20 Ideas to Fight or Prevent Autoimmunity

fight autoimmune diseaseThe overload of toxins in our air, water, food and environment is wreaking havoc on human immune systems, as well as damaging the plants and animals we share the planet with. After learning even a little about the devastating amounts of chemicals all around us on a daily basis, and their severe toxic effects, it’s easy to become depressed, or feel utterly hopeless in being able to do anything about it. Further below, you will find 20 small steps you can begin to take to protect, and even heal, your immune system.

Everything from the formaldehyde in our carpet, fluoride in our water, glyphosate in our food, and Sodium Laurel Sulfate in our body care products can have our immune systems working overtime every minute of the day. As toxins attach to the proteins of our cells, our immune systems can begin to see our own cells as “invaders” and vigorously attack them. Essentially, this means a body begins fighting it’s “self”, and this, in layman’s terms, is the definition of “Autoimmune Disease”.

From the very beginning of mankind, human immune systems only needed to fight off five kinds of invaders: Molds, Bacteria, Virus, Fungus and Parasites. The immune system can, and has, adapted to be able to fight off newly-mutated viruses, for example, but most toxic substances are another story. Many of the toxins in the products we use (even this computer I’m typing on that is made of oil and plastic) are engineered in such a way that they quickly infiltrate and disrupt the ability of our immune systems to combat them.

If you’ve noticed the sharp “rise” in autoimmunity and new disease over the past two or three decades, think about what has changed in our environment and way of life during that time frame. Typically, you can quickly see how the rise in immune dysfunction correlates with the sharp rise in toxin levels, the move away from normal foods to processed foods, the levels of pollution, the immune disrupting chemical “advancements” in pesticides, the lack of time spent outdoors to help build immunity, increases in electronic pollution, and on and on.

In my own lifetime, I recall when microwaves became popular, literally everything was starting to be made from plastic, and soy was the big (not so smart) “health fad” that ended up a permanent ingredient (or cheap filler replacement) in numerous foods we still buy today. Today, ground beef, vegetables, and milk products, for example, don’t even “taste” like I recall from my childhood. For timeline correlation between the introduction of toxins and deteriorating human health, you might like to reference 11 Graphs that Show Everything that is Wrong with the Modern Diet.

Not all newly introduced toxins or lifestyle changes will have an instant effect on the population, so we need to take serious responsibility for controlling our own, individual and family situations immediately! By the time the scientific community “catches up”, or fully understands the repercussions of these toxins and practices, it could be too late to reverse the damage done upon all living things on Earth.

The good news is that our bodies are continually regenerating, adapting and fighting for us all the time. Even in the case of autoimmunity, it is slightly reassuring to know our systems are still firing off attacks against perceived invaders, even though the immune system is randomly and inaccurately targeting everything, and promoting dis-ease. We can also continue learning, and urging regulatory agencies to get up to speed, forcing them to clamp down on corporations like Monsanto that promotes things like glyphosate and uncertain bio-engineering practices. We can, and should, educate our children and grandchildren to give them the tools and habits that will help shape their lifelong habits, resistance to toxins, and autoimmunity.

In order to help protect our bodies and allow them to come back into balance, there are many things we can do right now:

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What we Think, we Create

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What we “think”, we “create”.  In other words, what we “perceive” becomes “reality”.  We have much more control than we realize, or perhaps,

we have more influence on the outcome than we want to accept responsibility for.

The way we perceive the outer world can be a direct reflection of our inner selves. A “mirror” to the inner workings of our minds. If the inner self is unhappy, angry, unbalanced, depressed or frustrated, then we tend to see everything as an annoyance or an obstacle which can’t be overcome. We remain “stuck” because we fail to realize that we have complete control over how we choose to perceive things. The internal messages are self-defeating in nature and there is a sense of “victim-hood”. When this “coping strategy” has persisted for some time, it becomes a habit that can actually feel comforting because it is familiar. We are reluctant to try alternate approaches in facing problems, perhaps because we haven’t learned any other way. The people around us respond to this negativity and actually feed us more chaos without realizing it, because that is what we are inadvertently “teaching” them to do.

Consider the middle-school child who is often sent to the principal for clowning around in class. His teachers, parents, and peers continually complain about his behavior, labeling him as a trouble-maker and reminding him frequently that if he keeps to his current ways, he will amount to nothing, or maybe end up in jail someday. The messages become so ingrained that they actually become his OWN “self-talk”, and this will likely result in living up to exactly the expectations everyone (now including himself) has laid out for him. For many adults, we’re still feeding ourselves that negative self-image deeply ingrained from our childhoods, or from a major failure in the past.

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Unknown

On the other hand, the balanced and positive mind will tend to perceive a major setback very differently. Suppose the person with the “positive mind” receives notice that they’ve been fired, and arrives home to find they’re out of propane for heat in the middle of January. There will surely be anger and frustration, but it will quickly be followed by self-talk such as,

“I really disliked that job anyway. This could be the chance for me to start that business I’ve been dreaming of. If I need money until I get it underway, I have a great skills and a few places to inquire with for a new job. I’m going to dig out my resume right now and polish it up just in case. I’ve been through worse and I’m still lucky to have a roof over my head and the things I truly need. Many people struggle with much more than this every day. I’ll call the propane company and see if they will work out a payment plan with me. Tonight, I’ll fire up the kerosene heater. It was really smart to buy that heater when I did. I can handle this.”

The person with the “negative mind” would have reacted very differently. More along the lines of:

“For crying out loud! I can’t take ONE more thing! Why does all this sh*t happen to ME? How am I supposed to fill the propane tank if I have no money coming in now? I should have taken that other job last year instead of this one! I have no one to help me. I’m losing everything! I am such a failure”.

“We are what we think, all that we are arises with our thoughts, with our thoughts we make the world.” – Gautama Buddha

The great news is that we CAN control how we choose to perceive things and how we will manifest our desires. We can choose how we will respond outwardly, and whether the inner messages we give ourselves will be self-destructive, or self-empowering! Positive manifests positive, and I know this to be true from my own experiences in escaping some of the darkest recesses, and hopeless depths imaginable. Abundance, success and healing is available to each of us, but they all begin, or end, with us.

So, how does a person know if they are “thinking themselves into destruction”, or “creating negativity and lack of opportunity”?

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Free Facebook Targeting Trick

Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn every post on your Facebook business page into a targeted ad? Well, apparently, you can! Either this feature has been a well-kept secret or I’ve been living under a rock, but either way, I’m glad I discovered it a few days ago. The best part: it’s FREE!

From your Facebook Page, click “Settings” in the upper right corner. At this point, you should be in the “General” settings (has a gear icon next to it). Over on the right look for “Audience Optimization for Posts” and click “Edit”. A box will pop up allowing you to turn on this feature by clicking the box. Be sure to click “Save” after you’ve checked the box. That’s it.

Now, every time you create a new post, there will be a symbol available (as shown below) that looks a bit like a compass rose.

When you click the symbol before choosing publish, you will be able to specify the target audiences for that particular post. A box will pop up highlighting “Preferred Audience“. For example, if you’re posting a recipe, you would want to target Facebook users who have shown an interest in cooking. Start typing in a few terms and you will be given suggestions to choose from along with how many people have expressed interest in each particular term. So, you may end up using more than one targeted term or phrase, such as Cooking, Recipes, or Healthy Diet.

Tip: You can also leverage the followers of large companies that align with (or compete with) your own niche. For instance, if you have a cooking blog, you might choose to include “AllRecipes” in the Interest box so that you will be able to get the attention of those who follow the AllRecipes website.

In the tab called “Audience Restrictions“, you may target specific locations, languages, genders, and age groups. If you only sell products in Canada, or your blog is in French, then you might wish to limit your posts to target only those demographics. Since Facebook age default for users is 13, I like to change this to a minimum age of 18 even though I don’t share “adult content”. I just don’t want to appear as if I’m targeting minors for any reason.

Before you click “Publish”, be sure to “Save” when you are finished with your Audience selections and restrictions.

Bonus Tips for posting to Facebook:

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Uses and Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

watkins grapeseed oil health benefits and other usesYou may have already heard that among cooking oils, Grapeseed Oil is a healthy favorite. Unlike Olive oil, the flavor is so light and neutral that it won’t alter the taste of your foods. It is great for sauteing, grilling, using in vinegar dressings, and even deep frying due to the stability, and high-temperature smoke point.

JR Watkins Grapeseed Oil is a superb choice. It is versatile, light, and practically odorless and tasteless. Excellent as a dipping oil or for use on pasta, it contains zero Trans fats, and no gluten or distilled white vinegar. A serving size of 1 Tablespoon contains 120 calories.

Health Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

Because Grape seeds are full of potent antioxidants known as Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes (OPCs) they help fight free radicals which can contribute to premature aging and numerous chronic diseases. OPC compounds have been show to benefit the body in many other ways. They are antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, and more.

At only 8%, Grapeseed oil is very low in saturated fat. By contrast, olive oil contains double that amount. Grapeseed oil is high in polyunsaturated fat which helps raise good cholesterol (HDL), and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. The percentage of linoleic acid is high (between 65 and 72 percent) in Grapeseed oil. Linoleic acid converts to conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA) which reduces cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and improves weight loss. (PubMed Reference).

Grapeseed Oil also contains about twice the amount of Vitamin E (an antioxidant) as Olive oil, along with other powerful antioxidants!

Grapeseed Oil Additional Uses

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