Originally Posted by Just_Isabel
What about the color of our nails? Mine are always the same color - except when I eat a tangerine or mandarin, then they turn orangish.
If you are anaemic, your nail beds will be pale, and if you squeeze the end of the finger between thumb and finger, let go, there will be no rebound pink. Then you know you are anaemic. But by then, any blood tests done correctly, should have told you that.
But in trying to answer these questions, I can also see that where the basics of health is no longer taught, on the assumption that the experts have taken control of that, discussion of things like this can be quite hard.
There is a lot to learn about nails, nail beds, different sorts of ridges on nails, trenches... many conditions in nails can show you what is happening on the inside of the body. Some of that will come up on a google search.
|And I can't see the insides of my eyelids, what happens to them and how? :
You put your fingers just under your lower eye lashes, and pull the flesh in the direction in which your feet reside. Assuming you are standing. Then you should be able to see the inside of your lower eyelids. But I guess if you aren't familiar with what healthy lower inside eyelids look like, you won't figure what unhealthy ones look like.
The inside of your lower lid should look a light pin (define light pink she says
) but if you are anaemic, the inside of the lid will look almost white.
Again, maybe you could do a google image search, or ask older people around, who might still know how to describe it to you.
|So, do they take what our body didn't absorb after its done with the absorbtion process?
No. Excess protein causes a more alkaline ph, which alters the gut composition, and suits the nutritional needs of gram negative bacteria. This is the same reason why laboratories, when they culture for Staph, will use a completely different nutrient composition than when they culture for diphtheria. Both bacteria need a different nutritional basis upon which to grow.
|Or do they start feeding on it at the same stage of digestion when we also absorb it?
That would depend on how bad your system has got, as to when it started. If you stomach hydrochloric acid was terrible, it could start quite high up in the digestive tract.
|Would an Atkins diet make the Gram neg. grow a bunch? (I'm not doing it, but many people seem to be, and they are supposed to eat lots of protein and fats.) Are gram neg bacteria anaerobic?
This thread is primarily about vitamin C. It's very useful against toxins put out by gram negative bacteria.
Rather than answer your question, the best way to deal with this would be to give you some study tips.
The key to google, is to use key words effective.
If you don't know what anaerobic bacteria are, but into google different phrases likeanaerobic organisms.
or even a big mouthful like
Pathogenicity of anaerobic bacteria
Play around with word combinations and read whatever takes your fancy.
It may be a lot longer than someone giving you the answer, but it might also help you understand the issues more thoroughly. The problem for you will be that medical articles use a language from Mars, and you may find yourself ready to scream after about a paragraph, because they use long words when simple explanations would suffice. Which is all part of making ordinary people feel stupid.
Here is an example of what I mean. One article that comes up on a search is this one here:http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/534796
Being realistic, forget about it. There is however, one sentence which says:
|this ecosystem is readily influenced by a variety of physiologic and other host factors, such as age, pregnancy, menses, diet, underlying disease, hospitalization, and antimicrobial therapy
Then the rest of the article is almost inaccessible to an ordinary brain, and one of the reasons I think that is so, is because the authors don't really understand the influences of those things they put there, in a meaningful sense, so they revert to discussions of mechanisms and treatment, as they see it. Nowhere is there any evidence that the person who wrote this, really understands the basis of health, and how to create it.
So that will be the biggest problem you will have when reading medical literature...
On the other hand, this article, might be slightly more accessible to your brain than the first one:http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/microbook/ch019.htm
The secret may be to ignore the russian words the first time, just snorkel generally, get a feel, and then go back and pick it apart.
Again, the treatment options are all chemical. No thought of changing, the feedstock in any way, as the Russians used to try to do
The gut will be a mix of organisms, but certain food patterns encourage certain combinations. Therefore, for instance, because baby formula is a much higher protein than breastmilk, (or was, when they studied it) it is of no surprise that older medical literature in the days when these things were considered worth of study, found that formula fed babies had a much higher level of gram negative bacteria.
|What do the acidophilus, kefir and L. casei (Shirota) eat? Lactose? If it's lactose, how often do I need to have dairy for them to thrive? Does cheese count?
Not necessarily they feed off sugars and they come in many forms.... Think Sauercraut, which is an acidophilus food. There is no lactose in cabbage. I think you need to go and do a search on what probiotics are, and what they do. Here is one off google:http://www.philippinenews.com/news/v...a0da448646a7f3
There are many races that have lactose intolerance, who eat probiotics, all of which are made on a huge variety of foods, not just dairy.
I want to go back to not having to think about food. :
So... excess protein --> alkaline environment (because of the N?)?
Too much protein, particularly in the form of meat,dairy etc... causes the body to leach out calcium. The key though is balance. It's vitally important to get fresh raw foods and the whys of it which help to balance out the negatives of protein. This is what worried me about Atkins.. ...
This url may seem obscure, but sometimes vets put things in ways that doctors could learn from, and in some ways our guts aren't so different to animals http://www.nodpa.com/health.html
Go down to the article called W)HOLISTIC ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
by Jerry Brunetti
and read thefive digestive keynotes
Also look at the specific treatments, and ask yourself why they don't suggest these for humans.