20 Jun

Covid 19 resources

COVID-19 Resources

Natural Helping Hands disclaimer: I support all that is in this article. There are a variety of ideas and suggestions. Keep well and stay on high immunity.
~ Jeana (blog author) www.naturalhelp.net

DISCLAIMER: This page was last updated in May 2020. As you know, information continues to arrive at a fast pace. New details seem to contradict what we first thought about the virus, and it can all be very overwhelming and mystifying. While many of the resources on this list are still as relevant now as they were a few seasons ago, there are always updates and corrections to consider. We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and comments. We wish to emphasize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing this pandemic, and the resources listed here should not be considered a replacement for seeking care from a qualified medical practitioner should you or a loved one suspect you have contracted COVID-19.


Thanks to everyone who has reached out asking how herbs can support your health during this challenging and uncertain time. I’ve been contemplating how to respond to all your inquiries about COVID-19 and how it affects you personally, your family, our community, and our global economy. In short, it is a novel viral infection, which means this is new and uncharted territory for all of us, from the single mom who has just lost their employment and is struggling to care for her kids, all the way up to the leaders of our national healthcare agencies. Confusion is normal. Anxiety is natural. In the face of all this uncertainty, we would be robots if we did not feel these emotions.

But of course, we are humans, and our hearts are all feeling heavy today. And equally true, the earth is constantly beneath our feet, supporting us and lifting us up, just as the plants are always surrounding us with their generous medicines, and our ancestors are always at our backs, reminding us that throughout the course of human history, our species has survived trials like this one again and again and again.

Does that make things easier right now? Not really. Maybe it gives but a small spark of light at the end of a long tunnel. But it does mean that we are not alone. We have the plants, we have our ancestors, and we have our communities to lean into during this time of great anxiety, suffering, anger, confusion, and grief.

Yes, grief. Grief as we suffer our own losses of income, social connection, and certainty over our future. Grief as we watch the world around us crumble, as we watch economic systems long propped up collapse. Grief as we witness our healthcare workers on the frontlines neglected of the very personal protective equipment that allows them to serve the ill and still go home to their families. And most of all, grief at the human loss of life in this viral catastrophe.

Many systems of medicine consider grief to be seated in our lungs. As we face the spread of this viral respiratory infection, and all its societal repercussions, this fact has not been lost on me. I’m encouraging my students and clients to use breathwork exercises to strengthen their respiratory system and enhance their immune capacity, but also to address the emotion of grief and help it move through the body constructively.

I talk about this, and much more, in our recent video, Community Health Discussion. To continue that conversation, we are hosting an online workshop series titled Herbs for Resilient Health. Through an in-depth discussion of immune support, antiviral strategies, nourishment, respiratory care, and emotional wellness, our five-part series hopes to empower you with practical strategies to care for your health and the health of your loved ones, so that together, we may ensure the health of our community. Classes will be recorded for later viewing if you can’t make them at their scheduled session time.

Keep your heart strong, look to the plants around you, and lean into community. May we cultivate calm, clarity, and courage to navigate these confusing and uncertain times together.

With hope for healing,
Emily Ruff

NO RESOURCES ONLINE, WHETHER THIS PAGE OR OTHERS, SHOULD EVER SUBSTITUTE CALLING A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER AT THE FIRST SIGN OF SYMPTOMS. DO NOT INGEST HERBS WITHOUT CONSULTING A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF YOU HAVE A PREEXISTING CONDITION OR ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICATIONS. DO NOT SUSPEND OR REDUCE YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR.

COMMUNITY HEALTH DISCUSSION VIDEO

GENERAL RESOURCES

HERBAL RESOURCES

Some of these resource links will have duplicate listings, but each is unique and offers a wealth of resources for those wishing to continue further self-study and research on plant allies to call on during this time.

RECIPES

Emotional Wellness

Online Resources for Mental Health (COMPREHENSIVE LIST)

4-7-8 Breath Exercise & Three Breath Exercises (Including 4-7-8)

Yoga Nidra

19 Ways to Tend to your Mental Health

Apps and Programs:

It’s Time to Emotionally Prepare for What’s Coming

14 Jun

Self-control and biofeedback

Self-control and biofeedback

Some people with epilepsy try to control their brain activity to reduce the rate of seizures. The theory is that if you can detect symptoms of an impending seizure, you may be able to stop it.

Many people with epilepsy experience aura symptoms about 20 minutes before a seizure occurs. You may notice unusual smells, see strange lights, or have blurry vision.

You may feel symptoms for several days leading up to the event. These symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • bad headaches

Self-control methods are used to prevent or decrease the intensity of the seizure once it arrives. There are several techniques, all of which require good concentration and focus.

Examples are:

  • meditation
  • walking
  • immersing yourself in a task
  • sniffing a strong odor
  • literally telling the seizure “no”

The problem with these methods is that there isn’t a single technique to stop a seizure. And there isn’t a guarantee that any of them will work every time.

Another approach involves biofeedback. Like self-control measures, the purpose of the process is to take control of your brain activity.

Biofeedback utilizes electrical sensors to alter brain waves. At least one studyTrusted Source found that biofeedback significantly reduced seizures in people with epilepsy who couldn’t manage their symptoms with conventional drugs.

Physical therapists commonly use biofeedback. If you’re interested in this procedure, seek a professional with credentials.

It may be difficult to manage your condition with self-control and biofeedback alone. Both procedures require time, persistence, and consistency to master. If you decide to go this route, be patient. Don’t reduce or stop taking any prescribed medications without your doctor’s approval.

5. Acupuncture and chiropractic care

Acupuncture and chiropractic treatments are sometimes considered alternatives to conventional epilepsy treatment.

The exact way acupuncture helps isn’t understood, but the ancient Chinese practice is used to help ease chronic pain and other medical issues. It’s thought that by placing fine needles in specific parts of the body, practitioners help the body heal itself.

Acupuncture may change brain activity to reduce seizures. One hypothesis is that acupuncture may keep epilepsy in check by increasing parasympathetic tone and changing autonomic dysfunction.

The practice sounds good in theory. But there isn’t scientific evidence to prove that acupuncture is an effective epilepsy treatment.

Spinal manipulations in chiropractic care may also help the body heal itself. Some chiropractors use specific manipulations to help control seizures on a regular basis. Like acupuncture, chiropractic care isn’t widely viewed as an effective form of epilepsy treatment.

The bottom line

For the most part, evidence supporting natural treatments for epilepsy is anecdotal. There isn’t the research to support safe use.

There also isn’t a single treatment or alternative remedy that will work for everyone. Your neurologist is your best source of epilepsy information and care. Your brain is a complex network. Each case is different, and seizures vary in severity and frequency.

Different kinds of epilepsy also respond to different herbs and different medications. Herbs or other natural treatments may interfere with medications and seizures might result.

Many people try varying treatment methods until they find one that works best for them. Epilepsy is a serious disease, and it’s important to prevent seizures. Natural treatments may complement your medical treatment. In some cases, these therapies may even improve your treatment.

Despite their potential, natural treatments still pose significant risks. This is especially the case with herbs and vitamins, as they can interact with some medications.

Some supplements can even be as powerful as conventional drugs. Be sure to consult your doctor before adding any herbs or supplements to your regimen.

You shouldn’t discount natural treatments for epilepsy, but treat them as separate options for epilepsy care. Take note of which methods interest you and discuss them with your doctor before you try them.

The safest way to treat epilepsy is in full consultation with your neurologist. Adding herbs or other treatments without consulting them may interfere with your medication’s effectiveness and might risk more seizures.

Healthline article. https://www.healthline.com/health/natural-treatments-epilepsy#overview

CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFO ON THE BIOFEEDBACK, AND TO SET UP AN INITIAL CONSULTATION.

STAY WELL.

14 May

LIVER and KIDNEYS

The Liver and Kidneys regulate every function of the human body. Without these two vital organs, the body would perish.

EVERY malady of the entire body…head to toe…can be traced back to one of these two major organs!! It is imperative to keep these two organs running and clean.

Liver -The Liver regulates the skin of every organ of our body including the skin itself. To your Liver there is no difference between the skin of your Spleen or the skin of your leg. To the body, anything that coats anything is skin and is under the watchful eye of the Liver.

Liver-The Liver regulates ALL HOLLOW organs of the body

•Lungs•Colon•Intestines•Stomach•Vagina•Uterus•Skin•Arteries•Veins•Capillaries•Nerves•Throat /Esophagus•Mouth•Sinuses•Nasal Cavities• Kidneys

Kidneys -The Kidneys regulate ALL SOLID organs of the body.

•Brain•Muscles•Heart•Pancreas•Tendon•Cartilage•Ligaments• Liver Kidneys

The Kidneys regulate Blood Pressure, are solely responsible for all Fluids of the body

.•Eye•Blood•Saliva•Sweat•Tears•Urine•Semen•Bile Kidneys –

The Kidneys process Uric Acid and Lactic Acid and regulate body Equilibrium.

ALWAYS work on BOTH of these organs anytime you are working with and on the human body. You will NEVER make a mistake by working to support them both.

Contact me to set up a reset plan for your body, including hair mineral analysis, reflexology, massage and biofeedback.

23 Apr

Put your best foot forward

what is reflexology?

I utilize reflexology in my practice. The following article will explain what this is and how it can benefit you. I have worked with this modality for over 20 years. I have seen many wonderful results from reflexology alone. Jeana Natural Helping Hands

Some say that the best part of getting a pedicure is the foot massage.

Yet it pales in comparison to a reflexology session, where a reflexologist applies specific techniques to the feet, hands, face and ears to optimize your health and well-being.

Reflexology boasts an array of health benefits. “Reflexology is beneficial for so many conditions,” says Laura Norman, founder of Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology and a leading international expert on reflexology, practicing in Delray Beach and New York City. 

“Due to the concentration of thousands of nerves in the feet, hands, face and ears, reflexology is an effective way to induce relaxation in one’s body, mind and spirit. When you’re relaxed, your body can find its natural balance. Circulation improves, the immune system gets stronger and aches and pains throughout the body melt away.”

Reflexologists also address concerns unique to women like PMS, fertility, pregnancy and menopause. “People tell me they sleep better since their mind is at peace,” says Norman. “They wake up restored, refreshed and full of energy, which sharpens their focus and helps them get more done in a day.”  

What to Expect

During your visit, your reflexologist will ask about your health history and goals to understand how they can best support you. Fully dressed, you’ll remove your shoes and socks and lie on a table in a dimly lit room. “The ambiance is cozy and the reflexology is deeply soothing,” says Norman. “People often fall asleep while we work on them.”

Your reflexologist will apply moderate pressure to reflex areas on your feet, hands, face and ears, which correspond to different parts of your body. The frequency of your visits depends on what issues you’re addressing. “Results are cumulative. The more regularly you go, the better the impact,” says Norman. “Consistency brings optimum results.”

Reflexology is safe and effective. “If you have any serious medical conditions, check with your physician before your session,” says Norman. Reflexology is complementary to traditional medical care and also helpful for preventative care. Rather than treating specific illnesses, reflexologists supercharge your body’s natural healing abilities.

Bottom line, reflexology’s benefits are immense. “It helps my clients and myself relax so much,” says Norman. “You’ll feel wonderful all over and your whole being will thank you.”

thank you for taking the time to read the article and learn more about how to help your body and mind. contact me at Natural Helping Hands to set up an apt. Jeana Anderson

04 Mar

thoughts on the trail

Appearances are not always what they seem.

You have probably seen the picture of the small iceberg that appears to be harmless. Yet, underneath is a much larger picture of the iceberg’s true size. This picture is used a lot in self help arenas.

I have another picture for you. I was walking along and kicked a small rock. It did not move. I decided to reach down and pull it up to move it. It did not budge.

I kicked and pushed and pulled for many minutes. Finally I took hold of it, pulled in several directions, and managed to get it out. It was a large rock, not a small rock as it appeared from the surface. And, to top that off, it had an L shape in in.

The hole was deep. I stepped back and just marveled at this for a few moments, thinking about how we kick and tear at issues, people or situations in our life; most often than not, they are rooted bigger than we expect them to be. If we stay at it and finally get the entire thing worked out, the hole is usually deep.

The relief is revealing, calming, closing, refreshing, anguishing, exasperating, penetrating, unyielding, struggling, and trying. We then work on mending the hole. I will leave this with you to ponder. I am pondering it, reading scriptures to understand it, and keeping it as a reminder of our human intricacies.


I am here to help you through these times of kicking, tearing and figuring things out.

28 Feb

Enzymes…a closer look

Alpha-Gal, histamine, allergies, food sensitivities, product sensitivities, fume sensitivities, and this list can go on. I suggest you go back and read the posts I have written on these subjects. I will explain the possible core of why these things happen and my personal protocol.

The subject is very sensitive, as these things change our lives, and the lives of everyone around us. The subject is for enlightenment, encouragement, empowerment and hope. The process I lay out can create long-lasting options, easy to tweak and change as the body changes and improves.

Enzymes are the components that keep us alive. without them we would not live. The best book on this subject is Enzyme Nutrition, the food enzyme concept. I suggest you read this book.

A little background

June 2016 I had a tick bite on my thigh; it bothered me for a couple weeks. In February 2017, I had logged more and more reactions to beef and mammal products; these included fumes, live animals, and body fluids from my spouse if he ate mammal meat. By April 2017 officially tested for AG mammal allergy.

From August 2018-October 2018, I had a healing of AG and lyme; this included 40 days of oxygen hyperbaric therapy, eating super clean, and anointing. The months of October 2018 to September 2020, I had other issues came to surface unrelated to AG; these included higher reactions to bug bites and stings, non-mammal food issues, and hormone changes. Dairy and other mammal products were safe for me in these months. At the time, I kept mammal meats out of my diet; overcoming the fear of eating mammal meats is tough.

September 3, 2020, I tried SAAT for AG because the test showed it still in my system. Oct 2020, I broke out in hives all over my body. After a week, I figured out the hives were high histamine, mast cell-related and monthly cycle related (perimenopausal). I feel strongly I had a reverse reaction to the acupuncture triggering my histamine release and the mast cell complication. Acupuncture and SAST is not bad; for many people, it can create a new kind of monster in the system. I went in for the SAAT histamine and mast cell needles mid-November 2020; this was a 28 day program. I never had improvement.

NOW

I decided to do research that was solid with decades of backing. and find a sustainable solution.

The gut is hit hardest by AG, lyme and the histamines. Building the gut was crucial. I know the basic process of gut building kept me from having the severe symptoms that many have; living a very healthy, organic life helps greatly in these situations. From all my research into Lyme over the years I knew there was a connection to AG. The best resource for Lyme is Buhner. AG symptoms are in several of the Lyme and Lyme coinfections. I believe AG at its core is a histamine/lyme co-infection issue, due to the sugar protein it comes in on from the tick. I have written on this in my past blogs.

Moving on

Enzymes and adrenal balance are at the core of AG and lyme takes hold, becomes serious, or not. I decided to run full force. I did not want to live with this any longer. The first step was balancing the system.

Hair mineral analysis is a test I use with my clients to check the mineral and nutritional balances in the body. Using diet and nutritional support to provide essential compounds for healthy function can be foundational to a good treatment plan. Making sure that the balances are in check ensures the body will function at its full potential. With AG, minerals will deplete very rapidly. Part of mineral supplementation is actual adrenal (bovine) enzymes; with AG bovine is a NO. Using vegan adrenal supplement, minerals and vegan digestive enzymes begins the process of restoration. Quercetin, NAC, Probiotic, and digestive enzymes is the key to calming the histamines symptoms associated with AG. After 1-3 months, the next step can begin.

Transition to DAO enzymes continues the path of calming the histamines and mast cells. I used one a day for a week. I added one per day every few days until I got to two capsule three times a day; these are taken at every meal. I continued to take the list in the previous paragraph. After a month on DAO I began to add the actual bovine supplement for adrenal support, replacing the vegan version. The supplements I take are from the lab I use for the mineral analysis. They are made to be individually matched. Building the minerals, calming the histamines and adding the enzymes back into a depleted body feels so good. The enzymes Then comes the fun step.

I began to pick one histamine or mammal product a day, adding it back into my diet. It was amazing how it all came together. In the Enzyme Nutrition book, healing issues of this nature is all about building slow and steady. He describes how to take in small portions, wait a few days, repeat. Each person must take the path as their body leads them. I have over done it, cut back, and keep on moving forward at the pace needed. If I have had a small reaction, I just take extra Quercetin or NAC and Oxygen. OH! Oxygen is super key to all of this; let’s say a bit about that.

Chlorophyll (Chloroxygen) has been a daily liquid since I was diagnosed with AG and lyme. Take this daily for sure! Oxygen wipes lyme out, and a lot of other bad things. Read my oxygen article.

The best part is taking the first bite of meat. I took that first bite after four years. It was small and tasted so good. A couple days later I took another bite. All the while, I continue to take the enzymes, minerals, and DAO (beef) and lists in previous paragraphs, three times a day with meals. I am still in the process, taking small steps. It will be lasting and it will work better than any other way. Nutrition, gut health, stress management are important, but there is one more.

Yahweh was the one who gave me all the guidance and all the resources. I never did any of this on my own. Fear is a liar. AG can be done away with inside our bodies. You do not have to live with this. Now take action 🙂

Here for you if you need help with all of this.

Natural Helping Hands

www.naturalhelp.net

11 Feb

OXYGEN

Oxygen. I have written how oxygen is key to keeping our immune system in order and our blood cells healthy. As ordinary as breathing may seem, the intake of oxygen sustains human life at its most fundamental level. This can be seen in the very first book of the Bible in Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.” The body has an immediate, moment-by-moment need for oxygen; not water, not food … oxygen. Not surprisingly, God has supplied us with more than a few foods that promote oxygen-rich blood to nourish this vital life requirement. Oxygen supports the body’s health, along with foods that build oxygen-rich blood to include in your daily diet (deep greens, kelp, blueberries, lemons, etc.). I like the article above, but I will not say you have to be a vegetarian to attain this kind of health, because each person’s needs are very different; i advocate finding what that is in yourself, but that the diet needs to be mostly raw is definite truth and fact.

TAKING ACTION

oxygen kills viruses and bacteria and other foreign bodies. It helps to maintain healthy histamine levels. We must keep our oxygen in our bodies high. I take kelp powder and eat loads of raw foods.

hOW DOES IT WORK

Oxygen travels from the lungs to the bloodstream, with the bloodstream delivering oxygen to every cell of the body. In turn, each cell in the body uses oxygen to carry out a process known as cellular respiration. It’s through this process that cells generate energy. From there, the health benefits of oxygen-rich blood run the gamut, a few of which are:

  • Healthy digestion
  • Strong muscles
  • Mental clarity and ability to focus
  • Strong immune system
  • Strong heart
  • Healthy nervous system

WHAT DO I DO?

  1. When the weather allows, open your windows. Access to fresh air is essential for breathing more easily. However, remember it’s important to monitor your local air quality. If you live in an urban area and can’t open the place up because of smog, consider investing in an indoor air filtration system, or items which purify air at home naturally. But Choose electronic air purifiers carefully—many of them produce lung-irritating ozone.
  2. Grow green things. Introducing live plants into your home will increase available indoor oxygen. Ferns are a great option for extra oxygen production in the home. They are relatively easy to keep alive and don’t require a lot of sunshine.
  3. Exercise. Check with your doctor about the type and amount of exercise you should be doing each day. As your breathing rate and depth increases, your lungs absorb more oxygen, and that means you’ll feel better.
  4. Practice mindfulness. Begin a daily meditation or prayer routine that emphasizes deep breathing. Five to ten minutes per day of relaxed and focused breathing can improve your oxygen intake and reduce stress.
  5. Eat fresh, iron-rich foods. Your diet can, to some extent, influence your blood’s ability to absorb oxygen. Certain foods can help improve your oxygen levels in the blood. Focus on iron-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, legumes and green leafy vegetables. These dietary choices can correct an iron deficiency, which could increase your body’s ability to process oxygen and make you feel more energetic. Stock up on green vegetables like kale, broccoli and celery.

The next article goes a bit deeper in the core of our many issues. Enjoy!

Jeana Anderson

C.N.H.P., MMT, CLT, CEIM, CBS

Natural Helping Hands, LLC

www.naturalhelp.net


22 Jun

Empower yourself with information about your health PART 2

Nutritional Consultation and Holistic Health

Nutrition is more than what you eat, but how you nourish and care for your whole self. During a consultation, all aspects of your health will be taken into account.

The consultation consists of a comprehensive personal interview which evaluates diet, health history, current health concerns, supplements, and medications, along with lifestyle, constitution (immediate family history), and daily workload. You will gain a better understanding of what your body needs and what steps you must take to be healthy.

An estimated 50% Americans take nutritional supplements. You can eliminate a lot of guesswork, while working with a trained professional who can assist you in developing a nutritional program that is tailored to you as an individual.

Holistic healthcare is the use of therapies that are designed to enhance well-being by promoting health for the whole person, rather than a specific symptom or disease only. It promotes health by assisting balance of mind, body and spirit. Scientific studies indicate the mind-body connection is an important aspect of health and wellness. the concept can be summed up in this biblical proverb, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

I believe that health is an ongoing process involving the whole individual who can become empowered through education and knowledge. My goal is to teach others the best possible ways to improve the quality of their lives. I practice a client centered approach to wellness enabling the individual to make choices that best fit their lifestyle, budget and mind. I endeavor to restore wholeness to each individual by helping them maintain control over their healthcare choices.

The following are services that can be used in consultations and coaching sessions. I will indicate the services off site and on site. I can interpret all results from the tests listed.

Hair mineral analysis: in office sample/off site lab: See part one of this blog to learn more about Mineral analysis.

Biofeedback: in office: Stress can become habitual and you can even forget how to relax sometimes; however, biofeedback can teach you how to get back to a more relaxed state. Although biofeedback is helpful to treat stress, it can also help a number of other conditions listed on my web page.

Saliva testing: off site sample and lab: thyroid panel, gastro-intestinal health panel using saliva and bowel, adrenal stress index, female and male hormone panels, post menopause hormone panel. Saliva testing is non-invasive and can be performed wherever you are. There are no stressful blood draws or bio hazards. With blood tests, a number of borderline conditions may be missed. Hormones can either be free, as in saliva, or bound to protein, as in blood. Research has determined that the free hormone fractions found in saliva most significantly influence living cells. Saliva tests help minimize using too much or too little natural hormone replacement and supplementation, insuring proper hormones in the appropriate amounts.

Other tests that can be used are: Amino acid profile (a urine test) and Bone Marker Test (a urine test). I can discuss these if you feel you would want to look into these tests.

CONTACT ME FOR AN INITIAL CONSULTATION AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW I CAN HELP YOU.

21 Jun

Empower yourself with information about your heatlh

(The following services are not intended for diognostic purposes but to enable the client to determine the best possible state of their nutrition. )

WHAT IS HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS?

Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency in determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the E.P.A. stated that human hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals. This report confirmed the findings of other studies in the U.S. and abroad, which concluded that human hair may be a more appropriate tissue than blood or urine for studying community exposure to some trace elements

WHY USE THE HAIR? WHY NOT USE THE BLOOD?

Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. Second, clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure.

A HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.

WHY TEST FOR MINERALS?

Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.

  • Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.
  • Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of abnormal heart conditions, anxiety and nervousness.
  • Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, mild depression and lethargy.
  • Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

In the words of the late author and noted researcher, Dr. Henry Schroeder, trace elements (minerals) are “…more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses.”

WHAT CAN CAUSE A MINERAL IMBALANCE?

There are many factors to take into consideration, such as:
Diet – Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a “healthy” diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared.
Stress – Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
Medications – Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. These medications include diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
Pollution – From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics. These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.
Nutritional Supplements – Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.
Inherited Patterns – A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.

CAN VITAMIN REQUIREMENTS BE DETERMINED FROM A MINERAL TEST?

Minerals interact not only with each other but also with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Minerals influence each of these factors, and they, in turn, influence mineral status. Minerals act as enzyme activators, and vitamins are synergistic to minerals as coenzymes. It is extremely rare that a mineral disturbance develops without a corresponding disturbance in the synergistic vitamin(s). It is also rare for a disturbance in the utilization or activity of a vitamin to occur without affecting a synergistic mineral(s). For example, vitamin C affects iron absorption and reduces copper retention. Boron and iron influence the status of vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Vitamin B1 enhances sodium retention, B12 enhances iron and cobalt absorption, and vitamin A enhances the utilization of zinc, while antagonizing vitamins D and E. Protein intake will affect zinc status, etc. Therefore, evaluating mineral status provides good clues of vitamin status and requirements. Continuing research at Trace Elements involves the recognition of many synergistic and antagonistic interrelationships between minerals and vitamins.

IS HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS SUPPORTED BY RESEARCH?

Hair tissue mineral analysis is supported by an impressive body of literature in a variety of respected national and international scientific publications. Over the past twenty-five years hair mineral testing has been extensive. Each year in the United States alone, federally licensed clinical laboratories perform over 150,000 hair mineral assays for health care professionals interested in an additional screening aid for a comprehensive patient evaluation. This does not take into consideration the thousands of subjects used in numerous continuing research studies conducted by private and government research agencies.

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19 Jun

Viruses, Nutrutional Immuno-Modulators and Metabolic types as viewed through Hair Tissue Mineral Patterns

I have used mineral analysis for over 20 years. They have changed my life. Mineral balancing is crucial to our well being. Balancing in general, of all things, is crucial to our well being. We can be taking in the correct foods, liquids, minerals, and vitamins, but without the correct balancing to it all, it can be a mishap in our system. The following article is snippets from a newsletter article; the information is amazing. Contact me to set up an initial consultation to find out more about mineral analysis and wellness coaching. I am ready to help you create the healthy life you long for. Jeana

David L. Watts, Ph.D., Director of Research

The immune system is a complex network consisting of
cells, tissues and organs and their coordination is required
to protect the body from infectious pathogens and noninfectious foreign substances. It is essential for the immune
system to be at its optimum for resistance to invading
pathogens and for the development of immunity.
Optimization of the immune system depends upon many
factors, not the least of which includes our nutritional
status, but also the psycho-neuro-endocrine system.
Branches of the Immune System

Immune Imbalance
When the immune system is not compromised and has
dealt with a threat, the systems return to a homeostatic
balance. I rather use the term rheostatic balance as cells
and biochemical defense systems in body are constantly
alert, on guard and ready to mount a defense toward an
invader, similar to a standing army. However, it is well
known that a branch of the immune system can become
overactive and become detrimental to the host. This is due
to the potential antagonism between the CIR and HIR
immune response causing autoimmune conditions. Further
discussions can be found in the following link;
https://traceelements.com/Docs/News%20Jan-Feb%2002.pdf. In
summary, the CIR (thymus-parasympathetic) can become
dominant suppressing the HIR (adrenal-sympathetic).
Conversely, the HIR (adrenal-sympathetic) can become
dominant and suppress the CIR (thymus-parasympathetic).
Other researchers have found this to be the case. Harrison,
found an inverse relationship between humoral and cellular
mediated immunity in subjects at risk of insulin dependent
diabetes. It is speculated that in an autoimmune disease,
such as insulin dependent diabetes, the pancreatic beta cells
are destroyed or impaired by the T-cells, which is associated
with cell-mediated immunity. It is interesting that HTMA
patterns of patients with adult onset diabetes, are
commonly associated with the slow metabolic mineral
pattern, or increased cellular immune activity. Other
studies have reported finding an imbalance between the
cellular and humoral response in conditions such as lupus,
rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Chron’s disease
and celiac disease. In other words, it is very evident that the
cellular immune response can over-power the humoral
immune response and vice-versa. The following statement
by Katz illustrates this point very well, “..it is becoming
increasingly well documented that, in some animal models
and in humans, the humoral immune system can act to the
detriment of the host and indeed, block the activity of the
cellular immune system in its attempt to destroy
neoplastic cells.”
https://traceelements.com/Docs/News%20March-April%2094.pdf.
When discussing or treating autoimmune conditions, one
must consider which branch of the immune system to
support rather than generally treating the immune system as
a whole.

Viruses and the Immune System
Viruses activate the CIR, which I mentioned previously is
also a thymus response in tandem with a parasympathetic
response. Bacteria however tend to activate the HIR in
conjunction with an adrenal and sympathetic response. As
viral infections are more common than bacterial infections
and due to the present day incidence of COVID-19, I will limit
this discussion to viral conditions.

HTMA Patterns and CIR
HTMA studies have shown distinct mineral patterns
associated with an elevated CIR and autoimmune conditions
associated with excessive CIR. As mentioned previously, the
CIR is associated with a parasympathetic mineral pattern and
it can be surmised that a parasympathetic mineral pattern
may predispose the body to viral susceptibility due to a
number of factors.

Elevated Tissue Calcium and Viral Activity
One factor that increases viral susceptibility is elevated
tissue concentrations of calcium. Viruses use the calcium
signals to enter cells and to create an ideal environment for
their replication. (Cell Calcium, 2009)
“The exact mechanism behind viral latency or viral replication
is not totally known. However, a group of researchers
explored this phenomenon in relation to the Epstein Barr
virus, and their findings were reported in SCIENCE in 1986.
Lymphoid cells were infected with the Epstein Barr genome.
The Epstein Barr virus would either replicate slowly or remain
dormant. Dormancy of the virus could be overcome a
number of ways such as super-imposing a super virus or by
introducing tumor promoting agents. The tumor promoting
agents that activated the Epstein Barr virus also activated a
cellular enzyme protein kinase C that is calcium dependent;
therefore, they studied the effect of increased cellular
calcium concentration on the lymphatic cells. They found
that calcium modulation was of primary importance in
activating the Epstein Barr genome. Other studies have been
reported that implicate calcium in regulating the infection of
human B-lymphocytes by Epstein Barr virus. When calcium
entry into the cells was blocked, the Epstein Barr virus
transformation was inhibited.”
https://traceelements.com/Docs/News%20Nov-Dec%2089.pdf.
The Journal of Virology (2010) published findings that the
West Nile (WNV) virus infections lead to a rapid and
sustained calcium influx into the cells resulting in extending
the survival of the WNV within cells. They found that
reducing the influx of calcium into cells by various methods
during an early infection decreased viral yield.

Calcium Antagonism and Viral Inhibition
It is apparent that reducing cellular calcium influx would
also help to reduce cellular viral influx and replication.
Interestingly, hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug can
contribute to anti-viral activity by reducing cellular calcium
influx. (Chloroquine Inhibits Ca2+ Signaling in Murine CD4+
Thymocytes. https://www.researchgate.net/journal/1421-
9778_Cellular_Physiology_and_Biochemistry)
Also interesting is that elevated calcium concentrations are
found in those with sickle cell disease, a condition
associated with malaria. (Prog Clin Biol Res.) (Sci Rep. 2017)
There are many drugs designated as calcium channel
blockers which one can wonder if they may impact viral
replication by their action. Apparently, calcium channel
blockers such as verapamil increases the concentrations of
chloroquine in the cell. Of course there are natural
nutritional calcium blockers available such as phosphorus,
magnesium, and Vitamin A.

Latent Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is present in
approximately ninety percent of humans worldwide and is
frequently established following a viral episode such as
mononucleosis. EBV is a member of the herpes virus
family. Usually dormant, chronic EBV activation can lead to
lymphoma, and other health conditions. Recent
investigations have found that in individuals who have a
genetic defect in the magnesium transporter 1 have high
levels of EBV. Conversely, individuals with chronic EBV
infections had low amounts of basal free magnesium levels
in their cells, even though bound levels of magnesium were
found to be normal. Ninety-five percent of the magnesium
present in the cell is bound and the rest is in a free form. A
reduction in free cellular magnesium concentration is
associated with a defect in the expression of the natural
killer activating receptor in natural killer cells, CD8 T cells
and reduces the cytotoxic response against EBV. With
magnesium supplementation, a restoration of the
concentration of free cellular magnesium results in reduced
EBV infected cells. Therefore, magnesium homeostasis is
important for antiviral and antitumor immunity. (Science.
2013)

Copper Excess and Pro-Viral Activity
We consider copper as a pro-viral agent. It has an
antagonistic effect on the mineral zinc which is known to
have anti-viral properties. We often see elevated HTMA
copper in individuals who have had or who are suffering
from viral episodes, including mononucleosis, AIDS, EBV,
CMV, etc. Copper also acts synergistically with calcium and
enhances increased tissue calcium accumulation and
thereby, predispose the cell to viral replication. (Virol J.
2017) I realize there are a lot of statements on the internet
promoting copper as an anti-viral agent which I find a bit
questionable. Copper has long been known for its
antimicrobial properties particularly toward bacteria.
Bacteria such as staph, MRSA and C. difficile, etc. were
destroyed almost immediately when exposed to copper
surfaces with almost 100 percent within a couple of hours
which is why many hospitals use copper coated surfaces
and bed rails which has reduced hospital-acquired staph
infections tremendously. While COVID-19 is known to take
up to 4 hours to degrade on copper surfaces. It is possible I
suppose that the effect of copper on viruses could be due to
differences between RNA and DNA viruses.

Anti-Viral Properties of Zinc, Molybdenum and Vitamin C
Zinc is also well known for its anti-viral properties. Zinc is
also antagonistic to the mineral copper. Perhaps the reason
that chloroquine has some anti-viral effects is due to its
ionophore action. Chloroquine enhances the transport of
zinc across cell membranes and into cells. Zinc is a strong
inhibitor of RNA viruses by inhibiting RNA polymerase.
Pneumonia is a major cause of death in children less than
five years of age. A double-blind placebo-controlled clinical
trial of 270 children found that zinc supplementation in the
amount of 20 milligrams per day resulted in accelerated
recovery from pneumonia. The mineral zinc also helped to
reduce antimicrobial resistance and decreased multiple
antibiotic exposure as well as reduce complications and
deaths. (Brooks, et al. Lancet, 363, 2004) Low zinc levels
during a viral infection is often associated with a loss of
taste and smell, which has been reported in individuals
contracting COVID-19, but is common in most severe viral
infections. White spots showing up in the fingernails
following a viral infection are also an indication of zinc
deficiency.
Vitamin C and molybdenum are also known to be anti-viral
due to their copper antagonism. Both zinc and vitamin C
have been reported to be effective in treatment of those
who have contracted COVID 19 and other viruses such as
HIV. A number of studies are being carried out in the U.S.
and abroad on the therapeutic effectiveness of zinc and
vitamin C in COVID -19 patients.

Anti-Viral Properties of Niacin and Vitamin A
We have found that HIV is associated with elevated tissue
concentrations of copper in a number of studies we have
performed at TEI. As stated previously, we categorize
excess copper as being pro-viral. Excess copper increases
the oxidation of vitamin C and can contribute to pellagra. It
has been found that individuals who have contracted HIV
virus progressing to AIDS and ARC, develop a pellagra-like
condition. Tryptophan levels are extremely low along with
niacin contributing to NAD depletion. Dietary niacin therapy
led to an increase in tryptophan levels in those affected.
Normally tryptophan is converted to niacin, but providing
tryptophan would potentially increase concentrations of
neurotoxic intermediates. (Lancet. 2003) (Nutrition. 2001)
Vitamin A is synergistic to zinc and also lowers tissue
calcium and is therefore, considered to be anti-viral. Vitamin
A is known to combat respiratory tract viral infections that
contribute to pneumonia. One mechanism for vitamin A’s
effectiveness is that it can contribute to down regulation of
IL-6 and reduce hyperactive T cell response to viruses and
reduce the hyperactive cytokine storm. (Penkert,R, et.al.
2017) (Liang, Y, et al. 2013) Vitamin A is essential for healthy
mucous membranes, the first defensive barrier to
microorganisms.

Cytokine Storm and Hyperactivity of the CIR
Cytokine production is a normal consequence of viral
infections. However, when the cellular immune response
becomes over active a cytokine storm can develop and be
detrimental to the host. On the basis of research into the
immune system, Notkins and colleagues made the following
statement, “…there is growing evidence that cells are
damaged not directly by replicating viruses but by a specific
immune response that produces the symptoms of the
disease.” The authors site Clemens von Pirquet, an Austrian
pediatrician who more than 60 years previously, speculated
that the immune response may be responsible for injury to
tissues. Wallace P. Rowe, a virus researcher at the National
Institutes of Health, later confirmed von Pirquet’s suspicions.
His experiments involved the study of the lymphocyte
choriomeningitis (LCM) virus. When introduced into lab
animals the virus spread rapidly throughout the body. In six
days the animals began to show an immune response to the
virus, developed meningitis and died. To determine the
immune systems involvement, Dr. Rowe performed another
experiment, in which he exposed one group of animals to
radiation, as radiation is known to suppress the immune
response. Whereas, in the control group, the immune
system was not suppressed. After the LCM virus was
introduced into the animals, the virus spread throughout the
bodies of both groups.
The control animals developed meningitis and died, as in
previous experiments. However, the immune suppressed
group did not develop meningitis. Rowe, therefore found
that the meningitis was caused not by the virus itself, but by
the body’s immune response to the virus.
https://traceelements.com/Docs/News%20March-April%2094.pdf
In order to control the cytokine storm seen in COVID-19
cases as well as other viruses, immune-suppressants are
used effectively, such as steroids, and other immunosuppressing drugs such as tocilizumab.
(https://www.jwatch.org/na51506/2020/05/12/tocilizumab-mightattenuate-cytokine-storm-covid-19?query=C19)


Trace Elements and the Immune System
Lukac, et al reported the importance of trace elements on
the immune system. They play an important role in
physiological processes that are crucial for normal
functioning. The authors also state that deficiencies of trace
elements are often found with infectious disease and can
therefore, influence susceptibility, course and outcome of a
number of viral infections. Further, “Some trace elements
inhibit viral replication in the host cells and therefore have
antiviral activity. Many trace elements act as antioxidants or
are able not only to regulate the host immune response but
also to alter viral genome.” (Lukac, 2007)
It is known that nutritional deficiencies exist in the early
stages of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
Botswana, has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in
the world and early treatment in the population with
antiretroviral therapy (ART) can be slow and difficult. A trial
using multivitamins was conducted involving over eighthundred HIV patients in the early stages of HIV and who
were not on ART. The vitamins included B complex along
with vitamins C, E and selenium. The study was conducted
over a two year period and found that nutritional
supplementation was safe and significantly reduced the risk
of a decline in immunity as well as morbidity among those
treated compared to a placebo group. (Baum, MK, et al.
2013.)
Viral Complications and Metabolic Types Based Upon
HTMA Patterns

Viruses are responsible for most infections in industrialized
populations. From HTMA studies that we have performed
around the world (over one million) we have found that the
majority of individuals have parasympathetic dominant
mineral patterns (approximately 70% average) making them
more susceptible to complications of viral infections. This
mineral pattern is associated with dominant cellular immune
activity. The following chart shows the percentage of
metabolic types in different countries based upon HTMA
patterns we have performed.
Interestingly, it appears that in countries with a higher
population of Parasympathetic dominance (CIR), death rates
are higher compared to countries with a lower percentage of
Parasympathetic dominance (CIR). As of this date, we can
see Norway appears to have the lowest percentage of
Parasympathetic metabolic types and has fewer deaths per
confirmed case from COVID-19 compared to countries such
as England and Italy. However, the HTMA metabolic
patterns do not take into consideration the age of the
population and those other factors that may contribute to
vulnerability to the virus.
Although specific nutrients or drugs would not prevent
anyone contracting a virus we can surmise that specific
nutrients may aid in reducing complications of viral
infections. Anti-viral nutrients in individuals with a dominant
CIR include; magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, molybdenum,
selenium, vitamin C, vitamins A, B1, B3 and E. Synergists to
these would also include; vitamin B6, and amino acids such
as methionine. Nutrients or products that would further
stimulate the CIR such as; calcium, copper, vitamin D,
thymus, Co-Q10, colostrum, etc, would be contraindicated,
as these nutrients enhance increased cellular calcium
concentrations.
For sympathetic types having an elevated HIR
(approximately 30% of population) then calcium,
magnesium, vitamins D, B2, B1, thymus, colostrum and coQ10 would be indicated.
We should also remember that the endocrine system is
also involved in immune function and balance. A
disturbance in the HPA and gonadal axis can impact and
produce a compromised immune response which should
also be addressed. Some hormones can be categorized as
anti-viral or pro-viral. Reports of individuals with COVID-19
have found that progesterone may help in preventing
complications from the COVID virus as it appears to help
reduce inflammation. Progesterone as well testosterone is
associated with the mineral zinc and along with zinc lowers
copper as well as estrogen. Hormones that increase
parasympathetic activity and CIR dominance could be
considered pro-viral and include; Estrogen, Insulin and
Parathyroid Hormone. Anti-Viral hormones, those that
raise sympathetic activity and HIR activity include;
Progesterone, Testosterone, and Thyroid. Further
discussion can be found at;
https://traceelements.com/Docs/News%20Jan-Feb%2002.pdf.

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