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Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport
February 21, 2014
A recent study proposes that gluten intolerance and celiac disease are on the rise as a result of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
The National Library of Medicine states that celiac disease “damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.”
The study authors, Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, have a different view. They point out that this rise in celiac disease parallels the increase in the use of Roundup, and the effects of glyphosate are those listed for celiac disease.
Here is the abstract of their study [Interdisciplinary Toxicology, http://www.intertox.sav.sk/, 2013, Vol. 6 (4), 159-184]: “Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II:…
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MRSA a journal/photos of the healing process using homeopathics.
Thanks to Pierre Fontaine RS Hom CCH For posting this case;
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections…..so its time to think of other options like homeopathy
Are you REALLY interested in doing medical research,here is a start;
all active-original links can be found here http://www.pnc.com.au/~cafmr/online/research/index.html
We are all victims of fraud in medical research, after reading these articles/documents you will see for yourself;
• Vivisection or Science: A Choice To Make – By Prof. Pietro Croce – Excerpts from Croce’s book of the same name, in which the former animal researcher details precisely why vivisection is unscientific and misleading.
• The Pharmaceutical Drug Racket – Part One – By CAFMR – Describes the poisonous nature of pharmaceutical drugs, their devastating affects on our health and economy, and the powerful interests behind this deadly industry.
• The Pharmaceutical Drug Racket – Part Two – By CAFMR – Exposes the massive fraud in drug testing that ensures the survival and proliferation of the highly dangerous and profitable drug industry.
• A Critical Look at Animal Experimentation – By Christopher Anderegg MD PhD, Murry J. Cohen MD, Stephen R. Kaufman MD, Rhoda Ruttenberg MD, Alix Fano MA, Medical Research Modernization Committee – The animal research community wishes the public to equate animal experimentation with medical progress, but increasing numbers of scientists and clinicians are challenging animal experimentation on scientific grounds.
• The Scientific Case Against Animal Experiments – By Dr Robert Sharpe – Former Senior Research Chemist says that the case against animal experiments is strongly reinforced by scientific arguments. This is because people and animals are different in the way their bodies work and in their response to drugs and disease.
• Doctors Against Vivisection – Quotes by doctors denouncing the scientific validity of animal research. Excerpted from the book 1000 Doctors (& many more) Against Vivisection, (Ed. Hans Ruesch).
• Perspectives On Medical Research – By Medical Research Modernization Committee – Scientific journal focusing on the use of animals in biomedical research.
• The History of Medical Progress – By Ray Greek MD, Medical Research Modernization Committee – Vivisectionists claim that animal experimentation is responsible for the major medical advances, however, an investigation of medical literature reveals an entirely different story.
• Human Experimentation: Before the Nazi Era and After – By David J. Rothman – Excerpted from the author’s book Strangers At The Bedside. As soon as animal vivisection had become standard practice in modern medicine, vivisectors recognized that the only way animal research could really be validated for human medical problems was to finally conduct the experiment on human beings, for there is no assurance from animal research itself that a given drug would be valid for human application.
• Human Experiments: A Chronology of Human Research – By Vera Hassner Sharav, Alliance for Human Research Protection. AHRP is a national network of lay people and professionals dedicated to advancing responsible and ethical medical research practices, to ensure that the human rights, dignity and welfare of human subjects are protected, and to minimize the risks associated with such endeavors.
• Corporate Crime in the Pharmaceutical Industry – By Dr John Braithwaite – Review of the book of the same name which shows how pharmaceutical multinationals defy the intent of laws regulating safety of drugs by bribery, false advertising, fraud in the safety testing of drugs, unsafe manufacturing processes, smuggling and international law evasion strategies.
• Why Do Pharmaceutical Drugs Injure and Kill? – By Robert Ryan BSc, CAFMR – Deaths due to the intake of pharmaceutical drugs have reached epidemic proportions. Is this because drugs are fraudulently tested?
• Death by Medicine – By Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD, Dorothy Smith PhD – A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that modern medicine frequently causes more harm than good.
• What Doctors Don’t Tell You – Publisher of newsletters and books containing in-depth and cutting edge information exposing the dangers and short-comings of modern medicine and the availability of better alternatives.
• Conflicts of Interest In Clinical Trials – By Vera Hassner Sharav, Alliance for Human Research Protection. – Conflicts of interest have corrupted the soul of the American university, the ethics of medicine, the integrity of the scientific record, and the safety of patients who serve as human subjects in pre- and post-marketing clinical trials. Conflicts of interest in clinical trials result in deadly medicine. Adverse drug reactions in FDA-approved drugs are the leading cause of death in the United States.
• The Controlled Clinical Trial: An Analysis – By Harris L. Coulter PhD – Review of the book of the same name, in which the author critically examines the usefulness of randomised clinical trials. His thorough research reveals why the “controlled clinical trial” (CCT) cannot guarantee drug safety and efficacy. Click here to download book.
• DBAE’s Third International Scientific Congress – For the first time, lawyers joined doctors to seriously question the validity of animal experimentation in relation to human health at Doctors in Britain Against Animal Experiments’s Third International Scientific Congress, London, 10 May 1995.
• Why a Coalition of Doctors and Lawyers? – Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine, an alliance of medical and legal professionals, was formed out of Doctors in Britain Against Animal Experiments’s 1995 international scientific Congress, at which medical speakers were joined by lawyers.
• Cancer Research – A Super Fraud? – By Robert Ryan BSc, CAFMR – Have you ever wondered why, despite the billions of dollars spent on cancer research over many decades, and the constant promise of a cure which is forever “just around the corner”, cancer continues to increase?
• A Guide to The Problems With Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants – By Alix Fano MA, Murry J. Cohen MD, Marjorie Cramer MD, Ray Greek MD, and Stephen R. Kaufman MD, Medical Research Modernization Committee – There have been some 55 animal-to-human whole organ transplants attempted since 1906. All have proven unsuccessful, resulting in the suffering and death of all patients and donor animals.
• Doctors and Lawyers Unite to Oppose Transgenic Transplants – Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine called for a moratorium on transgenic transplants.
• Naked Empress or The Great Medical Fraud – By Hans Ruesch – Review of the book of the same name, which exposes vivisection as the racket that has become an endless source of profits and new diseases. The book explores the history and activities of the Drug Trust, an American-based, international drug cartel.
• Animal Experimentation: The Hidden Cause of Environmental Pollution – By Hoorik Davoudian BSc, SUPRESS/The Nature of Wellness – Exposes the scientific fraudulence of animal research and shows how it is routinely used and manipulated to make toxicants appear “safe” for human consumption.
• Slow Learners Or What? – Excerpted from the New York Times – Environmental regulation in the United States has been thrown into question after the National Institute of Environmental Health Services found upon reviewing their animal tests that these were inappropriate in identifying health hazards because chemicals frequently have wholly different effects between animals and humans.
• Scientific Toxicity Assessment – By Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine. The European Union Commission has proposed a strategy for a future Chemicals Policy, whereby some 100,000 different chemicals will be tested on animals. DLRM condemns this strategy as being totally irresponsible, since these animal tests are notoriously unreliable.
• Animal Experimentation: The Medico-Legal Alibi – Dr André Menache, speaking at the 10th World Congress on Law and Medicine, held at Jerusalem, Israel on 29 August, 1994.
• How Scientific are the ANU Monkey Experiments? – By Robert Ryan, CAFMR – A refutation of the scientific validity of primate experiments carried out the Australian National University.
• ANU Monkey Experiments: Science Or Science Fiction – By Robert Ryan, CAFMR – More on the unscientific ANU monkey experiments.
• Critique of NonHuman-Primate Research At Yerkes: A Summary – By Murry J. Cohen MD, Stephen R. Kaufman MD, and Brandon P. Reines MD, Medical Research Modernization Committee – Those who experiment on nonhuman primates have grossly exaggerated the role of nonhuman-primate studies in medical progress and significantly minimized the misleading data that results.
• A Critique of Maternal Deprivation Monkey Experiments at The State University of New York Health Science Center – By Murry J. Cohen MD, Medical Research Modernization Committee – The relevance and importance of maternal deprivation monkey experiments continue to be scientifically debated because of conceptual and methodological flaws in the experimental design.
• Science On Trial: The Human Cost of Animal Experiments – By Dr Robert Sharpe – Review of the book of the same name, in which the former Senior Research Chemist presents a powerful body of evidence and argument to demonstrate that, far from being scientific, animal research is methodologically flawed, and has retarded advances in human health.
• The Thalidomide Tragedy: Another Example Of Animal Research Misleading Science – By CAFMR – With the recent appearance of Thalidomide’s dreadful effects being passed on to the children of the drug’s victims, once again the issue has been raised of whether the drug tragedy in the 1960′s could have been predicted and thereby averted by the manufactures’ original animal tests.
• Shortcomings of AIDS-Related Animal Experimentation – By Stephen R. Kaufman MD, Murry J. Cohen MD, and Steve Simmons, Medical Research Modernization Committee – Animal experimentation consumes much of the funding for research aimed at addressing the AIDS epidemic. The Medical Research Modernization Committee has identified fundamental scientific problems with animal experimentation in general and AIDS-related animal experimentation in particular.
• Hepatitis C and Chimpanzees – By Ray Greek MD and Jean Greek DVM, Americans For Medical Advancement – Critique of the use of Chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates in Hepatitis C research.
• Health in Crisis – By CAFMR – Major afflictions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, iatrogenic (doctor induced) disease, diabetes, birth defects, asthma, arthritis, leukaemia, mental disease, and an endless list of other old diseases along with many new ones, such as herpes and AIDS, are killing and damaging more and more Australians every day.
• World Without Cancer and The Politics of Cancer Therapy – By G. Edward Griffin – Review of the book and audio of the same name which expose the science and politics of the Laetrile cancer therapy. The materials give a remarkable analysis of the international drug cartel and its devastating impact on medicine.
• The Drug Story – By Hans Ruesch – Reports on Morris Bealle’s 1949 classic book of the same name which looks into the history of the Drug Trust, its hidden ownership, profits, and impact on the health of the American people.
• In-Vitro Fertilisation – A Scientific Sham – By Robert Ryan BSc, CAFMR – The propaganda with which the IVF program is sold to the general public relies on its alleged usefulness in the treatment of infertility. However, IVF has only an approximate 10% success rate. In other words, it has a 90% failure rate!
• Divided Legacy: A History of the Schism in Medical Thought; Volume IV. Twentieth-Century Medicine: The Bacteriological Era – By Harris L. Coulter PhD – Review of the book of the same name in which the medical historian continues his analysis of the clashes between Empiricism and Rationalism which have dominated the history of medicine since ancient times.
• Poisonous Prescriptions – By Dr Lisa Landymore-Lim – Review of the book of the same name which describes the poisonous nature of pharmaceutical drugs and their adverse effects. The book details the relationship of asthma and diabetes to antibiotics and other drugs.
• SIDS and Seizures – By Harris L. Coulter PhD – Examines a number of studies in respect to vaccinations and SIDS and seizures. Shows how epidemiological statistics are manipulated to clear vaccinations of any causal effect.
• Vaccination Debate: Do Vaccines Cause Cot Deaths? – Harris L. Coulter PhD debates on the vaccination link to sudden infant death syndrome.
• Why a Satisfactory Solution to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Has Not Been Achieved – By Dr Archie Kalokerinos – Eminent MD speaks out against the SIDS establishment.
• Red Nose Day – The Controversy Deepens – By CAFMR – More damning evidence has come to light about causes of cot death.
• Look at Cots to Isolate Possible Cause of SIDS – By Dr Jim Sprott – Babies are succumbing to cot death because of inadvertent gaseous poisoning by extremely toxic nerve gases generated by microbiological action on certain chemicals within the baby’s mattress.
• The Cot Death Cover-Up? – By Dr Jim Sprott – Review of the book of the same name which details the poisonous gas-SIDS connection.
• Dispelling Vaccination Myths – By Alan Phillips – A presentation of the commonly held beliefs about vaccination, and an introduction to the medical studies, government statistics, and other credible evidence which directly contradicts these assumptions.
• Vaccination: The Medical Assault on the Immune System – By Viera Scheibner PhD – Review of the book of the same name which summarises the results of orthodox medical research into vaccines and their effects. The book informs of the short and long-term dangerous side-effects of vaccines, its ineffectiveness in preventing infectious diseases, and details the causal link between DPT and polio vaccines and cot death.
• Experimental Vaccines and Gulf War Syndrome – By Neil Z. Miller – Excerpted from Miller’s book Immunization Theory vs Reality: Exposé on Vaccinations. Thousands of United States military personnel who served in the Persian Gulf War are now seriously incapacitated from experimental drugs and vaccines which were imposed on them.
• Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola – Nature, Accident or Intentional? – By Dr Leonard G. Horowitz – Chapter by chapter summary of the book of the same name in which the author shifts the focus of science from African forests to America’s continuing military-medical-industrial enterprises, and meticulously documents how, when, where, and why the viruses, that now threaten humanity’s survival, were made.
• Human Sacrifices: Personal Stories of Vaccine Damage – Excerpted from Immunization Theory vs Reality.
• More Tragic Stories of Vaccine Victims – By National Vaccine Information Center.
• AVN Launches Vaccine-Reaction Register – On January 30, the Australian Vaccination Network will be presenting more than 200 reports of serious reactions and deaths following vaccination to the Federal Minister for Health and insisting that he thoroughly investigate each one.
• Paralytic Polio Linked To Vaccinations – Excerpts from The Infectious Diseases Series by Bill Bingham, National Anti-Vivisection Society, and The Vaccine Guide by Dr Randall Neustaedter. Reveals how the triple antigen and other vaccines have caused cases of paralytic polio.
• Vaccination and Social Violence – By Harris L. Coulter PhD – Author of Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality, Coulter develops the thesis that the “sociopathic personality” which has emerged on a mass scale in recent decades – and which is responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime and social violence – is causally linked to the childhood vaccination programs. In other words, vaccination causes encephalitis which in turn leads to these post-encephalitic states and conditions.
• Vaccination and Violent Crime – By Harris L. Coulter PhD – Hard-core criminals have very high incidences (much higher than the population at large) of: seizure disorders, dyslexia and hyperactivity, low IQ and mental retardation, autistic features, allergies, tendencies to alcoholism and drug abuse, etc. Research indicates that all of these conditions are recognisable as the long-term effects of encephalitis.
• How To Legally Avoid Unwanted Immunizations Of All Kinds – By Alternative Health E-Mall – Into every compulsory immunization law in America are written legal exceptions and waivers which are there specifically to protect you from the attempted tyranny of officialdom.
• Secret Government Database on Vaccine-Damaged Children – By Neil Z. Miller – Excerpted from Miller’s book Immunization Theory vs Reality.
• The Great Boycott – By Jon Rappoport – Describes why and how we should be boycotting the major pesticide companies. Explains the histories, products, and global health impact of these environmentally toxic, multinational chemical manufacturers.
• Are Supplements Safe? – By Robert Ryan BSc, Health Promotion Australia – The 2003 media circus that surrounded the problems with Pan Pharmaceuticals has created an impression with some people that nutritional supplements are “dangerous”. Let’s add some perspective.
• Codex – The International Threat To Health Freedom – By John C. Hammell, International Advocates for Health Freedom – The United Nations/World Health Organization’s Codex Alimentarious Commission may be the greatest threat to health freedom in the world today!
• FDA Attacks Alternative Clinics- Cancer Patients’ Lives Threatened – By John C. Hammell, International Advocates for Health Freedom – The Food and Drug Administration has a long-standing track record of suppressing novel therapies that compete with conventional oncology’s obscene profits.
• The Medical Monopoly Targets Homebirth – By CAFMR – Despite medicine’s dismal record of unsafe birth deliveries and the resultant high rates of medical litigation and record compensation pay-outs, the Medical Monopoly is attempting to discredit and outlaw Homebirths in Australia.
• The Story Behind Prozac… the Killer Drug – By Thomas Whittle & Richard Wieland, Church of Scientology – In the face of ever-mounting evidence of the dangers of the psychiatric drug Prozac, the FDA has balked at moving against the antidepressant which has accumulated more adverse reaction reports than any other substance in the 24-year history of the FDA’s ADR reporting system.
• Why to Avoid Ritalin: What You May Have Not Been Told About The Drug – Compiled by Healthy Source – Excerpts from official and non-official sources of the warnings, drug dependency risk, precautions and adverse reactions related to the use of Ritalin.
Campaign Against Fraudulent Medical Research
The mystery of Polio?
Just a week ago in the news ;The State of California found many cases of paralyzed arms in children .
What the health dept. has not looked into is the direct connection to recent polio vacc these kids had.
Paralytic Polio Linked To Vaccinations
“The early triple vaccine against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus had also been shown beyond doubt to cause paralytic polio in some children to whom it was administered. The incidence of polio in children recently vaccinated against diphtheria was statistically greater than in unvaccinated children, symptoms showing in the vaccinated limb within 28 days of the initial injection. This scandal broke in Britain during 1949, an epidemic year for polio, other reports soon following from Australia. Papers dealing with this topic are plentiful. One, British, gives details of 17 cases of polio which followed 28 days or less after various injections. (129) Another, Australian, gives details of 340 cases of polio, 211 of which had been previously vaccinated against whooping cough and/or diphtheria. Of these, 35 had been vaccinated within the preceeding 3 months and a further 30 within the previous year. (130) Dr. Geffen reported similar findings from the London Borough of St. Pancras, where 30 children under the age of 5 developed polio within four weeks of being immunized against diphtheria or whooping cough or both, ‘the paralysis affecting, in particular, the limb of injection.
In 7 other recently vaccinated cases, paralysis occured but not in the limb that had received the injection’. (131) Two medical statisticians at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine examined these reports and concluded that:
“‘In the 1949 epidemic of poliomyelitis in this country cases of paralysis were occuring which were associated with inoculation procedures carried out within the month preceding the recorded date of onset of the illness’. (132)
“Dr. Arthur Gale of the Ministry of Health reported 65 cases from the Midlands, where paralysis followed about two weeks after an injection; in 49 of these, paralysis occurred in the injected limb. (133)
Then it was reported that of 112 cases of paralysis admitted to the Park Hospital, London, during 1947-1949, 14 were paralyzed in the limb which had received one or more of a course of immunizing injections within the previous two months. In the majority of cases, the interval between the last injection and the onset of paralysis was between 9 and 14 days. Again, combined whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus injections were involved. This outbreak of polio followed an intensive immunization campaign during that time, 1947-49. (134)
Following these findings, the Ministry of Health recommended that diphtheria and triple vaccines should not be used in areas where polio was naturally present. From that time onwards, the incidence of paralytic polio decreased rapidly in Britain, even prior to the advent of Salk vaccination…”
(Bill Bingham, Diphtheria – Part Two, The Campaigners’ Handbook: The Infectious Diseases series, National Anti-Vivisection Society, 261 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 9PE, England, May 1988.)
“The medical profession has been aware of the damaging effects of vaccines on the immune system since their introduction. For example, the ability of pertussis and DTP vaccines to stimulate the onset of paralytic polio was first noted in 1909. In every polio epidemic since then DTP injections have caused the onset of polio disease.
“In 1950, two careful studies were conducted in the state of New York to evaluate the reports of an association between the onset of paralytic polio and recent injections. Investigators contacted the families of all children who contracted polio during that year, a total of 1,300 cases in New York City and 2,137 cases in the remainder of New York State. A history of vaccinations received in the previous two months was obtained on each child and from a group of matched controls in the same population. Those studies discovered that children with polio were twice as likely to have received a DTP vaccination in the two months preceding the onset of polio than were the control children (Korns et al., 1952; Greenberg et al., 1952).
“The association of vaccines with the onset of polio continues in the modern age. During a recent polio epidemic in Oman, DTP vaccination again caused the onset of paralytic polio. In that epidemic, 70 children 5 to 24 months old contracted paralytic polio during the period 1988-1989. When compared to a control group of children without polio, it was found that a significantly higher percentage of these children had received a DTP shot within 30 days of the onset of polio, 43 percent of polio victims compared to 28 percent of controls (Sutter et al., 1992). The DTP vaccine suppresses the body’s ability to fight off the polio virus.”
(Dr Randall Neustaedter, The Vaccine Guide: Making an Informed Choice, North Atlantic Books, 2800 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, California 94705, United States, 1996. Neustaedter’s web site at http://www.healthy.net/vaccine, which contains a forum for vaccine questions.)
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References to NAVS article:
129. Martin, J.K. 1950. “Local paralysis in children after injections” Arch. Dis. Childhood, March 1950, pp 1-5.
130. McCloskey, B.P. 1950. “The relation of prophylactic inoculations to the onset of poliomyelitis”. Lancet, April 8th, pp 659-663.
131. Geffan, D.H. 1950. “The Incidence of Paralysis Ocurring in London Children Within Four Weeks After Immunisation”. Medical Officer, April 8th, pp 137-140.
132. Bradford Hill, A., Knoweldon, J. 1950. “Inoculation and Poliomyelitis”. BMJ, July 1st, pp 1-6.
133. Gale, A.H. 1950. Daily Express, April 10th.
134. BMJ., July 29th, 1950.
Written by Katherine Czapp for Westonaprice
The Neglected Mineral We Cannot Live Without
Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal, the eighth most abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust. Because of its ready solubility in water, magnesium is the third most abundant mineral in sea water, after sodium and chloride. In the human body, magnesium is the eleventh most plentiful element by mass—measuring about two ounces. Most magnesium contained in the body is found in the skeleton and teeth—at least 60 to 65 percent of the total. Nearly the entire remaining amount resides in muscle tissues and cells, while only one percent is contained in our blood.
The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate. Magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport (ATP, the body’s fundamental energy currency), and the creation of proteins—the nucleic acid chemistry of life—RNA and DNA, in all known living organisms. In plants, a magnesium ion is found at the center of every chlorophyll molecule, vital for the creation of energy from sunlight. Magnesium is an essential element for both animals and plants, involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions affecting virtually all aspects of life.
Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well-functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.
Magnesium works in concert with calcium to regulate electrical impulses in the cell—magnesium concentration inside healthy cells is ten thousand times greater than calcium, and there are crucial reasons for this safeguard. Cellular calcium channels allow that mineral to enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse; it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled. This vigilance is necessary to prevent calcium accumulation in the cell, which could cause dangerous hyper-excitability, calcification, cell dysfunction and even cell death. When excess calcium enters the cells because of insufficient magnesium, muscle contraction is sustained for too long, and we suffer, for example, twitches and tics in mild cases. When magnesium deficiency becomes chronic, we suffer the symptoms of heart disease such as angina pectoris, hypertension and arrhythmia, or the spasms and contractions characteristic of asthma, migraine headache or painful menstrual cramping.
Magnesium operates as a natural calcium channel blocker and is responsible for relaxation—counter to calcium’s contraction. Thus magnesium is pivotally important to the healthy functioning of our parasympathetic nervous system. It may be hard to believe, but our bodies were actually designed to operate for the most part in a calm, relaxed parasympathetic state, rather than in the heart-pounding, stress- and adrenaline-driven mode of sympathetic nervous system dominance that is nearly constant for many of us today, and which uses up great quantities of magnesium.
Magnesium is so important to so many vital body functions, and its deficiency is integrally involved in so many diseases, that more than one researcher has dubbed magnesium a miracle in its ability to resolve or improve numerous disorders. The current list of disorders with direct and confirmed relationships to chronic and acute magnesium deficiency is long, and includes many diseases whose conventional medical treatment does not commonly address magnesium insufficiency (see below). Ongoing research promises to uncover further associations between magnesium deficiency and other illnesses.
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY IS ENDEMIC
Unfortunately, it is difficult to reliably supply our bodies with sufficient magnesium, even from a good, balanced whole foods diet. First of all, modern agricultural methods favor the universal use of NPK fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium). Both potassium and phosphorus are antagonists of magnesium in the soil, and on calcareous soils create a relative magnesium deficiency (the magnesium present is bound and therefore unavailable to the crop). On sandy or loamy soils that are slightly acid, an actual magnesium deficiency often exists, as the magnesium leaches from the soil and is also unavailable to the crop. This leaching also occurs in response to acid rain. Magnesium, in fact, is one of the most depleted minerals in farm soils. To add insult to injury, new plant hybrids are continually introduced that have been bred to survive on these mineral-depleted soils. Of course, when mineral-depleted crops are eaten by animals or by us, they will sooner or later cause disease. Even though organically raised crops should be a better bet nutritionally, this isn’t always the case, and it pays in terms of your health to learn how your farmer replenishes the minerals on his fields.
“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought back into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables, grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us—no matter how much of them we eat. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren’t worth eating as food.” These words of warning are from the 74th Congress, 2nd session, Senate document number 264, of 1936. It is truly sobering to learn that the decline in soil mineral balance was a topic of serious national concern more than seventy years ago, and the deficit has been affecting us—while steadily getting worse— since our grandparents’ generation.
Magnesium and other nutrients are diminished or lost in produce after harvest, through handling, refrigeration, transport and storage, even if all these steps were done “properly.” Buying produce and then storing it for days in your own refrigerator continues the nutrient loss, whether the produce is from the supermarket or your local farmers’ market.
Food processing causes enormous loss of magnesium in foods that are commonly fairly good sources of it, such as leafy greens, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Most of the magnesium in grain— found in the bran and germ—is lost in milling whole grains for white flour, which is used nearly exclusively for hundreds of devitalized processed food items. When nuts and seeds are roasted or their oils extracted, magnesium is lost. Cooking greens causes whatever magnesium they might contain to leach into the cooking water. Foods tend to lose less calcium than magnesium through these processes, adding to a troublesome dietary calcium overload that we will discuss shortly.
Fluoride in drinking water binds with magnesium, creating a nearly insoluble mineral compound that ends up deposited in the bones, where its brittleness increases the risk of fractures. Water, in fact, could be an excellent source of magnesium—if it comes from deep wells that have magnesium at their source, or from mineral-rich glacial runoff. Urban sources of drinking water are usually from surface water, such as rivers and streams, which are low in magnesium. Even many bottled mineral waters are quite low in magnesium, or have a very high concentration of calcium, or both.
A diet of processed, synthetic foods, high sugar content, alcohol and soda drinks all “waste” magnesium, as a lot of it is required for the metabolism and detoxification of these largely fake foods. According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the body requires at least twenty-eight molecules of magnesium to metabolize a single molecule of glucose. Phosphates in carbonated drinks and processed meats (so-called “luncheon meats” and hot dogs) bind with magnesium to create the insoluble magnesium phosphate, which is unusable by the body.
Tannins, oxalates, and phytic acid all bind with magnesium, making it unavailable to the body unless extra care is taken to neutralize some of these compounds during food preparation. It is interesting to note that foods commonly containing magnesium (provided they were grown in mineral-rich soil) also contain lots of these anti-nutrients, such as spinach (oxalates) and whole grains (phytates).
Many commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs cause the body to lose magnesium via the urine, such as diuretics for hypertension; birth control pills; insulin; digitalis; tetracycline and some other antibiotics; and corticosteroids and bronchodilators for asthma. With the loss of magnesium, all of the symptoms being “treated” by these drugs over time inevitably become worse.
Magnesium absorption is impeded with the use of supplemental iron. If you take calcium supplements, your need for magnesium increases, and in fact calcium will not be properly absorbed or metabolized if adequate magnesium is missing, and will mostly end up dangerously deposited in soft tissues. Magnesium is responsible for converting vitamin D to the active form that allows calcium to be absorbed, and also regulates calcium’s transport to hard tissues where it belongs. Lactose is another inhibitor of magnesium absorption (and milk is not a good source of the mineral to begin with), along with excess potassium, phosphorus and sodium.
Mental and physical stress, with its related continuous flow of adrenaline, uses up magnesium rapidly, as adrenaline affects heart rate, blood pressure, vascular constriction and muscle contraction— actions that all demand steady supplies of magnesium for smooth function. The nervous system depends upon sufficient magnesium for its calming effects, including restful sleep. Hibernating animals, by the way, maintain very high levels of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency will accelerate a vicious cycle and amplify the effects of chronic stress, leading to more anxiety, irritability, fatigue and insomnia—many of the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion—as well as to hypertension and heart pains—symptoms of heart disease.
Depression is related to stress and magnesium deficiency as well. Serotonin, the “feel good” hormone, requires magnesium in its delicate balance of release and reception by cells in the brain. Only when adequate levels are present can we enjoy mental and emotional equilibrium.
For reasons not fully understood, the body does not retain magnesium very well; certainly not as well as it holds onto calcium or iron, for example. Heavy sweating from endurance sports such as marathon running or strenuous exercise workouts can dangerously deplete magnesium stores and other electrolytes—although calcium is not wasted, by the way— resulting in trembling, faintness and even seizures and death. The drenching sweats that some menopausal women suffer cause magnesium loss as well, and their diminishing magnesium levels worsen their jagged nerves, sleep disturbances, panic attacks, body aches and depression. If these women have been tempted to consume modern soy products in a misguided attempt to moderate their symptoms, they will in fact lose even more magnesium because it will be bound to the abundant phytates in these concoctions.
A healthy gut environment is necessary for proper absorption of magnesium from the diet. Irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, candidiasis and other gut disorders can severely limit the amount of magnesium that the body will be able to absorb. Older adults often experience decreased stomach hydrochloric acid production, which can impair mineral absorption in general. And with so many treating their “heartburn” with antacids, a healthy digestive environment is hard to maintain.
CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM PARTNERSHIP
Both calcium and magnesium are necessary for the healthy body—in proper balance to one another, as well as to other necessary minerals. Considered biochemical antagonists, one cannot act without eliciting the opposite reaction of the other. Yet calcium and magnesium must both be present in balanced amounts for either one to function normally in the body. Some researchers suggest that the healthy ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet should be 2:1. Others consider 1:1 to reflect ratios that we evolved with based on our diet prior to the advent of agriculture. In modern industrialized countries the ratio from diet is from 5:1 to as much as 15:1. The imbalance of these two very important minerals produces many dire consequences in the body that are often overlooked by medical practitioners when treating the disease states they cause.
Aside from the intricate electrical dance that calcium and magnesium perform together, magnesium is necessary to keep calcium in solution in the body, preventing its inappropriate deposition in soft tissues. As long as we have sufficient hydrochloric acid in our stomachs we can dissolve calcium from the foods we eat. After calcium leaves the acidic environment of the stomach and enters the alkaline milieu of the small intestine however, it is magnesium that is necessary to keep calcium soluble. Without sufficient magnesium, a whole host of physiological aberrations can occur with serious health consequences.
As Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, explains, “In the large intestine it [precipitated calcium] interferes with peristalsis, which results in constipation. When calcium precipitates out in the kidneys and combines with phosphorus or oxalic acid, kidney stones are formed. Calcium can deposit in the lining of the bladder and prevent it from fully relaxing, and therefore from filling completely with urine. This leads to frequent urination problems, especially in older people. Calcium can precipitate out of the blood and deposit in the lining of the arteries, causing hardening (arteriosclerosis). . . It can coat and stiffen. . . plaque in the arteries. . . [and] can cause blood pressure to rise as well as increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Calcium can even deposit in the brain. Many researchers are investigating it as a possible cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Calcium can deposit in the lining of the bronchial tubes and cause asthma symptoms. Calcium in extracellular fluid. . . can decrease the permeability of cell membranes. This makes it increasingly difficult for glucose (a large molecule) to pass through the cell membrane to be converted to ATP in the cells’ mitochondria. High glucose levels created by excess calcium may be misdiagnosed as diabetes.”
MAGNESIUM IS A POTENT DETOXIFIER
Magnesium is utilized by the body for all sorts of detoxification pathways and is necessary for the neutralization of toxins, overly acidic conditions that arise in the body, and for protection from heavy metals. It plays a vital role in protecting us from the onslaught of man-made chemicals all around us. Glutathione, an antioxidant normally produced by the body and a detoxifier of mercury, lead and arsenic among others, requires magnesium for its synthesis. According to Mark Sircus, in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, a deficiency of magnesium increases free radical generation in the body and “causes glutathione loss, which is not affordable because glutathione helps to defend the body against damage from cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer chemotherapy, and toxins such as alcohol and just about everything else.”
When our bodies are replete with magnesium (and in balance with the other essential minerals) we are protected from heavy metal deposition and the development of associated neurological diseases. As Dr. Carolyn Dean explains, “Research indicates that ample magnesium will protect brain cells from the damaging effects of aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel. We also know that low levels of brain magnesium contribute to the deposition of heavy metals in the brain that heralds Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It appears that the metals compete with magnesium for entry into the brain cells. If magnesium is low, metals gain access much more readily.
“There is also competition in the small intestine for absorption of minerals. If there is enough magnesium, aluminum won’t be absorbed.”
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY IN TOOTH DECAY AND OSTEOPOROSIS
Ask anyone—your neighbor or even your dentist or doctor—what bones and teeth require to be strong and healthy, and you will undoubtedly hear the response, “Plenty of calcium.” Bones and teeth certainly do require calcium—as well as phosphorus and magnesium, but without adequate amounts of the latter, calcium will not be deposited in these hard tissues, and the structures will not be sound. “When you load up your system with excess calcium,” writes William Quesnell, in Minerals: the Essential Link to Health, “you shut down magnesium’s ability to activate thyrocalcitonin, a hormone that under normal circumstances would send calcium to your bones.” Instead of providing benefits to the body, the displaced calcium actually becomes toxic, causing trouble in soft tissues of the kinds we’ve already discussed.
Numerous studies, in fact, have established the fact that it is dietary magnesium, not calcium, (and certainly not fluoride) that creates glassy hard tooth enamel that resists decay, and strong and resilient bones. Regardless of the amount of calcium you consume, your teeth can only form hard enamel if magnesium is available in sufficient quantities.
According to J. I. Rodale, in Magnesium: the Nutrient that Could Change Your Life, “For years it was believed that high intakes of calcium and phosphorus inhibited decay by strengthening the enamel. Recent evidence, however, indicates that an increase in these two elements is useless unless we increase our magnesium intake at the same time. It has even been observed that dental structures beneath the surface can dissolve when additional amounts of calcium and phosphorus diffuse through the enamel at different rates. Thus milk, poor in magnesium, but high in the other two elements, not only interferes with magnesium metabolism, but also antagonizes the mineral responsible for decay prevention.”
To revisit Deaf Smith County, Texas, and the justly famous residents whose teeth refused to succumb to decay, Rodale quotes the observations of Dr. Lewis Barnett, presented in a paper before the Texas Medical Association in Dallas, 1952. Dr. Barnett, an orthopedic surgeon, remarked on the low incidence of tooth decay and rapid healing of broken bones among these residents, and offered this explanation: “[The local] water and foods have a very high magnesium and iodine content and recently we have proven that all of the trace minerals known to be essential are present in the water and foods grown in that area.” Further, Dr. Barnett had found that the magnesium bone content of the average Deaf Smith County resident was up to five times higher than that of a resident of Dallas, while the concentrations of calcium and phosphorus were about the same in both groups. His observations led him to state that “[o]ne of the most important aspects of the disease osteoporosis has been almost totally overlooked. That aspect is the role played by magnesium.”
Rodale emphasizes the fact that Dr. Barnett gave much of the credit for these health benefits to the high magnesium content of the local water, and noted many signs of superior bone development among people in the area: “Dr. Barnett makes mention of the fact that people in older years frequently have fracture of the cervical neck of the femur and these are very difficult to heal in many localities. However, he noted that this fracture rarely occurs in Deaf Smith County, whereas it was common in Dallas County, Texas, where he also practiced. When a fracture did occur in Deaf Smith, healing was easy and rapid even in people eighty to one hundred years old. In contrast, fractures in Dallas were common and very difficult to heal, if not impossible.”
Over fifty years ago Dr. Barnett tested the magnesium levels of five thousand people and found sixty percent of them to be deficient. How much more of the population is deficient today, when all of the negative conditions contributing to that deficiency have been certainly amplified?
FOOD SOURCES OF MAGNESIUM
As we’ve mentioned, if farm soils are well-mineralized, leafy green vegetables, seeds, tree nuts and whole grains are fairly good sources of magnesium. Certain wild-crafted forage foods really stand out, however, such as nettles (860 mg per 100 grams) and chickweed (529 mg per 100 grams), and add many tonic and nutritive benefits to both human and livestock diets largely due to their high mineral content. Kelp, ancient denizen of the sea, contains spectacular levels, as do most sea vegetables. Remember that they are continually bathed in a solution whose third most abundant mineral is magnesium. And authentic, unrefined sea salt is a very good source of magnesium, along with trace minerals. Utilizing bone broths on a daily basis will provide another excellent source of minerals, including magnesium, in a highly assimilable form.
STRATEGIES FOR MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTATION
Even with ideal digestive conditions, only a percentage of magnesium in foods will be absorbed—less when amounts in the body are adequate and more if there is a deficiency. This is also true of magnesium supplements, and there are many of them on the market to confuse you. For the average person, magnesium supplementation is safe to experiment with on your own, especially if you know you have symptoms that could be related to magnesium deficiency or are under extra stress, and so on. Excess magnesium is excreted in urine and the stool, and the most common response to too much magnesium is loose stools. Those with renal insufficiency or kidney disease, extremely slow heart rate, or bowel obstruction should avoid magnesium therapy.
General dosage recommendations range from about 3 to 10 milligrams per pound of body weight, depending upon physical condition, requirements for growth (as in children), and degree of symptoms.
Oral magnesium supplements are available in organic salt chelates, such as magnesium citrate and magnesium malate. These are fairly well absorbed, especially in powder forms to which you add water and can tailor your dosage. It is important to divide your dosage during the day so that you do not load your body with too much magnesium in any single dose. Carolyn Dean recommends taking your first dose early in the morning and another in the late afternoon—these correspond to times when magnesium levels are low in the body. Is it just a coincidence that these times of low magnesium and low energy also correspond to the cultural rituals of morning coffee and afternoon tea?
Loose stools indicate you are not absorbing the magnesium, but that it is acting as a laxative. When the magnesium travels through the intestines in less than twelve hours, it is merely excreted rather than absorbed. If you find you cannot overcome the laxative effect by varying your dosages, you may want to try an oral supplement that is chelated to an amino acid, such as magnesium taurate and magnesium glycinate, which some consider to be better absorbed than the salt forms and less likely to cause loose stools. For those who need a little help with digestion, such as young children, older adults, and anyone with reduced stomach acid or bowel dysbiosis, consider homeopathic magnesium, also referred to as tissue salts or cell salts. Magnesia phosphorica 6X is the appropriate dosage, and it works to usher magnesium into the cells where it belongs. It is also indicated as a remedy for muscle spasms and cramps of many varieties. Mag phos can help reduce and eliminate loose stools while you are supplementing with oral magnesium, giving you a positive sign that your body is indeed taking the magnesium into the cells.
Yet another option for oral magnesium supplementation is ionic magnesium in liquid form, such as that offered by Trace Minerals Research. This is a sodium-reduced concentration of sea water from the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Only about a teaspoon is needed to deliver about 400 milligrams of magnesium (along with seventy-two other trace minerals), which should be taken in divided amounts during the day. I recommend adding this to soups (made with bone-broth bases of course) as the strong mineral taste is hard to take straight. You can also add this to spring and other drinking water to up the magnesium content and use it in cooking. By “micro-dosing” your food and water in this fashion you greatly reduce any laxative effects a large dose of magnesium might elicit.
Another potential way to get more magnesium into your system is via the pleasant method of soaking in a bath of magnesium sulfate, otherwise known as Epsom salts. Commonly used to ease muscle aches and pains, magnesium sulfate also importantly helps with detoxification when sulfur is needed by the body for this purpose. When used intravenously, magnesium sulfate can save lives in such crises as acute asthma attack, onset of myocardial infarction, and eclampsia in pregnancy.
A couple of cups of Epsom salts added to a hot bath will induce sweating and detoxification; after the water cools a bit, the body will then absorb the magnesium sulfate. According to Mark Sircus in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, the effects from a bath of Epsom salts, although pleasant, are brief as magnesium sulfate is difficult to assimilate and is rapidly lost in the urine. Magnesium chloride, which can also be used in baths, is more easily assimilated and metabolized, and so less is needed for absorption.
Finally, magnesium may be applied topically in a form commonly called magnesium “oil.” This is actually not an oil at all, but a supersaturated concentration of magnesium chloride and water. It does feel oily and slippery when applied to the skin, but it absorbs quickly, leaving a slightly tacky, “sea salt” residue that can be washed off. There are many advantages to transdermal magnesium therapy, since the gastrointestinal tract is avoided altogether and there is no laxative effect. Next to intravenous magnesium administration, transdermal therapy provides a greater amount of magnesium to be absorbed than even the best tolerated oral supplements, and can restore intracellular concentrations in a matter of weeks rather than the months required for oral supplementation.
It is likely safe to say that most people would benefit from an increased supply of magnesium in their diets, especially in these times of so many dietary, environmental, and social stressors. Of course no single nutrient stands alone in relation to the body, and the first priority is to eat a varied diet of whole plant and animal foods from the best sources near you. Adding extra magnesium, however, might be the missing nutritional link to help us guard against heart disease, stroke, depression, osteoporosis and many other disorders. In the prevention and alleviation of these diseases, magnesium can be truly miraculous.
THE MANY EFFECTS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
• Angina pectoris
• Anxiety disorders
• Arthritis—rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
• Auto-immune disorders
• Cerebral palsy in children of Mg deficient mothers
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Congestive Heart Failure • Constipation
• Crooked teeth/narrow jaw in children from Mg deficient mothers
• Dental caries
• Diabetes, types I and II
• Eating disorders—bulimia and anorexia
• Gut disorders including peptic ulcer, Crohn’s disease, colitis
• Heart disease
• Kidney stones
• Lou Gehrig’s disease
• Mitral valve prolapse
• Multiple sclerosis
• Muscle cramping, weakness, fatigue
• Myopia—in children from Mg deficient mothers
• Obesity—especially associated with high carbohydrate diet
• Parkinson’s disease
• PMS—including menstrual pain and irregularities
• PPH (Primary pulmonary hypertension)
• Reynaud’s syndrome
• SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
• Syndrome X
• Thyroid disorders
Source: Primal Body—Primal Mind, by Nora Gedgaudas.
THE MAGNESIUM CONTENT OF MILK
In general, milk is not a rich source of magnesium.
“The mineral content of milk and popular meats has fallen significantly in the past 60 years, according to a new analysis of government records of the chemical composition of everyday food,” begins an article in the Guardian about researcher David Thomas’s comparison of food tables from 1940 and 2002. The research was done for the consumer watchdog group in the UK, the Food Commission, and published in their quarterly journal, The Food Magazine. Mineral declines in dairy products showed that milk lost 60 percent of its iron, 2 percent of its calcium, and 21 percent of its magnesium. Compared to 1940, currently “[m]ost cheeses showed a fall in magnesium and calcium levels. According to the analysis, cheddar provides 9 percent less calcium today, 38 percent less magnesium and 47 percent less iron, while parmesan shows the steepest drop in nutrients, with magnesium levels down by 70 percent.”
Ignoring the declining magnesium content in foods such as dairy products may have confounded some analyses of disease etiology in large populations. Anti-animal-fat proponents tend to blame the rampant incidence of heart disease among the Finns on their high intakes of dairy products. However, according to Dr. Mildred Seelig, of New York University Medical Center, “In Finland, which has a very high death rate from IHD (ischemic heart disease), there is a clear relationship with heart disease and the amount of magnesium in the soil. In eastern and northern Finland, where the soil content is about a third of that found in southwestern Finland, the mortality from ischemic heart disease is twice as high as is that in the southwest. Ho and Khun surveyed factors that might be contributory both to the rising incidence of cardiovascular disease in Europe, and the falling levels of magnesium both in the soil and in the food supply. They commented that in Finland, which has the highest cardiovascular death rate in Europe, the dietary supply of magnesium has decreased by 1963 to a third of the intake common in 1911.”
Modern, urban Finns of course consume pasteurized dairy products, which not only have reduced magnesium levels to begin with thanks to modern farming practices, but also have less soluble calcium as a result of the denaturing of the enzyme phosphatase during pasteurization. Calcium that is not soluble precipitates out to soft tissue, such as the vascular system, and can contribute to a cascade of ominous events linked to heart disease.
We might surmise from these observations, then, that dairy products must be produced with reverence not only to the beast herself, but also to the soil that feeds the pasture that feeds her. When all nutrients are in balance with one another we can expect the food to have the power to truly nourish us.
Countless stressors in life today increase the body’s demands for magnesium—by our challenged endocrine systems, by environmental poisons that must be neutralized, by excess refined carbohydrates in our diets, to name a few. The balance of nutrients provided in the foods in the groups that Dr. Price visited was also in felicitous balance with those peoples’ physical, emotional, and social ecologies. We can only strive, both as consumers and producers of food, to achieve that equilibrium in the ecologies we inhabit.
FOOD SOURCES OF MAGNESIUM
In milligrams per 100 grams
Kelp 760 Pecan 142 Beets 25
Wheat bran 490 Walnut 131 Broccoli 24
Wheat germ 336 Rye 115 Cauliflower 24
Almonds 270 Tofu curdled by Mg nigiri 111 Carrot 23
Cashews 267 Coconut meat, dried 90 Celery 22
Blackstrap molasses 258 Collard greens 57 Beef 21
Nutritional yeast 231 Shrimp 51 Asparagus 20
Buckwheat 229 Corn, sweet 48 Chicken 19
Brazil nuts 225 Avocado 45 Green pepper 18
Dulse 220 Cheddar cheese 45 Winter squash 17
Filberts 184 Parsley 41 Cantaloupe 16
Peanuts 175 Prunes 40 Eggplant 16
Millet 162 Sunflower seeds 38 Tomato 14
Wheat whole grain 160 Sweet potato 31 Milk 13
Film on the history of amalgam:
Film recordings of the evaporation of mercury from amalgam fillings:
Danish Radio and TV doctor Carsten Vagn-Hansen’s view of the case:
They have also looked at the problem in detail in Norway and Sweden:
http://www.tf.nu (Swedish and English)
The Danisch Society for Orthomolecular Medicine has many relevant and interesting articles:
Retired chemical engineer (M.Sc.) Poul Møller has held the following lecture on ”Mercury, ageing and the next generation” and has also written an article in “Helsenyt”:
The Danish Association for Non-Toxic Dentistry (Foreningen mod Skadeligt Dentalmateriale) is also a place to look for information. Recommended here, however, is the exclusive use of biophysical information test and frequency medicine (homeopathy) for diagnosis and treatment. My personal opinion is that this can considerably prolong the detoxification and, in severe cases of chronic metal toxicity, is simply not effective enough:
Information on dental care from around the world:
http://www.lichtenberg.dk (Danish and other languages)
Dr. Med. Joachim Mutter (one of the major experts in the field) has given full interviews; here are some in PDF format:
Interview 1 about amalgam, part 1 (German)
Interview 1 about amalgam, part 2 (German)
Interview 2 about amalgam (German)
Dr. Med. Joachim Mutter, Prof. Boyd Haley and Prof. Melchart all express their opinions in this interview, which is also in PDF format:
Interview with Mutter, Haley and Melchart (German)
info from http://www.rabbit.org
Dr. Newkirk discusses the use of homeopathy in chronic disease and as a preventive:
One of the major areas in which we use homeopathy in rabbits is chronic disease, for example in chronic urinary or respiratory illness. When treated allopathically, the long duration of the condition can result in the overuse, leading to possible abuse, of antibiotics. This often damages the intestinal flora and may weaken the immune system. The immune system needs to be boosted, the urinary or nasal passages detoxified and cleaned, and the ‘environment’ of the organ drained.
Conventional drugs can’t do that. No matter how good the medication is, unless the body is helping, the disease will remain. Homeopathy helps the body help itself. The potency administered depends on the condition of the rabbit. If debilitated and weak, low potencies must be used. If a strong vital force is present, then higher potencies are employed.
Homeopathy is also beneficial as a preventive. An immune-boosting remedy can be added to the water, for example, and this is very useful when there is more than one rabbit. Here we would use a lower-potency mixed remedy because we would not be treating a particular rabbit.
When a rabbit needs medical attention, tests and radiographs will help the veterinarian make a diagnosis and prescribe remedies and other considerations for home care. In addition to following the veterinarian’s recommendations, caregivers may wish to discuss an emergency kit for those times when medical care may not be readily available (e.g., the midnight hours). Below are some remedies that Dr. Newkirk feels are appropriate for an at-home emergency kit:
•Arnica montana (or, Arnica): For wounds and injuries new and old that result in bruising, bleeding (often with unbroken skin). Reduces shock. Used before and after procedures that may cause bleeding or bruising of tissue (e.g., surgery, dental care).
•Hypericum perforatum: For open wounds with damage to nerve endings; dulls pain.
•Ignatia: Helpful with grief. May aid in calming the digestive system.
•Lycopodium clavatum: Reduces gas and digestive upset; can be used in combination with Nux vomica. Also useful for urinary conditions.
•Magnesia phosphorica: Soothes muscle cramps (e.g., abdominal).
•Nux vomica: Reduces gas and digestive upset.
•Pulsatilla: Especially good for thick, purulent discharge (e.g., nasal).
•Silicea (or, Silica): Useful for abscess when fever is not present; helps promote discharge of pus and healing.
It should be noted that high and low doses of the same remedy may effect different healing, thus emphasizing the need for consultations with a qualified veterinarian. In all cases, treatment stops as soon as symptoms cease. Treatment periods will vary with the condition.
A temporary aggravation of the symptoms (sometimes referred to as a curative crisis) can occur after the correct remedy is administered but before the cure is completed. This tends to occur more often with classical homeopathic remedies and can be especially noticeable in chronic disorders.
HOMEOPATHY: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Homeopathy, with its tremendous power to heal, is not entirely harmless. This is especially true in chronic cases, long-standing cases, and those with pathological changes such as tissue destruction or deep lesions. Thus, having your rabbit treated by a veterinarian trained in homeopathy is very important. (Reference the resources via link to website) http://www.rabbit.org
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My daughter, Addison, received a Hep B shot the day after she was born. That night I was feeding her, she passed out, stopped breathing and turned blue. After spending two days in the hospital they found nothing wrong and at the time I didn’t think to mention the shot earlier that AM. Now she is 5 months old and I am terrified to get her a DTaP shot due to similar reactions/deaths. Now I’m afraid she’ll catch whooping cough because she hasn’t been vaccinated and it’s almost an epidemic around here. My physician even threatened to stop seeing her. I’m so frustrated. Help?
Please read our frequently asked questions. It is very common for doctors to stop allowing their patients to see them if they refuse vaccines. We recommend finding a naturopathic physician who will respect your wishes.
There are dangers in life whether you vaccinate or do not vaccinate and you will need to decide whether to risk adverse reactions from vaccines.
My daughter Julia had her MMR two days before her 1st birthday. Nine days later she was found unresponsive in her crib, covered in vomit and feces and unable to move on her left side. She was hospitalized for over three weeks (10 days in PICU) with encephalitis. All tests for an etiology came back negative. Her MRIs showed demyelination in the left and right frontal lobes of her brain. When she left the hospital, she was operating at the level of a 2-month-old baby — unable to sit up, severely weak on the left side of her body, unable to drink liquids unless they were thickened because she would aspirate.
It has been over a year now. She is two years and two months old, and is operating at the level of a 12-month-old in most aspects. She is beginning to walk again, though very unsteady, and falls after about 10 steps. She still doesn’t use her left arm or hand very much. She has no words. I have had several different opinions on her potential for recovery, varying from never talking again to going to college. I know in my heart that this was an MMR reaction and am devastated that I allowed this to happen to my baby girl. My son was due for his MMR (second one at 4 years old) two months after Julia got out of the hospital. This is not going to happen, ever.
We’re sorry to hear that your daughter was seriously damaged after receiving the MMR vaccine. Although this is a common experience that is devastating to many families, the medical industry refuses to accept responsibility and will not acknowledge — let alone change — the failings of their “preventive” health practices. As a result, a new generation of children is being lost to neurological and immunological disabilities, developmental disorders, autism, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and other serious ailments. Best wishes toward a full recovery.
Thankfully, many people are aware of the dangers in vaccinating their children. However, not too many people think about the dangers in vaccinating themselves as adults. Here is my story that I feel compelled to share with everyone.
Last year, I was 34 weeks along in my pregnancy. I was suffering from severe preeclampsia. In order to save my baby (and myself) I had to deliver prematurely via C-section. I spent the next 3 days in the hospital under close observation. By day 3, I was well enough to go home, pack a bag, and return to the hospital to be with my premature infant. I felt wonderful! Despite everything I had gone through, I was well enough to even borrow a laptop from one of the nurses to balance my checkbook and pay bills prior to my leaving.
Before leaving the hospital, a nurse entered my room and convinced me that I needed a rubella booster. Boy, was that a mistake! Within hours after leaving the hospital I went on a downward spiral. By that evening I was so ill that I decided not to return to my baby until the next day. By morning, I was hallucinating and so swollen with fluid that I had to use a stepstool to climb into bed. I thought death was near because I actually heard what I believed to be heavenly beings, complete with “the bright white light” above me. I had convinced myself that it was my time to go and that my baby would be in great hands with a wonderful husband.
Thankfully, my husband called to check on me while he was at work. Had he not, I would be dead. He rushed home, threw me into his truck (in the middle of a snowstorm) and raced me to the hospital. When I was admitted, my blood pressure was 182/128. I had to be given five doses of a particular medicine to lower my blood pressure. I was also so swollen that I couldn’t recognize my toes — they were stubs. I had to spend the next four days in the hospital (one hour away from my baby’s hospital) recovering. I cried every single day. My heart ached so much because I could not be with my little peanut.
I poured myself into research on the matter. I was told that many women suffer from a “relapse” with severe preeclampsia by day 3 or 4 due to hormonal changes by their milk coming in. I now don’t believe that theory. At the same time, I learned that you should not, under any circumstances, be given a vaccine when you are ill. Well, when one is suffering from preeclampsia, toxins are raging throughout your body. I was very ill! Not only that, but U.K. studies have shown that there is a small chance that the rubella vaccine virus can leak into your breastmilk and the disease may pass to the infant if you are breastfeeding!
To this day, my doctor is adamant that the vaccine was not the cause of my relapse. I know better now. I am disgusted that it is now standard practice for doctors to vaccinate mothers shortly after delivery. I wasn’t asked if I would be breastfeeding! They obviously did not read the warning on the package insert supplied by the drug manufacturer either, that clearly advises the medical professional not to be administer to an ill patient! I am just so thankful that I lived to tell my story. Thank you for listening.
Thanks for sharing your story. You may also be interested in rubella vaccine studies conducted by Dr. F. Edward Yazbak. He found that women who were vaccinated with either this vaccine alone, or MMR, shortly before, during or after pregnancy, were statistically more likely to give birth to a child who is later diagnosed with autism. This vaccine has also been linked to arthritis, diabetes, neurological disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other ailments. The Yazbak studies, and many others, are thoroughly explained in the Vaccine Safety Manual.
My beautiful baby was born 6 weeks early on February 26. I remember one particular nurse who was disgusted with my husband and I because we chose to “hold off” on his Hep B vaccine. I stated, “Well he’s not having sex or doing drugs anytime soon so why should we give him this?” This nurse even went as far as telling us that despite our concerns, she had never even heard of any adverse reactions and we were doing him a disservice because it would result in him getting more shots in the future if he didn’t have it now. I am so happy I didn’t listen to her. He was too fragile.
Because my son was premature, it is now standard practice that preemies are evaluated for any possible delays. At 2 months we were told he was accomplishing milestones way beyond his age group. His dad and I were so proud.
Like a fool, I didn’t go with my gut and hold off on the vaccinations. So, he had his 2 & 4 month vaccinations, which included DTaP, Hib, and IPV (I chose not to receive the additional ones that were recommended). This is a baby that never cries. Not only did he run a low-grade fever, but he let out blood-curdling cries for 3 straight days!! When I called the doctor’s office in a panic, I was simply quoted verbatim what the CDC deems is an adverse reaction. Because my son did not scream for 3 hours straight (it was off and on) or run a high fever, there was no need to be alarmed. I was probably just touching his leg. I knew I wasn’t. Again, like a fool I had him vaccinated again at 6 months…for the last time. My son didn’t scream this time. Instead, he experienced full-body convulsions complete with his eyes rolling into the back of his head on numerous occasions in the following weeks. Again, the CDC states “there must be a high fever to accompany this in order for them to claim it to be a severe reaction.”
He is now 11 months old. This month I am faced with having to have my baby re-screened for possible delays. As of last month, he was only accomplishing 1 of 20 tasks in developmental milestones.
I am so angry. I emailed his doctor and requested information on the shots that he received. I understand that it is a law that they must keep this information on file. I also told them I want a list of the ingredients that were in each of the vaccines. Upon receiving this information, I will then do a hair analysis. Thankfully I haven’t cut his hair yet. I will then have my proof.
Is this just a coincidence? Is it also a coincidence that my 14-year-old son is suffering from ADHD and possible learning disabilities? He cannot do simple math, comprehend 8th grade reading material or even function for that matter. Despite my concerns, he repeatedly tests “average or below average” on special education school evaluations. He has been evaluated at numerous schools in NC, NH, and CA because we moved. I am told that he doesn’t qualify for any assistance. I am now learning that the tests are “dumbed down” and the whole testing process contains many flaws. They are specifically designed so that children like mine will “pass” them. Up to 25% of the children out there are diagnosed as learning disabled. How many more are there? I have been talking to hundreds of parents that are in the same boat. They are simply told their child is lazy, unmotivated, or even a slow learner!!! That’s it — nothing more!! I now may have to pay thousands to prove that my 14-year-old is learning disabled and needs help. I may need an advocate, an attorney, and may even have to go to court where parents are not allowed to testify. Parents’ testimony is viewed as biased because they want what is best for their children. The teachers can testify, though. They can and will do everything they can to prove that he is not disabled. It is just my opinion, but I think it is safe to assume that roughly up to 80% of children should qualify for special education and/or related services (IEP). I also think it would create mass hysteria if that were to happen, though.
I will never vaccinate either one of my children again. If only I knew then what I know now. Please feel free to use my story, but for safety reasons I choose to remain anonymous. Thank you for listening and thank you for all that you do.
Although the FDA, CDC, medical doctors, and drug companies conspire to deny the true extent of vaccine damage inflicted on our precious children, families must bear some of the responsibility as well, especially when mothers observe serious reactions in their babies following their 2 and 4 month vaccinations yet consent to additional shots at 6 months. Your story is common. The infant receives a battery of shots at 2 months, has a serious reaction, and may even end up at the hospital fighting for his or her life. The parents know the vaccines caused the reaction, but because the doctor denied it, they agree to another round of shots at 4 months. The baby has another serious reaction, often ending up at the hospital again fighting for dear life. Again, the doctor denies that the vaccine had anything to do with the reaction so mom consents to additional shots at 6 months. Often, this is just too much for the baby to bear. If the child lives, damage may be acute or chronic, immediately observable and/or inapparent yet resulting in long-term consequences. These could take the form of regressive development, learning disabilities, retardation, and much more. At Thinktwice, we are amazed and distressed at how often this same story is retold. Mothers seem to have lost their maternal instinct, having turned it over to the medical industry, allowing themselves to be badgered and browbeaten into harming their own children.
Many parents discover the harsh realities of allopathic preventive healthcare after the damage is done. However, vaccine awareness should occur prior to pediatric appointments. One’s consent to or rejection of vaccines ought to be an informed decision. Proper research of benefits and risks is essential. Thank you for sharing your story so that we may share it with others.
I am hoping that you can help me figure out if my son’s reaction to a vaccine is “normal” or not. My son had his kindergarten boosters. He was behind because we were slow getting his shots, doing one at a time. He got four shots on Friday, and one turned VERY red, hot and the rash spread around his leg. The doctor said this is normal but I disagree and think he should not get any more shots! Any insight would be appreciated!
Although your son received four “shots” concurrently, if any of them were combination shots, then he received 5, 6 or 7 vaccine-drugs at the same time. When did you last take that many drugs at the same time? If you took 6 or 7 different drugs simultaneously would you be more surprised if you did, or did not, have a reaction?
“Normal” doesn’t mean “safe.” If your child was bitten by a rattlesnake, he would have severe symptoms that were “normal” for a rattlesnake bite, yet he would still be in danger. We can’t diagnose your son, but an inflamed leg could be the least of your worries; long-term effects are also possible.
Please read our free eBooks on overdosed babies and aluminum in vaccines. Best wishes.
I was reading some of the angry letters on your website. I am amazed and awed by your articulate, well-researched answers to the aggressive, condescending emails that you receive. I am so grateful that you seem to be able to peel open the closed minds of some of the people who are rigidly allopathic. Keep doing what you are doing. You are making a difference, and the freedom to choose the way we handle the healthcare of our kids is fundamentally American.
Thanks for your support of our efforts.
My grandson was vaccinated around September 27 with the hepatitis A vaccine. Around October 15, he began to limp and now cannot walk at all. He cries with leg pain a lot and keeps his legs drawn up in a fetal position. Below is some of the history of our lives since then. He fell in October. He began walking with a limp, and we assumed this was from the fall. He has now progressed to not walking at all. He has been tested at Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital. We are waiting on the results from a nerve biopsy. The bone biopsy was fine. He has seen neurologists, oncologists, orthopedists, hematologists, and pediatric. He has had 3 MRI’s, 2 lumbar punctures, numerous x-rays, a bone marrow biopsy, a bone biopsy, more blood work than you can name, 2 full body bone scans, and genetic testing. He has also spent 16 days in Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital: two separate stays of 8 days each. One stay in October/November and the last stay in January. This last time he was seen by 23 different doctors and nothing has been found. He cries with his knees hurting a lot. We do not know what to do. We are at our wit’s end. Your thoughts are comments on this would be appreciated.
We’re sorry to hear of your plight. We recommend contacting a naturopathic physician (check your yellow pages). Good luck.
I am a mother of three boys in NY who applied for a religious waiver to refuse vaccines for my kids over a year-and-a-half ago. The school denied us. The school conducted a ‘sincerity interview ‘– this means the attorney for the school questioned my husband and I for almost two hours. Most of the questions had nothing to do with religion or our belief in God. Moreover, there are a half-dozen other couples in our district who have been grilled in the same fashion and denied their waiver. The reasons the school gives are outrageous. We have banned together to encourage the school to change their approach. The whole nightmare I’ve been living is a long, crazy story. My current status: the ACLU has picked up my case and I am pursuing legal avenues. I am hopeful it will all work out in my favor. However, I want to help other couples get through this process, wherever they live, so they are spared the stress my family has gone through. To have your faith in god questioned and dismissed as insincere is terribly dehumanizing.
We have seen this before, where authorities engage in an inquisition to determine the “sincerity” of one’s religious beliefs. A few years ago, a case like this went all the way to the Wyoming Supreme Court, where the judges determined that the law does not permit such grilling of the applicant, and that the exemption must be accepted at face value. Good luck.
I had a tetanus shot in 1993, required to get a job. In 1997 I was given another after a dog bite and another one at the same ER in 2000 for cat scratches. About 6 or 7 months ago I received an injection by the same entity, different location. I had never had a reaction since childhood (that was mild). I was advised that the worst side effect could be muscle degeneration for as long as 3 weeks. I went home and about 5 hours later was starting to hurt. It got much worse and I could not use my arm at all. About 2 1/2 to 3 weeks later I called my doctor. I had to wait another week or so as he was out of town. To date, I still have pain and cannot lay on my left shoulder. My arm and shoulder continue to be much weaker and tire easily; some movements are painful. Sometimes it just aches.
Thanks for sharing your experience for the benefit of others.
I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction as far as research material is concerned. I’m in the middle of a custody battle with my husband who might attempt to accuse me of “medical neglect” because I have, after much research, chosen to not immunize our almost two-year-old son. I may need some scientific research material to convince the judge that I am a responsible mother who has made informed decisions regarding the vaccines, and that I have done so because of legitimate concerns regarding the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness. Where do I find appropriate material?
Under these circumstances we always recommend convincing your husband of the merits of your decision, not the judge. If your husband accuses you of medical neglect because he truly believes it, that’s one thing. If he does it to hurt you, see if he can find another way to vent his anger instead of directing it at the child.
Regarding scientific research material on vaccines, and peer-reviewed vaccine studies, the Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners provides the most comprehensive collection of vaccine data available anywhere, with a special emphasis on studies that document safety and efficacy deficiencies.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love your site…will pass it along!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! DONT STOP!!! My little one is 3.5 yrs now and at her first DTaP shot screamed, not cried, screamed. She never stopped even once for over 7 hours. It was horrifying…I didn’t know…I know now. We will fight to the end to never, ever, ever have a vaccine, ever again! Please keep supporting the little people in this battle!
Thanks for your support of our efforts.
My granddaughter was born Dec 13. She was born with NO complications, No health problems until after her hepatitis B shot. Less than a week after, she didn’t want to eat, was very agitated, and finally came down with a fever. My daughter called her pediatrician who told her to take the baby to the hospital. They ran tests, never mentioned the shots and said she had a urinary tract infection from the urine backing up into her kidneys. She was tested with other tests and given two antibiotics and Tylenol for her fever. She was in the hospital for 5 days. She is home and still taking antibiotics and being sent to a urinologist. They told her she will have to be on medicine for 6 months to 1 year or until the baby outgrows this problem. I say baloney, the shots most likely caused this. Can you tell me what is in the hepatitis shot and what are the reactions to it? Can I report these reactions to someone? My daughter probably won’t because she believes the shot didn’t cause these problems as the doctors told her.
Our site posts information on the hepatitis B vaccine. Many children are damaged from this shot. Contact 1-800-822-7967 to file a report.
I have been doing some research on the MMR vaccine and was happy to come across your site. I would like to share my experience with the vaccine as well. I am the oldest of 5 children and one of my younger brothers and one of my younger sisters had very adverse reactions to the MMR vaccine including high fever. My sister began having seizures and had to be admitted to the hospital for several weeks. As she was recovering, a misinformed nurse accidentally administered ANOTHER MMR with caused my sister to get even worse; I won’t go into all the details of how she suffered but suffice to say that it took a solid 6 months in the Intensive Care unit before she got well and came back to live with us. She was 6 years old at the time and is now 19 years old. She continued having seizures for a little over 10 years although they were few and far between (maybe 2 or 3 a year). It is such a miracle that she lived, the doctors didn’t give us much hope and said the odds were stacked against her. Of course my mother researched all vaccinations very heavily and decided that none of us would receive immunizations after that. After fighting with the school board and providing all the documentation of what happened to my sister, she finally prevailed by claiming it violated our religious beliefs to have immunizations. That apparently was something the school board wouldn’t dare dispute.
This brings me to my present experience with the MMR vaccine. My son is 13 months old and had his 12-month vaccinations about a week after his first birthday. The doctors told us to watch out for fever within the next 7 to 10 days, but my son showed no ill effects for several days. Eight days after the vaccine was administered he was riding in the car with my wife and mother-in-law and started making some strange noises. My wife immediately pulled over and pulled him out of his car seat, convulsing with his eyes rolling back in his head. His lips and much of his face turned purple and then he went limp and pale. My wife honestly thought he was dead but he started whimpering a short while afterwards and then came to after that. It turns out he had a fever of 104, which came on very quickly and caused him to have a febrile seizure. After several tests including a CS and chest x-rays, the doctors could not tell us what caused him to have a seizure, but upon realizing he had just had his MMR, my whole family was convinced that was the cause. Of course, the doctors maintained it was probably not caused by the vaccine but they offered no other explanation!! Luckily, our pediatrician was open to our concerns and agreed with us in our decision to not administer any further vaccinations to our son. Our new son who will be born any day now (due date today). I am sure we will have to use the ‘religious beliefs’ defense to ensure they will be accepted into school without immunizations, but I would honestly homeschool my children before exposing them to something so deadly. When is the last time you heard of anyone in the US coming down with measles anyhow? Thanks for putting this information out there. I will be forwarding the Thinktwice link to all friends and family members with children, and I look forward to receiving the book!
Serious adverse reactions to the MMR vaccine often occur 7 to 10 days following the shot. Thus, parents who elect to vaccinate their children with MMR need to remain alert for possible signs of vaccine damage for at least this long. Thanks for sharing your experiences to benefit others.
Can you please tell me if the hepatitis B vaccine could be responsible for kidney disease? My grandson was vaccinated when he was one day old, at 3 months and 6 months. He wet the bed until he was 13 years old. He has been diagnosed with Allport’s disease and will need a transplant in the future. My daughter had read that the hepatitis B vaccine damages the kidneys and the liver. No doctor will confirm this.
Although Allport’s disease is a rare genetic ailment, numerous studies document adverse reactions to the hepatitis B vaccine. Here are a couple of studies linking this vaccine to kidney damage:
Islek, I., et al. “Nephrotic syndrome following hepatitis B vaccination.” Pediatr Nephrol (Jan 2000);14:89-90.
Macario, F., et al. “Nephrotic syndrome after recombinant hepatitis B vaccine.” Clin Nephrol (May 1995);43(5):349.
Here are a couple of studies linking this vaccine to liver ailments:
Ranieri, VM., et al. “Liver inflammation and acute respiratory distress syndrome in a patient receiving hepatitis B vaccine: a possible relationship?” Intensive Care Medicine (January 1997);23(1):119-21.
Lilic, D., et al. “Liver dysfunction and DNA antibodies after hepatitis B vaccination.” Lancet (November 1994);344(8932):1292-3.
Other hepatitis B vaccine studies are posted on our website. However, the most extensive information on the hepatitis B vaccine may be found in the Vaccine Safety Manual, which contains the most comprehensive scientific documentation available linking this vaccine to kidney, liver, neurologic, immunologic, skin and blood disorders. Important research has also linked this vaccine to rising rates of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
Ma’am or Sir,
I just read your international travel vaccine section. I found it interesting that you did NOT inform your readers of the risks of becoming infected with one of the vaccine preventable diseases — yellow fever — while traveling overseas, and the subsequent risk of illness and possibly long term consequences from the disease itself.
From 1996-2002, there were just five yellow fever fatalities among all American and European travelers. This doesn’t seem like much of a risk. In contrast, yellow fever vaccines have been linked to multiple organ system failure (vaccine-associated viscerotropic disease), virtually identical to severe and fatal cases of yellow fever caused by the wild-type of yellow fever virus. The vaccine may also cause profound nervous system reactions, including Guillain-Barre’ syndrome and neurotropic disease (previously named post-vaccinal encephalitis).
Lastly, the statement that vaccines are not required to travel overseas is not completely correct. Proof of yellow fever vaccination or a medical contraindication to yellow fever vaccination is an international travel requirement for a number of countries. People that arrive in a country requiring YF vaccination without the above proof can be subject to vaccination by the country visited or refused entry into that country.
Some countries may waive the requirements for travelers staying less than two weeks who are coming from areas where there is no current evidence or significant risk of contracting yellow fever. (The Vaccine Safety Manual contains more extensive information on the yellow fever vaccine.)
I’m not for unfettered use of vaccines. I am for full and accurate information for all people so that they can make the best-informed decision for themselves and their families.
Great! Then may we assume that you’ll be contacting the CDC and FDA, like you contacted us, to request accurate information on their websites, which only post benefits and downplay the risks? Our site is not a branch of the medical establishment. Our goal is not to mimic vaccine propaganda; there are plenty of websites where people can get “official” vaccine information. Instead, we aim to provide valuable data that is not being offered by vaccine proponents.
Actually, I do contact any website manager that puts up information that appears incorrect or dangerously incomplete. I do this, as it would be irresponsible to allow our population to be misled by inaccurate information that may put their health at risk.
If what you say is true, which I doubt, then you must be very busy writing to the website managers of all the “official” vaccine websites requesting that they post correct information about potential vaccine reactions. Tell me how many times you wrote to the CDC and FDA asking them to post honest information. Or did you really mean that you just contact people who don’t promote vaccines? Our website endeavors to post honest and accurate information at all times. People are free to access information on our site and weigh it against information on sites that promote vaccines unconditionally.
Ma’am or Sir, just a little feedback on your writing style. Seems like you assume I am your enemy by beginning your email questioning my integrity. I doubt that helps to win you supporters. Secondly, it is also concerning that neither of the two emails I have received from you are signed. That is unusual and makes me wonder why. When I correspond with folks at CDC they always respond with a signed email. Hopefully you find this helpful and are able to be more successful in your future correspondence. Respectfully, JV, MD.
Dear JV, I am not requesting your “feedback” because it is clearly biased. Nor do I assume that you are an “enemy”; that is your assumption. However, I do believe that your desire to “help” is disingenuous. The truth is that you are annoyed that we present unflattering vaccine information on our website and would prefer that only “official” sources of vaccine propaganda be allowed to reach concerned people trying to make informed decisions. Furthermore, your attempt to turn this conversation into a lesson in proper correspondence is condescending, which I have observed to be a common trait among many medical doctors. Also, you failed to answer my simple question wondering how often you wrote to the CDC and FDA asking them to post honest information. It seems to me that if we are going to have “successful correspondence” then you are going to have to be more forthright. Sincerely, NW, Thinktwice.
Thank you for all of your wonderful work. I lost a daughter to SIDS. I am now discovering that my story is rather common; my daughter was nine pounds when she was born, very healthy, breast-fed, and always put to sleep on her back. Seven days prior to her death, she received a full battery of vaccinations. Sadly, I have only recently become aware of the potential link between SIDS and vaccinations. I would very much like to contact other parents who have similar stories, perhaps through a website dedicated to this aspect of vaccinations. Do you know of any links that I could try? Any information that you can give me would be very much appreciated.
I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Our site provides information on the link between vaccines and sudden infant death syndrome — SIDS. However, we do not keep contact information on file.
I know this website is mostly for children but wanted to share something that happened recently to me. First off, let me say that I have a great deal of allergies and I am very careful of what I eat and what is prescribed by my doctor. Three weeks ago I stepped on a rusty nail. I hadn’t had a tetanus shot in over 20 years. I thought I had better get one just in case. After I got there, we went over my allergies and I asked lots of questions. She said “are you allergic to eggs”? I said no. That was all that was said. She gave me the shot and I immediately felt as though I was going to pass out. I figured it had to do with me not liking needles, and I was being a baby. I walked out to the car still feeling really dizzy and sick. I drove a 1/4 of a mile and had to pull over. I had broken out in hives and my eyes were nearly swollen shut. Drove back to the doctor and told them that I was having a reaction. They did all the stuff they could to stop the reaction. I then ask what in the world could have been in that shot to do this? They looked at each other and said, well actually we gave you a DPT and it was more than likely the pertussis that did this. I was so angry that no one told me beforehand that this is a common practice for adults now. So here I sit, three weeks later, with hives, burning skin, aching joints, and incredible fatigue. I would not have willingly taken a DPT shot. My daughter had a severe reaction to it also as a baby and I have not given it to any of my other children. Just wanted to let you know that this stuff is happening to adults also.
The medical industry is now pushing teenage and adult vaccines because these are expected to be highly lucrative markets. Of course, no one is immune to a serious adverse reaction. Thanks for sharing your story. We’ll post it to share with others.
My daughter is 2 months old, and I am so grateful for your book which led me to your website. My daughter’s two-month well-baby checkup is in a few days, and after reading everything on your site I called her pediatrician and had a very candid conversation with him about the vaccines he was planning on giving her. I expected him to react with anger or denial, but I only got denial. I also got a speech from him on how his practice has “other parents like you with similar concerns, but I have given the shots to my own children and would not have done so if I didn’t feel like it was safe…” I told him that he made that choice as a parent, and I was making my choice as a parent.
When I explained my concerns of brain damage or other problems caused directly by the shots he stated that he “has never in (his) experience seen any reactions to any of the shots given…(he) has patients that he sees that have autism but they are not related to the vaccine….” That spoke volumes to me when comparing the page in your book where the chart states that 82% of doctors do not report reactions to vaccines. I stood firm and explained that I would bring her in to her appointment on the understanding that no shots are to be given now or in the future. He said that he would be “happy to treat (my daughter) but please understand that every time you come in for a visit I will be ‘suggesting’ the shots she needs.”
I’m currently seeking out homeopathic doctors in my area who won’t ‘suggest’ any shots. Thank you so much for everything you have put out there about vaccines. I feel a little more empowered now in the protection of my infant daughter. I am armed with the knowledge to keep her healthy and safe now.
Everyone needs to be fully informed about the true benefits and risks of vaccines and must remain free to accept or reject the shots. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Check the yellow pages for a naturopathic doctor.
Great website! I would like to have a bumper sticker to help spread the word. My story quickly, I have four children. The first three were regularly vaccinated as “required” by our school administration. A friend of mine lost a child hours after being vaccinated and alerted me to the hazards associated with this. Our fourth child was not vaccinated and is the only one who is not in “Special-Ed” like the rest of her siblings.
Thanks for sharing your story to benefit others. A bumper sticker is on the way.
Ha ha, loved the site. It served for a few good laughs. Well, I’m on my way to get my flu shot. Have a good day.
That’s your choice.
I received the varicella vaccine. Immediately following the vaccine I had a loss of elasticity to my skin, and dark circles under my eyes. As I have been unable to find a doctor knowledgeable enough to determine what happened to me, I began my own research and found the following: vaccines release free radicals in the body that attack and destroy skin cells, and can reduce key vitamin levels that are critical for supporting collagen and elastin. The vaccines essentially change the skin’s DNA and perpetuate the aging process of the face.
Unfortunately, I did not make the connection as explained and was subject to more vaccines in December of 2006 for travel. These vaccines also caused dark circles under my eyes and a permanent tired line in my face. Vaccines can cause a permanent allergic reaction as the body reacts to the foreign substances that are contained in the vaccines. In addition to these visible changes, I have experienced substantial systemic changes as well. Vaccines have ruined the quality of my life.
I feel bad for all the young women that are now being targeted for the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine. The allergic reactions that these young girls will experience will be permanent for many. This particular vaccine is being hailed as a cancer vaccine when all it does is target a strain of STD that is linked to cervical cancer. It suggests that young girls are now free to have unprotected sex without consequence. They also want to market this to young men as a preventative for cancer of the mouth. This is inspired by money and not the well-being of these adolescents.
Cures do not exist because there is more money in vaccines. Please continue your work and efforts to make this information known.
Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and vaccines for overseas travel. Our website provides additional information on these vaccines and on the HPV vaccine as well. The Vaccine Safety Manual contains the most extensive information on all vaccines, with separate chapters on chickenpox, HPV, and several “travel” vaccines, including yellow fever, typhoid fever, cholera, and Japanese encephalitis.
I have a 3-year-old son that developed autistic-like behaviors right after receiving his MMR shot. He was diagnosed with autism at 21 months old. We started extensive therapy, and through the course of the last year-and-a-half he is doing so much better. He is totally verbal and very high functioning. My question is, I REFUSE to let him get the 2nd MMR shot. I did not go through all this hard work with him to have another shot hold him back. What are my rights in the state of Florida when it comes to denying this vaccine? (He is currently up to date with all other shots.) Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Vaccines are not legally required for young children in most states, only when they enter daycare or school, and then an exemption is permitted. Florida offers a religious exemption. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and visit our section on immunization laws for more information.
Hi, I want to thank everyone who takes time to write on this page and tell their stories. I have a few questions for the parents who have children and their child had a bad reaction. My daughter is a healthy baby and she has been to 3 pediatricians and she is only 2 1/2 months old. My daughter had a DPT shot as scheduled because I thought it was the right thing to do. Around 6:30 that night I noticed her leg was very swollen and red, which the doctor said would happen, but he failed to tell me that she might have a bad reaction to the shot. My daughter was screaming, which was very unlike her, so I called the doctor and the doctor said she is having a bad reaction to the shot so just give her Tylenol and she will be okay. So I did, she fell asleep and woke up again still screaming and very swollen, only this time she was puking out of her nose and her mouth. This concerned me so I called the doctor again, and again he told me that it was just a bad reaction and that this is the only shot she can get a reaction to.
Nonsense, all of the shots can cause serious reactions. It can be very dangerous when more than one vaccine is given at the same time.
He also told me that next time, instead of giving her the DPT shot, he would give her just the DT shot. I am glad to say that it is 6 days later and she hasn’t had any other reaction yet, but I took her to a third doctor today and he told me that there is no such thing as a DT shot, and also that there are risks of brain damage with every shot. Now being a concerned first time mom, I do not know what to do. I don’t want my daughter to receive any more shots but how does that work with school in New York?
NY offers a religious exemption. Read our section on vaccine laws for more information.
Every night when my daughter goes to sleep I watch her and do not sleep myself because I am scared that something is going to happen. I just wish I never got her the shot, but like other moms I thought I was doing the right thing. My next question is how do I know that all my daughter had was the crying and nothing else? When is it safe to say okay, now I don’t have to worry about her having any more reactions to this one shot? Please help me.
Your daughter was given DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), not DPT, which was discontinued several years ago. Some people believe that the earlier formula was more dangerous than DTaP. However, studies (and real-life experiences) confirm that DTaP is also potentially dangerous. Keep in mind that doctors usually inject babies with a total of 8 vaccine-drugs at 2 months of age, so if your daughter received several shots, she may be reacting to a) the pertussis component of the DTaP shot, b) to an entirely different vaccine, or c) to the entire cocktail of vaccines.
The “screaming” that your daughter experienced is very likely the “cri encephalique” that can occur with neurological damage from vaccines. This has been written about. You may not know if she has long-term damage until she becomes more mature in age and development, by observing whether she achieves important milestones age-appropriately. Best wishes.
My son received EIGHT vaccines on February 13. They were DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), IPV, Hib, Hep B, Prevnar & Rotateq. He was 6 months old. One week later he was inconsolable and lethargic. Another three days later he presented with seizures and suffered a significant stroke: 2/3 of his right brain is permanently damaged. I am lucky he is doing so well. I am not sure what his future holds but I am positive. Please send me a bumper sticker.
We’re sorry to hear about your son. Hopefully, he will heal. Please read our free eBook on overdosed babies. A bumper sticker is on the way. Thanks for sharing your story to benefit others.
My 5 month old son received his first round of immunizations 2 weeks ago — “the cocktail” — 3 shots for 5 diseases. After a few days I noticed that he wasn’t responding to my voice very well and was sort of “in space.” I didn’t pay much attention and just figured he was ignoring me. Then the other day I dropped something in the bathroom which made a huge noise and he didn’t even flinch! I know he has suffered some hearing loss and I can’t help but think it was caused by the vaccines. I’m terrified and have made an appointment for him to be tested by an audiologist. I’ve tried to find some specific information on vaccines and hearing loss but either it’s very vague or I can’t gain access to it. Could you please help me by pointing me to some information? Also, do I have any recourse? He passed his newborn hearing screening and was hearing fine before the immunizations. If he has sustained hearing loss is there a way to point to the vaccines as having caused it? ANY information you could give me would be very appreciated. Gratefully yours, a very terrified and angry mom.
Our website lists several studies, many of which are specific to hearing damage. Also be sure to file a report with the federal government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): 1-800-822-7967.
I am a very firm believer that people are put in your path for a reason. Last week I took my 3-month-old son to the car wash with my mom. I always rush to pay and go sit outside. However, this particular day I decided to explain the whole car wash to my son and let him watch through the glass window. As we were waiting, a young woman approached us. She made small talk about the baby and then suddenly asked about his vaccinations. I was a little surprised. I told her that he had his first round at 2 months. She asked how he was doing since the shots and I said fine, completely normal. She then went on to tell me about your website and your books. I have always heard about the vaccine controversy but never really took the time to check it out. But the more I thought about the things she said the more curious I became. So I went home and read everything on your site. That woman was an angel put in my son’s path to save him. I wish I had taken the time to ask her name. I wish I had seen her before I took him to the doctor. I will NEVER, EVER give him another shot.
After reading through your site, I started thinking about my 1-year-old puppy. I have a 4 lb pom. He is a wonderful, happy, healthy little pup. When I was 9 months pregnant with my son, I took my dog to the vet to get the shots and a routine check-up before the baby came. Little Bear (my pup) had a rabies, distemper, and one other shot I’m not sure. No one ever mentioned to me that he would have a reaction. So after I got home, me and Little Bear cuddled up on the couch to take an afternoon nap. Not more than 10 minutes after we sat down, Little Bear started screaming and shrieking, convulsed, arched his back, reversed, and urinated all over. My dog had a major seizure. Ever since then, he is very quiet, limps on his back legs, and sleeps quit a bit.
My point may be a little off here. But I just wanted to tell you that these vaccines aren’t just damaging our babies. It is our pets as well. I knew Little Bear had the reaction to his shot. But I never put two and two together that the same thing could happen to my son. I regret so much getting his first round of shots. I would do anything to take it back. But I do know that I will never let him get another one. I am telling all my friends that are parents, or soon to be parents, of your website. It is extremely informational. Thank you for educating us. It is a sad world that we live in today.
Thanks you for sharing your letter. You’re right about vaccines also causing problems in our pets. That’s why we publish a book on this problem: Vaccine Guide for Dogs and Cats: What Every Pet Lover Should Know.
My son was born perfectly healthy. He had a bad reaction after his first vaccine(s): inconsolable crying for 12 hours. The doctor told me not to EVER give him another vaccine of pertussis. And we didn’t. As time went by, we noticed he had a high tolerance to pain, didn’t learn from discipline, then as he got older he couldn’t tell the truth even if he wanted something that he was offered for telling the truth. We struggled, reached out for help, took him to a psychiatrist. He has no impulse control; he knows right from wrong but when put in a situation, he can’t chose right if his life depended on it. I have watched this transpire from early on. I have believed for many years that this vaccine caused brain damage of some kind, but I can’t get anyone to order a brain scan. He is almost 17 and he is going to juvenile prison for the 2nd time.
Who is tracking these kids long-term? How do we know that these vaccines aren’t causing bi-polar, anti-social disorder, mood disorders or ADD/ADHD? Certainly vaccines are what all these children have in common. Of course, if a child has a seizure after a vaccine, or dies, that is reported and tracked, but all these kids who had ‘milder’ reactions, who is watching out for them?
You make good points that have already been investigated. I highly recommend the scholarly book, Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality by Harris Coulter. This book may be difficult to locate, but it is available, and discusses the links between vaccines and anti-social behavior.
My beautiful four-year-old grandson is not talking and showing signs of autism. He was a vibrant, healthy baby, and was growing well until his baby shots at the age of 14 months. Within a two-week period after receiving his shots, he stopped giving eye contact, and seemed to turn inward. He has never been the same since the series of shots he got. He is developing well physically, but mentally and emotionally he is very delayed. My daughter suffers daily from his emotional and mental disability. It breaks my heart to see this. I don’t know if he will ever be able to live a normal life. I have heard that the mercury in the shots could be the problem. If so, then someone has committed a horrible crime against these young children. What is your advice for her to do?
We’re sorry to hear about this. Sadly, it is all too common. Mercury in vaccines is not the only problem. We are aware of many babies who became autistic after receiving several non-mercury containing shots. Our site lists several autism resources plus some links to people and organizations that may be able to help reverse vaccine damage. Best wishes.
My daughter who is three years old received vaccinations on June 21: MMR, Hib, hepatitis, polio. On June 27-30 she had fevers at night ranging from 101-104, on Tylenol. On July 10, she was crying that her stomach hurt from 8:30-10:30 at night. She fell asleep, waking up at 1:30am crying again. She had a 101 fever. On July 12, she had a seizure in the car lasting 15 minutes. She was pushing her finger into her eye, staring straight ahead. I asked her why she was doing this; I got no response. I took her out of her car seat and held her. She was also making a chewing motion with her mouth. When she came back to reality she told me her eye was hurting her. On July 14, she had another seizure lasting 2 minutes, making noises with her lips and staring and nonresponsive in the car again. She also said this time her eye was hurting afterwards. I brought her to ER and they sent her home on Keppra 1ml, twice a day. I have an EEG scheduled for July 20. Do you think all of what is going on is vaccine related? My primary care physician and ER doctors say no. I am scared that they are lying to me.
Can vaccine injury be reversed for seizures? Is she going to keep having these? Is she going to die on me? Can I help her someway?
Your daughter received 6 vaccine/drugs on June 21. When did you last take 6 drugs at once? Would you be more surprised if you did, or did not, have a reaction? Doctors rarely admit to vaccine reactions. It’s hard to say whether the damage is permanent. You may want to contact a naturopathic physician. They are listed in the phone book.
I am a mother in the U.K. I had my 3 1/2 month old daughter vaccinated with the DPT vaccine (in the U.K. it includes Hib and Polio). She went from being a contented baby that woke on average twice a night to waking from the vaccine every hour to 90 minutes. We are now 3 months down the line and she wakes in pain (back arching, throwing her head back) every 2 hours. I have had a look at your site and feel we are lucky to have had a mild reaction but one I would still like to remedy. Do you have any info on this? I have added an infant probiotic to her food as well as flax oil and she has seen a homeopath and an osteopath with no signs of change. Do you have any advice? Many thanks on providing such a valuable service. Jessica is not having any more shots. Kind regards.
Your child received 5 powerful drugs simultaneously. We do not consider her reaction mild. We are always surprised when babies do not have a serious reaction after receiving several vaccines all at one time. Our site has a small section on “reversing vaccine damage” and a list of health practitioners who work with children who were damaged by vaccines. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Good luck.
My daughter is 2 1/2 yrs old, she had a flu shot on November 9. Monday November 13 I took her back to her doctor because her eyes were suddenly crossed. Her doctor sent her to the ER who told us she has Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS) from the flu shot. She was transferred to one of the best hospitals in the area, who thankfully told us they did not think it was GBS, but thought is was caused by the flu shot. Basically, fluid built up around her brain, causing her eyes to turn in, one more than the other. She now has to wear glasses and hopefully it will reverse the damage but they can’t tell us for sure. We are still in the process of seeing different specialists. Can you please tell me have you heard of any reactions like this? She has already had a Spinal Tap, MRI, CT Scan and tons of blood work. My husband and I are worried about future problems. Please let me know if you have heard of any thing else like this. My little girl is happy and doing well. I am very thankful that she is okay! I am just so angry that this happened to her. My heart goes out to all the families who aren’t so lucky. Thank you for such a great site; I am passing it on to all I know.
Vaccines can cause neurological damage. This is well documented in the medical literature. Please read our postings on the flu vaccine. Also visit our section on individual vaccines and vaccine studies. Thanks for sharing your experience. Best wishes with your daughter.
I wanted to write you to see if I can possibly get answers from you about my sister’s son. He is 6 years old and has received all of his vaccines. When he was a year old he could say 10 words. He was a happy baby. At 15 months he got his MMR vaccine, and at 20 months he had a minor surgery on his eyes. He was put to sleep and he was so scared that he screamed. He was paranoid when he saw doctors for a long time after that, that’s how scared he was. Shortly after, his sister was born. Since around that time he started to change little by little. He stopped talking and began to act different. He would point at things rather then say what he wanted. He did not always turn his head when people called him. He would go in his own world and some of his behavior seemed autistic. He would cover his ears when he heard noise. His behavior became more difficult to deal with. He screamed when they took him in public and also when visitors came by. Around that time, their house was getting fixed so there were a lot of loud noises around that drove him crazy. He was paranoid. He started to go into his own world and always had to find something to have in his hand that he would bang up against things. Today he still feels the need to twirl something in his hand or bang something. He goes into his own world a little when he gets to do that and he also has a lot of need to release energy and nervousness from his body by running back and forth. He is doing better and better and is taking big steps forward day by day. It’s like he closed up and is trying to catch on. They have done so much to try to help him but nobody can tell them what is wrong with him. They take him to homeopathic doctors who gives them remedies and he has a few tutors that help him in many ways. My question is…could it be that the vaccines might have affected him so long after? He got the MMR shot at 15 months but they didn’t notice much change in him until around 18-20 months. Could it take months for this to show? Also, could something have happened when he was put to sleep by the doctor? Is there a way to help kids that have difficulties, through minerals or remedies (Detox)? In desperate need of answers. Thank you for a great page!
Our site has many stories of children becoming autistic following their shots. However, given the time period between the administration of the vaccine (15 months) and when they first noticed changes in their child (18-20 months) it would be difficult to determine whether the vaccines were responsible in this instance. (Of course, it is possible that the parents were unaware of subtle, detrimental changes that may have begun in the child shortly after the MMR vaccine was given. When parents are told by their doctors that vaccines are safe, they rarely pay extra attention to their children after the shots are administered, to look for possible signs of a reaction.) We recommend that you read our section on autism. You may also wish to read about health practitioners who may be able to help your nephew. Several are listed on our site in a section on reversing vaccine damage.
Good morning. Having come across your website, I thought you might be interested in my story. In November, my wife Sylvia (56) had a flu injection for the first time ever. For 5 days after, she had flu-like symptoms, but then felt better, and for 2 days was back to normal. On Monday, Nov 14 she was in bed and complaining about me trying to awaken her. She was agitated and vociferous (most unusual). Within one hour, her condition was worse and I called the doctor who immediately hospitalized her. She died there 3 weeks later and the doctors still had not found out the cause. A post mortem stated she had died as a result of an adverse reaction to the flu injection. I attach a copy of the post mortem for your information, and hope it will make others think before accepting these vaccines. I am still waiting for information from The Procurator Fiscal who is supposed to be investigating the vaccine. If you need any further details please contact me.
We’re sorry about your loss. Thank you for sharing your experience so that we may share it with others.
I am re-reading your book on vaccines — Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? — and you mention all the letters you get from people whose children have been damaged by vaccines, so I thought I’d write you a letter about my children who have not been damaged by vaccines.
When I was pregnant with my three-year-old, we were invited over to dinner by a family my husband had met at a church we were attending. Somehow the vaccine issue came up and the mother and father started telling us all about why they weren’t vaccinating their children. They had your book and loaned it to us. Up to that time I had not given any thought to the vaccine issue and probably would have gone along with vaccinations as advised by my baby’s doctor. In fact, I remember commenting to my husband once we got home that the reason these parents could get away with not vaccinating their children was because everyone else did vaccinate. I didn’t feel right about taking advantage of the “herd immunity” while not participating in it. In any case, I read your book and very quickly learned that not only do vaccines cause problems, they don’t seem to measure up in terms of providing immunity even to those taking them. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. As if to confirm your writing, one day I was waiting to interview a potential pediatrician and picked up a CDC publication about vaccination. I found two untrue statements in the first sentence of the first paragraph on the first page! While I thought your views and tone were somewhat extreme at the time, my husband and I decided that there was more to the vaccination issue than we’d originally thought, and that we weren’t going to allow our daughter to take any shots until we learned more. I read many of the other books out there, and over time it became clear that there just wasn’t any good reason to vaccinate, so we still haven’t vaccinated either one of our daughters. We also learned that due to some family medical history (i.e., lots of people with unexplained autoimmune disorders), it’s very possible our children are contraindicated for vaccination anyway, but I don’t have any confidence a doctor would have even brought that up.
As I mentioned, I’m re-reading your book now, and appalled at just how many problems are associated with just about every vaccine. I am so thankful that as a mother I have never experienced the trauma of holding down my screaming child for a shot, nor any of the common sequelae (such as hours of screaming, fever, and other common reactions) following the shots. I am thankful that when I do (rarely) take my children to doctors for some ailment, they don’t automatically start crying the moment we walk in the door. Most of all I am thankful for my two beautiful, vivacious and HEALTHY daughters. My three-year-old has such a great vocabulary we often forget she’s only three; both my babies are generally easy-going and don’t fuss too much. My three-year-old doesn’t get sick too much and when she does, she tolerates it well. Our 6-month-old hasn’t gotten sick once so far. I’m told it’s normal for babies to be sick with something or other nine times in their first year! Had I not opened up your book almost four years ago, who knows what I could be dealing with? Perhaps I’d still have my two healthy daughters; not every child reacts horribly to vaccines. Or, I could be dealing with any number of issues: autism, SIDS, behavioral problems…. Perhaps I’d instead be one of those heartbroken parents who write you every day because they found out too late that the shot their child just got has permanently damaged them in some way. Of course, I have no way of knowing what could have happened; however, I am extremely grateful for what I do know which has helped me make much better health decisions for my children. I’m thankful to the parents who loaned me your book and I’m thankful to you for writing it. Thank you so much. Because of your work, my children will not become another statistic of vaccine injury, and my husband and I will not have our hearts torn apart from helplessly seeing it happen.
Please send me one of your bumper stickers. Perhaps it could save a child sometime in the future.
Thank you for your kind comments regarding our work with vaccines. The problems are just as significant today as they were many years ago when we first addressed this issue. Parents continue to send us horrendous stories of their healthy children becoming permanently damaged or killed following their vaccines. Much more needs to be done to stop the madness, rectify the system, and honestly deal with the large-scale social problems related to this travesty. More people need to become aware and involved.
Thanks for requesting a bumper sticker.
Hi, I am a university student currently writing an article on vaccinations. I am on deadline and I would really appreciate it if you could answer a few short questions:
1. How important do you think it is for the government to publicize the amount of vaccines which lead to injury in young children?
Honesty in government is essential. Parents are entitled to make informed decisions. This requires access to both positive and negative data. Censorship is a form of deception. When parents are only aware of vaccine propaganda promoting benefits they are unable to accurately assess the true risks, and our precious children may become unwitting victims.
2. Do you think there is enough support for parents who have children that have suffered adverse effects from vaccinations?
Absolutely not! Parents of vaccine-damaged children are not supported. In fact, authorities do everything in their power to deny vaccine reactions and to impugn the intelligence and motivations of parents who claim them.
3. Do you think the government could do more to prevent future problems caused by vaccinations such as pour more money into researching it?
Additional research is superfluous. Current studies showing links between vaccines and serious health problems are ignored, so new studies wouldn’t change a thing. The FDA, CDC and vaccine manufacturers are already aware of the damage inflicted by vaccines. Also, many of the current vaccine studies are bogus, conducted simply to support predetermined, desired results. The entire dysfunctional and corrupt system of research, licensing and approval must be overhauled before additional research would provide honest data that could be constructively used to improve preventive healthcare and truly benefit society.
On October 10 my 9-year-old daughter got her flu shot for the first time. Two days later, we flew to Hawaii and upon arriving she started getting a terrible cold, bad headache and sick stomach. That night, she woke up with a seizure. Six days later we flew home and that night again she had another seizure. My daughter has traveled the world since an infant and never had a problem with flying. So, we can only conclude that it has to do with the flu shot (nose spray type) she received for the first time. Her pediatrician said that if there’s a reaction to the flu shot that it would occur immediately and not two days later. However, in talking to others, I was told it is possible. Can anybody confirm this? If it’s really related to the flu shot, who do I report this to?
Thank you for helping the public to be aware of such danger. A friend of mine had shared with me your book on vaccines after she learned of our problem. My daughter is now on seizure medicine. She is upset that we had gone along with the doctor’s order for a flu shot.
Doctors rarely acknowledge that vaccines can and often do cause serious adverse reactions. Your doctor is either misinformed or lying. This is very common. Of course, common sense tells us that the type of reaction you describe was most likely caused by the flu vaccine. With flu vaccines, you must also be wary of Guillain-Barre’ syndrome. For more information, our site has additional data on the flu vaccine. To report this reaction, call VAERS: 1-800-822-7967. They will send you a packet.
Hi there. I came across your website by accident as I was researching whether we can get my baby to have her 6 month immunizations early as we are planning a trip to Jamaica in January. The info on your site is very interesting; I had no idea that the vaccines were so dangerous. So I just have a quick question that I was hoping you could answer. Is it safe to take a baby (she will be 6 months when we go) overseas without vaccinations? Is it safer to take our chances with her maybe getting something there or is it safer to take a chance with the vaccine. I’m so confused; I want her to be safe. Thank you very much in advance for your time.
Sorry, but your question is the kind that needs to be individually researched so that you can make an informed decision. Everyone wants their baby to be safe — an indisputable reason that the vaccine issue is difficult for so many people. The Vaccine Safety Manual contains separate chapters on “overseas” vaccines, including shots for tuberculosis, yellow fever, typhoid fever, cholera, and Japanese encephalitis. This comprehensive vaccine guide also contains chapters on hepatitis A, hepatitis B and many other commonly administered immunizations. Therefore, we highly recommended this book to begin your vaccine studies. Best wishes with your vaccine education.
Dear Thinktwice, I have a 3-month-old gorgeous baby girl. The decision whether to vaccinate or not (or selectively) is currently weighing heavy in our household. Before I read the first shred on vaccines, something deep inside me told me it was just plain wrong, a commission of violence against my beautiful daughter’s yet undeveloped immune system and myelin sheath. I tend to err on the side of holistic health practices, and therefore against vaccinating. My husband has come around somewhat, but tends to err more on the side of the mainstream when it comes to health practices (although not other things). I think he has done enough of his own research to be scared of vaccines, but he also seems to buy into the whole pre-vaccine era propaganda, i.e. “vaccines are the greatest medical discovery of our time,” blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately, it is hard for me to get to the library and do research outside of the internet with a new baby who is breastfeeding every 2 hours or so. I feel like time is closing in as my husband is looking for me to decide what to do, and I feel a bit disorganized in the research department. I would so appreciate if you would point me the way of scientific studies that poke holes in vaccines, and tell me the easiest way to access them. I need this evidence to show my husband. He claims that there is tons of scientific proof for vaccines, but when I ask him to show it to me, he can’t. He can’t believe it when I tell him that there is not a single double-blind placebo controlled study on vaccinations.
We are lucky that our pediatrician is sort of old fashioned and is not at all pressuring us either way. She did say that if it were her kids she would do the Hib and Prevnar since she has seen the havoc that meningitis can wreak on a baby. She saw a patient’s 9-month-old die within 12 hours. I was surprised as these are more newfangled vaccines, and I can’t imagine that we have yet seen many of the long-term effects associated with them. How many kids really die of meningitis each year. We didn’t have these vaccines when we were growing up and I never heard of a single case. She said we could “wait” to do the others like DTaP and polio. I am not really worried about these diseases except for pertussis. It scares me because apparently it can be very tough on a baby less than 6 months old. Our pediatrician said that pertussis “goes around” every winter, so of course I am freaked out since winter is about here. Ironically, this is also the scariest vaccine. Enough of my rambling. I can’t tell you how any help would be appreciated.
Every parent needs to do the research and come to their own conclusions and vaccine decisions. For starters, we recommend perusing our website and others like it. Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? is one vaccine book with lots of documentation. There are others to read as well. Compare these with official fact sheets on vaccines.
You may also wish to consider the following: More babies in the United States die of malnutrition every year than from many of these diseases. Why do we not hear about and fear this deadly ailment? Could it be that a vaccine was not developed to address malnutrition? If a vaccine were developed to combat malnutrition, do you think the industry would hype the dangers of non-vaccinating against malnutrition? What about bee stings? Your precious baby is at risk of a dangerous sting. Does she wear a bee suit to protect her? Do you think that if a vaccine were available to “protect” against bee stings, you would hear more about it in the media and would be more nervous about the risks of not vaccinating your baby against bee stings?
We suggest that you continue with your studies until you and your husband are more comfortable with your understanding of the issues. Best wishes.
I always suspected that Jerry’s Kids for MS, MD and ALS was a front for the drug companies to do research on the damage that vaccines cause — at the expense of the people that they harmed — but I have no proof. Have you ever noticed how they sucked $20 billion in spare change out of the gullible public since the 1960s and they are nowhere nearer to a treatment or cure? I wish I had a con running like that for that long. Oh, wait, you need the government’s backing for that level of crime.
France removed the hepatitis B vaccine from the market a few years ago because it was apparently causing multiple sclerosis and/or MS-like symptoms. There are many studies linking vaccines with neurological debilities. Our website lists some of these studies.
I have been reading testimonies of death and damage from vaccinations today. I am filled with sorrow and sympathy for these poor families. I am shocked at the indifference of doctors to these needless deaths. I know that they are not ignorant to the dangers of vaccinations, but they continue to condone them and even force them on wary parents. Reading testimony after testimony I begin to cry. I can only imagine the pain these families have and still endure. Just as I am filled with so much sorrow, my little baby boy, who has been sleeping soundly on my lap, wakes up and smiles. His smile reminds me of how lucky he is, and we all are, that we chose not to have him vaccinated.
I found your website, and many different books, just two weeks before my baby’s vaccinations were due. We decided to put off his vaccinations. He still hasn’t received a vaccination, and I never want him to be victim to the injection of deadly poisons. So, thank you for being there when we were in need. You never know you may have saved my baby’s life.
Thanks for your support of our efforts.
Dear Thinktwice, what’s your viewpoint on stuff like this [a newspaper article entitled "Bond Markets to Raise $4 Billion for Vaccines]? It seems like it would be tough in the public eye to take any kind of stance against it and the “humanitarian” side of Bill Gates [regarding his donations for vaccines].
A couple of years ago we had a severe drought that killed millions of our Pinon trees. They couldn’t produce enough sap to repel different types of bark beetles, which invaded the trees. Many experts recommended different pesticides (analogy: drugs/vaccines) to spray on the trees to kill the beetles (analogy: germs/disease). None of the pesticides worked. However, some people realized the true solution required proper nutrition. They watered the trees closest to their home. These trees were able to produce enough sap to repel all of the invading beetles.
Bill Gates and the medical industry are focusing on the wrong technique. Why do children succumb to disease? Malnourishment is a big problem and should be addressed. Archie Kalokorinos wrote a book in the 1970s entitled “Every Second Child.” In a DPT vaccination campaign aimed at Aborigine babies, one of every two vaccinated babies died. However, when vitamin C was administered to babies prior to the shots, the babies lived.
There may also be an emotional and spiritual dimension to disease that we are overlooking, although it may take many generations before we are able to fully understand this healthcare link. For example, we are always surrounded by germs. Why do we succumb to them on some occasions but not others? My children never visited a doctor. They were born at home and we used natural remedies, such as herbs and homeopathy, when they became sick. Actually, my wife used natural remedies for our children. When our kids were sick (which was rare) I simply talked with them to try and understand why their immune system temporarily weakened. Emotional issues were usually the culprit. My daughter reacted poorly following a stressful event, such as an argument with her girlfriend. My son reacted poorly prior to a stressful event, like an upcoming chess tournament (which he competed in). After we talked and figured out exactly what was irritating their internal equilibrium, or causing their anxiety, the emotional stress was relieved and the health issue (sniffles, etc.) resolved on its own.
I am a new mother of a beautiful 5-month-old girl whose 8-year-old half-brother was stricken with severe epilepsy and mild autism following his MMR shots when he was 18 months old. During his life he has suffered over 50+ seizures, some minor and some requiring hospitalization. I have been battling everyone I know about not immunizing her even though her brother WON A LAWSUIT and has money in a trust to pay for his school and medical/living expenses. It is really hard to find out how to get my daughter into daycare and school without these shots. The School Board website just says that it is required — there is NO mention of a waiver/affidavit and I feel that is totally irresponsible of them to make parents believe they do not have a choice. I am thankful that my parents support us (my dad laughs because he never got any shots and he is 69 years young and doing great), and my daughter’s doctor “agrees to disagree” and honors our wishes. I know that we will be battling this issue her whole life but I am glad that you are out there as a resource for my family. I am glad to know that someone out there lets us realize that we have the right to think for ourselves and the right to hear the whole story and all of our options before making a decision. Thank you again.
Thanks for your sharing your story.
Is the newborn vitamin K shot truly a vaccine? Can I take an exemption against it? Also, do you have any links/info on the vitamin K shot?
The vitamin K shot is not a vaccine. Studies show a link between the vitamin K shot and an increased risk of leukemia. (The Vitamin K shot is thoroughly evaluated in the Vaccine Safety Manual.) You may be able to reject this shot at birth. Oral vitamin K is an option. Mothering Magazine is an additional resource.
I am the mother of a 13-month-old daughter, a 3-year-old daughter, and a 7-year-old son. Although I have always been against the idea, I have allowed immunizations for all three to the present. My eldest children had typical reactions such as fever and many sleepless nights. My baby daughter has been extremely ill for three weeks following her 12-month “well-visit,” including shots. The only new one was the MMR. She experienced fever up to 102 degrees, vomiting, diarrhea, complete loss of appetite, and pain in her joints (knees, ankles, elbows, wrists). She has been learning American Sign Language and began signing “hurt” and pointing to her joints. It has been heartbreaking to see her lose the ability to stand and walk. The physicians originally agreed that her fever and symptoms (one week after the shots) were a result of the MMR live viruses. After a couple of weeks, they said that her illnesses were unrelated (although symptoms remained the same). She is now beginning to recover, but is not yet herself. I took a perfectly healthy, happy, little girl to the doctor and our lives have been a nightmare for one month. I will definitely trust my instincts and not take another chance. I homeschool my “advanced” oldest already, because I feel that many public schools (like the medical profession) are concerned with the masses and not the well-being and best interest of individuals. I am concerned, however, about their entering schools or universities. I would much rather they choose to have the immunizations as adults rather than while growing. Also, our pediatric office has a policy of denying treatment if children are not up-to-date on shots. We live in Georgia and the doctors are very influenced by the CDC. Have you ever heard of similar reactions and are you familiar with Georgia laws?
Many studies link the rubella vaccine and MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine with arthritis and joint pain, especially in females. Here are a few of these studies:
Cooper, L.Z., et al. “Transient arthritis after rubella vaccination.” Am J Dis Child 1969; 118:218-225.
Spruance, S.L., et al. “Joint complications associated with derivatives of HPV-77 rubella virus vaccine.” American Journal of Diseases in Children 1971; 122:105-111.
Swartz, T.A., et al. “Clinical manifestations, according to age, among females given HPV-77 duck rubella vaccine.” American Journal of Epidemiology 1971; 94:246-51.
Weibel, R.E., et al. “Influence of age on clinical response to HPV-77 duck rubella vaccine.” J. of American Medical Association 1972; 222:805-807.
Thompson, G.R., et al. “Intermittent arthritis following rubella vaccination: a three year follow-up.” American Journal of Diseases of Children 1973; 125:526-530.
Chantler, J.K., et al. “Persistent rubella infection and rubella-associated arthritis.” Lancet (June 12, 1982):1323-1325.
Tingle, A.J., et al. “Prolonged arthritis, viraemia, hypogamma-globulinaemia, and failed seroconversion following rubella immunisation.” Lancet 1984; 1:1475-1476.
Tingle, A.J., et al. “Postpartum rubella immunization: association with development of prolonged arthritis, neurological sequelae, and chronic rubella viremia.” Journal of Infectious Diseases 1985; 152:606-612.
Tingle, A.J., et al. “Rubella-associated arthritis. Comparative study of joint manifestations associated with natural rubella infection and RA 27/3 rubella immunisation.” Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 1986; 45:110-114.
Institute of Medicine. Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines. (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1991).
Benjamin, C.M., et al. “Joint and limb symptoms in children after immunisation with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.” British Medical Journal 1992; 304:1075-78.
Georgia permits a religious exemption. Please visit our section on vaccine laws for more information.
How can you become a Pediatritionist? What school can you attend?
The School of Common Sense and Independent Research will help to educate and wean you from unhealthy allopathic idolatry.
To who it may concern, My son who is 5 years old just started to attend kindergarten in public school. His immunization records show that he received his 1st MMR and Varicella shots 2 days before he turned 1 year old. The second was when he was 4 years old. I just received a disturbing letter from his school that he was vaccinated too early and that they need to have the records straight by Friday (10/06/2006) or they can’t admit him to school from Monday on. It sounds ridiculous to me and I have no idea where and how to fix it. Does school have a right to expel my son if he was vaccinated but just so short of 12 months? What can I do keep my son in school? We live in New Jersey. Thank you.
Gosh, the authorities have no common sense; this is nonsense. We believe there is more risk to receiving additional vaccines than from having been vaccinated two days early. NJ offers religious exemptions.
I am very concerned about the content and the tone of this website. Neither side is portrayed very objectively.
Our goal is to provide important vaccine information that is not being provided on the thousands of “official” FDA and CDC websites. We are not interested in mimicking their propaganda, just as they have no intention of posting true rates of adverse reactions and other data that would permit parents to make honest, informed decisions.
The facts about mercury, vaccine contamination, and side effects are all very concerning. But I am also very concerned about a world without vaccines. Childhood illnesses were a terrible scourge, and it is irrefutable that they were eradicated for the better of all humanity.
This “irrefutable” contention of yours is quite refutable. For example, the polio vaccine has spread SV-40 throughout the world, causing cancer rates to skyrocket. This is documented in more than 60 peer-reviewed studies throughout the world. Reducing polio while increasing cancer is not “irrefutable” evidence of the vaccine’s benefit to society.
Which side is right? I don’t know. But right now there does not exist an alternative to the total prevention of these devastating childhood illnesses. And as of today, this website has not demonstrated an alternative. Until that moment, I think it’s irresponsible that you are discouraging vaccination without suggesting a proper alternative.
A proper alternative is to investigate each vaccine individually and decide on the merits of the evidence whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Upon an honest assessment of the facts, many parents are deciding that profit motives trump safety concerns. The U.S. Congress agrees. A few years ago, a Congressional Hearing discovered that FDA and CDC committees responsible for licensing and recommending vaccines were in bed with the pharmaceutical industry. Many members of these committees were on the vaccine makers’ payrolls. You are entitled to vaccinate your family just as others are entitled to reject the allopathic model. Thanks for sharing your concerns.
Hello, I live in Minnesota. Recently, during a routine physical exam for my 14-year-old daughter, I was asked to leave the room so the doctor could ask her some questions. That was okay with me; I left. But when I returned, I was told that my daughter had just been given the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) shot. I had not been given the chance to ask questions. I did not have a chance to decline. I was not told they were going to do it! Was this actually illegal, for them to give this to her without my verbal or signed consent? It really annoys me. As always, they assured me it was safe.
What this doctor did is outrageous. Parental consent is required for an invasive medical procedure, especially when there is no medical emergency. Furthermore, you were in the next room so your consent or decline of consent, could have been solicited. I assume this doctor asked your daughter privately if she was sexually active, and scared her into believing that she was susceptible to cervical cancer, and hyped up their brand new vaccine. This vaccine has many problems. For example, it contains neurotoxic aluminum; no long-term studies of this vaccine were conducted; it will not protect against the many HPV types not included in the vaccine; girls and young women rarely develop cervical cancer because this ailment mainly strikes elderly women. Besides, many studies show that folic acid, lycopene (found in tomatoes) and beta-carotene (vitamin A) can stop and reverse precursors to cervical cancer.
Also, this vaccine is expensive, requiring 3 doses — a real boon for doctors and the pharmaceutical company. Since you didn’t request this vaccine, you may wish to refuse payment. Let the doctor bill your daughter, who can’t be held liable because she is below the age of consent and wasn’t able to make an informed decision.
Wow, Thank you for all of that. It just makes me so angry. I’ve actually been consenting to the standard vaccines all of my life and that of my children’s. I did not want my daughter to have this shot. I know she is not sexually active. And I know it is very new. I will decline vaccines for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much!
I received a tetanus vaccine in January and started adverse effects eight days later. After many months of tests I was informed that …..
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Coconut Oil – An Overview
Offering a myriad of health benefits, Coconut Oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!
Coconut Oil Is:
•Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
•Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
•Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
•Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in Coconut Oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
•An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
•Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
•Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
•Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
•Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
•Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
•Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
•Nontoxic to humans and animals
Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin Virgin Coconut Oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready. (Starting at 12 months of age, I gave my daughter one teaspoon per day and she weighed about 16 pounds at that time.)
Weight in pounds/kilograms Number of tablespoons of coconut oil daily
150+ /68+ 3 1/2
125+ / 57+ 3
100+/ 45+ 2 1/2
75+ / 34+ 2
50+ / 23+ 1 1/2
25+ / 11+ 1
Type of Coconut Oil to Use:
•Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil tastes and smells coconutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavor. You can use it for anything but it will impart a coconut taste (mild) and odor (pleasant in my book)! Unrefined coconut oil retains the most nutritional value and is superior to refined oil.
•Expeller pressed (refined) coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coconutty smell or taste. It is still outstanding to use but does lose some of it’s health properties during the refining process.
•Food grade should always be used.
160 Uses for Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body
1. Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, Coconut Oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
9. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
12. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
13. Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
14. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
15. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
16. Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
17. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of Coconut Oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
18. Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
21. Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
22. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
23. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
25. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
26. Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
27. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
28. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
29. Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
30. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
31. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.
32. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.
33. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
35. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
36. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!
Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness
37. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
38. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
39. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
40. Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.
41. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
42. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
43. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
45. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with Coconut Oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
46. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
47. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
48. Vitamin and nutrient absorption
49. Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.
Coconut Oil for Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues)
50. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal
51. Adrenal fatigue
52. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
54. Asthma, even in children
56. Bowel function
57. Bronchial Infections
58. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)
59. Candida Albicans
60. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
61. Chronic Fatigue
62. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation
63. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
64. Colds and Flus
66. Cystic Fibrosis
68. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings
70. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t
72. Energy boost
73. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)
74. Fever Support
75. Flaky, Dry Skin
76. Gallbladder disease and pain
78. H. pylori
79. Head Lice
80. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)
81. Hemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)
83. Hot Flashes
85. Immune System Builder
86. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
88. Kidney Disease
89. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)
90. Liver Disease
91. Lung Disease
93. Mental Clarity
94. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
95. Migraines (with regular use)
100. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay
101. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
103. Skin problems
105. Stomach Ulcers
106. Toenail fungus
108. Thyroid Function (regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid)
109. Ulcerative Colitis
110. Underactive thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting Coconut Oil daily
111. Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)
Coconut Oil and Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues)
113. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
114. Athletes foot
115. Back pain/sore muscles
116. Boils and cysts
117. Canker sores
119. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
120. Decongestant – rub Coconut Oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
121. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
122. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
123. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)
124.Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
125.Hives (reduces the itch and swelling
126. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)
Coconut Oil and Cooking
130. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
131. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
132. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
133. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals
Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.
134. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
135. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
136. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
137. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
138. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
139. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
140. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
141. Helps prevent or control diabetes
142. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic
143. Helps reduce weight, increases energy
144. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
145. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
146. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.
147. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
148. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
149. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
150. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
151. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
152. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
153. Insect repellent – mix Coconut Oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
154. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
155. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
156. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
157. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
158. Seasoning animal hide drums
159. Seasoning cookware
160. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.
Did I miss any? Do you use coconut oil for something not on my list? Please add it in the comments. I am always excited to find new ways to implement coconut oil!
I have also written several other posts about coconut oil that you may be interested in reading. A few are listed here but please check my Coconut Health page regularly as I update that with my twice monthly posts related to coconut oil:
• Coconut Oil Unleashed – Reader Questions Answered
• Coconut Oil for Digestive Disorders
• Coconut and Pregnancy (coconut products in general are discussed)
• Eating Traditional Foods and The Blood Type Diet (coconut oil is
discussed in this post but not the focus)
ADHD and Homeopathy
thanks to Brad Chase for this article
1 Homeopathy and ADHD:
2 Summary of Studies Investigating the Efficacy of Homeopathy for ADHD
2.1 Homeopathy vs. Ritalin
2.2 The Placebo Study
2.3 The Double-Blind and Placebo Study
3 Homeopathic Remedies for ADHD:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, affects nearly 3-5% of all children, and often continues into adulthood. Though there are stimulant medications available to treat ADHD, they come with several side effects.
Homeopathic remedies may help in alleviating some symptoms, making it easier for children to participate in normal social and school activities.
Homeopathy and ADHD:
Many adults and parents of ADHD inflicted children opt for homeopathic remedies because they are nontoxic, safe, and effective. When used along with diet and lifestyle changes, this alternative ADHD treatment can show significant improvements.
Though there have been mixed results in clinical trials regarding the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for ADHD, anecdotal evidences indicate that some homeopathic remedies might effectively alleviate ADHD symptoms in children.
Homeopathic treatments are safer than conventional ADHD treatments involving drugs such as Ritalin. Therefore, it is advisable to start ADHD therapies with homeopathy.
The homeopathic approach to ADHD treatment differs from that of conventional medicine in two important ways.
First, homeopathic intervention is individualized for each patient. Therefore, the homeopathy remedy used for each ADHD sufferer differs from another. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage.
The merit of this approach is that instead of using a single drug such as Ritalin for everyone diagnosed with ADHD, homeopathy practitioners can better target their patients through specific symptoms.
However, this approach strongly depends on the ability of the homeopathy practitioner. Varying results will be obtained by ADHD patients depending on the skill level of the homeopath.
Secondly, homeopathy treats medical conditions with smaller, safer doses of remedies that may, in high doses, worsen the symptoms of those diseases.
This approach is also found in modern medicine. In fact, Ritalin is an amphetamine-like drug which should trigger excitation and hyperactivity. Other such drugs used in medicine include digitalis for treating heart diseases and vaccination shots.
However, small doses of these potent remedies tend to do quite the opposite of what larger doses do. Therefore, the small doses of homeopathic remedies slow ADHD sufferers down instead of making them hyperactive.
Summary of Studies Investigating the Efficacy of Homeopathy for ADHD
Homeopathy vs. Ritalin
Ritalin is the most popular drug used in the treatment of ADHD especially in children. It works for about 70% of ADHD sufferers. For these reasons, it is the perfect baseline against which other ADHD treatments are compared.
To compare the efficacy of homeopathic ADHD treatments against Ritalin, a 2001 study done in Switzerland involving 115 children diagnosed with the condition. Some of them were examined for symptoms then prescribed individualized homeopathy remedies. Another group of the study participants was placed on Ritalin for three and a half months.
At the end of the study, 75% of the ADHD children responded to homeopathic treatments compared to 65% of them who responded to Ritalin.
The children were also tested on the CGI (Conners Global Index) scale. The CGI scale is one of the recognized standards for measuring the symptoms of hyperactivity and degrees of attention deficits.
For this study, the children who received homeopathic remedies experienced a 55% improvement on the CGI scale while the Ritalin children showed a 48% improvement.
The Placebo Study
A 2005 study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics examined the efficacy of homeopathic remedies for treating ADHD through a crossover study spanning 14 weeks.
Half of the ADHD children who partook in this study were given homeopathic remedies while the other half was given placebos. Then after 6 weeks the placebo group began on homeopathic remedies and vice versa.
At the point of switching the study participants’ medications (the crossover point), they were tested on the CGI scale. Similar tests were also done before and at the end of the study.
The results of the study showed that the CGI ratings as well as the parents’ and teachers’ evaluations of these children showed a marked improvement during the homeopathic treatment as compared to the placebo period.
The Double-Blind and Placebo Study
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of homeopathic remedies was conducted in 1997 with 43 ADHD children. The children were randomly assigned either a placebo or a homeopathic remedy and their response studied over 10 days.
The results showed that homeopathy provides measurable improvements for children diagnosed with ADHD.
Homeopathic Remedies for ADHD:
Many homeopathic remedies are available without a prescription; however, self-treatment is not recommended. You must consult your homeopath for the right remedy and correct dosage. Some popular homeopathic remedies for ADHD are:
Datura stramoniumIt is obtained from the leaves and seeds of Datura stramonium, an annual herb with fragrant flowers and soft leaves. Its medicinal activities are linked to the alkaloids, scopolamine and hyoscyamine.
Stramonium is one of the most effective homeopathic remedies for ADHD. It is a classic example of homeopathic remedies because while it is beneficial for reducing hyperactivity at low doses, it causes delirium and hallucination at high doses.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Stramonium can be used to reduce ADHD symptoms in children. It is helpful in reducing signs of violent, and hostile behavior.
This homeopathic remedy is also beneficial for children who are afraid of the dark or who suffer from some kind of post-traumatic disorder.
This homeopathic remedy is useful for children who dislike being touched or looked at. Such children may display aggressive behavior when reprimanded or touched.
Cina is used to calm ill-tempered children who grind their teeth when irritated. It helps in reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness in children.
henbaneIt is obtained from the leaves of nightshade or black henbane, Hyoscyamus niger. It belongs to the same plant family as Stramonium, contains the same set of alkaloids, and has the same medicinal activity.
This homeopathic remedy is known to alleviate symptoms such as restlessness and hyperactivity.
In a controlled study conducted in 1997, Hyoscyamus showed positive results in reducing outbursts, fidgeting, and hyperactive behaviors.
This is a solution prepared from the disinfected Tuberculinum bacillus, the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis. To prepare it, the tuberculosis infected tissue of man or animal is taken then disinfected and dissolved in decontaminated water. The bacterium is then removed before this solution is further diluted and shaken.
This ADHD homeopathic treatment is recommended for restless children who seek constant stimulation or change. It helps in reducing destructive behavior, irritability, and feeling of dissatisfaction.
5. Verta alb:
verta albThis homeopathic remedy is prepared from a perennial plant belonging to the Lily family. It soothes the nerve, improves concentration and focus, and reduces irritability and temper tantrums.
This alternative treatment for ADHD is used to calm the nerves. It is often recommended by experts, as an alternative treatment for children with behavioral disorders.
6. Arsen iod:
This extract reduces temperamental outbursts, encourages balance, and controls tantrums. It also tends to diminish frustration that can occur while acquiring new skills.
It is prepared from arsenic and iodine.
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD then you may consider using natural remedies that specifically focus on ADHD treatment for children. Herbal supplements such as Listol can also be used to treat ADHD naturally.
Remember that every child is unique and will react differently to remedies, so allow the ADHD homeopathic remedies some time to show effects. Always consult your doctor before starting a new homeopathic treatment or changing the current dosage.
The Homeopathic Treatment of Malaria
What is Malaria, How is it Spread, Why Is It a Problem?
The word malaria comes from 18th century Italian: mala (bad) and aire (air). At that time it was believed that the illness was caused by bad air in marshy areas. It was first discovered in 1880 that malaria was a parasitic disease transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito, which needs blood for her eggs, and has previously sucked the blood of a person infected with malaria. It is well and good to say that there is a place and purpose for every creature on the planet, but it is challenging to find the redeeming virtues of the mosquito, particularly one who spreads malaria. When the mosquito bites an infected person, a minute amount of the Plasmodium parasite is the blood is passed on. About one week later that same infected mosquito finds another human victim, at which time the parasites mix with the saliva of the mosquito and are infected into the human host. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, then infecting red blood cells. Malaria can be transmitted person to person through organ transplants, shared needles or syringes, blood transfusion, and from mother to baby during labor. Not only does poverty lead to conditions fostering the spread of malaria, but, the detrimental effect of malaria on health also predisposes to poverty.
Up to 40% of the world population in 100 countries at risk for malarial infection, resulting in infection of 300-500 million people and over one million deaths each year. The Anopheles mosquito lives in most tropical and many subtropical areas of Central and South American, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the South Pacific The greatest number of fatalities occurs in sub-Saharan Africa, where up to 60% of hospital admissions are attributed to malaria. Every thirty seconds a child somewhere in the world dies of malaria, as well as being responsible for low-birth-weight babies, growth retardation, still births, and infant mortality. Each year a staggering ten percent of the global population is infected with the disease. No effective malaria vaccine has been developed, despite tireless effort on the part of many researchers around the world, including the Malaria Foundation International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Eradication Goal. Drug-resistant strains are spreading and global warming is making the problem worse.
The likelihood of your contracting the disease, as a traveler, depends on where you are going, how long you will be there, what time of year, altitude, whether you stay in rural or urban areas, style and conditions of travel, and what preventive measures, including the use of mosquito netting, repellents, staying indoors after dark, avoiding rainy season travel, and the use of prophylactic medications. It takes seven to twelve days after infected for the symptoms to appear, longer if you are taking prophylactic medications or have some immunity from previous infections. Multiple re-infections are common, and may be asymptomatic Early-stage symptoms are flu-like:
fever, chills with shaking, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, headache, and general malaise. Symptoms are often cyclic, due to the life cycle of the parasites as they develop, reproduce, and are released from red blood and liver cells. This cyclic nature is one of the main indicators that it is indeed malaria. Also common are dry cough, muscle and back pain, and an enlarged spleen. Malaria may cause anemia and jaundice. Infection with the Plasmodium falciparum malarial parasite is more serious and can lead to kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death.
Conventional Prophylaxis and Treatment
Recommended prevention against mosquito bites includes wearing long sleeves and pants and light-colored clothes. and using DEET on exposed skin (controversial because of its toxicity) twenty minutes after applying sunscreen. Anti-malarial medication, usually quinine-based, can cause undesirable side effects, and is not necessarily the prophylaxis of choice for those who live, work, or spend a lot of time in high-risk areas, who would have to spend much of their lives taking them. Artemisinin, made from the sweet wormwood plant, now rivals quinine drugs in terms of its rapid effectiveness with malaria. The plants has been used by Chinese herbalists for over 1500 years to treat malaria. A watchful eye is advised because there is a black-market version that contains only chalk.
The most common anti-malarial drugs include Choroquine, Quinine sulfate, Hydroxychloroquine, Mefloquine, and Malarone. Drug-resistant malaria is a major ongoing obstacle to treatment and to the search for new, effective drugs. In many areas of the world, Chloroquine is considered ineffective because of it.
Homeopathic Medicines Used Historically for Malaria
The following are single –dose homeopathic medicines used to treat malaria:
Arsenicum album (Arsenic): Intense fever with burning heat. Exhausted, pale. Unquenchable thirst for sips. Clean tongue. Anxious, restless. Cold.
China officinalis (Peruvian bark, the source of quinine): Periodic fevers. Chill, sweating, headache, nausea, weakness. Little thirst. Anxiety. Peruvian bark was the very first substances proved by homeopathy’s founder, Samuel Hahnemann, and made into a homeopathic medicine.
Eupatorium peroliatum (Boneset): Bone pain as if they will break. Muscle soreness, vomiting, chill. Thirst and bitter vomiting. Pressure forehead.
Natrum muriaticum (Sodium chloride): Violent headache. Chill begins at 10AM. Weak, short of breath, bone pain. Fever blisters lips. Great thirst.
A Promising Homeopathic Protocol for Prevention and Treatment
We recently attended an inspirational National Center for Homeopathy webinar presented by Didi Ananda Ruchira, a homeopath in Kenya who treats many patients with malaria, mostly destitute (http://www.abhalight.org/). Having lived and provided homeopathic and natural health care in Africa for ten years, Didi was deeply concerned about the ineffectiveness of conventional treatment of malaria. Her observations were the following:
The local population rarely uses mosquito nets, are at high-risk for infection, and contract malaria frequently.
Drug-resistance is common, which may result in milder symptoms over time.
P. falciparum is particularly virulent, and poor immune status, such as HIV infections, malnourishment, or childhood, increases risk.
Children, especially vulnerable, may die or, if they survive, may suffer from lifelong brain damage, seizures, paralysis, or mental retardation.
Local residents typically went to their corner kiosk and purchased outdated Chloroquine medications, self-treated or to a nearby government hospital or community clinic where they were likely to be misdiagnosed and, often, to receive inadequate treatment. Lingering side effects were common. Success with traditional herbalists was also limited.
Didi dedicated herself to finding a more effective alternative to help these
people. She first looked into the Ayurvedic herb, neem (Azadirachta indica), which had been described as having anti-malarial activity as far back as 2000B.C. Neem leaf extract was found to significantly increase red blood cell oxidation, interfering with normal development of malaria. The plant also lowers fever and increases appetite, allowing a more speedy recovery. Neem, however, has not shown effectiveness in preventing malaria infection once in the body. She prepared a very low-potency 2X Neem product to take daily for two to three weeks in order to destroy any remaining parasite and break the cycle of recurrent malaria. This medicine has been given successfully to thousands of Masai tribal people in Tanzania.
Didi researched the homeopathic materia medica and selected China sulphuricum (Sulphate of quinine) to detoxify individuals from the ongoing side effects of quinine and drug poisoning. The final prong of the three-step programs is a malaria nosode (medicine prepared homeopathically from the four malaria Anopheles mosquitoes) combined with the four homeopathic medicines mentioned earlier in this article.
The protocol is as follows:
Start Neem 2X once a day. Continue for three weeks. For the first five days,
while taking Neem, add China sulphuricum 30C. On day 6, start MalariX, which contains Malaria nosode, China, Natrum muriaticum, Arsenicum album, and Eupatorium perfoliatum. Take 1 dose a day for 3 days, then 1 dose every 2 weeks. Continue taking one dose of MalariX every two weeks as long as the possibility of acquiring malaria exists.
Didi makes it clear that there is no funding available for laboratory research of her program. It is strictly anecdotal. However, the protocol has been used at eighteen clinics in Kenya. There is an unpublished study on her work: http://www.abhalight.org/neem.html. In September, 2007, she partnered with a local NGO to distribute the MalariX 3-step program to 100 families living on the shores of Lake Victoria. Didi conducted a survey, as best she could given limited funding, compliance, and myriad other challenges. Of the thirty-four respondents who participated, only four (12%) suffered an attack of malaria or malaria-like symptoms. She has found her program to help prevent, as well as to treat, malaria.
More Research Needed
Didi is the first to admit that what has been done so far is only preliminary, that well-funded, proper research would be excellent, and that her population is extremely limited. However, given the difficulty of finding adequate funding and dissemination of homeopathic research, the dire poverty and lack of effective health care for the population with which she is working, these results impressed us as did the sincerity of her mission. Whatever efforts to find successful treatment options, conventional and natural, for this global, often fatal, disease, will be worthwhile.
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are licensed naturopathic physicians, board certified in homeopathy. Their books include the upcoming Travel Well Naturally: What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy Wherever You Go (2013); Homeopathic Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and other Mental and Emotional Problems (a revision of the previous title, Prozac Free, a substantially revised Ritalin-Free Kids, A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism, Rage-Free Kids, Prozac Free, Homeopathic Self-Care: The Quick and Easy Guide for the Whole Family, Whole Woman Homeopathy, The Patient’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine, and Mystics, Masters, Saints and Sages—Stories of Enlightenment. The doctors have taught internationally, and they practice at The Northwest Center for Homeopathic Medicine in Edmonds, WA and Langley, WA. The doctors live on Whidbey Island, Washington and in Pucon, Chile. They treat patients by phone and videoconference, as well as in person, and can be reached by telephone at (425) 774-5599. Their newly redesigned website is http://www.healthyhomeopathy.com.
You can purchase MalariX at http://www.abhalight.org/ and read about her research at http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/the-use-of-homeopathic-prophylaxis-and-treatment-for-malaria-in-endemic-areas-of-kenya/2/
The term “aromatherapy” was coined in the 1920′s by a French perfumer named Rene Gattfosse. The word therapy in and of itself implies the need for treatment of an illness or disability. While it is true that all four of the above mentioned areas of application could and oftentimes do manifest themselves as acute or chronic conditions that require treatment which the essential oils can be effective in treating, we would also like to encourage the use of aromatherapy for everyday pleasure and well-being.
What Are Essential Oils
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and potent oils extracted from plants, leaves, flowers, roots, buds, twigs, rhizomes, heartwood, bark, resin, seeds and fruits. Essential Oils are found in special secretory glands or cells within plant life. The aromatic substances are formed and stored in certain organs of a plant as a by-product or because of its metabolism. Each essential oil has it’s very own blueprint that is absolutely unique. The combination of the plants blueprints, the energy of the sun, soil, air and water gives each oil its individual perfume and beneficial healing properties. The same species of plant can produce an essential oil with different properties depending on whether it was grown in dry or damp earth, at high or low altitude, or even in hot or cold climates. According to the International Organization for Standardization, essential oils are a “product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase.”
Unlike vegetable oils expressed from nuts and seeds, essential oils are not actually oily. Some essential oils are viscous; others are fairly solid and most are somewhat watery. Worldwide there are 3000 different essential oils with only about 300 commonly used. Essential oils are the most concentrated form of any botanical. It takes at least one pound of any given plant to create one drop of essential oil. Essential oils provide a concentrated dose of nature’s vast pharmacological active ingredients in a single drop of oil. One hundred percent pure unadulterated essential oils are distinguished by a remarkable diversity of substances that only nature could produce.
Plants smell for two main reasons, defense and attraction. The aromatic oils promote a plants growth, aid in reproduction by attracting insects, repel predators and protect them from disease. Some leaves, roots and barks have smelly molecules that are unappetizing or sickening and inhibit the growth of neighboring plants, molds, fungus’ and to defend against being browsed or chewed. Flowers and fruit need to attract animals and insects for pollination and seed dispersal, so they have a sweet tempting and attractive fragrance. Plants communicate through these chemical signals, messages of scent.
Humans and animals depend on plants. A sick sheep will eat yarrow, lizards eat chamomile to relieve snake bites, cats and dogs chew on grass for stomach problems and bears will eat bear garlic as a spring tonic upon awakening from hibernation. The “therapeutic” action of essential oils is attributed to the naturally occurring chemical within the plants. There are a variety of uses for plants from essential oils, spices, teas, to beautify our environment and for herbal remedies. Plants are chemical factories, which draw energy from light, darkness, sun and earth for synthesizing these into molecules of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They are the “crude fuels” that humans and animals break down to produce adenosine triphosphate, our “high-grade fuel”, when we ingest foods. Essential oils are the “high-grade fuel” of the plants themselves, the purest and highest form of the plants structure.
What is Aromatherapy and Aromachology?
Aromatherapy is the art of treating the body, mind and spirit with natural aromatic substances harvested from nature’s rich store. “Aroma” refers to the aromatic substances that give essential oils their characteristic smell. “Therapy” refers to the fact that essential oils have been used for healing for centuries. Aromatherapy also refers to the use of essential oils for beauty and body care treatment. Aromatherapy is one the most popular beauty treatments worldwide in clinics and spas throughout Europe.
Aromatherapy also refers to the medical practice of using essential oils in some countries. Finally, aromatherapy refers to the layman’s use of essential oils for personal home use of essential oils and products containing pure unadulterated essential oils. Aromachology is the study of psychology and odors. The terms aromatherapy and aromachology are often used to differentiate the science, study and theory (aromachology) from the application by clinicians and aromatherapists (aromatherapy).
Inhalation of Essential Oils; The Psychology and Physiology
Essential Oils enter the body through the skin and nose. They have tiny molecules, which disperse into the air and reach the nose. When inhaled the oils reach the olfactory epithelium, a small patch at the top of the nasal cavity, which contains about 5 million receptor cells. Odors are converted into messages, which are relayed to the brain for processing.
Brain activity has been observed and documented by brain scans and other imaging techniques. Smell triggers psychological and physiological responses in the body. Smell receptor cells transmit impulses about the smell to the olfactory area of the brain in the limbic system, which is linked, to memory, emotions, hormones, sexuality and heart rate. These impulses trigger neurochemicals and endorphins that can stimulate, sedate, relax, produce gratifying sensations, restore emotional equilibrium, or cause euphoria, thereby bringing about a mental and a physical change. The limbic system plays an important role in provoking feelings and memories and can assist in stimulating learning and retention. The limbic system works in coordination with the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus area of the brain to regulate the hormonal activities of the endocrine system, triggering the production of hormones that govern appetite, body temperature, insulin production, overall metabolism which influence immunity, stress levels, sex drive, conscious thoughts and reactions. In the limbic system is the amygdala where we process anger, the septum pellucidum, where we process pleasure sensations and the hippocampus, which regulates how much attention we give our emotions and memories.
Additionally, smells have a powerful effect on the sex drive. One out of every four people who suffer from anosmia, a loss or impairment of smell, lose interest in sexual activity. Smells trigger a memory response. Smell memories may trigger changes in body temperature, appetite, stress level and sexual arousal. There are no short-term memories with odors, that is why a whiff of a familiar perfume can bring back a flood of memories so vivid it brings tears of joy because of the direct physical route which exists between memory and smell. Smells can transport us through time and distance. Have you ever walked into a room and smelled the exact smell your Grandmother wore, and found yourself smiling warmly without even realizing it. Conversely if you come across a smell that floods you with negative memories you may find your heart rate racing and a nauseous feeling at the pit of your stomach. Smell has a chemical response to stimuli, which explains the wave of chemical response to your stomach when confronted with a negative smell. A yummy smell may make you hungry because it sends a chemical reaction that stimulates your gastric juices. Vladimir Nabokov wrote, “Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell.” The average person takes about five seconds to breathe, two seconds to inhale and three to exhale. During an average year, we breathe 6,307,200 times and with every breath, we smell. The human body is capable of registering and recognizing thousands of different smells. Smell is ten times more sensitive than taste. Although smell is incredibly precise, it is almost impossible to describe a smell to someone who has not smelled it. It only takes 0.5 seconds to respond to smell as compared to 0.9 seconds to react to pain. We all have our own genetic encoded odor print as individual as our fingerprints and only identical twins smell alike.
Additionally, women who live together have the tendency to menstruate at the same time every month. This is attributed to a natural scent regulation of women living in close quarters who pick up a subtle glandular odor allowing their bodies to regulate themselves by using the pheromones.
Absorption of Essential Oils through the Skin
Skin is the largest organ of the body, weighing in at an average of 9 lbs. Our skin is a living, dying and rejuvenating organ, constantly on the move. Ill treatment of the skin can take 3 to 4 months to have an effect and visa versa. Skin is the packaging that keeps us warm, stops our insides from falling out and keeps the rain out. It is our outer warning system, alerting our brain about the environment we encounter. Skin is mostly waterproof, however it does allow substances with small molecular structures and low molecular weight to penetrate it. Molecules of essential oils pass through the skin’s epidermis and are carried away by the capillary blood circulating in the dermis. They are then taken into the lymphatic and extracellular fluids at which point the therapeutic ingredients of the essential oils are broken down and used by various regions of the body. After the essential oils perform healing functions they are metabolized and eliminated with the bodies other waste. Skin is our largest elimination organ. It takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 7 hours for skin to fully absorb essential oils, depending on body fat. Essential Oils are eliminated from our bodies within 3 to 26 hours through our saliva, urine, feces or sweat in a healthy adult. Essential Oils work as rubbish collectors, attaching themselves to toxins, free-radicals, cell debris, heavy metals, renegade cells, fungi, bacteria, viruses or other debris and taking them to the exits for disposal. Because of this, in an unhealthy adult, it can take up to 14 hours for the essential oils to pass through the body. The human body takes the most vital properties of essential oils and uses them to bring itself into balance and is left in a healthier state without side effects.
It is easy to test the absorption of essential oils. If you were to smear lavender essential oil onto your cheek, you would taste the lavender inside your mouth. Garlic essential oil can be smeared onto your ankle and the aroma will soon appear in your breath. Components of essential oils can be found in a blood sample taken after an application of essential oils. Essential oils can stimulate circulation to the surface skin cells, encourage cell regeneration and the formation of new skin cells. Some essential oils calm inflamed or irritated skin, release muscle spasms, soothe sore muscles and relieve muscular tension. Many scientist believe that essential oils stimulate the body’s own natural defense systems. The positive effect of essential oils on blood circulation is well known. Studies have found that basil, tea tree and thyme essential oils can encourage the production of white blood cells, boosting the immune system of the body.
Essential Oils at Work
Certain essential oils act as natural balancers. They become adaptagens and will instigate a reaction in the body that is appropriate to achieve a state of homeostasis or balance. These reactions affect the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system, blood pressure, hormone balance as well as many other systems. They respond to the human bodies need at any given time. For instance, if the system is stimulated the essential oil will have a relaxing effect. If the system is worn down and sluggish the essential oil will have a stimulating effect. The human body is able to take from the essential oil that which is good. Essential oils also work as phytohormones. The molecules mimic some of the hormones naturally occurring in the human body. They act as messengers or keys to the related systems.
When a combination is more than the sum of the parts, a synergetic effect has been created. Mixing together two or more essential oils creates a chemical compound that is different to any of the component parts. Synergetic blends are very powerful and potent.
Extraction of Essential Oils
The majority of essential oils are produced by steam distillation. Through steam distillation, the oily components of the plant are separated from the watery ones. The oily, volatile components are the basis of the plants scent. Through steam distillation, the essential oils are extracted from special glands or ducts of the plant. During the process of steam distillation, plant material is heated with water and brought to a boil. The steam, which contains the volatile essential oil runs through a cooler, it condenses and the oil is separated from the water and collected.
Other methods of extracting essential oils are sometimes used. Enfleurage, an old method of extraction involves immersing the flower petals in a fat so that the fat pulls the essential oil from the petal and becomes saturated with it. Then the fat and essential oils are separated. Maceration, a similar method of extraction involves heating the fat to about 60 degree Fahrenheit, which breaks down the plants cells containing the essential oils. Expression is the method used to extract essential oils from the oil sacs contained in the rinds of fruit (i.e. orange, lemon, lime, bergamot, mandarin and tangerine) using a machine to press the rind. Carbon dioxide extraction puts carbon dioxide under a high pressure to transform it into a supercritical state, making it exhibit qualities of both a gas and a liquid. This process runs at a lower temperature and it is very expensive. The phytonic process uses non-chlorofluorocarbons to extract essential oils at even lower temperature. However, the majority of essential oils today are extracted through steam distillation.
Properties of Essential Oils
Each essential oil has it own therapeutic uses and other properties. Many essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, diuretic, antivenomous, antitoxic, antidepressant, sedative, nervine (relieves nervous disorders), analgesic (reduces pain sensation), hypotensol, hypertensol, digestive, expectorating, deodorizing, granulation stimulating, circulatory stimulating and diuretic qualities.
Musk is produced from a sack in the abdomen of the male musk deer and today it is scarce and costly. As a result, all musk oils are synthetically produced. There is no such thing as gardenia or vanilla essential oil and all products claiming to be pure essential oils can easily be identified as fakes by checking for musk, gardenia and vanilla fragrances. It takes 6,000 pounds of jasmine pedals to produce one pound of jasmine essential oil. In addition, Jasmine can only be picked 3 months out of the year between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. It takes 4,000 pounds of rose pedals to produce 1 pound of rose essential oil. Roughly translated that means it takes about 30 roses to produce 1 drop of essential oil.
Plants have an amazing living power in them, Essential Oils. Plants use Essential Oils to protect themselves and send chemical messages to each other. For example, a tree can produce a chemical called tannins, which can deter and even kill predators. In Africa a study was done to see how much extra tannin a tree would produce if it was whipped to stimulate a deer eating on it. Some tree produced up to an 94% increase in tannin after only 15 minutes, after an hour they showed a 282% increase. The trees used airborne chemical messages to nearby trees to alert them of danger. The surrounding trees all increased their tannin level. It then took the trees up to 100 hours to return to their natural state.
Because of this amazing living power of essential oils that remain intact, when extracted nature became the original source of inspiration for modern medicine. 70% of all anti-tumor drugs are derived from native plant medicines. Morphine was isolated in 1806 from raw Poppy; Codeine is a derivative of morphine. Now chemist make “chemical cocktails” that have very little to do with the natural inspiration. The new molecular structure is different. All the years of trial of the natural product are lost in the new chemical structure. Representatives of all the drug companies are searching the jungles and far corners of the world for new ideas and sources. It is impossible to patent cures and natural remedies, and so they go unapproved by the FDA. For example Lavender Essential oil works miraculously on burns. It can return severally burned skin to it normal condition quickly. Scientist have been unable to break the incredibly complex compound of Lavender essential oil to discover the secrets. And so people in burn units suffer untreated by the best-known remedy known to man for burns.
1.Direct Application. Apply the oils directly on the area of concern using one to six drops of oil. More oil is not necessarily better since a large amount of oil can trigger a detoxification of the surrounding tissue and blood. Such a quick detoxification can be somewhat uncomfortable. To achieve the desired results, one to three drops of oil is usually adequate. A few guidelines for direct application of the oils are as follows: ◦The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick absorbing areas include behind the ears and on the wrists.
◦To experience a feeling of peace, relaxation, or energy, three to six drops per foot are adequate.
◦When massaging a large area of the body, always dilute the oils by 15 to 30% with the fractionated coconut oil.
◦When applying oils to infants and small children, dilute with fractionated coconut oil. Use one to three drops of an essential oil to one tablespoon (Tbs.) of fractionated coconut oil for infants and one to three drops of an essential oil to one teaspoon (tsp.) fractionated coconut oil for children from two to five years old.
◦Do not mix oil blends. Commercially available blends have been specially formulated by someone who understands the chemical constituents of each oil and which oils blend well. The chemical properties of the oils can be altered when mixed improperly, resulting in some undesirable reactions.
◦Layering individual oils is preferred over mixing your own blends. Layering refers to the process of applying one oil, rubbing it in, and then applying another oil. there is no need to wait more than a couple of seconds between each oil as absorption occurs quite rapidly. If dilution is necessary, the fractionated coconut oil may be applied on top. The layering technique is not only useful in physical healing, but also when doing emotional clearing.
◦The FDA has approved some essential oils for internal use and given them the designation of GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe for internal consumption). Oils without this designation should never be used internally.
2.Reflex Therapy: a simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands. Then a series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuroelectrical pathways. The oils help remove any blockage along the pathways or travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ. (See the book Modern Essentials, the book Healing for the Age of Enlightenment, or the video, Vita Flex Instruction for more information on Reflex Therapy.)
3.AromaTouch Technique: a simple technique for applying certain oils along the entire length of the spine and on the feet. This application of 8 essential oils as been shown to help achieve feelings of stress reduction, immune enhancement, inflammatory response, reduction, and homeostasis. (See the book Modern Essentials for more information about the AromaTouch Technique.)
4.Auricular Therapy: a method of applying the oils to the rim of the ears. (See the book Modern Essentials for more information about the Auricular Therapy.)
5.Perfume or Cologne. Wearing the oils as a perfume or cologne can provide some wonderful emotional support, and physical support as well–not just a beautiful fragrance.
1.Basin. Fill a wash basin with two quarts of hot or cold water and add the desired essential oils. Stir the water vigorously then lay a towel on top of the water. Since the oils will float to the top, the towel will absorb the oils with the water. After the towel is completely saturated, wring out the excess water (leaving much of the oils in the towel and place over the area needing the compress. For a hot compress, cover with a dry towel and a hot water bottle. For a cold compress, cover with a piece of plastic or plastic wrap. Finally, put another towel on top and leave for as long as possible (one to two hours is best).
2.Massage. Apply a hot wet towel and a dry towel on top of an already massaged area. The moist heat will force the oils deeper into the tissues of the body.
1.Diffuser. The easiest and simplest way of putting the oils into the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic mist diffuser. Diffusers that use a heat source (such as a light bulb ring) will alter the chemical makeup of the oil and its therapeutic qualities. A cold air diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil up against some kind of a nebulizer. This breaks the oils up into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed into the air, covering hundreds of square feet in seconds. The oils, with their oxygenating molecules, will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help to reduce fungus and mold. Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony. The greatest therapeutic benefit is received by diffusing oils for only 15 minutes out of an hour so that the olfactory system has time to recover before receiving more oils. The easiest way to do this is by using a timer that can be set in 15 minute increments over a 24 hour period.
2.Cloth or Tissue. Put one to three drops of an essential oil on a paper towel, tissue, cotton ball, handkerchief, towel, pillow case or inhaler and hold it close to your face and inhale.
3.Hot Water. Put one to three drops of an essential oil into hot water and inhale. Again, heat reduces some of the benefits.
4.Vaporizer or Humidifier. Put oil in a vaporizer or a humidifier. The cold air types are best since heat reduces some of the benefits. (Some diffusers, like the Whisper, are designed to disperse oils through mist.)
5.Fan or Vent. Put oil on a cotton ball and attach to ceiling fans or air vents. This can also work well in a vehicle as the area is so small.
1.Bath Water. Begin by adding three to six drops of oil to the bath water while the tub is filling. Because the individual oils will separate as the water calms down, the skin will quickly draw the oils from the top of the water. People have commented that they were unable to endure more than six drops of oil. Such individuals may benefit from adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first. Soak for 15 minutes.
2.Bath and Shower Gel. Begin by adding three to six drops of oil to 1/2 oz. of a bath and shower gel base and add to the water while the tub is filling. The number of drops can be increased as described above under bath water. Adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first allows one to obtain the greatest benefit from the oils as they are more evenly dispersed throughout the water and not allowed to immediately separate.
3.Wash Cloth. When showering, add three to six drops of oil to a bath and shower gel base first before applying to a face cloth to effectively cover the entire body.
4.Body Sprays. Fill a small spray bottle with distilled water, and add 10-15 drops of your favorite oil blen or single oils. Shake well, and spray onto the entire body just after taking a bath or shower.
Dishwater, Clothes Washers, and Dryers
The anti-bacterial properties of essential oils can effectively promote greater hygiene. Add a couple drops of lemon to dishwater for clean dishes and a great smelling kitchen. Use lemon or Citrus Bliss to take gum out of clothes. A few drops of Purify in the wash water will kill bacteria and germs in clothes. Put Purify, Elevation, or another oil on a wet rag and place in dryer; or mist from a spray bottle directly into the dryer.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Put a few drops of lemon, Purify, or white fir oil on a dust cloth or ten drops in water in a spray bottle to polish furniture and to clean and disinfect bathrooms and kitchens.
To effectively remove paint fumes and after smell, add one 15 ml bottle of oil to any five gallon bucket of paint. The Purify blend or citurs single oils have been favorites, while Citrus Bliss and Elevation would work just as well. Either a paint sprayer or brush and roller may be used to apply the paint after mixing the oils into the paint by stirring vigorously. Oils may eventually rise to the top if using a water-based paint. Occasional stirring may be necessary to keep the oils mixed.
The information on this page is from AromaTools’ Modern Essentials.
The Natural Healing Power Of Oak Trees And Acorns
healing of oak tree and acorns
America and the Northern Hemisphere are home to many varieties of oaks. Oaks have been used for ceremony, food, medicine and building for as long as humans have been around. In many traditions, the oak is revered as a sacred tree.
Oaks were used as medicine and food for millennia. Many Native American groups used oak to treat bleeding, tumors, swelling and dysentery. European herbalists used oak as a diuretic and as an antidote to poison. Snuff made from powdered root was used to treat tuberculosis. The leaves have been employed to promote wound healing. Oak has been used as a Quinine substitute in the treatment of fevers.
Tannins provide many of the healing properties of oak. Tannins bind with proteins in tissues, making a barrier resistant to bacterial invasion. Tannins strengthen tissues and blood vessels. They reduce inflammation and irritation, especially of skin and mucus membranes.
Modern scientific research confirms that oak possesses the following healing properties: astringent, fever reducing, tonic, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory actions. In addition, oak has been used to get rid of worms and other parasites.
The plant parts used for healing include the inner bark, leaves and acorns.
Oak is excellent for controlling loose stools. Either a tincture (alcohol extract) or decoction (boiled tea) of root bark is effective. Decoctions are used to promote healing of bleeding gums when used as a mouthwash. Finely powdered dried inner bark has been used to control nosebleeds. Oak is said to relieve poor digestion. It has been used to treat ulcers internally and externally. Finely powdered dried inner bark can be sprinkled on external ulcers to soothe, reduce swelling, prevent infection and strengthen tissue. A decoction or tincture can be used to heal internal ulcers. Compresses made from a root bark decoction soothe and shrink hemorrhoids, varicose veins and bruises. A bark decoction can be used as a gargle to relieve a sore throat. Skin problems such as rashes, irritation and swelling may be relieved with the application of poultices or compresses made from the root bark or leaves. Oak has been used in the treatment of cholera and gonorrhea. Decoctions have been used as douches to treat vaginal infections
Leaves may be used fresh for first aid in the field. They can be softened by immersing them in boiling water or steaming until limp. If boiling water is not available, the leaves may be softened by crushing them. Apply the leaves topically to the affected area as an antiseptic, soothing poultice to reduce swelling, skin irritation or bleeding.
Acorns are soaked to remove tannins prior to using the acorn meat for food. The tannin rich soaking water has antiseptic and anti-viral properties. It may be used as a wash to relieve skin irritations from rashes, minor burns and poison ivy.
To prepare a decoction of oak, use 1 teaspoon of dried inner bark per cup of water. Simmer the herb and water, covered, for 20 minutes. Strain the herb from the liquid before using the decoction. If using internally, drink 1 cupful of the decoction 3 times daily. However if the decoction is being used to relieve loose stools, drink one-fourth cup after each loose stool.
If preparing a tincture, use a spirit that contains 60 percent alcohol. Herbalists recommend that 1-2 milliliters may be consumed three times daily.
Fresh leaves may be gathered for first aid as needed. The inner bark is the most useful medicinal part of the oak. It is bitter and astringent in taste. The inner bark is best gathered in spring from roots protruding through the ground. Dry it and store the bark in a cool dark place. Acorns are gathered in the fall.
Oak bark combines well with chamomile for soothing the digestive system. Do not use oak for people who suffer from constipation. Oak is not recommended for large open wounds or for treatment of weeping eczema.
Native Americans relied extensively on acorns for food. Years ago, sacks or baskets of acorns were placed in streams to leach the bitter tannins from them.
One large oak tree can produce 1,000 pounds of acorns in a year. Acorns are nutrient dense foods. They are lower in fat and sugars then many other nuts. Acorns provide about 125 calories per ounce. They are rich in polyunsaturated fats, vitamin B6, copper, manganese and potassium.
Acorns vary in flavor from not bitter to too bitter to eat. Acorns that are produced in one year tend to have a mild flavor while the ones that are only produced every two years are bitter. Oaks that have smooth oval shaped leaves have tastier acorns than those from trees that have pointy lobed shapes. Species that produce acorns with large caps generally yield bitter acorns. Oaks yielding the best tasting acorns include: white oak, live oak and swamp chestnut oaks. Red oaks, turkey oaks and laurel oaks produce bitter acorns. Cream colored acorn meats taste best. Acorns with yellow or orange meat are bitter. Individual trees of the same species produce acorns with differing levels of palatability.
Acorns for food use need to be gathered in the fall to avoid bacterial and insect contamination. Throw away any with insect holes in them.
All acorns require leaching in order to remove the bitter taste of tannins. Some need just a couple of changes of water while others require several. Acorns can be leached by either of two methods.
Cover the unshelled acorns with cold water. Throw away any that float. As the water turns brown, change it repeatedly. This can take days or even weeks. Using the cold water method is beneficial if you intend to use the acorns as a thickener.
Bring a large pot of water to a full boil. Pour in acorns. Throw away the ones that float. As the water turns brown, heat a second large pot of water to boiling. Strain the acorns from the first pot. Place in the second pot. Keep repeating until the acorns are no longer bitter.
To dry leached acorns, fry them in an un-oiled frying pan, stirring frequently, or place them in a 150-200 degree oven for about 20 minutes. They can also be spread on a screen in a single layer to air dry for several weeks.
Store the acorns in a sealed container. They will keep for about 6 months. When you are ready to use the acorns, crack them open with a nut cracker. Acorns stay fresher if shells are not removed until you are ready to use them.
To make acorn flour, place the shelled acorns in a blender and process until fine. Store the flour in a cool dark place. It keeps well in the freezer. Use acorn flour as a nutritious substitute for flour. In baked goods; do not substitute more than one fourth to one half of the regular flour in a recipe with acorn flour. The acorns can be kept in larger pieces and used like any other nut.
Great scent for artist/musicians/poets-
the aromatic Amyris is native to Asia, Haiti and other Caribbean islands, as well as Central America. Patience is required, as this tree that grows to be 2-4 meters needs approximately 30 years before it produces its sweet essential oil.
Amyris’ woody, balsamic aroma is relaxing and calming to the nerves. Its cooling action also helps to relieve frustration as well as general stress and irritability. The scent is both uplifting and soothing.
Amyris, also known as ‘West Indian Sandalwood’
Connected to the planet Venus, Amyris both calming and nourishing to the heart chakra. Amyris anchors one’s energy in a state of receptivity and openness, thus enhancing the flow of grace by opening the pathways for inspiration, and transformation. Heightening intuition, creativity, and imagination, Amyris is an excellent oil for dreamers, artists, musicians and poets as she supports them in connecting with creative source energy.
Amyris restores a natural, innocent outlook on life, bringing joy and laughter to our hearts and assisting us in making choices that uplift and nourish, thus encouraging love for ourselves and the world as a whole.
Different smells of aromatherapy essential oils range in a scale pattern like music notes.
From the treble to bass notes, each corresponds to a key.
To make the perfect mixture requires a bouquet of ‘notes’
G.W.Septimus Piesse 1867 created an odophone scale
Homeopathic Science Congress 2013-
location- Patna India
Transmission of homeopathic energy from a distance
organized by the “Research Institude of Sahni Drug Transission & Homeopathy
G.D.Memorial Homeopathic medical college & Hospital
I was honored to be asked to submit one of my articles-
the article that was used ; “using Homeopathy on an infant for seizures” (page 20+21 in magazine)
You can read the complete article via my website http://www.ginatyler.com
The Gift of Drama
By Gina Tyler DHOM
You Choose Between Stagnant,content,happily-ever-after
Drama,motion,change,rebirth and conflict.
To grow Mature Heal and become Aware We need to find “DRAMA”.
Without it we stay stagnant in our belief,life,dietary habits,friends,healing and choices.
Drama creates meaning-actions-shedding-rebirth. This may be applied to everything one looks at.
For instance the planet,universe,yourself,family,relationships,work and your health.
“Happily-ever-after” sounds fantastic just like a dream ending in a fairy tale but is this really best for us?
Lets use this as an example; A very affluent family that has it all, a glorious home plenty of money, material objects, beauty and fame.
Can this be a façade for other issues such as depression suppression, suicidal tendency, guilt fear sadness or grief?
You might think ‘not’
This “Golden cage” sounds too good to be true You might say to yourself “I want this too”.
This same family might come from generations of royalty, but is their health in question are they truly happy?
Looking Deeper you see the hidden family secrets of abuse rape incest cruelty mental illness infidelity and obsessive neurotic behavior.
You may ask: How long has this Incubation of suppression lasted?
The Urge to move restlessly and to seek drama has acted out via manifestations seen in severe health imbalances passed onward in secret through generations (homeopaths call Predisposed Miasmic influence).
Individual catastrophic events start to unfold A change-’drama’ is happening. This is a good thing.
Understanding change is understanding nature, we must learn to deal with it and not suppress it.
So when we suffer illness we are shaken up, to confront it head on is a ‘good’ thing……
But we may miss the mark altogether , How you may ask? By unconsciously suppressing it by “Having someone else deal with it”…………
Example; “I will go to my MD and get a prescription or book a surgery so it will just go away and get better”…………..Doing nothing to creatively alter the CAUSEFACTORS like lifestyle habits , and conflicts “WE really don’t get it”.
“I cant deal with the drama of my illness (or child’s illness) I want a professional to handle it quickly”.
So does this sound familiar ,it does to me I’m sure I’ve said this before……have you?
The Golden cage does not exist but in theory mere fairy tales. Life is in constant motion turmoil change and usually in conflict.
Archetypical philosophy on homeopath, the esoteric outlook on psychological healing “JUNG” called Psychic infection.
The psychological immune reaction caused by repression and suppressions in a life span affect the core of our constitution and communication.
Subtle awareness of this ‘language’ should be discussed.
Unfolding this psyche gives homeopaths the potential clues into the ‘essence’ of a patient.
The phenomenon of homeopathic healing and how it can untangle the unconscious messages of illness introduced via conflicts trauma and stress.
As a homeopath it is important to look for clue’s deep within each patient as to how the equilibrium has faltered.
Clearly discussing the depths of psychology self consciousness dreams ego and how these can all be paths to illness.
As these transitions occur there is an overload in the physical organism.
Finding the ‘archetypical essence’ via the simillimum is the road to healing.
Within the stage of Drama we uncover this perfect ‘golden cage’ to see inward that its merely flesh and blood with many imbalances and imperfections in ’stasis’.
A side benefit of my move to avoid commercial sunscreens was that I stopped exposing my skin to toxic chemicals used in sunscreens, several of which are endocrine system disruptors, increase the risk of cancer, and more. Remember, our skin is our largest organ, and what we put on it gets absorbed into our body. Since I strive to live as naturally as possible and avoid as many toxins as I can, this was a welcome “side effect” of stopping my use of sunscreen.
It’s an ironic situation that in order to protect our skin from cancer, we started using sunscreen, but studies are now finding that using sunscreen may lead to an increased risk of cancer. This is due to a variety of reasons, including the fact that many sunscreens only block UVB rays (the good ones), and not UVA (the bad ones), creating a Vitamin D deficiency. Also, research is pointing to the fact that the Vitamin A and its derivatives that are used in many sunscreens turn toxic when exposed to the sun.
The Role of a Real Food Diet and Natural Oils as Sunscreen
No one can refute the fact that diet plays a critical role in the health of our skin. The old adage “you are what you eat” rings true. You only get out of your body what you put into it, so choose your fuel wisely. I have no doubt in my mind that my high consumption of saturated fats like coconut oil and ghee play a huge role in sun protection and the overall health of my skin. In fact, I think my diet plays one of the most important roles in my skin health and sun tolerance of anything I do. Overconsumption of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), like soybean, canola, and other vegetable oils, can leave our entire body, including our skin, unhealthy and at risk for a variety of health problems. When I started focusing on a whole food diet with plenty of saturated fats, I found that the health of my skin dramatically improved. I also find that I do not burn nearly as easy as I used to, even when I end up being outside a tad longer than I should have been.
Not only do I use coconut oil as my primary cooking oil, but I have also used coconut oil on my skin for years. I had heard a long time ago that coconut oil had some natural SPF properties and since I already used it for skin health, that was just an added bonus. When you start researching, many carrier oils have natural SPF. SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor”. SPF is mainly a measure of UVB protection and ranges anywhere from 1 to 45 or more. According to Anthony J. O’Lenick, author of “Oils of Nature”, raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of 28-50 and carrot seed oil has a natural SPF of 38-40. Other oils, like coconut oil, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil, sesame, etc. will all have lower SPF levels, ranging from 4-10. That said, none of these oils are going to give us 100% protection from UV rays (and keep in mind that they primarily block UVB rays), so you still must use common sense when using natural oils as a sunscreen.
To boost the sunscreen to more of a full-spectrum sunscreen, you can add zinc oxide to the mix. Zinc oxide is a very common ingredient in sunscreens, makeup, and other skin care products and it does help protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All that said, there is no way to really know the true SPF of this sunscreen, so always enjoy your sun time carefully. If you choose to use zinc oxide, there are a few important things to note:
1.Look for a high-quality zinc oxide that is specificly for cosmetic applications.
2.Make sure it is uncoated and not micronized or classified as a nano-particle (nano-particles can be absorbed into the bloodstream, which can create health problems).
3.It will sit on the skin, so depending on how much you use, it may leave a whitish hue.
4.Use caution when measuring and mixing it, as to not inhale the powder. Some people will use a dust mask to ensure they don’t inhale the powder.
This recipe for homemade coconut oil sunscreen uses a variety of oils and the end product is more of a body butter. It is safe for the whole family, though you want to make sure children do not ingest any of it. The beeswax will help it be slightly water-repellent. When not in use, store the mixture in the fridge to help extend the shelf-life. You can use whatever essential oils you would like for scent, but make sure to stay away from phototoxic essential oils, which includes the citrus family and a few others. When these essential oils are exposed to the sun, they can cause the skin to burn faster. If you’re not already familiar with it, the carrot seed essential oil has a natural woody, earthy scent. This is a rich body butter, so a little goes a long way. You can find all of these ingredients online or at your local health food store.
Homemade Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup shea butter
1/8 cup sesame or jojoba oil
2 tbsp. beeswax granules
1-2 tbsp. zinc oxide powder (optional)
1 tsp. red raspberry seed oil
20-30 drops carrot seed essential oil
Essential oils of your choice (lavender, rosemary, vanilla, and/or peppermint are nice)
1. Using a double boiler (or a small pan over very low heat), melt your coconut oil, sesame or jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter together. The beeswax will be the last to melt.
2. When the beeswax is melted, remove the mixture from the heat and let cool to room temperature. If you’re using zinc oxide, whisk it in at this point, being careful not to create a lot of dust. If there are some lumps, that’s OK. They will break up when you whip the body butter in step 4.
3. Move the mixture to the fridge for 15-30 minutes. You want it to start to set up, but still be soft enough to whip.
4. Take the mixture out of the fridge and using a stand mixer or hand mixer, start to whip it. Drizzle in the red raspberry seed oil, the carrot seed oil, and any essential oils of your choice, and continue whipping until the mixture is light and fluffy.
6. Use as you would any regular sunscreen. Application rates will depend on your activity and exposure to water. Store in a glass container in the fridge between uses.
author- Jessica Espinoza
For all those teenagers/college students going back to school-a warning!
July 26, 2013 thanks to;Natural Health, Natural Medicine
If you are endlessly tired, irritable, have trouble losing weight, or feel depressed, you might be suffering from the environmental onslaught of toxins being poured into our air, water and soil by greedy corporate monopolies. If you aren’t sure whether you are suffering from toxic overload, you can at least be certain you are not immune to the toxic effects of environmental pollution like oil spills, fracking, chemtrails, nuclear energy (think Fukushima), or even the domestic production of war materials. Even every day items like shampoo and rug cleaners also contain thousands of chemicals that are deadly toxic in higher dosages.
From concern about BPAs to heavy metals, pesticide residues and GMO foods, its time to take an offensive, instead of defensive, view of our health. Here are more than two dozen ways to purify the body from these ill-imagined pollutants:
1. Support the liver and gallbladder with beetroot. Beets are a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium which all support healthy detoxification and better elimination. They are also full of B3, B6, C, and beta-catoene, important nutrients for supporting the liver and gallbladder in making bile acids which support detox.
2. Drink more purified water. Water is one of the most vital ways of self-purification on the planet. It helps every single cell get rid of waste and allows us to excrete toxins through our urine and bowels, as well as through our skin via sweat.
3. Bathe in Kaolin clay or use acalcium montmorillonite clay as they are considered the best for removing pesticides from the body.
4. Reduce your meat and dairy intake since these animals are often fed on GMO-rich diets.
5. Consume more pantethine, a biologically active form of the B5 vitamin, which can help open blockages created by pesticide consumption. When we are too clogged with pesticides our bodies cannot naturally detoxify themselves.
6. Use activated charcoal. It is very safe to consume up to 20-30 grams a day mixed with purified water. Activated charcoal binds to pesticides and other environmental toxins and then ushers them through the intestines to be purged form the body. You can also supplement with molasses after using activated charcoal just to be sure to replace important minerals the charcoal might leech from the body in the process of getting rid of the unwanted toxins.
7. Eat more citrus. Pectins in citrus are a very powerful detoxifying substance. Citrus naturally remove heavy metals without depleting the body of important trace minerals.
8. Create an alkaline state in he body by eating more organic fruits and vegetables that support multiple channels of detoxification in the body. They clean the liver, the bowels, the skin, the blood, etc.
9. Eat more fiber. When we eat fiber, the liver can more easily flush toxins through the digestive system and we take an immense load off an organ that is constantly trying to get rid of toxic substances from the body. High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, potatoes (including their skin), etc.
10. Eat more grapefruit containing naringenin, a special flavanoid that helps the liver burn fat instead of storing toxins in our fat cells.
11. Eating garlic can help boost detoxification since it helps to boost the production of white blood cells, otherwise known as lymphocytes, an important part of the immune system as well.
12. Eating asparagus can educe the levels of pesticides in the body.
13. Eating organic, free-range eggs can also help to remove toxins from the body. They also boost energy levels.
14. Increasing your levels of vitamin C is so good for you, and detoxing the body that it was found this vitamin could help reduce levels of radiation exposure, even in people who were living near Fukushima.
15. Native Americans have been using sarsaparilla for hundreds of years in teas and tinctures as a way to effectively detox the blood. It also effectively treats liver, kidney and skin conditions.
16. Exercising and staying active is vital to keeping impurities out of the body. Just 30 minutes to an hour every day brings oxygen rich blood to the liver and kidneys, thus supporting them in detoxifying the body.
17. Eating brazil nuts, which are full of glutathione, a natural detoxifying substance, can help the body get rid of pesticides and other harmful toxins. Also, full of selenium, Brazil nuts help to create more glutathione. Sometimes called the mother of all antioxidants.
18. Our skin is one of the biggest organs of detoxification. It covers about 22 square feet and we replace skin cells every single day. Dry brushing is a great way to help support the skin in detoxing the body through sweat, bathing, etc. If our pores are clogged, the skin becomes less effective. Dry brushing also helps encourage lymph flow that helps to flush toxins from the body.
19. Take Milk Thistle. Sylibum marianum, also known as Milk thistle is a great support for the liver. Long with helping the body detox, this herb has been linked to reduction in certain cancers, reduced diabetes and even reduction digestive disorders.
20. Consume Essiac Tea, which cleanses the body and also has anti-cancer properties. This tea can help the body rid itself of pesticides used with GMOs, and ground-spraying including permethrin.
21. Eat your sea vegetables. Algin in seaweeds helps to absorb toxins form the digestive tract (in much the same way that water softener removes hardness from tap water) so they can be eliminated more easily. They also offer the largest range of vital trace minerals that can help to clean the blood.
22. Consuming dandelion greens and roots can help to detox the body due to their high levels of antioxidants but also help to support liver decongestion.
23. Use broccoli sprouts in your salads to ingest important substances that help with detoxification: sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate. Sprouts also contain up to 20 times more sulfurophane than regular, full grown broccoli plants.
24. Eat flaxseed and flaxseed oil to help detox the body. This super food is full of fiber and Omega 3s, both important substances for detoxification.
25. Add turmeric to your recipes. This root is full of Curcumin, used often in Ayurvedic Medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders, and a great detoxing agent.
About the Author;
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.
a note Posted by Dr.Suvimol Jivamongkol from Bangkok Thailand
The Lotus opened at my clinic after a month of busy studying and working to strengthen my knowledge in Classical Homeopathy to help my clients.
Thank you Gina Tyler, my Dutch friend, who plant the seed of Classical Homeopathy in me. Our last session, tonight, after 3 weeks of hard working together is so full and fun. Your dedicated to strengthen my knowledge and practice in Classical Homeopathy is appreciated………..
Thank you Gina Tyler, spending days and nights in Bangkok teaching me Homeopathy as well as sharing me tips and her experience in Homeopathic treament.
a video Skype interview about my expr at the pediatric clinic in Thailand http://bambuser.com/v/3852678