A World of COVID-19 – How can I understand the differences in the testing?

So it’s been a while  since my last blog.  I’ve been sitting here watching this crazy world we are living in right now and asking myself, how is this all going to end up when the world is cleared to go back to normal?

What is normal when we go back?  How do we go back to living our lives without wondering if the person you are sitting next to,  may be a COVID-19 carrier.  How do you react when someone you know mentioned they had a COVID-19 test.  Do you wonder what the results showed?

How does this affect our thought process?

Well here’s some facts on the differences in blood tests that can be helpful when you hear that someone you know did  a COVID-19 test and it may just put you at ease knowing some of  the facts.

The FDA approved and antibody test for a company named “Cellex” and they are based out of North Carolina. These tests look at the antibody’s in your blood which let you know if you were exposed to the virus and tried to fight off the virus. So here’s the different types of antibody’s (your body creates an antibody to fight off a virus) that are made:

  1. IgM – within the first 4 days of being exposed to the virus
  2. IgG – a few weeks later you create this antibody
  3. IgA – is the 3rd antibody you create (this antibody could be 6-12 days exposure time)

This test tells you only “if you have been exposed to the virus”. This is important to know especially if you have had the virus because you need to know if you are a carrier. It gives a wealth of information.

The initial test created for COVID-19 was a swab that was stuck inside the nostril (ouch) and you look to see if the virus is there. Yes you have it or no you don’t. However, this test does not tell you if you have the antibody’s which if you did, you could be asymptomatic but still be a carrier. This is pretty scary when you think about it which could be one of the reasons it is spreading so quickly. This test gave some false/positives.

*Both tests are important to have and if you yourself haven’t been tested, maybe you should know if you are a carrier or not.  This can also relieve a fortune telling ANT (automatic negative thoughts) where you may read into the future that you have something and you actually do not.

Hopefully the FDA will soon authorize finger prick tests so that people can do them at home and send the lab card in. Vibrant America is doing a finger prick test for food sensitivity tests and gut permeability tests which is easy to do at home.

I can tell you that living in fear is not helpful.  If you feel that you are someone living this emotion, there are a lot of great supplements that can assist in these odd times we are living in.  Dr. Amen’s GABA is one of them. GABA eases anxious thoughts as well as the thoughts that may drive someone into a downward spiral of sadness or panic attacks.  Medications are needed in this world but one can always purchase the GABA supplement without a trip to the doctor or a prescription.  I can certainly talk this out with you if you felt you wanted to chat to see if this supplement is right for you.  It is not healthy to live your life in a constant state of paralysis as this drives up your stress hormone, cortisol, which can weaken your immune system.  You can always send me an email and we can discuss this in more detail.

Remember FEAR IS A WASTED EMOTION.  HOPE is real and is one of the most powerful emotions we should have in this waiting period.

You have to believe that we all can live a life of safe social distancing, wearing masks when needed (Japan does this all year round because of pollution, pollen and allergies) and not living a reckless life.  Being proactive about your health, exercising, meditation/prayer and eating a healthy plant based diet and adding grass fed meats for those of you who prefer meat in their diets can always helps to enhance our immune system which leads to a healthier way of living.

Hippocrates one said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

Eliminating high sugar foods, fried greasy foods and processed foods that can definitely compromise your immune system and wreak havoc in your body.

Head over to www.stopsprayingglyphosate.com and check out some of the web page links that will take you to some other healthy ideas like eating organic from the dirty dozen.  The 12 most highly sprayed goods with the nasty Round Up poison.

Stayed tuned for the next article where we will talk about supplements that can ease our thoughts 🙂

A point to ponder on my friend…

 

How Do You Test For Heavy Metal Toxins

So what are heavy metals?  Heavy metals are things like Aluminum, Mercury, Cadmium, Silver and much more.  Why should I care if I have heavy metals in my body.  Heavy metals are endocrine disruptors (hormone disruptors) and can cause auto immune disorders, cancer, and other developmental disorders.  These heavy metals can derail your thoughts that lead to bad choices, emotional issues and disease.

This PDF will list multiple ways to test for heavy metals.  The best way to test for heavy metals is the OligoScan due to the fact that it uses Spectophotometry and doesn’t require a blood draw.  The best is that you get your results immediately.

Check out this link from Khan Academy to understand why Spectophotometry is so important

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/chem-kinetics/spectrophotometry-tutorial/v/spectrophotometry-introduction

What is Oligoscan and How Does It Work Extended For Device

 

 

OligoScan – how do you detect heavy toxins and how do they affect my supplements?

So What Is OligoScan?

Everybody is unique, bio-individuality and our DNA encodes our cells.  Cells are made up of molecules and elements.  OligoScan measures an individual’s elements.  Health Practitioners, like me, now have a tool that shows us what is happening inside the cell (intracellulary).  Interestingly enough, Spectrophotometry  in medicine has been used for decades in Europe.

OligoScan is a Spectrophotometry that takes live measurements of the skin non-invasively and determines the optical density of a substance.  Every substance emits and absorbs specific frequencies.  If a white beam of light is transmitted on the skin, several frequencies are absorbed and others are  not.  You get your results back immediately opposed to blood work that can take up to a week or more to get results back.  It allows you to be proactive against heavy metals and the damage they can do to your mind, body and cells.

Did you know that Aluminum can pass the blood brain barrier?  Studies show that there is evidence that cause the brain to age and actively promotes the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  Autopsies from patients with Alzheimer’s disease show extremely high aluminum levels in  the brain.  Interestingly enough, most conventional medicine doctors don’t even test for this.  Did you know that aluminum is found in antacids?  Have you looked at the ingredients in your foods, medicines and cosmetics?

Dr. Mark Hyman mentions in his book, The UltraMind Solution, that mercury is the second most toxic substance know to humans. The only worse is plutonium.  Yikes, I don’t know about you but I’ve been having my old mercury fillings replaced by my holistic biological dentist.

If your interested in doing a scan with OligoScan, let me know.  It’s a small price to pay to know how toxic you are.  It may just be the reason, for anxiety, depression or even worse… addiction.

A point to ponder on my friends…

To find out more about OligoScan, visit https://www.oligoscan.net/

 

SPECT-How do you know what medication you may need if you don’t look

Seriously, why don’t doctors mention that there are over 60 medication for emotional issues?  It’s like playing Russian Roulette in medicine.  Sadly I’m posting this blog because I have a young client who was prescribed medication that caused side effects and the sad thing is, the doctor asked very few questions before whipping his prescription pad out.  I don’t understand why doctors don’t ask more questions that pertain to the blood flow which may cause the emotional issue.  I think more education should be required of doctors prior to writing prescriptions that cause suicidal effects.  If Dr. Amen (www.amenclinics.com) gives his information away for free, why aren’t more psychiatrists reaching out to further their education on understanding how blood flow effects someone’s emotions.

Hopefully others can use this document to understand the need to ask their doctor prior to writing a prescription, IS THIS THE RIGHT MEDICATION FOR MY BRAIN?

A point to ponder on my friends….

Supplements…Can They Heal A Broken Brain

With all the new studies coming out on how supplements such as Omega, Vitamin D, Dr. Amen’s Serotonin Mood Support and GABA, as well as other supplements that help improve neurotransmitters in our brain, can supplements really help?

Did you know that a lack of Vitamin D has studies linked to depression?

Did you know that a lack of Vitamin D has studies that link a lack of the Vitamin D to Leptin, a hormone in your brain that tells you that you are full?

Did you know that Tyrosine is an amino acid required for the production of the neurotransmitters Dopamine, Epinephrine and Norepinephrine?  Your brain needs Tyrosine to promote mental clarity.

Did you know that there are different parts of the brain that trigger your addictions and cravings to certain drugs?

Did you know that 5HTP is a precursor to Serotonin which is needed to help you with compulsivity, negative thoughts and not learning from mistakes?

Did you know that a lack of Vitamin B in the brain could be toxic for your soul?

Did you know that GABA, a chemical in your brain could be the reason for your anger?

If you are confused on what supplements help your brain from craving harmful substances, then please let me know and we’ll work together to help you figure out what supplements your body and brain could be deficient in.

 

 

Doubt – The motherhood of all evil. Could this lead you to a relapse?

In the Vine’s Greek Dictionary Doubt is defined as “To Be Without a Way”

If one were to think about how many times in their life that doubt prevented them from doing something, the list would go on and on…

I lost a loved one recently.  Someone very young and dear to my heart.  I remember one of the last conversations I had with him as we drove home from the city of Chicago.  We talked about Faith and believing without seeing which then led us to talk about how often doubt holds us back and keeps us from something greater than what we can see.  It is now that I’m thankful that I had this conversation with him.

As I watched him for a short time after that, reach out further to the unknown of what his college life would hold for him, I saw him removing the steps of doubt and reaching for the steps of Faith.  He left this world a better place with his kindness and good heart.  He reached for his next step and put the words of doubt in his past.

How often do we let our own thoughts of doubt come between what we want and what we’re afraid of.  If only I could, if only I would have…

It is easy for one to say to remove the fear of doubt but what tools do we have that might allow us to make that somewhat easier and who do we lean on along the way to help us.

It starts by asking.  Asking someone close to you and letting them know that you would like to remove the seed of doubt and replace it with the seed of Belief.  A seed as small as a mustard seed grows into one of the strongest plants in the garden.  Matthew 17:20 “If you have Faith the size of a mustard seed”,  you can move that mountain.

Remember

  • Self-Doubt kills recovery and keeps you living in procrastination
  • Faith & Belief = forward momentum
  • Don’t let your voice lead to doubt
  • The battlefield is in your mind not your Faith
  • Don’t let doubt sabotage your Belief
  • Acknowledge your thought of doubt and stand tall with Faith and Believe you have the power to change
  • Be Grateful
  • Don’t look through the rear view mirror as your past is to teach you how to improve your future
  • No regrets.  Do not live in the “If Only or What If’s”
  • Get an accountability coach

I’m here for you if your ready to take the next step.  It requires Faith and Believing in yourself.  You just have to be ready and ask…

A point to ponder on my friends…

 

ADD, Anxiety, Depression & Addiction Part 3

So in part 2, we looked at what serotonin and dopamine actually do.  A short recap is that Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that promotes happiness and joy and Dopamine is a chemical that helps you focus as well as make good choices.

So what happens when you have to little serotonin or dopamine?

Since these neurotransmitters are so integral to our behavior patterns and emotional health, changes in personality and habits can point to a deficiency in them. The reason I tend to think regulating dopamine plays a particularly large role in treating depression is that if you take a look at individuals with low dopamine, they have difficulties with memory, thinking, organization and are unable to feel pleasure.  Schizophrenics also tend to have abnormally low levels of dopamine levels as well, and as a result are unable to maintain motivation or stay productive.  Those with low dopamine levels can display Parkinson’s like symptoms, with slowed reaction times.  Those with deficient levels of dopamine are prone to attention deficit disorders, and addictive behaviors.

Low serotonin can result in OCD-like symptoms including obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.  It can display as impulsivity, suicidal thoughts, aggressive behavior, etc.  Lowered levels of serotonin are linked towards unstable moods, sugar cravings, constant worrying, insomnia and pervasive-sadness.

So what are some natural ways we can raise these neurotransmitters?

We’re learning more and more how these neurotransmitters are connected to various food and lifestyle choices and there are quite a few ways we can intervene without drugs that can greatly improve our hormone balance.  Dr. Daniel Amen, author of Change your Brain, Change your Life has done quite a bit of research on these subjects and has extensive studies available to review.  Noting the level of success he’s had with his patients, I’ve drawn inspiration from his work in my recommendations.

Increasing the amount of foods you consume that contain tryptophan, a precursor for serotonin, will help boost this hormone.  Seeds and nuts are fairly high, as well as most animal sources of protein.  Temporarily increasing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, especially from sources such as lentils and oats, can make serotonin more available in your bloodstream, though long term increased carbohydrate consumption can cause other issues such as impaired glucose tolerance.

The link between serotonin and dopamine as they relate to exercise is still unclear, though studies suggest that regular exercise that is at least a moderate intensity contributes to a favorable balance and can improve the conditions associated with too little of these hormones.  Note that voluntary exercise that you find enjoyable will stimulate the release of appropriate hormones, whereas if you feel like your exercise is a chore, or you feel forced into it, you’ll instead be increasing stress hormones and causing harm instead of promoting health.

Vitamin D is an essential backbone to the production of these and all of our hormones, so it makes sense to optimize your vitamin D level.  I choose to take Usana’s vitamin D as they are a pharmaceutical grade vitamin (www.usana.com).  You can also add some additional sunlight to your skin by exposing it on a daily basis, aiming for at least 30 minutes of sun on as much skin as your are able to show.

Omega 3 fatty acids, preferably from fish oil, is an ideal choice when aiming for hormone balance and brain health.  Again I choose to take Usana’s Bio-Omega as the quality is pharmaceutical grade.  These specific fish oils are high in DHA, which helps the brain to function better and balances the release of various chemicals that improve our overall brain chemistry and integrity.  DHA protects neurological function and hormone balance even for those with severe disorders, so while it may not restore your serotonin and dopamine levels immediately, it may be the biggest step you can take towards regaining balance.  DHA is the structural backbone of many neural tissues and is in the greatest need when our brains are developing in youth and in cases where there is damage to the brain tissue, such as in head injuries and cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s.

While DHA can have a calming effect on the brain, EPA, which is another component of fish oil, is energizing to our neural processes.  Most fish oil is 60% EPA and 40% DHA and this combination can make our brains work more efficiently, needing less energy to regulate moods and processes inside the body, as well as increasing our ability to think quickly and form new memories.  EPA is a type of Omega 3 that is constantly used and depleted and supplemental EPA has been linked to increased academic performance, reduced inflammation and improvement in mental health issues such as depression and addiction.  While DHA can be considered the structural foundation of neural tissues, EPA is like the maintenance team, making sure everything runs smoothly.

Adding a magnesium powder before bed can not only help you sleep better, but will help restore reserves of this mineral that is often quite depleted and is difficult to replenish through diet alone.  Adding a well-formulated B complex in the mornings will help you to maintain energy balance throughout the day and these vitamins are co factors in allowing our tissues to respond correctly to transmitter signals.

Armed with a more complete picture of the factors that cause these imbalances, I believe that we should have hope that we can create not only improvement, but a picture of your ideal health.

A point to ponder on my friends…

 

Could Glyphosate/Roundup and Environmental Toxins Be The Reason For Your Anxious and Sad Thoughts…

What is Glyphosate?  Glyphosate and Roundup is an herbicide for weed control that was introduced back in 1974.  It inhibits an enzyme found in plant life that is needed to survive.  It has been used as an antibiotic and mineral chelator that immobilizes nutrients and kills microbial life in the soil.  Glyphosate and Roundup are sprayed directly on GMS foods like wheat, oats, soy, corn and cotton.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed glyphosate as a “probable” carcinogenic (cancer causing ingredient).

When glyphosate and Roundup are ingested by humans, it acts as an antibiotic in the gastrointestinal tract.  Studies prove that this toxin can cross the blood brain barrier that lead to ADD/Anxiety/Depression which can further lead to addiction issues.

If you need further information, please feel free to email me, go to www.stopsprayingglyphosate.com or look for our Facebook page, the national chemical detect & detox project.