Magnesium and Radiation Protection
Sodium & Iodine in my Daily Diet?
Iodine & the Thyroid?
Iodine in Seaweed protects from Radiation
Glutathione - What is Glutathione?
It is in a list of medicinals that prevent and treat
cancer that we find helpful substances that treat
and strengthen us against radiation contamination.
“In the years leading up to Chernobyl, some dairy farmers in Austria were
using remineralization as a part of their operations. They added rock dust
to liquid manure as well as combining it with compost, thereby removing
odors and greatly increasing soil biota. As a result, cows had twice the
normal lifespan and produced much more milk. Amazingly enough, after
Chernobyl, the cheeses that were remineralized (as well as biodynamic
cheeses) measured no radioactivity whatsoever. Austrians would stand in long
lines in order to buy these safe, remineralized products,” writes Joanna Campe.
Iodine is obviously not the only substance that we should run to in the face
of increasing radiation threats. Magnesium is
a vital mineral whose lack leaves us open to not only radioactive damages
but also those from heavy metals and thousands of chemicals,
which we are commonly exposed to. Mercury and now a long list of
radioactive particles are floating in the environment like invisible clouds
that have spread out everywhere. They are raining down on us, damaging and
damning our future. We can no longer be passive about building our defenses
against the toxic onslaught.
Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins
and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely.
Just about everyone who is writing protocols for radiation toxicity is
forgetting about the importance of magnesium salts. Worse still are
governments and the entire institution of medicine that are purposely
ignorant about magnesium, so they cannot possibly be trusted for valuable
health and medical information that will help us in our time of dire need.
The need was dire before Fukushima but they did not want to admit that; they
let the public get obsessed with CO2 emissions and said nothing about the
mercury. Now with radioactive nuclides steadily building up in the
background, we are in trouble than any of us care to admit. Today the
situation has gone nuclear and there has never before been a need so great
for detoxification and chelation.
Magnesium is a crucial factor in the natural
self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body.
Magnesium is also necessary for effective chelation. It stimulates the
sodium potassium pump on the cell wall and this initiates the cleansing
process in part because the sodium-potassium-ATPase pump regulates
intracellular and extracellular potassium levels. The healthy cell wall
favors intake of nutrients and elimination of waste products.
The involvement of free radicals in tissue injury induced by magnesium
deficiency causes an accumulation of oxidative products in heart, liver,
kidney, skeletal muscle tissues and in red blood cells, leaving them more vulnerable to oxidative stress caused by radiation
exposure. Both radiation exposure and heavy metals produce oxidative stress
through the creation of increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS—oxygen
free radicals, peroxides, and singlet oxygen). It is known that these
increased levels of intracellular ROS are sufficient to trigger apoptosis
Glutathione is Magnesium-Dependent
Glutathione protects the cells from oxidative-stress-induced apoptosis and
glutathione levels are magnesium dependent! “Glutathione is a very important
detoxifying agent, enabling the body to get rid of undesirable toxins and
pollutants. It forms a soluble compound with the toxin that can then be
excreted through the urine or the gut. The liver and kidneys contain high
levels of glutathione as they have the greatest exposure to toxins. The
lungs are also rich in glutathione partly for the same reason. Many
cancer-producing chemicals, heavy metals, drug metabolites etc. are disposed
of in this way,” says Dr. Patricia Kongshavn, former professor, department
of medicine at McGill University.
Glutathione (glū'tə-thī'ōn') is a polypeptide,
C10H17N3O6S, of glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid.
Glutathione synthetase requires γ-glutamyl
cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form glutathione.
In magnesium deficiency, the ss y-glutamyltranspeptidase is lowered.
There is a direct relationship between cellular magnesium, GSH/GSSG ratios,
and tissue glucose metabolism.5]
Magnesium deficiency causes glutathione loss and this is unwelcome as the
clouds of radiation are touching down across the northern hemisphere.
Magnesium deficiency causes glutathione loss,
which is not at all healthy because glutathione helps to defend the body
against damage from cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer
chemotherapy, and toxins such as alcohol and just about everything else.
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low
magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation
as well as glutathione depletion and this is vital since
glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize
“For every molecule of pesticide that your body detoxifies, you throw away
or use up forever a molecule of glutathione, magnesium and more,” says Dr.
Sherry Rogers who goes on to say that, “Your body uses nutrients to make
this glutathione and it uses up energy as well. Every time we detoxify a
chemical, we use up, lose, throw away forever, a certain amount of
Deficiencies in basic minerals like magnesium
and selenium can make all the difference between health and disease, between
being able to withstand chemical, heavy metal and radiation exposure.
Dr. Rogers has indicated that there is as much as a 500-fold difference in
the ability of individuals to detoxify the same chemicals and much of that
will be true for radiation as well. A key marker of this difference is each
individual’s magnesium level. Deficiencies in magnesium will wreak havoc
with our body’s ability to detoxify and chelate heavy radioactive particles
and explains much of the difference between one person withstanding
radiation exposures and another person falling to radiation sickness.
Dr. Leslie Fisher has treated in excess of 35,000 patients where mineral
therapy was prescribed as the sole form of medication. He has conducted
research within his own clinics and the Department of Psychiatry, Austin
Hospital, Melbourne. Mineral therapy is the foundation upon which chelation
treatments and protocols are built. Magnesium does protect cells from
aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel, which explains why
re-mineralization is so essential for heavy metal detoxification and
chelation as well as radiation protection. Magnesium is essential for the
survival of our cells but takes on further importance now where our bodies
are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals and radiation.
Radiation and Diabetes
No one is going to convince the public that the increasing radiation will
have a general effect on our health that can be easily traced back to the
source. Even before we get cancer from radiation we have a general
down-spiraling of body functions because of all the oxidative stress. In the
book, New Paradigms in Diabetes,
Dr. Mark Allan Sircus writes extensively about the direct
relationship between magnesium deficiency and the onset of diabetes.
Pancreatic beta cells are sensitive to
reactive oxygen species (ROS)
 attack when they are exposed to
because of the relatively low expression of antioxidant enzymes such as
catalase and glutathione peroxidase.
Diabetes is typically accompanied by increased production of free radicals
and/or impaired antioxidant defense capabilities, indicating a central
contribution of reactive oxygen species. It is also a fact that ROS is one
of the major factors that induce oxidative modification of DNA and gene
The Chernobyl incident was a major disaster of humanity, which has resulted
in a plethora of health problems that are still far from being fully
recognized. Most studies analyzing the medical consequences of this
catastrophe have so far focused on diseases such as thyroid cancer,
leukemia, immune and autoimmune pathology 
even though an increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus, a
disorder involving the immune system, was observed within the residential
population of Hiroshima among survivors of the atom bomb detonation.
Studies have also shown that thymectomy and a sub-lethal dose of gamma
radiation induces type 1 diabetes in rats.
Researchers at the Pediatric Hospital A. Meyer, Florence, Italy studied this
question by assessing the incidence of the disease in children in Gomel,
Belarus in the years subsequent to the Chernobyl disaster. The results of
the study seem to confirm the hypothesis that environmental pollution such
as that subsequent to the Chernobyl accident can cause diabetes.
Mass screening for diabetes mellitus has been conducted on 64,000-113,000
atomic bomb survivors residing in Hiroshima City since 1961.
From 1971 to 1992 a 2.7-fold increase in the
prevalence of diabetes mellitus was observed in males and a 3.2-fold
increase in females.
We have a significant and documented increase in the incidence of
type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents after Chernobyl in
the radioactively contaminated area of Gomel compared to Minsk.
When beginning to build a protocol against the radiation and heavy metal onslaught, we need to
stick with the basics and they are
magnesium,iodine, sodium bicarbonate, vitamin C, selenium,clay, THC (cannabis), as well as a
natural chelator and superfoods. Properly filtered water also is essential. There is always
more we can do but even affording these basics is a challenge to many.
Special Note: One of the
readers wrote saying, “Thank you for the labor of love you've given to the
inhabitants of the world. All the information about magnesium, iodine,
baking soda, etc. is priceless and very much appreciated. I know we can't
thank you enough for your generosity with the knowledge you've accumulated
from all of your research. I know you've had your detractors--ignore them!”
These basic medicines are not only the mainstay of emergency rooms and
intensive care wards but are the backbone of a my new form of medicine
called Natural Allopathic Medicine, which makes sense in the age of toxicity
that we all have live in.
Dr. Mark Allan Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)
Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Magnesium deficiency (MgD) has been associated with production of reactive
oxygen species, cytokines, and eicosanoids, as well as vascular compromise
in vivo. Although MgD-induced inflammatory change occurs during "chronic"
MgD in vivo, acute MgD may also affect the vasculature and consequently,
predispose endothelial cells (EC) to perturbations associated with chronic
MgD. As oxyradical production is a significant component of chronic MgD,
we examined the effect of acute MgD on EC oxidant production in vitro. In
addition we determined EC; pH, mitochondrial function, lysosomal integrity
and general cellular antioxidant capacity. Decreasing Mg2+ (< or =
250microM) significantly increased EC oxidant production relative to
control Mg2+ (1000 microM). MgD-induced oxidant production, occurring
within 30 min, was attenuated by EC treatment with oxyradical scavengers
and inhibitors of eicosanoid biosynthesis. Coincident with increased
oxidant production were reductions in intracellular glutathione (GSH) and
corresponding EC alkalinization. These data suggest that acute MgD is
sufficient for induction of EC oxidant production, the extent of which may
determine, at least in part, the extent of EC dysfunction/injury
associated with chronic MgD. Effect of acute magnesium deficiency (MgD) on
aortic endothelial cell (EC) oxidant production. Wiles ME, Wagner TL,
Weglicki WB.The George Washington University Medical Center, Division of
Experimental Medicine, Washington, D.C., USA. Life Sci.
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Lysiane. Berthelot, Alain Magnesium Deficiency Induces Apoptosis in
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Smith, M. J. Brauner, and Philip W. Majerus.Glutathione biosynthesis in
human erythrocytes. Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University
School of Medicine, J Clin Invest. 1971 March; 50(3): 507–513. Abstract:
The two enzymes required for de novo glutathione synthesis, glutamyl
cysteine synthetase and glutathione synthetase, have been demonstrated in
hemolysates of human erythrocytes. Glutamyl cysteine synthetase requires
glutamic acid, cysteine, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and magnesium ions
to form γ-glutamyl cysteine. The activity of this enzyme in hemolysates
from 25 normal subjects was 0.43±0.04 μmoleglutamyl cysteine formed per g
hemoglobin per min. Glutathione synthetase requires γ-glutamyl cysteine,
glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form glutathione. The activity of this
enzyme in hemolysates from 25 normal subjects was 0.19±0.03 μmole
glutathione formed per g hemoglobin per min. Glutathione synthetase also
catalyzes an exchange reaction between glycine and glutathione, but this
reaction is not significant under the conditions used for assay of
hemolysates. The capacity for erythrocytes to synthesize glutathione
exceeds the rate of glutathione turnover by 150-fold, indicating that
there is considerable reserve capacity for glutathione synthesis. A
patient with erythrocyte glutathione synthetase deficiency has been
described. The inability of patients' extracts to synthesize glutathione
is corrected by the addition of pure glutathione synthetase, indicating
that there is no inhibitor in the patients' erythrocytes.
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 Chelation is a recognized
treatment for heavy metal poisoning (such as lead and mercury)
 ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species)
are natural byproducts of oxygen metabolism in the body. Free radicals and
other byproducts are formed as a result of this metabolism, and at lower
levels can be very beneficial, but when too many of these byproducts are
formed the situation of oxidative stress occurs. Reactive oxygen species (ROS)
include oxygen ions, free radicals and peroxides both inorganic and
organic. They are generally very small molecules and are highly reactive
due to the presence of unpaired valence shell electrons. Oxidative stress
is a medical term for damage to animal or plant cells (and thereby the
organs and tissues composed of those cells) caused by excesses of these
reactive oxygen species, which include (but are not limited to) superoxide,
singlet oxygen, peroxynitrite or hydrogen peroxide. Superoxide is produced
deleteriously by 1-electron transfers in the mitochondrial electron
transfer chain. It is defined as an imbalance between pro-oxidants and
anti-oxidants, with the former prevailing. The causes of these excesses
are many, and include environmental influences of every type. Enzyme
activities are sometimes affected negatively, leading to greater
production of excess ROS, and heavy metals such as chromium, vanadium, and
others are said to be involved, now this new evidence that methylmercury
definitely plays a significant role in the pancreas. Cells are normally
able to defend themselves against ROS damage through the use of enzymes
such as superoxide dismutases and catalases. Small molecule antioxidants
such as Ascorbic acid (vitamin-C), uric acid, and glutathione also play
important roles as cellular antioxidants. Similarly, Polyphenol
antioxidants assist in preventing ROS damage by scavenging free radicals.
Studies are conflicting on some antioxidants such as Vit. E. The resulting
inflammatory processes are believed to be the result of these ROS excesses
and include cardiovascular disease, ALS, neurodegenerative diseases, and
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Sodium is a major mineral
that is essential to human health and life. Along with potassium it provides the
electrolytic "battery" that pumps nutrients in and out of cells. It also works
with potassium to maintain the proper balance of fluids inside and outside each
cell. The evolutionary assumption is that dietary sodium is not easily found in
the environment; therefore our bodies are set up to retain scarce and valuable
sodium. Sodium's partner, potassium, was plentiful in the evolutionary diet
(found in vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits) and so we do not retain
Modern humans run into
trouble when our modern "civilized" diet reverses the natural availability of
sodium and potassium - potassium is leached out of processed foods, and sodium
is used extravagantly as a flavor enhancer and preservative. Topsy-turvy!
Because this imbalance - and the lack of magnesium and calcium - is implicated
in high blood pressure disease, and because unnatural, manufactured table salt
is exclusively sodium chloride, sodium has gotten a bad rap!
Sea vegetables provide
bio-available, essential sodium balanced with potassium (as well as with calcium
and magnesium) at relatively low levels per serving. For instance, Dulse
contains less sodium per serving than one slice of most commercial breads and
one half to one third the sodium in one cup of cooked beet greens. Kelp has 1/3
as much sodium, Alaria ½, Dulse 1/8 and Laver 1/9 as 1/2 teaspoon of table salt!
In any case, a light rinse of whole sea vegetables before use lessens sea
vegetables' sodium and potassium content without effecting calcium or iron, etc.
Use rinse water for other cooking needs in place of table salt.
Susan Asanovic, M.S., R.D.,
states unequivocally, "Almost everyone, except renal, severely hypertensive and
CHF (congestive heart failure) patients, can enjoy Sea Vegetables in varying
amounts. Even patients on modified clinical diets can healthfully incorporate
moderate to liberal amounts of sea vegetables into their diets; consider
limiting table salt, shoyu, tamari, miso and processed foods. For patients on a
no-added-salt diet (about 2500 mg), sea vegetables can give just the right
saltiness, and are far better in nutrition and taste than commercial "lite"
salts. Used in moderation, they can be enjoyed in a typical serving of 5 to 10
grams (about 1/4 oz.)."
What about Iodine and Thyroid?
Dr. Ryan Drum, noted
herbalist and sea vegetable gatherer, states in "Therapeutic Use of Seaweeds"
(Proceedings of the 2001 Pacific Northwest Herbal Symposium) "Seaweeds, eaten
regularly, are the best natural food sources of bio-molecular dietary iodine...
no land plants are reliable sources of dietary iodine." For comparison, you
would have to eat about 40 lb. of fresh vegetables and/or fruits to get as much
iodine as you would from 1 gram of whole leaf kelp.
Iodine is the main component
of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland, which regulates our metabolism -
thyroid hormone accelerates cellular reactions, increases oxygen consumption and
basal metabolism, and influences growth and development, energy metabolism,
differentiation and protein synthesis.
Dr. Linda Rector Page,
author and herbalist, writes in "Healthy Healing" that "Iodine is
essential to life... it is an important element of alertness, and rapid brain
activity, and a prime deterrent to arterial plaque. Iodine is also a key factor
in the control and prevention of many endocrine deficiency conditions prevalent
today, such as breast and uterine fibroids, tumors, prostate inflammation,
adrenal exhaustion, and toxic liver and kidney states."
Some people are concerned about radioactive
iodine in seaweed. "Seaweed Man" Larch Hanson states that, "Since none of our
Seaweed selection grows near a nuclear reactor and for the fact that the
harvested Sea Vegetation is stored for 60 days before being put on the market,
all iodine 131 will have radioactively decayed anyway. As long as the body has
adequate iodine 127, it won’t absorb iodine 131."
Unfortunately, not all
iodine is good for us and the human thyroid cannot distinguish between life
sustaining iodine-127 and radioactive iodine-131. On this subject Ryan Drum
further warns, "The real reason for making sure that iodine consumption is at
the high end is to insure a full body complement of iodine at all times as
preventative medicine against nuclear or radiation contamination. A full body
load of iodine 127 from seaweeds (or any source) will tend to allow the body to
reject topical and air and food-source iodine 131, particularly from fresh
milk." Another important reason to get plenty of sea vegetables' Iodine 127 into
the thyroid is to prevent uptake of radioactive and toxic Iodine 131, which in
modern times has a background presence in our food and air supply, and which is
likely to be a major pollutant of a nuclear accident. By "loading" the thyroid
with healthy Iodine, we can maintain our health even if fallout levels increase
dramatically. On a cautionary note, Dr. Drum advises that those people who are
iodine sensitive should avoid the northern deep-water kelps that have
exceptionally large amounts of iodine. Sea vegetables such as Dulse, Nori, and
Bladderwrack have lower concentrations of iodine and may provide a good
In general, brown sea
vegetables (kelps) offer more bio-available organic iodine than red sea
vegetables (dulse and nori). Whole leaf KELP (Laminaria longicruris) has
approximately 450 mcg. (micrograms or parts per million) iodine per gram. Our
DIGITATA kelp (Laminaria digitata), has even higher amounts, about 5000 mcg. In
comparison, DULSE contains 50 mcg per gram. These amounts are approximations as
there is variation depending on season of harvest and the age of plant.
'SeaWeed Man' makes the following comments: "A researcher in Texas called me
and asked for samples of all my seaweeds. He was studying iodine so that an
iodine supplement could be developed. "Why?" I asked. "Well," he replied, "there
really aren't good supplements for iodine available to the general public. Your
seaweed research covers the subject pretty well, but now we have the perchlorate
problem." "Yes," I said, "I've heard a little bit about perchlorate. That's the
chemical that's associated with rocket fuel, and it's also released in a car
when the air bag is activated. It's associated with explosives, right?" "Right,"
he said, "and there's a lagoon of stale rocket fuel in Nevada, 250 million
gallons, that is leaching into the Colorado River. The Colorado River irrigates
the southwest U.S. and Mexico. 30% of this country's produce is grown in that
water system. The broad leaf vegetables like lettuce take up perchlorate, and
perchlorate blocks transport of iodine to the thyroid. So we have an epidemic of
hypothyroidism in this country, people who are overweight with sluggish
metabolisms." I thought for a moment, and then I said. "So that's why, when the
Challenger blew up and was scattered all across Texas, people were told that if
they discovered a piece of the rocket, to report it but not to touch it."
"Right," the researcher replied. "They were afraid of perchlorate contamination
of people and water. They had divers in ponds, searching for pieces. It's nasty
stuff." I said, "In my business, I encourage people to eat 3-5 grams of seaweed
each day, to protect their thyroids. 3-5 grams is about the same weight as 3-5
paper clips. That's approximately three 'Ocean Delight Sampler' packs per person
Finally, a cautionary note
about getting too much of a good thing. We all need between 150 and 1,100
micrograms in our daily diets to keep our thyroids healthy and prevent uptake of
radioactive Iodine. Healthy thyroids will "spill" unneeded iodine. But some
people with sensitive thyroids, particularly nursing mothers, postmenopausal
women, or anyone with an unusual thyroid dysfunction may have adverse reactions
to excess dietary iodine (most often if you decrease the intake of dietary
iodine the condition goes away.) Please consult with your health care
practitioner if you have any questions about your consumption of iodine.
Seaweed Protects the Thyroid from Radiation
Once upon a time, about a gazillion years ago, the animals in the sea with
spinal cords decided to base their regulatory hormones upon stable Iodine 127. A
bazillion years later, some of those animals decided to leave the sea and live
on the land where Iodine 127 was not abundant. Land plants don't contain much
iodine at all. So they developed thyroid glands and blood compounds that would
conserve scarce Iodine 127. All went well, until some near-sighted nuclear
scientists started splitting uranium atoms and creating radioactive Iodine 131
which concentrates through the food chain (from grass to cows to milk to humans,
for instance) and can end up in the thyroid, burning it out, leaving people
unable to self-regulate their lives. You see, Iodine 131 has a very short
half-life of 8 days. That means that within a period of two months, it emits
most of its radiation. And if that iodine 131 happens to be situated in the
thyroid while it is emitting its radiation, it will do great damage to the
thyroid gland. 25% of the women in this country, for instance, now have clinical
symptoms of thyroid imbalance. Why is this happening?
Iodine is a member of the halide group of elements that includes bromine,
chlorine, and fluorine. Compounds that contain these elements tend to displace
iodine from the body. Modern people are exposed to bromated dough conditioners
in commercially-produced bread, and bromine used in disinfectants (in hot tubs,
for instance). Bleach in the laundry and at the swimming pool contains chlorine.
Dentists use fluorides, and fluoride is used in toothpaste and drinking water.
All of these sources of chemicals, and more, are exposing us to halides that
displace iodine from our bodies. In the Southwest, the Colorado River system
that irrigates the fields that produce 30% of the vegetables consumed in our
country is contaminated by a lagoon of spent rocket fuel in Nevada that is
leaching perchlorate into the water. Perchlorate is taken up by broad leaf
veggies like lettuce, and it gets into the body and blocks transport of iodine
to the thyroid. If an air bag goes off in your car, your air is immediately
contaminated with perchlorate released by the explosive air bag.
There really aren't very good iodine supplements available to the public. If you
read a material safety data sheet for potassium iodide, you will understand the
negative side effects of long term use. The best long term strategy is to
integrate seaweed into one's daily diet. Then your thyroid will always have
adequate levels of stable Iodine 127 and will not take in radioactive Iodine
131. Digitata kelp has the highest iodine content, followed by kelp. Alaria has
moderate levels of iodine. All of these are good sources of iodine, provided you
don't roast them, releasing the iodine to the air. Learn a water-based method
that will work for you. Make soup and drink the broth at the same time you eat
the seaweed. Then your body will receive the iodine. If you are a raw foodist,
make a smoothie that includes kelp. Nori and dulse don't contain much iodine,
compared to kelp and alaria. Any commercial seaweed that is promoted as "tender"
or "convenient" or "ready to eat" probably has been subjected to a heat process
(parboiling, roasting) and thus the iodine content is lowered.
excerpts taken from the book "Electrical
Nutrition - A Revolutionary Approach to Eating That Awakens the Body's Natural
Electrical Energy" by Denie & Shelley Hiestand 2001
A word from the Author: To many
people, the concept of nutrition being an electrical process may be difficult to
grasp. It was not so long ago that I was part of that group. Perhaps
the best way to explain vibrational medicine is to give you a brief outline of
how I learned about our electrical make-up. I was introduced to
vibrational medicine, the umbrella term for all healing techniques pertaining to
the electrical function of the body, when some years ago I suffered from Chronic
I enrolled in specialized courses in yoga; massage; cell
electrology (the study of cell energy systems); Shen physio-emotional
release therapy; awareness release therapy; color, herb, crystal, and
naturopathic therapies; cell function physiology; lymphology; electrical stress
release; and other energy healing methods. It was soon obvious to me that
all of these therapies that I was studying were utilizing life-force energy in
one form or another in its various frequencies. These ideas are direct
from nature. Electrical nutrition is a key component in the electrical
reconstruction of the body. Perfect health and vitality is our natural
state of being.
Then why is it that record numbers of people are dying of
cancer and other degenerative diseases? Why is it that people in the
Western world are spending more on health-related problems now than in any other
time in history? Why is disease in all its manifestations at an all time
high? Why is it that Western society is riddled with discontent, emotional
dis-empowerment, and, for most, financial enslavement? Why is it that the
human experience has left most of the people on this earth, particularly those
living in the Western hemisphere, with a sense of abandonment and disconnection
from self and in a state of despair? How is it that the greatest
industrial achievements this earth as seen have seen have left our world
disharmonious, polluted, toxic, and out of stop with every aspect of nature?
We are electrical, and this is an electrical
universe, in which everything is interconnected. Disease states are
nothing more than an electrical malfunction, and vibrational medicine addresses
the causes of these malfunctions, not just the symptoms. Modern medicines can
have the effect of an electrical hand grenade in the body, whereas electrical
nutrition will help bring the body back into harmony. We have been fed
many health care mistruths and have accepted a health-care system that seems to
have promoted more disharmony, toxic effects, and death in the human body than
ever before. Many of the malfunctions that occur in the body are due to
When we embrace the electrical universe, we
have to come to terms with the reality of everything being an electrical
construct, carrying within itself an electrical matrix and interfacing with
everything on an electrical or energy level. To change any component of
the matrix is to effect change of the whole.
This concept totally displaces the particle
physics mindset and perhaps reassigns chemistry to kindergarten logic. We
live in an electrical universe, we are electrical, and everything we interface
with is electrical. Everything is an electrical action, not a chemical
reaction. The universe, this earth, the soil, the plants, the animals, and
us, have evolved in this electrical reality we call nature. For us to be
alive and healthy, the undistorted energy from all of nature has to be
transferred to our bodies. Any change, any distortion, any disharmony we
infuse into any part of our air, water, soil, or food is going to eventually
compromise our health.
Our entire modern food-handling process, where
the emphasis is on long shelf life, is in fact turning our food into poisons.
All processes or inputs that limit or slow down the fermentation of food turn
food into a potential disease-causing time bomb. The alteration of the
constituent ingredients of natural foods, the genetic manipulation of crops, and
manufacturing and processing change the electrical function and the electrical
matrix of food and make it almost impossible for our bodies to electrically
recognize its energy. We are killing the spark of life that is contained in
natures' bounty. Every time we allow ourselves or our children to drink a
can of soda, to have a cookie, to have some candy, to eat out of a packet of
preserved food, and to eat day after day a predominance of grain-based
manufactured foods (cereal, doughnuts, pasta, bread), we are causing within our
bodies electrical time bombs that will be guaranteed to slowly kill us and /or
our children. Strong words, indeed, but nevertheless, sadly, deadly true!
The rapid increase in cancer (which is just a
highly electrically damaged group of cells) is the almost guaranteed result of a
diet of processed and electrically distorted foods. We have been
struggling with ever-increasing levels of degenerative diseases for the
last number of years, and now with the dawn of the new millennium, we have
available to us an exciting new concept to embrace.
There are many electrical body bombs that can
compromise the body's immune system and endocrine system functions, which in
turn affects our health and well-being. When the body experiences ongoing
bombardment from various factors that compromise its electrical system, it
starts to manifest physical symptoms. These symptoms are than labeled by
the medical profession and are suppressed with the help of prescription drugs.
The original electrical short circuit goes un-repaired, so the body just keeps
getting increasingly unhealthy. Some of the downstream health issues stem
from grain toxicity and incorrect fermentation and food combining. Other
malfunctions are due to the bombardment of immunizations. The ingestion of
chemicals or simply the birthing process may also disrupt the electrical
circuitry of the body. Some of the common health problems that may result
from the assaults to the electrical system include obesity, lethargy, joint
degeneration, diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, emotional problems,
electrical malfunctions such as blood toxicity, low energy, hormone imbalances,
acne, and cellulite. Due to widespread damage to our electrical systems, our
immune systems have been continually under stress since childhood, and as we
progress through our life, our immune systems are never able to attain its full,
To clean up your body and get it functioning
at a higher lever, you have to make some life-affirmative changes and integrate
a few new processes such as drinking electrically "alive" water, detoxify,
exercise, cleanse your colon, eat electrically well by increasing protein,
fruits & veggies; and fortify against Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF's).
None of these suggestions in isolation will do everything for you, but put
together in balance they all add to the potential of each other. This is
the basis of electrical nutrition and vibrational medicine.
Glutathione is the
most important endogenous (made inside the body) antioxidant in the body. It is
the only antioxidant that can recycle itself. No other antioxidant can do that.
Some say “ Future increase of glutathione will be as natural as brushing teeth.”
The main function of glutathione is to maintain cellular redox homeostasis,
meaning it helps maintain the oxidation level of your cells.
Hemoglobin has to be in a particular state (reduced) before it can carry oxygen.
If it oxidizes, it cannot fulfill its job. It also has potentially widespread
health benefits because it can be found in all types of cells, including the
cells of the immune system, whose job is to fight disease.
Studies show that
glutathione protects the cell from damaging radicals that cause cancer and DNA
damage. A highly sensitive indicator of cell functionality and viability,
glutathione is a critical factor in protecting organisms against toxicity and
disease. Our cells’ own protective mechanisms rely on glutathione to do this.
Because glutathione exists within all types of cells, it is in a prime position
to neutralize free radicals and support widespread health.
Dr. Jimmy Gutman, the world's most-published author on the subject of
glutathione said, "Human health can be adversely affected by exposure to
radiation. This can come in the form of simple sunlight, to X-ray exposure and
more ominously, fallout from a failed nuclear reactor as seen currently in
whether resulting in a sunburn or in thyroid cancer, is caused by ‘ionizing’
radiation. It describes the release of free radicals from the molecules struck
by the radiation. Most readers by now can easily connect the dots linking
glutathione levels to protection from damaging rays.”
Glutathione is a
naturally occurring substance that acts as an antioxidant, an immune system
booster and a detoxifier. It can help your body repair damage caused by
pollution, radiation, infection, drugs, poor diet, aging, injury, trauma, and
glutathione levels protects cells from damage by the most dangerous of free
radicals (the hydroxyl-radical) released when ionizing radiation hits us.
Besides avoiding exposure to radiation, the next best thing to consider is
limiting the damage. Our cells’ own protective mechanisms rely on glutathione to
amount of balanced Redox Signaling Molecules in the cells and tissues helps recharge and activate the
native antioxidants that are already in the cells, making them much more
efficient. This enhances the natural protection mechanisms of the cell,
naturally, powering up the natural antioxidant shields that are already placed
there for just that purpose, making the healthy cells and tissues more likely to
be able to defend themselves.
well-known anti-oxidants are vitamins C and E. These are important for good
health because they neutralize free radicals. Because glutathione exists within
the cells, it is in a prime position to neutralize free radicals.
Glutathione (GSH) is a natural
biochemical that has the power to protect our bodies from the damage that
free radicals can inflict. These free radicals are molecules found in our
cells which have been affected by something called oxidation. As a result,
the molecules become unstable and lack at least one unpaired electron, and
this forces them to seek out other electrons in more healthy and stable
Without a good level of glutathione in the body,
these free radicals can cause serious damage. It is therefore essential that
we have antioxidants (glutathione) to protect us from these attacks and
ensure that good levels are maintained with a good diet, or glutathione
Glutathione is an endogenous antioxidant, which
means it is created naturally in our bodies. Antioxidants introduced via our
diet or in supplements are called exogenous antioxidants. However, diet
alone can rarely provide sufficient quantities to cope with all the free
radicals that are present in our bodies, although some supplements are
proving much more successful.
Varying levels of glutathione peroxidase can be
found in most fruit and vegetables, and whilst Glutathione peroxidase sounds
much the same as Glutathione (GSH), there is a difference. Both are
antioxidants, but one is naturally produced (Glutathione GSH) and the other
is introduced into the body by other means.
Some of the key foods to help maintain Glutathione
(GSH) levels are: Avocado, Asparagus, Broccoli, Garlic (which also has many
other benefits), Spinach and Tomatoes. Curcumin is also highly recommended
and this can be found in Turmeric. There have been suggestions that raw eggs
and unprocessed meat can also be included in the diet.
Food Sources that Boost Glutathione
Naturally as written by Priya Shah
Glutathione, the body's master antioxidant and detoxifier, is one of the 14
"Superfoods" listed in SuperFoods Rx : Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your
Life, co-authored by Dr Steven Pratt.
Glutathione levels cannot be increased to a clinically beneficial extent by
orally ingesting a single dose of glutathione. (1) This is because
glutathione is manufactured inside the cell, from its precursor amino acids,
glycine, glutamate and cystine. Hence food sources or supplements that
increase glutathione must either provide the precursors of glutathione, or
enhance its production by some other means.
The manufacture of glutathione in cells is limited by the levels of its
sulphur-containing precursor amino acid, cysteine.
Cysteine - as a free amino acid - is potentially toxic and is
spontaneously catabolized or destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract and
blood plasma. However, when it is present as a cysteine-cysteine dipeptide,
called cystine, it is more stable than cysteine.
Consuming foods rich in sulphur-containing amino acids can help boost
glutathione levels. Here are some food sources and dietary supplements that
help boost glutathione levels naturally.
It is derived from the amino acid L-Cysteine, and acts as a precursor of
glutathione. NAC is quickly metabolized into glutathione once it enters the
body. It has been proven in numerous scientific studies and clinical trials,
to boost intracellular production of glutathione, and is approved by the FDA
for treatment of accetaminophen overdose. Because of glutathione's mucolytic
action, NAC (brand name Mucomyst) is commonly used in the treatment of lung
diseases like cystic fibrosis, bronchitis and asthma.
Milk Thistle, Silymarin
Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant and supports the liver by preventing
the depletion of glutathione. Silymarin is the active compound of milk
thistle. It is a natural liver detoxifier and protects the liver from many
industrial toxins such as carbon tetrachloride, and more common agents like
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Made naturally in body cells as a by-product of energy release, ALA
increases the levels of intra-cellular glutathione, and is a natural
antioxidant with free radical scavenging abilities. It has the ability to
regenerate oxidized antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and helps to make them
more potent. ALA is also known for its ability to enhance glucose uptake and
may help prevent the cellular damage accompanying the complications of
diabetes. It also has a protective effect in the brain.
Natural Foods That Boost Glutathione Levels
Asparagus is a leading source of glutathione. Foods like broccoli (2),
avocado and spinach are also known to boost glutathione levels. Raw eggs,
garlic and fresh unprocessed meats contain high levels of sulphur-containing
amino acids and help to maintain optimal glutathione levels.
Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate
Whey protein contains proteins like alpha-lactalbumin which is is rich in
sulphur-containing amino acids. Heating or pasteurization destroys the
delicate disulphide bonds that give these proteins their bioactivity.
Undenatured whey protein is a non-heated product that preserves bioactive
amino acids like cystine. It has been shown in numerous scientific studies
and clinical trials to optimize glutathione levels.
Treatment of brain cells called astrocytes, with the Indian curry spice,
curcumin (turmeric) has been found to increase expression of the glutathione
S-transferase and protect neurons exposed to oxidant stress. (3)
Balloon Flower Root
Changkil saponins (CKS) isolated from the roots of the Chinese herbal
medicine, Platycodon grandiflorum A. DC (Campanulaceae), commonly called
Balloon Flower Root or Jie Geng, have been found to increase intracellular
glutathione (GSH) content and significantly reduce oxidative injury to liver
cells, minimise cell death and lipid peroxidation. (4)
Selenium is a co-factor for the enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Selenium
supplements have become popular because some studies suggest they may play a
role in decreasing the risk of certain cancers, and in how the immune system
and the thyroid gland function. However, too much selenium can cause some
toxic effects including gastrointestinal upset, brittle nails, hair loss and
mild nerve damage.
Unfortunately, because of the way the digestive
system works, very little benefit is obtained from our attempts to introduce
glutathione peroxidase into our bodies, as the amount that eventually
reaches its target is too small to help. This problem also applies to many
of the glutathione products that are available on the market.
An intravenous delivery of glutathione is the most
effective method, but most people would prefer something that can be taken
orally. The only alternative method that comes close to matching the results
obtained by the intravenous option is when glutathione uses a liposomal
delivery. The figures show that this is the only oral option worth
considering as it is able to deliver 90 percent of the glutathione into the
body (compared to 100 percent by injection). Other oral options struggle to
achieve much more than 5 percent (at best).
Research has shown that the production of
endogenous antioxidants (those created naturally in the body) decline as we
get older (this decline can start from around the age of 25) and continues
to fall as our age increases. Those suffering from premature aging and
degenerative diseases usually have very low levels of glutathione, so by
increasing these levels we can avoid many of the diseases that frequently
appear later in life, such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and even
some forms of cancer.
Glutathione was first discovered more than a
hundred years ago, but it is only in recent years that its true importance
has become apparent, without glutathione we can not survive.
Glutathione is our body’s main antioxidant and it
helps to boost our immune system and operates as a detoxifier. It can help
protect us against stress, toxic chemicals, drugs, ageing and a great deal
If glutathione was a manmade substance, it might be
considered the most important medical discovery of all time, as it clearly
has the ability to affect our lives in ways that are still being discovered.
Obviously, its ability to reduce many life
threatening diseases is a major factor, but it could also play an important
part in slowing down the ageing process and allowing us to live long and
Unlike other drugs that claim to achieve all of
these things, glutathione really does produce these results, and because it
exists naturally in our bodies, there are no harmful side effects to worry
about. Choosing a diet that helps to produce glutathione is certainly a good
idea, but taking a supplement (that uses the liposomal delivery) would seem
to be the best option.
Our body looses 10-15% of glutathione
every decade starting at age 20.
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