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Blood Count

Utopia Silver,
Do you have any information on how colloidal silver affects your white blood level counts? I am healthy. I haven't had concerns (the blood work was for an inner ear disturbance that caused me to get dizzy) when I learned to drain my ears (by leaning my head sideways) the dizziness stopped (it is supposed to have been caused by calcium crystals in the ear canal); but they did blood work to check me out; and these levels appeared. What do you think? I have been taking silver for about 8 months I think. My joint pain is better, (I have arthritis, and I don't get cold sores anymore.) So I like taking the silver. But I need to find answers to this blood work difference.
Thank you,
Nancy G.

Hi Nancy,
I know of no documented relationship between silver use and white blood count. I can only speculate that if you have 'elevated' levels, could it be due to the 'die off' of bacteria or virus, which would be carried from the body by the bloodstream- possibly triggering a rise in the white count. On the other hand- over time it might be that there could be a lowered white count as any viral or bacteria counts are reduced.

As for calcium deposits in the body, especially the joints, that is sometimes caused by calcium citrate. A more absorbable form is Calcium AEP as contained in Membrane Complex .

There has been research which has indicated that some Arthritis may be viral related and if that is true, then it stands to reason that it would improve with silver use. Cold sores are caused by a Herpes virus which silver will help.

To read more about silver usage, go to,

Ben in Utopia

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Scalp Itch

Hi Utopia Silver,
…I've been misting myself with the ionic silver maybe twice after taking a shower and I don't have an itchyness any more. Also spritz my hair/scalp and besides no more itching my graying hair seems to be coming in darker …may be it's my formerly natural color of dark brown. Works for me!
B. in WisconsinHi B.,
Colloidal silver reducing or stopping skin itching is not unusual, but I've never heard that it will bring back hair color.
Ben in Utopia

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Genital Warts

Is colloidal silver effective against Genital warts?

Thank you,
Jean X.

Hi Jean,

Yes, it can be effective against warts caused by a virus. I would suggest rubbing it onto the wart several times a day. We will have a new product soon that is a super penetrating silver that will be even more effective, as warts can have a thick crusty head that resists penetration.

Ben in Utopia

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OPC Plus

We recently purchased OPC Plus, and would like to know if you have any information on contraindications if taken along with Laetrile.

Also, do you have any recommendations for curative dosages other than those printed on the label?

Best regards,
Theodore in North Carolina

Hi Theodore,

The ‘doses’ on the label are really a minimal therapeutic amount. As everyone and every situation is different, one should do the minimum until the body adjusts since there may initially be a detoxing/Herxheimer effect similar as noted in this FAQ about silver,

I routinely (every 2-3 months) do a preventative protocol of OPC and apricot pits (which contain laetrile). I have noticed no contraindications, but someone who has cancer probably would be more susceptible to an intensified Herxheimer effect. I would start slow and build up to a level that is comfortable for you.

Ben in Utopia

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The American Cancer Society Runs Away from the Cure, Part V

by: Tony Isaacs

(SilverBulletin) Previously in this series we looked at the cozy relationship between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the chemical industry, including how that industry had been the source of both board members and major donations. A stark example of the influence chemical makers wielded with the ACS came in the spring of 1993 when the ACS helped attack an upcoming documentary about pesticide dangers.

Shortly before PBS was due to broadcast the documentary on "Frontline", a draft of the script was leaked to the powerful public relations firm Porter-Novelli. Porter-Novelli had notable clients on both sides of the fence, including the ACS as well as Ciba-Geigy, DuPont, Monsanto, Burroughs Wellcome, American Petroleum Institute, the Center for Produce Quality, the USDA, the NCI, plus other National Institutes of Health.

Porter-Novelli first crafted a rebuttal to help the manufacturers quell public fears about pesticide-contaminated food. Next, Porter-Novelli called up another client, the ACS, for whom Porter-Novelli had done pro bono work for years. The rebuttal that Porter-Novelli had just sent off to its industry clients was faxed to ACS Atlanta headquarters. Then it was circulated internationally by e-mail so that the 3,000 regional ACS offices could use it to help field calls from the public after the show aired.

The ACS memo stated: "The program makes unfounded suggestions . . . that pesticide residue in food may be at hazardous levels. Its use of a 'cancer cluster' leukemia case reports and non-specific community illnesses as alleged evidence of pesticide effects in people is unfortunate. We know of no community cancer clusters which have been shown to be anything other than chance grouping of cases and none in which pesticide use was confirmed as the cause."

Later, accuracy in Media's newsletter trumpeted quotes from the ACS memo in an article whose banner headline read "Junk Science on PBS." The article began "Can we afford the Public Broadcasting Service?" and went on to disparage the PBS documentary. "In Our Children's Food . . . exemplified what the media have done to produce these 'popular panics' and the enormously costly waste (at PBS) cited by the New York Times."

When public television producer Marty Koughman saw the article he was outraged and initially believed the ACS had somehow been duped. Later, however, Koughan figured out what was really going on after several failed attempts to get an ACS rebuttal. "When I realized Porter-Novelli represented five agrichemical companies, and that the ACS had been a client for years, it became obvious that the ACS had not been fooled at all," said Koughan. "They were willing partners in the deception, and were in fact doing a favor for a friend _ by flakking for the agrichemical industry."

Koughan's investigation had relied heavily on a ground-breaking report issued by the National Academy of Sciences in June of 1993 entitled "Pesticides in the Diet of Children." The report declared the nation's food supply was "inadequately protected" from cancer-causing pesticides and a significant threat to the health of children. An earlier report issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1989, "Intolerable Risk: Pesticides in our Children's Food," had also castigated pesticide manufacturers.

Former director of the National Academy of Sciences Board of Agriculture Charles Benbrook had worked on the pesticide report by the Academy of Sciences. He charged that the role of the ACS as a source of information for the pesticide and product industry was "unconscionable." Investigative reporter Sheila Kaplan went a step further in a 1993 Legal Times article: "What they did was clearly and unequivocally over the line, and constitutes a major conflict of interest."

In the next installment in this series we will examine the close relationships the American Cancer Society has with the mammogram and other cancer industries.

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Increase Strength and Metabolism: Lift Heavier Weights for Fewer Repetitions

by: Dr. David Jockers

(NaturalNews) Many trainers and fitness coaches continue to focus on high repetition exercises to produce the appealing curves many men and women want their bodies to look like. However, current science has shown that lifting heavier weights for fewer repetitions is more effective at increasing strength and enhancing metabolism.

A 2002 study compared the metabolic profile of women lifting 85% of their maximum ability for 8 reps, versus 45% for 15 reps. The test subjects who were lifting the heavier load for fewer reps burned more energy and had a significantly larger metabolic boost after exercise.

Another study looked at 2 groups of women over a 6 year period who performed squats and military presses at different intensity levels. The women who worked at 70-80% of their maximal for 8 reps had greater weight and body fat loss than crossover groups.

Training with heavier loads increases an individual's "myogenic tone." Heavy lifting forces the body to adapt to the increased demands and build more contractile proteins within the muscle. This process increases muscle density, enhances body image and provides sustainable muscle tone.

Training with heavier loads also increases an individual's "neurogenic tone." A critical response the body makes to increased loads is to enhance the amount of muscle fibers the nervous system will recruit at a given time. As a result, there is an increased sensitivity of the muscle spindle receptors and the alpha and gamma motor neurons. This adaptation increases the efficiency of movement for both complicated and simple tasks. It also gives the muscle a more ripped appearance.

High Reps with Lighter Weight: This form of exercise utilizes the aerobic system and stimulates an increase in blood flow to the muscle groups at work. This creates a "sarcoplasmic tone" that is based on fluid around the muscle. This sort of tone is considered "soft," and is not sustainable. As little as 30 minutes after finishing the exercise the fluid returns to the circulatory system. Training like this over time results in an increase in capillary density and improved blood & oxygen supply to the muscle group.

It does not, however, maximally stimulate muscle fibers to produce new contractile proteins. In addition, the nervous system is not challenged at a high intensity with this form of exercise. Therefore, it doesn't improve myogenic and neurogenic tone and sustainable muscle tone is generally not gained.

For Best Results:

1. Perform multi-joint, compound exercises like squats, dead-lifts, bent-over rows, pull-ups, over-head press, and push-ups to drive up your metabolism and muscle building potential

2.Utilize a resistance that is 70-90% of your maximum and perform to max for 3-12 reps for 2-3 sets.

3.Use short-rest between sets (10-30 secs max) to keep your oxygen debt high as this will increase post-exercise fat burning potential.

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If You Live Near the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Use House Plants for Cleaner Air

by: Tony Isaacs

 (SilverBulletin) As if Louisiana and other gulf coast residents didn't already have enough to worry about from the catastrophic oil spill, new reports are indicating that the very air they breathe has become a health threat. Air quality samples have found levels of sulphur dioxide, benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) anywhere from 100 to 1000 times the maximum levels considered safe. One place Gulf Coast residents may look to find considerable relief from VOCs in their homes and offices is their local organic nurseries where they can find indoor plants that are proven natural toxin removers.

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) recently evaluated the EPA's air content and quality testing results in Venice Beach, Louisiana. LEAN found hydrogen sulfide content of up to 1,192 parts per billion. LEAN and other agencies have also found extremely elevated levels of other VOCs, most notably cancer causing benzene. The highest levels of benzene detected to date were on April 30, at 3,084 ppb, followed by May 2, at 3,416 ppb. Louisiana's ambient air standard for the VOC benzene is 3.76 ppb.

All VOCs are highly toxic to humans and physical reactions from exposure to these gases include:

*Irritation of eyes, nose or throat
*Coughing or difficulty breathing
*Nausea or vomiting
*Rapid or irregular heartbeat
*Memory damage
*Ocular damage
*Neurological damage
*Death (at very high levels)

Scores of residents and clean up workers have already been reported as suffering from spill-related symptoms. Louisiana's Health Secretary Alan Levine told CBS News there have been 75 people so far reporting spill-related symptoms in Louisiana. CNN has reported that an additional 15 cases have been reported in Alabama.

The good news is that common indoor plants may offer considerable improvement for the air in homes and offices. In the late 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) spent two years testing common house plants for their ability to remove the volatile organic compounds benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. The study found that all of the plants were useful, with some houseplants capable of removing as much as 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours. The plants the study found effective were:

*Bamboo or Reed Palm
*Elephant Ear Philodendron
*Chinese Evergreen
*Cornstalk Dracaena
*English Ivy
*Gerbera Daisy
*Golden Pothos
*Heartleaf Philodendron
*Janet Craig Dracaena
*Peace Lily
*Red-edged Dracaena
*Selloum Philodendron
*Snake Plant
*Spider Plant
*Warneck Dracaena
*Weeping Fig

Though the study was limited to only three common VOC pollutants, it is believed that the same indoor plants should also be effective against other VOCs, including sulphur dioxide. The plants which were found to be most effective for benzene removal were: English Ivy, Dracaena marginata, Janet Craig, Warneckei, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy and Peace lily.

Besides the benefits of eliminating toxins from the air, plants are a source of oxygen. They have been found to elevate mood as well as productivity and they reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

In addition to houseplants, carbon air filters in combination with HEPA filters are very good for removing VOCs and other pollutants from indoor air. Activated carbon filters in particular are effective at eliminating sulphur dioxide in both air and water. Sulphur dioxide is commonly referred to as "rotten egg gas" due to its distinctive odor.

Note: organic nurseries are preferred sources of all plants since commercial nurseries frequently use malathion and other pesticides.

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Natural Help Prevents, Slows Down and Reverses Alzheimer’s

by: Tony Isaacs

(SilverBulletin) It is estimated that over 5 million people in the US have Alzheimer's disease and many experts believe that number may triple by 2050. Though there is presently no known cure, many recent year studies and anecdotal evidence indicates that proper diet, lifestyle and supplementation can prevent, slow and even reverse the Alzheimer's.

In a rodent study conducted in 2008 at the University of California, Irvine, mice with the rodent equivalent of Alzheimer's were given high doses of Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and it was 100% effective at restoring cognitive function. A current human study is underway.

Supplements of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) improved memory in animals with age-related cognitive decline in a recent study from Japan and Korea. Proanthocyanidins are found in many plants including apples, pine bark, cinnamon, cocoa, grape seed, grape skin, red wines, bilberry, cranberry, black currant, green tea, black tea, and other plants. The berries of black chokeberry have the highest OPC concentrations found to date.

Other research has shown that a compound in curry not only prevents changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer's disease, but it also actually reverses some of the existing damage. People over 65 in certain rural areas of India, where curry consumption is high, have a less than 1 percent (0.84%) chance of developing the disease. In the larger cities and other areas of India, the risk is just 2.4 percent. By comparison the chances of getting Alzheimer's for people over 65 in the United States range from just under 5 percent to an astonishing 17 percent.

Holy Basil (a close relative of the herb basil) has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to rejuvenate mental and physical health. Now, researchers in India have found that holy basil extract protects against free radical damage by actively seeking out and eliminating harmful molecules.

Many studies support the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. According to epidemiological data in the Framingham Heart Study, people who eat an average of 180 mg or more a day of DHA, found in fish oils, have a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego provided ground-breaking proof that a natural protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) can prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's.

In other studies:

*Compounds in black currants have been found to slow the progression of Alzheimer's and are currently being studied in multiple Scottish studies.
*A compound in extra virgin olive oil could deter proteins from disrupting nerve cell function that causes the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease.
*Exposure to sunlight in the morning followed by melatonin supplementation at night helps restore healthy sleeping patterns.
*Blueberries are especially helpful for optimum cognitive function.

Other natural items which may help:

*The antioxidants Vitamin E and lipoic acid could help reduce the severity of Alzheimer's.

*Antioxidants such as Acetyl-L-carnitine protect against amyloid-beta neurotoxicity.

*Vegetable and fruit juices have plentiful antioxidants.

*B vitamins, such as B6, folic acid, and B12 lower homocysteine levels. It is believed that high brain levels of homocysteine cause neuronal damage leading to progression of Alzheimer's.

*Curcumin, the yellow compound found in turmeric, is getting increasing attention and may be a good preventive.

*Natural supplementation with huperzine may help by blocking the breakdown of acetylcholine into cholinesterase. Acetylcholine precursors such as choline may also help, as may blue green algae which inhibit cholinesterase.

*Herbal teas can provide important nutrients and enhance mood.

*Silica appears to protect against Alzheimer's disease.

In addition to the above items, taking steps to keep a sharp and active mind can be essential.

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US Turns Down Offers of Assistance with Oil Spill

by: M.Thornley

(NaturalNews) The US has received offers of assistance with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from as many as 13 countries. Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United Nations have all offered their resources. But the US State Department has said no thanks.

These offers have come from experts in oil spill impact knowledgeable in research and technical expertise related to booms, chemical oil dispersants, oil pumps, skimmers and wildlife rescue.
But the Obama administration's response has been: Thanks but no thanks. We've got it covered.

Two Dutch companies stand ready to wade in and help the Americans with the oil slick. They have huge booms that suck oil from the sea surface. These are called skimmers.

Americans don't use skimmers because of environmental regulations. The skimmers suck up sea water along with the oil. This is stored in a tanker where the water is separated and pumped overboard. There is some oil residue; too much for US environmental regulations.

However, the Dutch experts argue it is important to prevent the oil from reaching the marshes and mud flats. Their method contains the bulk of the oil, and little of it is returned in the pumped water.

Hans Revier, a lecturer in Marine Wetland Studies at Stenden College in Leeuwarden, described experiments conducted in the Dutch Wadden Sea wetlands. Revier insists Americans have no choice. Only the Dutch method will save the mud flats and salt marches along the coast.

Four skimmers, extra materials, and a team of eight are ready to be loaded and flown to the Gulf once approval is granted.

In 1989, a Dutch team was ready to assist with the Exxon Valdez oil tanker disaster off the coast of Alaska too – but the US authorities sent them packing.

A Belgian group named DEME claims it could clean the spill in three to four months compared to the nine months it will take the US. Dutch companies DEME and De Nul possess specialty ships the US does not have. But, a Dutch news site De Standaard reports, the Jones Act prevents other countries from working on the oil spill.

The Jones Act is part of a US Federal statute intended to regulate maritime commerce in US waters. The Jones Act addresses coastal shipping, and requires that all goods transported by water between US ports be in ships built in the US, owned by Americans, and crewed by US citizens and permanent residents. The Jones Act may have prevented a quicker response to the oil spill.

The US government could grant a waiver of the Jones Act. This option exists in the event of national emergencies or cases of strategic interest.

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Common Antibiotics Increase Your Skin Cancer Risk

by: Kerri Knox, RN

(NaturalNews) Most people would identify sun exposure as the primary risk factor for getting skin cancer, but few would think of antibiotics as a contributing factor to this deadly disease. Yet there is an entire class of antibiotics that are known to cause a condition known as photocarcinogenesis that can multiply the damage normally done by the sun and lead to an increase in the risk of skin cancer.

The Quinolone class of antibiotics, which includes such common antibiotics as Levaquin (Levofloxacin) and Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), has a LONG history of causing dangerous toxic conditions. In fact, no less than nine different Quinolone antibiotics have actually been approved by the FDA and released onto the market only to be found to be so dangerous that they had to be removed and recalled.

While each one was removed for various different toxic reactions, at least four were removed due to a problem called 'Phototoxicity'. Phototoxicity is a common occurrence with many prescription medications requiring people using them to stay out of the sun because of the excess sun damage and sunburn that can result. But the phototoxicity that is caused by the Quinolone antibiotics may be so bad that it is causing genetic damage to the cells and contributing to a more damaging form of phototoxicity called 'Photocarcinogenesis'. A carcinogen is a substance that is known to cause cancer; therefore, photocarcinogenesis refers to a substance that can actually cause skin cancer in the presence of sunlight. Yet this fact was only discovered AFTER these drugs had been released onto the market and significant numbers of complaints of severe skin problems from sunlight exposure were reported.

While it would be logical to think that the FDA might be extra cautious and require more extensive studies for sun damage from Quinolone antibiotics considering their checkered past, this does not seem to be the case. Several Quinolones have been approved since these nine have been recalled and all Quinolones have a warning on them to stay out of the sun. But few people read package inserts and doctors and pharmacists can't possibly discuss every warning of every drug with each patient – so this fact often remains unknown to the millions of people taking these antibiotics every year. Even more disturbing is that there is now a Quinolone cream approved for use of skin infections – such as acne. This cream will be used primarily by teenagers who are not known to be cautious about going out in the sun. Not only that, but the possibility that teens and young adults will be using this drug for years and even decades, as acne drugs generally are, combined with even a small increase in photocarcinogenic damage at such a young age could significantly increase lifetime skin cancer risk.

Since it is WELL known by drug manufacturers and the FDA that Quinolone antibiotics increase skin cancer risk in animals and cause skin damage in humans, those taking Quinolones regularly for non-life threatening chronic conditions, such as acne, bronchitis and sinus infections, are unwitting test subjects for the drug companies and the FDA to determine long-term skin cancer risk.