Friday, January 29, 2010

Yeast Infections Can Be Solved

Many women have major problems with yeast infections. They can be very annoying and uncomfortable as well as very hard to get rid of.

Let me share some of what my research has revealed about how to eliminate this problem once and for all.

A yeast overgrowth is generally a result of imbalance in the intestinal flora in your gut. Antibiotics and or processed foods cause the good bacteria to die and the bad bacteria to thrive. (Over the counter pain killers will do this too.) With bad digestion, much of your bodies chemistry gets all out of whack. So of course you need to ultimately fix the digestive problem to solve the root of the problem. Garlic is a good antibacterial that won't hurt the good guys in the gut. Also kefir or yougurt (without any artificial junk, if you can find it) help to put the good guys back in.

You should avoid all processed sugars, or artificial sugars. Avoid dairy that is pasteurized and/or homogenized. But raw dairy will help. Also avoid all vegetable oils (particularly corn, soy, and canola). Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables (spinach is one of the best), and whole wheat, to rebuild intestinal balance. Also be sure that you are consuming plenty of mineralized water daily.

Check out my article I wrote a while back about "Leaky Gut Syndrome". Click HERE.

The article on water will help you to understand mineralized water. Click HERE.

And here is the article all about balancing the body. Click HERE.

If you want something more direct, here are two methods that seem to work to relieve symptoms fairly quickly:

1. Inserting one Boric acid powder capsule into your vagina morning and evening for three to seven days for an acute infection, and 14 to 30 days for a chronic infection. I have not seen Boric acid capsules widely available in health stores or pharmacies but women can make their own by buying a bottle of Boric acid powder and gelatin capsules (a capsule-making machine makes the process go faster).

Studies show the effectiveness of Boric acid is very high especially in women with chronic resistant yeast infections -- one study with 100 women showed a 98 percent success rate with this condition. If you find that the Boric acid irritates your external genitalia you can protect the tissue with vitamin E oil (preferred).

2. Insert a garlic clove into your vagina in the morning and an acidophilus capsule in the evening for three to seven days.

But, even if one of these two methods works for you, you need to take care of the underlying cause for long term relief.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lectin : Friend or Foe?

The anti-grain zealots have come up with a new bad guy to attack and blame on grain consumption. They even claim that this is a factor in many diseases. However, if you read their article carefully, you will see that all of this is guessing in the dark, and taking things out of context.

Note that they admit that wheat is a very complex plant, capable of 23,000 unique proteins. And yet, they have decided to isolate one of them and see what kind of damage it could do all by itself.

They have singled out lectin as the bad guy.

Note also that every detrimental effect on the human body that they claim is caused by lectin, has only been observed in people who eat processed grains, not whole grains.

But they still insist that whole grains are worse than processed grains, because they contain more lectin.

It is kind of like saying that eating a whole apple would be much worse than just eating the seeds of the apple, because you will get more arsenic. While it is true, it has nothing to do with the health effects of eating an apple. (No, I don't suggest eating only the seeds of an apple. Nor does anyone else that I know of.)

Look up lectin in wikipedia and you will find that it has many important biological functions.

Here is why they say lectin is the bad guy:
  1. May be pro-inflammatory.
  2. May directly bind to and activate white blood cells.
  3. May pass through the blood brain barrier pulling bound substances with it.
  4. Capable of inducing either cell cycle arrest or programmed cell death.
  5. May cause cells to divide or inhibit cell division.
  6. May cause platelet activation and aggregation.
  7. May bind to the surface of villi in the gastrointestinal tract (causing growth).
  8. May decrease levels of heat shock proteins in gut epithelial cells.
  9. May enter cells in the same way that viruses can.
Well, lets take another look at that list. But instead of assuming the worst, let's think about balance in the human body. We all know that balance in the body is the key to health. We must have balancing influences for all functions.
  1. Inflammation is an important bodily function.
  2. White blood cell activation and transport are very important to our immune function.
  3. It is important to get many substances across the blood brain barrier.
  4. Cell cycle arrest and cell death are particularly important in fighting any cancer.
  5. Cell division is also very important, and yet stopping the division is just as important.
  6. Platelet activation and aggregation is what keeps us from bleeding to death.
  7. Villi are very important to digestion, it is imperative to keep their functions optimal.
  8. I would hate to get an over abundance of heat shock proteins in my gut.
  9. It actually competes with viruses for access to cells, helping to keeping us healthy.
So you see that, again, it all comes down to balance. Trying to micromanage the nutrients put into the human body is never a good idea. It can only cause imbalance.

We see time and time again that those who eat whole grains (particularly wheat), which cause balance in the human body, are always healthier than those who eat processed grains.

You may also note that those who eliminate grains from their diets, generally continue to have worsening health problems. In their mind this requires more and more supplements of one kind or another, but if they would just get back to eating whole foods, and particularly grains, most of their health problems would fade away.

Any time you take any one constituent of a whole food and isolate it, it is a detrimental thing. But eating the whole food, with all it's parts intact, you get balance and benefit.

Using the same logic, why don't these anti-grain fanatics also blacklist :
  1. Mustard, you can create toxic gas from parts of it.
  2. Peaches, their pits contain poison.
  3. Car brakes, they don't allow the car to go anywhere.
  4. Chiropractors, they can put your body out of alignment.
  5. Dentists, they drill holes in your teeth.
  6. MDs, they are always seen around sick and dying people.
  7. Water, it can suffocate you.
  8. etc.
  9. etc.
  10. etc.
Such nonsense!

If you haven't already, please read my recent post on whole grains (click here).

And of course you should also read about the number one must make resolution (click here).

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Oxalates : A Good Example

I've been reading recently about people who are going on low-oxalate diets. So I decided to do a little research to see what it was all about.

Oxalates are formed from oxalic acid which is found in many natural foods. Oxalic acid binds to metals and forms crystals which don't dissolve easily. An estimated 80% of kidney stones are formed from calcium oxalate.

This knowledge led to the idea that perhaps eliminating oxalic acid from the diet could help avoid kidney problems, as well as other pains associated with these types of crystalline build ups.

The problem is that if you eliminate all the foods that contain oxalic acid you will have a very hard time finding enough good healthy foods to eat.

This is a good example of the problems caused by trying to micromanage the systems of the body.

You see, if you eliminate oxalic acid to avoid some negative aspect associated with it, you also eliminate its positive aspects. Not to mention all the wonderful nutrients missed out on by not eating those healthy foods.

Why do so many foods that are very healthy for you contain oxalic acid? Remember that oxalic acid combines with metals in forms that won't dissolve easily. In other words it grabs onto metals and holds onto them. If your body has the necessary resources, these metals can be flushed out of your system, thus getting rid of one of the major causes of free-radical damage in the human body.

In other words, oxalic acid helps to cleanse the body from the heavy metals that can cause so many problems.

So instead of trying to eliminate oxalic acids, make sure that you are getting plenty of them by eating plenty of green leafy veggies and whole grains. Then make sure that your body has all the resources necessary to flush out all the heavy metals and other bad stuff. That means plenty of water with trace minerals, and adequate exercise and rest.

You see, the oxalate damage that is seen in the body is caused by things being out of balance. Not enough trace minerals, too much junk food, too much soda pop, processed and artificial sugars, drugs, etc.

Oxalic acid is not the bad guy, it is the good guy. Allow it to do its thing in optimum ways. Eat optimally. Live an optimum lifestyle.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Second Must-Make New Year Resolution

The second must-make New Year's resolution you need is "Whole grains will be my 'staff of life', especially wheat."

14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;
15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.

(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 89:14 - 17)

Whole grains are the staff of life. They cause life and balance.

Remember that health is all about balance. Whole grains, particularly wheat, cause balance in the human body.

Wheat is a widely used, and yet little understood, secret of health. Wheat was created for the health of man. When used in its whole form, it balances pH, it balances hormones, it balances, proteins, it balances fats, it balances cholesterol, it balances minerals, it balances digestion.

Those who think they are allergic to wheat, generally are not. They are out of balance. They lose their balance by eating processed wheat products that do not contain the goodness of the whole grain.

Even gluten-intolerant folks can generally eat whole grain wheat, especially when it is combined with whole raw milk. For those who cannot eat any gluten at all in any form, they need to start with consuming wheat grass. The wheat grass contains no gluten and will, over time, restore health to the point where whole grains will be able to be consumed.

Make this new year resolution and by the end of this year, you will likely be healthier than you even imagined you could be.

Whole grains along with regular exercise, adequate water intake, other whole foods, and adequate rest and relaxation will create a better you.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

The One New Year Resolution You Must Make

If you want to gain health, lose weight, build muscle, and/or improve stamina, then there is one new year's resolution you absolutely must make.

Write it down and say it out loud. "I will exercise for 30 to 60 minutes a day, 5 or 6 days a week."
Repeat this phrase to yourself often until it becomes a part of you.

Exercise really is the key to gaining maximum health. Exercise makes everything else work. Without exercise, nothing works.

The basics: exercise makes you breath more deeply, exercise gets you to drink more water, exercise makes you want to eat better food, exercise tones and strengthens muscles, exercise helps your body eliminate toxins, exercise helps blood to circulate more effectively and efficiently, exercise improves metabolism allowing you attain the correct body weight, exercise helps the immune system fight off disease.

Now that you know you are going to exercise every day, put it into a plan. Decide what you will do each day, and at what time. Be sure to vary the exercises from day to day, so that you work all the different muscle groups in full range of motion. If you do the same thing everyday, it can wear the body down. But doing different things helps to build the body up.

For instance, if you are into running, go short and fast one day, then long and slow the next. Integrate yoga into your routine one day and aerobic dance the next. There are many other things to choose from as well. Bicycling, swimming, dancing, ball playing, ultimate Frisbee, skiing, hiking, climbing, body weight exercises, etc.

One very important thing to remember is to take a rest day each week. The Lord gave us the Sabbath for a very good reason. It allows the necessary rest for the body (and spirit) to recover and grow stronger.

Happy New Year with your new life of exercise and health!