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About the masks…

Do they work?

Of course they do.  And of course they don’t – at least, they don’t deliver as often promised…

Think of the mask as a filter. If your filter has “big holes” it won’t keep out tiny things.

Any mask fabric has weave apertures (holes between the threads) that any self-respecting virus could easily fly through, riding in on the propulsion of a forceful sneeze. Viruses are incredibly tiny, only visible in specialized microscopes.

What about multiple masks?

Think of the mask as a filter. If your filter has “big holes” it may not keep out all tiny things, even with multiple layers of “big holes” – but it will capture some of them. So does that mean that masks are worthless?  No…   Are they effective protection against a virus?  No…

No, not masks alone.  In concert with other measures, masks can decrease the number of viral particles getting into your oral cavity and replicating.  Filters, even “big hole” filters of different fabrics, will decrease the number of viral particles that enter. A critical mass of viral strings are required to initiate a viral infection.  And taking nutrients that inhibit replication/multiplication of the virus (for example quercetin, Vitamin C, turmeric) will enhance the effects of the mask.

You also want to discourage the possibility of those few viral strings proliferating in your mouth or nasal passages. Wearing a mask toomuch creates a protected environment for their growth!  Take breaks from mask wearing when you’re not in close contact with others, not in a virally-loaded airspace,  when you’re outdoors.  Between mask wearings, use an anti-viral mouth wash or gargle, such as hydrogen peroxide mixed with mint, to disable unwanted entrants. Hydrogen peroxide kills viruses and many other micro-organisms as a disinfectant.

Many masks DO block larger sized organisms such as bacteria. Blocking bacterial in the air from entering your system will reduce the total immune load on your body. That’s a good thing.

There are masks that include silver or copper threading, which are strongly anti-viral, killing/blocking viruses from entering your system or emerging from you. That’s what we wear at Health InSyncs.  But the risk of over-wearing any mask remains. Even if viruses and other organisms are not entering the oral cavity, the  prolonged disruption of natural oral ventilation is stressful for the immune system.

There’s no magic mask. Work with what works for you, your exposure to people,  your immune strength, your mask budget.

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Building Immune Strength

For colds, flus & other viruses

Your best defense in the viral season of colds and flus is innate strength,  your body’s natural Immune Defense Team. Highlighting a few of the strongest challenges for that Team:

  • Less sunshine
  • Excess sugar
  • Excess stress
  • Less sleep

Less sunshine   As daylight hours shorten, we lose several sunshine gifts that support the immune system. Reduced exposure to the sun’s infrared rays reduces one of  nature’s natural detox services. Less representation of the blue-violet  spectrum (from the angling of the sun through the atmosphere) increases depression. Less sunshine is also a significant reduction in natural Vitamin D, essential to immune function. Seasonal dietary choices (less fresh greens, more carbs) also decrease the supply of minerals needed to assimilate Vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins.

Excess sugar
‘Tis the season of the Sugar Fest ! This unlabeled  and progressive event  blooms with the arrival of  Halloween and continues  until new year resolutions appear. Whether self-supplied or provided at festive gatherings, sugary foods/sugar indulgence contributes to suppression of the immune system, creating greater vulnerability to minor and major viruses. One estimate is that the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar suppresses immune function up to 6 hours. How many sugars in your coffee? in your kombucha? Any contacts with viral-loaded people after those events when you’ve suppressed your Defense Team?

Excess stress
Stress activates a priority/crisis management system that 1) stimulates extra sugar production (yikes, see above) in the bloodstream as reserve fuel, and 2) suppresses immune, digestive, and hormonal systems to allow quick and intense responses from the nervous system. Yes, stress suppresses your immune system! (as well as your libido and your digestive efficiency…) We don’t grow without stress, but we don’t maintain health with constant stress or a mind/body unrestored from stress. Fall and winter tend to be more stress-filled with employment activity, beginnings and deadlines.

Deficient sleep or sleep quality
Stress accompanied by decreased physical activity increases the amount of  cortisol in circulation in your body – a powerful interference with restorative sleep. Cortisol  promotes light sleep of continued “vigilance” and interferes with the production and  restorative action of the hormone melatonin, required for repair throughout the body.  Whereas nature intended more hours of sleep in the fall and winter seasons, we have artificially created “higher productivity” of as many if not more “working” hours…  Another seasonal sleep concern: we tend to overheat our bedrooms, which reduces our sleep-time anti-inflammatory efforts. Our bodies can be warm, but the air we breathe while we sleep should be cooler. 

Strengthen your Defense Team
Nothing new,  just reminders of how you can choose your health. You can improve your pre-sleep habits for better quality sleep, increase your Vitamin D dosing, maintain physical activity, manage your blood sugar, or many other options for creating the best Defense Team. The choices are yours, the benefits are better resilience, less illness, and faster recovery from the viral challenges of the season.

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Eating Mold? Check the possibilities

We think about mold exposure from water leaks in our homes, from excess moisture in dark closets, or buried in carpet pile.  But what about in the foods we eat?

According to a recent feature article from brainMD (June 15, 2021), the following toxins produced by molds may occur in certain processed foods.

  • Aflatoxins, known carcinogens, often found in corn and peanuts
  • Deoxynivalenol/vomitoxin, produced by molds, may contaminate grains including barley, corn, rye, wheat
  • Fumonisins, produced by molds that contaminate corn, found in cornmeal and breakfast cereals
  • Ochratoxin A, a kidney-toxic product of various molds, contaminates cereals including barley, corn, oats, wheat
  • Patulin, produced by molds that grow on apples, may be in apple juice made with rotten or damaged apples

Some cases of “food sensitivity” may actually be the result of reactions or associations with molds, rather than directly to the food itself. You can’t necessarily “taste” mold toxins contained in foods.

What’s the bottom line? 

  • Eat clean, undamaged fresh foods when available. 
  • Trim generously when there are skin or surface molds; these often do permeate the flesh of fruits and vegetables, breads, cheeses.
  • Consider the probable quality of ingredients when you purchase processed foods.
  • Neither price nor brand-name recognition necessarily imply quality. Choose products, as feasible, from a few manufacturers that you have researched and that you trust for their commitment to product quality and consumer health.

And don’t forget to also check for leaks, old carpets and moisture spaces in your environment. A dehumidifier and/or an air purifier with ultraviolet and/or ionizing features will help reduce the potential mold load in your living and working spaces.

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Easy, cheap bio-hacks…

Bio-hacking is the trending term for upping your game, improving your function. Here are some easy, inexpensive bio-hacks you can use to improve your mind, body and spirit function. 

  • Choose one important thing to do or work on each day, and do it first
  • Spend time in nature, or at least gazing at it (even photographs of nature work!)
  • Remove toxic cleaning materials from your home
  • Smile when you feel stressed
  • Drink filtered water – and not from plastic bottles!
  • Practice gratitude hourly
  • Walk vigorously 5-20 minutes daily (to your ability)
  • Stop to breathe deeply for 2 minutes at least once daily
  • Give 3-5 second hugs, and mean it
  • Listen to your favorite music for an energy lift
  • Volunteer for a cause of passionate interest to you
  • Relish the sight, smells and texture of your food before eating
  • Spend time with people who have habits or traits you want to develop or improve 

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Forgotten research, everyday remedies

Vitamin C
In 1935 Dr. Claus W. Jungeblut, MD at Columbia University published his success in treating polio (virus) with high doses of Vitamin C.  In 1947 he published his findings that many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, were related to Vitamin C deficiency.  In the 1950’s he published his finding that smoking one cigarette consumed 125 mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin E
In 1940 Drs. Evan and Wilfred Shute published their success using high dose Vitamin E to prevent fibroids and endometriosis. They also treated over 30,000 patients with cardiovascular disease with high dose Vitamin E.

The next time that a health professional tells you that vitamins are a waste of money, just compassionately recognize they are behind in their continuing education.   : ) 

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Albizia, the Happiness Herb

Albizia julibrissin,  better known as the mimosa tree, is the source of an ancient herb also known as the “calming spirit” or “happiness herb.”  The herb usually contains both the bark and the flowers of the mimosa tree, although they are sometimes used separately.  In the Chinese Materia Medica, the bark is attributed with “anchoring” the spirit while the flowers “lighten” it.

Ancient medical applications included: calming sedative, effects of grief, depression, melancholy, anxiety, insomnia, amnesia, sore throat and contusion as well as anger due to “constrained emotions.”  Although ancient formulas often employed much stronger dosing than contemporary usage, there are no known side effects. However, it is contra-indicated during pregnancy as it may stimulate uterine contractions .

In modern studies, albizia appears to enhance neurotransmitter secretion and regulation. It demonstrates sedative activity, anti-depressant effects and neuroprotective effects. It has also been shown to be anti-inflammatory and to stimulate immune function.

In summary, albizia appears to nourish and stabilize the nervous system through multiple mechanisms. Sounds like a happiness pill with no detriment! Mother Nature in support of human health, again.

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EMF Risks

Humans are electromagnetic emitters and receivers.  Cell phones are convenient devices, but also electromagnetic emitters and receivers. Our embrace of cell phones is quite understandable. Yet there are over 2,000 studies suggesting that cell phones are dangerous, particularly to our brains, and particularly to our children.  EMF (ElectroMagnetic Fields) produced by the human body and the Earth are  essential to human life and are even used in healing the body.  So EMF is not necessarily evil or destructive to humans. That is, unless it’s 1) dissonant, 2) excessive, or 3) chronically, repetitively applied to sensitive tissues.  Then it becomes electromagnetically risky, or appropriately called electro-pollution.

  1. Dissonant?   The electronic emissions of cell phones and wireless devices in general are electronically dissonant with the electromagnetic emissions of the human body. They can interfere, even override the natural patterns of our bodies. That means they can particularly interfere with brain function and heart function, but literally can weaken or disrupt the normal electromagnetically regulated cellular function of any cell in the body. Many artificially made electronic patterns and human regulatory patterns just don’t dance well together. 
  2. Excessive?   In the US, the FCC (the government agency that regulates telecommunications) allows cell phones to have greater EMF strength (for longer transmission distances) than most other countries allow.  Studies demonstrate electrical and thermal brain changes within 2 minutes of holding a cell phone to your ear.  (Two minutes is for women and children; it seems that men are a little more protected by their thicker skulls.) 
  3. Chronic exposure to sensitive tissues?    Breast cancer is more frequent when women wear cell phones in their bra, prostate issues are more prevalent in men with chronic laptop use, some pituitary and other brain tumors are associated with frequent cell phone use.  These are examples of sensitive tissues experiencing repetitive exposure, regardless of whether calls are received or made on that cell phone! 

Consider the potential effects of a cell phone frequently tucked into a back pocket (hip joint, ovaries, adrenals, kidneys), front pocket (gonads, urinary tract), or the chest pocket (heart, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, lungs), or parked next to your bed at night (brain, sinuses, ears). 

Electropollution is not just about cell phones and cell phone towers, it includes all wireless devices, fluorescent lighting, home and industrial/commercial electronics. Smart meters anyone? Remotely initiated coffee-making and thermostat setting? 

Can we control our exposures?  Certainly there’s much that’s not under individual control, so focus on what you can control or reduce. Support your health with conscious action.  Here are a few ideas for reducing the effects of cell phone and EMF pollution in your life. In the September webinar, we’ll identify additional EMF areas to consider and more strategies and suggestions.

  1. Distance helps.  Park your phone or other wireless device at least one foot away from your body, preferably in a briefcase or purse, or near your workspace.
  2. Unplug what you’re not actively using. (Not the refrigerator or freezer, we agree.) But the television, coffee pot, blender, music system – all generate electric and electromagnetic fields, even when they’re “off” (they are partly “on” in the “off” setting for the convenience of fast start-up). If you have several devices plugged into a surge suppressor,  you can simply unplug the surge suppressor.
  3. Use electromagnetic fields.  There are “personal shields” as wearable devices. There are “space shields” that create human-resonant frequencies or that reduce electronic “noise” for rooms, buildings, and electronic devices. 
  4. Protect your sleep environment. Remove unessential electronics from your bedroom. At least move all devices and plug-ins as far away from your head as possible. 
  5. Use the speakerphone or earphones on your cell phone. Putting the phone to your head induces thermal and electromagnetic changes in the brain, quickly. Neither is desirable.  Guys, thick-headedness offers only a short-time benefit.
  6. Evaluate the essentiality of your wireless devices in your home or workspace. Use hard-wired switching of devices as much as physically possible or cabling rather than wi-fi connections.
  7. Get an EMF meter to measure the EMF in your home.  Find out if you have “hot spots” that may be on the other side of the wall but affecting your work or sleep space.
  8. Pulse your cell phone use with Airplane settings or similar.  Your cell phone emits significantly less EMF in airplane mode. If you can check in to your phone every 30-60 minutes, instead of having it actively on all the time, you significantly reduce your personal exposure.
  9. Protect children from cell phones. Children are especially sensitive to electropollution. Particularly if you have sensitive children, consider electromagnetic shields for their sleep or play places, or your home in general.

Remember, it’s about maintaining your health and resilience, and minimizing the dangers. That’s what we can do for ourselves and our families. 

– dr m

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Summarizing Suzy on Cilantro…

In her recent column, Suzy Cohen (“America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist”) described several medicinal attributes of one of my favorite herbs, cilantro. In my rehab from mercury toxicity in the past, cilantro extract was part of the chelation armamentarium; I also really enjoy fresh cilantro as an herb in many “southern” (Central and South American) dishes. So I was appreciative of Suzy’s attention, surprised at the range of cilantro’s potential benefits, and re-enthused for enjoying more of its culinary offerings. I offer some highlights of Suzy’s column (SuzyCohen.com).

Detoxification   Cilantro is rich in chlorophyll, carotenoids, quercetin and other antioxidants, and a gentle chelator of heavy metals. That’s a powerhouse for detoxification! Antioxidants are best known as “housekeepers” that help clear the body of many free radicals and toxins.  Chelators dissolve and transport heavy metals that have accumulated in the body and help them get escorted out of the body via the urine. 

Bone Building    Cilantro is an excellent source of Vitamin K, well-known for its role in building bone mass. It also is a generous source of minerals that are used to build strong bones: magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. Caution: because of the high Vitamin K content, people on anticoagulant therapy are sometimes advised to avoid cilantro.

Reducing seizure activity   As an adjunct to seizure controlling medications, cilantro demonstrates support for the function of potassium channels and help reduce aberrant firing in the brain.  That can educe the severity or frequency of seizures.

These uses, supported by studies, are based on cilantro eaten as food, not on cilantro extracts or concentrates. Cilantro offers gentle support through natural physiologic mechanisms for healthier function. 

My curiosity was piqued by a few friends and family with a strong distaste for cilantro. I suspected there was something “wrong” with them! It turns out that there is a genetic SNP/variation in their “smell genes” that makes the aroma of cilantro quite offensive to some people.  It’s reportedly a rare SNP.  But if you have a strong reaction to cilantro, don’t fight your genetics!  There’s another herb out there for your uniqueness.