Thursday, 27 April 2017

5 Unconventional Ways to Extend Your Life!

I’ve written about extending your life by slowing down the apparent passage of time.|
 I’ve written about some interesting predictors—but not necessarily causes—of longevity, and the common characteristics of centenarians. Today, I’m going to describe several unconventional causal means of extending your life.

I’m talking about cold, hard days, weeks, and months. Ticks on a clock. Objective measurements of time. Not just the perception of time, although that matters too.
How to do it?

Live somewhere green, or grow a bunch of plants and trees in your yard.

We’re built to live in nature, amongst trees, rivers, meadows, wildflowers, beaches, and other trappings of wilderness. It’s where we come from. On a fundamental, genetic level, nature is home. That’s why spending brief interludes in forests can reduce stress, improve glucose tolerance, and boost anti-cancer activity. That’s why spending time in green space can make us more creative and less anxious. It’s why even seeing pictures of nature scenes or smelling the organic compounds that trees give off can have effects similar to the real thing. It’s a reset.
What if you were to live in a place like that? Maybe living in a forest isn’t feasible for most people, but having a garden, living near a park, getting a ton of houseplants, or choosing a tree-lined street rather than a desolate one isn’t so unreasonable. Turns out that women who live near greenness (parks, forests, gardens) live longer than those who don’t. The longer they live near the green, the lower their mortality risk.
Yes, it’s observational. But consider that we have the potential mechanisms outlined in the first paragraph and described in full in this post. We have the observation that chronic exposure to greenness predicts lower mortality risks among women even when you control for socioeconomic status, race, and any other variable that could throw off the findings. I think we’ve got a solid strategy for life extension, folks.

Follow your life’s purpose.

Most people have a voice in their heads telling them to take this risk, start that business, pursue this dream, go to school for this subject. Whether you call that your conscience (with or without a cartoon cricket embodying it), a direct mainline to your deity, your higher self, or whatever, that voice is trying to tell you something about your life’s purpose. Having a life’s purpose, and pursuing it, is a very strong predictor of “allostatic load”—the amount of physiological and psychological wear and tear a person displays.Higher loads mean shorter lives, and people with a purpose have lower loads.
If you don’t have a purpose, conjuring one up might not work. But the good news is that everyone in my experience has a purpose. It’s just that most people ignore it, fear it, or doubt their own ability to realize it. Just don’t lie to yourself. Search within and follow your honest calling, not what you think you’re supposed to be doing.

Eat a lot of collagen.

First, glycine, the primary amino acid in collagen, is anti-inflammatory. It counters the potentially negative effects excess methionine has on lifespan. It balances out the muscle meat we eat. In one recent study, people with low glycine levels and high meat intakes were more likely to have diabetes, while heavy meat eaters with higher glycine levels were protected from diabetes. Another study found that low circulating levels of glycine predicted diabetes riskIndeed, a lack of glycine may be responsible for the oft-cited (and criticized) link between meat consumption and various diseases.
All this is why I make a point of emphasizing collagen my own diet—and why I offer a product to help anyone (myself included) boost their collagen intake. (Did I mention there’s a chocolate version now?)
Second, collagen is good for the skin. In middle-aged Korean women, 6 grams of collagen per day reduced skin cracking and increased serum collagen, collagen peptides reduced wrinkling in another study, and collagen has also been shown to improve skin elasticity.
Why does this matter for longevity? Having “youthful-looking skin” isn’t just cosmetic. It indicates the health and longevity of the person who possesses it. Apparent age of face actually predicts longevity better than many objective markers. If collagen improves skin quality and strength, reduces wrinkles, and makes you look younger, it might actually make you younger.

Get really, really cold and really, really hot on a regular basis.

People are crazy about cold exposure. It has many benefits and, perhaps most importantly, it takes a lot of guts and toughness to submerge yourself in really, really cold water. The simple act of facing that fear and bearing the shock is rewarding and signals the type of person you are. At least in animals, it also seems to improve longevity.
Don’t forget about getting really, really hot. It might be easier. It might be downright pleasurable. But there’s considerable evidence that it, too, can extend lifespan—in humans. A recent paper looked at sauna usage and mortality. Those who used saunas the most on a regular basis had the lowest chance of dying from all causes. This supports the recent study where exposing flies to heat activated heat shock proteins—hormetic pathways that sauna usage and other types of heat exposure trigger in humans—extended their lifespan.

Keep your spouse as healthy as you are.

Everyone knows someone, maybe a grandparent, who lost their spouse of many decades to illness and then died soon after themselves. This isn’t just anecdote. Study after study shows that mortality risk sharply increases after the death of a spouse. That’s true if you look at cardiovascular disease, infection, cancer, or almost any other cause—losing a spouse increases the chance that you’ll lose your own life. There are many factors, including the long-term cascade of stress-induced changes. But at the heart of the increased mortality is the initial death of a dearly loved one.
You can’t prevent people from dying of course. You can enlist them in your path to health. You can convince them to work out with you. You can go for walks after dinner, hikes on the weekends, eat a salad instead of that pizza. Your life may depend on it.
If I could bottle all this up in a single ridiculous package, here’s what I’d do:
Pursue to the ends of the earth the animal parts with the highest concentration of gelatin—the Achilles tendons of Himalayan mountain sheep, Turkish water buffalo tails, domestic-turned-feral hog ears from the bogs of the southern U.S., emu feet—and make it your life’s purpose to produce the world’s most gelatinous bone broth. Serve this broth to your spouse, whom you’ve placed in a protective bubble that filters airborne pollutants and infectious microbes and can withstand extreme trauma, including gunshots. Get into a sauna that can accommodate you and the bubble, crank up the heat, and place in the scent diffuser a golf ball-sized chunk of resin derived from five hectares of Oregon rainforest, creating a vapor that provides the same amount of volatile organic compounds you’d be exposed to living in a forest for a year. After that, hop in the shower and turn on the cold water for 15 seconds.
As for me, I’m trying to boil all that down to a supplement. Hopefully by next year.
Jokes aside, these are 5 legit methods I’m confident have a strong chance of extending your life by at least a little. They won’t make you a centenarian if you’re not genetically disposed. They won’t cure disease or add five, ten, fifteen years. They may do nothing, in fact; these are just my educated guesses and extrapolations. There are no guarantees. But at the very least, following these suggestions will result in more exposure to nature, more delicious soups and sauces, better cold and heat tolerance, a reason to live, and more time with your spouse.
That’s pretty good. Sounds like a good life regardless of years.
What do you think, folks? What are you doing in the hopes of living a little longer?
Thanks for reading. Take care.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Another Mother Wants You To See What An HPV Vaccine Injury Looks Like!

Gardasil, the vaccine that supposedly protects youngsters against four types of human papillomavirus, or HPV, and the cervical cancer which it can lead to, has come under intense scrutiny from medical professionals around the world over the past few years.|
 This is due to the fact that a number of cases reporting adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine have been surfacing more.

We’ve published multiple articles regarding adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine, here’s one about mother of a vaccine injured child who has decided to showcase her challenges to the public, with hopes that some will see exactly what it means to deal with the consequences of an uninformed medical decision. To follow her story, see this link to her Facebook page.
We’ve also recently published an article regarding 18 more teenaged girls who have come forward claiming that they are suffering from acute physical side effects from the HPV anti-cervical vaccine. (source)(source)(source)
This is why multiple countries, like Japan do not recommend it as part of their routinely vaccination schedule for children, and perhaps this is why more doctors are not recommending it to patients.
For example, a new study recently published in the journal Pediatrics has found that many paediatricians don’t strongly recommend the HPV vaccine. Researchers used a national survey asking approximately 600 doctors to outline their stance on the HPV vaccine. Conducted between October 2013 and January 2014, the study found that a large percentage of paediatricians and family doctors — nearly one third of those surveyed — are not strongly recommending the HPV vaccine to parents and preteens, which is why HPV vaccination rates continue to drop.
When one looks at the independent literature, so studies that are not sponsored by the vaccine manufacturers, um, so with relation to Gardasil there have been several reports documenting multiple sclerosis and encephalitis, which is brain inflammation, in girls who have received their Gardasil vaccine, so, just because a study sponsored by the manufacturers does not identify problems with the vaccine does not necessarily mean the vaccine is safe. Um, in fact if one looks at the manufacturer studies, they’re often not designed to detect serious adverse events. There was a study done by a group of researchers sponsored by Glaxo Smith and Kline and they were looking at Cervarix, which is another HPV vaccine, and the authors acknowledged that none of the studies that they evaluated have been designed to detect autoimmune diseases. So obviously, you’re not going to find what you’re not looking for. And in spite of these obvious flaws, they concluded that there is no evidence that Cervarix is associated with, um, increased risk for autoimmune diseases, and this is absurd because you haven’t looked for it, the study has not been designed to detect autoimmune diseases.” – Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia where she works in Neurosciences and the Department of Medicine (source)
The truth is that vaccine safety is not at all rock solid, and serious adverse reactions following routine vaccinations in children have always been reported, and seemingly underreported, in my opinion. Perhaps this is why billions of dollars have been paid out to families through the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, despite the fact that it protects pharmaceutical companies for any blame.
Plus, we have yet to identify genetic factors that make a certain population more prone to adverse reactions.
Injuries include deaths, permanent neurological damage, disabling autoimmune and/or inflammatory conditions have also been clearly described in scientific literature. Here is a great article written by Tomljenovic, quoted above, going into more detail.
In-fact, she recently published a study in the Journal Immunologic Research documenting more concerns with the HPV vaccine.(source)
Below is a clip from the recently released film, Vaxxed, of a boy named Colton and his mother Kathleen who share his story of vaccine injury following the Gardasil vaccine with the Vaxxed team in Oren. Another story that will hopefully spark more questions and dialogue within the mainstream medical community.

More Information from CE About the HPV Vaccine

Dr. Dianne Harper, one of a select few specialists in OB/GYN (in the world) who helped design and carry out the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies to get Gardasil approved. There are only 50 HPV experts in the world, and Dr. Harper is one of them, inarguably making her an expert on the subject.
She brings up an interesting point,  that of all the women who get an HPV infection, approximately 70 percent of those will clear that infection all by themselves in the first year. You don’t even have to detect it or treat it. Within two years, approximately 90 percent of those women will clear it all by themselves. By three years, you will have 10 percent of that original group of women left who still have an HPV infection, and 5 percent of this 10 percent will have progressed into a pre-cancerous lesion. So, “now you have that small group of women who have pre-cancerous lesions and now let’s look at that moving into invasive carcinoma. What we know then is that amongst women with. . . [pre-cancerous] lesions. . . it takes five years for about twenty percent of them to become invasive carcinomas. That’s a pretty slow process. It takes about thirty years for forty percent of them to become invasive cervical carcinomas.” (source)
This begs the question, why do nine-year old girls need vaccinations for symptomless venereal diseases that their immune systems kill anyway?
Harper has told CBS that these vaccines are essentially useless, explaining that “the benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated.”
She also goes on to caution of their dangers:
Parents and women must know that deaths occurred. Not all deaths that have been reported were represented in Dr. Slade’s work, one-third of the death reports were unavailable to the CDC, leaving the parents of the deceased teenagers in despair that the CDC is ignoring the very rare but real occurrences that need not have happened if parents were given information stating that there are real, but small risks of death surrounding the administration of Gardasil.
“It is a vaccine that’s been highly marketed, the benefits are over-hyped, and the dangers are underestimated.” – Dr. Chris Shaw, Professor at the University of British Columbia, in the department of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Visual Sciences (Taken from the One More Girl documentary)

(Gardasil) To “Very Rare But Serious Condition.”

“It has recently come to the attention of the College that one of the recommended vaccines could possibly be associated with the very rare but serious condition of premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature menopause. There have been two case report series (3 cases each) published since 2013 in which post-menarcheal adolescent girls developed laboratory documented POF within weeks to several years of receiving Gardasil, a four-strain human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4).”  
The press release goes on to state that adverse reactions are not commonly caused by the vaccine, and that there has not been a noticeable rise in POF cases in the last 9 years that the vaccine has been widely used. This is not the first time a statement from a government medical agency has contradicted the evidence of various scientists and doctors around the world. Nevertheless, it’s great to see them at least acknowledge these potentials, stating that there are “legitimate concerns that should be addressed.”
You can read more about that here.
Dr. Genevieve Rail, Professor of Critical Studies of Health at Concordia University, recently received a grant of $270,000 from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)  to study the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). She concluded that there is absolutely no proof that the human papillomavirus directly causes cervical cancer.
“I’m sort of raising a red flag, out of respect for what I’ve found in my own study, and for the despair of parents who had totally perfect 12-year-olds who are now in their beds, too tired to go to school,” she said. “Yes, we’re going against the grain, and we are going against those who are believed, i.e. doctors and nurses and people in public health.” (source)
She feels there are “serious concerns” about the vaccine, yet no research on how young people “experience” the vaccine. (source)
You can read more about this story here.

Gardasil Contains More Than Double The Amount Of Aluminum Than It Previously Had

Gardasil, like several other vaccines, contains aluminum. Health authorities will tell you that using aluminum as an adjuvant in vaccines is completely safe, but what they won’t tell you is that there are no safety assessments (toxicity studies) for vaccine ingredients. This can be quite eye-opening for those who were not already aware of this, especially considering the fact that aluminum has been being added to vaccines for approximately 90 years. Yet the Food and Drug Administration, or any other government agency for that matter, has not conducted or included appropriate toxicity studies/testing proving the safety of aluminum. Why is this? One reason could be that vaccines have traditionally (over the years) been viewed as non-toxic substances, therefore not warranting such research. (source)
“I have a document from 2002 from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)… discussing the assessment of vaccine ingredients… and testing specifically in animal models. Back then, the FDA stated that the routine toxicity studies in animals with vaccine ingredients have not been conducted because it was assumed that these ingredients are safe. When I read that I was kind of pulling my hairs out [thinking] ‘So, this is your indisputable evidence of safety?’  These documents never made it to mainstream media. It’s just a lie perpetuated over and over again; that we’ve been using these things for over nine decades and it’s been proven safe. No, it’s been assumed safe.” 
– Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic (source)
Even if we look at the FDA’s current website/guidelines, this is not a secret. The statement above was made in response to their 2002 guidelines, which is a fairly recent document. More than 10 years later, however, despite all of the studies demonstrating clear cause for concern, not much has changed.
“Until recently, few licensed vaccines have been tested for developmental toxicity in animals prior to their use in humans.” (source)
Studies also continue to emerge every single year stressing the need to actually test vaccine ingredients for safety. You’d think this would be a no-brainer, wouldn’t you?
Here is a study published in 2015 that stresses how important it is for us to further examine the inclusion of mercury and aluminum in vaccines, arguing that “the safety levels of these substances have never been determined, either for animals or for adult humans—much less for fetuses, newborns, infants, and children.” (source)
A growing number of studies have linked the use of aluminum adjuvants to serious autoimmune outcomes in humans.  (source)(source)(source)(source)
Below is an excerpt from a paper that was published in 2015 in the journal Frontiers In Neurology which emphasizes various concerns about aluminum in vaccines:
The conceptual link between long-term persistence of alum particles within macrophages at the site of previous immunization, and the occurrence of adverse systemic events, in particular neurological ones, has long remained an unsolved question. Aluminum has long been identified as a neurotoxic metal, affecting memory, cognition and psychomotor control, altering neurotransmission and synaptic activity, damaging the blood–brain barrier (BBB), exerting pro-oxidant effects, activating microglia and neuroinflammation, depressing the cerebral glucose metabolism and mitochondrial functions, interfering with transcriptional activity, and promoting beta-amyloid and neurofilament aggregation (56). In addition, alum particles impact the immune system through their adjuvant effect and by many other means. They adsorb vaccine antigens on their surface, which protect them from proteolysis thus forming a persistently immunogenic pseudo-pathogen (57). Alum particles may also bind undesirable residual products inherent to vaccine production procedures, as shown for HPV DNA sequences (58) or yeast proteins (59) that may be potentially hazardous (60). Finally, alum particles can directly induce allergy (6162) as other metals (63) Concerns about long-term biopersistence of alum largely depend on the ability of alum particles to reach and exert toxicity in remote organs. This ability has been suggested by several studies.
Here is another paper, published in 2013 in the journal Immunome Research, which provides further evidence of the dangers associated with aluminum in vaccines.
A study published in the journal Current Medical Chemistry in 2011 does the same:
Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. There is also a concerning scarcity of data on toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. In spite of this, the notion that aluminum in vaccines is safe appears to be widely accepted. Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences.
Another one published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry shared the following conclusions:
We show that Al-adjuvanted vaccines may be a significant etiological factor in the rising prevalence of ASD. We also show that children from countries with the highest ASD prevalence appear to have a much higher exposure to Al from vaccines, particularly at 2 months of age. . . . According to the FDA, vaccines represent a special category of drugs as they are generally given to healthy individuals [15]. Further according to the FDA, ‘this places significant emphasis on their [vaccine] safety’ [15]. While the FDA does set an upper limit for Al in vaccines at no more than 850 μg/dose [89], it is important to note that this amount was selected empirically from data showing that Al in such amounts enhanced the antigenicity of the vaccine, rather than from existing safety data or from the basis of toxicological considerations [89]. . . . Nonetheless, given that the scientific evidence appears to indicate that vaccine safety is not as firmly established as often believed, it would seem ill advised to exclude pediatric vaccinations as a possible cause of adverse long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes, including those associated with autism.
The list regarding the concerns about aluminum goes on and on. Below is a video from Dr. Christopher Shaw, a professor at the University of British Columbia in the department of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Visual Sciences.
Again, a growing number of studies have clearly demonstrated aluminum adjuvants in vaccines could be a factor in the development of serious autoimmune outcomes in humans. (source)(source)(source)(source)
Moreover, we know, from the work of Richard Flarend, that aluminum is commonly absorbed into the body — into areas it shouldn’t be — and has been found in various urine samples from multiple studies examining this topic… and that’s not just for aluminum in vaccines.
“We increasingly have this compound that was not part of any biochemical process on Earth, that can now only go and do havoc, which is exactly what it does. It causes all kinds of unusual biochemical reactions.” – Dr. Chris Shaw, a neuroscientist and professor at the University of British Columbia
Here is a great video by Dr. Christopher Exley, Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University and Honorary Professor at UHI Millennium Institute. He is known as one of the world’s leading experts on aluminum toxicity.

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The natural painkiller that works like morphine that you can find in your backyard!

Historically, herbal medicines were the only thing at our disposal when we suffered from injuries and illness.|
 The emergence of modern medicine has dragged us into forgetting how accessible many of these herbs are. For example, Lactuca virosa or wild lettuce is a natural remedy that grows throughout North America and England, making it an accessible painkiller to substitute the chemicals often advertised.

What is Wild Lettuce

Wild lettuce is an herbal remedy with some evidence of being a sedative and painkiller, and adding it to your garden provides a series of benefits.[i]


Wild Lettuce has been associated with fighting insomnia and relaxing the body from anxiety and spasms. The herb is known to calm the nervous system, relaxing muscles to help with several different issues such as [ii]
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Stress-induced indigestion
  • Coughs (by relaxing the respiratory system)
  • Spasms and cramps
Adding wild lettuce to your daily routine by drinking it as a tea can help limit these problems for you.

Reducing Pain

Wild Lettuce has also been associated with lessening pain from menstrual cramps, muscle pains, and other tissues that have been irritated. There’s a reason it has earned the name opium lettuce, as it has numbing effects like opiates with the advantage of not being as addictive or dangerous. Therefore, consuming the properties of these leaves can safely give you pain reducing benefits. [iii]
It can also be a useful antiseptic.[iv]

How to Use Wild Lettuce

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When using wild lettuce, you should use dried leaves to get the medicinal benefits.  These leaves should be plucked in July and August when they are at their best for harvesting. You can also find supplements and dried versions of the herb if you can’t find it in your backyard. [xiii]
Wild lettuce is a biennial plant and will look differently, depending on the season. It may have a yellow flower or may only have mature leaves (see images). Wild lettuce can grow incredibly tall- up to almost 7 feet if left untended.
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While not enough research has been done on the plant to definitively determine a safe dose, about a 2-4ml tincture about three times a day, or 1-2 teaspoons of the dried leaves steeped in boiling water for 10-15 minutes to infuse the nutrients in the water. Drink this about three times a day. [v]
There can be an irritation if you apply it directly to your skin, so be careful when using it as a topical remedy. Always do a small patch test before using.[vi] In addition, don’t use wild lettuce if you:[vii]
  • Are pregnant
  • Have an enlarged prostate
  • Are allergic to ragweed and similar plants,
  • Have glaucoma
  • Are going into surgery.

Natural Remedies Vs. Painkillers

Natural remedies are a good way to enhance the natural healing processes of your body [viii], where painkillers generally treat symptoms instead of the underlying issues. Taking a natural remedy instead of a pain killer can have enormous benefits.

Fight Your Problem Naturally

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine celebrates the body’s ability to heal itself, and how it is a complicated system that requires all organs and tissues to work together. Herbs are supposed to support this system by addressing underlying issues and avoiding side effects which could cause unintended damage. [ix]
Using natural remedies like wild lettuce is a good way to treat pain and illnesses holistically rather than ingesting chemicals which might help the problem but creates several others.

Killing More Than Just The Pain

It is no surprise that pain killers have side effects. You just have to listen to one drug commercial to recognize this fact. Opioids, the drug wild lettuce is named after as “opium lettuce”, can reduce pain by changing the way the brain works. Over time we become used to these medicines which mean larger doses, risking an overdose. Addiction is also a huge problem; people become so reliant on these drugs that they go through withdrawal if they stop. This dependency, as well as the drug’s ability to give users a recreational high, makes it a vice even after the pain is gone.[x]
Also, many drugs, including opioids, are associated with memory loss because it damages the brain to reduce the effects of pain. Taking natural remedies instead of drugs which inadvertently cause damage is one way to avoid long-term harm. [xi]
If you need another reason to try herbal remedies, painkillers taken over a long period of time quadruple your chances of ulcers, offering new pain for your old one. Therefore, it is best to limit adverse side effects by avoiding them in the first place. [xii]


One of the best reasons to use wild lettuce is because it improves your life by numbing your pain and by not introducing new complications to the equation. The side benefit is that it probably grows in your yard, taking space in nature rather than your medicine cabinet.
[i] Hoffman D. Holistic Herbal. 1st ed. London: Thorsons; 2002.
[ii] IBID.
[iii] IBID.
[iv] WILD LETTUCE: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD. Webmdcom. Available at: Accessed April 24, 2017.
[v] Hoffman D. Holistic Herbal. 1st ed. London: Thorsons; 2002.
[vi] WILD LETTUCE: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD. Webmdcom. Available at: Accessed April 24, 2017.
[vii] Lettuce Opium Uses, Benefits & Dosage – Herbal Database. Drugscom. Available at: Accessed April 24, 2017.
[viii] Murray M. The Encyclopedia Of Natural Medicine Third Edition. 1st ed. New York: Atria Books; 2012.
[ix] IBID.
[x] Wynne Armand M. The problem with prescription painkillers – Harvard Health Blog. Harvard Health Blog. 2015. Available at: Accessed April 24, 2017.
[xi] Neel Jr. D. Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss Side Effect – AARP. AARP. 2015. Available at: Accessed April 24, 2017.
[xii] For Those Who Take Painkillers Regularly, A Heartburn Pill A Day May Keep Ulcers Away. ScienceDaily. 2003. Available at: Accessed April 24, 2017.
[xiii] WILD LETTUCE: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, and Warnings – WebMD. Webmdcom. Available at: Accessed April 24, 2017.

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10 Signs You Have Been Exposed To Toxic Mold!

Mold is very common and represents a huge issue in every household, as it grows everywhere and leads to numerous health complications.|

Mold often grows under the sink, in the basement, at the shower curtain, in the corners, in drywall, in leaking walls, etc.
Researchers found that even Christmas trees can breed mold, giving off millions of spores into the room and leading to winter allergies and asthma attacks. After two weeks, the indoor air quality dropped six-fold due to the Christmas tree decoration.
Mold can be of 1,000 types, and experts classify them according to the effects they have on people and other living things, as follows:
Allergenic Molds:
These molds are the least dangerous ones, and children are more prone to these allergies. They aggravate the asthma symptoms and lead to problems in people with a predisposed allergy to the specific mold.
Pathogenic Molds:
Pathogenic molds lead to infections and are extremely dangerous in the case of a weak immune system. People exposed to these mold types develop an acute response similar to bacterial pneumonia.
Toxigenic Molds:
These molds produce mycotoxins which lead to severe health effects, like immunosuppression and cancer. The toxic chemicals in these mold types are absorbed as soon as they are inhaled, touched, or ingested.
Dr. Mercola reports that these are the 5 most common indoor molds:
  • Aspergillus: This mold is an occupant of house dust, and is often found in warm, extremely damp climates. It produces mycotoxins and results in lung infections.
  • Penicillium: It can often be found on the carpet, wallpapers, decaying fabrics, and fiberglass duct insulation, and leads to asthma and allergies. Some species, like the antibiotic penicillin, produce mycotoxins
  • Cladosporium: This common outdoor fungus grows on wood, textiles, and other damp, porous materials, and causes asthma-like symptoms and fever.
  • Stachybotrys: This is an extremely toxic “black mold” that produces mycotoxins which lead to various health issues, such as serious breathing difficulties and bleeding of the lungs. It is commonly found on paper and wood, and not on tiles, linoleum, or concrete.
  • Alternaria: This mold type is often found in the mouth, nose, and upper respiratory tract, and results in allergic responses.
Mold illness is a set of various health issues which are caused by the exposure to mold.
 “Although a mold allergy is the most common problem caused by exposure to mold, mold can cause illness without an allergic reaction. Mold can also cause infections or irritant and toxic reactions. Infections caused by mold can lead to a variety of problems from flu-like symptoms to skin infections and even pneumonia. “
Mold toxicity is considered a Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) and represents another serious health issue.
As explained by Ritchie Shoemaker, MD, author of Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings, CIRS is:
“an acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response acquired following exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxigenic organisms, including, but not limited to fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, and Mycobacterium as well as inflammagens…”
These are the 11 most commons symptoms of mold illness:
  • Eye Problems like Red Eyes or Light Sensitivity
  • Vertigo and tremors
  • Temperature Regulation or Night Sweats
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Excessive Thirst and Increased Urination
  • Headaches, Brain Fog, Memory Problems, Trouble Focusing
  • Tingling sensation and numbness
  • Unexplained Muscle Cramps and pain, joint pain, Persistent Nerve Pain
  • Asthma and Sinus issues such as coughs or Shortness of Breath
  • Digestive Issues such as diarrhea, nausea, appetite loss, Abdominal Pain
The following video will give you additional tips on how to prevent the disastrous effects of mold exposure and fight back:
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