Thursday, 30 April 2009

Research shows dangers of chemical mixes

Dr Goran Jamal, a consultant neurologist, has argued that organophosphates (OPs) cause long-term damage to people exposed to the chemicals at work and in their homes. Now he is helping to prepare a court case in the United States which will try to establish whether children suffered from an OP made by the Dow Chemical Company.

Any chemical company will argue that if a product is used safely and at the recommended doses, then there will be no harmful side-effects. But that ignores a new discovery made by scientists in the United States which Dr Jamal suggests could change thinking about the toxic effects of OP chemicals.
At Duke University in North Carolina, Mohammed Abou-Donia, professor of neuro-biology and neuro-toxicology, and his team looked at the effects of a combination of three chemicals on laboratory hens. One of these chemicals – the OP chlorpyrifos – is central to the case involving Dow. The scientists established levels at which the chemicals had no effect on the nervous system of hens when used on their own.

Toxicity levels increase
They also established the lethal dose for chlorpyrifos. Their next finding was extraordinary: when they combined three compounds which had proved to be safe used at the correct levels on their own, the toxicity shot up. ‘When they combined three compounds at safe level for chlorpyrifos and the others, they produced an effect on the laboratory animals which was equivalent to the lethal dose of chlorpyrifos,’ said Dr Jamal, who is at the West London Regional Neuro-Science Centre, part of Imperial College’s School of Medicine. ‘In other words, this combination effect multiplied the toxicity of the available chlorpyrifos by hundreds of times.’
In their laboratory, Professor Abou-Donia’s team had demonstrated an effect for people which groups such as Friends of the Earth have always said happens in the environment: combinations of toxic pesticides are far more damaging than any compound acting on its own. Apart from chlorpyrifos, Professor Abou-Donia’s team used permethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid (SP), and DEET, an insect repellant which Dr Jamal said was not toxic by itself. All three compounds were used by UK and US troops in the Gulf War.

Every-day exposure
‘In real life, arable and livestock farmers in the UK use this sort of combination of products – OPs, SPs and organochlorines – during the year,’ said Dr Jamal. ‘We found this when we visited farms during the Institute of Occupational Medicine study on OPs. Unfortunately, no-one is telling farmers about this combination effect because it has never been tested as part of establishing the chemicals’ safety and there are no hazard warning labels on the chemical containers about this possible effect.’ OPs also contained solvent combinations which are toxic by themselves but their combination effect with the active ingredients is unknown.
When chemicals combine in this way, said Dr Jamal, they have three effects on people: some chemicals bind to enzymes which de-toxify the body and make them unavailable to do their work on other chemicals expressed simultaneously. ‘This is rather like releasing 200 criminals in London and taking away the police officers who are usually on duty,’ said Dr Jamal. ‘There is bound to be some damage.’

back pain...

from Dr Al Sears MD:
"A couple of years ago I discovered a great
organization called The Healthy Back
Institute. Back pain is their speciality. They provide
many helpful tools and solutions for back pain sufferers that
dont involve drugs
Here are some of their tips to help you get you
out of bed in the morning pain-free. These are tips that I have been
using for years with my patients, so I know they work.

Here is a tip to get the deep sleep you need so
your body can repair: Forget about those troubles or conversations or
tasks that need addressing; you can handle them tomorrow. Also, be
sure to sleep either on your side or on your back;as stomach
sleeping causes unnecessary stress on the low back and spine. Plus,
consider a melatonin supplement to get a deep, natural sleep.

Do some easy stretches while lying in bed, then
sitting up in bed - such as bending to the front and sides. This
will stretch and loosen the muscles and help flush them with more

Take a hot shower. This serves as a means to
induce sweating, promote blood circulation and release muscle spasms.
Simply stand under the hot water and relax.

After you are warmed up from the shower, do
some gentle knee bends as far as you can go without falling! You
can hold on to something for balance, if needed. Find a counter, table
or chair and use your hands for support. You don't have to go all the
way down, either. These exercise almost 90% of the skeletal muscles.
Exhale and squat as low as you can go, then inhale and stand up again.
Do 10 of these to get the morning blood flowing and creaky joints

These simple tips followed with a little dedication and
some minor lifestyle changes can help you overcome morning back pain
and stiffness in no time. And be sure to check
out The Healthy Back Institutes
website to learn more about some of their innovative
back pain solutions and get a free Pain Relief Guide. They're a
great resource":

at night...

"At night in La Gloria you can see a million stars. The sky is dark and huge. "

just a sentence I liked from a report on swine flu in Mexico...

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Tips For Salt Use

Besides making foods delicious, it's believed there are more than 14,000 uses of salt, and our grandmothers were probably familiar with most of them. Many of these uses were for simple things around the home before the advent of modern chemicals and cleaners. However, many uses are still valid today and a lot cheaper than using more sophisticated products.

We thought you might like to share some of these fascinating applications of salt.

We make no guarantee about the results if you try any of them, but there must be something to them since they have been handed down over the years in many households. Most of these uses have stood the test of time.

The most familiar use of salt undoubtedly is in the kitchen and on the dining table. Salt accents the flavor of meat, brings out individuality of vegetables, puts "oomph" into bland starches, deepens the flavor of delicate desserts and develops flavor of melons and certain other fruits. No other seasoning has yet been found that can satisfactorily take the place of salt. But there are other uses around the home, too.

Salt is an excellent cleaning agent, by itself or in combination with other substances. A solution of salt and turpentine restores the whiteness to yellowed enameled bathtubs and lavatories. A paste of salt and vinegar cleans tarnished brass or copper. a strong brine poured down the kitchen sink prevents grease from collecting and eliminates odors.

Salt helps destroy moths and drives away ants. A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish. A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.

A box of salt is an important item in many bathrooms. In mild solutions, it makes an excellent mouthwash, throat gargle or eye-wash; it is an effective dentifrice; it is an effective antiseptic; and it can be extremely helpful as a massage element to improve complexion.

We offer these other tips:

Peeling eggs - Boiling eggs in salted water will make eggs peel easily.

Poaching eggs - Poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg whites.

Testing egg freshness - Place the egg in a cup of water to which two teaspoonfuls of salt has been added. A fresh egg sinks; a doubter will float.

Preventing browning - Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.

Shelling pecans - Soaking pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling will make nut meats easier to remove.

Washing spinach - If spinach is washed in salted water, repeated cleanings will not be necessary.

Preventing sugaring - A little salt added to cake icings prevents them from sugaring.

Crisping salads - Salting salads immediately before serving will keep them crisp.

Improving boiled potatoes - Boiled potatoes will be given a fine, mealy texture by sprinkling with salt after draining, then returning them to the pan and shaking them back and forth quickly to get rid of the excess moisture.

Cleaning greasy pans - The greasiest iron pan will wash easily if you put a little salt in it and wipe with paper.

Cleaning stained cups - Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.

Cleaning ovens - Salt and cinnamon take the "burned food" odor away from ovens and stove burners. Sprinkle spills while oven and burners are still hot; when dry, remove the salted spots with a stiff brush or cloth.

Cleaning refrigerators - Salt and soda water will clean and sweeten the inside of your refrigerator. It won't scratch enamel either.

Extinguishing grease fires - Salt tossed on a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother flames. Never use water; it will only spatter the burning grease.

Cleaning tarnished silverware - Rub tarnish with salt before washing.

Cleaning copper pans - Remove stains on copper pans by salting area and scouring with a cloth soaked in vinegar.

Cleaning coffee pots - Remove bitterness from percolators and other coffee pots by filling with water, adding four tablespoons of salt and percolating or boiling as usual.

Removing onion odors from hands - Rub fingers with salt moistened with vinegar.

"Sweetening" containers - Salt can "sweeten" and deodorize thermos bottles and jugs, decanters and other closed containers.

Cleaning sink drains - Pour a strong salt brine down the kitchen sink drain regularly to eliminate odors and keep grease from building up.

Brightening cutting boards - After washing them with soap and water, rub bread and cutting boards with a damp cloth dipped in salt; the boards will be lighter and brighter.

Fixing oversalted soups - If soup has been oversalted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup. The potato will absorb the salt.

Cleaning dried-on egg - Salt not only makes eggs taste better, but it makes "eggy" dishes clean easier. Sprinkle salt on dishes right after breakfast; it makes them a whiz to clean when you have time.

Preventing food from sticking - Rub a pancake griddle with a small bag of salt to prevent sticking and smoking. Sprinkle a little salt in the skillet before frying fish to prevent the fish from sticking. Sprinkle salt on washed skillets, waffle iron plates or griddles, heat in a warm oven, dust off salt; when they are next used, foods will not stick.

Preventing mold - To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.


Cleaning brass - Mix equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar to make a paste, rub the paste on the brass item, leave on for an hour or so, then clean with a soft cloth or brush and buff with a dry cloth.

Cleaning wicker - To prevent yellowing, scrub wicker furniture with a stiff brush moistened with warm saltwater and allow to dry in the sun.

Cleaning grease spots on rugs - Some grease spots can be removed with a solution of one part salt and four parts alcohol and rubbing hard but carefully to avoid damage to the nap.

Extending broom life - New brooms will wear longer if soaked in hot saltwater before they are first used.

Removing wine stains - If wine is spilled on a tablecloth or rug, blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine with salt, which will absorb the remaining wine. Later rinse the tablecloth with cold water; scrape up the salt from the rug and then vacuum the spot.

Removing rings from tables - White rings left on tables from wet or hot dishes or glasses can be removed by rubbing a thin paste of salad oil and salt on the spot with your fingers, letting it stand an hour or two, then wiping it off.

Restoring sponges - Give sponges new life by soaking them in cold saltwater after they are washed.

Settling suds - If a washing machine bubbles over from too many suds, sprinkle salt on the suds to reduce them.

Brightening colors - Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors. Brighten faded rugs and carpets by rubbing them briskly with a cloth that has been dipped in a strong saltwater solution and wrung out.

Removing perspiration stains - Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains disappear.

Brightening yellowed cottons or linens - Boil the yellowed items for one hour in a salt and baking soda solution

Removing blood stains - Soak the stained clothing or other cloth item in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water and boil after the wash. (Use only on cotton, linen or other natural fibers that can take high heat.)

Removing mildew or rust stains - Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then spread the item in the sun for bleaching; and finally, rinse and dry.

Color-matching nylons - Good nylons that don't have a match can be made the same color by boiling them a few minutes in a pan of lightly salted water.

Fixing sticking iron - Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.

Health & Beauty:

Gargling - Stir 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water for use as a gargle for sore throats.

Cleaning teeth - Mix one part salt to two parts baking soda after pulverizing the salt in a blender or rolling it on a kitchen board with a tumbler before mixing. It whitens teeth, helps remove plaque and it is healthy for the gums.

Washing mouth - Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda as a mouth wash that sweetens the breath.

Bathing eyes - Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a pint of water and use the solution to bathe tired eyes.

Reducing eye puffiness - Mix one teaspoon of salt in a pint of hot water and apply pads soaked in the solution on the puffy areas.

Relieving tired feet - Soak aching feet in warm water to which a handful of salt has been added. Rinse in cool water.

Relieving bee stings - If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.

Treating mosquito and chigger bites - Soak in saltwater, then apply a mixture of lard and salt.

Treating poison ivy - Soaking the exposed part in hot saltwater helps hasten the end to poison ivy irritation.

Relieving fatigue - Soak relaxed for at least ten minutes in a tub of water into which several handfuls of salt has been placed.

Removing dry skin - After bathing and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It removes dead skin particles and aids the circulation.

Applying facial - For a stimulating facial, mix equal parts of salt and olive oil and gently massage the face and throat with long upward and inward strokes. Remove mixture after five minutes and wash face.

Removing tattoos -CAUTION- This is a medical procedure that can be done only by a physician. It is called salabrasion and requires several treatments by rubbing salt on the tattoo. Healing is required between treatments, but there is virtually no scarring.

Other Uses:

Extinguishing grease fires - Keep a box of salt handy at your stove and oven and if a grease fire flares up, cover the flames with salt. Do not use water on grease fires; it will splatter the burning grease. Also a handful of salt thrown on flames from meat dripping in barbecue grills will reduce the flames and deaden the smoke without cooling the coals as water does.

Drip-proofing candles - Soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well. When burned they will not drip.

Removing soot - Occasionally throw a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace; it will help loosen soot from the chimney and salt makes a bright yellow flame.

Cleaning fish tanks - Rub the inside of fish tanks with salt to remove hard water deposits, then rinse well before returning the fish to the tank. Use only plain, not iodized, salt.

Invigorating goldfish - Occasionally add one teaspoon of salt to a quart of fresh water at room temperature and put your goldfish in for about 15 minutes. Then return them to their tank. The salt swim makes them healthier.

Cleaning flower vases - To remove deposits caused by flowers and water, rub with salt; if you cannot reach the deposits to rub them, put a strong salt solution in the vase and shake, then wash the vase with soap and water.

Keeping cut flowers fresh - A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer.

Holding artificial flowers - Artificial flowers can be held in an artistic arrangement by pouring salt into the container, adding a little cold water and then arranging the flowers. The salt will solidify as it dries and hold the flowers in place.

Keeping patios weed-free - If weeds or unwanted grass come up between patio bricks or blocks, carefully spread salt between the bricks and blocks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.

Killing poison ivy - Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer.

Keeping windows frost-free - Rub the inside of windows with a sponge dipped in a saltwater solution and rub dry; the windows will not frost up in sub-freezing weather. Rubbing a small cloth bag containing salt that has been moistened on your car's windshield will keep snow and ice from collecting.

Deicing sidewalks and driveways - Lightly sprinkling rock salt on walks and driveways will keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and allow for easy removal. Don't overdo it; use the salt sensibly to avoid damage to grass and ornamentals.

Deodorizing shoes - Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors.

Use salt as underarm deodorant

Monday, 27 April 2009

swine flu pandemic - fight it with chiropractic?

Regarding the threat of a global Flu pandemic The World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) has recommended that people of all ages add chiropractic to their strategy for warding off and fighting flu and its effects.

Spinal adjustments can have a positive effect on immune function, the WCA asserts, citing a growing number of researchers who are exploring the common denominators in disease processes, and the role of the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems in development of immune related illnesses.

Chiropractors helping patients battle the flu is not a new occurrence:
During the 1917-18 influenza epidemic, which brought death and fear to many Americans, it has been estimated that 20 million people died throughout the world, including about 500,000 Americans. It was chiropractic’s success in caring for flu victims that led to the profession’s licensure in many states.

Researchers reported that in Davenport, Iowa, out of the 93,590 patients treated by medical doctors, there were 6,116 deaths -- a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors at the Palmer School of Chiropractic adjusted 1,635 cases, with only one death. Outside Davenport, chiropractors in Iowa cared for 4,735 cases with only six deaths -- one out of 866. During the same epidemic, in Oklahoma, out of 3,490 flu patients under chiropractic care, there were only seven deaths. Furthermore, chiropractors were called in 233 cases given up as lost after medical treatment, and reportedly saved all but 25. In another report covering 4,193 cases by 213 chiropractors 4,104 showed complete recovery.

“These results are not so surprising given what we now know about the interaction between the nervous system and the immune system” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, WCA Board member and Editor of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. “Through research we know that chiropractic has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B-lymphocytes (white blood cells), pulmonary function and other immune system processes.”

Chiropractic corrects spinal abnormalities called vertebral subluxations that result in interference of the nervous system by placing pressure on nerves. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body -- including the immune system -- chiropractic care can have a positive effect on immune function, WCA officials note.

“Contemporary research is beginning to shed light on the neurobiological mechanisms which may explain the outstanding clinical results chiropractors have experienced when managing patients with viral and infectious diseases,” stated Dr. Christopher Kent, WCA Vice President.

Dr. Kent explained: “A comprehensive review of the research literature reveals the current understanding that the brain and immune system are the two major adaptive systems in the body. During an immune response, the brain and the immune system 'talk to each other' and this process is essential for maintaining homeostasis or balance in the body."

Since its inception, chiropractic has asserted that viruses and microbes don't threaten us all equally and that a healthy immune system easily repels most invaders. The immune system protects us from the flu, as well as any other infectious disease, and strives to get us well again when we do fall ill. Our immune system, like every other system in the body, is coordinated and controlled by the nervous system.

Sunday, 19 April 2009


Parsons Technique for Atlas - the first bone in the neck


When the atlas is in its correct position, the brain can function better:
This promotes a feeling of harmony, promoting self healing and regeneration throughout the body. The entire human organism begins to function to its full potential

The atlas is the top bone of the spine. It is the vertebrae that the head sits on.
The atlas should be sitting level, or square, on the rest of the cervical spine (neck), and the head should be square on the atlas.

“Is your head on straight?”

Atlas Subluxated: If the atlas is misaligned (subluxated) it causes the head to tilt. The body instinctively tries to straighten the head up while keeping the head over the feet (centre of gravity). This causes stress throughout the rest of the spine, the shoulders, the pelvis, the hips, the knees, and the ankles.

Subluxations (misalignments) are often deceiving. Even though symptomatic pain may appear in the lower back, legs, shoulders, arms or other parts of the body, their cause is very often located in the cervical spine (neck).
How does this unique method differ from most chiropractic treatment? One of the most obvious differences is the gentle way in which the practitioner works. No strenuous manipulation is needed. The neck muscles are worked on, freeing existing tensions and allowing the atlas to naturally come back into its position. The patient will feel a gentle vibration during treatment. This method works on freeing the soft tissue and musculature around the atlas and then 'gliding' it back into place.
There is no popping, twisting or cracking of the neck.


Most people suffer from a misaligned Atlas without realising it (caused by the birth trauma or accidents). Their postural imbalance and aches and pains may have a quick and simple solution through correction of their Atlas.

Dr Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH, spinal injury expert states that: "Spinal injury directly or indirectly affects virtually every organ system of the body and eventually may lead to accelerated aging”.

The Importance of the Upper neck:

The brain communicates with the body via the central nervous system which passes through the spinal canal. Your brain sends and receives instructions to and from organs via chemical and electrical messages which go through the top of your neck, along the spinal cord and via the trillions of nerves which connect with various organs.

The brain stem is the part of the central nervous system that links the brain to the spinal cord. There is some evidence that the bottom portion of the brain stem can descend into the area of the atlas bone. The brain stem is responsible for non voluntary functions such as heart beat, blood pressure, digestion and breathing. It also regulates when you sleep and wake.

C1 - first cervical

The Atlas vertebrae (C1) is located at the base of the skull, at the opening of the spinal canal (foramen magnum).

When the atlas is misaligned on the occiput this reduces the diameter of the foramen magnum thus disturbing the interactive communication between the brain and the various organs.
Literally millions of people are walking around without their heads on straight and they have the pain to prove it.

One of the major consequences of body imbalance caused by Atlas misalignment is that joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons are overloaded on one side, and this often leads to spinal disc degeneration, bulging and herniation as well as asymmetries of the entire skeleton, such as one shoulder higher than the other, one leg longer than the other, pain in the scapula, scoliosis, and tilted pelvis. Also it may give rise to cervical problems such as intensive headaches, dizziness, stiff neck, or asymmetrical or limited rotation

Monday, 6 April 2009

Green Foods for the Prevention of Diseases

" There is absolutely no substitute for greens in the diet! If you refuse to eat these 'sunlight energy' foods you are depriving yourself, to a large degree, of the very essence of life."

H. E. Kirschner, M.D.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

back pain

Lose The Back Pain

After viewing The Healthy Back Institute's Lose The Back Pain
System, all I can say is that it's excellent for
back pain and sciatica. This team of doctors,
physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and personal
trainers put together a complete package.

The system teaches you how to self-asses your specific conditions
and how to correct it. The corrective exercises and stretches are
performed by the individuals as demonstrated in the 2 DVD's and
Manual. One of the neatest aspects of this self assesment is that
it takes away the guessing. The very first step involves having
someone take pictures of your posture in several different
specified positions and angles. This is used in determining which
stretches and exercises should be performed to CORRECT the problem.
That is the whole intention of this system; TO CORRECT. Most back
pain is caused by muscle imbalances which lead to compensation
therefore pain. The exercises and stretches that you will perform,
are intended to correct those imbalances to get rid of your pain.

There are also two CD's which outline how to get the best results
out of the system, strategies to reduce and manage your pain, and
condition specific recommendations.

What most doctors recommend when you tell them you have back pain
is to take addictive muscle relaxers and pain killers. And in
some cases surgery, which from most of the post-surgery patients
i've seen, most haven't had relief. Often times they just traded
one problem for another.

Therefore, it is my recommendation that anyone with back pain or
Sciatica try the Lose The Back Pain system by The Healthy Back
Institute. It is a natural way of correcting your condition and
becoming pain free.

To learn more about this revolutionary treatment system, please

Dr John
Parsons chiropractic