Promise for Today
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
"Call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you and you shall glorify me."
|Source: Life Extension|
"Chlorophyllin is a water-soluble form of the green plant pigment chlorophyll. It has been evaluated as a chemopreventive agent in populations at high risk for liver cancer, one of the most common tumors known, and one that is frequently caused by ingested toxins. Chlorophyllin is a large molecule thought to bind to many carcinogens and toxins, enhancing their excretion from the body before they damage DNA. Binding to toxins in the intestine prevents their uptake, further reducing their cancer-producing effects. Chlorophyllin also induces important enzymes that protect against oxidants arising from toxins such as acetaldehyde, while also reducing expression of inflammatory mediators."
"Barley is a fiber and antioxidant-rich grain with a number of chemopreventive properties of particular interest in the context of cancer. Toxin-induced gastrointestional tumors in mice can be prevented using extracts of barley grain or bran. A powerful cancer-suppressing protein called lunasin, first identified in soy protein, has now been discovered to be abundant in barley as well. Barley lunasin suppresses formation of tumor cell colonies and protects DNA from cancer-inducing changes. Barley grass extracts also serve a prebiotic function, modifying the intestinal environment to prevent toxin-induced colon cancers."I don't know about you, but when I come across information like this, I can't help but get excited. If you know someone who is struggling with cancer, let me encourage you to share this information with them. Nutrients such as these (and these are just a few) are powerful in fighting and oftentimes reversing life-threatening illnesses. Remember, there is always hope!
Perhaps the most common place where we see doctors missing the boat is irritable bowel syndrome, from which more than 60 million Americans suffer. Irritable bowel syndrome is a disturbance of the intestinal function, with two or three of the following features: abdominal pain that is relieved with defecation; abdominal pain that is associated with frequency of bowel movements, constipation or diarrhea; and loose, watery, or pelletlike stool.
Today's prevailing thesis is that irritable bowel syndrome is an unknown condition requiring medication to stop its symptoms. That's certainly what most doctors will tell you if you ask.
We think, however, that irritable bowel syndrome is caused by an imbalance of the ecology of the intestinal tract. Like any ecosystem, your intestine - which breaks down, digests, and absorbs food, as well as helping to control water balance and eliminate waste - contains a delicate balance of living organisms, known as your gut flora. Around 100 quadrillion organisms live within every human digestive tract, which at three pounds, could be considered the largest internal organ other than the liver.
The healthy bacteria in your intestine, including lactobacillus, bifidobacteria, and E. coli (not the killer E.coli you hear about in the media), aid your digestion primarily by breaking down tough fiber. These beneficial bacteria also perform chemical transformations such as synthesizing vitamins and minerals - for example, they digest foods such as flaxseed and soy, change them into molecules possessing anticancer properties.
These bacteria have an excellent symbiotic relationship with us. They thrive because we feed them, and we benefit from their helping us digest food and produce important nutrients that we absorb into our bodies.
These bacteria also serve another function. They crowd out other, nastier flora in the gut. Because of the stress we put on our bodies through antibiotics, alcohol, sugar and bad food or water, we often disturb the normal ecological balance in our gut, causing certain bacteria and yeasts to grow unchecked. This creates a little fermentation factory, similar to what happens when you let apple cider stay in the refrigerator too long and the container explodes.
In our bodies, the internal fermentation process causes bloating, gas and pain. Food remains undigested, and in turn also ferments. When this happens, your breath contains an excess amount of hydrogen, produced from the fermenting bacteria.
The only thing separating us from these unfriendly bacteria is a membrane just one cell thick: the intestinal epithelium, or the gut lining. If just a few of these nasty bacteria cross that lining, they can cause something as lethal as peritonitis, or something as common as irritable bowel syndrome, or even autoimmune or other inflammatory diseases.
The bacteria we like so much aren't interested in getting across that lining, but when the lining is inflamed or injured in some way, more dangerous bacteria can leak through it.
So our guts are the scene of a constant ecological struggle among bacteria. The fewer good bacteria living inside of us, the more likely the bad bacteria or other organisms will have no competitors and will grow and reproduce.
The most common reason for the death of good bacteria is antibiotic use. An antibiotic will kill the sensitive bacteria, and all the ones that are resistant to it will have no competition in the ecological system and can proliferate. In response to rampant overprescribing, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a plea to doctors to stop prescribing unnecessary antibiotics.What's the answer? Nutrition is key to healthy gut flora - however, when you're taking antibiotics, it is essential to also take probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria or yeast) that have been shown to help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. This is especially important because nearly three-quarters of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, so when that balance is upset, your health may suffer as a result.
Ideally, there should be a balance of approximately 80% good bacteria and 20% percent harmful bacteria in your intestines. Unfortunately, factors such as diet, stress, illness, and exposure to toxic substances can affect that healthy environment. Antibiotic use can also significantly alter the bacterial balance in your gut. Although their main purpose is to kill harmful bacteria, antibiotics often kill the existing beneficial bacteria as well. This can lead to diarrhea and other intestinal issues. Likewise, using anti-bacterial soaps has the same effect—killing many good bacteria at the same time it kills the bad bacteria.(1)Check out the links below for more information on this topic - as well as the RenewLife brand of probiotics and supplements.
There are research studies on the negative effects of excessive vaccination on a number of organs, especially the brain, as well as clinical evidence of harm. My greatest concern is that hard scientific evidence has shown that excessive vaccination (and children are receiving 34 vaccines before attending school) can significantly alter the developing brain, resulting in a brain that is miswired and, as a result, unable to function on higher levels, as we see in ADHD and autism spectrum disorders.
Because the child's brain is undergoing rapid growth and development during the first two years after birth, vaccinations during this time can be especially harmful.(2)He continues as it pertains to Alzheimers:
In the adult, we know that vaccinations can greatly aggravate the neurodegenerative diseases, and one study found a 10X increase in Alzheimer's risk in those who receive the flu vaccine five years in a row. The public, as well as most physicians, are being kept in the dark concerning this vital research.(3)As a parent of young children, this is an important and difficult decision to make. Unfortunately, most parents are not given all the facts. There are options available that are not toxic to the child and are discussed in Dr. Mercola's book. I encourage you to do your homework.
For your hands are stained with blood,
your fingers with guilt.
Your lips have spoken lies,
and your tongue mutters wicked things.
No one calls for justice,
no one pleads his case with integrity.
They reply on empty arguments and speak lies,
they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
|Here they are - don't they look great?!|
|Photo taken by our daughter in our yard|
|Source: Ultraprevention, Hyman/Liponis|
The less you eat, the less oxidative stress is placed on the mitochondria - when they don't have to process as much food, they don't generate as many free radicals, toxins, and waste products.
The people who eat the most food have the highest level of oxidative stress, and need the most vitamins to compensate.(1)Here in the United States, everything is "super-sized". It seems our motto is "The Bigger, the Better" - when in reality, the opposite is true - especially as it pertains to health.