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Phone Radiation May Impact Memory in Adolescents

Razi Berry

A first ever study to look at the effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) on the brains of adolescents has found that this type of radiation may affect memory in the brains of teenagers.1 RF-EMF exposure has increased tremendously over the last 25 years with an increasing usage of devices that rely on these frequencies to operate. The most common source of exposure to the brain is the use of the mobile phone close to the head. This is the type of exposure this study researched.

Radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) & brains of adolescents

The study was conducted in Switzerland at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), and specifically assessed the association between RF-EMF exposure from wireless devices and memory performance in teens. The study is part of a follow up on a 2015 study on the same topic – these are the world’s first epidemiological studies on this topic.

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) study

About 700 participants were recruited from both rural and urban junior high schools in Switzerland. Ages ranged from 12 to 17 years, and participants were followed for one year.

The study found that cumulative brain exposure to RF-EMF from cell phone use was negatively correlated to memory performance. This confirmed the prior results published in 2015. Specifically, figural memory was seen to be affected most. Figural memory is primarily located on the right side of the brain, and individuals using phones on the right side of the head were noted to be more affected by the RF-EMF. The authors of the study commented that this correlation may support the hypothesis that it is the RF-EMF being absorbed by the brain that is responsible for the noted associations.

Other forms of wireless communication

The study does also comment that other forms of wireless communication, such as sending text messages, and using the internet were not found to have an association with memory performance. The authors also mention that drawing conclusions at this time is not possible due to the changes that are seen in the brain, behavior, cognition, and also mobile phone use during puberty. Further research is certainly needed.

The RF-EMF exposure question is a relatively new field of research, yet it may not be a bad idea to advocate headphone use over direct contact with the ear during wireless device use.

Source:

  1. Schoeni A., Roser K., Röösli M. (2015) Memory performance, wireless communication and exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: a prospective cohort study in adolescents. Environmental International. Volume 85. Page 343-351. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.09.025
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Razi Berry is the founder and publisher of  the journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review  that has been in print since 2005 and the premier consumer-faced website of naturopathic medicine, NaturalPath.  She is the host of The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit and The Heart Revolution-Heal, Empower and Follow Your Heart, and the popular 10 week Sugar Free Summer program. From a near death experience as a young girl that healed her failing heart, to later overcoming infertility and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia though naturopathic medicine, Razi has lived the mind/body healing paradigm. Her projects uniquely capture the tradition and philosophy of naturopathy: The healing power of nature, the vital life force in every living thing and the undeniable role that science and mind/body medicine have in creating health and overcoming dis-ease. Follow Razi on Facebook at Razi Berry and join us at  Love is Medicine  to explore the convergence of love and health.

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Essential Oils for the Urinary Tract

The urinary system, consisting of the kidneys and bladder, regulates the body’s water content and salt balance, and eliminates waste. The kidney determines what will be eliminated and what will be recycled. It is also involved in regulating blood pressure.

Antiseptic diuretics to treat infections of the bladder include Cedarwood, tea tree, bergamot and fennel. Unlike some urinary herbs used to treat infection, such as uva ursi, these oils work well in both an acid and an alkaline environment.

This means that they can be used in conjunction with cranberries, which acidify the urine. Use these oils preventatively in a regular bath or a sitz bath.

Bladder Infection Relief

  • 6 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops thyme linalol
  • 2 drops juniper
  • 2 drops clove
  • 2 drops oregano
  • 1 ounce base oil (calendula is one of the best choices)

Mix the oils. Use as a massage over the bladder area twice per day. However, get professional help if there is a chance that infection has reached a kidney. Herbal Adjuncts-Use oils as part of a more comprehensive healing program that includes herbs and diet.

The use of soothing teas is a welcome adjunct to any treatment. Examples are plantain, marshmallow root and corn silk (yes, the hairy stuff under the husk; eat it fresh-it tastes just like corn-or make it into tea).

“Stones” in the kidneys are mineral deposits most often composed of crystallized calcium and uric acid (or the amino acid cystine). Diet seems to be the primary cause, but excess weight, an inherited tendency and previous infections of the kidneys are all potential contributing factors.

Studies in Paraguay , where rosemary is an important folk medicine, found that this herb inhibits 95 percent of urease (found in alkaline and infected urine), and probably the formation of some stones. Lemon and grapefruit help reduce the size of stones and help prevent infection.

To treat an infection of the bladder, use uva ursi, yarrow, and goldenrod flowers. A good urinary tonic is a tincture or tea of dandelion, nettle, fresh oats and rose hips.

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AIP Stories of Recovery: Jan’s Recovery from Celiac Disease

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AIP Stories of Recovery is a success story series about regular people from the Autoimmune Protocol community who are changing their lives using the protocol. Each month a new person is featured and readers have the opportunity to discover all the different health challenges that are being overcome by folks just like themselves on the same path. At Autoimmune Paleo we hope you’ll be inspired by, empathize with, and learn from these stories. If you are interested in sharing your story, please let us know by filling out our interest form.

Despite being diagnosed with Celiac disease at age four, it wasn’t until adulthood that Jan understood what full-on autoimmune healing meant. Over a period of years, Jan’s health slowly began to deteriorate and as a new mother, it wasn’t just her own needs she had to attend to but her growing family’s. Six weeks on the GAPS diet made a miraculous difference and sparked a new approach to wellness that will last the rest of her life. 

What health issues are you dealing with, when did they begin, and how long did it take to get a diagnosis?

I have been Celiac all my life (diagnosed at four years old), and honestly thought that it was no big deal. I lived well, and had no complexes about having to eat differently… I was very active and productive, etc.

It wasn’t until I was living overseas and began having babies that my health slowly began to deteriorate, and I came to know what “active” autoimmune disease feels like. Since then, I continue to claw my way back to health, and have retrained in nutritional therapy and the culinary arts so as to be able to share these important lifestyle lessons with others.

Describe what the lowest point on your health journey was like.

I would wake up every day exhausted, dreading the moment that my two young children would wake up and need me to be there for them. At the same time, I was seriously worried that I had cancer (or some other terminal illness) and that I wouldn’t be able to be there to see my children grow up… which inevitably threw me into deep sadness.

What challenges influenced you to look for a solution? Basically, what was the tipping point?

I finally motivated myself to figure things out because it made me too angry to imagine that I was just slipping quietly into death from some scary illness without even digging into figuring out what was wrong.

When you found a protocol to help you heal, what was it and what was your first indication that it was working?

I started with the GAPS diet, which was nothing short of revolutionary. In just under two weeks, I witnessed a daily change in my body as the swelling and puffiness and inflammation waned, and the fog in my mind slowly lifted. From there, I moved into the Paleo diet… and the Autoimmune Protocol. I also completed a 6-month candida diet, which was very restrictive and intense.

What resources have you used on your healing journey so far and how did you find them?

Autoimmune Wellness! (Thank you so much for all you do!) Dr Ballantyne’s website; Eileen Laird’s podcasts; readings on the Seignalet diet; Chris Kresser’s podcasts/books/et.c; Rob Wolf’s podcast; Wise Traditions resources; various websites for recipes; various books; and on and on and on. Whatever I can get my hands on, at this point.

Did your doctors suggest any treatments that you rejected and if so, why did you choose to try other methods?

I was living in places where seeing a doctor was not always an easy thing… and where the kind of medical care that was available was less than “modern”. As such, I felt obligated to take my health into my own hands fairly early on in my journey… and to check back in with functional medical doctors whenever I was back home through Canada.

It can seem like our lives are consumed by a chronic illness, but there is so much beyond those struggles. What brings you true joy right now?

I am full of hope about the future. I am in the midst of completing the last step of the training that I felt was necessary to embark on a new career. In three more months, I will relocate for the final time to France where I intend to set up a teaching kitchen, Nutritional Therapy practice, and (over the long term) a café or “hub” for families interested in nutrition and well-being. My goal in the medium-term is to build a network of like-minded people in France, and to begin to provide the resources (in French) that are so sorely lacking.

Read more about Jan’s journey and learn about her nutritional therapy practice on her website.

Would you like to share your Story of Recovery? Let us know by filling out our interest form.

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Introduction to Hypoglycemia

Have you been feeling faint or under the weather after changing your diet, skipping a few meals or going for a few hours more at the gym? If so, there’s a chance that you’re hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia is a fairly common condition, especially in the diabetic population, which entails a dramatic decrease in your blood sugar levels. It may cause you to feel dizzy, weak and confused. These articles will focus on what hypoglycemia is, the symptoms you should look out for, and how you can prevent episodes from happening again.

Is Hypoglycemia Dangerous?

For most people, glucose is your primary source of energy, making it one of the most important substances in the body. Unfortunately, there are instances when the body is not able to properly regulate glucose expenditure, exposing you to a variety of conditions, which include hypoglycemia. Relatively, hypoglycemia is not a dangerous condition, as long as you listen to what your body is trying to tell you.

However, there are instances when it may cause extreme complications, which may endanger your life and the lives of the people around you. Severe attacks of hypoglycemia, especially in undiagnosed or unregulated diabetics, may cause seizures, blackouts and fainting spells.1 If you’re driving or walking to work, these unexpected blackouts and loss of all motor functions may cause fatal accidents, which may lead to fatal repercussions.2

What Are the Risk Factors for Hypoglycemia?

Like other diseases, certain people are more susceptible to hypoglycemia than others. The risk depends on various external and internal factors, some of which are rooted in their interference with the body’s insulin production and energy expenditure. If you think you may be suffering from hypoglycemia, here are some of the risk factors that you should be looking out for:

Diabetes. Diabetes patients suffer from a relatively higher risk of getting hypoglycemia because of their body’s inability to regulate insulin and glucose. This condition is more common in Type 1 diabetes patients because of their dependence on synthetic insulin. When their blood sugar drops to a critical level, they are at high risk for insulin shock, a life-threatening complication of hypoglycemia.3

Increased physical activity. A sudden increase in physical activity, whether during exercise or work, depletes the sugar in the body. This heightens your risk of hypoglycemia, especially if food intake is not appropriately adjusted.4

Alcohol consumption. The liver is responsible for storing glucose to be released at certain parts of the day when the need arises. When you ingest alcohol, it renders the liver incapable of releasing these stores to counter insulin production.5

Old age. Older diabetes patients are more prone to hypoglycemia because of the increased difficulty in diagnosis. They suffer from altered kidney function as well, which may negatively influence blood glucose levels.6 In some cases, hypoglycemia symptoms may also aggravate cognitive impairment in the elderly. More often than not, these cognitive symptoms are swept aside as nothing more than old-age delirium.7

Obesity. Weight gain may be one of the side effects of hypoglycemia as your body tricks you into eating more glucose than necessary.8

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How to Control Moles in Your Garden

If you are having problems with moles but do not want to use poisons, there are some things you can do that are environmentally friendly and humane. Here are some tips on how to control moles naturally.

1. Get a cat. Really – just the smell of a cat about the place will keep moles at bay. But most cats will actively hunt the moles as well.

2. Plant castor bean plants near your garden. Bear in mind that castor bean plants, while attractive, are poisonous. So if you have small children or animals that may ingest the plant, this is not a good option. Castor bean plants do repel moles, though.

3. Castor oil is a less toxic natural option. Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap with a cup of castor oil. Stir in a teaspoon of linseed oil. Then add a tablespoon or two of this mixture to a gallon of water to make a mole repellent spray.

4. Control the grubs in your garden. Moles love to eat grubs, and if there are no grubs the moles are likely to leave. There is a natural substance called milky spore powder that you can work into the soil to get rid of grubs. It is non-toxic and harmless to pets, people and wildlife.

5. Plant some daffodils and marigolds around the border of your garden. These plants tend to repel moles.

6. Use live traps. Most feed stores carry these. Some sources suggest that sunflower seeds make good mole-attracting bait. Once the mole is trapped, relocate it as far away as possible. Keep repeating this until no more moles go into the trap.

7. Lining your plant beds with half-inch, galvanized mesh is said to be effective. The moles can’t get through the mesh to burrow.

8. Raise your garden beds. Moles prefer to dig deep down and will generally not go to the trouble to climb a hill in order to dig.

9. Sprinkle strong herbs and spices in and around the mole holes in your garden. Cinnamon and cayenne pepper are two suggestions, but any strong spice will probably work.

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How to Naturally Prevent, Control Ants

  • Block cracks and points of entry with caulk.
  • Try to water a little more outside – ants come in when they are thirsty or they smell something good.
  • Keep clean. Wipe down kitchen counters, floors and cabinets with equal parts vinegar and water.
  • Place animal food bowls in shallow pans of vinegar or water (you can add a little citrus oil or something to deter ants further as long as your animals leave it alone).
  • Lay a line of boric acid (can be mixed with sugar) along the ants path or sprinkle (or use an old spray bottle) behind areas such as ovens, sinks, washers and toilets.
  • Cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cream of tartar, dried peppermint, paprika, cinnamon, salt, dried sage, cucumber peelings and boric acid all act as a barriers they will not cross.
  • For heavy Infestations mix 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon borax, and 2 tablespoons water into a thick syrup. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton balls on low lids or something flat that ants can reach. Place these lids in the middle of ant infestations. The ants will eat it and take it back to the nest and the numbers will diminish slowly.
  • For carpenter ants, try to locate and remove the nests. Drill holes in thew wood they are attacking and fill the holes with boric acid.