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Supplementing with Vitamins D and C Is Important, But Too Much of Them May Not Be Good

I have mentioned here the importance of vitamin D, especially in supporting the immune system and in the prevention or treatment of respiratory and inflammatory illnesses such as COVID-19, seasonal influenza and even the common cold. I have referred to and linked to several studies such as the recent University of Chicago and Boston University studies that show many COVID patients are deficient in vitamin D and that adding vitamin D reduces those risks.

But it’s possible to be taking too much vitamin D, and that could affect one’s immune system and other areas. For instance, taking too much vitamin D can cause kidney issues, and, as I mentioned in a post a couple years ago, too much vitamin D (or too much of any vitamins and supplements, quite frankly) can interfere with our natural anti-inflammatory process and our immune system as well.

And as I mentioned before, in 2018 I realized that I was getting too much vitamin D because I wasn’t taking into account the 1000 IU of vitamin D in my multivitamin or the vitamin D in my milk as well. So, it turned out that I had been getting perhaps over 4000 IU total of vitamin D per day which is quite a high amount. I am not aware of any “problems” that might have been going on as a result of that, however.

During that year I reduced my vitamin D to roughly 2400 IU of vitamin D. And that is around the amount I am getting now.

And also, prior to that, in 2014 I had apparently developed some joint pain especially in the arms and shoulders, with symptoms that information online was pointing to the possibility of osteoarthritis. So according to info online I was a bit young to have osteoarthritis, and after looking into possible causes of osteoarthritis one of the possible causes might be excessive vitamin C.

I had been taking what I realized was way too much vitamin C, like up to 6000 or 7000 mg per day total. So I gradually reduced it to 3500 mg and eventually down to 1500 mg per day which is what I take now.

There are some people who take very high doses of vitamin C, but I had seen this study which concluded that higher doses of vitamin C at one time and per day are not as bioavailable as lower doses. I am not sure about that study’s recommendation of 200 mg per day, and asserting that above 400 mg per day doesn’t have any value.

But after about 4 months at that time in 2014, and my having reduced the vitamin C, my joint pain had disappeared.

So anyway, I take vitamins and supplements to make up for what might be lost given my inflammatory digestive condition in which I can’t eat certain foods like most fruits and vegetables, etc.

I really just wanted to give this clarification, given that I have written quite a bit about vitamins and supplements.

Recent Study: Vitamin D Insufficiency/Deficiency Common in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

A study from Turkey published in October concluded that vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency was “very high among hospitalized moderate-to-severely ill COVID-19 patients.” The study is on the Impact of Serum 25(OH) Vitamin D Level on Mortality in Patients with COVID-19 in Turkey.

Data, including sociodemographic features, clinical characteristics, and laboratory data, and 25(OH) vitamin D levels were recorded for each study participant. Patients were stratified into different vitamin D groups; Normal (Serum 25(OH) vitamin D level >30 ng/mL), Vitamin D insufficiency (21–29 ng/mL), and deficiency (<20 ng/ mL). The severity of COVID was classified according to the Chinese Clinical Guideline for classification of COVID-19 severity. Mortality data were determined for participants. Univariate and multivariate Logistic regression analysis was performed to determine independent predictors of in-hospital mortality.

Results:

Overall, 149 COVID-19 patients (females 45.6%, mean age 63.5 ± 15.3 (range 24–90 years) years) were included. Forty-seven patients (31.5%) had moderate COVID-19, whereas 102 patients (68.5%) had severe-critical COVID-19. The mean 25(OH) vitamin D level was 15.2 ± 10.3 ng/mL. Thirty-four (22.8%) and 103 (69.1%) patients had vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency, respectively. Mean serum 25(OH) vitamin D level was significantly lower in patients with severe-critical COVID-19 compared with moderate COVID-19 (10.1 ± 6.2 vs. 26.3 ± 8.4 ng/mL, respectively, p<0.001). Vitamin D insufficiency was present in 93.1% of the patients with severe-critical COVID-19. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that only lymphocyte count, white blood cell count, serum albumin and, 25(OH) vitamin D level were independent predictors of mortality.

And my conclusion based on that is what I already have expressed here, that rather than being loaded with synthetic chemicals, viruses and aluminum adjuvants from vaccines, to one’s immunity from the COVID virus, vitamin D supplementation would be better, healthier and more practical, and safer, in my opinion.

Vitamin D has been shown to reduce respiratory inflammatory responses to viruses, whether the virus is COVID, influenza or colds. It’s the lung-related and respiratory inflammation that causes fluids in the lungs and that make it difficult for the sufferer to breathe.

I’ve already linked to these other articles or studies, but I will do this again here. University of Chicago: Vitamin D deficiency may raise the risk of getting Covid, Boston University: Study finds Vitamin D reduces Covid-19 risk, Study on NIH website: Vitamin D and respiratory health (“Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”).

And why have black and other darker-skinned people apparently been more vulnerable to COVID-19 illness? This study on the NIH website states:

Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer

This article on the Lancet mentions that “black and minority ethnic people—who are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because they have darker skin—seem to be worse affected than white people by COVID-19.”

And another study, from Northwestern University last May, found that COVID-19 patients with vitamin D deficiency have much higher mortality rates.

While the first study I mentioned here at the top was most recent and the reason for my writing this post, I felt it important to again refer to the other studies I have mentioned here on vitamin D and COVID-19.

And it’s also a good idea to take a zinc supplement, because that is important here too in boosting your immune function.

I Don’t Believe the Official Narrative on COVID. Do You?

We are no doubt in an Alfred Hitchcock movie, or the Twilight Zone, as I have already noted. COVID and other politicized issues are a part of the zombie cult now, in my opinion.

If you get your news from mainstream media sources, such as CBS, ABC, CNN, etc., or from Big Social Media such as Facebook or Twitter, then you really ought to consider doing your own independent research. Those Blob media are all fixated on the official narrative, whether it’s Russia collusions, denial of election fraud, and especially the COVID-19 official narrative. I don’t believe the official narrative, how about you?

But the media have been driving a lot of panic and hysteria with COVID, that is for sure. We’re talking about a virus with a survival rate of 99.9% for most people who have the virus. For age 70+ it’s 94.6%.

In fact at least half of the people who have the virus don’t even have any symptoms! If people do have symptoms, for most of them they are not serious symptoms, and even for those who have to go to the hospital, MOST recover! The infection fatality rate is .1 to .2%, close to that of seasonal influenza.

And why do “public health” officials, and their media plagiarists, continue to talk about increases in “cases” when they are talking about people with positive test results for COVID, regardless of whether anyone is actually sick and has no symptoms? In the past a “case” was someone who was sick. But no longer, apparently.

Further, the test results are from unreliable PCR tests, which have been shown to have very high false positive (and false negative) rates, and are thus useless. Are government and media intentionally trying to incite panic and hysteria? Or are they just dumb, ignorant and clueless?

And why don’t the media check the “facts” that officials give out? Do the journalism schools now discourage actual investigative research?

And there are questions that are not being asked about these fascist, counter-productive lockdowns and mask mandates as well. It seems to be that we now have a mindless, zombie COVID cult now. People are acting like they are in a brainwashed cult and don’t think for themselves. I know that’s nothing new, thanks to the damage the public schools and psychiatric drugs have done to young people for decades.

And now the masks are giving the wearers who-knows-what in the lung area and cognitive area, given that the masks cause oxygen deprivation among other issues. (If you google that you better try DuckDuckGo or Start Page, because Google and the social media companies are censoring anything that doesn’t repeat the official narrative.)

And has anyone actually demanded scientific proof of the “new COVID variant” mutation that’s causing London to have Lockdown 2.0? (Perhaps Boris Johnson is the mutant?)

In London, it’s the ignoramus Boris, his fascist diktats and his idiocy, and law enforcers who are wrecking the economy and society, not some damn virus.

In fact, just today I have come across a new article that questions the official narrative of “new COVID strain that is 70% more transmissible” based on “another flawed data model from Imperial College.” But please, Boris, continue your fascist idiocy, regardless.

Actually, another issue is that news reporters and editors are constantly saying that COVID or “The Pandemic” is “wrecking the economy,” or is “putting people out of work,” when, no, the bureaucRATS and their stay-in orders, business-shutting orders and other fascist decrees are what are wrecking the economy and putting people out of work!

By the way, a great classic to read on Big Government exploitation of crises and panic is Crisis and Leviathan by Robert Higgs. I very much recommend that book. But I digress.

Here in the U.S. people are starting to fight back, however. Businesses are staying open in defiance of the fascists, not in defiance of the LAW, mind you, just the fascists and their unlawful, illegal, and unconstitutional orders! And good for the disobedient rebels! They have a right to stay open, they have a right to make a living, and they are the owners of their businesses, not the government! Your business being open is not a threat to anyone. How absurd! Why are the people in charge of the government in various states and cities so dumb? (Unless they know what they are doing, and it’s intentional. Then, sure I understand now. But I hope that’s not the case.) And you the business owner are not a threat to anyone, unless you have a restraining order against you, or if you have been selling liquor to minors, etc., according to Peggy Hall. (I saw that video on another blog, and I think she’s terrific!)

Some more questions to ask include, Why has our crazy society been wearing masks and “socially distancing” all these months since March or April, but there are people supposedly STILL getting COVID-19? Why is there allegedly a “surge” or a “2nd wave” now, if most of the population have been wearing those damn masks? The masks are supposed to PREVENT that!! (he exclaimed facetiously) Does anyone ever ask those questions? I’ve already read of studies now showing that people claiming to “always” wear the masks or face coverings are still getting COVID! The truth is, only the N95 masks prevent transmission of viruses. The other kinds of face coverings don’t.

Not to mention the horrible psychological effects all this crap is having on people, especially children. Not just the masks, but the stay-inside orders as well are not only harming the children psychologically, but harming their immune systems. People have to stop listening to idiots like Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo and Charlie Baker, and the other dictocrat morons.

And are the hospitals really “overwhelmed” and “up to capacity”? Not according to this article. Are hospital officials and “doctors” liars? Are the media distorting the reality in their reports, like they are with COVID in general? Hospitals are overwhelmed every flu season!

One problem — and it’s a PROBLEM! — is that the government and media have been exaggerating this cold/flu/COVID, the CDC has been inflating the numbers, “cases” is redefined, and propaganda is driving hysteria and panic and people are scared to death that they will get the equivalent to the Plague or Ebola and will die. The STRESS of such fear and panic causes people to get SICK! Stress contributes to inflammation, so a cold or flu’s respiratory symptoms get worsened. Add COVID false positives to the mix. Good luck, everybody!

And that’s another thing, what happened to the seasonal flu now? I suspect that because of the overinflated COVID numbers and false positives throughout the system, that many people have the flu but have falsely tested “positive” for COVID, so CDC has been counting many flu (or even bad colds!) cases as “COVID.” So that is what I suspect about that.

And why is everything now all about vaccines? Government and Big Pharma are rushing vaccines without the required testing, which takes years. The FDA gave an “emergency use authorization” but not formal approval of these vaccines. And the process of that “emergency use authorization” was totally corrupt. I can’t believe the number of articles I’ve seen now that give us reasons to say NO to these vaccines! We live in a vaccine-worship cult now. The simple-minded obsession with vaccines is unbecoming of a developed society, in my opinion.

And while the main people who have been dying of COVID supposedly, are very sick elderly people, other groups of people are the obese, and those with already serious, life-debilitating illnesses or conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, etc. It’s probably insensitive of me, but perhaps people should take better care of themselves? Like, preventing oneself from being obese? And that is under the control of most people who are obese, quite frankly. You can do it.

People who are very sick elderly people, however, need better care in the nursing homes. It would help if hospital or nursing home workers were not incompetent. It would help if doctors were not making people worse off with their overuse of the ventilators as well. I had already mentioned the ventilators as one major contributor to many of the so-called “COVID” deaths now.

And why don’t our officials and the media emphasize the importance of nutrition for prevention of these illnesses, and for prevention or treatment of COVID? I’ve already posted about COVID and vitamin D deficiency, with several studies showing COVID patients to be deficient in vitamin D. Being outdoors and in the sun stimulates your vitamin D, so this time of year people are getting less of their vitamin D absorbed. Vitamin D boosts your immune system (certainly in a more healthy way than a damn vaccine!). And also vitamin D has been shown to reduce respiratory inflammation, which is a symptom of COVID-19, colds and flu.

Why don’t the “doctors” and health “experts” suggest that people take supplemental vitamin D? Not just vitamin D, but zinc, magnesium and vitamin C as well, are important for the immune system and to reduce inflammation.

But no, the world is obsessed with vaccines, regardless of how ineffective they are, or possibly harmful. The masses believe the witch doctors and Big Pharma propaganda, but not actual science and reason. And I think that what we have here with vaccine superstition is a part of the larger cult of establishment medicine.

So, I don’t believe the official narrative on these issues, and the “news” media are zombies, in my opinion.

Studies: Adequate Vitamin D Can Reduce COVID-19 Risks

I’ve mentioned vitamin D here several times, as well as the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19. And now we have more to back that up.

A University of Chicago study finds that vitamin D deficiency may raise the risk of COVID-19 infection.

The research team looked at 489 patients at UChicago Medicine whose vitamin D level had been measured within a year before being tested for COVID-19. Patients who had vitamin D deficiency (defined as less than 20 nanograms per milliliter of blood) that was not treated were almost twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 compared to patients who had sufficient levels of the vitamin.

And a recent Boston University study also reinforces those findings.

“Vitamin D modulates your immune system,” said Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, physiology, and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. “It improves your ability to fight infectious diseases, including viral infections.

The study, which appears in PLOS ONE, compared COVID-19 infection rates against blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in more than 190,000 U.S. patients. Holick called the findings ‘remarkable.’

“If you’re Vitamin D deficient, you have a 54% higher risk of acquiring this infection compared to people who were Vitamin D sufficient,” he said. “This was for all ages, for all ethnicities and for all latitudes in the United States in all 50 states. So whether you’re in California, Florida, or Alaska this still remained the same.”

So, I don’t know why “public health” officials, Donald Trump, various governors and people in the media are arguing over which Big Pharma poison is better to prevent severe COVID-19 illnesses, Hydroxychloroquine or Remdesivir, when the real answer here for many people has been vitamin D. If you can’t get it in food sources and being out in the sunshine (because fascist governors have been ordering you inside), then for God’s sake get a vitamin D supplement.

Here are my recent posts on vitamin D.

Herman Cain and COVID-19, Vitamin D, and the Ventilators

Herman Cain was the black entrepreneur businessman who ran for president in 2012 with the slogan, “9-9-9,” which called for keeping income taxes and business taxes and imposing an awful, regressive national sales tax. Of course I disagreed with all that, and I agreed with Ron Paul at the time, who countered with “0-0-0”!

Anyway, Cain died this past week at age 74 supposedly of COVID-19. Cain had previously had stage 4 colon cancer that spread to his liver, from which he had recovered.

Some people who are obsessed with the social control agenda that goes along with the ongoing COVID fiasco, are concluding that Cain died because he attended a Trump rally and didn’t wear a mask. This is absurd, as he had been many places during that time including Arizona and could have gotten the coronavirus anywhere.

Actually, I think Cain died more because of vitamin D deficiency and I also think that his being on the ventilator made him worse off. Here is why I think those things.

First, as I wrote in this post in June, black people have been found to be vitamin D deficient, more than people of other races. And other studies have shown that a higher proportion of people who died of COVID-19 were vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D is important for the immune system and it also specifically has natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. That means vitamin D can aid in clearing up not only nasal congestion (and that has been my personal experience, by the way) but more serious issues of fluid and inflammation in the lungs, which can occur in COVID-19 patients.

As I quoted in that earlier post from this study, “Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”

And I also quoted from a study on the NIH website: “Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer [14, 15].”

Now, it’s possible that Herman Cain had been taking vitamins including vitamin D, but I think that most people don’t take vitamin D, even though most people are probably vitamin D deficient, especially during the Winter months.

I say, shame-shame on the ruling medical establishment who rarely if ever emphasize the importance of nutrition in prevention or treatment of serious medical conditions or diseases, and the same goes for the mainstream news media who merely repeat what government bureaucrats and “public health” authorities tell them.

So besides the high probability of Herman Cain’s being vitamin D deficient which may have contributed to his difficult time with COVID-19, I think that his being put on a ventilator may also have contributed to his death.

According to the NY Post, “Cain spent nearly a month on a ventilator in an Atlanta hospital. In an update earlier this week, his family described a ‘long and slow process’ to recovery.”

“Long and slow,” thanks to the ventilator, that is. A previous article on NY Post pointed out a death rate of almost 90% of those COVID patients who were put on a ventilator. Which means that you are probably better off getting some alternative treatment, not a ventilator.

According to the NIH, which I quoted before,

One of the most serious and common risks of being on a ventilator is pneumonia. The breathing tube makes it hard for you to cough. Coughing helps clear your airways of germs that can cause infections. The breathing tube that is put into your airway can allow bacteria to enter your lungs. As a result, you may develop pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a major concern because people using ventilators are often already very sick. Pneumonia may make it harder to treat your other disease or condition. You may need special antibiotics, as the bacteria that caused your pneumonia could be resistant to standard antibiotics.

Another risk of being on a ventilator is a sinus infection. This type of infection is more common in people who have endotracheal tubes. Sinus infections are treated with antibiotics.

Using a ventilator can put you at risk for other problems, such as:

  • Atelectasis, a condition in which the lung does not expand fully. This causes the air sacs to collapse.
  • Blood clots. When using a ventilator, you may need to stay in bed or use a wheelchair. Staying in one position for long periods can raise your risk of blood clots and serious skin infections.
  • Fluid buildup in the air sacs inside your lungs, which are usually filled with air. This is called pulmonary edema.
  • Lung damage. Pushing too much air into the lungs or with too much pressure can harm your lungs. Too much oxygen can also damage your lungs. Babies put on a ventilator may be at a higher risk of lung infections or persistent lung problems as children and adults.
  • Muscle weakness. Using a ventilator decreases the work your diaphragm and other breathing muscles have to do, so they can become weak. This may lead to some problems and delays in being taken off the machine.
  • Pneumothorax. This is a condition in which air leaks out of the lungs and into the space between the lungs and the chest wall. This can cause pain and shortness of breath. It may cause one or both lungs to collapse.
  • Vocal cord damage. The breathing tube can damage your vocal cords. Tell your doctor if you have trouble speaking or breathing after your breathing tube is removed.

And I thank Jon Rappoport for this post he had in March, for pointing out the information on the ventilators.

Incidentally, that page on the NIH was changed a little since I quoted from it in April. In the earlier version of that page, the page referred to “ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP),” but in the current, edited version it’s just referred to as “pneumonia.”

But it sounds to me that Herman Cain had a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency because of his darker skin color, which may have contributed to his succumbing to COVID-19, and the fact that he was on the ventilator was probably not helpful.

I think a lot of illnesses and deaths can be prevented if only our supposedly modern and advanced society would emphasize the importance of nutrition.

Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Why Black People Have Higher COVID Mortality Rates

An MIT study has found that race plays a major role, as much as age and one’s preexisting conditions, in a COVID-19 patient’s chance of survival. Apparently, black people have a higher death rate.

CBS Boston quotes the study author thus: “We controlled for that share of the population that has health insurance, diabetes, smoking, obesity. So, it’s got to be something that’s not that. It could be something like the quality of the insurance or the quality of the health care system.” In other words, they aren’t saying it overtly, but I think it is implied that the insurance and health care systems might be “racist,”  as a reference to “systemic racism” that we’ve been hearing about in the news these days.

But there is a good explanation in terms of certain dietary factors. Like lack of vitamin D is a good explanation, in my opinion. Northwestern University researchers have found that those COVID-19 patients with severe vitamin D deficiency have much higher COVID mortality rates.

Now, some people have criticized that study citing that mainly age is the relevant factor for COVID-19 fatality rates. A high percentage of the COVID-19 deaths are taking place in nursing homes. But the vitamin D deficiency theory makes sense to me given that COVID-19 involves the respiratory tract and fluid buildup in the lungs. According to this article published at NIH, “Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”

This article on The Lancet backs up those findings regarding vitamin D deficiency and COVID, citing additional studies, and it mentions that “black and minority ethnic people—who are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because they have darker skin—seem to be worse affected than white people by COVID-19.”

This study on NIH states: “Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer [14, 15].” (And COVID-19?)

For some reason it really seems to be difficult to get mainstream medical practitioners, researchers and journalists to take the importance of nutrition (and malnutrition) seriously. It has been my own personal experience that mainstream doctors are either overly (and irrationally) faithful in the pharmaceutical industry or they are just dishonestly connected to those companies, or both.

Note how the government “public health experts” such as Dr. Fauci and our state officials rarely if ever even mention the importance of being nutritionally fit to defend against COVID-19 or any other type of disease including the flu.

But I think that the initial MIT researchers I mentioned at the top in their not even considering nutritional deficiencies and instead wanting to look at the insurance or health care systems, tells us something.

Dietary Intervention Shown to Lift Depression

As another follow-up on my post yesterday on depression and psychiatric drugs, I wanted to link to this informative article by Dr. Mercola on how dietary intervention lifts depression.

In the article, Dr. Mercola mentions that both sugary and artificially sweetened beverages have been linked to an increased risk of depression, and he references a study that found that adolescents who have high sodium and low potassium in urine experience more symptoms of depression. He goes into detail as to how sugar negatively affects mental health. And he notes a study showing that young adults being given a Mediterranean diet had a “significant reduction” in depression after 3 weeks, that such a diet can reduce inflammation as well, and he gives some important nutritional information. I’m glad I already have changed my diet, that’s for sure.

Autism and Inflammation

An article at Health Impact News, which I very much recommend, discusses some recent studies which show a link between brain inflammation and autism. A Tufts University study calls inflammation the “main driver behind autism,” and a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study found “evidence suggesting that an immune response targeting specialized cells in the brain resulted in chronic inflammation in two thirds of autistic brains analyzed postmortem,” according to Health Impact News.

The article points out other past studies showing a linkage between brain inflammation and autism. It also pointed to another study showing a linkage between intestinal inflammation and autism as well. The article notes that “67 percent (of children diagnosed with autism) more likely to be diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than their peers (not diagnosed with autism).”

The prevalence of autism diagnoses in children seems to have skyrocketed between 1980 and 2002, and especially since 2002.

Now, some particular contributors to brain inflammation and autism, as noted by the article, have been vaccines. Children are being given too many vaccine shots at too young an age.

And based on my own experiences and research, I would say that there are other contributors to inflammation as well.

Stress is a large contributor to inflammation, as shown in this article. And it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that some children might have symptoms as a result of inflammation, because many children have a lot of emotional stress in their lives, especially those who are abused, molested, or neglected in the home.

Also, since the September 11th terrorist attacks of 2001, also known as 9/11, little children have been further stressed and terrorized by constant government pronouncements that “the terrorists are out to get us,” as repeated in the news media. The kids also are now exposed to totally unnecessary terrorism drills in the schools, and traveling children have been the victims of abuse, molesting and groping by TSA agents.

I don’t know how many photos or videos I have seen online or articles I’ve read regarding the crying little kids being criminally molested by the airport gestapo who believe that every little kid (and Grandma) is a terror suspect and anal cavity searches are in order. It’s sick.

Besides the TSA gestapo, the exaggerated terror threat and invasive “security” procedures that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have caused and Obama and Trump have continued to authorize, today’s children are also having to deal with stressful situations in their own families. They have to deal with a mommy who is too distracted with her precious iPhone and texting while ignoring and neglecting her kid, or a daddy who is too preoccupied with his Internet porn, and so on.

So besides the parents too glued to their electronics, the kids themselves are spending too much time on their own devices, staring into screens all day, and that causes emotional stress as well. According to Psychology Today, kids spending too much time staring into their screens causes more stress and problems with sleep and mood, and actually can impede brain development in children.

So I can see how such stresses in a child’s life, certainly more than I had to deal with when I was growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, can contribute to inflammation.

Besides stress, there are other causes of inflammation. According to this 2018 Healthline article, sugar, sugary foods and high fructose corn syrup have been shown to cause more inflammation. But you probably already knew that. “In one study, mice fed high-sucrose diets developed breast cancer that spread to their lungs — in part due to the inflammatory response to sugar,” notes the Healthline article. And, “In another study, the anti-inflammatory impact of omega-3 fatty acids was impaired in mice fed a high-sugar diet.”

Hmm, that explains, at least in part, the ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) relapses I continued to have during the years that I drank Ensure, which is high in sugar, as I wrote in my post on my medical ordeal.

Also in the Healthline article, besides the sugar and high fructose corn syrup, other food related contributors to inflammation include artificial trans fats (as distinguished from natural trans fats found in dairy and meats), vegetable and seed oils (many of which are high in omega 6), refined carbohydrates (“found in candy, bread, pasta, pastries, some cereals, cookies, cakes, sugary soft drinks and all processed food that contains added sugar or flour”), excessive alcohol and processed meat.

I remember as a kid and even into my 20s eating those processed lunch meats. No wonder I had such problems. And I also ate a lot of junk food sweets. I can see the linkage of those products and probable inflammation, and the emotional and behavioral issues I had, as well as the ulcerative colitis I developed later on. I don’t want to say that I had actual “autism” as a kid. But I can say, given my years and experiences with ulcerative colitis, that I had “inflammation.”

Perhaps doctors can look more closely at possible diagnoses of inflammation in kids. People can prevent inflammation, not only by trying to reduce stress and eating foods that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, but by not eating foods (mentioned above) that are known to cause inflammation.

Avoiding spending too much time staring into your electronics and screens can’t hurt either.

And I know I’ve thrown a lot of ideas into this one post, but it’s important to make connections, such as between autism and inflammation, and the causes of inflammation.

Regarding My Post on My Medical Ordeal

I’ve been wanting to blog here more regularly but either I just don’t have enough time to do this or I have what is sometimes known as “writer’s block.”

One essay that I did spend a lot of time on was my detailed post on my years-long ordeal with my ulcerative colitis, the doctors’ bad advice and bad prescription drugs, and/or the corrupt and dishonest doctors I had to deal with. I had emailed that post to several people including some non-Establishment medical doctors and people who run alternative medicine websites.

Maybe I didn’t do as good a job as I thought on the post, I don’t know. But I did spend a lot of time on it, over a period of months, and didn’t post it until I was sure it was good enough. So I haven’t gotten any feedback on it, so far. Maybe readers can check it out if you hadn’t seen it. Perhaps it could use a re-write? I hope not. At some subsequent point, I did add a summary of the ordeal at the top of the post.

Update on Olive Oil and Omega 3 and 6

I know I’ve posted several blogs on olive oil and fish recently, but here is another one of my posts in which I go over my own experiences with nutritional issues and some of the things I have learned.

Now, I am just an amateur at all this, which is one reason why I have had to change my diet several times over the years. I learn something new or something more accurate about the foods or supplements I have been having.

So after seeing the article on olive oil by Mark Sisson that I linked to previously, I have looked into the issue more and now I’ve concluded that maybe I had been consuming too much olive oil. (Yes, I guess you can have too much.)

Since maybe 2016 I have been having 6 tablespoons per day of extra virgin olive oil. The reason why I increased it at that time was because I had been drinking Ensure like four 8 oz. bottles per day since the year 2000, and I gradually ended that starting in September 2013 until the final one in June 2016.

The reason for the Ensure was mainly to get “healthy” calories, which it gave me, as well as some nutrition because I have my sensitive digestive condition ulcerative colitis and can’t eat most vegetables and other foods. But I realized that it’s not a good idea to have Ensure regularly in the long term.

To go with ending the Ensure I did several things to make up for what I had been used to for those years. I added the carrot juice and grape juice, as well as magnesium and zinc supplements, and increased the extra virgin olive oil.

I looked into olive oil at that time and it seemed like it would be okay to have that many 1-tablespoon servings per day. However, now that I’ve looked into it again, I am seeing that it’s probably not a good idea to do that, mainly because olive oil’s omega 6 (which is pro-inflammatory) content is quite high and its omega 3 (anti-inflammatory) is quite low in comparison.

So I am someone who already has inflammatory issues and it might not be a good idea to be getting what very well might be too much omega 6 (which I believe Ensure probably has, by the way, because of its use of corn oil which is way high in omega 6, and canola oil which is also higher in omega 6 than omega 3).

Apparently, there needs to be the right ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Some say it should be 4:1 and some say it should be 1:1. In modern heart-diseased Western society, the ratio has been way out of whack, like 20:1 or worse, because of the way processed foods are produced using the “bad” vegetable oils, such as corn oil and soybean oil. Supposedly that has changed the content of the livestock feed and thus the “fatty acid profile” of our meats, according to Chris Kresser (and see another recent article of his I found informative).

So at the same time that I have reduced the extra virgin olive oil from 6 to 4 tablespoon servings per day (for now), I have increased my fish consumption, in order to increase my omega 3 per day. My eggs which say they contain a higher amount of omega 3 are not reliable.

I know that I mentioned here before that besides the Ensure I was also taking fish oil softgels for about 10 years and learned that that might not be a good idea in the long term either. And I tried switching to just eating fish, but it seemed that my sensitive digestive issues had a problem with the fish, so I then relied on the omega 3-enhanced eggs. But now for the past few weeks I have been eating the fish again and so far it doesn’t seem to be causing a problem. And that’s the canned sardines just 1/2 of a can every other day is what I’m doing now. (Unfortunately, the canned sardines are very expensive, but that’s the way it is now.)

A reason that I was having the extra virgin olive oil (after ending the Ensure) was to make sure that I get enough calories and fats per day. I’m sure (or I hope) that reducing the extra virgin olive oil while increasing the fish shouldn’t cause me to have inadequate calories per day. But this is getting a little frustrating though.

UPDATE: Now it’s 9/18/19, and I have reduced the extra virgin olive oil to 3 1-tbsp servings per day, and I’ll stick with that. And I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve been having a 1/2 can of sardines every other day. (But it’s a little expensive.) In my more recent research, this 2014 article by Mark Sisson mentions that the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio may not matter, and that as long as you are getting enough omega 3, that’s what matters. In my view, eating actual fish is probably better and healthier than taking those fish oil pills.

On Eating Fish

One thing I mentioned in my post on my ordeal with doctors’ bad advice and prescription drugs was that I had been taking fish oil softgels for about 10 years, until I read that it might not be a good idea to take those things regularly in the long term. So I tried to switch to just eating fish. But that was a problem for my sensitive digestive system, for some reason. However, I have been getting the canned sardines again, and having between one-fourth to one-half of the can, like every 4 days or so. (It’s very expensive, though, having it regularly, if you want the higher quality products.)

It’s very important to get that omega 3, and fish is a huge source of that. (Although, as I wrote in this post, too much omega 3 might not be a good thing.) Omega 3 provides an important anti-inflammatory effect, and my particular medical condition is ulcerative colitis, or inflammation of the colon. I’ve also had some issues with osteoarthritis that I determined was to do with excessive vitamin C, and some issues with arm pain that I think that had been to do with magnesium, lack thereof, or too much from supplement form.

So, for me inflammation has been an issue in several ways. And also, one major source or cause of inflammation is stress. Psychological stress can really affect things physically.

Regarding the omega 3 and fish, as I mentioned I have been eating the canned sardines again, mainly to get that omega 3. I had been relying on the “omega 3-enhanced eggs,” which still do not seem to be satisfactory.

Anyway, what got me to do this post was a very informative article by Mark Sisson on his blog, “The Definitive Guide to Fish: Why And How to Eat It.” Bon appétit, everyone.

Olive Oil, Omega 3 – Good? Bad? A Little In Between?

This New York Times article about “10 findings that contradict medical wisdom” links to a study from 2013 attempting to debunk the “myth” that omega 3 fatty acids reduce incidents of heart attacks via omega 3’s ability to reduce inflammation.

Now, I have written about omega 3 before, particularly in my post on “Relief Factor,” which if taken as directed 3 times per day, gives people a whopping 2700 mg of omega 3 in one day alone, which I believe is WAY too much.

But the study the Times cites uses some sort of omega 3 capsule of 1 gram, given to people with previous heart disease or heart attacks. The study concluded that the omega 3 did not reduce subsequent heart attacks as compared to the “placebo.” However, the placebo they used was OLIVE OIL!! I couldn’t believe it!

Both omega 3, such as from fish oil, and olive oil have been shown to reduce inflammation. That is what I have been reading and hearing for many years now. So, if the researchers used olive oil as a placebo, then no wonder there seems to be no difference between the two as far as reducing inflammation.

What is it with these researchers that they would use olive oil as a placebo? Who would do that? But then, that specific study is partly funded by Pfizer, maker of lipitor, a statin drug (which I blame as causing my father’s two strokes and arterial blockage, and statins have been linked to strokes and heart attacks). I think a LOT of these kinds of studies are bogus. Especially those funded by pharmaceutical companies.

And I don’t want to be looking into these things again, after spending a lot of time researching anti-inflammatories and alternatives to prescription drugs. Unfortunately, because of my ulcerative colitis I can’t eat most vegetables and nuts, which are important sources of omega 3 and other healthy fats as well as other nutrients.

I have mentioned before that I was taking 3 fish oil softgels per day fro about ten years, and then learned that it might not be a good idea to take that in the long term. So, I ended that and then tried to eat just fish. The fish had aggravated my digestive issues (that are of an inflammatory nature), so I have been trying to get omega 3 from eggs that claim to be higher in omega 3. However, more recently I had been getting the canned sardines and just eating maybe 1/4 of the contents to get a little more of that omega 3. So far, that smaller amount of sardines seems to be okay on my digestive issues.

So, on the olive oil issue, as far as I know, the olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, not just for someone with ulcerative colitis but other inflammatory issues. And I see in this article that olive oil was shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 68%. The researchers gave women approx. 1 liter of extra virgin olive oil per week vs. the control group who were not given that and who instead had a low-fat diet during the 6-year study period.

I have been adding a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to my grape juice, carrot juice, etc., so that totals 6 times per day. I’ve been doing that for about maybe 3 years now. Is that bad?

Apparently it is bad, according to this article, which states that olive oil has the same amount of “impairment to endothelial function” (membrane that lines the inside of the heart and blood vessels, supposedly) as eating hamburgers and cheesecake. I hope the UC Davis-based medical writer of that article isn’t associated at all with Pfizer. I’ve seen enough of that. The writer cites several studies, but some commenters are skeptical, as am I. Apparently, the problem is oil, any oil, because it is processed, and people should just eat actual olives for the benefits, which of course I can’t do.

But I had to write all this now after seeing that New York Times article and the study it linked to on omega 3 that used olive oil as a placebo. Really unbelievable.