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A Silver Bullet A Day Will Keep The Doctor Away!

This year it seems has been worse than previous years for those trying to avoid getting sick. Everyone is complaining of not feeling well as they try to fight the “bad bugs” (bacteria, fungus, microbes, virus) that are making us sick. Unfortunately antibiotic use is so rampant, bugs are becoming resistant to this treatment, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426322/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426322/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426322/.=

One way to avoid falling into this antibiotic resistant “trap” and to prevent getting sick is by electron transfer with silver, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4955599/.

Silver Sol is particularly effective because of its Ag404 molecule, a thin multivalent (having several sites at which the molecule can attach and attack bugs) silver oxide coating that surrounds the metallic silver core. Silver sol works like a superhero’s arsenal of weaponry with its magnetic “force” via positively charged electrons. There are a few different potential mechanisms of action, http://www.silversolutionusa.com/nano-silver/.

Silver Sol is a tasteless liquid. It works to:

  • blast away the oxygen capability of aerobic bugs
  • kill anaerobic germs via oxidation by demolishing enzymes that help maintain its anaerobic state

For these reasons, silver is more versatile than an antibiotic and much more valuable than gold when it comes to staying healthy.

Silver has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to preserve food and they used silver utensils to help prevent food borne pathogens from causing disease. Later in the late 1800’s 1% silver nitrate was placed into the eyes of newborns to prevent blindness from gonorrhea. Treatment dressings for burn victims and wounded soldiers contain silver as a healing ingredient. Silver has been used by surgeons and hospitals preventively against infection and even used by the International Space Station to disinfect water.

Silver works as an antiviral (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22024958),  antifungal and antibacterial that destroys parasites, including both anaerobic and aerobic bugs. Silver can even work against the bugs that are antibiotic resistant (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22324439) rendering us helpless victims to the illness du jour.

I use Silver Sol by American Biotech Labs myself for over 10 years and recommend it to clients for its many uses:

  • dental hygiene
  • building and maintaining a healthy immune system (especially when an illness is coming on or the flu is in the air)
  • skin conditions (acne, eczema,) and wounds (diabetic), minor cuts and burns
  • travel (pray it on your mouth before, during or after getting on a plane)
  • kids germs and cuts (for faster healing), ear infections and skin lesions (molluscum)
  • jock itch
  • yeast infections (candida)
  • herpes
  • as a spray-on hand sanitizer or for gym equipment; the daily hand moisturizer will protect you from germs for 5 hours.

Typically I do not recommend brands but sometimes brand distinction is important. Silversol is a new generation product. It seems that its’ patented technology gives it more bioavailability and makes it more stable because it attaches to the water solution it is carried in, a silver solution. Salt is its one kryptonite and can reduce its effectiveness. So do not use Silver Sol with salt or higher sodium foods.

Some silver products may not be for everyone. Silver products can interact with prescription medication: penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen), quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline and thyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid).

I have done some research on popular risks such as ” turning blue”,http://ablsilver.com/benefits.php, killing healthy gut bacteria or concerns with medication interaction. I found a couple of recent studies on silver safety, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23811290 in, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25137296 and went further to learn more about the author, here’s what I found:

“Funding: This study was funded in part by Award Number UL1RR025764 from the National Center for Research Resources. Conflict of Interest: The authors declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this article, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, honoraria, consultancies, expert testimony, patents, and royalties.”

So this should be reliable data. However, as I tell all my clients, if you take any product, food, beverage or supplement and think it negatively affects you in any way. Use common sense, stop its use and communicate with your doctor.

There is no such thing as a “magic” bullet.  But there is such a thing as a silver bullet. Save yourself from getting sick and get rid of germs (foreign body invaders) that make you ill. Silver Sol is a superhero when it comes to guarding against a “home invasion” of body bugs including infections, bacteria, viruses and fungi, that can knock you down for the count!

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Human Hosts Transplants Promote Health (1/2)

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Photo credit: Cleveland.com

Heart, kidney and liver transplants can save lives. But…transplanting beneficial bacterial cells from one healthy human to another unhealthy human sounds preposterous; doesn’t it? Yet, so far bacterial transplants seem to produce favorable health outcomes without the adverse effects of many common conventional medical treatments.

You may just be the perfect solution to your family, friends or neighbors medical ills.

Considering  bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1 and we are hosts to an estimated 8 million non-human genes from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that are dwelling inside us. This should come as no surprise; but I must admit, I’m surprised.

As we start to understand more about bacteria or “bugs” (otherwise known as our microbiome or microbiota that are living inside us), that inhabit our bodies and their tie in with the immune system, the brain, the gut, unexplained fevers in children, acne etc…medical science is making huge strides in utilizing these bacteria for medical treatments from human hosts.

For example, fecal transplant or fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), http://thefecaltransplantfoundation.org/what-is-fecal-transplant/, also known as “yellow soup” in traditional Chinese medicine is a procedure that has been in practice since the 4th century in China; and for the last few hundred years this same technique has been used in veterinary medicine. During this FMT process, stool is collected from a healthy host “donor” and transferred inside the colon of an unhealthy patient via a colonoscopy.

One purpose of transferring poop from a healthy person into a person who suffers from intestinal issues is to replace healthy bacteria that has been suppressed (typically due to overuse of antibiotics) causing colonization and overgrowth of “bad” bacteria.

Successful transplants have been experienced with those diagnosed with Clostridium difficile (otherwise known as C. diff. an intestinal pathogen normally found in the gut that causes diarrhea and life-threatening inflammation of the colon). “The annual burden of Clostridium difficile infections in the United States is 453,000 cases per year, with 29,300 associated deaths,” http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/02/cdc-puts-c-difficile-burden-453000-cases-29000-deaths.”

But because of its winning track record, uses for FMT has expanded and now used for those suffering from digestive or auto-immune diseases (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis) and more findings suggest links between other physical and mental disorders,  like metabolic diseases, neuropsychiatric disorders and autism via the gut brain axis, allergic disorders, and tumors, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4284325/.

Have not heard of  FMT? Let’s be honest not exactly a topic you might want to discuss at the dinner table. But, as disgusting as it sounds and despite the repulsive thoughts, IT WORKS!

Fecal transplants are safe. Since the 4th century, there have been no reports of any serious side effects and it has a 90% success rate, http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/digestive-diseases/fmt-demonstrates-consistently-high-success-rates-for-recurrent-cdi.

I’m not just talking sh*t, microbial transplants (MT) from various body regions, and not just the colon, are gaining in popularity. This discovery has expanded the breadth of people bacterial bug transplants are helping.

Next week you can read more about which specific body parts have been studied and learn how body bugs can influence health far beyond conditions related to the gut. In the meantime you may want to meander into some of these links:

 

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High Carbohydrate Diet linked to Acne and Psoriasis

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You may understand the mechanism behind eating lower carbohydrates weight loss, diabetes and heart disease. Carbohydrates directly raises blood sugar and triggers a hormonal cascade that influences appetite, mood, fat storage and many health risk factors.  Current research implications suggests that skin conditions, like acne and psoriasis, are linked to metabolic health conditions and also call for a low carbohydrate meal plan for treatment.

It is interesting that recent published studies correlate skin conditions with diet and genetics. For example, Psoriasis is linked to diseases of carbohydrate metabolism such as diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions via immuno-inflammatory pathways, diet and other environmental factors, i.e. exercise, tobacco exposure… in this paper:

Gelfland JM. Psoriasis, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and Obesity: Weighing the Evidence. JAMA Dermatology,  2016.

It is a cross-sectional, population-based study of about 34,000 Danish twins aged 20 to 71 years of age completed a questionnaire relating to psoriasis, diagnoses of type 2 diabetes and BMI.

The correlation was so strong, the author proposed, ” The weight of evidence linking psoriasis to cardiometabolic disease continues to increase, tipping the scale toward changing clinical practice in dermatology. Dermatologists’ may well need to screen for these conditions or offer some lifestyle counseling.”

A commentary by Bodo C. Melnik concurs. His paper entitled, ” Diet in Acne: Further Evidence for the Role of Nutrient Signaling in Acne Pathogenesis” is published in Acta Dermato Venereologica, http://www.medicaljournals.se/acta/content/?doi=10.2340/00015555-1358,  discusses two randomized controlled acne studies.

Melnik states,  “Acne is absent in populations consuming paleolithic diets that are void of refined sugars, grains, milk and dairy products.”  He discusses a randomized controlled study, by Smith et al., showing that high glycemic diets increase the intensity of acne and sebum production; and also explains the evidence of another acne study showing a low glycemic load diet reduced the size of sebaceous glands, decreased inflammation, and diminished the expression of pro-inflammatory interleukin-8 and sterol regulatory element binding protein-1 (SREBP-1), the key transcription factor of lipid biosynthesis, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22678562.

There is a direct connection with diet and acne through nutrient signaling. Acne outbreak occurs with high glycemic load and increased insulin ( IGF-1) and leucine (found in dairy products) levels.

Melnik  maintains Gelfand’s position and says, “Acne should be considered a disease of civilization, like obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer induced by Western diet. Early dietary counseling of teenage acne patients is thus a great opportunity for dermatology, which will not only help to improve acne but may reduce the long-term adverse effects of the Western diet and on more serious (genetic mTORC1-driven) diseases of civilization.”

Despite government guidelines and many expert opinions, mounting evidence continues to build towards eating foods that reduce inflammation (coconut and omega 3 foods) and maintain a normal glycemic load to circumvent insulin spikes (fats, protein, nuts/seeds, low glycemic non starchy salad vegetables). Eating balanced meals that are healthy and inline with lowering carbohydrates is the best way to treat and prevent skin conditions and many illnesses that plague us.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in acne, psoriasis, wellness

 

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