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goldi,

Posted by treefrog @ 22:53 on January 14, 2022  

thanks for posting the symptom profiles for delta and omicron.

i think i may be over the hump and on the downhill slope of omicron.  at least the symptoms fit the profile.  i’ve been doing daily c, d3, and zinc plus a weekly ivm @25 mg for several months (a year?  i didn’t mark it on the calendar when i started).

when i started having symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, moderate sore throat headache, and fatigue) i doubled up on the c, d, and zinc and bumped the ivm up to 35mg daily.  i also took tylenol SEVERE cold & flu (1/4 the recco dosage level) for relief from the symptoms, and for the expectorant.

symptoms peaked third day, about on a level with a common cold, and are now (6th day) fading to level of mild discomfort and dropping.

did i have omicron?  who the hell knows (or cares)?  maybe the next scheduled checkup, i’ll ask the doc to run an antibody scan.

New Poll New Poll

Posted by ipso facto @ 18:56 on January 14, 2022  

Vote! Vote!

Moggy sent me this. Apparently my symptoms are leaning to Delta but sill have sense of smell. Plus there’s other things going on out there.

Posted by goldielocks @ 18:23 on January 14, 2022  

I’m not up to reading all of it but kinda preaching to the choir anyways.

ial symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
DELTA
Fever
Cough Fatigue/Malaise
Sore Throat Headache
Muscle or Body Aches Loss of Taste or Smell
OMICRON
Runny Nose
Sneezing
Fatigue – mild or severe Sore Throat
Headache
“Cold-like” symptoms
NOTE: The estimated incubation period for COVID-19 has long been 2-14 days with a median of 5 days, per the CDC.70 When the agency changed the quarantine period from 14 days to FIVE days on December 27, 2021—in the middle of the Omicron surge, injected or not, after being exposed or even after testing positive, with a few caveats—it wrote: “The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-COV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”71, 72 The real motivation may be health care and airline worker shortages.73
2. Seek early and aggressive treatment—regardless of variant.
a. Even if your case feels “mild,” begin early and aggressive treatment.
b. Essential to stop viral replication, and the resulting body-wide inflammation and clotting.
c. Start early treatment no later than 7 days after first symptoms—the earlier, the better.
d. The virus replicates for 5-7 days (hasn’t been cultured after 8 days). — Dr. Urso, MD74
e. Others say viral replication lasts up to 10 days, and some say longer (see chart below).
f. “Treat first. Test later. Don’t wait for test results…Delay is what’s killing people.” — Dr.
Darrell DeMello, MD, who has treated more than 6,000 patients, with only 14 deaths.75
g. Progression of COVID-19 if left untreated (displayed during US Senate hearing, 12/8/20):

Thanks, rno and goldie

Posted by amals @ 18:10 on January 14, 2022  

James and James in New World Next Week….and IMO worth your time!

Posted by silverngold @ 17:14 on January 14, 2022  

Home

COT Report

Posted by Buygold @ 17:10 on January 14, 2022  

Scum is adding longs on both G & S – don’t see any threat here.

CFTC Commitments of Traders Report – CMX (Futures Only)

Chalk this day up to “not as bad as it could have been” and was earlier in the day, but sure not the way I wanted to end the week.

silverngold @ 15:52

Posted by ipso facto @ 16:36 on January 14, 2022  

Great story! You’ve sure worn a lot of hats!

Good thing you didn’t get stuck in Lodi!

All the best

Ipso Re: Creedence Clearwater Revival…Stuck In Lodi Again! Great song…and boy does that bring back memories.

Posted by silverngold @ 15:52 on January 14, 2022  

17 years old, on the Greyhound Bus heading for Florin CA just north of Lodi and south of Sacramento; every thing I owned in a duffle bag. I’d left home (LA) for good.  On my own. $20 in my pocket and I had a toothache. That was my Silverngold start to making my fame and fortune, looking for my pot of gold.  Well, I found it! It’s called LIFE!  “Anything works if you do” and “the harder you work, the luckier you get“, and boy have I been lucky. Since going through Lodi I have been… Stable boy, Apprentice saddle maker, Powderman’s Helper, Pharmacist Assistant, Real Estate Salesman and Notary, Sgt E5 in California Army National Guard, Household Finance Assistant Manager, General Electric Credit Corporation Manager, Northern California Manager for Aetna Variable Annuity Life, National Field Service Director for same in DC,  North Dakota General Agent for same, Seattle Assistant General Agent for Aetna Life and Casualty, Alaska General Agent for Aetna Life and Casualty, Alaska General Agent for Hartford Variable Annuity Life…. and then I retired at age 33 and moved to Canada! Yup, all just dumb luck I guess, but that’s just the first part of my life. One thing I have never knowingly done is violate my principles, and maybe that is what has made it so easy to recognize the lies and deceptions I’ve seen throughout life, and especially now….and even here on this great forum….But that’s another story nobody wants to hear. LOL!!  The best advice I can give, and have always given my kids, is BE TRUE TO YOURSELF! Then everything else becomes Silverngold!

Amals

Posted by goldielocks @ 15:33 on January 14, 2022  

You can consult your doctor on what temperature to treat. I personally with something potentially serious like this would try to hold it to 103. This one didn’t go that high but left me wanting to shed my cloths but resisted that. My temp is normally 97.6-8 instead of the 98.6 so if it’s 98.6 it’s really 99.6 to me and so on so I have to keep in mind. My grandson although his was creeping towards 102 was shedding his cloths and wanted the window open so he could get pneumonia next lol
When I retired I started having irregular sleeping patterns. I’m pretty sure because of the work involved I wasn’t tired anymore. A friend same thing happened. She tried the melatonin but it didn’t work for her. A good daily routine probably would help. Just not while recovering because it is Covid exercise aggravates it. You got to move around though clear any congestion to prevent pneumonia.
I kinda wanted to get this so I gave the protocol to my grandsons parents and they were still negative after a week but I didn’t take it as I should then started regretting it. I’m not having any trouble with sleep right now just the opposite.

Amals

Posted by redneckokie1 @ 13:06 on January 14, 2022  

Take 10mg of melatonin and two of the pain reliever pm tablets 30 minutes or more before bedtime. Relax in recliner until sleepy, then go to bed. Works great for me.

a milestone

Posted by treefrog @ 12:50 on January 14, 2022  

Thanks Mr. Copper

Posted by amals @ 12:24 on January 14, 2022  

Re The Fed Doing Everything To Keep Equities Markets Higher?

Posted by Mr.Copper @ 12:17 on January 14, 2022  

It seems to be working like the high to 21% interest rates of the 1970s. The high rates were sucking in money into bank accounts, making excess money harmless dead money not getting spent, and help to not drive up demand inflation. Inhibited spending on cars and houses.

Sure some stock market profits might be going into people buying extra houses they don’t need, driving those prices higher. But if they build and buy too many, like $145/bbl Oil, they flood and crash their own market. Remember $28/bb oil later on?

I head when Fla real estate get as high as NY real estate like it is lately, LOOK OUT BELOW!! LOL. Another thought, maybe there is massive legal and illegal immigration numbers the gov’t is not reporting would explain very high populations causing the need for all these houses and apartments, and or big Cities are getting emptied and flooding into surrounding areas.

Imagine Ghost Cities?? And dirt cheap prices? LOL.

amals @ 9:54 NUMBER ONE REMEDY for everything is physical exorcise.

Posted by Mr.Copper @ 12:00 on January 14, 2022  

Years ago I heard tried and reported here when you inhale say “sleep”, and when you exhale say “slumber.” A responder said it works good but he switched it to “Gold” inhale and “Silver” exhale.

Another method, just keep repeating…”Stop” on inhale and “Thinking” on exhale over and over. I guess they are mantra type things but work. Counting sheep requires too much thought. LOL

Another option over the counter Unisom, grandfathered in. But DON’T take the whole pill. Too strong. Cut it into 4 pieces. Take a piece hour or two before bed. If you take the whole pill the alarm clock wont wake you up and you feel hung over the next day. One half of a valium or one half of an ativan if you can get a prescription will work good too.

Naturally use sparingly on everything pill related so you don’t get immune, and they keep working.

NUMBER ONE REMEDY for everything is physical exorcise. A therapist friend told me everybody has problems because nobody really WORKS anymore.

Another bad day for the SM. Dragging us down as well.

Posted by ipso facto @ 11:16 on January 14, 2022  

Richard640

Posted by ipso facto @ 11:00 on January 14, 2022  

Lots of good stuff today. Thanks!

AMALS–Yes, I knew that–but everybody who has been on the UNIVERSAL SUICIDE BRIGADE DIET AND IS older

Posted by Richard640 @ 10:48 on January 14, 2022  

needs a radical change if they was to age disease and pain free and escape the “medical loop”….there is an immediate change u could start today….go on a short term–3 day–modified fast of brown rice and miso soup–for 3 days u wouldn’t have organ system failure [lol]–u would be shocked how good u feel

ZINC CONFIDENTIAL…by Walter Winchell

Posted by Richard640 @ 10:24 on January 14, 2022  

Why Healthy Immune Function Requires Zinc

The only mineral more common in your body than zinc is iron.

However, unlike iron, your body cannot store zinc. You must consume it daily to have adequate levels.

 

 
Part of your immune defense, white blood cells circulate in your blood stream. 

A healthy immune system can’t function without it. Zinc is a key messenger of immune cells and the zinc inside your cells participates in important signaling events.

Your body requires zinc to produce its white blood cells that circulate throughout your blood, on alert to mount attacks against invading pathogens.*

Zinc also influences antibody and cytokine production, phagocytosis – or the ingestion of unwanted cells or particles, and gene regulation within your white blood cells.*

As important as it is for your immune health, zinc has taken a back seat to other nutrients over the years. Conventional medicine just hasn’t given zinc the attention it deserves, but fortunately that’s starting to change.

One reason for this neglect is related to zinc levels being difficult to measure. There are very few accurate methods for testing, unlike iron. Because of that, most people have never been tested for zinc.

While zinc is found throughout your body as part of proteins and nucleic acids, your serum zinc levels don’t always reflect your true zinc status. The same holds true for urine tests and hair analysis.

How Zinc Helps Protect Your Body Against the Effects of Cellular Aging*

Besides your immune health, zinc is essential for the healthy functioning of your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, bone and muscles.* At the cellular level, your cells use the DNA present in the cells as their blueprint each time they replicate.

Throughout your life, your body is able to reproduce DNA. However, as you age, this ability becomes impaired, leading to the deterioration of your body systems.

Recently it’s been discovered that zinc plays a role in how fast your cellular DNA break down. Too little zinc impacts your body’s ability to repair the normal damage that occurs to your DNA from oxidative stressors.*

This is because excessive oxidative stress causes damaging free radicals, which can lead to accelerated cellular aging.

Other stressors like normal bodily processes – such as respiration – as well as pollution, poor diet and obesity can contribute to DNA damage.

In a study of 18 men who consumed a rice-based, low zinc diet for six weeks, adding a modest amount of zinc to the diet reduced DNA strand breaks, indicating a reduction in the everyday “wear and tear” on DNA.*

Zinc plays an important role in helping to reduce oxidative stress and repair DNA, especially as you age.*

7 Other Ways Your Body Needs the Right Amount of Zinc to Thrive*

Having enough zinc influences your health on a wide scale, especially organ health*:

    1. Cardiovascular Health

      Higher levels of zinc are associated with optimal cardiovascular health. Researchers now believe zinc may play a key role in regulating how calcium moves in your heart cells and provides support for the normal functioning of your heart.*

 


    1. Lung and Respiratory Health

      Studies show that adequate zinc promotes respiratory well-being, especially during seasonal challenges to your health.*


    1. Metabolic Health

      Zinc is required for the activity of more than 300 enzymes that assist with metabolism, digestion and other processes. It supports a healthy metabolism, aids carbohydrate and protein metabolism, and the absorption of nutrients.*


    1. Brain Health

      Zinc helps prevent the accumulation of defective proteins in your brain and plays a key role in helping proteins maintain their proper shape for healthy cognitive function.*


    1. Sensory Organ Health

      A shortage of zinc often leads to a loss of both taste and appetite. With a deficiency, the cells in your taste and smell organs can actually die faster. Zinc works to help your eyes sense light and transmit nerve impulses to your brain.* Lack of smell or taste is one of the classic signs of zinc deficiency.


    1. Bone Health

      Zinc plays a key role in your bone matrix and regulates the delicate balance between bone building and bone breakdown, especially important as you age. It also promotes bone mineralization through its role as a cofactor of alkaline phosphatase, an enzyme found in your bone cells.*


  1. Protein Synthesis and Wound Healing*

    Zinc supports healthy skin and the integrity of your mucosal membranes.*

As beneficial as zinc may be, it is possible to get too much zinc. This is a problem because excessive amounts of zinc can reduce your immune function and also lower your “good” HDL cholesterol levels.

Plus, excess zinc can adversely affect your copper levels as well as your hearing and taste. As little as 60 mg per day of zinc has been shown to have a negative effect on your copper status.

That’s why it’s vitally important to get the right amount of zinc – and not too much.

Even If You’re Getting Enough Zinc, You May Still Be Deficient

Because it’s not routinely tested, many people are deficient in zinc but don’t know it.

Even if you do get enough zinc in your daily diet, certain conditions can keep you from absorbing and utilizing the essential mineral. Gastrointestinal and bowel concerns are often linked to zinc deficiency.

If you struggle with a sensitivity to gluten, you’re more likely to be deficient in zinc. Complaints of gluten intolerance have been rising among Americans over the past 50 years.

 

In celiac disease or gluten intolerance, your body attacks your gut lining in response to gluten. This can lead to inflammation and the wearing away of the tiny nodules in your small intestine’s lining called villi.

Because your intestinal villi are responsible for absorbing food nutrients, a loss of villi can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies, including a zinc deficiency.

You don’t need to be sensitive to gluten for this to happen to your gut lining. Other types of bowel and gastrointestinal concerns can also cause the breakdown of intestinal villi.

So other than gastrointestinal complaints, what signs suggest you may have a zinc deficiency?

13 Red Flags for a Potential Zinc Deficiency

The important thing to know about zinc is even a mild deficiency can seriously affect your immune system – and your entire body. Here are some signs that suggest a shortage of zinc:

  • Frequent respiratory illnesses or other infections
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Low energy
  • Nervousness
  • Slow wound healing
  • Decreased sense of sight, taste or smell
  • Skin rashes
  • Lack of focus and brain fog
  • Diminished hearing
  • Occasional moodiness and feeling blue
  • Increased food and environmental allergies
  • Thinning hair or baldness
  • Male infertility

All of these signs can mimic other conditions, so most people – and doctors – rarely suspect a zinc deficiency, as none of these symptoms alone stand out as a zinc deficiency red flag.

If you have one or several of these signs, and neither you nor your doctor can identify the underlying cause, then I suggest trying a high-quality zinc supplement. You may be one of the many who are deficient, and observing to see if your symptoms improve is probably the best way to confirm zinc deficiency.

How Stress Can Contribute to a Zinc Deficiency

Would you describe your lifestyle as stressful? Do you find yourself sometimes feeling overwhelmed with life’s many responsibilities?

 

If so, you may be deficient in zinc.

Emotional stress is one of the biggest factors behind zinc deficiency.

When you’re stressed, your body shunts zinc to your brain, organs, muscles, and skin to help repair damage from stress.

Prolonged stress can deplete zinc concentrations and increase levels of cortisol in your blood – your stress hormone.

If you’re unable to control the stress in your life, it can affect your adrenal health. In turn, adrenal fatigue can lead not only to a zinc deficiency but calcium and magnesium deficiencies as well.

For a healthy balance of hormones, including your thyroid hormones, you need adequate levels of zinc. This is because zinc helps produce progesterone, cortisol and aldosterone – hormones essential for optimal well-being and a healthy inflammatory response.*

How Advancing Age Can Set You up for Zinc Deficiency

There are many factors that come into play as you age and your risk of zinc deficiency grows.

According to one government survey, up to 45% of adults aged 60 and over were found to have zinc intakes below the estimated average requirements of 6.8 mg per day for senior women and 9.4 mg per day for men.

As you age, your ability to absorb and utilize zinc declines. And if you’re not getting enough zinc in your diet, that factor puts you at an even greater risk of deficiency.

Too little bioavailable zinc – or zinc that your body can easily absorb and utilize – can lead to more frequent changes in your body.

Here’s something else to keep in mind: The part of your brain that stores zinc is the cerebral cortex, including your hippocampus and amygdala. This crucial region is responsible for cognitive function.

Having the right amount of zinc is essential for healthy brain function and mood.*

ipso, R-640

Posted by amals @ 10:18 on January 14, 2022  

Thanks to both.  I’ve got some melatonin.  Might try it.

Richard. Thanks, and maybe I will, but that’s too much to cope with right now. I don’t feel the need for lifestyle changes; just a way to get out of my head–very occasionally–when insomnia strikes. I can’t explain better now, and I need it today. A band-aid will do for now.

shitake as an immune system booster

Posted by Richard640 @ 10:17 on January 14, 2022  


shitake as an immune system booster

 

This result earns shiitake mushrooms the right to be called a health-supportive food. But perhaps more importantly, beta-glucans also provide support for a wide variety of body systems, including our immune system, antioxidant system, and our endocrine system. Because beta-glucans can bind onto certain receptors on our immune cells, they can help support immune system function. These polysaccharides can also function as antioxidants and have been shown to have free radical scavenging activity. In addition, beta-glucan intake has been linked to better regulation of our blood sugar and insulin levels. What we are left with here is a category of nutrient intake—polysaccharides—that we don’t usually associate with such a wide range of potential health benefits. But research on shiitake mushrooms is convincing us to pay more attention to this carb-related group in shiitake and othe mushrooms.

 

SHITAKE MUSHROOMS

 
BTW—notice that no discussion is allowed about building up ones resistance and immune system through proper diet, herbs like echinacea, astragulus or elderberry extract—vit C-selenium—zinc—b-complex—colloidal silver—green tea extract-despite 100s of articles from PEER REVIEW journals showing their efficacy
 
I have all of the foregoing at home—I also have 2 cups of simple soup made from organic shitake mushrooms and water—which I blend after cooking for 5 minutes then allowing to cool down-
 
I add organic miso [I like sweet white or mellow white miso causa its mild taste]–never boil the miso—add after cooking when u blend—when reheating only bring to a simmer soze not to kill the beneficial bacteria]
 

What’s New and Beneficial about Shiitake Mushrooms

 
  • A variety of different studies on the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms have converged on a special group of carbohydrate-related molecules called glucans. Glucans are polysaccharides (structures comprised of linked sugars) that are found in many different foods. However, shiitake mushrooms are unusual in containing not only a large amount of total glucans but also a large amount of one specific glucan called beta-glucan. Because these glucans cannot be broken down by enzymes in our digestive tract, they pass undigested all the way through to our large intestine where they help support growth of desirable bacteria in our digestive tract. This result earns shiitake mushrooms the right to be called a health-supportive food. But perhaps more importantly, beta-glucans also provide support for a wide variety of body systems, including our immune system, antioxidant system, and our endocrine system. Because beta-glucans can bind onto certain receptors on our immune cells, they can help support immune system function. These polysaccharides can also function as antioxidants and have been shown to have free radical scavenging activity. In addition, beta-glucan intake has been linked to better regulation of our blood sugar and insulin levels. What we are left with here is a category of nutrient intake—polysaccharides—that we don’t usually associate with such a wide range of potential health benefits. But research on shiitake mushrooms is convincing us to pay more attention to this carb-related group in shiitake and othe mushrooms.
 
  • New research has shown that a relatively small daily amount of dried shiitake mushroom (5 grams of dried mushroom, which is the equivalent of 1-ounce fresh mushroom or less than one large shiitake mushroom) can provide measurable anti-inflammatory benefits. This finding is great news for anyone who is interested in bringing small amounts of shiitake mushrooms into his or her diet, without necessarily making it any sort of dietary focus. Consumption of these small amounts of shiitake mushroom by 50 study participants lowered blood levels of the inflammatory messaging molecule MIP-1alpha (macrophage inflammatory protein 1alpha) and increased blood levels of anti-inflammatory molecules including interleukins 4, 10, and 1alpha (IL-4, IL-10, and IL-1a). This study outcome is not surprising since shiitake mushrooms have an extensive track record as an anti-inflammatory food. But it is great to see these benefits coming from dietary intake of shiitake mushrooms in a whole food form, and more importantly, in a very “do-able” intake amount. Just how easy would it be to consume this amount of shiitake mushrooms? In our World’s Healthiest Foods Meal Plan, we include 3/4 cup of fresh sliced and sautéed shiitake mushrooms in our Day 3 dinner alone. All by itself, this amount comes close to matching the shiitake mushroom intake that provided participants with these anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Researchers are getting closer and closer to understanding the biotin content of shiitake mushrooms, and this advance in understanding should eventually pay real dividends for our health. At WHFoods, we don’t provide any data values for biotin in shiitake mushrooms (or in crimini mushrooms) due to the scientific difficulties in measuring biotin levels. However, we are confident that shiitake and most other commonly eaten mushrooms provide very valuable amounts of biotin! So we are excited to see new studies about proteins in shiitake mushrooms called lentiavidins. You might recognize the “avidins” part of this name from research on egg whites. Avidins are egg-white proteins that can bind together with biotin. In the case of shiitake, researchers have added the designation “lenti”—from the shiitake genus Lentinula—to come up with the new protein name, “lentiavidins.” Thanks to recent research, we now know that lentiavidins are unique proteins in shiitake mushrooms that can bind together with biotin. What we don’t know is how these lentiavidins affect the retention of biotin in shiitake or the bioavailability of biotin from shiitake. But researchers are getting closer to answers here, and we view this research as providing additional evidence about the role of shiitake mushrooms are likely to play in providing us with important amounts of this B-complex vitamin.
  • At WHFoods, shiitake mushrooms are our 4th best source of copper. (Our top three sources for this antioxidant mineral are sesame seeds, cashew nuts, and soybeans.) Researchers now know that a key enzyme found in shiitake mushrooms—called laccase—requires four atoms of copper to function properly. As a result of its laccase enzyme content, shiitake provides us with 650 micrograms of copper (0.65 milligrams) in a serving size of ½ cup cooked. Since our WHFoods recommended daily intake level for copper is 900 micrograms (0.9 milligrams), about 72% of daily copper intake can be obtained from a single serving of shiitake mushrooms.
  • We are seeing an increasing level of research interest in one unique alkaloid found in shiitake mushrooms, namely, eritadenine. When compared to commonly eaten mushrooms like crimini and reishi, shiitake mushrooms appears to contain significantly higher amounts of eritadenine. Much of the interest in this phytonutrient has been focused on its ability to inhibit activity of an enzyme called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Because ACE activity results in a constricting of our blood vessels, inhibition of ACE can help prevent unwanted blood vessel constriction. By preventing unwanted constriction, our blood vessels can keep a wider diameter and this wider diameter allows the pressure on our blood to stay within a normal range. In short: what we are looking at here is a unique nutrient in shiitake mushrooms that appears to increase our chances for better blood pressure regulation.
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FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AND PEER REVIEW CITATIONS GO TO THIS LINK:
 

selenium

Posted by Richard640 @ 10:16 on January 14, 2022  

Selenium has also been linked to a reduced risk of bladder cancer, although one of the most well-known studies regarding cancer and selenium was a 1996 study by the late Larry Clark, Ph.D., of the University of Arizona, which linked the mineral to an overall lower incidence of cancer risk of death.

In the study of 1,300 older people, the occurrence of cancer among those who took 200 micrograms of selenium daily for about seven years was reduced by 42 percent compared to those given a placebo.9 Cancer deaths for those taking the selenium were cut almost in half.

In addition, the men who took selenium had 63 percent fewer prostate cancers, 58 percent fewer colorectal cancers, 46 percent fewer lung cancers and overall 37 percent fewer cancers. Selenium was even found to reduce the risk of lung cancer to a greater degree than stopping smoking.

The cancer reductions were so significant that the blinded phase of the trial was stopped early, and no cases of selenium toxicity occurred. Some of the scientific explanations for selenium’s anti-cancer effects include: 

  • Increased antioxidant protection and immune system support
  • Regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis (programmed cell death) 
  • Triggering DNA repair in damaged cells 
  • Suppression of growth of blood vessels supplying nutrients to the cancer 
  • Inhibition of tumor cell invasion 

A Little Bit of Selenium Goes a Long Way Toward Protecting Your Health

Selenium for Immune System Support

It’s thought that selenium may exert its anti-cancer effects not only due to its antioxidant properties but also because of its ability to boost immune system function. Selenium may stimulate the immune system so it’s able to eliminate early cancers, for instance. 

Further, a study in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences found the combination of selenium and beta-glucans (long-chain polysaccharides found in mushrooms) is particularly beneficial. The researchers concluded:10

Using two different murine models of cancer, we showed that the Se/glucan combination strongly suppressed the growth of cancer, mostly probably via stimulation of immunity.A combination of glucan with Se offers superior stimulation of immunity and inhibition of cancer growth.”

Aside from cancer, this immune stimulation may be beneficial for prevention of infectious diseases. Selenium is often mentioned in concert with HIV, as HIV-infected individuals often have low selenium levels. 

Some studies have also found an association between selenium deficiency and progression to AIDS, while others have found selenium supplementation may reduce hospitalizations and improve white blood cell counts among this population.11

Selenium to Fight Viral and Bacterial Infections

It may also be useful for other viral infections, including influenza, as well as potentially bacterial infections. Researchers wrote in Advances in Nutrition:12

Viral and bacterial infections are often associated with deficiencies in macronutrients and micronutrients, including the essential trace element selenium. In selenium deficiency, benign strains of Coxsackie and influenza viruses can mutate to highly pathogenic strains. 

Dietary supplementation to provide adequate or supranutritional selenium supply has been proposed to confer health benefits for patients suffering from some viral diseases, most notably with respect to HIV and influenza A virus (IAV) infections. 

In addition, selenium-containing multimicronutrient supplements improved several clinical and lifestyle variables in patients coinfected with HIV and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Selenium status may affect the function of cells of both adaptive and innate immunity.”

One way selenium influences immune response is via selenoproteins (selenium-containing proteins). Individual selenoproteins are known to regulate inflammation and immunity, while it’s known that adequate levels of selenium are necessary to initiate immunity and also for regulating excessive immune responses and chronic inflammation.13

 

Your body has only a small requirement for selenium. The minimum daily recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for this mineral is 55 micrograms (mcg) for adults, and this is one nutrient where you don’t want too much. 

While small amounts provide important benefits, taking too much (for instance, 400 mcg daily) has potentially been linked to an increased risk of diabetes.2 That being said, unless you’re taking a supplement, it’s difficult to “overdose” on selenium that’s naturally occurring in foods.

As mentioned, many people struggle to get enough. This is particularly true if you eat a primarily processed-food diet, as selenium is destroyed by refining and processing.3 Why is it so important to be sure your body has optimal selenium levels? 

It acts as a powerful antioxidant (and its antioxidant effects increase when combined with vitamin E4). 

Selenium’s Antioxidant Effects May Help Prevent Chronic Disease

Selenium, therefore, plays an important role in preventing chronic diseases and is also important for thyroid and immune system function. According to research published in the journal Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease:5

Selenium [Se] is critical to the health of living organisms. It has been postulated that the vast majority of the world’s population has suboptimal Se intakes, and hence is at increased risk of several diseases such as cancer, heart disease, viral diseases and other conditions that involve increased levels of oxidative stress.

There are several disease conditions (e.g. diabetes, several infectious diseases and possibly asthma) where … good Se status in combination with an adequate intake of other antioxidative nutrients may help cells and tissues better to cope with harmful oxidative stress caused.

For instance, by some toxic heavy metal or other environmental pollutants, by hyperglycaemia, or by the immune system’s reaction to infection. Efforts to increase Se concentration in the diet are urgent for both current and future generations.”

Low Selenium Levels May Increase Your Cancer Risk

Low selenium levels are linked with an increased risk of death from cancer and all causes.6

In 2015, research published in the International Journal of Cancer revealed that higher selenium levels are linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer, particularly in women. The study also found that selenium status is suboptimal in many Europeans.7

In 2016, a meta-analysis of 69 studies also found that high selenium exposure (from food but not from supplements) had a protective effect on cancer risk and decreased the risk of the following types of cancer:8

  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Esophageal
  • Gastric
  • Prostate

Selenium has also been linked to a reduced risk of bladder cancer, although one of the most well-known studies regarding cancer and selenium was a 1996 study by the late Larry Clark, Ph.D., of the University of Arizona, which linked the mineral to an overall lower incidence of cancer risk of death.

In the study of 1,300 older people, the occurrence of cancer among those who took 200 micrograms of selenium daily for about seven years was reduced by 42 percent compared to those given a placebo.9 Cancer deaths for those taking the selenium were cut almost in half.

In addition, the men who took selenium had 63 percent fewer prostate cancers, 58 percent fewer colorectal cancers, 46 percent fewer lung cancers and overall 37 percent fewer cancers. Selenium was even found to reduce the risk of lung cancer to a greater degree than stopping smoking.

The cancer reductions were so significant that the blinded phase of the trial was stopped early, and no cases of selenium toxicity occurred. Some of the scientific explanations for selenium’s anti-cancer effects include: 

  • Increased antioxidant protection and immune system support
  • Regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis (programmed cell death) 
  • Triggering DNA repair in damaged cells 
  • Suppression of growth of blood vessels supplying nutrients to the cancer 
  • Inhibition of tumor cell invasion 
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Selenium for Thyroid Health, Asthma and Fertility

The wide range of selenium’s effects is still being unraveled, but it’s known that selenium plays a role in thyroid function. Your thyroid contains more selenium (per gram of tissue) than any other organ and expresses specific selenoproteins.14

Researchers are looking into selenium’s role in Hashimoto’s disease15 and Graves’ disease as well as its use in pregnant women with anti-TPO (thyroid peroxidase) antibodies. There is also some indication that selenium may be useful for people with chronic asthma, and observational studies have demonstrated that people with chronic asthma may have lower levels of selenium than those without.16

Low selenium levels during pregnancy may also play a role in childhood asthma, although this is still being investigated.17 Selenium has also been found to have a favorable effect on male fertility,18as it is required for sperm motility. Among women, there is suggestion that it may reduce the risk of miscarriage.19 Beyond this, selenium deficiency has been linked to adverse mood states. 

Best Food Sources of Selenium

Selenium is a nutrient you should strive to get via your diet. There is still quite a bit of contradictory and confusing research surrounding selenium and its role in human health, and much of this stems from the use of selenium supplements. 

Researchers writing in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health even went so far as to ask whether we’re witnessing a Copernican revolution in regard to selenium, as there is some evidence suggesting it may have toxic effects at lower concentrations than was previously believed.20 They even noted that selenium’s “upregulation of antioxidant proteins … may be a manifestation of self-induced oxidative stress.”

Until more is understood about selenium’s role in the body, it makes sense to focus on eating a variety of whole, unprocessed foods, which will naturally optimize your selenium levels (along with other important nutrients). Good food sources of selenium include:

Brazil nuts (which average about 70 to 90 micrograms per nut)
Sardines
Wild-caught Alaskan salmon
Pastured organic eggs
Liver (lamb or beef)
Chia seeds
Mushrooms

In the U.S., selenium levels in soil tend to be relatively high (northern Nebraska and the Dakotas have soil that is especially high in selenium). However, in other areas such as China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, soil levels of selenium tend to be much lower, and if you eat food primarily grown in these areas, a high-quality selenium supplement may be beneficial. Even parts of the U.S. have been identified as selenium-deficient regions, including:

  • The Pacific Northwest 
  • Parts of the Great Lakes region and east of it toward New England 
  • Parts of the Atlantic Coast 

If you live in one of these areas and focus your diet on locally grown foods, you may be low in selenium. You may also have low levels of selenium if you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, have had weight loss surgery, or have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. If you choose to take a selenium supplement for health maintenance, you should use it in a high-quality bioavailable form in a low dose (such as 200 mcg).

Sibanye-Stillwater faces strike at S. African gold mines

Posted by ipso facto @ 10:14 on January 14, 2022  

Sibanye-Stillwater faces strike at S. African gold mines

Amals–this was posted on this forum-not by me–in early 2020

Posted by Richard640 @ 10:13 on January 14, 2022  
The only people that can be infected by the 2019-n Coronavirus have less than 98.7 µg/L of 
Selenium in plasma or serum. Those who have enough Selenium are immune to this and all other enveloped viruses. Selenium can be obtained from Brazil nuts, Selenium pills or Astragalus tea. 
We only found this out in 2015 when Lipinski @ Harvard figured out why some people were immune to Ebola, a fact well documented in medical archives.
2015 Lipinski – Can Selenite Be An Ultimate Inhibitor Of Ebola And Other Viral Infections?
It is known that the virulence of Ebola and other RNA enveloped viruses involves in the first step their attachment to host cell membranes. Following this initial step the virus enters the target cell cytoplasm by forming hydrophobic spikes that make holes in the membrane lipid bilayer. Formation of such spikes is catalyzed by the reduced form of viral protein disulfide isomerase (PDIred) thus initiating chain of disulfide exchange reactions. Consequently, hydrophobic protein epitopes become exposed, which in the absence of proper chaperones form hydrophobic ‘spikes’ capable of penetrating the host cell membranes.
In this communication evidence is discussed showing that the chain of disulfide exchange events can be inhibited by a small redox molecule – sodium selenite.
It is suggested that this inexpensive and readily available food supplement can be an ultimate inhibitor of Ebola and other enveloped viral infections.”
“other enveloped viral infections” – that’s pretty much all of them.

Amals—e-mail me–I can help you-lifestyle and diet change involved-if u don’t want to help yourself and change then don’t bother.

Posted by Richard640 @ 10:08 on January 14, 2022  

Don’t believe me? Then believe one of the top doctors in the world in her field–I learned the macro diet 42 yrs ago

My e-mail address

clairejoie@aol.co

Sherry A. Rogers, M.D.

Macrobiotics: a major tool to heal the impossible

I had over 20 diagnoses for which there still to this day are no known causes and no known cures in medicine. So I figured the first place to start would be to see what folks had used who claimed they had cured their own cancers. When I read Elaine Nussbaum’s story, Recovery From Cancer, I then investigated her and many other people who had claimed the same. She is very well today 23 years after her metastatic cancer, against which medicine was totally powerless.

The next step was to see what macrobiotics could do for me. I was dependent upon eleven allergy injections a week for years for migraines, asthma, chronic sinusitis, brain fog, and eczema, triggered by many pollens, dust, molds, foods and chemicals. As well, I had colitis, arthritis, unwarranted depression, exhaustion, and a recent onset of a uselessly painful right shoulder which baffled orthopedic specialists.

I couldn’t even raise my arm to brush my hair or pick up a medical chart for six months. Within one month of the strict phase macrobiotic diet, as I described in detail in The Cure Is In the Kitchen, I was windsurfing in the Caribbean, because my shoulder was cured. As well, I’ve never had or needed another allergy injection. But what macrobiotics did for me is a drop in the bucket, compared with what I saw with hundreds of my patients. I saw people turn on and off like a switch such conditions as multiple sclerosis, severe chemical sensitivities, multiple myeloma and other cancers and conditions.

Sherry A Rogers, M.D., a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, has been in private practice for over 26 years. She is a lecturer of yearly original scientific material, as well as advanced courses for physicians. She was the keynote speaker for the international symposium Indoor Air Quality 86 in which she described the office method for testing chemical sensitivities. She developed the Formaldehyde Spot Test and published her mold research in three volumes of the ANNALS Of ALLERGY. She has published chemical testing methods in the National Institutes of Health journal, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES. She has published 17 scientific articles, 10 books, and was the environmental medicine editor for INTERNAL MEDICINE WORLD REPORT. 

Medical researchers now have conclusively shown that 95% of all disease, including cancer has only two major causes: diet and environment. We’re the first generation of man to have ever eaten so many processed foods low in nutrients. As well we are the first generation to ever tank up on so many chemicals in our air, food, and water. As a result, the work of detoxifying this enormous, yet hidden load, causes the loss of even further nutrients. As well, government EPA studies show that 100% of U.S. humans harbor in their bodies PCBs, dioxins, volatile organic hydrocarbons, pesticides, heavy metals and other chemicals, most all of which are potent triggers to cancers. The load is so heavy now that when I was in medical school 35 years ago cancer was rare, the 10th cause of death. Now it is the number two disease to cause death in adults and number one for children ages 1-15. If that doesn’t give us a wake-up call that we have done something very nasty to the environment, then I guess nothing will. 

As a result, we have found that as healing as the macrobiotic diet is, many people are too polluted and nutrient-depleted to heal with just the macrobiotic diet alone. As we described in Detoxify Or Die, we show folks how to determine their levels of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and correct them. As well, how to determine their levels of toxicity and get the disease-promoting chemicals out of the body. The beauty is that the combination of the macrobiotic diet, nutritional correction and reversing the level of toxicity has enabled people to heal the impossible. And if they are just plain well, it’s the closest thing to the fountain of youth that we can attain, for it restores our levels of health back to where they were decades prior and in fact most are even better. Thank you for the opportunity to bring this information to folks. I’ve been practicing medicine for 33 years and also offer phone consultations to folks who want guidance through the maze of options. I know that many people are unnecessarily suffering. They haven’t a clue that they possess the major control over their health destiny.

****************************************************************

Stage 4 kidney cancer

Bob MikellTo all those walking in my path … it’s normal to be scared and skeptical at times when faced with something that seems to take all the control of your LIFE out of your hands and places it in the hands of strangers.

Just think positively and do not put your eyes on the path, but look up into the sky and breathe the fresh air, for it is here that your strength and healing will come.

You should know that I’d never been admitted to a hospital for anything before all of this happened. Sure, I’d get colds and the flu, but basically I was an average healthy person. I had worked for 26 years as a police officer and retired early as the commanding officer of the Investigation Bureau of the County Prosecutors Office in Somerset, N.J. I had learned to be invincible and deal with anything I had to deal with.

But I certainly wasn’t prepared to deal with kidney cancer. That happens to smokers and people who abuse themselves. Not me.

I’m truly a novice at all of this. But I’ve read several books and researched macrobiotics (MB) for hundreds of hours on the Internet. My girlfriend at the time and my four wonderful and loving adult kids also have spent hundreds of hours researching cancer treatment options.

I didn’t have the luxury of time when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) on Oct. 30, 2002. On the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 2002, the top kidney surgeon at Sloan Kettering Medical Center in New York removed my right kidney – and a tumor the size of a football. An exploratory examination and biopsies were done. I was told they got it all.

Three months later, I learned that the cancer had spread to my liver and lungs. In a six week period CT scans showed the cancer tumors had grown 35 percent. Doctors ran more tests and consulted with other “medical experts” at Sloan Kettering. They decided that the best approach would be a clinical trial drug called Interferon. This drug had some success (15 percent) with slowing the growth of kidney cancer in clinical trials. I was told there is NO MEDICAL CURE for Kidney Cancer.

On my oncologist’s recommendation, I started weekly Interferon treatments. The side effects and success ratio from this and the other traditional medical options (chemo, Interferon, etc.) were well known. Doctors are not well versed, though, on nutritional aspects of healing or food in general. In my case, Stage 4 kidney cancer meant a 15 percent success rate with conventional medical treatment. But the definition of “success” was never clear, their hopes were that it would give me a few more months to live, certainly not cure me.

About five weeks into my Interferon treatments, I had to be taken off the drug because of the deleterious effects it was having on my white and red blood cell counts every week. The doctors told me I’d have to give my body about eight weeks to rebuild from the damage the medication caused, and then they could try something else. They had no hopeful answers as to what was next with traditional medicine. Recovery did not look like an option.

In May, 2003, I started a very strict macrobiotic healing diet (also known as a cleansing diet). This was five months after my surgery … and I’ve never looked back. The knowledge and counseling of a good MB nutritionist was most helpful. My first counselor was Elaine Nussbaum, from here in New Jersey, and another MB cancer survivor. Elaine and Janet Vitt Sommer are my heroes. Their own path to recovery from cancer gave me hope and vision for my recovery.  Their kindness, caring and thoughtful advise helped save my life, and I love them dearly.

I was determined to find a way to have “quality of life,” no matter what the time frame might be. I was torn between going with the medical recommendations to try other clinical trial drugs or with staying strictly on the MB approach. Early in my macrobiotic journey, I was hesitant and skeptical. I needed major persuasion and information to get started. There are so many wacky things on the Internet – some legitimate, others just scams or hype.

What convinced me that MB was the way to go was having the ability to control something in my life. That convincing came from attending classes and also speaking to dozens of Cancer survivors at my first Macrobiotic Conference. I didn’t know if the disease would respond to a macrobiotic approach, but the diet certainly couldn’t harm me. My research told me it made sense –even though I had no experience with it. It was something I could work on with a positive mindset, when everything surrounding me in the medical arena seemed negative and unclear at best.

In a short period of time I was already feeling the positive effects of the MB diet. For example, I’d been on Atenenol to control my high blood pressure for 15 years. In 30 days, the diet had reduced my blood pressure to 120/74, allowing me to stop taking that medication. Today in 2010 it is the same.

My doctors told me to eat whatever I wanted. They didn’t tell me that sugar and processed food, feed and energize disease and cancer. Doctors also didn’t tell me that my body would be less able to properly fight off the cancer growing inside me if it was using all its resources to digest meats, diary and heavy fats. I later learned that doctors typically get about four to eight hours of education on nutrition during eight years of medical school.

Please, DO NOT take this as MD bashing because it’s not intended to be that. It’s just fact. I owe a great deal to my surgeon at Sloan Kettering for his expertise in removing what had to be removed. He is the best in his field. But neither he nor my current oncologist know about or acknowledge macrobiotics. And they should!

I learned all of this by attending a national conference on macrobiotics in July of 2003 at the Kushi Institute Summer Conference and listening to about a several medical doctors who have traveled the same journey as me (many diagnosed with terminal cancer with two weeks or two months to live). I met more than 100 people there who share the same basic story as mine.

In August  2003, my CAT scan showed a 25 percent reduction of the liver tumor. My doctor told me to come back in six weeks for another scan. The October scan again surprised my oncologist, who couldn’t explain another drastic 45 percent reduction in the tumor. I reinforced the fact that I thought it was my diet. He simply responded by saying, “Just keep doing what you’re doing.”

Then, on Dec. 16, 2003, another scan showed no evidence of tumors. The doctor came into the room and said, “I don’t know what this miracle stuff is you’re doing but I don’t see anything on the scan.” He politely listened to our brief but enthusiastic explanation and said “keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll have you back in three months for a routine scan.” He didn’t ask any other questions once he found out it was the result of the diet I’d been on for SEVEN MONTHS!!

I wanted a quality of life no matter what the long-term prognosis might be. The need to have some control and input led me to MB. Thank God it did. It’s also very important to have a spouse or a partner to support and assist you. It would be very difficult without that.

I’m not unique. I’m fortunate to have been exposed to macrobiotics and have a dear and beloved friend, who helped me to see the path and stay the course. Macrobiotics is more than a diet. It’s an approach to balanced living, based on a balanced, wholesome diet (with natural foods), moderate exercise, and an understanding of harmony in our environment (our world and our body).

I haven’t come to understand all of the philosophical principles that are written and spoken about in MB yet. But I accept them as part of a bigger picture that will come to me in bite-sized pieces on my journey to better health and longevity. I initially focused on a strict healing diet, but after about a year started eating a standard macrobiotic diet. It takes discipline and commitment, but I have more energy and vitality than most men my age.

The greatest thing I have received from this MB journey is the ability to become responsible for my own life and health. I control my body’s energy and health by what I feed it. When I keep out toxins, feed it properly, and exercise moderately, it takes care of itself.

Robert (Bob)  Mikell
Washington, NJ
908-689-6905
www.cooking4life.com
email:   rkmbiz@comcast.net

 

amals @ 9:54

Posted by ipso facto @ 10:03 on January 14, 2022  

Try Melatonin … also said to be an anti viral anti covid substance.

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