“No satisfaction-I want it now!”

Instant gratification (“junkification”) – I want it now!!
We have been programmed or brainwashed  in our society to need to have what we want no matter the price we pay physically or emotionally this instant. Oral gratification is driven by our may unspoken needs for pleasure, love, avoidance and boredom.
As a whole, our capitalist system is designed to get us to take actions and spend money now – and those businesses that are more successful in that do better and prosper (at least in the short term).

Filling those impulses tests our ability to resist temptation and exercise self-control. What’s the benefit of that?
Can the exercise of self control be an important force in our lives?
Several decades ago, Walter Mischel started investigating the determinants of delayed gratification in children. He found that the degree of self-control independently exerted by preschoolers who were tempted with small rewards (but told they could receive larger rewards if they resisted) is predictive of grades and social competence in adolescence.
Delayed gratification is a predictor of success in school and life

Researchers at Duke University have shown that the role of self control creates a better mental and social outcomes in adolescence and into adulthood.
A 1,000 children were followed for 30 years, examining the effect of early self-control on health, wealth and public safety. Controlling for socioeconomic status and IQ, they show that individuals with lower self-control experienced negative outcomes in all three areas, with greater rates of health issues like sexually transmitted infections, substance dependence, financial problems including poor credit and lack of savings, single-parent child-rearing, and even crime. These results show that self-control can have a deep influence on a wide range of activities.  And there is some good news: if we can find a way to improve self-control, maybe we could do better.
Where does the skill of self –control come from?
So when we consider these individual differences in the ability to exert self-control, the real question is where they originate – are they differences in pure, unadulterated ability (i.e., one is simply born with greater self-control) or are these differences a result of sophistication (a greater ability to learn and create strategies that help overcome temptation)?
In other words, are the kids who are better at self control able to control, and actively reduce, how tempted they are by the immediate rewards in their environment, or are they just better at coming up with ways to distract themselves and this way avoid acting on their temptation?
It may very well be the latter.

Ability to resist temptation is environmental, culturally, innately  and cultivated. Some children sat on their hands, physically restraining themselves, while others tried to redirect their attention by singing, talking or looking away.
Mischel found that all children were better at delaying rewards when distracting thoughts were suggested to them.

You can see a modern recreation of the original Mischel experiment by clicking on the video link below.(This experiment should be named Marshmellow Torture-editor’s note)  Who are you most like in the video?
Remember there are many natural medicine strategies to help build self control and overcome addictive compulsive tendencies. Email us if you would like more information.

Editor Mary Wolken, PhD
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“Hope filter radioactive H2O”

As our collective conscious grows and we work together may positive changes are taking place-there is no need to fear.

A natural way to remove radioactive contaminants from water.

The new material is a combination of hemicellulose, a byproduct of forest materials, and chitosan, crushed and powdered crustacean shells that will absorbs water and actually extract contaminates, such as radioactive iodide, from the water itself says researchers from North Carolina State University have found.
“As we’re currently seeing in Japan, one of the major health risks posed by nuclear accidents is radioactive iodide that dissolves into drinking water. Because it is chemically identical to non-radioactive iodide, the human body cannot distinguish it – which is what allows it to accumulate in the thyroid and eventually lead to cancer,” says Dr. Joel Pawlak, associate professor of forest biomaterials.
“The material that we’ve developed binds iodide in water and traps it, which can then be properly disposed of without risk to humans or the environment.”
The new material – a combination of hemicellulose, a byproduct of forest materials, and chitosan, crustacean shells that have been crushed into a powder – not only absorbs water, but can actually extract contaminates, such as radioactive iodide, from the water itself.
This material, which forms a solid foam, has applications beyond radioactive materials. Pawlak and fellow researchers found that it has the ability to remove heavy metals – such as arsenic – from water or salt from sea water to make clean drinking water.
“In disaster situations with limited-to-no power source, desalinating drinking water is difficult, if not impossible. This foam could be brought along in such situations to clean the water without the need for electricity,” Pawlak says.
“This material could completely change the way we safeguard the world’s drinking water supply.”
The foam, which is coated on wood fibers, is used like a sponge that is immersed in water. For smaller-scale applications, the foam could be used in something like a tea bag.

On a larger scale, water could be poured through it like a filter.
Pawlak worked with NC State professor Dr. Richard Venditti on the research, which was funded by the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, the N.C. Forestry Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Additional research into how the material can be used on a larger scale is currently being conducted.

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“Acetaminophen (Tylanol) blood pressure link”

For people with cardiovascular disease who need relief from aches and pains, acetaminophen (Tylenol and its generic cousins) has long been touted as a “safer” alternative to aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.
Acetaminophen isn’t free from cardiovascular side effects. It is worth a try as a first-line drug for pain relief,
but it can have negative effect on your blood pressure.

A small but important Swiss trial warns that it may not be. This work doesn’t mean you should ditch acetaminophen if it helps you, but does suggest you should give it the caution that it — and every medication — deserves.
A closer look at acetaminophen
The Swiss team set out to fill a surprising gap in medical knowledge: the effect of acetaminophen on blood pressure among people with coronary artery disease. This includes folks with angina (chest pain with exercise or stress) along with anyone who has had bypass surgery or angioplasty or who has been diagnosed with cholesterol-clogged arteries.
The researchers asked 33 men and women with one or more of these problems to take either 1,000 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen or an identical placebo three times a day for two weeks. Then, after a two-week break, each volunteer took the other treatment. The amount of acetaminophen used in the study is a standard daily dose for pain.
When the participants took acetaminophen, average systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading) increased from 122.4 to 125.3, while the average diastolic pressure (the bottom number) increased from 73.2 to 75.4. Blood pressure stayed steady when participants took the placebo. These increases aren’t large. But they indicate that acetaminophen, like NSAIDs, somehow affects the cardiovascular system.
A larger, longer trial would have given more reliable results. It would also have been unethical, since none of the participants were in pain. That means they couldn’t reap any benefit from acetaminophen, but could only be harmed by it.
Making choices
The sudden removal of the popular painkiller Vioxx from the market in October 2004 over concerns that it caused cardiovascular problems put all pain relievers under the spotlight — except acetaminophen. It avoided the “black box” warning about increased risk of cardiac problems that the FDA now requires on the labels of all NSAIDs. And the American Heart Association later recommended it as a safe alternative to NSAIDs.
Acetaminophen is easier on the stomach than aspirin and other NSAIDs, and is probably a good option for people who take warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven, generic) or clopidogrel (Plavix). But because it is so widely used and perceived as safe, people tend to take it without thinking, one reason acetaminophen is a leading cause of liver failure and transplantation in the United States.
If you have some form of cardiovascular disease, it makes sense to take acetaminophen rather than an NSAID for a fever, headache, pulled muscle, or other occasional problem. But if you need relief every day for pain from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, acetaminophen may not be a better option than an NSAID — it doesn’t work that well against inflammatory pain and, like an NSAID, may slightly elevate blood pressure.
The key message from this study is that acetaminophen isn’t free from cardiovascular side effects. It is worth a try as a first-line drug for pain relief, but if it doesn’t control your pain, it is reasonable to switch to an NSAID.

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“O2 to the rescue”

Healing should be a simple noninvasive and natural process.

High Dose Of Oxygen Enhances Natural Cancer Treatment


A Petri dish with human cancer cells was placed in this high-pressure oxygen chamber for 48 hours. Source: Reimers Systems

An environment of pure oxygen at three-and-a-half times normal air pressure adds significantly to the effectiveness of a natural compound already shown to kill cancerous cells, researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University recently reported in the journal Anticancer Research.

The compound artemisinin – isolated from Artemisia annua L, commonly known as wormwood – is a natural remedy widely used to treat malaria. In the mid-1990s UW researchers were the first to explore its ability to treat cancer.

In the new study, using artemisinin or high-pressure oxygen alone on a culture of human leukemia cells reduced the cancer cells’ growth by 15 percent. Using them in combination reduced the cells’ growth by 38 percent, a 50 percent increase in artemisinin’s effectiveness.(“Other natural substances like prickly pear concentrate has upwards of 100% kill in vitro – editor’s note)

“If you combine high-pressure oxygen with artemisinin you can get a much better curing effect,” said author Henry Lai, a UW research professor of bioengineering. “We only measured up to 48 hours. Over longer time periods we expect the synergistic effects to be even more dramatic.”

The history of artemisinin brings to mind an Indiana Jones story. In the early 1970s, Lai says, Chinese leader Mao Zedong issued an order to develop an anti-malarial treatment. At the same time, a farmer in central China discovered a 2,000-year-old tomb that contained three coffins.

One coffin contained a silk scroll describing various prescriptions, including artemisinin to treat malaria. The Chinese followed the directions and thus rediscovered an ancient remedy.

Today, artemisinin is widely used in Asia and Africa for malaria treatment.

In the decades since, scientists have discovered artemisinin reacts with iron within a cell to form a free radical, a highly reactive charged particle that destroys the cell. Because the malaria parasite is high in iron, artemisinin targets malaria-infected cells.

Since rapidly dividing cancer cells also need iron to form new DNA, Lai theorized they would also make targets for artemisinin. Subsequent research showed this to be the case.

Lai and colleagues at the UW developed a variant several thousand times more potent than natural artemisinin, which was licensed in 2004 to a Chinese company.

“Artemisinin is a promising low-cost cancer treatment because it’s specific, it’s cheap and you don’t have to inject it,” Lai said. “It’s 100 times more specific than traditional chemotherapy,” he added. “In breast cancer, it’s even better.”

Lai says he’s long hypothesized that high oxygen levels would enhance artemisinin’s effects, because oxygen promotes the formation of free radicals. In 2010, he put the theory to the test in a hyperbaric chamber that co-author Raymond Quock, WSU professor and chair of pharmaceutical sciences, has been using to study highly pressurized oxygen’s ability to relieve pain.

Hyperbaric chambers, filled with oxygen at high pressure, help scuba divers who surface too quickly gradually readjust to normal oxygen levels. A photo of pop singer Jackson in the mid-80s sleeping in a portable hyperbaric chamber sparked rumors that he was trying to heal scars from plastic surgery, retain his youthful appearance or extend his lifespan.

The photo turned out to be a publicity stunt, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved hyperbaric oxygen therapy for several ailments, including decompression sickness, carbon-monoxide poisoning, severe burns and slow-to-heal wounds.

In clinical practice, the artemisinin-hyperbaric study could lead to people or animals spending time in a hyperbaric chamber to enhance the artemisinin’s effectiveness.

Other co-authors are Yusuke Ohgami, Catherine Elstad and Eunhee Chung of WSU and Donald Shirachi of the Chico Hyperbaric Center. The research was funded by the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and the Chico Hyperbaric Center.

In related artemisinin work, funded through a $1.5 million grant from the state’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund to a team led by UW chemistry professor Tomikazu Sasaki:

UW researchers are developing synthetic artemisinin compounds with enhanced potency and anti-cancer selectivity, and WSU researchers are conducting a clinical trial evaluating these compounds’ ability to treat cancer in dogs. The molecular-engineered artemisinin compounds, which are stronger and more targeted than natural artemisinin but can still be taken by mouth, are licensed to Artemisia Biomedical of Newcastle, Wash.

WSU crop scientists are planting Artemisia annua in eastern Washington to test whether the region could plant artemisinin as a commercial crop.

Researchers are working with Northwest Organic Foods, a Washington chicken-feed company, to try adding artemisinin, instead of small amounts of arsenic, to chicken feed. Artemisinin acts as a natural preventative for avian coccidia infection, one of the poultry industry’s most costly parasitic diseases.

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“Protect thyroid from radiation”

Women Caution:  Protect your thyroid from radiation                                               

Mammograms and dental X-rays are useful tools for diagnosis, but as Dr. OZ pointed out in a recent show you must speak up to protect your thyroid from excess radiation.

Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer.  He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck.  Many dentists don’t bother to use it.

There is something called a “thyroid guard” for use specifically during mammograms.   yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough,

Technicians usually have one in a drawer, but do not even ask if you want to use it.You have to take the lead and ask for this added protection.

Approximately 65 percent of the U. S. population is overweight; 30 percent is clinically obese. Research is pointing to the fact that an under active thyroid might be the number one cause of weight problems, especially among women, in the US today.

Protecting and improving thyroid function may be helped by

  1. Eat an extra fruit and an extra vegetable every day.
  2. Drink more nutrient-packed beverages. Many people sip coffee, soda pop or fruit-flavored drinks throughout the day-yet none of these beverages offer much nutritionally. Drink more bioactive water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices,
  3. Eat whole grains Regularly eating whole grains as part of a healthful diet could reduce heart disease risk by as much as 26 percent. Forty studies that looked at 20 different types of cancer deemed whole grains a winner too. Regularly eating whole-grain foods as part of a low-fat diet reduced the risk of many diseases. Experts believe three servings of whole-grain foods a day can make an impact.

 

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“A Japanese Monk Sent this Prayer Request”

Dear friends,

…Our thoughts create vibrations around the world.

Ise Jingu shrine

Ise Jingu is the shrine most central to the identity of the Japanese as a people and as a nation.
Here is a request for prayers …time is relative, and healing comes from the Absolute.

Changing our thoughts, offering gentle suggestion to those around us who are broadcasting painful thoughts, and prayer can offer benefits at any time.
Much love, Tsukina

A Japanese Monk Sent this Prayer Request

The damage of earthquake in Japan is devastating.
Unable to cool down the reactor(s) we are facing a possibility of nuclear plant explosion.
Please join our prayer. Feel free to forward this prayer request to anyone.
It would be great if more people can pray.
Here is a translation of a message/oracle from the Ise Shrine in Japan:
After sunset (each day or any time-editor’s note), we need strong power of prayer.
Please let me deliver the message to as many as possible.
We can stop this earthquake with our prayer but right now the nuclear plant is in danger.

Please everyone heal the suffering, sadness, anger, worry about nuclear plants.
Please do not think that this accident will bring justice.
Please care for each other.  The energy toward conflict and fight is also fueling the things happening right now.
Please stop the conflict and stop the fight and change the worrying voice to the power of prayer.
Please pray that as many people as possible can be saved.
We will be O.K. if our hearts start connecting with each other, the earth will be healed.

There are the sound/vibration that can release the karma of earth.
Anyone who can make prayer sound, anyone who can do reiki,
anyone who can do long distance healing, ( everyone that prays-editor’s note)
please direct your energy to the center of Japan .
The exact location is above the Hachiro gata, Akita Prefecture .

If you can sing, please sing.
Humming is fine too.
Let the earth listen to the sound.

Please send gratitude to the earth.
If the mother earth wakes up then everything will stop.
The word Song/Sing writes in Japanese Kanji that small possibilities
support a big lack.
Please send your prayer to the earth to wake up the spirit.

I will be in meditation after the sunset.
I will pray for the light shining the sky even in the darkness.
Please everyone be safe.
Thank you for supporting my heart at this very difficult time.
Gratitude for the life.
Fuma

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“MD ‘s advise- KI pills for US radition”

Should you buy potassium iodide (KI) tablets to counteract possible radiation exposure?

Although the role of KI pills has been discussed for decades, many people still don’t know the guidelines for stocking or taking them, says Richard T. Kloos, MD, Chief Operating Officer of the American Thyroid Association (ATA).

“There’s no reason that the American public should take these now.” However, this issue surpasses the current situation in Japan.”
“We would like the American public to be knowledgeable and informed, but now is not the time for Americans to panic,” Dr. Kloos says. “I don’t think the American public is at any risk, and I don’t think they should be taking any prophylaxis unless a reliable source tells them to do so.”

Potential Side Effects of KI pills
Although KI is considered very safe (the iodine is the same as that found in table salt) clinicians should make patients aware of the rare but real risks, says Dr. Kloos, Co-Director of The Ohio State University Thyroid Cancer Unit in Columbus, Ohio.

Allergic reactions are always a concern.
“When large populations took potassium iodide in Poland after Chernobyl, it was shown to be quite safe,” he says.

“But small numbers of people did experience things like skin rashes, abdominal discomfort, and vomiting.”
In addition, the same process that makes iodine protective in radiation exposure can also alter thyroid function in the longer term. The thyroid acts like a sponge in the presence of iodine, so saturating it with regular iodine prevents the uptake of radioactive iodine found in nuclear fallout.
If someone continues to take KI pills over a period of time, the thyroid may shut down and the person may develop hypothyroidism, Dr. Kloos says. Alternatively, people with overactive thyroids could also develop complications.
“Iodine is a fuel for our thyroids,” Dr. Kloos says. “If you dump in fuel, some people could exacerbate their hyperthyroidism.”
The main take-away point to give patients, says Dr. Kloos, is that if there’s no benefit from KI supplementation, as in the absence of radiation exposure, then even these low-level risks are unacceptable. Given the vast distance that any radiation from Japan would have to travel, US residents have no cause for concern.
KI’s Role in Overall Response
The larger issue is whether people should stock KI pills in the event that they are exposed to radiation. The controversy stems from several issues, including:
disagreements about how large an area would be affected quickly in the event of a nuclear accident; concerns that widespread distribution of KI pills would give people a false sense of security, given that the pills only protect against thyroid cancer and not against other radionuclides or other body organs; and concerns that a wider distribution would undermine the public’s confidence in the safety of nuclear power.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission provides KI pills to states with nuclear power plants, enabling (but not requiring) them to distribute the pills to residents within 10 miles of a plant.[1] In 2002, Congress ordered that the distance be extended to 20 miles, but in 2008 the Bush Administration invoked a waiver to override that provision. The new ruling said that the 10-mile radius was adequate because the primary focus would be on evacuation and avoidance of contaminated food and water.
In contrast, the ATA’s position since 1984 has been that KI pills should be distributed to households within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant and should be available to those within a 200-mile radius.[2] In fact, it cites evidence from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to support its position:
After the 1986 Chornobyl (formerly called “Chernobyl”) nuclear accident, shifting winds blew a radioactive cloud all over Europe. As many as 3,000 people exposed to that radiation have already developed thyroid cancer. Most victims had been babies or young children living in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia at the time of the accident. According to a UN report released in February 2002, another 8,000 to 10,000 exposed people may develop thyroid cancer within the next 10 years. Poland, immediately adjacent to Belarus and Ukraine, distributed KI to its people and does not appear to have had an increase in thyroid cancer.[2]
“We think the disaster zone for a drug that is potentially cancer preventive with limited side effects — and one that is hard to distribute after a disaster — needs to be distributed beforehand to people within 50 miles,” says Dr. Kloos. The ATA supports the focus on evacuation but still believes that KI pills can be an important part of an evacuation plan if distributed before a disaster takes place.
“Because of the panic and infrastructure disruption that can occur, getting away is not as easy as one might think it is,” Dr. Kloos says. “We saw how hard it was to get away from Hurricane Katrina.” People in radiation-disaster areas could at least have some protection with KI pills while they implement their evacuation plans if they stocked the pills ahead of time.
In fact, Dr. Kloos believes that it is reasonable for anyone to keep a supply of KI pills in their homes. But, he says, there is no reason for anyone right now to rush out and buy them or to pay higher prices from distributors who are cashing in on current fears. His advice today is the same as it was a week ago, or even years ago, when it generally fell on deaf ears. He hopes that the heightened interest spurred by the situation in Japan will lead to better awareness of the facts, especially among clinicians.
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“Help Japan recover its health”

World Care Civilian Emergency Relief Center of Tucson is on high alert to assist in the aftermath of a devastating 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan this morning, March 11, 2011. As aftershocks continue to hit the region, assessments of the tsunami will continue to come in over the next week. Thousands of bodies are reported to have washed ashore.

World CaWorld Care is collaborating with FEMA Region 9 to manage civilian volunteers and supply aid to affected regions if needed. Region 9 includes Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada, Guam, the North Mariana Islands, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federal State of Micronesia, and American Samoa.

 

Rescue workers combed the tsunami-battered region north of Tokyo, where officials say at least 10,000 people were killed in the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that followed it.

“It’s a scene from hell, absolutely nightmarish,” said Patrick Fuller of the International Red Cross Federation from the northeastern coastal town of Otsuchi.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has dubbed the multiple disasters Japan’s worst crisis since World War Two and, with the financial costs estimated at up to $180 billion, analysts said it could tip the world’s third biggest economy back into recession.
World Care is collaborating with FEMA Region 9 to manage civilian volunteers and supply aid to affected regions if needed. Region 9 includes Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada, Guam, the North Mariana Islands, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federal State of Micronesia, and American Samoa.

Early warning systems and FEMA evacuation plans have been very effective in Hawaii and California so that casualties and injuries caused by this disaster are prevented or minimized.

World Care encourages civilians within communities to be ready to respond when disasters strike. It is currently working in partnership with local and state government agencies in a city-wide effort to develop a disaster communications plan and training.

Fifth largest earthquake in the 20th century and the largest since the Japanese have begun taking recordings in the 18oos.  See video.

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“Healthy living after radiation fallout”

“The best defense is a good offense” when it comes to living in good health and calmness despite the radiation we are surrounded with daily from x-rays, microwaves, cell towers, utility line, cell phones, electric appliances and devices and nuclear fallout.
Natural quality care for the body, calmness and peace for our mind, relationships and spirit and a one pointed focus on doing the very best for ourselves and others is the goal. Worry and fear destroys everything they touch and undermines the best of intentions to progress.
Let us commit ourselves to calmly go forward. There are many ways to build the body to protect it from the effects of radiation.

Suggested home first aid for radiation exposure

if serious see your doctor or go to the emergency services provided

First within the body if one has been exposed to radiation the radioactive particles need to be bound and excrete them from the body.

Here’s the final summary of well-known radiation detox procedures:

For detox from External Contamination from radiation:

If the radioactive exposure just happened, flush the exposed areas with copious amounts of water and clip the hair if there is excessive radioactive contamination nuclear power plant melt down or a bomb blast).

1. Wash wounds vigorously (scrub them) to make sure no radioactive contaminants can enter the body, and sometimes this is done with special chelation solutions.  (Check www.RadiationDetox.com)
2. Types of baths needed 1-3 times per week)

  • Follow with a clay baths to help remove radioactive heavy metals from the skin
  • Soak in a warm sea salt and baking soda baths (1 lb or 2.2 Km) of both sea salt and baking soda for 20 minutes then rinse with cool water.
  • Epson/Clorox baths are possible for this type of heavy metal detox as well. They are used at home for general detoxification purposes and tend to energize the body. Use 6 oz (.17 kg) Epson salts and 3 TBS (45 grams) Chlorox in warm water then rinse in cool water.
  • Bentonite or other clay baths (1 cup or )

Tp protect the body or cleans it after contamination:

After exposed to radioactive particles, the emergency room may use  EDTA chelation therapy, Prussian Blue or the use of other binding agents.

At home take Potassium iodide to help the thyroid gland block from radioiodide uptake, and follow the detox food plan above.

Spirulina, chlorella and other seaweeds

A high fiber diet, or chelating substances (pectin, alginates, …)

To Rebuild Immunity: Yeast and yeast beta glucans, 
mushrooms, 
ginseng (for energy as well) and Bee Pollen

Rebuilding the blood strategies:

Avoid sweets and sugars, and high glycemic foods like wheat

To Rebuild the Blood (Combat Anemia): 
To build the blood for the hematopoietic syndrome, beet juice, liver extract, spleen extract, alkyglycerols and cytokine factors, like Neupogen, are warranted.
You’ll also need a good (whole food if possible) multivitamin/mineral supplement for its trace minerals, folic acid, B-12, B-6, iron and other nutrients to create strong blood cells.

Fish oils: (cod liver and krill oils) can help suppress levels of proinflammatory cytokines to decrease systemic inflammation and injury new red blood cell-forming proteins. Nettle leaf extract can be helpful.
Lack of melatonin has been linked to a decrease in red blood cells and anemia, so keep a bottle of melatonin to encourage deeper sleep during stressful times and to protect the cells from the damaging effects of radioactivity.
Nettles leaf and yellow dock (and in some case red root

Homeopathic Ferrum phos 6c can help the body recover from anemia.
Rebuilding the body or building it require blood building, with quality whole raw or steamed vegetables and raw fruits, vitamins and minerals and fatty acids.

Try vegetable juicing, green powders, spirulina, chlorella, seaweeds and other easily digestable foods, especially those containing large sources of chlorophyll to build strong healthy red blood cells and oxygenate the blood.

As to specific herbs and formulations you can use, just as with homeopathy you should go by the advice of a skilled practitioner.

These are the various factors that may help with hematopoietic syndrome, and for the gastrointestinal syndrome you need to look into glutamine usage as well.

To protect and detox from radiation exposure eat foods from the list below:

Be careful to balance your foods and supplements. Do not eat only these foods.

Be mindful of energizing your foods before eating calmly.

Foods to build and clease

Miso soup

Seaweeds (high nucleotides for repair, building and detox of cells): 
spirulina, chlorella, blue greens and the algaes (kelp, etc.)

Fruits (high in beta carotene):
apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, blackberries. blueberries, cantaloupe, cherry, cranberries currants, grapes, nectarine, papaya (slightly), pineapple (slightly)

peach, watermelon
Vegetables: artichokes, Jerusalem but not French, asparagus, beets & beet, greens, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carob, carrots, cauliflower, chive, collard greens, daikon, jicama, kale, leeks, lettuces, peas, peanut, pumpkin, radishes, rutabaga, sauerkraut, shallots,
 spinach, sweet potato, turnip
squash: acorn, butternut, summer  squash

Herbs and spices: activated charcoal pills, barley grass, dandelion greens , garlic, horseradish, lecithin, mango leaf, miso soup, onions, Siberian ginseng preferable to Panax, turmeric (though not high in thiols, it  is really good at raising thiol levels), yeast extract and lecithin and bentonite (Prepare by adding 4 oz (113.4 g) of unboiled water to 1 oz. (28.35 g) clay and let it sit for  and then stir in 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of lecithin and drink once a day or as often as your practitioner recommends. Drink lots of water throughout the day 3 to 4 liters.

Dairy {if you can tolerate it) cheese, cream, sour cream, whey, milk from any animal, buttermilk


Meat and Poultry(organic preferred): beef liver, eggs,
Beans, lentils and peas: adzuki  baked beans, black, black-Eyed Beans, black Gram, kidney, Borlotti, broad beans, butter Beans (cannellini), green, haricot, red kidney, Lima, Mung, Pinto, purple, runner and refried , snake and split peas
Soy bean products: beans, bean sprouts,  bean curd/tofu milk, soy cheese, soy milk, tempeh,
tofu

Meat, poulty & fish proteins: sardines, liver, anchovies and mackerel, beef liver

Oils (cold pressed best): 

Cod liver oil and olive oil

Other: buckwheat products, bakery products containing whey, cysteine, eggs or enzymes
, fresh sunflower seeds, chocolate, coffee, black or green tea

A potassium, calcium and mineral rich diet

Avoid sugars and sweets and wheat!

For Radiation Burns: Homeopathic remedies and herbs 
100% Aloe vera and pure lavender oil combination

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers Increase your intake of chlorophyll, green plants or powders greens if uncontaminated

Hydration from water specially structured

Special Herbs and Supplements: Thiol containing antioxidants (NAC, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid)  
Do not eat if mercury toxic from dental amalgams or Sulfur food intolerance because it raised cysteine levels and excess thiols, rather than a direct allergy/intolerance to sulfur foods per se.
Homeopathic remedies for burns check with a knowledgeable professional

Herbal remedies for burns

Radiation Detox

Reference Pritchard, Paul.  “Healing with Whole Foods” 3rd edition pp. 112-113. North Atlantic Books

Disclaimer: Always use common sense and balance your diet and never use any remedies without checking with a competent health care professional.

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“Effects of radiation on living tissues”

Radiation may come from either an external source like fallout from bombs, melt down from nuclear power plant melt downs  given off into the environment both air, water and food, x-ray machine, or an internal source, such as an injected radioisotope.

How does radiation effect living tissues?
The impact of radiation on living tissue is complicated by the type of radiation and the variety of tissues.

What effect can ionizing radiation have on the cells’ chemical bonds?
The functions of living tissue are carried out by molecules, that is, combinations of different types of atoms united by chemical bonds. Some of these molecules can be quite large. The proper functioning of these molecules depends upon their composition and also their structure (shape). Altering chemical bonds may change composition or structure.

Ionizing radiation is powerful enough disrupt chemical bonding. For example, a typical ionization releases six to seven times the energy needed to break the chemical bond between two carbon atoms.[91] This ability to disrupt chemical bonds means that ionizing radiation focuses its impact in a very small but crucial area, a bit like a karate master focusing energy to break a brick. The same amount of raw energy, distributed more broadly in nonionizing form, would have much less effect. For example, the amount of energy in a lethal dose of ionizing radiation is roughly equal to the amount of thermal energy in a single sip of hot coffee.[92] The crucial difference is that the coffee’s energy is broadly distributed in the form of nonionizing heat, while the radiation’s energy is concentrated in a form that can ionize.

What is DNA?
Of all the molecules in the body, the most crucial is DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid), the fundamental blueprint for all of the body’s structures. The DNA blueprint is encoded in each cell as a long sequence of small molecules, linked together into a chain, much like the letters in a telegram. DNA molecules are enormously long chains of atoms wound around proteins and packed into structures called chromosomes within the cell nucleus. Only a small part of this DNA needs to be read at any one time to build a specific molecule. Each cell is continually reading various parts of its own DNA as it constructs fresh molecules to perform a variety of tasks.

What effect can ionizing radiation have on DNA?
Ionizing radiation, by definition, “ionizes,” that is, it pushes an electron out of its orbit around an atomic nucleus, causing the formation of electrical charges on atoms or molecules. If this electron comes from the DNA itself or from a neighboring molecule and directly strikes and disrupts the DNA molecule, the effect is called direct action. This initial ionization takes place very quickly, in about 0.000000000000001 of a second. However, today it is estimated that about two-thirds of the damage caused by x rays is due to indirect action. This occurs when the liberated electron does not directly strike the DNA, but instead strikes an ordinary water molecule. This ionizes the water molecule, eventually producing what is known as a free radical.

A free radical reacts very strongly with other molecules as it seeks to restore a stable configuration of electrons. A free radical may drift about up to 10,000,000,000 times longer than the time needed for the initial ionization (this is still a very short time, about 0.00001 of a second), increasing the chance of it disrupting the crucial DNA molecule. This also increases the possibility that other substances could be introduced that would neutralize free radicals before they do damage.
What immediate effects can ionizing radiation have on living cells?
All of these collisions and ionizations take place very quickly, in less than a second. It takes much longer for the biological effects to become apparent. If the damage is sufficient to kill the cell, the effect may become noticeable in hours or days. Cell “death” can be of two types. First, the cell may no longer perform its function due to internal ionization; or “reproductive death” (mitotic inhibition) may occur when a cell can no longer reproduce, but still performs its other functions.
Death may also result if cell reproduction ceases in parts of the body where cells are continuously being replaced at a high rate (such as the blood cell-forming tissues and the lining of the intestinal tract).

What long-term effects can radiation have?
The effect of the radiation may not be to kill the cell, but to alter its DNA code in a way that leaves the cell alive but with an error in the DNA blueprint. The effect of this mutation will depend on the nature of the error and when it is read. Since this is a random process, such effects are now called stochastic.[100] Two important stochastic effects of radiation are cancer, which results from mutations in nongerm cells (termed somatic cells), and heritable changes, which result from mutations in germ cells (eggs and sperm).

How can ionizing radiation cause cancer?
Cancer is can be produced if radiation does not kill the cell but creates an error in the DNA blueprint. Different cells have different sensitivities to radiation thus some take longer to show its effects like bone marrow is more sensitive than skin cells to radiation-induced cancer.  If the cell’s DNA mutates it can lose control of cell division, and begins dividing uncontrollably which produces the phenomena known as cancer. This effect might not appear for many years.
Cancers induced by radiation do not differ from cancers due to other causes, so there is no simple way to measure the rate of cancer induced by radiation.

Because the cancers can occur anytime in the exposed person’s lifetime,
How can ionizing radiation produce genetic mutations?
The risk of genetic mutation is expressed in terms of the doubling dose: the amount of radiation that would cause additional mutations equal in number to those that already occur naturally from all causes, thereby doubling the naturally occurring rate of mutation.
Well, on the one hand radiation can cause genetic mutation (cell death or cancer)… it can cause illness due to mutated proteins and whatnot that cause cellular function and processes to become messed up (radiation sickness). That is radiation, by itself. Radioactive material gives off radiation. If consumed or ingested, the source of radiation would be inside the body, providing a continuous dose.

Most radioactive materials are poisonous by its very chemical nature… like uranium, cesium, which is a heavy metal… and is poisonous regardless of its isotopic properties.

And chemical isotope that has one chemical property can be consumed and utilized by the body, naturally… like the formation of cell membranes or calcium for bones. If those chemicals themselves were radioactive then when they decay, they will convert to alternative chemicals. The radiation or material itself is irrelevant in this case, but the problem arises in the fact that essential components of the body are no longer built using the proper materials.

Should we be concerned for our health after the Japanese nuclear plant melt downs? See next article

 

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