TEACHING YOU TO HEAL

We do not suffer from pharmaceutical deficiencies, but from a lack of the building blocks that our bodies require to function.
My goal is to help you understand how to listen to your body's language of symptoms, and empower you with the insight to restore your body to vibrant health.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chronic Inflammation--You have a choice in the matter!

INFLAMMATION
“-itis” diseases are all inflammatory disorders.
Most of these are chronic:
     
 arthritis 

             synovitis

                           colitis 

                                  tendonitis

                                    gingivitis


BUT, this is only a small part of the diseases resulting from chronic inflammation!  The list is legion, but includes:
Cardiovascular disease
Neurodegenerative diseases
Diabetes
Cancer
Macular Degeneration
Depression
Migraines
Asthma and Severe Allergies
as well as
All Conditions for which Steroids or Other Immune- Suppressive Agents are Prescribed.


INFLAMMATION IS THE 
BODY'S ATTEMPT AT SELF-PROTECTION

Constantly relied upon for maintaining health:

  • Most of the time you are not aware of its many actions:
    • Destroying early cancers 
    • Stopping invading organisms
    • Resorbing damaged cells
    • Protecting cells from damage

  • Any time our body is faced with an insult,  whether
    • Chemical or Physical
    • Microscopic or Obvious

  • The inflammatory sequence kicks in
    • Increasing blood flow to the area of concern
    • Sending healing substances to the site
    • Coordinating response of our other organ systems in dealing with the threat to our health.

    You notice the more superficial inflammatory responses, 
             Because the area becomes red, swollen, and hurts.

    Inflammation can occur deeper in your body too, without symptoms-- 

    • Causing metabolic imbalances that progress for years, until you suddenly become aware of a big problem.  
    • The inflammatory system had all the while been trying to minimize the damage from the chronic, persistent insult.

    Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that regulate many functions supporting our health.  
    • Some cause inflammation. 
    • Some reduce it.

    The kinds of food we eat greatly influence 
    the types of prostaglandins we produce.  

    These foods stimulate inflammation:
    • Sugars, Fructose
    • Wheat   
    • Processed foods, or manipulated carbs
    • Commercially raised animal products
    All are highly acidic, nutritionally depleted, and rich in toxins. 
    These promote extensive inflammation and free radical formation.

    • Artificial sweeteners, and other toxins
                MSG (monosodium glutamate)
    Aspartame (aspartic acid)

    • Both are Excitotoxins, stimulating the cells until they malfunction.
    • Both block  Glutathione, the most detoxing, protective enzyme, located in every cell in your body and brain!  
      • MSG's 'glutamate' also depletes intracellular stores of Glutathione within every cell in the brain, as well as the body.
      • Aspartame (Nutrasweet, among other names) also breaks down to Formaldehyde, which kills all living tissue.
        • This may explain  lesions sometimes seen in the brains of diet soda addicts, that appear identical to those of Multiple Sclerosis.

                 Tylenol (acetaminophen)
      • The liver is tasked with breaking down the toxins moving through the bloodstream.  For this reason, it is the largest storehouse of Glutathione.
      • Tylenol not only blocks both of the functions of Glutathione 
      • It also depletes the stores of glutathione throughout the liver, leading to accumulating destruction of the liver.
        • For this reason, Tylenol is the chief cause  for liver transplants, 
          • sometimes destroying the liver at doses only slightly above the recommended dose!
      • Since glutathione is important for eliminating toxins, some experts  suggest the avoidance of tylenol before or after immunizations, using ibuprofen as an alternative.
      • Fats
                  Trans Fats
                  Hydrogenated fats
                  Rancid fats
                  Vegetable oils          
                  Fats heated to high temperatures (including animal products)
      • These have been mutated by heat or chemical processing, +/or made from genetically engineered "foods"
      • These contain toxic substances, and inflammatory compounds.
      •  
      • They are all devoid of Omega 3 fatty acids, and high in Omega 6’s, promoting inflammation.
      • These manipulated fats also block enzymes which are needed for the healthy Omega 3 fats to activate their anti-inflammatory effects!



      BY NOW, YOU HAVE PROBABLY NOTICED THAT 
      THIS LIST OF INFLAMMATORY STIMULANTS COMPRISES 
      THE STANDARD AMERICAN DIET.

      If you return to the above list of diseases of chronic inflammation, you will also have trouble recalling great-grandparents with these conditions.

      The Standard American Diet is highly inflammatory,
      nutrient depleted, and loaded with toxins.  
      It fails to supply the many important nutrients 
      needed for proper function of your body.

      What's the alternative?

      Consider a diet rich in alkalizing phytonutrients that are naturally antioxidant.  That increase your energy, and brain function well as supply the nutrients needed maximize your immune system, 
      and optimal organ function.  

      Such a diet will balance your hormones, and 
      guard against cancer, cardiovascular disease, 
      stabilize emotions and protect your brain.

      Oh, and the food can taste really good, as well as providing desserts, snacks, and other treats!

      Want to get started now?
      Check out Practical Paleo, in your library, 
      at your local bookstore, or on Kindle.
      The most important aspect is to learn  the 
      types of fats, protein, and carbs to eat

      Not ready to explore the diet that will 
      help you regain your health?
      We'll be discussing the merits of this diet as we work through
      the top four causes of death and debility, 
      which are all a result of continued inflammation.


        



      Saturday, August 9, 2014

      Root cause of Brain Dysfunction, and so much more!

      The most common causes of debility and death:

      • Heart Disease
      • Cancer
      • Diabetes
      • Brain dysfunction 
        • Of the top causes of death,  this one is most feared!

      These are all chronic, degenerative conditions

      And, they all have something else in common--

      The root cause of all four of these is

      CHRONIC  INFLAMMATION

      WHICH IS EMPOWERING!!

      Why would I say that?

      Because focusing on chronic inflammation, the common instigator,
      Enables us
       To decrease the likelihood of 
      The 4 most common causes of misery and death

      As well as slow the speed of aging!

      The Journey is now beginning--

      We will start with 

      "Your Brain,  Grow it or Shrink it -- It's Up To You"

      This series will include common causes of generalized inflammation, as well as causes specific to the brain.  Addressing this inflammation will also enable you begin preventing the other 3 most common causes of debility and death, all at the same time. 

      Diabetes will follow Brain, to be followed by Heart disease, each with their own aspects of inflammation and ways to support these organs.  I figure this will probably take us through November.  

      As always, there will be the mind-body components to each of these, and other restful changes in instruction.


      It’s taken a while to develop this plan, but, we are now on our way!


      Stay tuned!

      Thursday, July 24, 2014

      Dramatic Diabetes Increase over just 8 years

      From 2001-2009, there was a 21% increase in children with Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes, and 30% increase in Type 2 diabetes!  
      Published 5/7/2014 in the JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

      This is scary from several perspectives:
      • This is a dramatic increase over just 8 years.  Normally, studies must last years longer in order to reach statistical significance.  
      • Elevated blood sugar damages proteins throughout the body.  Diabetics physically age more rapidly, particularly starting at such an early age.  
      • Insulin is elevated with blood sugar increases.  Insulin is profoundly inflammatory.
      Inflammation is the common feature in all our most common chronic diseases.
      It is now blamed for instigating the 4 most common adult causes of death:
      • Dementia
      • Heart disease
      • Diabetes
      • Cancer


      Blood Sugar and Insulin

      Oftentimes, the pancreas must raise the insulin levels in order to maintain a "normal" blood sugar.  Therefore, the fasting blood sugar, and HbA1c (index of the amount of damaged protein in red blood cells) are not particularly high. 

      That is, not high enough to raise red flags.  However, the protein damage is occurring, and the inflammation is continuing.

      If your fasting sugars are 90 or higher, or your waist size equals or exceeds your hip measurement,
      you may want to consider asking for a Fasting Insulin Level.

      This is one test that will provide insight into how hard your pancreas is working,
      as well as how much inflammation may be underway.


      Save your lab results

      My other advice is to get a copy of every lab result you have, and save it under the date either in a paper file, or digital one.  

      YOU are then able to watch for trends in blood sugar, renal function, and the other results.  And notice subtle progressive changes while there is time to reverse them!

      Empowering you to gain the information you need to return to wellness!

      Sunday, July 13, 2014

      Mental Stability

      Did you know that depression, anxiety, PMS, ADD, Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other behavioral issues can all have the same root cause?  And these can all be improved, and even resolved in some, with elimination of that cause. Inflammation is the common thread in these and other neurologic disorders, and will be the first issue we address in healing the brain.  This topic is too big, and too important to simply speed through.  

      So, stay tuned, and build your endorphins, going outside before 10 and after 2 to build your Vitamin D.  This, while called a vitamin, acts hormonally.  And, one of its effects is a decrease in inflammation!

      Monday, July 7, 2014

      Growing Your Brain

      “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” 
      ― Leonardo da Vinci



      I began my research focused on ways to maintain our brains, only to be blown away!  Yes, it is easy to maintain our brains.  

      But, better than that, we can even grow new brain cells, and increase our smarts!  

      Did you know that there are nerve stem cells, that can give rise to many new brain cells?  There are ways to stimulate this process!

      Almost finished all the research.  Then need to assimilate it, let it rest,  and then present it in a series of blogs to teach you how easy it can be to get smarter, at the same time as healthier.  Not only that, but your brain can truly grow younger instead of older by following these guidelines.

      So, there'll be a pearl of info every day or two, while I gather together all this research, and go through the process of preparing the best info in the simplest manner. 

      So, stay tuned!

      Sunday, June 15, 2014

      Bones Respond to Thought

      Why do Japanese women have markedly lower density of the hip bone, yet their incidence of hip fractures is only 40% of hip fractures in the US.?

      Because those who are small-boned may be on the lower end of the density scale, even though their bones are not at risk.  

      Bone density does not judge fragility of bone.  

      Bone strength and quality, which includes the underlying collagen structure, determine the likelihood of fracture.  


      The immune system is regulated through the limbic system.  
      Bone health is also regulated by endorphins, through the limbic system.

      • Stress, cancer, depression, autoimmune disorders, and diabetes can all trigger bone resorption. 
      • It is better to work at improving endorphin release than to jump at the "density building" drugs, most of which paralyze some important collagen building enzymes.

      How? 

      • By your mindset.  
      • Follow the endorphin building list in first discussions on this topic.  
      • Envision your bones, or other issue, healing and resolving.  
      • Do not focus on removing the problem, but instead focus on its replacement with health.

      A woman told me once of her healing journey, which is an excellent example of this..._

      She was 17, and had a horrific accident, shattering her leg into many pieces.  Doctors had been working to heal this leg for months, all without any success.  There were starting to be mentions of amputation as the best option, due to the lack of any sign of healing.  

      This got her thinking.  On total bed rest  stuck on the sofa, she had been dwelling on missing her senior year festivities, and resentful of the injury.  

      She decided to instead focus on seeing her leg healing, all the pieces knitting themselves togetherHer leg long, straight, and healthy.  She continued to envision this.  Her doctor  was surprised to see healing a few weeks later, but that was nothing compared with the next visit--  

      The Xray showed complete healing!

      What the extensive medical efforts had failed to accomplish, envisioning had achieved!

      • Envisioning is another way thought mediates the responses in our bodies.
      • It is truly amazing what power your thoughts can have, acting through the endorphins.


      Candace Pert’s audiobook To Feel Go(o)d  addresses this topic very well.  My favorite site for her audiobooks is SoundsTrue.

      The power your thoughts have to heal your body is truly amazing!  

      All through the endorphins.


      Feed Your Bones for Strength 

      Why do countries with the highest calcium intake (US, Canada, Scandinavia) have the Highest Rates of Osteoporosis?

          Because it’s all about Balance!

      • There are more than 12 main minerals in bone, with trace amounts of 70 others.
      • The body can only utilize the amount of calcium that is balanced with other minerals, the chief one being magnesium.
      • Oversupplementation of calcium results in mineral imbalances, causing deficiencies in other minerals--especially of magnesium. 
      • Magnesium protects the body, keeping calcium in suspension.  

      Imbalance created by focusing on calcium causes hazardous calcium deposition in soft tissues, vessels, organs, causing:
      • Cellulite, scar tissues, bone spurs
      • Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
      • Kidney and Gallstones
      • Increase in plaque, tartar, and gum disease

      It is very important to balance calcium with other minerals.
      Calcium in excess of magnesium will result in negative consequences.
      The other trace minerals are crucial to creation of bone strength and quality


      The Nutrients Your Bones Need for Ideal Health

      Minerals:

         1. Food-derived Calcium
                     BUT much less than previously recommended.
      • Food-derived calcium is better utilized and stays in suspension better than the inorganic forms of calcium.
      • Manipulated forms of calcium, such as pasteurized dairy products, are less soluble in the body, and tend to precipitate out in areas such as arteries and soft tissues
      • Examples  of organic, better utilized calcium sources include 
        • raw milk cheeses
        • leafy green veggies 
        • white of citrus skin 
        • carob  
        • wheatgrass
        • seafood
        • chocolate if organic, cold pressed, and >70% cocoa

         2. Trace Minerals
      • Silica, Selenium, Boron, Zinc, and many other trace minerals are also needed.  
      • Don’t focus on just taking individual supplement forms alone, as this may imbalance the minerals, creating functional mineral deficiencies. 
      Instead, use unrefined salt:
      Himalayan Salt, Redmond’s REALsalt, or Grey Celtic sea salt

      • These have about 80 trace minerals in similar proportions to what we humans need.  
      • If there is an individual trace mineral deficiency, this can be added as well, in low strength, so as to avoid creating other deficiencies.  

      Dr. Robert Thompson, author of The Calcium Lie II (second edition), has found that intake of 3 grams of unrefined salt daily works well at building bone density. 

      This translates to 1/2 tsp of unrefined salt, divided into 2 quarts of clean water daily. 
      • His patients who follow this recommendation increase their bone density 15% in 2 years.  
      • Their bone density continues to increase as long as they continue to follow this, and
      • Their bones remain strong, even as they age.  

      Fat Soluble Nutrients - need to be eaten with fat for absorption

      Essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids
      Specifically, DHA and EPA.  
      • We cannot make them ourselves, and must get them from other sources.  
      • DHA enhances mineral content in bone.  
      • Plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids generally are ALA fatty acid, such as found in flax seed.  It is a precursor for EPA, but conversion is slow and limited.  
              Krill Oil, or Cold processed fish oil contain both of these important nutrients. 
      • Make sure the fish oil contains an antioxidant, and has been cleansed of mercury.  
      • Krill oil is at the beginning of the food chain, and less likely to be contaminated. 
       Vitamins D3, A, and K2
      • Combined, they increase the osteocalcin produced and help incorporate calcium into the osteocalcin.  This increases both bone density and strength. 
      • Vitamin D increases the protein responsible for clearing calcium from  arteries and soft tissues.
      • Vitamin A instructs the kidneys to excrete the excess calcium. 


      Water Soluble Nutrients
       Cruciferous Vegetables

      • Examples are Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussel sprouts.  
      • These are rich in sulfur
      • Sulfur bonds cross-link the collagen fibers strengthening bones, as well as muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
      • It is this cross-linking of collagen fibers that give bones their strength, and ability to resist multi-directional forces. 
      Vitamin C 

      • A cofactor vital for collagen formation and cross-linking.  
      • While strengthening your bones with this vitamin, you will also strengthen your muscles, tendons, ligaments, jelly in your eyeball, and your heart muscle.
       B vitamins
      • Deficiencies in individual B vitamins contribute to osteoporosis, through lack of the vitamin B cofactors needed for collagen and bone formation.
      • Complete B vitamin supplementation is needed. 
      • While certain B vitamins have specific effects, a balance is needed to prevent deficiencies through imbalance of the levels.  
      • Testing of B6, B12, and folic acid levels is advised in the presence of low bone density. 
      Exercise

      Healthy bones require a minimum of 4 hours daily of weightbearing activities. 

      Bones respond to stress or lack thereof.  Since we are all mineral deficient, the body will prioritize minerals to where they are needed.  If there isn’t as much stress on the bones, the minerals will go elsewhere.

      • A Rebounder or Whole body vibration machine work well, giving vertical micro-stress to stimulate bone growth.  
      • Simply wearing a pedometer increases activity levels.
      • Note: excessive exercise can suppress female hormones, lowering bone density.  

      Hormone Support - get these levels tested if your bone density is low

      Testosterone 
      • Low levels reduce bone density. 
      • Needed by women as well as men, in a much lower dosage.  
      • Never in pharmaceutical form, which has serious side effects.  
      • Muscle wasting is a sign of decreased testosterone levels, in addition to the libido issues. 
      • There are ways to increase this without hormone administration.  I do this.
      Progesterone 
      • More effective than Estrogen at increasing bone density.  
      • This is one of the reasons I use a few drops of progesterone-raising essential oil over my carotids nightly.  
      DHEA
      • Called the "Fountain of Youth" hormone 
      • Increases bone density
      • Decrease in joint soreness and other well being issues
      • Increased by topical application of Magnesium 

      Bone Density, Strength and the Missing Vitamin

      Want a healthy way of getting rid of your wrinkles, AND strengthen your bones?

      Sounds like a commercial, doesn’t it!  


      We have lost an important vitamin from the food chain, courtesy of industrial farming.  This is one vitamin that is easy to take--in supplement form.  AND while you take it, your wrinkles will at least cease to propagate, and may even disappear!
      Wonder how this can possibly be?  


      Some background information you need on Calcium, once you swallow it:

      • Vitamin D takes your calcium supplement across the gut, and into your bloodstream.  
      • There, this calcium moves through your blood vessels, where it may precipitate onto the arterial walls.

      In 2011, the British Medical Journal published a study that found that for 3 bone fractures prevented by calcium supplements, there were 6 cardiovascular events--strokes or heart attacks due to hardening of the arteries.  



      How can we create dense bones AND protect the heart?

      Calcium is stored ideally in the bones, but must be taken there.   And the vitamin that is able to get it there is no longer in our food chain.  

      Vitamin K2 is that vitamin.  


      Its job is to activate 2 very important proteins.  When Vitamin K2 bonds to them, a scoop is created, perfectly shaped for calcium!  Without K2 attached, these proteins are unable to move the calcium out of the bloodstream.

      • The first is osteocalcin.  Osteo means bone, and calcin - calcium. Once activated by K2, it scoops the calcium from the bloodstream, and holds it while incorporated into bone.  Inactivated, it attaches to other collagen.  Especially well seen in your face.  Hence the wrinkles. 
      • The second protein activated by K2 cleans calcium out of the arteries.  When inactive, it attaches to vein walls, making veins in legs more prominent.
      • There is more to the bone density and strength story, which we will address in the next post.

      Lets look another aspect of my severe osteoporosis, whereby I broke nothing.  
      I was taking K2, at more than one a day, for my wrinkle-removing experiment.  Since I wanted to see if my deep forehead furrows could disappear, I was taking 2-3 of these a day.  And it was working fantastically! 

      And the side-effect was that with significant trauma and eggshells for bone, I broke nothing.



      NOW THAT IS A SIDE-EFFECT I LIKE!

      Bone Density, Bone Strength

      Fact or Fiction:
      1. Osteoporosis is caused by Calcium deficiency.
      2. Osteoporosis drugs work by strengthening bone.
      3. Salt can be beneficial to bone health.

      Answers:
      1. False.  It is caused by a mineral deficiency
      2. False.  They work by poisoning the bone cells that remodel bone, making it weaker
      3. True.  Unrefined salt is rich in the many trace minerals we need for health.  These are stored in bone until needed.

      In 2010, I walked out a door with a 7” drop down, and broke 4 bones in my foot.  
      In 2013, my other foot was caught in a trolley car track, yanked in, out, and down, catapulting me 4 feet in the air.  I landed on the cobblestone street.  I separated a bunch of joints in my foot, but broke nothing!  

      In 2010, I had good bone density, yet broke 4 bones, with a relatively mild trauma.  

      By 2013, I had marked osteoporosis. Much greater trauma, and to all my body!
                  Yet I broke NOTHING.  


      Clearly bone density and strength can be separate and distinct characteristics of bone.



      Bones have 2 primary functions.
      1.  To regulate your blood pH in order to keep you alive.
      2.  To give something for muscles to pull against, enabling you to breathe, write, lift a child, and walk across the room.

      Why is blood pH important to the discussion of bone strength?  

         Because your bone may be sacrificing itself to keep you alive.

      • Normal blood pH is 7.40, with a range of 7.35-7.45.  
      • As the pH drops toward 7.35, organs begin to malfunction
      • A bit more acidic, and death follows


      Bone is the storehouse of alkalizing minerals Calcium is among many other minerals we need.  However,  it is the mineral best able to neutralize the acid, returning the pH back to normal.  

      • Our blood is designed to be slightly alkaline, giving us protection from acidic free radicals.  
      • Our bodies evolved to eat a primarily plant based diet, with smaller amounts of animal foods.

      However, most of us had gone the way of the Standard processed American Diet, living on --

      Foods which increase acidity

      • Sugar 
      • Sodas--carbonic, or phosphoric acid creates the fizzies
      • All processed foods, devoid of minerals, vitamins, or enzymes
      • Wheat--breaks down into sulfuric acid, pH as low as 1
      • Alcohol
      • Cigarette smoking
      • Dairy
      • Animal products, especially from Factory Farms

      Instead of --

      Foods which alkalize

      • Raw foods
      • Green foods
      • Citrus fruits--break down products are alkaline
      • Fruits and Vegetables
      • Plant proteins

      The ideal ratio of alkaline to acid producing foods is 3-5:1. 

      The Standard American Diet is rich in sugar, refined salt, and wheat, and devoid of alkalizing minerals, and real vitamins.  

      Manufactured food will drain the calcium from the bone, and pour it into the bloodstream.  This causes vessels to calcify, and contributes to clogging of arteries.

      Alkalizing foods contribute to both bone strength and density.  


      Now, we can address the question of why I broke nothing despite marked osteoporosis and  significant trauma--

      My diet had drastically changed in order to heal the chronic damage from the earlier injury.

      I --
      • Eliminated Wheat from my diet, and chose to follow the Paleo diet
      • Ate calcium rich foods like spinach instead of calcium supplements
      • Juiced a lot of fruits and veggies in my blender, and drank Kombucha, an alkalizing, fermented drink.
      • Used lots of magnesium, both oral and topical
      • Used unrefined salt,  containing trace minerals needed by my bone.  

      I had changed to a highly alkalizing diet in order to heal the past chronic injuries in both feet, thus restoring bone strength 

      There were a few other things I did,  which will be addressed  in subsequent posts.

      Keys to Building Your Endorphins




      Other sources for building endorphins include 
      • Time out in nature, in the sunshine
      • Creative outlets!
      • Write, draw, paint, stitch, photo, laugh, 
      • FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY!

      A very powerful tool is creating a Gratitude Journal
            Make an entry in it daily.  
            Look for that something.  Remember it.  Then enter it nightly.

      This is an Action that will
                                                 Change your thoughts
                                                                                 Then change your feelings

                                                                                                                       Then change your body!

      Endorphins--The Feel-Good Hormone


      Ever smell something that reminds you of your grandmother, and instantly you feel bathed in love?  This is because the nerves in your nose connect straight to the Limbic  System, the emotional center of your brain.  A connection to the Limbic system can release endorphins, the feel-good  hormone.  

      Candace Pert was the discoverer of the opiate receptor in the late ‘70’s, as a young graduate student at Johns Hopkins.  At that time, the only receptor site that had been discovered was that of insulin.  This sparked the flood of research into drugs for diabetes.  The pharmaceutical industry now wanted the opiate receptor for creation of “feel better” drugs.  Worldwide, the hunt was on for the elusive endorphin receptor.  

      Candace took a different approach.  You see, she had been told to give up by her lab director, that it could not be found.  But she stalled, and when he left town on a speaking junket, she put her plan into place. The day he returned, she had the irrefutable proof of the opiate receptor.  Also known as the endorphin receptor.

      She went on to locate from where in the brain these endorphins were released, as well as to locate the receptors for these endorphins. 

      Chronicled in her first book, Molecules of Emotion,(1), Dr. Pert found that the highest density of endorphin receptors was in the nervous system, with the second highest number of receptors was on the white blood cells.

      White blood cells???


      Yes, she found that the white blood cells  were most efficiently instructed directly from our nervous system.    
      THIS is the Mind-Body Connection


      • The Limbic system, the emotional center of the brain, directly secretes endorphins into the fluid bathing the brain and spinal cord.  
      • This fluid bathes the nerves as they leave the spine and head out into the body, thus carrying the communication to the white cells, wherever they are. 
      • As nerve signals return to the spine, they can be increased in signal strength, or down regulated by the spinal fluid endorphin levels.  
      • And as the fluid then returns, flowing over the brain surface, it affects your mood and thoughts.

      By the endorphin levels, our brain tells the immune system:


      • To mount an attack on an invading virus, or instead attack normal tissue.
      • Whether to destroy random DNA mutations, or ignore them.
      • Whether to heal an injury, or continue the inflammation, creating scarring.
      As well as
      • Whether to increase perception of pain by the brain, or decrease it

      How does this work?  By the level of endorphins.


      All cells get some endorphin receptors, but the brain and white cells have many more receptors per cell.  The number of endorphins attaching to these cells influence the subtleties of brain and white blood cell behavior.


      Stress suppresses endorphin release.
            which
      Decreases Immune Function, causing:

      • Increased susceptibility to infections 
      • Autoimmune disorders 
      • Increased risk of chronic inflammation 

      And chronic inflammation is linked to the most common issues today:  

      • Diabetes
      • Heart disease
      • Cancer 
      • Arthritis
      • Metabolic Syndrome (abdominal weight gain with a constellation of other problems)
      • Dementia

      Now, stress is a function of today’s society.  

      So, what can you do to correct the endorphin suppression?

      Well, narcotics stimulate endorphin release, but then turn off the flow of natural endorphins. Many are synthetic endorphins which block production of natural ones.  That is the cause of narcotic withdrawal symptoms, and rebound pain as pain meds wear off.  Narcotics result in complete loss of natural endorphins in the bloodstream.

      Chocolate is a natural endorphin, and does not suppress therelease of the body's  natural endorphins. 
      This is good for an occasional endorphin burst, but Chocolate cannot supply the amount and consistency of endorphin release needed.

      So what can you do to promote release of endorphins, and counter the disease constellation caused by stress?

      Review the Benefits of Spring Fever blog--everything there is Endorphin Building!
      Magnesium is needed to create and facilitate the endorphins, and mitigate the stress response. The Magnesium blog is another post to check as well.


      (1) You may also like to check out Candace Pert's Molecules of Emotion, The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine.  It is cheap on Amazon, Used.  Candace started as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins, innocent of the fact that the most experienced scientists in the world were failing miserably in their attempts to discover the opiate receptor.  And she did it.  The book is a highly entertaining romp through the world of labs at Johns Hopkins and NIH, during which you will accidentally learn amazing science.   Candace Pert definitely thought outside of the box, and mentored others generously.  By reading her works, she mentored me out of the injury-filled box in which I had become trapped.  My Endorphin Chart, and the Gratitude Journal were created during this journey.