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What food supplements should I take?

Supplement capsules and glass of water

This is a very good question and one that cannot be answered buy a cashier in a supplement shop, a doctor, a nutritionist or anyone who doesn’t know what’s going on with your body chemistry!

The food supplement industry is now far and wide, heavily advertised and heavily commercialized. This has created lots of confusion due to the amount of adverts advertising different types and categories of supplements and herbs.  Newspaper articles and magazine articles advocating or condemning them or trained practitioners who are also usually selling their own brands. So there is a vested interest where ever  you turn in the world of alternative medicine which can be off putting and confusing.

So how can I tell if I need to take food supplements?

I think it really boils down to how are you feel as a person. If you are regularly ill or have low energy or have chronic infections then I think it’s safe to say that you do need support physically with diet and most likely vitamins and minerals.

Do I just need to take vitamins and minerals to feel better?

I find the problem that a lot of people make is that they rely on the vitamins and mineral far too much without looking at underline causes of physical and mental illness. Also I find that people don’t give holistic healing programs a chance due to attitudes of impatience and frustration.. Natural healing takes quite a while and you need to bear this in mind if you’re going to embark on some form of supplement regime, and in my book, it only works along side a good diet. If however your diet, thinking patterns are good – you may greatly benefit by adding multivitamins to your diet.

What else should I do alongside taking supplements?

As a practitioner myself I would never recommend someone just takes vitamins minerals without looking at other factors in their life that may be affecting them. If you are fit and healthy and have a good diet and you are in tune with your body –  then I think a broad spectrum good quality multivitamin twice a day should be fine. However as mentioned above if you do suffer regular ailments and you feel low physically then it may be time for a broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement program along with other lifestyle changes.

What tests can tell me what vitamins and minerals to take?

The best test I know it’s a hair mineral analysis test. The reason for this is because it takes account of soft tissue analysis over a period of approx 3-4 months which can tell us a great deal about your body chemistry. If you’ve been affected by stress, what mineral is your deficient in and if you are possibly toxic with heavy metals can all be indicated from this type of test, The test  monitors around 25 minerals and around 15 toxins so it is very broad and in my opinion very accurate. However, hair mineral analysis can only be used in conjunction with other information by a trained nutritional practitioner, as someone cannot give recommendations without finding out about medications and other factors about someone. Be warned if they try to do this!

So, in summary a hair mineral analysis is the best test I know of to tell what you need in the way of vitamins and minerals. It seems crazy to guess what you need – and sometimes you will be wasting your money.

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BREAST FEEDING FOR RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN

 

BREAST FEEDING FOR RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

 

Breastfeeding is the single most important item needed after birth to produce a healthy child.  Mother’s milk is uniquely suited for the growth of a human child.  No other milk or food is nearly as good if one wants one’s child to be in the best of health throughout life.

WHY BREASTFEED?

Mother’s milk is a rich source of many, many nutrients, antibodies and much more.  Calcium and vitamin D in mother’s milk, for example, create a strong and properly calcified skeleton and a properly functioning nervous system.

Amino acids build body proteins.  Fatty acids, such as DHA, in particular, and many others as well, create brain tissue and are needed for cell membranes and many other body tissues as well.  Other nutrients in mother’s milk include all the vitamins, minerals and even some that are not yet catalogued by nutritionists and scientists.

Mother’s milk also is just the right temperature and a consistency that is not too watery, yet not too thick or difficult to eat.  It is also generally free of harmful bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can be in tap water used to make formula.  Many other reasons for breastfeeding exist, including the psychological benefits for both mother and child.  It is a shame this is not taken for granted.

Colostrum.  This is the first milk that comes when the baby is born.  It is the finest milk in the sense that it contains special immunoglobins and other substances that help prepare the intestinal tract of the baby to receive all food items in the future.

Recall that until a baby begins to feed, the intestinal tract is not in use, since all nutrition and development depends on the blood that flows from the placenta to the baby through its naval or bellybutton area.  Thus the intestinal tract must be primed, so to speak, with bacteria and other flora in order for it to work correctly.

For this reason, the horrible practice of starting a newborn on formula in the hospital if the mother cannot begin to breastfeed immediately is a totally insane practice that causes lots of illnesses in babies, mainly food-related allergies and others.

Every effort should be made to assist a baby to obtain colostrum immediately when he or she want to begin feeding. There is no reason to force this process, as the baby may require rest or sleep for hours after a difficult delivery, or any birth, for that matter.

Every effort should also be made to assist the mother to start breast feeding, since the colostrum is the finest product for the baby.  If the mother cannot breastfeed and the baby is calling for milk, another woman should be found to offer some milk, preferably, before resorting to formula.  This may sound unclean, but it is far healthier in most cases than formula of any kind and would result in far healthier babies.

In many nations formula is given out to hospitals and birthing centers at no charge by companies that want to “hook” the babies on the taste of formula.  Then they will never want to breastfeed.  This supports the formula company, but does nothing beneficial for the child or the mother.  The mother is left with engorged breasts and a colicky child in most instances.  We can only hope that the practice of giving formula in the hospital to newborns will be abandoned sometime soon, though I doubt it as it is “convenient” and inexpensive.

HOW LONG SHOULD ONE BREASTFEED?

Breastfeeding should continue for between two and three years, and ideally even longer if the baby will take it.  This is different advice than that given by almost all pediatricians and other doctors.  However, that is the time that most primitive cultures breastfeed their children for optimum health.

The reason for this is the child’s digestive system is extremely delicate.  Although a child can start with food after a few days to a few months, the benefits of mother’s milk are many, as explained above.   It is also sufficient for nourishing most children for several years.  There is no reason to introduce food, particularly meat and grains, until the child is at least one year old.

Some children will ask for more than breast milk at a certain point, and some will outright stop breastfeeding at a certain age.  However, this is often because the mother’s milk is not sufficient in nutrients.  This can often be remedied by a change in the mother’s diet or health status via a nutritional balancing program.  However, it is late to begin such a program once one is breastfeeding.  It is certainly possible, but it is preferable to begin a healing program before one gets pregnant or during pregnancy.

Other reasons for continuing to breastfeed for several years are the bonding that occurs between mother and child and other subtle benefits for both mother and child.

I realize this may be inconvenient for modern-day mothers who may need to work.  However, methods exist and are discussed below to allow the child to have the benefits of breast milk even if the mother cannot always be present.

PUMPING THE BREASTS

If you must be away from your child, important bonding with the child will not occur as well.  However, breast milk can be pumped out and saved, using a breast pump.  Refrigerate it if and only if it will be used more than an hour or two after it is pumped.  It will have to be heated a little, or the child will usually vomit.

Also, if mother is very upset at feeding time, using a breast pump may also be best.  A baby is very sensitive to the vibrations of the mother.  If the mother cannot relax, pumping the milk and then handing it the child in a cradle may actually be better than holding a baby in an agitated state and believing the child can assimilate the milk properly.

Children must be relaxed, as with adults, to feed properly.  Children, however, will often vomit if they are uncomfortable, whereas adults usually will just develop bloating, gas and other problems by eating when upset, anxious, in a hurry or not chewing or resting while eating.

WHAT IF A BABY WILL NOT BREASTFEED?

At times, for various reasons, a child will not feed at the breast.  Let us examine some of the most common reasons and what can be done about it.  However, this short article is not intended as a breastfeeding manual.  For this, and other information, I refer the reader to groups such as La Leche League International (www.LLLi.org).  Let us look at a few reasons for breastfeeding problems.

Problems in the baby.  These must be checked by a doctor, preferably soon after birth.  An important problem is tongue-tie.  Many times it is missed by doctors, but it definitely can cause breastfeeding problems. To read about it, readTongue-Tie on this site.

More and more children are also born today with digestive defects or developmental delays that prevent normal feeding.  The sucking reflex must be developed sufficiently, for example.  Other are the inability to grip the breast or to signal when to eat and swallow in coordination.  These must be dealt with by a competent physician.

Problems in the mother.  A second group of reasons has to do with the mother.  More and more mothers are unable to breastfeed today.  The cause is usually nutritional depletion.  Mothers must literally “eat for two” while breastfeeding, although admittedly, the youngster does not consume anywhere near the amount the mother does in terms of calories or any other measure, simply because of his size.

However, nutritional difficulties leading to breastfeeding problems are rampant.  The nipples may not function as needed.  They may become very sore and not respond to standard treatments such as lubricating gels.  One of the best products for sore or inflamed is called Bag Balm.

Mastitis or breast infections are another common problem.  These can be handled often with colloidal silver, applied topically as well as taken by mouth.  This is much less toxic for the mother and child than using antibiotics.

The baby may throw up the milk or become colicky, the mother may become ill or depressed, and many other variations.  Most of these causes can be dealt with at home by a suitable nutritional balancing program.  This is discussed in other articles on this website.  For many breastfeeding problems, I strongly recommend calling La Leche League, as they often know a lot more about breastfeeding than most doctors or nurses.

 

Preparing for breastfeeding.  In fact, pregnancy is such a stressful experience, and a thrilling one, that preparation must begin early.  In fact, the earlier the better.  Grade school would be a good time to separate out the girls and explain that childbearing is both a great honor as well as a burden and responsibility for women.

Do it well and you will feel wonderful.  Create defective children and you will feel so guilty that it destroys some mothers, as many know.  Wise indigenous cultures that value child-raising much more than we do start preparing girls for child birth very young.  Western cultures seem far more interested in their daughter’s good looks, whom she marries and other things that are important, but do not produce the best children.

If the culture cared about children a little more, young women would be prepared, starting in grade school, for the most important task of their lives – that of bearing the children for the future of the race.  Instead, they are treated to junk food in the cafeterias and at home, late nights, insane pleasures and distractions such as movies, computer games and others, and a moral code that degrades women to a degree that is just sad to see.

The new moral code is called “women’s liberation” but it is nothing of the sort.  It often involves literally deadly birth control pills and patches, and exposes the girls to sexually-transmitted diseases that affect many for the rest of their lives.  This is not liberation, but a new form of tyranny and bondage.

Wet Nurses.  If a child will not breastfeed and the cause is the mother, an ancient method to handle this situation is the use of a wet nurse.  Any woman will do who has milk.  Some women have too much milk and would welcome the opportunity to get rid of it.  This will come about more as women learn more about their unique role as wet nurses and the great service it provides to themselves and society.

Now let us discuss what else can be done if breastfeeding is not to occur.

COW’S MILK AND OTHER MILKS

Cows and other animals have been used for feeding babies for thousands of years.  Today, this is still the case. Animal milks are good, but none come close to breast milk.  Each of the others has its problems.  A common problem to many, however, is hybridization.

For example, cows today are bred to provide five or six times as much milk as those of 100 years ago.  While this increases production drastically, the quality is lower.  The cow simply cannot eat enough grass, hay or other food, unfortunately, to produce as good a milk in such quantity.  As a result, except for organic milk, which is a little better, all animal milks are now suspect.  Pasteurizing and homogenizing makes them much worse.

Raw Milks.  Until 50 years ago or so, most well-informed doctors recommended only certified raw milk for children.  This is milk from cows that have been rigorously inspected for disease by government authorities and must meet very high standards of cleanliness.

This is a very safe product.  This excellent food is outlawed in most states for political reasons.  The dairy lobby wants their contaminated milk to be sold as equal to certified raw milk, which it is not.  Their method of ‘competing’ with the raw milk producers was simply to outlaw their product, claiming it causes illness when this is not so.  The standard milk is pasteurized to control its bacteria count, but this damages the milk quite a lot.  Let us discuss this horrible practice

 

Pasteurization.  This is the practice of heating milk, usually by splashing it over very hot rollers, for 10 minutes or more.  While it may have had some value 100 years ago to prevent some disease, this harmful sterilization method unfortunately allows milk from sick cows to be sold on the open market.  It also permits lax standards of cleanliness on a few huge dairy farms that supply large areas of America.

In addition, cooking the milk renders its calcium less biologically available to the body.  It also damages the protein in the milk to a degree, making it much harder to digest.

 

Homogenization is another insult to milk.  Vigorous shaking breaks up the fat particles so they stay in solution instead of rising to the top.  However, the small particles are absorbed directly into the blood stream instead of being digested properly.  This renders the milk much less healthful as well.

 

Goat, sheep or other milks. Goat milk is less damaged by pasteurization, for which reason it is preferable, though goats are also hybridized to a large degree, today, which renders the milk less ideal than previously.

Sheep milk is very good, but not very available.  Other animals may be used as well, although none is as good as a wet nurse or the mother of the child.

 

Soy, rice and almond milks.  These are not worthy of the name “milk”.  Almond milk is a bit better, but not that much.  These drinks, and that is what they are, should be reserved as a substitute for water.  They do not contain nearly the nutrition needed for a growing child, even if they say “fortified” or “enriched” on the label.

The exception is if one makes them at home, with fresh ingredients, and adds many more nutrients so that a truly soy-based or almond-based baby formula is the result.  Once again, consult books on this subject for the details.

FORMULA

Home made meat and milk-based formulas. If milk from a woman or a healthy animal is not available or does not work due to allergies or other reasons, a meat-based formula, properly prepared, is often by far the best substitute.  It is far better than commercial formula, most nut or seed or grain milks and often very non-allergenic for the child.  Two formula recipes are given in the book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, New Trends Publishing, Washington, DC, 1999 and 2001.  These are far better than commercial formula, but still falls short of breast milk, when available.  The milk-based formula is probably best if a child will tolerate it.  For simpler preparation of these formulas, and my comments, see the article on this site, entitled Baby Formula You Make At Home.

 

Commercial Formula.  This is nothing but a euphemism for poor quality, deficient milk.  I expect it will be banned from use once medical scientists discover the harm it produces.  Please do not give it to babies, or anyone else for that matter.  Most brands are based on milk sugar that has been altered by heat and chemicals. The manufacturers add synthetic vitamins, and often many chemical additives as well.

This is not a food, but a phony concoction that should be labeled as a drug, not a food.  This is how harmful it is for the delicate, balanced chemistry of the young child – and adults as well.

It interferes with proper development, which is every child’s birthright.  Thus it is one of the worst products for growing children.  It is also used for the elderly in a slightly different form, such as Ensure and other trademarked products.  This, too, is harmful.  However, at least in the elderly the person has lived his or her life, so the damage is minimal by comparison.

COLA AND JUICES FOR BABIES

Never feed babies or children any fruit juices, lemonade, soda pop or sweetened beverages at all for optimum health.  This merit a more detailed discussion because companies that produce juices and sodas, often target children and young mother’s due to their “convenience”.

These are not food for children, however, or even most adults.  Therapeutic use of carrot and green vegetable juices in limited quantities are one thing.  Drinking sweet fruit or even sweet vegetable juices or worse, soda pop, is a horror for all people.  The fact that sodas are still sold in schools, along with fruit juices, should make parents remove the children from this environment.  However, this level of awareness is a long way off.  Reasons to avoid all fruit juices and soda pop, sweet teas and other sweetened beverages are:

 

 1) Very Little calciuM.  Soda pop and juices supply little if any calcium, even if “enriched”.  If calcium is added, it is usually a cheap form of supplemental calcium.  Orange juice has some calcium, but even this product is not healthful for anyone, in our opinion, due to its high sugar content and other reasons today.  Citrus juices, such as grapefruit, are better, but only if made with ripe fruit, which is rarely available since the fruit is usually picked green.  Even fresh grapefruit juice is extremely yin and should be strictly limited, in my view, to a small glass once in a great while.

 

2) Fruit acids or phosphoric acid.  Sodas, in particular, and orange juice, too, are quite acidic foods.  This means they contain fruit acids or, in the case of sodas, phosphoric acid is added to the soda pop.  These are hard to digest, no matter what the ‘health authorities’ say.  Grapefruit is somewhat better because it has so little sugar.  However, the fruit acids are not always converted correctly and are often harmful to the body, especially in children.

 

3) Calcium versus phosphoric acid and fruit acids.  Phosphoric acid, used in most soda drinks to provide a “kick”, binds and absorbs calcium in the intestinal tract.  When it binds to calcium, it forms low-solubility calcium phosphates. This prevents the bound calcium from being absorbed properly into the child’s body.

It is silly to believe you will get much calcium from a food or beverage that has phosphoric acid added for “fizz” or some other reason.

Fruit acids, which include phosphoric, malic and others, can also do the same thing.  This is one reason that people who consume a lot of fruit have decayed teeth.  It is not just the surface effects of fruit acids on the dentine of the teeth.  It is also the absorption and binding of calcium by fruit acids, rendering them less absorbable

This is not to be confused with the fact that absorption of calcium requires an acid medium in the stomach.  This is the truth.  However, the proper acid is hydrochloric acid.  This enables calcium, if it is unbound, to be mixed with amino acids and thereby chelated.  This word means to be bound to a mineral transporter, such as the amino acid glutamate or others.  This, in fact, permits greater calcium absorption.

However, binding calcium with other materials, such as phosphorus, creates insoluble compounds that are poorly absorbed.  This is why one should not buy a calcium phosphate product in the health store.  This will not be as well absorbed as a calcium chelate product in most cases.

Phosphoric acid and fruit acids may also bind other minerals such as magnesium and zinc.

 

4) Sugars to saturation. The many problems of consuming sugar, especially for children, are discussed in other articles.  Simple carbohydrates are a very damaging food for children, unless combined as in natural milks, especially mother’s milk.

They upset calcium metabolism more than any other single factor in many instances.  Melvin Page, DDS wrote extensively about this in his book, Degeneration, Regeneration, Nutritional Development, FL, 1949,1980. and in his other books.  Many other excellent books about sugar have also been published.

 

5) Too much liquid. This is another problem with feeding babies sodas, soymilk, juices and other dilute beverages. The nutrient density of these beverages is so low the baby must drink too much liquid to get any nutrition at all.  This causes stomach upsets and more problems.  It is a subtle problem with formula and all substitutes for mother’s milk, in most cases.

 

6) Low in essential fatty acids. One of the great benefits of most mother’s milk is the fatty acid content.  This is absolutely essential for childhood development of the nervous system.

One contributor to conditions such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many other developmental delays and learning problems stem from inadequate or the improper balance of fatty acids in the body.

It is not easy to obtain the needed ones from modern food.  Also, children fed exclusively formula are all deficient in fatty acids and other nutrients, some of which have not been discovered and will not be so for some years.  This applies even when vitamins and other nutrients are added to the milk formula.

The body needs a wide range of fatty acids for its development.  Fish oils can supply most of these.  Today’s food is deficient in many of them, however, some of which are known and many are not known.

 

7) Unknown Needs. A hidden reason for using breast milk is that we have not discovered all the nutrients needed for life.  In particular, more amino acids are needed than are recognized.  An example is L-taurine.  This very essential nutrient is missing from many commercial formulas and not too abundant in many nut and seed milks.

 

8) Caffeine And Many Chemicals. These are common in almost all beverages except simple herb teas, which may be given to children in small quantities.  Otherwise, however, one is feeding the child a chemical cocktail and that is pretty much all they are.

Sugar substitutes, especially aspartame (Equal or Nutrasweet) are even worse than sugars for many children.  The other fake sweeteners are less harmful, but not too much better in most cases.  They upset the delicate taste detection mechanism in children, leading to obesity, cravings, addictions and other problems of metabolism, as well as psychological problems in a few cases.

 

9) Tap water toxins.  Some forget that tap water is not a healthful product, with its added chlorides, fluorides, aluminum (used in most every municipal water system), copper in some areas, and much more.

For example, most urban water supplies have some degree of contamination with medical drugs.  Your baby gets a dose of antibiotics, sleeping pills and much, much more with each bottle of formula mixed with tap water.  No wonder so many are sick.

 

10) Radiation and even more toxins.  Breast milk is also purer in terms of bacteria, parasites, viruses and other harmful microorganisms.  Babies are also exposed to radiation poisoning through the municipal water used in many nations.  Only a foolish mother would dilute formula with this kind of water, but for many mothers this is one of the only alternatives to breastfeeding, and it is an important “profit center” for the food companies.

If you care about your child, breast feed, use a wet nurse or only add distilled or spring water, if possible, to any formula.  Carbon filtered water is also okay, though not as good as it does not remove toxic metals, another common problem with American and foreign tap waters.  Boiling water does remove chlorine and kills some germs, but does not remove all chemicals or any of the toxic metals.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

If possible, breastfeed your child for at least three years.  If problems arise, do not give up easily, even if your doctor tells you to forget breastfeeding.  Consult La Leche League International first.  Do as they say, as they are far more knowledgeable than 99% of doctors.  The smart doctors refer the women directly to this or similar groups.

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BREAST FEEDING FOR RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN

 

BREAST FEEDING FOR RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© February 2012, The Center For Development.

 

Breastfeeding is the single most important item needed after birth to produce a healthy child.  Mother’s milk is uniquely suited for the growth of a human child.  No other milk or food is nearly as good if one wants one’s child to be in the best of health throughout life.

 

WHY BREASTFEED?

 

Mother’s milk is a rich source of many, many nutrients, antibodies and much more.  Calcium and vitamin D in mother’s milk, for example, create a strong and properly calcified skeleton and a properly functioning nervous system.

Amino acids build body proteins.  Fatty acids, such as DHA, in particular, and many others as well, create brain tissue and are needed for cell membranes and many other body tissues as well.  Other nutrients in mother’s milk include all the vitamins, minerals and even some that are not yet catalogued by nutritionists and scientists.

Mother’s milk also is just the right temperature and a consistency that is not too watery, yet not too thick or difficult to eat.  It is also generally free of harmful bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can be in tap water used to make formula.  Many other reasons for breastfeeding exist, including the psychological benefits for both mother and child.  It is a shame this is not taken for granted.

 

Colostrum.  This is the first milk that comes when the baby is born.  It is the finest milk in the sense that it contains special immunoglobins and other substances that help prepare the intestinal tract of the baby to receive all food items in the future.

Recall that until a baby begins to feed, the intestinal tract is not in use, since all nutrition and development depends on the blood that flows from the placenta to the baby through its naval or bellybutton area.  Thus the intestinal tract must be primed, so to speak, with bacteria and other flora in order for it to work correctly.

For this reason, the horrible practice of starting a newborn on formula in the hospital if the mother cannot begin to breastfeed immediately is a totally insane practice that causes lots of illnesses in babies, mainly food-related allergies and others.

Every effort should be made to assist a baby to obtain colostrum immediately when he or she want to begin feeding. There is no reason to force this process, as the baby may require rest or sleep for hours after a difficult delivery, or any birth, for that matter.

Every effort should also be made to assist the mother to start breast feeding, since the colostrum is the finest product for the baby.  If the mother cannot breastfeed and the baby is calling for milk, another woman should be found to offer some milk, preferably, before resorting to formula.  This may sound unclean, but it is far healthier in most cases than formula of any kind and would result in far healthier babies.

In many nations formula is given out to hospitals and birthing centers at no charge by companies that want to “hook” the babies on the taste of formula.  Then they will never want to breastfeed.  This supports the formula company, but does nothing beneficial for the child or the mother.  The mother is left with engorged breasts and a colicky child in most instances.  We can only hope that the practice of giving formula in the hospital to newborns will be abandoned sometime soon, though I doubt it as it is “convenient” and inexpensive.

Here is a chart borrowed from www.mercola.com:

 

 

 

HOW LONG SHOULD ONE BREASTFEED?

 

Breastfeeding should continue for between two and three years, and ideally even longer if the baby will take it.  This is different advice than that given by almost all pediatricians and other doctors.  However, that is the time that most primitive cultures breastfeed their children for optimum health.

The reason for this is the child’s digestive system is extremely delicate.  Although a child can start with food after a few days to a few months, the benefits of mother’s milk are many, as explained above.   It is also sufficient for nourishing most children for several years.  There is no reason to introduce food, particularly meat and grains, until the child is at least one year old.

Some children will ask for more than breast milk at a certain point, and some will outright stop breastfeeding at a certain age.  However, this is often because the mother’s milk is not sufficient in nutrients.  This can often be remedied by a change in the mother’s diet or health status via a nutritional balancing program.  However, it is late to begin such a program once one is breastfeeding.  It is certainly possible, but it is preferable to begin a healing program before one gets pregnant or during pregnancy.

Other reasons for continuing to breastfeed for several years are the bonding that occurs between mother and child and other subtle benefits for both mother and child.

I realize this may be inconvenient for modern-day mothers who may need to work.  However, methods exist and are discussed below to allow the child to have the benefits of breast milk even if the mother cannot always be present.

 

PUMPING THE BREASTS

 

If you must be away from your child, important bonding with the child will not occur as well.  However, breast milk can be pumped out and saved, using a breast pump.  Refrigerate it if and only if it will be used more than an hour or two after it is pumped.  It will have to be heated a little, or the child will usually vomit.

Also, if mother is very upset at feeding time, using a breast pump may also be best.  A baby is very sensitive to the vibrations of the mother.  If the mother cannot relax, pumping the milk and then handing it the child in a cradle may actually be better than holding a baby in an agitated state and believing the child can assimilate the milk properly.

Children must be relaxed, as with adults, to feed properly.  Children, however, will often vomit if they are uncomfortable, whereas adults usually will just develop bloating, gas and other problems by eating when upset, anxious, in a hurry or not chewing or resting while eating.

 

WHAT IF A BABY WILL NOT BREASTFEED?

 

At times, for various reasons, a child will not feed at the breast.  Let us examine some of the most common reasons and what can be done about it.  However, this short article is not intended as a breastfeeding manual.  For this, and other information, I refer the reader to groups such as La Leche League International (www.LLLi.org).  Let us look at a few reasons for breastfeeding problems.

 

Problems in the baby.  These must be checked by a doctor, preferably soon after birth.  An important problem is tongue-tie.  Many times it is missed by doctors, but it definitely can cause breastfeeding problems. To read about it, readTongue-Tie on this site.

More and more children are also born today with digestive defects or developmental delays that prevent normal feeding.  The sucking reflex must be developed sufficiently, for example.  Other are the inability to grip the breast or to signal when to eat and swallow in coordination.  These must be dealt with by a competent physician.

 

Problems in the mother.  A second group of reasons has to do with the mother.  More and more mothers are unable to breastfeed today.  The cause is usually nutritional depletion.  Mothers must literally “eat for two” while breastfeeding, although admittedly, the youngster does not consume anywhere near the amount the mother does in terms of calories or any other measure, simply because of his size.

However, nutritional difficulties leading to breastfeeding problems are rampant.  The nipples may not function as needed.  They may become very sore and not respond to standard treatments such as lubricating gels.  One of the best products for sore or inflamed is called Bag Balm.

Mastitis or breast infections are another common problem.  These can be handled often with colloidal silver, applied topically as well as taken by mouth.  This is much less toxic for the mother and child than using antibiotics.

The baby may throw up the milk or become colicky, the mother may become ill or depressed, and many other variations.  Most of these causes can be dealt with at home by a suitable nutritional balancing program.  This is discussed in other articles on this website.  For many breastfeeding problems, I strongly recommend calling La Leche League, as they often know a lot more about breastfeeding than most doctors or nurses.

 

Preparing for breastfeeding.  In fact, pregnancy is such a stressful experience, and a thrilling one, that preparation must begin early.  In fact, the earlier the better.  Grade school would be a good time to separate out the girls and explain that childbearing is both a great honor as well as a burden and responsibility for women.

Do it well and you will feel wonderful.  Create defective children and you will feel so guilty that it destroys some mothers, as many know.  Wise indigenous cultures that value child-raising much more than we do start preparing girls for child birth very young.  Western cultures seem far more interested in their daughter’s good looks, whom she marries and other things that are important, but do not produce the best children.

If the culture cared about children a little more, young women would be prepared, starting in grade school, for the most important task of their lives – that of bearing the children for the future of the race.  Instead, they are treated to junk food in the cafeterias and at home, late nights, insane pleasures and distractions such as movies, computer games and others, and a moral code that degrades women to a degree that is just sad to see.

The new moral code is called “women’s liberation” but it is nothing of the sort.  It often involves literally deadly birth control pills and patches, and exposes the girls to sexually-transmitted diseases that affect many for the rest of their lives.  This is not liberation, but a new form of tyranny and bondage.

 

Wet Nurses.  If a child will not breastfeed and the cause is the mother, an ancient method to handle this situation is the use of a wet nurse.  Any woman will do who has milk.  Some women have too much milk and would welcome the opportunity to get rid of it.  This will come about more as women learn more about their unique role as wet nurses and the great service it provides to themselves and society.

Now let us discuss what else can be done if breastfeeding is not to occur.

 

Milk banks.  If a mother cannot breastfeed, and a wet nurse is not available, there exist in America and elsewheremilk banks. These are groups of women who are happy to express some of their breast milk and send it to families who need it.  Milk banks, and how to get in touch with them, are described on the La Leche League International website, LLLi.org.

 

COW’S MILK AND OTHER MILKS

 

Cows and other animals have been used for feeding babies for thousands of years.  Today, this is still the case. Animal milks are good, but none come close to breast milk.  Each of the others has its problems.  A common problem to many, however, is hybridization.

For example, cows today are bred to provide five or six times as much milk as those of 100 years ago.  While this increases production drastically, the quality is lower.  The cow simply cannot eat enough grass, hay or other food, unfortunately, to produce as good a milk in such quantity.  As a result, except for organic milk, which is a little better, all animal milks are now suspect.  Pasteurizing and homogenizing makes them much worse.

 

Raw Milks.  Until 50 years ago or so, most well-informed doctors recommended only certified raw milk for children.  This is milk from cows that have been rigorously inspected for disease by government authorities and must meet very high standards of cleanliness.

This is a very safe product.  This excellent food is outlawed in most states for political reasons.  The dairy lobby wants their contaminated milk to be sold as equal to certified raw milk, which it is not.  Their method of ‘competing’ with the raw milk producers was simply to outlaw their product, claiming it causes illness when this is not so.  The standard milk is pasteurized to control its bacteria count, but this damages the milk quite a lot.  Let us discuss this horrible practice

 

Pasteurization.  This is the practice of heating milk, usually by splashing it over very hot rollers, for 10 minutes or more.  While it may have had some value 100 years ago to prevent some disease, this harmful sterilization method unfortunately allows milk from sick cows to be sold on the open market.  It also permits lax standards of cleanliness on a few huge dairy farms that supply large areas of America.

In addition, cooking the milk renders its calcium less biologically available to the body.  It also damages the protein in the milk to a degree, making it much harder to digest.

 

Homogenization is another insult to milk.  Vigorous shaking breaks up the fat particles so they stay in solution instead of rising to the top.  However, the small particles are absorbed directly into the blood stream instead of being digested properly.  This renders the milk much less healthful as well.

 

Goat, sheep or other milks. Goat milk is less damaged by pasteurization, for which reason it is preferable, though goats are also hybridized to a large degree, today, which renders the milk less ideal than previously.

Sheep milk is very good, but not very available.  Other animals may be used as well, although none is as good as a wet nurse or the mother of the child.

 

Soy, rice and almond milks.  These are not worthy of the name “milk”.  Almond milk is a bit better, but not that much.  These drinks, and that is what they are, should be reserved as a substitute for water.  They do not contain nearly the nutrition needed for a growing child, even if they say “fortified” or “enriched” on the label.

The exception is if one makes them at home, with fresh ingredients, and adds many more nutrients so that a truly soy-based or almond-based baby formula is the result.  Once again, consult books on this subject for the details.

 

FORMULA

 

Home made meat and milk-based formulas. If milk from a woman or a healthy animal is not available or does not work due to allergies or other reasons, a meat-based formula, properly prepared, is often by far the best substitute.  It is far better than commercial formula, most nut or seed or grain milks and often very non-allergenic for the child.  Two formula recipes are given in the book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, New Trends Publishing, Washington, DC, 1999 and 2001.  These are far better than commercial formula, but still falls short of breast milk, when available.  The milk-based formula is probably best if a child will tolerate it.  For simpler preparation of these formulas, and my comments, see the article on this site, entitled Baby Formula You Make At Home.

 

Commercial Formula.  This is nothing but a euphemism for poor quality, deficient milk.  I expect it will be banned from use once medical scientists discover the harm it produces.  Please do not give it to babies, or anyone else for that matter.  Most brands are based on milk sugar that has been altered by heat and chemicals. The manufacturers add synthetic vitamins, and often many chemical additives as well.

This is not a food, but a phony concoction that should be labeled as a drug, not a food.  This is how harmful it is for the delicate, balanced chemistry of the young child – and adults as well.

It interferes with proper development, which is every child’s birthright.  Thus it is one of the worst products for growing children.  It is also used for the elderly in a slightly different form, such as Ensure and other trademarked products.  This, too, is harmful.  However, at least in the elderly the person has lived his or her life, so the damage is minimal by comparison.

 

SODA POP AND JUICES FOR BABIES

 

Never feed babies or children any fruit juices, lemonade, soda pop or sweetened beverages at all for optimum health.  This merit a more detailed discussion because companies that produce juices and sodas, often target children and young mother’s due to their “convenience”.

These are not food for children, however, or even most adults.  Therapeutic use of carrot and green vegetable juices in limited quantities are one thing.  Drinking sweet fruit or even sweet vegetable juices or worse, soda pop, is a horror for all people.  The fact that sodas are still sold in schools, along with fruit juices, should make parents remove the children from this environment.  However, this level of awareness is a long way off.  Reasons to avoid all fruit juices and soda pop, sweet teas and other sweetened beverages are:

 

 1) Very Little calcium.  Soda pop and juices supply little if any calcium, even if “enriched”.  If calcium is added, it is usually a cheap form of supplemental calcium.  Orange juice has some calcium, but even this product is not healthful for anyone, in our opinion, due to its high sugar content and other reasons today.  Citrus juices, such as grapefruit, are better, but only if made with ripe fruit, which is rarely available since the fruit is usually picked green.  Even fresh grapefruit juice is extremely yin and should be strictly limited, in my view, to a small glass once in a great while.

 

2) Fruit acids or phosphoric acid.  Sodas, in particular, and orange juice, too, are quite acidic foods.  This means they contain fruit acids or, in the case of sodas, phosphoric acid is added to the soda pop.  These are hard to digest, no matter what the ‘health authorities’ say.  Grapefruit is somewhat better because it has so little sugar.  However, the fruit acids are not always converted correctly and are often harmful to the body, especially in children.

 

3) Calcium versus phosphoric acid and fruit acids.  Phosphoric acid, used in most soda drinks to provide a “kick”, binds and absorbs calcium in the intestinal tract.  When it binds to calcium, it forms low-solubility calcium phosphates. This prevents the bound calcium from being absorbed properly into the child’s body.

It is silly to believe you will get much calcium from a food or beverage that has phosphoric acid added for “fizz” or some other reason.

Fruit acids, which include phosphoric, malic and others, can also do the same thing.  This is one reason that people who consume a lot of fruit have decayed teeth.  It is not just the surface effects of fruit acids on the dentine of the teeth.  It is also the absorption and binding of calcium by fruit acids, rendering them less absorbable

This is not to be confused with the fact that absorption of calcium requires an acid medium in the stomach.  This is the truth.  However, the proper acid is hydrochloric acid.  This enables calcium, if it is unbound, to be mixed with amino acids and thereby chelated.  This word means to be bound to a mineral transporter, such as the amino acid glutamate or others.  This, in fact, permits greater calcium absorption.

However, binding calcium with other materials, such as phosphorus, creates insoluble compounds that are poorly absorbed.  This is why one should not buy a calcium phosphate product in the health store.  This will not be as well absorbed as a calcium chelate product in most cases.

Phosphoric acid and fruit acids may also bind other minerals such as magnesium and zinc.

 

4) Sugars to saturation. The many problems of consuming sugar, especially for children, are discussed in other articles.  Simple carbohydrates are a very damaging food for children, unless combined as in natural milks, especially mother’s milk.

They upset calcium metabolism more than any other single factor in many instances.  Melvin Page, DDS wrote extensively about this in his book, Degeneration, Regeneration, Nutritional Development, FL, 1949,1980. and in his other books.  Many other excellent books about sugar have also been published.

 

5) Too much liquid. This is another problem with feeding babies sodas, soymilk, juices and other dilute beverages. The nutrient density of these beverages is so low the baby must drink too much liquid to get any nutrition at all.  This causes stomach upsets and more problems.  It is a subtle problem with formula and all substitutes for mother’s milk, in most cases.

 

6) Low in essential fatty acids. One of the great benefits of most mother’s milk is the fatty acid content.  This is absolutely essential for childhood development of the nervous system.

One contributor to conditions such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many other developmental delays and learning problems stem from inadequate or the improper balance of fatty acids in the body.

It is not easy to obtain the needed ones from modern food.  Also, children fed exclusively formula are all deficient in fatty acids and other nutrients, some of which have not been discovered and will not be so for some years.  This applies even when vitamins and other nutrients are added to the milk formula.

The body needs a wide range of fatty acids for its development.  Fish oils can supply most of these.  Today’s food is deficient in many of them, however, some of which are known and many are not known.

 

7) Unknown Needs. A hidden reason for using breast milk is that we have not discovered all the nutrients needed for life.  In particular, more amino acids are needed than are recognized.  An example is L-taurine.  This very essential nutrient is missing from many commercial formulas and not too abundant in many nut and seed milks.

 

8) Caffeine And Many Chemicals. These are common in almost all beverages except simple herb teas, which may be given to children in small quantities.  Otherwise, however, one is feeding the child a chemical cocktail and that is pretty much all they are.

Sugar substitutes, especially aspartame (Equal or Nutrasweet) are even worse than sugars for many children.  The other fake sweeteners are less harmful, but not too much better in most cases.  They upset the delicate taste detection mechanism in children, leading to obesity, cravings, addictions and other problems of metabolism, as well as psychological problems in a few cases.

 

9) Tap water toxins.  Some forget that tap water is not a healthful product, with its added chlorides, fluorides, aluminum (used in most every municipal water system), copper in some areas, and much more.

For example, most urban water supplies have some degree of contamination with medical drugs.  Your baby gets a dose of antibiotics, sleeping pills and much, much more with each bottle of formula mixed with tap water.  No wonder so many are sick.

 

10) Radiation and even more toxins.  Breast milk is also purer in terms of bacteria, parasites, viruses and other harmful microorganisms.  Babies are also exposed to radiation poisoning through the municipal water used in many nations.  Only a foolish mother would dilute formula with this kind of water, but for many mothers this is one of the only alternatives to breastfeeding, and it is an important “profit center” for the food companies.

If you care about your child, breast feed, use a wet nurse or only add distilled or spring water, if possible, to any formula.  Carbon filtered water is also okay, though not as good as it does not remove toxic metals, another common problem with American and foreign tap waters.  Boiling water does remove chlorine and kills some germs, but does not remove all chemicals or any of the toxic metals.

 

CONCLUDING REMARKS

 

If possible, breastfeed your child for at least three years.  If problems arise, do not give up easily, even if your doctor tells you to forget breastfeeding.  Consult La Leche League International first.  Do as they say, as they are far more knowledgeable than 99% of doctors.  The smart doctors refer the women directly to this or similar groups.

 

 

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TOXIC METALS AND DETOXIFICATION

TOXIC METALS AND

DETOXIFICATION

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© September 2014, The Center for Development

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Part I. Introduction

Toxic Metal Concepts

Introduction To The Minerals

Toxic Metal Dangers

Modern Diets And Toxic Metals

 

Part II. Sources And Symptoms Of Toxic Metals

Congenital Toxic Metals

 

Part III. Detecting Toxic Metals And Other Topics

Ideal Human Hair Values For The Common Toxic Metals

Other Lifestyle-Related Toxic Metal Indicators

Aging And Toxic Metals

Genetics, Gene Expression And Toxic Metals

 

Part IV. Solutions For Toxic Metal Overload

More About Restoring The Organs Of Elimination

Why Toxic Metal Removal With Nutritional Balancing Programs Continues For Years

Possible Symptoms With Toxic Metal Removal

 

Part V. Summary – Sources And Symptoms of Toxic Metals

References

 

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PART I. INTRODUCTION

 

Toxic metals comprise a group of minerals that have no known function in the body and, in fact, are very harmful to plant, animal and human bodies.  Mankind today is exposed to the highest levels of these metals in recorded history.

This is due to their industrial use for the past 300 years, the burning of fossil fuels without scrubbers, and improper incineration of waste materials worldwide.  Toxic metals are now everywhere, and affect everyone on planet earth.  They have become a major cause of illness, aging and even genetic defects.

The study of toxic metals is part of nutrition and toxicology, areas not emphasized in medical schools.  For this reason, this important cause of disease is given little attention in conventional mainstream medicine.  This article focuses on the extent of toxic metal problems – sources of toxic metals, symptoms, and how to remove them safely, quickly and deeply.

 

TOXIC METAL CONCEPTS

 

This article presents the following principles or concepts about toxic metals.  I will only mention them briefly here, because they are explained later in the article.

 

  1. Congenital toxic metals concept. ALL babies born today anywhere in the world are high in toxic metals. This occurs because toxic metals are widely distributed in the air, drinking water, food and elsewhere. All the toxic metals pass easily across the placenta from the mothers and deposit in the tissues of the babies in all nations.  This is a very serious problem that few talk about.  However, it is obvious if one does hair mineral tests on infants.
  2. The preferred minerals concept. The body takes the minerals it can get from its mother, its food and elsewhere.Even the highly toxic ones can sustain life, to a degree.  However, our bodies definitely prefer the ideal or nutrient minerals in enzymes and elsewhere, if they can get them.
  3. The antagonism concept. Eating plenty of nutrient minerals actually antagonizes, or prevents the absorption and utilization of, the toxic metals. Deficient diets, however, always result in toxic metal accumulation and poisoning.
  4. The anthropomorphic concept. All minerals have physics qualities that affect our bodies and even our personalities when we have a lot of the mineral inside us.
  5. The poor eliminator concept. A key to solving toxic metal problems is understanding that many people cannot eliminate toxic metals very well. This fact is often overlooked when doctors try to measure toxic metal poisoning. The worst problem is not necessarily the presence of a toxic metal, but rather an inability to eliminate toxic metals.
  6. The toxic forms concept. A confusing fact is that nutrient minerals such as chromium, manganese, iron, copper, potassium and even calcium and others can be in a form that is highly toxic to the body. In other words, nutrient minerals can be in a form that makes them like toxic metals for the body.  In most cases, the body cannot convert the toxic (oxide or other) form into a usable form, and must excrete the toxic forms to achieve health.  This is very confusing for doctors and nutritionists, at times.
  7. Developmental versus toxic minerals. While some minerals cause disease and death, others such as zinc, selenium and some forms of lithium can cause or promote more advanced mental and spiritual development of a human being. This topic is discussed in a separate article entitled Introduction To Development on this website.

 

Now let us examine minerals in more detail.

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE MINERALS

 

Minerals are the building blocks of our bodies.  They are required for body structure, fluid balance, protein structures and to produce hormones.  They are a key for the health of every body system and function.

They act as co-factors, catalysts or inhibitors of all enzymes in the body.  Copper and iron, for example, along with other minerals, are required for the electron transport system, and thus needed for all cellular energy production.

Minerals are classified into four groups:  The macrominerals, or those found in large quantity in our bodies.  They include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur.

Required trace minerals include iron, copper, zinc, manganese, chromium, selenium, boron, bromine, silicon, iodine, vanadium, lithium, molybdenum, cobalt, germanium and others.

Possibly required trace minerals may include rubidium, tin, niobium, gold, silver and others.

Toxic metals include beryllium, mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, antimony, nickel, bismuth, barium, uranium and others.

These categories overlap slightly because assessing minerals that are required by humans is not a clear cut science. Some may be needed in minuscule amounts.  Clinical studies to prove this by depriving people of vital minerals would be cruel and possibly disastrous.

Also, some forms of the required minerals can be highly toxic.  Examples are some forms of copper, iron, manganese, hexavalent chromium selenium and others.  Too much of even the most needed minerals can also become toxic.

 

TOXIC METAL DANGERS

 

Today mankind is exposed to the highest levels in recorded history of lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, copper, nickel, tin, antimony, bromine, bismuth and vanadium.  Levels are up to several thousand times higher than in primitive man.  In my clinical experience, everyone has excessive amounts of some or all of the toxic metals.

Toxic metals are also persistent and cumulative.  The late Dr. Henry Schroeder, MD, who was a world authority on trace elements, wrote:

 

“Most organic substances are degradable by natural processes.  (However), no metal is degradable…they are here to stay for a long time”.

 

Toxic metals replace nutrient minerals in enzyme binding sites.  When this occurs, the metals inhibit, overstimulate or otherwise alter thousands of enzymes.

An affected enzyme may operate at 5% of normal activity. This may contribute to many health conditions.  Toxic metals may also replace other substances in other tissue structures. These tissues, such as the arteries, joints, bones and muscles, are weakened by the replacement process.

Toxic metals may also simply deposit in many sites, causing local irritation and other toxic effects.  They may also support development of fungal, bacterial and viral infections that are difficult or impossible to eradicate until this cause is removed.

Toxic metals also play a critical role in the replication of DNA and the biosynthesis process.  This is the production of all bodily chemicals from DNA and RNA.

 

Preferred minerals.  The mineral replacement process often involves the idea of preferred minerals. For example, the body prefers zinc for over 50 critical enzymes.  However, if zinc becomes deficient, which it is in most soil and in most of our food today, or if exposure to cadmium, lead or mercury is sufficiently high, the body will use the toxic metals in place of zinc.

Cadmium, in particular, is located just below zinc in the periodic table of the elements, so its outer atomic structure is very similar to that of zinc.  As a result, cadmium “fits” well into zinc binding sites and can easily replace zinc in critical enzymes such as RNA transferase, carboxypeptidase, alcohol dehydrogenase and many others of great importance in the body.

The ability to replace a vital mineral means, however, that toxic metals are not completely harmful.  Indeed, they can extend life.  They can keep bodies functioning when vital minerals are deficient.

An analogy is to imagine taking an automobile journey.  If one is far away from a repair shop when a key part such as the fan belt breaks, if one had a spare piece of rope, one could tie it around the pulleys and continue the trip slowly.

The rope would not function nearly as well as the original part, but would allow one to keep going. This is how toxic metals can function positively in the body, at times.  Many people limp along on grossly deficient diets, and many today are born deficient in the vital minerals and too high in toxic metals due to imbalances in their mothers.

They do not realize their fatigue and other symptoms are due to the presence of incorrect “replacement parts” in their biological engine compartments.  Depending on where toxic metals accumulate, the resulting effects may be given names such as hypothyroidism, diabetes or cancer.  The idea of preferred minerals is discussed in a theoretical context in the article on this website entitled The Theory of Nutritional Balancing Science.

 

MODERN DIETS AND TOXIC METALS

 

The danger of toxic metals is greatly aggravated today by the low mineral content of most of our food supply.  An abundance of vital minerals protects against toxic metals.  Vital minerals compete with toxic metals for absorption and utilization in enzymes and other tissue structures.

However, when food is low in essential minerals, the body absorbs and makes use of more toxic metals.  To continue the previous analogy, we are not stocking up sufficiently on factory parts, so we must use the greatly inferior replacement parts – toxic metals.  Causes for the low mineral content of almost all agricultural products are primarily:

 

  1. Hybrid crops are bred for production or disease resistance, rather than superior nutrition.
  2. Superphosphate fertilizers produce higher yields by stimulating growth, but do not provide all the trace elements.Indeed, we simply do not replace all the trace minerals on our agricultural fields today. Instead, human animal manures too often are just flushed into the rivers and oceans, where they do not belong and are often pollutants.
  3. Monoculture, the growing of just one crop over and over on the same piece of land, eventually depletes the soil.
  4. Toxic sprays damage soil microorganisms needed to help plants absorb minerals from the soil.
  5. Food refining and processing almost always reduce the mineral content of our food. Whole wheat flour, when milled to make white flour, loses 40% of its chromium, 86% of its manganese, 89% of its cobalt, 78% of its zinc and 48% of its molybdenum.  Refining cane into sugar causes even greater losses.  EDTA may be added to frozen foods to retain their color.  However, this chelating agent removes minerals that otherwise would cause the surface minerals to ‘tarnish’, discoloring the vegetables.

 

As a result of the above, according to Dr. Weston Price, DDS, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, primitive man ate 5 to 11 times the amount of the essential minerals in his diet as modern man .  The term ’empty calories’ aptly describes most of our food today, even most natural foods. Newer genetically-modified crops are even worse. Organically grown is almost always better.  However, it can vary and many organic foods are still hybridized varieties.

 

PART II. SOURCES AND SYMPTOMS OF TOXIC METALS

 

For a more complete list of sources for each of the major toxic metals organized by the metal, see the Reference Guide at the end of this article.

 

General Food Sources.  Food grown near highways or downwind of industrial plants may contain lead and other toxic amounts of metals.   Even organic home gardens may be contaminated if, for example, old house paint containing lead leaches lead into the soil.

Sprays and insecticides still often contain lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxic metals.  Refining of food often contaminates the food with aluminum, as it is found in water supplies everywhere and it may be used in some food refining processes.

Also, some food refining removes the protective zinc, chromium and manganese from food and leaves the toxic metals in some cases, such as cadmium.  This makes white flour even more toxic, as with white sugar, and is another reason to totally avoid these foods.

 

Arsenic.  I call arsenic the slow death mineral.  Its symptoms are vague, and it was used to kill people because it is colorless and tasteless, so it was added to food and slowly killed people.

Today, arsenic is still a common toxin.  It may be added in up to 70% of chickens in their feed as Roxsarone and perhaps in other additives that are still permitted by the corrupt US Food And Drug Administration (the FDA) and the somewhat corrupt US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

I believe Europe has banned arsenic in chicken feed, but this may have changed.  Arsenic can get into commercial eggs, all pig products such as pork, ham, bacon and lard, and into most US drinking water supplies as it leaches into the soil from farming and livestock operations.  Organic chicken and eggs should be better.  Avoid all pig products for other reasons and this one, too.

Arsenic is used in pesticides and, as a result, may be found in commercial wines, beers, fruits, vegetables, rice and other foods.  Once again, organically grown should be better.  Recently, rice grown in China has been found to be quite contaminated with arsenic.  For much more on this topic, read Arsenic Toxicity And The USDA/FDA Cover-up on this website.

 

Lead is called the horror mineral because it is associated with violence, lowered IQ, ADD, ADHD and many neurological problems.  Lead is a widely distributed toxic metal due to its many uses in industry.

Pesticides used on fruits, vegetables and many other foods may contain arsenic, lead, copper, mercury and other toxic metals.  Lead was added to gasoline until the 1970s.  Now gasoline contains a highly toxic form of manganese instead. Old house paint, current paint used on ships of all sizes, lubricants, medications, cosmetics such as lipstick and others, inks, and perhaps other products may contain lead.  Glazes used on cookware in some nations still contains lead that can come off onto the food.

Entire books have been written about lead toxicity, which causes hundreds of symptoms from anemia to death.  For much more detail about lead, read Lead on this website.

 

Cadmium is called the macho mineral, and is one of the  violent elements.

Anthropomorphic qualities.  Cadmium is a very hard and very poisonous metal.  It hardens and destroys the human body.  Cadmium toughens the tissues and hardens the arteries.

It also hardens the personality.  Like lead, it is an older male mineral that is associated with macho behavior, violence and horror.  The concept that when we ingest or are exposed to a toxic metal, our bodies and our minds take on the qualities of the mineral is called the anthropomorphic qualities of minerals.  It means that each mineral – both the vital minerals and the toxic metals – have human-like qualities such as hardness, softness, or malleability, and they influence us.

Interestingly, cadmium helps people to “be tough” and take risks.  For example, many modern city women have high cadmium that allows them to function in male-oriented jobs such as being company executives.  Cadmium helps them and others – even prostitutes – to act more tough and to handle lots of stress.

Military men and women, and police often have more cadmium, as it helps them handle their very difficult jobs, at times, and take risks.  Unfortunately, it is also a deadly toxic metal associated with heart disease, cancers of all kind, kidney disease, diabetes and other health problems.

People who have orgasms more than once a week tend to accumulate more cadmium, probably because it replaces zinc in the male testicles, and even in women’s ovaries.  Male and female sexual fluids are rich in zinc and some cadmium.

Cadmium is widespread in the air, as it is used in brake linings of cars.  It is also used in metal plating as it is a very hard substance.

Cigarette and marijuana smoke increase cadmium toxicity a lot.  This shows up on hair tests.  It is one reason people like marijuana, as cadmium boosts the sodium level.  They don’t realize they are poisoning themselves – usually permanently – by using it.  Cadmium is also used as a catalyst in some hydrogenated products such as commercial peanut butter and some margarine.  Please avoid these horrible food items.  For much more about cadmium, read Cadmium on this website.

 

Mercury.  Mercury may be called the mad hatters mineral.  People who made raccoon skin hats in the mid 1800s in America and Europe developed mercury toxicity after a few years from rubbing mercury on felt to soften it.  They became mentally and emotionally deranged in many cases.

“Silver” dental amalgam fillings are usually about half mercury.  I would have them replaced if you have them, as the mercury will slowly leach out of them and into your body.

Fish and seafood is universally contaminated with mercury.  It is really a tragedy, since otherwise it is a great food. Mercury is found today in ALL FISH, bar none.  Even small fish, which used to be safe, are not any more.

As a result, the only fish I recommend are very small fish, and the best is sardines because of their content of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, along with calcium, selenium, RNA, DNA and many other vital nutrients.  The omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are almost universally deficient in modern diets and are important for every one.  Articles on this website detail this sad nutritional deficiency.

Sardines in the can are fine.  A 3-4 ounce can three or four times per week will supply an adult with adequate omega-3 fatty acids, and this is actually better at this time than using supplements of fish oil and vitamin D, although these are okay as well.  I suggest avoiding all other fish, except perhaps occasional small fish like sole, smelt, anchovies or herring.  I know there is a problem because anyone who eats most fish on a regular basis, even once a week, demonstrates high mercury on a hair mineral test.

Large fish concentrate mercury a million times or more.  The federal government recently issued a warning that pregnant and lactating women should avoid tuna, shark, king mackerel, halibut, ahi, mahi mahi, and other large fish.

Avoid shellfish.  Shellfish are often even more toxic than other fish.  For some reason, their bodies often accumulate cadmium and lead, in addition to mercury.  Most shellfish are caught in coastal waters, which are the most contaminated. Please avoid all shellfish, forever, as the problem is just getting worse in most nations of the world.

Once again, this is sad to have to say, but mineral tests reveal the problem to anyone willing to check my assertion. This is why many people are “allergic” to them.  This is a mild term.  They are really poisoned by them.  For much more detail about mercury, read Mercury on this website.

 

Aluminum.  Aluminum is called the soft in the head mineral because it is associated with memory loss and dementias.  Aluminum is a very soft and dangerous toxic mineral.  Aluminum is everywhere, and almost everyone shows aluminum toxicity on hair tests.

Among the most important sources are all types of salt. Table salt also often has aluminum added as an anti-caking agent and should never be eaten.  Sea salt is better, but contains some aluminum as well.

Cities routinely add aluminum to their tap water as a flocculating agen (to remove dirt particles).  This is a horrible practice.  Modern anti-perspirants all contain toxic aluminum compounds.  The deodorant stones and deodorant crystals are no better, in my view, even though they are “natural”.  Use an old-fashioned deodorant instead, or spray some dilute hydrogen peroxide or some liquid soap like Dr. Bronner’s soap under your arms instead.

Beverages in aluminum cans or food cooked in aluminum may contain elevated levels of aluminum.  Aluminum is also used in some baking powders, and other products.  For much more detail about aluminum, read Aluminum andAluminum, Iron and Manganese – The Amigos on this website.

 

Nickel.  This is called the depression and suicide mineral, as it is associated with these feelings and symptoms.  It is a particularly deadly toxic metal.  Nickel is another hardener, used to plate inexpensive jewelry, in coins, and as a plating material for bathroom fixtures and many other metallic items.

Most orthodontic braces sadly contain nickel today.  It is also found in some metal crowns and dental wires used in bridges and elsewhere in dentistry.  Be very careful about this because nickel can contribute to cancer and other horrible problems.

Nickel is also used as a catalyst to make ALL hydrogenated oil products such as commercial peanut butter, ALL margarines, and vegetable shortening.  For much more detail about nickel, read Nickel on this website.

 

Fluoride is sometimes called a cancer mineral.  It is highly toxic, and, in fact, is sold as rat poison.  The research about its toxicity and horror for the human body is very clear, but this is overlooked by most public health authorities in the USA and Great Britain.

The biggest source is fluoride added to drinking water supplies.  Adding fluoride to drinking water not only does not stop cavities in the teeth.  It is totally insane, because fluoride compounds added to drinking water are extremely toxic. The entire world has stopped this practice except for parts of America and Great Britain.  More and more American cities and towns are voting it out.  If your town still has it, organize to get rid of it.  Several excellent websites and organizations are there to help.

Fluorides have found their way into ground water supplies, and thus into the food chain.  For this reason, fluoride levels in foods processed with water may be very high, especially baby foods and reconstituted vegetable and fruit juices. Please never feed these to your children.

Health authorities who recommend fluoridating the water are extremely ignorant, in my experience.  I have debated dentists and public health officials and their level of knowledge of the medical literature on fluorides is horrendous.  They rarely if ever take into account the toxic effect of fluorides already found in natural foods, foods processed with fluoridated water and fluoridated toothpaste. The combination adds up to overload in all cases.

Hydrofluosilicic acid, the chemical often used to fluoridate drinking water, is a smokestack waste that contains lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, benzene and radioactive waste material.

 

Chlorine.  Everyone assumes chlorine is safe, since it is used to purify most all drinking water around the world.  It is not safe, however.  It is associated with heart disease and dementia, among other health conditions.  The problem is that it is good for water purification, and other methods such as ozone water purification, have problems.

I strongly suggest that everyone drink either spring water, which has little to no chlorine in it, or drink carbon-only filtered tap or other water.  Carbon will remove most chlorine from water.  A carbon block filter is best.  Just remember to change the filter every few months so it will keep working.

Note that carbon and carbon block filters do not remove most toxic metals from water.  Only distillation and reverse osmosis remove most toxic metals.  However, these produce a mineral-free water that is not good to drink for this reason, and for other reasons, as well.

 

Copper.  Copper replaces zinc in all organs and tissues of the body, causing dozens of health conditions.  It is very common today.  For example, in the nervous system alone, copper toxicity is associated with migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, some schizophrenias, seizures, and more.

Copper also can replace selenium in various tissues.  This can impair the conversion of T4 to T3, contributing to thyroid imbalances that are very common.  For much more about copper, please read Copper Toxicity Syndrome on this website.

 

Iron.  Iron toxicity is extremely common.  The iron is in a toxic form, often in an oxide that is very irritating and pro-inflammatory.  Holistic doctors often give anti-oxidants to help reduce the inflammation.  However, a much better solution is to remove the toxic iron.  Nutritional balancing programs do this in all cases.  However, other nutritional, herbal or medical programs cannot do this as well, in my experience. For much more about iron, please read IronIron, Manganese and Aluminum, and Iron Personality Types on this website.

 

Airborne Sources of Toxic Metals.  Most toxic metals are effectively absorbed by inhalation.  Auto, ship and aircraft exhaust, industrial smoke and products from incinerators are among the airborne sources of toxic metals and other chemicals.

Mercury and coal-fired power plants.  Burning coal can release mercury, lead and cadmium among other metals. Iranian and Venezuelan oil are high in vanadium.  Coal plants should have scrubbers, as they do in the United States. However, India and China, in particular, often do not have scrubbers on their power plants.  They may not realize the damage their plants are causing in the entire world due to pollution of the air, water and food supplies.

Uranium exposure is largely from airborne sources such as nuclear bomb tests and accidents at nuclear power plants.  All nuclear power plants also emit some low-level radiation, as does uranium refining and medical use of nuclear material.  X-rays, CT scans, PET scans and dental x-rays also add to our burden of ionizing radiation today.  Fortunately, some of this can be removed with a nutritional balancing program.

 

Incineration can be clean.  Older methods of incineration of electronic parts, plastics, treated fabrics, batteries and even diapers release all the toxic metals into the air.  The use of scrubbers and newer methods of very high temperature incineration are much better.

 

Cadmium and mercury in papers.  Cigarette and marijuana smoke are high in cadmium, found in cigarette paper. Pesticides used on these crops may contain lead, arsenic and other toxic metals.

 

Medications and toxic metals.  Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs contain toxic metals.  Cipro (fluoquinolones) and Prozac (fluoxetine) are fluoride-containing chemicals, for example.  Thimerisol, a mercury-containing preservative, is still used in many vaccines, including all flu shots, even when doctors deny it, I am told. Independent evaluation of a large study that is part of the Centers For Disease Control Vaccine Safety Datalink concluded that:

 

“Children are 27 times as likely to develop autism after exposure to three thimerisol-containing vaccines than those who receive thimerisol-free versions” .

 

Thiazide diuretics contain mercury.  These include Maxzide, Diazide and many others.  Antacids such as Ryopan, Gaviscon, Maalox, Mylanta and many others are very high in aluminum.  Antibiotics may also contain toxic substances including metals.

 

Direct Skin Contact As A Source Of Toxic Metals. Almost all anti-perspirants and many cosmetics contain aluminum.  Dental amalgams contain mercury, copper and other metals.  Dental bridges and other appliances often contain nickel.

Prostheses and pins used to hold bones together may contain nickel and other toxic metals, although most are titanium, which is much better.  Copper intra-uterine devices, if left in place for years, release a tremendous amount of copper into the body.

Soaps, body lotions and creams often contain toxic compounds.  A few hair dyes and commercial high-end lipsticks contain lead.  Selsun Blue shampoo contains selenium that is quite toxic in high doses.

Household lawn and garden chemicals may contain lead, arsenic and other compounds.  Mercury treated seeds and arsenic-treated wood are other common sources of toxic metals.

 

Occupational exposure to toxic metals is important for many occupations today.  Among the worst are plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, printers, ironworkers, office workers, other building trades and many other occupations.

Workers need to wear gloves, masks and take other precautions when handling inks, metals and other toxic materials.  Unfortunately, most occupational exposure occurs without the knowledge of either the worker or the employer today.

 

CONGENITAL TOXIC METALS

 

This is an extremely important and preventable tragedy.  It is a vital topic that deserves a separate article.  I will just briefly introduce the subject.

Today, all children are born with some toxic metals acquired in utero.  All the toxic metals pass through the placenta from mother to child.   This is seen clearly when reviewing mineral analyses of infants.  These are babies who have never been exposed to food, yet their bodies are high in many toxic metals.

The only explanation is that these infants receive exposures in utero during gestation.  This is a very sad situation, as many children are born with two strikes against them, so to speak.  They are far more prone to autism, ADD, ADHD, infections, developmental delays and more.  For more information about this critical topic, see the articles on this website about children’s health.

This tragedy can be largely prevented if all young women would go on a nutritional balancing program before they become pregnant to reduce their load of toxic metals.  It would take a year or so to do this, and I am always pleased when a teenage girl or young woman decides to improve her health before becoming pregnant.  This topic and the mistakes of current pre-natal care are discussed in a separate article entitled How To Have Healthy Children.

 

PART III. DETECTING TOXIC METALS IN THE BODY

 

Toxic metals are not easy to detect.  In fact, detecting all the toxic metals is impossible, as far as I know, because they often accumulate deep within body tissues and organs.  Here are comments on the most methods of detection, including tests of the blood, urine, hair, feces, liver biopsy tests, and other methods such as electrical machines and applied kinesiology.

 

Blood tests. The problem with blood tests for toxic metals is that toxic metals are removed quickly from the blood and moved into the tissues, where they do less damage.  So blood tests must be done soon after an exposure, usually within days or weeks at the most, or they are practically useless.

Blood tests are helpful for an acute exposure, such as eating a food contaminated with lead and doing a test soon after.  However, this entire article is mainly about chronic toxic metal poisoning.

 

Urine and feces challenge tests.  These are done by first administering a chelation drug that binds to and removes toxic metals.  Examples are EDTA or DMPS, for example.  Then one collects a 24-hour urine or a feces sample to see what comes out of the body.

This test is poor, and does not detect most toxic metals.  The reason is that none of the chelating drugs can remove deeply hidden toxic metals.  Most chelating agents only circulate in the blood, so they miss most of one’s toxic metals that are stored in the tissues or incorporated into enzymes in the brain, heart, liver and elsewhere.

 

Liver or other biopsies.  This definitely is more accurate and is used, at times, to detect iron poisoning and copper poisoning, for example. However, liver biopsies are costly, invasive and somewhat dangerous.  For this reason, liver biopsies are not used often.

 

Electrical machines.  Electroacupuncture devices, radionic machines and other machines can detect toxic metals. However, I have not found them accurate or reliable.  They are also sometimes dependent upon the skill of the operator, which further decreases their reliability and accuracy.

 

Applied kinesiology.  This method, also called muscle testing, is also variable in its reliability and extremely dependent upon the operator or practitioner.  It also does not quantify the amount of metals present.  I would not depend upon it.

 

Hair mineral analysis. This is better, but certainly not perfect.  Hair accumulates many toxic metals because hair is an excretory tissue.  This means that anything that goes into the hair will be eliminated from the body.  So the body often will try to get rid of poisons by shunting them into the hair and skin.  However, hair is not perfect, by any means, and requires understanding to interpret the test.

Even using the hair mineral biopsy, no test I am aware of can detect anywhere near all the toxic metals in the body.  Often they are hidden in hard-to-reach places such as the brain or bones, or places with poor circulation such as the fatty tissues.

The best we can do is to know the metals will be revealed as they are excreted through the hair.  This requires having repeated hair mineral tests while a person is on a nutritional balancing program.

As a clinician, I find the best approach is to assume everyone has toxic metals.  This has proven totally true in over 33 years of clinical experience.  Any sound health program needs to be designed to remove all of the toxic metals, not just a few.

I do not use the hair test to detect toxic metals, in most cases.  I use the test primarily to help design the corrective program.

 

EPA Opinion on hair testing.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency or EPA reviewed over 400 studies of the use of hair for toxic metal detection and concluded that:

 

“Hair is a meaningful and representative tissue for (biological monitoring for) antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, vanadium and perhaps selenium and tin.“

 

The author of a study of lead toxicity in Massachusetts school children, Dr. R. Tuthill, concluded:

 

“Scalp hair should be considered a useful clinical and epidemiological approach for the measurement of chronic low-level lead exposure in children.”

 

How to interpret a hair mineral analysis to test for toxic metals:

 

  1. The hair must be washed at home, before sampling, within 48 hours or less before sampling. Any ordinary shampoo may be used.  If one has a water softener, then it is best to wash the hair twice before sampling it, using unsoftened tap water, reverse osmosis water, distilled or spring water.

 

  1. The hair sample must not be washed at the laboratory at all. The reason is that washing the hair always and erratically removes some of its minerals. For this reason, I only suggest using Analytical Research Laboratories for hair testing.

 

  1. Look for elevated levels of toxic metals. However, MOST LABORATORIES HAVE THEIR ACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF TOXIC METALS SET TOO HIGH. THE DOCTOR MUST USE THE ACCEPTABLE LEVELS THAT ARE LISTED IN THE SECTION BELOW.

 

  1. The amigos. These are iron, manganese and aluminum. The interpretation rule is that if any one of these are elevated, the other two are elevated in the body as well.  The most commonly elevated is aluminum, and elevated means anything above about 0.02 mg% or 0.2 ppm.  Elevated iron is any reading above 1.9 mg% or 19 ppm.  Elevated manganese is any reading above 0.04 mg% or 0.4 ppm.  Read more about this interesting situation in The Amigos Or Oxidants– Iron, Manganese and Aluminum.

 

  1. Poor eliminator patterns. This is important. If any of the toxic metal levels are extremely low, it indicates they are present in excess and simply cannot be eliminated at this time.  This may sound outrageous, but so far, the concept of poor eliminators is holding true.  Read more about this in the article entitled Poor Eliminator Pattern.

 

  1. Hidden copper toxicity. The hair copper level is a very poor indicator of copper toxicity, which is very common.Instead, look for hidden copper indicators, which include:

 

Copper greater than 2.5 mg% or 25 ppm.

Copper less than 1.5 mg% or 15 ppm.

Calcium greater than about 65 mg% or 650 ppm.

Potassium less than about 5 mg% or 50 ppm.

Mercury greater than about 0.03 mg% or 0.3 ppm.

Zinc less than 13 mg% or 130 ppm.

Na/K ratio less than 2.5.

Four lows pattern.

Zinc greater than 17 mg% or 170 ppm in most cases.

Phosphorus less than 12 mg% or 120 ppm in most cases.

 

  1. Mercury indicators. Mercury is so widespread that almost everyone has a lot. I do not pay too much attention to any test for mercury because I know that:
  2. a) Anyone who eats large or medium-sized fish has a lot.
  3. b) Anyone with amalgam dental fillings has a lot.
  4. c) Anyone who eats seafood or sushi has plenty.
  5. d) Most, if not all babies today are born with it thanks to toxicity in their mothers.

The hair or other test results are often not as important as these dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors.

 

  1. Other general indicators of high toxic metals on a hair mineral analysis. These include a slow oxidation rate, fast oxidation in an adult, three highs or four highs pattern, zinc greater than 16 mg% or 160 ppm, phosphorus less than 13 mg% or 130 ppm, three lows pattern, four lows pattern, sympathetic dominance pattern, and a sodium/potassium ratio less than 2.5:1.

I realize this includes almost everyone except children with a healthy fast oxidation rate.  Even most of them have plenty of toxic metals, but less than the rest of the population, perhaps.

 

NORMAL OR IDEAL HAIR VALUES FOR TOXIC METALS

 

This is an important topic because if one checks the various laboratories, the acceptable levels of toxic metals vary somewhat.  We use very tight normal values because I know we can lower the toxic metal values to these low levels with our methods.  These methods are described later in this article.

Poor eliminators.  Note that for each toxic metal, there is a small range of the ideal values.  If a toxic metal reading is too low, it is not healthful, and it is called a poor eliminator pattern.  It means the metal is accumulating because the person cannot eliminate it.  This was a fascinating discovery that, so far, is proving to be very accurate.  For more on this important pattern, please read Poor Eliminator Pattern on this website. Here are the good ranges for the human toxic metals that I currently use:

 

Lead                       0.03 – 0.1 mg% or 1 ppm (parts per million)

Mercury              0.032 – 0.035 mg% or 0.35 ppm (However, virtually everyone has mercury toxicity today)

Cadmium           0.005 – 0.008 mg% or 0.08 ppm

Nickel                    0.02 – 0.03 mg% or 0.3 ppm

Aluminum         0.65 – 0.8 mg% or 8 ppm (However, virtually everyone has aluminum toxicity today)

Arsenic                0.005 – 0.009 mg% or 0.09 ppm

Copper                 1.5 – 2.5 mg% or 25 ppm

Iron                         1.2 – 2 mg% or 20 ppm

Manganese      0.021 or 0.04 or 0.4 ppm

 

Poor eliminator pattern criteria:

Aluminum – 0.3 to 0.64 mg%.

Lead – 0.01 to 0.029 mg%.

Mercury – 0.01 to 0.031 mg%.

Cadmium – 0.002 to 0.004 mg%.

Arsenic – .002 to 0.004 mg%.

Nickel – 0.01 to 0.019 mg%.

Iron – 0.7 to 1.19 mg%.

Manganese – 0.009 to 0.02 mg%.

Copper – 1.0 to 1.4 mg% in a slow oxidizer.

Copper – 0.9 to 1.4 in a fast oxidizer.  This is newer and still being researched.

Boron – 0.02 to 0.04 mg%. (Note: boron is still being researched.  It is not currently read on hair charts from Analytical Research Labs and may be less important.)

Vanadium – 0.1 to 0.2 mg%.  (Note: vanadium is still being researched and is not currently read on Analytical Research Labs charts, and may be is less important.)

 

Very poor eliminator pattern criteria:

Aluminum – less than about 0.3 mg%

Lead – less than about 0.01 mg%.

Mercury – less than about 0.01 mg%.

Cadmium – less and 0.002 mg%.

Arsenic – less than about 0.002 mg%.

Nickel – less than about 0.01 mg%.

Iron – less than about 0.7 mg%.

Manganese – less than about 0.009 mg%.

Copper – less than 1.0 mg% in a slow oxidizer.

Copper – less than about 0.9 in a fast oxidizer.

Boron – less than 0.02 mg%.

Vanadium – less than 0.1 mg%.

 

Criteria for the All Poors pattern:

Eight or more poor eliminator patterns.  This may include very poor eliminator patterns at one time.

 

OTHER LIFESTYLE-RELATED TOXIC METAL INDICATORS

 

These include:

 

  1. Toxic occupations. These include plumbing, auto repair, metalworking, welding, and others.

 

  1. Smoking anything, including tobacco and marijuana, even once a week, adds cadmium and perhaps other metals. Using a water pipe is a little better, but not that much, in our experience.

 

  1. Toxic body care. Many people use toxic products such as anti-perspirants, lead-containing lipsticks, Selsun shampoos, and others.

 

  1. Sex with orgasm more than once a week causes cadmium accumulation. Having orgasms for men only, including masturbation, depletes zinc and maybe other minerals. Women lose less sexual fluid, so it is not quite as bad, but may be important as well. It appears that one cannot easily replace this form of zinc, and so excessive sex leads to cadmium replacing zinc in the tissues.  The cadmium may only show up on tests much later as the quantity in the body increases.

 

AGING AND TOXIC METALS

 

The slow, or not so slow, replacement of vital minerals with toxic metals is an important and neglected cause of aging due to deactivation of enzyme systems and the loss of organ and tissue integrity.  One could say it is the essence of aging, from a purely mineral perspective.

Toxic metal accumulation also feeds on itself.  As one’s energy production decreases with age, the body is less able to eliminate toxic metals, causing more metal accumulation.  Much could be said about this topic, and I refer the reader to the articles entitled Life Extension Theory and Life Extension In Practice on this website.

 

GENETICS, GENE EXPRESSION AND TOXIC METALS

 

Most birth defects are due to faulty gene expression.  Even if one’s DNA is perfect, the synthesis of proteins from that DNA can be faulty.  For example, zinc is required for several key enzymes in gene expression, such as RNA transferase.  Not surprisingly, zinc deficiency is associated with conditions such as neural tube defects.

A recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  discussed this hidden cause of genetic defects.

 

“An alternate form of a gene present in greater than 1% of the population is called a polymorphism”.

 

While the article mainly discusses vitamin deficiencies as a cause for genetic defects, it gives the example that “mutations in Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase cause 25% of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.”

For much more on the very important topic of genetic defects, genetic testing and polymorphisms, please readGenetic Testing and Genetic Defects on this website.

 

PART IV. SOLUTIONS TO TOXIC METAL OVERLOAD

 

One should not fear toxic metals.  They cannot be completely avoided, but one can minimize exposure with careful eating and a healthful lifestyle.  Also, our bodies have a lot of evolutionary experience with them and effective mechanisms to eliminate them.  These can be supported and enhanced with a nutritional balancing program.

This method, which does not involve chelation much at all, uses at least 35 methods together, at once, to remove ALL the toxic metals safely and deeply.  In most instances, it is faster and more thorough than either intravenous or any other type of chelation therapy, synthetic or natural.  It is also safer and goes deeper to remove more metals than chelation of any kind.  Also, all chelating agents remove some beneficial minerals along with the toxic ones.  For more on why I do not like chelation therapy, read Chelation Therapy.

 

How to remove toxic metals.  Here are the methods that are always used together in nutritional balancing science, in an integrated combination, to remove all toxic metals and hundreds of toxic chemicals, as well, from the body.  Full documentation as to why these methods work and how to use them is found in numerous other articles on this website:

 

  1. Increase the amount of rest and sleep greatly. Extra rest and sleep is critical for any detoxification program for several reasons:
  2. a) Detoxification takes place mostly when we are resting or sleeping. During the day when one is active, the body is mainly focused on the daily activities, not on elimination of poisons from the body.
  3. b) Rest and sleep reduce sympathetic nervous system activity. This is so important it is listed separately as a powerful method to enhance detoxification of all chemicals, metals and other types of poisons.
  4. c) Resting and sleeping more conserves the body’s energy for healing. Most people use up too much energy in their daily activities. This slows progress tremendously.
  5. d) The essential organs and glands, such as the adrenals, thyroid, liver, kidneys and others rebuild only when rested.
  6. e) Sleep allows mental and emotional processing to occur. This reduces emotional and mental activity during the day and allows unprocessed emotions to be handled and dealt with far easier. Many people live in continual stress because they do not process each day’s events and traumas and this inhibits rebuilding of the body and the elimination of toxins of all sorts.

 

  1. Inhibit the sympathetic nervous system. This is another key to our programs. Sympathetic nervous system activity blocks the body from adequate elimination.  This is well known in medicine.  The liver, kidneys, bowel, skin even the lungs are all associated with the parasympathetic nervous system and require strong nervous energy to promote their activity.  Sympathetic nervous system activity inhibits these activities powerfully.  One can reduce sympathetic activity in at least six ways:
  2. a) As mentioned above, get a lot more rest and sleep. This is a primary method of reducing sympathetic nervous system activity.
  3. b) Supplements used in nutritional balancing programs are often carefully chosen to be or have the most parasympathetic effect upon the body possible. These include animal-based rather than plant-based products in some cases. It also includes limiting certain vitamins that are stimulatory and adding more that are sedative in their effect.
  4. c) The diet is made as non-stimulatory as possible. This means removing all chemical additives, as far as is possible. It means limiting caffeine, sugar, wheat, most beef, and other stimulating or allergic or sensitive foods in the diet.
  5. d) The lifestyle must be restful in general. This can have a great deal of influence on the nervous system, even if one is sleeping adequately. For example, a stressful job or a marriage that needs counseling are not helpful.  Soft music rather than loud, rock and roll music is preferable, and so forth.
  6. e) Mental/emotional training using the Roy Masters meditation-observation exercise is also very helpful for all adults. Regular prayer, some affirmations, and generally caring for one’s “mental diet” can be critical to avoid fear, anger and negativity, in general. Too much that is on the television, the news and other information sources is harmful to the body’s delicate nervous system, and not true, either.
  7. f) Other ways to sympathetic nervous stimulation are to be careful with excessive exercise, reduce cell phone use, and avoid other radiation sources. Even some far infrared saunas give off harmful EM fields and should not be used, ideally, although sauna therapy can help remove many toxic metals. Reduce noise levels, freeway driving and other more dangerous or unnerving activities. These and many other simple changes together can reduce your stress level dramatically.
  8. g) Reducing certain imbalances on a hair mineral chart also can dramatically lower sympathetic nervous activity.These include, but are not limited to balancing a fast oxidation rate, reducing a high Na/K or a high Ca/Mg ratio, improving zinc, selenium and chromium status and lowering certain toxic metal levels.

 

  1. Eat a varied, excellent-quality diet of 70-80% cooked vegetables and some animal protein daily. Avoid all fruits, fruit juices, sweets, most nuts and seeds and strictly avoid vegetarian and raw food diets. The body will absorb and utilize less toxic metals if it receives more of the so-called preferred minerals.   A recent  study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition measured the mineral content of organic versus commercial food.  Results indicated that food labeled “organic” that was selected randomly from Chicago food markets had an average of twice the mineral content of standard supermarket food.

The famed people of Hunza who lived to 120 years or longer in excellent health drank glacial runoff that was so mineral-rich the water was cloudy (see The Wheel of Health by Dr. Carrington ).

Especially mineral-rich foods include kelp, sea salt and all root vegetables, except potatoes.  Root vegetables must be cooked at least 45 minutes for their minerals to be most bioavailable.  Potatoes are not recommended because they are nightshades that irritate many people and are too yin in Chinese medical terminology.

Adequate protein, especially animal protein, supplies sulfur-containing amino acids which help chelate toxic metals and support liver detoxification pathways.  A little animal protein daily is important.  Do not overcook meats and eggs should be only lightly cooked such as soft-boiled or poached so the yolks are runny.

Other high-sulfur foods include egg yolks and vegetables in the cabbage, radish, garlic and onion families.  Sulfur is very helpful for detoxification in general, and for mercury and copper, in particular.

Fiber from cooked vegetables and whole grains is also helpful to reduce some toxic metals.  It reduces bowel transit time, which can limit absorption of toxic metals.  However, avoid wheat which is a hybridized and irritating food for everyone.  Pasta is a little better than bread, but all wheat is best avoided, even organic whole wheat products.

 

  1. Improve the lifestyle and eating habits. Excellent eating habits include having regular, sit-down meals in a quiet place. Also, eat quietly and slowly, and chew thoroughly.  These habits are important for nutrient absorption and proper elimination.  Poor habits include skipping meals, snacking all day, eating on the run, and eating the same foods every day wit no variety.

A relaxed and positive outlook also greatly facilitates elimination and healing of all illness.  One’s attitudes can matter greatly as well.  They either relieve stress, or add to it.  I encourage an attitude of gratitude and avoidance of all victim thinking.  This include thinking that anyone else is a victim, either.  Such apparently small changes in one’s thoughts and actions can have a huge impact on general health and the body’s ability to heal and eliminate toxic substances.

I encourage spirituality because in some people this also assists energy tremendously.  Hopelessness, for example, or low self-esteem, will impair elimination and lead to disease.  Their opposites raise the body’s energy and promote healing. These factors are too often overlooked by medical and holistic practitioners.  The Roy Masters meditation exercise is particularly helpful as it is grounding and centering, and simple to do safely at home as much as one wishes.

In some cases, other lifestyle patterns are destructive and must be changed, such as drinking too much alcohol, recreational drug use, spending time with negative or destructive “friends” and others.

 

  1. Other dietary considerations. These include;
  2. a) Avoid all restrictive and extreme diets. These include strict vegan and vegetarian diets, for example. These are almost always deficient in zinc and many other essential nutrients. Read Vegetarian Diets on this website.

Raw food diets do not work well today because almost no one is able to extract enough minerals from raw foods. The minerals are not available because they are bound up with tough vegetable fibers that we cannot properly digest, even with a digestive aid.  Raw food is also much too yin for general consumpton.  Read Raw Foods for more information about them.

Cooking does not reduce the mineral content of food and usually makes minerals much more bioavailable by breaking down fiber.  Cooking also concentrates the food so that one ends up ingesting many more vital minerals.

  1. b) Avoid living on protein powders and other processed supplements instead of foods. For example, egg or whey protein powder is not a substitute for eating eggs or fresh goat milk. The latter are whole foods that are much richer in many minerals.  Food supplements are never a substitute for an excellent diet.
  2. c) Avoid most refined foods such as white sugar, white flour, table salt and white rice. These are almost devoid of vital minerals and will cause the body to absorb and utilize more toxic metals.

 

  1. The use of carefully chosen antagonistic supplemental nutrients. Nutritional supplements called mineral antagonists can help greatly to reduce toxic metals in the body. For example, kelp is an inexpensive source of iodine that can help remove fluorides, chlorides and bromides from the body by competing with them for absorption and for binding sites in the cells of the body.

Kelp also contains alginates that help bind toxic metals, some of which are also found in the kelp itself, since it is a sea product.  Kelp also contains a wide range of vital minerals to body needs to rebuild itself.  All act as antagonists to some degree to the toxic metals.

In addition to kelp, nutritional balancing programs often involve the use of supplemental zinc, selenium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals.  Calcium and zinc are cadmium antagonists.  Selenium and zinc are mercury antagonists, and so on.  In nutritional balancing science, however, supplements must only be used in a way that does not unbalance the oxidation rate and the major mineral ratios.  This is a major difference between this method and most other nutritional methods of healing.  The reason for this is that unbalancing the major mineral ratios decreases a person’s vitality, which will negate or at least reduce the effectiveness of the supplementary nutrient.

Also, one must be careful not to use too many supplements.  This adds too much yin energy to the body and can confuse the body.  Also, many supplements subtly negate each other.  For example, copper and vitamin C are definite antagonists.  Therefore, supplementation must be kept simple and clearly follow these rules.

 

  1. Support the eliminative organs. This can also greatly facilitate toxic metal removal. Most people need a digestive aid.  The one we recommend most, GB-3 by Endomet Labs, also helps with liver detoxification.  This is a triple benefit.  It also helps kill intestinal parasites and other infections in the intestines.  This is also very important for some people.  Another similar product is called Bilex, and Allergy Research sells some of the same ingredients.

I also use a kidney support formula and herbs to support elimination through the kidneys.  Balancing the mineral ratios on a hair analysis also supports the eliminative organs.

Sauna therapy, coffee enemas, foot reflexology and other nutrients and procedures can also support the eliminative organs.

 

  1. General nutritional support. In nutritional balancing, one must always give general nutrients, when needed, to balance and strengthen every aspect of body chemistry. Food alone today is usually not adequate, and not nearly enough to replenish very demineralized bodies, which is most of them.

 

  1. Improve adaptive energy. Increasing the amount of energy available to the body cells is a great key to toxic metal and toxic chemical elimination. This is overlooked by almost all physicians, even holistic ones.

The body must produce energy in order to eliminate toxins.  One would have little luck eliminating toxins from a dead persons because the body’s vital energy is gone.  Yet this factor of vital energy is often overlooked in nutritional circles.  It is emphasized in chiropractic, for example, and even in some forms of homeopathy in which the doctor first tries to build up the patient’s energy or vitality before attacking toxic metals in any way.

 

  1. Balance the oxidation rate. The primary way to enhance adaptive energy using nutritional balancing science involves a properly performed and properly interpreted hair mineral analysis. With this simple examination of the minerals in the hair, one can identify what is called the oxidation type and the oxidation rate.  The evaluation is made using two mineral ratios.

Other ways to measure the oxidation or metabolic rate exist, but I am less familiar with them.  My experience with them is they are not the same and do not measure the same thing, and will give confusing results.  So I do not recommend any blood tests, questionnaires or other methods of determining the oxidation type or rate.

One can then use foods, lifestyle, diet and other methods to balance the entire body chemistry.  This is a complex subject, though it is addressed in the article on this site entitled Fast, Slow and Mixed Oxidation.

This gentle balancing procedure, done in all nutritional balancing programs, greatly enhances the body’s ability to eliminate toxic metals.  Random supplementation with products to remove toxic metals, by contrast, does not work well at all in our experience.  It can remove some of them, but falls far short of the combination of methods described in this article.

Once again, one should be extremely careful that any supplement or any other procedure used to remove toxins does not interfere with the oxidation rate balance in the body.  That would be counterproductive, even if the procedure is excellent for another person with a different oxidation type or rate.  I teach this science to anyone who is interested.  Click on the link, Training, for more information about learning all of this method.

 

  1. Reduce exposure to toxic substances as much as possible. This includes in the food supply, such as pesticides, metals, chemicals, solvents, plastic wrapping and more.

It includes pure water, of which we only recommend distilled or spring water.  All other water, including “alkaline water” and others, has too many toxic substances in it for our program.  It also includes reducing air pollution in the home and elsewhere.  This is difficult in cities, but home units can be purchased that clean the air rather well today.

Finally, it means reducing the toxins one acquires by contact.  This includes soaps, lotions, cosmetics, creams and all skin products.  It also includes dental amalgam removal, except in the case of active cancer, which can be made worse by amalgam removal.  Wait until the cancer is under control before doing this and preferably be on a nutritional balancing program to help reduce the side effects of amalgam removal.

It may include occupational exposure to metals, chemicals, solvents, pesticides and all other contact exposures.  Now let us address the specific eliminative organs.

 

  1. Improve circulation, oxygenation and hydration. This is done with sauna therapy, deep breathing, the correct type and amount of drinking water, mild exercise (more is not needed and just wastes energy), and improving general health. Also, inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system assists with circulation.

 

  1. Balancing yin and yang qualities in the body, and in one’s life, in general. The philosophy of yin and yang, as it is sometimes mistakenly referred to, is one of the most ancient teachings on planet earth. It dates back to the early Taoists in India and Tibet.

In the Hebrew bible, the book of Genesis begins with God creating the heaven and earth, light and darkness, the waters and the land, and so forth.  This expresses the basic balance of forces in our physical universe.

Similarly, the basic idea of yin and yang, as relates to healing is that one should have a balance of hot and cold, wet and dry, expanded and contracted, upper and lower and male and female in the body for maximum health and life.  This is very abbreviated, but expresses the basic concept.

In terms of food, yin is sugars, while yang foods are meats, eggs, and salty foods.  In terms of weather, yin is cold and damp while yang is hot and dry. Today, most of the people are extremely yin due to toxic metals in the environment, toxic chemicals by the thousands and significant radiation and electromagnetic toxicity in the environment as well.  No one can escape these basic factors.

As a result, the programs, for maximum effectiveness, must be quite yang, as yang as possible, in fact.  This concept is incorporated into all nutritional balancing programs that I design.  Some of the ways this is done include:

1) Limit all sweets, including all fruit and all juices.  We use carrot juice and wheat grass juice, but only in small amounts.  We sugget no more than 10-12 ounces of carrot or other vegetable juices and no more than 1-2 ounces of fresh wheat grass juice daily.

2) Limit all fruit as well.  This includes certain “vegetables” that are really fruits, including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers of all kinds, eggplant, squashes (some winter squash is okay once a week only) and cucumbers.  Anything with seeds is botanically a fruit and tends to be far more yin than roots, leaves or stems that are technically vegetables.

3) Limit all raw food, as it also is very yin.

4) Increase sea salt in the diet as it is more yang.  Do not use table salt, which is far more yin and toxic.

5) Eat as few chemicals as possible, as these are almost all very yin.  Also eat as little chemical vitamins as possible. The most yin are the water-soluble vitamins that are synthetic or synthesized.  Natural products are better as are animal-based products.

6) Eat plenty of cooked vegetables, as they are more balanced, along with some meats, but not much beef due to hybridization.  Avoid all pig products due to possible parasite infestation.  Dairy products are more yin, in general, especially milks.  Some organic milk products are fine, however, in moderation.

7) In the detoxification program, sauna therapy is hot and dry, and thus very yang.  Coffee enemas are also fairly yang because coffee is a yang substance when properly roasted and prepared.  Other detoxification methods, however, such as cool baths, warm baths, drinking lots of juices or even water,  or clay baths are not helpful as they are far more yin.  They may be harmful today, although they were very good in years past when the situation on planet earth was very different.

8) Rest is yang, as is the meditation we recommend.  Most meditations, however, are extremely yin.  Beware of most meditation exercises in these times of extreme yin bodies.

For more information about this critical aspect of detoxification and healing, in general, read Yin and Yang Healingon this website.

 

  1. Distilled water, but only during healing crises or purification reactions. Distilled water is actually excellent to help remove loosely bound toxic metals and many toxic chemicals as well. It appears to attract these and helps immensely, at times.  However, it can deplete essential minerals in the body because it is mineral-free water.  Therefore, I only recommend it during a healing reaction and when a person is already following a nutritional balancing program.  At these times, it can be used for a few days or perhaps a little longer to reduce elimination symptoms and speed up the removal of certain toxins from the body.

Distilled water may have other interesting effects on the body to lessen its density a little bit, helping to raise its vibration and making it a little less compatible with toxic metals, which are generally very heavy, dense minerals. However, I do not use it much for these purposes, as this is not necessary with the better programs we offer today.

 

  1. Remove the need for compensations and adaptations. This is a little more technical. Often, toxic metals perform an adaptive role in the body. They can support the activity of the adrenal glands, for example, and they can actually be used in some of the body’s millions of enzyme systems to a limited extent.

By balancing the body chemistry delicately, the need for a toxic metal in an adaptive function can be removed.  This makes removing the toxic metal safer and far easier.  This methodology is also built into nutritional balancing programs that are correctly designed.

 

  1. Reduce all stress. Stress of any kind will slow the removal toxic metals. Therefore, reducing all stress on the body, mind and spirit will greatly enhance toxin elimination. Read Understanding Stress for more on this important topic.

 

  1. Replace less preferred minerals with more preferred minerals. This is also a somewhat more complex topic.For each metallo-enzyme in the body, there is one or perhaps two preferred metal or mineral that will cause the enzyme to function optimally.  Nutritional balancing seeks to replace less preferred minerals in enzyme binding sites with more preferred minerals.  This is required for all deep healing.  It is done by giving the appropriate foods and supplementary nutrients, avoiding the others, reducing toxic exposures and stress, conserving energy for healing with more rest, and other methods.

 

  1. Increase the body temperature when it is low. This may not seem important, but it is a very powerful method of enhancing the body’s energy production. All the body’s enzyme systems function optimally when the body temperature is ideal. However, most people have a low body temperature today, due in part to toxic metal accumulation in the thyroid and adrenal glands.  Other reasons are fatigue, a low thyroid for other reason, nutrient depletion and others.

One can use a sauna to heat the body a few degrees every day.  Even if it is only for 30-60 minutes at a time, this can have a tremendous effect of normalizing enzymatic reactions in the body that, in turn, promote healing and detoxification.

 

  1. Eliminate infections and parasites of all kinds. This may not seem related to metal detoxification, but it is.Most people have more than a dozen chronic infections in their bodies. Common sites are the eyes, ears, throat, bronchials, intestines, teeth, bladder and elsewhere.

Each of these infections uses up adaptive energy or vitality in the body.  One finds that as they are cleared using nutritional balancing methods – and never antibiotics that tend to be toxic – a person’s vitality increases and his ability to then eliminate toxic metals increases, at times drastically.

 

  1. Emotional and mental cleansing. This is an unusual concept, but can be vital to detoxify the body. We find that cadmium, for example, is associated with what may be called ‘macho’ styles of thinking.  If a person will meditate or just read spiritual material that helps him or her release negative and violent thoughts, it will help remove some cadmium from the body.

Similarly, copper toxicity is associated with fearful thoughts.  If a person will meditate or read books, or do other things to help reduce fearful thinking, then this will help reduce copper overload in the body.  Mercury is associated with a kind of uneven temperament (think of the ‘mad hatters’ of the Alice In Wonderland story).  If one will focus on reducing imbalances of this kind in the personality and mind, it can help the body remove some mercury from the brain, where it is not as easy to remove.  Iron toxicity can be more difficult to remove if a person will not forgive others.  Iron is associated with anger and rage.

 

  1. Bridging over damaged enzymes. This is a very important mechanism whereby by giving higher doses of some vitamins, especially B-complex vitamins, one can bridge across enzymes damaged by the presence of toxic metals that are also needed to help remove the toxic metals.

 

  1. Weak, natural chelation. This is done using mainly low-dose vitamin C, garlic, short-term use of distilled water, adequate animal protein in the diet, the use of a powerful animal-based digestive aid for everyone to break down protein in the intestines, and the use of other products containing sulfur-bearing amino acids such as taurine, cysteine and methionine in some cases.

 

  1. The use of a powerful digestive aid for everyone. This may not seem important, but it is. No matter how good the food one eats, if digestion is weak, and it is weak in almost everyone today, one will not absorb enough minerals and other nutrients.  Insisting on a powerful digestive aid is therefore essential for many people to facilitate proper mineral absorption.

 

  1. Forgiving others, and letting go of all negative feelings and emotions, can help remove some toxic metals.This may sound like an odd way to remove toxic metals, but it works. Any method of mental or emotional relaxation and release techniques can potentially help.

Nutritional balancing encourages the use of prayer, especially Thy Will Be Done.  I also encourage everyone to use the Roy Masters meditation exercise.  In addition, body work, chiropractic, rolfing, foot reflexology, hypnotherapy if the person is qualified, counseling and other methods can all help.

 

  1. Integrating all of the above methods in a way so that none interferes with the others. This is essential. A problem with many medical and holistic approaches to toxic metal removal is that the methods of detoxification get in each other’s way, which negates some or even all of the benefit.

For example, chelation is effective to remove some metals.  However, most chelation, even natural chelating agents, remove some vital minerals along with the toxic ones.  This is extremely harmful, and it is not an easy problem to fix. Simply taking a multi-mineral supplement to offset the problem does not seem to work adequately, in part because minerals are complex, are found in many forms, and are best absorbed from food, not formulated products, in general.

Another problem with chelation is that the chelators are often slightly toxic, which damages the kidneys, liver and other organs, interfering with metal elimination.

Chelation may also mobilize toxins from relatively harmless areas of the body and redistribute some in the kidneys, and this is harmful, as well.

 

  1. Integrating the concepts and methods described in this article in a way that reduces chaos in the body and sort-of traps the whole system so that it has no choice but to detoxify. This sounds vague, but it is a key idea. It has to do with general systems theory, and with chaos theory as applied to the human body.  It is something like defeating an enemy in war by surrounding the enemy completely, and attacking by land, by sea, by air and every way possible at the same time in order to prevent defeat.

 

  1. Release traumas. This is most helpful for detoxification. It is a large subject, but the main idea is that when traumas are present, they directly interfere with elimination in the body because they affect the nervous system. Nutritional balancing releases most traumas easily and usually with little discomfort.

 

  1. Release toxins in the body’s own sequence, order and its own timing. This is extremely helpful to make the process as safe as possible, and more effective, as well. It is accomplished in nutritional balancing programs by focusing on raising the body’s energy and vitality level, rather than focusing on pushing out particular toxic metals.  As the energy level rises, the body is able to use the energy in the way that is safest and most effective, and we are not able to predict or duplicate this mechanism ourselves as clinicians.

 

  1. Correct latent diseases and disorders. This is another critical idea, although it is subtle in most cases. By raising the vitality level, balancing the chemistry, and allowing the body to choose the timing and sequence of healing, nutritional balancing causes the healing of latent or sub-clinical health problems in almost all cases.  Once healed, the body is far more capable of deep detoxification.

For example, many people have damaged livers, damaged kidneys, damaged arteries, damaged lung, and more.  Yet the damage is often sub-clinical or latent, meaning it does not present with any symptoms or diseases.  When a person begins a nutritional balancing program, often these sub-clinical conditions are corrected first because they are the basis for later healing, perhaps, or because they may be life-threatening such as an aneurysm or a weak heart.

This process often causes problems for practitioners because a person may not feel better immediately, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to know the exact reason because the latent condition is not easily detectable by any medical means.  However, once these underlying and latent conditions are corrected, detoxification can proceed much faster and more thoroughly.

Examples that I have observed most commonly are that a patient will break out in a terrible rash, or perhaps retrace a systemic infection of some kind that seems to have nothing to do with our goals for the nutritional balancing program.  Yet one is forced to handle these hurdles before toxic metal elimination or toxic chemical elimination can proceed.  These are examples of latent or sub-clinical health problems that many people have today due to toxin exposure or for other reasons.

 

  1. Other natural and balancing therapies. Therapies that combine beautifully with nutritional balancing include gentle chiropractic, some other manipulative therapies, Rolfing, structural integration, other bodywork, foot and hand reflexology, acupuncture with needles only, acupressure, shiatsu massage and some energy therapies. These can help greatly to reduce stress, improve vitality, support the eliminative organs, improve circulation and more.

 

  1. Therapies to avoid. This is also important to remove toxic metals. For example, many herbs, most natural hormone therapy, most vitamin and mineral regimens, most homeopathy, and most medical drug therapy, unless needed for a life-threatening condition, can and will impair toxic metal removal in various ways by unbalancing body chemistry, adding toxins, or otherwise altering the body chemistry.

Also, vegetarian diets are too low in zinc and in sulfur-containing amino acids and this impairs detoxification.  Raw food diets do not allow the body to absorb enough minerals.

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RESTORING THE LIVER, KIDNEYS, SKIN AND LARGE INTESTINE

 

Many toxic metals accumulate in these organs.  In most Americans, in particular, who have used pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter remedies, this step takes years.  No other program we have observed can speed it up much faster than we are elaborating here.

Fortunately, the liver has great regenerative ability, especially when one is less than about 65 years old.  We use every method possible to enhance liver functioning.  This includes:

  1. a) A clean, healthy diet and pure water to drink, as explained above.
  2. b) A healthful lifestyle, especially going to bed by 9 Pm and lots of rest and sleep. The liver does its main work during rest and sleep.  Missing this single factor is often a key as to why some do not succeed in restoring the liver.
  3. c) Nutritional support for the liver includes milk thistle, dandelion root and perhaps other herbal products that are superb. Be careful with some herbs, however, such as burdock root and others, as they are somewhat toxic. They may be used for a short time, but are not for ongoing use as milk thistle and dandelion can be used.
  4. d) Other procedures for the liver are a daily coffee enema, or even two per day for very toxic conditions, colonic irrigation to reduce debris and fermentation and putrefaction in the colon, castor oil packs over the liver and the use of a near infrared lamp sauna.

Of these, the coffee enema or really a coffee implant, is the most powerful and wonderful procedures that I have seen.  I cannot say enough good things about the effects of this simple, though slightly unpleasant procedure.  More about coffee enemas is found in an article on this website, Coffee Enemas, and in the Detoxification Procedures article.

Using a near infrared sauna on a daily basis, or better twice daily, is also very helpful for liver detoxification. Traditional saunas and far infrared saunas may be okay, but do not seem to work as well.  Far infrared types may emit harmful electromagnetic frequencies.

  1. e) Attitude change is critical for the liver in some cases. The liver is associated with a “bilous personality”. In modern language, this means anger, resentment, hatred and other harmful emotions.  For some people, this is the key to their liver regeneration.  Meditation, relaxation and forgiveness are thus important for the liver.
  2. f) Other healing modalities may help, especially body work such as Rolfing, acupuncture and acupressure. For instance, we recommend everyone to rub their feet each day. This seems simple and maybe silly, but can have beneficial effects, particularly if one is skilled at it.  The technique is easy to learn and to practice.

 

The kidneys.  To restore the kidneys, many of the same items are critical.  These include an excellent diet that is balanced for the oxidation type, along with a very healthful  lifestyle and a life free of toxic pollutants.  Other items include:

  1. a) Herbs for the kidneys. Uva ursi, parsley and other herbs are helpful to a degree. We also use kidney glandular substance with excellent results.
  2. b) Drinking plenty of spring or distilled water is critical for the kidneys. Be sure to drink enough pure water (3 quarts or more daily for most everyone). No other type of water is recommended except spring or steam distilled water.However, drink distilled water for only about three months and no more.  After this, it will begin to remove some beneficial minerals.

Strictly avoid reverse osmosis water, “drinking waters”,  most “purified water” and alkaline waters.  Carbon-only filtered tap water is okay and second-best, but not as good in most cases as a good spring water. Preferably drink an hour after meals or up to 15 minutes before meals, rather than with meals.  Read Water For Drinking for much more on drinking water.

  1. c) Rest is also critical for the kidneys, which are close to and associated with the adrenal glands. This, in Chinese terminology, is related to the kidney meridian, a meridian that is very weak on most people. Rest cannot be overestimated to restore the kidneys and the adrenal glands.

 

The skin.  This is the third most important eliminative organ, and most doctors pay no attention to it whatsoever!  In most people, today, including most children, it is toxic or congested and for these reasons quite underactive in its job of eliminating many toxins from the body.

This even applies to newborns today.  Vaccines affect the skin and can cause it to become less active, as can overdressing infants.  Read more about the vaccine abomination in the article on this website entitled Vaccination.

Bathing in toxic bath water harms the skin, as can tight clothing and some synthetic clothing.  The use of toxic lotions, skin creams, and body care products also harms the skin of many people.

 

Sauna therapy.  Improving the skin requires a lot of work in most cases.  Even with two saunas daily, plus all our other efforts, just restoring the skin will take six to twelve months in most adults.  Children require less, as their skin is usually in far better condition due to more sweating and fewer toxic exposures.

Saunas draw blood to the surface, powerfully stimulate circulation and decongest the internal organs.  Infrared saunas penetrate more deeply and are often more comfortable as they work at lower temperatures.

I find the best saunas are those powered by infrared heat lamps.  Far infrared saunas are okay, in most cases, but are not as good as a near infrared lamp sauna.  Almost all far infrared saunas emit stray electromagnetic fields that affect some people.

Steam baths and other procedures such as skin brushing, sitting in hot tubs or others may be used, but are not nearly as good.  Sweating during exercise is also not nearly as good, but better than nothing.

As an example of what saunas can do, The New York Times recently reported on the success of sauna therapy to help hundreds of New York firemen.  They had became ill from the World Trade Tower disaster. No other medical or alternative therapy was able to help these brave men and women to recover their health.  Refer to the articles on this site about Sauna Therapy for more information.

 

The large intestine.  This is also an important organ of elimination and one that is in terrible condition in the vast majority of people.  Fortunately, it is easier to correct than the skin, liver or kidneys.  Diet, of course, plays a critical role in rehabilitating the intestines.  Eliminating sugar is most important, even the sugar found in too much fruit or juices.  Fiber is critical, as is enough protein for the intestine to rebuild itself.

In addition, lifestyle is important and coffee enemas can greatly speed the elimination of toxins from the large intestine and liver that often lead to bowel problems.

I recommend for most people a digestive aid, usually GB-3 by Endomet Laboratories in Phoenix.  This not only assists digestion.  It also kills many parasites in the intestines over time and helps eliminate poisons from the liver as well.

Other aids for digestion are other digestive aids such as Betaine Hcl-pepsin, bromelain and others.  However, they are not as good.  Deep breathing, some exercise and adequate rest and sleep are important for digestive strength as well. Staying warm in winter is important as well.

 

WHY TOXIC METAL REMOVAL WITH NUTRITIONAL BALANCING GOES ON FOR YEARS

 

Even with an excellent quality diet, healthful lifestyle, and consistent daily use of near infrared sauna therapy, coffee enemas and short-term use of distilled water for about 6 months, but usually not longer, toxic metal removal at the deepest levels takes a number of years in almost everyone we have encountered.  This means that repeated hair mineral analyses keep revealing more and more of the metals coming out of the body through the hair and skin, often for 5 to 10 years.

NOTE: This is not because nutritional balancing science is slow to remove the toxic metals.  I believe it does it faster than any other method of removing toxins from the body such as chelation therapy, herbs, clay baths and other methods.  It also does it in a much safer manner.

The reason it takes so long is that nutritional balancing removes many more of the toxic metals, and this is a slow process for the following reasons:

 

  • Toxicity of the metals. They are extremely toxic substances.  If they were removed too quickly, they could poison or even kill a person.  The body seems to know how to remove them at a pace that is safe, providing we keep balancing the body chemistry and supporting a person the entire time.  Otherwise, it just takes longer.  Rarely, a person will have a powerful toxic reaction as a heavy metal is released from a storage site, but this is not common.
  • Location of the metals, in some instances. Some storage sites of the body are much harder to reach than others due to impaired circulation, or other difficulties such as the blood-brain barrier and others. Toxic metals in the bones, for example, usually take longer to reach as well due to reduced circulation and just the depth or layer of the tissue where they are stored.  Sites that have suffered damage and some scarring such as often the ear canals, bronchials, lungs and other tissues may also be harder to regenerate and thus take longer.
  • Incorporated into enzymes. Toxic metals are often not just in deposits or floating free in the tissues, although this is true of some of them.  These are the easiest to remove.  Unfortunately, millions of molecules are replacing essential minerals in enzymes throughout the body.  They cannot simply be pulled out with a chelator or anything.  The body must very carefully and slowly replace them with enzymes that contain essential minerals.  This is a much slower process, but a vital one that slowly increases a person’s energy level and restores functioning of all the body organs as well.
  • Low vitality. Energy is required to synthesize new enzymes, carry away toxic metals and activate the eliminative organs to remove them completely.  Most people, especially when they begin a program, have low cellular energy production that make this process much slower.
  • Impaired eliminative channels. All toxic metals must be flushed or removed from the body through the so-called eliminative channels or organs such as the liver, kidneys, bowel and skin. Some can be removed through the lungs and elsewhere but these are the main routes.  Most people have very damaged livers, colons and skin, so this slows the process of metal elimination drastically, often for a few years until these organs can be rebuilt and function at their optimum levels.
  • Impaired general nutrition. As explained above, toxic metals must often be replaced by vital minerals in enzymes.  One may think that just swallowing some kelp capsules or other supplements and eating well will provide these replacements.  However, the body has complex buffering systems, and it will only accept a certain amount of these essential minerals at one time.  This is even true if one decides to take mineral in intravenously or intramuscularly.  Each mineral must be bound to a mineral transporter to be properly utilized in many instances and the process of remineralizing and renourishing a body thus is a time-consuming process no matter what.  If I felt that IV or IM minerals and other nutrients were better, I would suggest it but so far I have seen the opposite.  Other than very gross remineralizing of the body, these routes of administering nutrients seem to do more damage by unbalancing the delicate mineral balance of the body and bypassing the normal buffering systems of the body having to do with food absorption.  Exceptions to this principle may exist, but they are not many.

 

POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS WITH TOXIC METAL REMOVAL

 

This topic must not be forgotten in any article about toxic metals.  The elimination of heavy metals, as well as the removal of toxic chemicals and chronic infections, almost always will cause symptoms from time to time.  These symptoms are called healing reactions flare-ups, exacerbations, aggravations, crises of Herxheimer reactions in different natural healing arts. They may include energy fluctuations, headaches, skin rashes and other symptoms as well.

Emotional and mental symptoms often occur as well.  These include feelings of depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia or mood swings.  All purification symptoms tend to be very temporary.  The best way to handle them is to rest more, reduce your nutrition program if you wish and do supportive therapies.

These include extra coffee enemas, drinking distilled water in larger quantities, short, rather than longer sauna therapy sessions, colonic irrigation, Epsom salt baths and others.  In almost all cases, this will suffice to move the toxic metals out of the body a little faster and the symptom will disappear.

At times, more vigorous or severe healing reactions occur.  Almost any symptom can arise, from a cold or flu to various aches and pains or other types of symptoms.

Usually only supportive, natural methods  of care are needed to see a reaction through to completion.  However, if you are not sure, always contact a person knowledgeable in healing and purification reactions.  For more information, read other articles on this website such asRetracing and Copper Elimination Symptoms.

 

 

SUMMARY OF THE SOURCES AND

SYMPTOMS OF THE COMMON TOXIC METALS

 

SOURCES

Aluminum – cookware, beverages in aluminum cans, tap water, table salt, baking powders, antacids, processed cheese, anti-perspirants, bleached flour, vaccines and perhaps other medications, and occupational exposure.  Virtually everyone has too much aluminum in their bodies.

 

Arsenic – pesticides, beer, table salt, tap water, paints, pigments, cosmetics, glass and mirror manufacture, fungicides, insecticides, treated wood and contaminated food.

 

Beryllium – air pollution (burning fossil fuels), manufacture of plastics, electronics, steel alloys and volcanic ash.

 

Cadmium – cigarettes, (tobacco and marijuana), processed and refined foods, large fish, shellfish, tap water, auto exhaust, plated containers, galvanized pipes, air pollution from incineration and occupational exposure.

 

Copper – copper water pipes, copper added to tap water, pesticides, swimming in pools, intra-uterine devices, vegetarian diets, dental amalgams, nutritional supplements – especially prenatal vitamins, birth control pills, weak adrenal glands and occupational exposure.

 

Lead – tap water, cigarette smoke, hair dyes, paints, inks, glazes, pesticide residues and occupational exposure in battery manufacture and other industries.

 

Mercury – dental amalgams, ALL fish (tiny fish are better), ALL shellfish, sea vegetables, some medications such as thiazide diuretics, air pollution, gold mining, and the manufacture of paper, chlorine, adhesives, fabric softeners and waxes.  Most everyone has too much mercury in their body today.

 

Nickel – hydrogenated oils (margarine, commercial peanut butter and shortening), shellfish, air pollution, cigarette smoke, plating and occupational exposure.

 

 

SYMPTOMS

Aluminum – Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, anemia and other blood disorders, colic, fatigue, dental caries, dementia dialactica, hypoparathyroidism, kidney and liver dysfunctions, neuromuscular disorders, osteomalacia and Parkinson’s disease.

 

Arsenic – abdominal pain, abnormal ECG, anorexia, dermatitis, diarrhea, edema, enzyme inhibitor, fever,  fluid loss, goiter, hair loss, headache, herpes, impaired healing, interferes with the uptake of       folic acid, inhibition of sulfhydryl enzyme systems, jaundice, keratosis, kidney and liver damage, muscle spasms, pallor, peripheral neuritis, sore throat, stomatitis, stupor, vasodilation, vertigo, vitiligo and weakness.

 

Beryllium – adrenal insufficiency, arthritis, bone spurs, bursitis, depression, fatigue, osteoporosis and symptoms of slow metabolism.

 

Cadmium – hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, anemia, arteriosclerosis, impaired bone healing, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis, reduced fertility, hyperlipidemia, hypoglycemia, headaches, osteoporosis, kidney disease, schizophrenia and strokes.

 

Copper –  acne, adrenal hyperactivity and/or insufficiency, agoraphobia, allergies, hair loss, anemia, anxiety, arthritis, autism, cancer, chronic candida albicans infection, depression, elevated cholesterol, cystic fibrosis, depression, diabetes, dyslexia, elevated estrogen, failure to thrive, fatigue, fears, fractures of the bones, headaches, heart attacks, hyperactivity, hypertension, hypothyroidism, infections, inflammation, insomnia, iron storage diseases, kidney and liver dysfunctions, decreased libido, multiple sclerosis, nervousness, osteoporosis, panic attacks, premenstrual syndrome, schizophrenia, strokes, tooth decay and vitamin C and other vitamin deficiencies.

 

Lead – abdominal pain, adrenal insufficiency, anemia, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, attention deficit, back problems, blindness, cancer, constipation, convulsions, deafness, depression, diabetes, dyslexia, epilepsy, fatigue, gout, impaired glycogen storage, hallucinations, hyperactivity, impotency, infertility, inflammation, kidney dysfunction, learning disabilities, diminished libido,  migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, psychosis, thyroid imbalances and tooth decay.

 

Mercury – adrenal gland dysfunction, alopecia, anorexia, ataxia, bipolar disorder, birth defects, blushing, depression, dermatitis, discouragement, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, hearing loss, hyperactivity, immune system dysfunction, insomnia, kidney damage, loss of self-control, memory loss, mood swings,  nervousness, numbness and tingling, pain in limbs, rashes, excessive salivation, schizophrenia, thyroid dysfunction, timidity, tremors, peripheral vision loss and muscle weakness.

 

Nickel – cancer (oral and intestinal), depression, heart attacks, hemorrhages, kidney dysfunction, low blood pressure, malaise, muscle tremors and paralysis, nausea,  skin problems, tetany and vomiting.

 

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THYROID DISEASE AND ITS HEALING

 

THYROID DISEASE AND ITS HEALING

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© August 2014, The Center For Development

 

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the throat area at the level of the Adam’s apple.  It is a very unique gland that is absolutely required for life.

 

The thyroid hormones.  The thyroid gland produces several very important hormones.  The major one  is calledthyroxine.  Other names for the same hormone are tetra-iodothyronine or T4.  The thyroid also seems to produce a littletri-iodothyronine or T3.  Most of this hormone, however, is made elsewhere in the body.  It also produces a hormone called calcitonin that helps regulate calcium in the body.  It tends to reduce serum calcium levels.

 

Functions of the thyroid hormones.  My mentor, Dr. Paul Eck, used to say that the thyroid hormones are like thespark plugs of the body.  They ignite the “fuel” in the mitochondria of each cell and this is necessary to produce biochemical energy with which the body performs all of its functions.  For this reason, any problem with the thyroid gland causes energy problems and usually fatigue, at the very least.

These amazing hormones increase the metabolic rate, also speeding up the oxidation rate, a slightly different concept used in nutritional balancing science.  The metabolic rate, in turn, impacts every area of body functioning.  This includes digestion, cardiovascular health, and the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.  It affects DNA and protein synthesis, body weight, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, muscle strength, sleep and sexual functioning, among other things.

 

Thyroid cretinism.  Thyroid hormones also give a certain brightness and lightness to the personality.  Low levels during gestation or the development of a fetus cause a type of mental slowness or retardation called cretinism.  This is the origin of the slang expression calling a person who appears dull a “cretin”.

 

Thyroid depression.  Low levels in childhood cause reduced mental activity, and often depression.

 

Hyper personality type.  Too much thyroid hormone causes extreme irritability and nervousness.  The slang phrase in which one describes a person as “hyper” comes from the word hyperthyroid.

 

Expression and creativity.  The thyroid hormones are also concerned with creativity and expression in the world. They are needed to reach out to the world and participate in it.  Those with very low thyroid functioning are often withdrawn and depressed for this reason.  In contrast, many famous people who are “out in the world” have higher levels of thyroid hormones.

 

The thyroid body type. Some doctors recognize a “thyroid glandular body type”.  These individuals generally have stronger thyroid glands and weaker adrenal glands.  They are generally tall, slender and have a more linear, and often a wiry type of build.  They are often mentally sharp, often in a “heady” and intellectual or “brainy” way.  The women have smaller breasts and appear somewhat wispy, at times, although they are strong mentally and emotionally.

Some have been traumatized emotionally and are not as comfortable in their bodies, so they tend to go “up and out”. This means they are “up in their heads” too much.  They have a great need for grounding and centering, and relaxation. When they burn out, they go into sympathetic dominance pattern and develop weaker digestion and constipation in many cases.

In contrast, the adrenal body type is shorter, stockier or fatter, and often more earthy and grounded.  They are often not as intellectual, though they can be very smart.  They are often physically stronger have a faster oxidation rate, and often have better digestion if they are at all healthy.  The body types are generalizations, but they may help us understand some effects of the thyroid and the adrenal glands upon the body.

 

COMMON THYROID PROBLEMS

 

Thyroid imbalance and/or disease is one of the most common conditions in the Western world today.  The problems tend to be worse in women, and worse in adults than in children.

 

Why more problems in women?  Possible reasons are:

  1. a) Women need more iodine than men, in general.
  2. b) Copper and manganese imbalances affect the thyroid, and are more common in women,
  3. c) Selenium may be lower in women, in general, and this is critical for proper thyroid activity.
  4. d) The thyroid is located at the level of the fifth energy center, which has to do with expression.In general, women are more inhibited about expressing themselves than are men.

 

Common types of thyroid imbalances include:

 

  1. Underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism.
  2. Myxedema (very low thyroid activity)
  3. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a mild infection of the thyroid gland. This may be accompanied by low thyroid hormone levels.
  4. Grave’s disease or hyperthyroidism.
  5. Thyroid nodules.
  6. Goiter
  7. Thyroid cancer.

 

In my experience, all of the conditions above can usually be handled much better with natural methods of care than with regular medical treatments.  This is based on more than 30 years of experience.  The only time that hormone therapy is needed is if the thyroid gland has been destroyed due to surgery or radioactive iodine treatment (RAI).

In almost all cases, thyroid hormone replacement therapy may give symptomatic relief, but it will impair deeper healing.  If a person has Grave’s disease or hyperthyroidism, irradiating the thyroid or cutting it out I find is never needed and is a very barbaric and harmful way of taking care of this condition. Hyperthyroidism is discussed later in this article.

Instead of this approach, this article discusses a more fundamental and much more effective way to handle most thyroid conditions through nutritional balancing science.  The correction may be slower, but it is permanent, and it builds health instead of destroying it.

 

WHY IS THYROID DISEASE SO COMMON TODAY?

 

Thyroid problems are epidemic around the world, especially  in the Western world, for the following reasons:

 

  1. Stress. Stress can cause many cases of thyroid imbalance. The stress can be physical, emotional, financial, structural or other.  Any of these weakens the thyroid gland.  To read more about this, read Stress on this website.
  2. Iodine antagonists in the environment. This is a very serious problem that few talk about. However, the water and food supply is loaded with halogens, which are elements that can replace iodine in the thyroid gland.  They mainly include fluorides, chlorides, and bromides.  These elements compete with iodine for absorption and utilization in our bodies.  When they replace iodine, the thyroid gland simply stops working properly.  To read more about this, read Iodine And Iodine Antagonists on this website.
  3. Copper and mercury toxicity in almost everyone. According to the research of Dr. Paul Eck and many others, copper and mercury can easily interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland. They may do this by antagonizing or opposing the action of zinc, manganese and selenium, or perhaps by other mechanisms. Unfortunately, copper and mercury toxicity are almost universal today.  Mercury gets into our bodies due to mercury in dental fillings, mercury in all fish except perhaps very small fish like sardines, and in some cases other sources of mercury.  To read more about this, read Mercury Toxicity on this site.

Copper imbalance is due to many factors.  Among the most important are adrenal insufficiency, vegetarian-type diets, zinc deficiency, stress and a few others.  To learn about this, read Copper Toxicity Syndrome.

  1. Nutrient deficiencies. These include low levels in our food of bioavailable zinc, selenium, iodine, manganese and others that are needed for proper thyroid functioning.
  2. Autonomic system imbalances. This cause is related to stress of a certain type. To read about it, read Autonomic Nervous System Evaluation And Imbalances.
  3. Other. Infections, cancers and other things occasionally arise in the thyroid gland. This is the case with Hashimoto’s disease.  I find it goes away easily and one should not take hormones for it.

However, in most cases, these causes are secondary to the first five causes listed above.  If those are taken care of, the infections and even cancers go away on their own.

Before discussing how to help most thyroid conditions, here is a brief review of how the thyroid gland works.

 

THYROID PHYSIOLOGY

 

Thyroid gland metabolism involves many steps, all of which must work properly.  Most doctors do not take into account the ones that are tissue thyroid problems, post-glandular problems or peripheral thyroid imbalances.  All these terms mean the same thing, namely what happens to the thyroid hormones once they leave the thyroid gland.  Here are the basic steps of thyroid hormone metabolism:

 

  1. The hypothalamus must signal the pituitary gland to produce TSH. The hypothalamus produces a substance called TRH, that in turn signals the pituitary gland to produce TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone.

 

  1. The pituitary gland must secrete the right amount of TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone. TSH cause the thyroid to secrete thyroxine. Anything that upsets the delicate feedback system of the body, such as taking thyroid replacement medication, for example, or some other drugs, perhaps, can upset the hypothalamic and pituitary regulation of thyroid activity.

 

  1. The thyroid gland must produce adequate T4. T4, also called tetraiodothyronine or thyroxine, is the hormone made in the thyroid gland. To make it requires manganese, iodine, selenium, tyrosine, cyclic AMP, vitamins C and B-complex, and many other micronutrients that are low in our food today. If you eat poor quality food, too much raw food except dairy products, refined foods, or a vegetarian diet, you will not get enough nutrients to supply the thyroid with all its nutritional needs.

Hormone production also requires adequate circulation to the thyroid gland.  This is needed so that all the required nutrients and enough TSH can find their way to the gland.  One problem in some women, in particular, is that tension in the neck area can impair the circulation to the thyroid area.  Chiropractic, postural work, Rolfing, and other types of body therapies can be helpful to correct this.  Nutritional balancing science will cause muscles relaxation that is often needed as well.  Stress reduction is also most helpful.

Tension in the neck can overstimulate or irritate the nerves going to the thyroid gland.  This leads to excessive hormone production for a short while, and then the gland begins to ‘burn out’ of nutrients, eventually causing a sluggish thyroid.  Just giving nutrients does not really fix this problem, though it will help.  One must also release the tension on the nerves leading to the thyroid that are in the neck and cervical spine area.  Otherwise, the gland will not function properly.

 

What often blocks hormone synthesis?  Excessive oxidant stress, nutrient deficiencies or toxic metals or chemicals that find their way to the thyroid can block hormone synthesis.

Mercury and copper toxicity may sometimes stimulate hormone synthesis, but in other cases these and other toxic metals may inhibit or interfere with hormone synthesis.  Among the worst offenders are fluorides, chlorine compounds and bromides found in breads.  These directly antagonize or compete with iodine uptake, preventing proper hormone synthesis.  This is a terrible problem today because we are all exposed to these chemicals.

 

  1. Hormone release. Secretion of thyroid hormones requires some sympathetic nervous stimulation. Some people have imbalances affecting the autonomic nervous system that may block the secretion of thyroid hormone.

 

  1. Absorption into the cells. Once released into the blood, T4 must be absorbed into the body cells. For this to occur, the cell membranes must function properly. Too little or too much cell membrane permeability will affect the uptake of T4 into the cells. This is a very common problem.

Problems with cell permeability can be due to accumulation of biounavailable calcium and magnesium in the cell membranes.  This excessively stabilizes the cell membranes and reduces cell permeability. Deficient calcium and magnesium cause excessive cell permeability.

Oxidant stress or impaired fatty acid metabolism such as a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids or other damage to cell membranes can also block the absorption of thyroxine.

Copper affects absorption by altering calcium and potassium levels.  Cadmium or nickel toxicity affect hormone absorption by affecting the levels of calcium, sodium and other critical minerals.

 

  1. Conversion to T3. Once inside the cells, thyroxine must be converted to T3 or triiodothyronine, the more active form of the hormone. This conversion requires selenium, magnesium and other nutrients. Fully 60% of this conversion occurs in the liver, so problem in the liver can interfere with T4 to T3 conversion.

Some people produce a hormone called reverse T3, which has a blocking effect on T3.  In my experience, this is due to toxic metal poisoning.  I find that if a person eats correctly on the oxidation type diets described on this website, and removes his toxic metals, especially mercury, this is not a concern and goes away on its own.

 

  1. Thyroid receptor problems inside the cells. According to my mentor, Dr. Paul Eck, adequate potassium helps sensitize the cells to thyroid hormone. Potassium imbalances, which are common, may therefore interfere with thyroid hormone utilization.  Other problems could also interfere with the thyroid hormone receptors on the cells, as well.

 

  1. Utilization in the Mitochondria. The mitochondria must respond to T3 by making ATP or adenosine triphosphate in the glycolysis and carboxylic acid cycles. This require many nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, iron, copper and a few others. This amazing process produces the substance, ATP, that is like the body’s refined gasoline, as opposed to glucose, which may be compared to crude oil.  ATP is the actual molecule that our bodies use to power its many activities.

Once ATP is formed in the mitochonidria, the body cells must also be able to use it properly.  Basically, the ATP is converted to another chemical called ADP or adenosine diphosphate, which must then be recycled back to ATP.  Here again, many nutrients are needed to utilize ATP properly and recycle it properly.  If any of the nutritional factors are deficient, or if any toxins block these critical steps in the energy pathways, thyroid hormones will be ineffective in increasing energy production.

 

  1. Elimination of excess T3 by the kidneys. Finally, T3 must be eliminated from the cells and be removed by the kidneys from the body, or it will build up and cause a type of thyrotoxicosis. For this to occur properly, T3 must be able to pass out of the cell nuclei, then out of the cell through the cell membrane, and one must also have adequate kidney activity.  Problems with weakness of the kidneys are very common, especially in older people, and problems with the cell membrane have been mentioned earlier.

 

Resulting thyroid imbalances.  Problems can occur at any stage of the production, release, conversion, utilization or elimination of thyroid hormone.  Current concepts of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are incomplete and often misleading as they only relate to hormone production and release.

For example, one may have inadequate hormone production due to radiation damage.  Another person may produce enough hormone, but has an autonomic imbalance preventing its release.

Another cannot transport enough hormones into the cells due to low cell permeability.  Still another person might have adequate hormone production but be unable to utilize the hormones in the cells due to manganese deficiency or fluoride toxicity.

Another may have excess hormone production due to copper or mercury toxicity and at the same time have inadequate cell permeability, causing a mixture of hypo- and hyperthyroid symptoms.

 

MEDICAL APPROACHES TO THYROID DISEASE

 

The prevalence of thyroid disease and the failure of the medical profession to handle it correctly is one of the most important failures of allopathic or conventional medical care.  Modern naturopathic and holistic care is little better, although it may at least include dietary and nutritional correction.

We find that thyroid replacement hormones are rarely needed, and in almost all cases harmful.  Problems with taking thyroid replacement hormones of any kind, natural or synthetic, include:

 

  1. Hormone replacement does nothing to improve the conversion of T4 to T3. One can give T3, and this is better for this reason.
  2. Hormone replacement does nothing to assist passage of thyroid hormone through the cell membranes.
  3. Hormone replacement does nothing to assist the absorption of T3 into the mitochondria.
  4. Hormone replacement does nothing to assist the normal production of ATP in the mitochondria, which requires many nutrients.
  5. Hormone replacement does nothing to assist the body to “burn” or utilize the ATP, convert it to ADP, and then recycle it back to ATP.
  6. Hormone replacement completely mixes up the delicate feedback system that normally regulates pituitary TSH production, thyroid hormone synthesis, and all other steps in this complex process that is essential for life and health.

 

Medical thyroid testing.  Thyroid physiology is very complex, as explained above.  Just measuring the serum levels of T3, T4 and TSH, and perhaps thyroid antibodies, which is what most endocrinologists and doctors do, is inadequate, in my experience.  It does not tell the doctor enough about the cause of the problem and how to remedy it.

I recommend the method of thyroid assessment developed by Dr. Paul C. Eck as a far better way to evaluate and correct all thyroid problems.  How this is done is explained below.

 

Blood serum thyroid hormone levels and nutritional balancing.  Serum thyroid hormone levels (T4 and T3), as well as the level of TSH and other serum thyroid indicators  will vary up and down during a nutritional balancing program.  This is very disconcerting for doctors and patients alike.  However, it is nothing to worry about, and not a reason to stop the nutritional balancing program or to take thyroid hormones.

Doctors, however, are trained to react with concern to abnormal blood thyroid tests.  They often scare our clients into taking thyroid hormones or something else, when in fact large variations in the serum hormone levels and the TSH are common and completely normal when one follows a nutritional balancing program.

 

Now let us discuss common thyroid conditions and their correction with nutritional balancing science.

 

 

MAJOR THYROID IMBALANCES

 

HYPOTHYROIDISM

 

This is defined medically as a low T4 and perhaps a low T3 level.  This is a common health condition, especially in women over the age of about 30.

The real cause in most cases, we find, often involves low iodine, and the buildup of bromine, fluorine and chlorine compounds that damage the functioning of the thyroid gland, perhaps by an oxidant mechanism.  Other toxic metals or nutrient deficiencies such as low selenium, low zinc, low manganese and others may also contribute to the problem.  In some cases, the thyroid is fine, but the transport, conversion and utilization of thyroid hormone are abnormal.  This is common, in fact.

When viewed this way, one can see why the accepted medical method of just giving more thyroid hormones to those with low circulating levels of T3 or T4 is inadequate and often stupid.  Replacement hormones may address the symptom, but they do nothing for the cause of the problem.  It is at best a partial and artificial solution.

 

Symptoms of hypothyroidism.  Common symptoms include fatigue, dry skin and hair, brittle hair, hair loss, split ends of the hair, splitting, brittle or broken fingernails, weight gain (though in some cases one is very thin), cold intolerance, a pasty skin color, often some depression or apathy, and perhaps feelings of depression.

If the condition persists for years, more serious symptoms develop.  According to researchers such as Broda Barnes, MD and others, these include heart palpitations, heart attacks, cancers, diabetes and many other serious health problems.

 

Myxedema.  This is a more severe form of hypothyroidism.  Usually the person is obese, and the skin of the face and the body takes on a dough-like appearance and hangs off the face like pizza dough.  One usually feels tired, depressed, and will develop more serious symptoms if the conditions persists, which it usually does for years.  Medical treatment with thyroid hormone replacement therapy helps a little, but is not enough by itself to correct the condition.

 

Blood test results.  T3 and/or T4 are low and TSH is often elevated.

 

Hair analysis findings. A properly performed hair mineral analysis will usually reveal a slow oxidation rate. Rarely, a three highs or four highs pattern is present.  About 80% or more of the American, European and most Asian populations have a slow oxidation rate, and millions have a very slow oxidation rate, indicating hidden thyroid problems. A slow oxidation rate means the hair calcium and magnesium levels are high relative to the sodium and potassium levels.

In a few cases, fast oxidation is present, but will generally shift to slow oxidation within a few months on a nutritional balancing program.  The problem of fast oxidation with hypothyroid symptoms or low T3 and T4 levels is discussed near the end of this article.

 

Autonomic nervous system imbalances and hypothyroidism.  A hair analysis pattern called sympathetic dominance is commonly seen with hypothyroidism and with Grave’s disease as well.  Sympathetic dominance is a personality tendency, as well as a pattern that is fed by biochemical imbalances such as copper and mercury toxicity. Individuals with this autonomic imbalance need to relax more, slow down and rest more.  For more on this interesting autonomic imbalance, read Sympathetic Dominance Pattern on this website.

 

SUB-CLINICAL HYPOTHYROIDISM

 

This is the name given to a condition in which the T3 and T4 levels are within normal limits, but the TSH level is elevated.  Many doctors prefer not to treat this condition with hormone replacement, while others think of it as simply an early stage of hypothyroidism and recommend therapy with hormone replacement for it.

 

Correction. Nutritional balancing is usually completely successful in restoring normal thyroid activity in almost all cases of hypothyroidism.  Correcting myxedema can also be done, but takes longer.

Most people with hypothyroidism start to feel better in a few weeks of less.  However, it can take months to a few years, or even longer to remove all of the chlorine, bromine and fluorine compounds from the thyroid gland, replenish a dozen or more nutrients, and balance the body chemistry.

Daily near infrared lamp sauna therapy, and daily coffee enemas, along with the rest of a nutritional balancing program, will usually speed up this process significantly.

For fast progress, do not take thyroid replacement hormones.  We find that stopping the use of synthetic or natural thyroid hormones will also significantly speed up deeper healing.  This is almost always easy to do, although one will have a drug rebound effect that causes fatigue, irritability and other symptoms for a few days.  We handle this by temporarily increasing the amount of adrenal glandular, thyroid glandular, B-complex vitamins, selenium and other supportive nutrients for a few days to a few weeks until it passes.

For a shorter article about elevated TSH and the correction of hypothyroidism, read High TSH And Its Correction on this site.

 

HYPERTHYROIDISM OR GRAVE’S DISEASE

 

An overactive thyroid is quite common today, and seen more in younger adult women, and in some men as well.  It is not found in children that I am aware of.  Serum levels of T3 and T4 are often elevated.  TSH is often low, but not necessarily.

 

Symptoms.  Mild cases may show few symptoms except elevated serum T3 and T4 levels.  More severe symptoms may include anxiety, irritability, trouble sleeping, excessive hunger or thirst, heart palpitations, tachycardia and extreme nervousness.  In some cases, the eyes bulge out, a condition called exophthalmos.  Along with these symptoms, the person is often easily fatigued.  A very serious and fortunately rare complication is called a thyroid storm.  The heart races out of control and shock or death may occur.

 

Causes.  These include:

 

  1. A toxin in the pituitary gland. This appears to be the most common cause of Grave’s disease. Correction will occur with a complete nutritional balancing program.  If severe, medication is required for a while until the poison is eliminated from the body, which can take a few years on a program.  So far, all cases have resolved and the clients no longer require medication.

 

  1. Stress. This is the other common cause that we encounter. This cause of hyperthyroidism often resolves quickly with a nutritional balancing program – within six months or so. It is also important to reduce stress.  Common types of stressors that can cause this condition are too much exercise, working too hard or other stressors.

 

  1. The other causes below are much more rare:
  2. A TSH-secreting pituitary tumor.
  3. A hormone-secreting thyroid tumor.

 

Grave’s disease and hair mineral analysis.  Common patterns seen on hair mineral tests of those with hyperthyroidism include:

 

  1. Elevated soft tissue calcium. This appears to be a contributing factor in most cases, as revealed on hair mineral analyses. High hair calcium 1) reduces cell permeability, 2) is always associated with hidden copper toxicity, and 3) is associated with adrenal exhaustion. All of these are discussed below.
  2. Impaired cell permeability. If thyroid hormone passage through the cell membranes is impaired, the body may compensate, especially when under a lot of stress, by secreting more thyroid hormones. This would account for the odd symptom picture often seen in Grave’s disease of a combination of excessive thyroid hormones and fatigue.
  3. Copper or mercury toxicity. This is often found on hair mineral analyses in cases of Grave’s disease. It is known that copper and mercury can stimulate thyroid hormone production in some circumstances.
  4. Adrenal exhaustion. This is also seen on most hair analyses in cases of Grave’s disease. Reasons why adrenal insufficiency or burnout may be able to give rise to hyperthyroidism include:
  5. A low tissue potassium level may impair the sensitivity of the tissues to thyroid hormone.In response, the body may elevate T4 and/or T3 production as a compensation.
  6. The condition may actually be a type of failed stress response. The thyroid gland tries to respond, but the adrenal glands do not join in, so to speak, and the result is a failed response and the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
  7. Sympathetic dominance pattern is often present. This is an autonomic nervous system imbalance in which a person places much more stress on the thyroid and adrenal glands and often due to a personality or mental tendency or imbalance.
  8. Often the sodium and potassium levels are very low.
  9. The sodium/potassium ratio is normal or even elevated.

 

In a few cases, however, fast oxidation or four highs pattern is present, and rarely the sodium/potassium ratio is low.

 

Correction. Grave’s disease responds excellently to nutritional balancing in most cases.  In difficult cases, anti-thyroid drugs may be needed for a few months to control symptoms, and then they can be discontinued as the condition goes away.

Surgery and RAI (radioactive iodine treatment to destroy the thyroid gland) are never needed in my experience, so far, with probably over 100 cases.  These are both barbaric treatments for a disorder that the medical doctors simply do not understand.

 

Cautions with Grave’s disease.

  1. Stress, if present, must often be reduced a lot for full correction to occur. Then metabolic correction often works well and rapidly to correct this imbalance. Avoid all extra stress, including even exercise until the condition stabilizes.
  2. You must modify nutritional balancing programs for Grave’s disease, as follows: Do not give much Megapan, Hi-B, Thyro-complex or Endo-dren. Also, give more Paramin (calcium and magnesium) if needed to calm the person down.  GB-3 in high doses of 2-2-2 or more is excellent if possible without diarrhea.  Limcomin, Endopan or Zinc should be okay.

The person should drink 3 quarts of spring water daily, and rest and sleep are most important.

  1. Sauna therapy with a near infrared lamp sauna only appears to be very safe, and an excellent therapy. Perhaps it is because it can reduce the stress response of the autonomic nervous system that is driving the thyroid. It also helps to remove toxic metals such as copper, mercury, chlorine and others.  It is also just very relaxing.

For more on this condition, read Grave’s Disease and Hyperthyroid Interview With Dr. Wilson.

 

GOITER, HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, CYSTS, TUMORS AND OTHER THYROID CONDITIONS

 

Goiter.  Goiter is an older medical term that simply means an enlarged or hypertrophied thyroid gland.  This used to be common in certain parts of America and elsewhere in the world, usually due to iodine deficiency in the diet.  Today it is relatively rare, but may occur due to a problem with the absorption or utilization of iodine, and rarely for other reasons such as an infection in the thyroid gland.  I do not see the condition very often.  However, it usually responds well to nutritional balancing science.

 

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is another common thyroid condition.  We find that it is an opportunistic infection in the thyroid that causes reduced thyroid hormone secretion.  It almost always clears up easily when one follows a nutritional balancing program.  I do not recommend hormone replacement therapy for this simple disorder, and hormone replacement will slow one’s progress, in all cases.

Medical science calls thyroiditis  an auto-immune disorder because thyroid antibodies show up in the blood. However, it does not seem to matter what the disease is called.  It still clears up quite easily with a properly designed nutritional balancing program.  This requires working ONLY with one of the Approved Practitioners listed on this website.  Click here to view the practitioner referral page.

 

Other rarer conditions. Other thyroid conditions are less common.  They include various types of cysts, nodules, infections and tumors.  Thyroid cysts and nodules may be cancerous and should be checked.

Non-cancerous lesions often respond well to a nutritional balancing program.  Cancerous lesions will usually respond well to a natural cancer therapy, and surgical removal of the thyroid should not be needed.  For more on natural cancer alternatives, read Introduction To Cancer on this website.

 

Dr. Barnes and the temperature test for thyroid assessment.  Dr. Broda Barnes, MD suggested taking one’s morning temperature to assess thyroid activity.  If it is low, thyroid activity is often low.  This method is crude, and not too accurate.  Other factors can cause a low body temperature, especially reduced adrenal glandular activity, and even low blood sugar.  So I do not recommend it.  However, it is a simple test that anyone can do.

 

HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS FOR THYROID ASSESSMENT

 

Dr. Paul C. Eck found a way to assess the thyroid using a properly  performed hair analysis in which the hair is not washed at the laboratory.  Unfortunately, only two labs in America and none around the world that I know of do not wash the hair at the lab.

 

Hair analysis assessment very different than serum hormone testing.  Hair mineral assessment of the thyroid by the method of Dr. Paul Eck is totally different from serum hormone testing, often causing confusion.  The hair analysis measures a metabolic or cellular effect of the thyroid hormones upon the metabolic or oxidation rate.  It can also measure the levels of certain trace minerals and toxic metals that affect the thyroid.  It does not measure the levels of circulating serum hormones.

For this reason, hair and blood tests for thyroid activity often do not match.  I find that that hair assessment is often far more accurate, though not always.

Here are some of the most important thyroid assessment indicators found on a hair mineral analysis:

 

  1. Hair calcium. The higher the level of hair calcium, in general, the lower the effective activity of the thyroid gland. This occurs because one of the effects of T3 and T4 is to lower calcium levels in the tissues and at times, in the blood. For example, it is known that hyperthyroidism can cause tetany, or muscle contractions that are due to low serum calcium.

Lower calcium is also associated with increased cell permeability.  This may allow more thyroid hormone to enter the cells, increasing the cellular effect of the same amount of circulating serum thyroid hormones.

 

  1. Hair potassium. A lower hair potassium is associated with reduced cellular effects of thyroid hormones. Dr. Eck felt this occurs because it is known that low potassium is associated with reduced sensitivity of the mitochondrial receptors to thyroid hormone.  Also, low potassium and sodium are associated with reduced cell permeability to thyroid hormones.

This means that even if the serum thyroid hormone levels are normal, when tissue potassium is low they may not be utilized, resulting in a low thyroid effect. This commonly contributes to thyroid problems in slow oxidizers.

 

  1. The calcium/potassium ratio is called the thyroid ratio. Dr. Eck felt that ratios were often better ways to assess body functioning. For the reasons given in 1 and 2 above, Dr. Eck decided upon the calcium/potassium ratio as the thyroid ratio.  It is the primary way he used to assess overall thyroid activity.

Dr. Eck may have taken this idea from the fascinating work of Dr. Louis Kervan.  He, too, believed that the thyroid hormones regulate the ratio of calcium to potassium in the body.

Other possible hair indicators are:

 

  1. Copper toxicity. Copper imbalance can stimulate the thyroid in an unnatural way. It may play a role in hypothyroidism and in Grave’s disease or hyperthyroidism.

Copper assessment is tricky using hair mineral analysis.  One must not use the copper level, as it is often unreliable. Instead, one must look for hidden copper indicators.  For more on this, read Copper Toxicity Syndrome on this site. However, copper imbalance appears to be very important in some thyroid conditions.

 

  1. Selenium. Selenium is required to produce thyroid hormone and to convert T4 to T3. It is also required to detoxify and remove most heavy metals and toxic chemicals from the body. Hair analysis can provide some information about selenium status.  Most people, however, need more selenium today.

 

  1. Mercury. Mercury can also accumulate in the thyroid gland, altering its functioning. Hair analysis is excellent to asses mercury, provided one realizes that mercury toxicity is epidemic and affects most people.  A very low level is no guarantee that it is not present and simply not being eliminated at the time of the test.  Hair mercury should be about 0.025 to 0.04 mg%.  Anything higher or lower is usually indicative of toxicity.  Lower levels indicate a Poor Eliminatortendency, explained in another article on this site.

 

  1. Other. In a few cases, other indicators are important to assess the thyroid. These include the oxidation rate, the sodium/potassium ratio, sympathetic dominance pattern and others.

 

THYROID HORMONES ARE VERY DANGEROUS WHEN FAST OXIDATION IS PRESENT

 

When hair tissue calcium and magnesium are low, as in fast oxidizers, cell membranes are more permeable. This may cause a more rapid uptake of thyroid hormone into the cells.  As a result, the serum T3 and T4 may actually be a little low.

In this situation, a person may experience fatigue for many possible reasons such as toxic metal poisoning. Physicians who depend upon serum hormone levels (T3 and T4) or TSH levels to assess the thyroid often then conclude that the patient needs thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

While this may give symptomatic relief, this will make the patient’s condition much worse by moving the patient even further into fast oxidation.  This is very dangerous and may lead to cancer and death.

We do not advise going against the orders of your doctor.  However, anyone who is taking thyroid hormones whose hair mineral analysis reveals a fast oxidation rate should seriously reconsider taking these hormones.

 

NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC THYROID GLANDULAR PRODUCTS

 

Thyroid glandular products.  These are natural thyroid glandular products from animals in which the hormones have been squeezed out, or somehow removed.  Most are freeze-dried products, although other preparations are available, too, including liquids, homeopathics, herbal blends and salt-extracted products.

I use a freeze-dried whole thyroid glandular product on most people with underactive thyroid activity or slow oxidation with wonderful success.

Exactly how or why the glandular products work is not well understood, but they are quite effective to help rebuild their target organ or gland.  They definitely contain many micro-nutrients for the gland, some of which we may not have even identified.  They also seem to have a resonance effect, meaning that they vibrate or pulse or resonate at a frequency that somehow encourages the restoration of the target gland.

 

Thyroid replacement hormones.  If one must take thyroid hormones, the naturally-derived ones should work better.  This is not always the case, but often they are less toxic and basically more nutritious.  The natural products contain many other nutrients that may be needed for the thyroid.  For example, they all contain some iodine, selenium and other minerals vital for thyroid activity.  They may also have a resonance, or energetic type of effect that may increase their effectiveness.  This is the same as with the thyroid glandular nutritional products discussed above.

Having said this, I find that taking any thyroid hormones at all of any type generally slows the healing of the thyroid gland at the deepest level.  This may be because all hormone products upset the delicate feedback loop system of thyroid regulation.  They all tend to “fixate” the system, preventing the normal ebb and flow of hormone secretion that takes place moment by moment, day and night, in all of us.  Some are also toxic to varying degrees.

Armour thyroid is the most potent of the natural products, while Naturethroid, Westhroid and others tend to be less potent.  (More potent usually means worse.)

 

DIET AND ITS EFFECTS ON THYROID ACTIVITY

 

Today, a very important cause of thyroid problems is the diet.  This cannot be overstated or repeated often enough. There is much confusion on this subject, but we find consistently that some foods help the thyroid while others inhibit or damage it.

 

The best food for the thyroid gland.  Among the best foods for the thyroid gland are any that contain iodine.  The problem of the iodine antagonists has been explained earlier in this article and in the article entitled The Iodine Antgonists.  Iodine-rich would include all fish, all sea vegetables and perhaps a few land- based foods that have a little iodine.  Land-based foods vary greatly in their iodine content, however, depending on where they are grown and how they are fertilized.

For this reason, the best source is usually sea products.  However, most are loaded with mercury, so we don’t recommend them.

Kelp is my favorite source of iodine, by far.  (See below for a discussion of other iodine products).  Kelp is a natural food, has a very good balance of trace minerals, and has a high alginate content that binds and removes any toxic metals that are in the product such as mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic and others found in all sea products today.

Kelp is often sold in capsules.   I can only recommend Nature’s Way, Solaray, Endomet, Norwegian Kelp, and perhaps a few other brands.  Many other brands are not as good and in fact, are toxic.  They are often different species of kelp that have a higher mercury content or perhaps a lower alginate content.  For more on this subject, read Kelp on this website.

Other sea vegetables have much more mercury and less alginates, and should be strictly limited or avoided.  These include most dulse, nori, hijiki, wakame and others.

Sardines are another good source of iodine.  Everyone can eat up to 3 or 4 cans per week.  For more on this amazing food, read Sardines on this site.  Please avoid consuming all larger fish, however.  they all contain some iodine, but their level of toxic metals is too high, and as a result they are no longer healthful foods for regular consumption.  This is very unfortunate, but true in our experience.  Anyone who eats larger fish than sardines begins to accumulate toxic metals on their hair analysis within a few weeks in most cases.

 

The worst foods for the thyroid.  For thyroid health, it is most helpful to avoid certain foods.  Among these are:

 

1.Sugars, including even fruit sugars, fruit juices and many others.  The reason is that sugars often cause a sympathetic nervous system reaction in the body.  This is not helpful for the thyroid and adrenal glands at all.

  1. Most soy products. These contain thyroid inhibitors in many cases. Especially avoid all unfermented soy such as soy protein powders, Hamburger Helper, and many others.  Tofu and tempeh are not quite as bad, but not highly recommended foods, either.  They are lower quality protein foods that are fine once in a while, but not as staples.
  2. Tap water. Drinking tap water, even carbon filtered tap water, will increase your intake of toxic fluorides and chlorine compounds as well. This is why I recommend spring water only.

Do not drink reverse osmosis water in your effort to obtain clean water.  Reverse osmosis water does not seem to hydrate the body well in most cases, and makes the body more yin.  It is also seriously deficient in trace minerals.  For a much more complete discussion on water, read Water For Drinking on this site.

  1. Foods made with tap water. These tend to contain chlorides and usually fluorides in America that are direct thyroid (iodine) antagonists. They include hundreds of prepared items such as breads, beverages like teas and coffees in restaurants, soda pop and many other prepared foods.
  2. Commercial breads. These may contain bromides. Pepperidge Farm claims not to use bromine in their flour.Most breads also contain bleaches that may contain chlorides and they contain water that contains chlorides and often fluorides.  Breads have many other problems as well, such as added iron and the fact that they contain wheat in most cases.  Wheat is an irritating food.  For more on this subject, read Bread And Why Avoid Most Of It.
  3. All refined and processed foods. These are low in many vital nutrients needed by the thyroid gland.
  4. Raw cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. These have a mild thyroid inhibitor in them. However, cooking these foods destroys this chemical and then they are superb foods..  I recommend cooking most vegetables, anyway, for many reasons that are explained in an article entitled Raw Foods.

 

THYROID SUPPLEMENTS OR MEDICATION IS DANGEROUS WHEN A FOUR LOWS PATTERN IS PRESENT

 

PLEASE do not take thyroid replacement hormones, or thyroid glandular nutritional products, thyroid stimulating herbs, or vitamins and minerals that increase thyroid activity if a hair mineral analysis reveals a four lows mineral pattern. In fact, this is one of the worst things to do.  It makes the four lows pattern worse, and will worsen one’s health.

 

OTHER APPROACHES TO THYROID THERAPY

 

  1. Iodine therapy. This has become very popular. Most holistic doctors are using Iodoral, Lugol’s solution, or other iodine preparations.  I think they are on the right track giving iodine to many clients.  However, we observe that these products build up in the liver.  In other words, they are slightly toxic.  I have never seen this with kelp, however, which is, after all, a totally natural food eaten by human beings for thousands of years.  This is why I much prefer kelp to provide extra iodine.

Some doctors object to kelp because it contains mercury and other toxic metals from the sea.  This is a valid concern.  However, I have not seen toxicity from Nature’s Way and Solaray Kelp, and few other brands.  This may be due to their very high alginate content that binds and removes toxic metals found in the kelp.

 

  1. Relaxation therapies such as meditation. This is an excellent adjunctive approach to help the thyroid. Part of nutritional balancing science is a mental exercise taught by Mr. Roy Masters.  It is extremely relaxing when done properly.  For more on this, read Meditation on this site.

 

  1. Chiropractic and perhaps other body work such as rolfing. This can be very helpful to relieve tension in the neck area that can put pressure on the cervical spinal nerves leading to the thyroid gland. Quality chiropractic, therapeutic massage and Rolfing or structural integration, and cranio-sacral therapies are all excellent and highly recommended.

 

  1. Foot and hand reflexology. This is also excellent to relax the body and mind, and for some types of thyroid imbalances. It is very simple and can be done at home by yourself or by a friend or partner or a professional reflexologist. For more, read Reflexology on this site.

 

  1. Yoga. Some yoga practices for the thyroid involve twisting the neck or bending the head forward to put certain pressures on the thyroid area. These I would avoid. We find that too many people are injured with yoga, and other problems develop as well.  For more on this, read Yoga, Its Benefits And Problems.

 

  1. Acupuncture and herbal cures. Acupuncture needling may be helpful in some cases. Please avoid all Oriental herbal therapies, however.  Oriental herbs are too toxic today for long-term use.  This is very unfortunate, but is reflected on hair mineral tests all the time.

Herbal approaches for the thyroid often contain stimulant or other toxins such as toxic metals.  The only “herb” for the thyroid that I recommend is kelp for everyone.  More on these sciences if found in the articles entitled Acupunctureand Herbs.

 

SPIRITUAL AND ESOTERIC ASPECTS OF THYROID CONDITIONS

 

The thyroid gland is located right at the level of the fifth energy center called the throat chakra in Oriental spiritual books.   This center has to do with expression and creativity.  Thyroid problems are sometimes more severe in individuals who are having difficulty expressing themselves, or who feel suppressed or shut down in their creative endeavors.  This may include many women, for example.

Releasing emotional traumas and correcting all lifestyle imbalances is thus helpful for some thyroid conditions.  This may be essential, for example, in some cases of Grave’s disease, in which stress is playing a key role in causing the condition.

 

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WHY TAKE NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS?

 

WHY TAKE NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS?

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© Revised, July 2008, The Center For Development

 

         Many people ask why one needs to take vitamins or minerals in dosages exceeding the recommended daily allowances? Among the reasons are depleted soil, low-nutrient crops, food processing and the use of pesticides and herbicides on our crops. Others include stress, special circumstances like pregnancy, and that we use nutrients for therapy, not just to avoid deficiency diseases.  Let us discuss the topic of nutritional supplements in detail.

 

FALLACIES OF THE RDAs AND MDRs

 

Government bureaucrats meet periodically to decide the levels of the recommended daily allowances (RDA) or minimum daily allowances (MDRs) of common nutrients.  The main criterion is the amount needed to prevent deficiency diseases.  Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy, vitamin A deficiency causes night blindness, and B1 deficiency causes pellagra.

While this approach is okay as far as it goes, these recommendations have little to with optimum health.  One of every two Americans will contract cancer and 50% of the population by age 40 have a chronic illness.  In theory, most of these people meet or exceed the RDAs for nutrients.

The theory of the RDAs ignores more subtle aspects of nutrition such as the effect of vitamin C or zinc on tumor inhibition. This is much harder to measure, so it is ignored.  The government requires that companies print the percentage of the RDA on each supplement bottle.  This can cause alarm until one understands why the RDAs are inappropriate and often irrelevent.

 

BIOCHEMICAL INDIVIDUALITY

 

For optimum health, one needs different concepts of nutrition.  One of these is biochemical individuality.  The term was coined by Dr. Roger Williams to describe his research finding that nutritional needs vary tremendously from person to person.

From this perspective, averages and standards mean very little.  I use hair mineral analysis to assess each person’s oxidation rate, stage of stress, trace element levels, toxic metal levels, digestive adequacy, state of the immune system and other factors that can be identified on the test.

I also take into account each person’s age, sex, weight and health conditions including pregnancy and acute or chronic illnesses.  All these affect one’s nutritional requirements.
ORTHOMOLECULAR NUTRITION

 

Orthomolecular nutrition is related to biochemical individuality.  The term was coined by the late Dr. Linus Pauling.  It means to give the amount needed of a nutrient, not some average or standard amount.

My recommendations differ from those of many orthomolecular physicians in that we use foods and nutrients not just to correct symptoms, but to balance body chemistry.  For example, a person in an alarm stage requires more calcium, copper, magnesium, choline and inositol.  However, excessive vitamin B-complex or C may be harmful for that person.

A person in the exhaustion stage of stress requires more B-complex and C and less copper.  By properly combining nutrients and taking into account mineral levels, ratios and patterns, our programs are more precise and correction deeper and more permanent.

 

OTHER REASONS FOR HIGH NUTRIENT DOSAGES

 

I also recommend higher dosages of certain nutrients for other reasons.  These include:

 

1) Most people today are born depleted and toxic.  Even if one eats the best food, and one’s health were perfect, most of us are born today with nutritional deficiencies, thanks to deficiencies in our parents.  Both nutrient deficiencies, and toxic metals that require extra nutrients for their removal, are passed from mother to child through the placenta.

 

2) Today’s soil is depleted.   Many soils are low in zinc, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, calcium and magnesium.  This means that although one eats an excellent diet of organic foods, one will not obtain all the nutrients one needs.

 

3) High-yield crops are deficient in certain nutrients.  Ten times the amount of wheat is grown on the same land as was grown 100 years ago.  Today’s wheat contains about 6% protein whereas 100 years ago it contained 12-14%.  Trace mineral levels are similarly much lower due to high-yield farming methods.

 

4) Modern fertilizers do not supply enough trace elements.  One hundred years ago, manures were used extensively for fertilizer.  Today, superphosphate fertilizers have largely replaced manures.  These contain mainly nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and are deficient in the trace elements contained in manures.

Superphosphates often act more as growth stimulants.  This has contributed greatly to depletion of the soil and crop minerals. This includes organically grown food, although it is much better..

 

5) Pesticides and herbicides kill soil microorganisms and affect the nutrition of the crops.  Soil microorganisms are needed to make minerals and other nutrients available to plants.  The result is lower nutrient content.  Also, our bodies require extra nutrients to process pesticide residues that remain inside the foods.

Many pesticides are deadly chemicals that severely tax the human system.  Some contain lead, arsenic and other toxic metals that slowly accumulate in the body unless and until one follows a health program designed to remove them.

Our laws currently allow sewage and factory sludge to be sold as fertilizer that contains significant quantities of toxic metals.  These add greatly to our toxic metal burden and require extra nutrients to help remove them from the body.

 

6) Long-distance transportation of many foods diminishes their nutrition. Many foods are grown thousands of miles from population centers.  They may spend a week on trucks or trains to reach you.

As soon as a food is harvested, the levels of certain nutrients begins to diminish.  This is another factor that reduces our nutrient intake and increases the need for supplements.

 

7) Food processing often drastically reduces nutrient content.  Refining of wheat to make white flour removes 80% of its magnesium, 70-80% of its zinc, 87% of its chromium, 88% of its manganese and 50% of its cobalt.

Refining sugar cane to make white sugar removes 99% of its magnesium and 93% of its chromium.  Polishing rice removes 75% of its zinc and chromium.  Canned food may be quite old.  Frozen foods are nutritionally better but not as good as excellent fresh vegetables, meats, dairy and other products.

 

8) Food additives can further deplete nutrients.  Thousands of artificial flavors, colors, dough conditioners, stabilizers and preservatives are added to many foods.  While some are harmless and may increase the value of food, many are toxic and can deplete the body of nutrients.  For example, EDTA added to some frozen vegetables to preserve the color of the vegetable does so by removing vital minerals from the vegetable so it does not “tarnish”.

 

9) Weakened digestion and resulting poor absorption of nutrients. A result of eating refined, low-quality food with hundreds of food additives is that most people’s digestion is impaired.  This further impairs nutrient absorption and increases nutritional needs.  This is why in nutritional balancing programs, everyone is given a digestive aid and liver detoxification supplement.

 

10) Stressful lifestyles deplete many nutrients including calcium, magnesium and zinc.  Zinc begins to be eliminated from the body within minutes of a stress.  This is why many people have white spots on their fingernails, for example.

Stress causes excessive sympathetic nervous system activity, which reduces digestive strength.  This, in turn, reduces nutrient absorption and utilization even further.  Thus, anyone under stress will need even more nutrients than those that live a very peaceful and quite existence.

 

11) Nutritional Supplements For Healing Illnesses. The use of food extracts, isolates and even synthesized vitamin and mineral supplements for healing is extremely well-documented, even if it is denied by some “health authorities”.  Literally millions of pages of research document the benefits of supplementary nutrient therapy for a wide range of illnesses.

Much more is written on this website about these methods.  Here I just want to introduce the concept of using isolated nutrients, plant extracts and other supplements for healing.

 

12) Supplements For Mental And Emotional Healing. Many mental, emotional problems and neurological conditions such as depression, anxiety, epilepsy and many others also respond very well to nutrient supplementation programs.

This is another area of nutrition that is sadly overlooked by the psychological professions as well as by modern psychiatry. Their dependence on drugs is for one reason only.  They do not understand the connection between nutrients in the brain and behavior.  If they did, they would jump on nutritional balancing science, as it is so powerful, safe and, in many cases, quite simple as well.

If they at least acknowledged the toxicity to the nervous system of common metals like copper, cadmium, mercury and others, we would all be far better off.  The drugs are a very poor substitute for fixing brain chemistry, which, as stated above, is often not so difficult if one is trained in this area.

In this context, I will add that I offer training to any practitioner who wishes to learn this.  Also we offer a Diploma program for anyone who wishes to become a practitioner in nutritional balancing science.

 

13) Special life situations.  Many life situations also require extra nutrition, including:

 

  • Babies, children, the elderly and athletes.
  • Anyone who is ill, particularly those with a chronic illness.
  • Pregnant women, and even more so, lactating mothers.
  • Anyone who is taking certain medical drugs such as blood pressure pills, anti-depressants or birth control pills, for example.
  • Anyone who eats refined foods or chemical additives.
  • Those who eat in a hurry, eat in their cars or have other eating habits that impair the absorption of nutrients.
  • Anyone using over-the-counter drugs that affect the stomach such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Aleve, Motrin, Tylenol, Excedrin, etc).

 

Add up the numbers in these groups and you have most of the population!  Yet few health professionals are taught that almost everyone has special nutritional needs that require extra nutrients beyond that which is available from only the highest quality food, eaten in a slow, peaceful manner.

 

14) Supplements For Mental or Spiritual Development.  An important part of nutritional balancing science is that Dr. Eck found that certain nutrients given at the right time in the right quantities will activate the higher centers in the brain.  This has to do with helping people to fulfill their true potential as a human being.  Most often this does not occur because the nervous system is depleted and  toxic.

For example, zinc and selenium in the proper bioavailable forms are among the most important nutrients that usually need to be supplemented.  This is due to widespread deficiencies of these nutrients in the soils and foods of the planet.

In addition, the omega 3 fatty acids and kelp or another iodine supplement are critical for development.  This can never happen in the same way using toxic drugs or with just the older methods such as relaxation or meditation.

This is a desperate need for planet earth at this time, for which reason I use the words spiritual development.  We will only stop wars, starvation and many other problems when most people are functioning at high levels to solve important problems on earth or just being creative.

 

OTHER SUPPLEMENT TOPICS – HERBS

 

Commonly used food supplements include over one thousand herbs.  Many come from ancient Chinese, Native American or other healing traditions.  Herb texts describe many ways to use herbs for healing and nourishment of the body.  Dr. Paul Eck, founder of nutritional balancing science, did not use too many herbs for a number of reasons:

 

  1. Inability to balance the body precisely. Because herbs contain many nutrients and other substances, it is not as easy as it is with isolated nutrients to use herbs to precisely balance mineral ratios on a hair analysis. Since this is the basis for today’s nutritional balancing science, the herbs are of less use.

 

  1. They are often a little toxic. For example, aluminum-containing herbs include peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen.They are helpful to settle an upset stomach, but are also somewhat toxic for this reason. A cup of peppermint tea on a regular basis is therefore not ideal though using it once in a while is fine.

All Chinese or Ayurvedic (East Indian) herbs seem to be somewhat toxic.  Occasional use is okay, but regular use is not good at all.

 

  1. Quality can vary tremendously. This problem is getting worse as more people want to use herbs, and there are fewer places to grow them that are free of chemicals and other soil contaminants.

 

  1. Since quality varies, dosing of herbs can be difficult. This means that one does not always know how much to take. If the herb is very potent, much less is needed.  This can lead to overdoses.

 

  1. Combinations of herbs can be even more toxic or may not mix well in other ways. This is the same problem as mixing medical drugs, to a degree. Herbal combinations can oppose each other or impact one another in harmful ways, although herbs tend to be safer than medical drugs.

 

  1. Cost. Good quality herbs are often costly. Nutritional balancing attempts to keep costs down wherever possible so more people can benefit.  This is another reason herbs are not used much in nutritional balancing.

 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

 

Homeopathy is a 150-year-old approach to healing that is extremely interesting.  It is a type of energetic medicine using thousands of very diluted and “potentized” remedies that begin as common minerals, herbs, and every other substance imaginable. They are prepared in special ways so that eventually just the energy of the substance remains, with little if any of the original compound or substance.  When prescribed correctly, which is very difficult, they may have excellent effects on the body and mind. Homeopathic remedies are generally much safer than pharmaceutical drugs.  However, they are not easy to use at all.  Other problems with them is they do not balance the oxidation rate or mineral ratios, specifically.  Therefore, Dr. Eck did not use them and we do not, either.  Exceptions in which they can be  helpful are:

 

  1. Symptomatic use. For example, one can go to the health food store and find homeopathic remedies for a cold or flu, to assist sleep, improve digestion, reduce pain and so on.
  2. In the future, research may reveal other ways to incorporate them into nutritional balancing protocols in limited ways, such as ‘constitutional remedies’ for various mineral patterns. This is not done today, however.

 

OTHER SPECIALTY PRODUCTS

 

Today, thousands of other products are sold as food supplements.  Some are excellent and may be added to nutritional balancing programs, at times.  For more about some of these products, read the article entitled Specialty Products.

Many products at health food and drug stores, however, should be avoided, however, as most contain toxic substances.  A second reason to avoid taking too many supplements is they appear to confuse the body and most are very yin in Chinese medical terminology.  This is harmful today, even if the supplement itself is beneficial.  I know this is confusing, but it is an important as aspect of supplementation.  For more on this topic, read the article Yin and Yang Healing.

 

Supplements to avoid.  The following supplements are generally okay for a month or two.  However, avoid all prolonged use:

 

  • Fulvic and humic acid products.These will give symptomatic results, but they contain toxic metals in spades.
  • All chelation products.These are often extracts of cilantro,  chlorella, bugleweed, yellow dock, and may contain EDTA, DMPS,DMSA and other chelators.
  • Clay products such as bentonite, zeolite, montomorillonite, azomite and others that popular today as chelators or cleansing products.
  • All herbs, as discussed above.A list of safer herbs is given below.  Unfortunately, I find very few herbal products that I can recommend besides simple nourishing herbs such as chamomile tea, hibiscus tea and others.
  • Most protein powders, cleansing drinks and powders, intestinal cleansers and related products.These tend to be very yin, nutritionally incomplete and should only be used, if at all, for very short periods of time for these reasons.  Whole foods are generally much better.  For example, one can live on rice for a week if one wishes to do an intestinal cleanse.  However, with most nutritional balancing programs, such cleanses and detoxification regimens are totally unnecessary and usually slow down our progress.  Exceptions are rare.
  • Herbal fruit drinks.A little of these, such as acai, wolfberry and camucamu, and perhaps a few others are good for a short time. However, most are loaded with fruit juices and other sweeteners, so they are very yin, once again.  They can also bad and ferment.  They will give symptomatic results, but eventually they make the body extremely yin, which is not helpful in the slightest.  Most of the others are once again very yin, which is not too helpful though they are nutritious.
  • Many food-based nutritional supplements.While some are needed in nutritional balancing science, most are not.  They are excellent for symptomatic purposes, but less effective, often, when the goal is to balance the body chemistry precisely.  Dosages are often low, odd ingredients cause problems, and the supplements are more costly.  For more on this topic, read Food-Based Supplements.
  • Avoid all random and symptomatic supplementation.This is very tempting, but in fact, often slows down progress on nutritional balancing programs.  Many supplements are not necessary or helpful in almost all instances.  Too many confuse the body, are very yin, and easily negate the benefits of the ones that are needed.  Symptomatic nutrition is a completely different approach to healing than nutritional balancing, and one that does not go nearly as deep and is not as thorough as nutritional balancing as it does not enhance vitality in the same way.
  • All “natural” and “bio-identical” hormones.Unfortunately, these are becoming more and more widely used.  They are all drugs, from our perspective, since hormones are supposed to be made inside the body, second by second, in very precise amounts depending on the body’s needs.
    Taking hormones from the outside always upsets the body’s natural feedback mechanisms and, in our experience, always slows or even stops progress on nutritional balancing science.  Hormone therapy is part of allopathic medicine, which is a totally different approach to health than nutritional balancing science.  Please beware and do not use hormone replacement therapy if at all possible.  We find we do not need it in 99% of the cases.
  • Also beware of alkaline water machines – all brands.One is basically drinking filtered tap water, which is not great.  Then the water is passed over platinum and titanium plates.  This will impart a little of these extremely toxic metals to the water, as well.
    To alkalinize the body, eat plenty of cooked vegetables.  Even worse may be alkaline water from water stores.  They begin with reverse osmosis water, which is not healthful.  Then they add coral calcium, which often contains some toxic metals.  The combination drives the toxic metals deep into the body cells, causing severe problems after a year of so.
  • Avoid all water from water machines that use reverse osmosis.

 

HERBS GENERALLY SAFE FOR OCCASIONAL USE

 

These include acacia gum, agar, alfalfa, aloe vera, angelica root, anise, ash tree, astragalus, balm of gilead, baptisia or wild indigo, barberry, bayberry, bay leaves, bee pollen, bet root, birch, bittersweet, blackberry, black radish and all radishes, black walnut, bladderwrack, blessed thistle, bloodroot, blue and black cohosh, blue vervain, boneset, borage, buchu, burdock root,calamus root, calendula, camphor, capsicum, caraway, cardamom, cassia oil, cayenne, cedar berries, celery root, chia seeds, cinnamon, cloves, comfrey, don quoi, eluthero, dulse, dill, elder flowers, coriander or cilantro to eat but not extracts, corn silk, cranberry, cumin, daikon, dandelion leaves and roots, dill, dong quai, dulse, echinacea, elder flowers, eleuthero, eucalyptus, eyebright, fennel, fenugreek, flax, fu-sho oil, garlic, geranium, ginger, gingko biloba, goldenrod, green magma, gum Arabic, hawthorn berries, hops, horehound, horseradish, horsetail and huckleberry leaf.

Others are hydrangea, hyssop, Irish moss, jojoba oil, juniper berries, kelp, lady’s slipper, lavender, lemon balm, lemon grass, lily of the valley, linseed oil, maple, marigold, marshmallow root, milk thistle, motherwort, mullein, mustard, myrrh, nettles, nutmeg, oat straw, Oregon grape root, pansy, parsley, passion flower, peach, pennyroyal, peppermint, periwinkle, plaintain, pleurisy root, poke, poplar, prickly pear cactus, psyllium, pygium, pyrus communis, radishes (black, white, red, Russian, Spanish and other), raspberry, red clover, red sage, rhubarb, rose, rosehips, rosemary, safflower, sassafras, saw palmetto, senna, shave grass, shepherd’s purse, skunk cabbage, slippery elm, sorrel, spearmint, squaw vine, St. John’s wort, strawberry leaves, suma, sumachberries, sweet basil, tansy, thuja, thyme, tiger balm, turkey rhubarb, turmeric, unicorn root, uva ursi, valerian, violet leaves, watercress, watermelon seeds, wheat grass  juice, white oak bark, white willow, wild cherry bark, wild lettuce, wild yam, wintergreen, witch hazel, wood betony, wood sage, wormwood, yarrow, yellow vervain, and yucca.

 

SUPPLEMENT LEGISLATION

 

Food supplements in the United States are protected from excessive regulation by the FDA by the Dietary Health and Supplement Education Act of 1994.  Though it has been amended, this law essentially classifies supplements differently than drugs as “foods for special use”.  Drug companies and their cronies make every effort to regulate supplements out of existence, as supplements often directly compete with drug profits.

Recently, laws were passed in both houses of Congress, led mainly by Ted Kennedy, Dick Durbin, Hillary Clinton and Henry Waxman.  The bill requires supplement companies to comply with the same adverse reporting requirements as drug companies. The cost of implementing this bill could drive many smaller supplement companies out of business.  And that is the unspoken goal.

The Codex Alimentarius is a second push by international drug companies and some others to reduce our health status further.  This way there will be far more demand for patent remedies, which are drugs.

The Codex would also regulate the supplement industry and perhaps eliminate it altogether unless one has a doctor’s prescription.  It could reduce the allowable over-the-counter dosages of all vitamins and minerals to levels so low the products won’t be worth producing.

Food supplements often provide 10 to 100 times the Recommended Daily Allowance of a nutrient.  They must do so to offset the poor absorption and extra needs of thousands of people.

The Codex rules are already law in parts of Europe and scheduled to begin to take effect in the United States of America in 2009.  If we value our freedom to choose and our health, these and similar efforts must be stopped.

 

References

Many books and websites provide documentation for this article.  Listed below are just a few of them:

 

  1. Anderson, M. and Jensen, B., Empty Harvest: Understanding the Link Between Our Food, Our Immunity and Our Planet, Avery Penguin Putnam, 1993.
  2. Atkins, R., Dr. Atkins Health Revolution, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA, 1988.
  3. Fitzgerald, R., The Hundred Year Lie, Dutton, Penguin Group, New York, 2006.
  4. Hall, R.H., Food For Naught, The Decline in Nutrition, Vintage Books, New York, 1974.
  5. Hoffer, A. and Walker, M., Orthomolecular Nutrition, Keats Publishing, 1978.
  6. Illich, I., Medical Nemesis, Bantam Books, New York, 1976.
  7. Jensen, B. and Andereson, M., Empty Harvest, Avery, Pnguin Putnam, New York, 1990.
  8. Pfeiffer, C.C., Mental and Elemental Nutrients, Keats, Publishing, New Canaan, CT, 1975.
  9. Santillo, H., Natural Healing With Herbs, Hohm Press, Prescott, AZ, 1989.
  10. Schmidt, M., Smith, L., and Sehnert, K., Beyond Antibiotics, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA,1993.
  11. Wilson, L., Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis, The Center For Development, 2005, 2010.

 

 

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COPPER TOXICITY SYNDROME

COPPER TOXICITY SYNDROME
by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© Revised, July 2014, The Center For Development

 

Table of Contents

 

PART I. INTRODUCTION

Copper’s Role In The body

Three Types of Copper Imbalances

 

PART II. IMPORTANT SYMPTOMS OF COPPER IMBALANCE

Nervous System

Blood

Infections

Parasitic And Yeast Infections

Reproductive System (mostly female reproductive system)

Connective Tissue

 

PART III. OTHER COPPER-RELATED SYMPTOMS

Addictions

Personality

Cancer

Children

Cardiovascular system

Vegetarian diets

Adrenal burnout

Homosexuality

 

PART IV. SOURCES OF COPPER

 

PART V. DETECTING COPPER IMBALANCE

 

PART VI. NORMALIZING COPPER IMBALANCE and References

 

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PART I. INTRODUCTION

 

Do you know anyone who suffers from headaches, fatigue, insomnia, depression, skin rashes, spaciness or detachment, learning disorders or premenstrual syndrome?  These can be symptoms of a copper imbalance.  It is an extremely common nutritional imbalance.  It is often overlooked, in part because it is often not easy to detect. Blood and urine tests are not often helpful.

Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vitally important for both physical and mental health.  It has been studied for years, including at government laboratories.  However, its importance for health is still largely unappreciated.  The following article is an introduction to the large subject of copper imbalance.  The author is deeply indebted to Dr. Paul C. Eck, an avid copper researcher.

 

COPPER’S ROLE IN THE BODY

 

Copper has a number of important functions in the human body.  The problem usually occurs when there is too much of it in the soft tissues of the body.  Here are some of the important roles of copper:

 

  1. Bones and connective tissue. Copper is required to fix calcium in the bones and to build and repair all connective tissue. This includes the tendons, ligaments, skin, hair, nails, arteries, veins and a few other tissues.

Imbalances can contribute to osteoporosis, bone spurs, and almost all conditions of the skin, hair and nails.  Others symptoms related to connective tissue include most cardiovascular problems, tendon and ligament conditions, scoliosis, and other skeletal and structural imbalances as well.

 

  1. Energy production in the cells. Copper is needed in the final steps of the Krebs energy cycle called the electron transport system. This is where most of our cellular energy is produced.  Any problem here causes fatigue, depression and other imbalances related to low energy.

 

  1. Immune Response. Copper must remain in balance with zinc. When imbalances occur, one is more prone to all infections, in particular fungal and yeast infections that are so common today.  For example, most people have some intestinal yeast if they eat sugars and most people have chronic sinus infections if they have common symptoms such as post-nasal drip and others.

 

  1. The glandular system, particularly the thyroid and adrenal glands. The thyroid gland is extremely sensitive to copper. Common conditions associated with copper imbalance include hypothyroidism and often Hashimoto’s disease.These go away fairly easily on a properly designed nutritional balancing program.  Taking thyroid hormones is not required.

Copper is also associated with some cases of Grave’s disease or hyperthyroidism.  This also his goes away with a properly designed nutritional balancing program.  Drugs may be needed temporarily to control the symptoms.  Surgery or radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) are drastic and rarely, if ever needed, in my experience so far.  For more details, please read Thyroid Disease and Grave’s Disease on this site.

For details on the role of copper in adrenal exhaustion, please read Adrenal Burnout Syndrome on this site.

 

  1. Reproductive system. Copper is closely related to estrogen metabolism, and is required for women’s fertility and to maintain pregnancy. Imbalance can cause every conceivable female organ-related difficulty such as premenstrual syndrome, ovarian cysts, infertility, miscarriages, sexual dysfunctions and more. It affects men less than women in this area, but it may affect men’s potency and sexual drive as well as that of women.

 

  1. Nervous system. Copper stimulates production of the neurotransmitters epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine.It is also required for monoamine oxidase, an enzyme related to serotonin production.  As a result, copper is involved deeply with all aspects of the central nervous system.  Copper imbalances are highly associated with most psychological, emotional and often neurological conditions.  These include memory loss, especially in young people, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and others discussed below.

 

THREE COPPER IMBALANCES

 

It is possible for a person to become copper-toxic, copper-deficient or to have a condition called biounavailable copper. The first two of these are fairly easy to understand.  Copper is found in certain foods in greater quantity such as meats, eggs, poultry, nuts, seeds and grains.  Other foods are quite low in copper such as fruits, in particular.  Others that tend to be low are vegetables and some nuts and grains.

Refined food diets are low in copper in many cases.  Also, some, especially children, need much more copper than others.  This has to do mainly with their metabolic type or body chemistry.  Fast oxidizers need more copper while slow oxidizers often have too much.  Those who we find are fast oxidizers require a lot more copper.  This is a technical area, but it is an observation that holds true in most all cases.

Slow oxidizers often have excessive copper in their bodies.  Thus they are far more prone to copper imbalance of this nature.  To read more about this technical aspect of copper that is very important for practitioners, read Fast, Slow and Mixed Oxidation on this website.

 

What is biounavailable copper?  In this very common situation, copper is present in excess in the body, but it cannot be utilized well.  The reason it occurs is that minerals such as copper must be bound and transported within the body.

Biounavailability often occurs due to a deficiency of the copper-binding proteins, ceruloplasmin or metallothionein. Without sufficient binding proteins, unbound copper may circulate freely in the body, where it may accumulate primarily in the liver, brain and female organs.

When copper is biounavailable, one may have symptoms of both copper toxicity and copper deficiency.  Copper toxicity and biounavailability are seen most often.  These occur almost always in people who are in the state called slow oxidation.  As stated earlier, copper deficiency occurs most often in people who are in the state called fast oxidation.  This article uses the words copper imbalance when more than one of the three types of copper problems are possible.

 

PART II. IMPORTANT SYMPTOMS OF COPPER IMBALANCE

 

Each mineral has “target organs” where it tends to build up.   The places where copper accumulates are the liver first, then the brain and the reproductive organs.  Copper may affect any organ or system of the body.  However, it usually affects about four or five major systems of the body.  These are the nervous system, the female and male reproductive system, connective tissues such as hair, skin and nails and organs like the liver.  Let us discuss each of these in detail.

 

COPPER AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

 

Dr. Paul Eck called copper the “emotional mineral”.  The reason for this is that copper and imbalances related to it have such a profound impact on the central nervous system.  The psychiatric implications of copper imbalance are tremendous, even if copper did not affect other body systems.  We regularly work with every known psychological and psychiatric condition and most of these individuals improve when copper is balanced in the body.

The overall effect of copper appears to be to enhance all emotional states in a human being.  Dr. Eck felt that copper stimulates the diencephalons or old brain.  Zinc is needed for the new brain or cortex.  This brain is associated with the “higher emotions” such as reasoning, compassion and love.

When an imbalance between these exists, the person tends to revert to the use of the old brain, also called the animal brain or emotional brain.  This can lead to a tendency for every possible emotional condition affecting human beings.

Nervous system dysfunctions.  We have seen improvement in 20 or 30 different mental and emotional conditions ranging from moderate to suicidal depression and anxiety to violence, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, phobias, Tourette’s syndrome and schizophrenia.  Others that respond amazingly well to balancing copper include epilepsy, ADD, ADHD, autism, delayed mental or emotional development and many others.

Panic attacks, migraines, spaciness, brain fog, mind racing, insomnia, nervousness, irritability and others also often involve copper.  On this website are numerous articles that explore these conditions and often the relation to copper in greater detail.

Copper and world violence.  Copper tends to enhance all the emotions, so violence can occur far more in those with copper excess – a common problem today in many parts of the world.

America is actually better in this regard because we can afford more beef and other meats.  These foods are among the highest foods in zinc that balances copper in the body.  Nations that cannot afford much meat may have worse copper imbalance, though this is not necessarily the case.

 

COPPER AND THE BLOOD

 

One of the most common symptoms of biounavailabe copper or a frank copper deficiency is an anemia that appears identical to iron deficiency anemia.  Those most affected are young adult women, and sometimes children.  Vegetarians also tend to have too much and biounavailable copper and may be affected.

Signs. It is usually a mild, microcytic, microchromic anemia on blood exams.

Mechanism. Copper is required to change the form of iron from ferric to ferrous and back again, and is required to incorporate iron into hemoglobin.  When copper is not available in sufficient amounts, usually due to adrenal insufficiency, iron is not incorporated into the hemoglobin well enough, resulting in a mild anemia.

Correction. Few doctors are aware of this cause for anemia.  As a result, most physicians make the mistake of giving supplemental iron for this condition, which may work a little, but makes the patient much worse in terms of overall health.  Iron can boost the adrenals and make copper a little more available, reducing the anemia.  However, iron is irritating to the intestines and iron overload is very common today.  For more on this, read Chronic Acquired Iron Overload on this website.

The correct treatment is to balance copper metabolism, which requires a hair mineral analysis in most cases and a complete nutritional balancing program.  Then the anemia goes away by itself.

 

COPPER AND INFECTIONS

 

Infections, especially sinus and other fungal infections.  Copper imbalance is also very much related to all fungal infections, in particular.  These often include common sinus conditions that give few symptoms such as a stuffy nose or post-nasal drip in millions of people.  Copper is also involved in acute and chronic candida albicans in the intestines and elsewhere.

Copper is critical for aerobic metabolism, so a copper imbalances allows fungal organisms to thrive in the body and must be corrected to reduce these infections, in most cases.  This is why some people simply cannot get rid of candidaalbicans or chronic yeast, parasitic infections, sinus infections and others.

Copper is also linked to many other types of infections because zinc is needed for the proper immune response. Elevated or biounavailable copper often goes along with a low tissue zinc level, even though blood tests may be normal. Even a hair analysis is often normal.

One must always look for hidden copper signs on the hair mineral analysis for this reason.  This is a great key to identifying copper imbalance today, as there are few other tests that may show evidence of it.

 

COPPER, PARASITES AND YEAST INFECTIONS

 

Parasites are impeded and perhaps killed in the body, in part, by bioavailable copper.  Copper is used in agriculture and some medications to kill some parasites.  When copper is out of balance, as it is in most people, parasitic infection is much more common.  Until copper is brought into better balance using a nutritional balancing program, one may “cure” parasites with drugs or herbs, but they often come back, or are not completely eliminated.

Yeasts.  Our bodies use copper to help control the growth of yeast.  This may be because copper favors aerobic metabolism, the type of cellular metabolism that human beings should have.  More specifically, copper, along with iron, is required for the electron transport system, where most of our cellular energy is produced.

In contrast, yeasts and fungi are anaerobic.  This means they ferment sugars for their energy production.  Thus, when copper is not available to the body in sufficient quantity, aerobic or normal oxygen-using  metabolism is crippled to some degree, while anaerobic metabolism or the fermentation of sugars flourishes in such an environment.

For this reason, for example, copper sulfate is often sprayed on crops to kill yeast and fungus.  Copper is also used in some swimming pools and hot tubs to control yeast and bacterial growth.

 

COPPER AND THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

 

Women tend to have higher levels of copper than men.  Women also have more symptoms related to copper imbalance.

Premenstrual syndrome.  The symptoms of PMS mimic the symptoms of copper imbalance.  This occurs because estrogen levels and copper levels correlate well and both increase before the menstrual period.  For this reason, taking extra zinc and vitamin B6 before the menstrual period can often lower copper enough to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual tension for this reason.  At times, however, the cause of PMS is more complex.  For more information about this, however, read Premenstrual Syndrome on this website.

Other symptoms related to the sexual organs include amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis and possibly pelvic inflammatory disease.

Miscarriages and infertility.  Copper required to hold onto a pregnancy.  Studies indicate that women with low estrogen and often low copper have more miscarriages.  This is important for some women to know.  Correcting the copper imbalance can help immensely with normal pregnancy.  Infertility, on the other hand, is more common among women with elevated or biounavailable copper.  This may be due, in part, to weak adrenals that, in turn, give rise to copper imbalance. Fertility problems, however, can be due to many factors.

Low libido in women and men.  This is also linked to copper imbalance.  Since copper raises the hair and tissue calcium level, women, in particular, with very high copper levels or hidden copper on their hair analyses, often lose interest in sex.  Their energy declines and the body can become a bit “numb” because excessive tissue calcium tends to render the nervous system less sensitive.

Low sexual interest in men is also related to copper, which interferes with zinc metabolism in many instances.  Men’s sperm and fluids are very rich in zinc.  If they become depleted, male fertility and male sexual performance will always suffer.  Most of the time, these problems are easy to overcome by correcting the levels of zinc and copper in the body using nutritional balancing methods.

Estrogen dominance and copper.  Copper-toxic women are often estrogen dominant.  This means they have more estrogen in their bodies, proportionately, than they have progesterone.  However, we rarely use progesterone therapy.  In fact, even natural or bio-identical progesterone therapy may be poorly tolerated in copper-toxic women and even men.

It also tends to be a little toxic, so we avoid it if at all possible.  Instead, if we balance the copper, the symptoms of estrogen dominance such as premenstrual tension, vanish quickly and completely.  Biounavailable copper and progesterone and body shape.  Other women, usually those with biounavailable copper are low in estrogen.  Their bodies are often more linear in shape and less “curvy”.  Of course, copper is not the only factor affecting hormones.  Some pesticides, for example, mimic the effects of estrogen and can affect the hormone balance.

Men and copper imbalance.  Boys and men are far more affected when copper is out of balance than are women in many cases.  Men should be zinc dominance.  While most women have more copper in their bodies, men, by contrast, should be zinc-dominant.   Zinc, a ‘masculine’ element, balances copper in the body and is essential for male reproductive activity.

Among the boys, symptoms that are most prominent are growth and developmental delay, ADD, ADHD, autism and related brain disorders.  Among men, symptoms of copper toxicity, usually, include prostate enlargement, prostate infections and to some degree prostate cancer.  Others include ED or erectile dysfunction that used to be called impotence, depression, anxiety and even violence.  Others are testicular pain and testicular cancer in some cases.

Secondary sex characteristics and copper. Secondary sex characteristics are aspects of sexuality that are more mental and emotional than they are physical or anatomical.  For example, while their sexual organs are similar, some men just love sex and women, while others are less sexual.  The differences have to do with hormone levels, and often with the copper imbalance.

Birth control pills and copper IUDs (intra-uterine devices for birth control) .  These two birth control methods definitely affect copper metabolism in the body.  While some women can handle them, others experience depression, anxiety, personality shifts and many horrible side effects from them, either acute or chronic.

This aspect of women’s “sexual revolution” has probably caused more disasters in women’s health than any other. Developing cancer, for example, can take years so women do not understand the dangers.  The truth is, even if a woman quits taking the pill, for example, her risk of cancer remains high her entire lifetime.

Excessive sexual desire or sexual dysfunctions in women.  Another curious effect of copper excess in women can be excessive sexual interest.  This has something to do with the estrogen levels and liver toxicity due to the copper imbalance. Other sexual difficulties in both men and women such as pain on intercourse, vaginal dryness and others may have to do with copper imbalance as well.

 

COPPER AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE

 

Copper is required for collagen formation.  Copper deficiency is association with atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular conditions.  Excess copper or biounavailable copper often causes connective tissue problems, interfering with the disulfide bonds in connective tissue.

Copper and vitamin C.  Copper and vitamin C are direct antagonists.  This means that they oppose each other in the body.  This is one reason many people feel better taking a lot of vitamin C.  Copper tends to oxidize and destroy vitamin C in the body.  Meanwhile, vitamin C chelates or removes copper from the body.  This requires a dose of vitamin C of at least about 500 mg daily, far higher than the minimum daily requirement of about 60 mg.  Many readers know that vitamin C is critical for connective tissues.  One of the prominent symptoms of scurvy, or vitamin C deficiency, is bleeding, such as bleeding gums.  This is due to connective tissue weakness.

Thus, a copper excess can easily lead to a deficiency of vitamin C in the body and with it many symptoms of vitamin C deficiency.  Oddly, however, a copper deficiency also causes connective tissue problems, especially in the heart and cardiovascular system where it is associated with a tendency for aneurisms and atherosclerosis.

Symptoms.  Symptoms associated with connective tissue and joints include arthritis, osteoporosis, stretch marks and joint problems of other kinds.  Others include scoliosis, kyphosis (bad posture) and many of the conditions of the skin, hair and fingernails and toenails.  Others are some diseases the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Among the most common, for example, are hair loss, especially in women, tendonitis, back problems due to muscle weakness and others.

 

COPPER AND HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Dr. Paul Eck found that elevated tissue copper is associated with homosexual desire.  I am not sure why this occurs. However, it probably has to do with hormone imbalance, which always involves copper imbalance.  As the copper balance improves, we find that homosexual desires often abate.  For more on this topic, please read Homosexuality on this website.

 

PART III. OTHER COPPER-RELATED CONDITIONS

COPPER AND ADDICTION

 

Addiction may be related to copper and the adrenals.  The use of stimulant drugs, loud music, sex and even just exercise stimulates the adrenals.  This helps keep copper available and makes one feel better.  Without this stimulation, unbound copper builds up quickly in the body and one may feel fatigued, moody or depressed.  These are common copper imbalance symptoms.

This can easily result in a compulsive or addictive need for some kind of adrenal stimulant such as more exercise, more caffeine or even cocaine.  In other words, part of the appeal of cocaine, caffeine, amphetamines or other stimulants may be their ability to help lower copper temporarily by stimulating the adrenals.

Relation of cadmium to copper.  Dr. Paul C. Eck stated that cadmium found in marijuana and cigarettes drives copper back into storage.  Therefore, these drugs may also make a person feel better temporarily by affecting the copper balance.

 

THE HIGH COPPER PERSONALITY

 

There exists a high copper personality.  Positive traits include a warm, caring, sensitive, emotional nature, often with artistic orientation and a child-like quality.  Often high-copper people are young-looking.  Many traditionally feminine traits are associated with copper such as softness, gentleness and intuitiveness.  This may relate to the qualities of metallic copper, which include softness, malleability and an excellent conductor of electricity.

When the personality is not fully integrated or the copper becomes too high, negative traits show up.  These includespaciness, racing thoughts, living in a dream world and naiveté.  Other qualities include childishness, excessive emotions, sentimentality, a tendency to depression, fearfulness, hidden anger and resentments, phobias, psychosis and violence.  Artists, inventors and other high-copper types often “live on the edge”, in part due to their high copper level.

The copper personality tends to accumulate copper easily.  Copper can function as a psychological defense mechanism. It causes one to detach slightly from reality.  This provides relief from stress for the sensitive individual.  It works well as long as the copper does not become too high.  Very high copper can cause a psychotic break from reality, a type of schizophrenia.

Case History of schizophrenia.  An 18-year old schizophrenic patient had a hair copper level of 41 mg% (normal is 2.5 mg%).  She hallucinated and attempted suicide twice while in the Scottsdale Camelback Mental Hospital in Arizona. When her copper was brought back into the normal range with a nutritional balancing program, her symptoms disappeared and she has remained well ever since.

Copper and other food cravings.  Copper-toxic individuals may also be drawn to sweets or salty foods due to adrenal insufficiency.  Some sea salt is often beneficial.  Sweets, including fruit juices, provide a temporary lift but may worsen the condition.

Anorexia and copper.  Another common symptom is a lack of appetite or some degree of anorexia.  Excessive copper tends to shut off the appetite, whereas zinc is required for the appestat mechanism in the brain.  Zinc is also needed for an acute sense of taste and smell.  The anorexia situation ends to be the worst in teenagers.  For one thing, they are under more stress than younger children in many cases.  Also, their diets are often low in quality proteins such as meats that are rich in zinc.  Instead, they eat a lot of carbohydrates such as pizza that actually interfere with zinc uptake in the intestines.  This combination can be lethal for some teenage girls, in particular.

Anemia.  Copper is needed for iron metabolism.  Therefore, an important cause of anemia, especially in women, is a copper imbalance.  On a blood test, it looks exactly like an iron-deficient anemia but it will not respond very well to the administration of supplemental iron.  The copper imbalance must be corrected and then the anemia vanishes quickly.

 

COPPER AND CANCER

 

Copper imbalance impairs the immune system.  Research is underway investigating the role of excess copper in tumor angiogenesis.  Elevated copper on a hair mineral analysis, when the level is above about 12 mg% and persists at this level, is often related to a tendency for infections and even cancer.

Cancer is associated with all three copper imbalances – deficiency, excess and biounavailable copper, which is a combination of the other two.  This is one reason for the cancer epidemic we experience today.  The important topic of cancer and natural approaches to it, is discussed in other articles on this website.  Here are just a few ways cancer is linked to copper imbalance:

 

  1. The levels of estrogen and copper have a direct relationships. This means that as copper rises, often estrogen rises, too. This is one reason many women and even men are so-called “estrogen dominant” today.  Really, they have too much copper and cannot detoxify estrogen well enough.  This imbalance is tied to cancer because estrogen is a potent carcinogen.  It is the reason we never recommend supplementing even natural estrogen unless it is done with extreme caution.  It is rarely needed if the body chemistry can be balanced using nutritional balancing science.
  2. Copper causes liver toxicity when it is in excess or when it biounavailable. The liver is important to protect to avoid and to control cancer in every case, according to Dr. Max Gerson, MD, a pioneer in non-toxic cancer therapies.
  3. Copper alters thyroid gland activity in most cases. This can also contribute to cancer and many other illnesses such as Grave’s disease, for example.
  4. Copper imbalance is associated with fungal and other infections. These can often be at the root of a cancer situation. For example, it is known that root canal-filled teeth can give off bacterial toxins that help predispose the body to cancers of certain kinds.
  5. Copper blocks anaerobic metabolism when it is in balance. This can help prevent cancer when copper is in balance, but not when it is too high or too low in the body.
  6. Copper in excess often interferes with zinc metabolism. Zinc is required for the immune response and for over 100 enzymes in the body from helping digestion to protecting the skin from invasion from infections and even some skin cancers.

 

COPPER AND CHILDREN

 

Copper has an incredible impact on children, particularly young ones.  Common conditions such as ear infections, skin rashes and dandruff usually involve an imbalance between copper and zinc in children.  Others in which we commonly find copper imbalance, along with other metal imbalances are learning and developmental disorders, colic, ADD and ADHD, sleep problems and childhood cancers.

This has to do with the extreme importance of copper in childhood development, especially of the developing nervous and immune systems.  Children are born with high copper levels.  Young children are very sensitive and intuitive. They often lose some of their sensitivity as their copper levels diminish around age four.  Today, however, persistently elevated copper levels in children are commonly seen.  At times, the copper is hidden.

Why children have copper imbalances.  Copper imbalance problems for a child often begin when still in the womb. High-copper mothers pass on excessive copper (and often low zinc) to the fetus through the placenta.  This is called congenital, rather than genetic high copper.  It can be prevented by correcting one’s copper metabolism before becoming pregnant.  It can also be corrected after a baby is born, though this takes much more effort in most cases.

Once a baby is born, copper imbalance can develop as well.  Inadequate zinc or high copper in the breast milk, in fact, is one reason children stop breastfeeding.  Children’s diets are usually not great and often atrocious.  Stress in the home or at school is another critical factor in sensitive children that can literally push them over the edge.  Stress of any kind can lower zinc and raise the copper level.

Vaccination and the use of prescription drugs can aggravate a child’s copper imbalance, usually by depleting the zinc level.  Copper imbalance in children is associated with delayed development, attention deficit disorder, anti-social and hyperactive behavior, autism, learning difficulties and infections such as ear infections.

Beware of fast oxidizing young children.  Do not restrict their copper.  Most of them absolutely require extra copper. This is because they are fast oxidizers.  This body type must have extra copper or they will exhibit violence, sleep problems or anti-social behavior such as ADD or ADHD.  So beware, since avoiding copper will make these children decidedly worse.

 

COPPER AND THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM         

 

Low or biounavailable copper is associated with atherosclerosis and a tendency for aneurisms as well.  The arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis is secondary, usually, to weakened arterial walls.  The body tries to reinforce inflamed or weakened arteries by coating them on the inside with calcium or fatty plaques.  High or biounavailable copper is associated with mitral valve prolapse and other cardiovascular problems as well.  It is not directly associated with high blood pressure, but may be secondarily due to the reasons for arteriosclerosis explained above.

 

COPPER AND SOCIETY

 

Is it possible that our mineral balance affects our attitudes?  Copper is called the ‘love’ mineral, the ‘intuitive’ mineral, and a ‘feminine’ mineral because it is so important for the female reproductive system.  Its level generally parallels that of estrogen.  While many factors influence our attitudes and values, the rise in tissue copper levels in both men and women in the past fifty years parallels renewed interest in women’s issues, in religious and intuitive knowledge, and other “new age” and other movements.

Copper may promote or encourage these interests and activities by causing mild tissue catabolism that breaks down old tissues in the body, thus making way for the development of other types of tissues in the body.  This sounds very vague, but apparently copper has this type of effect.

 

COPPER AND VEGETARIAN DIETS

 

Zinc is found mainly in meats.  For this reason, vegetarian diets are higher in copper and lower in zinc.  Those who follow vegetarian diets tend to accumulate too much copper in the body, which often shortens their lives, even if they feel very well during their entire lives.

 

Obligatory vegetarians.  Dr. Eck discussed the idea that sometimes people become vegetarian due to the buildup of excess copper in the body.  Excess copper interferes with zinc, a mineral needed to make digestive enzymes.  Too much copper also impairs thyroid activity and the functioning of the liver.  If severe enough, a person will become an obligatory vegetarian.  This means they are no longer able to digest meat very well.  The taste for meat often returns when copper is brought into better balance with a nutritional balancing program.

Other reasons for following a vegetarian diet include one’s philosophy about eating animals, dislike for how animals are slaughtered, or other reasons.  Some are born with a distaste for meat.  No matter what the outward reason, however, at times a hidden buildup of copper – even at birth – is, in fact, part or all of the reason a person takes an interest in a vegetarian diet.

 

Symptoms. At times, the vegetarian orientation is health-producing, temporarily.  Many people associate vegetarianism with eliminating refined flour and refined sugar, and this aspect is positive.  However, in most people, however, meat-restricted diets do not work well.  Fatigue, spaciness and other symptoms begin to appear.  Many people, including the author, felt they were becoming more “spiritual” on a vegetarian diet, when in fact it was just copper poisoning!

Some people with high copper dislike all protein.  They crave high-carbohydrate diets.  Protein feels heavy or causes other symptoms.  Eating protein stimulates glandular activity.  This releases stored copper, which causes the symptoms. However, these individuals usually need to eat protein, and their symptoms will eventually disappear as their health improves.  For much more on vegetarian diets, please read Vegetarianism on this website.

 

COPPER AND ADRENAL BURNOUT, INSUFFICIENCY OR HYPOFUNCTION

 

Adrenal burnout, characterized by chronic fatigue and other symptoms, is often related to copper imbalance. Although correcting emotional and other factors are necessary, improving the copper imbalance, supporting the adrenals and releasing fearful thoughts go hand in hand to restore optimum health.   Click here for more information about adrenal burnout syndrome.

 

PART IV. SOURCES OF COPPER

 

  • Congenital high copper (children born with high copper or low zinc). Today, many children are born with excessive tissue copper.  It is passed from high-copper mothers to their children through the placenta.  Stress from any cause contributes to copper imbalance.  Stress depletes the adrenal glands and lowers the zinc level in the body.
  • Zinc deficiency. Whenever zinc becomes deficient, copper tends to accumulate.  Our soil is low in zinc.  Refined sugar, white rice and white flour have been stripped of their zinc.  The trend toward vegetarianism reduces zinc in the diet, since red meat is the best dietary source of zinc.
  • High-copper diets. Copper is found in many foods, particularly vegetarian proteins such as nuts, beans, seeds and grains. Meats contain copper, but it is balanced by zinc which competes for its absorption.  Chocolate is high in copper.  A desire for copper may help explain chocolate cravings.
  • Copper pipes. Another source of copper is drinking water that remained in copper water pipes, or copper added to your water supply.  During a recent dry summer, several Oregon cities added copper sulfate to their reservoirs to reduce algae growth.  Accident and disease rates increased.
  • Mineral deficiencies. Deficiencies of manganese, iron, selenium, chromium and other minerals can contribute to copper accumulation.
  • Vitamin deficiencies. These include deficiencies in the diet of B-vitamins and vitamin C.
  • Adrenal weakness. According to Dr. Eck’s research, the adrenal hormones help stimulate the liver to produceceruloplasmin, a major copper binding protein in the body.
  • Liver sluggishness or toxicity. A sluggish liver due to toxicity, slow metabolism or a chronic infection such as hepatitis C, can predispose one to copper imbalance.
  • Metallothionein or other copper transport imbalances. These may also contribute to copper toxicity or biounavailability.
  • Other sources. These are less common, in my experience. They include using copper cookware, and copper exposure from dental materials, vitamin pills, jewelry, drinking water, fungicide and pesticide residues on food, copper intra-uterine devices and birth control pills.  Plumbers and a few other occupations such as electricians may be exposed to copper.
    Hot tubs and pools may increase hair copper levels.  Copper is used to sanitize pools and some hot tubs, and can increase hair copper, at times.  Hot tubs and pools are also breeding grounds for so many micro-organisms that are not killed by the chemicals that we don’t recommend either for optimum health.   It is much better to avoid all public pools and hot tubs and/or use about 250 parts per million of hydrogen peroxide to sanitize your hot tub.  The internet has information about how to do this.

When copper is out of balance, our bodies cannot control yeast overgrowth for these reasons.  This often lead to chroniccandida albicans infections that are resistant to treatment.

Case history.  After Mrs. Robinson had her baby, her doctor told she could continue to take her pre-natal vitamin pill, which contained 4 mg of copper.  Within 6-months, both she and her breast-fed baby began to experience hair loss.  Loss of hair is a common symptom of copper toxicity, and many pre-natal vitamins have a lot of copper in them.  This is done because taking copper during pregnancy may help maintain a pregnancy in some cases.  As soon as  Mrs. Robinson stopped taking the pre-natal vitamin, the hair loss in both her and her baby stopped.

Most pre-natal vitamins are extremely inadequate, and are missing many vital nutrients needed by developing babies. In addition, most contain too much copper.  Only with a nutritional balancing program, in my view, can a woman know what she needs during pregnancy and afterwards to raise a healthy child.  For more on this important topic, read Having Healthy Children on this site.

 

PART V. DETECTING COPPER IMBALANCE

 

Blood, urine, feces and hair testing are used to detect copper imbalance.  Liver biopsy is also used on rare occasions. Let us examine each method from my experience.  Blood serum or feces copper levels are not considered a reliable way to detect copper imbalance because copper may not accumulate in the blood or the feces.  Serum ceruloplasmin is not much more accurate, and still often misses copper imbalance.  Urine testing is also inaccurate because copper is stored deep in organs such as the brain and the liver.

Urine challenge testing.  With this procedure, one first gives a dose of penicillamine and then collects the urine for 24 hours.  However, this still will miss much copper that is stored deep within body organs and tissues.  Chelating agents primarily remove minerals from the blood and arterial walls.  A liver biopsy for copper can be very accurate.  However, it is costly, invasive and in my experience unnecessary.  However, it is used rarely to assess Wilson’s disease (a rare inherited copper storage disease).

Hair testing, in my experience, is far and away the best method to detect copper imbalances.  It can detect not only copper excess and copper deficiency, but copper biounavailability, too.  Hair is not a primary site of copper deposition. However, if one knows how to interpret the hair analysis, one can often rapidly and non-invasively assess copper status.

 

COPPER ASSESSMENT VIA HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS

 

An ideal range of copper in the hair is about 1.5-2.5 mg% or about 15-25 ppm.  Any number higher than this tends to indicate excessive copper in the hair tissue and, by extension, in other tissues of the body.  A hair copper level of less than about 1.5 mg% usually indicates hidden copper toxicity.

Swimming in pools. Swimming in pools regularly or even regular use of a hot tub can increase the copper level in the hair.  This is due to the use of copper compounds added to the water as disinfectants.  These, of course, are best avoided if one has symptoms of elevated copper.

Note that the hair must not be washed at the laboratory for accurate results.  Only two labs in the United States, Analytical Research Labs and Trace elements, Inc., do not wash the hair at the lab, as far as I know.  See the article on this site entitled Introduction To Hair Mineral Analysis concerning this important aspect of hair analysis procedure.  Avoiding washing of the hair at the laboratory is also important to assess copper indirectly, our next topic below.

 

Indirect copper indicators.  The copper level on a hair mineral analysis is NOT the best way to assess copper status. The reason is that copper does not often accumulate in the hair tissue and too many other factors can skew the reading.  In fact, copper assessment is quite complex.

 

Assessing the need for copper supplementation.  A need for copper supplementation does not mean the entire body is low in copper.  It just means that some is needed to balance the chemistry at a particular time.  This is confusing, but it works well.  Dr. Paul Eck researched this subject thoroughly, and I find that his methods work beautifully.  Following are hair tissue mineral analysis indicators for a need for copper supplementation:

 

1) A fast oxidation rate.  This is identified for you on mineral tests from Analytical Research Laboratories.  The criteria are a calcium/potassium ratio less than 4:1 and a sodium/magnesium ratio greater than 4.17:1.

2) A hair sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2.5:1.

3) A hair calcium/magnesium that is less than about 3:1 is a secondary indicator and it only applies if the hair sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5:1.

 

These indicators apply no matter what the hair copper level may be.  This is difficult to understand, but it works in practice and is very important to assist some patients.  I have written more about this in other articles on this website, such asA Low Sodium/Potassium Ratio.

 

Assessing Biounavailable Copper.  Most or perhaps all the time when copper is high in the hair or when hidden copper indicators are present, copper is at least somewhat biologically unavailable as well.

This may give rise to a combination of symptoms of toxicity and deficiency.  In addition to all the indicators below for hidden copper toxicity, other indicators of the biounavailability of copper are:

 

Hidden Copper Toxicity Indicators. The hair copper level is a very unreliable indicator for copper toxicity.  So is serum copper, serum ceruloplasmin, and many other tests because the copper can hide deep in the brain and the liver.  A liver biopsy is a good indicator, but is a painful and somewhat invasive procedure.  Dr. Eck found that a hair mineral analysis, however, offers indirect indicators that are very accurate.  They include:

 

  • Most slow oxidizers and all very slow oxidizers.
  • Calcium level greater than about 70 mg%.
  • Magnesium greater than about 10 mg%.
  • Potassium level less than about 4 mg%.
  • Zinc less than about 13 mg%.
  • Zinc greater than about 20 mg% is often, but not always is a hidden copper indicator.
  • Copper level less than 1.5 mg% if usually an excellent indicator.
  • Mercury level greater than 0.03 mg%.(In an older book I co-authored with Dr. Paul Eck, entitled Toxic Metals in Human Health and Disease (1989), we wrote that the mercury level needs to be 0.4 mg% for hidden copper to be present.  I believe this is an error and the level is closer to 0.03.)
  • Slow oxidation with a copper level less than 1.0 mg%
  • Calcium /potassium ratio greater than 10:1.
  • Sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2.5:1.
  • Phosphorus less than about 13 mg%.This is a newer indicator with less research behind it.
  • Four lows pattern.
  • Four highs pattern.
  • Sympathetic dominance pattern.
  • Calcium shell pattern.
  • Step down pattern.
  • Double low ratio pattern.
  • Bowl pattern.
  • Passive-aggressive pattern.
  • Wasting one’s time or biding one’s time pattern.
  • Stress from within and without pattern.
  • Extreme lifestyle stress pattern.

 

Click here to read about these and other important patterns seen on hair tissue mineral charts.

 

PART VI. NORMALIZING COPPER IMBALANCE

 

After 34 years of experience with over 60,000 clients, I find that the best way to reduce excess copper in the body, whether it is bioavailable or biounvailable, is a complete nutritional balancing program, and only those set up by one of the Approved Practitioners listed on this website.  This is a much better solution than using just chelators, antagonists, adrenal support, homeopathy, drainage remedies, physical therapies or any other method I have seen.

This is very important, as many people ask me for remedies to reduce copper.  Also, many naturopaths and holistic doctors use one or another of the remedy methods, but with very poor overall success, in my experience.

 

COMPONENTS OF OUR NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAMS

 

The key is to use a number of methods simultaneously.  This does not mean taking piles of pills or strange diets, however.  It can be done easily and rather inexpensively and without a lot of fuss.  The methods used in nutritional balancing to balance copper include:

 

  1. Reduce exposure to sources of copper. Common sources include copper intra-uterine devices or IUDs, swimming in pools, vegetarian diets and high copper foods such as nuts, seeds, and avocado.

 

  1. Diet is critical. The diet must contain seventy to eighty percent cooked vegetables, not raw ones. Also needed is healthful animal protein daily, and some whole grain rice and corn, if these can be tolerated well.

For a recommended diet, see the document Slow Oxidizer Diet.  This diet is appropriate for most of those with copper imbalance, though not all.  A small number of people are fast oxidizers.   They must have much more fat and oil in their diets, and less protein at times.

Equally important, the diet must be as low as possible in sweets, fruits and sugars as possible.  These foods, along with all stimulants, stress the adrenal glands and tend to make copper imbalance worse.  Stimulants include sugars, caffeine and food additives such as MSG, aspartame and other excitotoxins in the diet.  Many other food chemicals and additives, however, also stress the body and are not helpful for copper imbalance.  Vegetarian diets tend to aggravate copper imbalance badly.  Wheat and refined flour products are also not helpful at all.  These are some of the most important dietary considerations, especially for slow oxidizers.

 

  1. Lifestyle modification. Most people with copper imbalance are very sensitive emotionally. Many also need to slow down, relax more and let go of anger and resentments.  Some also need to make changes in their relationships, location, work and other important aspects of their lives so that they “live their truth” to a greater degree.  Living a lie can be an important problem, in fact, with copper imbalance.

Reducing fear and stress.  This is often very helpful and necessary to balance copper.  Methods range from a change in location or work to meditation, more rest, counseling and other changes.  See the section below on Attitudes, Spirituality Help Balance Copper for details about the only type of meditation I recommend.

 

  1. Carefully chosen nutritional supplements are extremely important for adrenal gland restoration and to balance copper. These must be determined by the use of a hair mineral analysis, in our view. They must always include a powerful digestive aid, a multiple nutrient product for one’s oxidation type, supplementary vitamins and minerals as indicated by the test, kelp and perhaps a few other simple supplements to support the body properly.  Supplementation is a complex subject that is discussed in other articles.

 

  1. Detoxification procedures. These are not always needed, but can be most helpful. Copper imbalance responds beautifully to the use of coffee enemas and the use of a near infrared lamp sauna.  These may be absolutely essential for those with emotional problems connected to their copper imbalance.

Other methods of detoxification are less effective, in our experience.  These include cleansing diets, foot baths, clay packs and other methods which can make the copper problem worse.

 

HEALING MECHANISMS INTEGRATED INTO ALL OUR NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAMS

 

  1. Enhance energy production and improve adrenal gland activity. This is part of the program design. Restoring the adrenal glands is often absolutely necessary to prevent copper from accumulating over and over again in the body. This is because the adrenal glands signal the liver to produce ceruloplasmin, the principal copper binding agent in the body, along with metallothionein.   However, be sure to avoid stimulating herbs such as ginseng and licorice root.  These eventually cause more severe problems, though they may offer quick results in some cases.

Replacement adrenal hormones.  These are not ever needed, even in cases of Addison’s disease, in my experience, and they are horrible, in a word.  I never recommend any hormones such as DHEA, pregnenolone, testosterone, progesterone or cortisol.  These may give quick relief of some symptoms, but upset the delicate hormone balance and eventually always worsen copper imbalance.  Click here to read more about Hormone Replacement Therapy.

 

  1. Inhibit the excessive activity of the sympathetic nervous system and balance the autonomic nervous system.This is easier said than done. Copper toxic individuals often complain of their mind racing.  Turning off the sympathetic or fight-or-flight nervous system can be a challenge.  Methods that are helpful include electric light sauna therapy, meditation, relaxation techniques, deep breathing, targeted supplements, and coffee enemas.

 

  1. Enhance the eliminative organs, such as the liver, skin and colon.  Digestive enzymes, especially pancreatin, are very important. Also excellent is sauna therapy, especially with an near infrared electric light sauna.  Other methods of enhancing the eliminative organs are coffee enemas, colonic irrigation and skin brushing.

 

  1. Very judicious use of copper antagonists such as zinc, sulfur compounds, manganese, selenium, vitamins B-complex, C and E, and perhaps one or two others. These are chemicals that compete with copper for absorption and utilization. Research indicates copper may be excreted by binding with glutathione and metallothionine which require these nutrients.

 

  1. Making the body much more yang in Chinese medical terms. This is often essential to reduce excess copper and make copper bioavailable.

 

  1. Restoring zinc and selenium levels. This is also needed in almost all cases, and takes a while. Meats are among the best food sources of zinc and selenium, and this is one reason why vegetarian diets simply do not work well in the long run. A diet of mostly cooked vegetables is also needed to obtain the correct forms of zinc and selenium, which are not common in the diets of most people.

 

  1. What about copper chelators? Some doctors use these. However, I find we don’t ever need them today with our improved programs. Here is more on this subject.

Synthetic copper chelators. The most common synthetic chelator for copper is penicillamine, sold under the namesCupramine or Depen.  This toxic method has been around for years.  It can have severe side effects that can include kidney damage, blurred vision, B6 deficiency, ringing in the ears, ulcers, jaundice and other liver damage, abdominal pain, bloody urine and more.  Rarely, I have seen it work when all else fails, but this is only in about two cases out of 20-30,000 people in 30 years.  DMPS and other mercury chelators are also used by some doctors.  All of them have significant side effects in my experience.  They may lower copper, but the patient is made worse by their use.

Natural copper chelators.  Please avoid these as well.  Metal Free, NDF, OSR, chlorella, cilantro, spirulina and other natural products that chelate metals always remove some essential minerals as well as removing toxic metals.  They are also somewhat toxic, completely unnecessary and often costly.

Why else avoid chelation and antagonist therapies? These often do not work well because they do nothing to rebalance body chemistry.  In fact, they can make the overall balance of the electrolytes worse.  This is why a complete program of balancing body chemistry with nutritional balancing science is far preferable.  I will assist any practitioner who wishes to learn about the nutritional balancing method of copper removal.

For example, zinc is often used to correct a high copper.  However, it lowers the hair tissue sodium level, which is often dangerous if persisted in.  Molybdenum, another copper antagonist and chelator, raises sodium and is somewhat toxic and best avoided in most cases.  Vitamin C, when used in high doses, tends to cause other imbalances because it removes other metals besides copper and because it is extremely yin in Chinese medical terminology.  This is quite harmful for some people.

Each vitamin and mineral affects overall body chemistry.   For best results, I strongly recommend an integrated nutrition, lifestyle and detoxification program based on a properly performed and interpreted hair mineral analysis.  It is worth the extra time, cost and energy to get better results.  It can also avoid the purchase of unnecessary and costly supplements and other problems that come from their use.

 

ATTITUDES AND SPIRITUALITY HELP BALANCE COPPER

 

Life is not easy for many copper-toxic people.  Most are highly intelligent, very sensitive, angry and emotional, at times, and the copper may help detach them from the world.

One must be aware of this fact and live appropriately, letting go of the world in a gentle and loving way.  See the article entitled Letting Go.

A method I highly recommend is a meditation-observation exercise that we offer on a compact disc.  This is a Judeo-Christian exercise that is tremendously grounding and centering.  It was a great help for me with copper imbalance and has helped thousands of other clients as well.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It is simple to do and will slowly reduce all causes of stress as it brings more truth and light into one’s life.

This particular Judeo-Christian exercise, which is a type of praying and bringing energy into the body, is extremely helpful to detach one emotionally, to reduce stress, to bring up hidden resentments, and for other reasons as well.  Read about it in the article entitled Meditation.

In addition, prayer, reading the bible and any other true spiritual activity will often assist copper-toxic individuals.  This is the case because it helps them to know they are all right, they are loved by their Creator, and God is present in their lives. This can be vital for a copper-toxic person, though it is helpful for everyone who cares about spiritual matters.

 

COPPER DETOXIFICATION SYMPTOMS

 

One of the difficulties in reducing excess copper are symptoms that arise during the process of elimination.  As the body begins to mobilize excess copper from tissue storage sites, it enters the bloodstream on its way to the liver and kidneys for elimination.  While in the bloodstream, the copper can cause headaches, skin rashes, racing thoughts, strange odors, digestive upset, mood swings and energy fluctuations.  In men, testicular pain is not uncommon.  Women’s periods may be affected.

Certain methods of lowering copper cause these symptoms more than others. Zinc, vitamin C and manganese tend to cause more symptoms, perhaps because zinc and manganese replace copper in the liver.  Sulfur compounds such as Russian black radish tend not to produce copper elimination effects.

If one knows what is occurring, it is possible to take measures to minimize these temporary elimination symptoms. Enemas, sweating, and drinking more water can help promote copper elimination.  Reducing the nutrition program for a few days may also help slow the reactions and reduce symptoms if they are severe.  Supplements of molybdenum, bile acids, laxative herbs and vitamin B6 may also mitigate elimination symptoms.  Much more on this topic is contained in an article entitled Copper Elimination Symptoms.  An excellent copper toxicity case history is available by clicking here.

 

THE BLESSING OF COPPER TOXICITY

 

I suffered from copper toxicity for at least 10 years before I even knew why I felt so bad.  I was always tired, depressed, achy and often anxious, too.  However, today, some 30 years later,  I know clearly it was a blessing in disguise.  Copper toxicity led me into natural healing, into meditation and eventually into myself and my gifts.  Copper imbalance, indeed, is often a sign that one is not living one’s gifts and truths.  If it takes copper imbalance to move you in a different direction, then it is a wonderful thing, though the suffering may not seem worth it right now.

With enough compassion for yourself and a complete nutritional balancing program based on hair mineral analysis, almost all our clients become well and much happier, also.  Then the creative, intuitive and loving qualities of the high-copper individual can shine through to the world.

 

Resources

  1. Eck, P. and Wilson, L., Toxic Metals in Human Health and Disease, Eck Institute of Applied Nutrition and Bioenergetics, Ltd., Phoenix, AZ, 1989.
    2. Gittleman, A.L., Why Am I Always So Tired?, Harper San Francisco, 1999.
    3. Nolan, K., “Copper Toxicity Syndrome”, J. Orthomolecular Psychiatry, 12:4, p.270-282.
    4. Pfeiffer, C., Mental and Elemental Nutrients, Keats Publishing, New Canaan, CT., 1975.
    5. Wilson, L., Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis, L.D. Wilson Consultants, 2014.
    6. Hundreds of technical articles on the sources, symptoms and correction of copper imbalance are available on the worldwide web. They are too numerous to list here. The books and articles mentioned above contain more complete references.

 

 

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CHRONIC YEAST INFECTIONS

CHRONIC  YEAST  INFECTIONS

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© September 2014, The Center For Development

 

Yeasts, molds and fungi are one-celled organisms that are ever-present in the environment.  Beneficial ones include brewers yeast, bakers yeast and nutritional yeast.  Many others are beneficial as well, and are used in industry and in our bodies to produce various vitamins, for example, and other beneficial substances.

In small quantities, many yeasts are harmless.  However, under the right conditions, some of them, such as Molds and yeasts Albicans, overgrow and become pathogenic.  They secrete extremely poisonous chemicals in our bodies such as alcohol and acetaldehyde, and can cause or contribute to a wide range of health conditions.

 

Why is yeast overgrowth more of a problem today?  Today intestinal yeast is even more of a problem than in the past because:

  1. Sugars and carbohydrates in the diet. Many people consume far too much wheat, sugar, fruit, juices, and starches that “feed the yeast” in the intestines. In other words, these foods tend to break down or contain sugars, that are the natural food for intestinal yeasts.
  2. Antibiotics. This class of drugs favor yeast overgrowth and are massively overprescribed for many conditions from acne to colds and flus. Residues of antibiotics are also found today in drinking water supplies, and in our food supply.
  3. Copper toxicity. This also favors yeast overgrowth and is extremely common. It is discussed in detail below, as are the other causes.
  4. Mercury toxicity. Evidence exists that the some yeasts may overgrow to actually protect the body from mercury poisoning, which is very common in most people.
  5. A weak and/or toxic or congested liver. This favors yeast overgrowth because liver problems cause reduced bile secretion, and other abnormalities. Bile, specifically, helps control many harmful microorganisms in the intestines.
  6. An extremely yin condition of the body. A more yin quality of the body favors yeast growth. This is also very common today, especially among those who eat sugars and fruit, among vegetarians, and among those in poor health.

Many yeast infections tend to be “cold” or yin conditions.  They do not tend to produce high fevers, for example, and are more associated with fermentation and rotting of dead material or flesh, which tends to be cold, or colder than healthy flesh which is attacked more by certain bacteria and viruses.

  1. Mineral deficiencies. Among the most important of these are zinc and selenium.However, today the food supply tends to be low in dozens of critical trace and ultra-trace minerals.  Eating refined foods of any kind almost guarantees that a person will be seriously mineral-deficient.  This is why we give everyone kelp and a product called Veg-Easy, which is a freeze-dried vegetable capsule.
  2. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and EMF stress. The presence of random electromagnetic fields can increase the secretion of mold and yeast toxins by up to 600 times or 6000%. For more on this, read http://agoodhealthadvocate.com/health/mold-produces-600-times-more-bio-toxins-with-emf/

 

WHO SUFFERS FROM CHRONIC MOLDS AND YEASTS OVERGROWTH?

 

  1. Women. Women are much more affected than men, perhaps because women have more difficulty with copper imbalance than men. Also, women have a slower oxidation rate, in general, and this may play a role as well.  Also, women use birth control pills and copper IUDs that upset copper metabolism and damage the body in other ways, as well, that may contribute to the problem.
  2. 2. This may be because vegetarians are almost all low in zinc, which is found almost exclusively in meats and eggs. As a result, they accumulate more copper in their bodies. Also, vegetarian protein foods such as nuts, seeds and beans are higher in copper and lower in zinc.  Also, vegetarian diets are much more yin than diets with more meat.  Also, in my experience, vegetarians lack many other nutrients found in meats and eggs.
  3. 3. Some babies have yeast problems because they are fed sweets, mainly. Milk has some sugar in it, but this alone is not usually the cause.  Newborns sometimes get ‘thrush’ or ‘cotton mouth’.  This is a form of yeast infection that affects the mouth that is often due to feeding children or babies fruit juices, for example, or pasteurized milk rather than mother’s milk.  Chocolate milk is also a horrible product for babies, or anyone else, for that matter.
  4. Anyone who eats sugar at all, or any fruit or sweet juices of any kind. The reason for this is explained in the section above.
  5. Those with copper imbalance. Unfortunately, this includes most people today. If the copper imbalance is severe, the problem is much worse and often will not go away until copper metabolism is corrected with a nutritional balancing program.  It is not just a matter of “lowering copper”, as many doctors believe.  It is more complex.  Copper is one of the body’s natural yeast fighters.  In fact, copper compounds are used on crops such as copper sulfate, and in swimming pools and hot tubs, at times, to control yeast and fungal growth.


SYMPTOMS OF YEAST OR MOLD OVERGROWTH

 

              Symptoms range from chronic fatigue and depression to headaches, bloating, gas and perhaps pain or tightness in and between the shoulder blade area.  Molds can also contribute to brain fog, mood swings, memory loss, itching, joint pain, indigestion, ulcers, most sinus conditions and definitely cancer as well.

Learning and behavior disorders are often due in part to molds and yeasts infection, especially in children who eat a lot of sugar.  Chronic molds and yeasts can also contribute to irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, food intolerances, heartburn and gastric acid reflux disease or GERD.  One form of yeasts is invasive, burrows into body organs and can be life-threatening.  Since molds and yeasts produce toxins such as alcohol and acetaldehyde, they may also contribute to many other subtle dysfunctions, including general toxicity, liver dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies and more.

Some practitioners blame most illness on molds and yeasts.  I would not go this far.  However, mold and yeast overgrowth is very common and an important contributor to ill health.


MORE DETAILS ON THE CAUSES FOR MOLDS AND YEASTS OVERGROWTH

 

  1. Molds and yeasts are opportunists. This means that some of these organisms are commonly found on food, eating utensils, plates used for eating, and even in the air we breathe. They will not bother you if your body chemistry is balanced and healthy. However, they take hold and grow easily in the intestines and elsewhere when the body is out of balance.  This is what is meant by an opportunist infection.  Many yeast conditions also tend to go away automatically without any need for medical or herbal treatment when the body is put back in a better balance.

 

  1. Copper imbalance. Copper is critical for enzymes that produce energy in the electron transport system of the mitochondria. This system favors what is called aerobic or oxygen-based metabolism, which is the normal metabolism of human beings. Yeasts and molds, by contrast, have an anerobic environment.  This is a different type of metabolism in which the mitochondria use sugar as fuel and less oxygen.

Copper is used in the human body as a natural anti-mold and anti-yeast agent, in part because copper favors aerobic metabolism, which tends to retard yeast growth.  In fact, copper is also used in many industries to retard yeast growth.  For example, farmers often spray copper sulfate on fruits and vegetables to kill yeast and molds.  Water departments may add copper compounds to drinking water for the same reason.  Copper may be added to swimming pools and hot tubs to control yeast.

However, copper must be in a bioavailable form in the body to be utilized properly.  This is a complex topic. However, bioavailability depends upon factors such as the valence of the mineral, the isotope of the mineral, the compound it is in, the ability of the body to transport the mineral, and perhaps other factors.

Why copper becomes biounavailable. Dr. Paul Eck, who taught me about copper, as well as other researchers, found that one factor that diminishes copper availability is poorly functioning adrenal glands.  This may lead to lowceruloplasmin or low metallothionein.   Ceruloplasmin and  metallothionein are copper transport proteins.  With low adrenal activity, copper may not be properly bound and may therefore become less available to the body.  Indeed, I find that until adrenal activity improves, molds and yeasts will be difficult to control.  When the adrenals and thyoid glandular activity becomes more normal, often copper imbalance and yeast problems disappear on their own without any need for specific therapy.

Medications and copper.  Some medications that are known to make molds and yeasts problems worse may do so by interfering with copper metabolism.  For example, birth control pills, patches and IUDs affect copper metabolism. Some antibiotics act by removing copper from the liver.  Steroid hormone therapy slows the adrenal glands which makes copper less biologically available in some cases.  All can cause or aggravate chronic mold and yeast infections.

Copper imbalance is more prevalent in women, who also tend to have more sluggish adrenal gland activity than men.  The reasons for this are several.  For example, copper and estrogen levels tend to correlate with one another, and women have more estrogen than men, in general.  Women’s temperament may also be a factor.

Before the menstrual period, a young woman’s copper level tends to  rise, and in some cases in which the sodium/potassium ratio in the tissues is low, copper also becomes less bioavailable before the period.  This is a common time of the month for women to experience yeast infections.

Copper accumulation in the liver is also a common cause of liver toxicity and sluggishness today, which is another contributing cause for molds and yeasts overgrowth in some cases.

In summary, there is a very close connection between copper imbalance and chronic intestinal yeast problems. Click here to read more about copper imbalance.

 

  1. A slow oxidation rate. Most people with mold and yeast overgrowth have a slow oxidation rate. This is usually an exhaustion stage of stress, with underlying fatigue and the accumulation of toxic metals.  Several reasons for molds and yeasts in these individuals are:
  2. A) While their cells are more acidic, their intercellular spaces can become too alkaline, which favors molds and yeasts growth. Reasons this may occur are that slow oxidizers do not generate enough acid end products of metabolism such as lactic acid. Also, calcium, an alkaline-forming element, increases in their tissues in slow oxidation and may affect the alkalinity in the spaces between the cells.
    B) The pH or the intestinal tract also is often too alkaline.  This may be due to low levels of bile acids, hydrochloric acid in the stomach and the overgrowth of various abnormal intestinal flora such as E. Coli and others. This is one reason acidophilus, an acid-forming organism, often helps alleviate molds and yeasts.  Acidophilus also helps acidify the colon, impeding the growth of molds and yeasts in the large intestine.
    C) Slow oxidizers generally have a copper imbalance.

 

  1. A very yin condition of the body. When the body is too yin in Chinese medical terminology, molds and yeasts is not only possible, but is almost always present.  This condition is called Yin Disease, and is the subject of a separate article on this website.  Yin means expanded, cold, fragmented and perhaps movement in a centrifugal direction.  It is a physics principle that is important in Oriental medicine, but not in most Western medical thinking.

A major factor that make a body more yin is a diet that includes  plenty of fruit or other sugars, raw foods, and a diet low in animal food or tending toward vegetarianism.  This is one of the main problems with vegetarian and raw food diets, smoothies and drinking sweetened beverages of any kind.

Other factors that make a body more yin are a slow oxidation rate, aging, fatigue, use of recreational or medical drugs, chemical additives in the diet, refined foods in the diet, drinking any alcohol at all, and the presence of most toxic metals and toxic chemicals in the body.

 

  1. Antibiotic use. Antibiotic use ranks high as a cause for chronic intestinal molds and yeasts infection.Lactobacillus acidophilus and other ‘friendly’ bacteria help maintain the proper slightly acidic intestinal environment. Antibiotics often kill acidophilus.  When this occurs, E. coli and other improper intestinal bacteria replace the friendly organisms and produce a more alkaline environment in which molds and yeasts thrives.

Antibiotics are also toxic for the liver, and may impair its ability to produce ceruloplasmin.  Many antibiotics persist in the liver and elsewhere for years. They should be used only as an absolutely last resort and not for viral infections.  By using infrared saunas, vitamin A, vitamin C, high-quality colloidal silver and propolis, antibiotics are very rarely needed. Click here to read an article on antibiotics.

Sadly, antibiotic residues are now found in tap water.  These drugs are excreted in the urine and feces.  They do not break down quickly and are recycled and reappear in city water supplies. This has been documented in at least 42 major metropolitan areas of the United States and in Europe and other nations as well, according to a recent news report. Distillation removes these drug residues.  Carbon filters may or may not remove them.

Millions of pounds of antibiotics are also fed to animals. Commercially grown meats, poultry, milk and eggs usually contain antibiotic residues.  To avoid antibiotics, buy hormone-and antibiotic-free meats, poultry and dairy products. Animals raised in a healthful manner should rarely require antibiotics.

 

  1. Other medical drugs that can cause molds and yeasts problems: Birth control pills, patches and IUDs (such as Mirena). These all contribute to copper imbalance, higher estrogen levels and many other severe health problems, along with a greater tendency for molds and yeasts albicans infection.

 

Steroid hormone therapy.  Steroid drugs such as cortisone, prednisone, Cortef, and other products can contribute to a molds and yeasts infection.  This is likely due to their effect upon the adrenal glands and perhaps their effect on copper metabolism.

 

Antacids.  Antacids such as Tums, Maalox, Mylanta and other drugs that reduce stomach acid may worsen molds and yeasts by creating a deficiency of stomach acid.  These include Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Tagamet, Nexium Zantac,Pepcid, Mylanta, Malox, Gaviscon, Riopan, Rolaids, Tums and many others.  To learn more about how to correct a hiatalhernia, heartburn or GERD without these drugs, read GERD on this website.

 

  1. Excessive carbohydrates in the diet, especially sugars and grains, in some people. These encourage molds and yeasts infection for several reasons:
  2. A) The adrenal glands regulate blood sugar. Sugars in the diet weaken the adrenal glands by causing large blood sugar fluctuations. Weaker adrenal glands cause a worsening of copper imbalance, making yeast problems worse.
  3. B) Eating refined sugars, in particular, depletes B-complex vitamins, as well as zinc, manganese, selenium and many other vital nutrients. This can worsen the body’s immune response and other defenses against yeasts and other parasitic organisms.
  4. C) Sugar is also the food that nourishes yeast organisms. The more of it one eats, the more “fuel” that is available for the growth of yeast organisms in the intestines. Some of the sugars one eats may even nourish yeasts that live in the vagina, on the skin or elsewhere.

Die-off reactions.  In fact, common sugar and carbohydrate cravings may be yeast organisms calling for dinner. This may sound odd.  However, when ‘deprived’ of sugars or even other carbohydrates, the yeasts in the intestines and elsewhere begin to die, releasing toxic substances. These cause unpleasant ‘die off symptoms’ that can include nausea, anxiety, fatigue and many others.  Eating sugars or even some starches ends these unpleasant symptoms, often quickly. Thus, feeding the problem has a temporary satisfying effect, causing an addictive behavior regarding sugars in the diet. This is a very common situation that most people do not understand at all.

Many, many people overeat on carbohydrate foods today.  Many do not realize all of the foods that are high in sugars or starches.  Common ones include sugar, honey, candy, cookies, rice, bread and potatoes.  Others include milk, fruit, juices, most processed food if it is sweetened at all, sweetened drinks like Gatorade and bottled teas, sodas, peanut butter, juices, etc.

 

  1. Toxic metals. Excessive mercury often accompanies copper toxicity. Mercury can stimulate the thyroid, which causes adrenal imbalance. Mercury can also impair the immune response of the body.

Cadmium is a common and highly toxic metal that interferes with zinc in the body.  This can contribute to a copper imbalance because copper and zinc must remain in the proper ratio in the body.  Cadmium also accumulates in the liver and might impair its ability to synthesize ceruloplasmin and other vital chemicals needed to control molds and yeasts overgrowth.

Lead toxicity interferes with calcium metabolism and the immune response in some cases.  Chronic lead toxicity is very common today.

 

8.Toxic chemicals.  These are found everywhere today.  Some of them accumulate in the liver and impair bile secretion, digestion, and may thus impair the body’s ability to protect itself against molds and yeasts overgrowth.

 

  1. Improper bowel flora. This is extremely common and often contributes to molds and yeasts infections.Important reasons for this severe problem today are:

 

  1. A) Overuse of antibiotics. These often damage the normal flora of the intestines. Antibiotic may remain in the body for years to some degree.  Traces are also in the water and food supply, especially meat and dairy products.
  2. B) Chemicals toxic to human intestinal flora. These are too many to name individually. They range from all the toxic metals to pharmaceutical drugs of many kinds, to fluoridation and chlorination of the water.
  3. C) Bacterial, viral and other intestinal infections. These can range from simple cold and flu viruses that can damage the intestinal flora to intestinal parasites and others. The infections need not be in the intestines themselves.
  4. D) Impaired and sluggish bowel activity. Food should pass completely through the intestines and out of the body within 18-24 hours or less. This, however, is rare today in Westernized or developed nations.  When the food remains longer, it is subject to decay.  Proteins tend to putrefy, and carbohydrates ferment.  Both processes produce very toxic substances that damage the intestinal flora.

Assessing Bowel Transit Time.  To test your bowel transit time, eat a large portion of red beets at one meal and note how long it takes for the red color to show up in the stool.  It is important to note that one cannot just speed up the bowel transit time at will, using laxatives or other herbal or pharmaceutical products.  You may produce diarrhea, but this is not a healthy fix.  Instead, begin an entire nutritional balancing program.  As the small and large intestines heal, they can absorb more nutrients and operate correctly, and the bowel transit time will naturally decrease.

Normal bowel habits.  It takes at least several years (not a misprint) on the nutritional balancing program for most people’s intestines to recover from years of abuse.  Toxic chemicals from the food and water, infections, and other problems such as an imbalanced body chemistry must first be corrected.

 

  1. A diet high in ferments such as wine, beer, sauerkraut, kombucha tea, and others. Some doctors believe that eating certain fermented foods contributes to yeast overgrowth. If it does, I believe it is an indirect cause only. Fermented foods, while they have some benefits, all produce some toxins such as aldehydes.  These may affect the liver in some cases, and thus may contribute to some cases of molds and yeasts albicans, but probably not too many cases.  For more on this, read Fermented Foods and Aldehyde Poisoning on this website.


ALCOHOL ADDICTION DUE TO MOLDS AND YEASTS INFECTION

 

Alcohol produced by molds and yeasts can contribute to fatigue, spaciness, impaired judgment, emotional problems and learning and behavior disorders in children.  This can be why eating sugars and starches can produce fatigue and the other symptoms listed above.  The more carbohydrates one eats, the more alcohol is produced.  This is also one reason that many alcoholics or former ones are addicted to sugar without understanding the connection.
This can also explain why quitting sugar or reducing carbohydrates in the diet  can essentially produce withdrawal symptoms.  They can be due to a reduction in alcohol production in the intestines, so they are somewhat similar to alcohol withdrawal with anxiety, tremors and other odd symptoms.  Sadly, this drives many people back to sugar to enhance alcohol output.  Other factors can also contribute to sugar addiction.  See the article on Sugar Addiction on this website for these factors.

 

YEAST DEMENTIA

 

A rather common cause of brain fog and some cases of dementia is the presence of molds and yeasts or other yeasts in the brain.  This fact is not appreciated by the medical community, in my experience.  Symptoms often improve when one begins a program to eliminate molds and yeasts throughout the body.  It can take some time, but usually works exceedingly well.  I do not recommend the anti-molds and yeasts drugs, however, as they are very toxic.  A natural approach is far better and often even more effective over time.
AN IMPAIRED IMMUNE RESPONSE AND MOLDS AND YEASTS

 

              Factors other than copper imbalance and sugar-eating may also impair the body’s immune response, reducing its ability to defend itself against molds and yeasts and other intestinal infections.  The most common causes are nutrient deficiencies and excesses of toxic metals or toxic chemicals.  Click here to read an article on the immune system.

 

DETECTION OF INTESTINAL YEAST INFECTION OR OVERGROWTH

 

Symptoms.  Symptoms are often helpful for detection.  If one is tired or spacy after eating sweets or a high-carbohydrate meal, molds and yeasts is likely.  If one gets vaginal yeast infections, molds or yeasts are likely present in the intestines as well.  Gas or bloating that improves when one stops eating sugars or complex carbohydrates is another simple indicator of possible molds and yeasts infection.

A whitish coating on the tongue, in the mouth or in the vagina may be caused by yeast, although other causes are possible.  Vaginal yeast has a particular odor and cheesy appearance.

 

Medication use.  People who take steroid hormones such as cortisone, birth control pills, patches or IUDs, or frequent use of antibiotics  are very prone to molds and yeasts overgrowth.

 

Use of the elimination diet for diagnosis.  The simplest test for molds and yeasts infection is to eliminate all sugars and starches for a full week or even for two weeks.  This must include all fruit and juices, plus all concentrated starches, especially grains such as breads and rice, and all potatos.

If, during this elimination diet, one notices significant changes in one’s symptoms, bowel habits, energy level or other health parameters, it is likely one has or had some degree of molds and yeasts infection.  This is not totally definitive since such a large change in diet can cause health parameters to change in many ways.  However, it is helpful for many people and can be done at home at a minimal expense.

 

A therapeutic trial for diagnosis.  For a more definitive test, one can also take an anti-molds and yeasts remedy such as caprylic acid, garlic, tannic acid or grapefruit seed extract and see if symptoms improve a lot.  Do not take drugs such as Nystatin or Nizoril, which are quite toxic and unnecessary in my view.

 

Hair tissue mineral testing.  Tissue mineral analysis does not specifically detect molds and yeasts infection. However, tissue mineral imbalances that correlate well with molds and yeasts infection are:

 

  1. A slow oxidation rate. This is associated with adrenal and thyroid weakness, copper toxicity, impaired immune response, and general fatigue.

 

  1. A low sodium/potassium ratio. When the ratio of sodium to potassium in the tissues, not the blood, becomes less than about 2.5, it is associated with reduced bioavaiability of copper. It also indicates adrenal weakness, digestive weakness, general tendency for infections, liver toxicity and other problems.

This low mineral ratio is commonly present in people with chronic molds and yeasts albicans infection that does not respond well to simple diet change or even to anti-molds and yeasts medication.  It is usually not difficult to correct, however, with a properly designed nutritional balancing program.

 

  1. A four lows pattern. This very interesting tissue mineral pattern is always associated with a hidden copper imbalance, very low energy production in the cells, and other problems that may contribute to yeast overgrowth.

 

  1. Overt or hidden copper imbalance. This comprises about 10 indicators on a hair mineral test.

 

  1. A calcium level above about 100 mg%. This is one of the hidden copper imbalance indicators, and is also associated with slow oxidation.

The more imbalanced these indicators are, the more severe and/or more likely is a molds and yeasts infection.

 

Other tests.  Serum antibody tests are sometimes used to detect molds and yeasts, although I do not know how accurate these are.  Others include stool analysis, skin testing, muscle testing and electrodermal screening or the use of other radionic and electronic machines.  The accuracy of these methods is variable.

 

Diagnostic Problems.  A major diagnostic issue when identifying molds and yeasts albicans is that most people have some molds and yeasts in their intestines.  Thus, the presence of molds and yeasts on a test does not assure that molds and yeasts albicans is the person’s major health condition.  I find that many doctors chase after molds and yeasts albicans, not realizing that the real problem is deeper and the molds and yeasts problem, while serious in some cases, is just a result of deeper mineral imbalances, glandular imbalances, toxic metal poisoning with copper or mercury, or other problems.

Most people have yeast infections.  I assume that most people have molds and yeasts albicans and other yeast overgrowth in the intestines.  Thus I don’t bother with testing in most cases.  I know that it will go away with the proper diet and supplement regimen,

 


CORRECTION OF MOLDS AND YEASTS – DIET

 

What to eat. 70%-80% cooked vegetables should form the basis of your diet.  This is helpful for almost everyone. It is quite a change in the diet, but not difficult at all once one gets used to it.  Also, be sure to have cooked animal protein daily or several times daily.  Raw dairy products are usually okay, but not much milk, because milk is naturally high in sugars.  Some raw cheese or raw milk yogurt or kefir are good.  If you cannot obtain raw dairy, then Horizon or Cadiabrands of organic dairy seem to be best.

Sugars.  This dietary change is critical in most cases.  The single most important shift in the diet is to eliminate all sugars.  This means eliminating all glucose, sucrose, maltose, fructose, and products like honey, rice syrup, maple syrup, corn syrup, agave nectar, barley malt, and other sweet items from the diet.  Also, I suggest eliminating all fruit and certainly all fruit juices.  Most people can still drink some carrot juice, which is a good source of calcium.  Other juices and smoothies are harmful.  Keep all fruit to a minimum.

This is quite a dietary change for most people.  However, it is well worth the effort, not only to reduce the molds and yeasts population, but there are many other benefits as well.  Sweet foods are extremely yin in Chinese medicine and not healthful for the most part.

Non-caloric sweeteners.  If possible, do not substitute artificial or non-caloric sweeteners when you eliminate sweets from your diet.  If you must use something, stevia, xylitol or mannitol are natural sweeteners that are somewhat better as they do not contain much absorbable sugar.

Strictly avoid artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and Splenda due to their many other problems. Ideally, quit all sweetener use because they all keep the sweet taste alive and tend to confuse the body to some degree.

Cereral grains.  Reducing most grains may be very helpful as well, at least for a while.  Once the body has healed, some grains are excellent foods such as brown rice, white Basmati rice, organic blue corn chips with sea salt, quinoa, amaranth and even rye, oats and barley.   However, avoid all wheat products, as they are not healthful today.  Wheat flour is found in hundreds of prepared foods including most breads, pasta, deep-fried food, cream soups thickened with flour, crackers, cakes and cookies.  Some people must eliminate all grains for a while, even rice and blue corn chips, which we normally recommend in moderation.  Later, adding back some whole grains is helpful for most people.

Fruit. In the past few years, I have found more and more problems with all fruit.  I suggest completely avoiding fruit if one has a molds and yeasts problem.  To read more, click on: Fruit-Eating.

Legumes.  Beans and legumes are quite starchy.  Reduce most dried beans such as pintos, lentils, black beans and peanuts.  Peanut butter is very sweet and best avoided. Toasted almond, cashew or sunflower seed butters are much better in small amounts, particularly toasted almond butter, in most cases.

Other Fermented Foods.  Some molds and yeasts books recommend eliminating all fermented foods such as cheese, wine, pickles, sauerkraut and yeasted breads. This is usually unnecessary unless one is specifically allergic to all yeast.  However, we never recommend wheat in any form, and reducing fermented foods is not a bad idea as many people are sensitive to the ferments in these foods.  Read more about this in the article entitled Fermented Foods.  Unsweetened live-culture yogurt is excellent, however.  It is a fermented food, but is usually very helpful for anyone with molds and yeasts.

Beverages. Drink pure spring or distilled water, or mild unsweetened teas only.  Do not use distilled water for more than six months, as it can leach some vital minerals from the body.  Avoid most other beverages such as milk, which is high in sugar.  A little raw, certified buttermilk is okay, however.  Strictly avoid all soda pop, Kool-aid, punch, fruit juices, Gatorade, Recharge, alkaline water, and strictly limit vegetable juice to about 10 ounces daily.  Also avoid sweetened teas or coffees, lemonade, wine and most alcoholic drinks.  As stated above, a small amount of carrot or other vegetable juice, while sweet, may be very helpful to assist healing.

Avoid strict vegetarian diets.  In fact, they can make the problem worse, while natural meats, poultry, eggs, plenty of cooked vegetables, and a few nuts and organic cow or goat cheese are usually best.
In some cases, the very strict diet in the yeast books is often unnecessary if one follows a nutritional balancing program to correct underlying causes.  Most people report they have weight loss and severe food cravings on the very strict molds and yeasts diets.


EATING HABITS

 

The following suggestions will assist digestion tremendously and hasten rebuilding of the intestines:

 

  • Eat four, five or even more meals daily if you are hungry,
  • Do not snack all day, however.Eat real sit-down meals.
  • Chew thoroughly and eat slowly in a relaxed, quiet environment.
  • Do not eat too much at a time.Quit when satiated.
  • Take a nap or two every day.A good time is after a meal.  It need only be 10 or so minutes.

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Rest and sleep.  Lifestyle plays a critical role.  Plenty of rest and sleep are important, as lack of rest stresses the adrenal glands.  Go to bed by 9 PM most every night and obtain 9 or more hours of sleep daily.  Stimulant use such as caffeine or heavy exercise decimates the adrenal glands.

Breathing and posture.  Deep breathing and good posture assist oxygenation of the body which inhibits molds and yeasts.

Stress reduction. Reducing all types of physical, emotional, financial, social and other stressors rests the adrenal glands and helps improve copper metabolism.

Positive emotions and thoughts. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting and more spiritually-oriented materials such as books, CDs and movies.  Work on your negative attitudes and emotions, deciding they are not worth holding on to, no matter how ‘true’ they seem to be.  Let go of grudges, angers and hatreds.  Your attitude is your altitude.


ANTI-MOLDS AND YEASTS MEDICATION

 

Anti-fungal, anti-yeast and specifically anti-molds and yeasts albicans medications and supplements are rarely needed if one takes GB-3, for example, a digestive aid that will also kill a lot of yeast.

The most powerful anti-molds and yeasts weapon is often a change of diet and a lifestyle that is restful and healthful in all regards.  More sleep is an important weapon against molds and yeasts as well.  It helps rebuild the adrenal glands and this is its major benefit in most cases.

 

Natural anti-mold and anti-yeast remedies.  In almost all cases, we find that with a nutritional balancing program, anti-molds and yeasts remedies are not needed.  The molds and yeasts slowly goes away on its own.

In the rare case that this is not the case, the safest remedies are garlic, caprylic acid, probiotics, colloidal silver, and tannic acid (tanalbit).  Other medium chain triglycerides and herbs such as Echinacea are also safe.  Somewhat less safe and more toxic are other herbal remedies, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract and oregano oil.

Drugs for molds and yeasts.  These are much less safe than the natural remedies, much more toxic and should be used only when all the natural remedies and nutritional balancing are not enough.  I have never needed to use them.  They include Nystatin, Diflucan and Nizoril.

As stated above, anti-molds and yeasts products are rarely needed if one follows a complete nutritional balancing program.

 

THE NEED FOR A COMPLETE HEALING PROGRAM

 

Most often, molds and yeasts infection is just a symptom of deeper systemic imbalances in the body.  The great advantage of a nutritional balancing program is it is not a symptomatic approach. It addresses many imbalances and deeper causes at the same time.  For this reason, many people find nutritional balancing effective when all other methods, including other natural healing methods, have failed to bring about the desired results.

 

HOW LONG UNTIL I AM HEALTHY?

 

A better diet alone often leads to improvement in molds and yeasts symptoms within a few days to a week.  Anti-molds and yeasts medications also often work quickly. However, permanently improving copper balance, eliminating toxic metals and enhancing the oxidation rate take longer, up to several years or even longer.

If one has taken antibiotics recently or in the past, more time is often required to remove residues stored in the liver and other organs.  Do not be discouraged if results take longer.

Sauna therapy can significantly speed up the improvement in molds and yeasts infection.  Molds and yeasts is a “cold” infection and the sauna heats the body several degrees.  This helps make the body more yang and seems to help reduce molds and yeasts in the body.  It also assists the elimination of toxic metals, toxic chemicals and other poisons that may accumulate within the body.  It also inhibits the sympathetic nervous system, improves circulation and oxygenation and directly disables molds and yeasts organisms to some degree.  Sauna therapy is thus one of the finest method of eliminating molds and yeasts overgrowth.

 

References

 

Atkins, R., Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution.

Crook, W. MD, The Yeast Connection.

Trowbridge, J., The Yeast Syndrome.

Truss, O., The Missing Diagnosis.

 

 These older books offer more in-depth information about molds and yeasts albicans symptoms, diagnostic criteria, various treatments and more.  However, none of them recommend a nutritional balancing program, so I would view them somewhat skeptically.

 

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DEPRESSION AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT

By Lawrence Wilson, MD

© August 2014, The Center for Development

 

Depression is a very common and potentially serious condition.  Doctors often define it vaguely as having four or five or the following symptoms most of the day for at least two weeks.  These symptoms are:

 

Emotional symptoms:

Constant sadness or an empty feeling

Irritability

Hopelessness

Feeling worthless or guilty for no reason

Loss of interest in favorite activities

 

Physical symptoms:

Trouble sleeping

Low energy or fatigue

Significant weight change or appetite change

 

While these symptoms can be vague, when one learns about nutritional balancing science, the causes for many cases of depression become very clear.  Removing these causes makes the depression feelings lift often within weeks or months, without any need for drugs, hormones, or other interventions such as counseling.

A properly performed and correctly interpreted hair tissue mineral analysis or HTMA can identify at least a dozen causes for depression, and guide their correction, as well.  Often correction is quite simple, in fact.  Someday, I hope, doctors will realize that most depression is often biochemically-based and is amenable to correction in many cases using nutritional balancing science.  This article discusses some of the more common biochemical, emotional, mental and other causes for depression and how to correct it.

 

Warning: Anyone who has feelings of wanting to harm or kill oneself or others should immediately see a qualified doctor for help.  Do not attempt to solve these types of depression problems by yourself.

 

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL CAUSES OF DEPRESSION

 

In my experience with literally thousands of people with feelings of depression, by far the most important causes are nutritional imbalances.  Here are the main biochemical and nutritional imbalances associated with feelings of depression.

 

  1. Low Energy. Many people feel depressed because they are  tired or burned out.  Many have what I call adrenal burnout.  Depression is just the body’s way of saying it is too tired to want to do much of anything.

The body is toxic, nutritionally depleted, and generally the body chemistry is also out of balance in terms of the oxidation rate and the major mineral ratios in the tissues.  The adrenal glands and/or thyroid glands are often very underactive.

Such people must drag themselves through life, often using stimulants like caffeine, sugar, worry or even use anger as a stimulant just to function.  Life is not much fun.  This gives rise to negative thoughts and negative emotions.  The main one is depression.

The body cells may literally send one messages all day long that the body is not well, it does not feel like doing things, and there is little hope.  Everything is more difficult when one is exhausted, and the entire world looks bleak.  In contrast, when one has so much energy one feels like conquering the world, depression is unlikely.  For more on this topic, read How To Increase Your Energy Naturally.

 

  1. A Simple Need For Rest And Sleep. This can be a simple cause for depression if it is due to simple lack of rest and sleep.  This cannot be emphasized strongly enough.  The most important factor is often going to bed very early, by 9 PM or even earlier.  Sleep a lot more, and see if your symptoms improve.  If you cannot rest or sleep well, take extra calcium and magnesium at bedtime, herbs such as valerian, or 5 htp, melatonin, or even a medical prescription drug if nothing else helps.
    Sleep is absolutely critical for all aspects of health, including your thoughts and emotions.  So do not overlook this important and simple cause for depression.  For more on this important subject, read Rest And Sleep.

 

  1. Low levels of adrenal hormones. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol, a hormone that provides a natural “high”. For example, professional athletes and others who take cortisone shots for pain often feel a slight euphoria from this drug.  This is one reason why cortisone is used for pain control.  When the adrenals are exhausted, cortisol production diminishes and the natural high is gone, replaced by achiness, fatigue and often a lowered mood and depression.

A simple test for this is whether you are achy in the morning.  If you are a little stiff and it gets better as the day goes on, your adrenal glands may be tired out and usually nutritionally depleted.  This is extremely common.  The reason the aches and perhaps depression feelings improve as the day goes on is that the adrenals may begin to work better as the day progresses, usually due to stimulating them in some way with caffeine, sugar, worry, fear, etc.  For more on this topic, read Adrenal Burnout Syndrome.  Another article that touches on this cause for depression is Mitochondrial Dysfunction.  Rebuilding the adrenals does not require any bio-identical hormones and I do not ever use them.

 

  1. Low thyroid activity. This is another cause for depression that is extremely common. However, I find it is not necessary to take thyroid hormones, even if your blood T3 and T4 are low, or if TSH is elevated.  Complete nutritional balancing programs can almost always rebuild and detoxify your thyroid so it works properly.  It is usually much better than hormone replacement therapy, in my experience.

The only time replacement hormones are needed is if the thyroid gland has been destroyed by surgery or radiation (RAI).  For more on this topic, read Thyroid Dysfunction And Its Healing.

 

MINERALS AND DEPRESSION

 

  1. High tissue calcium and magnesium. Mineral analyses of the hair of those with depression usually reveal elevated levels of calcium and magnesium.  Calcium stabilizes cell membranes and increases the voltage at which nerve cells fire.  This effectively has a depressive effect on the central nervous system.  This means that you may feel depressed because you have too much calcium in your body tissues.

This is an extremely common cause of depression.  It is a type of depression in which one often feels a sort of heaviness and numbness in the body.  The awareness level may also be lowered, causing one to have odd thoughts and feelings.

Please read Calcium Mysteries on this website for more information about this cause for depression.  A common finding when feelings of depression are present is a hair mineral pattern called a Calcium Shell, which you can also read about on this site.  With the proper nutrition program, this will often go away within a few months.  So do not despair about this causes of depression.

 

  1. Copper toxicity. A very common mineral imbalance associated with feelings of depression is elevated copper. This is very common today, due to zinc deficiency, copper in the environment, vegetarian diets, the use of steroid drugs and birth control pills, and due to exhausted adrenal glands.  This type of depression is often accompanied by excessive emotions of many types such as anger, rage, frustration and others.

              Women are somewhat more prone to this cause of depression, and it may be worse around the time of the menstrual period in younger women.  Beware that the copper level in the blood, the urine and in the hair can all be normal.  To identify copper toxicity, I find the best method is to use what are called the hidden copper indicators on a properly performed hair tissue mineral analysis.   To learn about this, and to read more about this cause of depression, read Copper toxicity Syndrome.

 

  1. Nickel toxicity. Toxicity with nickel is highly associated with a severe type of depression, usually accompanied by anger and suicidal thoughts. This is a very important cause of depression because one may want to kill oneself when it is present.

              Excess nickel comes from wearing dental braces, drinking rooibos tea (or red tea), or eating hydrogenated oils. Occasionally it is due to wearing nickel-plated costume jewelry or occupational exposure in metal-working industries.

Amazingly, when the nickel is removed from the body, which can occur within a few months on a properly designed nutritional balancing program, all of a sudden, the depressed and suicidal thoughts just go away, even when one’s life has not changed in other ways.

Note that elevated nickel may not show up on the first hair mineral test, as it can be hidden deep within the brain or other body organs.  Read the article entitled Nickel on this website for more on this serious cause of depression.

 

  1. Cadmium and other toxic metals. Other toxic metals including cadmium, lead, and arsenic also commonly cause mental sluggishness, brain fog and depression. Many children are born today with too much of these common metals. They are also found in organ meats, some tap water, junk food, medical drugs, cigarette smoke and in drugs like marijuana especially if smoked.

Toxic metals may interfere with energy production, alter neurotransmitter levels and can affect all body systems.  Excess copper, mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminum are often found in the tissue mineral tests of those with depression.

Tissue mineral analysis may or may not reveal the presence of these toxic metals on the first or even on a second hair mineral analysis.  It may take a few months to a year or more of following a specific nutritional balancing program for the body to begin to eliminate most of a person’s toxic metals, which everyone has today to some degree.  This occurs because the toxic metals are usually buried deep within the brain and elsewhere, and will not show up on any toxic metal tests, including urine challenge tests, feces tests, hair or blood tests.  In other words, do not assume you do not have toxic metals just because all the tests are normal.  This is rarely the case today.

 

Reducing toxic metals in stages or layers.  Eliminating toxic metals is a primary goal of nutritional balancing programs.  In my experience of 29 years, they are much better than chelation of all kinds, and far superior to simply taking random vitamin, mineral or other products to remove toxic metals.  Nutritional balancing is also much safer.  Read Toxic Metals, for more about this important cause of depression.

 

  1. Deficiencies of nutrient minerals, vitamins, amino acids and other important nutrients. This is another critical cause of depression in millions of people today.  The rest of this article discusses some aspects of this cause in more detail.

 

Correct the entire biochemistry for best results.  Biochemical factors are very important today as contributors to depression.  Correcting body chemistry, which is not the same as using symptomatic remedies, is an important factor in correcting any depression.  Even if imbalanced chemistry is not the primary factor, it will enhance the effects of psychotherapy, counseling and other therapies.

 

ZINC, MANGANESE AND OTHER TRACE ELEMENTS

 

              Many minerals can play a role in feelings of depression.  Zinc, for instance, stimulates the neocortex of the brain, which is the newer part of the brain.  When zinc is deficient, it can feel the same as copper toxicity, which was discussed above.
Other essential minerals including, but not limited to manganese, selenium, chromium and others affect carbohydrate tolerance and the body’s ability to regulate glucose metabolism.  When these are deficient or unbalanced, this can cause severe fatigue and perhaps feelings of depression.  Only through a tissue mineral test can we know all the possible imbalances that are present in these and other common trace minerals in the body.

 

HOW DEPRESSION OFTEN DEVELOPS TODAY

 

Problems From Birth.  Some biochemical imbalances and deficiencies may be present at birth.  These are calledcongenital imbalances, as they are not inherited in the genetic sense of the word.
Congenital imbalances are those one is born with due to imbalances in one’s mother at the time she was pregnant with you.  These imbalances, such as low zinc or high copper, are transmitted through the placenta to the developing child.
Few people realize that any deficiency or excess of nutrients can be passed through the placenta during the growth of the developing child.  These will show up on a hair tissue mineral analysis of a young child and is an important reason why depression may occur often today in children. Congenital problems are part of what is sometimes called the birth trauma that all of us must go through.

 

Children’s Diets.  Factors in early childhood that easily contribute to depression later may include the toxins in vaccinations, a poor quality diet, unhealthy eating habits that impair digestion, stress that impairs digestion and uses up more nutrients, intestinal infections, and the use of medical drugs that are toxic for the body.

 

Consuming anti-nutrients.  Most people today, especially children, eat some sugar, toxic food additives and other substances that provide basically no nutrition at all, and just contribute to stuffing the body with poisons that cause many problems, including often depression.
Among the worst chemicals for everyone are Aspartame or Equal, along with some colors and flavors if one is sensitive to them.  One can have a ‘brain allergy’ which just means that the part of the body affected by the chemical or even a food is the brain.

Consuming anti-nutrients like refined sugar, stimulants such as caffeine, MSG and others, and foods that have been stripped of nutrients like bleached, white flour aggravate deficiencies and open the way for the development of depression in many people.

 

Vaccines and medical drugs.  I repeat this problem because medical drugs and vaccines always add to a person’s toxic load, and can cause many other nutritional imbalances as well.  Most vaccines still contain mercury and aluminum, and many other toxic substances.  In my experience, they are not needed and they are promoted falsely.  If your medical doctor tells you the truth about them, he can lose his medical license, so you must do your own research.  Please read Vaccination on this site for more on this important subject.

Medical drugs upset body chemistry and digestion in hundreds of ways.  Drugs may be needed, at times, but be careful, especially with antibiotics because they are all quite toxic.  Natural antibiotic substances often work just as well, at lower cost, with many fewer side effects.  They include colloidal silver, high-dose vitamin A and Limcomin, an Endomet product for the immune system.

Also, I would never give anti-depressant drugs to children, unless all other methods, including nutritional balancing fail. Too often the drugs are used first, and can have horrendous side effects such as suicide and homocide in young people, especially.

 

Stress.  Stress always depletes one’s nutrients, impairs digestion and elimination, and damages one’s health in other ways, as well.  all types of stress can do this, from too much exercise, or none at all, to chiropractic misalignments, to social, financial, family, school or work stress.

 

OTHER CAUSES FOR DEPRESSION

 

Hypoglycemia and diabetes.  The brain is highly dependent on a constant level of blood sugar.  When blood sugar levels vary, it causes lowered energy, mood fluctuations, confusion and at these times one can easily feel depressed. Sometimes one feels as though one is on a blood sugar rollercoaster all day long as one’s energy level and mood fluctuate during the day.
Correcting hypoglycemia is often easy with nutritional balancing science.  Diet is an important factor.   Stopping all sweets and eating some protein and perhaps some fats or oils every three or four hours will take care of some cases of hypoglycemia.  Trace minerals including zinc, manganese, chromium and others are also required for blood sugar regulation.   Most people are low in these trace minerals.
Read Hypoglycemia for more information.

When hypoglycemia persists for years, it turns into diabetes, another cause of depression.  If you think you might have this, visit a doctor to make sure.  With diabetes, you often, but not always, will feel tired all the time and need to eat sweets or you will get shaky and even weaker, and you may need to urinate a lot, even during the night.
This is still another physical cause for depression that often is overlooked by psychiatrists and psychologists.

 

Fast oxidizer depression.  This is another type that is seen on hair tissue mineral tests.  The sodium/potassium ratio is almost always less than 2.5, along with a fast oxidation rate.  The person often feels stuck in a certain way, unwilling to change, perhaps, or unable to shift into a different mode of thinking and behaving.

 

Cancer and some infections.  Cancer definitely can cause a type of depression.  It makes some cancer patients not want to live any more, and they soon succumb to their cancers.  Cancer cells, specifically the trophoblast, apparently secretes a chemical substance that causes these feelings.  Certain bacteria and other infectious organisms may have similar effects. Nutritional balancing programs slowly reduce the amount of cancer in the body, since most people have some at all times.

 

Four lows depression.  This is still another type of depression that has to do with giving up, often, and a cynical attitude, or being too hard on oneself and others.  It is very difficult to alleviate without a properly designed nutritional balancing program, and to my knowledge, it can only be identified on a hair tissue mineral test, and not by other means.

 

              Overgrowth of candida albicans as a cause of depression.  This is quite common.  Excessive yeast in the intestines, and especially in the brain, produces alcohol that has a naturally depressive effect on the brain.  One can feel sort of numb, inebriated or with brain fog in this type of depression.  Read Yeast Infections for more on this interesting topic.

 

              Brain parasites and depression.  In a few cases, parasitic infestation can cause depression.  The real cause can be nutrient depletion, or perhaps the parasites secrete poisons that cause the depression feelings.  This cause, and the others will be corrected using a nutritional balancing program.  It is not necessary to do fancy parasite tests, which often miss some parasites anyway.  Read Parasitic Infections for more on this topic.

 

Deficiency of essential fatty acids.  This cause of depression is a little less common.  Today, most people eat a predominance of the omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils primarily.  However, they are also found in our meats, poultry, butter, milk and other foods because the animals are not allowed to graze freely on grasses.  Instead, they are fed indoors on corn and other vegetable cereals.
As a result, the fatty acid content of their meat, dairy and other products are quite different today than they were 100 years ago.  The correct fatty acids are important for proper functioning of the brain and central nervous system.

 

EMOTIONAL OR EGO DEPRESSION

 

A number of emotions can contribute to feelings of depression.  Here are some of the most common ones:

 

Sadness.  This is a common cause of depression feelings.  Sadness is associated with feelings of loss, abandonment, fear and worry.  On a hair analysis, those prone to sadness often have a very slow oxidation rate and often a high calcium/potassium ratio, an indicator of low thyroid activity.

 

Anger. Many people who are secretly or openly angry feel depressed.  They often know that anger is inappropriate but they may not want to let it go and forgive others, or they may not know how to let it go.  Being angry all or even some of the time is also just depressing.

 

This type of depression is caused by emotions that are basically out of control.  One reacts or over-reacts to stimuli that cause severe negative feelings.  This is common with copper imbalance, but can be caused by a lack of emotional control. Emotional depression is more common in women, while depression caused by mental aberration is more common in men. This has to do with their mineral balance, hormones and other factors.
The answer to this type of depression is to learn forgiveness and emotional balance by whatever means is effective. Among the best ways is the Roy Masters meditation that we recommend for all adults. To investigate this method further, read the article entitled Meditation.  Other methods that may help include reading the bible or other spiritual or uplifting books, watching movies or listening to CDs that reminds you to relax, laugh at yourself a little rather than be too serious.  Some people may need to talk with a counselor, and always remember that we are spiritual beings having an experience on earth that we will not always understand, so there is no point in over-reacting to everything and everyone.

 

DEPRESSION DUE TO MENTAL CAUSES

 

              This occurs when one wants something one cannot or does not have.  It is a disappointment of the ego when it cannot have or control the world as it would like.  This kind of depression is often rooted in immaturity, fantasies and delusions about oneself or about the world.
This depression is basically caused by beliefs or other types of thinking that are not healthy or are not true, or are not grounded in this reality.  For example, one may believe that one deserves to win the lottery.  Therefore, one may become depressed when this does not occur.

 

Playing The Victim.  The most important single cause of this type of depression is to feel sorry for oneself.  This is also called the victim mentality or “poor me”.  This is unfortunately encouraged by liberal politicians, the media and even some religions.
This belief is basically that one is worse off than others and somehow deserves a break or special treatment or even monetary compensation because of one’s skin color, religion, state of physical or mental health, financial condition or other situation or behavior choice.
This type of depression is always basically at its root a mental aberration that can only be corrected by adjusting one’s thoughts and beliefs so that they reflect reality.  In fact, there are no victims, but this is hard to believe for many people.  The best approach is to know that one is a child of God and there are unseen angels and other beings standing ready to assist everyone at all times.

 

CONFLICT-RELATED DEPRESSION

 

Some people are depressed because they are living in a way that is not compatible with their deepest nature.  For example, one may be in a job that is incompatible with one’s nature and abilities.  This may apply to the work itself, or perhaps to the environment or some other factor.
It can also occur in personal relationships that are simply not working well.  One person may be more aware than the other, but the more aware person is deferring to the less aware one.  As a result, the more aware person is not living the fullness of his or her life, and depression is a common result.

Other types of conflicts can cause depression, including if one is the object of lies, deception, intimidation, threats or physical violence.  These causes of depression will not be directly remedied by a nutritional balancing program.  However, the program can enhance wellbeing, mental clarity and the vitality or adaptive energy level of a person.  We often hear from clients that suddenly they are able to take the necessary steps to resolve their conflicts by, for instance, changing jobs, changing a relationship, leaving a group, or other important actions.

Trauma and depression.  This is a large subject.  Trauma always reduces one’s vitality or adaptive energy level.  This often gives rise to depression, as explained earlier in this article.  To learn more about this interesting topic, read Trauma Release on this website.

 

Depression in children.  Children often become depressed due to conflicts over which they have little control.  Many are not compatible with their school environment, for example.  At other times, they are not appreciated or possibly misunderstood by their parents or even their friends.  This can be a difficult situation that can lead to teen pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, runaways, failing grades, violence and even suicide.
Spiritual depression.  A type of confusion that occurs in some people and can cause feelings of depression.  Dr. Carolyn Myss coined the term “spiritual madness” to describe this phenomenon.  It is a condition in which a person becomes aware that the world is not the way one thought.  One is becoming aware of new approaches to living, and new ways of thinking and viewing reality.  An imbalance occurs as one tries to fit new ideas into old ways of living.
This can be extremely confusing and one must feel one’s way forward gently and slowly.  The sense of confusion, uncertainty and temptation to return to old ways can create a type of depressed attitude in some people that is important to be aware of.  Please do not to fall prey to the use of drugs or other crutches to pass through this important stage in one’s development, if at all possible.  Instead, keep working on one’s health, rest a lot more, ask for help from counselors or others, read more of this website, and in almost all cases you will pass safely on your way.  Two articles on this website that may help a lot are The Lightworkers and The Warrior’s Creed.
This type of mild depression can occur at multiple intervals as one awakens to more dimensions of reality.  One may feel compelled to leave behind old friends, old ways, old relationships, old jobs and so forth.  This is, indeed, an important type of depression that occurs in those who are attempting to make positive changes in their lives.

 

OTHER CAUSES FOR DEPRESSION

 

Pharmaceutical drugs.  A number of drugs have depression as a side effect.  Among the most important are cortisone therapy, especially as one reduces the dose, birth control pills, patches and the birth control IUD, hormone replacement therapies, depressants such as valium, ADHD drugs, blood pressure medications such as beta blockers and others, and at times many other drugs if they do not react well in the body.

Always be sure to check the side effects of any medication you are using on a regular basis if depression begins to occur.  It can be life threatening, so do not ignore this cause of depression.  Even if depression is not a recognized side effect of a medication, it can still cause the problem and a trial without the drug or using another drug instead can be worthwhile.  If one follows a nutritional balancing program, most drug therapy can be discontinued after a period of time.
Medications of all sorts can cause depression directly by inhibiting various neurotransmitters in the brain.  They can also cause depression by inhibiting or interfering with other nutrients.  They may also affect your appetite, sex life, sleep habits, or other areas that lead indirectly to feelings of sadness, inadequacy or other problems.  This applies to over-the-counter remedies equally as it applies to prescription or recreational drug use.
For example, birth control pills, patches or the newer insertable Nuvo-ring can cause depression by affecting copper balance.  This is well known by some women, but many are unaware that these drugs can affect one’s entire personality, leading even to suicidal thoughts.

 

DEPRESSION AS AN ADAPTATION TO STRESS

 

Depression can be a positive adaptation to exhaustion.  In these cases, depression occurs to prevent further depletion of energy that could cause more serious illness.
The truth of this is observed as a person recovers their health.  Many patients comment after several months or longer on a health building program their depression lifts, but they are exhausted.  After several more months, the exhaustion begins to lift.  As they regain their health, they retrace the sequence of events that led to the depression.
Thus depression may be a stage of life after exhaustion.   Rebuilding body chemistry is necessary to reverse the process.  Sometimes the reversal process is fast.  At other times, toxic metal elimination and nutrient replacement can take up to several years.

 

WHEN WILL I FEEL BETTER?

 

This is the most common question we receive.  It is not easy to answer.  Some people feel better in a week or two when they eliminate sugar from their diet and begin sleeping more.  Most people, in fact, start to feel better on a nutritional balancing program rapidly.  However, for best results, do not expect to feel better overnight, especially with physically-caused depression.  It may take longer, depending on many factors.
For example, if one’s depression is physical, then physical changes will improve it.  However, if it is emotional, mental or spiritual, then other types of changes are needed to alleviate the condition.
Even if it is a simple physical depression, improvement may require at least several months.  This occurs because the body has buffering systems to prevent it from absorbing too much of any nutrient at once, as this would upset body chemistry. Thus, making large changes in body chemistry always takes some time.  Similarly, making important emotional and lifestyle changes may also take time.  Thus, you should not be discouraged if time is required to overcome depression feelings.

 

HOW TO PROCEED TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION

 

Nutritional balancing.  This modern nutritional approach is very different from all others I have seen.  It uses the most modern biochemical and physics principles such as general systems theory, the stress theory of disease, fractals, holography and many others.  These are explained in the article entitled The Theory Of Nutritional Balancing Science.  Other articles such as Introduction To Nutritional Balancing and Psychological Patterns On A Hair Analysis may also be helpful.  Anyone interested in learning this science can read about training on the page entitled Training.

 

ANTI-DEPRESSANT DRUGS

 

First, do not stop antidepressant medication without careful thought and attention.  Many patients report side effects when stopping these drugs.  This is a sad fact about these drugs.
Adverse effects of the drugs or of stopping them may include headache, nausea, depression, anxiety and many, many more.  Be careful and preferably work with a health professional.  I never tell patients to stop prescription medication without the assistance or okay of their doctor.
However, a new study reviewed all of the past studies on four popular anti-depressant drugs.  These are representative of the newer class of antidepressants called SSRI antidepressants.
The researchers concluded that they are no better than placebo, except for some very severe cases of depression.  This is a very important study.  Here are questions everyone taking these drugs must ask himself or herself:

* Why risk the side effects of these drugs that include suicide in teens, homicide in adults and many more that are just less severe?
* Why risk the toxic effects of any drug if it is no better than a sugar pill?
* Why spend the money on these drugs?
* Why take any toxic products that don’t work well anyway?

Please pay attention to this study, which you are not likely to hear about on the evening news.

Reference:  PloS Med. 2008;5(2):e45.

CONCLUSION

 

Depression feelings are common, and may not be serious.  However, they are often a signal that one is tired, copper toxic, hypoglycemic or that some other physical imbalance is present.  For this type of depression, a nutritional balancing program is superb.

In other cases, mental fixations or emotional imbalances can also cause depression feelings.  One may need meditation, talking with a counselor, or just a new lifestyle to overcome this type of problem.

Very rarely, drug therapy may be helpful, although I have never needed to refer someone for antidepressant drugs.  They have many side effects, are costly and are somewhat toxic to the body.  Therefore, I recommend trying a natural approach first, in all cases.

Symptomatic vitamin or herb therapies may work, but do not rebuild the body.  A nutritional balancing program, in contrast, will build a solid foundation of health and will also prevent or correct dozens of other symptoms and conditions at the same time.

 

 

 

 

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ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS – THEIR CAUSES AND CORRECTION

ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS – THEIR CAUSES AND CORRECTION

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© September 2012, The Center For Development

Anxiety may be defined a very uncomfortable feeling of nervousness, irritability or foreboding about the future.  At times, it is attached to a particular event or situation or person. At other times, there is no obvious cause for it.  This is called free-floating anxiety.

Panic attacks, also called anxiety attacks, are sudden drastic increases in anxiety to the point where one may have trouble breathing, muscles tighten, the pulse rate increases, one may collapse, or even urinate or defecate without control.

Anxiety and panic attacks are among the most common symptoms in doctor’s offices. However, I find they are almost always easy to stop or at least reduce significantly using nutritional balancing science.  Drugs are almost never needed, even in severe cases.  This article discusses some causes for anxiety and panic attacks that few people know about, and the correction of these sometimes very debilitating symptoms.

 

CAUSES FOR ANXIETY

 

              Basic causes of anxiety are:

 

  1. Biochemical imbalances. These are extremely important, but not known by most medical and psychological professionals. The reasons for this, in my view, are that this approach to mental health is not taught in universities.  Also, the medical and psychological professions rarely use hair mineral testing, which allows one to see the imbalances found in people with anxiety.  The next section of this article discusses these imbalances.

 

  1. Improper ways of thinking. The brain functions much like a computer. If the thoughts and feelings that go in are mainly negative, the brain will process this and often will draw fearful and anxious conclusions.  For this reason, a cause of anxiety and panic attacks is dwelling on fear, foreboding, negative self-images, horror, grief or despair.  Other negative thinking habits include always second-guessing yourself, always questioning your motives, and/or doubting yourself continuously.  Others are not listening carefully or not learning well, so that you acquire wrong information that leads to poor-quality decisions that, in turn, cause more trouble and problems.

Counseling, reading certain books, support groups, meditation and relaxation are methods that can help to change the way you use the mind.

 

  1. Improper diet and/or lifestyle. This is a major cause of anxiety and panic feelings in some people. How to correct this problem is discussed later in this article.

 

  1. Stress. The effects of stress on the body are well known. Any stressful situation tends to cause a fight-or-flight reaction in the body with activation of the sympathetic nervous system.This tends to increase the heart rate and the blood pressure, increase the blood sugar level, and has other effects that can all contribute to feelings of anxiety.  For example, Americans are quickly losing control over their health care system recently, and this may cause a lot more anxiety in the future.  Government systems just pay for drugs, and this does not get to the root causes of anxiety, at all.

Improving the diet and overall health will help anyone handle much more stress without anxiety.  This is one reason why some people handle stress much better than others.

 

  1. Other. At times, chiropractic misalignments, electromagnetic stress from overusing cell phones or computers, or other factors will cause anxiety and panic attacks.

 

BIOCHEMICAL IMBALANCES ASSOCIATED WITH ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS

 

Among the most important biochemical reasons for anxiety are:

 

Fatigue and adrenal burnout.  Fatigue alone will cause anxiety.  The feeling arises because the body does not have the energy to cope with stress.  This is a common, and often overlooked, cause of anxiety.  If fatigue alone is the situation,  a few night’s of great sleep will solve it.  If one is has adrenal exhaustion or “burnout” (so called because vital minerals are literally gone or burned out of the body), then a more intense nutritional balancing program is required to correct it.  The anxious and panicky feelings disappear as one is able to handle stress of all kinds.

 

An alarm stage of stress.  This is a state of the body’s autonomic nervous system in which the body is constantly geared up in preparation to fight or run away.  It is like being in “emergency” mode all of the time.  The nervous system is hypersensitive, and reacts to the smallest stimulation, often over-reacting and causing anxiety and possibly a panic attack.

In terms of body chemistry, the tissue calcium and magnesium levels decrease, as does zinc.  Calcium, magnesium, and zinc are called “the sedativeminerals”.  With lower levels of these three minerals in the tissues, the body becomes very prone to feelings of anxiety.

Some people live this way much of the time.  It may be due to chronic or acute stress, or due to nutritional deficiencies, or an improper diet or lifestyle.  Regardless of the reason, this state of body chemistry strongly predisposes one to feelings of anxiety and to panic attacks.

 

A very sluggish metabolic rate.  This would seem to be the opposite of the condition above.  However, it is also anxiety-producing, often in the extreme.  Reasons this occurs include:

1) A deficiency of biologically available calcium and magnesium.  This can cause the same symptoms as a calcium and/or magnesium deficiency.

2) Excess copper in the tissues, which occurs with a slow oxidation rate.

3) Very low energy and thus difficulty coping with stress.  The person may not even be aware of how little energy he or she has.  However, life becomes difficult, and the slightest stress can throw one into feelings of anxiety and panic.

4) High levels of toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, nickel or lead.  These begin to accumulate when the metabolic or oxidation rate is slow because the body cannot properly eliminate them.  They further inflame the nervous system and alter it in ways that often contribute to feelings of anxiety.

 

Copper imbalance.  This is the most common cause of panic attacks, in my experience. Copper excess in the tissues enhances the production of stimulatory neurotransmitters and appears to stimulate the activity of the diencephalon.  This is also called the “animal brain” or the “emotional brain”.  This causes generally enhanced emotions, one of which is often anxiety and feelings of panic.

 

The presence of specific toxic metals in excess.  This is a very common, but greatly overlooked cause of feelings of anxiety.  While well understood by toxicologists, this knowledge has not filtered down to the medical and psychological professions to any great extent.  Yet millions of people have too much lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, and toxic forms of iron and manganese in their bodies.  These settle in various parts of the brain, irritate the nervous system, and definitely can contribute to anxiety and panic attacks.  They also can replace the sedative minerals, calcium, magnesium and zinc, upsetting the normal ways our bodies relax.

 

Hypoglycemia.  Episodes of low or fluctuating blood sugar is another common cause of anxiety today.  When the blood sugar level becomes too low, the brain literally begins to starve for fuel.  Many people have experienced the anxiety that can accompany low blood sugar.  One usually becomes very hungry, almost desperate for food.  One can easily become shaky, weak, confused and panicky in this condition.  If this is the cause of your anxiety, it will go away in a few minutes just by eating something sweet.  At least half the American population experiences low blood sugar, often due to an improper diet and/or lifestyle.  Cutting out all sweet foods and eating protein and perhaps some fat every three or four hours can help prevent this cause of anxiety.  Removing underlying causes, which are mineral imbalances involving zinc, chromium and manganese, takes more effort.

 

Nutrient deficiencies.  Our nervous system requires several dozen minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids to function at all properly.  Deficiencies of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, D3 and E are rampant, especially if one eats any refined foods.  Poor eating habits, such as eating on the run, also interferes with nutrient absorption and leads to nutrient deficiencies.

 

Inflammation.  Anxiety and panic attacks are inflamed states of the mind that can be related to having an inflamed body chemistry.  This is often due to excessive iron, manganese or aluminum, low zinc, a high sodium/potassium ratio or other a few other more complex biochemical imbalances.

 

Taking the wrong vitamins and minerals.  Certain vitamins such as B-complex are stimulatory and will cause anxiety and even panic attacks in some people.  Minerals such as copper, manganese and others are also stimulatory.  Certain herbs such as ginseng and elutheroare also somewhat stimulatory and can cause anxiety.  Be careful with supplements, as they are not all benign.

 

Reactions to foods or toxic chemicals in foods or in the environment.  Sensitivity, intolerance or an allergic reaction to a food or something else in the environment can cause severe anxiety.  Common problems are wheat sensitivity or a an allergy to pasteurized and homogenized dairy products.  In other cases, the allergy or sensitivity may be respiratory or due to contact with the skin.

 

Some Infections.  For example, a common digestive infection that can cause feelings of anxiety and panic, in some cases, is a chronic candida albicans or yeast infection.  It produces chemicals such as acetaldehyde and alcohol that irritate the nervous system.  Just following acandida diet may not be enough to stop it.

I do not recommend the medical drugs for this condition, as they are rarely needed. Nutritional balancing usually solves the yeast condition, which is always related to a copper imbalance.

 

HOW PANIC ATTACKS OR ANXIETY ATTACKS OCCUR

 

A panic attack occurs when anxiety feeds back on itself creating a vicious cycle that quickly escalates out of control.  Essentially, a negative thought or emotion causes a bodily or physical fight-or-flight reaction.  This, in turn, makes one more panicky.  This, in turn, feeds back and worsens the stress response of the body.  The process escalates in a minute or less, until it overwhelms the nervous system.

If one deeply understands this simple process, it may be possible to stop the attacks by breaking the vicious cycle that creates them before the full-blown attack episode occurs.  Ways to do this are:

 

  1. Reduce excessive sensitivity of the entire central nervous system through biochemical balancing of the body.
  2. Reduce or better yet, remove triggers that start the attack.
  3. Interrupt the vicious cycle or positive feedback loop in some way such as by breathing deeply and slowly, or thinking very positive, calming thoughts.

 

CORRECTING ANXIETY AND PANIC FEELINGS

 

Solutions for anxiety and panic attacks follow directly from understanding their deeper causes:

 

  1. Follow a nutritional balancing program. This is a very sophisticated kind of nutrition program that will correct a dozen or more biochemical imbalances that predispose a person to feelings of anxiety and panic. In addition, it will help your thinking become much clearer, which makes it easier to correct the faulty use of the mind.

In fact, changes in perception and thinking often occur all by themselves as one’s brain chemistry and therefore perception improves.  The program is calming to the nervous system and helps one handle stress much better, as well.  You can read more about it in many articles on this website such as Introduction To Nutritional Balancing.

 

  1. Correct your thinking. Learning to observe your thoughts and change them, substituting more realistic ideas and more positive emotions, helps some people overcome or minimize anxiety. Sometimes a trauma holds a person in a negative thinking pattern. Counseling and a nutritional balancing program can often break through traumas and release them gently and with minimal emotional pain.

 

  1. Improve your diet. Avoid sugar, in particular, in any form including fruit and juices.  I know this advice is contrary to that of many health authorities, but I have found it to be important for some people.  Fruit and all sugars act as adrenal stimulants, upset blood sugar, lower calcium and magnesium, and can easily contribute to anxiety or even panic attacks.  Also, eat plenty of vegetables, but cook them, rather than eat salads.  Most people do not absorb enough minerals from raw vegetables, no matter what is claimed for them.  You will absorb many more nutrients from cooked vegetables than from raw ones.  The few that are destroyed during cooking are not that important, as they are found in other foods.

Other offensive items to avoid are caffeine found in coffee, tea and soda pop, and irritating foods such as wheat.  Also, stay away from Aspartame and other food additives and chemicals, as some of these also irritate the nervous system.

 

  1. Improve your lifestyle. Be sure to go to bed early and get at least 8 or 9 hours of sleep each and every night. In addition, if needed take a nap every day.  Walk around, at least 15 minutes each day, rather than just sit all day long at a job.  Do some slow, deep breathing for at least 15 minutes a day.  Rub your feet firmly all over for 10 minutes a day, or more.  This is called foot reflexology and is a wonderful way to reduce stress in the nervous system.  Try to get some sunshine each day for 20 minutes or so, as this is very helpful for most people.  Wear a hat if you like, but do not wear sun screen, most of which is quite toxic.

Also, stay away from all alcohol and recreational drugs, as these derange the nervous system in all cases.  Even the use of medical drugs and somewhat toxic over-the-counter products such as hair spray, hair dyes and many others are not wise.  Any use of stimulants can also be bad, such as loud music, too much sex, no exercise or too much exercise, and perhaps other habits that enervate or damage the body in some way.

Other simple methods that may help range from and relaxation procedures to various body therapies such as Rolfing, structural integration and therapeutic massage.  The use of tranquilizer drugs, I find, is very rarely needed if one balances the body chemistry and uses the simple methods listed here.

 

  1. Reduce stress. This may sound hard, but anyone can do it. Correcting your diet and lifestyle are important ways to reduce stress.  Also, make an effort to simplify your life.  Keep a sane schedule, and do not overbook yourself.  You may go to fewer parties or events, and you may make less money, but your health will improve drastically in some cases.  Praying daily can help reduce some stress.  Also, be sure to laugh at times, and each day avail yourself of uplifting and inspiring books, and other inspiring or spiritual material.

 

  1. Natural remedies that may work. One of the best is a strong cup of chamomile tea.Others are valerian, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.  In some cases, methyl donors are very relaxing.  These include choline inositol, methionine and niacinamide.

 

  1. The use of drugs. Physicians use tranquilizers, muscle relaxants and anti-depressants to control anxiety and panic attacks. These can work okay, although they are all quite toxic and have side effects such as fatigue, loss of sexual function, liver and kidney toxicity, and others. So they should be used only when needed, and when natural methods are not working.

 

ANXIETY DURING A NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAM

 

At times, during a nutritional balancing program a person develops anxiety.  Possible reasons for this include:

  1. Elimination of a toxic metal such as excessive copper, mercury, cadmium or another can cause temporary anxiety.
  2. Retracing an old trauma or memory. This can be very anxiety-producing, especially if one was unaware of the trauma or if it was of a serious nature.
  3. A need for a new nutritional balancing program. For example, if one’s oxidation rate speeds up and one is still taking a slow oxidizer supplement program, one can easily develop anxiety that can become quite severe. A new program will usually take care of it quickly.
  4. A so-called spiritual healing crisis. This occurs when the mind begins to work better and mental clarity improves. A person may then become aware of his or her reality in a new way, and usually this is accompanied by a need to make changes in one life.  For example, one may realize that one really does not like one’s job, or that a relationship is not working well, although one may have thought it was okay.  Perhaps one gets in touch with intense anger, fear, guilt or some other strong emotion one was not aware of.  This can provoke a deep healing crisis that is often quite anxiety-provoking.

 

Handling anxiety healing reactions.  Handling anxiety healing reactions depends on the cause.  At times, a new program will help.  In other cases, a supplement that helps reduce copper or mercury may ameliorate the anxiety.  At other times, a simple natural remedy or perhaps a drug for a while is needed, or one must slow down the intensity of the nutritional balancing program.

 

Remedies or drugs as a form of “anesthesia” to help one handle intense anxiety. Normally, we do not like to slow down or stop healing reactions, as it is best to get through them.  However, At times, healing reactions can be so intense that a natural symptomatic remedy such as chamomile or a drug can act like a form of mild anesthesia.  It serves to dull the intensity or pain of the reaction, and does not slow the reaction down.  In fact, it may actually allow the healing reaction to move through faster.

 

 

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