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The Profound Health Benefits of Being Grateful

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com 

Story at-a-glance

  • The ability to experience gratitude to others is a fundamental feature of human cognition
  • Positive effects linked to gratitude include social, psychological, and physical benefits, which increase the more you make gratitude a regular part of your daily routine
  • Gratitude has a positive effect on psychopathology, especially depression, adaptive personality characteristics, positive social relationships, and physical health, including stress and sleep
  • Those who are grateful have even been found to have a better sense of the meaning of life by being able to perceive good family function and peer relationships
  • Two gratitude interventions that you can try in your daily life to promote gratitude include keeping a gratitude journal and expressing gratitude to others, such as by writing thank you notes

Gratitude is a simple practice that can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Its underpinnings are believed to be principles of cooperation that were pivotal in the development of human communication and social reciprocity, and the ability to experience gratitude to others is a fundamental feature of human cognition.1

The positive effects linked to gratitude include social, psychological, and physical benefits,2 which increase the more you make gratitude a regular part of your daily routine.

“The limits to gratitude’s health benefits are really in how much you pay attention to feeling and practicing gratitude,” noted neuroscientist Glenn Fox, Ph.D., a gratitude expert at the University of Southern California. “It’s very similar to working out, in that the more you practice, the better you get. The more you practice, the easier it is to feel grateful when you need it.”3

How Gratitude Changes Your Brain

Gratitude has distinct neurobiological correlates, including in brain regions associated with interpersonal bonding and stress relief.4 When Fox and colleagues elicited gratitude in 23 female subjects, via stories of survivors of the Holocaust, “ratings of gratitude correlated with brain activity in the anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex,” which are associated with moral cognition, value judgment, and theory of mind.5

Individual differences in proneness to gratitude are also linked to increased gray matter volume in the brain,6 and it’s possible that it elicits long-term changes in your psyche. Fox grew deeply interested in gratitude after his mother’s death from ovarian cancer. During her illness, he would send her studies on the benefits of gratitude in cancer patients, and she kept a gratitude journal in her last years.

In one example, 92 adults with advanced cancer engaged in mindful gratitude journaling or routine journaling. After seven days, those who kept a gratitude journal had significant improvements in measures of anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being, such that the researchers concluded: “mindful gratitude journaling could positively affect the state of suffering, psychological distress, and quality of life of patients with advanced cancer.”7

“Grateful people tend to recover faster from trauma and injury,” Fox told The Pulse. “They tend to have better and closer personal relationships and may even just have improved health overall.”8 When he tried to find gratitude after losing his mother, what he experienced wasn’t a quick fix or an immediate route to happiness, but a way to make his grief more manageable in the moment.

As it turns out, grateful writing such as letters of gratitude is a positive psychological intervention that leads to longer-term changes in mental health. Among 293 adults who sought out psychotherapy services, those who engaged in gratitude writing reported significantly better mental health after four and 12 weeks than people who did not write or who wrote about their thoughts and feelings.9

Gratitude Boosts Health, Well-Being

Gratitude can be difficult to define, as it has elements of an emotion, a virtue, and behavior, all rolled into one. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and an expert on gratitude, defines it as a two-step process.

As explained in “The Science of Gratitude,” a white paper by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, the two steps include “1) ‘recognizing that one has obtained a positive outcome’ and 2) ‘recognizing that there is an external source for this positive outcome.’”10

In this regard, the benefits of gratitude may be gleaned from the actions of other people or experienced in an internalized manner, such as when feeling gratitude about good fate or nature. In this way, gratitude is both a state and a trait.11

As a state, it’s based on a person’s ability to be empathic and elicit grateful emotions that promote prosocial behavior. As a trait, gratitude describes the practice of being grateful, noticing the little things in life, and appreciating the positive in the world and other people. Gratitude can be felt both from being helped by others and habitually focusing on the good in your life.

A study published in Clinical Psychology Review found that gratitude has a positive effect on psychopathology, especially depression, adaptive personality characteristics, positive social relationships, and physical health, including stress and sleep. What’s more, they noted that “the benefits of gratitude to well-being may be causal.”12

Fox also explained, “Benefits associated with gratitude include better sleep, more exercise, reduced symptoms of physical pain, lower levels of inflammation, lower blood pressure and a host of other things we associate with better health,”13 including improved resilience.

It’s likely that gratitude leads to benefits via multiple mechanisms, not only by improving life satisfaction14 but also by contributing to an increase in healthy activities and a willingness to seek help for health problems.15 Those who are grateful have even been found to have a better sense of the meaning of life by being able to perceive good family function and peer relationships.16

Gratitude Could Help You Sleep Better, Be Less Materialistic

Gratitude is known to facilitate improvements in healthy eating17 and benefits depression by enhancing self-esteem and wellbeing.18 Further, people who are more grateful tend to be:19

  • Happier
  • Less materialistic
  • Less likely to suffer from burnout

A 2021 study comparing gratitude and optimism similarly found that both traits were associated with:20

Lower heart rate and blood pressure Better sleep quality
More exercise Less stress
More positive expectations and reflections Greater feelings of appreciation toward others

Feeling gracious can help you sleep better and longer, too, perhaps by improving your thoughts prior to sleep. “The relationship between gratitude and each of the sleep variables was mediated by more positive pre-sleep cognitions and less negative pre-sleep cognitions,” according to a study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.21

Those who scored higher on measures of gratitude had better sleep quality and sleep duration and less sleep latency (the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep) and daytime dysfunction. Among adolescents, the simple practice of keeping a gratitude journal significantly reduce materialism while reducing the negative effect of materialism on generosity.22

Those who wrote down what they were grateful for donated 60% more of their earnings to charity, for instance. There’s good reason to teach children the importance of gratitude, too, as doing so can improve school performance and orient individuals toward a positive life approach.23

Positive Gratitude Interventions

Fox likens gratitude to a muscle that must be trained — something that you can practice and become better at over time:24

“I think that gratitude can be much more like a muscle, like a trained response or a skill that we can develop over time as we’ve learned to recognize abundance and gifts and things that we didn’t previously notice as being important. And that itself is its own skill that can be practiced and manifested over time.”

Rather than a magic bullet, Fox added, it’s the regular practice of being grateful that makes a difference: “You know, it’s like water cutting rock through a canyon,” he said. “It’s not done all at once, and it’s just steady practice is where you start to get things.”25 Two “gratitude interventions” that you can try in your daily life to promote gratitude include keeping a gratitude journal and expressing gratitude.

With a gratitude journal, you write down lists of what you’re grateful for on a regular basis. The behavioral expression of gratitude involves expressing grateful feelings to others, such as by saying thank you or writing gratitude letters, which you then read to the recipients.26

Showing gratitude to your partner is also a good way to boost your relationship. In a study of romantic partners, gratitude from interactions was linked to increased connection and satisfaction with the relationship, with researchers suggesting, “gratitude had uniquely predictive power in relationship promotion, perhaps acting as a booster shot for the relationship.”27 Emmons also shared tips for living a more grateful life:28

  • Remember hard times in your life, which remind you how much you have to be grateful for now. “[T]his contrast is fertile ground for gratefulness,” Emmons says.29
  • Appreciate what it means to be human by tuning into and appreciating your sense of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing.
  • Use visual reminders, including people, to trigger gratitude. This helps to combat “the two primary obstacles to gratefulness,” which Emmons cites as “forgetfulness and a lack of mindful awareness.”30
  • Make an oath of gratitude. Simply vowing to be grateful can increase the likelihood that you’ll stick to the behavior, so write a note “vowing to count your blessings” and post it somewhere where you’ll see it often.

If you want to get started today, keep a notebook by your bedside and make a point to jot down one or two things you’re grateful for each night before bed, and express gratitude to others often, such as writing quick thank you notes to friends.

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Everything You Need to Know About Diabetes Mellitus

The hormone named insulin helps glucose to be transformed into energy. Nevertheless, when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, or a person develops insulin insensitivity, using sugars as a fuel for a body becomes impossible, and the blood glucose level rises without restraints.

When this happens, a person is diagnosed with diabetes, and here comes the time to learn more about this condition. What are the differences between its types? What are the diabetes symptoms and diabetes risk factors? What happens when they are left ignored? All the answers can be found in this article.

Briefly about 3 Major Types of Diabetes Mellitus

Only 1-5% of people are diagnosed with rare types of DM ((e.g. neonatal diabetes, maturity onset diabetes of the young, chemical-induced diabetes, and others), while the most frequently met 3 types occur in up to 99% of the patients.

Even though there are only 3 main types, each person’s treatment is unique and requires attention from their healthcare providers. Let’s see what these types of DM have in common and what are their differences.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1DM), also called “insulin-dependent diabetes” and “juvenile diabetes”, is mostly diagnosed in kids and young adults. This type is considered hereditary. Nevertheless, there are other causes of T1DM: viral infections, diseases of the immune system, poor diet, and others.

In people with this type of diabetes, insulin-releasing β-cells (beta cells) are damaged and unable to release enough of the hormone to address increased blood glucose levels. As a result, type 1 diabetes management measures are all based on receiving daily insulin shots.

People with T1DM are often prescribed rapid- and short-acting insulin injections. The majority of the patients opt for insulin pumps as their go-to blood glucose control method. Continuous glucose monitoring is also a must.

Tests for T1DM:

  • Fasting blood sugar test;
  • HbA1c blood test;
  • Random blood glucose test.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is the most diagnosed one. The National Diabetes Statistics Report estimates that the share of T2DM is 90-95% of all cases.

Type 2 diabetes develops when a person has insulin resistance. It means that even though their pancreas produces enough insulin, it fails to maintain normal blood glucose levels. High blood sugar persists for a long time, causing irreversible damage to tiny blood vessels.

Unlike with T1DM, people diagnosed with T2DM don’t have to rely on insulin only, even though insulin-based medications are still the most popular anti-diabetic treatments. However, if you have type 2 diabetes, you and your doctor have a choice between insulin, exenatide, diabetes pills, and other insulin sensitizers.

Tests for T2DM:

  • HbA1c blood test;
  • Fasting and random blood sugar tests;
  • Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women. It happens because the placenta releases a hormone that decreases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, thus indirectly keeping a blood sugar level high.

As you can see, the type of diabetes diagnosed in expectant mothers resembles T2DM. Their β-cells produce insulin in sufficient amounts, and the problem is the body’s insensitivity to the hormone. This similarity is not a coincidence, and those who develop gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later in life.

Tests for GDM:

  • OGTT;
  • Glucose challenge test.

What Happens When High Blood Sugar Levels Are Left Untreated?

Everyone needs to know what the symptoms of diabetes look like. If you constantly feel increased thirst, effortlessly lose weight, have a family history of hyperglycemia, fail to eat a healthy diet, there is a high risk of developing diabetes.

When left to its own devices, diabetes affects the overall health of a person and causes further complications:

  • Microvascular and macrovascular complications;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Unhealthy changes in body weight;
  • Kidney disease;
  • Low blood sugar, and others.

To avoid these complications of diabetes, stick to a healthy lifestyle, opt for a balanced and low-glycemic diet, have enough physical activity, take blood tests regularly, and don’t forget to treat diabetes with quality medications.

Summarizing

Managing diabetes with proper medications and getting their blood sugar tested regularly are important measures for every patient. When left unattended, the disease may cause serious complications, like kidney failure, poor blood flow, and others.

To be able to live an active life, people with diabetes must not ignore their doctors’ advice and take all the prescribed diabetes medications. You can find them at https://insulin.store/. Luckily, there are plenty of accessible treatments today, and a doctor will support you and will help your insulin-producing cells to keep glucose levels managed.




Vaccine Detoxification & Shedding Protection Protocols | Dr. Alina Lessenich

Source: Bitchute

Dr. Alina Lessenich describes some of the dangers of taking the covid vaccine and being exposed to vaccine shedding. She then details treatment protocols for each of those conditions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT TAKE THIS INFORMATION AS GOSPEL. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE IMPLEMENTING/INCORPORATING ANY OF THE RECOMMENDED PROTOCOLS.

TRANSCRIPT (Note some words were inaudible and appear as ???. Other words may be inaccurately transcribed as well)

Dear friends. Welcome to this video in which I would like to talk about what vaccinated people can do after the corona vaccinations to protect themselves from adverse effects of this vaccination, and to detox the vaccine as much as possible. As well as what unvaccinated people can do to protect themselves from the so-called shedding phenomenon from symptoms occurring after they’ve been in contact with someone who’s been vaccinated.

Let’s start with a brief look at the corona vaccine and their mechanism of action. All vaccines currently in use in Europe, that is biotech Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine contain synthetic genetic material of the coronavirus which causes the cells of vaccinated individuals to produce the spike protein – an envelope protein of the coronavirus.

The body then forms antibodies against the spike protein, which when coming into contact with the coronavirus are supposed to render the virus harmless. We now know that this spike protein circulates inside the body of vaccinated people. And then it is likely being excreted through the respiratory tract, through the skin, and through bodily fluids such as sweat, saliva, or semen – a phenomenon we refer to as shedding.

This leads to immense problems as the spike protein alone seems to be the main cause of the corona symptomatology, and this is capable of harming the body through various mechanisms.

Here are a few examples of the possible harmful effect of the vaccines and the spike protein.

First of all, there’s a risk of the vaccines being integrated into our DNA. Should this happen, among other things, there would be an increased risk of cancer, as well as the possibility that the cells of a vaccinated individual would permanently produce spike proteins, thus vaccinated people would be exposed to the negative effects of this protein long-term.

These effects include inflammatory responses in the lungs, the heart, the ??? walls, which can lead to blood clots, primarily being caused by the binding of the spike protein to ACE2 receptors in these tissues.

Another mechanism by which this spike protein or rather the antibodies against this spike protein may affect health results from the similarity of the spike protein to human proteins.

The vaccination can lead to the formation of all antibodies and thus autoimmune diseases, such as ITP, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Guillain-Barre syndrome, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and numerous others.

The similarity of the spike protein to syncytin, a protein needed to form the placenta, could also lead to infertility via autoantibodies against syncytin.

Now, the risk of the corona vaccination is the development of a ADE, antibody dependent enhancement. Coronavirus often leads to the formation of binding instead of neutralizing antibodies, so that the coronavirus isn’t being rendered harmless by these antibodies. But the antibodies, on the contrary, leads to an especially severe and sometimes even fatal course of disease with cytokines stones and massive, respiratory inflammation. when vaccinated people come into contact with the ? virus.

Another health risk posed only by the mRNA vaccines results from the use of lipid nanoparticles in these vaccines. On the one hand, these vaccines contain PG, polyethylene glycol, to which about 70% of the population is already allergic. PG can trigger allergic reactions even to the point of anaphylactic shock. And on the other hand, the mRNA vaccines contain, cationic lipids, which are extremely cytotoxic.

What I would also like to mention: recently at the University of Almeria in Spain, the contents of a vial of the biotech Pfizer vaccine have been examined. The result: the main element in this vial was graphene oxide, which can lead to inflammation of the mucous membranes, including pneumonia, to the loss of the sense of smell and taste, and blood clots. And it can deplete our glutathione reserves. It also leads to strong magnetic properties of the body, which could be an explanation for the magnetism many vaccinated people develop after vaccination.

Those are some of the risks that people are facing when getting vaccinated.

However, thousands of unvaccinated people also report symptoms, such as increased menstrual bleeding, severe menstrual pain, skin rashes, dizziness, heart problems, etc. – after coming into contact with someone who’s been vaccinated.

So, it seems that the transfer of spike running or some other molecule is indeed taking place, which can cause health problems even in the unvaccinated.

Now what can we do about all that? The priority both in vaccine detoxification and in protection from and treatment of shedding symptoms is to protect the body from the harmful effects of the spike protein and to help the body break the spike protein down and eliminated as quickly as possible.

In vaccinated individuals, detoxification of and protection from lipid nanoparticles, and possibly graphene oxide, also play a role. General supportive measures include a diet that neither promotes inflammation, nor activates the immune system – meaning sugar, animal proteins such as meat, fish, eggs, or dairy products, processed foods, GMOs gluten, toxic fats such as canola oil, etc. – should at least be reduced and if possible avoided all together.

Furthermore, intermittent fasting and sauna sessions help boost autophagy.

Autophagy makes a crucial contribution to the degradation of the spike protein and the elimination of cells damaged by this protein.

But autophagy is being disrupted especially by MERS, SARS-COV-1 and SARS-COV-2. Intermittent fasting and sauna sessions can remedy this.

Sauna sessions enhance the body’s detoxification processes and also help the body eliminate pathogens. Furthermore, the formation of heat shock proteins occurs, which increases the autophagy of misfolded proteins like the spike proteins.

Intermittent fasting is accessible to everyone and it is extremely effective. In intermittent fasting, the time window in which food is taken in is reduced to about 6 to 8 hours per day. The rest of the time, one only drinks water. Intermittent fasting is known to effectively counteract inflammation and autoimmune reactions.

Now, let’s move on to all these substances that we can take.

Since our food nowadays only contains very small amounts of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, but at the same time, our need for these micronutrients has increased tremendously due to the enormous amount of environmental toxins we are exposed to daily, supplementation has become essential.

In regards to the corona vaccination and the toxic spike protein, we should also use supplements to directly render the spike protein, which acts as a toxin, harmless prevent or reverse the harmful effects of the spike protein, of the lipid nanoparticles, and possibly also of graphene oxide, support rapid detoxification and strengthen the immune system.

Let’s start with high-dose vitamin C. Vitamin C is our most important antioxidant, which protects our biomolecules, such as DNA and cell membranes, from oxidation and can even reverse it. In addition, it is also able to directly render viruses, bacteria, and toxins harmless.

Here’s a quote from an article by Dr. Thomas Levy from June this year, in which he talks about neutralizing the spike protein: vitamin C gives strong general immune support while working to support the optimal healing of damaged cells and tissues. Clinically, it is the most potent antitoxin ever described in the literature, and no reports of it failing to neutralize any acute intoxication when administered appropriately have been published. Continuing persistent and high-dose vitamin C in all its forms would prove to be the most useful intervention when there is a large amount of circulating, toxic spike protein present.

So much for the importance of vitamin C, which should be taken according to Thomas Levy’s multi-C protocol. The recommended daily intake is 6 to 12 grams of vitamin C divided between liposomal vitamin C, sodium ascorbate, and ascorbyl palmitate. In acute cases, this dose can be taken several times a day.

So, an addition to vitamin C in terms of anti-pathogenic effects and reduction of intracellular oxidative stress is magnesium. Since about 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium anyway, the day substitution of 300 to 400 milligrams of magnesium is strongly recommended at any weight.

Let’s move on to vitamin D and K. The importance of is sufficiently high vitamin D levels in infectious diseases is well-known. The vast majority of infections can be prevented by a daily vitamin D intake. And should one nevertheless fall ill, the… (?)  can be expected with sufficiently high vitamin D levels. Blood levels between 60 and 80 nanograms per milliliter would be good and advisable in these times. A level between 80 and 100 nanograms per milliliter would be excellent.

Since vitamin D should always be taken together with vitamin K, suitable combination preparations are a great solution.

Next. I would like to talk about glutathione. Glutathione is not only one of our most important antioxidants, but it is often referred to as the master detoxifier. It is essential for the detoxification of spike protein and lipid nanoparticles. And if the coronavirus vaccine should indeed contain graphene oxide, taking glutathione will become even more important as graphene oxide depletes our glutathione reserves. Since the bioavailability of glutathione is very low, a liposomal preparation should be chosen.

Let’s move on to the combination of quercetin and zinc. Among other important functions, zinc can block viral replication by inhibiting RNA-dependent RNA polymerase inside the cell. When treating covid-19 with hydroxychloroquine, HCQ, combining it with zinc is essential. HCQ alone cannot achieve the desired effect. This is because HCQ, as a zinc ionophore, transports zinc into the cell, where it can there exert its effect and block viral replication.

People who do not have access to HCQ can replace it with quercetin. Since quercetin, also acts as a zinc ionophore, especially in combination with vitamin C. Regular intake of quercetin and zinc is especially important for the vaccinated. Due to antibody-dependent enhancement, vaccinated people can experience a particularly severe course of disease when coming into contact with a coronavirus,

The greater the viral load that affects the vaccinated individual, the stronger the body’s overshooting immune reaction. That means that for vaccinated people, it is extremely important that they do not contract Covid. And if they do come into contact with a coronavirus, (???) is being prevented from multiplying inside their bodies.

Since the combination of quercetin and zinc, as explained, prevents this multiplication, regular intake is strongly recommended for vaccinated people.

In regards to the spike protein, quercetin has got another important property. It prevents the spike protein from binding to the H2 receptor, thus preventing at least some of its damaging effects.

What else do we have? Lumbrokinase and pine needle tea, both of which counteract the formation of blood clots, in addition to its antiviral, antioxidant and beneficial effects in the treatment of respiratory disease, pine needle tea also contains shikimic acid and suramin.

Shikimic acid is extracted from star anise to make the flu drug Tamiflu. But it is also found in pine needles. And, like suramin, counteracts the formation of blood clots.

You can drink pure pine needle tea or combine pine needles with star anise and fennel, which both also contain shikimic acid.

Only pregnant women should please refrain from drinking pine needle tea because it could lead to miscarriages.

Nattokinase is an enzyme extracted from the Japanese dish natto. And it is capable of dissolving blood clots and clearing arterial walls of atherosclerosis plaques. Studies show that can increase blood flow up to 62 percent. However, people already taking (???) should avoid taking nattokinase. (See Precautions and Interactions HERE)

Then we have omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential not only for higher brain functions but also for our cardiovascular health and blood flow, which is especially crucial in regards to the spike protein. Omega-3 fatty acids have got to come from the resources, and the daily dose of EPA and DHA should not be under 2,000 milligrams.

And lastly, I would like to mention n-acetyl cysteine (NAC). NAC is a precursor to glutathione, but it’s also got an independent effect in regards to Covid-19 and the spike protein. It is antiviral and anti-inflammatory. And it counteracts excessive immune responses. It also protects against lung damage and blood clots. NEC should be taken not only in the case of Covid, but it should also accompany corona vaccine detox and it should be used as a protection against the shedding phenomenal.

These other measures that people, vaccinated or unvaccinated, can do at home to detox the vaccine and to protect themselves from shedding symptoms.

How long are these measures necessary? As long as the spike protein is circulating inside the body of vaccinated individuals, they should protect their bodies from its harmful effect and promote its elimination.

Since there is a possibility that vaccinated people will produce spike proteins in large quantities over several months, or that the vaccine is even integrated into the genome, long-term application of these measures is recommended – at least until we have more insight into how long and in what quantity spike protein is being produced. And if it is being integrated into the DNA, whether we can find ways to reverse this integration,

The same applies to unvaccinated people. As long as we don’t know, exactly whether the spike protein is being transferred, in what quantity it is being transferred, whether something else is being transferred, etc. – it absolutely makes sense to protect oneself.

Whether these measures are really able to neutralize the effect of the vaccination and prevent shedding symptoms remains to be seen. Especially in integration into the DNA, might be difficult or even impossible to reverse, but we do not know what kind of solutions we will be able to come up with in the future.

And we should do everything we can to find these solutions.

Lastly. I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your integrity, your courage, your commitment, and your love for Humanity.

I consider it a privilege and an honor to walk this path beside you. Thank you.


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Groundbreaking: Nebraska AG Says Doctors Can Legally Prescribe Ivermectin, HCQ for COVID, Calls Out FDA, CDC, Fauci, Media for ‘Fueling Confusion and Misinformation’

Few subjects have been more controversial than ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine — two long-established, inexpensive medications widely and successfully used in many parts of the world for the prevention and treatment of COVID.

By contrast, the use of both medications against COVID has been largely suppressed in the U.S, where doctors have been threatened and punished for prescribing them.

On Oct. 15, Nebraska Attorney General (AG) Doug Peterson issued a legal opinion that Nebraska healthcare providers can legally prescribe off-label medications like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID, so long as they obtain informed consent from the patient.

However, if they did neglect to obtain consent, deceive, prescribe excessively high doses, or do other misconduct, they could be subject to discipline, Peterson wrote.

The AG’s office emphasized it was not recommending any specific treatment for COVID. “That is not our role,” Peterson wrote. “Rather, we address only the off-label early treatment options discussed in this opinion and conclude that the available evidence suggests they might work for some people.”

Peterson said allowing physicians to consider early treatments will free them to evaluate additional tools that could save lives, keep patients out of the hospital and provide relief for our already strained healthcare system.

The opinion, based on an assessment of relevant scientific literature, was rendered in response to a request by Dannette Smith, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Smith asked the AG’s office to look into whether doctors could face discipline or legal action under Nebraska’s Uniform Credential Act (UCA) — meant to protect public health, safety, and welfare — if they prescribed ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine.

“After receiving your question and conducting our investigation, we have found significant controversy and suspect information about potential COVID-19 treatments,” Peterson wrote.

For example, a paper published in the Lancet — one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world — denounced hydroxychloroquine as dangerous, yet the statistics were flawed and the authors refused to provide analyzed data.

The paper was retracted, but not before countries stopped using the drug, and trials were canceled or interrupted.

“The Lancet’s own editor-in-chief admitted that the paper was a ‘fabrication,’ a ‘monumental fraud’ and a ‘shocking example of research misconduct’ in the middle of a global health emergency,” Peterson wrote in the opinion.

A recently published paper on COVID recognized that “for reasons that are yet to be clarified,” early treatment has not been emphasized despite numerous U.S. healthcare providers advocating for early treatment and “scores of treating and academic physicians” — who have published papers in well-respected journals — urging early interventions.

Peterson cited numerous studies showing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine reduced mortality by up to 75% or more when used as a preventative or prophylaxis for COVID, suggesting hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved had the drugs been widely used in America.

“Every citizen — Democrat or Republican — should be grateful for Doug Peterson’s thoughtful and courageous counteroffensive against the efforts of Big Pharma, its captive federal regulators, and its media and social media allies to silence doctors and deny Americans life-saving treatments,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chairman of Children’s Health Defense, told The Defender via email.

“We finally have a leader who puts constitutional rights, peer-reviewed science, and human health above industry profits. Doug Peterson is uncowed and unbowed — a genuine hero on horseback for all Americans.” Kennedy said.

Children’s Health Defense President Mary Holland agreed. “This Nebraska AG opinion lets doctors get back to being doctors — without being second-guessed by government, pharmacists, and others interfering in the crucial doctor-patient relationship,” Holland said.

Although the AG’s office did not rule out the possibility that other off-label drugs might show promise — either now or in the future — as a prophylaxis or treatment against COVID, it confined its opinion to ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for the sake of brevity.

Nebraska AG highlights science on ivermectin

In his legal opinion, Peterson concluded evidence showed ivermectin demonstrated striking effectiveness in preventing and treating COVID, and any side effects were primarily minor and transient. “Thus, the UCA does not preclude physicians from considering ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID,” Peterson wrote.

In the decade leading up to the COVID pandemic, Peterson found numerous studies showing ivermectin’s antiviral acti­vity against several RNA viruses by blocking the nuclear trafficking of viral proteins, adding to 50 years of research confirming ivermectin’s antiviral effects.

In addition, safety data for ivermectin showed side effects were “vanishingly small.” The latest statistics available through VigiAccess reported only 5,674 adverse drug reac­tions to ivermectin between 1992 and October 13, 2021, an “incredibly low” number given that 3.7 billion doses have been administered since the 1980s, Peterson wrote.

Peterson cited several studies showing ivermectin led to improvement of COVID outcomes when used in the early treatment or as prophylaxis while noting many studies with negative findings of ivermectin “excluded most available evidence,” cherry-picked data within studies, misreported data, made unsupported assertions of adverse reactions to ivermectin and had “conclusions that did follow from the evidence.”

Peterson also found that epidemiological evidence for ivermectin’s effectiveness, derived by analyzing COVID-related data from various states, countries, or regions is instructive in the context of a global pandemic.

In one instance, a group of scholars analyzed data comparing COVID rates of countries that routinely administer ivermectin as prophylaxis and countries that did not. The research showed “countries with routine mass drug administration of pro­phylactic … ivermectin has a significantly lower incidence of COVID-19.”

“This ‘highly significant’ correlation manifests itself not only ‘in a worldwide context’ but also when comparing African countries that regularly administer prophylactic ‘ivermectin against parasitic infections’ and African countries that do not,” Peterson wrote. “Based on these results, the researchers surmised that these results may be connected to ivermectin’s ability to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication, which likely leads to lower infection rates.”

Nebraska AG calls out FDA, Fauci on hypocrisy on ivermectin

Many U.S. health agencies have now addressed the use of ivermectin for COVID. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has adopted a neutral position, choosing not to recommend for or against the use of ivermectin — a change from its position in January 2021 where it discouraged the use of the drug for the treatment of COVID.

Peterson wrote:

“The reason for the change is the NIH recognized several randomized trials and retrospective cohort studies of ivermectin used in patients with COVID-19 have been published in peer-reviewed journals. And some of those studies reported positive outcomes, including shorter time to resolution of disease manifestations that were attributed to COVID-19, greater reduction in inflammatory marker levels, shorter time to viral clearance, [and] lower mortality rates in patients who received ivermectin than in patients who received comparator drugs or placebo.”

Yet, on Aug. 29, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases within the NIH, went on CNN and announced: “there is no clinical evidence” that ivermectin works for the prevention or treatment of COVID. Fauci went on to reiterate that “there is no evidence whatsoever” that it works.

“This definitive claim directly contradicts the NIH’s recognition that ‘several randomized trials … published in peer-reviewed journals have reported data indicating that ivermectin is effective as a COVI D-19 treatment,” Peterson wrote.

In March 2021, the FDA posted a webpage, “Why You Should Not Use lvermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19.”

“Although the FDA’s concern was stories of some people using the animal form of ivermectin or excessive doses of the human form, the title broadly condemned any use of ivermectin in connection with COVID-19,” Peterson wrote. “Yet, there was no basis for its sweeping condemnation.”

Peterson wrote:

“Indeed, the FDA itself acknowledged on that very webpage (and continued to do so until the page changed on September 3, 2021) that the agency had not even ‘reviewed data to support the use of ivermectin in COVID-19 patients to treat or to prevent COVID-19.’ But without reviewing the available data, which had long since been available and accumulating, it is unclear what basis the FDA had for denouncing ivermectin as a treatment or prophylaxis for COVID-19.

“On that same webpage, the FDA also declared that ‘[i]vermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).’ It did so while another one of its webpages simultaneously cited a study in Antiviral Research that identified ivermectin as a medicine ‘previously shown to have broad-spectrum antiviral activity.’”

“It is telling that the FDA deleted the line about ivermectin not being ‘anti-viral when it amended the first webpage on September 3, 2021,” Peterson noted.

Peterson said the FDA’s most controversial statement on ivermectin was made on Aug. 21, when it posted a link on Twitter to its “Why You Should Not Use lvermectin” webpage with this statement: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”

“This message is troubling not only because it makes light of a serious matter but also because it inaccurately implies that ivermectin is only for horses or cows,” Peterson wrote.

Peterson said the FDA has assailed ivermectin’s safety while ignoring the fact that physicians routinely prescribe medications for off-label use and that ivermectin is a “particularly well-tolerated medicine with an established safety record.”

Peterson added the FDA is ignoring several randomized controlled trials and at least one meta­analysis suggesting ivermectin is effective against COVID. He pointed out the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have adopted a similar stance — unsupported by scientific evidence — and the media has fueled confusion and misinformation on the drug.

Peterson questions professional associations’ stance on ivermectin

Professional associations in the U.S. and internationally have adopted conflicting positions on ivermectin and COVID. The American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) issued a statement in September strongly opposing the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID outside of a clinical trial.

But their statement relied solely on the FDA’s and CDC’s suspect positions.

The AMA, APhA, and ASHP also mentioned a statement by Merck — the original patent-holder — opposing the use of ivermectin for COVID because of a “concerning lack of safety data in the majority of studies.”

“But Merck, of all sources, knows that ivermectin is exceedingly safe, so the absence of safety data in recent studies should not be concerning to the company,” Peterson wrote.

Peterson called into question the objectivity of Merck in providing an opinion on ivermectin that U.S. health agencies are relying upon. “Why would ivermectin’s original patent holder go out of its way to question this medicine by creating the impression that it might not be safe?” Peterson asked. “There are at least two plausible reasons.”

Peterson explained:

“First, ivermectin is no longer under patent, so Merck does not profit from it anymore. That likely explains why Merck declined to ‘conduct clinical trials’ on ivermectin and COVID-19 when given the chance.

“Second, Merck has a significant financial interest in the medical profession rejecting ivermectin as an early treatment for COVID-19. [T]he U.S. government has agreed to pay [Merck] about $1.2 billion for 1.7 million courses of its experimental COVID-19 treatment if it is proven to work in an ongoing large trial and authorized by U.S. regulators.”

Merck’s treatment is known as “molnupiravir,” and aims to stop COVID from progressing when given early in the course of the disease. When Merck announced Oct. 1, that preliminary studies indicated molnupiravir reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half, the drug maker’s stock price immediately jumped to 12.3%.

“Thus, if low-cost ivermectin works better than, or even the same as molnupiravir, that could cost Merck billions of dollars,” Peterson wrote.

Peterson takes on the science of hydroxychloroquine

Peterson said based on his review of the evidence, his office did not find clear and convin­cing evidence that would warrant disciplining physicians who prescribe hydroxychloroquine for the prevention or early treatment of COVID after first obtaining informed patient consent.

Peterson pointed to similar findings with hydroxychloroquine — a less toxic derivative of medicine named chloroquine — widely used since it was approved by the FDA in 1955 for the treatment of malaria.

Peterson noted that as early as 2004, a lab study revealed chloroquine was “an effective inhibitor of the replication of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in vitro” and should “be considered for immediate use in the prevention and treatment of SARS-CoV infections.”

In 2005, another study showed chloroquine had strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection and was effective in preventing the spread of SARS-CoV in cell cultures.

Other studies showed hydroxychloroquine exhibited antiviral properties that can inhibit SARS-CoV-2 virus entry, transmission and replication, and contains anti-inflammatory properties that help regulate pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Peterson wrote, “many large observational studies suggest that hydroxychloroquine significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death when administered to ­particularly high-risk outpatients as part of early COVID-19 treatment.”

Peterson said the drug is considered to be so safe it can be prescribed for pregnant women, yet during the pandemic, the FDA raised questions about hydroxychloroquine and adverse cardiac events.

These concerns prompted one group of researchers to conduct a systematic review of the hydroxychloroquine safety literature pre-COVID. Their review indicated people taking hydroxychloroquine in appropriate doses “are at very low risk of experiencing cardiac [adverse events], particularly with short-term administration” of the drug.

Researchers noted COVID itself can cause cardiac problems, and there was no reason “to think the medication itself had changed after 70 years of widespread use,” Peterson wrote.

Peterson said one piece of key flawed data had substantially contributed to safety concerns surrounding the drug — the admittedly fraudulent Lancet study that falsely claimed hydroxychloroquine increased the frequency of ventricular arrhythmias when used for the treatment of COVID.

The findings were so startling that major drug trials involving hydroxychloroquine “were immediately halted” and the World Health Organization pressured countries like Indonesia that were widely using hydroxychloroquine to ban it. Some countries, including France, Italy, and Belgium, stopped using it for COVID altogether.

Peterson wrote:

“The problem, however, is that the study was based on false data from a company named Surgisphere, whose founder and CEO Sapan Desai was a co-author on the published paper.

“The data were so obviously flawed that journalists and outside researchers began raising concerns within days of the paper’s publication. Even the Lancet’s editor in chief, Dr. Richard Horton, admitted that the paper was a fabrication, a monumental fraud and a shocking example of research misconduct in the middle of a global health emergency.”

Despite calls for the Lancet to provide a full expansion of what happened, the publication declined to provide details for the retraction.

As with ivermectin, the FDA and NIH adopted positions against the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID — making assertions that were unsupported by data. The AMA, APhA, and ASHP, which opposed ivermectin, also resisted hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID.

By contrast, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and other physician groups, support the use of both ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as an early treatment option for COVID. Peterson cited an article co-authored by more than 50 doctors in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine who advocated an early treatment protocol that includes hydroxychloroquine as a key component.

Governing law allows physicians to prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, AG says

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 38-179 generally defines unprofessional conduct as a “departure from or failure to conform to the standards of the acceptable and prevailing practice of a profession or the ethics of the profession, regardless of whether a person, consumer or entity is injured, or conduct that is likely to deceive or defraud the public or is detrimental to the public interest.”

The regulation governing physicians states that unprofessional conduct includes:

“[c]onduct or practice outside the normal standard of care in the State of Nebraska which is or might be harmful or dangerous to the health of the patient or the public, not to include a single act of ordinary negligence.”

Peterson said healthcare providers do not violate the standard of care when they choose between two reasonable approaches to medicine.

“Regulations also indicate that physicians may utilize reasonable investigative or unproven therapies that reflect a reasonable approach to medicine so long as physicians obtain written informed patient consent,” Peterson wrote.

“Informed consent concerns a doctor’s duty to inform his or her patient, and it includes telling patients about the nature of the pertinent ailment or condition, the risks of the proposed treatment or procedure, and the risks of any alternative methods of treatment, including the risks of failing to undergo any treatment at all.”

Peterson said this applies to prescribing medicine for purposes other than uses approved by the FDA, and that doing so falls within the standard of care repeatedly recognized by the courts.

Peterson said the U.S. Supreme Court has also affirmed that “off-label usage of medical devices” is an “accepted and necessary” practice, and the FDA has held the position for decades that “a physician may prescribe [a drug] for uses or in treatment regimens or patient populations that are not included in approved labeling.”

Peterson said the FDA has stated “healthcare providers generally may prescribe [a] drug for an unapproved use when they judge that it is medically appropriate for their patient, and nothing in the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) limit[s] the manner in which a physician may use an approved drug.”

In a statement to KETV NewsWatch 7, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services said:

“The Department of Health and Human Services appreciates the AG’s office delivering an opinion on this matter. The document is posted and available to medical providers as they determine the appropriate course of treatment for their patients.”




#ProtectTheChildren by Sharing This FREE eBook: “A Mom’s Guide to the Covid Shot” by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Would you like to save the life of a child? You can by simply sharing this article and Dr. Christiane Northrup’s vitally important new book titled “A Mom’s Guide to the Covid Shot: What Every Mother Needs to Know” – with EVERY parent that YOU know (I sent the PDF to all three of my adult children last night.). You can purchase the paperback version online, or you can FREELY download the PDF version HERE. After you click the link, simply scroll down the page until you see this image (and then enter your info and click the “Download the eBook” button to receive the download link in your email):

Every parent needs to know that the Covid vaccines are incredibly harmful to children and potentially deadly. Dr. Patrick Whelan, a pediatric specialist caring for children with the multisystem inflammatory syndrome, said the spike protein found in the vaccines is of special concern for young people, as it is a potentially lethal toxin that causes “microvascular injury to the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys in a way that does not currently appear to be assessed in safety trials of these potential drugs.”

See: Healthy 16-Year-Old Boy Dies During Online Class After Second Pfizer Jab: VAERS Database

Nonetheless, there is an insane, forthcoming agenda to mandate the jab for ALL school-aged children in order to attend school. On October 1, California Governor Gavin Newsome announced that: “Students will be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6).”

If FDA approval does occur, some other states will likely also mandate the jab. And, even if the jab is NOT mandated, many parents will comply because they believe the mainstream media narrative that the COVID vaccines are safe and effective. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! Dr. Northrop’s book provides eye-opening truth about the extreme dangers of covid shots in an incredibly easy-to-read format. Plus she provides reference links for everything so that you can dive deeper if you want. Every parent  MUST read “A Mom’s Guide to the Covid Shot.” So PLEASE take bold action and share it with every parent that you know because it will save the lives of children – the future of humanity!

The vitally important information in the book was originally a PowerPoint presentation that Dr. Northrup shared at a conference. She simply incorporated the slides into her book. So you can read the entire book in about an hour. In order for you to see the easy-reading format of the book, here’s one page of “A Mom’s Guide to the Covid Shot”:

Be sure to also watch this powerful presentation by Dr. Northrop in which she discusses many of the slides in her book:

Dr. Christiane Northrup Slams the Whole CV19 Scam and mRNA Vax Bio-Weapon

About Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D., a visionary pioneer in women’s health, is a board-certified OB/GYN with more than thirty years of clinical experience, former assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and three-time New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause and Goddesses Never Age. In 2013, Reader’s Digest named Dr. Northrup one of the “100 Most Trusted People in America.” In 2016, she was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group of leaders who are using their voices and talent to awaken humanity. And in 2020 & 2021, she was included in the Watkins Spiritual 100, a list of living people that make a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale.

Much love,

Ross Pittman, CLN Editor




4 Simple Signs that a Sinus Treatment is Needed

Sinus issues can be more than distracting. In some cases, they can set the stage for additional health problems. Rather than assuming it’s something you have to live with or that it will go away eventually, it makes sense to seek medical attention. It could be that some sort of sinus treatment will be all it takes to resolve the issue. Here are four signs that it’s time to make an appointment with a medical professional.

Constantly Stuffy Nose

While the degree of stuffiness changes from time to time, it’s been months or maybe years since your nose felt completely clear. Blowing your nose does seem to help for a short time, but the sense of stuffiness is always with you. At times, it can be a little aggravating.

There may be some physical issue that needs to be corrected. It’s also possible that some sort of low-grade infection is causing inflammation. The only way to know for sure is to undergo an examination and then proceed with the treatment.

Frequent Headaches

While you’ve had headaches for years, they seem to be getting worse. In fact, they are occurring more frequently too. All of them seem to be centered around your nose and up to the eyes. Along with being irritating, they can also interfere with your ability to concentrate during the day and being able to get to sleep at night.

If the headaches are due to some sort of sinus issue, there are a number of ways to resolve the problem. Some of them are simple procedures that can be done on an outpatient basis. Others may be more invasive. Whatever the case, the right form of treatment will make those headaches go away.

Changes in Vocal Quality

Perhaps you’ve noticed a change in the quality of your voice. Maybe others have noticed as well. The underlying cause for the change could have to do with your sinuses. If so, there are several methods that could reverse the issue.

After a thorough examination, the medical professional will talk with you about possible ways to proceed with a sinus treatment. It could be as simple as treating an infection that you never knew was present. At other times, it may involve a surgical procedure. Whatever the case, you should notice that your voice seems normal once the recuperative period is completed.

An Ongoing Bad Taste in Your Mouth

You brush after every meal and use mouthwash frequently. Flossing is a regular part of your dental hygiene routine. Why is it that you still have this bad taste in your mouth? It could have to do with a sinus infection or some other problem with the sinuses.

After undergoing an examination, your physician will know what sort of treatment will correct the sinus issue. Once it’s successfully resolved, you should notice that the recurring bad taste is gone. The fresh sensation you have after brushing will last for much longer.

If you think that your sinuses could be causing any type of problem, don’t consider it a minor issue. Call today and schedule an appointment. Once the nature of the problem is identified, it will be easy to determine what sort of solution will remedy the issue and allow you to enjoy better sinus health.




Top 10 Ways CBD Can Improve Your Health

CBD, or cannabidiol, has long been used to treat a variety of diseases. It may come in the form of an extract, an oil-based capsule, or a liquid. Because of its widespread media coverage, everyone is talking about its positive health effects. It could be a natural alternative to many traditional drugs used to treat various physical and mental health issues.

A common CBD product may include beauty products, as well as food and beverages. You can find it in anything from beauty serums to cocktails, pain-relieving balms, sparkling water, and even delectable delicacies. Listed below are the top 10 ways in which CBD can help in improving your health.

1. Helps in Weight Loss

CBD’s physiological effects are mostly related to how it interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. It can help the body burn calories by converting white or bad fat into brown fat. It also boosted the body’s ability to break down fats more effectively. This result could help with weight loss or other important metabolic activities.

2. Mitigates Anxiety and Depression

The brain typically governs what happens to the body. Therefore, mental wellness is just as vital as physical wellbeing. While anxiety and depression get classified as mental illnesses, they can severely impact one’s entire health.

CBD has been shown in several recent trials to act swiftly and over time, making it a viable option to conventional antidepressants as it affects the nervous and immune systems. The chemicals have a calming impact on the body and help it to relax.

3. Aids Cardiovascular Health

When people with heart disease are stressed, they often have chest pain. On the other hand, a recent study suggests that CBD has benefits for the circulatory system, which helps keep blood pressure in check. CBD helps to elevate one’s resting heart rate. It can also help the heart pump more efficiently.

4. Reduces Inflammation

CBD activates the body’s Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for various physiological tasks, one of which is the reduction of inflammation and its symptoms. Inflammation can be acute or chronic, depending on the symptoms, length of time, and type of disease. CBD can reduce neuropathic pain by acting on both forms of inflammation and regulating the immune system.

5. Encourages Healthy Skin

While many people utilize expensive treatments, going natural is still the best option, as making tiny changes in our daily lives is the first step toward improved skin. CBD contains antioxidant and antibacterial capabilities in addition to its anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, Cannabinoids, according to a scientific study, aid in the production of lipids, which can help reduce the risk of dry skin, seborrhea, and acne, among other skin issues.

6. Can Improve Sleep

Sleep is essential for good health since it helps the body’s natural healing process and maintains its fit. CBD can help with anxiety, chronic pain, muscle relaxation, and a better sleep cycle. CBD oil, which helps control the essential circadian rhythm and stimulates dopamine release to guarantee sleep, may relieve insomnia and other sleep disorders.

7. May Lower Fasting Sugar Levels in Diabetics

CBD inhibits the generation of inflammatory cytokines and delays the death of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. A recent study indicated that diabetic men and women who regularly used marijuana and other cannabis products had 16 percent lower fasting insulin levels.

8. Deters Epileptic Seizures

CBD is well-known for its ability to help treat certain types of epilepsy that have resisted treatment. 84% of children had fewer seizures when they took CBD regularly. 40% of them experienced 50% fewer seizures after three months on CBD oil.

9. Slows Production of Cancer Cells

CBD reduces a cancer cell’s ability to produce energy, allowing lymphokine-activated killer cells to eliminate cancer cells easily. Moreover, it halted cancerous cells from growing and spreading in one cervical cancer trial. Other studies have found the same is true with prostate cancer, leukemia, colon cancer, and breast cancer.

10. Acts as a Neuroprotective Agent

CBD acts as a natural neuroprotective agent by preventing oxidative stress due to its numerous anti-oxidant actions. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stomach ulcers, and Crohn’s disease are just a few of the conditions caused by oxidative stress and/or neurodegeneration.

Good health and living a stress-free existence are both human desires, yet diseases and illnesses can limit your life and increase your degree of suffering. CBD may be able to provide you with more relief and make your life easier. However, You should treat CBD like any other drug, administered in a prescribed dose after consulting with a qualified medical professional to avoid any adverse reactions.


Disclaimer: Content from the ConsciousLifeNews.com website and blog is not intended to be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The information provided on this website is intended for general consumer understanding and is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. As health and nutrition research continuously evolves, we do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any information presented on this website.




Making Your Life Stress-Free: Tips To Stay Relaxed!

According to the American Institute of stress, about 70% of adults experience stress that affects their physical and mental health. Moreover, around 40% of adults worldwide experienced elevated stress levels in 2020, making it the most stressful year.

Whether you experience a minor challenge or a major crisis, stress always tags along. Every person gets their fair share of stress triggers, so it’s pretty hard not to get overwhelmed now and then. While you can’t always control these triggers or stressors, you can control how you respond to them. Some people get anxious, others get aggressive, and many get worked up to the extent that they get physically ill. Instead of giving in to stress, learn to find ways to keep its side effects at bay.

So, when you feel your stress becomes overwhelming or makes you feel frustrated or irritable, you can always resort to some stress-relieving habits. Listed below are some tips that can help tame stress and restore peace and balance to your tipsy turvy life.

Try Energy-therapy

When you experience a trauma or a setback, your emotions get displaced. To curb this emotional damage, people start using self-made coping mechanisms which may suppress emotions related to trauma. This suppression of negative emotions disturbs the human energy field. It manifests later in the form of behavioral problems, physiological conditions, or psychological disorders. If you tried to get rid of your emotional baggage on your own but failed, it is time to reach out for professional aid. If you aren’t sure about visiting a therapist yet, you can purchase books online, such as the emotion code. These books provide information on effective and transformative energy healing methods. Professionals design these books to provide an outlet for trapped energy related to past emotions. They help ease emotional wounds, alleviate physical discomfort, and restore relationships.

Eat a healthy diet

Foods can help tame stress in many ways. For example, comfort foods like a bowl of warm oatmeal increase serotonin levels. This brain chemical soothes and calms our brain. Fruits like oranges and leafy green vegetables rich in magnesium also help curb stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, reducing stress. Some people practice emotional eating, which involves binge eating to soothe themselves and their negative feelings. They fill their emotional void through this temporary aid without realizing that it only adds to their chronic stress. Eating healthy foods can help you counter stress over the long haul since your body will get detoxified, and your brain will function properly.

Take a break

In this day and age, when people are busy making ends meet, trying to live up to the expectations of their family, and meeting deadlines at work, they forget to take a break. Give a pause to your robotic life and relax. As a goal-oriented person, it might be difficult for you to plan on some actual downtime. But you will eventually look forward to these moments. The most relaxing things you can do are meditation, yoga, prayer, listening to some soothing music, or spending time amongst nature. Go on a short vacation even! Meditation is popular for stress management and is beneficial in relaxing the body, mind, and soul.

Exercise daily

Frequent workouts are an effective way to help relieve mental stress. Exercise helps reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol and pumps up the release of endorphin. Endorphins can improve your mood instantly, and they also act as natural painkillers. Exercising can also treat your insomnia and enhance the quality of sleep. But a consistent exercising routine is necessary for it to pay off. So, take a stroll around the office as downtime from a frustrating task. Walking is one of the simplest ways to rejuvenate your mind and body.  You can also try breathing exercises to de-stress yourself.

Connect and socialize

Your friends and family are the most reliable source of emotional support. When you feel stressed, you might want to isolate yourself. Talk to a friend or family member rather than piling up your emotions to the extent that you feel suffocated. Talking about your worries to a confidant can help in emotional catharsis. Spending time with family or being part of a healthy social network is therapy in itself and can boost your self-esteem. This will ultimately help you sort out issues and navigate the rough patches of your life. In case you have no one to talk to, seek professional aid from a therapist.

Try Guided imagery

Guided imagery is an effective stress management technique that you can use just about anywhere to relax and calm yourself. It is like taking a short cost-free vacation in your mind that is simple and pleasant to practice. All you need to do is imagine yourself being in your happy place. For example, picture yourself sitting on a beach, feeling the refreshing breeze, and listening to the crashing waves. Relaxing, right? So, when you start to feel stressed due to work overload or feel anxious due to an exam, close your eyes and slip away to your nirvana.

Pen down your thoughts

Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a source of therapy that aids in relieving stress. Journal writing provides an outlet for your otherwise pent-up emotions. Don’t think about what to write or spelling and grammar mistakes; just let your thoughts slip on paper.

Engage in leisure activities

People these days are too busy to engage in leisure activities. While juggling work, family, and other responsibilities, they often forget to make time for themselves. However, leisure activities can help relieve stress. When you feel good, you will eventually perform better. Try to figure out what you like and make time for it. Gardening, painting, or cooking are a few activities you can engage in. You can even pet an animal. Interaction with pets boosts mood and reduces stress through oxytocin release.

Try a laughter workout

Last but not least, try to laugh more throughout the day. A laugh may not cure all illnesses, but it is the best medicine to help you feel better when things look tough. Laughter boosts mood, gives you a lighter feeling, helps surmount problems, and improves physical and mental health. So, next time when you feel stressed, listen to a few jokes or tell some, watch a standup comedy video, hang out with humorous people, or even force a fake laugh.

Conclusion

Life is full of challenges and setbacks. When you feel helpless in coping with specific demands related to work, family, financial pressures, etc., that is where stress comes in. Stressors are temporary, but the stress that stems from them may become chronic if not managed timely. Chronic stress can take a tremendous toll on your well-being, making you debilitated to work and tackle demanding challenges. This article mentions a few effective tips to help cope and reduce stress without investing too much time.




Nasal Irrigation May Help Prevent COVID Hospitalizations

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

Story at-a-glance

  • A recent preprint study demonstrated that people who used normal saline nasal irrigation were 19 times less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than the national rate; the study used pressure-based nasal irrigation systems
  • In one group, the intervention included povidone-iodine, which some physicians have been using as oral solutions, and nasal irrigation to protect against COVID infection; other health care professionals are using nebulized hydrogen peroxide, and some are using both
  • Since early 2020, some physicians have encouraged individuals and organizations to include hydrogen peroxide in their treatment protocols. In an interview with Dr. David Brownstein, he discusses his protocol that includes vitamins, hydrogen peroxide, and iodine
  • In another short video, Dr. Thomas Levy and I discuss the advantages of using nebulized hydrogen peroxide to your gut microbiome, which is essential to supporting your immune health

A recent preprint study1 demonstrated that people who used a normal saline nasal irrigation were 19 times less likely to require hospitalization for treatment of COVID-19 than the national rate of hospitalizations. You may be familiar with nasal irrigation when it’s referred to as using a Neti Pot.

According to a 2009 article in the American Family Physician,2 nasal irrigation has been an adjunctive therapy for upper respiratory conditions and is currently prescribed after nasal and sinus surgeries.3 Nasal irrigation with a neti pot instills normal saline into your nasal passages with a small device that resembles a teapot.

After inserting the end of the pot in one side of your nose, the solution moves around the sinuses and out the other nostril. For example, flushing out pollen in the nose and sinus cavities helps to manage the symptoms of mild to moderate allergic rhinitis.

While using a neti pot is probably the most recognized over-the-counter method of deep nasal irrigation, one study4 evaluated other irrigation techniques to discover which would more effectively reach the maxillary sinus and frontal recess after endoscopic sinus surgery. They analyzed the results of a metered nasal spray, nebulization, and nasal douching “while kneeling with the head on the floor.”5

Nasal douching is a procedure in which you “sniff” saline into your nostrils,6 and researchers found that it was more effective than a metered nasal spray or nebulized normal saline to reach the sinus cavities.7

If you want to try nasal irrigation with a neti pot, and you’re thinking of making your own saline solution, it’s important to remember to use only distilled, sterile, or cooled boiled water. Tap water can contain bacteria and protozoa that may be safe in the gastrointestinal tract8 but not in your nasal passages, where a free-living microscopic ameba called Naegleria fowleri can trigger a devastating brain infection that is usually fatal.9

Nasal Irrigation With Normal Saline Reduced Hospitalizations

The most recent study10 compared the clinical outcomes in patients with COVID-19 using normal nasal saline irrigation. The researchers engaged patients who were 55 years or older who tested positive with a PCR test in a community testing site.

They began with a group of 79 patients who were randomized into two groups. The data were then compared against outcomes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national database. In this study, the participants used one of two pressure-based nasal irrigation systems: the NAVAGE or the NeilMed Sinus Rinse.

The participants were then randomly selected to use either one-half teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (alkalinization) with the standard saline rinse twice a day for 14 days or to include 2.5 milliliters (roughly a half-teaspoon) of povidone-iodine 10% solution (antimicrobial) for the same period. The researchers then followed up with each group 14 days after their final intervention.

The primary outcome was hospitalization for COVID-19 within the first 28 days after the intervention began. Secondarily, they tracked symptom resolution, adherence to the intervention, and the side effects that the intervention may have had on the participant. At the end of 28 weeks, 62 patients had completed their research diaries and averaged 1.79 irrigations each day.

After analyzing the results, the researchers found there were no statistical differences in outcomes when the participants used the povidone-iodine antimicrobial wash or alkalized the nasal cavity with sodium bicarbonate. None of the patients assigned to the povidone-iodine wash and only one assigned to the alkalized group had a COVID-19 related hospitalization.

However, resolutions of symptoms in those using the povidone-iodine were more likely. The researchers concluded that the isotonic saline nasal irrigation had a positive effect on reducing hospitalization and “Further research is required to determine if adding povidone-iodine to irrigation reduces morbidity and mortality of SARS-CoV-2 infection.”11

Further study may also be necessary to determine if alkalizing the nasal cavity had an impact on killing the virus and preventing hospitalization as the body’s natural pH is slightly alkaline,12 and most pathogens prefer an acidic environment.13 Clearing the oral cavity of SARS-CoV-2 is also part of the outpatient IMASK protocol from the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance.14

Addition of Povidone Iodine May Improve Efficacy

In the 4th century B.C., a student of Aristotle discovered that using iodine-rich seaweed could help sunburn pain.15 One of the first iodine preparations used in the care and treatment of open wounds was Lugol’s solution that contained elemental iodine and potassium. This was used to treat wounds during the American Civil War.

The two most commonly used iodine solutions today are povidone-iodine (PVP-I), which is also known as Betadine, and cadexomer iodine, which is used in wound care to fill cavities. The exact way iodine kills microbes is not well understood but is believed to be associated with the ability to penetrate the microorganisms’ cell wall, which then affects the structure and function.

At the start of 2020, some doctors began using PVP-I in the oral and nasal cavity to shield against COVID-19. Dr. Mostafa Arefin,16 from Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in Bangladesh, published a paper in early 2021 detailing the use of PVP-I for himself and more than 50 other doctors and other health care workers.

During a five- to nine-month period he performed airway surgeries in which SARS-CoV-2 could be expected to be aerosolized, such as tracheostomies, endoscopic sinus surgeries, laryngeal biopsies, and tonsillectomies. At the conclusion, he recommended that doctors, health care workers, COVID-19 patients, and others use an oral and nasal spray to reduce the transmission and as a potential treatment modality.

One study17 published in JAMA in early 2021 investigated the nasopharyngeal application of povidone-iodine to reduce the viral load of people who had COVID-19. Adult outpatients who tested positive with a PCR test cycle threshold less than 20 in the past 48 hours were included.

The group was split into two factions. The control group underwent no intervention. The intervention group used mouthwash and gargle of 25 milliliters (a little over 5 teaspoons) of 1% povidone-iodine solution and then 2.5 milliliters (one-half teaspoon) of nasal solution sniffed into each nostril using a mucosal atomization device.

The participants followed this procedure four times a day for five days. The researchers followed up and found that no one required hospital admission and all but one of the patients had a negative viral titer by the end of Day 3. Thyroid dysfunction did occur in 42% of the patients, but it resolved spontaneously when the treatment was stopped.

It is interesting to note that the study published in JAMA18 used 1% solution, while Arefin and his colleagues used a 0.23% concentration, having found that PVP-I had 99.99% virucidal efficacy at that concentration.19

Hydrogen Peroxide May Reduce Hospitalization, Complications

In early 2020, a joint research team from Italy and the United Kingdom published a paper in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.20 In April they recognized that “the virus resides in the mucous membranes and is transmitted through the saliva and respiratory droplets” to facilitate viral spread.

The paper recounts how in February 2020, the Italian government recommended sanitizing the environment with 0.5% hydrogen peroxide as it was already in use for both disinfect purposes and to treat oral gingivitis. They cited a 2016 study with the SARS coronavirus,21 which showed the virus stays in mucous membranes for up to two days before moving to the lower respiratory tract.

The team22 identified this delay as a window of opportunity to prevent the onset of symptoms. Because hydrogen peroxide efficiently inactivates coronavirus on inanimate surfaces and since it has been tested in, and is in use, in human health, they proposed that hydrogen peroxide could reduce hospitalization and severity of illness when it was used in the oral and nasal mucosa.

They postulated that gargling three times a day and using a nasal wash and nebulizer twice a day could be safe and effective. In March 2020, a retired professor from the University of Ghana Medical School wrote in a letter to the editor to the BMJ that23 “there is evidence that even 0.5% hydrogen peroxide could inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces.”

And, since hydrogen peroxide has been in use in dental practice for nearly 100 years and in view of its safety, he proposed the World Health Organization add hydrogen peroxide mouthwash and gargling to their preventive protocols.

By May 2020, a word about hydrogen peroxide reached the ears of the Federal Trade Commission, which then began issuing warning letters to those who dared to suggest that hydrogen peroxide was an at-home treatment that may be effective against SARS-CoV-2.24

Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide Helps Stop Respiratory Infections

In this interview with Dr. David Brownstein, we discussed the protocol he has been using for over 25 years for patients with cold and flu. He is using the same protocol for patients with COVID-19 and at the time of the recording had successfully treated over 220 patients without any deaths and only a few hospitalizations.25

In an open letter26 physician and attorney, Thomas Levy attributes the original concept of nebulizing hydrogen peroxide to Dr. Charles Farr, who “championed” it in 1990. In the letter, he discusses how the extra oxygen atom in hydrogen peroxide is deadly for viruses and how under normal circumstances, your immune cells produce their own hydrogen peroxide.

Yet, when your immune system is overwhelmed with viral replication, it may not be able to produce enough hydrogen peroxide. The original therapy used intravenous administration, which made the process unavailable for most people.

Dr. Frank Shallenberger, known for his research in mitochondrial function and oxygen utilization,27 went on to propose and use nebulize hydrogen peroxide, finding it had an additional advantage since the intervention went directly to the area of the body that was most affected by a virus.

Although Levy recommends using 3% hydrogen peroxide off the shelf and undiluted, I prefer food-grade hydrogen peroxide28 that does not have the additives and stabilizers you find in the products sold at big box stores.

In the interview, Brownstein talks about the change he pioneered to the treatment — which was to add iodine to the nebulized hydrogen peroxide.29 Interestingly, he used nebulized iodine first with his patients and then added hydrogen peroxide to the treatment protocol.

Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide May Help Your Gut Microbiome

In this video, Levy and I talked about the benefits of using nebulized hydrogen peroxide three to four times a week to improve your gut microbiome. He addresses this as well in his open letter when he writes:30

“As it is a completely non-toxic therapy, nebulization can be administered as often as desired. If done on a daily basis at least once, a very positive impact on bowel and gut function will often be realized as killing the chronic pathogen colonization present in most noses and throats stops the 24/7 swallowing of these pathogens and their associated toxins.

If daily prevention is not a practical option, the effectiveness of this treatment is optimized when somebody sneezes in your face, or you finally get off of the plane after a trans-Atlantic flight. Don’t wait for initial symptoms. Just nebulize at your first opportunity.”

As you know, when your gut microbiome is out of balance, it can severely impact your body’s immune system,31 which in turn influences your potential risk for getting sick with a viral illness. To see how to make the hydrogen peroxide solution and how to use the nebulizer, see the video below. Be sure to bookmark this video and the others on this page as this article will not be available after 48 hours.

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Why You Can’t Trust What the FDA Says About Ivermectin

By Julius Dahne |  Covid-19 Up

Most people in the United States have not heard of ivermectin even though it’s been around for more than 30 years and is one of the most distributed drugs on Earth, with more than 2.5 billion doses given out globally over the last 30 years.

Many Americans first started to learn about ivermectin in December 2020 when Dr. Pierre Kory testified in front of the Homeland Security Committee and gave an impassioned testimony about the medicine as a treatment for COVID-19, but the backlash against his position soon arrived.

On March 5, the FDA published a statement online entitled Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19. You may think that the statement would discuss the FDA’s research on the effectiveness and safety of ivermectin, a cheap generic drug whose patent expired in 1996, but instead, their statement was a masterful sleight of hand, as it does not say what most people think it says.

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As it turns out, the FDA did no research to investigate ivermectin’s effectiveness, as we will discover.

Many news organizations have parroted the FDA’s statements. For example, a CBS Evening News report broadcast on July 1, called ivermectin a “horse gel,” as reporter David Begnaud stared into the camera and said, “a lot of humans have tried it, and they’ve ended up in the hospital.”

What are the facts? The remarkable thing is that in the FDA’s short statement, the agency included one outright lie, one very interesting act of misdirection, and one very surprising admission—none of which, to my knowledge, has been discussed in the mainstream media so far.

Let’s just call them:

THE THREE MYTHS OF IVERMECTIN

Myth #1) Ivermectin is not an anti-viral, it’s just a horse de-wormer.

Myth #2) Many people are getting sick from using ivermectin when they are trying to use it for COVID-19.

Myth #3) The FDA has researched the effectiveness of ivermectin against COVID-19.

Let’s unpack these myths.

Myth #1) Ivermectin is not an antiviral, It’s just a horse de-wormer.

The FDA states in their warning, “Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses.)” But ivermectin is a potent antiviral. (By the way, no one besides the FDA uses a hyphen in the middle of the word “antiviral.”)

As recorded in the June 2020 issue of the journal Antiviral Research, a single treatment of ivermectin was able to cause a 5,000-fold reduction of SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture within 48 hours. This news was widely reported in the press, everywhere from The Guardian in Great Britain to Medscape.com, a top medical news website. So how did the FDA miss it? It seems they weren’t looking very hard.

Beyond COVID-19, ivermectin has been shown to be an antiviral agent against at least 18 other viruses. As reported in 2020 in the journal Cells, “cell culture experiments show (ivermectin exhibits) robust antiviral action towards HIV-1, dengue virus (DENV), Zika virus, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, Chikungunya virus, Pseudorabies virus, adenovirus, and SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19.)”

Not only can we point to medical journals to make the case that ivermectin is an antiviral, we can also use the FDA’s own documents. You see, this author filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on July 19 to see the documents that the FDA used to make their recommendation to not use ivermectin.

The FOIA memorandum I received states, “Ivermectin has known in vitro antiviral properties, and was initially described in the context of COVID-19 in April 2020. On April 3, 2020, Caly et al. published in vitro data that demonstrated ivermectin inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 viral replication.”

Thanks, FDA, for admitting you told a whopper of an untruth.

On this point, we can also look to a research paper published June 17 on the website of The Lancet, one of the world’s most respected medical journals, Antiviral effect of high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19: A proof-of-concept randomized trial. The study concluded that higher doses of ivermectin did reduce viral activity at higher rates. In other words, it’s an antiviral—against COVID-19.

To be fair, it is not used widely as an antiviral medication, except where it is being used around the world right now against COVID-19.

How does it work in connection with coronavirus? Without getting too technical, it binds with the viral RdRP, which are enzymes needed to help the virus reproduce itself, and it disrupts this RdRP.  In other words, it stops the virus from making copies of itself.

And there are about 60 other studies that show ivermectin works well against the virus of COVID-19 which can be found at C19ivermectin.com.

Let’s move on.

Myth #2) Many people are getting sick from using ivermectin when they are trying to use it for COVID.

The main argument that the FDA makes in their statement is that people are getting sick from using ivermectin. They focus on the fact that there is a version of ivermectin that is meant for animals.

They say, “The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses.” They have a sub-headline that reads “Ivermectin Products for Animals Are Different from Ivermectin Products for People.”

Yes, veterinary drugs are different from human drugs.

Yes, it could be dangerous to ingest veterinary drugs as they may have ingredients not safe for human use as well as vastly different potencies.

And yes, ivermectin is also used as a horse dewormer.

Did you know that Viagra was originally developed for heart issues? Did you know that remdesivir, the drug touted by Dr. Anthony Fauci for COVID-19, was originally developed for hepatitis?

Oddly, while there are many headlines mocking the use of ivermectin as an “animal dewormer” there are no headlines mocking remdesivir as a hepatitis drug.

What about the ivermectin that is FDA-approved? Is anybody getting sick taking that? The FDA is strangely silent on this point.

Their main headline is Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19, but really their headline should read Why You Should Not Use Animal Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19. They don’t bring any evidence at all that anyone has been injured by using the FDA-approved version to treat COVID-19.

So that’s misdirection. In the many months that I have been intently following this story, I cannot remember reading about or seeing a single doctor recommending animal ivermectin for human consumption. But there are many doctors, such as the doctors in the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, who are recommending the off-label use of FDA-approved ivermectin for patients because they have seen it work, both in reducing hospitalizations and deaths significantly, especially when it is used early.

Safety of Ivermectin

Is ivermectin safe for humans to use? You might get the feeling, reading the FDA statement, that it is quite dangerous. That was certainly the impression that CBS News wanted to leave their viewers with when they reported that “a lot of humans have tried it, and they’ve wound up in the hospital.” That was also clearly the impression that ScienceAlert.com wanted to share when they ran the story: People Are Accidentally Poisoning Themselves Trying to Treat COVID With a Horse Drug.

You may be surprised to learn that 300 million people use ivermectin every year, mostly in Africa and Latin America, because it very effectively fights river blindness. It is distributed for free by non-profit organizations such as the Carter Center and even the US government organization USAID. It is donated by the pharmaceutical company Merck. To put that number of 300 million in perspective, that’s about equal to the populations of England, France, Germany, and Australia put together.

The Nobel-prize-winning scientist (he won his prize for developing ivermectin) Satoshi Omura reports that the rate of Serious Adverse Events for ivermectin is one per million doses. It is an extremely safe medicine. However, like any drug, there exists the potential for drug interactions. In addition, it should not be taken by people with an impaired blood-brain barrier, pregnant women, and women who have just given birth. There is limited evidence on its safety for children under age 5 and for those who weigh less than 15 kg or 33 pounds.

Who else is on record saying that ivermectin is safe?

How about the New York Times? In June 2019, the New York Times ran an article about ivermectin saying, “the drug is considered safe enough to give to almost everyone except the youngest infants and pregnant women.”

Or how about the National Capitol Poison Center, which has upon its website at Poison.org: “To date, ivermectin has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated drug.”

In fact, what about the World Health Organization? While they have been funding laudable programs globally to distribute ivermectin to fight river blindness, they funded public relations materials such as this poster, which states, “Mectizan Is For Everybody.”

What is Mectizan? It’s simply a trading name for ivermectin. The World Health Organization was on board with the safety of ivermectin, at least until it was recommended for COVID-19.

Here’s a close-up of the bottom of this poster:

What about the poisonings that the FDA say are happening? Didn’t the FDA say there were “multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses”?

My FOIA documents from the FDA say that “evidence that people are misusing ivermectin products for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 has emerged. This may be in part due to the ease of procurement (e.g. via Amazon or pet stores) and availability of veterinary topical ivermectin products to the general public.” Again, we are talking about veterinary ivermectin, not that which is FDA-approved for human use.

The FDA’s Department of Pharmacovigilance retrieved 400 cases of exposure to ivermectin products. Of these, 92 were labeled “intentional,” and the rest were presumably accidents. Of these 92 there were only five in the category of deaths and “major effects.” Among these were one death and four outcomes labeled “major effect.” However, two of these were related to psychiatric medical problems (for example, a suspected suicide attempt).

When you take out the cases of people with psychiatric problems, you are left with three people with either death or what the FDA terms a “major effect.”

The FDA also reported that there were four other cases of intentional misuse related to using ivermectin for COVID-19 that led to what the FDA classifies as a “moderate or potentially toxic effect.”

So that’s seven cases altogether.

For some reason, in this new FOIA document dump, only six of these are described in depth. Four out of the six were people ingesting animal ivermectin, which to the best of my knowledge is not recommended by any doctors promoting the use of ivermectin for COVID-19.

That leaves only two cases described involving human FDA-approved ivermectin. One is the case of a person feeling light-headed, which soon resolved. And finally, we have a case of an 80-year-old man who experienced a racing heart rate, but he was also taking oxycodone, an opiate drug, along with ivermectin. His high heart rate may have been caused by oxycodone. He was released from the hospital after two days of treatment.

So as far as can be seen in these FOIA documents, there are no known cases of people taking FDA-approved ivermectin for COVID-19 and suffering severe and lasting ill effects. None.

That’s a slim basis to tell people not to take ivermectin that they could get a prescription for. Especially when many meta-analyses now show that it would dramatically reduce deaths from COVID-19.

Myth #3) The FDA has researched the effectiveness of ivermectin against COVID.

This is the easiest one to prove, as the FDA states it outright in their statement, although it’s not clear anyone was really paying attention.

To quote the FDA, “The FDA has not reviewed data to support the use of ivermectin in COVID-19 patients to treat or prevent COVID-19.  However, some initial research is underway.” What?

Let me repeat that one more time, a little slower.

“The FDA has …. not…. reviewed… data….to support use of ivermectin in COVID-19 patients to treat or prevent COVID-19.”

So, just to get this straight, there have been more than 100 trials involving ivermectin, including 60 peer-reviewed studies. Those studies have involved almost 600 scientists and nearly 25,000 patients. Pooling studies together, it is estimated that ivermectin reduces the risk of death by 66%. And yet by March 2021, the FDA, with its nearly 15,000 employees and a budget exceeding $3 billion, couldn’t be bothered to review the data to support the use of ivermectin, a drug that has been used against COVID-19 in more than 30 countries around the world.

On their website, the FDA states, “FDA is responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medical products more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medical products and foods to maintain and improve their health.”

“Speed innovations?” It is now August 2021, five months after this statement, and still there is no word from the FDA on whether they have deigned to “review the data” on ivermectin.

The FDA Gets Their Money for Drug Oversight …. From the Drug Companies
Oh, never mind. I think it’s clear that even if the FDA ever decides to “review the data” on ivermectin, they will be doing so from a position of bias against this very safe drug.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that many of the people who work for the FDA go on to work for big pharmaceutical companies, so maybe it’s not best to promote cheap generic drugs at the FDA.

Or maybe it has to do with the little-known and surprising fact that most of the funding of the FDA’s drug oversight programs comes directly from the drug companies themselves, not taxpayer dollars. In 2015, only 29% of the money for prescription drug oversight came from Congress. The remaining 71%, almost three-quarters of the funding, came directly from the drug manufacturers. In 2015, that was $796 million straight from Big Pharma to the FDA, under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA).

In the opinion of the nonprofit group the Project on Government Oversight, the “FDA is addicted to drug money.”

And that money comes with strings attached. Every five years, the FDA sits in meetings with drug manufacturers to negotiate a new agreement over how these PDUFA funds are to be used, and often the agreements tie the FDA’s hands. For example, from 1992 to 2002, these PDUFA funds could NOT be used for “postmarketing safety surveillance.”

In other words, these funds could not be used to make sure that the drugs were approved were safe for use. In the next five-year authorization, “a small amount of fee revenues (about 5%) was permitted to be used for post-marketing drug safety activities; however, restrictions on when these funds could be spent (only for drugs approved after 2002, and for up to 2 years after approval, or up to 3 years for “potentially serious drugs”) limited their effectiveness,” according to a report published by the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to explicitly restricting the FDA from investigating drug safety, the PDUFA negotiations focus on speed. The drug companies want drugs approved as fast as possible, and they negotiate with the FDA for quick target dates for agency action.

In an investigation by the non-partisan non-profit group Project on Government Oversight (POGO), we see that those fast deadlines may have deadly effects.

Former FDA drug reviewer Ron Kavanagh told POGO that, when he was at the agency from 1998 to 2008, PDUFA’s target dates for FDA action left too little time to review drug company submissions, which could total 160,000 pages not counting supporting data. Reviewers were told not to worry about studying all of the material, Kavanagh said.

“There’s a lot of things I simply didn’t look at,” Kavanagh said. “And even without looking at things I barely made the deadlines.”

Kavanagh shared an internal FDA email from 2007 in which he gave this account: ‘I finally had to stand up and say that I would take being written up for insubordination and would risk a poor performance evaluation, but that I would not curtail my evaluation of a potential safety concern simply to meet a PDUFA goal date.’

He was later fired.

FDA safety official David Graham told a Senate hearing in 2004 that the FDA “views the pharmaceutical industry it is supposed to regulate as its client. It overvalues the benefits of the drugs it approves, and it seriously undervalues, disregards and disrespects drug safety.” Dr. Graham fought to raise an alarm about the arthritis drug Vioxx, which was causing heart attacks within two weeks of its first use. Ultimately, observers believe Vioxx led to the deaths of a minimum of 40,000 people.

And the problem has existed for decades before that. In 1977, a governmental panel reported, “Many current and former FDA employees and consultants had testified to Congressional committees that industry pressure caused FDA officials to approve drugs that did not meet agency safety and effectiveness standards and that those who attempted to oppose industry demands were harshly and improperly treated by senior FDA officials.”

And that circles back to what is perhaps the real reason why ivermectin is suppressed: the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

As you may know, the COVID-19 vaccines are not FDA-approved. The only way they can be legally used in the United States today is through a legal “work-around” called the Emergency Use Authorization. The idea being that in a real emergency we need medications that work right away. There must be an “emergency” to justify the Emergency Use Authorization. The way the law works is that “FDA may allow the use of unapproved medical products… when certain statutory criteria have been met, including that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.”

So as the law stands now, if there were “adequate, approved and available alternatives” to a vaccine, the EUA for the vaccine would be invalid. And if the EUA was invalidated, there would be no legal permission to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines. And the billions of dollars of vaccine profits would cease flowing for Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, etc.

Perhaps that’s the reason, or at least part of the reason, why the FDA has consistently refused to look seriously at any early treatment options.

Maybe that’s why their 14,000 employees haven’t had the time to examine a cheap little generic drug that nobody is going to make billions off of.

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How Can Bad Oral Health Lead to Oral Cancer?

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Those with teeth and gums that are in poor condition are more susceptible to human papillomavirus, which can lead to the development of oral cancer. A Red Deer dentist can tell you more about maintaining perfect oral health and avoiding developing this condition.

What is Oral Cancer?

Cancer happens because of the uncontrolled growth of cells that damage and invade the surrounding tissues in the body. Oral cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, including the sinuses, tongue, throat, floor of the mouth, cheeks, and lips. Cancer may appear as a persistent lump or sore that does not go away. If not caught early, oral cancer can be life-threatening and falls under the category of head and neck cancers.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

While symptoms of oral cancer may vary, here are some of the more common symptoms to watch out for:

  • Lumps, sore patches, or inflammation in the mouth
  • Unusual, persistent bleeding from the mouth
  • Tenderness, pain, or numbness in any area of the face, neck, or mouth
  • Challenges chewing, swallowing, or speaking
  • A sudden change in your voice, such as persistent hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you experience any abnormal dental symptoms, it is always a good idea to visit a dentist near you.

The Link Between Poor Oral Hygiene and Oral Cancer

Oral health plays a major role in the human body. The mouth is the primary site for human communication and is the entry for both the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system. Poor oral hygiene can put your oral health at risk and eventually lead to oral cancer. Oral cancer is the fifth most common form of cancer in men and the seventh most common in women. A recent study revealed that those who have gingival bleeding while brushing and skip out on their regular dental checkups are much more at risk for oral cancer than those who ensure that they attend their professional dental cleanings and checkups. Additionally, the study revealed that those who brush their teeth twice a day have a lower risk of developing oral cancer than those who never brush their teeth.

Additional Risk Factors

Although poor oral health is a culprit when it comes to oral cancer, other risk factors also play a role. Those who smoke are six times more at risk of developing some form of oral cancer than those who do not partake in this activity. Additionally, those who chew tobacco are up to 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer in their gums, cheeks, and lips.

Those who drink alcohol in excess are also at a higher risk of developing oral cancer than those who abstain from alcohol. Other risk factors include high sun exposure, HPV virus, and a family history of cancer.

How to Prevent Oral Cancer?

Once you understand the leading causes of this disease, it becomes easier to take the right steps to prevent its occurrence. Here are some strategies that you can implement to prevent oral cancer:

  • Visit your dentist regularly: ensure that you visit your dentist at least once every six months for a professional dental cleaning and checkup. Your dentist can perform a quick and painless oral cancer screening and catch any abnormalities early, giving you the best chance at successful treatment and survival.
  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene: this means brushing and flossing regularly to prevent the accumulation of harmful bacteria in your mouth. If you notice any signs of gum disease or decay, seek treatment immediately. If you happen to lose a tooth, find a replacement as soon as possible.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle: change your habits to prevent oral cancer. Ensure that you eat a balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and completely cut out tobacco products. When you are in the sun, use SPF on your face and lips.
  • Perform self-examinations: it is recommended that you perform a self-examination of your oral cavity at least once a month. Use a mirror and bright light to check your lips, gums, inner cheeks, the floor of your mouth, and palate for any lumps, discoloration, sores, or abnormal patches. If you notice any unexpected lesions or changes, make an appointment with your dentist right away.

Oral Cancer Screenings Near You

If you would like to know more about oral cancer and what you can do to prevent it, start by booking an appointment with your dentist for an oral cancer screening. This painless and quick session will set your mind at ease and can even end up saving your life. Your dentist can educate you on lifestyle habits that will keep your mouth healthy and let you know what to look out for when it comes to oral cancer. Please do not hesitate to contact your dental clinic and schedule an appointment today.




Dr. Zev Zelenko’s Prophylaxis and Treatment Protocols for COVID-19

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Starting at around 15:30 into the above video, Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko describes his “Z-stack” treatment protocols for COVID-19, which consists of Quercetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc. Learn more at his website, including the recommended daily amount for each supplement:

Zelenko Covid-19 Prophylaxis Protocol

Covid-19 Treatment Protocol

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Do your own research as to the efficacy of Dr. Zelenko’s protocols, and his claims regarding the number of deaths for those who have taken a COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. Dr. Zelenko’s protocols are provided here for information only. Consult with your doctor before using these protocols.

About Dr. Zelenko

Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko is the Doctor who recommended that President Trump take hydroxychloroquine

-Zelenko Protocol innovator: claims 99% survival of high risk Covid-19 patients

-Nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom

-Nominated for the Nobel Prize

-Published in top peer reviewed journals with world renowned physicians

-Provided counsel to White House personnel, multiple governments, hospitals, physicians, public figures

-Board Certified Family Physician with over 20 years experience BRINGS HOPE for those who are trapped in the imminent feeling of doom.




Research: Dandelion Leaf Extract Blocks Spike Proteins from Binding to the ACE2 Cell Surface Receptor

(Natural News) The engineered spike proteins from SARS-CoV-2 can be STOPPED by a common “weed” that is exterminated from lawns every year. A German university study found that the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) can block spike proteins from binding to the ACE2 cell surface receptors in human lung and kidney cells. The water-based dandelion extract, taken from the plant’s dried leaves, was effective against spike protein D614 and a host of mutant strains, including D614G, N501Y, K417N, and E484K.

Dandelion extract blocks SARS CoV-2 spike proteins and their variants

The researchers used high molecular weight compounds taken from a water-based dandelion extract and put them to the test in human HEK293-hACE2 kidney and A549-hACE2-TMPRSS2 lung cells. The dandelion blocked the protein-to-protein interactions between the S1 sub unit of the spike protein and the human ACE2 cell surface receptor. This effect was also true against the spike protein mutations from the predominant variants in circulation, including the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), South African (B.1.351), and Brazilian (P.1) variant.

The dandelion extract stopped SARS-CoV-2 spike pseudotyped lentivirus particles from attaching to lung cells and stopped an inflammatory process called interleukin-6 secretion. Because the study was conducted in vitro, further clinical studies are needed to understand how the dandelion extract is absorbed and utilized in biological systems of the human body.

As vaccines weaken herd immunity, natural herbs promise true prevention, more substantial immunity

Even though tens of billions of public funds have been poured into experimental vaccine development and propaganda campaigns, the world continues to struggle with new respiratory infections, as SARS-CoV-2 is pressured to mutate into different variants. There is no evidence to suggest that coronaviruses can be eradicated from the Earth, so human adaptation will be essential going forward. Dandelion extract is one of many herbs that will assist in a healthy immune response. Better yet, the dandelion extract could prove to prevent infections altogether, by blocking the precise channel by which the spike proteins attach and cause viral replication.

Other natural compounds have been investigated using molecular docking studies. Nobiletin is a flavonoid isolated from citrus peels. Neohesperidin, a derivative of hesperetin, is a flavanone glycoside also found in citrus fruits. Glycyrrhizin is a molecular compound extracted from licorice root. All three of these natural substances also block spike proteins from binding to ACE2 receptors. Hydroalcoholic pomegranate peel extract blocks the spike protein at the ACE2 receptor with 74 percent efficacy. When its principal constituents were tested separately, punicalagin was 64 percent effective, and ellagic acid was 36% percent effective.

These natural compounds (along with dandelion extract) can be readily mass-produced, combined, and deployed as preventative medicine for all future spike protein variants. These herbs are generally recognized as safe, and there are no known cases of overdose with dandelion leaf extract. According to the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy, the recommended dosage of the dandelion leaf is 4–10 grams steeped in hot water, up to three times per day.

The study authors warn that reliance on vaccines is risky and dangerous, not just for individual health but also for herd immunity. Vaccine reliance only focuses on antibody augmentation and is proving to be a high-risk intervention with short-term results. Vaccine injuries are frequently reported. Re-infections post-vaccination is also common, as the vaccine puts pressure on the original engineered spike protein to mutate.

The authors conclude: “Thus, factors such as low toxicity in humans and effective binding inhibition of five relevant spike mutations to the human ACE2 receptor, as reported here in vitro, encourage for more in-depth analysis of T. officinales’ effectiveness in SARS-CoV-2 prevention and now requires further confirmatory clinical evidence.”

Sources include:

Biorxiv.org

NaturalNews.com

ScienceDirect.com




Can We Help Young Brains Fight Off Anxiety?

By Jill Suttie | Greater Good Magazine

Anxiety is one of the most common childhood mental disorders. About 7% of children suffer from it at any given time, with nearly 1 in 3 adolescents experiencing it sometime during their teen years.

For an anxious child, seemingly normal activities can be hard. Worried kids have trouble adjusting to school, making friends, and learning. They can feel inhibited, avoiding challenges by running away or retreating into themselves. While parents may feel desperate to help, their approaches can backfire. For example, trying to talk kids out of their feelings or keep them away from anxiety-producing situations may inadvertently make the anxiety worse.

To help anxious kids, clinicians have developed science-based treatments, like cognitive-behavioral therapy, to alleviate symptoms. But the treatments can be cumbersome and expensive, and they don’t always work. Anxiety in kids as young as preschool-aged can be a sign of future trouble—a precursor to later disorders, like social anxiety, phobias, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. But less is known about how to stop anxiety in its tracks at very young ages, when kids may not even have the cognitive capacity to benefit from the treatment.

What if very young kids could be inoculated against anxiety somehow, sparing them from a future of worry and inhibition? A new line of research conducted by Kate Fitzgerald, professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics at the University of Michigan, suggests this may be possible.

Fitzgerald has been studying very young children with anxiety symptoms and making important discoveries about the brain markers for childhood anxiety. Building on this work, she and her team have created a training program for young children aimed at increasing their cognitive capacities, helping to lessen their anxiety—both immediately and, possibly, in the future.

“We hope our work will show that childhood anxiety is not inevitable, but might be prevented with the right intervention,” says Fitzgerald. “So far, it’s looking promising.”

The neuroscience of anxiety

When we face challenging or scary situations in life, our brains naturally go into action. The amygdala sends out neurochemicals (like adrenaline) to make our hearts pound and prepare our bodies to “fight-flight, or freeze” in case of danger. At the same time, the frontal lobes engage our cognition to assess the situation, draw from past experience, and problem-solve to come up with an appropriate response. In healthy people, these dual systems work in tandem—one putting on the gas and the other applying the brakes—depending on what’s needed.

In the context of this process, a little bit of anxiety can have a positive side—like when it motivates us to practice hard to master a piano piece or study for a test. But, in anxious people, that gas pedal goes to the metal every time, making them want to run or flee challenge. It can be debilitating and exhausting, too, as they often have to exert a lot of effortful control just to get through. Facing stressful situations while tamping down that fear response is key to overcoming anxiety—in adults as well as older kids.

But in young kids, Fitzgerald and her team are discovering, the brain may respond a little differently. For example, four to seven-year-olds have a higher-than-normal startle response in “neutral situations”—where nothing threatening is happening—but have a normal startle response in scary situations that any child might react to. That suggests that they have more to overcome when facing everyday challenges, like going to school or meeting new people.

Her team has also discovered that a part of the brain that responds when people make a mistake—the error-related negativity (or ERN)—is weaker in anxious five to seven-year-olds than in worried older children and adults. That’s likely because young kids don’t have well-developed cognitive capacities that could help them understand that errors happen, aren’t scary, and can often be fixed. Without more cognitive control, their startle response wins out, making them anxious, says Fitzgerald.

A young child with low cognitive control is also more likely to develop anxiety later on in childhood, while one with a higher capacity will be more resilient to stress. Raising cognitive control (which can be measured by the ERN) could both treat anxiety in young children and potentially prevent it from becoming worse over time.

“If we could just help kids gain some cognitive control when they are anxious, it could really make a difference in how they deal with stressful situations,” says Fitzgerald. “We just need to empower them.”

Preventing harmful anxiety

To test this idea, Fitzgerald and her colleagues conducted a pilot study (as yet unpublished) with anxious four to seven-year-olds. The children came to a “camp” the researchers designed called Kid Power for four half-day sessions over two weeks. At the camp, children played fun, ordinary childhood games, like “Simon Says” and “Red Light/Green Light,” that help strengthen cognitive control.

Counselors at the camp gradually increased the challenge within the games to help kids master the skills needed to do well—like being flexible, using their working memory, and inhibiting undesirable responses (like moving when they’re supposed to freeze). They also enjoyed the company of other kids, with whom they brainstormed ways to improve their performance. And parents participated at the end of each session, learning the games from their kids so they could practice playing together at home.

To see the effects this training had on the kids’ brains and behavior, Fitzgerald and her colleagues measured their startle response and ERN before they attended the Kid Power camp and four to six weeks after. To do that, they had kids play computer games that required cognitive control while wearing special monitors that could capture their startle and ERN responses when they made mistakes. Additionally, the researchers gathered information from the parents and the kids themselves about anxiety symptoms before and after the camp.

After analyzing the data, the team found that the children’s ERNs increased (signifying greater cognitive control), while their startle responses went down—a pattern associated with less anxiety at that age.

“The brain signal that related to detecting an error actually increased, but in a good way,” said Fitzgerald. “Kids were getting better at doing hard things, stopping instinctual responding, including the fear response.”

This mirrored the children’s (and their parents’) own assessments. They reported fewer anxiety symptoms, including fear and avoiding challenging situations, after the training—something Fitzgerald found particularly rewarding.

“It’s exciting to link the brain to behavior, but what’s even more rewarding is the individual children we’ve seen go through the program who are experiencing fewer anxiety symptoms,” she says.

For example, one parent reported that her daughter, who’d had symptoms of the obsessive-compulsive disorder prior to attending the Kid Power camp, had made a noticeable improvement, even while the camp was still going on.

“She didn’t want to leave while she was here, and she was in a better mood during the week in between—a little less rigid and able to experience more joy,” the parent wrote in an evaluation.

Fitzgerald recalls another five-year-old camper who’d been very afraid of making mistakes in his kindergarten class, which led to bouts of crying and other disruptive behaviors, requiring daily calls home. After attending the camp, though, and learning how to calm anxiety, everything changed.

“After a week of playing those games that were part of the intervention, those calls from home stopped,” says Fitzgerald. “His mom was impressed because earlier counseling with a trained therapist had not led to improvement. Only after Kid Power did he successfully adjust to kindergarten and begin to enjoy it.”

With encouraging results from this pilot study, Fitzgerald applied for and received a $3 million National Institutes of Health grant to expand the Kid Power program and conduct further research. She hopes future studies will help her nail down the key ingredient in the program that led to reduced anxiety and, potentially, find a way to tailor treatment to individual children—some of whom may need a stronger dose of the training or slightly different activities to improve, she says.

If her initial findings hold, her work could have broad implications, providing a template that others can follow for treating and preventing childhood anxiety disorders in the future.

“Interventions are within reach,” she says. “As we work to understand the science behind anxiety in young minds, we can use that science to develop treatments that are more effective.”

This article was originally published by AIM Youth Mental Health, a non-profit dedicated to finding and funding promising youth mental health research that can identify solutions to make a difference in young people’s lives today, which contributed to funding Kate Fitzgerald’s research. Read the original article.

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Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s former book review editor and now serves as a staff writer and contributing editor for the magazine. She received her doctorate of psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1998 and was a psychologist in private practice before coming to Greater Good.




10 Foods to Cut Out to Prevent and Treat Arthritis


Introduction

If you have arthritis, then you may be looking for some of the best home remedies for arthritis.

Learning some of the best exercises and considering the best joint pain supplements will help you manage your pain. This, in turn, will allow you to get back to living your best life and let you do the things you enjoy again.

Trying things like essential oils for arthritis may also be beneficial.

Also, it’s not just about making sure that you’re putting the right foods into your body. There are also some foods that you should be avoiding.

Read on to learn more about what you definitely shouldn’t be putting into your body if you have arthritis.

What Exactly Is Arthritis and What Are the Causes?

The term arthritis refers to a range of conditions. There are several different types, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

What arthritis refers to, in general, is inflammation of the joints in your body. This inflammation can cause pain and stiffness. Further, arthritis can be caused by aging, infection, or injury.

Arthritis Remedies

Exercise

If you have arthritis, then performing exercises that build strength in your joints will help protect them from further damage. Exercise is one of the best joint pain treatments.

Try Supplements

There are lots of supplements available on the market. Do your research and look into the best joint pain supplements available.

Something like Arthrozene may be beneficial. Arthrozene Reviews are generally positive and show that this may be helpful for those looking to reduce joint pain.

Try Essential Oils

Some oils may help those struggling with arthritis. Essential oils for arthritis include eucalyptus, lavender, evening primrose, and turmeric.

Eat Right

Just like there are foods you should avoid, there are also foods that you should aim to include in your daily diet. Look for edibles that contain antioxidants, like blueberries, and protein-based foods, like fish and lentils. A healthy diet is one of the best home remedies for arthritis. 

10 Foods to Avoid If You Have Arthritis

1. You can include salt in your diet. While salt is an important mineral, too much of it can exacerbate your symptoms and even increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis if it’s not something you already struggle with.

Look for low-sodium foods and make sure that there’s no salt added. And don’t worry, there are still plenty of spices and herbs that you can use to add a little flavor to your meals.

2. Fried Foods. As delicious as they are, you’re going to want to be careful around any types of fried foods. Generally, they are dredged in oils that are high in saturated fats. These fats can trigger inflammation, so it’s best to avoid them. Also, many fried foods contain other ingredients that might lead to inflammation. These include bread, salt, and sugar.

3. Soda is chock-full of sugar, which can be a huge trigger for inflammation. Studies posit that drinking soda can trigger rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation in women. For this reason, it’s your safest bet to cut soda out of your diet.

Instead, go for a refreshing glass of water. Water is sugar-free and staying hydrated will help keep your joints lubricated.

4. Baked Goods. As sad as it is, you’re going to want to decrease the number of baked goods you’re eating if you’re suffering from arthritis. Not only do they often contain sugar, but they also frequently contain trans fats, which can stimulate inflammation.

It doesn’t mean you have to cut baked goods out entirely. It’s just that you’re going to want to eat them less frequently.

5. Full-Fat Cheese. Who doesn’t love cheese? Cheddar, Havarti, mozzarella… unfortunately, most cheeses contain saturated fats, which can trigger inflammation. Full-fat cheese can also lead to heart disease, so it’s best to avoid these cheeses as much as you can.

6. You were probably encouraged to drink a lot of milk as a kid—and for good reason. Milk contains calcium, which can help strengthen your bones. But, as we get older, many of us lose the ability to properly digest milk. Because the substance so hard on our bodies, it leads to inflammation. So, while milk is great for kids to drink, you might want to swap it out for something easier to digest as you advance in age.

7. Canned Foods. Some canned foods are perfectly fine to eat. However, you should be aware of the sodium and sugar content in many of these foods. Canned fruit, especially, can be very high in added sugar. Make sure to read the label on your canned goods, and look for the ones, which are low in salt and sugar to avoid eating anything that might trigger inflammation.

8. Who doesn’t love sharing a bottle of wine on date night, or drinking beer in the backyard on a hot summer day? Unfortunately, alcohol may not be great for those with arthritis.

It’s important to be mindful when you’re consuming alcohol. A small amount of red wine may be beneficial, but overall, you should try to drink as little as possible.

9. Gluten is a certain kind of protein that you’ll find in wheat, rye, and barley. It provides grain products with the structure that you’re familiar with. However, it can stimulate the inflammatory process. If you have arthritis, do your best to consume less gluten, or if possible, avoid it.

10. Red Meat. While it’s perfectly fine to enjoy a nice steak once in a while, don’t make eating red meat a habit. This type of meat tends to be pretty high in fat, which, as we know, will trigger inflammation. Eating too much red meat can also lead to other health problems. Instead, go for lean white meats like chicken, or consider eating more fish.

Conclusion

Arthritis is a difficult and frustrating condition. It’s important to find the right joint pain treatments, like getting exercises, trying supplements, and eating right.

Make sure to avoid the above foods as much as you can. You should also consider supplements like Arthrozene. Read up on Arthrozene Reviews to see what other users are saying, and speak to your doctor to determine if a supplement like this is right for you.