Living Independent Distributor


 Tessa Brauer is a Young Living Distributor 48482


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Raise Your Immunity Frequency With Essential Oils to Beat the Common Cold

This article is from Natural News

March 23, 2008 by: Teya Skae


The humble cold is one of the most common illnesses, leading to more doctor visits and absences from school and the workforce than any other illness every year. So what causes you to catch colds? Technically you do not "catch" colds but, rather, become infected with a cold/flu bacteria or virus.

Whether you come down with a cold is due to the fact of whether your immune system is working at its best to ward off invaders. When we function at our optimal level, our immune system – which protects us from invading bacteria and other micro-organisms – can cope. However, when we are stressed our immune system is greatly challenged and that is when we spiral downwards because our healthy body frequency range is lowered, allowing the invading microbes to take over our system.

What is meant by Healthy Frequency Range?

Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy that is constant between any two points. Every living thing has a frequency, including our brain and our bodies. Electrical frequency is measured in hertz (Hz), kilohertz (kHz), and megahertz (MHz). The average frequency of a healthy human body is between 62 – 78 Hz.

How is all of this known?

In 1992, Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology, a division of Eastern Washington State University, developed new equipment to measure electrical frequency in humans and foods. This equipment was used in a research study at Johns Hopkins University to determine the relationships between frequency and diseases. Tainio found the average frequency of a human body is between 62 – 78 Hz, the upper body being between 70 – 78 Hz and the lower from 62 – 70Hz..

Further support for these findings is given by Dr. Robert O. Becker M.D. in his book, The Body Electric, who also explains that a person’s health can be determined by the frequency of the person’s body.

Another doctor and scientist, whose research has been buried for some time but has managed to resurface due to the work of avid supporters, is Dr. Royal Raymond Rife M.D. who developed a frequency generator in the late 1920′s. In brief, Rife successfully treated 1,000 patients diagnosed with incurable cancer in the 1930′s. He was honoured with 14 awards and an honorary doctorate. After the unsuccessful attempt by pharmaceutical companies to buy out his research and equipment, his office was ransacked, his research paperwork was stolen and the machine that healed all those 1,000 "incurable" cancer patients was destroyed.

In 1934, before this destruction occurred, the University of Southern California appointed a Special Medical Research Committee to bring terminal cancer patients from Pasadena County Hospital to Rife’s San Diego Laboratory and clinic for treatment. The team included doctors and pathologists assigned to examine the patients – if still alive – in 90 days.

After the 90 days of treatment, the Committee concluded that 86.5% of the patients had been completely cured. The treatment was then adjusted and the remaining 13.5% of the patients also responded within the next four weeks. The total recovery rate using Rife’s technology was 100%, ( .

What Rife had developed was a 100% effective cure for many forms of cancer. So why do we not know about this and why are there so many cancer research foundations in existence? Put simply, it is due to the economic motives of the orthodox medical community, which relies on funding for cancer research – such funding often coming from pharmaceutical companies – and whose fortunes would be damaged if a cure for cancer was found. (That is, it’s OK to search for a cure but not really find one!)

"In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy." – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine (1937)

What Rife proved is that every health disorder has a frequency, which in turn responds (resonates) to a specific (optimal) frequency for its dissolving/healing in the body. People who maintain their optimal frequency, at least of their immune system, would prevent development of symptoms and illnesses associated with the common cold. Of course, in practise this does not work for most of us because, being human, we experience stress and emotional challenges on a daily basis, which lower our body’s frequency. Hence, we need to raise our body frequency regularly/daily with the right substances that are compatible at the cellular and energetic level of our being, rather than wait until our body frequency has dropped so low that it becomes a friendly host for microscopic invaders.


How can this be proven?


According to a report (Epidemiology, May 2001; 11:345-349), psychological stress – particularly the chronic type that may accompany a personality with a negative outlook – is a risk factor for contracting colds. An optimistic outlook and outgoing personality seemed to protect individuals, researchers found.


The findings indicate that high levels of psychological stress are closely associated with contracting the common cold. While the common cold is rarely a serious health hazard, it is responsible for about 30 million days of lost work in the U.S. alone each year.


To investigate whether stress increased the likelihood of developing a cold, the researchers surveyed more than 1,100 Spanish university staff and students at regular intervals over a one year period. The study focused on different types of stress, including stress from life events, perceived stress, having a generally negative outlook, anxious or compulsive personality, compared with having a positive outlook/attitude to life.


Individuals with a negative outlook were at greatest risk of developing colds – regardless of their intake of vitamin C and zinc or their smoking and drinking habits.


The next highest-risk individuals were those who believed that they were under stress. These people were nearly three times as likely to develop a cold, according to the report.


Why should Antibiotics be avoided?


Colds can be contracted as the result of contact with more than 200 different viruses. However, among all of the cold viruses, the rhinovirus and the coronavirus cause the majority of colds. Each time you have a cold, it is caused by a distinct virus – e.g. adenovirus, rhinovirus, parainfluenza virus, and coronavirus. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria. They are tiny clusters of genetic material surrounded by a protein ‘wrapper’.


Medical science currently does not have any drugs that can kill these viruses. Antibiotics, including penicillin, do not have any effect on viruses. They are only used to treat secondary bacterial infections that can further complicate the effects of a cold.


How Are Colds Actually Contracted?


The most common source of infection is not from coughing or sneezing, or walking barefoot in the rain, but from hand-to-hand contact. That is why, when you have a cold, washing your hands frequently is very important. The likelihood of contracting the cold virus increases, however, if one is overtired and physically exhausted.


Most uncomplicated colds last eight to nine days; about 25% last two weeks; and 5-10% last three weeks.


As long as one’s temperature remains below 38.8 degrees Celsius, there is no need to lower it. Cold viruses do not reproduce at higher body temperatures. In fact, a slight fever should help us get rid of the virus quicker and feel better much sooner. It is our body’s own way of ridding itself of toxins.


Why are Aspirin and Tylenol counterproductive?


A study (J Infect Dis, Dec 1990; 162(6):1277-82) showed that people who take aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies that destroy the cold virus. This actually causes the body to take longer to fight the cold and it accounts for any secondary infections and post-nasal drip.


What Can Be Done to Prevent Getting the Common Cold?


While orthodox medicine does not have the answer for colds and ‘flu’, nature does – it comes in the form of pure organic unadulterated Therapeutic Essential Oils. Why? Because they are made up of very high frequency molecules (ranging from 52MHz to 320MHz) and contain nature’s wisdom and power to raise the body’s frequency and to assist our immune system in fighting viral invasions.


For greater clarity, organic Therapeutic Essential Oils are not the same as everyday aromatherapy oils, which are produced for fragrance and other purposes.


We now know that, in order to prevent colds, we need our immune system to be working in top gear and our overall body frequency to be in its optimal range. Our optimal range of body frequency can be lowered by negative thoughts/emotions, stress, blood chemistry imbalance, and ingested chemicals, which allow us to contract colds and viruses in the first place. Research has found that the high frequency of essential oils creates an environment where bacteria, fungi and viruses cannot survive. Essential oils provide a high frequency environment for the body.


Researchers have found that some essential oils – oregano, thyme and rosewood oils, in particular – create an autolytic (destruction of cells and tissues by enzymes produced by the cells, themselves) reaction in organisms, including streptococcus pneumonia. Dr. Diane Horne of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, told the 98th general assembly of the American Society of Microbiology about the serendipitous discovery of the impact of essential oils on cells such as streptococcus pneumonia (bacteria that causes a very serious type of pneumonia in children with sickle cell disease).





When Dr. Horne’s co-researcher was spraying aromatic oils in the laboratory, Dr. Horne looked at the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria that she was preparing for another experiment and noticed that its cells were literally falling apart. Dr. Horne and co-worker Sue Chao, of the Young Living Essential Oils Company of Payton, Utah, tested the autolyzing properties of 74 essential oils and discovered that the best results occurred with oregano, thyme and rosewood and that intermediate inhibition of the pathogens was achieved with cinnamon oil and clove oil. Dr. Horne pointed out that the oils also proved to be a powerful remedy against E. coli (a bacterium and virus in one) and several species of fungi.


What these tests revealed is that essential oils, such as oregano, clove, cinnamon, rosewood and rosemary, are so powerful that viruses and bacteria cannot survive in their presence. That is, the viruses and bacteria are destroyed when they come into contact with these therapeutic essential oils.


Dr. Horne and the Young Living Essential Oils company are not the only ones who now use therapeutic essential oils for destroying viruses and bacteria. Up until a decade ago, France was the forerunner of medical aromatherapy, where essential oils are encapsulated and prescribed to be taken orally or as suppositories by the patient.


French aromatherapy doctors employ the aromatogram, where a sample is taken from the infected area of the patient, cultivated in a laboratory, and then subjected to various essential oils to find the most effective oil to treat the infection for the specific patient.


They have found that different oil combinations work better when the oil combination is specifically blended for a patient. Even if various patients suffer from the same strain of bacteria, some oils seem to work better on certain people than on others.


While this is an over-simplification of the serious medicinal aspects of aromatherapy, it is helpful, nevertheless, in demonstrating the effectiveness of therapeutic essential oils in the medical arena.
In this particular field of essential oil therapy, there are some prominent medical doctors, such as Dr. Lapraz and Dr. Duraffourd of Paris, who have undertaken thousands of clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of essential oils in medical applications.


How Do Essential Oils Exert Such Powerful Effects In Our Bodies


Chemically, essential oils’ cell structure is very similar to the human cell structure. The essential oil of a plant and the human blood share several common properties.


The 4 primary elements in both human beings and essential oils:


* Plant Cells – carbon hydrogen nitrogen oxygen


* Human Cells – carbon hydrogen nitrogen oxygen


This shared chemistry makes essential oils one of the most compatible of all plant substances with human biochemistry. In addition, essential oils have a protein-like structure that is similar to that found in human cells and tissues, which allows the human protein cell structure to readily identify and accept the chemical constituents (powerful healing properties) of essential oils.


Essential oils have been proven to fight infection, improve the immune system and, because they contain hormone-like compounds, are very effective in initiating cellular/tissue regeneration. Why do they do this? Simply, because it is their job; because Mother Nature intended them to do so in order to protect the plants, themselves. Let’s examine how…


Working as the chemical defence mechanism of the plant, essential oils possess potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Essential oils are the plant liquid containing the Life Force of a plant. Analogous with the human body, essential oils are the blood plasma of a plant. They are volatile liquids distilled from various parts of plants, including seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruit (essential oils are sensitive to heat and should not be burned, as that destroys their therapeutic properties).


If a leaf or any part of a plant has been cut or damaged for some reason, the plant releases a liquid substance that protects it from further damage from microbes, bacteria, and viruses, and helps the plant to regenerate itself. This liquid is the essential oil that helps the plant to survive, which is why essential oils are called essential. Put simply, without it, the plant can’t survive. This same principle works in a very similar way in the human body, due to the fact that essential oils can permeate our tissues by being so highly compatible with our cell structure. How can this be possible?
It is possible because essential oils are complex substances, each containing 80 – 300 compounds of different chemical constituents, and all these compounds work synergistically. Hence, nature’s wisdom is encoded in the life force of a plant. Because essential oils are the life force of a plant, they need to be treated with the utmost professional respect and understating in order to retain their powerful healing properties.




So, how therapeutic are they?


Just follow your nose! The smell of the oil reveals how pure and potent it is. For example, when inhaling any oil – particularly peppermint, lavender or rosemary – the smell should linger on in the brain and have a very fresh smell. If it has a very sharp tinge to it or causes a sudden sharp sensation in the any part of the head, it contains chemicals which are ‘playing’ with the neurotransmitters and receptor sites in your brain. It also helps if you ask the company where and how they distill the oils and what chemicals are used. Many essential oil companies still use solvents in the process of distillation. You can tell by the smell. Why do they do it? Because distillation is a very expensive process, which requires time, care and integrity.


A brief look at some essential oils and the results of research so far:


Oregano is very aggressive against all microbes and it helps with digestive problems and is anti-inflammatory. Oregano and cinnamon tested at 95% efficiency against candida, E. coli and streptococcus strains.


Thyme oil is very powerful oil on viruses and has demonstrated protective properties for liver, kidneys and the heart due to its very high antioxidant properties.


Fennel oil, strengthens digestion, expels parasites and supports and raises overall metabolism.


Fennel and Juniper together exert a warming effect on the kidneys; very helpful during winter.


Cinnamon is 99.9% effective against all viruses. Ebola virus cannot survive in the presence of pure unadulterated cinnamon.


Rosemary is effective for parasites, fungi and, therefore, candida.


Clove is highly protective, and is the most powerful antioxidant in nature.


In summary, orthodox medicine has no cure for the common cold and the latest mainstream advice for preventing colds comes from studies on stress, stating to just avoid stress. This is neither possible nor realistic for the majority of the population as stress is always there in some way, emotional or just the demands of the 21st century. Extensive scientific research has proven that essential oils are quite capable of fighting the common cold because they are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory.


Using Grade-A organic therapeutic essential oils may help your immune system to ward off the attacks of the common cold as well as destroy other microbial invasions, such as candida infections, viruses and parasites. As essential oils are very high frequency molecules, ranging from 52MHz – 320MHz, they are able to raise our overall body frequency (which is 62-78 Hz when in its healthy range) every time we use them. This way, essential oils are the best ammunition against the common cold as well as destroying unwelcome microbial invasions, along with the daily dose of genuine positive thinking.




( Zheng GQ, et al. Sesquiterpenese from clove as potential anticarcinogenic agents. J.Nat Prod. 1992 July;55(7):999-1003.


Chao, et al. Screening for Inhibitory Activity of Essential Oils on Selected Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses. Journal of essential Oil Research, 1997.


Chao, et al., Antimicrobial Effects of Essential Oils on Streptococcus pneumonia. Journal of essential Oil Research 2001.


Essential Oil Desk Reference, Essential Science Publishing, USA. 3rd ed. 2004








Robert O. Becker. The Body Electric New York, Marrow 1985.


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 Thank you for enjoying these educational pieces about one of my favorite Essential Oils, Frankincense. Our bodies are extensions of our thoughts.  Our cells can only get out of alignment if we are. I find Frankincense a wonderfully aligning oil.  Tessa


Visit the link below to learn more about Young Living’s Frankincense Story

“The Gift of Frankincense”

Narrated by Doug Corrigan, Corporate Product Trainer

Very educational!

The Gift of Frankincense – November 2011



Michelle shared this a while back on her father and Frankincense…..Thanks Michelle!

….I also want to share about my Dad. I’ve mentioned before how he has used Frankincense for his lung congestion(COPD) and then he tried it on the top of his ears for what he thought to be skin cancer and that is gone—-well, last night he shared that he been trying it on his middle finger knuckle had a pea size knot that really stuck out and was sore. The knot is smaller and has softened. It’s so fun watching him use his Frankincense for different little things. He is on his third bottle and finding that it works for a lot of things…………

Michelle Stensgar, L.M.T.



 Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma and it  

·        Is stimulating and elevating to the mind.


·        Is useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering,


·        Is comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair.


·        Is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.


·        More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research.


·        Is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.


·        Has an approximate ORAC of 6,125 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.


 · Inhale frankincense essential oil to enhance meditation and spiritually refocus.


· Rub frankincense essential oil on the bottom of your feet to help alleviate nervous energy.



To learn how others have used Frankincense click into the link below.


Tessa (48482) is a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils  

©2011 Self-Health Essentials LLC


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 Zero-point energy has been around long before man began to open to this possibility. Enjoy this video on some possibilities. Please enjoy and for more information about a self-care zero-point device click here.

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Over 45 & Getting Younger


Olympic sprinter Dara Torres did it at age 41 by winning 3 silver medals at the 2008 Olympics. Champion swimmer Janet Evans aims to do it this year at 40. Will you do it?

And best selling author and founder of Access Consciousness™ Gary Douglas invites you to do it too.  While participating in his new upcoming workshop “Over 45 & Getting Younger” might not qualify you for this year’s Olympic team, it might allow you to win a more valuable race—the quest to enjoy embodiment for all of your life.

What’s the dream you have that you have concluded is not possible this lifetime because you’re just too old?  Would you be willing to change that?  That’s what this class is about.

Douglas, who has found that almost anything can be changed using the tools of consciousness, has noticed that “once you’re over 45, you assume your life is essentially over or it will be soon.  You get to this point where you don’t create   and generate anymore because you have all these points of view about where you’re over the hill. ‘I can’t do that,’ ‘I’m too old to do that.’ Is any of that true? No, but you will buy lies like crazy.”

This class, as Douglas describes it, is “for those of you who have decided perhaps you can’t create everything you would like to have in your life and perhaps you have to be satisfied.  I want you to be dissatisfied.”

One example of how dramatically the tools can work is with a 60 year old woman who wished to be a jazz singer.  Her voice was not outstanding, and becoming a jazz singer at age 60 is not supposed to be possible. After Douglas’s work, by the time she was 64, she was singing in 7 different jazz clubs in NYC every week.  Supposedly that doesn’t happen when you’re over the hill.”

Douglas himself is a model of what he teaches.  He’ll turn 70 this year, and he still works 12 hours a day and has a great time living.  He also looks younger than many people 10-20 years younger than he is.

Geography is no obstacle to this “Over 45 and Getting Younger,” which will be “live-streamed” via the internet to locations worldwide from its location in Noosa, Queensland, Australia June 22-24.  Unlike many of Douglas’ classes, this one requires no prior Access Consciousness™ experience and is open to anyone interested.

As you might have gathered, Douglas has a different view of being in a body than most people walking around on planet earth, including most “experts.” “You are an infinite being, and your body is in you,” says Douglas.  “So your body should be as infinite as you are.”

Your body is in you? Does that seem impossible to even imagine?   Try this short exercise:  Close your eyes, and find the outside edges of you. Wherever you find them, push on them and see what’s beyond them.  Keep going.

Don’t read on till you’ve done that much.

Now, could you find any edges of you, or did you discover that wherever you go, there you are?  If so, then ponder the question of whether you are in your body, or is your body in you?  How could anything as small as your physical body hope to contain the huge infinite being that is you?

If that twists your middle-aged mind, you might consider participating in Douglas’s workshop. The greatness of embodiment is a cornerstone of Douglas’s work.

Douglas has an approach to being in bodies that differs from many spiritual practices which have the point of view you should leave your body on the curb while you journey to enlightenment, picking up your body on your way out. He and his business partner, Dr. Dain Heer, ask, “If being in a body were not a greatness, why would we as infinite beings choose to come back in bodies again and again?” he asks.  “There must be a greatness in embodiment.”  Douglas and Heer, the author of Embodiment, the Manual You Should Have Been Given When You Were Born; and the newly released, Being You, Changing the World, have been working to unlock this greatness ever since.

If reclaiming the greatness of your body, whatever its age, and reclaiming the greatness and possibility of your dreams appeals to you, Over 45 and Getting Younger might just be your ticket to where you’ve been trying to go for years.

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Mad As a Hatter

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Written by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD and Galen D. Knight, PhD   
April 2 2009

How to Avoid Toxic Metals and Clear Them from the Body

What’s wrong when people follow Dr. Weston A. Price’s dietary principles but still suffer from significant health problems? Why do so many people try to eat good fats but find they cannot digest them? What is the reason for digestive distress and dysbiosis despite taking high-quality probiotics and consuming cultured foods and broth? Why are some babies sickly even when the parents eat a nourishing diet prior to conception and throughout pregnancy and lactation?

The answer may be toxic metals. Though we may honor our bodily temples with nourishing foods, we cannot realize our full health potential so long as we remain waste dumps for mercury, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, lead and nickel. Even the “precious metals” gold, silver and platinum can create problems. Mix well with a dose of chloride and fluoride found abundantly in municipal water supplies and it’s no wonder that so many of us are sick and tired.

Health practitioners over the past few decades have also begun seeing more and people “glowing in the dark” because of nuclear waste and weapons. The use of so-called “depleted uranium” weapons in armed conflicts is suspected of contributing to the “Gulf War Syndrome,” an array of health problems associated with the Gulf War as well as the ongoing Iraqi war and other conflicts.

Although the mental and physical problems from metal toxicity have escalated in recent years, our very language tacitly acknowledges the historic toxicity of certain metals: “Mad as a hatter” from the Civil- War-era’s crazed use of mercury sizing in hat manufacture, “gold fever” from the murderous greed of early prospectors, “lead poisoning” as black humor for “getting shot,” and, more recently, “get-the-lead-out” exhortations from trainers who would have us exercise long and hard in order to sweat out toxins and melt excess fat.

The medical establishment currently recognizes only acute metal toxicity, the type that leads to painful, sudden and severe symptoms, including cramping, nausea, vomiting, sweating, headaches, breathing difficulties, convulsions, and impaired cognitive, motor and language skills. With acute metal toxicity, the effect of consumption, inhalation, skin contact and other exposure is clear. Acute toxicities occur most often on job sites when workers are exposed to hazardous substances, though accidents occur on the home front too. Pesticide, herbicide and chemical fertilizer spills at homes and schools, for example, are some of the common reasons why previously healthy people join the ranks of the chemically sensitive and environmentally ill.

In 1986 Congress established the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the Department of Health and Human Services in order to deal with effects of hazardous environmental substances on human health. In cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the ATSDR compiles priority lists of hazardous substances each year. Out of 275 substances on the 2007 list, arsenic is number one, lead two, mercury three and cadmium seven.Of these fearful four, mercury is the most studied, but all four have similar adverse effects on the body.

Chronic Exposure

Victims of acute metal toxicity make the six o’clock news, but far more people suffer adverse effects from low-level, chronic exposure to multiple metals. Because the symptoms may develop over a period of many years and are often interchangeable with other signs of poor health, sufferers rarely recognize slowly accumulating mercury and other metals as the culprits. Thus, although nearly everyone on the planet carries some toxic load, not everyone shows obvious and distinguishing ill effects. After all, fatigue, digestive distress, aching joints and depression, to name just a few everyday complaints, are considered “normal” in our increasingly sick and aging society. Almost all chronically sick patients, regardless of their specific symptoms or diagnoses, have sustained significant exposure to toxic metals. Mercury toxicity should be assumed in anyone who has—or has had—amalgam fillings or root canals and who also chews.2 Aluminum, cadmium, lead, cobalt and arsenic and other metals are rarely absent from such patients.3

Dose, duration, manner of exposure, biochemical individuality, genetic propensity, diet quality and stress levels combine to determine the degree of ill effects. Good nutrition is key because a deficiency of vital metals will lead to their replacement by toxic metals in enzyme binding sites. Lead will replace calcium, for example, cadmium will replace zinc, and aluminum and nickel will replace magnesium and manganese. These substitutions will allow a certain degree of vital enzyme function, but in time lead to physiological dysfunction.4,5

Sadly, it no longer takes decades or even years to become toxic. Babies are born toxic because mercury and other metals pass through the placenta from toxic mothers. The Environmental Working Group reports that blood samples taken from the umbilical blood of newborns show an average of 287 toxins including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and Teflon chemicals. This is a primary reason why babies come into this world with compromised digestive and immune systems. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) estimates that over 60,000 US children are born each year at risk for life-long problems because of dangerous blood levels of mercury in their mothers.6

Vaccinations containing mercury and aluminum then add to the burden, often sending an already vulnerable child over the edge into autism, ADD/ADHD, life-threatening allergies and autoimmune diseases. Thimerosal has mostly been removed from children’s vaccines. However, old batches are still given to children, if not in the US then abroad. As for new batches, even the FDA admits that they may contain trace amounts.7,8

The Weston A. Price Foundation has educated parents about how to optimize their nutrition prior to conception. But unless parents also detoxify themselves of toxic metals before conception, this trend will not reverse, and we will continue to see the degeneration of our children’s health.

A Litany of Adverse Effects

Evidence that toxic metals cause, contribute to or accelerate the development of chronic illness is widely available in the scientific literature. Metal toxicity adds to oxidative stress, inhibits antioxidant production and utilization, blocks enzyme functions and poisons sulfur biochemistry, adversely affecting the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in the body. It would be wrong to blame the epidemics of fatigue, depression, anxiety, food and drug addictions, insulin resistance, diabetes, learning disabilities, allergies, asthma, digestive distress, adrenal gland exhaustion, hormonal imbalances, memory loss and other all-too-familiar health problems solely on metal toxicity but metals certainly can play a major role in these conditions.9

Although symptoms of poisoning by the various metals commonly overlap, different metals tend to favor different sites. Mercury and cadmium accumulate heavily in kidneys, but cadmium doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier the way mercury does. Cadmium overload is associated more with peripheral neuropathy than central nervous system problems. Lead deposits primarily in bone, and it disrupts erythropoiesis, the formation of red blood cells, contributing to poor bone health, osteopenia and osteoporosis.10-12

The litany of adverse effects from exposure to mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic is a long one. It includes physical, muscular and neurological degeneration. Toxic heavy metals can cause, contribute to or accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and other brain and neurological disorders.13

Toxic metals also contribute to the plague of female reproductive system problems such as menstrual difficulties, infertility, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension and premature births. Toxic metals have also been linked to increased breast cancer risk. A recent study out of Georgetown University showed that the metals mercury, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead, tin, chromium and vanadate activated estrogen receptor alpha sites in human breast cell cancer lines in ways similarly to the human estrogen estradiol. The metals also altered gene expression, perturbed hormonal balance and accelerated the proliferation of the breast cancer cells.14

Mercury and other toxic metals further contribute to cancer development and growth by preventing the biosynthesis and functioning of vitalethine, an endogenous regulator of key metabolic pathways necessary for a “vital” immune system. Adequate natural vitalethine controls immune responses, probably to all types of cancer and to infectious agents like AIDS. Evidence is accumulating that vitalethine is also crucial for proper cholesterol metabolism, red blood cell production and diabetes prevention.15 For our bodies to make natural vitalethine, we need the sulfur-containing amino acid, L-cysteine, along with the vitamin pantothenic acid.16 However, if high-quality, usable protein and cysteine become deficient because of poor diet or poisoning by metals, our bodies will try to compensate by making cysteine from the essential amino acid, methionine through the toxic intermediate homocysteine. Problematic metal toxins in the body may bind and interfere with the conversion of homocysteine, trapping it so that it accumulates metabolically.17-19

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