I have used ionic and colloidal forms of silver for many years, however, it has never been a "First Choice" therapy - until now. The manufacturers and distributors of colloidal silver have been primarily targeted to consumers, not medical practitioners, and this has been one of my concerns.
Occasionally there will be an article that reminds the public of silver's safety, effectiveness for killing pathogens, and additional benefits, such as destroying cancer. However, silver is not completely safe, especially when it comes to making your own. One of the concerns with colloidal and ionic forms of silver is that the silver can come out of solution (usually water) and become more reactive with your body. Although the "blue man" scenario is rare, colloidal and ionic forms of silver can bind to nerves and organs in an unhealthy manner.
Fortunately, there is a form of silver that has been thoroughtly tested for its action against many types of bacteria (including MRSA), fungus, and small parasites. In addition, this new form of silver is bound to water in a unique way that will not separate, making it the safest form of therapeutic silver. This form is called a silver sol.
Not only is a silver sol molecule safe, it is more potent than colloidal, ionic, or cutlery forms of silver. The silver sol molecule works through a catalytic action - sounds cool, right? This means that instead of a silver ion giving up its free electron (to kill a pathogen) and becoming inactive, the electrons in a silver sol molecule work perpetually. It's like a tiny buzz saw for bugs.
I buy my Silver Sol through the research-based nutritional supplement company Designs for Health, under the name Silvercillin. It is sold in a large 16oz bottle, a 4oz spray bottle, or a 4oz high strength gel which can be used on the skin for rashes, wound healing, or as a non-toxic hand sanitizer.
Pricing is as follows:
Silvercillin 16oz Liquid - $52
Silvercillin 4oz Spray - $20
Silvercillin 4oz gel, high potency - $40
Acnutrol Gel 3oz, for acne - $34
To order online follow this link to register. The form will ask for your practitioner's name and number: Tim Walsh 847-802-2245
If you would rather speak to a human, call 800-847-8302 and ask to open a patient account - you will have to give my name because Designs for Health only sells to, or via, licensed health care professionals.
The Silvercillin Gel is 15% off through the month of May, so tell the customer service representative you would like to use the code MAYSF22 - or type it into the promotion code area during online checkout.
If you are interested in placing an order of several items, call or email me directly and I will get you a better deal.
Follow these foundational steps for 2-3 months, if that doesn't turn your life around, consider an individualized program.
Peace and Health,
The multi-multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry is built on a rocky foundation. First, researchers look for molecules that have a proven function. The molecule begins as something naturally occurring, such as a hormone, or an herbal constituent. Examples are cortisol/cortisone, progesterone, estrogen, salicilic acid (aspirin), red yeast rice, and digitalis (from the Foxglove plant). The devil, of course, is in the details. Naturally occuring molecules cannot be protected by patent, so chemists make a "minor" alteration. A little hydroxyl here maybe a glycoside there, certainly stupid nature won't notice a little "improvement" by almighty Man. Unfortunately for Big Pharma (who has to disclose the incredibly disturbing laundry list of side effects at the end of commercials and ads) you and the natural world have been evolving together for the past 2 million years and the "minor chemical alteration" might be an insurmountable obstacle for your liver or kidney. The result of Man's tweaking of nature is side-effects and the only reason we are force-fed unnatural compounds, when there are almost always natural substitutes, is greed. Now, go have a great weekend :)
My wife, Jenya, and I have been living in the health-conscious worldfor about 15 years, so you would think that we have it all figured out. By now, we must have perfect bodies, perfect health, perfect skin and boundless energy, right? Well, it just isn't that easy. Life can get in the way. The stress of family, jobs and finances often lead to stress eating (i.e. chocolate, potato chips or maybe those chocolate covered potato chips from Cocoa Cabana), excessive caffeine, and a fading memory of your workout routine.
In addition to 'life getting in the way', the contradictory nature of health information can be a nearly impossible path to navigate. I have been studying countless dietary perspectives, fasting, detoxification, laboratory testing, Eastern medicine, exercise physiology, weight loss resistance, meditation and biofeedback - yet determining which steps are the most helpful for me, or Jenya, or you, is the art of medicine.
There is still one more thing you must have - the will. You have to be willing to make the good choices, put in the effort, and continually seek the right path for you. Fortunately, the New Year is the time when willpower seems to be in abundance. So dump the remaining holiday treats in the garbage, then keep reading.
I may not be able to solve all of your health problems in a blog post, but I can certainly get you started and tell you what has worked for Jenya, me and many of my patients.
When looking for a point of view to determine healthy lifestyle choices, the common sense approach is the paleolithic records, which has come to be known as simply Paleo. For millions of years, 99.5% of man's time on Earth, humans lived a nomadic existence as hunter-gatherers. During this time, the human species evolved into a higher-thinking, problem-solving, king of the food chain. We evolved on a diet of produce (vegetables and fruits), animal meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, herbs, eggs (a rare delicacy) and maybe an occasional green bean. We also exercised, a lot. But, we rested a lot too.
It is only in the past 10,000 years (or 0.5% of man's time on Earth) that we began to cultivate crops, such as grains and beans, and begin living in a more settled fashion. We also began to keep livestock to be used for dairy and meat, which we fed our cultivated grains.(Feeding livestock grains, rather than grazing on grass, makes the meat less healthy.) Nomadic people did not successfully milk migrating animals (form funny mental image now).
Man's next mistake came with the grinding of grains into finer and finer powder, or flour, until the industrial revolution made refined flour and refined sugar widely available. The human body evolved over millions of years and it simply cannot evolve fast enough to deal with the Standard American Diet.
So, the first step to losing weight and creating optimal health is to make 90-95% of your diet Paleo. The idea here is to eat plenty of protein, as it is necessary to grow healthier cells and organs. Protein is the most satiating macronutrient, and it does the best job of boosting the metabolism. As long as your protein is from healthy animals, it is healthy, but if it is high fat, nitrate-filled, bologna from sick animals, that is a different story. Focusing on high-quality protein as the majority of your calories will reduce cravings, stabilize blood sugar and boost your mood.
But, how much protein? There are certainly charts and calculations that can help to guide you - generally 0.7 to 1.0 gram per kg of bodyweight, if my memory is correct. But the problem with a standard calculation is that you may be unique. Jenya needs protein to be the focus of her diet: eggs, chicken, pork, salmon, tuna or protein shakes are at every meal. If protein is not enough of the meal, she will be hungry, or tired, or fussy :) For me, protein is the enemy. I am a Paleo gatherer-gatherer-gatherer-hunter. My body has a difficult time handling protein's breakdown products of ammonia and sulfur. You can test one aspect of protein waste products with urinary sulfite and sulfate test strips (read more about this here) or you can simply eat a few protein heavy meals and a few protein light meals and pay attention to how you feel.
Here are the basics of the Paleo Diet:
The Paleo Diet is a low-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, nutrient-dense diet. In fact, it is very common to see similar dietary principles called Detox Diets. So, if this diet is so health promoting, why would you want to limit it to only a week or two per year? Once you experience how great you feel, vitality will win out over the cultural pressure of being normal (i.e. unhealthy).
Jenya and I entered our most recent health kick by doing a Detox, which looked like this:
Jenya and I did a liquid diet because your body uses a tremendous amount of energy on digestion, so if your foods are easier to digest, then you have more energy left over for healing. However, even with the protein powder, a liquid diet is difficult for Jenya. I, however, feel great! Next time Jenya will probably keep more substantial protein in her detox diet. In addition, Jenya is so strict with her Paleo Diet, every day is a detox.
So, you probably want to know what is not on the Paleo Diet. Here goes:
It is best to do the diet strictly so that you have the best opportunity to feel your best, then when you introduce questionable foods, you will have the ability to notice any symptoms. Now, when I or Jenya cheat, we can tell if there is bloating, indigestion, an itch, a craving, fatigue, or redness around the nose or mouth (inflammation). But if you don't get to that point of feeling great, you can't cash in on the most elaborate and sensitive device ever created, you.
The other key piece, of course, is exercise. Humans are meant to move. Period. Exercise is essential and after 35 you can't just eat well, or exercise, both are required. Sustainable weight loss is approximately 1-2 lbs per week. Although that may not seem like much, when you lose weight quickly (often with severe calorie restriction) you ef-up your brain and body. Often the result of rapid weight loss (which is usually preceded by more than 3 years at a significantly overweight or obese weight) is a body that has lost it's ability to regulate blood sugar, burn (rather than store) calories, and know when you are full . Couple that with a brain that has doubled or tripled its pavlovian response to food. To lose weight successfully you must do more than move the needle on the scale, you must completely rebuild your metabolism, and this can not be done by being the Biggest Loser.
Well, it sure is a popular diet, and for a couple of reasons. (1) We americans tend to like extremes and (2) it works. But will it hurt the body? Obviously, doing a 500 calorie diet is going to promote weight loss. But does the HCG really trigger the body to selectively lose non-essential fat, while sparing us from catabolizing our muscle? The answer is a definite maybe!
I have known, or witnessed in clinic, at least a couple dozen people do this program. Many of them lose a lot of weight and feel that the diet was successful, others not so much. I'd say that more than 50% were very successful. Which is good. However, I don't think it is a great diet for building a life long health and diet plan. It is impossible to get all of the nutrients your body needs to function (and not have cravings) on a 500 calorie diet, unless a low-calorie, nutrient-dense supplement is used, like a good green food. I'd rather see a nutrient-dense smoothie, low-carbohydrate, meal-replacement type program.
For 2 million years the recipe for health has been the same: a hunter-gatherer program of lean/grass-fed/wild game types of animal protein and wild fish; produce - primarily vegetables, some fruit, being conscious of the high glycemic food that should be avoided; very minimal grains and dairy, if at all; no sugar. It is very important to remove sugar and the foods with the highest potential for immune reactivity. And, exercise like a caveman - low stress cardio (long time, not too strenuous) and short bursts of (relatively) intense activity. There is simply no substitute for the major lifestyle pieces - diet, exercise, sleep. Okay let me step off my soap box and continue answering your question.
Now that most of the HCG is homeopathic, I would rather see the real stuff used, because it will lower the risk that your muscle is catabolized for energy. I am not averse to homeopathics, but in this case I just think the actual hormone would be the best way to go. The difference of my soapbox vs. HCG is that the paleo way will promote many positive biochemical changes.
If HCG is used as a jumpstart, okay. But it certainly doesn't substitute for an optimal lifestyle and good medical work (testing for respiratory problems - sleep apnea, etc - monitoring blood sugar, testing deficiencies in energy production (Kreb's Cycle organic acid testing), etc, etc). A lot of people with chronic weight issues also have leptin problems. Leptin is the hormone that tells us when we are full/hungry. Some people have problems with the cell receptors, which can be helped, and others have a genetic problem making the hormone, which is a bigger uphill battle.
Most vegetarians choose to abstain from animal protein for one of two reasons: either it is an ethical choice, or it is a health choice. Personally, I chose to eat a vegetarian diet for about 3 years, then I ate meat for 5 years, now I eat very little animal based foods, although for a very different reason.
I have spent my adult life studying and experimenting with various diets, cleansing programs and health promoting activities. Certainly, it is true that anyone with "soul-intact" should have an ethhical dilema with conventional animal products. However, the rise in products that are free-range, pastured/grass-fed, wild, etc. has increased the ability to be both healthy and ethical. Certainly, for many people, the ethical aspect of vegetarianism can not be swayed - and to them I say: (1) I hope your unique biochemistry is compatible with a carbohydrate based diet (2) I hope you are eating a healthy vegetarian diet and don't end up pale and bloated, and (3) the average person unknowingly consumes a few bugs per year, so you aren't really a vegetarian. Ha! Sorry, but I don't like labels.
Certainly, there are many health aspects of being, or not being, a vegetarian that we could discuss. Whether you have read Skinny Bitch, or the Paleo Diet will most likely determine your eating choices. The successful diet books are well written and very persuasive, so unless you have read many books from differing perspectives, it is difficult to be measured in your choices. But, let's cut through the hours long debate.
If you really want to know if you are eating the right amount of protein for your biochemistry, your unique physical need, you can do a test. Actually, there are several tests you can do, but I'll mention the easiest. Protein breaks dowm into ammonia (NH3) and sulfur compounds, which can be tested in the urine. Testing urinary ammonia requires a few reagents and supplies, but testing urinary sulfate and sulfite only requires test strips (like a urinalysis). Click the above link to order the test strips.
If you are consuming more (primarily animal) protein than your body can detoxify, it will be reflected as elevated urinary sulfur levels. The "so what?" is that ammonia and sulfur when not properly cleared by the body results in a buildup of internal waste.
The symptoms of excessive protein waste include:
These symptoms may be more pronounced after eating eggs (very high in sulfur), a high protein meal, or food/beverages with added sulfites (wine, dried fruit, commercial shrimp, etc). For a full explanation of foods high in sulfur, click here.
From a health standpoint, what each of us eats should be determined by the unique needs of our individual bodies, not by what you read, or what works for your friend, or what you heard on Dr Oz. The best blanket statement about what human should eat as a species comes from studying human history. Our ancestors, for many, many years before agriculture, ate as hunter-gatherers. Even though the 'paleolithic' diet of animal protein, vegetables and friuts is the information our genetic code evolved with - as individuals, we must weigh elegant theories against our own needs.
The inability of some to handle protein/sulfur may be the result of a genetic error in the Cystathionine Bets Synthase (CBS) or Sulfite Oxidase (SUOX) pathways. Most of us tend to think of our genetics as something that is written in stone, unmalleable. However, most genetic errors are not life threatening, it simply means that your body is ineffecient in some area. The result of a CBS or SUOX genetic error, when unknown, will put unfortunate stress on the body over many years. Eventually, genetic weaknesses contribute to complex degenerative diseases (the kind of diseases conventional medicine does not address well).
When a genetic weakness is combined with a lifetime of poor eating, restless sleep, excessive stress, a lack of exercise and nutrient depleting prescriptions (such as adderal for ADD, although you really may have a protein/ammonia/sulfur clearance inefficiency) - the degenerative process is accelerated.
In the case of the CBS/SUOX genetic error and sulfur metabolism inefficiency the answer is to greatly decrease the consumption of high sulfur foods (animal protein, garlic, onions, broccoli, asparagus - foods that would otherwise be considered very healthy!) and take supplemental Molybdenum (for a complete explanation and more helpful supplements, click the link above). This is a mineral that is used to detoxify sulfur. When a genetic error is unable to manufacture proper biochemical machinery, a cofactor (usually a vitamin or mineral) is needed in greater than usual amounts to override the inefficiency. Unfortunately, most of conventional medicine seems to have forgotten that your biochemistry is dependent upon macronutrients and micronutrients, not drugs.
Progressive biochemical testing can be very complex and quite expensive. Yet for those who choose to (preventive medicine) or have to (conventional medicine provides little answers) go this route, practicing medicine with a focus on biochemical individuality can provide answers and recommendations for the patient and their children. With this individualized perspective generational diseases can finally be controlled, and potentially conquered. That's deep medicine.
However in the case of urinary sulfite and sulfate test strips individualized medicine can be very informative, fairly simple and not too costly.
Let me hear your thoughts and questions,
A recent study, Fox article or MSN article citing a possible 2% increase in all cause death rate, has been getting large circulation among major news networks. Of course, the only time 'vitamins' get any press is when it's negative. The big time ad purchasers, like the pharmaceutical industry, doesn't really care for the huge and still growing database of positive research on natural medicine. You have to go to sites like Natural News for unbiased health news (or at least a different bias). The only time Big Pharma is interested in natural medicine is when the 'active constituent' can be isolated, synthesized and proven 'more good than harm'; then the original natural product (like Red Yeast Rice) can be sued for patent infringement! Rediculous!
There are many problems with 'vitamin research', so let's take a look at this lacking study:
Because Iron and Copper cause oxidative damage at high levels, these tend to be the main concern in regard to excessive levels in the body. Since menopausal women (average in study was 62 year old female) tend to have higher iron levels, the general rule of thumb is to use an iron/copper free product in this population. The other population for whom these nutrients are problematic are those with significant levels of inflammation or oxidative stress (how many people in the study already had inflammation, i.e. arthritis, heart disease, autoimmune disease or simply eating too many Omega-6 fats form beef, chicken, turkey and grains, ocmpared to Omega-3 from fish, grass fed beef, or Omega-3 enriched eggs).
Occasionally, I'm not just taking an herb or supplement for its theoretical or anecdotal benefits - I actually FEEL SOMETHING.
This was the case with two recent products I tried - the first is marine phytoplankton and the second is Fulvic acid. So, why am I excited enough about these products that I would labor through this post? The bottom line is - YOU CAN FEEL IT. When I take either of these products I am filled with the sensation that get after practicing Qi Gong or Tai Chi for 20-30 minutes. It is a sensation of warmth and "fullness". This is very different from the energy you get from caffeine which is often too much and leads to jitteryness and overstimulation - followed by a crash. The crash is a result of caffeine causing your body to produce energy at its own expense - with caffeine you are borrowing from your future. This leads to being further depleted and more dependent on caffeine.
Marine phytoplankton is the base of the Earth's entire food chain. And Fulvic Acid is the end result of all biological matter on Earth decomposing into a transformed alchemical essence. Both of these products hold within them an incredible amount of nutrition and energy. This is an energy which nourishes and fills the tank. They provide the nutrients to build your biological machinery and the energy to turn the crank. A dose of these twice a day, plus a reasonable diet and some exercise will have you wondering why you ever drank caffeine in the first place.
The energy from caffeine is like a fire, burning red hot, destroying in order to release tremendous energy. The life supporting sources of energy, on the other hand, contain the ultraviolet glow of biological activity - the glow of life itself!
You do not have to be a practitioner to order these products and I am not making any money off of these - I just wanted to share the knowledge. Please let me know if your experiences are as wonderful as I expect.