Sunday, February 2, 2014

Your Adrenal Glands

Feeling a little tired or anxious? Having trouble with sleep? Time to look to Adrenal Function.







Quick anatomical and physiological description:
The adrenals are two small glands weighing 3-5 grams and located just above the kidneys. They have a high rate of blood flow per gram and a high Vitamin C content per gram in the body. The outer zone is called the Cortex and accounts for 80-90% of gland secreting your steroids (cortisol, DHEA-S and aldosterone). The inner zone called the Medulla comprises of 10-20% of gland and secretes catecholamines (epinephrine and nor epinephrine). Remember the three main adrenal stress hormones are :
Cortisol
DHEA
Epinephrine


Symptoms of Adrenal Gland Problems


  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Anxious/Nervous/Irritability
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • Craving for sweets
  • Dry and thin skin
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Food allergies & sensitivities
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Low body temperature
  • Mental depression
  • Poor memory
  • Premenstrual tension



 




A normal rhythm for the adrenal glands would be highest secretion in the morning and lowest in the evening.  This is called the circadian rhythm. Anything that disturbs that rhythm can be influenced by
mental/emotional, biochemical and physical stressors.

How can you evaluate your adrenal glands function?

If you have a hard time rising in the morning or have a low energy throughout the day, as well as poor blood sugar regulation you may have abnormal adrenal function. Your cells are having difficulty producing energy. If there is reduced tissue repair and increased tissue breakdown, you may have muscle and joint wasting with chronic pain.

If the morning cortisol levels are elevated we do not build well and prone to osteoporosis. Stress is the enemy of the bones especially in women.

Various immune cells ( white blood cells) cycle in and out of the spleen and bone marrow. The immune system follows the cortisol cycles so if there is disruption especially at night, the immune system is adversely affected.

It has been known that short and long term stress suppresses the immune response to the lungs, throat, urinary and intestinal tracts. This can reduce the surface antibody - secretory IgA. Thus, resistance to infection occurs and allergic reactions are said to increase.

If you have sleep disturbance it may mean your cortisol levels are high interfering with REM sleep. If chronic, it can cause reduced mental and physical vitality and subsequently depression.

Higher cortisol levels also interfere with normal regeneration of skin health.

At the cell level, the cortisol level controls your thyroid hormone production. If symptomatic there may be poor adaptation of the adrenals.

Think about your diet. Within 30 minutes after consumption gluten grains can create allergic responses in the body, especially at the gut. 20%  ( or more as of late ) of the population suffers from this. If the intestine becomes inflamed, cortisol increases and DHEA decreases.

(excerpts from Pure Prescriptions re: Underrated Adrenal Glands)

Lab tests that check cortisol levels:  adrenocorticotrophin stimulation test
                                                      corticotrophin releasing hormone test
(Livestrong.com)

Those tests show if the adrenal gland is secreting adequate amounts of cortisol.
Dr. Cart does evaluate the adrenal gland function via Nutritional Response Testing using select remedies. Muscle strength is an adequate design to check the body's intelligence for what it needs to restore normal function. Sometimes it becomes much more complex as other glands enter into the bigger picture. This is evaluated in detail during Nutritional testing.

NOTE WELL: Licorice be it in herbal compounds or tea or as candy, stimulates the cortisol levels, causes a rise in blood pressure as well. The Medical community warns against any pregnant woman eating licorice. Licorice is also known to cause heart irregularity. It causes a drop in potassium levels. Patients are told not to eat licorice if on blood pressure pills, diuretics, estrogens, heart meds. The reasoning may be that it interferes with detox of drugs via liver. (excerpt via WebMD)


Bettye Cart





Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gluten Intolerance: A Review


What Is Gluten?

Gluten is not a protein itself but rather a protein composite, composed of the proteins glutenin and gliadin (in wheat), secalin (in rye) and hordein (in barley), which are elastic proteins in the protein family known as prolamins. This unique protein composite is insoluble in water and comes from the endosperm (see the accompanying picture) within the seeds of grass-related grains.





Gluten's Origin: Endosperm


 http://glutenintoleranceschool.com/gluten-intolerance-symptoms/#1

Gluten intolerance school site makes reference to three distinct categories.
Celiac
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity
Wheat allergy

Celiac is a disease process whereby the proteins in the gluten trigger the immune system to over-react with strong unusual antibodies. These antibodies wear down the villi that line the intestinal walls. The villi are responsible for nutritional interaction absorbing vital nutrients. When that cannot happen, the villi slowly is destroyed and an inflammatory process begins. This is associated with leaky gut syndrome where undigested proteins and toxins move thru the wall and into the bloodstream. Sometimes, a nasty gluten intolerant rash occurs.

Wheat allergy is different. It is a histamine response to wheat, much like a peanut allergy. It is a type 1 hypersensitivity. Many feel this reaction right after wheat is eaten and stomach discomfort occurs. It involves certain white blood cells to respond to immunoglobulin E. ( IgE)

Non-Celiac Gluten sensitivity was defined by the medical community as of 2011. Tests for celiac and wheat are negative ( in the medical modality only, not in the Nutritional Response testing modality that is performed by Dr. Cart) This definition is the result of combined theories that if the protein is removed from the diet and slowly re-introduced when health is improved, then the sensitivity was there but eliminated. This definition is new to the world of gluten sensitivity so the evaluations are ongoing. What is true, is after a Nutritional Response Testing program has been maintained for a period of time, certain food substances can be re-introduced without reaction, i.e. eggs, oats going to wheat free gluten free oats, or those allergic to rice may be able to tolerate rice once again. This is the importance of monitoring and clearing toxins, metals, chemicals, foodstuffs that are reactive for a period of time.


15% of the population is gluten intolerant. Remember, this is data formulated. We can only wonder how many people have these symptoms and do not find help. Silent symptoms can go on for years!

1. Compromised digestion: gas, bloating, pain, cramping, nausea, diarrhea or constipation ongoing. Inclusive of children who have these symptoms after eating. Malabsorption caused by gluten.
Children who present a stunted growth or a failure to thrive biology.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis Symptoms

Dermatitis Herpetiformis Rash
Dermatitis Herpetiformis symptoms typically first appear in the early years of adulthood between 20 and 30 years of age. Patches of very small pink to red blisters initially appear on the back of the neck, buttocks, back and other extensor surfaces. It can be distinguished from other skin conditions by the extremely itchy sensation caused by the disease, leading a patient to have a very strong desire to scratch the affected region. On some occasions, the itchy sensation appears well before the blisters begin to the form. The blisters are full of a watery substance, and the blisters may weep in more severe outbreaks. Dermatitis Herpetiformis is one of the more tangible and visible gluten allergy symptom.


2. Keratosis Pilaris. small bumps on the outer side of arm and back and sometimes forearm as allergic responses to foods
.
3. Fatigue and brain fog, lactose intolerance, especially after eating gluten foods. We see this often in people who have to go to sleep immediately after a meal.

4. Hashimotos thyroiditis, dry hair, brittle nails, severe hair loss, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis diabetes, Graves disease, as example of auto-immune diseases. There are so many that exist and no reason or cure is offered by most medical Doctors. We know this because we assist a family member with a very rare immune suppressed disorder into a Doctor's office and we get the same response directly from them. All they can offer is steroids which are wonderful in life saving situations but intrinsically damaging in chronic conditions.

Why this happens is still a mystery. While some combination of genetics, toxins (environmental triggers), drugs, bacteria and viruses are believed to be at the root of most autoimmune diseases, the medical community still can’t predict or explain the exact trigger for most diagnosed autoimmune diseases.
 
5. The neurological system off balance. Dizziness. This is sometimes seen as ataxia or uncontrolled motor movements.

6. Hormone imbalance, PMS, infertility, hypoglycemia.

7. Migraine headaches ongoing interrupting a normal lifestyle.

8. Chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia.

9. Inflammatory process ongoing in joints, fingers, knees, hips.

10. Mood swings, anxiety, depression.

Another main concern in our practice is gluten sensitivity in children. We see successful results in our children patients and then look out at the world of children who cry and whine until the parent gives them a treat, children who have outbursts inappropriately, children who have stunted growth because their intestine is not absorbing nutrients, children who are depressed with sullen eye stares, children who have continual rashes, eczema or unexplained lesions, children who break down and are in Doctor's offices frequently with colds and sore throats, children who will not eat whole food but prefer the sugary, glutenized carbs. We all know these type of kids. We see them in the markets, amusement parks, Church, schools, playgrounds. We see the interaction between their parents and we see the control issues. If we do not create a fence of protection around these children, giving them nutritional support before they reach a point of serious trouble, our legacy will be broken. The basic truth is that our world is inundated with toxins, dead food resources, fast food places on every corner, unsafe food practices in select restaurants, tired parents from working, being rushed and not interested in preparing a wholesome meal. We need to be conscious, awake and alert to what is happening in front of our eyes. The temptations and distractions of unworthy food is the lure. It is a a temporary satisfaction with long term liability.

Adults with the above symptomology need a course in education and this is possible through all internet links regarding gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. We applaud our patients and the parents of our little patients who have designed a better life for themselves and are dedicated to long lasting health. However, they all know this. It is putting on armor and taking a defense stand. It is taking the time to read ingredients. It is making food fun that is nutritious and kind to the body. It is waking up.

Thank you Gluten Intolerance School link for your invaluable additions to this blog!
http://glutenintoleranceschool.com/gluten-intolerance-symptoms/#1

Bettye Cart

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!


For Christmas this year one of my presents was the book called Beyond Positive Thinking by Dr. Robert Anthony. The good Doc read it and wanted to pass it on. I am absorbing a few pages each day because it is filled with the metaphors we all love to interpret. Here is a page I will share as my New Year gift to y'all.

"The Universe is like a river. The river keeps on flowing. It doesn't care whether you are happy or sad, good or bad; it just keeps flowing. Some people go down to the river and they cry. Some people go down to the river and they are happy, but the river doesn't care; it just keeps flowing. We can use it and enjoy it, or we can jump in and drown. The river just keeps flowing because it is impersonal. And so it is with the universe. The universe that we live in can support us or destroy us. It's our interpretation and use of the laws that determine our effects or results.

We can only receive what our minds are capable of accepting. We can go to the river of life with a teaspoon, and someone else may go with a cup. Someone else may go with a bucket, and yet another person may go with a barrel. But the abundance of the river is always there and waiting. Our consciousness, our ideas, our frame of reference and our belief system determine whether we go to the river of life with a teaspoon, a cup a bucket or a barrel.

If we are impoverished in our thinking and have gone to the river of life with only a teaspoon, we may curse the little we have in our teaspoon. We may curse others who have more than we do. But remember, whatever we curse will curse us. The river is there, and it's overflowing with abundance. We can come to the river of life with a teaspoon, a bucket or a barrel anytime we want to. What we take from the river of life is up to us. The only limitation is in our mind. The truth is we can have anything we want if we'll give up the belief that we can't have it . It's as simple as that."


Today is the beginning of a new cycle and a new vision and a new interpretation of our life. Make sure health is a part of that larger vision to stretch our years with vitality and clarity.
Happiest 2014 to all our readers and patients, family and friends.

Bettye and Dr. Larry

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Additives Banned in Other Countries

As a kid growing up didn't we just love jello, popsicles, canned drinks with summer colors, punch, dying easter eggs and all the bright and beautiful foods that were processed? Did we even care about dyes or additives? Surely our parents did not because we carried that toxic element into our adulthood hearing the word carcinogenic. Wasn't it enough we lived near power plants and towers, had runoff of poisons a list long in our nearby neighborhoods, snuffed up the fumes as we watched pools and sidewalks being poured with cement  , camped in dirt chock full of aluminum and arsenic and made caves out of all kinds of toxic materials? Never mind organic. Mom shopped at where ever the coupons would allow. Now we have some information from other countries I am posting that ban additives we barely think about.

 

 

8 Additives From The US That Are Banned In Other Countries


By Dr. Jayson Calton and Mira Calton

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "food poisoning." Discover 8 additives that can be found in most supermarket aisles that you may be eating and not even know it

1. Artificial Food Dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.

Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE.
Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from PETROLEUM, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and tar! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity, just to name a few.
Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.

2. Olestra (or Olean): Lowers calorie counts while causing vitamin depletion and anal leakage.

Found in: Fat-free potato chips, corn chips, and French fries.
Why it’s dangerous: Created by Procter & Gamble as a substitue for cooking oil, Olestra robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins. Fun side effects include cramps and leaky bowels.
Where it’s banned: The U.K. and Canada.

3. Brominated Vegetable Oil: Makes food dye stick to liquid, but also may cause birth defects and major organ damage.

Found in: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas.
Why it’s dangerous: Bromine is a chemical used to stop CARPETS FROM CATCHING ON FIRE, so you can see why drinking it may not be the best idea. BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.
Where it’s banned: In over 100 countries.

4. Potassium Bromate (or bromated flour): Great for impatient bakers, bad for your kidneys and nervous system.

Found in: Wraps, rolls, bread crumbs, bagel chips, flat breads.
Why it’s dangerous: Derived from the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil, brominated flour is used to decrease baking time and reduce costs. Only problem is, it’s linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.
Where it’s banned: Europe, Canada, and China.

5. Azodicarbonamide: Bleaches flour, plastic, and induces asthma as an added bonus.

Found in: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods.
Why it’s dangerous: Used to bleach both flour and FOAMED PLASTIC (yoga mats and the soles of sneakers), azodicarbonamide has been known to induce asthma.
Where it’s banned: Australia, the U.K., and most European countries.

6. BHA & BHT: Waxy preservatives linked to cancer and tumors.

Found in: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes.
Why it’s dangerous: Used to keep food from becoming rancid, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are known to cause cancer in rats. And we’re next!
Where it’s banned: The U.K., Japan, and many other European countries.

7. Synthetic Growth Hormones rBGH and rBST: Harmful to cows and linked to increasing tumor development in humans

Found in: Milk and dairy products.
Why it’s dangerous: Growth hormones are bad for cows and people, potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.
Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the EU.




8. Arsenic: Basically this will slowly kill you if you ingest enough of it.

Found in: Poultry.
Why it’s dangerous: Used in chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is POISON, which will kill you if you ingest enough.
Where it’s banned: The European Union.



Source: From the book 'Rich Food, Poor Food' by Dr. Jayson Calton and Mira Calton
 http://www.buzzfeed.com/...

Posted by Bettye Cart from Internet source above.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Natural Vitamins vs. Synthetic Vitamins

This is a common question. Which one works? And what is natural? We hear the statements frequently that grocery store brand is the best money can buy. Yet, truth be told, not once have we found a synthetic brand on the market test positive during our Nutrition response testings. Why is this so? I will quote and paraphrase from a wonderful book that Mary Frost wrote called Going Back to the Basics of Human Health. We keep a copy of the book in our offices and people do pick it up and read it but do they stop thinking about what the media says to hype them up? Our nutrition patients get all the vitamins they could ever need in a lifetime through the synergistic natural raw food supplements with vitalized enzymes because they are heated at such a low temperature.

To quote the author:
"Not only do synthetic or crystalline-pure vitamins not work, they are also not good for you. Why? They are not real."

A person will begin to take Vitamin C or otherwise called ascorbic acid. The body must have some reserves of the components of the C complex i.e, enzymes, co-enzymes, antioxidants, trace element activators and alot of unknown factors to re-combine and process the intake of ascorbic acid taken in pill form. Sure, for a time, the patient feels like mighty mouse. Energy increase, even euphoria. However, when the reserves are drained, the ascorbic acid will no longer benefit. The old symptoms return even while the person is still taking the ascorbic acid and now the person has a true Vitamin C deficiency. Why? Because the body treats all synthetic vitamins as foreign substances, reacting to them like toxins. These toxins are then processed and neutralized by the liver then sends them to the kidneys for elimination. THIS IS THE REAL STORY BEHIND EXCESS VITAMIN INTAKE.

What did we usually hear growing up and still do? "No worries, the body just eliminates what it doesn't need through the urine. That's why your urine shows a bright yellow color, brighter than usual. That is the unwanted Vitamin C." Yes, in truth, it is unwanted and unnecessary and harmful. Any excessive amount of synthetic vitamin will cause effects to reverse.

An example of this is when synthetic B1 vitamin ( thiamine ) is taken, initially fatigue is alleviated. Then, it will cause fatigue by the build up of pyruvic acid. This leads to the vicious cycle of thinking more and more thiamine is needed, resulting in more and more fatigue, along with other complaints. Why don't the Doctors know this? Because out of 127 Medical schools in our nation, only 22 of them mandate one course in nutrition. The Medical community is trained in sick care, not in preventative, holistic, wellness care through nature's pure food supplement solution. We all have come to the conclusion by now that our food source in today's market is failing us, deeply flawed, poisoned by pesticide controls, hybridized to infinity. Organic farming is under attack and has been compromised hugely.

Here is a sample of the author's research.

Vitamin A in synthetic form is made up of Acetate, retinal Palmate and beta carotene.
Vitamin A in Food based form is made up of Fish Oils, Liver and Carrot Powder

Vitamin B1 in synthetic form is made up of Thiamine HCL and Thiamine Mononitrate.
Vitamin B1 in Food based form is made up of Nutritional yeast.

Vitamin B3 in synthetic form is made up of Niacin.
Vitamin B3 in Food based form is made up of Nutritional yeast and liver.

Vitamin C in synthetic form is made up of Ascorbic Acid and Pycnogenols.
Vitamin C in Food based form is made up of Green leafy vegetables, Buckwheat juice and citrus.

** Synthetic Vitamin C has been known to have no effect on pneumonia, bronchitis or other pulmonary problems. Sufferers doing so, still show a low serum level of Vitamin C despite daily intake of the ascorbic acid pills. In fact, it reduces total white blood count and compromises the immune further.

Vitamin D in synthetic form is made up of Irradiated Ergosterol.
Vitamin D in Food based form is made up of Cholecalciferol and fish oil

Vitamin E in synthetic form is made up of d and dl-Alpha Tocopherol, and d-Alpha succinate.
Vitamin E in Food based form is made up of Wheat germ oil, Green leafy veg and Peavine plant.

It is known in the nutritional community that Vitamin E actually loses up to 99% of its potency when separated from its natural synergists. Laboratory control animals that were Vitamin E deficient that were fed the tocopherols died sooner than the animals that received nothing at all.

A study was made with silver foxes. They were fed a synthetic diet of all the known B vitamins. They did not grow, their fur deteriorated and finally they died. Another study group of silver foxes added yeast and liver with natural whole B complex. They grew normally and the quality of their fur and health improved.

The food based form is beautifully combined with Standard Process Products, long revered since 1929.

Dr. Royal Lee DDS ( see my earlier posts on his work) who created Standard Process in the early 20th Century said NO ONE source contain ALL the factors of a complete vitamin B complex. He lists 22 factors and synergists in his B complex. His work is mind boggling and at a deep molecular complexity.He was even able to include Vitamin B4, which he called the anti-paralysis factor. He said that a deficiency of Vitamin E could result in muscle degeneration of the heart and a deficiency of Vitamin B4 can cause a heart attack due to the degeneration of nerves in the heart muscle.

Remember, food processing of today destroys all complexes, but the hype is always telling us it is healthy and natural. Further, few people realize that most commercial antioxidants are produced in a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. Too many synthetic antioxidants can cause fatigue and muscle weakness. But why on Earth would one think THAT was the culprit? It had to be something else and so the consumption continued.

Time Magazine reported that Hoffman-LaRouche, a big pharma conglomerate was building a plant in Freeport, Texas to turn out 350 tons of synthetic beta carotene enough to supply a six milligram capsule daily to every American adult every year of their lives. No truckloads of carrots going to that company.

Nutritional deficiences have begun to alter our genes. Dr. Royal Lee was one of the first to recognize this in 1929. Then the monumental work of Dr. Weston Price. In the 1940's his book was required reading by medical and dental schools. Now, nutrition is a forgotten child in those learning establishments.

We are not as strong as our ancestors. Just one example was that their wheat was consumed whole with bran and germ, while now, the bran and germ is fed to the livestock and we receive the cardboard residue in our flours. Does that amaze us? Isn't disease more prevalent? Do we not have more need for gluten free diets and is not autism on the rise?

The passionate work of the many Doctors of the past must not be ignored. They were visionaries and messengers.

There is so much more to know and connect with the innate intelligence of our miraculous biology. Nutritional Response Testing is the beginning of that journey.

Bettye Cart





Friday, June 21, 2013

I Am Breaking Down, Now What?

The first run to a Doctor or Emergency Room because you are breaking down, feeling the plug pulled, and the body's reserves not available, will result in most likely, a prescription for an antibiotic.

There may be some vital things you may not know about antibiotics. In my medical/nursing days I remembered telling my patients that the antibiotic assisted with their own antibodies in fighting disease. However, if the immune is compromised by other factors, the antibodies will be as well. And if antibiotics become a regular thing, what happens is that your own army of antibodies gets lazy and "will not get up off the couch like an unmotivated teenager".

Antibiotics act by violently stimulating the ADRENAL GLANDS that sit like a hat over our kidneys. This may clear a toxemia but if the adrenals are weak or depleted the problem runs chronic and recurring and thus the need for more and more antibiotics which perpetuate the problem.

I remember in my years in the hospital, we took cultures before ever administering an antibiotic. That culture sat in a petrie dish to see if the bacteria would respond to a certain antibiotic placed in the dish. In other words a validation was necessary before the patient received the medication.

We don't see that waiting period anymore. We see Doctors writing the prescription without cultures being taken. After all, the problem may be viral or fungal!

Here is a key description of Bacteria vs. Virus

Bacteria will show an increase in metabolic rate, body temperature warm, increase in perspiration, maybe some painful swelling if localized, urine ph will be acid, Increase in blood sugar, increase in white blood cells, mucus and congestion  and protein in urine.

Virus will have a decrease in metabolic rate, body could remain cool, patient may be sensitive to cold, general aches and pains, increase in globulin, decrease in blood sugar, decrease in white blood cells and patient feels weak and fatigued.

Now we have mutated viruses and bacteria can be found inside a virus and virus inside a bacteria. What we knew before has been modified. We see virus and bacteria co-habitating with symptomology and yet, antibiotics cannot target virus.
With resistant strains and MRSA and other forms of cellular disease, morphology of microbiology has changed. Those who pop the Z packs at will or take the antibiotic are in very high risk of immune suppressed illnesses. It can start early in childhood.

The goal is to raise one's immunity ( spleen and thymus glands) at whatever cost which may be changing food lifestyles in the home with family, taking immune building supplements, staying away from synthetic vitamins which compromise the kidney and create disruptors at the cell membrance and finding the right pure food supplements to enhance health. Nutrition is not just about eating. It is about maintaining a healthy body system to defend against the onslaught of a microbial changing world.

Bettye Cart

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Microwave Mania


                                                            


Our microwave stopped working back in 2007. We opted not to ever fix it and sold our house with the broken microwave that lay dormant in the wall above the oven.

I personally remember seeing my first microwave as a young Campfire girl in 6th grade. Oh what an advanced appliance! I thought then I was entering the space age for sure. That was 1959.

In 1976, Russia banned microwave ovens because of their negative health consequences. After Perestroika in the early 1990's, the ban was lifted but here is what documented findings back in the 70's showed:

1. Microwaved foods lost 60-90% of their nutritional value and it also accelerates the structural disintegration of food.

2. Microwaving creates cancer-causing agents within milk and cereals.

3. Microwaving alters elemental food substances, causing digestive disorders.

4.It alters food chemistry which can lead to malfunctions in the lymphatic system, degenerating the body's ability to defend against cancerous growths.

5. Free radicals form because of the altered breakdown of elemental substances.

6. Microwaved foods caused stomach and intestinal cancerous growths and a gradual breakdown of the GI system.

7. It lowered the body's ability to utilize B Complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, essential minerals nad lipotropics.

8.It caused an alteration in the catabolic ( breakdown) behavior of glucoside, within frozen fruits thawed in this manner.

Microwaves heat food by causing waer molecules in it to resonate at very high frequencies that eventually turn to steam which heats the food while changing the chemical structure. Hot spots in the microwaved food can be hot enough to cause burns or build up a steam explosion. This was discovered when mothers heated baby bottles of formula and babies were burned.

Carcinogenic toxins leach out of the plastic and paper containers and covers into the food. One of the worst contaminants is BPA, an estrogen like compound used widely in plastics.

Back in the nineties, microwaves were used for warming blood transfusions.  A well publicized lawsuit showed how a woman died from such a transfusion because the blood product was damaged.

What about leakage? Studies from independent organizations showed that levels within the kitchen are likely to be significantly higher than from cell phone base stations.. Microwaves will travel through walls if the microwave is against an inside wall. One of these orgs is called Powerwatch. No one can say if the current regulations about leakage are truly safe and it is recommended for those who still use them to have the microwave emissions checked annually. Or you can purchase an inexpensive device that tests radiation in the home.

Step away from the oven while in use, because eyes are particularly susceptible to the radiation. High exposure has been known to cause cataracts.

2.4 GHz radiation is the same as Wifi routers. They have recent studies that the microwave frequency radiation affects the HEART at non-thermal levels according to Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University.

A study published in November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli "zapped" lost up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steaming broccoli only loses 11%.

Garlic microwaved inactivated its allinase, which is the principle ingredient in garlic against cancer.

A Japanese study showed that 6 min of microwave heating turned 30-40% of the B12 in milk into a dead form.

Most of us already know that microwaved foods cook from the outside in, and the outer layers conduct the heat that cooks the food.

They have found that microwaving creates new compounds that are not found in humans or in nature called radiolytic compounds. Science has no idea what those compounds are doing to the human body.

So what about microwaves?
Science uses them in the field of gene altering technology to weaken cell membranes, thus breaking cells apart. Impaired cells then become easy prey for viruses, fungi and other toxic microorganisms.

People have reported symptoms of microwave sickness:
Insomnia, night sweats, sleep disturbance
Headaches and dizziness
Swollen lymph nodes and a weak immune system
Impaired cognition, depression and irritability
Nausea and appetite loss
Vision and eye problems

The Swiss food scientist , Hans Hertel was the first to see the effects of microwaving on the blood and physiology of humans. Along with Dr. Bernard Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry they concluded that microwave cooking leads to:
Increased cholesterol levels
Decreased white and red blood cells
Production of radiolytic compounds
Decreased Hemoglobin that could create anemia

A gag order was placed on these findings but later removed in 1998. Dr. Hertel wrote: "There are no atoms, molecules, or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any period of time. This will happen even given the microwave oven's low power range of milliwatts."

To study further, there are writings, one being, Microwaving Our Planet by Arthur Firstenberg, president of the Cellular Phone Taskforce. Another, source is Penn State University 2001, "DNA and the Microwave Effect."

We have been without a microwave for over 6 years and do not miss it a bit. We purchased a portable convection oven from a very reputable kitchen boutique store that has worked beautifully. We still have a range and oven for major cooking. Our choice to eliminate all microwaving of food was strictly based on health concerns.

Bettye Cart