Friday, March 25, 2011

Life's Complexities

Some days you could almost think there was someone stamping you with a theme.  The theme I've heard today is that a great deal of the troubles in our lives and world can be pinned on convenience, automation, and external drives for "success."

I want you to think about this for a moment.  There are all kinds of gadgets and creations meant to save us time.  Processed food bereft of nutritional value, computers for carpal tunnels and headaches, remotes so we can let the plaque build up in our arteries that don't have to move blood any more, and on they come.  But, for what?  So we can spend more time away from home running ourselves crazy with work and school and thousands of extra-curricular activities.  Then we say we don't have time for anything but sitting in front of the TV and eating microwaved cardboard?

I want to invite you to ponder this situation.  The most simple of first steps is to become aware of all the many ways hustle, rush, and short-fused agendas are dictating your energy levels, your sense of groundedness, and your stress.  Awareness is the first step to change.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Radiation Exposure

Given the reactor problems in Japan and the concurrent release of radiation that has wafted across the Pacific, I've been asked by a number of people whether this is something to be concerned about and what is to be done to protect against it.  My short answer is: say a prayer.

Radiation is THE Problem with nuclear power, nuclear war, nuclear medicine, and industrial nuclear applications.  Other than avoidance altogether there is not a lot of health protective guarantees at all from radiation.  The problem is this: amounts of 0-100 mSv are considered low-level, yet can fracture biomolecules including DNA.  (On Tuesday March 15th Reactor #3 in Japan released 400 mSv into the air.)  Damaged DNA will frequently lead to cancer at some point.  A chest x-ray has

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Dangers of Aluminum

On first thought, one would perhaps think that a metal like aluminum, for instance, would be inert and cause no health problems.  You would think it would just sit around being a light shiny metal - like a roll of foil - and not really generate anything blog-worthy.  Yet, this is not the case.

We have known for a number of years now that there has been a link between aluminum and neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.  To my knowledge a causative relationship has not been definitively proven.  But, the circumstantial evidence against aluminum is high with a positive correlation between these two diseases and high aluminum levels in postmortem brain tissue samples.  Today Dr. Mercola's website talks about the connection between aluminum and breast cancer.  A study out of Italy found much higher levels of aluminum in

Sunday, March 6, 2011

When Mental Health is Big Business

Mental health in America is big business.  Consider these two statistics recently released:

Antipsychotics remained the top-selling class of medications in the U.S., with 2009 prescription sales of $14.6 billion, similar to the 2008 level.(1)

 Antidepressants became the fourth-largest class in 2009, up from its #5 ranking the prior year, with U.S. prescription sales growth of 4 percent to $9.9 billion.(1)
So, between antipsychotics and antidepressants Americans are feeding pharmaceutical companies almost $25 Billion a year.  There are a lot of reasons this is an outlandish amount.  The pharmaceutical companies

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Supplements for Colds.

The KING5 health link leads with a story that zinc can help with shortening the duration of a cold.  This is news?  I like how as time passes very old, tried and true non-pharmaceutical treatments for different illnesses pass muster with science and suddenly become "okay."  I also like how until they do many people equate using these remedies as quackery.  Sigh, oh well...  The dose I would throw out for the zinc by the way would be not more than 100 mg a day while you're sick, and they are right -- it is prone to causing nausea on empty tummies, so eat something.

Other cold and flu fighting supplements include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Elderberry, Chinese Mushrooms, Astragalus, Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Colostrum.  While studies have been done on echinacea with mixed results, all the others will have to await "validation" by real scientists and until then walk on the wild side and maybe kill a virus.