Dr Abram Hoffer, eminent psychiatrist, pioneered the use of vitamins and nutrition for people with psychiatric illness and has been doing so since the 1950s.
He found the use of Niacin or Niacinamide which is Vitamin B3, helped people with severe schizophrenia, and treated over 5000 patients, most making a full recovery. He also advocates proper nutrition. Without enough vitamins and minerals, the body cannot function optimally.
List to him speak on the subject.
Switzerland has decided to care for its people holistically as well as synthetically.
They have decided to include certain Natural Therapies in their Health Care system. These include homeopathy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and holistic medicine.
'Synthetic pharmaceutical "science" got its start in 1869, as experiments with coal tar were underway' according to Staff Writer L.J. Devon, at NaturalNews.com
He says 'This shift toward integration will allow the Swiss healthcare system to heal, as it moves away from profiting off disease management. With the inclusion of these five eclectic healing modalities, Swiss healthcare will become more affordable.'
'Pharmaceutical "science," for the most part, is an absolute abandonment of the healing modalities that have sustained humans for centuries.' he says.
Note: This all happened because the people of Switzerland stood up and demanded that they have natural health care. Two-thirds of the people voted for this to happen, and so it did. Perhaps the people of other westernized countries can follow their lead and demand the same for themselves.
So if you happen to live in Switzerland, you can enjoy natural healthcare by experienced practitioners with the blessing of the Government there. This is forward thinking for a westernized country.
People who have illnesses that scientific medicine has not been able to help, eg Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and many, many other illnesses, often find help in natural medicines, therefore, having these modalities available to us at a reasonable cost is very important.
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The New York Times reported on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on July 7, 2016.
" Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that causes extreme and lasting fatigue, preventing people from taking part in even the most routine daily activities. There are no tests to confirm the diagnosis, which has prompted speculation that it is a psychological condition rather than a physical illness."
Doctors have noted disrupted the gut flora in people with CFS and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). To find out more, read on ...
"Zinc is a trace element essential for cells of the immune system..."
We are told minerals are good for us but do we know why we need them?
We are told that Calcium is good for bones.
Magnesium is also good for bones but we never hear that. Much of the magnesium in our body is stored in our bones.
Magnesium is known as the great relaxer. As many of us eat few green, leafy vegetables, we get little magnesium into our body. Magnesium eases anxiety, cramps, insomnia and lots more.
Sodium is needed in the body but too much can make us ill. It is connected to the water balance in the body and the kidneys. Generally we have too much salt when we eat a of processed food. Salt is included in canned food and processed food as it helps preserve the food. People with Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and Adrenal Fatigue (AF) need a lot more salt than most people.
Zinc is known for its benefit to the immune system. Another important way zinc is used in the body is connected to our breathing.
A single atom of zinc is held in place by three amino acids inside an enzyme - carbonic anhydrase, which is one of the fastest enzyme known. It can process over 600,000 carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules every second. It works with haemoglobin which takes oxygen to the cells.
Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.
Oxygen - Carbon Dioxide Connection
When the hemoglobin releases oxygen, this enzyme grabs the carbon dioxide. It travels back to the lung and releases it. Each enzyme lasts about 3 months then needs to be replaced.
When people are ill with chronic illnesses, oxygen can get low in the body. Is it a far stretch to say they need more zinc? Zinc may help replenish the carbonic anhydrous enzyme that is so helpful in the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Reference: TCE The Chemical Engineer May 2010, Nature's Way
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is one of my favourite supplements. It is a precursor to glutathione which is one of the major antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants get rid of free radicals in our body. We all have them. There is no getting away from them. Free radicals are caused by our cells oxidizing. Oxidizing means the cells are subjected to oxygen, just like a bit of old metal going rusty.
Scientists have discovered from research that Inflammation in our body is the major cause of many or all illnesses. Inflammation comes about by lots of little free radicals causing damage in our body.
NAC helps to stop this damage. It has been used for many illnesses, from lung congestion, to sinusitis, to depression. Now it has been found to aid in fertility.
120 infertile men took part in a study using NAC. Some took a placebo which means it is a dummy tablet like a sugar pill. Fertility in the men taking the NAC increased in 3 months.
In another study of 468 infertile men taking NAC and selenium for 26 weeks, sperm count and concentration increased.
NAC works on the mucous in the body. By breaking down the mucous in the reproductive tract, it makes it easier for the sperm to move through the vaginal tract.
More oxidative stress occurs during the first three months of a pregnancy and may be the reason of an inability of the woman to remain pregnant during the first trimester. It was found that NAC and folic acid made a difference, helping the mother to remain pregnant and not lose the baby.
This article was written by Dr Isaac Golden, a world authority on immunisation using Homeopathy. Immunisation using Homeopathy is called homoeoprophylaxis (HP)
'.... to answer 2 questions asking about my qualifications (which are easily googled) and experience (also easily found). I have a PhD from Swinburne University, and I have been working in this area for over 30 years.
But the key point is this - research published in orthodox journals shows
(1) many vaccinated and unvaccinated children who get whooping cough pick it up from parents and older siblings (most of whom are vaccinated)
(2) the acellular w/cough vaccine has been shown to take longer to pass through the body's systems, and has been shown to spread the disease more easily than the previous whole cell vaccine
(3) vaccinated people can pass on infectious diseases to others (vaccinated or not).
So the supposed real purpose, to protect people who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons - is a sham - they can be infected by vaccinated people of all ages, as well as by unvaccinated people. If you don't believe me, do some research.
Let me make my position clear: I support immunisation against the most potentially serious infectious diseases. But there is more than one way to immunise a person - vaccination is one way, and homoeoprophylaxis (HP) is another. I have patients who vaccinate and they have my full support, as they should.
I believe parents should be free to choose the method they prefer. HP is used by some governments around the world, administered by orthodox doctors and scientists, in literally millions of people. Anyone who says there is no evidence is simply ignorant. If you study the evidence you can disagree with it, just like we can with material from the drug companies, but the choice is real.
I am not anti-vaccination - I am simply against ignorant people who abuse sincere parents who are doing what they believe, on the basis of research, to be the best for their children.
Dr Isaac Golden was my Homeopathy lecturer for many years. At that time he had done a study of Homeoprophylaxis lasting for 25yrs.
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Researchers doctors have found in recent years that Inflammation is the main cause of much ill health. The food we eat and the stress we have in our lives all makes us vulnerable. If you have ever cut your finger or hit your knee or broken your skin, you know the redness that accompanies healing. Any sort of illness, whether it is major, like diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis or an inflamed gallbladder giving you pain, is all about inflammation.
Doctors can recommend pain killers for the pain that goes with inflammation, but let's face it, too many painkillers and be killers. Thousands of people die each year in the US alone just because they have taken too many painkillers.
Researchers have been working on other ways to stop inflammation.
When we cook, we often give extra flavor to our food with spices. Spices are known to contain lots of antioxidants. These antioxidants kill off free radicals, the little blighters that oxidize fats in our body. When the fats, or lipids as they are also called, are oxidized they cause havoc in our body, creating inflammation.
Some clever researchers decided to test some common spices, using them at the rate we would use them in our cooking.
Watch this short, perky video to find out which spices will help you the most.
By using these spices every day, you could save lots of money on expensive medication for inflammation.
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It is important to clean hands if we have poor health, for whatever reason. Hands are used for everything, from washing, to dressing, to eating, to working. Along the way, they collect germs from all sorts of places.
When we are unwell, whether we have a cold or cancer or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), we have more germs on our hands. We pick up the germs of others through handshakes, taps in wash basins or handrails on an elevator.
In Hong Kong, there were ladies whose job it was to clean the handrails at railway stations to try to stop cross contamination so that people would not get ill. Cutting down on germs is important to staying healthy.
When we are very ill and in bed, we are not continually washing our hands. It is enough to get to the bathroom occasionally. A quick rinse under the tap and quickly back to bed. Germs build up on our hands.
Generally speaking, I find women better at keeping their hands clean. They wash their hands when doing the washing up. Women may give their hands a good wash in the bathroom. They also spend some time in the laundry doing the washing. There is always a job needing to be done with water.
Men on the other hand, tend not to do these mundane chores and are not as aware of keeping their hands clean. Men should always give their hands a good wash after going to the toilet, a proper wash.
Washing the Hair
When we wash our hair, our hands get a good clean. However many people do not wash their hair every day. Also many men do not have hair to wash. So it is very important to wash your hands every day. If you do it in the shower you can give a good scrub all the way up the forearm as well. Keep those germs at bay.
Men tend to shake hands, a good way to pass on some germs. Women tend not to shake hands so much.
In a hospital where their premature babies were cared for the babies kept getting infections. It was traced down to the nurses having long fingernails. All sorts of bugs, grease and dirt can congregate under long nails. So give your nails a trim and then a good wash.
As people age, they tend to be less active. They also tend not to do the amount of washing up or cleaning of younger years. When they sit around their hands collect body oils and food scraps which can store quite happily under their fingernails. They also tend not to wash their hands so often. Please help the elderly to keep their hands clean. It is good for their health.
Please wash your hands properly and frequently.
Here are some very important supplements that we should all take as we age.
These days people do not feel as old when they get to 50 or 60 or even 70. Many people live a healthy life, especially here in Australia. Most of us are lucky to have enough money for food and the basic necessities of life.
However, it doesn't change the fact that people are still dying of heart attacks, atherosclerosis, stroke and complications of diabetes.
These illnesses do not suddenly appear when we get to 60 or 70 years old. They have been progressing silently in our body for decades. I, for one, would rather be proactive in my health rather than wait for a major health issue to catch me out.
Doctors performed autopsies on young soldiers who died in wars. They were about 20-22 years old. Doctors found that they all were affected with the beginnings of atherosclerosis, blocking of the arteries. When our arteries are blocked, blood does not get to the heart or brain. Then we experience a heart attack or stroke.
It shows from this that we must start early in our life if we want to have a healthy old age.
There are some very important supplements we should all be taking to benefit our body. We only have one body and if that is too ill to last another 10 years, we cannot trade it in and get another.
The following supplements are a MUST.
Magnesium is a mineral which helps us to relax. It helps the muscles in the body, the arteries and the mind relax.
Take 400-800mg daily.
Fish oil is important because it provides us with the special fatty acids we need for our body to work effectively. It is important for out brain and our heart, as well as the rest of us.
Take 1-2gm daily
N-acetyl cysteine, also called NAC for short. This is used by the body to make a major antioxidant in our body called glutathione. We cannot absorb glutathione if we take it. It is better to give the body the fuel it needs to make its own. It is needed in every cell, but especially heart, liver, brain and lungs.
Take 600-1200mh daily
Vitamin C has been recommended for many decades. It is a major antioxidant. It gets rid of free radicals. Free radicals are bad because they oxidize the cholesterol in out body. It is like going rusty. Vitamin C helps to prevent this and also regenerates Vitamin E and other antioxidants in our body. It is good if we get a cold.
Take 500-1500mg daily
Alpha lipoic acid is in every cell in our body. It is part of the supply of fuel needed in our mitochondria, the little factories that make energy to keep us going. No fuel, no energy.
Take 300mg daily
B vitamins are needed daily by our body. They help the brain and the nervous system. Some decades ago, many people had a disease called pellagra and were dying from it. It was found they were lacking in vitamin B.
Take a good multi B vitamin daily
CoQ10 is also needed in every cell in our body, just like alpha lipoic acid. It is supplies the mitochondria with the fuel to make energy. If you are taking statin drugs to control cholesterol, then it is imperative that you also take CoQ10. Statins rob our body of CoQ10. Muscles start to shrink. Your heart is a muscle. It can be affected by statins if it does not have enough CoQ10.
Take 100-300mg daily
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