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.

Hidden Threats in Plastics (phthalates)

HIDDEN THREATS IN PLASTICS

Yet again plastics and their hazards are in the news. In an article in “The Week” a weekly news magazine, it was reported that phthalates (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity) are more harmful than has been revealed. It seems they disrupt hormones in the body. Clearly – not a good thing. A developmental deformity of the genitalia of baby boys is reported on the increase. Endocrine disruptors are responsible for interference of steroid hormones like estrogen and testosterone for example by binding to specific cell receptors. These plastic chemicals often have a very close molecular structure to our own natural hormones and cause a disruption to the normal function and/or growth of cells. In the case of baby boys, the formation of the penis is dependent on testosterone, but the look alike chemical is interfering with nature.

Where are these soft plastics found? They are in baby bottles and toys, water bottles, plastic dishes people microwave their food in, lipsticks and other cosmetics, some pharmaceutical pill coatings. It is most important to know that heat causes increased release of the phthalates.

We cannot depend on our government or the EPA to be our protectors nor can we rely on the food industry for safety. As an individual you must educate yourself and take action for you and your family’s health.
Here are some simple places to start:
• Avoid plastic water bottles. Get a good home water filtration system and use stainless steel or glass containers only to carry around water.
• Never microwave food in plastic – never.
• Purchase only natural cosmetics. Any product you put onto your skin and lips, consider yourself ingesting it. It is going into your bloodstream.
Theo Colburn PhD first wrote about the problem of endocrine disruption more that 15 years ago and has an updated website:
http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/New/newstuff.htm

Information on these chemicals are found in scientific journals, books and research.1

1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19245819?ordinalpos=5&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Pamela Sky Jeanne ND

Portland, OR

Magnesium the Life Saver

An abundant mineral in the human body, this very important element is often over looked. To maintain healthy heart function and good energy levels, it is important to have optimum magnesium levels. Notice that this is different from RDA (recommended daily allowance) which is the bare minimum for function. It is desirable for the body to have optimum levels for the better health. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of functions helping in the production of energy and cardiovascular regulation (heart and blood vessels).

Another aspect of magnesium’s importance is recent information on the relationship of Vitamin D and magnesium from Dr John Cannell’s newsletter: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org.  Cannell talks about magnesium as a co-agent for Vitamin D. There was a study on children diagnosed with rickets who were not responding to Vitamin D treatment. When tested further, low levels of magnesium were discovered. When these levels were restored to normal, the Vitamin D therapy responded.  Magnesium’s anti-stress properties are not well recognized in medicine or by the public. It has the ability to relax smooth and skeletal muscles which includes the muscles inside blood vessels. That means low levels can be associated with high blood pressure for some. Additionally magnesium works inside cells in enzyme processes and for this fact fatigue can often be corrected by consuming adequate magnesium amounts.

A person eating a processed American diet likely is low in magnesium. The optimum dose each day needs to be more than 400-500mg per day. 1 And not surprisingly, good magnesium levels are found in the vegetable kingdom including beans, nuts and seeds. When taking a multivitamin check to see it has at least 200-300mg of Magnesium. The rest should be obtained in your daily good nutrition.

1 Elson Haas, Staying Health with Nutrition, Berkeley CA, 2008

Ten Americans

TEN AMERICANS

How Safe is the Environment?

There’s a non government watch dog group for chemical safety in America.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) based in Washington DC monitors safety (or the lack of it) of chemicals in our environment. Over the last decade information has been trickling in from various sources about what our bodies are being exposed to daily. Ken Cook president and founder of EWG does research and analysis of our national policy debates dealing with toxic chemicals, pesticides, air and water pollution, and the environmental impacts of modern agriculture
This video (link below) is a compelling and shocking exposure delivered with facts and humor about the state of our exposure.
It is imperative to understand the comprehensive solutions to this serious toxic soup we now find ourselves in. As a health care practitioner I recommend Orenda products with unique formulas that assist in detoxifying at the cellular level and supporting healthy cell function. The cell is truly where health begins and ends. Everyone who owns a computer and does internet searches would be foolish to do so without a comprehensive anti-viral program for protection. The same idea applies to the body. What are you doing to protect and deal with toxic chemical exposures on the cellular level? Even if you do not have an illness it does NOT mean you are safe and healthy.
Link: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4414655/11837407

Proactive health care is now necessary to stay healthy.

Pamela Sky Jeanne ND

Being in Nature

Welcome to Wellness Aging’s  blog launch. We endeavor to offer education and tips to stay healthy in the aging journey.

Today’s tip comes from nature – the greatest healer of all. Taken for granted in this fast pace world being in nature is a great reminder to heed.

“Naturopathic Doctor News and Review” June 2009 contains an article worth mentioning. Could it true that a simple remedy to some of society’s ills can helped by just being in “nature”?  The article’s title “Natural Medicine: The healing effects of exposure to nature.”1 by Dr. Kurt Beil reveals the obvious.

The first example sites a study with college students and their performance on cognitive tests. They performed significantly better in a classroom with a park view rather than a parking lot view. No surprise there.

This next study is the best:

Children diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) were monitored and assessed after playing in one of three settings. 1) Indoor playground. 2) a “built” outdoor playground with asphalt and no greenery, 3) an outdoor playground with grass and trees.

You guessed it – the green and trees helped improve their symptoms significantly.

We innately know how good it feels to be in natural settings and it really helps our general wellbeing.

Sometimes we miss the obvious. To keep healthy and strong there are a lot of remedies, and the best medicine may be just taking the time to be in natural settings. The greener the better. Old family doctors would advise their patient to go the mountains for a rest or reside by the sea to become well.

Where is your nature spot?  Carve out your place and time regularly and you do not need a doctor’s order.

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