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  • senrats

Cleansing for less: any suggestions?

I really want/need a good cleansing for the next few days (or week), but I cannot sacrifice energy.
One of my fears is that for 2-3 days I will not be able to function for a lack of energy. I might be wrong. I need my strength and I need mental alertness, but I also need to get rid of the junk that is bogging me down.


Any suggestions for a cheap Cleansing dietary routine?
Earth First!

Longevity through diet

This is my first post on here. Anywho...

Has anyone read anything about what diet best promotes a long lifespan? Some things are obvious: eat red meat all the time everyday, get a heart attack, die early. Eat lots of junk food, get high cholestoral, die early. One should probably try to avoid too many chemicals and shit in their food. Stuff like that is clear and common sense. But what about other less clear things? Are there any specific diets or diet types that help improve longevity?
llu

Best Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement

Okay, I posted on a thread recently, but it seems that the thread died too long ago and no one is responding, so I'll restate. If your looking for the Best Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement, I suggest that you give Usana Health Sciences a good look. The Product, "Essentials," is the best out there on the market as determined by the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements. I know that this ranking system has already been questioned. So allow me to explain a little,

As mentioned in a previous post, only 232 products actually made the cut and were studied. Each product was given a Final Product Score out of 100. This score was based on 14 Points including,

Completeness, Potency, Bioavailability, Bioactivity of Vitamin E, Cardiac Health Triad, Homocysteine Reduction triad, Bone Health Complex, Antioxidant Triad, Glutathione Support, Metabolic Support, Bioflavonoid Profile, Phenolic Compound Profile, Lipotropic Factors, and Potential toxicities.

If you want more information on a specific criteria, please let me know.

Only the top six were ranked, because each of these gained a score greater than 90 out of 100. The top score went to Usana Health Science with 96.1/100. Their web site is www.usana.com

By the way Purity Perfect Multi, received a score of 62.2/100
The best that GNC product was Ultra Mega Green with a score of 46.9/100
If you would like to know any other scores let me know.

If you check out Usana, you will see that they do use Calcium Citrate, and they do not include Iron.

So what other evidence do I have?

Well the company was started by Dr. Myron Wentz. Before he started the business in 1992, he had built Gull Laboratories, a leader in producing virus diagnostic kits. Dr. Wentz is a microbiologist and immunologist and in order to produce the best kits, he needed to have the best cells. Problem was that cell lines are expensive, so the longer you can keep them alive the better. Through his research, he determined the optimal nutrition for his cell lines. The consequence of which was that he was able to keep his cells alive longer. Some of his cell lines lived for 20 years with only aging the equivalent of 5 years. If your really thinking longevity, I'm sure this will resonate

When he started having health problems of his own, his pharmacist gave him the "best" nutritional supplement out there. When he looked at the label and saw what was in the tablets, he thought to himself. "If this is what I was giving to my cell lines, I would be out of business."

So the next part of the story is that he sold his interest in Gull Laboratories for about $20 million and started up Usana Health Sciences. I don't know about you, but part of the reason that I trust this company to my health is because the Dr. Wentz didn't do it to make money, he already was a millionaire. He did it to spread his vision of true health.
  • umbrae

Perfect Multi?

For starters, I have always been interested in life extension, I just never thought of it as a reality until recently. I found this group to be the most reputable out of all the online sites and I look forward to contributing to ImmInst.org and becoming a full member. I am very 'interested' in cryonics and as a matter of fact, I have a life insurance plan that goes for just under 500K that will most certainly cover all costs.

About two years ago I was pretty much forced to start supplimenting my diet because the 'training' I had to go through was beating the life out of me. Since I started, I haven't stopped.

Currently I am taking:
Purity's Pefect Multi: Super Greens (5 capsules daily)
Calcium X

You can see the ingredients for the multi here.
I say Calcium X because I haven't found a product that is of reasonable price, dissolves properly, and has the right cal/mag ratio that I have decided to stick with.

Something tells me I should be taking fish oil, but without spending hundreds of mouth what are the "must haves" in the world of life extension supplements?

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you for your time.
August 2004
  • alobar

Nanotoxicity

          Many years ago, when I first heard of nanotechnology, I thought this was a very cool concept which would be highly useful for both industry and medicine.   Unfortunately, nanotechnology also has a down-side.  Nanotoxicity.
        
        Although rapid adoption of new technology is tempting, it is very important to look at the risks inherent in that new technology, as well as the benefits. 

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ISIS Press Release 10/10/05
Nanotoxicity: A New Discipline
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
m.w.ho@i-sis.org.uk
Nanoparticles – billionths of metre in dimensions - produced by nanotechnology have unusual properties not found in the bulk material, which can be exploited in numerous applications such as biosensing, electronics, photovoltaics, diagnostics and drug delivery. However, research within the past few years has turned up a range of potential health hazards, which has given birth to the new discipline of nanotoxicity.

Researchers in the University of Texas in the United States found that carbon nanotubes squirted into the trachea of mice caused serious inflammation of the lungs and granulomas (tumour-like nodules of bloated white blood cells in the lining of the lungs), and five of the nine mice treated with the higher dose died ("Nanotubes highly toxic", SiS 21 http://www.i-sis.org.uk/isisnews.php) [1, 2].

In a similar experiment carried out at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, West Virginia, in the Unites States, researchers not only found granulomas in the lungs, but also damage to mitochondrial DNA in the heart and the aortic artery, and substantial oxidative damage, both foreshadowing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) [3].

In yet another similar experiment in Tottori University, Japan, researchers showed that within a minute of contacting the mice's tiniest airways, carbon nanotubes began to burrow through gaps between the surface lining cells and into the blood capillaries, where the negatively charged nanoparticles latched onto the normally positively charged red blood cells surface, thereby potentially causing the red blood cells to clump and the blood to clot [3].

Researchers from the University of Rochester, New York, reported an increased susceptibility to clotting in rabbits that had inhaled carbon nanospheres (buckyballs, an isotope of carbon shaped like a tiny football) [3].

Buckyballs present in water at 0.5 parts per million were taken up by largemouth bass, which suffered severe brain damage 48 hours later, the extent of damage being 17 times greater than that seen in controls [4].

Nanoparticles in the lungs are translocated to the circulatory system and from there throughout the body, accumulating in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow [5].

Nanoparticles inhaled through the nose and air passages are translocated to the brain through the olfactory nerves, and accumulate in the brain [5].

Nanoparticles can enter the body through the skin; and quantum dots injected into the skin accumulate in lymph nodes with potential effects on the immune system [5].

Quantum dots consisting of a core of fluorescent cadmium selenide, touted as a non-invasive way to image internal body tissues, break down in the body, releasing cadmium, a toxic heavy metal [6].

In August 2005, the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) and Rice University's Center for Biological and environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) launched an online database of scientific findings related to the risks as well as benefits of nanotechnology [7] (http://icon.rice.edu/research.cfm). Searches using common key words such as "quantum dots" and "nanospheres" gave zero returns in September 2005, which shows it is far from adequate and hence could well be misleading.

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  • alobar

What's In Those Vaccines, Anyway???

        Below is a post by Jagganath to Alternative Medicine forum.

        Some people are convinced that Thimerosal is *not* reponsible for Autism.   This is based on a very limited study.   It could be correct.   But maybe the study is one of those many *fake* studies done to prove how safe medical toxins are.  And maybe the study was just flawed.    Take a look at this quote.   Think maybe it calls into question the study finding no drop in autism rate after mercury based vaccines were no longer being manufactured?

Drug maker Merck & Co. continued to supply infant vaccine containing a mercury-based preservative for two years after declaring that it had eliminated the chemical.

In September 1999, amid rising concern about the risks of mercury in childhood vaccines, Merck announced that the Food and Drug Administration had approved a preservative-free version of its hepatitis B vaccine.
"Now, Merck's infant vaccine line," the company's press release said, "is free of all preservatives." But Merck continued to distribute vaccine containing the chemical known as thimerosal, along with the new product, until October 2001, according to an FDA letter sent in response to a congressional inquiry.

The thimerosal-containing supplies had expiration dates in 2002.
Merck executives confirmed the details in the FDA letter but defended the accuracy of Merck's announcement in 1999, saying the company had indeed begun to produce preservative-free vaccine. Merck continued to supply the preservative-containing version "during the transition period to ensure an adequate supply of vaccine to help protect the nation's children," said spokeswoman Mary Elizabeth Blake.

She said package labels disclosed which lots of vaccine were preservative-free. Parent groups and a congressional critic of U.S. vaccine policy are crying foul.

        There is a myth that Mercury is no longer in vaccines.    Check the links below.   Look for "mercury" or "thimerosal".   And Mercury is only *one* of many questionable substances which I sure do not want injected into my body!

        Now, even if Mercury poisoning does not cause autism, what else might it cause?    Ain't nobody says mercury is safe or harmless.   Take a look at the little chart below, then tell me you feel thimerosal is safe to shoot up with.   Whether it causes autism, or does other destruction is like quibbling over what is the exact cause of death when someone suffers a fatal poisoning.  Does it really matter if someone dies from pulmonary congestion or a change in the ph of the blood?   What matters is that some poisonous agent killed the poor fucker!  

        Click on pic to get to the webpage from which I nipped the graphic.   Note that the parent website is an official Merck website, not some anti-vaccination site.  Merck manufactures vaccines containing the very thimerosal it labels as "very toxic" and "dangerous for the environment".  

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Dear List,

Please go through a very well prepared table on vaccine ingredients to enable you to make an informed decision regarding vaccinations. It will not take you much time, I promise. The links have been provided to me by the member of a health group.

http://www.informedchoice.info/cocktail.html

For the polio vaccine:
http://www.informedchoice.info/polio.html

For MMR
http://www.informedchoice.info/MMR.html

For DPT
http://www.informedchoice.info/DPT.html

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  • alobar

Viral Infections: What do we know?

        I have posted quite a few articles against vaccination in my LJ. Some people disagree with the premise that vaccinations do not work (or work poorly, at best).   Most admit that there are risks with vaccinations, but some people feel that the danger of the bug being vaccinated against is far more dangerous than the dangers arising from vaccination.   Some people *trust* that vaccines actually do what they are supposed to do.

        Now, I am no expert in scientific research.   But I do have a college education where I studied animal physiology, the immune system, and various other biological sciences.    I have a clear handle on how the body works.  So really bogus bullshit rings all sorts of alarm bells.  

        In college, I was taught to believe what was in the textbooks.   I was taught that science was pure — that is, above politics and money and personal idiocies.  But over the years since college,  I have since learned that political agendas, downright stupidity, and malicious greed often dictate what is presented as *truth*. Billions of dollars, personal careers, and personal recognition all ride on what is deemed to be true, what is deemed to be important, and what is deemed to be quackery.  Thus we have an inter-penertrant network of memes which all claim to speak TRUTH. 

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        Below is a fascinating good article dealing with what we know about Viral infections, how the immune system works, and why vaccinations don't do the job they are intended to do.

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Viral Infections: What do we know?
by Dr Patrick Quanten MD
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        Viral infections are the illusive pain in the proverbial medical butt. Viruses get blamed for all ill in the world, especially when we haven’t found anything specific. All illnesses which have a cluster appearance without identification of a bacterial cause, have to be of a viral nature, almost per definition. The implications of such a definite "diagnosis" have far reaching consequences as there is no specific treatment for viral infections, which makes us feel helpless and defenceless. As identification of viruses as the cause of illness is extremely difficult and almost haphazard it allows for media manipulation as we see in the AIDS saga, where first there was the HIV-virus, then there were three, and now we know that none of them is directly responsible for the AIDS-syndrome.

Maybe if we understood a little more about viruses there would be less need to panic; unless of course the Authorities like us to panic because it sells more products and provide a significant number of jobs. What have we learnt, or should have learnt, from our contact with viruses so far — which of course is the whole time of human existence.

Viruses live and multiply within the cells of the host; outside these circumstances viruses degenerate very quickly. They are specific for species and organs, and on the whole, viruses infecting plants, insects, bacteria and other animals are distinct from their human counterparts. They use the host cell metabolism to reproduce themselves quickly and then burst the cell open to expose the new viruses, or they can remain within the cell for a considerable time.
The first immune response comes from the infected cell which produces interferon, an antiviral protein, immediately. This early reaction is not only vital to direct and orchestrate the rest of the immune response but it is also the most effective antiviral substance early in the infection when viral titers are low. All cells produce interferon and it is active against all viruses, certain parasites and endotoxins.

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In the last twenty years science has also proven:
* That every neuropeptide receptor from the brain is also found on the surface of the immune cells;
* That the immune cells make the same mood controlling chemicals as the brain does;
* That the immune system, like the central nervous system, has memory and the capacity to learn;

Whatever you believe, is what your body experiences! So, if Authorities tell us that we are at great risk of a certain infection, and we believe it — and why shouldn’t we? — then we instantly are at risk. Our fear immediately lowers our immune systems response time, its target effectiveness and its specificity. From here on we are in trouble; and only because of what we believe. We create the reality we live in, because obviously our fears will all come true, thereby confirming our belief. And so it goes on — the vicious circle of our right to information day by day weakening our system.

On the other hand, happiness and self-confidence will make you strong enough to deal with anything, provided you don’t allow doubt to creep in.

So, it is all down to us!
ak
  • xink

Breast Cancer Awareness!

CLICK for my once yearly very important very informative up to date post!!

ICON CONTEST!

I will also be hosting a breast cancer awareness icon contest this year. All submissions (unless inappropriate) will be added to the post. First place winner will receive a special prize. I may even do 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Watch the entry for updates about what the prizes will be!! If nothing else, do it for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! Email all submissions to xinksawareness at gmail dot com!
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April 2005
  • alobar

Repairing Damaged DNA thru Vitamins

 Nipped from http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1381311.htm

DNA Doctor

Reporter: Paul Willis
Producer: Stephen Burstow
Transcript
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2 June 2005 
We all know that as we get older, we start to wear out. Even our most individual blueprint for life, our DNA, becomes progressively more damaged as we get older. And damaged DNA can be the starting point for several degenerative diseases and cancer. Now someone is looking out for the health of your DNA and the good news is, you can do something about it.


Watch Catalyst7:28mins | windows media . real player

I found more links that talk about longevity

One is an article from the New York Times in May 1933. http://www.naturallybalancedhealth.com/longevity.ivnu scroll down after reading the foreword

http://www.healthy-ways.com/glacial_milk1.html
gives excerpts of groups of people who are long-lived

this is an almost accurate translation of an Italian science essay on longevity
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.scienzaeconoscenza.it/articolo.php%3Fid%3D20&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522li%2Bching-yun%2522%2B256%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG

I couldn't find a translator for this Swedish link, but it also talks about longevity records and research. http://www.willamettevalley.se/sv/pg_24.html