Treating Environmental Diseases
By Alex Strande, Ph.D.



Scientific data indicates that environmental risk factors play a role in more than 80% of the diseases regularly reported by the World Health Organization. Globally 25% of all deaths are attributed to the environment. In children, however, environmental risk factors can account for more than 33% of the disease burden.

Preventing and using natural medicine towards environmental diseases could globally save 4 million lives a year in children alone. Overall 13 million deaths annually are due to preventable environmental causes.

Environmentally-triggered diseases rank as the biggest killers outright, although they rank somewhat differently in order of lethality. Diseases with the largest absolute number of deaths annually are from modifiable environmental factors (these are parts of the environment amenable to change using available technologies, policies, preventative and alternative medicine).

These diseases include among others 2.6 million deaths annually from cardiovascular diseases, 1.7 million deaths annually from diarrheal diseases, 1.5 million deaths annually from lower respiratory infections, 1.4 million deaths annually from cancers, 1.3 million deaths annually from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, 470,000 deaths annually from road traffic crashes, 400,000 deaths annually from unintentional injuries.

The major non-deadly environmental illnesses are chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and diseases with mental symptoms. By acting assertively and setting priorities for measures aimed at curbing the most serious killers, millions of unnecessary deaths can be prevented every year. Working with sectors such as energy, transport, agriculture and industry to ameliorate the root environmental causes of ill health is crucial.

The interesting fact is that most cases and types of the above diseases have four major symptoms: fatigue, pain, anxiety, and depression. We may not be able to influence all the leaders of the world to work towards a healthier planet, however we can help ourselves get rid of the debilitating symptoms within days or weeks if we know the nutrients and combinations necessary to cease the symptoms.

With appropriate professional guidance, fatigue may be diminished within just a few days using carefully-blended extracts of Panax, Ma huang, Gingko, Eleutherococcus, Rosemary and many other herbs.

Anxiety may go down within few minutes or hours when therapeutic doses of herbs are used. These may include ethanol-based Hypericum, Avena, Verbena, Damiana, Jamaican dogwood or Passion flower. One should be able to see a difference in depression within a few days using some combinations of energy and anxiety herbs.

There are plenty of nutrients to diminish pain within days - no matter what the origin of pain. The same as everywhere else, we need to use doses that work - not taking 1 or 2 capsules a day, because that is what the FDA-sponsored bottle says.

There are many nutrients for reducing pain quickly. Here are some examples: Apium, Hypericum, Piscidia, Harpagophytum, Shark cartilage, MSM, fish oil, evening primrose oil (not the one on special 600mg per capsule). If you are not noticing tangible reduction of pain, fatigue, anxiety or depression in 7 days, you are not using therapeutic doses or the proportions of nutrients are not correct.

Other common ailments related to environment include: - Allergies: Use Mullein, Astragalus, Quercetin immune modulating - not boosting and circulatory herbs.

- Birth Defects: Use central nervous system herbs, glandular herbs, cellular nucleic acid restorative herbs and amino acids. I currently have a couple of cases with brain damage that respond tremendously to my combinations of aminos and herbal extracts. Caretakers of these people tried the best synthetic medications, technology and therapy with zero results.

- Cancer: Plenty of herbs and nutrients are available. The major mistake that cancer sufferers are making is trying one therapy at a time. It is good for doctors and researchers but deadly for patients as they run out of time. Always combine many approaches and techniques at the same time, no matter what.

-Fertility problems: These respond to herbal treatments very well. Yoko-Ono, wife of a famous ex-Beatle, couldn't get pregnant with all the money and medical know-how available. She went to an herbalist in New York and after few months of herbal treatment and 9 months of pregnancy, she delivered a healthy baby boy. All the babies born from mothers who come to me and are taking herbs for whatever reason - including infertility - their babies look healthy like strawberries.

- Autoimmune disorders: These are my favorite. The most common cases that show up in my clinic are: MS, ALS, I.C., SLE, Crohn's, U.Colitis, Psoriasis, Diabetes I and II, Alzheimers and Endometriosis. Mayor improvements are noted in three months.

- Immune Deficiency diseases: These are typically cases with fungal, bacterial and/or viral overgrowth. Being a microbiologist I love microbial and infectious diseases. Viral cases are my favorite. They do not respond well to pharmaceuticals but respond well to immune, lymphatic and anti-viral botanicals including ethanol-based herbal extracts and essential oils.

- Heavy-metal and job-related illnessses. These are widespread in the world today and a lot of mental, immune and autoimmune cases are common here. Medical intervention is typically slow to produce results. Naturopathic approach is probably the best and you are expected to start seeing a positive difference within few weeks. Good detox herbs include Burbar, Sarsparilla, Chlorella, Red Algae, Taraxacum, and Silybum.

- Reproductive Disorders: Beginning in the late 1940's, many women who were in danger of losing their unborn babies were prescribed a synthetic female hormone called DES (dithylbestrol). In 1971, scientists discovered that some of the daughters of these women were developing a very rare cancer of the reproductive organs. Since then, the use of DES and other synthetic hormones during pregnancy has been discontinued.

NIEHS and other agencies are studying the possibility that some  chemicals and manmade pesticides may cause similar problems. They are finding that some of these chemicals are so similar to female estrogen that they may actually mimic this important hormone in a slightly twisted way. This can lead to increased risk of early puberty, low sperm counts, ovarian cysts, fibroids, cancer of testicles and breasts.

Alex Strande, Ph.D. is a Traditional Naturopath and Microbiologist. His special interests are difficult conditions. He can be reached at his office in Irvine at (949) 587-1513 for questions and appointments. Find more information about Dr. Strande's background, articles published and many testimonials at


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