This post will be short because it's a holiday and I am working on two other longer and more serious posts, one dealing with protection of the reproductive system since cesium tends to damage this vital system and the other with the dreaded big C.
In the meantime, I would like to help some people to catch up and to navigate the over 2000 pages I have online.
First, the page on triphala was updated late last night:
Triphala has been the most popular Ayurvedic remedy for thousands of years. It is a blend of three tropical fruits, usually taken in powder form but often encapsulated, made into tablets, boiled in milk, or cooked into a medicated ghee. It is considered to be a rasayana formula, meaning it has the capacity to prevent aging and to rejuvenate. It does this primarily by scouring out clogged conduits in the body, everything from the eliminatory system to our veins and arteries. It does this gradually so it can be taken as a sort of physiological tune up for several months every few years or it can be taken regularly by those with slow peristalsis or lots of congestion and blockage. Contrary to popular belief, triphala is not a laxative. It is more like a cleanser and tissue repairer, aka rejuvenator.
However, it does work conspicuously on the colon so it helps us to appreciate this formula more if we accept that many diseases begin when transit times for food are slow and putrefactive bacteria and fermentative processes take over the lower intestine. This tends to foster a host of infections as well as prevent the assimilation of the subtle nutrients that are used to regenerate the most delicate systems of the body, notably the bones, brain, nerve sheaths, and reproductive fluids. Just to dot a few "i's", these are the tissue systems that are nourished after the plasma, blood, muscles, and fat have had first dibs on the nutrients we offer our bodies.
When the nuclear disaster in Fukushima began, a tiny group of us, linked mainly by the internet, and divided up the work of pulling together what we initially hoped would only be needed in Japan. Now, of course, we realize that the entire Northern Hemisphere has been impacted — and unconscionably, this information was not provided at the time the risks were first known. We now know that the facts were recognized within hours after the earthquake. We also know that the EPA stopped taking measurements in the U.S. Why would an agency charged with "environmental protection" be so reckless? It is for the same reason that insurance adjustors refuse to take pictures of the full extent of damage. They protect the bottom line of huge corporations by insisting they were "unaware" of x, y, and z — which is a euphemism for saying they refused to document damage in the hopes of avoiding covering the losses of those they insure.
We are now seeing how this works with respect to the Chernobyl fallout. Twenty-five years after an immense nuclear disaster, experts still lack the data necessary for determining which health complications and deaths might be due to fallout and which might have occurred regardless of fallout. We will also never know with absolute certainty what to attribute to Fukushima, but we are now certain that the long-term consequences will vastly exceed those of Chernobyl.
Anyway, let me try to stay on track. Realizing that there would be fallout, we began by trying to determine the immediate risks and the longer-term risks. Very early on, I was convinced that cesium would be a greater risk than radioactive iodine, but finding protocols is almost impossible. I will try to explain why this is the case.
First, in the nearly 200 PubMed studies that our group has studied, there are practically none involving people or "real life" situations. I actually asked Dr. Indunil Anuruddhika not to cite any more studies involving animals because it was becoming too disturbing to my psyche. However, I learned a little bit from the studies. First, the animals were given some herb or combination of herbs and then exposed to lethal full body gamma radiation. I know, it is completely offensive to anyone who loves animals or who believes, as I do, that these studies are far less relevant than they are made out to be. I will give my strongest argument for this and then move on to the conclusions.
In "real life", a patient develops cancer after some time elapses; and attempts to attribute the cancer to something specific are actually highly speculative. The prevailing theory has been that some error occurred at the time of cellular division. Half a century ago when I was getting my toes in this water, the chromosomes were counted and anything other than 23 perfect pairs was considered abnormal and hence malignant. I don't know anyone who takes this approach at this time, but as Dr. Tullio Simoncini says, this phenomenon, widely believed by practically every scientist, has never once been observed. He gives the impression that the theory should probably be rejected, but countless studies are based on what might prevent tissue from being damaged when exposed to a known carcinogen, including environmental toxins and radioactivity. It's important to consider these broader issues because the idea that there is a cancer personality and that one's life style contributes to the risk of cancer is deeply resented by many patients. I was thoroughly indoctrinated by this theory as well, but I hope I live long enough to rewrite some of my earlier material. I would never go so far as to say that life style and temperament are irrelevant, but there are also many innocent victims of environmental madness and I know countless patients who are convinced of this.
Okay, stay on track! A radioprotective herb or herbal formula should protect tissue from damage. Some preparations might have the capacity to repair damage after the fact and this is why we are pouring over the risk factors and trying to ascertain what has worked. In my opinion, what we could learn from Chernobyl is more important than any study performed in a laboratory, but we are plowing through PubMed anyway. As I have mentioned before, India is trying to protect its healing traditions from biopirates who want to patent herbs. The amount of money involved in securing a patent and the profits that might ensue are astronomical, but industry wants patents and India is contesting these in court. It is therefore not surprising that many of the herbs in the PubMed studies are traditional Ayurvedic herbs. For me, this only tells where the research rupees have been spent because there is no basis for concluding that because triphala offers significant radioprotection that that protection is greater than what we might expect from eating goji berries or sea buckthorn berries or any other fruit. In short, what I am trying to say is that the fact that such a study exists gives us a higher level of confidence when trying to protect ourselves from the risk of abnormally high levels of radioactivity; however, nothing in any of the studies suggests that other foods and herbs are less effective.
Where we are now, it seems obvious that anyone contemplating any radiologic test would be well advised to take high doses of radioprotective herbs before submitting to an exposure. I believe that the herbs should be continued for months afterwards as well. There is, in fact, enough evidence in the PubMed studies to warrant this conclusion. The studies were not designed to prove that people who use the same products might suffer less tissue damage. The studies were done with lab animals, not humans. Monitoring a group of people over 25 years simply has not occurred, but it needs to happen now.
These statements can be regarded as prefatory to the next essays. In the meantime, I want to mention a couple of other new pages. First, Carol Bambeck has written a very nice piece on winter gardening:
Hanne has also sent new pictures from Denmark:
I am behind updating the other pages, but Dagmar is already harvesting from her garden, this in roughly 25 days. I am way behind her, but she started with potted plants and I started with seeds. I am seriously thinking about jump starting! It has been so cold here that germination has been really, really slow. My sea buckthorn seeds have finally germinated but the trees that were planted after my score at the local nursery are doing superbly. The robins are keeping their eyes on them which is a warning to me!
Hanne and Howard from Santa Fe have also sent pictures of their latest food production and a new contributor from Australia has sent pictures of her balcony garden. I need to find time to upload all these but I am so glad that people are taking this initiative seriously.
Now, I am going to put out some food for the wild birds, squirrels, and rabbits because if they are as traumatized as Savika by fireworks, they will need a little extra calcium to make it through today. Savika was a nervous wreck last night and I haven't had the courage to tell her how much worse it will be tonight.
I don't know if we ever got our independence, but if you think so, I guess you should celebrate.