The 2014 Cure To Cancer Summit – How You Can Attend

Thrive-JeffBell_Close_Cropped_Headshot_10-29-2013The 2014 Cure To Cancer Summit begins on September 3rd and continues through September 18th. You can attend for free. And for a nominal purchase you can have permanent access to all of the presentations, including any that you may miss in real time.

I am thrilled to invite you to join me in the most comprehensive and integrative summit ever on cancer and its possible solutions.

 The 2nd Annual Cure to Cancer Summit features many of the world’s top experts in the area of cancer, cancer research, alternative cancer treatments, health, healing, non-GMOs, and vital living, who will share with you the most up-to-date and empowering information on integrative solutions to cancer.

I am joining an amazing line-up of the best of the best in this field.  (See below for just a few of the amazing presenters featured in this potentially life-saving event.)  My presentation is on September 12th at 5:00 pm PDT.   I encourage you to attend the entire event.  I plan to attend all of the presentations, myself.  Use the link below to attend for free as my guest. 

This is an on-line summit, so you can attend all sessions from the convenience of your home or office.  When you use the link below to register as my guest, you will receive an e-mail from the summit host, confirming your registration and including all the details you will need. 

Beginning September 3rd, there will be 2 presentations per day, each lasting 1 hour.  The first daily presentation will be at 12 noon, Pacific Daylight Time.  The second daily presentation will be at 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.  The summit continues through September 18th.  But you don’t need to sweat these details.  As soon as you sign up for free, you will receive a confirming e-mail and then a series of e-mails to provide all the details you need, as well as timely reminders and some cool bonuses. 

 ATTEND FREE BY VISITING THIS WEB PAGE: http://thecuretocancersummit.com/dap/a/?a=2402

 This year there are:

 ===> Multiple Cancer Survivors and thrivers sharing the exact steps and processes they used to overcome multiple types and stages of cancer.

 ===> Medical Doctors revealing the latest in integrative medicine.

 ===> Leading Health Experts sharing the newest nutritional advice for boosting the immune system and healing the body.

 ===> Cancer researchers bringing forth new findings for how to prevent, heal, and potentially reverse this debilitating disease.

 ===> And so much more!

 ATTEND FREE BY VISITING: http://thecuretocancersummit.com/dap/a/?a=2402

 This year I am honored and immensely pleased to be joining the amazing line-up of world-class cancer experts and world-renowned alternative health experts, including:

  •  Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of “The Art of Healing”
  • Dr. Gabriel Cousens from the Tree of Life
  • Mike Adams from Natural News  
  • Jeffrey Smith from The Institute of Responsible Technology
  • Dr. Brian Clement from Hippocrates Health Institute
  • Kelly Turner, author of “Radical Remission”
  • Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy from The Center For New Medicine
  • Dr. Pedram Shojai from www.well.org
  • Dr. Francisco Contreras from Oasis of Hope
  • Ty Bollinger
  • Cherie Soria
  • Aubrey De Grey
  • Judi Moreo
  • Dr. V, Adrea Brier
  • Along with other leaders in the field of alternative and complimentary approaches to cancer and remarkable cancer survivors, who have dedicated their post-cancer lives to sharing what they learned from their experiences.

This will be the most engaging, uplifting, and empowering summit you’ve ever attended, dedicated to finding and sharing real solutions to cancer.

ATTEND FREE BY VISITING THIS LINK: http://thecuretocancersummit.com/dap/a/?a=2402

The Summit is hosted by Jean Swann and produced by Integrated Health International, an organization dedicated to sharing empowering solutions to preventing, healing, and reversing disease.

The attached brochure includes the complete line-up, along with a brief summary of my background. 

See you on the summit!

 Please feel free to e-mail me if I may serve in any way.

 To your great health!

Jeff Bell

The Overcoming Cancer Coach

 jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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Flu Season – To Shoot Or Not To Shoot

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_Portrait Yes, it’s flu season again.  And the usual signs trying to convince us that we need a flu shot are everywhere.  This year they seem even more widespread than ever.  Everywhere I go I feel like there are voices telling me to get a flu shot right away.

There are about 3 or 4 supermarkets near my home.  All of them have signs prominently displayed at all of their entrances and throughout the store, making sure I know that if I get a flu shot I get a 10% discount on my shopping that day.  I don’t know about you, but I find this outrageous.  In most countries, such discounts tied to flu shot would be illegal and so would this obnoxious advertising, (I call it attempted brainwash).

So I am going to keep this short – I want to be sure you have time to read it before you succumb to the dangerous propaganda and go get that flu shot.  Please read - the life you save may be your own:

Chances are that if you have found this web site and are reading this, you know that almost all vaccines contain preservatives, most of which are known carcinogens.  You surely know that many vaccines still contain mercury in various forms, even though there is no known safe level for mercury in the body and even though it is well known that exposure to mercury causes serious neurological damage.  (That right there is proof positive that the vaccine manufacturers do now care if they injure or kill you.  They have resisted all efforts to compel them to exclude mercury from the shots.  Much of this effort has come directly from organizations that have no financial stake in the issue at all and that are backed by a number of the world’s leading immunological scientists.

Here’s what you may not know, and that may be even more frightening news about vaccines:  Almost all vaccines these days contain agents called “Adjuvants”, which make the immune system respond more strongly to them and make the response last longer.    Essentially, they “fool” the immune system.  This also has the less widely well-known advantage to the vaccine makers of drastically lowering the cost of production.  Here is a really good article that explains this in more detail.  I guarantee you a good read and some very valuable information that will help you to better protect yourself and your family.

The Scary World Of Adjuvants

And when you are done reading it, I suggest you come back to this site and look into the many posts I have written here about natural and safe ways to boost and support the immune system.  That is, be far, the safest and best way to protect yourself against the flu.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

 

 

 

 

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If We Were Serious About Doing Something About Violence And The Use Of Chemical Weapons…

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitMost of the time I am able to restrain myself from posting political views on this site.  I try to keep it focused as strictly as possible on health, only.  In this case, as I watch the most powerful nation in human history prepare to bomb yet another relatively weak nation that poses no direct threat to the U.S.A. at all, (how many has it been in the last 20 years – I have long since lost count of just how many nations the U.S.A. has done this to) and I consider the number of innocent civilians, many of them women and children who will die and be grievously injured, I just cannot keep silent.

And for those who say, stick to health, I say being bombed is bad for your health, really bad!  So here is what I posted on Facebook this morning.  If you find it makes sense to you, please share near and wide.  Please spread the word.

Originally posted on Facebook on 09/01/2013 mid-day by Jeff Bell:  (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002021460715)

So what’s next for Syria at the hands of the U.S., (the world’s self-appointed police force)?

Most likely there will be a token debate on whether or not the U.S. bombs Syria when  Congress returns to session.  Most likely the U.S. will proceed to bomb Syria, and that will certainly make many of the relatively uninformed among the U.S. population feel better.  Who will really benefit will be the arms merchants and manufacturers who make the munitions used for this so-called “punitive police action”.  Please do not misunderstand.  I am not condoning the Assad regime, and whoever else may have been involved – not by a long shot.

However, I have an alternative and radical proposal.  My hope is that if I put it out there often enough, maybe it will enter enough of the collective consciousness of those who really care about the world and who have any moral fiber left intact so that it will even be considered.  In order for any regime, such as the Assad regime in Syria to use chemical weapons someone has to have sold them the weapons, and the means to use them, or at least the raw materials for same.  If the NSA has the technology to determine the last 10 phone calls I made and the last 50 e-mails I sent, then surely they have the means to discover where Syria got the weapons and/or means of production.  So why not take the executives of the companies involved and indict them in the World Court for accessory to murder.  And while we are at it, why not indict the executives of any companies that have sold anyone any of the technology for chemical weapons production or use in the last 20 years or so for either conspiracy to commit murder and war crimes if the weapons were not used, or as accessory if they were?  There is quite widespread agreement among most nations that the use of chemical weapons is NEVER acceptable.  And in the U.S. it is a crime to sell them to any entity that is likely to use them.  Therefore, there is no valid reason to design, manufacture or sell them at all.  So why not put the force of law behind these concepts.

Think of the impact that would have!  Far better than some sort of punitive military action against the Assad regime, which will certainly escalate the already terrible violence in that war-torn country, and which even the most optimistic promoters of such operations admit will result in a large number of deaths to innocent civilians.

If this makes sense to you, maybe we can start a petition to the World Court, or to several such bodies.  Perhaps we can get the likes of Robert Fisk, Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney and others involved.  And there are even some relatively conservative political figures who likely would stand behind this.  Ron Paul and his son Rand come to mind.  This could become a movement with real widespread appeal and momentum behind it.

How about it?  Who is in on this?  What are some practical next steps?  The clock is ticking.  Perhaps this is a golden window of opportunity to make a real difference in our world.  Let us not waste it.

Yours for a more peaceful and just world,

Jeff Bell

In addition to the above, I would like to add:  If you are a lawyer or other skilled person who might know how to craft a petition or other action to promote this please contact me.  I do not have skills in that area, but feel this is important to try and get done before it is too late.

 

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Tips For Getting An Accurate AMAS Cancer Test

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitThe AMAS cancer test has been around for a couple of decades.  It is FDA approved, in many cases even covered by Medicare.  I only mention those two factors because they help to establish that this is not some wacky, esoteric test of doubtful validity.

To be sure, there are those in the mainstream, some radiologists and pathologists in particular, who seem to have made it a real focus of their regular activity to attack the AMAS test.  But I suspect that if you look beneath the covers, you will find an unspoken agenda underlying these attacks.  The AMAS test is the “gold standard” for cancer testing, from pre-diagnoses up through initial and some follow-up diagnoses in many parts of the world.  And it is widely used by those in the know even in the U.S.A.

The purpose of this post is not to convince you that the AMAS test is valid, nor to discuss the science on which it is based.  Rather, the purpose of this post is to help those who wish to get the test to know some details that will facilitate getting the test, and a few details and tips, which, if followed, will increase the accuracy and relevance of the test.

For more detail about test, please see my previous post:  http://myhealthoptimizer.com/want-a-highly-accurate-non-invasive-cancer-test/

or go directly to the web site for the AMAS test and read the research and articles posted there:  http://www.oncolabinc.com/

 

Brief Overview:

The AMAS test, which stands for “anti-malignin antibody serum”, measures the level of “anti-malignin antibody” in the blood serum.  To receive this test you will have a blood sample drawn in a way that is identical to a blood draw for almost any other blood test.  You will not notice any difference.  The amount of blood drawn, and all other aspects of the experience will be the same.

Once the blood sample has been collected, the local lab will process it in a very special way, pack it on dry ice and ship it via FedEx overnight to the actual testing lab, Onco Lab, in Boston, MA.

Onco Lab will process the sample and return the results to the health care provider who signed your test requisition.

Again, for more details on how the test works and why it is a good test, please see my previous post about the AMAS test:

http://myhealthoptimizer.com/want-a-highly-accurate-non-invasive-cancer-test/

 

How To Get An AMAS Test:

The AMAS test requires a special blood sample collection kit.  These are available within the continental U.S.A. at no charge from Onco Lab Inc.  Go to this site to request your free sample collection kit:

http://www.oncolabinc.com/order.php

Next you will need to fill in your online  test requisition form, which you will want to print and then have singed by your health care provider.  (This can be any practitioner licensed to order a blood draw in your state.  Different states in the U.S. have different regulations concerning who can order a blood draw and who cannot.)

Here is the site address for accessing the online test requisition:

http://www.oncolabinc.com/AMASrequisition.pdf

If your health care provider has doubts about the benefits of this test and may be therefore hesitant to sign the requisition, I would encourage them to go to the Onco Lab site and review the information on two pages.  Here are the addresses:

http://www.oncolabinc.com/license.php

and

http://www.oncolabinc.com/health.php

They may also be interested in the information under the FAQ, PUBLICATIONS and BLOG TABs on the site.  You may also find the materials of interest.  After all it is your health at issue, here.

If your provider still has questions or hesitations to order the test, they can contact me.  I will be happy to discuss the test, its relative accuracy, when it is appropriate and when it is not.  They can also call the lab directly to get their questions answered.  I have used and relied heavily on this test for years, and have high confidence in it when it is used properly.  I first learned about the AMAS test years ago from Dr. Richard Kunin, M.D., who was a colleague of Dr. Linus Pauling’s, as well as a cofounder with Dr. Pauling of the entire school and practice of OrthoMolecular Medicine.  To me, that is a very high recommendation.

The next section of this post will detail how to get the maximum accuracy from your AMAS test.

 

How To Get Accurate Results:

Once you have your test kit on its way to you, (It can take up to 5 business days to get your kit, so order right away if you plan to have the test soon), you will need to find a local lab that is qualified to properly process and ship your blood sample.  The blood draw itself is completely standard and requires no special equipment or special procedures.  However, properly preparing and shipping the sample does require special equipment and procedures.  You want to be sure that you use a lab that is certified by Onco Lab to do the preparation properly so that you can rely on your test results.

Once the local lab draws the sample, they will need to process it in a laboratory centrifuge, then pack it properly on dry ice, package it in the collection kit packing, and ship it to Onco Lab.  All of this must be done properly or the test will not be accurate.

To find a lab in your area that is certified to properly process the sample and ship it properly, you can use this link:

http://www.oncolabinc.com/map.php

If you do not find a lab that is near you that is certified to prepare your sample, you should call Onco Lab directly and ask them for help.  New labs are being certified frequently, and the on-line map may not be fully up to date.  If all else fails, I think it is worth traveling a few hours to get this valuable test done.

Once you have your local lab identified, you need to call them and make your appointment.  I recommend that you make sure your appointment is for prior to 9:30 am if possible.  And you certainly do not want it any later than 10:30 am.  The reason is that you want to be sure they have time to process your blood sample, pack it and ship it out via FedEx overnight service on the same day it is collected.

IMPORTANT!  You will want to make your appointment for a morning on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  That way you can be sure that your test sample will not sit in a FedEx depot over a weekend, where the dry ice will melt and the sample will likely be ruined.

While you are talking with the local alb, you can ask if they have AMAS test kits on hand.  Some of the labs that do a lot of AMAS tests keep the collection kits and insulated shipping containers on hand.

Also ask if they have dry ice, or if you will need to bring it with you.  As with the collection kits, labs that do a lot of AMAS tests often keep dry ice on hand.  The amount needed for a single test is 3 pounds.  If you need to supply the dry ice yourself, you can use this link to find a source that is near the local lab you are using:

http://www.dryicedirectory.com/

You will want to get the ice as near to the lab as possible, and immediately place it in the insulated shipping container so that it is preserved as well as possible until the shipment is sealed and on its way.

There is no need to fast or prepare in any other special way for the AMAS test.

 

A Special Tip To Increase The Accuracy:

The AMAS test, depending on what studies you read, and under what circumstances it is used, has an accuracy range of somewhere between 93% and 97%.  So if you want to use the science of statistical math to eliminate false negatives and false positives almost completely, then here is a strategy you can use:  Get your first AMAS test and wait for the results.  As soon as you have the results, get a second test.  The statistical likelihood of two false positives or two false negatives in a row is so small that it is close to zero.  Most likely, your health insurance will not cover two such AMAS tests in a row.  However, since cancer is such a scary beast it may be worth the added piece of mind of paying for a second test out-of-pocket.

 

When Is The AMAS Test Appropriate And When Is It Not?

The AMAS test is appropriate and useful for detecting initial cancers, and for tracking remissions and recurrences up through approximately mid-stage.  The longer a cancer has been present, generally beyond initial diagnoses, or for recurrent cancers, the more times it has recurred, the less accurate the AMAS test.

Here’s why:  The AMAS test measures the presence and level of an antibody, called “Anti-Malignin Anti-body” in the blood serum.  The test is based on the fact that the body produces antibodies to cancers when cancers first occur.  For a significant time after the initial occurrence of cancer the body continues to produce this antibody when cancers are present.  However, if this goes on for long enough, as in the case of multiple recurrences, or very long term battles with cancers, the element of the immune system that is responsible for generating this anti-body eventually “wears out” and stops producing the anti-body.  So after a number of recurrences, or after a cancer has been present and active for a long time the incidence of false negatives goes up until eventually the testis of limited or perhaps even no value.  This factor, although thoroughly acknowledged, documented and published by Onco Lab is often used to try to discredit the test for all use.  But this is clearly an invalid objection.  (Perhaps there is a hidden agenda on the part of the “Cancer Industrial Complex” here?)

If you are not sure if the test is appropriate or not, I recommend that you call the very helpful staff at Onco Lab and discuss the specifics with them.  In my experience they are very straight-forward in addressing this issue and are happy to discuss these or any other concerns with both patients and health care providers.  Here is the number:  (800) 922-8378.

I hope this post has been helpful to you in sorting out one aspect of this difficult challenge to life, cancer.

As always, please let me know if I can be of further help.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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An Amazing Cat Tail – 7 Of 9 Lives Used!

We hope you had a great New Year’s Celebration, and one with a lot less drama than ours.  For the last 10 years we have been blessed to have a mostly wild cat living with us.  (Actually, we have 2 cats, but one is as domestic as can be and the other is seriously wild.)

As nearly as we can tell, Darci is the result of  breeding between a species of wild cat, called: “African Black-Footed Cat” and some form of domestic cat.  Since we broke her out of the local cat and dog jail when she was a tiny kitten, less than 2 pounds, we really do not know her lineage.  Most likely someone in the area had one or more African Black-Footed Cats who escaped and then mated with domestic cats.  Apparently, this sort of thing is more common than one might think.  Who knows?

Anyway, Darci has lived with us for about 10 years, and has always been super healthy -  that is until a couple of weeks ago.

Darci, being mostly wild, is surprisingly friendly and affectionate with us, but not so much with strangers.  She spends most of her time outdoors, and likes to hunt.  With her background, I guess that is no surprise.  She comes in for occasional meals, for the same good alkaline water that we drink, and for a good scratching and petting session from time to time.  All of this is strictly on her terms, of course.

Many breeds of wild cats cannot retract their front claws.  Darci is no exception.  If she runs across the kitchen floor you can hear her claws clicking throughout the house.

A day or so before New Year’s we noticed that Darci did not look so good.  She was lethargic, and not very responsive.  We figured maybe she just had some sort of bug and did not pay it any mind.  Perhaps we should have, since she had never even had a single day sick the whole time she has lived with us.

By the next morning we knew something very serious was wrong.  Darci was clearly in trouble.  She was having difficulty walking, would not eat or drink, and had lost control of her bodily functions.  And she was barely responsive.  She did not seem to be in pain, but it was clear that her functions and organs were in the process of shutting down.

My wife and I had a conference to decide what to do.  We thought about taking her to the local animal emergency center.  That was an attractive option as I did not really want to be responsible for her life and death decisions, and although I often work with people who are gravely ill, I do not do this with animals and do not feel well qualified.

On the other hand, we knew from past experience that we would run up a $2,000 bill or more.  And worse, they would not be likely to save her.  They would most likely run a bunch of tests, determine that they could not do anything and then tell us it was hopeless.  Further, Darci, being quite wild, would not do well even for the short car ride to the animal hospital.  And staying there away from us overnight would put her under a great deal more stress – the last think she needed at that point.

So we decided to do what we could for her here at her home.  For the first day, which was 2 days before the end of the year she was almost completely non-responsive.  She was not in a complete coma, but nearly so.

I kept track of her respirations, which were very slow and shallow, and I checked her pulse throughout the day.  I massaged her Chinese lung points, and did hands-on energy treatments throughout the day.  She gradually started to become more alert.

At about 24 hours into this whole affair she seemed like she was starting to improve. In addition to the energy work and the acupressure to keep her lungs clear I kept her hydrated.  She was not drinking at all on her own, let alone eating.

On New Year’s Day Darci was able to walk just a little.  She went to the front door and it was clear she wanted to go out.  I was reluctant to let her, but since she is essentially a wild animal I knew that confining her was not going to work.

To make a long story short, she did go out, and for the next 24 hours we did not see her or have any idea where she was.  My wife and I both prepared ourselves to accept the very sad conclusion that Darci had decided it was time for her to die.  And as wild animals, and particularly cats often do, that she had gone off into hiding to die all alone.

We were both so sad we could hardly think straight.  Frankly, I have always found the Holiday Season a bit of an emotional challenge, but not like this.  We were sure that Darci must have transitioned to the great hunting ground in the sky.  She had been gone, outside for nearly 30 hours, without eating or drinking, and with no shelter.  The day-time temperature was just above freezing and at night well below.  In her weakened state we did not see how she could have survived for that long.

We began thinking of some sort of ceremony we could have to celebrate her life and to give us some closure.  But then a miracle occurred:  Our other cat, Mickie, (he has several posts here on this blog – look for the oldest posts), was staring out the front window and sort of pointing.  His tail was pointing straight out behind him like a hunting dog’s tail.

We looked out the window and there was Darci.  She was obviously in very bad shape.  She could not walk and was barely able to move at all.  I went out and gently and carefully picked her up.  (The fact that I could underscores just how weak she was.  Normally, you do not pick Darci up unless you like skin grafts.  She certainly is not mean, but she also is not a domestic cat and she startles pretty easily, which is not beneficial unless you own stock in the local skin graft clinic.)

Once we had her inside, I made the decision to keep hydrating her.  While she was gone I think she was deciding if it was time for her to die or if she wanted to try and recover.  I think that by showing up like that just outside the front door she was letting us know that she had made her decision and that it was not yet her time.

By this point, from the symptoms, which included liver failure, but without any fever or evidence of a pathogen at work, I felt pretty sure that Darci had eaten a poisoned rat or other rodent.  (Our neighbors had until recently been under a monthly pest control contract, and I had seen several dead rodents in the yard, which seemed almost certainly to have died from some kind of poisoning.  Thankfully, they have since cancelled that contract, realizing that if ever the “Law of Unintended Consequences” applies, it is to commercial pest control.)

My wife and I used muscle-testing by proxy, (a practical way to use muscle-testing for health matters with animals and infants, or even with adult humans who may not be able to talk at the time), to determine what Darci needed.  She clearly needed the following:

  • She needed to be kept warm.
  •  She needed to be kept hydrated.
  • She needed to be given a small amount of colloidal silver every 4 hours.  I honestly am not sure what she needed that for, but it tested very strong for her and we did it.
  • She needed Organic Sulfur.  Most likely this was to help her detox from the secondary rodent poison that was otherwise killing her.  And it probably was for overall liver support, and maybe improved oxygenation, as well.
  • She needed a small amount of tincture of Milk Tincture to support her liver and help it to recover.

I implemented these measures, and even kept special healing music playing for her next to her bed.  (This is the same healing music that I use with many of my clients.)  Darci has always loved music and in the past would even come from the other side of the house when I would put this music on.

After a couple of days, Darci showed real signs of dramatic improvement.  She started to walk around the house a bit.  She was still quite wobbly, and clearly had some serious neurological damage, but we felt there was really good reason to be hopeful.

By about day 5 Darci was definitely becoming noticeably more alert and active, even if the degree of improvement was modest.  It was now clear to us both that she had decided to live and to try to recover.  She had even started drinking on her own so I was able to stop hydrating her.

However, she still had not started eating on her own.  By day 6 I was really worried about Darci not eating.  Cats generally cannot go for a long time without eating without suffering serious liver damage, and she already had enough of that from the poison.

I had carefully and as gently as possible force-fed her a few times once she made clear that she wanted to live.  But this was traumatic for all of us and clearly was not a real solution.  My wife, Sue, finally had an inspiration towards a possible solution.  Sue remembered that Darci loved to drink up the excess juice whenever we had tuna fish.  So she bought some cans of good quality tuna and we opened one and offered Darci the juice.  She lapped it up and even asked for more.

Within a day Darci was even eating the tuna itself, and within 2 days was starting to eat her own cat food again.  As a long-term food, tuna is not generally very good for cats.  It has the wrong protein profile.  And fed tuna for too long many cats will develop serious urinary tract problems.  This is more of a problem for male cats, but I have heard of it for female cats, as well.  But in this case, the tuna was a brilliant move for a day or so to get Darci back to eating again on her own.

We are now a couple of weeks out from this crisis.  Darci continues to improve a little more each day.  I am not even sure why I wrote this and posted it.  I think on some level this experience was so intense for me that I just had to express it.  On another level altogether it really confirms the power of some relatively simple and readily available remedies to address even a profound health crisis.  In this case, I believe the colloidal silver, Organic Sulfur, tincture of Milk Thistle, Chinese Energy Medicine, and the tons and tons of profound love that Sue and I poured over Darci made all the difference.

Darci is now in “cat physical therapy” – she chases a red laser pointer slowly (for her) around the living room floor for several minutes, several times a day.  She is slowly getting her coordination and speed back.  I think it will be a while yet before she is fully recovered, but she is doing well.

I have on order some special flower essences from Green Hope Farms in New Hampshire.  I got some for Darci and some for me and Sue.  We have some healing to do, as well from this experience.  http://www.greenhopeessences.com/  I will post review of these flower essences onoce we have used them for awhile.

We are profoundly grateful that Darci survived this terrible ordeal.  We hope that if you still use any form of chemical pest control that you will reconsider the practice.  We have seen more than a few real tragedies arise from its use, including 2 where young children almost lost their lives.  And I think we don’t’ even really understand just how dangerous it is to all living beings.  Likely, as with most toxic chemicals, there will be longer-term consequences that we won’t even find out about until a great many people and other living beings have been harmed and possibly killed.

If there is a positive moral to this suspenseful cat-tail (pun intended), I think it might be this:  Amazing outcomes are possible with the sensible application of just a few dollars worth of natural remedies, some determination, and a ton of sincere and unrestrained love.  In this case, it seems clear that with these simple and nearly free ingredients we accomplished what thousands of dollars of conventional medical intervention almost certainly would not have.

In love and light,

Jeff Bell

I will post a follow-up pciture or two of Darci once she has completed her physical therapy.  If you look closely at the picture at the top of this post you can see that something is still very wrong with her.  She just looks kind of dazed and out of it.  But she is making good progress and I hope to have much more lively photos soon.

 

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The Dangers Of Blood Testing For Reproductive Hormones

For quite a few years I have been advocating and writing about the use of saliva testing instead of blood testing for measuring reproductive hormone levels.  There are several posts on this site that deal with this all-important area of health.  And I have several articles that are available upon request.

Here are links to several of the more general blog posts on this subject:

Why Saliva Testing?

Healthy Adrenals and Measuring Cortisol Levels/

Recently several of my clients have asked for more detail about why saliva testing is so much safer and more accurate than blood testing for reproductive hormone testing and balancing.

First, let me recap a few basic but crucial principles:

Always Test First
It almost goes without saying that messing around with hormone balance without first testing and obtaining accurate results is playing with fire.  It is widely known that “Hormone Replacement Therapy”, also known as “HRT”, has a generally bad reputation.  There are several reasons for this.  I primary one is that most of the physicians who prescribed this form of therapy did so without first testing to see what the base hormone levels were before they started replacing what they thought were the “missing” hormone.  The results were disastrous for a high percentage of their patients.

It may seem shocking but in many cases, practitioners prescribed hormone replacement just based on a patient’s age, or a verbal description of their symptoms.  To be sure, age and symptoms are important to take into consideration, but there is no substitute for accurately measuring the existing hormone levels before implementing any balancing measures.

The error of balancing without first testing often was compounded by prescribing synthetics instead of bioidentical hormones.  Also the amounts they were prescribing were many times higher than they should have been.  (I have seen prescriptions for amounts that were more than 50 times what they should have been!)

Why Saliva Testing?
There are a number of reasons why saliva testing is absolutely the best way to test for reproductive hormone levels.  The most important reason why saliva testing is far more accurate than blood testing for reproductive hormone balance is that most reproductive hormones have a tendency to “bind” to the many organic molecules that are in the blood, which renders them no longer available for the body to use, yet they still show up as being present in blood tests.  This means that in almost all cases the amount of hormone detected by a blood test will actually be significantly greater than the amount of that hormone that is available to control the various functions within the body.  (More on this later.)

In contrast, saliva has almost no organic molecules for the hormones to bind to, so what you see is truly what you get.  Hormone levels detected by a saliva test are almost exactly the levels that are available for use in the body.

Another important reason for preferring saliva testing is that it can easily and accurately be done at home.  In contrast, one must go to a qualified lab to have a blood sample drawn when using blood testing.  Not only is this is inconvenient, but it also adds to the inaccuracies inherent in blood testing for reproductive hormones.  Ideally, for maximum accuracy and relevance, estradiol, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone *, and cortisol levels should be tested 30 minutes after awakening in the morning.  This is nearly, impossible if one has to travel outside the home to a lab to have a sample drawn.

If one is including cortisol tests in the test panel, (a good idea in most cases since cortisol is a “master hormone” that interacts with most other hormones in the body), it should be tested 4 different times throughout the day to get an accurate picture.  The first sample should be taken 30 after awakening in the morning.  The next cortisol sample should be taken immediately before the mid-day meal.  The next sample should be taken just before the evening meal.  The final and 4th sample should be collected at least 1 hour after the evening meal and just before bedtime.

Obviously, unless you live in a lab, following the above timing for collecting the 4 samples, using blood testing would be impossible.  It is easy if using saliva testing.

Ratios Rule
I have been asked why we can’t rely on blood testing and just factor in a percentage of the detected hormones that will be bound to organic molecules and therefore not available.  First of all, there is no reliable way to know what percentage of the reproductive hormones will be bound and what percentage will be free and therefore bioavailable or active.  Secondly, each of the hormones behave differently and tend to bind or remain free in different percentages.  For example, in a given person 30% of the estradiol may be bound and 45% of the progesterone may be bound.  But there is no practical way to really know that.

The challenge is compounded by the fact that for several of the most crucial reproductive hormones the ratios between them are actually far more important than the absolute levels.  This is especially true for the ratio between estradiol and progesterone.  When this ratio is out of range, it can lead to a host of serious health problems, including dysmenorrhea in women, increased risk of reproductive cancers in both men and women, and much more.

Is Reproductive Hormone Testing Important Even If I Am Past Reproductive Age?
You bet it is!  For our entire lives reproductive hormones regulate many of our biological and emotional processes in significant ways.  So this is not just about reproduction, although it is certainly crucial for that aspect of our lives.  Here are just a few aspects of our health that are profoundly affected our reproductive hormone balance states for most if not all of our lives:

  • Cancer risks for both men and women
  • Cardiac health
  • Sexual performance for both men and women
  • Emotional health
  • Bone density and skeletal health
  • Clear thinking and ability to focus
  • Energy levels
  • Athletic performance
  • Skin health
  • Immune system health
  • Resilience to handle stress
  • Weight management
  • Digestive health

As you can see, it pays to maintain a healthy reproductive hormone balance.  And for the reasons explained above, saliva testing is clearly the place to start.

Please check out the other blog posts about saliva testing that I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post.   Here are the links again:

Why Saliva Testing?

Healthy Adrenals and Measuring Cortisol Levels/

Please post any questions, comments and/or suggestions in the comments space below.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

 

*  Testosterone is the only one of the primary reproductive hormones that can be accurately tested via blood sampling.  Most labs these days are capable of differentiating between “free testosterone” and “bound testosterone” in the blood.  However, saliva testing eliminates the need for that step, and will still be inherently more accurate.  Further, since the other reproductive hormones need to be tested using saliva sampling, it makes sense to go ahead and include the testosterone in that same test rather than having a separate blood test.

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A Simple Trick For Sore And Stiff Necks

From time to time most of us will experience a stiff or sore neck.  For many years I have relied on a simple trick to attain both instant relief and long term benefits, as well.  I learned this from my first chiropractic and applied kinesiology instructor.

Before I share this simple but highly effective trick with you, I want to cover some basic principles that apply to stiff and sore necks:

As with any health significant problem, focusing on the symptom and ignoring the root cause leads to trouble down the road.  It is similar to putting a piece of masking tape over a warning light on the dashboard of your car.  And even if a “natural solution” that does not involve pharmaceuticals, or other potentially harmful substances, is used to deal with the symptom, one is still suppressing or covering the symptom and not addressing the root cause.

A little later in this post I will list some of the more common root causes for stiff or sore necks.  If you experience a stiff or sore neck on a chronic basis it will pay for you to be sure and study that part of this post.

That said, in many cases, there are good reasons to deal with the immediate symptoms of a health problem, especially as long as you make a commitment to also work with the  root cause.  Not only does reducing the symptoms often improve comfort and quality of life, but in many cases the symptoms themselves can lead to other problems.

In the case of stiff and sore necks, because so much of our bodies’ circulation and neurology runs through our necks, chronic neck stiffness and soreness can lead to other serious health problems.  These problems, left unresolved can affect nearly every other part of our bodies.

If you suffer from a chronic stiff or sore neck you could try chiropractic treatments.  That can help and in some cases, especially in the hands of a skilled practitioner, may even resolve the problem completely.  But this approach generally requires multiple visits over time, which can become expensive and may be inconvenient.

In both my own personal experience and that acquired while working with my clients, pharmaceuticals and the like will not do the job.  They may relieve the immediate symptoms, but you can expect the pain to return, in most cases sooner rather than later.  Further, many of these substances are harmful to your overall health.  For example, most pain medications, even over-the-counter ones, have the potential to cause serious liver damage very quickly, even with moderate use.  And again, they do not address the root cause.

So, what to do?  The following is a simple method that just about anyone can use to relieve a stiff or sore neck:

What you will need:  You will need 2 tennis balls.  They can be new or used, and need not be expensive or fancy ones.  You will need a good quality, strong athletic or work sock.  Again, it can be new or used.  You do not need a pair of socks – we are just going to use one for this.

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s assemble our sophisticated medical device:  (For any medical regulatory agencies who read this that was an attempt at humor.  I am not illegally promoting medical devices to the public.)

1.  Take the two tennis balls and put them into the sock.  Push them all the way into the toe of the sock, as far as they will go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Tie a loose, simple overhand knot on the leg side of the sock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Work the knot down as close to the tennis balls as you can get it.

4.  Tighten the knot so that it holds both tennis balls securely and all of the way into the toe section of the sock.

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we havge assembled our highly sophisticated medical device it is time to use it to releive that stiff or sore neck.  Ready?  Here we go:

1.  Lie down on a bed, flat on your back.  Your head should be lying directly on the bed without a pillow under it.

This may be slightly uncomfortable but it will only be this way for a  moment or two.

2.  To relieve any tension on your lower back, place a pillow or bolster under the backs or your knees so that they are comfortably supported in a moderately bent position.

3.  Place the sock with the two tennis balls tied into it under the back of your neck.  It should be positioned so that there is a tennis ball on either side of your neck.

4.  Relax and let the weight of your head gently press the back of your neck against the tennis balls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Focus on your breathing, relax and just let gravity do the work for you.  10 minutes is about right for a session.

That’s all there is to it!  If you do this every morning and every night whenever you have a stiff or sore neck, you will find that it provides immediate relief.  What’s more, over time it will subtly adjust the structural alignment of your neck and improve your overall health.  If this seems too simple to be effective, don’t be fooled.  It actually can be remarkably effective.

For increased relief you might consider adding one or more of the following measures:

  • Rub some “Tiger Balm” salve or “Traumed” homeopathic cream on the back of your neck before lying on the tennis balls.
  • Try a hot shower before lying on the tennis balls.
  • Put on some soothing music while you are lying on the tennis balls.
  • Try the measure described in detail in my article: “How I Fix Up Sore Joints”.  If you do not have a copy of this article, please feel free to e-mail me and ask for a free copy.

What else to consider:  Near the beginning of this post I harped on a bit about not just dealing with symptoms, but also paying attention to underlying causes.  Now that you know how to get some immediate relief, let’s return to that subject.

Let us consider some common causes for chronic sore and stiff necks:

An obvious one is emotional stress or tension.  For this you might consider “Emotional Freedom Technique” or “EFT”, sometimes also simply referred to as “Tapping”.  Of course, some of us may benefit from more conventional therapy and similar approaches to reducing emotional stress and “dis-ease”.  I see no reason not to use both if you are able.  There are plenty of good books, as well as on-line resources for learning how to use EFT if you do not already know how.  In the last several years, the Ortner Family has hosted several “World Tapping Summits” and many of the presentations can be found on YouTube and on other sites.  Please let me know if you have trouble finding the materials.

QiGong is another great resource for reducing emotional stress and for improving overall health.  I highly recommend Deborah Davis’ excellent site for this.  She has a terrific QiGong instructional video that you can use to learn the basics of QiGong.  The results can be amazing, even within a relatively short period of time.   I have a link to her site at the bottom of this post.

Another common cause of chronic neck stiffness and soreness can be one or more mineral deficiencies.  The most common ones causing this problem will be calcium and magnesium.  But please don’t run out and buy calcium and magnesium supplements.  Unless you know how to find ones that are truly bioavailable and appropriate for your body, you will be wasting your time and money at best, and you may actually harm your health.

If you suspect or know that you are deficient in calcium or magnesium, here are links to learn what to do about it:

Calcium link:  http://myhealthoptimizer.com/the-truth-about-calcium-supplements/

Magnesium link:  http://myhealthoptimizer.com/a-true-miracle-mineral-magnesium/

Another common cause of stiff and sore necks is a deficiency in Omega 3 fatty acids.  For most of us, our diets tend to leave us with an over-abundance of Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids and a deficiency in Omega 3 fatty acids.  This condition can lead to a number of health problems.  One of the ones that can be most immediately noticeable is an increase in overall inflammation in the body.  This can lead to stiffness and pain in any of the joints in our musculoskeletal system, including those in the neck.

There are a number of really good Omega 3 supplements on the market.  There also are a number of them that I would not consider to be any good.  Sorting that out is beyond the scope of this article.  If you lack expertise in this area, I would recommend consulting a knowledgeable and qualified practitioner. In my opinion this area of health is too important to leave to chance.

Some other areas to look at include the physical setup of how you sleep.  You might want to try modifying the way you use pillows so that you neck is supported but not stressed and so that it is in a healthy position while you sleep.

If you try the “Sock and Balls” method described in this article, please let me know how it works for you.  Please also feel free to post your comments and questions below.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

Deborah Davis’ Spirit Of QiGong instructional video.

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A Kiai A Day Keeps The Doctor Away!

Could you use a simple way to supercharge your immune system?  Read on!

In martial arts, the term kiai commonly refers to a short exhalation (not necessarily as a yell) before or during a strike or technique.  In bujutsu, (Japanese arts of war), it is usually linked to an inner gathering of energy released in a single explosive focus of will.  Students of Japanese martial arts such as aikido, karate, kendo or judo (or related arts such as taiko drumming) do not use, but rather allow, one’s Ki (spelled chi or sometime qi in the Chinese traditions – meaning life-force) to emanate from their center, or hara while executing a technique.  The art of kiai has a number of different forms, often collectively referred to as Kiaijutsu.

The ki in kiai refers to the energy or life-force that animates all living beings.  In most Eastern Martial traditions and their foundational spiritual practices is it believed to be the essential force that determines health and vitality.  It is also viewed as a resource that can be nurtured, built and even stored within the body for later use. The ai part of the word kiai means to meet, harmonize, join or fuse. So the kiai is the expression of our energy, ki, usually through a shout, with the intent to meet, ai, the opponent’s spiritual energy, the ki thus having an effect on him or her.  This explanation is admittedly a bit simplistic.  Entire books have been written on kiaijutsu.  For our purposes here, this will suffice.

The proper use of kiaijutsu involves concentrating on the use of one’s ki, or life-force, more than it does the shouting aspect.  A sound may be just the audible manifestation of good kiai (aligned body structure, focused intent, and good breathing).  Kiai can also  be a silent coordination of breath with focus and action.  Students who are learning the art of kiaijitsu are generally taught to always use a powerful and unrestrained single-syllable sound to help focus and sharpen their kiai.  The silent kiai is considered to be an advanced technique, more suitable to the master martial artist.

A relaxed and powerful exhalation can add power to movement.  Although newer students of kiaijitsu are usually encouraged to use core body tension to prepare for a kiai, sort of like the way a baseball pitcher winds up to throw a powerful pitch.  Once one has accomplished consistent power and focus using tension to prepare the kiai, moving on to learning to execute a powerful kiai from a relaxed state may be the next step.

The sound from a well-executed kiai is said to arise from the hara (Japanese) or dantien (Chinese).  It involves the abdominal muscles and diaphragm and should not be sounded merely from the throat.

As well as the above, the kiai can be used to:

  • prime oneself for combat, by “amping up.”
  • protect the upper body from a strike by providing an escape route for exhaled air.
  • protect the lower body by rapidly contracting the transverse abdominals and other core muscles, shielding the internal organs.
  • provide solid abdominal support for striking techniques.
  • startle and demoralize inexperienced or shy adversaries — especially at close quarters, especially if previously unobserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a classical aikido throw being practiced by two masters.

When we look at this photo and “feel” the energy of these two masters we can practically hear the kiai that both release in this move.

One of the most important effects of executing a strong kiai is to supercharge the immune system.  For anyone dealing with a challenging, long-term illness, learning the art of kiai and executing them on a daily basis can be a marvelously effective way to assist the immune system in dealing with the illness.

To make this measure even more powerful and effective, consider learning to throw a classic karate punch at the same time that you do your kiai.  Both skills will take some practice, but the results will more than justify any time and effort invested.

To learn these skills, assuming you are not already an accomplished martial artist, you will need a qualified teacher or instructor.  Try to find one who is versed and grounded in the spiritual aspects of martial arts.  Make sure they understand your purpose in learning these skills.

If you are new to working with this type of energy it may be helpful to also begin learning the basics of QiGong, which is all about energy and energy flow and balance.  QiGong also helps to balance the body’s energy, release harmful blockages and further enhance the power of the immune system.  So there is great synergy between these two measures: kiai and QiGong.

So what does all this have to do with keeping the doctor away?  Simple, when you prepare your body, mind and spirit for combat using this time-honored martial arts technique you supercharge your immune system.  For many years I have relied on this as one of the primary ways to boost my own immune system.  And I have taught it to just about every client I have worked with who has had a challenge to their immune systems, from clients with HIV to cancer, as well as a number of other illnesses where a strong immune system is crucial.

It can even be very useful and beneficial for strengthening your “emotional immune system”.  These days many of us are becoming more aware of the degree to which we are negatively impacted, and perhaps even made physically ill, by exposure to toxic emotions and the individuals who spread them.  By using the kiai technique to strengthen our physical immune systems we also strengthen our “emotional immune systems”, and consequently are much better protected against this potential source of damage.

And if those aren’t enough reasons to learn to kiai, here are yet two more:  It’s lots of fun.  It feels great!

Here are a couple of tips that your instructor will likely share with you.  But I want to emphasize them:

1.  Begin without using much force and focus on centering, correct breathing and good form.  Form is crucial to achieving real power.

2.  Pay careful attention to what you are doing and how it feels.  If you do, initially you will notice that some of your strength and power is being used to actually hold back.  A great goal is to learn to decrease the degree to which you hold back, while increasing the degree to which you give yourself over to the full exercise.  If you practice daily and pay careful attention you will soon be able to execute both the kiai and the punch without restraint.  And that is when it will be able to truly maximize the power of your immune system.

3.  Practice this every day.

4.  Make sure you warm up and loosen up your muscles before you try punching.  The forces you are dealing with are powerful and if your muscles are too tight you could injure yourself.

5.  Make sure you are free from distractions while practicing.  Do your best to be mindful.

6.  Keep it simple and keep your form.  There is no need to get fancy.  You are not trying out for a part in a Hollywood martial arts movie!  You are just trying to get well and/or stay well.  The most basic kiai and punching techniques are perfect for that purpose, as long as they are done properly.

7.  Just a few minutes every day can make a huge difference in the outcome of your battle with illness.  Properly executed, a set of 6 good punches with full kiais can make the difference.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

 

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Can I Get The Organic Sulfur My Body Needs Through Diet?

The short answer is, “No.” But don’t lose heart; there is a simple solution.

First, we need a little background:  What is organic sulfur and why do we need it?  Simply put, organic sulfur is one of the most important elements that our biology absolutely depends on.  Sulfur is an element and as such certainly cannot be created within our bodies.

We must have it in order to synthesize a number of the proteins our bodies need and must produce.  We need sulfur in order to eliminate many of the toxins that build up as a byproducts of our normal metabolic functions, as well as toxins we may absorb due to exposure.

Our livers do most of this detox work, as well as quite a bit of the protein synthesis work.

The protein synthesis processes are complex examples of biological organic chemistry and are beyond our scope here.  We really do not need to understand them in any detail to recognize that sulfur is an essential element.  It is sufficient to understand that sulfur is an essential building block for many of these proteins.  Without it they simply cannot be synthesized.  And if there is a deficiency, then the protein synthesis will be limited to a level well below that required for optimal health.

Also, there are several amino acids which are not used in normal protein synthesis, but which are still required for key metabolic functions.  Proteins are composed of combinations of various amino acids.  There are 20 “canonical” or essential amino acids.  These are the amino acids that are required to synthesize the proteins that most mammals, including humans, must have.  However, there also are amino acids that are just as important because they are absolutely required for normal metabolic functions even though they are not used in protein synthesis.  At least 4 of contain sulfur.

Homocysteine and taurine are two of these amino acids that are not required for protein synthesis, but which are needed for crucial metabolic functions.  Methionine and cysteine are two of these amino acids that are required for protein synthesis.

In addition to being required for protein synthesis and the metabolism cycles involving several amino acids, sulfur is essential for detoxifying the body.  Our bodies accumulate toxins both as a by-product of our normal of our metabolic functions and as a result of exposures to the many toxins that surround us these days.

Sulfur’s role in this detoxification is complex.  Our livers filter these toxins out of our body, sequester them, and then combine them with sulfur to form compounds called: “sulfates”.  Once converted to these sulfates, the various toxins are far less reactive and dangerous, and they can then be relatively safely excreted from the body.

Further, sulfur plays an absolutely critical role in the transfer of various gases across the cell membranes.  It is required to facilitate the transfer of oxygen into the cell and carbon dioxide out of the cell.  And it is needed for the oxidative reduction process that is supposed to take place within the cells, (another aspect of cellular respiration).  So to the extent that we are deficient in sulfur, we also limit the ability of our cells to carry on their normal respiration processes.

As you can see from the above discussion, if we are deficient in sulfur, we will suffer diminished metabolic function, restricted protein synthesis, disruption of cellular respiration and a limited ability to keep our bodies free of toxins.

Sulfur is an element, which is not something we can create in our bodies.  We must take it in from some source, dietary or otherwise.  Further, we cannot store significant quantities of sulfur for any extended length of time.  Therefore, to maintain good health we must replenish our sulfur supply on a daily basis.

Why Are Almost All Of Us Sulfur-Deficient?  To answer this we need a brief history lesson – in this case agricultural history:  At the advent of agriculture, which goes back in human history about 8,000 years or so, the soil was rich in organic sulfur.  As a result, produce raised on such soil typically has been rich in organic, bioavailable sulfur, as well.

One of the key reasons why soil that is used on an ongoing basis to grow produce must be fertilized is to replenish the organic sulfur that the plants extract from it as they grow.  Organic fertilizers are typically rich in sulfur and therefore are ideal to maintain the soil’s healthy sulfur level.

But a true agricultural and health disaster struck about 60 years ago – the triumph of greed over health and ecology.  A consortium of petro-chemical companies got together and figured out that they could make lots of money by producing and selling artificial fertilizer and replacing organic fertilizer with it as the new standard.  It was a bold and ambitious plan, but they were determined and they had the financial and political resources to get the job done.

They succeeded all too well.  As part of their sales strategy, they promised that the new artificial fertilizer would cause the plants to grow at least as fast as they had with the organic fertilizer.  And this is the only promise they were able to keep.  The new, artificial fertilizer was nitrogen-based rather than sulfur-based.  The plants seemed to grow just as fast, maybe even a little more rapidly in some cases.  But now instead of being rich in the essential sulfur that we must have, the produce was rich in nitrogen, which we do not need and which does not sustain our health.

At first, farming with the new artificial fertilizers instead of the organic fertilizers was cheaper.  So raising food seemed more profitable.  That was not the case for long.

Soon various health problems began to show up in the livestock that was raised on produce grown with the artificial fertilizers.  By the time this became a real problem, the new “technology” or artificial chemical fertilizers was entrenched, and going back was already quite difficult and expensive.

By now the petro-chemical companies that started this disastrous trend had accumulated so much wealth and the consequent power that often follows industrial wealth that they were able to effectively nullify any voices begging to go back to the older, safer ways of growing food.  Instead of fixing the root problems in the livestock by returning to a sulfur-based system, they used their resources to create new drugs and technologies to cover up the problems.  Of course, they sold these drugs and technologies to the food producers, garnering still more profits for their misdeeds.

The bottom line is that on average our food contains approximately 4 percent of the bioavailable sulfur it contained before the switch to synthetic fertilizers.  Given what we have discussed here about the crucial roles that sulfur plays in maintaining our health, it is clear that this might be a problem.

So why can’t I just eat organic and get my sulfur?  If only it were that simple!  Unfortunately, it is not.  There are 2 problems with this approach:

1.  Most of the soil has been damaged from years of having synthetic fertilizers applied.  This is true in many cases even for organic farms.  Many farms that are now organic were not organic for most of the last 60 years.  The advantages and preferences for organic farming were not widely known in the industrial world for at least a few decades after the advent of synthetic fertilizers.  (The petro-chemical companies and others that profited from the promotion of synthetic fertilizers went to great lengths to keep it that way.)

2.  Even many of the organic farms that have always been organic are now producing food that is lower than normal in bioavailable sulfur.  This is because much of the organic fertilizer that they must use comes from sources that originate on damaged soil, so even the organic fertilizer is low on sulfur.

It will take generations of strictly organic farming and careful, intelligent soil management to return the food production to normal, healthy sulfur levels.

In the meantime, I highly recommend eating organic food as much as possible.  If nothing else, you will lessen your exposure to various toxins and chemicals, and the food will taste much better and be more healthful, overall.  Depending on the source, you may also increase you bioavailable sulfur intake that way.  But it is highly unlikely that you will be able to completely overcome the sulfur deficiency that is so pervasive in our food supply just be going organic.

What are the primary symptoms of dietary sulfur deficiency?  I have listed a number of the most prominent and most important symptoms in a number of my other blog posts about organic sulfur.  I will not repeat the list here.  It is lengthy.  However, if you plug organic sulfur into the Search Space on the site, (to the right of this post), you will come up with a number of blog posts about organic sulfur.  They will detail the symptoms for you.

Just know that sulfur deficiency can make you more vulnerable to parasites, can lead to cardiac problems and related disease, can lead to a higher level of toxins, low energy, a sluggish immune system, mental fog and memory problems, vision deterioration, and it is particularly associated with most types of arthritis.

So what do I do about my sulfur deficiency?  So far, the best solution I have found is to take a high-quality organic sulfur on a daily basis.  This needs to be in a bioavailable form.

Assuming a high-quality bioavailable organic sulfur, a person weighing 150 pounds will need approximately 4 grams twice a day.  It is best to take this at least ½ hour before or after your meals so that the sulfur does not accidentally get combined with things that may be in your food.  For example, if you eat a meal that has significant vinegar in it, (I don’t recommend doing that), and you take your sulfur with that meal, a good percentage of the sulfur will combine with the acetic acid in the vinegar, forming sulfates and rendering itself no longer bioavailable.

The best form of bioavailable, organic sulfur to use is MethylSulfonylMethane.  You might recognize this as “MSM”, which has been promoted off and on over the years as a sort of “health miracle”.

Chemically, what I use myself and recommend is MethylSulfonylMethane, or “MSM”, but there the similarity ends.  Over the years I have tried and tested nearly every “MSM” product I could get my hands on.  I have tested more than 50 MSM products.  Almost all of them either do not work at all, or at best work poorly.

Here are the problems with almost all MSM products:  Most of them include additives that disrupt the body’s ability to utilize the sulfur, (in this case known as “sulfur uptake”).  Some come from non-organic sources and are therefore not truly compatible with the body.  Many are overly-refined, which again disrupts the sulfur uptake.

Truly bioavailable organic sulfur, in the form of MethylSulfonylMethane, or “MSM”, should be carefully distilled from 100% plant lignum, without the use of solvents or other potential toxins.  It should be minimally distilled, so that the result is in the physical form of crystals or flakes that are about the size of typical table salt.  Distilling beyond that point makes the sulfur all but useless.

Further, the organic sulfur must be free of any additives.  Often, suppliers will add various substances to make it easier to encapsulate, or to prevent clumping.  This has been shown to disrupt the body’s uptake of the sulfur.  And the various lotions and liquid MSM products are even worse.

What you want is Organic Sulfur, (checmically MethylSulfonylMethane, often abbreviated as “MSM”),  in the form loose crystals that appear similar to conventional table salt.   A further test is to make sure that it is a little difficult to dissolve.  If you drop a teaspoon or more into a glass of water and it immediately dissolves with almost no stirring or other effort, be suspicious.  It most likely has had something added to help it to dissolve.  That will not get you the results you are looking for!

If it passes this test and dissolves slowly and with significant stirring and at least a few minutes required, then there is a second test:  Take your solution of dissolved Organic Sulfur in water and let the water evaporate.  You should have what are clearly crystals in the bottom of the glass.  If crystals do not form, then your Organic Sulfur was not made correctly and will provide very minimal benefits.

Again, I have tested more than 50 so-called Organic Sulrfur or MSM products over the years.  So far, I have found 2 that work.  Because it is so hard to find Organic Sulfur or MSM that is ideal for overcoming the sulfur deficiency and that actually works, as a convenience to my clients I offer the best of the 2 pure Organic Sulfurs that have passed my tests.

Each shipment includes detailed instructions to help you get the maximum benefit from your Organic Sulfur. They are simple to follow and have led to great reports from our clients.

There are links at the bottom of this page that you can use to easily order your Organic Sulfur. There also are links to several of my previous posts about Organic Sulfur. There is even a great protocol for instantly reducing most physical pains by using Organic Sulfur in a special way.

Please feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have. Or even better, please post them as comments below so that others who may have the same questions can benefits from your questions and the dialog we will have to address them.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

Here are the links to purchase your Organic Sulfur, as well as to several informative posts about Organic Sulfur:

Please note that the shipping and handling costs listed are for fully insured mailing via U.S. Priority Mail, within the continental U.S.A. If you need to have yours shipped outside the continental U.S.A. please be sure to e-mail us or call us in advance so we can let you know the shipping and handling costs: jeff@MyHealthOptimizer.com or (925) 827 -3895.

Important: Please note that the following links include the shipping costs for the Continental U.S.A., only. If you wish to have your sulfur shipped to an address outside of the U.S.A., please e-mail me your address so that I can get you an accurate shipping quote.

The Organic Sulfur we offer is sourced through The Cellular Matrix Study, which is the world’s largest health study of the effects of sulfur deficiency and supplementation.  Their staff personally supervises and quality tests all of the Organic Sulfur that we offer.

2 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $78.95

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5 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $169.95

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9 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $283.86

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Links to addtional posts about Organic Sulfur:

Organic Sulfur – A Super Detox And Metabolic Support Agent

Organic Sulfur For Rapid Pain Management

DMSO And Organic Sulfur To The Rescue!

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URGENT! What’s The Truth About Fukushima?

I hate being a fear monger.  And I just heard a new quote that applies: “Worry is a misuse of imagination.”  That is brilliant.  And in most cases I think we need to do whatever we can to avoid fear and worry.  It is well documented that prolonged states of fear and worry lead to serious health problems.

However, very occasionally in the course of human affairs something comes along that we simply must pay attention to, even if it does raise the fear and worry levels.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is such an event.  As of this writing it is just a few days shy of 14 months since an earthquake crippled a major nuclear reactor plant in Japan.  The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant includes 6 nuclear steam electrical generating plants, designed by GE and operated by TEPCO of Japan.

There was at least basic coverage of the disaster and the initially-detected damage to the plant even in the mainstream media in the days and weeks that followed the initial event.  So I will not rehash any of that here.  And I wrote a umber of blog posts, covering what we needed to know immediately to protect ourselves against the ionizing radiation that was already spreading and detectable all around the world, particularly in all parts of the northern hemisphere.

But about 4 weeks or so after the initial event news of Fukushima dropped out of the mainstream media.  And I think it safe to say that most of us not living near Fukushima, and certainly not living in Japan scarcely think about Fukushima anymore.

So why am I writing about it again?  Simple, the extreme threat that Fukushima poses is not gone.  Far from it.  In fact, there are a number of world-renowned experts on the physics and engineering of reactors who have been trying to grab our attention since the Fukushima disaster first fell out of the attention of the mainstream media.

Why?  Simply because the risks have not diminished one bit since the initial event.  That’s right, the risk is at least as great as it ever was.

The assessment of the risk has dramatically increased since the initial event.  Of course, the “authorities”, including most of the governments of the world’s industrial nations have done everything possible to downplay the dire threat that the crippled Fukushima plant continues to pose.

Of course, they fall back on the old excuse of not wanting to spread panic.  There is some merit to that motivation, but not when it actually crosses over into outright lies, nor when it increases the risk and harm that people suffer.  It is noteworthy that during the Chernobyl Disaster, the Soviet Government went to great lengths to downplay the disaster.  Neighboring Poland, which was very near the stricken plant did not downplay the dangers.

Protective measures were not implemented at the level they should have been on the Soviet side, whereas the Polish government responded quickly, aggressively, warned its citizens of the full risk, and deployed sound protective measures.  As a result, the number of deaths, injury and long-term disease on the Soviet side far exceeded those on the Polish side, even at comparable distances from the center of the disaster.

Today we face a similar problem, only the risks are very much higher.  To this day, at the Fukushima plant the major danger now is from the spent fuel rod pools.  These are essentially giant “swimming pools” where the spent fuel rods are stored.  They MUST be kept submerged in cooling water that must be constantly circulated and re-cooled in order to keep the spent fuel rods from over-heating, leading to dangerous reactions, including fires, explosions and even total vaporization of the radioactive material.

There has already been a great of ionizing radiation released by the Fukushima disaster.  As noted above, it has already spread to all parts of the world, and has been detected at levels many times higher than the pre-Fukushima background radiation levels.

Here’s what’s important to know now:  At least one of the pools of spent fuel rods has suffered very significant structural damage, and is hovering on the edge of a major secondary disaster.

Depending on what happens next, estimates range from 10 times to 85 times the amount of radiation released that the Chernobyl disaster released.  By any measure, that is a world disaster!

A release  of 10 times the amount released by the Chernobyl disaster will render significant locations in various parts of the world, in addition to major areas of Japan, uninhabitable for decades.  I don’t even want to think about what a release of 85 times Chernobyl would mean.

So, did I write this just to scare the dickens out of you?  Not really.

Rather, this is a dual call to action.  I highly recommend that y0u read my previous posts on protective measures and make appropriate preparations to protect yourself and your loved ones.

The sec0nd part of this call to action is to review and sign a petition to get several World organizations involved in cleaning up the mess and responding to this ongoing disaster.  The scale is such that leaving it to GE and TEPCO, or even the Japanese government is totally impractical.  And since it affects us all, it makes sense for all of us to respond.

Of course, it goes almost without saying that we all need to do everything in our power to prevent any new nuclear plants from being built, licensed or otherwise brought on-line.  No matter how safe we may think the plant itself may be, we have never figured out a safe way to deal with the waste that these plants produce.  And therefore, we have no business building new plants.  I think that Fukushima should be an adequate demonstration that we simply cannot afford the risk.

Further, we should do all that we can to insist that all of the world’s existing nuclear power plants be taken off-line and decommissioned in as  rapid but orderly fashion as possible.

If we care at all for our children, our grandchildren and their children we will do this.

Here are the links to my previous posts on protecting ourselves and the link to the petitions, as well as more articles written by various experts:

What To Know Right Now About Radiation Protection

A Few More Radiation Protection Measures

Am I Being Exposed To Dangerous Radiation Levels?

Radiation Detox – What You Need To Know

Radiation Health Updatate From Japan

 

From Natural News: Overview Of Ongoing Fukushima Dangers – A Call To Action For All Of Us!

Urgent Petition to make this the world survival issue that is should be:  Fukushima Human Survival Petiton

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Bell

P.S. If you find yourself experiencing the fear and stress that honestly facing this threat understandably could cause, remember EFT, (Emotional Freedom Technique). It works wonders. We certainly need to know what is really going on. We need to take action. But it will not help for us to become paralyzed or sick with fear.

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A True Miracle Mineral – Magnesium

Every once I a while I find out about a natural health protocol that is truly a breakthrough.  Magnesium is such a find.  It turns out that effectively boosting bioavailable magnesium levels for most of us provides dramatic health benefits.  In fact, it is fair to say that some of the benefits go beyond dramatic into the realm of astonishing.

Bioavailable Magnesium:
First let’s talk about what is meant by bioavailable.  Hint – taking oral magnesium supplements, in no matter what form is not going to do it.  The problem there is that most magnesium supplements are either destroyed by the digestive system, or are simply not in a form that can be absorbed and utilized.  Furthermore, magnesium in any oral form is a powerful laxative.  So if you were to take enough magnesium to really do any good for the rest of your body you would be a perpetual passenger on the proverbial “porcelain bus”.

And even were you able to tolerate therapeutic levels of magnesium, studies indicate that for significant absorption to occur, the magnesium needs to remain in the intestinal tract for at least 12 hours.  This is unlikely, especially given the laxative effect of oral forms of magnesium.

For the magnesium to do any real good it must have a way to get into the body, and then it must have a way to get into the blood stream and into the cells.  Magnesium is crucial to the proper functioning of the mitochondria in the cells, which is where the body’s energy is generated.  There is a complex bit of biochemical magic that happens in the mitochondria of our cells, called the “Krebs cycle”, and which is the means by which all of the energy that the body uses is produced.

Without magnesium the Krebs cycle cannot take place.  With insufficient magnesium the Krebs cycle is severely compromised and the body’s energy level is significantly reduced.

So bioavailable magnesium is magnesium that must be able to get into the body, into the blood stream and then into the cells in a form that can be used by the mitochondria to produce our life energy.  Oral magnesium is simply not a viable way.

That leaves 2 practical alternatives:  One is intravenous magnesium therapy and what is known as “transdermal magnesium therapy”.  In more and more areas of emergency medicine intravenous magnesium therapy is being used, often with great results.  (Frequently faster, safer and more effective than pharmaceuticals.)

Fortunately, for ongoing health and for improving most chronic conditions where magnesium is likely to be effective, intravenous therapy is not needed.  Instead, “transdermal magnesium therapy” seems to be the perfect solution.

What Is Transdermal Magnesium Therapy?
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is simply applying magnesium in a bioavailable form, to the skin where it is absorbed and passed through the skin and into the blood stream.  This is so simple that anyone can do it.  And yet, it can be just as effective as intravenous magnesium therapy, without the discomfort and added costs.

There are a number of transdermal magnesium therapy methods.  Therapeutic magnesium intended for transdermal use is available in several forms, including:

Magnesium Oil

Magnesium Gel

Magnesium Lotion

Magnesium Bath Flakes

Magnesium Oil is a somewhat questionable name, as magnesium is not an oil.  It is a metal.  However, it can be suspended in an oil-like liquid, which is then sprayed on the skin or even under the tongue, and then absorbed into the body. (Caution, it tastes pretty bad!) Avoid spraying it on really sensitive areas of the skin, and never in your eyes. I spray is over a large area of my body, such as my abdominal area, or my legs. Then you can let it soak in for about 20 minutes and wipe off the excess, or leave it on. If left on, it may form a slight crustiness o the skin surface, but that easily showers or washes off. I find it convenient to apply it before bed and then just leave it alone.

In each of these forms magnesium is present in the form of a mineral salt: magnesium chloride, which the body can readily utilize. This is not to be confused with magnesium sulfate, or “Epsom Salts”, which are not nearly as effective for Transdermal Magnesium Therapy.

The magnesium gel is generally applied to a large area of the skin, and left there for 20 minutes or longer so that it can be absorbed.  After approximately 20 minutes some people wipe off the un-absorbed excess.  Others leave it on since it can’t really hurt anything.  (I leave it on.)

The magnesium lotion is rubbed into one or more areas of the skin and left to be absorbed.

The magnesium bath flakes, as the name implies are dissolved in warm water for either a whole body bath, or for a foot bath.  Again, 20 minutes seems to be the optimal submersion time.  If you do this, be sure to use warm water that is as free of chlorine, fluoride and other toxins as possible.

What Are Some Of The Conditions Improved By Magnesium Therapy?
Two of the most dramatic health areas where magnesium therapy has proven to be highly effective are normalizing high blood pressure and both preventing cancer and disrupting the growth of cancers.  (I’m trying to steer clear of the FDA so I am not using the “cure” word in conjunction with cancer, but in some cases the results are so dramatic that it is tempting.)

Here is a partial list of health issues and areas where magnesium therapy has been shown to be effective, courtesy of Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, (a word renowned expert on Transdermal Medicine and on Magnesium Therapy):

  • Aids in hypertension, (high blood pressure)
  • Arthritis relief
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Stroke prevention
  • Aids in stroke recovery
  • Insomnia
  • Cardiac disease, including prevention
  • Memory impairment
  • Overall energy production
  • Detoxification and heavy metal excretion
  • Neurological balance
  • Emotional balance
  • Insulin resistance
  • Asthma
  • Cystitis
  • PMS and menstrual cramps
  • Tooth decay
  • Blood vessel spasms
  • Muscle spasms
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Fatigue
  • Premature aging

The full list is considerably longer, but this is a good start.

In Summary:
Most of us are deficient in magnesium, which sets up for many chronic health conditions, some of which are serious. Oral magnesium supplementation is almost never practical or effective.  The answer for most of us is Transdermal Magnesium Therapy.

The best source I have found for Transdermal Magnesium Therapy products is Ancient Minerals.  The primary products are:

Magnesium Oil, which can be sprayed on the skin, or in smaller quantities for more immediate effect, sprayed under the tongue.  (Caution, it tastes pretty bad!)  Avoid spraying it on really sensitive areas of the skin, and never in your eyes.  Leave it on for approximately 20 minutes then wipe off the excess.  No harm is caused by leaving the excess on and you may absorb slightly more – a good thing!

Magnesium Gel, which can be rubbed on the skin.  Again, avoid highly sensitive areas of the skin.  This also should be left on for 20 minutes or more.

Magnesium Lotion, which can be rubbed on the skin.  This is more gentle than either Magnesium Oil or the Magnesium Gel, and is less likely to cause irritation.  This is especially recommended for young children.  (In some cases children who have side-effects from vaccines may benefit from transdermal Magnesium Therapy in the form of Magnesium Lotion.)

Magnesium Bath Flakes, which can be used for a foot bath or for a whole body bath.  Put a cup or up to 3 cups in the cleanest purest warm water you can get and use as a foot bath.  Soak for approximately 20 minutes.  This is a great detox, magnesium booster and calming therapy for improving sleep.  Magnesium Bath Flakes also work great for a whole body bath.  For a whole body bath, I use approximately a little over 1 ½ pounds of the bath flakes.   for a great footbath, I bought a large ceramic planter that I verified has lead-free glaze and that does not have a hole drilled in the bottom.  This makes a very comfortable, safe foot bath.  Because it is ceramic, it holds the heat well and so the water stays warm for the full 20 minutes.  If you try this, please be sure that the glaze is lead-free and that it does not include other known toxins.

Here are links for products and more information:

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil in 8 ounce sprayer and in 64 ounce bulk;

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Bath Salts in 1.65 lbs, 6.5 lbs, and 32 lbs packaging;

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel in 8 ounce tubes and in 64 ounce dispensers; (This works like the Magnesium Oil and the Magnesium Lotion, but may be more convenient in some circumstances.)

All Ancient Minerals Magnesium Products;

Overview of all Magnesium Supplements and their absorption rates;

Need more magnesium? Ten Signs To Watch For;

Transdermal Magnesium Benefits

In the interests of transparency and full-disclosure I want to let you know that MyHealthOptimizer.com gets a small referral fee on your purchases if you use any of the above links.  These modest funds go towards supporting the ongoing research and free publishing that this web site is all about.

Please feel free to post your comments, questions, suggestions, or… in the comments area below.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

 

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Effective Help For Bladder Control Problems?

Lately I have gotten a number of requests for help with bladder control issues from both adult men and women. 

 Problems range from overly frequent urination to leakage.  In some cases the frequency of urination may be such that it is disruptive to normal activities.  Or it may prevent one from getting a good night’s sleep. 

 Anyone, man or woman, who has ever suffered through a bladder infection will likely identify with this problem. 

 Because I have had a number of requests for natural help with this lately, I have gone back over my own experiences and dug into the research pool, as well.  There are a number of natural remedies and health measures that can be safe and effective.  Some are herbal, others involve homeopathics.  But today I am going to focus on something that just about anyone can do and that does not require you to spend one cent.  There is nothing to buy. 

Before I talk about this measure, I need to review some basics about pelvic anatomy.  The pelvic area may be thought of as the lowest part of the abdominal cavity.  The pelvic area is generally defined as extending from the lowest part of the groin to about the belly button, or umbilicus in most people. 

The pelvic area houses the reproductive organs, the bladder, the lower portion of the colon and the rectum. 

Some of these organs are at least partially supported by a muscle, or muscle set that forms the floor of the entire pelvic area.  This muscle, with the medical name of the pubococcygeus muscle, is also more commonly referred to simply as the pelvic floor. 

The pelvic floor muscle attaches to the pubic bone in front, to the tail bone, (coccyx), in back.  It forms the foundation of the entire pelvic area, and provides support for the organs in the pelvic area. 

In many adults, particularly those of us with mileage, the pelvic floor muscle tends to lose it tone and lose some of its strength.  This is not a muscle that gets enough exercise to keep it healthy just from the normal activities that most of us engage in. 

When the pelvic floor muscle loses its tone or strength, common systems can include urinary urgency, increased urinary frequency, urinary leakage. 

So although there are drugs and surgical procedures that in some cases can help to restore urinary control, they should never be the first choice.  They entail significant risks and often cause serious side effects.

Fortunately, there is a very simple solution:  There are simple exercises that men and women can easily do that will strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help them to regain their healthy muscle tone. 

The exercises are called Kegels, pronounced like: kay-gells, named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, M.D., who developed them. 

The exercises are easy to do and easy to learn for most people.  They simply consist of contracting the pelvic floor muscles, holding the contraction for a brief period of time, and releasing it. 

It turns out that in most cases, simply strengthening the pelvic floor muscles significantly improves urinary control, and in some cases entirely restores it.  I suspect, and some researchers contend that those who experience the most benefit are also those who are most diligent about doing the exercises. 

Here’s how:

The first step is to identify the muscles involved.  You need to do this in terms of how these muscles feel when they are contracted. 

There are several ways to identify the muscles by feel or sensation.  The simplest is to simply focus on the muscles at the bottom of your bottom, and just forward of your anus.  This is easiest to do when you are sitting.  Focus on that area and then contract the muscles as if you were trying to pull that part of your body up towards your head. 

If you are new to doing Kegel exercises, then initially try contracting for 5 seconds, then releasing for 5 seconds.  To begin with, you can set a goal of 5 repetitions.  As you are able, work up to holding your contracting for 10 seconds and doing 10 reps. 

Make sure you do NOT hold your breath while doing the Kegel exercises.  Instead, just breathe normally and naturally. 

Some experts suggest doing a total of 3 sets of the full exercises every day.  However, many report great results from just working up to a single set of 10 repetitions every day.  

Although, for those new to Kegel exercises and needing to make sure that they are focusing on and contracting the right set of muscles, it is easiest to do this while seated, once you are more experienced you should be able to do them while lying down, as well. 

You should not do Kegel exercises without first making sure your bladder is as empty as possible  They also should not be done if you need to move your bowels.  You can safely do them immediately after emptying your bladder.  But it is probably best to wait an hour after a bowel movement before doing the Kegel exercises. 

Some people initially have trouble identifying the correct set of muscles.  If just focusing on the area just forward of your anus and trying to pull that area up into your body does not make you feel sure you have the right muscles, then here is another way to identify the right muscles:  You can gently insert a lubricated finger into your anus and then try to squeeze your finger with your anal sphincter muscles.  This will also contract your pelvic floor muscles.  You should then be able to memorize the feel of the muscles in their contracted state in your pelvic floor area. 

If you are female you may find it easier to identify the pelvic floor muscles by inserting your finger into your vagina and then contracting the vaginal muscles to squeeze the finger.

Most people find it easy to identify the correct muscles by one of the above methods, often just by focusing on the area and trying to pull it up into the body.  However, there are a few people, who may have some neurological impairment or other reasons why they have trouble identifying the correct muscle group and contracting them.  For those people it may be advisable to seek assistance from a gynecological or urological practitioner. 

One caution:  Some people suggest that you can identify the pelvic floor muscles by contracting the muscles in the area while urinating until you stop the flow.  I do not recommend this.  In some cases it is possible to damage the urinary sphincters by doing this.

Besides restoring urinary control, some of the benefits that often result from using the Kegel exercises to improve the pelvic floor muscle tone include:

  • Better overall health
  • Increased energy
  • Sounder sleep
  • Lower risk of reproductive cancers
  • Lower risk of reproductive infections
  • Improved sexual performance
  • Enhanced sexual pleasure
  • Improved bowel function
  • Better colon health
  • Lower risk of hemorhoids
  • Improvement and healing of hemorhoids if you already have them 

Please feel free to post your comments and questions below. 

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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What You Need To Know About Calcium Supplements

For years we have heard that to maintain healthy bones we all need calcium supplements.  But is this true?

And if it is true, what supplements should we use, and how much?

The fact is that more and more information is surfacing that ties improper calcium supplementation with increased risk and occurrence of strokes and heart attacks.   There is even solid evidence that taking calcium supplements that are not truly bio-available increases cancer risks!

Furthermore, if you are taking the wrong calcium supplements they won’t even help you maintain healthy bones, nor will they provide any of the other benefits promised by those promoting calcium supplementation.

Yet, for many of us, proper calcium supplementation can provide very significant health benefits.  These include:

  • Healthier bones
  • Healthier joints
  • A lower level of overall stress in the body
  • Healthier teeth, with less risk of cavities and deterioration
  • Better and more restful sleep
  • Lower incidence of muscle cramps
  • Lower risk of age-related neurological degeneration
  • And more

So what do I mean by the “wrong calcium supplements”?  This is simple, like so many “mistakes” in both conventional and holistic health, it is all about the money.

Most of the calcium supplements on the market are made from ground up rocks.  Yes, I’m not kidding.  That is the sad truth.  If you look on the label and see that the source of the calcium is calcium carbonate then what you are getting is essentially ground up rocks!  But we all know that human beings were not intended to eat rocks!  So what gives, here?  Calcium carbonate is cheap.  And it does allow the manufacturer to claim so many milligrams of calcium on their supplement label.

However, not only is calcium as calcium carbonate not particularly bio-available, that is your body does not readily absorb it and cannot use it effectively, but it actually is dangerous.

What is the danger of taking calcium supplements in forms that are not bio-available?  The newest studies in this area clearly show that calcium that is not in a bio-available form still gets through the digestive system and into the blood stream.  And once there, it tends to get deposited on the walls of our blood vessels, particularly arteries.  It also can deposit on heart valves, decreasing their flexibility and leading to severe valve damage.  It also can deposit in parts of the brain, leading to mental impairment.  And it has been shown to deposit in some other organs, such as the kidneys, leading to still more problems.

So how do we supplement calcium in a way that is both safe and effective?  The key is to use only calcium supplements that are highly bio-available, and then to use them in amounts that correspond to what the body needs and can use.

One of the most highly bio-available forms of calcium are naturally occurring mineral salts.  For most people a mineral salt form of calcium called calcium orotate seems to absorb well and be highly bio-available.  Further, when used in appropriate amounts, it does not tend to form calcium deposits where they are not wanted.

To increase bio-availability the calcium orotate can be combined with magnesium, also in a mineral salt orotate form.  For optimum results the ratio between the calcium orotate and the magnesium orotate must be just right.  A ratio of 2 parts calcium orotate to 1 part magnesium orotate seems to work well.

It also is important to avoid the fillers, anti-caking agents and other extraneous materials that are often added to lower quality supplements when they are encapsulated.  Many of these agents seem to block mineral uptake by the body.

For several years now I have used a calcium supplement called IntraCal.  It is made by Global Healing Center, and it meets all of the criteria I have listed.  Not only has it worked very well for me, but it has also produced great results for my clients who use it.

To learn more, here is a link to IntraCal from Global Healing Center.

I have several comments on this supplement that I think are important:

The label recommends taking 2 of the IntraCal capsules 3 times a day.  I personally think that is too much for most of us.  Although the risk of unwanted calcium deposits when using IntraCal is low, why take more than your body needs and can use?  At the very least you will be wasting your money.  Instead, I recommend taking just 1 capsule, 3 times a day.  I think that is a good starting point.  If you are working with a practitioner who can accurately use a method such as muscle-testing, you may be able to determine your optimum daily amount that way.

Secondly, there is a lot of buzz in the “supplement community” about calcium blocking the uptake of iron.  That is true, but for many of us will not be an issue, as many of us actually have an over-abundance of iron in our bodies.  Exceptions include anyone who has a confirmed actual iron deficiency, and women who are still menstruating.  Both should avoid taking the calcium with meals, as it will decrease iron absorption.  For all others, taking the IntraCal with meals should work fine.

Note that diagnosing true iron deficiency can be tricky.  For example, anemia expressed as an insufficiency of red blood cells may not indicate a true iron deficiency.  In fact, many people who are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of red blood cell counts actually have dangerously high levels of iron sequestered in various parts of the body.  This is a complex subject, which I will address in a future article.

Lastly, in the interest of full disclosure, I want to share with you that when people use the link above to purchase IntraCal, a small referral fee is given to MyHealthOptimizer.  This goes towards helping to support the extensive research that we engage in on an ongoing basis.

Please post your comments, questions and results in the comments section below.  I have had great results with IntraCal and would love to hear how it is working for you.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

Late Breaking News About IntraCal: (as of 11/2013)  California has recently passed more laws, regulating the supplement industry.  This appears to be part of the overall agenda of Big Pharma to shut off access to natural health measures that Big Pharma perceives as competing with their profit stream, (read Greed Stream).  As a result, Global Healing Center has stopped shipping IntraCal to customers in California.  This does NOT mean there is anything wrong with the product.  I still use it and have for years.  I have no intention to stop using it, nor does my wife.  

What it does mean is that it will take a little extra effort to get this product if you live in California.  Instead of ordering it directly from Global Healing Center you now have to order it from Amazon.  This is only for those in California.  If you goto: www.amazon.com and then search for IntraCal you will find several ways to order, that so far, are still available even for those in California.

I will post again here once this compliance issue has been resolved or the law has been repealed so you can resume ordering directly from Global Healing Center. By the way, if you want to help to stop our misguided or corrupt legislators from further trampling our health freedom and health choices by doing the bidding of Big Pharma, look for posts about Health Freedom on this site. Over the next few weeks, I will be adding details and links to help you take action. The Health Freedom and Lives that you save may be your own!)

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Stressed By Legal Issues?

Two of the biggest sources of ongoing stress I have seen in our modern day society are legal and financial problems.  I have a few posts on this site about relieving financial stress.  This one is about relieving legal stress.

If you are in the right you should win in court, right? 

Unfortunately, that is too often not what happens in the real world. 

Instead, whichever side has the best legal resources all too often prevails without any regard to who is in the right.  In many cases justice doesn’t even enter into it.

And even if you can afford to hire a good attorney to represent you and present your case, that often is not a very good guarantee that you will receive justice.  

To increase your chances of receiving justice you will need to learn what the American Bar Association along with most legal professional organizations hope you never learn.

Anything sound familiar about this picture?  Yes, you guessed it!  Just as we all need to dig for and acquire quite a bit of uncommon and often carefully hidden information if we want to maintain our good health, we will need to do the same here. 

My apologies to all the hard-working, skilled and strictly ethical and honest attorneys out there, but there is a reason why lawyer jokes are so popular. 

Sad but true, many lawyers become unofficial members of the tight little clique that tends to form around the courthouse.  And when your case is over and long forgotten, your lawyer still depends on having a good relationship with the rest of the members of the club, including the judge. 

So your lawyer, at least on the unconscious level, and in some cases perhaps even consciously, may have divided loyalties.  This may lead your attorney to recommend that you settle even if you have a strong case where a completely unbiased lawyer would instead urge you to shoot the moon.  Or perhaps your lawyer will not be the fierce advocate for you that you hired him or her to be. 

So what can you do?  Once again, in this area, as in most important areas of life, the solution is to become well-informed.   

But how can you do that without going to law school, or spending hundreds of hours studying in the local law library? 

One approach is to buy one of the several law courses for non-lawyers that have been published over the last few years.

About 2 years ago I became involved in a small civil suite.  I got an estimate from a lawyer at somewhere between 35 and 50 thousand dollars to have him represent me.  I was shocked because the whole case was about less than 15 thousand dollars, including whatever the court was likely to award in legal fees to the prevailing side. 

I probably could have settled the case for around $3,500 but felt that I was in the right and that it was a matter of principle for me to stick up for my rights and hold out for real justice.  I just wasn’t ready to cave in to a big bully that had clearly committed fraud. 

So I got a few more estimates from some other lawyers.  They were all in the same price range.  To make matters worse, they all told me that even if we won, which they thought was likely, there was a chance the other side would appeal and we would have to spend even more to fight the appeal!

Well, obviously hiring an attorney was not an option.  And I did not want to give up just because the other side had far more legal resources than I had.  I guess I have always hated bullies and have always been drawn to taking on David and Goliath battles.   

I decided to represent myself.  I read a few basic books on the general principles of civil law suites, put on my armour, picked up my lance and headed for the jousting field – the local court house.

After my first appearance in court the judge commented that I might want to consider hiring professional representation as the other side was represented by a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience at trying just this sort of civil case. 

I certainly felt lost.  I did not know how to organize a case.  I did not know how to compel the other side to produce documents and to answer questions.  I really did not even now some of the basic details for properly writing and filing motions.  And why would I know these things.  I have never had any formal legal training.  (What you see on TV and what goes on in court are not the same – not even close!) 

As I said, hiring a lawyer for this was not a practical option.  And I could not find the time to read stacks and stacks of law books. 

About this time a friend suggested that I might consider one of the law courses for non-lawyers in my situation that are available on the Internet.  That seemed like a reasonable place to start.  I did a bit of searching and narrowed it down to a few candidates.

I ultimately chose “Jurisdictionary”, which is a course that comes on several DVDs, and includes a number of very efficient documents that summarize what you need to know. 

Jurisdictionary is a bit more expensive than some of the other courses, but it also is much more complete, seems to have better focus – that is you can more quickly learn what you need to know.  And it had great reviews. 

And what really sold me on it was that just from reviewing the curriculum and a sample lesson I quickly realized that this course was all about learning what the brotherhood of lawyers do not want us to know.  Like many professional guilds – bankers, lawyers, physicians, etc., there is the information freely shared with the public, and then there is the set of closely held secrets that is almost never disclosed to anyone not clearly a member of the club.  This was a perfect for me as I have spent most of my life digging up the secret information that the Powers That Be, whoever they may be, do not want me to know. 

The lectures and the entire course, for that matter, is the work of a long-time lawyer who also has taught law for many years. 

I found the Jurisdictionary course to be excellent, worth every penny, and it really helped me to quickly get up to speed. 

Ultimately, I did not win my case.  It ended up as a sort of draw, where both sides sort of threw in the towel.  While I was disappointed in some ways, doing as well as I did with a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience pitted against me was not a bad outcome.  I felt proud of my efforts and my showing, and I still feel that way. 

Jurisdictionary was an essential resource for me.  I am convinced I would have gotten truly and well clobbered without it. 

So if you are facing any kind of legal action, civil or otherwise, whether you are the plaintive or the defendant, and whether you choose to represent yourself or hire a lawyer,  you will be able to exert your personal power and protect your rights much better if you are well informed.  This is especially true if you have much of the same insiders information that the lawyers and members of the court have and that they do not want you to have.  Jurisdictioary is the best way that I know for you to quickly acquire that information.    

It is a lot like the health care system – if you need to engage with it, the outcomes are apt to be far better if you are well informed.  And if you know enough, there are many things you can do directly to help yourself. 

Bottom line:  I was very well pleased with Jurisdictionary and am glad that I purchased the course.   It has made me a much wiser and more confident consumer of legal services.  And it has really served to clarify when I can safely handle something myself and when I might need to retain professional services. 

Click Here To Learn More About Jurisdictionary

To your Whole Health! (including legal)

Jeff Bell

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Financial Help For Better Health

Obviously, many people today in the U.S.A. are under unprecedented financial stress. And this takes a real toll on health. Many studies confirm that the most dangerous stress is stress that goes on and on without relief. And stress from adverse conditions or threats to our survival that we feel powerless to control is even more damaging to health.

The best ways to stop the harm to health and to heal from the damage is to remove the stress or at least significantly reduce it. But that is the very problem – for many of us these days, there does not appear to be a practical, real way to reduce the financial stress so many of us are experiencing.

So I was thrilled to find what seems to be a major breakthrough in this crucial area. And even though I am talking about a way to address a financial stress and do something real about it, I am considering this a health measure, which is why I am posting it on this site.

What if there was a product that everyone needed, that everyone is already using, but were paying far too much for?

What if you could just refer people and get paid when they decided to save money?

What if this did not cost you a single penny and was guaranteed to NEVER cost you anything?

I’m sure that by now you are thinking that this must be too good to be true. Well, that was my first reaction, too. But you might want to check it out for yourself.

Everyone uses electricity and most also use natural gas. And we all know that the greedy utility and energy companies almost all charge way too much for it. So there is opportunity to help both personal, residential customers and businesses get back to paying fair prices for their energy. And you can choose at what level you want to participate. You can just make the referral so that they can get a free energy audit to see how much they could be saving every month, or you can choose to be more involved.

It’s completely up to you and either way it’s completely free. And both ways you can make money. Perhaps you just want to share this with a few people so that your referral fees cover your own energy bill. (Free energy sounds good these days, doesn’t it?) Or maybe you are looking to build a larger income stream. You decide, and no matter what you NEVER have to spend a single penny on this.

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To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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How To Make Organic Sulfur Taste OK!

For a few years I have been adding Organic Sulfur to my diet to make up for the gross sulfur deficiency in our food supply.  For the past 60 years or so, since the advent of synthetic fertilizer and industrial agriculture, our food supply has been extremely deficient in sulfur.  It is estimated that our food supply contains an average of 4% of the sulfur it used to contain prior to industrial agriculture and synthetic fertilizer.

In this post I won’t go into the details of why sulfur is crucial to human health.  (It is crucial for many animals, as well – certainly all mammals.)  I have covered that in numerous other posts on this blog.  If you enter Organic Sulfur in the search space to the right, you should be able find them all in case you are new to Organic Sulfur, or just want to refresh your memory.

I take a total of 3 measured tablespoons 0f Organic Sulfur per day.  The positive impact on my health has been enormous.  Many of my clients do the same, and report similarly dramatic benefits.

The only real downside is that the Organic Sulfur does not taste great to most people.   And there are few things you can mix it with without the risk of rendering it ineffective.  Most people take the Organic Sulfur by dissolving it in drinking water.  The resulting drink is then pretty bitter tasting.  I don’t much mind it, but some people find it hard to swallow.  I really did not have a good answer to this, other than to suggest that people visualize the great results in their bodies and health as they drink it.

I now have a better solution.  Please read on:

My practice has been to take a large drinking glass, put my measured tablespoon of Organic Sulfur in it, then fill it halfway with drinking water.  I then heat more drinking water in my tea kettle.  When it boils I fill the glass the rest of the way and finish stirring the mixture until the Organic Sulfur is fully dissolved.  If the Organic Sulfur you are using is really pure, was properly distilled from pure plant lignum and otherwise not adulterated by various additives, it can take a long time to dissolve a full tablespoon in a glass of room temperature drinking water.  But the warmer water that results from mixing half room temperature and half boiling water easily dissolves the Organic Sulfur.  And once dissolved, it will stay in solution.

So that solves the problem of getting the Organic Sulfur to dissolve.  *  But the taste of the resulting mixture is still pretty bitter and some find it hard to drink.

Today, I got this brilliant solution to that problem from Patrick McGean, Director of The Cellular Matrix Study, and a world authority on the use of Organic Sulfur, as well as a number of other important aspects of natural health:  Patrick recommended that I go ahead and mix my Organic Sulfur just as I have been, but then squeeze in the juice of 1/2 of a fresh lime before drinking it.  I just tried it, and sure enough, the bitter taste is gone.  It is much easier to drink.  Actually, my wife tried it while I was still on the phone with Patrick and she gave me the Thumbs Up for it.  I tried it as soon as I got off the phone.  Voila!  It works.

Patrick also mentioned that if you can’t get fresh limes reconstituted lime juice, like that used in some mixed drinks will also work.

Personally, the bitter taste of the Organic Sulfur in water really does not bother me.  But for those who find it an obstacle, this seems like a great solution.

* By the way, if you find that your Organic Sulfur dissolves easily in room temperature or tap temperature water then most likely your sulfur is not pure enough to be very effective.  So you might want to consider a different source at that point.  To be biologically effective and safe, the Organic Sulfur really must be pure, organic and free of ALL additives.  Substances added to it to keep it from clumping together, to make it easier to dissolve, or to otherwise alter its natural qualities will almost always render it ineffective, and in some cases may even make it dangerous.  It also is crucial that the Organic Sulfur be distilled from plant lignum, but not distilled too far.  It should be in a sort of course crystal or flake form.  If it is distilled down to powder as is the case with any sulfur that may be called “MSM”, but that is in capsule form, it will be ineffective.

This is what your Organic Sulfur should look like.  Note the larger crystal or flake appearance.  That indicates that it has not been overly distilled, which would render it ineffective.  Of course, you must still find out if it is pure, 100% free of ALL additives, and if it has been distilled from plant-based lignum.  Those are absolute requirements for Organic Sulfur to be safe and effective.  I have tried over 50 different “MSM” or sulfur products.  Out of all of those, I have found only 2 that meet these criteria and that are safe and effective.  I offer the better of those 2.

 

If you need to order your biolavailable, pure, Organic Sulfur here are the links:

The Organic Sulfur we offer is sourced through The Cellular Matrix Study, which is the world’s largest health study of the effects of sulfur deficiency and supplementation. Their staff personally supervises and quality tests all of the Organic Sulfur that we offer.

 

2 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $78.95

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5 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $169.95

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9 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $283.86




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Links to additional posts about Organic Sulfur:

Organic Sulfur – A Super Detox And Metabolic Support Agent

Organic Sulfur For Rapid Pain Management

DMSO And MSM To The Rescue!

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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Check This Out – A Great “Occupy” Song

Besides entertaining us and adding beauty to our lives, art has always had the job of holding up a mirror for us. It can be a powerful medium for “getting out the message”. Recall that Picasso’s famous painting about the bombing of a city of civilians during the Spanish Civil War, called simply: “Guernica” was so powerful that it was banned in many locals.

Today, the United States of America seems to be at greater risk than ever before. Financial monsters, symbolized by Wall Street and all that Wall Street conjurs up for us, have thrown any semblance of ethics and morality to the wind. To unprecidented degrees they have indulged their own extreme greed and placed their selfish interests above EVERYTHING else in the known Universe. They do not seem to care at all about the consequences. They have become the proverbial parasite that is so successful at exploiting its host that it kills its host. And they are so short-sigthed that they fail to see that ultimately they are committing suicide by killing their host. The most successful parasites in nature are smart enough to stop short of killing their hosts.

Unlimited Power + Collossal Arrogance, combined with Maximum Greed + Ultimate Stupidity = One Bad Combination.

So here is a piece of art that I think helps to spread the word. If you like it, please share.

To your great health and to the restoration of economic justice and freedom!

Jeff Bell

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Occupy the Neighborhood: How Counties Can Use Land Banks and Eminent Domain

It is not often that I post articles by others on this blog. And it is even more rare that I post articles by others that are not directly about health. However, in this case, I think the issue raised and discussed is so crucial and so well covered that I feel compelled to post it in its entirety. Furthermore, losing one’s home, as has been happening to so many Americans these days, and as is continuing to happen, certainly leads to major health problems. For many, it is very nearly a life-threatening event. So please read this and if you agree that this is important, please share it widely.

(One of the things I love and treasure about the work of Ellen Brown is that she not only clearly and accurately explains the issues and exposes the criminal behavior that so often goes undetected in our “modern financial system”, but she also includes sensible and highly practical solutions for fixing the system. If enough of us wake up to what is really going on, we should be able to stop it and turn the currently disastrous course of this large nation back onto a far healthier and safer course.)

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Saturday 14 January 2012
by: Ellen Brown, Truthout | News Analysis

      

 

 

 

 

A Foreclosed Home In Salt Lake City, Utah.
(Photo: Monica Almeida / New York Times)

An electronic database called MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems) has created defects in the chain of title to over half the homes in America. Counties have been cheated out of millions of dollars in recording fees, and their title records are in hopeless disarray. Meanwhile, foreclosed and abandoned homes are blighting neighborhoods. Straightening out the records and restoring the homes to occupancy is clearly in the public interest, and the burden is on local government to do it. But how? New legal developments are presenting some innovative alternatives.

John O’Brien is register of deeds for Southern Essex County, Massachusetts. He is mad as hell and he isn’t going to take it anymore. He calls his land registry a “crime scene.” A formal forensic audit of the properties for which he is responsible found that:

  • Only 16 percent of the mortgage assignments were valid.
     
  • Twenty-seven percent of the invalid assignments were fraudulent, 35 percent were “robo-signed” and 10 percent violated the Massachusetts Mortgage Fraud Statute.
     
  • The identity of financial institutions that are current owners of the mortgages could be determined for only 287 out of 473 (60 percent).
     
  • There were 683 missing assignments for the 287 traced mortgages, representing approximately $180,000 in lost recording fees per 1,000 mortgages whose current ownership could be traced.

At the root of the problem is that title has been recorded in the name of a private entity called MERS as a mere placeholder for the true owners. The owners are a faceless, changing pool of investors owning indeterminate portions of sliced and diced securitized properties. Their identities have been so well hidden that their claims to title are now in doubt. According to the auditor:

What this means is that … the institutions – including many pension funds – that purchased these mortgages don’t actually own them….

The March of the Attorneys General

John O’Brien was thrilled when Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley went to court in December against MERS and five major banks – Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and GMAC. Coakley says banks have “undermined our public land record system through the use of MERS.”

Other attorneys general are also bringing lawsuits. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is going after MERS in a suit seeking $10,000 per violation. “Since at least the 1600s,” he says, “real property rights have been a cornerstone of our society. MERS has raised serious questions about who owns what in America.”

Biden’s lawsuit alleges that MERS violated Delaware’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act by:

  • Hiding the true mortgage owner and removing that information from the public land records.
     
  • Creating a systemically important, yet inherently unreliable, mortgage database that created confusion and inappropriate assignments and foreclosures of mortgages.
     
  • Operating MERS through its members’ employees, whom MERS confusingly appoints as its corporate officers so that they may act on MERS’ behalf.
     
  • Failing to ensure the proper transfer of mortgage loan documentation to the securitization trusts, which may have resulted in the failure of securitizations to own the loans upon which they claimed to foreclose.

This last allegation – that there are fatal defects in the loan documentation – may be even more conclusive than the MERS defect in establishing a break in the chain of title to securitized properties. Mortgage-backed securities are sold to investors in packages representing interests in trusts called REMICs (Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits). REMICs are designed as tax shelters; but to qualify for that status, they must be “static.” Mortgages can’t be transferred in and out once the closing date has occurred. The REMIC Pooling and Servicing Agreement typically states that any transfer after the closing date is invalid. Yet few, if any, properties in foreclosure seem to have been assigned to these REMICs before the closing date, in blatant disregard of legal requirements. The whole business is quite complicated, but the bottom line is that title has been clouded not only by MERS, but because the trusts purporting to foreclose do not own the properties by the terms of their own documents.

Courts Are Taking Notice

The title issues are so complicated that judges themselves have been slow to catch on, but they are increasingly waking up and taking notice. In some cases, the judge is not even waiting for the borrowers to raise lack of standing as a defense. In two cases decided in New York in December, the banks lost although their motions were either unopposed or the homeowner did not show up, and in one, there was actually a default. No matter, said the court; the bank simply did not have standing to foreclose.

In Citigroup v. Smith, 2011 NY Slip Op 52236 (U) (December 13, 2011), the mortgage document acknowledged that MERS was not the lender, but was “a separate corporation that is acting solely as a nominee for Lender and Lender’s successors and assigns.” The court held that since MERS was not a party to the underlying note, when it assigned the mortgage to plaintiff Citigroup there was no assignment of the note; and “a transfer of [a] mortgage without the debt is a nullity and no interest is acquired by it.”

Failure to comply with the terms of the loan documents can make an even stronger case for dismissal. In Horace v. LaSalle, Circuit Court of Russell County, Alabama, 57-CV-2008-000362.00 (March 30, 2011), the court permanently enjoined the bank (now part of Bank of America) from foreclosing on the plaintiff’s home, stating:

[T]he court is surprised to the point of astonishment that the defendant trust (LaSalle Bank National Association) did not comply with New York Law in attempting to obtain assignment of plaintiff Horace’s note and mortgage….

[P]laintiff’s motion for summary judgment is granted to the extent that defendant trust … is permanently enjoined from foreclosing on the property….

Relief for Counties: Land Banks and Eminent Domain

The legal tide is turning against MERS and the banks, giving rise to some interesting possibilities for relief at the county level. Local governments have the power of eminent domain: they can seize real or personal property if (a) they can show that doing so is in the public interest, and (b) the owner is compensated at fair market value.

The public interest part is easy to show. In a 20-page booklet titled “Revitalizing Foreclosed Properties with Land Banks,” the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) observes:

The volume of foreclosures has become a significant problem, not only to local economies, but also to the aesthetics of neighborhoods and property values therein. At the same time, middle- to low-income families continue to be priced out of the housing market while suitable housing units remain vacant.

The booklet goes on to describe an alternative being pursued by some communities:

To ameliorate the negative effects of foreclosures, some communities are creating public entities – known as land banks – to return these properties to productive reuse while simultaneously addressing the need for affordable housing.

States named as adopting land bank legislation include Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, Indiana, Texas, Kentucky and Maryland. HUD notes that the federal government encourages and supports these efforts. But states can still face obstacles to acquiring and restoring the properties, including a lack of funds and difficulties clearing title.

Both of these obstacles might be overcome by focusing on abandoned and foreclosed properties for which the chain of title has been broken, either by MERS or by failure to transfer the promissory note according to the terms of the trust indenture. These homes could be acquired by eminent domain both free of cost and free of adverse claims to title. The county would simply need to give notice in the local newspaper of an intent to exercise its right of eminent domain. The burden of proof would then transfer to the bank or trust claiming title. If the claimant could not prove title, the county would take the property, clear title and either work out a fair settlement with the occupants or restore the home for rent or sale.

Even if the properties were acquired without charge, counties might lack the funds to restore them. Additional funds could be had by establishing a public bank that serves more functions than just those of a land bank. In a series titled “A Solution to the Foreclosure Crisis,” Michael Sauvante of the National Commonwealth Group suggests that properties obtained by eminent domain can be used as part of the capital base for a chartered, publicly owned bank, on the model of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. The county could deposit its revenues into this bank and use its capital and deposits to generate credit, as all chartered banks are empowered to do. This credit could then be used not just to finance property redevelopment, but for other county needs, again on the model of the Bank of North Dakota. For a fuller discussion of publicly owned banks, see http://PublicBankingInstitute.org.

Sauvante adds that the use of eminent domain is often viewed negatively by homeowners. To overcome this prejudice, the county could exercise eminent domain on the mortgage contract rather than on title to the property. (The power of eminent domain applies both to real and to personal property rights.) Title would then remain with the homeowner. The county would just have a secured interest in the property, putting it in the shoes of the bank. It could renegotiate reasonable terms with the homeowner, something banks have been either unwilling or unable to do, since they have to get all the investor-owners to agree, a difficult task; and they have little incentive to negotiate when they can make more money on fees and credit-default-swaps on contracts that go into default.

Settling With the Investors

What about the rights of the investors who bought the securities allegedly backed by the foreclosed homes? The banks selling these collateralized debt obligations represented that they were protected with credit-default-swaps. The investors’ remedy is against the counterparties to those bets – or against the banks that sold them a bill of goods.

Foreclosure defense attorney Neil Garfield says the investors are unlikely to recover on abandoned and foreclosed properties in any case. Banks and servicers can earn more when the homes are bulldozed – something that is happening in some counties – than from a sale or workout at a loss. Not only is more earned on credit-default-swaps and fees, but bulldozed homes tell no tales. Garfield maintains that fully a third of the investors’ money has gone into middleman profits rather than into real estate purchases and “with a complete loss no one asks for an accounting.”

Not only homes and neighborhoods, but 400 years of property law are being destroyed by banker and investor greed. As Barry Ritholtz observes, the ability of a property owner to confidently convey his property is a bedrock of our society. Bailing out reckless financiers and refusing to hold them accountable has led to a fundamental breakdown in the role of government and the court system. This can be righted only by holding the 1 percent to the same set of laws as are applied to the 99 percent. Those laws include that a contract for the sale of real estate must be in writing signed by seller and buyer, that an assignment must bear the signatures required by local law and that forging signatures gives rise to an actionable claim for fraud.

The neoliberal model that says banks can govern themselves has failed. It is up to county government to restore the rule of law and repair the economic distress wrought behind the smokescreen of MERS. New tools at the county’s disposal – including eminent domain, land banks and publicly owned banks – can facilitate this local rebirth.
This work by Truthout is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

Ellen Brown

Ellen is an attorney and the author of eleven books, including Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free. Her websites are webofdebt.com and ellenbrown.com.  She is also chairman of the Public Banking Institute.

 

Here is the original URL where this article was published:  http://www.truth-out.org/occupy-neighborhood/1326472096

 

 

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How To Make A Great Stir Fry

This post is a bit unusual for me.  It is not about some amazing new health protocol that I must share.  But those who know me know that I love to cook and have been at it for most of my 61 years.  And actually, my love of cooking has made it easier for me and for my family to eat in more healthy ways.  It also has added a great deal of pleasure to our lives. 

I particularly love many of the foods from various parts of Asia.  And properly prepared they can be very healthy. 

Lately, I have made a number of stir fry meals for friends and family.  People have really enjoyed them and begged for my recipes.  So it is time for me to confess:  I do not have any recipes.  In fact, I do not follow recipes for most of my cooking.  (Baking and preparing sushi rice are exceptions because precision is required for baked goods or sushi rice to come out in any usable form.  A fair amount of precision chemistry is involved in both.)

But for just about everything else I cook, from stir fry to Russian cabbage borscht, I mostly make it up as I go along.  The reason that I do not tend to follow recipes is that there is so much variation in the ingredients that following some rigid plan just does not seem to work.  Instead, I follow my intuition, guided by a few basic principles.  Once in a while the results are not up to my expectations, but that is rare.  And they are always good – just sometimes not quite as fabulous as I would like.  I am usually the only one who is disappointed and who complains.  Everyone else usually raves about how good it all is.

Although my stir fry dishes are improvised, there are a few basic principles I follow.  These keep the meals tasty and healthy.  Here they are:

1.  I stick with organic produce to the best of my ability. It is far healthier, and almost always tastes much better than other produce.

2.  I avoid veggies that have a high moisture content, as they tend to cool the wok too much.  For example tomatoes don’t generally work well, whereas broccoli works great.  If you use the high water content veggies you end up with slow-steamed veggies that don’t taste very good and that don’t have an appealing texture.  They likely are not as nutritious, either.  

3.  Before cooking, I cut all of my veggies into convenient bite-sized pieces.  That way they cook quickly and can be easily eaten without the need for a knife.  (I eat almost all meals with chopsticks and have since I was a young child.  And for stir fry meals it just seems like the right way to eat.) 

4.  Besides making sure the veggies are bite-sized, I consider how fast the veggies tend to cook.  Some veggies cook very quickly and others cook more slowly.  One way to make sure that all are done at the same time is to vary the size – slow cooking veggies cut into smaller sizes and faster cooking veggies into larger sizes.

5.  I do ALL of my stir frying with organic coconut oil.  That is the only oil I use.  It is the only oil that I am sure can be heated to stir fry temperatures without undergoing chemical changes that make it toxic.  I have heard many people, even people who supposedly know what they are talking about, claim that other oils, such as peanut oil, olive oil, and others are safe to heat to frying temperatures.  But when I dig down into the available research I always find that they are wrong.  Stick with organic coconut oil and you will be safe.  

6.  I am very generous in my use of the coconut oil.  I put enough into my wok so that when I stir the veggies around for a bit, they all get a thin coating of the oil.  When I tell people this or show them, some are horrified that I am preparing a meal that has far too much cholesterol in it.  That is actually not the case.  It turns out that including generous amounts of organic coconut oil in your diet will actually improve your blood cholesterol levels and even help you maintain a healthy weight, as well as providing many other important health benefits. 

7.  I use a plain carbon steel wok, which has been “tempered” with coconut oil.  You can find articles on the Internet on how to temper cast iron skillets and woks.  These procedures are fine, except substitute organic coconut oil for whatever oil they recommend.  It won’t temper quite as well as flax seed oil, which is the traditional oil for tempering cast iron skillets, but it is much healthier with the heat involved and it will do a good enough job of tempering your wok. 

8.  I use a food grade stainless steel chang, (traditional stirring tool for cooking in a wok), to stir the veggies.  If you can’t find one of those, (the may be hard to find outside of some of the China Town areas in the larger cities), you can also use a bamboo paddle.  These have become popular enough so that they are available on-line and through many stores that sell cooking supplies and utensils. 

9.  There are some veggies that take significantly longer to cook than others.  When I am including those, I do not mix them in with the rest of the veggies.  Instead I cook them most of the way and then add the rest of the veggies.  Green beans are a good example.  They can take up to 10 minutes to cook.  While broccoli and snow peas take only 2 minutes or so. 

10.  My preferred seasonings are fresh ginger and fresh garlic.

11.  On most consumer stoves, (I talking about household gas ranges here), it is hard to have enough heat.  So I turn it up all the way.  First I make sure that the inside of the wok is lightly coated with the coconut oil over its entire surface.  Then I put a few heaping tablespoons of additional coconut oil in the bottom of the wok.  I turn the heat up all the way.

12.  When the oil is hot enough so that a pinch of my minced garlic thrown in dances and spits, I throw in the mixture of veggies.  (Again, if you are using some slower cooking veggies, throw them in first to give them a head start.)

13.  As soon as the veggies are in the wok, I add the rest of the minced garlic and minced ginger.  (Some people say to put that in the oil first to flavor the oil.  But I find that the ginger and garlic tend to burn if I do that.  So I add them after the veggies.)

14.  I do my best to cook everything just enough so that the veggies are easy to eat, but still retain most of their original texture.  It is easy to overcook them, which is one of the biggest mistakes I find most new stir fry cooks make.

15.  When the veggies are almost done, and just before I am ready to turn off the heat, I often add some slivered almonds and maybe some roasted sesame seeds.  (Organic, of course!)  Even a modest amount of these add a great deal of delicious flavor.

16.  After I have turned off the heat, I often drizzle a small amount of sesame oil over the whole mixture and stir it in.  This adds great flavor.  The reason I add it after the heat is off is because sesame oil is one of those oils that is not safe if heated much above the boiling point of water.

17.  In general, keep in mind that the wok stays hot for a little while after you turn off the burner. So it is easy to overcook your veggies. I recommend turning off the heat when you think the veggies are almost completely done, but not quite.  They will keep on cooking for 30 seconds or so. 

Those are the most important basic principles I follow.  I have a few more tips to share with you:  Sometimes I want to have some more concentrated protein than the veggies can provide.  I often include some shrimp or scallops for that.  If you are a meat eater, you could include some chicken, or even some organic pork, or…  If you do this, I recommend that you stick with organic. 

If you are going to add shrimp, meat, or something like that I recommend that you cook it most of the way through, remove it from the wok, and then add it back just when the veggies are about ¾ of the way done cooking. 

What About Sauces?
Many people make elaborate sauces to either mix into the stir fry while it is cooking, or to add when it is done.  I do not do that.  I want to fully taste the ingredients in my stir fry, and I find the fancy sauces tend to cover up the other flavors.  Also, they often contain lots of sugar, corn starch and other ingredients that I would rather avoid. 

I find that just having some organic, wheat-free soy sauce at the table and letting people add it to taste is much more satisfying.  And I have been told by a number of people from the part of China where this style of stir fry mostly originates, that when they prepare home-cooked meals they do not go for the fancy sauces, either.  They keep things simple, straight-forward and delicious.  The fancy sauces are mostly a Western “innovation”.

I generally cook a batch of organic brown rice to go with the stir fry.  I have people serve themselves with the rice, then we serve the stir fry right out of the wok and use the chang to place it over the rice. 

Some Vegetable Recommendations:
Here is a quick list of some of my favorite veggies to include in a stir fry.  You only need a few.  If you try to put too many varieties in a single stir fry it tends to make things overly complex and the flavors seem to get lost.  Part of the appeal in a good stir fry is its simple elegance.  So it is good to maintain that. 

Broccoli
String beans
Snow peas
Red cabbage
Yellow onions
Baby bok choy
Snap peas
Red bell peppers
Celery
Zucchini squash

And we sometimes include mung bean sprouts that we raise.  (I don’t like to use the commercial bean sprouts because they are often bleached to make them look pretty.  That compromises the taste and probably poses a health risk.)

That should be all you need to know to get started.  Have fun!  Happy cooking and happy eating!

Please post your comments and questions below. 

To your joy and great health!

Jeff Bell

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A Crucial Missing Nutrient – Sulfur

I have posted important information about organic sulfur in several previous posts on this blog.  Since posting the most recent of them I have received a number of new questions, which I want to address here.

Let’s start with a bit of deeper background than you’ll find in my previous blog posts about sulfur:

Why Is Sulfur Important? 
Sulfur is a natural element, which used to be present in significant quantities in our food.  Our bodies cannot create sulfur.  We must get it from our food or from supplementation.  We also cannot store it for any significant length of time.

Sulfur is an element that is a required “building block” for a number of essential amino acids and proteins that we must have.

Sulfur also is crucial to keeping our bodies free of toxins.  Our livers take dangerous chemicals and combine them with sulfur.  This process, which is part of the “methylation cycle”, converts these dangerous toxins that the liver collects from all over the body into “sulfates”.  These “sulfates” are far less chemically active than the toxins originally were, making them safe to eliminate in our waste.

Sulfur also is crucial in facilitating the transfer of oxygen and CO2 back and forth across the cell membranes all over your body.  When the sulfur levels are too low, this transfer is impeded, leading to serious specific health problems, as well as an overall lack of energy and generally poor health.  This can even weaken our resistance to disease.

OK, so sulfur is important.

Why Can’t We Get Sulfur From Our Food?
Well, we do get some, but not enough.  Up until about 60 years ago we were able to get all the sulfur our bodies needed directly from our food supply.  The soil, being naturally fertilized on a regular basis, was rich in sulfur.  The plants grown on the soil were likewise rich in sulfur.  And even animals that grazed on the land and ate the grasses that grew on the sulfur-rich soil provided meat that contained abundant sulfur.

About 60 years ago all that changed.  Industrial fertilizer was introduced and heavily promoted.  While it offered some seeming benefits, such as lower costs and initially higher production, it also led to some serious problems that have drastically affected the health of all living beings, including human beings wherever it was introduced and adopted.

Lower costs and higher productivity – sounds like a winner, right?  Possibly not!  The problem is that natural fertilizer is rich in the organic sulfur that is so essential to our health.  In contrast, the industrial or “synthetic” fertilizers substitute nitrogen for the sulfur.

This seems to be OK for the plants.  They seem to grow quite well with nitrogen-based fertilizers.  In many cases the plants seem to grow faster with the nitrogen-based fertilizers than they do with the sulfur-based fertilizers.  But the produce grown on soil where industrial fertilizers are used are not nearly as nutritious, don’t taste as good, and they are terribly low in organic sulfur.

There seem to be other problems with produce that has been fed synthetic fertilizers, as well.  The plants have proven not to be as hardy and not to be as resistant to disease.  And some plants do not reproduce as well.  But the drive for quick profits in today’s world seems to supersede these considerations most of the time.

The bottom line is that the soil, on average, contains less than 4% of the organic sulfur that it contained 60 years ago.  This is all due to the pervasive use of industrial, nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizers.

Of course, the produce, including meat raised on grass that is grown on such soil, is correspondingly low on organic sulfur.

As a result, almost all of us, especially those living in the so-called “developed world” or “industrial world” are highly sulfur-deficient.

And in most cases, even switching to all organic produce will not overcome this problem.  If you take soil where these synthetic, nitrogen-based fertilizers have been used for any significant length of time and start using all organic fertilizers that is a great step in the right direction.  However, it will be quite awhile before the soil and the crucial sulfur levels recover.  It takes years of careful organic farming, with intelligent soil management and appropriate crop rotation to build the sulfur levels back to where they belong.

Since most organic produce is grown on soil that has been “re-claimed” from the jaws of industrial farming, the soil is still quite deficient in organic sulfur.  Perhaps a few decades of organic fertilizing will change this.  But for now, you can count on most organic produce to still be far too low in sulfur content.

So What Can We Do?
For the long term, it makes sense to buy organic food as much as possible and to support smaller scale, locally owned and operated organic family farms.  Besides providing you with food that tastes better and is overall more healthy, over time this will help to restore the health of the soil.  It also sends a message to Big Agriculture that we do NOT support their policies and methods, which consistently place profits above health and sustainability.

For the short term, it makes sense to manually add the missing sulfur back into our diet.

Doing this properly can lead to tremendous health benefits.  For example, I am a very physically active person.  And sometimes I push my body a bit too hard.   I used to often pay the price in sore joints and sore muscles that night or the next day.  Since I have been adding organic sulfur back into my diet, something I have done for the last several years, I almost never have soreness following a tough workout or other heavy activity.

Many people who have suffered from arthritis report that not only are their symptoms greatly reduced when they add organic sulfur to their diets, but in many cases the disease either stops progressing or even is reversed.

Organic sulfur has also been shown to help with balancing brain chemistry, alleviating depression and other mental and emotional problems, including attention deficit disorder, which is so prevalent in our young people these days.

Organic sulfur seems to have anti-carcinogenic properties, as well.  This may be because it supports a healthier immune system, and because it facilitates the transfer of oxygen and CO2 across cell membranes.  (Most cancers do not thrive in an aerobic environment, so it makes sense that anything that enhances the transfer of oxygen could make it harder for cancers to grow.)

The list goes on.  I could list pages of benefits that have been reported by those who add sulfur back into their diets.  A number of my clients have reported very significant benefits.

However, You Must Know This:
Not all sulfur is created equal.  In fact, sulfur as a supplement has been around for almost as long as the problem of sulfur deficiency has existed.  You can go to any health food store, as well as many on-line sites that sell supplements and buy a sulfur supplement in the form of “MSM”.  The full chemical name is: Methyl Sulphonyl Methane.

MSM is quite popular in the health supplement world.  It is frequently combined in capsules with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, which is then sold as an arthritis remedy and general “joint health” supplement.

But there is a problem:  Although some of these supplements probably do provide some benefits, none of them are going to adequately replenish the missing sulfur.

To begin with, nearly all of them are not refined in a way that renders the sulfur high in bioavailability.  That means that your body has trouble using the sulfur.

Secondly, in almost all cases other substances are added to the sulfur, such as anti-caking agents, and other substances that make it easier to package the sulfur in capsules.  But these also seem to interfere with the body’s ability to utilize most of the sulfur.  So you could be taking a total of 12 grams of sulfur each day and maybe getting the benefits of less than a gram.  That is not enough for most of us.

And to get enough, (most adults need a minimum of 8 grams of organic sulfur a day added back into their diets to even begin to approach healthy levels in the body), you would have to swallow handfuls of capsules.  Most of us are not going to do that.  And even if we did, ingesting that many capsules each day would put stress on our digestive systems.

The way to go is to use pure loose organic sulfur, in the chemical form of methyl sulphonyl methane, in a “large matrix crystal” form.  In this form, the organic sulfur appears as crystals that are about twice the size of table salt crystals.  It should have NO additives whatsoever.  And it is crucial that the distillation process to isolate and crystallize the sulfur must not use too much heat, nor must it be over-distilled.  Violating any of these guidelines severely compromises the bioavailability and effectiveness of the sulfur.

That sad fact is that almost all of the MSM products on the market either do not work at all, or at best, work quite poorly. I have personally tested more than 50 different brands and forms of MSM.  So far, I have found 2 that work.  One works moderately well, and the other is simply terrific.

My readers know that the focus of this web site is not to promote and sell products.  That is not what we are about.  Rather, our purpose is to be a trusted source of crucial health information that is mostly not readily available elsewhere.

However, in a few rare cases, where we know that people will have difficulty obtaining what they need for their health from other sources, we make exceptions and directly provide specific products.

To help you with your health, we provide the organic sulfur that was developed to meet the precise specifications of The Cellular Matrix Study, a world leader in research into sulfur and its role in health.  This is the only form of organic sulfur that I have found that really works.  I use it every day.  Because it is so much more carefully distilled and handled it is more expensive than the cheap MSMs that you can buy.  But this is really a case where you get what you pay for.

Each shipment includes detailed instructions to help you get the maximum benefit from the sulfur.  They are simple to follow and have led to great reports from our clients.

There is a link at the bottom of this page that you can use to easily order your Organic Sulfur.  There also are links to several of my previous posts about Organic Sulfur.  There is even a great protocol for instantly reducing most physical pains by using Organic Sulfur in a special way.

Before we get to the links, I want to share the answer to one common question about using the sulfur:  Because it is in loose crystal form, most people take anywhere from a measured teaspoon to a measured tablespoon and drop it into a glass of water.  (I use a tablespoon 3 times a day.  It is almost impossible to get too much.  If you do, your body will simply and safely discard what it does not need.)

If the water is at room temperature, much of the sulfur will not go into solution.  Instead, you will find a pile of sulfur crystals sitting at the bottom of the glass.  These will likely remain even after you drink all of the water in the glass.  For some, this is no problem.  They just slurp down the slurry of wet sulfur crystals and swallow them.  Then they drink a little more plain water to finish washing them down.  There is nothing wrong with doing it this way.  However, the sulfur has a somewhat bitter taste and some people find this way not so pleasant.

Here is another option:  (It is the way I take my sulfur.)  Put the amount of sulfur you plan to take into your drinking glass.  Fill the glass just halfway up with drinking water that is at room or cold water tap temperature.  Then heat some drinking water in your teakettle.  When it boils, add enough to the glass to fill it the rest of the way.  Now stir the mixture.  The temperature should now be comfortable to drink, and the warmth of the water will allow all of the sulfur to go into solution.  So when you drink it there will not be any residue at the bottom.  Once the sulfur has gone into solution, it will stay in solution for hours.  So you can take your time drinking it.

The taste will still be slightly bitter.  But that is a small price to pay for the extraordinary health benefits.  I recommend against adding anything to the water and sulfur to try and change the flavor.  The chemistry of sulfur is complex and if you add anything other than good drinking water, there is a chance that you will render the sulfur less effective.   In fact, some things you might be tempted to add, such as orange juice will almost certainly reduce the effectiveness of the suflur to near zero.

Please feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have.  Or even better, please post them as comments below so that others who may have the same questions can benefits from your questions and the dialog we will have to address them.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

Here are the links to purchase your Organic Sulfur, as well as to several informative posts about Organic Sulfur:

Please note that the shipping and handling costs listed are for fully insured mailing via U.S. Priority Mail, within the continental U.S.A.  If you need to have yours shipped outside the continental U.S.A. please be sure to e-mail us or call us in advance so we can let you know the shipping and handling costs: jeff@MyHealthOptimizer.com or (925) 827 -3895.

The Organic Sulfur we offer is sourced through The Cellular Matrix Study, which is the world’s largest health study of the effects of sulfur deficiency and supplementation. Their staff personally supervises and quality tests all of the Organic Sulfur that we offer.

2 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $78.95

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5 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $169.95

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9 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $283.86

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Links to addtional posts about Organic Sulfur:

Organic Sulfur – A Super Detox And Metabolic Support Agent

Organic Sulfur For Rapid Pain Management

DMSO And Organic Sulfur To The Rescue!

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“Vultures’ Picnic” – Caution Your Banker May Be Hazardous To Your Health

This web site is dedicated to helping you and your loved ones to overcome your most serious health challenges.  Or if you already enjoy good health, helping you to maintain and even further improve your health.  

The financial stress that currently arises for most of us from the unrestrained corruption and wholesale greed that are imposed on us is leading to horrendous health problems.  At present the number of Americans who have no access to health care exceeds 50 million!  The number who cannot afford good and healthy food is very high. And being without housing hardly improves ones health.  I could go on and on…

I think most of us are all too aware of the consequences of the extreme greed and corruption on the part of those running the financial and political systems.  What is not common information is how a small number of extreme wrong doers have been getting away with this for decades and how they are still getting away with it. 

I believe that if enough of us ever become aware of what is being done to us behind the scenes, (the very information that bankers and their close colleagues hope we never find out), we have a good chance to put a stop to their murderous greed.  So I consider it my ethical duty to help turn the spotlight on when opportunity presents itself. 

Greg Palast, renowned, courageous investigative reporter, (in the finest tradition and truest form of that phrase), has just released his newest book, “Vultures’ Picnic”, after years of intense investigation and research.  He really spills the beans with this one!

 First a couple of crucial quotes that I want to share with you:

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” – Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), founder of the House of Rothschild.

 “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” – Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.

All of these quotes are from people who certainly knew what was being done to us – the first, Thomas Jefferson was trying to keep it from being done to us, and the latter two, Mayer Rothschild and Henry Ford were two of the perpetrators doing it to us.  But most of us do not have a clue what the mad, greedy power-elite are doing to us behind the scenes and what they are doing to all living beings on planet earth. 

And now it is time for the rest of us to learn the truth.  If enough of us ever gain true financial literacy, the small but disproportionately powerful group of greedy, amoral enslavers will be finished. 

Towards that end I would like to recommend Greg Palasts’ latest book: “Vultures’ Picnic”.  The title and my comments should give you a good idea of what it is about. 

In his latest book, Greg Palast reveals, in detail, how these crimes against all of us were committed, who committed them, how they personally benefited, and how they are continuing to abuse all of us with their ongoing criminal behavior.  Believe me, this is definitely information that the power elite hope we never acquire.  The evidence that Mr. Palast provides is so powerful and compelling that it would satisfy any fair court in the world as to the absolute guilt of the perpetrators that he names. 

If you are ready to take real steps towards freedom and are ready to be part of the growing movement to hold these self-appointed evil “monarchs” accountable for their murderous behavior, read “Vultures’ Picnic”.

Greg Palast is touring the country to talk about this book, and to help get the word out about what we can do to turn things around.  His first stop is this coming Monday night, November 14, 2011, in Berkeley, California.  I realize that this is short notice.  However, he is touring the country and discussing his book and what we can do in a lot of other cities. 

I know that most people these days who are even aware of what is being done to us by the ruling elite, feel powerless to do anything about it.  So the typical response is to just block it all out and focus even more tightly on the challenges of daily living.  But we outnumber the small cabal of ultra greed heads, who are bent on having it all and letting everyone else whither.  We outnumber them by tens of millions to one.  If ever a critical mass of us really become aware of what is being done to us all, they are finished. 

I intend to participate in this movement for as long as I am alive and able.  I invite you to do the same.  It all starts with educating yourself.  Greg Palast and his deep investigations are a precious resource and tool for peeling away the lies and getting to what is really going on.  If you can, attend one of the tour events.  If you can’t, you can still read his latest book.  The more of us who read it the more uncomfortable the ruling elite become.  Let’s make things hot for them!

For full details, I recommend that you visit the web site:  www.vulturespicnic.org

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Accurately Testing Your PH Level

 For decades most holistic health experts, naturopaths and others have recognized the importance of a proper acid alkaline balance in the human body.  There is widespread agreement that living in our modern, industrial environment renders many of us far too acidic and that this leads to poor health.  Further, this leaves us vulnerable to many serious, chronic health problems such as arthritis, vision problems, neurological disease and even cancers of various types.   

 Further confirmation of the importance and health benefits of a relatively high alkalinity comes from the spa traditions from all over the world.  If you measure the PH of the water in all of the famous spas around the world you find that it is high.  For example, the water at the famous Lourdes Spa in France has a PH of about 9.5.   

A Little Background About PH: 
“PH” is a measure of where a given substance falls on a standard scale from acidic to alkaline.  There is controversy about exactly what PH stands for.  I think the most likely candidate is “Potential Hydrogen”.   

But this can be a bit confusing.  In an aqueous solution, which is any water-based solution, there are a certain number of dissolved hydrogen ions.   The greater the number of dissolved hydrogen ions in a given amount of the solution the more acidic the solution is said to be.  The fewer dissolved hydrogen ions in a given amount of the aqueous solution the more alkaline the solution is said to be.   

What can be confusing is that the actual numbers assigned on the scale for measuring PH are higher when there are fewer dissolved hydrogen ions in the solution.  So a solution with a PH value of 8.5 for example, actually has far fewer dissolved hydrogen ions in it than a solution with a PH value of 6.  I warned you that it could be confusing!   

But what is important is to understand that the lower the PH number the more acidic the solution and the higher the PH number the more alkaline the solution.  Furthermore, the scale is a logarithmic scale, so the difference between a PH value of 6.9 and a PH value of 7.0 is quite significant.   

The PH scale starts at 0, which is as acidic as a solution can be, and runs all the way to 14, which is as alkaline as a solution can be.  There are complex reasons why the numbers on the PH scale run exactly opposite to the number of dissolved hydrogen ions.  The scale was probably designed that way to facilitate its use with standard chemical equations having to do with molecular measurements.   

You don’t really need more detail about PH to understand the crucial information about PH values for good health and how to measure them.  However, for those wanting the detail, here is a good place to start:  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH  

What Is A Healthy PH Value For The Human Body? 
That is actually a complex question that cannot be answered simply.  Different parts of the human body are supposed to be at different PH levels at different times.  So there is not one single value that is optimum or even acceptable.   

There is, however, one exception to this constantly shifting PH picture.  Human blood remain very close to 7.365 just to sustain life.  In order to maintain the blood PH at this level, your body will modify the PH of nearly anything else in your body.   

Let’s look at an example:  When the essential mineral calcium is dissolved in a solution will increase the alkalinity of the solution.  If the blood starts to become too acidic, one of the ways the body corrects that is to leach calcium from the bones and dissolve it in the blood.  If this happens enough significant bone density will be lost.  This is known as osteoporosis.   

When calcium is leached out of the bones as the body tries to neutralize excess acidity, or a PH that is too low) in the blood, this also increases the tendency for calcium deposits to show up where they are not wanted, i.e. in the lining of arteries.  These unwanted calcium deposits can also show up in the bursa, or lubricating sacs enclosing most joints.  This is one of the common, but all-too-frequently ignored primary causes of arthritis.  (When is the last time you heard a conventional physician advising an arthritis patient that they are too acidic and recommending that they raise their PH?)  

What Causes Excess Acidity? 
Stress, poor diet, drinking carbonated beverages and lack of exercise are some of the factors that can make the body too acidic.  Of course, if these conditions go on for too long, the blood will start to become too acidic.  As we learned above, in order to neutralize the excess acidity in the blood the body starts to leach calcium from the bones and put it into the bloodstream to neutralize the excess acidity.   

Is it any wonder that osteoporosis is such a widespread problem in much of today’s world?   

In addition to those listed above, here are a few more common causes of the excess acidity that plague so many of us in today’s modern world:   

  • Lack of sufficient sleep
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Poor diet
  • Diet not well suited to the individual
  • Excess sugar in the diet
  • Chronic shallow breathing
  • Insufficient hydration
  • Inadequate time spent outdoors (natural sunlight helps maintain proper PH)
  • Poor digestion
  • Insufficient chewing of food before swallowing

 There are more, but these are the most common causes of excess acidity.  

What Are The Common Problems Caused By Excess Acidity or Low PH?  (In this article I use “Excess Acidity” and “Low PH” interchangeably.  They are nearly identical – the subtle differences are not significant for the purposes of this discussion.) 
The following is a partial list, including only the most common health problems caused by or made worse by excess acidity:  (A few have already been mentioned.)   

  • Cancer – both prevention and recovery are adversely affected *
  • Increased susceptibility to diabetes
  • Increased difficulty controlling diabetes
  • Poor digestion
  • Gout
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of mental clarity
  • Poor sleep
  • Premature aging
  • Arthritis
  • Mood swings
  • Dental and gum disease and deterioration
  • Poor cardiovascular fitness
  • Poor eyesight
  • Varicose veins
  • Weakened immune system
  • Increased susceptibility to autoimmune diseases
  • Frequent muscle cramping

 *  All of the best German cancer clinics, (arguably, based on results, the best cancer clinics in the entire world), include raising the PH levels relatively high as a major element of their anti-cancer therapy programs.  

I could add more, but those are the more common major problems caused by excess acidity.  That should be enough to motivate most people to learn how to properly and accurately measure their PH levels and how to raise them if need be.  

How Do I Accurately Measure My PH? 
The first thing we need to know in order to answer that question is what to measure.  For example, we already know that our blood must be maintained very close to 7.365.  

Because our bodies will do just about anything to keep our blood in that range so that we can remain alive, using blood to measure the PH of our body is neither useful nor practical.  Because our bodies will do just about anything to keep us alive, significant variations in blood PH are the last thing we will see in someone whose PH levels are off.  By then it will be way to late.  

A lot of so-called experts on PH for health recommend measuring the PH of either our urine or our saliva.  In fact, the instructions that come with most PH test kits sold as human health aids even recommend measuring urine or saliva.  However, this actually turns out not to be a very good approach.   

Our saliva PH levels very widely over even a relatively short period of time.  And seemingly subtle influences change it quickly.  I recently demonstrated this in a workshop:  I measured my saliva PH at 6.8.  Then I did some deep breathing for about 2 minutes and immediately measured it again.  This time the result was 7.2.  That is a huge change in a very short period of time.  It clearly demonstrates that saliva is not a very reliable and consistent means for measuring the PH level in our bodies.   

Urine also is not a reliable fluid for determining body PH levels.  While it does not change nearly as quickly or radically as saliva, it still does not produce results that can be reliably interpreted.  For example, suppose I test my urine and find it to be 6.9, (or just below neutral).  That is lower than the ideal level for my body, indicating that at least my urine is somewhat acidic.  But how do I know whether that means my whole body in general is too acidic or if my body is just utilizing my urinary tract to discard some excess acid?  The answer is that I don’t know.  And there is no practical way to determine that without more complex tests.  

So how do I reliably test my PH level?  What I really want to know is what the PH level is of the “inter-cellular fluid” – the aqueous moisture in between most of the cells in my body.  So we need to find an easily accessible body fluid that closely correlates to this inter-cellular fluid in PH level.   

It turns out that the tear fluid in our eyes is perfect for this.  Whatever PH level we measure in our tear fluid very closely matches that found in the inter-cellular fluid of the body.   

Here’s how we can safely and accurately measure the PH of the tear fluid from our eyes:  

  1. Stand in front of a mirror with your PH measuring kit nearby and ready.  (Type of kit and sources are listed below).
  2. . 

  3. Rapidly but gently blink your eyes about 30 times to build up some excess tear fluid.  (Never blink or squint your eyes hard as doing so can damage the delicate structures in your eyes.)
  4. . 

  5. When you have built up sufficient tear fluid, gently roll down the lower eyelid of one eye.  (I pick whichever eye looks like it has the most tear fluid built up.  Or I arbitrarily pick one if there is no obvious difference.)
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  7. Gently and carefully I bring the end of the PH test stick that has the sample dots on it close to pool of built up tear fluid until the fluid flows onto the stick and saturates the test dots.  I am very careful not to actually touch my eye with any part of the stick. 
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  9. As soon as the test dots are saturated, wait the recommended 15 seconds and then match the colors against the chart that comes with the PH test kit.  (Most kits are designed for you to wait 15 seconds.  Some may specify a different amount of time.  I would follow that part of the directions that come with your kit.
  10. . 

  11. Note the level indicated by the test.

 That’s it.  You now know with amazing accuracy what the general PH level is in your body.  

What PH Level Is Ideal? 
This is another question that has no really simple answer.  For most people a level that is slightly alkaline is generally healthy.  If you have no outstanding serious health issues that may be related to PH, (see lists above), then a PH of 7.3 to 7.8 is likely going to serve you well.   

If you do have health issues that may be related to PH levels or affected by them, then you may want to work with a natural health professional to re-balance your PH level.  Obviously, this needs to be a practitioner knowledgeable and experienced in both PH level management and whatever health conditions you are seeking to address.  If you do work with a natural health professional you may want to share this article with him or her.   

Over many years, I have found that there seem to be lots of natural health professionals who are knowledgeable in dealing with specific health conditions and who know how to manage PH levels, but who do not know how to measure PH accurately.  Seems crazy, but far too many still rely on the urine and saliva methods, which we’ve seen are far from ideal.  There is nothing wrong with teaching your health care provider something useful!  Many of the most valuable things I have learned in the field of natural health have come from my clients.  They frequently bring new research and articles to my attention.  

Keep in mind that the value range of 7.3 to 7.8 is for general health.  For a number of health conditions, cancer most notably among them, the values should be much higher.  The famous Hoxsey Clinic in Mexico often recommends that their patients boost their PH levels to 9.5 until the cancer is completely gone.  To prevent the cancer from recurring they recommend maintaining a level of 8.5.   

Many of the world’s best cancer clinics, (most located in Germany), help their clients to achieve levels similar to those that the Hoxsey Clinic promotes.   

Other conditions seem to respond well to other levels.  And there is some controversy, even among natural health professionals about what is ideal.  I suspect that this is an individual factor that is best “tuned” to the individual.  This is why I recommend working with a natural health professional in this area.  This area of health can be complex.   

Ultimately, I like to be guided by results.  Things that work well for a given person are most likely right for that person.  If something is not working or not working well, then it either needs to be combined with other measures, or it may not be right for that person.   

I believe that in all areas of health if the results are not optimal then some informed analysis and thoughtful adjustments are indicated.  Results are the ultimate measure of effectiveness.   

That is one reason why I highly recommend that anyone dealing with any serious health issue maintain a journal that lists:  

  1. What measures are bring used
  2. Any test results obtained
  3. Adjustments made
  4. Results in terms of how you feel and how the condition or conditions seem to be responding

 

Because health issues frequently can become complex and it may be challenging to figure out what is working and what is not, particularly when multiple health measures are being employed, a journal can be an extremely valuable diagnostic tool.  Maintaining a journal also empowers you to better take control of your own health.   

What Test Kit Should I Use? 
This is crucial.  I have tried lots of different test kits.  Only a few seem to be accurate and even fewer are suitable for using the method described in this article.  I recommend the test kits that include a bunch of small, individual test strips, each having 2 square “test dots” on one end.  These typically come in kits containing anywhere from 50 to 100 test strips.  The plastic boxes that the strips come in also include a color chart.  The increments typically are .5 at both ends of the scale, and decrease to .25 nearer the middle of the scale.  That is sufficient precision for our purposes.   

Each time you use a test strip, you wait the required period of time, (usually 15 seconds – included in the kit’s instructions), then you match the 2 “test dots” to a set of 2 sample colors that go together.  This “double match” makes the test highly accurate when properly done.  

Here is a picture of a typical PH test kit that I would use and recommend.  Yours does not have to be exactly the same, but it should include individual test strips and should require matching 2 colors each time you test. 

 

   

  

It may take a little extra effort to get the right test kit.  But it is worth the time.  Many health food stores and nutritional supply stores carry PH testing kits that meet our needs.  Of course, you likely can find sources on-line, as well.  Just be sure that your kit contains individual test strips that each have 2 test dots on one end, and that the kit is intended for PH testing.  (There are other test kits that look similar but are for testing other factors and not for PH.) 

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OK, I Have My Measurements.  Now What?
Depending on what health conditions you are dealing with, if any, and what PH levels you are consistently measuring, you may want to employ some measures to adjust your PH level.  For example, many people who suffering from cancer will test at levels that are well below 7.0, (7.0 is neutral and is lower than ideal).  In almost all cases they will want to raise their PH level quite significantly.  

There are many ways to raise the PH level.  Frequently it can be done through diet, exercise, changing the type and amount of water that one drinks, increasing the amount and quality of one’s sleep and more.  For some people, adopting a daily meditation practice or similar practice will significantly raise a PH level that started out too low.  

The specifics of diet and water to adjust PH are beyond the scope of this article.  Again, if you are dealing with a serious health problem, or if you just want to optimize your health and prevent disease I encourage you to work with a qualified natural health professional. 

Please feel free to post your questions and/or comments in the comments section below.  Or e-mail me your questions and comments: jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com 

To your great health! 

Jeff Bell 

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A Safe, Effective and Simple Emotional Detox – EFT or “Emotional Freedom Technique”

It seems that these days there is more and more need to find ways to eliminate the stress caused by fear, anxiety in our daily lives.  And when we are in unusually difficult circumstances or emergency situations, this need is even greater.

Some people ignore this need, usually with highly detrimental health effects.  Others spend lots of time and money in various forms of therapy.  And still others rely on pharmaceuticals to alleviate their stress and deal with their most challenging emotions .  Since you are visiting to this site, I probably do not need to even mention the potential downsides to the pharmaceutical approach.  

I am not saying that pharmaceuticals are never appropriate.   There may be times when this may be the most appropriate choice.  And there are certainly some individuals who truly need medication just to survive.  But I think most of us would agree that this should be a last resort and that it is grossly overused in our present culture. 

And I definately do not want to say anything disparaging about traditional therapy.  It can be highly effective and beneficial.  But it is unlikely to be available right when the emotions you may need to deal with arise.  It certainly will not be available in the midst of  any widespread emergency.  Yet, that is a time when emotional toxicity and emotional trauma become huge issues.  So something much more immediately accessible is crucial for all of us to have in our personal “first-aid kits”. 

What if there were a simple, effective, do-it-yourself method for releasing the emotional charges we are exposed to?  What if this method were so easy to learn that you could begin benefiting from it after one 15 minute lesson?

There is!  It is known as “Emotional Freedom Technique”, or “EFT”.  I must admit this this one health measure that seemed too good to be true.  I was highly skeptical.  How could something that I could learn in 15 minutes possibly provide so much benefit?

Even though Dr. Joseph Mercola, a doctor I respect very highly, strongly recommended EFT and even said that he used it extensively, I was skeptical.  That is, until I tried it.  Within just a few minutes I experienced so much benefit that I was converted from skeptic to raving fan.  And the more I use it and the more skilled I become in its use the more I appreciate what a wonderful tool it is. 

I use EFT to defuse fears when I anticipate challenging circumstances, to improve my relationships with others, and for general centering and calmness on a daily basis.  I also use it to help my clients to release the emotional charges that may be impeding their own healing and wellness.  I haven’t experienced a single bad result, yet.

Do yourself  a huge favor and give it a try.  You won’t regret it.  I promise.

If you are new to EFT, here is a great link to help you get started:

http://www.thetappingsolution.com/how-to-tap.php

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Another Look At Muscle-Testing For Health

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a reliable way to know which vitamins and supplements are safe and effective for each of us?  There is so much variation among human beings that although the “rules” of nutrition may be good starting point guidelines, they are often useless for determining the specifics for any given person. 

So many people, including holistic health practitioners, find it a major challenge to determine exactly which vitamins and supplements are right for us.  And if you include foods in the question, then it becomes an even bigger challenge.  We all have different metabolisms, great variation in our digestive systems, vast differences in our immune systems, and so on.   So taking the general “rules” of nutrition and biology and trying to apply them to everyone does not make sense. 

One option is to do a great deal of complex and expensive lab testing.  But even if one can afford this, determining what to test and how to interpret the test results is not easy. 

So what might be a reasonable alternative?

The science of Muscle-Testing can provide an answer. 

Before going any further, let’s take a brief look at what Muscle-Testing is:  In classic Muscle-Testing, (also sometimes known as “A/K “or “Applied Kinesiology”), a strong indicator muscle is chosen in the client by the practitioner.  The client is asked to hold the muscle strong and resist a physical challenge to the muscle while a question is asked, or while they are exposed to a given substance for which they are being tested. 

For example, I might ask a client to hold their left or right arm out straight in front of them and to resist my efforts to push their arm down.  I might then hold a bottle of vitamin C against a part of their body, while I push down on their arm.  If the specific vitamin C is not right for the client, the strong indicator muscle will “go weak” and it will be easy for me to push their arm down.  This is an over-simplification and there is a great deal more to know about muscle-testing, but this will serve for our discussion. 

Based on the above, muscle-testing may sound great. 

But many people are not sure if Muscle-Testing works, is based on any real science and if it can be reliable. 

In a nutshell, the science behind muscle-testing can be summarized as follows:  By current estimates, approximately 95% of our brain is devoted to subconscious activities.  And the majority of these are intended to keep us alive and to keep us safe.  This includes things like making sure our heart continues to beat, letting us know when we are hungry and need to eat. 

It also includes many things surrounding our safety that we commonly call “intuitive information”.  For example, one night we may walk past the opening to a poorly lit alley, and notice that the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.  This is almost certainly because our subconscious mind has detected something that it feels could be dangerous and wants to alert us to possible danger.  We may not know consciously what the potential threat may be, but nonetheless if we are paying attention, the warning is received.  In a minute you will see how this ties in to muscle-testing. 

If you are one of those who is not sure, I am going to ask you to suspend your disbelief just long enough to consider the following:

Many years ago I worked as an EMT or Emergency Medical Technician.  One of the emergency supplies we carried nitroglycerin tablets for treating heart patients.  When we would respond to a call where a patient was experiencing chest pains, or other signs that the heart was not getting sufficient blood supply, we would immediately slip a nitroglycerin tablet under the patient’s tongue. 

Most of the time, within 3 seconds or less, the patient would begin to experience relief. 

How does this work?  If you understand the biology involved, then you know that it can take 3 minutes or longer for a dissolvable substance placed under the tongue to get absorbed through the mucous membrane and to get into the blood stream and then to be transported to the heart.  And yet, these patients typically experienced significant relief in just a few seconds. 

Here is the explanation:  The subconscious mind knows what has been placed under the tongue.  It knows that the substance is a vaso-dialator, and that it has the potential to expand the blood vessels supplying the heart and that it will soon relieve the crisis.  So the subconscious mind “tells” the heart, “Help is on the way.  Relax, and soon you will have the additional blood supply and oxygen that you need…”  The heart responds by relaxing, and along with that relaxation the overall anxiety decreases and the blood vessels begin to dilate even before the nitroglycerin actually gets to them. 

If the above may sound fanciful, be assxured that it is not.  Rigorous scientific studies, involving measuring of brain waves, the body checmicals of stress and anxiety and more have been conducted to confirm this explanation.  It is quite well accepted even in the conventional health profession at this point. 

What this tells us about the potential for muscle-testing is that:

1.  The subconscious mind knows much more about what is going on around it than we usually think it does.  For example, if it knows that an unlabeled tablet slipped under the tongue is nitroglycerin and that it is an effective vasodilator, then it may not be such a stretch that the subconscious mind knows that a bottle held against the body contains vitamin C.  And since the only priority of the subconscious mind is to keep us safe, it may not be a big stretch to accept that it generally knows if a substance is good for us or not. 

2.  If the knowledge that the subconscious mind obtains can cause the heart muscle to tense up or relax, then it makes sense that it can cause the arm of a client or patient being tested to get strong or get weak depending on whether or not a challenging substance is safe and effective or not. 

Muscle-testors or Applied Kinesiologists have relied on these 2 abilities of the subconsious mind to “ask” it what is good or bad for a person.  Practitioners who have been well trained and who have adhered to goiod principles and used good technique have been relying on muscle-testing for decades. 

Muscle-testing has been a core element of my practice for more than 3 decades, which is when I first started being trained in its use.  Properly used, muscle-testing can be stunningly accurate.  And it can often answer very specific questions with very precise answers.  For example, I can line up 10 different formulas of vitamin C and use muscle-testing to find the best one for a specific person, as well as even determining the optimum daily amount for that person. 

It is not the intention of this article to instill blind trust in muscle-testing.  There remain many questions about its accuracy.  In most cases that I have encountered, if there are inaccuracies, it is because the person doing the testing is not well-trained, or they have simply gotten sloppy in their technique. 

It is very important for the practitioner to know how to neutralize their own prejudices and opinions about anything they are testing with a client.  For example, I am extremely allergic to cheese.  but cheese may be a beneficial food for some people.  So I need to set aside my own aversion to cheese if I am testing a client to see if cheese is safe and beneficial for them.  There are very specific techniques a practitioner must use for setting aside their own prejudices, their own biological reactions to things being tested, as well as their own opinions. 

And the questions asked must be carefully crafted in such a  way that there is no ambiguity.  The subconscious is very literal, and almost binary in its functions.  For example, if I am trying to determine the optimum amount of water Pat needs to drink each day, I could make a statement such as:  “Pat needs to drink 2 quarts of water a day.”  But that really is not a very well-crafted question to use with muscle-testing.  Unless by chance I happen to hit on the exact amount of water that Pat needs, since the subconscious is so literal that question should not return a positive response, or a “yes”.  A much better question would be:  “Pat needs to drink 2 quarts or more water each day.”  If I get a “yes” response to that question, then I would ask again, but increase the amount slightly.  So I might ask, “Pat needs to drink 2 1/4 quarts of water or more each day.”  If I get another “yes”, I ask again, but with another increase in the daily amount.  I repeat until I get a ”no” response.  When I get a ”no” response in this series of questions, I know that my previous “yes” response question was the one that indicated the optimum daily amount of water for Pat. 

Another consideration is that there are some areas where muscle-testing tends to yield useful and reliable results and others where it does not.  For example, I would never test to see if I should buy a lottery ticket.   I also would not use muscle-testing to try and determine what a person’s testosterone level is.  The sort of numerical precision implied in questions like that tend not to lend themselves to muscle-testing.  However, I could test to ask if the testosterone level is out of balance and if correcting this is a health priority.  If I got a “yes” response, I could then order the appropriate lab test. 

As you can see, there is a lot to this.  So if you are going to rely on muscle-testing for your health, make sure your practioner is well-trained and practices good technique.    You might want to ask for some references since there is no functional standards body for muscle-testers or Applied Kinesiology practioners.  And although there are various schools and institutions that offer training and certifications, I am not convinced that they can reliably ensure that their graduates do accurate testing. 

If you are interested in an experiment to test the accuracy of muscle-testing, follow this link: 

http://myhealthoptimizer.com/?p=900

As always, please post your comments, questions and feedback below. 

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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DMSO And Organic Sulfur To The Rescue!

So I’ve got this cool new vehicle for fun and fitness that I’m learning to ride.  My new toy is a 3-wheeled human-powered scooter called a “Trikke”.  It is terrific for fitness and lots of fun to ride.

However, it is not quite as easy to learn how to ride as it looks.  I am still getting the basics down.  It’s quite stable and easy to control.  But when you go over bumps or if you go over loose material like leaves, gravel and so on, if you aren’t paying attention the front wheel can slide sideways and go right out from under you.

This morning I was out for my first longer ride, and I let my attention wander at just the wrong time.  Before I knew it I had crashed.

Of course people saw me crash so my ego was pretty badly bruised.

I also sustained a few physical bruises.  At this point I don’t think any of my injuries are serious, but one of them was quite painful.  I landed on the pavement rather hard on the front of my body, with my left arm out to try and break the fall.  I ended up bruising my upper chest on the left side, and I pulled a few of my intercostal muscles.  (Those are the muscles between the ribs that help us breathe, among other things.)

So it was actually quite painful to breathe.  And moving my upper body was not comfortable, either.

When I got home from my ride, I went straight to my holistic first aid kit.  I immediately took about twice my normal amount of Organic Sulfur.  That was to begin my healing from the inside.  On the outside, I carefully washed the skin on the bruised area and on the outside of the area where the pulled muscles were.   Next I slathered on a generous coating of pure DMSO.

Within about 2 minutes almost all of the pain was gone, and I was able to breathe and move normally again.

I still don’t know what to do about my badly bruised ego.  But I figured since I crashed and could not undo my inattention I might at least get some benefit out of the experience.

Here it is:  I was reminded all over again of just how remarkable both the Organic Sulfur and the DMSO are as separate healing agents.  And this reconfirmed that used in combination they are simply amazing.  They work miracles for injuries such as the one I caused myself this morning.  And they are terrific for chronic pain, particularly joint pain.

So if you have chronic joint pain, or pain from an injury, you might want to consider using DMSO and Organic Sulfur.  Together they relieve the pain at least as well as the strongest drugs known to man,  and they have a major advantage over the drugs in that they accelerate the healing dramatically.  The strong drugs actually retard the healing by slowing down the metabolism.

However, to be safe and effective, they must be of very high quality, very pure, and properly prepared and used.  If you would like to know more about this, send me an e-mail and I will be glad to send you my free article on how to use this remarkable pain relief and healing method.  I have used it for many, many years with wonderful results.

Also here is a link if you want to learn more about a Safe and Effective Organic Sulfur in MethylSulfonylMethane form.  (This is frequently abbreviated as MSM.  However, beware that almost all of the products on the market that are labeled as MSM are either of very limited effectiveness or not effective at all.  To learn more about this problem with almost all MSM and what to do about it, please see some of the other posts on this site about Organic Sulfur.)

Send your article request to:  jeff@MyHealthOptimizer.com   Please let me know that you want my article on “How I Fix Up Sore Joints”.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Organic Sulfur For Rapid Pain Management?

Ordinarily it would be a long time before I could personally test something like this.  I am blessed to live mostly free of any physical pain, despite my body have been subjected to some pretty rough use over the years.

Sometimes things seem to happen for a reason.   Yesterday, about an hour after I got off the phone with Patrick McGean, the Director of The Cellular Matrix Study, which is a world-wide study of the use of Organic Sulfur for improved health, I had occasion to put his latest recommendation to the test.

Patrick shared with me that one of the study members recently related a way to use sulfur to almost instantly lower the level of a physical pain:  The idea is really quite simple but it had never occurred to me.   It has long been recognized that there are primary sensory nerve branches that run from the jaw to the brain and then tie in to various parts of the body.  This is one reason why the mouth is such a sensitive area of the body for experiencing pain.

The study member told Patrick of nearly instant and very dramatic results in lowering pain levels by using the following simple trick.  He took about 1/3 of a teaspoon of the organic sulfur that the study uses, put it in his mouth and brushed his teeth with it.  Within about 30 seconds his pain had dropped from quite a high level to a rather low level.

If you understand the biology of pain this makes perfect sense.  One of the factors that can increase the perception of pain is that the transfer of oxygen across cellular membranes may become impaired or limited.  When this happens, the perceived pain can increase dramatically.

Conversely, increasing the oxygen supply to the individual cells that make up the nerve branches involved can greatly lower the perceived pain.  Keep in mind that all pain is subjective.  We have no way to accurately measure the level of pain.  So all that matters is what we perceive.

Brushing your teeth with organic sulfur will almost instantly increase the ability of oxygen to cross the cell membranes for all of your oral tissue, including nerve tissue.  And since the nerve trunks all use the jaw area as a sort of “nerve central switchboard” it makes sense that doing this could lower your perceived pain.  It also makes sense that the results would be very rapid.

About an hour after my call with Patrick I was moving a heavy piece of equipment in my office and I whacked the heck out of my elbow.  Yep, smacked it right on the good ole “funny bone”.  (I’m not sure why it’s called that – I don’t laugh when I hit it, and I have never seen anyone else laugh after smacking theirs.)

I was in so much pain that it was astonishing.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say it was about an 8.  When I got over the immediate shock I remembered my call with Patrick.  I thought, “Well since I have smacked my elbow and it hurts like heck, I may as well get some benefit from this experience.  I’ll just go brush my teeth with some organic sulfur and see what happens.”

I brushed my teeth with a small amount of organic sulfur.  Within about 30 seconds my pain was down to a 3.  Within 5 minutes it was down to a 1.

Last night I brushed my teeth with the organic sulfur one more time.  I am once again pain-free today.

One thing to keep in mind:  Not all organic sulfur is created equal.  Most of it goes by the name of MSM.  But there is a HUGE range of what you actually get when you buy MSM.  Most of it has additives, such as “anti-clumping” compounds, or sometimes even preservatives which are not necessary, and most of it has been distilled in such a way that the result in not readily usable by the body.  If you want an organic sulfur that is pure and that has been properly distilled, here is a link to what we offer.  It is simply the best that I have ever found.

http://myhealthoptimizer.com/organic-sulfur-a-super-detox-and-metabolic-support-agent/

Also, for those interested, I have a detailed protocol article for more pain management techniques.  You can download it free of charge here: Keys To Pain Management

Please post your experiences and your questions and your feedback in the comments section immediately below this blog post.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Do You Value The Internet? Then Read This!

Do you remember about a year ago there were laws pending in the U.S. Congress that just about anyone who could read could see would destroy our free use of the Internet?  There was a massive people’s movement to oppose the laws and we narrowly won that campaign. 

They’re at it again.  Congress is considering a new version of that defeated legislation.  Only this one is far worse than the previous version.  If allowed to pass, our free speech and our democracy will have taken a giant step backwards.  For example, it is likely that this website that you are visiting right now will no longer exist if this legislation is allowed to become law!

Here are  a couple of highlights:

  • Any copyright holder with a modest amount of legal clout, (read money and access to lawyers), will be able to get just about any web site they want shut down.
  • It will be up to the owner or author of the shut down web site to prove that they have not infringed on the copyright.
  • Sounds a lot like “guilty until proven innocent”, doesn’t it?  Not much like democracy…
  • Attorneys General and some other members of the Department of Justice will be able to claim that any web site is a threat to national security, and have that site shut down.
  • They will be able to do this without any significant judicial review.

Doesn’t this sound a lot like the type of anti-democratic behavior that the U.S. State Department routinely and publicly complains about when other countries do it?  What does the U.S. State Department have to say about China’s censorship of the Internet?  How about what was said about Egypt’s Internet shut-down? 

There is a non-profit free speech advocacy group called:  Demand Progress, that is also a legislative watchdog group.  They played a key role in helping to defeat the previous version of this legislation.  They have a site, which explains the details and includes a link to sign a petition to Congress to knock this assault on our freedoms off.  I have a link below. 

I hope you will take a good look and strongly consider signing the petition.  They state in plain English what the legislation will do if allowed to pass.  They also make clear who is supporting it.  It is the usual gang of corporations who place massive profits above any and all human considerations. 

Please check this out:  http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/protectip_docs/?akid=621.317030.cb-Mgk&rd=1&t=1

Please – this one is important!  If this passes the medical establishment and Big Pharma will quickly have this site and many other health freedom and information sites shut down.  We will all lose access to the life-saving information and research collaboration and sharing that our free Internet makes possible. 

Thanks for taking the time to consider this.  If you agree that this one is important, please share this post as widely as you can.  Please urge your friends to get involved.  The price of freedom truly is eternal vigilance, and never has this been more true than it is right now!

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Radiation Health Updatate From Japan

When I recently published my article covering what we really needed to know about the radioactive threats from the Japanese nuclear disaster, most people were grateful for the clarity and practical advice.  A small number of people complained that I was contributing to the panic and that I was “fear mongering”.  I did not take this personally.  I was glad that they must at least have read the article, and perhaps the blogs I posted to go with it. 

In writing and publishing the article and related posts I was trying to achieve a balance between providing the most crucial information that people needed to protect their health, and avoiding inadvertently fueling the fear.  (The companion article I published at the same time was all about preventing fear from getting out of hand and leading to health damage.)

I wish I were writing today to apologize for exaggerating the threats to health posed by the Japanese nuclear disaster.  Unfortunately, I find myself writing to say that if anything I actually understated the seriousness of the disaster. 

Radioactive Risk Level Raised:
Early this morning the scale number used to “quantify” the seriousness of nuclear accidents and disasters was raised by the Japanese authorities from a 5 to a 7.  A 7 is the highest number on the scale that nuclear experts use to classify these types of disasters.  To give you an idea of what this means, the 1986 Chernobyl disaster was classified as a 7.  Many people were seriously harmed by that accident.  It will be centuries before the widespread area that was affected is again safe for living beings, if ever. 

Managing Fear:
If you have not already read the article I published on 3/17/2011 about Managing Fear I encourage you to read it.  It is well documented that unmanaged fear can damage health.  In the article you will find practical measures you can use to prevent such damage.  Here is a link:

http://myhealthoptimizer.com/wp-content/uploads/Do_I_Manage_My_Fear.pdf

I really do not have too much to add in terms of protective measures.  If you have not done so, I recommend that you read the article I published on protecting ourselves from radiation exposure.  Here is a link: 

http://myhealthoptimizer.com/wp-content/uploads/Radiation_What_You_Need_To_Know.pdf

The only thing I will add is to check out a supplement called: “Swedish Bee Pollen”, which appears to be very effective at both helping the body to get rid of radioactive metals and to help to limit the damage to DNA and RNA that radiation frequently causes.  My research on this is still in progress so I cannot recommend a source, nor can I tell you much more about it.  But it looks promising.  If you have experience or relevant information about “Swedish Bee Pollen”, please post it in a comment to this blog.  I will be grateful and so will my readers.

What Do Our Governments Owe Us, Information-Wise?
I understand that governments and related authorities do not want to foment panic.  When there is a disaster, it is important for the authorities to exercise some caution in how they communicate to the populace. 

However, in the case of the current nuclear disaster centered in Japan, it seems the government and authorities have gone very much too far in the direction of down-playing the seriousness and the risks.  I believe that short of screaming “Fire!” in a crowded theater, it is the right of the people to know the truth and to decide for themselves how they wish to respond.  It is not the right of government or other authorities to distort or suppress the truth. 

Further, in this case it is apparent that the Nuclear Industry Political Lobby Groups have strongly influenced what information has been released and how it has been released.  Or perhaps a better way to say this is that the Lobby has had a strong hand in controlling what factual information has not been released.  According to more impartial nuclear scientists, (those not employed by the nuclear industry or those with business ties to the industry), the disaster scale level should have been raised to a 7 weeks ago. 

Speaking for myself, I “appreciate” that the nuclear lobby in partnership wants to protect me against panic.  But, no thank you!  I would rather have the facts and decide how to respond for myself.  This seems like a basic right, especially since I must live with the long term consequences of my response. 

Finally, let me remind you that many of our “leaders” are still undeterred in advocating the continued funding and building of still more nuclear power plants!  This is hard to believe, given the mess we are all stuck with and the obvious risks of more such disasters and worse in the future.  If you agree, please consider joining one or more of the many anti-nuclear power groups.  Impartial scientists routinely confirm that we can safely and more cost-effectively generate all the power we need from sunlight, wind and related renewable technologies. 

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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More Disturbing News From Japan – Are You Prepared?

I have no wish to be a fear monger.  However, I also believe that ignoring serous threats, staying in denial or buying into the mainstream PR spin does not serve humanity.  So I must share the following:  According to world renowned physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku, the situation with the crippled nuclear power plants in Japan is far worse and far more dangerous than we are being told. 

Let’s let him speak for himself.   I urge you to watch this brief but informative video interview:

If after you are watching this you concerned, I recommend that you read through my last several posts on this issue. They contain a number of essential measures that you need to know about. These are practical steps you can take right now, both to prepare for what may be coming and to lessen the risks and dangers to yourself and your family.

Please post your questions, comments and suggestions in the comments sections below the posts. I want to open this up to as much dialog as possible so that we can all raise our level of understanding and share as much of this vital safety and health information as possible.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Organic Sulfur – A Super Detox And Metabolic Support Agent

Since the advent of commercial agriculture, and particularly chemical synthetic fertilizers, a key ingredient of human health has gone missing from the human diet.  This is Organic Sulfur.

Our livers must have it in order to detoxify our bodies properly.  Our cells must have it in order to generate the energy we need to be healthy and to live. It plays a key role in both oxygen transfer across the cell membranes and in essential nutrient transfer as well.  Sulfur deficiency may well be responsible for more human disease and ill health than any other single factor.

Many health “experts”, physicians, health researchers, biologists, naturopaths and related health professionals have long recognized this. They have recommended “MSM”, or “MethylSulfonylMethane”, an organic, bioavailable form of sulfur. MSM is an organosulfur compound with the formula (CH3)2SO2.  Although the FDA has not endorsed its use, and in the U.S., conventional medicine mostly does not recognize its value, there is a large body of compelling evidence that supports its near miracle status among many natural healing professionals.  Much of this body of evidence is anecdotal.  Some is based on classical scientific studies conducted in other parts of the world, outside of the U.S.A.

Many top German health clinics specializing in cancer treatment, and that have the best track records for cancer patients in the world, routinely include high quality MSM as part of their treatment.   It is also known to help with most forms of arthritis, and other joint degenerative conditions.  It has been shown to be extremely helpful in boosting the health of the human immune system.

The Cellular Matrix Study has even demonstrated that high quality MethylSulfonylMethane can support dramatic recoveries from many mental and emotional conditions, including autism, substance abuse, chronic depression and more.

The quality of the MSM is crucial.  One of the factors that has led many in the conventional health sector in the U.S. to erroneously conclude that MSM has little value in human health is the difficulty in obtaining MSM in effective form.  Various forms of MSM are readily available in various health food stores throughout the U.S.  It also is available from a great many web sites.  Some is quite expensive -  as high as $69.00 per pound.  I also have seen it for a lot less.  However, most of the MSM that I have found on the market is completely ineffective.  I have personally tried MSM from more than 45 different sources.  So far, I have only found 2 that really work the way they should.

Of these two, by far the most effective is the MethylSulfonylMethane from The Cellular Matrix Study.  In order to help differentiate pure, bioavailable and effective Organic Sulfur from the usual “MSM products”, in the rest of this post I will refer to the good stuff as Organic Sulfur.  The Cellular Matrix Study does not sell their Organic Sulfur on the web.  They only sell via phone.  So as a convenience to our clients we now offer this same high quality Organic Sulfur for sale directly from our web site via the Buy Now Buttons below.   We are offering it as health benefit and convenience, with just enough markup to cover our costs to handle it for you.  I know you can easily find MSM for much less.  But the chances are it will not provide the results you are looking for.

In case you do want to do a bit of comparison shopping I want to let you know what to look for:  Effective Organic Sulfur should always be:

  • Organic
  • Precipitated directly from lignin-based DMSO (100% plant-derived – not from petrolium or other non-biological sources)
  • Never processed past the point of precipitation into its crystalline matrix *
  • 100% free of any anti-caking agents
  • Completely free of any and all preservatives
  • And free of all “flow agents” – (You will never find it in pill, capsule or cream form free of flow agents.)

*  To be effective, the crystals must be quite large – about 3 times the size of table salt crystals.  If the Organic Sulfur is refined beyond that point so that the crystals are smaller, then it does not seem to work well.

Any of the additives frequnetly used with almost all MSM products interfere with the body’s uptake of the sulfur and render it ineffective.  Any that has been put into capsules will not work, or at least not well.  This is due to the complex industrial process of encapsulating vitamins and supplements.

Here are 2 simple tests you can do on a sample of MSM that will help you determine if it is pure enough and of high enough quality to be likely to be safe and effective.  (Do these AFTER you have confirmed that your sample meets the requirements in the bullet-point list above.)  Take about a teaspoon of your MSM sample and try to dissolve it in a half glass of drinkikng water at room temperature.  It should take at least a few minutes to dissolve.  It should not readily and quickly go into solution.  If it does you can be assured that it contains anti-caking agents and probably other additives to help it dissolve.  It may not be safe and it certainly will not work well in your body.  If y0ur sample passes this first test, then here is a second test:  Allow your solution of dissolved MSM to dry out.  In other words, let the water evaporate.  This may take a day or so, but it is worth it – it will reveal a critical quality of your MSM sample.  Once it has dried, there should be obvious crystals formed by the sulfur residue at the bottom of the glass.  If no crystals have formed then your sample is certainly of poor quality and cannot be expected to provide any significant benefits.

The Organic Suflur from The Cellular Matrix Study fully meets these criteria for purity and effectiveness.  We offer it in 3 sizes:  2 pound lots, 5 pound lots and 9 pound lots.  By buying in larger lots you will have the convenience of less frequent ordering and you save significantly on shipping and handling.

To help you determine how long a pound will last, here are the serving size guidelines recommended by The Cellular Matrix Study, which is the leading authority on all things to do with Organic Sulfur:  A pound of Organic Sulfur is equal to 453 grams.  A teaspoon of Organic Sulfur is 4 grams.  A tablespoon of Organic Sulfur is 12 grams.

So a pound of Organic Sulfur equals approximately 113 teaspoon-sized servings.  (That’s a level cook’s measuring teaspoon.)

A pound of Organic Sulfur equals approximately 37 tablespoon-sized servings.  (That’s a level cook’s measuring tablespoon.)

Here are the serving guidelines from The Cellular Matrix Study:

Under normal conditions, take a teaspoon in the morning, another in the mid-afternoon, and a third teaspoon serving in the early afternoon is appropriate.

If one is working to overcome a chronic illness, or is exposed to conditions requiring body detoxification, those servings sizes can and should be increased to a full tablespoon of the Organic Sulfur per serving.

We follow these guidelines.   We use cooking measuring spoons to measure out the appropriate amount of Organic Sulfur into a glass of drinking water.  We drink this about 30 to 45 minutes after a meal for the morning and evening servings, and in between lunch and supper for the mid-afternoon serving.

Also, because sulfur and chlorine are antagonists that cancel each other out, if you do not have drinking water that is chlorine-free, please heat the water to approximately 130 degress fahrenheit before you stir in your Organic Sulfur.  Of course, a better alternative is to have a good water system that removes any chlorine.  (There is no minimum daily requirement for chlorine!  It does not imrpove your health to drink it!)

These suggested serving sizes  are for adults, averaging 150 pounds.  For children and much smaller, lighter adults, scale the amounts down proportionally.

Here are the Buy Now Buttons to purchase this high quality Organic Sulfur:

Please note that the shipping and handling costs listed are for fully insured mailing via U.S. Priority Mail, within the continental U.S.A.  If you need to have yours shipped outside the continental U.S.A. please be sure to e-mail us or call us in advance so we can let you know the shipping and handling costs:  jeff@MyHealthOptimizer.com  or (925) 827 -3895.

The Organic Sulfur we offer is sourced through The Cellular Matrix Study, which is the world’s largest health study of the effects of sulfur deficiency and supplementation. Their staff personally supervises and quality tests all of the Organic Sulfur that we offer.

2 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $78.95

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5 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $169.95

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9 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $283.86

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Please let us know how of the results you achieve with your use of Organic Sulfur.   Please also feel free to post your questions and comments below.  We will respond promptly.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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A Safe, Effective and Simple Emotional Detox – EFT or “Emotional Freedom Technique”

It seems that there is more and more need to find ways to eliminate the stress and pain of negative emotions in our daily lives.  And when we are in unusually difficult circumstances or emergency situations, this need is even greater.

Some people ignore this need, usually with highly detrimental health effects.  Others spend lots of time and money in various forms of therapy.  And still others rely on pharmaceuticals to alleviate their stress and emotional pains.  Since you are visiting to this site, I probably do not need to even mention the downsides to the pharmaceutical approach. 

And I certainly do not want to say anything disparaging about traditional therapy.  It can be highly effective and beneficial.  But it is unlikely to be available right when the emotions you may need to deal with arise.  It certainly will not be available in the midst of  any widespread emergency.  Yet, that is a time when emotional toxicity and emotional trauma become huge issues.  So something much more immediately accessible is clearly preferable. 

What if there were a simple, effective, do-it-yourself method for releasing the emotional charges we are exposed to?  What if this method were so easy to learn that you could begin benefiting from it after one 15 minute lesson?

There is!  It is known as “Emotional Freedom Technique”, or “EFT”.  I must admit this this one health measure that seemed too good to be true.  I was highly skeptical.  How could something that I could learn in 15 minutes possibly provide so much benefit?

Even though Dr. Joseph Mercola, a doctor I respect very highly, strongly recommended EFT and even said that he used it extensively, I was skeptical.  That is, until I tried it.  Within just a few minutes I experienced so much benefit that I was converted from skeptic to raving fan.  And the more I use it and the more skilled I become in its use the more I appreciate what a wonderful tool it is. 

I use EFT to defuse fears when I anticipate challenging circumstances, to improve my relationships with others, and for general centering and calmness on a daily basis.  I also use it to help my clients to release the emotional charges that may be impeding their own healing and wellness.  I haven’t experienced a single bad result, yet.

Do yourself  a huge favor and give it a try.  You won’t regret it.  I promise.

If you are new to EFT, here is a great link to help you get started:

http://www.thetappingsolution.com/how-to-tap.php

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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A Simple, Practical Heavy Metal Detox

Most people are exposed to many toxic chemicals and heavy metals on a daily basis through the foods we eat, products we use, water we drink, and the air we breathe. Once in the body, heavy metals and toxic chemicals multiply the production of harmful free radicals (by up to one million times) and may cause deadly chain reactions. They poison the body, impairing the function of cells, tissues, and organs, and can ultimately lead a number of serious health concerns.

Zeotrex® is a scientifically formulated supplement that uses the power nano-colloidal zeolites and organic ingredients to safely aid the body in eliminating toxic chemicals and heavy metals. A clean, toxin-free body is the foundation for maintaining optimal health. (1 Ounce)

Zeotrex® is simple to use and yet highly effective.  The recommended way to use it is to take 10 drops of the tincture in 2 ounces of good drinking water on an empty stomach.  This should be done twice each day, once in the morning and once in the evening until all significant signs of heavy metal presence in the body have been eliminated.  

Here is a link to either learn more or to order:  Zeotrex® Heavy Metal and Chemical Detox Agent

As with all our health recommendations, this one is based on personal experience.  If you have questions, feedback, or… please comment. 

Here is the label, showing the ingredients:

 

 In the interest of full disclosure, a small referral fee goes back to www.myhealthoptimizer.com from sales of Zeotrex®.  Such referral fees go to support our ongoing non-profit health research activities.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Radiation Detox – What You Need To Know

Each day, as the very unfortunate events in Japan unfold, it seems more likely that at least some radioactive contamination from the crippled nuclear power plants will make its way to other parts of the world.  The news is not getting any better, despite what many “authorities” and mainstream news outlets are telling us.

I do not want to join the fear mongers.  I will not.  However, there are things to know and some sensible and reasonable precautions and preparations that we can take.  There also are a lot of bogus, ineffective and even dangerous recommendations circulating.  And I feel a responsibility to help people sort out the helpful from the not helpful.

Again, I want to say that my heart goes out to the people of Japan.  I am very sad when I think of the immense suffering.  If you want to donate to an organization that will make sure that your donations goes where it really should, here is a link:

http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/other/donateCharity

The Tzu-Chi Foundation is one foundation you can trust and puts nearly 100% of their funds to work on the ground using volunteers who organize rescue efforts right there on the streets where it’s needed most.

Here, in the U.S. we are almost certain to get at least some radioactive contamination.  We just don’t yet know how much, and exactly what types, or in what proportions it will be.  As of 03/20/2011, a number of radioactive elements were measured along the West Coast of the U.S. at increased levels.  However, the increases, so far, have been slight and not at the level that is known to represent a significant health risk.

It feels strange to make that statement since any increase in radiation and any exposure is harmful to all living beings.  However, again I want to emphasize that so far the levels are still quite low and do not seem to require extra measures.  Normal good health practices are enough for current levels – eating properly, making sure your body has a way to detoxify on an ongoing basis, etc.

The most likely contaminant that will reach the Western Hemisphere is radioactive iodine-131.  It is possible that this is the only radioactive contaminant that will reach the U.S. in significant quantities.

My previous blog posts cover what you need to know about protecting yourself and your family and friends from radioactive iodine-131.  However, I am getting deluged with calls and e-mails, asking what to do about the other most likely radioactive contaminants.

Many “authorities” from government and other institutions, are telling us that in the Western Hemisphere there is no risk.  I don’t want to spread panic.  However, I don’t think anyone knows at this point what the realistic risk is.  There are simply too many variables to make accurate predictions.  We don’t know how extensive the damage to the nuclear plants will ultimately be.  No one knows how much radioactive material will be released.  And we certainly do not know what the winds and other weather elements will do.

So I think the best antidote to fear and panic is good information.  There are preparatory measures and protective measures that seem reasonable and that are practical.

I am seeing a good deal of misinformation that if followed will not provide the protection that people are looking for.  In some case this misinformation is downright dangerous.

What You Need To Know: 
First, let’s clear this up:  Radioactive iodine is a special case.  Because the thyroid collects iodine and can’t tell the difference between radioactive iodine and non-radioactive iodine, the strategy there is to simply make sure the thyroid has enough non-radioactive iodine so that it is not “looking” for more.  This is well covered in the 3 previous blogs that are immediately below this one.

However, that is the only radioactive element for which this strategy is effective.  The rest of the most likely radioactive elements, such as cesium, are not needed, even in their non-radioactive forms by any organs or parts of the body.  In fact, at appreciable levels, even their non-radioactive forms are quite toxic.  There is no “minimum daily requirement” for these other elements, in either radioactive or non-radioactive forms.  So making sure your body already has enough so that it does not absorb more will not work.

It seems that the most effective approach is to first take reasonable measures to avoid contamination in the first place.  Secondly, use the same body detoxification methods that are recommended for best health even when no radioactive contamination is involved.  The same steps that will help get mercury and lead out of the body will work for the likely radioactive contaminants.

What Are The Practical Steps?
1. If there is real airborne contamination in the area where you live and work, limit your outdoors time.

2. If you must go outdoors, wear raingear that can be easily washed.  Do not bring the raingear indoors with you.

3. Do your best to drink safe drinking water.  There are some very good portable filters that do a good enough job to make most drinking water safe.  The best of the back-packer’s filters will work well for this.  However, none of the portable filters will get all of the metallic contaminants out.  The best strategy is to have a good store of clean, safe drinking water beforehand.  We live in California, which is subject to earthquakes.  So we maintain a good emergency supply of safe drinking water that is carefully stored.  Some whole house water filters, such as the “MetalMaster” units sold by Vitalsalus are effective at removing almost all metallic contaminants.  Many other filters are not as effective.  You may need to do a bit of research on your filter if you have one.  Vitasalus has good consultants on staff to help you choose an appropriate filter for your area.  Here is a link:

www.vitasalus.com

4. It makes sense to have an emergency food supply that is sufficient for survival for at least a couple of months.  At a bare minimum, keeping a hundred pounds or so of dried beans of various kinds and a like amount of brown rice is a good start.

Detox – These Next Steps Are All About Detoxifying The Body:

5.  Organic sulfur is one of the most crucial elements to support the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.  Your liver absolutely needs this sulfur in order to get rid of heavy metals and other toxins that are constantly accumulating in the body.  There used to be sufficient organic sulfur in our food supply.  But since the advent of industrial agriculture and synthetic fertilizers our food has been badly deficient in this crucial element.  Supplementing with high quality MethylSulphonylMethane or Organic Sulfur makes sense.  In fact, this is a great health measure for most people even when there are not extraordinary conditions such as radiological events.  Most adults will benefit from taking a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Organic Suflur in the morning and another in the late afternoon and one more in the evening.  I have a number of other posts in this blog about Organic Sulfur, which you can use to learn all you needd to know about this crucial mineral.  In the event of radiological contamination I would double or even treble the amount.  I would do this be increasing the frequency of the servings, not the amount per serving.  The source of your MethylSulphonylMethane is crucial.  I have tried and tested over 50 different forms of MSM, and have only found 2 that are really effective.  Of these, the Organic Sulfur  from “The Cellular Matrix Study” is by far the best.  To order or to find out more use this link: Safe and Effective Organic Sulfur in MethylSulphonylMethane form.

6.  Vitamin C maintained at an optimal level is another highly effective measure to both help the body detox and to help protect you from those contaminants that may not be eliminated immediately.  If you do not already have it, I recommend that you get a copy of my article on optimal vitamin C use.  Here is a link:

http://myhealthoptimizer.com/wp-content/uploads/How_I_Use_Vitamin_C.pdf

7.  Periodic detox with an effective detox agent is a great general health measure.  I generally do not recommend harsh and/or potentially dangerous detox agents, such as EDTA and related chelating chemicals.  These can be effective, but really should be used under the close supervision of a qualified health care professional.  However, in addition to some herbs and plants that I list below, there are some more natural detoxification agents that are safe and effective.  One of the easiest to use of these is Zeotrex from Global Healing Center.  I recommend keeping a supply on hand.  Use it as per the directions that come with it.  I do this several times each year as a general detox.  In the event of significant radiological contamination I would follow the Zeotrex detox measures every few weeks until at least several months after the exposure is no longer significant.  Here is a link:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-products/cpcaff.php?ref=172537&url=http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/zeotrex.php

8.  In any situation where contamination might be an issue it is crucial to keep the intestinal tract moving.  Avoid constipation.  Since your colon is one of the most important detox pathways that your body has to use, it is important to keep it clear.  If you follow the vitamin C protocol referenced above this will not be a problem.

9.  Eating seaweed and/or kelp can be very helpful.  Some studies of the aftereffects of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima found that many people fared much better than expected in terms of long-term health.  It has been postulated that the typical Japanese diet, with an emphasis on eating seaweed and kelp was responsible for significantly mitigating the long-term harm from the radiological exposure.  A number of studies support this theory.

However, a leap was made that I do not think was justified.  The leap was to assume that the Japanese diet, heavy in seaweed and kelp, raised the iodine levels and prevented the uptake of radioactive iodine.  This makes no sense since much of the contaminants that did the most damage were not radioactive iodine.  They were other radioactive isotopes.  Nonetheless, the seaweed and kelp clearly helped to reduce the harmful effects of the radiation.  And it has been noted and well-confirmed that cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy do better if they eat lots of seaweed and/or kelp!  And that therapy does not involve radioactive iodine at all.

So clearly the seaweed and kelp helps to mitigate the harmful effects of exposure to radiation.  I am not sure why, and I do not know that anyone else is, either.  But,  if it works, why not use it?  We keep a supply of dried seaweed and kelp in the house.  Properly stored, (kept at room temperature and away from moisture), it lasts for years.  We sometimes crumble it over salads, use it in soups, and sometimes just eat it plain.

10. Cilantro is also a terrific detox plant.  We eat it plain in large quantities on a regular basis.  We throw it in salads, soups, eat it plain and whatever else we can think of.  Cilantro is one of the better natural herbs for getting heavy metals and many other toxins out of the body.  Of course, in the event of a serious radiological event, it is likely that much of the available produce will be contaminated.  So fresh cilantro, grown outside in a field as opposed to a protected greenhouse, will also be contaminated.  If you have a greenhouse or access to one, go for it.  Otherwise, consider getting a good food drier.  You can google food drier for lots of options.

11. Chlorella is also a terrific detox agent, in addition to being a very nutritious food.  There are lots of sources for chlorella.  Look for one that is prepared in a way that breaks the cell walls.  These are more effective than those that leave the chlorella cell walls intact.

12. I want to leave you with one more important aspect of detoxing.  This is the emotional aspect.  This whole subject and the events that have brought it into the spotlight are apt to raise anxiety and fear levels.  That is certainly understandable.  However, living with high levels of fear and anxiety for prolonged periods of time is very unhealthy.  So consider employing meditation, yoga, self-hypnosis or some practice that will help you to relax, to sleep well and not to allow fear and anxiety from becoming trapped in your body for prolonged periods of time.  We use EFT, or “Emotional Freedom Technique” to release our fears and anxieties.  It works great and is easy to learn.  We recommend that you learn and practice your preferred method before you need it.  If it is habit and you are comfortable using it, it will be easier to use and more effective when it is most urgently needed.

Hopefully the situation in Japan will improve soon and these measures will not be needed, at least not in the Western Hemisphere.  However, given the number of nuclear power plants scattered throughout the U.S. and some other Western Hemisphere countries, it is the unfortunate truth that the above information will be all too relevant at some point in the future.

That is unless we wise up as a species and begin shutting down these dangerous examples of human arrogance, greed and hubris while there is still time.  We certainly do not have ANY business building new ones!

If you feel like telling our political leaders not to fund, license or otherwise allow more nuclear power plants to be built, please follow your instincts.  They are likely ancient survival instincts!

I you have questions, suggestions, comments about this blog post, please enter them as comments so we can get some useful dialog going that others can benefit from.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

By the way, here is a link to best FDA page on potassium iodine:  (pretty interesting)

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/UCM072265

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Am I Being Exposed To Dangerous Radiation Levels?

A number of people have called or e-mailed today to tell me where they are and ask if they were already being exposed? 

Obviously this is a question whose answer changes over time.  An area that may have been safe a few hours ago may not be now.  

To enable you to check for yourself if you are in the United States of America, I want to share this site with you:

http://www.radiationnetwork.com

It is free, and it is updated every 60 seconds.  Furthermore, new monitoring stations are being added very quickly.   So it will only become more accurate as time goes on. 

Please see my other recent posts for some practical measures you can take to protect yourself. 

To your health and safety!

Jeff Bell

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A Few More Radiation Protection Measures

This is really an “add-on” to my previous post, which is all about potassium iodide.  I stand by the advice I offered in that post, and want to add the following:

Besides obtaining some appropriate dose potassium iodide and taking 2 or possibly 3 doses of it, if we get radioactive debris carried to North America by the winds you will want to be careful about breathing in the dust. 

Let me emphasize that it is very unlikely that large enough amounts or high enough concentrations of radioactive dust will reach North America from the present disaster in Japan.  It would take some amazingly unusual weather conditions to blow such dust to North America. 

However, for those still concerned about that, and in the highly unlikely event that it occurs, a simple particulate breathing mask should prevent any significant dust inhalation.  A common N95 particulate respirator mask, which is available at most hardware stores and also at any place that sells industrial protective clothing and gear will do.  It will be important to avoid going outside until the exposure is gone.  But if you do have to go outside, then the particulate mask and an inexpensive plastic rain poncho will provide the protection you need.

Again, I want to emphasize that it is unlikely that we will see sufficient radioactive particulate matter blown all of the way to North America to be concerned about breathing in the dust. 

Dangerous though they are, there is a big difference between a nuclear reactor accident or even a full melt-down and a nuclear weapon detonation.  In the detonation there is very extreme heat and a mushroom cloud, which carries the radioactive matter so high into the atmosphere that widespread and rapid spread by wind is a certainty.  In a nuclear reactor power plant event, the release of heat and radioactive contaminants is much slower, and the heat and energy is insufficient to carry the particles nearly as high into the atmosphere. 

Also, I have gotten lots of calls and e-mails from people in North America asking what to do if they cannot find any of the potssium iodide recommended in my previous post.  (The stores in many areas are long since sold out and may not have it in stock for some time.) 

So here is an alternate way to protect yourself:  Get some simple, good ole Betadine from the drug store.  This is the same stuff that is used topically to disinfect skin around wounds, prior to surgery, etc.  It is still available at most drug stores.  DO NOT DRINK IT!!  It is not safe for anything other than topical application.  It is poisonous to drink !!

However, when painted onto the skin, a significant amount of the iodine in it is absorbed right through the skin.  Here is the recommendation:  For an adult, assuming you have the most standard Betadine, which is about a 2% tincture of iodine, measure out about 8 milliliters.  One measuring teaspoon such as those used for measuring when cooking is approximately 5 milliliters, or ml.  So you will need a little more than one and one half such measuring teaspoons of the Betadine.  Paint the entire amount onto the abdomen and allow it to dry.  The amount of iodine that will be absorbed through the skin will be just about right.  Repeat this for up to 3 doses, separated by 24 hours.  In all other respects pertaining to timing and amount, follow the recommendations in my previous post. 

For children and/or very small adults, reduce the amount of Betadine used.  The cutoff point for the 8 ml amount is 130 to 150 pounds.  If much less than that, reduce the amount of Betadine proportionally. 

Also, there are other brands of iodine-based topical disinfectant.  Some have different amounts of iodine and use different concentrations.  If you cannot get the 2% Betadine, or other 2% tincture, you will have to adjust the amount applied accordingly. 

To your health!!

Jeff Bell

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What To Know Right Now About Radiation Protection

Potassium Iodide – Protection From Radiation For Your Thyroid

I have started to receive a flood of e-mails and quite a few calls asking about the dangers from the nuclear disasters in Japan.  People are worried and understandably so.  There is a ton of  wrong information about radiation risks and sensible measures floating around right now.  So I thought I would see what I could do to clear some of it up.

First, let me say that my heart goes out to the people of Japan.  I hope and pray for their safety and that all that is possible be done to lessen the suffering and to help in all ways.  My condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.  There are a number of charities that are helping in the relief effort.  If you are able…Just be sure you pick one where the money goes where it actually should.

Next, I want to emphasize that going off half-informed with so-called preventive measures can be more dangerous than doing nothing.  A lot of people have heard that taking potassium iodide protects against the radioactive iodine that is released in most nuclear accidents.

That is true, but there is critical information you need in order to use potassium iodide safely.  Please DO NOT just start taking a large amount of potassium iodide.  To do so is absolutely NOT SAFE.  This is one of those supplements that is safe in appropriate amounts but not in larger amounts.  It will become toxic quite quickly.  Please be sure to heed this warning.

Background:
Where there is an accident or other disaster at a nuclear power plant one of the radioactive elements that is almost always released is iodine.  This is generally airborne and can travel very long distances, depending on the vagaries of wind and other weather conditions.

Your thyroid gland must have iodine to create the thyroid hormone.  Normally it would get safe, non-radioactive iodine in the trace amounts that it needs from salt and other food matter that you eat.

In nature, iodine occurs in two isotopes, iodine-127 and iodine-129.  Iodine-127 is stable, that is, not radioactive.  Iodine-129 is radioactive, but naturally occurs in small quantities so it is not normally present in high enough concentrations to pose a significant health risk.

There are a total of 37 known isotopes of iodine, only one of which, iodine-127, is stable or not radioactive.  However, most of these isotopes are rare, or have very short half-lives, and so decay very quickly.  The isotopes that decay quickly pose little risk at any distance from a nuclear event.  They will not last long enough to be dangerous once they have traveled any appreciable distance from the origin site.

Iodine-131 is the isotope to focus on.  It does not occur in nature and is present in high concentrations and amounts in nuclear power plants.

Iodine-131 does pose a serious health risk.  It can easily become airborne in various nuclear accidents scenarios.  It has a longer half-life than some of the other radioisotopes of iodine, so it remains radioactive even after traveling significant distances from the origin site.

There are two typical ways that iodine-131 can make its way into the human body:

  1. It can land on fields and contaminate livestock and produce and subsequently ingested as food.
  2. It can be inhaled while still airborne.

In either case, there is risk that it will be collected and concentrated in the thyroid gland, which requires iodine to produce its thyroid hormones.

Under normal circumstances, the thyroid gland collects and concentrates iodine-127, which is stable and not radioactive.  So all is well.  However, when significant amounts of the radioactive iodine-131 are available or in the environment, the thyroid cannot tell the difference between the safe iodine-127 and the dangerous radioactive iodine-131.

And it ends up concentrating the radioactive iodine-131 in the thyroid gland.  As a result, the thyroid gland gets exposed to strong radiation, which damages it and can lead to thyroid cancer.

This is one of the most significant health risks that nuclear accidents and plant disasters can pose to people even at a long distance from the origin site.  Of course, the material must rise high enough to get into global wind streams to spread the risk more than a few hundred, or perhaps a thousand miles.

Aside from the acute severe injuries suffered by those unfortunate enough to be in the plant or close to it, almost all of the health problems resulting from the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster were thyroid cancers caused by radioactive iodine-131.  Further, those exposed but who did not develop cancers will almost certainly be at elevated risk of thyroid cancers for the rest of their lives.

One way to keep the thyroid from collecting and concentrating radioactive iodine-131 from a nuclear event is to make sure it has a temporary overabundance of non-radioactive iodine-127 available in the body.  A practical way to do this is take a relatively high dose of the stable, non-radioactive iodine for a very short period of time.

Potassium iodide is the preferred form for this type of this protective iodine.  This seems to be very effective, and safe as long as the higher dose is taken for a very short period of time.  The FDA generally recommends not longer than 2 or 3 days.  (I have a link to their guidelines, which I think are pretty good, farther down in this post.)

It is useful to note that the thyroid cancer rates have been very high in the Chernobyl area and in some surrounding areas since the accident.  However, in nearby Poland, where potassium iodide was quickly distributed, the thyroid cancer rates have not risen significantly, even though the area clearly was contaminated.

Practical Measures:
I don’t think anyone knows at this point if we will see significant iodine-131 contamination anywhere in the North America.  However, if we do, or perhaps in preparation in case we do, there are a few things we can do to mitigate the risk of thyroid cancer:

  • We can stockpile some potassium iodide
  • Make sure we know how to safely use it.  (See FDA guidelines in linked PDF below.  I think they are pretty good.)
  • Take a very small amount of potassium iodide now.  (See 2nd link below.)
  • If contamination does occur, then avoid those foods that are most likely to contain iodine-131, such as milk and field-grown produce.
  • Don’t stress out!  The likelihood of a strong North American contamination does not seem very high at this point.

One of the easiest sources for potassium iodide in high enough doses to be effective in the event of a contamination is a product called “iosat”.  This is available from Amazon and a number of other on-line sources.  You might want to order some to have around for “just in case”.  It is not expensive and it has a very long shelf-life.

But Please do NOT take them just in case – wait until there is real evidence of contamination.  See the precautions published in the FDA article.  They are valid and should be followed!!  I cannot stress this enough.  There are real side-effects that show up in some people.  Do not exceed the FDA-recommended dose.  Do not take for longer than the recommended time period.

Here is that link to the FDA guidelines for using potassium iodide to protect against radioactive iodine exposure:

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM080542.pdf

Also, if you would like a smaller, safe amount of potassium iodide that can be taken daily forever for general thyroid health and protection, it is available from Pure Encapsulations.  Again, do not exceed the recommended amount that is on the product label.  Here is the link:

Pure Encapsulations Potassium Iodide 225 mcg –

http://www.purecapspro.com/myhealth/products/product_details.asp?ProductsID=1204

One More Crucial Point:
Potassium Iodide and other forms of iodine will ONLY protect against radiation damage to the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine-131.  And although that is the only radioactive isotope of iodine that is likely to travel any appreciable distance from the event site, it may not be the only radioactive contaminant that may escape from the site.  Depending on the type of event, the design of the plant, and the status of the spent fuel rods when the event occurred, other radioactive elements are likely to be released in various quantities.

These can include plutonium, cesium and several others.  Again the potassium iodide will not offer any protection from these other radioactive elements at all!

The good news is that in most cases these other radioactive elements are not likely to travel very far from the event site.  For example, it is extremely unlikely that a significant amount of them will wind up anywhere in North America.

However, in the very unlikely event that other radioactive elements do show up in distant locations, and you happen to be in one of them, here are a few simple precautions you can take:

1.  Avoid direct exposure.  For example, if the material is still airborne, wear rain gear and a good particulate breathing mask if you must go outdoors.  Limit your time outdoors for as long as the contamination is airborne.

2.  Begin following heavy metal detox protocols as soon as possible.  I recommended the simple ones that you can do yourself, such as eating as much organic, raw cilantro as you can.  Also taking a high quality Organic Sulfur can help.  While the exposure is present, I would take up to 3 tablespoons of Organic sulfur in the form of pure, additive-free MethylSulphonylMethane crystals per day.  Also, eating organic chlorella will help.  All of these agents are very safe and highly effective ways to help your body get rid of heavy meta toxins, whether radioactive or not - always a good health measure.

Please e-mail me or use this link if you want to learn more about high quality Organic Sulfur in pure MethylSulphonylMethane form :  jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com / or follow this link:  Safe and Effective Organic Sulfur in MethylSulphonylMethane form

Here is a summary of the FDA recommendation for radiation exposure mitigation with potassium iodide:   (I prefer that you read the complete FDA write-up on this beforehandif you intend to acquire and possibly use the higher dose potassium iodide, such as iosat.  But for those who just won’t read it, here it the essential information:)  The FDA approved protocol is 65-130 milligrams of potassium iodide as a single dose and repeated the following day.  This can be at the onset of exposure, or a few hours prior to an anticipated exposure.

However, these high doses are not suitable for repeated or prophylactic use.  The use of lower doses, (in the range of 225 mcg to 250 mcg per day), offers some protection over a longer period of time as it can be taken on a daily basis.

Orally, iodine can cause marked sensitivity.  Symptoms of iodine hypersensitivity are: angioedema, cutaneous and mucosal hemorrhage, fever, arthralgia, lymph node enlargement, eosinophilia, urticaria, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, and fatal periarteritis.  Large amounts or chronic use of iodine can cause metallic taste; soreness in teeth and gums; burning in mouth and throat; increased salivation; coryza; sneezing; eye irritation and eyelid swelling; headache; cough; pulmonary edema; swelling of parotid and submaxillary glands; inflammation of the pharynx, larynx and tonsils; acne-form skin lesions; gastric upset; diarrhea; anorexia; anddepression.  Prolonged use of iodides can cause thyroid gland hyperplasia, thyroid adenoma, goiter, and severe hypothyroidism.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Healthy Adrenals and Measuring Cortisol Levels


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Your adrenal glands, located at the top of each kidney, produce cortisol, which is a natural, steroidal hormone that is crucial to life.  Your body simply cannot live without it. 

 What does cortisol do?  Many things, but just to name a few: 

  • Aids your body in responding to stress
  • Stimulates metabolism of fats, proteins and sugars
  • Aids in maintaining ready energy levels.
  • Affects the level of activity of your immune system
  • Strongly influences your body’s ability to absorb nutrients
  • And more

 Cortisol levels change with the conditions that your body encounters. 

 Serum cortisol levels include up to 90% cortisol that is “protein-bound”.  This is cortisol, in your blood serum, which has been “bound to” or combined with proteins in your blood serum.  This protein-bound cortisol is not readily available to affect or regulate body functions in the way that free cortisol is.  Yet it still shows up in most serum cortisol testing.  So measuring total serum cortisol levels does not really provide an accurate or very useful guide for balancing this crucial hormone. 

Some may counter by pointing out that there are now cortisol level tests that measure “free cortisol”, that is cortisol in the blood serum that is not protein-bound.  This is true, although most serum cortisol testing measures total cortisol and not free cortisol. 

But even if your doctor is careful about this and knows to request a “free cortisol” test for you, there is another problem with using serum to measure cortisol:

Your cortisol levels are supposed to fluctuate throughout the day.  This is natural and important in helping your body to follow its natural daily rhythms and for good health in general. 

Our cortisol levels should be highest in the morning, tapering off to less than half the morning high around noon, tapering again to approximately 20% lower in the late afternoon/early evening, and finally settling at approximately 1/6th their morning level by nighttime when we are ready for sleep.   

Because of this, your cortisol levels need to be sampled 4 times throughout the day to provide an accurate and complete picture.  Obviously, in most cases this will not be practical if the samples are blood serum-based.  It would mean returning to the lab to have blood drawn at 4 different times throughout the day. 

This is yet another reason why I recommend using saliva to test cortisol levels.  It is easy to collect the required 4 samples throughout the day.  Saliva sampling is easily done at home or just about anywhere that you happen to be.  It is a self-collection process that does not require any assistance, let alone a lab technician.  And saliva testing avoids the problem of trying to distinguish between free cortisol and protein-bound cortisol. 

The entire cortisol system appears to have evolved in most mammals, particularly in primates, to have the ability to help in response to short-term stress.  We run like a bat out of hell to catch our breakfast, or to avoid becoming the breakfast of another predator.  But these were typically short-term events that had a definite and immediate outcome, one way or the other. 

The cortisol system does not do so well when it is subjected to long-term high levels of stress.  Keep in mind that our evolution did not prepare us for such long-term challenges to our survival.  And yet, in today’s world so many of us are subject to exactly this kind of stress:  It lasts for a long time without letup or relief, and it is maintained at a relatively high level. 

We see the results in the drastic increase in serious, chronic health conditions that seem unprecedented in human history: 

  • Long term fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened immune systems
  • Cancers
  • Strokes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Many mental health issues
  • Sleep disorders
  • And more

All of these are at least frequently related to adrenal “burn-out” and cortisol imbalances.

So it pays to find out what your cortisol levels really are.  And once we know, then since it is difficult to significantly adjust the environment we live in, it may pay to use supplements and other natural health measures to re-balance our cortisol levels. 

But this is not an area of health where guesswork cuts it.  To safely and effectively re-balance your adrenal system, you first need to know with accuracy and precision what the existing levels are. 

By far, the best place to start is with a 4 sample saliva test.  This provides the baseline information needed to formulate a plan to restore adrenal health and cortisol balance that is appropriate for you and your body.

In most cases it makes sense to test the major reproductive hormones along with the cortisol levels. They are closely related and strongly affect each other within the human body. So at least when establishing a baseline before beginning any course of balancing, it is advisable to test the following in the initial test:

  1. Estradiol, (the form that estrogen takes in human being)
  2. Progesterone, (the crucial hormone that must balance estradiol for good health)
  3. DHEA, (a pre-cursor to several critical hormones, among other important fundtions that it has, including adreanl health and support)
  4. Testosterone, (crucial sex hormone for both men and women)
  5. Morning cortisol
  6. Noon cortisol
  7. Late afternoon/early evening cortisol
  8. Night cortisol

Here is a link to more information and to a great resource for saliva testing:  

Saliva Testing by Labrix Labs

To your health,

Jeff Bell

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An Antidote To “Computer Stress”

We all know that prolonged stress is damaging to our health. 

Computers are great when they are working correctly and doing what we want them to.   But when they are not, they can create a great deal of stress.   The use of computers and the access to the Internet that they provide has tremendously increased the effectiveness in my life’s work, the ongoing development and sharing of Natural Health. 

But I am the first to admit that when my computer is not working correctly the result is often a great deal of stress.

One area of computer stress I am thankful to say I have eliminated is data loss.  I NEVER worry about losing data.  I don’t have to worry about losing a single one of the more than a half-million pages of health data stored on my computer and on my network.  That is because I have a very robust way to use simple technology to protect my data. 

If you use a computer and would like to join me in being stress-free when it comes to data loss, the click the link below to read my article:

What You Must Know About Backing Up Your Computer

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Urgent Action Item! Don’t Let Our Government Crush Our Internet!

I’m sure my readers are aware of the huge struggle for freedom and democracy currently unfolding in Egypt.

Of course, the existing dictatorship in Egypt is resisting all calls for relinquishing its hold on absolute power with all its might.  That is no surprise. 

One of the key measures they have employed is to shut down one of the most important instruments of freedom and personal control in all of human history – the Internet.  That’s right, one of the first things the existing Egyptian government did as the protests began to gather steam was to turn of the entire Internet for all of Egypt.

Again, this is no surprise.  What else would one expect from a dictatorship?

But this will surprise you:  Despite all the rhetoric coming from the United States government about being the “leader of the Free World”, and standing for Freedom and Democracy, the Obama administration, along with key elements of Congress are working right now on establishing extrajudicial authority to shut down the Internet at will. 

According to their plan, the President will be given authority to declare an  emergency and simply turn off the Internet for the entire United States.  The President will have the authority to do this without any judicial overview, with no checks or balances and with no recourse on the part of the citizens.

I don’t know about you, but I find this shockingly hypocritical – to be on the one hand preaching the gospel of Freedom, Democracy and Free Speech, while at the same time quietly putting measures in place so that the U.S. administration can shut down the U.S. Internet anytime it feels like it. 

So what is the action item?  Really two action items: 

1.  If you care about Democracy, Freedom and Free Speech, please spread the word.   Share the link to this blog post and any others like it that you may find.

2.  Take a look at this link and consider signing their petition and sharing it with your friends and family.

http://act2.freepress.net/sign/kill_switch/?akid=2265.9830340.bROhIr&rd=1&t=3 

Thanks for taking the time to consider this important issue!

By the way, those of you who read my posts, articles and the like, including those who have personally benefited from my work, know that I am sitting on top of roughly 35 year’s worth of research into uncommon but very valuable and effective health information.  I continue to add to this body of knowledge on a daily basis.  (I average 60 hours of research per month.)   The Internet is the only practical and affordable way I or most of my colleagues in the holistic health field have of making this information available to those who need it. 

So the administration’s shameful bid for the unrestricted power to shut down the Internet is a direct threat to our health.

I would love to get some dialog going about this issue.  Please share your ideas and inspirations on how we might better protect our free speech and keep the politicians’ hands off our Internet.  (It is ours – it was developed using our tax dollars!)  So please post your comments, ideas, or…

To your health and freedom!

Jeff Bell

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Why Saliva Testing?

Lately a number of people have contacted me to ask about various tests they planned to have done, often including reproductive hormone level testing.  Many had planned to have blood testing done as their initial step in approaching healthy reproductive hormone balancing.

I have discouraged them from relying on blood testing for hormone balance.  The reason is simple:  Blood testing is simply not a good way to discover what your baseline reproductive hormone levels are.

Here’s why:  Blood is a very complex serum, containing many organic molecules and compounds.  Most of the reproductive hormones, including estradiol, (the major form of estrogen in humans, both female and male), and progesterone, tend to “bind” to these organic molecules.  Once they are bound, they no longer are “bioavailable”, meaning that they no longer have much relevance in terms of hormone balance.  Yet they still show up in blood testing. 

So you can easily see how the results of blood testing for these hormone levels are very misleading. 

In contrast, saliva is a very simple liquid, containing few organic molecules.   Hence the actual hormones detected in a saliva sample are almost always completely bioavailable.   What you see is what you get!

Further, when testing for reproductive hormone levels and balances it almost always makes sense to include testing for cortisol levels, as well.  And since cortisol levels naturally fluctuate during the day, it usually makes sense to get 4 different samples in a day.  It is certainly more convenient and easier to collect saliva 4 times throughout a day than to collect blood 4 times in a day! 

For all these reasons it makes sense to rely on saliva testing when setting about to balance your reproductive hormones. 

Here is a link for more information, and for a lab that can provide you with accurate results at a reasonable price:

Saliva Testing Details

To your health!

Jeff Bell

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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A High Quality, Effective Adrenal Support Supplement

Adreno-Lyph-Plus, made by Nutri-West is one of the best quality and most effective Adrenal Support supplements I have been able to find. 

If you have determined via a saliva hormone test that your cortisol levels are too low and that your adrenal glands may be depleted, then this could make a big difference in how you feel, as well as your overall health. 

Of course, there are lots of “adrenal support” supplements on the market.  However, I have found only a few that are highly effective for most people.  Of these, Nutri-West’s Adreno-Lyph_Plus seems to be one of the best.  It is actually the one that I use when I am under more than usual stress. 

Adreno-Lyph-Plus is not available through health food stores or other retail distribution, and it can be difficult to get.  For your convenience we offer it here.

However, I do want to point out that adrenal balance can be delicate and needs to be done carefully, backed up by precise knowledge.  If you have not already done so, I would urge you to invest in your health by purchasing a saliva test before you try balancing your adrenals, or other glandular systems.  Here is a link to the saliva test in case you need one.

Comprehensive Saliva Hormone Test

Here is the button to purchase Adreno-Lyph-Plus from Nutri-West.  It comes in containers of 120 tablets.  For most people 1 tablet a day is sufficient.  However, I highly recommend that you work with a qualified health care professional to make sure your use is appropriate for your needs:





Shipping is $9.00 within the continental U.S. Please e-mail me for shipping and handling rates outside the continental U.S.

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

The following is the Nutri-West product description: 

Adreno-Lyph-Plus (120)

Supportive Function:

High quality, concentrated adrenal glandular support is boosted by pituitary and parotid glandulars, along with the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that synergistically contribute to the healthy maintenance of these tissues.

Ingredients:

High Potency Adrenal with synergistic support Each Tablet Supplies: 235 mg of tissue concentrate from bovine source (not extracts) as Adrenal 221mg, Pituitary 12mg, Parotid 2mg, Vitamin C 175mg, Bioflavonoid Complex 45mg, Pantothenic Acid (D-Calcium Pantothenate) 70mg, DL-Methionine 60mg, Choline Bitartrate 60mg, Vitamin B-1 15mg, Vitamin B-2 15mg, Vitamin B-6 15mg, Niacinamide 50mg, Magnesium (as oxide) 100mg.

If you have questions please feel free to e-mail them to:
jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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What Do Successful People Have In Common?

It’s the beginning of a new year and a new decade.  I thought maybe a little supportive inspiration might be useful.

To your wonderful health and to a great year for you and your family!

Jeff Bell

By the way, statistics show that most successful people fail many more times than unsuccessful people do.   The difference between the two groups is that successful people keep in trying until they do succeed.

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A Key To Acelerated And Joyful Learning

What makes learning so difficult?  Is it the challenge of finding the right teacher?  Or perhaps sorting through the deluge of “over-information” that most of us are confronted with on a daily basis?  While those may be challenges we must overcome, I do not believe they prevent most of us from learning.

So what is the biggest obstacle? 

It is shame! 

 My observations over many years confirm that most of us have been conditioned to feel ashamed to admit that there is something that we do not know.  This is further supported by our direct experiences within the U.S. school system, and even most family environments, from early childhood on. 

The shame that we have experienced in the past due to not knowing is often compounded by fear.  It is easy to become fearful that we will be “found out”.  That is, discovered to be lacking in knowledge, found to be “deficient” or “less than”.  So we may be afraid of the shame that we anticipate is likely to occur.

To avoid this risk, we often go to great lengths to hide our lack of knowledge.  It is easy to see why spending my energy in pretending that I already know makes it much harder for me to learn.  Furthermore, if I am pretending that I already know something, how can I ask the questions that would lead to the real knowledge and learning? 

Our conditioning does not help us.  We have been conditioned to believe that is it NOT OK to admit that we do not know.  Instead of valuing the discovery that there is something we do not know as an opportunity to explore and learn, we have been very well trained to interpret the experience as confirmation that we are deficient, that we are “less than”. 

I do not believe that this is the natural state of human beings.  Rather, I believe that it is a pervasive form of dysfunctional societal conditioning.  I do not believe this is natural or healthy.  It certainly does not lead to joy and fulfillment.   And I do not see how it makes learning more effective or more efficient.  

Our natural learning state:  We have all seen the joyous innocence with which very young children routinely make discoveries and learn.   Think back to the awe we feel when observing a human baby as it discovers how to open and close its hand, how to move its arms and legs, and later how to walk. 

Notice how many times the baby fails because it does not yet know.  Does the child feel or experience shame when it tries to walk from the edge of the couch to the coffee table and falls halfway there?  Not really.  Instead the child usually gets up, and, undaunted by its clear lack of knowledge, goes right back to learning. 

Now contrast this to standing up in class and giving the wrong answer when asked what 6 times 9 equals?

Can you imagine this dialog:  “Yes, teacher, thanks for asking me.  I’m so glad that I have no idea how to solve this equation.  Now I get to learn how to…”  Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  The real way that dialog might go is in marked contrast to what the young child would say, if it could talk at that point, when he or she was first learning to walk. 

For most of us there is pervasive shame attached to not knowing – toxic shame that does anything but help us to learn. 

It is too bad that our culture inculcates such shame into us around not knowing.  It just sucks the joy and excitement right out of learning, doesn’t it? 

This not only does destroys the joy of learning and discovery, it also makes learning nearly impossible.  How can we learn when we cannot safely acknowledge what we do not know? 

I am reminded of the famous Zen parable about the student pouring tea for the master, who tells him to just keep on pouring, long after the cup has overflowed.  The student asks the master why he should keep on pouring.  And the master explains that the student is too much like the teacup, already full so there is no room to “pour” in new knowledge. 

School painfully reinforced my fears.  Some of my earliest memories of school are those painful ones where I was humiliated for giving a “wrong” answer.  And, of course, the converse was true – those who gave the “right” answer or who otherwise demonstrated what they already knew were esteemed and rewarded.  Too often, our culture, both for children and for adults seems to reward those who give “good” answers more than those who ask good questions. 

Now, more than 50 years after my early school experiences I still see it all around me.  Most people are reluctant to admit that they do not know.  But how else can one learn? 

I have worked hard to unlearn the shame of not knowing and to celebrate my own curiosity.  Yet, I must always be on guard against reacting to the possible shame of not knowing. 

How common is this problem?  I’m guessing this is a very common problem, which could likely be solved, or at least greatly improved by discovering the specific unconscious beliefs that lead us into shame when we do not know.  These beliefs seem to lead many of us into fear of having our “not knowing” discovered.

Free to learn?  Think how liberating it would be to feel free to celebrate not knowing and to no longer feel compelled to “defend” our ignorance, or worse, to feel we must hide it.  Imagine the joy being restored to learning from a place of genuine innocence and authentic, open curiosity.

I don’t know about you, but to me this seems like one piece of common human programming that we could afford to lose.

To your health and joyful honoring of your native curiosity!

Jeff Bell

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URGENT ! Health Freedom Alert ! A Call To Action

It is not often that I find an article so important, accurate and urgent that I repost it here in its entirety.  This is such an article.  It does not require any further comment from me.  Please read it and then follow your conscience. Senate bill 3767 seeks to put dietary supplement makers in prison for ten years, (for telling the truth)!

Beware of Senate bill 3767, the so-called Food Safety Accountability Act.

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor 

Beware of Senate bill 3767, the so-called Food Safety Accountability ActThis dangerous legislation, if passed, would criminalize nutritional supplement manufacturers who tell the truth about their products or link to published scientific studies describing the biological benefits of their products. Based on language in the bill, health proponents who sell supplements could be criminalized and convicted to ten years in prison.

The Life Extension Foundation recently published an important warning piece about this, complete with some call to action items for which we need your help.

Here’s what was written by William Faloon and published at LEF (http://www.lef.org/featured-article…). I agree with every word written here and urge you to read this and take this message seriously, then do your part to oppose this new legislative tyranny that seeks to criminalize dietary supplement manufacturers.

Congress Seeks to put Dietary Supplement Makers in Jail for Ten Years!

by William Faloon, LEF.org

Pharmaceutical companies are once again interfering with your ability to access information about dietary supplements.

The Senate is debating a bill that will enable the FDA to put vitamin supplement makers in jail for ten years if they cite findings from peer-reviewed published scientific studies on the label of their dietary supplements or their web site.

The pretext for these draconian proposals is a bill titled the Food Safety Accountability Act (S. 3767). The ostensible purpose of the bill is to punish anyone who knowingly contaminates food for sale. Since there are already strong laws to punish anyone who commits this crime, this bill serves little purpose other than enriching pharmaceutical interests.

The sinister scheme behind this bill is to exploit the public’s concern about food safety. Drug companies want to convince your Senators that an overreaching law needs to be enacted to grant the FDA powers to define “food contamination” any way it chooses.

Even today, the FDA can proclaim a dietary supplement as “misbranded” even if the best science in the world is used to describe its biological effects in the body. The concern is that the FDA will use the term “misbranded” in the same way it defines “adulterated” in order to jail dietary supplement makers as if they were selling contaminated food.

The new bill being debated in the Senate increases the penalties the FDA can use to threaten supplement makers to ten years in prison. The big issue here is that the FDA will use this as a hammer to threaten and coerce small companies into signing crippling consent decrees that will deny consumers access to truthful non-misleading information about natural approaches to protect against age-related disease.

Please tell your two Senators to OPPOSE the Food Safety Accountability Act (S. 3767). You can do this in a few minutes on our convenient Legislative Action Center on our Web site. Click here to take action now.

If you’d like to read the legal details about this bill, log on to the Alliance for Natural Health Web site: http://www.anh-usa.org/breaking-new…

Health-conscious consumers have succeeded in preventing Congress from capitulating to the pharmaceutical industry this year. Please continue this string of victories by telling your Senators to OPPOSE this underhanded attempt (S. 3767) to grant the FDA dictatorial new powers.

Due to the short session before Congress adjourns for the election, please alert your two Senators today!

For longer life,
William Faloon

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Is There A Connection Between Mercury Amalgam Dental Fillings And MS?

For some time now many holistic health practitioners, naturopaths and others have insisted that mercury amalgam dental fillings can cause MS, as well as a host of other very serious auto-immune diseases.  (These are diseases where the body’s own immune system gets “fooled” into attacking the body’s own otherwise healthy tissues, organs and structures.  Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ALS and more.)

More and more countries around the world are banning the use of mercury amalgam fillings.  Sweden recently recognized the serous dangers that these mercury amalgam fillings pose, and added procedures for safely removing them to their national health care coverage.  This means Swedish citizens can get them removed at no cost.  Given the expenses involved they would not have made this policy without good reason.

Here is a video that explains just one of the ways in which mercury can cause extremely serious health problems.  Although the video does not specify MS, the example that they detail is suspiciously similar to the pathological biology underlying MS.

I am grateful to James P. Roguski, publisher of “Your Doctor Is  Liar”, for pointing me to this terrific and hard-to-find video.  I also highly recommend checking out his web site:

www.YourDoctorisaLIAR.com 

I also highly recommend reading his free book by the same title – “Your Doctor Is A Liar”.  It is available as a completely free download on his site.

Both are excellent sources of uncommon, but highly valuable and practical holistic health information.  I particularly value James’ approach and writings as all of it achieves the magical balance of being in understandable, plain English and yet including the solid science relevant to the topic.  This is truly an amazing work!

Also, if you are concerned about the possible mercury burden that your body may be carrying, then you may want to get a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.  Here is the link for that test.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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Is There Poison In Your Mouth? Jaw-Dropping Video!!

There is a raging controversy between the conventional dental industry and most holistic health practitioners.  And as the evidence mounts more and more practitioners in the conventional health sector are siding with the holistic health practitioners.

I’m talking about mercury amalgam fillings.  While there are many who claim that concerns about the health dangers of mercury are not based on solid science, there is mounting evidence to strongly suggest that mercury is highly detrimental to one’s health. 

There are two primary reasons why this issue remains so controversial and why definitive proof seems so elusive:

1.  The damage that the mercury does is in most cases gradual and significant time must elapse before definitive symptoms can be observed or experienced.  For example, mercury amalgam fillings may be in place for years and years.  Gradually the patient experiences increasing levels of arthritis, or perhaps MS or another neurological or auto-immune disease.  Because of the elapsed time between the implant of the fillings and the surfacing of the symptoms, it can be challenging to make a definite causal link.

2.  The American Dental Association, which is really more of  a trade group than a consumer safety group, lobbies hard and fast to suppress research, evidence and other information that could help to decide this issue.  Part of the reason that they do this is because mercury amalgam fillings are extremely easy to install.  Fillings made from the safer alternatives, such as composites, require a great deal more skill and technique.  So many dentists would need extensive re-training were mercury amalgam fillings to be outlawed.

It is interesting to note that the safety regulations for handling the new mercury amalgam materials, as well as the waste from procedures in the dental offices are very stringent.  The law requires that be handled very carefully as the toxic material that it clearly is.  And yet it is deemed safe to install in the human mouth?  I don’t get it.

Here is a personal experience I had with amalgams:  In the early 1990s I became quite ill.  I tried everything that I knew from all my years of study and practice of holistic health.  I made occasional temporary improvements, only to relapse to being often too sick to get out of bed. 

After about a year of trying all kinds of things to no avail, and nearing the point of giving up in despair I was advised by one of my more brilliant holistic health teachers to get a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.  (Here is the link for that test.

The results came back showing high levels of mercury.  Over the next 6 months I had all of the mercury amalgam fillings removed from my mouth.  I had 16 of them.  And most had been in place for more than 25 years.  (Unfortunately, I did not take great care of my teeth as a kid.)

At the same time, I used some of the “standard” holistic mercury detox protocols.  Within about 1 months of having the last of the mercury amalgam fillings removed, I began to get better.  Within 2 months I was back at work, full-time and even back to sports and normal activities again. 

At this point I am convinced that mercury should NEVER be placed in the body under any circumstances.  And if you are not convinced, how about following the “precautionary principle”, which states that we should avoid things that are not adequately proven to be safe until they are.  That is good enough for me.

In case I need further evidence, I can rely on the experiences of my clients, who have had previously intractable health problems resolved very quickly after having their mercury amalgam fillings removed. 

ONE CAUTION:  There are very specific protocols to follow in the course of safely removing mercury fillings.  This should only be done by an experienced and properly trained holistic dentist.  I recommend that you talk with some of their patients and see what their experiences were in having this done before you select a dentist to do this work for you.  If done improperly, it can actually make your health much worse instead of better.  Also, be advised that it can be quite costly.  There are some clinics in Mexico and elsewhere outside the U.S.A. that do this work very well, and at a fraction of the cost for having it done in the U.S.A.

Here is a link to a very interesting news story on this subject:  It is interesting to note that this story was only aired once on 60 Minutes, and never aired again.  Many believe that the American Dental Association used it’s commercial, political and legal muscle to bury the story. 

60 Minutes Story – “Is There Poison In Your Mouth?”

Part 1 of 3 – Total 24:41 Minutes


Part II


Part III

I am grateful to James P. Roguski, publisher of “Your Doctor Is  Liar”, for pointing me to these terrific and hard-to-find videos about this amazing story.  I also highly recommend checking out his web site:

www.YourDoctorisaLIAR.com 

I also highly recommend reading his free book by the same title – “Your Doctor Is A Liar”. It is available as a completely free download on his site.

Both are excellent sources of uncommon, but highly valuable and practical holistic health information.  I particularly value James’ approach and writings as all of it achieves the magical balance of being in understandable, plain English and yet including the solid science relevant to the topic.  This is truly an amazing work!

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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A Comprehensive Saliva Hormone Test – The Essential First Step Towards Balance

An essential first step towards safe, effective and healthy balance of reproductive hormones is to accurately determine the existing, un-supplemented levels.  Done properly, this can be one of the most important steps that you can take towards optimal health.  Not only can it greatly improve reproductive and sexual function, but it can also dramatically decrease your risk of all reproductive cancers, of both initial occurrence and recurrences. 

The leading experts in this field, Dr. John Lee, M.D., Dr. David Zava, Ph.D. and Virginia Hopkins are in adamant agreement that saliva testing is the only way to accurately measure the reproductive hormone levels.  At MyHealthOptimizer.com we have been diligent students of all three of these luminaries in the field.

We use Labrix for our testing.  They provide fast, efficient and extremely accurate testing service.  They also provide corroborating consultations by their in-house physician staff at no additional costs.  This enables us to review your test results with them and to confirm the plan for optimal balance. 

If you are testing for the first time, we  recommend the 8-test panel, known as Profile III.  The standard price for this panel is $280.00, plus $10.00 for shipping.  By purchasing through this site, we are able to pass on a $40.00 discount to you.

 Please note that the $10.00 shipping is applicable to the Continental United States, only.  If you are outside the U.S. please e-mail us to obtain correct shipping costs.Once you have purchased your test, we will ship your test sample collection kit to you, complete with a pre-paid return shipping label and complete instructions for accurately collecting and submitting your sample. 

If you have questions please feel free to e-mail them to jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com 

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Best Sources For Important Supplements & Related Health Items

In this section you will find the best sources we have been able to research for a number of important supplements, herbs and related natural health products.  They are not listed in any particular order, so you will have to scroll up and down a bit.

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Vitamin C- Vitamin C is one of the most important supplements you can take.  It is one of the very few absolutely essential nutrients that our bodies cannot make.  We literally cannot live without it.  And for most of us, we cannot even come close to optimum levels through the modern diet that we are pretty much confined to.  So we need to supplement.  But almost all the vitamin C formulations that we know of and that we have tested come up short.  Most of them use forms that are not quite right.  We go back to the research of Dr. Linus Pauling, (the only person in history to have won TWO unshared Nobel Prizes).  He researched and strongly recommended vitamin C in the exact form that our bodies use it:  L-Ascorbate. 

The best source we have found, so far, is from Pure Encapsulations.  Here is the link to learn more about their  Vitamin C

In the interest of full disclosure, we get a small referral fee when you buy Vitamin C from this source, which we use to help support our research.

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Vitamin B-Complex Vitamin B is essential in its own right.  It is required for a healthy brain and neurological system, as well as for generation of energy and many other crucial biological functions.  Vitamin B is actually a general category, containing a number of specific vitamins.  For conventience, it is often packaged and marketed as “Vitamin B-Complex”. Different supplement manufacturers produce Vitamin B-Complex formulas with different amounts of the 9 to 12 ingrediants, that have become more or less standard. They are all important, but one of th emost crucial is B12, which is often even taken as a stand-alone supplement, both orally and in injection and other forms. (We don’t recommend using it in injection form in most cases. E-Mail us at jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com if you want to know why.)

B12 is commonly provided in the form of “cyanocobalamin”. Does that name set of warning bells? Perhaps it should. In this form, the B12 releases a small amount of cyanide as it is metabolized. To be sure, the amount is small, and some argue that it is therefore inconsequential. We follow the precautionary principle – why take a chance and present the body with toxins that nedd to be eliminated if you don’t have to? The problem is that the few B-Complex formulas that do not include the form of B12 that contains even trace amounts of cyanide are somewhat more expensive. We think it is worth it. Look for your B12 in the form of: methylcobalamin.

The best source we have found, so far, is Pure Encapsulations.  Here is the link to learn more about their Vitamin B-Complex

In the interest of full disclosure, we get a small referral fee when you buy Vitamin B-Complex from this source, which we use to help support our research.

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Vitamin D- There is tremendous interest in both the conventional and the alternative medical communities in the role of Vitamin D these days.  In fact, Vitamin D is not truly a vitamn.  Rather, it can be thought of as a hormone, in that it regulates a number of functions in the body, including major elements of the immune system.  In fact the latest research confirms that having a ”high-normal” Vitamin D level is critical to a healthy immune system.  The best source for Vitamin D is a healthy exposure to sunlight.  However, given the realities of our working and living styles dictates that most of us need some form of Vitamin D supplementation.  When supplementing it is important to use Vitamin D3 rather than other forms.  Furthermore, the form of that supplement is important in terms of both effectiveness and absorbability.

The best source we have found, so far, is from Global Healing Center in Texas.  Here is the link to learn more about Vitamin D Serum

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Calcium with Magnesium- The latest good research on calcium supplements indicates that most are not well absorbed.  And in some cases there is reason to be concerned that taking them could lead to calcium deposits in areas where they do not belong and could cause problems.  Yet, most of us are deficient in calcium due to the advent of commercial agriculture, which lowers the bioavailable calcium in our food supply.  This problem gets worse for most of us as we age.  An answer is to take calcium in the form of Calcium Orotate, which is an easily absorbed, bioavailable calcium salt.  Furthermore, for proper absorption and utilization the calicum should be combined with Magnesium, which should also be in the form of Magnesium Orortate.  The Calcium and Magnesium need to be in the proper ratio. 

The best source that I have found for a combined Calcium and Magnesium Orotate supplement is The Global Healing Center in Texas.   Here is the link to learn more about their IntraCal formula:

IntraCal Calcium Orotate with Magnesium Orotate

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Probiotic- The most effective and healthiest probiotic we have been able to find is Global Healling Center’s Latero-Flora. We have been using it for several years with good reseults. A number of our clients use it and also report good results. It is reasonable in price and easy to store. It does not need to be refrigerated. Here is the link to order or to learn more:

Latero Flora Probiotic

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Colon Cleanse- The Oxy-Powder supplement from Global Healing Center forms the foundaton of the best colon cleanse protocol that I know of.  In fact, it is more than a colon cleanse, in that it helps to clean the small intestine, as well.  Whereas most “colon cleanses”, even colonics, clean only the last several feet of the colon.

Here is the link to order Oxy-Powder or to learn more:

Oxy-Powder Colon Cleanse Capsules

If you do order these and you don’t want to spend a lot of time wading through the instructions on the Global Healing Center site to learn how to use it properly, feel free to e-mail Jeff Bell: jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com  and request a complete, compiled guide for doing the colon cleanse.

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Liver Cleanse- The Livertrex liver and gallbladder cleansing supplement from Global Healing Center easily earns rave reviews. Like their Colon Cleanse, this is a detailed process that yields exceptionally thorough results.

Please be aware that this liver and gallbladder cleanse should only be done after the Colon Cleanse referenced immediately above. It is best to do them in series – do the Colon Cleanse first. After you have completed that, let several days elapse for your body to stabalize in its new, clean state and to recover from any short-term stress from the Colon Cleanse. Then start the Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse. Detailed instructions for this Liver and Gallbladder cleanse are available on the Global Healing Center site. Here is the link to order or to learn more:

Livertrex

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Colloidal Silver- Colloidal Silver is a terrific anti-pathogenic agent. Properly used, it is very safe and can be extremely effective. There is a lot to kow about using it safely and effectively. And it is critical to either get good quality colloidal silver from an excellent source, or to make your own using good water and equipment, and carefully following the correct procedures. Using bad colloidal silver can be dangerous and is almost certain to be ineffective.

Global Healing Center provides a good quality colloidal silver at a reasonable price. Here is the link to order or to learn more: Silver Fuzion®…

The recommendations for using this colloidal silver that are on the site are quite complete and pretty clear. If you have questions feel free to e-mail jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

Also, for those wishing to make their own colloidal silver, Jeff can provide guidance. He has been generating and using colloidal silver with excellent results for many years.

The next post lists the colloidal silver generator we recommend.
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Colloidal Silver Generator- The Silver Pulser from Sota Instrumnents is our pick. We prefer this one because it is easy to use, makes good quality silver, and because it also can be used to supercharge the immune system and wipe out many systemic pathogens by doubling as an “electrical medicine device”. In this capacity, it follows the deisgn and use guidlines formulated by renowned natural medicine pioneer, physicist and researcher, Dr. Robert Beck. E-Mail Jeff Bell – jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com if you want to know more about the “Beck Protocol”.

Here is a link to the Sota Instrumentsweb site: Once there you can browse to the Silver Pulser to learn more or to order. If you decide to order one, use this special discount code to get 10% off: CA55336

We feel this device is an essential for our “natural medicine first aid kit”. We have 2 of them and would never want to be without one. Over many years we have solved and/or avoided many potentially serious medical problems with this device, using either the silver it generates, or using it to charge the immune system, and sometimes both protocols.
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Cinnamon, Chinese Cinnamon Bark, (cassia) - Lately there has been a lot of buzz about taking cinnamon to help stabalize and balance blood sugar levels.  There’s only one problem:  Most of the refereneces that I see neglect to mention that there are several varieties of cinnamon, and that only the “Chinese Cinnamon” otherwise known as “Cinnamomum Cassia” is effective for this purpose.  Not only that, were you to take other varieties of cinnamon in large enough amounts to address blood sugar issues you would run the risk of a toxic reaction after not too long.  This could occur as soon as a few weeks or less for some individuals. 

The right variety of dried cinnamon bark, properly used, can be highly effective in helping to balance and regulate blood sugar.  It will not take the place of eating sensibly, but it will help those who eat appropriately for their health status to enjoy a more stable and healthy blood sugar level. 

The best source I have found, so far at a reasonable price, is from Pure Encapuslations.  Here is the link to learn more about their: Cinnamon WS

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Please visit this page often, as we add new resources as we learn of them and are able to complete a thorough evaluation of them. We never list products or materials here that we have not first tested and whenever possible thoroughly researched.
Please feel free to e-mail with questions, comments, or if you find a superb natural or natural health resource that you’d like to recommend.

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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Could It Be That Diet Sodas Make Us Fat?

I think just about everybody who cares about real health these days gets it that most non-sugar sweeteners are bad for you.  We know that Aspartame™, NutraSweet™ and the rest of those artificial sweeteners destroy health. 

Most of them lead to horrible diseases, including various cancers, brain tumors and more. 

And yet we are so concerned about looking too fat, and so obsessed with our appearances that many of us drink diet sodas anyway.  We tell ourselves that using artificial sweeteners is the lesser of two evils.

But what if artificial sweeteners do make us fat? 

What if they add to the bulge and destroy our health?

I hear you ask, “How can that be?  There is no sugar and they have no calories in them.”

The full answer is complex, but I will keep it simple and focus on the essential information you need to understand.

Here’s why diet sodas make you fat:  We all know about insulin and that it is secreted by the pancreas.  Insulin is required in order for our bodies to metabolize sugar.  The more sugar there is in your blood, the more insulin your pancreas needs to secrete so that the sugar can be metabolized.  When you don’t have sufficient insulin for the amount of sugar in your blood, that is a form of diabetes, which can be a life-threatening health condition.

In addition to being required for your body to metabolize sugar at the cellular level, insulin prompts your body to store available excess calories as fat.  This is not a bad thing.  We need some fat in order to be healthy. 

But problems occur when we have too much insulin so that we store too much fat – we end up packing on the pounds.  The problem is compounded because excess insulin stimulates the appetite so that we are compelled to eat more. 

This happens even if we don’t really need more food.  I say compelled because the chemicals the brain releases to convince us to eat more are overwhelmingly powerful.  They are nearly impossible to resist. 

At any given time, there is some sugar in your blood stream.  Either it is there because you have taken in a food or beverage that has sugar in it, or your body has broken down carbohydrates and converted them to sugar.  Again, as long as it is within reasonable limits, this is normal and is not a problem.

The body does its best to secrete the right amount of  insulin for the amount of sugar in the bloodstream at any given time.  If there is more sugar and insulin than is needed for immediate energy requirements, then the insulin prompts the body to store the excess as fat.  If this happens often enough, we can become obese.  Look around the U.S. today and you will see that many of us suffer from this problem.

Your brain is the primary control over how much insulin your pancreas releases into your blood stream at any given time.  It tries to match the insulin level to the amount of sugar it thinks is in your blood. 

Having too much insulin causes serious problems.  At the very least it leads to obesity.   It also leads to insulin resistence, which is a condition in which the cells lose their ability to respond to the insulin.  The insulin receptors in the cells get “worn out” and lose their functionality.  This is also known as “metabolic syndrome” and is being diagnosed more and more often in the U.S. today. 

Having too little insulin also is a problem.  It leaves sugar that cannot be metabolized stranded in the blood stream or in intracellular spaces in our bodies.  This stranded sugar causes horrendous damage.  Look at anyone who has had diabetes for an extended period of time and you will see the kinds of damage that such stranded sugar causes.

So to prevent either too much insulin or too little, our brains anticipate the required insulin as we eat.  Our brains send an “advance order” to the pancreas so that the insulin is ready when the anticipated sugar enters the blood stream.  This fact is critical!   Keep it in mind as I add the final pieces to this puzzle.

How does the brain know how much insulin to order?  There are taste receptors on your tongue for the basic flavors or tastes that humans can detect.  Sweetness is one of these basic flavors or tastes.  The sweet taste receptors are located at the back of the tongue. 

When anything that tastes sweet comes in contact with these sweet taste receptors, the brain thinks that sugars are being eaten.  It tries to determine how much, so it can order the appropriate amount of insulin from the pancreas.  It also does its best to “estimate” how soon the sugars will be digested and absorbed into the blood stream.  It uses this “estimate” to tell the pancreas how soon to release the insulin into the blood stream. 

It bases this timing estimate on the form of the sugar.  For eexample, complex carbohydrates tend to digest slowly and their sugars tend to absorb slowly and gradually.  On the other hand, the sugars in most beverages are absorbed very quickly.  A portion of them even may be absorbed right through the mucous membranes in your mouth and throat.  So those saugars can get into the blood stream almost immediately.  This is one reason why sugar-containing beverages and simple carbohydrates then to cause spikes in our blood sugar.  Complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice or buckwheat are far less likley to spike our blood sugar levels.  They also don’t tend to lead to spikes in insulin levels. 

Back to the effects of sweet tastes:  When we eat or drink anything that tastes sweet, the brain orders insulin, even if there is no real sugar and there are no real calories!  Just the sweet taste will do it.  This is known as the cephalic effect, (cephalic for head – it’s all in your head since there is no actual sugar for the insulin to match.)

That is why almost all artificial sweeteners, and even most natural sugar substitutes lead to over production of insulin. 

In fact, many of these non-sugar sweeteners cause far more insulin to be produced and released than a corresponding amount of sugar would.  This is because many of these sugar substitutes actually taste much sweeter than sugar.  So the brain gets fooled into ordering far more insulin than it would for a corresponding amount of real sugar.

Let’s review the basic chain of events:

1.  We drink a diet soda.

2.  The artificial sweetener in the soda comes in contact with the sweet taste receptors on the tongue.

3.  The brain says, “Oh, we’ve got a bunch of sugar headin’ down the pipe.  Better order up some insulin.”  It sends an order to the pancreas.

4.  The pancreas creates the amount of insulin that the brain ordered and releases it into the blood stream.

5.  The amount of insulin is way more than is really needed for the actual amount of sugar taken in.  (There wasn’t any real sugar in the soda.)

6.  The insulin grabs any available sugars that are not immediately needed for current energy production and stores them as fat.

7.  The excess insulin also turns our appetites back on again and we are compelled to eat more food, even if we are not really hungry. *

8.  We go buy bigger clothing!

9.  We look in the mirror or try on the clothes that fit fine last season and say, “Oh no!”  And we go looking for more foods and beverages that have artificial sweeteners in them. 

Is this one of those proverbial vicious cycles?

* When we have too much insulin in our blood, our body starts looking for ways to get the sugar it needs to balance out the excess insulin.  So it stimulates our appetites to eat more carbohydrates and sweets. 

You can see that this is a classic vicious cycle that destroys our health. 

Unfortunately, this phenomena occurs even with “natural” sugar substitutes such as stevia and agave sweeteners.  Even though these sweeteners do not typically raise the actual blood sugar levels significantly because they do not have much bio-available sugar or many bio-available calories in them, they do raise the insulin levels higher than they should be.   Again, when this happens the appetite gets turned on and we are compelled to eat more food – typically far more than we need. 

And don’t be fooled by the marketing nonsense about fruit sugars, various forms of fructose and the like.  They all lead to this same problem, and many of them are far worse than plain old cane sugar. 

So what to do?  There are no easy answers.  Anything we eat or drink that tastes very sweet is almost certain to cause this problem.  Part of the problem is that because the average American diet has become sweeter and sweeter over time we have become accustomed to ever sweeter tastes.  It takes some time and effort but we can train ourselves away from the super sweet and back to a more “normal” level of sweetness in our foods and beverages.  If we do this our palettes gradually learn to like things that are not quite as sweet. 

Also, there is a relatively new, 100% organic sweetener that does not stimulate excess insulin.  In fact, it has been very extensively tested and it has no bad health effects at all.  On the contrary, it has some interesting health benefits.  It is even completely safe for both Type I and Type II Diabetics.  A trade off is that it does not taste quite as sweet as most of the artificial sweeteners.  But I have found it fairly easy to get used to.  I have been using this new sweetener for about a month and the older, sweeter ones that I was using do not even taste good to me anymore.  I was using stevia, which now tastes way too sweet to me.  The new sweetener is derived from the Acai berry, and it is actually good for you.  It is not new in terms of research.  It is the result of years of research by the director of the Glycemic Institute and has been through years of thorough safety testing.  It is just relatively new on the market.  If you would like to know more about this, please send me an e-mail: 

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Could You Use Deeper, More Restful Sleep?

For years melatonin has been promoted as an aid to better sleep.  A number of laboratory studies provide compelling support for these promotions. 

The problem is that most of the melatonin supplements have either not worked at all in the field, or have worked poorly.  It turns out that most if not all of the melatonin preparations available until recently have been in a form that the body cannot use and that is not readily absorbed.

Dr. Al Sears, MD, has done the research and has formulated a melatonin supplement, which is delivered via a simple, oral spray.  It works for most people who try it.

So what does melatonin do?  I’ll let Dr. Sears tell you directly.  Here is an excerpt from his explanation:

“…  Your body is equipped with a natural sleep inducer. But your levels drop with age. And modern life is full of interferences that throw it out of balance.

Put the right amount of this “sleep regulator” back in your body, and you’ll:

  • Reset your body clock and fall asleep without effort.*
  • Easily “switch off” your restless mind and get meaningful rest.*
  • Avoid the grogginess, brain fog and other dangers of sleeping pills.*
  • Wake up each morning, fresh, energetic and ready for action.*

With Dr. Sears’ new delivery technology, it takes only seconds for it to start working. Just a few pumps from a convenient and portable spray sends you comfortably off to sleep – whenever and wherever you want… On the road or at home, you’re always in control with Native Rest.

Native Rest Puts a Stop to Endless Tossing and Turning

The safe answer is getting the right amount of something called melatonin. It’s the hormone your body uses to regulate sleep – and the power behind Native Rest.

The clinical evidence backs this up: A recent study published in the Journal of Neuro-Endocrinology, found that melatonin helps insomniacs across the board. First, by inducing sleep when your body is unable to “switch gears” at night. Second, by inhibiting your drive for wakefulness when it’s late at night. And third, by creating a “phase shift” in your body clock when you need to change the time you fall asleep.

Here’s an example: If you toss and turn and can’t fall asleep until 4 am, melatonin helps you create a shift in your body clock so you can fall asleep earlier, like 11:30pm for instance.

What’s more, melatonin has a short “half-life.” That means that by the time you wake up in the morning, the melatonin you took before bed is completely out of your body. No hangover, no daytime grogginess and no drain on your brain cells like you get from sleeping pills. …”

If you would like to try Dr. Sears’ melatonin supplement, which is called: “Native Rest”, here is the link to learn more about or to purchase  Native Rest    the actual purchase button is at the bottom of the page this link will take you too.  Dr. Sears offers a money-back guarantee, so other than shipping there is no risk.

Please let me know how it works for you.  For maximum effectiveness and to optimize your results, please follow the directions that come with the Native Rest melatonin.

To your better health,

Jeff Bell

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A Simple Way To Reduce Heart Disease Risk

A number of years ago I published an article about reducing heart disease risk.  It outlined a very simple step that anyone could take to drastically cut the risk of the most common forms of heart disease. 

The article approached the risk reduction by dealing with a common cause of heart disease.  When the article was published, there was a fair amount of anecdotal information in support of the recommendation.  But there were no large-scale scientific studies I could call upon to convince skeptics that such a simple do-it-yourself procedure could make such a large difference. 

Now that the studies have been completed and there is ample scientific evidence, I want to return to the recommendations. 

The new scientific studies and evidence confirm that a major portion of heart disease is caused by dental bacteria.  The dental bacteria gets into the blood stream and migrates to the heart area, where it causes extensive damage.  Some of the destruction caused by the bacteria include:

  • Inflammation of the pericardium (the membrane that encloses and protects the heart) 1
  • Destruction of heart valves 1
  • Inflammation of coronary arteries and related cardiac arteries 1
  • Coronary artery blockage 1

 Further, the scientific studies show that this same dental bacteria can migrate to other parts of the body as well, where it can cause:

  • Arthritis 2
  • Damage to many internal organs
  • Prostatitis in men 3
  • Damage to blood vessels throughout the body, from major arteries to capillaries 1
  • Compromised brain blood supply 1
  • Pulmonary Obstructive Disease 4
  • High blood pressure 5

Further, it is likely that there are other possible areas of damage that have yet to be discovered.

Have I got your attention, yet?  Good!

Here’s the really great news:  It is actually very easy to protect yourself against this potentially dangerous risk.  The recent scientific studies show that simply brushing your teeth well twice a day can reduce your risks up to 70%!

So carefully brushing your teeth at least twice each day becomes a no-brainer, right?

How about taking just one more step to drop your risks of all damage from dental bacteria to almost zero?  Would you like to do that?  Read on.

For years I have brushed my teeth with just a drop of oil of oregano on a toothbrush immediately before and after all dental visits.  I even do this before and after simple cleanings.  The oil of oregano kills almost all the bacteria in your mouth. 

It is almost certain that a visit to the dentist, even for a cleaning, it going to result in some bleeding of the gums.  If the usual population of dental bacteria is present and undisturbed when you visit the dentist, the risk that at least some of this bacteria will get into your bloodstream and migrate to other parts of the body is very high.  As I pointed out above, the results can be dire. 

By brushing with the drop of oil of oregano right before and after dental visits, this potentially dangerous bacteria is killed and the risk is eliminated.

An added benefit of using the oil of oregano as described in the linked article is that your overall oral health will improve.  Further, in contrast to using antibiotics for this same purpose, the oil of oregano does not have any negative side-effects.  And bacteria will not become resistant to the oil of oregano as they all too frequently do with antibiotics.    

CAUTION:  Oil of oregano is very strong.  Never use more than a single drop.  In fact, I strongly recommend that you read my original article on how to use this method.  That way you can assure yourself that you are doing it effectively and safely. 

Here the link to the article on How to use Oil of Oregano to eliminate dental bacteria.

Please feel free to send your questions or comments to:  jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

Please visit www.MyHealthOptimizer.com for more valuable health information.


References:

1 – de Olivera C. Toothbrushing, inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease: results from Scottish Health Survey. BMJ 2010;340:c2451.

2 - Ishi Ede P, et al. Periodontal condition in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Braz Oral Res. 2008 Jan-Mar;22(1):72-7.

3 - N. Joshi, et al.  Association Between Periodontal Disease and Prostate Specific Antigen Levels in Chronic Prostatitis Patients. Journal of Periodontology: doi:10.1902/jop.2010.090646. Posted online on February 10, 2010.

4 - Deo V, et al. Periodontitis as a potential risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a retrospective study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Oct-Dec;20(4):466-70.

5 - Desvarieux M, et al. Periodontal bacteria and hypertension: the oral infections and vascular disease epidemiology study (INVEST). Journal of Hypertension: HJH.0b013e328338cd36.

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Hate Swallowing All Those Supplements? There Is An Easier Way…

Most of us who are paying attention to our health these days end up taking a number of supplements at least once every day.  I don’t know about you, but I have always disliked trying to swallow all those capsules and tablets. 

I hated the way my throat will felt – lightly sand-papered.

I hated the occasional acid reflux I would experience after taking all those pills, one at a time.

Sometimes my discomfort built to such a level that I would simply skip my supplements. 

Maybe you can relate.  If you want to learn a better way, read on…

What if I told you that swallowing up to 7 pills all at once would be easier than the old way of taking them one at a time?  You’d say I was nuts, right?  Hang with me for a bit longer.

There are a couple of tricks to it, but this simple method absolutely works.  I use it several times each day to take my supplements.  It works!  And it has made it much easier and more pleasant for us to take our daily supplements.  I find it actually easier and less stressful to use this method to swallow up to 8 supplements at once than using my old method of swallowing them one at a time.  I expect you to be skeptical.  But if you try it, carefully following the directions below, I think you’ll be amazed to find that it works and is actually a much more pleasant way to take your supplements.

Here’s how:

The first step is to overcome your fear.  If you’re like me the idea of putting up to 7 pills in your mouth all at once and trying to swallow them is scary.  Here are a couple of simple measures to eradicate the fear.  (You probably only need to do this the first few times, then your record of success will replace any fear with confidence.)

First do this simple experiment with head position in relation to swallowing:  Keep your head in the level position, looking straight ahead.  Accumulate a batch of saliva in your mouth and swallow it.  Gather another mouthful of saliva.  This time tip your head back the way most of us do when trying to swallow pills.  Swallow the saliva. 

Did you notice how much more difficult it was to swallow the saliva with your head tipped back?  That is because when your head it tipped back your throat flattens, making it far more difficult to swallow anything.   So now we know that we need to hold our head level when swallowing.  This is counter-intuitive; you will need to pay attention to it until it becomes habit.

Next, we could use a little mental confidence to help convince us that we can really do this.  I got my initial confidence from the person who taught me this method, James Stevens, the founder of Jet Kinesiology.  (I’ll tell you a little more about him later in this article.)  James started by pointing out that 7 capsules or tablets is roughly equivalent to a typical mouthful of food that we are used to swallowing.  So this is not the stretch that it might at first seem to be.  He also shared with me that he taught his 4 year old daughter to do this, and she does it easily several times a day to take her supplements.  So, I say, out loud, “If James’ 4 year old daughter can do this so can I!”

Ready?  Let’s try it: 

    1.  Get your supplements out and arranged into groups of 7 tablets or capsules.

    2.  Take a good swallow of water to lubricate your esophagus.

    3.  Put up to 7 of your supplement pills in your mouth.

    4.  Without swallowing yet, take another mouthful of the water.

    5.  Swish the water and supplements around in your mouth for 2 or 3 seconds. 

                  (This softens them and makes them easier to swallow.)

     6.  Make sure your head is level and not tilted back.

     7.  Swallow the supplements along with the mouthful of water.

     8.  Take 3 more drinks of water to rinse your esophagus.

I was a little bit nervous about doing this the first few times I tried it.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how easy and comfortable it was.  I don’t think I’ll have any more trouble or resistance taking my supplements from now on.

I also want to share with you a little about James Stevens.  He is the founder of Jet Kinesiology, which is a system for very accurate and precise muscle testing.  His school  teaches people the Jet Kinesiology method.  I am currently studying this method to increase the accuracy and consistency of my muscle testing.  (For many years, I have used muscle testing to help myself, my family and my clients determine the best supplements, health regimens and more.)

I find the Jet Methods for testing and for learning how to do better and more accurate testing are elegant and precise.  I would encourage anyone who wants to empower themselves to take better control of their own health and to take advantage of the inherent wisdom of their own body to look into the Jet Kinesiology method.  Whether for your own use, or use in a professional practice, I think this is a very valuable approach.  Not only that, the lessons work and they are fun.  Here is the link to learn more:

www.jetkinesiology.com

Please feel free to share your feedback with me: jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

Also, if you know of anyone who regularly needs to take lots of pills, please feel free to share this post with them.  Think of all the pills that AIDS patients take if they are on conventional therapy.  Imagine how much easier this simple trick could make their lives…

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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U.S. Scores Dead Last Again In Healthcare Study

I hate to be the bearer of bad news.  However, I feel compelled to re-post this article.  My hope is that if enough informed and concerned citizens keep hammering on this issue, eventually there will be a groundswell of outrage, which will fuel the political will to fix this travesty.   Please become informed and join the increasing numbers of people who are sick of this and demand a real change. 

To your health!

Jeff Bell

By Maggie Fox, Reuters, June 24th, 2010 6:48 AM

Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.

 The United States ranked last when compared to six other countries — Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, the Commonwealth Fund report found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patient laments being foolish enough to live in U.S.

“As an American it just bothers me that with all of our know-how, all of our wealth, that we are not assuring that people who need healthcare can get it,” Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis told reporters in a telephone briefing.

Previous reports by the nonprofit fund, which conducts research into healthcare performance and promotes changes in the U.S. system, have been heavily used by policymakers and politicians pressing for healthcare reform.

Davis said she hoped health reform legislation passed in March would lead to improvements.

The current report uses data from nationally representative patient and physician surveys in seven countries in 2007, 2008, and 2009. It is available here

In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey.

Australians spent $3,357, Canadians $3,895, Germans $3,588, the Netherlands $3,837 and Britons spent $2,992 per capita on health in 2007. New Zealand spent the least at $2,454.

This is a big rise from the Fund’s last similar survey, in 2007, which found Americans spent $6,697 per capita on healthcare in 2005, or 16 percent of gross domestic product.

“We rank last on safety and do poorly on several dimensions of quality,” Schoen told reporters. “We do particularly poorly on going without care because of cost. And we also do surprisingly poorly on access to primary care and after-hours care.”

NETHERLANDS RANKED FIRST OVERALL

The report looks at five measures of healthcare — quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives.

Britain, whose nationalized healthcare system was widely derided by opponents of U.S. healthcare reform, ranks first in quality while the Netherlands ranked first overall on all scores, the Commonwealth team found.

U.S. patients with chronic conditions were the most likely to say they gotten the wrong drug or had to wait to learn of abnormal test results.

“The findings demonstrate the need to quickly implement provisions in the new health reform law,” the report reads.

Critics of reports that show Europeans or Australians are healthier than Americans point to the U.S. lifestyle as a bigger factor than healthcare. Americans have higher rates of obesity than other developed countries, for instance.

“On the other hand, the other countries have higher rates of smoking,” Davis countered. And Germany, for instance, has a much older population more prone to chronic disease.

Every other system covers all its citizens, the report noted and said the U.S. system, which leaves 46 million Americans or 15 percent of the population without health insurance, is the most unfair.

“The lower the performance score for equity, the lower the performance on other measures. This suggests that, when a country fails to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, it also fails to meet the needs of the average citizen,” the report reads.

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Please get involved in this crucial issue.  It affects our health, our freedom and it touches just about everyone and every aspect of our lives.  I am not endorsing specific organizations and/or grass-roots movements.  Please do your own due diligence to find the ones that represent your views and that act with integrity.  Following the money is always a great test. 

Thank you!

Jeff Bell

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Can You Enjoy Great Health And Still Have A Life?

We all want to enjoy the best health that we can for as long as possible.  But what does that really mean?

There are people who spend just about every waking moment working on their health.  Yoga masters come to mind.  They are truly amazing examples of vibrant health.  Many of them live to be very, very old, and enjoy great health right up to the end of their lives.

But most of us do not wish to spend all of our time working on our health.  Nor would this be practical for most of us – we would have no free time left to spend with our families, to earn our livings, or even to have some fun. 

Each month I receive at least 5 offers for some “critical” health thing or another that I “must” do.  I get offers for this or that kind of “life-saving” screening; I get trial offers for the current best superfood in the world, for a new-fangled exercise program that is better than all the others combined, and so on.  If I were to embrace all these health offers I would end up with no time for the rest of my life, and I would be spending thousands of dollars each month on my health.   

I am not alone in being bombarded with all this “health input”.  Just this past week several of my newer clients told me that they were concerned about doing it all perfectly and not missing anything.  And layered under the questions were little clouds of guilt because they might be deviating from their ideal health plan.

Their concerns prompted me to explain my approach and the principles behind it.   Hence this blog post:

In managing my own health I strive for balance.  This seems to be a requirement in most areas of life, and health is certainly no exception.  I want to invest a reasonable amount of time, effort and money in my own health, being careful to get the best results that I can for my investment.  I want to leave plenty of time and resources free for the other things in my life that are important to me.

I start by identifying the health priorities that apply to me.  For example, I have some food allergies, so there are foods I must avoid.  Then my body seems to need a certain, minimum amount of physical activity for me to feel good and to sleep well.  Some people seem to be able to eat a fair amount of sugar and still feel well and remain healthy.  I am not among that group, so I need to go to limit my sugars.  Then there are certain foods and supplements that I seem to need.  For example, if I go for very long without enough omega 3 oil, my joints can begin to ache and my energy level becomes uneven.  I also need to supplement my reproductive hormones or they go out of balance.  And so on.

In terms of time spent caring for my particular body, I notice that I tend to have very good natural strength, but not good flexibility.  So I do not need to spend any time on strengthening exercises, but I do need to spend time maintaining my flexibility.  These are just some examples of the priorities that I have identified as applying to my own health.

I do need to spend some time maintaining my aerobic fitness.  Because I use Dr. Al Sears’ remarkably efficient and effective P.A.C.E. system I can maintain my aerobic fitness in under 2 hours per week.  That sounds astonishing, but I assure you that it is true.  Look for my blog about P.A.C.E. within the next few days.  It is a real breakthrough, especially for those who do not like to spend 6 or more hours a week in the gym. 

The overall approach that I follow is to identify my health priorities, devise practical ways to address them, being careful to be realistic.  I avoid making promises to myself that I am not likely to keep.  Breaking such promises to myself undermines my self-confidence, sabotages my will and creates stress and other emotional and even physical problems. 

I also avoid being overly fanatical, preferring “health guidelines” to “health rules”.  For example, although I do not do it often, I occasionally enjoy a small amount of some dessert that I really like.  I do not do this often, nor do I indulge in large quantities.  And when I do enjoy such treats, I make sure they are the best quality I can find, and I squeeze all the joy I can out of the experience. 

Lastly, I avoid guilt like the plague.  Guilt has got to be one of the most corrosive emotions common to the human experience.  I guess if I were to commit some heinous act, it would serve a purpose for me to feel guilty.  Anticipating the guilt might discourage me from committing the act in the first place.  And experiencing the guilt would deter me from repeating it.  Other than that, I think guilt is primarily a highly destructive force in the Universe.  I feel the same way about shame.

So if I fall off the wagon, I don’t beat myself up for it.  I just figure out the appropriate corrections and get on with enjoying my life.

In summary, here’s what I do:

1.  I determine my health priorities.

2.  I find the best strategies and practices to address them.

3.  I do my best to follow the practices in my day-to-day life.

4.  I evaluate my progress and results and make course corrections and adjustments.

5.  Periodically I consult an expert health colleague to get an outside point of view, and to learn of new breakthroughs.

6.  I review my health priorities to see if they have changed or need adjustment.

Notice the distinction between 1 and 2, above.  In 1, I refer to “health priorities”.  These are the results that I want.  For example, increased fitness or eliminating joint pain, better sleep, etc. are results.  In point 2, I am identifying the strategies, techniques or practices, that I will use to achieve my priority results.  For example, the P.A.C.E. program is a system for increasing my aerobic and overall fitness.  It is not a health priority.  Rather, it is a practice for achieving one of my health priorities. 

It will be helpful to keep this distinction in mind when you make your health list.

Most importantly, I enjoy each day, finding as many reasons as I can to appreciate this marvelous gift called life.

To your wonderful health and joy!

Jeff Bell

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Where Did The Gray Go?

A few months ago I was standing in front of the mirror, brushing my teeth when I noticed that my hair was about 60% gray.  I’d been sneaking up on 60 so I was not surprised at the gray in my hair.  The gray did not bother me as I have never paid much attention to such things.  They have always seemed superficial to me.

About the same time I joined a self-funded, grass-roots health study, organized to observe the results of using Organic Sulfur as a supplement.  The “Cellualr Matrix Study” is based on the fact that our industrial agriculture system has very significantly depleted our soil.  As a result most of our agricultural products are deficient in the natural sulfur that they would otherwise have.   This sulfur is an essential f0r life.

The sulfur was an abundant and bio-available component of the soil before the advent of chemical fertilizers and other non-organic agricultural methods.  The produce grown on the “pre-industrial” soil was therefore abundant in bio-available sulfur.  So was the meat raised by grazing on the grasses that grew on this sulfur-rich pre-industrial soil.

Sulfur is a requirement for most of the critical chemical functions that our bodies perform.  Everything from new cell growth to cellular metabolic functions to detoxification by the liver requires adequate sulfur to be performed properly.  When the amount of sulfur available to the body is too low, all of these functions and more, suffer.  The impacts on health are often profound.

I joined the “Cellular Matrix Study” organic sulfur study primarily to find out what affects it would have on my own health.  And I am always interested in doing what I can to further the study of what many call “natural health”.  Natural Health is based on the use of natural nutritional supplements and the like.  It includes improving our nutritional habits and health behaviors.  This is in contrast to allopathic medicine, which primarily depends on drugs to manipulate the body towards the elimination of diseases or all too often merely the suppression of their symptoms.

At the time that I joined the study I was not focused on any specific health issues for myself.  Nonetheless, about a month after I started using the organic sulfur I noticed that I was sleeping more soundly, especially in wee hours of the morning.  I also noticed that my usual mid-afternoon energy dips that have been a “normal” part of my life were greatly diminished.  I still experienced a dip on most days, but it was a minor energy level dip, especially compared to what I had come to expect as just a “normal” part of my life.

I also noticed that my vision was improving.  I have worn glasses for mid-distance activities for since adolescence.  I have needed glasses for any computer work since I started using them in 1978.  These days I use my computer without my glasses about half the time.  My vision still seems to be gradually improving.  Of course, I cannot prove that the sulfur is responsible for this improvement, but I also cannot think of anything else to attribute it to.  Others in the study have reported similar improvements to their vision, sleep, and many other aspects of health.

I still am not particularly concerned about the color, (or lack of it) of my hair.  However, the reason many of us experience increased gray and even white in our hair as we age is that our bodies begin to suffer more and more from the lack of essential nutritional building blocks for health.  So the fading of hair color is a reliable indicator of increasing deficiencies, which also have a profound effect on our overall health.

My hair was mostly gray just a few months ago.  Now there are just a few hints of  gray to be seen.  I am certain that the organic sulfur is the reason.  I have made no other significant changes in my daily living.  It is quite rare for hair color to return once it is gone.  As an indicator of the health affects of the sulfur this is very exciting.  This is both important and exciting as the pigmentation of our hair is a good indicator of the metabolic resourcefulness of our bodies.  So the natural return of hair color from my younger days is a reliable indicator that my body’s metabolism is in better shape and that my body has more of what it needs and less of what is does not.

Also, for those who dye their hair this should be very encouraging news.  Not only is it a nuisance to have to re-dye one’s hair every few months as it grows out, but it can become expensive.  And in most cases anyone dyeing their hair is exposing themselves to very dangerous chemicals.  There is growing evidence that almost all commercially available hair coloring preparations contain chemicals that are surprisingly dangerous to long-term health.

So, if for no other reason than to say goodbye to hair dye, it may be worth your while to find out more about organic sulfur.  Of course, the potential is there for many more profound health benefits.  You may even want to join The Cellular Matrix Study.  (There is no charge to join the study.)

Almost all organic sulfur intended to be used as either a topical agent or a dietary supplement is in the form of MethylSulphonylMethane (MSM) – checmical formula (CH3)2SO2.  I’m sure most have heard of or even tried MSM.  And most who have tried it have been disappointed in the results.  The reason is simply that almost all the MSM on the market does not work.  It turns out that making MSM that the body can actually absorb and use is a bit tricky.  Over the years I have tried nearly 50 different MSM supplements and products.  So far, I have found only a very few that  work well as topical agents, (used in conjunction with DMSO), and just 2 that work as dietary supplements.

Here is a link to more information as well as purchasing information for the pure Organic Sulfur that I have been able to find.  It works extremely well for both the traditional topical uses as well as use as a way to make up for the missing organic sulfur in our diets.   If you are ready to give it a try you can either learn more or get your initial supply of pure, properly-made Organic Sulfur with this link.

Note: The Organic Sulfur that we offer is from “The Cellular Matrix Study”. With more than 100,000 study members, world-wide, “The Cellular Matrix Study” is the world’s largest human health study of the effects of Organic Sulfur and sulfur deficiencies.

Although the Organic Sulfur in pure crystal form that we offer is technically Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, we do not refer to it by the over-used name: “MSM”. This is because almost all forms of MSM on the market are either of very limited efficacy or not effective at all. A few are not even safe.

Reasons for this are explained in detail in the Organic Sulfur posts on this site.

Here is a simple test that you can use to disqualify most of the MSM on the market: If you dissolve some of the MSM product in plain drinking water and then let the water evaporate, and crystals are not formed as the water evaporates you can rest assured that the MSM will not be effective. Unfortunately, even if crystals do form that does not guarantee that the MSM will be effective. But this test will disqualify most of the MSM on the market.

The  Organic Sulfur we offer on this site is private labeled in order to help get you the best possible price and to assist you in confirming that it is from the highest quality source possible, (The Cellular Matrix Study.)

If you have questions or comments, please post them below.

Or, if you want to learn a bit more about The Cellular Matrix Study and its founder, Patrick McGean, check out this link:  http://www.encognitive.com/node/1123

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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“PACE: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution”

Are you finding it increasingly difficult to set aside the time to maintain or improve your fitness? 

You are not alone!  I experience the shortage of time, myself.  And all day long I talk with people who are grappling with the same frustration.  With everything it seems we need to do these days, it has become really tough for most of us to stay fit, let alone increase our fitness.

Yet, we all know that maintaining good overall fitness, and especially cardio fitness is a critical key to enjoying a long and healthy life.  Not only that, our level of physical fitness profoundly affects our mental and emotiuonal fitness.

A couple of years ago I was introduced to the revolutionary fitness research of Dr. Al Sears, M.D.   His P.A.C.E. program, which stands for “Progressively Accelerating Cardiopulmonary Exertion”, turns most of the conventional wisdom about fitness on  its head. 

And yet, there are too many people using it and having great success with it to dismiss it.  Not only does it allow one to achieve and maintain high levels of fitness in a fraction of the time required by conventional programs, but it also seems to result in much higher overall levels of fitness for many who use it. 

In the nutshell the principles that underly Dr. Sears PACE program are simply these:

1.  Human beings evolved over a few million years without the need to run for long periods of time.  Rather, short periods of high speed were required to catch our prey ro to avoid becoming prey.

2.  Long periods of exertion at a moderate level, (what is commonly known as the “aerobic target zone”), actually seem to shrink the heart and lungs and decrease their capacity.  In contrast, much shorter periods of much higher exertion levels expand the heart and lungs and increase their capacity.

In this clear, well-written book, Dr. Sears lays out his case.  If you are sufficiently convinced to give it a try, you will also find the clear and complete instructions you need to put together your own ideal program. 

Perhaps this sounds too good to be true, but by employing the PACE methods you really can achieve and maintain excellent fitness by spending less than 1/2 hour a day. 

Quite amazing!  Check it out.   Pace: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution

To your health and fitness!

Jeff Bell

If you decide to give this a try, please comment on this post, or e-mail me with your story:  jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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Super Reading That Actually Works !

Over many years I have read literally thousands of books, articles, research papers and the like.  I still spend 50 or more hours each month reading the latest health research books and papers.  I do this so that I can better help you, my clients.

From time-to-time I have come across a programs that were supposed to dramatically increase my reading speed.  The claims have usually been impressive.  And the most attractive of the speed reading programs have promised to increase both comprehension and retention, as well.  Wow! 

Imagine really being able to read 3 or 4 times faster, understand better, and even remember better.  Who wouldn’t want that, especially in today’s  world of information overload?

I see these programs and am generally skeptical.  But occasionally I try one of them.  Most of them have some sort of guarantee, or they cost little enough and sound good enough to be worth the risk. 

I have known for a long time that it is possible because I have run into people who really do read very much faster than I and who seem to understand and recall as well or better. 

Until recently the programs I have tried have not worked for me.  But I hadn’t given up because the benefits were so enticing.

I finally found one that works!  In almost no time at all, just a few days of spending about 10 minutes each day practicing a simple change to my reading technique, I have already doubled my speed.  So far, I am not sure if my comprehension has really gone up or not, but at least I am sure it has not gone down.  And the program’s creator promised that it would.  If it just stays the same, I am already a winner with the speed increase I have already experienced.  I have a feeling my speed will increase even more in the near future. 

If this sounds good to you, check it out.   Click Here!   I am only recommending their least expesnive program at this page.  See below for details.

Be aware of one thing:  I think the main program that the above link will take you to is very reasonably priced, well worth it, and that it really works.  At least it is workkng for me and for several other people I know who are using it.  However, there is also a link on the same page to a much more complex and expensive program.  I am not endorsing that more expensive program.  I have not tried it and I have no idea if it works and if it is worthwhile.  It may be or it may not.  I never endorse anything that I have not tried, or at least personally and thoroughly investigated.  No exception, here.

I know that one of the ways I can reduce my own stress is to offset the effects of information overload.  This is a great tool to help me do so.

If you decide to try this, please let me know how it works for you. Send me an e-mail – jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Suffering From Alergy Or Cold Symptoms? Read This!

Lately I’ve been hearing from people who have runny noses, stuffed noses and sinuses or other common symptoms of allergies and colds.  Obviously, they would like relief from the symptoms but don’t want the side-effects that almost all anti-histamines and other pharmaceutical cold products cause.  They all seem to have them, whether over-the-counter or prescription.  Further, long-term use of them is risky in terms of overall health.

So what to do?  Buy shares in Kleenex?  Endure the discomfort of a stuffed up nose and sinus headaches and pressure?

Not necessarily.  There’s a safe and effective remedy I have used for decades.  It works at least as well as any commercial cold product I have ever tried.  It is inexpensive.  There are no known side-effects.  In fact, it actually enhances overall health in a number of ways, including helping to cleanse the liver.

What’s this magic remedy?  It’s nettle leaf.  For centuries indigenous people have brewed teas from nettle leaf, prepared it in various other ways, and used it for overall health and as a remedy for specific ailments.

The actual name is: “stinging nettle”, or “urtica dioica”.  But don’t worry, you won’t be stung by it.  It is one of the safest herbal remedies that I know of. 

It is easy to use and is effective for most people.  There are many manufacturers of various nettle leaf preparations, including teas and the like.  Over the years I have tried a great number of them.  And my clients have tried still more. 

We keep coming back to the one that seems to work the best.  That is the fresh freeze-dried nettle leaf capsules made by Eclectic Institute.  This seems to be the clear winner for effectiveness.  It is generally available in most health food stores and should be very easy to find.  It is also quite inexpensive. 

Be aware, there are other brands and other preparations, and some may be effective, but most that I have tried do not come close to the consistent effectiveness of Eclectic Institute’s Nettle Leaf.

The directions say to take 1 to 3 capsules a day.  That may be fine for overall health. 

When I have a cold or allergies and want to dry up the excess mucus quickly, I take 3 capsules with a glass of good drinking water.  I wait about 2 hours and repeat.  I do this up to 3 or 4 times a day for up to several days.  That is a lot to take, but I have never had any problem with it, nor do I know of anyone else who has.   And it sure gets the job done.

Of course, if you have a cold or are starting to get one, there are other things to do, in addition to taking the nettle leaf, in order to more quickly get rid of the cold.  These include increasing vitamin C, making sure your vitamin D level is optimum, and numerous other things.  (You can find posts on this site that explain many of these other measures.) 

And if you are dealing with excess mucus due to allergies, then finding ways to lesson the exposure to the allergen makes sense. 

But while you are taking steps to resolve the cause of the excess mucus or stuffiness, using Nettle Leaf to greatly reduce the symptoms can really help.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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How’s Your Vitamin D Level?

On November 1st of 2009 I posted a blog entry about the importance of vitamin D for a properly functioning immune system, as well as for a number of other crucial body functions.

Since that blog post there have been a number of articles, research papers and the like about vitamin D and just how crucial it is to health.  

Vitamin D is not really a vitamin.  Rather it is actually a hormone.  It regulates a number of very important functions in the body, including the immune system.

Since vitamin D regulates the immune system, if you are deficient in vitamin D, then you will be more vulnerable to infections, as well as any diseases that the immune system normally protects you from. 

By the same token, you don’t want your vitamin D level to be too high.  That can lead to its own set of problems. 

Given our modern lifestyles, in which most of us do not spend much time with sunlight on our bodies, which stimulates them to manufacture vitamin D, it is a given that most of us are deficient in this critical substance.  So most of us do need to supplement the vitamin D levels in our bodies. 

However, since we do not want either too much or too little, we first need to know what our un-supplemented levels are.  The best way to determine this is through a capillary blood test.  This is a very simple blood test that your doctor can order for you.  Or you can even do it yourself.

Here’s how I do it myself and how you can too: 

Join the vitamin D research project founded and run by Grass Roots Health. 

I joined this exciting research project to help further this much needed research.  As a participant in this research project anyone can get tested, using the best test currently available.  the recommended interval is twice a year.  The cost for each test, if you are part of the research study is $65.00.  This is for the preferred of the two available vitamin D tests, the:  What’s more, no doctor’s visit is required.  The staff of the research project takes care of the test requisition for you.  They use a nationally recognized and highly regarded lab, ZRT Labs

The cost is $65.00 twice a year for the testing as long as you are a participant.  The sample can be taken in your own home.  It’s easy and it’s a safe way to optimize your vitamin D level, which will dramatically improve your immune function.

At the time that I wrote my November 2009 blog post about this, the cost was only $40.00 for each test.  The tests for the study, and for your health, as well, should be done every 6 months.  Since then the cost has increased to $65.00 per test if you do it as a participant in the study.  However, because you can do it without a doctor’s visit or test requisition, I think it is still a very good deal.

 Here’s the Web Address to join the program: 

https://www.grassrootshealth.net/questionnaire-welcome?c=1&js=1

If you prefer not to join the Vitamin D research project you can simply order a test kit here.  The test is more expensive that way, but it may be more convenient.  You do not even need to get a requisition signed by a doctor.  You can easily use the kit and prepare the sample from the convenience of your own home.  

It is possible that you can look around and find a test for less, but by the time you add the cost of getting a doctor to sign for it, that may not pay.  If you do get your test elsewhere be sure it is a genuine test for accurate blood levels of vitamin D following these guidelines:

There are two vitamin D blood spot tests: 1,25(OH)D and 25(OH)D. 25(OH)D is the better marker of overall D status.

The correct test is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D.  Click the button below to buy your test kit directly from Labrix, a nationally recognized, high-standard lab.


To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Holding Congress Accountable – What You Can Do Now!

An Idea Whose Time Has Come!

This will take less than thirty seconds to read.   If you agree, please pass it on.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.  Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment), while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.

The latest was to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that was just passed into law for all of us.  Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical.  We must not have an elite that is above the law.  I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever.  The self-serving must stop.  This is a good way to do that.  It is an idea whose time has come.

Each of us can contact a minimum of Twenty people on our Address List and  in turn ask each of those we contact to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.  This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

If you agree with this idea, please copy the text of this post and paste it into your e-mail so that you can spread the word and help build this as a lightning-fast movement to protect our freedom and restore a good measure of health and wealth justice to the workings of our government.

I did not come up with this.  A good friend and colleague passed it on to me tonight, and I thought it was such a great idea and so important that I passed it on to just about everyone in my e-mail list that I thought would be the least bit receptive.  I also stopped what I was doing, (some important health research), to post this here in this blog so that more people could jump in and do their part to fix our government by grabbing this message and passing it on to their lists.

To your health, freedom and the restoration of a more just government!

Jeff Bell

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URGENT! Call To Action – Our Health Freedom At Risk, Courtesy Of Washington, DC !

The rascals in Washington, DC that are supposedly there to represent us and look out for us are at it again!

Failed Presidential candidate, Senator John McCain is doing his best to ram legislation through the U.S. Senate, which will place draconian restrictions on our freedom to buy vitamins and supplements and to exercise similar health choices that we have enjoyed for the entire history of the United Stated of America. 

I know this is hard to believe, and many people that I have been telling about this respond by saying, “Oh!  That will never happen here!”  I hope they are right, but I don’t feel this is a time to sit complacently by and leave such a crucial issue to chance, nor to the questionable motives of the U.S. Congress.  There is simply too much at stake!

Imagine not being able to purchase vitamin C without a prescription from a Medical Doctor!  I know this is hard to imagine.  But there are countries in the European Union where this is already reality, and if McCain and Harken have their way, it will be here, as well. 

Actually, there are two bills that both if signed into law could drastically reduce our freedom to make health choices.  And in fashioon that would make George Orwell, (of “Big Brother” fame), proud, they have been givne names that make them sound like they intended to improve our health safety.  Do you believe that?  I don’t have to assure you that I do not.  Here are the names:

John McCain’s “Supplement Safety” bill S 3002 and Tom Harkin’s “Food Safety” bill S 502.

The Natural Solutions Health Foundation has already launched a campaign to inform the public of the true nature of these assaults on our freedoms, and to circulate a petition and e-mail camp;aign to let these rascals know that we will not stand for this. 

I think they have done such a good job that in the interest of not wasting duplicate efforts, I am including their e-mail here:  (I hope you will join me in taking action on this one.  If there is even a remote chance that these fascist laws could become the law of the land, we must stop them.)  Please consider this and take action if you agree that this threat must be stopped:

What Do You Call 1.1 Million Emails
To Protect Our Supplements and Clean, Unadulterated Food?

A Good START!  
QUICK!    CLICK HERE NOW:

http://bit.ly/hQXXn 

(Once there, read as much as you want to or need to and then scroll down on their site to take action.)

ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE GROWING ROAR OF FOOD FREEDOM! 

Tom Harkin’s fake “Food Safety” bill, S 510 and John McCain’s fake “Supplement Safety” bill S 3002 are dangerous to your heath and deadly to your freedom!
 
How to stop them? Generate Huge Opposition and GROW it by dissemination! We are pleased to say that about 16 health freedom and consumer groups have followed our lead and taken up this battle.  That is wonderful. Our momentum and leadership are what you, and the other groups, rely on.  Our numbers are what the decision-makers respond to.
 

 Take Action Now for Each Member of Your Family and Pass It On to Everyone You Know

 You also can find links to the full text of both bills, as well as legislative analysis of thier probable impacts on the Natural Solutions site.

I would like to thank the dedicated folks at:

Natural Solutions Foundation
EmergencyHealth Freedom Action eAlert
The Voice of Global Health Freedom™
www.HealthFreedomUSA.org
www.GlobalHealthFreedom.org

for spearheading this crucial freedom-saving exercise in Democracy.

Please feel free to comment on this critical call to action – questions, comments, suggestions – all welcome whether in agreement with my views or not.  We honor free speech!

To your precious health and your precious freedom!

Jeff Bell

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Airports To Begin Strip-Searching All Passengers

You might want to take a minute to say goodbye to your personal liberties.  They’re flying right out the window — and, as usual, it’s all in the name of “protecting the public.”

You knew this was coming…After the failed terror attempt on Christmas day, the federal Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has decided to step up its security screenings.  Their solution?  Strip-search every passenger.  It’s not by hand, mind you, but it may as well be.

The TSA plans to begin using full-body X-ray scanners that would essentially strip passengers of their clothing — and their dignity.  With these new scanners, no details would be left to the imagination — which is just how the feds like it.

Yup, Big Brother is a big perv.

But I’m not sure which is worse:  The threat to your privacy or the threat to your health.

Like X-rays, the new machines use radiation to create these indecent exposures.  The experts claim that the low dose of radiation is perfectly safe — even for children and pregnant women.

Baloney.

Exposing pregnant women to radiation can lead to grossly disfigured babies or can even cause women to miscarry.  It’s no coincidence that five female security guards had miscarriages after working with these supposedly safe machines.

And it’s not much safer for adults.  Radiation can damage DNA and cause structural damage to your cells — both of which can lead to cancer.  In fact, Dr. John Gofman, Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, believes that 50 percent of all cancers are caused by the radiation from medical tests — the same ones meant to “protect” you by detecting cancer early!

Bottom line:  If you don’t want to be fried with ionizing radiation every time you fly — and if you’d rather not have airport workers paid to be peeping toms…you won’t stand for this outright invasion of your rights.

When it comes to these full-body X-rays, I don’t care how low the dose is.  There is no safe level of ionizing radiation.  Period.

Excerpt from a post by Dr. William Campbell Douglass II, M.D., from his “Daily Dose” e-mail newsletter, dated February 3, 2010.

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Order In The Court? How About Honesty In The Court?

 We’ve all heard the exhortation, “Order in the court!”, hollered by various justices.  I guess they have to do that to keep chaos at bay.

But I think it is time for a much more important phrase to be heard in loud ringing tones in the courts: 

“Honesty in the Court!” 

The recent Supreme Court decision to allow corporations to contribute without limit directly to political campaigns, is perhaps the second most serious blow to democracy struck by the court in the entire history of the United States of America. 

I think the absolute worst blow, and also, coincidentally the very worst decision ever was the one made by the Supreme Court in 1886.  Actually, this was not even a real Supreme Court decision.  Rather, the court clerk’s inaccurate notes led to the belief that the court had decided that in favor of “Corporate Personhood” in the case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad.  (See the link at the bottom of this blog post if you want the details of this horrible mistake that has lead the U.S. democracy downhill ever since 1886.)

This terrible error was then used as precident from then on, and has strangely enough never been corrected!

As I noted above, this last week’s decision in a 5 to 4 vote, affirming that it would be an infringement of their “personal rights” to limit the campaign contributions by corporations is one of many logical extensions of the original 1886 error and the precedent that arose from that error.

I cannot conceive of how any “justice”, who maintains that they are opposed to judicial activism, could possibly have decided to increase the “personhood-based rights” of corporations.  All of the current justices have adamently insisted that they are opposed to judicial activism during their confirmation hearings.  But how else to interpret this horrendous decision?   Unless, that is, the justices who voted in favor of this decision are in fact working for the corporations, despite their protests to the contrary. 

Free market be damned! 

To hell with judicial independence! 

So I call for “Honesty In The Court”.  Let’s clarify who the “justices” are working for.  Clearly not the blind lady outside the building, holding up the scale!

Scroll down to see who they must be working for.

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This is good for a laugh, and I highly recommend that you laugh as much as you can.  Better that than weep!

When you are done with the laughter, let me know what you think of the idea of a serious movement to impeach the 5 “justices” who voted for this treasonous decision.  If we care at all about saving our democracy, then I think that is something to seriously consider. 

I really want to here from you on this one.  I promise to post any and all comments, made in good faith, whether I agree with them or not.

To your health!  And to our country’s health!

Jeff Bell

P.S.  Here is the link to the sad story of the judicial error that has slowly poisoned our democracy since 1886: 

http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/personhood/santa_clara_vs_southern_pacific.html

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The Hazards Of Sugar – New Information – A Must Read !

For at least the last several decades it has been no great secret that limiting sugar intake is one of the most important things we can do to achieve and maintain good health.

Yet, despite this common knowledge, the U.S. is in the midst of an epidemic of obesity.  We are seeing unprecedented levels of adult onset diabetes, as well as other serious and chronic illnesses that are the direct result of too much sugar intake. 

Not only are these sugar-caused diseases shortening the life-spans of many of us and destroying our quality to life, but they also are driving health care costs through the roof. 

We are cajoled by the big media’s spin into blaming ourselves.  We hear over and over again that we are simply a nation of gluttons, intent on eating ourselves to death.  I hear people say things like, “If only I could eat less…but I have no self-discipline…” and many similar laments. 

But what if there is still some critical information that has been deliberately left out of the dialog?  What if we have been manipulated by the “big food industry” into including sugars that we don’t even know about in our everyday diets?

The link below is to Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D.’s commentary on a recent lecture about sugar by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D.  His commentary does such a terrific job of explaining the missing information on this critical health issue that I felt it was mandatory to re-post it here.  Thank you, Dr. Mercola!  

The commentary also includes the links to watch Dr. Lustig’s entire lecture on YouTube.  I highly recommend both.  Together they debunk the most dangerous disinformation we have been force-fed about sugar and healthy eating.  They replace the critical deceptions with real information that you can use immediately.

I promise that your viewing and reading time will be well spent.  You will learn startling new facts about sugar, nutrition and the shameless manipulation by the “big food industry” that has directly led to our nation’s health crisis. 

The information is shocking, but it is also empowering.  Once we know about and can see behind the deceptions, we can reclaim control over our health in this most crucial area.

I look forward to your comments and questions.

The Hazards Of Sugar by Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D. and Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Far Infra-Red Saunas by High Tech Health, International

For some time now I have been investigating Far Infrared saunas from different manufacturers.  Some years ago, when I first experienced the wonderful benefits of a Far Infrared Sauna, there were very few available, from only a couple of sources. 

Since then, the benefits have become much more widely known, and consequently there are now a number of sources.  The overall technology has improved and at least some manufacturers have taken advantage of the additional formal research as well as feedback from many people using these units, to improve their designs. 

This is a good thing.  But it also has made it more challenging to choose the right one.  Along with a divergence in technology, there has been a significant spread in pricing.  At the low end, one can find “bargain” Far Infrared Saunas designed for 2 people for around $1,200.00 (in the U.S.).  At the higher end, a two-person Far Infrared Sauna can cost $5,000.00 or more, (also U.S.)

Before I get into specific models and recommendations, let me take moment to explain the difference between conventional saunas and Far Infrared saunas.  Most of us are familiar with conventional saunas.   In those, there is a bed of hot rocks, which radiate the heat to heat up the air in the whole sauna, typically anywhere from 140 degrees Fahrenheit on up to as high as 170.  The air, in turn, heats your body.  In addition, it is customary in many conventional saunas to pour water on the hot rocks, generating steam.  This makes them more effective. 

Many people find conventional saunas quite stressful.  Some do not enjoy trying to breath the hot air.  And I generally do not recommend them for people who are ill. 

In contrast, the Far Infrared sauna works by having emitters, or “Far Infrared heaters”, which generate Far Infrared rays, that penetrate deeply into the body.  These help the body to release toxins, stimulate blood and lymphatic flow, and help muscles to relax.  They do NOT depend on heating the air inside the sauna.  The air gets warm as a side-effect of the emitters, but it does not get hot, nor does it need to.  In fact, many people who do not like the heat at all, leave the door open on their Far Infrared saunas and still get the full benefit. 

Some people have not enjoyed saunas because being in a small, closed room makes them feel uncomfortable.  Since you can even leave the door open in a Far Infrared sauna this is not a problem with them.  In fact some Far Infrared saunas even have  fan so that you get plenty of cool, fresh air as you enjoy your sauna.  This does not seem to detract from the health benefits one bit. 

Until now I have not felt ready to recommend any specific Far Infrared Sauna.  Delving into the engineering of them is truly a complex and involved endeavor.  Quite a bit of physics and advanced cellular and micro biology are involved.

I have finally put enough time and research into this complex subject to feel confident in a recommendation:

I believe that the Far Infrared Sauna line by High Tech Health, International, is an excellent product line that encompasses superb engineering, is well fabricated, and offers some outstanding health features at a reasonable price. 

Their two-person unit at $3,495.00 plus shipping, is in the mid-price range.  But it is clearly in the upper end from a quality and feature standpoint.

The differences in the actual far infra-red heating elements among different manufacturers are quite widespread.  And the resulting differences in health affects can very significant.  The most important health aspect of the heating elements is that they must be designed, fabricated and made from materials that result in an element that does not put out a lot of EMF, which is not good for living things, including human beings.  Without going into the physics, I’ll just say that the heating elements designed and manufactured by High Tech Health, International are done right.  A number of manufacturers use questionable approaches and questionable materials in the manufacturing of their heating elements.  This could create its own set of health risks.  You needn’t worry about this when it comes to the heating elements from High Tech Health. 

An interesting and unique feature of the High Tech Health Far Infra-Red Sauna is that it is constructed from poplar wood.  Almost all others are constructed from cedar wood.  When I asked their engineering staff why they made the choice to use poplar wood, here’s what they told me:  Cedar wood has been a traditional material for both conventional and Far Infrared Saunas for as long as they have been around.  The reason is that cedar is highly rot resistant and weather resistant.  This is desirable in a sauna that is out in the weather, being rained on and fully exposed to the elements.  However, there is a price to be paid for this weather resistance.  The very same organic chemicals that are naturally occurring in the cedar wood and that make it resistant to weather damage also are somewhat toxic to humans, and also more likely to provoke allergenic reactions.  While the toxin is not strong enough to have dramatic effects for most people, it can and does put a load on the immune system, and so at least some of the health benefits are offset for most people. 

With conventional sauna technology there is good reason to locate the sauna as a stand-alone building, or otherwise well isolated from living quarters.  They generate and use a significant amount of conventional heat.  In contrast, Far Infra-Red Saunas use an electrically-generated radiant energy that is very close to light in characteristics.  There is very little actual heat involved.  So there is no need to isolate a Far Infra-Red Sauna from other structures. 

In fact, the very first time I ever used a Far Infra-Red Sauna, it was located in the spare bedroom of the house.  It had been assembled right there, set directly on the carpeted floor of the bedroom, and there was no extra insulation or anything isolating it from the rest of the house.  It did not cause the rest of the house to heat up.  And it was quite convenient as the shower was right next to the spare bedroom.  It turns out that placing Far Infrared Saunas in a spare room, or in a dual-use room, is actually quite common.   Lots of people do this and find it works out very well.

And although some people do place their Far Infrared Saunas outdoors, most are located under a patio roof or other partial protection.  So using cedar is not required.

So why use poplar wood?  Well, I’ve pointed out why cedar may not be such a good choice because of the significant health problems that can result.  Poplar wood is as close to neutral as possible, in terms of allergy factors, as well as other negative health effects.

Overall, I believe that the Far Infra-Red Saunas from High Tech Health, International are excellent, and represent a truly good choice and a good value. I am confident that the health benefits will be more than worth while.

High Tech Health now offers saunas in sizes from 1-person on up to 4-person.   The High Tech Health Far Infrared saunas come as a set of modules that can be easily assembled in less than a half hour.   You can set your sauna up indoors or on a covered patio.  All sizes are 73 1/2″ high.  The 1-person model is 36 1/4″ wide by 36 3/8″ deep; the 2-person model is: 49″ wide by 40 1/2″ deep; the 3-person model is 60 1/2″ wide by 44 1/2″ deep; the 4-person model is 70 1/2″ wide by 49 1/2″ deep.  All but the 4-person model operate on 120 volts or can be special-ordered to operate on 220 volts.  The 4-person model requires a 220 volt circuit. 

We have a High Tech Health Far INfraredsauna, which I use nearly every night.  I know that it is helping me to keep my body as free as possible of toxins.  It feels great to take a nice sauna after a hard workout or a day of hard work.  I find that I recover from whatever the stresses are if I take a sauna.  In short, I love it.  I sleep better after a Far Infrared sauna.  It also boosts the immune system.  (Far Infrared saunas are standard equipment in all of the best German medical clinics.)  If I start to feel a cold coming on, I take 2 Far Infrared saunas a day and I don’t get the cold!  It is one of the best health investments I have ever made. 

To find out more, click here: Far Infrared Sauna.  This link takes you to an overview page.  For still more information click the Request Info TAB in the top menu bar.

If you do contact High Tech Health for more information, please let them know that I referred you.  That will entitle you to a substantial discount should you choose to purchase one of their saunas. 

Or feel free to e-mail me with your questions.  jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Foods To Never Touch

Doctor_MercolaIt is rare that I post an article from another source here on this site.  Mostly I don’t find too many that I agree with sufficiently to post them in their entirety.  This is an exception.  I found the following article from Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D. to be excellent.  I agree with nearly everything in it.  And I feel that anyone who reads it and utilizes the information will get real value.  So here it is for your health!  -  Jeff Bell

                 Please feel free to comment.

 The 7 Foods Experts Won’t Eat
Posted by: Dr. Mercola
December 29 2009 | 4,884 views

1. Canned Tomatoes – The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Acidity — a prominent characteristic of tomatoes — causes BPA to leach into your food.

2. Corn-Fed Beef – The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of books on sustainable farming

Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. A recent comprehensive study found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

3. Microwave Popcorn – The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize — and migrate into your popcorn.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes – The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.

5. Farmed Salmon – The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany

Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.

6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones – The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.

7. Conventional Apples – The expert: Mark Kastel, codirector of the Cornucopia Institute

If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.

Sources:

Yahoo Shine November 24, 2009

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

This is one of the best “foods to avoid” lists I’ve seen come out of the mainstream media. It is very rare when this happens, but I agree with every food on this list.

The reality is that most food nowadays is far from pure. Pesticide residues have been detected in 50 percent to 95 percent of all commercially grown U.S. foods, and that is only one type of toxin.

Babies are actually born toxic due to the toxic load of their mothers, some of which comes from dietary contaminants and food additives. One study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides, and Teflon chemicals!

The list above is a great starting point to cleaning up your diet, but focusing on organically grown, biodynamic whole foods is really the key to success here.

I want to expand on some of the toxic foods mentioned above, as well as add a few more to the list, so you can significantly reduce your exposure to toxins in the foods you eat.

Why Fresh is Better Than Canned

Many leading brands of canned foods contain BPA — a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems.

According to Consumer Reports’ testing, just a couple of servings of canned food can exceed the safety limits for daily BPA exposure for children.

The current US federal guidelines put the daily upper limit of “safe” exposure at 50 micrograms of BPA per kilogram of body weight. You should know, however, that even low-level exposure to BPA can be hazardous to your health, and Consumer Reports’ testing found that eating popular canned foods may expose you to excessive amounts of BPA:

• Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans had BPA levels ranging from 35.9 ppb to as much as 191 ppb
• Progresso Vegetable Soup had BPA levels ranging from 67 to 134 ppb
• Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup had BPA levels ranging from 54.5 to 102 ppb

So, ideally avoid canned foods entirely and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or switch over to brands that use glass containers instead.

Grass-Fed is the Healthy Choice for Beef

Grass-fed beef is vastly superior to grain-fed beef, and in fact it’s the clear beef of choice you should be eating. It is far more important to choose grass-fed than to choose organic, as most grass-fed beef are also organic
Not only is it raised in a more sustainable way for the environment and a more humane way for the animal, but it’s the superior choice for your health.

Grass-fed beef, for instance, is lower in fat than regular beef and, more importantly, contains higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid. Grass-fed animals have from three to five times more CLA than grain-fed animals.

CLA has been making headlines for its extreme health benefits, which include:

• Fighting cancer and diabetes
• Helping you lose weight
• Increasing your metabolic rate, a positive benefit for promoting normal thyroid function
• Helping you maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels
• Enhancing your immune system

Keep in mind that grass-fed meat is almost always preferable to certified organic meat also because most organic beef is fed organic corn, which is what causes the myriad of health problems associated with eating beef. If you can find organic, grass-fed meat, that would be ideal.

What You Need to Know About Milk

I strongly recommend you avoid milk that has the added growth hormone rBGH.
Samuel Epstein, MD, a scientist at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, is one of the top experts on cancer prevention, and he has been speaking out against rBGH in milk, the so-called “crack for cows,” for years.
For starters, Dr. Epstein points out that rBGH milk is “supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), excess levels of which have been incriminated as major causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.”
But that’s not all.

“This milk is qualitatively and quantitatively different from natural milk,” states Dr. Epstein. “In addition to the issue of increased IGF-1 levels, these differences include:

• Contamination of milk by the GM hormone rBGH
• Contamination by pus and antibiotics resulting from the high incidence of mastitis in rBGH-injected cows
• Contamination with illegal antibiotics and drugs used to treat mastitis and other rBGH-induced disease
• Increased concentration of the thyroid hormone enzyme thyroxin-5′-monodeiodinase
• Increased concentration of long-chain and decreased concentration of short-chain fatty acids
• A reduction in levels of the milk protein casein.”

You very well may be drinking rBGH milk and not know it, as no labels are required. This is despite the fact that nearly every American wants it labeled, but the government, as usual, bowed to industry lobbyists and, amazingly, does not require this on the label.

However, as increasing numbers of people and dairies choose to avoid rBGH, you can find labels that say “rBGH-free” or a similar variation. Organic milk is also rBGH-free.

This is certainly preferable to milk that contains this dangerous hormone … but I still don’t recommend drinking any milk, organic or otherwise, that is pasteurized.

You can avoid both the risks of rBGH and pasteurization by only drinking raw milk that comes from a small farmer you know and trust. This is the only way to drink milk if you’re interested in protecting your health.

The Most Important Foods to Buy Organic
Most fruits and vegetables contain unacceptable and unsafe levels of pesticides, so it’s a wise choice to buy organic produce as often as you can.

However, if you need to pick and choose which foods to buy organic, the most important foods to buy organic are animal products — not produce. This is because animal foods, which are raised on pesticide-laced feed, tend to have higher concentrations of pesticides.

Non-organic meats have up to five times more pesticides than non-organic vegetables.

Non-organic butter can have up to 20 times as many pesticides as non-organic vegetables.

So when prioritizing your purchases, look for organic meats, eggs and dairy products before anything else.
There is one exception to this rule, and that is you may be better off choosing fresh local foods over organic foods. Often, locally grown foods are raised according to organic standards at a more affordable price.

Is Farmed Salmon the Only Seafood to Avoid?

Farmed salmon is among the worst seafood choices out there, as numerous studies show the salmon contain toxins and cancer-causing pollutants. Farmed salmon typically have at least 10 times more cancer-causing persistent organic pollutants than their wild counterparts.

That said, I do not agree that farmed salmon is the only fish you need to stay away from.

A recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey detected mercury in every fish sampled from nearly 300 U.S. streams. Among them, 27 percent contained mercury at levels that equaled or exceeded the U.S. EPA’s criterion for the protection of human health, and more than two-thirds exceeded mercury safety levels for fish-eating mammals like mink and otters.

Therefore, I do not recommend eating any fish — whether farm-raised or from an ocean, lake, river or stream — unless you have lab results in your hand that can attest to its purity.

There are still some safe areas out there, such as in certain pristine waters in Alaska, but it will take some searching on your end to seek them out. The ONLY safe fish I have discovered so far is Vital Choice wild red salmon, which remains the only source of fish I’ll eat.

Eating smaller fish, like anchovies and sardines, is also an option, as their small size makes them far less likely to be contaminated.

An important point to remember if you’re not eating fish is that your body still has a requirement for omega-3 fats. Fortunately, you can easily meet your omega-3 needs by taking a high-quality krill oil supplement, instead of risking your health by eating contaminated fish.

Another Food to Avoid: Unfermented Soy

This one did not make the above list, but it’s one I would definitely add.

Any soy that is unfermented — soy milk, tofu, soybean oil, soy burgers, and all the other processed soy products out there all belong to this category — is not a health food and in fact is not a food I would advise eating at all. This is true whether it is “organic” or not.

Soy infant formula is also on this list and is one of the absolute worst foods you can give your baby.
Unfermented soy products have been linked to everything from reproductive disorders and infertility to cancer and heart disease.

Further, unfermented soy contains isoflavones that are clearly associated with reduced thyroid function. Eating unfermented soy products is likely the single largest cause of hypothyroidism in women.

Another major problem with unfermented soy is that it contains natural toxins known as “antinutrients.” This includes a large quantity of inhibitors that deter your enzymes needed for protein digestion.

While a small amount of these antinutrients would likely not be a problem, the amount of soy that many Americans are now eating (and drinking in the form of soy milk) is quite significant.

The result of consuming too many of soy’s antinutrients is extensive gastric distress and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake, which can result in pancreatic impairment and cancer.

For more details on soy foods, including the fermented varieties that can actually be healthy, please read Why This Type of Soy is Better.

Guidelines for Healthy Food

Whatever food you’re looking to eat, whether imported organic or locally grown, from either your local supermarket or a farmer’s market, here are the signs of a high-quality, healthy food:

1. It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)

2. It’s not genetically modified

3. It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs

4. It does not contain artificial anything, nor any preservatives

5. It is fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may be the better option)

6. It did not come from a factory farm

7. It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)

8. It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)

If the food meets these criteria, it is likely a good choice. Most often, the best place to find these foods is from a sustainable agricultural group in your area. You can also review my free nutrition plan to get started on a healthy eating program today.

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I hope you have enjoyed and found value in this post and article from Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D. I will continue to share and promote those articles I find that I beleive have the greatest potential in helping you to optimize your health and to take back control of your health.

Please comment and let me know what you think of these articles that I post. Please also feel free to let me know if you find an article that you think it worthy of being posted here.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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“Loving What Is” by Byron Katie

Loving_What_isWouldn’t you love to be able to clear away your most painful emotions by handling them successfully?  Mentally and emotionally you could be at peace with yourself and with everyone you know.  Sounds too good to be true?

In “Loving What Is”, Byron Katie suggests a practical solution to much of what torments us in life, emotionally and spiritually.  If this seems like an unusual book to review for this website, please remember that no matter how much physical healing you achieve, the emotional, mental, and spiritual components of your life are crucial to your well-being and happiness.


According to Katie (she prefers that name to Byron), there are four questions to ask yourself about anything in your life that emerges as a problem – usually where you are at odds with reality as it appears to you. 

1.  Is it true?

2.  Can I absolutely know that it’s true?

3.  How do I react when I think that thought?

4.  Who would I be without that thought?

She says that our ideas and thoughts, no matter how disturbing, are not the problem.  It is the attachment we develop to these thoughts, the “stories” we create based on the thoughts that gets us into trouble.

The process of delving for honest answers to these questions she calls the “Work.”  Doing the Work allows you to go inside and find your own happiness.

According to Katie, by applying her techniques (which start with the above questions) you can gradually find your way to a more peaceful and fulfilling personal life.

Some of her concepts will sound familiar, and others may seem more radical.  Anyone who has dipped into the 12-step CoDA program will recognize her reference to “staying in your own business” and not trying to fix or control the lives of others.

Katie discusses ideas which are radical in our society, and which require courage to apply in our own everyday lives.  She brings up common “core beliefs,” the concepts around which we base our behavior, and says that these rules we learn in our society are part of the reason we are unhappy.  Often they directly contradict reality, and as long as we ignore reality, we will be in pain.

I don’t want to give away all of her original and exciting ideas, but some of the unquestioned core beliefs she brings up for critical examination are: 

♥  It’s possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time

♥  Life is unfair

♥  It’s necessary to know what to do next

♥  I can feel your pain

♥  Children should love their parents

Her book is peppered with uncommon insights like:  

“We don’t need to wait for people and situations to change in order to experience peace and harmony.” 

“I don’t let go of my concepts. I meet them with understanding and they let go of me.”

Katie’s bottom line is:  “I realize again that I am the one I have been waiting for to heal me.”   

What’s so refreshing in this book is that she guides you to find your own power through the Work.

Check out  Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

To your joy!

Sue Hummel

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A Safe And Simple Way To Check For Toxins

Almost all holistic health practitioners know that toxins, such as heavy metals that accumulate in the body can lead to serious and often chronic health problems.  And lately increasing numbers of “conventional” physicians are beginning to pay serious attention to this important health issue.

Living in the industrial age, and in so-called “developed countries” as most of us do, virtually guarantees that all of us have at least minimal levels of these toxins in our bodies.  These include heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, as well as other toxic elements including antimony aluminum and arsenic.

The levels of these unwanted elements in our bodies are critical factors that affect our health.  Further, the ratios of these elements to those that tend to offset them have a profound effect on health.

For example, if one has a lab value of “0.45” mercury, but has a high selenium value, as well, the mercury is less likely to cause serious harm than it would be for someone with the same mercury level but a low selenium level.  That is because selenium offers some protection from the harm that mercury otherwise would do.

I do not mean to imply that having any detectable level of mercury in the body is ever safe, let alone desirable, but it does tend to cause less harm and represent less risk if it is offset by various elements, including sulfur, selenium and a few others.  (There is no known health benefit from  having any level of mercury in the body, and there is no level that is designated as “safe”.)

Having high ranges (different amounts for different elements are considered high) of these toxins can lead to serious health problems.  These can be both acute as well as chronic health problems.  Some examples include:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • hormone imbalances
  • MS
  • increased chemical sensitivity
  • sleep disorders
  • weakened immune system
  • mental problems
  • mood disorders
  • emotional problems
  • digestive problems
  • bone loss
  • and a wide variety of neurological disorders. 

just to name a few!

The first step in dealing with this important aspect of health is to do all that is practical and reasonable to avoid exposure and accumulation of these toxins.  This includes being careful what you eat, (for example, many varieties of fish now have unsafe levels of mercury), making sure the water you drink if safe, refusing dental amalgams, avoiding most vaccines, (most of them use mercury compounds as preservatives), as well as other reasonable precautions.

Once you have adopted appropriate measures to limit your exposure to further toxins, the next step is to detect the mineral toxins and unfavorable ratios that are already present in your body.

Some of the elements and toxins can be detected via blood and/or urine testing.  However, a number of them cannot be accurately measured via blood and urine tests.  And, most of those tests require a visit to the doctor just to get the test requisition signed.  They can be expensive and inconvenient.

There are a number of labs that offer alternative ways to detect and measure these toxins.  Some even include some of the very important information about the ratios discussed above.  Most do not.  Further, a number of these labs are either relatively expensive, and/or deliver results that are suspect in terms of accuracy.

So what to do?  For years now, I have used hair testing to keep track of my own toxic metals and the ratios, as well.  This has enabled me to solve several serious health problems of my own, and to do a much better job of managing my overall health.

There are several labs that use various forms of hair analysis protocols.  I have found problems with most of them.  Trace Elements, Inc. has proven to be an exception.

For more than 10 years I have relied on Trace Elements, Inc. to test my hair.  It is simple to do, accurate, reasonable in terms of cost and has proven to be a very valuable health resource for me and for many of my clients.

What’s involved?  It’s simple.  You can use the button below to order your test.  The cost is $95.00, which includes a comprehensive report and an e-mail from me with comments to help you interpret the results.

To take the sample, a small amount of hair is clipped from the back of the head, (you can do it yourself, or get a friend or family member to do it for you).  The sample is enclosed with a simple form that you mail to the lab.  Within about 10 days, (if within the continental U.S. – longer if outside the U.S.), you will have your results and my comments.  If you are outside the U.S. there may be some additional shipping costs – e-mail me with your location if you are outside the U.S. for more information before you purchase your test.

How often should you test?  That depends on 2 factors: what your health challenges and/or symptoms are and what the results of your initial test are.  For example, I had a pretty high mercury level and a low selenium-to-mercury ratio detected in my first test.  So I adopted some measures to correct this, and then re-tested in six months.  The measures were successful and the levels and ratios were much improved.  (The symptoms I was concerned with were gone, as well.)  Since then I have followed up with another test on an annual basis.

Here’s what a typical test report from Trace Elements, Inc. looks like:  This is a link to a typical sample graph showing toxins and ratios.  This is a link to the detailed introduction to the science and technology of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA).

By the way, the report is likely to be many pages, with the exact number depending on what is found in your sample.  The report will be divided into 2 main sections – findings and dietary recommendations.  The findings typically are about 8 pages.  The information in them is critical and well worth the cost, and then some.  I generally find the dietary recommendations not so useful and tend to ignore them.

($95.00 per kit cost in the continental U.S. – e-mail me for extra costs for mailing outside the U.S. or with your questions.)

Please be sure to include your mailing address in the PayPal form with your order so that I can mail you the collection kit and the test requisition form.  (You do not need to have it signed by your physician.)

To your health!

Jeff Bell

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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Safely Knock Out Pain

Jeff_on_Errand_Bike_01From time-to-time we all experience pain for one reason or another.  So there are a number of methods that have arisen for dealing with pain.  In the U.S. the most commonly used methods are based on over-the-counter “pain medications”. 

These include medications we are all too familiar with, such as Tylenol, Advil, etc.  Almost all of these fall into a category of pharmaceuticals called: “NSAIDs”, or “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs”. 

Despite the best efforts of the pharmaceutical giants who profit enormously from the sale of these drugs to suppress such information, more and more reports are making their way into the public about the very serious liver damage that often results from the use of these NSAIDs.  Other serious health risks are alos more and more commonly being attributed to their use.

For a long time, the conventional “wisdom” was that only prolonged and heavy doses led to liver damage.  That notion is now more and more being called into question.  There are many disturbing reports of serious liver damage resulting from even short-term and modest use of these NSAIDs.

So what do we do about pain?  No one likes to just grin and bear it, and ongoing pain can make life, well, a pain.

I have an extensive protocol I have developed for pain management.  It is particularly effective for long-term pain.  It is effective as a stand-alone approach or used in combination with drugs or other pain management protocols.  The only drawback is that it is fairly involved and will likely require a little coaching to master.   Those interested can e-mail me to obtain a copy of the protocol:  jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com.

for the meantime here’s a simple solution that you can use right away with almost no effort at all:  (This approach also is effective in combination with other protocols, including my pain management protocol and is useful for minor aches and pains all the way up to extreme pain.)

It is based on self-hypnosis.  But that does not mean you need to learn anything or put forth any significant effort.  Here is a link to buy the CD that you will need:   Rapid Pain Control

There are lots of pain control self-hypnosis programs available.  So what is unique about this one, and why do I recommend it?

This unique program is based on Ericksonian Hypnosis, as developed by Dr. Milton Erickson, acknowledged as the father of modern hypnosis.  It uses a very special technique, called: “Multi-evocational hypnosis”, where more than one voice is present at the same time.  The purpose of this multi-evocational approach is to allow the hypnotic suggestions to reach deeper into the unconscious and to do so much more rapidly.  The result is faster, longer lasting and more profound relief from pain.

Through use of this amazing multi-evocational hypnosis technique, the effectiveness of this program is dramatically more powerful than any of the others I have tested.  (Over the years I have tested many programs for my own use and on behalf of my clients.) 

This program has been around for more than 20 years, and is still the best of its kind that I have ever found.

Here is the best testimonial I can offer:  In 1989 I was involved in a very serious accident.  My life hung in the balance for quite some time, and it required 5 major surgeries to preserve my life and to begin to allow my recovery.  Each of these surgeries resulted in lots of pain.  After the first one, a healing colleague brought me a copy of “Rapid Pain Control” to use.  The doctors had me hooked up to one of those on-demand IV drug machines to control the pain.  They predicted I would need it for up to 3 weeks following the first major surgery.  I was able to get off the drug machine in 3 days.  I attribute this entirely to my use of  the “Rapid Pain Control” program. 

Further, I healed about twice as fast and well as the doctors predicted.  Along with the powerful hyp0notic suggestions that can dramatically reduce the pain, the program includes equally powerful suggestions that speed and improve healing.  I believe this was critical to my recovery.  (As you can see from the picture at the top of this post, I am not only walking, I am cycling again.  Immediately following the accident I was not expected to live, and the doctors were quite sure I would never walk again, let alone cycle.)

I am very grateful to be alive, healthy and living well.  I am extremely grateful for the terrific care and wonderful support from family and friends.  And I remain amazed at how well the hypnosis program has worked for me and for my clients.  I have continued to use it over the years whenever there was need.  As a result, I have avoided the need for any pain medication or any kind for many, many years. 

To your health!

Jeff Bell

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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Ringing Out 2009 and Ringing In 2010

Time for a laugh break!   Here ya go:  (Might need to turn up the sound a bit.)    To your health!  Jeff Bell

Have a safe and wonderful New Years celebration!

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“The Cure For All Advanced Cancers” by Hulda Clark, Ph.D., N.D.

Cure_For_All_Advanced_Cancers

When you read the title of this book, you may be tempted to dump the book into the “Too good to be true – pay it no mind” pile.  That would be unfortunate. 

While I personally wish the title had been more modest, I also must emphasize that this book makes a great deal of sense; that it is simply filled with some of the best information about cancer and how to defeat it, to be found in any book I have read.  (I have read more than 50 books on cancer and its eradication over the last several decades, going clear back to 1965.)

I also think this book is not all-inclusive – that is there are measures and strategies not included in the book, that I would nonetheless add to any program aimed at getting rid of a cancer. 

That said, the theories and strategies that are detailed in this book are powerful, seem to be safe and effective, and have accumulated an impressive trail of successful case studies in the decade since it was first published.

I consider this book an essential tool for anyone dealing with cancer, and wishing to maximize their chances for a good outcome. 

As always, a major part of my agenda is to help my clients to educate themselves on the critical issues affecting their health.  This is a major element of my goal towards increasing and facilitating the increased empowerment of all to take control over their own health. 

This book is a wonderful resource to further that goal.

The Cure For All Advanced Cancers

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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A Journey To Financial Freedom And Health: “The Web Of Debt”

Web_Of_Debt_CoverI think most of us would agree that the level of personal freedom and self-determination we realize in our lives is dependent on the degree to which we understand the world we live in. 

If we want to control our physical environment we need to understand the laws of physics.  For example, imagine how different our lives would be if we did not understand how to start fire .  We would have to wait for a lightening strike or other natural occurrence of fire, then carefully hoard and protect the precious “commodity”, fire.  In many parts of the world, our very survival would depend on hoarding this precious “commodity” that we now take for granted because we understand the science of creating fire.

In order to have control over and any degree of empowerment when it comes to health, again we need true understanding and knowledge.

The same holds true in the area of finance.  I have been a student of finance and currency systems for more than 2 decades.  Until recently I thought I understood how these systems worked. 

I recently read a very special book and was shocked to find out that most of what I thought I knew about our currency and financial systems was simply not true! 

This was shocking!  For me, it was like learning that the basic laws of physics that I have lived by all my life were, in fact, carefully crafted deceptions that had been pounded into my head since early childhood.

Here’s just one example of the major myths that this book blew away for me:  I thought that our Federal Government issued our currency.  I’m guessing that you most likely think so, too. 

That seems all well and good, except for one minor problem:   It simply is not true! 

In fact, our currency, except for the small amount represented by coins, is issued by private banks, who then loan it to the Federal Government at significant interest.

The banks create money by means of a simple bookkeeping entry.  They do this every time they loan money.  I’ll bet that if you are still reading this, you are scratching your head and saying, “Huh!”.

Here is the key:  “The Web Of Debt” by the very brilliant Ellen Hodgson Brown, J.D. explains how all this works.  What’s more, it is so filled with information that is revolutionary, in the truest sense of that word, and is so well written that I about sprained my wrists turning the pages as I read it.

This is the book that really spills the beans – it is everything the secretive powers on Wall Street and in the other financial centers of our world do not want us to know.  

As I said, it is revolutionary.

Recall Henry Ford’s statement that if Americans really knew what bankers did there would be a revolution before morning.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  I think it is a must read for anyone who truly wants to know how our financial system works, who runs it, what their real agenda is, and perhaps most importantly, what we can do to regain our financial freedom.

Knowledge is power.  At present, most of us, even those relatively prosperous, are still at the mercy of the system.  This is because we do not really know how it works.  If ever we attain that knowledge, we have the potential to break free to true freedom and financial health.

I consider this one of the most important and life-changing books I have ever read.  What’s more, it is actually fun to read.  Despite dealing with potentially “dark” material, because Ms. Brown, includes practical solutions that could make the system far more nurturing of all that is good in humanity, and far more just, I actually found this book to be uplifting.

I give this book my highest recommendation.  Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Review: “Relax Into Stretch” by Pavel Tsatsouline

Relax_Into_StretchThere are literally thousands of books about how to stretch and increase flexibility.  If one includes the books on Yoga, various Martial Arts, etc. and that also include major sections on stretching, then the numbers are into the hundreds of thousands.

So why bother with yet another book on stretching?

“Relax Into Stretch” by Pavel Tsatsouline, is truly a revolutionary book.  In the nutshell, his approach to stretching is an entirely new and dramatically different one.  Well, I should say that it is not new to him or his students and the many professional athletes he has helped over decades. 

But it is new to most of us.  Conventional stretching seeks to lengthen tissues that really are not intended to be lengthened.  These include tendons and ligaments.  Pavel maintains that lengthening these tissues actually weakens joints and renders them more vulnerable to injury.  Further, his extensive testing strongly supports his contention that such stretching does little to increase practical strength.

Instead, he advocates for and teaches his students to increase flexibility by training their muscles to relax. 

Besides being a much safer approach to increasing flexibility, it delivers far faster results.  Pavel’s techniques require dramatically less time, and if you learn and adopt them, you will be amazed at how quickly you increase your flexibility.

I feel it is important to include something here about why the subject of flexibility is even on my Health Radar Screen:   Of course, if you are an athlete you already know the importance of flexibility for both strength and endurance and for avoiding injury.  

For the rest of us, here’s why flexibility is important:  There have been many, many studies that strongly support the importance of flexibility for optimizing general health.  There are strong correlations between cardio-vascular health and flexibility, as well as significant correlations between flexibility and longevity and flexibility and  healthy immune systems. 

I feel that Pavel’s approach is a high leverage health move.  For those wishing to see dramatic results with a relatively modest investment of time and effort, I highly recommend this book.

Relax into Stretch : Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Review: “Hormone Balance Made Simple” by Dr. John Lee, M.D.

Hormone_Balance_Made_SimpleI believe that this book is one of the most important health books I have ever read.

Here’s why:

Reproductive hormone balance is a critical factor in human health, for both men and women. In most ways, the human body is marvelously resilient and maintains its balance very well without much attention from us. However, reproductive hormone balance seems to be more delicate and is much more easily thrown out of kilter than most other systems. The problem is compounded by living in the industrial age where we are exposed to many environmental toxins and chemical contaminants.

Reproductive hormones are particularly vulnerable to disruption from toxic exposures and chemical contaminants. In fact, many chemical contaminants have been labeled as: “endocrine disruptors”, (read: “hormone unbalencers”.)

Dr. John Lee’s book explains all the basics of reproductive hormone balance in simple, clear language that anyone can understand. The book provides a good summary of the practical steps for achieving reproductive hormone balance.

His explanations and recommendations are the very same ones that he developed in the course of his lifetime of clinical practice and research. The information is strongly supported by Dr. Lee’s enviable track record with the thousands of clients he helped.

In short, this book takes a potentially complex subject and makes it accessible to anyone interested in using it to address specific hormone balance issues.

However, please be aware that reproductive hormone balance is a potentially complex subject. And while this book provides the essential background to more effectively take control of your own health in this vital area, most will need to collaborate with a properly-trained health care professional, at least to get started.

In summary, anyone wishing to understand reproductive hormone balance, and wanting to apply the principles to their own health would do well to read this book. I give it my highest and strongest recommendation.

Dr. John Lee’s Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing, and More

By the way, if you are interested in more specifics that apply directly to men’s reproductive hormone balance, send me an e-mail and I’ll send you an appropriate link – jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com – (I would still read this book, first, for the background.)

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Stomping The Killer Sinus Infection

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitEvery once in awhile I do something really bad for my health.  In this most recent case I simply pushed myself too hard and too far.  I was so excited about some of the amazing health research I was coming across, and some of the terrific advances in holistic and natural health, that I worked far into the night, and got up too early to begin again.  I did this day after day.  Until I wore my immune system down and got sick.

I wound up with the sinus infection from h#$l.  I have only had one other sinus infection in my life, and that one was hard to get rid of, as well.  But that was more than 40 years ago.  So I am not used to having sinus infections. 

I was miserable.  My whole head felt stuffed up.  The pressure on my sinuses was painful enough so that it was difficult to sleep.  I certainly was not able to do any productive work. So all that pushing beyond my limits did not do me any good, anyway.

After a few days, even my teeth began to hurt.  To help with that I used the protocol described in the Oil of Oregano article.  It describes how to use Oil of Oregano to protect your heart against damage from migrated dental bacteria, and also how to improve your overall dental health.

However, I find it also works to reduce pain and discomfort from most dental problems, at least on a temporary basis. In the article, the recommendations are to apply the Oil of Oregano once a week or several times a week. In general, because it is very strong, doing it too often for a prolonged period of time is not recommended. It could end up irritating the gums and mucous membranes in your mouth. However, for a brief period of time, (maybe up to a week or ten days), applying Oil of Oregano once or twice a day seems to be safe and effective.

I started off dealing with this sinus infection using my usual remedies for colds and the like.  I boosted my vitamin D, (temporarilly, only), to 20,000 iu per day.  I increased my vitamin C.  I started taking massive amounts of Dr. Shen’s Chinese remedies for colds.  (I use their “Gan Mao Ling” and their “Yin Chiao” at the very first sign of a cold, and usually it is gone in a few hours.) 

I also began taking large amounts of Stinging Nettle.  I use the freeze-dried stinging nettle from Eclectic Institute.  This is helpful for drying up an overabundance of nasal mucus.  (It’s also good for the liver, for general immune support and other things, as well.)

I even increased my MMS.  (I have been on a “maintenance dose” of MMS for months – 3 drops in the middle of the day.) I increased to 4 doses of 3 drops each, spread throughout the day.

The sinus infection would not budge.  I was not getting worse, but I was not getting better. I was getting nowhere.  It was time to pull out the big guns.

I began irrigating my sinuses 3 times a day.  (I have included some important details below on how best to do this.)

I continued all the other stuff – Dr. Shen’s Chinese herbs for colds, the increased vitamin D, the increased vitamin C, the Oil of Oregano and Stinging Nettles.

To this I added a strategy from Dr. Robert Beck’s Protocol. I used his “blood supply electrification” protocol.

“Blood Supply Electrification” – I wore the Silver Pulser from Sota Intruments for 2 hours each day to stimulate my immune system. After two days, I could tell that this was beginning to turn the tide.

But I still felt that my recovery was taking too long. I still did not feel well enough to be back at my work, which is also my passion.

I needed to throw still more at this sinus infection: Again, I turned to the “Dr. Robert Beck Protocols”, but I added my own twist: I used my Sota Instruments Silver Pulser to generate colloidal silver. I drank some for general immune support and pathogen suppression. But the rest I used to irrigate my sinuses. I have never heard of doing this, but it seemed to make sense.

If properly made and used, colloidal silver is harmless to healthy cells and tissue and deadly to most pathogens. Why wouldn’t it be perfect for irrigating the sinuses to get rid of a sinus infection? I could think of no reason why it should not work.

So that is exactly what I did. I did this 3 times a day, and after 2 days I was well again. The sinus infection that had been plaguing me for nearly 2 weeks was gone!

Just to be sure I had it really nailed, I continued with both the electrification and colloidal silver protocols, (both rinsing the sinuses and drinking some), for a couple more days.

I am not sure I will ever completely break a lifelong pattern of confusing myself with Superman. I guess that if I had to choose between always having sensible restraint, or sometimes having an overabundance of enthusiasm for life and for my work, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll take enthusiasm any day.

If you want to know more about the Sota Instruments Silver Pulser, which I think belongs in everyone’s “holistic first aid kit”, here is a link to a more complete review:   Sota Instruments Silver Pulser review

And here are some tips for safe and effective sinus irrigation:

1. Always use distilled water, mixed with the right amount of natural salt to achieve the right level of saline. (It should be the same salinity as your blood.)

2. Always make sure the rinse water is the right PH. (It should also be the same as your blood – 7.2 to 7.3.)

The first 2 conditions are best achieved by using the sinus irrigation packets that are readily available in most health food stores, and being careful to follow the mixing directions.

3. Warm the water to as close to body temperature as you can get it. Test it for temperature against the inside of your wrist, as you would for a baby bottle.

4. The rinse mixture can be introduced to the sinuses via the nostrils, using any of several simple devices readily available. These include “Netipots”, “Sinus Rinse squirt bulbs”, etc.

5. Do each nostril several times.

6. Do not try snuffling up tap water, or shower water. There is too much likelyhood of impurities, chlorine and the like, which you do not want to put in contact with the delicate tissues of the sinuses. Further, the salinity and PH will not be right.

7. Be gentle. The sinus membranes and tissues are delicate, and do not respond well to brute force.

Expect this to be somewhat uncomfortable. But know that it is extremely effective, and the discomfort does not last long. The short-term sinus relief and more rapid overall recovery will make the immediate discomfort well worth it.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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A Different Slant On Our National Health Care Debate

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitLately I have found myself involved in frequent discussions about our health care system and what Congress and Obama are or are not doing about it.

Not surprisingly, I have found that even among my very liberal friends, there is a lot of mistrust surrounding possible “single payer” otherwise known as “universal coverage” solutions.

I say not surprisingly, because Glenn Beck and his colleagues have done a brilliant job of frightening many Americans into believing that such solutions would rip away whatever freedom of choice we still have when it comes to health care, and would raise costs through the roof.

To be sure, it is possible to create a single-payer system that would guarantee such problems and worse.  However, if one looks around the world to see what other countries are doing, and how they are doing it, one finds very attractive examples of systems that cost far less than our present system.  Many of these systems deliver much better outcomes, leading to far higher levels of overall satisfaction on the part of both the citizens who depend on them, and the professionals who work in them.

And they do this at far lower costs than our system, which spends more than any other on Planet Earth.

Why do we not see this in the U.S. media?  Good question!  The answer is simple:  What happens to the U.S. health insurance companies if the majority of Americans learn that they are truly not part of the solution?

And what happens when we learn that the citizens of countries without such corporations running their health care systems fare much better than we do?

How about when we find out that these other countries provide health care at a much lower cost, and still have better results, frequently more choice than we do, and mostly longer life expectancies.

If we learn these things that they do not want us to know, what will be the fate of the health insurance companies?

Will we still willingly line up to pay them billions of  dollars a year to mostly stand in the way of the care that we need and deserve?

Here’s a principle to keep in mind:  When seeking to tease the truth out from among all the loud and emphatic media we are all exposed to, ask a simple question as you evaluate the views:  “Who benefits?”  In this case, the health insurance companies in America have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to convince us all that they are essential to our health freedom and to an efficient system.

But are they telling the truth?  Consider that the U.S. is FIRST in heath care spending, yet 37th in health care outcomes!  Yes, that’s 37th in health care outcomes, such as life expectancy.  Even worse, we are now 47th in infant mortality!

I don’t know about you, but I find those statistics appalling and astonishing.  Here’s another to consider:  There is general consensus among health care systems analysts that at least 30 cents of every health care dollar that is spent in the U.S. goes to the health care insurance companies.  (It is hard to get a precise number that is universally agreed upon due to inconsistencies in accounting methods.  But 30% is considered a safe, conservative figure by most experts.)

To add a bit of irony, I see people on Medicare protesting that single-payer would be the dreaded “socialized medicine”.  What do they think Medicare is?  Do these people tear up their Social Security checks each month because they don’t want to be part of a “Socialized Retirement Benefits” plan?  Probably not.

I think that if you look at what the mainstream media has been telling us, loudly and consistently about health care, and you ask “who benefits?”, then follow the money, you may begin to suspect that we have been badly misled by those whose public responsibility it is, (the media who use our public airways, which we collectively own), to inform the public.

Thomas Jefferson famously said that a well-functioning Democracy is dependent on a well-informed public.  That is at least as true today as it was when he said it a couple hundred years ago.

I don’t hold much hope that the mainstream media will change anytime soon – that they will begin serving the people instead of the giant corporations that are the source of most of their revenue.

So to attempt to balance things out a bit I am going to make an exception to one of my blog policies.  I have a standing policy of not recommending any products in this blog.   Here goes my fist ever exception:

I am recommending Michael Moore’s recent movie, “Sicko”.  I think it does a brilliant job of helping us to see some other possibilities, and to balance out what the health insurance companies and their media lackeys have been jamming at us for so long.  We can’t depend on the mainstream media to do this, even though it is clearly their job.

To be sure, Michael Moore’s movie is biased.  It is clearly in favor of a single-payer, government-run health care system.   However, if you watch the movie and evaluate the facts, (not just the opinions, but the facts and the plain reporting that is in the film), you may find yourself at least seriously questioning what we have been led to believe by the mainstream media.

Furthermore, the movie is highly entertaining, tells a number of moving and powerful stories, and is a great place to restart the dialog about health care in this country.

If you are interested, here is a link to buy it on Amazon.  I think it is well worth it.  I have watched it several times and have shared it with a number of my friends and neighbors.  Very interesting conversations have resulted.

Sicko (Special Edition)

To your health!

Jeff Bell

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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Does Muscle-Testing Work?

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From years and years of experience I can say that muscle-testing can be very accurate, and can be a way to access amazingly precise information.  It can also provide extremely misleading results.

First, for those who may not be familiar with the technique, just what is muscle-testing?  Muscle-testing, which is a technique used in the field of “Applied Kinesiology”, is a method for accessing information contained within the body or the subconscious.  (In some circles this is known as the “body-mind”.)

The basic technique is simple:  A “strong indicator” muscle is selected.  A question is asked, and the muscle stays strong or goes weak, indicating a “Yes” or a “No”.  To those new to this technique, this may sound pretty far out and not very scientific, but bear with me a moment.

Let’s take an example:  Suppose I want to know if a client is deficient in calcium.  I might ask my client to hold one of their arms straight out in front of their body, so that their palm is down and their arm is at shoulder height. 

I could then make a statement, assuming my client’s name is Joe, such as: “Joe would benefit from taking a calcium supplement.”  If this is true, then Joe’s arm will stay strong when I try to push down on his wrist.  The resistance will be significant.  In fact, I will usually be able to feel the muscle that is holding his arm up go into a sort of “lock mode”. 

In contrast, if Joe does not need more calcium, his arm will go weak, and it will be easy for me to push it down by applying downward pressure to his wrist.

I am sure that to those of you who are not familiar with muscle-testing this must sound utterly fantastic.  I am almost reluctant to post this out of concern that some of you may conclude from it that I do not base my work on solid science.

Yet, I have relied on muscle-testing to gain valuable health information for my clients for many years now.  Over and over again, I have questioned the results and gone on to compare them with those from the more standard and conventional medical tests.  The degree of corroboration has been extremely high.

Applied Kinesiology has been around for decades, as has muscle-testing, as one of its primary techniques.  Further, Applied Kinesiology is based on Chinese Energy Medicine, which has been around for at least 5,000 years.

Although the technique can be highly accurate and can yield vital information, it must be properly done.  Due to the popularity of muscle-testing and the seeming ease of its use, there are a great many people using it improperly.  As a result a lot of muscle-testing yields wildly inaccurate results.

Not only is this potentially harmful to those relying on the inaccurate results, but it also tends to discredit an otherwise valuable technique for helping people.

I can attest to the fact that it takes quite a bit of study and practice to become proficient at it and to be able to obtain consistently accurate results.

I also will be the first to admit that although I have used it for years and have become quite skilled in its use, I cannot say with certainty exactly how it works.  That is a source of some discomfort for me, but keep in mind that we use electricity all over the world, and yet the most advanced physicists on the planet cannot tell us exactly how it works. 

I hope that those of you new to muscle-testing are skeptical.  Please read on:

Some years ago my father was visiting and we began to talk about Applied Kinesiology in general and muscle-testing in specific.  My father was quite skeptical.  I should tell you that my Dad went through medical school and has a very strong scientific background.  He tends not to accept or believe in most things that cannot be proven by scientific method.

He asked me how muscle-testing worked.  I admitted that I did not know.  I had some ideas and possible theories, but no conclusive information to answer his question.  I told him that it was based on the body’s unconscious wisdom and on the principles of Chinese Energy Medicine, but I could not be more specific than that.

We agreed that it was possible that muscle-testing was legitimate even if we did not know how it works.  But to really trust it we should first test its accuracy.

We decided to try an experiment to do just that.  Here’s what we did:

We took 10 small paper bags that were as close to identical in appearance as possible.  We put a small sample of a known substance in each.  Three of the substances were clearly harmful to health, two were neutral, and five were beneficial. 

For the harmful substances we used ant poison, copper sulfate and artificial sweetener. 

The two neutral substances were some not-very-good-quality vitamin C and some equally poor vitamin B. 

The beneficial samples were L-Carnatine, Calcium, DIM, MSM and some good quality protein powder. 

Keep in mind that these beneficial samples were things that were known by other methods to be healthy and good for my Dad.  Any of them might well have tested weak for someone else, for whom they may not have been beneficial.

We sealed the bags, being careful not to mark them in any way that could identify them.  We were even careful to make sure the samples weighed nearly the same amount so that picking up the bags would not provide any clues.  We then mixed the bags up on the table by moving them all around until we were sure that neither of us knew which bags contained which samples.

I then asked my Dad to hold his arm out and to resist my efforts to push it down.  I held each bag against his stomach, one-at-a-time, and pushed down on his arm.  I marked the bags with a plus sign if his arm stayed strong.  I marked them with an equal sign if the arm was not clearly strong or weak.  And I marked the bags with a minus sign if his arm went weak.

After we had tested all ten bags, we opened each to see what the results were.  Amazing!  Each of the three bags with the harmful substance was marked with a minus sign – they had all tested weak.  The two bags containing substances that were neutral had equal signs on them.  The five beneficial bags all had plus signs on them.

I was convinced before this experiment that muscle-testing could be very accurate.  My Dad was amazed but convinced, as well, after our experiment.

Since our experiment I have encountered a number of people claiming to be able to use muscle-testing to get answers.  Some have been health professionals and some have not.  Sadly, a significant number of these testers from both arenas have clearly not been well trained, and have not been able to get consistently accurate and impartial results.

Although I cannot say with certainty exactly how muscle-testing works, I am certain that its accuracy depends on very precise techniques that must first be thoroughly mastered and then meticulously applied.  Sloppy methods and techniques beget sloppy results.

I do want to stress that whenever possible, especially if you are dealing with an important question, e.g. “Is this lump cancerous?”, it is important to get corroboration of any answers gleaned by muscle-testing.

In addition to learning to accurately feel when the “strong indicator muscle” is really locked and when it goes weak, there is a real science to crafting questions that will lead to definitive results.  The questions need to be literal, generally simple, and have a clear “yes” or “no” or “true” or “false” answer.

If you are interested in learning more about Applied Kinesiology and muscle-testing, you might want to consider taking a “Touch For Health” class.  These are taught all over the world.  The instructors are mostly very good, and the quality of the classes is high.  If you apply yourself you can expect to come away from the class with a set of valuable tools that you can use to significantly improve your health.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

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Critical First Steps In Dealing With A Lower Back Pain Crisis

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitIf you injure your lower back and/or experience an acute lower back pain episode, what you do in the first few days is often critical to making a full recovery.  Further, your initial response can make a huge difference in determining how long your recovery might take.

If you know what to do, and just as importantly, what not to do, it can make all the difference.  I have a blog post on the longer-term strategy for healing lower back pain and sciatica, first posted on August 12, 2009.  If you are dealing with lower back pain or sciatica and you have not read the post, I recommend it.  See the link at the bottom of this post.

There is a lot of good information on long-term steps for you in that post.  All of it comes from my own real-world experience in dealing with a severe lower back injury many years ago, and from my experiences in working with many of my clients.  However, from the many questions I have received since that post, I realized that there was room for still more information, specifically about what to do during the first few days.

When your lower back is first injured, it is crucial to avoid doing ANYTHING that might further injure it.  This sounds obvious, but what it means in a practical sense may not be so obvious.  For example, in the first few days is stretching a good idea?

In most cases, stretching during the first few days following the injury is not beneficial and actually poses a risk of further injury.  During the first few days, even the gentle stretching such as might be included in even a mild Yoga session can be damaging.

Here’s why:  When the lower back is injured, the muscles in the area tighten up dramatically.  This may even be severe enough so that it feels like a muscle spasm.  Obviously, this contributes to the pain that you feel.

However, this tightening of the muscles surrounding the injured area has an important function.  It is the body’s way of “self-splinting” the injured area to limit movement and prevent further injury.  This is one reason why stretching soon after such an injury usually is not a good idea.  Doing so would be working at odds with the body’s attempt to protect itself .

CAUTION:  If you have have injured your back by falling, or in some other way that could involve a fracture or other serious injury, be sure to seek appropriate professional evaluation and care as soon as possible.  Falls can result in cracked vertebrae, and such injuries should always be evaluated by a qualified health care professional as early as possible.  Keep in mind that in some cases, no impact is required to cause a serious back injury.  Lifting something the wrong way, carrying something that is simply too heavy or that is an awkward load can be enough to damage a disc or cause other serious injury.  If there is any possibility, at all, that there is injury to the spinal cord, that constitutes a true medical emergency requiring immediate evaluation and emergency medical treatment.

Assuming that you have ruled out a fracture, spinal cord injury, or anything else that requires emergency medical attention, what can you do in the first few days?  Again, I would avoid stretching, especially if moderate stretching causes any pain.  This is a time to really listen to your body. 

Here are some things you can do to reduce pain and discomfort and to accelerate your healing:

1.  For the first 24 to 48 hours following the injury, applying ice to the injured area should help.  It will help to limit swelling and inflammation and may help to reduce pain, as well.  As often as practical, try applying ice to the affected area for about 10 minutes, then leave it off for about 30 minutes.  For comfort, separate the ice from your skin by a sinlge layer of cloth that is equivalent in thickness to a t-shirt or a thin towel.

2.  Apply one of the homeopathic topical creams that contains Arnica to the effected area.  I like Traumed, which is available at most health food stores.  I keep some in my home first aid kit.   If you use DMSO for this injury, be sure to separate the application of anything else from the DMSO application by at least 6 hours.  (See the link below for the article on “How I Fix Up Sore Joints” for more information on how to safely use DMSO.  The article was written about healing sore joints, but it applies equally well to sore backs.

3.  Try gentle movement of the injured area.  Be very careful to avoid ANY movement that increases the pain.  For example, if you are able to get up and walk around just a little bit without increasing the pain, that will help.

4.  If you have a good quality Calcium supplement, (one that is balanced with appropriate other minerals and trace elements so that it can be absorbed and utilized), then temporarily increase the daily amount by about double.  This is generally OK to maintain for a week to 10 days.  Please be cautious in choosing a calcium supplement.  Many of them are made from calcium that is not bioavailable and that can actually cause calcium in places where you do not want them, such as in the walls of arteries.  Here is one that is known to be safe and effective: The Truth About Calcium Supplements

5.  For pain, consider using one of the many self-hypnosis programs that are available.  These will not only help to reduce the pain, but they will help to speed your healing. I love the program called: “Rapid Pain Control” by Carol Erickson and Thomas Condon, available from The Changeworks.   It is brillaint and highly effective, even for extreme pain.  Rapid Pain Control from The Changeworks

6.  Have someone vigorously massage the bottoms of your feet.  Even if they are not trained in reflxology, if they massage the bottom of both feet, they are bound to cover the reflexology points that will help to reduce the pain and help your back to heal faster, as well.

7.  After the first 36 hours it may be helpful to shower, alternating hot and cold water.  Do this only if you can safely get in and out of the shower, without risk of slipping or further aggravating the injury.  I turn the water up as high as I can stand it and let it beat on my back for about 30 seconds.  Then I change it to completely cold for about 20 to 30 seconds.  I go through this cycle several times.  This drives the blood supply deep into the tissues and then pulls it out towards the skin again.  Alternating between deep and surface blood supply helps to clear out damaged cells and to reduce inflammation.  Do not do this for the first 36 hours, as that can increase inflammation.  In fact, no heat should be applied during the first 36 hours. I usually do this hot and cold cycle about 3 or 4 times. If you do this, plan to completley rest for the next few hours in order to get the full benefit.

8.  A skilled chiropractor or osteopath may also provide helpful treatments during this initial period.  These can help to relieve pain as well as promoting faster healing.

9.  One or more visits to a skilled acupuncturist may also help you to deal with pain and discomfort if the above self-care steps are not enough.  (I am not in favor of most over-the-counter pain medications.  Almost all of them put you at risk of liver damage and other serious health problems.)   

10.  Here is an unusual but often very effective measure for getting significant relief from just about any physical pain:  Take a small amount of bioavailable organic sulfur crystals, (approximately 1/2 a teaspoon is a good amount to start with), and brush your teeth with it.  Believe it ro not, this can be extremely effective in bringing rapid pain relief.  For more about this measure and how it works, please see this post: Organic Sulfur For Nearly Instant Pain Relief

Once you are all of the way out of crisis mode and are moving toward resuming normal activities it is time to work on flexibility and strengthening the muscles that support and stabalize your back.  

Healthy flexibility is key in helping to make a full recovery and in helping to prevent such injuries in the future.  I recommend a program created by Pavel Tsatsouline, which involves teaching your muscles to relax rather than stretching tendons and ligaments.  Stretching tendons and ligaments can actually make you more vulnerable to injuries. 

If you can work with someone trained in Pavel Tsatsouline’s methods that is highly worthwhile.  If not, you can still get his book and use it to learn the techniques – “Relax Into Stretch”.  (This is a completely new approach to flexibility, that is radically different form any other I have seen or tried.  I believe that done properly, it is by far the safest program for increasing flexibility, and it enables you to obtain the fastest and most profound results.  Well worth tracking down.)

Here is the link, promised near the top of this post, to the article on How I Fix Up Sore Joints.   It contains information on how to properly use DMSO and MSM to reduce pain and inflammation and to speed healing. This works great for sore joints and for sore backs.

Note:  The Organic Sulfur that we offer is from “The Cellular Matrix Study”.  With more than 100,000 study members, world-wide, “The Cellular Matrix Study” is the world’s largest human health study of the effects of Organic Sulfur and sulfur deficiencies. 

Although the Organic Sulfur in pure crystal form that we offer is technically Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, we do not refer to it by the over-used name: “MSM”.  This is because almost all forms of MSM on the market are either of very limited efficacy or not effective at all.  A few are not even safe.  Reasons for this are explained in detail in the Organic Sulfur posts on this site.

Here is a simple test that you can use to disqualify most of the MSM on the market:  If you dissolve some of the MSM product in plain drinking water and then let the water evaporate, and crystals are not formed as the water evaporates you can rest assured that the MSM will not be effective.  Unfortunately, even if crystals do form that does not guarantee that the MSM will be effective.  But this test will disqualify most of the MSM on the market.

The  Organic Sulfur we offer on this site is private labeled in order to help get you the best possible price and to assist you in confirming that it is from the highest quality source possible, (The Cellular Matrix Study.)

Finally, here is a link to a previous blog post on how to properly strengthen your lower back in a way that will reduce the likelihood of future back injuries.  The approach discussed in the post also will help you to complete your  recovery.  This part of your recovery should only be started once you are completely out of crisis mode, and are well on your way towards fully resuming normal activities.  The central element of this method involves strengthening specific muscles that are all-to-commonly neglected, even by fitness fanatics.  You may need a knowledgeable trainer to teach you how and to get you started.  If so, consider printing out the post and having your trainer read it so they will know exactly what your goal with them is:

Is There A Key To Banishing Lower Back Pain and Sciatica?

Over the years I have made it my business to collect feedback on this important health topic.  I look forward to yours.

To your health!

Jeff Bell

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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Want A Highly Accurate, Non-Invasive Cancer Test?

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitFor a number of years most parts of Europe have enjoyed a very accurate, safe and non-invasive cancer test.  No x-rays, no expensive scans and nothing more unpleasant or dangerous than a blood test.  It is known as an AMAS test, or “Anti-Malignin AntibodySerum” test.

Over the past few years this test has gained increasing recognition and popularity in the United States.  There is good reason for this.

It is far less expensive than the various scans used to detect cancers.  The cost for the test, including drawing the blood sample is approximately $200.00.  Compare this to most cancer scans, which cost $1,000.00 an up.  Further, it is safe, whereas most scans expose your body to huge doses of radiation, which can of course cause cancer as well as general tissue damage.

At present there is only one lab in the United States that does the actual testing – Onco Lab Inc in Boston.  However, you can have the sample drawn and shipped to them by most local labs around the country.

Here are 2 important tips that will help you to get the most accurate results possible:   Get the AMAS test sample drawn only by a lab that knows how to pre-process the sample for that test.  They need to spin it down a special way and then pack it on ice and FedEx it to OncoLabs.  There are plenty of facilities that know how to do this.  Call OncoLabs and ask them for the nearest ones to you.  You can get their customer service number from their web site when you go there to download the requisition form.  While you are asking about the nearest qualified lab you can ask them to send you the appropriate collection kit, which they will do free of charge.

Secondly, always get the sample drawn on a Monday through Thursday, before mid-morning, so that the local lab has plenty of time to prepare it and get it out in that day’s FedEx pickup.  Never have it drawn on a Friday or Saturday – you don’t want the sample sitting around in a Fed Ex facility or in a receiving area over the weekend.

To learn more about this test, and to download brochures as well as requisition forms that your physician can sign for you, visit the Onco Lab Inc web site.

www.oncolabinc.com

To your health!

Jeff Bell

P.S.  Lately, I have gotten a number of questions from both clients and practitioners, wanting to know more about the test.  Not surprisingly, the conventional medical establishment in the U.S.A. has not widely accepted it.  Instead, they have raised a host of objections.  This clearly gets well into the politics and economics of cancer in the U.S.  Some of the objections are easily resolved by just understanding clearly when and how to use the test, and when it is useful and when it is not.  Others of the objections are simply not valid.  That said, I think the best way to get your questions answered is to contact Onco Labs, directly.  You can find the contact information on their web-site, but to make it easier, here it is:

Oncolab, Inc.
36 The Fenway
Boston, MA  02215

(800) 922-8378
or
(617) 536-0850

info@oncolabinc.com

www.oncolabinc.com

 

 

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Exciting Vitamin D Research – Participants Needed !!

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitI just learned of a new project that gives us all an opportunity to significantly improve our immune systems, and at the same time participate in valuable research about Vitamin D and its relationship to the immune system.

The timing is perfect.  I am just about to release a new article on how to protect yourself against the Swine flu as well as other flus and pathogenic threats without submitting to the very dangerous vaccines that are being promoted.  (Shamelessly promoted in the name of profits over health, and without regard for safety or efficacy.)

A major component of my immune strategy is to optimze my vitamin D level.   All the best current research strongly points to the crucial role that optimum vitamin D levels play in maintaining a healthy immune system.

However, optimizing one’s vitamin D level requires testing at least every 6 months.  Many people either do not have access to the tests, or would need to get a test requisition from a doctor in order to get tested.   This is a nuisance and an extra expense just when most of us don’t need extra expenses.

Partly to participate in this safe and exciting research project and partly to avoid the expense and hassle of an otherwise-unneeded doctor’s visit, I just joined the research project.  This means that without seeing a doctor I can get a vitamin D test twice each year.  What’s more, they use the same lab that I use and recommend for hormone balancing – ZRT Labs, which I know to be one of the best in the world.

The cost is $65.00 twice a year for the testing as long as you are a participant.  (This was the price for the testing as of 1/1/2010.  Be sure to check as the price may have changed by the time you order your test.)  The sample can be taken in your own home.  It’s easy and it’s a safe way to optimize your vitamin D level, which in turn will dramatically improve your immune system’s functionality.

What a deal!  Here’s the Web Address to join the program:

https://www.grassrootshealth.net/questionnaire-welcome?c=1&js=1

If you prefer not to join the Vitamin D research project you can simply order a test kit by Clicking the “Buy Now” Button below.  The test is slightly more expensive that way, but it may be more convenient.  You do not even need to get a requisition signed by a doctor.  You can easily use the kit and prepare the sample from the convenience of your own home.

It is possible that you can look around and find a test for less, but by the time you add the cost of getting a doctor to sign for it, that may not pay.  If you do get your test elsewhere be sure it is a genuine test for accurate blood levels of vitamin D following these guidelines:

There are two vitamin D blood spot tests:  1,25(OH)D and 25(OH)D.   25(OH)D is the better marker of overall D status.

The correct test is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D.  Click the button below to buy your test kit directly from Labrix, a nationally recognized, high-standard lab.

 

To your health!

Jeff Bell

P.S.  Be on the lookout for a new article on protecting yourself from the Swine flu and other such threats.  It will be included in our newsletter, which will be out any day now.

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Ease Or Struggle – There Is A Choice

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This will be one of my shorter posts.  But don’t let the short length fool you.  It may well be one of my most important posts, ever.  If it whets your appetite you may want to read the more detailed article that’s linked to it. 

The gist of the message is simply this.  In most areas of life we can progress through great effort and will, but there is often a way to accomplish as much or more via “flow”. 

Flow is that ease, where things just feel like they almost can’t go wrong, and it doesn’t feel like work.  It’s almost as if you think it and it is so.  Athletes refer to this as “being in the zone”.

Of course there are things we need to do in life that are just flat out hard.  And sometimes there simply is no easy way. 

But the longer I am alive the more convinced I am that I frequently work at things much harder than I have to, and that the extra effort adds nothing of worth to the result.

In fact, I often find that the extra effort and the mental and emotional state I am in when I am working so hard actually detract from the result.  The best results I get are usually when I am working in “the flow”, “in the zone”, or almost allowing the work to get done rather than sweating my brains out to accomplish something. 

Until a few years ago, I observed this but had no clue as to the cause.  I had no idea about why I sometimes got great results with ease and other times obtained disappointing results with great effort. 

I sensed that there had to be a piece of the puzzle that I was missing.  A couple of years ago I found it.

Hint:  This is not a gimmick.  This is not about repeating affirmations, nor does it have anything to do with the myriad sets of pop psychology techniques that clutter today’s personal growth landscape.

Have I got your interest? 

If so, you might want to check this out: Why Do Some People Have The Midas Touch?.

Please feel free to send me your comments and feedback: You can e-mail me, or post your comments on the blog.

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your empowerment and health!

Jeff Bell

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Can We Balance Prosperity And Economic Justice?

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Yes, I believe we can.  (There is a tie to health and you’ll see it soon.)

 Those of you who know me and have been following me for a while know that in addition to my passionate pursuit of uncommon and highly valuable health knowledge, I have long been a dedicated student of matters financial.  Parallel with my focus on health matters, I have made it my business to cut through the layers of disinformation surrounding money and to drink deeply from the well of knowledge that the financial “powers that be” do not want any of us to know. 

 I’m quite serious about the “powers that be” not wanting us to know these things.  Recall that Henry Ford, (himself a long-standing member of the financial powers that be), once famously said, ““It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”   He later tried to deny making any such statement.  Lucky for him and his cronies, the Powers That Be, most of the people were asleep and paid no attention to his statement.  But perhaps it is high time that we look into what he revealed.

I am sharing this information with you on a health blog because I believe that financial health and physical, emotional and spiritual health are intimately tied together.  In the absence of financial health physical and emotional health often become much more challenging.

Especially in these potentially bewildering economic times, understanding what is going on behind the curtains can really help to lower our stress levels.  Empowerment always starts with knowledge.  And as with many important areas of life, that knowledge that is most crucial for us is often the uncommon knowledge that is hardest to come by.

First we need a couple of simple currency definitions.  Currency can be divided into two basic types:  money backed by tangible assets and “fiat money”.

Money backed by tangible assets is usually currency backed by a specific amount of a precious metal, generally gold or silver.  Of course, I am talking about paper currency here – there is no need to back coins by precious metal as long the coins themselves are minted from precious metals.  (I realize that the everyday coins we mostly encounter and use these days have very little precious metal in them anymore, except for the very old ones, but let’s set that aside for the moment.)  So a thousand dollar bill would be backed by an amount of gold that is worth $1,000.00.  That makes sense, right?  Ah, but it gets complicated rather quickly.  Who determines how much gold is actually worth $1,000.00 and how is that determination made?  We’ll come back to that question.

Fiat money is money that is NOT backed by any tangible asset at all.  Instead it’s paper money that is worth a given amount because the government or other issuing agency says it is.  So its value is set by decree or “fiat”, and the money is actually worth that as long as we all agree that it is.  But as soon as a critical mass of the people, begin to doubt the value, the value actually declines.  This occurs because a lowered trust level actually decreases the purchasing power of the fiat money. 

Another way that fiat money can quickly lose its value is if one or more of the very large trading institutions begin “short-selling” the currency.  That is, they set contracts to sell it in the near term future for less than it is selling for now.  That will very quickly drive down the value of the money, often ruining the little people who are unfortunate enough to have their savings stored in that currency. 

When a fiat currency loses its value, regardless of the cause, this is known as “inflation”.  In addition to losses by deliberate manipulation by large financial institutions and “investors”, fiat currency generally loses its value if the too much money is printed.  I hear you asking, “How much is too much?”  Great question – we’ll come back to that in a minute.

Until very recently I was a strong advocate for a return to currency backed by tangible assets.  Until the early 1970s, the U.S. currency was at least to some extent tied to tangible assets.  It was backed by a certain amount of gold.  Richard Nixon took the U.S. off the gold standard and the U.S. currency has been pure fiat money ever since.

Many of us in either the financial sector or who have been activists, working for a saner fiscal policy for the U.S., have promoted a return to tangible asset money, also known in some circles as “real money”.  The obvious implication is that fiat money is not real, not valid, and not an example of good fiscal policy.  Until recently I accepted that concept as self-evident truth, and really never thought to question it. 

Here’s what quickly caused me to question that “truth” and to subsequently change my views:  I learned that the strongest advocates for currency backed by tangible assets are actually the world’s largest and most powerful banks.  This got my curiosity up.  Just as I am immediately suspicious of any health agenda promoted by Big Pharma, I look carefully at any financial agenda promoted by the largest corporations and banks.  They generally can be counted upon to have their own interests at heart, and these are almost always in opposition to the interests of the vast majority of the human beings who live on this planet.

Once I learned who was pushing hardest for tangible asset money I began to ask why.  You’d think that on the surface, the huge mega-banks would prefer fiat money that is easier for them to manipulate at will.  But, in fact, they do not. 

Here’s what we are not supposed to focus on:  The number of people who own and control these gargantuan banks are relatively few.  We outnumber them by several hundred million to one.  Let me say that again:  We outnumber them by several hundred million to one!

What is their most important goal?  Is it the ongoing accumulation and concentration of wealth?  You might think so, but that is a little off-target in a subtle but important way.  Their primary agenda is control, and wealth is merely the means to that control.  Think about it for just a minute: It has no effect on the lifestyle of the CEO of some huge Swiss bank that most people never even heard of, has a net worth of 6 billion dollars or 15 billion.  None at all.  However, that difference in wealth certainly does affect the degree of control over the rest of us and the planet that the CEO can wield. 

In fact, since we do outnumber these largest bankers by such a staggering ratio it is essential that they maintain control over us.  Otherwise when enough of us are hungry or lacking the other basics needed to sustain life, we will rise up and take their wealth away.  This is not theory.  History is replete with examples where this has occurred.

One of the most important hidden agendas of these mega-banks is to make sure that there are always currency scarcities.  That is how they manipulate us into competing against each other for the always-inadequate money supply.  This is their deliberate tactic for distracting us from even finding out who they are, let alone contesting their monopolies of wealth and control. 

They love to see us playing our adult version of musical chairs.  As long as there are not enough chairs to go around, when the music stops, someone is a loser.  This holds true for money, as well.  If there is never enough money to go around, then all those except the mega-rich spend much of their time and energy competing with each other for the always scarce money.  That is just how the big banks like it.  We fight each other and they get to concentrate on ever greater levels of control and wealth concentration without much interference from us.

There are other reasons why these huge financial corporations see limiting currency supply as in their direct interests.  For example, if they can limit the currency that would otherwise be used by a resource-rich, developing nation, and thereby prevent it from developing and exploiting its own resources, the chances are good that they will sooner or later be able to exploit that country’s resources themselves.

To tie this all together, we need one more financial principle:  In order for an economy to function efficiently, smoothly and without significant poverty, there must be sufficient currency in circulation for the citizens to use to buy and sell the sum total of the available goods and services.  Of course, there are other requirements for an economy to function well, but without sufficient currency, even a “rich” country, as defined by its natural resources and/or its ability to produce valuable goods and services, will suffer significant poverty.  Further, without sufficient currency the growth of the economy will not keep up with the real richness of the country. 

Why do the mega-banks advocate for asset-backed currencies?  The reason is simple.  In almost all cases the amount of gold and silver, or other precious metals available to back the currency is much less than the sum total of the goods and services available to buy and sell.  So by promoting asset backed currencies they are ensuring that there will be currency shortages, and that we will be manipulated into competing with each other for this scarce resource – money.  They love this!  It is a key element of their agenda to maintain control.

How do we solve this problem?  There isn’t enough gold and silver in the world to back the amount of currency needed to buy and sell the available goods and services.  The amount of gold and silver that can be mined, world-wide, can never keep pace with the value of goods and services developed, world-wide.  Perhaps it could centuries ago, but not in the modern world. 

So backing the currency with gold and silver, (and other precious metals for that matter), insures that there will be widespread poverty, even if there is plenty of real wealth – goods, services, resources, etc.

But doesn’t fiat money always lead to inflation?  Isn’t that inevitable?  Not necessarily!  It actually turns out that there is nothing wrong with fiat money, as long as the amount issued is corresponds with the available goods and services that need to be bought and sold. 

For example, if a country produces an annual total value of goods and services in the amount of 180 billion dollars, and it has roughly 180 billion dollars in fiat money in circulation, the money holds its value just fine.  It turns out that the real backing of the money is the value of available goods and services and not some arbitrarily assigned monetary value of some metal that is in short supply.

This has been tried many times throughout history on various scales.  And the theory stands true in the practical – the fiat money holds its value very well, with no persistent or significant inflation as long as the currency supply matches the supply of available goods and services. 

Of course, this article of necessity simplifies some of these currency principles.  (If it didn’t it would be book length.)  But the principles hold. 

I hope you are skeptical about this.  I was at first.  I had been a staunch advocate of a return to tangible asset money for so very long that it took me awhile and some focused thinking to even open my mind to these ideas.  But after a while I did come around to this new way of looking at money.

If you want to learn more about these ideas and the historical facts that underlie them, I highly recommend one of the most interesting and radical books on money and finance I have ever read:  “The Web Of Debt” by the brilliant Ellen Hodgson Brown, JD.  I have read a great many books on finance and money.  And most of them are either comprised mostly of misinformation that serves to disempower the reader, or they are weighted down with such arcane and poorly explained material as to be all but unreadable.  In contrast, this book was filled with completely new information, and was so well written that I nearly sprained my wrist turning the pages. 

Lastly, if you read my article on stashing some gold and silver as a survival strategy you may wonder if I have changed my tune.  Not in the slightest!  Although I hope that the principles presented in this post and more thoroughly explained in Ms. Brown’s book come to fruition soon, we still need survival strategies to get through the transition or transitions it will take to get to what’s next. 

I am convinced that our current system is not sustainable.  History teaches us that when the concentration of wealth and power reach certain critical thresholds, the wealth and power get redistributed.  Mostly this happens violently, and occasionally peacefully.  I hope it does happen peacefully, but I don’t think we can realistically count on that.  So to get through a difficult transition, I am following the survival strategies I have researched and written about.  I stand by them as strongly now as I ever have.

By the way, if you are interested in one of my financial survival strategies, here is a link: Short Term Financial Survival.

And, here is link to a very fine article I just found by Larry Edelson and Martin P. Weiss on how to prosper in the current economic confditons.  Deffinately worth reading: Fed’s Money Printed Gone Wild.

Please feel free to send me your comments and feedback:  You can e-mail me, or post your comments on the blog.

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your empowerment and health!

Jeff Bell

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An Even Faster Way To Show Warts The Door

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_Portrait Those of you who read my “Kissing Warts Goodbye” blog post of 08/14/2009 know that I got rid of a wart that had grown under a fingernail and that had been with me for about 45 years.

I used MMS to get rid of this wart.  I had previously tried a number of “remedies” and none worked.  The MMS did the trick in a couple of days.

Since then I have learned of a couple of improvements to the process.

The first is really simple:  Use a 50% solution of the Citric Acid Activator that is used to activate the MMS, instead of the 10% solution previously recommended.  The reason for this is simple:  If you use a 10% solution of the Citric Acid Activator then you must mix it in a 1-to-5 ratio with the MMS.  So you would use 5 drops of the Citric Acid Activator for each drop of MMS.

By using a 50% solution of the Citric Acid Activator instead of the 10% solution, you can mix using a 1-to-1 ratio.  So you would mix 1 drop of the 50% Citric Acid Activator solution for each drop of MMS.

You still wait the 3 minutes for the MMS to be activated, just as you would if using a 10% solution.

The advantage is that you end up with a stronger, more concentrated solution of activated MMS.  This does an even better job of kicking the wart’s butt – making it say “uncle” and leave.

Since most of the Citric Acid Activator that is available for purchase is mixed in a 10% solution, which has been the standard for years, you may have to hunt a bit to find a 50% solution of the Citric Acid Activator.  Or you can mix your own from dry Citric Acid Activator powder.

In case you are looking for a source for 50% Citric Acid Activator, you can buy it from A2Z, using this link:

A2Z MMS Products

Once there, click on the Citric Acid link on the main page.

You can also buy the dry Citric Acid Activator powder link on that page. Mixing is simple: To make 10% Citric Acid Activator solution, dissolve the dry powder in distilled water, in a 1-to-9 ratio by volume. For example, dissolve 1 tablespoon of the dry powder in 9 tablespoons of the distilled water.

To make a 50% solution of the Citric Acid Activator, mix 1-to-1 by volume. For example, to make a few ounces of solution, dissolve 3 tablespoons of the dry powder in 3 tablespoons of distilled water.

Note that the 50% solution takes longer to dissolve than the 10% solution does. You may have to swirl it around for awhile. Or if you have an inert, non-metallic stirring rod, like a glass rod used to mix drinks, you can use that to stir it into complete solution a little faster.

The second improvement is to use DMSO, (chemical name: Dimethyl Sulfoxide; formula: CH3SO), with the MMS. This allows the activated MMS to penetrate deeper into the wart and to penetrate faster. The result is that it is much more potent in eradicating the virus that is causing the wart.

If you plan to use the DMSO, please read the safety points that relate to DMSO. I have used it safely for over 45 years. For most people it seems to be very safe. That is, as long as the safety points are followed. I list them at the end of this post.

Just using the 50% solution will improve the ability of the MMS to kill the wart. This more concentrated form of the activated MMS is much more powerful than that made with 10% citric acid activator. So it gives the wart far more grief.

Mixing the DMSO with the activated MMS allows the MMS to penetrate much more deeply into the wart, which makes it more effective.

You can generally buy DMSO in most health food stores. Due to the idiosyncrasies of the FDA, you may have to sign a form saying that you are using it as a solvent, or that you are not using it on a human being. You can also often find DMSO in feed stores, particularly in a rural area. (It is commonly used to treat joint injuries on race horses and other four-leggeds.)

If you use the mixture of MMS and DMSO to treat warts, consider applying it about every 24 hours for several days. That should do the trick. Also, to make it even more effective, if practical, you may carefully trim the hardened, dead skin that typically winds up on the top of most warts. Be careful not to trim down far enough to hit nerves and cause pain or bleeding – just the dead layer on top. This will further improve penetration and may make the wart go away sooner.

Here are the safety points for use of DMSO:

1.  I purchase only pharmaceutical grade, unscented DMSO. I use the 99.9% strength DMSO.

2.  I wash the area I intend to treat with Castile Soap before treating it. I use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented, Baby-Mild Castile Soap.

3.  After washing the area with the Castile Soap and thoroughly rinsing it with water to remove any soap residue, I rinse the area one more time with distilled water.  I allow it to air dry.

4.  I paint on the DMSO and MMS mixture on with a glass rod that is like a swizzle stick.  (I bought several inert glass stirring rods from a supplier of chemist’s glassware.  Some professional bar suppliers also have these for sale.)

5.  I allow the area treated with the DMSO and MMS mixture to air dry.

6.  I avoid letting the area come in contact with anything that could be toxic for at least 4 hours.

Important things to know about DMSO:  DMSO, (chemical name: Dimethyl Sulfoxide; formula: CH3SO), is a naturally-occurring solvent.  (Don’t let the word solvent scare you – water is a solvent!)  As a solvent, DMSO has some unusual properties:  It very quickly penetrates the skin.  It goes into the bloodstream and into any body tissue that is below the skin.  In fact, it penetrates so well and so far that when I paint some on my knee, within a minute or so I can taste it on my tongue.  (It has a garlic-like taste.)

DMSO not only penetrates the skin and goes into the farthest reaches of the body, but it also pulls in any substances it is in contact with, as well.  So if I have some skin cream on my hand and I paint on some DMSO, it will pull in the skin cream, or at least some of the chemicals in the cream, with it.  I most likely do not want that to happen, which is why I follow the careful pre-treatment cleaning steps outlined above.

Once the DMSO has been painted onto the skin, it leaves the skin hyper-permeable for up to 4 hours.  So I am careful not to wear clothing that has synthetics or possibly toxic clothing dyes, over the area I treat.

Final Score:  Good Guys 10 – Warts Zero !

To your health!

Jeff Bell

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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A Major Reform For Our Health Care System

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitWhile the mostly dysfunctional folks in Wahsington, DC are busy re-arranging the deck chairs on our Titanic – their so-called “debate” on Health Care Reform – we do not need to stand helplessly by, doing nothing.  We could allow what is going on to make us feel discouraged and disempowered.  But that would not be healthy for us, physically, emotionally or spiritually. 

Regardless of the outcome, doing something positive is a healthy choice and is clearly in our best interest.   There is action we can take - read and sign the excellent petition that is circulating.  It is aimed at compelling the legislators to consider some far more substantive health system options than they will if left to their own devices. 

I can’t honestly say if this will have a significant effect on the legislative outcome or not.  Obviously, that depends on lots of factors, including how many people sign the petition.  But I am sure that if we take no action at all, very little will change for the better. 

The insurance companies will continue to rake in billions of our dollars, while providing very little benefit to anyone but their top excutives and their shareholders; they will still get away with illegally and unethically denying care to those who have faithfully paid their outrageiously expensive preimums for years and years; and as a nation we will continue to spend the most for the worst in terms of health outcomes and quality of care. 

Here is the link to the petition.  I have also included the full text below the link.  Please review and if it makes sense to you, go ahead and sign it.  If enough of us do, it may just turn the tide.

I hope you will also post your comments about this.  It is certainly one of the most important issues we face as a nation.

Sign the Health Revolution Petition now!

Here’s the body of the petition:

We, the People of these United States of America, hereby call for revolutionary changes in our health care system that encourage health and prosperity instead of disease and corporate profit.

Specifically, we call for:

1. Federal government encouragement and reward for the People taking personal responsibility for their own health

- A full federal income tax deduction, with no minimum, for the purchase of any product, service, or device that is intended for use in the improvement of health.  This includes, but is not limited to, dietary and herbal supplements, gym memberships, health coaching services, exercise equipment, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies or any other health-enhancing products and services.

- The immediate creation of an investigatory panel, comprised of leaders from both conventional and naturopathic backgrounds, that would investigate the “Citizens In Charge” debit card health care system described at www.HealthRevolutionPetition.org/CitizensInCharge.html

  * The “Citizens In Charge” health care system is a “socialized-free-market” system of health care that eliminates all health insurance and puts health care decisions back into the hands of the People, allowing them to spend their government-provided health care funds on any health-related products or services they choose (conventional, alternative, licensed or unlicensed).

  * The investigatory panel shall report on the economic viability (and potential savings) of the program, as well as the likely improvements in health care outcomes. This report shall be made publicly available on the internet for all citizens to read and discuss.
2. Restore Health Freedom to All Americans and Legalize Healing

- Allow all practitioners of the healing arts, licensed or otherwise, the freedom to practice healing arts with the consent of patients. End all government persecution of alternative and complementary care practitioners and clinics.

- End FDA oppression of free speech about health products and therapies.

- Protect access to dietary supplements, colloidal silver, medicinal herbs and anti-cancer products.

- End FTC and FDA assaults on the Free Speech rights of natural health companies who accurately describe the health benefits of their products.

- Affirm the rights of American moms and dads to choose to avoid mandatory vaccinations of their children.

- End federal assaults (DEA) on the possession or sale of medicinal plants that have been medically recognized and legalized by States such as California.

- Legalize Healing: End state monopoly medical licensing laws that grant conventional medical authorities absolute power to decide who can or cannot practice medicine.
3. End FDA Tyranny, Censorship and Corruption

- End the FDA’s definition of a “drug” and strip it of authority to censor truthful health claims about dietary supplements.

- End revolving door employment between the FDA and Big Pharma; fire current FDA employees and advisors with past financial ties to Big Pharma.

- Require full disclosures of financial conflicts of interest of FDA managers, scientists and decision panel members.

- End the FDA’s Big Pharma-initiated attack on compounding pharmacies and bioidentical hormone therapy.

- Investigate the FDA’s collusion with pharmaceutical companies in hiding clinical trial data from the American public.
4. Protect the Food Supply

- Ban GMOs in the U.S. food supply.

- Ban harmful food additives: MSG, aspartame and sodium nitrite.

- Require honest labeling of irradiated foods.

- Require country-of-origin labeling for all foods sold in the U.S.

- Ban the importation of foods using pesticides outlawed in the U.S.

- Save California’s almond growers and end the fumigation of raw almonds.

- Require honest investigation into mad cow disease and the questionable practices of factory animal farms.

- Only permit “harmonization” of our healthcare and food laws with other nations if all the freedoms and rights mentioned in this petition are respected and guaranteed both domestically and in the harmonizing nation.
5. Restore Honest Science to Medicine

- Require the open, timely publication of all medical studies.

- Require open disclosure of all ties between study authors, researchers and for-profit entities.

- Require clinical trial results to report ABSOLUTE numbers, not just relative numbers.

- Require long-term testing of drugs (at least 12 months) before approval in order to determine real-world side effects.

- Require safety testing of multiple drug combinations that are commonly prescribed to real patients.

- End disease mongering and the psychiatric medication of infants and toddlers. Outlaw the drugging of young children with mind-altering chemicals such as ADHD drugs.
6. End Era of Big Pharma Domination Over Health Care

- End all drug-company-funded “benefits” to doctors, including vacation-style CME events, speaking fees, consulting fees and author fees.

- Investigate and prosecute drug company executives for intentionally hiding negative drug trial data and misleading the public about the safety of their products.

- Get Big Pharma out of medical schools.

- Guarantee the right of consumers to sue drug companies and medical device manufacturers for damages caused by unsafe products.

- Restore power to the FTC to regulate commercial drug advertising practices.

- Modify the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to double product liability and personal injury awards involving any pharmaceuticals that are advertised in a Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) manner.

- Enact legislation that would impose substantial criminal penalties for executives of drug companies that advertise drugs for which serious adverse events were known by the company at the time the drug was submitted to the FDA for approval.

- Regulate direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription medications by removing its jurisdiction from the FDA and shifting it to the FTC, which is normally the agency that exercises jurisdiction over commercial advertising. Additionally:

  * Require such ads to prominently and conspicuously display, for a period of no less than five seconds, a toll-free phone number that drug consumers may use to report drug side effects.

  * Disallow the practice of using celebrity spokespersons for the promotion of any drug.

  * Disallow ads that exaggerate claims of drug benefits or that do not accurately reflect the scientific findings of clinical trials.

  * Require all statistical claims of drug benefits to be stated in absolute numbers, not relative numbers.

  * Require drug side effects reports gathered through the toll-free phone number to be reported on a timely basis to the FDA.

  * Require the FTC to disallow pharmaceutical “lifestyle advertising” that suggests taking a drug will dramatically transform the lifestyle of the patient. Lifestyle advertising sends a dangerous message that the “before” person (depressed, miserable, unhealthy-looking) will be magically changed into the “after” person (healthy, vibrant, happy, energetic and sexy) by taking the drug.
7. Protect Children From Products That Compromise Their Health

- Restrict commercial advertising of junk foods, sodas and caffeine energy drinks to programming hours not commonly viewed by children.

- Eliminate junk food and soda vending machines from all schools and public buildings.

- Get processed foods out of the school lunch program and encourage the use of fresh, unprocessed foods.

- End mandatory vaccination requirements (as per section 2, above), restoring this decision to parents.
8. Ban Man-Made, Non-Natural Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

- Ban man-made, non-natural chemicals in cosmetics that have not been proven safe.

- Require government-funded testing of commonly used man-made, non-natural chemicals to determine their safety.

- Require honest labeling of cosmetics and personal care products with appropriate cancer warnings.

- Recognize that the skin absorbs chemicals, and chemicals used on the skin can enter the bloodstream.
9. Invest in Disease Prevention

- Encourage and permit tax deductions for routine testing of vitamin D as part of routine patient exams.

- Encourage vitamin D supplementation and sensible sunlight exposure to correct deficiencies.

- Teach the population about nutrition, vitamin D, medicinal foods and disease prevention by using Public Service Announcements.
10. Protect the Environment from Drug and Chemical Companies

- Require the EPA to investigate the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals in the water supply.

- End the chemical fluoridation of public water supplies.

- Require hospitals, pharmacies and nursing homes to dispose of expired pharmaceuticals in an environmentally-conscious away that avoids more drugs being flushed down the drain and passing intact through waste water treatment facilities and then into our bodies when we consume tap water.
Note: The actual wording of this petition may change slightly over time for purposes of clarity and completeness. Any changes will be minor and shall honor the spirit and substance of the petition text you are reading now.

This petition was authored and organized by Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com, with the considerable help and input of many health freedom attorneys and advocates, including Scott Tips, Bill Faloon, Jonathan Emord, Jim Turner and others. The Consumer Wellness Center thanks all the individuals who took part in creating this petition, and keeping it aligned with the principles of liberty and freedom.

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Just What Is The Point, Anyway?

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitRecently I was working with a client I have been helping through some difficult health challenges.  Let’s call him Tom.  He is past middle age, has had his share of health problems over the years, and has also done significant self-growth work over the years.

In our session, Tom shared that he was feeling kind of hopeless and down.  I asked him to tell me a little more.  Tom said, “Hey, I have been working really hard to improve my health and recover from being quite ill.  I am making good progress.  But I keep feeling resentful about how hard it is.  I wonder what is the point, you know, of all this health work, the personal growth stuff, and so on.  After all, by the time I really get there I’ll probably die.”

Besides feeling honored by Tom’s trust and honesty in sharing with me how he really felt, I was puzzled about how to respond.  What could I say that would help him to feel better?  Tom really did have a point there – Why bother to accomplish something, especially something difficult, when it will all be taken away at some point?

Our session was very quiet for awhile as we both thought about this profound question.  After a while it came to me.  I thanked Tom for his honesty and trust. I told him that this was a pretty big issue and that I did not want to respond with some light-weight, New Age platitude that would just serve to bury the discomfort we both felt in pondering this question.

Tom and I made a deal that we would both take some time to think about this question and then we would share our results.

So Tom, this is for you:  To be honest, I sometimes fall into that “what is the point” feeling, myself.  I had the experience of spending a couple of decades honing my body into a fine machine and becoming an accomplished amateur cyclist. In 1989 some guy on his way to the golf course did not see me and plowed into me.  There was nothing I could do to avoid the accident.  I nearly died, spent the next 3 years mostly in a wheelchair, and had my health generally devastated.

So what was the point of all those years of very hard work to become a fine cyclist, since it was all gone in about a hundredth of a second?  The point was to enjoy the ride each day that I went out.

That accident and the experience of very nearly dying, helped me to face a difficult fact about life:  For the most part, we don’t know how long we have in this life and when we will die.  We are all vulnerable to “losing” whatever we have built up over the years – wealth, health, possessions, knowledge, skills, etc.  We could all use that as a reason not to do more than we have to.

Besides learning to face my own mortality, that experience taught my an incredibly valuable lesson about life.  I learned that for me the point is to live the best life that I know how to live.  That is my ultimate goal.

So if each day I live the best life that I can, and act with as much wisdom as I can access at the time, then I am always already at my goal.  Paradoxically, I can still set worthy and compelling goals for the future, and at the same time live with the feeling that I am always at my ultimate goal.

At first, this may seem to be a shallow and perhaps trite answer to Tom’s very big question.  But if you stop to think about it, that paradox just may hold a valuable key – to live every moment as if we have already attained our ultimate goal, and yet at the same time to live with compelling goals that we are still striving for each day.

So Tom, I hope that helps.  Send me what you came up with and I’ll post it on this blog.

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My New Ten Dollar “Car”

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OK, so it isn’t really a car.
 
Recently, I was going over the finances and noticed that we had been spending a lot of money on maintaining my car.  I have an older 240 Volvo station wagon, with about 150,000 miles on it.  It is in good condition.  I take good care of it, and drive it carefully.  I hope to have it for another few hundred thousand miles. 

I got to thinking about why it seemed more expensive to maintain the car than I thought it should be, especially given the relatively low number of miles I drive it every year. 

The obvious answer is that a lot of those miles were short trips to the local farmer’s market, and other local shopping trips, local meetings, workshops and so on.  This is the worst wear and tear you can put on a car – start it up and drive it just a few miles.  Experts say that if 30% of your mileage consists of these short, local trips, you can expect your maintenance costs for most cars to double!  It’s also much worse for the environment to drive these local, short trips than to use the car for longer trips.  The car produces a lot more pollution when it is warming up than it does when the engine is running at steady operating temperature.

I decided to take to do something about this.  I purchased old, beat-up mountain bike for ten dollars at the local thrift store.  I put about $100 into it for new tires and tubes, a rack and basket for the back and a few other things to make it serviceable and safe.

Last night I finished putting the bike back together, having serviced all the mechanical parts.  This morning I took it for its inaugural shopping trip.  I rode to the local market, which is about 1 mile away, and bought a large watermelon and some coffee.

It was easy.  I had a good time and I felt great about not using the car.  Just for kicks and a little extra fitness, I threw in a couple of intervals.  The bike is neither light nor fast, but that just gives me a little extra health dividend.

This older bike is not fancy and it does not look expensive.  It’s paint job is reminiscent of a bad Jackson Pollock imitation.  That’s great – it is less likely to be a target for local bike thieves.  I do have a cable lock just to help remind honest people to stay honest. 

Besides having some fun, saving money on my car’s fuel and maintenance, and being a little easier on the environment, I noticed that my stress level was lower when I returned to work.  What’s not to like?

I plan to schedule my local trips so that I can use the bike most of the time, and save the car just for longer trips.  This means planning my shopping trips during the day so that I don’t have to ride at night.  (I don’t feel safe riding at night around here.)  But based on this morning’s experience I am predicting that I will get more work done by taking a short break to shop during the day.  I am sure my stress level and my focus will be the better for it.

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Why I Don’t Recommend Exercise

What?  Do I mean to tell you that I don’t recommend exercise for most people?  Yes, that’s exactly what I mean.  Think about it – what comes to mind when you say the word exercise?  Do words like, work, sweat, pain, drudgery, boredom, effort, and so on come up for you?  Unless you’re an accomplished athlete of many years the chances are they do.

For most of us the cycle goes something like this:  We wake up one day inspired for one reason or another to “get in shape”, or perhaps to “get back in shape.”    We come up with a plan.  Maybe it’s to get up an hour early so we can go jogging every day before work.  Or perhaps we buy that ultimate exercise machine and make a promise to ourselves that we will work out on it for a half hour a day.  That all sounds great, doesn’t it?

What usually happens with these plans?  They seem to go well for a short time.  Then things somehow just seem to get in the way.  Before long we start missing a day here, and a day there.  That soon progresses to missing several days in a row.  Before long we are no longer exercising at all, and our beautiful machine is acquiring an ever-thickening coating of dust.  Or our fitness plan, gym membership, whatever, is collecting metaphorical dust.

Maybe you or someone you know has had this experience.

Why does this happen?  What was wrong with our plan?  As human beings we are attracted to doing things we enjoy, and we avoid doing things that we do not.  Look again at the collection of words that come up when we think of exercise:  work, sweat, pain, drudgery, boredom, effort, and so on.  Do those sound like something most of us would enjoy?  Probably not.

For most of us, if we are just doing something because we know it is good for us and we are not enjoying it, sooner or later we will find a way to stop.  It generally does not matter how good our intentions are.  Either our will to continue just seems to wear out, or our unconscious motivations end up undoing our conscious commitment to keep doing it.

And yet, we all know it is important to our health, both physical and emotional, to use our bodies and to experience physical exertion on a regular basis.  So what is the answer?

Find some physical activity that is fun!  It could be playing tennis, it could be doing yoga in a group, it could be dancing, martial arts, hiking, cycling, or…  The important two factors are that it be fun for you on a long-term basis, and that it includes a fair amount of physical exertion.  For example, I love bicycling.  I find that it is usually very easy for me to get out and ride most days of the week.  Occasionally my schedule interferes with a planned ride.  But I find myself reacting by feeling like I have missed out on a ride rather than feeling that I have found a valid excuse not to go exercise.

The “exercise purists” will say that most of these fun activities are not really optimal for reaching and maintaining the best level fitness.  They are absolutely right.  However, isn’t it better to do something that may not be the optimal fitness activity, but that is sustainable over the long term than something that you will inevitably quit doing?

So find something you really enjoy and are likely to enjoy well into the future.  Do it with joy, and accept the fact that it does not meet the criteria of most Olympic trainers.  So what!  As long as you find yourself looking forward to doing it, and it entails a reasonable amount of physical exertion, you are on the right track. 

I bicycle on average about 6 days a week.  I look forward to my ride.  My neighbor goes to the gym and exercises.  She told me that she does not enjoy it, but tries to do it because it is good for her.  When she misses a day of going to the gym she feels guilty.  When I miss a day I had planned to ride, I feel deprived of some of my share of joy for that day.  A couple of years down the road which one of us do you think is more likely to be consistent in our chosen activities?

From time to time on a ride I may find myself smitten with a sudden spasm of irrational exuberance.  I break into a sprint for 100 yards or so.  Then I drop back down into a very comfortable pace.  This is sometimes known as “interval training”, but I only do it if I feel like it and it is fun.  On some rides I find myself just feeling like seeing how fast I can go for a short distance.  Again, I do this just for fun.  It often feels really great to push myself for a short distance.

Because language is important in determining how we think about things, I don’t even use the word exercise to describe what I do.  I don’t want that feeling of obligation, or doing it just because it is good for me to be associated with my activity.  I think of it as my fun physical activity – an important part of my playtime.  And I make sure that it is.  When I am out riding, I never push the pace to the point where it is not fun.  Sometimes I do ride fast, but only when that is enjoyable – when the feeling of rushing along like a well-tuned machine is joyous.  You might want to make up your own label for what you do – one that will reinforce the enjoyment aspect.

And you may even find that if you get really into your sport or activity that you will be motivated to do some special fitness or strength training to enable you to enjoy your activity more fully.  But I would be careful not to make that the main focus.  Be sure you do not let obligation creep into your fun activity.  Rather, keep it as the means to the end so that you do not accidentally undermine your enjoyment and the long term consistency that is so much more attainable through doing what you truly enjoy. 

Also, keep in mind that if you are currently some distance away from physically fit, start off gradually.  Even if you pick an activity that seems like it will be fun, or maybe one you used to do and that was fun, if you go at it too hard from a dead stop, you may injure yourself.  And even if you don’t injure yourself, if you go too hard at first you are likely to make yourself so sore that you will be resistant to continuing long enough to get fit. 

One important side note:  As we age, the importance of flexibility in terms of avoiding injury with many physical activities becomes more and more important.  By now, if you’ve been reading my blogs and articles you know that I often am at odds with the commonly accepted assumptions about many things.  Flexibility is no exception.  I have learned that the mainstream approach to flexibility is not efficient, and that it often leads to or increases the chances of injury rather than protecting against injury.  I have learned an entirely new approach that is far safer and produces much more rapid and profound results.  I learned this from the brilliant work of a former Soviet Olympic trainer.  I will have a post about this important breakthrough in the very near future.

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Is MMS The Magic Bullet?

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitDarn near!  As I have written in previous posts, when I initially heard the claims about what MMS could do, and some of the wide menu of health concerns it could improve, I was very skeptical.  In fact, a few years back, I heard about MMS and put it on my “too good to be true” pile. 

Several months ago I was prompted to take another look at MMS.  A fellow holistic healer told me that she had cured herself of a particularly nasty disease after the conventional doctors told her that all they could offer was to partially alleviate her symptoms.  They advised her to make good friends with the disease and get used to living with it.  That was probably the best advice they could have given her.  It made her so angry and defiant that she decided she would show them.  Within a month of starting the MMS she was completely well again.  Her doctors were more than a little surprised.

Since then, I have been digging up every scrap of information about MMS that I could find.  I have also been using it for about a a little over a month now.  My digestion is greatly improved, my energy level is much higher, and I have even found that my mental functions seem stronger and more clear.  Everywhere I turn I find amazing stories from my colleagues and others of dramatic health benefits from using MMS to address an astonishingly large number of health problems. 

Along with the buzz about MMS and all the information about its potential benefits, there seems to be a fair amount of confusion and some misleading information regarding best practices for using it.  To help provide some clarity I written some basic guidelines for those interesting in learning how to use MMS.  The article certainly does not cover everything – that would take a small encyclopedia.  However, if you are just getting started, or just learning about MMS you will almost certainly find it valuable. 

The beginning of the article includes a link for the free basic eBook on MMS that Jim Humble wrote a few years back.  That book covers the foundational information that you need.  Then my article brings you up to date with some of the latest recommendations for common use. 

Here is the link to the MMS Basic Use article: MMS General Use Guidelines                

I also am sharing this simplified chart that makes it easy to learn how to begin using MMS for general health: MMS Simple Use Chart

Also, if you are looking for a source for MMS, here is a good web site where you can buy it inexpensively: CLO2Plus – an MMS Source

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Kissing Warts Goodbye

OK, I didn’t really kiss the wart.  But it is gone.  Let me back up for a minute here.  When I was 13 years old I badly injured the tip of a finger on my left hand.  My fingernail turned a few ugly colors and eventually fell off. 

When it grew back, it had this ugly, inconvenient wart under it.  I tried a number of the common remedies available at the time.  None worked.

Finally I went to see a surgeon who removed the nail and then burned the wart off.  46 years later I still cringe to think about what a painful procedure this was.  Good thing I did not know how much it would hurt before I agreed to have it done.

To add insult to injury, when the fingernail grew back, so did the wart.  Since then I have tried a number of remedies, most of which did nothing at all.  A few seemed to shrink the wart a little, but then it always grew back to its full size, or maybe even a little bigger. 

Keep in mind that this was a wart that was mostly underneath a finger nail, so it was hard to treat with anything.  Also, due to its unusual location it was quite a nuisance.  It frequently caused the end of my finger to hurt while doing normal activities such as typing, playing guitar and so on.

Over the years, various doctors have offered to again remove the nail and burn the wart away.  No thank you!

Those of you following my blog know that I have been taking MMS for a while now.  (See my other blog posts about MMS.)  There is plenty of research about using MMS to get rid of warts.  However, I initially assumed that because of its well-protected home under a fingernail, the MMS would not affect it anymore than the other wart remedies had.

About 4 days ago I decided to try the MMS on the wart anyway.  I figured, what the heck – nothing to lose.  So twice a day, as soon as my MMS dose was activated I dipped the end of my finger into it for about 10 seconds.  I then held my finger pointed straight up for about 30 seconds.  I figured I would let gravity help pull the MMS into the wart. 

Last night I noticed that the wart was gone!  Amazing!

Here’s my working theory:  We know that MMS blasts viruses very effectively.  Warts are caused by a form of the human papillomavirus, (HPV).  So it makes sense that if there is a way to get the MMS into contact with the wart and keep it there for a little while, the virus will die and the wart will be gone.  In this case the big problem was how to get the MMS in good contact with the wart without removing the fingernail.  I believe the MMS is thin enough and yet has enough surface tension to work its way between the surface of the wart and the underside of the fingernail.  Capillary action is the technical name for this phenomena. 

In my case, having the nail there actually helped to get the MMS into more prolonged contact with the wart.  For warts on open skin there is nothing to hold the MMS in place.  For exposed warts another way is needed to get the MMS to remain in contact with the wart for long enough it to be effective.

Look soon on this web site for another blog post and article about using MMS with DMSO.  That seems to be a great way to get rid of open skin warts.

By the way, even though I have lived with that wart for 46 years and was quite attached to it, I don’t miss it.  I won’t be holding a memorial service for it.

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Is There A Key To Banishing Lower Back Pain And Sciatica?

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_Portrait  Yes, I believe there is.  At www.myhealthoptimizer.com we eat our own cooking.  Let me share my story with you.  It is how I found a way to resolve my own severe lower back pain and sciatica many years ago.  The solution I found is one I have not seen described elsewhere.  However, it has worked for everyone to whom I have shown it.

When I was in my mid-twenties, I was working in a boat yard, building a good-sized wooden barge.  I was in awesome physical shape, (running to work and home again every day – 9 miles each way), and thought I was Superman.  I picked up a couple of 20′ soaking wet Douglas Fir 2 by 12 planks and carried them up a ramp.  Just as I got to the top of the ramp I felt a little stab in my right buttock.  It did not hurt much and I paid it little attention. 

Over the course of the next 9 months my right leg became weaker and weaker and I began to experience more or less constant pain radiating down the back of my right leg.  By 4 months I had to stop running to and from work.  By 9 months I could barely walk.

I tried all kinds of exercises – stretching, situps, crunches, you-name-it.  I steadily got worse and worse.  I finally realized I needed help and went to see an orthopedic surgeon.  He diagnosed a smashed the disc in my lower spine.  X-rays and neurological probe testing confirmed that the spacing between vertebra at L5 was about a 10th of what it should have been. 

He told me I was not a good candidate for back surgery.  Thank God!  Back surgery in those days, around 1975, was so primitive I shudder think what the outcome most likely would have been.  He suggested I see a good chiropractor that he knew. 

I did see the chiropractor, who helped me quite a bit.  He managed to take a good deal of the pressure off of my sciatic nerve, where it branched out from my lower spine at L5.  He also showed me some ways to maintain his adjustments better than any other chiropractor I had ever consulted.  (I had seen a few for various sports injuries by then.)  I liked his methods so well that I went on to become one of his students a bit down the road.

After about a month, the chiropractor had taken me as far as he could.  So my next step was to learn to deal with the ongoing pain and to rehab and rebuild the muscle I had lost for the time that I had such limited use of my right leg. 

For the next year or so I made a few gradual improvements but nothing very dramatic.  I reluctantly resigned myself to living with more or less constant pain, and lowering my athletic aspirations for the rest of my life. 

But in the back of my mind I kept alive the hope that I would figure out a way to attain a better outcome.

And I did.  It’s actually not even very complicated.  The best news is that I think most people who have lower back and/or sciatica pain can do what I did and live pain-free.

If you are reading this, it is likely because you or someone you know currently suffers from lower back pain and/or sciatica.  Sciatica is the name given to the pain that generally radiates down the back of one or both legs due to compromised lower back disc or discs.  To encourage you I will share with you that my recovery was so complete that I went from constant pain to pain-free living.  29 years later I am still living 100% free of back pain.  You can too!

Here’s the secret I stumbled upon:  First let me share with you  a little background on the primary cause of lower back pain and sciatica.  Each of the vertebra  in your spine is separated by a cushioning structure, called a disc.  These discs are like donut-shaped, jell-filled cushions.  Besides absorbing the shock from doing things like jumping, the discs maintain the spacing between the vertebra.  The spacing is very important because nerves that branch out from your spinal column and go to various parts of the body go through the spaces between the vertebra.  If the spacing is compromised then the nerves are squeezed by the vertebra above and below them.  This causes pain and interferes with the proper neural function, leading to muscle weakness and other sensory problems.

To further stabilize your spinal column, and to protect the nerves and keep the vertebra properly aligned, there a number of muscles attached to the spinal column.  Primarily, these muscles are on your back, as well as attached to the front of your spine.

In most people, even those who do not exercise, the muscles in the back that are attached to the spine are adequately strong to provide the support that is needed.  It’s in front that the problem occurs.  In front there are two major sets of muscles that are involved.  The abdominis rectus muscles are the ones just below the skin on your belly.  These are the ones that are primarily involved in dong situps and similar movements.  However, these muscles play only a minor role in spinal alignment.  The fact that the internal organs in your abdomen are between these muscles and the spine means that they are too far from your spine to exert much leverage on your spine.  So they can only play a minor role in the spinal support and stability that is needed. 

The muscles that do the real work are a group of muscles called the Psoas Major Muscle Group.  These attach directly to the front of your spine at all of the lower vertebra.  The other ends of the psoas major muscle group, (think of it as a bundle of long muscles), go down through  the pelvic girdle and attach to the inner, upper thigh, (femur), on each leg. 

Think of the combination of the lower back muscles and the psoas major group as functioning similarly to the 3 guy wires, typically spaced in a triangle to hold a TV antenna mast straight and to keep it stable even in high winds.

The bad news is that this psoas major muscle group does not get very much exercise in most “normal” human activity.  It is often relatively weak in most people, even people who are otherwise quite fit.  It is usually so weak, in fact, that it cannot take over for a damaged disc and maintain healthy alignment to get the pressure off the nerve branches and to keep it off.

The great news is that there are ways to strengthen this muscle.  And if you are a sufferer from lower back pain and/or sciatica as I once was, the chances are very good that if you strengthen this muscle group to optimum tone, you can kiss lower back pain and sciatica goodbye. 

There is still one challenge:  As you might have suspected, if it were easy to exercise the psoas major muscle group into a condition of good muscle tone, everyone would do it naturally and there would be no need for this post.  If you understand the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy and the principles of physical training you can take it from here.  For the rest of you I recommend working with a qualified trainer to build up good muscle tone in the psoas major muscle group.  Along with that, work carefully and safely to stretch the muscles in your lower back so that they are not exerting a constant counter-pull against the psoas major group. 

If you do not have enough knowledge to use what I have shared here to fix up your back, and if you do not have a trainer to work with, I am available to consult and help you.  As I mentioned, I have used this information to restore my back to excellent health and pain-free function.  I have helped a number of others to do the same.  There is no reason why you can’t be next.

Feel free to e-mail me at: jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

P.S.  Of course there are nutritional supplements and strategies that can improve  your overall  health, as well as making back recovery easier.  However, in my experience, while important they will not be sufficient by themselves in most cases to restore a painful back to health.  The psoas major muscle group is the key and these other factors are the helpers.

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Who’s Really Desperate To Keep Single-Payer Health Care Off The Table?

Obviously the big health insurance companies! And they’re spending enormous sums of our money to convince all of us that a Single-Payer system would be terrible for us. That’s right! They take a healthy chunk of the money we pay them for our health care and use it to prevent us from getting a better system.

Gee, does that seem a little like paying the local fire department to burn our houses down?

Anytime I see a big, rich industry spending huge money to promote a view, my antenna goes up. It is my cue to look deeper and not to trust the sound bites we have mostly been conned into relying on for our world view.

30% of our health care money goes to the insurance companies. What do we get for that money? We get a small amount of administrative service that could be done even by a mediocre government department, at least as well for a fraction of that money.

What else do we get for all that money?

• More than 45 million Americans at risk because they can’t get coverage from the insurance companies;

• We get to pay for all the people who wind up in the emergency rooms at far greater cost and with much poorer outcomes because they can’t get coverage;

• Ongoing fear that if we need extensive care the insurance companies will find a way to deny us the benefits we have already paid for;

• “Satisfaction” in knowing that the insurance executives are enjoying the good life at our expense;

In recent Congressional hearings on the subject it was established beyond any doubt that the insurance companies routinely find unethical and even illegal means to deny coverage to their paying clients whenever there are significant medical expenses to be covered.

It is interesting to note, that despite the huge lobbying and propaganda efforts to convince us otherwise, the current Medicare system does not do this. They cover what they are supposed to. To be sure, the system is not perfect. There is plenty of room for improvements. However, if I had a choice between Medicare and Blue Shield, for example, I would take Medicare any day. And if you see through the huge lobbying efforts put forth by the insurance companies, you would almost certainly make the same choice.

Of course the insurance companies are fighting all out to maintain their current parasitical position in the market. They get to rake off BILLIONS of our dollars for giving us NADA. To add insult to injury, the insurance companies are using the very money they are ripping off from us to keep us from even learning what is in our best interest. Like I said, anytime I want to know what is really in my interest I follow the money.

Our health care system is one of the more important issues that may get decided soon. And it is one where if enough of us dig in and get the real information, below the surface of the fear mongering and the glitzy sound bites, and then take action on what we learn, we could make a real difference.

Oh, and for those who say that a government run single payer system will have too many problems that can never be fixed, I have a simple answer: Include in any health care system reform legislation that all members of Congress must use whatever system they legislate for the rest of us. How soon do you think the bugs would be fixed, then?

To your health, and your health freedom!

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Are There Secrets That Can Help Me Achieve My Goals?

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitYes, there are a few simple principles you can employ to improve the results you get with the goals that you set.  Surprisingly, some of these do not seem to be common knowledge.  Once you know them they are really simple and easy to use.  But don’t let that fool you – just ’cause they are simple does not mean that they are not powerful.

 

Write A Goal Statement:  In order to empower your goal with both clarity and deep commitment, (important elements in making sure you achieve your goal), write a “Goal Statement.”  This is a succinct, clear, direct statement of what you want.

Aim Where You Want To Go and Not Where You Don’t Want To Go:   This may seem obvious, but lots of people miss this when they set goals.  Take a look at the following example:

Suppose you are 40 pounds overweight and wish to lose the excess weight and reach a more healthy weight.  You might be tempted to set a goal:  “I want to lose this excess weight and not be fat anymore.”  That seems reasonable, doesn’t it? 

But there’s a hidden problem with this goal statement:  This statement, “I want to lose this excess weight and not be fat anymore.” uses what we call: “Away From Motivation.” 

The Goal Statement is written to avoid something rather than aiming towards something that is desired.  If you set this statement as a goal it is likely that you will feel motivated to take appropriate actions just until you have lost the weight.  Then because you are no longer fat, your subconscious will assume the goal has been reached and the motivation will disappear.  This will make it very difficult to maintain your new healthy weight.  You are likely to find yourself a victim of the dreaded “yoyo weight syndrome”.

A far better goal statement might be: “I want to reach and maintain my healthy body weight”.  Notice that this statement is pointing towards some outcome you want rather than away from some outcome you don’t want. 

There’s another reason why setting a goal that focuses on what you want rather than on avoiding what you don’t want is more likely to help you get good results.  Some years ago I was teaching someone how to ride a mountain bike.  We started in a relatively flat, dirt parking lot.  Pretty quickly we graduated to some simple trail riding.  I’ll never forget watching her fix her eyes on a log that was alongside of the trail in an effort to avoid it.  I yelled for her to look where she wanted to go.  But her eyes were fixed on the log instead.  Of course, she rode right into the log. 

Fortunately, she was not hurt, and it cemented a valuable lesson for us both.  In the physical, your body follows your eyes.  In the world of goals, your life and your actions follow what you focus on; they follow your vision.  So it is much more powerful to focus on a healthy weight as something you are moving towards as opposed to losing weight or being less fat as something you are moving away from.  This also takes advantage of a basic but powerful aspect of the Law of Attraction.  It’s always there, so why not use it?

Make Your Goal Realistic:  It is important that your goals be realistic and that you believe they are attainable.  In the case of our goal to reach our healthy weight we need to assign a completion date in order to determine if it is realistic.  Obviously, if we set a goal to lose 40 pounds in six weeks our goal is not realistic.  (Even if we could lose that much weight that quickly, it would not be healthy to do so.) 

Setting goals that are not realistic is a cruel form of self-sabotage.  Each time you set a goal that is not realistic and then naturally fail to achieve the desired result, you undermine your self-confidence and reduce your power to achieve goals in the future.  Doing this repeatedly can also weaken your self-esteem.  This form of self-sabotage is likely not conscious, but the damage can be profound nonetheless.

So to make our statement realistic we might modify it to read:  “I want to reach and maintain my healthy body weight within six months.”  If your Goal Statement feels too ambitious and you lack confidence that you can achieve it, then modify it so it feels more realistic.

Actually there is still a problem with our example Goal Statement:  If you set the completion date as six months from now, you never really get there.  Each day you look at your Goal Statement and the completion is always six months away.  A much better way to write this Goal Statement is to set a specific date:  “I want to reach and maintain my healthy body weight by January 10th, 2010.”

Formulating My Goal Statement:  Here’s a general method I have used over the years to write goal statements that have helped me to get the results I want in my life:

1.  I identify an area in my life where I want better results.

2.  I allow my imagination to run wild and create the optimum vision of the results I want.

3.  For complex or ambitious goals I often pick a realistic interim step that seems achievable within a relatively short time-frame – perhaps a month, maybe 3 months.  For some goals, I may not need any interim step.  I may be able to shoot for the ultimate result right away.  So this is an optional step in my process.

4.  Now I write a goal statement that succinctly and powerfully describes the results I want.  I make sure I am focused on the outcome that I want and not on something I wish to avoid.  I do not list or focus on the steps I may need to follow.  I rely on my focus on the desired outcome and my committment to achieving the goal to help me with implementation as I work towards my goal.

 5.  Next I read my goal statement out loud and see how it feels.  Does it make me feel good to hear it?  Does it feel empowering?  Does it feel realistic?  I make modifications to my goal statement until it seems right.

 6.  Now I say it out loud a few times and visualize myself having achieved it.  I make sure that I visualize a calendar that shows the date that I have set for achieving my goal.  To put my whole power and force behind it, I pay attention to what I hear as I sit or stand there with my goal achieved.  I pay attention to what it feels like, what is smells like, and to as many sensory perceptions as I can.

Now I am ready to move in the direction of my goal. 

Optional – Working Backwards To Now:  Actually, there is an optional step that may be helpful:  If the goal is complex or particularly challenging, then it is helpful to work backwards in time from the day the goal is scheduled to be achieved to the present.  When I do this I make a list of benchmarks and actions as I go. 

For example, if my goal is to add 5 new health articles to my web site in the next 30 days, I ask the following: 

In order to have my 5 articles finished within 30 days, what must be completed by day 29; what must be completed by day 28, by day 27, and so on.  By the time I am at the present date I have my list and my action plan.  As long as I check in every day and realistically assess my progress, making adjustments along the way, I have a very good chance to realize my goal.

Please note that the entire process described above is a simplified version.  However, it still can be very powerful and effective.  To reach complex goals or ones that involve overcoming significant challenges, please look for the “Setting and Reaching Goals” article which will be in our library, very soon.  When it is ready, there will be a link to it here.

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So What Is All The Buzz About MMS? Is It For Real?

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitWe all know the old adage that anything that seems too good to be true almost always is.  And most of the time that turns out to be the case. 

However, I am delighted to report that so far, MMS seems to be an exception to that rule.  I have only been using it for a short period of time.   I am up to 3 drops in the morning and 3 drops mid-afternoon to date, so it is still too soon for me to say anything conclusive based on my personal experience.  For now, I’ll say: “So far, I’m amazed!”   A little later in this post I’ll share my personal experience to date.

Although I am not yet long on personal experience, I have done a ton of reading, corresponding and other digging to get to the real story with MMS.  What I have found is extremely encouraging.  I have found huge numbers of testimonials from both patients and practitioners, from all over the world, for an incredibly wide variety of conditions and health challenges for which MMS has been used.

Just as important are the results of my search for adverse reactions.  Whenever I am evaluating any new protocol or technique in the field of health, in addition to looking for corroboration of benefits, I do an exhaustive search for adverse reactions.   So far, I have not found any, except in cases where it was used grossly at variance with the recommended procedures.  In some people, it has been reported that mild nausea and some diarrhea has been experienced, usually in cases where an attempt to build up the dosage too quickly has been a factor.  In these cases, slowing down the dose increase has solved the problem. 

Of course, in cases where it has been used to quickly knock out malaria or other life-threatening conditions where difficult to control pathogens have been involved, a conscious decision was often made to not worry about the nausea and/or diarrhea and get as quickly as possible to the dose required to kill the pathogens immediately.  But then, if I had malaria and needed to be nauseated and have some diarrhea for a day or so to save my life, I don’t think I would complain.

MMS first came to my attention a few years ago.  The claims seemed at the time to be so amazing that I am embarrassed to admit that I took it off my list of things to research without really finding out anything about it.  I spend a huge amount of my time researching various health breakthroughs, technologies and anything along those lines that seems like it could be useful.  I only have so much time available, and I jealously guard it and try to use it well.  I try not to waste timie on outrageious claims and things are seem clearly to be bogus. 

I also will never recommend something that I have not either experienced, first hand, or researched very carefully.  Anything that I recommend represents a serious investment in time and sometimes money, as well.  So a few years ago, MMS, seeming to be too good to be true, went on my  “maybe someday if I run out of things to do” pile. 

And there it stayed until a couple of weeks ago.  I began hearing about great results with MMS from colleagues whose integrity and skills I absolutely respect.  Shortly after those tantalyzing communications began landing on my desk, I heard a story from a friend that was so compelling that I had to stop and take a serious look at MMS. 

In brief, one of my friends had been over in Africa and came back with a life-threatening case of malaria.  She very nearly died.  Anyway, she experienced side-effects from the conventional malaria treatment that were so severe that her doctor even agreed that she needed to stop taking that treatment.  No one seemed to know what to do.  One of her friends came to see her, and he knew about MMS and brought some to her in the hospital.  She started taking it and within a few days was 100% well again, except for a few lingering side-effects from the conventional malaria treatment.  Those are thankfully diminishing, and it looks like she will recover fully.  But in the meantime, she is completely free of the malaria tha tvery nearly killed her!

Needless to say this really got my attention!  I have been on a tear ever since, digging up everything I could possibly find about MMS.  I also decided to try it for myself to see if it could fix a couple of chronic conditions that have been plaguing me for a few years, and that I have not otherwise been able to solve.  I have had chronic insomnia for several years, and have found that recovering from athletic activities seemed to take far longer than it should have.  I also had some joint pain that nothing has really helped.  (My pain management protocol offered good relief from the pain but did not address the cause of the pain.)

I have followed Jim Humble’s recommendations very closely, especially with regard to building up the dose slowly.  I am now up to 3 drops in the morning and 3 drops in the mid afternoon.  I had a couple of hours where I felt just a tiny bit queasy on the morning of the second day.  But, so far, that’s it. 

On the plus side, last night I got the best night’s sleep I have had in years.  Even my cat, Mickie, was amazed.  (He is used to consoling me in the middle of the night as I lie there tossing and turning and trying futilely to get back to sleep.)  This morning I went for a relatively strenuous bicycle ride, and recovered almost immediately after arriving back home.  For the previous several years, that same ride would have left me with fatigue spilling over into the next day, at least.  I feel great!

It is too soon for me to say this is all definitive.  However, I am certainly encouraged, and it does look like MMS is the real thing.  If you have not already looked into it, you may want to.  It seems to be effective at knocking out most pathogens, as well as improving an amazingly wide array of chronic conditions, ranging from the annoying to the serious. 

One word of caution:  If you are going to start using MMS, I would be sure you get it from a reputable source so that you know what you are getting.  And I would be sure to very carefully follow Jim Humble’s recommendations for its use.  As long as you do, I believe it will be safe.  If you do not, all bets are off.  Make sure you do not mistake MMS for “stabilized oxygen”, which is readily available at many health food stores.  They are not the same, and they do not provide the same results, not at all.

This afternoon, when I went to mix up my dose, I accidentally squeezed the dropper bottle a little too hard.  Many more drops came out than the 3 I was scheduled for.  I went ahead and activated it, thinking that I would use it anyway, as I did not want to waste it, (not that it is at all expensive).  By the time the 3 minutes required for it to activate had elapsed, I thought better of it and decided that taking an unknown quantity would not be wise.  I threw it out and mixed a new batch.  I think it likely that had I gone ahead with the much-too-large dose I would have experienced severe discomfort and ended up regretting it.  I share this story of my small mistake, which I think I almost converted to a big mistake to reinforce my recommendation that the protocol be followed carefully and literally, at least until one is very experienced at using MMS. 

Feel free to e-mail me your comments and/or MMS stories.  If you do, please let me know if I have your permission to post them in case they are of wider interest.  Please do NOT send me your MMS questions, yet.  I am still just learning and there are plenty of people out there who know far more than I do at this point.

To your health!

Jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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MMS and DMSO – Safe? Effective? The Miracle Cure We’ve All Been Waiting For?

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitThere sure is a lot of buzz on the Internet about MMS these days. Everywhere I turn, it seems someone is promoting it as the way to deal with this illness or that. So, is it safe? Is it effective? Is it an appropriate treatment for the very wide variety of health conditions and challenges for which it is being recommended?

Honestly, I don’t know. Although MMS has been around for awhile, it has really just popped up on my radar screen, and I have a lot more research, reading and due diligence to complete before I am ready to offer my opinion.

I am not one who believes that all things holistic are good. First off, all health protocols, holistic or not, must be used appropriately and properly to be safe. They must be used for conditions that they have proven effective for. Many holistic health substances and protocols have the potential to cause great harm if they are used improperly, or if they are used for the wrong conditions. One of the greatest potential dangers arising from holistic health approaches results from overly-general or exagerated claims of possible results. If we are mistakenly led to believe that a certain holistic health protocol will cure a disease, we may choose it over another that would have been far more likley to to be effective. I also do not dismiss out of hand, all allopathic and/or “conventional medicine”. In some cases, it absolutely may be the best choice.

To date, I do not know enough about MMS to have an opinion about what it can or cannot do. Nor do I know what health conditions it may be appropriate for and what critical information may be needed to use it safely and effectively. I am still digging through the research and information. I will certainly report back here when I have it.

In the meantime, I do have a very strong concern with a substance frequently recommended for use with MMS. That is DMSO, or DiMethyl SulfOxide, (chemical formula: C2H6OS). DMSO has been around for a very long time. In fact, as an long-time endurance ahtlete I used it extensively, safely and effectively to treat joint soreness and soft-tissue injuries, and even bone bruises, over many years. Used properly and appropriately, I am convinced that it is both safe and effecitve.

However, DMSO is potentially quite dangerous if it is not used properly. Here’s the skinny: DMSO is a liquid that penetrates right through the skin as well as through most other human and animal tissues. Furthermore, it has the ability to carry other substances through the skin and tissues with it. For example, if it is desired to get an anti-inflammatory medicine into an injured joint, instead of causing the pain and tissue damage that an injection would cause, one might mix the medicine in with DMSO, and then paint it onto the skin around the joint area. CAUTION! I am not necessarily recommending this! It is not to be casually done. It can be effective and may even be an optimal choice in some cirucmstances, (as I mentioned above, I used it safely and effectively for years), but it needs to be done carefully, strictly following proper protcols in order to be safe. And it needs to be used for appropriate conditions to be effective.

DMSO can carry any chemical that has a molecular weight of up to 1,000 right through the skin and into the body, into the blood stream, and even through the blood-brain barrier. Further, following application to the skin, it leaves the skin more permeable than normal, or “hyper-permeable”, for up to 6 hours. This which means that chemicals such as the dye from clothing that comes into contact with DMSO-treated skin could be accidentally allowed through the skin and carried directly into the body. Obvoiusly, it is not likely that such dye will be beneficial to one’s health once it is inside the body!

I do not have room to include proper DMSO use in this post – look for that in a future article or post. However, I do want to explain why it is often recommended for use in conjunction with MMS and what I see as a primary danger.

DMSO is being recommended as a “delivery vehicle” for getting MMS directly into the bloodstream and other body tissues, bypassing the digestive tract. This may be desireable. However, as I have pointed out above, applying DMSO, or anything containing DMSO to the skin leaves the skin hyper-permeable for up to 6 hours following application. So if there are unhealthful impurities in any substance mixed with the DMSO, they get right into the body. In contrast, although ingesting unhealthy impurities could also be risky and not beneficial, the chances that the digestive system would either filter them out, neutralize them, or at least limit them in some way are much greater than the chances that your body could protect you from them if they are brought right through the skin via DMSO.

So what’s the bottom line here? 1. I don’t yet have an informed opinion regarding the safety and efficacy of MMS. 2. If you are going to use DMSO, either in combination with MMS or by itself or in combination with other substances, please be 100% sure that you are fully informed about the safe methods for using it. And, please be sure that you use only unscented, pharmaceutical-grade DMSO if you do use it.

To your optimal health!

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Why I Don’t Support The American Cancer Society

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitPeople are often appalled that I do not support the American Cancer Society, or any number of other non-profit organizations that are centered around “cancer research and prevention”. They say, “What is wrong with you? I thought you were concerned about health and wanted to do all that you could to promote good health. So how come you don’t support these organizations?”

It’s true that I am dedicated to promoting optimal health, and it’s also true that I do not support most of these organizations. That may seem like a contradiction, but I don’t think it is. Here’s why:

I honestly do not believe that these organizations are committed to finding cures, promoting real prevention and empowering people to be healthier. In fact, I believe that these organizations mostly impede such efforts and that their agenda is quite different from what they put forth to the public. They do a wonderful job of convincing us all to donate our money, to host and participate in athletic events and other public events to “promote their work”, etc. They are great at that. But then what do they do with the money that they raise. Do you know?

It may be more valuable to look at what these organizations do NOT do. They do NOT go around the world finding practitioners, countries and populations that may already have much better cancer prevention and cure technologies than we do. They steadfastly ignore such seemingly important areas of research. They even ignore amazing cancer breakthroughs when they are right here, in our own backyard.

Dr. John Lee, M.D. and his whole family have been dedicated to finding ways to prevent and cure reproductive cancers in men and women for more than 50 years. They have one of the best track records on the planet. And yet, neither the American Cancer Society, nor the Breast Cancer Society have even been willing to review the massive amounts of research as well as documented clinical experience they have accumulated over more than half a century. I know, first hand, that Dr. Lee’s approach works. When I found that I had early stage prostate cancer a little over 4 years ago, I declined conventional treatment, (radical surgery and radiation), and followed Dr. Lee’s protocols. I was very quickly cancer-free, with no side effects, nothing invasive, and at a small fraction of the cost that would have been accrued with conventional treatment.

My urologist at Kaiser was astonished when a few short months down the road I showed up for an exam without the cancer. He declared it a miracle, since I had “declined treatment”, despite his very strong urgings and insistence that I was probably committing suicide. I assured him that this was no miracle at all, but rather that it was just a different approach, based on hard science, and that it was fully replicatable. I explained to him that Dr. Lee had been consistently attaining similar results in thousands of patients for many years. I even brought him the research, which he told me he did not have time to read! He insisted that I was an anomaly and a miracle and that there must not be any scientific backing for what I had done and for the outcome. His comment: “Occasionally miracles happen.”

Does that sound strange, that a doctor who is dedicated to helping people get well, (and I honestly believe that he was and is), would not even take the time to look at the research surrounding an amazing cancer cure? Here’s my theory: Organizations like The American Cancer Society, are so committed to the “conventional information” and approach to dealing with cancer that they are unable to consider anything outside those models. And that even when confronted with information that would normally cause any rational being to question the conventional wisdom, they are unable to let go of what they think they already know. And in fact, under the false idea that they are protecting patients from risking their lives by trying “quackery” they act to suppress anything that may be outside their models.

It is interesting to note that in Germany, for example, where the big pharmaceutical companies do not control what research gets funded and how the results are reported, they are all over all these “new” ideas, (some have been around for a hundred years or more), and they spend a fraction of what we do on health care, and have far superior outcomes. Their cancer cure and survival rates make ours looks ridiculous. We find similar situations in many other developed countries, where there is nothing like The American Cancer Society, (an 800 pound gorilla in the non-profit arena if ever there was one), and where big pharma does not call the shots.

In summary, I make no claim of knowing what the real agenda of these big non-profits might be. But from their actions it is clear to me that they are NOT committed to overcoming cancer, and in fact, appear to be actively suppressing the research and information of those who are.

So think about how your money is being used when you support these groups. It may not be being used in the way you expect and think it is.

If you want more information about this whole topic, I would recommend: “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer” by Dr. John Lee, M.D. and Dr. David Zava, Ph.D. and Virginia Hopkins. Despite the scary and maybe “limiting” title, this book is about much more than breast cancer. It covers a very wide and critical area of reproductive health, both cure and prevention, for men and women. If you want to begin to understand the socio-economic forces that explain why this most advanced country is so terribly backward in our approach to preventing and dealing with cancer, I recommend: “The Politics Of Cancer Revisited” by Samuel Epstein. Both of these books are now out of print and may be hard to find. However, if you are interested, send me an e-mail and I can direct you to a source. jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

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Ethanol Fuel Is A Bad Idea, Right?

We all “know” that making alcohol for fuel from corn is a terrible idea, right?  It costs too much, it takes too much energy, blah, blah, blah.  I think you’d be hard pressed to find very many people in the environmental movement these days who would dispute that.  But what if it’s not true?

Let’s see if we can find out.  The first rule of investigation when it comes to anything like this, including health issues where there may be profits at stake, is to FOLLOW THE MONEY!  So let’s see.  Who would benefit from killing the ethanol fuel movement?  How about the oil companies?  They seem like good candidates for this one.

Remember not that long ago hearing that the competition between using corn for food and converting it to fuel had driven the price of corn through the roof?  I think it safe to say that most of us didn’t even bother to look further.  We just accepted that there wasn’t enough corn to do both, and that making fuel from corn was a bad idea.  (To be sure, there are plants that are much better to use for making fuel than corn.  But this story is still a great illustration of how easily we are manipulated and how important it is for us to look beneath the covers.  Read on for what really happened.)

In order for competition to drive up the price of a resource there must be scarcity or at least perceived scarcity in the marketplace.  So it is interesting to note that last year while the price of corn skyrocketed from around 3 dollars a bushel to more than 7 dollars a bushel in just a few months, there remained millions and millions of bushels of corn in storage that were never bought nor used, and that are still in storage to this day.  Meanwhile all of us environmentalists were wringing our hands in guilt because our demand for corn to make ethanol fuel was forcing the price of corn so high.  It seemed it must be our fault that indigenous peoples who had depended on corn as a staple of their diet for centuries could no longer afford to buy the corn they needed.

So what did happen, and why did the price of corn go up like that?  Well, it turns out that a certain oil company, who shall remain nameless, but whose initials are Valero, (oops, I think I may have let the cat out of the bag - sorry!), bought millions and millions of dollars worth of futures on corn.  They had no use for the corn and never took delivery on any of it.  But they did place the options, which did drive up the price.  Then they launched a massive PR campaign to make sure we all knew and accepted as truth that we had done this terrible thing to the corn-eaters of the world, by using too much of their corn to make fuel.

And that oil company’s strategy worked just the way their strategic planners promised that it would.   It became accepted truth that those of us who blindly followed our “misguided” environmental concerns were the culprits who had hurt the indigenous peoples.

As I said earlier in this article, corn is not the most efficient plant substance to use for making ethanol.  We can and should do much better.  But I thought this story important just because so few of us knew about it, and because it so clearly illustrates the need to analyze below the surface, follow the money, and beware of accepted truths.

BTW, when properly produced and properly burned ethanol produces very little pollution at all.  Compared to fossil fuels it is nearly spotless.  To be sure, burning hydrogen is cleaner, but not by that much, and the ethanol technology is ready today.  Hydrogen still seems to be quite far off in the future.  There are serious technical hurdles that are too involved for this short post.  But they are real and they are daunting.  So maybe ethanol is worth re-considering for now.

Later!  I’m off to go pour some booze into my car’s fuel tank so I can make it over to the local McDonalds.  LOL!

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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Another Mickie Tale – An Inspired Intervention

mickieThis cautionary tale goes to show just how dangerous unrelieved stress can be, and how a wise, loving and creative response can quickly undo the damage and restore us to health.

Around the end of 2002 we were concerned about the state of our finances.  I had been self-employed for many years, and my income was never steady.  I was working part-time in holistic health, and more time in information technology consulting.  Some months I earned quite a bit of money, and then we would go through dry spells.  The unpredictability of our income was unsettling.

Just before New Year’s one of my better infoirmation technology clients offered me a full-time position, with a generous salary, some flexibility in work hours so I could continue helping my health clients, and they included excellent benefits.  I thought it might be interesting to be the Executive Vice President of Information Technology for a small mortgage company with about 100 loan officers and a staff of about 30 other people.

The interview went well and I took the job.

About 6 months into my stint as VP of IT, I ran into a very complex network problem that I could not seem to resolve.  Despite my many years of experience in the IT field, with networks and other complex technology, I could not even determine the root cause.  I felt tremendous pressure because it was affecting the work of just about everyone in the company.  After struggling with it for a couple of days I hired a team of very expensive and highly-qualified and specialized network engineers to get it fixed, whatever it took.

Together we worked our tails off to try and fix it.  But another week elapsed and still the network problem remained unresolved and not even improved.  I had spent thousands of dollars of the company’s money, had been the target of hundreds of complaints from my colleagues and just about everyone who worked in the company, and didn’t seem to be much closer to a solution.

To say I was a little stressed out was quite an understatement.  I was exhausted due to the long hours I had been throwing at the problem without any real break, frustrated about the seeming lack of progress, scared about the flak I was catching, and even beginning to feel hopeless about ever solving our problem.  Of course, that latter was kind of silly, but the feelings were there and they were taking their toll on me.

About 10 days into this mess, around 3 in the afternoon, I noticed that I had chest pains, was feeling short of breath, and that my skin felt a bit cold and clammy.  Uh oh!  I tried to ignore these signs, telling myself that I was in good physical shape, did not smoke, was not that old, and for any number of reasons not at high risk.

When the symptoms were still there about an hour later, I realized that my escape in the land of denial was over.  I called my wife who got me to the ER pronto.  Of course, she was angry at me for not calling her right away, but she was too concerned to yell at me for very long.

The doctors and ER staff seemed very concerned about me, as well.  I kept hoping they would look at me and tell me to knock off the malingering.  But they never did.  The initial tests were inconclusive, so to be on the safe side, they treated me as if I had just had a heart attack.  When it became clear that they were going to keep me for the night, at least, so they could me monitor very closely, my wife, Sue, dashed home to get my toothbrush and a few things I might need.

At that point I did not feel a lot of fear, but the thought did cross my mind that I might not be coming home from this one.  I felt sad, because there was just so much that I wanted to do, and now I was thinking that maybe I would not have the chance.

When Sue returned, besides my little travel bag she was carrying a small cardboard box.  I was still surrounded by doctors and technicians when Sue came up to the ER gurney and set the cardboard box down by my side.  Everyone else was too busy to notice, but I was sure that I had seen the box move just a little.  Sue reached over and opened the top of the box.  A small, furry black head poked out over the top, stared at me with what seemed like real concern.  ”Meow!”, Mickie said.

The doctors and ER staff were speechless.  I don’t think I have ever seen an ER team more surprised.  Mickie began to lick my face.  And that is when I knew I would be coming home.  How could I not with a wife who loved me enough to risk the ire of the entire ER staff, fierce nurses and all, to smuggle in my cat, who just knew I urgently needed his love and help.  I can still feel the gratitude for all involved.

The next day I passed my treadmill cardio test with flying colors.  The verdict?  Although my EKG had looked somewhat ominous the night before, there seemed to be no real damage, and no evidence of a heart attack – just a whole lot of continuous and un-relieved stress.

When I went back to work a couple of days later, I spent about 2 hours with the lead networking engineering I had hired, and we nailed the problem.  Everyone went back to work, and all was well.

What are some of the things I learned from this experience?

1. There is no point in blaming myself for things that go wrong.  I may or may not be responsible, and I may or may not have control over the outcome, but blaming never helps.  A subtle distinction to be sure, but one that can make all the difference!

2. When under stress, take plenty of a breaks.  Help the people around you to get their breaks.  Being under continuous stress, without breaks, renders us mostly ineffective, and can be dangerous to our health.

3. The power of love to heal and to fix problems is truly awesome.  Use it whenever possible.  Remember to be grateful.  Thank you Sue, Mickie, ER team, and the engineers who helped me fix the problem.  Thank you Universe and Great Sprit for an important life lesson.

Six months after that little caper I was very happily back in private practice, doing what I love, setting my own hours, and taking breaks whenever I needed to or wanted to.  My gorgeous hand-made Flamenco guitar is still right next to my desk so I can stop work for a music break whenever I want.  Mickie jumps up on my desk and stands in front of my computer monitor, blocking the screen, to remind me anytime I go too long without a break.  Pretty great coach for a cat!

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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An Unusual Cat Tale

Mickie, the famous bamboo-chewing catI’m honestly not sure why I decided to post this.  But here goes…

We live with two cats, Mickie and Darci.  Mickie, is a rather smallish “smoke” colored kitty.  He is generally super affectionate and in many ways behaves like a loving puppy.  But he can be a bit hyper and he spooks fairly easily.

On our dining room table, we have an old, ceremonial bamboo plant growing in a very nice, traditional Japanese pot.  For some time Mickie had been jumping up on the table and chewing on the bamboo leaves.  This did not seem to be doing the bamboo plant much good.

So we had engaged in a running contest of wills for several weeks – me trying to get Mickie to stop chewing on the bamboo, and Mickie trying to get me to stop bugging him about it.  For several weeks, neither of us seemed to have the upper hand, or paw, as the case may be.

One morning, I was sitting at the table, drinking some tea and reading the morning paper.  Mickie jumped up and began to chew the bamboo leaves.  I asked him to stop. He gave me a dirty look and stopped chewing the bamboo.  But as soon as I went back to reading the paper, I could hear him chewing again.  I looked up and sure enough, he was right back at it.  Once more, I politely asked him to stop.  He did, but only to resume as soon as I focused on the newspaper again. T his cycle repeated itself a number of times.  Finally, I was getting frustrated.  I was also becoming upset over the damage to the bamboo, which was becomming more extensive right before my eyes.

After a while I reached the end of my rope and did something I never do.  I yelled at Mickie to “knock it off”, and simultaneously I flicked his ear.  I did not do it very hard – just enough to get his attention.  This was the first time I had ever used any form of physical “discipline” on any cat.  (It also turned out to be the last.)  Mickie gave me an intensely dirty look and jumped off the table to go sulk, or so I thought.

I went back to my tea and paper.  A few moments later I felt something smash the right side of my face.  I was startled and at first could not figure out what the heck had happened.  It felt like someone had punched me in the face.  But there was no one else in the room.  I was startled and extremely puzzled. 

It did not take very long to realize that Mickie had gotten even with me for flicking his ear.   He had quietly gotten back up on the table and had crept over into position, while my attention was still on the morning paper.  When he was ready, he smacked my face, near my right eye.  To say I was surprised is an understatement.  I have never seen a cat do anything like that, and I don’t think I have ever heard of anything similar.

I related this story to a friend and fellow cat lover.  She told me that Mickie’s persistence in chewing the bamboo indicated that he needed greens.  She recommended that we keep a small planter with wheat grass growing in it for Mickie.  He hasn’t chewed on the bamboo since.

But I never really figured out a non-embarrassing explanation for the shiner I sported for the next week or so.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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Protecting Yourself From The Adverse Affects Of Stress

Jeff_Bell_Thumbnail_PortraitWe all know that stress can damage our health.  But there is more to know about the relationship between stress and health.  The latest and best research confirms that it is particularly stress that is either unrelieved for long periods of time, or that we feel powerless to respond to that does the real damage.

Look around you at the many examples of stress in the biological world.  Most animals, including humans seem to be built to withstand short periods of intense stress.  We are being chased by a large and frightening predator, so we run like greased lightning to get away.

That is certainly stress at its most intense.  We either get away or we don’t.  If we do succeed in getting away, the stress seems to do no harm.  But that is because although it was intense it was of relatively short duration, allowing us to release and use all that adrenalin and related chemicals, and then to quickly return to a more “normal” biochemical state.

In contrast, what if we get a letter from the bank saying that they are foreclosing on our house, or what if we get a layoff notice, or suffer some other setback that we do not see a way to resolve anytime soon?  Now we are under stress that lasts a long time.  Research has shown that this is the type of stress that truly can damage health.

Besides duration a factor that determines how damaging a stress may be to ones health is the perceived power to respond or the perceived lack of power to respond.  If I encounter a setback and can see a way to turn things around or otherwise respond and improve the outcome, that does not seem to cause significant health damage even though the condition causing the stress may last a relatively long period of time.

However, if I experience a setback or a perceived threat and I feel unable to affect the outcome and the stress lasts for a relatively long period of time, that can have profound health consequences.  Research has shown that this set of conditions profoundly affects the chemistry of the body, including all systems – brain, heart, digestion, immune system, etc., in adverse ways.

The most important factor in mitigating the potentially harmful health effects of stress seem to be the perceived ability to respond and exert some level of control over the outcome, and then the length of time that the stress lasts.  Most research in this area ranks these factors in that order – ability to respond, and time period.  (See Robert Sapolsky’s excellent book, “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” for more about the relationship between health and stress.)

Knowing the potential to damage health that long-term stress can have, I am sharing a series of articles on strategies for responding to the current conditions that most of us are affected by these days.  These articles contain valuable information mostly not found in the mainstream, that can empower you to respond to the stress and to protect yourself and your family from much of the harm that has so increased the stress most of us feel day-to-day.

The first of these articles is about short-term financial survival.  Others  will include critical information about making sure you and your family are able to feed yourselves, emergency medical best practices, shelter and a variety of crucial areas of knowledge and strategies to get through it all.

Remember, even extreme stress is not so damaging, and may not even be damaging at all if you are able to take action in response to the cause of the stress.

If you would like some practical steps you can take to address any “financial survival stress” you may have, click this link to go to the first article on financial survival.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

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