A Little About Ions

Ever wonder why you just seem to feel better in nature, let’s say near a river, lake, the ocean, on a mountain? Well if we talk a little bit about negative ions and positive ions, we might begin to understand why this is not just a belief but a fact.

Every living cell in our bodies has an electrical current in it, we are literally vibrating at a specific frequency individual to each human body. Our magnetic field is made of both positive and negative ions. Positive ions are created by cell phones, TV’s, computers, wifi, etc. and can adversely affect our mood. Overexposure to these ions can create a multitude of physical symptoms such as depression, fatigue, lethargy, etc.  Abundant negative ions are found in Mother Nature when water is in motion such as after a rain shower or by the beach with the waves crashing or near a rushing river, even fountains. They are generated in large quantities as air molecules break apart from moving water. Which would explain why you feel so good after a shower, because you are creating your own negative ions. Air movement (wind), sunlight, plants and radioactive decay of noble gases also naturally create them. Negative ions are lighter and smaller and more likely to become airborne, positive ions, being heavier tend to fall to the ground. This would explain why it feels so good to be outside because it is literally GOOD FOR YOU!

Odorless, tasteless, and invisible, when we inhale negative ions as they reach our bloodstream, they are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase the levels of the mood chemical seratonin. Seratonin, if you are not familiar, is what your body uses to alleviate stress, relieve depression and increase our vitality.

Another word for positive ions that you might have heard of before is ‘free radicals.’ These can either be atoms, molecules, or ions with unpaired electrons. ‘Stealing’ electrons from healthy cells to neutralize their own charge, they weaken healthy cells, causing cellular damage and decreasing the function of our immune systems. In the world we live in today there are way more devices producing positive ions than in the past, creating electrical imbalances in the air and in our bodies.

Ever hear of ‘Sick Building Syndrome?’ Our homes today are so tight that little or no outside air can get in, our heating and air conditioning systems can produce positive ions. Too much time indoors can literally zap your energy and make you feel ill, between your phone and all the other electronic devices in your home. Just to give you an idea, the ocean is reported to have tens of thousands of negative ions while the average home, office, building may contain a few hundred to none.

Salt lamps are always a great way to increase the negative ions in your indoor space whether it’s an office or home. Not only is the soft, illuminating light emanating from them relaxing and calming, but they are actually air purifiers! So open the windows, go outside, get a little or big, even, fountain in your house, we have this cute Buddha one in ours right next to our Salt Lamp. It’s so basic, costs nothing, no prescription needed and you could feel better…it’s a no brainer! Open the windows, get outside, put down your phone!

Cancer Feeds On Sugar. If You Have Cancer, Avoid Sugar.

Many folks do not know that cancer feeds on sugar or believe me when I tell them. It is true, tho, cancer cells have receptors on them that feed on sugar. Cancer cells consume 15 times more glucose than normal cells.  Consuming sugar can speed the development and progression of disease. So when you have cancer and you eat sugar, you are literally feeding your cancer. Crazy, isn’t it that Oncologist’s have a bowl of candy on the counter for you when you come to see them, right? When My husband was undergoing chemo treatments, the nurses would come in the room and ask him if he wanted a milkshake. The refrigerator on the chemo unit was filled with Coke and Sprite and plenty of ice cream.  There is a lot of job security in that. Does that mean that oncologist do not know that cancer cells feed on sugar?  Of course they do, ever heard of a PET scan? The patient is given a form of radioactive glucose and then waits for the scan and it is evident where the cancer lies because it is consuming the glucose more rapidly than the normal cells, right? So those groups of cells light up.

Now that does not mean ALL sugar. After I tell patients this and then recommend they drink 8 oz of organic fruit smoothies everyday, they say, ‘What about all of the sugar in fruit?’

This is different. Fruit sugar is made by Mother Nature, it is good for you. Refined white sugar isn’t. Really artificial sweeteners, cane sugar, Sucanat, raw sugar, any of those really aren’t good for a compromised immune system. Maple syrup is ok as well as honey and Stevia. They actually contain oxalic acid which helps to destroy cancer cells.

According to Cancertutor.com ‘…refined sugar and other simple sugars also interfere with your immunity system. These substances also interfere with getting Vitamin C and oxygen into the cancer cells. Sugar also depletes the body of key minerals and other nutrients because of its acidity. It is not the acidity that directly destroys the minerals, the acidity causes the body to use the minerals to regulate the pH level in the body. The same is true of all acidic foods.

The chain reaction caused in the body by acidic foods — due to the body’s attempts to keep the blood at a level pH — is the cause, or a major contributing factor, to almost all chronic diseases, including cancer. It would take an entire book to describe how the body keeps its pH normal, and the ramifications of these processes.’ You can find the rest of this article at ~https://www.cancertutor.com/cancer-diet/

If we think about it, understanding that foods that contain oxalic acid kill cancer cells, than we can relate to the fact that everything we put in our mouth is either feeding the cancer growing inside or shrinking it, then consuming a diet rich in oxalic foods, let’s say at least 50% of your diet everyday, will be directly destroying cancer cells.

Some people are not aware that we all have cancer cells in our bodies. But our healthy immune system finds them and destroys them or the environmental factors we expose our bodies to forces them to commit suicide. OR the environmental factors we expose ourselves to, compromise our immune system, or damage it even, depleting it so it can not only fight rogue cells, but can barely defend itself.

One can of Coke can shut down 1/2 of your immune system for about 4 hours, that’s just one can, that is not including anything else consumed that contains sugar. If you are a cancer patient or someone with a compromised immune system, you cannot afford to have your immune system shut down for any~time. You need everything that your body comes in contact with to be strengthening it, building it, giving it energy, making you feel good. That includes those around you and where you let your mind dwell.

If you are surrounding yourself with toxic people and situations, you can eat all of the oxalic acid you want, but your struggle will still be real. Part of the healing process is forgiveness, appreciation and removing that which does not serve you anymore. Think of the people in your life. If when you think of someone, you get a pit in your stomach and you start feeling stressed. Avoid contact with them so you can allow your self to heal. Surround yourself with those who make your body feel alive and happy when you think about spending time with them. Just a little food for thought….

 

 

 

 

 

What’s The Quality Of Your Paraphernalia and Smoking Apparatus?

Since the Legalization surge, folks who might not have tried Cannabis before might now because they are not committing a crime. So if you are new to Cannabis and want to try smoking it, there are so many different ways and options, some better than others, so many choices… where to start… which is the best?

Really, like anything else, it all comes down to personal preference, some prefer joints, others swear by their trusty pipe, others only smoke out of water pipes. What it really all comes to down is the material used in making the papers to roll the joint…what the pipe is made of…if the bong water is clean….

Yes, Cannabis is good for you. Yes, Cannabis can trigger healing on many levels in your body. Yes, we have over 500 receptors in our body to receive the healing benefits of the plant. BUT if what you are smoking it out of is toxic, then how medicinal is it? We can only hope that the benefits of the plant can outweigh the possible toxicity of the material being used for inhalation.

Let’s begin with joint, spliff, etc. Pretty sure everyone knows what they consist of~plant material, either bud or shake. The question is, ‘what is it being rolled in?’ If it was like a Bugler cigarette paper, those are soo thick, it would be hard to even taste the delights a bud holds with papers so thick. Same with Jobs or ZigZag unless you buy the Ultra Thin. Preferably, if a spliff is your choice of inhalation, there are better papers to be had, such as Club Modiano Rolling Papers, manufactured by S D Modiano in Italy. These papers are ashless, if you light a rolling paper such as a Job or Bugler, there will be ash left over. If you light a Club paper, there is virtually no ash left meaning, less by product in your lungs. Referred to as “Rice” paper, which is a blend of flax and hemp fiber.  They are also gumless, you just rip the edge and lick it and it will stick. Elements are another good paper and nowadays there are many companies producing papers with hemp, you can just experiment and see which ones you like best. It is entirely possible that if someone tried smoking a joint and didn’t like it, that the paper tasted nasty, was harsh and not only diminished the flavor of the bud, but overpowered it.

Pipes are another option for smoking Cannabis, there’s big pipes, little pipes, water pipes, etc. But the question is, what is it made of? Some people make pipes out of soapstone, which is toxic to smoke out of. One cannot assume that because there is a pipe made from it that it is safe to smoke from. There are aluminum pipes out there, aluminum is a subject for another whole blog, let’s just sum it up by saying that you shouldn’t smoke or eat of aluminum! Here’s the thing, it is so easy to make a pipe that if the one in question you are not sure of, get rid of it, my mom always said, ‘When in doubt, don’t.’ Considering you can make a pipe out of an apple really with a pen, why take any chances? Glass would be the material of choice, for sure. Doesn’t really matter what kind of pipe it is; steamroller, bong, graphics, etc. But the bigger the chamber the more smoke, keep that in mind when experimenting!

Briefly, bongs or graphics are water pipes. When used properly bong enthusiasts believe it enhances the flavor of the herb and makes it taste fresh and clean. However, dirty bong water is a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, microbes and can create a ‘biofilm’ after a day of sitting. This can introduce pathogens into your lungs, always replenish the water in your water pipe before smoking. Rinsing it thoroughly with hot water a few times. There are such bong cleaners but again, how toxic are they? You could use alcohol and salt or vinegar with a brush, just as easily.

Which one is right for you? The best part is that you don’t have to pick, you can enjoy them all!

 

It’s Ok To Use a Schedule 1 Drug

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, some states have made it legal to sell products containing THC. Some have made it legal to possess, but illegal to sell. Some have decriminalized it. Some call it marijuana, some call it Cannabis, call it whatever you want, right now, it is a Schedule 1 Drug. What does that even mean?

In the 70’s Congress overhauled the drug laws and created the Controlled Substances Act. The amount of regulation was based on how dangerous the drugs were. These were within a regulatory frame from 1-5, 1 being the most restrictive for drugs that have no medical use and have the most potential for abuse-like Heroin.

It’s a long story but Nixon sent a letter to Congress saying we know that Cannabis does not fit into the Schedule 1 category, but we want you to classify it there anyway. We will be delving more into the history and background in this Workshop that I will be teaching on April 17 at The Grindstone Cafe and Wellness Center at 6:30pm.

Hemp was recently removed from the Schedule 1 classification and moved down to a Schedule 5 drug. But Cannabis still remains in the same category as Heroin. Meaning that it has no medicinal benefit and is dangerous.

First of all, there has never been a recorded death from Cannabis. It is not a substance that one can overdose on. There are no adverse side effects. We have receptors in our body which trigger healing on many levels when we use CBD Oil.

As far as I can see, as soon as there became a ‘Recreational’ classification to it, in addition to it’s known medical uses, referring to it as Medical Marijuana, legalizing it in many states for both purposes, the Schedule 1 classification would no longer stand. With it still in place, what is the message? That it’s ok to use Schedule 1 Drugs? Recreationally?  Or that all Schedule 1 Drugs really are safe, do have medicinal benefits and are not dangerous? There are some serious mixed messages going on with this legislation. How would an outsider make sense of it? What is the rational answer?

How can we legalize a Schedule 1 Drug? And prescribe it and even refer to it as medicine? As soon as it became legal in any way, the classification of a Schedule 1 Drug should have been removed. Right?

 

Is Flouride a Neurotoxin? Then why is it in our toothpaste and drinking water?

So this one’s going to be wicked controversial! But there are actually dentists who are advocating and trying to bring awareness to this serious issue. Yes, flouride is absolutely a neuro toxin. What does that mean? A neuro toxin, the definition is a poison that works on the nervous system. It impedes the brain’s development, neuro is associated with nerves and toxin generally means poisonous, dangerous, life threatening. I am attaching many resources for folks to do their own research. It is hard to believe that we are having our children put something in their mouth and brush their teeth with it that says if you swallow more than a pea sized amount to call poison control… at some point we have to think for ourselves.

Some people say it is a nutrient, first of, let’s straighten that out, it is NOT a nutrient.

Dr. Mercola says, ‘Scientific investigations have revealed fluoride is an endocrine-disrupting chemical,1 and have linked it to the rising prevalence of thyroid disease,2 which in turn can contribute to obesity, heart disease, depression and other health problems. In fact, in the ’50s and ’60s, fluoride was used as a drug to lower thyroid activity in patients with overactive thyroid.

Even more importantly, fluoride has been identified as a developmental neurotoxin that impacts short-term and working memory, and contributes to rising rates of attention-deficit hyperactive disorder3 and lowered IQ in children.4 Many of these studies have found harm at levels within the range, or precariously close to, the levels millions of American children receive on a regular basis. In all, there are more than 300 animal and human studies demonstrating fluoride can cause:5

  • Brain damage, especially when coupled with iodine deficiency or excessive levels of aluminum
  • Reduced IQ
  • Impaired ability to learn and remember
  • Neurobehavioral deficits such as impaired visual-spatial organization
  • Impaired fetal brain development

Here’s a video from Dr. Mercola’s website from an attorney who works to educate and fight to remove flouride from our water~https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/30/water-fluoridation-facts.aspx

Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children

In an excerpt from the Harvard University news article which you can find by following this link~ https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

‘The average loss in IQ was reported as a standardized weighted mean difference of 0.45, which would be approximately equivalent to seven IQ points for commonly used IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15.* Some studies suggested that even slightly increased fluoride exposure could be toxic to the brain. Thus, children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. The children studied were up to 14 years of age, but the investigators speculate that any toxic effect on brain development may have happened earlier, and that the brain may not be fully capable of compensating for the toxicity.’

“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” Grandjean says.’

The American Cancer Society has this info on their website~’The EPA has also set a secondary standard of no more than 2.0 mg/L to help protect children (under the age of 9) from dental fluorosis. In this condition, fluoride collects in developing teeth, preventing tooth enamel from forming normally. This can cause permanent staining or pitting of teeth.

Some of the controversy about the possible link stems from a study of lab animals reported by the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 1990. The researchers found “equivocal” (uncertain) evidence of cancer-causing potential of fluoridated drinking water in male rats, based on a higher than expected number of cases of osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer). There was no evidence of cancer-causing potential in female rats or in male or female mice.

Most of the concern about cancer seems to be around osteosarcoma. One theory on how fluoridation might affect the risk of osteosarcoma is based on the fact that fluoride tends to collect in parts of bones where they are growing. These areas, known as growth plates, are where osteosarcomas typically develop. The theory is that fluoride might somehow cause the cells in the growth plate to grow faster, which might make them more likely to eventually become cancerous.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a maximum amount of fluoride allowable in drinking water of 4.0 mg/L. Long-term exposure to levels higher than this can cause a condition called skeletal fluorosis, in which fluoride builds up in the bones. This can eventually result in joint stiffness and pain, and can also lead to weak bones or fractures in older adults. You can read more about that here~’ https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/water-fluoridation-and-cancer-risk.html

Dr. Axe has written many articles about it, here’s one…https://draxe.com/is-fluoride-bad-for-you/

‘Another expert who spoke out about concerns of the safety of fluoride is John Colquhoun, a dentist in New Zealand who was appointed to Principal Dental Officer of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Dr. Colquhoun, once passionately pro-fluoridation, re-examined the facts and studies available on fluoridation and wrote an explanation of his staunchly anti-fluoridation stance in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine in 1997.’

We are one of the only countries that adds medication to a public water supply. If it is for tooth decay, than that would be a medicine. Most countries would consider having consent before a mass medication. On the FDA’s website, it is classified as medicine, so if that is the case, people should have some say whether they want to be medicated, wouldn’t you agree? For us Vermonter’s with so much fresh, clean water, this might not hit home, but for people who are hooked into a municipal water supply, it is serious because your children are not only ingesting flouride in their toothpaste but also in there water. Teenagers are beginning to show signs of overflouridation in these municipalities that flouridate. So not only is the flouride not lowering the rates of tooth decay, but it is actually detrimental to these poor children’s teeth.

Fluoride is actually a poison so how did it end up in our water?

Rachel Hall, A dentist from Australia explains, ‘The fluoride in our water started out as an industrial waste byproduct of aluminium production. In the early 1900’s manufactures dumped fluoride in landfill and rivers until it was discovered to be poisoning nearby crops and making livestock sick.

This was a problem as it meant the aluminium manufactures who had no means to dump their by-products and had to find another way to get rid of this fluoride waste.

In 1931 researchers found a link between fluoride and tooth decay so the aluminuim company who set up their own research institute sent a dentist to study remote towns with naturally occurring high concentrations of calcium fluorides in their water wells.

Through the studies the dentist found a link between high fluoride in drinking water and mottled tooth enamel – called dental fluorosis. This mottling is caused by damage to the enamel formation from having too much fluoride.

The aluminium research centre called the Mellon Institute’s aim was to support industries. They produced research showing asbestos was safe and did not cause cancer for example. The research was done to help companies find ways to get rid of their toxic waste. One of their scientists in 1939 contended that rather than removing fluoride from food and water they should allow a level of contaminate of 1 part per million as it would prevent dental decay.

The Mellon Institute went on to produce reports that assured fluoride was non-toxic and would be beneficial to add to the drinking water for healthy teeth. These reports were supported by the American Dental Association.

Is this not similar to the tobacco and sugar industries sponsoring their own research to show no harm?

In the mid to late 1940s a group from the US Health Department was set up to look at the effects of fluoride. These studies were classified and not released for a long time after, showed that fluoride was detrimental to living organisms with effects on the central nervous system leading to drowsiness, mental confusion and lethargy.

Fluoride was defined in 1950 as a violent poison to all living tissue.

It was also stated that continuous ingestion of non-fatal doses cause permanent inhibition of growth and the use of fluoride containing toothpastes and internal medicaments is not justified.’ You can read the whole article at ~ https://evolvedental.com.au/fluoride-part-1-fluoride-end-drinking-water/

Either way the question is and remains,  Why are we putting an industrial waste chemical into our drinking water and into our toothpaste and then telling our children not to swallow it, or not even telling them because we assume that the toothpaste we are using isn’t poison or they couldn’t sell it to us. But go and look on your toothpaste tube and you will see it says to call poison control if more than a pea sized amount is swallowed. If you are not supposed to swallow it, then why is it in our drinking water? And why are there such awful cases of tooth decay in underprivileged areas that have been flouridated since the 50’s? Those children’s teeth should be getting better after 50+ years of flouridating not so bad that dental health officials are describing decay that is unexplainable. But don’t believe me, go do your own research, I’ve given you lots of resources! Maybe for 2019 our motto can be, ‘Keep your waste out of my child’s mouth!’

Additional Resources~

http://fluoridealert.org/

http://www.nofluoride.com/

https://iaomt.org/

‘I know all about CBD, I smoke it everyday…’ Wrong!

As a CBD formulator, I get this all of the time when folks approach my booth and I ask them if they are familiar with CBD products. Many of them get a smirk on their face and a twinkle in their eye and they say, ‘Yea, I am,’ enthusiastically! When I ask if they’d like to try a couple of drops under their tongue, some say, ‘I just burned one before I came here, got my CBD’s! Hee hee’  But what they don’t realize is that most recreational growers have tried to breed the CBD OUT of their plants or to a minimum.

You see, CBD mitigates the effects of THC…meaning that it prevents you from getting super high. It evens it out for you, which is great for someone who needs the benefits of THC, but feels paranoia or anxiety or just a ‘high’ that they don’t want to experience. But they don’t want to turn to pharmaceuticals, these patients can experiment with CBD AND THC together. By finding that perfect balance for yourself, you can not only balance out the effects of the THC, but also gain the benefits of the CBD. So, by balancing out one, you are not losing anything, you are actually gaining. Combining the two actually stimulates what’s called ‘The Entourage Effect’ which is the subject of another blog previously written….  /The Entourage Effect~

Because CBD mitigates the effects of THC, most recreational growers have bred the CBD out of many popular strains that people smoke. As a recreational grower, job security lies not in a product with no psychoactive component to it that will not get you high. Most recreational users are looking for and enjoy the psychoactive component. Many folks who enter my booth or inquire about my products are disappointed when I tell them that there is no psychoactive component to our products.

For patients who go to a dispensary for their medicine containing THC and CBD there is a ratio on the container such as 2:1 this would mean 2 parts THC to one part CBD, you’d have to check tho, some do it the other way around, CBD: THC…it usually will say right next to it, such as, 2:1 THC/CBD so that you know which one is first. If you were looking for something with no psychoactive component, you would be looking more for a 2:1 ratio with CBD first, so that most of it is CBD, not THC. If you try it out at night when you don’t have to see anyone, drive anywhere, etc. you can experiment with it to find the perfect balance for yourself. If you can’t find the perfect balance being offered, you can adjust yourself, by adding a few drops of CBD oil to up your CBD dose. And that is the beauty of it, is that it is a safe medicine that you can experiment with and not have to worry about overdosing or taking too much. If you take too much, you might get tired or feel silly, nothing to really worry too much about and if you don’t like it, you’ll fall asleep easily if you try!

All of the information included in this blog are strictly for informational purposes, and are not meant to replace the advice of a physician….

 

Why Can’t I Sleep 8 Hours a Night?

People are asking themselves this question more and more, with all of the media stressing the importance of 8 hours of sleep a night, for those who aren’t able to accomplish that, they’re left feeling inadequate, or dysfunctional or like there is something wrong with them. I get it all of the time, people coming in my booth looking for insomnia relief products wondering what is wrong with them, why they can’t sleep a full night and most of the time they report being able to fall asleep ok, but then they ‘wake up halfway thru the night.’ And while I can help them stay asleep, I also try to help them understand that for some, that is not really ‘natural.’ Maybe because of your work schedule, you need to be able to sleep in one long continuous stretch, but that does not mean that this is the way that your body prefers. If you begin to understand and acknowledge this, you may begin to realize why this is not something that comes natural to you. Did our ancestors sleep 8 hours a night and what is Biphasic sleeping?

Biphasic sleeping refers to breaking up your sleep pattern into two segments instead of one~monophasic sleep in which one sleeps for a straight 8 hour stretch. It seems that other cultures that live more closely to the ways our ancestors did, sleep 5-6.5 hours per night and then nap later in the day. For some, this kind of sleep pattern is more natural than accomplishing all of the sleep that their bodies require in one time period. Some cultures, such as Spain and Greece, live this way and refer to these as ‘siestas,’ I’m sure you’ve heard that term. People who practice biphasic sleep report being more alert and productive, having better cognitive function, not feeling tired all of the time.

The beginning of the Industrial Revolution, Electricity, the age of Illumination and the current modern day workplace, is where we see the shift from previous sleep patterns, and continue to make it difficult for people to enjoy the benefits of biphasic sleep. Our ancestors went to bed when it got dark, slept a few hours, then got up and did some light activity as they didn’t have the luxury of sleeping much more than that, as the fire might need to be tended, as well as animals, children, etc. They would then take a nap a few hours later. These naps are crucial as this is the other part of your ‘getting enough rest.’ Your body does need a specific  amount of sleep over a 24 hour period, but it doesn’t have to be all in one long stretch, especially if it doesn’t come natural to you. I had a woman who had recently retired, in my booth, and she explained the many benefits she was experiencing by practicing this kind of sleep schedule.

For folks who take prescription medication to try to get to sleep, many of them don’t feel refreshed upon waking because a ‘drug induced’ sleep does not have the same physiological  effect on your body as when your body naturally falls asleep. Which is why plant medicine delivers such outstanding results as it is familiar molecules and compounds to the ones your body naturally produces triggering neurotransmitters in your brain to secrete hormones specific to the plant’s properties.

A few ideas you can try if you’re experiencing insomnia is picturing the color purple, sometimes I tell folks to imagine they are sailing on a purple sea…turn off your T.V, computer, phone, electronic device 2 hours before you plan to fall asleep….turn off your wireless router….don’t eat any sugar or consume any caffeine related products after a certain time of day so that it does not interfere with you being able to sleep….be grateful, feelings of gratitude shift your brain’s chemistry….meditate daily and let the stress of living go, not tear you apart   😉

Sweet Dreams  ❤