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August 13, 2018

Microplastic Contamination in Sea Salt

An ever-increasing level of plastic pollution in the natural environment throughout the world is familiar to all of us as an ugly fact of expanding human population and activity. However, until somewhat recently much less attention was given to microparticles of plastics and other synthetic materials contaminating the food we eat and the water we drink. Not surprisingly, numerous studies of these particulates show toxicity to humans if ingested. The body of research is steadily growing, helping us better understand to what degree human health is being compromised through (often unknowing) consumption of these microplastics.
Plastics can leach synthetic additives such as phthalates, alkylphenols, and bisphenol A, which can be cytotoxic to human cells. Many compounds contained in plastics are known hormone disruptors, and microplastics in particular have been shown to attract microbial pathogens.

According to 2013 research by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University, "Everybody is being exposed to some degree [of plastic ingestion] at any given time, from gestation through death. Detectable levels of [the plastic] bisphenol A have been found in the urine of 95% of the adult population of the United States."

The sobering reality is that scientists have struggled to accurately research the impact of plastic on the human body, because they cannot find a control group of humans who have not been exposed. All humans are exposed to plastic pollution in some manner -- through oceans, lakes, rivers, rain and snow, the air, the land, our diets, and/or the products we buy and use. We are all unavoidably contaminated by the synthetics we produce.

Plastic, essentially indestructible unless burned, makes up about half of all human-related waste. The last 45 years have seen the total global output in plastic production climb from 30 million tons in 1970 to 322 million tons in 2015 -- a more than ten-fold increase. One study laments, "Hopes of closing the loop on the plastic waste stream depend on overall recycling rates, which vary widely across the globe, even among developed nations with well-established recycling infrastructure. Europe, for example, recycled 26% of disposable plastics in 2012, while the United States reported rates as low as 8.8% in the same year."
The referenced study analyzed tap water, beer, and sea salt samples for contaminants. Among all sea salt samples analyzed, a total of 461 anthropogenic (human-made) particles were identified. The vast majority (99.3%) of these were classified as fibers, while the remaining particles were identified as fragments. The average length of each fiber was 1.09 mm with a range of 0.1 mm to 5 mm. Of the 12 salt samples, 8 had one or more particles in the second filtration step for a total of 23 particles. The average length of the particles found in the second filtration was 1.05 mm, about 0.04 mm smaller than the particles found in the samples as a whole. The most common particulate color was blue, followed by red/pink, and then clear.

Sherri Mason, a professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Fredonia, believes sea salt could be more vulnerable to plastic contamination because of how it is made, through a process of dehydration of sea water.

Because sea salts have been so broadly contaminated by microplastics and other synthetic debris, Optimal Health Network no longer recommends Celtic Sea Salt as part of a colon cleansing, dietary, or fasting program. Instead we now recommend Himalayan Pink Salt as a more healthful alternative. Himalayan Pink Salt is an all-natural, mineral-rich salt that is harvested from ancient sea salt deposits located deep in the Himalayan Mountains. Once a prehistoric ocean, the water in this region evaporated and left behind pure, unpolluted crystallized salt.

Learn more: Anthropogenic contamination of tap water, beer, and sea salt

Learn more: We are living on a plastic planet. What does it mean for our health?

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July 31, 2018

Struggling with Leaky Gut?

Would you like to optimize your gut health? Would you like to know which supplements to take when you are using enemas regularly?

Leaky Gut Support Recipe:

One scoop each of the following therapeutic powders, mixed together with water, is ideally taken either as a breakfast or at bedtime, especially on the days you take your enema series.
  1. One scoop of Ortho Biotic Powder - Probiotics can help heal leaky gut by strengthening the gut lining and replenishing your natural stores of good bacteria to reduce inflammation.
  2. One scoop of Ortho IgG Protect Powder - This pure and concentrated formula provides improved immune modulation and strengthens the gut immune barrier.

    Or, instead of IgG Protect Powder, you can substitute Ortho SBI Protect Powder, a dairy-free option which Kristina has recommended as a top product to hundreds of her clients, with astounding results!
  3. One scoop of Ortho GlutaShield - The ingredients in GlutaShield help regenerate and maintain GI enterocytes while supporting the health of the intestinal mucosal barrier.
  4. (Optional)
    One scoop of Ortho CollaGEN Powder - A superior collagen product, Ortho CollaGEN is formulated to nutritionally support cartilage, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and skin.

What can you expect from this supplement and enema program? Improved bowel movements, increased energy, improved immunity, and less to no gas and bloating! This protocol stimulates the body's normal gut repair mechanisms and helps to maintain microbial balance.

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July 25, 2018

Super Salve: Recommended for Healing from Anal Fissures and More!

Super Salve
Super Salve is our recommended all-natural nozzle lubricant for colon cleansing with home enemas. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, Super Salve also nourishes and heals the tissues of the anus, making it a key support product for those with hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and/or anal itching.

INGREDIENTS: olive oil, organic chaparral leaf, organic comfrey leaf, organic echinacea flower, organic hops, organic usnea moss, organic bee's wax, cocoa butter, vitamin E and almond oils; essential oils of cajuput, lemongrass, lemon, lavender, and tea tree

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"I just received the Super Salve in the mail today. I definitely felt some sensation working on the fissure. And the next time I went to the bathroom, it barely hurt at all! It's amazing how immediate that was. I think the MSM helped, but I think the broth helps everything move a lot more smoothly. I definitely knew I needed something topical though, and I'm glad I bought the salve!"   ~ Tori R.

"I've been suffering from anal fissures for years now. Almost every day, after a bowel movement, I would have up to three hours of excruciating pain. This has been an absolutely unbearable situation for many, many years. It was about a month ago when I found your website. I read about the Super Salve and was hopeful. I've been on the Super Salve for three weeks now and I no longer have my pain. My anal fissures aren't fully healed in this short amount of time, but again, I have NO PAIN and they are obviously healing. I have now started with the anal fissure healing suppositories and in just a few days have seen even more improvement. Thank you for all the information on your website. Anal fissures are a terrible affliction and I can't recommend your resources enough."   ~ Frances F.

How To Use Super Salve To Heal an Anal Fissure

Super Salve is easy to apply. Lubricate the anal area, both externally and along the inner rim of the anal sphincter. Be gentle. You can be more liberal with the amount of salve if you find that more is what works best for you. You don't need to apply the salve inside the anal cavity.

Apply the salve 2-6 times daily. The art of application frequency depends on the fissure and your activity level. Experiment.

You will need to wash your hands well after application. Our goat milk soaps work well for the hand washing. If needed, use a non-latex glove.

Take a sitz bath (a bath in which you sit in therapeutic water only up to the hips) each day to completely clean the anal area. In this water, add a premixed solution of 1/2 to 1 cup of therapeutic salt with 10-20 drops of OHN Anal Fissure Essential Oil Blend. Again, use our goat milk soap to wash the anal area. Soak in this bath for 10-30 minutes.

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June 23, 2018

Common Foods that Cross-React with Gluten

If you are following a strict gluten-free lifestyle, yet you still suffer from symptoms seemingly related to gluten, you could be eating foods that do not contain gluten but your body reacts to them as if they do. This process is called cross-reactivity.

Unfortunately, some gluten-free foods such as cheese, chocolate, non-GMO corn, nuts, grains, and coffee contain proteins so similar to gluten that the immune system may confuse these proteins with gluten and react as if you just ate a bowl of whole-wheat pasta!

It's estimated at least half of those who are gluten-intolerant are also sensitive to cross-reactive foods.

Below is a list of common foods that cross-react with gluten:
  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • White and milk chocolate (not dark chocolate)
  • Coffee, except air-roasted coffee (offered by Optimal Health Network)
  • Non-GMO corn
  • Milk, cheese, and other dairy (alpha-casein, beta-casein, casomorphin, butyrophilin, whey protein)
  • Eggs, except soy-free eggs
  • Hemp
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Polish wheat
  • Potato, except sweet potato
  • Rye
  • Rice, except black rice and wild rice
  • Sesame
  • Spelt
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Teff
  • Yeast
  • Lentils, except black
  • Beans, except black
  • Nuts, especially almonds, but not coconut, pecan, chestnut, walnut, pine, pistachio, and Brazilian
If you are gluten-intolerant and still having health issues even after removing gluten from your diet, eliminate the above foods for at least two months and see if your symptoms improve. Make sure you've healed your gut as well. Then, after two months you may reintroduce the above foods one at a time to determine which ones are causing cross-reactions.

If you determine that there are foods that are cross-reactive for you, the treatment is to permanently remove these foods from your diet in addition to eliminating gluten.

Even though the cross-reactive foods do not actually contain gluten, your body thinks they do and therefore the inflammation and damage to your body can ultimately be equal to gluten. If you need support, consider a health consultation with me.


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March 25, 2018

Detoxing During End Stage Cancer: Questions on Hair Analysis and the Enema Series


By Kristina Amelong


Recent correspondence from a client:

"Can hair analysis [HTMA] still be helpful with an end stage cancer diagnosis? I was diagnosed 12/22/17 with stage IVB [metastatic] colon cancer. They gave me 6 months or less. No cure. I have refused traditional treatment and am trying my best to help my body help itself while I trust my maker to be my healer. I am juicing 64 oz daily along with supplements and a raw diet including raw milk products. I am beginning sauna time and seeking potentially intravenous vitamin C. Detoxing is exhausting! Your site has helped me a great deal to improve my coffee enemas, though I wonder is it OK to do two series daily? I am interested to know if the hair analysis would offer helpful info at this point. I would appreciate any thoughts you may offer."

My response:

"Wow! What a journey. My blessings to you.

Yes, absolutely the HTMA can be a useful resource in working with your body.

It is fine to do two enema series daily, as long as you feel better or the same, and not worse for more than a couple hours. Do rest from that cycle every couple weeks.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance."



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