Looking at a little known way that a dog’s life can make all our lives better reveals an important lesson in life worth remembering.
Our hounds, Chuk and Ma.
The lesson to remember is that medicine is dose. Some poison, in the correct amount, becomes great medicine, for the body, for the bank account and for the soul.
A Wall Street Journal article about a dog’s life “How Dogs Might Protect Kids Against Asthma: Gut Bacteria” (1) tells of a study on how a pet dog creates diversity in human microbes. There appears to be a relation between the diversity and lower risks for asthma and allergies in children.
The article said: “Having dogs in the house might inoculate the GI tract of babies and lead to a more mature immune response that is less sensitive to many allergens”, said Susan Lynch, an associate professor in the division of gastroenterology at University of California, San Francisco and senior author of the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We develop this great diversity of organisms [in the gut] over the first couple of years of life,” Dr. Lynch said. The gastrointestinal microbiome is the subject of a growing body of research showing the bacteria play key roles in metabolism, immunity and a variety of other biological processes.
Here is the message. Bacteria, a.k.a. germs, can be (in fact are) good. Yet the tendency of our modern world is to paint all things black or white. We are encouraged to indulge in the white and totally avoid the bad. Germs = bad… avoid = kill. Supermarkets even put hand sanitizers at their entrances so we can KILL ALL GERMS. Heaven forbid we touch a shopping cart that has germs.
The reality is, immune systems need germs to learn how to fight them. The process is one we all know, inoculation, the introduction of a poison or germ into our system so our immune system creates a defense.
Weirdly, the same institutions that suggest we avoid or kill all germs tries to fill us (especially our children and grandchildren and grandparents) with vaccinations, using the same principle.
The principle of poisons works at many levels in our life.
Take for instance junk food. Junk food is toxic, a poison. Avoid it? Dr. Stephen T. Chang in his book, “The Tao of Balanced Diet” says, NO. Chang wrote that we live in a toxic world with no hope of immediate change so we cannot avoid toxins all the time, for as long as we live. “We must thank God for giving us livers for our livers are toxin filters and detoxifiers, without which we cannot live.“
He goes so far as to suggest eating junk food once in awhile to temper the liver is good. He wrote: “Living strictly on pure foods in pure environments can weaken the liver’s ability to tolerate toxins, a single exposure can be fatal.”
At the level of finance, competition can seem like poison if it attacks the businesses we run or invest in. Yet as capitalists, we know that competition can create a positive evolution. Without competition, we might all be driving Edsels or worse, still rising horses.
Too much competition, too much junk food or too many germs can be bad, but medicine is dose. If we reverse our thinking from the thundering herds we are more likely to spot value when we see something that really is good that the masses think is bad. Think about this, “A spoonful of medicine helps the sugar go down”.
Next time we face a problem or poison or toxin, let’s think about ways we can take just the right amount of it. The process can make us stronger because medicine is dose.
(1) Wall Street Journal A dog’s life
Essential Oil Deodorant for Natural HealthHere is why I am excited about the essential oil deodorant Merri and I use.
Merri and I lived and worked with this Ecuador Yatchak for seven years.
One of the main ways this shaman helped restore our health was through purification. He had us walk in mountain mists. “The negative ions in the mists attach to free radicals and purify the skin to cleanse us from the inside out,” he said. Another purification was of our blood. He fed us herbs, minerals and a low calcium diet. There was almost no dairy served. We used watermelons, pineapple and sweats to purify.
One of the most important lessons gained is that the first rule of good purification is “Avoid getting impurities in your body in the first place!”
Everyday living bombards most of us with all types of toxicity, from the air we breath, to the water we drink, even the receipts at the supermarket may be toxic. Merri and I compensate for this by taking care in what we eat, drink and especially breathe and put on our skin. The fastest way for any element good or bad to get into the blood stream is via the lungs and the skin.
Now there is a better way to replace a toxin with a purifier.
Since it is difficult for most of us to avoid toxicity in the West, this message looks at a longevity alternative and begins by showing how in the early 2000s, due to strict FDA regulations, the government has approved a product that may encourage cancer, create dementia, Alzheimer’s and complicate kidney problems.
The FDA issued a final rule which said “over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirant drug products are generally recognized as safe and effective and not misbranded as part of FDA’s ongoing review of OTC drug products”. I suspect that part of this ruling was influenced by scientists with the Personal Care Products Council, the trade association that represents the cosmetic and personal care products industry. They have claimed that “antiperspirants can be used with high confidence of their safety. They’ve been used for many years, and there’s no evidence that suggests a problem“.
Many people use over-the-counter antiperspirant drug products every day because almost everyone does. That’s the way its seems like it has always been. Is this wise or simply the massive repetition of an error? We assume that the FDA exists to protect us, but must ask this question, “How much should we trust?”
The FDA’s claims of safety are not entirely correct, because antiperspirants contain aluminum.
An article at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment helps clarify the risks of placing aluminum under our arms every day. (2) This article says of aluminum, a main ingredient in antiperspirants, “What’s it good for in humans? Simple answer: not very much. Except for possible involvement in some enzymatic reactions, aluminum “has no known function in the human body.” While there is little or no upside for aluminum in the body, there is a most definite downside: aluminum is a neurotoxin.“
The Aluminum Downside
The Duke article (linked below) contains numerous links to a number of negative health effects, including impaired mental and motor function, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and bone diseases. It points out a number of questions about aluminum’s impact on human health and explains there is not much study on aluminum antiperspirants. Then it says: So, while the FDA regulates antiperspirants as over-the-counter drugs and deems them safe, it hasn’t based its decision on a large body of work specifically examining these products. So rather than a stamp of approval, FDA’s aluminum regulation seems more an indication that, given the ubiquitous nature of aluminum, exposure from antiperspirants isn’t believed to be unsafe.”
Antiperspirants and Disease: It’s the Pits
In other words there’s no definitive answer. There are links between aluminum and disease, yes. There is a link to Alzheimer’s, dementia, diminished thinking and cancer but, no study provides specific proof of a direct link between antiperspirants and these problems.
We can see the risks of aluminum more clearly at a different government source, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. (3)
This agency’s report on aluminum says: Workers who breathe large amounts of aluminum dusts can have lung problems, such as coughing or changes that show up in chest X-rays. Some workers who breathe aluminum-containing dusts or aluminum fumes have decreased performance in some tests that measure functions of the nervous system.
Some people who have kidney disease store a lot of aluminum in their bodies. Sometimes, these people developed bone or brain diseases that doctors think were caused by the excess aluminum.
Although aluminum-containing over the counter oral products are considered safe in healthy individuals at recommended doses, some adverse effects have been observed following long-term use in some individuals.
Studies in animals show that the nervous system is a sensitive target of aluminum toxicity.
Then there is the question of parabens.
A health warning from Mercola.com (4) says: 99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum). Recent research found higher concentrations of parabens in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied, suggesting they may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
The data from this latest study, the most extensive examination of parabens in human breast so far published, confirms previous work and raises a number of questions on the entire parabens, personal care product and human health debate, particularly relating to the source and toxicological significance of the paraben esters.
Merri and I have not used antiperspirants for decades. We eliminate a potential toxicity and use purifying essential oils instead. For years we have used a facial rejuvenation, Rose Otto essential oil formula, created by, Candace Newman. Essential oils help balance the body so it can eliminate impurities. Essential oils eliminate daily applications of numerous toxins that most Westerners are bombarded with from antiperspirants.
However, Candace has created a new, stronger deodorant based on Tea Tree Essential Oil.
Candace is one of the world’s experts on essential oils, developing formulas, writing, teaching and lecturing. During this time she has spoken at hundreds of events and on radio and TV, at conventions, retreats, lectures and classes for the general public. As a volunteer at Hospice, she taught hundreds of nurses, staff, caregivers and volunteers how to use essential oils.
I am using Candace’s new HealThy Essential Oil Deodorant and like it so much I decided to make it available to all my readers at a really special price, lower than I believe you can get a similar product anywhere.
This essential oil formula acts like a deodorant and helps improve rather than decrease natural health.Let me begin by saying that essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA as cures for any specific illness. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease. It simply a common sense approach to assume that putting organic, all natural essential oils under your arms is better for you then chemical laden deodorants and antiperspirants.
Candace’s new essential oil blend is called the “OLA HealThy Deodorant” and it can be used as a healthy deodorant and underarm lymph massage oil. The lymph area is close to the heart, lungs and breasts, a significant place to use this synergy of oils to support good health of the body and mind. OLA HealThy Deodorant can also be used for rashes, irritated skin, and healthy nails.
The OLA HealThy Deodorant contains essential oils specifically known for supporting a healthy immune system antimicrobial effects and the ability to neutralize odors.
The OLA HealThy Deodorant contains only pure essential oils and Organic Golden Jojoba, so it is safe and effective for underarm lymph massage and skin care.
The essential oils in the formula are:
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi. (The #1 First Aid Oil for skin infections and tissue issues of all kinds.)
Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) – antiseptic, antimicrobial, deodorant, anti-inflammatory. This #1 Balancing Oil for the central nervous system is highly antiseptic. Great for balancing skin bacteria and combating odors.
Lemon (Citrus limonene) – antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, tonic. The Oil of Sunshine to cleanse our skin, lift our spirits, and combat negative smells. Lemon is an exceptional antiseptic with a joyful aroma.
Geranium (Pelargonium roseum) – deodorant, fungicidal, antiseptic, antibacterial. The Soothing Oil for calming down skin irritations and our nervous system. The rose element in this Geranium is nurturing to our physical and emotional state … our whole sense of well-being.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) – anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, anti-fungal. An Oil of Antiquity renown for skin and wound care. Used in healing unguents of Ancient Egypt. Also known to instill tranquility and peaceful effects on many levels.
Use a purifier rather than a toxin and save at the same time.
You save first because you can also throw away expensive colognes, perfumes and face cremes as well as deodorants. You save money as you gain a chance for better health. Only one or two drops are required so a bottle goes a long way. One bottle lasts for a couple of months for me. If you use it for the face as well… obviously it will go faster.
The price is already low, but during the sale the price is less than half that charged for 3 ounces of women’s DERMAdoctor Total NonScents Brightening Antiperspirant.
More importantly this could offer a lifesaving savings. According to answers.yahoo, the treatment cost for stage 3 non-hodgkin’s lymphoma can easily exceed $300,000 so cutting off potential health problems at the pass can really make sense.
Merri and I love the refreshing smell and feel of this spray that eliminates the need for perfume, cologne and antiperspirants that may contain unhealthy chemicals. I recommend you try The OLA HealThy Essential Oil Deodorant.
Candace has also added a OLA HealThy shampoo to replace shampoos that contain chemicals.
(4) Dr. Mercola article 99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)