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Benefits of copper

Copper has been found by many to relieve joint pain. Many arthritic sufferers speak of the relief that they receive from wearing copper.
In addition to relieving pain, bio-magnets also increases energy level and circulation, relieve stress, assist the body in healing itself, & provide more restful sleep.

Copper is a natural element that is an essential micronutrient to ensure the well being of all aerobic life forms. It plays a vital part in the development and performance of the human nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as the skin, bone, immune and reproductive systems, including gene transcription. Copper can also inhibit the growth of microbes, thus providing a measure of protection against harmful germs and bacteria in many environments.

Copper is an essential nutrient, particularly important during fetal development.
Copper deficiency is more common than copper toxicity, although both conditions are possible.
Copper is vital for collagen formation, which means that copper is essential for bone formation and repair, skin formation and repair, and growth/maintenance of many other tissues incorporating collagen.
Copper is crucial for nervous system development and is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters.
Copper is involved in maintaining the balance of other metals in the body, such as zinc and molybdenum.
Copper is necessary for maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels.
Copper is important for proper functioning of the immune system
In addition to the activities listed above, copper participates in many other enzymatic chemical reactions in the body (e.g., activation of melanin, absorption of iron, free radical neutralization).
Too much copper can damage the liver and kidneys.
Vitamin C and zinc inhibit the body’s absorption of copper.

How Does Copper Enter the Body?

If you have copper plumbing, most of your exposure is probably from your water. This is especially true if your water is corrosive (i.e., you don’t have scale buildup). Letting the faucet run for 15-30 seconds will purge most of the copper from the lines (as well as harmful lead from solder and fixtures).
Copper is found in many foods, including shellfish, liver, nuts, red wine and chocolate.
You can absorb copper through the air you breathe.
You can absorb copper across your skin when it is present in the air, water, soil, or jewelry.
Certain household and gardening chemicals contain copper, such as fungicides and algae control products. You can be exposed through skin contact or by breathing vapors.

Is Himalayan salt a scam???

“Himalaya Salt” ©2003 PFPC

Over the last few years a new scam has emerged in Europe which is rapidly spreading across the world.

It involves ordinary rock salt from the “salt range” in Pakistan being marketed as luxurious and healing “Himalaya Salt”.

It is also sold as “Himalayan Crystal Salt”, “Hunza-Kristallsalz” or natural “Kristallsalz”, “VitaSal”, “AromaLife”, etc..

The scam is currently being introduced in India and the United States.

It will result in very high overall fluoride intake in anyone who follows the various “therapy recommendations”.

What happened?

During the late 1990s recordings started to appear in Germany, featuring a monologue by a self-proclaimed “biophysicist” named Peter Ferreira.

The monologue centered around the “marvelous healing energies” of “Himalaya Salt” (Himalaya Salz) and “living waters” (Lebendiges Wasser) -> mineral or springwaters (“Quellwasser”).

This special salt was allegedly coming from the high mountain regions of the Himalayas, “untouched by human contamination”, containing “84 elements essential to human health”. The tape was copied and passed on by thousands.

The salt was sold at a price much higher than ordinary salt, up to 200 times as much. It was common to see it being sold for 24 Euros per kilogram.

Lectures were organized and a video called “Water & Salt” (“Wasser & Salz”) was shown to packed houses (Zeit & Geist, 2002). A book with the title “Water & Salt – Essence of Life” by Peter Ferreira and Dr. med. Barbara Hendel became a runaway bestseller in 2002 – simply by word of mouth, even spawning a glossy magazine with the same title. [The book is currently being translated into English and slated for release in the US.]

Within months “Himalaya Salt” became all the rage in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, quickly spreading to Denmark, Holland and other European countries.

The European alternative health industry was quick to jump on the bandwagon and an article on “Himalaya Salt” praising its superior qualities to conventional salt became the most-read article on the German site of “Alternative Health” (“Alternative Gesundheit).

“Himalaya Salt” sales are consistently in the Top 10 of “alternative health products”.

Originally marketed on the Internet, there are now countless varieties of products containing “Himalaya Salt” available, including herbal salts, bath salts, facial masks, cosmetic lines, as well as salt lamps and tealights.

Many international websites can now be found praising and selling this “Elixir of Live”, “Fountain of Youth”, or “salt of life”.

The salt comes as fine salt to be used for cooking, or as salt crystals or blocks of salt, to be used for daily “sole” drinks and baths, oral rinses, eye baths, and inhalation therapy.

In addition, the salt is marketed extensively for other uses, and there are now tealights or “salt lamps” (used as natural “ionizers”), a complete cosmetic line including soaps, facial sprays, body lotions, “peeling” lotions, hand creams, steam bath aids, sauna aids, bath salts with rose petals, and shower gels.

Fluoride & Iodine

Ironically, “Water & Salt” proclaimed that iodine and fluoride are “highly toxic” and should never be added to cooking salt (August 4, 2002). This statement immediately seemed odd to a sceptic, as both “toxins”, fluoride and iodine, were also listed among the salt’s “84 natural elements essential for the body”. LINK

The fluoride/iodine issue nevertheless became a cornerstone in the promotional campaign. Valuable books on the un-wanted effects of fluoride (Ziegelbecker) and iodine supplementation (Braunschweig-Pauli) were found in the on-line bookstore of “Wasser & Salz”.

However, W&S failed to inform the public that this very same “Himalaya Salt” may easily possess more fluoride than conventional, artificially fluoridated salt.

Numerous analyses which had been posted on the web by AromaLife AG itself (Switzerland’s biggest distributor of “Himalaya Salt”) – to show that it complied with CODEX regulations – showed this clearly. Click here.

Fluoride in Mineral Water

In addition, the “Water & Salt” people also started to recommend mineral waters which qualified as “living waters”, and handed out “Seals of Quality”.

One such water, Artesia received this recommendation, although containing 1.02 ppm of fluoride – a fact which is aggressively marketed by the company which firmly believes in the proclaimed “fluoride benefits”.

Origin of “Himalaya Salt”

It is claimed that the “magic salt” is coming from the Karakorum (Ferreira, 2002). However, as pointed out by the group TourismWatch (No.28 and No.30) there is no salt mine to be found anywhere in this Himalayan region. Most of the salt was coming from the second largest salt mine in the world, in Pakistan.

After the boom began, it was found that even ordinary road salt was being sold as “Himalaya Salt” by ruthless opportunists.

Public Health Response

The responses by the Public Health Departments in Switzerland and Germany have been on the verge of the comical.

The Swiss “Fluor-und Jodkommission” warned the public against the scam and issued statements of concern about the influx of imported specialty salts such as “Himalaya Salt”.

In 2001, the SEV warned that under no circumstances could this salt “without fluoride and iodine” ever substitute for the Swiss salt.

At no point did it apparently occur to the health agencies to conduct their own analyses on the product!

Applications:

Cooking/Baking

Not only is “Himalaya Salt” marketed as the best alternative to conventional cooking salt – and to be used in all cooking and baking as well as table use – it is also to be sprinkled onto already prepared foods.

New varieties of herbal salts are also now available.

Every morning a teaspoon – sometimes more – of a 26% “sole” solution is added to a glass of mineral water and routinely drunk by millions.

Topical Applications

Salt – Baths

As one of the “best applications” people are advised to bath with this salt once a week, or with “moon baths” during new and full moons. 1 to 1.5 kg is added to 80 – 100 liters of water. Temperature is to be between 35 and 37 degrees celsius for a length of a minumum of 15 to 20 minutes (up to 2 – 3 hours!). At 1 kg in 100 liters, and at a fluoride content of 300 ppm, this is the same as bathing in water fluoridated at 3 ppm.

Not much different than the fluoridated baths which were used with great success by Gorlitzer von Mundy in the treatment of iodine-induced hyperthyroidism (Jod Basedow) for over 30 years!

In addition, people are advised to bath their feet in a 10% salt/water solution, which results bathing the feet in water with a fluoride content of 30 ppm.

Personal Care Products

Daily topical fluoride intake is assured by use of the cosmetic line which includes soaps, facial sprays, body lotions, hand creams, shampoos, steam bath aids, sauna aids, bath salts with rose petals, and shower gels. Complete cosmetic lines are now offered by Aromalife, as well as “Wasser und Salz”.

Inhalation

People with asthma and like-conditions are advised by “health trainers” to add a little “Himalaya Salt” (10%!) to hot water and to inhale this concoction for 10 to 15 minutes with a covered head, three times a day.

Oral Health

People are advised to use this salt for toothbrushing.

One will get “white teeth” and the “dental enamel gets dissolved”, it is claimed…!

Of course it is also advised to rinse the mouth with the same sole which is drunk in the morning.

One is reminded of the incredible feat by Mr. “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” Dr. Wallach and associated independent distributors who have managed to con people into believing that the “All Natural Tooth Gel” is a “safe natural alternative to fluoride toothpaste”, although the actual label on the toothpaste specifies sodium fluoride as ingredient!

Rainer Neuhaus
PFPC Germany
http://www.poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/html/himalaya.html

Cereal Benefits

Why are whole grains so good? They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and hundreds of other phytonutrients.44 They also contain fiber. Each individual nutrient offers important benefits, but together they perform in even more powerful ways than they do individually.44-45

For these reasons and more, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises: “Consuming at least 3 or more ounce-equivalents of whole grains per day can reduce the risk of several chronic diseases and may help with weight maintenance. Thus, daily intake of at least 3 ounce-equivalents of whole grains per day is recommended by substituting whole grains for refined grains.” 46

Extensive research has been done on the health benefits of whole grain. The science shows that eating whole grains as part of a healthy diet may help:
The vast majority
of whole grains –
about 57 percent –
are consumed
at breakfast.43 Protect heart health
Studies show whole grains may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.26

Manage weight
People who eat more whole grains have healthier body weights and are more successful at maintaining their ideal weight over time.27-29

Reduce cancer risk
Studies suggest that whole grains may be especially effective in reducing the risk of cancers of the stomach and colon.30-33

Reduce diabetes risk
Whole grains may help manage healthy blood glucose and insulin levels.34-42

http://www.cerealbenefits.com/whole-grain.html

What is hydrogenated fat?

What is hydrogenated fat?
Hydrogenation is a way of making vegetable oil harden at room temperature. Small particles of nickel or copper are added and the mix is heated to very high temperatures under pressure for up to eight hours while hydrogen gas is injected. This process destroys the essential fatty acids in the oil and replaces them with deformed trans fatty acids. These trans fats formed by hydrogenation are unnatural and as a result the human body is not well-equipped to deal with them. They also compete with essential fatty acids for absorption in the body. This blocks or delays the work of the essential fatty acids, creating deficiencies and imbalance throughout the metabolism, including fatty deposits in the arteries.

77 Elements in Sea Water, found in Algae

77 Elements in Sea Water

Aluminum AL Molybdenum MO
Antimony SB Neodymium ND
Arsenic AS Nickel NI
Barium BA Niobium NB
Beryllium BE Osmium OS
Bismuth BI Palladium PD
Boron B Phosphorus P
Bromine BR Platinum PT
Cadmium CD Potassium K
Calcium CA Praseodymium PR
Carbon C Rhenium RE
Cerium CE Rhodium RH
Cesium CS Rubidium RB
Chloride CL Ruthenium RU
Chromium CR Samarium SM
Cobalt CO Scandium SC
Copper CU Selenium SE
Dysprosium DY Silicon SI
Erbium ER Silver AG
Europium EU Sodium NA
Fluoride F Strontium SR
Gadolinium GD Sulfur (sulfate) S
Gallium GA Tantalum TA
Germanium GE Tellurium TE
Gold AU Terbium TB
Hafnium HF Thallium TL
Holmium HO Thorium TH
Indium IN Thulium TM
Iodine I Tin SN
Iridium IR Titanium TI
Iron FE Tungsten W
Lanthanum LA Vanadium V
Lead PB Ytterbium YB
Lithium LI Yttrium Y
Lutetium LU Zinc ZN
Magnesium MG Zirconium ZR
Manganese MN
Mercury HG

Ref. Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 65th Ed. 1984-1985, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl., p. F-149

Ocean / Sea algae are the richest natural source of minerals, trace minerals and rare earth elements. They are usually sold dry in Health Food stores.

All the minerals found in sea water are also found in sea algae.

Minerals that are negatively charged have two very important benefits.

It greatly increases the transport and bioavailability of other nutrients gotten from foods and/or vitamins and other supplements.

It will attract toxins and heavy metals from the body and flush them out. Clinical tests done in the US. and in Germany have verified this.

Minerals in their metallic form can be toxic to the human body. Dangerous levels of these metallic minerals can accumulate in the tissues and create serious health problems.

Kombu, Wakame, Nori, Hiziki / Hijiki , Arame, Dulse , Kelp, Irish moss …

Dishes made with those algae are rich source of Iodine, Calcium, Iron, Silicon, Copper, Zinc and Selenium.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10
by Danielle Creeksong

In these days of screaming headlines, it’s important to be cautious of anything that makes claims that seem a bit much to believe. And yet, in taking time to check the claims for CoQ10, you will find decades of research and medical studies from many countries around the world. First discovered in 1957, CoQ10 is a nutrient that has since been found to be beneficial for a surprising variety of health problems: the reversal of gum disease, aiding in weight loss, reduction of high blood pressure, strengthening of the heart without exercise, protecting/healing the heart from cardiovascular problems and disease, ability to speed healing after surgeries (especially heart surgery) and boosting the immune system by increasing strength in the immune cells already present. Shown in some studies to be able to slow the shrinkage of the thymus gland (an important immune system organ which produces T-cells for destroying invading germs and viruses), there is the potential for CoQ10 to extend the average life span as well, since our thymus typically shrinks dramatically as we age. CoQ10 is also being researched on AIDS and cancer patients, and has already been shown to reverse the suppression of the immune system caused by chemotherapy.

So how can CoQ10 possibly effect so many different kinds of healing? To better understand this, we need to go back to a word from high school biology that you may have forgotten: adenosine triphosphate, also known as ATP. ATP, occurring in every cell of your body, serves as a source of energy for many of your body’s biochemical processes and represents the reserve energy in your muscles. Your heart for example being a muscle that is continually in motion, needs a constant supply of ATP. With this in mind here is where the importance of CoQ10 comes into play: ATP cannot be produced without CoQ10; it is the catalyst for its creation! This means that CoQ10 plays a vital role in the inner workings of your body and, for obvious reasons, is found in highest concentration in the heart.

Where does CoQ10 come from? Our bodies are able to produce some of the CoQ10 that we need. The rest is synthesized from the foods we eat. The highest dietary sources of CoQ10 come from (in descending order according to content): fresh sardines and mackerel; the heart and liver of beef, pork and lamb; and the meats of beef and pork, along with eggs. There are plenty of vegetable sources of CoQ10, the richest currently known being spinach, broccoli, peanuts, wheat germ and whole grains -in that order although the amount in size is significantly smaller than that found in meats. Also, it is important to note that these foods must be fresh and unprocessed (no milling, canning, freezing, preserving, etc.), plus grown/produced in an unpolluted environment to be considered viable sources. Since many foods have not yet been tested for CoQ10 quantity, be sure to keep abreast of the latest information regarding newly researched food sources for this nutrient.

How can I know if I’m getting enough? With no established RDA for CoQ10 at this time and no research to reveal as to whether the average diet contains adequate amounts, it is important to consider a number of factors to help judge your personal need for this nutrient: your age (our ability to synthesize CoQ10 from foods diminishes with age), dietary choices (whether or not you eat beef-heart and liver, for example; or if you are vegetarian, vegan or choosing to reduce cholesterol and fat in your diet: thus changing your main intake of CoQ10 to vegetable sources), whether or not your diet contains a goodly amount of grains in their whole, unprocessed form (the stripping of the bran and germ from grains removes much of the CoQ10 -even milling whole grains into flour causes loss), plus the amount of stress, disease or pollution you deal with in your daily life. With these factors in mind, it is important to personally research the amounts available in foods you eat.

What should I look for if I choose to supplement? When choosing CoQ10 in a supplement form it is important to look for purity and digestibility. The CoQ10 found in supplement form is prepared through an extraction and replication of vegetable sources, rather than being synthetically manufactured.

CoQ10 is primarily offered in a capsule form containing a yellow-orange powder. Tablet form, much less digestible, is not recommended. Check the label for clarity regarding the milligrams of CoQ10 actually available in each capsule, as a lower-priced brand may be using fillers. Another form worth investigating was recently developed by the Cell-Tech company. They offer capsules containing CoQ10 emulsified in flax seed oil to increase its absorbency. Since studies have shown CoQ10 to be at least 3-5 times more assimilable when taken in emulsified form as opposed to the capsuled powder -this might well be your best buy.

With scientists believing that they have barely begun to unlock its potentials, many people around the world (over ten million in Japan alone) do take CoQ10 in supplement form, which has been proven to be non-toxic. However, it is important to consult your health practitioner before using it to treat medical conditions, and if pregnant or nursing.

For milligram content of CoQ10 in foods, plus extensive research documentation, read The Miracle Nutrient, COENZYME Q10, by Emile G. Bliznakov, M.D.

http://curezone.com/foods/coenzyme_q10.asp

Become a beauty – or a beast?

Become a beauty – or a beast?