Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Surviving Sandy’s Suckerpunch

By Thomas S. Lee, NMD, APH

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Hurricane Sandy’s winds and water have done their damage, and our hearts go out to friends and neighbors on the East Coast who lost so much. But there’s a sequel coming their way that might be called “Sandy’s suckerpunch.” It’s not as dramatic as the original hurricane maybe, but it’s possibly just as lethal to those who are the most vulnerable and unprepared.

Hurricane Sandy water

Water damage from the storm affected furnishings, rugs, draperies, and walls that may still be in the process of being cleaned up. In cold weather the homes are closed up, the heat is on, and winter is upon us.  Family gatherings in cozy, well-insulated rooms will be welcome moments of caring and support.  But after what people have been through during that terrible storm, don’t  let fungal illness bring any more misery into the home.

With less ventilation in a closed-up building, excessive moisture from warm, water-damaged materials is a recipe for black mold.  Fungal overgrowth is more than a nuisance—some strains of mold are killers.  Environmental scientists have termed this problem in the workplace as “sick building syndrome.”  The dangers of mold infestation in buildings to people who may be weakened by stress, illness, and age are well known to doctors and lawyers alike.

Let’s review what to do about it if you think mold in a living space may be starting to affect you or people you care about.  With relatively affordable and available materials, you can dodge this suckerpunch to the immune system.

How to Handle Mold Damage

 

Professionals are available to help determine if mold damage is a possibility or already an actuality.  Consult with a contractor, building inspector, or insurance investigator.  These professionals are trained for this, and you should get their advice if at all possible.  Unfortunately, after all the damages incurred by Hurricane Sandy, many people are tapped for resources and they can’t afford professional services and new materials.  If money isn’t a problem, get the help of a pro.  This article is for those who need to know how to get it done with their own time and money, and quickly.

By now you may have figured out that the room or building has a problem by a bad smell or obvious black growths.  You need to get the mold out of your space and out of the bodies you care about as quickly as possible.  Typical symptoms of mold illness are severe recurrent lung or digestive problems, and sometimes vertigo and waves of headache.  These symptoms often seem to come in waves or cycles of 7-10 day periods of getting better, then worse.

Buy the following supplies in the most affordable bulk quantities for the size of your project:

Chlorine bleach (straight, without added fragrance), baking soda, white vinegar, 20 Mule Team Borax™, a mop, several spray bottles, heavy duty trash bags, and dust masks.

Buy, borrow, or rent this equipment:

A dehumidifier, a HEPA air filter, an ozone generator, a strong vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner, and one or more electric fans.

Buy these nutritional supplements in sufficient quantity for at least a couple of months (sources are given below):

SuperSulfur, Lugol’s Iodine, Modifilan, Buffered Vitamin C, Organic Honey, powdered cinnamon and ginger (the regular culinary spices available from the grocery store), and fresh lemons.

Cleanup Procedures

 

Replace all damaged materials and furnishings with new or new-to-you, undamaged if at all possible.

After making any required structural repairs and before putting on new wallboard or trim, mop the hard surfaces of floors and walls (if they are colorfast) with a mixture of 20 percent bleach and warm water.  Put this same bleach and water mixture into spray bottles to treat interior walls, and spray it into ventilation ducts after thoroughly vacuuming them.  If wall damage is extensive, you’ll need to gain access to the inner spaces in order for the dehydrators and fans to dry them out completely.  Check all plumbing and wiring you can get access to.

For most people, diluted bleach is cheap and effective if the area is properly ventilated and dried out.  Some people are very sensitive to it, however, and hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) is recommended instead.

Replace all ventilation filters with high-grade HEPA filters.  HEPA is an acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and a HEPA filter traps tiny particles that otherwise would recirculate back into the air of your home.  There are different categories of HEPA filters that can make the choices confusing, but look for True or Absolute HEPA filters, which are rated to remove at least 99.97 percent of airborne particles that are 0.3 microns (µm) in diameter.  Inform yourself about these materials by chatting with the more experienced employees at your hardware or big-box stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.  Many of these people are former contractors with great information to share with an interested quick-study like you.

To reclaim fabrics or furnishings that are not colorfast, use borax and baking soda in hot water, following the package directions for amounts.  Soak large furnishings like carpets, drapes, or furnishing fabrics with the borax and soda solution, then use a carpet cleaner or vacuum on them, and let the material dry by hanging them outside in the sun, or with fans and dehumidifiers left on for hours.

Launder linens and clothing with that same soda and borax mix, using less laundry soap than usual.  Use about a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle for clothes and bedding.  Finish up by spending overnights or full days out of the home, leaving an ozone generator on to sterilize the fabrics, carpets, and material surfaces.  Return and air out the rooms before living in them again, because ozone can irritate your lungs if it is too concentrated.

How to Recover from Mold Injury and Strengthen the Immune System

 

The following amounts are for an average adult weighing 175 pounds.  Children, pets, or smaller people should take proportionally less.  Consult with a natural healthcare provider if you have unique concerns or doubts.

  • SuperSulfur:  Take 1 rounded teaspoon in 1 glass of filtered water twice a day (for every 100 lbs of body weight).
  • Lugol’s Iodine:  Take 2 drops in water or juice twice a day.
  • Buffered Vitamin C:  Take ¾ teaspoon in water 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Modifilan:  Take 2 capsules with a major meal, 2 or 3 times a day.

Use cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, and lemon juice or zest from the peel, frequently in meals where taste permits.

A good blood cleanser is half a lemon squeezed into the 4 or 5 glasses of water that most adults should drink, and it tastes good, too.

Mix 3 parts of organic honey (warmed but not heated) with 1 part powdered, organic cinnamon.  Take 1 teaspoon of this and swish it around in your mouth to mix it with saliva.  Swallow this before every major meal.  These spices help the digestion and support the immune system in fighting mold and fungal infections, specifically Candida.

It also helps to avoid or minimize the intake of sugars, starches, synthetic sweeteners, and refined flour, because these foods just welcome the molds into the body.  Eat well and enjoy balanced meals of whole foods, and your body will show its appreciation by feeling better.

Conventional Medicines

 

Antibiotics might help with initial relief if severe chronic infections of the lungs or sinuses have been occurring.  However, they rarely get rid of them completely.  Have your doctors prescribe specific antibiotics based on your test results.  Avoid the common ones that might be in your medicine cabinet, because urban bacteria have probably trained up way beyond those.  Antibiotic overuse or misuse will harm your resistance to molds.

Systemic antifungals like Diflucan can sometimes resolve the chronic fungal infections, usually for a time or two, anyway.  But no medicine, be it natural or synthetic, will take the place of cleaning up your living space and restoring clean air, water, and food for a necessary period of time that allows a body to heal and recover.  No one else is going to do that cleanup of your room, house, or body for you.

Conclusion

 

Complete your recovery from the hurricane disaster by cleansing your living space and the bodies of those who matter to you of all dangerous molds and fungi.  This needs to happen as soon as possible, so share this information with friends and relatives who ought to have it.  When you finish, give yourself a round of applause for getting through a dangerous environmental hazard and learning how to protect your family from other tough times that might come your way.

Annapolis, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today signed a bill to enable naturopathic doctors in Maryland to become licensed to practice naturopathic medicine. Maryland becomes the 18th state to license naturopathic doctors. Passage of the law reflects the public’s growing confidence in naturopathic medicine as an effective form of medicine.

Passage of the bill, which received strong bipartisan support, culminates four years of effort by naturopathic doctors in Maryland to gain licensure. After opposing licensure for four years, the medical society representing Maryland physicians dropped its opposition, largely because of a growing number of MDs who strongly supported the bill. Aiding the naturopathic doctors’ efforts was support from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Dr. Peter Beilenson, the former Commissioner of the Baltimore and Howard County health departments and current President and CEO of the Evergreen Healthcare Co-Op.

According to Dr. Emily Telfair, president of the Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians, "The law will lead to greater access for Marylanders to doctors who emphasize disease prevention, healthy lifestyles, and natural therapies. It will also enable consumers to distinguish between licensed doctors who meet extensive education and training requirements and others who call themselves naturopaths but do not meet the state’s rigorous licensing standards."

A turning point in the licensure effort came when Maryland’s Health Secretary, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, and leaders from the Maryland General Assembly visited the Casey Health Institute in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The policy makers were impressed by the patient-centered, integrative approaches being used there to treat patients.

"The new law continues the movement to bring emerging professions such as naturopathic medicine into the medical mainstream," commented Jud Richland, CEO of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. "Patients are increasingly demanding the kind of whole-person care delivered by naturopathic doctors. One by one, states are enacting laws to license highly skilled naturopathic doctors so that citizens have access to the kind of care that so many Americans are seeking."

To become licensed in Maryland, a naturopathic doctor must attend a four-year naturopathic medical school that is accredited through the U.S. Department of Education. Accredited naturopathic medical schools train naturopathic doctors in the same basic sciences as MDs. They also provide training in holistic and nontoxic approaches to preventing disease, optimizing wellness, and treating various health conditions. The doctor must then pass a rigorous professional licensing exam.

Is 2013 the year for Vitamin K2 in the U.S.?  A breakthrough study and growing awareness over deficiency point to progress, but consumer awareness is still growing in baby steps for “the most fascinating of all vitamins,” says a leading supplier.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Industry/The-forgotten-vitamin-K2-has-not-even-begun-to-realize-its-potential

 

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Don’t Take the Flu Shot!

We’re now experiencing another media campaign to sell flu shots.  We hear that a lot of people are getting the flu and it’s a harsher strain than before, but do yourself and your family a favor and don’t succumb to the hype.  The flu is less dangerous than what’s in the vaccine!

Injecting the flu vaccine doesn’t save you from what’s in it, and your chances of contracting it from the vaccine are between 20 to 30 percent.  You can and should recover from a case of the flu, even if you get it from the shot, but these ingredients are usually additive and are hard to remove from your body.

Take a look at the ingredient list provided by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.  (They know a few things about what’s in vaccines.)  Then decide for yourself what would help protect you and your loved ones if you choose to have them get this shot.  We know of seniors who have died from it.

The Center for Disease Control says the number one recommended vaccine for 2012 is Fluarix.  The ingredients in Fluarix are sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, octoxynol-10, a-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, and ovalbumin.

You would expect that they have peer review studies verifying the safety of these in human beings?  And studies on the effects of the combination of these together in an elderly or weakened human?  Well, they don’t.  Or if they do, they keep these quiet—maybe because adverse findings would hurt sales.

Here’s what we found:

Sodium Deoxycholate:  A water-soluble, bile-acid, ionic detergent commonly used in protein disruption methods.  It acts to lyse cell walls and stimulate the immune system to attack it.

Formaldehyde:  A colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical used in building materials and many household products.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen.  The Pacific Health Center reports that flu shots have two and a half times more formaldehyde as the level listed as “an immediate danger to life and health” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health.  Formaldehyde is the main ingredient in embalming fluid, but those studies aren’t deemed relevant to a vaccine.

Aluminum:  Used in trace amounts to accelerate the activation of the immune system.  But when activated, the immune system is not so easy to deactivate, and systemic inflammation is a common response of an activated immune system.   Numerous studies have associated aluminum as causing brain and neurological damage from that chronic inflammatory effect.  So don’t use it in your cookware or your deodorant, let alone have it injected directly into your body or someone you care for.

Polysorbate 80:  A PubMed article says Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously-used solubilizing agent that can cause severe non-immunologic anaphylactoid reactions.  That means it’s used almost everywhere, and it can trigger dangerous allergic reactions.

Hydrocortisone:  WebMD says, “Use this medication on the skin only.  Avoid getting this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth.”  The National Science Foundation (NSF) says if hydrocortisone is ingested, to seek medical attention immediately, and that it poses a danger of serious health damage if swallowed.  It used to be a popular emergency drug, but its side-effects of addiction and joint destruction have seen it fall out of favor except in genuine emergencies.

Gentamicin sulfate:  A broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from an actinomycete used in the treatment of various infections.  Serious adverse effects are nephrotoxicity, auditory or vestibular ototoxicity, impairment of neuromuscular transmission, and hypersensitivity reactions.  Neuromuscular blockade and respiratory paralysis have occurred after administration.  That means it can damage your kidney, hearing, coordination and muscles, and make you stop breathing.  But you might not get the flu.

Mercury:  Used as a preservative in the flu vaccine, despite worldwide outcries about it for decades.  Mercury is the second most poisonous element known to man.  Studies have shown that neurons begin to disintegrate in its presence, and it also damages chromosomes.  Once mercury gets into any body tissue, it stays there and accumulates.  Naturopathic doctors can help to remove mercury safely, but it is slow, expensive, and tedious.  When neurons have been destroyed from Mercury or any toxins, they are not regrown very quickly or easily.  Mercury poisons living cells, especially those of the liver, heart, and brain.

The good news in this whole grim announcement is that you can help your immune system avoid the flu or recover from it quickly and well.  Not with a government-designed vaccine, but with some basic good sense and personal decisions.  Take in clean food, water, and air, and keep your home environment sanitary.  Stress management, elimination of waste, and reasonable rest and relaxation are important.  Create and maintain meaningful relationships to keep the positive self-image that a healthy outlook requires.

These are not so easy for all of us in this busy modern world, but the concepts are simple and the results are proven.  Beware of dangerous shortcuts.

There are many natural medicines that will protect you from both the flu and the nasty vaccine.  Feel free to read these articles on immunization pros and cons, or consult with us.

A few products that we have found very useful in both treating an existing case of the Flu are listed here, and their descriptions will explain why we like them:

Do yourself a favor.  Dodge the flu shot—and make yours a healthier future.

Check out this news:
Piers Morgan goes on the Dr. Oz Show to get a flu shot to prove they are safe, and gets sick days later

Natural health company NaturoDoc, LLC today announced that Pacific Standard Distributors, Inc., maker of NaturoDoc’s top-selling product,
U-Fn®, has begun harvesting its natural brown seaweed product for reversing fast-moving cancers at new locations in the southern hemisphere, surrounded by the cold, clear waters near Antarctica.

U-Fn® is a pure natural food product made since 1997 from a highly concentrated extract of Laminaria japonica, a sea vegetable known as kombu in Japanese cuisine.  This potent extract, made in the USA, has proven to be one of the most powerful cancer-killers in the extensive arsenal of natural products offered by NaturoDoc.

"Due to the Japanese nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima and its proximity to our former oceanic sources of this seaweed, we have proceeded to establish another source in a more pristine oceanic environment.  This abundant new source will allow us to continue supplying our premier seaweed products at a reasonable price and assure their purity and quality," said Sergei Zimin, founder of Pacific Standard Distributors, Inc.

NaturoDoc’s medical director, Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD said, "Because of our mutual concerns about the continued purity and effectiveness of U-Fn, I’m glad to share the wonderful news that our customers will continue to have access to this premier product for nutritional defense against cancer and fungal infections."

U-Fn® contains U-fucoidan, a polysaccharide in kombu that has been found to cause cancer cells to self-destruct.  This occurs through a normal biological process known as apoptosis, a natural means by which living organisms eliminate harmful or no longer necessary cells from their tissues.

U-Fn® works best against cancers located where the U-fucoidan can be absorbed most readily, such as the glands (breast, prostate, lymph nodes, etc.), the gastrointestinal tract (liver, pancreas, colon, etc.), and the bloodstream.

U-Fn® is not just another blend of dried ground seaweed, nor is it an laboratory isolate of the plant whereby the bioavailability of the fucoidan is compromised while its cost increases tremendously.  When taken as a capsule with water, U-Fn® delivers all of the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals of Laminaria in a soluble, bioavailable form.  It is easily digested and healthful to the "good" cells, while safely destroying the "bad" ones, at a reasonable price point.

The Making of U-Fn®

This very special Laminaria japonica brown seaweed is now being harvested from some of the clearest ocean beds in the world in the south Pacific.  The transition was made from the former North Pacific seabeds off the coast of Siberia subsequent to ocean pollution that continues to emanate from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster that first occurred in March 2011.

As in the past, skillful local divers harvest this kelp in an environmentally sustainable manner using sharp knives to hand-cut just a few selected fronds from each of the underwater plants.  The harvested kelp is brought to shore and the huge fronds are hung on wooden racks to dry in the sun.  The Laminaria plants actually grow back more thickly after being harvested in this way.

The dried kelp is then transported to a manufacturing plant in the United States where it is reconstituted by soaking in fresh water, which is retained so as not to lose any of the water-soluble polysaccharides.  Within about eight hours the fronds return to their original size and the tough outer skin and fibers can be removed.

The soft inner part of the brown seaweed is then pressed out of the leaves and reduced to a dry powder.  A cold-temperature vacuum extraction process is used in order to retain all of the important organic elements.

U-Fn® is a Whole-Food Product

Fucoidan and Laminaran are major elements among the many which comprise
U-fucoidan.  U-Fn® is a broader-spectrum, more bioavailable form of fucoidan when it is delivered in combination with Laminaran and other nutrients.  Any form of pure, concentrated fucoidan cannot be absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract when it is chemically isolated from the rest of the plant. This is supported by the fact that clinical studies done on pure fucoidan had to be performed via intravenous delivery.

Pricing and Availability

U-Fn® is available now from NaturoDoc.  Volume discounts are available to retail customers, and reseller discounts are available to practitioners and natural food stores.

Founders, Management Team

NaturoDoc’s founders—Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD, APH, medical director, and Rita Glover, managing partner—hail from the naturopathic medical and high-tech industries.  NaturoDoc maintains a distributed business model and, in addition to its remote consulting activities, warehouses and ships products from a premier fulfillment house in the midewest.

About NaturoDoc

NaturoDoc’s mission since 1999 has been to provide consumers with honest, accurate information and high-quality products as used by modern naturopathic physicians.  While natural remedies are effective as both a first aid treatment and for primary management of serious chronic diseases, ancient physicians were clear that the highest forms of medicine were reserved for personal applications of hygienic methods of healing and the prevention of illness.  Today, naturopathic medicine embodies those principles more clearly than do other philosophies of medicine.

NaturoDoc’s medical director, Dr. Thomas S. Lee, was educated at one of the finest naturopathic medical schools in the United States, Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, and has practiced naturopathic medicine for over 25 years.

NaturoDoc, LLC is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.  Telephone:  (775) 657-8769.  Fax:  (951) 571-1339.  Email:  info@naturodoc.com.  Online information is available at www.naturodoc.com.

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

The Tahoe Rim Trail 1.OMG

 

Birthdays can be time to reflect and review on an accelerating turbulent life. The best places to reflect from tend to support inward silence and peace.  Starry nights and daytime moments in high mountain forests and meadows always work for me.  My gifted Viking/ Saxon genetics have helped with that.

The Tahoe Rim Trail puts this inward silence together better than most other accessible places in the world I have traveled.  Strangely, this seems to be a best-kept secret from other stressed out friends I know.

This photo essay is on the musings of a formerly young naturopathic doctor choosing to revisit the solo backpacker’s realm of inward scenery–all within the splendor of the Tahoe Rim Trail. This is the first of several where I’ll comment on do’s and don’ts for those of you who might also be drawn to a similar quest. These are my opinions only, and your exercise of uncommon sense and focus will be expected if you choose to make similar moves. I hope these might save you the discomforts and stress of learning from the same mistakes I made.

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I will complete the entire 165-mile trail in reasonable safety and comfort. The first legs will be in on some two-day hops with an overnight on the trail and a break for hot-spring soaks and re-provisioning between these steps. This call was due to being overweight, out of shape, being 33 winters beyond the average-aged backpacker, and my own recall of significant months of backpacking in 1970′s  Europe. Back then the pack wasn’t a shelter or feeding system as Eurail passes, youth hostels, and friends of friends let me live cheap on the road for a year. Occasional day labor or small trades paid the bills.  Wonderful people were everywhere in Europe, it seemed to me. Incidentally, if you doubt that a group of good-looking and friendly people with well behaved kids and pets live in our free country anymore, head for the hiking trails of the Sierra Nevadas. They are out there.

 

About 5 hours into my first ascent to the 9700-foot rim trails west of Mount Rose, noting that my foot gear was painfully wrong, I thought about the best training routine to even out slight handicaps between myself and the other backpackers. Weekly full-pack day hikes in open-toed sandals, dragging a small campfire log on a bungee cord,  for a couple months could have lessened the handicap.

As it turned out, breathing techniques taught by my teacher of Russian Martial Arts, Robert Burke, www.battlebornsystema.com were magical for quick recovery during points on the ascent. After fiddling with strap lengths, pack balance, and clothing configurations, it got easier to set a pace and get to an inner balance for more comfort and mental peace.

Strength training with my kettlebell coach, Mike Provost, http://www.renokettlebellcoach.com/ helped get my low back and dot-com butt able to handle the about 40-pound pack in different angles of stress. After a few hours, being passed by thin, fit youngsters with only afternoon hydration packs was more reasonable. Perfect weather helped that, too.

As I got to the narrow rocky-rim paths along the slag cliffs, my foot gear miscall started to nag me. Sketchers have a rounded sole model called “Shape Ups” which are useful trainers for ankle and lower leg stability for city people. On concrete and nothing steeper than a parking garage they help train lower-leg stabilizer muscles. Fine.  Just don’t take a pack on mountain paths without stout heel and ankle support in your future treks. Lightweight and flexible toe bend is okay, but go for a stout hiking boot, with good socks and a solid walking stick as you will want safety and comfort. My walking stick was great, but I needed to use adhesive taping of an ankle to help my stability and blisters cool out. It’s a bad move to not have good hiking boots in the high Sierras.

The next challenge was a water quantity miscall. Carrying a couple liters with a Katadyn filter system,  I had aimed at replenishing at Mud Lake or Ginny Lake to get through the high-level trails from Relay Peak at 10,300 ft to Mt. Baldy at 9,300 ft. Well, those sources were a third of a mile almost straight down and I couldn’t see that making the effort would be worth it, with my full pack and no trail.  Darn, I should have read the topo map better! So 8 hours into the trip and out of water, I was getting pretty thirsty. Trail dust in the nose and mouth really gets rasty.

Alongside Rifle Peak, I saw snow glacier patches on the northern sides of hills behind me on the Rose Knob peak. Okay, a bushwhack off trail to the north was attempted to reach northern forest with that snow to melt.  No luck, dang me! It was too low an elevation for snow, I was getting tired and  time was getting away from me.  So, back to the trail and humming epic show tunes, I was on to Mt. Baldy. There, I rounded the peak and found my snow patch and a great tent site with a world-class view, partial wind protection, and well behaved bugs. Try melting ice with a Sterno stove and squeezing it through your filter a teaspoon at a time when you are thirsty and cold at a 9400-foot campsite. This is character-building for any couch potato.

The first hour was just drinking the water I melted and processed and setting up camp. Another half hour and I managed to get a liter ahead for the trek tomorrow down to the Brockway Summit and the trailhead.  I slept like a baby, despite finding my bag was designed for my elf-sized friends and the bulky Therma-Rest pad couldn’t hold air all night. Extra clothing, a mobile surgical theater, and the heavy .357 bear persuader were stupid to pack. Even chipmunks laughed.  Equipment to always value, though: a hard case for reading glasses, an LED lantern for night reading, a stout walking stick, and quart and gallon freezer Ziplock bags to organize stuff into easy pack modules for balance. Also, heavy-duty adhesive tape for equipment and body repair, and enough drinking water to stay comfortable. I would have liked 6 ounces of rum, too, but that’s the Viking pirate genetics again.

So, TRT  1.0  was a complete success only a little scary. Only 23 or so high-mountain miles over 2 days. Issues with equipment, my body, and supply planning were exactly teaching what I had asked for. My spirit guides got back into service, and we all plugged a little back into place for this psychic rejuvenation project I had planned.

Okay, so why the big solo backpacker re-tread project? Family gatherings and tour groups can be huge fun, and who would knock any efforts to share the stuff of this beautiful life with those who matter to you the most? As years and moments flash by, however, some of us want to fold in and get back to our inner soul, our “Being Human.”   The little dude behind all the masks and plans can get pretty lost, sometimes for years, just keeping all the plates spinning for The Show…  This year before 2012 was a tough one for loss and sadness. Best friends checking out, close calls with loved ones in wildfires,  treasured patients merging with the Godhead, and a world sliding into the demonic, claiming only divine intent. ..Then the deceit filled body politic moving away from all the values and resources fought for by seven generations of my ancestors… And the descent doesn’t seem to slow or re-target at all.   As I approach the Abyss, re-contact with my light body and larger Self just notches up higher on my list.

Solo travel is a meditation tool respected by philosophers and seekers through history of all cultures. With thanks to Mark Twain you know almost all the great philosophers are dead and gone now,… and I’m feeling a bit poorly myself. ;->

Before three decades of mass-media fear porn effectively demonized the pilgrim or the sojourner, it was still possible to travel this world safely and encounter hospitality and kindness more often than not. Now it just takes more planning, discipline and skill.   I’ll keep you posted about my Tahoe Rim Trek.  If you are formerly young and would like to re-tread into a backpack and solo travel,  put it on your list and step lively now. Our Tahoe Rim Trail is a gem for you to train up with.

 

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Dr. Thomas S. Lee 7/7/12
Dr. Lee sees patients at Steamboat Hot Springs Healing Center & Spa.

Medical Journal Article from the Radiation and Public Health Project

Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 19, 2011 — An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks.

The IJHS article will be published Tuesday and will be available online as of 11 a.m. EST at http://www.radiation.org.

Just six days after the disastrous meltdowns struck four reactors at Fukushima on March 11, scientists detected the plume of toxic fallout had arrived over American shores. Subsequent measurements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found levels of radiation in air, water, and milk hundreds of times above normal across the U.S. The highest detected levels of Iodine-131 in precipitation in the U.S. were as follows (normal is about 2 picocuries I-131 per liter of water): Boise, ID (390); Kansas City (200); Salt Lake City (190); Jacksonville, FL (150); Olympia, WA (125); and Boston, MA (92).

Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, MPH MBA, said: "This study of Fukushima health hazards is the first to be published in a scientific journal. It raises concerns, and strongly suggests that health studies continue, to understand the true impact of Fukushima in Japan and around the world. Findings are important to the current debate of whether to build new reactors, and how long to keep aging ones in operation."

Mangana is executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, and the author of 27 peer-reviewed medical journal articles and letters.

Internist and toxicologist Janette Sherman, MD, said: "Based on our continuing research, the actual death count here may be as high as 18,000, with influenza and pneumonia, which were up five-fold in the period in question as a cause of death. Deaths are seen across all ages, but we continue to find that infants are hardest hit because their tissues are rapidly multiplying, they have undeveloped immune systems, and the doses of radioisotopes are proportionally greater than for adults."

Dr. Sherman is a contributing editor of "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment” published by the NY Academy of Sciences in 2009, and author of “Chemical Exposure and Disease and Life’s Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer."

The CDC issues weekly reports on numbers of deaths for 122 U.S. cities with a population over 100,000, or about 25-30 percent of the U.S. In the 14 weeks after Fukushima fallout arrived in the U.S. (March 20 to June 25), deaths reported to the CDC rose 4.46 percent from the same period in 2010, compared to just 2.34 percent in the 14 weeks prior. Estimated excess deaths during this period for the entire U.S. is about 14,000.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A streaming audio replay of a related news event will be available on the Web at http://www.radiation.org as of 4 p.m. EST/2100 GMT on December 19, 2011.

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Iodine and Thyroid Dosing/Diagnosis Considerations

After attending a recent naturopathic seminar devoted to advances in our understanding of the thyroid, I became aware of some important resources for my patients and friends. There are now better methods to test a person’s nutrient status for iodine and the metabolism of their thyroid gland.

We have become appreciative of whole thyroid supplementation for many situations, and the Lugol’s Solution form of iodine supplementation again for many purposes, including family protection from some forms of radioactive fallout.

Unfortunately, in both of these situations, iodine status and thyroid function are quite complex, involving a person’s unique, changing physiology and their environmental and dietary realities. Thus far, many doctors including myself have had to “guesstimate” these dose ranges because laboratory analysis has been inconvenient, expensive, and not very accurate. Patients avoid these stresses, especially in the current economic climate. This makes accurate monitoring difficult.

Since these wonderful natural medicines are powerful and economical, we are increasingly aware that they can be overused and also cause stress or difficulty to the body we are trying to help.

There is now available a home test kit called the Comprehensive Iodine Thyroid Profile that takes two dried urine samples and a blood spot sample to more accurately tune in to the thyroid metabolism and need for supplemental iodine. This test is more convenient and useful in terms of the information it provides to the doctor. The expense is still high, but it bypasses the cost of a doctor’s visit or two, thus saving you money and time. Read about it and decide if your personal health condition would suggest a need for closer understanding of these important issues.

Rita Glover

Q&A: Lugol’s versus Nascent Iodine

I have a question: Lugol’s iodine is recommended as part of a protocol for "Traveling in Japan," and to be honest, we have some at home that is 7% rather than 5%, but I felt it would be easier to take the recommended dose if I got your iodine. I have read up on iodine online but found the differing opinions confusing. Plus, I became worried about taking too much, although people like Mark Sircus (whose magnesium book we have) seem to think it’s okay to take a lot.

I’ve never had my thyroid checked (though I think that the body temperature test you can do yourself sounds best, as even if you are just slightly off the ideal temperature then it seems your thyroid is an issue). I suspect I may have an underactive thyroid, as I have cold hands and feet quite a bit; I’m slim, though. It concerned me that some people seem to think that if your thyroid is normal, taking too much iodine can create a thyroid issue when before there was none! Surely, though, if you have an underactive thyroid, then iodine (of the right type) can only be beneficial.

Lastly, I think you may sell it too, but my partner is keen to use nascent atomic iodine while in Japan. He seems to think its superior to Lugol’s iodine. I said to him that it probably would have been recommended on your NaturoDoc Blog in that case.

I wonder whether you can clarify any of the above? I apologize in advance that although I’m sure you are very knowledgeable, I appreciate that this may/may not be your role to answer the kind of questions I’m asking. Also, if I seem a bit inconsistent it is in part that I have a brain injury from when I was young, and as a consequence I tend to get hung up on details plus other difficulties in completing tasks. Also, the more I’ve read about radiation–the stuff they don’t print in newspapers–the more alarming facts I’ve uncovered. I’m actually going to Japan, as my partner was invited by a Reiki institute in Kyoto to spend some time there.

Best wishes,
MT

Rita Glover

Misinformation about Radiation Dangers

This article, “Fukushima: The Media Blows It,” clarifies how misinformed we are by the mainstream media about the dangers of radioactive iodine exposure. The author, Michael Fox, PhD, criticizes the lack of accurate science or journalism throughout the official media on this important issue.

We agree, and it should be noticed that even well-done reporting on the iodine protection issue doesn’t go far enough to report on more deadly isotopes of uranium, cesium, and plutonium that are making their way into the Pacific Ocean biosphere.

If world governments have militaries that are really concerned about humanitarian crises everywhere, they should warehouse all their weapons, contract with the Ukrainians to entomb the reactors, and consult with them about sensible procedures for handling contaminated populations.

According to Zbigniew Jaworowski, the massive Soviet response to radiation fears after Chernobyl was misinformed and now areas affected are being repopulated. Fears about the devastating consequences have not materialized.

The issues are complex and incredibly important for our present and future survival. Keep informing yourself and your family about these decisions and correct those who have points wrong.

Dr. Thomas Lee

Thermal imaging has become the first choice today for diagnostic imaging in general practice among many physicians.  This technology is changing the practice of medicine and how patients experience their medical care.

Physicians and medical professionals have witnessed a technological and informational explosion in recent years.  They are not alone, as the whole world has been transformed by the revolutions in information and communication technology.  Intra-professional collaboration was a concept in science fiction in the recent past, but now it’s the wave of the present.

Today’s thermal imaging is not your parents’ infrared photography.  Advances in bio-optic and digital manipulation now permit accurate, non-invasive, real-time imaging to be streamed over the Internet or available to specialists in video conferences.  Using the proprietary protocols and emerging procedures from Thermal Imaging Consultants, LLC, these images can be valuable tools for specialists in the medical and allied professions.

Thermal imaging technology does not replace or diminish the value of existing methods.  They too are advancing in quality and effectiveness.  Thermal imaging simply provides access into earlier and safer diagnosis for many complex diseases and degenerative conditions.

Every treating physician or skilled provider team should come to appreciate this assistance in improving patient outcomes for less time and money.  By being able to determine physiological events underway in real time, more rapid feedback can take place regarding the effects of medications and treatments being used, as well as the patient’s current circulatory status.

Thermal imaging is so safe and effective that it is becoming of interest to legal and insurance industries as a verification of residual pain patterns.  Thermal challenge protocols can visualize a patient’s vascular condition, which will help a specialist distinguish pain patterns as physical or psychogenic, or even reveal malingering pain issues.

An important area of benefit to society is that of improving the treatment and prevention of cancer.  The social and economic costs of this frightening diagnosis are obvious.  By making a method of diagnosis available and affordable that will actually help in the earlier detection of cancerous processes, physicians will have better results in their efforts to cure it.

Modern oncology has moved toward a better understanding of the role of angio-neogenesis in the growth of tumors. Nitric oxide and other nutriceuticals are known to affect inflammatory processes as well.  Thermal imaging technology permits doctors and patients to clearly monitor the physical effects of these medicines.  Evaluation of chemotherapy drugs, natural medicines, and even nutritional regimens in this manner will soon become routine.

The benefits of early detection will affect many more health concerns than just cancer.  Circulatory abnormalities of blood and lymphatic flows predict later degenerative diseases and higher risk for even some occupational injuries.  Because this imaging is so visually dynamic and physically safe, future doctors and provider teams will be able to screen and motivate younger patients and their families to change risky lifestyle behaviors.  Prevention of chronic disease is the best way to avoid having to pay for its treatment.

The benefits of thermal imaging for medical diagnosis are that it is…

  • Effective:  Providing accurate real-time assessment of circulatory and neural physiology.
  • Painless:  Offering non-invasive, non-intrusive positioning of the patient’s body.
  • Proven:  With thermal gradient protocols that are scientifically proven to quantify physiological conditions.
  • Affordable:  Lower costs of technology, training, and interpretation of results mean far less expense for providers, insurance carriers, and patients.
  • Easier:  Thermal imaging is less invasive and time-consuming for patients and physicians.
  • Safer:  There is no dangerous ionizing radiation or unproven sonic or magnetic frequencies to possibly harm or complicate the patient’s condition.

For these reasons, we can expect to see the practice of medicine or health services go through dramatic change in the future.  As more people become aware of more sensible options for their medical care, the market will require that health service providers understand and use these tools.

To find out more about this emerging technology, contact a company on the forefront of innovative thermal imaging equipment and services, Thermal Imaging Consultants, LLC of Reno, Nevada at 1-866-376-5413.

Copyright Thomas S. Lee, 2011.  All rights reserved.

Here are some creative strategies for protecting our animals and ourselves from damaging radiation in the environment, from organic dairy farmers in Hawaii.  The nuclear physics logic is simplified in order to help regular people understand why and how to use these things.  We carry some of these materials in the NaturoDoc Store, where specific write-ups permit a bit more detailed information, along with an online shopping cart for your convenience.

Please consider these creative and intelligent applications of natural materials for your own family and home.  The end of this excellent article deserves to be quoted here, with our gratitude to Britton and Shekinah for writing it:

“Our prayers and blessings are with the farmers and families closer to the source of radioactive pollution.  We send them our love and hopes for a green, safe future for all on this earth.”

Hear, hear! —Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD

And now, the open letter:

Dear Milk Share Members,

Our goal to offer high-quality, safe food to our community has recently been challenged by the reality of the radioactivity being released into our environment.  In the past weeks, radioactive levels have increased in Hawaii, with high spikes and a more current leveling off of radiation levels.  Milk from the large dairies in Hamakua and Hawaii has shown elevated levels of radiation, from 400 to 2,400 times the recognized safe levels.

Why is milk contamination significant in the world of agriculture?  Because milk represents the overall condition of the entire food chain, since cows consume grass and are exposed to the same elements as crops.  So when milk tests positive for radiation, it indicates that the entire food chain is contaminated, since cows eat grass.  When grass is contaminated, everything grown in the same soil is contaminated.  This has proposed a serious concern to us farmers, with us asking what can we do?  After much consideration, research, and conversations with much-appreciated experts in the fields of biological farming and human and animal health, we have found some things which we are able to do to protect our soil, animals, and bodies.

Aside from using the much-recognized supplement potassium iodine as a protection against radioactive iodine, there are a number of ways we can help.  We have remembered our friend elemental boron and the position it plays in the earth.  Boron is the only mineral capable of accepting and ionizing radiation that never changes the innards or the nucleus of the cell.  Spoken simply, boron can take radiation and release it without upsetting its own very delicate balance.

Boron is used extensively in the nuclear industry.  Sodium borate is regularly used for standby liquid control systems in case of emergencies.  It was used in Chernobyl in 1986, mixed with sand to prevent further radiation leakage.  It was also used in 1999 to absorb the massive amounts of radiation after an accident at a plant in Tokaimura, Japan.  Currently it is being dumped on fuel rods and in surrounding waters of the Fukushima plant.  Boron is widely recognized as extremely safe and can be used to capture radioactivity in our soils, gardens, orchards, etc.  It also can be safely ingested by humans and animals.  Boron will accept radiation and ionize it within our bodies, after which our bodies will safely excrete the boron and the radioactivity.

Boron protects from radiation

We have begun feeding our cows and goats sodium borate at milking time, as well as adding it to free-choice kelp and water troughs.  In the past years we have monitored boron and other minerals in the soil and have added them as necessary to bring levels up to recognized healthy levels.  As a safety measure, we are planning to implement a boron dosage to all of our pastures, as well as neighboring pastures.  For humans, boron can safely ingested at a dosage of 4-10 mg per day.  Borax, 11% boron, can be used as a tea and sprayed on your gardens or land surrounding your home at a rate of 10 pounds of borax per acre, 1 pound if using elemental boron.  Borax can also be ingested at 1/8 teaspoon to 1 litre of water for women; ¼ teaspoon to 1 litre of water for men.

Fortunately, red wine and coffee are significant sources of boron, as well as non-citrus fruits, red grapes, plums, pears, apples, avocados, legumes.  and nuts.  Boron is known to be non-carcinogenic, non-mutagenic, and has been used internally to protect the astronauts in space as they leave the earth’s protective magnetic field.

(Many vitamin formulations include Boron, such as BioEnhance with DNAble)

Other things we can do to protect our bodies are to consume zeolites and use potassium iodine.

(The most economical and safe form is Lugol’s Iodine Solution.)

Receive plenty of glutathione, the best source of which is found in whey protein.

(Our best is ImmunoPro Rx.)

Eat plenty of supergreens,

(Our best product concentrating these is Organic Greens and Reds)

such as kale but also including chlorella

(Our Chlorella products start here)

and spirulina, maintain healthy mineral levels, and eat lots of good healthy fats, including raw butter and coconuts, which offer a fantastic layer of protection for our cells.

 

(Virgin Coconut Oil is the premier cooking oil, with medical and nutrient protection benefits.)

Baking soda has been known to diminish the severity of change produced by uranium to the kidneys, which are the first to show radiation damages of uranium.  The dosage is 1 teaspoon to 8 oz water for adults, and ¼ teaspoon in 4 oz water for children.

According to Aboutclay.com, Calcium Bentonite Clay acts as a magnet that absorbs anything with a positive charge, i.e.  radiation and toxicity.

(Our All-Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay is excellent for internal or external use.)

She suggests washing all produce which may be considered radioactive in 1 part clay to 8 parts water in a non-metallic bowl.  Soak for 10 minutes, then rinse and dry as usual.  Bentonite clay can be added to catchment tanks, drinking water, or raw milk to isolate radioactivity, which will not be released once captured by clay.  Also, the body cannot digest clay, but will rather release clay through excrement.  Clay can be added to milk or drinking water at a dosage of 1 oz liquid calcium bentonite to 1 gallon raw milk or drinking water.  Either allow to settle and pour off, or mix and consume clay and liquid.  1-2 oz liquid bentonite clay can be safely consumed per day by an adult, with significant detox abilities.

In these tenuous times, it is all we can do to be honestly informed of the situation at hand and act accordingly.  We are doing our best to protect our soil, animals, and bodies from the elevated levels of radioactivity, and we hope that you will also.  Our prayers and blessings are with the farmers and families closer to the source of radioactive pollution.  We send them our love and hopes for a green, safe future for all on this earth.

Blessings,
Britton & Shekinah
Milk and Honey Farm
Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii

From www.hawaiihealthguide.com/healthtalk/

By Brandon Turbeville
April 22, 2011

While Americans are busy focusing on the most ridiculous forms of entertainment such as Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, and whatever mindless reality show currently keeps them glued to their couches, the entire country is in the process of being covered with a cloud of toxic radiation seeping into their food, water, skin, and lungs.  Sadly, even if one were to turn the channel in an effort to keep up with the latest in current affairs, there is virtually no chance of one being made aware of the level of contamination the country now faces.

 

Regardless, since the beginning of the disaster, government regulatory agencies such as the EPA, USDA, CDC, and the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) have all claimed that there is no danger in the radiation coming from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plants.  The mainstream media has obediently repeated these claims as fact.  Some media pundits such as Ann Coulter even have promoted the Orwellian and absurd notion that radiation is actually good for you, and that it prevents cancer.  (Coulter has yet to explain why she has not purchased an airline ticket for Japan so she can have the opportunity to bathe in it.)

Yet, while numerous states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington) have reported through their state agencies that radiation has been detected in drinking water, soil, and milk (among other things), the Federal regulatory agencies and their media subsidiaries refuse to admit that there is any reason for concern.  Virtually every media report given about the Fukushima fallout contains the suggestion that the radiation now blanketing the United States is “harmless,” “minute,” or “miniscule,” and that there is no need for alarm.

Yet, these claims now stand in direct contradiction to the conclusions reached by the National Academies of Science released in 2005.

The BEIR VII — meaning the seventh Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation report on “Health Risks From Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation” — came to a much different conclusion than the EPA, CDC, and the NRC.  NAS actually concluded that there is NO SAFE LEVEL or threshold ionizing radiation exposure.

So even if the exposure to the Fukushima radiation was “miniscule,” there would still be a cause for concern, because “miniscule” exposure can still cause cancer.  Indeed, in a press release dealing with the release of the BEIR VII issued from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, the NIRS states that it is well known that “even very low doses [of ionizing radiation] can cause cancer” [emphasis added].  It goes on to say that “Risks from low-dose radiation are equal or greater than previously thought” [emphasis added].

Indeed, the constant reassurance given to the general public by our regulatory agencies and media that the levels of increased radiation are “miniscule” and not much different that “normal background radiation” also fly in the face of the BEIR VII report.   This is because the report also concluded that “Even exposure to background radiation causes some cancers.  Additional exposures can cause additional risks” [emphasis added].

In addition, as we know from our escapades in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as many other instances, that exposure to radiation, even if it causes no visible adverse health effects in those who are directly exposed, can have serious side effects on their offspring.  The BEIR VII reaffirms this previous knowledge as well.

The NIRS Energy and Health Project Director at the time of the report, Cindy Folkers, stated in regards to the BEIR VII report, “These findings confirm that all levels of radiation are harmful.  Since nuclear power routinely releases long-lasting radiation into the air, water and soil, we must avoid a new generation of nuclear power to prevent unnecessary exposures” [emphasis added].

If nuclear power plants “routinely release long-lasting radiation into the air, water and soil,” what happens to a nuclear power plant when it is hit by several earthquakes, tsunamis, and explosions?  How much radiation is released when the nuclear reactors melt down?  Are we really to believe that the levels of radiation are “miniscule” and “harmless,” even if we are across the ocean from the reactor?

Apparently, your government thinks you will believe it.  In fact, they have already begun taking measures to make sure you will.

As I have written in previous articles, the EPA has proposed changes to the PAGs (Protective Action Guides) that would raise the acceptable levels of radiation in food, the environment, and even humans in the event of a “nuclear emergency.”  Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) released a leaked email in which Charles Openchowski of the EPA’s Office of General Counsel, writing to the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, wrote:

“This guidance would allow cleanup levels that exceed MCL’s [Maximum Contamination Limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act] by a factor of 100, 1000, and in two instances 7 million, and there is nothing to prevent those levels from being the final cleanup achieved (i.e., it’s not confined to immediate response of emergency phase).”

At the same time (coincidentally, of course), the EU has implemented EU Ordinance 297/2011, which raises the maximum levels of radiation and radioactive isotopes for food and feed.

Clearly, all levels of radiation — even what is considered “background” levels — are carcinogenic and create the potential for a host of adverse health effects.  There appears to be a concerted effort by governments across the world to (at best) conceal the realities of the danger in regards to the Fukushima fallout, especially since their present claims stand at odds with the previous science conducted by their own agencies.

At worst, there may be a much more sinister side to this entire issue.  Unfortunately, the more coincidences there are, the more the odds tilt in favor of the latter.

 

Posted on Infowars.com.  This article first appeared on the Activist Post website.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University where he earned the Pee Dee Electric Scholar’s Award as an undergraduate.  He has had numerous articles published dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, and civil liberties.  He also the author of “Codex Alimentarius – The End of Health Freedom,” and “7 Real Conspiracies.”

Rita Glover

Recent video update on Fukushima

The following YouTube video from a Russian news source about the seriousness of the Fukushima nuclear reactor situation was produced on April 4, 2011:

 

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Travel Recommendations for Japan

This is a current YouTube video describing elevated radiation levels in US drinking water and milk as of April 10, 2011.

Following is a letter from me to a church group departing for a tour of Japan next month. This advice would be appropriate for anyone traveling to Japan at this time.

The past several months have been difficult for much of the world.  With weather, health, and economic challenges, it has been a tough winter.  As difficult as we might have had it, the disaster in Japan has shocked the world with the intensity of suffering and number of lives lost among those kind and elegant people.  And beyond that, the biological disaster will affect our planet for years to come.

This letter is to suggest some supplemental and hygienic protections for those who will be visiting Japan in the near future.  They are suggestions that will be good to consider on a more limited basis for those of us elsewhere as well, as the radioactive contamination continues far beyond the borders of Japan.  Low-dose radioactivity affects everything living thing in some way, and usually in a bad way.

The most dangerous isotopes affecting us in our food and water are iodine, cesium, uranium, and plutonium.  There are others that either have short half-lives or which are bound to less metabolically active metals, so it’s easier to avoid them and keep them out of our bodies.  The more dangerous ones are perceived by our bodies as slightly disguised versions of normal minerals that are important to maintain good health, and the body will take them up, especially if it is deficient in that mineral.

The supplements I suggest here will nourish your body with the minerals that radioactive isotopes “imitate.”  If these good minerals are at optimal levels before exposure, it will be easier for the immune system and digestion to refrain from absorbing into the body the bad isotopes that imitate them.

Iodine nourishes and protects the body from radioactive isotopes of iodine.  Since cesium imitates potassium, uranium imitates chromium, and plutonium imitates iron, it would be a good preventative measure to nourish the body in advance with potassium, chromium, and iron.  Of course, radioactivity of any type will cause death if it is too intense, but nutritional protection will help prevent the body from taking up low-level environmental exposures to these radioactive isotopes that are known to be coming our way from Japan.

For those traveling to Japan, I would encourage you to prepare by taking the following supplements before, during, and after the trip:

Modifilan (90 capsules)

Lugol’s Iodine, 5% (1oz liquid dropper bottle)

SuperSulfur, Organic Pure Sulfur Crystals

Organic Greens and Reds

SuperSulfur is a crystalline form of MSM, which is so good for the muscles and joints.  This dissolves immediately in a small amount of hot water, and then you can dilute it with any liquid of choice to cut the natural bitterness of the SuperSulfur.  Coffee or grapefruit juice cloak it well.  This form of bioavailable sulfur has been found to improve the ability of tissue cells to absorb good nutrients and quench free-radical damage.  In addition to internal protection, the sulfur helps to eliminate natural and environmental toxins.  This latter group includes radioactive isotopes that generate the free-radical damages within the cell.

The Organic Greens and Reds is a concentrated extract of whole fruits and vegetables.  Stir 1-2 tablespoons into juice or a fruit smoothie and drink that every morning with breakfast.  The nutrients in this concentrate will provide a broad range of protective antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and minerals in a bioavailable form.  This broad range of concentrated nutritional support helps these other single-nutrient medicines cover a more digestively normal range of effects.  This tastes pretty good.  These supplements would not be as important if you already eat a lot of fresh organic produce and regularly juice fresh fruit and vegetables.  Most of us would like to do that, but somehow lack the housekeeping and service staff to keep it going.

Lugol’s Iodine Solution (5%) is one of several iodine sources available, but it is the most reliable and affordable form we know of. If drops of a colorful liquid are too fussy to deal with, you can get it as tablets called Iodoral.  Read up on dosing and testing procedures.

As a starting dose for those unfamiliar with iodine, take 2 drops of Lugol’s Iodine in water or beverages twice a day.  This will approximate 24 milligrams of elemental iodine daily.  Build up with an extra drop per dose every couple of weeks so that when you are traveling in Japan, take about 4 drops twice a day for a total of about 50 milligrams daily.

If you experience any problems from this such as muscle aches or rashes, cut the amount in half and persist.  If you are both iodine-deficient and halogen-toxic (too much chlorine, fluorine, or bromine in your system), you could have an unpleasant cleansing reaction if you take too much.  There’s no need to be uncomfortable, just dose it lower and slower for a while.

Modifilan is a concentrated, dried extract of the brown seaweed, Kombu (Laminaria japonica).  It has a fascinating story that dates back to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident.  We have had years of experience and amazing reports from clients who use it regularly to remove heavy metals, radiation, and strengthen their thyroid and digestion.  Read up on it and decide if you want to include it in your arsenal.  I recommend that you do so.  Before travel, take 1 capsule with major meals three times a day.  While in Japan, take 2 capsules after each meal, always with a slowly swallowed full glass of water.

These four items will protect and strengthen someone in a radioactively polluted environment.

Finally, be aware that most of the risky exposure is airborne or carried on surfaces you might touch.  Be up on your hygiene and cleanliness.  Take a zip-lock bag with a soapy wet washcloth in your travel bag or purse.  After you touch public surfaces like handles, doors, or counters, take a moment and wash your hands.  At the end of the day, clean and refresh the washcloth for the next day.  You will have access to stores and markets there.  Get containers of baking soda or Epsom salt, and every two or three days take a hot bath with about 3 cups of baking soda for a long hot soak.  This will help to alkalize your skin and draw out toxins. It also just feels good and relaxing.

As for dietary advice, you all have advisors and opinions galore. Basic concepts are that you should not stress out and weaken your digestion by eating too much, and avoid the foods that have little or no nutritional value.  Traditional Japanese cuisine will be wonderful.  For the wine lovers, go slow on that, because wines are loaded with fluorides and sulfides, and alcohol exhausts the adrenal glands and pancreatic functions.  Excess sugar and pastry sweets will also ruin your digestion and energy level.  You’ll enjoy your travel and your body more if you keep the diet light and stay active.

Some of the products I have recommended have become scarce and are hard to find, while my company, NaturoDoc, has them all in stock.  Here are Internet links to the website and blog for more detailed information.

www.naturodoc.com

You can get these products online from the NaturoDoc Store, or you can order by phone from the U.S. and Canada by calling 1-877-867-4743.

My suggestions to products that we sell on NaturoDoc.com are to inform you about them.  I encourage market comparison out there with anything of like quality you have access to.

In the Light,

Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD, APH

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Radioactivity Protection: Taking Iodine

As we know, radioactive isotopes have been emitted from the three Fukushima reactor meltdowns occurring in Japan.  These have frightened everyone paying attention for several weeks.  But now the public attention span has moved away from this issue and on to other pressing concerns. It is a worsening biological disaster that will continue for months or years. Radioactive exposure will not become safer by not being paid attention to.

A website called Information Is Beautiful has come up with a useful chart to help visualize radiation exposure.

In charts of isotope dispersal in wind and weather, the most graphic and worrisome appears to be Xenon-133.  This isotope is bound to an inert gas that is not very metabolically active, and it has a half life of about 5 days, so upon further study, I would conclude that the health impact for us is minimal.

Government sources are warning that since potassium iodide is in very short supply and will not protect you from radiation, you should not take it.  Several points here deserve clarification:

1.  “Potassium iodide will not protect you from radiation.”  This is dose-related and certainly true for short-term, high-level radiation exposure.  Nutritional biochemicals are helpful and important in correspondingly deficient people, but it obviously isn’t a lead shield or a bomb shelter.

2. Potassium iodide occurs naturally in living things that are high in elemental iodine as well.  It’s found primarily in seafood and sea vegetables (seaweeds), so it easily absorbs and helps your human digestive system.  If your diet is low in iodine-rich foods, your body is low in it too.  If you are deficient, you will be vulnerable to a rapid uptake of radioactive iodine when it’s nearby.

If you are one of the few populations who have a high level of on-board iodine from many years of dietary and supplemental intake, you would not need as much iodine supplementation to protect from radioactive iodine.  For that small population, many of whom are Japanese, by the way, supplemental iodine in the form of Lugol’s Solution or concentrated seaweed products is not necessary for protection from low-level exposure.

3. Supplements of potassium iodide are easy to produce, inexpensive, and should have been available as a general public health policy for decades due to our infatuation with nuclear power and weaponry.  The shortage is no reason to tell you it’s not needed.  Actually, the potassium sources we need are proving to be important for protection from the more serious effects of cesium, uranium, and plutonium isotopes that are being released closer to Japan.

The better method of supplementing is by taking either Lugol’s Iodine, Nascent Iodine, or a tableted version of potassium iodide called Iodoral.  These are presently available and affordable.

Consider either testing your body load using various methods described online, or simply paint  it on your skin in a two-inch circle and notice how long it takes your body to absorb it.  If it takes only a couple of hours, your body is “thirsty” for it and you should build up to about 40-60 mg. daily in your foods or liquids.  If it takes 12-24 hours for your body to absorb it, go with about half that amount daily.

It would be nice to offer scientific evidence for the exact amounts of this that you need, but your living body is unique and the requirements vary for each of us.  Start slowly with any strong medicine or nutrient, and notice how your body responds to it.

The better way to normalize both iodine and potassium levels is to eat the real plant foods that supply these nutrients.   For many reasons written about here, we advocate the use of Modifilan or SuperKombu.  Both are a pure dried extract of the seaweed Kombu (Laminaria japonica) which has proven to be effective and protective back in 1987 during the Chernoble nuclear disaster in the Ukraine.  This particular strain of brown seaweed helps with reducing both radioactive exposure and general heavy metal toxicity.

So yes, don’t expect the single-chemical potassium iodide to accomplish all the protection of an optimal level of iodine and potassium in the body.  Start now to build up levels with supplemental forms while adding food concentrate sources to your diet.

Please also keep up on sensible hygiene and environmental awareness to avoid or limit risk.   These nuclear fallout concerns are becoming eclipsed by the releases of polluted seawater which threaten more of our world’s food supply.

Be smart, and stay as safe as you can.

Dr. Thomas S. Lee

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Radiation Exposure Ideas: A Practical Summary

Let’s take it easy here.  Okay, the decline and fall of Western civilization, the approaching extinction of so many beautiful species (and the not-always-beautiful ones like humans) are easy subjects to be frightened by.  But fear itself is an expensive commodity. Like energy, we can do more with less of it if we use our brains.  Concern, caution, and vigilance can move us to sensible action and beyond the powerless corners that panic tends to throw us into.

For the scientific minds and caregivers out there seeking specific knowledge on these biochemical and nutrient based medicines, I suggest that you search for and read everything about this by these writers:  Dr. Mark Sircus, Dr. David Brownstein, Ingrid Naiman, Dr. John W. Gofman, and Dr. Michael B. Schachter.

Also, by subscribing to the newsletters at NaturalNews.com, Mercola.com, and the International Medical Veritas Association, you will rapidly get immersed in the current of ideas from many prolific thinkers.

One problem many of us hit pretty quickly now is information overload.  There are too many words, with small distinctions that are well argued but not easy to gauge the importance of.  With all the mainstream media coverage and selected “authorities” quoted, one can easily feel overwhelmed.

Here are some basic ideas for protection using nutrients, herbs, and common sense.  Inform yourself everywhere you find reasonable knowledge and products.  Train your common sense, discernment, and skills at building supportive relationships.  With so much going on that we have no knowledge of or control over, these abilities you do have to influence and teach others are becoming more valuable by the hour.

Why the talk about medicines for radiation poisoning?  Because isotopes of metal can get out of the reactor and get into a body where they look a lot like a regular nutrient.  Once your healthy body has noticed that some yummy potassium just showed up, it puts it into the bones, nerves, and muscles that need it the most.  Oops, it’s really radioactive cesium at the digestion masquerade ball looking like a studly potassium guy.  Or similar masks imitate zinc, iodine, or other good guys.

So you can handle some nutrient deficiencies here and there;  we all do.  But if the radioactive guys are in the neighborhood, we don’t want our family to have deficiencies of the minerals they imitate.  That makes their immune system be a doormat for whichever heavy metal comes courting.  Iodine and potassium are big players in protection from isotopes of plutonium, cesium, and others.  Let’s review the common sources of these.

Most iodine supplements used in medicine for the past century and a half are from Lugol’s Iodine Solution, usually 5 percent.

This is a mixture of elemental iodine and potassium iodide that approximates the ratio of these found in sea vegetables and which is easiest for our tissues to absorb and handle.  Other forms of iodine have been found to be shorter-acting and even easier to absorb.  The brand called Nascent Iodine is good for that and has an important role for very sensitive and/or very deficient people.

Nutrients that come in as food concentrates can help overcome deficiencies if they have time to work.  The most absorbable are from foods.  The most powerful recipes of absorbable nutrients are herbal medicines, and for these purposes, the most protective types of herbal medicines are called “adaptogens.”  In all your spare time search the web for adaptogen herbs and make a chart to understand and source what you would like for you.  If you have a genius research associate to delegate this task to, also known as a 6th or 7th grader in the family, put them to it.

I would suggest that three with broad appeal and availability would be Rhodiola, Astragalus formulations, and Ashwaganda.

When your research staff produces a comparative study of these, consider adding their use to your family nutrition possibly several times a year for a month or two depending on what you face.

After your group has figured out iodine, food supplements, and adaptive herbals, study the better air filters and water filtration methods available to you.  These are also areas where good news abounds.  Take the best ideas and attitudes for your benefit, and sidestep the fearmongers around us.  We have ancestors who by definition survived very tough times.  Some of us will make it through these tough times too.  Keep your spirits up and share what you figure out.

Dr. Thomas S. Lee

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Lugol’s Iodine: Protection from Radioactive Fallout

Radiation from a nuclear meltdown is coming our way via the jet stream from Japan.  You can prepare yourself and your loved ones by taking 10 drops of Lugol’s Iodine daily.  Nascent Iodine or Iodoral tablets work well too;  just start getting potassium iodide and iodine into your body as soon as possible.  Taking around 50 mg per day (10 drops) of the Lugol’s Iodine for a few weeks will be protective.

Today, the 13th of March, 2011, we are hearing that nuclear debris is being pushed into the atmosphere from reactor explosions in Japan.  Our thoughts and prayers fly to the suffering and kind people of Japan.  Japan seems far away for most Americans, but we share the same atmosphere and effects of whatever is in it.

Nuclear Fallout Map

Maps indicate a path of fallout hitting the Western U.S. around March 20th.  The specifics of how much, how dangerous, what will happen when, and such are unknown.  No units of time measurement for this exposure are provided, and specific amounts of released radiation are not verified.

Still, I suggest we adhere to the Scout motto, “Be Prepared.”  Hope for the best, and plan for the worst.

The cheapest and easiest thing to do for most of us now is to protect our thyroid and adrenal glands by aggressively supplementing iodine, and protecting our food and water from airborne particles.  Probably the cheapest and most reliable iodine is Lugol’s Iodine solution.  A tablet version that has the same ratio of elemental iodine and potassium iodide is called Iodoral.

This material is safe and has benefits to offer beyond the range of nutritional replacement.  We call these medicines “nutraceuticals.”  About 2 drops of Lugol’s represents nearly 13 mg of iodine.  This is approximately what the Okinawans who maintain traditional diets take in daily.  Okinawans were a population studied after World War II that was found to have minimal symptoms of radiation poisoning while having the highest levels of tissue iodine.  Surviving excess radiation exposure is what many of us will soon become interested in as the jet stream from Japan approaches.

To safely benefit from iodine’s protective effects, I recommend that adults consider taking 3-4 times the normal maintenance dose, like 40-48 mg daily for a couple months, based upon a 180-pound adult body.  Then take a break for a couple weeks and compare how you feel.  Repeat as advised by your natural healthcare professional.

NaturoDoc offers one-ounce bottles of Lugol’s Iodine, which is taken internally in water. Lugol’s Iodine is also used for water purification and to boost the immunity against viral, fungal, and bacterial infections.  It also helps to balance hormone levels, and has long been used as a topical antiseptic for wounds, so its usefulness for home health cannot be overstated.  Read the free information about what it is and why I recommend you take it internally over the next several months.

Another way to protect the body from toxic heavy metals and the uptake of radioactive elements into the thyroid is the regular ingestion of a seaweed from the North Pacific called Kombu, or Laminaria japonica.  If you have access to this and like the taste, then it would be the best whole form as a food.  Our product of a dried concentrated extract of Laminaria capsules is Modifilan.  Taking 2 of these capsules a day will also provide many protective benefits.

Seaweed is noted for its ability to bind heavy metals and radioactive pollutants.  Kelp inhibits the absorption of lead, cadmium, and radioactive strontium (one of the most hazardous pollutants).  80 to 90 percent of radioisotopes of Strontium 90 can be removed from the intestinal tract in the presence of seaweed.  Sodium alginates actually chelate the remaining amount out of the bone structure.  So much Strontium 90 has been released by nuclear explosions, power plants, and nuclear weapons facilities that it is believed that every person has detectable levels in their bone tissue.  Many cancers are attributable to this contamination.

This seaweed is available in different forms and price ranges.  Our product is from a pristine source put into the most convenient form.  Choose what works best for you and your family.  Beyond those two products, work with those knowledgeable about organic food, and with the environmentally green technologies of water and air filtration that are increasingly available today.

For those who have already suffered a toxic dose of radiation, NaturoDoc is offering three groups of natural products for radiation detox.  Click here to purchase.

These ideas will help you prepare for and avoid the negative consequences of this latest nuclear tragedy.  Please keep your searching efforts up and share what you find to be the most effective steps for everyone you know.  Your own preparedness will be a gift to our Japanese friends who surely want to minimize the damage to our earth, and our society.

Best wishes to the wonderful people of Japan.

Dr. Thomas Lee, NMD, APH

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Trauma Care During Martial Arts

Accidents can and do happen as you train longer and harder or teach others the martial arts you love.  We all have complex lives, and sometimes an outside worry or hoped-for outcome can pull away one’s focus during a workout.  Injuries can result from that loss of focus, and you need to know how to deal with these quickly and safely.  Prompt and proper first aid can lessen the severity of an injury, and that in turn will shorten the recovery time and help retain students.

For severe injuries, most clubs and studios are fortunately near enough to urgent care centers for rapid crises response.  The judgment call about severity, however, is more difficult in today’s economy.  Some people can not afford emergency medical care of any type, so their preference would be to get sent home for care by family or friends.  Maybe just a few martial artists you have met prefer to tough it out and not even admit to pain or seek out help.  This mindset is not as common among the senior teachers and students,  survivors take better care of themselves than tough guys.

This article describes some basics of home and street-level trauma care.  Hopefully, it will encourage you to include trauma care and pain management in your school’s curriculum and your personal training.  The more ancient temple arts from which many modern styles and traditions derive prioritized health, healing, and the avoidance of unnecessary pain and trauma. Martial skills were only one aspect of Life Mastery.  Along with teaching a student a lethal move, masters were required to teach them how the resultant injuries could be treated and healed.

In your studio or practice area, have some first-aid supplies stored and clearly labeled.  If you have a refrigerator and can keep ice, blue ice bricks, or frozen gel packs on hand, do so.  If not, know where to get some nearby if they’re needed.  The more effective natural medicines I will mention here can be found in your local health food stores or even local drug store chains now.   Many local doctors, veterinarians, and even massage therapy practices sell these or can direct you toward them.

Along with the cold packs, get some Ace bandages and a variety of stretchy Band-aids, bandages, and tape.  A pre-packaged first-aid kit from a department store or auto parts store can simplify this process.  Make it known to everyone and encourage its use for any situation.

Also learn about and have available, (possibly for sale) the following medicines:

  • Homeopathic Arnica
  • Traumeel Ointment and tablets
  • Rescue Remedy, both liquid and spray
  • DMSO Gel
  • Bromelain capsules as anti-inflammatories
  • Dit Dah Jiao , aka “Hit Medicine” (many brands are available)
  • White Flower Oil
  • Tiger Balm Sport
  • Warm blankets, robes, and wool socks.

First, immediately when the injury happens, treat for the shock and distraction that almost any unforeseen pain and injury can cause.  Sit the person down, make eye contact with them, and wrap them up to keep them warm.  Any perspiration can chill the person quickly as soon as the activity stops.  Describe exactly what you are doing to the injured person and follow this sequence, unless the person is unconscious or has suffered a neck, spine, or low-back injury.

For most impact trauma and sprains or strains to soft tissue, memorize the “RICE” method:

Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

Rest: Stop the movement that caused the injury.  Stop any risk of re-injury or worsening of an injury.

Ice: Cold is an important quick anti-inflammatory and anti-pain treatment.  Some ice packs can be colder than ice, so be sure to not over-freeze the injured tissue.  Wrap the ice pack with a towel or pad it with a garment and check the skin surface every few minutes to be sure it isn’t terribly cold.  Every 15 minutes, let the area warm up again for a few minutes, then repeat the cold for another 15 minutes or so.

Compression: When a muscle, tendon, or ligament is sprung open, over-stretched, or even torn, put it back where it should be and squeeze it firmly.  Have the injured person help with this. Steady pressure, and later binding with bandages or tape will shut off the accumulation of blood and lymph from where it shouldn’t be.  Don’t overdo it and cut off the circulation, so ease off for a couple minutes every 10 minutes or so to let things normalize.

While compression is happening, have the injured person breathe steadily and place his or her attention on the injured area, encouraging it to relax, flow normally, and get better. Martial artists usually understand the power of the mind and breath on the physical body. See the list above of liniments and lotions to rub in during this phase.

Elevation: Use gravity to help avoid the pooling of blood and lymph around an injury.  The first few hours after the trauma are very important to minimize the swelling.  After 12-15 hours, try to gently return to some slow activity and functions using the injured area.  To speed recovery, try to minimize any limp or favoring motions.

Broken Bones and Spines

These can be diagnosed by a doctor or therapist by compressing from either end together against the injured area.  The injured person will express themselves clearly if this is done to a broken bone.  If the RICE procedure doesn’t help, take it easy on the compression phase and get them to an Emergency Room or Urgent Care facility for an X-ray or CAT scan.

If the spine or neck is possibly broken, pack the injured person with warm blankets tucked in at all sides and minimize any movement until the paramedics arrive.  If you need to make a stretcher, peel off a couple shirts and tie the sleeves around two poles held a couple feet apart with a partner.  Wrap this with a blanket or robe and gently roll this under the injured person and move them to a hospital or doctor’s office.  Then describe to them in detail the mechanism of injury.  They will pack and transport the patient appropriately.

If your club is plagued with injuries, locate skilled providers in your community.  Retired doctors or therapists, military veterans with medical backgrounds, or nurses skilled in emergency room techniques can make good workshop presenters.  The more you and your community are informed about emergency treatment skills, the safer and more relaxed your training will be.  It might help reduce your insurance rates, too.

Train well and stay focused,

Dr. Thomas S. Lee
Naturopathic Physician

www.naturodoc.com
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Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Schooling on Forskolin

Thank you,  Dr. Oz, for telling so many people about the wonderful benefits of the Ayurvedic herbal medicine called Forskolin.  It’s an extract of the Coleus plant, the beautiful species that’s so popular in homes and gardens.  Dr. Oz presents Forskolin as a metabolic booster, and it certainly is that. Here I will add more depth and breadth to that description so you can see if it interests you.

In conjunction with a dietary regimen that Dr. Oz describes in his “Naked Diet” program, Forskolin can help to increase one’s metabolic rate so you can burn fat more efficiently. Most American adults want to use this because an increased metabolism will reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Like many herbal medical plants that have been respected for centuries in ancient societies, Forskolin is a broad-acting, potent medicine.  It has been widely studied in modern medicine and found beneficial for allergies, respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, glaucoma, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and weight loss.

That last benefit is of great interest to many people, particularly physicians helping patients with obesity-related problems and bodybuilders seeking to sculpt more perfect bodies.  Because this concern involves such a huge market, studies on this plant and its biochemistry have been well-funded.

Naturopathic doctors and other fans of herbal medicine have found this herb to have additional benefits:

  • Inhibition of colon cancer growth and improved survival statistics.
  • Reduction of glaucoma by stimulating adenylate cyclase activity and increasing cAMP, which regulates the enzymes required to move fluid out of the eye.
  • Significantly increased lean muscle mass, bone mass, and testosterone levels.
  • Vaso-dilation in the glandular and sub-dermal tissues where external fat accumulates.
  • Increasing the skin’s natural resistance to burning by UV light.
  • Reducing urinary tract infections by helping antibiotics kill the tough bacteria that cause them.

Forskolin as an extract or herbal concentrate is a strong natural medicine.  As such, it can be misused and hurtful.  Please work with a physician or provider who understands and has experience using herbal medicines.  If you are an investigator or an experimental type of person, start with very small amounts and increase its use until you notice an effect.  The body appreciates slow and gradual changes in its metabolism, and a sudden change can be traumatic. Your body will communicate to you what it feels about any trauma you inflict on it.

You will want to further support your body to get the great results that you hope for. Particularly, avoid stimulant herbs and foods during this trial period, and continue intelligent dietary and exercise choices that support your metabolic health.

Our Forskolin product is described here, and we have found this manufacturer to be high-quality and reliable.  For those seeking complete scientific references to what we have just described, this product is very completely credentialed and well-referenced. You can view our article about it here.

Our online store offers many other products that can assist you in your weight management goals.  Just reading about those products can be a great education for you.  Have a good time and feel better!

Dr. Thomas S. Lee
Naturopathic Doctor (NMD)

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

The Memory of Water

By Dr. Thomas S. Lee
Naturopathic Physician and Homeopathic Practitioner

Good clean water is a basic need for health and life itself, and scientists have validated ancient teachings about other legendary attributes of water. All major religions maintain that water is sacred, and they use it to confer blessings and health to their communities. The healers in these traditions use water and the energies it contains to treat ailments of the body and spirit. How is it that water is able to function for so many cultures as a sacred healing force?

Water has many properties that permit life to exist. What many people do not know is that water has a memory of where it has been in the form of an energetic charge. This memory of water permits a physician who knows the energetics of a patient to match them with an appropriate medicine or combination of medicines held within a liquid solution. The water can then deliver the energetics of those medicines to a specific area of the body. For example, a soup, tea, an IV bag of nutrients, or a cleansing enema would each deliver different benefits to the recipient.

Water and mineral proportions in our body fluids are very similar to those in ancient oceans, and our lives depend upon precise amounts and qualities of these from moment to moment.  With this ability to convey nonphysical information, it is evident that people and all living things are sensitive to the vital energy of water we drink or bathe in.

Mineral hot springs bring up water charged by epic variations in pressure and heat from deep-earth magma flows.

The handling of municipal water through pipes in cities, buildings, heaters, and sewage treatment centers charges the energetics of water very differently than a deep-earth aquifer does. The resulting charged water merges with your own in your showers, baths, and beverages, perhaps more intimately than you would like. The sacred properties of water include this memory of how communities value their water resources and each other, ultimately.

To experience these water memories for yourself, go to your nearby untreated geothermal hot spring and languish in a hot tub full of water that has never before contacted another human body. Afterward, notice how you feel compared to after your home shower or bath, and repeat this experiment as often as you like. Luckily for those in the Western United States, there are a number of wonderful hot springs to choose from.

References

1. Emoto, Masaru. Messages from Water, Vol. 1 (1999) and Vol. 2 (2001).

2. Emoto, Masaru. The Shape of Love: Discovering Who We Are, Where We Came From, and Where We are Going, Doubleday, 2007.

3. Milgrom, Lionel. “Icy claim that water has memory.” New Scientist, 11 June 2003.

To visit a public hot spring we recommend in Reno, Nevada, contact Steamboat Hot Springs Healing Center & Spa at 775-853-6600.

Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Natural Options for Pain Management

By Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Pharmaceutical pain medications work very well for severe pain–for awhile, anyway.  But before you become dependent or get a full-blown addiction to those pain pills, be aware that there are other options.

If you are just starting to use a prescription opiate for pain, consider using some “tough love” along with it to avoid dependence or addiction.

If you are already dependent upon a pain-killing drug, consider alternating non-opiate pain medications or nutrient-based medicines along with periodic use of no medication.  This will train your brain down from the miserable and expensive edge of addiction.

Pain is a normal survival message to the brain to change our behaviors, activities, or thoughts.  It can direct healing energy to an injured or ill part of the body.  When anyone gets the pain message, they first act to lessen the severity and duration of pain.  I know I do.

When you use an opiate that blocks this pain message, you must still act to remove the cause of the pain and repair any damage.  Otherwise, the masking of pain with even the most excellent medicine will not remove its cause.  If your pain returns when you stop taking your medication, it indicates that the cause has not been repaired.

If you’ve been using an effective pain medication for awhile, the pain coverage decreases and doesn’t last as long.  Sometimes people can adjust to a very precise schedule and minimize their pain for a long time.  That is the best use of these medicines, and it’s certainly the ideal for chronic pain patients.  However, quite frequently if you stop the medication, the original pain will return, and then some.

The cause of your pain is not being healed or removed by the medication, but it has been blocking the signal of pain to your brain.  There is nothing wrong with merciful relief, and we are absolutely blessed to have access to these medicines in many cases.

The main point is that the pain message is actually needed to alert the brain to repair the damaged tissues or organs.  So act to spare yourself the worst of acute pain, but know that you must heal the source of your pain for it to return to pain-free normal.

The concept of “tough love” is about using discipline and healing strategies to decrease the need for pain medication while treating the cause of the pain with natural medicines.  By controlling inflammation and supporting the organ functions that have been weakened by the original injuries—as well as by side effects of some pharmaceuticals—you can notch down the need for and use of pain pills.

Here are some products and concepts my patients have found effective in this process of “tough love” for pain management.

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Work-hardening

Specialists and trainers are available to return your injured body to its pain-free, pre-injury state.  This can be tough and will take discipline to accomplish, but good results can be obtained, and good health is worth a lot to most people.  Work with the most experienced and well-trained natural health professionals.  In many communities, physical therapists accumulate the most experience.  In some, naturopathic physicians and other professionals do a more respected service.  You must judge from your own experience how good they are.

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

These help the body make PG-3, a prostaglandin that decreases inflammation in the body.  The best-quality fish oils work well for this.  Don’t overdo them, though, because too much can cause stress and damage.  Stick with 1-2 capsules with the meal once a day.  We are hearing good things about Krill Oil as an ideal source of Omega 3′s, but since it’s new, it’s more expensive than other sources.

Also, decrease the intake of vegetable oils and processed, rancid oils in your diet.  Use virgin coconut oil for all high-heat cooking, and use olive oil for room-temperature salad dressing.  With patience, your body will move away from chronic pain if you eat in this manner.

Metabolic Enzymes

Serrapeptase, nattokinase, and lumbrokinase (Boluoke) are natural enzymes that break down tissue proteins like fibrin which are associated with pain and circulatory obstruction.  The result is that some types of arthritis and muscle aches will lessen and fade away, and improvements in circulation and joint flexibility have been observed.

MSM and DMSO

MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) and DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) are bioavailable forms of sulfur that decrease many aches and pains associated with arthritis and over-training, including repetitious stress injuries.  Build up your use of MSM over a week, starting at 1 gram (1000mg) daily, up to 2 with meals, totaling 6 grams per day.  This will take a couple weeks, and then there will be a noticeable relief.

Herbal Anti-inflammatories for Pain Management

Curcumin and Boswellia will both decrease the intensity of pain if taken regularly as 1-2 between meals.  These Ayurvedic products come from the herbs Turmeric and Frankincense, respectively, and they are very safe and helpful when used to decrease the pain associated with a defective inflammatory process.

Magnesium Malate

This form of the soothing mineral Magnesium decreases chronic pain, such as from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune and inflammatory ailments.  Excessive use can cause a laxative effect, but given the nature of opiates to constipate, that effect may not be entirely unwelcome.

These are just some introductory ideas for those seeking non-addictive pain medications.  Any products from the beautiful poppy plant are a miracle in the hospital Emergency Room, but their long-term use has been a catastrophe to many Americans and their families.

You can read through NaturoDoc’s product offerings for pain management,
but also use the search engines to track specific terms and names.  Inform yourself further about these and other materials to help you make your best strategic decisions.

Using this tough love approach, your relationship to pain medications or any powerful pharmaceutical drugs will be safer, more affordable, and a whole lot safer.

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