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Do you want to feel better? Wanna feel good? Be healthier? I do.

OK — I am fortunate to have found something that has helped me improve my life a lot over the past few years. If you have 5 minutes watch this video. It’s from a TV show called “Know The Cause”.

I hate to be preachy, but I have found this little known concept to help others too. Of course most people resist and are skeptical for some reason. Maybe this is exactly what you need right now.

On my pages and groups I often hear people saying they are “sick” with one thing or another. I often hear them say it’s hopeless or incurable or they don’t seem to have any interest in doing something to improve their situation.

All I can say is that this is real and it has been life changing for me – so why not give it 5 minutes to see if you connect with it.

And if you think this is a sales pitch – nope – the only benefit I get is helping people. I don’t make a penny in any way!

> Know The Cause – Phase One Diet

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I regularly do research on vitamins and minerals to see what the benefits are and consider how they may fit in to my nutritional program.

I also try to find as many antifungals as I can. I am often surprised by what turns out to be antifungal.

Potassium Iodide for example is antifungal.

I was doing some research on magnesium and potassium and ran into the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.

I just added an article on the List of Essential Medicines.

While the foucs is more on medicines that are pharmaceutical in nature, it also has vitamins and minerals. It is a very thorough list and is available for download as a pdf.

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My 2015 New Years Resolution: Watch Know The Cause Online more often!

If you have never seen an episode of Know The Cause you need to watch one to get started! If you’re like me and you’ve seen them before – it’s time to commit to watching more of them!

Know The Cause is a 1/2 hour TV Show by Doug Kaufmann, the author of the The Fungus Link series of books.

The show is consistently packed with great advice from Doug and other nutrtionists and health professionals.

While the focus is often on fungus and mycotxins. it’s also filled with health suggestions of all types that are often overlooked by your family doctor or health expert.

Give it a try – watch Know The Cause on tv or online!

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We need to really be more careful about what we’re giving to our pets!

This turned into a longer article than originally intended, as I started to analyze the listed ingredients in the top selling “probiotics” type product I found on Amazon.com

I read the ingredients and was disgusted.

I personally think that this is just one example of many where our pets and us are getting shafted by the big pet food corps that are trying to sell us as much crap as possible to generate easy profits.

It’s really not much different than all the processed foods being sold and all the corners that are being cut in order for them to produce cheap food that is easy to sell and has a huge profit margin.

That’s why I am a fanatical ingredients label reader. I must know what is in the food!

So today I saw this best selling pet health product on amazon that described itself as:

“Purina FortiFlora Canine Nutritional Supplement contains the beneficial microorganisms found naturally in your dog’s digestive system to help manage and shorten episodes of diarrhea. Common causes of diarrhea for dogs and puppies include food changes, antibiotic therapy, and environmental stress.”

I had to take a closer look at it. I first started by looking at the ingredients which are in a photo at the product page on amazon:

Purina Veterinary Diets Fortiflora Canine, 30 Sachets Per Box

http://www.amazon.com/Purina-Veterinary-Diets-Fortiflora-Sachets/dp/B001650NNW/

If you look at the label and study the ingredients you will see the shitty ingredients.

I do not see where the “flora” are in the ingredients… They say in their description: ”

  • Contains a guaranteed amount of live active cultures”

Really???

OK – let’s analyze the ingredients – it’s a top selling high volume product and apparently a LOT of pet owners are feeding their pets this product where the FIRST INGREDIENT LISTED IS: ANIMAL DIGEST

ANIMAL DIGEST….. hmmmm…. is that like “NATURAL FLAVORS”???

What the hell is that? I looked it up and according to wikipedia it’s garbage from animal remains that have not yet undergone “decomposition”.

“Animal digest is a common ingredient used in pet foods. As defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, digest is produced by the chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean animal tissue that has not undergone decomposition. These animal tissues may not include hair, horns, teeth, hooves, and feathers, with the exclusion of trace amounts that are unavoidable even after acceptable processing methods.[1]

According to the FDA, a digest is an additive that has been treated with heat, enzymes, or also acids to produce a concentrated product intended as a natural flavoring. Pet food may legally be labelled as “Chicken Flavored” regardless of the percentage of chicken-derived product it contains, so long as the chicken flavoring is deemed “perceptible.”[2]

If a product is labeled as “flavored” by a certain type of meat, the digest it contains must have been produced from tissues pertaining to the listed animal species. Chicken flavored food must be flavored with chicken digest.[1]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_digest

Now – I don’t know about you – but I would not want to give my beloved pet animal parts leftovers – possibly rotting. I don’t care HOW MUCH they treat ANIMAL PARTS with ACID – it’s CRAP and it’s the FIRST INGREDIENT LISTED on this probiotics type health product for dogs.

ANIMAL DIGEST is the FIRST INGREDIENT of a “probiotic flora” product they describe as “beneficial microorganisms found naturally in your dog’s digestive system”

Is it just me or is that a WAR CRIME?

If you want your dog to have better digeston you don’t necessarily want extra ingredients like ground up animal parts that haven’t quite decomposed yet.

Me – I would think a few strains of probiotics would be what the pet needs – not a highly processed packet of animal digest powder.

But then again – this is the kind of thing you’d expect from the big pet food companies who are out to make the most profit on a mass scale with the highest margin.

Grinding up shit that humans can’t be fed and making it into a meal/powder that they sell as an ingredient for pets – to me that’s despicable.

Also – calling it ANIMAL DIGEST in the ingredients HIDES what they have processed and what chemicals they used to process.

Recently my neighbors horse was put to sleep because it had a fast growing cancer tumor. It was put to sleep on a hot Friday and it’s smelly body laid there out in the street in 90 degree + temps until a few days later on a Monday morning when it was picked up.

It smelled awful. It was truly disgusting to se the dead horse much less smell it for days until it was picked up.

The spot where it laid still smells rancid – several weeks after that.

Now what I want to know – is it possible for a horse like that to end up at a meat factory and it’s parts treated to be used and called ANIMAL DIGEST?

I’ve seen a meat factory where they bring in truck loads of dead animals – all kinds – and who knows what they end up in…

ANIMAL DIGEST could be any kind of animal. It could be sick animals. Animals with horns. Who knows…. I find this possibility very disturbing.

What governing agencies are protecting us consumers?

They’re making it too easy for the companies to grind up their animal parts and package that crap as food and health products and hide what the ingredients really are.

So back to the ingredients…

The fact that ANIMAL DIGEST is the first ingredient listed also shows it is the DOMINANT INGREDIENT in the packets. Not the FLORA part.

That expensive powder pack is mostly ground up animal parts. That is why the protein is so high.

If that’s not enough – among the other garbage listed in the ingredients (imagine what is NOT listed) is BREWERS YEAST.

What is BREWERS YEAST doing in a pet product?

They use this crap to make beer. It’s a YEAST. I don’t want my pets getting MORE YEAST – I want them to get LESS YEAST.

I mean IF you are giving your dogs PROBIOTICS there is a good chance you are doing it because they have health issues and my guess it is related to YEAST, MOLD AND FUNGUS.

In particlular the problem is somehow related to MYCOTOXINS (which is what happens to yeast when beer or alcohol is made).

Why include BREWERS YEAST? I will not consume any products that has YEAST listed.

Here is a quote from Doug Kaufmann about brewers yeast as it applies to humans and his antifungal phase 1 diet:

“There are mixed reports regarding the consumption of mushrooms, brewer’s yeast, and kombucha tea. While some studies report their nutritive qualities, other studies speak to their risks. We always monitor the latest research, and our current conclusion is that when one is dealing with fungal issues, it is wise to remove anything from our diets that has fungal components. Therefore, we avoid consuming mushrooms, kombucha, brewer’s yeast, and the like.”

http://knowthecause.com/index.php/recipes/16-know-the-cause-content

OK next we have the ingredient enterococcus faecium which wikipedia says “may also be pathogenic, causing diseases such as neonatal meningitis or endocarditis.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterococcus_faecium

Uh… pathogenic????

By the way, according to Merriam Webster the definition of pathonegenic is:

causing or capable of causing disease

Not exactly a vote of confidence.

I think enterococcus faecium is the ONLY active “probiotic” flora type ingredient that makes this product do it’s thing as no other strains are listed in the ingredients – but me personally I would prefer NOT to give my pet something that was potentially pathogenic.

So where are all the live organisms?

There are no other strains of probiotics on the ingredients label other than enterococcus faecium – so I can assume it was just that single possibly pathogenic ingredient that they refer to as “beneficial microorganisms found naturally in your dog’s digestive system”.

So – if you asked me – this popular bestselling pet product is NOT something I would feel good about giving to my pet.

Simply the excessive ANIMAL DIGEST ingredient makes me feel bad about this.

Consumers need to rise up and insist these big pet food companies stop from hiding stuff in processed ingredients and stop using cheap worse than pet grade ingredients.

I’m sick of big companies selling us moldy grains and garbage ingredients – especially when the food is intended just for pets.

As it is they use all the moldy grains they can’t use for human food and put them in feeds for animals and even pet foods. That in itself is a crime.

We need to be more aware of what the ingredients are and how the food is processed – both for human grade and pet grade.

People are getting hip to what the ingredients are in the foods we give our pets. Especially with all the pet food recalls and contaminants (poison) being found in the stuff sold for pets, people are being more careful.

Now – I am not saying this Purina Veterinary Diets Fortiflora Canine product is going to harm your pet or kill it or not even work as intended – I am just saying that me personally – when I read the ingredients I am sickened by what I see and I could never give it to my own pets.

That said – it’s interesting to see the variety of reviews on amazon for this product. It does get some good reviews. It also gets some really bad ones.

So – if nothing else I hope this has made you aware that looking at and understanding the ingredients is very important – especially with pet products. We can’t just blindly trust that the corporations care as much as we do about what our pets eat.

Self health – Do you want to feel better?

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I’ve dug up some relevant articles that discuss the importance of Magnesium in our diets and reveal the symptoms that may show we are deficient in this all important mineral.

It’s really quite common to be deficient in magnesium. In fact – if you have a yeast imbalance it’s almost certain it is affecting your magnesium levels.

I’ve included a few excerpts, but you should try to read these articles if you can!

“The typical American diet, which is rich in fat, sugar, salt, synthetic vitamin D, phosphates, protein, and supplemented calcium, not only is deficient in magnesium but actually increases the need for magnesium in the body.”

http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-deficiency/causes-depletion/

“Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.”

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-and-diagnosis

“Various data sources, including the US government, suggest that the number of Americans now deficient in magnesium is approximately 90%, with some data suggesting the number is even higher. The mineral, responsible for all the electrical impulses of the body, is critically needed for normal muscle and nerve functions, healthy heart rhythms, strong bones, a healthy immune system, normal blood sugar, normal blood pressure, normal brain function and a healthy GI tract. In short, while we can live with minimal amounts of this mineral, we cannot live well or in a state of optimum health and happiness without it.”

http://rense.com/general83/fount.htm

“The master mineral magnesium is missing from most of our topsoil, leaving the vast majority, perhaps 80%, with a failure to meet even the USDA’s recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 240 to 420 millgrams (based on age). It’s important to note that government RDAs are known to be well below optimum levels. Many experts think our magnesium levels should be twice the amount.”

http://naturalsociety.com/16-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-signs-low-levels/

“An often ignored but really just as common surprise on the list of top magnesium deficiency causes is an overgrowth of candida. A prolific fungus among us that occurs naturally in the body but can get too comfortable and interfere with body processes, one of those being the way the digestive system uses and processes magnesium. You may find that many symptoms of candida overgrowth are similar to those of magnesium deficiency, such as constipation, and dietary changes can also remedy this interesting entry on the list of most common yet ignored magnesium deficiency causes.”

http://www.enaturalhealing.com/2-most-common-yet-ignored-magnesium-deficiency-causes/

“Candida sufferers are often deficient in magnesium. This is because the Candida yeast interferes with the way that magnesium is taken up in your intestine. A deficiency in magnesium can result in fatigue, immune disorders, leg cramps, headaches, low energy and fibromyalgia.”

http://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-support/

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Is there a safe level of toxins in foods sold commercially that you’d feel comfortable with?

OH boy… reading this excerpt from an article on “crop management” does not make me feel very confident that a lot of food is safe to eat.

Mold damage or more appropraitely CONTAMINATION is common. It is not the exception. But just how much contamination should be allowed?

You should read this article for farmers – it proclaims: “If the grain is sold, there may be a reduced price due to mold damage.”

Uhhhh…. ok. Sell it for less if i is contaminated.

Read this excerpt:

“The best option for moldy grain is to feed it or sell it instead of storing it. However, it should be tested for toxins before feeding. Testing for mycotoxins can be done before putting the grain in storage. The best sampling method is to take a composite sample of at least 10 pounds from a moving grain stream, or to take multiple probes in a grain cart or truck for a composite 10-pound sample. If toxins are present, it is possible that the grain can be fed to a less sensitive livestock species, such as beef cattle, depending on the specific toxin and its concentration. A veterinarian or extension specialist can help with these decisions. If the grain is sold, there may be a reduced price due to mold damage.”

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2002/10-21-2002/molds.html

The mycotoxin aflatoxin is a serious problem and while an effort may be made to NOT distribute grains like corn that are contaminated to humans – it seems it is a common practice to sell moldy corn and grains to feed animals.

I wonder if that is why the animals need so many antibiotics to keep them from dying before they are slaughtered.

Perhaps even more alarming is that the government recognizes mold and in particular aflatoxin as a carcinogenic substance that can cause death and illness – the fact is they allow it in foods – up to a ceratin level is permitted. So they allow grains and food to be sold that contain the mycotoxin aflatoxin as long as it it is less than the limit.

This is cause for alarm.

In any event – be aware that grains are particularly subject to being contaminated as well as certain nuts like pistachios and peanuts.

More articles to read:

Food fungus worsening

“An estimated 4.5 billion people worldwide are exposed to aflatoxin at unsafe levels, with persistent exposure linked to liver damage and related cancers. ”

Aflatoxin

“Aflatoxin-producing members of Aspergillus are common and widespread in nature. They can colonize and contaminate grain before harvest or during storage. Host crops are particularly susceptible to infection byAspergillus following prolonged exposure to a high-humidity environment, or damage from stressful conditions such as drought, a condition that lowers the barrier to entry.

International sources of commercial peanut butter, cooking oils (e.g. olive, peanut and sesame oil), andcosmetics have been identified as contaminated with aflatoxin.[3][4][5] In some instances, liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and other analytical methods, revealed anywhere from 48–80% of selected product samples as containing detectable quantities of aflatoxin. In many of these contaminated food products, the aflatoxin exceeded U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA), or other regulatory agency, safe limits.[4][5][6][7]

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established action levels for aflatoxin present in food or feed to protect human and animal health which range between 20 and 300 ppb.[8]”

Aflatoxin in Corn

“In the United States, aflatoxin production occurs when Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus attack peanuts, cottonseed, white and yellow corn and certain nuts. Most of the aflatoxin problems on corn in the United States are caused by Aspergillus flavus, and the most potent toxin produced by this mold is called aflatoxin B1 . Drought, extreme heat and corn ear injury from insect feeding stress the corn and create an environment favorable to these molds and to aflatoxin production.”

Also read my previous article on Grain Awareness

Oh no it’s Grain Fever!

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Sinus problems and fungus

Do you have sinus problems? Sinus problems that have been with you a long time? I do…  A lot of people I know do.

I’ve long believed that my sinus problems are related to a fungal imbalance in my body and the presence of mycotoxins triggering immune responses that wreak havoc from time to time.

If you have heard of Doug Kaufman and Know the Cause you most likely have been made aware of all the connections that our medical conditions and lifestyle may have with yeast and mold and fungus.

Me personally, I have had a lot of anti-biotics prescribed for problems I’ve had ranging from sinus, to acne to colds and pneumonia to name a few.

Doug Kauffman suggests that when the good bacteria is out of balance it allows for fungi to get out of balance and take over and get into your system. Sinuses are one of the places the fungi like to live.

This theory goes beyond just one guy spreading the word about the connection between sinus infections and fungus and mycotoxins. In fact even the Mayo Clinic has a study that supports the position that more often than not, sinus infections involve mold and fungus in our bodies.

So I was trying to dig up some info to support this theory and found a ton of interesting stuff to share with you.

I found a lot of research that is eye opening! I also found a lot of weird traditional medicine stuff that ignores this possibility and even goes so far as to suggest solutions that are known to aggravate fungal infections. Bad advice as the oft prescribed antibiotics may actually help a sinus infection stay with you longer.

A lot of the articles indicate that many, if not most sinus problems involve mold, fungus and mycotoxins.

One study by the Mayo Clinic is often cited that indicates a high percentage of sinus problems involves “allergic fungal sinusitis”.

That sounds like fungus is involved with the sinuses, right?

I’ll drop a few quotes and then the links so you can read up on this yourself. If you are interested in finding out more info about fungus and sinus problems and want solutions other than traditional medicine offer, you’ll be very happy at the possible solutions proposed.

Read about the Blood Stream Formula

Mayo Clinic – they know about fungus – so should doctors.

Read this and tell me if you still think fungus is not involved in a lot of the sinus problems that people have.

Mayo Clinic researchers have proposed that most chronic sinus infections may be caused by an immune system response to fungi.

Article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

“Many studies at Mayo Clinic have added evidence to the thinking that chronic rhinosinusitis is caused by an immune reaction to fungi in the nose. Our original study linking chronic rhinosinusitis to fungi in the nose, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings in September 1999, has been reproduced and confirmed by a sinus center in Europe (ENT University Hospital in Graz, Austria). There are currently 16 studies at Mayo Clinic Rochester to further investigate the role of fungi in inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract. – Antibiotics do not help chronic sinusitis in the long run because they target bacteria, which are not usually the cause of chronic sinusitis.”

Read the Complete Article “Research on Chronic Sinusitus” at MayoClinic.org

“Fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than ten percent of cases,” says Dr. Sherris. “Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. And it is not an allergic reaction, but an immune reaction.”

> Read full article Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis

Allergic Fungal Sinusitis (AFS) is now believed to be an allergic reaction to environmental fungi that is finely dispersed into the air. This condition usually occurs in patients with an immunocompetent host (possessing the ability to mount a normal immune response). Patients diagnosed with AFS have a history of allergic rhinitis, and the onset of AFS development is difficult to determine. Thick fungal debris and mucin (a secretion containing carbohydrate-rich glycoproteins) are developed in the sinus cavities and must be surgically removed so that the inciting allergen is no longer present. Recurrence is not uncommon once the disease is removed. Anti-inflammatory medical therapy and immunotherapy are typically prescribed to prevent AFS recurrence. – A 1999 study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings asserts that allergic fungal sinusitis is present in a significant majority of patients diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis. The study found 96 percent of the study subjects with chronic rhinosinusitis to have a fungus in cultures of their nasal secretions. In sensitive individuals, the presence of fungus results in a disease process in which the body’s immune system sends eosinophils (white blood cells distinguished by their lobulated nuclei and the presence of large granules that attract the reddish-orange eosin stain) to attack fungi, and the eosinophils irritate the membranes in the nose. As long as fungi remain, so will the irritation.”

> Read complete article on Fungal Sinusitis

Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusiti

“It is wise to work “with” your doctor when using alternative therapies. But, there may be a much less invasive and less expensive way to approach your sinus problems. The Mayo Clinic often prescribes “anti-fungal” medications to sinus patients because they’ve found that those who suffer from sinustitis have a fungal overgrowth in their sinus cavities.”

> Read the complete article Sinus is Fungus

Mold and our Respiratory System

“Recall that in 1999, one year before my book came out, The Mayo Clinic published that 96% of all chronic sinusitis was due to fungus. I first made that discovery when I was working in the office of G. Howard Gottschalk, MD in Los Angeles after returning home from Vietnam. I began asking the pharmacist if he would crush up 2 Nystatin anti-fungal pills to a fine pulp and mix them with salt water, thereby creating a nasal spray. For patients with allergies, this seemed to work great, although we were all confused as to why it was working. Surely fungus couldn’t be causing allergies… could it? A mere 28 years later, we had our answer! Just so you understand, there is no hurry to discovery “the cause” of anything in medicine when it is so profitable to hush the symptoms for 4-12 hours daily.”

> Read more about Doug Kauffman’s take on The Human Respiratory System

And last but not least – here is a n article from Dr. Mercola who points out that fungus may be the cause of our sinus problems

“And despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people’s sinusitis continues to return. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, not only is sinusitis one of the most expensive disorders in the United States, but also its prevalence is on the rise, indicating that the common treatment methods are not getting to the root of the problem. So what is the root of the problem? Researchers have found that most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus.”

> read the full article Fungus May be Causing Your Sinus Infections

Well – that should be enough to open your mind to support the theories that sinus infections are somehow related to fungus. While we don’t have very specific answers – it makes sense that something that is often improved by treatments involving anti-fungals may in some way be related to fungus getting into our bodies.

Even though we know that the solutions are often anti-fungal in nature – there is no one easy button to push to solve problems like sinus and respiratory issues, but it does seem that a long term committment to a change in lifestyle is required.

Careful attention to what you eat and don’t eat is helpful, especially reducing and/or eliminating sugar and grains and carbs, as well as avoiding high risk foods commonly contaminated with fungal mycotoxins.

I hope if nothing else this discussion will open up the dialogue and help people try some anti-fungal foods and herbs as well as vitamins. It can only help!

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