You may be able to sell some of your grapefruit leaves to beekeepers. There is current research going on with using the leaves in their smokers. Apparently it is very effective against some of the mite infestations. Talk with your local beekeepers, they may be interested.
Shortly after I wrote the previous two replies, I read Hv more thoroughly and decided that he seemed more authoritative than Gutsense, so I started following Hv's nutritional recommendations instead of Gutsense. Constipation is what led me to try Gutsense in the first place a few months ago. About a week later I read Hv's critique of Gutsense, so I soon switched from the Gutsense nutrition to Hv's. The slippery elm bark capsules that Hv recommended for constipation kept my bowel movements fairly painfree, but I kept having hard stools. Since they were small stools, they weren't a significant problem. They weren't painful and didn't cause any bleeding. They also didn't leave poop behind on my anus, so maybe that's the natural consistency. But I did always have to strain a little.
Then I ran out of slippery elm caps about a month ago. Then over two weeks ago I got severe constipation. The stools were hard but clumped together and were very difficult to expel. I had to use my finger to dig out the stools. I inserted a suppository and I guess that helped a little, but I still had to dig out the stools until finally all the hard ones were out, then soft stools above them came out easily.
So I got some flax seeds to replace the slipper elm. But yesterday I had about the same problem and it was even a little worse yesterday. There was bleeding both times. So I intend to get slippery elm bark caps again today. My bowel movement this morning was much better, but the stools are still fairly hard, just not as clumped together. I had no food since yesterday, except banana blended with a lot of water. I'm afraid to eat like I normally did.
Two days ago I had some carob powder with a small meal and that seems to be a possible cause of the constipation. I'm not sure though. I read yesterday that constipation is sometimes a symptom of hypothyroidism and I do have some symptoms of that, especially cold hands. When I checked my temperature each morning for a few days about 20 years ago, my average temperature was 97.6 or so, which Hv has said is the lowest normal level. So I guess I don't have it severely. He said hypothyroidism can be due to adrenal exhaustion, so I've been following his nutritional guidelines for the adrenals, which is Amla berries and Rice bran etc. But I need to get more Amla berries today too. I'm a little concerned that the Rice bran may help harden my stools. I'm not sure if it's best for stools to be hard or soft, but it's definitely not good for hard stools to clump together.
"Using comparative microbiome profiling of a cohort of CRS patients and healthy subjects, we demonstrate that the sinus microbiota of CRS patients exhibits significantly reduced bacterial diversity compared with that of healthy controls.
In our cohort of CRS patients, multiple, phylogenetically distinct lactic acid bacteria were depleted concomitant with an increase in the relative abundance of a single species, Corynebacterium tuberculostearicum.
We recapitulated the conditions observed in our human cohort in a murine model and confirmed the pathogenic potential of C. tuberculostearicum and the critical necessity for a replete mucosal microbiota to protect against this species. Moreover, Lactobacillus sakei, which was identified from our comparative microbiome analyses as a potentially protective species..."
have reviewed information on this device and almost everything is based on testimonials, a method used in sales and especially where there is lack of much evidence. this technology is supposed to help with heart disease, prostate disease, knee osteoarthritis and kidney stones, back pain??? really? it is expensive and we all know the story about "if it seems too good to be true". have heard of no reliable sources recommending this device. if it worked there should be a money back guarantee which is not advertised as available. yes, if you tried everything and nothing works then give it a try? here is a sure try: try more research and donating your $150 to medical research on the problem.
just voicing my opinion, which is there is i do not believe it works for anything except perhaps as a placebo for some. would love to hear of more evidence, like large double blind trials for a year or so.
You are right Soy Lecithin, and Lecithin found in other sources is related to the problem. Schizophrenia they believe is caused by four separate possible illnesses (or broken into four groups.) It's my humble opinion that the cause of schizophrenia for one of these groups is a brain allergy to lecithin, dairy products, and others. To see details please search and read for skitzo-bread on google Avoiding these foods has been able to totally change my life. NOTE: It is very hard to avoid lecithin, it's in everything from soy to vegetable oil, candy, dried fruit, supplements, wheat, eggs. All documented there to help folks suffering from this problem essentially come close to a cure for themselves.
I recently read the following. It was posted seven years ago by Hveragerthi. That use appears to have not made any posts in the last 5 years, so I doubt there is any point trying to ask him/her (a him, I suspect) this directly. What's more, the form won't let me Reply to that old post. It asked me to login (even though I already am), and then redirects to an unrelated post.
Here's the quote from HV:
Here is another response I posted on the Candida board in regards to the myth of the body becoming acidic:
The body RARELY ever goes acidic. The acidity causing disease claims is really a myth. The body cannot survive if it becomes too acidic, or too alkaline. In fact a pH higher than 7.8 or lower than 6.8 will kill a person. This is why the body has so many redundant systems to maintain its narrow pH it can survive in. For example, breathing adjusts pH. If the body starts to get acidic our respiration increases to blow off CO2, which reduces carbonic acid, and the oxygen reduces acidic lactate. If the body starts to become too alkaline the respiration slows down to retain CO2, increasing carbonic acid. The body also generates bicarbonate to deal with acidity, can excrete hydrogen ions, carbonic acid or bicarbonate out through the urine or retain them to adjust pH. The body also uses phosphates and hemoglobin as buffers, and in severe cases can pull minerals from the bones as a buffer against acidity. Our pH is also regulated by proteins that can either bond or release hydrogen ions in response to pH imbalances. Here are some references for you:
This is why we rarely see acidosis (overly acidic blood) or alkalosis (overly alkaline blood). Acute acidosis can occur with severe vomiting and diarrhea, ketoacidosis, inadequate oxygen intake or utilization (respiratory acidosis), rhabdomyolosis, kidney failure and by poisoning with certain chemicals. Acute alkalosis can occur with over consumption of hydroxides including alkaline waters, consumption of milk with hydroxides, overuse of carbonates such as antacids or baking soda, prolonged vomiting, excessive aldosterone secretion, diuretic use and hyperventilation.
The pH of the lymphatic system is kept slightly more alkaline than the blood, so lymphatic acidosis does not occur.
Because chronic acidosis is so rare and diseases are so common even common sense should tell us that acidosis is not a cause of most diseases. Most often it is a byproduct of a disease, not a cause. So anyone who is going to claim that acidity is the cause of most or all diseases does not have a clue what they are talking about.
In fact we need a large number of acids to survive and thrive. These include hydrochloric acid, pyruvic acid, acetic acid, carbonic acid, hyaluronic acid, glucuronic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, uric acid, fatty acids, amino acids, ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, folic acid, etc.
And most pathogens are killed by acids and thrive in an alkaline environment. This is why the parts of the body that help protect us from pathogens are normally acidic. These include the skin, stomach, intestines and sinuses.
First off, I agree that it is likely the pH of the blood remains almost, if not entirely, constant; and, therefore, that it is likely incorrect to say that eating acid or alkaline foods will directly make one's blood pH more acid or alkaline.
My question is this:
When it comes to acid / alkaline balance, rather than it being an issue of acid-forming foods "making the blood more acidic," is it not instead an issue of acid-forming foods (in excess) causing the body to draw on alkaline (mostly mineral) reserves in order to maintain blood pH stability?
I would have thought the acid/alkaline theory, therefore, is one related to, What happens to the overall health of the body when it is consistently having to utilise alkaline mineral reserves to buffer an excessive intake of acid-forming food (in order to maintain its necessarily precise blood pH. With the theory being that what tends to happen is an increase in the development and progression of various chronic diseases.
With that in mind, I feel like people who put forth the argument that "Blood pH remains very constant, and even a minor shift will kill you" are missing the point. Just as the people who say, "Eating too much acid-forming food will cause your blood to become acidic, which will cause disease, and may eventually kill you" are also missing the point. From the perspective I am putting forth, the point is not that the blood pH will dramitcally or significantly change (it might, but I am yet to see factual evidence proving this), but that a great many other factors in the body will progressively go out of balacne in the body's attempt to maintain its correct blood pH. It's these other factors (overall alkaline mineral deficieny, etc.) that may be the cause of the many diseases acid/alkaline advocates says are caused by excessive acidity.
Does anyone knowledge on this matter having something you can share in regard to the above line of thought?