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Sun Gazing – Day 2

July 15th, 2013

Date: 7/15/2013

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: trail

Barefoot: On gravel trail.

Experience:

Clouds about to hide the sun had to sungaze as soon as it was safe. Blinked a lot at first and couldnt look straight at the sun.  Being barefoot on the gravel is uncomfortable. My eyes teared up, but it felt good. Moved to another spot on the trail and did another 5 or 10 seconds this time I was able to look directly at the sun and blink normally, i found myself trying to stare and not gaze, no tears and I actually noticed the round sun disk become more visible as my eyes adapted to the light, the sun disk was large as if it was the moon setting down.  I felt humbled and had another emotion I cant explain with words. These few minutes I invested in walking on the trail and gazing at the sun felt like the best thing I did today. It felt like my eyes were getting a massage.

In total, I sungazed about 20-25 seconds. I wanted to sun gaze more but talked myself out of doing so.

I took photos, the last one comes close to showing the sun disk that I saw, but I saw it much clearer all the glare and light wasnt an issue.

I would wait until the sun is lower and redder if I could but I had to sungaze before the clouds covered the sun. However, i gazed within the last 1 hour of sunset. If the sun was lower and redder I would have gazed longer; when the oppurtunity presents itself in the future I will likely gaze for much longer periods at the red low sun (last 20 minutes of sunset).
Photo:

You can click them to see full (very large) photos.

Standing barefoot on a gravel path to sun gaze (day 2 of sungazing)

standing on gravelFirst spot, about 5 seconds of sungazing here:


Moved to another spot, sungazed more:

This was the sun I looked directly at

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Sun Gazing Log – Day 1

July 15th, 2013


Date: 7/14/2013

Time: 8:20 PM

Location: Lebanon Hills park, by a bonfire, people present and talking in the background

Barefoot: On ground, warm red bricks, felt relaxing.

Experience:

Clouds hid the sun especially towards the last 30 minutes. I managed to sun gaze about 3 times ranging from 3 seconds to 5 seconds each time.  My eyes teared up every time, but it felt good, the tearing itself felt good.

Went to bed late (had things to do). I had very vivid dreams, 3 in total, i almost died in the first dream but i didnt, i re-dreamt the same dream again from a total different point view (as a different person) and in this one i did die in a nuclear explosion, a bit lucid. The third dream was more lucid, in it i was writing down what i had dreamt in dream 1 and 2.  Woke up an hour later, felt as if I slept deeply but not long enough. No breakfast. Low energy/exhaustion all morning and brain fog until I had coffee.

Dreaming intense vivid and long dreams is a common thing in my case, has intensified over the last couple years, does cause fatigue during the day especially if I skip on meditation or overwork myself with my research in the evenings  and nights.  A couple weeks ago I had a full week of bad sleep and fatigue during the day to a degree I went to see a doctor, which prescribed a medicine that I threw away.  I could take off the counter meds or herbs, but nothing stops the dreaming, I dont have insomnia I just have very draining dreams. I am eager to see how this changes, if at all, with constant sun gazing.

 

Photo:

No photo taken of the sunset

Sunning (gazing with closed eyes throughout the day): none

 

About Me / Blog, Sun Gazing

Sun Gazing – In the begining

July 15th, 2013

This post is for now a placeholder, I will write more about sun gazing here.

I will start to document my sun gazing with a daily blog article, an online log. I might include a photo of the sun from that day. And any other thoughts that come to mind, also any experiences I have.

 

To start with, I am new to sun gazing, but not enitrely. I have known of the benefits of ‘sunning’ for vision, where you close your eyes and look at the sun and move your head. It warms up the eyes nicely and is relaxing, it also has improved my vision. I fell out of that practice a year ago and now I’d like to get back into it in the form of sun gazing.

more will be added to this post later.

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Fun Hobby: Gold Prospecting

June 3rd, 2013

I live in Minnesota, we don’t have much gold to speak of. I like to go on quiet walks and I like to take photos. For me, potography and biking are a couple nice excuses to be outdoors. I am considering exploring a new outdoors hobby: gold prospecting.

In Minnesota you cant expect to make any profit looking for gold, and laws allow only for gold “panning”.  If you like rocks and minerals this might be a rewarding activity to try.

I am a newbie to this, below I listed some resources I am researching, please let me know of other useful websites or areas within MN (especially the TC, and west and south the state) where  panning might yield  something.

 

thanks

 

Resources:

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/recgeo.pdf  (Recreational Geology in Minnesota)

http://umwgold.com/

http://www.minnesotagoldprospectors.org/

http://www.mngs.umn.edu/service.htm

http://goldminingandprospecting.blogspot.com/2011/03/gold-occurrences-in-minnesota.html

http://www.goldfeverprospecting.com/migodi.html

http://mn.umwgold.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNGold/

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/geologyrec/index.html

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/minnesotagoldprospectors/

http://projects.geothunder.com/2013/02/24/placer-gold-deposits-in-minnesota/

Since people are limited to “panning” in Minnesota many seem to like using a pyramid pro pan from fossicker

 

pyramid pro pan from fossicker

 

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Antioxidants Prevent Cancer and Some May Even Cure It

January 25th, 2013

A news release:
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 24, 2013

Antioxidants Prevent Cancer and Some May Even Cure It

Commentary by Steve Hickey, PhD

(OMNS Jan 24, 2013) It is widely accepted that antioxidants in the diet and supplements are one of the most effective ways of preventing cancer. Nevertheless, Dr. James Watson has recently suggested that antioxidants cause cancer and interfere with its treatment. James Watson is among the most renowned of living scientists. His work, together with that of others (Rosalind Franklin, Raymond Gosling, Frances Crick, and Maurice Wilkins) led to the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953. Although his recent statement on antioxidants is misleading, the mainstream media has picked it up, which may cause some confusion.

Antioxidants: What’s Going On

Dr. Watson claims to have discovered that antioxidants promote the growth of late stage metastatic cancers. He says that this is “among my most important work since the double helix.” [1] We agree that the finding is fundamentally important, although it was not uniquely Watson’s discovery. Rather, it is standard orthomolecular medicine and has been known for years. [2,3] Within the body, antioxidant levels act as a signal, controlling cell division. In healthy cells and benign tumors, oxidants tend to increase cell proliferation, whereas antioxidants inhibit it. By contrast, the malignant tumor environment can be so strongly oxidizing that it is damaging and triggers cell death by apoptosis. In this case, antioxidants may help tumor cells proliferate and survive, by protecting the cells against oxidation and stimulating the malignancy to grow. For this reason, antioxidants may sometimes be contraindicated for use with malignant tumors, although there are particular exceptions to this.

And Oxidants?

The balance between oxidants and antioxidants is a key issue in the development of cancer, as has been known for decades. Watson appears to be behind the times in his appreciation of nutritional medicine and, surprisingly, to have misunderstood the processes of oxidation and reduction as applied to cancer. He correctly asserts that reactive oxygen species are a positive force for life; this is basic biology. They are also involved in aging, chronic illness, and cancer. Oxidants also cause free radical damage, thus the body generates large amounts of antioxidants to prevent harm and maintain health.

Back in the 1950s Dr. Reginald Holman treated the implanted tumors of experimental rats, by adding a dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide to their drinking water. [4] Hydrogen peroxide, an oxidant, delivers a primary redox (reduction/oxidation) signal in the body. The treatment cured more than half the rats (50-60%) within a period of two weeks to two months, with complete disappearance of the tumors. Holman also reported four human case studies, concerning people with advanced inoperable cancer. Two patients showed marked clinical improvement and tumor shrinkage. (Please note: we are not suggesting that people should consume hydrogen peroxide.) He published his findings in Nature, one of the most prestigious scientific periodicals of the day and, of course, the same journal that had presented Crick and Watson’s double helix papers, just four year earlier.

Orthomolecular medicine has advanced since those days; we now have safer and more effective techniques with which to attack cancer. Intravenous vitamin C is a good example. [5] Nevertheless, both modern orthomolecular and conventional treatments often rely indirectly on increasing hydrogen peroxide levels, and thus deliberately causing free radical damage within the tumor. Watson correctly identifies oxidation and free radical damage as primary mechanisms through which radiation and chemotherapeutic drugs slow cancer growth. He also states that cancer cell adaptation to oxidation is the method by which it becomes resistant to such treatment, although once again, this has been standard in cancer biology for decades. We agree with some of Watson’s assertions: that cancer research is overregulated; that a primary aim should be to cure late stage cancers; and that a cure for cancer could be achievable, given 5-10 years of properly targeted research. [6] However, we think he should become more familiar with progress in orthomolecular medicine, which is currently leading the way.

How Does Cancer Grow?

Cancer develops when cells multiply in the presence of oxidation and other damage. According to micro-evolutionary models, cells become damaged and change their behavior, growing uncontrollably, and act like the single-celled organisms from which they originally evolved. The cancer cells’ individualism overwhelms the cooperative control processes that are essential to a complex multicellular organism. Importantly, antioxidants limit oxidative damage and thus inhibit early benign cancer growth, preventing cancer from developing.

As cancers become malignant, they exhibit incredible genetic diversity. Whereas a benign tumor is like a colony of similar abnormal cells, a malignant tumor is a whole ecosystem. At this late stage, some (but not all) antioxidants can indeed promote cancer cell growth. Thousands of different cell types coexist: cooperating, competing, and struggling to survive. A consequence of the anaerobic conditions that prevail during the early development of a malignancy is that cancer cells differ from healthy cells, in that they have been selected for the way they generate energy (i.e. anaerobically, using glucose). This is the well-known Warburg effect [7], another finding from the 1950s. [8] Read more…

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Happy Apocalypse!

December 21st, 2012

Happy apocalypse day everyone

(and happy solstice, this is no ordinary solstice, why? the Mayan calendar ends tonight)

Nothing will happen of course, tomorrow will be just another day.

 

But, in the spirit of Apocalypse and all that, here’s some music you can enjoy.

 

 

A nice collection of apocalypse / epic collection of music pieces.

 

 

 

 


List of Songs in this compilation -


0:31 Two Steps From Hell – Archangel

3:04 Two Steps From Hell – Strength of Thousand Men

5:19 Killer Tracks – Legacies

7:09 E.S. Posthumus – Arise

11:19 City of the Fallen – Fire and Ice

13:59 Future World Music – Birth of A Hero

16:09 Brand X Music – Return Of The Dragon

17:33 Liquid Cinema – Voyage

20:00 Two Steps From Hell – Otherworld

22:49 Immediate Music – The Journey Home

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The OPINION That Matters, is …

December 13th, 2012
No matter what you say, what you do, or how you act,
no matter what decisions you make or how you behave,
someone, somewhere, near or far,
will take offense and disagree with you
or not like your actions/decisions/opinions.
 
 Moral of the story, is to be who you want to be,
do what’s right for you
Know your feelings about things, and make sure you feel good about what you do, say, think, hear, eat, or anything you decide on regular basis. 
You are the only one with the opinion that matters. 
 
Be true to yourself
If you live your life by looking at others, what others do and how others define living or success,
you’d be living someone’s else’s life,
someone else’s story,
someone else’s idea of what
‘living’
is
 
How do you know what you want?

Read more…

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Back to Eden

December 13th, 2012

This docmentary is well done, inspirational and very educational (i.e. empowering)  making it one of the best documentaries I’ve watched.

Watch it to learn about the “one” simple trick (well, it’s not a trick, it is what Nature does every day) that can transform gardening and farming from a challenging task to total bliss and lots of bounty.

Produced & Directed by: Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz

Executive Producer: Michael Barrett

After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of
man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what
God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues
facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization,
irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues.
None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul’s
gardens and orchards.

“Back to Eden” invites you to take a walk with Paul as he teaches you
sustainable organic growing methods that are capable of being
implemented in diverse climates around the world.

Learn more: backtoedenfilm.com

this article can also be found here

Be Environmentally Friendly, Best of, Biology, Chemistry, Diet / Nutrition, Earthing / Grounding, Environmental Wellness, New Norms, Religion / Atheism, Science / Technology, Waste Elimination , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What To Do With Negative People

December 11th, 2012
Noticing people around you being negative?
family, friends, coworkers chipping away at your positivity?
Are you generally positive until you meet a certain someone?
Are you being stressed or negatively impacted by negative people?
Consider this
this article is also published here

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Predict The Future

December 7th, 2012
The best way to predict the future of humanity at large is to create it.
The best way to help predict your own future is to work towards making it happen.
 ~ unknown (I came up with it)
Some times are for thinking, planning and doing
Other times are for being
Like yin and yang,
one should
seek
balance

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What Are You Worshiping?

December 7th, 2012

 

Do not go about worshiping deities and religious institutions as the source of the subtle truth. To do so is to place intermediaries between yourself and the divine, and to make of yourself a beggar who looks outside for a treasure that is hidden inside his own breast.

~ Lao Tze

 

This article was also posted here http://ezmbh.blogspot.com/2012/12/what-are-you-worshiping.html

 

Awareness, Be Happy, Quotes, Religion / Atheism , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bit More Than You Can Chew?

December 5th, 2012

Feel like this sometimes?

Took on more than you can handle?

Bit more than you can chew?

 

Whatever it was

what ever it is

 

you can always put it down

spit it out

 

If only for just one moment

try it

just for now

put it down

 

 

 For now,

Allow your mind to

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Lonely or In Solitude

November 28th, 2012

Ever wondered “Lonely, Alone or In Solitude” ?

 

Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is one with the whole universe.”

~ Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.)

this article is also posted at: http://ezmbh.blogspot.com/2012/11/alone-or-solitude.html

Awareness, Be Happy, Be Here, Definitions, Quotes, Spiritual Wellness , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nine Hours of Relaxing Beach Waves

November 23rd, 2012

This is so relaxing

Use it while reading, while relaxing, while meditating..

 

After a few minutes I noticed myself going into an altered state of awareness (like a trans) from these repeating beach wave sounds.

Any sounds of nature can be relaxing, especially water, like rain, a little stream or beach waves.

This video is 9hrs of this.

 

 

also find this article at http://ezmbh.blogspot.com/2012/11/nine-hours-of-relaxing-beach-wave-sounds.html

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Sister Site on BlogSpot + more..

November 23rd, 2012

Here’s a quick update:

I’ve been busy recently with reading and personal growth and research, thus I posted fewer articles here than usual. I also had some website issues that I resolved now. I also was working on a new project which is now online, more details below.

I started a blog that was easier to manage than this one, because it’s a blogspot site, and I’ll be posting new articles here on Seeking and Finding Wholeness and on that sister site which I called EZ MindBody Healing.  My hypnosis practice has the same name so I went with that as a blog for my hypnosis practice.

The project I was working on is called Holistic Minnesota, it’s a unique resource website for Minnesota practitioners and seekers of holistic care. 100% free.

Find the sister blog here: http://ezmbh.blogspot.com  (opens a new window)

Find the hypnosis practice site at: http://www.ezmbh.com (opens a new window)

Find Holistic Minnesota: http://www.holisticmn.com (opens a new window)

 

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Free Self Empowerment Dialog

November 23rd, 2012
Positivity and Self Empowerment Script
Read these lines to yourself, as often you as please, and notice every word and every thought you have. Read these calmly and read it patiently.
 
Her we go:
I give myself permission to say these positive words
Permission to read these calmly and in an approving manner
Only positive words
Only positive thoughts
I take this moment,
now,
I am at peace with myself.
I value myself as a person.
I appreciate who I am.
I am a valuable human being.Yes,
I am powerful.
I deserve to relax.
I deserve to be happy.
I deserve to relax now.
Yes, I deserve to see the positivity in everyday events
I deserve to take a deep breath now
I deserve to relax now.
I allow myself now, to take another deep relaxing breath.
As I notice a tense musle (maybe in my neck, back, or even fingers or feet) I relax
Let go of that tension in the muscle
now let go of some more
I take another deep breath now
and feel relaxation and healing calm spread all over my toes and fingers,
healing calm to my feet, legs, arms, neck..

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A Key to Successful Relationships

December 15th, 2011

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One key to successful relationships is learning to

say “no”

No-Nude-Sign

without guilt,

so that you can

say “yes”

yes_sign

without resentment.”

~

Bill Crawford

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Cancer Explained by Kelley Eidem

December 13th, 2011

Kelley Eidem, author The Doctor Who Cures Cancer

Hi,

I wrote this about one o’clock last night and posted it on Facebook. The feedback has been tremendous. Please share it far and wide. Here is what I wrote that everyone is so thrilled about…

When we want to cure a cancer we should look at the lynch pins of what cancer needs to function. First, is an unbalanced pH, either too acidic or too alkaline. In either of those cases cancer is always a possibility along with other illnesses as well. (Yes, being too alkaline also promotes cancer and other diseases.)

The second lynch pin is fibrin. Cancer cells are covered with fibrin. There is about 15 times as much fibrin around then as compared to other cells. So why is fibrin so important? Let me count the ways.

Fibrin’s stickiness mucks up the ability of the immune system to reach the cancer cells. Fibrin provides the support structure for the cancer cell’s feeding tubes. Fibrin protects the feeding tubes with its stickiness.

So what happens if the fibrin is washed away? The cancer cells are exposed. The feeding tubes are exposed and without supporting structure.

As is taught in anatomy and physiology classes from day one: Structure determines function. The feeding tubes need the fibrin support to function properly, i.e., to feed the cancer cell. Since the cancer cell isn’t being fed properly the cancer cells withers and dies.

So how do you get rid of fibrin? There are many things that will do that. Hot peppers, ginger and garlic are three of them. The hotter the pepper, the better. Modified citrus pectin, and proteolytic (systemic) enzymes are two more. Probably any volatile oil from spices will have a positive effect. Because volatile oils are…well…volatile the most potent herbs and spices would be those that are freshly grated or ‘bruised. So for instance a fresh mint leaf that is freshly rubbed will release the oils. Within several minutes most of the active oil from any spice will dissipate.

Do those two things: balance the pH and melt away the fibrin, and the cancer has no leg to stand on.

It’s not hard and cancer need not be scary. As you can see cancer is weak and vulnerable once you know the keys to success. You don’t have to run here and there wondering will this work, will that work? All you need to know is whether the agent has the properties to melt fibrin.

To make it real simple, remember when you ate a hot spicy food like a pepper or horseradish or wasabi and it made your nose run. The runny nose is partly fibrin. From your own experience of that runny nose you can see how overpowering the volatile oils are and how utterly defeated the fibrin is compared to it.

The fibrin in cancer is no different. It’s a weakling. You simply melt away the ‘snot’ and the cancer cell shrinks up and dies. So now you can see why cancer can be wiped out rather quickly if you use the right tools. There is no need for stupid things like surgery, chemo or radiation.

There is no need for a biopsy either. Who cares about satisfying the doctor’s curiousity? If cancer is suspected, do the things that wipe it out, and then go on your merry way. You don’t have to miss a school play, or any other activity you would have otherwise engaged in.

Remember, when people are first diagnosed with cancer, the usually just have some troublesome pain or a bump of some kind. It’s seldom killer pain that brings them to the doctor. It’s only after treatment starts that things go so badly and people are too sick to participate in their normal life. Well you can skip all that bad stuff. Wipe out the ‘snot” and you’re 90% there.

I hope each of you will hit the reshare link because what is laid out here in this one sharing could end most cancer for
you, your family, your relatives, and all your friends.

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Awareness, Be Healthy, Biology, Carcinogens, Diet / Nutrition, Physical Wellness

Say “No” Without Guilt

December 13th, 2011

“One key to successful relationships is learning to say “no” without guilt,

so that you can say “yes” without resentment.”

~ Bill Crawford

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An Easy Method to Become and Remain an Optimist

December 12th, 2011

Wondering how to be an optimist? Someone with constant positive outlook, dreams and success?  This quote puts it nicely:

“I have become my own version of an optimist.

If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door.

Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

Awareness, Be Happy, Emotional Wellness, Inspirational, Quotes

I Want To

December 6th, 2011

Repeat:

.

I Want to

.

I Can

.

I’m Sure of Myself

.

.

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.

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Einstein – Everyone is a Genius

December 1st, 2011

Einstein said “Everyone is a Genius”. I couldn’t agree more!

Our present day society and culture, ask people to learn in a certain way, hold certain jobs, take exams in a certain way, and those that dont fit or are unwilling to comply with the statuesque are considered dysfunctional or lacking… Wrong!

einstein

Awareness, Be Happy, Brain Power / Memory, General, New Norms, Quotes

Citizens for Health Alert – 10 Days Left To Say “NO” To NDI Guidance

November 22nd, 2011

November 22, 2011

Dear Citizen for Health,

By now you are familiar with our campaign opposing the FDA’s “Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues”. We believe this document reflects the FDA’s intention to willfully and grossly misinterpret the law, especially the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), regarding New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs) and filing submissions for them.

Thousands of you have demonstrated your commitment to health freedom with messages to your elected representatives and comments to the FDA, and we at CFH have submitted ours as well. You can read those comments here.

The deadline for comments is December 2. With only ten days left, we’ve created a petition to be delivered to Congress and the Presdient calling on them follow up with the FDA once the comment period closes as a final push to get this dangerous Guidance withdrawn. The targets here are different, so if you have already sent comments to the FDA, augment your voice by signing the petition too!

Sign the petition now!

As we’ve already made clear, if this guidance moves forward to govern future FDA policy it will strike at the very root of our health freedoms, and supplements and other products generally recognized as safe for nearly two decades will be re-assessed as if they contained new ingredients. This would cause major disruption in the dietary supplement market; force a significant number of products off the shelves; and result in revenue losses of over a billion dollars and the unemployment of over 100,000 Americans.

That’s why we need your help now, more than ever, to have the kind of impact that will make the FDA withdraw the guidance.

We want to amss at least 10,000 signatures in the next ten days so act quickly, and be sure to keep an eye out for further developments in this critical campaign.

As always, thanks for your participation,

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Two Vitamin C Tablets Every Day Could Save 200,000 Lives Every Year

November 22nd, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, November 22, 2011

Two Vitamin C Tablets Every Day Could Save 200,000 Lives Every Year

Ascorbate Supplementation Reduces Heart Failure

(OMNS, Nov 22, 2011) New research has reported that risk of heart failure decreases with increasing blood levels of vitamin C [1]. Persons with the lowest plasma levels of ascorbate had the highest risk of heart failure, and persons with the highest levels of vitamin C had the lowest risk of heart failure.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are about 600,000 deaths from heart disease each year. [2] This is an enormous number. The definition of heart failure used by the study authors was on the basis of drugs prescribed, which would include all forms of heart disease that cause death. This agrees well with the CDC definition.

Specifically, the study found that each 20 micromole/liter (μmol/L) increase in plasma vitamin C was associated with a 9% reduction in death from heart failure. That works out to 54,000 fewer deaths from heart failure for each increase in 20 μmol/L plasma vitamin C. If everyone took high enough doses of vitamin C to reach the highest quartile (80 μmol/L), that would work out to approximately 216,000 fewer deaths per year. Just from taking vitamin C.

What is Heart Failure?

The heart muscle fails for many reasons. As we get older, it weakens and may not get enough nutrients to keep it healthy. A severe heart attack, that does not kill the patient but has caused significant damage to the heart muscle, may leave the heart in a very weakened state. Long standing or acute high blood pressure can put a massive strain on the heart and cause it to fail. An abnormal beating of the heart such as a very fast heart rate, an irregular beat or a lot of missed beats will result in a less effective pumping and eventual failure. Anemia will make the heart pump harder and faster in an attempt to deliver enough oxygen to the organs. The valves in the heart which direct blood flow are made up of an important fibrous strengthening tissue called collagen. Weakness or tearing of these valves can cause the blood to flow backwards, making the heart pump very inefficiently and eventually causing it to fail. When the heart muscle begins to fail, there is a buildup of carbon dioxide and waste products, resulting in weakening of the kidneys and liver. Eventually, fluid builds up in all the organs and the person presents with severe fatigue, shortness of breath (from fluid in the lungs) and swelling of the ankles.

Viruses and other microorganisms can attack the heart and weaken the heart muscle cells permanently by causing viral myocarditis. As the heart muscle cells get older they may require more energy to work and a greater level of protection from free radical damage. Nutrients such as magnesium, orotic acid, coenzyme Q10, acetyl L-Carnitine, and others may be required. Toxins, chemotherapeutic drugs, alcohol and deficiencies of some nutrients such as selenium may cause the heart to increase the size of its cells to compensate for the weakness. An enlargement of the heart muscle is called cardiomyopathy. These hearts are much more likely to fail.

Medical treatment of cardiac failure uses drugs that open the arteries, reduce blood pressure, and force the excessive fluid out of the body (diuretics). Drugs known as ACE Inhibitors improve quality of life and survival. Diet, fluid and salt restriction, and tolerable exercise are essential. For the most severe cases, a heart transplant may be required. However, many of these treatments have significant side effects. For example, treatment with diuretics to remove excess fluid will tend to lower the plasma vitamin C level and exacerbate the causes of cardiac failure.

How Much Vitamin C is Needed?

It takes less vitamin C than you may have thought. To achieve a plasma level of 80 μmol/L, and thereby reduce deaths by 216,000 per year, requires a daily dosage of about 500 mg of vitamin C. This is only one or two tablets per day, costing less than ten cents.

3,000 to 8,000 mg/day, in continued divided doses, can achieve a plasma level twice as high (160 μmol/L). This much C could save an additional 216,000 lives as it is an additional 80 μmol/L, assuming the relationship holds.

We can go still higher, and without intravenous administration. 1,000 mg of oral vitamin C per hour for 12 hours (12,000 mg/day) will result in a plasma level of about 240 μmol/L. A single 5,000 milligram dose might take you to a peak of 240 μmol/L, but only for about 2-4 hours after the intake. That is why the dosage needs to be spread out: better absorption, gradual excretion, higher plasma levels . . . and better results.

Read more…

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Protect Your Supplements from the FDA – File a Comment

November 21st, 2011

Besides emailing your senators and congressperson as explained in this post, it’s important to file your comments with the FDA itself, which will appear in the Federal Register and hopefully add to the voices of others and help save our supplements; otherwise, the FDA will claim that no one objected.

The link below will take you to where you can Submit a Comment. In one of the mandatory fields, it asks you the name of your organization: you can enter Citizens for Health in this (they’re one of the organizations leading our fight to save our supplements).

Feel free to customize your message and tell the FDA why access to supplements is important to you. The Comment form only allows a few words, so you might want to just put a short summary in it and save a more detailed message in a text (.txt) file, which it allows you to attach.

You can copy the text found here (sample letter) or modify the letter to congresspersons found here , and paste it into Microsoft word, word pad or notepad then save it as a .txt file.
Please note that, due to many requests from people who would be harmed by their loss of supplements, the FDA has granted an extension for us to file our comments — but we must submit them quickly, as they will not consider any submitted after December 2,  2011.

Link to where you can Submit Your Comments:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2011-D-0376-0079

Organization:
Citizens for Health

Notice by the FDA of Comment period extension until December 2,  2011:

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 175 (Friday, September 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 55927]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-23098]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration
[Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0376]
Draft Guidance for Industry; Dietary Supplements: New Dietary  Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues; Availability; Extension of  Comment Period

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Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues

November 21st, 2011

Re: Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0376-0079, “Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues”

This guidance, if enacted, would put in place a series of onerous regulations for the supplement industry that will make it extremely expensive and difficult for the nutritional industry to keep manufacturing supplements — so expensive and difficult, in fact, that it will put most legitimate manufacturers out of business and potentially eliminate most supplements from the marketplace.

The rules as proposed seem innocent enough, requiring a stringent approval process for all supplements on the marketplace since 1994, when Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Information Act (DHSEA). DHSEA was actually intended to protect nutritional and herbal manufacturers from unwarranted FDA harassment, and allow Americans access to legitimate supplements.

The sponsors of DHSEA intended that the law would reduce the regulatory burden on supplement manufacturers, and provide a streamlined process of bringing new products to market. Instead of honoring the purpose of DHSEA, the FDA in its newly proposed regulations seems determined to institute a complicated, burdensome, and financially prohibitive approval process for each and every new supplement on the market since 1994, akin to the drug approval process. No supplement company has the resources to finance such a procedure, which can run into the tens of millions of dollars for every new product. Experts who have reviewed the proposed regulations claim that the FDA could insist that even previously available supplements would also be subjected to such requirements and be classified as “synthetic food additives” – and their manufacturers frankly would have to close down.

The FDA already has the power and authority to prohibit sale of mislabeled, harmful, or dangerous supplements. Through its Good Manufacturing Practices regulations already in place, supplement manufacturers must meet stringent requirements for safety and potency. The FDA also has the authority to punish manufacturers who make inappropriate unsubstantiated claims. In effect, the FDA already has all the power it needs to regulate effectively nutritional supplements.

A colleague said, “In all the years I have been fighting for freedom of choice in health care, the currently proposed regulations are the most troubling, most far-reaching, and with potentially the most catastrophic effects, not only for my own health, family and friends, but for those tens of millions of Americans who rightfully and intelligently use nutritional products for their health-supporting benefits. In other words, this bill creates extraneous red tape, paperwork, and burdensome labeling requirements when everything the bill mandates is already being accomplished under current law!”

During this time, supplements have enjoyed an unrivaled safety record. Statistics show they’re safer than prescription drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and even safer than food!

According to the Poison Control Centers, there were no deaths due to supplements in 2008. In 2009, there was one.

When the Dietary Health Supplement Education Act was passed, Congress intended a simple notification process for new dietary ingredients. This guidance would turn this into a pre-approval scheme, which goes against the intent of the law. The FDA already has ample regulatory authority to take action against a product if it’s unsafe. They don’t need to have this pre-approval power, too.

This could be disastrous to public health. At a time when preventative measures are even more important to health care costs, the FDA is limiting access to preventative health care.

The guidance creates unnecessary regulations that limit my access to the dietary supplements I rely on. The expensive and burdensome process will force between 20,000 and 42,000 dietary supplements to be removed from the market and will increase the cost of those supplements that remain.

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Health Risks Of Herbal Dietary Supplements

November 21st, 2011

Health Risks Of Herbal Dietary Supplements
by Dr. James A. Duke

The front page of the health section of the March 19th, 2000 Washington Post, read: “Mounting evidence suggests that increasing numbers of Americans are falling seriously ill or even dying after taking dietary supplements [...] The victims include men and women of all ages as well as children whose parents are feeding them snacks, drinks and nostrums made with herbal supplements that are neither regulated by the federal government nor tested for their effects on the young.”

With such ominous articles appearing now regularly in the media, and with more and more people taking herbs, it makes sense to ask, “How does the harm done by herbs compare with harm done by other things?” Last year, several people called to ask me what I thought about another article in the Washington Post, “Health Concerns Grow Over Herbal Aids.”

My immediate reaction: mostly nonsense and some truth. The nonsense is fertilizing fears among the lay public and driving them back into the waiting arms of the greedy “pharmaceuticalists.” Two of my good friends were so alarmed by the negative press on herbs that they stopped herbs completely.

The growing health concerns from mass-media articles are being fertilized by trigger-happy journalists, pharmaceutical manufacturers and promoters, and physicians who know so little about herbs, many of them unfamiliar with the statistic from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that prescription drugs are killing 140,000 Americans a year. Herbs (usually through abuse or exceeding recommended dosage) are killing fewer than 100.

WHERE’S THE TRUTH

The elements of truth the Post article adduced apply mostly not to herbs, but synthetic supplements that never saw an herb. The Post article mentions ephedra, a Chinese herb, which can be used wisely and properly (in fact, various species have been used medicinally for thousands of years).

Reminding the readers that automobiles, which killed 41,826 people nationally in 1998, or diseases such as kidney disease, which killed 26,295, kill more people than herbs, the author of the Post article, in all fairness, should have included the other figures, the 40,000-100,000 killed by medical mistakes, the 98,000-140,000 a year killed by prescription drugs in American hospitals and the 77,000-88,000 killed by hospital-caused nosocomial infections. Surely he was aware of these figures. If not, he should not have condemned the more salubrious herbal statistics without comparing the pharmaceutical death rate.

I’ll do that for him today — honestly, not sensationally. Summary: regulated pharmaceuticals kill many more Americans than herbal medicine, a thousand fold more.

Then Guggliotta attempts to nail some of my herbal alternatives. St. John’s wort is fast becoming a Prozac “competitor.” Actually, St. John’s wort is fast becoming a Zoloft competitor, and is being studied as such at Duke University. I predict that St. John’s wort will prove to have fewer side effects than Zoloft. Kava is a more logical alternative to Prozac, less addictive and probably much safer.

Melatonin is a good remedy for jet lag with in my own experience. A supplement it is. An herb it ain’t. Ginkgo biloba allegedly slows dementia. Conversely, Tacrine (Cognex), the first FDA-approved drug for Alzheimer’s, helps about 25 percent of the patients for no more than two years, allegedly upsetting the livers of 25 percent of those patients.

Matter of fact, as Guggliotta says, senna, a natural purgative, was added to Ex-Lax last year to replace a a side-effect-associated synthetic chemical. I suppose Guggliotta’s comments might have herbal people, frightened by his comments, abandoning the ephedra and rushing out to get Ex-Lax for weight-loss and exercise regimes. Most of the alternative practitioners discourage the use of any laxative, natural or synthetic, for protracted periods. Instead, we urge exercise and diet (at least five fruits and five vegetables).

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Protect Your Supplements from the FDA – An Easy Method to Contact Your Senators and Congressperson

November 21st, 2011

Please contact your congressperson ASAP.

This website will automatically look up your senators and congressperson and email them: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/750/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8252 – This website has an already-written letter. Please copy the letter below and paste it the message box to replace the letter that is automatically shown.  The letter below is longer but it addresses the issue with more detail.  Read it as well to get educated on the issue.  The Senators seem to not know how wide of an impact this FDA regulation will be.

Detailed letter:

Subject: FDA Supplement Guidance Will Result In The Loss Of Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs and Cost the Economy $21.2 Billion To $39.8 Billion Annually.

What the FDA is telling Congress is misleading. In recent weeks, the FDA has launched an aggressive new campaign to put in place a series of onerous regulations for the supplement industry that in effect would drive most legitimate manufacturers out of business and potentially eliminate most supplements from the marketplace and increase the cost of others by many folds.

Unfortunately, there was a dangerous loophole in the 1994 DSHEA law: while supplements that existed at the time were protected by law, the FDA was given the authority to regulate any new ingredients introduced after Oct. 15, 1994.

What the FDA is telling Congress is misleading: that it has “released draft guidelines intended to assist the dietary supplement industry in deciding when a premarket safety notification for a dietary supplement containing a new dietary ingredient (NDI) is necessary, and in preparing premarket safety notifications. This guidance, when finalized, does not create new regulations or law”, but the problem is that the FDA is trying to turn the clock back with the laws it already has. Our elected officials clearly don’t understand the problem yet. The FDA is trying to turn the clock back with the laws it already has. The guidance document makes it clear that the FDA is willfully and grossly misinterpreting the law, especially the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), with regard to re-defining NDIs and filing submissions for them. The agency’s attempt to create new regulatory requirements using a guidance document is also in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and therefore the agency is in violation of the law.

Those of us who researched this issue need Congress’s help because it has the power to rein in the FDA and have done so in the past when many voters complained that their health would suffer if their supplements were taken away.

This is a blatant abuse of power. What the FDA is doing here is performing an end-run around the existing law. According to the law, the FDA has to prove a dietary supplement is unsafe for it to be taken off the market. These new guidelines turn that on its head. They are clearly not what Congress intended.

The FDA rules as proposed seem innocent enough, requiring a stringent approval process for all supplements on the marketplace since 1994, when Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Information Act (DHSEA). DHSEA was actually intended to protect nutritional and herbal manufacturers from unwarranted FDA harassment, and allow Americans access to legitimate supplements.

The cost of complying with these guidelines would be astronomical. Experts estimate that the studies required would cost between $100,000 and $200,000 per ingredient notification. That adds up to millions of dollars per supplement company. Smaller companies would not be able to afford this and would go out of business.

The economy is already hurting and we have high unemployment. If enacted as currently proposed, this guidance will have a massive impact to the dietary supplement industry and further hurts our economy. Expert analyses show that this guidance will cost the economy $21.2 billion to $39.8 billion annually and result in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.

Numerous attorneys have pointed out that the FDA’s attempt to create new regulatory requirements using a guidance document is in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and that this amounts to illegal sleight-of-hand, using a guidance as a side-door effort to avoid the public meetings that would promote a more formal debate. Some have stated:

“The Draft Guidance on NDIs is contemptuous of the intent of Congress when it passed DSHEA, because instead of ensuring access to a full range of products, it obstructs their path to the marketplace. The guidance document makes it clear that the FDA is willfully and grossly misinterpreting the law, especially the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), with regard to re-defining NDIs and filing submissions for them. The agency’s attempt to create new regulatory requirements using a guidance document is also in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and therefore the agency is in violation of the law.

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Natural & Herbal Medicines & the FDA – Bollinger and Farley

November 12th, 2011

The below is text from the CoastZone newsletter from http://www.coasttocoastam.com. In it is a mention of Ty Bollinger and Michael Farley.

Ty Bollinger’s book “Cancer — Step Outside the Box” is worth getting, you can visit his website at http://www.cancertruth.net

Quote:

On Tuesday’s show, author and health freedom advocate, Ty Bollinger, and naturopathic doctor, Michael Farley, discussed the uses of herbal and natural medicines and addressed why harmless herbal products may be taken off the market while deadly drugs are still legal, and how the FDA is attacking herbs and vitamins. Recent articles declaring the inefficacy of dietary/herbal supplements are backed by Big Pharma, said Bollinger. But when it comes to products that have no medicinal value, he continued, statin drugs have been shown by pharmaceutical companies’ own research to not extend lifespans, and antidepressants actually double your risk of relapsing into depression.

The FDA is looking to change earlier legislation about dietary supplements, and gain further control over them, like the UN’s Codex Alimentarius is doing, Bollinger cautioned. Their restrictive plan would have supplement makers remove their products for 75 days, and fill out an approval application for each new ingredient combination since 1994, he detailed. Dr. Farley (joining the program in the third hour) cited the difference between allopathic medicine, which treats symptoms, and the naturopathic approach which treats the whole person. “Dr. Farley has developed numerous herbal remedies for cancer that are amazingly effective,” Bollinger said.

Among the natural compounds Farley cited were: Chrysin, a flavonoid from the Passion Flower, that works with hormone levels to prevent the invasion of cancer cells; Coriolus Versicolor, a Chinese mushroom which increases the cytotoxity of natural killer cells; Diindolymethane, a phytochemical from cruciferous vegetables that inhibits cancer cells; as well as turmeric, resveratrol, and green tea extract.

He also mentioned a quick, natural cure for food poisoning such as from E.coli or Listeria: a cup of raw honey mixed with a couple tablespoons of ginger.

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11:11 11-11-11 Is Today!

November 11th, 2011

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What’s 11/11/11?
It’s a day!

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Is it astrologically significant?

I don’t know!  I don’t know astrology.  I can’t even tell you if the date is really 11/11/11 for all I know the year might be wrong say 2014 instead of 2011, the date is probably normal and boring in other calendars (like the Muslim, Mayan, Hebrew calendars) today.
But, I can tell you the moon is full tonight!
And, no matter what the date astrologically (and corrected for error) might be,  that doesn’t lessen the uniqueness of this day.

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What’s so special about the date?

Nothing and everything!
It is what you make it.  Just like everything else in our lives and society at large, it is what we, human-kind, decide to make of it, and is ultimately what we make it, as a society and on individual basis. (Think: christmas, rituals, holidays, money, brands, trends, music,  laws, habits, best sellers, and others “labels” that we as a society create and agree to live by.. we created them, we made them all what they are).

So, consider making this day 11/11/2011 special.

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Pray?

Consider saying a prayer, pausing for a minute, being thankful, being hopeful, being positive, wishing well to others, extending love and smiles to others..

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Why?
Just because you want to.

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Wont it be nice for you, to look back in 10 years form now, and know exactly what you were doing at 11:11 11/11/11 ?
Do something special,  do nothing at all .. whatever suites you; just be aware of the moment.

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