The Sitting Sickness



If you've heard that life is movement, it's true. If you've heard that just sitting around can kill you, it's also true. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide! You may have heard the media reporting recently on several studies showing that prolonged sitting significantly increases the risk for death, including death from heart disease and cancer, but I'm not sure this news has really hit home yet.

Most people know that exercise is critical for health and preventing disease, but the issue of physical activity and inactivity is much bigger than exercise. Regardless of the amount of exercise one performs, the level of aerobic fitness one exhibits, or whether a person is thin or overweight, stillness still kills. Apparent health and leading an otherwise healthy lifestyle does not compensate for extended periods of sitting around, and we Americans do a great deal of sitting around. We've even built over 4 million miles of roads so we can sit still while we go places! In fact, the infrastructures and cultures of most developed nations seem to be perfectly designed for physical inactivity.

The average American watches around 40 hours of television per week, while those over 65 watch an average of 48 hours per week. Sitting is certainly one factor that contributes to the negative health consequences of these technologies. But there is another gigantic part of modern life in which sitting is the dominant physical activity (or inactivity!). I'm talking about work! The average American spends 40 hours per week watching television, 50 hours per week sleeping, and about 45 hours working (unless unemployed/retired). That leaves about 33 hours per week for other things, many of which also involve sitting (eating, checking Facebook and email, texting, driving/traveling... sometimes all together, but that is a different newsletter).

Many people, of course, work longer hours and, while some types of work are physically intense, "sitting jobs" are common. One study showed that office workers spend 95% of their time at work sitting and 82% of this time was nearly motionless! For many people, then, work contributes 45 hours of or so of physical inactivity per week embedded within 168 hours of mostly physical inactivity per week! Yet, work can also be 45 hours or so of physical activity per week if one chooses! While it is obvious that television viewing and other sedentary leisure activities can easily be replaced by more physically active leisure pursuits, we have overlooked the workplace as an additional source of potential physical activity!


This is a rather recent realization, and you may have observed, in response, the growing trend of treadmill desks and stand up desks. However, it is not that simple. Standing, per se, is not really the answer and we don't all need treadmill desks either. In this article, I want to explore the fascinating physiology of physical inactivity and muscle endocrinology a bit, and then focus in on the key to avoiding the harms of physical inactivity. Throughout the article, I'll use the term "low-amplitude low-intensity movement". This term refers to very small movements with minimal to no displacement of the body (low-amplitude) and which produce minimal to no sense of effort (low intensity). The bottom line is, physical activity in the form of low-amplitude low-intensity movement is critical for health and no supplement regimen, dietary modification, or exercise plan can compensate for its lack! It is time that we stand up to our sitting culture and demand opportunities to move!

   The Many Faces of Sitting

The data is solid; prolonged sitting is unhealthy and it doesn't matter so much whether that stillness is in front of a television or a desk, at home or work, or in a car or airplane. Not surprisingly, the harmful consequences of prolonged sitting are numerous. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting shortens life expectancy, increases fat accumulation around the heart, and is associated with metabolic syndrome (abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and abdominal obesity).

In an excellent article from 2009, Bente Petersen describes what he calls the "diseasome of physical inactivity". He says, "the diseasome of physical inactivity [is] mediated through an interdependent cycle of myokine imbalance or deficiency, immuno-endocrine dysfunction, and abdominal obesity". His argument needs little additional justification as it is thoroughly supported by modern physiology. The physical and physiological derangements which underlie Petersen's diseasome of physical inactivity include abdominal obesity, chronic inflammation, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, neurodegeneration, and tumor growth. The resulting cluster of diseases includes type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, dementia, colon cancer, and breast cancer. These relationships are illustrated in "figure 1" below. Remember, by physical inactivity, we are not just referring to a lack of exercise. Instead, we are referring to prolonged periods of sitting still, regardless of how much exercise is done.




 
   Don't Just Sit (or Stand) There, Move Something!

In addition the role muscle contraction plays in the optimal function of the endocrine system and human physiology in general, the mechanical forces from muscles contracting in the setting of gravity provide numerous direct benefits as well. For example, the articular cartilage in the joints and intervertebral discs in the spine require these mechanical forces for nourishment and waste product removal. These tissues have no direct blood supply and rely on the "milking" or "pumping" action of movement for health. Without movement, these tissues desiccate (dry) and degenerate (crack and thin), resulting in osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. Many are surprised to realize that movement prevents arthritis rather than contributes to it.

Similar to joint cartilage and intervertebral disc health, skeletal health also requires mechanical forces from gravity and muscle contraction, which stimulate bone mineralization. With sitting, the force of gravity begins in the pelvis and transmits up the spine, leaving the lower extremities isolated in anti-gravity. The result may be reduced bone mineralization in the lower extremities, including the hips, contributing to osteopenia or osteoporosis of the hips over time.

As if this were not enough, sitting and physical inactivity promote deconditioning of the abdominal and lower back muscular while at the same time placing exaggerated and imbalanced forces on non-muscular lumbar (lower back) structures like ligaments and intervertebral discs. The result is an increased vulnerability to lower back injuries, degenerative disc disease, disc herniations, nerve impingement syndromes, and lower back pain. Regular co-contraction of truck flexors and extensors (abdominal and lower back muscles) is critical to maintaining optimal lumbar spine curvature and protecting intervertebral discs from desiccation and herniation.

Finally, no discussion of the mechanical benefits of movement would be complete without mentioning the other half of the circulatory system, the venous pump. We all care a great deal about keeping our hearts pumping. After all, it is critical that blood goes through the lungs and out to our organs. Yet, why don't we care so much about that blood getting back to the heart? The heart does not suck blood back up, it just relaxes and relies on venous pressure to fill it up all the way. Some of this pressure is created by breathing and most people fail to breathe correctly, but I'll save that discussion for another day. The rest of this filling pressure largely relies on muscle contraction and venous valves. The muscles of the lower extremities, especially, work against gravity like a heart for the veins, squeezing blood back up to the heart for the arteries, in the chest. Without regular muscle contraction, the system breaks down. Blood flow slows down, venous blood volume and pressures build, arterial and capillary pressure builds in response to "drive the blood through", cells are under nourished and have a hard time getting rid of waste products, venous valves get stressed and fail, varicosities develop and enlarge, legs and muscles may ache, platelets and clotting factors mingle, blood clots can form, and it only gets worse from there.

   Wobble While You Work

Wobble boards have been used for years by athletes and trainers to increase lower extremity and core strength, as well as proprioception (dynamic sensation and control of the body's position), with the intention of preventing injuries and enhancing performance. They have also been used in physical therapy and rehabilitation work to improve the balance, proprioception, strength, and agility after injury, surgery, and stroke. The technology is simple, consisting of a flat standing surface with some type of grip and a rounded rocker or "wobble" underneath. Most are made of plastic or wood, and the wobble height varies in order to provide different degrees of difficulty. Some boards have adjustable wobble heights, which is a nice feature for beginners.

Wobble boards engage the neuro-musculo-skeletal system from the feet through the legs, into the trunk/core and even into the upper extremities and head. This not only improves balance and proprioception, but enhances core strength and reverses hip and lower back instability, both causes of injury and pain. Studies have shown that the use of wobble boards significantly improves the speed of muscle reflexes, enhances the synergistic coordination of the body's muscular system, and develops the precision of the complex neuromuscular interactions which determine balance and agility.



Most relevant to the above discussion, however, is the fact that wobble boards (and most other unstable surface devices) stimulate continuous very low-amplitude and low-intensity muscle contraction through the body. These movements are very small and one can quickly learn to type and perform routine office work while standing on a wobble board. In fact, most will eventually be able to stand on the board with one foot and do such work! One's control of the board might become so great that smaller and smaller movements and adjustments are needed, which reduces the muscle contraction involved. Since the intention is to maximize muscle contraction, the goal at this advanced stage is to continue to introduce movement by intentionally wobbling the wobble board, trying different stances (heel to toe, switching left and right foot forward, etc.), doing deep knee bends on occasion, and raising the arms above the head. Keeping the knees slightly bent at all times helps to maintain a balanced posture and promote movement. Start with 1 hour a day on the wobble board, always listen to your body, and increase your time slowly as you feel able.

Wobble boards are not the only option for creating an unstable surface. Various types of "balance boards" are available and all offer various degrees of movement and difficulty. Rocker-roller type boards like Indo Boards and curved boards like Spooner Boards are just two examples. Whatever you choose, be sure to start slowly and carefully, and try it in a safe and soft space before taking it to the office!
                                                





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Dr. F. R. Klenner and Vitamin C Megadoses



Dr. Tom Levy, in the introduction to his invaluable book Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins: Curing the Incurable, writes:

At the height of the polio epidemic in 1949, when all young parents lived in the fear that their babies and young children would be the next victims, Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., published that he had successfully cured 60 out of 60 polio patients who had presented to his office or to the emergency room! Furthermore, he reported that none of the 60 patients treated had any residual damage from the polio virus that often left its survivors crippled for life. This evidence was subsequently presented by Klenner in 1949 to an annual session of the American Medical Association that dealt with the treatment of polio patients. You will see that Klenner’s research and data are clear-cut and straightforward, and it will then be completely left up to the reader to determine how such information was ignored in the past and remains ignored today.

How it is, I don’t know, but the sad fact is these documented successful and dramatic vitamin C cures by Dr. Fred Klenner and others are ignored by the medical community. Dr. Klenner found in his practice that he could detoxify most virus diseases with intravenous doses of Vitamin C, which he used for even carbon monoxide poisoning, barbiturate poisoning, and snake bites.


I guess vitamin C is not politically correct. Life saving, but not politically correct. Affordable, without side effects, but not politically correct.

It’s almost as if doctors take a course in medical school that demands that they never depend on vitamin C to treat anything. Is there an anti vitamin C oath that a doctor has to take to graduate from medical school?

There are a few exceptions. The most well known of these besides Dr. Fred Klenner would be Dr. Robert Cathcart, Dr. Tom Levy, and the Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling.

All of these distinguished doctors have written extensively on their use of vitamin C. Dr. Klenner once wrote “Vitamin C should be given to the patient while the doctors ponder the diagnosis.” He knew from first hand experience that it could mean the difference between life and death. Here is one example he tells from his own experience that reinforces this maxim:

An adult male came to my office complaining of severe chest pain and the inability to take a deep breath. Stated that he had been “stung” or “bitten” 10 minutes earlier. Thinking that it was a Black Widow and not bothering to look for fang marks, due to the gravity of the situation, I gave one gram calcium gluconate intravenously. This gave no relief. He begged for help saying he was dying. He was becoming cyanotic [blue or livid skin from lack of oxygen]. Twelve grams of vitamin C was quickly pulled into a 50 c.c. syringe and with a 20 gauge needle was given intravenously as fast as the plunger could be pushed. Even before the injection was completed, he exclaimed, “Thank God”. The poison had been neutralized that rapidly. He was sent home to locate the “culprit”. He soon returned with an object that looked like a mouse. It was 1 1/2 inches long with long brown hair. There was a dark ridge down the entire back. It had seven pairs of propelling units and a tail much like a mouse. The following day I took “The Thing” to Duke University where it was identified as the Puss Caterpillar. This unusual caterpillar left 44 red raised marks on the back of its victim. Except for vitamin C this individual would have died from shock and asphyxiation.

If that man had walked into almost any other doctor’s office, he would have died. Of this I have no doubt.

Like Dr. Linus Pauling, I think of Dr. Klenner as a vitamin C pioneer. To understand why, you might want to read Klenner’s paper on Observations On the Dose and Administration of Ascorbic Acid When Employed Beyond the Range Of A Vitamin In Human Pathology .

After he submitted this paper, because of the unusually high amounts of ascorbic acid used in Dr. Klenner’s treatment, the editor asked him to verify the amounts mentioned. Following is his answer:

“To the Editor of the ICAN Journal: This will confirm that all ‘quantity’ factors given in my paper are correct and can be confirmed from hospital and medical office records. The notation relative to 150 grams represents the amount used for reversing pathology in a given case and was the amount given over a period of 24 hours. (The I.V. was continuous.) This was given in three bottles of 5D water, decanting only enough from 1000 c.c. to be replaced by the ‘C’ ampules.


“Recently the FDA has published a ‘warning’ that too much soda-ascorbate might be harmful, referring to the sodium ion. In reply to this I can state that for many years I have taken 10 to 20 grams of sodium ascorbate by mouth daily, and my blood sodium remains normal. These levels are checked by an approved laboratory. Twenty grams each day and my urine remains at or just above pH 6.”

Signed:

Fred R. Klenner, M.D.

Here is a description of one of his 60 case histories of polio, summarized by Dr Lendon H. Smith, who abbreviated, summarized and annotated all of Klenner’s 27 papers into a 54 page booklet. (Do you and yourself a favor, print out Dr. Smith’s summary and share it with your doctor. It might save your life. But be forewarned, your doctor might be resistant to the information.)

Dr. Klenner described her as a five-year-old girl in 1951. This child had already been paralyzed in both her lower legs for over four days. The right leg was completely flaccid (limp), and the left leg was determined to be 85% flaccid. Pain was noticed especially in the knee and lumbar areas. Four consulting physicians confirmed the diagnosis of polio. Other than massage, vitamin C was the only therapy initiated.

After four days of vitamin C injections the child was again moving both legs, but with only very slow and deliberate movement. Klenner also noted that there was a “definite response” after only the first injection of vitamin C. The child was discharged from the hospital after four days, and 1,000 mg of oral vitamin C was continued every two hours with fruit juice for seven days. The child was walking about, although slowly, on the 11th day of treatment. By the 19th day of treatment there was a “complete return of sensory and motor function,” and no long-term impairment ever resulted. Vitamin C not only completely cured this case of polio, it completely reversed what would undoubtedly have been a devastating, crippling result for the remainder of this girl’s life.

Although his published paper on Vitamin C and polio was mostly ignored, he did receive letters from other doctors stating that they were able to get the same results following his recommendations.

Here is Dr. Klenner telling of another life-saving case history of vitamin C involving surgery:

In 1949, it was my privilege to assist at an abdominal exploratory laparotomy. A mass of small viscera was found “glued together”. The area was so friable that every attempt at separation produced a torn intestine. After repairing some 20 tears the surgeon closed the cavity as a hopeless situation. Two grams ascorbic acid was given by syringe every two hours for 48 hours and then 4 times each day. In 36 hours the patient was walking the halls and in seven days was discharged with normal elimination and no pain. She has outlived her surgeon by many years. We recommend that all patients take 10 grams ascorbic acid each day. Where this is not done and the surgery is elective, then 10 grams by mouth should be given for several weeks prior to surgery. At least 30 grams should be given, daily, in solutions, post-operatively, until oral medication is allowed and tolerated.


Here is a case history of his on Pesticide Poisoning

Three boys ranging in years from age seven to age 12 were walking along a North Carolina Highway. They were caught in the “spray” of a dusting airplane. The youngest boy had been covered by the other two and so received little exposure. He was seen in the emergency room of the local hospital and sent home. The other two boys had different physicians. One lad age 12, under our care, was given 10 grams of ascorbic acid with a 50 c.c. syringe every 8 hours. The concentration was one gram for each 5 c.c. dilutent. He was returned home on the second hospital day. The third boy received supportive treatment but did not receive ascorbic acid. His body was something to see. The spray had produced an allergic dermatitis as well as a chemical burn. He died on the 5th hospital day.


Here is a case history on Nasal Diphtheria

Three children, living in the same neighborhood, developed nasal diphtheria. All three children had different physicians. A little girl under our care was given 10 grams ascorbic acid, intravenously, with a 50 c.c. syringe every 8 hours for the first 24 hours and then every 12 hours for two times. She was then put on one gram ascorbic acid every two hours by mouth. She lived and is now a graduate nurse. The other children did not receive ascorbic acid and both died. Our young patient also received 40,000 units diphtheria antitoxin which was given intraperitoneal. The other children also were administered the antitoxin.


Biography of Dr. Frederick R. Klenner


Dr. Klenner had a long and successful practice in Reidsville, North Carolina. He completed his studies at Duke University and received his medical degree in 1936. Dr. Klenner served three years in post-graduate hospital training before embarking on a private practice in medicine. Although specializing in diseases of the chest, he continued to do general practice because of the opportunities it afforded for observations in medicine. His patients were as enthusiastic as he in playing guinea pigs to study the action of ascorbic acid. The first massive doses of ascorbic acid he gave to himself. Each time something new appeared on the horizon he took the same amount of ascorbic acid to study its effects so as to come up with the answers.

Dr. Klenner’s list of honors and professional society affiliations is tremendous. He is listed in a flock of various “Who’s Who” registers. He has published many scientific papers throughout his scientific career.
He is considered the most influential proponent of Vitamin C







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Vaccine fraud exposed



   Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists

Disclaimer: I am not an opponent of the theory of inoculation. Nor am I opposed to science. What I am opposed to is fraudulent science, and that’s what this article is all about.

Measles and mumps are making a huge comeback in the United States, but doctors and journalists all make the same critical error in understanding why. They blame “parents who don’t vaccinate their kids” as the cause, but the real cause — as revealed by whistleblowing scientists working for top vaccine manufacturers — is that measles and mumps vaccines are designed to fail from the start.

Scientific fraud, it turns out, is an inherent part of the vaccine industry.

How do we know? Because whistleblowers who worked in the industry have found the courage to speak out and tell the truth. These people are the Edward Snowdens of the vaccine industry.


   Merck falsified its mumps vaccine efficacy results, say former employees

Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test results to fabricate a “95% efficacy rate” say former Merck virologists Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski in their shocking  False Claims Act document.



As I wrote last year, ” In order to do this, Merck spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies.”

From the False Claims Act complaint:

Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint.

Merck, of course, denies the claims, just like all the drug companies deny ever engaging in briberyor using children for medical experimentsor  ghostwriting “scientific” studies that get published in science journals, or conspiring to suppress competing generic drugs and so on. Yet, as history has shown, all the top drug companies are routinely engaged in widespread criminal behavior, including conspiracy, fraud, bribery and more.

Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski are simply telling us what we already suspected: that Merck falsifies the efficacy of their vaccines in order to make them appear to be working when they actually aren’t. Why would a drug company do such a thing? Consider the fact that Merck has both motive and opportunity.


   Why drug companies design vaccines to fail

The vaccination dogma is so deeply embedded in the minds of doctors, journalists and the public, that any time a communicable disease starts to spread, everybody immediately leaps to the false conclusion that “more vaccines are needed.” This is very nearly a Pavlovian reaction in the minds of the brainwashed masses. “Spread of disease = lack of vaccines.”


Thus, the spread of disease actually boosts vaccine sales. Epidemics are a “marketing tool” to create demand for a profitable product that people can be convinced to purchase over and over again, year after year, whether it works or not.

And how do you create that demand? You engineer an epidemic by making sure your own vaccine products don’t work. Fear drives people to get vaccinated, so fear is used as the primary marketing tool.

But why hasn’t the con been exposed yet? Why haven’t scientists announced that most of the children afflicted with measles and mumps are the very same children who were vaccinated? One study showed that 97 percent of children afflicted with mumps had already been vaccinated against mumps.


In 2010, a mumps outbreak spread in New Jersey, and 77 percent of children afflicted with mumps had already been vaccinated against mumps.

The same is true with measles. Most measles outbreaks spread among those who have been vaccinated against measles.

When a swine flu outbreak swept through Britain in 2010, it turns out that 70 percent of those infected had already been vaccinated against swine flu.

Far from protecting people from disease outbreaks, vaccines often promote the pandemic they claim to prevent.

   Vaccines are ASSUMED to work, not proven to work

Why does the industry keep getting away with this fraud? The answer is because nobody ever compares infection rates of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated people. They all just ASSUME vaccines work because that is the dogma of modern medicine. Assumption becomes “fact” in the minds of brainwashed medical experts.

This is one of the tenants of the fraud-based medical system: Vaccines are assumed to work 100% of the time, without exception, and anyone who questions this is immediately branded a heretic. There is no tolerance whatsoever for any critical thinking or scientific inquiry when it comes to vaccines. And God forbid if you bring up the issue of mercury in vaccines, as the vaccine industry apparently believes that mercury magically becomes non-toxic when used in vaccines and injected into the body.


Thus, vaccines that fail (due to low efficacy) are never detected or even questioned. The fraud continues right under our noses. So a vaccine company can easily put a mumps or measles vaccine into circulation that is designed to fail while actually weakening the immune system from the mercury, formaldehyde, MSG and aluminum that are still used in vaccines today.

This actually causes an increase in the spread of these diseases, resulting in more alarmist media stories about the “spread of measles and mumps” which then results in more parents rushing to CVS pharmacies to get their children injected with yet another useless vaccine.

How’s that for an insidious profit model?

But it’s even worse than that. While some vaccines are simply designed to fail, other vaccines are designed to cause outbreaks of disease.

   Some vaccines are actively spiked with live viruses to cause pandemics

As Natural News previously exposed the vaccine industry was caught shipping live viruses to vaccine manufacturers of flu vaccines in 18 countries.

This was done by none other than Baxter International, Inc. one of the top suppliers of “weakened” flu virus material for use in vaccines. Except in this case, they weren’t weakened. Vaccines made with this material simply gave people the flu!



In the realm of desktop computing, many people believe that anti-virus companies write and release viruses in order to cause fear and boost demand for their products. It’s an incredibly effective way to sell more products. All you have to do is pay a group of hackers a couple of million dollars to keep writing viruses that get covered in the mainstream media. The scarier the story, the more people buy anti-virus software. I happen to know firsthand that McAfee uses dishonest scare tactics to sell their security software services, claiming your website is infected when it actually isn’t.

Vaccine companies, it turns out, use the same tactic. From time to time, they allow live viruses into the flu shots, thereby spreading influenza and causing the very kind of fear and panic that drives people into pharmacies to buy more vaccines.

The WHO and CDC are all part of it too, stirring up irrational fear and panic like they did with the H5N1 virus a few years ago. It turns out that WHO panel members receive kickbacks from drug companies to engineer these anti-science scare stories.

During the swine flu pandemic, it was revealed that 5 of the 15 members of a WHO advisory panel had financial ties to the very same drug companies who would financially benefit from the pandemic. That’s called “conflict of interest” in any other industry, yet for some reason it is fully tolerated in the fraudulent vaccine industry.

In 2010, an outstanding article by Dr. Gary Null explained much of this in excruciating detail. Read that article here on Natural News.

The deeper you dig into the vaccine industry and its longstanding practice of scientific fraud, misrepresentation, fear mongering and “medical false flags,” the more you realize just what a total con the vaccine industry has become.









 
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