DeTox From Toxic People — Improve Your Health

Husband Abusing Wife

If you are intimately connected with someone who is making your life difficult, you are at heavy risk for illnesses.  Typically, toxic people latch onto your life as a wife, husband, or boyfriend/girlfriend.  But they could be a “friend” (I use quotation marks because with “friends” like these, who needs enemies.)  But if you have kids to manage with that person, and ultimately unable to fully disconnect from their toxic waste, you must be careful to find out what you can do to minimize your interactions with them.  Read my blog that I recently wrote to find out how to take back control of your life if you have had the unfortunate luck of being tangled up with one of these vampires.   Your future sanity and present-time health fully depend on you extricating yourself from this personality type.

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Muscle Relaxants Your Doctor Never Told You About: “Magnificent” Magnesium

If you are tight, tense, sore or in pain, you want to do everything you can to feel better right away. Your medical physician will rarely tell you about effective, drug-free muscle relaxers. So please help yourself to my 2 favorite recommendations for natural relief–good results, inexpensive AND quick-acting.

Magnesium is nature’s muscle relaxer. While many patients may have some sort of calcium/magnesium supplement they are using, I usually recommend setting it aside and trying Natural Calm. Calcium/magnesium tablets or capsules are not fast-acting, if they even work at all. On the other hand, Natural Calm is a magnesium powder you mix with boiling water. It makes a pleasant drink and is very effective at naturally relaxing muscles and nerves.

National health authorities say most Americans are deficient in magnesium. Good sources of magnesium come from spinach, legumes and nuts. Deficiency of magnesium is magnified by calcium overdosing from fortified foods and supplements.

Calcium and magnesium are opposites. Calcium causes nerves and muscles to fire and magnesium lets nerves and muscles relax. Basically calcium turns things “on” while magnesium is needed to turn the switch “off”. Without enough magnesium, the switch stays “on” due to plenty of calcium to stimulate it.

The Anti-Stress DrinkDue to too much calcium from fortified foods and supplements, nerve and muscle cells are staying “on” instead of turning off.

According to Natural Vitality’s website, “The recommended adequate intake of calcium according to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, is 1,000 mg for adults aged 19–50 and 1,200 mg for 51 plus. There are many adults who are taking 1,200–1,500 mg of supplemental calcium in addition to their dietary intake of calcium (an 8 oz cup of low-fat fruit yogurt contains 345 mg of calcium and one cup of nonfat milk contains 306 mg). Unassimilated calcium can end up in the soft tissues of the body where it deposits and hardens (calcifies) or in the urine where it may result in kidney stones.”

When there is too much calcium compared to magnesium then even more magnesium is depleted. Calcium keeps the muscle or nerve cells firing or contracting. Without sufficient magnesium in the system, calcium deposits in soft tissue areas that aren’t desirable. Proper magnesium balance keeps the calcium where it should be including the bones. It is also a natural laxative and will steadily lead to softer bowel movements.

Natural Calm uses a proprietary blend resulting in ionic magnesium citrate that dissolves easily in hot water. It is a pleasant drink and soon after drinking it, the soluble magnesium exchanges places with calcium throughout nerves and muscles, allowing NATURAL relaxation.

If you are tense, tight, stressed, knotted, can’t relax or get comfortable to go to sleep, then I cannot recommend Natural Calm highly enough.

We always have several flavors on hand in our office. My personal favorite flavor is raspberry-lemon while my second favorite is lemon. It also comes in “original”. Original is tasteless and if you have a favorite tea bag, then you can make your own tea with it. While my business partner, Chrissy’s, favorite flavor is cherry, I stay away from that one as it tastes too much like cough medicine to me. Reba from our office enjoys the orange flavor. We have single-dose samples of all flavors as well as the full-sized canisters.

Many patient’s spouses have enjoyed the benefits of Calm and have begun using it to de-stress and loosen up from a hard day.

Stores that commonly carry Natural Calm are Sprouts and Whole Foods.

If you don’t like hot drinks, still make Calm with hot, boiling water, but then refrigerate it or add ice. Consider adding it to one of your water bottles for workouts. It is a great recovery drink that will naturally allow relaxation of muscles after working out. After the magnesium is dissolved, it will still be soluble even if the drink is cold.

Another magnesium treatment that I highly recommend is Epsom salts. Epsom salts are crystals of magnesium sulfate. When you have tight, sore or painful muscles, a warm bath with a couple of cups of Epsom salts can give you fast relief.

Epsom salts are available near the pharmacy aisles in bags or cartons and are very inexpensive, anywhere from $3-5 for a 5 pound bag. If you have had a hard workout, or you are sore from yardwork or are tense from a stressful day at work, a warm bath with Epsom salts will relax you and take the edge off for bed. The magnesium salts absorb through the skin to provide the balancing act for calcium inside of contracted muscles. We will be carrying Epsom salts in the office for your convenience beginning December.

The directions on Epsom salts say it can be mixed and made into a drink but I haven’t tried it since I have always used Calm. It is a different magnesium salt than Natural Calm, and it is safe. If you want to be economical then you can double-dip and use it for your bath and your drink.

Either way, you will be well on your way to soothing tight, achey, sore muscles with Natural Calm and/or Epsom salts thanks to “magnificent” relaxation from magnesium.

The “Excitement” Behind Visual or Ocular Migraines

Visual or Ocular Migraine

If you or someone you know has ever suffered with visual or ocular migraines, then you need to read this life-saving information to make sure you never cause yourself to have one again!

As a chiropractor, I consult with patients who describe getting a painless “headache” where they lose their vision. It seems like a paradox to get a headache that isn’t painful though!

Patients who experience blindness should rule out stroke, infection or tumor. But with some prevention and a handy antidote, hopefully you will never need to go to the Emergency Room again for losing your vision due to an ocular or visual migraine.

Have you been told to stop eating chocolate, cheese and foods with nitrites but it doesn’t help you with your painless “headache” that causes you to lose your vision?

But were you ever told to avoid diet drinks, soup, salad dressings, sauces, gravy, cream sauces, steak sauces, gourmet foods or chips?

Why would that be?

Because a very basic chemical that is added to food to make it taste good or cut down on calories is HIGHLY toxic to nerve endings–aspartame, MSG and MSG-derivatives like autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, caesinate etc. This class of food chemicals is called “excitotoxins”. They “excite nerve endings to death” is what “excitotoxin” literally means.

But could food like that cause a migraine? It has been known since 1957 that MSG causes damage to the retinal nerves in mice. (1) And humans are five times more sensitive to MSG than mice are. In 1957, ophthalmology students studying eye disorders gave newborn mice MSG and discovered it caused widespread destruction in the inner layer of the retinal nerve. Adult mice also exhibited destruction, but not to the degree as the infant mice. For 10 years prior to the study large amounts of MSG were being added to adult food AND baby food, in the same quantities used in the study for mice which is why the study was being done.

A similar study by Dr. Olney in 1969 showed the same results but also showed widespread destruction of nerves to the hypothalamus and surrounding areas of the brain(2). Thanks to his efforts, food manufacturers began voluntarily removing MSG additives from baby food since infant nervous systems are four times more sensitive to MSG than adults.

So how does this affect your visual migraine? Patients I have consulted with were either gluten intolerant OR drinking diet soft drinks regularly.

One patient in particular was very stubborn about giving up Diet Pepsi. I had nagged her on and off for some time about it. Then at an appointment, she told me about going blind and that it was called an ocular migraine, or a visual migraine. She didn’t have any pain, but couldn’t see and that it was very frightening! She was only 40 and very healthy, not overweight, not a smoker, not a stroke candidate, didn’t have high blood pressure, very active with golfing and skiing and biking. At the hospital they did EVERY test imaginable including a PET scan to rule out stroke or any cardiovascular problem. They found NOTHING wrong. The vision eventually returned.

On her own she did some research and saw that aspartame could cause such a problem. At that time I didn’t realize how frightening of symptoms excitotoxins could cause—I didn’t know about it causing blindness! So my patient quit diet sodas and also started to use the excitotoxin-neutralizer we offer in our office called Complete Glutathione. The formula for it was taken from Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD’s research in the book, The Taste That Kills. It is manufactured by Nutriwest. The patient faithfully continued taking Complete Glutathione and abstained from any aspartame. And she didn’t have any recurrence of the “visual migraine”.

My babysitter would get a similar phenomenon. Only hers have quit since eliminating gluten from her diet. It is likely the gluten is similar enough to glutamate to create a similar effect in the brain. Or what is even more likely is foods with gluten also contain some amount of MSG.

Dr. Blaylock is the “Father” of uncovering and distributing information on the toxic, disease-causing effects of MSG, aspartame and their derivatives and has extensive references and chemical explanations in his book that are too technical for this arena. But if you are needing further explanation for yourself, your doctor or for a research paper, his podcast and his book, The Taste That Kills, are invaluable.

His book is chalked full of references that span decades of evidence pointing out the damaging effects of MSG and aspartame. Most neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, epilepsy, ADD, autism, cerebral palsy and Huntington’s disease are referenced in his materials and can be prevented by abstaining from excitotoxins and protecting yourself from accidental exposure with the nutrients in Complete Glutathione like n-acetyl cysteine, magnesium and manganese.

By reading labels and eliminating foods with the following ingredients, I believe you will be well on your way to reducing the frequency of visual or ocular migraines, as long as stroke, infection or tumor has been ruled out.

Depending on how sensitive or how frequently or severe your visual or ocular migraines are, be aware of the “aliases” that are frequently in packaged food.

Always Contain MSG:
hydrolyzed protein, plant protein extract, calcium caesinate, textured protein, hydrolyzed oat flour, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, sodium caseinate, yeast extract and autolyzed yeast.

FREQUENTLY contain MSG:
malt extract, bouillon stock, natural flavoring, seasoning, broth, beef or chicken flavoring, spices.

MAY contain MSG:
carrageenan, soy protein, whey protein, enzymes.

Another use I have seen for Complete Glutathione is for toxic chemicals like red dye. I don’t know exactly what is in red dye, but a patient who claimed to be allergic to it, accidentally ingested some on a day I saw her for her appointment. She had the headache all day and was going to take some over-the-counter medication for it when she got home. I advised her to try the Complete Glutathione instead and it knocked it out.

And Dr. Blaylock himself never eats the sauces or creams on foods in restaurants because they are always laden with something to make the flavor “pop”. Be PARTICULARLY vigilant when you eat out. My PERSONAL observation is that most chain restaurants use an intolerable amount of MSG-derivatives and I will not eat there if I have had a bad reaction. Local, non-chain restaurants are more likely to use fresh ingredients and make creative dishes that are interesting and tasty on their own accord. Chain restaurants are more likely to ship in pre-made food coated with chemicals to improve the flavor.

In my opinion, the following restaurants are the biggest offenders of using MSG (and it’s not JUST Chinese restaurants–my husband or business partner and I feel horrible after eating the main dishes or appetizers from these places–brain fog, extreme fatigue, nervousness, diarrhea, stomach pain): Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Cheesecake Factory, Cheddars, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Outback

Some restaurants that don’t SEEM to use flavor enhancers (this is my own observation based on eating there and NOT feeling horrible afterwards): Mod Market, Whole Foods deli counter, Chipotle, Juicy Burger, Schlotzky’s, Five Guys, Taste of Philly, Jimmy John’s, Woody’s Creek, Maggiano’s (though they are part of Chili’s/Mac Grill, so they probably use something), PF Chang’s (seems like they would use something, but doesn’t affect me or hubby)

Also, to protect yourself, I cannot recommend Complete Glutathione strongly enough.

One time I got a gas station coffee and it wasn’t labeled as “sugar free”. But it clearly was a sugar-free coffee because within the hour I was in a horrible fog. It was difficult to concentrate at the seminar I went to and I had difficulty concentrating on the road when I drove home. I took Complete Glutathione when I got home and within the hour I was back to normal. It was incredible that one dose would leave a person feeling that way for hours. And I had quit aspartame-containing products for many years at that point. I shudder to think how it affects people who drink it daily or multiple times a day!

If you are prone ocular or visual migraines, keep this potent vitamin handy as an antidote. Don’t rely on Advil or Tylenol which won’t counteract excitotoxins–and go forward without “exciting” visual or ocular migraines anymore.

(1) Lucas DR and Newhouse JP. The toxic effect of sodium L-glutamate on the inner layer of the retina. Arch Opthalmol 58: 193-201, 1957.

(2) Olney JW. Brain lesions, obesity, and other disturbances in mice treated with monosodium glutamate. Science 165: 719-721, 1969.

Russell Blaylock is the authority on MSG, aspartame and excitotoxicity—exciting nerves to death with acidic amino acids.

Glutathione Normalizes Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Glutathione has a mechanism which may reverse the neurological symptoms associated with autism. Mercury is the most toxic nonradioactive element in existence.(3) Thimerosal is a vaccine preservative that consists of 50% ethyl mercury. It is used to prevent contamination of the vaccine vial with bacteria or growths. It used to be an ingredient in most vaccines as recently as the 1990’s. Back then, for a 6 month old who received all required vaccines, the typical exposure to ethyl mercury would have been 187.5 micro grams. This cumulative exposure would be 66% higher than the Environmental Protection Agency recommends safe on a per/pound and weekly accumulation basis of methyl mercury (assuming a 15 pound infant.)(1) (There are no established norms for ethyl mercury exposure which has one more carbon than methyl).

Most kids seem to have no overt problems from getting vaccines. However, there is no doubting that autism increased from 5/10,000 to 60/10,000 kids after three additional thimerosol-containing vaccines were introduced for newborns in the early 1990’s–a 1200% jump!.(3)

So what is the controversy over vaccines causing autism? It appears that infants and children who develop autism spectrum disorder are not able to excrete the mercury accumulations from their body. This is witnessed in the first haircuts of autistic kids versus normal kids. Normal kids have 800% more mercury in their hair than an autistic kid. The fact that mercury doesn’t show up in the autistic person’s hair indicates the body isn’t excreting it.

Autistic children have 20% lower cysteine and 54% lower glutathione in their blood, possibly due to a genetic mutation that does not code properly for a gene.(3) The body makes glutathione–its job is to target pollutants, including mercury, for elimination. So if an autistic child has less than 50% of normal, then their body may be compromised when assaulted with the “most toxic nonradioactive element in existence.”(3)

Chelation of heavy metals is now the preferred treatment–normalizing blood levels of glutathione and cysteine account for improvements. In fact, the support group, Defeat Autism Now, considers autism curable. Mercury is still in diptheria, tetanus and flu.

My personal comment: the FDA’s own website says that “thimersol-free” vaccines may still have traces of it from the manufacturing process. However, if you still choose to vaccinate, insist on single-dose vials that are not likely to need a preservative. What may not be appreciated are the other toxic chemicals like phenol that are used in vaccines and the unknown effects they may cause in a small developing baby.

If you thought you had to get vaccines for school, you should know that Colorado has the BEST laws for allowing you to decline them via religious, medical or a philosophical exemption with no penalty to your child for declining them (4). I have declined them at private daycares, in-home daycares, corporate daycares, and public elementary school in 2 districts in Colorado. On the BACK side of the vaccine record that the doctor fills out is the exemption selection. At least State Law says the exemptions are SUPPOSED to be on the back. If not, just ask the administrator of the facility you are attending for the exemption form. You will not have an ounce of trouble registering your child in the event you would rather protect your child from the unpredictable harms of mercury or other toxic vaccination ingredients.

1. Molecular Psychiatry 2002(7) p. s42- s43 “Role of Mercury in Pathogenesis of Autism
2. http://www.fda.gov
3. Neuroendocrinology Letters Vol. 26 No. 5 October 2005 pp. 439-446
4. 25-4-903. Exemptions from immunization. (Colorado Law) Colorado Statutes/TITLE 25 HEALTH/DISEASE/CONTROL/ARTICLE 4 DISEASE CONTROL/PART 9 SCHOOL ENTRY IMMUNIZATION/25-4-903.
Exemptions from immunization (Religious, Medical & Philosophic)

Fish-Food for Thought: ADD Symptoms Relieved within Weeks

Symptoms of ADHD can be virtually eliminated within weeks by supplementing with proper quality and quantity of Omega-3 Fish Oils (high EPA content), eliminating refined sugar and processed foods. (1)

Another study includes supplementing with gamma linoleic acid (i.e. borage oil—included in Nutriwest’s Omega 3 formula), magnesium and zinc as necessary to normalize behavior. Omega 3 oils are nutrients that the body CAN’T make on its own. These oils provide building blocks for the brain to make cell membranes. This allows chemicals to get in and out of the cell. Processed foods and lack of omega 3’s in the diet cause the cells to be made with rigid fats that don’t allow vital chemicals in or out. This can lead to mood disorders, depression, bipolar as well as post-partum blues.

It is well-established that psychiatry’s diagnostic manual, the DSSM, contains diseases that are merely voted into existence at annual conventions. Receiving a diagnosis of ADD may be nothing more than a pretense to legally sell amphetamines.

If you are considering psychotropic drugs for yourself or your child, you should know that there are no established tests to identify a chemical imbalance that is claimed to exist with ADD, depression or other mental disorders. Thus, once psychotropic drug treatment begins, there is no outcome for measuring if brain chemicals have “normalized.” For extensive videos, references, and books, visit www.cchr.org if you are unsure about the harm that could be caused by psychotropic drugs.

A dietary and supplement approach have no side effects and mere relief is all that is needed to see if the treatment worked!

1 European Neuropsychopharmacology February 2007
2 Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and EFA’s Oct/Nov 2006
Www.newstarget.com 8/15/2007

Fish Oil helps Rheumatism Naturally

Researchers say that at least 2.7g of the EPA component found in fish oils is needed to provide an anti-inflammatory effect for rheumatoid arthritis. Less than 2.7g isn’t effective. And the effect takes 2-3 months to take effect. The authors of this study admonish against across-the-board use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug therapy (NSAIDS) because of increased cardiovascular risks associated with their use.

To get the dose recommended by these authors, that would be a total of 4g as formulated by Nutriwest, which is about 8 capsules per day. The authors also advise AGAINST cod liver oil, but rather oil from the flesh of the fish. Cod liver tends to concentrate too much vitamin A and D at these doses. Taking a liquid is recommended at these doses (Nutriwest carries the same formula in a bottle.)

Have two shot glasses of juice. Pour the fish oil in the top of one of them and don’t stir. Drink the fishy one first and sip the 2nd juice shot slowly to get the juice off the lips. Take with solid food meal.

Arthritis Research & Therapy Vol. 8 Issue 1 2006 pp. 402

Improve Depression with Fish Oils

High doses of Omega 3 fatty acids (9.6 grams/day—@5 times the dose I recommend for pain relief) have been shown in two studies to significantly reduce symptoms of bipolar depression. Both studies used a ratio of 2:1 of EPA to DHA. (Over-the-counter brands usually have a 3:2 ratio which doesn’t have sufficient quantity of EPA to get the same effect.) This has major implications for patients who have been forced to take psychiatric drugs to stay functional. Both studies were double blind, placebo-controlled trials, considered the gold standard in research. (1,2) This high dose was well tolerated with the only side effect being loose stools in some patients.

The authors of Study #2 commented that patients with depression have significantly low amounts of EPA and DHA in their diet as measured throughout their cells. This alters the cell membrane structure at the lowest level, preventing the proper conduction of particles in and out of the cell. This keeps DNA from being controlled properly (then the right hormones don’t get turned on/off). By incorporating large amounts of EPA and DHA via supplement, slowly, the cells throughout the body rebuild using the right quality of fat instead of the junky fats usually consumed in the typical American diet. Limit alcohol and smoking which wreck omega-3 bonds in the cell membranes via oxidation. So the more you drink and smoke, the more Omega-3’s you need to equalize the effect on your body at the cell level!

1 Stoll, Severus et al Archives of General
Psychiatry 56(5):407-12 (1999-05-01)
2 Su, Huang, Chiu, Shen European Neuropsychopharmacology
13 (2003) 267-271