Are we truly that much smarter than the minds of our world’s historical past? Ehh, no not really. We just have easier access to accumulated research thanks to the internet. Today we’re going to learn about some of the historical discoveries and uses of activated charcoal that go back thousands of years.
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There are numerous records of charcoal being used all around the world throughout history. Todays activated charcoal supplements and charcoal air filters are directly inspired by those discoveries. All we’re doing differently today is utilizing thousands of years of activated charcoal use by applying some modern science to it. Otherwise, not much has changed except the c60 anti aging discovery and modern methods for creating quality charcoal products.
Let’s take a look at the history of activated charcoal and see how it found its way to popularity all around the world.
3750 BC: The earliest known use of charcoal by the Egyptians and Sumerians. They used wood char for the reduction of copper, zinc and tin ores to manufacture bronze. They also used charcoal as a smokeless fuel.
1500 BC: The first known recorded medicinal uses of activated charcoal was in the egyptian papyri. They used it to adsorb odors from rotting wounds and the gastrointestinal tract.
As you can tell, activated charcoal has been used as medicine for quite a while.
400 BC: During this time period, charcoal was used to treat epilepsy, chlorosis and anthrax.
Hippocrates and Pliny knew charcoal could be used as medicine as long as it’s prepared properly. Pliny specifically wrote in his epoch work Natural History (Vol. 36): “It is only when ignited and quenched that charcoal itself acquires its characteristic powers, and only when it seems to have perished that it becomes endowed with greater virtue.”
450 BC: Wrecked Phoenician trading ships were found to have barrels used for storing drinking water. These barrels were charred on the inside to create charcoal and in return kept the water safe for drinking.
Also around this time, Hindu documents refer to charcoal and sand as filters to purify drinking water.
157 AD: Claudius Galvanometer created 500 different medical treatises. Many of those uses referred to carbon made from vegetables and animals to treat a variety of diseases.
297 AD: The roman emperor Diocletian unfortunately decided to order the destruction of all scientific books in the Roman Empire. Obviously slowing down the progress of scientific research by at least 1000 years. No one will ever know how many of those records had uses with charcoal. Brrrffttttt dhumb humans, idiots UHH, “rolling eyes” “napoleon dynamite video clip”
1773: Sheele measured numerous volumes of gases that could be adsorbed by carbons made from different sources.
1777: The effects of heat was found to be associated with the adsorption of gases with charcoal. This discovery eventually lead to the condensations theories of adsorption.
1785: Lowitz reviewed charcoal’s abilities to adsorb odours from medical conditions. He published accounts of charcoals ability to adsorb various vapours from organic chemicals. He also may have been the first who studied charcoal’s effectiveness in decolorizing liquid solutions. Or more specifically the commercial applications to produce tartaric acid.
Right around this time the sugar industry was looking for a way to decolorize raw sugar syrups. Charcoal was not of high enough quality to do so at the time.
1793: Kehl mentioned using chars to control odours from gangrenous ulcers and discovered charcoal made from animal tissues could remove colours from solution.
1794: An english sugar refinery finally successfully used charcoal from wood to decolorize sugar syrups. They kept their carbon preparation method a secret, obviously in hopes to have an advantage in the sugar industry.
1805 – 1808: In France, Gruillon began the first large scale sugar refining facility using ground and washed wood charcoal to decolorize syrups.
Delessert was successful in demonstrating charcoal’s ability to decolorize sugar beet liquor. The sugar beet industry in France grew because of him. Within only a few years to 1808, all sugar refineries in Europe began to use charcoal as a decolorizer.
1811: Figuier discovered bone char has far superior decolorizing capabilities compared to wood char. The sugar refining industry quickly substituted wood char for bone char.
Methods to regenerate bone char with heat was discovered and granulated bone char was developed which is able to be quickly regenerated.
1817: Joseph de Cavaillon created a method to regenerate used bone char and patented it. His method was not a complete success.
1822: We begin to see some greater scientific discoveries. Bussy was the first to produce activated charcoal with a combination of thermal and chemical methods. He showed that the decolorizing properties of carbons was dependant on the source material, thermal processing and the particle size of the finished carbon product. He showed carbon made at too high of a temperature or for too long lowered the adsorptive properties and the importance of porosity. He even showed carbon made from heated blood with potash had 20-50 times more decorizing abilities compared to bone char.
1841: Schatten arranged the use of hydrochloric acid wash before heating in the regeneration of bone chars. This method removes minerals salts adsorbed by carbon. Also, in Germany, he introduced the first vertical kiln to continuously manufacture and regenerate bone chars.
1854: Stenhouse stated the application of using carbon to eliminate vapours and gases in the London sewers ventilation system. Let’s thank Stenhouse because he’s the reason why we have carbon air filters in our homes.
1862: Lipscombe used carbon to purify potable water.
1865: Hunter discovered charcoal made from coconut shells has gas adsorbent properties. Most charcoal supplements today are made from coconut shells thanks to Hunter’s discovery.
1881: Kayser was the first person to use the term adsorption in regard to carbon’s ability to uptake gases.
1901: Von Ostrejko set the standards for the commercial development of activated carbons through a process using metallic chlorides with carbonaceous material before carbonization and the mild oxidation of charred materials with carbon dioxide or steam at raised temperatures.
1911: The first industrially produced activated carbon “Eponit” from Austria was marketed. They used Ostrejko’s gasification method to manufacture Eponit from wood. The product was used as a decolorizer in the sugar refining industry. Prior to this, the sugar refining industry was using their own patented processes.
1913: Wunsch found that a heated mixture of Eponit and zinc chloride increased carbon’s decolorizing capacity.
1914 – 1918: Activated wood chips with zinc chloride which create granulated carbons with low resistance to airflow was used to protect the military from poisonous gases in the battlefield of the First World War. During this time, a study found that charcoal from coconut shells worked best for gas masks.
Post-1918: War continued to influence the development of activated charcoal gas masks. In Europe they found coconut and almond shells with zinc chloride further improved the mechanical strengths and adsorptive capacities for gases and vapours.
1985: C60 was discovered. C60 is activated carbon shaped like a soccer ball.
1996: a Nobel Prize was given to Harry Kroto, Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for the discovery of C60.
21st Century: Activated Charcoal is being used in hospitals for toxic poisonings. It’s also commonly used as a detox supplement for gas, bloating and environmental toxins.
Research of the more pure version of carbon called C60 is starting to reach the surface on social media because of its possible anti aging properties. If you would like to learn more about the anti aging properties and health benefits of C60 and activated charcoal, be sure to watch my other video “The health benefits of activated charcoal – anti aging discovery”
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This food is one of the best foods in the world for cellular detoxification and it will only cost you $2.50 cents per day to eat. Today we’re going to talk about watermelon.
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is an annual trailing vine in the cucurbitaceae plant family with about 965 other species including foods such as: cantaloupe, cucumber, squash, pumpkin and zucchini. The name Lanatus doesn’t describe watermelon very well. Lanatus means hairy in latin. These melons are far from hairy ;). The vines which they grow from are hairy.
Some suspect the ancestral watermelon originated in Southern Africa but it’s uncertain if it’s true. Scientists do agree that watermelon’s progenitor (ur-watermelon) was first cultivated in Africa, then headed north to Mediterranean countries and other parts of Europe.
In the Kalahari desert of south africa, wild animals and hunter gatherers known as Bushmen or the San People relied on a wild white fleshed watermelon called Tsamma for water and nourishment. They would live on nothing but tsamma for up to six weeks at a time. Without the presence of tsamma, it’s very difficult to travel through the kalahari desert or to live there permanently.
The harsh desert conditions in which watermelon is able to grow in show’s that it has a strong tolerance for a certain type of stress, the harsh heat of the sun. By observing plants adaptive traits such as tolerating heat, we can then consume them to receive their adaptability for our bodies. Watermelon will help you adapt to the heat a lot better than eating man made processed fast food. The water content alongside its nutrition and large amounts of antioxidants will help protect your cells from drying out and being damaged from the heat. Nutrients from watermelon will also help your body replace old cells and build new healthier less toxic cells that are more resistant from the sun. Empty calories and lack of nutrition from processed foods will do the complete opposite. Processed foods will toxify and damage your cells making them less resistant to too much sun and more likely to develop skin cancer. As an urban survivor, I think I’ll stick to consuming nutrient dense watermelon.
I say this all the time and I’ll continue to say it throughout my career. I prefer to only consume food and herbs that are thousands of years old and not 10 years old or less from a lab. Which will you choose? Thousands of years of testing or only 10 years?
Watermelon has been eaten for over 5,000 years. It has been found in hebrew texts, egyptian tombs and medieval illustrations. Evidence of artifacts found in egyptian tombs such as king tut’s tomb suggests watermelon was first cultivated in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Specifically one tomb painting stands out to archeologists the most. They noticed that wild watermelons are round but the watermelon in the painting is not. The painting better resembles the oblong shaped watermelons that we eat today. This suggests the cultivation of watermelon began in Egypt, ultimately ending the consumption of the less palatable wild watermelon.
This bit of history is kind of funny so I thought I’d share it with you.
In 2007, Oklahoma declared watermelon as the state vegetable and some people such as Sen. Nancy Riley disagree with their decision. Sen. Don Barrington said: “The controversy on whether watermelon is a fruit or vegetable has been officially decided by the Oklahoma Legislature,” Sen. Nancy Riley mentions that her dictionary considers watermelon as a fruit.
Senator Barrington’s response was: “I guess it can be both,”. Well, I suppose watermelon is now both a fruit and a vegetable because Barrington said so lol.
Admittedly… Barrington might be onto something. The rinds can be cooked as vegetables and the inner flesh is commonly eaten as a fruit.
The health benefits of watermelon
Now that we’ve learned a small bit about the history of watermelon, let’s check out the health benefits.
Watermelon is an extremely popular summer food and for a good reason.
Some of the potential health benefits of watermelon include: alkalizes and detoxifies the body, reduces arterial stiffness and aortic systolic blood pressure, reduces risk for cardiovascular diseases, lowers bad cholesterol, lowers inflammation, helps reduce recovery heart rate and muscle soreness 24 hours after exercise, may reduce the risk of certain cancers, increases blood concentrations of arginine, lycopene and beta carotene, supports kidney health including; increases urine flow, cleanses the urinary tract, reduces kidney stones, improves kidney filtration of lymphatic wastes and cleanses the liver; protects the eyes, improves vision, protection from pathogenic attacks, prevention of diabetes, and is a good source of proteins.
Mark Twain said ”To taste a watermelon is to know what the angels eat.” Most people like the sweet taste but there is much more to this superfruit than its taste. I consider watermelon a class 1 superfood in my book. This means watermelon meets the criteria of having calories, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and medicinal health benefits. We can more specifically consider watermelon a fruitarian staple food. As a bonus, it’s an easy to digest food taking only about 15 to 30 minutes to digest, absorb, and utilize. This allows for quick nutrition before or after exercise, for people with chronic health conditions, or as a good nutrient dense wake me up meal for breakfast. Take note: Some people suggest eating watermelon at room temperature for even better digestion but admittedly cold watermelon is much more gratifying during the hot summer months.
Watermelon is affordable
The average grocery store melons here in michigan during the summer cost about $5.00 each. Often times, they’re on sale costing only $6 for two melons. Since they’re high in water, eating more than half a melon per day is quite a challenge unless you live in a consistently hot climate and sweat a lot. I would suggest only eating up to about half a watermelon per day which will only cost you about $2.50 per day.
If you eat enough watermelon, you won’t need to drink much water since watermelon is 80% to 90% water. If you do drink water and eat a lot of watermelon together, you could get in some trouble by overdosing on water and creating an electrolyte imbalance. Find the right balance of water for your own body. Monitor your urine color to make sure it’s not too clear. If it’s slightly yellow, you’re in the safe range. If your kidneys and adrenals are weak, you could notice some swelling throughout your body when you eat watermelon. If you begin to notice swollen hands, feet, or other parts of your body, you should consider looking into herbal kidney and adrenal formulas, contact your doctor and reassess the amount of water you consume.
Are Watermelon seeds safe to eat?
Yes watermelon seeds are safe to eat. They won’t poison you or cause a plant to grow in your belly. You paranoid imaginative people! Plants direct their energy into fruits and seeds during their reproductive stages of life. Therefore most reproductive end products of plants contain concentrated nutrition. Watermelon seeds, flesh and rind are nutritionally dense, hence why I classify watermelon as a class 1 superfood. The end product of plants is crucial in plant nutrition. Fruits, roots, grains, nuts and seeds are all end products where plants concentrate nutrition for their survival. They put all their energy into reproduction to ensure their species will survive once they die. That’s what makes a true superfood and it’s the reason why we need to stop consuming so many seedless fruits! By the way, this nutrient concentration concept is similar for animals too, such as eggs.
According to nutrition data, based on the RDA, one ounce of dried watermelon seeds contain high amounts of the following nutrients: 156 calories, 20% fat,14% saturated fat, 7,866 mg omega 6 fatty acids, 16% protein, 1-5% b vitamins, 2% calcium, 11% iron, 36% magnesium, 21% phosphorus, 5% potassium, 1% sodium, 19% zinc, 10% copper, and 20% manganese. Combine that with half a melon and a well rounded diet, you’ll be easily attaining all the nutrients you need in a day.
If you want maximum nutrient extraction of the seeds, then be sure to blend them for about 30 to 60 seconds. I personally like to use a nutribullet blender. My nutribullet has surprisingly lasted about 7 years so far and it only costs $69 brand new online. (Buy the newer version if you can afford it. It truly is better.) I really appreciate companies like nutribullet that offer affordable health products. The only way we can change the health of our planet is by making health easily accessible. I’ll leave a link in the description below for you if you’re interested in using the same blender that I use.
Now that we know the nutritional value of watermelon seeds, let’s take a look at the nutrition data for half of a watermelon. I would cover the data of a whole watermelon but in reality the average person is not going to be very fond of eating that much in a day. Instead, eating a quarter to half a watermelon per day is a bit more achievable. Plus we want a diversity of foods in our diet anyhow.
According to nutrition data, based on the RDA, half a watermelon contains high amounts of the following: 677 calories, 5% fat, 1,129 mg omega 6 fatty acids, 27.5% protein, 257% Vitamin A, 305% Vitamin C, 5.5% Vitamin E, 3% Vitamin K, 49.5% Thiamin, 28% Riboflavin, 20% Niacin, 51% Vitamin B6, 17% Folate, 50% Pantothenic Acid, 92 mg Choline, 6.8 mg betaine, 16% Calcium, 30% Iron, 56.5% Magnesium, 25% Phosphorus, 72.5% Potassium, 1% Sodium, 15% Zinc, 47.5% Copper, 43% Manganese, and 13% Selenium. Add that data to the seeds and you have yourself a very therapeutic dose of nutrition.
Additional nutrition found in watermelon
When I see people eat watermelon I notice that they only eat the red flesh and throw out the rind. Watermelon rind contains more of the amino acid citrulline and green chlorophyll compared to the red flesh. Kidneys convert citrulline into L-arginine.
L-arginine is an important amino acid with over 100 health benefits such as: protect the kidneys, support the heart, reduce erectile dysfunction, enhance wound healing from trauma and hemorrhage, enhance wound healing in diabetic rats, fight cancer, reduce obesity and much more. As for chlorophyll: it’s the green color you see in the rind which has the ability to detoxify and build blood.
I understand the rind doesn’t taste that great but with anything beneficial to our lives, there is a minor sacrifice that has to be made. Such as success taking consistent long term hard work but you reap the rewards in the end. We need to wire our brains for long term satisfaction instead of short term satisfaction unless it’s being used for motivation. A great example is watermelon boy getting famous for eating an entire melon, including the rind! Hahaha oh watermelon boy.
Delusionally assuming there are no pesticides on the watermelon, when you cut it, leave some of the rind intact and eat it before the flesh. Take a minor sacrifice with three rewards at the end. The first reward being the chlorophyll in the rind, the second being the sweet tasting flesh and the third is the nutritional health benefits of the whole food. Rewarding yourself after a difficult task such as eating the rind will increase the likelihood of long term success in discipline and wellness improvement. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s father used to have young Arnold do push ups before getting breakfast. A minor sacrifice with two rewards. A healthy body and a meal. If you simply do not like the rind, try blending it with some lime juice. If blending doesn’t sound appealing, watermelon rinds can also be pickled, stewed, stir fried and worst case scenario composted in your garden.
Watermelon can be considered a superb food for cardiovascular health and all around wellness for the fact that it contains high amounts of carotenoids such as lycopene. Watermelon juice specifically was shown to increase plasma concentrations of lycopene in humans.
Everyone associates red foods with the health of blood and the heart. That’s because red foods contain the carotenoid lycopene. Lycopene is actually the reason why those foods are red.
High amounts of lycopene is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. Hence one of the reasons why tomatoes, goji berries, red bell peppers, watermelons and other red foods are popular for protecting the heart. (LYCOPENE IS NOT IN STRAWBERRIES OR CHERRIES) Tomatoes and tomato juices are exceptionally popular for heart health but we shouldn’t only praise tomatoes. Let’s make some room for watermelon too!!
Lycopene is capable of much more than protecting the heart.
Higher amounts of lycopene was found to be associated with: reduced risk of prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer in Chinese women, inhibit liver cancer cell growth, lowers risk of hip fractures in older adults, reduced mortality from metabolic syndrome, protection from non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and more. As you can see, lycopene plays a fairly large role in potentially reducing the risk of cancers and other life threatening diseases. These studies make a good case for watermelon being a disease fighting food regardless of the sugar content. I believe fruit sugar is safe, so long as its consumed right from fruits and not concentrated in processed chemical laden foods. We need all of nature’s elements from whole foods to offset any possible negative effect of a single substance. That’s why I’m weary of studies that say all sugar is bad, especially because the studies we’re done on sugar alone or from bad food and not from nutrient dense organic pesticide free fruits.
Also take note that the Lycopene from watermelon may cause upset digestion in some. With adaptation over time, that will go away. Experiment with different quantities and see what works best for you.
Watermelon Contains Choline
Choline acts like a water soluble vitamin but it’s not an actual vitamin or mineral. It’s an essential micronutrient that’s similarly related to folate, methionine and vitamin b12 because they’re metabolized through the same pathways. Our bodies produce a small amount of choline through the methylation of phosphatidylethanolamine by N-methyltransferase (PEMT) which forms phosphatidylcholine in the liver. Although that sounds super fancy, the methylation process is not efficient enough since it only produces small amounts of choline.
The recommended, simpler and less energy intensive way to get choline is through dietary sources such as watermelon. Half a watermelon contains 92 mg of Choline. But the question is, is that enough? There’s currently no recommended dietary allowance for choline so the next best option is to maintain a nutrient rich mainly plant based diet with choline rich foods such as watermelon. I’m certain we’ll get enough choline from our diets and never have to worry about deficiencies. Now that we quickly learned how important it is to get choline from our diet, let’s take a look at the health benefits of choline found in watermelon.
Choline is important for: the function of all cells, kidneys, lymphocytes, brain function, fetal development, methylation, detoxification, endocrine system, digestion, lipid transport in the liver, reproduction, and the function of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which supports memory and functions at the neuromuscular junction to activate the movement of muscles.
Choline supports many more functions in the body but this is a great bit of information to start with. Later on I’ll make an in depth video about choline. Let’s take a quick look at choline deficiency and then move on to betaine found in watermelon.
Choline deficiency puts the body at risk for: fatty liver, reduces energy levels, suppresses brain development, damages: liver, DNA, kidneys, pancreas, nervous system, lymphocytes, brain, muscles and other parts of the body.
If my fruitarian friends didn’t notice, damage to lymphocytes is on that list. Studies show Choline deficiency increases lymphocyte apoptosis. This could help explain why fruitarians heal their lymphatic system by eating watermelon. Watermelon is well known by fruitarians and detoxification specialists for its ability to aid in kidney lymph filtration. I have a feeling Choline plays a large role in kidney lymph filtration since it’s an essential micronutrient for the entire body and there are significant consequences if you develop a choline deficiency. Especially regarding the kidneys. Studies show choline deficiency can induce acute renal “kidney” failure.
Guys, I must say… Every time I research fruit, I find more proof to support the fruitarian diet and it’s ability to heal the body of pretty much every disease. The best part is that I only have to scratch the surface to find proof. Okay, let’s move on to betaine.
The health benefits of watermelon doesn’t stop with Choline. Watermelon also contains Betaine.
To be exact, 6.8 mg betaine in half a watermelon. Betaine is the color red which once again, we commonly associate with heart health. Betaine is also involved in the methylation process and the detoxification of homocysteine. Homocysteine is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Isn’t it cool how it appears nature color coded our health?
Studies show betaine can significantly improve athletic performance such as: Body composition, arm size, bench press work capacity, attenuates the rise of urinary homocysteine thiolactone (HCTL) and improves power but not strength. Although, some studies do suggest it does improve strength.
Besides athletic performance, some of the health benefits of Betaine may include: detoxifies and protects the liver, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce uric acid levels, improve kidney function, attenuate effects from moderate alcohol consumption, attenuates homocysteine induced memory deficits and Alzheimer-like pathological changes, inhibit aortic inflammatory response, some anticancer effects against liver cancer, was shown to exhibit tumoricidal effects and induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest.
As you can tell, simply from choline and betaine in watermelon, we’re seeing positive anti cancer and full body protection from common ailments. That’s what makes Watermelon a true class 1 superfood. Be sure to incorporate watermelon into your lifestyle as an all around rejuvenator. Since it tastes good, adding watermelon into your life won’t be much of a challenge compared to taking shots of not so tasty grass juices.
How to cut watermelon
There are two ways to cut watermelon. Precise for different shapes such as sticks, cubes, balls, and slices or you can go fruit ninja style! Kiai!!! Okay, now that we safely cut a watermelon in half, I’ll show you how you can safely cut it into different shapes.
WARNING: Never cut a knife towards you!
How to cut watermelon into sticks
Cut the watermelon in half
Set the cut side of the melon face down on the cutting board so it doesn’t roll around.
Slice the melon vertically making one to two inch thick slices (about 5 rows).
Once you have cut one side, rotate it 90 degrees.
Cut the melon once again making one to two inch thick sliced rows. Now you have easy to eat watermelon sticks.
How to cut watermelon into cubes
Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.
Cut those pieces in half again lengthwise.
Next we will make a cut without cutting through the rind.
Cut across from left to right under the flesh without cutting through the rind. Like a filet.
Cut across both sides vertically and horizontally from the top for desired chunk sizes (about 1-2 inches wide).
Tip the melon into a bowl and all the pieces will fall out!
Yay! It’s a watermelon miracle! Bite sized bits!
How to tell if watermelon is ripe.
There really is no efficient way to tell if watermelon is ripe when shopping at the grocery store. I’ve actually seen some people smell them O_o. They must know something that I don’t know. What I do know is that you could knock on it. If it doesn’t resonate much then it’s likely too hard, meaning it’s not ripe. If it resonates a bit, it’s more likely to be ripe. But in all honesty, the only true way to tell if a watermelon is ripe is to look at the shriveled stem when it’s still growing on the vine. Unfortunately most of us will only be getting them from the grocery store and not right off the land. Don’t worry, if the watermelon turns out to be bad when you cut it at home, your grocery store will almost always be willing to replace it for a new one.
All in all, I think watermelon is a food that almost everyone should be consuming as often as possible. For the sheer fact that watermelon is a powerful all around nutrient rich, rejuvenating detox food and is affordable costing only five bucks per melon. Be sure to give watermelon more attention in your life. It’s truly a powerful food, especially by doing watermelon fasts. Half a day, a whole day, 3 days, a week or maybe longer. Obviously be sure to check with your doctor before doing watermelon fast. After adding watermelon into your life, let me know in the comments below how it helps your health.
Well! That’s it for this video. Do you like watermelon? Have you ever done a watermelon fast? What’s your favorite way to cut and eat it? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, share this video with anyone you feel needs to know this information and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. If you’d like additional education then be sure to subscribe to my newsletter. My newsletter will get you access to my videos before anyone else, additional health tips and occasional herbal supplement giveaways. Also be sure to check out my online store www.sungazerherbs.com for herbal supplements, computer glasses, space hoodies and other cool accessories. Shopping at Sungazer Herbs will support my channel and your wellness. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you Urban Survivors!
According to the Average Height database: The average height for males is 5’9 and the average height for females is 5’3. Are you near this height? Or are you the short one in your family? How about even too tall? Is your body developing too slowly or won’t stop growing? Are you also tired, weak and clumsy? These may be signs you have a pituitary weakness. Today we’re going to talk about the pituitary gland and what you can do to treat pituitary weakness naturally.
For the longest time we thought genetics played the main role in our health but that has drastically changed with Epigenetics being brought to the mainstream. This brings up an interesting question: Could internal and external environments affect our height? I suspect yes! From what my mentors and I have observed, it appears different environments have a larger impact on our bodies than genetics. Admittedly, in some cases genetics can be difficult to manage even with epigenetics. Although, you wouldn’t believe some of the extreme acidic and genetic illnesses that have been resolved through changing their environment.
How many of you have seen short families and immediately assumed genetics was the main cause for their height? What if other factors were actually at play? Such as these families living the same lifestyle. Eating the same food, family stress, being exposed to the same bacteria, chemical pollutants and other environmental factors. Or simply put, following the same footsteps as each other. I’m suggesting that lifestyle has a larger impact on the growth and development or destruction of the human body than genetics. Poor nutrition, toxicity, weakened immune systems, and an imbalanced endocrine system from the environment can have a huge impact on the quality and size of our bodies. By changing your environment you can change your whole body for optimal health.
There are two main types of pituitary weaknesses. The first one is Hypopituitarism.
Hypopituitarism also known as pituitary insufficiency is a “rare” disorder when the pituitary gland doesn’t produce enough of its hormones. There are way too many underdeveloped people to say this condition is by any means rare. It’s more common than you may think. Once you become aware of what pituitary weakness is, you will then begin to see it in yourself or in others around you. Just like I did when I learned about pituitary weakness. I thought to myself “Oh my gosh I can’t stop seeing this epigenetic disorder everywhere I go!”.
Hypopituitarism can lead to poor body development causing symptoms such as: small breasts, short height and small body mass in general, low bone density, hoarseness in voice such as high pitch or other changes, menstrual irregularities, low sex drive, hormonal imbalance, impotence, weight gain or loss, poor athletic performance, weak muscles, fatigue, dizziness, clumsiness, inability to focus, vision problems, depression, anxiety, hair loss, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, inability to stay warm, sensitivity to the cold, and many more symptoms.
Next we have Hyperpituitarism which is the opposite of hypopituitarism.
Hyperpituitarism is when the pituitary gland secretes too many hormones causing an overgrowing body and other undesirable symptoms.
Hyper secretion of pituitary hormones may cause: Cushing’s syndrome, acromegaly, gigantism, abnormally tall height, thick bones, enlarged: nose jaw, tongue, heart, hands and feet, oily and leathery skin, excessive perspiration, slanting eyes, congested sinus, hollow or deep sounding voice, heart failure, hypertension, muscle weakness, joint pain, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, fatigue, needing too much sleep, sleep apnea, mood changes, impotence, low libido, excess facial hair in women, absence of menstrual cycles, weight gain, vision problems, and many more symptoms.
Some of you out there that have a pituitary weakness may only have a select few symptoms that are not severely debilitating such as those hypo and hyper conditions. I like to consider pituitary weakness a mild version of hypo or hyper. A common example would be small breasts or being short. Once it becomes more advanced, modern medical terms are then used even though I still believe it’s usually better to identify these conditions as “pituitary weakness”. Once medication is needed, I suppose that’s when medical terms become necessary.
Hypo and hyper pituitary weakness conditions are mainly treated with the same herbs. You don’t need to have all of the symptoms to fit into the pituitary weakness category. The symptoms I mentioned are some of the more prevalent symptoms that you could potentially have. As an example: I mentioned poor athletic performance. It’s obviously not a medical term but I do see it in those with some form of pituitary weakness when coupled with poor body development, weak adrenals and thyroid. Especially in small bodies and those that are clumsy. “”Trip and Fall”
STAND UP FAST!
The most common form of pituitary weakness is being short or having some form of body development issue oftentimes alongside clumsiness. Take note again, thyroid and adrenals always seem to be associated with pituitary weakness. This is obviously because the pituitary gland is a master gland. With proper care these pituitary weaknesses should be manageable.
Adaptogenic herbs are perfect for this because they support all glands and not just the pituitary.
At some point in our lives all of us will have a pituitary weakness to some extent. Also, most of the time hyperpituitarism is actually hypopituitarism. The same goes with hyperthyroidism and even mania caused by hyperadrenalism which is actually hypoadrenalism. In natural health, hyper is almost always considered a hypo condition under extreme chronic stress. That stress is best explained as acidosis. Think of overstimulation as the body’s last resort to protect itself from exhaustion usually caused by acidosis.
Now that you understand the basics of pituitary conditions, let’s talk about how the pituitary gland communicates with the body.
The pituitary gland is oftentimes called the master gland and for a very good reason. It’s responsible for the growth and development of the body and the production and regulation of hormones. It affects nearly the entire endocrine system also known as the HPAT Axis (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal, Thyroid Axis).
The pituitary gland communicates with the hypothalamus which is also considered a master gland based on its role to secrete what I like to call precursor hormones. The Hypothalamus is a structure located in the forebrain above the pituitary gland. It receives neural signals from the brain and the nervous system which are responding to internal and external environments. Those signals are then sent to the pituitary gland.
There are three different parts of the pituitary gland.
Anterior lobe, Posterior lobe and Intermediate lobe. The hypothalamus interacts with these parts of the pituitary. Hormones created by the hypothalamus are either converted or stored by the pituitary gland to stimulate the production or inhibition of various hormones throughout the body.This is what controls other endocrine glands in our bodies.
Here’s a list of those hormones and their roles.
Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). These hormones are sent to the reproductive organs to stimulate them to produce their specific hormones.
Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CTH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Adrenocorticotropic Releasing Hormone (ACTH). This hormone is sent to the adrenal glands to stimulate the release of their specific hormones.
Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This hormone is sent to the thyroid gland to release its specific hormones.
Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH) is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then creates Growth Hormone (GH). This hormone is sent to stimulate growth of the body and maintenance of bone, muscle mass and fat distribution.
Prolactin-releasing hormone (PRH) or Prolactin Inhibiting Hormone (PIH) aka Dopamine is sent to the anterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary then regulates Prolactin. PRH tells the anterior pituitary to produce Prolactin whereas PIH inhibits the production of prolactin. Prolactin is used to stimulate the production of milk after childbirth, reproduction in men and women, immune system regulation, metabolism, pancreatic development and 300 more functions in the body.
Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) is sent to the posterior pituitary where it’s stored and released when needed. ADH stimulates the regulation of collecting ducts in the kidneys to retain water. This is very important in the regulation of blood pressure, glucose levels, salts in the blood and maybe even kidney lymph filtration.
Oxytocin (OT) is sent to the posterior pituitary where it’s stored and released when needed. Oxytocin is needed for sleep cycles, social bonding, sexual reproduction, and during and after childbirth.
Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH) produced in the anterior pituitary and the intermediate pituitary. MSH stimulates the production and release of melanin which most of us know affects skin color.
As you can tell, these hormones are extremely important for every aspect of the body. So important that hormone maintenance is the main part of my longevity protocol. Without a healthy HPAT axis, the endocrine system stress response of our internal and external environment will be impaired ultimately affecting the structure of the body and much more. The tough part is that these hormones are directly affected by the environment which is currently extremely toxic. We can consider the environment endocrine disruptors. This includes physical, mental and chemical stress. That’s why I use adaptogenic herbs in my protocol to help regulate the HPAT Axis. Adaptogens give your body the ability to adapt to your environment. A well regulated HPAT access will in return help create an overall healthy regulating system for optimal wellness. That regulating system includes things such as the immune system, body structure, metal health, disease resistance, aging and so forth.
Don’t worry about trying to memorize all of the hormones and their roles. All you need to remember is that these two master glands Hypothalamus and Pituitary are responsible for the production and regulation of the endocrine system. Try to familiarize yourself with the HPAT Axis as I will be mentioning it quite frequently in my videos. Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal and Thyroid Axis.
Some of these pituitary cases are often seen as growth abnormalities in the body such as scoliosis and other forms of misplaced body structure. This is usually managed by focusing on diet, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and chiropractic care. If the lymph system is backed up in the neck, you will definitely see scoliosis conditions.
Body overgrowth symptoms can happen very slowly over time and go unnoticed to the point that it’s too late to restore the parts of the body that have overgrown. Adaptogens could have been used to prevent these such cases but unfortunately most people won’t know they have overgrowth slowly occurring due to lack of education. That’s the reason why adaptogens should be used as a daily supplement. Adaptogens manage hormonal stress so these symptoms never occur and if they do occur, they could potentially be less damaging.
What’s great about these herbs is that they help regulate all of the endocrine glands and not just the pituitary. Assuming you’ve also eliminated other environmental stressors affecting your body.
One of the most popular herbs for pituitary conditions is chaste tree berry. Although, the debate regarding it being an adaptogen is still ongoing. If you suspect a pituitary weakness, definitely try chasteberry. This herb is especially good for individuals with overly high libido hence the name chaste meaning “not having any sexual nature or intention.” It can also be used for low libido. Chasteberry has been shown to regulate hormonal changes in both men and women. If you’d like to learn more about chasteberry then be sure to check out my video (The Health Benefits Of Vitex Chaste Tree Berry)
If herbs are not enough, you may want to try a pituitary glandular. I’m not going to explain it in depth because I believe glandulars should be taken under the supervision of a health practitioner that can monitor your hormone levels. Glandulars are very potent medicines that shouldn’t be used without professional supervision.
Diet & Detox
If you decide to focus on a natural approach to support your pituitary, before trying any type of supplement, you need to remember how important diet and detox is. You need a nutrient and calorie dense diet with a variety of foods that help aid in detoxification. Preferably fruits and vegetables. As weird as this may sound, sadly it seems a lot of people switching to new “healthier” diets don’t take nutrition or proper detoxification into consideration even when they think they are! This leaves them depleted of vital nutrients needed for growth and development. Don’t be afraid to eat a certain way even when a group of extremists try to tell you your diet is bad. Follow the data, ethics and well educated personal beliefs. Be sure to use Cronometer to simply calculate the nutrients in the foods you eat. There is a link in the description below.
Hang upside down
One last thing you can do to support pituitary function is inversion. Hang upside down to increase blood flow. In return this ensures enough circulation gets to the hypothalamus and pituitary to function properly. This may explain why inversion is so popular in yoga, kung fu, qigong and other physical forms of life extension practices.
Well that’s it for this video!
There are a lot of other factors to take into consideration with how the body gets affected but this video is a great place to start. Do you have a pituitary weakness? Have you tried chasteberry or other endocrine supporting herbs? Leave a comment below and let the community know. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it. Share this video with someone you feel may be able to benefit from this information. Subscribe to my channel if you’re new, I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. Join my newsletter for product giveaways and additional health tips. If you’re shopping for herbal supplements and lifestyle products then be sure to check out www.sungazerherbs.com. Shopping at Sungazer Herbs will support your wellness and my channel. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you urban survivors!
This substance is known to adsorb gas but did you know it has the ability to adsorb poisons and prevent them from being absorbed into the bloodstream? There was also a discovery showing a significant increase in lifespan in mice that may have worthwhile anti aging properties for some. Allowing us to potentially live beyond 100 years. Today we are going to talk about activated charcoal.
Before going out and purchasing charcoal, make sure you watch this entire video and not just skip through. Your health may depend on it.
Carbon is the most common element of our existence. Its the most studied and is the core of organic chemistry. Yet, activated charcoal is misunderstood for its potential medicinal uses but also side effects. Activated charcoal aka activated carbon has a unique ability to adsorb toxic substances and gases. Not absorb, adsorb. Adsorption means substances bind to the surface of carbon but it doesn’t absorb them like chia seeds absorb water.
Activated carbon is edible and can be used as a supplement. Most activated carbon is made with wood, usually coconut shells and is even sometimes made with bone to make bone char. Unfortunately most people only know that carbon supplements have the ability to adsorb intestinal gas and odors. It definitely can be extremely useful in the case of having gas pains but there are more interesting and also potentially dangerous abilities this substance may have and it needs to be shared with the world.
When charcoal is consumed it does not get absorbed into the bloodstream. The body is unable to absorb it so it only passes through the GI tract. This is extremely useful to use as a supportive measure against environmental toxins and bacteria wastes from reaching the bloodstream. Heavy metals and other toxic environmental pollutants can be found in our foods and even in our teeth such as amalgam fillings.
1 teaspoon of charcoal is a significant dose as it has the ability to adsorb 10,000 square feet of substances.
With that statement alone, I’m sure you can understand why charcoal is used in the natural health industry and even in hospitals.
A study showed that charcoal may be able to reduce waste products containing nitrogen. Plus a low protein diet combined with activated charcoal benefitted the elderly with advanced kidney disease.
Researchers at the Liver Failure Unit at University College London and the Royal Free Hospital are working on developing a charcoal medication because charcoal adsorbs toxins and neutralizes them allowing the body to excrete them. They found that carbon can be useful for livers damaged by alcohol abuse and obesity.
Here’s a cool tip if your teeth are in need of a whitening: Before reaching for a chemical laden teeth whitening product, try brushing your teeth with activated charcoal. Since it has the ability to adsorb various substances and is commonly used to decolorize sugars, it may help pull stains off of your teeth. Simply break open a capsule and put it on your toothbrush with a little bit of water and start brushing. The water is there to make sure the powder doesn’t become airborne and you accidentally inhale it. Don’t use it every day. Only on occasion when your teeth need a little extra cleaning. We don’t go to the dentist every day for a cleaning do we? Charcoal may stain fake teeth so be careful.
Do you use toxic chemicals to clean your countertops? If you do, once you’re done cleaning with the chemicals, break open a charcoal capsule, mix it in water, dampen a cloth and use it to remove the chemicals. This only works on glossy surfaces, other surfaces can be stained. Definitely don’t use it on your walls unless you plan on painting over it. It may be able to collect cigarette toxins from the walls.
Now for the good stuff. This information is truly incredible but almost too good to be true.
There is an even more interesting form of carbon that has been discovered. This soccer ball shaped molecule made up of 60 carbon atoms may be one of the next leading antiaging substances of our time to hold us over until we find something better. C60 aka: Carbon 60, Buckyball, or Buckminsterfullerene. Buckminsterfullerene was named after Richard Buckminster Fuller for popularizing the geodesic dome.
Harold Kroto, Robert Curl, Richard Smalley with graduate students James Heath, Yuan Liu and Sean O’Brien discovered the soccer ball shaped C60 molecule in the summer of 1985 at Rice University. Eleven years later Kroto, Curl and Smalley were given a nobel prize for their discovery.
They vaporized graphite using a laser beam, the released carbon atoms are mixed with a stream of helium gas and then the gas is led into a vacuum chamber. It expands in the chamber and is cooled to temperatures above absolute zero. By using this laser method, they were able to develop C60. It has a more unique structure but it is very, very similar to activated charcoal in the sense that they are both a form of adsorbent carbon.
An interview was done with Dr Moussa who is one of the main researchers. The study originally was done on rats to test the toxicity of C60 but it ended with something far greater. All the rats lived nearly twice as long as normal. It seems the researchers were eager to publish their findings but the last living rat was still alive nearly 6 years later. They decided to sacrifice the rat so they could publish their findings for the world to see.
The study on C60 showed that olive oil increased the lifespan of rats by 18% whereas a combination of olive oil and C60 increased their lifespan by an astonishing 90%. They stated: “But, what is noteworthy is that at M38 all C60-treated rats were still alive. Thus, based on previous investigations , C60 should be the most efficient ever material for extending lifespan.”
“The effects of C60-derivatives on ageing were attributed to the antioxidant properties and the attenuation of age-associated increases in oxidative stress [4,44].”
The results of this study are indicating that C60 has powerful antioxidant properties by being able to scavenge large numbers of free radicals. Oxidation is one of the effects of aging.
It was found that even in doses 500 times lower than they previously used, C60 olive oil was able to protect the rats livers. They also believe, if they would have treated the rats longer, their lives would have been extended even longer.
RED NOTE “It can be thought that a longer treatment could have generated even longer lifespans.”
I want to make it clear that the results are by no means a cure for aging. If anything, they may slow down aging if you haven’t already been severely affected by it yet. The cure for aging would involve rejuvenation effects that would reverse it, not just slow it down. If you want to learn more about the leading research in actually reversing aging, then I would suggest checking out the book “Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime” by Aubrey de Grey and Michael Rae.
C60 is hard to get a hold of and is definitely not scientifically considered to be safe to consume yet by other researchers, nor proven by other researchers to actually work. So I wanted to see if there are any anti aging effects from the typical activated charcoal found in supplements. I found studies showing the antiaging effects of enterosoprtion with carbon. Enterosorption means the adsorbtion of substances in the GI tract.
A study done on rats showed “Enterosorption resulted in the increase of mean and maximal lifespan by 43 and 34% respectively.” If you were guaranteed to naturally live to 100 and added an additional 43% you would live to 143. The study concluded “that it produced a positive influence on the functional state of the studied systems and increased the organism’s adaptive capacities. Enterosorption was found to delay the rate of onset of age-related structural changes in the organs and tissues.”
I’m going to read off another enterosorption study because the results are so profound.
“Significant increase of mean and maximal lifespan of old rats was noted at certain regimens of enterosorption. The experimental animals demonstrated less marked age-related structural and ultrastructural changes in the liver, kidneys, myocardium, intestines, pancreas, as compared with control animals. Enterosorption leads to a reduction of pentobarbital-induced sleep, decrease of content of cytochrome P-450, blood cholesterol and triglycerides, cardiac and cerebral tissue cholesterol, total lipids, liver cholesterol and triglycerides. Enterosorption was found to increase the RNA and protein biosynthesis in the liver, kidneys and adrenals of old animals.”
Another study even found that charcoal administered 1 hour after chemotherapy posses the ability to minimize the effects of chemotherapy.
Come on, I can’t be the only one that is somewhat excited about these findings.
It seems researchers may have stumbled upon one of the greatest discoveries of our lifetime, yet for some reason only a handful of people are talking about it. We need more studies to find even more pros and cons of supplementing charcoal over time. Its ridiculous that no one is researching it further, considering we could possibly live beyond 100 years. This would give us more time to find a cure for aging.
If you’re interested in these potential detoxing and antiaging properties, you can try it for yourself pretty much as an experiment. You can be your own lab rat if you insist. There is a link in the description below. Be warned though, no one knows the long term side effects. That’s actually why I won’t sell it.
Do I take charcoal? No, not often. There just isn’t enough data for me to personally take it. It’s truly up to you to decide if it will work for you or not. I personally believe it adsorbs too much. Potentially adsorbing vitamins, minerals and even digestive enzymes. Is charcoal goji approved? No. There will be more promising antiaging drugs coming from SENS research foundation and others hopefully in our lifetime.
If you have never taken it before, be sure to ask your doctor first and start slow. If you feel the dose is too high, break open a capsule and take less.
This is what I suggest for testing supplements: Open the capsule, mix it in a glass of water and take a sip. Don’t forget, never go to the extreme with anything and that includes charcoal! C60 was found to be useful in low doses. Activated charcoal may have similar effects used in low doses. So definitely pop open those capsules and maybe even add it to some olive oil.
I’m certain at some point c60 will be more readily available but until then, activated charcoal is fine.
Unlike most people, I’m actually willing to talk to you guys about the negatives of supplements and in this case, the possible downsides of using charcoal. This information is crucial. You need to understand this before deciding if you want to use the supplement. Don’t just take it because you heard good things about it.
If you rely on pharmaceutical medications beware that charcoal can adsorb pharmaceutical medications, making them less effective and potentially useless. 242 drugs or 1801 generic names have been known to interact with activated charcoal. This can actually be useful under the care of a doctor in the case of specific drug overdoses.
If you have leaky gut or any obstructions in the GI tract, you should not take charcoal and should instead focus on improving your wellness in other ways such as diet, nutrition and herbalism.
The controversy of whether or not vitamins from foods are being adsorbed by charcoal is still ongoing and can be very conflicting. A study was tested on sheep and mixed with apple juice to see if there are truly any possible nutrient deficiencies associated with daily consumption of activated charcoal.
From the 1980 book Activated Charcoal by David O. Cooney: “Charcoal added to the diet of sheep for six months did not cause a loss of nutrients, as compared with sheep not receiving charcoal. A level of 5% of the total diet was given as charcoal. It did not affect the blood or urinary levels of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, creatinine, uric acid, urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total protein or urine pH.”
The downside to this study is the fact that sheep eat a LOT of food and have stronger digestion than us. They graze for nearly 7 hours a day. Eating is their full time job. Imagine the amounts of nutrients they consume!! Also… they are obviously not human and they don’t eat the same foods as us.
And here is what the study with charcoal mixed in apple juice found. “Considerable reduction in ascorbic acid (Vit C), niacin, pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), thiamine (Vitamin B1) and biotin concentrations was found while there was a dramatic improvement in the color and clearness of apple juice.”
So uh? Which is it then? Does it adsorb nutrients or not? The apple juice study states yes and apples are definitely more practical for humans to eat rather than 7 hours of grazing. History also shows charcoal has been used to decolorize other foods such as sugar beet liquor.
Surprisingly I found a video on YouTube of someone experimenting to see if charcoal adsorbs iodine and it does. That could be pretty devastating for someone with already low iodine levels. It literally looks like it it will suck iodine right out of your GI tract.
So clearly it has the ability to adsorb some nutrients. I can’t imagine there being a special substance that only adsorbs bad stuff and keeps the good, which natural health people are trying to claim. There hasn’t been enough research to prove its safety as a daily supplement. This does not mean it is entirely a bad supplement to occasionally take since it is still being sold worldwide. Our environment is toxic, being exposed to thousands of chemicals on a daily basis. All it means is that we need to be smart about how often we take it and when we take it. Taken only as an occasional detox, in the morning on an empty stomach or an hour before meals may be safe and effective. Assuming you’re relatively healthy and are not experiencing nutrient deficiencies and any serious digestive ailments.
With this being said, charcoal side effects may outdo the benefits if taken long term and in large doses. It might be fine if you have strong digestion, take multivitamins and eat enough food to make up for the potential nutrient loss. If you feel this supplement is for you, check out the link below.
I truly hate to talk down on this supplement especially with the anti-aging benefits that were discovered. Its hard to not take it once in awhile. But of course, with every positive there is always a negative. Where there is light, there is darkness following. Remember, everything in moderation.
If you found charcoal while looking for a supplement to detox heavy metals but you decided its not for you, there are other alternatives to a heavy metal detox. Be sure to watch my video on “how to detox heavy metals naturally”.
Well! That’s it for this video. If you would like to learn more about activated charcoal, be sure to watch my video “The history of activated charcoal”. If you want to take it as a supplement check the links in the description below. Hit like on this video like your life depends on it, share it with your friends or anyone that thinks charcoal is 100% safe and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay Motivated you urban survivors!
Do you have insomnia? Are you up late at night and don’t feel tired? Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up too early or feeling like you didn’t get restful sleep? Do you have headaches or eye strain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, blue light exposure may be causing your symptoms. Today we are going to talk about blue light exposure and anti blue light glasses.
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Could the Lights from Modern Technology Be Considered a Stimulating Drug? And Could These Lights Cause Cancer?
Light is a drug no one thinks about because it’s everywhere and is considered normal but it’s far from normal. Light bulbs have only been around since about the 1880s. These new lights can be very stimulating to the brain like a drug which explains why we end up on our computers and phones late at night questioning what happened to our precious time.
Scientists originally thought it took 2500 lux of light to suppress melatonin but eventually learned 1 lux or less has the ability to suppress melatonin. One Lux is equivalent to one lumen per square meter. Lux is a form of measurement used to measure the amount of light falling on a specific area. Such as my photography lights illuminating on me for this video.
Computer screens, tiny lights on alarm clocks and cable boxes, cell phones, dim lamps, night lights, led lights, moonlight and other lights at night are all good at tricking our brains into thinking it’s daytime. Yes you heard right, even natural moonlight suppresses melatonin production. Our bodies have a very sensitive photoreceptive system making it crucial for us to protect ourselves from artificial light exposure. Photoreceptive simply means the detection, absorption and use of light. Since we are so sensitive to light, it makes me wonder what other mechanisms our bodies also have to know when it’s night time. Otherwise, gamers would never get to sleep.
This much light exposure may seem normal to society but in reality we’re overdosing on it like a drug. The scary part is that we can’t escape it unless we move deep into the center of nature which is obviously not practical these days.
By Getting Less Restful Sleep from These Light Drugs: We’re not able to heal as well at night, we weaken our endocrine system and ultimately; cause fatigue, mood swings, lower our cognitive abilities, have trouble maintaining weight, create degenerative diseases and worsen preexisting diseases.
Light Can Be Even More Harmful to Those That Work Night Shifts and Sleep During the Day.
Bright lights late at night during work provide temporary stimulation for improved work productivity but in the long run may damage our bodies. Evidence suggests night shift workers such as nurses are at higher risk of developing breast and endometrial cancer due to less melatonin levels caused by late night light exposure.
At night our bodies are supposed to create melatonin through natural circadian rhythms. The word Circadian derives from the latin phrase “circa diem” meaning “about a day”. Human circadian rhythms originally responded normally in nature where it gets dark out or better put, pitch black. Most likely in forests, caves, huts, and other forms of shelter; not always under moonlight. Wouldn’t you hide at night to stay safe in the wild while sleeping? I know would.
And yes, I know fires are a factor too but that’s for a later discussion.
Being exposed to light: Constricts the pupil, stimulates the brain to increase attention and wakefulness, suppresses melatonin production in the pineal gland, increases heart rate and body temperature and stimulates the production of cortisol. This is why so many people are stressed and stimulated late at night unable to fall asleep until 3 AM or even later. We need to expose ourselves to more darkness a few hours before going to bed.
Now imagine we’re safe in a cave and it’s completely dark. (Video fades black) Our brains sense the absence of light through our eyes to the third eye aka the (pineal gland) and begins to produce melatonin. Once melatonin is produced, we then begin to get tired and fall asleep.
But as a side note, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cellsaka melanopsin containing retinal ganglion cells have to first sense light with the photopigment Melanopsin. Melanopsin is part of a group of light sensitive retinal proteins called opsins, hence the name melan(opsin). Melanopsin is involved in the response to light exposure. It regulates things like pupil size and the biological clock for releasing melatonin from the pineal gland. Light suppresses melanopsin which can lead to low levels of melatonin. Ultimately, lack of light tells the pineal gland it’s time to produce melatonin and light tells the pineal gland it’s time to stop producing melatonin. Just like during the solar eclipse when all the animals thought it was time to sleep because the sun was briefly gone but then got back up when the sun came back. Similarly that is what happens when our brains sense darkness and light.
For thousands of years all our species has had for light was the sun, stars and fire. Then all of a sudden roughly 130-ish years ago our species started getting exposed to artificial light. Our bodies have no idea what artificial light is. They think it’s sunlight even when it’s night time so they don’t know that they need to adapt to the new environmental light exposure. In reality if they did know, it would take hundreds if not thousands and thousands of years of light exposure for the offspring of our species to adapt to something like artificial lights. We won’t be alive to see that biological adaptation unless anti aging technology gifts us that opportunity. Even then, anti aging us wouldn’t get that gift. Most likely only newborns would be able to develop it.
Since We Cannot Biologically Adapt in Our Lifetime, What Can We Do Right Now to Protect Ourselves from Blue Lights?
Thankfully we are somewhat technologically advanced enough to protect us from our new creations by creating more things to help reduce the effects of them. Just like bulletproof vests being made to protect us from bullets. But in this case, anti blue light glasses were created to protect us from the new light environment. As you may know, bulletproof vests don’t protect us entirely from bullets. The same goes for most anti blue light glasses. The best option is always going to be to put yourself around complete darkness. But uh… good luck doing that all the time… Especially if you live in a city and are not living with the Amish. I highly recommend you turn off all lights in your room “even the tiny cable box lights” and black out your room with blackout curtains. If you can’t get your room completely dark, you should wear an eye mask. I’ll leave a link in the description below where you can purchase these products. I found nice blackout curtains for under $50 so they won’t break the bank. If you don’t get them, then please don’t come to me complaining about your sleeping problems. Try blackout curtains or eye masks first and use them as often as possible for the rest of your life. That’s how important they are.
Here’s an Interesting Short Story.
The first time I slept in a completely dark room was at the age of 19. I was up north in Traverse City, Michigan at my grandfather’s lake house. I was on a business endeavour with friends planning out this YouTube channel, scanning brains with a portable eeg device, recording music, writing movies and brainstorming a late night show. One night, I woke up in the middle of the night and had a genuine panic attack. I gasped for air and my heart started pounding through my chest. I couldn’t sense anything visually for the first time in my life. The thoughts running through my mind were questions such as, Did I die? Am in the void? Or did I just go blind? I quickly realized it was just a dark room. I then calmed down and fell back asleep even with adrenaline running through my veins. It took 19 years of my life before I could finally experience what it’s like to be in a completely dark room.
It’s okay to be afraid of the dark but not forever. (pulls out cellphone) We’re not used to darkness because we changed the norm with these artificial lights. Darkness is a natural part of life that we didn’t grow up with because of this new technology. The problem is that we accidentally removed too much nature from our lives by crowding it out with technology. Urban Survivors need to find a balance. You get used to sleeping in the dark over time.
Types of Anti Blue Light Glasses
There are different types of anti blue light glasses and it’s very important to understand the differences before purchasing them. All of them are great for children and adults of all ages so long as you use the right ones at the right time. Children especially should have blue blocking glasses since they have shorter arms exposing them to more light at a close distance.
A study reported that over 2,000 children around ages eight and 18 spent about 7.5 hours per day in school or in their free time using electronics with LED lights. Since there appears to be a correlation between eye degeneration and blue lights, it only makes sense that we should protect children with anti blue light glasses.
As a common sense warning: Never try to look at the sun or get close to lights with these blue light blocking glasses on. They are not that high tech, don’t be dumb. Seeing less light through glasses doesn’t mean they are 100% protecting you from damaging light. Even if you don’t feel any discomfort when looking, you can still damage your eyes. Please make sure your children understand the dangers of looking at lights even with protective glasses on!
Additionally, it’s important to know that looking at screens reduces eye blinking and causes dry eyes. Glasses won’t help with this problem but blinking can. Try to make conscious eye blinks when using screens for long periods of time. Some people recommend to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Look 20 feet away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes to allow your eyes to relax. Add in some blinking while you’re at it. I personally recommend doing short kung fu or yoga practices every 20 minutes or so when working on computers for long periods of time. That will give your eyes time to rest and keep your physical health top notch.
The more expensive dark lensed anti blue light glasses block out all lights that tell your brain it’s day time, not just the typical UV 400 spectrum. This means your body will produce melatonin even around artificial light. These glasses impair vision but they still allow you to look at electronic devices without your brain thinking it’s daytime. These will be exceptionally useful for those over the age of 60 when the aging body begins to have trouble producing melatonin. As for tech addicts and late night workers in stimulating bright light environments, these night mimicking dark anti blue light lenses may be essential. If you decide you don’t want to wear these dark lensed glasses, at least wear the clear lensed ones to protect your eyes from being damaged by artificial light. I personally wear the clear lensed anti blue light gaming glasses on a daily basis to ensure I get healthier levels of light because I work on computers a lot.
Dark lensed anti blue light glasses are extremely useful for night work on the computer, reading, or watching tv but not so great for daytime use. In fact, they can be quite harmful if you use them during the day. Blue light is very important during the day to keep us awake, f ocused and energized. We don’t want to trick our brains into thinking it’s night time when the sun is out. This could throw off our circadian rhythms, cause sleep problems and even fatigue. If you want to block blue light during the day, you should use anti blue light glasses with clear, yellow or slightly rose colored lenses. If you want, you can even use sunglasses. Just make sure the glasses are verified to protect you from UV 400. If you can still see blue and other colors through those glasses, your brain will still think it’s day time
The Health Benefits of Dark Anti Blue Light Glasses May Include the Following:
Improve restful sleep by regulating circadian rhythms and produce more melatonin by blocking melatonin suppressing lights. Improved sleep will also help restore the adrenal glands and give you more energy during the day.
Reduce eye strain from electronic screens and common artificial lights.
Potentially protect from age related macular degeneration (AMD)
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the united states. Studies show exposure to blue light over time causes phospholipid oxidation in the retina of mice which can ultimately lead to AMD. The Schepens Eye Institute also stated “the blue rays of the spectrum seem to accelerate AMD more than other rays of the spectrum.”
The good news is that anti blue light glasses, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E from a well rounded whole foods diet can additionally help protect the eyes. Especially foods like Goji Berries ;).
Light exposure could cause changes in the hormone Leptin ultimately affecting hunger, feeding behaviors, food intake, body composition, and fat storage. Leptin is a light sensitive hormone that peaks at night telling our brains how much fat storage our bodies have. Darkness and red light changes leptin levels to reduce hunger. In a sense it seems when our brains see light they think it’s time to eat to keep energy levels up for the day. Light exposure would obviously increase late night hunger leading to weight gain. A study also proposes that extended exposure to blue light may be able to negatively impact insulin resistance.
If you decide to use glasses that completely block out lights associated with melatonin suppression, be sure to use them at least 2-3 hours before bed. If you have insomnia, you may need to try to use them even earlier. A minimum of 3 hours earlier or even longer. As a rule of thumb, it would be best to put them on when the sun goes down. I’ll leave a link in the description below for you to purchase dark anti blue light glasses.
Clear and Colored Lenses
If you didn’t notice, I personally prefer the clear anti blue light lenses because they block out harmful blue light and most other harmful types of light radiation, reduce eye strain and they do not drastically alter my visual perception of the world. They only create a slight yellow tint. It actually makes pale people look healthier and grass look greener lol!
The Color of the Lens Doesn’t Matter
It’s all about the UV protection the glasses provide. Don’t be fooled by those ugly orange glasses unless they completely block out all melatonin suppressing lights. Regardless of the color, clear, rose and other colored UV 400 lenses will block out some blue light giving your eyes healthier levels of light. These glasses will not tell your brain it’s night time so they won’t be as useful for sleep. Clear lensed anti blue light glasses in theory should help your brain produce a tiny bit more melatonin at night. They most certainly won’t be as effective as the glasses that block out all melatonin suppressing lights. It’s just common sense.
What’s the Point of Using Clear Lensed Anti Blue Light Glasses If They Don’t Help with Melatonin production?
Since they do block most harmful light, they will be able to protect your eyes from computer screens, reduce strain on your eyes and also reduce overstimulation of your brain with too much blue light. That’s why I wear clear lensed anti blue light glasses when I’m looking at screens. Especially editing video or watching tv with the constant fluctuation of lights. Particularly anime and videogames which have the most intense light exposure. So many flashing lights! Oh my gosh it’s intense!
When you’re looking for (basic) anti blue light glasses such as Sungazer Herbs glasses ;), make sure they are advertised stating they protect you from UV 400. UV 400 means that your eyes will be protected from Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) light wavelengths up to a tiny scale of 400 nanometers (nm). That may not sound like a lot, but it is in terms of wavelengths.
UV light ranges in various wavelengths from 10 nanometers (nm) to 400 nm. (That’s the range most glasses will protect you from). Light that you can visibly see ranges from 400 nm to 700 nm. As for infrared, it ranges from 1 micrometer (mm) to 700 nm.
Okay, a Few More Things and Then I’ll End This Video.
Anti blue light glasses have various sized lenses. The ones I use mainly only block out light that is directly in front of me such as computer screens. When the sun or any other form of light hits me from the side, I feel it. You need to determine what size lenses you need for your specific lifestyle. I only use them around technology so I only need ones that block the front. In all honestly, another reason why I like my glasses is because they are poppin in fashion yo. What are the kids saying these days? Oh right, these glasses are on fleek son!!
Cycling glasses would be great to block light shining from the sides of your eyes.
If you want to purchase anti blue light glasses, I’ll leave links in the description below for you. Purchasing from Sungazer Herbs is a way to financially support me for making free videos.
I don’t normally like to say you should buy something because you indeed have your own opinions but I feel strongly about how essential it is to protect our eyes from technology while scientist work out the damaging our bodies aspect. We’re kind of lab rats when it comes to computer use and a whole bunch of other things… Believe it or not, I’m currently more worried about computer screens than the sun. We already know about basic precautions to take regarding the sun. I grew up on computers and to this day, I still struggle with going to bed earlier than 1AM on most nights. My circadian rhythm was programmed for late nights at a very young age because we just didn’t know about the effects of computer screens back then. Computers were so new and exciting. We were still excited we had one of the first computers and never thought about the side effects of using them. As Urban Survivors, we need to remember that technology is a tool just like any other tool. Like saws, we know how to handle saws with care so we don’t harm ourselves when using them. Unfortunately for some of us, we had to hurt ourselves at least once.
As a last reminder, children are so close to screens because of their short arms and deep focus on entertainment. How many kids are laying down with their faces in front of screens? Lots and you know it!! I see it all the time and I used to do it playing n64. Heck, I’d fall asleep 3 ft away from a tv when I was a kid! At least get your family a pair of basic uv 400 anti blue light glasses from the links provided in the description below. It’s only a matter of time until we start seeing more macular degeneration in the future. Urban Survivors don’t have to become a statistic!
Well, that’s it for this video! I will have more detail in my book but for now, this is a great place to start. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, share this video with someone you feel needs to know this information and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. If you want additional health tips and free health product giveaways, then be sure to sign up for my newsletter. If you want to purchase natural health and lifestyle products such as anti blue light glasses, herbs, or space hoodies, then be sure to visit www.SungazerHerbs.com. Not only does it help you to purchase health and lifestyle products, it also helps me. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you Urban Survivors!
Oh and don’t forget to protect your eyes!! Your future self will thank you.
Amazon bought Whole Foods and lowered its prices by nearly half. Awesome! Finally, no more overpriced foods that you could just buy elsewhere for nearly half the price! We will no longer be able to call Whole Foods “Whole Paycheck”. Today we’re going to talk about the merge of Amazon and Whole Foods.
If you don’t know, Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon which originally started out as a bookstore and eventually grew to having millions of different products. Whatever product you can think of I assure you they have it. I highly recommend you learn about how Amazon started. It’s quite the story.
With how affordable and efficient Amazon is, plus their purchase of a health conscious store “Whole Foods”, Jeff Bezos has to be more than just a businessman. Well, so I hope. So far based on the changes at Whole Foods it appears he may have a social conscience. Obviously it takes a bold, intelligent and somewhat selfish team to create a multi billion dollar business. Especially with the recent multi billion dollar decision to purchase Whole Foods. Yes of course, business is involved and it’s going to involve serious competition now. A great aspect to this competition is that other companies will now compete to offer more affordable organic produce! Hence Bezos possibly being a billionaire on our side. Whole Foods was originally considered a high class store gaining the nickname Whole Paycheck. I personally only knew of very wealthy people that could afford to shop there. I also knew employees that couldn’t afford to shop there, even with an employee discount. No joke. Whereas Amazon, they have items for just about every consumer at various competitive price ranges. By them purchasing Whole Foods, you immediately know they are going to open the market to a very large range of consumers by offering competitive prices.
This is kind of a big deal
Here’s an overly ambitious thought. If Amazon can successfully compete with other grocery stores by keeping Whole Foods more affordable, they will literally be changing the health of our world. Rates of disease could potentially go down. The health of our species is determined by the environments in which we live. More people will feel financially confident in purchasing healthy organic foods and ultimately follow healthier lifestyles.
The name Whole Foods has been built around the idea of healthy eating and living right into the minds of everyone. Just like how Mcdonald’s is known for being a cheap processed junk food place for the family to eat. Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Aldi, Costco, etc.. They are still just places to buy any kind of food, processed and some organic. Whole Foods was intentionally marketed to sell health foods. It’s right in the name, whole-foods. People will go into the store with the intention of buying healthy organic whole foods. They will have lower temptations of purchasing junk food which doesn’t happen at other grocery stores. As an example: When you walk into Aldi, they have healthy foods on one side and processed foods on the other side. We all know if we see that bag of chips, cookies, cake or a chocolate bar 3 ft away, we’re going to grab it. Plus, processed food companies are using manipulative advertising by coloring their packaging green and saying their foods are “natural” with ingredients consumers can’t even read. Um everyone, lead is natural too but you don’t see us eating it. Ultimately these “natural” processed foods still contain lots of unhealthy ingredients that cause degenerative diseases. That’s why it’s so important that Whole Foods is lowering their prices. Thanks to Jeff Bezos and everyone involved at Amazon. Let’s hope they continue to make Whole Foods an affordable family friendly health store. If they don’t, I will most certainly be making it negative videos about them :-).
Guess what the conspiracy theorists are already saying about this shift of ownership.
The end of organic foods is near!! Amazon buys Whole Foods in order to take over the world by owning the organic food industry! This is the end of organic foods forever!!!! Don’t forget the earth is flat!!! LOL come on guys, it’s just typical business competition. Billionaires own a lot of businesses and land. If you don’t like it, then start your own local organic business and grow it over time. You know, I don’t think some people understand the scale of things and all the opportunities available. Despite the merge of the two companies, they control less than 2% of the $800 billion dollar grocery industry. It’s not the end of the world :). Billions of dollars, BILLIONS. Having that much money gives you a lot of resources and room to play on this planet with others. I promise you, not everyone is in the Illuminati just because they have a lot of money. We live in an ever changing world my friends and we have to learn to adapt. Not all but some conspiracy theorists are afraid of change because they have to leave their comfort zones.
There is one thing I’d like to propose to Whole Foods before I continue.
Those on food stamps still struggle to purchase healthy food. A lot of them have food allergies and are disabled making it even more difficult to afford healthy foods. Whole Foods if you can, please find a way to offer additional discounts to those on food stamps. There are families out there that really need it and I know it’s up to us individuals to make good things happen. We need to develop a better fruits and vegetables program for food stamps.
My personal overly ambitious goal is to own the most organic farmland, hydroponic farms, herbs, vegetables and fruit trees in the world. It’s also my goal to make local foods as affordable as possible. Hopefully one day cut prices in half. The prices need to change because it takes a lot of fruits and vegetables to fill up. I guarantee people will eat larger quantities of healthy foods and still spend the same amount of money that they spend now if not more because they discover how good organic foods make them feel. Later on I’ll make a video for my subscribers to learn about how I’m working daily towards that goal.
Okay, now here’s what Amazon is doing so far now that they own Whole Foods.
I purposely waited a few weeks before making this video in hopes to cram in as much news as possible. I’m really not a fan of spamming short videos with minimal information.
The FTC and Whole Foods shareholders approved Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion dollars. This is the largest deal Amazon has ever made to purchase a company. It’s also the largest merger and acquisition for a grocery store in the United States.
Whole Foods shares went up by 28% once the purchase was announced.
Within the first day of owning Whole Foods, they dropped their prices by nearly 43% and plan to drop more prices of other products over time.
Amazon stated: “The two companies will together pursue the vision of making Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural and organic food affordable for everyone,”.
“Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality — we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards,”
Here are some price drop examples provided by Bloomberg.
Organic Bananas $0.99 to $0.69 per pound.
Non organic bananas $0.79 to $0.49 per pound.
Organic Gala Apples $2.99 to $1.99 per pound.
Organic Fuji Apples $3.49 to $1.99 per pound. (That a 43% price drop.)
Responsibly-Farmed Atlantic Salmon $14.99 to $9.99 per pound.
Organic Avocadoes $2.79 to $1.99.
Crunchy Almond Butter $7.99 to $6.99
The Whole Foods store on East 57th Street in Manhattan had orange signs saying “Whole Foods + Amazon”. They had the old price, new price and it also said “More to come”.
They will also be offering benefits to Amazon Prime Members in the 460 Whole Foods stores. Benefits such: AmazonFresh to locally deliver online purchased groceries, Prime Pantry for online groceries, and Amazon Lockers to return items and pick up online orders.
Some people suggest Amazon’s drone delivery service will reach our homes sooner now that they have 460 stores for local delivery. The drones won’t have to travel as far to deliver products. It’s more feasible now that they don’t have to worry about the drones running out of power from long distance travel.
Since Amazon purchased Whole Foods they have already seen an increase of shoppers by 25%. In Chicago, they gained 35% more shoppers. But I must say, it’s too soon to claim this increase will continue. Right now, people are just curious about the changes being made. I can tell you right now, it’s not going to be easy to change someone’s mentally programmed shopping routine. The prices and perks of shopping at Whole Foods needs to be good enough to give consumers a reason to rewire their brains for a new shopping routine. I’m curious to see what happens to the company in one to five years from now.
Well, that’s it for this video! I’m sure you can see why I waited to report the news about this. There hasn’t been too much information released and I hate making short videos because setting up the studio takes longer than recording. If you find any valuable news about whole foods, let me know in the comments below. Do you shop at whole foods? Tell me why in the comments below. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, subscribe to my channel if you’re new, I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss, share this video with someone you feel needs to know this information and join my newsletter for additional health tips, giveaways and sneak peeks of the new book I’m writing. I also released some really cool new products at sungazerherbs.com. New artistic hoodies, sports shoes, anti blue light glasses and more. All of which are designed specifically for urban survivors “the awakened ones”. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you Urban Survivors!
According to the American Liver Foundation: 30 million people or one in ten Americans have some form of liver disease. Liver disease is one of the leading causes of death here in the United States. Today I’ll be giving you basic herbal tools to help combat those liver diseases.
I want to make it very clear that these herbs will be rendered nearly useless if you do not change your eating habits. We need not a diet but instead, a healthy eating lifestyle of mainly fruits and vegetables in order for herbalism to work effectively. The cleaner foods we eat, the less burden that will be put on a diseased liver. Processed foods are most certainly not ideal for liver disease.
From a natural perspective, most liver problems actually start in the GI tract where significant amounts of acidic wastes accumulate and the kidneys are not filtering out additional acidic wastes. A weakness of the GI tract and kidneys causes autointoxication. Or even better put causes acidosis. I would recommend that you work on your GI tract and kidneys alongside the liver. I’ll talk about that in detail later on. For now, let’s get you started with some of the top liver supporting herbs backed by scientific studies.
#1 Burdock (Arctium lappa)
A study was done with Burdock administered 3 times per day for 1 and 7 days to rats with ethanol and carbon tetrachloride induced liver damage. Burdock was found to significantly improve liver health caused by these damaging chemicals. They even found Burdock could restore glutathione content and histopathological lesions. They believe the antioxidants present in Burdock may be responsible for the hepatoprotective properties.
Another study found Burdock can also prevent most of the liver damage caused by acetaminophen overdose in rats.
#2 Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)
The benefits of this popular spice has made its way around the internet and for a good reason.
Turmeric contains a bright yellow compound called curcumin. Studies show curcumin can reduce liver injuries in rats such as: injuries induced by ethanol, thioacetamide, iron overdose, cholestasis and acute, subchronic, and chronic carbon tetrachloride intoxication. Curcumin was even found to reverse some carbon tetrachloride-induced cirrhosis.
Simply put, the next time you head to the grocery store don’t forget to pick up a handful of fresh turmeric root or powdered turmeric online to help protect your liver.
#3 Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
In some cases, the liver can become infected causing Viral Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Astragalus is known in traditional Chinese medicine as an immune system enhancer. In the modern world, studies suggest astragalus may have promising therapeutic uses for patients with viral hepatitis. Astragalus was even found to be more effective than regular antiviral medications in a clinical trial.
#4 Schizandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis)
Schizandra is another Chinese herb that is well known to support phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification.
A study found that schizandra berry was able to diminish alcohol-induced fatty liver in rats and suggests it may be useful for humans experiencing alcohol-induced fatty liver. This also includes potentially preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
#5 Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
This common weed that everyone mows and sprays to death has shown to be protective against alcohol-induced liver toxicity by increasing antioxidants and reducing the oxidation of fats. Before you decide to brutally murder precious natural medicine in your lawn, instead consider picking it and making a tea. For safety reasons, if you’re not absolutely sure of its identification it may be better to buy already prepared dandelion root.
#6 Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Milk thistle is commonly used to treat viral hepatitis, heavy metal poisoning, and general liver diseases. Milk thistle contains silymarin which can reduce the production of free radicals and aid the liver in detoxification. Silymarin may block the binding of toxins in the liver to protect the liver. Silymarin was found to reduce liver injury caused by various toxins such as acetaminophen, carbon tetrachloride, radiation, iron overdose and more.
#7 Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Lastly, we have licorice root. Licorice is another Chinese herb that is well known to help detoxify the liver. A randomized controlled clinical trial found licorice significantly reduced liver enzymes in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
There is one side effect licorice root has that may be concerning to some. Licorice is able to raise blood pressure which can be good in some chronically low blood pressure cases but obviously not so great if you’re blood pressure is already high.
These are not all the herbs out there for healing the liver but they are some of the best ones that are more likely to help based on research. Find those herbs in liver formulas or on their own.
If you’re interested in purchasing some of these herbs then head on over to www.sungazerherbs.com.
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If you’re experiencing severe liver issues I would highly recommend you get Stephen Buhner’s book (Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver). He goes into detail that I feel is crucial for helping heal a diseased liver. Top that with the help of your doctor if needed and a good detoxification protocol, you’ll be on your way to feeling better.
Well! That’s it for this video. I’ll go into further detail about liver herbs later on. For now, this is a great place to start. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, subscribe to my channel and newsletter for additional health tips and to be the first to see my new videos. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. Also, share this video with someone that you feel needs this information. As always, I’m Brandon Goji, I’ll see you in the next video, stay motivated you urban survivors!
This was me on an “anti candida diet”. I fell for the bias opinions that state you have to starve candida in order to remove it. Experimenting with these theories ended up starving my body and flourishing the growth of candida even more.
This video isn’t about what candida is but rather, why it occurs in excess and how I believe it should be treated. This video will be quite brief. I will go into more detail in my book and in future videos. For now, let’s start here.
Sigh… I’ve been putting off making this video for a long time, about two years. Someone asked me if I would talk about it so I will in hopes that no one else will dangerously experiment with candida diets like I did. I’ve been avoiding to make this video for the sheer fact that I know my comments section will be flooded with emotionally fueled bias opinions. Opinions from people that get easily offended by someone that doesn’t agree with them. Mainly because they are so deeply invested in their ideologies regardless of how destructive they are. This is such a touchy subject because people have become emotionally invested in the idea of “candida” rather than the actual cause of it. Candida is just a side effect of another ailment.
There are some people out there that will appreciate my perspective. This video is for you. The ones who have already tried fasting, fad diets, candida cleanse supplements and other protocols but still continue to have a white coated tongue and other undesirable symptoms. Its also for those that are not sure which candida protocol to chose from and whom do not want to be fooled by the severely restricting diets and protocols that are out there. I experimented with them so you don’t have to.
Candida causes cancer?
Candida has become a trigger word. People freak out when they hear about it. When you first start out learning about health, candida seems like the cause of everything and is the end of the world! There are endless amounts of forums and articles talking about it, almost intentionally inducing fear. Unfortunately some of the most popular candida forums are the most damaging to our wellness. Some of these forums claim that you will develop cancer if you have candida or your life is doomed in general if you have it. I think that is a very inappropriate way of looking at things without developing an in depth understanding as to why that could be and if its even true. Arguably, in some cases candida can indeed make people feel equivalent to having cancer but we can’t blame it entirely on causing that run down feeling. By the way, I don’t think candida causes cancer. The possible cause of cancer is just so coincidentally nearly one of the same as the cause for candida but a bit more extreme. I suspect the more plausible cause of most cancers is an accumulation of wastes (mainly from man made chemicals), weak endocrine glands and a weak immune system. But don’t hold me on that statement alone. There are tons of factors as to why we develop cancer. I will not be talking about it in this video but the premise behind my perspective of candida is coincidentally nearly identical.
What causes candida?
So what do I believe causes candida and why is it so hard to get rid of in some cases?
Emotional, internal and external stress, excessive antibiotic use, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, processed foods, pesticides, GMOs, environmental pollutants, gut dysbiosis, SIBO, being born in a hospital and c sections which reduces beneficial bacteria exposure, not being exposed to nature’s soil at a young age, weak immune system, weak HPAT axis (HPAT means; hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid), infectious diseases such as lyme disease and coinfections, parasites, biofilms, and most importantly, weak eliminative organs causing an accumulation of wastes mainly in the bowels and the lymphatic system. I believe the key here is to not directly focus on candida but instead focus on the body as a whole system that needs support.
There are so many candida treatments out there. Everyone has their own way of dealing with it. Here is the candida protocol that I think makes the most sense thus far. Eh hm, prepare for the haters! Remember, candida is mainly caused by our bodies accumulating wastes in the lymphatic system and bowels, the immune system is down, the kidneys are not filtering, and the endocrine glands are down. Candida feeds off of wastes and our foods, especially processed carbohydrate rich chemical laden foods. Its almost like its there as a last resort defence mechanism against foreign bodies but unfortunately it makes us feel absolutely terrible. Some people can function just fine with it, whereas others can become severely fatigued, sensitive to foods and develop a whole host of autoimmune like symptoms.
I want to make this clear, you’re not going to kill off candida completely. It will just grow back by the next morning or when you slip up on your diet. This is why diet becomes nearly useless once you’ve reached a certain point of eliminating junk and sticking to mainly organic. Organic is not enough and neither is avoidance of all fruits and other “feeding foods”. You’ll starve like I did because a lot of candida diets are too restrictive. Herbalism is needed in conjunction with organic.
A lot of those diets tell you to eat a lot of meat. That can be a problem especially when you’re allergic to red meats like I am because of a tick bite. Putrefying meat and foods in general in the gi tract will make candida much worse.
Candida lives in our guts naturally but accumulates when our bodies are out of balance. Yeah, that can include not having enough good bacteria in the gut but honestly, I think often times the gut bacteria aspect can sort itself out on its own. This will happen by focusing on healing the entire body and by continuing to eat some raw foods which have soil based probiotics on them. The whole probiotic topic is a bit tough to talk about. Its obviously crucial since candida is an imbalance of gut bacteria (dysbiosis). Some people swear by probiotics whereas others avoid them entirely because of the histamine causing forms of bacteria found in common probiotic supplements and foods. Histamine causing probiotics such as: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus reuteri, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. These probiotics are especially found in commercial yogurts and fermented foods. These foods are actually making you fat or skinny, brain fogged and immunologically impaired.
Okay, what should we do to combat candida?
Well firstly, its quite an expensive and long term endeavour but health its definitely worth the cost. We need to get our endocrine glands up; especially the adrenals and thyroid, strengthen the immune system, take some antifungals, clear out chronic infectious diseases and get our eliminative organs functioning better. This means taking supplements and herbal formulas such as: antifungal and antiparasitic, bowels, kidneys, liver, adrenals and thyroid support, lymphatic system, immune system, and maybe biofilm disruptors.
I would suggest finding formulas with these core herbs in them as some of the more important herbs to fight candida naturally. Astragalus, ashwagandha, eleuthero, cat’s claw, pau d’arco, shatavari, reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom and other medicinal mushrooms. These herbs are mainly for the immune system and HPAT Axis which should help the most. You can’t go too wrong with taking most of those herbs but there are two herbs that could cause trouble in some people. Astragalus totally sucks if you have chronic lyme disease and some people such as myself are either allergic to ashwagandha or simply cannot handle the immune system effects it offers.
I do sell some of these herbs but not all of them yet. I’m still slowly working on developing my own formulas. Until then, try formulas from other herbalists, make your own, or buy some of the individual herbs at my store. Which by the way supports me to make my free videos.
Diet and food restriction?
Obviously, eat healthier foods without severely restricting your diet and losing calories or vital nutrients. Avoid the urge to eat massive amounts of aflatoxin rich nut butters. You likely need more nutrients and calories from other foods if you’re craving a lot of nut butters. Vegetables and bone broths can be very useful nutritionally. Additionally a clean multivitamin may be needed to avoid things like leaky gut and an increased risk of developing other ailments because of a nutrient deficient body. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, iodine, phosphorus, iron, b complex, vitamin k, c and d. Basically candida will very likely cause general deficiencies. I used to profusely bleed out of my nose because of deficiencies.
I don’t think avoiding fruits is a great idea, considering how they support detoxification and are absorbed quickly in the small intestine. I’m not a fruitarian but fruitarians most certainly understand the absorption premise quite well. The only downside is, based on studies fructose is metabolized in the liver and may be hard on an already stressed liver. If you’re still worried about fruits, then consume berries which are lower in sugar.
I also think most relatively healthy people can get better while eating starchy foods so long as your body digests and utilizes them well. If you have to avoid tons of foods to feel better whereas others don’t then you should suspect your body is the problem, not the foods. Unless you’re eating GMOs and processed foods. That crap will make anyone sick. Starches are prebiotics that can feed beneficial bacteria in the lower GI tract. Plus, we do need some carbohydrates in our diet. That photo of me when I was a skeleton was when I tried a low carb candida diet. Some people like me don’t do well with minimal carbs. I think most people don’t do well on a low diet carb but they are so used to feeling bad that they don’t notice the negative effects of carbohydrate restriction until they add carbs back into their diet. Even the low carb gurus still tell you to have some carbs! This does not mean eat massive amounts of rice every day and carb up or um, arsenic up. Rice is high in arsenic so that’s a terrible idea. Plus, I strongly believe in moderation of everything. My diet is near 60-20-20 with adjustments as needed. That’s 60% carbs for relatively high physical activity, 20% protein and 20% fat. Start there and adjust according to your needs. Also be sure to try new foods and the process of elimination to see which foods you do best on.
As urban survivors, I always suggest starting with natural approaches first. If you’re still struggling, you could try pharmaceuticals as a last resort. Some people do really well on diflucan and nystatin but they are definitely not the type of medicine you want to take long term. If they don’t “cure” your candida in a few weeks, then they probably never will. They may make you feel better temporarily and give your body more support to help fight it off with herbs alongside them. If that’s what you want to do, then you’ll have to talk to your doctor about it. By the way, the other day I found a study that found EGCG from green tea enhances the antifungal effects of fluconazole against candida.
I’ll eventually go deeper into this but for now this is a good place to start with the basics. Okay one last thing, then I’m going to end this video. Candida appears to be linked to oxalate accumulation in the body so I do suggest consuming low oxalate vegetables even if you don’t have candida. Oxalate rich vegetables are not health foods and the industry has got you fooled thinking they are. Spinach this, spinach that, t-shirts that say eat more kale and so forth. I think I want to make a shirt that says something like: Oxalate up, kill your kidneys and eat more spinach! A lot of these candida diets praise vegetables because they are “low in sugar and don’t feed yeast”. Unfortunately, a lot of these people are unintentionally suggesting high oxalate vegetables such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, beets and beet greens. Which by the way have sugar lol. Don’t fall for the high vegetable diet like I did. I became severely fatigued and had such bad muscle pain from oxalates that I could barely walk. I was so delusional from the diet. I stayed like that for way too long because of the delusion. Thankfully I dropped my bias beliefs and realized it was because of excessive oxalate consumption and a shitty internet fad diet.
I will share the transcript of this video on my website and on my patreon. This way, you can see the list of suggestions on there to take notes.
Well! That’s it for this video. I’ll go into more detail later on, most likely in my book. Do you know anyone with candida? Be sure to send this video to them so they don’t go through what I went through. What are your favorite anti candida herbs and supplements? Let me know in the comments below, no links please! thank you very much. Hit like on this video like your life depends on it and if you’re new, be sure to subscribe to my channel. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. If you want to support my channel, check out my patreon, its only five bucks a month and has cool rewards. As always, I’m brandon goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay motivated you urban survivors.
Where would someone hide the cure for disease if they wanted no one to ever find it? The best place would be right in front of you where you wouldn’t think to look. People mow over this “weed” every time they mow their lawn. Today we are going to talk about Dandelion.
Did you know a weed is simply a plant you don’t like? Dandelions grows abundantly and we spray tons of weed killers to get rid of them. All we are really doing is damaging ourselves and the environment by doing so. Imagine someone out there with liver disease spraying dandelion. The cure is right in front of them and they don’t even realize it. By the way Dandelions are perennial so you will be mowing and spraying them year after year.
Taraxacum Officinale aka Dandelion. Dandelion’s name comes from the french term (dent de lion) which means tooth of the lion. The plant is native to Europe and Asia. It dates back quite far as there have been recordings of its use by the Anglo Saxon tribes of Britain whom are from the fifth century and the Normans in the tenth century. It was also mentioned in the works of the Arabian physicians in the tenth and eleventh century.
Dandelion has been accepted worldwide as a liver tonic. The root is commonly used for the liver and gallbladder whereas the leaves are more so for the use of detoxing the kidneys and bladder.
The roots can incredibly grow as deep as 15 ft into the ground.
Dandelion has many uses. Here are some of them: Loss of appetite, upset stomach, gas, laxative, stimulates secretion of salivary and gastric juices, general digestive tonic, blood tonic, nutritive superfood, anemia, jaundice and other liver problems, skin beautifier, eczema, bruises, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, inflammation, kidney stones and diuretic.
Dandelion leaves are great in a salad, smoothie or juice. They are rich in numerous vitamins and minerals, which is why it is such a great blood tonic. Those vitamins and minerals are: Vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and a very high vitamin K content at 535%.
If salads or juices aren’t your thing, dandelion can be used as a coffee replacement.
Everyone is aware of what dandelion is, making it an easy to forage herb. But wait just a second. There is another plant commonly called false dandelion. Before you go foraging make sure you learn the differences between the two so you don’t end up eating the wrong plant. I wasn’t searching for dandelion but I picked a wrong plant in my garden once. I swear I heard voices for the next two hours. O_o
Dandelion has shown to be effective in treating high cholesterol and even melanoma.
A study concluded that Dandelion reduced the extent of atherosclerosis by reducing oxidative stress and serum TC, TG, LDL-C and raising serum HDL-C. Dandelion is beneficial in preventing hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis and reducing risk factors for coronary artery disease.
Another study showed that dandelion root extract specifically and effectively induces apoptosis in human melanoma cells without inducing toxicity in noncancerous cells.
Well, that’s it for this video. I hope this video helped and motivated you to add more Dandelion into your diet. Its pretty amazing to think that a plant we call a weed is actually medicine. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, I upload new health videos often so be sure to subscribe to my channel if you’re new, and as always I’m Brandon Goji. I’ll see you in the next video. Bye! Stay motivated you urban survivors!
The medical industry seems to want to control everything even your form of acne control. They make a killing off of teens. Acne medication can cause mood disorders and undesired symptoms. An old friend of mine knew a girl in his high school that committed suicide after using acne medication. The medication was known for causing depression. Instead of covering up the symptoms and risking our health, let’s remove the cause.
Common acne medications are antibiotics used to kill bacteria. Processed junk food and lack of fiber has contributed greatly to uncontrollable acne. Junk food does this by feeding bad bacteria in the digestive tract, lowering immunity and normal detoxification. This then overly acidifies the body (acidosis) creating a poor environment for your skin. The bacteria in your gut directly relates to skin. It only makes sense since you are what you eat.
To eliminate bacteria we need to avoid processed junk food, incorporate whole foods and basic herbalism into our life. With this simple tea below alongside healthier food you can reduce acne in 1-2 weeks and sometimes even less. I have personally done this for myself successfully overnight!!
1-4 cups water “depending on flavor desire”
Pau D’ Arco is a natural antifungal tree that grows in the rainforest. It has a resistance to rotting from bacteria in a damp environment. We can use its resistance to kill bad bacteria and in return eliminate acne.Lemon is used to alkalize your body and increase the absorption of Pau D’ Arco.Cat’s Claw is an adaptogen with very strong antifungal properties.
Avoid peanuts. Peanuts are one of the main causes of acne due to acidity and bacteria contamination.
Avoid starches that linger in the digestive tract if you have poor gut health.
Increase fiber intake
Reduce junk food consumption and eat whole foods as often as possible. “not the store”