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Also, concerning the very last article, amazing; how can we believe anything, now they say that people with the least amount of salt intake have the highest chance of heart attack and those with the highest intake have the least.  I have used HARDLY ANY added salt in my died for over 30 years... great...!  Does anyone have a time machine they are not using...?  I have Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan pink salt in stock (inquire if interested) and have been adding them moderately to my diet.

also, adding cayenne / hot pepper to your diet, each meal if possible (I have for 16 years) in any form (powder, sauce, fresh, dried) will help prevent heart attack and stroke, can stop a heart attack or stroke while happening (1/4 t. of hot pepper powder in 3-4 oz. of warm water drank straight down) - and that will also stop any most any bleeding internal or external from any other cause, in about 20 seconds.  Hot pepper eaten with each meal or taken in supplement form will also help recover from heart attack or stroke, and increase circulation, will double the effectiveness of any herb or vitamin taken with it; and will also help heal stomach ulcers.  Cayenne may be contraindicated with some medications, and it does act as a mild blood thinner; it also helps relieve pain by helping the body to secret endorphins.

 
HOWEVER—
Note: If you have a health problem and believe in doctors, consult your doctor.

Also, if on medication, such as Coumadin, cayenne and fish oil and many other natural foods which are mild blood thinners can be dangerous, so consult your doctor; see also:

 http://mountainmistbotanicals.com/info/Dangers%20of%20Cayenne%20for%20Heart%20Attacks%20and%20Strokes.html

and

http://www.raysahelian.com/stroke.html

See also:
 
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Medical University: Single Flavanoid (Found in 6 Foods) Reduces Cognitive Impairment Drastically
Christina Sarich
by Christina Sarich
September 18th, 2014
Updated 09/18/2014 at 7:49 am

Medical University: Single Flavanoid (Found in 6 Foods) Reduces Cognitive Impairment DrasticallyA singular flavanoid can protect the brain against cognitive deficit and other cellular damage, according to studies from the Fourth Military Medical University. The news comes from Xi’an, People’s Republic of China, and shows great promise for those suffering from mental impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and other debilitating cognitive conditions.

The study abstract concludes:

    “Our results provide new insights into the pharmacological actions of rutin and suggest that rutin has multi-targeted therapeutical potential on cognitive deficits associated with conditions with chronic cerebral hypoperfusion such as vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Rutin is a biologically active flavonoid found in the following foods:

    Buckwheat – Possibly the best source of rutin, and much better than boiled oats, uncooked buckwheat leaf flower offers about 675 mg in a 1.1 cup serving. Uncooked buckwheat groats contain 230 mg of rutin per 1 kg, dark buckwheat flour has 218 mg per 1 kg and buckwheat noodles provide 78 mg.

    Elderflower Tea – When dried, the white flowers of the elderflower make a delicious and rutin-filled tea. According to the Czech Journal of Food Science, elderflower tea contains approximately 10.9g/kg of rutin per brewed cup.

    Amaranth Leaves – In Western cultures, most people are familiar with the edible seeds of amaranth, though in Chinese and Southeast Asian cooking the leaves are also gaining traction, partly due to their high rutin content. You can expect around 24.5g/kg from the dried leaves. Seeds only contain trace amounts of the important nutrient.

    Unpeeled Apples – Keep the peel on your apples to enjoy lots of rutin. Just be sure that they are organic, since apple peels are especially prone to pesticide build-up. Apple skins are 6x as powerful as the flesh at preventing high blood pressure due to this flavanoid, too.

    Unfermented Rooibos Tea – While rooibos tea contains fewer antioxidants than black or green teas, it is a good source of rutin, providing around 1.69 mg/g.

    Figs – These little gems contain about the same amount of rutin as apples, so be sure to add them to your diet.

Rutin protects the brain against several damaging effects through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, though its effect on cognitive deficits and brain damage caused by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion formerly remained unknown.

The scientists found that rutin works primarily through anti-inflammatory mechanisms, and reducing hypofusion in the brain.

The researchers stated:

    “Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion is a critical causative factor for the development of cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly, which involves many pathophysiological processes. Consequently, inhibition of several pathophysiological pathways is an attractive therapeutic strategy for this disorder.”

The researchers used Sprague-Dawley rats with permanent bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO), in their experiments, and after 12 weeks of being treated with rutin for its neuroprotective properties, they all excelled in behavioural tests, as well as biochemical and histopathological analyses.

    “Moreover, BCCAO rats exhibited central cholinergic dysfunction, oxidative damage, inflammatory responses and neuronal damage in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus, compared with sham-operated rats. All these effects were significantly alleviated by treatment with rutin.”

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/medical-university-finds-single-flavanoid-found-6-foods-reduces-cognitive-impairment-drastically/#ixzz3GyY9jxQM
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These Common Pharmaceutical Meds Destroy Your Brain
Christina Sarich
by Christina Sarich
September 22nd, 2014
Updated 09/22/2014 at 9:46 am

These Common Pharmaceutical Meds Destroy Your BrainYou wouldn’t think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cognitive impairment, but that’s just one of the commonly prescribed (or even OTC) pharmaceutical medications which were studied in a six-year test to see what kind of neurological damage was caused. Unfortunately, the research found that these pharmaceuticals, commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions including insomnia, allergies, or incontinence, cause long-term damage to the brain. The findings point to a class of drugs called anticholinergics, which block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter.

    “We found that taking one anticholinergic significantly increased an individual’s risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and taking two of these drugs doubled this risk. This is very significant in a population – African-Americans – already known to be at high risk for developing cognitive impairment,” said Noll Campbell, PharmD, first author of the study.

The surprising thing is that many of the drugs are commonly used, brands like Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, and Unisom are included in the anticholinergic drug list, but so are Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, and Elavil – antidepressant medications. Sure its great if you don’t feel depressed anymore, but not if it is because the drugs are just killing the brain cells that might ordinarily register sadness or anxiety.

You don’t have to take multiple forms of these drugs, either. Just one anticholingeric drug will lead to cognitive impairment. Taking two – doubled the risk. Seniors specifically should avoid these types of drugs since the levels of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are on the rise. According to the University of Michigan, dementia strikes about 50% of people who reach the age of 85. Of those, about 60% go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. It seems that these drugs may play a role in this development and progression.

Read: 8 Natural Antibiotics to Replace the Meds

Anticholinergic drugs block a nervous system neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease typically have a marked shortage of acetylcholine. Here is another analysis showing which pharmaceuticals are most likely to result in cognitive damage.

    “Simply put, we have confirmed that anticholinergics, something as seemingly benign as a medication for inability to get a good night’s sleep or for motion sickness, can cause or worsen cognitive impairment, specifically long-term mild cognitive impairment which involves gradual memory loss. As a geriatrician I tell my Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center patients not to take these drugs and I encourage all older adults to talk with their physicians about each and every one of the medications they take,” said Malaz Boustani, M.D., IU School of Medicine associate professor of medicine.

Why wait until you are in your 60s to see if you will develop severe cognitive impairment from taking these drugs? There are numerous herbal remedies for insomnia, as well as pain, and none of them block important neurotransmitters. Besides, pharmaceutical pain killers have even been shown to kill more people than cocaine and heroin combined.

List of Culprit Drugs:

    Excedrin PM
    Tylenol PM
    Nytol
    Sominex
    Unisom
    Benadryl
    Dramamine

Prescription meds in these categories:

    Paxil
    Detrol
    Demerol
    Elavil

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/list-pharmaceutical-meds-destroy-brain/#ixzz3GyYcxJCc
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Avoiding salt increases risk of fatal heart attack and stroke
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salt and papper again(Health Secrets) Most of us have heard the mantra about avoiding salt most of our lives. In fact, the federal government recently urged most Americans to again sharply cut their already reduced salt intakes. Salt has been said to lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. But like most truisms, this one should be taken with a grain of salt. Two separate studies have found that diets low in salt may actually increase the risk of fatal heart attack and stroke. And the lower the salt intake, the greater the risk.

Both studies were published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), but received virtually no coverage in mainstream media. In the first, 3681 participants without cardiovascular disease were followed from 1985 until 2008. Researchers found that those with the lowest sodium levels, equivalent to consuming 2500 mg per day or an average of slightly more than one teaspoon of salt each day, had no greater protection against high blood pressure, heart disease, or death from cardiovascular causes than those who consumed the highest levels of 6000 mg of salt per day on average.

Deaths from heart disease and hospitalizations for coronary heart failure actually decreased with higher sodium intake. A total of 50 deaths occurred in the third of participants having the lowest sodium intakes, and 24 deaths occurred in the third who had medium sodium intakes. Only 10 deaths occurred in the third with the highest intakes. The findings showed the lowest risk for death was in those consuming between 4000 and 6000 mg of salt per day.

The second study confirmed the findings of the first, adding that baseline sodium excretion did not predict the incidence of hypertension, and associations between systolic blood pressure and sodium excretion did not translate into reduced morbidity or improved survival.

These studies vindicated the work of Dr. Michael Alderman, from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, who has been trying to tell us for years that salt is not the culprit for hypertension and heart disease.  A study he headed in 1998 came to the same conclusion as the JAMA studies, finding that people following low salt diets had a dramatically higher mortality risk. He has long noted that eating less salt increases insulin resistance that in turn can increase cardiovascular risk and the risk of other degenerative disease.

These findings come on the heels of other supposedly “bad things” that have been found to be good, such as sunshine, butter, red wine, fat and chocolate. They suggest it’s time to enjoy salt again.  Your life may depend on it.

Why having optimal salt is critical

Salt is composed of sodium and chloride ions that are essential for life. Salt works with potassium to regulate the fluid balance of the body, and is used for electrical signaling in the nervous system. For these reasons, as well as for the taste of salt, it has been an extremely valuable commodity during human history.

Saltiness is one of the basic human tastes, an indication that optimal salt intake is critical to human life and function. Salt is found in all the body fluids, including blood, spinal fluid, lymphatic fluid, and synovial fluid (the fluid found in the cavities of joints).  Salt works in the lining of blood vessels to keep blood pressure normalized. The intravenous fluid given to hospital patients to prevent dehydration or stabilize shock contains salt. The human embryo is bathed in and develops in salty amniotic fluid.

Signs of hyponatremia (low salt) include loss of energy, lethargy, fatigue, nausea, headache, confusion, appetite loss, muscle weakness, and muscle spasms and cramps.  If hyponatremia is extreme, loss of consciousness, coma and death will follow.

Salt for human consumption is produced in two different forms:

    Unrefined salt (sea salt)
    Refined salt (table salt)

Sea salt is coarse and varies in color from whitish to light pink or light gray, depending on its mineral content.  Refined salt is highly milled and white in color.  Most of the refining process is geared toward making the salt look pretty so it will sell, and making sure it has a long shelf life.

Sea salt is usually obtained by evaporation of sea water. Rock salt deposits are another source of naturally occurring salt. Salt in these forms is about 84% sodium chloride and 16% other minerals. Both of these forms of salt are organic.

Table salt is salt from either of these sources refined to become almost completely pure sodium chloride. As such it is no longer organic because the other naturally occurring minerals and trace minerals besides sodium and chloride have been stripped away in a heat process that alters the molecular structure of what remains.

Then an anti-caking agent is added, such as sodium silicoaluminate, a form of aluminum, or sodium ferrocyanide, which contains cyanide ligands.  Other anti-caking agents that may be used include tricalcium phosphate, magnesium oxide, silicon dioxide, aluminosilicate and calcium aluminosilicate. The latter two are also forms of aluminum, a mineral with high toxicity in the human body.

Anti-caking agents keep refined salt from mixing with moisture inside the shaker and also inside your body. This means that the refined salt you eat cannot perform one of the most basic functions of salt in your body, which is to balance hydration.  This may be why many people are thirsty after eating foods prepared with refined salt.

Other bodily functions are disrupted by refined salt too. Since all the balancing minerals have been removed, water molecules must surround the sodium chloride molecules to break them up into sodium and chloride ions in order to help the body neutralize them. To accomplish this, water is taken from cells, leaving cells open to dehydration and premature death.

Sea salt is the major source of unrefined salt, freshly dried from the sea as in Celtic Sea Salt, or mined from inland ocean beds as in Himalayan Salt. In both instances, the salt is a naturally occurring complex of sodium chloride and the minerals and trace minerals with which it naturally occurs. It is this natural form of salt that is compatible with and supportive of the body. It is this form of salt that the body recognizes. However, be aware that salt is big business, and many products labeled as sea salt have been highly refined. They are finely milled, white salt that flows freely and is indistinguishable from refined salt.

Be sure the salt you buy is labeled as unrefined. Real health food stores or healthy image grocers like Whole Foods are the best places to find high quality sea salt.  Look for salt that is fairly coarse and pale pink or light gray in coloration.  Sea salt is also available from online health retailers.  Along with a delicious salty taste, here are some of the life enhancing minerals you will receive: calcium, magnesium, sulfur, silicone, iodine, phosphorus and vanadium.

For more information:

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=899663

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1105553

http://chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-the-dangers-of-salt-restriction

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Healing the Kidneys with Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)

Posted by Dr Sircus on November 11, 2009 | Filed under MedicineSodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)


Sodium bicarbonate is not only an excellent agent for natural chemotherapy, bringing as it does higher O2 levels through increased alkalinity to the cells, it is also one of the most basic medicines we have for kidney disease. New research by British scientists at the Royal London Hospital shows that sodium bicarbonate can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease.[1] We don’t need a thousand years of tests to understand something as simple as water and it is quite the same with bicarbonate, which is always present in the best drinking waters.
Bicarbonate acts to stimulate the ATPase by acting directly on it.[2]
The simple household product used for baking, cleaning, bee stings, treating asthma, cancer and acid indigestion is so effective in treating kidney disease that it prevents patients from having to be put on kidney machines. The findings have been published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Bicarbonate is a truly strong universal concentrated nutritional medicine that works effectively in many clinical situations that we would not normally think of. It is a prime emergency room and intensive care medicine that can save a person’s life in a heartbeat and it is also a supermarket item that you can take right off the shelf and use for more things than one can imagine – including diaper rash.
Dr. SK Hariachar, a nephrologist who oversees the Renal Hypertension Unit in Tampa Florida stated, upon seeing the research on bicarbonate and kidney disease, ”I am glad to see confirmation of what we have known for so long.  I have been treating my patients with bicarbonate for many years in attempts to delay the need for dialysis, and now we finally have a legitimate study to back us up. Not only that, we have the added information that some people already on dialysis can reverse their condition with the use of sodium bicarbonate”.
John, a dialysis technician at the same center as Dr. Hariachar, who used to be on dialysis himself for 2 years as a result of kidney failure, had his kidneys miraculously start functioning to the point where dialysis was no longer needed. He states that he was prescribed oral doses of sodium bicarbonate throughout his treatment, and still takes it daily to prevent recurrences of kidney failure. Dr. Hariachar maintains though, that not everyone will be helped by taking bicarbonate. He says that those patients who have difficulty excreting acids, even with dialysis using a bicarbonate dialysate bath, that, “oral bicarbonate makes all the difference.”

Kidneys Produce Bicarbonate

The exocrine section of the pancreas has been greatly ignored in the treatment of diabetes even though its impairment is a well documented condition. The pancreas is primarily responsible for the production of enzymes and bicarbonate necessary for normal digestion of food. Bicarbonate is so important for protecting the kidneys that even the kidneys get into the act of producing bicarbonate and now we know the common denominator between diabetes and kidney disease. When the body is hit with reductions in bicarbonate output by these two organs,’ acid conditions build and then entire body physiology begins to go south. Likewise when acid buildup outstrips these organs normal bicarbonate capacity cellular deterioration begins.
The kidneys alone produce about two hundred and fifty grams (about half a pound) of bicarbonate per day in an attempt to neutralize acid in the body.
The kidneys monitor and control the acidity or “acid-base” (pH) balance of the blood. If the blood is too acidic, the kidney makes bicarbonate to restore the bloods pH balance. If the blood is too alkaline, then the kidney excretes bicarbonate into the urine to restore the balance. Acid-base balance is the net result of two processes, first, the removal of bicarbonate subsequent to hydrogen ion production from the metabolism of dietary constituents; second, the synthesis of “new” bicarbonate by the kidney.[3]
It is considered that normal adults eating ordinary Western diets have chronic, low-grade acidosis which increases with age. This excess acid, or acidosis, is considered to contribute to many diseases and to contribute to the aging process. Acidosis occurs often when the body cannot produce enough bicarbonate ions (or other alkaline compounds) to neutralize the acids in the body formed from metabolism and drinking highly acid drinks like Coke, Pepsi and we are even seeing reports on bottled mineral water being way too acidic.
Acid-buffering by means of base supplementation is one of the major roles of dialysis. Bicarbonate concentration in the dialysate (solution containing water and chemicals (electrolytes) that passes through the artificial kidney to remove excess fluids and wastes from the blood, also called “bath.”) should be personalized in order to reach a midweek pre-dialysis serum bicarbonate concentration of 22 mmol/l.[4] Use of sodium bicarbonate in dialysate has been shown in studies to better control some metabolic aspects and to improve both treatment tolerance and patients’ life quality.Bicarbonate dialysis, unlike acetate-free biofiltration, triggers mediators of inflammation and apoptosis.[5]
One of the main reasons we become acid is from over-consumption of protein. Eating meat and dairy products may increase the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.[6] We would find the same for breast and other cancers as well. Conversely mineral deficiencies are another reason and when you combine high protein intake with decreasing intake of minerals you have a disease in the making through lowering of pH into highly acidic conditions. When protein breaks down in our bodies they break into strong acids.
Unless a treatment actually removes acid toxins from the body and increases oxygen, water, and nutrients most medical interventions come to naught.
These acids must be excreted by the kidneys because they contain sulfur, phosphorus or nitrogen which cannot break down into water and carbon dioxide to be eliminated as the weak acids are. In their passage through the kidneys these strong acids must take a basic mineral with them because in this way they are converted into their neutral salts and don’t burn the kidneys on their way out. This would happen if these acids were excreted in their free acid form.
Substituting a sodium bicarbonate solution for saline infusion prior to administration of radiocontrast material seems toreduce the incidence of nephropathy.[7]- Dr. Thomas P. Kennedy
American Medical Association
Bicarbonate ions neutralize the acid conditions required for chronic inflammatory reactions. Hence, sodium bicarbonate is of benefit in the treatment of a range of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Sodium bicarbonate is a well studied and used medicine with known effects. Sodium bicarbonate is effective in treating poisonings or overdoses from many chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs by negating their cardiotoxic and neurotoxic effects.[8] It is the main reason it is used by orthodox oncology – to mitigate the highly toxic effects of chemotherapy.
Sodium bicarbonate possesses the property of absorbing heavy metals, dioxins and furans. Comparison of cancer tissue with healthy tissue from the same person shows that the cancer tissue has a much higher concentration of toxic chemicals, pesticides, etc.
Sodium bicarbonate injection is indicated in the treatment of metabolic acidosis, which may occur in severe renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and circulatory insufficiency due to shock or severe dehydration, extracorporeal circulation of blood, cardiac arrest and severe primary lactic acidosis. The acid/alkaline balance is one of the most overlooked aspects of medicine. In general, the American public is heavily acid, excepting vegetarians, and even their bodies have to face increasing levels of toxic exposure, which help turn the body to acidic pH conditions.
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For more detailed information feel free to consult my book Sodium Bicarbonate E-Book that’s with a reasonable price, or for a more personal approach check my Consultations page.

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[2] Origin of the Bicarbonate Stimulation of Torpedo Electric Organ Synaptic Vesicle ATPase. Joan E. Rothlein  1 Stanley M. Parsons. Department of Chemistry and the Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
[3] Levine DZ, Jacobson HR: The regulation of renal acid secretion: New observations from studies of distal nephron segments. Kidney Int 29:1099–1109, 1986
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[7] JAMA 2004;291:2328-2334,2376-2377.
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[8] These include, Benzotropines (valium) cyclic antidepressants (amytriptayine), organophosphates, methanol (Methyl alcohol is a cheap and potent adulterant of illicit liquors) Diphenhydramine (Benedryl), Beta blockers (propanalol) Barbiturates, and Salicylates (Aspirin).   Poisoning by drugs that block voltage-gated sodium channels produces intraventricular conduction defects, myocardial depression, bradycardia, and ventricular arrhythmias. Human and animal reports suggest that hypertonic sodium bicarbonate may be effective therapy for numerous agents possessing sodium channel blocking properties, including cocaine, quinidine, procainamide, flecainide, mexiletine, bupivacaine, and others. may be having these problems.