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More Pain for Pain Killers

The heart risks associated with taking over the counter pain killers for daily aches and pains is becoming a major debate. Some of the popular pills out there are Celebrex, Diclofenac, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and Aspirin. The search for a good pain killer has always been frustrating. Opioids like Vicodin work great—except they’re addictive.  Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is powerful—but it can wreck your liver. Even aspirin with all of its known heart benefits, can lead to internal bleeding. Now there’s more painful news for people suffering from conditions like severe arthritis: researchers have confirmed heart risks for those taking large doses of two popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

A University of Oxford study reports that the NSAIDs diclofenac and ibuprofen have heart risks similar to those NSAIDS that have already been banned. The study made clear that the danger increases significantly if a patient already has heart problems. The Oxford study found that for every 1,000 patients taking high-dose prescription declofenac or ibuprofen there are three additional heart attacks, four heart-failure events and one death. That difference might seem small, but it becomes significant in proportion to a person’s existing underlying heart-attack risk without the drugs.

Cardio, Cancer and Immunity– Iodine Intake

Every cell in your body contains and utilizes iodine, and is an ongoing, DNA-driven process throughout life. The current iodine deficiency crisis absolutely merits consideration. The facts reflect that, on a daily basis, iodine is essential to life itself. The most recent National Health and Nutrition Survey found that in the U.S., human iodine levels declined 50% over the 30-year period of 1971-2000. Currently iodine deficiency affects 72% of the world’s population.

What are the foremost causes of iodine deficiency?:

1) Low to no ocean fish or sea vegetable intake.

2) “Sea” or “real” salts that in fact do not contain adequate amounts of iodine  to maintain healthy iodine levels.

3) Inadequate use of iodized salt, especially with “low sodium” diets.

4) Drinking chlorine residue-rich water from high chlorine levels in treated municipal water.

5) Ingestion of fluorine in municipal water supplies.

6) Intake of bromine in foods and beverages, such as brominated vegetable oils and carbonated drinks.

7) Over consumption of bromine bakery products, such as breads, pastas, and cereals.

8) Radioactive iodine used in medicine exacerbates iodine deficiency.

9) Declining daily overall mineral uptake levels, such as soil erosion, monoculture-based farming, highly processed food, etc

10) Radioactive pollution and exposure emanating from nuclear power plant leakage, and possibly extreme exposure to cell phone radiation. 

Fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine are called “halogens” or “salts” in group 17 on the periodic table, and they all have precisely seven electrons in their outer shells. Based on atomic weight, fluorine, chlorine, and bromine are able to “displace” iodine because they can attach to the same receptor sites.   Without sufficient iodine the body is unable to synthesize some of the thyroid hormones. Because these thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body, playing a role in virtually all physiological functions, they can have a devastating impact on health.

Too Hard to Stomach

The risks associated with antacids might outweigh the potential benefits they offer.  Do you know what proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are?  They are a specific group of antacid medications designed to reduce the body’s natural acid production. Unfortunately, they may provide more than the user bargained for.

PPIs are commonly prescribed for gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD), which is a condition where gastric contents pass into the esophagus with associated symptoms such as chest pain, dysphasia, disturbed sleep, chronic cough, wheezing, and hoarseness. The proposed etiology is that GERD is caused from too much acid in the stomach refluxing into the esophagus. Treatment is suppose to suppress acid secretion from the parietal cells of the stomach.

The majority of those suffering from gastric reflux may actually be suffering from too little acid (hypochlorhydria), which is contrary to the current theory of reflux being caused by too much acid. People who have low stomach acid levels commonly have symptoms of chronic gas, flatulence, bloating, and constipation of diarrhea. The weak acid environment slows digestion.

The protein in their food sits in the stomach and putrefies instead of digesting. This faulty digestive process is associated with weak acids, not highly acidic hydrochloric acid. These acids trickle up the open door into the esophagus causing the pain called “gastric reflux.”

The barrier that prevents acids from traveling from your stomach up into your esophagus is called the esophageal sphincter. This special muscular “door” keeps acid in the stomach and is controlled by special nerves called the vagus and splachnic nerves.  The proposed management of this condition is to identify any spinal misalignments affecting the nerves that control esophageal spincters, as well as supplementation with betain HCL.

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