To Your Health – October 2011
Welcome to the beautiful colors of autumn and to this October issue of To Your Health. In this issue you will find important environmental information on light bulbs, what’s hazardous and what’s safe. I’ll also discuss the many health hazards of Smart Meters. Also here is a review of nutritional remedies for kidney problems including kidney stones, cystitis, UTIs, urgency, incontinence and other problems.
To Your Health,
Help For Staying Positive — Change Your Focus!
“Many people focus upon unwanted things, with no deliberate attention to the emotional Guidance within them, and then they try to compensate for their lackful thinking with physical action. And because of the misalignment of Energy, they do not get results from their action, so then they try harder by offering more action, but still things do not improve.”
“Like the air you breathe, abundance in all things is available to you. Your life will simply be as good as you allow it to be.”
“One who is mostly an observer thrives in good times but suffers in bad times because what he is observing is already vibrating, and as he observes it, he includes it in his vibrational countenance. As he includes it, the Universe accepts that as his point of attraction and gives him more of it. So the better it gets the better it gets. Or the worse it gets the worse it gets. While one who is a visionary thrives in all times.”
— Abraham (Esther and Jerry Hicks)
Please Recycle Your Fluorescent Bulbs
Did you know that compact fluorescent bulbs shouldn't be tossed in the trash? Because of the mercury content, which leaches into landfill and water, throwing out the bulbs is actually against the law in some states. But no matter where you live, recycling ensures that these items will be disposed of safely. Home Depot, Lowes, Ikea and many Ace Hardware locations are among the stores that accept used bulbs for recycling. Compact fluorescents also generate radio frequencies (also known as "dirty electricity"). Depending on bulb placement, it is possible to filter out these fields with Stetzerizer filters. Another alternative is Chromalux bulbs; see below for information.
So-Called Eco-Friendly Bulbs Loaded With Lead, Arsenic
February 10, 2011, by Pat Brennan
The LED bulbs sold as safe and eco-friendly can contain high levels of lead, arsenic and other hazardous substances, a new UC Irvine study shows — the same bulbs widely used in headlights, traffic lights, even holiday lights.
The toxic material could increase the risk of cancer, kidney disease and other illnesses, although the risks are more long-term than immediate; a single exposure to a broken bulb is unlikely to cause illness.
“I wouldn’t worry about an immediate release of vapor,” said UC Irvine public health and social ecology professor Oladele Ogunseitan, principal investigator and an author of the study. “But still, when these residues hang around the house, if not cleaned up properly they could constitute an eventual danger.”
The lights should be treated as hazardous materials and should not be disposed of in regular landfill trash, he said, because of the risk of leaching into soil and groundwater.
High intensity, red bulbs contained the most arsenic, while low-intensity red lights harbored as much as eight times the amount of lead permitted by state law, the study showed.
White bulbs had low amounts of lead but higher amounts of nickel, also a potentially hazardous substance.
Ogunseitan and a team of scientists from UCI and UC Davis crushed bulbs of different colors and intensity, simulating acid rain in landfill conditions to produce a “worst case scenario.” Then they made precision measurements of toxic material in the resulting liquid.
Although immediate risk from a broken bulb is low, Ogunseitan still advises consumers to wear a mask and gloves and use a special broom when sweeping up the pieces. Emergency crews also should use protective equipment when dealing with car crashes and broken traffic lights, and should consider the material hazardous waste, Ogunseitan said.
And while LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are marketed as a safer replacement for compact fluorescent bulbs, which contain mercury, Ogunseitan, also a member of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control’s “green ribbon” science panel, said consumers should be careful that they’re not “exchanging one risk for another.”
“We want to make sure we don’t get carried away with the no-mercury thing,” Ogunseitan said. “That is why finding these other potentially toxic chemicals is important.” A state law that would have required advanced testing of such products was weakened, he said. Then it was placed on hold by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger shortly before he left office.
He said the law is under review, and that he hopes it will be revived within a year. Ogunseitan and his team recently published their findings in the science journal, Environmental Science and Technology, and plan to publish further findings on larger LED bulbs such as those used in street lights.
The Chromalux Alternative — From Cutting Edge Catalog
If you don’t live near a place that accepts used compact fluorescent bulbs to recycle; or if you are concerned about radio frequencies from these bulbs, then consider Chromalux bulbs. They are energy efficient, emit a pure white light, and are as close to full spectrum as you can get in a regular incandescent bulb. And since they’re considered a specialty bulb, they are exempt from any bans on standard light bulbs!
Find Chromalux bulbs: http://www.cutcat.com/category/Full_Spectrum_Lighting/c76
Other Sources of full spectrum lights: http://www.fullspectrumsolutions.com/
Source: Cutting Edge Catalog
Phone: (800) 497-9516; in New Mexico (505) 982-2688
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4158, Santa Fe, NM 87502
Smart Meters Are Not Smart, Not Green, Not Safe and Not Legal
“Smart” meters are responsible for a number of structure fires and explosions, including one that burned Santa Rosa Mall in April. The meters are not even UL certified.
“Smart’ meters violate privacy, recording every detail of your power usage — a permanent search warrant into your home data that can be shared with law enforcement officials and other corporations. Watch this short video for the full scoop.
Smart Meters (SK9AMI) have two RF (radiofrequency) transmitters (antennas) and are the type of smart meters typically installed on most buildings. They contain two antennas that transmit RF signals (916 MHz LAN and 2405 MHz Zigbee). The antennas can transmit simultaneously and thus the maximum RF exposure is determined by the sum of power densities (from the FCC Certification Exhibit titled RF Exposure Report for FCC ID:SK9AMI-4).
Smart Meter Customer Health Complaints
At night a loud buzzing/humming noise
Loud piercing, high-frequency sounds in my ears
Pounding heart, very painful
Heavy feeling in chest
Headaches, including migraines
Seizures, petite and grand mal
Stomach upset, acid reflux
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Disorientation and balance problems
Extreme fatigue, exhaustion, weakness
Noticeable cognitive impairment
Difficulty concentrating and using computers
Intense thirst with parched lips
Emotional distress and inner agitation
A burning of my facial skin
CT scan showed a cyst in the posterior portion of the brain
Hard to breath, like there was a weight on my chest and tightness in my chest
Peripheral neuropathy which including burning, tingling and numbness
Diagnosed TIAs and fainting
A very painful miscarriage within days of Smart Meter installation
Hypothyroidism, fatigue, depression, joint pain, and weight gain
Nodules on my thyroid, difficulty swallowing
Note: A complete article on Smart Meters and their health hazards will be posted soon, and we will notify you by email at that time.
Natural Remedies for Kidney and Urinary Tract Health Problems
Nutritional Deficiencies Found In Kidney Stone Formers
1) A majority of renal stone patients, including those with normal fasting blood sugar levels, have abnormal glucose metabolism, either abnormal glucose tolerance curves or abnormal insulin response to sugar (hyperinsulinemia). It is postulated that insulin may be one factor responsible for the renal leak of calcium. Eating sugar stimulates the production of insulin providing your pancreas is working. People now eat 130 pounds of sugar a year. Eighty years ago it was five pounds a year. This does not include fruits or fruit juices, which are very healthy.
2) A vitamin B-6/magnesium deficiency increases kidney stone risk. Having adequate amounts of each prevents kidney stones in 79% of kidney stone patients. Anyone who eats processed foods, especially white flour and white sugar, is likely to be deficient in vitamin B-6 and magnesium. Magnesium keeps oxalates more soluble for excretion in the urine, thus preventing crystals (e.g. kidney stones) from forming. Vitamin B-6 is essential for the normal metabolism of oxalic acid, which decreases urinary oxalates. Instead of running out and getting synthetic vitamin B-6 and magnesium, why not eat foods containing them. Thera-zyme has several supplements containing foods high in the B-complex plus the enzymes to digest them. Thera-zyme Adr is an excellent food source of B-vitamins plus sucrase (digests sucrose).
3) Vitamin C deficiency may promote kidney stone formation but do not think that taking ascorbic acid will remedy this. I am not talking about ascorbic acid but rather, the vitamin C complex from which it is derived, a complex food containing many other factors. In fact, megadoses of ascorbic acid, especially over 6 grams daily, may increase urinary oxalate formation. I do not recommend ascorbates for anyone, and this is even more important for kidney stone formers. Smokers are always deficient in vitamin C. Each cigarette destroys as much vitamin C as there is in one whole orange. Also, junk food eaters and people who are stressed out or toxic are usually vitamin C deficient. There are precious few sources of food-form vitamin C. Thera-zyme Opt is one excellent source and its nutritional support for the eyes. Another whole food enzyme source of vitamin C is Nsl, which is also nutritional support for the nose.
4) Vitamin A deficiency may promote kidney stone formation. Thera-zyme UrT contains food sources of vitamin A (plus the other fat soluble vitamins) and enzymes to digest them. Eating liver once a week is an excellent source of vitamin A. I don’t recommend synthetic vitamins. UrT is the enzyme for all urinary tract problems. I recommend the UrT enzyme formula for nourishment of the lining of the urinary tract in people who may have inflammation of the lining of the urinary tract which may cause burning or painful urination, pain or discomfort over the bladder, frequent urination, urgency or loss of control, passing small amounts at each voiding, or a tendency towards forming kidney stones. It is useful for hematuria (blood in urine) regardless of the cause. Usage: 2-4 caps 3-5 x/d depending upon how much help is needed. If infection is present, add TRMA, 4 caps 3x/d between meals and Citricidal tabs, 2 tabs 3x/d (anytime) until well.
5) Low urinary calcium phosphate excretion is common in stone formers and among refined sugar consumers. Sugar eaters — and even those who don’t eat sugar but have poor sugar digestion — have low phosphorus because phosphorus is required in sugar metabolism. You can detect this in a 24-hour urine because the sediment is always abnormally low in calcium phosphate, a normal product of carbohydrate metabolism. The blood will be normal to maintain homeostasis but it cannot spare the normal (threshhold) amount of calcium phosphate that should be observed in the urine.
6) Low fiber diets increase risk to kidney stone formation. The all-American diet of meat, fat and sugar with its zero% fiber, is a prescription for kidney stones. But I do not recommend isolated fibers but instead to eat whole organic foods that naturally contain fibers.
Conditions That Affect Kidney Stone Formation
1) Urinary calcium excretion is more pronounced in stone formers than non-stone formers.
2) Cadmium is a very toxic heavy metal whose target organ is the kidneys. There are many references to document the causal connection of cadmium and kidney stones. Cadmium causes renal tubular damage and may encourage oxalate crystallization (Werbach). Increased blood cadmium, common in smokers, increases risk to kidney stones by 40% compared to 3.5% in the control group (Werbach). If you are a runner, don’t jog along the highway. This is a common place for cadmium exposure (from automobile pollution).
3) Optimizing urine pH helps decrease risk to kidney stone formation. Plant enzyme therapy is the only method I have observed that will correct a deviation in physiology, including the acid/base balance of the body. Why? The blood creates its own acid-base balance from the acidity and alkalinity provided from the digestion of food along with the proper ratios of water, carbon dioxide and oxygen. Everybody drinks water and breathes (we hope!) but not everybody eats an organic, whole food, prothyroid diet. This makes plant enzyme therapy of utmost importance in balancing body chemistry.
Urinary Tract Problems and the UrT Enzyme Formula
I recommend the UrT enzyme formula for nourishment of the lining of the urinary tract in people who may have inflammation of the lining of the urinary tract, which may cause burning or painful urination, pain or discomfort over the bladder, frequent urination, urgency or loss of control, passing small amounts at each voiding, or a tendency towards forming kidney stones. It is useful for hematuria (blood in urine) regardless of the cause. Usage: 2-4 caps 3-5x/d depending upon how much help is needed. If infection is present, add TRMA, 4 caps 3x/d between meals and Citricidal tabs, 2 tabs 3x/d (anytime) until well.
Most so-called UTIs are not really infections but an inflammation (irritation without infection so no need for antibiotics). “Interstitial cystitis involves an increased number and sensitivity of mast cells in the bladder, as a result of too much estrogen activity, or too little thyroid and progesterone. Aspirin and Benadryl will relieve it quickly by calming the mast cells, but it takes thyroid, progesterone and Great Lakes Gelatin, etc., to get the mast cells to leave or calm down.” (Dr. Ray Peat)
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