Friday, January 28, 2011

Water is Essential for Healing

Water is Essential for Healing

Your body goes down fast without water/ Water is second only to oxygen in importance for health and just a few short days without water can be fatal! Making up almost three-fourths of the body, every cell is regulated, monitored and dependent on an efficient flow of water. Messages in the brain cells are transported on "water-ways" to the nerve endings. Water transports minerals, vitamins, proteins and sugars around the body for assimilation. Water maintains your body’s equilibrium and temperature, lubricates tissues, flushes wastes and toxins, hydrates the skin, acts as a shock absorber for joints, bones and muscles, and adds needed minerals.

When you body gets enough water, it works at its peak. Fluid retention decreases, gland and hormone functions improve, the liver breaks down and releases more fat, and hunger is curtailed. Dehydration plays a role in elimination ailments like chronic constipation and urinary tract infections, peripheral vascular problems like hemorrhoids and varicose veins, kidney stones, even many degenerative diseases like arthritis.

Experts tell us that thirst is an evolutionary development designed to indicate severe dehydration. Drinking only if you are thirsty may not be enough to keep your skin moist and supple, your brain sharp or elimination systems regular. There’s another side to the body water story. Many North Americans have reduced their intake of fats (including the good Omega-3 fats and other essential fatty acids) to the point that their bodies don’t hold and use the water they do take in. It’s one of the reasons I regularly recommend adding sea greens to your diet for moister skin, shining eyes and lustrous hair… a quality of sea plants known since ancient Greek times.

Water quality is poor in many areas of the world. Most tap water is chlorinated, fluoridated, and treated to the point where it can be an irritating, disagreeable fluid instead of a healthful drink. City tap water may contain as many as 500 different disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites. Fluoridated water increases absorption of aluminum from deodorants, pots and pans, etc. by 600%, a possible concern for Alzheimer’s dementia. Chemicals used by industry and agriculture find their way into our ground water, adding more pollutants. Som8e tap water is so bad that without the enormous effort our bodies exert to dispose of these chemicals, we would have ingested enough of them to turn us to stone by the time we were thirty! These concerns keep many people from drinking tap water. Keep plenty of bottled water at hand. Purifiers or a purifier hooked to your fridge will make your tape water more drinkable.

Should you drink more water?< Here’s how your body uses it up every day. Your kidneys receive and filter

your entire blood supply 15 times each hour! If you become overheated, your 2 million sweat glands perspire to cool your skin and keep your internal organs at a constant temperature, using 99% water. You use a small amount of water during breathing and through tear ducts that lubricate the upper eyelids 25 times per minute. Crying and hearty laughter release water from your eyes and nose. Even normal activity uses up at least 3 quarts of replacement water each day. Strenuous activity, a hot climate or a high salt diet increases this requirement.

What happens when you don’t get enough water? A chain reaction begins:

1. a water shortage message is sent from your brain;
2. your kidneys conserve water by urinating less (constipation and bloating occur);
3. a 4 percent water depletion, muscle endurance diminishes – you start to get dizzy;
4. at 5 percent water loss, headaches from mild to severe begin – you get drowsy, lose the ability to concentrate and get unreasonably impatient;
5. at 6 percent water loss, body temperature is impaired – your heart begins to race;
6. at 7 percent body water depletion, there is a good possibility of collapse.

To tell whether or not you are drinking enough water, check your urine. The color should be a pale straw and you should urinate every few hours. If your urine color is dark yellow, start drinking more water!
Other common signs that you might be dehydrated:

* unexplained headaches (mild to severe), usually with some dizziness.
* unexplained irritability, impatience, restlessness and difficulty sleeping.
* unexplained dry skin and loss of appetite along with constipation
* unexplained weight gain and swollen hands and-or feet (from water retention)

Gradual loss of body water is an aging factor. It is a major complication in illness. Dehydration is reportedly one of the top 10 causes of hospital stays among the elderly. Some studies show thirst-impaired seniors do not even seek water when they need it because their senses of thirst is so impaired. For many elderly people, fear of urinary incontinence makes them drink less liquid – doubly unfortunate because water hydration at all levels, from the body cleansing to skin beauty is a protection against accelerated aging.

Water is critical for an effective detoxification program because it dilutes and eliminates toxin accumulations in the bloodstream, and cleanses the kidneys. Add half a squeezed lemon to each glass of water for the best cleansing effects. The best time to detoxify is at night, while you sleep.

Water is your most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. It naturally suppresses appetite and helps your body metabolize stored fat. Low water intake causes fat deposits to increase – more water intake actually reduces fat deposits. If you are overweight, the more body fat you have, the less system water you have. Larger people have larger metabolic loads – they need more water.

Thirst is not a reliable signal that your body needs water. By the time your feel thirsty, you are probably already suffering from some degree of dehydration. Thirst is an evolutionary development, controlled by a part of the fore-brain called the hypothalamus, (which also controls sleep, appetite, satiety, and sexual response) designed to alert us to severe dehydration. So you can easily lose a quart of water during activity before thirst is even recognized. Solving the dehydration problem: Human bodies have some strange anomalies. We have to plan for our water supply. From an early adult age our thirst sensation begins to fail, putting us inexplicably at risk for dehydration. Even more strange, our thirst signal shuts off before we have enough for well-being.
Where does your body get its daily replacement water?

Plain cool water is the best way to replace body fluids.

Remember: - Alcohol and caffeine drinks are counter-productive for water replacement because they are diuretic.

- Drinks loaded with dissolved sugars or milk increase water needs instead of satisfying them.

- Commercial sodas leach several important minerals from your body.

Even though most of us don’t get enough water today, drinking too much water can have some adverse health effects. It can severely depress electrolytes, imperative to vibrant energy, pH balance and mineral uptake. Purified water, such as distilled or reverse osmosis techniques compound the problem.

It sounds like a lot, but eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water daily intake< is a sufficient amount. If you are physically active or working under hot weather conditions, you’ll need more. Replace lost electrolytes with electrolyte drinks like Electric "C" or an excellent supplement on the market is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (A.K.A. Bragg's All Purpose Seasoning).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Avena Originals Articles



Some people say they can't live without it. Some people don't know what it is. Most cultures fasted on a regular basis. By taking liquids only, for one day out of each week they assisted their lymph systems to remove the wastes that accumulate in the tissues. They understood that the build-up of toxins caused all types of illnesses.

Today that is greater appreciation for the physical, mental and emotional destruction caused by toxins. Scientists from the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute (NC) estimate that between 60% - 80% of all cancer is caused by chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. All degenerative diseases have increased dramatically over the last eighty years. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, osteoporosis, arthritis, emphysema, multiple sclerosis, colitis, arteriosclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and now we have conditions that most of us never heard of until recently. Alzheimer's aids, hyperactivity, P.M.S., chronic fatigue syndrome.

This dramatic increase in degenerative diseases is under-standable because it parallels a dramatic increase in the toxins we are exposed to.automobile exhaust, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, house-hold poisons (caulking with tolune, -xylene, - arcylates, air fresheners, antic-static dryer products, polishes), nuclear radiation (bomb testing, reactors). The very material the body needs for self-cleaning - water, oils and vegetables have now become carriers of poisons instead of cleansers. Little wonder our systems are over-burdened.
It isn't a matter of curing disease

it's a process of removing the toxins before they cause disease. Avena's Electrically Available cleansing products are formulated to help the body rid itself of these destructive materials. Now more than ever, we must protect ourselves.

Avena's Famous - Herb Cocktail Powder, an extremely high quality formula of Hibiscus, Psyllium Husk, Peppermint, Licorice, Cascara Sagrada, Siberian Ginseng and Corn Silk with the final ingredient being natural unsweetened orange juice added at time of ingestion. A unique electrically integrated combination of superior herbs designed to gently massage and release all build-up from your lower intestinal tract.

The ultimate detoxifier and bowel cleanse. Safe and gentle, yet powerful and unrelenting in its ability to clean your body completely. Years of build-up on the wall of the colon prevent the body from absorbing any good nutrition. Only poisons and toxins are released from the accumulated, compacted fecal matter on the wall of the colon. The electrical matrix of Avena's Cleansing formulas allows the cleaning process to take place from within the cells of the bowel walls. The bowels are not scraped clean, but rather rebuilt electrically from the inside our allowing the toxins and compressed fecal matter to be released gently and safely. The natural cleanse of choice in the 21st century.

This bulletin has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. or to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult a Health Practitioner about persistent symptoms.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Avena Originals Articles

Body Electric

The Body Electric

Energy has fascinated man for centuries. Walt Whitman created some of his most powerful imagery when he wrote; "I sing the body electric; the exquisite realization of health, with the charge of the soul." "The charge of the soul" describes ancient Chinese teachings on energy. They viewed energy as the "chi," the life force of the body. Over thousands of years, the Chinese studied the ways in which man could capture and then harness this energy. This knowledge exists today in Avena's whole food supplements.

When we think of energy, we think of our "outer" activities such as climbing stairs or running to catch a bus. This energy is only the end result of the workings of a miraculous power plant within the body. Traveling from cell to cell at the speed of light are pulsating currents of pure energy. These cellular power plants supply energy to organs and muscles to keep the body running efficiently. But we rarely think of this continuous activity within the body-processes that we take for granted like breathing, cleansing, elimination, fat control, and healing- all depend on these countless cellular energy plants.

Our bodies distribute our available energy using strict priorities. Energy goes first to crucial body functions, then to muscles and organs, then to digestion, then to cleansing and elimination or healing. But there is only so much energy to go around. Because most people exist at barely half of their energy potential, the body must pick and choose. About half of these bodily functions are always being denied. Fortunately, since our body is a lot wiser than we are, it is not going to cut off the energy for breathing so it can expand the abnormal amounts of digestive energy it'll need for digesting the typical North American meal. Instead, the body will wearily steal that extra digestive energy from elsewhere- "less important" body processes like cleansing, elimination, fat maintenance, or organ and muscle tone.

In their book, Fit for Life, the Diamonds write; "The activity that requires the most energy, and which frequently gets none, is the natural healing processes of the body. Disease is an energy crisis of the body. Our lifestyles and diets burn up so much energy that our bodies just do not have enough energy left to heal themselves. When our energy supply runs low, all the functions of the body are impaired; digestion, absorption, assimilation, and elimination drag; circulation and respiration are inefficient. All the tissues and fluids of the body are sluggish. The cells are no longer nourished, and we feel unwell. Health declines. We're sick!" This process is call degeneration.

We know that to recharge our energy plants, we must provide our bodies with whole foods. It is becoming more and more difficult to find pure, wholesome foods. Our produce is often force-grown in depleted soils, sprayed with toxic chemicals, placed in cold storage for months and, along with just a few hours under supermarket lighting, these so-called vegetables are depleted of much of their living nutrition. We then go home to cook or boil the rest of the nutrition out. Everything we put into our mouths either makes an energy deposit or makes an energy withdrawal.

The products of Avena Originals are whole, living, viable foods. When eaten together with a good diet, Avena Originals supplements fill in the gaps created by our stressful lifestyles and our severely depleted foods. Avena provides you with whole-food formulas from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables harvested at their energetic peak-passing on that viable, living energy to you.
Make daily energy deposits with Avena's Whole Food Supplements!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Strong Immune System

Pandemic Flu

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Headlines around the globe are increasingly warning about a possible ‘bird flu' outbreak. They state: “Canadian duck tested positive for avian flu, but negative for deadly strain”, “US government purchases $100 million stockpile of avian flu vaccine”, “European avian flu fear leads to drug stockpiling…”, “Vaccine won't stop avian flu, doctor says”, “Pandemic plan still in works for Ottawa”, “Tamiflu didn't work on at least one Vietnamese girl infected with avian flu, medical experts say”, “World in gravest possible danger from flu pandemic”: World Health Organization (WHO).

Although the infamous 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was the deadliest plague in human history, killing more than 40 million people around the world–it is important to put things into perspective, because fear and anxiety about anything lowers the body's resistance. To date, the WHO reports only 125 human cases of avian flu worldwide, which includes 64 deaths–all in Southeast Asia , and most of the people who acquired the virus were bird handlers. Every case of the current strain has been transmitted from bird to human and, thus far, the virus cannot be transmitted from human to human.
What Experts and Researchers Are Saying About The Use Of Flu Vaccines

Typically up to ten percent of the population gets sick with the flu each year. In comparison, in a pandemic situation, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of people will get sick. While countries are busy stockpiling, and pharmaceutical companies are busy concocting vaccinations, it is interesting to take note of the possible and all-too-common side effects of vaccines including: headaches, muscle pain, fever, exhaustion and last, but not least… the flu–and sometimes even pneumonia.

Dr. Joseph Mercola has this to say about vaccinations: “When one digs into the vaccine history (check out the Swine Flu vaccine if you want a real horror story) and scientific research (especially in Europe ), it quickly becomes apparent that nobody really knows what these toxic stews of chemicals and microorganisms do in the human body.”, and also “I have heard some authors state that there is a direct correlation of the number of flu shots one has and the incidence of Alzeimer's. This would be due to the aluminum and mercury that is in every flu shot.”

In his book ‘Vaccines: Are They Really Safe & Effective?' Neil Z. Miller states: “To produce a flu vaccine, chick embryos are inoculated with influenza viruses. This mixture is cultivated for several weeks. Each flu strain is then inactivated with formaldehyde and preserved with thimerosal–a mercury derivative. The three viral strains are then blended into a single vaccine, licensed by the FDA and distributed by vaccine manufacturers. Scientific control-group testing for safety and efficacy is not required.” He also points out that “Permanent immunity to a particular strain or flu is only possible by contracting the disease naturally.”

Although few attempts have been made to study the long-term effects of injecting foreign proteins and toxic substances into the innocent bodies of healthy infants, research focusing on possible correlations between vaccines, autoimmune diseases, and neurologically-based disorders (i.e. multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome, cancer and AIDS) is now beginning. For example, medical researcher, Dr. Richard Moskowitz concluded that “the unnatural process of vaccination can lead to slow viruses developing in the body. These may bring about the far less curable chronic diseases of the present.” He also noted that “these illnesses may be considerably more serious than the original disease, involving deeper structures [and] more vital organs.” Other researchers have identified a “lowering of the body's resistance resulting from vaccination”, and the “probability of widespread and unrecognized vaccine-induced immune system malfunction.”
Is It Possible To Protect Ourselves Without The Use Of Vaccines?

Many researchers have noted that vaccines merely “trick” the body into focusing on only one aspect (antibody production) of the many complexes and strategies that would be available naturally to the immune system. Diseases contracted naturally are miraculously filtered through a series of immune system defenses. But, when the vaccine virus is injected directly into the bloodstream, it gains access to all of the major tissues and organs of the body without the body's normal advantage of a total immune response. (James W., ‘Immunization, The Reality Behind The Myth' ). Some researchers question whether some flu epidemics are triggered and/or aggravated by the vaccine itself.
How Viruses Work

Most of us have had colds or flu (influenza), which are caused by viruses. Other serious diseases caused by viruses include AIDS, Ebola, infectious hepatitis and herpes. A virus is a tiny particle that is about one-millionth of an inch long, and about a thousand times smaller than bacteria. Bacteria are much smaller than most human cells.

A virus needs to have a host cell (animal, bacteria or plant) to survive and to make more viruses. Without a host cell, viruses simply cannot function. Viruses consist of the following:

• Nucleic acid – a set of genetic instructions, either DNA or RNA

• A coat of protein – surrounds the DNA or RNA to protect it

• Lipid membrane – surrounds the protein coat (found only in some viruses, including influenza)

To understand how viruses work, look at the series of events that might take place when you come down with a cold or the flu:

• an infected person sneezes near you;
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• you inhale the virus particle and it attaches to the cells lining the sinuses in your nose;

• the virus attacks the cells lining the sinuses, and rapidly reproduce new viruses (losing cells in the lining of your sinuses allows fluid to flow into your nasal passages, giving you a runny nose);

• host cells break and new viruses spread into your bloodstream and into your lungs;

• viruses in the fluid that drips down your throat attack cells lining your throat, giving you a sore throat;

• viruses in your bloodstream may attack muscle cells, causing you to have muscle aches.

W hat Can You Do?

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to be more vulnerable, catching every cold and flu that is going around, while a fortunate few never seem to get sick? Well, it really is quite simple… and although we need to be aware that these pandemics do in fact happen, it all comes down to the immune system. If the current avian flu manifests itself to be a pandemic situation, this is where the battle will be fought–in the immune system!
The Immune System

Everyday we inhale thousands of different types of bacteria, virus and fungi. The job of our immune system is to protect our bodies from these infections. Our immune system protects us in three different ways: it creates a barrier that prevents bacteria and viruses from entering; if a bacteria or virus happens to get into the body, the immune system tries to detect and eliminate it before it can make itself a home and reproduce; if the virus or bacteria is able to reproduce and starts to cause problems, the immune system is in charge of eliminating it. The immune system also has several other important jobs. For example, your immune system can detect cancer in early stages and eliminate it in many cases. Components of the immune system are the thymus, spleen, lymph system, bone marrow, white blood cells, antibodies, complement system and hormones. Since our health is directly affected by our immune system, and its function is pivotal in determining our level of health, we should work on building strong immunity naturally.
Nutrition And Immunity–You Are What You Eat

Along with adequate rest, sanitary living conditions and good hygiene, a proper diet is essential to good health. An improper diet overwhelms the body and leads to sickness, so avoiding foods that are refined, chemicalized, and nutrient deficient goes a long way! Remember live foods make live people. Try eating only 20 percent cooked, and 80 percent raw, mostly alkaline foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and berries). Raw plant foods strengthen the immune system–but because most people do not eat enough dark green leafy vegetables, we should focus on getting more greens in our diets. A convenient and powerful source is Avena's Super Food.

But nothing crashes the immune system faster than processed sugar. After ingesting just one teaspoon of sugar (there are ten teaspoons of sugar in just one can of soda), the power of our immune system drops by 50 percent for 24 to 48 hours, weakening the bodies protection to many viruses and bacteria.
Old-Fashioned Remedies To Ease Cold & Flu Symptoms

• take hot sweat baths with Avena's Massage Oil, recline in the bathtub, cover your body with water as warm as can be tolerated–as you become accustomed to this temperature, gradually add warmer water until you notice perspiration forming on your forehead–upon leaving the bathtub, rest in bed covered with blankets to promote further perspiration

• go to bed early and get plenty of sleep–most regeneration of cells occurs between midnight and 4 am

• for sinus congestion, apply a drop of Avena's Massage Oil under your nose for easier breathing, OR use a nasal salt irrigation to help remove pathogens from mucous membranes–add ¼ tsp. Celtic sea salt to a cup of warm water, twice daily for two minutes each time, fill a dropper with liquid, tilt your head back and fill each nostril, then blow your nose

• for a sore throat, mix a drop or two of Avena's Tooth Oil with water and swallow, OR gargle with one part apple cider vinegar mixed with two parts warm water–do this hourly or as needed

• body elimination is critical, continued use of Herb Cocktail is essential to keep the bowels moving

• drink plenty of fluids–avoid solid foods, especially mucus-forming foods (meat, fish, eggs, grains, and dairy products) during healing

A cold is usually an “elimination crisis” and the method your body uses to cleanse itself of wastes, toxins, and bacterial overgrowth that build up to a point where natural immunity cannot overcome them. To get over a cold, work with your body, not against it. Taking suppressants only suppresses the illness deeper into the body, and is likely to turn up later in a different and far worse form. According to Linda Paige, Ph.D., “In my experience, most drug store cold remedies halt the body's cleansing/balancing processes, and generally make the cold last longer.”
Avena's Powerful Tools For Immune Function

If you seem to succumb to every passing infection, you might seriously consider boosting your immune system. Fatigue, lethargy, slow wound healing, repeated infections, allergies, thrush, colds and flu are clear-

cut signs that your immune system is functioning below par. Our health is in our hands, and it starts today!

Friendly Flora – A synergetic patented formulation containing Lactobacillus Salivarius and Lactobacillus Plantarum OM that stimulates formation of natural anti-bodies, and promotes the removal of toxic elements. Friendly Flora's patent relates to a particular biologically-pure strain of Lactobacillus Plantarum OM that has proteolytic, anti-viral, anti-retroviral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-tumoral characteristics and uses. All viruses have a coat of protein to attach them to the membrane of the host cell. This coat of protein also surrounds their DNA or RNA to protect them. Knowing that viruses, bacteria, and even tumors have protein coatings, we quickly appreciate Friendly Floras' proteolytic qualities (the ability to digest proteins and putrefactive undigested proteins), and that it will “eat” away their protective coating, allowing access to the virus. Although there are other strains of L. Salivarius and L. Plantarum available on the market, this strain of Lactobacillus Plantarum OM is the only probiotic that we are aware of that is proteolytic (digests proteins), and this is due to the unparalleled OM strain.

N-Zymes – Avena's Cultured Enzymes can increase your macrophages (the most important part of the immune system that act as scavengers engulfing dead cells, foreign substances and other debris) by 700 percent, and your killer cells (white blood cells) by an astounding 1300 percent! The immune system's function is to fight off all foreign invaders in the body such as bacteria, viruses, carcinogens, and other chemicals, and it relies almost totally on enzymes to do this job! Surprisingly, even vitamins and nutrients cannot be absorbed effectively without enzymes.

Electric C – Electrically Formulated ® and a completely utilizable Vitamin C complex with electrolytes, Electric C creates a powerful and immediate rebuilding of the electrical firing from cell to cell within the body, powerfully enhancing the body's ability to fight off bacterial and viral infections. Viruses, bad bacteria, and other toxins cannot easily penetrate strong cellular tissue. Designed electrically, this formula acts as the ultimate immune system enhancer, is a potent scavenger of free radicals, assists in clearing toxins from the body, and has a high-dose safety rating.

Herb Cocktail – Keeping our bodies cleansed and free of excessive toxins is vital to maintaining an environment that is unsuitable for germs and viruses, as germs and viruses are scavengers and need toxic and decaying matter in order to feed, survive, and multiply. Years of compacted fecal matter on the wall of the colon actually prevent the body from absorbing good nutrition, and releases poisons and toxins into the body. But the electrical matrix of this formula allows the cleansing process to take place from within the cells of the bowel walls. The bowels are not scraped clean, but rather rebuilt from the inside out. Avena's Herb Cocktail is the ultimate detoxifier and bowel cleanse–safe, gentle, and non-habit forming.

H 2 0 Plus (Colloidal Silver) – The presence of Colloidal Silver near a virus, fungi, bacterium, or any other single-celled pathogen will disable it, and clear it out of the body by the lymphatic and elimination systems. Colloidal Silver is pathogenic, thus marking the pathogens attracted by electro-magnetic force, much like iron filings to a magnet.

Toco – A complete raw whole-food containing all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, Toco provides a dense, nutrient-rich source of vitamins and minerals, supporting every organ function, including your immunity. Its patent-pending claim states that this product has over 109 different antioxidants ! When used on a regular basis, it helps to provide an increased level of protection against free radical damage.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Monday, January 10, 2011


Depressing Truth About Antidepressants
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Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and other antidepressants have taken North America by storm. In fact, it’s estimated that over twenty-eight million Americans take antidepressant drugs or anxiety medications for depression! There’s no doubt about it; we live in a pharmaceutical culture. We take pills to be happy, to be social, to be calm and to live "normally." But there is a huge downside. Antidepressant drugs can severely disrupt delicate brain chemistry, lead to bizarre changes in mood and behavior, and may even affect the ability to judge right from wrong.

A perfect example is Prozac. Over 20 million prescriptions have been filled for Prozac since its market debut in 1987. Sadly, this so-called "wonder drug" comes with a heavy price. Low libido, dry mouth and eyes, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and insomnia are only some of the Prozac side effects. In a 1990 study published in the Journal of American Psychiatry, Prozac use led to "intense, violent suicidal preoccupation" – the very disorders it seeks to prevent! These side-effects can occur after just 2 to 7 weeks of administration. As it stands, Prozac has been linked to 23,067 adverse drug reactions, 1,436 suicide attempts and as many as 1,313 deaths! In 1994, as many as 160 Prozac-related lawsuits were still pending against the manufacturer, Eli Lilly.

Prozac can be especially dangerous when taken during pregnancy. The New England Journal of medicine published a study of almost 500 pregnant women. It was found that women who take Prozac in the last trimester of pregnancy were more likely to give birth to premature babies. Further, these babies were found to be jittery, have lower birth weights, and have more respiratory problems and low blood sugar episodes than babies of pregnant women who stopped taking Prozac early in pregnancy, or did not take the drug at all.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Alkaline Balanced Bodies are Healthy Bodies!

Alkaline Balanced Bodies are Healthy Bodies!

Alkaline? Acidic? This is determined by the pH (potential hydrogen) of a substance. The pH is the measure of the number of OH ions, which are negative and alkaline-forming, or the number of H+ ions, which are positive and acid-forming. You could say that pH is the measurement of electrical resistance between negative and positive ions in the body. You are what you eat, assimilate, and eliminate! A healthy body is an alkalized body.

Acid wastes, that are not eliminated when they should be, are reabsorbed from the colon into the liver and put back into general circulation and end up deposited in the tissues. It is these residues in our tissues that help determine our sickness or health. Too much acidity in the body is like having too little oil in your car-it just grinds to a halt one lazy Sunday afternoon and you are stuck. Our bodies do the same thing, creaking to a stop along the byways of life putting us in some kind of discomfort. Acid wastes literally attack joints (might result in arthritis), muscles (effect can be aching muscles), organs & glands (might result in a myriad of illnesses). Meat eaters and vegetarians are not exempt.

Each person is different and will have a different level of acid toxins already stored that can, in some cases, be released by increasing the amount of alkaline-forming foods consumed. Newly-released, acid-mineral residues can alter the urine test reading, which otherwise would have been okay. If a person had eaten a great deal of alkaline-forming foods the day before the test it too would alter the pH results. These two situations illustrate the natural cleansing mechanism of the body, and why the pH test may not be indicative of the true state of alkaline/acid balance.

Foods that contain Magnesium , Sodium, Potassium, Iron, and Manganese usually yield an alkaline urine residue. Therefore these foods are called alkaline-forming. Acid-forming minerals (alkaline-binding) are Phosphorous, Sulphur , Chlorine, Iodine, Bromine, Fluorine, Copper, and Silicon, which all usually result in an acid residue. All ingested substances, and all situations (physical, emotional, or mental), that affect the body leave either an alkaline or acid ash residue in the urine. This is a general rule because our feelings (emotions and thoughts) will also produce variable hormone reactions that influence the pH of our bodies. We are a system of highly organized, electrochemical reactions. The amplitude of body electricity alters in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid-forming chemicals internally present.

So what does this alkaline or acid condition do? It either provides energy to, or takes energy away from the body. In terms of body energy, taking into account these variables, alkaline and acid-forming reactions are more correctly defined as:

1) Alkaline-forming reaction: Any chemical alteration in the body that produces an increased ability to energize the system, and leaves an alkaline residue in the urine.

2) Acid-forming reaction: Any chemical alteration in the body that produces a decreased ability to energize the system, and leaves an acid residue in the urine.

Although the common thought that a urine and saliva pH of 6.4 is best for body function, this method of measuring alkalinity/acidity of the overall body is often too arbitrary and unpredictable. A new Values and Scale for foods and situations has been developed (1991) by Dr T A Baroody of North Carolina, in view of his comprehensive research and clinical findings that proved that illness and disease are most often directly linked to over-acidity in the system.

Thankfully, our bodies actually have an alkaline reserve (largely sodium bicarbonate ions) built from ingesting more alkaline-forming minerals than are needed at one time. If mineral elements from the digestion process are freed simultaneously, the alkaline ones immediately neutralize the acid ones. If not, the alkaline reserve (the back-up system) is called upon, thus there must always be a stored alkaline reserve. An overindulgence in acid-forming food (especially fried, processed, sweetened foods) can actually sicken the body even though the body tries to rebalance by expelling acid-forming residues as quickly as possible. Reserve gone-death follows.

To replenish and sustain alkaline reserves, it is recommended that we follow the 80/20% Rule: eat 80% of our foods from the alkaline-forming list and 20% from the acid-forming list (8 out of 10 food choices in a day should be alkaline). The nutritional 'greats' and competent practitioners (even as long ago as Hippocrates!) have been using this ratio to help heal known unhealthy conditions.

Actually, the hotter and drier the environment, the more the body produces acid-forming (3.0 - 0.5pH) reactions, so in those conditions 95/5% might work better. Alkaline-forming (5.0 - 7.5pH) foods have a cooling effect on the system and digest quickly. The colder and wetter the environment, the more the body produces alkaline-forming reactions. Natural acid-forming meats have a heating effect upon the system, digesting slowly. Thus a person living in a harsh, cold, wet climate near the North or South poles requires 80% acid-forming natural flesh foods during the long winter, and 50% alkaline-forming during the slightly warmer polar season. A good example of our Creator's provision for this moment-to-moment need is the abundance of animals in the north for the acid need and the abundance of dates in the Sahara desert to serve the alkaline need. Grains become alkaline-forming when sprouted.

The following is an abbreviated list (neutral foods are not listed).




All antibiotics, prescription drugs, All fried foods

Apples, Apricots, Berries, Rhubarb, Watermelon

Alcohol, liquor, wine, beer



Baking Soda

Beans: Kidney, Navy, Red, Pinto, Lentils, etc

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Turnip


Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Mangos, Peaches, Pears, Grapes

Barley, Cornmeal, Oats, Rice, Rye , Spelt, Wheat

Carrots, Corn, Green beans, Peas, Cukes, Radish

Breads, Cooked cereals, Oat bran, Wheat germ


Brazil nuts, Cashews, Filberts, Peanuts, Pecans, Walnuts, etc


Brussel Sprouts


Cheeses, Yougourt, Ice Cream, Butter

Grapefruit, Oranges , Limes, Nectarines, Papayas

Coffee, Cocoa , Chocolate, Soft drinks, Tea

Herbal Teas

Eggs, Custards,

Juices - Fruit, Veggie

Fish, Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Oysters, Scallops

Kale, Spinach, Mustard greens, Parsley


Kelp, Sea salt, Sea veggies, Soy sauce

Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Nutmeg, Table salt

Millet, Amaranth

Meats: Red, White, Wild

Mineral Water

Oils: Almond, Coconut, Corn, Olive, Safflower, etc



Onions, Leeks

Pastries, Cakes, Cookies

Parsnips, Pumpkin

Plums, Prunes


Popcorn, Cheezies, Chips, Crackers

Squash, Sweet potatoes, Sauerkraut

Seeds: Pumpkin, Sunflower


Sweeteners: Artificial, Barley Malt, Honey, Maple, etc



*Cooked, frozen or canned food affects pH by ±0.5. Foods grown with chemicals, or with preservatives or sweetening added, affects the pH by ±1.0-the fresher and sweeter the food tastes, the higher its alkalinity.