Defeat PMS Once and For All

Harsh Reality

I don’t think anyone that has lived beyond their adolescent years is unfamiliar with the term Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Most every woman has experienced it at one time or another.  One woman I was encouraged about her diet called “the monthly scourge of her emotions.” Whew… Now that is pretty dramatic. But, she is not alone.

I am approached often by women who know that I am a health advocate. They most always ask me about things they can do to reduce the likelihood of PMS symptoms while talking to me about how to improve their overall health. Equally, I am ask by men if there is something that can be done through nutrition to help their wives out.  The good news that I am able to give all of them is that  it is possible to completely defeat PMS once and for all through modifying one’s diet.

How to Stop PMS

Typically, most women who suffer from PMS have pretty terrible diets – even worse than the average junk food diet of most people. If you are suffering with PMS and are ready to stop experiencing the ‘out of control’ emotional roller coaster ride each month just before your menstrual cycle, here are eight absolute MUST DO changes in diet and lifestyle that must take place in your life:

  1. Eliminate caffeine from your diet – Caffeine acidifies your body chemistry, which has an adverse affect on your hormones, thus extenuating the symptoms of PMS.
  2. Reduce your intake of fats, especially those from dairy products. Choose ‘good fats’ over ‘bad fats’, i.e. plant-based vs. animal-based. A few good sources are avocado, walnuts, and coconut oil.
  3. Eliminate sugar from your diet – This is a huge issue for most women that I talk to who are looking for ‘natural ways’ to rid themselves of PMS in their lives. Breaking the habit of eating sweets – even in small doses – is a difficult one IF you do not have something to replace it with. When you have that ‘urge’ to eat sweets, choose an apple, a hand full of grapes, or even a banana, but do NOT eat foods that have refined or even ‘raw’ sugars in them IF you want to see your PMS defeated.
  4. Significantly reduce your salt intake – Sodium is important to your diet, but not in the granular form. There are plenty of other ways to get sodium other than through salt. Try eating celery dipped in almond butter. Celery is a natural source of sodium.
  5. Increase your intake of fermented soy-based foods – One of the best sources is that of Tempe, a fermented soybean product. I eat this as a good source of protein. There are a lot of good recipes online if you are not a creative chef.
  6. Work to eliminate your exposure to environmental estrogens – This is most often found in meats and dairy, and through exposure and/or consumption of foods with pesticides like DDT, PCP, PCB, Chlordane, and DDE. One benefit to reducing and/or eliminating this is that you DRAMATICALLY reduce your chances of breast cancer.
  7. Dramatically increase your intake of fresh vegetables and fruits, especially dark green vegetables  and those HIGH in antioxidants. Start with adding one helping of raw organic fruit and one helping of raw fresh organic vegetable to one meal, then increase it to another meal each day, until you are having these with every meal every day.
  8. Increase your weekly exercise schedule – Start walking three times a week and increase it to each day for 20 minutes after you get off of work or after dinner. You will be amazed at how great you will begin to feel once you build this habit into your daily routine.  Gradually increase your exercise regiment from walking each day, to alternating between walking and doing a twenty minute workout three days a week – doing only one major muscle group each workout. By this I mean, do legs one day, then back one day, then arms one day, shoulders one day, the core one day, and then back to legs.  You will be amazed at how you will start feeling and looking. This is a great step to undertake with someone you enjoy being with so that you can have an accountability partner in modifying your exercise regiment.

“FINE! Great information,” you say. “Like who in the world can do all of this?”

“How in the world do you expect me to make such drastic changes in my diet?”

ANSWER: Simply put, I believe if you are reading this, that you are motivated enough to try anything if it will help you. AND, as far as how to do it, I expect you to do it slowly and over time.

The Secret to Succeeding

If I told you that in six months you would never have to deal with PMS again for the rest of your life, would you be willing to add one of these steps to your daily routine each week? While habits are impossible to erase from your subconscious mind, you can lay new, more pleasing, more beneficial habits over old habits so that you are driven towards the new and more healthy habits. Are you ready for change yet?

If dealing with PMS on a monthly basis, determine in your mind that it is worth the effort to change your diet and lifestyle if your PMS is putting stress on your emotions or relationships. It could be affecting your relationships with your friends, co-workers, family, or husband (or boy friend). If you feel that eight weeks (or eight months) of gradual change is worth it, start today. There is no set order to undertaking each of these eight steps. I suggest that you start with the easiest and work from there.

Begin to read up on each of these points, and the health issues that are related to each of these eight point, i.e. Google ‘adverse affects of caffeine’ and read up on it, then the next week Google “healthy fats versus unhealthy fats”, etc. The more knowledge you have about these things, the more deliberate you will be in your choices to change, and the deeper your conviction will be to change.

As always, please leave your comments or feedback, and if you feel brave enough share this article on your favorite social network, you can be a part of helping others who may need this information. Thanks!

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One Simple Way of How to Reduce the Risk of Cancer




Why is it that America, the world’s leader in cancer research, leads the world in cancer? Why is it that colon cancer is so prevalent in America? Ever wonder? Maybe not. I think that maybe if we did, we might be open to learning a few things from cultures that have long practiced certain traditions and eating habits that have resulted in these cultures having among the very lowest incidents of colon cancer in the world.

The Japanese and Chinese have for eons made it a practice to drink hot beverages or hot soups after their meals. It is just a simple tradition or do they know something that most Americans do not know. Research has found that you can dramatically reduce heart attacks and cancer by doing this.

When I learn about things like this, why do I always feel scornful towards the American Cancer industry – who leads the world in cancer research in terms of dollars spent – because they seldom, if ever recognize holistic, common sense cures to a disease that is bankrupting our healthcare system? Why are they so unwilling to endorse simple daily lifestyle habits as a practical way to reduce the risk of colon cancer or heart attack?

Well, we all know it is about money. The cancer business is a multi-billion dollar cash cow industry. Why would they want to reduce cancer in the United states? Like I said, even though the USA leads the world in cancer research in terms of dollars spent (private and tax payer money), America overwhelmingly leads the world in the number of people per capita for population who develop cancer in their lifetime.

[stepping down from soap box now…]

So about the warm  water/beverage after your meal. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water. These two cultures also have among the lowest percent of the population in the world who get cancer. They are in the same group of ‘lowest rates’ as India (where turmeric is used heavily in daily diets), and in most African countries where diets derived from foraging lifestyles are prevalent.

Here is why drinking warm liquids over cold liquids at meals is so important. In a nutshell, drinking cold beverages with meals will solidify fats and oils that are a part of your meals, making them difficult to digest properly. Cold beverages with meals also slow down the digestion of foods which ultimately causes it to be passed into intestines only partially digested. This is because cold drinks solidify the oils/fats, and turns it into a sort of ‘sludge’ and as it reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food – which ultimately lines the intestinal track with a film that prevent nutrient absorption while also putrefying in the lining of the intestines – especially the colon. VO-colon-diseases-illustration

There are multiple repercussions to this digestive event as a result of your intestines not being able to fully absorb the nutrients your body needs, but the biggest one initially is that when your body is unable to get all of the nutrients from the foods you eat, the cells tell the brain to send more nutrients, which in turn, your brain tells your stomach to start making more nutrients, ergo the hungry feeling (stomach growling syndrome).

Here are just a few resulting illnesses resulting from poor intestinal health:  Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, endometriosis, appendicitis, diverticulitis, and cancer. When your colon is healthy, i.e. free of sludge and putrefying foods that do not get digested (mainly fats and meats), you won’t need to eat as much. When you eat healthy, what you eat will get maximum nutritional benefits by being fully absorbed into your body for energy and cellular repair. You will also help prevent the storage of unwanted fat in your body.

This is not to say that simply drinking warm fluids with our meals will fully prevent stomach and intestinal disease and cancer, BUT this with a good diet – eating simple food groups and non-processed foods like those foods that are typical in eastern cultures, you  could very well dramatically reduce your risks of these kinds of diseases, especially heart disease and cancer.

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Information on Natural Cures for Cancer


We have all heard that there are natural cures for cancer, and information abounds on the subject now with the Internet in full swing, but most do not know where to start in finding it. This article is for that purpose.

Most of those who know my story about my street fight with cancer, know that I completely avoided traditional methods after my diagnosis of Stage three prostate cancer, i.e. initially stage two, then through a process of procrastination, a year later, stage three. Needless to say, my oncologist was not at all amused. My follow up visits over the next 12 months seemed to aggravate him all the more, until he all but threatened to stop seeing me if I did not take immediate action.

The only consolation that I could offer him was that I had begun an aggressive attack on my cancer through holistic means. He did what every AMA trained oncologist would do who makes HUGE amounts of money treating cancer victims and baulked at my comment saying, “You are taking your life into your own hands if you continue down this road and I will not be able to help you.”

His initial recommendation in the beginning was to immediately remove my prostate and undergo the chemo and radiation treatments. This was not an option for me. I had plans for my prostate in the future and was not going to let some ‘over-cautious oncologist’ start swinging his surgical blade around my private parts. I am getting too far into all of the story. You will just have to read it when my book comes out.

If you are personally dealing with cancer, or know someone who has just been diagnosed, there is great hope. You can beat cancer, and do it in many cases by simply changing your diet (not recommending that you don’t see your doctor, just changing your diet). Take the time to thoroughly research alternative means to rid your body of cancer. I will be adding more information in the near future and it will be more specific about what I did to totally rid my body of cancer without any surgery, chemo or radiation.

Here are some websites/articles to get you started in your discovery of what the AMA and ‘modern medicine” AKA the Industrial Medical Complex does NOT want you to know. You may want to bookmark these links and check them out as information is updated on the sites. While these links and this website are not inclusive of all the research and treatments of cancer through holistic means, they are a great place to start. Knowledge is power, and in the case with cancer, it may just save your life or some’s that you love.

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Diet Health Tips to Cure Chronic Disease


There are many diet health tips to cure chronic disease; however, there are no quick tips for immediate results, but rather only tips that if applied, will bring better health. And, if you are one of the millions who suffer from chronic illness and really are hoping for a miracle in your situation, remember that recovery from poor health to better health takes time. Your chronic health did not happen over night, and your healing, unless by Divine intervention – a miracle – will not happen overnight.

So here you are reading this article, most likely after typing in some key word phrase like ‘tips to cure chronic illness’ or something like that. You are hoping that you will find some nugget of truth here, a new hope or a renewed hope for turning your poor health around.

I applaud you for being so courageous and not relying on another medication or treatment that only masks the symptoms of your illness.  And, I am honored that you have chosen to read this article since there is so much out here on the Internet that can be found with all sorts of ‘advice’ that promises your health miracle.

Let’s face it. Health tips are everywhere. With exception of the information we typically get from the US government through the FDA. I am sure the FDA means well (at least I would like to think s0); however, there is just way too much information that is coming available that points to the FDA being complicit in allowing known carcinogens and toxins to be a part of the foods and drinks that are mass produced and distributed to the American people and abroad.

Let’s not forget the well-intentioned, but highly lucrative relationship that the American Medical Association (AMA) has with the FDA. Sadly, most boilerplate medical doctors (those produced by the thousands) who make their living on our sicknesses and disease, are as guilty as anyone. And, as much as they do not like it, information is beginning to seep out into the mainstream about simple, yet effective cures for most chronic illnesses and diseases.If used by the masses, these cures could radically change medical science in the future as people begin to ‘heal themselves’ through holistic remedies that are being proven time and time again to work.

If used by the masses, these cures could radically change medical science in the future as people begin to ‘heal themselves’ through holistic remedies that are being proven time and time again to work.

Can you tell that I am standing on a soap box and shouting at the top of my voice about some of what goes on in the name of public health and well-being?  Let me get back on track here, and provide you with some really simple things you can do to increase your health and fight disease in your body by simply changing some of the foods you eat.

As you read over these, remember that old habits are sometimes difficult to change, so view this list as a work in progress – a transitional process that you are willing to commit to. It might take you a month, six months, even a year, but the important thing is that you act on your gut feeling that is screaming inside of you, “If I don’t do something soon, it is going to be too late for me.” If you need help, write us at  ‘coachme’ here at veganovercome and I will be sure that you get the help and encouragement AND ACCOUNTABILITY you need in order to make significant changes in your present health.

Diet Health Tips to Cure Chronic Illness

1) Increase dark green vegetable intake (dark green leafies). These are high in phytonutrients, chlorophyl, and oxygen. They are also alkaline (high PH) versus acidic (low PH). Cancers thrive in low PH environments, and hate oxygen and phytonutrients. Some great veggies that are cancer killers are cabbage, mustard greens, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels spouts, and especially large quantities of wheatgrass juice.

2) Increase your intake of tomatoes, red cabbage, red peppers, red radishes, and turmeric. These have all been shown to reduce the risk of lung and prostate cancers, and lower blood pressure.

3) My favorite for summertime health – eat more watermelon! Helps prevent prostate cancer and a great hydrater for those who play hard.

4) Sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, and orange peppers reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, as do corn, yellow peppers, yellow turnips, and parsnips.

5) Here are some things that are great for your vision:  spinach, kale, collards, romaine lettuce, peas, celery, string beans, broccoli, and Brussels spouts.

6) Eggplant and beets are good to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease and memory loss. Eggplant extract is now coming to be seen as a miracle cure for cancer.

7) Eat onions, white turnips, and mushrooms-they are good to reduce the spread of cancer and some heart disease.

8) FIBER IS YOUR FRIEND! I recommend three rounded table spoons of fiber everyday. I use ground golden flax seed (use my coffee grinder to grind it fresh) in a glass of water typically about 10 minutes before a meal, but I eat tons of fiber anyway in all the fruits and vegetables that I eat. You can get fiber from beans as well. I eat organic beans for fiber intake on top of my normal ground flax in water. I buy dry organic beans from a local market who sells them in bulk, soak them over night, then cook them.  One great benefit from beans is that they also provide a great source of protein as well when eaten with brown or wild rice.

9) STAY AWAY from white or anything made from or derived from white.  If you have a bread addiction, try eating a millet flax bread made without yeast or dairy. Yeast is NOT your friend, especially if you are a woman.  Eat brown rice and whole-wheat (if you are not allergic to gluten) noodles (not egg noodles).

10) Increase your water intake, and if you can afford it, get a good water filter for your sink faucet or undercounter mounted system. Water is the cleaning fluid of our bodies on a cellular level, promoting great brain health, disc health, and joint health.

11) If you must drink coffee, remember for each ounce of coffee you drink (very acidic), you need to flush your body with four ounces of water, i.e. one cup of coffee needs four cups of water to flush out the adverse affects that it has on your liver. A little bit of trivia – if you injected the amount of caffiene found in a single cup of coffee directly into your blood stream, you would die of cardiac arrest.

Let us know of your health tips and remedies for illness so that we can share them with our community.

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The Benefits of Wheat Grass as a Food or Supplement


The benefits of wheat grass as a food or supplement that can provide the benefit over all health of the body are without debate when put to the test. The largest deterrent of wheat grass becoming a main stream product and staple food source is that negative affects that it will have on the medical and health industry. Healthy people do not need doctors. People without chronic disease do not need doctors. People that are not fat, do not need diet plans, support groups or medical intervention.

Some of the findings that have been written about and documented include many unexplained natural healing qualities. Science is still trying to determine the nature and individual benefits of phytonutrients that are a part of grasses used in various health cereals. And while there is no medical research yet to prove any benefits of wheat grass (why does that not surprise me) the proven results of its use speak much louder.

It IS known that cereal grasses contain large amounts of chlorophyll (the “blood” of plants), which is amazingly similar to hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen in the blood, so, in some researchers and holistic health professional’s thinking, using wheat grass on a regular basis in larger doses is in someway giving your body a ‘blood’ transfusion of sorts.

NO, I am not saying that you can inject wheat grass into your viens or that you should even try it. That is NOT how the nutrients and benefits are assimilated in the body. It must be digested. I am saying however that chlorophyll is soluble in fat particles. This means that since fat particles are absorbed directly in to the blood via the lymphatic system, that chlorophyll can also be absorbed easily in this way. In other words, the “blood” of plants is easily absorbed into human blood. This means that the nutrients of wheat grass and their benefits are transported efficiently to every cell of the body.

In today’s hectic, fast and processed food, cup of coffee driven, sugar laden diets that come as a result of work schedules and the busy-ness of life, the average individual unintentionally drives their blood pH lower and lower through unhealthy diet. This causes a highly acidic blood which affects our bodies on a cellular level. Acidity feeds cancers, cysts, tumors and other cellular malfunctions or disease. The goal of everyone that wants to live a long and healthy life, and NOT become victim to most of the diseases that plague our society is to lower their pH, thus alkalizing their blood and body chemistry.

Some of the underlying benefits of wheat grass are that it is one of nature’s most powerful sources of green leafy vegetable nutrition. It contains an enormous amount of chlorophyll; and, chlorophyll is essential to a healthy diet that can reduce chronic disease and increase over all health. Here are some of the benefits to wheat grass that are worth considering if you are seeking to increase your health and reduce the affects of body acidity – the main contributor to cancer and vital organ failure.

  1. Wheat grass provides and excellent source of beta carotene, folic acid and vitamin C.
  2. Wheat grass is high in chlorophyll and as such high in oxygen which repairs the body on a cellular level.
  3. Wheat grass is high in antioxidants which slow the aging process.
  4. Wheat grass is a whole food that is loaded with live enzymes and all essential amino acids
  5. Wheat grass is an excellent source of natural energy. Unlike coffee which acidifies the body and just stimulates for a short period, wheat grass feeds the cells of our body and oxygenates them thus giving our bodies a greater alertness and energy level.
  6. Wheat grass raises your pH level which chokes out cancer and increases healing of damaged cells.
  7. Wheat grass detoxifies the liver, colon, and stomach.
  8. Wheat grass strengthens the immune system aiding in the prevention of infection or chronic malady.
  9. Wheat grass provides fiber to promote digestive tract health and bowel regularity.
  10. Wheat grass is a raw food substance and can be grown by anyone or anywhere indoors or outdoors – assuming you can remember to water it and see that it has sufficient light.
  11. Wheat grass neutralizes acid production in the body so that the body can recover more quickly when it gets sick.
  12. Wheat grass increases metabolism and reduces food cravings thus helping in accelerated weight loss.
  13. Wheat grass can be purchased in concentrate powdered form at most whole food and health food stores. It is best when raw, vegan, organic and cold processed.

If you found this article interesting and know someone who wants to recover from or prevent illness in their body through whole foods and nutrition, please refer them to this article. As always, I would appreciate it if you would hit the FaceBook like button below and whichever favorite social media network you belong to and post a summary of this article to your profile for your friends to see. Thanks!

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Sunlight and Vitamin D – A MUST Know!

Everyone that follows health now-a-days has already learned that the new studies about the importance of Vitamin D as a part of your daily health needs is an absolute must. And, for the most part, all the research shows that a person can get all the healthy Vitamin D they need from … are you ready for this? … sunlight! Yup! When it comes to manufacturing Vitamin D in your body, there is nothing quite as good as a sunny day and about 20 minutes in the sun.

So, how does this work? It’s really very cool how G-d makes it happen. Most of us know that there are three kinds of different ultraviolet (UV) rays – ray that come in different lengths: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C.

The UV-B rays are the ones capable of producing vitamin D in our body. In a nut shell, it acts on the cholesterol found in our skin.  To make vitamin D, we need UV-B rays to come into direct contact with  our skin. When I say direct, I mean to say that you can’t sit in front of a window and get the ‘rays’ you need. UV-B rays can’t penetrate glass. You are going to have to get outside to catch this good stuff.

There are a number of factors that determine how much vitamin D (by the way, vitamin D is really a form of steroid and not an actual vitamin) you get from the sun, i.i. the number of minutes of exposure your body needs to get the UV-B rays enough to do the job. Among some of the obvious factors, the time of year. If it’s winter, you are going to need more exposure. Likewise, the further north or south of the equator, the more sunlight you will need. And of course, polution and clouds (a no brainer). But, the two biggest factors are:

Your Age.  As you get older, your skin loses its ability to convert convert cholesterol in your skin into vitamin D from UV-B rays. If you are older, you probably want to rely more on food sources than sunlight for your vitamin D, since someone, let’s say at 70 years old has only 30% of the capacity to generate vitamin D from sunlight as that of a 20-year old.

Your Skin Color.  If you have a light complexion, you have a much greater ability to absorb UV-B rays, thus needing less exposure to the sun to get adequate vitamin D production. The darker your skin, the harder for UV-B rays to absorb into your skin and create vitamin D.

As the evidence comes in on this, doctors are lamenting the fact that more people will be getting healthier now that they have a green flag to get out in the sun and not be so afraid of it. The growing mountain of evidence indicates that your body getting enough vitamin D is essential to reducing the risk of almost every disease out there that most people fear. Here are a partial list of them where vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased risk:

  • Osteoporosis. [see footnote 4,5]
  • Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune illnesses. [see footnote 7,8,9,10]
  • Colds, flus, and other infectious diseases like tuberculosis.
  • Cancers of the breast, ovary, prostate, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and leukemia. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Medicine in 2007 found that women who ingested 1,100 IUs of vitamin D and 1200 mg of calcium daily
  • reduced their risk of developing cancer by 70%. [see footnote 1]
  • Rickets, which occurs at about six months of age in children who are vitamin D deficient. Presenting signs are typically skeletal deformities, growth retardation, and muscle weakness. [see footnote 12]
  • Diabetes types 1 and 2. [see footnote 2,3]
  • Osteomalacia – chief complaint is typically generalized aches and pains throughout muscles and bones, often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. [see footnote 6]

OK, so, before you run out and lay naked in the sun trying to cure all your ailments and diseases, it is important that you also understand that with added exposure to the sun comes some ‘undesirable effects’ like premature aging of skin and increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancers, SOOO I would recommend that you do some of your own research, use wisdom in your day to day life in seeing that you are eating the right foods, and getting a little more sun than you normally do if you are not an avid sun worshipper.

As a general rule, you can typically know when you have gotten too much sun when you have been out long enough to start feeling your skin having a little extra warmth to it – typically just about the time you are seeing a little pink showing up on your skin. It’s that look and feel of, “hmmm… I think I need to get out of the sun. I am feeling like I may be getting burned,” look and feel.  Ideally, you want to shoot for exposing your body for about 30% to 50% of the time that represents your feeling like you are getting burned. For days when you have to be under the sun for longer than about half of your minimal erythemal dose, once you get to this point, you can use protective clothing and hats or a good NON-toxic sunscreen to keep from getting burned.

Are You Deficient?

How do you know if you are getting your daily needed dose of vitamin D? Well, the easiest way is to have your blood tested for 25 hydroxy D. If you’re below 50 ng/ml, you can get more vitamin D through sunlight and/or take a vitamin D supplement.

If you live in the subtropics or tropics and you aren’t shy about getting sunlight exposure, chances are that you don’t need to take a vitamin D supplement. And, if you are indoors quite a lot, tend to stay out of the sun, and/or live in the mid or high latitudes, chances are good that you can benefit from vitamin D supplementation.

Here are some statistics that makes you wonder about how serious this issue with vitamin D deficiency really is in the United States:

  • Seventy-six percent of pregnant women were found to be severely deficient in vitamin D.
  • Eighty-one percent of babies born to women who were vitamin D deficient were deficient themselves, predisposing them to diabetes type 1, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, rickets, and a number of other diseases.
  • Thirty-two percent of physicians and medical students were vitamin D deficient.
  • Up to sixty percent of all hospital patients and eighty percent of nursing home residents are D deficient.
  • Forty-two percent of African American women of childbearing age were D deficient.
  • Close to fifty percent of girls between 9 and 11 years of age were vitamin D deficient.

And, ONE BIG LAST POINT for now: If you are fat, you most likely need to get more vitamin D than someone who is not fat, since obesity is a risk factor for vitamin D deficiency. It’s because vitamin D gets trapped in fat tissue and has difficulty entering your bloodstream to supply your cells. This means that on the average, someone who is over weight needs twice as much vitamin D as somoene who is not fat order to maintain optimal vitamin D status. [13]


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TSA Back Scatter Scanning in Airports Serious Health Risk


I think most of us have already heard of the newest anti-terrorism tool for screening those who use commercial air travel as a mode of transportation. The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new policy to scan people using back scatter scanning that in effect shows an Xray image of the person as if they were naked (and I mean butt naked – black and white skin and bone imaging) in 3D black and white is supposed to protect us from those individuals who are seeking to bring terror to the people of the world (especially America) in the name of Allah (aka Jihad). But more insidious than this is that an expert panel of scientists, teachers, researchers and scholars have called out President Obamas new policy in using back scatter scanning in airports saying that there are serious health risks associated with the TSA back scatter scanning now being set up in airports.

BUT, what seems right and good and proper in the name of safety by our government is not so right and good and proper in the name of our physical health. A nationally recognized board-certified nearosurgeon and health practitioner, lecturer, author, and the Editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report (Dr. Russell Blaylock) says this new way of screening people for weapons and explosive devices is very very bad for our health and wellness; and it has a LOT of people outraged, not only for the health reasons associated with it, but the humiliation of having your body fully revealed by the scanner that in effect shows your body as it would look naked.

I recently heard a story from a personal experience of a female doctor who was made to stand in this contraption and be seen fully unclothed by TSA security personnel (males). She was singled out in a long line of people and asked to step to the side and go through the scanning processs – no doubt in their mind, she looked like a terrorist too.  She was a very modestly dressed, tall blonde-haired blue-eyed caucasian Christian woman who was dressed professionally and acting totally normal as she stood in line.

Yes, I am thinking the same thing you are. That sounds like a perfect cover for a terrorist. It seemed that the TSA officers thought it a perfect cover too. After the humiliation of the event, she gained perspective on it and said jokingly at the beginning of our conversation about the event, “Hey did you know that I am an airport pin up girl? The TSA has a nude photo of me hanging up in their office somewhere.” The serious and modest side of her quickly followed in saying that she felt humiliated and exposed from the ordeal. I think I would feel exactly the same way, wouldn’t you? Add with this the ‘enhanced pat-downs’ and you have the makings of a procedure that will all but put a stop to air travel in the United States if it is continued to be used – at least for me.

But I digress here… The health risks are why I write this.

Here is the reality of the health hazard in order to get this quality of a scan – your entire body must be exposed to radiation; and, in the opinion of a growing number of highly qualified healthcare professionals, a lot of radiation. The use of radiation will increase your risk of cancer and other critical diseases. In a letter to President Obamas Sciance and Technology Tzar John Holdren, a well-respected group of scientists and professors from the University of California at San Francisco voiced their concern that this latest obscenity of reason by Obama’s administration was just totally crazy (in so many words).

It’s not like this is a fringe group of obscure intellects that are making a fuss about the TSA back scatter scanning devices either. They are all experts in radiation biology, biophysics, and imaging of the human body who expressed “serious concerns” about the “dangerously high” dose of radiation to the skin among other things. The radiation used increases cancer risk by damaging the DNA and other tissue on a molecular level within the skin cells. Much of the damage is caused by high concentrations of free radicals generated by the radiation.

According to one news source (NewMax), “most scientists think that the most damaging radiation types are those that have high penetration, such as gamma-rays, but in fact, some of the most damaging radiation barely penetrates the skin.’

‘One of the main concerns is that most of the energy from the airport scanners is concentrated on the surface of the skin and a few millimeters into the skin. Some very radiation-sensitive tissues are close to the skin — such as the testes, eyes, and circulating blood cells in the skin.”

While the defenders of this form of Xray will say that it is a very small dose compared to that of a chest Xray (“1,000 times less), what they do not tell you is that the dosage is based on the volume of tissue exposed. Where chest X-rays and gamma-radiation is spread over the entire body so that the dose to the skin is extremely small, the total exposure of our entire skin surface is in effect cooking and mutating our skin cells.

These experts whent on to say that there are certain groups of people that are at a much higher risk than others, like that of people that already have cancer, those with HIV, pregnant women, babies, small children, elderly, and those who have an abnormal DNA repair mechanism. The list was much longer than this, but you get the picture, right?

So, here is the skinny on why these experts are serious about exposing this stupid pill addiction by our present Administration. As we grow older, our DNA accumulates a considerable amount of unrepaired damage. Being a lifetime surfer and having already gotten my share of our suns baking qualities, even low doses of radiation can trigger the development of skin cancers, including the deadly melanoma. And, having fair skin to begin with, and light colored eyes, the concern of mine (at least according to this report by the experts who are rising up in mass to voice their complaint) is that of exposing my eyes since this could increase the risk of developing cataracts.

Given the fact that about five percent of the general population have abnormal DNA repair mechanism (another way of saying they can’t take radiation very well without some serious side affects), when they (this 5%) are exposed to radiation, they are put at a cancer risk hundreds of times greater than normal people. I for one don’t consider myself normal, so you are not going to find me being scanned under any circumstance.

Here is some of the other information that my news source stated in their article. “It also has been determined that when skin is next to certain metals, such as gold, the radiation dose is magnified 100-fold higher. What if you have a mole next to your gold jewelry? Will the radiation convert it to a melanoma? Deficiencies in certain vitamins can dramatically increase your sensitivity to radiation carcinogenesis, as can certain prescription medications.’

“As for the assurances we have been given by such organization as the American College of Radiology, we must keep in mind that they assured us that the CT scans were safe and that the radiation was equal to one chest X-ray. Forty years later we learn that the dose is extremely high, it is thought to have caused cancer in a significant number of people, and the dose is actually equal to 1,000 chest X-rays.’

“Based on these assurances, tens of thousands of children have been exposed to radiation doses from CT scanners, which will ruin the children’s lives. I have two friends who were high-ranking Environmental Protection Agency scientists, and they assure me that in government safety agencies, politics most often override the scientists’ real concerns about such issues.’

This government shares former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s view when she urged passage of the Obamacare bill sight unseen — “Let’s just pass the bill, and we will find out what is in it later.” When the real effects of these scanners on health become known, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and the rest of the gang who insist the scanners are safe will be long gone.

I say we pass a law that says that IF a law is passed that endangers US citizens where there has been any report by any authority on a subject as being dangerous to others that will be affected by it, that those who were in oversight of those laws being passed or those who voted for those laws, be held responsible for their decisions and charged and tried as defendants in any case that arises out of their decision or part in the decision that was made that brought injury or death to the citizens they were sworn to protect. Can I get an AMEN!?

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