Free Radical Is A Loose Electron

A Free Radical Is A Lost Electron Wreaking Havoc

If one is to read, and not think through the process, then free radicals ( unattached electrons flowing through us) are the scourge of our health. They are blamed on many diseases including most autoimmune diseases, cancers, and a host of other ailments including the inflammatory processes which are responsible for heart attacks, strokes and the sudden death syndromes associated with "weekend warriors".

It is true that unattached electrons are responsible for so many of our health ailments and an over abundance is not productive to staying well. We do need to eliminate the imbalance of free radicals in our body and generally that process is most often described in the choice of foods, or nutrition.

One of our problems is the misunderstanding of what a free radical really is. A free radical is not food, but is what the digestive process does with food. Antioxidants are also what the digestive process does with food and antioxidants also have a similar atomic structure to free radicals with one major exception. Antioxidants do not become free radicals by giving up an electron. A free radical is simply an electron gone wild, or an electron lacking an atom to be associated with.

The damage occurs by having a free electron speed around and disturb other atoms by diverting away an electron from the atom thusly creating a chain of loose electrons in our body that are reeking havoc on what was a healthy system. The prolonged damage is associated with many diseases.

Our body can generally stay in equilibrium balancing antioxidants with free radicals.

On the nutrition side we need to eat foods that provide antioxidants and we need to prepare the foods in such a manner our body does not expend unnecessary energy processing the food in our digestive system for our nutrition. In diseases such as multiple sclerosis we use fresh high antioxidant vegetables, fruits, nuts prepared in a blender to make the food more digestive friendly to help a suffering body repair itself easier.

Generally when we think of antioxidants we really think of foods that are either alkaline or acidic. The difference in these foods is the ability to either give or take an electron however in nutrition, as well as botany, we describe the state as "acid" or "alkaline". That is a more sophisticated statement of the electron state.

We also want to make sure our body does have free electrons as it is proven free electrons have a remarkable ability to destroy living things. Where that is crucial in our own personal health is the destruction of harmful bacteria within. The system that needs the free radicals is our own immune system. The purpose of our immune system is to protect us and one way that is done is by the use of free radicals to destroy harmful bacteria in our body.

It's easy to be overcome by the mantra of the harm of acidic foods but, as with LDL cholesterol which always gets a bad rap, we need LDL as our body does utilize it for maintaining health. Free radicals, like LDL, have to be held in balance and by doing so we stay healthy. It's when we stop electron supplementation to our body that we get sick.

The Infrex FRM and the Infrex Plus are used for supplementing electrons to the body for faster healing and prevention of disease.

The use of electrical charges to facilitate bone growth, soft tissue healing and development of more muscle bulk and strength is a process of supplying electrons directly to the body, bypassing the digestive process. The body can capture electrons and use them to arrest free radicals thus stopping the destruction and allowing the bones, tissues following surgery, to heal faster. In some cases to actually start healing when the process has not started, or is stalled. More information on electron supplementation is here:

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    Can we use natural plants and their seeds (spices) for better health?    In today's world of adding some specific, highly refined exogenous substance to our health system we have gone down a path that believes in the "miracle drug" as our cure all.    For sure the discovery of penicillin was literally life changing for millions of humans avoiding pain, suffering and deaths.   That is good.   However what is better is to prevent any human from needing to use something like penicillin or other drugs at all.  Obviously if one is injured and an external infection is allowed through the injury then it's nice to have an antibiotic IF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM NEEDS HELP.    The ideal is for the immune system to be capable of not needing any external medication and that is the direction of looking at our daily diet as our arsenal of "sickness prevention". 

     The blog owner, Monica Bhide, writes often of the use of culinary spices and herbs and provides tasteful Indian recipes on how to use.   India's mainstay in medicine is Ayurevedic which is a system of using native plants species for specific ailments and adjusting not on a singularity basis, but on a more holistic approach to identify and treat as the illness accelerates or decelerates.   Ayurdvedic medicine is a form of medicine that is best explained in Western societies as viewing how we use vitamins to stay healthy and pharmaceuticals to treat when diet/supplements fail.  Ayurevedic tends to treat using both principles but the use of natural spices in diet alleviates the need of so many pharmaceuticals for illness therapy.

   Below article is from A Life of Spice blog by Monica Bhide and describes several spices that have a history of helping our body stay strong and be able to fight off certain disease processes.   The best arsenal we have to prevent illness can be found in our back yard or local produce supplier.

Health Benefits of 4 Spices

Health Benefits of Spices by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD

Indian Spices For the Health of It

By Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD

I’m excited to be guest blogging for Monica today. I had the privilege of hearing her speak at this year’s Eat Write Retreat conference, where we got to chat a bit. When she suggested I write a post about the health benefits of Indian spices, I was all in– after all my blog is called a Teaspoon of Spice (which I co-write with my business partner, Serena Ball.) As a food-loving dietitian, I emphatically believe healthy food should always taste delicious. Any nutrition tips I share are usually accompanied by a tasty cooking tip or a yummy recipe.

Fresh herbs and spices are an important part of upping the flavor ante of healthy dishes. But guess what? It turns out they also add a powerful nutrient punch to recipes. While there is no specific recommended “daily doses” of spices (because the research on the health effects of spices and culinary herbs is still emerging), adding spices/herbs to every meal is a good rule of thumb. And it’s not a hard thing to do when you like to cook!

Here’s a breakdown on some popular Indian spices:

Cayenne (Red Pepper)

Benefits: Considered one of the “Seven Super Spices” – because it has higher levels of antioxidants and with promising health benefits – cayenne is a great source Vitamins A & C. Some research indicates that cayenne could help decrease appetite and rev up your metabolism; but don’t go on that cayenne pepper cleanse just yet. Those calorie-burning effects are minimal; so instead rather, enjoy cayenne in your food as much as your spicy tolerance levels allow.

Uses:  Cayenne is popular in Indian, Mexican, Italian and Cajun cuisines and used to flavor meats, chili, seafood, fruit and vegetables – basically, add it to any food you want to make hotter!

Recipe: Lychee Pineapple Salad

Coriander Seeds

Benefits: Another antioxidant-packed spice, coriander is being researched for its possible role in lowering blood cholesterol. It’s also is a decent source of several minerals including iron and calcium.

Uses: Often a part of garam masala and curry spice blends, try coriander in soups, stews, beans, dressings, marinades, burgers, meatballs, chicken and fish. The seeds are delicious when toasted and then grounded. (In America, we refer to the fresh stems and leaves as ‘cilantro’ and the seeds as ‘coriander.’)

Recipe: Gorgeous Chicken Skewers


Benefits: Cumin is a rich source of iron (1 tablespoon provides almost half of your daily iron recommendation) and also has potential anti-inflammatory effects. Other possible benefits include fighting off bacteria, lowering blood sugar and warding off certain cancers.

Uses: Add to chili, dips, salsa, beans, chicken, pork, fish, grains and root vegetables. Cumin is usually a part of garam masala, too, and is fantastic when paired with coriander.

Recipe: Cumin & Chickpea Flatbread


Benefits: Monica has professed her love for this gorgeous golden yellow spice and with good reason, as turmeric is another one of those “Seven Super Spices.” With fairly powerful anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric is a good-for-your-heart spice to have on hand. It’s also a source of iron and manganese.

Uses: Commonly found in curry powder; try adding turmeric to chicken/tuna/egg salad, rice, fish, dips, soups and vegetables like peas and potatoes.

Recipe: Monica’s Fish Curry (her dad’s favorite!)

(All photos and text courtesy of Deanna Segrave-Daly)

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   Video Shows Integrative Medicine Is One Of The Forthcoming Health Trends of 2013.

    The below study from Science Daily is another of the studies being done where the use of "alternative therapies" is being modified to "complementary therapies".  

   The current research climate is not single focus on what the individual alternative therapies do as a stand alone, but how the therapies assist in the efficacy of traditional therapies.   The changing of the structural terms is helping patients and their traditional doctors work together for positive patient outcomes using complementary alternative therapies. 

   The intriguing element of this study though is the clinican in more of the cases did not tell the treating clinician of the complementary herbs, herbal extracts etc. being used.   That is not good as best basis is total communication between patient and caregiver.  Hopefully the clinician is also open minded enough to intelligently discuss with the patient the good and bad of certain complementary medicines.

   Complementary and Alternative Therapy Improved Lives of Arthritis Patients, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2012) — Nearly a quarter of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis used complementary and alternative therapy (CAT) to help manage their condition, according to a study in the November issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Researchers interviewed 250 patients aged between 20 and 90 years of age. More than two-thirds (67%) had rheumatoid arthritis and the remainder had osteoarthritis.

   They found that 23% used CAT in addition to prescribed drugs and that just under two-thirds of those (64%) felt that the therapy was beneficial, reporting improvements in pain intensity, sleeping patterns and activity levels.
"Our study underlines the importance of healthcare professionals being knowledgeable about the potential use of CAT when providing medical care to patients with arthritis" says lead author Professor Nada Alaaeddine, Head of the Regenerative and Inflammation Lab in the Faculty of Medicine, University of St Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon.

  "Although CAT might have beneficial effects in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, patients should be cautious about their use and should tell their healthcare providers that they are using them to make sure they don't conflict with their existing treatment."

Key findings of the survey included:
  • CAT users had an average age of 45 years, significantly younger than the average non CAT user, who was aged 57 years.
  • CAT use was higher in patients with osteoarthritis (29%) than rheumatoid arthritis (20%).
  • The most common CAT used was herbal therapy (83%), followed by exercise (22%), massage (12%), acupuncture (3%), yoga and meditation (3%) and dietary supplements (3%).
  • Just under a quarter of the patients using CAT (24%) sought medical care because of possible side effects, but they were not serious and were reversible. The most common side effects included skin problems (16%) and gastrointestinal problems (9%).
  • The majority did not tell their healthcare provider about their CAT use (59%).
   CAT users were asked to rate the amount of pain they felt and the percentage who said that they experienced no pain rose from 12% to 43% after CAT use. The number who slept all night rose from 9% to 66%.

   CAT users also reported an improvement in daily activities. The percentage who said that their pain did not limit them at all rose from 3% to 12% and the percentage who said they could do everything, but with pain, rose from 26% to 52%.

"CAT use is increasing and this study shows that it provided self-reported benefits for patient with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis" says Professor Alaaeddine.
"It is, however, important that patients discuss CAT use with their healthcare practitioner and that they are made aware of possible side effects, in particular the possible interactions between herbal and prescribed drugs."

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