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Whole Body Detoxification, Part 1

The latest issue of the Health Freedom Network Newsletter (#377) has the following article as part 1 of a 2 part series. This excerpt includes some valuable information on detoxification and the methods for doing so.

Your body is building up toxins as you read this. Everyone’s does, it’s a normal part of life. Before our modern era of plenty and a lack of general exercise, our bodies would detoxify themselves on their own. Before modern conveniences, we worked harder (physically), ate a less varied diet (for better or worse), and often had to go without for relatively long periods of time (fasting). Added to this was the work our bodies did ridding us of germs and parasites that were everywhere.

Obviously, things weren’t necessarily better in those days, but our bodies are built to be living in those times, so we have to adapt to our current (mostly better) times to match. To do this, we should regularly detox ourselves and clean out those nasties that build up over time. So be thankful for our times of relative plenty, but understand that this comes with a price and to pay that price, we must conscientiously keep ourselves clean.

Luckily, it’s not that difficult. Cleansing the body comes in three steps and each must be taken before the next for proper detoxification to take place. Cleaning out your liver, for instance, before the colon that it sends its refuse to is clean will mean a backing up of toxins and that leads to sickness. This is why many detox programs make you nauseous, sickly, or downright ill.

Start With the Finish Line

A proper detoxification begins in the colon, the finish line for most of our intake. This is the body’s primary route for ridding itself of things that are harmful to it. Both the liver and gall bladder dump directly into the colon when getting rid of the things they’ve filtered out of our bodies. So a clean and well-functioning colon is our first priority.

There are literally hundreds of colon cleansers on the market. Some work better than others, but most are barely getting started when it comes to cleaning out what’s likely backed up in the average person’s large intestine. Probably the most often cited and recommended colon cleanse is the one created by Dr. Richard Shulze, a well-known herbalist. While it can be purchased commercially, Dr. Schulze actually recommends that people purchase the ingredients and make it themselves to take as either a home-made capsule (gel caps can be purchased at most health food stores) or directly as a powder (1 capsule equals about 1/2 a teaspoon of powder).

Read the rest in the latest issue of the Health Freedom Network Newsletter!

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Cannabis As Medicine – the Medical Uses of Marijuana

by Sebastian Sheppis and Justin Silver
from Issue #376 of the Health Freedom Network Newsletter

The cannabis plant is both a subject of wonder and of derision. The plant is so ingrained into western culture as “evil” that its ban was included in the charter for the League of Nations and later the United Nations.

The cannabis plant family includes several plants, some of which produce tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) in quantities large enough to be absorbed by humans. Most cannabis plants are actually benign – these are commonly known as “hemp” and have been grown for most of known human civilization. THC-producing plants are commonly called “marijuana” in the U.S. and have varying levels of THC in them according to their strain (hybrid type).

The Politics of Pot

For centuries, cannabis has had known medicinal uses, but the scientific exploration of those uses has been stilted by political opposition and societal pressures against marijuana as a street drug. Although little evidence exists to show cannabis as a negative recreational substance – especially as compared to the effects of alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and other drugs both legal and not – the push to keep it as an illicit substance remains.

Despite this, while illegal in all parts of the world, cannabis has been decriminalized in many areas and legalized as medication in others. Currently, cannabis as a medicine (or for personal use) is legal in Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and 15 states plus the District of Columbia in the United States.

Cannabis In Science

The discovery of cannabinoids, receptors in most animals, including humans, that react specifically with the compounds present in cananbis, changed the way medical science looked at marijuana as medicine. This discovery in the 1990s lead to a wide scale research push into the beneficial uses (and possible synthesis) of cannabis and its active compounds. In 2010, more than 2,500 reputable scientific studies about cannabis were published world wide.

Cannabis has been found to be beneficial for the amelioration of nausea and vomiting, stimulation of hunger, lowering of intraocular eye pressure, for relief of muscle over-stimulation (spasms), and more. In fact, the studies showing the efficacy of cannabis and cannabinoids continue to grow daily.

The compounds in cannabis or the plant or resins it produces are used to treat side effects and symptoms in AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and others.

Using Cannabis for Medication

Public perception commonly treats marijuana use as a “hippie” or “pot head” thing with visions of young people coughing thick smoke in rooms covered in psychedelic posters and drawings. The reality is that most medicinal cannabis users do smoke, but often they use vaporizers, water filtration systems (bongs or hookas), etc.

While the press seems enamored with the more creative (but generally less effective) cannabis intake methods such as “pot brownies” or THC-imbued candy and soda pop, many serious medical users are finding more potent and less debilitating ways to ingest their medication.

A growing number of medicinal users, however, are getting right to the compounds that do the most good by distilling or otherwise processing cannabis buds and resins to create pastes, cremes, tinctures, and other ways of using the medicine without smoking or even getting the associated high (psychoactive effects).

Pharmaceutical companies, by the same token, are working on both synthetic and naturally-derived options for isolating and distributing cannabinoids as pills. While the practice is controversial, it is lending some legitimacy to the idea of medical cannabis in the wider medical community.

The Future of Medical Marijuana

Although the current market and science behind cannabis as a medicinal plant is still young, the fundamentals behind how it works and why it works have been ironed out enough that refuting it as a medication is to ignore science. Yet those who continue to refute its medicinal properties are either in the scientific establishment themselves (often as medical practitioners) or attempt to cite scientific backing for their claims.

Although some side effects and psychological possibilities may exist for cannabinoids, these are far fewer and less severe than the same side effects for most pharmaceuticals that are legally on the market. Many of the so-called studies that claim marijuana has extreme adverse effects, such as schizophrenia in teenagers, are fraught with bad methodology or questionable conclusions and are what the medical industry calls “proof of preconception” – they are created merely to “prove” a preconceived notion.

Sadly, that latter event is something that happens all too often in today’s politically-charged science, especially in medicine.

Sebastian Scheppis and Justin Silver are the owners of CannaCentral.com, a medical marijuana directory and community website. The site features location-based search tools for strains and dispensaries, useful medical and clinic information and more.

 

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Cancer, Vitamin D, and the Cure That’s Been Hidden From the World

by Aaron Turpen, Health Freedom Network Newsletter #374

Recent studies have shown that Vitamin D may play a much bigger role in cancer and other chronic disease prevention than previously thought. Scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha published findings in the journal Anticancer Research that most people are not getting nearly enough Vitamin D in their diet.

The study involved thousands of volunteers who took supplements containing between 1,000 and 10,000 international units (IU) of Vitamin D daily. The scientists tested the blood of those in the study regularly, looking for the most common form of D in the blood stream – 25-vitamin D. They found that in order to maintain healthy levels in the blood, patients needed from 4,000 to 8,000 IU of supplement daily.

Maintaining this has been shown to reduce the risks of several diseases, including cancers, degenerative bone diseases, and some neurological diseases, by half.

Yet the government and most mainstream recommendations call for only 400 IU per day for adults. Ten times less than the minimum the study found necessary. Another finding in the research was that 90% of participants were Vitamin D deficient at the outset.

Dr. Cedric Garland of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center says that the low 400 IU daily intake is only just enough to prevent rickets – a horrible childhood bone deficiency. Those low levels, however, do little else in terms of prevention or healing.

The reasons for keeping Vitamin D information from the public are obvious. The government’s low recommendations – including a ridiculous claim from the Institute of Medicine that this nutrient has little to do with anything chronic and that most Americans get plenty of it for their needs – have a purpose.

Should the public understand how this nutrient works to stabilize and improve so many bodily functions, it would be only a matter of weeks before the pharmaceutical industry and much of the medical establishment began to go bankrupt. In fact, it’s possibly the number one threat to the Sick Care Industry and its profits. Billions of dollars in research grants, public donations, and modern medicine scare campaigns would be lost as well.

Finally, and most importantly, the study shot down the myth that too much Vitamin D is “toxic.” Participants who were taking 10,000 or more IU daily showed no toxicity. The best part? Vitamin D is FREE – you just need to get a little sun – and supplements are very cheap and broadly available.

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The Push to Outlaw Alternative Medicine

by Aaron Turpen, Health Freedom Network Newsletter Editor (via Truth2America)


Several states, including Nevada and North Carolina, have introduced legislation that would license and control (and ultimately outlaw) non-mainstream health practices. These include alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture, Ayurveda, holistic medicine, homeopathy, etc.

There are several reasons for this push, not the least of which is pressure from mainstream medicine as it sees more and more people going to alternatives they like to call “complementary and alternative medicine” or CAM. Doctors use this term in a semi-derisive manner to refer to things like acupuncture and the like. They prefer CAM because it implies that these are add-on medical treatments rather than replacements for western (supposedly) science-based medical practice.

The bills function by creating licensing boards that get to decide who can and can’t practice any form of regulated health care in the state. Like doctors, nurses, and even morticians, this would put alternative health practitioners at the mercy of overseers who may or may not be sympathetic to the type of practice the practitioners use.

This is the first step towards regulating what those health and wellness professionals can and can’t say, prescribe, or use for treatment.

The bills, of course, are being touted as a way to “bring disparate medical practices together” and “regulate alternative practitioners for public safety.” They’ll do neither.

The mainstream medical press has been rife lately with reports of what they consider to be malpractice and false claims by alternative medical supporters. The news loves to show the mother whose child dies because she refused cancer treatments that, incidentally, would not have saved the child either – only prolonged the suffering. But the news does not show people like the woman featured in Issue #375 of theHealth Freedom Network Newsletter, Jessica Ainscough, who is using an alternative called the Gerson Therapy to combat her cancer (she’s winning).

The fight over who gets to decide what type of medical treatment and wellness options you have is continual. The control freaks who make up our government are intent on regulating every aspect of our lives, including (and especially) health options.

It’s time for the American people to stand up, refuse, and resist these attempts to nanny our lives. It’s time for us to take back our freedom to choose for ourselves!

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U.S. Government Starts New Patent Medicine Enterprise

Aaron’s Note: As some of you may know, I have been made editor of the Health Freedom Network NewsletterOccasionally, I will reprint articles written by myself for inclusion in that newsletter.  The newsletter is now available in PDF format by subscription through the Health Freedom Network website.

From The Health Freedom Network Newsletter #374, published March 15, 2011.

After a successful takeover of the American banking and automotive industries through bailouts, the U.S. government now appears ready to take over pharmaceuticals as well. Instead of direct bailouts, which angered the public, the plan this time is to quietly bail out Big Pharma by footing the bill for most of their research and development costs – by far the heaviest costs associated with patent medicines.

In the past couple of years, drug companies have scaled back their R&D funding because of cost setbacks and problems with recalls and legal costs. The companies are instead focusing on specific, accepted drugs and pushing to get the Food and Drug Administration to allow a broader accepted use for these pills to open their marketing to new sectors.

Many industry analysts are saying that the market for pharmaceuticals has been over-inflated and too heavily saturated and a scale back is required. A larger and larger chunk of pharma’s money is being spent on advertising rather than R&D now in order to keep the inflation happening. Most in the industry, however, realize that this is not sustainable and that things will have to be allowed to deflate. Cutting back research is a way to control that deflation.

Unless you’re in government. A tenet of bureaucracy is that it cannot shrink, it must continually grow or it will die. If drug companies scale back their production of new drugs, then bureaus like the FDA and the National Institutes of Health will also be required to scale back or show themselves irrelevant. To the bureaucrat, neither is an acceptable choice, so the third option is to increase relevance by creating new jobs for yourself.

Enter the NIH’s new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. This complicated name is the title of a new center for government-funded drug research. They’re trying to get $1 billion in annual funding for the NCATS with the excuse that the poor economy means drug companies are scaling back and American health will be at risk.

The silent bailout comes from the stated purpose of the NCATS. According to the NIH’s statements on why NCATS is being considered, “..the process of drug discovery remains a challenging and risk laden endeavor. These opportunities and challenges have prompted the National Institutes of Health to propose formation of a new center focused on accelerating the development and delivery of new, more effective therapeutics.”

The proposed center is expected to, among other things, provide research and “incentives” (read: money) for those developing “small-molecule compounds” (aka drugs) into a full range of products. In other words, they are going to provide R&D for new drugs either directly or by paying for the work being done by Big Pharma.

And, just like the current system, this new system will completely ignore non-patentable remedies and cures and continue to vilify them as “alternatives” suitable only for the insane and unenlightened.

I guess if they can get away with controlling the automotive and banking industries, they must think it’s OK for them to take over everything to do with healthcare too. Right? After all, the sick care industry is the biggest money maker on the planet and has little incentive to actually make people well.

Which is why those who espouse natural medicine, nutrition-based health, and other so-called “alternatives” are the true members of the wellness industry that promotes real healthcare.