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There are some wild Bugs Out There

March 9, 2017

This information really fits with Natural Medicine– in other words, the body’s ability to heal itself. Society and mainstream medicine look at trying to wipe out microbes that produce infection instead of attempting to co-exist and using the body’s ability to fight infection and keep them under control. While we develop the theme of toxicity I emphasize exposure to chemicals in the wipes and hand creams or gels that are supposedly healthy. One-time exposure, not too bad. Repeated exposure over the years can lead to an increased body burden of these chemicals. This may not be not enough to make us toxic so that we wind up in the ER, but they may affect our immune system. The first article from the Washington Post introduces us to the hygiene hypothesis (article 1). The second article discusses the chemical Triclosan (article 2). The concept to remember is that bacteria have an ability to develop resistance to chemicals as well as antibiotics. Triclosan causes hormone disruption, particularly with estrogen, just like BPA (plastics). Another comment I make is that dry, cracked skin provides easier absorption of toxins as well as an entry for microbes (bacteria and other agents that cause infection). What we can conclude from this is that a better route is to co-exist with microbes instead of trying to wipe them out. We do not need to be afraid of exposure if our “machine” is fine-tuned. Exposure to microbes stimulates the immune system. This may even help our defense mechanisms against autoimmune diseases and cancer. Now look at the article (article 3) on root canals– I present this just to get you thinking a little bit. Microbes with which we have a symbiotic relationship can be destructive if they have a hiding place to survive and proliferate. The re-circulation of mercury from old amalgam fillings during the dental work can also affect our immune system. The immune system is a built-in defense mechanism and actually needs acute inflammation to function properly (article 4). The next article looks at that aspect. The lymph system is one part of this (article 5). Now think about taking a hot shower and then turning the water to cold. This causes a shunting of blood from the surface skin to internal organs and stimulates lymphatic flow. When you dive into a cold swimming pool and it catches your breath is an example of this shunting from the surface skin to the lungs. The same thing occurs taking a sauna followed by an immediate cold bath. Father Sebastian Knapp in the late 1800s used this principle in his cold water therapy sanitarium. Exercise also stimulates lymphatic flow. When we look at the immune system it makes you wonder why women are more affected with autoimmune diseases. Perhaps this has to do with hormone disruption– estrogens play a big part in all of this. In the future I will explain the part that chronic uncontrolled inflammation plays in these conditions. The last part of this article talks about vitamin D. Society tells us to avoid the sun and use sunscreens (that are another source of many chemicals). There is a balance between stimulating vitamin D production and the ultraviolet exposure that can be damaging. Ultraviolet lights are used to kill microbes.  My comment is this: So God makes the sun, puts us in this world and then we are supposed to avoid the sun? No, this is all about balance. There is also a comment on the importance of probiotics which I have presented in previous blasts. Probiotics (good bacteria) may not only help neutralize toxins but also help us fight the bad microbes and provide balance. Next there is an article (article 6) about ways to squash the immune system.  I emphasize that sugar is one of the top killers and will not belabor this point since I have talked about the damaging aspects of sugar before. What follows is a series of articles on natural antimicrobials (articles 7, 8, & 9). These again emphasize the principle that we need to coexist with other living organisms in our environment. I would add turmeric, ginger, as well as fermented Korean ginseng to the list of other natural substances that have an antibiotic activity.  I love the article on monolaurin (article 10). Coconut oil contains lauric acid which our bodies convert to monolaurin. This acts as a natural antimicrobial. Daily coconut oil ingestion is healthy in many ways. I have developed a taste for my morning cup of black coffee with a tablespoon of coconut oil. I remember during my pediatrics rotation in medical school that I had a lot of sniffles and sore throats. Subsequently, I hardly had any colds even when my kids were in school. I had developed antibodies to a lot of the local bugs. When I moved to New York the same thing happened.The first year traveling on the subway I was in contact with lots of people coughing and hacking and I frequently experienced upper respiratory symptoms. When I felt something coming on I started to take monolaurin and noted the rapid disappearance of symptoms. Now, I have hardly anything in the way of colds. Occasionally in foreign countries there may be some virus or other microbes to which we have never been exposed before and the use of monolaurin may be effective in these situations. I am also using monolaurin for autoimmune type conditions (the body may be responding to a viral infection) and chronic hepatitis (if you harbor a virus you can learn to coexist with it). Some researchers are even looking at using monolaurin with HIV to decrease the viral load. An increased body burden of mercury can also play a part by altering the body’s normal immune response. Mercury detox can help improve symptoms in these autoimmune conditions. The final article (article 11) on hygiene routines is great. All of this goes back to kids playing in the dirt which appears to be healthy. The commentary on diet and clean water is right on the money. Think about the chemicals and aluminum in many personal hygiene items—and remember the lead and mercury in many cosmetics. This article introduces oil-pulling—a technique for detoxification using coconut oil. It is an interesting concept, and it makes a lot of sense. Finally, the dry brushing of skin was introduced in the blast about cellulite. Even though we are talking about infection I emphasize that toxicity in our environment plays a part. We need to do what we can to balance the “machine” and learn to live in our current environment instead of using chemicals to try to change it.

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