ATLANTA HEAL NEWSLETTER
Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116. www.atlantaheal.org
President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher
Our November 17th meeting will be a social to welcome our friend Ian Greenberg who will be in town for Thanksgiving. We’ll meet at 1 pm in the community room of the Johns Creek Whole Foods. Please make sure that you and anyone you bring are fragrance free and turn off your cellphone. Hope to see you there.
REPORT OF OCTOBER MEETING
The picnic was canceled because rain was in the forecast, but we had a pleasant gathering on the balcony at Whole Foods.
Wireless cellular service began with first generation (1G) in the early 1980s. 2G came in 1991, 3G in 2001, and 4G in 2009. 5G is a much bigger leap than what has come before. It harnesses extremely high frequency microwave radiation with a very short range, so that antennas will have to be short distances apart. The ubiquitous deployment of antennas will mean round the clock microwave radiation that is far more potent than anything previously experienced from the electromagnetic spectrum. 5G represents a significant and risky turning point with major implications for health, privacy, property values, and local control.
Recommended: The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs by Nicholas Pineault and EHTrust.org
A PROBIOTIC CAUTION
A writer for Prevention Magazine did an experiment using uBiome for a profile of her microbiome before and after taking a probiotic containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Bifidobacterium longum for a month. The first test showed good microbial diversity, but the second test showed that the diversity of microbes had plummeted. When the lead scientist at uBiome looked at the results, he said that the second sample was weird, like the person had been taking antibiotics!
The use of probiotics can lead to brain fog (caused by higher blood levels of D-lactic acid made when lactobacillus bacteria species ferment sugar in food in the gut), abdominal bloating, and decreased movement of food along the gastrointestinal tract, due to increased bacteria in the small intestine. Because of gastric juice, bile, and other digestive juices that have an antibiotic effect, the stomach and small intestine are normally relatively devoid of bacteria while the colon contains large amounts. Probiotic use is especially problematic in people with reduced stomach acid.
- Prevention Magazine, Casandra Willyard, New York Times
Human beings are designed to breathe through the nose which aids in aerobic respiration and permits proper gas exchange in the lungs while breathing through the mouth produces anaerobic respiration and dehydration. Breathing properly also allows the nose to filter, warm, and humidify the inhaled air. “As air passes through the sinuses, a thermal transfer takes place in which the air gets warmer and the sinuses get cooler. This is particularly true for the sphenoid sinus (located behind the nose) which cools the pituitary gland. Overheating of the sinuses can be looked on as a form of sinusitis.” In addition, the sinuses produce nitric oxide, which is inhaled when air is breathed through the nose. Nitric oxide has a vasodilating effect on the lungs, inhibits bacterial growth, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
The mouth breather tends to lose too much carbon dioxide which can contribute to respiratory alkalosis, leading to more systemic biochemical imbalances. In compensation for excessive loss of carbon dioxide, only the upper third of the lungs is used with little to no movement of the diaphragm. Other hazards associated with the mouth breathing are hyperventilation, obstruction of the airway which can lead to choking, anxiety states, and increased bacterial growth in the mouth.
If you should exhale too much CO2 and feel lightheaded, one way to help restore balance is to cup your hands over your nose and mouth and breathe the exhaled air.
- Joseph Da Cruz, BDS, MDS. Price-Pottenger Journal
There are some good reasons to sit in an upright comfortable position. Slouching shortens chest muscles, compresses the lungs, compresses the heart, compresses the diaphragm, causing chest breathing, and compresses abdominal organs, contributing to heartburn and inhibiting digestion. Slouching puts uneven pressure on spinal discs, contributing to back and neck pain and causes the head to jut forward, straining the neck and upper back, contributing to headaches and poor concentration. The forward head posture also restricts the nerves and blood vessels that supply the hands, leading to weakness, numbness, tingling, or hand and wrist pain. Slouching can also contribute to mood disturbances.
When you are slouching the body is in a C or cashew nut shape. Shoulders are curved, the back is round, and the bottom is tucked under. Imagine that you have a tail, Instead of sitting on it, untuck your bottom, and elongate the spine, and sit so the tail could wag.
Following are four exercises that help with posture in general.
 Stand up and place your hands on your lower back, as if you were sliding them into your back pockets. Gently push your hips forward and slightly arch your back. Sit down and do 10 shoulder rolls.
 For a posture check, stand up against a wall with your upper back, shoulders, and bottom touching the wall. Step away from the wall and maintain that position.
 Stand up straight, tighten your stomach, and lift one knee at a right angle to the body. Hold for 30 seconds bracing against a wall if necessary. Repeat on the other side.
 Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat, and arms at your sides. Press your shoulders down for a few seconds. Relax. Repeat a few times. This will strengthen key back muscles for better posture.
- New York Times (Jane Brody and Leslie Alderman), Tribune News Service, Self Healing, Prevention Magazine
 Lori Caress is looking for a mail order source of organic meat.
 Jenny Arillo is looking for an ENT who specializes in hearing loss.
 Jean DeSantis recommends two natural odor removers. Zeo Fresh by Cycletrol handles odors of all kinds and can be regenerated. Available from Sporty’s Toolshop Catalog 800-776-7897. Earthcare Odor Remover Bags take care of musty, animal, and smoke odors. They last three months but are not reusable. Available from Amazon. Jean also likes extra strength vinegar for cleaning.
November: Anna Heltzer 2nd, Terry Parsons 5th, Rebecca Stuckey 10th, Lori Caress 20th, Joyce Brenner 21st
December: Jay Hodin 31st
When Lori Caress changed her phone number, an email was sent out, but unfortunately, it wasn’t changed on the membership list.
Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.
This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.
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