Notes on natural health/healing topics: Q – Z

By Cat, beginning Feb 2018

These notes are from various health documentary videos and websites, as noted for each item. Topics are in alphabetical order. The article was getting too long, so I’ve separated it into four articles.

See also: 1. Natural Health Topics Menu; 2. Notes by section: A (AMD) – C (Coffee)D (Drugs, Prescription) – G (Gut Health)H (Homeopathy) – P (Psoriasis of the Scalp); Q (none) – Z (Zinc deficiency), below

Serrapeptase:

An enzyme from silk worms (used to break down the worm cocoon) has many useful health applications. Selective quotes from article by Dr Michael Murray:

  • “Serrapeptase has been used in Europe and Japan for over 50 years with good clinical results demonstrated in published clinical trials. Serrapeptase has more powerful anti-inflammatory actions and has broader pH stability than many other proteolytic enzymes, especially chymotrypsin and trypsin.”
  • “Useful in treatment of [inflammatory conditions from] sports injuries, after any surgical procedure, and during flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.”
  • “Particularly beneficial in [treating] fibrocystic breast disease, as well as upper respiratory tract conditions like sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to its ability to improve the structure and function of the mucus secretions.”

Sinus Infections:

(from Dr A. Christianson:  http://drchristianson.com/new-solutions-for-sinusitis-the-most-common-hidden-infection/). Chronic sinusitis can involve anaerobic bacteria such as  Fusobacterium nucleatum, Pigmented Prevotella spp, Porphyromonas spp, & Peptostreptococcus spp; or aerobic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis among many others.

Biofilms that are made up of minerals and fluids are created by the bacteria to protect themselves from the immune system, and a good environment for fungi.

Diagnosis of chronic sinusitis must involve at least 2 of the following symptoms:

Of these, I definitely have the last one all the time (for the last 3 – 4 years), and I have the others off and on. Right now I have the nasal discharge, and the sinus pain comes and goes several times throughout the day.

Best not to use antibiotics; instead, their clinic uses natural antimicrobials that won’t harm the good bugs, such as “grapefruit seed extract sprays coupled with biofilm inhibitors, which are very effective at reducing the bacterial load.” They also use desensitization therapy, which involves administering very diluted doses of allergenic compounds (environmental and food sensitivities).

Sleep:

See also Mattresses and Beds, above

(from Dr Mark Stengler’s sales pitch pro.drmarkstengler.com/p/653SSLD181120A/E653UC36/Full  for his supplement, Sleep Dissolves; see also Dr Stengler’s website for more)

If you have trouble falling asleep, take his supplement (or similar products on Amazon, or take the ingredients individually) before going to bed, or anytime during the night. It includes:

  • Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine”  aka N-5), 3 mg. Astronauts take it. It’s already been featured by Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford University, home of  the world-renowned Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences.
  • 5-HTP, 10 mg, is a recommended complement to N-5.
  • L-Theanine, 200 mg; it crosses the blood-brain barrier and stimulates production of GABA, the brain’s “calm” switch.
  • Proprietary mix of Passionflower, Chamomile, and Lemon Balm.

How to take: either chew the tablet or let it dissolve in your mouth, 15-30 min before bed time.

Thiamin (Vitamin B1);

(from GreenMedInfo http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/overlooked-vitamin-improves-autoimmune-disease-and-autonomic-dysfunction)

Thiamin is essential for treating autoimmune and autonomic system.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Alzheimers/Parkinson’s: 

See Mercola’s article: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/05/03/traumatic-brain-injury-linked-to-parkinsons-disease.aspx/.

Ways to lessen risk:

  • Get adequate Omega-3s (DHA and EPA); Mercola recommends krill oil;
  • Treatment aids: Curcumin, CBD oil, hyperbaric oxygen, low laser light therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, transcranial direct-current stimulation, electroencephalography and neurofeedback.

Weight loss:

How to activate your Metabolically Active Tissue (M.A.T.) to burn more fat, by Johnny Bowden (see transcript of video (not a pdf, but rather multiple online pages).

This is basically a cyclic keto plan (high-fat on 3 – 4 days; high-carb on other days during a week, to increase levels of the hormone IGF-1 (youth hormone) to burn more body fat. Links:

see also: Lectins (above)

Youthfulness:

see Mitochondrial/Cellular Health, above

Zinc Deficiency

ZincTasteTest-BioticsResearchYou can do a test at home, to determine if you have zinc deficiency, called “Zinc Tally Test.” (from Dr Jockers). Use zinc sulfate solution (see Amazon ASIN B000UQTEQA, Biotics Research, Aqueous Zinc, $13.90/bottle); see Biotics Research Zinc Taste Test (I saved as a pdf: ZincTasteTest-BioticsResearch.pdf), which recommends 10 ml. 2mg/2 tsp dose, and pay attention to taste:

  • Optimal Zn level: An immediate, unpleasant, obviously adverse taste
  • Adequate Zn level: A definite but not strongly unpleasant taste noted immediately, and tends to intensify with time.
  • Quite Deficient: No taste noted initially, but develops in 10-15 seconds.
  • Very Deficient: Tasteless or “tastes like water.”

To resolve a zinc deficiency, Dr Jockers recommends zinc glycinate plus glycine amino acid supplement daily; take with food.

I’ve added this and more info about zinc on my Cat’s Kitchen blog: Zinc deficiency: How to test zinc levels at home.

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