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Could Rheumatoid Arthritis be caused by a Mycoplasmal infection? Experts say yes.

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One thing that just doesn’t set well with me personally is when “they” say: Sorry, but we don’t know what causes it.  “It” being anything really. I tend to think there is a cause, we just need to find it.

Perhaps it’s been known for years and just buried. That seems to be the case with many things I have dug up lately.

The latest being Rheumatoid Arthritis.

If you’re like me, you probably know someone that has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Perhaps it’s even you.

My question is, were they ever told that a type of bacteria called a mycoplasma could at the very least be a co factor of the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis? My guess is probably not.

So, could Rheumatoid Arthritis be exasperated or even caused by a virus or bacteria? hmmmm… this makes ya wonder:

Published in the Journal of Rheumatology in 1999, Doctors studied “mycoplasmal infections in blood of patients with rheumatoid arthritis” –

And here is what they came up with: “The results suggest that a high percentage of RA patients have systemic mycoplasmal infections. Furthermore, retroviruses and entero-pathogenic bacteria continue to be intensively discussed as possible aetiological factors of RA [40, 41].” 

Here’s the full length study that this came from.
http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/38/6/504.full.pdf

Some experts seem to believe that these infections are co-factors, others like Dr. Joel Wallach, believe they are the cause.  Since RA is an inflammatory condition, and chronic inflammation is cause by an infection, it makes more sense to me that the cause is related to a mycoplasmal infection.

However, if you look at the list of “commonly” used drugs for R.A., you will mostly find Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatories. That’s like putting a bandaid on a gun shoot wound if you ask me. Those drugs will not kill off an infection. And in fact they will depress the immune system and cause a host of other nasty side effects.

In the study the doctors reference the use of a class of Antibiotics called minocycline for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In the study the doctors also note that tetracycline compounds have “long been” used by Rheumatologists and their anti-rheumatic activity have been demonstrated. And yet they say they don’t know why patients respond to the antibiotics.

Well, duh. Because the antibiotics get to the cause, not just mask the symptoms.

Now remember, all antibiotics are not without risk. The damage that they can do in other areas of the body can be drastic. But those can be mitigated with probiotics and other gut healing elements.

Bottom line: Know the cause, find the cure.

 

 

To your best health!

 

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More Thoughts from Mellisa McJunkin – Health and Wellness Advocate

Question: What are you without an immune system?
Answer: You are dead.

As morbid as it may sound, it’s true. When your immune system is weak you will get sick. When your immune system completely fails you will die.

If I could show you a way to boost your Natural Killer Cells by up to 437%, would you be interested in hearing more? Of course you would.

Get Healthy and Wise with  Extreme Health 4Life

The Dumb Deal of the Day: A prescription DRUG to raise white blood cell count for cancer patients on chemo

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First of all, let me just start off by saying if you or someone you know and love are dealing with cancer, my heart goes out to you.  It is probably a very scary thing for you to deal with. I’ve gone through it with others so I know.

Secondly, I am not here to bash patients or doctors, sometimes we just don’t know any better. Nor am I here to tell you what to do or not do. That choice is yours. However, my goal to share information that is primarily based on facts and backed by medical science so that others may make balanced and “informed” decisions when it comes to their health care choices.

Now onto to peeve of the day.

While researching for an article I was about to write,  I noticed an ad for a prescription drug called Neulasta at the top of the screen. It was in the form of  “Myth or Truth”.  The question was: “Does Chemotherapy lower white blood cell counts that can lead to infection?” Knowing the answer is YES I could have just moved on with what I was doing, but I bit anyway and clicked the ad just to see what it said on the next page.

Of course, as the ‘Oncologist’ explained in a brief video, yes chemotherapy is indiscriminate when it comes to our cells, good and bad cells get obliterated, especially the white blood cells. It’s our white cells that help protect us from infection.

The solution according to this ‘Oncologist’ was to get injections of Neuplasta which is supposed to help raise white blood cell counts.

Well, in theory this appears to be a great idea, right? Yes of course. And according to the studies they conducted,  it did show some positive results.  But MY point is, is it really the BEST possible way to achieve this feat? I assure you it is not. And here is why:

#1) The ingredients:

According to the package insert: “Neulasta is a man-made form of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), which is made using the bacteria E coli. G-CSF is a substance produced by the body. It stimulates the growth of neutrophils (nu-tro-fils), a type of white blood cell important in the body’s fight against infection.”

Our immune system cells are complex and prolific. Other experts will tell you, no synthetically produced substance can do the job that our innate system can do when ‘fed’ the proper building blocks of proteins (amino acids) , vitamins, minerals,  select herbs. Plus  stress relief, sleep, H20 and oxygen that are proven to boost the immune system naturally.

Secondly, and this is just my opinnion, but I personally would not want a substance injected into my body that was configured from the bacteria E-Coli if I already had my immune system obliterated with Chemo (which I would never do in the first place, but that’s beside the point)

Besides the pegfilgrastim, all injections come with additives. This one in particular has a sweetener, solvent and preservative.  Again, this is just my opinion, but injecting foreign substances into a body that is already immune compromised is just asking for trouble.

#2) The side effects.

Again, coming from package insert are listed as

  • Spleen Rupture. Your spleen may become enlarged and can rupture while taking Neulasta. A ruptured spleen can cause death.
  • A serious lung problem called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Call your doctor or seek emergency care right away if you have shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or a fast rate of breathing.
  • Serious Allergic Reactions. Neulasta can cause serious allergic reactions. These reactions can cause shortness of breath, wheezing,dizziness, swelling around the mouth or eyes, fast pulsesweating, andhives. If you start to have any of these symptoms, call your doctor or seek emergency care right away. If you have an allergic reaction during the injection of Neulasta, stop the injection. Call your doctor right away.
  • Sickle Cell Crises. You may have a serious sickle cell crisis if you have a sickle cell disorder and take Neulasta. Serious and sometimes fatal sickle cell crises can occur in patients with sickle cell disorders receiving filgrastim, a medicine similar to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim). Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of sickle cell crisis such as pain or difficulty breathing.

But the most common side effects are

  • The most common side effect you may experience is aching in the bones and muscles. If this happens, it can usually be relieved with a non aspirin pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.

So their solution to LOSING your white blood cells to a toxic drug called chemotherapy that are necessary for fighting infection  is to take this drug called Neulasta. It may help improve your white blood cell count, but it will MOST likely cause you more harm as well, so here, take another drug to relieve those symptoms, which will put more stress on your other vital organs such as your kidney and liver.

Is this making any sense?

Ok. So I will bring my rant to a close. I’m not telling you what to do. But I will tell you WHAT I WOULD do if I had cancer.

#1 The best way to combat any disease, including cancer IS with your own immune system.  I would do all I can  to boost my white blood cells and natural killer cells by taking Transer Factors. Proven to boost  natural killer cells by 437%.

#2 Remove all the things that suppress the immune system and  contribute to the growth of cancer. Mainly stress, toxins  and sugar.

#3 LOAD up on antioxidants. These too are proven to help kill cancer cells. I would EAT tons of whole foods, including lots of fiber, vegetables and some fruits. Drink plenty of water to help move out toxins. Doing these things will help balance out the body’s Ph levels. Cancer cannot survive in a balanced PH environment.

#4 Get plenty of rest. Push the pause button and release stress daily. Hourly if I have to.

#5 Increase my oxygen intake with exercise and purified, portable oxygen in a can.  Cancer cannot live in an oxygen rich environment. It also will help my body deal with stress.

#6 Have hope and stay positive. The brain releases hormones that help the body to heal and fight disease. These hormones are suppressed when we are negative and hopeless.

Source: http://www.drugs.com/pro/neulasta.html

Well, that about wraps it up.

 

Enjoy the day!

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More Thoughts from Mellisa McJunkin

Health and Wellness Warrior

Question: What are you without an immune system?
Answer: You are dead.

As morbid as it may sound, it’s true. When your immune system is weak you will get sick. When your immune system completely fails you will die.

If I could show you a way to boost your Natural Killer Cells by up to 437%, would you be interested in hearing more? Of course you would.

Get Healthy and Wise with  Extreme Health 4Life

Your weight loss struggles might be caused by Adrenal Fatigue

If your like me, you struggle with keeping weight off, let alone getting it off in the first place. It seems it doesn’t matter what diet, diet pill or exercise plan I try nothing ever works in the long run and I end up stuck or gaining weight back just by thinking about it. Seriously, it feels that way. Believe it or not I can gain weight just by fasting for a few days.

If this sounds like you as well, you might want to find out if you have Adrenal Fatigue like I do and how it WILL hinder weightloss until it is fixed.

Every other “weight loss expert” says all ya gotta do is “Eat Less and Work Out More”. Well, I ‘ve tried that. For years actually. And the fact of the matter is, that is just “THE OPPOSITE” of what you should do for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.

Dr. Berg does an amazing job explaining it in his video so I won’t blabber on here.  I think you will be amazed when you  Watch his video. For tons of more information and videos you can visit his site as well at his site. Dr. Berg’s Site.

 

 

 

 

More Thoughts from Mellisa McJunkin – Health and Wellness Advocate

Question: What are you without an immune system?
Answer: You are dead.

As morbid as it may sound, it’s true. When your immune system is weak you will get sick. When your immune system completely fails you will die.

If I could show you a way to boost your Natural Killer Cells by up to 437%, would you be interested in hearing more? Of course you would.

Get Healthy and Wise with  Extreme Health 4Life

Why trying to fix blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetics is a big mistake

 

 

Dr. Stefan Ripich, ND, CNP is here to tell us about a novel approach to curing Diabetes. That’s right, he says he can CURE type 2 Diabetes. I don’t blame you if you are a bit skeptical, but I URGE you to read on!

Most Doctors believe that lowering blood sugar with drugs is the solution for Type 2 diabetes.

But this approach is a big mistake and can knock 20 years off your lifespan … make you look 15 years older than your age … and ultimately kill you. Here’s the medical proof…

You Can Have “Perfect Glucose” and Die from Diabetes!

A shocking study in 2008 proved it…

A group of Type 2 patients were told to aggressively maintain their blood sugar levels at 6.0% or lower with medications. After four years, these patients suffered significantly more heart attacks and a higher rate of death compared to patients whose levels were between 7.0 and 7.9%.

In short, they were following their doctor’s orders to a “T.” But the results were so dismaying that the study had to be canceled early to protect the remaining patients. The medical community was stunned. No one had ever questioned the safety of driving down glucose levels like this. It was always “assumed” to be the right thing to do.

Glucose Monitoring Won’t Save Your Life

Another shocker: Vigilant glucose monitoring does nothing to prevent diabetic complications — and this is proven conclusively by two studies published in the British Medical Journal.

The first study split a group of newly-diagnosed Type 2 patients into equal self-monitoring and no-monitoring groups. After 12 months, the diabetes (as measured by A1C testing) was no better in the self-monitoring group.

The second study divided a separate population of Type 2 patients into three groups: No monitoring, moderate monitoring, and intense monitoring. Not only did SMBG fail to improve diabetes control, it also cost more. More importantly, monitoring actually decreased the patients’ quality of life.

Despite this well-published research, most doctors continue to recommend aggresive glucose self-monitoring. One has to wonder if the cost of test strips and glucose monitors has anything to do with this.

Complications Are What’s Killing Diabetics

Diabetics aren’t dying because doctors don’t know how to lower glucose — they’re dying from complications. And they’ll keep dying until we heal diabetes at the most fundamental level, using diet and increased physical activity. Drugs have consistently failed to protect diabetics against deadly complications.

Glucose-lowering drugs are rarely effective in the long term and do absolutely nothing to reverse the underlying cause of diabetes: insulin resistance in your cells. Yet that’s exactly where all the horrible complications of diabetes begin — and no amount of drugs or surgery will stop them.

In truth, no glucose-lowering drug has ever been shown to produce a reliable reduction in diabetic complications. Neither has aggressive glucose monitoring.

The Only True, Lasting Solution to Diabetes

The real key to healing Type 2 and prediabetes is reversing your cells’ insulin resistance — not just lowering your blood sugar. And this is incredibly simple to accomplish by following this new drug-free program…

 

Thank you Dr. Ripich for taking the time to share a bit of little known wisdom.!
Mellisa McJunkin

 


 

More Thoughts from Mellisa McJunkin – Health and Wellness Advocate

Question: What are you without an immune system?
Answer: You are dead.

As morbid as it may sound, it’s true. When your immune system is weak you will get sick. When your immune system completely fails you will die.

If I could show you a way to boost your Natural Killer Cells by up to 437%, would you be interested in hearing more? Of course you would.

Get Healthy and Wise with Extreme Health 4Life

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