Radiation and You

Fears about nuclear radiation have certainly come to the forefront in the past months. Whether natural occurring or man-made, it’s a peculiar kind of threat in our modern times – we can’t see it, nor, for the most part, do we really understand it. The truth is, we live in a radioactive world.  We receive radiation from the sun, from the earth, from the food we eat, from airplane travels, and from countless electronics in our day-to-day life.

Radon is the leading source of natural occurring radiation exposure, while the primary source of man-made radiation exposure comes from medical sources such as x-rays, radiation therapies and diagnostic nuclear medicine.  There are various other sources that expose us to small amounts of radiation such as the radiofrequency waves from cell phones, Wi-Fi and microwave ovens, airport security and even our smoke detectors.  While not all types and sources of radiation are the same, scientists agree their net effect increases your risk of health problems.

When we think of the damaging effects caused by exposure to radiation, we rarely consider the person’s nutritional or health status as a determining factor in the outcome.  In other words, the healthier you are prior to exposure, the better the chances your body has of detoxifying or getting rid of the damaging radioactive material and the less chance you have of experiencing long term damage or illness as a result of that exposure.

Here are some healthy suggestions for lowering your chances of experiencing any long-term damage or illness from radiation exposure:

  • Stay hydrated! Maintain fluid and electrolyte balance: take electro-mix by Alacer, homeopathic cell salts and/or Smartwater.
  • Congee – Why? Simple and basic, congee is a sort of rice gruel or porridge that is eaten in China as well as many other Asian countries.  Rice is boiled in lots of water or broth until the grains have grown many times their size and are still swimming in excess fluid. The grains may also be cooked down until they completely disintegrate and become the texture of creamy rice cereal. Made either way, congee is very nutritious and highly recommended for people suffering from fatigue, digestive problems and illness. It is easy to digest and contains nutrients in ready form to be absorbed and used, thereby enabling quick revitalization of the body. What better way to “break” the “fast” of the night and begin a new day of productive activity than to partake of a vitalizing bowl of steaming rice soup!
  • Miso – Why? Restores immune, an excellent source of digestive enzymes, friendly bacteria, essential amino acids, vitamins (including vitamin B-12), easily assimilated protein (twice as much as meat or fish and 11 times more than milk) and minerals, miso is low in calories and fat. It breaks down and discharges cholesterol, neutralizes the effects of smoking and environmental pollution, alkalinizes the blood and prevents radiation sickness.
  • Drink Astagalus Tea. Astragalus is an herb that is native to China, and known for its anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Astragalus contains antioxidants which help to support and protect the body’s immune system. Astragalus has been shown to speed recovery and extend life expectancy in people whose immune systems have been compromised by chemotherapy or radiation.
  • Gan Mao Ling (literally “common cold pills,” available in our clinic) supports the health of the respiratory system, immune system, nervous system, sinuses, stomach and bowels, and the general well-being of the body. Clears heat and resolves toxins such as radiation.
  • Eating lots of orange and dark green foods (sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, carrots, kale, collards, chard, and spinach, for example) can protect you from radiation-induced cancers.
  • All cabbage family plants – including arugula, turnips, radishes, cauliflower, mustard greens, bok choy, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, and of course broccoli – protect your cells from the damaging effects of radiation.

 

You can learn more about radiation exposure and what steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of radiation by reading Clear Body, Clear Mind. Best of health to you! If you have any questions on this topic or anything else, don’t hesitate to call: 414-322-8888

 

Note: Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

Cleansing for Health

What systems aid in internal cleansing?

The body has at least five channels of detoxification– the bowel, liver, kidney, lung and skin. Each of these systems works synergistically to remove chemicals and toxins from the body. Certain herbs and fibers stimulate and support the body’s natural detoxification process.

 

How do I know I need to internally cleanse?

Episodes of bloating, brain fog, sluggishness or low vitality are all signs that you may benefit from a supportive internal cleanse. For many people, participating in a cleansing program once or twice a year when the temperature in spring and fall is over 60° could be part of an overall health plan, just like regular exercise or taking a multivitamin.

 

What occurs during the body’s natural cleansing process?

During the body’s own cleansing process in healthy individuals, a number of changes occur in the body including:

  • Reduction of toxic load from the colon and bladder,
  • Removal of damaged cells and tissue waste,
  • Optimal filtration processes in the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system,
  • Purification of the blood,
  • Reduction of excess hormones,
  • Loss of excess water.

 

What are the potential benefits of an internal cleansing program?

While cleansing, you may experience a number of benefits including:

  • Smoother and easier digestion,
  • Increased elimination with 2-3 bowel movements per day,
  • Slight weight loss in those who experience slow digestion. Weight loss is due to more frequent waste removal,
  • An increased sense of well-being and vitality.

 

We recommend using Nature’s Secret’s Ultimate Cleanse. (Available at many health food stores.)

How to begin: Multi-herb digestion & Detox Support and Multi-Fiber Cleanse are designed to be taken together in the morning and the evening. Start with 1 tablet of each product in the morning and 1 tablet of each product in the evening. Stop taking your Chinese Herbal Formula while cleansing.

How to increase: Increase intake of both products by 1 tablet every other day until you achieve 2 to 3 formed bowel movements per day. Do not exceed 3 tablets of either product twice per day. One you find the correct number of tablets, you can continue with that amount for enhanced internal cleansing for up to a total of 30 days. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.

How to adjust: The number of tablets you take should be tailored to your individual needs. Try to find the minimum number of tablets your body need to achieve 2 to 3 formed bowel movements per day. Dosage will differ with each person, however it is important not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose.

When to stop: Do not exceed 30 days of continual use of the product. Discontinue use of the product if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Frequent or prolonged use of this product may result in dependence.

 

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.