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06/25/15 Licorice root - not the Walmart candy version - fights body odor! Licorice root contains a natural chemical compound known as trans-chalcone that fights body odor-causing bacteria while also stopping tooth-harming, gum disease bringing, halitosis-causing, plaque-building mouth bacteria. What else is licorice root good for you ask? Right after digestive aid and immune system booster, the Glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root helps with fatigue, nervousness, stress and depression by bolstering the adrenal glands. A short-list of other benefits include treating asthma, foot fungus, bursitis, influenza, persistent cough, dandruff, emphysema, heartburn, ulcers, gout, viral infections, fungal infections, liver ailments, Lyme disease, menopausal symptoms, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat and even tuberculosis. And these are just a few of the documented benefits! (Keep in mind that long-term consumption of licorice root could bring hypertension and hypokalemia in some people, so just be aware of that remote possibility). Natural licorice root can be found in sticks, pieces, powder, extracts, tea, capsule and organic candy form.
06/18/15 Cinnamon is one of my favorite aromatic spices. Tastes good; smells good; is great for your health! Not only does cinnamon taken with a meal help fire up digestion and regulate blood sugar but recent research out of the University of Arizona finds that components in cinnamon are potent inhibitors of colorectal cancer. In fact, cinnamon extracted cinnamaldehyde - (the awesomesauce that jazzes cinnamon with its wonderful flavor and smell) - added to the diet protected mice against carcinogens and assisted in detoxification and cellular repair. What other wonders does cinnamon perform daily? Cinnamon can actually wipe out the worst E.coli while single-handedly inhibiting amyloids and fibrils found in Alzheimer`s Disease; all the while bringing improvements to cholesterol numbers. Heck, just smelling cinnamon makes you smarter and brings better memory function. The common cinnamomum cassia is what most research studies use, so don’t rush out and buy the most expensive variety thinking the pricier the better.
06/11/15 Relax! It’s just chamomile. Older women who drink chamomile tea have a decreased risk of death from all causes according to a recent study. And it doesn’t just work for women because chamomile is a well-documented medicinal plant that works for a variety of healing applications. Other studies show that chamomile has potential benefits in treating hyperglycemia, upset stomach, diabetic complications and even anxiety disorder. Chamomile is also known as a cholesterol-lowering, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet panacea herb. Besides all this, chamomile is just a wonderfully relaxing tea. A spot of hot tea with a touch of honey can help a tireless child go to sleep at night or calm the anxious one before a big meeting. A warm chamomile enema will instantly resolve severe constipation and a warm compress with chamomile can alleviate severe acne. Then there is the essential oil of chamomile that works miracles when massaged into a fretting sciatic nerve or cramping muscle. This is one herb that you will want for your everyday wellness.
06/04/15 It is summer sun time which makes it time to talk about Para AminoBenzoic Acid (PABA). Did you know that supplemental PABA is a natural skin cancer deterrent and free radical fighter that protects against oxidative damage? PABA is what a healthy body - along with a good diet - produces to generate protectant skin pigment for a natural defense against sunburn and other skin damage. If you are PABA deficient, you will sunburn easily… But, if you do sunburn easily, DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT! rely on toxic sunscreen slathers thinking they will safely defend you against some unseen enemy as they actually are a potentially deadlier enemy. The truth is, if you burn easily, you are probably just low on PABA (but not the chemical form listed in the toxic sunscreen ingredients). Always start your supplemental PABA at least a week before going into the sun. Keep in mind that if you stay in the sun too long - you will still burn. But, you will be able to stay in the sun longer, brown better and avoid more cancer-causing free radical damage while taking PABA.
05/28/15 Will the real Vitamin D numbers please stand up? Vitamin D not only boosts bone health and treats cancer but it also helps prevent diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and many other illnesses. There has been a lot of recent research highlighting the benefits of D supplements where blood levels of Vitamin D greater than 50ng/mL is considered high and normal levels are considered to be between 20-50ng/mL. There is however, a lot of general misinformation about healthy levels of Vitamin D and Vitamin D toxicity. According to the latest Mayo Clinic study, toxic levels of vitamin D are actually extremely rare. In fact, patients in the latest study that were over 50ng/mL were not found to be at risk for hypercalcemia, or elevated serum calcium. During this 10-year study with thousands of patients only one case was found to be true acute vitamin D toxicity - dialing in at a D level of a whopping 364 ng/mL. (This individual had been popping 50,000iu of Vitamin D daily for months while also downing daily calcium supplements). If you are just a little low on “the mighty D” I recommend taking 4-5,000iu a day along with some quality fish oil. IMHO, for higher doses of D, the best thing is to monitor your blood levels about once a month.
05/21/15 Castor oil - Grandma’s “kill or cure you” remedy. Castor oil is great for treating anything from yeast infections to constipation, gastrointestinal problems, parasites, menstrual disorders, migraines, acne, sunburn, athlete's foot, ringworm, skin abrasions, inflammation and so much more! Did you know that castor oil has been used both internally and externally for thousands of years due to its many wonderful health benefits? With its awesome ability to strengthen the immune system, castor oil is considered a great remedy to treat multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, hair loss, arthritis pain, rheumatism and even AIDS. But it just seems a bit too simple for some people to accept the fact that it might actually work. Using castor oil packs can have a profound effect on almost any health problem and our money-driven health care system deems that positive results do not mean success or acceptance by the medical establishment. Bottom line, castor oil improves the function of the thymus gland, spleen, the lymph and other areas of the immune system. Fighting cancer? Don’t skimp on the castor oil.
05/14/15 L-arginine is a non-essential amino acid found in foods and used in the body to combat aging, strengthen connective tissues, build muscles, fight inflammation, enhance sex drive, tonify skin, and many other things. The latest finding is that arginine even helps breaks down cavity and gum disease-causing dental plaque. L-arginine effectively breaks down biofilms where bacteria thrive and is actually already used in many commercial dental products for tooth sensitivity. Well, how about this? Did you know that biofilms attribute to over 50% of all hospital infections? The closest thing to the effectiveness of natural arginine against biofilms that big pharma concocts is the side-effect ridden, cell-destroying, cancer-causing chemical treatment called chlorhexidine. FYI, L-arginine is found mostly in red meat, poultry, fish and dairy products but you can buy the supplement form for just a tiny bit of poe. Getting plenty of L-arginine may save your from a lot of future health trouble in general - and from spending more doubloons at the dentist’s office.
05/07/15 Meet blueberry's first cousin - bilberry: Bilberry leaf has long been used for treatment of diabetes, high cholesterol, vascular disorders, kidney stones, typhoid fever, eye disorders and many other ills. Loaded with anthocyanosides - which are potent antioxidants - bilberry reduces inflammation, strengthens both blood vessels and capillary walls, naturally thins the blood, stimulates the release of vasodilators, improves red blood cells, stabilizes collagen tissues such as tendons, ligaments and cartilage and can even prevent diabetic retinopathy. Bilberry is also used for a curative and a preventative treatment for ulcers as well as treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, spider veins, blood clots in the legs and even hemorrhoids. In one study, bilberry stopped the growth of both leukemia and colon cancer cells by blocking the effects of enzymes and chemicals that promote tumor growth. Did you know that WWII pilots took bilberry because it dramatically improved their night vision? Won’t cost you much to try some and see for yourself what bilberry can do for you.
04/30/15 Milk thistle has silibinin in it. Silibinin made the news at the 2015 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting where a recent study shows that taking the purified form of milk thistle significantly slowed the growth of colorectal cancer. It turns out that silibinin found in milk thistle is a non-toxic, chemopreventive agent. Milk thistle is also great for treating liver and gallbladder problems. Add to that heart benefits, lower cholesterol levels, better blood glucose management, soothing for digestion and many other health boosts and milk thistle is a must-have for just about anyone’s health supplement cabinet. Pregnant or nursing? Milk thistle cleans toxins out of mommy’s body for a healthier baby and milk thistle promotes production of milk while decreasing pesticide residues in breastmilk. Just WOW
04/23/15 Creatine is an organic acid naturally produced in the liver to help supply cellular energy all over the body but particularly to muscle cells. Creatine is formed from the amino acids L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine. Supplemental creatine helps supply energy where it is demanded in athletes to improve athletic performance. Taking supplemental creatine can actually increase high-intensity workout performance in by up to 15%. But creatine isn’t just for working out because creatine also helps treat a range of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, such as arthritis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, congestive heart failure, and even depression. Heck, creatine can also improve cognitive ability and can boost brain power. The cautions for creatine supplementation are a higher risk of dehydration and muscle cramps, stomach pain and nausea when taken away from food and in rare cases diarrhea. I have heard rumors of problems for people with existing kidney or liver damage but can’t find any studies to confirm that one. As always, buy a reputable brand and follow label directions.
04/16/15 The physician Luke from the bible was recorded by a personal scribe to have prescribed activated charcoal (AC) to a traveling merchant for intestinal upset. Ancient Egyptians and Hindus, Native Americans and Victorian England also used AC mixed in water to sooth stomach ills. Charcoal biscuits have been used for centuries as an antidote to smelly flatulence. AC is used today in hospitals for emergency treatment for poisoning and is a great home-remedy for stomach and intestinal bugs, colic, infant jaundice, general indigestion and heartburn, tooth pain, acne and bug bites. AC even whitens teeth by pulling stain-causing elements from tooth enamel when used along with glycerin-free toothpaste. AC is readily available at health food stores and even in pharmacies. Not many people know that AC reduces food allergy symptoms by binding to offending proteins that the body can’t break down, such as gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy, and other allergens. Caveats: AC is for occasional use only and is not a remedy or a cure for severe anaphylactic allergy reactions by itself. You can take between 1,000 and 2,000mg of AC with water up to 4 times daily, as needed. I keep some mixed up in a quart jar of water - ready to shake and drink.
04/09/15 Cloves and the powers of eugenol: Cloves have amazing natural medicinal properties. Being both antiseptic and anesthetic in nature, cloves actually numb toothaches and help heal teeth and gums naturally. A study in the Journal of Dentistry showed that cloves worked just as well as the side-effect causing Big Pharma drug benzocaine (in Anbesol and Orajel) when it came to treating toothache and gum infection pain. Seems that we have too soon forgotten how dentists a few decades ago relied on cloves for treating teeth and gum problems… But that is not all that cloves do! They also fight intestinal parasites, candida, viruses and gut dysbiosis while helping build a healthier immune system and naturally freshening breath. You can eat whole cloves or ground up cloves with food or place them directly on a toothache, gum problems. Clove oil has high concentrations of eugenol and can be a very effective in a compress for skin lesions when cut with olive oil. Don’t overdo cloves though as they are a highly potent herbal medicine when used in small quantities but can cause liver and respiratory problems if ingested in consistently large amounts.
04/02/15 Traditional Chinese Medicine uses honeysuckle tea to treat the flu and colds. New research published in the journal Cell Research shows how a natural substance in honeysuckle directly attacks a virus. The molecule dubbed “MIR2911” was documented to deactivate influenza A varieties like the Spanish flu, swine flu, and even the avian flu while also suppressing replication of the viruses. These researchers even declared that MIR2911 directly targets the Ebola virus. Even mashed, diced and boiled in water for tea, honeysuckle retains its powerful antiviral properties. A natural anti-inflammatory and free radical fighter, honeysuckle works as pain and headache relief, fever treatment, immune boosting, blood sugar modulating, tuberculosis champion, respiratory system soother, skincare guru, astringent in gargles and mouthwash, digestive aid, hepatitis C powerhouse and it also curbs nausea and vomiting. Add to this the powerhouse of honeysuckle nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers, carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, Rutin, and Quercetin and you have, like, the best herb ever!
03/26/15 Did you know that Argentina dispenses natural Pau d’Arco to patients with leukemia and cancer? Brazil sells Pau d’Arco for cancer treatment in herb stores as well as regular pharmacies. This is because Pau d’Arco is used in South America by doctors with great results in cancer treatment. The whole herb Pau d'Arco is rich in cancer-fighting compounds like lapachol, quinoids, benzenoids, flavonoids, and beta-lapachone making this wonder-herb anticandidal, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antiparasitic, insecticidal, analgesic as well as antileukemic, antitumorous and anticancerous. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US wrongly declares that Pau d’Arco’s side effects are “too dangerous” for combating cancer… What the NCI is so het up about of course, is the totally synthetic and isolated big pharma version of Pau d’Arco’s naturally balanced lapachol - but they conveniently overlook that pesky and potentially costly detail. After all, if something natural works better than patented drug treatments AND the word got out - well, big pharma would lose a whole lot of credibility and money. Oh, I forgot to mention that Pau d’Arco is also anti-allergy, antiulcerous , anticoagulant, antidysenteric, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antivenin, astringent, cardiotonic, hepatotonic, and immunostimulant. I take mine daily in tea.
03/19/15 Selenium is a vital antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Selenium is also required for the regulation of blood clotting in the body. Selenium produces natural anti-clotting effects and a selenium deficiency causes both abnormal blood clotting and hemorrhaging. Two things come to my mind when selenium deficiency is suspected: Number one is mercury amalgam fillings as selenium binds with the constantly off-gassing mercury vapors from metal tooth fillings. The second thing that comes to mind is the rapid depletion of selenium in the body when it is attacked by viral selenoproteins. This is the main reason that Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers produce characteristic hemorrhaging with the formation of blood clots. (You see hemorrhagic problems more among populations that suffer nutrition deficiencies.) Selenium deficiency also produces immune deficiencies that lead to cancer and many chronic immune system related diseases. Many viruses like HIV also deplete selenium and exacerbate immune problems. For the most part though, megadosing selenium would do more harm than good. Try taking 200mcg a day for general health - a little more if you have a mouthful of mercury and/or are fighting cancer.
03/12/15 The way you make money on drugs is to patent a component of something natural so it can be “prescribed” by conventional medicine mucky-mucks. The latest in this ungodly process is patenting a product derived from ashwagandha that promises wonderful treatment for Alzheimer's disease. A Michigan State University chemist has patented the isolated botanical compound and antioxidant withanamides which is found in ashwagandha - an oriental herbal remedy that's been around for centuries. My experience over the last two decades is that herbs are best used in their whole forms because there are many different interactions with the constituents in the whole herb. But you can’t patent that and there isn’t as much money to be made in herbal supplements as in patented drugs. Now, you can either wait for the biased studies to sell the patented drug and hope your pitiful insurance pays for it or simply find the whole herb and take it daily. If you are treating Alzheimer’s, kick it off with much higher doses than are recommended on the label and see what happens! Ashwagandha already has a track record for helping cure many disorders and diseases ranging from dementia to cancer.
03/05/15 Let’s talk about neem oil: Neem leaves and oil are loaded with high level of carotenoid antioxidants that help skin heal and also protect the skin from environmental damage. Neem is rich in essential fatty acids and ripe with vitamins that are easily absorbed by the skin to rejuvenate and improves its elasticity. Using neem oil in a daily regimen helps ward off wrinkles and sagging skin and even the fine lines that are signs of ageing. Neem, AKA Indian lilac and margosa, is awesome for treating chickenpox with its antiviral properties and other constituents that help dry out the blisters and provide major relief for the accompanying itching. The whole neem tree, leaves, bark, fruit, flowers and roots are with an azadirachtin compound that provides a triple-shot of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties for treating almost any infection inside or out while also strengthening the immune system. Neem is safe to use and reasonable amounts of neem does not have any negative side effects.
02/26/15 Castor oil is an old folk remedy for constipation as well as a wide variety of other conditions. Castor oil has a unique chemical composition that is a triglyceride of fatty acids with nearly 90% of its fatty acid content consisting of ricinoleic acid. This unusual unsaturated fatty acid is what is responsible for castor oil's remarkable healing abilities. Ricinoleic acid is highly effective in preventing the growth of numerous viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds which makes it very useful for treating ringworm, boils, keratosis, skin cancer, inflammation, abrasions, fungal-infections, acne and itching. The usual way to treat external conditions is to wrap a cloth soaked with castor oil each night. If the area for treatment is small enough, a castor oil soaked Band-Aid is used. A tablespoon or two taken by mouth treats constipation, dysentery and IBS. Castor oil is also touted as a hair restoration remedy when you mix one part oil to ten parts of grain alcohol and rub it on. Nursing mothers can apply a poultice of castor oil to their breasts to increase milk secretion and relieve inflammation or milk stagnation in the mammary glands.
02/19/15 SAMe. Did you think my caps-lock got hung up? SAMe stands for s-adenosylmethionine - a natural compound in our bodies that does not come from our diets but is made by our body. SAMe is essential in all human cells and is critical for hundreds of metabolic reactions. It is a major player in the production of glucosamine for healthy joints and ligaments making SAMe very effective for treating arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. But did you know that supplementing with SAMe is also found to treat both depression and liver disorders? The problems start as we age and our bodies begin to produce less of this vital compound. There have been dozens of clinical studies using SAMe to treat a variety of disorders over the last 50 years that show that SAMe helps prevent premature aging and assists body producing brain chemicals for an energetic outlook on life - all the while protecting and promoting body structure and function.
02/12/15 Artichokes contain phytochemicals that can reduce nausea, vomiting, intestinal spasms, gas and also sooth IBS. Artichokes and artichoke extracts stimulate the flow of bile from the liver to help reduce heartburn and even treat a nasty hangover. Because Artichoke works so well in the liver it also reduces liver toxins, high cholesterol and helps flush out the gall bladder. But that’s not all! Artichoke cleanses the kidneys to reduce blood pressure and alleviate kidney problems, fluid retention and bladder infections. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in artichokes work together to help protect you against and treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, leukemia and other cancers by inducing cancer cell apoptosis while reducing the proliferation of cancer cells. The edible plant parts are teaming with prebiotic goodness that fuel probiotic bacteria growth and provide a healthy dose of dietary fiber. Instead of reaching for the chemical cover-up symptomatic treatments, try something natural first!
02/05/15 Good supplements aren’t cheap and now we find that cheap supplements aren’t even what they are said to be… If you buy your cheap supplements at Walmart, Target, Walgreens or GNC (to name a few), you find that many cheap supplements sold at these and other stores have been downright mislabeled. When somebody took the time to check out the actual bottled contents of cheap supplements, they found that instead of supplements like St. John’s Wort, ginseng, garlic, Echinacea and saw palmetto, consumers were actually paying for placebos including rice, wheat and dracaena according to DNA testing. Even if you actually do receive what the bottle says it is supposed to have, the actual product can be of poor quality, highly diluted or even contaminated. A recent NY State investigation found only a small minority of cheap supplement samples actually contained DNA matching the product label and a vast majority of supplements had either different material or none matching at all. It is so worth your while to stick with the better-known supplement companies. Seek out your trusted health food store personnel, herbalist or naturopath and ask a lot of questions.
01/29/15 Astragalus is an herb useful to help to regulate the adrenal glands. Astragalus is adaptogenic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and liver protective. Astragalus increases mitochondrial function to help restore an ailing liver and can even make repairs to damage from chronic hepatitis. But wait, there’s more! Astragalus also lengthens the cell’s telomeres for longer, healthier lives. Astragalus can both treat and prevent recurrence of chronic colds, flu, Epstein Barr Virus, HIV, MERS, SARS and even shingles. For natural cancer treatment, astragalus upregulates immune responses while increasing T-cell counts along with helping NK cells and T-cells to switch on the anti-tumor activity of Interleukin-2. Tincture works best in my opinion. You can make your own tincture of astragalus tincture by ordering 2 small tubs of raw astragalus pieces from Nature’s Health Shoppe. Put them in a quart jar and cover them liberally with vodka. Shake thoroughly at least once a day for two weeks or more. Strain through a screen and then strain though a coffee filter. Take 20 drops a day in water or other drink.
01/22/15 Did you know that folks with the lowest vitamin D levels were a jaw-dropping 122% more likely to develop Alzheimer's? Being just a little low on vitamin D will increase your risk for this dementia disorder by 69%! A recent study review found that increasing vitamin D levels is linked to better outcomes in several types of cancer. Did you know that good old vitamin D is also a breast cancer preventative? A 2011 meta-analysis found that a high vitamin D level brought a 50% lower risk of breast cancer. Even just a normal level of sunshine vitamin brought a 50% lower risk of colorectal cancer. To reach a minimum protective level of vitamin D, study participants took up to 8,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day. The RDA (Ridiculously Deficient Amounts) in US guidelines calls for the recommended daily allowance of a whimpy 600 IUs of vitamin D for adults. Now, why are dementia disorders and cancer rates on the rise? Drugs won’t treat your Alzheimer’s and chemo won’t fix your vitamin D deficiency peeps…
01/15/15 Grandma probably knew this: Bayberry is a nicely scented aromatic plant used for medicinal purposes. Bayberry makes a great tonic as a tea and is also useful to treat diarrhea, fever and dysentery naturally. Bayberry bark is an old-timey remedy that has been known to successfully treat laryngitis, colds, flu, sinusitis and even asthma. Drink some hot tea from powdered bayberry bark at the first hint of a cold, cough, or flu to help knock it out before it takes hold. Bayberry powder can be packed into a wound to increase healing circulation and ward off bacterial infections because bayberry bark contains the natural antibiotic chemical myricitrin. This is what makes bayberry's traditional use against diarrhea and dysentery so effective. Powdered bayberry bark has been used for centuries for brushing teeth and curing gingivitis. One caveat: Because of the high tannin content, bayberry can increase fluid retention and possibly become problematic if you suffer from edema or fluid retention related high blood pressure.
01/08/15 There is no single substance known to man that does as much to promote increased and strong immune function as good ole vitamin C. In fact, there is no virus around that is not inactivated by mega-doses of vitamin C. Vitamin C works both inside cells in which viruses are replicating, and on the surfaces of the viruses themselves. Vitamin C also directly stimulates immune system interferon and antibody production, while becoming very concentrated inside white blood cells. A daily intake of at least 10g of ascorbic acid spread throughout the day is needed to avoid cold and flu viruses. (Cut back a little when loose stools occur and then build back up to 10g slowly). At the first sign of feeling sick, itchy throat, fatigue, and so on - take even more ascorbic acid. Try dosing 5g every half hour or so in this case. If you are fighting an infection, your tolerance for vitamin C will be higher than you can likely reach - even taking massive doses.
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