January 24, 2017

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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Solution Guide to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Robin had to move several times in the past two years because she is so sensitive. Her first house in Santa Barbara had a lot of new work done. There was an addition put on with new carpeting, which she found was leaching formaldehyde. So, she had to leave.

Robin then moved to a “clean” condominium with wood floors and all-natural furniture. But, the gardeners were spraying weed-killer and fertilizer – so she had to move again.

This time, she moved to another home where she could control her environment. Unfortunately, the next-door neighbor was covering her garden with bug spray, which drifted over the fence. This made Robin feel fatigued and ill.

debilitating MCS reactionFinally, Robin moved out of town. But thanks to industrialization, chemical toxicity is everywhere. If only avoidance were as simple as it sounds. For Robin, it is almost impossible to navigate the world without being immersed in tens of thousands of potentially troublesome human-made chemicals to which she reacts.

Chemical companies no longer deny that chemicals accumulate in our bodies, simply by virtue of being alive. While the too-low concentrations of those chemicals supposedly exist to cause any harm, MCS would suggest otherwise. The brutal sensitivity to the cumulative effects of these interacting chemicals causes extreme suffering. These can begin to have many adverse symptoms that slow or prevent normal functions of the body. People with MCS can be sensitive to anything, and it can change over time, trapping them in a modern, chemical world.

Medical Doctors and MCS

Mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize MCS as a real disease, having failed to agree on a case definition for the disease. This makes getting a diagnosis a battle. Many doctors consider it an emotional or psychological problem.

Studies have failed to recognize any consistency in symptoms, diagnosis, or treatment. A person with MCS may have reactions to a chemical at one time, and not another. Furthermore, different people respond differently to each type of chemical stimulus. Moreover, both the severity of the reaction and the types of sensitivities change over time.[1]

The problem with the way we do research is that by using groups of people we assume they are similar, when, in this case, none of them are. The factors responsible for MCS are numerous, including the function of multiple enzymes and detox pathways, as well as the burden of various toxins already in the body. All of this changes continuously, making quantification of sensitivity very difficult.

What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is just what the name implies. People are sensitive to many things in their environment, food, or even their own waste. This is brought on by a broad array of everyday chemicals. Exposure levels far below those that seem to affect the rest of the population provoke the symptoms.

The experience of each person is constantly changing, due to the environment. These are better and worse over time, due to a wide range of toxins. MCS has been equated to other problems including:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Gulf war syndrome (GWS)

Symptoms of MCS may include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sleep problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Food intolerances
  • Difficulty breathing

These and other symptoms may come on during exposure to certain substances, and they go away when avoiding problem chemicals and exposure.[2]

Causes of MCS

Of course, a multi-factorial illness will not have a single cause. There are many factors which lead to this problem, most of which may include:

  • Drugs
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Poor digestion of food
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Inadequate absorption of nutrients
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Stress
  • Genetic detoxification weaknesses
  • Dysbiosis (bad bacteria in the intestines)
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Emotional factors
  • Celiac disease
  • Viral infections
  • Previous chemical exposures
  • Heavy metals
  • Food allergies

MCS Diagnosis

While we can test for the problems above, none of the tests are diagnostic for MCS. People may test positive for Leaky Gut Syndrome, for example, but do not have MCS. Diagnosing MCS is purely clinical. It’s the patient who comes in with the diagnosis, having noticed that they are sensitive to many different things.

  • Some of these sensitivities may be perfectly natural, such as an actual deficiency in amino acids due to incomplete breakdown of proteins in the digestive system.
  • Others may be sensitive to toxic substances such as alcohol, dyes, or pesticides.
  • Still others are sensitive to smells. The actual molecule that stimulates the olfactory (smell) system isn’t big enough to create an immune reaction. However, even natural perfumes may create a debilitating reaction.

Since these sensitivities are not usually created by the immune system, they are not true allergies. This is why allergy testing is not useful. Moreover, the actual sensitivity may change over time. For all these reasons, we rely on the patient to notice environmental triggers of their symptoms.

The Shoe Factory

Karen had MCS for a couple of years as a result of her job in a shoe factory. After working there several months, she began to notice that when she went to work she got tired and achy. She would get fatigued. She began to have headaches and dizziness. Her eyes hurt, and she would get shortness of breath with only walking.

Since she was in her 30s and usually active, she wondered why this only happened at work. After a period of time, she found that when she just walked into the building she would immediately start feeling her symptoms. She thought she must be crazy, and maybe she was just stressed at work, but she liked her job, and was generally happy there.

After months of getting worse, she finally was unable to go to work, and decided to take a leave of absence so she went out on disability. It took about six months of treatment for her to feel normal again, but when she tried to go back, she got the same symptoms. She had to quit her job, and find another that allowed her to be away from the glues and offgassing of the shoe factory.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Treatment

So, this begs the question about getting relief from MCS. Do people really have to move multiple times, avoid contact with others, leave their work, severely limit their diet, or live in a bubble all their lives? No.

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10 Tips For A Natural Immune System

by Scott Saunders, M.D.

Thousands of people fill the stands to watch the game. This is the one game that decides the best football team in the world: the Super Bowl.

It’s near the end of the game and the score is close. The center hikes the ball to the quarterback…who hands it off to a half-back…who then throws it to a tight end across the field. Inexplicably, the tight end starts running the wrong way! His own teammate tries to turn him around, but he is faster and gets away…scoring a safety for the other team! It should never happen, but it does. This can happen with the immune system, as well. We call it “autoimmune disease.”

What we call “immunity” makes us think of a system that prevents illness. A better way to consider this is to look at the immune system as the offensive line of all living things. It keeps the other side from getting past them and attacking their quarterback.

coach your immune system to defend against invadersAll living things have boundaries, as well. Bacteria are not always the ogres that we think they are. We hear of people with a phobia of germs, washing their hands every ten minutes to keep the bugs away. Why? Because they don’t want to get sick. However, the reality is that we always have bacteria of all sorts with us. In fact, there are more bacteria with us than there are of our own cells; and, we carry around more DNA from microbes than we do our own!

The immune system is the body’s way of keeping microbes on their own side of the line. When everything works well, the system is beautiful! [2] Bacteria help us to interact with our environment, including digesting and absorbing food, making nutrients for us, and repairing tissue. [3] However, when bacteria are out-of-place, they bring inflammation and tissue damage that causes disease.

Teaching in the Intestines

Training the immune cells is remarkably simple. The whole team of cells and proteins only need to learn what is “me” and what is “not me,” like a football player needing to know which way the ball is supposed to go. This training is done primarily in the intestines.

In the intestines, the immune cells are exposed to all sorts of bacteria, yeast, parasites, molds, foods, and environmental antigens that help it know what to expect. Since all of the proteins we make in our body are unique to us, nothing else in the world has the exact same molecules. Our immune system can use this to determine which cells and proteins belong to us, and which are foreign.

Two Different Systems

There are two primary systems of immunity.

  1. Innate
  2. Acquired

The first does not specifically recognize foreign proteins; your innate immune system looks for abnormal cells. These abnormal cells have names like Natural Killer (NK) cells, and macrophages (big eaters). Essentially, they kill and eat other cells. They completely envelop them, release toxins such as chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide to kill them, and then digest them.

These are the cells that clean up the messes when there is trauma or infections. They may form pockets of “pus” when they go in to clean up an infection because the bacteria is making toxins to kill them, such as a staph infection.

They also get rid of all the cancer cells in the large majority of cases. Everyone makes cancer stem cells; only very few actually become cancer because of this part of the immune system. The real question of the existence of cancer is, “Why did that person develop cancer? Why didn’t the NK cells clean it up?” This is one reason it is so important to have an intact, functional immune system.

The second, acquired immunity, is the defense against invaders such as bacterial infections. Acquired immunity is made up of B-cells and T-cells. The T-cells are matured in the thymus gland and have specific receptors for foreign invaders. If the T-cells find a foreign protein and bind to it, they release hormones that cause inflammation, brining other immune cells to the area to clean up the infection.

The B-cells also have specific binding to foreign invaders, but they make antibodies, which are proteins that circulate in the blood to seek-out and bind to antigens on the infectious agents, inactivating them, and marking them for disposal.

The system is quite amazing and is hundreds of times more complex than what we have discussed. It is an intelligent system: active, and not passive. These cells don’t sit around waiting for an infection to show up. They are constantly monitoring and communicating like a good team. They listen to the coach, take signals from the quarterback, and help each other out on the field. They know the other team. They’ve been trained on the front lines in the thymus gland and in the intestinal system. They know which side they are on!

What Causes Autoimmune Disease?

Though all immune cells are trained which team they are on, sometimes they run the wrong way, and score for the other team! This generally begins in [am4show guest_error=’noaccess’] the intestines.

When there is inflammation in the bowels, immune cell training is less specific. The inflammatory process captures some of our own proteins, so the immune system turns on the body and attacks its own proteins. Much like the football player running the wrong way! We call this autoimmune disease, such as thyroid problems, arthritis, lupus, and so forth.

Acquired immunity is so specific it can distinguish between very similar molecules. Many of the common medical tests are based on the specific binding of an antibody to a molecule, such as a drug store pregnancy test. The test line turns red because antibodies attached to the test strip bind to a human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) molecule — and not any other molecule. A good immune system knows which color jersey they are wearing and will never tackle their own team.

This is how we know that autoimmune disease is not from foreign antigens cross-reacting with our own. It is our own poorly trained immune system. This is why it is so important to have good bowels with the proper bacteria in them.

Influenza and Other Viruses

It happens every time. Johnny came over with a runny nose and now Suzie has a horrible cold! Or, a sick colleague comes to the office and you end up with the flu! It is interesting that exposure to infectious diseases from other people doesn’t necessarily mean we get them.

For example, only 40% of those exposed to the Influenza virus by nasal inoculation will develop a symptomatic illness. What about the other 60%? They have a strong immune system that gets rid of the infection quickly, so they get no symptoms. It turns out that the status of our immune system is the most important factor for getting viral illnesses when we are exposed. In fact, immune function is more important than the exposure itself!

Emotional Effects on the Immune System

To prevent illnesses we need to know how the immune system functions AND the things that cause dysfunction.

The immune system is highly affected by our emotions. Multiple studies show how depression, sadness, or even negative thoughts make us more susceptible to disease.[4]

I have had multiple patients with cancer explain the emotional reasons they were in their state. Remember, the brain is in control of every system of the body. The quarterback calls the plays and the team members obey. The intelligence of the system allows the brain to dictate how it functions.

When we have negative emotions, the immune system is inhibited. [5]

  • Short stressors like a shock or injury have little effect.
  • Intermediate stressors such as exams inhibit the immune cells, but not the antibodies, making us more susceptible to the flu.
  • But long-term stress inhibits both the cells and antibodies, making us susceptible to all kinds of infections, cancers, or autoimmune diseases.

Good Nutrition

When the body lacks nutrition, the immune system is the first to be downsized. So it is important that we get adequate nutrition. While the antioxidant vitamins are very important to prevent damage to the immune system, Vitamin D and A are crucial for making the immune system function.

Vitamin D

There have been many theories of why the flu comes only in winter. It turns out this phenomenon is related to the amount of vitamin D in the body.

Vitamin D is not really a vitamin; it is a hormone made in the body from cholesterol. Cholesterol comes out in our sweat where ultraviolet rays from the sun change it and it is then re-absorbed into the body. It was once believed that vitamin D only prevented Rickets, a disease of lack of calcium in the bones. But vitamin D has effects on every cell in the body, particularly the immune system.

The most important action on the immune function seems to be the effect of vitamin D on macrophages. By activating these cells, the immune system is able to remove any threats that are internal to the cells. These include cancer and viruses. This explains why the flu happens only in the winter!

Vitamin A

Autoimmune disease is rampant in our society. The question for most rheumatologists is not, “Do you have autoimmunity?” but rather, “How much autoimmune disease do you have?” Part of this problem is the maturation and differentiation of the immune cells in the intestines. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in the training of the cells. It’s like the offensive coach, helping the offensive line to protect the players in the back.

Also, vitamin A deficiency is a large cause of mortality in many areas of the world. A lack of vitamin A diminishes the function of both innate and acquired immunity. The macrophages don’t eat up infectious debris, the B-cells don’t make as much antibody, and the T-cells don’t bind to germs. In parts of the world where foods contain scarce amounts of vitamin A, they have a higher infant, child, and pregnant mother mortality due to infectious diseases. [6]

Balance

balance your omega oilsBalance is another issue of immune function. We are told that we need to take fish oil, or some other “omega-3” to prevent inflammation. However, this is only because our diet consists of ten times too much omega-6 oil. Balancing omega-3 and omega-6 oils affects the immune system to a great degree.

  • Omega-6 oils produce the hormones that cause inflammation (found in corn, soy and canola oils).
  • Omega-3 oils are made into the hormones that suppress inflammation (found in fish, krill, flaxseed and primrose oils).

If we have too much omega-6, then we tend to be inflamed with arthritis, lupus, heart disease, and so forth. [7] On the other hand, if we have too much omega 3-oil, then we may not be able to respond well to the opposing team. We need balance.

Achieve balance with sufficient quantities of each kind of oil. However, it isn’t necessary to fill up with fish or flax oil. All we would need to do is swap-out the omega 6-oils by avoiding corn, soy, and vegetable oils. Instead, we can use olive, grapeseed, or walnut oils. Coconut oil has very little of any essential oils, but is fine to use because it won’t increase the omega-6. Also, using grass-fed beef, eggs, and butter makes a difference. Remember, the cow is and produces what it eats. Grass has more omega-3 than omega-6, so we get a good ratio.

Besides oils, balance in other nutrients is important. The best way to achieve this is by taking supplements intermittently. Life works best on feast-famine cycles with all nutrients. By having a lot, the body can take up and use the nutrient, or store it for future use. And then, when there is little intake the metabolism becomes more efficient at absorption and use.

Recommendations for Building a Strong Immune System:

  1. Forgive everyone of everything! Don’t let past injuries destroy your future.
  2. Daily meditation and relaxation time is important.
  3. Exercise regularly – an hour of exercise 3 days per week is great!
  4. Eat nutritious food with lots of colors: berries, greens, and yellow vegetables.
  5. Avoid corn, soy, and vegetable oils.
  6. Use olive, coconut, grapeseed, or walnut oils.
  7. Don’t eat sweets, especially with artificial sweeteners!
  8. Do a cleanse once per year, including a modified fast and probiotics, for 20 days.
  9. Take a tablespoon of raw cod liver oil three times per week. (Provides vitamins A, D, and omega-3 oils)
  10. Take vitamin B12, 1000 mcg once per week.

A team works together to reach their goal. All members are necessary to function at their peak. Everyone needs to be going in the same direction. In the same manner, we cannot neglect our immune system and feel well.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Health is the greatest wealth.” If you are sick, it doesn’t matter what else you have. If you take care of your immune system, then your immune system will take care of you.

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Dr. Scott SaundersDr. Scott D. Saunders, M.D. is a practicing physician, specializing in preventative health care, who utilizes eclectic health care for the whole family, including conventional, orthomolecular and natural medicine. He is also the medical director of The Integrative Medical Center of Santa Barbara in Lompoc, CA. He went to UCLA medical school and is board certified in family medicine. View natural remedies with Dr. Saunders at: http://drsaundersmd.com

 

Sources:
[1] http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-humans-carry-more-bacterial-cells-than-human-ones/
[2] http://www.actionbioscience.org/biodiversity/wassenaar.html
[3] http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/lab-rat/2012/06/24/how-bacteria-break-down-human-food/
[4] http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/infection-autoimmune-disease-linked-to-depression-201306176397
[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361287/
[6] http://www.actionbioscience.org/biodiversity/wassenaar.html
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

 

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Dr. Saunders Personal Recommendation for Healthy Drinking Water

by Dr. Scott Saunders M.D.

In The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, the salt sea mocks the thirst of the ship’s crew:

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

Water is Essential for Living

  • Two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water.
  • Scientists seek it on other planets to try to determine if there is any possibility of life.
  • Deserts become lifeless in the absence of water.
  • A human being is made up of 70% water.

Water has been a source of healing since the beginning of time.  More recently, one doctor has done extensive research on the use of water to cure illness.  It started in an Iranian prison.  His biography includes:

“When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, Dr. Batmanghelidj was placed in the infamous Evin Prison as a political prisoner for two years and seven months. It was there he discovered the healing powers of water. One night, Dr. B. had to treat a fellow prisoner with crippling peptic ulcer pain. With no medications at his disposal, Dr. B. gave him two glasses of water. Within eight minutes, his pain disappeared. He was instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and became absolutely pain-free for his four remaining months in the prison.” (http://www.watercure.com/about_drb.html)

Dr. B went on to do research on other illnesses, including muscular pain, arthritis, and degenerative diseases, finding many of them to be treated simply and effectively with water!

You see, we must have pure water in order to maintain proper balance of both nutrients and salts.  Water is essential for all functions of the body:

  • The production of energy
  • Contraction of muscles
  • Removal of waste
  • Transportation of nutrients

All these require adequate water to function. Most of our water is not in the blood, but in cells. For example, the muscles work based on the salts dissolved in the water inside and outside of the cell.

We are told to drink eight glasses of water per day, but this may not be good as universal advice. I have a different way to drink water that brings health, vigor and even helps to lose weight.

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