ADD, ADHD, hair mineral analysis, Heavy Metal Testing, heavy metals

Heavy Metals & ADHD

It seems that not a day goes by and I am presented with information around heavy metals and the havoc they wreak!

This morning I ran across this article about Heavy Metals and ADHD. It is from:

and is titled: “Heavy Metals’ Effect on Susceptibility to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Implication of Lead, Cadmium, and Antimony”

I will post the link at the bottom of this post for your reference.

Here is an Abstract from the study but in simple terms those with ADHD were tested and high levels of heavy metals were present.

Abstract:

Background: Heavy metals are known to be harmful for neurodevelopment and they may correlate to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In this study, we aim to explore the relationships between multiple heavy metals (manganese, lead, cadmium, mercury, antimony, and bismuth), neurocognitive function, and ADHD symptoms. Methods: We recruited 29 patients with ADHD inattentive type (ADHD-I), 47 patients with ADHD hyperactivity/impulsivity type (ADHD-H/I), and 46 healthy control children. Urine samples were obtained to measure the levels of the aforementioned heavy metals in each child. Participants’ cognitive function and clinical symptoms were assessed, respectively. Results: We found ADHD-H/I patients demonstrated the highest antimony levels (p = 0.028), and ADHD-I patients demonstrated the highest cadmium levels (p = 0.034). Antimony levels were positively correlated with the severity of ADHD symptoms that were rated by teachers, and cadmium levels were negatively correlated with the Full Scale Intelligence Quotient. Lead levels were negatively correlated with most indices of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children–Fourth Edition (WISC-IV), but positively correlated with inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Lead, cadmium and antimony were associated with susceptibility to ADHD and symptom severity in school-age children. Eliminating exposure to heavy metals may help to prevent neurodevelopmental disorders in children.

The question becomes what do we do about this? The first thing I recommend is testing for the presence of heavy metals in the body and brain and the testing I use as a Board Certified Nutritionist, is Hair Mineral Analysis.

Hair Mineral Analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body and in turn develop a protocol for helping to remove these heavy metals from the body and balance nutrients.

If you would like more info about the Hair Mineral Analysis testing, you can find it here:

Once results are received it is much easier to come up with a game plan based on variables such as nutrient deficiencies present, types of heavy metals and the overall toxic load.

It is unfortunate that we have to deal with so many toxic intruders and outside pathogens that can interfere with optimal health; however, luckily, when we identify them, we can work at elimination and also use nutritional intervention to offset various deficiencies etc.

As always, I hope that you found this helpful and feel free to reach out with any questions you might have for me. I am always happy to help.

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Link to Autism & Heavy Metals via Baby Teeth Analysis in Twins

About 1 in 54 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the Centre for Disease Control.

There has been a lot of research conducted around Autism Spectrum Disorder and I found a good resource in regard to heavy metals and autism. It is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. I will post the link below and I highly recommend reading the full article.

Here is an exerpt:

The researchers observed higher levels of lead in children with autism throughout development, with the greatest disparity observed during the period following birth. They also observed lower uptake of manganese in children with autism, both before and after birth. The pattern was more complex for zinc. Children with autism had lower zinc levels earlier in the womb, but these levels then increased after birth, compared to children without autism.

The researchers note that replication in larger studies is needed to confirm the connection between metal uptake and autism.

“We think autism begins very early, most likely in the womb, and research suggests that our environment can increase a child’s risk. But by the time children are diagnosed at age 3 or 4, it’s hard to go back and know what the moms were exposed to,” said Cindy Lawler, Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Genes, Environment, and Health Branch. “With baby teeth, we can actually do that.”

Patterns of metal uptake were compared using teeth from 32 pairs of twins and 12 individual twins. The researchers compared patterns in twins where only one had autism, as well as in twins where both or neither had autism. Smaller differences in the patterns of metal uptake occurred when both twins had autism. Larger differences occurred in twins where only one sibling had autism.

The findings build on prior research showing that exposure to toxic metals, such as lead, and deficiencies of essential nutrients, like manganese, may harm brain development while in the womb or during early childhood. Although manganese is an essential nutrient, it can also be toxic at high doses. Exposure to both lead and high levels of manganese has been associated with autism traits and severity.

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Heavy metals are very much present in our world today. I myself, have tested very high in lead.

One of the ways to help determine the presence of heavy metals and nutrient deficiencies which can come about through displacement when heavy metals are present, is through Hair Mineral Analysis testing.

This is a service that I have provided for a few years now and find it very helpful for anyone interested in their health or the health of their children.

The lab that I use is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and you can learn more about hair mineral analysis here:

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to chat about this and as always, I hope that you found this helpful in some way.

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Colds, Flus, Immunity

Is it a Cold or The Flu?

Here is a handy comparison chart to see if you are dealing with a cold or the flu.

Complications

Potential Complications of a Cold: Sinus congestion, difficulty breathing, earaches, and low energy.

Potential Complications of a Flu: Bronchitis, pneumonia, low-energy, lethargy, and can be life-threatening.

Helpful Suggestions

No matter what one is dealing with plenty of rest is ALWAYS a good idea. Your body needs all of its energy stores to deal with the situation so ‘pushing through‘ is NEVER a good idea and may prolong your sickness and even make it worse.

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Drink plenty of liquids to help stay hydrated and to move impurities out of the body. If you have a sore throat drink things like warm lemon water and honey. Here is a recipe also for sore throats:

Dealing With A Fever?

If you are dealing with a fever, remember that fevers are there for reason. You might want to read this post about fevers and see how miraculous they can be:

And as always, prevention is the best medicine there is. We cannot always prevent these illnesses but we can take measures to support our bodies, minds and our immune systems every day of our lives. In this way, we are more resistant to pathogens and invaders.

Here is a link that might inspire you to do just that! We don’t want to be like a pot of water just waiting to boil over. The tipping point always comes. 🙂

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Pet Love

If you have a pet make sure you cuddle with them. This is hugely helpful!

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is extremely helpful in providing the body and mind with the nutrition they need to stay active and healthy. There are also many excellent supplements to help also and when it comes to Immune Support, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are three very important ones that can be of help.

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Lemons for a Sore Throat

I love lemons! 🍋

There are countless uses for them and they are nutritional powerhouses to boot!

If you have a sore throat or feel one coming on, take the juice of one lemon and add to one cup of lukewarm water and 1 tsp of salt.

Gargle with this mixture for about 1 minute and do so for 3 times a day.

I hope you found this helpful and I would love to hear how this works for you. And even doing warm water, lemon and honey is super helpful for a sore throat. Just another option 🙂

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Update & Review of ‘Isotonix Turn Down’

So in the wee hours of this morning I was awake and wrote a blog post over on my main blog. You can read it here:

I since have an amazing update. I am just thrilled!

While I was writing that blog post I drank this Turn Down supplement. I used warm water and it was so soothing and calming. I liked it so much that I made myself another one to sip on. So I ended up having two 8 oz servings.

It made be very relaxed and sleepy so when I finished writing my last blog post I went back to bed. It was around 6:15 am. And here is the awesome part….

I did not wake up at all until 11:15 am and when I did wake up I felt like I had slept for 10 years. I felt amazing. And it gets better. I am gonna get personal here. I went to the bathroom and had this amazing soft and gentle poop. I knew right that that not only did the Magnesium in this product soothe me and put me to sleep but it helped me to relax the colon and bowel and thus an amazing morning bowel movement!

It felt like Win-Win-Win I tell ya. I am still feeling amazing and couldn’t wait to share this product review here.

What did I take?

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Ingredients in Isotonix Turn Down

There are fabulous ingredients in this supplement but I really want to point out the Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C, and L-Tryptophan among others! And I was pleasantly surprised to see 500 IU’s of Vitamin D3!

There has never been a better time than now to make sure that you are getting an adequate intake of Vitamin D.

I think this supplement is superb and I for one will use it when I need to relax or sleep or need help with having an extra easy bowel movement. 🙂

You can click on this link to learn more about it and to see the reviews and science behind it.

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Vitamin D, Vitamins

Study Shows More Than 80 Percent of Hospitalized Covid-19 Patients Low in Vitamin D

I am attaching a link to an article about a study that just came out and is well worth the read. I will put the link below in green.

Vitamin D is important for so many things and is often overlooked.

One of the roles of Vitamin D is that it is vital for the growth and health of bone; without it, bones will be soft, malformed, and unable to repair themselves normally, resulting in diseases called rickets in children an osteomalacia in adults.

Immunity

One of the big factors we should be honing in on though is Vitamin D’s role in immunity. According to Dr. Fred Pescatore, in his personal COVID-19 protection protocol recommendation, when it comes to vitamin D 3, is that it helps white blood cells destroy viruses that sneak into lungs, lowering the risk of respiratory infection by 64% and COVID complications seven-fold. While sunshine boosts D-3, supplementing ensures adequate levels. Dr. Pescatore says: “I suggest 50,000 IU for two days, then 15,000 daily.”

* Be sure to follow you own Doctor’s advice regarding supplementing with D3. I am simply sharing his Protocol from Woman’s World Magazine, Sept. 14, 2020

Also according to Dr. Pescatore:

“People at higher risk of deficiency include the elderly or obese people, people who don’t get enough sun exposure, people with darker skin, and people who take certain medications for long periods of time. Adequate sun exposure is typically estimated to be two periods per week of 5-20 minutes. People who do not have adequate sun exposure may obtain the vitamin D that they need from food sources or supplements”

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For those that live in my part of the world, here in Canada, we know that most of us are deficient in this critical nutrient. In fact, I have in the past requested Vitamin D testing and was told it was a waste of time and they don’t recommend it because they already KNOW that more than 80% of the population here is deficient!

Wow, what does that tell you? I highly recommend reading the article and you may want to take the issue of your Vitamin D levels and put it at the forefront of your personal health care routine.

Here is the link to the CTV article:

Maggie’s Favorite Vitamin D Product because of its exceptional delivery system. You can read the details by clicking on the picture. Included are the ingredients, benefits, info on the delivery system as well as the science behind it all.

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celery juice, hair mineral analysis, heavy metals, medical medium, Selenium, Vitamin C

Eye Floaters, Celery Juice & Heavy Metals

Eye floaters are spots or dots that appear in your vision and you seem to have to chase them in your vision.

I remember the first time I had eye floaters when I didn’t know what they were. I thought it was a little bug or fly in my kitchen and I kept trying to catch it. 🙂 I eventually realized that the object I was chasing was in my vision and asked around about what was happening to me (this was pre Google) and found out about eye floaters.

Although these are often harmless, they can sometimes indicate a serious condition so if your eye floaters persist be sure to visit your eye doctor for a proper examination.

As for eye health, nutrients are important for eye health, just as nutrients are important for all organs and body parts that we have.

I have been drinking daily celery juice and now realize that I no longer have eye floaters and I also have had an improvement in my eye sight.

I was reading today in Anthony Williams book “Medical Medium Celery Juice” this:

“Celery juice helps with eye floaters by reducing inflammation that occurs on the optic nerve – which is what’s responsible for this mystery symptom that confuses medical research ad science. White spots, flares, white flashes, or black spots that occur without noticeable damager to the retina, pupil, or any other part of the eye are the result of neurotoxins from the Epstein-Barr virus, combined with heavy metals such as mercury, inflaming the optic nerve.

The powerful flavonoids and vitamin C that travel with celery juice’s sodium cluster salts and specific nerves in and around the brain, including the optic nerve. They disperse neurotoxins that have been sitting on the nerve, and they even protect the nerve from viral invasion while feeding nerve cells, allowing the optic nerve to rejuvenate.”

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Some of the most important nutrients for eye health

The most important nutrients for eye health include:

  • Vitamins C, A, and E.
  • Zinc.
  • Selenium.
  • Anthocyanins.
  • DHA.

It is interesting to note that when I do hair mineral analysis testing for clients to determine the presence of heavy metals in the body and brain as well as checking for nutrient deficiencies and imbalances, we almost always see low levels of Zinc and Selenium!

I personally supplement with all of the above mentioned nutrients as well my daily 16 ounces of celery juice.

There are two supplements that I highly recommend for eye health and general health. If you are looking to support your eye health and your health in general you might want to consider taking a look at these two in particular. They are beneficial for eye health and so much more!

Here is the first and it has the anthocyanins in it plus so much more! You can click on the picture or this link to go to see the ingredients, benefits, reviews and science behind the product. https://ca.shop.com/THESHOPCONSULTANT/Isotonix+OPC+3+-559110168-p+.xhtml?credituser=R1159126

Isotonix OPC3

Next is one of the most important nutrients of our time. Vitamin C! This one is delivered in a delicious drinkable form as well and taste great. You can even mix the OPC-3 and Vitamin C together and along with any other Isotonix supplements. I drink these every morning and have for 23 years!

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I hope that you found this helpful and I will share some other links here too that you may also find beneficial.

Have a great day everyone!

Pet Health, Pet Therapy, Pets

New Research Shows Pets Linked to Better Health During Pandemic and Beyond

Pets & OUR Health 🙂

It is interesting to see that there is a lot of scientific research coming down the pipes around the topic of pets and their contribution to our mental and physical health.

For pet owners who adore their pets, I am sure this is no surprise, but it is nice to see it scientifically backed also.

Researchers from the U.K. conducted a survey of 6,000 participants during the country’s lockdown period, lasting from late March to early June of this year. Roughly 90 percent of respondents reported having at least one pet. Source http://sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200926145210.htm

And it did not matter what type of pet it was, whether it was a dog, cat, guinea pig, or fish, that animal companion ended up providing a significant buffer against psychological stress.

More than 90 percent of the survey’s respondents said that their pet helped them cope with the emotional fallout of lockdown. It is also important to note, that nearly all of them said that their pet also was helpful in keeping them active and fit, which is a huge contributor to better health overall.

It sounds to me, that having a pet to love and play with is a win-win situation all around.

One of the fears of pet owners during the pandemic, however, is having access to quality and accessible vetertary services. As a Nutritionist I cannot stress enough the importance of supplementing to plug any nutritional leaks that YOU or your pet might have 🙂

The more we can support our own immune systems, as well as our furry family members, the better!

I know a lot of people think that supplementation is about the Now and sometimes when they feel great or there are no troubles, they think it is not necessary, but the real truth is, supplementing is for the future!

By supplementing with high quality nutrients you may be able to prevent future complications and actually save money by for example, reduced doctors or vetertarain visits.

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Celery Juice Story!

So many of you know that I am an advocate of celery juice and try to drink it every day.

Well just over a week ago, I was commenting on a friend’s FB thread where they were talking about avoiding night shade vegetables.

There were many comments back and forth, but I am only going to share a few here to lay the framework of the point of my post here.

My first comment to my friend…

We went back and forth and then I shared this comment.

So speed ahead to 11 days later and Lei tags me in a post! I guess she researched the Medical Medium work and tried celery juice. Here is what she said.

And if you are wondering what HS is:

Hidradenitis suppurativa (hi-drad-uh-NIE-tis sup-yoo-ruh-TIE-vuh) is a skin condition that causes small, painful lumps to form under the skin. The lumps can break open, or tunnels can form under the skin. The condition mostly affects areas where the skin rubs together, such as the armpits, groin, buttocks and breasts.

And another one from my friend.

In conclusion, I can’t wait to see if celery juice continues to help Lei. And I am so glad that she shared this with me.

I for one, am a firm believer in celery juice and its benefits and have heard and read countless amazing stories of how it has helped people. I will keep spreading the word. 🙂

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