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02/28/14 Yellow dock is an ancient medicinal plant used in natural and herbal medicine as a gentle laxative and a mild astringent tonic. Yellow dock “encourages” bowel movements while it stimulates gastric juices. Yellow dock is also used as a topical ointment for boils, itching sores, and scabby lesions. You can steam up the early green leaves and eat them for their lemony flavor and rich content of vitamins A and C. You can take the roots and bruise them to pack in a poultice for abrasions, sores, itching rashes and skin eruptions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, yellow dock is called Chin-Choa-Mai - made famous as a treatment for chronic constipation. Early English and Swedish settlers boiled fresh leaves in sweet cream for scrofulous ulcers, sore eyes, and glandular swellings. Native American tribes use it as both a medicine and a dye.
02/27/14 The latest study found a definite link between vitamin C depletion and increased risk for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) - a form of stroke. Vitamin C plays a huge role in blood pressure regulation and hypertension is a heavy hitter in stroke occurrence. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can counter the oxidative stress that helps cause high blood pressure. So, not getting enough vitamin C increases your risks for atherosclerosis and heart disease, as well as hypertension. Without enough vitamin C in the body, you are also at an increased risk for infection by altered immune responses. Whatever you do, take a GMO-free, non-corn vitamin C. No sense in adding insult to injury with the deleterious effects of GMOs in the diet.
02/26/14 Want to hear about a natural antibiotic that will also boost immune function? Echinacea is an herbal supplement that is powerful against colds and upper respiratory infections. Another amazing benefit is that Echinacea helps support the immune system during cancer treatments. Echinacea not only stimulates the production of T-cells but it also increases the ability of white blood cells to fend off pathogenic invaders. Echinacea also helps keep germs from penetrating healthy cells. Apply Echinacea to an external wound and it speeds healing AND offers analgesic properties. Here are some illnesses Echinacea is effective against: Urinary tract infection, sore throats, enlarged lymph glands, upper respiratory infections, prostatitis, vaginal yeast, bronchitis, hay fever, sinusitis, ear infections, gingivitis, canker sores, eczema and more.
02/25/14 Peppermint oil is great for relief from nagging headaches. You can inhale a few whiffs straight from the vial or sprinkle a couple of drops on a handkerchief and breath through it, dab some on the wrist or put a drop on the end of your finger and gently rub it into the skin at the temple area. Peppermint oil is a wonderful stress-buster for all-around use. Put some in a Kleenex and poke into the central heat and air register so it diffuses it into the air while the fan is running. Rub a drop or two onto your bed head-board to help you stay relaxed and sleep better at night. Want to kill some bacteria in your washing machine and dishwasher? Peppermint oil is a great disinfectant for that. Indigestion? Try a drop or two of peppermint oil in some water and drink it down. Not only will this freshen your breath but it can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome.
02/24/14 Kudzu is known as “the vine that ate the south”. But kudzu is more than just a big green nuisance; it is an herb with amazing qualities. Probably the most remarkable thing about kudzu is that it curbs alcohol cravings! This of course, has been the topic of much scientific research - not to prove once again that kudzu cures the alcoholic - but to try to figure out “how” it does this so Big Pharma can patent a chemical version(with side effects) of this God-given natural product. I’ve actually had spouses sneak kudzu to their alcoholic partners to cure their cravings and curb their drinking habits in mere days. Kudzu also calms high blood pressure, reduces blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity. In fact, kudzu has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat fever, headache, muscle cramps, and even menopausal miseries, including hot flashes and mood swings for thousands of years.
02/21/14 The use of colloidal silver (CS) goes back some 3,000 years. Did you know that there are NO known side-effects to taking colloidal silver when following normal guidelines and suggested manufacturers use? At the early onset of a cold, itchy feeling in the throat, sneezing, etc., simply spray the back of the mouth and under the tongue and/or gargle with a teaspoon of colloidal silver 2 or 3 times a day to help overcome viral infections. CS taken orally mixed in water can treat IBS, diverticulitis, food poisoning, diarrhea and pathogens in the gut. CS can even prevent parasites from hatching in the intestines. CS is the best natural treatment for bladder and urinary tract infections. Use it topically cuts, scrapes, burns, dandruff, and skin conditions. Pink eye? - doesn’t stand a chance against a drop of CS straight into the eye. Keep some handy and study what it does. This stuff could save your life.
02/20/14 Fenugreek is loaded with antioxidants that slow aging and help prevent disease. Fenugreek is also great for both male and female sexual stimulation, treating bronchitis, fevers, sore throats, wounds, swollen glands, skin irritations, diabetes, ulcers, cancer, aiding the cognitive and thinking process and balancing blood sugar levels. Fenugreek has even been the focus of several scientific studies for the treatment of diabetes, cancer and cancer prevention. Fenugreek can improve the milk supply in a nursing mother and balance female hormone levels aids for treating PMS and menopause. Did you know that fenugreek has been proven to lower cholesterol? God gave us the herbs of the field for our healing - not the drugs of the medical system.
02/19/14 The antioxidant health benefits of grape seed tannins/polyphenols work as anti-inflammatory agents with anti-cancer properties. Heck, grape seed extract is even scientifically proven to significantly reduce inflammation and tissue damage in the small intestine caused by toxic chemotherapy. Believe it or not, grape seed extract was more effective and potent than chemotherapy in a recent study. But unlike chemotherapy, grape seed only selectively acts on cancer cells and leaves healthy cells intact. Grape seed has anti-inflammatory action for a range of bowel diseases outside of cancer. Grape seed extract also helps break down fat in the blood, is great for the skin, improves blood circulation and even lowers bad cholesterol levels. Why don’t doctors recommend this over harmful drugs? Hello...
02/18/14 Time and time again studies show the benefits of good ole fish oil. The latest study in Neurology shows that a healthy dose of omega-3-rich fish oil can help you keep a youthful and active brain all the way into old age. The researchers took a 1,000 women average of 78 years old and gave them fish oil and followed up with brain scans eight years later. The one who took the highest levels of fish oil had more brain volume and had lost fewer brain cells. Their brains were in fact two full years younger than ones without fish oil. Fish oil also fights inflammation in the body to help arthritis, cancer, digestive problems, skin problems, dementia and much more. Another study found that fish oil was more effective than drugs against ADHD - but without the health-wrecking side effects.
02/17/14 The zinc-link: Osteoarthritis is characterized by the destruction of cartilage tissue in joints. A recent study published in the journal Cell reveals that osteoarthritis tissue damage is caused by a pathway involved in regulating and responding to zinc levels inside of cartilage cells. Tissue destruction is caused by proteins called matrix-degrading enzymes. Low zinc levels cause these enzymes to malfunction. The focus of this study is not to there to suggest that taking supplemental zinc would help relieve osteoarthritis (which it does…), but rather, the researchers are trying to figure out how to develop a patentable zinc-based drug so they can make lots and lots of money. Try taking 90mg of supplemental zinc gluconate day, clean up your diet and forget about taking toxic chemical concoctions.
02/14/14 Ever heard of silibinin? Silibinin is an extract of milk thistle that can decrease tumor sizes and the number of tumors in patients with lung cancer. Research shows that milk thistle extract inhibits of nitric oxide production that correlates with lung cancer development and progression. Milk thistle silibinin also kills skin cells mutated by UVA radiation while protecting them against damage by UVB radiation. In this way, milk thistle protects against photo-aging and UV-induced skin cancer. Silibinin is so non-toxic that you can douse healthy skins cells in pure silibinin and it will not harm them. Beats the chemical crap they throw at cancer that causes side effects from death to wishing you were dead.
02/13/14 Your body uses carnitine to help turn fat into energy. Your body makes carnitine in the liver and kidneys and then stores it in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain, and sperm. Carnitine also acts as a powerful antioxidant to fight cancer-causing, health-wrecking free radicals. Some of the conditions carnitine can help treat are fatigue, improving athletic performance, heart conditions including angina, heart attack, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic neuropathy, weight loss, Alzheimer's disease, memory impairment, kidney disease, male infertility, erectile dysfunction, peyronie's disease and even hyperthyroidism. Some people either cannot make enough carnitine or cannot transport it to the tissues that need it. Might not work for everyone but worth a try!
02/12/14 Did you know that taking high amounts of synthetic folic acid may increase the risk of developing breast cancer? But taking the natural folate version can lower breast cancer risks. A recent study in PLOS ONE shows that folate in its synthetic form, folic acid, can significantly promote the growth of existing pre-cancerous or cancerous cells in mammary glands. This becomes critically important when you consider the high levels of folic acid we consume in folic acid fortified foods along with the widespread use of vitamin supplements after an initial cancer diagnosis. Believe it or not, breast cancer patients and survivors have the highest prevalence of folic acid intake. Avoid the chemical folic acid and supplement rather with a good brand of folate or methylfolate.
02/11/14 Did I ever mention that alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is one of my favorite supplements? ALA helps combat diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even neurological disorders. This amazing antioxidant can also help curb osteoporosis, reduce damage caused by stroke, and prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease. What else does ALA do? I’m so glad you asked! It reduces oxidative stress, improves metabolic syndrome, reduces blood pressure, reduces insulin resistance, improves the lipid profile, increases weight loss, improves neuropathies, stops cataract, improves glaucoma, protects retinal cells, reduces educes brain damage from strokes, prevents bone loss, reduces migraines, and improves skin texture. And that’s not all! Somewhere around 100-200mg a day is great for most people.
02/10/14 Good old oregano extracts can help against osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis and even help protect against cancer. A recent study in the journal PLoS ONE found that oregano exhibits anticancer activity by encouraging cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (cancer cell self-destruction). The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database shows oregano to be useful against colds, muscle pain, dandruff, bronchitis, toothaches, bloating, headaches, heart conditions, allergies, intestinal parasites, earaches, fatigue, menstrual cramps and even helps repel mosquitos. It turns out that the cure really is right over there - in your cupboard!
02/07/14 Vitamin D and preeclampsia: Vitamin D deficient women are at a higher risk of developing severe preeclampsia during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy gestation. Preeclampsia is potentially life-threatening disorder that happens with an increase in blood pressure along with elevated protein in the urine. Vitamin D is critical for bone health, immune function, cancer prevention, strong muscles, heart disease prevention, cold and flu prevention and so much more. If you are already healthy you need about 600-800IU a day. If you are deficient and are sick, it will take a lot more than that to catch up. Vitamin D is fat-soluble so you can dose a whole week’s-worth once a week if you like. Always avoid GMO soybean oil in vitamin D products.
02/06/14 Back in 1753, James Lind showed how to prevent and cure scurvy with citrus fruits containing vitamin C. Did anyone listen to the man? Took a while as unfortunately, another 100,000 British Navy sailors succumbed from scurvy until all the old "experts" had died off and were replaced by forward-thinkers. Healthy mammals who are human-size manufacture their own vitamin C to make about 14,000mg a day. Sick mammals make even more than that! Humans do not make their own vitamin C and depend upon diet and supplements to fill in the gap. Even with a pristine, high in vitamin C fruits and vegetables, diet it would be hard to reach anywhere near 14,000mg a day. The RDA for vitamin C is 90mg… RDA stands for “Ridiculously Deficient Amounts.
02/05/14 Probiotics once again prove they can relieve IBS symptoms. Out in Medscape is a recent 4 week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial comparing a placebo to multispecies probiotics. The probiotics won with effective global relief of IBS symptoms as well as relief from general abdominal pain/discomfort and bloating. The fact is that the probiotic levels of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli species is lower in IBS patients compared with healthy people. The probiotic S. thermophillus has shown the reduction of tumor necrosis factor-alpha in the intestines in another study. Two or more probiotic species will work together to have a synergistic effect on dysbiosis. Always rotate through different brands when you run through a bottle. Keep the bad-guys guessing!
02/04/13 Want the best defense against viruses? Grow a strong, robust immune system with olive leaf that will prevent them from doing harm in the first place. Olive leaf complex is a powerful weapon for your immune system against invading microbes. The polyphenols in olive leaves (oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, caffeic acid, verbascoside, and others) have been found to fight and resist viruses. Olive leaf interferes with critical amino acid production essential for viruses while inactivating them by preventing virus shedding and budding. Olive leaf extract can actually penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication inside them. Furthermore, olive leaf stimulates an immune process called phagocytosis that ingests harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.
02/13/14 Trace minerals are essential for many biochemical processes. Essential means that, without them, healthy processes cannot happen and disease creeps in. Sometimes one biochemical process requires a single atom of a trace mineral incorporated into a complex protein to give a compound its specific characteristic. Iron is a trace mineral that is required for the hemoglobin molecule, for one example. If the body needs calcium, the parathyroid gland sends a signal to the intestinal wall to form a calcium-binding protein. That calcium-binding protein then picks up a free calcium ion to transport it through the intestinal mucosa and finally release it into the blood. Sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and dozens of other trace minerals are available in a ready-to-use ionized form, or a electrolyte solution.
01/31/14 When ingested, clay compounds, like bentonite clay, provide minerals and can be used as detoxifying agents in the body. When you mix clay with water, you form a temporary colloidal system. This disperses a variety of mineral ions into the water, making them available for absorption as minerals are usually absorbed in ionic form. Clay particles also carry a negative electric charge that magnetically attracts pathogenic organisms and their toxins to escort them out of the body. Drinking clay helps facilitate mineral assimilation while helping prevent intestinal complaints, food poisoning and slow and stop diarrhea. Clay also binds with plant antinutrients like bitter tannins to prevent their absorption.
01/30/14 Phosphorus is an essential mineral used by the body for growth and repair of cells and tissues. All body cells contain phosphorus and together with calcium, phosphorus provides structure and strength to bones and muscles. Phosphorus is also required for energy production and pH regulation. Phosphorus is a vital component of both DNA and RNA, which carry genetic information used to make proteins. Without sufficient phosphorus, the manufacturing of body protein is impaired, eventually affecting the overall health. Muscle wasting and fatigue can be caused by a phosphorous deficiency or the body’s inability to assimilate phosphorous in gut dysfunction.
01/29/14 Want some extra flu protection? Skip the worthless vaccines and tune up with some elderberry extract! Bioflavonoids and other constituents in the juice and extract destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Elderberry juice was the treatment of choice during the great flu epidemic in Panama in 1995. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not. Elderberry is well known for its antioxidant ability and its effects that lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health as well as for natural treatment for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and even tonsilitis. Elderberries are mildly laxative, diuretic, and diaphoretic.
01/28/14 Guggul is a funny-named herbal supplement with some serious weight loss and healing potential. Guggul also has strong disinfecting properties besides being a fat burning agent. Guggul also lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides and increases white blood cell counts and reduces the risk of coronary disease. Guggul increases the production of thyroid hormone and strengthens the digestive system and helps avoid indigestion and constipation. But wait, there’s more! This miracle herb is an effective anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving herb recommended by many Indian herbal doctors to help with arthritic pains and in reversing the degenerative changes that occur in joints and bones. The list goes on for guggul’s benefits. Worth a big try that guggul.
01/27/14 Potassium is important for electrical conductivity within our nervous system and proper muscle function and for the formation of new muscle. Mostly stored in our cells, potassium is the third most prevalent mineral in our bodies - exceeding sodium. Potassium helps us to maintain a healthy alkaline pH balance and helps dissolve excess calcium, preventing kidney stone formations and calcified tissues. Extreme potassium deficiency causes death and it takes a whole lot to overdo it as excess potassium is easily eliminated by the kidneys. The Mayo clinic website suggests 1600 to 2000 mg per day of potassium for optimal health.
01/24/14 So, what is the difference between folic acid and folate? One big difference is that folic acid can cause increased risk for cancer and folate can actually lower your cancer risk. Folic acid is the synthetic version of naturally occurring folate. The more of the synthetic folic acid you take, the higher the risk for developing cancer - and especially breast cancer. If you are taking the synthetic folic acid, your body has to convert it to usable folate by using enzymes. The more folic acid you take, the more enzymes you need to convert it. Some people lack the proper enzymes to convert the chemical version to usable folate and are folate deficient despite the fact that they take lots of folic acid. Take activated folate - especially if you are pregnant or could become pregnant.
01/23/14 It’s seems that every scientist out there is pointing their microscope at probiotics. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that have been used therapeutically for many years. The main thing that probiotics do is to support GI health at a time in history with exploding numbers of people suffering from IBS, Colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive disorders. One recent study stated that "Treatment with probiotics significantly decreased the mean global IBS scores compared with the baseline scores." Another similar study showed similar results as, "The composite irritable bowel syndrome score had at 5 months decreased 14 points from baseline." Always rotate through different brands of probiotics as you run out so you can keep the bad guys guessing.
01/22/14 Melatonin for prostate cancer treatment/prevention: melatonin is a hormone used by the body for the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is produced exclusively at night - in the dark - and is an important part of the body's inherent 24-hour clock. Melatonin plays a role in regulating a range of other body hormones that influence the growth of certain cancers, like breast and prostate cancer. Sleep loss, disrupted sleep and other things can slow or even block the amount of melatonin secretion making a potential risk factor for cancer. Higher levels of melatonin in male test subjects also show a 75% decreased risk for developing advanced prostate cancer according to the latest Harvard study.
01/21/14 Fulvic acid occurs naturally in organic plants and soils to balance and energize cellular life and biological properties in everything it comes into contact with. Fulvic acid restores cells to normal chemical balance and electrical potential where death and disintegration would normally occur. Fulvic acid makes nutrients absorbable to dramatically impact diseases and health problems that afflict us today. The fact is, without it - nothing would live. Fulvic acid is known to: Increase energy, scavenge free radicals, chelate heavy metals and body toxins, transport nutrients into the cells, extend nutrients life and activity, increase metabolism of proteins, contribute to DNA and RNA synthesis and is a very powerful natural electrolyte.
01/20/14 Vitamin C is a very potent cancer killer. Cancer cells lack the required enzyme, catalase that breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. Furthermore, vitamin C requires catalase to assimilate inside of cells. Cancer cells thrive on sugar and the wily vitamin C tricks cancer cells into thinking that it is sugar. Once the cancer cells sucks up the vitamin C, it results in the destruction of the tumor from the inside out by the resulting H2O2 from the vitamin C. Of course, our own FDA halted a recent vitamin C cancer study and then attempted to ban production of IV ascorbic acid for cancer treatment. Can’t have anything that is not a drug successfully treating cancer, right?
01/17/13 Turmeric is another common kitchen spice that has wonderful medicinal value. A part of the ginger family, turmeric has been a staple of cooking for thousands of years. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines both use turmeric to clear infections and reduce inflammation on both the inside and outside of the body. Taking raw turmeric can block an enzyme found in tumor development to stop the spread of head and neck cancer. As an antioxidant, turmeric fights disease-causing free radicals and reduces or prevents the damage they can cause. Turmeric is touted to be one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available and can completely inhibit the onset of rheumatoid arthritis or bring a significant reduction in existing symptoms. Worth a college try!
01/16/14 Oregano is both a culinary and a medicinal herb with thousands of years of documentation. Oregano comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). Oregano is very tasty in food but also has a substantial number of health benefits associated with potent antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties. Oregano can be used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps, and skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff. The powerful antioxidants in oregano help protect your cells against free radicals and improve your ability to fight infections and cancer. In one study, oregano oil was effective against 41 strains of the food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes and can even kill the hospital superbug MRSA.
01/15/14 Rosemary is another cooking herb that went to alternative medicine school. Rosemary is a stimulant for the central nervous system to pick up mental fatigue and elevate mood. Rosemary has a long history as an herb that improves concentration and memory. Ancient Greek students braided Rosemary into their hair to help them with their learning. Rosemary also works to improve circulation, making it a beneficial herb for low blood pressure and sluggishness. Rosemary oil can be used to alleviate the pain of sprains, arthritis, sciatica and neuralgia. Rosemary essential oils block histamine in the body which is the chemical bad-guy in both asthma and allergies. Don’t forget to use Rosemary for treating skin and hair! A few drops of essential oil can be applied directly to the skin and hair to restore dry, flyaway hair and make it shine.
01/14/14 Good ole basil. You can cook with it and you can use it for a traditional herbal remedy for all kinds of ailments. Basil can be used to calm the stomach and alleviate the feelings of fullness (especially after a large Italian meal). For treating coughs and colds, the Amish chew fresh basil leaves to sooth the ills. A facial steam using dried basil leaf can help alleviate headaches. Use one tablespoon of dried basil leaf to 2 cups of boiling water. Carefully cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam for 5 minutes or until the headache subsides. Basil also has antibiotic properties and can even treat antibiotic resistant infections. Use a chewed piece of basil leaf on bee stings and the essential oil of basil works great for ear infections. Need to relax? Pour the boiled juice of basil leaves into your bath.
01/13/14 Chronic pain affects more than 50 million Americans and the medical options for pain relief offers poor results and severe side effects compare to natural pain remedies like corydalis. Corydalis is a plant that grows in Siberia, Northern China and Japan. As an analgesic, corydalis can help alleviate neuropathy pain, menstrual cramps, chest pain, abdominal pain and other chronic pain conditions. Corydalis is non-addictive and can greatly diminish both inflammatory pain (associated with tissue damage and the infiltration of immune cells), and injury-induced neuropathic pain (caused by damage to the nervous system). The best part of all is that corydalis does not generate the tolerance seen with continued use of conventional pain relievers, such as morphine.
01/10/13 Essiac tea is a classic herb blend for natural cancer treatment developed by Canadian nurse Rene M. Caisse. The classic version of the tea contains just four organic herbs: burdock root, rhubarb root, slippery elm bark, and sheep sorrel. A newer version adds blessed thistle, kelp, red clover, and watercress. Here is the classic recipe: 1.5lbs cut Burdock Root, 1lb powdered Sheep Sorrel leaf, 4oz powdered Slippery Elm Bark,1oz powdered Turkey Rhubarb Root. Boil ingredients together in plenty of water for 20 minutes, strain and store in an airtight container. Drink cold on an empty stomach. Essiac tea contains laxatives that can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal discomfort along with frequent urination. Avoid Essiac tea if you have kidney stones.
01/09/14 A recent fish oil study compared high-dose to low-dose fish oil in early rheumatoid arthritis. They also compared fish oil to methotrexate and leflunomide therapy. Of course, a significantly smaller proportion of patients on high-dose fish oil ended up on leflunomide compared with the low-dose fish oil. Some patients were actually able to achieve remission on fish oil but not with the drug therapy or fish oil with drug therapy. Being put out by Big Pharma, this study somehow concluded that using fish oil as an adjunctive treatment rather than as a primary treatment in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis may be very appropriate and also have cardiovascular benefits. Anything but admit that fish oil whipped their meds…
01/08/14 Caprylic acid is a medium-chain triglyceride found in human breast milk, cow milk, palm and coconut oil. Caprylic acid is sold as a dietary supplement that can help treat the overgrowth of yeast in the body that causes vaginal yeast infections, candida, thrush, and ringworm. Caprylic acid can also help manage high blood pressure, treat Crohn's disease, reduce cholesterol levels and fight off bacterial infections. Caprylic acid suppresses the release of interleukin 8 which is a protein that plays a key role in intestinal inflammation. Once you start caprylic acid, you should watch out for a Herxheimer die-off reaction that could make you feel ill for a few days as the fungus dies of and releases all of its toxins at once. Don’t stop if you feel a bit bad for a few days.
01/07/14 Zinc deficiency plays a big role in causing depression. Studies find that depressed people have lower concentrations of zinc in their blood - the greater the deficiency, the greater the depression too. The good news is that zinc supplementation effectively reverses the problem. Zinc plays multiple roles in regulating the hippocampal and cortical glutamatergic circuits that help with both mood and cognitive function. Not only this, but zinc has antioxidant properties and helps maintain endocrine balances and good immune function. Zinc deficiency is also a factor in vascular and cardiovascular disease which are comorbid to major depressive disorder. Never take zinc oxide internally. I recommend zinc gluconate or glycinate.
01/06/14 Treat pain naturally with papaya extract. Papayas contain a digestive enzyme called papain. Not only does papaya extract help against chronic pain, it also helps protect against heart disease and atherosclerosis while lowering cholesterol. Papaya extract can reduce rheumatoid arthritis and strengthen the lungs in smokers. Papaya extract even helps protect eyes from developing macular degeneration. Loaded with antioxidants, papaya extract fights cancer while building up the immune system. Using papaya extract in conjunction with chlorophyll and mint to can eliminate bad breath and flatulence. Amazing fruit that papaya!
01/03/13 Valerian is probably the most widely recognized herbal sedative used for insomnia, nervous anxiety and to help the body relax while in chronic pain. Valerian is very potent and has a similar effect to the drug Valium but is not habit-forming or addictive. Valerian can induce sleep and improve sleep quality without the morning drugged-hangover-feeling. Valerian also does not interact with alcohol. Valerian can calm coughs - even severe ones - and also has a tonic effect on the heart when combined with hawthorn. Valerian works by relaxing smooth muscles to make it a great remedy for cramps. Take too much and you might get a tummy upset at worst. Valerian excites both cats and mice and in the legend of the Pied Piper, he led the rodents out of the city with valerian.
01/02/14 Vitamin E has now been proven to help in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, which affects up to 5.1 million Americans today. Taking vitamin E with Alzheimer’s or dementia can slow the progression of all kinds of functional decline by 19% per year. Vitamin E is a totally inexpensive antioxidant that helps with many age-related declines. People taking a natural, balanced vitamin E have less cancer, less cardiovascular disease, less arthritis and less age-related macular degeneration, among other impressive benefits. We need to take a vitamin E supplement that is soy-free and also high in all the alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocopherols. Just plain alpha tocopherol won’t cut it peeps.
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04/22/14 Oregano is from the mint family commonly found in the Mediterranean region and used to flavor soups, sauces, salads, and meat dishes. Oregano is used in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel, and bath soaps. When you make tea out of it, oregano helps digestion by increasing digestive enzymes, calming the digestive system, improving appetite, alleviating nausea, eliminating flatulence, treating intestinal infections, stopping diarrhea and relieving constipation. As a topical treatment, oregano is antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral to fight staph infection, tetanous, mumps and measles. Oregano works wonders on bug bites and stings. Ingesting oregano oil capsules with every meal enhances the cardiovascular and circulatory system, lowers blood pressure, prevents cholesterol build-up and is a great all-around anti-inflammatory. Won’t hurt to try some!
04/21/14 Comfrey has been used as a topical medicine for over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the Middle Ages, comfrey baths were very common. Comfrey is actually one of nature’s greatest medicinal herbs according to herbal compendiums around the world. Comfrey leaf is one of the best additions to a poultice for healing wounds and broken bones. Folk medicine calls it “knitbone” for its ability to speed the healing of broken bones. High in Calcium and Vitamin C, comfrey simulates healing activity. With its naturally high concentration of allantoin, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory on top of any bruise, scrape, sprain or other injury. Do not take comfrey internally and it is not recommended for use during pregnancy. I used it on my shattered collar bone a while back and it completely healed in about 4 weeks with no residual problems - and I was 50 at the time!
04/18/14 The supplement GABA is anti-excitatory in that it helps your brainwaves flow in calm rhythms. GABA enhances normal sleep cycles, improves blood pressure and can also be an effective pain killer for back pain and arthritis. GABA also stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete Human Growth Hormone (HGH) leading to weight loss and an increase in muscle tissue. GABA helps make endorphins for that sense of well-being after a good physical workout. GABA deficiencies cause: carbohydrate cravings, trembling, twitching, hyperventilation, flushing, tachycardia, palpitations, sweating, cold or clammy hands, paresthesia, chest pain or discomfort, restlessness, blurred vision, abnormal sense of smell, abnormal odors, lump in throat, butterflies in stomach, unusual allergies, anxiety, hypertension, cystitis, gastrointestinal disorders, tinnitus, and PMS. Interestingly, GABA reduces depression and anxiety and helps normalize cortisol levels best when taken with a probiotic.
04/17/14 The weed - er, I mean herb - dandelion is both a diuretic and liver-detoxifyier. Dandelion tea is very helpful to detoxify the liver while you sleep. Dandelion root extract can actually reduce alcohol-related liver damage. Dandelion root can be used to detoxify the body, relieve constipation, sooth upset tummies, shed water weight and for many other health benefits including cancer treatment. Dandelion root is also well-known in Korean herbal medicine to improve energy levels and general health. Research shows that dandelion root has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties and contains high levels of the amino acid kynurenic acid for digestive system support, specifically bile production to move toxins out of the body. Dandelion root supports the body’s natural immune system. Be careful though as dandelion can interact with the drug lithium, certain antibiotics, and other drugs that are broken down in the liver.
04/16/14 Would you eat dirt? I would - as long as it is Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE has a strong negative charge that attracts positively charged pathogens and toxins in your body like various fungi, protozoa, viruses, E-Coli, endotoxins, pesticides, drug residues, and heavy metals. DE traps these bad guys to carry them out of the body. Just as exciting, DE also works to kill parasites by lacerating the joints of their exoskeletons with its sharp edges. DE is rich in organic silica that benefits many body functions while strengthening bones and joints, restoring osteoporosis, boosting the immune system, fighting Alzheimer's, preventing premature aging and wrinkling, and restoring damaged artery walls. DE destroys bad fats, helps high cholesterol, lowers high blood pressure, and fights obesity. I take a tablespoon a day for three weeks - twice a year. But you can take it every day if you want. Mixing it with applesauce or yogurt helps it go down. Need a natural pesticide? DE kills scorpions, most ants, lice and any critter with an exoskeleton.
04/15/14 Potassium is essential for every cell in our body to function properly. A deficiency in the mineral potassium brings liver degeneration, muscle cramps and severe stiffness. Potassium is critical for electrical conductivity within our nervous system and also proper muscle formation and function. Potassium is the third most prevalent mineral in our bodies, even exceeding sodium. In fact, potassium uses sodium to balance our body hydration while maintaining a healthy alkaline pH balance. Potassium's influence on both electrical nerve impulses and muscle strength apply especially to heart health. It's estimated that people with high potassium blood levels have half the risk for heart attacks than those with normal levels of potassium. Interestingly, the liver contains twice-as-much potassium as sodium and the liver produces the bulk of glycogen in the body.
04/14/14 Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, which induces sleep and tranquility in the brain. Supplementing with tryptophan is a safe and cost-effective treatment for nervousness, insomnia, stress, depression and medically for Serotonin Deficiency Syndrome. The symptoms of a tryptophan shortage include nervousness, anxiety, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and excessive appetite. According to medical research, tryptophan is the amino acid most commonly deficient in our diet that is also the precursor to serotonin. Tryptophan dosage typically starts low and work up to the ideal dosage. Start with 500 mg and work up to 500 mg per 50-pounds of body weight. Always take tryptophan with a vitamin B-complex for optimal absorption. Two months of consistent use is required to gain the full benefit of tryptophan.
04/11/14 Lemon balm - AKA - Melissa officinalis - is well-known as an anxiety-reducing herb that calms the mind and relaxes tension in the body. The relaxing effects of Melissa officinalis helps overcome insomnia and increases drowsiness. Other benefits include wound healing, pain reduction, apatite improvement, and even to treat insect bites and stings. Lemon balm has been in use since before the Middle Ages. Essential oil of Lemon balm can be diffused for an air purifier or for aromatherapy, blended into topical ointments and creams or applied directly to the skin when cut with coconut oil. The dried leaf can be made into tea, added to a poultice for wound and bruise treatment or capsulized for oral consumption. Lemon balm is easy to grow and makes a wonderful cooking herb also.
04/10/14 Want to prevent cancer? Then take some vitamin A. Vitamin A can actually help turn pre-cancer cells back to normal cells, according to the International Journal of Oncology. But vitamin A does very little to treat full-blown cancer. The key is in prevention of course. Could cancer be a symptom of vitamin A deficiency? Normal cells undergo many changes before they become cancerous or aggressively metastatic, but scientists recently found that vitamin A only helps healthy and precancerous cells. Vitamin A actually helps precancerous cells to change their genetic signature back to normal by modulating the epigenome. Vitamin A is required for health skin and other epithelial cells (like the lining of the gut and the lungs). Even contracting measles has been associated with vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A helps with hair loss. Slow healing cuts and scrapes? Could be you are vitamin A deficient.
04/09/14 Green tea has been thoroughly studied in cancer research and found to help reduce cancer risk. Researchers are now reporting that green tea extract can also enhance cognitive functions, in particular the working memory. Green tea works by increasing the brain’s connectivity in the influence that one brain area has over another area. This positive connectivity leads to improvement in cognitive performance and significantly better working memory tasks. Both green tea and its extracts have long been used to prevent and treat hyperlipidemia, hypertension, atherosclerosis and cancer. Green tea can positively affect mood and enhance glucose tolerance. Theaflavin enriched green tea extract is known to lower bad cholesterol levels. Green tea extracts can be used topically to treat sunburn and even treat external genital and perianal warts.
04/08/14 Severe zinc deficiency is pretty rare in the US but up to 40% of people in the US have a marginal zinc deficiency - especially among the elderly. Why are so many people zinc deficient? For one thing, foods have much less zinc in them now compared to years past with our lousy modern farming methods. Another reason is the amount of processed foods we eat because zinc is water-soluble and cooking them in water leaches out the zinc. Excess calcium, copper and iron limit zinc along with high dietary phytates and oxalates from strict vegetarianism. Drinking alcohol flushes zinc out of the liver and heavy perspiration will also result in zinc loss. Bottom line, to avoid marginal zinc deficiency I recommend taking 30mg of zinc gluconate a day. That’s what I do.
04/07/14 Vitamin C is critical for healthy teeth & gums and is totally necessary for the proper functioning of your immune system. Muscle aches, joint pain? Vitamin C is also required for the production of healthy collagen and for strong ligaments. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant (free radical fighter) that can stop the growth of cancer cells. This essential vitamin enhances the absorption of iron, B-12, Folic Acid, B-6 and vitamin E. Healthy mammals that produce their own vitamin C - and weigh about 150 lbs (close to human weight) - produce up to 14,000 mg per day! This makes an RDA of 95mg of vitamin C insanely low. In this case, RDA means Ridiculously Deficient Amounts! Avoid sodium C and calcium C if you can and opt for ascorbic acid with rose hips. Take vitamin C to bowel tolerance and cut back a little if you experience loose stools, gassiness or bloating from it. Take only the corn free stuff to avoid GMO based vitamin C - which is over 90% of all vitamin C out there.
04/04/14 Lingusticum - AKA Osha root and Indian Bear Medicine is one of the most potent antivirals around. Originating in China, Lingusticum is considered to be the essential "Yin" in herbal medicines. Lingusticum is an awesome treatment for mumps, measles, chickenpox, flu, colds, herpes, hepatitis and any other virus-based disease. This herb also treats dysmenorrhea, gout, headaches, rheumatism and general body pain. Lingusticum lowers blood pressure and improves blood circulation. Chewing the raw root soothes sore throat and gum irritation. Drinking tea of boiled roots loosens phlegm and relieves congestion while it treats the source of coughs, colds and flu. Powdered Osha root makes a great cough syrup mixed with honey. The essential oil of lingusticum is known to have anti-asthmatic effects.
04/03/14 Vitamin D is critical for immune system function. Studies show a link between low vitamin D levels and the risk of coming down with influenza. Vitamin D works within the immune system to reduce levels of inflammatory proteins as well as increase amounts of antimicrobial proteins to destroy invading pathogens. This is a one-two punch to fight infections. Vitamin D deficiency is also a huge player in cancer because vitamin D receptors are found on the surface of cells to direct a cell to either divide or die. In addition to helping to stave off flu and fight cancer, adequate vitamin D levels protect against heart disease, osteoporosis, seasonal affective disorder, premature aging and many other health problems. Why are we as a race of humans becoming so deficient in vitamin D these days? I blame glyphosate (Roundup) that is now ubiquitous in our environment. Glyphosate hinders the body’s ability to synthesize vitamin D.
04/02/14 Arginine decreases the formation of advanced glycation end products or AGE's which can go on to cause cellular, DNA damage and eventually - cancer. Arginine also slows the growth of tumors by enhancing the immune system, increasing activity in the thymus gland, aiding in liver detoxification. Arginine helps the body gain lean muscle mass as it stimulates the pancreas to release insulin and helps the release of growth hormones. Arginine enhances endurance while improving physical fitness in heart failure patients. Arginine is considered to be a semi-essential amino acid because when the body doesn’t make enough of it, supplementation is needed. People with protein malnutrition, excessive ammonia production, burns, infections and sepsis are often in need of more arginine. Foggy brain? Arginine also “wakes up” the brain.
04/01/14 Clove oil cut with a carrier oil - like coconut oil - makes a great topical analgesic. You can also temporarily alleviate toothache pain by dabbing some clove oil on a cotton ball and placing it on the sore tooth. Clove oil can help alleviate infections in the tooth root and gums. For sore gums, rub some clove oil on them with your finger. Cloves are natural painkillers that attack germs and make a wonderful cure to help get rid of a sore throat. A regular cup of clove tea can be used to kill off bad intestinal bacteria and balance good bacteria. Clove tea relaxes the smooth lining of the GI tract to help alleviate vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal gas and stomachaches. This tea is also great for drinking to remedy or prevent, colds and flu and is an expectorant, making it easier to cough up phlegm. Clove oil mixed with coconut oil reduces inflammation when rubbed on sore muscles or massaged in for arthritis and rheumatism.
03/31/14 Melissa officinalis is a natural herb plant that has a treasure trove of healing properties. Melissa is great for treating viral infections like mumps, measles, flu, colds, herpes and even HPV. Melissa also treats insomnia, stomach problems, poor concentration, and venomous bites. In fact, there is virtually no ailment that won’t respond to or can’t be treated with Melissa officinalis oil. The terpenes in Melissa brings calming and carminative properties. Flavonoids, tannins and phenolic acids in Melissa contribute to its antiviral and anticancer properties. You can combine Melissa combined with valerian root for a safe and effective treatment for insomnia - even in restless children. In the digestive tract, Melissa works to increase appetite while it alleviates symptoms of colitis, heartburn, inflammation of the colon and even GERD. Excessive thyroid production in Grave's Disease can be blocked with Melissa officinalis oil. Because Melissa is adaptogenic, it also raises thyroid production in the hypothyroid. Try some! You won’t be disappointed.
03/28/14 Your body uses methyl groups to make biochemical conversions in every single cell of your body. If you are short on methyls, the cells can’t work right. If you take cyanocobalamin B12 as a supplement it is actually cyanide + cobalt = cyanocobalamin. Your liver cannot use B12 in this form and it takes methyls to strip the cyanide off of the cobalt and takes more methyls to get rid of the cyanide. THEN it takes even more methyls to make the cobalt into the usable methylcobalamin - methyl + cobalt. If you are already short on methyls, the cyanocobalamin won’t work and may make you feel worse the more of it you take. This is why you should only take the methylcobalamin B12 and never take the cheapo cyanocobalamin. Same principle goes for folic acid - the chemical version folate. You should only ever take methylfolate for the same reasons and especially if you are preggo.
03/27/14 Vitamin K does so much more than regulate blood clotting in the body. The mighty K also maintains the white matter region of the brain and supports the brain-insulating myelin sheath that keeps neuro signals in the nerve pathways while increasing synapse speed. People with low vitamin K levels have the highest degree of cognitive decline as they age. Vitamin K modulates osteoblasts for healthy bones. But not many people know that vitamin K also possesses some mighty impressive anti-cancer properties. Vitamin K1 is found in green, leafy plants and vegetables and Vitamin K2 is produced mostly by intestinal bacteria and in fermented foods. Vitamin K3 is synthetic and comes with some deadly side-effects - especially for infants. The amount of daily vitamin K associated with an 80% decreased risk of bone fracture is 45mg/day. A supplement 1000 - 2000 mcg per day will help avert atherosclerosis and cognitive decline.
03/26/14 The best form of cancer-fighting vitamin D comes from 20 minutes of full body sun a day. Being an oil-soluble vitamin, your body stores it up to 6 months. Did you know that vitamin D also knocks down debilitating menstrual cramps? A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that a single mega-dose of vitamin D3 was incredibly effective at relieving menstrual cramping and pain. This vitamin D3 therapy works by hampering prostaglandins which cause heavy menstrual cramps. The one-time dosage they used was 300,000 IUs. The IoM suggest 600-800 IUs a day for maintaining good health. But this won’t catch you up if you are sick or already behind in vitamin D. Always take the D3 cholecalciferol and never take the D2 ergocalciferol. Diet sources of vitamin D are fatty fish and fish liver oils, mushrooms, eggs and raw milk.
03/25/14 Cinnamon is a biblical herb and natural medicine that does it all! Researchers even discovered that extracts from cinnamon bark inhibit the amyloid plaques and fibrils found in Alzheimer`s Disease. Cinnamon has a long history of helping people regulate blood sugar while it speeds up the body’s metabolism. Cassia cinnamon has even proven to be eight times more potent than the diabetic drug, Acarbose - AND without the negative side effects. The cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon also helps prevent strokes by assisting with blood platelet regulation. Other benefits of cinnamon are: antiviral, antifungal and anti-parasitic actions, improved colon health, boosted brain function, stopping cancer and more! The aroma of cinnamon is relaxing and helps stabilize moods. Full of calcium and fiber, cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. Cheap and highly effective - my kind of natural medicine!
03/24/14 Want to avoid brain trouble? B12 deficiency can literally cause your brain to shrink. Mega-doses of B vitamins can slow and even stop brain shrinkage while reversing cognitive decline, dementia and even Alzheimer's disease. B12 is also an essential nutrient required in the synthesis of serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and GABA, which are brain chemicals that help modulate mood, our emotional state and sleep. Make your B12 the methycobalamin form and skip the cyanide version of cyanocobalamin. Also, take a sublingual B12 for the best results because the absorption of B12 begins in the mouth. Antacids destroy the absorption of food-bound vitamin B12. Dairy-free vegans and vegetarians can easily become B12 deficient unless they take B12 dietary supplements or B12-fortified foods.
03/21/14 Want to calm a rumbly tumbly? Go to the health food store and buy some licorice root. Chinese medicine has successfully use licorice root for thousands of years as a natural laxative and as a digestive aid. Licorice root (not the adulterated candy) has strong anti-inflammatory properties and also works to treat stomach ulcers, soothe coughs and sore throats, control blood sugar, balance hormones, heal cold sores, and even treat eczema, asthma, flu, herpes, and hepatitis. The medical journal, Nutrition and Cancer, says that substances in licorice can protect against carcinogen-induced DNA and can inhibit tumor formations and kill cancer cells. Take care how much licorice you do take though because too much of a good thing can cause high blood pressure, low potassium, and edema.
03/20/14 It is very important to read your vitamin labels carefully. Cheap and highly superficial supplements found on the shelves of the local grocery and drug stores contain sneaky ingredients, colorants and synthetic vitamin imposters. Many vitamins, particularly chewables, contain sweeteners such as aspartame known to cause IBS and fibromyalgia. Other harmful additives include acesulfame potassium, sucralose, and sorbitol, which have been shown to cause cell and DNA mutations, thereby increasing your risk for cancer. And chances are your multi-vitamin is packaged in a gelatin capsule - typically composed of the cartilage, skin, connective tissue and bones of sick animals. Remember - good vitamins aren’t always cheap and cheap vitamins aren’t always good…
03/19/14 MSM - AKA methylsulfonylmethane - is an organic form of sulfur found in fresh veggies and supplements. The human body requires a minimum level of MSM for healthy function. MSM deficiency is linked to a plethora of degenerative diseases, pain, joint trouble, fatigue, psychological and physical stress, depression, cancer and many other conditions. MSM is basically sulfur and sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body that helps liver function, boosts metabolism, makes joint cartilage and produces keratin for healthy skin & hair. Sulfur is also used in the body’s anti-oxidant systems to produce glutathione. Sulfur is not stored and any surplus is oxidized to sulfate and excreted in the urine or stored as glutathione. MSM in supplement form mimics the organic sulfur present in our bodies. I personally take 2,000 mg a day for my aging body.
03/18/14 Mistletoe is a parasite plant that grows and thrives while other plants are dormant. But mistletoe is great for cancer treatment and even doubles survival times for pancreatic cancer patients. Mistletoe also decreases the likelihood of painful or adverse events of chemo by 75% percent! Of course, nobody had studied mistletoe head to head against chemo but all studies to date are using chemo with mistletoe (it is against ethics apparently to deny a cancer victim “lifesaving chemo” in a study trial…) *ahem* Anyhow, mistletoe has thousands of years usage as a traditional medicine for treating epilepsy, hypertension, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility, arthritis and rheumatism. Cancer is basically a modern disease and the records for cancer treatment with mistletoe only go back about 100 years.
03/17/14 The best way to take in vital minerals is through mineral-rich water and nutrient-dense foods. Bone broths and unrefined sea salt contain all essential macrominerals as well. Ionized trace mineral supplements are a great source of balanced minerals. Some people add small amounts of fine clay or mud as a supplement to water or food for a great source of minerals. Did you know that clay also contains aluminum? But don’t freak out because the silicon in all clays prevents absorption of this toxic metal and actually helps the body eliminate other aluminum bound in tissues. No matter how you get your minerals, optimal health requires them in abundant quantities. Minerals depend on each other for absorption and taking isolated mineral supplements can actually short your body of other minerals.
03/14/14 Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) can reduce inflammatory reactions associated with multiple sclerosis. ALA detoxifies arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in the body by rendering heavy metals inactive to safely expel them from the body. Toxicology studies show that ALA shields the liver against arsenic exposure and also protects it from mercury poisoning. ALA even offers broad-spectrum protection against health conditions ranging from painful neuropathy to migraines to cataracts to neurodegenerative conditions. The most potent form of lipoic acid is R-dihydrolipoic acid. Take it with a B-complex to boost the efficacy of ALA. Dosage of ALA runs from 300mg a day to the upwards limit of 1,800 mg a day in some cases. Start low and build up to higher dosages unless directed by a physician to treat a known condition.
03/13/14 Echinacea can be used to treat psoriasis and eczema when applied topically to breakouts. Topical Echinacea can dramatically speed healing in a slow-healing wound, and as a bonus, it offers pain relief while protecting the wound from infection. Echinacea can be used for a topical hemorrhoid remedy and this miracle herb also treats sunburns to help speed the recovery process. Taking Echinacea internally is an effective treatment for recurring infections - such as ear infections. Taking Echinacea for a few weeks at a time allows its immune-boosting compounds to accumulate in the body, making its immune-boosting effects therapeutic. Rule of thumb: Don’t take Echinacea for over eight consecutive weeks or you will begin to inhibit the immune system.
03/12/14 Theanine, is a calming extract of green tea that is known to lessen the grips of anxiety. Theanine helps naturally calm, focus the brain and center a runaway mind that is going in several different directions. The soothing quality of theanine can relax the mind at night for better sleep while relieving muscle tension. Theanine can protect the body and brain from excess glutamate - which can be toxic to nerve tissue when levels get too high from chemical food additives. Under professional care, patients can be weaned off of drugs like Xanax, Valium or Klonopin with the supplementation of theanine. But wait, there’s more! Theanine is also chock full of the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a known champion fighter of cancer and heart disease. Typical dose of theanine is 100-200 mg once or twice a day.
03/11/14 Want to sleep better? The latest study by Oxford suggests that higher levels of omega-3 DHA from algae and fish oils/seafood are associated with better sleep. Using 600mg of DHA supplements for 16 weeks, the double-blind, placebo controlled study found that study subjects on DHA got 58 minutes more sleep and had 7 fewer waking incidents per night compared to the placebo group. The study concluded that higher blood levels of omega-3 DHA are significantly associated with better sleep, leading to less bedtime resistance, parasomnias and total sleep disturbances. They also found that higher ratios of omega 3 to omega 6 were also associated with fewer sleep problems. Lower ratios of omega 3 to 6 are also directly linked to lower levels of melatonin - the sleep hormone in the brain.
03/10/14 Vitamin C actually decreases blood pressure and also the risk of death from stroke. Vitamin C, ascorbic acid helps your body synthesize collagen in your body to support critical membranes and other support tissues. A deficiency of Vitamin C is actually responsible for organ instability due to dysfunctional collagen with the loss of critical organ support, leading to hemorrhages. Giving Vitamin C to stroke victims actually brought about a 50% shorter stay in the neurology care unit in one recent study. Vitamin C deficiency also plays a critical role in complication-related infections in patients and causes bigger problems with skin disorders, ulcerations, and healing delays of existing lesions. Bottom line: We need more Vitamin C. Much more! Healthy, human size mammals that make their own Vitamin C make about 12-14,000mg a day. Unhealthy ones make even more. How much do you get every day?
03/07/14 Apricot seeds from the fruit apricot have a concentration of “vitamin B17” amygdalin. Amygdalin is simply a plant substance and really isn’t a vitamin at all. Amygdalin is best known for its cancer-fighting abilities and is also known to alleviate arthritis pain and lower blood pressure. Back in the 50s, scientists made a chemically modified drug out of amygdalin called Laetrile. This version of amygdalin failed to perform as a cancer drug in 91% of users - but even this beats the lousy 2.1% survival rate offered by chemo. One concern from apricot seeds is the amount of cyanide in them. However, a 140-pound woman might experience cyanide poisoning from 65 apricot deeds a day and a 175-pound man would be at risk from 80 apricot seeds. FYI, high levels of vitamin C increase the concentration of cyanide released in the body with amygdalin.
03/06/14 Iodine is vitally essential for a healthy body. Iodine is especially crucial for fetal and infant development and a deficiency of iodine in the mother can disrupt growth and damage the brain and nervous system. All the iodine reserves in mom are put into breast milk to ensure the health of the infant. The WHO recommends that new mothers take iodine capsules to provide iodine to a child by way of breastfeeding or, if breastfeeding is not possible, then a lower concentration should be given directly to the infant. Keep in mind that a child's body absorbs the trace element from breast milk better than in a supplement form. Mommy needs at least 15mg a day just to keep up with a nursing infant’s demands. If she is deficient, this amount won’t catch mommy up.
03/05/14 Red clover is an herbal source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C and other vital nutrients. Red clover is also a very rich source of isoflavones that are very handy for combatting hot flashes, PMS, high cholesterol, breast disease, improving urine production, improving circulation of the blood, preventing osteoporosis, reducing risk of blood clots, arterial plaques and limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplasia. Red clover isoflavones can displace natural estrogens associated with breast pain and reduce the risk of estrogen-dependent cancers. Red clover blocks enzymes that contribute to prostate cancer while limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) - the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. The natural coumarins in red clover keeps the blood from becoming too thick and gummy, reducing the risk of blood clots and arterial plaques while keeping the arteries strong and flexible.
03/04/14 Apple cider vinegar rocks! The main active ingredient in ACV is acetic acid which effectively kills both bacterial and fungal pathogens and even leprosy. ACV even wipes out the highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. ACV is a wonderful, inexpensive and non-toxic disinfectant against many drug-resistant pathogens. The only thing that works almost as well is chlorine bleach, but you can’t drink that toxic and corrosive chemical. Vinegar has been used for thousands of years as a common disinfectant and even as medicine. Drinking a tablespoon or two of ACV daily will help alkalize the body and strengthen the immune system to fight off common colds, flu, some cancers and even helps grow friendly bacteria in the gut. Gone swimming at a public pool? Take a bath with 2 cups of ACV afterwards to neutralize the effects of chlorine and disinfect the skin.
03/03/14 Inositol for panic attacks? In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, inositol was almost twice as effective in reducing panic attacks as the drug industry’s sweetheart, fluvoxamine. Inositol has been scientifically proven to also help Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). As a cancer fighter, inositol reduces the growth and spread of cancer cells with its immune-stimulating and antioxidant effects. Inositol is good for treating metabolic syndrome, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, diabetes, depression, insomnia, OCD, panic disorder and even psoriasis. Inositol plays a vital role in several cellular processes and in the metabolism of essential minerals.
06/17/14 Honeycomb has its benefits too! Honey packed in the original honeycomb is the way honey used to come. Later times brought honey fakers who “extended” their honey by cutting it with corn syrup. For a while, diehard honey enthusiasts only bought their honey packed in honeycomb to insure that it was pure honey with no human interference. Even today, counterfeit honey is big business. An old-timey allergy remedy is to chew some honeycomb to alleviate sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. Usually, allergy symptoms will disappear within 30 minutes. Honeycomb is bees wax with no real nutritional value and yet it can calm upset tummies by chewing it for its mild anti-inflammatory properties. When I was a child we used to chew it instead of bubble gum. But don’t swallow too much of it as large amounts can slow digestion and lead to constipation.
06/16/14 Serrapeptase is a vastly superior proteolytic enzyme supplement that can break down non-living tissue and old toxic layers of junk in the body that clog up the digestive system, constrict the lining of the arteries and erode away at the central nervous system. In particular, serrapeptase fights atherosclerosis, dissolves blood clots, reduces varicose veins and chronic redness, helps heal traumatic injuries, sprains, torn ligaments, reduces pain, edema and swelling, fights breast pain, breast swelling and induration, helps ear, nose and throat infections, treats carpal tunnel syndrome and is therapeutic for treating nerve damage, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, back and neck pain, diabetes, ulcers, osteoporosis, prostate problems, post-operative scars and lesions and many more wonderful things. Haven’t you gone long enough without it?
06/11/14 Even mainstream medicine is now realizing that colloidal silver is a cancer fighter. This is partly because the shape of the colloidal silver particle is unique and its composition enables it to target tumor cells. Of course, mainstream medicine doesn’t want to treat cancer with colloidal silver, rather they want to use it as a carrier for patented drugs - because you can’t make a ton of money off of a cheap, natural remedy… In the same way, mainstream medicine is attempting to use colloidal silver to carry drugs to fight dangerous infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria. But again, it’s all about the patent and the money because colloidal silver already works against infections anywhere in the body. Don’t turn blue though. Buy a quality colloidal silver and don’t drink a whole quart of it a day like some people did to give colloidal silver a bad rap.
06/10/14 Vitamin B12 is a potent cancer fighter that plays a critical role in forming red blood cells and maintaining the nervous system. So, what’s in your vitamin B12? Cyanocobalamin is the not-so-good cyanide form of B12. Methylcobalamin is what your body uses for B12 and not cyanocobalamin. Before the body can even use cyanocobalamin, it must convert it in the liver to methylcobalamin, bringing a loss of B12 during at the same time it toxifies the liver with cyanide. To make the cheaper cyanide-bound version of B12, charcoal filtering gives up traces of cyanide to convert B12 into the “more stable” (but NOT better) cyano form. Always take the methylcobalamin form of B12 which is essential for optimum liver function and is also necessary for normal brain and nervous system operation. NEVER use the cyanocobalamin form that has cyanide in it…
06/09/14 Kava Kava has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal sedative properties. Old time preparations ground took the roots of the Kava shrub, added them to water and fermented them into a ceremonial drink kind of like our Western wine. Kava Kava works much the same for relaxing effects as alcohol and can also reduce anxiety, relieve insomnia, overcome stress and quiet pain. A 2004 study found Kava Kava to improve cognitive performance as well as elevate mood. Kava root has similar reactions to the drug class benzodiazepines by bringing potent tranquilizer effects. Kava Kava works by modulating the GABA receptors in the brain to make them more active to suppress overactive brain activity. Kava Kava also influences dopamine levels to bring both pleasure feelings and motivation. Beware though because Kava Kava can leave you feeling buzzed!
06/04/14 Studies done on the herb Osha show that it has anti-asthmatic action along with anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. Osha root contains volatile, an alkaloid, sterols, and saponins which together fight indigestion, inflammation, sinus congestion, asthma, allergies, flu, the common cold and dozens of other ailments. One really cool knick-name for Osha is Colorado cough root because it fights respiratory infections, coughs and sore throats. The root of Osha is used in teas and tinctures, capsules, extracts and incense. American Indian runners chewed on the roots to increase endurance while they also smoked it and ate the leaves and seeds for food. Some people also use Osha medicinal herb in saunas and steams. Don’t be surprised if you eat it or drink it and the root creates a tingling sensation on the tongue.
06/03/14 To watch the TV commercials, it seems that shingles is inevitable unless you buy into the shingles vaccine. Apparently neuropathies are incurable too. Neither of these conditions are life-threatening but both of these are problems of the nervous system that are treatable naturally. The nervous system is dependent on nutritional factors which are in very short supply in the Standard American Diet - S.A.D. Methylfolate (not folic acid), methylcobalamin B12 (not cyanocobalamin), thiamin, chromium, biotin, and alpha lipoic acid are a few of the most critical nutrients that your body requires to support the nervous system. Taking these supplements can significantly reduce the effects of neuropathy and the misery of shingles. Don’t expect this to be a 3-day cure because it takes years to succumb to this and conversely, it takes weeks to refill the depletions and months to rebuild the damaged nerves. BTW, chemical drugs will NEVER cure a nutritional deficiency.
06/02/14 Want a natural treatment for Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas infections? That one is easy: buy some essential oil of basil. How about treating insect bites? Right you are: basil to the rescue. If you don’t happen to have a bottle of basil oil handy when you get bitten or stung, chew up a leaf of basil and stick it to the bite. This will both help relieve pain and draw out venom. Did you know that basil works to treat ear infections naturally? The essential oil of basil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. One or two drops of basil oil straight into the ear while lying down can relieve ear infections and related ear aches within minutes. High blood sugar? There is scientific evidence that basil in herb form can level out blood sugar when consumed regularly and drank as tea. Need to relax? Boil some leaves for 20 minutes, strain and dump them in a warm bath to help reduce stress and facilitate relaxation.
05/29/14 Is vitamin E causing lung inflammation? Well, yes and no. It all depends on where the vitamin E comes from. Vitamin E supplements made from canola, soybean and corn are tied to a rising incidence of lung inflammation and, possibly, asthma according to the latest university study. Vitamin E gamma-tocopherol in canola, soybean and corn is actually associated with decreased lung function in humans. Vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol, on the other hand, is found in olive and sunflower oils and does the opposite by bringing better lung function. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine says that there could be 4.5 million people in the U.S. with reduced lung function because of the rising amount of high gamma-tocopherol consumption. I relate this to cheap vitamins and even cheaper processed foods.
05/28/14 Halitosis - AKA, bad breath - is a symptom of deep troubles. “Sewer pipe” breath usually comes from death forming in the gut. The mouth is actually what I call the sweet end of a 20-something foot long digestive tract. When brushing your teeth 10 times a day doesn’t freshen the breath, the teeth aren’t the problem (though they may be victims). When the bad bacteria overgrows the intestines and invades the stomach, the result can be smelled by everyone. Part of this is due to a lack of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach, which diminishes as we age. HCL not only “sanitizes” our food, it also boils the garbage that tries to reflux from the intestines. The more you lack HCL, the more reflux you have on both ends of the stomach, resulting in breath and bad health. Before you reach for the Tums or the Prilosec, try the natural route and pop a Betaine HCL to see if your problem is a lack of acid instead of too much acid.
05/27/14 Vinegar has been produced and bartered for 5000 years. Hippocrates used vinegar medicinally and the famous Sung Tse (around 900 AD) used vinegar and sulfur as a handwash to prevent infections. Holistic medicine has always used vinegar to treat poison ivy, croup, stomachache, high fever, and edema (AKA “dropsy” in the 18th century). Vinegar has natural antibacterial properties, reduces blood pressure, kicks oxidant butt, reduces the effects of diabetes, helps prevent cardiovascular disease, and even increases vigor after exercise. Vinegar contains antioxidants that combat aging, cancer and brain degenerative disorders. Did you know that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar (ACV) reduces appetite for weight loss and alkalizes the body? Most people who drink ACV daily mix it in a bit of water but some tough nuts actually shoot theirs straight.
05/26/14 Stress is the number two cause of disease and death - closely behind the number one cause- inflammation. But the kicker is that stress also causes inflammation making this a compound equation. Stress even causes a breakdown of brain cells and the rest of your nervous system, along with interfering with many vital organ functions. Nobody can eliminate all the stress from their lives but we can strengthen our resistance to stress with coping mechanisms, healthy diet, regular exercise and targeted herbs. These factors will help us weather the storms of stress that are inevitable in life. Two of the most effective herbs that reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue, improve energy levels, enhance sexual performance and libido are rhodiola and ashwagandha. When combined, these two herbs are a veritable powerhouse of stress relief and health.
05/23/14 Half of all American women and a quarter of men between the ages of 50 and 75 have signs of low bone mass. Boron is a trace mineral that is critical for maintaining healthy bone and muscle as it helps prevent bone and mineral loss from both muscles and bones. Boron also boosts calcium absorption while helping to increase magnesium levels in the blood. Fructo Borate is a complex of boron coupled with plant carbohydrates that helps the body build bone and cartilage, absorb and use Vitamin D3, boost DHEA (a hormone that supports the adrenal glands and can boost energy levels) and has been shown to reduce joint pain in 79% of people suffering from mild to moderate osteoarthritis. Caveat: Boron helps the female body naturally produce estrogen and taking boron along with estrogens can cause too much estrogen in the body.
05/22/14 Disease is a process of inflammation in the body. Arthritis, colitis, cystitis, dermatitis, gastritis, nephritis and neuritis - even Alzheimer’s, asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart disease are common inflammatory conditions that make life miserable and kill. This is where serrapeptase enters the picture. Serrapeptase is an enzyme that breaks down inflammatory protein known as fibrin and dissolves dead tissue while leaving living tissue alone. Serrapeptase is also a powerful yet natural pain blocker that actually works better than aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen. There are over 50 studies showing how effective serrapeptase is in defeating inflammation and related pain. Serrapeptase crosses the blood brain barrier to K-O dementia caused by brain inflammation. About 40,000 units a day is a normal dose for most inflammatory conditions.
05/21/14 Who was it that thought deer velvet would make a good natural treatment for anything? And yet, deer velvet is used to improve athletic performance along with eyesight and hearing, reduce stress, treat arthritis, osteoporosis, skin conditions and “tired blood” (anemia). Reproductive disorders including premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and erectile dysfunction respond well to deer velvet supplements. Deer velvet contains the sex hormones estrone and estradiol that help treat menstrual and menopause problems, vaginal discharges, and uterine bleeding. Deer velvet herbal combinations are also used to increase blood circulation to the brain and to reduce signs of aging such as tissue, bone, muscle degeneration, and even declining mental skills. Deer velvet helps cells grow and function and is used as a tonic for children with “failure to thrive,” mental retardation, learning disabilities, slow growth, or bone problems including rickets.
05/20/14 New research shows that a person with breast cancer needs a vitamin D blood serum level of, at a minimum, 30 ng/ml of vitamin D - just to keep breast cancer from spreading if you already have it! Vitamin D levels should be an integral part of standard breast cancer care and any cancer doctor who doesn’t monitor vitamin D levels should be stripped of their ability to practice medicine. If you are in any kind of a cancer battle, you will need levels of vitamin D to be at least 80 ng/ml - if you expect to recover. The best form of vitamin D comes from our friend, the sun. 20 minutes a day of full-body sun will help maintain a healthy body. More is needed if you are ill. Beyond that, vitamin D3, cholecalciferol is what you need to supplement with. Even if you are seemingly healthy, spend the money, get your levels checked. If you are already sick, or have a cancer diagnosis, find a doctor or nutritionist that understands the vital importance of vitamin D and make them your best friend - for life.
05/19/14 Bladderwrack has major antioxidant properties and is full of elemental iodine and many other great nutrients that make this a super-sea weed. Bladderwrack is known to both fight and reduce the risk of estrogen-related cancers with its anti-estrogenic and progestagenic effects. Bladderwrack is also proven to fight colon cancer and has general anti-cancer effects. A study of bladderwrack for diabetes control found a reduction of blood insulin levels along with a modest increase in insulin sensitivity. Bladderwrack strengthens the immune system and enhances normal immune responses. Bladderwrack can treat thrombosis and has a similar molecular structure to that of heparin and inhibits proinflammatory cytokine production. You can even use bladderwrack to help fight vaccine reaction cytokine storms (although I personally don’t recommend toxic vaccines).
05/16/14 Fucoidan is found in the cell walls of Brown seaweed. Studies show that fucoidan has antitumor, antiangiogenic, antiviral, and immunomodulation effects. Fucoidan stimulates natural killer cells while being neuroprotective, radioprotective, and antiulcer. Some of ailments that herbalists use this wonder-weed for are: Allergies; Bacterial Infections; Hypertension; Diabetes; Weak immune system; Inflammation; Viral infections; Natural cancer treatment; Hypothyroidism; Radiation exposure and many other ills. In several cancer studies, fucoidan was shown to induce apoptosis in T-cell leukemia, suppress cellular proliferation and transformation, suppress angiogenesis in sarcoma, and suppress tumor necrosis factors in glioma cells. Fucoidan is one truly amazing antioxidant on top of all this. No adverse reactions have ever been reported from fucoidan as far as I’ve seen. One caveat: Never take fucoidan with anticoagulants such as warfarin and heparin. Wakame and Limu are the highest rated and most expensive fucoidan seaweeds.
05/15/15 Vitamin K is not just for blood clotting regulation. Vitamin K also works hard to prevent calcium deposits in arterial walls and helps the body put calcium in the bones. Research has proven that eating a healthy diet with adequate vitamin K can help prevent arterial hardening and atherosclerosis. Vitamin K works with fat-soluble nutrients to protect the brain from arterial calcification that leads to stroke and/or cognitive decline. Vitamin K still does even more while it maintains the white matter region of the brain, supports the myelin sheath, and increases the synapse speed. Animals with the lowest vitamin K levels display the highest degree of cognitive decline as they age, as compared with the highest vitamin K group. Fermented foods, egg yolks and certain cheeses provide high levels of vitamin K2. Supplementing with a full range of vitamin K isomers (1000 - 2000 mcg per day) will help avert both atherosclerosis and cognitive function decline.
05/14/14 Want to know what knocks Pink Eye out like nobody’s business? A drop of colloidal silver 3 times a day for a day or two, that’s what. Colloidal silver is da bomb for treating strep throat with a little bit of gargle and spit. Even antibiotic resistant bacteria fall to colloidal silver. Stomach virus? Drink a tablespoon of colloidal silver in a couple ounces of water. For treating respiratory virus, dump one-half a cup of colloidal silver into a tankful of water in your vaporizer and run it all night. Do you have foul gas from bad bacteria in your bowels? Yep! Colloidal silver wins again by putting 2 tablespoons of colloidal silver into 4 ounces of water and drinking it down. Sinus infection? It doesn’t matter if it is fungal, viral or bacterial. Put 1 tablespoon of colloidal silver and a pinch of sea salt in a warm-water Neti Pot and rinse those troubles away. Did you know that in the olden days, they put a small silver coin in the bottom of the milk jar to make milk last longer and stay fresher? If you take way-way too much of the cheap-stuff colloidal silver it could eventually turn you blue.
05/13/14 What’s in your toothpaste? I highly recommend avoiding any and all commercial brands of toothpaste (including Tom’s of Maine) as they are poisonous, toxic and contain harmful ingredients such as sodium fluoride (rat poison),propylene glycol (engine degreaser), sodium laurel sulfate (chemical foaming agent), saccharin (a known carcinogen), and toxic petroleum-based dyes (like Red Lake and Blue Lake). Nothing works better for maintaining your pearly whites than good old bentonite clay and/or charcoal. In fact, nothing removes acidic plaque from the teeth like charcoal does. If you like a little foam with your brushing, then use a one-half teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with your clay, charcoal or baking soda. I personally use Redmond Clay toothpaste and alternate in some charcoal every other day or so. Just remember to only brush the teeth you want to keep…
05/12/14 One of my favorite tea herbs is spearmint! Why? Because I love the smell and flavor it adds to my mornings, besides the fact that spearmint is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and other vital nutrients. Similar to peppermint, spearmint contains less menthol, but is very rich in limonene, dihydrocarvone and cineol. Ingesting spearmint via tea or herbal form helps alleviate symptoms of nausea, indigestion, gas, headache, cramps, and sore throat. Applying spearmint topically can help reduce swelling due to nerve or muscle pain and treat toothaches Spearmint exhibits excellent antioxidant activity as well as antifungal properties. Spearmint can also treat hirsutism (abnormal hair growth) according to the journal Phytotherapy Research, Drinking two cups of spearmint tea a day for five days reduces levels of androgen in women with hirsutism. Spearmint can be found in health food products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, and cosmetics where it not only adds aroma and flavor but helps keep products fresher, longer.
05/09/14 The natural food supplement turmeric is a super spice great for dozens of health benefits because it is an all-natural, high-powered, anti-inflammatory agent. Turmeric also boosts liver enzymes that flush carcinogens out of the body. An over-burdened and poor functioning liver will sap the body’s energy to make it difficult to lose weight and eliminate chemical toxins, drugs, food additives and pesticides. Turmeric helps to activate genes that keep your brain clear of waste build-up that causes inflammation that weakens or destroys brain cells. Population studies have revealed a lower incidence of Alzheimer's in the Indian population where turmeric is commonly used. Tumeric also helps protect healthy cells from the chemotherapy. The curcumin found in turmeric helps reduce joint pain and inflammation, lower blood sugar and eliminate food cravings.
05/08/14 Explaining the tableting process: To make a tablet the manufacturer first adds enough bulking materials to the supplement product to make the size tablet they want. Then they add in binders to hold the tablet together along with artificial or natural colors and flavors, preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers and disintegrators. The final concoction is run through a tableting machine that pressurizes the product to compress it to size and shape. This intense pressure generates a lot of heat, which can affect the nutrients in the supplement. Too much pressure and the tablet won’t disintegrate in the digestive tract for absorption. Lubricants like magnesium stearate allow the tablets to travel through the machinery more easily. Sometimes manufacturers use a hard fat over the tablet that some people cannot break down, like stearic acid, which is meat-fat. These fats melt at about 190 degrees - but if you think it through, we aren’t melting it; we’re digesting it.
05/07/14 Food Based Whole Food Supplements are 100% whole food supplements that do not use any isolated or purified vitamins or minerals. These nutritional wonders are foods and botanicals grown in a controlled environment, using a peptide rich broth to help plants uptake nutrients into plant cells. When they are harvested, enzymes are used to breakdown cell wall and release nutrients. Then, Refractive Window Drying is used to dry them out without oxidizing the nutrients. This leaves about 3% moisture in them to help retain color, flavor and nutrient status. The huge benefit of these supplements is that they contain the full spectrum of food nutrients that nature intended to help your body fully utilize the nutrients. The cons are that they will have lower doses of nutrients and consequent fiber slows absorption rates. Beware that some whole food supplements use whole food but are soy-based.
05/06/14 When your vitamin says USP Formulary it means that the capsules must dissolve in 45 minutes at 37 degrees Celsius and they are made with some great microorganism standards to protect you. But it also means that you are often getting diluted forms of vitamins along with preservatives and fillers like BHT, sodium benzoate, sorbic acid, corn starch, dextrose, lactose and even colorants. With Pure Isolated Synthetic Vitamins you often get higher doses that are easily absorbed but they do not contain the whole food aspects and cofactors the body sometimes requires to metabolize them. Isolates can also cause adverse reactions like stomach upset, diarrhea, flushing, constipation, etc. and can often throw that person into chemical imbalance. Bottom line, supplements are just that: supplements... Use them wisely while you correct the original deficiency. Eat healthy food for healthy bodies and you shouldn’t need a supplement.
05/05/14 People who have a high intake of dietary fiber also have a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease. In fact, even if you’ve already had a heart attack, a high fiber diet can bring a 25% lower chance of dying in the first nine years after a heart attack when compared with people who ate less fiber. High dietary fiber can improve blood lipid levels and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. A high fiber diet also brings a decreased risk of colorectal cancer. Food fiber is fuel for the friendly bacteria in the colon where over 80% of the immune system is built. Fiber keeps food from stagnating in the bowels and increase motility. A shocking 5% or less of Americans consume the minimum recommended fiber intake of 25g per day for women and 38g per day for men whereas most people eat an average of only 14g.
05/02/14 Cancer patients with higher levels of vitamin D have better survival rates and remain in remission longer than patients who are vitamin D-deficient. The body produces vitamin D in the skin with sun exposure - making the sun one of your best friends. Some vitamin D can be had from healthy foods, but again, the sun starts it. Vitamin D in sufficient quantities prevents existing tumor growth by blocking the tumor’s expanding blood supply while promoting cancer cell death, known as apoptosis. The strongest link between vitamin D and cancer survival is in breast cancer, lymphoma and colorectal cancer. But don’t stop there as there is plenty of evidence that the mighty D helps stifle lung cancer, gastric cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia and melanoma. To fight cancer, vitamin D blood levels need to top 50 ng/ml or more IMHO. Has your doctor talked to you about your D levels? Consider getting a real doctor if they haven’t…
05/01/14 Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb that helps to regulate the adrenal glands. Adaptogenic means, if you are too high in the adrenals it brings you down and if you are too low it brings you up - amazing! Astragalus is also immunomodulating (again - adaptogenic), anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and hepatoprotective. Astragalus helps protect against oxidative damage in the body by increasing mitochondrial function. Astragalus helps heal an ailing liver as it increases repairs to even recover from chronic hepatitis. Want a longer, healthier life? Astragalus also lengthens telomeres for longevity. Want to conceive? Astragalus increases motility in sperm. Astragalus is an antiviral that can both treat and prevent recurrence of chronic colds, flu, Epstein Barr Virus, HIV, MERS, SARS and even shingles. For cancer treatment, astragalus increases immune responses while increasing T-cell counts, increasing cytotoxicity of NK cells and T-cells and switching on the anti-tumor activity of Interleukin-2.
04/30/14 Activated Charcoal has been used for thousands of years for treating food poisoning, stomach and intestinal viruses, removing toxicants, reducing drug withdrawals and even for polishing the ole pearly whites. Activated Charcoal is made by controlled charring of Willow Bark and is 100% alkaline with spinning electrons that make it highly electrical. This negative ionic charge attracts the positive ionic charges in toxins and poisons to bind with them and escort them out of the body. Activated charcoal helps to heal a plethora of stomach and intestinal diseases while countering flatulence and eradicating foul odors. On another note: There are no chemical teeth whitening products that compare to the whitening and brightening action of activated charcoal. Use some with your next brushing. Place your usual non-fluoride toothpaste on the brush, dip it into some activated charcoal and brush away for a good cleansing and a great shining.
04/29/14 Zinc is becoming more important by the day. Zinc is an essential trace element that is critical for metabolism. Now scientists have shown that zinc is critical for normal cell apoptosis - cell death. In the absence of zinc, cancer cells proliferate when they shouldn’t; causing cancer. Also, zinc deficiency is named in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Zinc is required for hundreds of enzyme reactions in the body and also helps build bones, heal muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A zinc deficiency will slow healing processes considerably and zinc deficiency means reduced glutathione levels that protect cells from oxidative damage. Did you know that a zinc deficiency is linked to depression and anxiety disorders? Always take the glycinate, gluconate or chelate form of zinc and reserve the zinc oxide for the outside of the body only.
04/28/14 A tablespoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in water a day contains a wonder-filled host of vitamins, minerals and good-old acetic acid. Acetic acid works to control appetite, increase insulin sensitivity against too much blood sugar, and helps build proteins that help decrease fat storage. One of the best benefits of ACV is that it makes the whole body alkaline when it is acidic from garbage diets and stress. The only form of ACV that offers these benefits is the fermented, unfiltered ACV with "mother". What is “mother” you ask? Naturally fermented ACV has a sediment referred to as the "mother of vinegar" growing in the liquid. ACV provides potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, iron, silicon and many other trace minerals. ACV vitamins are bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. ACV is teaming with tannins, malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and metal-chelating pectin. Don’t even waste your money on white distilled vinegar - even for cooking.
04/25/14 Evening primrose is also known as the "The King's cure-all," because of the wide range of its healing attributes it carries that just goes on and on. Evening primrose oil (EPO) is used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, Raynaud's syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, ADD, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, asthma, cancer, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetic nerve damage, dyspraxia, heart disease, hyperactivity, leg pain, neurodermatitis, obesity and weight loss, whooping cough, and gastrointestinal disorders including ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcer disease. EPO is also an anti-inflammatory. In one arthritis study, patients on 540 mg of EPO daily had significant improvement in 12 months and reduced or stopped their NSAID pain relievers.
04/24/14 The essential oil of Rosemary can be used externally for treating rheumatic diseases and circulatory problems. Rosemary oils are used in massage oil formulations to relieve the pain of arthritis and sore aching muscles. Rosemary used in massage oil also helps alleviate water retention and tonify the circulatory system to increase circulation. Rosemary oil softens and tones the skin and also stimulates hair follicles and circulation in the scalp to help prevent premature baldness by encouraging healthy hair growth while it slows hair loss. Rosemary leaves taken internally or in tea help prevent uterine spasms and menstrual cramps. Rosemary leaf is also effective for treating dyspepsia. Full of antioxidant compounds, Rosemary extract (rosmarinic acid) is used to stabilize and extend the shelf life of all-natural cosmetics, creams, lotions, and other herbal compounds. Besides that, it smells good! ~ via Cancer Nutritionist Craig Stellpflug, NDC
04/23/14 We already know what scientists are just now discovering - ginseng both treats and prevents influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Ginseng has been known to fight viruses for thousands of years and is one of the most widely bought herbal supplement. Ginseng is best known to restore and enhance personal well-being and mental cognitive function but it also treats fatigue while boosting energy levels. Ginseng is scientifically proven to be effective with anticancer, anti-inflammatory and immune modifying abilities with its seven ginsenosides that target different levels of immunological activity for true immune-modulation that is the envy of every Big Pharma fakester out there. A 2002 study found that 60% of men who took ginseng noticed an improvement in erectile dysfunction. Small wonder it is such a popular supplement!
09/09/14 Hyaluronic acid - HA - is a water holding molecule that works as a “space filler” and cushioning agent in the body. HA cushions the joints and nerves, hydrates the skin and hair, and also fills the eye. HA is found in virtually every part of the body and is best known for its beauty-improving skin hydration and stimulating production of collagen in the skin. In fact, HA helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin. But HA is so much more than a simple beauty panacea as it also works hard as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Did you know that HA fights gum disease and helps the gums regenerate healthy connective tissue in the gums? HA is also critical for the removal of waste matter from cells where there is little blood circulation. Hyaluronic acid promotes faster wound healing, increased energy, improved muscular strength and enhanced mental alertness. HA production naturally declines with age and by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the synthesis of HA is roughly half that required by the body.
09/05/14 Using natural insect repellants makes a heck of a lot more sense than poisoning oneself with chemicals that are recommended for “occasional use only”. Did you know that Duke University found that rats given even small doses of petroleum-based DEET for 60 days lost part of their cognitive function and had a harder time accomplishing even the easiest tasks? Heavy exposure to DEET causes memory loss, headaches, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors, and shortness of breath - sometimes months or even years after exposure. Lemon eucalyptus oil provides over 95% protection from mosquitoes for up to three hours. Cinnamon, cumin, lemongrass, citronella and thyme also repel mosquitoes because they are both irritating and toxic to the insects. Besides, if you are a mosquito magnet, there is a reason. You are probably vitamin B deficient.
09/04/14 Choline is vitamin B family nutrient that the body uses for nerve communication, cell membrane function and reducing inflammation throughout the body. Choline helps prevent heart disease, regulates cholesterol levels and supports liver health. Women who suffer from endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and fibrocystic breast syndrome need choline. Choline breaks down fat for energy and helps you feel fuller-faster-longer for weight loss. Choline deficiency is often found in schizophrenia, fatigue, fatty liver, memory problems, muscle damage and poor immune function. Choline is being studied for its benefits in treating chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver, seizures, depression, memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Natural sources of choline are eggs, cabbage, peanuts, cauliflower, liver, muscle meats, fish and oatmeal. Daily requirements for choline are 125mg for infants to 550mg for adults. Supplemental doses range from 1,000 to 2,000mg or more.
08/29/14 A tincture is a mix of alcohol and steeped herbs that have been soaking for several weeks. The resulting liquid is a more powerful version of the herb in raw form. Tinctures are great for helping anything from sleep deprivation to adrenal insufficiency to parasites and migraines depending on the tincture herb’s healing properties. Tinctures can be made from just about any herb like chamomile, sassafras, astragalus, black walnut hulls, yarrow, and even marijuana. You can take a few drops of tincture in tea, under the tongue, or in capsule form. Tinctures are often much stronger than supplements, are also easier to absorb and stay preserved much longer. Even though the bottle of tincture is more expensive than the herb forms, doses are smaller and more potent making a tincture bottle last a long time.
08/25/14 Good old oregano has antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Heck, oregano even has 42 times more antioxidant power than that one apple-a-day! The herb oregano is rich in vitamin E, fiber, manganese, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids and even tryptophan. You can use oregano to treat respiratory tract disorders, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections and much more. You get the biggest bang for your bucks with the essential oil of oregano which can be taken internally in capsule form or diluted and used topically to help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne, ringworm fungus and dandruff. Don’t let the oil come in contact with your eyes or other mucous membranes or you will get burned! It takes a few weeks to really notice the effects oregano has on allergies and leaky guts so stick with it awhile.
08/14/14 Acetyl-l-carnitine (NAC) supplements are an amino acid-like compound that the body uses primarily for energy production, fatty acid utilization and glucose metabolism. NAC also helps to break down mucous in the body. In fact, studies show that NAC can actually prevent recurrences in chronic bronchitis as well as providing relief from bronchial symptoms. It is also known that NAC is brain-protective and helps protect the myelin sheath (the protective fatty insulation that surrounds nerve axons, dendrites and pathways. Healthy myelin insures proper nerve conduction and improves brain performance. NAC is even used in ERs to treat patients with acetaminophen poisoning. NAC is naturally found in vegetables, grains, lamb and beef.
08/13/14 Folate is a water soluble B vitamin that is not easily stored in the body. Heating and cooking folate rich foods destroys natural folate and the more you cook your veggies the less folate you will get. Folate interacts with other B vitamins and is best known as being essential for the synthesis of genetic material and the metabolism of amino acids. Folate also helps maintain healthy blood as it is involved in the formation of red blood cells. Believe it or not, the supplement folic acid is not natural folate and can actually deplete your folate levels. Pregnant mothers with a shortage of folate (not folic acid) at are severe risk for birth defects in the developing fetus. The best sources of folate are fruits, dark-green leafy vegetables, and especially called peas. The best folate supplement will be an activated methylfolate and not the synthetic version of folic acid.
08/12/14 Every cell in the body uses the trace mineral iodine to function properly. Thyroid hormones are made up of iodine plus the amino acid tyrosine. Thyroid hormones help set the metabolic rate in the body and are also required for cellular activity - including proper cell division. Iodine, fluoride, chlorine and bromine are all halogens that share the same "key slot" pathway that iodine uses to enter the cell. The big problem is that fluoride, chlorine and bromine get hung up, block the pathway and prevent iodine from entering the cell. This causes cellular dysfunction and is one ways that you can have plenty of thyroid hormones in the blood but still have all the symptoms of a thyroid deficiency. We get the excess fluoride, chlorine mainly from our water treatment systems and dentifrices. Bromine is used to make baked goods and breads rise just right. The more you are exposed to fluoride, chlorine and bromine, the more plugs up your cellular pathways and the more hypothyroid you become. Taking extra supplemental iodine/iodide will cause osmotic pressure to push the fluoride, chlorine and bromine out of the cell key ways so iodine can once again do its job. Of course, take too much iodine/iodide to fast and the body has to deal with the extra fluoride, chlorine and bromine all at once. 16mg of iodide a day will maintain health but a lot more will be needed to recover lost health. Painting your body with a staining iodine like Povidine iodine is another great way to boost iodine levels. Iodine stains on the skin will last 24hrs when you have enough.
08/11/14 Why should we eat more fiber? Because it keeps your bowels healthy, relieves constipation, lowers cholesterol, and even helps control weight and blood sugar levels. Women under 50 should have a total of 25 grams of fiber each day but women over the age of 50 only need 21 grams a day. Men under 50 need 38 grams and men older than 50 should be getting 30 grams of fiber a day. One great fiber supplement is Slippery Elm Bark. Slippery elm bark is a bowel healing agent long used by Native Americans to sooth the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. The fiber content in slippery elm also helps regulate a healthy bacterial flora, lowers bowel transit time and absorbs toxins.
08/06/14 High levels of vitamin D doubled the rate of colon cancer survival according to a recent study *. This study looked at both sunshine exposure and dietary sources of vitamin D to find that three quarters of the patients with the highest vitamin D levels were still alive at the end of five years but less than two thirds of the vitamin D deficient patients made it out alive. And this study was with patients who did the standard care surgery and chemotherapy treatments. The association of low vitamin D levels and cancer rates is well-known, yet how many cancer treatment plans include supplementing vitamin D and getting brown in the sun? Not many… In fact, this study doesn’t even recommend vitamin d for cancer treatment. Instead it recommends more study. You don’t have time for more studies! The greatest cancer survival rates come from the highest levels of vitamin D and the best time to seek your health is while you still have it. So start today - before the health crisis. Make mine soy-free, cholecalciferol D3 please.
08/05/14 The provitamin A - beta carotene - comes from fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro, and fresh thyme. Vitamin A helps protect the epithelial cells of the body. The body easily converts beta carotene to retinol in normal metabolic processes but taking too much synthetic Vitamin A in the form of retinol acetate or retinol palmitate causes toxicity in the body. Toxicity from too much synthetic vitamin A brings blurred vision in early stages and acute toxicity can cause headache, photophobia, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, drowsiness, irritability, seizures, and skin desquamation. Chronic toxicity can cause erythema, eczema, pruritus, dry and cracked skin, cheilitis, conjunctivitis, palmar and plantar peeling, alopecia, and pain and tenderness in the bones of the extremities. So, what have we learned here peeps? Avoid the synthetic forms and take Beta Carotene.
08/04/14 You may be surprised to find out that the biggest mineral deficiency in the US today is brought on by a lack of magnesium in the diet. A magnesium deficiency can start off with little aches and pains and that pesky rundown feeling but soon develops into leg cramps, foot pain, and muscle twitches. Then it escalates into high blood pressure, anxiety, asthma, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, blood sugar imbalances, heart dysrhythmia, chest pains, kidney stones, CANCER and many other symptoms. When taking magnesium, take magnesium citrate, gluconate, chelate or malate. For PTSD take magnesium threonate (notice all the suffixes of "ate"). Never take magnesium oxide internally as it neutralizes stomach acid, inhibits magnesium absorption and is a bowel irritant that can actually damage the intestines. 500mg a day works for an adult and 20mg per kg for a child.
08/01/14 Phosphatidylserine is a food nutrient found in cell membranes and is largely responsible for intracellular communication. It actually makes up about 10% of the lipid content in the cell membrane of neurons. Phosphatidylserine supplements are best known as “brain boosters”, “memory enhancers” and as “stress busters”. Phosphatidylserine lowers cortisol levels brought on by stress and heavy workouts. Phosphatidylserine combined with omega-3 fatty acids can also bring a significant reduction in hyperactive/impulsive behavior. The best phosphatidylserine comes from cows’ brains but unfortunately, a vast majority of phosphatidylserine supplements today are derived from a much inferior GMO soy - making them much less effective. Always take phosphatidylserine in combination with a quality omega-3 fatty acid.
07/31/14 And you thought echinacea was just a natural antibiotic! Echinacea angustifolia was tested on volunteers exhibiting generalized anxiety disorder. After just one day they all experienced a significant reduction on the anxiety measurement scale that exceeded the Big Pharma anti-anxiety drugs - without interfering with activities of daily living. High levels of echinacea work as an immune stimulant but a mere 20 mg at a time is all it takes for significant stress, tension and anxiety relief. And it can be safely dosed every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Pop some echinacea before walking into a stressful event, such as a public speaking, public presentation, or air travel.
07/30/14 New research links eye trouble with iodine deficiency. They eyes have some of the most sensitive nerves and muscles in the body. Therefore, troubles in the body often show up first in the eyes. Retinal diseases cause people to lose night and side vision first and then develop impaired central vision. Medical treatments are not at all effective against these problems because a lack of drugs and surgery does not cause these conditions - but a lack of iodine does. Harvard Medical School found that retinal swelling is inversely related to dietary iodine intake leading them to ponder the fact that iodine supplement could help treat eye diseases. Of course, their conclusion is the usual “additional study is required”, so don’t wait on them. Iodine deficiency is related to cancer, depression, general malaise and a plethora of health troubles. Japanese naturally get about 15mg of iodine in their diet a day. Americans get pretty much zip. 15mg a day will help stave off diseases but more will be needed if you are already sick.
07/29/14 Need some help getting to sleep? Does melatonin give you a “hangover” in the morning? What you probably really need is ornithine. The amino acid ornithine helps you sleep through the night and is actually necessary for a healthy immune system. What ornithine does is break down ammonia and residual alcohol in the body and brain. It literally cleans out the brain sleep centers while helping you use your available melatonin. Ornithine also prompts the release of natural growth hormones to accelerate the metabolism of excess body fat, aids in liver regeneration, stimulates insulin secretion and helps insulin work for muscle building. 2,500mg at bedtime is what I recommend for an adult. Make sure it is just plain ole ornithine and not mixed with arginine if you want sleep success. Arginine is great in the morning for waking the brain up.
07/28/14 As you are getting older are you getting more sleepless? Scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute studied how the micronutrient lipoic acid can reset and synchronize the body’s biological clock-circadian rhythm. Lipoic acid helped restore a more normal circadian rhythm in aging animals while helping with stress resistance, cardiac function, hormonal balance, muscle performance, glucose metabolism and the whole aging process in general. A whopping one-third of our genes are directly influenced by circadian rhythms. When circadian rhythms go whack, the body is more susceptible to cancer, heart disease, liver dysfunction, inflammation, hormonal imbalance and many other diseases. The body normally produces the active “R” form of lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid is a combo of the natural and the synthetic forms of lipoic acid. Studies show that R-lipoic acid benefits kick in at about 600mg a day - much more than you can usually get in a healthy diet.
07/25/14 Curcumin naturally supports gastrointestinal health and increases bile flow, while inhibiting the development of cholesterol gall stones. Curcumin is also a potent antioxidant that protects the liver from toxic substances and supports healthy liver function by reducing inflammation. As an anti-inflammatory, curcumin has even been shown to be as effective as cortisone and phenybutazone in treating rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Combining curcumin and boswellia was found to be superior to the arthritis drug Celebrex in a clinical study of osteoarthritis. The boswellia combo whomped arthritis pain for 64% of study patients while Celebrex lost badly with only 29% of the Big Pharma group reporting relief. Our champion curcumin works by fixing the cause of inflammation and tissue damage while the "sore loser" works by masking symptoms AND causing side effects.
07/23/14 The latest news out is that zinc is one of the most important essential trace elements in human nutrition. The adult has up to three grams of zinc distributed in organs, tissues, bones, fluids, and cells. About half of the world's population is at risk for zinc deficiency. Did you know that zinc deficiency is found in both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease? Did you know that zinc is actually a natural antidepressant? Zinc deficiency occurs in liver cirrhosis and other liver diseases. Adequate zinc levels are required for the regulation of blood pressure. Even a mild zinc deficiency during pregnancy can increase maternal morbidity, prolong gestation, cause inefficient labor, bleeding, and increased risk to the fetus. Some classic symptoms of zinc deficiency are depression, lack of sense of smell, reduced immunity, delayed wound healing, slow hair growth, infertility and white flecks under the nail beds. NEVER take zinc oxide orally. Find a gluconate, glycinate, chelate or other “ate” form.
07/22/14 Cat's Claw is very handy for treating ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and leaky bowel syndrome because it flushes out pathogens and irritants from the gastro-intestinal tract. But that’s not all this amazing herb does. Cat’s Claw also quells inflammation, supports the immune system, and even fights cancer. Scientific studies find that Cat’s Claw exerts powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that support cell division, DNA repair, joint health and helps heal wounds. Cat’s Claw is rich in more than 30 phytochemicals like: 17 different alkaloids, along with glycosides, tannins, flavonoids, sterol fractions, and other compounds. Lab results show that antioxidant power of Cat’s Claw exceeds that of many fruits, vegetables and other medicinal plant extracts. For cancer fighting, Cat’s Claw extract inhibits the production of tumor necrosis factor a, while also inhibiting the nuclear factor-kappa beta that is associated with cancer.
07/21/14 Did you know that just thirty days on a probiotic helps diminish the accumulation of fat in the liver? A new study published in PLOS ONE brings us one giant step forward in the fight against Non-Alcolohic Fatty Liver Disease, obesity and diabetes. This study used a three probiotic strain to diminish the accumulation of fat in the liver of obese rats. Now granted, we are not rats but our digestive systems work very similar. Fatty accumulation in the liver is the first stage in the NAFLD and affects millions of people throughout the world. What else can probiotics do for you? Probiotics reduce the number of proinflamatory molecules to lower serum levels of tumor-a necrosis factor and interleukin 6. Probiotics will never cure NAFLD, cancer, diabetes or obesity by themselves, but added to healthy diet and lifestyle changes, these microorganisms can certainly help fight a good fight.
07/16/14 Colon polyps are a symptom of digestive trouble and are caused by a lack of fiber in the diet along with eating foods high in transfats. If your diet does not consist of 80% or more raw fruits and veggies, you should eat more raw foods that are rich in fiber and take fiber supplements like psyllium husk and ground flaxseed. (Always drink plenty of water, especially when taking fiber supplements.) Taking a non-corn, non-GMO vitamin C also helps to reduce the formation of polyps. Mixed tocopherol vitamin E is full of antioxidants to help mitigate cell damage in the body associated with polyps. Vitamin A helps protect the epithelial cells of the body including the membranes lining the digestive tract. Avoiding PPIs like Prilosec and staying off of antacids like Tums, Rolaids and etc. will help to thwart the recurrence of polyps after surgery. Besides this, if you think you need an antacid, you more than likely need to take some HCL instead. This should stop heartburn and raise the stomach acid as low stomach acid breeds colon polyps.
07/15/14 Did you know that taking cinnamon can actually reverse the brain changes that occur with Parkinson’s Disease? The latest study published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology even says that cinnamon is one of the safest approaches to halt the progression of Parkinson’s. Cinnamon is metabolized into the natural drug-form of sodium benzoate. Big Pharma patents sodium benzoate as a drug treatment for hepatic metabolic defects. Cinnamon is naturally anti-ammonemic and is a natural antimicrobial - without the Big Pharma drug effects. The two forms of cinnamon in the US are the cheaper cassia cinnamon and the purer, more expensive Ceylon cinnamon. Both types work just as well but the cheaper cinnamon cassia contains coumarin, which is hepatotoxic. Feeding, ground cinnamon to mice stopped the loss of Parkin and DJ-1 proteins that protect neurons, normalize neurotransmitter levels, and improve motor functions. Works well in humans too!
07/14/14 Building your vision naturally: Lutein is a coloring pigment found mostly in yellow and orange plants and eggs that is related to vitamin A. Lutein is an antioxidant that reduces the free radical damage, especially in your eyes. Lutein is found in high concentration in the retinas of your eyes and is a critical component of normal vision. One study even found that people with high levels of lutein in their blood also had healthier blood vessels and your eyes have some of the most sensitive blood vessels in the body. If you are eating a diet with lots of colorful, healthy fruits and vegetables, you should getting ample amounts of lutein. But if you are behind in antioxidants and suffering in your vision, a good supplement of lutein can help catch you up while you improve your diet. If you have a crappy diet and don’t wish to change it, I highly suggest this supplement to help stave off eye disease - but who wouldn’t want to do the natural thing? That would be stone-cold crazy!
07/09/14 Vinpocetine is derived from the periwinkle plant Vinca minor. Vinpocetine is great to use for maintaining and improving brain health and cognitive function as well as for treating various cerebrovascular diseases. Vinpocetine improves brain blood flow and benefits brain cells by enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to them. Vinpocetine helps regulate blood pressure in critical areas by improving the actions of smooth muscle in blood vessels as they contract or expand the diameter of the vessels. Research also shows that vinpocetine can help prevent the neurotoxic effects that cause Alzheimer’s disease. But wait, there’s more! Vinpocetine also reduces the viscosity, or “stickiness,” of red blood cells and platelets to allow blood to flow more easily through narrowed vessels in a “watershed stroke” caused by hypoperfusion, while protecting cells from reperfusion injury during a stroke. But, the best time to take vinpocetine is before you need it. If you are at risk for stroke or are dealing with a dementia disorder then pick some up today.
07/08/14 Getting lots of nosebleeds or bruising? The K in vitamin K is German for koagulation or clotting as we understand it. Vitamin K1 is found naturally in plants and Vitamin K2, is made by bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin K3 is the one you want to avoid because it is the synthetic version that is toxic and generates free radicals. A new study has found that the K2 form can reduce prostate cancer risk by 35% and works very well against advanced prostate cancer. K2 protects us from heart disease, ensures healthy skin, forms strong bones, promotes brain function and supports growth and development in children. Vitamin K2 has so many functions that are not associated with vitamin K1 that K1 and K2 are almost two entirely different vitamins! For general usage, 150 micrograms per day of supplemental Vitamin K2 will do nicely.
07/07/14 More than 100 million Americans spend a total of over $28 billion on nutritional supplements every year while assuming that these products help them more than harm them. But many of the cheaper vitamins are made up of synthetic and isolated vitamins that lack the necessary trace minerals and co-factors to be absorbed by the body. Taking isolated vitamins will actually deplete the body’s vitamin and mineral reserves, leading to dangerous mineral deficiencies. This is because synthetic vitamins lack the transporters and co-factors associated with naturally-occurring, whole food vitamins. Like vitamin E for instance; Taking alpha tocopherol vitamin will short all the other forms of tocopherol. The solution is to take a mixed tocopherol vitamin E. When you take the food-based natural forms of vitamins, they already contain all the minerals and components your body needs to utilize them.
07/02/14 Are you ready for the summer sun? More importantly, is your skin ready? Para Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA) helps to pigment your skin and prevents sun damage and even helps prevent skin cancer. I give my family 500mg every day and they never sunburn - that’s without using any toxic sunscreens! Start by taking 2,000mg a day of PABA for a few days before a trip to the beach, and then drop to 500mg a day after. This can make a huge difference to the amount of sun your body can safely tolerate. BTW, PABA also keeps your endocrine glands and intestines tuned up and working. PABA is also an antioxidant that fights free radicals while stimulating the growth of new blood cells. Research documents that PABA can even reverse baldness and darken gray hair. Most people are PABA deficient because of our SAD (Standard American Diets). BEWARE! What is in sunscreens is quite often the poisonous, synthetic goop that can actually cause cancer.
07/01/14 Potassium gives all of our muscle tissues their elasticity. Without enough potassium, the body cannot form new glycogen for the muscle-building/maintenance/strength/function processes in the body. Most of the body’s glycogen is made in the liver and a deficiency of potassium brings with it liver degeneration, muscle cramps and severe stiffness. Potassium is also critical for electrical conductivity within the central nervous system, making its influence on both electrical nerve impulses and muscle strength applies especially to heart health. Did you know that people with high potassium blood levels only run half the risk for heart attacks than those with normal levels of potassium? Potassium is essential for every living cell of the body to function properly. Most of our potassium comes in fresh fruits and vegetables and we need a minimum 4800mgs of potassium a day in order to stay healthy. The typical supplement dose for a healthy person is 99mg and should be taken with food. I do not recommend long-term mega-doses.
06/30/14 Want a healthy liver? Then you are going to need lots of vitamin C. One of the first places signs of vitamin C deficiency shows up is in the liver. Vitamin C helps flush fatty deposits out of the liver while helping in the detoxification and removal of waste by-products, heavy metals and other toxic substances. Vitamin C is also used in the liver to neutralize free radicals and protect cells from oxidative damage. Vitamin C can even kick cancer cells to the curb by tricking cancer cells into taking it into the cell where it effectively destroys them. Humans don’t make vitamin C. Human-size mammals that make their own vitamin C produce up to 14,000 mg per day when they are healthy and make even more when they are sick or under stress. You’ll want to avoid all corn-based vitamin C because of health-damaging GMO effects. Listen to your body and take vitamin C to just under bowel tolerance (gas, bloating, diarrhea) and then add a little more vitamin C each week. 5,000mg spread out through the day is a great dose to start at.
06/25/14 Indigestion? Try ginger root. Colicky baby? Ginger root tea can smooth out the bumps. Got cancer? You guessed it! Ginger to the rescue. Ginger root is a natural remedy for travel sickness, nausea, indigestion, flatulence, colic, irritable bowel syndrome, loss of appetite, chills, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia, heartburn, and many other problems. As a cancer champion, ginger has heavy-duty anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiproliferative effects upon tumors. Ginger extract has significant growth-inhibitory and apoptosis effects on a wide spectrum of cancer cells. The best part is that as a “chemo-protective” substance, ginger does not have any toxicity in normal body tissues. Not only can ginger cure cancer, but it is great for treating arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, high cholesterol and high blood-pressure. Use ginger as your go-to anti-viral for a kick-butt cold and flu remedy.
06/24/14 Cayenne is one of nature’s little miracles. Cayenne has long been used in natural medicine to stimulate the circulatory system to deliver more blood, oxygen and nutrients to the heart, brain and other organs in the body. Cayenne can actually save your life during a heart attack when taken upon the onset of symptoms. Studies show that cayenne enters the blood stream within seconds and goes to work to restore normal heart function. Something else you may not know is that cayenne taken in conjunction with other herbs can multiply the effects of other herbs. For instance: taking cayenne pepper together with Ginkgo Biloba multiplies the effectiveness of Ginkgo by 75%. Look for cayenne supplements with over 90,000HU (heat units) for the better quality cayenne. If you wish to speed up your metabolism, it is best to swallow a liquid tincture of cayenne and have contact with your tongue. Too hot for your taste? Mix it with some warm milk.
06/23/14 If you take antibiotics for a UTI you will probably get better in about seven days. But, if you refuse the drug and do natural things, it might take up to a whole week to get better… Research shows that more people than ever with symptoms of urinary tract infections are now avoiding antibiotics while taking something natural (like cranberry or colloidal silver) to give their bodies a chance to heal naturally. Research shows that 70% of women with uncomplicated UTI who did not use antibiotics for UTI treatment usually cleared up within a week without intervention. Did you know that recurring bladder infections and UTIs are often caused by an underactive bowel? Constipation can contribute to the development of lower urinary tract symptoms like overactive bladder. Make the obvious choice here peeps - the natural one that won’t raise your antibiotic resistance.
06/18/14 The human genome codes about 23,000 genes but the normal genomes of bacteria, fungus and viruses of the human gut encode some 3.3 million genes. The fact is that what happens in our health is not just a result of our paltry number of genes but is also a sum of all the trillions of microorganisms that reside on and in our bodies. Friendly bacteria in our gut actually serve to both interpret and buffer the ever changing environment we live in. The importance of maintaining healthy gut bacteria has been well proven. When we have a bad balance of bacteria we are subject to IBS, chronic diseases, psychological disorders and even cancer. Unless your diet is supreme and pristine, supplementing with “good-guy” bacteria is a health requirement. Taking probiotics these days is prerequisite to fighting disease. Buy reputable brands and rotate through different brands and formulas regularly.
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10/21/14 Death by Ebola is caused by massive internal bleeding and loss of blood. The Ebola virus gobbles up all available vitamin C from the body and consequently weakens blood vessels so you start losing blood while blood-clotting platelets become unable to trigger clots. This deadly spiral can be easily broken by simply taking enormous doses of vitamin C ascorbic acid until the immune system can successfully eliminate the virus. According to Cathcart (1981), Ebola and the other acute viral hemorrhagic fevers may well require 500,000 mg of vitamin C daily - just to reach bowel tolerance! Vitamin C helps the immune system destroy viruses by activating the ‘Fenton reaction’ inside the virus to stop it from replicating. The optimal delivery system during an Ebola infection would be a constant IV drip. Good luck finding one of them if Ebola gets out of hand. Second best (IMO) would be orally dosing 20g of ascorbic acid every hour or so and/or administering it in enema form. If you have an active Ebola infection, you can handle that or more ascorbic acid. Keep in mind that vitamin C is not a “cure” for Ebola. Only the human immune system can destroy it once it invades the body.
10/06/14 Atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema) is an uncomfortable, chronic inflammatory disorder of the skin that also makes patients more vulnerable to bacterial infection. Symptoms of this problem occur most commonly in children and usually worsen during winter. The latest study found that this condition could be caused by the lack of sunshine on the skin which stimulates the production of vitamin D in the body. The study performed in Boston shows that simply taking daily vitamin D supplements - which are inexpensive, safe and widely available - proved to be quite helpful in fighting this form of eczema. Does your child have eczema? Do your own study and give them some more sunshine and supplement with vitamin D. Make sure to use the vitamin D3 form and also avoid the GMO soy oil brands.