Saturday, October 26, 2013

How to Protect Your Mental Health and Avoid an Emotional Breakdown


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By Dr. Mercola

    If you physically over-tax your body, 

say by overexerting yourself on ahot day or staying up for 24 hours with no
sleep, you probably wouldn’t besurprised if it suddenly “breaks down.”

    We avoid such pitfalls by tending to our physical health, resting and
drinking water when doing taxing work in the outdoor heat or making sure we
get adequate sleep on most nights.

    Your mind is subject to the same rules, meaning that it can only take so
much stress before it breaks down, yet many neglect to tend to their
emotional health with the same devotion they give to their physical well-
being. This is a mistake, but one that’s easily remedied with the following
tips for emotional nurturing.

9 Strategies to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Avoid a Breakdown

    1. Be an Optimist

        Looking on the bright side increases your ability to experience
happiness in your day-to-day life while helping you cope more effectively
with stress.

    2. Have Hope

        Having hope allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel,
helping you push through even dark, challenging times. Accomplishing goals,
even small ones, can help you to build your level of hope.

    3. Accept Yourself

        Self-deprecating remarks and thoughts will shroud your mind with
negativity and foster increased levels of stress. Seek out and embrace the
positive traits of yourself and your life, and avoid measuring your own worth
by comparing yourself to those around you.

    4. Stay Connected

        Having loving and supportive relationships helps you feel connected
and accepted, and promote a more positive mood. Intimate relationships help
meet your emotional needs, so make it a point to reach out to others to
develop and nurture these relationships in your life.

    5. Express Gratitude

        People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope
with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their
goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a
gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re
grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater
optimism and even better physical health.

    6. Find Your Purpose and Meaning

        When you have a purpose or goal that you’re striving for, your life
will take on a new meaning that supports your mental well-being. If you’re
not sure what your purpose is, explore your natural talents and interests to
help find it, and also consider your role in intimate relationships and
ability to grow spiritually.

    7. Master Your Environment

        When you have mastery over your environment, you’ve learned how to
best modify your unique circumstances for the most emotional balance, which
leads to feelings of pride and success. Mastery entails using skills such as
time management and prioritization along with believing in your ability to
handle whatever life throws your way.

    8. Exercise Regularly

        Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting neurochemicals like
serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the
effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than
viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live
longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a
daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel

    9. Practice Mindfulness

        Practicing “mindfulness” means that you’re actively paying attention
to the moment you’re in right now. Rather than letting your mind wander, when
you’re mindful you’re living in the moment and letting distracting or
negative thoughts pass through your mind without getting caught up in their
emotional implications. Mindfulness can help you reduce stress for increased
well-being as well as achieve undistracted focus.

Are You in the Midst of an Emotional Breakdown?

    If difficult life circumstances and the negative emotions they create are
making happiness hard to come by, I urge you to try the Emotional Freedom
Technique (EFT).

    EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that
emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown
that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and
incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or
removed, your body can often rebalance itself and accelerate healing.

    I've seen its effectiveness first-hand for a number of years, which is
why EFT is the healing technique I most highly recommend to optimize your
emotional health.

    Specifically, EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the
same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and
emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the evasiveness
of needles. Instead, simple tapping with your fingertips is used to input
kinetic energy onto specific meridians on your head and chest while you think
about your specific problem -- whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction,
pain, etc. - and voice positive affirmations.

    This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive
affirmation works to clear the "short-circuit" — the emotional block — from
your body's bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance,
which is essential for optimal emotional health and the healing of physical

Healthy Habits are Happy Habits

    Embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood elevated naturally even
in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to be healthy people, and vice
versa, so in addition to the tips above, the following lifestyle strategies
can also help to support emotional wellness:

        Eat well: What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels
in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and
brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave
you sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an
excellent tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and
emotional wellness.

        Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders
such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of
sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as
optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve
difficult problems.

        Animal-based omega-3 fats: Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPA
and DHA are known to increase your risk for mood swings and mood disorders.
Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of
omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is
my preferred source of omega-3 fats.

        Regular sun exposure: This is essential for vitamin D production, low
levels of which are linked to depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regular
safe sun exposure is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

How to Improve Your Health By Freeing Yourself from Stress


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By Dr. Mercola

    The connections between stress and physical health are being explored 

at greater frequency these days. For example, recent news items have reported
the links between emotional distress and physical pain, chronic
inflammation and even stillbirths.

    In fact, pregnant women who experience significant stress in the months
prior to, or during pregnancy are more likely to deliver stillborn babies.
The risk is heightened with each stressful event, such as moving, losing a
job, or the death of a friend or family member.

    Previous studies have linked stress to lowered immune system function;
increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels; altered brain chemistry,
blood sugar levels and hormonal balance. It has also been found to increase
the rate at which tumors grow.

    In a poll, work was identified as the number one source of stress in

people’s lives.

    Clearly, it is not possible or even recommended to eliminate stress
entirely. However you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate
for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in
many of your body's important systems.

    By using techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), you
can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday
life. Exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and meditation are also
important “release valves” that can help you manage your stress.

How Stress Causes Disease

    When you're stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol,
which prepare your body to fight or flee the stressful event. Your heart rate
increases, your lungs take in more oxygen, your blood flow increases and
parts of your immune system become temporarily suppressed, which reduces
your inflammatory response to pathogens and other foreign invaders.

    When stress becomes chronic, however, your immune system becomes
less sensitive to cortisol, and since inflammation is partly regulated by this
hormone, this decreased sensitivity heightens the inflammatory response and
allows inflammation to get out of control.

    This is in large part how stress “predisposes” you to getting sick in the
first place. And, in the event you do get sick, emotional stressors can make
your symptoms worse. Because inflammation plays a role in most diseases,
including cardiovascular disease, asthma and autoimmune disorders, this model
suggests why stress impacts them as well.

Links Explored Between Physical and Emotional Pain Relief

    According to two recent studies from the Association for Psychological
Science, physical pain may be a natural mechanism to help you regulate your
emotions. This concept was explored by investigating a phenomenon known as
“pain offset relief,” in which you experience the emotion of relief when the
physical pain is removed.

    In the first study, the researchers recorded participants’ emotions via
electrodes in response to loud noises delivered either alone or seconds after
receiving a low- or high-intensity electric shock. After pain offset,
participants showed increased positive emotions and decreased negative
emotions. The greater the pain (i.e. intensity of the shock), the greater the
increase in positive emotions once the pain stopped. According to the
authors, these findings shed light on the emotional nature of pain offset

    However, while the authors speculated that this might help us understand
why some people seek relief through self-injurious behavior, a second study
refuted the idea that those who harm themselves in an effort to experience
relief do so because they experience greater levels of relief once the pain
is removed than others. According to the featured article:

        “Surprisingly, healthy individuals displayed pain offset relief
levels that were comparable to those of individuals with a history of self-
harm, and there was no correlation between pain offset relief and self-harm
frequency. These results do not support the hypothesis that heightened pain
offset relief is a risk factor for future self-injury. Instead... the biggest
risk factors for nonsuicidal self-injury may concern how some people overcome
the instinctive barriers that keep most people from inflicting self-harm.”

Dwelling on Stressful Events Can Increase Inflammation in Your Body

    Related research presented at the annual meeting of the American
Psychosomatic Society in Miami, Florida, found that ruminating on a stressful
incident can increase your levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of
inflammation in your body. It was the first study to directly measure this

    To do so, they asked 34 healthy young women to give a speech about her
candidacy for a job in front of two stone-faced interviewers wearing white
lab coats. Afterward, half the group was asked to contemplate their
performance while the other half were asked to think about neutral things
like going to the grocery store. Blood samples were drawn from each
participant, showing that the C-reactive protein levels were significantly
higher in those who kept ruminating on their speech. According to Medical
News Today:

        “For these participants, the levels of the inflammatory marker
continued to rise for at least one hour after the speech. During the same
time period, the marker returned to starting levels in the subjects who had
been asked to focus on other thoughts.

        The C-reactive protein is primarily produced by the liver as part of
the immune system's initial inflammatory response. It rises in response to
traumas, injuries or infections in the body, [lead author, Peggy] Zoccola
explained. C-reative protein is widely used as a clinical marker to determine
if a patient has an infection, but also if he or she may be at risk for
disease later in life. 'More and more, chronic inflammation is being
associated with various disorders and conditions,' Zoccola said. 'The immune
system plays an important role in various cardiovascular disorders such as
heart disease, as well as cancer, dementia and autoimmune diseases.'"

Work is the Primary Cause of Stress in People's Lives

    So what’s keeping your mind running in circles? According to a recent
survey of more than 2,000 people, work topped the list as the most stressful
factor in people's lives.

        34 percent of respondents reported that their work life was either
        “very” or “quite” stressful

        30 percent cited debt or financial problems as the most stressful
        factor, and

        17 percent cited health problems as their main source of stress

    Workplace stress resulted in seven percent of adults having suicidal
thoughts. That figure was even higher among 18-24-year olds — as many
as 10 percent in this age group have had suicidal thoughts as a result of work
stress. One in five people also reported developing anxiety due to work-
related stresses, and even more disturbingly, nearly 60 percent reported
using alcohol after work to cope. Fourteen percent also said they drank
during the work day to deal with the pressure!

    Other destructive coping mechanisms cited included:

        Smoking (28 percent)
        Taking antidepressants (15 percent)
        Over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills (16 and 10 percent

    The cost associated with all this stress goes beyond that of an
individual’s health. It’s also costly to employers. Stress-related health
expenses, productivity losses and the costs associated with high employee
turnover rates is currently costing American companies an estimated $360
billion each year.10 And while more than half of managers (56 percent) polled
said they’d like to do more to improve the mental health of their staff, they
said they needed more training, and 46 percent said mental health was not a
priority in their organization so they couldn’t do anything about it even
though they wanted to.

    For examples on how you can increase wellness at work, whether you’re an
employee or a manager, please see my recent article "Why Wellness in the
Workplace Matters." Chief Executive of Mind, Paul Farmer told Medical News


        "Work related mental health problems are an issue too important for
businesses to ignore. Our research shows that employees are still
experiencing high levels of stress at work, which is negatively impacting
their physical and mental health. We know that right now, one in six workers
is experiencing depression, stress or anxiety and yet our survey tells us
that most managers don't feel they have had enough training or guidance to
support them.

        Improving mental well being in the workplace doesn't have to cost a
lot. Our research shows that people whose organizations offered flexible
working hours and generous annual leave said such measures supported their
mental well being. Three in five people said that if their employer took
action to support the mental well being of all staff, they would feel more
loyal, motivated, committed and be likely to recommend their workplace as a
good place to work."

EFT — Your Best Defense Against Anxiety and Stress

    Even the conservative Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 85
percent of all disease has an emotional element. Stress and anxiety are two
prevalent reasons why many people acquire health problems ranging from ulcers
to sleeping problems to depression and more serious chronic ailments.

    Many, if not most people carry emotional scars -- traumas that can
adversely affect your health. Chronic stress is akin to emotional scarring,
and causes ongoing damage to your cells. According to cellular biologist Dr.
Bruce Lipton, the true secret to life does not lie within your DNA, but
rather within the mechanisms of your cell membrane. Each cell membrane has
receptors that pick up various environmental signals — which includes your
thoughts and emotional state — and this mechanism controls the "reading" of
the genes inside your cells. Your cells can choose to read or not read the
genetic blueprint depending on the signals being received from the
environment. This is what is now known as epigenetic control, i.e. the
environment within your body — including your emotional terrain — controls
your genetic expression, not the other way around.

    Using techniques like energy psychology, you can correct the emotional
short circuiting that contributes to your chronic stress. My favorite
technique for this is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is the
largest and most popular version of energy psychology.

    EFT was developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering
graduate specializing in healing and self-improvement. It’s akin to
acupuncture, which is based on the concept that a vital energy flows through
your body along invisible pathways known as meridians. EFT stimulates
different energy meridian points in your body by tapping them with your
fingertips, while simultaneously using custom-made verbal affirmations.
Thiscan be done alone or under the supervision of a qualified therapist.
 Bydoing so, you help your body eliminate emotional “scarring” and reprogram
theway your body responds to emotional stressors. Since these stressors are
usually connected to physical problems, many people’s diseases and other
symptoms can improve or disappear as well.

    For a demonstration of how to perform EFT, please see the following video
featuring EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman. The first video is a general
demonstration, which can be tailored to just about any problem, and the
second demonstrates how to tap for depression. While this technique is
particularly effective for relieving emotional or mental stress and anxiety,
it can be used for all manner of physical pain relief as well.

     While the video above will easily teach you how to do EFT, it is VERY
important to realize that self-treatment for serious issues is NOT
recommended. It can be dangerous because it will allow you to falsely
conclude that EFT does not work when nothing could be further from the truth.
For serious or complex issues, you need someone to guide you through the
process as there is an incredible art to this process and it typically takes
years of training to develop the skill to tap on deep-seated, significant

For Optimal Health, Take Stress Management Seriously

    As much as you may try to ignore it, you cannot separate your wellness
from your emotions. Every feeling you have affects some part of your body,
and stress can wreak havoc on your physical health even if you’re doing
everything else “right.”

    The classic definition of stress is “any real or imagined threat, and
your body’s response to it.” Celebrations and tragedies alike can cause a
stress response in your body. All of your feelings, positive or negative,
create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints,
muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems
you don't even know about change with every emotion.

    You cannot eliminate stress entirely, but there are tools available to
help your body compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting caused by
stress that is the root of so much illness and poor health. Exercising
regularly, getting enough sleep, and meditation are also important “release
valves” that can help you manage your stress.

    The beauty about energy psychology techniques such as the Emotional
Freedom Technique (EFT) is that it can reprogram your body’s reactions to the
unavoidable stressors of everyday life, thereby providing a more lasting
effect. While it’s easy to do on your own, it’s advisable to seek the help of
a licensed therapist13 if you’re dealing with trauma-based stress such as
PTSD or grief following the loss of a loved one.

Thank You  Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Plastic and Cancerous Compounds in Tea Bags—A Surprising Source of Potential Toxins.


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By Dr. Mercola

    I’ve long advocated drinking tea in lieu of coffee, 

but the downside of modern food technology is again rearing its ugly head and causing brand new health concerns over this otherwise healthful brew.

    A recent article in The Atlantic raises questions about the safety of plastic tea bags, some of which have fancy pyramid shapes, designed to allow the tea leaves to unfurl during infusion.

    Chances are you’ve never even given the tea bag a second thought. But indeed, some of the newer tea bags are made with a variety of plastics; some are nylon, some are made of viscose rayon, and others are made of thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene.

    Anyone aware of the dangers of plastic chemicals leaching out of plastic containers and bottles is likely to be concerned about drinking tea steeped through heated plastic.

    The other bad news is that paper tea bags may be just as bad, or worse, than the plastic ones because many of them are treated with epichlorohydrin, a compound mainly used in the production of epoxy resins.

    Considered a potential carcinogen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), epichlorohydrin is also used as a pesticide. Besides making its way into tea bags, it can also be found in coffee filters, water filters, and sausage casings.

    When epichlorohydrin comes in contact with water, it hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD, which has been shown to cause cancer in animals. It’s also been implicated in infertility (it has a spermatoxic effect in male rats) and suppressed immune function.

    This chemical is already a well-known “process contaminant” associated with modern food production. According to the American Oil Chemicals Society (AOCS), 3-MCPD can also be found in variable levels in refined vegetable oils, which is yet another reason to avoid such cooking oils and replace them with organic coconut oil.

Do Plastic Tea Bags Pose a Health Concern?

    As you probably know, chemicals in plastic containers and bottles have been found to leach into food and drink, thereby posing a number of health hazards. Examples include bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol-S (BPS), and phthalates, all of which mimic hormones and act as potent endocrine disruptors. 

    Unfortunately, according to the featured article, neither the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have any information on the toxicity of plastic tea bags or the levels of plastic chemicals that might migrate into the tea when steeped in hot water. Hard to believe, but true, the US federal agencies are not supervising this potential toxic exposure.

    According to the featured article:

        “Could plastic tea bags also be bad for our health? They are most commonly made from food grade nylon or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are two of the safest plastics on the scale of harmful leaching potential.

        Both have very high melting points, which offer some assurance to consumers, as one would think the melting point of plastic is the temperature at which one would need to worry about accidentally eating it.

        There is another temperature point for plastics, though, that we may need to worry about, called the 'glass transition' temperature (Tg). That is the temperature at which the molecule in certain materials such as polymers begin to break down. As a rule, the Tg of a material is always lower than the melting point.“

    Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius). In the case of PET the glass transition point (Tg) is about 169 degrees, and the breakdown point of nylon is even lower than PET.

        “If the question is, 'As the polymer goes through that transition state, is it easier for something to leach out?' 'the answer is yes,' said Dr. Ray Fernando, professor and director of polymers and coatings at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,”  The Atlantic states.

    So while these plastics are generally considered among the safest in terms of leaching potential, the molecules in these plastic tea bags may still in fact break down and leach out when steeped in boiling water—which is the recommended way to brew a good cup of tea, especially when you’re using higher quality whole tea leaves, which these newer tea bags are designed for...

Paper Tea Bags May Be Just as Bad, or Worse...

    The now defunct Dexter Corporation was the initial owner on the patent of a method for treating both tea bags and coffee filters with latex (plastic), to aid in preventing tears that allow the tea leaves/coffee grounds to leak. This invention “saturates and completely impregnates” the entire web material. Therein lies one of the problems with paper tea bags as they are frequently treated with epichlorohydrin, which hydrolyzes to the carcinogen 3-MCPD when contact with water occurs.

    Dow Chemical Co is one of the largest producers of epichlorohydrin. According to safety literature from Dow, it's a very dangerous chemical that requires using extra precautions when handling. Granted, that doesn’t automatically render it dangerous in the final product, but it can still be a cause for concern, particularly as it can turn into a carcinogen when water is added. There are many unanswered questions with respect to the potential hazards of using this chemical in products specifically designed to be used with boiling water...

    A good way to protect yourself and your family in this area is to purchase your tea from manufacturers who can certify that their tea bags do not contain this compound. Organic India, for example, has sent me a confirmation that the paper used for their tea bags does not contain epichlorohydrin. In a 2009 article, Kristie Leong, MD also claims to have done her own inquiries and that Bigelow Tea Company does not use the chemical in their bags8. Many plastic tea bags are advertised as “silky” or “mesh bags,” or they’ll have fancy shapes or oversized bags. I’d suggest avoiding those as well if you want to be on the safe side.

    Your best option would be to opt for loose tea. This does take longer, but it can be well worth the wait. One of my favorite teas is Royal Matcha Green Tea, which has one of the highest levels of the potent antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Unlike other teas which you steep and strain, matcha tea is a powder made from ground green tea leaves. You add the powder right into the water. You are consuming the whole leaf, which makes matcha one of the healthiest green teas available. Another excellent option is loose Tulsi tea leaves. This well-known Ayurvedic herb is also full of antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body and prevent oxidation damage.

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

    There is an art to brewing tea using loose tea leaves, but once you find your “sweet spot” you may never go back to bagged tea again. Here are a few simple guidelines for making the “perfect” cup of tea:

        Bring water to a boil in a tea kettle (avoid using a non-stick pot, as they too can release harmful chemicals when heated)

        Preheat your tea pot or cup to prevent the water from cooling too quickly when transferred. Simply add a small amount of boiling water to the pot or tea cup that you’re going to steep the tea in. Ceramic and porcelain retain heat well. Then cover the pot or cup with a lid. Add a tea cozy if you have one, or drape with a towel. Let stand until warm, then pour out the water

        Put the tea into an infuser, strainer, or add loose into the tea pot. Steeping without an infuser or strainer will produce a more flavorful tea. Start with one heaped teaspoon per cup of tea, or follow the instructions on the tea package. The robustness of the flavor can be tweaked by using more or less tea

        Add boiling water. Use the correct amount for the amount of tea you added (i.e. for four teaspoons of tea, add four cups of water). The ideal water temperature varies based on the type of tea being steeped:

            White or green teas (full leaf): Well below boiling (170-185 F or 76-85 C). Once the water has been brought to a boil, remove from heat and let the water cool for about 30 seconds for white tea and 60 seconds for green tea before pouring it over the leaves

            Oolongs (full leaf): 185-210 F or 85-98 C
            Black teas (full leaf) and Pu-erhs: Full rolling boil (212 F or 100 C)

        Cover the pot with a cozy and let steep. Follow steeping instructions on the package. If there are none, here are some general steeping guidelines. Taste frequently as you want it to be flavorful but not bitter:

            Oolong teas: 4-7 minutes
            Black teas: 3-5 minutes
            Green teas: 2-3 minutes

        Once desired flavor has been achieved you need to remove the strainer or infuser. If using loose leaves, pour the tea through a strainer into your cup and any leftover into another vessel (cover with a cozy to retain heat)

After Water, Tea is One of Your Healthiest Beverage Choices

    While some tea bags—whether plastic or paper processed with epichlorohydrin—may pose a potential hazard, please don’t let that deter you from drinking tea altogether. Although I still believe pure water should make up the majority of your daily fluid intake, high-quality tea has numerous health benefits to offer. Among them is growing evidence that the polyphenols in tea, which include EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and many others, can be protective against cancer. For example, the polyphenols in green tea appear to be even more effective at fighting the progression of cancer than the antioxidants found in red wine and grapes. Beyond this, the beneficial properties in tea have been known to:

        Neutralize the effects to your body of harmful fats and oils
        Inhibit bacteria and viruses
        Improve digestion
        Protect against oxidation in your brain and liver
        Help promote healthy gums

Drinking tea has also been linked to:

Improved mental alertness and slowing of brain-cell degeneration

Reduced blood pressure
Protection again type 2 diabetes

Lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Lower risk of breast, colon, lung, ovarian and prostate cancers

Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke

Of course, there are some general ground rules to follow when selecting tea of any kind, and those are that it should preferably be:

    Organic (otherwise tea may be heavily sprayed with pesticides)
    Grown in a pristine environment (tea is known to accumulate fluoride, heavy metals and other toxins from soil and water, so a clean growing environment is essential to producing a pure, high-quality tea)

So keep these tips in mind, and go ahead and enjoy a cup or two of your favorite variety. I personally prefer Matcha tea, a vibrant bright green tea made of tea leaves ground into a powder, and Tulsi tea, which is a powerful adaptogenic herb that provides important therapeutic benefits.

Thank You  Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

PS Have a great day...unless you have made other plans.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Why Chemotherapy That Costs $70,000 in the U.S. Costs $2,500 in India.


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By Dr. Mercola

    Gleevec, a drug used to treat leukemia, costs $70,000 a year in the US

but only $2,500 in India. This costly gap exists thanks to US patents that
prevent competitors from making and selling lower cost versions.

    Such patents do not exist to the same extent in India, and, in fact, just
this month India’s highest court again rejected an application to patent the
cancer drug – a move that likely would have sent prices soaring.

Indian Government Takes Multiple Steps to Prevent Cancer Drug Patents

    Along with rejecting patent applications, the Indian government has also
granted (or has plans to grant) compulsory licenses for at least five drugs
targeting leukemia, breast, kidney and liver cancers.

    The licenses allow local drug companies to produce generic versions of
the medications despite patents held by their original makers – and without
the need for their permission.

    Indonesia, China and the Philippines have adopted similar measures that
allow them to circumvent patents and give their populations access to lower
priced drugs.

    Such moves are likely to increase as cancer rates continue to rise and,
with it, the demand for what are deemed conventionally as the “best”
treatments. It’s a firestorm in the making, as government enforced protected
patents enable drug companies to charge exorbitant prices for their drugs – a
measure they claim is necessary to fund the research and development needed
to produce “life-saving” medications.

    But with more countries circumventing patents -- and the plain fact that,
as The Atlantic reported, “U.S. patients will not indefinitely pay a 20-fold
increase on the price of medicines that Indian consumers pay” – the flawed
system is likely to be the source of increasing tensions and, ultimately, is
likely to crumble. The Atlantic continued:

        “The fight over cancer drugs in India exposes a fundamental tension
in the way we fund pharmaceutical R&D. Patents allow pharmaceutical firms
to charge high prices for drugs for a limited period of time to recoup their
investment in R&D.

        This results in more of the drugs that we need, but makes them less
accessible to those who need them. The tension becomes greater in the global
context because the income disparities between developed and developing
country patients are so vast.”

Patented Cancer Drugs: What are We Really Fighting Over?

    Pharmaceutical companies spend nearly TWICE as much on marketing in the
US as they do on R&D! This finding was published in the journal PloS Medicine
five years ago in 2008. So the tune they keep singing – that they need drug
patents and outrageous price tags on their drugs to keep making new
medications – is growing quite tired.

    Drug companies use patents because it allows them to make more money. On
average, Americans pay TWICE the price for the identical drugs compared to
other countries. But the fight over patentability and drug prices is really
only distracting from the much bigger issue at hand, which is the value of
the drugs themselves... or rather, the lack thereof.

    If you were living in 1900, you very likely would have relied upon the
“cutting-edge” treatments of the time, which had reassuring names like
Hollister’s Golden Nugget Tablets and Dr. Sawen’s Magic Nerving Pills,
and touted promises of curing all that ails you.

    Yet, according to a new study that chemically analyzed dozens of patent
medicines from the late 1800s and early 1900s, the treatments contained not
only beneficial ingredients like calcium and zinc but also toxins like lead,
mercury and arsenic. The study’s lead researcher told Smithsonian Magazine
in an interview:

        “Back in the day, this was a very trial-and-error kind of field...

The stuff that we think of as dangerous now, though it was dangerous, was as
cutting-edge as they had at the time.”

    Today, we look back and scoff at the therapies that our not-so-distant
ancestors embraced, because we now know that the ingredients many contained
were toxic and could, quite literally, kill you.

100 Years From Now, Will Many Common Prescription Drugs be 

Seen as Equally Barbaric?

    If only we had a window into the future, you would likely see what is
already glaring right before your eyes: that many of the “cutting-edge”
treatments of the 21st century are no better than the Hollister’s Golden
Nuggets of yesteryears. Mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum are
still being used in various vaccinations, for instance. We even allow mercury
to be implanted directly into our mouths via “silver” fillings!

    Other medications may not contain buzz-worthy poisons like mercury or
lead, yet they pose equally deadly consequences via other mechanisms. Take
Gleevec, the cancer drug that’s at the root of the patent controversy, with
patients vying to get their hands on this “life-saving” drug. Unfortunately,
though it may help treat leukemia, it also kills heart muscle cells, which
may cause fatal congestive heart failure.

    So how can we laugh at people 100 years ago for taking deadly
medications... when today’s medications – and the entire modern medical
system -- are still a leading cause of death? This is perhaps no more
apparent than with drugs used to treat cancer...

Many Cancer Patients Die From Chemo

    The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD)
study found that more than four in 10 patients who received chemotherapy
toward the end of life experienced potentially fatal effects. And after
reviewing data from over 600 cancer patients who died within 30 days of
receiving treatment, it was found that chemotherapy hastened or caused death
in 27 percent of those cases.

    Chemotherapy drugs are, by their very nature, extremely toxic and
typically do not work with your body to modulate and normalize its response
to allow the cancer to resolve normally. Despite its reputation as the gold-
standard in cancer treatment, chemotherapy has an average 5-year survival
success rate of just over 2 percent for all cancers, according to a study
published in the journal Clinical Oncology. Meanwhile, a typical, and
potentially deadly, side effect of chemo is the destruction of the rapidly
multiplying and dividing cells found in your:

        Bone marrow, which produces blood
        Digestive system
        Reproductive system
        Hair follicles

    Chemo actually supports the more chemo resistant and malignant cell
subpopulations within tumors (e.g. cancer stem cells), both killing the more
benign cells and/or senescent cells within the tumor that keep it slow-
growing, or even harmless. As a result, this unleashes a more aggressive,
treatment-resistant type of cancer to wreak havoc on the body.

    Another one of the biggest drawbacks to chemotherapy is the fact that it
destroys healthy cells throughout your body right along with cancer cells, a
"side effect" that often leads to accelerated death, not healing.

Effectiveness is a shot in the dark, in many cases, not entirely different
from the “miracle cures” popular at the turn of the 20th century.

Prevention is a Far Better Route Than Treatment

    The bottom line here is that there’s a lot you can do to lower your
chances of getting cancer -- you and your family CAN take control of your
health. Don’t wait for diagnosis and place your very life on the hopes of
affording outrageously expensive chemotherapy drugs... take the reins and be
a proactive participant in your own health care, before you end up in need
for disease management. I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of
cancer and other chronic diseases, and radically improve your chances of
recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following these
relatively simple risk-reduction strategies.

        Reduce or eliminate your processed food, sugar/fructose and grain
carbohydrate intake. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as
well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive your insulin and leptin
levels up, which is the last thing you need to have happening if you are
seeking to resolve or prevent cancer.

        Normalize your vitamin D levels by getting appropriate sun exposure,
and consider careful supplementation when this is not possible. However, if
you’re taking oral vitamin D, you also need to make sure you’re taking
vitamin K2 as well, as K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms
of vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate soft tissue calcification
that can lead to hardening of your arteries. To learn more, please see my
previous article: What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium.
If you take oral vitamin D and have cancer, it would be very prudent to monitor
your vitamin D blood levels regularly.

        Consider reducing your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of
lean body weight. It would be unusual for most adults to need more than 100
grams of protein and most likely close to half that.

        Control your fasting insulin and leptin levels. This is the end
result you’ll get when you remove sugars and grains from your diet and start
to exercise regularly. Your levels can be easily monitored with the use of
simple and relatively inexpensive blood tests.

        Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-
quality krill oil and reducing your intake of most processed vegetable oils.

        Get regular exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is
that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of
the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.

        The trick about exercise, though, is understanding how to use it as a
precise tool. This ensures you are getting enough to achieve the benefit, not
too much to cause injury, and the right variety to balance your entire
physical structure and maintain strength and flexibility, and aerobic and
anaerobic fitness levels. If you have limited time Peak Fitness exercises are
your best bet but ideally you should have a good strength training program as

        Get regular, good sleep.

        Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides,
household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.

        Limit your exposure and provide protection for yourself from
radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and WiFi stations.

        Avoid frying or charbroiling your food. Boil, poach or steam your
foods instead.

        Have a tool to permanently reprogram the neurological short-
circuiting that can activate cancer genes. It is likely that this factor may
be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure
this is addressed. My particular favorite tool for resolving emotional
challenges, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

        Eat at least one-third of your food raw.

        Consider adding cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices and
supplements to your diet, such as broccoli, curcumin and resveratrol.

Thank You Dr. Mercola


God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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