How Light Works on the Body
Grade school science tells us light energy enters the eye, hits the retina and rod and cone cells. It is converted into patterns of electrical energy. It travels along neurons in the optic nerves to the brain’s visual cortex at the back of the head producing a visual experience.
The Ancient Egyptians
In ancient times, light therapy was called Heliotherapy after the Greek god of the sun, Helios. The ancient Egyptians knew that sun was essential to growth and life everywhere. The sun god was Ra. The pharaoh included this name - pha-Ra-oah. They saw the sun as the primary source of life. All growth on the planet comes from the sun.
The Ancient Chinese
The ancient Chinese knew each organ had active times. The heart is more active at midday when we move around. Our digestive system is awake after meals. The organ clock deactivates the kidneys during sleep so we don’t have to urinate.
Around the early 1900s people who had smallpox were treated with red light, wrapped in red blankets and had red balls put in their bed. In Japan the SAMe was done. The children were given red toys as well.
Blue Light for Jaundice
This is the yellowing of the skin and eyes when the liver of the newborn is immature. It is caused by the chemical bilirubin (from the bile, produced by old red blood cells when they break down), builds up in the body. Eventually they found that by exposing the baby’s skin to sunlight acted on the blood and brought it back to normal. Blue light is also used. If jaundice is left untreated, the bilirubin builds up in the body causing permanent brain damage.
Russian Scientists Discover
In 1979, Russian scientists in Moscow showed our bodies are filled with numerous light sensitive chemical switches and amplifiers. Different colours or wavelengths of light have different effects. Some colours stimulate bodily enzymes to work more effectively and can turn processes in our cells on and off affecting which chemicals they produce.
In 1984, Dr Norman Rosenthal found exposing depressed patients to sun exposure could be as efficient as medications with fewer side effects.
The Body Clock
In 2002, another pathway was discovered. Alongside the retinal cells we are seeing, over rods and cones, other light sensitive cells were found that send electrical signals on a separate neuronal pathway, also in the optic nerve, to a clump of cells in the brain that regulate our biological clock, the supra chiasmatic nucleus (SCN). It controls when major organ systems turn on and off during the day. It is a clock and a conductor, and regulates hunger, thirst, sexual longings, cravings for sleep, by adjusting our hormones. They also influence our levels of arousal and our nervous system.
In the evening this SCN sends messages to the pineal gland, the third eye, which releases melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy.
Different wavelengths of light have different effects on organisms. This means that light frequencies carry energy and different types of information. Extraordinary sensitivities to colour exist in cells and proteins of our body.
Surgery and Sunlight
In 2005, they found that placing patients recovering from surgery in a sunlit room, as opposed to an artificially lit one, significantly reduced their pain.
Diabetes and the Brain
Having diabetes doubles your risk of Alzheimer’s.
There is a connection between Parkinson’s and a propensity to engage in violent behaviour.
Gluten is what Perlmutter calls a ‘silent germ’. It can inflict lasting damage without you knowing it.
Food is a powerful epigenetic modulator, it can change our DNA for better or worse. It regulates the expression of many of our genes.
Modern medicine has an illness-centred approach, not a wellness approach.
In a recent report in ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ it showed post-menopausal women who were put on statin drugs to lower cholesterol had nearly 48% increased risk of developing diabetes, compared to those not given the drug.
Another new study shows babies born to women with gluten sensitivity have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.
An extremely low carbohydrate diet of no more than 60 gr carbs a day, is ideal (this is the serving in a piece of fruit), and high fat is ideal.
Look up ‘the gluten police’ on Dr Perlmutter’s site www.DrPermutter.com
Science tells us that many of our brain-related illnesses, from depression to dementia, are closely related to our nutritional and lifestyle choices.
The Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity connection is a well-documented for brain disease.
Recommended lab work
Supplements for the brain
Grain Brain by Dr David Perlmutter
Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.
Notes from a talk given by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum on the Thyroid Summit
Discussion on the thyroid and adrenals
App: Cures A-Z
Dr Jacob Teitelbaum has written books on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and specialises in these illnesses. He runs the Fatigue Practitioners Network and lives in Hawaii.
Jacob Teitelbaum had CFS/Fibromyalgia and spent more than 39 years studying it.
He is author of the book Fatigued to Fantastic
A low thyroid is a common trigger for Fibromyalgia. Difficulty sleeping is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. There is also a loss of digestive enzymes, and food allergies. Dr Teitelbaum feels that everybody who has fibromyalgia should try taking thyroxine. 95% of people who do, improve.
Symptoms of CFS/Fibromyalgia are being excessively tired, achy, have weight gain, brain fog and insomnia. If you cannot sleep and have these other symptoms you may have fibromyalgia.
If your ferritonin level is under 60, you cannot process T4.
Take selenium 60-200 mcg daily.
The most important thing is how you feel. Low thyroid levels need more than 35 mcg of selenium. He says the T3 and T4 tests are unreliable. Don’t rely on blood rests. It is more important how you feel. He feels Nature-Throid and Westthroid are the best medicines for the thyroid. If you have high T4, you are at risk of getting osteoporosis.
This is the best at strengthening bones if you have osteoporosis.
Don’t take more than 120mcg a day other than rare exceptions. If you have been on it a while and still not feeling good, reduce your thyroxine. Those with CFS/Fibromyalgia need more T3.
T4 is the storage form of the hormone. The cell push off iodine, creating T3. T3 gets the body moving. If you take T3, divide the doses throughput the day. With T4, take it all at once.
To induce sleep use lavender, an Epsom salts bath or a herbal mix. Take Ashwaganda and phosphatidylserine if you can’t sleep at bedtime. Eat a protein snack at bedtime if you get low blood sugar throughout the night, eg a boiled egg, or six nuts.
Take medications in low doses.
If you are sleeping in the day you may have sleep apnoea. If you have restless legs, you may have an iron or magnesium deficiency. For magnesium deficiency, take 200 ml of magnesium glycinate. If you are low in iron you may need ferritin. Levels need to be 60.
DO NOT LIMIT SALT. You need more salt if the adrenals are not working. Use unprocessed sea salt, Celtic salt, raw or pink or Hawaiian salt.
However do restrict sugar. Drink lots of water.
Take 1 scoop 3 times daily. For 3 weeks, then twice daily. It is a great energy booster and improves energy by 60%. Ribose looks and tastes like sugar. Add a teaspoonful to your hot or cold drinks. It helps ease pain.
Add vitamin B4 and phosphates
For low Adrenals with immediate hunger
If taking Prednisolone, taking 20+ mg will start to give adrenal suppression.
Low testosterone and low thyroid will help men.
If they are in bad pain, they will also be deficient in testosterone.
If you have Candida symptoms and you have fibromyalgia, you may also have post nasal drip, nasal congestion, irritable bowel syndrome, gas and bloating. Often the muscles get locked in a shortened position. You may also often get viral or antibiotic sensitive infections.
Cytomel is T3.
Air hunger is a classic sign of Lyme infection. Lyme infection is like a tick bite.
Take thyroid medication on an empty stomach. Wait 1 hour before eating. No coffee. Take at least 3-4 hours away from calcium or iron supplements. You can take them at night if needed. If taking T3, it may be better dividing the dose. If you crave coffee, it is an adrenal dysfunction.
To find doctors who practice holistically go to ABIHM.org
Books: Beat sugar addiction now
Thyroid Healthy by Suzy Cohen
The thyroid revolution
Living well with Graves’ disease
Living well with hypothyroidism by Mary Shomon
Notes from The Thyroid Summit by Suzy Cohen and Dr Tom O’Bryan
Suzy Cohen - Thyroid Healthy
Dr Tom O’Bryan - Non-Coeliac gluten sensitivity
Wheat is NOT an essential nutrient.
Diseases of inflammation are ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, IBS etc.
symptoms of these are gluten sensitivity.
Alzheimer’s and autism regenerate after removing gluten from the body.
People with Attention Disorders (ADD), migraines, and ADHD have gluten sensitivity in the brain.
Coeliac, Type 1 Diabetes and thyroid disease are diseases which are brought on by gluten and autoimmunity.
If your test comes back positive, you have gluten sensitivity. If it comes back negative, you might still have gluten problems.
Beware of coffee.
43% of gluten sensitive people have immune reaction and inflammation in the gut. There is a correlation between Coeliac disease and Hashimoto’s.
Your TSH should be below 3.
If you have thyroid problems and gluten sensitivity you need 49% more medication to balance thyroid problems.
Go to the Coeliac support group to find a dietitian.
Children with Coeliac disease have a 3.2 times risk of early death from suicide. They need a lot of support.
It is best to go grain free as it reduces antibodies in your body.
People do respond to a gluten free and dairy free diet.
The lining in the intestines renews every 3-7 days. It heals itself.
If you are gluten sensitive and keep eating gluten, eventuality it will affect somewhere in your body and it will break down.
NOBODY can DIGEST GLUTEN. Gluten causes inflammation.
NF-Kappa B is highly elevated with gluten sensitivity.
Diabetes without drugs by Suzy Cohen
Easy Gluten Free Recipe
Here's a good Gluten Free recipe that is very easy to make. I had it for lunch today and there's some left over for tomorrow too!
Gluten free pasta 3 x 250 cups (dry)- use your favourite. I always like the curly one. It doesn't hod any water in it like the penne and it doesn't stick together like the fetuccini.
Cook the pasta in 1 1/2 litres boiling water.
Add to the cooking pasta
1 carrot and 1 bunch of curly kale or other favourite green leafy vegetables. Chop these in a food processor so they are nice and fine.
Cook the pasta and veg for about 10 mins. Don't overcook it because it is going to cook further in the oven.
When cooked, drain and set aside.
1 tin light evaporated milk
1 450gr tuna
2 tspn curry powder
1tspn tumeric powder - this is very good for you
1/2 tspn Vegeta vegetable salt
Light cheese, grated, 1 handful
Warm the sauce, place the pasta and carrots and kale in a cooking dish. An 8 inch (20cm) cake tine is OK if you don't have a casserole dish.
Pour tuna sauce over the pasta and stir with a fork. Sprinkle with another handful of cheese.
Cook at 180 degrees C /350 degrees F for 30 minutes
The pasta absorbs the milk in the sauce so it is not runny when baked.
For more recipes check out the following links:
Red Link - Aussie Bush Tucker
Purple - Australian Cuisine
Jonathan Wright MD says most medicine used for asthma causes side effects. Even with modern medicine, many people still have bad asthma or low level of breathing difficulties.
When having an attack, muscles around the airways tighten up and less air gets in. Inflammation increases, airways become swollen and narrow and it gets harder to breathe. The person feels they are suffocating. In severe cases not enough oxygen gets to vital organs. You can die from asthma. 4000-5000 people die from it each year. For 7000 more people (in the US), it is a contributing factor towards their death.
Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the pathways that carry air in and out of the lungs. The airways become inflamed and sensitive to substances in the air, food or environment. It is an immunological problem. The immune system overreacts and leads to inflammation in the lungs and narrowing of air passages.
Allergies and asthma are inflammatory disorders. Eat a diet high in natural anti inflammatory foods, lots of veggies and some fruit.
Quercetin helps with asthma. The ‘Nutrition in Cancer ‘ journal called quercetin ‘the most important flavonoid ‘. It is a powerful anti inflammatory. It helps calm allergies and asthma. It is found in onions, apples, berries, tea, red wine and supplements. Polyphenols are in fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids are a class of polyphenols.
Quercetin has a unique molecular structure that impacts the immune system and reacts against cancer cells. It Is recommended by David Neiman PhD.
High consumption of apples can protect against asthma because of the quercetin in the peel. Quercetin is linked to reduction in heart disease and lung cancer. It has a protective effect
*Quercetin stabilises the mast cells that puts out histamine.
Quercetin and bromelain is a good combination.
Asthma and allergies are related to emotional stress. Anxiety and stress are common asthma triggers. They make the symptoms of an asthma attack worse. Stress management is important.
Buteyko breathing is good for asthma.
Food or pollens can trigger asthma. Dairy products are the worst, then eggs, chocolate, wheat, corn, citrus fruit and fish and tartrazine (yellow dye #5).
Supplements for Asthma
Quercetin 500mg twice daily with bromelain
Magnesium 300-600 mg daily
Vitamin B6 50-200mg daily. Vitamin C 1000-3000 mg daily
Selenium 200 mcg daily
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