Vaccination – Immunization

Vaccination - ImmunizationVaccination is the administration of antigenic material (vaccine) to stimulate adaptive immunity for a disease. Vaccines can prevent or ameliorate the effects of infection by many pathogens.

Inoculation is the placement of something that will grow or reproduce, and is most commonly used in respect of the introduction of a serum, a vaccine or antigenic substance into the body of a human or animal, especially to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.

It can also be used to refer to the communication of a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism.

Today the terms inoculation, vaccination and immunization are used more or less interchangeably and popularly refer to the process of artificial induction of immunity against various diseases. The micro-organism used in an inoculation is called inoculant or inoculum.

Four different types of vaccines are currently available.Biosynthetic, Quantum, Healing

-Attenuated – (weakened) live virus is used in the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio and the chickenpox vaccine.

-Killed – (inactivated) vaccines are made from a protein or other small pieces taken from a bacteria. These vaccines are considered to be safe, even in people with weakened immune systems. Influenza shots are an example of this type of vaccine.

-Toxoid vaccines contain a toxin or chemical made by the bacteria or virus. They make you immune to the harmful effects of the infection, rather than to the infection itself. Examples are the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.

-Biosynthetic vaccines contain human-made substances that the immune system recognizes as infectious organisms.

Most vaccines are given by hypodermic injection as they are not absorbed reliably through the intestines. Live attenuated polio, some typhoid and some cholera vaccines are given orally in order to produce immunity based on bowels.

Like many medications, there is always the chance that an immunization can cause side effects. To minimize chances of adverse reactions the health of the child (or adult) at the time of vaccination is of outmost importance.  Read more…

 

If You Have A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_21122666-If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, only 7% died versus 19% who did not get the magnesium. That means magnesium cut the death rate a walloping 63%.

What was interesting is the fact that the study indicated that the people in the study were given far less than the 2 cc of magnesium recommended above.

Furthermore, the injection of magnesium decreased arrhythmias by 55%. Remember having a heart arrhythmia is one issue doctors are seriously concerned about following a heart attack.

In another study in the same medical journal approximately ten years later revealed that magnesium produced a 24% reduction in the number of deaths in one month after the heart attack.

Besides the proven benefits for victims of a heart attack, another study showedpeople who were given IV magnesium had a 76% reduction in death from a fatal blood clot.  And by the way this same study showed that aspirin made no difference.

It is in your best interest to insist that your doctor check your magnesium levels. However, don’t settle for the serum magnesium commonly ordered by most physicians. This test only evaluates the extracelluar magnesium which makes up only 1% of the magnesium in your body. You want your doctor to order the goal standard “intracellular magnesium test” which gives you the “real” picture of your level of magnesium in your body.

Your best protection is to keep your magnesium level high enough to possibly prevent having a heart attack in the first place. Considering that government studies show the average American diet only provides 40% of the magnesium that we need in a day, your best protection against a heart attack is to keep your magnesium level high enough. The best absorbed form of magnesium I’ve seen in 31 years is Magnesium Chloride Solution 200 mg/cc, and use half teaspoon once or twice a day.

 

 

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S

References:

Rasmussen HS, et al, Intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial infarction, Lancet, 234-5, Feb. 1, 1986

Woods KL, et al, Intravenous magnesium sulfate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: Results of the Second Leister Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2), Lancet, 339: 1553-8,1992

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Doctor Talk

doctor talkIt is obvious that most of the information accumulated by your doctor comes from you.  Therefore you are best qualified to keep your own organized records in a notebook, a file or on your computer. These records should include any allergies, sensitivities, unusual bleeding or discharges, pain or other symptoms experienced by you and any unusual events in your life such as trauma (physical and emotional), falls and injuries.

The next step is to look at all your prescriptions and to record all the details listed on the label, including dates, dosages, contra-indications and other recommendations. Next record all medical treatments, hospital stays, procedures, surgeries, dental treatments and doctor visits and the reason for these in details.

When blood tests or any other testing is required a copy of the results should be obtained by you and a proper explanation by your doctor should be given. It is often beneficial to review these tests results and  to compare them to earlier test results.  By comparing them  to normal ranges and values,  you may have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes or add supplements before the issues become serious and must be treated with prescription drugs or surgery.

Keeping these records for you and your family does not eliminate any visits to your doctor but is very helpful in providing all relevant details when needed.

Born With A Silver Spoon

Most people know the saying “Born with a silver spoon”. This means that the child would never want for anything. Since the 17th century the silver spoon symbolizes great fortune and privilege and prosperous individuals would present them to newborns.

The ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome have known for thousands of years that silver had anti-bacterial properties and used silver to control bodily infections and prevent food spoilage. Early American settlers dropped silver coins into their milk to kill bacteria and to keep it fresh until use.

Throughout the “Middle Ages” in Europe, it had been noticed that royalty, who consumed most of their food and drink from silver tableware, utensils and cups, tended to develop a bluish skin tone (Blue bloods). That was due to the silver that entered their bodies during consumption.

Furthermore the lower rate of plague related deaths among royalty led to the inference that silver has protective properties.

Health Benefits of Sulfur

After calcium and phosphorus, sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It is concentrated mostly in muscles tissue, skin and bones. A shortage of sulfur contributes to loss of elasticity in connective tissues and cartilage leading to stiff muscles, painful joints, sagging skin and wrinkles.

Sulfur is also needed for insulin production, detoxification on a cellular level and is part of one of the most important anti-oxidants the body produces – glutathione. Glutathione cannot work without sulfur.

Getting enough sulfur in the diet can be challenging, since there is a transition away from traditional foods such as bone broth for soups and stews from organically raised animals. A good alternate source is MSM known for reducing pain and inflammation and is widely used for arthritic conditions.

MSM is 34% sulfur by weight and is in almost all raw foods, especially in leafy green vegetables, raw milk and beer, coffee and port wines.  Due to food storage, transportation, processing, cooking, excessive washing and drying, the amount of available MSM is often reduced are lost. To get the most benefits, the foods must be raw or minimally heated and processed.

With its amazing anti-allergenic and anti-parasitic properties MSM is also a natural, safe histamine inhibitor without the negative side effects of traditional anti-histamines.

How Long Will You Live – 3 Tests

hMost people have a desire to live life to the fullest with a combination of quantity and quality.

There are many parameters that may determine how long you live, however, this short article presents the findings of five researchers who identified three simple tests you can do at home to measure your ability to increase years to your life.

The medical paper published in the British Medical Journal in 2014 revealed a 13 year study where they took 1,355 men and 1,411 women in 1999 when they were 53 years old and then checked to see who was alive and well 13 year later in 2012.

The following are the three tests that were evaluated.

Standing on one leg with your eyes closed for 10 seconds or longer, having a strong grip, and being able to stand up and sit back down in a chair many times in a minute.

According to the researchers of this paper, these tests clearly represented tell-tale signs of longevity.

Performed well in all three tests at age 53 or so and you should be healthy and vibrant 13 years later, when you are 66.

Researcher from University College London estimate that a 53 year old who can complete these tests successfully is up to 5 times more likely to be alive and well at 66 than someone who couldn’t complete the tests or who did them poorly.

Officially the tests are called the Chair Test (Standing up and sitting down in a chair 39 times in a minute for a man, and 36 times for a woman), the balance test (standing on one leg for 10 seconds or longer with eyes closed), and the grip test (ability to apply a pressure of up to 54.5 kg)

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Allergies At An All-Time High

With allergies being at an all-time high the need for high quality products promoting the elimination of dust, mite, mold, mildew, fungus and pet dander is an essential step in keeping allergies under control.

The materials most likely causing the distress are the pillows and mattresses saturated with dust mites and other allergens after an exposure during time spent in bed. Often a runny nose, watery eyes or asthma like symptoms in the morning, are the results of a night long exposure of inhaling these particles.

Many of the pillows and mattresses in homes have been in use for periods of more than three years without proper cleaning and sanitation practices to eliminate harmful bacteria. The alternative to buying new expensive pillows and mattresses is proper care and protection.     Read more…

Children’s Exposure to Bacteria

Is the pursuit of a bacteria-free world making us sick? The rising incidence of asthma and allergies in the developed world could be tied to the relatively sterile environments our children live in compared to a generation ago. Children are not exposed to harmful bacteria and consequently are given antibiotics to kill bacteria, do not receive the germ exposure required to make antibodies. More specifically, they do not develop T-helper cells, which fight foreign cellular invaders and minimize allergies.

For several years scientists have been uncovering signs that illness can result when the immune system does not get enough practice fighting bacteria and viruses. Several epidemiological and experimental studies have put this hypothesis on firm ground. Although it had been thought that the immune system required periodic infections during childhood, researchers now argue that the main problem is that the children have become squeaky clean. They suspect that children need contact not with disease-causing microbes, but with bacteria in soil and untreated water, particularly with organisms called mycobacteria, to strengthen their immune system.

The continuing rise in allergies coincides with the acceptance and use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, the ultimate in excessive cleaning. Antibacterial soaps are applied to the hands and bodies in the shower or during hand washing with warm water, allowing them to easily enter the body while pores are open. There is gathering evidence that these anti-bacterial ingredients are also carcinogenic. Washing hands the old fashioned way, with regular soap and water will send the bacteria down the drain and no harmful substances enter the body’s bloodstream. Read more….

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Are Mosquitoes Feasting On You?

dreamstime_xl_20614139(1).ssWhy do mosquitoes find some people more irresistible while others are being ignored? Could it be your blood type, your sweat, the color of your clothes or the foods you eat?

There are about 200 species of mosquitoes in North America, each with different requirements and biting habits to suck out your blood and to spread disease.

Are your prone to more mosquito bites than your friends and family? It turns out that approximately 20% of the population are getting bitten more than the rest on a consistent basis. Research shows that there is a different factor of attraction in certain blood types, such as Type 0 seems to get bitten more often, while type A is bitten less often and Type B is somewhere in between.

Mosquitoes are also attracted to sweat and lactic acid, ammonia, carboxylic acid, and carbon dioxide. Bacteria and microbes found on your skin create your body odor and the more you emit, the more attractive you are to them. Larger people naturally emit more carbon dioxide than smaller people, which is one of the reasons adults seem to be bitten more often than children.

Most people turn to store bought insect repellents to keep mosquitoes away, but often these insect repellents contain a chemical called DEET, which should only be used with caution. Heavy exposure to DEET has been linked to memory loss, headaches, fatigue and is particularly toxic to children.

Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that can help in preventing mosquito stings and are easily available. A few drops of citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus make a perfect remedy.

Preventing mosquito bites also eliminates the possibility of contracting several mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis, Yellow fever and West Nile virus. Since there is no cure – prevention is the best defense. One of the best practices is to spend minimum time outdoors between dusk and dawn and to wear loose fitting clothing keeping skin exposure to a minimum and to eliminate any standing water around the house, since mosquitoes need water to breed.

Acid / Base Metabolism

Acid / Base MetabolismMost Western diets contain too many acids relative to alkaline substances, especially animal proteins vs vegetables products. In addition most people are under a great deal of stress and these two factors combined over time, create  long-term acid stress in the body. Our bodies have a great capacity to buffer acids but over time these systems become chronically over-burdened. Ultimately, acids are stored in the connective tissue where a change in pH has consequences on the functioning of nearly every system in the body.

The best way to support acid-base metabolism is to change the diet and lifestyle patterns which can result in chronic acidity. The body  must compensate by either producing more bicarbonate (alkaline), for example by releasing it from the bones, or by storing these accumulated acids in the extracellular tissue for future removal.

A constantly acidic urine is a reflection of an ongoing need to eliminate excess acid. In chronic acidosis due to diet and stress the net acid load constantly outweighs the ability of the body to replenish bicarbonate. When this happens, acids are stored to prevent blood pH from becoming out of range, first in the extracellular matrix and ultimately inside the cells. This acidic extracellular matrix can result in many different health issues including: chronic pain, fatigue, osteoporosis, allergies and cancer.