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NEW Study Shows HYDR0XYCHL0R0QUlNE Cuts COVID Death Rate In Half

It is the most controversial word on social media HYDR0X0YCHL0RQUlNE. What is the truth about this drug? Turns out there was a study done in 2005 that found it could treat another C0R0NAVlRUS known as SARS and there has now been a full peer reviewed study that proves HCQ actually cuts the death rate in half. Watch this report by Ben Swann and share this video before its taken down!




How to Determine Which CBD Oil Potency Fits You

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids or natural compounds found in cannabis. Apart from being a popular remedy for certain types of seizures, it is also known for being helpful with pain relief, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

CBD is also widely accessible and comes in several forms. But the most common of these products happens to be CBD oil. Apart from being available in various levels of potency, it can be used in different ways and makes it easier for you to consume CBD.

Whether you have already found the trusted CBD brands for yourself or if you are still on the lookout for one, it is critical to understand which CBD oil potency is right for you. This ensures that you are able to make the most out of your CBD use

How Does CBD Potency Affect Your Usage?

Also referred to as CBD concentration, CBD oil potencies decide the product’s overall efficacy against single as well as regular use.

For instance, a low potency CBD oil might need you to take a few drops of it in each usage. In comparison, a high potency CBD oil might do the job in half the dosage.

Apart from your CBD dose, this factor also heavily affects the price of your chosen oil product.

It’s because a higher potency equals more CBD concentrate in the oil. The more CBD that an oil product has in it, the costlier it is for the consumer.

Now that you understand these factors, you can easily learn more about different CBD oil potencies.

What Type of CBD Oil Potencies Are Available?

CBD oils are typically available in 3-5 potencies. Some brands have concentrations that start from the lowest level and offer one or two additional options. Whereas, others have a wider range of potencies available in their catalog.

Some of the best CBD oil brands offer the following potencies:

  • 300mg
  • 600mg
  • 1000mg
  • 2500mg
  • 5000mg

But these potencies don’t mean that these oils offer 300mg or 600mg of CBD in each dosage. On the contrary, they distribute this CBD concentrate throughout the CBD oil quantity.

For instance, if you purchase a 30ml bottle of a 300mg potency CBD oil, it offers you 7.5 mg of CBD in each 0.75ml oil dosage. This mechanism applies to other potencies as well. Needless to say, the CBD dosage keeps increasing with higher potency oils but the oil consumption or quantity remains the same.

What Oil Potency Is the Right Fit for You

Choosing the perfect CBD potency for yourself can be tricky. It’s because the right fit depends upon various personal factors such as body weight, individual conditions, and metabolism.

What makes it even more challenging is how there is no set CBD dosage available by authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is in spite of how many doctors accept CBD oil’s efficacy for various conditions.

As a result, the first line of advice deems to be your doctor, who can advise whether CBD is safe to use along with your existing medications or treatments. From there, you can start with the lowest potency of one of the best CBD oil brands to see how effective it is for you.

Once you start using your new CBD oil with the lowest recommended dosage by the brand, which is typically about half a dropper, you can judge how the compound affects your body over a few days. You can then slowly increase the oil potency on your next purchase to safely advance to a higher concentration of CBD.

This practice requires patience, but it also provides you with the safest way to consume CBD oil. As a result, you can reap the potential benefits of this alternative remedy while steering clear of possible side effects.




Two-Tiered Medicine: Why Is Hydroxychloroquine Being Censored and Politicized?

As a result of the Hydroxychloroquine attacks—enabled by the pharmaceutical industry, Fauci and other top health officials, social media giants and captured media, regulatory and scientific journal partners—tens of thousands of Covid-19 patients “are dying unnecessarily”

By the Children’s Health Defense Team

In 2003, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) induced a global panic—a dress rehearsal, as it were, for Covid-19 in 2020. Although SARS fatalities rapidly petered out (with an eventual worldwide tally of just 774 deaths), concerns about the potential for future spread of the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) left doctors eager to identify effective drugs for treatment and prevention. In short order, researchers in Europe (2003 and 2004) and at the Special Pathogens Branch of the CDC (2005) published theoretical models and detailed in vitro findings about a drug offering likely “prophylactic and therapeutic advantage”: chloroquine (CQ).

Following these promising cell culture studies (cited hundreds of times in the scientific literature), researchers around the world continued to explore the antiviral potential of CQ and its more benign analog hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). A 2006 paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases again directed attention to CQ as a “valuable therapeutic option if SARS re-emerges.” In 2014, in the aftermath of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), researchers at the Anthony-Fauci-led National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) identified 27 existing compounds “with activity against both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV,” including CQ and HCQ. Noting that the “screening of approved drugs to identify therapeutics for drug repurposing is a valid approach,” the NIAID researchers singled out CQ and one other drug in their closing paragraph as having noteworthy potential to “reconfigure” the two coronavirus illnesses “into a less virulent subclinical infection” resulting in less adverse disease outcomes.

This ongoing body of research was clearly at the forefront of many doctors’ minds when SARS-CoV-2 surfaced this year. In early April, a survey of U.S. physicians found that two-thirds (65%) would prescribe CQ or HCQ “to treat or prevent COVID-19 in a family member,” and roughly the same percentage (67%) would take it themselves. (The company conducting the survey noted that “the best way to get a candid perspective on treatment options from a physician is to ask: ‘Would you give this to your family?’”) Another early April survey of over 6,000 physicians in 30 countries found that 37% of respondents who had already treated Covid-19 rated HCQ as the most effective therapy. Apparently, the physicians advising the world’s heads of state are likewise favorably disposed to HCQ. In May, the White House doctor confirmed HCQ’s excellent benefit-to-risk ratio, and the president of El Salvador not only reported taking HCQ as prophylaxis for Covid-19 himself but asserted that “most of the world’s leaders,” including President Trump, have been doing the same. However, in what has turned out to be a gross understatement, the Salvadorean leader also admitted that “Sometimes what’s recommended to the people is something different than what’s recommended to the leaders.”

For the biopharma companies poised to profit from new drugs and Covid-19 vaccines … it is not an attractive option to keep older drugs that have outlived their patent terms in the running.

“Extra-scientific factors”

In March, the U.S. readily accepted millions of HCQ tablets donated by pharmaceutical giants Bayer and Sandoz for the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, and the FDA even granted emergency use authorization for HCQ as a Covid-19 therapy, yet what has been recommended to the American people ever since has most certainly not been HCQ. In fact—ignoring over five dozen studies (and counting) that have shown CQ or HCQ to be effective against Covid-19 under certain conditions—the FDA revoked the drug’s Covid-19 authorization in June. Meanwhile, the nation’s number-one-ranked hospital, the Mayo Clinic, currently states on its website that there are no Covid-19 medications or cures.

At this point, when countries using HCQ are displaying a Covid-19 mortality rate that is “only one-tenth the mortality rate in countries where there is interference with this medication, such as the United States,” it is difficult to deny that an HCQ hit job is taking place both domestically and internationally. Columbia University medical graduate Dr. James Todaro recently declared as much: “If it seems like there is an orchestrated attack that’s going on against hydroxychloroquine, it’s because there is.” For the biopharma companies poised to profit from new drugs and Covid-19 vaccines—including the alarming Moderna vaccine co-developed by NIAID—it is not an attractive option to keep older drugs that have outlived their patent terms in the running. In a Rachel Maddow interview earlier this spring, Columbia University’s Dr. Ian Lipkin admitted to Maddow—with a grin—that “sexy and new and patentable” formulations are far more attractive to researchers and investors than “tried-and-true, classical sort of methods repurposing drugs and strategies that have already been shown to work.”

As a result of the HCQ attacks—enabled by the pharmaceutical industry, Fauci and other top health officialssocial media giants and captured media, regulatory and scientific journal partners—tens of thousands of Covid-19 patients “are dying unnecessarily” for “reasons having nothing to do with a correct understanding of the science.” The expert making that dire assessment—Yale epidemiology professor Harvey Risch, MD, PhD—believes that in the future, “this misbegotten episode regarding hydroxychloroquine will be studied by sociologists of medicine as a classic example of how extra-scientific factors overrode clear-cut medical evidence.”

Instead, the doctors were met with Google’s removal of their white paper.

From essential medicine to political hot potato

Until this year, CQ and HCQ had an uneventful track record. The German company Bayer developed CQ as an antimalarial in 1934, and HCQ came along about a decade later. In 1955, the FDA approved HCQ for use in the U.S., where the drug has become a staple for the control of certain autoimmune-inflammatory conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) includes CQ and HCQ on its list of essential medicines, and both have the reputation of being safe if dosed properly. The most problematic sequelae have been the emergence of drug-resistant malaria and, with long-term use and higher-than-recommended doses, retinopathy.

On March 13, 2020, Dr. Todaro and a coauthor published an online white paper that pointed to the CDC’s 2005 chloroquine research and outlined the early and successful use of CQ in Covid-19 patients in South Korea and China. Noting these promising results and the fact that China had zeroed in on CQ “after several screening rounds of thousands of existing drugs,” the two physicians urged the U.S. to give America’s medical profession an immediate green light to prescribe CQ and HCQ for Covid-19 patients. Instead, the doctors were met with Google’s removal of their white paper.

Around the same time, France reported positive results for HCQ use in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin. The French doctor achieving these results, Dr. Didier Raoult, has been writing for years about the potential to “recycle” CQ and HCQ for 21st century viral and other infections. More recently, a Michigan study of patients hospitalized with a Covid-19-related admission and treated early confirmed that both HCQ alone and HCQ plus azithromycin can significantly reduce Covid-19-linked mortality. Other studies have highlighted the success of a triple combination of HCQ, azithromycin and zinc, a known antiviral. CQ/HCQ rapidly increase intracellular zinc levels—important given that the individuals most likely to be Covid-19 patients (the elderly and those with comorbid chronic conditions) tend to be zinc-deficient.

As of late July, a tally of 65 studies around the world indicated that 100% of the studies that assessed HCQ for Covid-19 pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or early use showed “high effectiveness,” as did 61% of the studies examining HCQ use in later stages of illness. Describing a “natural experiment” in Switzerland, Yale’s Dr. Risch has noted:

On May 27, the Swiss national government banned outpatient use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. Around June 10, COVID-19 deaths increased four-fold and remained elevated. On June 11, the Swiss government revoked the ban, and on June 23 the death rate reverted to what it had been beforehand.

Even with the mixed results for late use, some clinicians have described “clear-cut and dramatically positive clinical responses” in individuals treated “when breathing was already very difficult and continuing to worsen.” In six patients:

…[S]ignificant improvement in breathing was seen within about four hours after the first dose, with a complete clinical recovery seen after about an average of three days. […] The rapidity with which the shortness of breath evolved in all these individuals strongly suggested that respiratory failure secondary to COVID-19-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome was imminent.

… [clinical trials] that were supposed to lay questions about HCQ safety and effectiveness to rest administered non-therapeutic, toxic and potentially lethal doses of HCQ (four times higher than standard doses) to thousands of study participants.

A nefarious agenda

The media’s flagrant misrepresentation of the HCQ science is bad enough, but the willingness of top-tier journals to finagle the science in an anti-HCQ direction is even more shocking. In early June, scrutiny from dozens of independent scientists forced The Lancet to retract a study it had published just 13 days previously—a “study out of thin air” that used apparently fabricated data to undermine CQ/HCQ therapy. The debacle has since become known as #LancetGate. (The same day as the Lancet retraction, the New England Journal of Medicine retracted a separate Covid-19-related study that relied on unverifiable data sourced from the same company that supplied the data for the Lancet study.) The French health minister used the Lancet study results as justification to ban HCQ’s use despite widespread public interest in and support for the drug.

Confirming that the anti-HCQ campaign is international in scope, several large-scale, multicenter clinical trials (the WHO-led “Solidarity” trial, the UK-led “Recovery” trial and the REMAP-Covid study) that were supposed to lay questions about HCQ safety and effectiveness to rest administered non-therapeutic, toxic and potentially lethal doses of HCQ (four times higher than standard doses) to thousands of study participants. The trials also selected clinically inappropriate patients who either had severe late-stage illness (Solidarity and Recovery) or were near death and not even able to provide consent in some cases (REMAP). The sponsoring agencies then used the disastrously skewed results to discredit HCQ and unblushingly marshalled the bogus Lancet study (before its retraction) in support of their negative conclusions. When medical internist and biowarfare expert Meryl Nass, MD conducted a detailed analysis of the study protocols, she concluded that “WHO and other national health agencies, and charities, have designed huge clinical trials to assure that hydroxychloroquine will fail to show benefit,” and in so doing, conspired to “increase the number of deaths in these trials” and “deprive billions of people from potentially benefiting from a safe and inexpensive drug during a major pandemic.”

… a propaganda war against a potentially life-saving medication is being waged for political purposes, not based on medical facts.

Therapeutics, not politics

In the U.S., physician and Stanford-educated lawyer Simone Gold, MD, JD pointed out in a mid-June interview about HCQ’s politicization that “There was never controversy about hydroxychloroquine right up until March 20, 2020”—the day that President Trump praised HCQ as a “game changer” (timestamp 3:42). This week, Dr. Gold and an accompanying group of frontline doctors from around the U.S. went public on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court with their frustration about HCQ’s marginalization. In their video, the doctors reiterated the effectiveness of HCQ, azithromycin and zinc for Covid-19 prophylaxis and early-stage illness and asserted that “nobody needs to die.” The video garnered an astonishing 17 million views on Facebook and over 80,000 views on YouTube before the two tech giants (plus Twitter) took it down. The mainstream media then swiftly followed up with pieces designed to character-assassinate the doctors and, ironically, slam them as too political.

Rather than promote the HCQ+azithromycin+zinc combination or other inexpensive therapies that have achieved real-world results, Fauci (“America’s doctor”) continues to disparage HCQ while painting a grim “no end in sight” picture in which non-evidence-based lockdowns and social distancing are the only response. In Fauci’s recent speeches, it is difficult to find any mention of therapies at all, other than praise for the risky, high-dollar Ebola drug Remdesivir manufactured by Fauci’s pharmaceutical counterparts. Tested in NIAID-sponsored trials, Remdesivir has failed to deliver any clinically meaningful results for Covid-19 patients.

Fauci, the man who has had continuous job security at the National Institutes of Health since 1968, has dismissed the stunning and health-threatening loss of millions of American jobs—nearly 50 million first-time unemployment applications thus far—as merely “inconvenient.” In a late July speech to cancer doctors, Fauci’s sole concession to the havoc that his lockdown advice has helped propagate was to “dispassionately” admit that up to 10,000 extra cancer deaths may result from the cancer screenings that Americans are currently foregoing. The message that ought to be equally distressing to the American public is that a propaganda war against a potentially life-saving medication is being waged “for political purposes, not based on ‘medical facts.’”

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This Love Hormone Reduces Pain and Stress and It Even Enhances Spirituality

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By Josh Richardson | Prevent Disease

Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional center, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress. It has been dubbed the “love hormone” for its role in promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research from Duke University suggests the hormone may also support spirituality.

Oxytocin, originally known to stimulate labor and milk ejection, appears to play important role stress and pain. It can induce anti-stress-like effects such as reduction of blood pressure and cortisol levels. It increases pain thresholds, exerts an anxiolytic-like effect and stimulates various types of positive social interaction. In addition, it promotes growth and healing. Repeated exposure to oxytocin causes long-lasting effects by influencing the activity of other transmitter systems, a pattern that makes oxytocin potentially clinically relevant.

Related Article: Hug Hormone Oxytocin Boosts Bonding By Releasing Cannabis-Like Molecules

Most likely, oxytocin can also be released by stimulation of other senses such as olfaction, as well as by certain types of sound and light. In addition, purely psychological mechanisms may trigger the release of oxytocin. This means that positive interaction involving touch and psychological support may be health-promoting. The social interaction of daily life, as well as a positive environment, continuously activate this system. In addition, various types of psychotherapy involving the transfer of support, warmth, and empathy are likely to induce similar effects, which thus contribute to the positive effects of these kinds of therapies.

When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

In a study, men reported a greater sense of spirituality shortly after taking oxytocin and a week later. Participants who took oxytocin also experienced more positive emotions during meditation, said lead author Patty Van Cappellen, a social psychologist at Duke. The results published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience provide the first experimental evidence that spirituality, endorsed by millions worldwide, appears to be supported by oxytocin.

Oxytocin does seem to play an important role in bonding. This includes sexual pairings, but also mother-infant interactions, as well as more general sociability and acquiring social skills. Oxytocin plays a fascinating role in some of the fundamental behaviors of many species, including humans. Whilst it may contribute to the essential biological functions of sexual selection or maternal behavior, it’s not a complete explanation. You may be encouraged to fall in love with your oxytocin, but whom you choose depends on something else.

“Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research,” Van Cappellen said. “We were interested in understanding the biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences.

“Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs.”

Study participants were all male, and the findings apply only to men, said Van Cappellen, associate director of the Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Research Center at Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. In general, oxytocin operates somewhat differently in men and women, Van Cappellen added. Oxytocin’s effects on women’s spirituality still need to be investigated.

The results appear online in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Oxytocin occurs naturally in the body. Produced by the hypothalamus, it acts as a hormone and as a neurotransmitter, affecting many regions of the brain. It is stimulated during sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Recent research has highlighted oxytocin’s role in promoting empathy, trust, social bonding, and altruism.

To test how oxytocin might influence spirituality, researchers administered the hormone to one group and a placebo to another. Those who received oxytocin were more likely to say afterward that spirituality was important in their lives and that life has meaning and purpose. This was true after taking into account whether the participant reported belonging to an organized religion or not.

Participants who received oxytocin were also more inclined to view themselves as interconnected with other people and living things, giving higher ratings to statements such as “All life is interconnected” and “There is a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people.”

Study subjects also participated in a guided meditation. Those who received oxytocin reported experiencing more positive emotions during meditation, including awe, gratitude, hope, inspiration, interest, love and serenity.

Oxytocin did not affect all participants equally, though. Its effect on spirituality was stronger among people with a particular variant of the CD38 gene, a gene that regulates the release of oxytocin from hypothalamic neurons in the brain.

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Van Cappellen cautioned that the findings should not be over-generalized. First of all, there are many definitions of spirituality, she noted.

“Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors,” Van Cappellen said. “However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe.”

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“Nobody Needs to Die” – Frontline Doctors Storm D.C. Claiming “Thousands of Doctors” are Being Silenced on Facts and Treatments for COVID

CLN Editor NOTE: The video at the bottom of this article has been slammed by mainstream media as FAKE NEWS providing misleading information about viable COVID-19 treatments. The video has been banned by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It is the subject of this article by HuffPost: “How Quack Doctors And Powerful GOP Operatives Spread Misinformation To Millions.” Read that article and watch the video. In particular, pay close attention to the testimony of Dr. Stella Immanuel (pictured below). She claims to have successfully treated over 350 patients with COVID-19 using a combination of Hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax. She also claims that not one single patient has died. You decide whether you think she is a Quack. You decide whether you believe her or not. I do.

By Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Dr. Stella Immanuel from Houston, Texas

America’s Frontline Doctors stormed into Washington D.C. today to host their first annual White Coat Summit on Capitol Hill to combat the misinformation and propaganda on COVID being fed to the American people through the corporate media, while successful treatments against COVID are being censored by Big Tech.

They held a brief press conference first that was sparsely attended, and where impassioned doctors, all of whom deal directly with COVID patients, claimed that the American people were being deceived, and that “nobody needs to die” from COVID, because all them are successfully treating COVID patients with effective cures that are being censored for political reasons.

The purpose of this summit from their website:

American life has fallen casualty to a massive disinformation campaign. We can speculate on how this has happened, and why it has continued, but the purpose of the inaugural White Coat Summit is to empower Americans to stop living in fear.

If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease.

One of the speakers at the press conference today was Dr. Stella Immanuel from Houston, Texas. She stated that she studied medicine in Nigeria where she used Hydroxychloroquine for malaria patients, and is therefore very experienced with this medication, and that she has now treated over 350 COVID patients in Texas with Hydroxychloroquine, and none of them have died:

I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID. Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, all people.

My oldest patient is 92. The result has been the same. I put them on Hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they are all well.

For the past few months I have taken care of over 350 patients with not one lost one. Not a diabetic, not somebody with high blood pressure, not somebody with asthma, not an old person.

We’ve not lost one patient!

And, on top of that, I’ve put myself, my staff, and many doctors that I know, on Hydroxychloroquine, for prevention.

None of us have gotten sick.

I came here to Washington D.C. to tell America, nobody needs to die!

I’m upset! Why am I upset? Because I see people who cannot breathe. I see parents walk in, I see diabetics sitting in my office, knowing (thinking) that this is a death sentence! And they can’t breathe! 

And I help them, and I tell them it’s going to be OK. You’re going to live. And we treat them, and they live.

 None have died!

When are you going to wake up, America, and realize that you are fearing the wrong thing! You do not need to fear COVID.

And Hydroxychloroquine is not the only successful treatment. There are non-drug treatments as well that have seen success and been censored, such as IV Vitamin C therapy and Ozone therapy. See:

Censored Medical Doctor Publishes Results: 100% SARS-CoV-2 Cure Rate with No Drugs or Vaccines

Watch the entire press conference, which is being heavily censored. Brietbart News was one of the few organizations that showed up and streamed this to their Facebook Page.

(UPDATE Monday Night 7/27/20: As predicted, Facebook apparently removed this video, so here it is on another platform.)




How Can CBD Help You In Everyday Life?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the two primary and naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant. The other one is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). One of the main differences between CBD and THC is in their reaction with the cannabinoid receptors in the human body, which is responsible for various physiological implications.

THC has high psychoactive properties that induce a high feeling among its users. On the other hand, CBD is not psychoactive, hence doesn’t cause users the high feeling. CBD can even neutralize the THC effects, reducing psychoactive effects.

The calming properties of CBD make it suitable for both medical and recreational usage, especially those who need the benefits of cannabis. CBD products are available in different forms – swallowing, chewing, eating, and drinks. You can also find it in capsules, energy drinks, chocolates, cakes, coffee and tea, gummies, cookies, and fruit bars.

That being said, read on to discover how CBD can help in your everyday life.

1. Reduce Workout Inflammation

Physical fitness is recommended for anyone who desires to live a fulfilling healthy life. Experiencing some pain after rigorous exercises is common. Although your muscles can naturally heal, using CBD can relieve the pain and increase the healing process, allowing you to keep you going with your routine practices. Thus, physically active individuals can use CBD to alleviate muscle pain and inflammation after workouts.

If you’re an athlete, you can read more about CBD and how it works and benefit you at https://supanaturals.com/blog/cbd-for-athletes/.

2. Boost Gut Health

Medical studies have shown the role of CBD in boosting the activity of the gut system. By improving digestion, CBD helps the body make the most of ingested food. For people experiencing stomach bloating and swelling, CBD can also stimulate a calming effect.

CBD activates cannabinoid receptors to reduce gastric motor activity and the secretion of gastric acid. CBD also derails the build-up of gastric mucosal lesions that result from pylorus ligation and stressing factors.

By obstructing the secretion of inflammation-causing enzymes, like cyclooxygenase, cannabinoid protects users against intestinal inflammation and gastrointestinal damage.

3. Improved Skin Health

Inflammation conditions, genetics, and bacterial can cause acne – a common skin condition that can affect the back, chest, shoulder, neck, and face. The condition occurs when sebaceous glands secrete high levels of sebum.

Since it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the production of excess sebum on the skin, CBD can help address such conditions. CBD induces buildup of inflammatory cytokines, which are known as pro-acne agents, fighting off acne and improve the look of the skin.

CBD can also help moisturize the skin from the drying effects of hot weather conditions. CBD oil products have moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties that can bring a healing effect on your skin. This is because CBD contains nutrients that heal skin cracks, speed recovery to cuts, soften and smoothen rough patches, and protects the skin from peeling.

4. Improving Sleep Patterns

Your body needs adequate sleep to optimally function. Sleep also determines the effectiveness of your mind.

Unfortunately, for some people, it may be difficult to get a good sleep even when you have plenty of time to rest. Sleep disorders arising from the inability to sleep and sudden sleep interruptions without the ability to get back to sleep is a popular sleep condition affecting a large of people today. It can leave you feeling exhausted throughout the day.

Using CBD products, like full-spectrum CBD gummies, can help stabilize irregular sleep patterns and insomnia-related conditions. A medical research reveals CBD’s ability to improve the performance of brain receptors that control the circadian rhythm–sleep-wake regulatory process. CBD also relaxes the brain’s nerves that are responsible for sleep patterns, inducing the freshness required for healthy sleep.

5. Manage Stress And Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are a common phenomenon that can arise from different situations and can lead to physical and mental depletion. If you spot signs of anxiety disorder, turning to CBD can help you modulate the situation.

Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter responsible for cognitive function and mood regulation. Adequate levels of serotonin activate a swift response in stressful and anxiety situations. CBD can boost levels of serotonin, hence protecting you from stress and anxiety

Final Thoughts

CBD can help reduce muscle pain and speed the healing process of inflammation that results from physical activities. It can also boost gut health by improving the digestion process and protecting the gut against the formation of intestinal inflammation. Cannabinoid moisturizing and healing properties can heal the skin from acne conditions.

The role of CBD in improving the performance of the circadian rhythm process can improve sleep patterns. Lastly, CBD improves the production of serotonin responsible for improving the mood of the body and inducing a calm effect on stress and anxiety.




Eucalyptus Oil May Reduce Inflammatory Reactions in Lungs

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Eucalyptus has antibacterial and antiviral properties; it also suppresses cytokine production
  • The effects of the essential oil can lower inflammation and pain after a total knee replacement; it also helps lower blood pressure
  • The oil can be used topically as it helps skin conditions; it can also be used in a vaporizer or as a mouthwash or toothpaste
  • A weak immune system can increase your risk for infection; address underlying medical conditions and raise your vitamin D levels

Eucalyptus is a genus of plants that contains more than 900 species.1 The plants are native to Australia and come in a number of sizes, from shrubs to tall trees. They’re known for growing rapidly: One of the largest is the giant gum tree that can grow to up to 300 feet.

A distinctive feature of eucalyptus is its bark, which the tree sheds as it grows. Some will shed much of their bark while others are completely covered with it. Although they grow tall, some thrive in containers. They can also be planted annually.2 Each part of the eucalyptus plant can produce essential oils, but it’s the leaves that are the richest source.

Better Homes and Gardens writes that on extremely hot days, a stand of trees may appear as if a fog is hanging over them. This is caused by the oil vaporizing in the heat. The eucalyptus offers diverse medical benefits, almost as wide and divergent as the varieties.

Eucalyptus Oil Reduces Inflammation in Lung Tissue

Your mom knew best when she rubbed eucalyptus oil on your chest when you had a cold or cough. This is because researchers have found that the essential oils have antiviral activity and may reduce inflammation in the lungs.3 Eucalyptus contains 1,8-cineol, also known as eucalyptol, which is the major monoterpene responsible for suppressing cytokine production in human monocytes.4

The authors of one study looked at the anti-inflammatory effect of 1,8-cineol in comparison to prednisolone that was equal in potency. They tested it on 32 patients who had severe asthma, using a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The researchers found that 75% of those receiving cineol from eucalyptus versus 25% who got a placebo were able to reduce their oral steroids.

When measured against pulmonary inflammation in an animal model, other researchers found that eucalyptol could reduce the number of inflammatory cells and decrease protein content in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, providing “evidence … [for] its potential for the treatment of acute lung injury.”5

Still, other investigators found that eucalyptus oil could attenuate induced lung injury and inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokine production, offering evidence that it may have potential as a drug treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.6

Clinical evidence supports these theories; however, the mechanism of action and the bioactive compounds that are responsible have not been well studied. This prompted one team to look into the primary component of the oil, 1,8-cineol, in a lab study.7

They found that the anti-inflammatory activity is due to down-regulating pattern recognition receptors, which play an important role in systemic infections.8

Each of these actions is important in supporting the body’s efforts in fighting viral infections. A second benefit may be the plant’s ability to suppress inflammatory cytokine production in an infection where hyperactive immune responses and cytokine storms trigger lung and organ damage that may lead to death.

Eucalyptus Reduces Inflammation and Pain

The effects of eucalyptus oil on inflammation and pain have also been of interest to the medical community. One group analyzed the physiological and psychological parameters of 32 individuals. They found that a combination of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and ethanol could induce muscle and mental relaxation, but it did not influence pain sensitivity.9

Researchers have had different results depending on the genus of eucalyptus used. In Brazilian folk medicine, a variety is included in treatment for conditions such as bronchial infections, colds, flu, and fever. In one study, a team of researchers used an animal model to look at the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of three species.10

Eucalyptus induced both effects, suggesting that the essential oil exerted central and peripheral reductions in pain. This supports further investigation for the possible development of pain medications derived from eucalyptus essential oils.

Eucalyptus oil has also been evaluated in the treatment of pain after a total knee replacement.11 A group of individuals was given either eucalyptus inhalation treatments or almond oil inhalation treatments. Researchers measured blood pressure, heart rate, and pain ratings before and after the inhalation therapy. On all three days, the ones who inhaled eucalyptus reported less pain.

Additionally, on the second day, the intervention group — the ones receiving eucalyptus — had significantly lower blood pressure. Researchers noted that this suggested that aromatherapy involving eucalyptus may be an effective intervention for pain relief after a total knee replacement.

More Benefits to Eucalyptus Essential Oil

The essential oil from the eucalyptus tree is produced from dry leaves. In past decades, diluted oil has been used for a number of reasons, including addressing inflammatory conditions such as bronchitis and respiratory infections.12 Traditional Aboriginal medicine involved the use of eucalyptus to heal wounds and fungal infections.

In one study, researchers evaluated the effects of eight eucalyptus species found in Tunisia. They were interested in its antimicrobial properties for treating bacterial isolates such as Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Hemophilus influenza, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.13

Eucalyptus odorata had the strongest activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Hemophilus influenza, and streptococcus pneumoniae. It also had the most cytotoxic effect. However, the eucalyptus variety with the best antiviral activity was eucalyptus bicostata.

It’s important to know that eucalyptus essential oil may be used topically or in a vaporizer, but it should not be ingested. Some mouthwashes contain eucalyptus with other essential oil to help reduce the buildup of plaque and to treat gingivitis. Its antiseptic properties help kill oral bacteria that lead to the buildup of plaque.

The oils have also demonstrated positive effects against headaches and neuralgia, as well as in the treatment of skin conditions such as herpes, lice, and insect bites.14 In general, eucalyptus essential oil is safe to use, but you must follow specific precautions.

Do a patch test to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction. The oil should never be given to children under age 2 or used as a chest rub or on the nose of a baby.15 Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding should avoid eucalyptus because there’s not enough evidence regarding their safety in that population.

Weakened Immune System Raises Your Risk of Viral Infections

When you spend more time indoors, being inactive, and munching on foods that don’t support your immune system, you may experience an increase in your risk of infections and chronic disease. This can happen even if you don’t have a primary immune deficiency.

Primary immune deficiency disorders allow the infection to happen more frequently and more easily.16 Some forms are mild and may be undiagnosed for years. People who have a weaker immune system, whether from a primary condition or as a result of lifestyle choices, will have more difficulty clearing infections.

Those who have chronic diseases such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, as well as those who’ve undergone organ transplants and those receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments, also have weakened immune systems that can lead to longer illnesses and hospitalizations.17 Your food choices and eating patterns have a significant impact on your ability to withstand infection, however.18

There are a few things you might unknowingly be doing that impact your body’s defenses. These include sitting for long periods of time, which has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and early death.19

However, just as inactivity is a problem, overtraining or getting too much exercise without enough recovery, can also impact your immune system. A lack of stress management, excessive alcohol use, and sleep deprivation are additional factors that impact your body’s ability to fight infections.

Take Care to Support Optimal Health

I’ve been writing for many years about the strategies you can use to help support your immune system. You’ll find a list of specific ways to do so on my Coronavirus Resource Page.

Simple things like frequently washing your hands using the proper technique help reduce the spread of any infection and reduce your exposure to bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Researchers have found that individuals with high blood pressure and diabetes have a higher risk of severe disease, so it is essential to look into these and take steps to gain control over them in your overall health management.

Many comorbidities are the result of metabolic dysfunction. This means that when you address insulin resistance, you will likely have a positive impact on many other chronic conditions.

During all times of the year, it’s necessary to get plenty of sleep to support your gut microbiota and brain health. You also need to get enough daily exercise because it has a positive effect on the immune system, helps promote better sleep, and improves mood.

Another vital strategy in protecting yourself from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases is to raise your vitamin D levels to between 60 ng/mL and 80 ng/mL. On May 11, 2020, Medscape.com released a video featuring Dr. JoAnn E. Manson from Harvard Medical School, in which she discussed the protective role that vitamin D has against COVID-19.20

She is not alone in her recommendations for attaining and maintaining adequate levels of the vitamin, as researchers suggest it plays an important role in the risk of getting the infection as well as the severity of illness.

In my article, “Are Stay-at-Home Orders Decimating Vitamin D Levels?” you’ll find further evidence relating to the higher mortality rates researchers are finding in those who have a vitamin D deficiency. For an in-depth discussion of the impact that vitamin D levels have on risk and how to optimize those levels, see “Your Vitamin D Level Must Reach 60ng/mL Before the Second Wave.”




What Can Physiotherapy Be Used For And How Beneficial Is the Method of Treatment

Physiotherapy is a flexible type of treatment that can be used to care for patients with continuous management of different physical health and mobility issues. The treatment type is quite safe and the experts usually focus on techniques that aim at providing; immediate relief, slow but sure improvements, and long-term relaxation and comfort.

There are many physioactive clinics which take care of different health conditions effectively and makes sure to meet up with each patient’s need. At physioactive clinics, a patient is carefully studied to ascertain the source of the problem and quickly monitored until full recovery.

The method of treatment can be personalized to suit every patient, following a detailed evaluation, and the treatment works for people of all age groups and mobility levels. Different people need physiotherapy and here are some of the conditions that can be used to treat.

Physiotherapy can treat the following conditions

Back, neck, and shoulder pains

An expert Brisbane Physio tells us that with physiotherapy, the treatment process always starts with an initial assessment period before a treatment plan is made. After this, different exercises and procedures that can be used to rebuild muscle strength, spinal movements, and general mobility will be used to help the patient recover.

Upper limb conditions

The upper limb refers to areas around the hands, shoulders, wrists, and elbows. People can likely suffer from conditions like tennis elbow, arthritis, or misalignment which can be properly managed and corrected with physiotherapy.

Lower limb problems

Physiotherapy can combat mobility issues affecting the feet, ankles, hip, groin, or knee with immediate progress and long-term results for comfort and function.

Fatigue conditions

Physiotherapy can aid in the treatment of; MS, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, and severe fatigue with visible results. That aside, physiotherapy can equally be utilized in treating rheumatologic conditions with significant outcomes as well.

Sports injuries

Sustaining an injury during sports is one thing that can easily happen to anyone and at any time. Physiotherapy can quickly correct all the effects resulting from one-time accidents or long-term injury caused by continuous pressure on the muscles and joints.

Postural problems

The postural issue is a condition which people face and it can cause damage to the spine. With physiotherapy, the poor posture can be corrected as well as the strengthening of the body which aids in restoring the natural movement of the spine and body.

Rehabilitation

After surgery or any other type of treatment, physiotherapy can be utilized to help develop new joints or strengthen existing muscles and bones during this period of change.

Injury prevention

Physiotherapy is an all-inclusive healthcare method that teaches people as a whole on how to maintain the body in a great healthy state for long periods. Doing this can help in reducing the aging process and stop some kind of future complicated conditions.

Conclusion

For people who suffer from any of the aforementioned conditions, including physiotherapy in one’s wellness program is completely the best decision and has so many benefits. The treatment method is safe and can restore immediate relief. The health problem is handled directly from the source and is also used as a health preventive method that encourages long term health and reduces any type of future complications.




How to Fix the COVID-19 Crisis in 30 Days

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The COVID-19 pandemic could be resolved in 30 days for about $2 per person, simply by taking affirmative action to raise vitamin D levels among the general public
  • Optimizing your vitamin D could reduce your risk of severe COVID-19 by 90% and your risk of dying from it by 96%
  • Data from 20 European countries found the probability of developing and dying from COVID-19 is negatively correlated with mean population vitamin D status; both probabilities reach zero at vitamin D levels above 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L)
  • Warnings about “excessive vitamin D intakes” being dangerous are misleading and unwarranted, as toxicity has not been demonstrated until you hit blood levels above 200 ng/mL (500 nmol/L)
  • Quercetin and zinc may further lower your risk of COVID-19, as well as time-restricted eating and a cyclical ketogenic diet as they both decrease insulin resistance
  • Ketone esters and molecular hydrogen can be useful acutely. The MATH+ Protocol appears to also be effective for those with a serious disease, especially implemented early in the hyperinflammatory phase of the disease

In a June 22, 2020, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service press release,1 Damien Downing, president of the British Society for Ecological Medicine, outlines how we could resolve the COVID-19 pandemic in 30 days for about $2 per person, simply by taking affirmative action to raise vitamin D levels. The downside or risk of doing this is basically nil, while the potential gain could be avoiding another COVID-19 spike altogether.

“If we could arrange to give everyone vitamin D, and it failed to protect them, so what? The risk from not acting is much greater than the risk from acting,” Downing says, adding: If you caught the COVID19 virus right now, having a good vitamin D status (from already having taken a supplement) would

  • Reduce your risk of the disease becoming severe by 90%
  • Reduce your risk of dying by 96%

This is not ‘proven’ or ‘evidence-based’ until we have done controlled trials comparing it to placebo … But the data, already strong, has been pouring in since the start of the pandemic.”

Although the required prospective randomized controlled trials using vitamin D have not yet been completed, they are indeed underway, and results from many will be in before year’s end. You can visit the clinical trials registry to review the current state of these trials.2,3 As of June 2020, there were over 20 studies in progress on the use of vitamin D in COVID-19.

Vitamin D and COVID-19

Downing goes on to cite research and supporting data. Among them is a study4 from the Philippines, which found that for each standard deviation increase in serum vitamin D, the odds of experiencing only mild disease rather than severe illness was 7.94 times greater, and the odds of having a mild clinical outcome rather than a critical outcome was 19.61 times greater. According to the author:

“The results suggest that an increase in serum 25(OH)D level in the body could either improve clinical outcomes or mitigate worst (severe to critical) outcomes, while a decrease in serum 25(OH)D level in the body could worsen clinical outcomes of COVID-2019 patients.”

Another study5 from Indonesia, which looked at data from 780 COVID-19 patients, found those with a vitamin D level between 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L) and 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L) had a sevenfold higher risk of death than those with a level above 30 ng/mL. Having a level below 20 ng/mL was associated with 12 times higher risk of death. As noted by Downing:6

“With a deficient vitamin D status (<50nmol/L) the mortality rate from COVID-19 was 98.8% against 4.1% with adequate vitamin D (>75nmol/L). The Hazard Ratio is 24.1 … A Hazard Ratio of 4 means that in one condition, for instance vitamin D deficiency, you are 4 times more likely to suffer the ‘hazard’ than in another condition, say vitamin D adequacy.

A third paper,7 which provides data from 20 European countries, also found that “the probability of developing COVID-19, and of dying from it, is negatively correlated with mean population vitamin D status, with both probabilities reaching zero above about 75 nmol/L,” (30 ng/mL) Downing notes.8

In their preprint submission of this paper,9 the authors concluded, “We believe that we can advise vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection.” Downing created the following graph10 to illustrate the data in that paper.

vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2

Vitamin D Level Above 30 ng/mL Protects You Against COVID-19

Downing also addresses the issue of dosage and safety, highlighting how warnings about “excessive vitamin D intakes” being dangerous are very misleading and unwarranted, as toxicity has not been demonstrated until you hit blood levels above 200 ng/mL (500 nmol/L).

The recommended blood level for optimal health is currently between 60 ng/mL (150 nmol/L) and 80 ng/mL (200 nmol/L). In other words, there’s a significant margin of safety, even if you manage to exceed the optimal range.

“The three papers11,12,13 mentioned above show that a vitamin D3 blood level of at least 75 nmol/L (30 ng/ml) is needed for protection against COVID-19,” Downing writes.14

“Government recommendations for vitamin D intake — 400 IU/day for the UK and 600 IU/day for the USA (800 IU for >70 years) and the EU — are based primarily on bone health. This is woefully inadequate in the pandemic context.

An adult will need to take 4,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 for three months to reliably achieve a 75 nmol/L level.15 Persons of color may need twice as much.16 These doses can reduce the risk of infection, but are not for treatment of an acute viral infection.

And since vitamin D is fat-soluble and its level in the body rises slowly, for those with a deficiency, taking an initial dose of 5-fold the normal dose (20,000 IU/day) for two weeks can help to raise the level up to an adequate level to lower infection risk.”

Become Metabolically Flexible and Insulin Sensitive

As discussed in my interview with Dave Asprey, featured in “How Ketones May Be Useful Against COVID-19,” being metabolically flexible is another important lifestyle component. The reason for this is because insulin resistance makes you more susceptible to cytokine storm, a primary cause of death among COVID-19 patients.

The single most important step you can take to attain metabolic flexibility is to cut down the hours during which you eat. More than 90% of people eat for more than 12 hours a day, and more than half eat for more than 16 hours a day. The key is to reduce your eating window to six to eight hours, making sure the last food you eat is at least three hours before you go to bed.

When you restrict your eating window you will decrease insulin resistance, become more metabolically flexible, and able to seamlessly switch back and forth between burning fat or carbs as your primary fuel. I wrote an entire book on how to become metabolically flexible, “Fat for Fuel,” but a simple summary is as follows:

  • Time-restrict your eating window to six to eight hours
  • Eliminate all industrially processed vegetable oils
  • Limit carbs to 50 grams a day until metabolically flexible and then increase to 150 grams of healthy carbs twice a week

This strategy is absolutely vital in light of the prevalence of insulin resistance. Over 90% of the U.S. is vitamin D deficient; 90% of the population is also insulin resistant. Research17 published in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders in February 2019 concluded that 87.8% of the U.S. adults sampled were metabolically inflexible, which means they cannot efficiently burn fat for fuel.

Ketones May Also Be Useful Against COVID-19

When you are insulin sensitive, metabolically flexible, and eating a cyclical low-carb diet, you will be able to generate healthy ketone levels. Remember that constant ketosis and low-carb is an unhealthy strategy. It is fine to go low-carb for a few months, but for optimal health, you need to cycle healthy carbs back in once or twice a week, ideally when you are doing your hardest exercise or resistance training of the week.

When you burn sugar for fuel, you need to break glucose down to two molecules of 3 carbon pyruvate. Pyruvate is then used by your mitochondria after it is converted to acetyl CoA. Insulin resistance, in turn, can impair the enzyme that converts a breakdown product of glucose into pyruvate so it can be shuttled and burned as energy in your mitochondria.

The problem with COVID-19 is that the cytokine storm inhibits the enzyme converting pyruvate to acetyl CoA, which radically limits your mitochondrial ATP production. An additional consequence of this is that it also reduces NADPH.

NADPH is the battery of your cell, the reservoir of electrons that actually cause endogenous antioxidants like glutathione, vitamin E and C to be recharged so they can continue to work and mitigate against the free radical damage resulting from all this oxidative stress. One way to compensate is to make sure you have enough NADPH, and ketones radically upregulate NADPH.

thioredoxin reductase

NADPH also turns off NLRP3 inflammasome that produces cytokines like TNF alpha, NF Kappa B, IL1B, IL6, and IL18 (interleukins) that are causing all the damage.

nadph protects from free radical damage

All of that said, it’s important to realize that ketone esters will not treat the primary cause of the disease, which is an impaired immune system, typically due to insulin resistance. Ketone esters can, however, be used acutely, as they’ve been shown to provide rapid improvement in some patients with COVID-19. For an illustration of this, see the video above.

To address insulin resistance and metabolic inflexibility in the long term, your best bet is to implement a cyclical ketogenic diet, described in my book “Fat for Fuel,” as well as many previous articles that you can find by using the search bar on my site.

Molecular Hydrogen

Molecular hydrogen (H2 gas) has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects,18 making it useful for COVID-19 by reducing inflammatory cytokines, as explained in this video by Tyler W. LeBaron, founder of the science-based nonprofit Molecular Hydrogen Institute.

In his video, LeBaron reviews the pathophysiology of COVID-19 and explains why H2 is being clinically investigated by discussing the proposed mechanisms of how molecular hydrogen might ameliorate this particular disease.

Molecular hydrogen or H2 has the ability to activate the Nrf2/keap1 pathway, thereby replenishing your endogenous antioxidants. In so doing, H2 helps regulate and maintain homeostasis in the whole system, preventing the infection from getting out of control and causing cell death.

Hydrogen can also downregulate NOX and NOS enzymes, thus lowering superoxide and nitric oxide production respectively. This is good, as when these two molecules are increased too much they instantly combine to create the pernicious peroxynitrite molecule. H2 also supports your mitochondrial function. Importantly, H2 selectively reduces peroxynitrites and hydroxyl radicals.

H2 also steps in to prevent a cytokine storm from occurring. For a written summary of LeBaron’s video lecture, see “How Molecular Hydrogen Can Help Against COVID-19.” H2 will also help improve NADPH and works synergistically with time-restricted eating and cyclical ketosis.

Quercetin Plus Zinc May Lower COVID-19 Risk Further

In addition to vitamin D optimization, quercetin — which acts similarly to the drug hydroxychloroquine — and zinc19 may further lower your risk of COVID-19. Compelling evidence suggests the reason hydroxychloroquine appears so useful in the treatment of COVID-19 is a zinc ionophore, meaning it improves zinc uptake into the cell.

Quercetin has the same effect. In fact, one study20 has suggested the biological actions — which include antiviral effects — of quercetin may in fact be related to its ability to increase cellular zinc uptake.

Zinc is vital for healthy immune function21 and a combination of zinc with a zinc ionophore (a zinc transport molecule) was in 2010 shown to inhibit SARS coronavirus in vitro. In cell culture, it also blocked viral replication within minutes.22 Conversely, zinc deficiency has been shown to impair immune function.23 As noted in a 2013 paper on zinc deficiency:24

“Zinc is a second messenger of immune cells, and intracellular free zinc in these cells participate in signaling events. Zinc … is very effective in decreasing the incidence of infection in the elderly. Zinc not only modulates cell-mediated immunity but is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.”

The problem is that zinc is largely insoluble and cannot easily enter through the fatty wall of your cells. Getting all the way into the cell is crucial, as this is where the viral replication occurs. This is where zinc ionophores such as quercetin come in.

Quercetin is also a potent antiviral in its own right and has the added advantage of inhibiting the 3CL protease25 — an enzyme used by SARS coronaviruses to infect healthy cells.26 According to one 2020 study,27 the ability of quercetin to inhibit SARS coronaviruses “is presumed to be directly linked to suppressing the activity of SARS-CoV 3CLpro in some cases.”

To this, you could also add pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and selenium, as both play a role in the absorption and bioavailability of zinc in the body. For example, a study28 published in 1991 demonstrated that when young women were on a vitamin B6-deficient diet, their serum zinc declined, suggesting B6 deficiency affected zinc metabolism such that “absorbed zinc was not available for utilization.”

A more in-depth exploration and explanation of both niacin and selenium’s relationship to zinc is provided in the 2008 paper, “Zinc, Metallothioneins and Longevity: Interrelationships With Niacin and Selenium.”29

The MATH Protocol

https://vimeo.com/408592657

If you are hospitalized with COVID-19, early treatment becomes paramount. While there’s a great deal of controversy over which treatment is best, clinical evidence clearly suggests mechanical ventilation should be avoided at all costs. I discussed the reasons for this in “Ventilators May Increase Risk of Death From COVID-19.”

Furthermore, while hydroxychloroquine combined with zinc appears effective, I believe one of the best treatments suggested so far is the MATH+ Protocol. The protocol was developed by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Working Group,30 which includes Dr. Paul Marik, chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, and boasts a near-100% effectiveness rate.

The MATH+ Protocol is designed to treat the second phase of COVID-19 infection — the stage when the hyperinflammatory immune response sets in. For best results, it must be administered early enough, though. The MATH+ protocol31 calls for the use of the following three medicines, all of which need to be started within six hours of hospital admission:

  • Intravenous methylprednisolone, to suppress the immune system and prevent organ damage from cytokine storms — For mild hypoxia, 40 milligrams (mg) daily until off oxygen; moderate to severe illness, 80 mg bolus followed by 20 mg per day for seven days. On Day 8, switch to oral prednisone and taper down over the next six days.
  • Intravenous ascorbic acid (vitamin C), to control inflammation and prevent the development of leaky blood vessels in the lungs — 3 grams/100 ml every six hours for up to seven days.
  • Subcutaneous heparin (enoxaparin), to thin the blood and prevent blood clots — For mild to moderate illness, 40 mg to 60 mg daily until discharged.

Optional additions include thiamine, zinc, and vitamin D. In addition to these medications, the protocol calls for high-flow nasal oxygen to avoid mechanical ventilation that can damage the lungs.

Together, this approach addresses the three core pathological processes seen in COVID-19, namely hyper inflammation, hypercoagulability of the blood, and hypoxia (shortness of breath due to low oxygenation).

COVID-19 Doesn’t Have to Remain a Crisis

Health experts are warning we’re likely to see the second wave of COVID-19 this fall. I believe the strategies reviewed in this article can go a long way toward minimizing fatalities.

The first thing I recommend everyone do is to optimize your vitamin D this summer. Again, the optimal blood level for health and disease prevention is between 60 ng/mL and 80 ng/mL. (In Europe, the measurements you’re looking for are 150 to 200 nmol/L and 100 nmol/L respectively.)

However, simply getting above 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L) may dramatically reduce your risk of serious infection and death, and doing so is both easy and inexpensive. As stated by Downing, we could fix the COVID-19 pandemic in as little as 30 days simply by making sure everyone is taking vitamin D in sufficiently large doses.

More detailed information about how vitamin D works and why it’s so important against COVID-19 can be found in my Vitamin D Report. Download and share! You can also find a summary of the key steps you need to take to optimize your level in this previous vitamin D article. Here is the link to my comprehensive science report.

dr. mercola's report

I want to thank those of you who read the above report and provided constructive feedback. I want you to know that I did read those suggestions. I had already planned on writing a short summary, but the responses were nearly universal in support of that.

So, when you click the button below, you will get the condensed report that you can send to your friends and family and get them on board with the Vitamin D Campaign, which not only can save many lives but can help prevent the country from shutting down again and worsening our already damaged economy.

Taking quercetin and zinc is another preventive strategy worth remembering, as is the advice to implement cyclical nutritional ketosis to make sure you’re metabolically flexible and not insulin resistant. Again, you can do this by following three powerful strategies:

  • A time-restricted eating window of six to eight hours
  • Eliminating all industrially processed vegetable oils
  • Limiting carbs to 50 grams a day until metabolically flexible and then increasing to 150 grams of healthy carbs twice a week

More acutely, ketone esters may offer rapid relief of COVID-19-related symptoms such as shortness of breath, and the MATH+ Protocol, administered within six hours of hospitalization, could be a lifesaver.

While the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Working Group has been struggling to get the word out to doctors and hospitals, you could (at a bare minimum) request your doctor contact them and urge them to implement the protocol should you or someone you love get ill and need hospitalization.

A growing body of evidence shows that vitamin D plays a crucial role in disease prevention and maintaining optimal health. There are about 30,000 genes in your body, and vitamin D affects nearly 3,000 of them, as well as vitamin D receptors located throughout your body.

For a more detailed and comprehensive analysis of the connection of vitamin D and COVID-19, please review the report I created that could be used to address any health care professionals who would disagree with this recommendation. Also included is a shortened version of the document which will be better to educate those that you would like to convince of the importance of getting your vitamin D levels optimized.

dr. mercola's report

Vitamin D Helps Protect Against Cancer and Other Diseases

According to one large-scale study, having optimal vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer and can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers.

Vitamin D from sun exposure also radically decreases your risk of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Type 1 diabetes. Sun exposure also helps prevent osteoporosis, which is a significant concern for women in particular.

Magnesium Is Necessary to Activate Vitamin D

Since over half the population does not get enough magnesium and far more are likely deficient, magnesium supplementation is recommended when taking vitamin D supplements. This is because magnesium helps to activate vitamin D, as the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D in your liver and kidneys require magnesium.

What GrassrootsHealth observed in testing and analyzing nutrient intakes from over 15,000 patients is that about half of those taking vitamin D supplements were unable to normalize their vitamin D levels until they started to take supplemental magnesium.

They also found that those who do not take supplemental magnesium need, on average, 146% more vitamin D per day to achieve a healthy blood level of 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L), compared to those who take at least 400 mg of magnesium along with their vitamin D supplement.

Omega-3 Fats Are Crucial to Your Well-Being

Meanwhile, recent research suggests high doses (4 grams) of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA may help improve healing after a heart attack. Other benefits of omega-3 fats include prevention of lupus and Parkinson’s disease, decreased anxiety, healthier and stronger bones, as well as fighting fats in the body.

However, you can’t tell by looking in a mirror if you are deficient in vitamin D, magnesium, or omega-3s. The only real way to know if you are deficient in these nutrients is to get tested.

How Much Vitamin D Should You Take

If you know your vitamin D level you can use the calculator below to find the best dose to take.

Vitamin D*calculator™

Need more help on what to do with your D calculator results? Read here

If you are unable or unwilling to get a vitamin D test, they have found that the average dose to achieve a healthy vitamin D level of 40 ng/ml is about 8,000 units per day. If you are underweight you will want to reduce this dose to 6-7,000 units per day as heavier people tend to need more vitamin D.

How to Test Your Levels

I’m really pleased GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute has expanded its research projects to include a range of different tests, seeing how deficiency may be needlessly affecting the health of so many. Like its Vitamin D*action Project, the Magnesium*PLUS Focus Project will allow us all to take action on known science with a consensus of experts without waiting for institutional lethargy.

The Vitamin D*action Project has truly demonstrated the value measurement can have on public health, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the Magnesium*PLUS Focus Project will have the same impact. As in earlier projects, once the study of a community is completed, all that information can be used to push for public health recommendations that will benefit everyone.

You have the ability to participate in a variety of different tests, including:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D and Omega 3
  • Vitamin D, Omega 3 and Magnesium
  • Vitamin D, Magnesium & Omega 3 PLUS Elements. Remember, by participating in this public research project, you not only are identifying your own levels but allowing yourself to make decisions about your diet and supplements to improve your health.

    Your data (which is anonymous) will also help GrassrootsHealth researchers to determine the ideal levels for the prevention of various diseases, and what kind of dose-response relationship exists among the general population.

With the data from this project, individuals will be able to see what works for them, and, researchers will be able to demonstrate just to what extent health care costs may be reduced simply by getting people into an optimal range.




3 Morning Routine Breathing Exercises That Can Change YOUR LIFE! – SOMA Breath

Video Source: SOMA Breath

In this video, Niraj Naik shares 3 breathwork techniques you should add to your morning routine that could change your life.



Physical Therapist Skills: Must-Have Qualities of a Great Therapist

The rule that applies to every profession is that some individuals are more competent than others. Whatever job someone does, it is not enough to have only knowledge and experience. To mark someone as a good worker, they need individual soft skills, especially in working with people.

Physiotherapists help people with head and spine injuries, fractures, back pain, and nerve damage that affect other organs. Their role is to help patients regain mobility, ease pain, and prevent the lasting consequences of illness and injury. On this web source, see when you might need the help of these experts.

Diseases of the musculoskeletal system may or may not have consequences for patients. Treatment should be approached in the right way. If you need a therapist, make sure to find the one that has other qualities besides education.

The Power of Observation

The knowledge that physiotherapists get after formal education is only part of their expertise. Besides continuous learning in this medical field, they must have a daily practice. With experience, their perceptual power will improve. They will be able to get to the root of the patient’s problem.

Specific injuries or deformities do not always have the same diagnosis. Your therapist should consider all potential causes. Only after detailed check-up, they should prescribe the treatment. For example, you came because of shoulder pain. The average therapist will examine only that symptom and give you the therapy with analgesics. A dedicated expert will address all possible sources of discomfort, from the neck to the hips.

After that, they’ll probably give you the therapy you did not expect. But you will feel improvement not only in the shoulder area but also in the back. Therapists with great attention to details can find the cause of a disease that you may not even be aware of, but that was a big problem.

Patience Is the Key

Some problems in the musculoskeletal system can be very persistent. Some conditions can be treated for years. That can significantly reduce your quality of life. To avoid the vicious circle of taking analgesics and worsening your health, you need to find a therapist who will have the patience and commitment to your case.

Look for experts in physical medicine who will not overwhelm you with drugs that currently mask the pain. Dedicated therapists, like those from Liberty Physical Therapy, will examine you in detail. They will listen to you and prescribe a treatment that works on the cause of the illness, not on the numbing of pain. They will take all steps to improve your health. Potent analgesics, aggressive treatments, and surgery should be the last solutions.

Communication and Friendly Relationship

Years of experience in medical practice don’t have to mean much. Knowledge is power, but only if you know how to transfer it. Good medical workers will explain everything without using expert terms and acting superior. When people understand their health problems, they feel better.

When an expert in physical medicine is friendly to you, you will be freer and more open. A dedicated therapist will encourage you to ask questions, not just answer when asked. It can be of great importance in finding the cause of the problem, and thus in more successful healing.

Stamina and Great Shape

Since physical therapy includes treatments that involve the active participation of the therapist, they must be in good shape. In some cases, when working with difficult-to-move patients, these medical experts need physical strength and endurance. That way, they can help the patient to perform a particular exercise.

More on the methods of physical therapy read below:

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/what-is-physical-therapy#1.

For example, to perform certain types of massage, a high level of endurance is required. Some research shows that physiotherapists, due to too much effort, have an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. That is why these medical workers must be in good shape because it is good for everyone.

In the end, the love of work should not be neglected either. People who have a passion for their profession are very good at what they do. Besides, when they do something they love, physiotherapists are happier and more cheerful, which automatically reflects on their patients.




How CBG Oil Is a Natural Pain Remedy

CBG, also known as Cannabigerol, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has become a star in the cannabis industry due to its amazing therapeutic benefits. Some of the benefits that CBG can provide are very similar to CBD, but scientists have discovered that CBG can be a neuroprotective agent.

CBG can also be used as an anti-inflammatory to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis. It is recommended to use CBG for depression, stress, and anxiety, as it provides a relaxing effect on the body.

How does CBG work?

CBG and other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD work on the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system that has two primary receptors called CB1 and CB2. Both of these receptors work differently due to where it is located in the body.

CB1 receptors: It is located in the brain and the central nervous system throughout the body such as the lungs, kidneys, and liver. Scientists discovered it in 1990 and learned that it can impact memory, appetite, mood, sleep, pain sensation, and motor regulation. CB1 receptors interact with THC, which is why it can cause a euphoric high.

CB2 receptors: It is primarily found on cells in the immune system and scientists discovered it in 1993. Once these receptors are activated it will begin to provide a response to inflammation to prevent, stop, and treat conditions such as Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel syndrome. CBD and CBG can interact with CB2 receptors without causing psychoactive effects.

How is CBG made?

CBG is made from naturally grown hemp by using a process that involves heat. It starts by breaking the acidic form in CBGA to help neutralize it through the exposure of UV light.

It is later measured to ensure its purity and potency by using Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography machines that test flowers, edibles, and extracts.

How to choose CBG oil

When purchasing CBG oil it is important to find a company you can trust. Look for purity, high concentration, and products that are tested at third-party labs. You can find CBG on remedyreview.com for the highest quality products.

What are the benefits of CBG?

Researchers are still learning about CBG and discovering more benefits each day. CBG has proven to be very promising to cure many conditions that people suffer from.

Here are some of the benefits of CBG:

Fights cancer

CBG showed amazing results to fight cancer cells. It has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells by blocking the receptors that cause them.

Antibacterial agent

CBG can help fight bacterial strains that are stubborn against antibiotic drugs such as MRSA.\

Eye health

CBG was found useful when treating eye conditions such as glaucoma. It can reduce intraocular pressure on the eyes since it has endocannabinoid receptors.

Pain relief

CBD and THC are known to be popular options to relieve pain, but studies have discovered the CBG is more effective at doing so. Patients with chronic pain have used CBG as treatment and now swear by it.


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One Plant Fits All – 19 Benefits of Stinging Nettle

When I need a body ‘pick me up’ or something seems to be out of balance in my body, I make a nettle infusion (see recipe below). It is energizing, restores key body systems and is safe and effective.  Stinging Nettle is not a drug, but a plant such as spinach. It grows wild, but one of the easiest ways to obtain it is already harvested, dried and sifted.  Choose a certified organic source, I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon.

Our beautiful Earth, also affectionately know as Gaia, exists to serve. She opens her arms with wisdom and beauty as the truest expression of generosity, expecting nothing in return, yet always yielding more to those that know how to partake.  

One such way of “knowing” is to look to the humble, the wild, and abundant green plants. These are the ones that don’t grow in near rows, they are often overlooked and plentiful.  They most often are spread by the walking of humans or through the wind, the breath of life.  Many are powerful allies, offering dense nutrition to help humans be in balance. Others have protection barriers and offer their services not to humans but aid in other ways. Their toxic qualities to humans are blessings to other forms of life and keep the plant strong and animals such as deer away.  In our modern world, many stopped using these powerful allies and began using substances from the chemist.   We were trained to see beauty and benefit in the cultivated rather than the wild.   Oh that we have the mind, the heart to explore and appreciate the wild green life that exists to serve us. 

One such plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica diotica

Stinging Nettle is a very smart plant that supports the lungs, kidneys, adrenals, intestines, arteries, skin and your brain.  It has documented effects with prostate cancer, rheumatic pain, reduction in blood sugar levels, and urinary tract issues to name a few.   It is extremely anti-inflammatory and thus gives aid to chronic illnesses and heals damaged tissues.  

Make this Easy Infusion to Drink Daily

Recipe for Dried Nettle leaf infusion (Tea):

1 oz. dried nettle (organic)

1 qt. water, spring or filtered

1 qt. jar with a lid

Boil the water.Put the dried herb into the quart jar and then fill with the boiling water.Stir with awooden spoon and add water until the jar is full to the top.Place the lid on tightly and set aside to brew at least four hours or overnight.

Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the nettle.You can drink it right away.Store any remaining in the fridge right away and consume within two days.

It is delicious over ice, with honey or tamari sauce.Experiment to suit your pallet.

Benefits Of Stinging Nettle

(Full article and sources from The Grow Network)

  1. Increase Your Energy Levels: Nettles are used as a traditional spring tonic to strengthen and support the entire body. Their high nutritional value makes them ideal for anyone suffering from exhaustion, poor nutrition, or just general dis-ease. They’re a great choice for pregnant women (see cautions below) and those recovering from injury or illness.1) The seeds are adaptogens, helping us to respond to stress and strengthening the adrenals.2)
  2. Detoxify Your Body: This general detoxifier has positive benefits for the entire body, and is often used specifically as a blood purifier.3) Be sure to drink plenty of water to counter its diuretic nature.
  3. Treat Eczema: Nettles are useful for all varieties of eczema, but especially childhood eczema and nervous eczema.4)
  4. Stop Bleeding: When taken internally, the astringent properties of nettle can help to relieve hemorrhage symptoms throughout the body.5) Topical application is also effective.6) 7)
  5. Strengthen Bones and Connective Tissue: Nettles contain high levels of calcium, silica, and other minerals to strengthen the bones and connective tissues.8)
  6. Manage Blood Sugar: Nettles possess both hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic constituents. In animal studies, nettles have been shown to lower blood sugar in hyperglycemic rabbits.9) Human studies have shown decreased inflammation markers and improved levels of fasting glucose, 2-hour postprandial glucose, and HbA1C.10)
  7. Promote Urinary System Health: The diuretic effect of nettles helps it to flush out urinary tract infections and stones.11) 12)
  8. Relieve Musculoskeletal Pain: Nettle’s anti-inflammatory and counterirritant properties can be beneficial for arthritis pain by either drinking infusions of the plant or allowing the plant to sting the affected area.13) Topical application of the stinging leaf can also help with myalgia and non-arthritic inflammation, pain, and stiffness.14) A single application may be enough to relieve symptoms for 4-8 days.15)
  9. Promote Prostate Health: Nettle root and seeds may be useful in presentment and treatment of benign prostate enlargement.16) 17) One study found that nettle root may have a beneficial effect on prostate cancers, as well.18)
  10. Gently Relieve Diarrhea/Constipation: The astringency of nettles makes them useful in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.19) However, they also have a mild laxative effect in cases of constipation.20)
  11. Prevent and Reverse Anemia: Nettles are an excellent source of bioavailable iron, making them excellent for those suffering from iron deficiency.
  12. Encourage Kidney Health: Nettle seeds are powerful kidney supporters and restorers.21) They have a protective effect if used during chemotherapy.22)
  13. Relieve Allergies: Nettles have the ability to reduce the allergen response of the body and help reduce excess mucous production in the nose.23) 24)
  14. Promote Lung Health: Related to its allergen-reducing attributes, nettles have been used as a folk treatment for any mucous membranes that are out of balance, including those in the respiratory system. Nettles act as a counterirritant, stimulating correct mucosal function in the digestive system (if ingested), which produces a sympathetic response in mucous membranes throughout the rest of the body. This can help to relieve the effects of asthma and bronchitis.25) Consuming nettles as food, as an infusion, or even breathing the steam off of cooking nettles can help the body to recover.26)
  15. Address Female Issues: Nettles are frequently used for menstrual issues, fertility problems, in PMS formulas, and for menopausal issues. They may also help to stimulate milk production.27) 28) 29)
  16. Promote Hair Health: Nettle juice can be used as a nutrient-rich final rinse, after washing your hair. This juice has traditionally been ascribed with the ability to stimulate hair growth.30) You can also use nettle-infused vinegar for this purpose.31) Taken internally, nettle juice nourishes and strengthens hair and nails from the inside out.32)
  17. Shrink Hemorrhoids: Nettle juice can also be used as a spray or as a sitz bath to help relieve hemorrhoids.33) 34)
  18. Promote Heart Health: Nettle’s high potassium content helps it moderate high blood pressure and lower the chance of stroke.35)
  19. Restore Digestive Health: Fresh nettle juice and greens help to tone the mucosa of the digestive system, and have been linked to anticancer activity.36) 37)

Learn more about this abundant plant Nourishing Herbal Infusions.

I suggest Stinging Nettle as it has worked well for me.  This is not to be used in place of remedies suggested by your doctor.  Stinging Nettle is a nutritional supplement, it is a plant growing from our beautiful Earth.  A drink for your health!  Be well and happy my friends, Julia.

Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names:  wife, daughter, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She is happily married in Western North Carolina.   




Improve Resiliency to COVID With One Session of Exercise?

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • In the most comprehensive study to date of the molecular changes that occur in your body due to exercise, “an orchestrated choreography of biological processes” are demonstrated to occur
  • One exercise session lasting eight to 12 minutes leads to changes in remarkable 9,815 molecules in your blood
  • Changes are documented related to energy metabolism, oxidative stress, inflammation, tissue repair, and growth factor response
  • In the first two minutes after exercise, molecular markers of inflammation, tissue healing and oxidative stress, which is a byproduct of metabolism, rose sharply
  • A strong correlation was found among a set of molecules and an individual’s aerobic fitness level, leading the researchers to suggest it may be possible to use a blood test to monitor fitness level

Exercise does far more for your body than simply raising your heart rate and causing you to break a sweat. Physical activity leads to a system-wide molecular response in your body, including changes in inflammatory markers and metabolic pathways.

This gives a glimpse into why the very straightforward act of getting moving is associated with so many benefits to your physical and mental health, from boosting your immune system to protecting cognitive function.

In short, your body is made for exercise and it thrives on it. If there were still any doubt as to its importance, researchers with Stanford University revealed that one exercise session leads to changes in remarkable 9,815 molecules in your blood.1

‘Omics’ Reveals Impressive Molecular Choreography of Exercise

The term “omics” is used in the field of biological sciences to describe the study of large sets of biological molecules.2 Proteomics, for instance, refers to the study of proteins within a cell, while metabolomics refers to molecules in the blood that influence metabolism and genomics delves into molecules related to gene expression.3

While previous omics studies have looked into how exercise affects specific areas, such as metabolomics, the featured study, published in Cell, took it a step further.

“We performed longitudinal multi-omic profiling of plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells including metabolome, lipidome, immunome, proteome and transcriptome from 36 well-characterized volunteers, before and after a controlled bout of symptom-limited exercise,” the researchers stated.4

In other words, in what is the most comprehensive study to date of the molecular changes that occur in your body due to exercise, providing an unprecedented glimpse into the details of the body’s physiological response, it’s demonstrated that “an orchestrated choreography of biological processes” occur, including those relating to:5

  • Energy metabolism
  • Oxidative stress
  • Inflammation
  • Tissue repair
  • Growth factor response

The study involved 36 subjects between the ages of 40 and 75, with a mix of fitness levels and health, including some who were insulin resistant. The volunteers completed a treadmill endurance test lasting about eight to 12 minutes, with blood draws occurring before and two minutes after the session, along with 15, 30 and 60 minutes later.6

Blood draws also took place before and after a period of rest, which acted as the control. “Everybody knows exercise is good for you, but we really don’t know what drives that at a molecular level,” Michael Snyder, Ph.D., professor, and chair of genetics at Stanford University, said in a news release. “Our goal at the outset was to conduct a highly comprehensive analysis of what’s happening in the body just after exercising.”7

In all, 17,662 molecules were measured, 9,815 of which changed in response to exercise, with some going up and others going down. Certain molecules also spiked immediately after exercise then quickly dropped, while others remained heightened for an hour. “It was like a symphony,” Snyder told The New York Times. “First you have the brass section coming in, then the strings, then all the sections joining in.”8

Molecular Changes Varied by Timing, Health Status

One intriguing finding was how different the metabolic changes were in individuals depending on their health status, particularly relating to insulin resistance, which plays a role in virtually all chronic diseases. In those with insulin resistance, a reduced inflammatory response was noted, and there was a dampened immune response after exercise.

Significant differences were also noted depending on when the blood was drawn, with the researchers describing an “intense flurry of molecular activity” in the body in the first two minutes post-exercise. In those first minutes, molecular markers of inflammation, tissue healing, and oxidative stress, which is a byproduct of metabolism, rose sharply.

Further, in the first couple of minutes, molecular markers suggested the body tended to metabolize amino acids for energy, but then switched to the sugar glucose at about 15 minutes after the workout. “The body breaks down glycogen [a form of stored glucose] as part of its exercise recovery response, so that’s why we see that spike a little later,” Snyder said.9

Could a Blood Test Reveal Your Level of Fitness?

A strong correlation was found among a set of molecules and an individual’s aerobic fitness level, leading the researchers to suggest it may be possible to use a blood test to monitor fitness level.

Among those who performed better on the treadmill endurance test, which measured peak V02, a measure of your body’s ability to transport and use oxygen, which serves as a proxy for aerobic fitness, thousands of molecules were correlated with aerobic fitness level.

This includes molecules serving as markers of immunity, metabolism, and muscle activity. “At this point, we don’t fully understand the connection between some of these markers and how they are related to better fitness,” Snyder said, and such molecular profiling would be too expensive and extensive for doctors to use in clinics at this point in time.

However, with further research, it may be possible to detect which biomarkers are most useful for determining fitness level based on those that are most highly correlated with peak VO2 results.10

“It gave us the idea that we could develop a test to predict someone’s level of fitness,” study author Kévin Contrepois, Ph.D., director of metabolomics and lipidomics in Stanford’s Department of Genetics, said. “Aerobic fitness is one of the best measures of longevity, so a simple blood test that can provide that information would be valuable to personal health monitoring.”11

While other fitness tests exist — grip strength, for instance, may be associated with your risk of heart attack and stroke — a blood test for fitness would allow you to monitor how changes in your fitness routine are working, and adjust accordingly.

Extend Your Lifespan in Just Minutes a Day

The featured study’s findings are impressive, in part because of the magnitude of changes prompted by just one brief session of exercise. “I had thought, it’s only about nine minutes of exercise, how much is going to change?” Snyder said. “A lot, as it turns out.”12

In terms of “bang for your buck” when it comes to your health, exercise is one of the most effective uses of time. The biochemical changes induced by exercise are well established and may affect the following pathways, influencing cancer risk and more:13

Insulin-like growth factor Epigenetic effects on gene expression and DNA repair HIF 1-alpha
Oxidative stress and antioxidant pathways Heat shock proteins Testosterone
Negative regulator of myostatin Immunity Chronic inflammation and prostaglandins
Energy metabolism Insulin resistance

Research has also shown that exercising for 15 minutes a day, or an average of 92 minutes per week, lowers all-cause mortality by 14% and extends life expectancy by three years compared to being inactive.14 This was true even among people with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise reduced all-cause mortality by another 4%.

On the other hand, people who were inactive had a 17% increased risk of mortality even compared with those who exercised for just 15 minutes a day. This means that you don’t have to log two hours on the treadmill or at the gym to get meaningful results — beneficial changes happen in far less time. Researchers are still pinning down the extent of these changes, but when they encompass 9,815 molecules, suffice to say they’re significant.

Lack of time is one of the most common excuses used for not exercising, but the changes in the featured study occurred in about 10 minutes. Other studies have found exercise benefits after just seven minutes of moderate-intensity activity, including improvements in muscle strength, endurance and aerobic fitness.15

A sample circuit-style workout, developed by Brett Klika, a performance coach for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida, and Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute, is as follows.16

Each exercise is performed for about 30 seconds with 10 seconds allowed for transitions. This adds up to an approximately seven-minute workout, which may be repeated in its entirety two or three times. The exercises should be done in the order given, as they’re selected to allow opposing muscle groups to alternate between resting and working, but give an example of how you can fit in exercise even if you’re at home and/or very short on time.

  1. Jumping jacks (total body)
  2. Wall sit (lower body)
  3. Pushup (upper body)
  4. Abdominal crunch (core)
  5. Step-up onto a chair (total body)
  6. Squat (lower body)
  7. Triceps dip on a chair (upper body)
  8. Plank (core)
  9. High knees/running in place (total body)
  10. Lunge (lower body)
  11. Pushup and rotation (upper body)
  12. Side plank (core)

A New Era of Exercise Science

As researchers delve deeper into how molecular biology intersects with exercise physiology, there will be exciting advancements in understanding how exercise is crucial to human health. Exercise science has entered a new era,17 and using metabolomics and other omics technologies, researchers will likely be able to advance to more personalized exercise interventions, rather than generic recommendations like “get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.”

Already, more specialized techniques like blood flow restriction (BFR) training are being adopted by the NFL and other major professional sports organizations for recovery and rehabilitation. BFR training improves strength and builds muscle using very light weights, while, metabolically, it decreases your risk for sarcopenia and most other age-related diseases, making it particularly useful for the elderly.

Other types of exercise, like yoga, with its unique combination of physical movement, breathwork, and meditation, may be particularly beneficial for brain function,18 while other more targeted exercises, like deadlifts, also have their place.

The Stanford University researchers are following up on their study with plans to establish whether molecular data could be used to determine which types of exercise, such as resistance or endurance training, are best for individuals, as certain people may have higher aerobic endurance, for instance, while others have a molecular profile that may favor a different type of training.19

For now, since such individualized targeting isn’t available, the important take-home message to remember is just how immense the effect of exercise is on your body at an individual level. It’s important to take advantage of its massive health-boosting potential by getting active and making physical fitness a regular part of your life.




Doctors In India Rediscover Coconut Oil’s 4000 Year History In Natural Medicine – Including Destroying Viruses

By Brian Shilavy | Natural Blaze

The July 2020 issue of the Journal of The Association of Physicians in India has just published an article titled:

Coconut Oil and Immunity: What do we really know about it so far?

The lead author of the study is Dr. Shashank Joshi, Dean of the Indian College of Physicians; Consultant Endocrinologist, Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, and Bhatia Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

It is refreshing to see Indian physicians turn their attention to Ayurvedic natural medicine and its 4000-year history of recognizing coconut oil as a powerful natural medicine.

Ayurvedic health predates modern Western medicine and the pharmaceutical industry by several thousand years in India. The poor people of India have for far too long been the human lab rats for Western drugs and vaccines and is a key country where Bill Gates has promoted and developed new vaccines as part of his population control agenda.

From the Abstract of the study:

Coconut oil as health oil was recognized in Ayurvedic medicine almost 4000 years ago. The same health effects were also attributed to the mother’s milk in ancient literature. Modern research has now found a common link between these two natural health products – their lipid content. The medium chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found primarily in coconut oil have miraculous healing power which act as natural antibiotic and also help modulate immunity.

The information discussed in this review explains that coconut oil, either topically applied or ingested, gets broken down to release Lauric Acid and Monolaurin – known anti-microbial agents.

The studies reported in literature are discussed to evaluate the antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal benefits of coconut oil.

Not only does coconut oil metabolites have antimicrobial activity but also these remarkable derivatives have been shown not to cause resistance organisms to appear. The anti-microbial mechanistic action also helps activate the anti-inflammatory nature of the immune response in human body. In vitro, animal, and human studies support the potential of coconut oil as effective and safe immune-nutritive active. New and exciting health and industrial uses of coconut oil and its derivative are possible.

Never before in recent times has the recognition of the positive health effects of coconut oil been stronger. And never before in the history of man is it so important to emphasize both need and efficacy of natural products known for their safety proposition. Immunity has been a buzzword in the current scenario and the demand for modulating immunity with natural means has been so unprecedented and so ubiquitous. Coconut oil and its value added forms can contribute to a more vigorous and healthy future.

Coconut oil has a long history of fighting viral infections effectively, and while a vaccine was never developed for HIV, studies on coconut oil found it effective for HIV/AIDS over 20 years ago.

From the study:

The first clinical trial using coconut oil (45 mL daily) and monolaurin (95% purity, 800 mg daily) against HIV-AIDS was conducted in the Philippines.

This study involved 15 HIV patients, aged 22 to 38 years, 5 males and 10 females, for 6 months. There was only one fatality and 11 of the patients showed higher CD4 and CD8 counts after 6 months.

In another study, HIV subjects with CD4+ T lymphocyte counts less than 200 cells/microliter were divided into a VCO group (45 mL daily) and control group (no VCO).

After 6 weeks, the VCO group showed significantly higher average CD4+ T lymphocyte counts versus control.

Seeing physicians in India return to their Ayurvedic natural medicine roots is very positive. If they can band together and fight against the global pharmaceutical cartel operated through the World Health Organization, they will have a better chance at resisting the New World Order which wants to reduce the world’s population, especially in India.

The USDA Nutritional Guidelines have Demonized Coconut Oil for 50 Years in Spite of Positive Research and Long History

Here in the U.S., I was the first one to import a Virgin Coconut Oil edible oil into the U.S. from the Philippines back in 2001. Only two national suppliers were even selling coconut oil as a dietary oil at the time, and they were both highly refined, mass-produced coconut oils.

You could not find coconut oil in stores at all unless you were visiting an ethnic neighborhood grocery shop from India or the Philippines.

The reason is that since the 1970s, official USDA nutritional advice is that coconut oil is unhealthy, due to the fact that it is mostly saturated fat, wrongly claimed to cause high cholesterol and heart disease.

This dogma has been thoroughly debunked in the scientific literature over the years, but it remains an official USDA policy until today.

Our peer-reviewed research section at CoconutOil.com is still probably the best collection of scientific studies on coconut oil anywhere today.

Back in the early 2000s when Internet searches were still un-censored, we were able to educate Americans on the truth regarding coconut oil and all of its wonderful health benefits.

In 2005 the FDA issued a warning letter against us stating that we were selling “unapproved drugs” due to our links to peer-reviewed literature and customer testimonials on how Virgin Coconut Oil had changed their lives.

As a result, we had to take down all of our research and customer testimonials from the website where we were selling coconut oil and put it up on a separate website (which today is CoconutOil.com) completely separate from our business where we sold coconut oil.

By that time we had probably spent well over $1 million dollars in advertising over the course of several years educating American consumers on the lies about saturated fats, and the truth about coconut oil.

Today, one can walk into almost any grocery store and now find coconut oil, although it is still demonized by the USDA, the American Heart Association, and many other Big Pharma aligned government bodies and associations.

The reason why the U.S. Government and Big Pharma will never change their views on coconut oil, is because to admit that the lipid theory of heart disease is wrong, is to admit to harming and killing millions of Americans over the years by artificially lowering their cholesterol with statin drugs, the biggest income producer for the pharmaceutical industry all time.

Of course today, all the money is in vaccines, as most of the blockbuster drugs, including cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, have long since lost their patents and can be purchased as cheap generics.

The industry needs fresh new drugs and medical products to maintain their control over humanity, and the most recent example is what they did to Hydroxychloroquine, which resulted in untold deaths of many people, in order to protect Dr. Fauci’s new drug, Remdesivir, which has a price of $3,120.00.

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