Let’s start off by explaining what Aluminum is. You can then decide if it is safe to be absorbed into our bodies through health and beauty products, food, vaccines, and even your water. Aluminum as described by Britannica is the most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust and the third most abundant element. This is why it is so often found in our food, it is absorbed by plants through the soil. It is a lightweight metal, silvery-white in color, and never occurs in the metallic form in nature.
Does that sound like something you want to ingest and inject into your body? A metal? The scary thing is, it’s all around us. It’s used to store our food in such as can goods and soda and beer cans, it’s used to cook with such as the pots and pans we used for our meals, it’s in the vaccines we give our children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, etc. It seems to be surrounding us in minuscule amounts and we don’t even realize it. What happens to all of the aluminum that goes into our bodies? That’s a great question, let’s find out.
What Happens to the Aluminum that Enters Our Bodies?
Christopher Exley, Ph.D., of Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, writes in his article titled “Aluminum Buildup in the Brain May Cause Alzheimer’s” that based on existing studies, the metal slowly builds up in the brain, where it can eventually cause early onset of Alzheimer’s. Although we excrete much of what we ingest, he believes that some of the aluminum ingested stays in our system and builds up due to the overwhelming presence in the products we use, the food we eat, and other environmental exposures. He goes on to explain that the accumulation of aluminum in the brain will eventually reach a threshold which in return will cause a part of your brain to stop working and instead react to the presence of the aluminum. This can be seen in Alzheimer’s patients caused by overexposure from environmental and/or occupational exposure over time. In some cases, the overexposure will cause some diseases to become more aggressive or even cause an early onset. PsychiatryAdvisor.com states that aluminum is found in processed foods, medicines, cosmetics, and more and can contribute to a higher number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Blood-Brain Barrier and Aluminum
Frontiers in Neurology explains the blood-brain barrier as a selective barrier that controls the transportation of substances in and out of the brain. Studies have shown that aluminum enters the brain and accumulates with age however, it is not very clear as to how aluminum enters the brain. The passage of aluminum through the blood-brain barrier is constant pressure on the brain’s aluminum burden. The accumulation of aluminum in the brain creates more burden resulting in diseases like Alzheimer’s, Cancers, and Multiple Sclerosis. We are exposed to aluminum in many more ways than we think. The olfactory system for example is another means of aluminum entering the brain. This could happen through inhalation of aerosols, for example, occupational exposure to aluminum dust. Everyone’s body and tolerance are different. The way our body handles, as well as reacts to, the aluminum is individualized.
How Does Aluminum Affect My Body?
According to Winchester Hospital, Aluminum that has accumulated in our bodies can cause Chronic Aluminum Intoxication. Some symptoms of Aluminum Intoxication are:
- Problems with speech
- Children experiencing slow growth
- Muscle weakness
- Deformations, bone fractures and/or pain
Aluminum Intoxication can cause complications such as brain disease and/or disorders, lung issues, bone disease, anemia, nervous system problems (difficulty with voluntary & involuntary actions), and issues with iron absorption. If you are experiencing any of these issues and you suspect you may have a high level of aluminum in your body, please contact your health care professional right away for testing and treatment. I found another article titled “Aluminium, Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer” in which a pharmacist by the name of Dr. Darbre, Ph.D. published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, stated that aluminum in the form of aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorhydrate can interfere with the function of oestrogen receptors of MCF7 human breast cancer cells both in terms of ligand binding and in terms of oestrogen-regulated reporter gene expression. In conclusion, Dr. Darbre determined that deodorants containing aluminum are absorbed into the skin & frequent application provides a relevant proportion of aluminum that the body had to deal with. However, Darbre believes that more research needs to be done to prove the link between antiperspirants and breast cancer. She also states that “The nature of the chemicals in these [antiperspirants] and the lack of any advice about safe quantity or frequency of application should be of concern.”
Ways to prevent Aluminum Exposure
According to Medical News Today, researchers advise people to read the ingredients on their products and food. Many health and Beauty products contain aluminum; deodorants, toothpastes, lotions, and many more are all things we use each day that are large contributors to our aluminum intake. If one must use one or some of these items, they suggest using them sparingly or in moderation. When it comes to consuming food that has a lower aluminum concentration, eat a varied diet full of fruits and vegetables. Limit process food and alternating between brands is argued to help lower your exposure. In addition, preparing food in uncoated aluminum pots and dishes as well as storing food in aluminum.
Reasons to Detox your Armpits
If you have ever noticed your armpits a bit smellier than normal, dark, or irritated with a rash or bumps? Those are signs you need to detox your armpits! According to Medical News Today, detoxing your armpits can help the body get rid of any toxins that have built up on the skin. Doing this can also help to reduce sweat glands and the amount of odor they produce. Did you know that regular deodorants contain chemicals and antiperspirants that build up over time? Your armpit is an entry and exit point of your body. This means that your body expels sweats from your glads through your armpits. Sweating is a healthy process of ridding itself of toxins. Deodorants are designed to mask the smell, and antiperspirants stop the sweating. When one stops using the brands of deodorants that are full of chemicals the armpit expels toxins allowing them to leave the body. The detoxing process may cause excess sweating, odor, and some skin irritation. This is all part of the detoxing process.
Why do my armpits smell?
According to the Wiley Online Library, there are three types of sweat glands present in the skin; the apocrine, eccrine, and apocrine sweat glands. The main reason for body odor is due to bacterial digestion of sweat created by the apocrine gland. Similarly, eccrine sweat glands are found deep in the palms, soles, and armpits. These glands are responsible for temperature regulation resulting from sweating. When active, these glands result in abundant amounts of abnormal sweating known as “hyperhidrosis”. In today’s society, we try to mask or cover up the smell of sweating with chemical antiperspirants and deodorants as a form of personal hygiene. When in reality we are clogging the pores that are used to excrete toxins and other chemicals with the deodorants full of chemicals.
Is my deodorant Harmful?
Antiperspirants are aluminum-based salts that block sweat glands. Deodorant changes our skin pH levels and minimizes the amount of bacteria present. Both of these things are bad news for our health. Antiperspirants and deodorants have been linked to causing breast cancer according to ControlYourImpact.com.
More about Aluminum and its harmful effects to come…
Beginning the armpit detox.
Healthy and Natural World provides a simple yet effective recipe for easy armpit detoxing. Most armpit detoxing requires the use of baking soda or bentonite clay. Healthy and Natural World provides a recipe for both so you can choose which works best for you or what you prefer.
Bentonite clay has been used for centuries for common health issues. According to Gallbladder Attack, Bentonite is a type of clay that has high concentrations of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium & silica. Its been used internally by indigenous cultures for the flu, fever, diarrhea, colds, etc. it can also be used externally for more common uses such as face masks, toothpaste, and even shampoo.
Armpit detox with baking soda
- Before you start, use a loofah or a scrubbing flannel and give your underarms a good scrub while you shower.
- With your armpits still wet, apply the aluminum-free baking soda and then use your natural deodorant.
- If you smell an unpleasant odor from your armpits, repeat the procedure: wash and then apply the baking soda, followed by your natural deodorant.
- Initially, you might need to do this quite frequently, but the number of repetitions should decrease as days go by.
Armpit detox with bentonite clay mask
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- Mix the clay and ACV together. It should look smooth like sour scream. Use a glass bowl for mixing and a wooden or non-metal spoon (avoid metal). In order to achieve the proper consistency, you may need to add a teaspoon or two.
- Spread a thin layer on your armpit and leave it for a few minutes. Let the body adjust. Start with shorter periods and then increase to 20 minutes or more.
- If you feel any pain in either armpit, remove the mix immediately.
Some redness is normal, as the blood flow to the area is increased, and it should disappear quickly.
- Remove the mask gently with a washcloth and have a warm shower.
- Repeat daily until you can see that the body has adjusted to the natural deodorant and the unpleasant odor is gone.
Allow at least a week for your armpit cleanse and don’t let some initial discomfort deter you. It might sound weird, but it will do your body a lot of good.
Well, there you have it! I hope you learned a bit about detoxing your armpits! Check back for a continuation of the Harmful Effects of Aluminum.
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Dr. Brenda Fairchild
The Wonders of the Neti Pot
As many of you know… I can talk about the neti pot all day. I think this product is one of the greatest inventions of modern times!! Now, I know not everyone loves to see and feel the neti pot doing its job, but it is a wonderful way to naturally rid your sinuses of congestion and infections. And when you are pregnant and not a lot of options as far as decongestants go, this is a wonderful alternative!!
The word Neti means “nasal cleansing” and comes from ancient India. It has been around for over 5,000 years!!! Yoga masters used this technique to help with mediation. They felt they could get to a higher and deeper state of mind. Some yogi’s also believed it helped with mood swings and addictions as well. The neti pot was then massed produced in the early 1970s and has since become a favorite for those of us looking to relieve the sinus pressure naturally!
Benefits of the Neti Pot
- Lessen the time of cold, flu, or allergy
- Relieve the pressure of sinus headaches
- Help reduce pollen from the nasal passage
- Remove mucous
- Allows for easier breathing
- Great for post nasal drip
- Allows for easier breathing
Using the neti pot is pretty simple and oddly satisfying. You can get a simple pot at most of the chain stores. And most come with packets of sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride. Usually under $20. You can get ceramic to metal ones at health food stores or online. Now, from personal experiences, I highly suggest the packets!! I have tried just plain water, and it did not feel well. But, it is all up to you. I like to use filtered water if I can. I don’t use it all the time, but I try to as much as possible.
How to use the Neti Pot
Add one packet to the warm water and let them mix. I like to start with draining my most clogged nasal passage first. This means the pot is pouring the water into the good side and the clogged side is towards the sink. And let the magic begin!! I use about half the pot per nasal passage. Depending on what is going on with you our your child, the nasal mucous could be green or yellow which could be an infection to clear which could be allergies. When in doubt, call your primary physician. If there is a bad infection, there may be some blood mixed in. When you have done one side, gently blow your nose. You want to rid the body of the mucus, which is inflammation. I always tell my patients “better out than in!” You will instantly feel the pressure release!!! It is amazing!!!
I start to use the neti pot at the first sign of a cold coming on. I will do this 3-4 times a day if it is really bad. And use that over the course of 2-3 days if need be. It really cuts down the time of the cold or allergy. And can help you get some sleep at night due to your breathing better!
Other recommendations to follow the neti pot. Get Adjusted!!! It helps with aligning your body and helps with draining your sinuses as well. Watch your dairy, gluten, wheat, and sugar as they can be inflammatory. Stay hydrated with water. Get Sleep and make sure you are getting you vitamin D!
Dr. Brenda Fairchild
Benefits of Dry Brushing
I am a huge fan of dry brushing to help with lymph drainage. But, there are so many other benefits of dry brushing as well. First off, let’s talk about why lymph is so important!
Lymph system helps with keeping us healthy! Aids in boosting our immune system. The lymph system contains tissues and organs through out our body to help us eliminate waste and toxins. When we are sick, the lymph node can swell due to increased lymph fluid. As our body starts to get rid of the virus or bacteria, the lymph nodes should start to decrease. But that is not always the case. We also have other organs that help with maintaining a healthy body:
As you can see, these are pretty important organs, and why I am not always happy of people getting rid of their tonsils and adenoids. If they are swollen, we have to figure out why!!!! Not just get rid of them!!
Dry brushing is an amazing way to help our bodies get lymph fluid moving to keep us healthy!
Other benefits of Dry Brushing:
- Helps with Digestion!!! You all know I am all about pooping!!!
- Exfoliates your skin. Your skin will be sooo soft and smooth, and some of my patients notice more even skin color tone.
- Can help with cellulite. Helps to move stored fat around.
- Improve circulation of the body.
- Helps you feel more energized! I like to do my brushing in the morning before my shower. I will help wake you up and set the tone for the day.
- Less swelling in hands and feet.
- Stimulates the nervous system!! As a chiropractor, it is super important! Every cell, muscle, organ are controlled by your nervous system. That is why spinal alignments are just as important as dry brushing. Dry brushing helps tostimulate our senses especially touch.
- Can help alleviate stress and anxiety which can lead to better mental health! Being happy and grateful can help with improved circulation and improved immune function.
As you can see, dry brushing extends beyond just the lymph system!
How to Dry Brush:
- I always start at my feet and you want to brush up your leg towards the center of your body towards your groin. I do my standing using my bed to stabilize me. Work all over your feet, then calf, then thigh. As you get to know your legs you will start to feel some knots or areas that may need more attention and go over them a little more often or vigorously. Just not too hard to effect your skin. I spend about 15-30 seconds per area. So, one leg may take 45-60 in total.
- Next, I then start working in my hands and arms. Here I hold my arm in the air and work downward towards my armpit, breast, and heart. Make sure you are getting into the armpit as it will tickle but very important! Spend about 60 seconds each side.
- Then I will do face and neck. Do lightly or have a separate brush for face and neck that is a bit softer. There again, brush downwards toward the heart. I spend 20-30 seconds on this area.
- Next, is back and glutes. This is not the easiest. Do the best you can. My brush has a long handle. I try to go circular or downward over my back. For my glutes, I start int he middle and move outward to the front of my groin. 30-60 seconds
- Chest area including breast, brush downward to the abdomen. Lifting the breast as well to get underneath. I spend 20-30 seconds on chest and breast.
- The abdomen is where you want to spend the most time and most important for elimination. Sometimes I will lay not the bed on my back, but not necessary. Start over the bladder just above the pubic bone and brush in a clockwise direction until you get back to the bladder again. You are going in the same direction of your bowel and this will help with elimination. I spend 1-2 minutes just on the abdomen alone.
I like to dry brush 1-2 times a week. I usually do in-between my epsom salt baths. Opposite days. I will do it more if my legs are sore form working out, or if I am feeling sick.
I use a bamboo brush. You can spend as much as you want. My brush was about $20. You can find a dry brush is most bath stores, Amazon, or health foods stores.
By Joseph Fairchild
’Tis The Season
It’s so hard to believe the holidays are upon us, isn’t it? Thanksgiving 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 is just around the corner.
What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Is it holiday traditions handed down or developed over the years? Memories of holidays past? People you have loved and lost? Delicious food you enjoy each year? Seeing people you don’t see very often?
One thing many of us associate to the holidays, regardless of faith or upbringing, is giving. While a source of joy in many respects, it can also cause frustration or resentment. It seems that every time you turn around, someone somewhere is asking for a donation or gift. What to do? While the answer isn’t quite so simple, here are a few ideas:
- Just say no: It is ok to say no. Co-workers or well meaning friends and family want to exchange gifts, and we don’t want to seem cheap or miss out on the fun. At the same time, we participate – sometimes begrudgingly- though we are really just “going through the motions.” When you give or participate, doesn’t it feel much better when it’s done from a place of enthusiasm instead of compulsion? This isn’t to say don’t join in the activities – just re-consider the gift exchange piece of it. Maybe you can plan a weekend away or nice meal out and enjoy relaxing time together instead.
2. Be mindful about your approach: give some thought to they causes that are most important to you. Which organizations match your personal values? Who is doing the work you want to support? Reserve your giving to those charities.
3. Research the organizations you plan to donate to: this is especially important if you plan to donate a sizable amount (and only you can decide what sizable means). Established charities can provide annual reports upon request (they may be available on their website). These annual reports show how much the organization received, and how they use their money. Be wary of organizations that don’t invest most of their money in program expenses- those expenses used to provide the actual services to end users.
4. Involve your family: our children often amaze us don’t they? Even those times it seems like they are not paying attention, they watch us closely. Why not teach them by example? Some children are so inherently generous this comes naturally to them.
5. Take a little time to give to yourself, too: for some, this is a struggle and it doesn’t feel quite right. This does not mean you have to buy yourself an expensive gift or go away for the weekend. It means you do something you enjoy, just for yourself, no matter how small, that will bring you joy during the holidays. And guess what? Those around you will feel it too. Isn’t it easier to give something you have in abundance?
Just like over eating or drinking too much alcohol, giving too much can make us sick, too. Please keep this in mind and don’t “give until it hurts.”
- With 20 years experience in the financial industry, Joseph Fairchild loves to help others make sound financial decisions. He is an amazing husband to Dr. Brenda and father to Madelyn.
The Truth about Tampons (and Pads)
*This article is in reference to non-organic products*
Disposable, single-use tampons and pads became available in much of the developed world in the first half of the 20th century. Today tampons are used by over 100 million women worldwide, while pads, which are much more widespread on a global scale due to a cultural aversion to tampons in many regions, comprise a multi-billion dollar industry. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB976238645760374015
The average woman uses an average of more than 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. It’s estimated that approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are filling (North American) landfills annually. These products require hundreds of years to biodegrade, particularly if wrapped in the plastic bag commonly provided for this purpose as part of their packaging. (In fact, every piece of plastic ever made, still exists to this day.) In addition to the environmental crisis these products produce, the actual process of manufacturing these products – turning wood pulp into soft, cotton-like fibers – is both resource- and chemical-intensive. http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/healthandscience/cumulative-exposure-and-feminine-care-products/ and http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/27/disposable-tampons-arent-sustainable-but-do-women-want-to-talk-about-it
While the environmental issues are cause enough for concern, I am writing to share something far scarier about these products.
The purpose of feminine care products is to clean, moisturize, absorb discharge or otherwise treat the sensitive skin and tissues of the vaginal area. The vagina (vulva and labia, too) is comprised of soft tissue that is incredibly absorbent. Inserting a standard tampon or placing a pad against this area is the equivalent of inviting toxic chemicals into your most delicate and absorbent areas.
Tampons and pads are sold under the cosmetic product label, and are therefore tested and determined to be “safe” if used on ordinary skin. (Which is a joke in itself, as the chemicals found within them have been proven that they should be nowhere near our skin or bodies.) This means chemicals of concern such as carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and allergens are being used on, or even in, the extremely permeable mucus membranes of the vaginal area. (Yes, these chemicals are all approved for use in our cosmetics too.)
Tampons and pads are made of cotton, right? They are actually made of cotton and rayon:
- Rayon is not a natural substance and is classified as a synthetic fiber due to the chemical process used to create it.
- A few of the toxic chemicals used in the process of manufacturing rayon include carbon hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and carbon disulfide.
- Rayon absorbent fibers added to the tampon can stick to your vaginal wall (causing irritation) and some loose fibers may even be left behind when you remove the tampon potentially raising your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
- About 90% of the cotton grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (GMO) according to the USDA. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/adoption-of-genetically-engineered-crops-in-the-us/recent-trends-in-ge-adoption.aspx
- Conventional cotton (non-organic) is considered by many to be the world’s “dirtiest” crop. It is one of the highest sprayed (if not the highest) crops in the U.S.
- 5 of the top 9 pesticides used on cotton in the U.S. are classified by the EPA as a Category 1 & 2, which are the most dangerous. These pesticides have also been linked to cancer.
- A recent discovery by a university has discovered that feminine hygiene products contain a chemical (glyphosate) found in Monsanto’s famous “Roundup” herbicide. This chemical has been classified as “probably carcinogenic.”
According to Revolution News:
“Glyphosate was found in 85% of the products containing cotton bought in pharmacies and supermarkets including feminine care products like tampons and sanitary pads, sterile gauze pads, cotton swabs and wipes.”
February (2016),The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will begin testing food for glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used pesticide. This marks the first time that a U.S. agency will routinely test for glyphosate residue in food. It comes after the Government Accountability Office released a report condemning the FDA for failing even to disclose its failure to test for glyphosate in its annual pesticide residue report.
Did You Know?
Tampons and pads are bleached with chlorine. The bleaching process creates a by-product called dioxin, which has been labeled as a toxic carcinogen by the World Health Organization. (Learn more about the dangers of this toxic chemical here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/)
Bleaching exposes women to low levels of dioxins every time they use these feminine hygiene products. Not to mention, these toxins get stored in fat cells over time making it more difficult to maintain a healthy body throughout life.
* products labeled as ‘chlorine-free bleaching’ may still use methods containing chlorine dioxide.
Aside from pesticides, traces of dioxin, and GMOs, if you’re using scented tampons, be aware that such products may contain any of the nearly 3,000 fragrance chemicals in use. But, like the above mentioned chemicals, they probably won’t be listed on the label. An analysis by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), which acquired public patent documents held by Proctor & Gamble (the maker of Tampax and Always), showed the following chemicals may also be in your tampons. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/04/21/boycott-gmos-roundup.aspx
Chemical Name Function Potential Health Effects Found in Benzethonium Chloride Preservative, spermicide Not for use on mucous membranes, maternal and embryotoxicity Deodorant powders and suppositories, feminine wash Benzocaine Mild anesthetic Allergic rash, dermatitis Anti-itch creams Butylparaben Preservative Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash Wipes D&C Red 33 Colorant (dye) Not for use on mucous membranes Feminine wash Diazolidinyl urea Preservative Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer Feminine wash, douche Dioxins and Furans Contaminant from bleaching process Cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity Tampons (not disclosed on label) DMDM Hydantoin Preservative Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer Wipes, feminine wash Ethylparaben Preservative Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash Wipes Ext. Violet 2 Colorant (dye) Not for use on mucous membranes Feminine Wash FD&C Yellow No. 5 Colorant (dye) Allergic reactions including bronchial asthma Feminine Wash “Fragrance” Fragrance Contains undisclosed chemicals of unknown toxicity, likely to contain allergens, allergic rash, endocrine disruption, cancer Wipes, feminine wash, tampons, pads, douche, deodorant, anti-itch creams Methylchloroisothiazolinone Preservative Allergic rash Feminine wash Methylisothiazolinone Preservative Allergic rash Wipes, feminine wash, anti-itch cream Methylparaben Preservative Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash Wipes, deodorant, anti-itch creams Octoxynol 9 Spermicide Genital irritation, increased vaginal discharge, potential reproductive toxicity Douche Pesticide residues Contaminant of traditionally grown cotton Cancer, endocrine disruption, acute toxicity Tampons (not disclosed on label) Polyoxymethylene Urea Preservative Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer Deodorant powder Propylparaben Preservative Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash Wipes, anti-itch creams Quaternium-15 Preservative Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer Wipes, feminine wash 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol Preservative Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer Wipes
Tampons and Pads have also been linked to the following:
- Imbalances pH of the vagina- Normal pH is essential for maintaining good vaginal health. When the pH is imbalanced a woman is at risk for vaginal issues such as infections, pain and discomfort.
- Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)- which is not as rare as we are made to believe. TSS can include causing endometriosis, abnormal pap smears, genital warts, etc. TSS is caused by a bacterial toxin that can also result in high fever, confusion, a rash similar to a sunburn, low blood pressure and can be fatal.
- Interfering with the menstrual flow- Tampons disrupt the natural downward flow of energy during menstruation which causes excess cramping and abdominal discomfort.
- Depleting natural fluids causing dryness and irritation- In addition to absorbing blood tampons also absorb the natural vaginal fluids which causes the vaginal walls to become dry and damaged.
- Containing mold – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/06/tampons-feminine-care.aspx
- Organic Tampons
- Organic Pads
- Reusable Fabric Pads
- Menstrual Cup
Pads and tampons are one of the most convenient inventions for feminine hygiene products in modern times; however, now more than ever it’s crucial for us to know what we’re putting into our body. Knowledge is power.