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Sunlight could lower blood pressure!

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Sunlight could lower blood pressure!

Wow right?

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CDC Admits as Many as 30 Million Americans Could be at Risk for Cancer Due to Polio Vaccine | The Liberty Beacon

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OPRL1 gene associated with more PTSD

June 11, 2013 Leave a comment

 

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English: Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression Among U.S. Veterans Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Between Oct 2001 and Oct 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s nice information to know if a certain gene can be associated with PTSD, if you have the gene you and your family could take extra steps in compensating for stressful events rather than expecting people to “buck up”.

This article shows that the use of a particular undisclosed drug kept people from having PTSD like symptoms in mice.  The drug works by activating the OPRL1 receptor for a brain chemical called nociceptin.   When the receptor was activated the mice learned not to feel fear.

In humans the presence of a particular SNP of that same gene had more pronounced PTSD symptoms.

So one version of the gene can protect you while another version may not.  And it seems that morphine  acts on a receptor that’s related, by that I assume close to, OPRL1.

It’s not autoimmune, it’s viruses

This is a two hour video, but well worth watching.  Dr. Trent argues that the government has used viruses as biological weapons.  Many of these viruses and methods have found their way into the vaccinated, and now they are manifesting as autoimmune conditions.  We can all have theories like this but he backs it up with a narrative that is quite convincing, and he names names.

 

 

 

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High Blood Pressure

January 19, 2013 1 comment

 A little info about High Blood Pressure prevelance, symptoms and treatment options.

Prevalence

High Blood Pressure is known as a silent killer.  You may not know that you have it, but for it to be even slightly elevated there may be problems.  73.6 million people in the U.S.  have high blood pressure,  that’s one in four people and the CDC says one in three adults.  And it’s not just for old people, one in ten of men between the ages of 25-34 have it!  Why are rates increasing in younger people?  There could be a couple of reasons:   When I was younger upto 140/90 was still considered normal, now it is considered Stage 1 Hypertension, so it may be recategorization.  It seems that the obesity epidemic is contributing to more cases of HBP, as more younger people gain weight.

There tends to be more HBP in men then in women, and is highly correlated with heart disease, stroke, inflammation, allergies, headaches and fatigue among others.  While some say that there is not a genetic component there is a correlation with high homocysteine, and the MTR, CBS and MTHFR gene mutations can impact homocysteine levels.  As one ages your capillaries can lose their flexibility and that creates higher blood pressure.

Poor diet, and stressful lifestyles can also contribute to high blood pressure, and this is situational hypertension rather than the slow progression seen in aging.  Anger is another example of situational high blood pressure, that you may be able to address with therapy or meditation/spirituality.

Associations with Other Conditions

In addition to those mentioned above, do check out your blood presure if you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome or are hypothyroid.

Symptoms

Though it is considered a silent killer,  do consider being mindful of your blood pressure if you have the following symptoms

Fatigue Cluster headaches
nosebleed tinnitus
numbness tingling weakness
palpitation frequent urination
blurred vision confusion memory loss
chest pains dizziness
muscle cramps exessive perspiration
Irritability brain aging

Treatment

 

In addition to blood pressure medication you have the the following options you might want to try.  Sometimes medications can cause edema and other symptoms, so you could try these to see if the medication dose can be reduced if not eliminted

Herbs

  • You may consider going to your local herb shop and getting a blood pressure blend.  These will typically contain Hawthorn, which has been known to alleviate HBP.
  • Rauwolfia  has been used in India to control HBP for a long time, it can be found in Cardiotone and homeopathically

Nootropics

Pyritinol, which is an analog of Vitamin B6 has been known to bring down blood pressure fast.  It is considered an antiaging drug and can be found on antiaging sites.  It is also known as Cerbon 6.

Essential Oils have been studied and purported to reduce high blood pressure.  You could consider cold diffusing Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Lemon

Potassium-rich foods

  • Purple Potatoes
  • Beet Juice
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Red Wine..or grape juice?

Supplements

  • Fish Oil , you can freeze these before swallowing if you otherwise burp fish oil
  • Vit C, CoQ10,Vit E ( but not too much)
  • Ginger, Garlic, Cayenne
  • Fiber
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • Aspirin for inflammation reduction and blood thinning
  • Music for relaxation and anger
  • Stop Smoking!
  • Meditation andPets for reducing stress

Monitor

Do consider purchasing a blood pressure monitor, and possibly a Wrist Monitor, if your arms are too bulky for the regular ones, and monitor weekly if you’re on the border and daily if you are already on medication.  Make sure to empty your bladder before doing this, because it may affect your readings.

Remember that your blood pressure may rise if stressed, or if you are traveling and eating out more (they add sodium to food out there you know).  If you are daily readings you may be able to correlate with events

Drink more water; you may think water is boring, so may be perk it up by putting in some lemon or spiking it with an essential oil you may like.

Cheers,

Cancer is declining, so get your vaccinations?

January 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Overall lung, colon, breast, prostate are going down.  The CDC reports death rates for all cancers have been declining.   So get your vaccinations?

Causes of cancer can be inborn genetics, epigenetics as from smoking or environmental exposure like chemicals (are vaccines chemicals?)

Some of the reduction in cancers  may be as a result of prescreening. For example in Colon Cancer you can screen with a sigmoid scope, a colonscope or regular frequent stool testing.  Once you have reached a certain age you are automatically screened for cancers.  If you have diabetes and cannot afford to go off your meds, then the scoping may be replaced by regular frequent stool testing. 

HPV

On the other hand HPV is said to be increasing. From what to what?  Here’s a figure from the CDC about mortality from HPV, that is declining.

Cervical Cancer Deaths alling

Cervical Cancer Deaths over time

The current plan is to vaccinate against HPV. All prepubescent girls are hounded to get vaccinated and now the emphasis has moved to boys as well.  Preventing cancer is always good, and recently it appears that HPV causes more than cervical cancer.  It can also affect Vulva, Penis, Mouth and Throat Cancers.  7500 men out 150,000,000 get the cancer.  It’s not clear how many men die of that cancer, but just the number that have it, is exceedingly small .005%.

When asked about causes, it is  always “you get the virus from other people who have the virus”.  Well….how did they get the virus?

Whether you are for or against vaccines, you must admit that there is an assumption that your immune and detox systems can eliminate the vaccines and it’s adjuvants and chemicals to confer benefit.  If your system cann,t there may be other consequences…like Cancer.  But that is another discussion.  The cons against HPV vaccinations are

    • it prevents a type of cancer that is very rare to begin with, especially for boys ( though they can pass it onto girls).
    •  it prevents a type of cancer that can be easily caught and treated by promoting regular gynecological exams.  4000 out 150,000,000 women died of cervical cancer in 2009, that is .0026%.  This rate is attributed to the use of Pap Smears not vaccinations.
    • Safe Sex practices is a common sense method to avoid HPV
    • it is promoted to girls years before becoming sexually active, however because the vaccine is new it is not clear when individuals should revaccinated. Some say that the vaccines only confers benefits for 5-8 years.  So you are running out of protection just as you really ramp up your sexual life?   HPV is not alone  in being found to lose its effectiveness and need boosters.  Chicken Pox anyone?
    • it prevents 2 strains (strain 16 and 18) out of more than 100 strains of HPV (Strains 6 and 11 cause genital warts ).  16 and 18 are the ones that cause most cancers (70%), however infections do not automatically become cancersMost infections go away on their own in 1-2 years

      Snijders PJ, Steenbergen RD, Heideman DA, Meijer CJ (2006). “HPV-mediated cervical carcinogenesis: Concepts and clinical implications”. J. Pathol. 208 (2): 152–64. doi:10.1002/path.1866. PMID 16362994. “cervical cancer is a rare complication of an HPV infection since most such infections are transient, not even giving rise to cervical lesions.”

    • So far it has NOT been proven safe over the long haul….because there hasn’t been a long haul yet
    • Interestingly Harold Varmus director of the National Cancer Institute made a freudian slip when he said that HPV vaccinations “sterilize both boys and girls“.  He corrected himself for the record.
    • Then look at this article about it’s effectiveness. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2011/11/23/how-effective-is-the-hpv-vaccine-at-preventing-cancer-a-closer-look/

Other Cancer Points

Generally different cancers have different approaches to treatment.   For instance in Leukemia in adults  a single change in a particular gene was found to be the cause.  When a drug targets the genes to turn it off the symptoms stop.  Even so some are becoming resistant to this drug.  So it’s another race (like antibiotics), to create new drugs as they become ineffective.

Other methods we are familiar with: chemo, radiation and surgery.  But even these are improving, the side effects of traditional methods are bone marrow suppression, pain, nausea/vomiting, and these seem to be improving.  Advances have let some people  function and work even while having cancer compared to traditional treatments.

Other methods for cancer treatment involve leveraging  the natural accelerators and brakes within your immune system.  These are being tested in leukemia and melanoma for example.  These treatments don’t work on all cancers and so far work short term… but Science marches on.

Cancer Avoidance

You already know, right?  Eat Right and Exercise?   But more specifically you should look for the inflammation marker CRP to start.  Inflammation is tied to cancer.  Also please don’t feed the cancer.  What does cancer like for lunch?  Sugar.  Your body can make its own sugar when needed so there’s really no need to take it.    Then again moderation is really important; you can have some dessert here and there.  But you must train your body not to expect it.

Vegetables.  Another option that Drs say have been studied, but hasn’t been proven is the use of veggies/juicing (and coffee enemas) to detox such as the Gerson protocol.  And so far Green Tea has not been shown to help with cancers.  This is based on mixed results. 

Avoid Super Foods.  Watson of  the DNA Duo Watson and Crick is saying that too many antioxidants are not good for you either.  They may cause cancer!  So free radicals may be needed to fend of cancer.  Interesting!

Take a Break.   Other studies find that intermittent dosing of cancer drugs may be more powerful than continuous treatment.

Baby Aspirin.  Baby aspirin is not just good for your heart.  There is a 30% reduction in cancer deaths  in the middle aged for lung, espophagus, stomach cancers.   If Aspirin doesn’t agree with you can try Wintergreen Essential Oil instead!

So it appears screening works, but it’s not clear why with few cases of cervical cancer, declining numbers of deaths, and other options, that vaccination is necessary.

Liver and Circadian Cycles

December 30, 2012 1 comment

Liver & Onions

There are over 3000 switches that turn genes off or on in the liver on a daily basis.

Did you know that circadian rhythms affect our bodies not just on a global scale, but at the level of individual organs, and even genes? UVA has found two different cycles, with he newest one based on genes that are active in the liver.  These genes are responsive to nutrient intake rather than being light-based like the ones in the brain.

Since the liver is involved in metabolism of cholesterol and fat, this finding may help isolate the switches or combination of swiches that contribute to this processing.

This article states: they discovered that among those switches was chromatin, the protein complex that tightly packages DNA in the cell nucleus. While chromatin is well known for the role it plays in controlling genes, it was not previously suspected of being affected by circadian cycles.

So it is through circadian effect on chromatin that some epigenetic control might be occuring.  Histonic.  No that’s not a misspelling. Histones have been found to be responsible for genetic epression.  We just didn’t know it was based on circadian rhythms!

On that note I’m planning on changing my sleep schedule and go to bed now… before midnight!

Categories: Genetics, Liver, Organ, Sleep
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