Participants: Agatha Thrash (Host), Don Miller
Series Code: HYTH
Program Code: HYTH000202
00:01 There are a lot of diseases in our age
00:03 that we just don't know
00:05 what makes them come about.
00:07 Some of these we have had
00:08 for just a few years,
00:10 Some we have had for a number of years
00:12 and diseases tend to wax an wane.
00:15 There are several of these
00:17 that we're still in the waxing phase.
00:19 They are still not waning yet.
00:21 We'd like to talk about some of these diseases
00:23 in this program and
00:25 we hope you will join us for it.
00:44 Welcome to Help Yourself to Health
00:47 with Dr. Agatha Thrash, of Uchee Pines Institute.
00:51 And now here is your host Dr. Thrash.
00:54 Some of the diseases that we are suffering from
00:59 in this modern age, have a fairly clear
01:02 relationship to some kind of lifestyle
01:06 We also have a number of diseases in this modern age,
01:10 that are fairly, clearly related
01:12 to diet, in some way,
01:13 and one of those is endometriosis.
01:17 Some things in lifestyle may be associated
01:20 with endometriosis, but then some things
01:23 in diet may also be associated.
01:26 Endometriosis is a planting,
01:29 or a transplanting of some of the lining material
01:33 of the uterus, in some other place.
01:37 Now some other place may be the uterine wall itself,
01:41 normally this membrane
01:43 lines the interior of the uterus, or the womb.
01:47 But in endometriosis some parts of it
01:51 may be transplanted into the wall of the uterus.
01:56 Then when the uterus contracts at all
01:59 that causes pain.
02:01 In addition to the uterine muscle, it can be these
02:06 little bits of endometrial tissue can be
02:10 transplanted on to the surface of the uterus,
02:13 or on the surfaces of the tubes,
02:15 or inside the tubes, in which case
02:19 there may be an infertility problem.
02:22 These little bits of the
02:25 lining material called endometrium
02:26 may transplant on the inside of the abdomen
02:31 They may transplant even on the liver
02:33 or on the intestinal tract, during the mesentery
02:37 or in some other place.
02:39 They may inbed in the umbilicus,
02:44 or in some cases they may even go to some distant place
02:48 such as to the skin.
02:51 I saw one case of endometriosis
02:54 that, the skin of the upper chest was
02:57 involved with an endometrial transplant.
02:59 It's quite weird to see this strange looking thing
03:03 that became very congested with blood
03:08 with her menstral periods, and then when
03:12 the tumor was taken out
03:14 it had very tipical lining material,
03:17 the same kind thing that we find
03:19 in the lining of the uterus.
03:22 Such cases of course bring forth a lot
03:27 of interest, and a lot of study,
03:30 and some of the studies that have been done
03:32 have shown some factors of lifestyle to be involved.
03:36 Some have felt that sexual excitation
03:41 during the menstral period, may be involved
03:44 in endometriosis.
03:46 The way that is beleived to happen,
03:49 if it does, it has not been proven,
03:52 is that the contractions of the uterus
03:56 at a time when the lining material
03:59 is usually sloughing off, that these contractions
04:03 cause certain viable portions of little streaks
04:08 of the endometrial that are still living
04:10 they have been shed, but they are still living
04:14 and they can be squeezed back along the lymphatics
04:17 into the wall of the uterus,
04:20 or can be squeezed out through the fallopian tube
04:24 into the tube, and out into the abdomen
04:27 where they can implant on the ovaries,
04:30 or on the tubes themselves, or in distant areas.
04:34 If this is true, we don't know, but it is certainly
04:38 well worth the Bible injunction
04:41 to avoid marital relations at that very tender time
04:46 of a womans monthly cycle.
04:49 Now another theory, as to how endometriosis occurs
04:54 has just been published, a very short time ago.
05:00 This one inculded 70 patients with endometriosis
05:05 who had various studies done on their tissues
05:09 and on their tissue fluids,
05:11 and all of the fluids and tissues showed
05:15 a high level of iron, and the researchers
05:19 came to the conclusion, at the end of their study period
05:23 that they were dealing with something having to do with
05:26 iron metabolism, or perhaps even iron overload
05:31 that it might have to do with the origin of endometriosis.
05:35 Now whatever its origin might be, we do know
05:38 what it is, where it implants
05:40 what kind of symptoms that it gives.
05:43 These are usually a worsening of symptoms
05:46 just before, and at the time of the menstral flow.
05:52 These symptoms, being largely pain,
05:56 maybe pelvic pain,
05:57 maybe pain on the floor of the pelvis
06:00 or in the abdomen generally, or in one side or other.
06:04 Or in any place where there is an implant
06:08 of the endometrial tissue, as the endometrium
06:12 swells just prior to the onset of the menstral period.
06:17 That swelling causes pressure on adjacent nerves
06:22 and that of course can cause
06:24 a woman feel quite a lot of pain.
06:27 So pain control is one of the important ways
06:30 that we treat endometriosis.
06:33 This can be with heating pads, ice bags,
06:36 massage of the extremities
06:38 which tends to distract the person from the pain
06:42 that they are having elseware.
06:44 Hot footbaths can be most helpful
06:46 in this kind of problem, and then a very spare diet
06:53 can be helpful in endometriosis.
06:54 Some of the anti-pain herbs are such things as,
06:59 White Willow Bark, some of the anti-imflammatory
07:04 herbs, such as Hawthorn Berry,
07:08 or Stinging Nettle, or Kava
07:13 or dandelion, a number of these ant-inflammatory
07:16 agents, flax seed is also an excellent
07:19 anti-inflammatory agent and can be a excellent remedy
07:23 in endometriosis.
07:25 Now an interesting feature of endometriosis
07:27 is that it will eventually sort of burn itself out.
07:31 Because every month
07:32 there is a bleeding from these implants
07:35 as well as from the lining of the uterus
07:37 because of the hormonal cycles
07:39 that involve these implants as well.
07:42 After a little while the pressures on the inside
07:46 and the scarring that comes
07:49 from the repeated bleedings
07:50 will cause the implant to just sort of burn itself out.
07:55 So if the woman can tough it out for long enough,
07:57 the time is coming when she will be better
08:00 with endometriosis.
08:02 Now another thing I would like for us to discuss
08:06 is that of pollutants in modern society
08:10 and I have Dr. Don Miller
08:12 who is going to talk with you about pollutants
08:14 and he has become aware of these
08:17 as he has traveled around so Dr. Miller
08:20 would you tell us something about pollutants.
08:22 Well I look fondly back at the days
08:25 when your main pollutants you had to worry about
08:27 stepping in.
08:28 Now you have to worry about breathing them.
08:29 Now I've been in some cities in the world
08:32 that are sort of noted for the amount
08:34 of pollutants in the air.
08:35 A Bangkok, is one of the most highly polluted areas.
08:40 Tokyo is very polluted, but, how big of an impact
08:44 does this pollution have on the body
08:46 is the question that you need to ask?
08:48 There is a very interesting study that I have read
08:50 that came out of Utrecht the Netherlands
08:53 basically it wasn't done there
08:54 it was done by people in the Netherlands
08:56 on a small town in the country of Switzerland
09:00 the small town with the highway moving through
09:04 the middle of it, which would carry about
09:06 5,000 vehicles a day.
09:08 They found that people who lived outside
09:13 the 50 meter line, from the highway
09:16 outline of 50 meters would have a significantly
09:20 lower amount of cancers than with those living
09:23 within that 50 meters.
09:24 Here's what it looked like
09:25 Of 75 deaths, over a 12 year period,
09:30 due to various carcinomas, various cancers
09:32 in this 12 year period of time
09:35 Only three lived outside of this 50 meter ban
09:40 so apparently 47 people
09:42 living within this 50 meter ban
09:44 might have been profoundly affected by the exhaust
09:47 and the pollution coming out of the vehicles
09:49 traveling down this road and quite frankly
09:52 5,000 vehicles is not that many vehicles.
09:54 But there is something else he found out
09:56 not only were his patients dying of cancer,
09:59 because of living within this zone.
10:01 Here's what else: headaches sleep disorders, fatigue,
10:04 depression, digestive disorders, and nervousness
10:08 were twice as common, and in those people living within
10:11 50 meters of the highway, they were taking four times
10:15 as many analgesics, than those living outside
10:17 the 50 meters.
10:18 So what do you do about this?
10:20 Well we recommend very strongly vitamin M.
10:23 And what is vitamin M,
10:24 "MOVE", move away from the area
10:26 Now sometimes that may seem overly simplistic
10:28 you just can't do it.
10:30 But realize that with the proximity to the pollution
10:34 source, you are opening yourselves up to
10:37 a source of danger, and a source of disease.
10:41 What can you do?
10:42 If you cannot move everything else you do
10:44 needs to be done as carefully as possible.
10:48 They say that people who cook over gas ranges
10:51 and that is my favorite way to cook.
10:53 If they do not have proper exhaust,
10:55 they are breathing as much exhaust and pollutants
10:59 as if they were living in the city,
11:01 so we need to have a good exhaust fan over our range
11:05 or over our stoves.
11:06 But another very interesting one,
11:09 I found looking through the internet.
11:11 Chemicals, in newly installed carpets,
11:15 we have this problem called outgassing.
11:18 Almost everything now days outgasses.
11:21 Our paint has anti-fungal agents,
11:24 and they have anti-mold agents.
11:27 We have carpeting with different agents in there.
11:30 This is what they did,
11:31 they took pieces of carpeting
11:33 and they blew a fan over the carpeting
11:36 into a cage of mice, so it would forcing the mice
11:39 to breathe air that was
11:41 coming over newly made carpeting.
11:45 Between 40 minutes and 24 hours
11:50 every single mouse was dead within this cage.
11:54 Now a mouse is very small and does not have the capacity
11:58 to basically take care of some of these pollutants.
12:01 But what do we do when we have a home thats
12:03 wall to wall carpeting.
12:06 Our drywall has agents in there,
12:08 the paint on the dry wall,
12:10 the curtains have agents in there.
12:12 The upolstry on our sofas and chairs
12:15 all have outgassing agents and we are living
12:18 in a very potent stew of pollutants,
12:21 and its not the healthiest thing.
12:23 Now some people, because of vital capacity
12:27 because of good genes or whatever, good lifestyle
12:30 in other ways are protected, but some people are
12:33 profoundly affected by the stew that they are living in.
12:38 There are other things, the preserving things
12:42 that we have nowdays.
12:44 The plastics, I read an article not long ago
12:46 that people who put food in the microwave oven
12:49 and have some of this shrinkwrap type plastic
12:51 over the top, as the microwave heats it up, pollutants
12:55 drip off, zeno estrogens drip off into the food,
12:58 you are eating this stew, and these things
13:00 cause infertility, as a matter of fact just wrapping your food
13:03 in these types of plastics are not the best thing.
13:08 What I like to do when I finish my all fruit
13:10 jelly jars, or whatever jars I'm using.
13:13 I save all my glass jars and I put my leftovers in glass.
13:17 They don't outgas and they stay pretty well.
13:20 Put a tight lid on them, put them in the refrigerator
13:23 at the proper temperature,
13:24 but try to eat them as fast as possible,
13:27 because everything now days in this society is giving off
13:30 some type of pollutant.
13:32 So the best thing is to do is be careful,
13:34 if you are going to move into a new home.
13:37 they are building some new homes at Uchee Pines right now
13:40 and maybe some day we will finish one
13:42 and I'll move into it.
13:43 I've already got the hard wood floors, those pine floors.
13:47 I've already got the floors ready to put down.
13:50 No carpets in the house, I'm gonna have mini blinds
13:53 no curtains.
13:54 I feel that I'm getting into that age where you got to be
13:58 a little bit more careful, and you might be in that age too
14:01 but no matter how old or how young you are
14:04 Take care of yourself beginning right now
14:07 and you might some real benefits along down the road.
14:10 So Dr. Thash this pollution thing is a major problem.
14:14 Yes it is. Did I miss it or did you not mention
14:17 about cigarette smoke.
14:19 Well,you know they find that cigarette smoke,
14:21 a person who smokes a cigarette in a room
14:24 and then leaves the room.
14:25 The effects of that cigarette remains in that room
14:29 for seven days, and that's in there.
14:32 Now there's another thing that's very interesting
14:34 sort of written by a very inspired writer some years ago
14:38 says that if a child, and we've all had this happen
14:41 who are parents.
14:42 Remember sitting there sleeping and your little child
14:45 comes up and says can I sleep in bed with you.
14:48 If the parent smokes, father or mother smokes
14:51 and the child sleeps with them in the bed.
14:54 We're not talking about the parents smoking in bed,
14:57 we're just talking about the "aura"
15:00 that comes off the person,
15:01 that person will have weakend lungs, and could be affected
15:05 for their entire lifetime.
15:06 Just being around where someone has smoked.
15:08 It is great that we are moving to the area nowadays
15:11 where people are not allowed to smoke in public areas.
15:14 I love our airports,
15:15 you walk down through our airports in America
15:18 and every once in awhile you come to a glass cage
15:21 and inside this glass cage are death defying people
15:23 all smoking their cigaretts.
15:25 You go to other countries, and people are smoking everywhere,
15:29 and its pretty tough to take, but cigarette smoking is an
15:32 unbelievably dangerous thing in our society Dr. Thrash
15:36 we need to be careful.
15:37 Now I used to think that this idea that just the skin
15:43 of a person with a smoking history would exude materials
15:48 that would cause a child to be affected by it.
15:51 I thought that, that was a little overstated, until
15:55 some major research came out showing that indeed it is true
16:00 that even the skin and the breath
16:03 of a person who is a smoker can affect their child,
16:06 their unborn child as well.
16:09 No I would like to talk just a bit about the eyes
16:13 Most marvelous organ,
16:15 one of the most marvelous organs in the entire body.
16:18 It's a precision organ, something in the eye is
16:22 constantly moving.
16:23 The diaphram of the eye is constantly opening
16:28 and closing for the available light.
16:30 The lens of the eye is constantly changing its shape.
16:34 because of the distance that we are looking,
16:38 whether its long or short, and the changing of the eye,
16:42 just to look from a long distance to a shorter distance
16:46 to a very short distance, or to a very distant object.
16:49 The lens has to make some major changes.
16:53 Very precision instrument, the eye.
16:57 So are there some special things that we should
16:59 do to take care of it, and the answer is yes,
17:02 we have a lot diseases of the eyes and the structures
17:06 that are near the eyes that we should be aware of
17:10 I would like to talk with you
17:13 about a few of the things that have to do with conjunctivitis.
17:16 This is an inflammation of the sac, the moist sac
17:21 that covers the outside of the eye.
17:26 If you pull your eyelid down,
17:27 you will be right in the conjunctival sac.
17:31 A germ can get in there or you can get injured because
17:36 of trash or a bug or something that falls
17:39 in the eye, or some fumes
17:41 or chemical that comes into the eye.
17:45 So that you can get an irritation that can be
17:47 followed by an infection.
17:49 So what can you do that will help your conjunctivae
17:54 Well it will be of no surprise to you
17:56 that the same things that we have always talked about
17:59 are good for the eyes, are good for the conjunctiva
18:01 Vitamin A and foods that are high in vitamin A
18:05 such as apricots, and squash,
18:07 sweet potatoes, pumpkin
18:13 anything that is orange or yellow or deep green.
18:18 All of the greens, the more deeply green they are,
18:21 the more vitamin A they will contain
18:23 and that helps the cinjunctiva
18:27 It helps to keep it moist, so people with the dry eye
18:31 syndrome should emphasize these foods in the diet
18:36 Apricots can be very helpful to provide vitamin A
18:40 But now the B vitamins are also important for the
18:44 proper conjunctival health.
18:46 B vitamins help with the healing of diseases,
18:52 the growth of new membrane and so the B Vitamins
18:57 should of course be emphasized.
18:59 Now cataracts, this is a cloudiness
19:03 of the lens of the eye.
19:06 This cloudiness tends to grow once it begans
19:10 so that the person who starts getting a cataract
19:14 may wait for a good while before it gets so bad
19:18 they can't see, before they have the lens
19:20 operated on, and a new lens put in.
19:23 So what can help us with cataracts?
19:26 Well the same good fruits and vegetables
19:29 that will help with the conjunctiva,
19:32 will also help with the lenses.
19:34 But then there is another whole class of foods
19:36 should be avoided, and these are the dairy products.
19:41 I have here a number of the dairy products that have
19:45 as their offending agent that of galactose.
19:51 Lactose is the principal carbohydrate in
19:54 cow's milk or breast milk either, and lactose may cause a
20:02 serious problem for the eyes in adulthood,
20:06 so people who are prone to cataracts should eliminate
20:09 dairy products, because the lactose comprised of
20:13 glucose and galactose can break down,
20:16 or does break down during the digestive process
20:19 and the galactose that's released is the offending
20:23 agent for the lenses.
20:26 Then of course the total fat that one takes in
20:31 can affect the lenses as well.
20:34 Butter and margarine
20:37 these are very injurious to the lenses
20:41 of a person who is prone to get cataracts.
20:45 Now what about salt, the excessive use of salt
20:48 and very salty foods can also affect
20:52 the production of cataracts.
20:55 Glaucoma is an increase in the pressure
20:59 inside the eyes, and anything that will increase
21:03 the blood pressure will also increase the
21:05 pressure inside the eyes.
21:07 So coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate
21:12 these can all increase the interior pressure
21:16 of the eye, to make glaucoma, which can then
21:19 injure the retina, and can cause blindness
21:23 because of damage to the retina.
21:24 A very high protein diet
21:28 can also damage the internal structure
21:32 of the eye and cause one to get glaucoma.
21:36 Then another one which is so serious
21:38 is that of Macular Degeneration.
21:41 The macula is the place of
21:44 the most fine focus
21:48 in the eye, and the macula can be
21:52 damaged by a wide variety of things
21:55 aspirin being one
21:57 various food substances can
22:00 such as those that are deficient in zinc,
22:04 those that are deficiant in anti-oxidants,
22:08 aged foods, foods that are rancid,
22:11 those kind of things can be a problem for the macula.
22:15 There also some wonderful foods
22:17 that can help the macula
22:18 spinach is one,
22:19 if a person who has already developing
22:23 macular degeneration
22:26 that can reverse the process
22:29 of macular degeneration
22:31 and can give the person a little bit better
22:34 acuity of vision, than one had before
22:38 the spinach routine was taken.
22:41 Cabbage is also good,
22:43 oranges are good, and foods that are high in zinc
22:46 and high in anti-oxidants.
22:48 All of these can be so beneficial for a person
22:53 with eye problems, that I think that it is
22:56 well for us to study these various things.
22:59 Another problem is that of night blindness
23:02 and Dr. Don Miller
23:04 will talk with you about this problem.
23:07 You talked about Macular Degeneration
23:09 Dr. Thrash, you know my mother had this
23:11 Oh! And she's right now is 81 years old
23:14 and to the point where she already had the
23:17 blindness in the center of her eye
23:19 and she could no longer drive at night
23:21 cause she could not see at night
23:22 and she could not even see in shadows.
23:24 She started all this about two years ago
23:25 taking a herbal combination that is good for the eyes
23:29 and she recently got her full drivers license back
23:33 she has no visible macular degeneration anymore.
23:36 Is that right, I'm sure she took bilberry tea,
23:40 and maybe she ate bluberries alot.
23:42 Every time I go home I try to take her some
23:45 during blueberry season.
23:46 But there are good things that you can do for the eyes.
23:48 Did she take the spinach?
23:50 I had her taking spinach at least three times a week.
23:53 Uh huh! Extremely good!
23:54 Anything that Dr. Thrash has mentioned
23:57 for the eye problems that she has mentioned
23:59 is good also for the night blindness.
24:01 The eye is, when you think about the eye
24:04 if you study the eye you wonder how in the world
24:08 can anyone have the audacity
24:10 to even think about evolution.
24:12 How could you evolve this unbelieveably complex
24:16 part of our visible brain.
24:18 But our eyes, she's already talked about the macula
24:22 she's talked about othe parts of the eye
24:24 we have rods and cones in our eye
24:26 that receive certain types of light.
24:28 It's the rods that receive basically alot of light
24:32 which is not color sensitive
24:34 its basically black and white type light
24:36 and this is where we get our night vision
24:38 those who have good rods can see very well at night.
24:42 People who have night blindness,
24:45 the rods are not as strong as they should be
24:48 So what can we do about this?
24:49 Everything that Dr. Thrash just said about
24:52 everything else in the eye you do those things.
24:55 You eat the green leafy vegetables,
24:57 you eat the orange and
25:00 the yellow vegetables and fruits
25:01 When I'm in India, I have alot of patients
25:04 come to me with this problem,
25:06 I've got night blindness,
25:08 Now for some reason in the developing countries
25:10 that eat rice,
25:12 they eat almost always refined rice
25:14 which is depleated rice
25:16 which is going to deplete them of their
25:17 vitamins and their minerals.
25:19 I tell them because,
25:20 there are plenty of them over there.
25:22 Start eating alot of papaya,
25:24 a very good source of vitamin A.
25:26 If you have night blindness
25:27 I would suggest you start off
25:29 with about 25 international units
25:31 of vitamin A about twice a day,
25:34 which is going to help.
25:35 Also a zinc deficiency
25:38 Dr. Thrash had mentioned a zinc deficiency.
25:39 If we have a zinc deficiency
25:42 the liver is not able to convert the carotene
25:45 in the vitamin A, and so we need to have
25:47 plenty of zinc, and so you take
25:48 either a zinc supplement, but I'd rather you take
25:51 zinc containing foods.
25:52 I've already mentioned in another program
25:54 Things like popcorn, things like pumpkin seeds,
25:58 there are good sources of zinc out there.
26:00 If you are eating a good
26:01 whole food dietary
26:03 which is rich in your vitamins and minerals
26:06 you won't have the problem with these particular things.
26:09 Carrot juice is another very good thing
26:13 you could eat the carrots,
26:14 but also take the carrot juice,
26:15 and the green and yellow foods
26:17 and then the bilberry, Dr. Thrash mentioned bilberry.
26:19 You can also take the American form
26:21 which is blueberry, bilberry/ blueberry, extremely good
26:24 for the eyes and you are going to find that
26:26 you might just have a reversal
26:28 of this nightblindness problem
26:30 its a major problem.
26:31 people with nightblindness
26:32 should not be driving at night.
26:33 But we feel like if we take good care of our eyes
26:37 with proper nutrition, the body is unbelievably
26:41 able to repair itself Dr. Thrash.
26:43 Yes it is I'm constantly amazed at wonderfully well
26:47 we have been designed to repair ourselves.
26:49 Another thing is just visual accuity
26:53 of course cataracts,
26:54 and macular degeneration,
26:56 are involved in that, but there are also
26:58 things having to do with the muscles of the eye
27:01 and the place where we interpet vision.
27:05 The central portions of vision.
27:08 Where we, when some light rays come into the eye
27:13 they have to go back,
27:14 to the very back of the brain
27:16 in the occipital area for the interpretation.
27:20 If there is some hardening of the arteries
27:23 going to the brain in that area,
27:26 then the person, although they may see quite well
27:29 They will not be able to interpret what they have seen
27:33 So hardening of the arteries
27:35 can be a factor in poor vision.
27:38 To avoid hardening of the arteries
27:40 of course the arterial tree
27:42 must be kept in the most excellent health.
27:45 and to do that you need
27:47 exercise and diet, plenty of water
27:50 and a good lifestyle.
27:51 May these be your portion in life.