Biocarbons

Farming is personal. Whether you farm your own land or just eat farm grown food (we all do) understanding the relationship between farming and biocarbons is crucial. It is important to know what biocarbons are to be the best stewards of our earth. They are the stored carbons found in the world’s trees, plants and soils. Biocarbons that are held in trees and plants help reduce the atmospheric load that affects our climate in global warming which is building and affects our lives on this blessed earth.

One more fact about farming that you may want to learn though, is that tilling of farm soil has a large global warming affect due to release of CO2 into the atmosphere. Who knew! When acres of farm land are tilled it causes more climate destabilization. Clearly not a good thing for Mother Earth. No-till farming is one of the latest discoveries about carbon release. No-till farming is not only great for reducing carbon release but it is quite beneficial for soil erosion.

In doing the research for this subject I stumbled across the Climate Solutions website that has very useful information. The organization featured on their site called Northwest Biocarbon Initiative (NBI) is helping the Northwest develop best practices for addressing carbon solutions by pioneering the way and building policy other regions can follow . This is another reason I love living in the Northwestern sector of the United States.

What You Can Do

  • Be aware of where your food comes from. In the middle of winter it is best avoid tropical foods that travel great distances and cause the burning of fossil fuels to get the food to you.
  • Be alert to farming practices in your area. Support farmers who practice conscientiously.
  • Donate and support organizations such as NBI (and others) who are paving the way for our children’s future.

We are all keepers of planet Earth and this is one more thing we can do to restore her health.

Are Sun Screens Safe?

For the last 20-30 years, the American public has been made to fear the sun.

Medical research and the media have been reporting the dangers of sun exposure reflected in the rising skin cancer rates. Please note here that the key word is exposure. The effects of excessive sun is damaging to the skin for sure, but the body also needs vitamin D for health. The best way to raise vitamin D levels is to allow that conversion which takes place in the skin via direct sun exposure with UVB rays . So some natural sun exposure is GOOD! Just limit the amount of time to 15-25 minutes a day (depending on your skin tone). It is all about balance not complete avoidance.

Sun screens are important for longer outdoor exposures. Wearing hats and shirts is another protection, but if you are out on the beach, the golf course or on a boat, wear a good sun screen. Here are the important guidelines.

Your sun screen should:

  • Protect from both UVA & UVB sun rays.
  • Contain natural oils/crèmes as its base ingredient (not mineral oil).
  • Contain natural “mineral” based ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
  • Not contain other chemical blockers such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate both chemicals known to be harmful (see list below).

Children are the most vulnerable when given unregulated and unnatural sun protection products. For example, oxybenzone is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream and can actually disrupt hormones. Not a good thing for a child.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a watchdog organization that pays close attention to harmful chemicals found in everyday life. See their site for greater details.

What makes me most concerned about sun screen ingredients is that this industry (cosmetic) is unregulated in what chemicals it can add to its products. In other words, manufacturers can put ingredients in these lotions that have not been well tested on humans. Here is a list of possible unsafe chemicals often found in sun screen products. Throw out your sun screen if it contains any of the following chemicals.

  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Padimate O
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Trolamine salicyclate
  • Octocrylene
  • Para amino benzoic acid

Here are a few companies you can rely on for natural safer ingredients:

Aubry Organics has the best natural ingredients. Alba Botanica is a brand that is a close second choice for a sunscreen. There are other safer sun screens available. Like the food we eat, we need to scrutinize these ingredient labels. Have a safe time in the sunshine and be aware of your exposure time.

Shovels to the Rescue

Want some help ridding the body of unwanted toxins?  Most of us need an extra “shovel” to remove the toxic debris and buildup from the body.  Our environment is a sea of chemicals that can overwhelm our body’s ability to remove them. Recent information by Dr. Thomas Slaga*includes research on many human cancers. Cancer is correlated with body toxins that cause cell damage.  Studies show glucaric acid (also known as calcium d’glucarate) levels are low in people diagnosed with cancer particularly, lung, skin, liver, and breast and colon cancers.  There is a solution to the heavy burden our bodies face every day.

Calcium d’glucarate is a cellular detoxifer that is naturally produced by the liver. It is found naturally in fruits and vegetables however one must consume a minimum of 5 servings a day. Are you getting enough each day?

Contact Dr. Jeanne to learn more.

Happy Re-New Year 2010

 

Every New Year brings new opportunity to begin again. In health each day we begin again to regenerate new cells, repair cells and discard old ones. The challenging news comes from Harper’s Index which reported in its January 2010 issue that as recently as September 7, 2009, fifty million (50,000,000) chemicals have been identified. What a dilemma we are now faced with. How can the human body wade through this toxic soup?

The answer: it can’t – not without some help. Sooner or later these seemingly innocuous substances have their way. Plastic bottles, the lining in tin cans that store vegetables, household chemical cleaners from furniture polishes to laundry additives (clothes softeners – are the safe?), sprays on produce and the list goes on of various harmful chemicals we take for granted.

Cancer is No 1 killer for people younger than 85. 1 out of 2 men and 1 out of 3 women will have cancer in their life-time according to the American Cancer Society. Let see – can there be an association?

No matter your age, take all the active steps you can now to help your body stay chemically “light” and free.

Liver is the primary organ that does most of the detoxifying work to remove unwanted and unneeded chemicals.

Dr. Pamela Sky Jeanne – promoting health our most precious commodity. Solutions to optimum health is available.

Medical Radiation Hazards

The use of high technology diagnosing equipment such as CT (computed tomography) scans and imaging scans are reported to expose a person to higher levels of radiation than an x-ray.

Reza Fazel MD reported from her study in the New England Journal of Medicine in August 2009 that “Imaging procedures are an important source of exposureto ionizing radiation in the United States and can result inhigh cumulative effective doses of radiation”1.

This means having a diagnostic test done is important but over the years it does have an accumulative effect. Radiation damages cells and for some will cause cancer. Over 80% of these procedures are done on an outpatient basis this study revealed. The ionizing radiation accumulates and increases with advancing age.

Always be your own advocate in regard to tests performed on your body or your child’s. Only you know the complete medical history for yourself or your child. Don’t forget to include dental x-rays, mammograms, and imaging studies. It is all cumulative; it affects the health of cells and their DNA. The body does have innate repair mechanisms and can heal itself – up to a certain point.

Monitoring your health and diagnostic testing throughout life is another important aspect of staying well.

1 http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/361/9/849

How Safe is Your Drinking Water

Sunday August 23, 2009 a front page article of the New York Times asked this question: “Just how much week killer is safe in your water glass”. The debate rages on while our water continues to have contaminants from industrial pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that “current regulations are adequate to protect human health and that atrazine now being found in water are at safe levels. Atrazine is a chemical compound classified as an herbicide used for many years by agriculture and it now finds its way to our drinking water. Some communities have monitored spikes of atrazine at various times associated with high use of herbicides according to the article.

What to do and who to believe. History has an ominous way of repeating itself as the EPA has admitted to “oops – we made a mistake” more than once. Why would a man-made chemical be deemed safe at any level in water? It has already been witnessed that  natural lakes have overgrown algae due to chemical runoff also associated with dying and malformed fish.

Note: Atrazine was banned in the European Union in 2004 because of its
persistent groundwater contamination.

Protect yourself now by drinking purest water that is filtered, use products like Orenda Immune to enhance cellular detoxification, and drink OKI that has high powered anti-oxidants per one ounce. The old saying “an ounce of prevention”………. Is worth more than a pound of cure!

Dr. Pamela Sky Jeanne

Naturopathic physician

www.wellnessaging.info

Alkaline Diet

There is a buzz about alkaline diets and alkaline water. What is the fuss and is it real? The truth is that keeping the body in a more alkaline state is healthier. Cells are just happier and therefore function better in a more alkaline environment. On a Ph scale of 0-14, an acid state exists when a fluid registers below 7.0. Stomach acid, for example, is around 1-2 pH. In a more ideal state we want the fluids around cells to be above 7.0. All of the blood in circulation is in a very tight alkaline range (7.35-7.45) almost always or your body will die.
In an acidic environment that is below7.0 pH more inflammation is present. Joints feel achy and painful. In very complex interactions of proteins,minerals, ions and enzymes the balance of particles that are dissolved in body fluids influence the pH.
Why is pH important? More research is clearly showing increased cancer rates, heart disease rates and chronic diseases are associated with acid state inside the body. The great news is what we eat can change our alkaline and acid states.
Drink water instead of soda pop and caffeinated beverages. Eat a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables; the by products create an alkaline environment inside the body. Consume smaller amounts of dense protein like meat fish and eggs, reduce all sugary foods. Fact: sugars increase an acid state.
Health is up to you and an alkaline environment is a great step into wellness.

Pamela Sky Jeanne ND
Wellness Aging LLC
www.wellnessaging.info

Drinking for Your Health (Hydration)

What type of liquids do you drink each day? All cells need hydration to function well. Cell activity is defined by the ability to move bio chemicals in and out of each cell. Since each cell is autonomous it needs its own fluids to bathe it outside as well to move waste products from inside each cell. Take for instance a muscle which is actually a compilation of billions of cells clumped together forming a muscle tissue that performs a movement. What if the liquid (soda pop, alcohol or caffeinated drinks) consumed each day contains substances that impede this movement of the chemicals? A problem can ensue over time.

Recently it was reported that a high intake of cola soft drinks actually caused a loss of muscle strength so severe in several cases that some people were hospitalized. When the cola intake was stopped they completely recovered. Research concluded that the chemicals in the cola drink caused a loss of potassium which is needed by muscle cells to function.

Intake of any liquid on a regular basis needs careful scrutiny. Know all the contents of the liquid you are drinking. Symptoms likely will not suddenly appear but rather creep up over years of consumption. What you are drinking may be hazardous to your health.

Drink pure fresh filtered water, preferably not from plastic bottles. The amount of water varies from 4 – 8 cups (8 oz) per day. Climate and activity will vary your hydration intake. The old adage of drinking 8 glasses/day may not always be accurate. See:  http://www.wikihow.com/Drink-More-Water-Every-Day

View this link to inform yourself of the hazards soda consumption through out life.

http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/soda-pop.htm

Drink for your cells; drink for your health.

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