Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Do Whole House Water Filters remove Fluoride? If so, How Much?

Interview with Tim Hickey from Friends of Water
tim.hickey@friendsofwater.com

“There are companies that sell whole house filters and claim that they nearly completely remove fluoride from the bath and shower. This claim could be true - in the first uses of the filter. But there simply can't be enough filtration material to continually remove most fluoride from the bath or shower over an extended time. Our expert's calculation is that you would need to replace a large whole house tank with media every 2 to 2 1/2 months to keep up effectiveness.”

“One of our customers and his wife used to be bedridden from fluoride, including having reactions after bathing and showering. He bought a $385 fluoride tester and started testing the water from his sink, from bottled water and from aluminum cans. Then he bought our fluoride removal system and found zero% fluoride coming out of their kitchen filter for 6 months using our filter. He hasn't yet reached a conclusion about how long the filter will remove all the fluoride and he'll probably need another year or more to find out. Now this couple are no longer bedridden. With that, he has dropped his plan to put a 'kitchen' filter into the bathroom water line because he doesn't need to. They just take quick showers or baths and they are now okay. So it continues to appear to us that while those who have fluoride toxicity will have problems with fluoride in the bath & shower, the real culprit is ingestion.”

“We've seen conflicting evidence on the absorption of fluoride from bathing and showering, and I suspect some is absorbed. But if a couple can move from bedridden to healthy without eliminating fluoride from their showering, that's strong anecdotal evidence that drinking is the bigger source.”

“By the way, our shower and bath filters do remove up to 40% of fluoride in addition to virtually all the chlorine. It is because our manufacturing partner has a patented process for our kdf filter that makes the shower and bath disks several times more effective than kdf without this process that so much fluoride is removed.”

References:

To Your Health – August 2007 – the bottled water disaster:
http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=230

Bottled water contaminated with meds, fertilizers and chemicals:
http://www.litalee.com/blog/2008/11/
bottled-water-found-contaminated-with.html


FAQ - Will Water Purification Filters Remove Pharmaceutical Drugs?
http://www.litalee.com/blog/2008/11/
faq-will-water-purification-filters.html

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Enzyme and Hormonal Links to Diabetes

The enzyme connection to diabetes is fat intolerance and this can also lead to gallbladder problems and blood sugar problems. Gallbladder stress can produce a sour taste, intolerance of fatty or spicy foods, nausea after high fat meals and pain or discomfort under the right rib case. Women have 6 times more gallbladder surgery than men because they are estrogen dominant when hypothyroid. Estrogen releases PUFA – unsaturated (omega-3 and -6) oils from the cells and this can trigger gallbladder stress. Fat intolerance can also lead to gastric problems (ulcers, acid reflux, etc.) and also to diabetes. The best protection from PUFA is coconut oil (saturated fat). Animals fed coconut oil never developed diabetes.

The hormonal connection to diabetes is hypothyroidism rarely seen with standard blood thyroid panels as demonstrated by Broda Barnes, M.D. over 50 years ago.

Studies have found that increased levels of iron are linked to a greater risk for type 2 diabetes independent of common diabetes risk factors, such as obesity. For more information, go to http://mercola.com/2004/mar/10/iron_diabetes.htm Eat only non-iodized white sea salt, not colored salts. The color is either dirt or a toxin. For example, pink, orange or red sea salt contains toxic inorganic iron. Coffee, milk and cheese prevents the iron overload that can come from some foods. This is the best dietary way to lower iron absorption but if you have excessive amounts of iron, donating blood is an excellent way of reducing it.

Nutrition to support optimum blood sugar

Thera-zyme VSCLR
is the multiple digestive enzyme for people with blood sugar problems. VSCLR is for nutritional support of normal function and structure in people who may have immune system problems, including viruses, blood pressure problems, difficulty losing weight, a tendency towards high blood sugar, glucosuria, headaches around the temples and dizziness worse upon movement. Usage: 2-4 caps per meal. In addition to VSCLR, I also recommend Gymnesyl, an Ayurvedic herb that helps stabilize blood sugar and Bitter Melon, both used to support blood sugar health in addition to salty fruit juices 3x/d.
http://www.litalee.com/SFP_shopexd.asp?id=284
http://www.litalee.com/SFP_shopexd.asp?id=299

Turmeric is recommended for added nourishment of the immune system, gallbladder, liver, colon, eyes and skin. I recommend this for everyone but especially for people who may have gallbladder issues from fat intolerance. Turmeric is a mild curry spice used by millions of Asian people. It supports normal structure and function for healthy DNA, cardiovascular health and for people who may have skin problems, including psoriasis, gallbladder problems, and weak vision. It is a COX inhibitor (inhibits free radicals, like aspirin), and provides a gentle liver and colon detox. Dosage ranges from 1-2 caps per meal 3x/d.
http://www.litalee.com/SFP_shopexd.asp?id=302

Coconut Oil is very prothyroid and protects from PUFA.
Aloha Nu coconut oil http://www.litalee.com/SFP_shopexd.asp?id=296
Coconut oil article: http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=137

Hormonal balancing with thyroid glandular, progesterone and pregnenolone will support normal blood sugar levels by several important pathways.

1) Thyroid glandular nutrition: thyroid glandular converts LDL cholesterol into pregnenolone and progesterone.
Hypothyroidism: http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=180

2) Pregnenolone: opposes cortisol. Excess cortisol, common in low thyroid function plus fat intolerance and a high PUFA (omega-3 and -6 oil) diet can trigger diabetes.
Pregnenolone article: http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=205

3) Progesterone (for women): Hypothyroid women need progesterone for female problems, fertility and also progesterone stimulates the release of the thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland.
Progesterone article: http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=198

Reference:
Diabetes: http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=223

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops

November 13, 2008

(Los Angeles, CA.) - A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.

Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.

In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group. The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto's herbicide Roundup.

A book by author Jeffrey M. Smith, Genetic Roulette, distributed to members of congress last year, documents 65 serious health risks of GM products, including similar fertility problems with GM soy and GM corn: Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce. Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells. The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning. Several US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties. Additionally, over the last two months, investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products. The principle GM crops are soy, corn, cottonseed and canola. GM sugar from sugar beets will also be introduced before year's end.

Reference: Eileen Dannemann
Standing director, National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW)
www.ProgressiveConvergence.com
917 804-0786

References: Genetic Engineering - Frankenfoods And More
http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=177;
http://www.litalee.com/blog/2008_10_01_archive.html ;
http://www.litalee.com/blog/2008/11/monsanto-backed-state-bill-seeks-to.html ;
http://www.litalee.com/blog/2008/10/ge-foods-freak-out-rats-ge-sugar-coming.html

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