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Introduction

Q: What does "holistic health and healing" mean?

A: Well, holistic means "wholly", i.e., healing the body, the mind & the qi.   Qi = /chee/

Table of Contents

2014-06-04
 "Medical Mysteries Solved:  Causes and Cures
for Fibromyalgia, Pancreatitis, Type-2 Diabetes"

2011-08-27
  "The Most Nutritious Foods on the Planet."

Archives

I.  Suffer From Allergies? New research...
[March 24, 2004]
II.
  What does "Organic" food really mean?
[March 23, 2004]
III.
Green Tea:  How it fights cancer
[March 15, 2004]
IV.
Top causes of death in America
[March 9, 2004]
V.
An example of how mental health
affects physical health
[March 5, 2004]
VI.
Watch out for the Bird Flu in
 South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan!
[Jan.15, 2004]
VII.
Why are Americans so fat?
[Dec. 2003]

 

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2014 June 04
Medical Mysteries Solved:
   Causes & Cures for Fibromyalgia, Pancreatitis, Type-2 Diabetes

By me (Leon of Leon's Planet)

Introduction

Do you suffer or does someone you know suffer from any of the following diseases:

(1) fibromyalgia, (2) pancreatitis, (3) type-2 diabetes,

If so, you definitely will want to read this article.  It just might save your life, and increase the level of quality of your life.   

My personal research and personal experience with many of the above diseases has led me to certain conclusions.  I have found causes.  You cannot cure unless you know the cause.  When I removed those causes, I healed both myself and my son.

No, I am not a doctor.  So, you may wish to take what I write with a grain of salt.  Thereís no skin off my back.  However, I strongly advise you to consider the evidence that I provide below, and seriously consider taking some action in your own life/lives.

Fibromyalgia

The Mayo Clinicís website claims that doctors have no idea what causes fibromyalgia.  What is fibromyalgia?  Letís break down the word into its root elements (its morphemes):

Fibro = fibers, my = muscles, algia = pain

Fibromyalgia is described as a chronic, intense muscular pain anywhere and sometimes all over the body; especially, but not limited to the joins.  Headache is also a common symptom that accompanies the muscular pain.  Scientists know that it is a nervous disease.  [This is important.  Remember that:  nervous disease.]

I occasionally have woken up in the morning with intense muscular pain all over my neck and back, combined with a headache.  Prima facie there appeared to be no explanation for the sudden pain that I experienced.  So, it took me a while to figure out what was causing it.

After several years, I finally figured it out.  It is caused by the consumption of monosodium glutamate (MSG).  Trust me!  Iím right on this one.  If you eliminate all MSG from your diet, the pain will go away and not return.  Parenthetically, I linked the fibromyalgia to a particular Korean restaurant that I frequented, which put MSG in its food, especially the soups.  Youíve got to watch out for the Chinese and Korean soups!

All about MSG (in a nutshell)

You may be asking yourself, ďIs there any evidence that MSG is bad for the human body?Ē  In fact, there is a lot.  But, first, Where does msg come from?  The short answer is it comes from seaweed.  The long answer is that a Japanese scientist discovered it in extracts of seaweed that he was studying at the time, and when isolated from its natural environment, he discovered that it added flavor to foods.

History and uses of MSG

It was originally used as a meat tenderizer that also enhanced the flavor of the meat.  After that, due to the flavor-enhancing properties, it was added to other foods, especially soups and flavored chips.

How does MSG work?

It works by stimulating the nerves.  [Remember that fibromyalgia is a nervous disease???]

Is MSG safe?

Well, according to the FDA it is safe.  The FDA approved the drug after it caused problems in lab rats, saying that it was safe for human consumption in moderate levels due to its low toxicity.  What?!!!  Itís toxic, but itís safe?  I donít get it.

Pancreatitis

For many, many years, I would suffer from pancreatitis, but only after consuming food and beverage.  Of course, I went to the doctor.  He ran all kinds of tests, charged me a lot of money and said, ďI donít know what the problem is.Ē WASTE OF MY TIME AND MONEY!!!

It took me a long time to figure out what the culprit was (on my own), because it was in the LAST place that I would have suspected:  in my orange juice!  Thatís right!  In my orange juice; Minute Maid orange juice to be exact.  Minute Maid is owned by Pepsi.  Pepsi by its own admission puts Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) in all of its citrus flavored drinks because it acts as a medium to keep the orange juice particles (for lack of a better word) in suspension, so that they will not separate.  So, I was getting pancreatitis from Sprite as well.

Caveat:  There may be other things that cause pancreatitis as well, such as eating lots of oily food.  The pancreas performs two functions (that I am aware of).  They are:  (1) controlling blood sugar levels and (2) breaking down oils/fats.  BVO is an oil.  Clearly, there is a link there.

Type-2 Diabetes

I donít suffer from type-2 diabetes, but my mother does.  So, because I love my mother, I did a lot of research about it.  My pre-conceived ideas about the disease were wrong.  I had thought that it was exactly like type-1 diabetes only the onset was later in life, as opposed to innate.  Again, I was wrong.  Whatís the difference?

Type-1 diabetes is usually from birth and is where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin in order to regulate blood sugar levels.  Hyperglycemia (or too much blood sugar) means that your body isnít breaking down the carbohydrates and it cannot be used by cells to create energy needed for all biological functions.

Type-2 diabetes is usually later in life, (but recent trends indicate that it is happening younger and younger, especially in obese children).  It is where the pancreas DOES produce the proper amount of insulin, but the body is resistant to it.  Again, this results in the cells not getting enough broken-down carbohydrates in order to produce energy.

Doctors are clue-less.  The correlations with type-2 diabetes, such as obesity, and high sugar intake are leading doctors on a wild-goose chase.  SUGAR DOES NOT CAUSE TYPE-2 DIABETES!!!!  Sugar is NOT a toxin.  Sugar is needed by all the cells to produce energy.  Itís called cellular respiration.  Type-2 diabetes is caused by some toxic agent/chemical/substance that prevents insulin from doing its job!  It also causes glucose intolerance.

 A recent article in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research says that a study concluded that MSG first made lab rats fat, then the rats develop insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-879X1997000500016

Doctors (and medical researchers) conclude that it is because of too much sugar (carbohydrate) intake.  WRONG!  Too much of the carbohydrate group will just pass through the body unused.  And, hereís another news flash:  carbohydrates are NOT converted into fat cells.

I know what you are thinking.  The common school of thought (and thatís exactly what it is:  a school of thought, because there isnít any person who has actually seen carbohydrates being converted into fat)Ö is the following:

Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose (a simple sugar), which is used for energy by all the cells in the body.  Excess glucose is stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver.  Excess glycogen is converted into tri-glycerides (a kind of fat).

But, wait a minute!  Recent evidence contradicts that ancient ďdark-ageĒ claim.

The Evidence

(1) Studies have shown that de novo lipogenesis (new-fat-making) is very low in humans, even when large amounts of carbohydrates are consumed.

http://carbsanity.blogspot.com/2013/05/do-carbohydrates-turn-into-fat.html

(2) Studies have shown that it is the simple sugars (such as table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup) are the problem; NOT complex carbohydrates.  But, even then, you have to consume an insane amount for de novo lipogenesis to occur.

http://engine2diet.com/question/do-carbohydrates-really-make-us-fat/

http://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/hot-topics/nutrition-topics/carbohydrates-sugar/

Dr. John McDougal says that starch (a complex carbohydrate) does NOT convert to fat, even when consumed in excess.

http://www.drmcdougall.com/health/shopping/books/starch-solution/

http://durianrider.com/2013/03/18/why-carbs-keep-you-slim-and-fat-adds-fat/

Type-2 diabetes and Aspartame

If you think that MSG is the only culprit that may cause type-2 diabetes, you are sadly wrong.  Many studies are demonstrating a link between artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame, brand-name Nutrisweet) and weight gain.  Now, a recent study is showing that aspartame increases/worsens insulin sensitivity.  (This is as I have been saying for many years, but couldnít prove it until now).

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/09/artificial-sweeteners-worse-than-sugar.aspx

Conclusion

We are being poisoned by our own race (the human race).  Those people who promote the use of and/or okay the use of neurotoxins such as MSG and aspartame are systematically poisoning their fellow humans for gain and profit.  It is absolutely disgusting.  It is disturbing to me that any human being would hurt others for profit; But, it happens.  We as a human race need to wake up and understand that there are people like that in this world, and we need to take responsibility for our OWN health safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011-08-27
       According to articles that I've read on WebMD recently, (sorry lost the links), Watermelon and Seaweed are two of the top ten most nutritious foods.

Advantages of Seaweed:
1.  Seaweed is highest (best) source of iron on the planet.  Iron is the main ingredient in hemoglobin, the chemical which transports oxygen to all the cells in the body.  The oxygen combines with the iron (making it red).  Lack of iron in the diet causes lethargy, and decreased brain function.

2.  Seaweed is the highest (best) source of iodine on the planet.  Now, if you eat a lot of iodized salt, then that might not be so good.  However, if you are health-conscious like me, you don't add much salt to your food.  Iodine is VERY important to our health.  Iodine is use by the thyroid gland to produce the human growth hormone.  While too much iodine can cause high blood pressure, too little can stunt growth and slow down body metabolism (which isn't good if you're trying to lose weight).

3.  Evidence shows that seaweed keeps fat cells at bay, which may explain why East Asia people are so thin, despite the consumption of meat and rice (both of which people consider to be "fattening", do to the fat in meat and carbohydrates in rice).

4.  Seaweed is full of antioxidants, which keep us looking young, and prevent diseases.

5.  Seaweed is high in vitamin B1, which keeps muscle tissue healthy.

6.  Seaweed is high in vitamin B2, which helps in the absorption of iodine.

7.  Seaweed contains tons of minerals and trace minerals that are so needed by our bodies for proper cellular functioning.

Advantages of Watermelon:
1.  ONE CUP of diced watermelon contains:

25% of RDA of vitamin C
12% of RDA of vitamin A
12% of RDA of vitamin B6
9% of RDA of vitamin B1
6% of RDA of potassium
5% of RDA of magnesium

2.  Watermelon contains carotenoid antioxidant lycopene, (also in tomatoes), which neutralizes free-radicals (bad guys) in our bodies.

 

Conclusion:  Think Green and Red (Christmas Colors) for your diet!

 


Archives


 

I.  "Chronic Sinusitis Relieved by Antifungal"

Antifungal Nasal Spray Decreases Inflammation, Improves Symptoms

By Melissa Schorr 
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 

March 24, 2004 (San Francisco) -- For those suffering from chronic sinusitis, relief may be soon be here. 

A new study suggests that when antibiotics fail, a nasal spray to fight fungus may improve inflammation in the sinus cavity. 

Researchers say they believe that chronic sinusitis may actually be triggered by fungus in the air. They say this can initiate an immune reaction in the sinuses of certain people who are especially sensitive. "The data we have supports that theory better than any others I've seen," Sherris says. 

About 14% of the population suffers from chronic sinusitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the nasal lining, congestion, and nasal discharge lasting more than three months. Many sufferers also complain of chronic cough, particularly at night or upon awakening. People with chronic sinusitis often fail to get better with antibiotics, and the condition is frequently seen in people with seasonal allergies. 

--------------For the rest of the article, Click link below--------------

© 2004 WebMD Inc. All rights reserved.

--------------My comments on the above article--------------

Yo!  I've been saying this for years!  Anyone who knows me well enough, knows that I suffer from allergens in the air, especially in the South Korean Autumn (while I was living there), and slightly in the South Korean Spring.

I concluded (by myself) that it must be due to fungal spores in the air.  How did I come to this conclusion, you ask?  Well, I'll tell ya.  You see, South Korean summers are extremely humid.  Plus, summer is the monsoon (rainy season) in South Korea.  The copious amount of humidity, coupled with the warm weather, creates a prime enviroment for mold (and other fungi).  But, why don't people (like I) get allergies in the Summer???  Good question.  I'm glad you asked me that.  Hold your horses... I'm getting to that part.

If you know anything about mold, you know that it reproduces when it dries and dies, shooting thousands, maybe millions, of little spores into the air.  During the Summer months, none of the mold dries or dies.  Therefore, it doesn't send any spores into the air.  In the Fall, the weather cools and the humidity goes away.  Mold spores are ubiquitous in the South Korean air during the Fall.  I could smell them.  And of course, I would get violent sneezes, sinusitis, rhinitis, red, itchy eyes, and produce tons of clear mucus from my nose.  I didn't need any research like the one above to tell what was causing my allergies.  All it took was a little common knowelege and a little common sense (i.e., putting two and two together).

I'm glad the researchers have finally caught on to this problem and have a way to solve it.  I found that acupuncture was quite helpful during the Fall, but an antifungal, nasal spray sounds really nice.

The problem is, I'm not a doctor, so I cannot prescribe medicine for myself.  I generally know what is causing pain and suffering in my body.  I do not know which medicine to take for it.

I couldn't stand the antihistimines, because they made me sleepy.  That coupled with my iron-deficiency anemia just rendered me too sleepy to do anything productive.

 

 


 

II.  "What Qualifies as Organic?"



"Before October 2002, states followed varying rules for certifying and labeling organic products. But now all organic foods are grown and processed according to strict national standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"To meet these standards, organic crops must be produced without conventional pesticides (including herbicides), synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Organically raised animals must be given organic feed and kept free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Organic farm animals must have access to the outdoors, including pastureland for grazing.

"If a food has a "USDA organic" label, it contains at least 95 percent organic ingredients, and a government-approved expert has inspected the farm where it was produced to make sure the farmer follows USDA requirements."

[This from an article on WebMD.com]

 


 

III.  "Green Tea's Cancer-Fighting Target Found"

Antioxidant in Green Tea Slows Tumor Growth

By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Monday, March 15, 2004 


"March 15, 2004 -- A powerful antioxidant found in green tea may be responsible for the beverage's heralded anticancer benefits. 


"New research shows that the antioxidant, known as EGCG, binds to a protein found on tumor cells and dramatically slows their growth."


[for whole article go to WebMD.com]


 


 

IV.  Top 7 Causes of Death in the USA, in  2000 

1. Heart disease (710,760 deaths) 
2. Cancer (553,091) 
3. Stroke (167,561) 
4. Lung disease (122,009) 
5. Injuries from accidents (97,900) 
6. Diabetes (69,301) 
7. Flu and pneumonia (65,313)

--------------------------------

The above information from an article online at... http://www.webmd.com/

Title: "Inactivity, Obesity Are Killing Americans"

By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD
on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 



 

V.  An example of how mental health affects physical health...

From an article on...  http://www.webmd.com/

"Our results provide evidence that depression is an important and independent risk factor for troublesome pain," Carroll and colleagues write in the January 2004 issue of the journal Pain. "Those with both back pain and depression use twice the sick days and incur twice the health care costs as those with either problem separately."

 

Article Title: "Depression Doubles Disabling Back Pain"

By Daniel DeNoon
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD
on Friday, March 05, 2004 

 


 

VI.  Chicken Flu in South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and Thailand!

 

This just in from "WebMD Health" (an online magazine):  and I quote:

Jan. 15, 2004 -- Is a new killer flu brewing in Asia? All the ingredients are there -- and world health experts are worried.

Here's the recipe. Take a huge number of chickens infected with a kind of flu virus new to humans. Mix well with millions of people during a normal flu season.

That recipe is already in the huge flu mixing bowl of East Asia. Will it produce a new killer flu? Nobody knows. At least three people in Vietnam are known to have died after catching the bird flu now devastating the chicken industries of Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan. Another eight deaths are suspected.

....

"We could be in deep kimchi," Marjorie P. Pollack, MD, tells WebMD. Pollack, an independent medical epidemiologist, is a moderator for the International Society for Infectious Diseases ProMed reporting system for disease outbreaks.

"If a person is infected by normal virus and by avian one, a more dangerous virus may evolve. This is the big fear,' Arnon Shimshony, DVM, tells WebMD. Shimshony, an expert in infectious animal diseases, is a professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a ProMed moderator."

....

Shimshony says there have been unconfirmed reports that the H5 virus has been detected in pigs. That would be a concern, because pigs -- unlike birds -- can also carry human flu viruses.

"Going through pigs could make it become as lethal as bird flu is for poultry and as infectious as human flu is for people," Shimshony says. "This would be very worrisome. But this has not happened yet. There has been no reassortment of this virus, so this virus is strictly avian. Still, the longer it goes on with many people getting infected, the closer our fears are to becoming actual."

 

Jeeze!  Is there any safe meat out there?  You've got your mad cow disease infecting beef, You've got your avian flus affecting chickens, and you've got your foot and mouth disease infecting pork, and now even the avian flus might be infecting the pork.  And if you want to eat fish, your in for some mercury poisoning.


 

VII.  Why are Americans so fat? [Posted Dec. 2003]

 

Fact:  The West (specifically UK, USA, Canada) are the fattest nations on the planet, with US in the lead.  Check out these articles/books:

Welcome to America... the fattest nation in the world! 
article by: Kathryn A. Parker, R.D.,L.D. 
Nutrition Consultant 

Fat Land : How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
book by Greg Critser (Author)
Can be bought at Amazon.com

 

The Question is "Why?"

NOTE:  I haven't read either of the books above.  I'm just making an educated guess at the WHY Americans are so fat.

The answer is not so easy to find, for there are probably several culprits.

Possible culprits:

1.  Lack of Exercise

The West is full of modern conveniences, which eliminate much of the exercise that people used to get; such as: escalators in every shopping mall, elevators in most buildings more than three floors high, ride lawn mowers, tractors, automobiles, and so on and so on.

Here in Inner Monoglia, almost nobody has a car.  The main form of trasportation is either foot or bicycle.  The dormitory at my school/work place is seven storeys, with no elevator.

2.  Too much meat

In the West meat is more economical (more affordable), and thus people tend to eat more meat (which contains copious amounts of lipose tissue).

3.  Fast Food Restaurants

In the West, there are more fast food restaurants, which (until recently) haven't served very balanced meals (mostly just meat and potatoes with carbonated drinks).

4.  Carbonated Beverages (sugar-free or regular, doesn't matter)

In the West, people think that drinking diet (sugar-free) carbonated beverages is okay.  It isn't.  Let me explain the whys:

4a.  Studies have shown that people who drink carbonated drinks, tend to substitute carbonated beverages for more healthy drinks, such as milk or "real" juice (not that artificial crap).

4b.  Studies have shown that carbonation temporarily slows the body's metabolism (making the burning of calories less and less).

4c.  Studies have shown that carbonated beverages are diuretics (that means: they do NOT supply moisture to the body.  They go right through the digestive system.  People trick their brain into thinking it is getting water, but it is not.  This causes dehydration).  So, the body compensates for this, by "bloating" (which means: storing up water in the body's cells for further "drought" caused by the consumption of such diuretics).  So, when people say, "I'm not fat, I'm bloated," there may be some truth to the matter. (Although, I highly doubt it is the only reason).

5.  MSG (MonoSodium Glutamate)

Yes, I blame MSG for people getting fat.  I recently read an article online that reported recent studies suggest people are fat because they eat exceedingly large portions.  I'm no doctor, but I know how MSG affects my body when I consume foods which contain it.  Basically, I can't stop eating.  The MSG seems to make the food taste SOOO good that I literally don't want to stop eating.  In fact, it seems to inhibit the body's sensor, which says, "I'll full", and actually stimulates the area of the brain that says, "I'm hungry; Give me more!"  Look, I do not need a medical degree to recognize that MSG does this do me.  I read the labels of the food I eat.  I know what's going into my body.  And I pay attention to my body.  Do little experiments yourself.  You'll see I'm right.  If you are overweight and trying to lose weight, you might want to avoid foods which contain MSG, and lessen your portions.

[Leon, Jan. 2004]

 

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