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HOW MY IMMUNE SYSTEM WEAKENED

SOME THOUGHTS

I am hoping this brief, thumb nail sketch history will help someone looking for support and clarity concerning their own health, or someone they know.

There are many factors that contribute to our health challenges. Certain things we may only be able to make suppositions about. What caused our Immune Systems to falter? One point that I feel is primary is to examine how we are all brainwashed into believing that consistently nagging, draining health complaints are normal. These issues range from acid reflux to hemorrhoids and constipation, debilitating menstrual cramps to athletes foot and psoriasis. They remain suppressed by medications, both over the counter and prescribed. Handled this way they are, without a doubt, a direct road to chronic health sicknesses and all that entails.

MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY HISTORY

To begin with my parents both had childhood illnesses that impacted each of them physically and emotionally. My father had a subdural hematoma in his early teens. Treatment for that head injury to relieve the pressure on his brain, the drugs Halidon and Dilantin for a period of time, and who knows what else. My mother had Osteomyelitis beginning at about age 12. This lead to 25 or more hospitalizations, surgeries and exposure to a myriad of antibiotics up to the age of 33.  Their health histories impacted me in numerous ways. Psychologically with their unexplained behaviors that were very confusing. Behaviors that ranged from fearless to overly cautious. Their words and actions were helpful to me in ways, and not so helpful in others. Stressful approaches to living that deeply impacted every aspect of life. Decisions they made due to, I am guessing, making  up for time they felt they lost due to their childhood illnesses. Illnesses that were close brushes with death that must have been terrifying for them.

THE HOUSE I GREW UP IN: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The house was located in an area that became more and more highly trafficked over the years. Our home was positioned on a corner in a suburb 30 minutes outside of New York City. When we moved there hardly any cars would pass by, but as time progressed it became harder and harder to get out of the driveway without it being a very stressful experience. What was originally stop signs on each corner became traffic lights. One night a car crashed into our front door. Why did my parents not move from there? A somewhat complicated issue, but put simply they felt they couldn’t. The reasons for that are very personal to what they thought they deserved. My father lived in that house for over 40 years. and my mother died there. Life experience I have had with myself and others tells me that a weak immune systems can cause people to make decisions out of fear. It can also play out as taking crazy risks that put themselves and others at risk until they just can’t anymore. This was the strange dichotomy I grew up under. My mother was over protective and my father, well, let’s just say he often lacked good judgement in everyday situations.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS

The house I grew up in had a big mold problem and, not surprisingly, was  notably cold and damp.

Growing up in the state of New Jersey was not a positive experience on many levels. Not to diss New Jersey, there are plenty of other places where environmental contaminants are record high for impacting the health of residents. New Jersey gets a bad rap on many levels and it is often deserved. I just saw a documentary about a Swim Team [name of the documentary] in New Jersey that is comprised of Autistic children. According to this documentary, 1 out of 23 children living in New Jersey have Autism. Within the past few years, here in the USA, Flint, Michigan has been in the news for lead contamination in water causing severe health problems in their residents. Evidently, it is becoming clearer that high levels of lead are present in tap water throughout the USA. This is due to a crumbling infrastructure. Degradation of building materials and poor decisions made concerning the quality of the materials originally used. Money before people.

DENTAL CONTAMINANTS. DRILL AND FILL, BABY

I was exposed to mercury and other dental contaminants as a child. There was an unnecessary amount of drilling combined with the toxic materials used. Then, as an adult, having my mercury fillings removed without the proper steps taken during and after removal. I did not know there were precautions to be taken back then. They were removed by a dentist that did not have a Holistic practice. Just get them out was my attitude. Big mistake. This was done in 1989 -1990. I have never gone to a Holistic dentist that has recommended that I take any specific action to negate the bacteria that is released into my bloodstream after cleanings, removal of cavities, replacements of fillings. I have to remark that this includes Huggins trained dentists. Why is this true of the Holistic / Huggins dentists that I have known? I am really not sure why, however, I would choose a Huggins trained dentist over a Traditional Dentist for a myriad of reasons. Over the past 20 years I implemented my own antibiotic protocol when having any dental work. What is a Huggins Dentist?

Bacteria and other toxins released in dental cleanings put stress on the immune systems of people. Many with root canals, dental implants, etcetera are already experiencing this stress. Most people do not know how, or are  not capable of releasing these toxins through and already overloaded bowel, urinary tract system, or lungs.

Toxins are released through our breath and breathing is shallow at best for most people. Also, living in areas where the air is polluted does not encourage people to breathe. We unconsciously  protect ourselves by not breathing. On another level, it is worth noting how many of us are truly adverse to breathing, and never ask ourselves why. Conscious breathing is an invitation to be aware of the present moment and to feel and not be on automatic pilot 24/7.

Having an air cleaner in the house is something to consider when living in areas where air quality is suspect.

EATING DISORDER

Bulimia, eating and vomiting, weakened every aspect of my health. This went on from age 16 to very early twenties, 23. A willful person, I was able to pull myself out of that behavior. This is a situation where the willfulness I learned from my parents worked for me in the best sense.

A FEW OTHER THINGS

Exposure to sick pets and not understanding the potential impact on my health. I did not know how to protect myself better at the time. I do now.

Physical and Sexual contact with people who had poor health.

Eating sushi regularly for a couple of years.

Inhaling smoke in ballet studios from childhood to age 30.

Dehydration, not drinking enough water as a dancer and athlete.

My great grandfather and grandfather worked in the steel mills in Chicago and Pittsburgh. My dad worked for US Steel as a teenager before going to college. I am sure this exposure to heavy metals had to effect the family line.

I hope my sharing this information is helpful. There have been other factors that I did not cover here, or I am not fully aware of. My personal experience with Root Canals is something I will write about in the future.

Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD is the person that has helped me the most with finding strategies for healing. Some of her approaches challenged my past knowledge, and experiences. I am grateful that I opened my mind and followed her lead.

Thank you for reading.

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BATHROOM SHAME: SH@T HAPPENS

THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU JUST CAN NOT FLUSH AWAY…

Healing can be messy. Toxins leave our bodies through our bowels, urine, breath and skin. If this does not happen health is disrupted and illnesses arise. It is really that simple. I have come to realize that many people will do just about anything to not confront their shit, both physically and emotionally. When that is the case, Pharmaceutical Companies to the rescue. Why people choose drugs is something I can understand. Healing my own long term gut problem is, and has been, a great opportunity to develop empathy for others, and myself. To feel the reasons why people turn to pharmaceuticals for help. It takes conscious effort and sometimes sacrifice to heal without pharmaceuticals. Healing without meds has also taught me the depth of gut problems. Also, I have come to more fully understand why masking symptoms with drugs,  especially long term, only leads to much more serious health issues down the line.

F THIS

Have you ever specifically noticed that “dirty” words such as shit and fuck are about body parts and actions below the waist? Functions we all learn to feel ashamed of, or uncomfortable with. I have known people who have told me they  never look in the toilet to see what comes out of themselves. That alone says volumes about the person, our society, and how confused and unhealthy people can be both physically and emotionally.

Today, here in the USA, there are numerous ads and commercials online and on television for meds like Humira. Humira  is a doctor prescribed pharmaceutical designed  to treat gut, skin and joint inflammation. Television commercials and ads online for Pharmaceuticals are abundant.  Commercial time on US networks is not cheap. There is obviously a deep need for these products. If these Anti-Inflammatory  products were not sought after the manufacturers would not be making them.

People spend most of their lives uncomfortable physically and emotionally around their waste matter. In our later years many of us end up wearing diapers, needing someone to help us to the toilet, or change a diaper. Taking charge of our digestive health before things get to that point is imperative. If this issue is not addressed the problems worsen as we age. Some of the lowest paid workers, aids in nursing homes and hospitals, deal with the bodily waste that other members of a patient’s family do not want to deal with. Digestive and bowel issues that, most often, the patient themselves did not deal with. These are daily issues that did not begin in the bathroom. Issues that began with food and lifestyle choices. There are environmental exposures to toxins and other situations that are sometimes out of our control, as in Flint, Michigan

If any of this resonates with you, as it has with me, there are actions you can take. Our choices in life are all very different, but with the internet there are many ways to find answers to how to improve our gut health and be independent throughout our entire lives.

So, if you find the thought of your fecal matter, poop, shit something you just want to ignore, but can not any longer, you probably have a good reason to feel that way. Sorry, but what we avoid all our lives is often the thing that haunts us until we may not be able to run, walk, limp, or shuffle away from any longer.

Some resources for improving overall, digestive, and gut health:

Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD Vitality Capsules

Donna Gates Body Ecology Diet

Dr. Robert Morse, ND I have not done this program, but I have heard some good things about Dr. Morse from more than one person.

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PARASITES: WHAT ARE THEY? TRULY, THE WORD DEFINES ITSELF

FEELING IMPINGED UPON? UNWANTED GUESTS

One definition of the word Parasite feels like something that is draining / enervating. This makes sense to me. On a biological level this drain may start out as invisible building blocks to feeling just not quite ourselves. The ones that need a microscope to be seen. Colds, allergies, headaches, food poisoning – nausea, mild rashes. mild indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and other vitality vampires that are normal for most people today. Not normal? Just observe the different ages pharmaceutical companies are pandering to in their ads. No longer just the Geritol crowd.

I write this post pretty sure that I can not be alone in my slow recognition, and need for clarification of what defines a parasite. The word defines itself. So, what could be a post with lots of words is going to be as  short and sweet as I can roll it out.

MOST OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS IN OUR GUT

We are constantly being exposed to elements that need a strong immune system to be our defense. A healthy immune system, under the best of circumstances, keeps parasitic life forms in check. Long term stress of daily life, emotional stress, exposure to toxins and pollutants, pharmaceuticals, hospital stays, medications, interaction with pets, eating of animal products EMF’s, etcetera can, over a period time, weaken our immune systems.

CANDIDA CLEANER

Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD Candida Cleaner Guide outlines doses of different kinds of non – pharmaceutical ingredients for handling Parasitic conditions of all kinds.  All the things that I mentioned in the above paragraph, and many others. The allopathic remedies for these disorders, when taken regularly, sets people up for weakened immune systems and, down the line, much more chronic illness. A recipe for a decline in health.

CAN OF WORMS

I am sure I am not alone in hearing people say I have A  Parasite. This does not make sense. I am pretty sure there is rarely, if ever, only one. Concerning Parasites, this is the language that is most common.

Nothing happens out of nowhere, even if it often seems that way. In science, a type of religion many respect and revere, it is accepted that every action has a reaction. The human body is a primary example of how that all works, if we are willing to open our minds and not accept the bill of goods we are sold by Big Pharma, governmental agencies, and whomever else we consciously, or unconsciously, give our power away to.

TREE HUGGER REDEFINED

Being misinformed is greatly colored by what caused our poor health symptoms in the first place. What is that? An addiction to a way of life? I think so. In all fairness, it is something that we are bombarded with from Day One. That addiction blinds people as to what is truly important. What is important? Clean water, air and soil. Simple acts of human kindness. The basics for a happy life.

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DETOXING: INTUITION OR ADDICTION?

DISCERNING OUR TRUTH FROM OUR ADDICTION

No matter who is advising me I always want to keep my intuition in check about what I am doing. Honing my intuition is something I value. If a person is not in good health their intuition can be greatly hindered, or blinded by addiction. In brief, feeling like eating something that is not helpful to my condition is definitely coming from a place of addiction. The organisms / toxins are making the decision and not the person whose primary interest is healing. If I am honest with myself I know the difference.

In the moment it can be easy to justify what we want to eat, or do.Taking the time to ask myself what part of me is making this decision is of primary importance.  Having the presence of mind to do this takes some discipline. A craving for something hot and spicy as a dominant taste in a meal, for me at this time, would not be a good choice.

STOP THE GURU DEPENDENCY. TO HEAL IT  NEEDS TO BE A PARTNERSHIP

I respect the opinions of the people who advise me, but it is important not to be totally reliant on them. Getting healthier makes that possible, but that takes time. Keep asking the questions that are uncomfortable. It takes trial and error, but a stronger character is built from becoming our own guru. My experience. Maybe yours, too?

People often start chipping away at the person who is advising them when their sickness wants to prevail. Finding fault with the person or team that is advising us is a trap that is easy to fall into. No one is perfect, but sometimes those advising us need to be challenged. Sometimes the fear its that we need the  person advising us more than they need us. I have felt this way and it is not an empowering feeling. In the depths of my soul I know that over thinking, analyzing, and ruminating is part of not being in good health.

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DETOXING WITH CLAY PACKS: PARASITES AND HEAVY METALS

I started using clay packs  therapeutically about 10 years ago. I have used LL’s Magnetic (Eoviromedica) Clay special formulas, plain Sodium Bentonite and Calcium Bentonite Clay. Since using Turpentine / Pine Oil Therapeutically I am finding these packs are much more effective. How? I  pack my abdomen with clay. I then cover the pack with plastic wrap that I get from the Health Food Store. The clay becomes very hot after awhile and my symptoms begin to lessen. What really works well  to cover the clay are the thin green bags from Whole Foods. I cut the bottom out of and then slice in half. The bag opens to open large open sheet. These bags adhere well and stay on while I am doing things around the house, sleeping, etcetera. I may use one or two pieces of Scotch Tape to help keep in place.

Clay is messy, but it is worth it. I would rather deal with clay than the mess of Castor Oil, which I also use at different times. Castor Oil is an amazing healing agent but extremely viscous. It is almost impossible to get out of most any fabric, especially anything synthetic. Sometimes Castor Oil packs, or slathering it on for periods of time is extremely helpful for. They have different effects.

I do find that Clay Packs – along with the Turpentine Therapy – has helped me diminish some of my symptoms that are obviously hot in nature. Inflamed conditions stem from the gut and manifest hroughout the body.

Clay alone for me has not been a panacea. Not any one thing is, but it has been an essential component in healing. Jennifer Daniels, MD has been a knowledgeable rock in directing me on the use of clay for absorption of toxins. Again, I have been using clay packs on my head, gut, full body. I have taken foot baths and full baths with LL’s Magnetic Clay (now EnviroMedica) for a good number of years. I am way beyond certain that without the proper use of Turpentine (and other ingredients) I would have had a reduction of inflammation when using clay.  In the past clay has been helpful in the short term. I am certain that without the use of Turpentine-Pine Oil,  the deeper effects of clay would not have been found. For someone else it may not be Turpentine – Pine Oil, but another strong Anti-bacterial / Anti – parasitic agent.

Pasts posts at this blog site document my journey way, way before Unique Healing, Kalcker Protocol and now with Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. Turpentine – Pine Oil may not be for you, but finding what works is essential. Clay is a time tested absorbent of toxins and worth the time and effort.

Here is a list of some clay sources that I have found of good quality:

Aztec Healing Clay – I and others I know have used  this clay internally, even though they say on the label not to. Easy to find here in the USA.

Best Bentonite – low price and have used externally.

LL’s Magnetic Clay-EnviroMedica– excellent products and very helpful staff.

Eyton’s Earth – Clay Disciples on Facebook – Jason, the owner, sells a trustworthy array of clays that he backs up with great knowledge.

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PARASITES: HAVE A MERRIER- LESS COMBATIVE CHRISTMAS, HANUKAH AND NEW YEARS CELEBRATION

SOUND TOO EASY?  MAYBE WITH THE RIGHT INTENTIONS IT COULD BE…

If you have or have not taken note, there are favorite spices and scents that are associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Allspice and Pine are just a few. These are often used in potpourri, baking, cooking and beverages. I did a bit of research after reading the ingredients in an herbal concoction I am taking, and found that these and many other spices have properties that have a disarming effect on parasites. One notable aspect is that they reduce combative behavior. Why? Well, when people have health problems their Immune Systems are weak ant that means they are more vulnerable to all types of infections, bacteria, allergies. This all adds up to our energy being drained, poor health, also know as  having Parasites. Feeling crappy can lead to being more combative. It can also lead to someone being a victim to that kind of behavior. Depending on where you look there is specific information that mentions some of these spices, and how they help nullify the effects of Parasites.

PORK, CLOVES AND THOSE BUGGERS

One well known example of  the use of an Anti Parasitic spice is inserting Cloves into a ham before baking. Of course, most people put brown sugar and pineapple all over the ham, too. Not sure if that helps to nix the effects of the Cloves anti parasitic properties. They might since sugar is something that feeds these  problems. Also,  Pork is pretty well know for its association to trichinosis. Marinating and seasoning pork with herbs, and cooking it well is something that is important to do. Cloves are a well known spice to use on Pork, but I have a feeling most people do not know the reason they are using it.

MAYBE IF  LESS COMBATIVE PEOPLE ARE LESS EASILY TRIGGERED,  THE ONES THAT MORE EASILY GO OFF THE RAILS WON’T HAVE ANYONE TO SPAR WITH? WE ALL PLAY OUR PART IN THESE HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHERS.

If you are expecting family or friends over this holiday, or anytime, these “holiday”  spices smell great and  can have a positive effect on those that  are around them. Hopefully the most combative of your guests have a good sense of smell, but if not adding them to cider or some other beverage is another way to dose people. Dose in the most positive sense of course. Quite unfortunately, some of the people who could be helped by these spices truly dislike them. The upside is that the rest of the guests will be less apt to take the bait when the more combative guests / family / friends try to incite something. Talking about politics, or other heated issues is something that can really start an emotional wildfire.

About six months ago, I started using clove and cinnamon essential oils in the cleaning solutions I make. Very easy. Just reverse osmosis water, organic type soap [7th Generation] is one brand – and the oils. I enjoy the scents so much that it makes the cleaning much more enjoyable. I find these scents very uplifting,

There are other spices that are helpful. Looking at the ones that are used in countries where the climate is more extreme and the populations are high can lead to some personal and cultural insights. It can help us understand why people have traditionally seasoned their foods the way they do. India is one example. Unfortunately, life is more complicated today. There are so many other industrial strength environmental – exogeneous factors and influences. Nonetheless, the knowledge of what these spices and herbs do is invaluable. The world is getting smaller,  and this understanding  of other cultures and their use of spices and herbs is needed more than ever.

Happy Research and Holidays!

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PARASITE CLEANSING AND MORINGA SUPERFOOD POWDER

NOURISHING OURSELVES WHILE NOT FEEDING THOSE “UNWANTED” GUESTS

While on my quest to finding ways for living a more elegantly healthy, medication- free life, I have discovered a wealth of helpers. One that I first heard about through Paul Nisson is Moringa Powder Superfood. That was a few to several years ago. Last week, while in Whole Foods, I noticed Moringa Powder, read the label and bought a one size trial pack. When I got home I immediately tried it by placing the contents in a few ounces of water and stirring. The taste, a bit bitter, told me the power of this Superfood. Within a few minutes I felt a lift in my energy. I soon returned to WF’s and bought the larger size. Moringa has proven to be one of my best Superfood purchases to date.

THE POWER OF BITTER LEAVES

About 15 years ago my husband and I visited a PermaCulture Farm (Cascada Verde)  located on the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, in the town of Uvita. The owner told us to feel free to eat the leaves off certain trees on the property. He said they had a strong medicinal property that helped with digestion and elimination. To get to the point, they did taste medicinally bitter, and they helped improve my digestion and elimination. It was not just the relaxed environment of the farm that got my gut to work better, of this I am sure.

DR. JENNIFER DANIELS [TURPENTINE PROTOCOL]

In one interview with Dr. Daniels, she suggests that people can always get an important part of what they need by eating the weeds in their yards. Wow, I guess she thinks everyone has a yard? No, I am sure she does not! But  a person should consider what is being sprayed on that yard, or on the neighboring one.  I guess if one could, or had to, it would be better than what is often available to many in stores. Anyway, when I heard her speak about the power of weeds I thought of Moringa Powder. It is bitter and has that wild-bitter taste that weeds usually possess. Bitter is an important taste in regaining health by cleansing the blood, strengthening the heart, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder.

There are some links to Dr. Daniels on YouTube and she has has a weekly radio show. From what I have read people find them very informative. I have listened to a few and agree.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS…

So, if you do not  feel comfortable eating weeds from your yard or anyone elses. Or, you do not have access to them.  If you just don’t feel well enough, or have the time to go scavenging for weeds anywhere, Moringa Powder is something to try. Also, Parasites do not like bitter. So, if bitter does not appeal to you, or is completely revolting, then it may be an indication of parasites, candida, etcetera having too much of a say in how you feel. All of these entities greatly influence our decisions. This is true in many categories of our lives, not just food. That is a whole other discussion, and something I invite you to think about. It could change your life for the better.

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