January 24, 2017

Metformin and Diabetes: Trouble in Paradise

Popular Drug Damages Your Cells But Fasting Delivers Energy

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

Jessica came to see me because she had been diagnosed with a condition that is becoming more and more common – PCOS. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a problem of the adrenal glands that causes:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Obesity
  • Easy fatiguing
  • And even diabetes

Jessica was prescribed a diabetes medication called metformin (tradename Glucophage) that seems to help metabolic problems. It also allows people to burn fat so they stop gaining weight.

This drug is a first-line therapy for Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and has been used for many years. It has the effect of making the body more sensitive to insulin and blocking the liver from putting out more sugar. The net effect of this is to lower blood sugar levels.

However, metformin’s specific action reaches deeper into your cells. It blocks the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cells of your body, from using sugar efficiently. When cells are unable to use sugar, they must switch to fat-burning mode. With the ability to burn fat, the body has lower sugar levels and can actually lose weight!

The effect of metformin has been trumpeted for many years. Metformin:

  • Decreases blood glucose
  • Increases fat use
  • Prevents kidney problems
  • Improves PCOS in women
  • Prevents diabetes
  • Lowers cancer rates [1]

Because of these effects metformin is now being considered and used for many conditions including:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cancers of all types
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome X

Indeed, as one of my professors stated, it seems that metformin should be “included in the drinking water.”  Everyone would supposedly benefit.  Many without diabetes, PCOS, or even pre-diabetes are taking it to prevent diabetes and cancer.

Beware of Treating Disease with Metformin

All of the symptoms and diseases treated by metformin have one thing in common: they are all diseases of metabolism, or energy production.  These conditions actually result when energy is not properly made in the body.  Adding metformin to those cells that need sugar makes them less efficient. They can’t make energy!

This is why people with diabetes develop Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.  In spite of having lots of sugar, they are unable to metabolize it.

The problem with taking metformin is that it blocks the proper use of sugar.  Some tissues need sugar to function. So when your body is already impaired, withholding cell energy can cause further damage to the liver, kidneys, brain, vision, and muscles.

The list of “side-effects,” or better said, toxic effects, of metformin include:[2]

  • the problem with taking metformin Stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or constipation
  • Headaches
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Taste problems
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fingernail and/or toenail disease
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Heart throbbing or pounding
  • Muscle pain
  • Redness of face and neck
  • Increased blood acidity due to high levels of lactic acid
  • Low blood sugar
  • Megaloblastic anemia

These are just the symptoms of the toxic effects of metformin; the underlying cause is the lack of energy production. Basically, cells treated with metformin become energetically inefficient. As a result, your mitochondria, which manage your cell’s energy, become poisoned. Lead, mercury, arsenic, and cyanide, are known to have similar disturbing side effects on your cells.

Not all who take metformin have this unique set of horrible toxic side effects. But it is important to know that there is a risk to taking it. Much of the time, patients with diabetes or other conditions are given the medication without being told about its toxicity.

Metformin and Type 2 Diabetes

The hallmark of T2D is an overload of sugar, which makes it toxic.  Anything we get too much of can poison the systems of our body. Yes, we can get too much of a good thing.  When we eat more than we need for the day, we store the extra as fat and glycogen. Eventually the energy production of the body gets sluggish. The systems designed to regulate and manage your body become inefficient. We feel weak, fatigued, tired and listless. Even though every cell stores millions of calories and many pounds of fat are reserved under the skin, metabolic energy is inaccessible due to overload of sugar.

Many blame their thyroid because low thyroid can cause similar symptoms.  However, these symptoms almost always point to an overload of a sluggish energy system.  This happens because the sugar system is inefficient, and extra insulin blocks the fat system.  We call this “insulin resistance.”

When given metformin, it blocks the cells’ ability to use sugar and stimulates the use of fat.  This allows more sugar into the already bloated cells.  It also prevents the muscles from getting energy from their stored glycogen, which can cause them to die of starvation.  It might seem to make sense to treat the overload of energy by starving the cells. It may work temporarily, but ultimately these cells die of starvation while swimming in energy.  It would be like a person dying of thirst in a swimming pool because he was afraid of drowning.

Metformin and Type 1 Diabetes

A deficiency of insulin does not allow sugar into the cells and they starve of energy.  Before the discovery of insulin, people died of starvation from T1D (type 1 diabetes).  They couldn’t use the sugar so they would switch to fat-burning.  When they ran out of fat, they started burning protein, and when there was no more protein, they died.

Long ago, people with “honey urine” (type 1 diabetes) ate high fat diets to keep them alive. Now we can give them insulin and they can live an almost normal life.  However, some are saying type 1 diabetics should take metformin to block the liver from making sugar and help keep their sugar down.  While this sounds good, it would be a disaster on the cellular level!  With the imminent threat of starving cells, it is unwise to use a chemical that can further disturb energy production.

Studies indicate that metformin side-effects, especially hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), are more likely in T1D, with hardly any blood sugar benefit.[3]

Metformin and PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is primarily a hormone abnormality that is commonly inherited.  The adrenal and other glands have abnormal responses to stimuli that cause either too much or too little of certain hormones.  Cortisol tends to be excessive, as is testosterone. High cortisol and testosterone hormones prohibit other hormones from being produced or used. The net effect on the metabolism is insulin resistance (because of excess cortisol) and even diabetes.

Metformin has been a first-line medication for this problem because it effectively blocks excess cortisol.  However, it is important to note that it works only on the symptoms of cortisol excess, while allowing the disease to progress.

In women with PCOS, high insulin levels can cause the ovaries to make more androgen hormones such as testosterone. Metformin affects the way insulin controls blood glucose and lowers testosterone production. As a result, ovulation can return.

On a side note, the goal to reverse PCOS is to use nutrients to:

  • Decrease sugar cravings
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Improve carbohydrate metabolism
  • Balance blood sugar levels
  • And balance hormones

Meditation, mindfulness, gratefulness, journaling, and any other mind-body techniques can be used to lower cortisol levels.

Metformin Worsens Alzheimer’s Disease

While laboratory studies indicate that making the brain more sensitive to insulin should help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, clinical studies show the cognitive problems actually get worse.[4] It turns out that the ability to use fat actually helps the brain to function better and to repair. However, the toxic effects of metformin on the body’s ability to use sugar lessen this benefit. The brain needs a constant supply of energy from sugar even when the body is burning fat.

The Optimal Alternative to Metformin

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What It Is Like to Live With Anxiety

How to Remain Calm in Life

By Dr. Saunders, M.D.

Sheri can hardly function in life because of a gripping fear of everything.  She lives in an apartment above the businesses in the center of town, but hasn’t left her apartment in over five years.  Everything is brought to her.  She shops online and on the Home Shopping Network.

A trip to her house is a trip indeed!  Boxes she has purchased remain unopened, stacked four feet high around the whole apartment.  There is a trail only six inches wide leading from the front door to the bed and from the bed to the bathroom and kitchen.  She tried to leave her apartment a year ago. But only made it to the front steps before she got a panic attack and had to run back inside.

When anxiety becomes a problemPanic is a type of severe anxiety from a sudden release of adrenal (stress) hormones.  Short or long-term stress produces large amounts of these hormones, causing severe anxiety. When this surge of stress hormones hit the body, people feel like they are going to die.

In a typical hospital emergency department, patients with severe anxiety often display symptoms of: chest pain, palpitations, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and a fear of imminent death.  They get blood tests, EKGs, X-rays, and even cardiac catheters to determine if they are having a heart attack.  The symptoms of anxiety often mimic a heart attack.  But more than 80% of the time there is no sign of heart trouble. Many people are told, “It’s just a panic attack.”

Living with Anxiety

While panic attacks are the extreme, and happen to some people, anxiety is very common. In fact everyone feels anxiety at some point, like fear or trepidation.

  • Needles often provoke anxiety, such as before a vaccination or blood draw.
  • Others feel anxiety before a test, interview, or court case.
  • Most get anxious at the thought of public speaking. They get a dry mouth, sweaty palms, cold hands and feet, and palpitations of the heart.
  • Even professional speakers, businessmen, or giving speeches or presentations experience anxiety.

The worst effect of an anxiety attack is on the brain. It causes disorganized thinking and poor memory, making it harder to present material.  One speaker noted after many years of public speaking that the “butterflies” in his stomach didn’t go away; they just flew in formation.[1]

Anxiety with a threat of loss is normal. Situations that cause anxiety are common to all people.

The purpose of anxiety is to warn us of danger. A message of fear sends a signal to the adrenal glands that there is an emergency. We then release hormones from the adrenal glands such as adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol (cortisone) to help us get out of danger.

These stress hormones:

  • Increase our blood sugar and heart rate for quick energy.
  • Suppress our immune system and other “unnecessary” functions to protect our body.
  • Create a multitude of effects on the brain, including a sense of fear, danger, imminent death or foreboding, as well as loss of memory.

Their overall effect is an increase in circulation and energy to certain body systems and a downshift of less important ones into maintenance mode. In this way, the fight or flight response prepares the body for extreme action.

When there is danger our body doesn’t need to function at capacity. We just need to get out of danger!

However, even when there is no danger present, the adrenal glands release the stress hormones causing all the same symptoms.  This emergency response causes physical symptoms that many people misinterpret as a heart attack or other serious physical conditions. Misinterpreting these symptoms can cause anxiety and the fear response to continue.

Sheri would feel panic just from walking outside her door.  She had no control over the release of hormones or how she felt; it just happened.  She tried taking medications of all kinds, and received counseling, but nothing seemed to help at all.  She was stuck.

The ways we categorize anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is constant worry or fear.
  • Panic Disorder refers to those who get sudden panic attacks, feel out of control, or sense impending doom.
  • Social Phobia feels like continually being embarrassed in public.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is when fearful thoughts take control of one’s actions. People then “have to” do things to relieve the anxiety.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) refers to those who have had major trauma that brings on chronic anxiety.

Anxiety becomes a problem when:

  • You feel anxious most/all of the time for more than 6 months
  • Your level of anxiety is excessive and intense
  • Your anxiety is uncontrollable and disrupts your job, relationships, sleep and social life
  • Your behavior changes due to your level of anxiety – this could be anything from drinking lots of tea, finding it hard to breathe, not being able to leave the house, or performing repetitive rituals, such as counting to 10 before you do something

Generally, anxiety is not considered abnormal unless it affects the normal functioning of the person, such as their ability to work, play, interact with others, or sleep, and has been present more than six months. And, of course, there are levels of anxiety – mild to severe.

Symptoms of anxiety may include one or more of the following:

  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Shortness of breath, or unable to fill the lungs completely
  • Jumpiness and feeling on edge
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swallowing problems, like a lump in the throat
  • Stomach problems and difficulty digesting food
  • Headaches of all types
  • Sleep problems of all types
  • Palpitations of the heart
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Cold sweats
  • Frequent urination
  • Bad moods
  • Eating, drinking or smoking more than usual

Mainstream Medical Treatment for Anxiety

Since the beginning of time people have used alcohol to relieve anxiety.  Doctors call it “the drug of choice” for all types of anxiety and panic because people who have anxiety drink it. And those who have more anxiety, drink more.

  • For some, it works so well they become “addicted” to alcohol. If they stop drinking, then they feel lots of anxiety.
  • Others only use alcohol for occasional anxiety, or in the evening to relax after a stressful day at work.
  • Some try to use it to sleep, but it disturbs sleep.

While it’s effective for anxiety, the side effects of alcohol can be devastating, as most of us know.

Standard medical treatment to relieve anxiety includes medications that stimulate the receptors in the brain that induce calm.

Most anxiety drugs, such as the benzodiazepines, work on the GABA receptors.  Stimulating these receptors in the brain suppresses anxiety. Because GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, it slows down the brain function in certain areas. It works immediately, but for only a few hours. However, tolerance to its effects is easily developed. These medications, like Valium and similar drugs, work in much the same way as alcohol to numb anxiety.

Valium was a godsend for many.  In the 1960s they called it “mother’s little helper.” Valium allowed moms to be calm and relaxed with the children – without alcohol!  Doctors originally believed it was not addictive, and only caused some drowsiness. However, this is not the case.  Over time, people become tolerant to the level of stimulation provided by the drug and needed more.

When benzodiazepine treatment is stopped abruptly, patients may develop withdrawal symptoms.  Some benzodiazepines, like Valium, can even cause seizures from withdrawal.

Now, the benzodiazepines have become standard fare for all types of anxiety. I had a patient who found that a benzodiazepine worked so well she carried one pill around for over a year, “just in case” she got a panic attack. It helped her to relax, knowing that relief was available if she absolutely had to use it. She never did, and now doesn’t need it at all.

Other medical treatments that might help include antidepressants for anxiety. Most of these work on the serotonin receptors, which have a relaxing effect.  This makes sense on a chemical level. Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter that has an effect on multiple brain functions, including anxiety.

Others work on dopamine or norepinephrine receptors as well, such as the “major tranquilizers” or antipsychotic drugs.  The use of these for anxiety is becoming much more common.  Some people with anxiety prefer opiates like morphine, codeine, and the like.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to anxiety. People have different reasons for being anxious and display different anxiety symptoms, and therefore need different types of medications to relieve anxiety.

The primary problem with most of the medications used for anxiety is the same as with alcohol – they suppress all feeling and create numbness.  Using drugs to resolve feelings is always a gamble. This is especially true when people have anxiety because they report they “don’t feel anything.”   Some, of course, prefer to live this way. But many would like to try another way.

Determine the Cause of Anxiety

Medications may relieve anxiety symptoms for a short time. But they don’t take care of the problem, or address the cause of anxiety. The key to successfully treating anxiety is to find the cause(s) and remove them. There are many causes of anxiety:

  • many faces of anxietyExcessive stress, or change
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Hypothalamic tumors
  • Hormone imbalances (such as low progesterone)
  • Ectopic adrenal production
  • Medication side-effects
  • Dietary indiscretion
  • Toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides
  • Nutrient deficiencies like B-vitamins, minerals, or amino acids
  • Thought disorders
  • Loss of foundation, or shock such as a sudden illness, loss of a loved-one, or accident

Once you find the cause of the problem, you can begin to change it at the roots, not just for temporary relief of anxiety symptoms. In looking at the list, it becomes apparent that this is no simple task. Some may require the help of a professional.

To end anxiety, follow the general recommendations and try each of the specific supplement and herb recommendations one at a time. 

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Faith to See Your Healing

by Michael Tyrrell

I Called To You For Help, And You Healed Me (Psalm 30:2)

This month’s topic, Spiritual Healing, couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been busy the last few months writing a book on healing, Wholetones: The Sound Of Healing. Not only did I write a book, but I also recorded a 7-disk healing frequency music project to go with the book! It is over 2½ hours of music designed to provide the perfect sonic environment for spontaneous healing in the body. This project is one of a kind! Barton Publishing will give you priority to order when it is first released.

As I write this article, I am pondering the ethics of leading pharmaceutical companies. They are producing well-made television commercials about a myriad of medications. This onslaught of media suggests these medications bring relief for everything from arthritis to impotence. What alarms me is the side-effects of the pharmaceutical drugs are often far worse than the condition itself!

It seems strange to me that in an era of medical and technical breakthroughs, Big Pharma fails to produce a drug without life-threatening side-effects.

What makes a bad situation worse is that large law firms pay for television commercials announcing class action suits against these same pharmaceutical companies that leave Americans unprotected from deadly and torturous side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Now, even the Supreme Court is ruling that drugs are exempt from legal liability. (1)

So, let me ask a question. If these pharmaceutical companies have truly performed the exhaustive clinical trials they claim, then why are we seeing so many lawsuits 3 to 7 years after a tragic drug hits the market? The answer is harder to swallow than their pills!

These outrageously wealthy drug companies make so much money during their launch of a medication that by the time a percentage of the consumers are impaired, they can easily settle the law suits leveled against them and STILL make a huge profit on the medication… even IF they are forced to take it off the market.

But with a Supreme Court ruling, if the FDA says a drug is safe, that takes precedent over actual facts, real victims and any and all adverse reactions. This makes Big Pharma exempt from liability for side effects, mislabeling or virtually any other negative reactions caused by their drugs. (2)

healing vs medicatingRemember in the business world it is about the bottom line and profitability, first and foremost.

True Healing

I want to make two very important points before we examine spiritual healing.

  1. There is an obvious difference between healing and medicating.
  2. Human beings are not born with a drug deficiency.

Healing means becoming sound or healthy again; to be restored. Medicating means to administer drugs. Click to Tweet.

When someone is healed, his or her sickness is GONE. But when someone medicates, they only feel relief as long as they take their medication. Do we really believe that man-made, synthetic drugs are necessary for our survival?

The following story from the Bible perfectly illustrates my point.

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.

Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5: 25-34

The secret to healing hinges on one word, FAITH. Faith is far more than merely thinking. Faith is an unshakable belief that one acts upon without seeing any evidence beforehand.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

faithThe difference between thinking and believing is knowing. When you act upon what you know before you see it, you have walked in faith!

Here is an example. When a child has a wart, a doctor will often give the child a wooden tongue depressor and tell them it is a “wart stick.” If they hold the stick on the wart for a couple of days, then the wart will disappear. Usually, it does! The reason that the wart stick works is because the child believes it will, and that is childlike faith in action.

The same holds true in clinical trials; a participant receives a placebo and believes it is a powerful medication. The placebo (sugar pill) is historically from 15 to 72% effective and often outperforms the actual medication![1]

If you will allow me, I can help you move beyond the misunderstanding surrounding childlike faith so you can personally experience true spiritual healing.

Heart of Healing

You see, the heart and the head operate independently. Belief is a product of the heart. Thought is a product of the head (mind).

Infants and young children believe wholeheartedly what they are told is an absolute. (Their minds are not reasoning from past experiences or calculated thought processes.) In turn, they trust that what their parents or authority figures tell them is the truth. They simply believe it.

As these children grow and begin to base their “truth” upon personal experience and reason, “reality” begins to trump what they once believed in their heart.

When you were young, how many of you believed Santa would make a house call on Christmas Eve? You believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a white haired, bearded man in a red suit would leave a pile of gifts under your Christmas tree. You probably believed in Santa until some older kid told you that “Santa” was your parents. Then, it was devastating when you hid in the closet and watched Mom and Dad put the gifts under the tree, drink the milk and take a bite out of the cookies. It wasn’t your mind that was offended; it was your heart that was broken. You probably felt foolish for believing in the first place.

Unbelief is the nemesis of faith. Once you become an unbeliever, you will only believe something if you see it first because your mind is now running the show.

I will never be an unbeliever. I will never forget the life altering divine spiritual healings that I have received from the Hand of God. Here are just a couple true stories I would like to share.

Documented Spiritual Healing

no more glasses by flickr Taylor SloanIn my first year of junior high school I attended a private Christian school. It was in another city so I had a long ride on the school bus every day. I had very poor eyesight, so I wore glasses. I despised them because they made me look goofy. (Designer shades they weren’t!) To add insult to injury, even with corrective lens I could only see the blackboard if my desk was just a few feet away from the teacher’s desk.

One day on my bus ride home, I opened the window and said aloud, “You are God. You can certainly heal my eyes!” and I threw my glasses out the window. I was INSTANTLY healed! I have 20/20 vision to this day and I am 54 years old.

I am not suggesting that you throw your glasses, hearing aid, or oxygen tank away. But I am urging you to trust God. He may choose to heal you!

While touring with the Christian band Mylon Lefevre and Broken Heart in 1986, the driver taking me to a music store hit a parked car. My head went through the windshield of his car because we did not have seatbelts. When I came to, I was strapped down in an ambulance and my neck was in a brace. A wonderful female emergency technician told me what had happened.

When I arrived at the hospital, nurses worked to remove debris from my leg and arm and placed a stabilizing cage around my neck. While I was laying on the gurney, a wonderful Baptist minister sat next to me and began reading me passages from the Book of Psalms.

Suddenly, a rude nurse approached and said, “Your neck is broken and you may not walk again.”

True righteous indignation arose in me and I blurted out, “Either I will walk out of here in three days or you will carry me out in a body bag, Lady. God has plenty for me to do on my feet!”

Then the nurse called for a doctor and said, “He’s in shock. Give him a sedative.”

I told the doctor, “I don’t need a sedative. I am at peace. God will heal me.” And the doctor walked away.

One thing that was frustrating is that I could not move my arms or legs. I had no feeling below my waist so when they took me to x-ray they had to move me around on a board to get the position they needed for the films.

A couple of hours later the band showed up and told me they were leaving for the next gig because I was going to be in the hospital for awhile. They forgot to bring my bags so all I had were the bloody clothes I had on when I got to the hospital.

Later that evening, the surgeon on call came into my room to explain the x-rays. When I saw the film it was shocking! My C4 and C5 vertebrae were destroyed! The surgeon was kind but firm, informing me that I would no longer have use of my legs. They had contacted a renowned neck surgeon from New York who was flying in to see if anything could be done for me.

It was amazing that with all the evidence presented and no feeling in my limbs, I kept seeing myself running and jumping. I knew that I would be healed! I didn’t accept ANY other alternative!

Meanwhile, my fiancé and my mom had hundreds of people praying for me. Thanks to their prayers, I felt God’s presence every minute, though there was no one in my room. Not once did I feel alone.

Sometime in the middle of the night I felt an overwhelming burning sensation that started in my neck and went through my entire body. It was as if I had been literally set ablaze; I thought I was dreaming.

When a nurse woke me up in the morning to take my temperature, she informed me that the surgeon from New York ordered more x-rays. About an hour after the second set of x-ray films, a very kind man walked into my room and was visibly shaken. The man introduced himself and said in all his years of practice he had never seen anything like what he was about to show me.

The renowned surgeon put my x-rays on the screen from when I was first admitted. He showed me the destruction of my C4 and C5 vertebrae. Then he took those x-rays down and put up the x-rays he ordered when he arrived. I was floored! In place of my disintegrated C4 and C5 vertebrae, there were brand-new, perfect C4 and C5 vertebrae!!!

The surgeon went on to say that he was an orthodox Jewish man. Although he does not believe in miracles, he cannot explain how this occurred. What he said next was mind-boggling.

“I see no reason why you should not be able to move your neck or have feeling in your extremities.”

Suddenly, I moved my neck, my fingers and my feet. Up until that moment, I had no sensation, whatsoever! The surgeon smiled, touched my arm and left!

That burning sensation I felt the night before was the touch of God. That, my friends, is a perfect example of healing!

Now the plot thickens! Meanwhile, my fiancé, Lillian, and her friend Leanne were in route to the hospital. Lillian told me later that on the drive to the hospital they were numb and quiet on the trip. When they were about 45 minutes away, they suddenly looked at each other and said, “Oh my God! He is healed!” and joy filled their vehicle.

At approximately the same time, I disconnected my leg sling and neck cage and crawled out of bed. I pulled myself up using a chair and walked into the shower!!!

When Lillian and Leanne got to my hospital room, they heard water running and saw an empty bed. Lillian called out, “Honey, are you in the shower?” I said, “Yes.” Then she asked, “Are you healed?” and I replied, “Yes! I am!”

When I hobbled out of the bathroom I cannot tell you what I felt when I saw Lillian and Leanne. We were completely amazed at what God had done!

They brought me a wheelchair to get me into the elevator because I had stitches in my leg. When the elevator door opened, the rude nurse that told me I wouldn’t walk again was standing right in front of me. I got out of the wheelchair, walked up to her and said, “I told you so!” and had her cut off my hospital bracelet!

You see, friend…NOTHING is impossible to those who believe. What he did for me, God CAN do for you, as He is no respecter of persons.

Spiritual healing is a byproduct of unwavering childlike faith. It is YOUR faith in GOD’S ABILITY that makes you whole…period.

Like the psalmist in Psalm 30:2,

“Lord, MY God, I called to YOU for help, and You healed me.”

Do NOT doubt. ONLY believe. Call out to Him right now.

There is so much more I want to share with you on this subject…not theories but documented divine spiritual healing.

It is my prayer that when Barton Publishing releases my book and CDs, Wholetones: The Sound Of Healing, that you and you loved ones will experience spontaneous divine healing, just as I have.

Faith moves mountains and it also heals the sick.

 

Michael TyrrellMichael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full-time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well-known musician.

 

(1) http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q32013/supreme-court-rules-drug-companies-exempt-from-lawsuits/
(2) Faith Brynie, PhD, “The Placebo Effect: How it Works,” Psychology Today, January 10, 2012, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-sense/201201/the-placebo-effect-how-it-works.

 

 

 

 

Overcome Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Naturally

Has someone you care about recently been told it’s time to settle their personal affairs and start arranging for “long-term” care — all because of symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

If your life seems to be suddenly going down a road you don’t want to go down because of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, then STOP and turn it around.

There’s only one reason 50% of Americans are told they will have irreversible Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the time they reach 85 . . . because it’s a BIG FAT LIE that’s sells more drugs!

Statistics like that are appalling because they’re nothing but ignorant predictions based on the absurd assumption people aren’t going to find their own cure for the problem.

Truth is Big Pharma would love to sell their Alzheimer’s drugs to everyone, if they could get away with it. They claim there’s no cure, because they don’t know the cause. Problem is they’re just not looking hard enough.

Just because your doctor is a “nice person” doesn’t guarantee he or she knows what they’re doing. There are a lot of well intentioned doctors out there that are nothing more than glorified drug dealers.

I know. It’s sad. But, what do you expect when only 3% of our medical institutions and universities don’t even offer nutritional and dietary courses? Medicine should be about healing, not money.

The fact is huge pharmaceutical companies currently fund many schools. Once funded, Big Pharma can influence the students, teachers and even the study courses.

“Despite the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars of research, not even a single degenerative disease has been cured in the last hundred years.” ~ Dr. Alan Greenberg.

So, once you get past the misinformation and lies, you’ll find relief that Alzheimer’s disease is NOT a drug deficiency or the inevitable “longterm” sentence it’s being played out to be.

Discovering The Truth about AD

The cause of Alzheimer’s is suspected to be a combination of poisons from vaccines, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metal amalgams (dental fillings) and artificial food additives (known to be neurotoxins), all coming together at once.

Frankly, it’s no wonder we’re seeing an explosion of neuro-degenerative diseases! Consider all the carcinogenic and excitotoxin Americans are exposed to Americans these days.

IF people keep taking drugs to treat simple nutritional imbalances caused from toxic exposure, then 50% or more of Americans will wind up institutionalized in some government funded “long term” care ward for Alzheimer’s victims — maybe even before they’re 85 years of age.

Here’s Where Your Brain Needs To Focus . . .

Alzheimer’s disease has a root cause just as everything does; it’s an inescapable the law of cause and effect.

It’s a simple concept when you think about it. Problem is most “Big Pharma-trained” doctors haven’t a clue how to find the root cause of anything. Not that they couldn’t, it’s just that they’re not inclined to. Most doctors just “react” to whatever effect, or symptoms, you may be complaining about by writing up another prescription or recommending surgery.

That’s typical Westernized medicine in a nutshell.

Getting To The Root Of The AD Problem

The main complaints from Alzheimer’s patients are loss of clear thinking, creativity and mental function. Once you lose your ability to reason, you’re in serious deep water.

When a doctor can’t find the root cause of a health problem, they always treat the symptom and a symptom is just an effect, not the cause.

It’s no mystery why mainstream media isn’t advertising a real solution for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It’s the same reason why Big Pharma isn’t investing in a natural cure: there’s simply more money and power in just treating the symptoms.

If you want to find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease, first you need to look for the root cause. So, let’s put on our detective shoes and see if we can get to the bottom of all this.

Nothing threatens your freedom more than this disease. Read on to learn what you can do!

Normally, when all systems are “Go,” your brain and nervous system are continuously sending electrical signals throughout your entire body. As it turns out, your body is 75% water for a good reason. Water is a conductor of electricity if it contains trace minerals, called electrolytes. Every electrolyte carries an “ionic charge” that’s either negative or positive.

You have about 50 trillion cells that are in constant communication, as long as there is plenty of minerals and water flowing around to produce enough energy.

It’s common knowledge that your mental and motor functions depend primarily on all your cells transmitting and receiving information in the form of energy.

As far as your brain is concerned, all energy is information. The more energy, the better the communication. The better the communication, the healthier you are.

That’s how you see, feel, touch, smell and move around and think. It’s all about communication.

Alzheimer’s Disease Is A Communication Breakdown

All your cells are electrically charged. Your Red Blood Cells (RBC) carry a small “negative ion charge.”

As long as they carry this “ionic” charge, they are able to bounce off each other and more rapidly deliver helpful oxygen, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to all 50 trillion of your cells.

Healthy Red Blood Cells (RBC) also cleanse your body of acid waste, toxins and carbon dioxide.

Once they lose this electrical charge, then they start clumping together in clusters, literally collapsing in on their selves and creating dangerous blood clots, which can scar brain tissue and become plaque.

The simple lack of healthy water can cause Alzheimer like symptoms. Given time, these clumps of dirty Red Blood Cell (RBC) clots ravage your brain as oxygen, minerals and nutrient levels plunge.

Your Thirsty Brain

A simple case of chronic dehydration threatens all body functions, including your heart, brain and immune system, meaning it is of primary importance to preventing or curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Without adequate water, all of these sensitive body systems will slowly degenerate as toxic build-up destroys your nerve and circulatory system, cell by cell.

To discover the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), we must be concerned with how to first stop it before we can begin to heal brain damage. Proper hydration is a vital key.

As you know, your brain is the master control center for everything. Here is an interesting fact:

If you’re an adult your brain weighs about 3 pounds and 85% of it is very similar to seawater in composition. That figures out to 2.4 pounds of water. If seawater weighs about 8 pounds a gallon, then your brain needs exactly one third of a gallon of “electrolyte” rich water.

Keep in mind, water without minerals (A.K.A. electrolytes) can’t carry an “ionic” charge and would be useless to any neurons and other signal dependant cells.

Ions are essential to life. Sodium, potassium, calcium and other ions play an important role in the cells of living organisms.

Two times Nobel Prize laureate Linus Pauling showed that 90% of all degenerative diseases are triggered from mineral (electrolyte) deficiencies. (Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease).

There’s no doubt if you suffer from brain dehydration, you will also have a mineral (electrolyte) deficiency, which can literally shut down your Central Nervous System (CNS), which your brain is naturally a major cog of.

Considering the rest of your healthy body is only 75% water, it’s becomes obvious why your brain, being 80% water, is more dependent on water than any other part of your body.

The vital water bathing your brain cells depends on large amounts of oxygen rich blood to provide minerals and nutrients to create “cerebrospinal fluid” (CSF). This cerebrospinal fluid is higher in sodium than potassium because sodium is vital for neuron activity1.

Could the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) be from long term dehydration and mineral deficiencies?

The answer is Yes!

Breaking Through The Blood-Brain Barrier

Your brain is pretty well self-contained compared to the rest of your body.

There are special cell membranes that protect your brain from any sudden changes in blood chemistry, acidity or alkalinity (pH). Your brains capillary walls are perfectly sealed by a special cellular filter called the “blood-brain barrier.”

One of the limitations with synthetic drugs is the blood-brain barrier keeps them out. It’s a good thing, too.

However, certain natural plant sourced nutrients, mineral ions and amino acids are allowed to pass through making accelerated healing possible using a few natural remedies.

The problem with drugs and other toxins is they damage the blood-brain barrier trying to break through the capillary walls. The result is microscopic bleeding, which ends up as scar tissue, or “plaque” from the blood clotting process.

It’s this “plaque” that is found present in so many different neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and epilepsy, to name a few of these devastating diseases.

The more dehydrated a person is the more likely microscopic bleeding will cause further scaring.

So, now you can see another reason why proper hydration is “at least” a helpful preventative to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Proper hydration is vital for maximum brain health. Now, let’s discuss some other “less obvious” factors which can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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  • Aspartame, an excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • MSG, another excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • Methyl alcohol, a byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Formaldehyde, another byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Mercury destroys neuron fibers. Many researchers, with good reason, feel that the actual cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is due to toxic metal that leaches from mercury-silver amalgam dental fillings.
  • Aluminum is a protoplasmic poison and a deadly, persistent neurotoxin. Since 1934, aluminum hydroxide has been used as an additive to boost the immune response from vaccines.
  • Statins block the cholesterol nutrient necessary for proper neuron and synaptic signaling.

The Natural Solutions I’ve Found

If I were to put together a food support protocol for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), I would consider using all of these:

    • DHA, also known as Omega-3 Fatty Acid Docosahexaenoic Acid, comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain. DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline2.

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Huperzine A is believed to work in a manner similar to some prescription drugs for treating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: increasing the level of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by blocking its breakdown.

  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA): alpha-lipoic acid might delay the onset or slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Huperzia serrata: In the late ’80s, a research team found that Huperzine-A, an extract of the ancient Chinese herb Huperzia serrata, easily goes through the blood-brain barrier and stops AChE (an enzyme) from destroying your precious acetylcholine.
  • Acetylcholine: Although the course of Alzheimer’s disease is unique for every individual, AD is caused by reduced synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
  • Phosphatidylcholine: Choline containing phospholipids are essential for the integrity of the cell membrane.
  • Daffodil extract (galantamine) suppresses the death of brain cells3.
  • Lipoic acid increases acetylcholine (ACh) production.
  • Vitamin C may help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s by 78%4.
  • Magnesium depletion, particularly in the hippocampus, appears to represent an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer’s disease5.

These are a few potential cures I’ve found in a relatively short period of time. So, never give up hope.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is considered a progressive neuro-degenerative disorder that destroys human memory and brain function, social communication skills and the ability to carry out every day activities. Leading experts predict if ignored, more than 16 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the Number #4 Killer of Americans, causing over 100,000 deaths each year in the USA alone. Currently, AD patients occupy more than half of all nursing home beds.

The solution exists. You simply need to believe in it enough to find the right one for you.

So, keep in mind that “you were born to heal!”

References:

1)     Harrington MG, Fonteh AN, Arakaki X, Cowan RP, Ecke LE, Foster H, Huhmer AF, Biringer RG: Capillary Endothelial Na(+), K(+), ATPase Transporter Homeostasis and a New Theory for Migraine Pathophysiology.
2)     Lukiw WJ, Cui JG, Marcheselli VL, Bodker M, Botkjaer A, Gotlinger K, Serhan CN, Bazan NG. pmid=16151530 (2005 October). “A role for docosahexaenoic acid-derived neuroprotectin D1 in neural cell survival and Alzheimer disease”. J Clin Invest. 115(10): 2774–83.
3)     Tariot PN, Solomon PR, Morris JC, Kershaw P, Lilienfeld S, Ding C. A 5-month, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of galantamine in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology 2000;54:2269-76.
4)     Source: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; USA Today, Posted 1/19/2004 10:01 PM
5)     Magnes Res. 1990 Sep;3(3):217-8. Magnesium depletion and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Durlach J. SDRM, Hôpital Saint Vincent de Paul, Paris, France. PMID: 2132752
Martin Jacobse, a hearing and speech specialist of 30 years, was first inspired by the natural home remedies used by his Cherokee Grandmother. He has since expanded his interests into naturopathic, alternative and energy medicine. Excited to share his findings and close the gap between the medical profession and natural home remedies, Jacobse found a passion as an independent medical researcher and ghost writer, dedicating his life to getting the word out as a consumer health advocate for Barton Publishing. Jacobse spends his free time practicing the healing art of magnetic Qigong, publishing books and enjoying the quiet of a small horse ranch near the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
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Healing from any Addiction, Illness or Disease

This New Discovery Reveals Potential For Radical Healing From Drug Addiction

There is a natural human tendency to cleave to the old and resist the new. Yet, inevitably, we enter each new day revitalized, rejuvenated and refreshed. At least we try to. The problem is the average American family of four is exposed to 1,500 advertising messages a day. (Fordham University College of Business Administration)

This data smog would make it a challenge for even a Zen master to stay positive and addiction free. It’s no wonder that as much as 70% of our thoughts tend to be negative. You already know to avoid junk foods, right? Yet few people take the same care to avoid “junk info.”

This Big Food, Big Pharma and Big Agri are pouring billions of advertising dollars into the mega-marketing media machine to keep you thinking about their products 24/7. The latest advertising atrocity is called Direct-To-Consumer marketing and it’s illegal in every country but America and New Zealand. You know which commercials I’m talking about: the ones suggesting your symptoms may be diseases, then telling you to “see your doctor” to find out if the latest designer drug is for you.

It is illegal for just anyone to offer any form of diagnosis of physical or psychological illness or disease. I believe it is a form of attack to suggest to someone that something is wrong with them. People will sincerely believe what they hear. A comment about a mental disorder, chemical imbalance or genetic weakness may become a part of their identity.

It’s no wonder that currently 50% of Americans take at least one prescribed drug every day — and the numbers are rising thanks to Direct-To-Consumer suggestions. As fellow human beings we have a responsibility to speak positively and encourage others to take more responsibility for their own health choices.

There is a false disease going around that is 100% reversible and instantly curable. The false disease is called “victimization.” We all need to join together to abolish this pseudo-disease from the face of the earth. Because as long as the mega media monster gets to say whatever it wants to, unfiltered, uncensored and unabashed, countless people of every walk of life and age group will continue to “indentify” with the addiction mind-set that they are “victims.”

I have to admit, it is an ingenious marketing scheme though. Who but people that believed they were victims of genetic fate would buy into this Big Pharma culture? There is something ethically wrong with selling drugs to people who are easily addicted to substances. On one side of the street we call them drug pushers. On the other side, Big Pharma is just doing business as usual.

I hope you understand, I am writing about a “victim-mind set.” I am very aware that the world is filled with real victims of crime, violence and disaster. I am simply pointing out the irresponsibility of drug companies that are “enabling” addiction through negative auto-suggestion. That’s why Direct-To-Consumer advertising should be banned everywhere. It is irresponsible and guarantees the massive prescribing of more drugs on the front of fighting rampant addictive behavior in society. The pandemic of addiction ruins more lives than all other diseases put together.

Typically, Western medicine has stuck its head in the sand concerning its 80% failure rate from “treating symptoms” of addiction. The bottom line is, by ignoring the real cause of addiction, the current approach permits the whole “victim mentality” to thrive. This may shock you, but you’re temporary addiction to drugs may be an unaddressed “subliminal suggestion” you need to identify. These Direct-To-Consumer drug messages subliminally suggest sickness is a function of your body and thus you must buy their “chemicals and drugs” to counteract your dysfunctional nature. Please give me a break! Sickness is NOT your body’s function!

Devictimization is the simple process of waking up from a nightmare that never was. Like a child who is afraid to look out from the covers because of the monsters in the closet, once the light is on, reality sinks in again. Once the illusion, lie or auto-suggestion is seen for what it really is, its influence over you goes away.

Leading researchers are reconsidering our old beliefs about how the human brain functions and including terms like “superconscious,” “healing mind” and “intelligent energy fields,” into the new mode. A new world view is dawning! Enter the age of bioenergetic healing.

FACT: If you want to break away from the limitations of your past and be free of the unresolved emotions and chemical addictions which enslave you, you must be determined to see things differently. Read on . . .

You’ve been educated, conditioned and cultivated to believe in a “victim mind-set.” That lie is the heart of your addiction challenge. It is a mistake to believe any chemical reaction, behavior trait or genetic weakness is more powerful than your innate intelligence, indomitable will and free mind.

The human brain has the capacity to download astonishing amounts of new data in the form of “behaviors and beliefs,” into your hard drive memory. In a nut shell, this means you have the potential for radical healing. I know you can be free from any addiction, illness or disease and their causes.

As you know, traditionally, every new discovery is resisted by the human impulse to protect the past. Yesterday the world was flat, today mind, body and even thinking and feeling are seen as one and the same. (www.HeartMath.com)

You and I literally live in a holographic universe, meaning within each part, the whole of Mama Nature can be found. Wholeness heals you because it is of the mind. Fact is by combining the will to recover with guidance and support you can defeat any addictions. Don’t be tempted to believe you need drugs to help you.

What I’m sharing isn’t knew, it just took science 6,000 years to validate what the ancient Chinese, Essenes and Ayurvedic teachers have long known. The ancients understood the universe to be one living conscious being or organism. Today, scientists call this the systemic, or a holographic universe. Thus where ancient wisdom once proclaimed creation as an ever-expanding “Creative Intelligence,” today we call it “Intelligent Design.” In order accept new knowledge we have to let go of old mistaken concepts.

Genetic determinism is a thing of the past! Definition of determinism: the belief that all events are caused and determined by their preceding events and, therefore, entirely predictable, raising philosophical questions about freewill and responsibility.

Genetic determinism is a political iron fist being used to crush free thinking, self-sustaining individuals like you. Its doctrine claims that human willpower and positive attitude have no influence over health and body. IF the propaganda was true then genetic determinists, greedy politicians and tyrants would control the entire human race with their chemical madness.

Sounds like a bad B-movie doesn’t it?

Big Pharma wants to blame “the gene” for every illness and frankly, they’re wrong. But, if they can convince Joe Public, Big Pharma’s power and profits will soar. I’m talking about more misused power and money than the world has ever seen before.

What’s scary is their marketing scheme was working, until the discovery of Epigenetics. It’s as if “The king has no clothes,” and somebody’s derriere is sticking out in the wind. They’ll do anything to cover it up.

The real future of medicine is completely different than what Big Pharma bet it would be. They have fully vested in the chemical/gene assumption, but the “new science” of epigenetics refutes the very foundation of the pharmaceutical empire and they are NOT happy about it at all.

As you may already know mere chemical reactions cannot explain any of the remarkable feats the human body and mind can perform. Since genes are not controlling our biology, exactly what is responsible for our healing, regeneration and growth? The answer is information!

By definition, epigenetics states that every organism is born with a certain purpose, and continues to develop how it was intended to in interrelation with its environment. Simply put you can control more than 90% of genetic expression with good food, healthy lifestyle and positive attitude (that’s your environment). Do you see the power of your mind and the choices you make a little clearer now?

The information comes from beyond “the known system.” That’s where will power, positive attitude and Mama Nature influence the body electric. Life is made of pure information, and information is the earmark of the mind. Based solely upon the science of epigenetics, we can see evidence of a consciousness superior to our own. There is inarguably an underlying intelligent design to life.

This means no one has to be a victim of Big Pharma’s chemical dogma . . . ever.

The new science of healing empowers your ability to take control of your life, liberty and your health. The truth will set you free! You are NOT a victim of traits, chemicals and genes. Epigenetic, holistic and bio-energy medicines offer humanity an optimal healing system, an “Inner Technology” available to everyone without exception. This is the new frontier of energy medicine today!

This almost forgotten science is being brought into mainstream conversations among integrative physicians everywhere, giving birth to what I call, “genuine healthcare.” Together with these emerging world views we can expand human liberties, empower integral health technologies and nurture self-healing.

Martin Jacobse (Big Pharma Corporate Arm), a hearing and speech specialist of 30 years, was first inspired by the natural home remedies used by his Cherokee Grandmother. He has since expanded his interests into naturopathic, alternative and energy medicine. Excited to share his findings and close the gap between the medical profession and natural home remedies, Jacobse found a passion as an independent medical researcher and ghost writer, dedicating his life to getting the word out as a consumer health advocate for Barton Publishing. Jacobse spends his free time practicing the healing art of magnetic Qigong, publishing books and enjoying the quiet of a small horse ranch near the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

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