Alternative Medicine News, April, 2012

Here is a summary of some of the best Alternative Medicine stories this month. You will also find links to the original sources.
Roundup Herbicide Linked To Parkinson’s-Related Brain Damage

Here’s some disturbing news.

Remember all the ads showing how “safe” roundup weed killer is supposed to be? You know, the ads telling you that it is safe to use around pets & children? They even said it was as safe as table salt. From this you’d naturally think it was safe, wouldn’t you?

Turns out, not so much.

Sayer Ji over at is a tireless researcher. In this article, he comments on recent research from the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology. As an FYI, the first word of the name means, “nerve toxins.” The last word means, “study of monstrosities.” Comforting, no?

The study he highlights is called, “Glyphosate induced cell death through apoptotic and authophagic mechanisms.” Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup.

Study authors found 17 different toxic effects from Roundup. Yikes! You can see the story here.

Health Freedom Alliance
Stress Changes Your Immune System

You might already know this from experience. But a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirms the impact of stress.

Most people think of deadlines, conflict with their spouse, etc. when they think of stress. But stress can take many forms.

For example, eating the wrong foods causes your body to have to adapt. That process stresses your reserves. Same thing with toxic exposure. Ditto with not having a sense of purpose in life.

In this study, they tested the effect of a change in social standing. In other words, how others see you. They found that social rank changes triggered inflammation. This was directly due to higher stress hormone.

This reinforces the importance of managing stress effectively, no matter what the cause.

You can see more details here.

Removing Heavy Metals Like Mercury from the Body Is “Dangerous”?

In today’s world, we are exposed to many toxins. That is one reason that detoxification is a useful health practice.

There is one form of detox that specifically eliminates heavy metals. It’s called chelation. But for some reason, mainstream medicine is out to stop it.

At a recent conference at the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control) the chelation bashers were out in force. Their message? Chelation is dangerous. The proof? Hmmm… not much.

Of course like anything, chelation can be done wrong. If you dump too many toxins at once the body gets overloaded. That’s not good. But done gently and with the person’s response monitored carefully, it can be very useful.

The Alliance for Natural Health has a good article on this conference and the controversy. You can find it here.
Canaries In The EMF ‘Coal Mine’

You’ve read about highly sensitive people (HSP) in Balance Point before. If you want to review, see, “Where Are You On The ‘Highly Sensitive Person’ Scale?

Recently, a study was done in Japan on this topic. In this case people were asked about sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. This comes from devices like wireless networks, cell phones and smart meters.

The responses were telling. These more sensitive people react strongly to EMF signals. In some cases they had to move or change jobs because of it. It affected their health and mental well being.

In my practice I see a lot of HSP patients. When someone has odd symptoms nobody can fix, I suspect high sensitivity. And there are ways to tell quickly if it’s true for someone.

You can read more about this Japanese study here.

Life Extension Foundation
Alzheimer’s Risk Lower With More Activity

This study gives a whole new meaning to “use it or lose it.”

The Life Extension Foundation published an article showing results of recent research. The research showed that even moderate movement improves brain function.

How moderate? How about washing dishes, cooking or gardening?

In other words, just about any active movement helps. Even if you don’t want to exercise formally, just doing chores will do the trick. That’s not to say you shouldn’t exercise. But it should make the idea of protecting your brain easier to do.

In fact, activity even overcame the gene linked to Alzheimer’s. Wow.

My favorite line? “We’ve known that muscle activity generates neurons in the brain, but this study gives us additional motivation.” Yep.

The article is well worth reading. You can find it here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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