Back Pain Reduced with Near Infrared

I recently wrote about all of the nutrients and other needs for repairing cartilage to heal back pain. I also wrote about the necessity for sunlight.  A new revelation about near infrared light has now increased my understanding of the need for sun exposure for healing back pain. The exposure of near infrared light (NIR) is as critical as the exposure to the ultra violet light (UV). It is interesting to note that NIR and UV are not visible light but are found in the full spectrum of sunlight.

My first understanding about sun exposure for healing came in a very serendipitously manner. Some years ago, I was telling the owner of a book store about my return to health with nutrients.  I had explained to him that my cartilage had healed and relieved the stress on my nerve roots in my back.  He related a story to me that was a real surprise.  His mother was having back pain.  She had spent the spring and summer in her garden and her back pain had resolved.  She had grown an inch during this period and thought that was the reason for the back-pain relief.  I did not understand how just being outdoors could help the cartilage repair.  I thought then that it was exercise, the consumption of vegetables from her garden, and the increased amount of vitamin D from the sun.

The new revelation is this paper by George D. Gale: Infrared therapy for chronic low back pain, a randomized control trial. In this trial, patients from a clinic were randomly assigned to the treatment group or the placebo group.  The treatment group was given infrared light treatment in the wavelength of 800 nm to 1200 nm.  The placebo group was wearing the same exposure apparatus without the power connected.  The patients were asked to rate their pain on the numerical rating scale (NRS) of 0-10.  At the beginning of the trail the average on the NRS was 7 for both groups. In seven weeks, the treatment group’s pain was reduced to an average of 3, while there was no significant change in the placebo group.  What an amazing discovery of a low-cost and easily-applied treatment with significant results and no adverse effects.

Since this was so successful, I suggested this treatment to several members of a coffee group that are suffering from chronic back pain and they did not want to try my nutritional suggestions.  I suggested the 250w, single infrared light that you can get at any hardware store.  The method used was from this article by Wendy Myers.  In just a few weeks, they related to me how significantly the light had helped their pain.  There is also a welder that occasionally comes in the morning for coffee.  He said that he had hurt his knee and the doctor told him that he should stay out of work for two weeks.  I told him about the infrared light.  Two days later he returned to say that his knee pain had healed and he was going back to work—amazing.

Here is my infrared light setup that I use when experiencing aches and pains from exercising.  It is amazing how the aches and pains go away in a short period. I should also note that my eye floater that I reported in earlier post from over exposure to LEDs is completely gone with the NIR. IR Light Setup

There is science to support these findings.  It appears that full spectrum light does many things to our biology.  I recently reread Health and Light by John N. Ott.  This photo-biologist is the person that pioneered time-lapsed videos of plants, as they grew, for Walt Disney.  He also discovered many effects of full spectrum light on animals and humans.  This included his hip being healed after he broke his prescription sun glasses and went back to plain glass lenses.  He had his hip x-rayed to show the improvement from prior x-rays to be sure that he was just not imaging his healing.  He was denied many times for funding for research projects in association with many universities.  With this taking place in the 1950s through the 1980s, it makes you wonder why the medical profession scared us from the sun for the last sixty years.  Here is an eight-minute video describing his work. Ott believes that light through the eye, impacting the pineal gland, is responsible for balancing hormones. 

Dr. Michael R. Hamblin of Harvard University wrote a summary of the use of low level light therapy for treatment—Mechanism of Low Level Light Therapy.  He describes how low level light (near infrared) affects many areas of our health: increased ATP production, wound healing, tissue repair, prevention of tissue death, relief of inflammation, pain, edema, acute injuries, chronic disease, neurogenic pain, neurological problems, and amelioration of damage after heart attacks, stroke, nerve injury, and retinal toxicity. At the end of the paper, he provides a link to pub med with thousands of research papers on the use of light for treatment.  Many of the papers are about the use of lasers, but the real healing comes from full spectrum light.

Dr. Gerald Pollack’s work on structured water and how it affects life is amazing. This includes an exclusion zone that enlarges with infrared light at the boundaries of cells and organelles inside the cells.  This boundary layer creates a charged zone of negative ions.  He even shows how this creates a battery storage for electrical charge. He also shows how it increases blood flow and the effect on proteins to make them more active (Think about hemoglobin’s oxygen carrying capacity of a folded cell versus a fully extended cell.) when exposed to infrared light.  He is also a proponent of grounding or connecting our bodies to the earth to balance our electrical charge. Here is his TED video—Water, Cells, and Life.

Ultra violet light, visible light, and near infrared light or the full spectrum of sunlight are all necessary for health.  You do not have to decide if getting your vitamin D by supplementation is as effective as obtaining it from sunlight.  Exposure to sunlight is not just about Vitamin D.  The exposure to sunlight provides us with many other benefits that science is yet to discover.  The next time the doctor suggest a drug that makes you photosensitive, be very careful and ask if there is another treatment option.  What about the sunglasses you are wearing whenever you go in the sun.  Is that causing your hip to fail as reported by Dr. Ott? Is too much blue light from LED bulbs without full spectrum light damaging your eyes?  –Pandemic Survivor


Failure of the US to Protect Citizen’s Health


It was March 2010 and I had just come home to have lunch.  I flipped on the TV and there was Sander Levin, acting Chair of the US Ways and Means Committee after Charles Rangel had stepped aside during his entanglement with the House Ethics Committee. President Obama was in the process of signing the Affordable Health Care.  Obama had asked the Ways and Means Committee to once again to review the economics of the bill.  A reporter stuck his microphone into the face of Levin, “Have you considered universal healthcare?”  Without pause, Levin responded, “I don’t think that the US Economy could handle the loss of five million jobs.” He snapped around, in military fashion, and marched away.

The loss of jobs comment startled me.  What jobs was he referring to? That is when I started to research how health payments were made in the US.  Most Americans don’t have a clue about the economics of healthcare and I certainly didn’t.  It turns out that he was referring to health insurance jobs.  Here is Trump’s dilemma in trying to appeal Obamacare.  The loss of jobs versus providing a health plan for Americans that they can afford and that will not crash the economy. Consider that healthcare accounts for almost twenty percent of the US economy.

Nancy Pelosi’s comment about eighty-five percent of insurance payments going toward health treatment is just a big fat lie.  No insurance company or any other business for that matter could stay afloat if it had to pay out eighty-five percent of its income for external cost.  The real number for the percentage of payment for treatment and pharmaceutical cost is close to fifty-five according to a Yale social economist. In other words, for every dollar that you give to an insurance company, only fifty-five cents is paid to providers and pharmaceuticals.

The health insurance business then falls into the category of a protection racket. The mob comes into your place of business and asks for twenty percent of your sales so that you will not have any break-ins. Compare:  Give me twenty percent of your GDP and I’ll assure that you get health treatment.  All of this with the protection of the US Congress.  How many of you would like to have Congress tell your clients that they must buy your product?  How many of you would like to have a monopoly in a state for your product?  Only health insurance and Major League Baseball have monopolies.

Health insurance allows you to be “ill at ease.”

How did we get into this mess? It is a long and boring story of government treating its citizens like cows to be harvested for income.  Consider that a cow has its greatest value when it reaches its maximum weight.  Just like cows, we have our largest value to insurance companies when we reach end-of-life health cost at our maturity. Most people think that health cost is bad for insurance companies.  It is just the opposite.  The larger cost of healthcare means a larger amount of sales for insurance companies. I had the opportunity to play golf with a CEO of a large health insurance company.  I said to him, “I had about eighty thousand dollars in health insurance payments for treatment of my back pain over the last decade.  Does that mean you had about one hundred sixty thousand in sales to cover that cost?”  He replied in the affirmative. My research numbers were confirmed.

Manufacturing jobs build wealth.  Insurance jobs are not service jobs and do not build wealth.  It only takes away from the wellbeing of the population long term, just like other protection rackets.  Government has sent our manufacturing jobs elsewhere while replacing them with insurance jobs.  If we do go to universal healthcare quickly, we would plunge the economy into recession, if not economic depression. This is the present dilemma for Congress as they try to determine what to do with the failed Obamacare.  How would you replace five to eight million health insurance jobs (The number of health insurance jobs have grown under Obamacare which was the intention of the bill)?  Other economically similar countries all have universal healthcare that was started in the 1960s when Lyndon Johnson threw us into an economic storm with his “Great Society.”  Universal healthcare is why countries like Canada have healthcare cost that are almost half of what it is in the US—no health insurance jobs.

“Bernie Sanders, firmly for universal health coverage, goes into a bar at a large hotel that is filled with insurance agents there for a convention.  Hoping to create as many problems as possible he yells; insurance agents are all crooks.  If you have a problem, just come up here right now.  A man came up and stuck a finger in Sanders’ face and told him to take it back.  Sanders asked him if he was an insurance agent.  The man replied, no I’m a crook.”

I am firmly a capitalist, but there are some things that I don’t think the large invisible hand of Adam Smith should be allowed to control.  That is anything that does not build wealth or health.  Health insurance and other protection rackets fall into this category.  We have had our freedom of life and pursuit of happiness taken away from us for our Government’s version of security.  We have neither. Sustaining institutions at the cost of the individuals they serve is evil (M. Scott Peck, “People of the Lie”).  Maintenance and growth of a large market is necessary for continued business growth.  With health insurance, the sicker the population, the better for business.  Government has colluded with health insurance companies through campaign contributions to pass laws and manipulate agencies under HHS to assure this happens.  HHS’s moto is “Markets before Mandates.”  Just consider now that we know through science that there would be one thousand less deaths a day the US through the elimination of vitamin D deficiency. This is to say nothing about the significant reduction in chronic disease.  Government has not acted because a reduction in this significant portion of GDP would send us into recession.

There is a way out, but media outlets must start telling the truth. The reason that they do not is because advertising is how they maintain income.  If they embarrass their health sector advertisers, business would be bad.  Our free press is necessary for our version of government to work.  The first thing that should happen is to set term limits for congressmen. If congressman acted for the people they represent instead of maintaining institutions, a lot of the ethics and moral issues would be resolved.  As congressmen vote for the people, then news stories would have to explain why, regardless of what their advertisers thought.

A survey was just recently published that put US life expectancy (an indicator of health) at 34th.  This is a result of manipulating science and economic forces to sustain the US economy at the cost of the health of its citizens.  In addition, there is moral decay because of all the pain citizens are suffering.  If we pay twice as much for health as any other country, why do we not have the best health in the world?  Evil . . . —Pandemic Survivor

Improved Longevity with Metadichol

Life Ext

Scientist at ETH Zurich and the Jena Hospital in Germany completed a study of over 40,000 genes and identified 30 that allowed for extended life span in worms, fish, and mice. Many of the genes extended life span by around 5%, but there was one gene that extended life by up to 25%: BCAT1.  Here’s the story.  It has long been a quest for humankind to extend life.  Here is a story of the Ponce de Leon’s of our era. There are several compounds that have been identified that impact the BACT1 gene.  A study is ongoing for the popular diabetes drug, Metformin, to extend life. To clarify, the BACT1 gene is responsible for catabolism of branched chain amino acids (BCAA).

When Metadichol (a nano version of policosanol) was compared to gabapentin and policosanol it was found to be 3000 times more effective than gabapentin in its impact on the BCAT1 gene.  Here is a link (pdf) to the paper “Improving Longevity with Metadichol by Inhibiting the BCAT1 Gene” for download Metadichol-BCAT1-paper .

It seems that the truth of extending life lies in the idea of having the least number of illnesses during your life.  I wrote an article about this some six years prior:  Filling Good, Looking Better.  In my reading, I think I came across this idea from Linus Pauling during the 70s in his book, “How to Live Longer and Feel Better.” Ideally, it is not just about extending life, the best solution is to have a healthy, vibrant life. Pauling promoted many ideas about how to be healthy (and by-the-way won two Nobel Prizes).  His largest push that he is remembered for is vitamin C.  His promotion of vitamin C has now been supported by modern research. However, he also promoted healthy eating and the reduction of sugar consumption, now a very modern idea.  He even did a study on prisoners to show that it was sugar and not fat that drove up cholesterol.  Long life by reducing disease appears to be the case for BCAAs as they impact your health on many levels.

The idea of extending life by reducing disease gets exciting when considering Metadichol. It appears to reduce disease on many different levels that just happen to include the metabolism of BCAA. Here are the many articles that I have written about Metadichol.  The beauty of Metadichol is that it is a food substance and not a drug and has no known side effects.

The idea is not to just extend your life span, it is to have a happy, healthy, and vibrant life.  To accomplish this: It is about understanding your emotions and living in flow; it is about eating a healthy diet that eliminates flour, sugar, and other processed foods; it is about getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals that are much higher than the RDAs of our government; it is about eliminating environmental toxins like nicotine, mercury, and the salt substitute MSG; and it is about eliminating the side effects from prescription drugs (In other words, stay healthy and don’t take prescription drugs).  To your healthy life that will allow you to live to 120 years old. –Pandemic Survivor 

LED Blue Light’s Cumulative Effect

Damage to the eyes has a cumulative effect from light exposure. This has been demonstrated in the modern error by airplane pilots. After years of high altitude flight, it is not unusual for pilots to have eye damage. With constant exposure to welding arcs, eye damage to welders is also a concern. As we age, phototoxic exposure incidences accumulate.  Ultra-violet (UV) light damages the front of the eye and blue light damages the back of the eye.  The reason many of the names of eye diseases have the word age in them, like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is from the cumulative effect over time.  Phototoxicity has several components: intensity, wavelength, and accumulated exposure.  One event of looking at an arc welder or one time in a tanning bed without any eye protection can be very damaging to the eyes. horse

Long term exposure to any toxicity can be damaging to health. Too much fluorine in the water over time, eating too much sugar and flour, drinking too much alcohol, not wearing your seat belt, teasing the neighbors pit bull, and other seemingly innocent behaviors will kill you given enough exposure. It is the identification of the exposure and risk versus reward that is difficult.  In the case of LEDs, there is such an advantage of power consumption; the people with control to make societal changes took the risk. After several decades of exposure to the Trojan Horse emitter of blue light, phototoxicity will eventually take your vision. The eye docs will tell you that it is just old age.  They have not considered the risk with the introduction of the pale blue horse. It is such a great thing to reduce power consumption and save you from sea level rise as the planet warms.  I say this is that stinky stuff falling out the back of the horse and money is king. 

It turns out that we have known about the dangers of too much exposure to blue light since the 1960s. Of course, we have known about too much exposure to UV light for much longer.  The electromagnetic spectrum is so interesting.  All the way from gamma-ray radiation to long radio waves for communication, the spectrum provides us many opportunities.  If you want to know more about light, I would suggest this lengthy article, Blue Light and Health. (You should just ignore his recipe of making blue blockers, but if you have the skill, enjoy.) Light is everywhere and does not appear to be an immediate threat, so just ignore the dangers, and ride the pale blue horse. After all, the LED has reduced the lighting cost of your monthly electric bill by ninety percent.  Surely that is worth the risk of blindness.  Our leaders seem to think that the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to prevent sea level rise is more important than your eye sight. 

There are computer screens, cell phones, TVs, street lights, and now our general house lighting; all provides us with exposure to high energy blue light.  You should note here that many cities have reduced the amount of new LED street lights because it was affecting the sleep of its residents. Only by controlling your exposure will you be successful in protecting your eyes.  Of course, the simple thing to do is to wear blue blockers when inside.  However, with no blue light or too much blue light at the correct times of day, you may upset your circadian rhythms because of the lack of or over production of melatonin.  –Pandemic Survivor

Other Articles on Blue Light and Eye Damage (You must make up your own mind. When huge economic advantages are involved; individual health takes a back seat.)

Review of Optometry—The Low Down on Blue Light
Prevent Blindness—Blue Light and Your Eyes
Blue Light Exposed
UAB News—Debunking Digital Eyestrain and Blue Light Myths (of course, a university professor’s take)

LEDs-an Eye Destroyer

Recently, I had a floater in my eye and was seeing flashes of light. My ophthalmologist said it was just old age.  I asked when it would heal, and he said that it would not. Then I discovered this by Dr. Alexander Wunsch, renown photo-biologist and ophthalmologist. “I call these LEDs – I like to call them Trojan horses because they appear so practical to us. They appear to have so many advantages. They save energy; they are solid state, very robust, for example. So, we invited them into our homes. But we are not aware that they have hidden properties, which are harmful to our (health), harmful to our mental health, harmful to our retinal health, and harmful to our hormonal health or endocrine health.”trojan

I just don’t understand how government reviews major changes to our environment without first reading the science.  It seems the only time environmental dangers are reviewed is when it is an economic benefit to government.  Alarms have gone off about how LEDs can damage health for several decades.  We understand both the benefits and dangers of various wavelengths of light.  LEDs are great for reduction of electricity as they use about 90% less than incandescent bulbs.  In the long term, the blue light that comes from LEDs can damage the retina and other functions of the eye blindness.  With chronic exposure to blue light from LEDS, researchers are predicting an epidemic of eye disease, especially from the large population of baby boomers.  Put me in the category. 

I highly recommended that you watch the thirty-minute interview of Dr. Wunsch by Dr. Mercola.  I had to watch this interview three times before I took in all the information.  There is also a transcript for download on the page if that is easier.  The damage from blue light in combination with age will cause a significant increase in eye disease.  We are exposed to blue light from LEDs on our computers, cell phones, TVs, and now have brought it into our homes through government mandate to reduce our carbon footprint.  I doubt that the government can stop environmental change, but you can count on our eyes being damaged.

I was alarmed after the doctor told me that my left eye would not heal.  The diagnosis is posterior vitreous detachment.  “That floater you see is where the shadow of the damage is projecting onto your retina,” he said.  I questioned the doctor at length about healing and he was adamant that it would not and that it may get worse. He said I should come back in four weeks and that appointment is now ten days away. 

I spend a lot of time on my computer, watching TV, and using my cell phone. I was more than happy to change out my incandescent bulbs for LEDs.  The local power company was very helpful as they sent six free light bulbs to help the effort.  This was two years prior.  When I found the article about LEDS, it began to come home what had happened. The three lights in my home where I read are all on my left side.  I had not only had the exposure to blue light from the multiple electronic sources, now it is from my reading light and general home lighting as well.

The good news is we are not doomed. There is hope for healing and it is very simple.  I now wonder if doctors ever read any new research after they get out of medical school.  I found the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) guidelines for a vitreous detachment and my ophthalmologist had followed them exactly.  This is including how he examined my eye as well as the time for another visit.  What a guy!  I thought that he was very efficient and seemed to really know his stuff. He failed to tell me I was going blind from all the LED exposure and that there is a simple solution—stop using LEDs. That ain’t going to happen.

It turns out, as Dr. Wunsch described the various light effects, that near infrared is very healing.  This occurs by two processes. First there is the stimulation of energy through the deeply penetrating near infrared light of 700 to 1,400 nm. It penetrates as much as 5 cm (2 inches) or more into our body.  This radiant energy accounts for a large portion of our ATP production or our cellular energy molecule. This additional energy promotes healing and gives vigor to biological processes. Second, there is an exclusion zone formed at the boundaries of cell membranes as well as on internal boundaries to bodies inside of the cells from infrared energy absorption. The exclusion zone is significant in charge boundaries and how it helps discrimination of what goes through the cell membrane.  Here is a ten-minute video by Dr. Gerald Pollack of this new understanding–Water, Cells, and Life.

I was amazed at how many stories and advice there are about healing eyes with infrared light. This goes all the way back to the Romans and Greeks.  Here is a recent history from Michael Hamblin of Harvard University on the mechanisms of low level light therapy.  Dr. William Horatio Bates, M.D. (1860-1931) suggested to close the eyes and turn the face directly into the sun for five minutes several times per day.  This was very controversial then and now. It seems safe enough with the eyes closed.  What did I have to lose. The doctor has told me my disease is from old age and it will not heal.

Astonishment filled me as in the first few days the floater had reduced in size by fifty percent.  My visual acuity had significantly improved.  Now, two weeks later, the black floater has reduced by seventy five percent and has turned into a translucent jell-like blob.  I had to change my reading glasses from 2.0 to 1.5 magnification as my eyes have improved. I not only did the sun exposure thing, I also found an infrared heat lamp and used it for about thirty minutes each day for my whole body.  It is unbelievable about how much better I feel. The next visit to my ophthalmologist should be interesting–not that I would challenge a doctor. . .

The other things I did were change all my LED lights that I use for reading back to incandescent. At the advice of Dr. Mercola, I purchased a pair of blue-blocker reading glasses ($15 Amazon) in my reading power and they work great. I use them for watching TV as well as when I am using my computer.  When will they ever learn. . . What about the children?

Back to sunlight, firelight, and candles. –Pandemic Survivor 

The Necessity of Sunshine

Has the medical profession been wrong in frightening us from the sun for fifty years? The formation of vitamin D3 is critical to health.  The fear of the sun may have reduced some skin cancers, but created the opportunity for many autoimmune diseases, for reduced immunity, and for chronic disease. The sun is necessary for health because of photo-reactive biological processes.

sun-fearThere have been many discussions about whether vitamin D is as effective as a supplement as it is from the sun.  I have now concluded that vitamin D supplementation is not as effective as forming vitamin D in the skin from the sun.  There are several reasons for this conclusion: the formation of vitamin D3 sulfate, the formation of cholesterol sulfate, and the formation of structured water exclusion zone (EZ) at the cell membranes.  We are just at the beginning of understanding the science involved in these processes.  During the healing of my cartilage, the most significant healing occurred when I was spending at least twenty minutes in the midday summer sun. The following explanations are complex and may be confusing.  If you really want to understand, then you will need to take time to read the links and find other resources. 

Sulfur chemistry in human physiology has basically been ignored as there is an abundance of sulfur in the body.  We typically measure the three critical negative ions in blood chemistry: Chloride, Phosphorus, and Carbonate.  However, we do not measure the amount of sulfate in the blood.  There are several sulfate/sulfur molecules that should be measured as markers for health.  The major one is cholesterol sulfate with a ratio of total cholesterol to cholesterol sulfate being very critical.  It is odd that we don’t measure sulfur as it is the third most abundant mineral based on body weight.  The sulfur- related cycles, in their many functions in human physiology, need to be better explored as they are critical to human health.

GAGs or Glycosaminoglycans are healing compounds that are made in Golgi bodies inside of cells. Hyaluronan is the only GAG that is not sulfated.  Hyaluronan is used by the body as the lubricant for joints and other soft tissue functions. Hyaluronic acid injections into joints is now commonly used for relief of joint pain (I highly suggest this type of injection instead of steroids as steroids will cause cartilage erosion). Not mentioned in GAGs Wiki article linked above are cerebrosides and cerebroside sulfate which are necessary for the formation of the myelin sheath around neurons and for reduced skin permeability. The lack of sulfur compounds has been implicated in the current problem with Autism (link here to paper-pdf) and perhaps other brain diseases.

Sulfate molecules are water and lipid soluble.  This allows for detoxification of the body as sulfated esters attach to waste molecules and are eliminated by the kidneys.  Reduced sulfur is one of the problems with using acetaminophen, as sulfate is required to remove this toxin used as an analgesic.   Acetaminophen is one of the leading causes of liver failure because it is used in so many different pain meds and cold remedies. Sulfur deficiency has only caused a larger problem with this drug.

We know that vitamin D sulfate and cholesterol sulfate are needed in all human cells.  The only researcher I know that is currently discussing this issue is Stephanie Seneff.  She is a researcher at MIT and a sulfur expert.  You can find many of her articles here.  You can also find many interviews with Dr. Mercola at  Dr. Seneff suggest that we make both vitamin D3 sulfate and cholesterol sulfate at the same time in the skin when it is exposed to the sun.  Of course, exposure to the sun without adequate sulfate can leave you without the formation of UV derived sulfate compounds.  She also suggests that when supplementing with large amounts of vitamin D, you may be stopping your production of cholesterol.  Dr. Seneff is emphatic about getting vitamin D from the sun. Dr. Mercola has commented that he does not supplement but uses the sun and UV/vitamin D lamps. He promotes the Sperti brand as it is the only FDA approved UV/vitamin D lamps.

There are a couple of ways to get an adequate amount of sulfur.  First, you could move to a region in the world where the soil is high in sulfur like Japan, Greece, or Iceland.   These countries have low heart disease rates.  The reason the soil is high is sulfur and magnesium is because of volcanism.  Given that you like where you live, you can supplement with MSM or methyl sulfonyl methane.  There are many foods that contain MSM.  With food, the best bet is to get the required sulfur from high sulfur plants like cabbage, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables and from alliums like onions, garlic, and leeks.  Three servings a day of combination of these vegetables may be adequate.  Consider the onion as it concentrates sulfur from its environment.  The burning in the eyes when peeling onions is caused by aromatic sulfur compounds that form sulfuric acid in the eyes—ouch.  Another way to get sulfur is to soak in an Epsom salts bath three times a week for about twenty minutes.  You not only get the required sulfur in the skin, but also magnesium.  If you think about all the many healing remedies throughout the ages, many of them are about soaking in mineral water or applying mineral mud that is high in sulfur and magnesium.

Now that you are replete in sulfur, you need to go into the sun.  As we have said earlier, vitamin D3 sulfate and cholesterol sulfate are made at the same time in the skin with adequate UV exposure and adequate cholesterol.  I think that Dr. Seneff may be over empathizing the need for cholesterol.  If you are on a statin drug, then you are taking your own life into your hands.  Reduced cholesterol is not a healthy thing if it gets too low.  About half of men over 65 are on a statin drug—modern “sick-care” at its best.  The other important thing to know is that vitamin D is responsible for the sodium-sulfur cotransport through the body’s dermal layers.

The other recent discovery is a fourth phase of water.  We were taught in school that water has three phases: liquid, solid, and vapor.  Dr. Gerald Pollack at the University of Washington has spent years in defining a fourth phase of water as structured water or H3O2. We should have been aware of this structured phase because of the crystalline structure of snowflakes.   This means there are five phases to water: liquid, structured liquid, solid, structured solid, and vapor. The understanding of this phenomenon is best received from Dr. Pollack’s TEDx speech on You Tube.  The exclusion zone or EZ that is formed at the cell membrane acts as part of the gate at the membrane to allow the correct molecules into cells.  This is done by the viscosity difference and the charge difference in the EZ.

I know this is all very complicated to understand.  Your take away is that vitamin D is best made in the sun because you make vitamin D3 sulfate and vitamin D3.  Supplementation of vitamin D3 works for most functions, but all diseases don’t respond. Vitamin D3 supplements are made from either fish oil or sheep lanolin. I suspect that some vitamin D3 products are higher in vitamin D3 sulfate, that is the vitamin D that is made from sheep lanolin.  It would seem logical that there would be some cholesterol sulfate in the lanolin.  Cholesterol is very important to health as well as cholesterol sulfate made when the skin is exposed to sun.  There seems to be another pathway for making cholesterol sulfate on the surface of red blood cells, but I don’t understand this yet.  In any case, it is necessary to have adequate sulfur.  The medical profession has ignored this vital mineral.

Stay off statin drugs, get adequate sulfur, and go into the sun with safe exposure.  Keep a normal serum vitamin D level of 50 to 70 ng/ml within the medical normal for serum vitamin D or 25(OH)D of 30 to 100 ng/ml.  –Pandemic Survivor

©2017 Mark Pegram

Discovery of the Century—Healing Cartilage

Cartilage damage is the number one problem that creates pain in the aging population.  Cartilage compresses, nerves compress, and pain and chronic disease is the result. Unfortunately, it has also become a problem with the not so aged.  If you are a reader of this blog, you know of the back and nerve pain that I suffered for three decades.  I even wrote a book about the recovery, Healed from Chronic Pain.  I have been in the process of writing a second book about how to repair cartilage and felt that something was missing.  The missing environmental factor is the SUN.


I started to supplement with vitamin D3 November 4, 2004.  I had shrunk an inch from degenerative disc disease over the years.  When I combined the supplements that I had researched, my cartilage repaired.  Not only did my cartilage repair, but also my health overall returned.  I had always assumed that getting vitamin D3 from whatever source was one of the keys.  That is, keeping my serum vitamin D (25(OH)D) above 60 ng/ml.  However, I noticed at times that my cartilage had not rehydrated to keep me at my new height.  During the year of recovery, I had grown back to my original height in the first seven months.  During the next three months, I grew to my genetic height of–-an inch and one half taller than I had ever been.

It took me several years to find one key necessary for cartilage repair.  During the year of repair, I had supplemented with methyl folate, as I had read that it crossed the blood brain barrier.  I knew that my brain had shrunk from over a decade of chronic severe pain.  I thought the methyl folate would help my brain repair.  I now realize that the methylation cycle, with methyl folate and its cofactors, were necessary to stimulate stem cell growth.  Only fifty percent of the population can convert folic acid, a manmade molecule, to folate required to drive the methylation cycle.  Thanks to Dr. Ben Lynch, I now understand how important the methylation cycle is to health because of its role in genetic expression. (Note: betaine or trimethyl glycine will allow the methylation cycle to work without folate.  The human body is so smart in usually having two pathways.  Both folate and betaine are in spinach; Popeye was so shrewd!)

The other key that I did not understand, at the time, was sulfate.  Sulfate is critical to health, and here. If you think of all the healing remedies that were about soaking in mineral baths, sulfate and magnesium ( and here) were always key factors. I supplemented with large amounts of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate during the year of healing.  I now realize that these molecules are so large that you most likely do not absorb them.  However, I think the sulfate from the molecules is absorbed.  This is especially true if you have a higher vitamin D3 level as vitamin D controls the transport of sulfur through dermal layers.  I now use MSM as a sulfur supplement as well as eat cruciferous and allium vegetables.  Both vegetable groups are high in sulfur, especially the garlic, onions, and leeks.

The “event” happened this past fall to bring to light the last missing component that is necessary for cartilage repair and hydration.  I had oral surgery in October for a granuloma that had developed over long amount of time per the surgeon.  I had noticed an issue with the tooth that I had a root canal done in the ‘90s.  The surgeon said there was an opening in the root crest that was allowing bacteria to destroy the bone.  In any case, this prevented me from doing my normal routine of using a tanning bed in October.  By the first of November, I started to get a nerve rash on both legs.  I had experienced this before and knew that it was coming from compression of my disc.  I measured my height, and sure enough I had shrunk. I recovered my height in two times of tanning in one week.  The nerve rash disappeared and the severe itching stopped.

The three months that I grew to taller than I had ever been was during the summer.  I spent at least thirty minutes with the midday summer sun on my back.  It has now become obvious to me that the sun is critical in three ways.  The formation of vitamin D sulfate, formation of cholesterol sulfate (Dr. Stephanie Seneff and here), and improved formation of the exclusion zone (Dr. Gerald Pollack) at the cell membranes. I will not pretend to understand the biology involved, but know that this helps to hydrate and repair cartilage.

Through the grace of God in my medically untrained ways of thinking about how to reduce pain and repair cartilage, I stumbled on the significance of vitamins and minerals and environment.  Cartilage repair is complex and that is the reason that medical science has misdirected us, I hope.  I think specialization has kept us from putting it all together.  Vitamins and minerals that I was taking when my cartilage healed–-all the vitamins as supplements and mineral complexes. The source of the manufacture and the dose of the vitamins and mineral supplements is critical.  With modern processed foods, I would have to eat about 8,000 calories per day to get an adequate amount.

Critical supplements for cartilage repair: Vitamins A (used cod live oil), B (methyl folate and its cofactors), C, D3, and possibly E; magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese, calcium, and sulfate; and environmental exposure to UV light and infrared light. Proteins from bone and skin are also critical (gelatin-simple explanation).  The dosage is key to this combination.  Too much or too little of any of these items will trip you up.  Through trial and error, I have arrived at the correct combination.  I will now begin the rewrite of my book about how to heal cartilage. I have had many people to try my formula with great success.  The ones that regularly exposed themselves to the sun were the most successful.  –Pandemic Survivor

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