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Dr. Edward F. GroupGuest Writer

It never fails — you go to bed to get some much-desired rest, wake up thinking you got plenty, and then suddenly you’re tired again.

Or maybe you just feel tired all the time, and for seemingly no reason — and sometimes that sleepiness comes with a lack of energy or brain fog.

Sleep is important. And fatigue definitely affects many people, but it’s not the same for each person. Some are tired only for a brief amount of time — mid-afternoon lag, anyone? Others feel a constant energy lag.

If you want to stop feeling fatigued and start feeling rested and alert throughout your entire day, follow this guide to answer the age-old question: Why am I always tired?

Not only will we provide some answers about the most common causes of fatigue, but we will also give you some tips for turning that fatigue into boundless energy.

What’s Causing Your Fatigue?

A vast array of things cause tiredness, including physical and mental health, food choices, lifestyle choices, and simply just not getting enough sleep at night. The following are the most common reasons you are always sleepy — plus tips for each situation.

Not Getting 7 to 9 Hours of Sleep

With a federal initiative called Healthy People 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put together a 15-person panel of sleep medicine and research experts to determine the optimal amount of sleep hours for an adult between the ages of 18 and 60.

We’re not kidding! To be the healthiest version of yourself, you should get at least seven hours of sleep every night.

No matter your age, lifestyle, or situation, you should get seven or more hours of restful sleep per night, according to the panel’s findings. Missing that nightly seven may contribute to a host of health concerns, including obesity, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, increased pain, diabetes, and a higher risk of accidents.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that more sleep is necessarily better, though: sleeping upwards of nine hours every night can cause daytime sleepiness and other health issues, as well. While additional slumber helps children, including teenagers, as well as adults who want to catch up on restorative sleep, it can have adverse health effects if you consistently get more than nine hours of sleep.[1]

Tips
  • Turn off your electronics when you go to bed so you aren’t tempted to stare at small screens all night. Try an app that turns your phone apps off at a certain time each night.
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet, and cool room; temperature extremes can disrupt your sleep cycle and circadian rhythm.
  • Limit daytime napping to less than 20 minutes in the early afternoon. Napping longer can make it harder to sleep at night.
  • For more ideas, check out Can’t Sleep? Discover Causes & Natural Solutions.
Stress

Stress can come at us from every angle and at any time, whether it’s just weariness from daily drama, being overworked, or worrying about money. Studies show that having a high stress level can lead to sleep issues, such as insomnia.[2, 3]

Did you know that poor sleep also triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response?

Excessive stress activates the central nervous system’s defence system — the fight-or-flight response. When triggered, this brings a rush of adrenaline, which can build up in the body and cause stress.

Poor sleep habits can trigger the same release of stress hormones as the fight-or-flight response — which can make it hard to fall or stay asleep. Make every effort to manage and reduce your stress.

Tips
  • Get a diffuser and try aromatherapy when you’re going to sleep. Lavender is excellent for promoting relaxation.
  • Engage in meditation at least 10 minutes daily, and work your way up to 30 or even 60 minutes per day. One of the most well-researched and effective alternative therapies, meditation helps relax your mind and body, bringing about an almost instant lowering of your stress.
  • Work on time management. If you’re feeling stressed from overwork, perhaps scheduling your day better or more efficiently will ease the burden — or at least show you what you can delegate.
Depression or Anxiety

According to studies, 75% of depression patients have insomnia or hypersomnia, an inability to stay awake.[4] It’s a vicious cycle — you’re either not sleeping or you’re sleeping too much because you’re depressed or anxious; however, these sleep issues can also cause anxiety and depression.

Tips
  • First and foremost, if you feel like depression or anxiety is impacting your life, seek professional care.
  • Try deep breathing exercises, especially if you’re feeling anxious. At any time of day, take 10 deep, slow breaths. It will help stabilize your system.
  • Talk to someone, even when you feel like “turtling.” Find a trusted friend or therapist you can vent with to help unload some of those emotions.
Your Diet

The food we eat plays a much larger role in our health than most people think. You might think that donut can’t make that big of a difference, but the truth is, carb-heavy, fried, processed foods wreak havoc on our health, including our sleep patterns.

Eating a high-carb, high-fat diet is linked to poor sleep quality.

Your diet not only affects your daytime energy level but also your ability to sleep at night. Eating a lot of calories is linked with poor sleep quality, so try reducing portions.[5]

Eating a nutritious diet is linked with higher quality sleep. That means a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy fats. Eating nutrient-packed fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds will give you the most energy to get through the day.[5]

In addition to adding more healthy plant-based foods to your diet, ditch the fried foods and sweets. High carbs and fat in your meal or snack can increase your blood sugar and leave you exhausted.

Tips
  • Try kiwifruit in the evening. This delicious fruit has high levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with calm and relaxation.[5]
  • Eat a larger lunch or snacks throughout the day so that you don’t overindulge at dinner — it could keep you up all night with indigestion.
  • Drink some tart cherry juice before bed; studies show that this beverage reduces insomnia.[6]
Dehydration

Water makes up anywhere from 55 to 75 percent of our body weight. Hydration is essential to our lives. So it’s no surprise that even mild dehydration can cause significant increases in fatigue, anger, and confusion.[7] Most people do not get enough water each day.

Tips
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces every day. Stay hydrated!
  • Invest in a reusable bottle that you can carry with you. That way, you’ll never be concerned about running out of water, and you’ll be helping the earth too.
  • Avoid overhydration (drinking too much water without ingesting enough electrolytes) — it has the same physical and mental effects as dehydration.[8] Make sure to get some sodium, potassiumcalcium, and other electrolytes in your daily diet.
Alcohol and Caffeinated Drinks

What you’re drinking is just as important as the food you put in your body. Caffeine may be a great in-the-moment stimulant, but drinking too much of it can make you antsy and keep you awake.[9, 10]

The same goes for alcohol. Many people think a glass or two in the evening will lull them to sleep, but it’s actually more likely to keep you awake.[11]

Tips
  • Cut out caffeine and try coffee alternatives, from chai tea to the trendy Chaga mushroom drink. Herbal teas often contain healthy antioxidants and provide a delicious pick-me-up.
  • If you like to enjoy an alcoholic drink, do it only on the weekend when you don’t have to be as alert throughout the day and can alter your sleep routine.
  • If you don’t feel you can cut alcohol or caffeine out entirely, wean yourself off slowly.
Having a Sedentary Lifestyle

You may think that exercising might make you more tired — after all, you’re expending energy, so why would it give you more?

Surprisingly, a collection of studies dating as far back as 1945 show that staying active actually gives you more energy throughout the day.[12] With women, in particular, not getting enough movement can make you feel plum exhausted.[13] So get out there, stretch, walk, jog, do yoga, dance, and start moving!

Tips
  • Every 20 minutes, take a five-minute break and go for a walk. Move and stretch regularly, especially if you have a day job that requires a lot of sitting in front of a computer.
  • Get a portable bicycle pedal system so you can get in some physical activity while you’re sitting or at work.
  • If you can, sign up for classes at a local gym. It doesn’t matter if you start slow, just get started. Whether you try yoga, take a fun Zumba dance aerobics class, or pump iron in the gym, any exercise should help your fatigue and improve your sleep quality at night.
Thyroid Issues

The thyroid gland plays an important role in the body. It regulates hormones that influence body weight, mood, and more. Most importantly, it is the master of your metabolism.

If your thyroid slows down, you will feel fatigued. One of the major symptoms of hypothyroidism — an underactive thyroid — is sleepiness and constant fatigue.[14]

Tips
  • If you’re feeling unusually tired all the time, head to your healthcare provider and get your thyroid checked.
  • Eat iodine-rich foods or take iodine supplements; the thyroid requires it to function properly.[15]
  • Get enough selenium, which is another mineral your thyroid requires.
Sleep Apnea

Picture this: you’re fast asleep, enjoying a happy dream, when suddenly your partner shakes you awake, asking you to stop snoring. Or you wake up in the morning, and they’ve moved to the couch because your snoring is out of control. About 12 million Americans experience this every night, thanks to obstructive sleep apnea.[16]

Most often caused by a partially blocked airway, sleep apnea will cause you to stop breathing multiple times a night. You jolt back awake when your airway clears with a loud snort or choking noise. People with sleep apnea are frequently exhausted because they never reach a deep level of sleep.

Tips
  • Get evaluated by a professional; you may require a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, something that helps sleep apnea patients sleep better — and quieter, so your partner can sleep better, as well.
  • Shed pounds if you are overweight. Weight issues often cause sleep apnea, and it may resolve if you shed some pounds.
  • Wear a mouthguard when you sleep to keep your airway open.
Other Medical Conditions

The body is a complicated thing, and even the slightest imbalance can mess with other aspects of your system. Anemia, for example, can cause fatigue. So can a cold or flu, or recovering from a surgery or infection. Inner ear complaints can make you sleepy because your eyes and ears are working overtime to keep you balanced.

Another common condition that causes tiredness is chronic fatigue syndrome, where a person feels constantly fatigued, along with a host of other symptoms like muscle pain, headache, and memory loss.

If you are not sure of the cause of your fatigue and none of these natural tricks makes a difference, maybe a trip to your healthcare provider is in order.

Tips
  • Get a full blood test to see if anything, like iron, is out of whack in your body.
  • Have regular physicals with your healthcare provider to maintain optimal health. If you feel you may have a health condition, talk to your healthcare provider and take action.
  • Track your fatigue. If you keep a running list of when you’re getting tired and what you were doing at the time, you may find a pattern of fatigue that you can break out of.[17]
Best Supplements to Increase Energy

If those tips just aren’t doing it for you and, for whatever reason, you can’t perk up, a number of plant-based supplements may help boost your energy. Try these, or see our article 10 Supplements to Boost Energy.

Points to Remember

Fatigue affects everyone at some point. If you find yourself asking, “Why am I always tired and have no energy?” you can fix it by making changes to your lifestyle. Try and get seven or more hours of sleep a night, eat better to raise your metabolism, and exercise.

If you suspect something bigger is at play, get a check-up. Where your diet falls short, fill the gaps with supplements; several are excellent for fighting fatigue, like iodine, magnesium, and vitamin B12.

Find healthy ways to relax. Take a nice walk in nature with a friend. Engage in high-activity fun, as well as relaxing downtime, like hot aromatherapy baths and massages. You are worth it!

Remember, we are human beings, not human doings. Take care of yourself. There are so many different ways to reduce stress, eat healthier, and ultimately get more energy.

References
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  3. Han KS, et al. Stress and sleep disorder. Exp Neurobiol. 2012 Dec;21(4):141–150.
  4. Nutt D, et al. Sleep disorders as core symptoms of depression. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2008 Sep;10(3):329–336.
  5. St-Onge M-P, et al. Effects of diet on sleep quality. Adv Nutr. 2016 Sep;7(5):938–949.
  6. Pigeon WR, et al. Effects of a tart cherry juice beverage on the sleep of older adults with insomnia: a pilot study. J Med Food. 2010;13(3):579–583.
  7. Popkin BM, et al. Water, hydration and health. Nutr Rev. 2010 Aug;68(8):439–458.
  8. Riebl SK, Davy BM. The hydration equation: update on water balance and cognitive performance. ACSMs Health Fit J. 2013 November/December;17(6):21–28.
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  10. Sleep and Tiredness. UK National Health Service. Updated 23 Oct 2018. Accessed 14 Feb 2019.
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  12. Puetz TW. Physical activity and feelings of energy and fatigue. Sports Med. 2006;36(9):767–780.
  13. Ellingson LD, et al. Active and sedentary behaviors influence feelings of energy and fatigue in women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014;46(1):192–200.
  14. Louwerens M, et al. Fatigue and fatigue-related symptoms in patients treated for different causes of hypothyroidism. Eur J Endocrinol. 2012 Dec;167(6):809–815.
  15. Iodine Deficiency. American Thyroid Association. Accessed 11 Feb 2019.
  16. Always Tired? You May Have Sleep Apnea. Office of the Commissioner. US Food and Drug Administration Home Page. Updated 14 Dec 2017. Accessed 27 Nov 2018.
  17. Larun L, et al. Exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;12:CD003200.

Originally published at Global Healing Center and reproduced here with permission.

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About the Author

Dr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world. Dr. Group is a veteran of the United States Army and has attended both Harvard and MIT business schools. He is a best-selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, documentary films, and in major publications.

Dr. Group centres his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. He believes it is his personal mission to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment, and positive thinking. This, he believes, can restore happiness and love to the world.

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The Sun And Skin Cancer: Examining The Truths, Pseudo-Truths And Lies Of Mainstream Science

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Dr. Michelle KmiecGuest Writer

So we hear the sun is good for you… and then the sun is bad for you… and then later the sun is good for you again. Or is it bad for you now? … I just can’t keep it straight. Isn’t this game of ‘good-bad-good’ played on just about every topic under the sun? (Terrible pun, I know… sorry about that)?

We are a society immersed in fear… fear… and more fear. So the sun being another object of fear isn’t any big surprise.

The notion that we, people that live on the surface of this planet, should cover-up and stay out of the sun as much as possible has always struck a strange chord with me. I could believe something like this if we, in fact, lived underground and were nocturnal cave dwellers; only to come out at night to work and play.

But we are not nocturnal by nature. We sleep at night and are active during the day. Did nature get this wrong? Could this perhaps be nature’s biggest joke on us? Or are we the ones who are confused? To find out, let’s take a look at how our bodies interact with natural sunlight…

There are reasons why we are active during the day rather than at night, and our physiology proves it:

  1. The pineal gland provides melatonin at night and serotonin during the day.
  2. We have excellent day vision and poor night vision.
  3. Vitamin D is a vitamin-like hormone that our body makes only with direct sun exposure.
  4. Not to mention that we are “programmed” to be drawn to the sun. Don’t we all just love that warm sunny day?  Doesn’t it do absolute wonders on your state of mind?

Nonetheless, we’ve been told to stay out of the sun, cover up, and lather on the sunscreen on. And aren’t we totally brain washed regarding sunscreen? We are told that if we don’t put on the sunscreen, we’ll get wrinkles and/or get skin cancer. Right? Sound familiar?

And now the latest myth about being out in the sun… it is becoming more dangerous due to the shrinking ozone layer causing the sun rays to be stronger than ever before, of course causing more skin cancer. But that’s another topic altogether.

UVA and UVB Rays:

Before we go into more detail, here’s a little refresher on UVB and UVA rays.

UVA rays:
  • Passes through window glass.
  • Is always present despite changes in altitude or weather.
  • Penetrates deep into skin layers
  • Totals 5% of the sun’s rays
  • Are 20 times more abundant than UVB rays
UVB rays:
  • Do not pass through window glass
  • Cause the skin to burn and tan
  • Are responsible for normal vitamin D production
  • Vary in intensity with the weather conditions, altitude, season and time of day
  • Totals 0.5% of the sun’s rays
Truth, Pseudo-Truth, and Lies

So let’s take a good look at what is truth, what is pseudo-truth, and what is a flat out lie.

Truth: There has been an increase in skin cancer rates in the United States, as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Question: Why would there be an increase of skin cancer despite our use of sunscreen?

Pseudo-truth: While most sunscreens advertise that they protect against UVB rays, they actually do little to protect from UVA rays. There are, however, sunscreens that do protect against UVA rays, such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide as well as products that contain mexoryl.

Flat out lie: So instead of asking the question as to why skin cancer is on the increase, we continue to slap on the sunscreen or worse, stay out of the sun altogether. But is it the sun that is really so dangerous or is there another cause that is conveniently overlooked?

The answer is surprising, and it comes straight from the FDA as well as The American Skin Cancer foundation (believe it or not).

In one word: photosensitivity

The Truth About Sunscreens

A report from the FDA states the following:

The FDA reports that the following list of substances cause photosensitivity or have photo-reactive agents in them, and that chronic Sun exposure while using these chemicals can cause Skin Cancer:

  • Medications
  • Food additives
  • Deodorants
  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Petroleum products (including Vaseline)
  • Antihistamines
  • Cold and allergy medicines
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (including aspirin (Amigesic), ibuprofen (Motrin), Aleve (naproxen sodium), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine))
  • Antibiotics (including the tetracyclines and sulfonamides)
  • Sunscreens (containing bergamot oil, sandalwood oil, benzophenones, PABA, cinnamates, salicylates, anthranilates, PSBA, mexenone, and oxybenzone)

Know anybody that uses any of these products? You perhaps? Can we really say that only the sun that causes skin cancer?

Isn’t it interesting there are no warning labels on any of these products? Especially sunscreens?!Makes you wonder doesn’t it? But wait… it gets better.

The FDA states, in the same report, that chronic exposure to photo-reactive chemicals (like those listed above) can cause:

  • Premature skin aging: Due to the sun…. or chemicals?
  • Stronger allergic reactions: Why are human beings seemingly allergic to Earth?
  • Cataracts: Visual disorders?
  • Blood vessel damage:  Cardiovascular Disorders?
  • Weakened immune system: Autoimmune Disorders?
  • Skin cancer: Is this really a surprise?

You don’t have to be a scientist to put some logic to the test here: Sunscreens cause photosensitivity, and those with photosensitivity are more likely to develop cancer than those with “normal”skin.

Referring to the FDA’s report on the substances that cause photosensitivity, an article in Science Daily ‘Medications May Increase Sensitivity to Sunlight reported:

“Though these drugs do not directly increase the risk of skin cancer, serious sunburns, particularly in children, have been associated with an increased incidence of skin cancers later in life

If you take another look at that list, we are talking about a lot more than just drugs! Food additives, deodorants and soaps all appear on that list.

It amazes me that we continue to be told that the solution to this problem is to simply put on sunscreen! But wait, oops… sunscreen is on that list too!

Why aren’t there warning labels on the sunscreen informing us that it can cause photosensitivity and cancer? Sounds a little counter-productive to me.

Sun Exposure

Flat out lie: Those who spend more time in the sun are more likely to get skin cancer. Thus, the reason it is so important to cover up and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

A must read is the latest report out of the United Kingdom, “Sunlight Robbery”. An excerpt states the following [I have bolded areas for emphasis]:

“…there are real doubts about the way in which sun exposure causes melanoma. Adults who work outdoors and children who play outdoors are regularly exposed to the sun and are less likely to develop melanoma than those who work or play more indoors. While people who have irregular exposure to the sun and those who recall being sunburnt have a higher risk of melanoma, especially if they have a fair skin type. Occasional exposure of skin to sunlight appears to carry the greatest risk of melanoma, while regular exposure of skin to sunlight appears to protect against melanoma, probably because it provides higher levels of vitamin D which are protective against cancer in general.”

Of course, sunscreen does a great job of protecting us from UVB rays, but there is a problem. It’s the UVB rays that our body needs for vitamin D production. And if Vitamin D is protective against cancer… well…

So What Are We To Do?

Firstly, use natural alternatives of the products listed in the FDA report.

Sure, there are some substances in nature that cause photosensitivity as well. But if the only interest of the FDA, and other groups such as The American Skin Cancer Foundation, is to protect the general public, then why aren’t  they looking at the chemical ingredients that are in the products which are known to cause photosensitivity? Why isn’t more interest being given to alternative treatments that could prevent these photosensitive reactions from medications? Not to mention all the other side-effects?

Instead, mainstream science stands steadfast in its ideology against alternative treatments. Puzzling, isn’t it?

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About the Author

Dr. Michelle Kmiec is a board-certified chiropractic physician who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and a minor in Medical Research. She is a life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from MS and chronic anxiety, became an avid nutrition health researcher/promoter.

She has been featured in many Health magazines and has been a guest on radio talk shows in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She is the author of the book “Healthcare Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession”, Founder of Online Holistic Health, and a contributing writer for other popular informative health website/blogs. She is also co-founder of Crazy Meets Common Sense! – the Podcast that makes sense out of the crazy, to help you live a more healthy, fulfilling and empowering life!

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The Truth About Insomnia, Depression And Anxiety

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Dr. Michelle KmiecGuest Writer

In today’s fast-paced society, it isn’t any wonder that so many people suffer from depression. But is the answer to this modern day epidemic really found with big pharma meds? The answer is unmistakably NO! Depression is generally a symptom of a much bigger problem – the general health of America (and other countries) has been on a dramatic decline due to chronic exposure to multiple stressors. Some of these stressors include:

  • Environmental (air, water pollution, processed and chemical ridden foods, etc)
  • Emotional (work, societal, family, etc)
  • Physical (lack or over exercise, smoking, excess alcohol, etc)

… all of which significantly deplete the body of vital nutrients. If the nutrients the body requires for optimal health are not replenished, symptoms of disease are soon to follow. So let’s talk a bit about these nutrients.

Without amino acids, life would not be possible. However, in order for amino acids to function properly, a balance must be maintained in conjunction with vitamin, minerals and other substances which are necessary for good health. For example tryptophan (precursor to serotonin), must first react with Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Water-soluble vitamins like B vitamin and Vitamin C are easily destroyed. And if they are not replaced daily, a deficiency is sure to follow. In the case of tryptophan, if there is insufficient Vitamin B6 and/or Vitamin C in the body, the tryptophan-serotonin pathway is then blocked resulting in low serotonin levels in the body. And the effects of low serotonin levels in the body are extremely well-known. They are:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eventual hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Many people have tried to use tryptophan to help with these conditions only to later give up because they did not achieve the results they were hoping for. Without addressing all of the deficiencies, you can see that the result would be impossible to achieve. Unfortunately, even modern medicine hasn’t made this obvious connection. Instead of addressing the cause, countless big pharma meds have been created to treat the symptoms of these conditions (many based on serotonin, the very hormone that is dependent upon tryptophan). Popular prescriptions for insomnia have recently made headlines due to “Risk of Death”. The following are only some that have been named:

  • Ambien
  • Restoril
  • Sonata
  • Lunesta

A recent article on FOX News.com stated,

“People who took more than 132 pills a year were not only  five times more likely to die, but were also atgreater risk of developing several types of cancer, and 35% more likely to be diagnosed with any type of cancer, overall”

In the UK, the following was said in an eye opening article;

“Experts have warned that sleeping pills prescribed in the UK could increase the risk of death more than four-fold.” also finding that… “The meagre benefits of hypnotics, as critically reviewed by groups without financial interest, would not justify substantial risks.” – Sleeping Pills ‘Quadruple Risk Of Death’

The list of drugs used for treating anxiety is almost endless, however some of the more popular include:

  • Cymbalta
  • Ativan
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Valium
  • Xanax

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, naturopath, wrote an interesting article in Psychology Today. He states,

“These anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications are among the most prescribed in the United States – and possibly the most dangerous. According to a report in the 2010 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, people who use anti-anxiety medication have a 36% increased mortality risk. That means persons using these drugs are almost 40% more likely to die than people who do not use them…”

To further support this argument was a Canadian study done 2010 finding that the dangers of anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs were significant enough to conclude the following;

“…physicians should systematically consider possibilities for non-pharmacological treatment of sleep disturbances and anxiety.”

A highly recommended read is Anti-Anxiety Drugs: The Facts About the Effects published by Citizens Commission on Human Rights. Anti-depressants are not in short supply. The list of these drugs grows every year, no doubt to the high demand and obvious profit that is tied to this modern day epidemic. Some of the more popular are:

  • Wellbutrin
  • Cymbalta
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft

But these drugs are not what they were advertised to be. The following movie is revealing:

Depression is NOT a Chemical Imbalance Here is the PROOF!

Furthermore, recently the FDA warned patients and physicians of the link between SSRI antidepressants and Birth Defects. For more, see Natural Cure for Depression Silenced?

So for many it’s a question of, “What do I do now?” And the answer has been here all along. Real nutrition, supplement the deficiencies, stress management, and moderate exercise. Personally, I experienced all three symptoms on that list: insomnia, anxiety and possibly depression. Never did the medical doctors (and I went to four looking for answers):

  • Show concern about my lifestyle habits (stress, exercise, etc)
  • Show concern for chemicals in the air, water and food supply
  • Show concern about nutritional deficiencies
  • Show concern as to WHY I felt these symptoms
Medication tablets on table
Yale Study Reveals 1 In 3 Drugs Have Safety Issues Even After FDA Approval. Click here to read the article.

What they did however, was give me free sample of drugs to, “Try it and see if they help, and if it doesn’t, we’ll try a different drug (or add another one)”. (See “My Story of Healing“) Another example an amino acid deficiency and disease can be found with arginine. An arginine can potentially cause high blood pressure and eventual cardiovascular disease. This is because arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide (NO), which is vital for healthy cardiovascular health. This is evident by the drugs most commonly prescribed for angina pectoris (severe chest pain due to a lack of blood, thus oxygen supply to the heart muscle). For more, see Heart Disease: Nitric Oxide/Arginine Cure? Some of the more popular drugs include:

  • Caduet
  • Coreg
  • Nitrostate
  • Ranexa

The key to true health lays in cause, not masking the symptoms. With depression/anxiety and cardiovascular/heart disease being major health issues of today, you can see the importance of having amino acids in balance with other nutrients. Without amino acids, many vitamins and minerals could not be utilized in the body. And with the U.S. steadfast in a nutrient deficient diet consisting of never-ending processed foods, fast-foods, and with added chemicals, preservatives, and food additives…as well as the increasing dispersal of prescription drugs for everything under the sun, it’s more than likely that we suffer from amino acid imbalances at a greater extent than we once thought. If this wasn’t the case, wouldn’t people be getting healthier rather than sicker!

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Dr. Michelle Kmiec is a board-certified chiropractic physician who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and a minor in Medical Research. She is a life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from MS and chronic anxiety, became an avid nutrition health researcher/promoter.

She has been featured in many Health magazines and has been a guest on radio talk shows in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She is the author of the book “Healthcare Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession”, Founder of Online Holistic Health, and a contributing writer for other popular informative health website/blogs. She is also co-founder of Crazy Meets Common Sense! – the Podcast that makes sense out of the crazy, to help you live a more healthy, fulfilling and empowering life!

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The Link Between Stress And Intestinal Parasites – And What To Do About Them

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Dr. Michelle KmiecGuest Writer

Many of you already know that I was extremely ill just over ten years ago. My symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis were text book. I could barely walk, was dangerously thin (98 pounds), and suffered with electrical symptoms in my limbs and torso. Needless to say… it was awful! (see my story here: Crossroads in Life – A Journey Back to Health)

However, I did not want to believe that my only option was to take big pharma drugs, and live my life bound to a wheelchair; and that was my predicted future. So I decided to be my own guinea pig, and try as many different holistic treatments that offered hope. The first thing, on my holistic menu of options was to totally detox my body, and this included clearing out any intestinal (as well as liver and heart) parasites.

At first I, like many of you, couldn’t believe that it was possible to have parasites in the first place! After all, I live in the United States! And besides, if you just Google “intestinal parasites”, you’ll find that websites such as WebMD state that parasites in the USA are rare. But other sites such as CureZone offer thousands of anecdotal stories of people who 100% disagree.

Yeah I know… ”anecdotal” is hardly “evidence based”. Yet, as far as I am concerned, anecdotal stories are far more accurate than what western medicine tells us, especially since people are sicker today than ever before. Furthermore, you can now add my name to the “anecdotal” list!

When I decided to cure myself naturally, I was not prepared for the amount of research I was going to have to do. But I was scared, and I wanted treatments, remedies, and therapies that at least had a track record of helping others. Happily, as I learned more and more, I found these “holistic” treatments were actually more physiologically sound than the current medical options for health conditions and disease that are offered today.

As it turns out, the more your body becomes acidic, the more fertile your system becomes for the exponential growth of parasites, reduction of good intestinal flora, and the decrease of nutrients. This all leads to a weakened immune system which can then reach a point of disease.

How does your body become acidic?

Chronic Stress!

This stress can take the form of many things… such as:

  • Constant worry
  • Always wanting to be in control
  • Always too hard on yourself
  • Issues surrounding money
  • Emotional conflicts with family and loved ones
  • Living your life to someone else’s expectations

I’m sure you can come up with a few more solid reasons for chronic stress. Of course, what do many of us do to counteract all this stress? Well, we drink too much, smoke, eat too much, and take big pharma meds. for the depression  and  anxiety that all of this stress ultimately causes — all of which contribute to the acidity of the body (and other stress factors).

I was no exception! My body had become so depleted nutritionally that I couldn’t even absorb the nutrition I so desperately needed.

The proof was the result of a parasite cleanse – the release of literally hundreds of parasites via elimination! Hands down, not a pleasant experience, but in the end (no pun intended) it was the beginning of my journey back to health.

So what did I do to eliminate the parasites? I used a product that is found in most health food and grocery stores: ParaGONE by Renew Life. Could there be better formulas out there? Maybe… But this is the one I used, and found it 100% effective.

Oddly enough, at the same time I developed a craving for a variety of seeds and spices. Sure it could have been because I was deficient in zinc, magnesium, etc, which are found in many seeds… but honestly, I was deficient in everything at this point! After a bit of research, I found something that hit the nail on the head a bit more accurately…

Seeds, Spices, and Oil Kill Parasites!

That’s right, many seeds, spices, and oils kill parasites.

  • Pumpkin seeds, sunflower, and sesame are known to kill and/or “stun” parasites.
  • Papaya seeds (in combination with honey) kill/remove parasites.
  • Garlic and onions are high in amino acids which contains sulphur; thus the strong door. It is because of the sulphur that they are deadly to parasites.
  • Grapeseed oil and coconut oil are both known for their anti-parasitic properties.
  • Cayeene & Turmeric, which are anti-parasitic AND anti-inflammatory, can also help heal the damage done to your gut by parasites.
This blew me away!  

So, I made a gourmet snack with my new seed appetite!  I bought raw pumpkin and papaya seeds and covered them with grapeseed oil. I added garlic, sea salt, cayenne, and turmeric. Then baked them for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit. Delicious!

You should be aware, however, that in some cases you may experience something that is known as healing reaction/crisis. Also known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, it is a reaction to endotoxins released by the death of harmful organisms in the body. This means that you may have gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, chills, nausea, fever, and aches-pains. Don’t worry though, this typically doesn’t last for more than a few days and the symptoms are mild, and it simply means you are experiencing “die-off” – the parasites are dying, and that’s a good thing!

It’s important to drink a lot of water to help flush out your system. Yes, this means flushing out the parasites too, and you may notice these parasites in your stool. I know this sounds scary, but it truly isn’t. Better in your stool than in your gut, right?

Luckily, the die-off symptoms from treating yourself with seeds and spices are far less than die-off symptoms from taking products such as ParaGONE. However, if you choose to take the more aggressive treatment, keep in mind to start the detox SLOW. And if your die-off symptoms become a bit too much…. slow down some more.

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One more thing!

Parasites secrete ammonia in small amounts when alive, and even more when they die off. When this happens, it significantly adds to the symptoms of the healing crisis. Though drinking a lot water helps, there is something else that I consider very vital – the amino acid L-ornithine.

“L-ornithine acts like sponge or magnet. Because of its affinity to ammonia (due to its involvement during the Krebs cycle), l- ornithine helps the body remove the ammonia. This can significantly reduce the effects of the healing crisis.”

Remember, healing takes time… so be kind to your body!

Recommended Articles by Dr. Michelle Kmiec
About the Author

Dr. Michelle Kmiec is a board-certified chiropractic physician who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and a minor in Medical Research. She is a life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from MS and chronic anxiety, became an avid nutrition health researcher/promoter.

She has been featured in many Health magazines and has been a guest on radio talk shows in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She is the author of the book “Healthcare Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession”, Founder of Online Holistic Health, and a contributing writer for other popular informative health website/blogs. She is also co-founder of Crazy Meets Common Sense! – the Podcast that makes sense out of the crazy, to help you live a more healthy, fulfilling and empowering life!

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Study: Organic Diet “Significantly Reduces” Urinary Pesticide Levels In Children & Adults

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What Happened:  A 2019 study published in the journal Environmental Research titled, “Organic diet intervention significantly reduces urinary pesticide levels in U.S. children and adults” highlighted that diet is the primary source of pesticide exposure in both children and adults in the United States. It found that an organic diet significantly reduced neonicotinoid, OP pyrethroid, 2,4-D exposure, with the greatest reduction observed in malathion, clothianidin, and chlorpyrifos.

The researchers noted that all of us are exposed “to a cocktail of toxic synthetic pesticides linked to a range of health problems from our daily diets.” They explain how “certified organic food is produced without these pesticides,” and ask the question, “Can eating organic really reduce levels of pesticides in our bodies?” They tested four American families that don’t typically eat organic food to find out. All pesticides detected in the body dropped an average of 60.5% after just six days on an organic diet.

First, we tested the levels of pesticides in their bodies on a non-organic diet for six days. We found 14 chemicals representing potential exposure to 40 different pesticides in every study participant. These included organophosphates, pyrethroids, neonicotinoids and the phenoxy herbicide 2,4-D. Some of the pesticides we found are linked to increased risk of cancer, infertility, learning disabilities, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more. (source)

The most significant drops occurred in a class of nerve agent pesticides called organo-phosphates. This class includes chlorpyrifos, a highly toxic pesticide linked to increased rates of autism, learning disabilities and reduced IQ in children. Organophosphates are so harmful to children’s developing brains that scientists have called for a full ban. (source)

A lot of the food we now spray on our food were initially developed as nerve gases for chemical warfare:

To understand this controversial issue it is helpful to look at the history of pesticide use. Prior to World War II, the pesticides that we use now did not yet exist. Some pesticides currently in use were in fact developed during World War II for use in warfare. The organophosphate insecticides were developed as nerve gases, and the phenoxy herbicides, including 2,4-D (the most commonly used herbicide in Canada), were created to eradicate the Japanese rice crop, and later used as a component of Agent Orange to defoliate large areas in jungle warfare. After World War II, these chemicals began to be used as pesticides in agricultural production, for environmental spraying of neighbourhoods, for mosquito eradication, and for individual home and garden use. –  Ontario College of Family Physicians

It’s also noteworthy to mention that A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition carried out a meta-analysis based on 343 peer-reviewed publications that indicate “statistically significant and meaningful differences in composition between organic and non-organic crops/crop based foods.” The study found that

The study found that Phenolic acids are 19% higher in organic foods,  Flavanones are 69% higher in organic foods (linked to reduced risk of several age-related chronic diseases), Stilbenes are 28% higher in organic foods, Flavones are 26% higher in organic foods, Flavonol is 50% higher in organic foods and Anthocyanins are 51% higher in organic foods.

Apart from nutritional content, the study also measured for concentrations of the toxic metal Cadmium (Cd), finding that in conventional foods, “significantly higher concentrations” were found. Conventional foods appear to have nearly 50% more of this heavy metal than organic foods. Furthermore, significant differences were also detected for other minerals and vitamins.

When it comes to pesticide residues on non-organic foods, the authors found that the volume of pesticide residues was four times higher in conventional crops.

Another study conducted by researchers from RMIT university nearly 5 years ago published in the journal Environmental Research found that eating an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults by up to 90%.

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The Takeaway

At the end of the day, people are and have been voting with their dollar. More grocery stores and brands are offering organic options, and the industry is starting to recognize that it’s in demand. Furthermore, more people are growing whatever food they can. At the end of the day, sprayed food not only has implications for human health, but it’s detrimental to the environment as well. This is a big problem on planet Earth, we are constantly told that GMO food and the spraying of crops is the only way to combat world hunger and changes in climate, but this sentiment goes against a plethora of information showing that local organic farming/agriculture is the most sustainable.

This article (Study: Organic Diet “Significantly Reduces” Urinary Pesticide Levels In Children & Adults) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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