HOW TO SURVIVE IN A TOXIC WORLD
Part 3 – The Actions Necessary for Survival
The information offered in this post is based on my 10 years of research and experimentation, the experience with my own health challenges and the work of some remarkable people including
Raymond Frances (www.beyondhealth.com), Dr. Suprabha Jain (www.mdiwellness.com) and Pranic Healer John Ortiz. I owe my life to these people who were able to tap into my inner strength and determination to help me heal and manifest a new reality beyond most people’s expectations.
Beyond Conventional Medical Practices
Raymond Frances is an MIT trained chemist who at age 48 was diagnosed with some unknown immune disorder that 35 doctors announced would end his days. Today he is near 80, actively traveling and consulting with health organizations throughout the world, written four books and has a business offering nutritional supplements designed to help in boosting the immune system to fight most disease.
In the process of healing himself, Raymond Frances developed a new and profound health theory: There is only one disease and this is cellular malfunction. All of the more than two thousand diseases the medical establishment has identified are the result of malfunction at the cellular level. Cellular malfunction may manifest itself in numerous ways and numerous parts of the body, but it is the only disease we suffer from.
There are two causes of cellular malfunction. Either our cells become toxic or they are deficient in the nutrition required to function properly. In our world, most of us suffer from both toxicity and deficiency. Raymond’s work identified 6 pathways to health: Nutrition, toxin, psychological (our thoughts), genetic and medical. Understanding this methodology will help you with any health challenge you may have and depending on your determination can heal you.
Keep in mind that the major cause of cellular malfunction and disease is constant inflammation. If our body is continually trying to deal with inflammation our cells will eventually malfunction. Toxins are a major cause of inflammation. While I touch on aspects of this methodology since I used it to help heal myself I will not go into detail in this post. If you want to learn more I highly recommend you get one or more of Raymond’s books including: Never Be Sick Again and Never Fear Cancer Again.
Three Actions to Heal and Maintain Health
You recall in Part 2 I mentioned that toxins accumulate over time in the tissues of animals. This is why we have cellular malfunction manifesting as cancer in lungs, breasts, prostates, livers, kidneys, brains, pancreases, colons and other tissues of the body. So, try to keep in mind that cancer is a medical term. What is really going on in our cells and thus our bodies are toxic build up and/or deficiency. This toxic build-up over years places enormous stress on our immune system until it loses its ability to ward off oxidation, free radicals, deterioration and eventually if not attended to, death.
Since the world we have created is constantly bombarding us with toxins, we need to continually be in a process of detoxifying our bodies to eliminate toxins nearly as fast as we ingest them. And, we need to avoid unnecessary toxins which can include alcohol, sugar, cigarettes, recreational drugs, animal flesh (which also accumulates toxins), processed foods, fluoride, chlorine, numerous chemicals in health and beauty products, food additives, pesticides, herbicides and more.
One of the simplest ways to start to detoxify is to drink 10 to 12 glasses of filtered water daily. This filtering needs to go beyond what the filters our refrigerators provide and also needs to include filtering of fluoride which is a toxin that has no benefit and has been used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests like rats. (You also should use fluoride free toothpaste.) I recommend a Berkey filter system which is a simple gravity (carbon) system with optional filters for fluoride. Berkey water filtering systems have been used in disaster recovery sites and can make pond water potable. Check out their website at www.berkeyfilters.com. My research indicated that this system is the best value and few others can compare with the numerous toxins this system filters from your water.
There are supplements you can use to help detoxify, especially heavy metals. These include chlorophyll, chlorella, spirulina, selenium, N-Acetyl Cysteine, moringa, milk thistle and herbal detox teas. There are others, but these are ones I use. One note of caution, if you have gout do not use any product with chlorophyll including chlorella and spirulina as they will aggravate the condition. I found this out the hard way. I’m using moringa with good results. It is a highly rich super-leaf. You can get moringa powder at www.sunfood.com.
You can also do periodic colon cleanses once every two or three months. I will not go into detail on colon cleanses and you can research this online. I use Super Colon Cleanse One which is step one of a colon cleanse system offered by HealthPlus (www.healthplusinc.com). I found that using this one step in the multi-step process does just fine. If you choose to try this, start with just 3 to 4 days and see how you feel. While they recommend no cleanse for more than 10 days I found three days cleaned me out pretty well. Toxins accumulate in the colon, so a periodic cleanse can be helpful. This cleanse is a simple herb complex you can mix with water or juice to drink.
Every day our bodies are drenched in electro-magnetic fields (EMF) from cell phones, cell towers, smart meters, WiFi, computers, stereo systems, TVs and every electrical appliance and gadget you can think of.
While the debate on the health effects of constant EMF exposure continues, past efforts and research have shown some positive correlation with large dosages of EMFs and diseases of the nervous system as well as cancer. This from Dr. Mercola’s website:
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University of New York believes it is likely that up to 30% of all childhood cancers come from exposure to EMFs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns "There is reason for concern" and advises prudent avoidance".
In November 1989, the Department of Energy reported that "It has now become generally accepted that there are, indeed, biological effects due to field exposure."
The EMF issue gained more publicity in 1990 when alarming reports appeared in Time, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and popular computer publications. ABC's Ted Koppel and CBS's Dan Rather both aired special segments on EMFs.
In a draft report issued in March 1990, the EPA recommended that EMFs be classified as a Class B carcinogen -- -a "probable human carcinogen and joined the ranks of formaldehyde, DDT, dioxins and PCBs.
After the EPA draft report was released, utility, military and computer lobbyists came down hard on the EPA. The EPA's final revision did NOT classify EMFs as a Class B carcinogen. Rather, the following explanation was added:"
At this time, such a characterization regarding the link between cancer and exposure to EMFs is not appropriate because the basic nature of the interaction between EMFs and biological processes leading to cancer is not understood."
Curiously, this rather unusual logic appears on the same page as the following: "In conclusion, several studies showing leukemia, Lymphoma and cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to EMFs supported by similar findings in adults in several/ occupational studies also involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a consistent pattern of response that suggest a causal link. " See full article at http://emf.mercola.com/sites/emf/emf-dangers.aspx
Those who benefit most from the sale of technology emitting EMFs use their political and monetary power to obscure the truth about their dangers. We’ve seen this play out before with cigarettes, food additives, sugar, pesticides and other toxins in our environment.
To protect yourself from EMFs, limit your cell phone use and use a wired head set when talking on your phone. You also need to take time each day to ‘ground’ yourself. This means you allow The EMFs entering your body to leave similar to the ground in the wiring in a home allowing electrical current to enter the ground outside.
You can do this by taking your shoes off and standing or sitting with your bare feet on the ground for 15-30 minutes daily. Or you can purchase an Earthing Universal Mat from Dr. Mercola’s website as I have http://www.mercola.com/. This can be used while you’re at your computer or you can choose to sleep on it allowing your body long term relief from EMFs.
The bottom line is if you are not detoxifying everyday your body is accumulating toxins. It is never too late to start your detoxifying regimen and if you are sick with acute or chronic disease you need to start detoxifying immediately to lower the toxic load on your body.
As your body is eliminating toxins through a detox regimen it needs to be receiving the necessary nutrients to support its daily functions including a healthy immune system. Diet is critically important and something most Americans take for granted. We rarely shop, prepare and cook food much anymore seeking shortcuts through fast food, frozen foods, delivered foods and junk foods.
The reality is food is the” stuff of life” and if you are sick or want to avoid being sick you need to pay more attention to diet. This means food becomes a priority at the top of your lists including how you spend your time, your budget, shopping and your bucket list. I can’t stress the importance of food in the healing and prevention process.
Dr. Suprabha Jain was very clear on the importance of diet when she tailored a program to regain my health. Her center even had a kitchen where we prepared food. With what I learned from this experience I have chosen a vegetarian diet as I found too many possible toxins to be in animal flesh including fish. I also found that my vibration level, so important in my spiritual growth and overall well -being was higher once I left meat behind. Interestingly enough many Oncologists will tell their cancer patients to eat a plant-based diet.
My personal experience with a vegetarian diet is that it is not diversified and balanced enough for me and as a result I exacerbated my existing stomach issues eating too many nuts, seeds, grains and legumes to make up for the animal protein I was missing. Nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes have oxalates, lectins and phytates which in overabundance can cause irritation to the stomach and stomach lining. This is not to say you shouldn’t eat these foods, however, as with anything do so in moderation and pay attention to how your stomach is digesting them. I have since modified my diet and eliminated all whole grains, nuts seeds and legumes while adding organic chicken, fresh/frozen and canned wild salmon and sardines until my stomach heals. I’ve also pretty much eliminated all sugars including fruit, eliminated dairy and added more sweet potatoes, freshly steamed vegetables and organic white Basmati rice (Note: White Basmati rice has the same glycemic index as brown rice). After two months I am beginning to see some subtle positive changes. At some point I will try re-introducing foods which I have eliminated from my diet while paying attention to how my body reacts to them.
A vegetarian diet is not right for everyone and requires dedication in time and education to prepare well balanced meals. However, you can reduce the amount of meat in each meal or increase the amount of vegetarian meals you eat a week depending on your current diet. I found that dairy is not a required food group. We do not need to eat or drink animal milk just as animals do not need to ingest human milk. These are choices I have made and have experienced positive results. You can modify and experiment with your diet as you begin to eat lower on the food chain. A more vegetarian oriented diet will also help your body detoxify.
Organic foods are important to eliminate toxins like pesticides and herbicides as well as increase nutritional value. Not only do conventional foods have toxins, they are grown with petrochemical fertilizers of primarily nitrogen, potassium and phosphate. These three elements grow foods fast, producing multiple harvests with little nutritional value.
Eating a diet of only organic foods can increase your food budget substantially. For me I simply make a choice and reduce or eliminate less important parts of my budget. I think Americans’ expectations for cheap nutritionally empty foods needs to change. This is a choice we make. However, understanding that people have limited budgets you can make choices as to which foods you buy grown organically and which conventionally.
Here are some suggestions. Any fruits or vegetables that you will not or cannot peel should be organic. Berries and grapes are notorious for pesticides and strawberries are the worst. Leafy vegetables should be organic. Corn and soy products should be organic as those grown conventionally are GMO. The Environmental Working Group has a great free smart phone app called the Dirty Dozen which can be downloaded and referred to. It is updated regularly and is a good quick reference when out shopping.
There are nutritional supplements you can take including multiple vitamins, but keep in mind that these are supplements. Your major source of nutrition should come from diet. Having said this, given our overly toxic environment, quality supplements can become more essential. I look for supplements with the least amount of incipient, non-productive ingredients as possible. These are ingredients found under headings like, “other ingredients.” They are used primarily to lower the cost of production and some of them can be harmful. Some incipient ingredients to avoid include magnesium stearate, vegetable stearate, di-calcium phosphate, sugars like dextrose, glucose and maltodextrin and artificial colors.
There are certain supplements and protocols that can be helpful in boosting your immune system to fight cancer. You may want to check out the website for the Cancer Tutor to learn more about this (www.cancertutor.com). If you would like more information on the supplements I take or recommend you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note about tumors. There is a lot of misinformation about tumors. Our medical system believes most malignant tumors need to be eliminated surgically and prior to this, confirmed as malignant with a biopsy. However, disrupting the tumor this way can lead to the requirement for chemo-therapy or some other highly toxic method to try and kill the cancer cells which may have spread throughout your body.
A tumor is the body’s way of protecting itself from the malfunctioning cancer cells until it can figure out what to do with them. It is called encapsulation and is the genius of our body responding to an attack. Once this encapsulation is broken with a biopsy or surgically removed the microscopic cancer cells can have an opening to spread to other parts of the body.
Our past discussion talked about toxicity and deficiency as a cause of disease. So, what the body with a tumor requires is detoxification and the necessary nutrition to boost the immune system. This has been my method for the last two years. However, this was my choice. As I am not a trained doctor I would not recommend this for others. Individuals fighting any disease need to consult their doctor, do the necessary research and make their own choices.
Our bodies are remarkable living organisms which have incredible powers to heal. If we start early in our lives and avoid toxins where we can, detoxify and give our bodies the necessary nutrition required to maintain strong immune systems we can overcome adversity. Even if we have abused our bodies they will still respond to the processes of detoxification and good nutrition.
We have all heard about the importance of exercise and health. Burning excess calories, getting our heart rates up and movement are important for our body’s health. This doesn’t mean running, bicycling, lifting weights or any activity at extreme levels. It means providing your body with the opportunity to move.
This could mean dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, hiking, walking, playing with your kids even cleaning the house. Movement is what the body desires and some kind of movement for at least 30 minutes a day should be part of your life routine.
Note that heavy exercise for 30 or more minutes whether weight lifting or aerobics increases the presence of free radicals. This is normal. However, free radicals cause disease and with their presence your body requires anti-oxidants to reduce or eliminate them. So, after exercise eat some fruit, berries or take an anti-oxidant supplement.
Americans tend to over-exercise and this is not necessary to maintain good health. Moderate exercise with a program of detoxification and good nutrition will help keep your immune system and you in good shape.
Part 4 of this series will discuss the power of our minds and spirit, which for me was and is the most important aspect of my healing process.