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Genesis of the Disease
The immune system is a group of cells that normally protects the body from infection. In autoimmune diseases like JM, however, once these cells turn on their infection-fighting process, they cannot turn it off. This process therefore damages the body instead of protecting it.
One way the immune system cells fight infection is through inflammation. But when the cells cannot turn off the inflammation process, tissues are damaged. In JM sufferers, the skin rash and weak muscles are caused by vasculitis, an inflammation in the blood vessels that lie under the skin and in the muscles. Since blood vessels run throughout the human body, JM can also affect other systems such as the digestive tract.
What causes JM?
Many researchers believe that there is a genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases. As such, they feel that a child afflicted with JM is likely to have a blood relative who suffers from another autoimmune disease such as diabetes or arthritis.
The autoimmune disease initially presents itself when an invasive "trigger" causes the body's immune system to overreact. It is believed that this trigger could be a virus, a vaccine or an environmental hazard.
What are the symptoms of JM?
The primary symptoms of JM are weak or painful muscles, skin rash (with JDM), fatigue and fever. Some children experience joint pain as well.
Here's a news story about a boy's struggle with JM: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/columnists/morrow/article_7c427faa-93ed-5567-a432-84539f3fc6ca.html
Sunday, September 12, 2010
All Salts Are Not Created Equal
There are many differences between common table salt and natural salt. Table salt is actually 7.5 and sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Our ocean water source is heavy metal-contaminated and requires refining. It's dried in excess of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, which alters the natural chemical structure of the salt. This process leaves the body void of benefits, as does GMO foods.
Many physicians and media sources warn us against using salt, but this warning is regarding high sodium levels in processed foods. Consuming table salt also causes excess fluid in your body tissue, which can contribute to cellulite, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, and kidney and gall stones.
LNH suggests Himalayan salt, as it is the purest available, uncontaminated by pollutants, and is perfectly structured energetically. It is mined by hand and hand washed. It's a fact that salt is essential to life -- using the best salt is a choice for optimum health.
Himalayan salt contains all 84 elements found in your body. Benefits include:
• Regulating the water content throughout your body.
• Promoting a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
• Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging.
• Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body.
• Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract.
• Supporting respiratory health.
• Promoting sinus health.
• Prevention of muscle cramps.
• Promoting bone strength.
• Regulating your sleep -- it naturally promotes sleep.
• Supporting your libido.
• Promoting vascular health.
• In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.
Himalayan salt can be used in cooking, medicinally and as a detoxifying bath. It's great for the skin and quite detoxifying, and can be done once, twice a week, or every day, depending on your health. Consult your naturopath for assistance.
It is suggested to use 2 cups to 2 pounds of salt in your bath (depending on the size of your tub) in filtered water. Water filters are available for showers and tubs at your local health food store or online. If you'd like, light some candles and play your favorite music to relax and soak for up to 30 minutes, depending on your health and needs. Leave the phone in the other room and just be at peace with yourself.
Tip: Lie back and immerse your head in the water up past your ears, and listen to yourself breathe -- there's something very calming about focused rhythmic breathing.
Male Fish Now Exhibiting Female Traits Due to
Toxic Chemicals and Pharma Runoff
In a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report, intersex fish were found in a third of all 111 sites tested across the United States, including in major waterways such as the Mississippi River and the Rio Grande. The phenomenon occurred in 16 different species, but was most common in male smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Researchers agree that the phenomenon is almost certainly caused by the presence of pollutants in the water, including endocrine- (hormone) disrupting chemicals and the residue of pharmaceutical products.
"We have not been able to identify one particular chemical or one particular source," said USGS biologist Vicki Blazer. "We are still trying to get a handle on what chemicals are important."
Among the chemicals likely to be contributing to the problem, Blazer cited birth control pills and other hormone-containing drugs, antibacterial products including tissues, personal care products (especially those containing fragrances), flame retardants, pesticides and fertilizers.