Hair Arsenic Levels in Dogs Eating Rice-based Dry Dog Foods

Pilot study indicates that dogs eating rice-based dry dog foods could be at risk for chronic arsenic exposure

 

Rice-consumption is considered a risk factor for chronic arsenic toxicity in humans. A pilot study conducted within the DogRisk research group at the University of Helsinki found that dogs eating rice-based dry dog foods had higher hair arsenic levels than dogs whose diet did not contain rice.

 

The study compared hair arsenic levels from seven dogs that were eating rice-based (having rice as first or second ingredient) dry dog foods and nine dogs whose diet did not contain any rice. All dogs were of the breed Staffordshire bull terrier and had been eating their diets for a minimum of one year prior to the study.

 

– Considering that dogs often eat the same food daily for long periods of time, sometimes even their whole lives, we need to acknowledge the risk for long-term accumulation of contaminants such as toxic metals. Arsenic is widespread in the environment and accumulates especially in the rice plant. Since rice is a common ingredient in dry dog foods, we wanted to know if this could be a risk for chronic arsenic exposure in dogs, says PhD student Sarah Rosendahl from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

 

According to the study, the dogs that were eating rice-based dry dog foods had higher hair arsenic levels compared to the dogs that were not eating any rice. The mean arsenic level in the dogs that were eating rice-based dry dog foods was also higher than the arsenic levels seen in dogs in previous studies.

 

– It was interesting to see that the dogs with the lowest arsenic levels were all eating raw food diets. For example, the dog with the most arsenic had a 3.5 times higher arsenic level than the dogs with the least arsenic, says Rosendahl.

 

Even though the difference in mean arsenic levels between the two groups was statistically significant, the difference was quite small. This means that from a toxicity viewpoint, the differences might not be significant. Research on arsenic toxicity in dogs is limited and has mostly focused on kidney damage associated with higher levels of arsenic than was seen in this study. However, a variety of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders, have been associated with low-level arsenic exposure in humans. Especially people eating gluten-free diets, in which rice is a common staple, have been found to have elevated arsenic levels.

 

– Based on what we know today, our results do not indicate that eating rice-based dry dog foods is toxic or dangerous for dogs. However, due to the negative health effects associated with chronic arsenic exposure in humans, we cannot ignore the possibility of similar effects in dogs. Until there is more research, it would be advisable to avoid feeding dogs rice-based diets for very long periods of time and instead feed a more varied diet, says Rosendahl.

 

The study used hair mineral analysis by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to measure arsenic levels from the dogs’ fur. This method has been widely used in human research, and lately it has been getting increasing attention in dog research as well. The benefit of using hair is that it gives a better reading of long-term levels, while blood levels can fluctuate rapidly. Based on the results of this study, hair mineral analysis can be considered an informative, cheap and non-invasive method to measure arsenic levels in dogs.

 

– We were very excited to confirm the usefulness of hair mineral analysis in this study. Hair mineral analysis is a very interesting method and we plan to use it in future studies as well, Rosendahl confirms.

 

Contact info: https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/sarah-v-rosendahl

 

Original article: https://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/early/2019/10/30/vr.105493

DOI: 10.1136/vr.105493

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Warning: Food is not Enough Anymore

By Dr. Kneale

You may have heard that taking vitamins and minerals is a waste of money and that you can get everything you need from your diet. They say, if you eat a variety of foods, you’re covered. Or if you are following a nutrient-dense diet full of great quality foods there is nothing to worry about.

Our grandparents did not need any supplements and they lived a long and healthy life. Why are we not seeing the same results?

I see clients every day with symptoms such as fatigue, skin issues, brain fog, exhaustion, as well as hair loss, digestive issues, migraines, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, and adrenal burn-out.

The list goes on and on.

I have clients experiencing bone loss in their 20’s, arthritis in their 30’s, diabetes in their teens and constipation in toddlers.

In my youth, I never heard of anyone with cancer; nowadays, it is rare to not know someone confronted with this deadly disease.

What has changed?

Our environment and lifestyle have changed immensely over a short period of time and continues to do so.

Why foods alone is not enough

1) Depleted Soil

Growing the same crops on the same land year after year will rob the soil of nutrients.

If we grow our fruits and vegetables on soil that is depleted of vitamins and minerals it will produce depleted fruits and vegetables. Soil is no longer rested and replenished; instead it is exhausted of nutrients and grown using petrochemical fertilizers that enhance growth. Admit it…you have seen an orange that looks like it has been taking steroids! Our foods are grown for quantity rather than quality.

The Organic Consumers Association cites several studies with similar findings of swindling nutrient levels in our food:

  • A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent[1]

(My note here: these are significant decreases in only 22 years!)

  • A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition.

“Efforts to breed new varieties of crops that provide greater yield, pest resistance and climate adaptability have allowed crops to grow bigger and more rapidly,” reported Davis, “but their ability to manufacture or uptake nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth.” There have likely been declines in other nutrients, too, he said, such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins B-6 and E, but they were not studied in 1950 and more research is needed to find out how much less we are getting of these key vitamins and minerals.[2]

Are you seeing a trend here? There is a “reliable decline” in many vital minerals and vitamins in the foods we eat. Our modern foods may fill the void of hunger but they are not building our bodies to maintain health.

2) Modern Food Quality (or lack thereof)

Our food supply is bombarded with thousands of artificial flavors, color enhancers, sweeteners, softeners, and chemicals to preserve it. Many are GRAS (generally recognized as safe) in small quantities. What has not been tested is how much we can tolerate safely and the interaction of having a toxic cocktail of more than one at a time which is common.

Two common toxins in our food:

Aspartame: technical name for the brand names such as  NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. Some common symptoms: dizziness, nausea, headaches, rashes, anxiety, and more.

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. [3]

MSG (Monosodium glutamate):  A flavor enhancer added to Chinese food, canned goods, vegetables and others. MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, the FDA has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions — known as MSG symptom complex[4] — include:

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Sweating
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
  • Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

 

All of these chemical variations to our food supply lowers the nutrients in the food we eat.

3) Toxic Exposure

We are exposed to toxins in the air we breathe, skin care products, make-up, EMF (electromagnetic fields: cell phone, Wi-Fi, etc..), food, water, and our body produces toxins.

We have to have essential nutrients in our body to be able to get rid of any toxins we are exposed to. When we do not have what we need, our body will use replacement parts to keep going. If your body needs zinc in the pancreas to make insulin and zinc is not available, your body will use a replacement part (toxic metal or less preferred mineral) in its place. Good news: the body keeps going. Bad news: replacement part is just that, a replacement part, so it does not work as well or as long and it is very common to notice unwanted symptoms.

4) Food Traveling Long Distance

All fruit and vegetables are picked before they are ripe so that they do not spoil by the time they get to the grocery store.  Many nutrients are supplied when our foods are ripe. From there, they have to travel many miles and lose more vital nutrients in transit.  If it is coming from another country, the food may be sprayed or irradiated to improve the shelf life. Food irradiation (the application of ionizing radiation to food) is a technology that improves the safety and extends the shelf life of foods by reducing or eliminating microorganisms and insects.[5]

5) Diets to Lose Weight

There are so many diets. I cringe to even say the word, mainly because most are terrible for our health, especially if the goal is to lose weight. Starving yourself of nutrients to lose weight can lead to a plethora of health issues.  When you are restricting calories, it is easy to become malnourished in minerals and vitamins. Do you know of someone who has lost a lot of weight but still looks and does not feel healthy?  One reason why is that they became nutrient depleted.

6) Poor Digestion

What we put in our mouth, our digestion has to deal with. Eating refined foods and chemicals has harmed our digestive system. There are many scientific studies that have shown that we absorb fewer nutrients from our foods as we age. Digestive enzymes naturally decline as we age. These enzymes help to break down and absorb nutrients from the foods we eat.  As a result, many people do not absorb nutrients well.  This creates a viscous cycle.

7) Athletes

Guess what happens when we exercise? We require more nutrients. I was working with a marathon runner that started getting many muscle cramps, shortness of breath when running and other symptoms. He had been running since he was in his teens, and is now in his 40’s. His hair tests showed he was low in many minerals. After improving his mineral balance with excellent quality mineral and vitamin supplements, his symptoms disappeared and he was able to enjoy running again.   I am not a big advocate for excessive exercise, but I have clients that live for it. Without enough nutrients, exercise and training can damaged your body and can cause injuries and other health issues.

 

8) Stressful Lifestyle

Stress alone uses up many more nutrients. It can deplete zinc, calcium, magnesium and others. Zinc can be eliminated from the body within hours of stress. Many people are rushing through their day; eating on the run.  Bad eating habits combined with lack of regular meals is like withdrawing from our bank accounts without making regular deposits.  Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system (fight of flight) which tends to use up nutrients more quickly and can impair digestion.

9) Health Issues

Do you suffer from any health issues? The body requires many nutrients to stay healthy and function well. Low nutrients in the body hinders our ability to heal.

I had a client that had a wound on his leg that would not heal. Shortly after he started taking the correct minerals and vitamins for his body, the wound healed completely.

10) Following the RDA (recommended daily allowance)

The RDA is the minimal amount you need of all vitamins and minerals. We want optimal health, not just enough mineral and vitamins to avoid showing symptoms. That would be like having a broken leg and asking the doctor to fix it so you could just walk. We would want our leg working optimally to be able to run, dance-not just sit. Do you want vibrant or just ok health?

11) Not Eating Organic

(Do a comparison at the local store of organic and non-organic cost)

What is organic food? Food that has been grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.

 

This next section is from Organic Food and What you Need to Know[6]

Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.

Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.

Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.

Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Feeding livestock animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically-raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.

Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.

Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.

Non organic foods have fewer nutrients and more toxins due to processing.

12) We Simply don’t eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Most people do not eat enough fruits and/or vegetables. We get many needed vitamins and minerals from both. In my practice I encourage a variety of vegetables and some fruits.

Center of Disease Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2010: A diet high in vegetables and fruits can reduce the risk for many leading causes of death and can play an important role in weight management.

This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that, in 2009, an estimated 32.5% of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day and 26.3% consumed vegetables three or more times per day, far short of the national targets (which was 75%).

These findings underscore the need for interventions at national, state, and community levels, across multiple settings.[7]

The belief that we get all of our nutrients from foods was once a valid argument, but sadly that is not the case anymore.

I have worked with over 30,000 clients and ALL of them benefited from taking nutritional supplements. Benefited how you might ask? Symptoms disappearing (see testimonials on this site), more energy, thinking clearer, and  simply just enjoying life.

To know how much and which supplements to take please click link: Which Supplements to Take

More information about Dr. Kneale DrKneale.com

[1] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

[2] Journal of the American College of Nutritionwww.jacn.org

[3] Dr. Mercola, Nov. 2011 Most Dangerous Substance Added to Food

[4] What is MSG? Is it Bad for You? Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.

[5] Food Irradiation: What you Need to Know https://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm261680.htm

[6] https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm/

[7] Center of Disease Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Sept 10, 2010 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5935.pdf

 

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Top 12 Remarkable Findings on a Hair Mineral Analysis

By Dr. Heather Kneale

 

Hair analysis is much more than a test for minerals.

From a small sample of hair, you can learn about your metabolic rate, immune system, adrenal and thyroid glandular activity, carbohydrate tolerance, energy levels, what food to eat, supplements for your body chemistry and more!

1)  Measures your energy level

We need energy to do what we want in our life. Energy is needed to take care of our family, play with our grandchildren, start a new business, share our talents, think clearly….just to name a few.

I started this program 13 years ago due to debilitating fatigue and a diagnosed pneumonia that I was told was incurable.  Just brushing my hair was exhausting. My day was going from the couch to the bed and back to the couch again. Crippling fatigue was with me always.

My 1st hair test revealed extremely low energy.  After a year on the program, I started to get a good day here and there and it just continued to improve from there. Eventually, fatigue was something in my past!

 

Many minerals are required for the production of energy within your cells. When energy is low, the body systems can break down. When energy production improves, symptoms and conditions can improve by themselves. The program helps to restore energy.

 

2)  A window into your cells

Hair analysis provides information directly about metabolism at the level of your cells; this is the site of many nutritional processes. Blood and urine are excellent for many types of tests, but they do not measure activity at the cellular level. The final endpoint of all vitamins, minerals, hormones, and others is the cells. With a hair test we can measure the cells directly and know if the vitamins and minerals are reaching their final destination.

Researching to figure out what was wrong with me, I did several blood tests which all indicated that everything was in range. It was quite frustrating as I wanted an answer to why my health was failing and more importantly what to do about it. My first hair test was alarming as calcium was in the 400 range (100 times too high!), magnesium was also extremely high, and potassium was 10 times too low. It may seem odd but I was relieved to have a test show that something was off.  These findings where not showing on my blood test since blood maintains the body at the expense of the tissues. Sure, as my body could no longer compensate we would eventually see the imbalances in the blood; it was so nice to start working on my health and knowing what I needed according to my cellular reading from a properly performed hair test.

3) Your visual hair analysis patterns

We use a system of interpretation that yields a lot more information when we evaluate your visual patterns on a properly performed hair mineral analysis.  Dr. Eck (founder and biochemist of ARL) calibrated charts used to assess these visual patterns.

A hair analysis pattern is a combination of mineral levels and/or mineral ratios that reveal how your body is responding to stress.

One visual pattern is the oxidation rate. Another is the four low pattern. Others are a four high electrolytes, calcium shell, hill, burnout patterns, and many more. Our experience with over half a million tests is that they are valid and extremely useful. There are at least 70 visual patterns that can be seen on a hair mineral analysis.

CASE STUDY: Client, Steven Q, 37 years old, started the program in 2008. On his first test it showed a 4 low pattern. He was addicted to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. He suffered from extreme joint pain throughout his body, as well as anxiety, arthritis, ADD, dandruff, depression, extreme fatigue, headaches, hostility, irritability, low self-esteem, mood swings, mind racing, and weight loss.  After five months on the program his joint pain and muscle cramps disappeared. He felt calmer and experienced less mental symptom. He had more energy. On his second hair analysis he came out of a 4 low pattern and released a whole lot of cadmium (10 times more than his previous test). Cadmium can be related to arthritis and joint pain.

4)  Determine your oxidation rate

The oxidation rate refers to the burning of foods in your body and how your body converts the foods you eat into energy. Some people metabolize carbohydrates and fats at a more rapid rate than others.   The hair analysis can reveal your oxidation rate. It is most helpful when trying to understand hundreds of symptoms and is used as a guide for your dietary and supplement recommendations.

Anxiety, irritability, aggressiveness, and gaining weight in the stomach area are common signs when someone is in fast oxidation.

Fatigue, sweet cravings, low blood sugar, depression, low blood pressure, constipation, gaining weight on the hips and legs can be due to slow oxidation. Global Nutritional Healing programs help to balance your oxidation rate. Click here for more information on the oxidation rate.

5)  Your autonomic nervous system assessment

Hair mineral analysis can evaluate and guide the correction of the activity of your autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system regulates many functions in the body. There are two branches of the autonomic nervous system which are the sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic branch activates the brain, muscles, thyroid, and adrenals and enables the body to respond to stress. The parasympathetic branch activates the liver, kidneys, spleen, stomach, small intestines and colon. Problems with this nervous system are very widespread and can cause hundreds of symptoms such as digestive issues, inability to eliminate metals, poor sleep, blood sugar problems and others.

Most people are quite revved up due to our fast pace of living and trying to fit everything in. This can show up on a hair test and we can help correct it.

6)  Your glucose tolerance

Many minerals are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates including manganese, zinc, and chromium. These minerals along with the NA/K and the CA/MG ratios which are ratios identified on the hair mineral analysis also provide information about glucose tolerance. Even toxic metals interfere with glucose metabolism. Insufficient carbohydrate metabolism reduces cellular energy production and can lead to many serious health conditions. The program can help improve diabetes, hypoglycemia, or other glucose issues.

7)  Detect toxic metals in your hair

Hair analysis is one of the few accepted methods to detect chronic toxic metal poisoning in your body however, it is not a drug test.

Toxic metals can contribute to heart problems, degenerative diseases, fatigue, depression, anxiety, infections and at least 1000’s of more symptoms! Metals that are deeply buried may require a year or more before they are revealed on the hair mineral analysis. Two common toxic metals are aluminum and cooper: 

Aluminum toxicity: Sources- cookware, aluminum cans, under arm deodorants, cosmetics, water supplies.

Symptoms- flatulence, headaches, dry skin and mucous membranes, tendency for colds, decaying teeth, anemia, burning pain in head relieved by food, heartburn, loss of memory, and mental confusion.

Copper toxicity: Causes and sources: zinc deficiency, congenital (from mom), birth control, vegetarian diets, and adrenal gland issues. Adrenal activity is needed to stimulate production of ceruloplasmin, the primary copper-binging protein. Decreased adrenal activity can cause insufficient ceruloplasmin production in the liver. Because of the insufficient ceruloplasmin, copper can accumulate in your body and cause problems.  70-80% of hair tests show weak adrenals glands.

Common signs of copper toxicity: adrenal insufficiency, any phobia, allergies, hair loss, anxiety, arthritis, autism, yeast infections,  high cholesterol, fears, headaches, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, infections, inflammation, panic attacks, PMS, schizophrenia, and anemia: can contribute to an iron deficiency that does not respond to iron therapy. Copper is required to convert iron so that it can be utilized. We call this type of anemia a “copper anemia” because a copper imbalance is the cause of the anemia.

8)  Assess your organ and gland activity

Mineral levels and ratios reflect the activity of your glands such as the thyroid and adrenal glands. By calculating your ratios on a hair mineral analysis, organ and glandular activity can be assessed. The adrenal and thyroid glands are the main energy producing organs in your body. They work together to produce energy.

If both of these glands are underactive, you can experience fatigue or lack of energy and many other symptoms.

If they are overactive, you can experience energy but only for a limited amount of time as it is unstable. On the program the goal is to help these glands so that they are functioning at optimal levels so you have the maximum amount of energy to enjoy your life.

9)  Understand your behavior

Hair mineral analysis is a powerful tool to identify and correct biochemical causes of any mental and behavioral conditions. Minerals control neurotransmitters and their active chemicals. All toxic metals are neurotoxic. We’ve helped many clients with depression, anxiety, phobias, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, attention deficit disorder, learning disorders, and many more.

Case Study: K.C. age 67, started program in February 2010 due to schizophrenia and obsessive/compulsive disorder. She heard voices constantly and took medications to help her cope. Her first hair test showed an elevated zinc level (this is a hidden copper toxicity indicator). After four months on the program, her retest  showed copper toxicity. It was twice the ideal level. She also showed mercury eliminating.  After six months on the program she was no longer hearing voices and she felt mentally and physically better than she had in decades. We can heal at any age.

10)  Any dietary problems you might have

The test contains a number of indicators revealing your diet is inadequate or imbalanced.

For instance low protein intake is often seen with low phosphorus in most cases. Low phosphorus is related to arthritis, fatigue, fragile bones, tooth decay, and weak muscles.

Excessive carbohydrate intake can be related to a high CA/MG ratio and can be related to sugar problems in your body.

Eating fish is related to mercury toxicity which has many symptoms such as hair loss, loss of appetite, blushing, depression, skin problems, fatigue, hearing loss, insomnia, memory loss, migraines, mood swings, nervousness, thyroid dysfunction, vision loss and others.

Nickel is found in hydrogenated vegetable oils, commercial peanut butter, teas, margarine, and others. Possible conditions associated with nickel are heart problems, low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, skin problems, muscle tremors and others.

M.C. 48 years old, showed eight times the acceptable amount of nickel on her hair analysis. She was drinking a lot of tea and eating commercial peanut butter; both of these products contain nickel. She had symptoms of nickel toxicity which were skin issues and nausea.

11) Reduce the guesswork for your nutritional therapy

Ever found yourself walking through a supplement isle and think you could use every single one?

A hair mineral analysis offers a method of reducing the guesswork in recommending you a food plan and supplements based on what your body currently needs.

For instance, a very low calcium and magnesium level with an elevated sodium and potassium level on a hair mineral analysis indicates an alarm stage of stress in which the body excretes calcium and magnesium. One would need more calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin A. Giving excessive vitamin C or B vitamins can worsen the body chemistry.

A pattern unique to this program is the 4 low pattern. Dr. Paul Eck discovered that these clients needed calcium, magnesium and zinc. Giving a 4 low client B vitamins, adrenal or thyroid glandular products, large amounts of vitamin C, or Vitamin E does not work for these clients and can make them not only feel worse but cause a greater imbalance in their body chemistry (exactly what we do not want to do).

12)  Monitor your progress

Comparing the results of repeated hair mineral analysis over a period of time is an excellent way to monitor your changes in body chemistry and to also make sure that the program is still correct and you’re heading in the right direction. We recommend getting retests every 4 to 6 months.

M.L. 68, just emailed me this week. Below is a copy of her email which she allowed me to share:

Today my new rheumatologist at Stanford told me there is no sign of my lupus now, all the labs are normal. Is that amazing or what!? Kidney function is normal.

I may have told you that my cardiologist at Stanford told me my arteries are clear now and I don’t need to see him regularly but call him if I have a problem.  I’m dumping doctors left and right.

Best to you, M.L.

Utilizing a hair mineral analysis, Global Nutritional Healing programs continues to support those who are seeking a deep level of healing.

Find a practitioner to get started!

 

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Why Fatigue Can Occur on This Health Program

by Nikki Moses © May 2013

 

On a Global Nutritional Healing program, one of the key things we work to accomplish is increasing energy production in the body. That is why many people are surprised when they experience a bout of fatigue at some point after starting the program. Almost everyone on this program experiences one or more of these episodes of fatigue. It is one of the most common symptoms of healing. There are various reasons for this, one or more of which will apply to you at different points along your healing journey.

 

It takes energy and the right nutrients to heal. When your body has enough of both of these, it can heal just about anything. This is important to know, because it relates to much of what follows.

 

REASONS FOR FATIGUE DURING HEALING

 

  1. The Body Gets Nutrients it Needs and Diverts Existing Energy to a Healing Process: “Once the building materials get here, we can start rebuilding this house!”

 

The first thing to know is that it takes a lot of energy to accomplish any type of healing. When you start on the supplements and diet, you are getting the exact combination of nutrients you need, maybe for the first time in years. Your body has likely been quite aware of many issues it has wanted to correct, such as toxic metals, infections, damaged tissue, etc., but without the proper nutrients, your body couldn’t address these issues. Now that it is getting the correct materials it needs, your body will dig in and start to fix these long-term issues, and it will suddenly start using a lot of energy to do this, and you may feel tired or more fatigued while the healing is happening.

 

To use an analogy: imagine you had a house to rebuild, and you had a construction crew waiting to start but didn’t have any building materials. The crew would just be sitting around and would have energy to do other things. That’s the state of most people’s systems today: they have some crew members (some energy) but do not have the building materials (the nutrients they need), so the body isn’t doing much repair. Therefore, the energy the body is making is entirely available to the person for their day-to-day living.  (Of course, this energy can be very slight in the case of people who are already very fatigued before they start the program, but the analogy still applies.)

 

Now, in our analogy, what happens when you deliver the building materials to the crew? They dive in and start to work, and all of their energy goes to rebuilding the house. That’s exactly what happens in your body. It finally has what it needs to heal, so it pulls energy away from your day-to-day living (your muscles, your brain, etc.) to direct it towards using those nutrients to repair and heal. You may now suddenly feel even more tired than before you started, but it is not a result of less energy production in your body. In fact, your energy production has likely increased by this point.

 

The body cells are programmed to make the internal environment perfect. The genetic coding is such that this is always a priority for the cells. Your cells don’t care that you need to go to work or want to go socialize or even raise children. They want to heal. So the moment the body is able to do so, it will divert energy to healing.

 

  1. Energy Increases Enough to Tackle a Large Healing Process: “We need more crew members to lift this huge beam!”

 

This is a variant on number 1 above. In number 1, the body needed more nutrients to heal (building materials). In this one, the body needs more energy to heal something (more crew members). Some healing jobs take more energy than is currently available. So the body waits to address the problem until it has enough energy. In our construction analogy, this would be like having a huge beam that needs to be elevated, but you need 5 crew members to do the job and you only have 3, so there’s not enough energy to lift the beam. So the 3 guys sit around waiting for the other 2 to arrive. When the other 2 arrive, everyone gets up and the work begins again as they lift the beam.

 

In the body, you may not feel much fatigue while the “sitting around” period is occurring. The body is meanwhile working to do smaller healing jobs that raise the energy level. As the energy comes up, you will often feel better and better and can even feel really good. But then once enough energy is now available, it’s time to go to work, and you are suddenly drained of your energy as it is all sent to do the big healing job. This can be very confusing, because you were feeling so good before the healing reaction happened, and now you suddenly don’t feel good. It is tempting to think something suddenly went wrong, but of course, that isn’t the case. Experienced clients on the program get to the point where when they feel really good, they laugh and say, “I wonder what big thing is going to start healing next!”

 

So the diet and supplements are providing a continual flow of nutrients (the building materials), and your body is continually building up the energy systems (adding more and more crew members), and all of this allows even more healing to occur. Now, it may be a while before your body takes a break from healing and allows you to feel these increases in energy, or you may find you go in and out of healing phases, in which case you will feel ups and downs in your energy. Eventually, of course, enough healing is done that you are able to fully feel and enjoy the usually large increases in your body’s energy production.

 

  1. Removal of Stimulant Toxic Metals: “Taking away the crew’s coffee.”

 

Another cause of fatigue is the removal of stimulant toxic metals. Our bodies are very smart, and they will hold onto toxic metals to keep tired adrenals and other energy glands running. Most people today are quite propped up by these toxic metals, and it can seem like they have plenty of energy. It is just like a person who is getting by on 12 cups of coffee per day; they can seem quite energetic.

 

When you start the program, your body realizes it will finally get to fix the energy systems and will finally be able to make real, nutrient-based energy, and it doesn’t need the toxic sources of energy. The body will then start releasing these toxic metals, and you may suddenly feel tired because the stimulant is no longer there. Just like the coffee drinker — if he suddenly went down to 2 cups of coffee per day, he might feel more tired. We call this process “getting rid of crutches,” because the body has been using these metals as crutches to get by.

 

The truth of the matter is that most of us are like a tired horse being whipped to go faster. The toxic metals whip the adrenals — and even the thyroid — to go faster, and we feel like we have more energy than we really do. When you stop whipping a tired horse, what happens? He slows down. And it’s a very good thing he does because he can’t run like that forever. The same goes for your body: you can’t live on these toxic metals forever. Your body needs to release them, and it’s okay for it to slow down while it does this. Your body will only release these metals when it knows that it can replace that energy with healthful energy. That is why these fatigue episodes are temporary. Your energy will climb again and you will feel better, which may be followed by another release of more toxic metals, causing another temporary bout of fatigue, and so on.  Think of it as a roller-coaster that climbs higher and higher but has many dips along the way.

 

This process can be seen on a hair test graph. The sodium and potassium levels (which reflect adrenal energy) are almost always propped up by toxic metals. Therefore, these readings often look better than they really are (this is often true even when the readings are very low, meaning without the toxic metals, these levels would be even lower or non-existent.) When the stimulant metals are released, the sodium and potassium levels can fall on the test graph. If this happens quickly, one can feel extremely tired and even depressed, and if these symptoms are severe, it is important to contact your practitioner so that she can tell you what to do to help you through it. The body then continues to heal the adrenals, and the sodium and potassium levels rise again. These readings may yo-yo up and down for a while on the program as the body converts toxic-source energy to real energy.

 

Other stimulants affect the body, too, such as too much exercise, sugar in the diet, caffeine, alcohol, medications, cigarettes, etc.  Stopping the use of any of these can also cause temporary fatigue.

 

  1. Dumping Toxins Takes Energy to Accomplish: “Getting the asbestos out of this house is hard!”

 

Another cause for fatigue is that the toxin itself can be very draining on the system when it dumps. It may take a lot of work for the kidneys, liver, etc. to process it out. The person’s fatigue will lift once the toxin is finished being eliminated. Cadmium, for example, can make a person extremely tired when it is coming out. This metal is very hard to get rid of, and it takes a lot of energy to remove it.

 

  1. Tissue Repair: “Gutting the entire house” and “Closed for business during repairs.”

 

I have found that one of the most fatiguing processes in the body is tissue repair. This is when the body breaks down damaged tissue to replace it with healthy tissue. This can occur in almost any part of the body and is an important part of the healing process. By the time most people start this program, they have weak cells and weak tissue structures all over their bodies that are hindering proper strength and functioning of the organs, joints, bones, etc. It is quite amazing that the body can repair all of these tissues, but it certainly takes a lot of energy to do so. So you can feel very fatigued while a tissue repair is occurring. Additionally, while that particular tissue is healing, it may be “closed for business during repairs,” meaning the organ or area of the body may function less during the healing. This can directly cause fatigue if the organ that is healing is involved in energy production, such as the adrenals or thyroid.

 

  1. Clearing Old Infections: “Oh, no! We have mold!”

 

Almost everyone today has old, chronic infections stuck in the body in various places, such as the gums, teeth, sinuses, ears, lungs, liver, intestines, etc. These include parasites, viruses, fungus and yeast, and bacteria. Why this happens is that when the person originally was exposed to the infection, if the body was deficient and tired, it couldn’t fully fight off the infection, so it did what it could to keep it at a low level until it had the resources to fully finish the job. Unfortunately, for most people today, the resources do not later become available to finish the job, and the body continues to “collect” these infections.

 

These infections are quite draining on the body, and they emit toxic substances and damage tissues. On the program, the immune system gets stronger, and energy increases so that the body can now fully fight these infections off. The body will systematically get rid of these infections one by one, and when it is in the process of getting rid of one, you can feel a lot of fatigue. That may be the only symptom you experience, so you may not know it is occurring. But often one also experiences other infection symptoms, such as a runny nose, a cough, night sweats, fever or chills, pain in the infected tissue, etc. which are all caused by the immune system doing its job to clear the old infection.

 

  1. Retracing Old Fatigue Patterns: “Peeling off the layers of wallpaper.”

 

As your body heals, it has to go back through and retrace or “re-experience” old body chemistry patterns. It is almost as if the body is rewinding itself back through time. It is removing adaptations and compensations it had made along the way so that it can now properly heal the body tissues. It’s like having 20 layers of wallpaper that have been built up for years. Each time a prior wallpaper had gone bad, instead of fixing it, the owners stuck another paper on top (an adaptation). To remove these layers, you have to peel them off one at a time. Sometimes when you do this, you expose an even worse layer underneath, and now you have to re-experience that worse layer of wallpaper until you can peel that one off. For the body, this means that when the body removes an adaptation (a layer of wallpaper), you can pass back through an earlier pattern that was a source of fatigue (the deeper, awful layer of wallpaper), and you can temporarily experience the fatigue again while the body properly rebuilds the area.

 

  1. Temporary Shifts in Hormones: “The dust will fly.”

 

Your body is going to go through hormonal changes while it heals. Depending on which hormone levels are changing, one can experience bouts of fatigue.  The hormones will rebalance again, and the fatigue lifts.

 

  1. A Shift in Body Chemistry Requires Changes to the Supplements: “Oops, we need new building plans. Call the architect!”

 

There are times when a person’s body chemistry has changed sufficiently that the supplements need to be changed. In this case, the fatigue can be caused by being on the wrong supplements. This can occur to people coming out of a Four Lows pattern who now need another program. It can also occur to people in Fast Oxidation who shift into Slow Oxidation. Other body chemistry shifts can also require a change in supplements which could affect a person’s energy level. That is why it is important to stay in touch with me, so I can spot this and correct it where necessary. I will often temporarily change your program until it is a good time to do a retest. And, of course, this is why retests in general are so important so that we can ensure your program stays correct for you.

 

  1. Lifestyle and Other Factors Can Cause Fatigue: “The crew stayed out drinking all night.”

 

There are times when a person’s fatigue is not related to a healing reaction and is simply the result of not getting enough rest, enduring emotional upsets or stress, eating too much sugar, not drinking enough water (hydration is very important for energy), etc. So if you are feeling fatigue, be sure to check that you are following all of your program recommendations closely.

 

THE FATIGUE CAN SOMETIMES FEEL SEVERE

 

Some of these bouts of fatigue can feel so severe as to be alarming to the person going through them or to the person’s family members. I’ve commented many times to clients that one can feel so tired that even the effort of picking up a remote control to change the channel on TV feels difficult (I’ve personally experienced this particular level of fatigue during some of my healing reactions and have gotten laughs from clients who have been through it, too).

 

Some people get scared if this much fatigue occurs, and it’s important to know not to be scared. These severe fatigue bouts are normal and usually pass within a matter of hours to, at most, a few days. That said, some people do feel more extended periods of extreme fatigue during prolonged, deep healing episodes, so don’t be afraid if it lasts longer, and please contact your practitioner for guidance if such occurs. Another thing to be aware of is that the body will sometimes move quickly from one healing reaction to another with no breaks in between, which can make one feel continually tired for a longer period of time, and again this is nothing to be concerned over; all it means is you have a very eager crew!

 

FATIGUE AND DEPRESSION

 

Fatigue and depression often go hand-in-hand. While people commonly think of fatigue as a symptom that can be caused by depression, the opposite can be true: depression can be caused by fatigue. When the body is very tired, it wants you unmotivated so that you rest more. If you think about it, what is one of the biggest symptoms of depression? You don’t want to do anything, and you just want to lie around all day. So depression can be the body’s way of telling you that it needs you to slow down and rest. There are, of course, other reasons for depression, and during healing reactions, these other reasons can be at play, such as dumping toxic copper, retracing a Calcium Shell (a Calcium reading over 165), temporarily reduced hormone production, retracing a traumatic event, etc. It is important to get a hold of me if you encounter depression, but at the same time, do not worry: the depression most often passes just as soon as the fatigue is gone or when the particular healing process is completed.

 

WHEN WILL I GET FATIGUED AND HOW LONG WILL THE FATIGUE LAST?

 

It is nearly impossible to predict when fatigue episodes will occur and how long they will last. Each person is different and heals at a different pace. Genetic factors do come into play here, as does the degree of imbalance the person had when starting the program. Some people feel more energy the first few weeks on the program and then hit an episode of fatigue. Others experience the fatigue almost immediately. Some can go months before experiencing their first bout of fatigue. Of course, many people start the program severely fatigued, and they may notice only subtle ups and downs in the beginning, and over time the swings can be more noticeable as their energy comes up. And remember, a lot of healing takes place at night while you sleep, so it isn’t uncommon to wake up in the morning feeling very fatigued.

 

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH THESE EPISODES OF FATIGUE

 

  • Do your best to rest. Rest as much as possible. Even small 5-minute naps or resting periods can be very helpful during this time.
  • Coffee enemas can be very helpful to speed the healing along and to reduce stress caused by the removal of toxic substances, removal of infection residues, etc.
  • Rub your feet. (I know it sounds too simple to be true, but it really is helpful.)
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat every few hours, and simple meals may be best. You will want to eat easy-to-digest meals, because digestion takes energy. You may find you have a reduced appetite during these episodes. Be sure not to stop eating altogether, because allowing your blood sugar to dip will cause further fatigue. So even if not hungry, eat a little something every few hours.
  • Avoid eating sugar, as it further stresses your adrenals.
  • If you are a slow oxidizer, avoid eating a lot of fats, since these will slow your metabolism.
  • Have patience with yourself and the process — try to embrace the fatigue as a good thing, which it is. You may have to ignore family and friends if they discourage you from continuing the healing or if they pressure you to remain very active while tired. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty for resting. This rest is not laziness — it is what your body needs in order to heal. Your health is the single most important investment you can make, and remember that you will gain more productive time in your life, because you are taking the time now to heal and prevent future illness.
  • Do a hair retest if you are due for one.
  • Contact your practitioner if the fatigue is prolonged or severe or if depression is present.
  • Reducing your supplements can sometimes slow the healing reaction and relieve the fatigue. If you really need a break from the fatigue, you can try taking fewer doses of your supplements or take smaller amounts at each dose or stop the supplements altogether for a few days. This won’t always work; it depends on what is causing the fatigue. For example, if you are on Megapan, Thyro Complex, or Endo-Dren, these support the energy systems and can assist during fatigue, so stopping them can worsen the fatigue. This is especially true if your sodium and potassium levels have dropped due to releasing a stimulant. On the other hand, these same supplements can cause a continuation of the fatigue if they are forwarding a different kind of healing reaction, such as a tissue repair. Whether or not stopping any particular supplement will relieve fatigue has a lot to do with what is causing the fatigue. So it can be complex, and it is often best to contact your practitioner if you encounter trouble. And please do not add any new supplements to your program without checking with your practitioner first, as some supplements may create a negative change in your body chemistry.

 

In summary, bouts of fatigue while on this program are a great sign the program is actually bringing about healing. So expect that fatigue will occur on the program, and do your best not to worry when it happens. Don’t give up, embrace the fatigue as a good thing and a natural part of healing, take it easy as much as you can, remind yourself that it is temporary, and contact your practitioner for help whenever needed.

 

Here’s to rebuilding your home into the magnificent structure it was always meant to be!

 

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Hair Mineral Analysis and Your Oxidation Type

By Dr. Heather Kneale © June 2018

Using Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) we can assess:

  • Rate at which your body releases energy from food (metabolism)
  • Feedback on if the diet is correct for your body chemistry
  • How to improve your energy with food guidelines and specific supplements

Dr. Paul Eck, biochemist and founder of ARL (Analytical Research Labs), was the first person to identify and correlate hair mineral ratios with oxidation types.

There are two oxidation types: Slow and fast.


Slow Oxidation

HTMA reveals:

  • A Calcium/Potassium (Ca/K) ratio that is > 4
  • A Sodium/Magnesium (Na/Mg) ratio that is < 4.17

80% of all hair charts show slow oxidation.

An individual that releases energy from foods too slowly. To help a slow oxidizer get more energy we have to speed up the oxidation rate.

Diet includes: high-quality proteins, preferably organically grown cooked vegetables, and a moderate portion of specified complex carbohydrates. These foods help to improve blood sugar, support the adrenals and thyroid activity, and improve energy levels.

There is not one diet plan that fits all. We are recommending a guideline to get you started.  We do not know the exact recipe that is going to work for you. Over time and working with your practitioner, you will get to know what foods are best for you.

Common symptoms of slow oxidation:

  • Sweet cravings
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Chronic allergies
  • Low energy
  • Low mood
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Do not sweat easily
  • Tendency for constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Tend to feel cold
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Can carry weight in lower body (hips, thighs)
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Underactive adrenals

Fast Oxidation

HTMA reveals:

  • A Calcium/Potassium (Ca/K) ratio that is < 4
  • A Sodium/Magnesium (Na/Mg) ratio the > 4.17

An individual who releases energy from foods too quickly.  To help give a fast oxidizer more long lasting energy  we have to slow down the oxidation rate.

Diet includes: high-quality preferably raw fats and oils. They also need plenty of cooked vegetables and some high quality animal protein daily. They require less carbohydrates than slow oxidizers. Sugars and refined starches are particularly harmful for fast oxidizers.

Common symptoms of fast oxidation:

  • High blood sugar levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Sweat easily
  • Inconsistent energy
  • Oily hair
  • Oily skin
  • Flush, reddish appearance
  • Water retention
  • Can carry weight in the abdomen and trunk
  • Aggressive personality type
  • Frequent or loose stools
  • Nervous energy
  • Anxiety
  • Tend to be warm
  • Excessive activity of the thyroid
  • Excessive activity of the adrenal glands

Mixed Oxidation

It is a transition state into either slow or fast oxidation. A mixed oxidizer often experiences a combination of symptoms from both fast and slow oxidation and may need a mixed food plan.

A mixed oxidizer has an erratic metabolism. To give more energy we need to stabilize the oxidation rate.

Our go to cookbook is , Joyful Cooking, by Joy Feldman.

Your oxidation type can be determined from a properly performed HTMA.

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