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

Resveratrol, Pterostilbene and other stilbenes

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.”

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

see Resveratrol, above

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.

Thyroid

move these to separate article

Thyroid and Essential Minerals

This information is from a sales pitch (completethyroid.com/sales/thyroid/metabolism-overdrive/v5/exclusive/) for Millie Perlata’s supplement to support your thyroid. She sites the research by Dr. Dale Sterling, which includes the CAR method of improving thyroid function and metabolism. Or see Daily Wellness Pro (dailywellnesspro.com/complete-thyroid/2418/) for a shorter version.

Unfortunately, none of these include the “Supplement Facts” on the label, to determine the amount and the form of each of the nutrients. So until that information is made available, I do not recommend this supplement. See below for 2 other similar supplements, and a comparison with those nutrients in Mercola’s Whole Food Multi (which I take).

My notes from the sales pitch:

CAR stands for a 3-step process:

  1. Create thyroid hormones, which requires iodine from kelp and Bladderwrack (types of seaweed). Iodine is the important mineral in the structure of thyroid hormones T3 and T4, which are the batteries.
  2. Activate Thyroid Hormones, which requires the minerals selenium,* magnesium, and zinc.* These activate the thyroid hormones, as in “charging the batteries.”
  3. Release Thyroid Hormones, which requires the minerals copper* and manganese.* These release the activated hormones into your bloodstream, so they can reach all of your cells, and regulate your metabolism.

Dr Sterling the identified 6 additional support nutrients that will put your thyroid into optimal condition fast, including:

  • “Tyrosine: A crucial amino acid that combines with iodine to create healthy levels of the T3 and T4 hormones. Without it – your thyroid couldn’t process iodine.
  • Ashwagandha Powder: An ancient antioxidant that has been shown to enhance conversion of T3 and T4 into the active form your metabolism needs.[xi] 
  • Vitamin B12: A crucial “energy” vitamin that 40% of those with thyroid issues are deficient in.[xii] 
  • Cayenne Pepper Extract, which is known to dramatically improve circulation, allowing T3 and T4 hormones to regulate metabolism more efficiently.
  • Schizandra Powder: A powerful antioxidant herb that’s been found to heal damaged cells, lower blood pressure, and significantly improve liver health.[xiii]
  • Molybdenum:* [Another mineral that is an essential part of] an enzyme that can assist in metabolic healing. This is essential for regulating healthy levels of nutrients in the bloodstream as well.”

He combines all of these minerals (including seaweeds that contain iodine) and other nutrients in a supplement: Complete Thyroid with Iodine, by Science Natural. He recommends 2 capsules/day for at least 30 days. It normally retails for $149/bottle, but his article includes a special offer of $70 per bottle (or less if you buy a 3- or 6-month supply).

‘*Cat’s note:  these heavy metal minerals are only safe when they are chelated – bound by the structure of an amino acid, peptide, or protein. When they are instead in “salt” form – such as sodium selenite or copper sulfate, they are toxic heavy metals and can do significant damage in your body.

Two related supplements are available on Amazon:  

Note: both of these have two of the minerals, zinc and copper, as “oxide” which is a salt rather than chelated form; for this reason, I do not recommend either of them, despite the significantly lower cost, but you can get an idea of how much of each nutrient is needed. I also list a comparison with Mercola’s whole Food Multi of which I take a full daily dose.

  • Thyroid Support Supplement with Iodine, by Precision Naturals (ASIN B01MS62M5F). Contains 60 capsules; recommended dose is 2 capsules per day, so lasts 30 days/jar. the Supplement facts are displayed in a photo of the label, but is hard to read. It appears to contain all the same nutrients, and most if not all of the minerals are in chelated form.
  • Thyroid Support by Navasana (ASIN B07F5N33S5), contains 120 capsules; recommended dose is 2 capsules/day, so lasts 60 days. The supplement facts are more readable for this brand; however two of the minerals – zinc and copper – are in oxide (salt) form, rather than chelated, so I don’t recommend this.: For a serving of 2 capsules:
    • Vitamin B-12 (not methylated): 100 mcg
    • Iodine (kelp, potassium iodide): 150 mcg
    • Magnesium (oxide): 200 mg
    • Zinc (oxide): 8 mg (this is a salt form – not chelated)
    • Selenium (amino acid chelate): 200 mcg
    • Copper (oxide): 200 mcg (this is a salt form – not chelated)
    • Manganese (amino acid chelate): 2 mg
    • Molybenum (amino acid chelate): 50 mcg
    • L-Tyrosine: 300 mg
    • Schisandra powder (fruit): 240 mg
    • Ashwagandha root powder: 200 mg
    • Bladderwrack powder (50 mg)
    • Cayenne pepper powder (fruit)
    • Kelp: 38 mg

I compare these with Mercola’s Whole Food Multi (iHerb code MCL-01035). A full dose (8 tabs/day), which I take, contains the following amounts for the above listed nutrients:

    • Vitamin B-12, methylated: 100 mcg
    • Iodine (kelp): 200 mcg
    • Magnesium (chelate): 200 mg
    • Zinc (chelate): 15 mg
    • Selenium (chelate): 200 mcg
    • Copper (chelate): 0.05 mg/50 mcg)
    • Manganese (chelate): 2 mg
    • Molybenum (chelate): 100 mcg
    • L-Tyrosine:  none
    • Schisandra powder (fruit):  none
    • Ashwagandha root powder: none
    • Bladderwrack powder: none
    • Cayenne pepper powder (fruit): none
    • Kelp: iodine is from kelp, but amount of kelp is not listed
    • Plus many other nutrients not specific for the thyroid

Thyroid Issues and Kale (and other crucifers)

This is from a Jeff Hays Films newsletter (I’ve modified the formatting):

“Stay clear of [Raw] Kale: If you have thyroid issues

One of the compounds in raw kale is called progoitrin. [It] BLOCKS your thyroid from working right (it stops it from absorbing iodine). Which can lead to serious health complications.

In one case, an 88 year old woman fell into a coma after eating too much!
Now to be clear, she was eating the equivalent of 3 POUNDS of kale a day.

But if you have existing thyroid issues, it may be better to just steer clear of kale altogether (at least raw).”

I seldom eat kale, broccoli and chard raw; my preference is to braise them lightly. See my posts: Basic Braised Greens (About), which includes a couple recipes.

Triphala (Ayurvedic Herbal Supplement)

The following is from an article by Dr. Axe: Triphala: An Ayurvedic Herbal Formulation that Fights Cancer & Constipation, unless noted otherwise. I’ve been using supplements containing triphala for over 20 years, and I’m convinced it is why I am so healthy at age 71. 

From Dr. Axe, “It’s a traditional herbal formulation made from the dried powder of three different fruits [amla, haritaki and bibhitaki]. … [It]contains the strong antioxidants]: gallic acid, ellagic acid and chebulinic acid, … [and] also has flavonoids and polyphenols, which have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antidiarrheal abilities. … It contains 5 of the 6 tastes recognized in Ayurveda (sweet, sour, bitter, and astringent). It’s only missing the salty taste.”

How to take:

  • [It] is usually taken on an empty stomach, … as a tea by adding a half-teaspoon of powder to a cup of hot water, stir well and wait for it to cool. … or combine the powder with honey or ghee before a meal.”
  • To improve digestion and help with cleansing the gut, … “as a digestive tonic, it is best taken in the evening, about two hours after eating and at least 30 minutes before bedtime.”

[Cat’s 7/22/19 note: I’ve been adding it to my morning smoothie, as part of Tri-Cleanse powder, but I may change that to take it in the evening as a digestive tonic, especially during  the 5-day juice fast I intend to start soon.]

Five major health benefits:

  1. “Cancer fighter,
  2. Natural laxative and colon cleanser,
  3. Weight loss,
  4. Lower cholesterol [Cat’s Note: I do not consider high cholesterol to be problematic; however, when it forms plaque, that is a sign that you are over-exposed to free-radicals that cause inflammation of the arterial lining. I believe triphala’s anti-inflammatory action is what is important here.]
  5. Anti-inflammatory and arthritis helper.”

See Dr. Axe’s article for its Potential Side Effects & Caution. See also: Healthline, Banyan Botanicals, and The Chopra Center articles for more details about this amazing herbal ssupplement.

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)

How to avoid UTIs: 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”

I can attest to this; I add 1/2 tsp D-mannose powder (iHerb code NOW-02809) to my morning smoothie every day; it has also helped my neighbor get rid of a bad UTI. 

Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against antibiotic-resistant UTIs. See Green Med Info article about antibiotic-resistant UTIs (by Sayer Ji). He discusses how grapefruit seeds can help, including a small scientific study. Also check out Green Med Info’s Urinary Tract Infection database for over 20 natural substances that show promise as anti-urinary tract infection agents. 

Sayer Ji notes that grapefruit seed extract is also effective against other antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA. The grapefruit seed extract also has anti-fungal ability (candida, etc.).

Vertigo treatment

See Dr Carol Foster’s You Tube video (youtube.com/watch?v=mQR6b7CAiqk) for an easy treatment for vertigo (3½ minutes). It includes a great explanation of how the crystals in the inner ear can cause vertigo. You can also 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, depending on whether the problem is in the left or right ear (or if both sides, you do both versions). I learned about this from a new Vietnamese friend who is visiting Montana.

A similar treatment is the Epley movement, that involves laying horizontal on the floor (it is hard and painful for me to get up from the floor, so I do this one laying on my bed with a hard mattress; I learned from Dr Tim Gibbs). See .youtube.com/watch?v=9SLm76jQg3g (2½ minutes).

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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