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Hair Analysis - High Vanadium, Chromium? ~ Two As with Cancer, and a Friend ~ Mysterious Winter Tummy Trouble, type O :-)
Dear Heidi, In reply to your question, the hair test results from the Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory were: Chromium 0.59 (ref. range 0.17-0.49 mcg/g) and Vanadium 0.0685 (ref. range 0.0254-0.0574). The test was done in the U.S. as I could't find a lab in Australia. Cheers, Felix
Hello, Felix! Thanks for the fill-in.
For everyone's reference, here's the question we were working on:
The reference ranges used in labs like hair analysis are presented as the middle of three clearly delineated columns: low, medium and high. It would give a clearer picture to the test subject if there were a gray area on either side of "medium," since the relevance of the borderline results varies so much between individuals and individual tests.
Coming in a bit lower or higher than "middling," particularly for essential trace minerals like chromium & vanadium, is not indicative of a problem in the making. You're one point outside the approximate 3-point ref ranges for both. I'd say that if you were on the deficiency side it would do no harm to start taking Phytocal :-) ~ but since you're showing slightly higher than reference readings for those two only, I wouldn't suggest you change calcium supps. After all, it's doing beautifully in all the other areas (calcium, potassium, magnesium, molybdenum, etc.) which is a great job done!
Normally, hair mineral analysis is performed at 6-month intervals. Keep up with that schedule, and let me know if the next one shows anything wacky, or higher levels of the two minerals that were borderline this time. By the way, what did your practitioner think of the results -- or did you send your sample direct?
Again, I truly think you're fine to continue with Phytocal-A ~~ and congratulations on your success with the diet as well!
Best wishes, and thanks for writing, Felix!! :-D
Hello Heidi, Having been reading your column with great interest since it started I am amazed at your breadth and depth of knowledge and enchanted at your love and caring for all the people you help.
I (O sec, on the BTD for over three years) was about to get round to asking you a couple of questions for myself (minor stuff like which of the many supps I use to combine and take away from food, which with food and how to juggle Heallix with everything else when I need it) when I heard from two friends in the same week that that they are in the process of being diagnosed with cancer.
Neither of them have been bothered much about the BTD, vitamins or any such nonsense before, but now am I getting a lot of questions. I will not of course give them any advice about their illnesses or distract them from the processes they are going through with their physicians (I don’t want to get locked up), but may I ask for your assistance in establishing what pointers relevant to our field of interest may also be valuable to them?
They think they need all the help they can get (they’re probably right, being type As), and the Fight Cancer with the BTD book is not available yet! (One of them is not English-speaking anyway.)
The first one (whom I shall call Hugh) is A+, knows so far that he has a single rectal tumour that is ‘malignant on the outside’, with ‘inflamed’ local lymph nodes and ‘some spots’ on his liver. He’s about sixty-four years old. While he is waiting for the final diagnosis and orthodox treatment recommendations (probably chemo and surgery, don’t know in what order) he is bombarding me with requests for information and wants at least to start taking care of himself as best he can. I have given him the French translation of Live Right, and he is changing his diet (until recently he had always been an avid and copious consumer of red meat). I have also given him a secretor test and we are trying to get him tested for subtype etc. too. (The medicos are drawing plenty of blood so maybe they’ll be prepared to test for the things I’m interested in as well.)
Obviously there’s a vast array of supps that may be useful -- a starting point would seem to me to be the relevant protocols in the Encyclopaedia. There appear to five of them though. Can he take everything from all five at the same time? And for (much) longer than four weeks (he might be in for quite a long period of conventional treatment.)? Presumably he should be dosing up on ARA 6 and various other goodies as well. There’s one other thing that Hugh says he might like to try, but before I ask about that I’d like to introduce you to . . .
. . . Sean (as I shall call him), a very fit, physically active and sports-loving character of fifty-six who developed a rather persistent cough just a few weeks ago and is now being told he almost certainly has lung cancer. Final diagnosis is expected in a week or so. Sean gave up smoking (a pipe) about twelve years ago. We think he’s an A, but still need to check for sure and get secretor etc. etc. testing done.
Before the bombshell struck he had been intrigued by my fascination with the idea that you can change the course of history by what you eat, and also by the fact that Heallix seems to clear up anything from flu to dandruff to gastroenteritis to athlete’s foot in about a day (something I’ve been taking some delight in demonstrating since I read about the stuff in your column). I can give Sean the Live Right book and the Encyclopaedia, but when he knows what type he is the same questions about supplement protocols will apply as for Hugh.
Finally, something they would both like to know: are there arguments for -- or against -- adding Heallix to the list of things that might be helpful? Cancer is included in the manufacturer’s list of indications (‘four times a day and never miss’). I don’t understand its possible mode of action, though. Hey, I don’t even understand how it knows to kill bad bugs while leaving the good guys in your gut alone (neither does Leo).
By the way, although we’re not in the USA I’m not having any difficulty in getting (bulk) supplies of Heallix. If there’s any nods and winks you can give me that might help with my friends’ situations -- assuming their own continuing motivation and desire to do it -- we shall be very grateful. And in due course I may be back with a couple of things of my own, if that’s all right. With kind regards, Donald
Hi, Donald ~ Welcome! and very pleased to make your acquaintance!
For both Hugh and Sean, Heallix AND HelixPlus are on the menu. So are mass quantities of beneficial vegetables, fruits and plant proteins. See that they are getting one serving of whole grain daily (work with them to modify the grain portions in Eat Right down to Live Right secretor standards), and encourage upon them the idea of snails with olive oil, garlic and parsley. I'd expect Hugh to POUNCE on that one. ;-) ALSO:
JUICING. A wide range of veg, always based on carrot/celery. Include plenty of cilantro (coriander leaf) in cooking and juicing.
GROUND, SOAKED FLAXSEED in warm water ~ once or twice a day.
WATER. 1/2 ounce per pound of bodyweight, squeeze of lemon and/or pinch of good gray salt, you know the drill.
The goal of the above is to provide minerals they're probably totally deficient in; to support detox; and to ensure free, easy bowel movements once (preferably thrice) daily. These gentlemen both need to clear out the toxins. If those BMs aren't readily forthcoming within a few days of implementing those suggestions, DEFINITELY look into doing a course of hydrotherapy. It may not be a welcome suggestion to either of them, but once they're started they'll be very glad of the health results.
If desired, they can certainly do the protocols. Caution them that the protocols are IN ADDITION to following the diet; and in particular, impress upon them that if getting and scheduling all the elements is stressful, they should find a middle road between all & none. The protocols are meant to address deficiencies and stimulate healing -- not to foster worry over arcane details. One of the most profound elements for an A with cancer is meditation/yoga, in whatever form one is able to incorporate it. Stress is the enemy. Ease and simplicity are the angelic buddies to be cultivated energetically.
For your further reference, do take a look at the Minnesota Wellness Directory Alt-Cancer page. Do a page search (control-F) for "prostate" and "lung," then pop over to the home page and use the site search for both terms as well. One or both of your friends may wish to consider those options.
As you can see, I have to use many words to describe my suggestions, yet implementation is fairly easy once the principles are understood.
One final note about supps: the basic 4-pack should be included, and taken at the therapeutic levels. "Respiratone" is something Sean should begin right away. and... you might mention to them that Heallix is quite safe and surprisingly effective applied topically - including snorting it into the lungs and using it as an enema.
I hope these tips are of use, Donald ~ these two guys have a marvelous friend in you. Take care of you, too -- and I look forward to hearing from you again. :-D
Hi, Heidi! Happy Holidaze! I'm an O Secretor. Always love your column. I turn to it as others would their daily headlines.
I have a question about stomach upsets that seem to occur more frequently in winter than the rest of the year. I'm wondering whether this might be related to mold in food or if you have any other ideas about the cause? I am prone to an occasional stomach ache and minor indigestion that seem a bit more frequent during cold and inclement weather. Lisa
Hello, Lisa! Happy Yuletide to ya!
Your stomach complaints well may be the result of mold on foods. If you live in a cold weather area, the "summer & fall" veg you're getting may be transported from some distance, with the result that mroe minerals are lost and some mold growth may set in.
What foods bother you during the winter that don't seem to make trouble during the summer? I might be able to pin it down a bit more once I know what the usual culprits are.
Thanks for your kind remarks ~ most appreciated! And get back to me if you'd like specific assistance with that oddball tummy trouble. Best wishes!! :-D