INFLAMMATION: IT’S A “HOT” TOPIC.
It seems connected to avirtually every known chronic disease — from diabetes to obesity, heart disease to cancer, autism to dementia… even depression.
Inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are also increasing at dramatic rates. Doctors are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly powerful immune suppressing medication with the usual associated side effects.
Doctors are really not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions, but that’s a big ‘ask’ for a 15 minute standard consultation.
Let’s look at one ‘niche’ of inflammation. Autoimmune diseases now affect 24 million people. They include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. And yet.. these are often addressed using powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. A bit like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a tack. The treatment isn’t more aspirin or a strong immune suppressant. It’s removing the tack.
Inflammation Causes Disease
To cool off inflammation in the body, first we must find the source. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.
Autoimmunity: What it is and How it Occurs
We are facing an epidemic of allergic (60 million people), asthmatic (30 million people), and autoimmune disorders (24 million people). As we already said, autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis,celiac disease, thyroid disease, and the many other hard-to-classify syndromes in the 21st century.
These are all autoimmune conditions, and at their root they are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues. Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It’s your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from others. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire.
Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body.
This immune confusion results from what is referred to as molecular mimicry. Conventional approaches don’t have a method for finding the insult causing the problem. Functional medicine provides a map to find out which molecule the cells are mimicking.
Where Do Autoimmune Disorders Happen?
Interestingly, autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern amenities like running water, flush toilets, washing machines, and sterile backyards just don’t get these diseases.
If you were a farm kid with lots of animals, you are also less likely to have any of these inflammatory disorders. Playing in the dirt, getting dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains your immune system to recognize what is foreign and what is “you.”
In this country, autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, are a huge health burden. They are the eighth leading cause of death among women, shortening the average patient’s lifespan by eight years. The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year). (i)
Unfortunately, many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.
When used selectively these drugs can help people get their lives back. But they are really not a long-term solution. They shouldn’t be the end of treatment, just a bridge to cool off inflammation while we treat the root cause of the disease.
9 Steps to Overcoming Autoimmune Disease
- Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
- Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
- Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
- Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
- Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
- Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
- Exercise steadily regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage. Stress worsens the immune response.
- Look at your inflammation habits in your food and water. Alkalize and get a regular supply of infused hydrogen water.
The answers may be right in front of you.
Treat the underlying causes of your illness and you will begin to experience vibrant health once more.
(i) Nakazawa, D. (2008). The Autoimmune Epidemic. Simon & Schuster. New York.
(ii) Siegel, C.A., Marden, S.M., Persing, S.M., et al. (2009). Risk of lymphoma associated with combination anti-tumor necrosis factor and immunomodulator therapy for the treatment of Crohn’s disease: a meta-analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 7(8): 874-81.
This is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice, legal advice or professional services. If you feel that you have a medical problem, you should seek the advice of your Physician or health care Practitioner.
I can clearly remember when polycarbonate water bottles were the best bottle to buy. It wasn’t so long ago! And now we are seeing results coming in on the effects.
PA in mothers’ urine linked to low birth weights in China
It appears that a pregnant woman’s exposure to BPA can increase the risk of delivering babies with low birth weights,
During the course of the Chinese study from 2012 to 2014, 452 mother-infant pairs were selected from Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China.
Urine samples were collected from the mothers at delivery and measured for bisphenol-A . Using birth weight data obtained from medical records, the researchers then evaluated the relationship between urinary BPA levels and low birth weight.
They found that mothers of newborns with lower birth weights had significantly higher BPA levels in their urine than the control mothers, according to the study published this month in Environment International.
They also found that the relationship between low birth weight and higher BPA levels was stronger among the female babies, suggesting female babies might be more susceptible to BPA than males.
The study was the first of its kind in China, and it certainly adds to growing evidence that fetal exposure to BPA might cause developmental problems.
BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that can act like estrogen in the body. Human and animal studies have linked the chemical to reproductive, behavioral and endocrine effects.
Even the most diligent mothers-to-be may find it challenging to avoid contact with BPA. It is ubiquitous—used to make polycarbonate plastics and commonly found in food and drink packaging, and in thermal cash register receipts.
The study doesn’t prove BPA caused the low birth weights. Low birth weight can happen for a number of different reasons.
Bu… it is concerning as babies with low birth weights may be more at risk for other health problems, such as increased susceptibility to disease and infection, or longer-term problems such as learning disabilities or delayed motor and social development.
And it isn’t the first study to link prenatal BPA exposure to impaired development. In 2013, findings from a Dutch study suggest that BPA exposure at levels commonly found in people may slow fetal growth.
In addition, a 2014 study linked high BPA levels in the placenta to lower birth weights.
As you are probably aware, we have a no-BPA policy at alkaway. We are in the front line, delivering water bottles and filters that are using every day, year in, year out. That’s why we spent the money on the most stringent testing in the world for the UltraStream; the EU safety certification tests. To our knowledge we are the ONLY water ionizer in the world to have this certification. Given that you may be spending thousands on a water ionizer, I strongly recommend that you ask for independent test proof of the product’s BPA status.
I’ve identified a telltale for MLM approaches. And I gotta say, we get a few!
This morning it was ‘French Green Clay” and the big sell line was that the Israeli army uses it to get rid of chemical warfare effects.
Then (and this is my ‘telltale’ sign of an MLM approach).. there is the unbelievably good claim, usually of someone the doctors gave up on, who had some form of cancer, and who now runs ten miles a day.
I’m not saying it’s wrong. I’m just saying that like so many Australians we have a highly developed MLM alert sensor after countless approaches that look very similar to this one.
In this case, though, I remember that this particular clay is a good product. It does (as I remember) perform a valuable detox function.
French green clay is a substance that is used for external cosmetic treatments as well as some internal applications by practitioners of alternative medicine. It was used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to treat a variety of skin problems and digestive disorders.
From the standpoint of mineralogy, French green clay belongs to a subcategory of clay minerals known as illite clays, the other two major groups being kaolinite and smectite clays. Clay minerals in general are important because they make up about 40 percent of such common rocks as shale, and they are the main components of soil. Illite clays are usually formed by weathering or by changes produced in aluminum-rich minerals by heat and acidic ground water. They often occur intermixed with kaolinite clays—which are typically used in the ceramics industry. Illite clays have been used successfully by environmental managers to remove such heavy metals as lead, cadmium, and chromium from industrial wastewater.
French green clay takes its name from the fact that rock quarries located in southern France enjoyed a virtual monopoly on its production until similar deposits of illite clays were identified in China, Montana, and Wyoming. The clay’s green color comes from a combination of ironoxides and decomposed plant matter, mostly kelp seaweed and other algae. Grey-green clays are considered less valuable than those with a brighter color. The other components of French green clay include a mineral known as montmorillonite, as well as dolomite, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc , aluminum, silicon, copper, selenium , and cobalt.
So here’s a good place to get it at non MLM prices. No, we make nothing from this tip. Just sharing the’ lurv’.
Everyone has a hangover remedy. — a greasy meal, fish oil, over-the-counter hangover fixes, more booze… the list goes on.
So it’s rather disappointing to learn of new research that says drinking water and eating food won’t cure a hangover, and the only true hangover cure is to drink less.
Sorry, I have a problem. If you drink less it isn’t a hangover remedy, it’s a hangover preventative, isn’t it? Is that too obvious or what?
This study looked at the origins of hangovers and their cures in alround 800 Canadian college students, asking them about their drinking habits. Researchers also calculated estimated blood alcohol concentration levels for the students, on the basis of their reported habits. (Ian: so find me a college student who doesn’t boast about how much he drank last night. It’s a sign of ‘manhood’!)
They are saying there is nothing special about the people who claim never to get hangovers, that neither physical differences nor behavioral factors (like drinking water or eating food) explain why these survey participants never became hungover.
Instead, the 25 to 30 percent of people who never get hangovers simply drink way less in the first place.
Ian: This report is about as bad as I have ever seen. What is it? An undergrad assignment? Now they are saying hangover proof people just don’t drink, thus making their original error larger and more preposterous.
Yup, they seriously suggest the secret to hangover immunity is drinking less. Those drinkers may have consumed water and food too, leading them to believe that those had helped significantly, but they weren’t the deciding factor.
Medical News Today puts it this way:
[The researchers] found that 79% of the participants that claimed they never experienced hangovers had estimated blood alcohol concentration scores of less than 0.10%. As a point of comparison, many states in the US have a safe driving limit of 0.08%.
Yep— the reliable hangover avoiders were barely drinking past the point of being able to drive. For anyone who’s ever had a bad hangover, it’s clear that it resulted from far, far overshooting that point. Unsurprisingly, they found that the more alcohol the participants consumed, the more likely they were to develop a hangover afterwards.
About half the participants in the study reported drinking water or eating food after consuming the alcohol, but the water and food were not significantly associated with reduced hangover symptoms. This conflicts with the hypothesis that a hangover is just extreme dehydration, and suggests that perhaps alcohol is doing something else (like disrupting your immune system) instead. So feel free to indulge in that hangover meal, but don’t expect any miracles”
Ian: Of course, the natural result if this unnatural act (getting plastered) is inflammation. That’s what hurts, and we are experiencing (not personally!) some great stories about the effect of I LOVE H2 on this. Take a look at this scientific report on the effect of H2 on alcohol consumption.
Boy, what a month.
We decided to help our good friend Richard west, inventor, with his e-Shower by ‘taking it to the world’ on KickStarter. Our campaign is, if I say so myself, really good. But 3 weeks before we launched, another product popped up on Kickstarter promising the same fabulous 70% water savings. It was VERY well promoted campaign, and the product, to people who know nothing about water saving showers, with big name testimonials, superb graphics.. the lot… looked very good. They sold $3 million dollars to 8000 people in 30 days. They were exactly twice the price of Richard’s e-Shower. It was prototype only and e-shower is in production, testing in the field by the Australian Department of Defence no less.
I expect some readers may consider this post negative: it’s not. Good luck to the other product guys.
The e-Shower is such a special design with something rare; simplicity with functionality. A one-piece turned from solid brass, it also has a particular advantage no other shower water saving head has; it doesn’t accumulate calcium.
I’m assuming that the earlier product has slowed up our campaign by soaking up the market with their super marketing. That’s how it is in marketing. there is always the chance factor. but in just two days of our thirty, we already have 78 supporters placing their confidence in this extraordinary product.
What I guess exasperates me a little is that we really believe in living green whenever we can, and having been in the water business for over 15 years I think I have a clear idea of the problems we face worldwide on water. So we made our campaign based around helping people save water. But so far in the campaign no-one seems to particularly care about the conservation of water. Everyone cares a) about the conservation of money, b) how a product ‘looks’ and c) how cheaply they can get it.
I thought about it all day yesterday, assisted by the comments that rolled in on our KickStarter water saving shower eshower campaign page. 70% savings isn’t really relating to what people seem to be after – as great as it is.
So.. what if I asked you this?
You are going to the bank and the bank manager comes out to greet you. He says: ‘Are you interested in a special deposit? You deposit around $150 today. I will pay you $400 within a year. next year I will pay you the same, next year the same or more.’
If you had $150 would you go for it? I would in a flash.
Yet that’s what e-Shower does. The only difference is that the $400 or thereabouts in savings STAYS in your pocket vs. the bank manager putting it into your account. Is there a difference? of course not!
And if the bank manager says you can have these savings for at least 30 years or you can have your $150 back… it’s obvious, isn’t it?
I was surprised at this article.. pleasantly surprised.
Nate is a good researcher and it seems he’s found what we’ve been up to!
Canadian neuroscientist Marc Lewis has ruffled some scientific feathers with a new book on addiction called The Biology Of desire.
It has become popular and politically correct to label addiction as a disease.. and Mr Lewis is challenging this idea. He studied how addiction and brain sciences are colliding, and posits that understanding your brain can help any addict out of his/her abyss. he says that addiction is nota disease but a ‘state of accelerated learning’ that is helping achieve what we want, even though other parts of the brain know it’s not so good for us. he suggests that through development therapy, our brains can unlearn addiction.
Here’s Lewis’ definition of addiction. (And I suggest you have a think about how we eat as an addiction!)
“Addiction results from the motivated repetition of the same thoughts and behaviours until they become habitual. Thus, addiction develops – it is learned – but it’s learned more deeply and often more quickly, than other habits due to a narrowing tunnel of attention and attraction.”
The ‘disease’ idea, says Lewis, was used to avoid a subject’s shame. It was a convenient social adjustment rather than anything abased on fact.
He acknowledges physical addiction’s role – think nicotine in cigarettes or comparable substances elsewhere, but says that if addiction is purely physical, how can porn, gambling or video games be seen as addictions?
I was certainly impressed by his fresh look at how we view addiction. I am constantly seeing what i call addictions, but others label as ‘just life’ in the need to eat certain foods every day. I can’t help believe that all addictions have a sort of coat they were that has their society-friendly name emblazoned across it. But when we now read and know that carbs and sugar are as addictive as cocaine, where do we go from there? How do we justify the denial if this solid science?
Yes, carbs and sugar do make us more acidic. But whether it’s the acidity causing our addict-like mood swings and cravings or the actual foods is irrelevant. The important thing is that we stop eating them and go ‘cold turkey’!
For years now I’ve had a piece of ‘knowledge in my head that has made me prey to all sorts of woo woo cures.
It’s the idea that our telomeres in our DNA ‘shorten’ as we get older, and that this is the reason for ageing and decline. The ‘woo-woo’ cures were always using some new ‘technology’ or ‘technique’ either from Russia or Tibet that claimed to use quantum physics to restore telomere health. Of course it’s a complete load of BS but I always looked at the adverts because fixed in my mind was a picture of my trillions of little telomeres randomly dropping bits off their strings.
So today’s news is very good news to me. The big news is that there is a reason that bits drop off them and that reason is something I personally can address. You see, news from a team of experts from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo is that INFLAMMATION is the cause of telomere destruction.
Why is that making me happy?
Because molecular hydrogen – the same H2 that our UltraStream adds to its pure water oputput, and according to published scientific studies, it’s a super efficient inflammation fighter. We are getting some great reports from users already (see our testimonials page).
In tablet form it’s classified as a sports supplement and Steve, our inhouse trainer swears by it. he plays two games of soccer each weekend and at age 45, he says he was never able to achieve this so easily.
There are some many books, studies and reports on the problem of inflammation. It’s already been linked as a precursor to many of our 5 star diseases – the ones that keep the Big Pharma industry so happy. It’s acknowledged as the big cause that no-one really takes much notice of, but just think; if the scientists are right, then H2 is the fabled ‘elixir of youth’.
We’ve had quite a long association with Pete Evans.
He actually uses our products every day in the form of our UltraStream So I have learned a few things about him. He’s certainly a guy who leads with his jaw.
I do wonder what all the social media storm against Pete Evans is for.
One thing I have learned is that people are very protective over their knowledge and health and diet is a particularly sensitive issue. I remember another ‘lead with your chin’ lady who wrote a book about veganism, suggesting that broad acre farming was responsible for the ‘ethnic cleansing of many thousands of small animals whose home was naturally in open prarie or paddock. At a press conference a (I assume) vegan jumped out from behind her and hit her in the face with an acid-laced cream pie. Horrible.. but evidence of how aggressive people can be over food choices.
So what were the big objections to Pete Evans’ 2 week trial with Mike Willesee? The comments I bothered to look at came from either Vegans or established dieticians.. and I have to say that the Paleo diet is indeed a challenge to anyone attempting to adhere to the old and now disproven theories of diet we were brought up on.
Experts are Speaking up on Paleo diet
Never mind that very qualified medical professionals like David Perlmutter and cardiologist Dr William Davis (and an increasing number of others) agree with the basics of a no-grain diet. Never mind that Mike Willesee, a man steeped in bad diet and lifestyle emerged from the test wanting to continue. Never mind that Pete Evans may be a bit of a wild card, as I said, leading with his chin.
I see the Paleo Diet situation as akin to the Climate Change Debate. It took time for the established order to understand and respond to the fact that they just could not keep on polluting in the name of progress. The evidence for the Paleo diet is clear, whether you, like the climate denialists, want to nit pick about what he eats on his TV show, or whether fermented nuts are good for you.
Big changes are always accompanied by big resistance. It’s true ona grand scale as it is on a small personal scale: we are all inherently scared of change. But if the science is right, there’s a much bigger and (up until now) hidden factor at work here. Our power to think clearly about diet is affected by our addictions – as strong, we are reliably informed – as cocaine. These addictions cause our mood swings, many of our unexplained health problems, and our mental fuzz. They are, simply, sugar and wheat.
I have no issue with anyone expressing themselves. But if I see someone under the influence of drugs I always think I should relate to the person behind the addiction because the addiction is presenting a false face to the world. The real and perfect person lives somewhere in there, smothered emotionally and mentally as well as physically by a ‘habit’ that has true power over them. It remains to be seen and accepted that people with these addictions cannot help but protest because their ‘reality’ is totally in opposition to removing the sources of their addiction.
A ‘Pete Evans Challenge’
I’d like to lay down a challenge to the people with the most heat with Pete Evans. Go here, and I’ll hold our online Alkaline Paleo Course open and free for now (normally $95). Put yourself through our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
Expose yourself to some theories you may disagree with.
Argue with us; we have a forum for that purpose.
But try us out.
I can only say that like Pete Evans I have come to a clearer mind, better daylong energy, and a greater than ever appreciation of food without bread/sugar driven eating rampages.
That old saying ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ seems apt here. Pete Evans, I admit, isn’t the ideal messenger. But the message is what it’s all about, is it not?
Alexandra Allen from Utah was recently diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria – an allergy to water.
Yep, water. It’s an incurable condition that causes the skin to become highly irritated and break out in hives.
17 year old Alex first noticed a s reaction during a family vacation at age 12. She remembers swimming in a pool one minute, the next minute waking up a few hours later itching and covered in hives. Initially thought to be a chlorine allergy, it turned into something much more unavoidable. At age 15, she discovered a story about aqagenic urticaria on the net describing the same symptoms and breakouts she had experienced – and to her doctor’s amazement, the symptoms fit her profile perfectly.
Alaxandria keeps a blog about her journey in life with the challenges created by this water allergy. “There will be days when you lay in bed covered in hives or whatever your symptoms may be and think that maybe I’m a mess up, a flaw in the assembly line of humanity, a printing error in the contract of life,” she writes.
The word “urticaria” literally means “hives”. Aquagenic urticaria is an allergic reaction that causes small hives or wheals of edema when water touches the skin. Daily activities like showering, crying or getting rained on may all cause itchy and painful reactions, sometimes even burning.
“Individual hives last 24 hours or less. However, the course of a hive episode may be days to weeks, but there is usually a spontaneous resolution when the response burns out,” says Lawrence Eichenfield, MD, Chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at the University of California, San Diego.
A doctor may diagnose the allergy by applying tap and distilled water to the skin and watching for a reaction. The cause of the condition is still left unknown, but victims to this unfortunate reaction can tame the breakouts with antihistamines.
(Source: Yahoo Health)
OMIGOD! Cried the manager of my local juice bar. I’m ruined!
The news article was all about the findings of molecular biologist Ernie Hubbard who pointed out that superstar of the alkaline diet, kale …full of all the goodies like calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin K, and various healthful phytochemicals and anti-oxidants… had a dark side. Not just Kale, but also cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and collard greens—are hyper-accumulators of heavy metals like thallium and cesium.
What’s more, traces of nickel, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic are also common in greens, and this contamination affected both organic and standard produce samples.
So all those promoters of the old alkaline diet who have been telling you that you should have 80% alkaline-style foods… are suggesting you have 80% of possible heavy metal laden foods..
So.. how serious is this, and what can we do about it if we want to keep up with high levels of these vegetables?
Well. first up we can stop taking them in as juices. Juices, as I’ve said before, are concentrated to such an extent that your natural limiting function is circumvented. Erica, our inhouse Naturopath pointed out that we have evolved to eat in certain ways, and it’s the fibre we get that limits our intake of certain foods. When we remove the fibre through juicing we are massively and unnaturally increasing our intake of everything else – often in juice form – megaloads of fruit sugars and yes, heavy metals!
One could theorise that the only problem with the presence of heavy metals is related to juicing because we may be getting irrelevantly low levels in kale’s normal form.
Secondly if you are ‘growing your own’ you can ask local authorities to learn whether there really are heavy metals in your soil. I find it hard to believe that my local soil would have relevantly high levels.. but I may be wrong.
Finally, you can give up the 80/20 Old Alkaline diet rule and unsubscribe from the people selling this idea. We’ve done SO much more work on alkaline diet and simply reject this idea. The ‘Old’ diet was, frankly, simplistic, and Cassie has done amazing work evolving our new Alkaline Diet which balances power foods and alkaline foods, looks at all the areas of diet the Old diet just ignored.. and at the moment it’s gratis here!
And there’s one more point here. Dark leafy greens are our source of natural fluoride. Not the stuff they put in your water. The good stuff.
Shared by Stephanie Langford.
There’s nothing like the gentle flicker of a candle flame, and a warm, sweet scent filling your home to evoke feelings of peace and wellness.
Except when that candle is actually filling your home with toxic chemicals and contributing to indoor air pollution.
I know. I hear that sigh, and have sighed myself many times. It can be discouraging. We work so hard to eat healthy, stay fit, and rid our homes and bodies of toxins, only to find that something as simple and innocent as a pretty candle on our mantle or kitchen windowsill is actually a culprit in the war against our health and wellbeing.
I’m going to tell you why I think you need to reconsider your use of candles, but then I’m also going to share some encouraging ways to bring back those pretty scents, oh yes, and even some healthy candle options as well. Non-toxic living does NOT mean boring, un-enjoyable, avoid-everything-pleasant living, so hang with me a little while longer, won’t you, friend?
What Makes Candles So Bad
- Paraffin is the major ingredient in most conventional candles and is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.
- Scented candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which releases dangerous amounts of lead into your home through the candle soot. Candle wicks are supposed to be made from pure paper or cotton, but a University of Michigan study in the late 1999 found that 30% of candles in the USA still released lead into the air, in amounts higher than is considered safe by the EPA (and personally, I’m not sure that I would consider there to be a “safe” level). Legislation was passed in the USA to ban lead in wicks in 2003, but it is still present in some candles which make their way onto store shelves, particularly those that are imported (made in China or Taiwan, for example). For my fellow Canadians, there has not yet been a Canadian ban on lead in candle wicks.
- Two particularly toxic chemicals, benzene and toluene, are found in the sooty residue from burning candles. Benzene is cancer-causing and toluene affects the central nervous system.
- Artificial scents and colors may be irritants to some people and/or trigger allergic reactions.
- Other toxic chemicals that may be present in the paraffin mixture and released through burning include: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. Some of the toxins are found in other products such as paint, laquer and varnish removers– that’s potent and powerful stuff!
Tips for Avoiding the Worst Offenders
Even among conventional candles, there are some that are better (or worse) than others. Here are some tips for what to look for and what to avoid.
- Dollar store or super-cheap candles
- Imported candles (stick with ones that are made in North America)
- Any candle that appears to have a metal-core wick
- Scented candles (unless they are naturally scented- more on this below)
- Gel candles
- Cheap “aromatherapy” candles, from brands like Febreeze and Glade. There is actually nothing truly therapeutic about the scents in these candles and much that is harmful.
- Higher-end candles from reputable stores. These are more likely to have safe wicks and are less likely to use synthetic fragrances (although some still do). IKEA candles are apparently all lead-free.
- Taper candles, as opposed to candles like tea lights and pillar candles that melt into puddles. They are less likely to contain lead.
- Anytime you burn a regular candle, do it in an open space (ie. not a teeny tiny bathroom), with a window cracked open to allow fumes to be released.
- If you must stick to cheaper candles and you really don’t want to stop using them entirely, keep your use very minimal, once a week at most, or preferably even less.
The Very Best Options for Candles
I ever so sadly cut out 95% of my candle use several years ago when I realized that they were toxic. Although I still find beeswax candles pricey enough that I buy and use them infrequently, they are definitely my top choice for a healthy candle option. They are absolutely pure and burn clean.
Beeswax is about as natural a product as you can find. It is simply a natural wax that is made by bees and collected from the hives by beekeepers. It has a light scent of honey, which I find extremely beautiful and soothing. They can also sometimes be found with essential oils for added scent, although they are just lovely au naturel.
Color options range between off-white, yellow (most common) and light browns (like these beauties) for un-dyed beeswax candles, but you can also find brilliantly hued candles made with non-toxic dyes. Make sure to look for 100% beeswax, as some companies will use only a portion of beeswax mixed with regular paraffin, and then label them as “beeswax candles”. This isn’t what you want. Go for the truly pure stuff.
One option that beeswax allows is the ability to easily make your own. You can purchase sheets of beeswax to roll into various types of taper and pillar candles. You can also easily melt beeswax granules into glass jars to make your own.
While I don’t recommend soy for most eating purposes, I do think that soy candles are another great option. They also burn clean, with no harmful fumes, and have very long burn times as well.
I have a bit of a conundrum about whether I like supporting soy farming, which is the only thing that holds me back from giving soy candles my full support. Almost all soy in North America is genetically-modified, either on purpose or because it has become contaminated by nearby farms that are using GMO seed. I also wonder if a vote “yes” for soy is a bit of a vote for Monsanto, whose evils I will refrain from ranting about for the purposes of this post. All that said, I don’t think that there is any physical harm from using soy candles made from GMO soy, but I would generally prefer to put my money into supporting local beekeepers above soy farming.
As with beeswax candles, these come in a wide variety of colors and natural scents, and you do need to look for the 100% soy label as well, to avoid candles made with part soy, part paraffin. Though I haven’t tried it, you can also buy soy wax and make your own gorgeous soy and beeswax jar candles.
Other Ways to Make Your Home Smell Beautiful
If it’s more about the scents than it is about burning candles for you, there are plenty of other ways to safely enjoy natural fragrances:
- Add essential oils to your bath. Lavender is particularly relaxing.
- Simmer homemade potpourri on your stove.
- Use a nebulizer to enjoy both the scent and the health benefits of essential oils.
- Make your own homemade air freshener, complete with essential oils for a light lingering fragrance.
By Stephanie Langford
Stephanie has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they’ve been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.
(Source: keeperofthehome.org; August 17, 2015; http://tinyurl.com/mjl9omf)
When you’ve watched this, you’ll probably be eager to get more ‘HOW TO’ facts about the best way to use molecular hydrogen from Cassie and Ian here.
We received this email today.
I have just purchased I love h2 tablets from you. I am curious why when i mix it up and test it with a ph strip that it is reading 5 or maybe even lower? isnt it meant to be a higher ph? An answer to this would be great.
Anthony, your water in the bottle you dissolve your alkaline magnesium in goes acidic because that’s how the chemical reaction goes. Like lemon juice, (which is also acidic) the net effecxt in the body is alkalizing.
In the case of lemon juice, the residue of lemon juice after metabolism is a small amount of alkaline minerals. These are then added to our alkaline buffer to counter excess acidity from the many causes we have in our modern life. Molecular hydrogen alkalizes by directly affecting the body through its antioxidant effect, it’s anti inflammatory, anti allergenic and anti apoptotic effect plus through its support for the production of our natural antioxidant, glutathione and through its support of our intercellular signalling system. It’s supporting our body so acid has less effect overall.
That being said, I have to add that although the number of human studies are growing almost daily, we rely on all studies including rats and in vitro but only sell I LOVE H2 as a sports supplement for legal reasons. I’m sure you understand.
One last thing:
many people have the same idea; they have been to told to alkalize so they try to alkalize with everything that passes their lips. It’s just not that simple. There’s a whole range of amino ACIDS we all need; are we supposed to NOT eat them because we are trying to alkalize?
Our UltraStream has been tested to 3500 litres by Griffith University laboratory for (among many other things) fluoride reduction.
We use an NSF approved non-eluting (it doesn’t leach into your water) US supplied Activated Alumina. It’s THE best we could find anywhere in the world, in line with all other filter media in our UltraStream.
Yet.. we still have some competitors trying to tell people that using activated alumina means you may get aluminium in your water, frightening them with fears of Alzheimers and anything else they can think of. So let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they really don’t understand what alumina is.
The first thing we all learned in high school was the difference between an element (atom) and compound (molecule). But did we remember that well enough to remember it? Obviously not for some people.
Point #1. The difference between an atom and a molecule.
Salt is, as we know, safe to consume. But if we were told to consume chlorine we’d say no.
But.. chlorine is one of two parts of salt! Sodium is the other.
Sodium is an atom.
Chlorine is an atom.
Sodium chloride is a molecule, bound together ionically so it isn’t poisonous,
Aluminium is an atom.
Activated alumina is a molecule.
Point #2 What activated alumina actually is in nature
Now.. what if I told you we added ultrapure semiprecious gems rubies and sapphires to your UltraStream and used them to reduce fluoride? I’m guessing you’d be pretty impressed, right? Well.. that’s exactly what we are doing.
Look at this from Wikipedia.
Activated alumina is manufactured from aluminium hydroxide by dehydroxylating it in a way that produces a highly porous material; this material can have a surface area significantly over 200 square metres/g. The compound is used as a desiccant (to keep things dry by absorbing water from the air) and as a filter of fluoride, arsenic and selenium in drinking water. It is made of aluminium oxide (alumina; Al2O3), the same chemical substance as sapphire and ruby (but without the impurities that give those gems their color). It has a very high surface-area-to-weight ratio, due to the many “tunnel like” pores that it has.”
Go here to see how we use Activated Alumina in the UltraStream. And remember, we tested the UltraStream to the expected life of the filter. The tests are in our downloads section. There’s not another water ionizer in the world that has been tested to this degree. It’s obvious why: other methods of fluoride removal in water filters can be sold using an ‘as new’ laboratory test, without showing the rapid decrease in reduction each day you continue to use your filter.
If you’re looking at a water filter, watch for ‘Up To 99%” on the advertising and always ask for an independent LIFE OF FILTER test done in the country you are in, not Asia!
In every case I have seen of people attacking AA, their competing product hes been using a cheaper method. As in life, when you buy a water filter you ‘gets what you pays for’.
In just one week we’ve seen two new threats to our water supply.
Here in Australia we are all familiar with the blessing and the curse of flying foxes, who nest in their thousands in native forest, and overfly our cities at dusk every night. Now we have been told that their pee harbours deadly Hendra virus, so be careful if you are looking up in awe at their spectacular flypast, make sure your mouth is closed! We have already heard of local cases of serious illness from this source – and – of course – if you have a lovely fruit or berry tree near your house, they’ll target it in season peeing as they pass over your roof – which, in the country, empties into your home water tanks.
Secondly, now we hear that the drought in California and a wet witner followed by a dry summer in New York is creating ideal conditions for mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus – another nasty.
Some experts theorize that a wet NY winter followed by drought created ideal conditions for the culex mosquitoes that spread the virus.
They lay their eggs in dirty, nutrient-filled pools like those left when rivers dry up, and they can survive winters with the virus by hiding in tunnels or sewers.
The year before, the city cracked down on bird baths and swimming pools as a way to fight the virus. Around 700 New Yorkers received citations for failing to properly treat water in their yard.
Ian: Poor little birdies! We’re installing more and more systems in rural properties for many reasons. Check our site here.
Gavin Dickinson is an old mate, even though he works for one of our competitors.
His Facebook page on H2 is a great resource, and this post of his prevented me from having to write our own. I have added our observations in his article in red.
Why is it so important to fill my container all the way leaving no space when I make H2 Tablets?
H2 Tablets create molecular hydrogen, which is a gas, so it wants to escape. When making H2 Tablets, we want the hydrogen gas driven into the water, so when we drink it, the H2 can do its magic in your body. So, if you leave air, guess where it goes? It goes into the headspace and the not the water. It is not a bad idea to actually fill it so that it very slightly overflows the top. So if you want maximum benefit, fill ‘er up! All the way!
What size / Type of container is best for making H2 Tablets?
There are definitely some things to look for when selecting a bottle to use for making your H2 Tablets.
Container Size: It is best to make H2 Tablets in a 16 ounce (475ml in metric. We actually use a Schweppes glass 300ml bottle with plastic cap) bottle. You can go larger, but you’ll just have to drink more!
Type: First and foremost, the bottle needs to be airtight. Any bottle that is made to hold carbonation is best; Glass Kombucha, Perrier or other sparkling water bottles work well. Screw-top aluminum also works. We have heard that due to its chemistry, aluminum optimizes the reaction somehow. (Aluminium is used in some Japanese hydrogen producing formulations) The higher grades of stainless are fine, as is glass. Plastic works but will not provide optimum results and have all the same concerns associated with plastics. Of all considerations, being airtight is most important.
Is there a difference between waiting 5 minutes and 20 minutes?
Assuming you have done everything else properly, typically the longer you wait, the more H2 is produced. So you will get more benefit!
Can I let H2 Tablets process for more than 20 minutes?
Again, assuming you have done everything else properly, typically the longer you wait, the more H2 is produced. So it is perfectly fine to allow H2 Tablets, to process for more than 20 minutes. Many people like to prepare the bottle the night before and then drink it in the morning. All things being equal, the concentration of hydrogen is likely higher; although if you are using a cheap single-use PET plastic bottle, it…will leak H2 the longer it’s in the bottle.
Can I add flavor to H2 Tablets?
Yes! In fact we recommend it! Lemon or essential oils like citrus or cinnamon are wonderful ways to add some pizazz. However, DO NOT add any flavoring agent at the beginning when making your hydrogen water, use only the water and the tablet per the instructions. Anything else will upset the delicate chemistry that takes place. Once the hydrogen reaction is complete (15-20 mins) and your water is at full saturation, you can add flavoring and enjoy! I add lime juice BEFORE adding the tablet. It acidifies the water which in turn makes for a better H2 conversion.
What is the black residue at the bottom of my container?
The black residue is simply magnesium that was not used up during the processing. It adheres like scaling calcium in hard water. It is harmless. It can be easily cleaned. It is easiest to clean after you have consumed your H2Viva by simply scrubbing it with a good brush. If you allow it to build up it becomes more difficult and we recommend softening it with some vinegar or something acidic and then scrubbing. If you add lemon or lime juice you will notice that there is much less residue.
Are the minerals in H2 Tablets organic or inorganic?
To address this question in the detail would require a few pages, but here is as brief as we can make it.
The fact is, all minerals are inorganic. The very definition of organic means that it contains carbon. Magnesium, Carbon, Oxygen and Hydrogen are all elements. Their respective chemical formulae are Mg, C, O and H. These elements can combine together to form molecules, such as sugar, with the chemical formula C6H12O6. Because this molecule of sugar has carbon, it is organic. Carbon is the building block of life. All living things are made out of carbon. Carbon is what makes up amino acids, and fats. Notice that water is H2O, so water itself is inorganic. Minerals found in food are often associated (chelated) with organic compounds like acids (e.g. citric acid, fumaric acid, malic acid, etc.), fats, and amino acids. Depending on the type of mineral (alkaline minerals, or transition metals), the interaction with these organic compounds may increase or decrease the bioavailability and absorption. They may alter the transport binding affinity, redox state of the metal, and interactions with other biomolecules.
Generally minerals (not metals where absorption is protein/redox-dependent) are best, and in many cases only, absorbed in their free cation state. In other words it is the inorganic form (magnesium ions) that are absorbed.Rest assured, the magnesium found in the water after it reacted is bioavailable, and easily absorbed and utilized by the cells. It is only a fraction of the DRI, and so there is no significant risk of using a few – or even more – tablets per day.
Are there any contraindications from ingesting H2?
No. I have noticed more free bowel movements.
Can you overdose on H2?
No. In fact some studies regarding specific disease models indicated that with H2, more is actually better. Any excess H2 simply escapes as a gas.
So if the H2 Tablets produce high levels of H2, then is “more better”?
There are studies of some specific disease models that indicate that with H2, more is actually better.
What is the cost per dose and the suggested dose per day?
H2 Tablets cost $1 per dose and the recommended daily dose is 2 tablets per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon/early evening. The bottle is 60 tablets or a one-month supply. We have manyn people, myself included, using one tablet. I think that the better conversion facilitated by the lime juice means I’m getting more H2 than I’d have in plain water.
Can I get the same benefit from food grade hydrogen peroxide?
While popular in some health circles for many things from sterilizing drinking water to reputed therapeutic benefits for specific ailments, food grade hydrogen peroxide [H2O2] has no similarity to dissolved molecular hydrogen [H2]. Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidizer and is used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant. Molecular hydrogen [H2] is a reducing agent/anti-oxidant.
Can H2 Tablets make you feel nausea?
If people are feeling sick in conjunction with H2 Tablets, it is much more likely to be a correlation and not causation. Regardless, there is no risk of toxicity by ingesting the small amount of magnesium. In fact it is good. Hydrogen gas is void of toxicity at levels significantly higher than what the tablet provides. Hydrogen doesn’t build up in the body, and any excess is just breathed out by the lungs. In some people, hydrogen gas appears to help alleviate constipation and may even promote loose stools, which can be considered a cleansing effect, which can produce symptoms including nausea.
Are H2 Tablets explosive or combustible?
No. Well. just don’t let water get into the bottle. Things will start happening. the tablets will begin to combust and heat will be the result.
Do H2 Tablets micro-cluster the water?
What are the ingredients in H2 Tablets?
A proprietary patent pending hydrogen formula. Other ingredients are magnesium, magnesium malate, magnesium fumarate 50mg. 10%.Mannitol, magnesium malate, magnesium, magnesium fumarate, malic acid, fumaric acid.
I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
And to thank you for reading this article, use ADDP2352 coupon code and you can get it for FREE!. Yes, FREE! Here’s that link again.
We talk a lot about the antioxidant capability of molecular hydrogen on this page.
Not only is it unique in selectively targeting the ‘baddie’ free radicals and leaving the ‘goodies’ alone, it also supports our natural antioxidant, glutathione. However.. I remind myself and anyone else interested in living longer that glutathione, our internal super-antioxidant needs one special mineral to be produced by our body. This mineral is selenium. and here’s where you get it.
That’s why I use molecular hydrogen every day. It powers up my glutathione ability, but I also make sure I’m eating selenium-rich foods.
Click each heading for more info…
|#1: Brazil Nuts||1917µg (2739% DV) per 100 grams||536.8µg (767% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brazil Nuts|
|#2: Liver (Lambs)||116.1µg (166% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||98.7µg (141% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver|
|#3: Seafood (Oysters)||154µg (220% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||130.9µg (187% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oysters|
|#4: Fish (Tuna)||108.2µg (155% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||92.0µg (131% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Fish|
|#5: Wheat Germ||79.2µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||91.1µg (130% DV) per cup (115 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Wheat Germ|
|#6: Sunflower Seeds||79.3µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||22.2µg (32% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sunflower Seeds|
|#7: Bacon||65.1µg (93% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||5.9µg (8% DV) per rasher (9 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon|
|#8: Chia Seeds||55.2µg (79% DV) per 100 grams||15.5µg (22% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chia Seeds|
|#9: Oat Bran||45.2µg (65% DV) per 100 grams||42.5µg (61% DV) per cup (94 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oat Bran|
|#10: Sesame Seeds||34.4µg (49% DV) per 100 grams||9.6µg (14% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Seeds|
(With thanks to http://www.healthaliciousness.com/)