WE live in a world of colours. Back in primary school, we learned about ROYGBIV… Red, Orange, yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. ROYGBIV is the formula for tracking them. We had Crayons of some, if not all of them. Also, we had the water colour box. We learned that not all these colours exist naturally on their own. Some, called the primary colours do.
They all speak to us. But we no longer understand their language. And, because we do not understand this language any longer, we do not understand the message they bring to us from Mother Nature about how to use them to obtain radiant health. Knowing people of old knew the health benefits of the various colours which we are exposed to every day in the plant kingdom. For example, they knew each organ of the body expresses a different colour from another. This colour is its radiation or aura or frequency on which it is broadcasting its existence to the world. Thus, clairvoyant physicians of old could tell if an organ was healthy or sick or likely to be sick from the brightness or dullness of its colour or radiation. The radiation is no more than a physical expression of the rays which occurs in the organ. And every organ feeds on rays from food or the environment which are homogenous with its own constituent rays. And this is why, in bygone days, water kept in white glass bottles was left in the sunlight from sunrise to sunset to absorb radiations from sunlight. Sunlight is a powerhouse of ROYGBIV. It is thus assumed that such water exposed to ROYGBIV in sunlight hours would provide all the rays needed by every organ of the body. If the blue ray absorbed by that bottle of water was needed to revive the health and radiation of a blue-ray organ, water was kept in a blue glass bottle and kept in the sunlight as already described. The medics of old believed the blue bottle would eliminate absorption into the water of other ROYGBIV colours except the blue, thereby making this bottle of water very rich in the blue ether and medicinal for the ailing blue organ. The water colour of healthy living is, therefore, an interesting one provided in the various colours which plants, food crops, fruits and marine life presents to us.
The red algae
The foregoing is an introduction to the Red Algae. Red is one of the three natural primary colours of Red, Green and Blue. The Red algae is different from the deep Blue-Green algae, such as Spirulina and Chlorella, which have been mentioned in this series. Spirulina, for example, is one of the richest nutritional plants on earth. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described it as the “super food of the 21st Century.” The Americans make it a part of the diet of their astronauts in their space voyages. WHO recommends it for the growth of children and up keep of the health of adults. And children? The WHO recommends Spirulina for their nutritional health, especially in situations where they obtain little protein in the diet, and are not growing well. Equally nutritional, it is an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory and excretes heavy metals from the body apart from fighting cancers, among its various benefits. There are about 10,000 species of Red algae, but not all of them are edible. It is a plant form in the water or sea which provides food for marine animals. In the web site disabledworld, Jane Lantree Says:
“Red marine Algae has long been known to assist the body’s immune system to respond to virus attacks and their severity. It has been used traditionally for many ailments, including boils, urinary infections, asthma, goitre and stomach problems, and also for ulcers and tumours with varying degrees of success. The scientific basis of these applications is varied, but it is the typical use to eradicate cold sores that is is best known for in the West, though it has been claimed to be an effective means of reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood.”
“At one time, those who suffered chronically from cold sores had no long-term relief. In fact, frequently, the short-term relief was sleep. It is not so much the pain that cause the distress of a cold sore but the constant irritation much like a painful itch. Temporary relief could be obtained by the use of some herbal remedies such as chamomile and Licorice root, although they were no genius remedies in that they did not cure the condition but provided relief from the symptoms for a short time.
“However, St. John’s Wort and Lemon Balm were real remedies in that they killed the virus and were likely to be the best anti-viral remedies available other than Red Marine Algae. The virus killed, however were the active soldiers while the main body remained dormant deep within the nerve cells, ready to become activated at some future date. Herpes or cold sores are not nice viruses because they can lie dormant for years and then be activated by one trigger or another. These triggers include menopause, stress, dental work (so probably stress!), other infections, sunburn and fatigue caused by over work…
“There are many species of red algae used in China, Japan and the Pacific Region in general, though the family dumontiaceae has been particularly useful in the treatment of Herpes I and II. Herpes I is the cold sore and Herpes II is the genital herpes. It has been proved unequivocally to alleviate the symptoms of Herpes topically and to prevent a recurrence by oral administration.
“The active agents of Red algae are Carrageenans, a family of sulfated polysaccharide that in 2006 were found to be effective against the sexually transmitted diseases HIV and genital herpes. In fact, it is already being used in some condom lubricants where it has been found to inhibit HPV, human Papillo viruses that cause genital warts. Carrageenans seem to be able to identify unfriendly proteins such as viruses and prevent them from bonding to human cell surfaces. The polysaccharides are thought to stimulate the production of interferons which work with the immune system as antiviral agents. They also improve the activity of T cells and B cells that destroy virus-infected cells in the body. These polysaccharides are generally contained within the top cell walls of the dumontiaceae that also bind with heavy metals, carcinogen and other harmful impurities before they do any damage. It is a very useful seaweed. In fact, the sulfonated Carregeenans of red Marine algae are now thought to be natural anti-viral agents superior in effect to ACYCLOVIL, and to effectively cure Herpes zoster (shingles) infections which is a definite breakthrough on the treatment of viral infections and the understanding of the immune system. The effects of extracts from Dumonticeae delivered orally on other viral infections such as Candida have been very encouraging, resulting in very rapid improvement of the condition. ACYCLOVIL can create immunity if used frequently, in much the same way that antibiotics do. But Red Marine Algae, do not appear to. The full benefits of these supplements used by the Chinese and Japanese for thousands of years, have yet to be determined but it is thought of to be of more value to those that suffer regularly from cold sores than Acyclovil which, chemically, is a glucosamine named “Acyclogualosine”.
That sounds a mouthful. Jean Langtree has provided a great insight into the health benefits of Red algae marred only, in my view, by the polemic discrepancy that suggests that pharmaceutical antibiotics promote immunity whereas Red algae doesn’t. If antibiotic drugs promote immunity, why do doctors warn against self-medication or are sometimes reluctant to prescribe them. Why do we have to take probiotics to re-boost immunity after a course of antibiotics? Why has the immune function so failed with the use of antibiotics because micro-organisms against which they are used have developed resistance against them? Why is the medical profession searching desperately for a new generation of antibiotics?
Anne Gordon, in naturaldoc Agrees that red algae builds immunity. She speaks of GIGARTINA, a specie of red marine algae, which is indicated for hair, nails, skin and immunity. She says:
“Gigantin is a type of ocean
growing algae commonly known as sea vegetable that could be one of the most important new therapeutic foods sea vegetables. It contains 10 – 20 times the minerals of land plants as well as an abundance of vitamins and other elements necessary for proper metabolism. They have been sought for thousands of years for their ability to prevent disease and prolong life. While sea vegetables have been a common part of the diet of many healthy cultures to prevent aging and prolong life, scientific research has only recently reinforced the nutritional and medical importance of sea vegetables. In the mid-70s and early 80s, scientists identified some 30 species of red marine algae (RMA) which enhance the immune system regulatory response and were shown to be antiviral. The most promising part of this discovery was that these species had an antiviral effect against a wide variety of pathogens. Current research on red marine algae has shown promising results in the control and reduction of both the candida albicans yeast (a fungus) and the herpes simplex virus. Clinical trials have shown that these sulfated polysaccharides can suppress HIV, herpes and influenza viruses, and patients have reported a lessening and even a halting of their growth within the body. Researchers believe that Red Marine Algae may serve as a gateway to resist many other types of bacteria, fungal and viral pathogens.”
Anne Grodons reports a personal experience when she and some of her other family members traveled to care for a senior family member admitted to hospital for about three months in the United States. She says:
“While hospitalized, this elder contacted MRSA (Methiguin resistant staphylocus aureus, virulent staph infection) and Clostridium difficile, an intestinal bacteria commonly referred to as cdif by hospitals. Both are very hard to treat hospital-borne bacteria infections that have evolved from the overuse of antibiotics. These bacteria had colonized in our bodies and could never be fully eradicated. With frequent courses of antibiotics, they were able to be kept under control briefly. Then, they would return in a few days due to her weakened immune system and poor overall health. I tried to talk to the hospital and get some of the natural alternatives that I would discuss below as part of my own case, but at the time I did not have the personal experience that I now have to support any assertions about their effectiveness. While frequenting my relative’s hospital for two weeks straight, I myself contracted an acute eczema outbreak that spread all over my body. Doctors at a local urgent care facility could not diagnose the particular pathogen I had, and we figured it was some sort of hybridized hospital-borne super bug. Then, my sister got it, too. So, it became clear that it was caused by an infections pathogen and not just an allergic reaction. I called my naturopathic doctor for a phone consultation, and he advised myself and my sister to get several supplements at a local health food store. Colloidal silver (which I took both orally and topically), freeze-dried Nettle and Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) we also took Naturodoc domatium product known as 1918, a powerful immune boosters that was the method the Western Indian tribes used to survive the great influenza 1918 epidemic unscathed.
These were dramatic support for my adrenal functions and seemed to help control the terrible itching and fight the infection. But my skin was still dried out, hardened and scaly all over my body. It was still uncomfortable and looked terrible.
Within three days of taking Gigartina I, a strain of red marine algae, upon returning home, her lackluster skin began to improve.
“The scaliness and scably, lesions cleared up, Anne Gordons recalls, and the skin lost its angry redness, the tormenting itch completely subsided, my skin became healthier and clearer out the next month. I noticed another effect from the Gigartina that I hadn’t expected. For over a year, I had been experiencing increasing amounts of hair loss (Alopecia) that had become a significant concern for me. I knew the hair loss had something to do with a skin problem in my scalp, and I had been battling scaliness and even eruptions and scabs in my scalp for which I could not find any obvious explanation. I had suspected that my hair loss might be due to a candida yeast infection, so I had been taking yeast- fighting formulations, drinking Pau d’ Arco tea and changing my diet to fewer carbohydrates, but my problem still hadn’t improved much.”
Whatever my skin problem was, it was obviously hurting the hair follicles and lots of hair were falling off every time I washed or brushed my hair. My hair had been getting noticeably thinner, and none of the therapeutic shampoos I was using was having a positive effects either. About a month after starting to take Gigartina, it suddenly dawned on me that the hair loss to which I got accustomed to was greatly diminished. My scalp was less itchy and disrupted, and there was a lot of hair coming out when I washed my hair. I believe the skin strengthening effect that result from taking Gigartina is actually reversing the cause of my hair loss. I don’t know if my scalp irritation was caused by Candida or some other pathogen, or whether Gigartina, or would work this way for everyone. However, because of my own experience, I am convinced the power of this sea vegetable extract to correct chronic and acute skin problem by boosting immunity.
Any side effects?
Jan Millehan tell us in lifestrong that red marine algae, too, may have its problems. It is said to be a heavy source of Vitamin K, which is a blood clot forming agent. This may disturb the work of blood thinners. The large Calcium load may also lead to constipation and calcium-hardening of the arteries. And this may cause high blood pressure. But a Korean study, published in the 2006 edition of the Journal ALGAE “observed the inhibition effects of the red algae extracts on an enzymes linked to high blood pressure.”
In that study, “Angiotensin -1 converting Enzymes or ACE, plays a significant role in combating blood pressure, according to researchers. Scientists reported that some red algae specie produce remarkable anti ACE activities when compared with other marine organism.”
Everything which goes onto the mouth, even water, had side effects when more than is needed is taken.
Welcome, again, to the water colour of life. Red is the colour of the blood… life. It is active, energetic, even boisterous. Blue calms. Look at the sky. It is also the colour of love. And green? It is the colour of the formula of the blood…. Life. Isn’t there a reason the earth’s vegetation is green? On account of this, when a proprietary brand of liquid chlorophyll arrived in Nigeria, this column suggested: “LET’S DRINK GREEN, FOR THE EARTH IS NOT GREEN FOR THE FUN OF IT”.
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