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Pantothenic Acid: How B5 Heals Acne, Hair and Skin

Pantothenic Acid

You don’t hear a lot about it, but it’s one of the most ubiquitous of the all the vitamins. It’s called pantothenic acid, a named derived from the Greek word “pantheon”, meaning “found in all quarters”. Indeed, the nutrient, also known as Vitamin B5, is an essential constituent of every one of the 100 trillion cells in the body.

B5’s main role is to help the body process and utilize lipids; it facilitates fat burning inside cells. It’ can be a helpful supplement to speed healing, especially of the skin and the digestive tract. Its also a player in the production of anti-aging steroid hormones associated with growth, repair and fertility But, pantothenic acid is not only valuable as an internal nutrient. When it’s topically applied it can have some interesting and helpful cosmetic effects too.

One of the most important benefits of pantothenic acid, in its topical form, is its effect on acne. Its fat processing properties help the skin slow down excessive secretion of oils, reducing shine and helping eliminate facial and back acne. Pantothenic acid used directly on the skin has anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties too. It can prevent he formation of scars and speed the healing of broken and wounded skin. It has also been effectively used to treat burns and surgical wounds. The first beneficiaries of the power of panthenol were soldiers. In the 1940's Swiss Medical researchers seeking new treatments for burn victims during World War Two, came up with the idea of using the vitamin topically. In short order, the drug company Hoffman Laroche, best known for their invention of Valium, came up with the idea of using it to beautify the hair. In 1947 they started to manufacture a shampoo featuring the vitamin. They called it “Pantene”. It became one of the most successful and iconic hair care brands ever and is still one of the bestselling shampoos in the world.

If you want to take advantage of the power of panthenol for preventing hair breakage, improving shine and radiance or if you want to use the vitamin to improve skin health, you don’t need to spend money on fancy products. It’s easy to go the “do-it-yourself” route as pure panthenol, the cosmetic form of Vitamin B5, is inexpensive and readily available on the internet. It comes as a viscous liquid that can be directly added to shampoos or skin creams and lotions. But you are going to have to make sure you use a healthy dose. According to information published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, it takes 1.0% panthenol to have an effect on skin integrity. In my experience I’ve had to use even more.

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AUDIO: Dr. Joel Wallach on Coast to Coast AM, December 8th, 2015

Dr. Joel Wallach

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Dr. Joel Wallach discussed how to benefit from natural healing and diet without using modern medicine. Diseases and ailments are often related to deficiencies in various nutrients and minerals, he contends. Recently, the World Health Organization said that eating processed meats like deli slices and bacon increases your risk of cancer at the same rate as smoking, or working in an asbestos environment does, "and I said that since '71, and everybody laughed at me," he recalled. "When you cook your meat well done, it increases the risk of breast cancer for ladies by 462%," he added.

Distilled water is good because it's clean but it does pull minerals out of your body, he noted. What he suggests is adding 1 ounce of organic plant minerals (a colloid solution) into each quart of distilled water. Wallach also recommended Quanta water-- a structured water that lowers the surface tension of your intestine so that you can absorb more nutrients. He also commented on medical marijuana-- it does have omega 3 fatty acids in it that can reduce inflammation and reduce risk of blood clots, he cited.


Gels: Skin Healing Anti-aging Wonders Of Nature

Jellyfish

Did you know?

Plain old gelatin can, taken in capsules or powder, improve digestion, soothe ulcers and improve the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux .

In a world of oddball animals like giraffes with 30 foot necks, color changing chameleons and serpents that see with their tongues, nothing beats the syphoza for shear strangeness. Known more commonly by its descriptive (if not entirely accurate) common name, the jellyfish, the intelligent (relatively) gelatinous blob is not a fish at all, but a primitive ocean denizen that has floated the seas for over a half a billion years and is considered to be the world’s oldest multi-organed animal. While there are thousands of different species of jelly fish that come in nearly infinite variety of shapes and colors all are skeleton free and composed of 1 percent solid material that somehow incorporates a solution of 99 percent ocean water.

Scientists call substances that are made up of ordinary sloshy water somehow trapped in an organized, semi-solid jelly like structure “gels” and nature is filled with examples. In addition to the jelly fish, citrus pectin, ocean algae and the squishy stuff in our earlobes, are all types of biological structures that can be classified as gels.

The most fundamental gel structure in biology is the living cell. Contrary to it’s typical presentation in textbooks as an open circle with sub-cellular things inside, a cell is a gel composed of fluid and little submicroscopic organs (called organelles) that perform the various functions, including locomotion, production and secretion of chemicals, detoxification and energy production. There are literally hundreds of thousands of organelles inside a cell and each of them functions as a water attracting particle. The combination of cellular fluids trapped by these water magnets creates a little blob of jelly, which is exactly what a cells is. And this slippery, slimy quality allows cells to morph and mature, to basically shape shift, while at the same time maintaining a certain stability. This makes them extraordinarily responsive to their environment. It also makes them mobile, allowing them to locomote by propelling themselves via various bodily fluid highways.

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AUDIO: Pharmacist Ben Fuchs on Coast to Coast AM, November 25th 2015

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Registered pharmacist Ben Fuchs discussed the latest in health information and natural approaches. Speaking of Thanksgiving, he spoke about gratitude as an important part of the spiritual, mental, and emotional strategies that can keep a person healthy. He also cited how relaxation (through simple things like taking a hot bath, or deep breathing) can improve one's skin and stimulate collagen production. "We have a high tech society, where we think it's about surgery, we think it's about...being medicated when it comes to health. Well, what has that gotten us? We've got hundreds of millions of people who are sick," he lamented.

Fuchs maintains that all diseases stem from a fouled bloodstream that is caused by substances that come in through the digestive tract, as well as nutritional deficiencies. A good supplement program can help counteract this, he said. Many diseases, he continued, are partially related to deficiencies in the B vitamins and he recommended taking them in liquid form which can be accessed more readily into the body. Type 2 Diabetes affects millions of Americans, and is a progressive disease that relates to how people process sugar, which includes starches such as bread. Fuchs suggested people "re-sensitize their sweet button" so they can consume less sugar and still be satisfied.


More News From The Vitamin D Front

Vitamin D

At the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology researchers announced the results of a European study which showed that Vitamin D deficiency is more common in patients with inflammatory diseases than in their healthier peers.

This follows on the heels of a second study, this one from Queen Margaret University in Scotland which showed that Vitamin D can help lower the risk of heart disease and also helps you exercise more strenuously, while at the same time reducing signs of exertion.

Even cats benefit from this important essential nutrient!

Veterinarians from the University of Edinburgh published research in the Journal of the Public Library of Science that showed hospitalized pet cats with higher blood levels of Vitamin D were more likely to be alive in 30 days than their kitty colleagues with the lowest levels.

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Fatty Nutrient Absorption

Fatty Nutrient

Fatty nutrients are tricky. On the one hand, essential fats such as EFAs, Vitamin D, E, A and K, in addition to plant nutrients, are super-important. They’re particularly significant for long-term kinds of biological process such as building muscle and bone, for fertility, baby building and even stress management. On the other hand, they’re complex and sticky molecules that are difficult for the digestive system to process and require a lot of energy to be extracted from foods.

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