Copyright 2011 Ty Parr, Ph.D.(All Rights Reserved) Updated
TEETH AND GUM CARE
EARS & HEARING
HOUSEHOLD CLEANING & INSECTICIDES
Skin is our primary interface with the outside world, it is the
largest organ in humans. As such it protects us from externals,
but also has many other functions like being the site of generating
a precursor for Vitamin D, allowing heating and cooling of the body
by peripheral vascular tightening or loosing to control heat flows,
and being a delaying structure for any pathogen that seeks to enter
our body. The uniqueness of the skin as a major site of immunological
learning and response is critical to our survival.
Direct experience has shown that the quality of our skin is dependent
upon a proper diet sufficient in essential fatty acids (the w-6
and w-3 FA we covered in DIET
section) as well as a generous sufficiency of various other
sources of fatty acids like those from olive oil, butter, an coconut
oil. Not so much oil to put on weight, but enough for good skin.
Good sources of Zinc and a rich supply of antioxidants (Vitamins
A, C, D, E, ,and carotenoids, flavonoids, etc.) as well as a rich
source of B vitamins are required. For the skin exposed to sunlight,
carotenoid protection is very important as carotenoids scavenge
a type of free radical called singlet oxygen which is a common production
from direct sunlight. Otherwise this singlet oxygen free radical
is stable enough to travel into the nucleus of the cell and oxidize
DNA. This process is blocked by moderate to high levels of dietary
carotenoids. A regularly scheduled undisturbed good nights sleep
in total darkness is also important to deliver the profound antioxidant
melatonin that greatly lowers free radical damage as well as the
normal restorative benefits of sleep. Skin is also benefited by
a wide variety of dietary antioxidants from fruits and vegetables.
Many of the high antioxidant fruits like unsweetened prunes and
fresh unsweetened cranberries are excellent sources of natural antioxidants
for skin care. Other good sources are freshly extracted
unsweetened vegetable juices. Many physicians have been struck by
the lesser occurrence of wrinkles in older women who juice
vegetables regularly . Most of this information was covered
in the ANTIOXIDANT
section. Additionally, sufficient Zinc (Zn) is another major requirement
for good skin, remember not to over do this. Excess zinc is harmful
to your immune system as is too little.
Going into any drugstore or market will allow you to examine a huge
number of various skin care products with long lists of ingredients
that are supposed to perform some benefit. We will examine the various
types of ingredients and their "benefits" here.
Some harsh environments with freezing or extreme hot & drying
(very low humidity) climates can take a toll on skin quality. When
possible, protect exposed skin against both very cold or dry heat
by using the simplest skin care product possible.
Beware of most skin care products as the FDA does not require safety
testing before they are sold.
Even seemingly safe widely used compounds like the parabens
group are potential problems. Parabens is a very effective antimicrobial
that greatly extends shelf life, but evidence is accumulating that
it also appears to have a weak estrogen mimic effects which
one scientist has suggested as a potential cause of breast
cancer . The FDA does not oversee safety of most cosmetics,
and has stated that they see no threat "at the at
the present time" . The broad class of these types of compounds
are often called "gender benders" as they may feminize males, but
they also increase the total estrogen exposure of females. We do
not have enough certainty to rule this possibility out right now.
We will more extensively cover these "gender benders" in the DON'Ts
section. Be aware that various parabens formulations are found in
shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, and sunscreens, These may not
be dangerous, but we should have studied long term effects
before dumping them on people.
A further listing of the potential stew of potentially dangerous
chemical used in beauty and external care formulations is much too
large to list here. A partial listing with the reasons why can be
I particularly agree with Dr. Mercola's argument that "what ever
you put on the outside of your body is something you should be "willing
to ingest" (This is because your skin will take it into the
body. This sets the hurdle high enough so that you will not be using
dangerous compounds on your skin that will certainly be absorbed
through the skin. I like and use Dr. Mercola's Body
Butter product as I think this is the best and safest of formulated
skin care products. Another equally good skin care product that
has different composition and different directions from Dr.
Nan Fuchs is an alternative . Things that are safe enough to
eat, and have a long history of safety in human usage are things
we need not worry about. They have been tested for a
long time, and we know the results.
Other notable well formulated Skin care lotions
for repair and reuvenation are:
Regenerating Hand Cream http://www.weleda,com
Heal Tastic - excellent
for repairing cracked heel skin and removing dead skin and rejuvenating
feet, use dark socks with this as it is a mixture of a variety of
healing seed oils and will otherwise stain socks. You should see
improvement in days (this does have dimethicone at 1%
as well as Neem and Kranaja Oils )
N.B. If you continually have cracked heel skin,
you should find out if you have enough sources of Vitamin A in your
diet. This is retinol Vitamin A, not b-carotenes that are Vitamin
A precursors. Our bodies require some already formed Vitamin A (not
just the precursor b-carotene). There is a needed balance between
intake of higher supplement Vitamin D3 to augment immunity and health
and Vitamin A levels as there is hormonal crosstalk and such between
these two. DO NOT OVER DO THE VITAMIN A as this can be very dangerous
in excess (permanent eye damage or blindness from gross excess).
This is covered in more detail in the Supplements
Along with skin lotions, you should be especially careful of any
other substances you put on your skin. When the summer insect
season is in full swing, you may want to use insect repellents.
Beware! Recently, the long used insect repellent compound
DEET has been found to be toxic
to the central nervous system (spinal nerves and brain and eyes)
. On top of a single potential risk, our use of multiple active
components in our skin care products means we may be subject to
far greater risk. The risk of TOXIC
SYNERGY can arise from a biological multiplier (many
fold rather than just a simple addition of risks) from many other
neurotoxic compounds also found in insect repellents. TOXIC
SYNERGY occurs when two or more components in a
mixture have far greater damage together than a simple addition
of their separate toxicity's would indicate. You can think
of this as the opposite of BENEFICIAL
SYNERGIES that can greatly aid our benefit. These
sort of things can have large multiples of benefit or harm. This
turns out to be a generalized problems of how many separate exposures
to potentially dangerous chemicals and minerals may produce
a negative result of far greater magnitude than a simple
addition of the dangers or benefits of each added together.
This is now a very important subject of investigation in the world
of government oversight, as we simply don't know enough about potential
interactions to have much confidence that we will remain safe. DEET
insect repellent targets the insect "acetylcholine nerve cell transmission"
system. Unfortunately, we humans also have the same acetylcholine
based nerve transmission system. This potential of a much greater
damage than expected from each separately added toxic component
in a mixture is a daunting problem to solve. This is so difficult
a mechanism to test, that it is rarely ever tested for! Testing
for synergies gets complicated when you have multiple active compounds
in a mixture, it takes a good deal of effort. While this may seem
minor, consider its importance for young children whose neuronal
systems may still be developing. Don't use DEET.
So, how can we protect ourselves? Cultures
have a long history of using essential oils of various flowers or
plants to drive off insects. This
was done long before we had chemical industries making unnatural
products. Thus, we have a long history with a lot of knowledge about
safety and multigenerational exposures to humans to judge longer
range safety. Essential oils of some plants completely repel most
insects .In other cases we have to use more than one together
to repel a particular type of insect. This long historical experience
has been documented over the long course of human cultures.
Since we have a long historical knowledge of these fragrant
plant oils over the long history of our culture, we can reasonably
expect to understand the levels of risk (or lack there of). Moreover,
we have a whole group of people who have studied this knowledge
and are expert on what works in your local conditions. With the
reach of the INTERNET, we can contact experts in these areas immediately.
The following list is only partial, but it gives you an idea of
how you escape from the toxic poison systems that are now so badly
serving both our selves, our children, and our planet. LIST:
insect repellents include citronella, cedarwood, lemongrass,
eucalyptus, tea tree oil, peppermint, pennyroyal, lavender, and
bergamot. A little goes a long ways.
I myself sip an extremely dilute mixture of water with some clove
oil (1-2 drops per liter water, shaken violently or will not mix-
not soluble in cold or ice water, use warm or room temp water) most
of the day . In summer - mosquito's seem to avoid me.
SunScreens and Protecting Your Skin from Damage
The whole idea behind sun screens is to protect your skin from damaging
solar radiation. They DO NOT BLOCK THE
HARMFUL UVA, BUT DO BLOCK
THE USEFUL UVB THAT MAKES VITAMIN D ON YOUR SKIN). Of
the many problems with this concept, one of the most extreme is
that the typical sun screen blocks the lower energy ultra violet
B spectrum that is needed for Vitamin D production on the skin by
as much as 97.5
to 99.9 percent . This while usually not
blocking the shorter wavelength untraviolet-A solar radiation
which is much more dangerous to DNA in your skin surface cells.
Absent pre-existing conditions like already present skin cancer,
a small amount of sunlight during the high Ultra Violet B
noon time period is probably overall good for your health. In most
mid-latitudes of the northern or southern hemisphere, this would
only take 20 minute around the noon day peak. You can calculate
how long of exposure under year timing and climate conditions you
would take to get sufficient Vitamin D from sunlight . This allows
the creation of partially matured Vitamin D formed in your skin.
Generation of Vitamin D by sun exposure is a much more "natural
feedback limited" way to get our healthy requirement of Vitamin
D. The body will cease making Vitamin D when it has enough by a
normal feedback mechanism.The next best is taking supplements of
Vitamin D3. Unfortunately, as one gets away from the equator toward
the poles of our earth, the amount of Vitamin D creating ultraviolet
B (UV-B) radiation falls off rather rapidly. In Winter, at the latitude
of Seattle (USA), you could sunbathe naked all day without getting
any Vitamin D precursor formation. Winter is a relatively
dangerous period having the highest incidence of influenza and colds
(a C-virus). Many leading researchers in the field of Vitamin
influenza a vitamin D deficiency disease . Sunscreen
by preventing Vitamin D production, may
actually increase the risk of cancer. There is a epidemic of
too little Vitamin D protection
worldwide, but especially the further away from the equator and
in more developed countries where people get less sun exposure.
Our skin accumulates various sebum (short chain fatty acids inhibitors
of bacteria) from our sweat glands and hair follicles and gradually
sloughs off the top layers of cells that have comprised the epidermis
(outer layer of our skin). Additional to this are all the dust and
dirt we collect when moving about and working in the world. On top
of all this, we have a small universe of diverse bacteria living
on and in our skin.
The world is filled with bacteria, they are the largest number of
individual living things on earth and comprise a huge percentage
of biomass of life on earth. We are constantly exposed to
huge numbers of these creatures. This excludes the most pathogenic
bacteria which our public health measures have worked to deplete
from our human environment and especially from our food and water.
During our childhood period and throughout all of life, our immune
system is constantly monitoring for potential dangers from these.
Again with the exception of the nasty pathogens (examples being
syphilis, anthrax, leprosy, bubonic plague, typhoid,
Healthy humans are mostly well able to control any possible threat
this diversity of less dangerous bacteria pose to our life. Despite
this major public health success in handling the bacteria and fungi
that live on our body, soap & detergent manufacturer's has convinced
many Americans to buy "antibacterial soaps" that are now the highest
selling group . This "patently stupid" FEAR
MONGERING type of misleading advertising is mainly
about PROFITS and
is contrary to the best health of humans and the ecosystem
we live in.
The evolution of drug-resistant bacteria is not
just the result of prescription neglect. Antibacterial and antimicrobial
soap, and other cleaning products you have in your bathroom and
kitchen, are also responsible. Just as antibiotic prescriptions
can be misused, so, too, can antibacterial products. Should
antibacterial soap be outlawed? by Josh
Antibiotics are like a shotgun in killing beneficial or just harmless
as well as "minor" level nasty bacteria. When you do this, you expose
huge expanses of your skin to alternative colonization with potentially
worse bacteria or fungi. The shotgun analogy of killing may be giving
too much credit, as you don't kill them all. Some become gradually able
to resist the antibiotic (shotgun) that you use. Now we have antibiotic
resistant bacteria that can be a much greater problem if they manage
to produce some real problems for us. Those real problems are much more
likely as we have massively disturbed a dynamically stable population
of skin bacteria that have harmlessly colonized our skin and gut to
exclude the many dangerous bacteria. Foolish IMMORAL
PROFIT MOTIVE and FEAR
MONGERING are at work here, don't fall for it. Worse
yet, this will be dumping great levels of this antibiotic into the environment
where it will similarly disturb established equilibriums between different
bacteria and lead to new instabilities in the populations and safety
of the natural environment. Clearly, this is not solving our problems,
rather it is creating huge levels of new ones.
Reports have suggested that the common deoderant and
soap additive 'triclosan' can combine with chlorine in tap water to
form chloroform gas, which the United States Environmental Protection
Agency classifies as a probable human carcinogen. Triclosan
This gets even worse when we consider the "antibiotic" in these "antibiotic
soaps'". If you read the labels, you find that the common used antibiotic
is "triclosan" . Triclosan
has a molecular formula close to that of "Agent Orange" that the US
sprayed in Vietnam for defoliation purposes. Unfortunately, "Agent
Orange" also produced massive increases in birth defects and skin
diseases. Triclosan can interact with chlorine in the public water
system to form chloroform (CHCl3), another organo-chlorine molecule
you want no acquaintance with. Worse yet, one of the degradation
products of triclosan released into the natural waterway is the carcinogenic
and toxic dioxin
. Dioxins are endocrine disrupters or more graphically "gender benders"
who mimic female estrogen. Did I mention that dioxins are extremely
long lived chemicals in the the body and the environment where they
accumulate ? I hope by now you realize that this COMMERCIAL
INSANITY is not in the best interests of you or your
children, let alone our only earth.
Triclosan is used in many common household products, including Clearasil
Daily Face Wash, Dentyl mouthwash, Dawn, the Colgate Total range,
Crest Cavity Protection, Softsoap, Dial, Right Guard deodorant, Sensodyne
Total Care, Old Spice, Mentadent, and Bath and Body works hand sanitizers.
Should antibacterial soap be outlawed? by Josh
Anti-bacterial soaps are also detrimental to the
environment, despite being the best selling "soaps" because they
are shotgun weapons that injure good as well as dangerous
bacteria, and usually the dangerous grow back faster! Antibacterial
Soap: Do You Need It to Keep Your Home Clean? WebMD
We all have some 10 to 20x times as many bacteria
and other living microscopic critters on our outer skin and in our gastrointestinal
track (mouth to anus, but topologically outside our protected body)
relative to the 10-100 trillion cells in the human body (10-100 x 10^12
) . Since no one has actually counted all the cells in a human body
or bacteria on it, these are estimates. As you know by now, most of
these bacteria are relatively harmless under normal conditions and may
even be beneficial for production of needed components in our gut. Some
are not, and are kept from damaging us by our immune system. Animals
that are kept free of bacteria and viruses (called "germ
free" animals ) do not develop a healthy immune system nor absorb
their food well. Get over the silly fear of bacteria and viruses, we
do a relatively good job of stopping most pathogens. Almost all of our
protection is not primarily by "antibiotics" or for that matter vaccines.
With good public health measures against the few real bad pathogens
and a healthy robust immune system we remain healthy. See the IMMUNITY
section for more details.
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If this was all the bad substances put in soaps for your skin, we
would both be happy. Unfortunately, this is not so. Some soaps have
Titanium dioxide for a sparkling white color, some put toxic metals
like Aluminum (Al+3) for it's antibacterial effect, some put in Silver
(Ag+) and Nickel. The list goes on. Our best choices are soaps
with long history of promoting human health without these
"better living through chemistry"
Soaps are considered cosmetics and have virtually no requirement for
safety testing before sale. While soaps do not meet the Dr. Mercola
ideal of "nothing on the body you would not put in the body", this
is one necessity of a civilized life.
Instead of a variety of less well defined (or undefined) additives,
I favor a long human experience with simple soap that has no "Better
living through Chemistry" additives. Why am I emphasizing such
old technology as "soaps"? Because humans have lived with soaps since
the ancient world and we know the relative safety and the lack of
horrific environmental consequences that our 'so' modern, poorly tested
chemical stews - that also wreck havoc with the environment. We must
understand that plain
soap is just as protective as the more dangerous chemical laced
non-biodegradable environmentally destructive ones.
Soap has a long safe record of use by humans that stretches back to
. This is not true of what is now being merchandised as ever
"better living through chemistry". Instead, our industrial and personal
products are leaching into our water supply and damaging the ecology
of the world. Better to sacrifice a sickening "whiter than white"
to leave a world our children can live in with delight. Ordinary soap
is very biodegradable. At diluted concentrations, bacteria eat it
for food. It simply does not stay around to poison the environment.
Common chemicals in body soap can cause the following health risks:
Depresses the nervous system, brings on dizziness, vomiting, and sudden
drops in blood pressure if inhaled.
Acetate: Eye and lung irritant, and known carcinogen that
has been associated with pancreatic cancer.
Laureth Sulfate (SLS): Breaks down fats, and impairs the
skins ability to maintain moisture. Classified as a "mutagen" meaning
it can alter genetic material in cells.
On the EPA's hazardous waste list! Can irritate the respiratory tract
and cause vision impairments and loss of muscle control
Narcotic substance that can harm your respiratory system and motor
activity. Can also attract bees, which would be a problem for those
of you allergic to bees.
• Again, this is just a
short list to give you an idea. The good news is, you have plenty
of healthy natural soaps to choose from!
Dangers of Typical Body Soaps and The Body
Ordinary soap is made by the alkaline (NaOH) hydrolysis of vegetable
oils. This produces negatively charged carboxyl groups of longer chain
fatty acids and glycerin, The hydrolyzed fatty acids precipitate
out and are compacted to produce bar soap or dissolved up using some
emulsifying compound (the hemp seed oil in the later mentioned liquid
soap from Dr. Bronner). Soap can be made from either animal tallow
(fat, lard) or from various vegetable oils. The best of soaps are
usually made from vegetable oils, often olive oil. and often have
some of the unhydrolyzed fat left to produce the "super-fatted soaps"
that are delightfully creamy.
Soap is normally an anionic surfactant which means that it
is a negatively charged but still a long chain fatty like molecule
that interacts to break up grease and fat films by forming soluble
colloids (multi-molecule microballs of dirt and associated soap molecules
that are soluble unlike the original dirt, oils and grime). It an
also be a saponin derivative of soap that removes the negative charge
by placing a saponin group (high solubility) to make it more adaptable.
This is purpose of washing our hands, hair or body. Then we rinse
away any unnecessary accumulation of bacteria, viruses, or dirt that
has stuck to our skin. This is primarily what we need to get rid of
recently exposures to bacteria and viruses or dirt that has
found a way to stick to our skin. We are not trying to do the insanity
of sterilizing our skin with antibacterials, it can't be done
without damaging our skin. We cannot generate
aa healthy human who does not have a huge diverse assortment of bacteria.
My first choice of an excellent and low cost soap is Dr. Bronners
universal use lightly
scented liquid soaps or mild
hypo-allergic/baby liquid soaps . It is my choice of soap for
myself, my laundry, and almost anything else. The wonderful thing
about Dr. Bronners soap (almost all real soaps) is that it is easily
biodegraded with no great problems for the ecosystem. I tend to put
about 5% (by volume) of additional Jojoba
oil into the liquid soap I use on my body and hair. Jojoba
oil an easily biodegradable oil from an American southwest desert
plant. It has been used for centuries by the American indians for
skin care . I think you will find it very pleasing. Below is the list
of ingredients in Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps. Don't worry about the
hemp seed oil as this is just an emulsifier - all very legal. You
will find that a little bit goes a very long way.
Dr. Bronners Liquid soaps INGREDIENTS:
Water, Saponfied Organic Coconut Oil*, Saponified Organic Olive Oil*,
Organic Glycerin, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vit.
E), * Certified Fair Trade by IMO
Dr. Bronner's soaps are also a recommendation of the Body
Ecology site quoted above. They suggest several other soaps that
are also healthy and ecologically friendly choices .
How do we care for the Delicate Skin Tissue around the Eyes?
The region around the eyes has very sensitive tissue that is also
easily loses moisture with consequences of not looking your best (black
circles under eyes). You should splash water on this region of the
face several times a day but avoid using harsh soaps more often than
necessary. Some skin lotion here may be appropriate. Soaps that are
used should have 5% jojoba oil that will act to improve the skin quality
of this area. (I use Dr. Bronner's soap with 5% extra jojoba oil for
all washing of body and hair). MAKE SURE YOU RINSE THIS SOAP
OFF SEVERAL TIMES. Some of the jojoba oil will remain, but
you must get rid of the soap. Otherwise irritation and inflammation
or rashes could occur. This also goes double for allergies,
wash that pollen off ( imagine those plants trying to have sex with
you ! )
What about Ear Wax?
Ear wax is a protective and antimicrobial substance put out by a gland
in our ear canal. We should never use cotton covered Q-Tips or the
like to try to get this out as we may damage our ear drum. Normal
soap and water usually suffices. It you can't succeed with that, a
little gently warmed (not much above skin temperature) olive oil put
into the ear canal(tilt head to keep it in) and left for a few minutes
should loosen and dislodge it. After this washed this out with soap
and water. Don't needlessly injure the delicate ear drum.
NAILS & NAIL CARE
Nails are a specialized keratin formation that are
very sensitive to all nutritional deficiencies !
every nutritional deficiency can affect the growth of the nail in
some manner. Nutrition and nail disease.
Cashman MW, Sloan SB. Clin
Dermatol. 2010 Jul-Aug;28(4):420-5.
Nails can also be damage and grow improperly, be infected
with various pests (fungi, bacteria, viruses, etc.). To solve these
problems Read More... COMING
Hair is somewhat peculiar in that gentle brushing several times a day
with a natural boar bristle brush (avoid harder nylon) will stimulate
blood flow. Don't over do this to the extent of causing irritation or
Brushing hair is more beneficial than combing since brushing stimulates
the scalp and thereby promotes blood circulation. All Hair
Loss Treatments Combing
vs Brushing .
I find that the use of the single soap from Dr. Bronner works both
as a body cleaning and shampoo cleaning (as well as a general
cleaning agent without the extra Jojoba oil). We will have more
to say about why this eco friendly approach best suits living on this
world without despoiling it.
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or can be removed by showering in the morning. Two applications a
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the areas of male pattern baldness with the growth taking place from
the edges inward. The composition and instructions for this mixture
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honor secrecy in this matter. These techniques are based on well established
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Try it, it may work for you too.
I do not know yet if this works for female loss of hair, but suspect
it will because nothing is male specific about the mix, and nothing
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The critical word here is BEWARE.
have been and continue to be a source of toxins and poisons for centuries.
No only has that not changed, but the massive INNOVATIVE
IGNORANCE of our modern time with far more chemicals
introduced has made this much
worse for more people. Many cosmetic products of even "health food
stores" like Whole
Foods have been found to contain the
carcinogenic and tetragenic (produces birth defects)
dioxane that formed due to the interaction of components while sitting
on the shelf. Some companies (Oreal) offer the insanity of nanoproducts
(covered in next DON'Ts
section) in their cosmetics. AVOID ALL
OF THESE. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration)
has required a listing of all ingredients in cosmetics, but still
does not require safety testing of cosmetics. As you already
know, this is just more REGULATORY CAPTURE
of the oversight agencies by corporate interests. Dr.
Mercola has detailed a variety of products found in beauty care
that are very toxic.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does oversee cosmetics, but
it's an after-the-fact kind of oversight, where unsafe products
can be taken off the market once they have been proved to be unsafe.
Unlike drugs, cosmetics don't have to go through clinical trials
before they go on the market.” Teresa Riordan,
author of “"Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations
That Have Made Us Beautiful ".”
Great resource to find out what is in various Consumer
items (NOT JUST COSMETICS): cosmeticsdatabase.com
TEETH & GUM CARE
Teeth of some primitive modern modern day hunter gather groups are
often a marvel of pearly white and strong dentition. This is not true
of any groups that consumed an increased amount of simple sugar
A diet high in simple sugars is the
principle cause of dental decay. When Dr. Weston Price
went around the world looking at native peoples who had large numbers
of healthy elderly, he found that the teeth of these people had very
little decay. At the time, there were no dentists to repair damage
in these isolated locations, so this was what was normal for them.
This is described and documented with photos in his book "Nutrition
and Physical Degeneration" . Price found less than 1% tooth decay
in the native peoples he examined. More over, their teeth were straight
and white, no need for dental efforts for the Hollywood smile. More
astonishing was the fact that they practiced no dental hygiene - they
had never even seen a toothbrush. Foods they consumed were seasonally
available natural and organic (no pesticides, etc.) with little or
no simple sugars. Some cultures ate unpasturized dairy products and
all of the cultures ate some sort of fermented food.
Raw food was the rule, with little "cooking".
All of these cultures consumed animal food including organ meat.
This near absence of tooth decay is hardly ever true of people in
the developed world who have multiple cavities and often highly inflamed
gingiva (gum) tissue surrounding the teeth. This often leads to further
Dental health is an important indicator both of oral and of
general health. The most accessible dental health
indices in archaeological skeletons are carious (cavities) lesions
and ante-mortem (before death) tooth loss. The former result
from a disease process characterized by the focal demineralization
of dental hard tissues by organic acids produced by bacterial fermentation
of dietary carbohydrates, especially sugars. In the modern era,
the introduction and general availability of refined sugar caused
a huge increase in dental decay. In the more distant past, the
adoption of agriculture led to a general increase in tooth decay,
especially from the introduction of maize . The agricultural
shift and the later use of increasingly refined foods have resulted
in an increase in periodontal disease, caries, tooth loss, and abscesses.
The patterns of tooth decay and linkages with dietary and lifestyle
changes have been studied in the Western Hemisphere but few have examined
the timing and scope of regional differences in Europe, Asia, and
Eating a diet with low glycemic index foods and little or no sugar
(can use stevia or xylitol as sweeteners!) will massively alter this
needless injury to our species. AND IT WILL LENGTHEN LIVES.
First, as the joke among dentists goes, only "floss the
teeth you wish to keep". Flossing is very important
as it gives you the opportunity to gain access to tight regions that
would be other wise unavailable.
We all know that we should floss our teeth at least once a day, but
how many of us really understand the range of flossing benefits? Using
dental floss not only prevents tooth decay between our teeth, but
it also plays a role in preventing gum disease, guarding against bad
breath, and keeping our teeth clean and healthy looking. It is an
integral part of good oral hygiene that many of us don't pay enough
attention to. Flossing Benefits R.
Aside from the usual commercial appeals for some great
toothpaste that will also improve your sexual appeal, the reality
is that we need to clean off the remains of our meals that impacted
food particles in depressions in our teeth. I have found that the
least expensive and most potent technique is to use about a
half a teaspoon of baking soda (NaHCO3) and two drops of "tincture
of oregano" (an alcohol extract of the spice oregano, NOT oregano
oil that is much too harsh). As you know from the Spice topic
in the DIET &
oregano is one of the great wonders of antimicrobial
protection. It was used in ancient Greece as a rItual cleansing
of the feet and hands before entering Greek temples. They had no idea
of antibiotics, but it was protective none the less.
This brushing with a fine soft toothbrush using the
wetted & shaken out brush to gather up the NaHCO3 (sodium bicarbonate
or baking soda - NOT baking powder which contains aluminum ! ) and
then adding two drops of the Tincture of Oregano (alcohol extract
of oregano leaves) and gently brushing with a variety of motions to
access as much of the difficult to reach regions a possible. Make
sure your toothbrush has soft bristles as you don't
want to wear away your teeth near the gum line. After brushing both
inner and outer teeth regions, I just swallow the mix (not something
recommended for someone who is very sensitive to levels of sodium!).
This is consistent with Mercola's dictum of nothing should be used
on the body that you would not want in the body, This small amount
of bicarbonate will not massively increase your whole body Na+ (sodium)
levels, but it will provide a small element of balancing the acid-base
balance covered in the DIET
section toward the base side. The amount of spice extract oregano
will be diluted by other fluids. In less than a week, you will feel
how much cleaner you mouth feels. If you had gingivitis infections
of the gum, you will notice they are greatly diminished then
Sources Arm and Hammer
Baking Soda(NOT BAKING POWDER
THAT CONTAINS ALUMINUM SALTS !)
Oregano Leaf Extract GAIA Herbs
333 mg/ml 1 fluid ounce in 55-65% grain alcohol (ethanol)
(one bottle of this will provide 450 brushings at 2 drops
per brushing) - available Whole Foods or order direct from GAIA
Foods. DO NOT USE OREGANO OIL
AS THIS IS FAR TOO HARSH AND WILL DAMAGE YOUR GUM AND MOUTH TISSUE
WARNING There are a very very small number
of people with Bartter syndrome or Gitelman syndrome. These people
should never take NaHCO3 (sodium bicarbonate),
For people with the rare illnesses of Bartter syndrome or Gitelman
syndrome, bicarbonate may be contraindicated. These rare sufferers
may add a few drops of Real-Lemon juice concentrate to any bicarbonate-containing
beverage to neutralize it. [Bartter's is listed as an orphan (rare)
diseases with the National Organization of Rare Diseases
(NORD); they don't even list Gitelman's, but include it under Bartter's.]
What you will find after doing this for a few days is that your mouth
is astonishingly clear of a wide variety of bacteria. You will
have cleared out a major source of secondary infection via the oral
cavity. This will not fix bad teeth,
but it will massively lower the chances of a
mouth bacteria delivering bacterial endotoxins that create inflammatory
events by delivery to the whole body . This rise in whole body
inflammation is believed to set up an inflammatory tone leading to
many disease problems especially including various form of heart and
Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria in plaque infect the gums
and bones that anchor the teeth. If left unchecked, these bacteria
will creep below the gum line, where they produce
toxins that create a chronic inflammatory response that triggers
the body to break down the tissues and bone around the teeth, leaving
pockets of space that can become infected. Previous research has found
that people with periodontal disease are more likely to suffer strokes
and coronary artery disease -- both conditions that may be associated
with inflammation of the blood vessels. These findings provide additional
evidence for a link between the bacteria present in the mouth of those
with periodontal disease and inflammatory reactions linked to heart
disease, the authors conclude. Around 15% of adults aged 21 to 50
and around 30% of people over 50 suffer from severe periodontal
and Fluorine are routinely added to commercial toothpastes, but should
be avoided, Peroxide
is routinely used in biological laboratories to induce not just free
radical stress to cells, but also to actually age cells at very low
concentrations of 300 micormolar. Do you think this is a great idea
for your mouth cavity? Check the concentration of the peroxide in your
tooth whitening kit (if they will tell you). This understanding
of the dangers of peroxide tooth whitening is gaining much wider acceptance.
As you will see when using the baking soda (NaHCO3) and tincture of
Oregano, your teeth come out sparkling white.
Fluoride in tooth paste is as much an menace as it is in water
supplies. Fluoride is a metabolic poison that blocks a critical
step in the energy generating glycolysis (splitting of the 6 carbon
glucose sugar into two 3 carbon pieces that are then fed into
the mitochondrial Krebs cycle for energy production). This not a minor
problem, but a major neurotoxic problem.
My investigations of the neurotoxicity of fluoride started in 1987.
Using a new computer pattern recognition system capable of a sensitivity
and objectivity other behavioral measures did not possess, we studied
an animal model first developed for the study of dental fluorosis.
Frankly, we expected to find nothing. The results from the first
experiment we thought must be wrong, so we kept repeating the study
with more animals, different doses, sexes, ages and methods of administration.
Like quicksand, every effort we made sank us further into the realization
that brain function was impacted by fluoride. Scientific integrity
dictated that we publish our results (2,3), but employed at a dental
research institute made us weak in the knees to do so...More recently,
another laboratory investigation found that chronic exposure to
fluoride (I ppm parts per million) in drinking water of rats compromised
neuronal and cerebrovasculature integrity (blood brain barrier is
a barrier no more) and increased aluminum concentrations in brain
tissues (8). Another study found that fluoride in drinking
water of rats decreased membrane lipids important to proper brain
function (9). Moreover, the latest studies have shown that
fluoride accumulates in human and animal pineal glands where
it impairs melatonin production (10, 11), a finding critical
when it is considered that melatonin
is an agent that protects the central nervous system from
radiation by scavenging free radicals (12). Finally, there
is a recent study published which reports that silicofluorides in
fluoridated drinking water increase levels of lead in children's
blood, a risk factor that predicts higher crime rates, attention
deficit disorder and learning disabilities ( 13).
Unfortunately, the link between fluoride and the brain does not
end with the above mentioned studies. In 1993 while studying the
neurotoxicity associated with the treatments of childhood leukemia,
we demonstrated that the fluorinated steroid dexamethasone
disrupted behavior in rats to a greater degree than did its non
fluorinated counterpart prednisolone (14,15). This finding
prompted a clinical study of children treated for leukemia, where
it was found that the fluorinated steroid was more detrimental to
IQ than the nonfluorinated steroid, in particular reading comprehension,
arithmetic calculation and short-term working memory deficits were
greater (16). In short, this finding has fueled a growing concern
about the contribution of fluorinated pharmaceuticals to the total
body burden of fluoride... In summary, my
opinion is that there are no advantages to water fluoridation.
The risks today far exceed the hoped for benefit .Phyllis
J. Mullenix, Ph.D.
Fluoride was encouraged for human use under a now recognized as
bogus science paper from the Carnegie Mellon Institute
in Pennsylvania because of the huge amount available Fluoride from
Aluminum ore smelting which requires AlF3 and huge electricity to
produce Aluminum metal. This left very large amounts of very toxic
"left over" fluoride (F- flouride ion).
At the end of the Second World War, the United States Government
sent Charles Eliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry, biochemistry,
physiology and pathology, to take charge of the vast Farben chemical
plants in Germany. While there he was told
by German chemists of a scheme which had been worked out by them
during the war and adopted by the German General Staff. This was
to control the population in any given area through mass medication
of drinking water. In this scheme, sodium fluoride occupied a prominent
place. Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will
in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination by slowly
poisoning and narcotizing a certain area of the brain and will thus
make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him.
Both the Germans and the Russians added sodium fluoride to the drinking
water of prisoners of war to make them stupid and docile. Fluoridation
Mind Control of the Masses By Ian E. Stephens http://befreetech.com/fluoridation.htm
The Mellon family were the founders of the original Mellon Institute
whence came the "amazing (but totally fallacious) sodium fluoride/dental
caries prevention discovery" - the discovery that literally turned
'garbage into gold'. The Mellon family also founded the American
Aluminum Company (Alcoa), the largest producer of the waste toxin,
sodium fluoride, which, up to this point of 'caries discovery',
had relatively little known commercial or industrial value, was
an environmental hazard of great public concern, and was very costly
in terms of safe disposal. Fluoridation Mind Control of the Masses
E. Stephens http://befreetech.com/fluoridation.htm
I hope by now you are getting the pattern of attempts to merchandise
any surplus however toxic to humans for profit, even if it turns out
to be detrimental to human health. This is the kindest interpretation
of this behavior. One could imagine that intents were much darker.
This is just more IMMORAL PROFIT MOTIVE
is maintained by refusal to accept the scientific evidence of human
damage. You will see that this is also true for "silver amalgam" fillings
in the next section.
Silver fillings in teeth are some 50% mercury (Hg). In the next section
on DON'Ts, you will
become experts on how bad mercury (Hg) is for your health. Here
it will suffice to know that mercury is a neurotoxin with multiple
other organ toxicity. Mercury in fillings is already banned in several
countries in Europe and elsewhere (Norway, Sweden, Germany, Japan).
More are almost certain to follow. Dental mercury
has been identified as a source of two-thirds of mercury in the human
population. It has been linked to impaired kidney function,
adverse neurological effects, infertility, Alzheimer's disease, and
If you wish to see just how easy it is to volatilize this silver amalgam
Mercury, see the visualization of mercury
vapor after drinking a cup of hot coffee If you doubt that what
you see is really mercury, see this,
Just drinking hot liquids will cause volatilization of mercury to
greater than 80x the industrially allowed U.S.
Government Standards . After you see this video, I can't
imagine you would want your child or yourself to be subject to this
continuing toxic nightmare. Again, an IMMORAL
PROFIT MOTIVE that was largely backed by
INNOVATIVE IGNORANCE that is then defended for continued
Silver fillings are small batteries. Mercury, silver, copper, tin,
and zinc generate electrical currents when bathed in fluid - your
saliva. The chemical reactions which generate electricity produces
mercury vapor as a by-product. Fillings five years old have been shown
to contain 28% mercury - which means that half the mercury has been
released into your body. Unfortunately, the body cells retain much
of the mercury. To make matters worse, scientific research shows that
certain bacteria in the mouth and intestines convert mercury into
methyl mercury, a substance 100 times more poisonous than ordinary
mercury (already a toxic poison!). The older the silver fillings,
the more methyl mercury can be formed by the bacteria in your body.
Teeth: is there poison in your mouth?
If a female is pregnant, the baby protects the mother from mercury
at the expense of itself. The concentration of mercury in the blood
of the newborn is an average of 28% higher than the mother's blood.
Where did the newborn get the mercury? From the mother. Research shows
that mercury freely passes the placental barrier and can cause physical
and mental birth defects in the newborn. Many future mothers
have opted to get the mercury out of their mouths with a minimum one
or two year detox afterwards before becoming pregnant to avoid exposure
to their babies. If you are already pregnant, many researchers advise
the mother not to have dental work done unless absolutely necessary,
to avoid exposure to the unborn
Especially beware of having your silver fillings removed and replaced
with some other material. Make sure that the dentist understands and
takes precautions to avoid the dangers in volatilizing mercury
you will absorb during the removal process. Additionally, the
type of replacement is very important.
When choosing a less toxic tooth repair, be aware
that there are other dangers associated with them. One of the problems
of UV cured "plastic" or polyacrylate fillings is that most of them
contain bisphenol-A (BPA) which is known as a "gender bender" because
it mimics female estrogen and is active at extremely low concentrations.
This is an even greater worry for the use of this compound to "protect"
infant's or growing children's teeth from decay. This is important
for both males and females, but very important for males. Dentists
have argued that bisphenol-A is
not a problem . We have heard similar arguments from the
Tobacco interests. So little support for the mercury amalgam can be
generated, the even the US government now admits the dangers of mercury
. (Finally!). A similar campaign is being waged by some dentists
to continue using BisPhenol-A polyacrylate dental fillings.
A picture should emerge in your mind that our "Better living through
Chemistry" has some real problems. We are biological creatures who
cannot take certain chemical insults, we need tests of biological
consequences of actions (short & long term and multigenerational
in animals) before we injure ourselves again and again. We need to
gain some social control over this needless iNNOVATIVE
IGNORANCE. We will return to this in the later DON'Ts
Some Good sources for Further Reading
Toxic Time Bomb Sam Ziff
Are Your Dental! Fillings Poisoning
You? Dr. Guy Fasciana, D.M.D
Toxic teeth: Is there poison
in your mouth?
Our eyes are the highest information input into our brain. Without
them, we are massively reduced in freedoms. Overall, average visual
function declines significantly over human and animal life spans.
restriction (CR) generally retards this loss , but vision is one
of the few organ functions that is not as well protected by CR as
are other organ systems. This is probably due to the low dietary range
carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidant
protection afforded by most CR diets. Along with a good diet
and as low a blood sugar-insulin as possible, dietary and supplemental
antioxidants and specific carotenoids (lutein
and zeaxanthin) are the most critical nutritional factors avoiding
visual decline and pathologies
of vision . What is now clear is that we have very considerable
control over protecting and extending our vision by attending to these
needs. As stated before, PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN TREATMENT.
Among aging disabilities, the one associated with
the progressive decline of vision is functionally most disadvantageous.
Cataracts are one of the more common causes of such visual disability.
Several predisposing factors have been identified in the genesis of
this disease. While it is perhaps a multifactorial process, significant
developments have taken place in recent years suggesting that oxygen
radicals are involved in the development of this aging manifestation
and can be prevented by antioxidants. Prevention
of cataracts by nutritional and metabolic antioxidants.
Age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in
the elderly, is a degenerative condition of the macula characterized
by death or dysfunction of the photoreceptors. With the aging population
growing, the incidence of age-related macular degeneration is expected
to increase. This raises concern about the future of visual dysfunction
related falls and the resulting injuries in the elderly population.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are macular pigments that may play a role in
reducing the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration.
Evidence is accumulating on the consumption of lutein and zeaxanthin
(in whole food or supplemental form), the resulting concentrations
in the serum, and tissue distribution throughout the body, particularly
in the retina. Lutein and zeaxanthin intake increases serum concentrations
which in turn increases macular pigment density. Associations between
in lutein, zeaxanthin, and age-related macular
degeneration are now well dcumented.
Additional to this dietary and supplemental antioxidant protection,
a major contributor to maintenance of excellent visual acuity (ability
to have good focus and thus clear images) is eye exercises we undertake
to strengthen and improve eye muscles (for better focus or sharpness
of detail) and eye movement range and coordination exercises (to ensure
easy scanning of our visual field). The combination of excellent
nutritional and antioxidant supplements and efforts to maintain and
improved muscle and the range and flexibility of smooth eye coordination
movements appears to be the cause of excellent visual maintenance
When evaluating the performance of older persons,
there is extremely wide variability, and even though average
performance may decline as a function of age, many
older adults maintain excellent visual function throughout their
The huge age related loss of the sharpness
of vision (acuity) is not just something that you are inevitably
fated to experience. The sequence of gradual loss of acuity
and need for more increasingly powerful glasses is in part a consequence
of lack of eyeball muscle strength and movement coordination over
a broad range. Another part is the starvation for zeaxanthin and lutein
and a rich supply of other dietary and supplemental antioxidants.
This is not an assertion that each of us have perfect eyes and need
only attend nutrition and muscle exercises. Biology does not build
perfect structures, usually good and varying between individuals,
but never perfect.
Constant use of glasses without gentle exercises to strengthen eye
muscles and coordination serves only to passively
accommodate your needless decline in visual abilities . Recent findings
have indicated that playing computer games that require sensitive
visual discrimination lead to improvements in visual abilities for
. What we need is life long modest challenges to our visual
system that keep it functioning well. The same can be said
for needless declines in the frontal lobes of our brain. Adults who
have to think and strategize while doing computer searches show increased
flow to these frontal lobes. This is exactly the same as our similar
need for muscle exercise for our whole body. USE IT OR LOSE
We routinely protect our eyes from bright sunlight with
sunglasses that exclude dangerous sunlight sources of UV-A &
UV-B irradiation. What few in our culture realize, we all have
a real need to be exposed without sunglasses for a short time to a
small amount of ordinary sunlight. This can be direct or indirect
day light that is needed to entrain our light-dark alternation
that leads to elevation of the dark period synthesis of our own protective
antioxidant 'dark' hormone 'melatonin'. NEVER
EVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN. Moreover, exposure
of young children to enough sunshine seems to lower the incidence
of Myopia (nearsightedness). Eating
large amounts of sugar or grain can have negative effect on the
health of your vision . Since you well know this, we won't go over
the dangers of sugars again.
My recommendation is to avoid LASER
KEROTOMY vision correction as we do not have a long
enough history of this process to know what will happen 20 years or
more after the operation. The operation itself can have an
overall average of 10% failure
. Almost 3/4 of a million Americans undergo this operation each year.
We simply need longer periods of time to ascertain the life long safety
of this operation. First adaptors of any technology may profit, but
very often they also discover the down sides that develop only over
time. We will find this to be common place in our society in
the DON'Ts section.
What Nutritional Improvements?
What Type of Eye Exercises?
We need to know that there are basically two levels of visual information
about the world that we get from our eyes. The first can
be called a overall picture with low acuity detail - that we
fill in with conceptual details to make it seem more complete. This
first type of information is called peripheral vision and is obtained
by most of the eyeball. The second is a very narrow angle
of visual viewing that is capable of very high detail that we need
for various careful examination such as the words you are now reading.
This second is called "foeval" vision or photoreceptors resting
of top of a pigmented yellow disk (rich in carotenoid antioxidants
lutein and zeaxanthin). This foeval vision is critical to any
fine work we wish to do. It is largely this detailed vision that allows
us to read, to work with any precision, and to have excellent recognition
of patterns like faces and such. This is the most important part of
our visual acuity. UNDERSTAND WHAT IS COVERED NEXT IS NOT ABOUT
ANY MEDICAL SITUATION OR ANY MEDICAL RELATED ANYTHING. IT IS MERELY
AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT PROBLEMS ARE ENCOUNTERED IN AGE RELATED DECLINES
IN VISUAL ACUITY IN OTHER WISE HEALTHY PEOPLE. ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS
MUST BE HANDLED BY MEDICAL DOCTORS. Please note that serious problems
with eyes (Cataracts, advanced macular degeneration, and even eyes
that cannot converge (strabismus, astigmatism) are medical problems,
needing medical assistance.
The first thing you should do is determine the relative balance of
causes of your declined visual acuity with age. Loss of visual acuity
can occur from an intrinsic loss of visual sensors or sensitivity
in the foeval photoreceptor/nerve system at the back of your eye or
can be from a lack of muscle tone and free radical damage to the lens/cornea/muscle
system that changes the shape of the eye and the lens to accomplish
focus of the image on the photoreceptors at the back of the eye. The
easiest way to do this is to buy a very inexpensive pair of "pin
hole glasses" on the internet (should be under $10). These glasses
are not treatment, and have not been shown to improve your vision
long term, but they are useful in diagnosing the lens/muscle vs intrinsic
loss of photoreceptors in your acuity problem - this same conceptual
system is used by professionals to assess the same things. If you
have a significant improvement in visual acuity with pin hole glasses
- you have an opportunity to greatly benefit from increasing the muscular
tone and strength as well as massively suppressing (or even reversing)
the occlusions of light and inflexibility of the lens/focus
systems with powerful antioxidant intake. This essentially means much
of your problem is in the lens and muscle focusing system at the front
of the eye. Even the intrinsic problems (age related photo receptor
loss or decline related to age related problems with the retina and
fovea) may still be diminished by high intake of nutritional supplements
and much more fresh raw vegetables and mineral rich sprouts as well
as some fruits and supplements. Don't overeat sugary fruits as this
will cause other problems related to excess fructose and glucose (
with systemic inflammation and problems with higher free radical levels).
It may be better in this case to use supplements comprised of
the flavonoids and carotenoids as well as balanced antioxidants
targeted at restoring visual health to your system. An excellent example
of this is
in VISION RETENTSION & RECOVERY
Since you may be able improve both intrinsic and muscle/lens problems
with a combination of antioxidants and vision exercises, this
is much less a separate problem. Overall you want to improve both
of vision is the second greatest, next to death, fear among the elderly.
Age-related cataract (ARC) < cataracts are progressive
eyeball lens clouding > and maculopathy (ARM) < advanced
macular disease - damage to the foeval center of fine acuity
> are two major causes of blindness worldwide. There are several
important reasons to study relationships between risk for ARC/ARM
and nutrition: (1) because it is likely that the same nutritional
practices that are associated with prolonged eye function will also
be associated with delayed age-related compromises to other organs,
and perhaps, aging in general .Nutritional
antioxidants and age-related cataract and maculopathy Chiu CJ,
Taylor A. Exp Eye Res. 2007 Feb;84(2):229-45. <
current authors clarification >
Since we have covered the supplements to improve visual health, we
will now deal with what is needed to improve the focusing capabilities.
You must know that many professionals in the vision field just assume
that you are stuck with things as they are. This is usually not true.
In fact, it is the worst of profit seeking self interest. As we will
learn in the section of MED CRITIQUE,
modern medicine and its incestuous relationship
with pure PROFIT MOTIVATED drug companies is filled with profound
conflict of interest toward patients. After all, why should
a drug company or a doctor encourage a partial or complete fixing
of a problem if they can expect to make money for a long time with
expensive treatments without fixing the problem? This really
is the bottom line PROFIT MOTIVATED calculation
of our modern drug companies.
Turning now to what we can do to improve our vision by exercises,
these methods fall in to several categories.
AGAIN THIS IS NOT A PRESCRIPTION OR DIAGNOSIS, IT IS ABOUT THE SAME
EXERCISES COMPLETELY HEALTHY PEOPLE SHOULD DO TO WARD OFF AGE RELATED
DECLINES IN THEIR FOCAL ABILITIES.
Types of EXERCISES
1. Improving flexibility and operating range of whole eye
ball movements (extra ocular muscles that orient whole eyeballs)
- the idea here is to gain flexibility in moving our eyes as far around
in their sockets as possible. Try moving both your eyes in the widest
rectangular box you can manage, then try rapid up and down movement
as you go from right to left and reverse, finally try to move you
eyes together in the largest horizontal figure 8 you can do - then
reverse the direction of the figure 8. Do this several times and see
if you can improve over time. Tight focus on objects here is not the
object, rather range of movement.
2. Training eye muscles to appropriately focus the lens
(eyeball internal cillary muscles attached to the lens) - exercise
to pull the the lens system into a best fit mode that maximizes acuity
by greatly improving focus of the image on the photosensitive region
of the eye. For this we will focus on a near object then rapidly focus
on a far object and then reverse. In each case we want the very best
sharp focus possible. Repeat in the reverse and then do the same for
each angle of your field of vision. Use both eyes for this. Try using
objects with writing so you can exercise best feedback. Moving eyes
to a different direction is also useful between near and far objects.
This exercise requires use of both eyes to focus on objects - here
we are exercising muscles that pull on lens so that they get a full
distant range focus workout.
3. Coordinating the muscle and eye movements (called saccades)
that allow us to greatly improve visual acuity by a means that basically
overlays multiple short term visual photos to extract higher resolution.
Part of this build up of a better image is done in the eyeball itself,
then sent through the optic nerve. With a fixed text sample on a
screen or a paper or book that you find moderately challenging in
size (too small for comfort, but not too small to understand over
time), focus along the reading line with rapid successive saccades
near each other (say 1-2 inches apart) , can even go backwards as
well as forwards. If you do this again and again, the small type will
seem easier to read. Practice for a few minutes. Each of us has developed
a unique saccade style, but we can greatly improve acuity by trying
alternative saccade movements that we might not have explored in our
habitual use. This should over time allow much clearer small point
text recognition and thus improve our vision by doing overlapping
saccades that improve acuity. After a few says of this you may need
to lower size of the type to remain challenged.
4. Maintaining Focus on an object moving in and out at arm
length ensuring use of both eyes. You want to ensures
you are using both eyes (not suppressing one while relying on the
other). A simple way to do this is to focus on a vertically held inexpensive
round white pen (blunt end for focus) that is moved gradually inward
or outward. This pen must be moved out and in the center line between
your eyes. The pen must be round, not angled or beveled (hexagon(6
sided) or octagons(8 sided) )as in a polygon structure. On this white
pen you draw a single black marker line down the central axis of the
pen from the blunt end. This is your center of your focus. You
then make sure you are using both eyes by carefully using a dark marker
to mark the right side of the pen with a continuous solid dark line
like the center line only it is 90o rightward (at a right angle to
center of focus). Similarly on the left side of this pen, you mark
a widely separated dashed line along the axis that are 90o leftward
of the central focus line. When you hold this pen (vertically and
centered between eyes) up to look at the central focus line, Check
to confirm that you can only see the solid dark line on the right
side when you close your left eye. Closing the left eye should remove
sight of the dashed line. Repeat with closing the right eye and confirm
seeing the dashed line but not the right hand solid line. Now you
can move this pen in an out while focused on the central focus line
and you will only see both the dark right line and the dashed left
line if you use both eyes. Use this to focus on the center focus line
as you move the pen in an out in the middle plane between your eyes.
This is a little bit of an effort by has real rewards as you are
also forced to see both sides of the pen to confirm that you are using
both eyes as you go in and out.
5. Intentional challenging of your near term visual focus
and acuity (sharp recognition) by reading type just at the edge of
your ability. This can be accomplished by down loading a
PDF file you would like to read. Just Google a subject you are interested
in and go down the list until you see a PDF (pdf) available. Click
to down load a then open this in the free Adobe Reader which has a
magnifying glass icon in section just above the document. Next to
this is a square nub that when clicked on drops a pull down
menu that allows you to increase or decrease the type size to suit
your needs of being just a little hard to read. Don't over do this,
no benefits accrue from giving yourself eye aches. Try to read type
that is just below you comfort range. Use your eyes to move up an
down and back and forth on the line (saccades) of text in small steps
that allow you to build up a better acuity of the text. Different
humans have differing saccade choices, and we can improve ours.
Please note that our objective is not to be constantly straining our
eyes, but to gain a stronger muscles that will find it's job much
easier and have better understanding of how our rapid eye movements
lead to higher resolution than some static holding position.
EARS & HEARING
Sound is a vibration that disturbs air (or other medium) by alternating
compression and rarefaction (absence of disturbance) waves that we
register by our ears (and some with our bones). Our sense of
hearing is at first a completely mechanical (analog) transmission
of complex vibrations into the eardrum and then amplified by the smallest
bones in our body to a much smaller (thus amplified) pressure point
on a fluid filled cochlear organ. This cochlear organ is filled with
fluid as this is a far more responsive media than air. These amplified
complex vibrational patterns then excite a small number of the roughly
16-20,000 sensitive vibrating hairs in this organ. Each hair has a
specific resonance frequency that it can vibrate at and is driven
in amplitude(intensity of sound at that frequency) to excite and fire
nerves that take this information to the brain for processing. Each
single cochlea in our ears has only 16-20,000 hairs and they
are lost across life, but undergo massive loss when subjected to abusive
high levels of sound. This contrasts to each eye with some
125,000,000 photoreceptors for vision. Since this hearing sense
system is vulnerable to loss, we should take care to avoid high level
of input noise - because this will make us deaf over time. If
you want the lifelong joy from music, you must avoid too much loudness
as it will slowly make you unable to perceive this joy. One in three
americans over 60 years has substantial hearing loss. Many rock musicians
are also affected much earlier. Much of this is avoidable, but once
lost - is mostly permanent - but there is some new hope.
Excellent source of clear understanding of this process of hearing:
Sound loudness (amplitude) is rated in units of Decibels(abbreviated
dB) which is a logarithmic scale that reflects the exponential
range of human hearing. The scale starts at zero (0 dB) which we just
cannot recognize as sound. This is much like the logarithm chart we
used to classify ORAC values in the ANTIOXIDANT section. In
this case each single increment of 1 higher in decibel number ( 1
dB) approximately corresponds to the smallest increase in sound we
can distinguish. A ten
fold difference in sound intensity would translate into 10 decibels
). Thus from this you will realize that from our threshold of 0 dB
to the 160 dB of a nearby jet engine is some a huge number of range
of sound intensity.
Any sound over 85 decibels for any prolonged period of time
(a hour or more) is liable to lead to some permanent loss
of some of these fine sensing hairs in your cochlea. This gets
much worse at higher values as it requires much less time. This is
a cumulative process, meaning that we just keep killing off these
sensory hair cells in our cochlea until we have no functional hearing.
To avoid this, we must keep noise exposures below 85 dB. A few seconds
passing a lawn mower is not a problem, but seconds are important
around noisy jet engines.
Some Decibel Values for Various Sound Exposure
No Sound Perceived
Noisy Vacuum cleaner
Lawnmowers & motorcycles 90
120-160 (closer to jet) decibels
The good news is that at lower than 85 decibels, music that stimulates
or soothes people also lowers
stress and improves human immunity (antibody production)
and the like . Our long human connection with both human voice
and instruments is probably more emotionally powerful that even more
complete media experiences like movies.
Listening to music can give your immune
system a boost and may help fight off disease, researchers have discovered.
They also found that stress hormone levels, which can weaken the
immune system, decreased after being exposed to the music Dr
Ronny Enk, a neurocognition expert at the Max Planck Institute, who
led the research, said: "We think the pleasant state that can be induced
by music leads to special physiological changes which eventually lead
to stress reduction or direct immune enhancement. Stress
reduction probably plays an important role, but the stress reducing
effect seems to be different for various types of music
They found that levels of cortisol,
the stress hormone, decreased significantly in those listening
to the dance music compared to the control group. After
listening, the levels of the antibody immunoglobin A, the immune system's
first line of defense, were heightened other studies have shown that
personal preference for music can also influence the stress reducing
impact it can have.
Enk added: "We'd expect that different kinds of music might show
different physiological and immunological effects. Not only the
music itself is important but probably the personal appraisal of the
listener will also be important. We did not use relaxing music,
but rather exciting music that were joyful dance tunes from different
One of the "human factors"
important in music to reduce stress is a beat structure not too much
faster than the human heart beat (65-75 beats/minute). Infants
almost always calm immediately when placed skin to skin with mom in
part because they sense her heart beat and also the warm of the skin.
These reassure infants, and this probably carries over to our adult
lives. The only thing better than delightful non-stressful music
is the combination of music and message. The most stress releasing
experience is that of trust and deep bonding with other people. Much
of our stress hormone levels is about social/psychological insecurities
and unrewarding environments and interactions. Worse
yet, this unneeded stress also feeds back into higher levels of inflammation
that we know to be KILLING US WITH ACCELERATION OF AGE ASSOCIATED
DISEASES. This is covered in the SUBSCRIBER
only BRAIN WORKS II.PDF.
Another piece of good news is that some of hearing loss may be recoverable
because it may not be due to loss of these sensitive hair cells in
the cochlea. Some to much of this loss may be due to how your brain
processes information. Some evidence is pointing toward the mineral
retaining hormone aldosterone as a critical
brain requirement for processing. Minerals may be absolutely
necessary for brain cells to process information that allows perception
of sound. Aldosterone is a steroid that regulates sodium and potassium
as well as other electrolyte (mainly metal ions) in our body and also
regulates blood pressure and bodily fluid levels. Insufficient levels
of aldosterone leads to profound loss of needed metal ions because
they are not retained by the kidney and pass into the urine. This
work has been done by Dr.
Jonnathan Wright. Low levels of aldosterone have been indicated
in the cause of Type 2 diabetes (adult or late onset diabetes). Much
of type 2 diabetes pathology
is driven by this abnormal loss of required minerals.
Another correlation noticed by other physicians is that women who
take a common form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in menopause
have experienced hearing losses of 10-30%. This represents as
much as a decade early loss of sound perception.
This understanding that a portion of hearing loss is due to poor
brain processing of intact ear and nerve hearing function is
very important. We have two indicators to give us an idea. Difficulties
with isolating a particular speaker within a complex cacophony of
other ongoing conversations and other ambient noises is an indication
of problems with brain parsing. An additional indication
is the reception of sound data that seems to have been transferred
through narrow pipe or a tunnel leading to a slurring or drawing out
and overlapping of the sound pattern. This makes it hard to separate
words in what is called parsing a vocal stream. Since we can take
supplemental minerals as a protective mechanism, this may be a not
so serious problem. Without injuring yourself, you can find
out if a complete mineral supplement (available at various health
food stores) improves your hearing. Do not take unlimited amounts
of this complete mineral supplement. Many important minerals (Zn,
Cu, Fe, and many more) have a beneficial range and it is unwise to
have too little or too much of them. You must use the WISDOM
OF YOUR BODY to assess if this is doing you any good.
More research will be needed to clear this up, but I am beginning
to suspect that many diseases are initiated due to some deficiency
in various mineral levels.
Other studies have found that a combination of Vitamins A, C, and
E as well as magnesium ingested before highly damaging sound
can protect rat hearing from permanent loss due to otherwise partially
deafening sound exposure . Protection was found even for noises as
high as the high value of jets taking off (160 Db). This benefit
was only obtained when the synergy between the Vitamins and the Magnesium
was present. Neither alone was protective. This amount of antioxidants
was not a sustainable everyday level but designed to counter extreme
trauma. The experimental intakes are considerably more than those
already suggested in the similar but reduced suggestions in the SUPPLEMENT
section. Since this experimental extreme treatment is a preventive
for very damaging levels of sound, we should need far less if not
experiencing such extreme trauma. Supplemental Vitamin E intake
may also be able to prevent the unusual sudden
hearing loss that occurs to over 4000 Americans yearly . A slower
but extreme healing loss is often much worse in rock
musicians . It is clear that free radicals are involved in some of
this damage, so our recommendations for free radial protection in
the ANTIOXIDANTS &
apply here. These benefits appears to require sufficient continued
intake of these vitamins and magnesium. This is already suggested
in the SUPPLEMENT section.,
This protection is especially important for individuals who regularly
listen to portable music players at the typical 91 to 121 decibel
levels over earphones that further channel these dangerous
levels of sound . Take care to keep the sound below 85
Decibels or you will have much less joy in this world. Imagine
a world of silence or just internal buzzing. Avoid this!
We may have some help with this loss of hearing by age related or
occupational exposure to excessive noise. This is coming in the form
of adult stem cells. Each of us produces (life long) a group of undifferentiated
(not set to final tissue type) adult stem cells. These are delivered
to the blood from the blood forming tissues of the interior of bones.
These cells circulate in our blood until they get a local signal of
cell damage and then they leave the circulating blood to enter the
damaged tissue. When there, they begin a complicated set of steps
that causes these adult stem cells to differentiate into the damaged
tissue and conduct repairs so that tissue function is preserved. So
far as we know, these adult stem cell can repair all tissues in the
fetal to adult body.
This stem cell process would be wonderful if we could rely on this
process when ever we needed a repair or replacement of some damaged
cells in a tissue. The problems are many but are being solved now.
First we rarely have very large numbers of these adult stem cells
in our blood, secondly they often are difficult to get to respond
to signals of damage, and finally there is the problem of getting
them to differentiate in the damaged tissue. The younger
the person, the greater ease of adult stem cell function in repair
of tissue. This may just be a temporary impediment.
A Japanese research group has shown that when a group of bone marrow
cells (precursors to the adult stem cells) are injected
in to the inner ear, they speed up the recovery of experimentally
hearing damaged rats. Hearing damage was inflicted
by chemicals that are known to damage the sensitive hair cell structures
of the inner ear. The cells forming these cochlear "hair cells"
are known as cochlear fibercytes. As is typical, some normal recovery
occurs over a multi-week period, but the high frequency sensing cells
are least replaced or repaired. This is why one sees a typical loss
of high frequency response in most damage. These injected stem
cells moved away from the site or original injection and located at
the site of injury where they divided and formed the components needed
for sensory function and appeared to become normal cochlear hair cells
where they located (in the damaged area). Rats so treated showed much
faster recovery of ability to sense the high frequency sound of these
areas than the untreated (natural) repair process. Over 23% of the
treated rats recovered sensitivity to the high frequency 40,000 Hertz
(cycles per second vibration) that is typically lost with this treatment.
While just a beginning this suggests the potential to repair not just
these difficult sensory hair cells, but all adult tissue cells (except
the reproductive cells). This is a major potential improvement in
our opportunities to gain a longer healthy life. We will have the
ability to repair old damaged tissues. This does not involve any outside
tissue, only our own normal cell mechanisms.
What makes this even more exciting is that multiple formulations exist
RIGHT NOW that claim ability to increase the number of circulating
adult stem cells. If we can up this number, we can do much better
repair of almost any tissues. These efforts are rather new and need
more confirmation in other labs, but if they are confirmed - we will
be in a new era of repair - to say nothing about a potential new era
Elevation of blood circulating adult stem cells with elevation of
repair levels has been claimed by several different techniques in
the scientific & commercial literature. Much more work needs be
done to firmly demonstrate these claims, but the possibility exists
for major health and longevity improvements in age declining adult
health by elevation of the blood levels of our adult stems cells.
Additional to the use of preformed - already existing adult stem cells
ready to differentiate into a particular target organ type, we have
moved into a very remarkable time where we can now take vast
numbers of mesenchymal adult stem cells and transdifferentiate them
into other tissue type adult stem cells. This is almost more appropriate
for LONGEVITY.PDF than
mere elevating circulating adult stem cells for tissue repair, but
info on this is included in both the STEM
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HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS & INSECTICIDES
I am sure you would not believe the level of various additives to
almost everything in your household. Most of these things you are
unaware of, but many others you have chosen because it "works" in
some fashion for what you want to achieve. Unfortunately, this is
a stew of potentially dangerous and toxic exposures that you don't
need. Instead of my detailing each, I will cite internet references
to easily understood sources of this information. Among the best detailed
information, I often cite Dr. Mercola for his continued emphasis on
awareness of this area.
More importantly, I generally agree with his rather simplified "green"
. The consequences of this bombardment with dangers we aren't even
of can even curtail our ability to have children. This weeding our
of dangers is a process, not something you can do in a single
day. What you need is to become aware, then slowly institute change
that will improve and protect your health and especially that
of your children. Further good sources of awareness are:
Consumer Law Page Household Chemicals
More on Green Living
How these household poisons affect pets
My Personal Household cleaning Chemicals includes: Dr. Bronners soaps,
Sodium Bicarbonate for mild abrasiveness, vinegar
to remove calcium buildup, and scotch brite nylon abrasive pads to
clean pans and such. I do not have or use bleach as this is too toxic
for most biological applications. I do have a small bottle of saturated
potassium iodide (Dr. Wrights Clinic Pharamacy, Tachoma WA) if I need
to clear bacteria out of water for drinking (in place of the more
dangerous water sterilizer chlorine.)
Dry Cleaning Garments
Most Dry cleaning in the US uses perchlorethylene
solvent with well established health problems for the dry cleaners
and possibly for the clients. Various wet cleaning or liquid CO2 cleaning
systems are being tried, but few are inexpensive or greatly desirable.
The best solution to this problem is to only buy clothes that are
able to be washed and dried without the need for these potentially
dangerous cleaning techniques. For the present, shoot for the greatest
ease in cleaning your clothes with ordinary soap and water and drying
as hot as the clothing permits. Drying heat also sterilizes, something
that the soap treatment cannot do without much more dangerous detergents.
Additionally, failure to completely remove from our clothes the
detergents or soaps can lead to surface rashes or worse. Simple,
not too tight clothing, elegant, long wearing, and easy to clean is
the long term green solution here. Keeping our cleaning to as
simple and the minimum harm to the environment is the green way to
solve this problem. More sophisticated unique chemical baths for our
clothes (and ourselves) is just not wise.
Gardens and House Hold Pests
Everyone should have at least a small ability to grow living plants
and especially spice or food plants. We need to remember that this
is what at bottom keeps us alive. Primary productivity of the land
and sea is the base of a food chain leading to us. This understanding
will make us much less willing to allow fools to poison our planet
for some idiotic concept that we can just exterminate healthy soil
and plant biology and yet 'magically' raise only what we want
Like our comments about repelling insects, we can protect delicate
extremely nutritious growing food like strawberries, spinach, and
tomatoes against aphid and mites by the use of spice-based
commercial insect repellents composed of rosemary, thyme, clove, and
mint. These plants can even be grown in a garden to do this. These
are intelligent and limited rather than the current poisonous insecticide
slaughter off all manner of useful insects and soil microbes to control
Pets add much to the joy of growing children and the comfort of most
of us. Mostly we know how to take care of our dogs and cats mostly
take care of themselves. Ever tried to give a bath to a cat?
A recent major pet related problem is the spread of multiply antibiotic
resistant germs such as MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus
aureus ). Ordinary Staphylococcus aureus is a normal bacteria
at very low levels on our skin and that of other mammals. MRSA is
a nasty human created problem 'beastie' from over use of antibiotics.
This problem has gotten around to our dogs and cats. Both dog and
cat scratches or bites can
now deliver MRSA to us. This is important because scratches or bites
break the skin barrier that our immune system uses to mobilize and
fight this bacterial invader. When the MRSA is inside our body due
to a break in the skin, things can get serious relatively rapidly.
We have to be aware of such minor injuries so we monitor possible
serious infection. It is unlikely that once a dog or cat gains
a MRSA microbe, that you will be easily able to help them completely
get rid of it. Just like you, a good immune system will
go far to protect them as well as you. It is very important you follow
the suggestions in the section on IMMUNITY
to elevate your immune competence during these dangerous times.
Another wise choice is to know the information in the IMMUNE
ENHANCEMENT PDF for Subscribers.
Animals may also need to get the benefits of an elevation of immune
The very broad band of the distribution of various electromagnetic
energy that varies between cosmic rays on the left side to radio waves
on the right hand side is shown in the figure below. Wavelength (physical
distance before wave like character repeats amplitude oscillation)is
listed on the top with frequency (cycles or Hertz per second on the
bottom scale).Humans have long known that certain regions of this
very broad range of electromagnetic energy are dangerous to their
DNA. Most scientists until recently thought that the danger came only
from the ability of 'sufficient " energy to displace an electron
from a molecule called 'ionizing' radiation. This difference is highlighted
by the lower interrupted black bar. Between the ultraviolet and the
visible spectrum of light that we all take in as sunlight was this
boundary. For some time it was assumed that exposure to the
non-ionizing range only caused heating and thus was only harmful by
heat damage of molecules (typically denaturation of proteins and such).
We now have scientific evidence that
this concept that only ionizing radiation can give rise to DNA damage
(and especially cancer) is not valid. Non-ionizing radiation is now
well established to cause cancer. Moreover, a very wide range of minor
to major ailments are being linked to a high level of microwave exposure
that is occurring from cell phone towers to microwave communications
towers. This includes vision, impaired sleep, male fertility,
increases Mercury release from silver-amalgam fillings, kidney problems,
breaking down the protective (exclusionary) Blood brain barrier, and
possible contribution to various dementia. You can take simple actions
to protect yourself from this danger, but beware that this field in
filled with a huge number of outright hoaxes and unverified claims.
This detailed report will be available to SUBSCRIBERS.
As a serious scientist who wishes to see all humans enjoy a Longer
Healthy Life, I strongly recommend that you become
aware of the magnitude of this little examined problem. As you will
see in later sections, this is just another case where regulatory
oversight has been absent in favor of commercial interests. You
will encounter far more of this in the next DON'Ts
section. This one like many in the DON'Ts
section is crucial to your health and longevity. Europe is curtailing
various WIFI and actually facing up to the enormous problem of cell
phone radiation. Sweden is in the process of banning WIFI. In the
USA, financial interests are greatly impeding progress. In the USA,
by the so called "regulated industries" has occurred with
complicit action of our Congressional and Executive branches.
Science and health are not winning this one. Instead of waiting to
become a victim, learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
This is a major under the radar (pun intended) heath threat that will
only be recognized when disease and cancer rates go super high. This
is a major but silent threat to your health and longevity. We
need to keep our ability for local and global communication, but the
present system is damaging.
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