The War Within You

September 23, 2016

Woman with hands on stomach painA healthy gut biome is filled with beneficial bacteria. They help you digest, crowd out and fight off invaders, and play an important role in what looks like every single aspect of our health: how much we weigh, our mood and personality, our heart health, and more (the list keeps growing).

But what happens when something’s wrong? “Bad” gut bacteria (and the viruses and fungi they allow in) are implicated in depression, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But more directly, we’re figuring out which “bad” bacteria affect gastrointestinal health like Crohn’s and other inflammatory issues. Read more about probiotics…

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Internal Strength ConceptZika is dominating the headlines, and it will continue to be a risk until the first frost. Then, cold, flu, and Norovirus will take over. Make sure that you’ve got daily support with colloidal silver.

What’s new with Zika? A few things: just like ebola, testicles and eyes stay infected indefinitely—that means that the risk of transferring infection remains high (eyes/tears might be the vehicle of transmission for the “mystery” case in Utah). And mixed news about the mosquitos that carry it: while many states/counties are finding them, most aren’t testing positive for Zika. Read more about colloidal silver…

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Woman Eyeing WaerYou may not remember, but you probably first heard about Chromium-6 in 2000, when the movie Erin Brockovich came out; Chromium-6 is the cancer-causing water contaminant that she fought against in California.

Chromium-6 is back in the headlines because a new report found that 200 million—that’s about two-thirds—of Americans have more Chromium-6 in their drinking water than is considered safe!

There’s plenty of blame to go around. It starts at the top: scientists say that a safe amount of chromium-6 is about .02 parts per billion (ppb). “Industry” lobbied to win the legal safe limit of 10ppb. That’s a pretty big jump from what’s considered safe, and averages for some cities are in the range of 7.85 ppb.

There’s no national standard in the US, and locally, most cities struggle with keeping basic services up to the standards that most people probably assume they’re getting. (Like zombie TV shows? In reality, pipes/water would last maybe as long as 48 hours in most areas!). And as the Flint/lead crises showed us, our drinking water may not be as clean as we imagine. It may be better than most of the rest of the world, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. East of the Mississippi, many localities are cheating the water testing by running it for 20 minutes before taking a sample, and have their own problems with lead. Read more about drinking water…

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Spirulina Superfood FlagWhat I love most about Spirulina is that it’s a natural source of iron—people get told they need more iron all the time, but fortified sources/other types of supplements have been shown to be bad for us long term. Iron is just a part of spirulina, just like it’s naturally a part of your steak, except that you can take spirulina as a supplement when you need more, and it’s vegan—basically, spirulina is a great source of extra iron for everybody.

But it’s so much more that a multi-supplement with lots of enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals. Spirulina is a plant, and plants have a lot more going on than the one or two molecules they become famous for (see examples like coffee, which is associated with caffeine, but it’s the myriad of antioxidants that health studies praise it for; marijuana is most tied to THC, but as it becomes more legal more and more compounds are being highlighted with better health benefits; and chocolate has a long list of elements that make it what it is!).

Similarly, while I can highlight how spirulina is a great source of iron, protein, and more, studies have found correlations with spirulina and health benefits that hint at more than just what the average multi offers. Read more about spirulina…

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MosquitosA patient in Haiti has tested positive for the Mayaro virus, a relative of CHIK-V (Chickungunya).

While one case doesn’t make an outbreak, at this point there’s a pretty clear pattern happening with tropical viruses and mosquitoes! It’s entirely feasible that there are others with this virus—since symptoms resemble CHIK-V, for which there’s no cure, just care for those ill (same for the other tropical mosquito viruses), there’d be no reason to test everyone with those symptoms to confirm CHIK-V and not something else. Read more about the Mayaro virus…

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