Gaseous chemicals are bad for everyone
Following on from my article about Renewable Fuel for our cars comes this article showing how there is a link between petroluem and allergies.
Crude Oil to Fuel
The crude oil found in reserves beneath the earth's crust is sucked out from its resting place where it has been for thousands of years. It is then refined into thousands of products. Our world is now made up of products from crude oil.
The thick, black sticky oil contains hydrocarbons like methane, ethane, propane, butane and pentane. You have probably heard of many of these. It is then made into petrol, gasoline, deisel, jet fuel, kerosene, asphalt, heating and liquified petroleum gas.
Crude Oil to Chemicals
Products made from these substances are pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, paraffin wax and plastics.
Can you see how our world has been influenced by crude oil?
Some Gases form these oils are
Butane which is used to power cigarette lighters
Propane which is used for cooking and heating and transportation
Any fuel that burns with a sooty flame may be carcinogenic, that is, cause cancer.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
Some people react badly to chemicals, sometimes many different chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs include perfumes, petrol or gasoline, deisel, smoke, solvents and are found in paint.
These people usually react to other allergens as well, for example pollens, house dust mites and pet fur and dander.
Symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Toxic chemicals known to be Immune System Disruptors include organochlorines, formaldehyde, pesticides, herbicides and organophosphates. This means that they can upset our immune system.
I hope you have not been frightened off by all the big chemical words, but you would probably have heard of many of them. Now you know how they are all connected.
Renewable Fuel for Cars
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Potatoes, friend or foe for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Potatoes have been the basic food for millions of people around the world for generations. Science is now suggesting that they may not be good for everyone.
If you have any sort of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) then it may be a good idea for you NOT to eat potatoes. Here's why.
A few weeks ago I wrote a couple of articles about the alkaloids in plants. These protect the plants against fungal disease, parasite attack and bacteria.
Catch up here for the background and here.
Now scientists have found that there is a connection between people with IBD and potatoes, especially fried potatoes. Scientists are like detectives. They keep looking for signs, symptoms and details, and look at lots of statistics before they come to their conclusions.
If you have any connection to a garden and your grandparents grew potatoes as many did, you may know that the stems and leaves of the potato plant are poisonous. Well the same poison is present also in the skin of the potato and in the outer layer of the potato near the skin. This is why it is always a good idea to peel your potatoes.
Glygoalkaloids are the little culprits that irritate the bowel of sensitive people with Crohn's disease or Ulcerative colitis. You will see in my previous articles that I talk about the connection between potatoes and inflammation. Well it is also inflammation in the bowel.
Therefore it is a good idea for anyone with any sort of Inflammatory bowel disease to avoid potatoes and any of their relatives. This includes tomatoes and eggplant. When you are thinking what to eat, you have to be your own detective. Potatoes also includes hot potato chips from a fish and chip shop, and potato crisps from the supermatket. It also includes mashed potatoes and potatoes in a pot of mashed vegetables.
It especially includes fried potatoes. Fried potatoes are especially bad for anyone with IBD as the toxic alkaloids are concentrated.
So store your potatoes in a cool dark place to the slow the build up of alkaloids
Don't eat the skins of potatoes
Don't eat fried potatoes
Don't eat old potatoes as the alkaloids build up in them. If you have IBD and decide to eat potatoes, eat young, freshly grown potatoes.
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily for good health
Eat Fresh Food
I just read an advertisement by a large, world wide company - suggesting that if you take two of their tablets you woud get the nutrients of 10 pieces of fruit and vegetables for the day.
Now, I would prefer to get my fruit and vegetables the natural way. I would still be pretty hungry after eating two tablets for the day.
I do hope that people who take these realise that they are only supplements and just because you take them does not mean that you do not have to eat any more fruit of vegetables for the day.
I hope they realise that it does not give them carte blanche to go out and eat fatty fried foods, pizza and chips, lollies and sweets instead of good wholesome fruit and vegetables.
Good Food, Fresh Food
Eating good food, fresh food, helps to build up our body's immune system. It helps make us stronger so that we are healthy. When we are healthy we suffer from less allergies.
I have friends who have a 2 Chinese restaurants. One of their most important rules is that the food has to be fresh and it has to be of good quality. If it is not cooked properly they will not serve it to their customers. With these rules, they have built up a good business with many loyal customers.
Fresh apricots still on the tree
Why is food Important?
It stops our hunger
It gives us energy
Food - The Supplier of Nutrients
Do we ever think of food as the supplier of the Nutrients we need? I would think this was rarely on our mind.
I am suggesting that we should carefully select the food to eat because it supplies our main nutrients to keep our body going. Without food, we die.
In our Western society, we are very lucky that we have a vast array of foods to eat. However we do not often choose GOOD food.
Food Renews our Cells
Good food supplies good nutrients to our body. If we need some minerals to strengthen our body we do not go out and find a rock to lick for the minerals. Even if we did, we could not process the mineral in that form.
Plants are the great 'in between' processor for us. Rocks that contain minerals have worn down into soil over thousands of years. Plants then grow in the soil and their fine little root systems absorb micro quantities of these minerals from the earth.
We absorb Mineral from Plants
When we eat these plants - usually green, leafy vegetable plants - we absorb the minerals. Our body can absorb the mineral in this form.
When the soils we grow our crops in are depleted of these minerals then we need to take the minerals as supplements because we NEED minerals.
Therefore, it is just not good enough to eat, we have to select what we eat. We should select the food we eat that is good for us. We should not just choose food because it looks nice or tastes nice or it is easy to pick up and satisfy our hunger or emotional need. It should also be good for us.
We are what we eat
Keep snack food to a minimum and use it only as a rare treat. Do we want the cells of our body made from fried food, pizza, chocolate, sugar or icecream? Do we want to be forever tired?
Or do we want the cells of our body to be made of fresh, nutrient rich food that will give us energy? Your choice!
Chromium has been shown to benefit people with Diabetes
Link between Chromium and Diabetes
A study has been done of children with Type 1 Diabetes and measuring their Chromium levels.
What is Chromium?
Chromium is a mineral. There are Major minerals we need in our body and Trace minerals or Trace elements as they are also called. A trace mineral means that we only need traces of it, that is, small quantities of it. We need larger quantities of the major minerals.
Now although we only need small quantities of Chromium, it does not mean that we do not need it.
A Study of Children with Type 1 Diabetes
In this study, young people from 2 years old to 16 years who had recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes had their chromium levels tested. Their levels were significantly lower than a control group, that is, children of the same ages who did not have diabetes.
In the US alone, there are 250,000, (yes, that's a quarter of a million) children with Type 1 Diabetes.
Does this say to us that we have to look at alternatives for our children to make sure we leave them healthy when we leave this planet? Obviously, what we have been doing in the past is NOT working.
What we can do about it
The most obvious thing we can do to increase our levels of Chromium is to eat foods that contain chromium. These are brewer's yeast, whole wheat, wheat bran and wheat germ, green bell peppers, apples and spinach.
The other thing we can do to ensure we have enough chromium is to take a supplement. Check on the ingredients of you daily vitamin and mineral supplement. There may be chromium in it, but often, for people with diabetes, the amount is too small. You may also need to take a larger Chromium mineral supplement.
What sort of fuel will cars of the future use? Will it be better for our health? Will it be sustainable?
One of our sons is doing a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy where he is
looking at ways we can make energy that is renewable so that we will not run out
of supplies. People have come from all over the world to do this course.
These energy supplies can come from the sun, the wind or waves. Oil can also be extracted from a special variety of algae - the green stuff that grows in water. Other forms of fuel can be made out of crops eg corn. These sort of fuels are called
He is looking for your help in filling out a simple survey to find out what people know about these fuels and what sort of fuel you use in your car now. It only takes a minute and he would be very grateful. By filling this out NOW you will have helped towards better fuels for the future. Only people from Australia please. Many thanks.
Diminishing Oil Reserves
Oil reserves on our planet have taken millions of years to build up. In the last 100 years we have been guzzling these reserves for our very thirsty motor cars.
We have been warned by scientists over recent years that the oil reserves are getting lower. Imagine that. What has taken millions of years to get there can do a big disappearing act in just 100 years.
Energy for the Future
What sort of fuel will our grandchildren and great grandchildren be using in the 100 years time if there is no oil left for them? Are we being greedy?
Some engineers have been seriously thinking about this problen and trying to do something about it.
Fuel with less Chemicals
We now have electric cars coming onto the market but there are not many of them and electricity has to be made somewhere. Also the batteries that they use to store the energy will have to be disposed of very carefully or they will become another health hazzard for future generations.
Other clever people are trying to make fuel out of plant products and algae. They are succeeding though these things take time to make the fuels in large quantities and arrange for them to be readily available at fuel stations.
We need a fuel supply that is less reliant on chemicals and better for our health.
NAC helps boost glutathione
How to boost Glutathione in our Body
The best way to improve the Glutathione levels in our body is is to take a pre-cursor. What on earth is that? Well if we could take glutathione, it doesn't have much effect on our body. It does not blend into our system. We need to take something that is the food for our body to make the glutathione for ourselves. This works well and improves the glutathione levels in our body.
This fancy chemical sounding word is the name for the substance needed by our body to enable it to make all the glutathione it wants. However we do not have to remember the big word. It is generally referred to as NAC. It's much easier to remember.
Our body is like a chemical factory making chemicals here and there depending on what it has to use and what the body needs.
What is NAC?
NAC is an amino acid that contains sulfur or sulphur. Same word, different spelling. N-acetyl-cysteine is more readily absorbed and is a powerful antioxidant and anti-viral.
Glutathione is important in the brain and blood and cells.
What is NAC used for?
Many scientific studies have shown that NAC is beneficial for
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It boosts the immune system. It is an anti-mucolytic which means it deters excess mucous in the body, especially the lungs. Therefore it has been used by patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
So How do I Take NAC?
So, to boost your glutathione levels it is important to take NAC or N-acetyl-cysteiene.
NAC comes in powder or capsules. Be aware that it does have a strange smell but if it is doing you good then get used to the smell. If you take the powder, mix it in water.
Take 600mg - 3000mg daily depending on what is wrong with you and how much you need to boost your system. Take this in divided doses, that is, morning and night. It can have a remarkable effect.
Where do I Get it?
NAC is not well known and can be a bit difficult to find. Click the link below or try your local health food store or the internet for supplies
Free radicals float around our body stealing electrons from other cells
What do Antioxidants Do?
Glutathione is known to be a MAJOR antioxidant in our body. We need antioxidants in our body to get rid of the free radicals, the little unbalanced guys that roam our body trying to get other cells to join them.
Free radicals are not good for us. They make our body composition unbalanced. These little itty bitty things that float around in our body should have a pair of electrons in them.
Because of the polluted air we breathe, and the chemicals we use, these radicals lose one of their pairs and go around to steal a pair from other cells - thus they are free. This damages our good cells which then become a free radical and do the same thing to the next cell. Wicked little creatures.
Glutathione is a product or antioxidant we make in our body to destroy these free radicals and stop them doing all the damage they do.
Glutathione is needed in our body in the blood, brain and cells. There should be a lot of it in the brain but when the necessary building blocks are not there for it, it can become deficient.
Diseases that can be helped by glutathione are Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease plus many, many more.
A Great Detoxifyer
Glutathione can also help the body detoxify all those bad chemicals and toxins that build up in it.
It is thought that a lack of glutathione may also be the cause of aging - not the fact that we get older every day, but the fact that out body gets worn out and shows symptoms of getting old.
Nat mur Cell Salts
Natural Hay Fever Relief
Natrum muriaticum or Nat mur for short is a wonderful, simple and effective natural remedy that helps relieve hay fever.
Here in Australia we are about to go into Spring. This is the time many flowers bloom and there is lots of pollen in the air. Also around the time of the equinox there is more wind. The equinox is when we experience equal day and night. This happens twice a year - at the third week in March and September every year. Leading up to this time the weather can become very windy. This can cause lots of sneezing and watery eyes too, especially on the days of hot dry winds from the north.
Nat mur is a Cell salt. These can also be called Tissue salts or Bio-chemic salt. Our body is made up of 12 different salts or minerals. This is one of them. Each of these salts affects a different system in our body.
Nat mur affects the water in our body. It seeks to stabilise the moisture in our body, stopping it from getting too wet or too dry.
Nat mur is good for when we experience excessive moisture from hay fever.
Symptoms of Hay Fever are:
irritability (who wouldn't be irritable with all these uncomfortable symptoms)
Nat mur can also help with sinus problems when there is excess moisture.
Nat mur can also relieve blister type rashes on our skin. Watery blisters, eczema, and shingles may be helped or very dry, itchy skin for example in the creases of knees and elbows. Remember, Nat mur is about regulating the water in our body, to stop it from being too dry or too moist. Eczema and allergies are common. It also helps with heatstroke.
People who need Nat mur may also hold a lot of grief. It is also good for people who cry a lot, or who cannot cry at all. These people also hold resentment and wish to be alone.
Nat mur can be purchased as tablets or spray for under the tongue, or as a Homeopathic remedy.
Healing baths are good for us
In the past couple of centuries it was well known that some waters had more healing power than others. These waters were often in the mountains where one went for the crisp, clean air to help those with tuberculosis.
Other healing waters were centred around natural springs. The waters that came out of the ground there had different minerals in them and were known to be of benefit to people. Healing baths can help strengthen our immune system.
Most people like to keep clean. In our western society it has become the norm to
have showers instead of baths. In past centuries showers were not known unless
you stood under a waterfall. There are some people who need the Homeopathy remedy Sulphur who do not like to have a wash/bath/shower. They enjoy being scruffy also.
Today, many people in Western society have a bath in their homes. You can use your bathwater, along with additives, for the purpose of healing yourself and your family.
Different salts are good to add to your bath water
Epsom salts - magnesium sulphate
Bi-carbonate of soda or sodium bi-carbonate
Common salt - sodium chloride
Start with adding half a cup of one of these salts to your bath. Soak and enjoy, knowing that you are receiving extra healing as cleanse yourself.
When using Epsom salts you will find that soap will not suds. The epsom salts stops this reaction of the soap with the water.
Go carefully when you are starting these cleansing baths. Do not have the water too hot. Also the bath may be more slippery than normal so go carefully when getting in and out of the bath.
There is more information about healing baths in my book Allergies and Chronic Fatigue A Natural Approach.
Enjoy your soak!
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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