I have a good friend who was quite an athlete. She was known as ‘The Runner’ at her gym BEFORE she contracted Lyme Disease. She could rack up 5km easily. Some years of intense healing followed and I remember how she looked at one stage. We really contemplated losing her, and she wasn’t running anywhere. I gave her some I LOVE H2 a while ago and she came in to see us last week.Her report is quite stunning. She says her breathing has dramatically improved and she is back running not 5 km but TWELVE km per gym session.
Today I received this new scientific report on molecular hydrogen in water (which is how I get mine, via my UltraStream). It’s convincing reading. Check it here.
Of course, I have to say for legal reasons that she was also doing everything else possible to assist her recovery and I therefore recommend that if you are contemplating trying I LOVE H2 that you also consult your GP beforehand. I LOVE H2 is imported as a sports supplement only.
A wise man – or was it a woman – once said, “Moisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty.” He – or she – wasn’t wrong. Celebrities know the truth and the longevity that good hydration brings.
Here’s 33 quotes from celebrities about the fascinating subject of water. It’s interesting to see they all agree on the value of water. Some are alkalizing, some haven’t ‘got it’ yet.
1. “I have alkaline water filters on my kitchen sink and on my shower heads, so it’s purified and alkaline. I learned about the benefits of alkaline in your body from studying nutrition, and there are many ways to do it — drinking alkaline water is one of them.” —Miranda Kerr,
2. “Once I drink the water, I feel it immediately. I go from being a wilted plant to one that has been rejuvenated by the rain.” —Cameron Diaz
3. “I try to take care of myself, drinking at least a gallon of water with lemon a day.” —Beyoncé
4. “Drink water, stay hydrated and sleep. It’s so boring, yet so simple.” —Jennifer Aniston
5. “Your body is so happy when you drink water.” —Cindy Crawford
6. “Full of healing power #ILoveWater.” —Gwyneth Paltrow
7. “I drink lots of water.” —Claudia Schiffer
8. “I drink three liters of water a day.” —Elle MacPherson, serious alkaline diet devotee.
9. “Water! Gallons of water!” —Karlie Kloss
10. “I try to drink a gallon of water a day, and I try to get in 32 ounces with breakfast.” —Gabrielle Union
11. “I just think it’s good to just take care of yourself and get massages and drink water.” —Paris Hilton
12. “I’ll drink a lot of water.” —Joan Smalls
13. “I drink a lot of water too.” —Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
14. “I think it’s very important to drink lots of water.” —Victoria Beckham
15. “Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is so ’90s.” —Nicole Richie
16. “I drink a lot of water.” —Kim Kardashian
17. “‘It tastes fairly disgusting. But it’s fantastic for your digestive system. Swig whenever you start to dream about toast and Marmite.” —Elizabeth Hurley
18. “Everyone says it, but I drink a lot of water.” —Julianne Moore
19. “I’m on this kick where I’m gonna try to drink 64 ounces a day. It’s so hard. I can get the first 32 down, no problem. That second bottle is tough but when I do, I feel different.” —Courteney Cox
20. “Drink water between meals instead of with them so that the digestive juices will not be diluted.” —Jane Fonda
21. “I LOVE drinking water. It’s really good for you too. Did u know u are supposed to have at least 32 ounces before lunch??” —Tyra Banks
22. “I drink the juice of a whole lemon every single morning, and green juice. And lots of water. In New York City, I can drink tap water, but at my farm, it’s not so great. So I buy the giant bottles and have it dispensed through crocks all over the property. It’s not refrigerated.” —Martha Stewart
In the space of one week, we’ve received 3 pretty amazing reports.
The first one showed the presence of artificial sweeteners in drinking water. The second was about e-Coli in bottled water. Now we get a report that the poor souls in Kokomo, US have vinyl chloride in their water and it has only now been discovered.
Most vinyl chloride is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and vinyl products. Acute (short-term) exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride in air has resulted in central nervous system effects (CNS), such as dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches in humans. Chronic (long-term) exposure to vinyl chloride through inhalation and oral exposure in humans has resulted in liver damage. Cancer is a major concern from exposure to vinyl chloride via inhalation, as vinyl chloride exposure has been shown to increase the risk of a rare form of liver cancer in humans. EPA has classified vinyl chloride as a Group A, human carcinogen.
- Serious indeed! When we designed the UltraStream we realised it was an opportunity to have the best effect for thousands of people IF we gave up on economics and decided to simply ask for the very best filtration possible. America is the home of the best filtration media but of course it comes at a far greater cost than Chinese media.
- We have done Chinese media before and sadly, we came to the conclusion that we simply could not trust that we received what we ordered. Nor could we rely on the filter being filled properly. So our US manufacturing decision was all about our need to sleep soundly at night, knowing we had not made a deal with the devil and leave customers to the risks that result from a cheapo decision.
- Lucky for us – and for our customers – our decision proved right. Yes, there are cheapo Chinese copies around, and yes, people do buy them. But over 5000 people so far have made a decision for safe pure water over cheap possibly pure water.
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Ian: I’m studying a paper right now on the link between pre-eclampsia and fluoride. Coincidentally or not, this came across my desk at the same time.
Advocates of fluoride say its use in municipal water systems poses no adverse health concerns, however results from investigations clearly state the opposite.
There has been considerable research done on fluoride regarding cancer, birth defects, and risks to the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems, however, very little has been done on its neurological effects. There are now serious facts and health risks regarding fluoridation which can no longer be ignored and the practice itself is being questioned by most of the world.
1. Fluoride Is A Carcinogen
Fluoride was found to be an equivocal carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program. Further studies by the New Jersey Department of Health have now confirmed a 6.9 fold increase in bone cancer in young males. Earlier studies had found a 5% increase in all types of cancers in fluoridated communities. “In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer death, and causes it faster than any other chemical,” stated Dr. Dean Burk PhD who spent over three decades with the national cancer institute. Researchers suspect a connection to cancer because half of ingested fluoride is deposited in bones, and fluoride stimulates growth in the end of bones, where osteosarcoma occurs.
2. Most Developed Countries Do Not Fluoridate Their Water
Most developed nations do not fluoridate their water. In western Europe, for example, only 3%of the population consumes fluoridated water. Only 11 countries in the world have more than 50% of their population drinking fluoridated water: Australia (80%), Brunei (95%); Chile (70%), Guyana (62%), Hong Kong (100%), the Irish Republic (73%), Israel (70%), Malaysia (75%), New Zealand (62%), Singapore (100%), and the United States (64%). In total, 377,655,000 million people worldwide drink artificially fluoridated water. This represents 5% of the world’s population.
3. Fluoride Increases Hip Fractures
Drinking fluoridated water will double the number of hip fractures for both older men and women.[4, 5] Extremely low levels of water fluoridation 0.1 ppm still produced statistically significant increased hip fractures. (Bordeaux Study JAMA 1994)
4. Fluoridated Countries Do Not Have Less Tooth Decay Than Non-Fluoridated Countries
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. The decline in tooth decay the US has experienced over the last 60 years, which is often attributed to fluoridated water, has likewise occurred in all developed countries (most of which do notfluoridate their water). What the CDC always fails to mention is that tooth decay rates have “precipitously declined” in all western countries, irrespective of whether the country ever fluoridated its water. Indeed, most western countries do not fluoridate their water and yet their tooth decay rates have declined at the same rate as the U.S. and other fluoridated countries. No correlation was found between the level of fluoride in water and dental caries.[7, 8, 9, 10, 11] There also appears to be a genetically related increase in tooth decay for Hispanics, Indians, Native Americans and Asians. Decay is largely related to the educational and economic level of the parents.  “Fluoridation is no longer effective,” contends Hardy Limeback, head of the preventive dentistry program at the University of Toronto, who says adding the chemical to water is “more harmful than beneficial.”
5. Fluoridated Water Affects IQ and Neurobehavioral Development in Children
Although fluoride has been proven to cause neurotoxicity in animal models, very little published research has elaborated on acute fluoride poisoning and neurotoxicity in adults and children. A report in a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. A study published in Neurologia showed “the prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system.” That was the conclusion by a review of studies by researchers Valdez-Jimenez, et al. Researchers Anna L. Choi, Guifan Sun, Ying Zhang and Philippe Grandjean researched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, Water Resources Abstracts, and TOXNET databases through 2011 for eligible studies. The standardized weighted mean difference in IQ score between exposed and reference populations showed that populations in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low fluoride areas.
6. Fluoride Increases Infertility
Infertility in women was found to increase with water fluoridation. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists reported a close correlation between decreasing total fertility rates in women between ages of 10 and 49, and increasing fluoride levels. They also reported that a review of all of the animal studies done to date shows that fluoride adversely affects fertility in most animal species.
7. Fluoridation is Not a “Natural” Process and Fluoride is NOT A NUTRIENT
Fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies “naturally.” Fluoridation advocates often use this to support its safety, however naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance). Further, the fluoride added to most water supplies is not the naturally occurring variety but rather fluorosilicic acid, which is captured in air pollution control devices of the phosphate fertilizer industry. As FAN reported: This captured fluoride acid is the most contaminated chemical added to public water supplies, and may impose additional risks to those presented by natural fluorides. These risks include a possible cancer hazard from the acid’s elevated arsenic content, and a possible neurotoxic hazard from the acid’s ability–under some conditions–to increase the erosion of lead from old pipes. The term “fluoride supplement” is a misnomer as it implies that the product is a dietary supplement, like calcium and other nutrients. Fluoride, however, is not a nutrient. A nutrient is something the body has a physiological demand for–they’re not optional; we need them. The term “fluoride supplement” is also a misnomer because most dietary supplements can be purchased over the counter (i.e., without a prescription). Fluoride supplements, however, cannot be purchased over the counter; they are only available by prescription from either a licensed dentist or doctor.
8. Fluoride Increases Fluorosis
Fluorosis is a defect of tooth enamel caused by too much fluoride intake during the first 8 years of life. Opaque white spots and brown ugly teeth are caused by fluoride. Fluorosis currently affects one out of five or more children in this nation although it is rarely seen in California. California is the least fluoridated state with less than 16% of the population drinking artificially fluoridated water. Common causes of fluorosis include: fluoridated drinking water (particularly during infancy), ingestion of fluoride toothpaste, use of fluoride tablets, and consumption of processed foods made with fluoridated water.
9. Fluoride Calcifies The Pineal Gland
A British researcher found that the cells in the pineal gland (a gland that contains calcified deposits that accumulate fluoride) were just as susceptible to fluoride-induced toxicity as the tooth-forming cells. Unlike the teeth, however, the pineal gland cannot be seen by the naked eye. As noted by the researcher, “The safety of the use of fluorides ultimately rests on the assumption that the developing enamel organ is most sensitive to the toxic effects of fluoride. The results from this study suggest that-the pinealocytes may be as susceptible to fluoride as the developing enamel organ.” The pineal controls your inner clock, provides good sleep, works with your adrenal glands to handle stress, keeps the thymus gland fed and cared for, and communicates 24/7 with the rest of the endocrine system about how things are going.
10. Fluoride Is NOT APPROVED By The FDA
As the FDA has long recognized, fluoride is not necessary to human health or development. When used to prevent disease, therefore, the FDA considers fluoride to be a drug. FDA has never approved a fluoride supplement as safe and effective. FDA has rejected two fluoride supplements (Enziflur & prenatal fluoride) FDA gave false information to Congress in 2000 by stating FDA “never rejected” a fluoride supplement.
11. Fluoride Is Highly Toxic, Yet It is The Drug Added To Public Water
Fluoride is added to drinking water to prevent a disease (tooth decay), and as such becomes a medicine by FDA definition. While proponents claim this is no different than adding vitamin D to milk, fluoride is not an essential nutrient. Many European nations have rejected fluoride for the very reason that delivering medication via the water supply would be inappropriate. Water fluoridation is a form of mass medication that denies you the right to informed consent. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has classified Fluoride as an unapproved dental medicament due to its high toxicity.
12. Most people are overexposed to fluoride due to the pesticide cryolite found in consumption of grape products, particularly white grapes, grown in the U.S.
Many juice drinks that are not labeled as “grape juice” use grape juice as a filler ingredient. The use of cryolite thus contaminates many juices with fluoride. Cryolite is also allowed to be added to the following products (although it is unclear how many producers actually do so, and what the resulting fluoride levels are): Apricot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Citrus fruit, Collards, Eggplant, Kale, Kiwifruit, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melon, Nectarine, Peach, Pepper, Plum, Pumpkin, Squash (summer & winter), Tomato, and a number of Berries (Blackberry, Blueberry (huckleberry) Boysenberry, Cranberry, Dewberry, Loganberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Youngberry). The key way to avoid exposure to fluoride from cryolite is to avoid buying non-organic grape products, particularly beverages made out of white grapes.
13. USDA Organic Has Allowed Fluoride To Contaminate The Organic Label
Fluoride is a persistent and non-degradable poison that accumulates in soil, plants, wildlife, and humans. Many organic farmers may be unaware that this highly toxic substance has been allowed for use in the National Organic Standards (NOS) program, because its presence is hidden. However, it is allowed as Sodium Fluoride tucked away in the US EPA List 4 Inerts (“Inerts which have sufficient data to substantiate they can be used safely in pesticide products, according to EPA.”), which are allowed for use in the NOS. It is also allowed in Bone Meal (which can contain 1000 ppm – or more- fluoride), also included in US EPA List 4 Inerts (“Inerts generally regarded as safe, i.e., corn cobs and cookie crumbs,” according to EPA).
14. Fluoride Is Linked To The Leading Cause of Death
Depending on the country, cardiovascular disease is typically either the number one or two cause of death. A study published in Nuclear Medicine Communications Journal has concluded that increased uptake of fluoride in arteries may be associated with an increased cardiovascular risk. 15. Most Teas At Grocery Retailers Contain Toxic Levels of Fluoride Drinking cheaper tea blends found at major grocery retailers can increase the level of people’s fluoride intake to toxic levels and put them at increased risk of skeletal and dental illnesses, a University of Derby found. The study is published in journal Food Research International.
1. Bucher, et. al., Results and conclusions of the National Toxicology Program’s rodent carcinogenicity studies with sodium fluoride, Int J Cancer, 1991 Jul 9;48(5):733-7.
2. Cohn, Perry D. Ph.D. An Epidemiological Report on Drinking Water Fluoridation and Osteosarcoma in Young Males New Jersey Department of Health, Environmental Health Service, Trenton NJ November 8, 1992
3 . Yiamouyiannis, J.A. and Dean Burk, “Fluoridation and Cancer: Age Dependence of Cancer Mortality Related to Artificial Fluoridation,” Fluoride, Vol. 10 #3 (102-123) 1977
4. Hip Fracture rates related to Fluoridated water Journal of the American Medical Association 264(4):500-502 1990
5. J. C. Robins and J. L. Ambrus, “Studies on Osteoporosis IX. Effect of Fluoride on Steroid Induced Osteoporosis,” Research Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology, Volume 37, No. 3, pp. 453-461 (1982)
6. Freni SC, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 42:109-121, 1994
7. Diesendorf M. Tooth Decay not related to fluoride intake from water Nature Vol. 322 10 July 1986
8. Colquhoun J. Tooth Decay related to economics of family American Laboratory 17:98-109 1985 9. Colquhoun J. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 13:37-41 1985
10. Dr. John Yiamouyiannis statement both in his book (Fluoride the Aging Factor” pub Health Action Press 2nd ed. 1986 )and during debates has not been challenged by the ADA or others.
11. Ziegelbecker D. Fluoride 14; 123-128 1981
12. Steelink and Jones Fluoride in the Municipal Water of Tucson related to diet and ethnic origin International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology March 95
13. Colquhoun J. Fluoride Vol. 23 #3 July 90 14. Colquhoun J. Community Health Studies 11:85-90 1987
Web Sources: mercola.com fluoridealert.org
Previous Article my Dr. Pochelli Maximizing Nutrition and Elimination of Heavy Metals Comes From Blending, Not Juicing By Dr. Marianna Pochelli
Dr. Marianna Pochelli is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine specializing in the treatment of disease through superfoods and herbal strategies. She actively promotes detoxification, colon cleansing, and a vegetarian lifestyle using living foods as a platform to health.
(Source: PreventDisease.com.com; March 12, 2014; http://tinyurl.com/mz885c5)
Witnesses to the ongoing water crisis in California has heard some pretty dire predictions about the state’s future.
The facts are California isn’t running out of water. It’s running out of cheap water. Drought damage is estimated as $2.2 billion, significant, yes, but not the “end of growth” for California’s $2.2 trillion economy. Businesses, however, have the problem that the price of water jeopardizes their water security. Business needs to be able to ‘crystal ball’ the issue but unfortunately, slow policy response and inconsistent price signals slow adaptation and innovation.
The problem is metrics.
How do you measure water? Since agriculture gulps the majority of the water, (around 80%), the attention is naturally focused on this sector. Without good metrics, the conversation drifts to esoteric metrics such as “gallon per nut” (for almonds) to compare almonds and alfalfa. These two occupy similar land acreage in the state.
An acre of almonds consumes about 1,140 kgal of water per year while an acre of alfalfa consumes about 30% more. But there are real economic differences: Almonds generate about $6,000 of revenue per acre per year, compared to alfalfa’s $1,000. Therefore, the economic value of almonds is about $5.3 per kgal of water and alfalfa is only about $0.7 per kgal – almonds are eight times more valuable than alfalfa per unit of water.
There is even a more basic issue. Water is measured (and charged for) by volume. But the value of a gallon of water is highly dependent on location. In California, the difference is extreme. The typical difference in annual total rainfall between northern and southern California is fifty-fold – 100 and 2 inches, respectively. It becomes obvious that a gallon of water in the north has different value than the same gallon of water in the south, but how can this be quantified?
The most logical proxy to use to sort out the geographic and economic differences in the value of water is energy. There’s no shortage in water for those who are willing to pay for the energy to treat, convey, distribute and collect it after use. This is why California is not running out of water. It already ran out of cheap water. But water needs to be regulated to make sure that withdrawal does not lead to depletion, and is priced in a way that captures the value of the energy and environmental externalities.
When we price water as energy, we gain visibility. The energy intensity of water in California can be as low as 2 kWh per kgal or as high as 37 kWh/kgal (including desalination and conveyance). Assuming an electricity price of $0.15/kWh (to create a “value of water” benchmark), the energy price of water will range between about $0.3 per kgal and $6 per kgal. Almond farmers can easily pay for the low-end (which is less than 10% of resulting crop value), which is what they have been doing until recently. They cannot pay for the high end. Alfalfa farmers can pay for neither, and the popularity of the crop in the state depends on the fact that the state’s byzantine system of water rights means that water can be virtually free for some agricultural users. In some locations, however, today’s drought prices are as much as $3 per kgal and driving an outcry among farmers. In the absence of clear and consistent water pricing, econometrics that use energy as a proxy can provide decision makers with visibility into the value of water.
The Israeli experience seems relevant. Israel is like a “miniature California”: It is 60% desert, had a seven-year drought between 2004 and 2010 and the driest winter on record in 2013-2014. It has one big surface water reservoir (the Sea of Galilee) and ground water aquifers that need to be protected, and relies on desalination plants for additional water. Fresh water is expensive, so farmers minimize use and when possible use brackish water. Even so, agriculture is 2.4% of GDP (compared to 2% in California) – Israel even exports carrots to Russia. Like California, it’s an entrepreneurial hub, and there the price of water helps drive thriving water innovation: Promising start-ups include Desalitech, which builds improved reverse osmosis systems that farmers can use.
The FaceBook review feature is excellent and it’s a great way to see how you are thought of by your customers. Here’s our latest tally. Hey, we’d love you to add your review here on our Facebook page!
The research is in… and it’s saying that many cases of depression are actually caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation.
In NOVA mag, Tim de Chant wrote:
“Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response (my underlining) to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication. It also happens that people suffering from depression are loaded with cytokines.”
Inflammation is caused by (among other things like walking into a glass door) obesity, high sugar diets, high quantities of trans fats, and unhealthy diets in general.
Researchers and doctors are opening up an exciting new dimension in the fight against what has become a global epidemic. By treating the inflammatory symptoms of depression — instead of the neurological ones.
The Guardian writes:
“The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, but also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement.”
Eleanor Morgan of VICE adds: “Cytokines skyrocket during depressive episodes and, in those with bipolar disorder, halt in remission. The fact that ‘normal,’ healthy people can become temporarily anxious or depressed after receiving an inflammatory vaccine — like typhoid — lends further credence to the theory. There are even those who think we should re-brand depression altogether as an infectious disease … Carmine Pariante, a Kings College psychiatrist who is quoted in The Guardian report, says that we’re between five and ten years away from a blood test that can measure levels of inflammation in depressed people. If both Pariante’s estimate and the inflammation-depression theory are correct, we could potentially be just five years from an adequate ‘cure’ for depression.”
Ian: Well, well, again and again we are hearing about the anti inflammation power of curcurmin. And we know why. Cucurmin generates H2 in the body. Are we dosing up on curcurmin? No. We are talking H2 tablets in water. Easier, faster, better.
Now we have mini filters you stick up your nose to filter contaminants. Will we see something we stick in our mouth to filter fast food contamination? Or.. could it be that we just say NO?
The recent death of 45-year-old Chris Wilcock in the UK has turned the diet pill market upside down – again.
Plans are now on the table to re-examine how diet pills are currently regulated with a major sreview expected. The ex pub landlord suffered cardiac arrest, collapsing at home. He had taken a number of diet pills. It was later discovered that he had the caffeine equivalent to 300 cups of coffee in his body.
Robert Verkerk PhD of ANH International commented:
“Based on the reports, it sounds like the T5 tablets Mr Wilcock was taking were likely to have been adulterated. The typical caffeine level is a daily dose of most T5 products would represent around 2 cups, not 30 cups, of caffeine. There is actually ample legislation to ensure food supplements are safe, including EU general food, food labelling, hygiene and claims legislation. The problems that arise with safety tend to be with online rather than retail sales. The difficulty is more to do with enforcement than it is with the paucity of any legislation. It is notoriously difficult to monitor and regulate online sales, and, because of that, the main take home has to be that consumers only purchase products from reputable suppliers.”
Ian: Yep. Anything goes in the wild world of internet ‘cheaper’ deals. If you’d like a diet program with NO pills, perhaps you’d enjoy our Alkaline Diet and Defence Program. Sign on here.
Brain health: the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle (according to a 2014 AARP study).
As we age we can experience a range of cognitive issues from decreased critical thinking to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In the March issue of Food Technology published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), contributing editor Linda Milo Ohr writes about eight nutrients that may help keep your brain in good shape.
1. Cocoa Flavanols:
Cocoa flavanols have been linked to improved circulation and heart health, and preliminary research shows a possible connection to memory improvement as well. A study showed cocoa flavanols may improve the function of a specific part of the brain called the dentate gyrus, which is associated with age-related memory (Brickman, 2014).
See the research here
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids have long been shown to contribute to good heart health are now playing a role in cognitive health as well. A study on mice found that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation appeared to result in better object recognition memory, spatial and localizatory memory (memories that can be consciously recalled such as facts and knowledge), and adverse response retention (Cutuli, 2014). Foods rich in omega-3s include salmon, flaxseed oil, and chia seeds.
3. Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidic Acid:
Two pilot studies showed that a combination of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid can help benefit memory, mood, and cognitive function in the elderly (Lonza, 2014).
Where do you get it? Look here.
4. Walnuts: A diet supplemented with walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, or slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice (Muthaiyah, 2014).
Citicoline is a natural substance found in the body’s cells and helps in the development of brain tissue, which helps regulate memory and cognitive function, enhances communication between neurons, and protects neural structures from free radical damage. Clinical trials have shown citicoline supplements may help maintain normal cognitive function with aging and protect the brain from free radical damage. (Kyowa Hakko USA).
Ian: I’ve been on this for a few years. Does it work for me? Along with everything else, yes!
6. Choline: Choline, which is associated with liver health and women’s health, also helps with the communication systems for cells within the brain and the rest of the body. Choline may also support the brain during aging and help prevent changes in brain chemistry that result in cognitive decline and failure. A major source of choline in the diet are eggs.
Where to get it.
7. Magnesium: Magnesium supplements are often recommended for those who experienced serious concussions. Magnesium-rich foods include avocado, soy beans, bananas and dark chocolate.
Where to get it:
8. Blueberries: Blueberries are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity because they boast a high concentration of anthocyanins, a flavonoid that enhances the health-promoting quality of foods. Moderate blueberry consumption could offer neuro cognitive benefits such as increased neural signaling in the brain centers.
9. Coco Oil! I can’t ignore this one for it was coconut oil that gave me back my brain. See my original story here.
Most Calcium / Magnesium supplements are supplied in a ratio of 2:1.
Recommendations vary from a 4:1 to a 1:1 calcium to magnesium ratio. Some vendors and practitioners claim that calcium and magnesium oppose each other at the intracellular level, and therefore low magnesium intake causes high calcium storage, or calcification.Others maintain that magnesium is needed for proper calcium absorption, and that low magnesium intake can be responsible for low calcium levels.
Is there a Correct Answer – is there an “optimal” Calcium / Magnesium Ratio?
Some people -especially Australians and Americans – retain far too much calcium and constantly struggle to gain magnesium requirements. Others suffer from magnesium overload and need to supplement larger amounts of calcium to overcome calcium deficiencies. Mineral ratios can also be affected by neurological disturbances such as following spinal alignment problems.
If zinc is on the high side, and potassium low, then taking extra magnesium will usually lower calcium. Magnesium supports zinc, but lowers potassium, which is a calcium synergist.
Alternatively, if potassium is higher, and zinc lower, we may find that taking magnesium will push calcium higher as well.
Vitamin D increases calcium, phosphorus, and – to a lesser degree – magnesium absorption.
If calcium is above-normal, but magnesium is even higher than calcium, there’s a good chance that you may eventually experience symptoms of a calcium deficiency.
Low levels of manganese, phosphorus, zinc, nickel and Vitamin C can encourage an increase in intracellular calcium ratio, and may eventually create a risk for calcification.
Generally speaking, alkaline water sold over the counter is simply water in a bottle with added calcium carbonate, often at similar levels to Calcium in your home water. Calcium in water is certainly assimilated better than through food, but only an analysis of the Calcium levels to learn just how much water equals a recommended daily allowance will tell you whether the Calcium is having any effect. Most water supplies and many alkaline water bottling companies brands have such a low concentration of calcium that you’d need to drink many gallons of water to get your RDA.
…have been wrongly depicted as separating the alkaline and acid ions in their electrolysis process, but test results show this to be wrong. Electrolysis creates hydrogen rich water, and this has been interpreted as alkaline water. It is not. It is high hydrogen water that a pH Meter will react to. Less experienced users of the pH meter make the wrong assumption that this means the water is alkaline.A natural non electric water ionizer may or may not have both magnesium and calcium in their media. Of the number on the market, all will ‘read alkaline’ in pH, but very few actually produce molecular hydrogen. These units are giving a high pH reading because they are adding alkaline minerals to the output water. Always ask for test results, preferably over the life of the filter.What we are finding is that there is a significant difference in how people understand alkaline water. Many water ionizer vendors don’t even know that their water isn’t high alkaline but is high in beneficial molecular hydrogen. Always ask to see the test results.
Over the last 15 years we’ve watched as literally thousands of website owners argue back and forth over the advisability of eating meat and its effect on our alkaline balance.
Now.. I know one study isn’t gold standard.. but this one seems pretty clear. I liked the way the study was carried out with a good comparison, and the results are also very clear.
Controlled High Meat Diets Do Not Affect Calcium Retention or Indices of Bone Status in Healthy Postmenopausal Women
Calcium balance is decreased by an increased intake of purified proteins, although the effects of common dietary sources of protein (like meat) on calcium economy remain controversial.
We compared the effects of several weeks of controlled high and low meat diets on body calcium retention, using sensitive radiotracer and whole body scintillation counting methodology. Healthy postmenopausal women (n = 15) consumed diets with similar calcium content (∼600 mg), but either low or high in meat (12 vs. 20% of energy as protein) for 8 wk each, in a randomized crossover design. After 4 wk of equilibration of each diet, calcium retention was measured by extrinsically labeling the 2-d menu with 47Ca, followed by whole body scintillation counting for 28 d. Urinary and blood indicators of bone metabolism were also determined for each diet. Calcium retention was not different during the high and low meat dietary periods (d 28, mean ± pooled SD: 17.1 and 15.6%, ±0.6%, respectively; P = 0.09). An initially higher renal acid excretion in subjects consuming the high meat compared with the low meat diet decreased significantly with time. The diets did not affect urinary calcium loss or indicators of bone metabolism.
In conclusion, under controlled conditions, a high meat compared with a low meat diet for 8 wk did not affect calcium retention or biomarkers of bone metabolism in healthy postmenopausal women. Calcium retention is not reduced when subjects consume a high protein diet from common dietary sources such as meat.
Whilst I don’t agree with everything she says (she likes distilled water!) I do like much of the things Dr Virginia Golschmidt of Saveourbones has some great things, like this great – and simple – alkalizing recipe.
1. Hearty Stew
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ medium red onion, diced
- ½ cup quinoa
- ½ cup carrots, shredded
- ½ cup green beans
- 1½ cups vegetable broth
- 5 tomatoes, cut up in small pieces
- 1 cup lima beans, cooked
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon parsley flakes
- In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion until soft.
- Add the quinoa, carrots, 1 cup broth, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and parsley. Bring to a boil, then simmer until quinoa is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Stir in beans and cook for about 5 more minutes. You can add more vegetable broth to reach desired consistency.
She points to a 2015 study of alkaline potassium salts’ effect on bone resorption. (Worth a read!)The study, published in the journal Osteoporosis International, also revealed that high intake of potassium salts significantly reduces the excretion of calcium and acid in urine.
“This means that excess acid is neutralized and bone mineral is preserved,” said lead author Dr Helen Lambert from the University of Surrey.
“Excess acid in the body, produced as a result of a typical Western diet high in animal and cereal protein, causes bones to weaken and fracture. Our study shows that these salts could prevent osteoporosis, as our results showed a decrease in bone resorption.”
Although bone resorption and bone formation is a natural process, allowing bones to grow, heal and adapt, in osteoporosis, the balance is shifted so that more bone is broken down than is built up, leading to fragility and fractures.
Four years ago Cassie and I posted a story on Youtube about my frightening experience of early onset Alzheimers disease.
I can see that physically I have changed in that time, especially in the hair department, but thankfully, my mind is still relatively sharp. I DO NOT have Alzheimers.
I am enjoying my life to the max.. probably to some degree because I’ve ‘returned from the brink!
Let’s do this step by step.
As you’d know, my return from the brink came about in about a week after I began having 5-6 tablespoons of organic coconut oil a day. My mind ‘snapped’ back into its old state.
Of course, I kept on the coco oil. I experimented with stopping it and within as little as 2 days the ‘word blanks’ and the coordination problems returned. So, of course, I kept going.
I hated the taste, so I’d make up a smoothie of blueberries, yoghurt and coco oil.
As you’ve also seen on the video, Cassie is quite an amazing researcher. I believe Google was invented for HER and I use her as an example to anyone with a health problem. Google it!
Anyway, Cassie soon learned that the active component in the coco oil is medium chain triglycerides. We bought some MCT oil and I began using it. It worked.. but for me, the coco oil lasted longer. There was a faster drop-off with the MCT oil.
She was also researching diet. She’s been doing this for years and has her own blog here with her findings about the alkaline diet. Basically, she realised that the alkaline diet we’d been on for over a decade was er.. simplistic. You can’t just ‘classify’ foods based on their ability to create an acid or alkaline response in the body. So much more is going on.
I was also diagnosed with severe osteoporosis – after all that time on a diet supposed to protect me from that. (There’s another big story here) She realised what the MCT was doing. It was feeding the brain with what it wanted rather than what it gets when we are ona carb/bread/sugar based diet. On this form of diet our body takes the easy way out. With an abundance of glucose it decides to feed on it – probably because it’s a form of ‘mainlining’ rather than its ancestral form of energy conversion, which is converting stored fat to ketones and then using the ketones for energy.
We made a big decision; to drop sugar, and drop all the carbs we could find in our diet. We replaced them with grassfed beef fat and from-the-farm-door dairy. Both high in the reviled saturated fat, and Vitamin K2. Dropping the carbs and sugar was hard; they are serious addictions, likened by Dr William Davis in his best seller Wheat Belly to cocaine in addictive quality. But when I did, and tested myself using a ketone meter to prove my body had indeed switched on ketogenesis, I discovered that I didn’t need the coco smoothie.
Now – that doesn’t mean I gave it up completely. We use it to cook with still at the rate of about 6-7 tablespoons a day between us. But the new diet, and its absence of carbs and sugar seemed to be the deciding factor in this new shift for the better. I’m not a scientist so take what you read as you like, but I did see a study somewhere that said that a glucose-fed brain oxidised (or contributed to) the amyloid plaque in the brain.
I don’t even understand that, except for the oxidation part, but it sounded right to me.
So I have localised the food that has the worst effect on my mental state, and it still has this effect. It’s carbs.
What else? Well I have been taking Citicoline tablets for the last 3 years. I can’t say they do or don’t work but I can afford them and I can’t afford Alzheimer’s, so I keep taking them.
I also found quite an amazing study only last week that validated something we’d been doing anyway. Although Cassie saw the problems in the Alkaline diet as propounded on the web, we both agreed that dark leafy greens are simply the best food to counterbalance the so-called ‘acid-forming foods like our grassfed red meat. So we have as much of them as we can every day. The study validated our choice because it said that dark leafy greens are a significant protector against dementia and Alzheimer’s. It concluded (Wow!) that if you eat 2 serves a day, your brain will be effectively ELEVEN YEARS YOUNGER!
Just a comment on the grassfed beef.
Before dropping carbs and sugar I was known in our family as ‘The Hungry Ghost”. I’d almost vacuum up any leftovers from any plate on the table and bigger was always better. It wasn’t that I needed the food. It was the addiction. I now understand more clearly the challenge people face in dieting if they don’t give up sugar and bread. I also found that while my appreciation of my food doubled, my re meat uptake reduced greatly. Smaller serves, of course, are significant in the alkalizing sense because as Dr. Amy Lanou says in her book, Building Bone Vitality, any meat the body can’t immediately use will be turned to amino acids and stashed in fat.
Finally – and I can’t say this enough – I am extremely lucky! We invented a new form of water alkalizer/filter that did the same as electric ones at a fraction of the cost. On the other side of the world, a young biochemist, founder of the Molecular Hydrogen Institute was testing the water from his electric water ionizer because he didn’t believe that it was the alkaline minerals in the water that caused the amazing health stories we also experienced. He discovered that it was molecular hydrogen – H2 – that was causing the health benefits. He travelled to Japan and worked with scientists there who have been developing methods of H2 infusion in water for a decade – unbeknown to us here in the west! And he also discovered over FOUR HUNDRED scientific studies – including one on Alzheimer’s! Not only that, we are now beginning to hear actual human stories of the effects of H2.
We sent our invention, the UltraStream, to Tyler LeBaron, the young biochemist in Boise Idaho to test for H2 concentration. He found our unit gave almost FOUR TIMES the H2 as his own electric system he’s paid $4000 for! And he thinks that the higher the concentration of H2, the smallest element on the planet is critical to its therapeutic effect.
Concurrently, we were working with a quite crazy scientist in America who has managed to create a tablet that dissolves in water to concentrate H2 in the water. So naturally, I am pouring my H2-rich water from my UltraStream into a bottle, adding our little H2 tablet, and drinking it down!
I work very hard at work.
It’s all mental stuff, and I am POWERING right now. I do notice if I don’t have my ‘hydrogen bomb’ I can’t operate at such a high level and fatigue earlier. I am 68!
So.. it’s completely up to you how you take this info. I have seen many people comment on our YouTube that our info has helped them or their parents, but I have also been accused of faking the whole thing to sell coconut oil! I’m not medically qualified and so I would recommend that you take my story to your medic who will probably gnash his teeth and ‘set you straight’!
I’d also really like your comments ,experiences good and bad as a comment here on this page.
Ian Blair Hamilton
Wortharead: The 8 Nutrients that will protect your brain. Free report here
-With a thank you to Dan Meredith.
(Ian: I have pondered the ‘why’ of men’s attitude to health for years as men accompany their wives like naughty puppies into our office. They stand apart, cross their arms, throw red herrings.. everything except admit they are actually scared s___less of losing health.)
You, and you alone – are the most important thing in your world.
Sound like an ass don’t I?
But let me explain:
Lets just say you’re single, no commitments, no debts – great right?
So you’re telling me you don’t want to live very long? Or look like rubbish?
Or maybe you feel like death from the moment you drag your exhausted carcass out of bed and mainline a triple espresso to get started?
Perhaps you have a partner, family or someone you care for and support?
If you’re not looking after yourself – how on earth do you expect to look after them?!
That’s right – you can’t.
Which is why your health.
Have to be one of the FIRST things that you need to consider, end of.
Once you look after #1?
You can look after #2, #3, #4 and so on.
So it’s pretty simple. After you have woken up – you make YOU a priority first thing.
Now is not the time to explain specifically what to do for the above in a few other posts, but for now – just start getting your head in the right frame of mind.
YOU COME FIRST
Short one today, but really is something we have to consider. I help support the care of my disabled sister – If I can I make money – no one else is going to pay for it.
Which is why, after nearly making myself very ill through stress, poor lifestyle choices and lack of exercise I now make sure that I look after number one – so I can help everyone else.
Also known as the ‘secure your own oxygen mask first’ philosophy’
I think I hammered that one home….
Ian: Thank you Dan!
Last week we invited HealtheMail subscribers here in Australia to try out our new Are You Acidic” Quiz here on our Australian Alkaway website. Wow! What a response!
Our readers must really like Quizzes – or they really want to know whether they are acidic or not. I spent most of yesterday studying the many responses you sent in, and working out the ‘real story’ of each individual submission.
If we had added all we wanted to know into the quiz I think we’d be asking you to spend an hour rather than five minutes! However it was a wonderful opportunity because we could see a real overview of our readers’ health and their strategies for maintaining it. Yet.. there are obvious misunderstandings, especially around use of alcohol. One respondent talked to me today. He was advised by his doctor to drink a glass of red once a day because of its positive health effects. Who am I to argue?
The quiz showed its weaknesses too. I should have given more options about the water you drink beyond just alkaline or acid. I should have provided multiple choices for diet because you can be a vegetarian AND eat bread, but the Quiz didn’t allow for this. It’s already fixed – courtesy of some really smart software – so future Quiz participants will get a more accurate picture.
I am committed to sighting every quiz because it’s obvious there’s a ’back story’ to every submission. Here’s an example:
‘Kathy’s’ Quiz results:
No tobacco, regular alcohol, no sodas.
One serve of green vegetables per day, one piece of fruit a day, 4+ serves of meat per week, white meat preferred.
Good stress manager, moderately stressful work, no mood swings.
6-8 hrs sleep, a little pollution some days, 5-8 glasses per day of acidic water.
Age 45-64, female, health oriented.
Eats bread every day
‘Kathy’ cares about her health. She is at an age where acidity gets worse and hydration gets worse, and she’s making intelligent choices of no smoking, no soft drinks, but (and here’s where our quiz is too liberal) she drinks alcohol regularly.
I think we all strike a deal with whole health. We ‘do the right thing’ so we can be ‘a little naughty’ in other things. ‘Kathy’, like me, likes some alcohol but we didn’t learn how much, so we can’t identify it as a serious acidifier.
But.. here’s the big takeaway I get from ‘Kathy’s quiz.
Kathy is trying to stop acidifying eating and drinking habits so she can have a little alcohol.
However… look at her alkaline intake – or lack of it. Recommended greens serve per day (admittedly difficult) is 5 a day. Kathy has one. Fruit is similar. She has one piece. I did state in the Quiz results that many fruits are actually highly acidifying. The humble banana, for instance, does have a small amount of potassium (which qualifies it in some alkaline diets as a good alkalizer) but it has a LOT of nasty addictive acidifying fructose! Berries are a safer bet as alkalizing fruit, also limes, lemons, grapefruits and oranges.
Her meat intake is another victim of the Quiz. What does 4+ serves of meat really mean? I had some people submit that they were ‘Big Meat Eaters’. Does that mean they eat meat every day, or does it mean they eat a huge steak at every sitting? Putting aside the meat vs. vegetarian argument, (I was a vegetarian for 12 years) I don’t look at meat as do most alkaline diet promoters. Yes, if you eat huge steaks, the body will convert what it can to energy, then stash the rest as acids in body fat. Your body will struggle to combat the rush of excess acids by carrying out a raid on all the alkaline sources in our body including our skeleton. This can’t wait. If we remain in an alkaline state things start breaking down almost immediately, so the decision to strip calcium from the bones is an evolutionary one, well designed, like everything our paleolithic body design. It wants to survive! If you eat the right amount of the right meat, this won’t happen and you’ll receive the broad spectrum of essential amino acids like no vegetable can ever match.
Cassie and I now eat meat because we are committed to changing our source of energy from glucose to fat. This is a big subject, and Cassie’s alkalinepaleodiet.com blog is a great source of more well researched info on this. This changes many assumptions including the value of saturated fats. We eat grass fed, grass finished red meat, fish once a week and I have very thin bacon (1 mm) plus some liver with my breakfast. We really try NOT to eat chicken anymore. We ate it because we thought we had to eat lean. Kathy probably believes (like most people) that white meat is better than red, (read this to change your mind!) but we now look for red meat with a good layer of fat because we know that’s where we’ll get our Vitamin K2, the hugely important vitamin with the ability to facilitate deposition of calcium back on our skeleton.
Our New Akaline Diet stresses that you really need to look at your relationship with two very pernicious foods both regarded with the love and devotion of an addict. I’m talking about sugar and bread. Both of them are acidifiers, and both are very addictive so when I see that someone eats bread every day, I remember how it was for me, ‘coming off’ both sugar and bread.
This relates back to the meat question because, fortified by the strong antioxidant effect of sufficient greens, supported by healthy fats that move us off glucose energy and onto a ketogenic metabolism, amazing things happen. In my case I used to be called ‘The Hungry Ghost’ for my habit of ‘vacuuming up’ any leftovers after every meal.
I was forever hungry, and forever furtively snacking. And suddenly I changed (well, not suddenly – when I got over my addictions) My desire for quantity disappeared. I developed a greater desire for greens and wonder of wonders – I ate far less meat! I still ate meat – grassfed, but I didn’t keep on eating! My mental acuity improved, me energy levels soared, and yes, I admit it, my libido even improved.
So.. when I see someone eating bread every day, I see an addict to a highly acidic food.
Kathy said she drinks 5-8 glasses of water a day which is great (and exceptional!), and again the quiz failed her because the only alternative to ‘Alkaline’ in the Quiz was ‘acid’. There are very few places in Australia where you can get acid water from your tap. It is against the Australian Water Safety guidelines. It corrodes pipes and in old houses, unleashes a dose of heavy metals from the brazed joints in the old pipes. I’m sure Kathy would have told me more if my Quiz had allowed her.
Finally, balance is not a concept, it’s a necessity, but if you are addicted to certain foods you’ll never believe me. I would predict that if Kathy got off sugar and bread, she would very happily eat more greens, alkalizing fruits, and less meat. Balance would return. But.. we are strange animals. The only thing that really forces us to alter our preferred diet is pain. This may be disease, or an intolerable procession of sub-health. So I can’t say any more on Kathy’s case because ultimately her choices will be determined by her own acceptance of what she believes health to be. If she accepts that a cold and flu once a year is good health, she probably won’t change. If she accepts my version of health, she may change. (I haven’t had a cold or flu since 2000
‘Kathy’, I’ve kept you anonymous for the purposes of this post. You know who you are and I can say, having read every Quiz, that you have many similar friends in the Quiz group! Thank you for being my ‘example’ and good luck to you!
To international readers, stick around! We’ll be installing the Quiz on our other international websites as soon as we can!
To locals who feel like throwing themselves under our truck – er – Quiz, here it is!
I’m working on a downloadable document that attempts to collect and refine all the ways we can drink water to optimise health. Boy, there’s a lotta theories out there but not a lot of science. Stick around.
An EU-wide ban on Monsanto’s leading global pesticide, Glyphosate, is being called for by Germany’s state consumer protection ministers following its categorisation as being carcinogenic by the WHO.
Germany’s state ministers called for “the supply to and use by private persons to be banned for precautionary reasons” on the 8th May 2015. Glyphosate, marketed by Monsanto as ‘Round-Up’, is the most commonly used pesticide worldwide but chairman of the Consumer Protection Minister Conference, Christian Meyer, believes that the “pesticide should not be found in gardens, parks or on children’s playgrounds” and he does not “think use in private gardens is appropriate.” If you’d like to get involved in the actions against this corporation and their harmful chemicals, you can attend the March Against Monsanto. Events take place all over the world this weekend on the 23rd May.
See you there!