Daily Archives: July 30, 2019

Horoscope ♉: 07/30/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Come out of serious mode for a day and let yourself laugh, Taurus. Hold a game night at your home and invite some good friends over to play cards and nibble on snacks until all hours. This is a day to have fun, so let loose and freely express yourself in the best way you see fit. Realize how much power you have in your jovial nature. Spread it generously.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

Today’s Holiday:
Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Peter Benenson (1921)

Today’s Birthday:
Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for “prisoners of conscience.” His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

This Day in History:
Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

A sudden, bold, and unexpected question, doth many times surprise a man, and lay him open. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Book of Enoch

Article of the Day:
The Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch is an ancient religious text attributed to Enoch, the Biblical figure said to have been the great-grandfather of Noah. Although it is not considered part of the canon of scripture for Jews or Christians, apart from a few sects, it is quoted in the New Testament, indicating that its authors were familiar with the text. Aramaic fragments of the Book of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran, but the only known complete version is written in what ancient language? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: bankers’ hours

Idiom of the Day:
bankers’ hours

A working day that is shorter than usual or acceptable, especially one that begins late and ends early. It refers to the traditional opening times for banks, which formerly opened at 10 AM and closed at 3 PM. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: puckish

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Naughtily or annoyingly playful.

Synonyms: impish, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, arch, wicked

Usage: My puckish new roommate apparently thought it would be funny to hide my car keys in the teapot.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Potassium-rich diets could protect diabetic patients’ kidneys


Potassium-rich diets could protect diabetic patients’ kidneys
Diabetes patients are at risk for a wide variety of negative health outcomes during the progression of their disease. One such area of concern is kidney function. New research hopes to spark further investigation into ways to tackle these disorders with dietary potassium.
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New research shows a potential protective role of potassium on kidney function.

Diabetes is a growing problem. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate there are 29.1 million diabetics in America.

Worryingly, the CDC also predict that this number will double or triple over the next few decades. If that forecast is correct, between 1 in 3 and 1 in 5 Americans may be diabetic by 2050.

Although obesity is known to be a major factor, the search is on for other dietary risk factors that might be easier to correct.

Controlling diet in diabetes is an essential part of the treatment plan, and low-sodium and reduced-calorie diets are the most commonly recommended.

The standard diet that clinicians advise for diabetics is essentially a healthy, well-balanced diet with an extra focus on reducing salt.

Renal and cardiovascular problems in diabetes

Type 2 diabetes significantly increases an individual’s chance of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Hyperglycemia (excess blood glucose), hypertension (high blood pressure) and dyslipidemia (excess lipids in the blood) are well-known risk factors for both ESRD and CVD.

In the general population, potassium is recognized as a means to prevent hypertension and stroke. However, its effects on ESRD and CVD onset are not well investigated, especially within a diabetic population with healthy cardiovascular and kidney function.

The role of potassium

Potassium is a vital mineral involved in the normal functioning of all the cells, tissues and organs of the body. Along with sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium, potassium is a charged particle referred to as an electrolyte.

Potassium helps conduct nerve impulses, regulate the rhythm of the heart and control muscle contraction. It also plays a part in maintaining bone health and fluid balance.

One of the kidney’s many roles is to ensure that potassium is maintained at the correct levels. Too much or too little can be equally troublesome.

Research conducted by Dr. Shin-ichi Araki, at Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan, hopes to open new avenues of investigation into the relationship between dietary potassium and negative health consequences in diabetic patients.

Diet in diabetes

Dr. Araki’s research, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, claims that diets rich in potassium may help protect the heart and kidney health of patients with type 2 diabetes.

The trial involved 623 Japanese type 2 diabetics, none of whom were currently using diuretic medicines or had any history of CVD. The patients were enrolled between 1996 and 2003 with a median follow-up period of 11 years.

This long-term study measured potassium and sodium excretion through urine sampling. The amount of these elements excreted in urine is an accurate indicator of the amount consumed.

The results showed that higher levels of potassium in the participants’ urine indicated a lower risk of renal dysfunction and cardiovascular problems. Sodium excretion, on the other hand, showed no correlation.

The authors agree with recommendations to restrict energy intake, as is standard practice with diabetic patients, but Dr. Araki warns that a low-calorie, low-sodium diet may also be deficient in potassium.

He is well aware of the difficulties surrounding a diabetic’s dietary choices:

For many individuals with diabetes, the most challenging part of a treatment plan is to determine what to eat.”

Dr. Araki believes that raising potassium in diabetes diet plans might prevent ESRD and CVD from developing in individuals, or at least slow its advance.

These results are in line with other recent research that has linked higher dietary potassium intake with lower incidence of kidney dysfunction and CVD in non-diabetic patients.

Dr. Araki warns, however, that the present study is not conclusive evidence of potassium’s protective effects on diabetic kidneys. The aim of the study was to spur on further investigation into novel targets for future dietary recommendations, and in that regard, the trial was a success.

It is also worth noting that hyperkalemia – elevated levels of potassium in the blood – is a dangerous condition that affects some diabetics. Medical News Todayrecently reported on a new drug that might help improve potassium levels in diabetic kidneys.



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The environment today is very different from the environment of our ancestors. Over the last 200 years, a host of chemicals has been introduced to our food, air, and water. Many of these chemicals have not been tested for safety, or are assumed to be safe since they are present in low concentrations. However, if many low-concentration pollutants are present, they may work together to have bad effects on our health. Some chemicals, such as the endocrine disruptors dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), have been banned in the United States for years, but persist in the environment and food chains. Exposure to pollutants is associated with chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease and diabetes.(Hoffman, Petriello, & Hennig, 2017)

A number of “detoxification” procedures have been developed that are thought to help eliminate these substances from the body. These protocols are critically important for patients as they embark on our program of intensive nutritional supplementation. Patients may develop “flu-like” symptoms that we believe result from the body’s repair mechanisms leading to the release of stored toxins and large amounts of biologically active waste materials. Procedures such as coffee enemas, liver-gallbladder flushes, and saunas may help stimulate the body to rid itself of these waste materials and pollutants.

Coffee Enemas

Enemas have been used for centuries to relieve constipation and improve general health and well-being, appearing in medical writings as far back as ancient Egypt. More recently, directions for administration of various types of enemas, including coffee enemas, were included in medical and nursing textbooks. (McClain, 1950; A General Practitioner, 1934) Coffee enemas were mentioned in the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, a compendium of orthodox medical treatment, through the Twelfth Edition, published in 1972.

Coffee enemas have long been in use. In a case report in the Pacific Medical and Surgical Journal in December 1866, M.A. Cachot, MD, described successful use of a coffee enema to treat a child dying from an accidental poisoning. (Cachot, 1866) Articles from the late 1800s reported that coffee enemas were helpful in post-operative care. (Allison, 1896; “The Medicinal Employment of Coffee,” 1897) At a medical meeting in 1896, Dr. W.J. Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, mentioned coffee enemas as a routine part of care for patients after abdominal surgery. (“Mississippi Valley Medical Association Society Proceedings,” 1896) In an extensive 1941 article in the Uruguayan Medical, Surgical and Specialization Archives, Dr. Carlos Stajano described immediate improvement in near-terminal patients after coffee enemas, including a patient with cocaine intoxication and a patient with post-operative shock. (Stajano, 1941) His extensive experience with coffee enemas in post-operative management made him plead for their continued use.

How do they work? Most likely by stimulating the liver and gallbladder to increase the flow of bile, aiding the liver in its detoxification efforts. In support of this, drinking coffee causes gallbladder contraction and elevates levels of cholecystokinin, a hormone that stimulates bile flow. (Douglas et al., 1990) In a 1929 paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine, investigators at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York reported that rectal installations of several different liquids caused an increase of bile flow from the liver. (Garbat & Jacobi, 1929) In a 2014 study, a group of gastroenterologists used coffee enemas as part of the preparation for video capsule endoscopy (swallowing a capsule with a small camera to photograph the insides of the small intestine). (Kim et al., 2014) They theorized that coffee enemas would stimulate bile flow, exhausting the supply so that bile would not be present in the intestinal tract to blur the images from the camera. They found that patients who had the coffee enema had better quality images than those who did not, suggesting that the enemas had indeed stimulated the release of bile stored in the gallbladder and bile ducts.

Some physicians claim that coffee enemas are dangerous, based on case reports of patients who reportedly developed electrolyte imbalances or infections after coffee enemas. (Eisele & Reay, 1980; Margolin & Green, 1984) Close review of these cases shows that the patients in question were seriously, even terminally ill, and that the infections or electrolyte disturbances blamed on the coffee enemas could have come about simply because of the patients’ underlying disease. Only a few such cases have been reported; to put this in perspective, every year in the United States, thousands of people die from the side effects of medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, all available without a prescription. We have instructed thousands of patients to perform coffee enemas and none have had any significant problems from them. However, we would also recommend that coffee enemas only be done after consultation with a qualified medical professional. Reference List

Liver-Gallbladder Flushes

The liver is the primary detoxification organ in the body, and many of the wastes it processes are eliminated in bile, which travels from the liver through the bile duct to the small intestine. In addition, bile contains bile salts, necessary for the digestion of fat. Bile is stored in the gallbladder, an organ connected to the bile duct in between the liver and the small intestine; when a fatty meal is eaten, the stomach and intestine send a signal to the gallbladder to contract, expelling bile into the intestinal tract to aid in digestion.

Illustration of liver and gallbladder

Stones or sludge can form within the gallbladder, which may then block the opening through which bile flows. This can cause nausea and abdominal pain after eating a fatty meal, as the gallbladder tries unsuccessfully to squeeze out its contents. Gallstones can also travel into the bile duct and become stuck, leading to infection, or migrate into the pancreatic duct (which connects to the bile duct) and cause acute pancreatitis. Either of these conditions can be life-threatening. The most common treatment for gallstones is removal of the gallbladder; 750,000 Americans undergo this operation each year.

The liver-gallbladder flush is an old technique to help stimulate and cleanse the bile ducts and gallbladder, and relieve the nausea and abdominal pain experienced by patients with symptomatic gallstones. There are several variations, but all include drinking oil, usually olive oil, which induces vigorous contraction of the gallbladder. Typically, round green objects pass in the stool the next day, traditionally believed to be passed gallstones. (Dekkers, 1999) However, in a letter to the journal Lancet, doctors in New Zealand reported that chemical examination of such objects brought in by a patient after a liver-gallbladder flush revealed that the “stones” were most likely created from the olive oil that she drank to do the procedure. (Sies & Brooker, 2005) The authors claimed that this proved the procedure doesn’t work, but identifying the green objects that passed in this individual patient as olive oil derivatives doesn’t answer the question of whether the procedure can be successful in stimulating stones or sludge to pass or in relieving symptoms from gallstones.

In a small study presented at the 1997 meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group and subsequently described in American Family Physician, Richard L. Garrison, MD, studied the effect of a “traditional home remedy for inducing gallstone expulsion using lemon juice, olive oil, cascara sagrada and garlic/castile enemas” in 6 patients with symptomatic gallstones which had been confirmed by ultrasound. (Garrison, 1998) An ultrasound after the procedure assessed clearing of stones. Alter completing the liver flush, five of six patients were asymptomatic for periods ranging from two to 27 months. At least one woman cleared all her stones, but she proceeded with an operation anyway at the advice of her surgeon. The investigators concluded that the procedure could potentially eliminate the need for surgery in many patients. Reference List


Many traditional cultures utilized some form of cleansing in hot environments such as steam baths, sweat lodges, and saunas. In Finland, saunas are regularly used by much of the population, and researchers there have investigated the health benefits of saunas. An article in the journal Neurology reported that those who take frequent saunas have a reduced risk of stroke. (Kunutsor et al., 2018) The researchers established baseline habits of sauna bathing in a group of Finnish men and women aged 53-74, then followed them for nearly 15 years. Those who were classified as “frequent” sauna users were much less likely to have a stroke than those who did not use them at all; the association was still seen even after correction for other known risk factors for stroke, and after adjustment for socioeconomic status and for physical activity levels. The same group of researchers found that sauna use was associated with a reduced risk of respiratory conditions. (Kunutsor et al., 2017)

While at one time it was rare for Americans to have saunas in their homes, infrared saunas have become more affordable. Spas and gyms may also have them; in Manhattan, DTXoffers sessions in a private setting with a sauna cabin and shower. Reference List

Do they work?

Induced sweating, such as provided by saunas, may be a valuable way of ridding the body of some types of toxins. The “Blood, Urine and Sweat” studies by Dr. Stephen Genuis and colleagues have demonstrated that significant amounts of flame retardants (S. K. Genuis, Birkholz, & Genuis, 2017), organochlorine pesticides (S. J. Genuis, Lane, & Birkholz, 2016), PCBs (S. J. Genuis, Beesoon, & Birkholz, 2013), phthalates (S.J. Genuis, Beesoon, Lobo, & Birkholz, 2012), and BPA (bisphenol A) (S. J. Genuis, Beesoon, Birkholz, & Lobo, 2012) can be excreted in sweat.

There are various pragmatic difficulties in formal studies on detoxification, because toxins can be stored in bone, muscle or fat, tissues that are harder to sample and analyze than blood, urine, or sweat. However, a study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine looked at the efficacy of Ayurvedic cleansing procedures for removal of fat-soluble toxins such as PCBs. (Herron & Fagan, 2002) In study participants who performed the cleansing procedures (which included herbal enemas and ingestion of oil), blood levels of PCBs showed a substantial decrease.

Our patients report that they feel better as a result of doing these detoxification procedures, and for almost all of them, once they try them they are sure of their benefits. However, anyone interested in pursuing these techniques should consult with a knowledgeable medical professional for direction.

Reference List

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