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

Scalp Eczema / Seborrheic Dermatitis:

May 2019: Eczema is usually a sign the liver is over-worked, so it sends toxins to be excreted through the skin, resulting in irritation of the skin. This is usually a sign of a food sensitivity or other gut issue. When I was a teenager I had a pretty bad case of seborrheic dermatitis, one form of scalp eczema that is commonly called dandruff. It eventually went away, but now at age 70, it is back, affecting not only my scalp but also my nano-labial folds (area near each side of nose, or crease at each side of the mouth). (See Healthline: Eczema on Scalp or picture #3 on Healthline Pictures for more).

Scalp eczema can occur in people with Parkinson’s. I’m hoping that’s not the case for me  (but I do have a tremor in my hands).

See my post: Seborrheic Dermatitis (Scalp and Facial Eczema), and Salicylic Acid Shampoo (for Seborrheic dermatitis – Dandruff) for more.

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:

Dr Christianson’s New Solutions for Sinusitis

(from Dr A. Christianson:  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).

Green Valley’s Herbal Supplement

(from Lee Euler sales pitch: greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/MSM/My_Sinus_Miracle-A.php)

According to Lee, the supplement’s main ingredients provide 3 different “miracles …  that will clear your sinuses in 3 weeks or less:”

    1. According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 90 to 98% of sinus misery is caused by nasal viruses. The most frequent offender is the cold virus, but the next most common is flu.” It contains an herbal extract from Pelargonium sidoides (African Geranium) that is a powerful anti-virus for the respiratory system. It also contains an elderberry extract that’s been shown to fend off viruses and boost your immune system; elderberries contain a unique type of protein that actually blocks viruses from entering your cells. If the viruses already there, it stops it from spreading.
    2. Nasal viruses and allergens activate inflammation and swelling; the immune system responds with mucous production to protect from the inflammatory effects. However, the mucous can build up, leading to sinus symptoms. The supplement also contains alpha lipoic acid to break up the mucous build-up and destroy bacterial biofilms.
    3. It contains quercetin, a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory that eliminates the fungi that found a safe home in your stopped-up sinuses. 

It also contains vitamin D3 (334 IU).

He doesn’t say how many capsules to take daily, but one bottle contains 90 caps for 30 day-supply, which equates to 3 caps/day. Also, while it will clear your sinuses in 3 weeks or less, if you stop taking it, the sinus buildup will return, so buyer-beware.

Sleep:

See also Mattresses and Beds notes page.

Supplement (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.

Cool your bed for better sleep (from Chris Masterjohn, PhD)

Stilbenes: Resveratrol, Pterostilbene and more

I started taking a resveratrol supplement a year or so ago, because I don’t regularly eat food sources of the supplement, and I learned that those foods (such as red grapes) don’t provide very much of the nutrient. But after a few months, I developed a food sensitivity to it. Now I’m learning about pterostilbene from a Mercola sales pitch. From that article:

“Quercetin offers an impressive array of potential health benefits:

  • Supports your natural defense against seasonal threats
  • Supports lung and bronchial tract health
  • Supports the production of new mitochondria in your brain and muscle
  • Supports a healthy, normal immune response
  • Helps protect cells and tissues against free radical damage
  • Supports a normal, healthy histamine release
  • Supports an already normal inflammatory response
  • Boosts mental performance following extreme physical stress
  • Supports healthy cellular aging
  • Helps protect against lipid peroxidation in your cells and tissues
  • Supports metabolic health”

Pterostilbene has much the same activity as resveratrol, with these added advantages (also from Mercola’s sales pitch:

  • “It is dissolvable in fats, which helps it to be better absorbed by your body.
  • It has a longer half-life in your blood, which means it has more time to deliver potential benefits.
  • It is more biologically active than resveratrol once it’s absorbed.

Like resveratrol, pterostilbene activates genes associated with longevity. Pterostilbene offers a wide range of beneficial effects, especially for your cellular, metabolic and brain health.

Even at low doses, the active form of pterostilbene, trans-pterostilbene, was shown in recent animal studies to support brain health and aging, including memory and learning.”

Thiamin (Vitamin B1);

(from GreenMedInfo greenmedinfo.com/blog/overlooked-vitamin-improves-autoimmune-disease-and-autonomic-dysfunction): Thiamin is essential for treating autoimmune and autonomic system.

See also my article on the B-vitamin complex.

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.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

See Mercola article about UTIs:  primary cause is E-coli from CAFO chickens, especially in post-menopausal women; also discusses how to avoid the UTIs (take D-mannose). “American, Canadian and European studies have all confirmed close genetic matches between drug-resistant E. coli collected from human patients and those found on poultry”

Vertigo treatment

See Dr Carol Foster’s You Tube video on an easy treatment for vertigo. It includes a great explanation of how the crystals in the inner ear can cause vertigo. Check out youtube.com/watch?v=mQR6b7CAiqk (3½ minutes); you can find it if you search: “Carol Foster MD vertigo treatment Oct 11” in your search engine. It involves kneeling down on your knees and moving your head in a specific way.

A similar treatment, that involves laying horizontal on the floor (which is harder for me to get up from the floor), is the Epley movement that I learned from Dr Tim Gibbs; see .youtube.com/watch?v=9SLm76jQg3g (2½ minutes).

I learned about this from a new Vietnamese friend who is visiting Montana.

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

You 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 (original pdf which I saved as ZincTasteTest-BioticsResearch (pdf) on Cat’s Kitchen), 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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