Boron – Is it Healthy?

Boron (pronounced BO-ron) is an element discovered in 1808.  It has many uses including pyrotechnics and flares.  An isotope (Boron 10) is a good absorber of neutrons and is used in control rods of reactors, as a radiation shield and as a neutron detector.

Boron has many uses including a detergent booster (Borax), and is an ingredient in making borosilicate glass. 

But, are their any uses for human health?  YUP!

In fact we can use Borax (Sodium Tetraborate, hexahydrate or sodium borate ) as a source of Boron to improve health.

From http://www.growyouthful.com, sources provided:

A limited amount of boron is absolutely essential for good health. Here are some of its properties (at different concentrations):

  • Protect’s you from Fluorides. Borax protects against the accumulation of fluorides in the body; is effective as an antidote in fluoride toxicity; and can remove fluorides from the body. (1,2,3,4,5,20)
  • Anti-microbial. Borax is toxic to insects, parasites, protozoa and bacteria.
  • Fungicide. Effective against moulds and fungi, internally and externally. (17,18)
  • Anti-viral.
  • Hormone normaliser. Stimulates the production of hormones, stabilises estrogen, assists with insulin use and blood glucose control, triglyceride use and production of reactive oxygen. With boron sufficiency, blood serum triglyceride levels are significantly lower. (12) Estrogen replacement therapy may not be necessary. (13,16)
  • Immune system enhancer. (12) Promotes healing of wounds. (14)
  • Reduction and control of inflammation. (14,16)
  • Aphrodisiac for men and women. See low libido. Boron stimulates the production of DHT and testosterone (14,16) and normalises oestrogen.
  • Toxin removal. Chelator / protection from heavy metals. (8)
  • Stabiliser of calcium, silicon, copper and magnesium levels, inhibits calcification. (12). Boron sufficiency normalises calcium levels, preventing both abnormal calcium deposition and bone weakness. (12,13,14) Boron sufficiency inhibits the accumulation of inorganic copper in the bones (12) and prevents loss of bone. (13) Boron assists with the assimilation of various minerals, particularly calcium and silicon. Those with insufficient boron in their diets may suffer a variety of bone, skin and connective tissue ailments. Insufficient body silicon is associated with rapid aging.
  • Mental enhancement. Improves attention, both short and long term memory, perception, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity. (12,14)

Borax as a remedy

Borax has successfully been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments. (7,9,10,12,13,14,15,16) You can use it for both prevention and treatment.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis. This is an inflammatory autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own joints, causing degeneration and deformity. It is more common in women, and can occur at any age. Often it develops into osteoarthritis. Work by Prof Roger Wyburn-Mason identified an amoeba in the joint as the cause in certain susceptible people. Boron is an effective cure. (14,15)
  • Osteoarthritis is a wearing away of the joints, particularly those that have been subject to trauma, infection or over-use when injured. It is more common in men. The cartilage or tough fibrous matter around the joint wears away and the bones rub against each other, causing pain and and further permanent damage to the joint. (14,15)
  • Osteoporosis (decalcification of the bones) or osteopenia. (12,13,14)
  • Other bone and connective tissue diseases such as Dupuytren’s disease.
  • Blood lipid disorders, hypertension (high blood pressure), arterial diseases. (12,14)
  • Obesity.
  • Cancer. (6,14,19) Boron may be a preventative for prostate cancer.
  • Swollen gums or loose teeth (pyorrhoea). This is a bit like arthritis of the teeth and gums.
  • Antiseptic. Very effective for bladder infection and urinary tract infection (UTI). (17) For other infections apply topically or take internally diluted to the recommended dose.
  • Spondylitis (arthritis of the spine with inflammation in the joints). Calcium is lost from the spinal vertebrae, leading to fusion and disc degeneration. Spondylitis responds to mineral treatments, particularly boron.
  • Gout. Boron is an effective remedy.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus.

In the USA you can purchase 20 Mule Team Borax at most grocery stores.  You should check the label and avoid any added ingredients or scents.

My wife and I started taking this as a “concentrate” made by adding a teaspoon of Borax to one quart of water.  Let it fully dissolve, then take one teaspoon of the liquid with meals 2 or 3 times a day.  You can take higher doses to handle conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, joint pain, and muscle cramps.

For fungal infections (including candida), mycoplasma, and removing fluoride – take 14 teaspoons of the concentrate daily.

So you see that taking something that is natural and inexpensive, like Borax, can be beneficial to our health!

Since we just started taking this, I will update in a few months, to review our changes!

To Your Health!

 

Weight Loss and MORE!

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Let’s face it, we’ve been concerned and frustrated about our collective weight for DECADES!  Fad diets come and go, exercise plans, gyms and equipment proliferate.  However the weight, for the most part, has been difficult to shed at best!

Many people lose weight – temporarily, but usually gain it back and more!  So what’s going on?

Our bodies are like flex-fuel vehicles that can burn more than one type of fuel for energy.  We can use glucose, fat, or protein.  Protein is not the ideal choice as we can lose valuable muscle mass.  Glucose is not good either as it causes inflammation and WEIGHT GAIN.  So that leaves FAT!  The best choice is good fat!  Wait, but fat makes you fat, right? 

No, that’s a myth that we’ve been under, collectively, for decades!

Sugar is nasty stuff!  It should be called “Heroin-Lite” as it is very addictive and causes major damage to our bodies.  Sugar can cause insulin resistance, a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes (two very common chronic diseases). Insulin is a very important hormone in the body. It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat!

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Our current diets contain a very large percentage of sugar (all carbohydrates are sugar). The image below shows the breakdown of sources of sugar:

e9051ff6865ca8f8655b69f029b02b2aOver the years our bodies have adapted to utilize sugar as the main fuel source, because of the huge intake of carbs and the minimized intake of fat.  But burning sugar over fat is like burning wood in our stoves and not gas.  The fat and the gas are much cleaner burning and fat contains more energy.

So what’s the answer?  Train our bodies to burn fat, not sugar for energy!  How do we do that?  It’s very simple, increase the fat percentage in our diet (good fats!) and reduce the carb intake.  Sort of like this:

ketogenic-dietIt’s called the Ketogenic Diet, and it’s gaining popularity among elite athletes and others (including me and my wife).  Ketones are formed in the blood when the body starts burning fat instead of glucose.  In order to make the ketogenic diet work we must become ketone adaptive.  This means we want to be in the”zone” as shown here:

optimal-ketosis-range-2We want to be just before Starvation Ketosis.  This would be the ideal range for blood ketones.  You can actually measure your blood ketone with a ketone meter:

ScreenShot2012-10-02at124247PMWe use the “Precision Xtra” available on Amazon for about $25.  It can be easy for some to reach this state, and very difficult for others, partly depending on their current diet (sugar is very addictive). You should reduce your carb intake to ~50 grams or less per day.  That’s the hard part.  However you can have fat, such as organic butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, full fat organic (or grass fed) dairy, bone broth (organic chicken or grass fed beef), and grass fed beef, so you may not miss the carbs!

Incorporate a moderate exercise program, and to enhance the process do some form of fasting.  We have so far opted for what they call intermittent fasting where after eating dinner at 7pm-ish we don’t eat until lunch the next day, about 1:00pm.  This gives us about a 16 hour fasting period each day, and we re not hungry!

The benefits o following a ketogenic diet are numerous:

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So following a ketogenic diet has many plus factors, more energy, reduced weight, and improved health!  So why not give it a try?!  Let us know how you make out!

To Your Health!

 

TOXIC!

ToxicEver wonder why so may people are sick and dying?  The older I get, the more I hear of people succumbing to chronic diseases and some dying.  I know of a few friends that have been affected as well!

Well I wonder this on a day to day basis, as I am a holistic practitioner, working with a Naturopathic Doctor, in a Holistic Wellness center.  We see people suffering from a vast range of problems, that have “accumulated” over many decades of life.  Just about all these issues can be attributed to toxins and a lack of proper nutrition.

There seems to be a common thread in just about ALL these people – chronic toxic exposure – coupled with the inability of their own bodies to eliminate these toxins.

And why can’t their bodies eliminate?  Well, they haven’t been giving the body what it need to perform at the best level! Clean nutritious food, air, water, and environment!

Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to ingest a “CLEAN, NUTRITIOUS” source of food, drink from a “CLEAN, NON CONTAMINATED” source of water, and breath real “FRESH AIR”.

The other problem is our exposure to toxins in our immediate environment.  Where we work, how we clean our houses, and or exposure to EMFs!

If we don’t go the extra mile to obtain good sources of food, water, and air, and mitigate our exposure to chemicals, we will suffer!

Toxic2We also must mitigate our exposure!  Some people are not aware of potential sources of toxins:Toxins TILTThe exposure to these toxins, coupled with the inability to rid the body of them, results in just about ALL chronic disease!

And it goes even further to include STRESS!  FYI there are 3 basic types of stress PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL, and EMOTIONAL!  Your body does not know or care about which stress it is – it reacts the same.  So you must also address the emotional issues.

So to conclude, the answer to the opening question is now very clear!  We can all help eliminate chronic disease, and it’s consequences, by making simple changes, Eat organic foods (or grow your own), drink only distilled water (it’s the best to help detox the body), and check your environment – make the needed changes to mitigate your exposure!

To Your Health!

98.97% of Consumed Vitamins are Made of Synthetics or Rocks!

Fruits-in-capsule-300x300Really?!  While the actual percentage might vary from the above statistic, the overwhelming majority of vitamins and minerals consumed by the public are NOT NATURAL, and may be working AGAINST your health!

Like many people who are concerned about their foods these days (GMOs, lack of nutrients, and toxins) you are probably taking a vitamin supplement to make sure you are getting what your body requires to maintain good health, but are you sure your vitamins are real and pure?  Sadly, most supplement formulas do not contain vitamins and minerals as found in foods.  Even though the labels might say “natural”, the ingredients are almost always USP synthetic vitamins and commercially mined and processed rocks!  And while rocks are natural for plants, they are not a natural food for humans.

The intended food chain is that the plants ingest the rocks, they detoxify them, and we eat the plants!  Wonderful system that has worked for millennia, but now manufacturers (keeping an eye on the bottom line) use the rocks directly because the are cheaper!

Natural-C-vs-SyntheticThe synthetic vitamins and the natural are completely different, the natural versions have other components.  For example vitamin C is NOT just ascorbic acid, there are  minerals and bio-flavanoids as well.

When you consume these “synthetics” your body views them as “anti-nutrients”, and expends more energy to eliminate them, causing a net loss!

There are some manufacturers that derive their supplements only from food (what a concept!)  In our wellness center we use Food Research brand for a totally food-derived supplement.

So, consuming fake vitamins and minerals cost you in both money and your health!  So check your brand!  Typically most brands available in the stores are not of the best quality because the “good stuff” is only sold to health practitioners!  Buyer beware.

To Your Health!