Sunday, July 31, 2011

Healing and the Mind

The worst thing you can do to recover from illness is to dwell upon it.  To ponder, "Perhaps I would be better off with this remedy or with that: perhaps I should read up on what happens to people with this sort of thing: perhaps my doctor doesn't know what he's talking about and I'm going to get worse instead of better: perhaps..."

Find a good, caring doctor and follow his advice.  Remove your mind from the illness and trust in the One Healer of all creatures, that He will send His healing energy through this doctor.  Be confident you will be healed.

And then let your mind rest on good and healthy thoughts that have direction and purpose to them.

~~~The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'ZL

From "BeWithin, Stay Above" by Tzvi Freeman, 2000

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Neurotoxicity is defined as the capacity of chemical, biological, or physical agents in your environment to cause abnormal changes in the nervous system.  It is well recognized that exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment can cause neurological and psychiatric illnesses.  We use the term environmental neurotoxicity to refer broadly to adverse neurological response to a wide variety of substances that cause injury to the brain including diet, alcohol, tobaccos, drugs, and other toxic substances in the air, water, and soil.  About 70,000 chemicals are in the environment.  Of these, only a handful have been evaluated thoroughly for neurotoxicity.  The picture becomes even more frightening when we consider that decades can pass between exposure to a chemical and symptoms.  This is called latent toxicity.  These chemicals saturate and reside in your fat cells in your abdomen, breast, buttocks, and the sheaths around your nerves.  These toxins gradually leach out into the system.  Many times when you begin to lose weight we find cases of neurotoxicity.

          Many of us are exposed to toxic chemicals in the environment.  It has been suggested that many signs of sub-clinical toxicity are more common than we think.   

These are the common signs of neurotoxicity:
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Visual disorders
  • Confusion
  • Heart symptoms like palpitations & arrhythmia
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Tension
  • Nerve disorders, i.e. Parkinson’s
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Poor memory
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Skin inflammation

  There are five major environmental toxins:
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Arsenic
  • Aluminum
At the Mt Sinai School of Medicine in NYC volunteers were tested for the presence of 210 chemicals commonly found in consumer products and industrial pollutants in the NY tri-state area.  Tests on blood and urine detected on average 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and chemicals in New Yorkers. 
          There is no way to avoid these chemicals.  This is due to where we live.  We must make sure through nutrition, diet, exercise, and any other method.  We must make our system that detoxifies these toxins efficient in clearing these from our body since we can’t avoid them entering. 

          Glutathione clears these xenobiotics, lipoic acid repairs neurons and neuronal membranes, and omega 3 oils repair cell membranes.

          It is imperative for us to take control of our health because no else is going to do it for us.  There are increasingly more and more toxins and chemicals being added to the environment annually.  We only have one liver to detoxify us and it may have difficulty in doing its job.  We must support it with lots of fresh clean water every day and lots of fruits and vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, etc. 

Urinary Tract Infection

1 in 5 women will have at least one UTI in her lifetime and many others repeatedly, according to the National Kidney Foundation. UTIs are responsible for 10 million doctor visits per year and they are mainly caused by 2 types of bacteria. Women are more susceptible than men, but anyone with diabetes, kidney stones, or an enlarged prostate can be susceptible

To Reduce Your Risk
  • Drink plenty of fluids (2-3 liters water per day_
  • 10 oz of cranberry juice per day (no sugar varieties)
  • urinate when you feel the urge
  • wipe from front to back
  • cleanse the genital area every day especially before and after sex
  • D-Mannose, a non-digestible sugar which enters the bladder and attracts bacteria clinging to the bladder walls.  They are urinated out thereby eliminating the need for anti-biotics.