Natural Health Resources – Know Your Opponent

Know Your Opponent

There are two main kinds of infections that cause the flu. These are characterized as viral and bacterial. While the virus and the bacterium are considered living beings, it was the virus which actually caused scientists to change their definition of life.

All organisms, other than the virus, reproduce using fully intact cells that mystically double their own content and then split into two identical cells; or mystically mix the genetic material of two non-identical cells ( male and female ) into one cell, which then begins doubling its content.

Viruses are quite different, because they do not reproduce they replicate . What this means is that they inject their genetic material through the cell membrane of a host cell – a bacterium, a plant, an animal, or a human being. This material navigates through the host cell and finds the main genetic replication factory inside the host cell. The replication area is supposed to be used only for the repair and maintenance and reproduction of the host cell itself.

The virus hacks its way into this system, and inserts its own programs, which call for the replication factory to start making innumerable small pieces of the virus. These small pieces then make the journey back out of the cell to the cell membrane, and begin to put themselves together until new, complete viruses are created. These go through a short period of time, where they run internal programs to make sure everything is networked and functional (scientists call this maturation of the virus). Once they get the all systems OK , they are then free to attach to another cell membrane, inject their programming, and continue to make thousands of new viruses. Until the immune system objects, they live happy, replicating lives.

Bacteria also gain access to the host cells, but instead of gaining access to the host cells replication factories, they attach to the cell membrane and create a channel through which they can usurp the cell s nutritional reserves to replicate themselves. They basically feed off the body, competing for nutrients, and excreting waste products into the body. These waste products are often quite toxic to the host. In the case of the flu caused by bacteria, it is commonly these toxins which produce the nasty symptoms we associate with the flu .

Knowing how a virus or bacterium penetrates the cell membrane and begins using the host cell s equipment and supplies to replicate itself gives us an opportunity for determining a strategy to prevent this from happening.

Our bodies have incredibly evolved defense mechanisms and strategies which are constantly being used to prevent and limit infections from overtaking our systems. Look for more information on this topic; it will be posted in a future section called: Know Your Self.

Natural Health Resources – Safe and Effective Flu Therapies

Safe and Effective Flu Therapies

HOMEOPATHICS
Many of my medical colleagues regard homeopathic therapies as useless because they are lacking in substance. Homeopathics are preparations of substance, which undergo successive dilutions, until there are no molecules of substance left. What they retain is the memory of the substance. This memory is the cause of great dispute, as was the concept of gravity at one time, or the concept of relativity more recently.

Concerning memory, many experiments have shown memory to be a powerful, real entity. In the late 1980 s, the world-respected scientific magazine Nature published research showing that specific homeopathic administration produced statistically significant immune response, as measured by T-cell counts. The medical uproar which resulted was deafening. The researchers who had succeeded in this demonstration of immune response to homeopathic therapy were forced to repeat their demonstration many times, under the scrutiny of a fraud-squad, who interfered with their methods until they could no longer achieve the results previously published. The fraud-squad left satisfied, having completed their mission. Summary statements were made to discredit the research, the uproar died down, and business-as-usual returned to the medical world.

At the same time, neuroimmunologists were conducting similar experiments elsewhere. They found that they could draw the blood of human beings who were directed to remember the happiest moments in their lives. Their labworks showed elevated levels of endorphins, enkephalins, and other healthy neurotransmitters, which were known to enhance immune function. Upon directing these individuals to recall the most traumatic moments in life, their labworks showed blood depressed in the levels of these substances, and blood elevated in cortisol, epinephrine, and other biochemicals known to suppress immune function. No fraud-squad came to their lab to discredit their studies, because their studies didn t challenge the pharmaceutical industry and its authoritative dispensers. People are still free to hold wonderful memories, which may be beneficial for the immune response, according to scientific studies, but it would be foolishness not to add an antibiotic just in case.

I utilize homeopathic formulations whenever possible, because they afford the possibility of helping the individual access its memory regarding successful resolution of an issue. If that individual has all the resources it needs, in terms of raw materials, and the ability to direct its homeostatic processes, homeopathics can help increase the efficiency of these processes. I use them with children a lot, because children have less accumulations of message-blocking chemicals in their bodies, in general. Homeopathics also afford the possibility of providing a form of therapy which is free of adverse effects for everyone. Either the message of the remedy is going to make sense to the recipient, or it is going to be disregarded.

There are a number of homeopathics which can be successfully administered to someone with the flu. The homeopathic singles I most commonly utilize are Arsenicum, Gelsemium, Ipecac, Nux Vomica, Belladonna, Rhus tox, and a nosode called Oscillococcinum. A nosode is a homeopathic preparation of an infectious organism. I also utilize different homeopathic combinations from Germany for different types of flu, and a combination nosode from another European source for various kinds of flu.

In Europe, homeopathics are highly regarded as effective management options for a variety of conditions by many medical practitioners, alternative healthcare practitioners, and the public. Three of the four lines of homeopathics I utilize are European.

The homeopathics I find most successful clinical response with each year s variations of the flu are the ones I include in the Flustop Combination Therapy packages. The packages, as you will find out, also include the herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential oils needed for prevention of infectious illnesses, and immediate resolution of the illnesses caused by viral and bacterial organisms, including the many varieties of the flu.

NUTRIENTS
VITAMINS AND COFACTORS
Vitamin A, and its precursors, the carotenoids, are known to enhance immune function and protect the integrity of cells lining the respiratory and digestive systems. It assists healthy cell membrane synthesis. Included in the antioxidant formulas.

B-Vitamins
Thiamine, (B1) is needed as a coenzyme for the process of creating antibodies. Included in the foundational nutrient formulas.

Riboflavin (B2) is a cofactor for many important enzyme pathways that provide the energy needed to perform vital cell functions, and is known to boost immune function. Included in the foundational nutrient formulas.

Niacinamide (B3) is needed for lipid metabolism, and functions as a free-radical scavenger (helps in the clean-up processes of tissue damage in the fight against infection, and during inflammatory events). Included in the foundational nutrient formulas.

Pantothenic acid (B5) is an essential component of healthy epithelial cells (skin and respiratory entryways). Deficiency of pantothenic acid is known to manifest with increased susceptibility to infections. Included in the foundational nutrients formulas.

Pyridoxine (B6) is required for amino acid, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism. It is converted into coenzymes which are active in a wide variety of metabolic reactions. The transamination of amino acids is what allows the body such a quick antibody-production response. It also is required for healthy skin, respiratory and digestive tracts. Included in the foundational nutrients formulas.

Folic acid (B9) is converted in the body to tetrahydrofolate, which functions as a base for coenzymes which play major roles in intracellular metabolism. Folic acid can reduce damage to the cell s DNA, and can prevent replication errors. (If you remember, the virus replicates itself by inserting its program into the cell replication factory area, causing a misreading to occur, which results in our bodies replicating lots of virus particles, which then assemble themselves into lots more viruses.) Lack of folic acid blocks the formation of white blood cells, which are the key players of the immune system. Included in the foundational nutrient formulas.

Methylcobalamin (B12) is required for blood cell formation, and for many components of every cell in the body. Included in the foundational nutrition formulas.

While research still has not figured out exactly how these B-complex vitamins promote cellular health, research has figured out that deficiencies of each B-vitamin result in a wide variety of troubles, including immune function. This is one of the reasons good foundational nutrition is needed. A good multivitamin will include the B-complex vitamins. A great multivitamin will include the B-complex vitamins in the forms which are known to be most easily assimilated by the body, and in conjunction with other nutrients that work synergistically with the B-vitamins. Every FluStop Prevention package includes the multivitamin/mineral/antioxidant formulations I have found to be the best for each age group. These are formulated for maximum absorption and assimilation, and are the best foundational nutrition formulas I have found.

Vitamin C plays a very important role in many aspects of the immune system and infection resistance. It acts as an antioxidant, protecting cell membranes, DNA and proteins from oxidative damage. Deficiency of vitamin C is known to delay wound healing. A good vitamin C source for children is acerola from cherries. For adults, a buffered C with mineral ascorbates is far superior to ascorbic acid; as is esterified, buffered C with mineral ascorbates, in terms of assimilation and acidity.

Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant, which protects cell membranes. Deficiency of vitamin E and other micronutrients seems to affect the number and function of natural killer cells in old age. For immune function, vitamin E supplementation might replenish an unapparent deficiency. Vitamin E plays a protective role in cell proliferation and differentiation in immune cells, including platelets and monocytes. Included in the foundational nutrition formulas and the antioxidant formulas.

The Marvel of Total Sulfur Analyzer

A sulfur analysis is essential in petrochemical industries and industrial processes involving compounds of sulfur. Total sulfur analyzer plays the critical role of measuring the content of sulfur in substances such as natural gas, and other compounds.

 

Features of a sulfur analyzer

A total sulfur analyzer is able to detect a wide range of sulfur compounds in different samples without interference from other compounds eliciting similar behavior with sulfur. The central feature of a sulfur analyzer is the oxidization furnace that supports conversion of sulfur compounds present in the sample to Sulfur (IV) Oxide, water and Sulfur (II) Oxide. The spectrophotometer present in some analyzers serves to determine the overall concentration of sulfur (II) oxide. A stack of packed columns located immediately before the entry vents separate the mixture into manageable individual components that are eventually fed into a photometric detector. The photometric detector acts as a measuring chamber for traces of sulfur.

 

Benefits of using total sulfur analyzer

In any gas analysis, accuracy and precision are of paramount importance. Total sulfur analyzers, therefore, eliminate hazardous effects and fatalities brought about when sulfur gets in wrong places. Besides, the analyzer eliminates the analysis errors that can give rise to the hazards by maintaining the highest degree of accuracy possible compared to other sulfur determination methods. Another thing that makes total sulfur analyzer advantageous is that lead acetate based detection system in some analyzers provide an interference-free output of high accuracy.

 

Choosing an appropriate total sulfur analyzer

A great total sulfur analyzer should be able to measure utmost five times the indicated range. The analyzer should have the capability to resist unwanted interferences from other compounds that mimic sulfur compounds and ensure the highest degree of accuracy at the same time. The power consumption should be put into consideration as well. An average total sulfur analyzer should use less power and extended running life of at least 60 days if it is using a rechargeable battery. Mains powered total sulfur analyzer need to consume fewer power units. The best analyzers have the output range of between 0-5ppm and 0-100ppm. The calibration checks should be only required every 3 to 6 months.

Conclusion

Sulfur poisoning is a menace in a lot of industrial processes that deal with sulfur compounds to produce other useful substances. This tends to cost companies a lot of money. The total sulfur analyzer has proved to be a really useful tool in mitigating the effects of sulfur poisoning by measuring determining its amount in ingredient compounds.

Water filters for healthy water

Water is one of our most abundant natural resources. Water filters are used to provide us with good quality water. However not all filters are created equal. So what we are in need of is a good quality water that meets our health requirements.

So what is good quality water for human consumption, you ask?

Good quality water is water that has been stripped of all it’s harmful contaminants such as chlorine, lead, VOC,(volatile organic chemicals) THM,(trihalomethanes) cryptosporidium, giardia, MTBE,(Methyl-t-butyl ether) and flouride.

According to the World Health Orgainization, we must be careful not to remove natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium in the process. The WHO states, “drinking water should contain minimum levels of certain essential minerals.” This statement was made after they completed a multi-year study that indicated that a minimal amount of natural minerals were necessary to avoid any mineral deficencies.

So the first step to finding the right water filter for your needs is to find out about the water you are dealing with. Water from different parts of the country can have different amounts of bacteria, pesticides, clorine and flouride. Check out the EPA reports about the public water in your area.

Aquasana is a great water filter to be used for kitchen, bath and drinking. I recommend this filter because it removes chlorine lead, VOC, THM, cryptosporidium, giardia, MTBE and leaves behind natural minerals that our bodies need. The only downside is that it only removes about 40% of the flouride.

If you would like to take the filtration process a step further, then I would recommend a reverse osmosis filter. This is a great filter for making drinking water because it removes almost everything, including the flouride.

The down side is that it also removes the natural minerals that our bodies need. Some brands counter this with mineral cartridges that put minerals back into the water after it has been filtered.

Another option would be to take a good vitamin and mineral supplement.

I would also recommend reverse osmosis for hydroponically growing organic fruits and vegetables. Good clean water stripped of everything including minerals will give you ultimate control over what nutrition your plants recieve.

Some of the larger reverse osmosis systems can even be used for filtration of large amounts of seawater for public consumption.

Ionized water continues to take the process a step further by ionizing the particles in the water to give it a higher PH. Alkaline water has many health benefits. Depending on your water source your water may need to be sent through reverse osmosis before being remineralized and ionized. I would recommend this process for making your own healthy drinking water.

Welcome to Natural Hair Care Resources

‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ is suddenly become very fashionable. The reason for this tends to be consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health advantages of going natural rather than going with man-made products. The aim of this article is to highlight the problems associated with chemical based shampoos and the advantages of natural hair care for both the hair and your general well-being.

Side effects of chemicals in shampoos

The first thing to mention is that many chemicals contained in shampoos can strip the natural oils from the hair. This can cause hair to become damaged by impurities, looking lifeless and becoming dry and brittle which leads to split ends and breakage.

Secondly, some chemicals included in shampoos do leave hair looking fabulous but can also actually cause irritation to the scalp. This can lead to itching, dryness and flaking which appears as dandruff. In some cases on sensitive scalps, it can even cause an allergic reaction such as welts forming and hair loss.

It is important to remember that the skin is porous, so anything applied to it, even if it was intended for the hair, will penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the body. Most chemicals are recognised as toxins by the body and are not naturally absorbed into the body.

Pure ingredients of natural shampoos

Natural shampoos on the other hand contain pure ingredients and therefore are less harsh on the hair and scalp. There are a variety of ingredients which may be included in organic shampoos which have beneficial properties. Aloe vera helps to strengthen the hair and reduces hair lose caused by damage. Hemp is added to natural shampoo to reduce hair loss whilst conditioning the hair. Coconut oil also strengths and conditions the hair whilst giving a pleasant aroma. Soy protein is used to hydrate the hair whilst honey locks the moisture in to give it a glossy shine.

Rock salt is sometimes added to a natural shampoo as it has natural cleansing properties whilst tea tree oil helps to unclog blocked hair follicles – both of which reduce dullness. Vitamin E in organic shampoos has antioxidant properties which protect the hair from damage caused by free radicals whilst vitamin B5 can even help reduce grey hairs from occurring. Chamomile is often used in natural shampoos to soothe the scalp and prevent flaking in the form of dandruff. Finally various citrus and floral extracts are used to give the hair a gorgeous fresh fragrance.

So next time your looking to buy a shampoo, have a good look at the label to check that the ingredients are natural or organic. It’ll not only benefit your hair but also your scalp overall health and well-being.