Review of Kite Shield Mosquito Repellent

Review of Kite Shield Mosquito Repellent

 

The Kite formula is natural, DEET-free, and safe for both users and the environment (and therefore able to bypass the EPA’s approval process in production.)

But unlike citronella and the old-lady-perfumey Avon Skin So Soft my grandma used to rub all over me as bug spray, Kite says its Shield is actually effective, lasting for up to 4 hours per application, and safe to reapply every 2 hours without freaking out your skin or making your urine turn green.

Kite Shield’s patent-pending formula works by targeting mosquitoes’ sensing receptors -the part of the insect that guides them towards a food source. It’s synergistic blend of botanical active ingredients confuses the receptors and creates a barrier on the skin.

According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is spray Kite Shield on your skin and the mosquito-blocking shield of protection goes to work. Kite Shield makes you virtually invisible- if they can’t find you, they can’t bite you!

 

 

How it Works

 

Kite Shield works by masking the carbon dioxide humans off-gas, which attracts mosquitos to us to begin with. It “confuses” the blood-suckers’ sensing receptors and, effectively, shrouds you in a Cloak of Invisibility.

Kite says the spray has been proven to fight off Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes for up to 4 hours, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for up to 2 hours, and Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes for up to 90 minutes.

Kite Shield has not been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because it qualifies for exemption from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 

 

 

 

 

Scientific Testing

 

Kite Shield has been clinically tested, and  is scientifically proven to be effective, DEET-free and safer for you and the planet.

 

 

What You Need to Know About Kite Shield

 

 

  • Kite Shield contains lemongrass oil, thyme oil, peppermint oil, corn oil, wintergreen oil, vanillin, and isopropyl alcohol.

 

  • Kite Shield does not include DEET.  Most people are trying to avoid products with DEET, which is known to cause damage to plastics, acetate, rayon, spandex, furniture finishes, leather, painted or varnished surfaces, nail polish, and watch crystals.

 

  • Kite Shield repels three types of mosquitos: Aedis aegypti, Culex quinquefasciatus, Anopheles quadrimaculatus. The repellent will protect up to 4 hours against Culex quinquefasciatus, 2 hours against Aedis aegypti, and 90 minutes against Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes. You should re-apply Kite Shield every 2 hours.

 

Drawbacks

  • Kite Shield has not been tested on pregnant women or babies or toddlers..  In these cases, go over the ingredient list with your doctor to determine if the product is suitable.

 

  • Kite Shield has not been tested for compatibility with all types of fabric. Before using Kite Shield on your clothing, test it on a small inconspicuous area to ensure that the fabric will not be stained by the natural, botanical oils in the formulation. For areas where mosquito infestations are extreme, consider applying Kite Shield to your skin and wearing long sleeved shirts and pants to increase your protection.

 

  • Kite Shield has not yet been tested against other insects such as midges, biting flies, bed bugs & therefore the manufacturer cannot make claims to  attest to its efficacy against these insects at this time.
  • Mosquito species within each genus are relatively closely related to one another, so Kite Shield may be effective against other species as well, but this hasn’t been proven; there isn’t supporting efficacy nor duration data because the product cannot be practically tested against all species. However, the efficacy data provided by the manufacturer is against the three most common species that mosquito repellents are tested against, so chances are you’ll have the protection you need in most circumstances.

 

 

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Why is “Heartburn No More” The #1 Best Selling Acid Reflux EBook?

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Why Is Heartburn No More The Best Selling Acid Reflux Book In Internet History, With Thousands Of Satisfied (And Now Heartburn Free) Users In 121 Countries Worldwide?

 

Heartburn No More is the #1 best selling acid reflux ebook in the history of the Internet for a reason…

 

 

 

 

Thousands of women and men of every age have completely cured their acid reflux condition and gained complete freedom from digestive disorders naturally, without drugs, antacids or “magic potions,” simply by using the clinically proven, scientifically-accurate step by step method found inside this amazing heartburn freedom guidebook.

 

 

Jeff Martin, a certified nutritionist, health consultant and author has not just pumped out yet another “anti-reflux program” into an already over-saturated market. Jeff’s Heartburn No More can be more accurately described as a “Acid Reflux Bible.” It is quite simply one of the most comprehensive, complete, and precise guides to acid reflux freedom you will ever read. What makes it so much different than other heartburn publications on the market?

 

Well first of all, it’s not just a “heartburn relief” program, it’s an acid reflux cure program. This may seem like semantics or wordplay at first, but once you’ve read just the first chapters, there will be no doubt in your mind that pursuing “heartburn relief” is not only the wrong goal, it may be the reason that you’ve failed to stop and maintain your ‘acid reflux free internal environment’. Heartburn No More shows you exactly why you should fix the internal problem that’s causing your heartburn, not just masking the symptoms or getting relief and then goes on to show you exactly how to do it.

 

 

Secondly, what makes Heartburn No More different is the amount of attention that is paid to each and every element required to achieve permanent freedom from acid reflux symptoms and from digestive disorders. Heartburn No More not only thoroughly discusses the lies, myths and fallacies surrounding a very confusing subject, it is simply the most detailed book about heartburn, GERD and Gastro Intestinal health ever written.

 

The Heartburn No More book is quite extensive (150 pages of rock solid content) which focuses on 100% natural acid reflux treatment. That means there aren’t recommendations for harsh prescription drugs with nasty side effects.

 

In the Heartburn No More core formula section (The 5 step system) – Nothing is held back. In this section, Jeff gives a detailed overview of each step, and then dives into the specifics in a perfect chronological order.

 

There are also outstanding charts and checklists which make it very easy to know where you are at in the program and follow it.

 

Because the Heartburn No More program is not a quick fix ‘fairy tale’ cure but a complete holistic solution aimed at eliminating the root cause of heartburn and digestive disorders (regardless of their severity) and ensure you will permanently be acid reflux-free, it does take work and persistence to complete. “The dictionary is the only place success comes before work” says Jeff, as he emphasizes the “no quick fix” philosophy behind the entire book.

 

If there is any drawback to the Heartburn No More ebook, it’s that it contains so much information, that some readers may find it a bit overwhelming. Those who are looking for a quick start type of acid reflux program, might be a bit intimated at first. The good part however, is that even these types of readers can feel confident and assured that it will be worth the effort because this will literally be the last book they ever have to buy on the subject.

 

 

Who will benefit most from Heartburn No More?

 

In the broadest sense, anyone and everyone who needs to cure their acid reflux and regain their natural inner balance will benefit from Heartburn No More. This ebook is honestly for everyone. Even people without heartburn. This is a total health rejuvenation program better than 98% of the nutrition and alternative health books on the market. In fact, the advice in this ebook is guaranteed to help you with any other health condition you might have, especially if you suffer from digestive disorders such as IBS, Leaky Gut Syndrome, bloating, chronic constipation, Hiatal Hernia, Yeast Infection and Candida Albicans overgrowth.

 

In terms of graphic design, Heartburn No More is a clean and professionally formatted PDF e-book. It is well organized and ideal for printing and reading in the comfort of your own home.

 

This impressive and unique publication has changed many lives and the hundreds of inspiring testimonials and success stories are found on the Heartburn No More website archives as proof.

 

 

The Bottom line

 

Anyone looking for a quick fix solution to GERD, anyone looking to be told fairy-tales, and anyone looking for a “magic bullet”, acid reflux pills, over the counters, heartburn freedom in 2 days hyped up programs should not waste his or her time with Heartburn No More.

 

On the other hand, anyone searching for the truth about acid reflux and digestive disorders and who is ready and willing to put in some work and make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve acid reflux freedom, will find Heartburn No More to be one of the best investments they ever made in their lives. Click here to learn more about Jeff Martin’s Heartburn No More

 

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Heartburn No More is a Proven Drug Free Holistic System for Eliminating Acid Reflux and Heartburn

 

The Heartburn No More program is an original high quality product and one of the most comprehensive holistic acid reflux solutions I have come across in my research.

 

The Heartburn No More book contains over 180 pages of rock solid content and outlines never seen before clinically proven methods to cure and prevent acid reflux, and has a money-back guarantee.

 

 

 

 

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Overcommitted and Burned Out

 

 

 

 

We in the ‘civilized’ Western world have way more to do than is doable.

 

Does the term “overcommitted” fit you?  If you are a caregiver, likely it does.  

 

You probably don’t have time to read this, but I am glad you are.

 

 

 

 

Defining and Studying Overcommitment

 

According to a German study , the term ‘overcommitted’ refers to people who are doing way too much. And more specifically, we also have a high need for approval for the things that we do.

 

We are talking about a type A behavior personality where a person has a lot of ambition, likes to control things, and needs approval too.

 

People who are overcommitted generally try to do much more than is humanly possible, and they use up their all energy in the process, to the point that they can get sick to the point of exhaustion and poor health. In some natural medicine circles, this will lead to what is called ‘adrenal fatigue’, a condition where the adrenal system is working sub optimally.

 

 

Why Overcommitment Is Not Good For You

 

Overcommitment has been shown to lead to a number of issues including:

 

  • depression
  • diabetes
  • sleep problems
  • inflammatory disease (like autoimmune illness) and
  • cardiovascular disease.

 

When you are temporarily overcommitted, and in an anxious state, your body tries to help you cope, by making many more stress hormones and also chemicals that can raise inflammation in your body. In the short term, these will help you muster the energy to cope with the stressor and get through.  It is like when you are running from a bear, you want those stress hormones to kick up your speed and make you stronger. And you want those inflammation molecules just in case there is a fight, so you can fight the infection from any injury that might happen.

 

Unfortunately, overcommitted people run hot like this all the time. They are always running from the “bear.”  In the long term, these stress hormones and inflammatory chemicals tend to start doing more damage than good: they beat up the brain, the linings of the blood vessels. They deposit fat in places they shouldn’t and there’s often poor blood sugar control. This is why so many diseases become more likely when we are overcommitted.

 

When you are chronically running from a bear, you will notice your resilience to stress starts to buckle too. Your sleep can be affected, and for women, hormonal issues start cropping up, including difficult periods with pain and emotional challenges, fertility issues and sufferable menopause symptoms too. For men, libido and sexual performance will go way down, fatigue takes over, and anxiety and depression can hit as well. For those genetically prone, they may end up with allergies, headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, high blood pressure, or the opposite postural hypotension (a condition where blood pressure drops easily).

 

The German study from 2008 looked at 53 teachers (20 men and 22 women).  Teachers are a group notoriously known to overcommit despite the fact that they are given little appreciation.  They tested each person to find out who were over-committers, and who were not. What they found was the people who were demonstrated to be overcommitted in their lives had a tough time creating the stress response needed to keep up with the demands of life. Like in the case of adrenal fatigue, these people were running from the bear for so long, they couldn’t even make the hormones they needed to keep it up.

 

This makes these teachers and all of us over committers especially vulnerable to the burnout.

 

 

How To Protect Yourself and Heal from Overcommitment

 

Overcommitment syndrome as a very common underlying cause of illness. While most people can’t just completely stop their lives,there are a few ways to rethink and support your mind and body:

 

 

 

 

1 – Sleep a little more

Sleep is the best way to rejuvenate the body and the stress system. Trying to get to bed early (by 10 or 11 PM) goes a long way to lower inflammation and heal. Don’t exercise if you are not getting enough sleep, for you may deplete yourself more.

 

 

 

 

2 – Remember that ‘no’ is a sentence: it’s okay to say no sometimes.

 

Realize that you do not have to go to everything. You also don’t have to be the volunteer for that church or community project, because you feel guilty. You may not need to check all those emails or answer every facebook comment at night. You can also opt out of extra work – it won’t kill your career. It’s okay to let someone else do it;  delegate when you can.

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Meditation: even one minute twice a day will help shift your body from “I’m running from a bear” stress mode to “I can be in the present” mode.

 

 

This will open up your digestive tract and lower inflammation in the body, as well as allow your brain to repair from all the stress hormones. Overcommitters live in the future – visiting the present can help break the cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 – Eat a High Energy Diet, and Lose Weight if Necessary

Being well-nourished and at a healthy weight will increase your resilience.  Read about the diet I recommend for weight loss and energy.

 

 

 

 

 

5 – Take some Supplements:

 

Supplements for general health and mood, as supported by research, are a high quality multivitamin/mineral supplement , a fish oil supplement  and a probiotic.  These can help gently support systems that are constantly under siege.

 

 

Recommended: MegaFood One Daily, Dr. Tobias Optimum Omega 3 Fish Oil and Naturewise Time Release Probiotics

 

 

 

 

6 – Find places for support: look towards friends, family, and other overcommiters to share the burden.

 

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7 – Prioritize: going along with #2, know that you can’t do everything… so sit down in a quiet place and pick what is most important and make that the focus.

 

 

 

8 – Adrenal Testing and Support: There’s a test called a saliva adrenal test or saliva stress test, and it can show function of your adrenal system.

There are correlations between non-optimal adrenal function (aka “adrenal fatigue”) associated with orthostatic hypotension, POTS Syndrome (postural orthostatic tachycardia), chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, as well as inflammatory issues like lupus and other autoimmune diseases. 

Once you have the information from this test, you can pick the right herbs and supplements as well as lifestyle choices to boost your adrenals. 

Recommended: Adrenal Home (Saliva) Stress Test from ZRT Laboratory

 

For some people, an adrenal supportive supplement can help gently nourish the adrenal glands when they are not responding as well as possible.
 

For adrenal help, use a combination that includes ashwanganda, B vitamins and mushrooms. There are many quality supplements out there for this purpose.

I like NutraBorn Optimal Adrenal Support.  Talk to your holistic doctor to learn which might be best for you.

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Is The SoClean CPAP Cleaner Worth Buying?

There is a distinct scent that your mask has when it emerges from SoClean. The company describes it as a very mild bleach smell (similar to after a thunderstorm) that can be dissipated by blowing air through the mask for about 15 seconds prior to use.

 

Is The SoClean CPAP Cleaner Worth Buying?

 

 

The SoClean is a unique machine that disinfects, sanitizes and cleans your CPAP machine, mask, hose, water reservoir and other accessories without having to take your CPAP apart.

 

The SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizing Machine uses activated oxygen cleaning to eliminate any mold, bacteria, and viruses that may be lingering in your home CPAP Machine.

You put your mask (with the hose and straps still attached) in a black box a bit larger than a toaster, set the timer and bacteria and mold are blasted away in a few minutes by “activated oxygen, ” which the machine pumps through the CPAP reservoir, hose and mask. This is a natural process that kills bacteria, mold and viruses upon contact. SoClean is designed to be an environmentally-safe means of avoiding bacteria build-up that occurs over time even with regular soap and water cleanings.

 

 

Features

 

The SoClean comes packed with quite a bunch of features. This machine was built with a sleek design and small footprint in mind.

Probably the best feature of the SoClean is that it will sanitize your entire CPAP without requiring you to remove the mask, hose or reservoir.

The SoClean destroys 99.9% of CPAP bacteria, viruses, and mold, without the use of chemicals or water.  The machine is FDA registered and independently lab tested.

This is a versatile unit, which can connect to your CPAP, Bi-PAP, VPAP or BPAP.

It has an automatic safety shut-off, and does not require any assembly.

There is also a front display alerting you to when it is done cleaning and allowing you to customize what and how long you want it to stay in the cleaner.  The indicator light will come on when the cleaner hits certain spots of the cleaning cycle.

 

 

 

How It Works

 

Activated oxygen is the formation of an added atom to oxygen (O), this atom is attached to the oxygen we breathe (O2), making it an (O3).  This (O3) is a new molecule that has an stunning ability to destroy germs and organisms through oxidation.  This technology makes the SoClean an effective CPAP cleaner.

 

The SoClean machine produces “activated oxygen” (O3) and pumps it into you CPAP machine’s humidifier.  It is able to connect to your CPAP by fitting its hose into the humidifier reservoir.

 

First, the activated oxygen travels and sanitizes the reservoir and water inside
the humidifier.  The (O3) then passes through the main hose which kills germs as it goes through.

 

Second, the activated oxygen (O3) then travels through your CPAP mask and is released into the compartment that holds the mask.  This ensures that the interior and exterior of the mask comes in contacted with the activated oxygen.

 

Third,  the activated oxygen is then safely trapped within a special closed system.  This ensures that both the outside environment and the delicated wires and electronics of the CPAP are exposed.

The SoClean machine only needs to run for about five minutes but the items should be left inside for about 2 hours to complete the process.

 

Timothy Leyva, creator of the device, explains in a press release that “the SoClean allows for daily, hands-free sanitizing of CPAP machines. Having a freshly-sanitized CPAP machine will prevent bacteria build-up helping to avoid respiratory infections and make for a significantly better user experience.”

 

Leyva added, “Knowing that the CPAP is always clean, ready, and safe to use increases the likelihood that sleep apnea sufferers will wear it every night.”

 

It is definitely much less labor-intensive than hand-washing everything. In fact, the timer can be set just once for the SoClean to run at the same time each day. Just drop the mask in, close the lid and be on your way.

 

The best part is that the cleaning occurs without having to disassemble everything (which CPAP users hate doing). The device hooks into the CPAP unit so the reservoir is being cleaned at the same time as the mask via the hose.

 

 

SoClean Drawbacks

 

Though this machine gives you everything you would want out of a CPAP machine cleaner, its price tag leaves more to be desired.  Or should I say less?  The price of this machine is expensive and for some it will break the bank. 

Also, there is a distinct scent that your mask has when it emerges from SoClean. The company describes it as a very mild bleach smell (similar to after a thunderstorm) that can be dissipated by blowing air through the mask for about 15 seconds prior to use.

Read Amazon customer reviews for the SoClean.

 

 

 

Video User Manual for the SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner & Sanitizer

 


 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The SoClean adds a new level of convenience to CPAP users’ lives by  sanitizing and disinfects your CPAP accessories such as your mask, hose, and water reservoir (including the water inside) without needing to take any pieces apart.

Full and complete sanitizing is accomplished without any messy chemicals or even the use of water. Your equipment remains completely dry, and the SoClean machine uses safe, natural, activated oxygen to thoroughly sanitize your CPAP system.

 Remember that the the filter and check valve should be replaced every six months, so you may also want an extra Cartridge Filter Kit for the SoClean. 

The Cartridge Filter Kit includes one replacement filter and one replacement check valve for the SoClean.


This kit is suitable for all SoClean machines with “1200SC” in the serial number. The cartridge filter converts activated oxygen back to regular oxygen as it leaves the SoClean 2 chamber. The check valve prevents water from your CPAP from damaging your CPAP electronics.

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some helpful information on the SoClean.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

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Cure Your Kidney Stones Without Medication or Surgery

 

Kidney stones usually form within the kidney, where urine collects before flowing into the ureter, the tube that leads to the bladder. Small kidney stones are able to pass out of the body in the urine — and may go completely unnoticed by you. But larger stones can irritate and stretch the ureter as they move toward the bladder, blocking the flow of urine and causing excruciating pain. Sometimes, a stone can be too large to pass into the ureter and can remain lodged in the kidney.

 

Why some people form kidney stones and others don’t is not always clear. Kidney stone disease is more common in young and middle-aged adults than in the elderly, and more prevalent in men than women. People living in hot climates are sometimes prone to kidney stones because they may become dehydrated more often than those in cooler climates, which concentrates the minerals in their urine and makes crystal formation easier. Medical evidence suggests that drinking too few fluids can increase the risk for forming kidney stones.

 

Most urinary stones are composed of calcium oxalate crystals — a kind of salt in the urine that’s difficult to dissolve. Uric acid is a less common cause of stones. If your urine is chronically infected with certain organisms, you can be prone to getting different types of kidney stones, as well.

 

Certain people are frequent “stone formers.” A person who has one stone has a 50% chance of developing another stone within the next 7 years.

 

Kidney stones may form when the normal balance of water, salts, minerals, and other substances found in urine changes. How this balance changes determines the type of kidney stone you have. Most kidney stones are calcium-type-they form when the calcium levels in your urine change.

 

Things that change your urine balance include:

 

  • Not drinking enough water. When you don’t drink enough water, the salts, minerals, and other substances in the urine can stick together and form a stone. This is the most common cause of kidney stones.
  • Medical conditions. Many medical conditions can affect the normal balance and cause stones to form. Examples include gout and inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease.

 

More commonly, kidney stones can run in families, as stones often occur in family members over several generations.

 

In rare cases, a person forms kidney stones because the parathyroid glands produce too much of a hormone. This leads to higher calcium levels and possibly calcium kidney stones.

 

Several risk factors (things that put you at risk) for kidney stones make it more likely that you will get them. Some of these things you can control, and others you cannot.

 

 

 


Risk Factors You Can Control

 

  • Your diet. Diets high in protein, sodium, and oxalate-rich foods, such as dark green vegetables, increase your risk for kidney stones. If you think that your diet may be a problem, schedule an appointment with a dietitian and review your food choices.

 

 

 

 

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  • Being overweight. This can cause both insulin resistance and increased calcium in the urine, which can result in a greater risk for kidney stones.

 

  • Medicine. Some medicines, such as acetazolamide (Diamox) and indinavir (Crixivan), can cause kidney stones to form.

 

 

Risk Factors You Can’t Control

 

  • Age and gender.Men between the ages of 30 and 50 are most likely to get kidney stones.Postmenopausal women with low estrogen levels have an increased risk for kidney stones. Women who have had their ovaries removed are also at increased risk.

 

  • Postmenopausal women with low estrogen levels have an increased risk for kidney stones, as are women who have had their ovaries removed.

 

  • family history of kidney stones.

 

  • A personal history of frequent urinary tract infections.

 

  • Other diseases or conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, hyperparathyroidism, or gout.

 

  • Intestinal surgery or gastric bypass surgery.

 

 

 

Symptoms of a Kidney Stone

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Kidney stones form in the kidney. If they stay in the kidney, they typically do not cause pain. When they travel out of the body through the tubes of the urinary tract (including the ureters, which connect the kidney to the bladder, or the urethra, which leads outside the body)

 

The movement of kidney stones in the body may cause:

 

  • No symptoms, if the stone is small enough.
  • Sudden, severe pain that gets worse in waves. Stones may cause intense pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin, or genitals. People who have had a kidney stone often describe the pain as “the worst pain I’ve ever had.”
  • Feeling sick to the stomach (nausea) and vomiting.
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria), which can occur either with stones that stay in the kidney or with those that travel through the ureters.
  • Frequent and painful urination, which may occur when the stone is in the ureter or after the stone has left the bladder and is in the urethra. Painful urination may occur when a urinary tract infection is also present.

 

Conditions with similar symptoms include appendicitis, hernias, ectopic pregnancy, and prostatitis.

 

 

Treatments

 

For small stones, most people don’t need any treatment other than taking pain medicine and drinking enough fluids.

 

Treatment for your first stone

 

If your doctor thinks the stone can pass on its own, and if you feel you can deal with the pain, he or she may suggest home treatment, including:

 

  • Using pain medicine. Nonprescription medicine, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may relieve your pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain medicine if needed.
  • Drinking enough fluids. You’ll need to keep drinking water and other fluids when you are passing a kidney stone.

 

If your pain is too severe, if the stones are blocking the urinary tract , or if you also have an infection, your doctor will probably suggest a medical procedure, such as lithotripsy, or surgery to deal with the stone.

 

 

Other Treatments

 

Other treatments for kidney stones are much more common than surgery. You may need one of these treatments if your pain is very bad, your stone is blocking the urinary tract, or you have an infection.

 

Your options include:

 

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). ESWL uses shock waves  that pass easily through the body but are strong enough to break up a kidney stone. This is the most commonly used medical procedure for treating kidney stones.
  • Ureteroscopy. The surgeon passes a very thin viewing tool (ureteroscope)  up the urinary tract  to the stone’s location, and then he or she uses tools to remove the stone or break it up for easier removal. You may need a small, hollow tube (ureteral stent) placed in the ureter to keep it open for a short time and drain urine and any stone pieces. This procedure is often used for stones that have moved from the kidney to the ureter.

 

Whether these treatments will work for you will depend on the size of the stone, its location in the urinary tract, and your overall health.

 

 

Surgery

 

Surgery is sometimes needed to treat kidney stones. Surgery is only needed when the kidney stone is very large, caused by an infection (staghorn calculi), blocking the flow of urine out of the kidney, or causing other problems like severe bleeding.

 

In percutaneous nephrolithotomy or nephrolithotripsy, the surgeon makes a small cut in your back. He or she then puts a hollow tube into your kidney  and either removes (lithotomy) or breaks up and removes (lithotripsy) the stone. This surgery may be used if other procedures do not work or if you have a very large stone.

 

In open surgery, the surgeon makes a cut in your side or stomach to reach the kidneys. He or she removes the stone.

 

If your kidney stones were caused by a problem with your parathyroid gland , your doctor may suggest surgery to remove a parathyroid gland or glands (parathyroidectomy). This can help prevent future kidney stones.

 

 

New Journal of Urology Study

Exposes Risks of Kidney Stone Surgery

 

As more patients undergo a minimally invasive procedure to remove kidney stones, the rate of complications from the surgery is also rising, according to a new study.

 

The procedure — called percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) — involves making a small incision in the back and using a hollow scope to remove medium to large kidney stones.

 

Although the death rate related to the procedure remained low over the 10-year study period, certain complications, including blood infection, have soared. Patients were at higher risk of developing complications if they were older, sicker and treated in more recent years, the study found.

 

“We believe the broad use of this procedure, especially in older and sicker patients, may be the reason [for the increased rate of complications],” Dr. Khurshid Ghani and colleagues said in a news release from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

 

For the study, published recently in the Journal of Urology, the researchers analyzed data from more than 80,000 patients over age 18 in the United States who had the procedure between 1999 and 2009.

 

During that time, its use increased 47 percent, most notably among women.

 

The presence of other disorders or diseases at the time of surgery increased during the study period, and overall complications rose from about 12 percent to nearly 16 percent. Of particular note, the incidence of blood infection (sepsis) doubled from 1.2 percent to 2.4 percent.

 

The rate of death related to the procedure remained essentially unchanged at 0 to 0.4 percent. Deaths that did occur were in older patients, the study found.

 

Preventing future stones

 

After you have had a kidney stone, you are more likely to have one again.

You may be able to prevent getting more kidney stones by drinking more fluids and making changes in your diet. Talk with your doctor or a dietitian if you need help with your diet. If you have risk factors (things that put you at risk) for having more stones, such as a family history of stones, your doctor may suggest medicines that help prevent stones from forming.

 

What to think about

 

You may need more treatment for your kidney stones if you have continuing problems and:

 

  • A lot of urinary tract infections.
  • Decreased kidney function.
  • A single kidney.
  • An impaired immune system.
  • Have had a kidney transplant.

 

 

Recommended: Cure For Kidney Stones

 

There is an alternative to the methods widely used in conventional medicine. The real tragedy is that those methods are not yet well known. Kidney stones affect all sorts of people. Men and women, young and old; we are all at risk.

There are various reasons why this knowledge is not yet widely available; there is an awful lot of money involved in the treatment and diagnosis of kidney stones. You’ve got prescriptions, clinical fees, expensive painkillers, the latest imaging techniques, radiologists, anesthetists, surgery fees, over the counter medication. This all costs money.

I’m not saying there’s an actual conspiracy but I would urge you to stop and think for a second. Think of all those people who are paid to treat your kidney stones. Is it really in their best interests to actually go out and find a cheap and natural cure that works?

 

Download Cure For Kidney Stones today and avoid the need for painful surgery.

 

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn:

 

 

The Truth About Kidney Stones

Learn the facts about the nature of kidney stones and how they interfere with your genito-urinary system. Use this knowledge to defeat kidney stones yourself.

 

The Five Step Plan to Combat Kidney Stones

This plan is the culmination of my groundbreaking research and it gives you everything you need to know to bring an end to the misery of kidney stones. The plan represents a combination of the latest findings in chemistry, biology, medicine and nutrition. It describes the five very simple steps you need to take in order for your kidney stones to dissolve. Follow my advice and you will see immediate results.

 

The Post-Recovery After Care System

As well as setting out a plan for making your kidney stones disappear, Cure For Kidney Stones also demonstrates how you can live a life free of kidney stones – forever. Find out the basic changes you can make to your diet and to your daily routine in order to make sure kidney stones never return.

 

A Word of Warning

You may have been provided with dietary advice concerning kidney stones by your doctor or other medical practitioners. My research has shown that some of the standard advice is not only wrong, it’s actually harmful. Cure For Kidney Stones reveals everything you need to know. Read this now and make the necessary changes to your diet before your pain gets any worse.

 

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Kidney Disease – Now What?

 

Kidney Disease: Early Detection and Treatment

 

Many Americans know nothing about kidney disease—until it’s too late.

 

“Unlike many diseases, kidney disease often has no symptoms until it is very advanced,” says Andrew Narva, M.D., Director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) a part of the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

 

“For this reason and others, it is important for people to not only become aware of their risk, but also to learn about the steps they can take to keep their kidneys healthier longer. An important step is to get tested.”

 

That testing is even more important for populations that are at higher risk for kidney disease, such as African Americans, adds Dr. Narva.

 

 

Your doctor can do very simple tests to check for kidney disease:

 

  • Measure the level of serum creatinine in your blood to estimate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR)

 

  • Measure the level of protein in your urine (increased levels of protein show your kidneys are not working right)

 

  • Check your blood pressure.

 

 

How can you tell if you are at risk for kidney disease?

 

 

  • Do you have diabetes (problems with your blood sugar)?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you have heart disease?
  • Did your mother, father, sister, or brother have kidney disease? (Kidney disease runs in families.)

 

 

 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are at risk for kidney disease.

 

Now is the time to get tested.

 

Your health care provider will order two simple tests to check your kidneys—a blood test to check your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and a urine test to check for protein.

 

 

GFR—A blood test measures how much blood your kidneys filter each minute, which is known as your GFR (glomerular filtration rate). This shows how well your kidneys are working. A GFR of 60 or higher is in the normal range. A GFR below 60 may mean you have kidney disease. You can’t raise your GFR, but you can try to keep it from going lower.

 

Urine Protein—A urine test checks for protein in your urine, which can be a sign of kidney disease. Protein can leak into the urine when the filters in the kidneys are damaged.

 

This test has several different names, including a check for “proteinuria,” “albuminuria,” or “microalbuminuria.” It can also be called a “urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio.”

 

 

Treating Kidney Disease

 

Kidney disease is usually a progressive disease, which means that the damage in the kidneys tends to be permanent and can’t be undone. So it is important to identify kidney disease early before the damage is done.

 

 

The good news is that kidney disease can be treated very effectively if it is caught in the early stages. This is very important, since kidney disease also makes your risks for heart disease and stroke higher.

 

 

For people who have diabetes, monitoring blood glucose levels is very important. Your health care provider can help you find the right device for doing this if you are diagnosed with diabetes.

 

Controlling blood pressure is also very important for people with kidney disease. There are several types of medicine that help people keep their blood pressure in a healthy range. Two kinds of medicines, ACEi (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors) and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) also help to protect the kidneys.

 

 

Kidney Failure: What Then?

 

If one or both kidneys fail completely and the damage can’t be reversed, the condition is called kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). When this occurs, your kidneys can no longer filter wastes well enough to keep you healthy. The symptoms for ESRD include fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and itching.

 

Treatments for kidney failure include dialysis or transplantation.

 

There are two major types of dialysis:

 

In hemodialysis, blood is run through an external filter and the clean blood is returned to the body. Hemodialysis is usually done at a dialysis center three times a week.

 

Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdominal cavity (the space in your body that holds organs like the stomach, intestines, and liver) to filter your blood. This kind of dialysis is needed daily but it can be performed at home, while you sleep.

 

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A kidney transplant is an operation that places a healthy kidney in your body. The transplanted kidney takes over the work of the two kidneys that failed, and you no longer need dialysis.

 

 

 

Research on Progression of Kidney Disease

 

 

Many researchers are studying kidney disease. They are looking for ways to improve diagnosis, make treatments more effective, and make dialysis and transplantation work better. Several areas of research supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) hold great potential.

 

NIDDK is sponsoring a major study—the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) study—to learn more about how kidney disease progresses. CRIC is following 3,000 adults for seven years. All study participants have mild to moderate kidney disease, and about half have diabetes.

 

Researchers think that some CRIC study participants’ kidney function will decline more rapidly than others’, and that some will develop cardiovascular disease while others won’t. The goal of the study is to identify the factors linked to rapid decline of kidney function and development of cardiovascular disease.

 

A Personal Note to My Readers –

 

 

Are you struggling with impaired kidney function or kidney disease or even kidney dialysis?

It can come as a huge shock to you when the doctor says that your kidneys are not working properly … and even more shocking when they say that it isn’t possible to reverse kidney damage

You may have even been told that it is a downward slippery slide from here.

This is not true.

Duncan Capicchiano, 2nd generation Naturopath, Researcher and Author – was driven to find a solution to this problem when one of his close family members was diagnosed with severe impaired kidney function.

If you have experienced this … you, too, are probably hoping and praying that someone would find a real solution for you; one that delivers on its promises and you get the results of feeling better than you have for a long time.

Now, I hope you haven’t been given the dreaded news that it’s time to go onto dialysis … but in case you have … you need to read these inspirational stories of coming off dialysis. (And … yes, I have heard people say this isn’t possible! – but it is in some cases.)

 

“My kidney function was at 9% (stage 5) … I was dialyzing Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I didn’t want a kidney transplant … Within 7 weeks my kidney function went from 9% (stage 5) to 16% (stage 4) and … dialyze Tuesday and Saturday … [to] off dialysis [within months]!”

 

Charbel – Sydney, Australia

 

“… guy told me I had “End Stage Renal Failure” (ESRF) and set me up for either a kidney transplant or dialysis. I declined this at first but finally, because I could hardly walk any more – let alone able to do any exercise, I consented.

This is when I came across your Kidney Disease Solution. I was excited when I came to your statement that one could take your treatment even when undergoing dialysis. So I immediately purchased your eBook.

I was thrilled to notice I began to feel better within a couple of days. The nephrologist had never heard of anyone going off dialysis. I am getting set up for dialysis right away, but as soon as my blood work shows that my kidneys are up to par I am going to get the catheter removed. I am feeling considerably better today after only being on your course for only about ten days.”

 

Stephen Pepler – Ottawa, Canada

 

Take a chance today … and try this program … you won’t regret it when you reverse your kidney disease or impaired kidney function like Stephen and Charbel … and many other very happy people around the world.

 

Find out how to reverse your kidney disease here.

Regards

Laurie

PS – Don’t worry … contrary to medical belief – kidney disease and impaired kidney function can be reversed … when you know how.

 

 

 

 

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Diabetes Myths – What Should You Believe?

 

 

Diabetes is a serious disease that can be life-threatening if it is not properly managed.

 

Being able to know what is true and what is a myth is important when it comes to diabetes because proper treatment begins with proper knowledge.

 

 

In this article I will cover common myths and information for family caregivers, people with diabetes and people at risk for diabetes .

 

See also Type 2 Diabetes – A Complete Guide

 

 

Its Not That Serious

 

One of the most common myths associated with diabetes is that diabetes is not that serious. With the proper management and care diabetes can be controlled and complications can be prevented, but it is important to know how to properly manage the disease.

 

Even though many people think that diabetes is not that serious, more people die each year from diabetes than from breast cancer and AIDS combined. It is also said that 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease or a stroke so it is very important for those with diabetes to monitor their health and food choices.

 

 

You Have to Eat Diabetic Food

 

 

Another common myth is that people with diabetes have to eat diabetic food. Even though some people believe that diabetic foods are best for diabetics, there is no evidence to suggest that diabetic foods provide any benefits beyond that of regular food.

 

People with diabetes can enjoy the same foods as the rest of their family but they should try to promote a healthy diet for all family members. As mentioned in the last section, 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke so it is important to maintain healthy eating habits to prevent these complications.

 

Diabetics should monitor their sodium and fat intake and limit the amount of carbohydrates that they eat but this is important for all people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle so those with diabetes do not need to prepare their food any differently than they would for the rest of their family.

 

 

Diabetes is Caused by Being Fat and Eating Sugar

 

 

Many people believe that being overweight or eating too much sugar causes diabetes. While these things can increase the risk of getting diabetes, it cannot be said that either one actually causes diabetes.

 

Most people that are overweight will never develop diabetes because diabetes is usually caused by a combination of weight, age, ethnicity and family history and not just weight alone.

 

 

Statistics also show that many people with diabetes are at a healthy weight or only slightly overweight which again goes to show that weight is not the only factor to consider when it comes to diabetes.

 

Sugary products are also commonly thought of as causing diabetes, but as with weight they are only one factor to consider. Eating or drinking products high in sugar can raise blood sugar and cause weight gain so it is important to limit your intake of these products. That does not mean that anyone who is worried about getting diabetes has to give up all sugar, but it is important to consume sugar in moderation in order to be healthy.

 

 

Diabetics Can’t Eat Sweets

 

 

Another common myth about diabetes is that people with diabetes cannot eat sweets. As mentioned in the last section many people believe that sugar causes diabetes and that people with diabetes cannot eat sweets. People with diabetes should limit their consumption of sweets but they do not have to give up all sweets because of their diagnosis. Giving up all foods that are high in sugar or fat will lead to cravings which can cause people to indulge and overeat.

 

To avoid cravings, people with diabetes should maintain a healthy diet that includes occasional sweets so that they will not feel deprived and over indulge. The key to eating sweets is to keep everything in moderation. It may not be a good idea to eat a large sugary dessert everyday but that does not mean that people with diabetes can only enjoy a dessert on their birthday or at holidays either.

 

People with diabetes can also look for low sugar dessert options if they plan to eat sweets on a regular basis. Many products are available that are low sugar or have no added sugar that taste just as good as the regular unhealthy version.

 

Family caregivers can help their loved ones by encouraging healthy eating and by eating the same foods as their loved one with diabetes so that they will not feel like they are missing out on good food.

 

See also Type 2 Diabetes – A Complete Guide

 

It is important for people with diabetes or people at risk for diabetes to keep these myths in mind so that they will be able to understand the disease better. The most important thing to keep in mind is that everything can be enjoyed in moderation and that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best way to manage diabetes and keep complications at a minimum.

 

 

 

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Diabetes and Depression

 

 

Breaking the Diabetes-Depression Cycle

 

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, there’s a surprising fact that you should be aware of: You may have an increased risk of depression, too.

 

The reason behind the link isn’t entirely clear, says Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD, a clinical psychologist with the Crozer-Keystone Health System in Springfield, Pennsylvania and the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers

 

“Psychologically, living with diabetes — coping with its daily management and complications — can cause sadness and perhaps major depression,” Dr. Jacobs said.

 

A September 2015 review in the International Journal of Endocrinology suggested that chronic stress might lead to insulin resistance and eventually type 2 diabetes.  

 

There are other possible explanations, too: Managing diabetes and its complications can cause sadness and perhaps major depression, says Dr. Jacobs.

 

“It’s a cyclic disease,” adds Susan Ardilio, RD, a certified diabetes educator with Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip, New York.

 

For example, you may feel bad because you can’t eat what your friends without diabetes are eating. That can lead to social isolation, which makes you feel worse. And when that happens, you might overeat or indulge in unhealthy foods — behaviors that, Ardilio explains, can worsen your diabetes and lead to depression.

 

It’s not clear if diabetes causes depression or if depression can lead to diabetes, Jacobs says. But if you’re not taking good care of your health, one condition can impact the other.

 

If you’re depressed, you might not have the motivation to maintain control of your blood sugar levels or exercise regularly. And, in fact, depression may be linked to cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes, according to a study published in the April 2015 issue of Medical Hypotheses.

 

 

How to Keep Diabetes and Depression Under Control

 

If you suspect that you’re depressed, the first step is to tell your doctor, who can help you work toward a diagnosis. While symptoms like trouble sleeping or concentrating might stem from depression, they can also be side effects of a medication or indicate a problem with your blood sugar levels. If depression is diagnosed, your doctor may recommend talk therapy and antidepressant medication if needed, Jacobs says.

 

In the meantime, these three steps can help you manage diabetes and your emotional health:

 

Exercise regularly. It’s hard to stay active if you can’t motivate yourself to move. But once you get going, you’ll see benefits in your mood and blood sugar levels. In fact, researchers found that after exercising regularly for a year, people with type 2 diabetes saw reductions in inflammation and symptoms of depression, according to a study published in August 2015 in the International Journal of Endocrinology.

 

Join a diabetes support group. They’re protected environments where you can share information, understanding, and validation — which goes a long way toward preventing depression, Jacobs says. Plus, people who attend regular support group meetings take better care of their diabetes than those who don’t, according to a study in the December 2014 issue of The Journal of Nursing Research. Find a group online through the American Diabetes Association.

 

Maximize your meals. Not only will a healthy diet help you control your blood sugar levels, but it will also help you feel better about yourself emotionally, Ardilio says. This, in turn, can ward off negative feelings and lead to better overall health, she adds. Work with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator in your area on food selection and meal planning. Many insurance plans cover visits to these specialists.

 

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Vitamin B17 – Laetrile Cancer Treatment

Vitamin B17 – Laetrile Cancer Treatment

 

 

 

Laetrile (also called amygdalin or Vitamin B17) therapy is one of the most popular and best known alternative cancer treatments. It is very simple to use and is very effective if used in high enough doses and if the product is of high quality and if it is combined with an effective cancer diet and key supplements (in other words, you need to do your homework to maximize its benefits).

 

Laetrile works by targeting and killing cancer cells and building the immune system to fend off future outbreaks of cancer. It uses two different methods for killing cancer cells. It involves a strict diet (as do all cancer treatments) and several supplements.

 

 

The Theory

 

When the laetrile compound molecule comes across a cancer cell, it is broken down into 2 molecules of glucose, 1 molecule of hydrogen cyanide and 1 molecule of benzaldehyde. In the early days of laetrile research it was assumed that the hydrogen cyanide molecule was the major cancer cell killing molecule, but now it is known that it is the benzaldehyde molecule that is by far the major reason the cancer cell is killed.

 

Laetrile therapy takes some time to work;  in spite of the marvelous design of the laetrile molecule,  the molecule happens to chemically react with the enzyme of a non-cancerous cell (i.e. rhodanese), before it reacts with the enzyme of a cancerous cell (beta-glucosidase), the rhodanese will break apart the laetrile molecule in such a way that it can no longer kill a cancer cell. Thus you have to take enough laetrile molecules, over a long enough time, that enough laetrile molecules coincidentally (as far as we know) hits all of the cancer cells first.

 

 

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The Benefits of Laetrile

 

 

1. May Help Protect Against Cancer

 

Some studies show that vitamin B17 is beneficial in avoiding cancer and keeping the spread of existing cancer cells to a minimum.  While many practitioners believe that vitamin B17 laetrile is a very good cancer treatment, most agree that it shouldn’t be the primary cancer treatment for any patient — instead, they recommend that it be used as an effective add-on supplement.

 

Vitamin B17, specifically in the form of D-amygdalin, may help with the regression and growth of cancerous cells and tumors because it exhibits selective killing effects on mutated cells, also called apoptosis. Apoptosis is a mechanism of “programmed cell death” and considered an important part of cancer treatment. Vitamin B17 compounds have the important ability to kill cancer cells more readily than killing normal, healthy cells.

 

In a study by the Department of Physiology at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, when amygdalin extract was combined with cancerous human prostate cells, the extract helped significantly induce apotosis in the prostate cancer cells. The researchers conclude that amygdalin may offer a valuable, natural option for treating prostate cancer.

 

Other animal studies show that vitamin B17 amygdalin is effective at killing cancerous bladder and brain cells under certain conditions, especially when combined with other antibody-enzyme complexes.

 

There still isn’t agreement in the medical community at this time as to whether vitamin B17 should be used as an anti-cancer treatment.

 

Recommended: Doctored Results – The Suppression of Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research 

 

2. Boosts Immunity

 

Vitamin B17 contains special properties that slow down the spread of illness throughout the body by killing harmful cells, but the exact way that vitamin B17 does this isn’t well-understood.

 

A study published in the International Journal of Radiation and Biology found that vitamin B17 amygdalin stimulated the immune system by causing a statistically significant increase in the ability of a patient’s white blood cells to attack harmful cells. 

 

One theory of vitamin B17’s effects suggests that transformation of normal cells into dangerous cells that can cause disease is normally prevented by beneficial enzymes produced within the pancreas, so vitamin B17 may help increase the production of pancreatic enzymes that destroy harmful properties within the body.

 

Vitamin B17 is also thought to help the body experience enhanced detox effects by supporting liver function. This boosts immune function by ridding the body of toxins, malignant cells and other potentially harmful substances before they cause illness or serious chronic diseases.

Another explanation of vitamin B17 mechanisms is that when vitamin B17 releases cyanide, it increases the acid content of tumors and leads to the destruction of harmful cells within the tumors, arresting their growth.

 

 

3. Reduces Pain

 

In a case series published in 1962, when patients were treated with a wide range of doses of intravenous vitamin B17 laetrile, pain relief was the primary benefit reported. Some of the patients’ responses included decreased adenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) and decreased tumor size.

 

However, patients weren’t followed long term to determine whether or not the benefits continued after treatment stopped, so it’s hard to tell whether vitamin B17 could act as a natural pain reliever for other conditions, such as arthritis.

 

 

4. Lowers High Blood Pressure

 

Vitamin B17 may cause a low blood pressure reaction due to formation of thiocyanate, a powerful blood pressurelowering agent. However, it’s unknown if this is an effective treatment long-term or if the effects are mostly temporary.

 

Once metabolized, vitamin B17 causes enzyme beta-glucosidase production that interacts with intestinal bacteria to detox the body and lower blood pressure. This normally isn’t a danger for most people and may be beneficial for some, but it’s important not to use vitamin B17 in this way if you already take blood pressure-lowering medication.

 

If you have any existing heart issues that could become complicated if you experienced a sudden drop in blood pressure, you should avoid taking vitamin B17.

 

 

Best Sources of Vitamin B17

 

Apricot kernels and raw bitter almonds are most commonly used to create an extract form of vitamin B17.

Almost all seeds and kernels from various types of fruits contain vitamin B17, such as apple seeds and pear seeds. Beans and certain whole grains also contain vitamin B17.

The exact amount of vitamin B17 within foods is not well-known, and levels are thought to vary widely within a food depending on where it’s grown, the quality of the soil and how fresh it is.

According to the Vitamin B17 Organization, these are some of the highest sources of absorbable vitamin B17:

 

Apricots (kernels/seeds)

Seeds from other fruits like apples, cherries, peaches, prunes, plums, pears

Lima beans

Fava Beans

Wheatgrass

Almonds

Raspberries

Elderberries

Strawberries

Blackberries

Blueberries

Buckwheat

Sorghum

Barley

Millet

Cashews

Macadamia nuts 

Bean sprouts

Bamboo shoots

 

 

Vitamin B17 Supplements

 

 

Although it was not approved for treatment by the FDA, doctors like John A. Richardson M.D. began using it “illegally” to treat patients at his clinic in San Francisco, and it was working remarkably better than orthodox treatments.

His success with laetrile is documented in Laetrile Case Histories: The Richardson Cancer Clinic Experience by John A. Richardson M.D. and Patricia Irving Griffin, R.N. However the team was later was forced to downplay the overall benefits of B-7 when held up against conventional cancer treatments.

The FDA then came out hard in its attack on Laetrile. The FDA considers Laetrile an unapproved form of treatment and ‘illegal’ for a practitioner to administer, therefore you cannot buy Laetrile in the US, though you can buy B17 / amygdalin in supplement form.

Vitamin B17, or laetrile extract, can be administered orally as a pill, or it can be given by injections (intravenous or intramuscular). Most often vitamin B17 is given intravenously for a short period of time and then followed up with lower doses of oral tablets for maintenance therapy.

In the medical community, vitamin B17 injections are usually used to help prevent or treat cancer, although these are extremely expensive, costing thousands of dollars for only a few months of treatment. Vitamin B17 injections are given to patients already undergoing chemotherapy treatments in some cases because they help offset symptoms of chemotherapy and prevent cancer reoccurrence.

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Because the FDA made the purchase of vitamin B17 laetrile supplements illegal and almost impossible to obtain, many people choose to buy extracts or tablets over the Internet.

A popular way to consume vitamin B17 is eating apricot kernels. In the middle of an apricot, or other fruit seeds like a peach pit or apple seed, there is a hard shell that can be broken into. Once broken, a small seed/kernel in the middle is found that looks something like a small almond — this is the part of the fruit that’s naturally very high in vitamin B17.

 Experts usually recommend eating 25–40 kernels per day for disease prevention or about 16 kernels and up for maintenance.

 

 

 

Recommended Intake of Vitamin B17

 

At this time, there is no established daily value of vitamin B17 from the USDA. However, many physicians specializing in cancer treatment use vitamin B17 (or laetrile) in relatively high doses without patients commonly experiencing side effects.

 

Vitamin B17 isn’t used by many people who are relatively healthy and not suffering from a serious condition like cancer, so it’s hard to establish what the best preventative dose might be without more evidence or research.

 

Currently, the administration, schedules and the length of treatment with vitamin B17 vary widely depending on the patient’s specific condition and the practitioner prescribing it. Part of the trouble determining exactly how and how much vitamin B17 can be beneficial is that much of the research using vitamin B17 took place in the 1970s and ’80s but was discontinued since the ban in the 1980s.

 

Vitamin B17 laetrile (or amygdalin) is often taken as part of a larger therapy protocol that includes a specific diet with high doses of immune-boosting vitamins. Although no standard treatment plan exists, injecting vitamin B17 into a vein each day for two–three weeks is a commonly used method, followed by oral vitamin B17 tablets in smaller doses. Vitamin B17 extract is also used in enemas and treatments that can be directly applied to the skin.

 

Vitamin B17, in the form of amygdalin, given intravenously at up to 4.5 grams a day produced no clinical or laboratory evidence of toxic reactions, according to one report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Other studies show similar results and only report cases of toxicity when very high doses were given, causing cyanide poisoning.

 

 

Vitamin B17 Side Effects and Interactions

 

Many cases show that vitamin B17 is usually well-tolerated and doesn’t cause toxicity or harm, but some people experience side effects associated with symptoms of cyanide poisoning. Cyanide is a neurotoxin that causes a range of side effects, including nausea and vomiting, headaches, dizziness, discoloration of the skin resulting from oxygen-deprived hemoglobin in the blood, liver damage, abnormally low blood pressure, mental confusion, and even death.

 

A couple of serious warnings to keep in mind regarding interactions of vitamin B17 include the fact that it can lower blood pressure drastically in some cases and also cause blood thinning. So it should never be used with other blood pressure medications or prescriptions known to thin blood. It’s also not recommended to take vitamin B17 with probiotics because probiotics may enhance the effects of cyanide and lead to cyanide poisoning in some rare cases.

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading … I hope this article provided some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

 

 

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The Drunk Caregiver

 

For some, the burden of caregiving can seem unbearable – whether you’re caring for an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s or parenting a child with cerebral palsy. It is, without question, a challenging way to live: attending to your loved one’s personal hygiene, going back and forth to doctor’s appointments, preparing meals and ensuring he or she eats, and so on.

 


 

 

The stress is serious enough that it causes some caregivers to turn to alcohol or drugs in a desperate attempt to cope.  This can turn the tables on a caregiver – putting them in the position to need care in the form of alcohol or drug rehab.

 

 

The stress is serious enough that it causes some caregivers to turn to alcohol or drugs in a desperate attempt to cope.  This can turn the tables on a caregiver – putting them in the position to need care in the form of alcohol or drug rehab.

 

The Impact of Caregiving

 

Caring for the needs of another can be rewarding. Caregivers often feel that the responsibility adds meaning to their lives or peace of mind that they are strengthening their relationship with a loved one.

 

However, there are many downsides to taking on such a daunting task. For example, the responsibilities of caregiving often take a significant physical toll. It’s not uncommon for those who must constantly tend to the needs of others to suffer from headaches, insomnia and weight loss or gain.

 

They often begin to feel the physical strain that comes from helping a loved one use the restroom, washing their hair regularly, or lifting them in and out of a wheelchair. Perhaps you can relate – you may be dealing with similar issues or have even suffered injuries related to your role as a caregiver.

 

 

 

The physical effects are just part of the picture. There are emotional and financial costs to caregiving as well. Caregivers report high levels of depressive symptoms. Dementia caregivers have been found to be particularly vulnerable to higher rates of depression and stress, as well as lower rates of general well-being.

 

Overall, caregivers report a lower quality of life [3].  As a caregiver, you may struggle with anxiety or social isolation. You might be frustrated or angry that you’re the one who has to be responsible for a family member’s care.  Additionally, you may suffer financial strain if you lose time from work or need to take on additional expenses.

 

 

 

Feeling the burden of caregiving doesn’t necessarily end when an ill loved one is placed in long-term care. One study found that caregiver depression and anxiety did not decrease when a relative, especially a spouse, was moved to a care facility [4]. Your duty may have ended, but the emotional impact still lingers.

 

When the negative effects of caregiving are combined, they may actually increase mortality rates in those doing the caregiving.  For example, a study of individuals between the ages of 66 and 96 who cared for their spouses and who also reported caregiver strain found that their mortality risk was 63% higher than those in a non-caregiving control group [5].

 

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Caregiving and Substance Abuse

 

 

The high stress of caregiving can make you vulnerable to substance abuse, which can lead to a serious problem that requires alcohol or drug rehab. As a caregiver, perhaps you began with a glass of wine every night to relax; now you drink until you pass out. Or maybe you’ve started dipping into your loved one’s pain medication.  Before you know it, you have an addiction that is interfering with every aspect of your life.

 

 

Whether it’s alcohol or drugs, an addiction puts your health at risk. It negatively affects your body in a variety of ways, including the potential for serious damage to your liver and other organs. Alcohol and drugs affect the brain as well, altering how you think and interfering with your ability to make good decisions – for yourself as well as for the person in your care.  You may also suffer financially, by lost income due to missed work days (for example, because you’re hungover) or from losing your job altogether.

 

Your substance abuse also puts the person in your care at risk. You’re less likely to be able to respond to his or her needs, including dispensing medications properly, caring for his or her personal hygiene, or calling for help if there is a medical emergency. In addition, studies have shown that caregivers who use are more likely to abuse the person in their care [6]. If you’re intoxicated or high, you may do something you’ll regret like strike the person in your care if he or she is uncooperative or fussy.

 

As you can see, if you’re using substances to cope as a caregiver, the potential risks and costs can be extremely high.  Not only are you putting yourself at risk for a variety of problems, you’re also endangering the person who’s been entrusted to your care.

 

Treatment for Caregiver Substance Abuse

 

You can’t adequately care for a loved one if you’re not healthy — and abusing substances is not a healthy way to cope with the stress. Substance abuse is a mental health condition that requires professional alcohol or drug rehab treatment. An addiction therapist or counselor will help you determine the type of treatment you need.  If you’re substance abuse issue is serious, you may need inpatient treatment. If you get help sooner than later, outpatient treatment may be sufficient.  But you won’t know until you have an assessment.

 

If you are the primary caregiver, you may need assistance finding a person or organization able to care for your loved one while you’re in treatment. A family member or close friend of the patient may be able to step into the caregiving role.  You may find that they were already aware of the substance abuse issue (or at least suspected it) and are more willing to help than you might expect. Don’t let pride get in the way of asking for help.

 

In situations where others cannot or will not step in to assume the caregiving role, reach out for assistance. Your addiction counselor or team may be able to provide some helpful resources. Also, consider contacting local agencies, such as social services, for recommendations for skilled daycare or other care options. It’s critical to check out every available option. Please don’t give up on treatment because it is a challenge to find care for your loved one.

 

Once you begin alcohol or drug rehab treatment, your job is to focus on getting yourself well. As you work toward your sobriety, talk to your treatment center team to determine if or when you can return to your caregiving role.

 

If you do return, it will be essential to continue to care for yourself by making lifestyle changes that support your recovery. To stay healthy and abstinent, you’ll need to take time every day to step away from your responsibilities and take care of yourself.  This might include things like taking a walk around the block, having coffee with a friend, or working on a project that relaxes you.

 

Finding support is another critical tool for long-term recovery -– especially for caregivers who often struggle with isolation. Consider joining a self-help group that can provide support and guidance for those living with an addiction. Regular meetings will allow you to connect with other addicts so you can learn and share experiences.

 

In addition to support for your addiction, it’s also important to find support in your role as a caregiver. Locate a local support group with members who are going through the same experiences as you. For example, you might find it beneficial to connect with similar caregivers, such as other mothers of kids with autism or spouses who care for partners with dementia.

 

Substance abuse hurts not only you, but also the person you’re caring for. Alcohol or drug rehab can help you overcome it. The journey may not be easy – in fact, you can expect some setbacks -but you will learn healthy coping strategies so you can get well and, if possible, continue in your role as caregiver. You and your loved one don’t deserve any less.

 

 

How Strong is Your Addiction?

 

Working out the extent of a problem is not simple. Countless drug users refuse treatment on the basis that they aren’t “really” addicts, and in the process they allow their use to spiral out of control.

 

Many people only seek treatment when they hit rock bottom, they might find themselves lying in a pool of their own vomit in a dive bar, losing their job, or utterly destroying their personal relationships before they realize they need help. The reason they let it get this far is because being honest with yourself about your problem isn’t easy.

 

 

Adopting the Right Mindset

 

The first thing you have to do if you want to truly understand the extent of your problem is to drop any pretenses you hold. Rationalizations for your use might have been growing and gaining power since you started using, and you need to forget these in order to make an accurate assessment.

 

Telling yourself that you only use to reward yourself after a tough day or that you’re only “experimenting” with drugs is a good way to completely ignore a problem. Discard any of these notions you’ve picked up along the way.

 

In order to really understand how serious your problem is, you have to temporarily ignore the emotional part of your mind. This is easier said than done, but receiving any form of criticism from anybody isn’t easy, so you have to ensure you won’t ditch a train of thought because of the potential consequences of it.

 

You might not want to realize that you have to use every single day, otherwise you get tense and irritable, but the weight of that knowledge pales in comparison to the damage you’ll do to yourself if you don’t acknowledge it. You essentially have to become a third party, observing and analyzing your own behavior through the microscope of rationality.

 

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Thinking About Your Use

 

The simplest way to start appraising your problem is to think about your relationship with your drug of choice. Think about the pattern of your drug use. How often do you use on an ordinary day, and when do you use? Do you need to take drugs to feel “normal” for the day? How much do you spend per day on drugs? How about per week? Asking yourself searching questions like this starts to paint an important picture. Remember, you need to treat this information as if it’s coming from somebody else; don’t spare your feelings, just think about the information objectively and draw what conclusions you will.

 

One of the most important things to think about is the degree to which your life revolves around your drug use. Do you find yourself planning your day around taking drugs? Are you unable to stick to limits you’ve set yourself for the day? When you don’t use, do you experience withdrawal symptoms? If you find yourself getting irritable, having trouble sleeping or experiencing general flu-like symptoms, you might be going through withdrawal. Taking more drugs to alleviate these symptoms is also a clear indicator of a problem, as is taking drugs instead of participating in activities you used to enjoy.

 

 

Thinking About Your Life

 

The other major impact of drug use is the one it has on your life outside of drugs. You might find you’ve been dodging your responsibilities, calling in sick for work, or even neglecting your children as you’ve started to use more and more. Have you been having trouble with your relationships? Even if it doesn’t seem related to drugs, it’s important to think about. The psychological impact of drugs can have wide-ranging consequences, and it could be placing your relationships under strain indirectly.

 

 

Putting it All Together

 

The pieces of information you’ve been gathering should be starting to form a picture. You might be faced with somebody who takes drugs every day and at every opportunity, who takes days off work to dose up to oblivion and whose closest relationships are crumbling by the day. It might not be nice to admit things like this, but if you were presented this information about somebody you’d never met or a fictional character in a book, what conclusion would you come to? Is the person a casual or experimental user, or is he or she suffering from addiction?

 

Remember, you don’t have to be ashamed of your actions; it could happen to anybody and it might be the result of a genetic pre-disposition to addiction. Even if it isn’t, there is no shame in having made some mistakes in your life. We are all human, and as a result we are all flawed. No matter how hard you try to get along the right way in life, it’s easy to stray off the path. It takes wisdom to realize that you’re heading in the wrong direction, and it takes strength to turn yourself around and do things right.

 

The fact that you’re reading this means that you acknowledge that your drug use is negatively impacting your life, but thinking honestly about the full extent of the issue can help you realize how severe the problem is. If you don’t appreciate the impact that your addiction is having on your life, relapse is much more likely. Those little rationalizations and denials we use to protect our egos will mount up and convince you that starting to use again wouldn’t be that bad. Stay objective, and you’ll see why starting treatment is absolutely essential.

 

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