30 Tips Mercola
Acid Reflux
Age & Driving
Baking Soda
Bee Sting
Blood Pressure
Brain Health
Broccoli Sprouts
Cell Phone
Cold Showers
Daylight Savings Time
Depression, Brain
Doctors Pharmacies
**Dry Mouth
FLu, Avoid
Global Disaster
Hand Sanitizers
IGF Heart, Diabetes
Insulin Alternatives
Itchy Scalp
Joints & knees
Knee Pain
LED Lights
Legs aching, Muscle pain
Lemon Water
Links, Info.
Low Energy
Muscle Aches
Neck Pain
Neem leaf
Nutritional Yeast
Open-sided MRI
Pain Relief
Plant Protein
Psychology of Fitness
Reds, Vital
Restless Leg Syndrome
Sitting Evils
Skin Cancer
Sleep & Apnea
Spinal Stenosis
Steiner, Rudolf
Sting Treatment
Stinging Nettle
Successful People
Urinary Tract Infections
Vital Reds
Weight Loss
Women's Health

30 Tips To Revolutionize Your Health

30 Tips To Revolutionize Your Health

Mercola: Your health is under siege from every direction. Environmental toxins, ultra-processed foods, EMFs, government-subsidized GMOs and a host of other threats surround us. It is simply not possible to protect yourself unless you are armed with cutting edge health information.

The most complex tasks can be made easy if you just take one step at a time. Taken as a whole, this 30-tip plan makes for a comprehensive guide that can change your life. Just a few of the topics addressed are:

What to eat and when to eat it

Exercise strategies that you can implement today

The power of emotional health

Enhancing your health with essentials like air, sunshine and water

How to get the restorative sleep that your body requires

Try Apple Cider Vinegar and Black Cumin Oil as Your Go-To Salad Dressing


Either apple cider vinegar or black seed oil, or both, can be used as substitutes for other oils and vinegars to make a delicious salad dressing packed with health benefits for the whole family

Apple cider vinegar has many useful benefits, including improved blood sugar control, heart health, weight management, easing sinus congestion, sore throat and digestive ailments, detox and immune support and more

Apple cider vinegar is made through a fermentation process that renders it rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and many other beneficial properties

Black seed oil (Nigella Sativa) may be helpful for Type 2 diabetes, reducing asthma symptoms, enhancing memory and lowering stress, alleviating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and more

True to its old Latin name, “Panacea,” which means “cure all,” Nigella Sativa has at least 20 different pharmacological actions, which helps explain how it can be useful for so many different and varying ailments

Focus On Fasting: Intermittent, Water, and Mimicking Fasting


Fasting is an effective antiaging strategy, switching on your body's ability to promote cellular protection, regeneration and rejuvenation

The fasting mimicking diet, developed by Valter Longo and his team at the USC’s Longevity Institute, was developed to produce the same health benefits as water fasting, while making it safer and easier to comply with the restrictions

While starvation triggers the cleanout process of autophagy and activates stem cells, refeeding triggers rebuilding, and for optimal health you really need both; hence, cycling between fasting and feasting is important

The fasting mimicking diet lowers inflammation and inflammatory diseases, and reduces cancers by nearly 50 percent. Cognition and immune function are also improved

Overall, the fasting mimicking diet reduces risk factors for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and improves markers for aging

As a general rule, you eat just 30 percent or less of your normal calorie amount, until you reach a body mass index (BMI) of about 19. Needless to say, it's quite extreme. And, for all its benefits, it also causes quite a few problems. They eventually discovered that a form of intermittent fasting, dubbed the fasting mimicking diet, provided long-lasting benefits without the drawbacks of long-term calorie restriction.

Sugar Avoidance and Fasting Are Powerful Longevity Boosters

Longo was one of the first researchers to identify sugar as an aging accelerator and fasting as a process for improving longevity. In 1997, he published a paper showing yeast could be made to live a lot longer when starved. Shortly after that, they discovered the sugar and protein pathways responsible for this phenomenon.

In essence, what he found was that if you knock out both Ras/PKA and something called LCH-9, which is the S6-Kinase gene in yeast, you could obtain up to a fivefold extension in lifespan. As noted by Longo, "It was clear that the effects of fasting were caused in part by shutting down these two pathways." The question was, does the same apply to humans?

To answer this, Longo looked for equivalents to what they'd identified in yeast. Work done by John Kopchick and Andre Barki showed that, in mice, growth hormone deficiency and growth hormone receptor deficiency caused record longevity extension of 40 to 50 percent. They were also far healthier than normal mice. Half of them were completely disease-free at the time of death. As noted by Longo:

Like Insulin, You Need Growth Hormone, but Not Much

Strength training is typically recommended as a way to optimize health, and one of the effects of this type of training is a boost in growth hormone. So, how do you reconcile the need and health benefits of growth hormone, and its dampening effect on longevity? Longo explains:

"Insulin is a good analogy. You need insulin but a lot of insulin all the time gives you insulin resistance and diabetes, so … it's not so much growth hormone, but IGF-1 and insulin, downstream … [Y]ou can approximate growth hormone activity in general [by the] IGF-1 level, so for example, the Larons have very low growth hormone activity and they have very low IGF-1.

Usually, they say if you go on a low-protein diet, you're going to have low growth hormone production, or certainly more growth hormone receptor activity and low IGF-1. So, they usually go together but there are some cases where they can separate … Growth hormone acts on TOR directly, [and] on insulin, and probably in almost any pathway that you can think of. So, they're certainly not the same thing, but it's a lot easier to measure IGF-1."

The Benefits of Protein Restriction

Like me, Longo promotes radically reduced protein consumption. I've often warned that most Americans eat far too much protein for optimal health. Longo recommends limiting protein to 0.31 to 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For most, that would mean cutting down their protein consumption by about two-thirds. If you weigh 150 pounds, you'd need just 50 grams of protein a day. [100 g protein a day for 285 lb person]

As I've mentioned on many occasions, the reason for this recommendation has to do with the way protein interacts with the mTOR pathway, which is involved in aging and age-related diseases. Protein controls the growth hormone, IGF-1 pathway, which also controls TOR signaling and PKA signaling.

When the TOR pathway is deactivated — either by a low-protein diet, a drug such as metformin or the supplement berberine — you are therefore protected against the ravages of aging. In recent years, they've also discovered that deactivating the TOR and PKA pathways helps boost regeneration. What this means is that if you eat a lot of protein, a lot of food in general, and have high growth hormone and TOR, then your regenerative potential is placed on hold.

Once you remove these blocks, your stem cells are turned on, and then, during the refeeding phase, your body undergoes a major regeneration and rejuvenation phase. This is in part why intermittent fasting or fasting mimicking is so much better than chronic calorie restriction. The "magic" actually happens during the refeeding phase, after you've gone through a period of starvation.

If you just cut calories but never enter refeeding, you miss the opportunity to rebuild your body. So, while starvation triggers the cleanout process of autophagy and activates stem cells, refeeding triggers rebuilding, and for optimal health, you really need both. According to Longo, the fasting mimicking diet is a real solution for cancer for this reason, as "we've shown clearly that it can selectively remove disobedient cells … [I]t's really clearing a lot of damaged cells."

When and Why Higher Protein Intakes May Be Beneficial

The devil's in the details though, and intermittently giving your body an ANABOLIC BURST WITH EXTRA PROTEIN, ABOVE THE ONE-THIRD OF A GRAM PER POUND OF BODY WEIGHT, is important for the preservation of muscle mass, and helps optimize your strength training sessions.

As a general guideline, I SUGGEST BOOSTING YOUR PROTEIN BY ABOUT 25 PERCENT ON STRENGTH TRAINING DAYS for this reason. However, going above the recommended one-third of a gram per pound of body weight on days when you're not strength training does not appear to provide any muscle building benefits.

The elderly and frail may also need higher protein intakes to prevent sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss), but not by a whole lot. Longo recommends boosting protein intake by 10 to 20 percent around the age of 65, which is when most seniors start losing lean body mass. "I think as long as they maintain [their lean body mass] they don't have to worry about it. But if they start losing it, then both muscle training and increasing protein a little bit is important."

Fasting — A Powerful Metabolic Intervention

While I was initially hesitant, I NOW BELIEVE MULTIDAY WATER FASTING IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL METABOLIC INTERVENTIONS OUT THERE. THERE'S REALLY NOTHING THAT COMES CLOSE, and the reason for this is because it switches your cells to a protected "anti-aging mode."

It promotes autophagy and replaces cell components with newly generated functional ones, thanks to the activation of stem cells. I have done three FIVE-DAY WATER-ONLY FAST in the past three months. After talking to Longo and the fact that I am healthy and do not have insulin resistance I plan on doing this every quarter. I believe most PEOPLE WITH INSULIN RESISTANCE WOULD BENEFIT FROM DOING THIS MONTHLY as long as they are prepared properly. A KEY STEP THAT MADE WATER FASTING EASY FOR ME WAS GETTING INTO THE HABIT OF INTERMITTENTLY FASTING 20 HOURS A DAY FOR AT LEAST A MONTH.


It's also RECOMMENDED TO CONTINUE TAKING NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS DURING YOUR FAST. If you take magnesium be aware that it may cause severely loose stools. YOU ALSO NEED TO TAKE A HIGH-QUALITY SALT. Certain health conditions may also need more stringent medical supervision to ensure safety when fasting.

Longo, on the other hand, is not quite as keen on water-only fasting, or even 20-hour intermittent daily fasting, citing findings suggesting intermittent fasting beyond the 13-hour mark raises the risk for gallstones by about 5 percent, as well as other unintended side effects. He also notes that 20-hour intermittent daily fasting is not a strategy used among centenarians, people over 100 years of age.

Water Fasting Versus Fasting Mimicking Diet

It bears mentioning that Longo's fasting mimicking diet is not a water-only fast. The fasting mimicking diet involves restricting your calories to 800 to 1,100 calories per day for five days each month, opposed to no-calorie fasting. It was primarily developed to improve compliance, as many find a five-day water-only fast to be too difficult. The low-calorie strategy also helps reduce the likelihood of adverse side effects, while retaining the benefits.

"We first started with cancer patients about 10 years ago … [T]he National Cancer Institute … funded the research to develop a fasting mimicking diet … The reason it's simple is [because] there's an issue of compliance, but also an issue of safety...

It really revolutionizes your metabolism and to a lot of people, it's going to be dangerous. Hypertension [and] hypoglycaemia [are possible side effects]. The purpose of the fasting mimicking diet was to make it easier on people, but also to make sure they don't go to an extreme state in which then they start having problems, and we saw it in the clinical trial.

We saw, even with the fasting mimicking diet, people can get weaker and can have some problem, but with the water-only fasting, these problems go up by another magnitude … This is why I think the fasting mimicking diet is the way to go.'"

PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT WATER FAST OR BE ON THE FASTING MIMICKING DIET INCLUDE pregnant women, people who are seriously underweight (have low body mass index) and/or suffer from anorexia, SENIORS OVER THE AGE OF 70 (unless you're exceptionally healthy), anyone who is fragile or people with liver or kidney disease. If you have a chronic disease, be sure to work with your doctor and have him or her closely monitor your condition.

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In summary, one of the primary messages in Longo's book is the importance of cycling — the episodic fasting and refeeding is really part of the key that makes this strategy so beneficial. Importantly, it also helps circumvent the negative effects that can occur during continuous fasting or chronic underfeeding. Longo adds:

"I would also point out that it's not cycling that needs to be every month. It can be, but we basically say, if you're obese and have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, yes, you probably have to do it every month, until you're healthy. But if you're the average person who may have high cholesterol and that's it, this could be once every three months. So, every 90 days, you do it for five days, and I think that's very reasonable.

From the clinical trial, we show there are long-lasting effects. If we measure the effects of three cycles of the fasting mimicking diet, three months after the end of the third cycle, we still see about 60 percent of the changes there. So … it might take three to six months for these changes to be completely wiped out."

To learn more about this beneficial "anti-aging" strategy, be sure to pick up a copy of Longo's book, "The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight." If you are like me and are really interested in living healthier, longer, it can point you in the right direction.

Go With Your Gut



Because 70 to 80 percent of your immune system resides within your gastrointestinal tract, optimizing your gut microbiome is a worthwhile pursuit that will have far-reaching effects on your physical health and emotional well-being

A vital first step toward balancing your gut flora is to eliminate sugar from your diet, especially sugars found in processed foods

Eating fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as consuming prebiotic foods like garlic, leeks and onions, can help create an optimal environment for beneficial gut bacteria, while decreasing disease-causing bacteria, fungi and yeast

Taking a probiotic or sporebiotic supplement can also be beneficial, especially during and following antibiotic treatment, because it helps restore and promote healthy gut flora

Your gut bacteria can influence your behavior and gene expression, and has also been shown to play a role with respect to autism, diabetes and obesity

Meditation Connects Your Mind and Body


Evidence shows your mind and body are intricately connected — in fact, thousands of genes have been identified that appear to be directly influenced by your subjective mental state

Along with eating a healthy diet, getting a variety of exercise and ensuring proper sleep, meditation is a daily life-giving practice I highly recommend

Meditative practices have been shown to reduce your risk for heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, cortisol and heart rate and optimizing LDL cholesterol, as well as improving your overall stress level

Specific types of meditation, such as those focused on attention control, emotions and theory of mind, have been shown to have positive effects on your brain

Incorporate the Nitric Oxide Dump


V Zach Bush 4 min. workout takes 2 hours to replenish nitric oxide. Forced by lack of oxygen. 3 sets. Form is important. Build up over time. Works the 16 biggest muscles in your body.

Squat, arms have to go out in front. Shallow is okay. Speed is more important than depth of squat. Feet should be shoulder width apart, pointing straight forward.

Arm swing 90 degrees. Works deltoids etc. Just up to straight out or just above, then back to side.

Big circle. Click in front of belly and down, then overhead click. Full motion.

If shoulders compromised, Reach to center, hands templed, and then reach over top. Then return hands in cirulary motion to sides, then center again, like breast stroke in water.

Overhead military press. Return fists to beside ears.

After 3 sets, shake it out, feel tingling in fingers for 20 seconds. Building muscles for next 2 hours. Will change your metabolism.

Keep a Clean House With Nontoxic Cleaners


Commercial cleaners emit toxic chemicals that may cause headaches and respiratory difficulties, organ damage and cancer

You can clean your home effectively and safely using natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, coconut oil, lemons and castile soap

Essential oils can be added to all of your homemade cleaning supplies and laundry detergents for an extra antimicrobial boost

Ditch synthetic air fresheners and scented candles for an aromatherapy diffuser, which smells wonderful and has therapeutic benefits

Limit the Lectins

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Plant lectins act as a built-in defense mechanism that ensures survival by triggering a negative reaction in predators; in humans they attach to your cell membranes, often wreaking havoc on your health

Many lectins can cause inflammation, damage your nerves and kill your cells, while some increase your blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt your endocrine function

While it is nearly impossible to avoid all lectins due to their presence in countless foods, if you are struggling with an autoimmune disease or other chronic health issue, you may benefit from a lectin-restricted diet


High-lectin foods can be made safe to eat through proper soaking and cooking, as well as fermenting and sprouting; using a pressure cooker is particularly beneficial for beans

Reduce EMF Exposure


Exposure to microwave radiation from baby monitors, cellphones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, smart meters and other wireless devices causes serious mitochondrial dysfunction due to free radical damage

Excessive free radicals triggered by microwave exposure from wireless technologies have been linked to anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cardiac arrhythmias, depression and infertility

The negative effects of EMFs are particularly harmful to pregnant women, putting their child at risk for ADHD and autism, as well as behavioral, emotional and social issues

In addition to using wired connections for your phone and computer, strategies that may help reduce the harmful effects of EMFs include optimizing your magnesium level and eating Nrf2-boosting foods []

Magnesium: As a natural calcium channel blocker, magnesium can help reduce the effects of EMF on your VGCCs. Since many are deficient in magnesium, I believe you could benefit from as much as 1 to 2 grams of magnesium per day.

Molecular hydrogen: Studies have shown molecular hydrogen can mitigate about 80 percent of the damage caused by EMFs because it targets the free radicals produced in response to radiation, such as peroxynitrites. You can take molecular hydrogen tablets when flying to protect you from gamma rays. It is one of several tips I shared on how to minimize jet lag.

Nrf2: Increasing Nrf2, which is a biological hormetic that upregulates superoxide dismutase, catalase and all the other beneficial intercellular antioxidants, is also helpful mainly because it lowers inflammation, improves your mitochondrial function and stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis, among other benefits.

You can activate Nrf2 by consuming Nrf2-boosting food compounds such as sulforaphane from CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES, foods high in phenolic antioxidants, the long-chained OMEGA-3 FATS DHA and EPA, CAROTENOIDS (ESPECIALLY LYCOPENE), sulfur compounds from ALLIUM VEGETABLES, isothiocyanates from the cabbage group and TERPENOID-RICH FOODS [Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, caraway, bergamot, peppermint, spearmint, dill, tomatoes. Diterpenes: Carrots, spinach, pumpkin, broccoli, mango, papaya, cherries, tomatoes, oranges, cabbage, watermelon, lettuce. Triterpenoids: Olives, mangos, strawberries, grapes, figs. Terpenoid chromanols: Almonds, walnuts. Carotenoids: Tomatoes, oranges, carrots, peas, sprouts, greens].

What Are Terpenoids?


Terpenoids represent the largest and most diverse class of beneficial plant chemicals; more than 40,000 individual terpenoids exist, and new ones are discovered every year

Accumulating research suggests terpenoids may help prevent metabolic disorders, fight cancer, exert anti-aging benefits and more

Terpenoids are responsible for the wide variety of plant flavors and aromas, making them a sought-after commodity by the flavor and fragrance industries

Performing high-intensity exercises that activate the NO signaling pathway, such as the NO dump exercise, activates Nrf2, and so does intermittent fasting.

Spices: Certain spices may help prevent or repair damage from peroxynitrites. Spices rich in phenolics, specifically cinnamon, cloves, ginger root, rosemary and turmeric, have exhibited some protective effects against peroxynitrite-induced damage

Go Organic


Choosing organic foods lowers your exposure to pesticides linked to cancer, damage to children’s IQ and neurobehavioral development and other health problems

Organic foods are produced without genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and the use of antibiotics for preventive purposes is prohibited — both major benefits to human health and the environment

Organically grown foods contain significantly higher levels of antioxidants and healthy fats than conventionally grown varieties

Organic products are now available in close to 20,000 natural food stores and 3 out of 4 conventional grocery stores in the U.S.

Give Up Soda


Giving up soda — both sugar-sweetened and diet — is one of the most fundamental steps you can take to improve your health. You likely have made that choice long ago, but it is one that is important to many that you know

Research suggests sugary beverages are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths and 6,000 cancer deaths

Men who drank an average of one can of soda per day had a 20 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed soda

The problem with soda stems from its high sugar content — particularly the liquid high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) variety — and, in the case of diet, its artificial sweetener content, among other issues.

Try Hibiscus Tea Instead

If the idea of swapping your daily soda with water sounds less than enticing, consider swapping it with tea instead. This gives you the best of both worlds: flavor and a healthy boost to your diet, as high-quality tea can have quite a few health benefits. Hibiscus tea is one such option. It has a pleasingly sharp flavor, similar to the tartness of cranberry, and you can find it in liquid extract form that allows you to add a few pumps to your glass of water.

Organic Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Concentrate, Unsweetened $13.99 p 5s

Unsweetened Rose Green Tea, 16.9 oz (pack of 12) $18.69 4's

Hibiscus Liquid Extract, Organic Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) Tincture 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $17.95 p 5s

Herb Pharm Certified Organic Green Tea Extract - 1 Ounce $9.52 4's

Ginger Alcohol-FREE Liquid Extract, Organic Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Dried Root Glycerite 2 oz $19.95 p 4's

Sang Shen Alcohol-FREE Liquid Extract, Sang Shen, Mulberry (Morus Alba) Fruit Glycerite Herbal Supplement 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $17.95 p

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Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal glycerites is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Glycerites can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some glycerites are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

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Bladder Be Well Kidney Health Liquid Extract (2 oz) by The Herbalist $30.00 & FREE Shipping 5s

Contains herbs with diuretic and soothing properties for kidney and bladder health, to be taken 1-2 dropperfuls 3X daily

Made from carefully chosen small batches of certified organic and sustainably harvested herbs

Uva Ursi fresh-dried leaf (Arctostaphylos uva ursi), Juniper fresh-dried berry (Juniperus communis), Buchu fresh-dried leaf (Barosma betulina), Pipsissewa fresh-dried leaf (Chimaphila umbellata), St. John's Wort fresh flower tops (Hypericum perf.), Echinacea fresh root (Echinacea angustifolia), Yarrow fresh-dried flower tops (Achillea mill.).

Organic Holy Basil Extract, 1 oz by Herb Pharm $12.45 4's

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Looking back it has definitely helped my sinus and kept my energy levels up

R Taste nasty

Tried this it taste really bad. Gave me cramps in various parts of my body. Painfully long cramps

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I do like this product. I use one dropper two times a day. Not only does it provide vitality and energy but it calms and I am less anxious. Please note, this is a blood thinner!

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After some looking around for an extract form of it on Amazon, I ran into this product and decided to buy it right away because I'm familiar with Herb Pharm as a reputable company and felt I could not go wrong.

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Borage Liquid Extract, Organic Borage (Borago Officinalis) Tincture Supplement 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $19.75 ($9.88 / Fl Oz) + $3.95 shipping 5s

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Borage tincture contains ONLY natural ingredients!

High Quality Borage liquid extract - crude extract of first extraction! We meticulously produce our extracts according to precise standards where each herb is extracted according to the distinct characteristic of each plant!

Borage is a native plant of Southern Europe, which has become naturalized all over Europe and the United States. It's fair to say borage "grows like a weed". This useful herb grows abundantly in abandoned lawns and garbage dumps. At one time borage was an essential herb for beekeepers, grown to help bees produce more honey. Traditionally, it was also grown as an ornamental, or boiled as a pot herb. Borage is noted for having a cucumber like flavor and easily recognized by its white prickly hairs and bright blue, star-shaped flowers. Its dark green leaves are gently curved and its fruits consist of dark brown nutlets (seeds) in groups of four. Borage is thought to be an excellent insect repellant, so it is often grown in gardens to protect from damage insects can cause or used in certain skin care products.

Certified Organic Borage (Borago Officinalis). Origin: Poland. Other ingredients: Alcohol, vegetable palm glycerin, crystal clear water. Contains NO: GMO, gluten, artificial colors, heavy metals, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers.

Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal tinctures is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Tinctures can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some tinctures are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

Pot Marigold Alcohol-FREE Liquid Extract, Organic Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) Dried Flower Glycerite 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $19.95 p 4's

The calendula (Pot marigold) is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term "marigold" refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to color cheese.

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Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal glycerites is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Glycerites can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some glycerites are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

Nature's Answer Alcohol-Free Milk Thistle Extract, 2-Fluid Ounces $14.97 p 5s

Milk Thistle also known as Silybum marianum, Holy Thistle, Variegated Thistle, Lady's Thistle. Milk thistle is a member of the sunflower family native to a narrow area of the Mediterranean. It has since been naturalized throughout Europe and can commonly be found in Oregon and California where it is considered a common garden weed. Despite this unsavory reputation, milk thistle has quite a striking appearance, noted by the large pink or purple flower growing atop its solitary stem. The edible thistles were given the name silybum by Dioscorides, a Greek physician who served in the Roman Army over 1,900 years ago. The thistle with white mottling on its leaves became known as the "milk" thistle. In Catholic Germany, its usefulness was said to be second only to calling on Mother Mary, and the white mottling on the leaf is said to be the touch of the Virgin Mary?s milk, hence the species name "marianum." Milk Thistle contains silymarin (silibinin, silydianin, and silychristin), vitamin E (tocopherols), and about 90% fatty acids. The leaves of the milk thistle are edible and can be consumed as a potherb. Three of the active compounds within milk thistle seed are collectively identified as silymarin. The German Commission E has approved an extract of 70% silymarin in supporting healthy liver function. The Commission has also approved milk thistle in its crude form for minor dyspeptic complaints.

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Shake well before use. Take 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal glycerites is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Glycerites can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some glycerites are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

Question: Is this for humans too? Is it bitter or how does it taste?
Answer: This is for humans. I have been using this product for approximately 8 years. I put 15 drop or so into my coffee every morning, that way you don’t taste it. It is an excellent product and does improve liver function. I am a healthy older person and my physical showed improvement in my lab numbers over the last few years.

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We have used this for a year. The milk thistle has a nasty grass juice type of taste, however we hide it in coffee or orange juice and you don't taste it. It has made my swollen liver be healed and also taken my daughter's liver levels from too high, to now normal ranges.

I use this form because it seems to work well and can be used for those who can't take pill form.

R I chose this to help our old dog with pain from degenerative myelopathy in his hind legs. I place drops inside his side lower lip morning and evening. We can Definitely see the difference in his energy, ease of movement, playfulness returning, solid sleep, no groaning when getting up or laying down. It has the slightest pleasant mint flavor that he has no problem with whatsoever. So glad I learned about this from a Facebook hemp oil page.

R My husband's liver and kidneys are functioning very well now. Good blood numbers. Know Milk Thistle is the reason in part.

R I have been using this for almost 2 years, it's the best! I prefer this non-alcohol version for the taste

Unlike soda that will overload you with sugar and/or artificial sweeteners, hibiscus tea is high in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants, and studies suggest it may improve blood pressure, help prevent metabolic syndrome, protect your liver and even provide anticancer effects.27 It’s the opposite of drinking soda in terms of what it does to your health! It’s not only hibiscus tea that offers benefits, of course. If you prefer green or white tea, these are healthy choices as well.

In addition, if a soda craving strikes, fit in a quick workout, drink a cup of organic black coffee or consume something sour (like fermented vegetables or lemon water). All can help you to kick your sugar cravings to the curb.

The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is another great option, which has been shown to significantly reduce cravings while increasing peoples’ ability to show restraint — even after six months.28 A video demonstration is below, but here is the basic approach, which you can start using right now:

Identify a food or beverage you crave by visualizing it or imagining you’re eating/drinking it
Tap on your activated thoughts (for example, “I want this,” “I have to have it”)
Tap on each of the specific sensations or thoughts you have about the food (sweetness, saltiness, creaminess, crunchiness, how it feels in your mouth, how it smells)
Scan your body for any tension, and tap on that too

Video on How Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) works

Fiber Is Your Food Foundation


A high-fiber diet can help manage your weight. Short-chain fatty acids produced by bacteria that feed on plant fiber are also epigenetic communicators, offering protection against many chronic diseases

High-fiber diets help reduce your risk of premature death from any cause — a side effect linked to a reduction in chronic disease risk

To boost fiber intake, focus on eating more vegetables, nuts and seeds, not grains, as grains promote insulin and leptin resistance, and are frequently contaminated with glyphosate

To work, the fiber must be unprocessed. Organic whole husk psyllium, chia seeds, sunflower sprouts, mushrooms and fermented veggies are excellent sources of high-quality fiber

Three types of fiber are: soluble and insoluble fiber, and digestive-resistant starch, the latter of which is differentiated from insoluble fiber by the fact that many of its benefits result from fermentation in your large intestine

Grow Your Own Food


Growing your own food is a convenient and cost-effective means of boosting your nutrition and health, and garden-grown fruits and vegetables are the freshest and most nutrient-dense foods available

Gardening helps create a more sustainable global food system and is a great form of exercise, benefiting your physical and emotional well-being

When it comes to gardening, soil health is paramount; cover crops and wood chips have been shown to help create and protect healthy soil that, in turn, produces healthy, nutritious food

The industrial agriculture system is degrading our soils and damaging your health due to its focus on producing monocrops that are the core ingredients in processed foods well-known to promote disease, nutritional deficiencies and obesity

Gardening can easily be done indoors and in small spaces; if you are not sure how to get started, try sprouting because it is easy and you’ll get quick results

Dental Dedication: Improve Your Oral Health


A well-balanced oral microbiome is important for optimal health. Periodontal disease and Type 2 diabetes are strongly connected. Twice-daily use of mouthwash has also been linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes — an effect thought to be due to its antimicrobial activity

Good oral hygiene has been shown to lower your risk of pneumonia by about 40 percent, and failing to brush twice a day increases your risk of dementia by 65 percent compared to brushing three times a day

When bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease enter your circulatory system, your liver releases inflammatory C-reactive proteins; chronic inflammation, in turn, is a hallmark of most chronic disease

A comprehensive oral health plan includes addressing your diet, reducing your net carb intake and, if needed, taking nutritional supplements that support your oral health

Other components of a comprehensive oral care plan include brushing daily with nonfluoridated toothpaste or a homemade toothpaste, daily flossing and oil pulling

6 Benefits of Oil Pulling — Plus How to Do It Oil pulling is an ancient practice that involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove bacteria and promote oral hygiene.

It is often associated with Auyrveda, the traditional medicine system from India.

Studies suggest that oil pulling can kill bacteria in the mouth and improve dental health. Some alternative medicine practitioners also claim that it can help treat several diseases

While it's not entirely clear how oil pulling works, it's claimed to "pull" bacteria from the mouth. It may also help by moisturizing your gums and increasing saliva production, which can reduce bacteria

Some types of oil also contain properties that can naturally reduce inflammation and bacteria to promote oral health

1. Can Kill Harmful Bacteria in Your Mouth

There are approximately 700 types of bacteria that can live in your mouth, and up to 350 of them may be found in your mouth at any given time

Certain types of harmful bacteria can contribute to problems like tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease

Several studies have shown that oil pulling could help reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

2. Could Help Reduce Bad Breath

3. May Help Prevent Cavities

Cavities are a common problem that stems from tooth decay.

Poor oral hygiene, eating too much sugar and a buildup of bacteria can all cause tooth decay, which leads to the formation of holes in the teeth known as cavities.

Plaque can also cause cavities. Plaque forms a coating on teeth and is comprised of bacteria, saliva and food particles. The bacteria begin to break down the food particles, forming an acid that destroys tooth enamel and causes tooth decay

Several studies have found that oil pulling can help reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth, preventing tooth decay.

In fact, some research has found that oil pulling may decrease the number of harmful bacteria found in saliva and plaque as effectively as a mouthwash

Decreasing these strains of bacteria through oil pulling could help prevent tooth decay and reduce the risk of cavity formation.

4. Seems to Reduce Inflammation and Improve Gum Health

Gingivitis is a type of gum disease marked by red, swollen gums that bleed easily.

The bacteria found in plaque are a major cause of gingivitis, as they can cause bleeding and inflammation in the gums

Fortunately, oil pulling may be an effective remedy to improve gum health and reduce inflammation.

It works primarily by decreasing the harmful bacteria and plaque in the mouth that contribute to gum disease, such as Streptococcus mutans.

Using certain oils with anti-inflammatory properties like coconut oil may also aid by reducing the inflammation associated with gum disease

5. May Have Other Benefits

Although proponents of oil pulling claim that it may benefit a wide variety of other conditions not mentioned above, research on the benefits of oil pulling is limited.

That said, the anti-inflammatory effects of oil pulling may have a beneficial effect on certain conditions linked to inflammation.

While no studies have evaluated the effectiveness of oil pulling on these conditions, it may be a possibility given its potential to relieve inflammation.

Furthermore, there is anecdotal evidence that oil pulling could be a natural way to whiten your teeth.

Some claim that it's able to pull stains from the surface of teeth, resulting in a whitening effect, although there is no scientific research to back this up.

6. Cheap and Easy to Add to Your Routine

Two of the biggest benefits to oil pulling are how simple it is to do and how easily it can be incorporated into your daily regimen.

Additionally, it requires just one ingredient that can be found right in your kitchen, so there's no need to buy anything.

Traditionally, sesame oil has been used for oil pulling, but other types of oil can be used as well.

For example, coconut oil possesses strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can be especially useful for oil pulling. Olive oil is another popular choice thanks to its ability to fight inflammation

To get started, set aside just 20 minutes each day for oil pulling and use the extra time to multitask around home, all while improving your oral hygiene.

How to Do Oil Pulling in 4 Simple Steps

Oil pulling is easy to do and involves just a few simple steps.

Here are the 4 simple steps to do oil pulling:

1. Measure one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame or olive oil.

2. Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, being careful not to swallow any.

3. Spit the oil into a trash can once you're done. Avoid spitting it into the sink or toilet, as this can cause a buildup of oil, which may lead to clogging.

4. Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.

Repeat these steps a few times per week or up to three times daily. You may also want to work your way up, starting with swishing for just 5 minutes and increasing the duration until you're able to do it for a full 15–20 minutes.

For best results, most recommend doing this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, although you can adapt based on your personal preferences

Improve Your Health by Avoiding Pesticides and Herbicides



“Whitewash” tells the compelling story of how corporations such as Monsanto created global pesticide dependence, leading to a massive increase in the use of glyphosate and other herbicides

Farmers now apply nearly 5 billion pounds (over 2 billion kilograms) of glyphosate onto farm crops each year, worldwide. Approximately 300 million pounds are applied on U.S. farmland

Pesticide exposure has also exponentially increased. Urine output of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, shot up by more than 1,200 percent between 1993 and 2016

The “gly” in glyphosate stands for glycine, a very common amino acid your body uses to make proteins. Your body can substitute glyphosate for glycine, which results in damaged frequently nonfunctional proteins

In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a research arm of the World Health Organization, reclassified glyphosate as a Class 2A "probable carcinogen"

Benefits of Coffee and Tea


Tea, particularly green tea, has been linked with a reduced risk of stroke, diabetes and depression, and improved blood pressure, abdominal obesity and glucose levels

Coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of premature death and cardiovascular death, heart disease, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes

Coffee should be organic and shade-grown; drink it black or with added coconut oil or MCT oil

Tea should be organic and grown in a nonpolluted environment to avoid contamination with heavy metals or fluoride; drink it without milk, with lemon added if you like

Go Grass Fed Organic — AGA Certified


Grass fed meat and dairy are better for you — higher in certain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats — than meat and dairy from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)

While CAFOs are top sources of air and water pollution, grass fed farming regenerates the soil and maintains ecological balance without relying on chemical fertilizers and pesticides

These basic elements of animal welfare are missing from CAFOs, while animals raised on pasture are afforded the freedom to express their natural behaviors; grass fed food is also less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria

Look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo on your meat and dairy, which ensures the highest quality grass fed products

Friendly User's Guide for the Timing of Nutritional Supplements


Fifty-two percent of American adults reported using nutritional supplements in 2012, a statistic that has remained stable since 1999. Americans spent $21 billion on nutritional supplements in 2015

While the use of multivitamins has decreased somewhat, use of vitamin D and omega-3 supplements have dramatically increased between 1999 and 2012

While dietary supplements are generally safe, when and how you take them — such as with or without food, or before or after exercise — can make a difference both in terms of safety and effectiveness

Since multivitamins contain an array of both water- and fat-soluble vitamins, it’s generally recommended you take half of your daily dose in the morning, with breakfast, and the other half with your main meal

Studies have shown that taking antioxidant supplements immediately prior to exercise has the curious effect of decreasing insulin sensitivity. It also hampers your body’s ability to defend itself against oxidative damage

Get Proper Sleep Nightly


Research suggests most adults need about eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Lack of sleep can increase your risk for accidents, weight gain and chronic diseases, and impair your memory

The “sleep onset latency test” developed by the late Nathaniel Kleitman, Ph.D., can help you determine if you're sleep deprived

While sleep problems can be caused or exacerbated by a number of different factors, three that are frequently overlooked are your sleep position, light pollution and exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)

Research has shown that the more time you spend on electronic devices during the day, and especially at night, the longer it takes to fall asleep and the less sleep you get overall

One of the easiest ways to avoid nighttime EMF is to pull the circuit breaker to your bedroom before going to bed. Another really simple remedy is to turn off your Wi-Fi at night

Burn Fat for Fuel



Low-fat, high-carb diets prevent healthy mitochondrial function, thereby contributing to chronic diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more

Studies suggest low-carb, high-fat diets — and eating less frequently — may be the answer to the obesity epidemic. The benefits of this type of diet is the primary focus of my book “Fat for Fuel,” and my complementary online course

When your body is able to burn fat for fuel, your liver creates water-soluble fats called ketones that burn far more efficiently than carbs, thus creating far less damaging reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals

Multiday water fasting activates autophagy, allowing your body to clean itself out, and triggers the regeneration of stem cells. Having as little as 200 or 300 calories a day is enough to abort the autophagy process

Fasting has been shown to trigger the regeneration of the pancreas in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics — a testament to the regenerative power unleashed in your body when fasting

Grounding — A Simple, Pleasurable Way to Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Disease


Grounding or earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground, whether it be dirt, grass, sand or unsealed, unpainted concrete (especially when humid or wet)

When you ground to the electron-enriched Earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs

Being grounded cuts inflammation by thinning your blood and infusing your body with negatively charged ions

To take advantage of grounding indoors, your best bet is to use a grounding pad to sleep, stand barefoot or sit on

Grounding may be one of the most important overlooked factors in public health. When grounding is restored, many people report significant improvement in a wide range of ailments

Spectro-Chrome: Healing With Colored Light



Chromotherapy can be used as a complementary treatment for virtually any disease or ailment, but is particularly effective for burns, chronic disorders and pain

You can implement colored light therapy either by shining light through a colored filter, or by wearing colored glasses, so that the light striking your retina is of a particular color frequency

Indigo and blue are used for “hot” conditions such as burns, inflammation and wounds; lemon, yellow and red are staples for chronic conditions; magenta benefits depression and purple is helpful for sleep disorders

green as the central color … the color which balances all the different body functions, mental functions and partly also emotional functions.

When you remove the indigo light, after 10 minutes or so, this tickling discomfort disappears almost immediately. But as soon as you treat it again or tonate — tonation [means] the use of colored light — if you go on treating it and the tickle and discomfort reoccurs, there is still [more healing to be done]

Treating Low Back Pain With Colored Light

Another common ailment is back pain. Wunsch, who is trained in the Alexander Technique, osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture, notes that the area where it hurts is not necessarily the specific site of the problem. In acupuncture, specific meridian points will help alleviate back pain, but you could actually use a laser light on these points instead of a needle. You can also use temperature or vibration or other physical stimuli.

If it's acute, you would probably use the indigo, because indigo also relieves pain. An alternative would be violet or purple. These three colors are classical pain relievers.

If it's a chronic event, you would not necessarily treat the area of pain, but you would start with whole body tonation using lemon … As a standard, if we are talking about a chronic condition, the basic color, which is always part of the treatment regimen, is lemon."

Spectro-Chrome Glasses for Day and Nighttime Use

Another alternative is to use Spectro-Chrome glasses. Similar to a color bath, the glasses will provide systemic treatment, and they're a lot easier to use than setting up a room for full-body tonation, as you need to make sure the room is pitch-dark aside from the colored light, the temperature needs to be optimal since you must be naked or near-naked, and you need a projector and all of the necessary filters.

Purple is the color which has the highest impact on sleep quality... [P]urple activates bromine … [B]romine was used in former times … for sleep disorders. Magenta stimulates lithium and alleviates depression. It's the color addressing soul-associated disorders. Lithium salts are used for depression treatment in pharmacology as well. Instead of administering lithium, Dinshah would administer magenta. Magenta, purple, those are colors that should be used during the nighttime."

Just like liposomal C, which I believe should be in every emergency kit to treat acute infections, a light with an indigo or violet filter is another must to radically accelerate burn healing.

Use Coconut Oil Daily



Saturated fats, and most particularly coconut oil, are an important part of the human diet. Recent research suggests coconut oil may help control Crohn’s disease by improving your gut microbiome

Studies show coconut oil also supports healthy thyroid function, promotes heart health and healthy brain function, boosts immune function and energy, aids weight loss and much more

Coconut oil is an excellent choice for cooking, as it can resist heat-induced damage. Processed vegetable oils produce oxidized cholesterol and toxic cyclic aldehydes and acrylamide when heated

Bulletproof coffee is a brain-boosting high-performance beverage you can easily make by adding MCT oil or coconut oil and grass fed, unsalted butter or ghee to black, organic coffee

Coconut oil can also replace a number of pricy and potentially hazardous personal care products, including moisturizers, hair masks, shaving lotion, cleansers and makeup removers, body scrub, toothpaste and much more

Use a Mercury-Free Dentist


About half of all dentists in the U.S. still use “silver” amalgam, 50 percent of which is actually mercury, not silver

Mercury is the most volatile and toxic of the heavy metals, and the vapors released when chewing or brushing pose a clear and present danger to health, especially your brain and kidneys

Europe is banning the use of amalgam fillings in pregnant or nursing women and children under the age of 15. The rule takes effect on July 1, 2018

Despite efforts to get the U.S. FDA to enforce the Minamata Convention rule on mercury, which states that proactive steps must be taken to phase out the use of dental mercury, the agency continues to encourage the use of amalgam, even in children

Don’t let another year go by without locating a qualified mercury-free dentist. Also check your dental insurance policy; if it does not fully pay for mercury-free fillings in all teeth, learn how you can fight back

Eliminate Google From Your Life


As one of the greatest monopolies that ever existed, Google poses a unique threat to anyone concerned about health, food, supplements and their ability to obtain truthful information about these and other issues

While not the sole threat to privacy, Google is one of the greatest. It catches every single thing you do online when using a Google-based feature, and builds powerful personality profiles of all users

Google’s data collection on users is said to be primarily for marketing purposes, but the profiles could just as easily be used for more nefarious and liberty-infringing purposes

Aside from monopolizing the internet, Google also has a strong presence in childhood education, health care and even the food industry, and is engaged in social engineering pursuits, as well as artificial intelligence and military applications

Monopolies like Google pose a serious threat to democracy and basic liberties. Take back control by boycotting Google-based services, including Gmail, Google search engines, Google Docs and Chrome

Express Gratitude



Only 1 in 3 Americans report being “very happy.” More than half say they’re frustrated at work. Nearly 1 in 4 experience no life enjoyment at all

Small changes in perspective and/or behavior can add up, and practicing gratitude has been scientifically verified as a way to boost happiness and life satisfaction

Gratitude is also a form of generosity, as it involves extending “something” to another person, even if it’s only a verbal affirmation of thanks, and generosity and happiness are neurally linked

If your happiness could use a boost, commit to cultivating an attitude of gratitude. It not only boosts life satisfaction, it’s also the single best predictor of good relationships, and benefits both sanity and physical health

A dozen different strategies are reviewed, all of which can help you build and strengthen your sense of gratitude

Increase Positive Emotions by Spending More Time in Nature

Let go of negativity by changing your perception--Disappointment — especially if you're frequently struggling with things "not going your way" — can be a major source of stress, which is known to have far-reaching effects on your health and longevity. In fact, centenarians overwhelmingly cite stress as the most important thing to avoid if you want to live a long and healthy life.

Embrace the idea of having "enough"
According to many who have embraced a more minimalist lifestyle, the key to happiness is learning to appreciate and be grateful for having "enough." The average credit card debt for Americans who carry a balance is $16,000.

Try tapping
The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a helpful tool for a number of emotional challenges, including lack of gratitude. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure based on the energy meridians used in acupuncture that can quickly restore inner balance and healing, and helps rid your mind of negative thoughts and emotions. In the video below, EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman demonstrates how to tap for gratitude.

V Tapping for Gratitude

Move More

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Research shows that the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be, even if you exercise regularly, thanks to the negative impacts on your cardiovascular and metabolic function

When you sit, lack of muscle contraction decreases blood flow through your body, reducing the efficiency of biological processes

For every hour you sit, your life expectancy decreases by two hours. Research has also found that sitting for more than three hours a day causes 3.8 percent of all-cause deaths

Twenty to 25 minutes of walking per day may add anywhere from three to seven years to your life span. As little as two hours of walking per week may also reduce mortality risk in older adults. Brisk walking has even been shown to improve life expectancy in smokers and overweight individuals

For optimal health, aim to sit less than three hours a day, walk 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day, incorporate the Nitric Oxide Dump exercise into your daily routine. Then, when ready, add a comprehensive workout plan

Properly Filter Your Water

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If you care about your health, filtering your household water is more a necessity than an option

Drinking water is becoming increasingly toxic worldwide, thanks to aging water pipes and chemical pollution. Water treatment plants cannot filter out all of the toxins now entering the water

One of the most pernicious toxins in American water supplies is fluoride. While fluoride isn’t healthy for anyone, pregnant women and households mixing formula for babies should take extra care to avoid fluoridated water

A 2017 analysis of water samples from 50,000 water utilities in 50 states revealed more than 267 different kinds of toxins in U.S. tap water. To find out what’s in your tap water, check out the EWG Tap Water Database

Ideally, filter the water you use both for drinking and bathing, as immersing yourself in contaminated water may be even more hazardous to your health than drinking it

How Statins, Pesticides and Wireless Radiation Affect Your Heart Health

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Video on statins

One in 4 Americans over the age of 45 is on a statin drug to lower their cholesterol

While statins may decrease the frequency of mild heart attacks, they will not necessarily lower your risk of heart disease or death from a major heart attack because of the damage they cause to your muscles, including your heart muscle

Statins lower your cholesterol, which is an important precursor for many of your steroid hormones, including progesterone, testosterone, aldosterone, cortisol and vitamin D

Statin drugs deplete your body of CoQ10, vitamin K2, dolichol and selenium, and prevent the production of HMG co-enzyme A reductase (an enzyme your liver uses to make ketones)

Exposure to glyphosate and electromagnetic fields from wireless technologies also harm your health, especially your heart

Increase Your Magnesium Intake

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Video How to tell if you are deficient

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and the second most common intracellular cation (positively charged ion) after potassium

Magnesium is required for the healthy function of most cells, especially your heart, kidneys and muscles. A lack of magnesium will impede your cellular metabolic function and deteriorate mitochondrial function

Magnesium resides at the center of the chlorophyll molecule, so if you rarely eat leafy greens, you’re likely not getting all the magnesium you need unless you’re supplementing

Some researchers insist the magnesium RDA is inadequate, warning that many suffer from subclinical magnesium deficiency that can compromise their cardiovascular health

Evaluate your signs and symptoms of magnesium insufficiency and make sure you eat magnesium-rich foods and/or take a magnesium supplement, balanced with vitamins D3, K2 and calcium. Low potassium and calcium are also common laboratory signs indicating magnesium deficiency

Care What You Wear — Fixing Fast Fashion

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Estimates suggest the fashion industry is the fifth-most polluting industry in the world

The newly released report, “A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future,” created by the Circular Fibres Initiative, presents a new model for the clothing industry that would reduce its negative impact

Between 2000 and 2015, clothing sales doubled, from 50 billion units to 100 billion. As a result, the average number of times a garment is worn before being discarded significantly dropped, creating vastly more textile waste

Estimates suggest more than half of all clothing purchases are discarded in less than a year. Landfills burn the equivalent of one garbage truck full of garments each and every second

GOTS certification is the platinum standard for organic, sustainable textiles. A GOTS-certified textile is tracked through every single step of the process, from farm to packaging

Global Disaster

How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next?-- In 2008 a group of experts met at an Oxford University conference and suggested that there was a 19% chance of a global catastrophic event before 2100 (with super intelligent AI and molecular nanotechnology weapons at the top of the threat list)... So, what do you do?

1. Don’t hole up alone with hundreds of tins of baked beans
“There’s a survivalist response which is ‘I’m going to hide away all by myself’,” says Ahmed. “You’re probably not going to survive like that – you have to cooperate with other people. This may not be obvious at first because you may see others as a potential threat, but the moment you become a loner, you’re likely to lose simply because you’re now part of a dog-eat-dog environment. The more people who band together, the more likely you are to be able to rebuild something like a society.

2. You need to go rural … but not too rural
You were probably expecting this, but let’s make it clear anyway. Cities are wonderful when everything is functioning but, as The Walking Dead made clear, they’re lethal when there’s no order, electricity or infrastructure. “If you stayed in the city, you’d be in more danger, there’s no doubt about that,” says Ahmed. “Generally speaking, when academics have run these scenarios on predictive models, cities are found to be extremely vulnerable simply because there are so many supply chains that are interdependent, and so many people there with you who are also dependent on these supply chains. People will be competing with each other for these scarce resources, which creates violence.”

3. You need access to running water and agricultural land
In the event of a major global catastrophe, we’re going to have to face the very real possibility that Waitrose will be closed. Within the first few days, roads will be clogged and supermarkets looted, so you’ll be forced to generate your own supplies. “In a scenario such as a pandemic, you need to be somewhere you can access running water and/or other sources of energy,” says Ahmed.

“There’s also the need to grow your own food,” says Ahmed. “Again you’re better off doing that with a group of people on a large area of land where you can apportion labour. That’s not going to work as well in an urban environment.”

4. Establish communications
“If you wanted to forge a community and be resilient, you may not necessarily have to communicate with the wider world,” says Ahmed. “However, you may need to know what’s going on. The thing is, in a catastrophic scenario, you don’t know what communications are going to be up and running.”

5. Don’t necessarily trust the government or law enforcement
All major governments have contingency plans in place to ensure their survival after a global disaster... The thing is, most of those preparations are classified – we won’t know what they are until it happens. What we can be fairly certain of, however, is that it will involve the suspension of constitutional government and the instalment of martial law. To some degree.

“Based on the continuity of government plans we have in the US and western europe, there’s no doubt that you would have a visible force presence on the streets to try and maintain order,” says Ahmed. “There would be all sorts of things necessary in a pandemic scenario – the need to quarantine, the need to contain the spread of the virus.

6. You may have to be self-sufficient for a long time
So you have your agricultural land, your solar powered generators and Raspberry Pi communications network, but the big question is: how long before civilised modern industrial society is rebuilt? Or in other words, how long before Netflix is working again?

“In a global pandemic scenario, you’re looking at a long time before everything is safe,” says Ahmed. “With influenza, for example, we’re talking about a lead time of several years before society can get to grips with it all. If you really wanted to stay safe, I think you’ll need to survive for a decade before civilisation sorts itself out.”

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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer


An article from the National Cancer Institute in the US and a research at the Children’s University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany suggest that genistein, a plant-based isoflavone, has the ability to kill off cancer cells, by attacking the cells reproduction mechanism and reducing their ability to form new blood vessels. Being unable to make new cells a without a growing blood supply, cancer gradually dies.


Dr. Mercola claims that even though most soy products have been associated with brain damage and breast cancer, the organic fermented soy is an exception. According to Dr. Mercola, “You may have heard that Japanese people live longer and have lower rates of cancer than Americans because they eat so much soy — but it’s primarily fermented soy that they consume, and it’s always been that way.”


– It may reduce symptoms attributed to menopause and it can be helpful in preventing boneloss

– Exhibits potent anti-inflammatory properties, which in turn makes it helpful in treating bursitis, arthritis, and rheumatic diseases

– Inhibits platelet aggregation and thrombosis, which helps prevent atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke

– Acts as a potent antioxidant which protects the cells from chemical pollutants, radiation, and free radical damage

– Acts as an anti-estrogen by blocking the uptake of estrogen



– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– ½ cup chopped green onion
– 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
– ½ tsp grated ginger
– 3 tbsp miso paste


First, heat the coconut oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about five minutes. Add four cups of water and ginger and bring the mixture to boil. Finally, add the miso paste and stir until dissolved.

The biopsy confirmed a squamous cell carcinoma and she underwent Mohs surgery, a specialised microscopic operation ideal for patients with this type of skin cancer. In this procedure, a surgeon removes thin layers of skin and tissue, which are examined under a microscope, until only healthy cells remain. It's time-consuming, but it limits scarring and there is a low recurrence rate.

After the tumour was removed, Joy was instructed to go to New York University hospital, where a plastic surgeon was standing by. She underwent a procedure under local anaesthetic that involved seven injections and more than 20 stitches to cover the 6mm-by-6mm wound site.

'Afterwards, my nose was a swollen, hideous, bloody blob with black stitches. The tears just started to flow,' she says.

'If treated early, the prognosis is very good, but keeping a vigilant eye on your skin for any changes is very important. Most early-stage tumours have a 90 per cent five-year survival rate.'

Reassuringly, the skin around the cavity on Joy's nose began to heal within weeks of her operation and now Joy can hardly see the scar.

Squamous cell carcinoma A squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant tumour of the squamous epithelial cells. Squamous cells are flat and look like fish scales (‘squamous’ means ‘scaly’).

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. Sunlight is responsible for over 90 percent of all skin cancers, including squamous cell carcinomas, so squamous cell carcinomas usually occur in areas exposed to the sun. Research shows that it is specifically the UVB rays that cause squamous cell carcinomas.

Squamous cell carcinoma Classic SCCs are a relatively quickly growing keratotic lesion. A very important finding is tenderness of the lesion. Other important findings are induration and failure to clear with treatment (eg. after liquid nitrogen).

The risk of metastasis is greater than with basal cell carcinomas, but most squamous cell carcinomas aren’t serious if they are caught early. Research shows that, while about 96 percent are localised, the remaining four percent can metastasise (spread to other organs) and become life-threatening. Even if they do not metastasise, if left untreated, squamous cell carcinomas can cause serious local disfigurement.

Non-Surgical Skin Cancer Treatment With Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx®) most advanced non-surgical treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers all over the body

Skin Cancer The cure rates following excision are 95% and 92% for primary BCC and SCC, respectively, and are dependent on the site, size, and pattern of the tumor.

The role of frozen section histological analysis in the treatment of head and neck skin basal and squamous cell carcinomas. ..false positive margins were found in 11 (6.6%).

Complementary Roles of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Antigen and 18F-FDG PET/CT in Suspected Recurrence of Cervical Squamous Cell CancerThe five false-positive PET/CT results were all associated with patients with negative SCCAg levels.

Laboratory Results That Should Be Ignored Dirk M. Elston, MD. October 11, 2006

Although most laboratory errors relate to the pre- and postanalytic phases, the analytic phase should not be ignored as a source of errors. Modern laboratories use highly specific, sensitive methods that generally result in reliable results. Because of this, clinicians place great faith in the results that they receive, and false-positive results frequently result in a cascade of unnecessary testing and treatment. One widely publicized example involved a 22-year-old woman who underwent both surgery and chemotherapy on the basis of multiple false-positive human chorionic gonadotropin results. False-positive results that result in medical errors occur in a wide variety of laboratory assays. A study of 6370 specimens analyzed by a widely used bacterial latex agglutination test found that only 11 pathogens were accurately detected, whereas there were 13 false negatives and 59 0.9%false-positive results. In this study, none of the true positives had a measurable effect on patient outcomes, but several of the erroneous reports resulted in unnecessary treatment. Squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck skin for which frozen ... false positive rates = 1.4%

Accuracy and false-positive rate of the cytologic diagnosis of follicular cervicitis: observations from the College of American Pathologists Pap Educational Program false positives from lab = 19.2%. From pathologists = 11.1%. These were pap smears.

Skin Cancer Screening (PDQ®) The only widely proposed screening procedure for skin cancer is visual examination of the skin, including both self-examination and clinical examination.. the evidence is inadequate to determine whether visual examination of the skin in asymptomatic individuals would lead to a reduction in mortality from melanomatous skin cancer.

If an area on the skin looks abnormal, a biopsy is usually done. The doctor will remove as much of the suspicious tissue as possible with a local excision. A pathologist then looks at the tissue under a microscope to check for cancer cells. Because it is sometimes difficult to tell if a skin growth is benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer), you may want to have the biopsy sample checked by a second pathologist.

The risks of skin cancer screening tests include the following: Finding skin cancer does not always improve health or help you live longer. False-positive test results can occur. A biopsy may cause scarring.

False-positive test results can occur.

Screening test results may appear to be abnormal even though no cancer is present. A false-positive test result (one that shows there is cancer when there really isn't) can cause anxiety and is usually followed by more tests (such as a biopsy), which also have risks.

How accurate are risk-assessment tools as a screening test for skin cancer? Does treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer found by screening reduce morbidity and mortality? Early treatment of basal and squamous cell carcinoma might reduce morbidity and disfigurement, but no studies have evaluated whether screening improves the outcomes of these cancers.

In skin cancer screening programs, most lesions referred for biopsy are found to be false positive for skin cancer. There are no studies by which to judge the extent of harm, if any, related to these tests.

Screening detects large numbers of benign skin conditions, especially seborrheic keratoses, which are very common in the elderly.

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer.. Squamous cell cancer accounts for the majority of skin cancer deaths in very elderly men and blacks.

Squamous cell cancers usually occur in chronically sun-exposed areas of the skin, especially on the face, ears, or backs of the hands. Squamous cell cancer has the potential to metastasize and may account for up to 20% of deaths from skin cancer (15,16). A large primary tumor (>2 cm) is associated with an increased risk of metastasis. While there is strong suspicion on clinical grounds that advanced locally invasive or metastatic nonmelanoma skin cancers result from medical neglect, careful studies of the rate of progress of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the elderly are lacking.

Management of High-Risk Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is an increasing public health concern, representing the second most common cancer in the United States. High-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma represents a subgroup of this disease, where patients are at higher risk of metastasis and death. To date, there are no accepted criteria for defining or managing these patients.

To date, there is no accepted system for defining high-risk CSCC [Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma].. Thus, it remains difficult to estimate these risks for an individual patient and make reasonable treatment recommendations.

In general, CT is superior for detecting central nodal necrosis, extracapsular spread, skull-base invasion, and cartilage involvement, while MRI sensitively detects neurotropic tumors, defines tissue planes, and distinguishes dense connective tissue from muscle.36,37 Both MRI and CT may be helpful in preoperative planning, especially with tumors suspected of involving LNs or deep structures, such as bone, parotid gland, or major nerves.

Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is the treatment of choice for high-risk CSCC and those located in cosmetically sensitive or critical areas. Mohs histological sectioning allows for examination of nearly 100 percent of the surgical margin as compared with less than one percent of the margin visualized via standard excision. This is reflected in reported five-year cure rates, with traditional surgical excision reported at 92 and 77 percent for primary and recurrent CSCCs, respectively.

Tests Biopsy: A local excision is done to remove as much of the suspicious mole or lesion as possible. A pathologist then looks at the tissue under a microscope to check for cancer cells. Because melanoma can be hard to diagnose, patients should consider having their biopsy sample checked by a second pathologist.

Diagnosing skin malignancy: Assessment of predictive clinical criteria and risk factors Nonmelanoma skin cancers, which include squamous cell cancers and basal cell cancers, account for one third of all cancers in the United States. Approximately 1 million cases were diagnosed in 1999. 3 Deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancers are in steady decline, and the overall 5-year survival rate is high (over 95%). 4 Recurrent nonmelanoma skin cancer, however, carries a very poor prognosis, with only a 50% cure rate.

Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer costs over $500 million yearly in the US.

Risk factors for nonmelanoma skin cancer: Caucasian race, Immunosuppression, Previous nonmelanoma skin cancer, Age 55–75, Male sex. Genetic risk factors associated with nonmelonoma skin cancer: blue eyes, sunburn easily, Celtic ancestry (Scottish, Irish, Welsh).

The Role of Frozen Section Histological Analysis in the Treatment of Head and Neck Skin Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas 6.6% false negatives based on 169 histological reports.

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"Also, the discovery of non-melanoma skin cancers is of moot value in many cases, in that they often have little potential for mortality or morbidity if left alone, especially in the elderly. "

"Such a high false-positive rate... 72/1000 feared squamous cell cancers were benign, and 193/1000 feared basal cell cancers were benign. Such a high false positive rate, coupled with the doubt about the efficacy of removing non-melanoma cancer in many circumstances, leads to a large number of unnecessary biopsies and surgeries"

Screening for Skin Cancer Like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma usually is slow growing, but it is more likely to be lethal. It is usually curable if detected early but may cause death, functional impairment, or severe disfigurement if neglected. Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin accounts for about one-fifth of all skin cancers and most of the deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancer (ACS, 1999a).

It is not clear how often a benign lesion might be classified as melanoma using the same criteria.

Histopathological examinations are not perfect, which puts those with false positive screening results at risk of unnecessary further surgery or other treatment as well as anxiety, possible insurability problems, and other harms.

Studies have found varying levels of agreement among pathologists in diagnosis and classification of tissue samples (see, e.g., Cook et al., 1996; Corona et al., 1996; Heenan et al., 1984). Agreement is higher for basic distinctions between benign and malignant lesions than for more specific characterizations or for borderline conditions (Cook et al., 1996). To improve diagnostic accuracy and consistency, recommendations include efforts to achieve agreement among pathologists on the use of standardized terminology, diagnostic criteria, and definitions as well as better education about the appearance and behavior of certain lesions (CRC, 1997).

Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer. Despite their very high incidence they account for less than 0.1 percent of cancer deaths.

Squamous cell cancers usually occur on chronically sun-exposed areas of the skin, especially the face, ears, or backs of the hands. Squamous cell cancer has the potential to metastasize and may account for up to 20 percent of deaths from skin cancer. A large primary tumor (>2 cm) is associated with an increased risk of metastasis.

Suggested Citation: "Appendix B: Screening for Skin Cancer." Institute of Medicine. Extending Medicare Coverage for Preventive and Other Services. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2000.

Skin Cancer ScreeningFinding skin cancer does not always improve health or help you live longer.

Screening may not improve your health or help you live longer if you have advanced skin cancer.

Some cancers never cause symptoms or become life-threatening, but if found by a screening test, the cancer may be treated. Treatments for cancer may have serious side effects.

False-positive test results can occur.

Screening test results may appear to be abnormal even though no cancer is present. A false-positive test result (one that shows there is cancer when there really isn't) can cause anxiety and is usually followed by more tests (such as a biopsy), which also have risks.

Interpretation of Skin Biopsies by General Pathologists: Diagnostic Discrepancy Rate Measured by Blinded Review Martin J. Trotter, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Andrea K. Bruecks, MD, FRCPC

Blinded review demonstrates that general pathologists reporting skin biopsies submitted by primary care physicians have a low diagnostic error rate. The method detects both false-negative and false-positive cases.

American Academy of Dermatology: Ten Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

Don’t perform sentinel lymph node biopsy or other diagnostic tests for the evaluation of early, thin melanoma because they do not improve survival.

Patients with early, thin melanoma, such as melanoma in situ, T1a melanoma or T1b melanoma = 0.5mm, have a very low risk of the cancer spreading to the lymph nodes or other parts in the body. Further, patients with early, thin melanoma have a 97 percent five-year survival rate which also indicates a low risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body.

False positive pathological report, any chance?


Get Your Diabetes Exercise Plan On Track

Dr. Roy Taylor discovered that people who had gastric-bypass surgery lost their diabetes. Diabetes is caused by fat deposits around the pancreas. They were given a diet which also helped end diabetes.

But the diabetes returned unless they boosted their metabolism.

Two foods to avoid: peas and corn. They are so high in sugars, they are almost as bad as candy.

Spices also help normalize blood sugars: sage, cinnamon, oregano, marjoram, garlic, and extracts of cherries, avocado, almond and blueberry. They help end insulin resistance.

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Everyone who completed these 3 steps reversed their diabetes: Diabetes Destroyer.

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Blood Pressure

Easy Moves to Lower Blood Pressure You don't have to be an athlete, either.

Find activities you enjoy, and aim for 30 minutes a day of "exercise" on most days of the week.. hiking, gardening, and anything else that gets your heart beating a bit faster. Since you're going to be making it a habit, pick things you'll want to do often, walking & gardening.

Do something that's moderate in intensity -- like brisk walking -- for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week. That may be enough to keep you off medications or help them work better. Exercise can lower your blood pressure by as much as five to 15 points.

Start slowly to prevent injuries. Start with 10 to 15 minutes of exercise you enjoy,

Pace Yourself to Avoid Injury--If you're new to exercise, remember to pace yourself. Select a low- to moderate-intensity exercise such as gentle forms of yoga, gardening, or any other activity that you can do at a moderate pace. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise as you become fitter, to help maintain your lowered blood pressure.

Commit to making exercise part of your schedule. Find a time that works for you.

Do Mini-Workouts--Add 10-minute mini-workouts, and do these throughout your busy day. For example, you can jog in place or do calisthenics for 10 minutes. Three 10-minute mini-workouts equal 30 minutes of daily exercise in little bits of time you won't miss.

Warm Up and Cool Down--Warming up before exercise and cooling down after are important for people with high blood pressure. These exercises let your heart rate rise and return to normal gradually. Walking in place or on a treadmill for 10 minutes is fine for warming up before exercise and also for cooling down.

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10 Muscle Moves to Help Tame Diabetes If you have diabetes, you know the importance of controlling your blood sugar. But did you know that strength training can play a starring role? Simple moves done regularly can prompt your muscles to absorb more sugar. You'll also burn more calories around the clock when you take up strength training. Your mood, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure may improve, too.

Get ready to learn 10 at-home exercises that work your major muscle groups. For each one, begin with one set of 10-15 repetitions. Rest 30-120 seconds before the next move. Start with resistance bands or light dumbbells that allow you to focus on form. When you can do two or three sets easily, grab heavier weights. You should eventually use weights that you can lift only 8-10 times in the first set.

Biceps curl, triceps extension, Shoulder press, chest press, seated row, crunch, plank, squat, lunges, hamstring curls.

Names of Major Muscle Groups reference

10 Daily Habits to Reduce Chronic Pain Get an Endorphin Boost: Exercise - It's a Catch-22: You're hurting, so you don't exercise; but without exercise, you may lose muscle tone and strength, making pain worse. Fortunately, even mild exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good brain chemicals that lift mood and block pain.

Breathing, Meditation, and Biofeedback - It sounds so obvious, but few of us actually take the time to stop what we're doing and calm our minds. Deep breathing, biofeedback, and meditation are all stress management techniques that relax your body, which helps ease pain.

Avoid Alcohol - You need a good night's sleep to help soothe the stresses pain puts on your body. Although alcohol can help you fall asleep, as it metabolizes, it promotes shallow sleep, reduces important REM sleep, and may even wake you. The result: A less restful night.

Give Your Body a Boost: Eat Better - If you're living with chronic pain, you want to do everything you can to help your body, not hinder it. One way to keep your body strong is to eat a well-balanced diet. Eating right improves blood sugar, helps maintain weight, reduces heart disease risk, and aids digestion. Aim for a diet rich in whole grains, fresh produce, and low-fat proteins.

Journal: Help Your Doctor Help You - Keeping a pain journal can be a great way to help your doctor understand and more effectively treat your chronic pain. At the end of each day, record a "pain score" between 1 and 10. Then note what you did that day, and how these activities made you feel. The next time you see the doctor, bring the journal and discuss your findings.

Distract Yourself - You already know that focusing on pain can just make it worse. That's why one potent prescription for relief is to keep busy with activities that take your mind off the pain. Take that cooking class you've had your eye on, join a garden club, try skiing lessons. Even if you can't control the pain, you can control the rest of your life. Get started!

Know Your Medicines - Understand the medicines you're taking, what they can do for you, and their side effects. Then educate yourself about other treatment options. Your goal is to have a normal mood and activity level -- if you don't, then a different medicine might be better for you. Your job is to be proactive, to ask questions, and look for answers.

You're Not Alone - As many as one person in every three is dealing with chronic pain, so you're far from alone. Reaching out is the most important habit you can develop to help you deal with chronic pain. Tell friends and family what you're feeling because they won't know otherwise. Ask for help. Learn more about your condition.


Top 5 Fermented Foods to Eat to Build a Healthy Gut Thanks to new emerging evidence that supports how important our microbiomes are to our health, gut health is at the forefront of health concerns today; it’s about time! Our guts control and deal with every aspect of our health. From our mood to our weight to our food cravings, hormones, overall wellness, how we digest our food and even the food sensitivities we have. Our guts are essentially what determine our overall health.

Research has shown that we have more bacteria organisms in our body than typical cells; we’re essentially walking forms of bacteria. But the good news is, many forms of these bacterial cells are beneficial and help us fight disease. It’s when unhealthy bacteria from certain yeasts, fungi, parasites, worms, and others take over that become a problem. We encounter bad bugs every single day in various ways most of us don’t realize. These bacteria are found in conventional animal foods, toxic and polluted waters (and fish from those waters), tap water, parasites from the environment and our food, foodborne illnesses, food poisoning, and they can also take over our body if we’ve ever taken prescription drugs, antibiotics, birth control pills, or have a long history of an unhealthy diet.

Foods that contain probiotic cultures are the best way to eat your way to a healthy gut, along with avoiding foods that feed unhealthy bacteria. Bad microbes’ favorite foods are sugar and anything that turns to sugar quickly in the bloodstream like refined grains and even natural sugars, processed foods, conventional animal products laced with bad bacteria, and alcohol. These foods fuel bad bacteria and allow them to take over, so work on eating more organic foods, especially greens and all vegetables, fiber-rich foods which cleanse the body like flax, chia and psyllium, and eat a variety of anti-fungal foods like coconut, turmeric, ginger, garlic, onion, oregano, cruciferous vegetables, cloves, cinnamon, coriander and olive oil. Next, add cultured and properly fermented foods into your diet which provide tons of good bacteria cultures for your body.


Sauerkraut has been around for hundreds of years and has been used as a digestive remedy, healer, and immune system booster. It’s also a great way to preserve your food and is easy to make at home. Sauerkraut is made from fermented cabbage which naturally has B vitamins for good gut health and natural prebiotics. See these tips for making your own at home and have a serving a day with any meal that you choose.

How to Make Raw Sauerkraut


1 medium to large head green cabbage, shredded in food processor or finely sliced by hand
6 radishes, shredded in FP or finely sliced by hand Leave several of the outer cabbage leaves to the side, intact for filling top of jars

For the liquid brine

4 cups water
4 inches ginger root, peeled
2 TB. sea salt

Blend brine up in a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) until smooth. (The ginger root assists with digestion and adds a nice zing to the combo.)


The way I make raw sauerkraut it is generally ready within 4 to 7 days. The longer it ferments, or cultures, the more probiotic support it offers your digestive system.

Kraut can be made with several different ingredients (green and red cabbage, radish, daikon, carrot, etc.) Here I just used a HUGE green cabbage that I picked up from a local, organic farmer a few days prior and some radishes fresh from my garden.

I usually just pull out a sharp knife and cutting board and cut produce thinly, but this giant guy required the food processor for a quicker job.

I used the small slicing blade for this procedure.

After several minutes of processing and transferring to bowls, I mixed the cabbage and radish to incorporate fully and have a nice blend.After that is done, it is time to start packing mixture in clean, sanitized mason jars 3/4 full of mixture (I had enough to fill 5 quart jars and 1 pint jar (made for Darcey).

Use a wooden spoon to REALLY PACK the mixture tightly!

Leave about 2 inches of room at the top of the jars to allow room for the kraut to expand.

OK, all the jars are filled to 2 inches from the top and ready to pour liquid brine in over the mixture.

Now fold a few of the outer cabbage leaves into very tight rolls, and place them on top of the mixture to fill that 2 inch space.

Tightly close and seal the jars.

I set mine on the counter with a towel over it (just in case anything wants to spew forth due to fermentation process – that’s why you leave some space at top so you don’t have exploding kraut – it builds some pressure!)

After the 5-7 days, move the jars to the refrigerator, which will slow down the fermentation process.

If you see bubbling inside, this is a good sign! That is the probiotic process in action!

When you open the jar, remove the outer cabbage leaves and discard. Ready to eat!


Many ways to enjoy: over salads, open faced sandwiches, stuffed avocado, nori rolls, so many ways, even by itself! One of my favorite ways to eat it is by cutting an avocado in half, remove seed, sprinkle the avocado with sea salt, pile on some kraut and sprinkle some cayenne pepper (to taste) and hemp seeds on top. DEVOUR! So tasty!

Real Pickles

Real pickles (not those on the shelves) are much like sauerkraut except made with cucumbers and spices. Buy real pickles found in the produce section that are refrigerated. The best brands will just include organic cucumbers, salt (preferably sea salt) and water. Several brands also include herbs like dill or even garlic and onion if you like more flavor. Pickles are packed with good probiotics, and cucumbers that they are made from have many gut healing properties along with sources of minerals like silica which aids the health of the hair, skin and nails.

Prevotella in the gut appears to improve glucose tolerance - Microbiome Blog

Last week we wrote about a study that showed that the glycemic response from foods was a function of the microbiome, and alluded to the fact that the microbiome likely affects many aspects of metabolism. Another paper was published this week, in the journal Cell Metabolism, that describes which bacteria are responsible for some of these effects. The authors describe how Prevotella improve glucose metabolism in healthy human subjects.

The scientists gave 39 subjects white bread and barley bread for three consecutive days and measured their glucose and insulin responses to the diets. For the most part, the barley bread was associated with an improved response over white bread, but some of the individuals’ responded with a much more stark improvement than others. The scientists then measured the gut microbiomes of each individual and noted that the microbiome changed in the most responsive individuals, and this change was characterized by an increase in Prevotella (specifically Prevotella copri) and methanogenic archaea. The opposite effect was seen in the individuals that responded least to the barley bread intervention.

The scientists then confirmed these results in mice. Mice that were given fecal microbiota transplants from human responders, or P. copri probiotics had improved glycemic responses to high fiber diets than control mice.

Prevotella comes up in a lot of microbiome literature as a bug seen in ‘traditional’ societies that eat a lot of fiber. This paper demonstrates that many of the genes from Prevotella are crucial to digest the complex fibers and that this may stimulate an improved glycemic response. Collectively, many papers now support the idea that Prevotella is a critical bacterium to a ‘healthy’ microbiome.

Prevotella copri Expansion of intestinal Prevotella copri correlates with enhanced susceptibility to arthritis

Eating fiber alters our microbiome Editor’s Note: Our latest podcast discussing diet and the microbiome, with Erica and Justin Sonnenburg, will be released tomorrow to coincide with the release of their new book. In the spirit of discussing how diet affects the microbiome, today’s blog will be on that topic. Enjoy.

Doctors always say to eat your fiber, and that it will make you healthy. Why though? Fiber, which broadly describes the complex polysaccharides derived from plant matter, are indigestible by a human’s normal metabolic processes. Instead, the fiber traverses the digestive tract and is broken down by bacteria along the way. It can be broken down into important metabolites like short chained fatty acids (SCFAs), which are thought to positively influence our health, among other metabolites. Therefore, as Erica Sonnenburg says on our podcast to be released tomorrow, it is important to feed your microbiome with every meal. By this, she means to include foods that are not meant to be digested by our native enzymes, but rather ones that are destined to provide nutrition for the bacteria that live inside us.

On that note, a paper out of Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands was published last week in the Journal Microbiome that discussed how different fibers modulated the microbiomes of pigs that ate them. Six pigs were split into two groups. One of the groups ate a control diet, consisting of limited fiber, and the second group ate a diet that included indigestible tapioca starch. The groups were fed these diets for 12 weeks and had their feces collected and sampled periodically during this time.

The researchers discovered that the pigs’ microbiomes did in fact change over time dependent on their diets. The pigs that ate the tapioca starch showed a large change in their gut flora, but surprisingly it decreased its diversity relative controls. There was also a notable increase in the abundance of Ruminococcus and Prevotella in these fiber-fed pigs compared to controls, while bacteria from other genera, like Blautia and Clostridia had decreased abundances. The scientists then measured the differences in expressed metabolic pathways between the microbiomes of the groups, and noted that there was some evidence that the starch-fed pigs shifted their microbiomes to become more efficient at degrading starch.

We still do not know in great details how specific foods alter the microbiome, and this study is one of the first in many that are attempting to answer that question. As you can hear in the podcast tomorrow, Justin and Erica Sonnenburg have devoted their lab at Stanford to answer this question. They hope to someday controllably modulate the microbiome using dietary fiber in order to improve health and treat disease. If you are interested in this topic and want to learn more about how diet can affect the microbiome, subscribe to the podcast on Itunes or wherever you get your podcasts and check back in tomorrow.

Weight Loss

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Time Your Meals

Set a timer for 20 minutes and reinvent yourself as a slow eater. This is one of the top habits for slimming down without a complicated diet plan. Savor each bite and make them last until the bell chimes. Paced meals offer great pleasure from smaller portions and trigger the body's fullness hormones. When you wolf your food down in a hurry, your stomach doesn't have time to tell your brain it's full. That leads to overeating.

Sleep More, Weigh Less

Sleeping an extra hour a night could help a person drop 14 pounds in a year, according to a University of Michigan researcher who ran the numbers for a 2,500 calorie per day intake. His scenario shows that when sleep replaces idle activities -- and the usual mindless snacking -- you can effortlessly cut calories by 6%.

Serve More, Eat More Veggies

Serve three vegetables with dinner tonight, instead of just one, and you'll eat more without really trying. Greater variety tricks people into eating more food -- and eating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to lose weight. The high fiber and water content fills you up with fewer calories. Cook them without added fat. And season with lemon juice and herbs rather than drowning their goodness in high-fat sauces or dressings.

When Soup's On, Weight Comes Off

Add a broth-based soup to your day and you'll fill up on fewer calories. Think minestrone, tortilla soup, or Chinese won-ton. Soup's especially handy at the beginning of a meal because it slows your eating and curbs your appetite. Start with a low-sodium broth or canned soup, add fresh or frozen vegetables and simmer. Beware of creamy soups, which can be high in fat and calories.

Go for Whole Grains

Whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and whole wheat also belong in your stealthy weight loss strategy. They help fill you up with fewer calories and may improve your cholesterol, too. Whole grains are now in many products including waffles, pizza crust, English muffins, pasta, and soft "white" whole-wheat bread.

Eyeball Your Skinny Clothes

Hang an old favorite dress, skirt, or a smokin' pair of jeans where you'll see them every day. This keeps your eyes on the prize. Choose an item that's just a little too snug, so you reach this reward in a relatively short time. Then pull out last year's cocktail dress for your next small, attainable goal.

Sip Smart: Use a Tall, Thin Glass

Use a tall, skinny glass instead of a short, wide tumbler to cut liquid calories -- and your weight -- without dieting. You'll drink 25%-30% less juice, soda, wine, or any other beverage.

How can this work? Brian Wansink, PhD, says visual cues can trick us into consuming more or less. His tests at Cornell University found all kinds of people poured more into a short, wide glass -- even experienced bartenders.

Sip Smart: Limit Alcohol

When an occasion includes alcohol, follow the first drink with a nonalcoholic, low-calorie beverage like sparkling water instead of moving directly to another cocktail, beer, or glass of wine. Alcohol has more calories per gram (7) than carbohydrates (4) or protein (4). It can also loosen your resolve, leading you to mindlessly inhale chips, nuts, and other foods you'd normally limit.

Sip Smart: Go for Green Tea

Drinking green tea may also be a good weight loss strategy. Some studies suggest that it can rev up the body's calorie-burning engine temporarily, possibly through the action of phytochemicals called catechins. At the very least, you'll get a refreshing drink without tons of calories.

Eat at Home

Eat home-cooked meals at least five days a week. A Consumer Reports survey found this was a top habit of "successful losers." Sound daunting? Cooking may be easier than you think. Shortcut foods can make for quick meals, such as washed lettuce, pre-cut veggies, canned beans.

Catch the 'Eating Pause'

Most people have a natural "eating pause," when they drop the fork for a couple of minutes. Watch for this moment and don't take another bite. Clear your plate and enjoy the conversation. This is the quiet signal that you're full, but not stuffed. Most people miss it.

Chew Strong Mint Gum

Chew sugarless gum with a strong flavor when you're at risk for a snack attack. Making dinner after work, socializing at a party, watching TV, or surfing the Internet are a few dangerous scenarios for mindless snacking. Gum with a big flavor punch overpowers other foods so they don't taste good.

Shrink Your Dishes

Choose a 10-inch lunch plate instead of a 12-inch dinner plate to automatically eat less. Cornell's Brian Wansink, PhD, found in test after test that people serve more and eat more food with larger dishes. Shrink your plate or bowl to cut out 100-200 calories a day -- and 10-20 pounds in a year. In Wansink's tests, no one felt hungry or even noticed when tricks of the eye shaved 200 calories off their daily intake.

Get Food Portions Right

The top habit of slim people is to stick with modest food portions at every meal, five days a week or more. "Always slim" people do it and successful losers do it, too, according to a Consumer Reports survey. After measuring portions a few times, it can become automatic. Make it easier with small "snack" packs and by keeping serving dishes off the table at meal time.

Try the 80-20 Rule

Americans are conditioned to keep eating until they're stuffed, but residents of Okinawa eat until they're 80% full. They even have a name for this naturally slimming habit: hara hachi bu. We can adopt this healthy habit by dishing out 20% less food, according to researcher Brian Wansink, PhD. His studies show most people don't miss it.

Reach for the Red Sauce

Choose marinara sauce for pasta instead of Alfredo sauce. The tomato-based sauces tend to have fewer calories and much less fat than cream-based sauces. But remember, portion size still counts. A serving of pasta is one cup or roughly the size of a tennis ball.

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Joint Pain

5 Tips for Reducing Joint Pain Without Over the Counter Drugs Joint pain is a direct sign of inflammation, and while it’s so easy to just pop an acetaminophen or ibuprofen and move on, we need to consider that this isn’t normal. Inflammation is actually a gift from your body because it’s trying to protect you and tell you something is wrong. When the body senses danger in any form inflammation will result. Whether it’s from external or internal problems, inflammation means your immune system is kicking in and trying to protect you. Consistent joint pain isn’t normal despite that society accepts it is and isn’t something we need to consistently take a medication for. It’s more important to address the root cause of the joint pain that leads to inflammation which is very easy to do with some simple changes.

Prevention is always the best medicine, but sometimes joint pain can come after a workout, after working long hours on a job, or perhaps not fueling our bodies properly after exercise or lots of activity. If this is the case for you, or if you have chronic joint pain associated with arthritis, here are some healthier options you can choose to reduce joint pain instead over the counter drugs which can damage the liver, are acidic to the body and may cause other problems later on.

1. Add Anti-inflammatory Spices to Most of Your Meals

Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, oregano, garlic, parsley and cilantro are all full of anti-inflammatory benefits. They reduce acidity in the body and directly support immune health which can assist with joint health. They also enhance blood circulation which can help with muscle cramps because they enhance blood flow throughout the body. Add cinnamon to a smoothie or oatmeal, ginger to tea and stir-fries, turmeric to roasted sweet potatoes or a nice soup, oregano and garlic to your salads or dinner entrees, and try using parsley and cilantro in juices, smoothies, salads, soups and in dinner recipes more often.

2. Try a Morning “Shot”

Healthy morning alkaline “shots” as we’ll call them, are full of anti-inflammatory ingredients and can be taken first thing in the day or after a workout. You can also try them out when you’re just having a little nagging muscle pain for quick relief that’s surprisingly more effective than most chemical options. These “shots” also make fantastic prevention remedies to include in your regular healthy lifestyle routine.

5 Healthy ‘Shots’ To Alkalize Your Body in the MorningThis is the fastest, and possibly, laziest yet powerful, option of them all. Apple cider vinegar, coined ACV, is nature’s most alkaline, probiotic-rich beverage that can relieve so many ailments in a small serving. Muscle pain, headaches, sluggish digestion, and just a general acidic feeling can all disappear in mere seconds after you have some ACV. To make a shot, combine 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with 2-4 ounces of water (depending on how much you want), add a few ice cubes and drink. Or, just toss back 1 tsp. straight and call it a day.

Lemon, cayenne, and ACV are combined to create a top alkalizing shot that will make you feel incredible! Cayenne is a metabolism booster, inflammatory reducing spice that also aids in digestion, reduces pain, and can give you a similar buzz to caffeine without the crash. Lemon is a top alkalizing and cleansing food that adds sweetness and vitamin C to the already slightly sweet and tart ACV. The end result is a tonic that’s powerfully cleansing and rejuvenating. Combine the juice of a lemon, 1 tiny pinch (1/8 tsp.) cayenne, and 1 tsp. ACV in a small cup with 2 ounces of water. Add crushed ice, blend, and serve as an icy tonic that wakes you up and gets you going!

For a tummy-helping beverage first thing in the day, go with ginger, lemon, and ACV. These three all have digestive boosting properties, but when combined are much more effective. Ginger relieves nausea, indigestion, bloating, and constipation, reduces pain in the body, and can provide natural energy. Combined with the benefits of ACV and lemon, this will settle the stomach, energize you, and provide clarity you need to start the day. A happy gut means a happier mind, and a happier you!

3. Emphasize More Raw Foods at Each Meal

No need to go all raw, but if you can, add more raw foods to your day. Cooked vegetables are full of healthy properties and many are easier to digest this way, but cooked foods are naturally acidic. So, a good rule of thumb is to simply add more alkaline raw foods to your day. Enjoy some fresh greens in a smoothie, a little pineapple with your breakfast (the best anti-inflammatory fruit of all), and include fresh greens, herbs, or veggies at lunch and dinner instead of cooking all of them every time.

4. Ditch all The Caffeine and Sugar

If you’re looking to reduce your caffeine, start with eliminating soda first. It’s the worst offender of all, along with toxic energy drinks that have chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Next, tackle your coffee. You don’t have to give it up, but reduce it by half. You might also try a low acid coffee to help even further, or try roasted cocoa beans instead of coffee. And of course, nothing is better for you than green tea in place of coffee, so give that a try to reduce inflammation further.

5. Drink More Water

Dehydration can cause joint pain, not to mention it makes the body acidic and puts a lot of strain on the muscles, blood and other organs. This can not only cause inflammation but also food cravings, mineral loss and much more. Dehydration that leads to mineral loss directly leaches calcium and magnesium from your body which will directly cause joint pain because both of these minerals help reduce inflammation and care for your muscles.

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Check-List That Can Transform Your Life Anytime the body is off balance, inflammation is almost always present.

Acid Versus Alkaline: Why It Matters

The concept of an alkaline/acid diet has been used for years as a popular way to describe the nature of the body’s pH levels. Foods that are alkaline promote an alkaline body, while acidic foods promote an acidic body that leads to inflammation. An alkaline body (which is established in the blood where inflammation can begin) feels energetic, free from joint pain most of the time, and will operate smoothly all the way from digestion to their overall sense of well-being. An alkaline body tends to crave more healthy, fresh foods and feels great (overall) most of the time. An acidic body on the other hand, is like a slippery slope. One or two habits can quickly lead to a host of health problems quickly. Drinking, smoking, eating junk food and a lack of rest all quickly lead to inflammation.

Our diet and our lifestyle choices are two of our most powerful weapons at fighting back against inflammation. To help you feel great and have a more alkaline body, here’s a quick checklist to keep with you to make sure you’re feeling your best.

Foods to Avoid (Very Inflammatory)

Anything with dairy
Refined Grains
Processed Soy
Processed Sugars and Artificial sweeteners (corn syrup, sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, cane juice, dextrose, sucrose, sucralose, aspartame, stevia products with added GMO corn sources such as maltodextrin)
Highly Processed Foods (low-quality cereals, chips, snacks)
Coffee (we suggest an organic, fair-trade and even low-acid coffee if you have to have your daily cuppa)
Fried Foods
Anything fast food
Energy Drinks

Foods to Eat A Few Times a Week or Only on Special Occasions

These foods are extremely acid by nature but some may be fine once or twice a week – take note of how each one makes you feel after you eat it. If it makes you achy, tired, moody, and suffer cravings, you might want to avoid it as much as possible. Everyone’s bodies handle acid foods differently, so listen to your body to see how it reacts.

Vinegars (except apple cider vinegar, which is alkaline)
Processed chocolate
Roasted nuts and seeds
Roasted nut butters (non-raw)
Soy-based processed proteins (tofu, tempeh, veggie burgers)- Choose whole forms of soy such as miso (fermented) or edamame (shelled green soybeans) instead and try making your own veggie burgers at home.
Non-sprouted or non-soaked grains, except for millet and wild rice (See the benefits of soaking and sprouting here and test your first batch out of overnight oats if you haven’t already!)
Natural sugars like coconut or maple, agave, etc.
Dried fruits with added sugars or sulfites
Salad dressings

Foods to Eat Without Abandon

These foods are all incredibly healthy for you! Eat more vegetables, fruits, and leafy greens than others on the list, but all are worthy of a spot in your daily diet. Enjoy them, and be sure to fill your diet with these whenever possible in place of foods that provide less nourishment.

Leafy greens
Vegetables (all)
Fruits (all, especially lemons and limes)
Soaked and properly prepared beans and legumes
Plant-based whole food- based (non-GMO, preferably raw) protein powders
Superfoods and green powders
Raw nuts and seeds
Raw nut butters
Dates and Dried Figs (Keep dried fruit to a minimal compared to fresh fruit, but it does leave an alkaline ash in the body.)
Soaked and/or sprouted grains (especially wild rice and millet, which actually need no soaking or sprouting but are alkaline by nature)
Seaweed (spirulina, nori, kelp, dulse)
Herbal Tea
Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, with the mother)
Sauerkraut and kimchi
Coconut kefir
Green Juices and Smoothies
Liquid alcohol-free stevia or stevia glycerite
Herbs and spices

What About….?

So obviously, there will be some middle ground foods such as unsweetened non-dairy milk, condiments like mustard or salsa, vegan yogurt, etc. that all have their place in one’s diet. The idea isn’t to make your diet 100 percent perfectly pure, but instead to base 90 percent of your diet off anti-inflammatory foods. That leaves a little wiggle room for your daily servings of processed almond milk, condiments of choice, and yes, your coffee and your tea!

Other Anti-Inflammatory To-Do’s

You should also be sure you get plenty of rest, regular exercise to keep your blood and lymph flowing through your body, and manage your stress through silent time, daily walks in nature, relaxation, mediation and/or yoga. Remember that stress can be just as inflammatory to the body as your food. Take care of yourself in all forms to experience the benefits of a healthy, anti-inflammatory life, both on and outside your plate.

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Beyond the Cucumber: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Pickling, but Were too Afraid to Ask All those delicious gherkins, sauerkrauts and so on are created either via fermentation or pickling, or technically both. Here’s what that means: Pickled items are preserved using an acidic base, like vinegar, while fermented treats are conserved in a water and salt solution, or brine, in which they create their own acid, confusingly called lactic acid. So, in essence, the fermented veggies we eat are both fermented and pickled in their own acids, whereas, when we have something soaked in vinegar, it is just pickled.

Both methods can be beneficial to your health. Fermented veggies provide us with probiotics that our bodies need for digestion and bio-diversity. Essentially, probiotic bacteria feed our insides in a good way. Vinegar, on the other hand, is proven to provide beneficial antioxidants. It improves blood sugar levels, helps with heart health, and reduces the risk of some cancers. What happens, however, with most pre-packaged, store-bought pickles are that much of the benefits are lost to the heat and pressure used in the processing. So, it‘s worth make both fermented and pickled veggies at home.

The easy answer to what to pickle is nearly everything. Generally, crunchy, watery vegetables are good start, stuff like cucumbers, beets, onions and cabbage. But, don’t stop there: beans, peppers, okra, tomatoes, carrots and cauliflower are all downhome pickle classics. As well, fruits are not unheard of as pickle worthy, and pickling the rinds of citrus and watermelon is also fairly common for enthusiasts. The point is that lots of stuff does well with this sort of preparation, so it’s worth experimenting with everything and, especially, to combine common companions.

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My Liver Detox LEMON JUICE: The juice of half a lemon in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.

14 foods that cleanse your liver When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins and fat in an efficient way.

1. Garlic:
Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that helps your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.

2. Grapefruit:
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increase the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.

3. Beets and Carrots:
Both extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, eating both beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

4. Green Tea:
This liver-loving beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a constituent known to assist the livers overall functions. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.

5. Leafy Green Vegetables:
One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced.

Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to nuetralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.

6. Avocados:
This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health when avocados are eaten regularly.

7. Apples:
High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents needed for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

8. Olive Oil:
High fat olive oil being poured from a glass jar onto a spoon Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flaxseed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body.

In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload that many of us suffer from.

9. Whole Grains:
Grains, such as brown rice, are rich in B-complex vitamins, nutrients known to improve overall fat metabolization, liver function and liver decongestion.

If possible, do not eat foods with white flour, instead try eating whole wheat alternatives.

10. Cruciferous Vegetables:
Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver.

These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body, which significantly lowers our risk of cancer.

Depression, Brain

10 Foods That May Benefit Your Brain Better Than Antidepressants Antidepressants are as common today as pain relievers and nighttime sleep aids, but does this mean they’re the best option for our health? Of course not! We weren’t intended to need or rely on drugs and though mental illness is nothing to play around with or make light of, we should always look to natural remedies first instead just assuming we need a drug to fix our problems. Antidepressants work by either promoting serotonin in the body or both serotonin and dopamine, our feel good hormones that produce a healthy mood. The problem with antidepressants is that sometimes, they can produce too much of one or the other causing an imbalance, and many of them come with side effects that alter long-term health such as weight gain, reduced gut function, mood disorders, emotional numbness, and some many even make depression worse.

Depression is isolating, and can make everything in life seem impossible. It can also hit out of nowhere and stay around for years with waves on and off throughout your life. Depression can also be genetically passed down and is often associated with other mental illnesses such as obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, panic disorders, and often even related to autoimmune disorders.

When I began to learn about nutrition and functional medicine, I quickly learned that drugs really didn’t have that much to offer in comparison to natural options. Chemically produced in a lab, synthetic prescription drugs can only do so much and create more damage than good. However, the benefits of natural foods have been around since the beginning of time. They do not change, our bodies recognize them as direct nutritional food, and believe it or not, our brains actually love them.

All sources I found advised removing sugar from the diet, which I found immediately helpful for not just depression and anxiety but also epilepsy, disordered eating, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Next to go were all refined grains and most processed foods. In addition to removing these foods, healthy foods are immediately added and required to nourish the brain for the production of necessary neurotransmitters in the body such as GABA, serotonin, and dopamine. Amino acids are also required by the body, along with fresh produce and high-quality fats for optimal brain health. Once removing harmful foods and implementing beneficial foods, near immediate relief can be seen within a period of two weeks though recovery is an ongoing process and returning to unhealthy eating habits can reintroduce symptoms. When you give your body (and brain) what it needs, it’s as if a fog is lifted because neurotransmitters have the best fuel possible for what they need to actually function as they were meant to.

1. Chia Seeds

Forget that they are trendy; chia seeds are packed with amino acids, iron, and contain B vitamins that are must-haves for a healthy brain. Because they’re a complete protein they also assist with optimal neurotransmitter function and the production of serotonin in the body. Finally, they’re a great source of omega-3's and fiber. Omega-3s help reduce depression, anxiety and assist with healthy blood sugar levels. When blood sugar falls, insulin spikes and then falls which triggers a bad mood (and often sugar cravings) which creates a vicious cycle in the brain.

2. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a fantastic carbohydrate that contains L-tryptophan, an amino acid directly related to helping prevent depression and anxiety. Sweet potatoes also reduce blood sugar levels and are high in vitamin B6, a natural anti-depressant. Many people suffering depression are critically low in B vitamins, therefore implementing foods that contain them is an easy and quick solution. Sweet potatoes are also high in magnesium and potassium which reduces cortisol and high blood pressure that increases with stress.

3. Avocados

Avocados are high in beneficial fats for the brain including monounsaturated fats that have been linked to a healthy brain and heart. Avocados also contain magnesium, trace amounts of omega-3's, B vitamins and potassium. They contain especially high levels of folate as well, a B vitamin that directly reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes healthy brain function overall. See all our avocado recipes for plenty of ways to use them in your meals, snacks, and even in desserts!

4. Flax

Flax is one of the best sources of omega-3s, even higher in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) than chia. Flax is also packed with fiber to reduce blood sugar levels and contributes to better blood pressure too. Sprinkle a little flax on your foods however you can; it has a great nutty taste, and it can be added to everything from veggies to healthy desserts!

5. Gluten-Free Oats

Oats are loaded with brain benefits, but for best results, choose gluten-free. Why? Because even if you’re not allergic, there are many studies that do link gluten to depression, so if you suffer depression, why not play it safe? Oats are some of the best foods for improving brain health because they’re packed with B vitamins, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. These all work together to release feel-good hormones, promote steady energy levels in the body, reduce blood sugar and blood pressure, and can even assist with sleep health and sugar cravings. Choose plain oats (without added sugars) and add in some almond, cashew or coconut milk for a delicious dairy-free breakfast. Top it with berries and stevia for natural sweetness, or go overnight oat style and add in some chia and coconut yogurt!

6. Broccoli

This might sound a little too simplistic, but believe it not, this humble veggie is great for your brain. It’s a great source of vitamin B6, protein, and calcium which all promote relaxation and a happy mood. Broccoli is also great to reduce anxiety, insomnia, and can help reduce sugary cravings. Try to have a cup a day; there are so many delicious ways to prepare it!

7. Quinoa

The complete protein we all love and can’t get enough of is also a great natural anti-depressant. This mighty little seed is high in magnesium, iron, B vitamins, and all essential amino acids. Quinoa is a wonderful gluten-free replacement to couscous and also more nutritious. Quinoa’s high mineral content directly plays a part in the release of serotonin, GABA, and even melatonin which can help you sleep easier. Its natural carbohydrates are also slow-releasing which is optimal for blood sugar and a longer lasting happy mood. You can bake with the whole seed, cook it up like rice or soak it overnight with oats for a healthy porridge.

8. Hemp

Hemp seeds are extremely high in omega-3s, complete protein, and fiber. They are wonderful mood enhancers, and they promote relaxation and happiness in the body. As most people know, hemp is not the same as marijuana and contributes to drug-like properties to the body. It is one of the top vegan foods promoted by Julia Ross, a medical doctor and expert in natural brain health and depression relief through dietary therapy; she is also the author of the best-selling book, The Mood Cure that tackles natural relief for depression through diet and proper supplementation. Hemp is also one of the richest sources of magnesium and iron that are critical to healthy brain function, and one of the best for improving dopamine production in the body without chemicals or stimulants.

9. Walnuts

Walnuts are another amazing food for your brain—they even look like brains if you take a close peek! Walnuts are the only nut to contain traceable amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re high in magnesium as well. They also decrease inflammation in the brain that can interfere with a healthy mood and contribute to healthy cholesterol levels often affected by those with depression. Walnuts are even helpful for inducing melatonin in the body which can help you sleep, and they naturally prevent sugar cravings when eaten in place of sweets. Enjoy 1/4 cup a day to benefit the most. Walnut butter is another option that provides the same benefits.

10. Greens

The best food of all must be saved for last… leafy greens are phenomenal for depression. They are high in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, and they promote a happy mood naturally because they contain grounding properties and life-giving properties by nature. Greens can help stabilize blood pressure, improve healthy blood flow to the brain, reduce sugar cravings, improve amino acid uptake, are high in vitamin C to improve iron absorption and many also contain trace amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Choose kale, romaine, chard, dandelions, arugula, collards, spinach, butter lettuce, leaf lettuce, and herb and spring mixes as the healthiest options.

And don’t forget…

Probiotic rich foods are also vital for brain health; our gut bacteria is what produces serotonin in the body. Though a healthy diet and elimination of sugar, refined grains and most processed foods is a great place to start, adding in fermented and cultured foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar can provide even more benefits. Choose dairy-free options for kefir and yogurt such as coconut or almond alternatives.

When I added in these foods to my diet and removed sugar and refined grains, along with a few others and a high-quality multivitamin, I saw near immediate relief after suffering depression nearly 11 years of my life. I also implemented a healthy exercise routine which is recommended for optimal brain function since it stimulates feel good hormones in the body. I have been medication free since.

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10 Muscle Moves to Help Tame Diabetes If you have diabetes, you know the importance of controlling your blood sugar. But did you know that strength training can play a starring role? Simple moves done regularly can prompt your muscles to absorb more sugar. You'll also burn more calories around the clock when you take up strength training. Your mood, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure may improve, too.

You should aim for strength training at least twice a week, and cardio either 5 days a week for 30 minutes, or 3 days for 50 minutes. Always exercise caution,

For each one, begin with one set of 10-15 repetitions. Rest 30-120 seconds before the next move. Start with resistance bands or light dumbbells that allow you to focus on form. When you can do two or three sets easily, grab heavier weights. You should eventually use weights that you can lift only 8-10 times in the first set.

Standing Biceps Curl

Grab a dumbbell in each hand, and stand with your palms facing your thighs. Squeeze your biceps as you lift the weights. On the way up, your forearm should rotate so your palms end up facing your shoulders at the top. Lower the weights slowly to starting position. Control your movement on the way down, so momentum doesn't take over.

Triceps Extension

Stand with one foot slightly in front of the other, and hold a single dumbbell with both hands wrapped around the handle. Slowly raise the dumbbell overhead. Straighten your elbows as you raise the weight toward the ceiling. Slowly bend your elbows and lower the weight behind your head. Keep your upper arms still and vertical to the floor. Keep your shoulder blades down and back as you repeat. Shoulder Press

You can do the shoulder press while sitting or standing. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and raise them until they are level with your ears. Your elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle. This is your starting position. Now push the weights up, until your arms are fully extended. Slowly lower to the starting position.

Chest Press

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand at chest level and raise them above your chest until your elbows are straight but not locked. Pause a second and then slowly lower the weights toward your chest.

Seated Row

Sit on the floor with your feet together and your knees bent. Hold a dumbbell or the end of a resistance band in each hand with your arms straight in front of you, palms facing each other. Keeping your back straight, bend the elbows as you pull the weights/bands to your sides. Keep your elbows close to your body, and slowly straighten your arms.

Classic Crunch

Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Put your hands behind your head. Pull your shoulder blades together and your elbows back. The elbows should aim sideways and stay there throughout the exercise. Squeeze the abs, and curl your shoulders and upper back off the floor. Lower slowly, keeping your lower back pressed to the floor at all times.


Lie face down with your elbows directly under your shoulders, palms down, and your toes tucked under. From this starting position, tighten your abs as you lift your torso and thighs off the floor. You'll be supported by only your toes and forearms. Hold this position for 5 seconds or more. Keep the back straight as you slowly lower to the starting position. Squat

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and lower yourself as if you were sitting in an imaginary chair. Your thighs should be parallel to the ground, and your knees should not push forward past your toes. Lean forward slightly as you stand back up. You can also do squats while leaning against a stability ball placed between your back and a wall.


Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, and step your right leg back, bending the knee toward the floor without allowing it to touch. Your left thigh should be nearly parallel with the floor. Press down on the left heel and bring the right leg back to a neutral stance. Do 8-12 repetitions, and then change sides, stepping back with the left leg. To make the lunges more challenging, hold a dumbbell in each hand.

Hamstring Curl

Hold on to the back of a chair. Flex your left foot and bend the knee, bringing your heel toward your buttocks. Keep your right leg slightly bent. Lower your left foot to the floor. Do 8-12 reps, and then repeat with the right leg. To make this exercise more challenging, ask your doctor if it is safe for you to wear ankle weights.

Triceps dumbell exercises lying---Lie down on your back on a bench and hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing up, upper arms pointing the ceiling. Raise the dumbbells by extending your elbows and allow them to slowly return after a short pause. Keep your upper arms still throughout.


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12 Surprising Benefits of Exercise When you're tired or cranky, working out may be the last thing you want to do, but exercise can help fight fatigue and much more.

Better Mood: Cranky? Get moving. Exercise makes you feel happier. When you work out, your body makes endorphins -- "feel-good" chemicals in the brain. You can actually start to feel better within a few minutes of moving. But the effects of regular exercise can last for a long time.

More Energy: You might not expect it, but using energy to exercise gives you more get-up-and-go. Sometimes when you're tired, the last thing you want to do is move. But when you exercise regularly, that fatigue goes away and you find yourself with a lot more pep.

Good Night's Sleep: Get regular exercise to help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. The harder you exercise, the more likely you are to have a good night's sleep. It doesn't matter when you exercise, as long as you don’t have trouble sleeping. If you do have problems, though, work out earlier in the day.

More Confidence: Exercise makes you feel good about yourself.

Less Stress: Exercise calms your body and your brain. After your body works hard, the levels of stress hormones -- like adrenaline and cortisol -- drop. Stress and anxiety fade away, especially after aerobic exercise.

More Productive: Want to be more efficient at work? Take a break and get some exercise. In one study, people who got moving in the middle of the day were much more productive when they went back to work. They also were happier and got along better with their co-workers.

Weight Control: Exercise and diet work together to keep your weight healthy. Whether you want to lose some inches around the waist or just avoid putting on extra pounds, exercise is the key. Try to work out 30 minutes most days of the week.

Long Life: Regular exercise can add years to your life. And that counts even if you're not a hard-core fitness buff. Just get moving. Even a little exercise can help you live longer than not exercising at all. The American Heart Association says each hour of exercise adds 2 hours to your life.

Strong Bones and Muscles: Your bones and muscles get stronger when you work out. It's especially important to do weight-bearing exercise, such as weight-lifting, tennis, walking, and dancing. This can help build bones as you get older. And it can help ward off osteoporosis and protect your balance and coordination.

Healthy Heart: It's no secret that exercise is great for your heart. Regular workouts lower your risk of heart disease, improve your blood cholesterol levels, and help control and even prevent high blood pressure.

Less Arthritis Pain: If you have arthritis, regular exercise can help ease your pain. And it can make your daily activities easier. Try non-impact exercises like swimming. They can be easier on sore joints.

10 Muscle Moves to Help Tame Diabetes Why Do Strength Training? If you have diabetes, you know the importance of controlling your blood sugar. But did you know that strength training can play a starring role? Simple moves done regularly can prompt your muscles to absorb more sugar. You'll also burn more calories around the clock when you take up strength training. Your mood, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure may improve, too.

You should aim for strength training at least twice a week, and cardio either 5 days a week for 30 minutes, or 3 days for 50 minutes. Always exercise caution, and if a move doesn't feel right, check with a fitness expert. Flexibility work can be helpful too, especially if you haven't broken a sweat in a while.

Your Strength Training Routine: Get ready to learn 10 at-home exercises that work your major muscle groups. For each one, begin with one set of 10-15 repetitions. Rest 30-120 seconds before the next move. Start with resistance bands or light dumbbells that allow you to focus on form. When you can do two or three sets easily, grab heavier weights. You should eventually use weights that you can lift only 8-10 times in the first set.

Upper Body: Standing Biceps Curl: Grab a dumbbell in each hand, and stand with your palms facing your thighs. Squeeze your biceps as you lift the weights. On the way up, your forearm should rotate so your palms end up facing your shoulders at the top. Lower the weights slowly to starting position. Control your movement on the way down, so momentum doesn't take over.

Upper Body: Triceps Extension: Stand with one foot slightly in front of the other, and hold a single dumbbell with both hands wrapped around the handle. Slowly raise the dumbbell overhead. Straighten your elbows as you raise the weight toward the ceiling. Slowly bend your elbows and lower the weight behind your head. Keep your upper arms still and vertical to the floor. Keep your shoulder blades down and back as you repeat.

Upper Body: Shoulder Press: You can do the shoulder press while sitting or standing. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and raise them until they are level with your ears. Your elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle. This is your starting position. Now push the weights up, until your arms are fully extended. Slowly lower to the starting position.

Upper Body: Chest Press: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand at chest level and raise them above your chest until your elbows are straight but not locked. Pause a second and then slowly lower the weights toward your chest.

Upper Body: Seated Row: Sit on the floor with your feet together and your knees bent. Hold a dumbbell or the end of a resistance band in each hand with your arms straight in front of you, palms facing each other. Keeping your back straight, bend the elbows as you pull the weights/bands to your sides. Keep your elbows close to your body, and slowly straighten your arms.

Core: Classic Crunch: Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Put your hands behind your head. Pull your shoulder blades together and your elbows back. The elbows should aim sideways and stay there throughout the exercise. Squeeze the abs, and curl your shoulders and upper back off the floor. Lower slowly, keeping your lower back pressed to the floor at all times.

Core: Plank: Lie face down with your elbows directly under your shoulders, palms down, and your toes tucked under. From this starting position, tighten your abs as you lift your torso and thighs off the floor. You'll be supported by only your toes and forearms. Hold this position for 5 seconds or more. Keep the back straight as you slowly lower to the starting position.

Lower Body: Squat

Lower Body: Lunges: Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, and step your right leg back, bending the knee toward the floor without allowing it to touch. Your left thigh should be nearly parallel with the floor. Press down on the left heel and bring the right leg back to a neutral stance. Do 8-12 repetitions, and then change sides, stepping back with the left leg. To make the lunges more challenging, hold a dumbbell in each hand.

Lower Body: Hamstring Curl: Hold on to the back of a chair. Flex your left foot and bend the knee, bringing your heel toward your buttocks. Keep your right leg slightly bent. Lower your left foot to the floor. Do 8-12 reps, and then repeat with the right leg. To make this exercise more challenging, ask your doctor if it is safe for you to wear ankle weights.

Easy Moves to Lower Blood Pressure - Slideshow Exercise is one of the keys to lower your blood pressure. Working out also boosts the effectiveness of blood pressure medication if you're already being treated for hypertension.

Put the Fun Back in Exercise

Find activities you enjoy, and aim for 30 minutes a day of "exercise" on most days of the week. If you can't stand the gym, not a problem. Dancing counts. So do yoga, hiking, gardening, and anything else that gets your heart beating a bit faster. Since you're going to be making it a habit, pick things you'll want to do often. Let your doctor know what you have in mind, so they can make sure you're ready.

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Dive In and Swim

Doing aerobic exercise ("cardio") is good for your blood pressure. Swimming is a gentle way to do it.

Do something that's moderate in intensity -- like brisk walking -- for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week. That may be enough to keep you off medications or help them work better. Exercise can lower your blood pressure by as much as five to 15 points.

If you're new to exercise, remember to pace yourself. Select a low- to moderate-intensity exercise such as gentle forms of yoga, gardening, or any other activity that you can do at a moderate pace. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise as you become fitter, to help maintain your lowered blood pressure.

Do Mini-Workouts

Add 10-minute mini-workouts, and do these throughout your busy day. For example, you can jog in place or do calisthenics for 10 minutes. Three 10-minute mini-workouts equal 30 minutes of daily exercise in little bits of time you won't miss.

Warm Up and Cool Down

Warming up before exercise and cooling down after are important for people with high blood pressure. These exercises let your heart rate rise and return to normal gradually. Walking in place or on a treadmill for 10 minutes is fine for warming up before exercise and also for cooling down.

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7 most effective exercises #1 walking, squats, lunges, lunges sideways, pushups, crunches (Keep your neck in line with your spine. Tuck in your chin so it doesn't stick out. Breathe normally. To keep chest and shoulders open, keep your elbows out of your line of vision), crunches with knees in air, Bent over row with weights (Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees, and bend forward at the hips. Engage your abs without hunching your back. Hold weights beneath your shoulders, keeping your hands shoulder-width apart. Bend your elbows and lift both hands toward the sides ),

Stronger Knees slideshow--- Warm up before you stretch, though. You can ride a stationary bike for about 5 minutes, take a brisk 2-minute walk while pumping your arms, or do 15-20 wall push-ups followed by the same number of calf raises. It will help you get more out of your workout and lower your risk of injury.--- start with an easy strengthening exercise for your quadriceps, the muscles in the front of the thigh. This move puts little to no strain on the knee: Lie on your back on the floor or another flat surface. Bend one knee and place your foot flat on the floor. Keeping the other leg straight, raise it to the height of the opposite knee. Repeat 10-15 times for three sets.---Your hamstrings are the muscles along the back of your thigh. Lie flat on your stomach. Slowly bring your heels as close to your buttocks as you can, and hold that position. Do three sets of 15. You can also do this exercise standing while holding on to a chair.

THE ONE EXERCISE FITNESS TRAINERS DO EVERY SINGLE DAY slideshow---Squat---“Squatting is one of the best exercises for your body. When done properly, it targets your glutes, hamstrings, quads and core muscles all at once while also helping to improve mobility in the hips and ankles and your overall posture.”

Try it: Stand with feet hip-width apart and toes slightly pointing outward. Bend knees and hinge at hips, lowering into a deep squat. Keep chest lifted and aim to get thighs slightly lower than parallel to ground. Push through heels to stand and squeeze butt at top. For an added challenge, hold a medicine ball, kettlebell or dumbbell in front of chest (as shown).

Reclining leg lifts;


“I am a huge proponent of functional exercises, meaning exercises that help you live your everyday life. The plank is one of the most functional full-body exercises a person can do to improve strength, alignments and stability. In its essence, this exercise, engages the core to resist the spine from moving.” —Amanda Murdock, instructor at SLT studio

Try it: Start in the top of a push-up position with wrists directly below shoulders (as shown). Keep abs engaged and spine and neck long (avoid hunching shoulders to ears). Gaze should be slightly forward, be careful not to let your hips sag.

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Slideshow: Exercising with Your Dog Develop a workout routine that's realistic, considering your job schedule and other demands on your time. Also consider your dog's needs -- working breeds and young dogs usually need a lot of exercise. Start with a short-term goal of exercising just five or 10 minutes every day. Gradually work up to 30 minutes on most days of the week. Keep in mind that deep-chested breeds, such as Danes or Doberman pinschers, should not exercise right after meals.

Pain and sore muscles for days after exercise

I have been working out for 4 months now and every time,I get extreme pain and stiffness in all my muscles and lower back. I was told that I am out of shape and this will go away. I will do light to moderate exercise and still be in pain. All over the counter pain meds do not work. I used ever muscle cream,spray and roll on. I soak in bath with Epsom salts to sore muscle soaks no help. Best and cold doesn't work. Massage doesn't work. I am clueless. The only relief is more exercise. It takes 2-4 days of no exercise for the pain to go away. Any suggestions ? I am desperate.

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Shin Splints 101: Treatment and Prevention Tips

How to Prevent Shin Splints Stop shin splints before they start. Follow this warm-up and stretch routine to prevent pain... Heel drop (Stand on low step with feet together. Place weight on right foot and bring left toes to edge (heel hanging off), then dip left heel a few inches below step. Hold 30 seconds; switch feet and repeat.), Supine Hamstring Stretch (Lie faceup on floor in doorway with right leg extended and left leg propped up against wall, as close to vertical as is comfortable. Hold 30 seconds; switch legs and repeat.), Soleus Stretch (Stand with palms against wall at shoulder level. Step right foot forward a few inches and bend knees slightly. Bend elbows and lean into wall. Hold 30 seconds; switch legs and repeat.)

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Guide to Cooling Down A proper cool down prevents the sudden pooling of blood in your extremities and re-circulates blood back to the heart, skeletal muscles and brain. This phase of your workout helps prevent muscle stiffness or soreness too... The best time to stretch is after your cool-down, since your muscles are still warm and most likely to respond favorably, and there is a low risk of injury.

Guide to Warming Up Warming up helps reduce your risk of injury and the aches and pains that come with exercise. The physiological reason to warm up is to assist your circulatory system in pumping oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles. The idea is to increase circulation throughout the body, in a gradual manner. A proper warm up safely prepares the body for the increased demands of exercise.

Cold muscles do not absorb shock or impact as well, and are more susceptible to injury. While scientific studies are ongoing to define the best warm up techniques for injury prevention, the warm up in general is firmly established as a key to exercising safely and effectively. A warm up should be done before strength training, aerobic (and anaerobic exercise) and stretching.

A warm up should be sport-specific, which means that it mimics the activity you’re about to do, but at a lower intensity, lower impact, and/or slower speed. For example, you’d walk before running. Other general warm ups include the stationary biking, using the elliptical machine or light stair climbing. Exercises that use your arms and your legs (such as a Nordic Track or Air Dyne bicycle) are great for a total body warm up. A good warm up before strength training is to do the exercises you are about to perform with a very light weight first. Contrary to popular belief, stretching is NOT the same thing as warming up. In fact, stretching should come at the very end of your workout for best results.

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8 Drinks, Besides Coffee, That’ll Wake You Up But, in the midst of growing up and taking responsibility for our actions, the negative effects of coffee quickly become apparent. In excess, the caffeine can really twist up our cardiovascular system, causing increased irregular heartbeats, anxiety and various other unwanted ailments. As consumers, it takes a very careful eye and easy-flowing source of money to buy coffee responsibly, both from an environmental and human rights standpoint.

But, we love it, and that’s that. And, it’s not all bad. Coffee actually does have significant health benefits, too. Even so, in an ideal world, our general attitude and ability to wake up shouldn’t rely entirely on one beverage. So, what if there weren’t coffee at the ready? How, then, could we wake up?

Hot Chocolate, Chai, Dandelion Root Tea, Kombucha, Mint Tea, Yerba Mate, Black Tea, Green Tea With Citrus, Green tea is just something we should all be drinking. It can help with our teeth, lungs, organs, and immune system. It prevents several types of cancer and cognitive diseases. It also has a little caffeine. With a squeeze of citrus, or vitamin C, some of its antioxidants are seriously strengthened, and the smell of citrus fruit inspires uplifting moods.

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Slideshow: 18 Secrets for a Longer Life The people of Okinawa, Japan once had the longest life expectancy in the world. Researchers attribute this to the region's traditional diet, which is high in green and yellow vegetables and low in calories. Some Okinawans make a habit of eating only 80% of the food on their plate. As younger generations have veered from these traditions, life expectancy in Okinawa has fallen.

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Emulsifiers in food cause many adverse health effects in mice Emulsifiers are compounds that increase the stability of an emulsion. They are often molecules like surfactants that have two parts, hydrophobic carbon chains and hydrophilic polar head groups. Soap and egg yolks are common examples of emulsifiers. There are, of course, chemically produced emulsifiers as well that are often used in food. Two examples of these, which were the emulsifying compounds used in the study, are polysorbate-80 (P80) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), and they are added to all sorts of foods like ice cream and pudding. Evidence from this paper suggests though, that at least in mice these emulsifiers are wreaking havoc on the gut and microbiome.

Foods that fight depression Depression can aggravate other chronic illnesses as well, like diabetes and heart disease. We know that plant-based diets prevent and even treat these chronic illnesses, but can they also improve mood? Our recent study published in the March/April issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion demonstrates how a plant-based nutrition program improves not only depression, but anxiety, fatigue, productivity, and other markers of well-being.


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Slideshow: Causes of Fatigue and Sleepiness and How to Fight Them sleep apnea, depression, hypothyroidism, caffeine overload (research indicates too much actually causes fatigue in some people. Fix: Gradually cut back on coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, and any medications that contain caffeine. Stopping suddenly can cause caffeine withdrawal and more fatigue.), diabetes, heart disease, hidden food allergies can make you sleepy, fibromyalgia

If you have mild fatigue that isn't linked to any medical condition, the solution may be exercise. Research suggests healthy but tired adults can get a significant energy boost from a modest workout program.

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Slideshow: Your Guide to Deep Vein Thrombosis Deskercise: Whenever you're at your desk -- or stuck traveling -- try to regularly move your feet and calf muscles. Try pumping your feet. While you're seated, put your feet flat on the floor. Raise your toes in the air while keeping your heels on the ground. Hold for 3 seconds. Then reverse -- plant your toes, raise your heels, and hold for 3 seconds... Keep moving: Regular physical activity is a great way to prevent DVT. Ankle circles: Looking for another easy exercise to do when you're sitting in a waiting room or at the movies? Lift your feet off the floor and circle them to the right. Do this for 15 seconds, then reverse. Set the timer on your computer to remind you to get up and walk aroung every hour.

10-Things-To-Stop-Doing-If-You-Have-Low-Back-Pain stop slouching, stop avoiding exercise, stop lifting heavy things, stop repetitive bending


Exercises for Joint Health Exercise Can Keep Joints Strong: Exercise helps keep joints flexible and strong. It can also help you lose weight, which takes pressure off aching joints. Every pound you lose takes 4 pounds of pressure off your knees and 6 pounds off your hips.

Warming up with gentle movements helps get your body ready for your workout. Gentle exercises such as side bends, shoulder shrugs, arm circles, overhead stretches, and bending toward your toes are all good warm-up exercises. Repeat each move 3-5 times. Remember, there should be no pain with exercise -- ease into your activity. Save the stretch-and-hold movements for after your warm-up or workout.

Strengthening exercises such as weight training help you build the muscles that support your joints. You can use hand weights, resistance bands, or even a 1-liter water bottle. Start with weights that you can lift 12 to 15 times without slouching or poor form.

Lat Stretch: Stand with your back straight and feet shoulder-width apart. With your arms overhead, hold one hand with the other. Pull upward while leaning straight over toward your left side. Keep your lower body straight. You should feel the pull along your right side. Hold 15 to 30 seconds. Do this 2 to 4 times on each side.

Tricep Stretch: Stand with your back straight and your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your left arm and bring your elbow straight up so that it points to the ceiling. Hold your elbow with your right hand.Pull your elbow gently toward your head. You're stretchingthe back of your bent arm. Hold 15 to 30 seconds. Then switch elbows. Repeat 2 to 4 times on each arm.

Calf Stretch: Place your hands on a wall, back of a chair, countertop, or tree. Now step back with your right leg. Keep it straight, and press your right heel into the floor. Push your hips forward and bend your left leg slightly. You should feel the stretch in your right calf. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times for each leg.

Quadriceps Stretch: You’ll feel this stretch along the front of your thigh. First, balance on your left foot. Bend your right knee, raising your ankle to your hand. Grab hold of your ankle, pulling your foot toward your butt to deepen the stretch. Keep your knees close together. Hold 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times for each leg.

Groin Stretch: Stretch your groin, or inner thigh muscles, by sitting on the floor with the soles of your feet pressed together. Grab your ankles and gently pull your legs toward you. Go only as far as is comfortable. Use your elbows to press your knees toward the floor. You should feel the stretch in your inner thighs. Hold your groin stretch for 15 to 30 seconds, and repeat it 2 to 4 times.

Hamstring Stretch: Your hamstring muscles run down the back of your thigh. Stretch them by sitting up straight in a chair with one foot on the floor. Slowly raise the other leg, while keeping your knee straight. Support your leg with both of your hands. Hold this for 15 to 30 seconds, and repeat 2 to 4 times on each leg.

Yoga Position to Relieve Stress It relieves stress, combats insomnia, soothes tired legs, and brings all-over relief to an overworked body and mind.

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Further Evidence Confirms Danger Of Blood Pressure Drugs Used Together

The petition, filed in October 2012, asked that doctors and patients be warned of the life-threatening effects of using the drugs in combination.[1] Our petition also asked the FDA to recommend against using any such combination.

The drugs in question — two classes known as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), as well as the drug aliskiren (TEKTURNA) — are commonly used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and other life-threatening diseases.

When used individually, ACE inhibitors, ARBs and aliskiren are effective in treating high blood pressure and other life-threatening diseases. However, taking drugs from more than one of these three categories (ACE inhibitors, ARBs or aliskiren) in combination is dangerous and offers no added benefits over using one of the drugs alone. Despite mounting evidence of the dangers of combining these drugs, the FDA still has not responded to Public Citizen’s petition for a more prominent warning of these risks.

Widely used therapies

ACE inhibitors and ARBs are among the top-selling medications in the U.S., with 164 million ACE inhibitor prescriptions and 86 million ARB prescriptions dispensed in 2011.[2] Aliskiren is also widely used, with 2.4 million prescriptions dispensed in 2011.[3]

An estimated 1.3 million people were taking both ACE inhibitors and ARBs in the U.S. as of 2004.[4]

Slideshow: What Your Nails Say About Your Health Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease.

Surprising Things That Can Damage Your Liver Sugar, MSG (also called “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “yeast extract,” or “soy extract.”), Comfry (in some pain-relieving creams), herbal supplements like Kava Kava, obesity can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, too much vitamin A, soft drinks, anti-depressants ( Older people or anyone taking a lot of other meds are at higher risk because their liver may be damaged already. If you’re taking antidepressants, talk with your doctor to make sure you’re on the smallest dose you need.), trans fats

Problem Foods As You Age Moderate drinking may reduce your risk of heart attack and some types of strokes. But as you age, alcohol may affect you differently, even if you're used to a glass of wine with dinner or a beer with TV. Alcohol disrupts sleep and can raise your blood pressure, too. Alcohol can also cause hypoglycemia in people with diabetes. It even affects the way medicines work.

Although caffeine may not be a problem for everyone, it can make some people feel anxious or jittery. Caffeine can also increase your heart rate and cause sleeping problems. If you're trying to cut back, be sure to taper off slowly. Stopping caffeine too quickly may cause headaches, nausea, or vomiting. Slowly replace caffeinated drinks with water, herbal tea, or decaf.

CDC recommends you get no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day. Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and put you at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. The main culprits? Processed foods, such as frozen foods, snack foods, salad dressings, and lunch meats. Read labels carefully and look for "sodium free," low-salt, or no-salt alternatives.

16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day

1. Microwave Popcorn

Those little bags of popcorn are so convenient to just stick in the microwave, you wouldn’t think for a minute that they could be dangerous to your health, but they are.

First, let’s talk about the bag itself. Proved by Wikipedia, conventional microwave popcorn bags are lined with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid ( PFOA). This is a toxin you can find in Teflon also. According to a recent study at the University of California, PFOA is linked to infertility in women. Numerous studies in lab animals and humans show that exposure to PFOA significantly increases the risk of kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas and testicular cancers. You can read more about this substance and the above mentioned studies at

Now, let’s talk about the contents. Although every manufacturer uses slightly different ingredients, most of them use soybean oil (a GMO product) as well as various preservatives such as propyl gallate, a chemical that is causes stomach problems and skin rashes. Now they don’t actually say they are using GMO corn kernels, but that’s because the government says they don’t have to. Even if they don’t use GMO corn, you can bet they aren’t using organic corn!

Also, applied to the popcorn itself, is a chemical called diacetyl. Use of this chemical caused Conagra Foods to remove it from their brand of popcorn, ACT, because it was causing lung diseases in the workers at their factory.

2. Non-organic fruits

Fruits that are non-organic are contaminated with some very dangerous pesticides such as atrazine, thiodicarb, and organophosphates, as well as high nitrogen fertilizers.

3. Canned Tomatoes

Actually, most canned foods are a concern because of what the can is lined with. The lining of almost all canned foods are made with a chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA.

A study published in May of 2013 by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences showed that BPA actually affects the way genes work inside the brain of rats. Even the FDA agrees that there is a problem with BPA as it is supporting efforts to either replace or at the very least, to minimize the amounts found in canned foods. You know it must be bad when even the very lax FDA is concerned!

Tomatoes are exceptionally dangerous due to their high acidity, which seems to cause BPA to leech from the lining of the can into the tomatoes themselves. The level of BPA can be so high in fact; you should seriously consider not feeding them to children. Due to FDA laws, there are no standards for labeling BPA so simply because a can does not say it has it does not mean that it does not contain BPA. Be safe and avoid cans. Cook fresh or buy glass bottles.

4. Processed Meats

All these processed meats contain numerous chemicals and preservatives, including sodium nitrates, which make them, look appealing and fresh but are well known carcinogens. Smoking meats seem to be particularly bad as the meat picks up tar from the smoking process. Yes, tar, the same deadly ingredient that cigarette smoke contains.

5. Farmed Salmon

Although fish sounds like one of the healthiest foods possible, farmed salmon is one you should avoid. Unfortunately, more than 60 percent of the salmon consumed in the USA is farm raised.

These fish are fed unnatural diets and are contaminated with chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, and other known carcinogens. They live in very crowded conditions which results in these fish having 30 times the number of sea lice than wild salmon. (Doesn’t that sound appetizing?) Farmed salmon are fed chemicals to make their meat that reddish pink color that should occur naturally but doesn’t because of the diet of chicken litter that they are fed.

6. Potato Chips

Yes, we know, potato chips are cheap, great tasting, quick snack, however, the negative effects they have on your body may not be worth the little bit of pleasure you derive from these crispy snacks.

Potato chips are high in both fat and calories, which are sure to bring on weight gain.

Potato chips have artificial flavors, numerous preservatives, and colors as well, which is something else your body doesn’t need. Potato chips are fried in high temperatures to make them crispy but this also causes them to make a material called acrylamide, a known carcinogen that is also found in cigarettes.

7. Hydrogenated oils

Let’s start from the point that all hydrogenated oils are vegetable oils. Vegetable oils cannot be extracted naturally like butter is, vegetable oils must be chemically removed from their source, and then they are changed to be more acceptable to consumers. They are frequently deodorized and colored to look appealing.

All vegetable oils contain high levels of Omega–6 fatty acids. An excess of Omega- 6 fatty acids cause health problems, such as heart disease and in increase in various cancers, especially skin cancer.

8. Foods that are highly salted, pickled, or smoked

Donuts, burgers, fries, jerky, crackers, footlongs, pretzels, soda, pizza, potato chips

There is overwhelming evidence that eating these types of foods greatly increases the risk of colorectal cancer and higher rates of stomach cancer. The rates of stomach cancer are much greater in places such as Japan where a traditional diet contains many foods that are highly salted, and/or smoked.

9. Highly processed white flours

Most of you have already heard by now that white flour is not a good thing, but you most likely have no idea just how bad it really is for your health. Refining grains destroys its natural nutrients. Mills are no longer content with waiting for their flour to whiten with time; mills now bleach flour with a chemical called chlorine gas.

The EPA states that chlorine gas is a dangerous irritant that is not safe to inhale and in large quantities can be lethal. White flour lurks in many processed foods. White processed flour has a very high glycemic rate which quickly raises the blood sugar level and insulin levels, which can be a direct cause of diabetes, not to mention it is believed that it spreads cancer cells by feeding the cells directly.

Cancerous tumors feed mostly on the sugars in your bloodstream. By avoiding refined grains such as white flour, you can avoid, or at the very least, starve tumors.

10. GMO’s

Genetically modified organisms, more commonly called GMO’s, are foods that have been modified by chemicals and grown with chemicals.

In a study done by Dr. Pusztai at the Rowett Institute in Scotland, rats were fed GMO foods, especially potatoes. ALL rats showed damaged immune systems, pre-cancerous cell growths, along with smaller brains and livers, in just the first 10 days of the project.

The FDA has NO testing procedures for GMO foods, NONE. The only human study ever published showed that those foreign genes that are present in GM food transfer to the DNA in the bacteria in our digestive systems. We, the American consumer, are the guinea pig (or rat) in this case. Unfortunately, almost all grains, including soybeans, wheat, and corn, have been grown via GMO’s.

11. Refined Sugars

Refined sugars are not only known to spike insulin levels, but also to be the most preferable food for cancer cells, thus promoting their growth.

The Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, back in 1931, first discovered that tumors and cancers both use sugars to “feed” themselves and/or to increase in size. In order to proliferate, cancer cells seem to prefer feeding on fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS); the reason is that HFCS is being metabolized by cancer cells most quickly and easily.

12. Artificial Sweeteners

Most people use artificial sweeteners to either lose weight or because they are diabetic and must avoid sugar. The main problem in all this is that there are numerous studies that show people who consume artificial sweeteners on a regular basis, such as in sodas, or coffee sweeteners, actually gain weight. It also does little or nothing to help those with diabetes.

In fact, artificial sweeteners actually make it even more difficult to control their blood sugar levels and worsen conditions that are related to diabetes such as cataracts and gastro paresis. Sometimes aspartame has been found to cause convulsions, which some people will mistake for an insulin reaction.

There is mounting evidence that the chemicals that make up these sweeteners, especially aspartame, break down in the body into a deadly toxin called DKP. When your stomach processes this chemical, it in turn produces chemicals that can cause cancer, especially brain tumors.

13. Diet Anything

Diet foods, including frozen foods, or prepackaged foods labeled as “diet” or “low fat”, including diet sodas, generally contain aspartame, which is a chemical, artificial sweetener that we talk about in detail above. There are numerous studies showing that aspartame causes many diseases and sicknesses such as cancers, birth defects, and heart problems.

All “diet” food is chemically processed and made from super refined ingredients, excessive sodium levels, as well as artificial colors and flavors to make it taste good. Don’t ever forget, artificial anything is NOT real food! Although the FDA says that all these added chemicals are safe to eat, you might want to take their advice with a grain of salt. After all, don’t they also tell you that sugar and vegetable oils are safe to eat? (Not to mention GMO’s and fast food!)

There have been many studies that show that these additives, for some people, can actually be addicting. They feed that “feel good” part in your brain, similar to cocaine!

14. Alcohol

Alcohol use is the second leading cause of cancer, right behind tobacco use. While a moderate or low consumption of alcohol can be healthy and lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, excessive drinking is known to cause heart failure, stroke, and sudden death. In 2007, experts working for the World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer looked at the scientific evidence regarding cancer and alcohol use from 27 different studies. They found sufficient evidence to state that excessive alcohol use is the main cause of mouth, esophagus, liver, colon, mouth, rectum, and female breast cancers.

15. Red Meat

in a study done over a 10 year period, eating red meat every day, even a small amount, such as that quarter pound hamburger you like to enjoy at lunch, increased a man’s risk of dying from cancer by 22 percent and a woman’s chance by 20 percent. A separate research study has shown that eating a lot of red meat increased the risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancer.

16. Soda Pop

Perhaps you heard about the recent study that was published in May in the American Journal of Nutrition? It found that people who consumed more than one soda per day had a higher risk of stroke than people who did not drink sodas.

Loaded with sugar, sodas are an empty source of calories that cause weight gain and contribute to the nationwide epidemic of obesity. Drinking large amounts of this rapidly digested sugar causes your blood sugar to spike which can lead to both inflammation and insulin resistance. Soda is often the root cause of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, which is when the contents of the stomach leak into the esophagus causing not only pain but an actual burning of the esophagus from stomach acid.

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Mercury Poisoning: Symptoms and Diseases Dr. Tom McGuire

What are the health effects and symptoms of mercury exposure or poisoning?

Chris Hedges: Choosing Life I do not eat meat. I do not eat eggs. I do not consume dairy products. I no longer accept that cows must be repeatedly impregnated to give us milk, must be separated immediately from their newborns and ultimately must be slaughtered long before the end of their natural lives to produce low-grade hamburger, leather, glue, gelatin and pet food.

Once the right of the powerful to exploit the powerless—whether that exploitation is of animals by humans, other nations by an imperial power, other races by the white race, or women by men—once that right is removed from our belief system, blinders are lifted. On my visit to rural New York state I saw dairy farming in a new way—as a business that depends on the enslavement of the female reproductive systems of animals, animals that feel pain, suffer and love their young.

A culture that kills, including for food, must create a belief system that inures people to suffering. This is the only way the slaughter of other sentient beings is possible. This numbness allows us to dehumanize Muslims in the Middle East and our own poor, unemployed, underpaid and mentally ill, as well as the more than 9 billion land animals killed for food each year in the United States and the 70 billion land animals killed for food each year across the world. If we added fish, the numbers would be in the trillions.

The animal agriculture industry is an integral part of the corporate state. The corporate state’s exploitation and impoverishment of workers and its poisoning of the environment, as well as its torture and violence toward animals, are carried out because of the obsession for greater and greater profit.

Sherry Colb writes: “The animal we consume may already be dead, but other animals who will be created and used for food in the future are not. By consuming the dead animal (or products, such as dairy and eggs, that necessarily involve the killing and hurting of animals) right now, we demand that more animals be killed tomorrow. … In essence, buying and consuming products is how we communicate as consumers to producers, and the message is this: ‘Keep making your product, and I will keep buying it.’… [W]hen a person demands a type of product, he becomes morally implicated in the production of that type of product.”

A society that sees all life as sacred, including the lives of animals, no longer exploits life, including that of other human beings and the ecosystem, for personal empowerment, pleasure or profit. Ceasing to be omnivores, we cease to be numb. We restore balance not only to the earth—animal agriculture is the primary engine behind the ecological devastation of the planet—but to our lives. We break down the emotional walls that permit us to exploit living beings and kill them.

Chris Hedges: Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time My attitude toward becoming a vegan was similar to Augustine’s attitude toward becoming celibate—“God grant me abstinence, but not yet.” But with animal agriculture as the leading cause of species extinction, water pollution, ocean dead zones and habitat destruction2, and with the death spiral of the ecosystem ever more pronounced, becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species. It is one that my wife—who was the engine behind our family’s shift—and I have made.

Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all worldwide transportation combined—cars, trucks, trains, ships and planes.3 Livestock and their waste and flatulence account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.4 Livestock causes 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide.5 Crops grown for livestock feed consume 56 percent of the water used in the United States.6 Eighty percent of the world’s soy crop is fed to animals, and most of this soy is grown on cleared lands that were once rain forests. All this is taking place as an estimated 6 million children across the planet die each year from starvation and as hunger and malnutrition affect an additional 1 billion people.7 In the United States 70 percent of the grain we grow goes to feed livestock raised for consumption.

The natural resources used to produce even minimal amounts of animal products are staggering—1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk.9 Add to this the massive clear cutting and other destruction of forests, especially in the Amazon—where forest destruction has risen to 91 percent—and we find ourselves lethally despoiling the lungs of the earth largely for the benefit of the animal agriculture industry. Our forests, especially our rain forests, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and exchange it for oxygen: Killing the forests is a death sentence for the planet. Land devoted exclusively to raising livestock now represents 45 percent of the earth’s land mass.

And this does not include the assault on the oceans, where three-quarters of the world’s primary fisheries have been overexploited and vast parts of the seas are in danger of becoming dead zones.

We can, by becoming vegan, refuse to be complicit in the torture of billions of animals for corporate profit and can have the well-documented health benefits associated with a plant-based diet, especially in the areas of heart disease and cancer.

Richard A. Oppenlander in his book, “Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet,” draws the terrifying scenarios that lie ahead unless we change what we eat. He notes that we can save more water by refusing to eat a pound of beef—which takes more than 5,000 gallons of water to produce12—than by not showering for a year and that half the water in the United States is used to sustain livestock.

In the United States alone, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows in factory farms produce over five million pounds of excrement per minute. These are the animals raised each year so that people can continue eating meat, and they produce 130 times more excrement than the entire human population in our country. This manure sewage is responsible for global warming, water and soil pollution, air pollution, and use of our resources. The waste produced by the animals raised for food includes with it all the antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and other chemicals used during the raising and growing process. Accompanying this is methane released by the animals themselves, as well as the carbon, nitrous oxide, and additional methane emissions produced during the whole raising, feeding, and killing process.

On any given acre of land we can grow twelve to twenty times the amount in pounds of edible vegetables, fruit, and grain as in pounds of edible animal products. We are essentially using twenty times the amount of land and crops and hundreds of times the water, as well as polluting our waterways and air and destroying rainforests, to produce animals to kill and eat … which is unhealthier than eating the plant products we could have produced.

“The animal agriculture industry is one of the most powerful industries on the planet,” journalist Will Potter says in “Cowspiracy.” “Most people in this country are aware of the influence of money and industry on politics. We really see that clearly on display with this industry in particular. Most people would be shocked to learn that animal rights and environmental activists are the No. 1 domestic terrorism threat according to the FBI. … They, more than any other social movements today, are directly threatening corporate profits.”

The refusal by major environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club, to confront the animal agricultural business is a window into how impotent the activist community has become in the face of corporate power.

“Hiding the animals, hiding the farms, hiding the entire issue is a marketing tool that is used by the industry,” Kuhn said. “Their attitude is, if you can’t see it, it’s not there. There are upwards of 10 billion farm animals slaughtered every year in the United States. But where are these 10 billion animals? We live in a country with 320 million humans. We see humans everywhere. But where are these billions of animals? They are hidden away in sheds. It allows the industry to carry out these atrocities, whether it’s how they treat the animals or how they treat the environment.”

We have only a few years left, at best, to make radical changes to save ourselves from ecological meltdown. A person who is vegan will save 1,100 gallons of water, 20 pounds CO2 equivalent, 30 square feet of forested land, 45 pounds of grain, and one sentient animal’s life every day. We do not, given what lies ahead of us, have any other option.

Simple Back Stretch

Exercise physiologist Mike Bracko recommends doing the "Standing Cat-Camel" as a work-related back stretch. Here's how:

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees bent slightly.
Lean forward, placing your hands just above your knees.
Round your back so that your chest is closed and your shoulders are curved forward.
Then arch your back so that your chest opens and your shoulders roll back.
Repeat several times.

Here's a static version of the Cat-Camel:

Lace your fingers together and turn your palms to face outward in front of you.
Reach your arms as far as you can, curving your back and shoulders forward.
Hold for about 10 seconds.
Now release your fingers, and grab your wrists or fingers behind your back.
Raise your arms as high as you can behind your back without releasing your hands so your chest opens and your shoulders roll back.

Should You Stretch Before Exercise?

Not necessarily. It's not proven to help prevent injury, curb muscle soreness after exercise, or improve your performance.

Should You Stretch After Exercise?

This is a great time to stretch.

"Everyone is more flexible after exercise, because you've increased the circulation to those muscles and joints and you've been moving them," Millar says.

If you do static stretches, you'll get the most benefit from them now.

Can You Stretch Anytime?

Yes. It is not a must that you stretch before or after your regular workout. It is simply important that you stretch sometime.

Falls in Elderly People: The Role of Blood Pressure Drugs Recent studies have confirmed that a significant cause of falls in the elderly is medication (and often overmedication) with drugs for high blood pressure, resulting in blood pressures low enough to increase the risk of falling — with attendant fractures and head injuries. In addition, last year, national recommendations increased the minimum blood pressure level for initiating treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure) in people 60 or older.

Researchers at Yale and Oregon State universities, in a study published in 2014, collected information on almost 5,000 U.S. community-living people older than 70 with hypertension, 86 percent of whom were taking antihypertensive drugs. The researchers assessed the occurrence, during a three-year follow-up, of serious fall injuries, including hip and other major fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and joint dislocations. They examined the relationship between these injuries and the use of antihypertensive drugs.[1]

During the three years, 446 people (9 percent) had at least one serious fall injury. The injuries included 107 hip fractures, 345 other major fractures, 72 major head injuries and 16 major joint dislocations. Fifty-eight people experienced more than one type of serious injury with a fall. In comparison with people not using any antihypertensive drug, those who used either moderate- or high- intensity antihypertensive drugs had an increased risk of these more serious fall injuries. The increased risk was most dramatic for the 503 people who had a fall injury during the previous year. In this group, for those using antihypertensive drugs the risk of another serious fall injury during the subsequent three years was more than twice that of non-users.

Having stated, “The effect of serious injuries, such as hip fracture and head injury, on mortality and function is comparable to that of [the prevented] cardiovascular events,” the authors of the study concluded, “The potential harms [versus] benefits of antihypertensive medications should be weighed in deciding whether to continue antihypertensives in older adults with multiple chronic conditions.”

In 2014, a National Institutes of Health-funded group of experts known as the JNC 8 published new recommendations for treatment of hypertension. The first recommendation, most relevant to the issue of antihypertensive medication in the elderly, stated:

In the general population aged 60 years or older, initiate pharmacologic treatment to lower BP at systolic blood pressure (SBP) of 150mmHg or higher or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of 90mmHg or higher and treat to a goal SBP lower than 150mmHg and goal DBP lower than 90mmHg. Strong Recommendation [There is high certainty based on evidence that the net benefit is substantial.]

What You Can Do

If you are 60 or older, do not have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, and are diagnosed with hypertension in the future, you should discuss with your doctor the new recommendation of not initiating treatment if your blood pressure is below 150/90. As indicated above, this discussion should be individualized, should consider the benefits and risks of antihypertensive drugs, and also should occur if you already have had falls while using blood pressure drugs.

Steps for preventing falls in older adults include:[6]

Modification of home environment, including removal or modification of identified hazards, installation of safety devices such as handrails and grab bars, and improvements in lighting.

Withdrawal or minimization of medications that increase the risk of falls in the elderly, including sedatives, sleeping pills and antidepressants.

Management of postural hypotension (decreased blood pressure when arising from bed or standing): initiating both of these actions more slowly, first counting to at least 10; maintaining better hydration; and using elastic stockings.

Treatment of vision impairment.

Management of foot problems and footwear.

Exercise, particularly balance, strength and gait training (an excellent description of these can be found at: [see below]

Exercises from the National Institute on Aging at NIH

7-Minute Workout

Finding the Types of Exercise You Enjoy

Walking Walking is one of the best things you can do for your back. Many people find that their backs hurt less when they walk.

When You Eat, Not Just What, May Impact Health intriguing new findings in people and mice suggest that eating within a strict 8- to 12-hour time frame each day changes metabolism at the genetic level, lowering blood sugar and body weight, even without cutting calories.

Slideshow: 10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Build Muscle: Your body constantly burns calories, even when you're doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily...

High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer rise in resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity workouts...

Fuel Up With Water: Your body needs water to process calories. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. To stay hydrated, drink a glass of water or other unsweetened beverage before every meal and snack. Also, snack on fresh fruits and vegetables, which naturally contain water, rather than pretzels or chips.

Snack Smart: Eating more often can help you lose weight. When you eat large meals with many hours in between, your metabolism slows down between meals. Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day. Several studies have also shown that people who snack regularly eat less at mealtime.

Spice Up Your Meals: Spicy foods have natural chemicals that can kick your metabolism into a higher gear.

Are You Missing Nutritional Yeast In Your Diet? Complete Protein, Natural Source of Vitamins and Minerals, Sugar-free, Gluten-free, and Very Low Sodium. Stir it into quinoa, brown rice dishes, or stir-fry; add to mashed potatoes; Create healthy whole grain garlic bread and top with yeast; Mix in with sauces, condiments, and soups. I don’t eat a lot of meat, so I find nutritional yeast an excellent way for me to consume complete proteins and get all the vitamins I need without having to take a multivitamin.

Common Allergy Triggers POLLEN stay inside on windy days when pollen counts are high, close windows, and run the air conditioning. ANIMAL DANDER Wash the animals frequently and use a HEPA filter. DUST MITES-- tiny bugs that live in bedding, mattresses, upholstery, carpets, and curtains. They feed on dead skin cells from people and pets, as well as on pollen, bacteria, and fungi. They thrive in high humidity. To cut down on problems, use hypoallergenic pillows, cover mattresses, pillows, and box springs, and wash sheets weekly in hot water. Keep the house free of dust-collecting items such as stuffed animals, curtains, and carpet. MOLD needs moisture to grow. It can be found in damp places such as basements or bathrooms, as well as in grass or mulch. Get air moving in moist areas of your home. FOOD milk, shellfish, eggs, and nuts are among the most common foods that cause allergies. MEDICATION penicillin, aspirin, and other drugs can cause hives, itchy eyes, stuffiness, and swelling in your face, mouth, and throat. COCKROACHES not only are cockroaches creepy, but a protein in their droppings can be a trigger.

Shh! No Food Safety Risks Here This article makes the case that negotiating trade agreements under the cover of a national security information directive has inhibited a robust debate not only about the terms of food safety and plant and animal health and welfare (the Sanitary and Phytosanitary standards, or SPS in trade jargon) in those agreements, but also about the U.S. budgetary and personnel capacity to implement and enforce them. Also inhibited is a debate on alternative SPS terms for trade agreements that could help develop trade agreements worthy of public support, if and when Executive Order 13526 is revised to exclude and declassify international commerce and investment documents from the national security classification system.

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Is Your AC Making You Sick? 5 Things You Need to Know By Eva M. Selhub, M.D. / The Huffington Post May 26, 2015. Keeping the room temperature so cold has negative consequences.

.. the positive side of air conditioners, as they are beneficial to those individuals who suffer from asthma and allergies, as pollen and dust are filtered through the system. The air conditioners also dry out the humidity and usually clean out the air, enabling us to breathe cleaner air and not be over-run by heat stroke.

The problem is, however, that these systems need to be extremely well-maintained, checked and cleaned, or all these benefits are trumped by breathing problems and infections. More so, keeping the room temperature so cold has other negative consequences. These are the top five negative health consequences that you want to be aware of:

1. Breathing problems.When air conditioners are not cleaned thoroughly and filters changed, a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and fungi is created. These systems especially can be home to black mold, as moisture can build up in the coils and ducts from condensation that forms when the cool air passes through. Remedy: Make sure your air conditioning systems are cleaned regularly and the filter changed every few months.

2. Fatigue, headaches and generally feeling ill. Many individuals find that after a day of work, they often feel more tired than usual, headachy and a general sense of malaise. They also find that once they leave the building, the symptoms often resolve. Sometimes termed "sick building syndrome," it may be that air conditioning may be the cause. Remedy: Raise the temperature slightly so that you are not shivering and take regular breaks to step outside for fresh air and for your body temperature to equilibrate.

3. Getting contaminated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning us that we may be more exposed to pollutants inside than outside, especially because central air conditioning does not bring in fresh air but circulates old air. This means that if there is mold, dust, animal dander or other people in the building have viruses or air-borne infections, individuals are more prone to be exposed and get sick. Remedy:Some systems are built to a low in a "leak" from the outside. You can create your own leak by cracking open a window even slightly.

4. Dry skin. The more time you spend in an air-conditioned environment, the dryer your skin may become, as the cold, dry air can cause your skin to lose its moisture. Your hair may suffer such ill effects as well. Remedy: Get a great moisturizer!

5. Visiting the doctor more often. Studies have shown that that individuals who spend more time in air-conditioned environments have an increased use of health care services. An analysis found more visits for complaints related to ears-nose-and throat problems, respiratory and dermatological problems. Remedy: Do all of the above and ensure that other aspects of the room or car are thoroughly cleaned, like carpets, curtains and the like.

Get Started With Exercise to Lower Blood Pressure Exercise is one of the keys to lower your blood pressure. Working out also boosts the effectiveness of blood pressure medication if you're already being treated for hypertension. You don't have to be an athlete, either.

Strength training should be part of your routine. You can use weights, weight machines, exercise bands, or your own body weight by doing abdominal crunches or curl-ups. You'll lose body fat, boost muscle mass, and raise your metabolic rate. Losing as little as 10 pounds can lower or help prevent high blood pressure if you're overweight.

Add 10-minute mini-workouts, and do these throughout your busy day. For example, you can jog in place or do calisthenics for 10 minutes. Three 10-minute mini-workouts equal 30 minutes of daily exercise in little bits of time you won't miss.

Warming up before exercise and cooling down after are important for people with high blood pressure. These exercises let your heart rate rise and return to normal gradually. Walking in place or on a treadmill for 10 minutes is fine for warming up before exercise and also for cooling down.

Beyond Exercise: Watch Out for Salt

National guidelines recommend not getting more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of table salt). The limit is 1,500 milligrams a day for some people, depending on age and other things. By staying on a sodium-restricted diet, your systolic blood pressure (top number) may drop two to eight points. Salt-restricted diets can also help enhance the effects of most blood pressure medications.

Tip: Substitute herbs for salt when cooking, and avoid processed meats and canned foods.

Knees Sore? Exercises

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If you feel tired and lacking in energy, be sure you are eating enough calories. You have eliminated the high calorie foods: meat, dairy and oil so you simply need to eat more, especially beans, lentils, starchy vegetables and whole grains to make up the calories. Also exercise because you need to use energy to make energy. Depression also contributes to lack of energy. But first of all eat more.

THE 9 BEST FLAT-BELLY SUPERFOODS You may think having the “fat genes” means a lean, flat belly is nearly impossible. But the more we learn about fat genes, the more we’re learning the nutritional secrets that can turn them to “off.” This summer, I used this new research to create my Zero Belly Diet and put together a test panel of 500 people to show how it could work. The results: Immediate, shocking transformations—some lost as much as 16 pounds in 14 days—and an average of two dress sizes gone in six weeks!

Zero Belly works in three ways: by reducing bloat, healing your gut and turbocharging your metabolism. These three mechanisms work in tandem to turn off your fat genes—resetting your body to “slender” and helping you lose the weight. The key is to rebalance your diet with the Zero Belly foods. These 9 foods are like delicious little IT geniuses, hacking into your body’s computer system and resetting your genetic code to “slim.”

These are smoothies that are supercharged with belly-flattening nutrients. The key: each drink is packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber. Here’s a quick recipe I call the Mango Muscle-Up: Mix 1 scoop vegetarian protein powder, 1 cup frozen mango chunks, ½ tbsp almond butter, and ½ cup unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk. You’ll get 29 grams of protein for just 224 calories!

Why red? They pack the most phytonutrients—high-powered compounds that make your belly fat see red.

You have 80 trillion microbes in your belly, and most of them are angry. Healthy fiber is what we call “prebiotic,” meaning it feeds the healthy bacteria and helps them fight inflammation and fat gain.

I add protein to the ZERO BELLY Drinks to help boost metabolism. But most protein is made from whey, which can lead to bloating. That’s why I use plant protein. This plan reduces bloating dramatically—up to 3 inches off your waistline in the first week.

Leafy greens give you folate, which blocks the genes that trigger fat-cell formation.

That means cinnamon, ginger and even dark chocolate. Why chocolate? Your healthy gut bacteria love it!

Zero Belly Fat Before you can reset your metabolism and turn off your fat genes, you need to balance your belly.

The human GI tract contains more than five hundred species of bacteria—trillions of microbes that help to break down food, while also playing a role in knocking off any invading bugs that might be taking a ride on your radicchio. In fact, some of the bacteria in your gut even help ward off the pathogens that cause colds and flus... But when things get out of whack—because of a poor diet or, sometimes, medications like antibiotics and even heartburn remedies—the forces below your navel can turn on you.

Studies show that obese people have higher levels of bad bacteria from the phylum Firmicutes, while lean people have higher levels of good bacteria from the phylum Bacteroidetes... Why do you gain weight when your bacteria are out of whack? Well, some of the bacteria in your gut release toxins, which inflame the GI tract. As long as these bacteria are kept in check, that’s not a problem. But when they begin to overwhelm the better-trained bacteria, you’ve got a midsection mutiny on your hands.

As those toxins begin to cause inflammation in your digestive tract—a condition known as “leaky gut”—the complications can be massive. Essentially, think of your intestinal tract as a fine screen, with little tiny holes through which nutrients can move into the bloodstream from your food. When bacteria get out of whack, they begin to irritate the lining of the intestines, and those holes become larger. Bacteria, food particles, and other nasty things escape your GI tract and get into your bloodstream. These pathogens begin to attack the body and the body fights back. The results: inflammation, weight gain, bloating, and fat genes that rev into the red... On the other hand, when you start to cut out the sugars, preservatives, unhealthy fats, and bloating foods, replace them with ZERO BELLY foods, and allow your gut to begin to heal, you’ll start to see real changes.

According to the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, a healthy bug called L. plantarum, a bacterial strain found in plant-based foods, can decrease bloating, particularly in people with irritable bowel syndrome. It’s found in the highest concentrations in fermented plant foods like sauerkraut and brined olives.

Your body will start creating the fatty acids that shut down your fat genes. Chronic inflammation caused by a leaky gut is one of the most common culprits for the triggering of fat-storage mechanisms and genes connected to metabolic disorders like insulin resistance. In fact, it’s the fatty acid butyrate, produced by healthy bacteria feasting on fiber, that helps to dampen the behavior of genes linked directly to insulin resistance and inflammation. More healthy fiber from the ZERO BELLY foods means healthier bacteria, which means more butyrate and an end to inflammation and diabetes.

5 Health Foods You Should NEVER EAT If You Want to Lose Belly Fat by Dr. Charles Livingston, certified chiropractor, certified nutritionist, certified . Canned soups with MSG, HFCS (high frustose corn syrup) goes straight to your liver and turns to fat,

BIGGEST FAT_BURNING METHOD: 70% obese.. key to eating some bad foods and still lose weight.. liver breaks down toxic substances, pot belly is from disfunctional liver (no bile to deal with fats), liver also deals with excess estrogen which also causes pot belly & breasts. The key is getting your liver as healthy as possible before beginning a weight loss program.

Liver repairing protocols: LivLean Formula #1. Silybum Marianum seed extract (milk thistle--helps repair liver and treat type 2 diabetes),

selenium (mineral involved in functions of liver, thyroid, immune system, and pancreas. Will boost metabolism and burn fat. SelenoExcell is best form. Jama showed that it decreases cancer 60%.),

Turmeric (1,493 journal articles about benefits),

Artichoke Leaf extract ( used to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver, and this is thought to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and alcohol “hangover.” Artichoke is also used for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney problems, anemia, fluid retention (edema), arthritis, bladder infections, and liver problems; also lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar; to increase urine flow; and as a tonic or stimulant),

Burdock root extract (People take burdock to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” their blood. It is also used to treat colds, cancer, anorexia nervosa, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, joint pain (rheumatism), gout, bladder infections, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. Burdock is also used for high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), and liver disease),

Yellow Dock root (the root is often used for treating anemia, due to its high level of iron; used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of nasal passages and the respiratory tract, and as a laxative and tonic. It is also used to treat bacterial infections),

vitamins C, B6 and B12. Also folic acid and

N Acetyl Cysteine (N-acetyl cysteine is used to counteract acetaminophen (Tylenol) and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also used for chest pain (unstable angina), bile duct blockage in infants, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease, allergic reactions to the anti-seizure drug phenytoin (Dilantin), and an eye infection called keratoconjunctivitis. It is also used for reducing levels of a type of cholesterol called lipoprotein (a), homocysteine levels (a possible risk factor for heart disease) and the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with serious kidney disease.

Some people use N-acetyl cysteine for chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hay fever, a lung condition called fibrosing alveolitis, head and neck cancer, and lung cancer. It is also used for treating some forms of epilepsy; ear infections; complications of kidney dialysis; chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren’s syndrome; preventing sports injury complications; radiation treatment; increasing immunity to flu and H1N1 (swine) flu; and for detoxifying heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium.

N-acetyl cysteine is also used for preventing alcoholic liver damage; for protecting against environmental pollutants including carbon monoxide, chloroform, urethanes and certain herbicides; for reducing toxicity of ifosfamide and doxorubicin, drugs that are used for cancer treatment; as a hangover remedy; for preventing kidney damage due to certain X-ray dyes; and for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The above combination will cleanse, detoxify, and regenerate your liver.

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Note: Tried one bottle. Take 2 times a day before meals.

Salt Shockers Slideshow: High-Sodium Surprises U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day: about 1 teaspoon of table salt. And half of Americans should drop to 1,500 milligrams a day.

You may be surprised by some of the foods that are high in sodium. Frozen dinners, ready-to-eat cereals, veg. juices, canned vegetables (Tips: Rinse vegetables thoroughly, or buy canned ones labeled "no salt added" or "low sodium." Or check the freezer section, where you may have more luck finding an unsalted choice), packaged deli meats, soups, marinades and seasonings (Notoriously high-sodium items include Teriyaki sauce (1 tablespoon) which can have 690 milligrams of sodium, and soy sauce (1 tablespoon), which may have up to 1,024 milligrams of sodium... Tips: Even "lower-sodium" soy sauce can have a lot of sodium, so use sparingly. Go for vinegar and lemon juice to enhance flavor, since they naturally have less sodium. Try orange or pineapple juice as a base for meat marinades.), spaghetti sauce (Half a cup of spaghetti sauce may pack 554 milligrams of sodium, and that amount barely coats a helping of pasta. Tip: Look for "no salt added" versions), nuts, salty snacks ( in an average 1-ounce serving: Potato chips:136 milligrams; Cheese puffs: 240 milligrams; Pretzels: 385 milligrams), Pre-Packaged Products (Foods such as rice, potatoes, and pasta in their natural forms are naturally low in sodium. But if you get the convenient "all-in-one" box and add the flavor packet, you may end up eating more than half of your daily allowance of sodium in just one serving), Condiments (Ketchup (1 tablespoon) = 167 milligrams; Sweet relish (1 tablespoon) = 122 milligrams; Capers (1 tablespoon) = 252 milligrams (drained) Tip: Go for low-sodium or sodium-free condiments), Watch the Serving Size (The sodium content listed on a nutritional label isn't for the whole package. It's just for one serving. So check the label for the serving size), Check Your Medicine Cabinet (Surprise! Some headache or heartburn medicines can contain sodium carbonate or bicarbonate. Read the ingredient list and warning statement to be sure). Track Your Sodium---Don't know how much sodium you're getting every day? Keep a daily tally of the foods you eat and drink. Then calculate how much sodium is in each.

10 Companies That Act Like They Hate Their Customers COMCAST CABLE: One Philly resident after another described Comcast as an appalling combination of high prices and terrible customer service... Consumerist named Comcast “Worst Company in America” thanks to its ever-increasing prices and endless stream of consumer complaints.; TIME WARNER CABLE: Deceptive marketing and misleading promotions, billing practices--they were ridden with questionable or bogus fees; VERIZON: Verizon agreed to pay a $90 million penalty after the FCC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau went after it for cramming, the unethical practice of adding unauthorized third-party charges to a customer’s bill in exchange for a commission.; AT&T: The most common complaints included slow data connections, dropped calls and billing errors, and exorbitant fees for early termination. UNITED AIRLINES: there have been so many mergers that only four airlines—United, American, Southwest and Delta—now control 85% of domestic air travel. The result of all this consolidation: higher fares and worse customer service. AMERICAN AIRLINES: Canceled flights were a common complaint in OSPIRG’s report, while “other top problems were about baggage, customer service” and “issues with reservations, bookings, and boarding.” BANK OF AMERICA: Two-thirds of those complaints, CFPB found, involved debt collection, loan modifications and foreclosures. WELLS FARGO: In both lawsuits, Wells Fargo is accused of exploiting customers by opening unwanted accounts in order to generate fees. AETNA: has a long history of raising premiums considerably while subjecting Americans to abysmal customer service. ANTHEM BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD: In 2011, the American Medical Association reported that 19.3% of health insurance claims were being processed incorrectly in the U.S. Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, aka Anthem, Inc., was among the worst offenders: only 61% of its claims were being processed correctly. But despite its bungling and atrocious customer service, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield wasn’t exactly known for reasonable prices.

Slideshow: Top 12 Rewards of Exercise better mood, more energy, better sleep, more confidence, less stress, more productive, weight control, long life, strong bones and muscles, healthy heart, less risk of cancer, less arthritis pain.

Get regular exercise to help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. The harder you exercise, the more likely you are to have a good night's sleep. It doesn't matter when you exercise, as long as you don’t have trouble sleeping. If you do have problems, though, work out earlier in the day.

Popular Heartburn Meds Tied to Heart Attack Risk brands like Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet... When stomach acids are blocked, the body is less able to absorb certain nutrients, including magnesium, calcium and vitamin B12... Some research has also suggested the medications can interact with the clot-preventing drug Plavix, lowering its effectiveness.

Feel-Good Stretching Routine Hamstring Stretch, Quad Stretch, IT Band Stretch (The iliotibial, or IT band, a layer of connective tissue that runs from your hip to your knee, gets tight from sitting. Stokes likes this stretch because it helps release tension in the glutes and outer thighs)

7 of the most addictive foods pizza, chocolate, potato chips, fries, cookies, cakes, ice cream, cheeseburger, soda. Yes, food addiction is real. Studies have found that food addicts and drug addicts experience similar feelings of euphoria (and corresponding crashes.)

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Slideshow: 14 Tips for Relieving Your Back Pain A poor sleep position can also aggravate back pain. Try lying on your side. Place a pillow between your knees to keep your spine in a neutral position and relieve strain on your back. If you need to sleep on your back, slide a pillow under your knees. (see picture)...

Don't rest an achy back: Doctors used to prescribe bed rest for back pain. But now we know that lying still is one of the worst things you can do. It can make back pain worse and lead to other complications. Don't rest for more than a day or two. It's important to get up and slowly start moving again. Exercise has been found to be one of the most effective ways to relieve back pain quickly. Try swimming, walking, or yoga.

Ice and heat for back pain: Regular applications of ice to the painful areas on your back may help reduce pain and inflammation from an injury. Try this several times a day for up to 20 minutes each time. After a few days, switch to heat. Apply a heating pad or warm pack to help relax your muscles and increase blood flowing to the affected area. You also can try warm baths to help with relaxation. To avoid burns and tissue damage, never sleep on a heating pad.

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Slideshow: Foods That Help or Harm your Sleep

5 Unhealthy Foods Engineered to Be Addictive Food scientists use dangerous chemicals to make you eat -- and buy -- more junk food. by Martha Rosenberg.
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Sleep's memory role discovered "It is well known that sleep plays an important role in memory and learning... "Finding out sleep promotes new connections between neurons is new"

Health Is NOT About How Much You Weigh: 10 Popular Health Myths You Probably Believe, Debunked! by Larry Schwarz. Alternet. June 18, 2014.

If you are overweight, you are unhealthy

Looks can deceive and there is a lot of concern about obesity these days. The truth of the matter is that the key to health is not your weight but your fitness level. Even if you are overweight, if you exercise regularly, as was shown in a study of over 25,000 men over 23 years, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, your chances of dying is half that of a “normal” size out-of-shape man. That “normal” guy is at a much higher risk of death than from having type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or even smoking. This is not to say that being overweight is a good thing, as other complications can come from it, but staying physically active can stave off health problems even if you are overweight.

Could a Common Cold Virus Be Helping to Make America Fat?

Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

New Fat Burner Takes GNC by Storm: Boston scientists develop a brand new probiotic supplement that helps you manage your weight.

5 Reasons Booze Is Deadlier than Heroin and Other Drugs That'll Land You in Jail

Salt Is Not the Enemy. Guess What Actually Ruins Your Health Instead? Sugar.

American Bellies Are Getting Bigger: You Won't Believe Why: Common wisdom holds that Americans are eating too much and not exercising enough. Actually, it's more complicated. September 22, 2014 | "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... The CDC researchers cited sleep deprivation as a possible culprit. Possibly, not getting enough sleep alters brain patterns that prevent a person from feeling full after eating. According to the Havard School of Public Health, a growing body of research has accumulated which supports the idea that sleep and weight are related.... The CDC researchers also pointed to overmedication and endocrine disruptors as possible suspects in the growing waistline epidemic. Endrocrine disrupters are chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives in products plastic bottles, food cans, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and certain pesticides."

Paul Krugman Has Some Truly Shocking News About Climate Change "This just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free," the Nobel-prize winning economist announces right off the bat.... It has long been clear that a well-thought-out strategy of emissions control, in particular one that puts a price on carbon via either an emissions tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, would cost much less than the usual suspects want you to think... On one side, there has been dramatic progress in renewable energy technology, with the costs of solar power, in particular, plunging, down by half just since 2010... On the other side, it turns out that putting a price on carbon would have large “co-benefits” — positive effects over and above the reduction in climate risks — and that these benefits would come fairly quickly. The most important of these co-benefits, according to the I.M.F. paper, would involve public health: burning coal causes many respiratory ailments, which drive up medical costs and reduce productivity."

The Benefits of Exercise Go Way Beyond the Muscles “Exercise and physical activity is not something that you just do extra in your life to get extra healthy. Rather, it’s something that’s absolutely necessary for normal function,” he says. Thyfault hopes to make more people aware that exercise benefits the body in ways that go far beyond muscle tissue and burning fat. “We were meant to exercise quite a bit every day to survive, and now we’ve taken it away, and we’re actually causing dysfunction,” he says. He’s passionate about exercise because his research has shown again and again how critical it is to health. He says when he’s tried to cause disease, for example, by feeding rats or mice high-fat diets, he can’t do it as long as the animals are exercising. “Inactivity is the foundational piece that has to be there for these diseases to develop,” he says.

7 Risky Exercises and Better Bets No. 1: Lat Pull-down Behind the Head--The problem: Only people with very mobile shoulder joints can keep their spines straight enough to do this exercise properly. No. 2: Military Press Behind the Head. No. 3: Upright Row--The problem: Pulling weights, a barbell, or a weighted cabled bar up under your chin can compress the nerves in the shoulder area, impinging the shoulder. No. 4: Leg Press with Cramped Knees. No. 5: Squats on the Smith Machine. No. 6: Bad Form on Cardio Machines--The problem: Hunching over or using a death-grip on the handrail cheats your body and can throw off your alignment, jarring your spine, shoulders, and elbows. No. 7: Exercises for Spot Reduction. Do You Need a Weight Belt?--Too many people wear weight belts too often. Unless you have a back injury or other medical reason -- or are lifting a lot of weight -- the weight belt lets your core muscles slack off.

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How to Prevent High Blood Pressure With Diet, Not Drugs Looking at the research:

Eating more whole grains could save 1.7 millions lives.
Eating more vegetables could save 1.8 million lives.
Eating more nuts and seeds could save 2.5 million lives.
Eating more fruit could save 4.9 million lives.

High blood pressure is not a natural, inevitable consequence of getting older. Researchers found that whole groups of people who ate a diet centered around whole plant foods experienced lower blood pressures as they aged. What else did they find in these populations? They also had no heart disease.

Specific mushroom alters microbiome of mice to reduce obesity the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom has been used for centuries to promote better health. Scientific research has shown that polysaccharides (complex sugars) isolated from the fungus prevent fat cell formation in diabetic mice, and other isolates promote antidiabetic activity. Scientists in Taiwan were curious as to whether G. lucidum had any effect on body weight and obesity-related disorders such as chronic low-grade inflammation which leads to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease, and they published their results in Nature Communications.

9 Seeds You Should Be Eating

Worst Snack Foods Eat This Instead! Terra Exotic Harvest Vegetable Chips 130 calories, 6 g fat (.5 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 2 g protein This fun mix of carrots, blue potatoes, and kabocha squash boasts 40 percent less fat than potato chips and enough fiber to take the edge off your hunger. (Plus they look pretty on the chip ’n’ dip platter.)

Ritz (10 crackers)
160 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated), 270 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 2 g protein

The most famous name in crackers is also an easy way to get fat. Each cracker contains two grams of refined carbohydrates, nearly one gram of fat, added High Fructose Corn Syrup and nary a scrap of fiber.

Eat This Instead!
Kashi Original 7 Grain Sea Salt Pita Crisps, (11 crisps) 120 calories, 3 g fat (0 g sat fat), 180 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 3 g protein

Most brands douse their pita chips in heavy oils and then roll them in sodium. Kashi's, on the other hand, have a modest 120 calories and 180 mg sodium per serving. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers discovered that obese participants who added whole grains to their diets lost more belly fat than those who did not. Enjoy more guilty pleasures, guilt-free, and indulge in these 10 Best Junk Foods for Weight Loss!

Eat This Instead!
Skinny Pop (3 ¾ cups)
150 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein

Why Am I Hungry Even Though I Just Ate? salt and sugar send messages to your pleasure center telling you to eat more; sugar cancels leptin which tells you that you are full; if you choose whole foods instead of packaged ones, you'll be content longer; thirst can masquerade as hunger; if you are hungry in the evening, the cause may be that you didn't have enough for breakfast; food ads will cause you to be hungry, even if you are full, turn of the TV and eat mindfully. Slow down when eating; it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you are full.


What causes clumsiness? 16 possible conditions Parkinson's Disease,

Just Clumsy or Serious Medical Problem? poor vision, arthritis, medicines

The Essential Trick to Make Exercise a Daily Habit Consistency equals results, so try this research-backed trick to make exercise a natural part of your day... Stop focusing on your workout and start paying attention to cues that make you want to move... found that those who set cues for themselves — like keeping running shoes next to the front door, setting a cellphone reminder, or heading straight to the gym after work — were more likely to exercise.

That’s because, when it comes to making exercise a habit, it’s not the exercise itself that’s the hard part. “It’s getting started,” says study co-author L. Alison Phillips. “So if that decision is automatic, then the person doesn’t have to spend mental energy and self-control to force him or herself to engage in exercise.”

What’s more, the study found that internal cues — thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations — are better at making exercise a habit than external ones... “Once an individual learns that exercise can ‘treat’ a negative mood or stress, then he or she might form a habit from that internal cue.”

But listening and responding to the right internal cues from your body takes some practice. “When you are first starting to exercise and your alarm goes off at 6 a.m., your internal cue isn’t to work out, it’s to hit the snooze button...

For that reason, Walker suggests using external cues for a few weeks or even months so that you can start to appreciate how you feel after working out. Once you notice how much less stressed you are after your workout, you’ll head to the gym as soon as you start to feel a tension headache coming on. And when you realize how much more energized you feel after getting the blood pumping, you’ll replace your 3 p.m. Trenta habit with a few laps around the office.

My Liver Detox LEMON JUICE: The juice of half a lemon in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.

Liver Detoxification -- Fact or Fad? before you stress out your holiday budget on expensive dietary supplements, consider the following facts

Most toxins, or poisons, reach our bloodstream when we swallow or inhale them. Others pass through our skin, while still others are released by dying cells or invading bacteria. Many of these toxins pass through the liver -- the body's waste-purification plant -- where they are broken down and removed from the blood before they can do their dirty work.

Poisons are also broken down by the kidney, eliminated in the urine and feces, or exhaled. Drinking six to eight glasses of water daily; eating lots of fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains; and avoiding tobacco smoke and other fumes can all help keep your body in top working order. So can cutting back on fried foods, animal fats, sugar, and caffeine.

We can protect ourselves to some extent by avoiding obvious hazards such as recreational drugs, unsafe sex, and raw shellfish, all of which can cause the liver-damaging disease hepatitis. But even when we're being good to our liver, hidden dangers can damage its cells and interfere with toxin breakdown. Toxins lurk in prescription medications, food additives, and air pollutants, and these may be impossible to avoid completely.

Here's where "liver detoxification" might come in. When the liver is working double-duty to protect you from an onslaught of bad diet, bad judgment, and unavoidable insults, it could benefit from a little extra help.

Antioxidant vitamins such as C, E, and beta-carotene; minerals such as zinc and selenium; B-vitamins that aid alcohol metabolism; and herbs said to "cleanse" the liver such as milk thistle, dandelion root, and schizandra, might help protect liver cells while ridding our body of poisons.

"There is a lot of experimental work in the laboratory and in animals suggesting the beneficial effect of milk thistle extract," Raman Venkataramanan, PhD, FCP, tells WebMD... silymarin, an extract of milk thistle, acts on biochemical pathways to aid in detoxification.

"In the laboratory, silymarin is quite protective against liver damage," Aggarwal tells WebMD. "It is approved in Europe for liver damage, especially that induced by alcohol, and seems to have no adverse effects."

As some ingredients in milk thistle could interact with prescription medications, he warns that patients "must inform their primary care physicians of their use of milk thistle extract so that they can be evaluated for signs and symptoms of potential overdosing of their medications."

Best Liver Detox recommends #1 NOW Liver Detoxifier & Regenerator, This is one of the best liver detoxification products one can find online, with established performance metrics. It is a good product that helps answer the question of how to cleanse your liver naturally... Now Liver Detoxifier & Regenerator has the ability to remove most toxins that are preventing your liver from functioning the right way. This liver Detoxifier & Regenerator contains Milk Thistle Extract and other essential herbs that help with better liver functions... The formula also includes two amino acids, which are required for the production of glutathione, a well-known free radical scavenger. You’re required to take 3 capsules daily. Best to take this liver dietary supplement helper with your food.

Causes of Liver Toxicity

Over 90% of packaged foods are simply not good for your internal organs, and your liver is the bearer and deliverer of the eventual bad news. From my research and talking to health professionals, here are some of the products and activities that can lead to eventual liver failure.

Junk foods – most of the packaged foods sold with many false nutritional claims are just toxins that would overwhelm your liver. Animal fats, fried foods, sugar, caffeine, high corn fructose syrup, are just some of the ingredients one should avoid if you want your liver to serve you well into old-age. Pay more attention to how your fast foods are prepared, and look up the ingredients list before consuming them.

Drinking alcohol – Forget the industry supported claim that some red wine is good for you. Would you consider a substance good, if it provides two positive-benefits but also provide five negative effects? You should look at alcohol the same way. The damages caused by drinking, far surpasses any perceived benefits. After many years of drinking, most people do get alcoholic hepatitis, which is a known condition of liver inflammation.

Pain Killers sold over the counter – some of your non-prescription pain relievers can damage your liver, especially if taken on a regular basis or in conjunction with alcohol. The list of pain killers with ingredients that can be toxic to your liver include: aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, Advil, ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, and any product containing acetaminophen.

There are also many prescription drugs with ingredients that could lead to serious liver injury. Unfortunately, many of our best medical practitioners are now in “bed” with the pharmaceutical industry, so it is up to you to ask questions about your prescribed medicine, before taking it.

Popular medications like: lovastatin, amoxicillin-clavulanate, fluvastatin, rosuvastatin, etc have ingredients that are not friendly to your liver. Certain antibiotics, antivirals and anabolic steroids should be avoided at all cost, if you want a well-functioning liver.

Even some Supplements and Herbs – some of the popular herbs one should avoid includes: chaparral, comfrey, cascara, ephedra and kava. Keep your vitamin supplements out of the reach of children, because overdose can lead to liver damage.

Industrial chemicals – the most obvious one I can point to, is the one used to clean your garments called carbon tetrachloride or perchloroethylene. Luckily, many eco-friendly cleaners are now doing away with this toxic substance, but the use is still prevalent with-in the industry.

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Cherokee DNA ... scientists have labeled the Cherokees not as Native Americans, but as a Middle Eastern-North African population. The implication is that they are indeed, the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. DNA Consultants, has now tested a much larger population on the North Carolina Reservation and gotten similar results. The Cherokees seem to be the people that Brent Kennedy thought the Melungeons were.

The Cherokees tested had high levels of DNA test markers associated with the Berbers, native Egyptians, Turks, Lebanese, Hebrews and Mesopotamians. Genetically, they are more Jewish than the typical American Jew of European ancestry. So-called “full-blooded” Cherokees had high levels of European DNA and a trace of Asiatic (Native American) DNA. 80 Some “card-carrying” Cherokees had almost no Asiatic DNA. The European DNA contained a much higher level of DNA test markers associated with the Iberian Peninsula that was typical of Caucasian Americans. The level of haplogroup T in the Cherokee (26.9%) approximated the percentage for Egypt (25%), one of the only lands where T attains a major position among the various mitochondrial lineages. The lab claims that their skin color and facial features are primarily Semitic in origin, not Native American.

Why you shouldn't give your doctor your Social Security number Health care providers don't need the information, but the rules are different for health insurance companies

Are We Taking Some Medicines for Too Long?


Available both over the counter and in prescription strength, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have long carried warnings about potential heart attack and stroke risks. Earlier this month, though, the FDA decided to strengthen warnings on those medications, which include ibuprofen and naproxen.

After looking at new safety information, the agency determined the risks are greater than first thought, and are seen even with short-term use and in people without a history of heart disease.

“The risk appears greater at higher doses,” according to the FDA. “Use the lowest effective amount for the shortest possible time.”

Talk to your doctor before you stop taking NSAIDs or if you feel you need them for an extended period, experts say. Ask why you’re taking the drug and if there are other options.

Sleeping Pills

Whether or not they are anticholinergics, prescription and over-the-counter sleeping pills are not for long-term, nightly use.

“You can build up a tolerance to them and then the same dose will no longer be effective,” Chou says. This can make sleeping even harder.


For many people, the potential risks that statins bring do not outweigh the main benefit: prevention of heart disease. For instance, “We may need to reduce your risk or prevent a second heart attack,” Marciniak says.

In rare cases, statins can hurt your liver. You should call your doctor if you are unusually tired, have lost your appetite, or have right upper abdominal discomfort, dark urine, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

Some people who take statins say they had mild memory loss after starting the drug, but researchers say there is not enough evidence to support a connection between the two. Side effects such as muscle pain may also be common.

Your Mouth and Your Health Some studies show that people with gum disease are more likely have heart disease than those with healthy gums.

Diabetes can reduce the body’s resistance to infection. Elevated blood sugars increase the risk of developing gum disease. What's more, gum disease can make it harder to keep blood sugar levels in check. Protect your gums by keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. Brush after each meal and floss daily. See your dentist at least twice a year.

dry mouth (called xerostomia). Saliva helps protect teeth and gums from bacteria that cause cavities and gingivitis. So a perpetually dry mouth is more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Medications That Cause Dry Mouth

People under stress produce high levels of the hormone cortisol, which wreaks havoc on the gums and body. Stress also leads to poor oral care; more than 50% of people don't brush or floss regularly when stressed. Other stress-related habits include smoking, drinking alcohol, and clenching and grinding teeth (called bruxism).

Slideshow: Your Guide to Deep Vein Thrombosis Deskercise: Whenever you're at your desk -- or stuck traveling -- try to regularly move your feet and calf muscles. Try pumping your feet. While you're seated, put your feet flat on the floor. Raise your toes in the air while keeping your heels on the ground. Hold for 3 seconds. Then reverse -- plant your toes, raise your heels, and hold for 3 seconds... Keep moving: Regular physical activity is a great way to prevent DVT. Ankle circles: Looking for another easy exercise to do when you're sitting in a waiting room or at the movies? Lift your feet off the floor and circle them to the right. Do this for 15 seconds, then reverse. Set the timer on your computer to remind you to get up and walk aroung every hour.

Slideshow: A Visual Guide to a Heart Attack have pain, pressure, or discomfort in the chest. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, sweating, fainting, and nausea. You may also have pain in the neck, jaw, or shoulders. Men are more likely to break out in a cold sweat and feel pain move down the left arm during a heart attack. Women's symptoms are quite different.

Hemoglobin A1c Guidelines: Latest American Diabetes Association® Recommendations11/8/14. Older adults: Healthy+ less than 7.5 percent; Complex/intermediate health less than 8.0 percent

Hemoglobin A1c Test One important goal of diabetes treatment is to keep the blood glucose levels near the normal range of 70 to 120 mg/dl before meals and under 140 mg/dl at 2 hours after eating.

A1c(%) Mean blood sugar (mg/dl)
6       135
7       170
8       205
9       240
10       275
11       310
12       345

Of interest, studies have shown that there is a 10% decrease in relative risk for every 1% reduction in A1c. So, if a patient starts off with an A1c of 10.7 and drops to 8.2, though there are not yet at goal, they have managed to decrease their risk of microvascular complications by about 20%. The closer to normal the A1c, the lower the absolute risk for microvascular complications.

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Weight Loss

30 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Naturally (Backed by Science) Drinking 0.5 liters (17 oz) of water may increase the calories you burn by 24–30% for an hour afterward

Drinking water before meals may also lead to reduced calorie intake, especially for middle-aged and older people

Caffeinated coffee may boost your metabolism by 3–11% and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a whopping 23–50%

Glucomannan is one of several weight loss pills that has been proven to work.

This water-soluble, natural dietary fiber comes from the roots of the konjac plant, also known as the elephant yam.

Glucomannan is low in calories, takes up space in the stomach and delays stomach emptying. It also reduces the absorption of protein and fat, and feeds the beneficial gut bacteria

Green tea is a natural beverage that is loaded with antioxidants. Drinking green tea is linked with many benefits, such as increased fat burning and weight loss

Green tea may increase energy expenditure by 4% and increase selective fat burning by up to 17%, especially harmful belly fat

10 Herbs and Spices to Help You Lose Weight

Overview Cooking with herbs and spices is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to prevent diet boredom. Just a small sprinkle or shake can add a huge burst of flavor to your meals for little or no calories. "What’s more, many herbs and spices provide health benefits like weight loss, fighting inflammation, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol and even fighting dementia," says Karen Ansel, M.S., RDN. "Using them in place of salt can also boost your heart health and lower your risk of stroke.” Although there is no magic-bullet herb or spice to help you drop 10 pounds (sigh), some offer unique benefits to aid in your slim-down efforts, such as slightly boosting your metabolism, helping ward off hunger or balancing your blood sugar levels.

1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a spice widely used in Indian cuisine as well as in North African and Middle Eastern dishes. “If you crave fatty foods, curry powder may help quash your craving. Curry contains fenugreek, a seed that helps suppress fat cravings.

It may also help control blood sugar too,” says Karen Ansel, M.S., RDN. Fenugreek may stimulate insulin and slow the absorption of sugars in the stomach, which can lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

As a supplement, fenugreek seeds are used as a treatment for high cholesterol and diabetes.

To use in your food, Ansel recommends adding a pinch to plain Greek yogurt or using it as a savory dip for freshly sliced cucumbers and red bell peppers. 10 Surprising Flat-Belly Foods

2. Cumin

Several new studies reveal that cumin powder may be a natural weight-loss aid, helping to decrease body fat.

“One study even found that it was as effective as the weight-loss drug Orlistat. If that weren’t reason enough to add it to your spice rack, it has also been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides,” says Karen Ansel, M.S., RDN.

Another study found that overweight or obese women who consumed a little less than one teaspoon of cumin powder a day (or three grams) lost three pounds more than the non-cumin group over a three-month period. In addition, over the same three-month period, the cumin-eating group decreased their body fat percentage by about 14.6 percent -- almost three times that of the non-cumin group (4.9 percent).

To use this fat-burning spice, Ansel recommends stirring a heaping teaspoon into hummus. “In addition to its natural weight-loss properties, its extra kick will keep you satisfied so you’ll eat less,” adds Ansel.

3. Rosemary

Approved in Germany to treat digestive ailments, rosemary has been used for years as a spice for its medicinal benefits. More recently, rosemary is thought to help ward off hunger and may aid with weight loss.

“Rosemary is naturally rich in carnosic acid, a substance that keeps the pounds off by inhibiting the formation of fat cells. It also helps muscles soak up glucose, helping lower blood sugar levels and potentially moderating hunger,” says Karen Ansel, M.S., RDN.

While rosemary is an herb often used in cooking, the oil can also be extracted and used to make medicine.

4. Mustard

Mustard seeds, the small round seeds of various mustard plants, may slightly boost your metabolism. “Mustard may help you burn more calories. In one study researchers fed volunteers a meal that contained a little less than an ounce of mustard. Afterwards the volunteers’ calorie burn rose for four hours,” says Karen Ansel, M.S., RDN. Plus, unlike many other high-calorie condiments, mustard has only three calories per teaspoon, which can also help keep your calorie intake down. To include more in your meals, Ansel recommends whisking mustard into your favorite vinaigrette and drizzling it on sandwiches, salads, cooked string beans, broccoli or asparagus.

5. Black Pepper

One of the most common spices used, research suggests the same ingredient in black pepper that can make you sneeze may also help you slim down. A preliminary study on mouse cells published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that piperine, the pungent-tasting component in black pepper, may interfere with the formation of new fat cells.

The researchers think piperine may also set off a metabolic chain reaction that helps keep fat in check in other ways; however, human studies are needed to confirm this.

6. Ginger

Used for decades to treat nausea and other digestive problems, ginger has recently gained attention as a weight-loss aid. “Ginger is a natural appetite suppressant, helping you feel full so you eat less overall,” says Karen Ansel, M.S., RDN. Researchers believe ginger creates thermogenesis, an action that helps you burn more calories.

However, research from human trials is needed to confirm these findings since the weight-loss benefits of ginger have only been observed in animal studies. Regardless as to what degree ginger may reduce body weight, it’s a healthful way to spice up your meal.

“Try a big pinch of sweet and spicy ground ginger as a calorie-free alternative to sweeten your oatmeal instead of sugar or honey,” suggests Ansel.

7. Turmeric

For 4,000 years, the plant turmeric has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, digestive problems, infections and some cancers. It is thought that the chemicals in turmeric may help decrease swelling (or inflammation), which could also have weight-loss benefits.

“Shown in some animal studies, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects exhibited by curcumin, a yellow pigment derived from the spice turmeric, may reduce body weight and increase metabolism. However, human clinical trials are needed to verify such benefits,” says McKenzie Hall, RD. To use in cooking, Hall says turmeric adds a warm, earthy aroma and flavor to poultry, seafood and vegetable dishes, including curries and chutneys.

8. Garlic

Long known to have numerous health benefits, garlic can reduce blood pressure, fight inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease and possibly protect against osteoarthritis. Now, adding to the list, garlic may help control body weight as well. A study published in the the Journal of Nutrition showed that feeding mice garlic for seven weeks reduced their fat stores and body weights as well as lessoned the effects of the unhealthy diet on their blood and liver values.

To get the most benefits from garlic, crush fresh garlic and let it sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before cooking with it. This will allow the enzymes that have been trapped in the garlic to be released and help retain up to 70 percent of the beneficial compounds in the garlic compared to cooking with it immediately after crushing.

9. Cinnamon

Popular with both children and adults for its trademark sweet aroma and flavor, cinnamon also benefits your health by providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Plus, research shows it may help control blood sugar levels.

“Cinnamon improves glucose levels for people with Type 2 diabetes -- this is not a direct weight-loss benefit, but many people with Type 2 diabetes struggle with their weight and need to closely manage their blood glucose levels,” says Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian, author of “Plant-Powered for Life.”

Palmer says cinnamon is not only popular in baked goods, she suggests sprinkling it on other things, such as your morning oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit dishes or trail mix. “You can even use it in savory dishes -- which is popular in many ethnic traditions. Try it in curry dishes and stews, for example,” adds Palmer.

10. Cayenne Pepper

If you’re not used to eating spicy food, turning up the heat might help boost your weight-loss efforts.

“Cayenne pepper, a source of capsaicin -- a phytochemical with cancer-protective, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects -- may also increase satiety, or the sense of fullness. This, in turn, may help to reduce overall food intake,” says McKenzie Hall, RD, co-founder of

A study at Purdue University found that about a half of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper either swallowed in a capsule or mixed into food helped normal-weight adults burn about 10 more calories over a four-hour period compared to those eating the same meal without the red pepper. Appetite also decreased the most in people who said they didn’t already eat spicy foods. To fire up your weight-loss efforts, Hall suggests adding hot pepper to your favorite stir-fries, stews and ethnic-inspired dishes.

Best Diet Tips Ever -- 22 Ways to Stay on Track

Experts Link Chemicals to Diabetes, Obesity If you're trying to lose weight, avoiding chemicals and plastics should be part of your plan, experts say.

“You may have a healthy meal, but if it’s in a plastic container, it’s leaching chemicals,” said Andrea Gore, PhD, a pharmacologist at the University of Texas at Austin in a webinar for reporters on Monday.

Gore said the evidence for these effects is now strong enough that everyone should take steps to avoid chemicals that block or mimic the action of hormones in the body.

Avoiding these kinds of chemicals is easier said than done, however, since no one knows how many of them exist or exactly how they’re being used. That’s because chemicals aren’t tested for safety before they used in products that are sold to consumers.

Some of the best-known hormone-disrupting chemicals include:

Bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S, which are used in some plastics, metal food cans, and cash register receipts

Phthalates, a class of chemicals that are used to soften plastic and also used in some perfumes, soaps, shampoos, and cosmetics

Some pesticides, like DDT

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical

“They act at very low doses,” she said.

Surprising Reasons You're Gaining Weight antidepressents, steroids like prednisone, medications for heartburn & blood pressure & diabetes, hypothyroidism [feel tired, weak, cold]

Fat-Fighting Foods Quinoa, cinnamon, hot peppers, green tea, watermelon, pears & apples, grapes, berries, raw vegetables, sweet potatoes, coffee, oatmeal, crisp breads (Whole-grain rye crackers), tabouli, soup, salad, vinegar, nuts, air-popped popcorn, beans,

Raw vegetables make an outstanding snack. They satisfy the desire to crunch, they're full of water to help you feel full, and they're low in calories. Half a cup of diced celery has just eight calories. Coat celery with a little peanut butter or dunking carrots in salsa. When you're in the mood for chips and dip, replace the chips with raw veggies.

Tabouli - A standout whole grain is bulgur wheat, the type found in tabouli. It's high in fiber and protein, but low in fat and calories. That helps you fill up with a minimum of calories. It also tastes great. To turn this dish into a meal, you could add beans and stir in extra tomato, cucumber, and parsley.

Beans - Beans are a vegetable, a protein, and a great source of fiber. You feel full for very few calories. TOpen a can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and toss them into soup or salad or mash them up to use as a dip. One cup packs 12 grams of fiber, just 4 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein.

Dry Mouth You get it when your mouth makes very little saliva -- or even none at all. What little saliva you have might be thick and stringy. Saliva helps you taste food and drinks and it helps you digest food. It flushes food particles away from your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. Another name for dry mouth is xerostomia.

Because saliva isn't getting rid of food particles in your mouth like it should, you may get bad breath... Dry mouth may also make you hoarse or cause a tickle in your throat.

More than 400 types of medications can cause dry mouth, including non-prescription drugs for allergies and cold symptoms, and many prescription drugs for high blood pressure, overactive bladder... Dry mouth can be caused by a medical condition called Sjögren's syndrome. Sjögren's is an autoimmune disorder where white blood cells attack the body's tear and salivary glands. This leads to dry eyes and dry mouth. People with diabetes and HIV/AIDS may also have dry mouth.


pansalt [pan suola] What is PANSALT®?

PANSALT® is a low-Sodium mineral salt containing Iodine that has the taste, look and texture of common salt.

PANSALT® is composed of:

56-57% Sodium Chloride
28% Potassium Chloride
12% Magnesium Sulphate
2% Lysine HydroChloride
0.0036% Iodine

Does PANSALT® contain salt?

Yes. In fact, PANSALT® is salt. Its unique patented formula allows for the reduction of its Sodium content. PANSALT® only has about half the Sodium found in common salt and is made nutritive by the essential minerals Potassium and Magnesium-- two important minerals for a healthy heart, not contained in common salt.

Who invented PANSALT®? How did PANSALT® come about?

PANSALT® is a quality innovation in health foods spearheaded by Heikki Karppanen, M.D., a Professor at the University of Helsinki, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Finland.

Salt Substitute Can Be Dangerous To Your Health! Salt substitutes depend on potassium to replace the salty flavor of salt therefore can overload the system when taking certain medications!

For instance a man taking aldactone(spironolactone) and lasix (furosemide) was admitted to the hospital in Madison WI. He was lethargic, weak and with labored breathing. His blood pressure was dangerously low and his pulse was all of 12 to 15 beats per minute. The ECG revealed him to be on the verge of cardiac arrest. His serum potassium level was dangerously high at 7.8. The doctors were totally puzzled until his wife revealed he had started to use a salt substitute several days earlier.

Sodium is supposed to be the culprit that is dangerous in salt, of course I differ with that, but there are dangerous things in regular table salt that endangers health also. Regular table salt has aluminum among other things used in the extraction process of salt, that are dangerous. I for one believe that they have this all wrong, it's not the sodium but the contaminants in commercial table salt, but no data to back it up, as there hasn't been studies geared to the contaminants in regular table salt.

Some do and some don't but all have potassium chloride, which is dangerous to the very ones who seem to be consuming it for health reasons. Salt free diets are usually recommended to those who have hypertension and/or heart problems. Making this dangerous to the very ones who are taking heart and hypertension medications in conjunction with the salt substitute.

Too much potassium can be harmful if you have kidney problems or you're taking certain medications to treat high blood pressure or heart failure. Potassium-sparing diuretic drugs causes your kidneys to retain potassium. If you take a potassium-sparing diuretic and use a salt substitute containing potassium, too much potassium can build up in your body. Possible side effects include potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances and even death.

sour salt (powdered citric acid)

Effects of High Levels of Potassium A high level of potassium in your body is called hyperkalemia. Common side effects of having a high level of potassium include diarrhea and nausea. Serious side effects such as muscle weakness, slowed heart rate and abnormal heart rhythm can be signs of an extremely elevated level of potassium.

Drug Interactions from Potassium Salt Substitutes

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports if you take NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxyn sodium, you should check with your doctor before using potassium salt substitutes. People taking ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers for certain heart conditions may experience harmful side effects from potassium salt substitutes. Some diuretics, antibiotics, insulin and blood thinners may react with a potassium salt substitute by increasing the amount of potassium in your body. Check with your doctor before using potassium salt substitutes to prevent life threatening side effects, such as heart failure and sudden death.

L-Lysine Monohydrochloride is in ALSO SALT substitute. No info.

The Use of L-Lysine Monohydrochloride in Combination with Mercurial Diuretics in the Treatment of Refractory Fluid Retention

Lysine No safety concerns despite wide use.

Lysine is an amino acid found in the protein of foods such as beans, cheese, yogurt, meat, milk, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, and other animal proteins. Proteins derived from grains such as wheat and corn tend to be low in lysine content... The average 70 kg human requires 800 to 3,000 mg of lysine daily.

Lysine has been studied for the prevention and treatment of herpes infections and cold sores. It also increases the intestinal absorption of calcium and eliminates its excretion by the kidney, suggesting that it might be helpful in osteoporosis. Lysine has been investigated for its effects on increasing muscle mass, lowering glucose, and improving anxiety.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Calcium Stearate? Is in ALSO SALT. Calcium stearate is a calcium salt derived from calcium oxide and stearic acid that is commonly found in cosmetics, plastics and food products. There are both pros and cons of using calcium stearate. This substance is very useful when used as a thickening agent, flow agent and waterproofing agent, which makes it popular in cosmetics and other products. A disadvantage of using this substance is that it can cause irritation, and when using calcium stearate in soap, it can leave behind a slimy film. Another disadvantage is that many vegetarians and vegans are forced to avoid products that contain stearic acid, since it is sometimes derived from beef tallow.

One of the greatest advantages of calcium stearate is that it can be used in a variety of products to accomplish a number of different goals. In cosmetics, food and other products, it is used to prevent caking, improve texture and thicken materials. This substance is also used as a flow agent, which means that it reduces friction and facilitates the flow of other substances.

Blood Pressure

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Lowering your blood pressure below current guidelines may save your life. Maintaining a systolic blood pressure of 120 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg)—instead of the current guidelines for 140 mm Hg—could reduce risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death, according to study results released today from the National Institutes of Health’s Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). It’s what the Physicians Committee already recommends in our Eight Ways to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure report.

In the NIH study of people 50 years or older, blood pressure medication was used to achieve a target systolic pressure of 120 mm Hg. That reduced rates of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and heart failure, as well as stroke, by almost a third and the risk of death by almost a quarter, as compared to the target systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg.

Of course, you’ll want to talk to your physician about the best way to reach your ideal blood pressure. But remember that medications aren’t the only route to lower blood pressure. You can start lowering your blood pressure today with these Eight Ways to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure. Then make sure to share the tips with your doctor at your next visit.

Eight Ways to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure Blood Pressure and Vegetarian Diets, a global meta-analysis published Feb. 24, 2014, in JAMA Internal Medicine, finds a nutrient-packed vegetarian diet can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Eight Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

  1. Know Your Numbers. Aim for a total blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg.

  2. Choose Plant-Based Foods. Vegetarian diets lower blood pressure by 7/5 mm Hg.

  3. Reduce Salt Intake. Adults should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium each day.

  4. Power Up with Potassium. Consume at least 4,700 mg of potassium each day by consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables.

  5. Maintain a Healthy Weight. Maintain a trim waistline. Keep BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. A plant-based diet will help you get there.

  6. Exercise. Participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.

  7. Limit Alcohol Intake. Limit alcohol consumption. Women should consume less than one drink per day (due to breast cancer risk), men no more than two.

  8. Avoid Tobacco. Smoking doubles your risk for heart disease.

Blood Pressure Fact: When you avoid animal fats and added oils, your blood becomes less viscous—that is, it’s less “thick.” It becomes more like water and less like grease, and that means it flows more easily through your arteries. Your heart no longer has to push as hard to keep your blood moving. Plant-based foods are naturally rich in potassium and low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol.

Alcohol can cause a sudden rise in blood pressure. Women should consume less than one alcoholic beverage per day (daily alcohol use increases breast cancer risk),16 and men should limit themselves to no more than two drinks.17An alcoholic beverage is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled liquor.

Blood Pressure Fact: The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute finds modifying alcohol consumption can lower systolic blood pressure by an average of 2 to 4 mm Hg.

Notes from Dr. Merritt / Jim Grey email:

Take your BP regularly. Find out what your BP is doing throughout the day. Direct sunlight can lower your BP within moments. Sunlight triggers production of nitric oxide in your body and widens the blood vessels.

Indian breathing technique blocks cortisol which causes stress. The "4-7-8" breath. Do sitting or standing.

Breathe in [through your nose] for a count of 4.
Hold your breath for a count of 7.
Exhale [through your mouth] for a count of 8.

Do this four times in a row, once in the morning and once at bedtime. It makes going to sleep easier.

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Get Started With Exercise to Lower Blood Pressure slide show. Exercise is one of the keys to lower your blood pressure. Working out also boosts the effectiveness of blood pressure medication if you're already being treated for hypertension.

Find activities you enjoy, and aim for 30 minutes a day of "exercise" on most days of the week. GARDENING.

Get Stronger. Do weights.

Do something that's moderate in intensity -- like brisk walking -- for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week. That may be enough to keep you off medications

Start slowly to prevent injuries. Start with 10 to 15 minutes of exercise you enjoy, such as walking around the block or on a treadmill. You can gradually make your workouts longer and more challenging.

If you're new to exercise, remember to pace yourself. Select a low- to moderate-intensity exercise such as gentle forms of gardening, or any other activity that you can do at a moderate pace. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise as you become fitter, to help maintain your lowered blood pressure.

Add 10-minute mini-workouts, and do these throughout your busy day. For example, you can walk in place or do calisthenics for 10 minutes.

Warming up before exercise and cooling down after are important for people with high blood pressure. These exercises let your heart rate rise and return to normal gradually. Walking in place or on a treadmill for 10 minutes is fine for warming up before exercise and also for cooling down.

Some heart medications such as beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers can slow your heart rate.

Exercise and High Blood Pressure: How to move, for how long, and what workouts to avoid

It Doesn’t Take Much

If you’re a beginner, start with 10 to 15 minutes. Add 5-minute increments every 2 to 4 weeks. Try to add more time gradually until you reach 30 to 60 minutes a day, 3 to 5 days a week.

Be Smart About Strength Training

Strength training can be good for your blood pressure, too. But don't lift heavy weights. Learn from a pro what you need to do, and don't hold your breath.

“Always use lower resistances and higher repetitions, and always exhale on muscle exertion,” Bryant says.

beta-blockers are sometimes used to treat hypertension, but they can also lower your heart rate and affect your stamina.

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Lakewood Organic Super Beet Juice recommend 8 oz. TWICE daily.. For best quality and freshness, use within two weeks of opening. Natural juice products will settle. SHAKE WELL BEFORE SERVING.

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright ~ Four Things Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About High Blood Pressure! vit. D [no hypertension in tropics--60-100 optimum],

toxic heavy metals--lead, mercury, et al. Cadmium is worst. Chelation cut death rates in diabetics by 40%.

Insulin resistance drives up blood pressure. Need diet & exercise. ,

Calcium channel blockers. Not enough magnesium. Need 300-400 mg per day in form of cream to rub on skin. Dr. Jonathan V. Wright ~ Safe Natural Treatment for Hypertension

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright ~

Efficacy of Berberine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Berberine has been shown to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism.. Fasting plasma insulin and HOMA-IR were reduced by 28.1% and 44.7%. this pilot study indicates that berberine is a potent oral hypoglycemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism.

What Most Doctors Won’t Tell You About High Blood Pressure Solutions that get overlooked: There are a number of natural approaches that can reduce your blood pressure or even eliminate your need for blood pressure medication. Unfortunately, most doctors have not been trained in these therapies, and there is rarely enough time during rushed office visits to discuss them.

1.Get more potassium. Muscles in the heart and blood vessels require this mineral to contract normally and maintain a healthy blood pressure. We should consume five times more potassium than sodium, yet most of us get eight to 10 times more sodium than potassium.

If we increased our potassium intakes to the recommended amount of 4,700 mg daily and restricted our sodium intakes to recommended levels of 2,300 mg or less daily, studies show that we could see a 10% drop in hypertension rates.

My advice: Avoid processed foods (typically salt-saturated) and eat eight to 10 daily servings of vegetables and fruits, which are naturally high in potassium and low in sodium.

Good potassium sources: Sweet potatoes, bananas, green beans, cantaloupe, orange juice, tomatoes (fresh or cooked) and prunes. Caution: Never use potassium supplements unless prescribed by your doctor — they can be dangerous if you take certain medications or have kidney disease.

2. Add nuts to your diet. In a Pennsylvania State University study, men who consumed 1.5 ounces of pistachios (about 60 nuts) daily for four weeks averaged a 4.8 mm Hg drop in systolic (top number) blood pressure.

The benefits likely stem from pistachios’ healthful fats — one ounce has fewer than 2 g of potentially harmful saturated fat and nearly 11 g of healthful mono and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower blood pressure by reducing arterial inflammation and improving blood vessel dilation. Reductions in blood pressure also have been found with a similar daily intake of almonds and walnuts.

My advice: Get 30% of your calories from mono- and polyunsaturated fats (unsalted nuts are a good source)… restrict saturated fat to no more than 10% of total daily fat intake. Eliminate all trans fats from your diet. Good sources of mono- and polyunsaturated fats: In addition to nuts — salmon, ground flaxseed, olive oil and canola oil.

3. Get enough protein. Hypertension rates are lower in populations that consume high amounts of protein — possibly due to natural compounds in protein that inhibit the production of a chemical that constricts blood vessels.

The milk proteins casein and whey are especially abundant sources of amino acids that may also lower blood pressure. In a recent six-week trial, people with prehypertension or mild-to-moderate hypertension who consumed 20 g daily of whey protein saw their systolic pressure drop by an average of 8 mm Hg and their diastolic (bottom number) pressure fall by an average of 5.5 mm Hg.

My advice: Consume approximately 1.5 g of protein daily for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. (For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, aim for 109 g of protein daily.) Include 30 g of whey protein (available at health-food stores in drink powders and shake mixes), with the balance coming from high-protein foods such as fish, poultry, grass-fed beef (grass contains healthful omega-3 fatty acids), low-fat dairy products and beans.

4. Boost your vitamin-D levels. The lower your vitamin D levels, the higher your risk for hypertension, diabetes and certain cancers, according to recent studies. Our bodies produce vitamin D when sunlight hits our skin, but few Americans get enough sun to manufacture sufficient levels of the vitamin. Even in Nashville, where I practice, 90% of my patients are vitamin D deficient.

My advice: Because sun exposure increases skin cancer risk (and sunscreen blocks the production of vitamin D), take daily supplements totaling 2,000 international units (IU) to 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 (the most active form). That’s higher than the federally recommended 400 IU to 600 IU daily, but most researchers now agree that more is needed to safeguard health. Do not exceed 10,000 IU daily — high doses can cause adverse effects, such as nausea and headache.

5. Consult a chiropractor. For a recent study at the University of Chicago Medical Center, 25 patients with stage 1 hypertension underwent a treatment known as the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) technique, which involves realignment of the topmost vertebra. Another 25 patients received a placebo treatment. Eight weeks later, doctors found that those who had had the real chiropractic adjustment averaged a 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic pressure and an 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic pressure than those in the other group. Researchers theorize that misaligned vertebra may pinch arteries and nerves affecting blood flow.

My advice: While more studies are needed, it may be worth consulting a chiropractor, particularly if you suffer from both neck pain and hypertension. Important: Only licensed chiropractors certified in NUCCA techniques are qualified to perform this procedure. To find a qualified chiropractor, consult the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (800-541-5799,

6. Try audio relaxation programs. Researchers at Seattle University College of Nursing found that when older adults listened for 12 minutes three times weekly to an audio relaxation program, their systolic blood pressure dropped by an average of 9 mm Hg.

The audio program consisted of a soothing voice guiding the listener through a progressive muscle relaxation sequence with the sound of ocean waves in the background. Progressive relaxation calms the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls blood vessel function.

My advice: Buy audio relaxation CDs on-line or look for such programs at your local library.

7. Consider taking certain supplements. Several nutritional supplements are advertised as having blood pressure–lowering effects. But the strongest evidence supports the use of… *

Co-enzyme Q10. Studies indicate 39% of patients with hypertension also have a coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiency, compared with only about 6% of people without hypertension. Meanwhile, a dozen clinical trials have found CoQ10 to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by up to 10 mm Hg, without adverse side effects.

My advice: Ask your doctor about trying 200 mg of CoQ10 daily.

Alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine. In a recent Boston University School of Medicine study, researchers found that systolic pressure dropped by nine points in patients with coronary artery disease who combined these supplements for eight weeks — largely due to a relaxation of the arteries.

My advice: Try 100 mg of R-lipoic acid (the natural form of alpha-lipoic acid) twice daily… and 500 mg twice daily of acetyl-L-carnitine.

Easy Moves to Lower Blood Pressure You don't have to be an athlete, either.

Find activities you enjoy, and aim for 30 minutes a day of "exercise" on most days of the week.. hiking, gardening, and anything else that gets your heart beating a bit faster. Since you're going to be making it a habit, pick things you'll want to do often, walking & gardening.

Do something that's moderate in intensity -- like brisk walking -- for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week. That may be enough to keep you off medications or help them work better. Exercise can lower your blood pressure by as much as five to 15 points.

Start slowly to prevent injuries. Start with 10 to 15 minutes of exercise you enjoy,

Pace Yourself to Avoid Injury--If you're new to exercise, remember to pace yourself. Select a low- to moderate-intensity exercise such as gentle forms of yoga, gardening, or any other activity that you can do at a moderate pace. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise as you become fitter, to help maintain your lowered blood pressure.

Commit to making exercise part of your schedule. Find a time that works for you.

Do Mini-Workouts--Add 10-minute mini-workouts, and do these throughout your busy day. For example, you can jog in place or do calisthenics for 10 minutes. Three 10-minute mini-workouts equal 30 minutes of daily exercise in little bits of time you won't miss.

Warm Up and Cool Down--Warming up before exercise and cooling down after are important for people with high blood pressure. These exercises let your heart rate rise and return to normal gradually. Walking in place or on a treadmill for 10 minutes is fine for warming up before exercise and also for cooling down.

Dr. Marlene Merritt notes:

Worst food--Processed foods injected with buckets of sodium, saturated with sugar. They crowd out the wholesome foods our bodies need. Even bread and pasta are bad.

Pau D'Arco Tea:

Pau d'arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) is native to South America, where it has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, arthritis, inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis), fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers, and various cancers.

Pau d'Arco or Taheeebo Pau d'Arco bark has active principles, mainly lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids. The dried inner bark of Pau d'Arco can be used as a tea which has a taste that is just a little bit harsh, and a color that may remind you of sepia-toned photographs. Some claim that it is useful in managing diabetes. It is also suggested that this plant is useful in treating other medical conditions, amongst which are fibromyalgia (FMS) and lupus (SLE). This herbal tea is used by many during the cold and flu season, and is a remedy for smoker's cough. Another medicinal use of Pau d'Arco is as an expectorant: to promote "coughing up" by the lungs in order to free mucus and contaminants that had been lodged there.

Candida Albicans, a fungus which causes yeast infections, has also been treated by the Pau d'Arco herb. Aside from patients dealing with candida problems, those with other issues involving fungi or yeasts -- such as Aspergillus -- may also be helped due to the antifungal nature of lapachol. Moreover, it is claimed that certain bacteria are affected by this compound, so help may also be available for people with issues of that nature, including: C. diff, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori (common cause of stomach ulcers), Brucella, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and dysentery.

This herb is claimed to be useful as an antioxidant. Moreover, Pau d'Arco is confirmed as being an antiparisitic against various parasites, including: malaria, schistosoma, and trypanosoma. Antiviral uses have been displayed by Pau d'Arco against several viruses, one of which is vesicular stomatitis virus, shortened as VSV. Additionally, the herb has even demonstrated usefulness in fighting inflammation.

Cuba's health system Cuba, a country of 11 million people, has achieved health outcomes that are the envy of the Third World. It has one of the lowest infant and young child (under age 5) mortality rates and longest life expectancies in the Americas, outperforming the U.S. on all three of these indicators[6] (although the maternal mortality rate is still considerably higher than that in rich countries[7]). This year, Cuba also became the first nation in the world that, according to the World Health Organization, had eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.[8] How has a Third World country, subjected to decades of economic sanctions, accomplished this?

Part of the answer lies in the post-revolutionary government’s establishment of a comprehensive, universal health care system — structured around primary and preventive care — with a network of physicians, nurses and home health workers generally living in the same community as their patients.

To ensure adequate staffing for this initiative, the government invested heavily in medical education, which resulted in Cuba having nearly three times as many physicians per capita as the U.S.[10] This also enabled the country to send a self-reported total of 130,000 of its own health professionals to provide low- or no-cost medical care to patients in other Third World countries, with nearly 37,000 working in 70 countries as of 2008.[11] Cuba was among the first to respond to the past year’s Ebola epidemic, sending more doctors to Sierra Leone than any country besides Great Britain.

The country’s universal vaccination programs eradicated many previously commonplace childhood and tropical diseases, including polio, measles and diphtheria.[13] Many of the vaccines, as well as other medications, are manufactured by a domestic pharmaceutical industry that was developed, in part, in response to the U.S. embargo. This biotechnology sector employs about 10,000 people and manufactures most of the medicines used in the country, including 33 vaccines, 33 cancer drugs, 18 drugs to treat cardiovascular disease and seven drugs for other diseases.[14],[15] At one point, Cuba was the leading provider of pharmaceuticals to Latin America and also supplied medicines to several Asian countries.[16] Its medical infrastructure is also relatively advanced, with 22 medical campuses and academic journals in all of the major medical specialties.

Much of the progress made in improving the well-being of the Cuban population also traces back to policies independent of the health care sector, including universal education, guaranteed nutrition, clean drinking water and modern sanitation.[18] Perhaps more important were the Cuban government’s egalitarian economic policies that dramatically reduced the wealth inequalities that had existed prior to the revolution.[19] An extensive body of research shows that income inequality is closely associated with, and likely a critical determinant of, population health, and Cuba is no exception.

What makes Cuba’s health advancements all the more remarkable is that they were achieved under more than five decades of a stifling economic embargo. In 1962, three years after the Cuban revolution, the U.S. instituted the embargo to cripple Cuba’s economy,[21] in the hope that the pain inflicted on the Cuban people would spur them to overthrow the government. (The embargo was just one of several methods employed by the U.S. to do away with the Cuban government; see text box below for more details.)

In a comprehensive 1997 report documenting the impact of the U.S. embargo of Cuba, the American Association for World Health (AAWH) observed that it was “one of the few embargoes of recent years … that explicitly include[d] foods and medicines in its virtual ban on bilateral commercial ties.”[22] The report found that the tightening of the embargo during the 1990s had resulted in shortages of drugs, water treatment supplies and food, leading to malnutrition and waterborne diseases, among other problems.[23] The AAWH concluded that “[a] humanitarian catastrophe [resulting from the embargo] has been averted only because the Cuban government has maintained a high level of budgetary support for a health care system designed to deliver primary and preventive health care to all of its citizens.”

Amnesty International followed the AAWH report with its own 2009 analysis of how the embargo had affected the “economic and social rights” of the Cuban people.[25] The report documented numerous instances in which Cuba was unable to import a range of medical supplies, including HIV and psychiatric medicines, vaccines and syringes, medical devices, diagnostic equipment, condoms, and pediatric nutritional products.

The U.S. has long been isolated from the rest of the world on its policy towards Cuba. Every year since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly (188-2 was last year’s tally) in favor of a resolution calling on the U.S. to end the embargo.[27] Nevertheless, The New York Times claimed in an editorial last year that it was not the U.S. but Cuba that suffered from a “beleaguered international standing.”

Nasal Irrigation: Natural Relief for Cold & Allergy Symptoms step-by-step guide to see how to do it

You may see results after just one or two times. The benefits grow as you continue to do it. One study showed that long-term nasal irrigation helped people feel in control of their sinus symptoms and really improved their quality of life.

Common Allergy Triggers

Probiotic/Prebiotic Foods

8 Habits That Are Bad for Your HeartAre you drinking a little more than you should? Working out a little less? See which habits take a toll on your ticker, and what you can do.

1. Banking on Your Workout
Do you exercise? That’s great. But if you sit down for most of the rest of your day, that’s a problem. You need to be active all day long. Little bursts count. If you have a desk job, take a short walk every hour to boost your circulation, even if it’s just to your break room and back. Binge-watching your favorite show? Get up and dance, or do push-ups during the commercials.

One Drink Too Many
For most people, moderate drinking (one a day for women, up to two daily for men) is OK. A daily drink may even have some benefits for the heart. But more than that can raise levels of certain fats in the blood and blood pressure, too. That’s especially true if you have several drinks at a time. So stick to your daily limit.

9 Tips for Flat Abs

No. 1: Improve Your Posture

Slouch and your stomach pooches. Straighten up, and your tummy looks trimmer without breaking a sweat! For better posture, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep your shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger, not one draped on a peg. Draw your navel to your spine. Not least, keep your weight even on the balls of your feet and your heels.

No. 3: Try the Canoe Twist

Stand upright, feet apart. Lock your fingers to create a solid grip. Exhale, and sweep the hands, arms, shoulders, and chest to the left, as if you were rowing a canoe. At the same time, lift the left knee up and to the right. Inhale and return to the starting position. Exhale and perform the movement to the right. Keep switching sides for 20 reps.

No. 4: Do the Cat Kick

Stand with feet together, arms out at your sides like airplane wings. Exhale, and lift the right leg forward and up. At the same time, sweep the arms forward at shoulder level and round your spine, like a cat. The navel should feel as though it's pressing toward the spine. Inhale, open back up, and return to the starting position. Repeat with your left leg. Switch between sides for 20 reps.

No. 5: Practice the Pilates Zip Up

Stand upright with heels together, toes slightly turned out. Bring your arms up, hands joined, below the chin. Exhale and press your arms down. Keep your hands and arms very close to the body. At the same time, lift your heels off the ground onto your tiptoes. Hold for two seconds at the "top,” inhale, and return to the starting position. The abs go "in and up" and the arms go down. Do 20 reps.

No. 6: Examine Your Diet

You can do ab exercises until the cows come home. But if you've got extra belly fat, your strong abs won't show. To budge the belly fat, you have to look at what you eat and how active you are. Eat less and move more, and make good-for-you food choices.

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Diabetes & Diet

Vegan diets, free of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products, contain no cholesterol and less fat and saturated fat, which contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease risk, in addition to diabetes risk.2 Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, making vegan diets the most healthful overall.

A vegan diet may also help with complications associated with diabetes. One that often goes unmentioned is neuropathy, or pain or numbness in the hands and feet through nerve damage caused by diabetes. This pain can cause other complications and severely lower quality of life. A low-fat vegan diet may reduce pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, according to a study published in Nutrition & Diabetes.

Conventional Medicine

Is Medicine Really the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US? Probably not. Compelling evidence says it is THE leading cause of death, even ahead of heart disease and cancer.

A troubling report just published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) calculates that medical errors kill 251,000 Americans each year, making it the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease.

This figure is shocking enough, but it still may understate the problem. Dr. Gary Null, an award-winning journalist and a leading advocate of natural healing, calculated in his book Death by Medicine that conventional medicine is actually the number one cause of death in the US, killing 783,936 a year. Even this number may be an underestimate

Conventional medicine usually claims that natural medicine is neither effective nor proven safe, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. These attacks also raise a vital question: Are the defenders of a system that kills more Americans than both heart disease and cancer really in a position to determine what is safe?

Drugs Doctors Wouldn't Take Prilosec and Nexium

Heartburn can be uncomfortable, but heart attacks can be fatal, which is why the FDA has investigated a suspected link between cardiac trouble and the acid-reflux remedies Prilosec and Nexium. In December 2007, the agency concluded that there was no "likely" connection. Translation: The scientific jury is still out. In the meantime, there are other reasons to be concerned. Because Prilosec and Nexium are proton-pump inhibitors, they are both incredibly effective at stopping acid production in the stomach — perhaps too effective.

A lack of acid may raise your risk of pneumonia, because the same stuff that makes your chest feel as if it's burning also kills incoming bacteria and viruses. You may also have an elevated risk of bone loss — in the less acidic environment, certain forms of calcium may not be absorbed effectively during digestion. "The risk of a fracture has been estimated to be over 40 percent higher in patients who use these drugs long-term, and the risk clearly increases with duration of therapy," says Dr. Rodgers.

Your new strategy: When you feel the fire, first try to extinguish it with Zantac 150 or Pepcid AC. Both of these OTC products work by blocking histamine from stimulating the stomach cells that produce acid. Just know that neither drug is a long-term fix.

"To really cure the problem, lose weight," says Michael Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and co-author of "YOU: The Owner's Manual." That's because when you're overweight, excess belly fat puts pressure on and changes the angle of your esophagus, pulling open the valve that's supposed to prevent stomach-acid leaks. This in turn makes it easier for that burning sensation to travel up into your chest.


Forget that this decongestant can be turned into methamphetamine. People with heart disease or hypertension should watch out for any legitimate drug that contains pseudoephedrine. See, pseudoephedrine doesn't just constrict the blood vessels in your nose and sinuses; it can also raise blood pressure and heart rate, setting the stage for vascular catastrophe. Over the years, pseudoephedrine has been linked to heart attacks and strokes. "Pseudoephedrine can also worsen symptoms of benign prostate disease and glaucoma," says Dr. Rodgers.

Your new strategy: Other OTC oral nasal decongestants can contain phenylephrine, which has a safety profile similar to pseudoephedrine's. A 2007 review didn't find enough evidence that phenylephrine was effective. Our advice: Avoid meds altogether and clear your nasal passages with a neti pot, the strangely named system that allows you to flush your sinuses with saline.

What Doctors Won't Do Take statins, sleeping pills or be resuscitated

Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America's Third Largest Cause of Death, And What Can Be Done About It A new book lays out the very real dangers each of us faces whenever we enter a hospital.

[Dr. Lucian] Leape was famous for speaking at national conferences to hundreds of physicians and asking them to “raise your hand if you know of a physician you work with who should not be practicing because he or she is dangerous?” Every hand had gone up, and still goes up today when [Martin] Makary asks the same question.

98,000 preventable medical error deaths per year—that stuck in the public mind. Death consecrates a problem in America and there was a lot of it, even though the figures did not include infections, patients who died from not actually receiving the treatments that had been recommended, and those killed by diagnostic errors.


25 Things Fast Food Chains Don’t Want You to Know Your soda is dirtier than a toilet; Today’s food packs more calories than the food from the 1980s [French fries: 190 percent more calories]; Your meat is chemically cleaned; chicken nugget = mechanically separated meat, a slurry created when the bones and carcass of a leftover chicken are mixed together in a food processor; Sonic is one of the most caloric chains in America; Quiznos’ sandwiches are sodium-delivery devices; Baskin-Robbins shakes feature wood chips and petroleum byproducts;

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Slideshow: Nasal Allergy Relief

Slideshow: 12 Natural Ways to Defeat Allergies butterbur extract called Ze 339 -- works as well as antihistamines

After being outdoors, your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you’ve been. Taking a shower and changing your clothes will help wash away any allergens. Leaving your shoes at the door will help keep you from tracking allergens through your home.

Wear an N95 respirator mask -- available at most drugstores and medical supply stores -- will block 95% of small particles, such as pollen and other allergens.

One study found that children who ate a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts -- particularly grapes, apples, oranges, and tomatoes -- had fewer allergy symptoms.

A nasal rinse cleans mucus from your nose and can help relieve nasal allergy symptoms. It also can rinse away bacteria, thin mucus, and help decrease postnasal drip.

Drink More Fluids -- If you’re feeling congested or have postnasal drip from your allergies, try drinking more water, juice, or other fluids. Drinking extra liquid can help thin the mucus in your nasal passages and may give you some relief. Hot fluids -- such as teas, broth, or soup -- may be especially soothing because they add the benefits of steam.

Learn How to Clean Safely -- Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to avoid indoor allergens. But cleaning with harsh chemicals can irritate your nasal passages and aggravate your allergy symptoms. Try cleaning with ordinary household products like vinegar or baking soda. And use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter to trap allergens. If your allergies are severe, consider having someone else do the cleaning.

Use steam several times a day to relieve symptoms.

Avoid Cigarette Smoke, Other Fumes -- Cigarette smoke can aggravate your allergy symptoms, worsening your running, itchy, stuffy nose and watery eyes. If you smoke, quit, and ask others in your household to stop smoking, too. Try to avoid places where people smoke, opting for smoke-free restaurants, nightclubs, and hotel rooms. Avoid other fumes that can worsen symptoms, like aerosol sprays and smoke from wood-burning fireplaces.

Consider Acupuncture -- Acupuncture may offer some relief to people who have allergies. It hasn't been widely studied, and the way it affects allergic rhinitis is still unclear. But a few studies have shown that acupuncture may help reduce nasal allergies.

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3 Evidence-Based Natural Allergy Remedies Allergies can be extremely difficult to deal with, especially when sufferers deal with year-round symptoms. Luckily, there are safe, natural alternatives to the harsh pharmaceutical options.

Remedy 1. Natural Antihistamine. Nettle leaf

Nettles are widely spread over the world and consist of about 500 species, mainly tropical, though several occur widely in temperate climates. Clinical herbalists have been forming a consensus over the last decade that nettle leaf is effective for allergy symptoms. Although investigations remain preliminary, scientific research continues to point to the anti-inflammatory properties of nettle. Scientific research shows that nettle produces an anti-allergy effect.

nettle loses its anti-allergy power if not harvested and processed correctly. Look for a high quality powdered product that has been freeze dried or specially processed to retain the actives. This special processing costs more, so don’t be seduced by cheap imitations.

Use nettle when you would otherwise use an antihistamine drug to stop your misery. Many people take up to 3,000 mg per day of specially processed nettle leaf powder in capsules to relieve the temporary symptoms of hay fever and other allergic reactions, including animal allergy. Symptoms often begin to improve within 15 minutes, and the effect typically lasts for about four hours.

Remedy 2. Hay fever relief. Butterbur

Boasting an enormous leaf with a three foot diameter,[iii] probably the largest leaf of all European plants, the name comes from the Greek petasos- a hat worn by shepherds. Folklore has it that field workers used the giant fresh leaves as impromptu hats.

Butterbur leaves and root are used particularly in cases of acute pain of smooth muscle, such as in the urinary tract, especially when stones are present.[iv] [v] [vi] This quality also makes it useful for respiratory disorders involving cough and asthma.

A Swiss study [vii] indicates that seasonal allergy sufferers who received an extract of butterbur (Petasites hybridus) experienced symptom relief equivalent to patients treated with the antihistamine Zyrtec (cetirizine).

The scientists compared the effectiveness and tolerability of the herb, compared to the drug, in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis.[viii] In a randomized, double blind, parallel group comparison, the 125 patients participating in the study were treated with either butterbur (61 patients) or cetirizine (64 patients) for two weeks. The butterbur dose (standardized to 8.0mg of total petasine per tablet) was one tablet, four times daily, for a total of only 32 mg per day. The patients described similar symptom relief with both treatments.

Usually, butterbur supplements are standardized to contain a minimum of 7.5 mg of petasin and isopetasin per tablet. Adults commonly take 50-100 mg twice daily with meals.

Remedy 3. Savory Relief. Quercetin

Onions and garlic are excellent anti-allergy herbs, especially for asthma, and garlic is used in some cases of asthma in Ayurveda. These plants contain the flavonoid quercetin, which was discovered in a 2008 study to significantly inhibit all asthmatic reactions.[ix] A recent Korean paper found that the flavonoid has anti-asthmatic activity similar to the asthma drugs cromolyn sodium and dexamethasone.[x] Both of these bulbs also inhibit an enzyme, lipoxygenase, which generates an inflammatory chemical.[xi]

Quercetin is available as a supplement. Many people find relief from 2,000 mg per day.

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-Butterbur exhibits protection against chemically-induced nasal responsiveness in seasonal allergic rhinitis.

-Lactobacillus acidophilus can alleviate the symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis.

-A high intake of soy and isoflavones may be associated with a reduced prevalence of allergic rhinitis.

-Intake of eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acids (DHA) from fish may be associated with a reduced prevalence of allergic rhinitis.

Black cumin alleviates symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Peppermint may be clinically effective in alleviating the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

High dietary intake of seaweed, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus may be associated with a decreased prevalence of allergic rhinitis.

Raw milk consumption (relative to boiled) is inversely associated to asthma, atopy and hay fever.

Rose extract exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and pain-killing activities.

Propolis may be effective in the relief of symptoms of allergic rhinitis through inhibition of histamine release.

An extract of the medicinal mushroom Agaricus blazei Murill can protect against allergy through reducing Th2 relative to Th1 cytokine levels.

Lactobacillus casei modulates immune response in allergic rhinitis and may help to alleviate symptoms.

Supplementation of mothers and their babies with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri reduces IgE-associated eczema and may reduce respiratory allergic disease later in life.

Pycnogenol improves allergic rhinitis symptoms when supplementation is started at least 5 weeks before the onset of the allergy season.

Beta-glucan improves symptoms and the Th1/Th2 balance in patients with allergic rhinitis.

Bifidobacterium longum relieves clinical symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

Curcumin attenuates the development of allergic airway inflammation and hyper-responsiveness.

Vitamin D deficiency is higher among children with asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, acute urticaria, and food allergy.

A traditional Korean fermented soybean food exhibits anti-inflammatory activity which may have therapeutic value in allergic conditions such as asthma and atopic dermatitis.

Loquat leaves have anti-allergic properties.

Onion exhibits anti-allergic, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Indian Oyster mushroom may be effective in the relief of symptoms of allergic rhinitis through inhibition of histamine release.

Peach extract inhibits mast cell-derived allergic inflammation.

Spirulina consumption significantly improves the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Exclusive breastfeeding during the first 3 months after birth protects against allergic rhinitis in children, both with and without a family history of atopy.

Knees, Joints

Home Remedies for Knee Pain

1. Cold Compress

Applying cold compresses to the painful knee is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce pain and swelling. The cold will constrict the blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the affected area and thus reducing swelling. It will also give you relief from the pain.

Wrap a handful of ice cubes in a thin towel.
Apply the compress to the affected knee area for 10 to 20 minutes.
Do this two or three times daily until your pain is gone.

A bag of frozen peas also works well as a cold compress. You can opt for alternating hot and cold compresses as well for chronic pains.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also helpful in reducing knee pain. Due to its alkalizing effect, apple cider vinegar helps dissolve mineral build-ups and harmful toxins within the knee joint. It also helps restore joint lubricants to help reduce pain and promote mobility.

Also, you can mix together one tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Use it to massage the affected knee once or twice daily until the pain is gone.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin that works like a pain reliever. Capsaicin’s natural analgesic or pain-relieving properties produce a warm sensation and reduce pain in the affected knee.

  • Prepare a mixture by adding two tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder in one-half cup of warm olive oil. Apply this paste on the affected area twice daily for at least one week.

  • You can also mix one-quarter or one-half teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder in one cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak a clean washcloth in this solution and apply it on the aching area for about 20 minutes once or twice daily until the pain and inflammation is reduced.

  • You can even apply a gel containing 0.0125 percent capsaicin topically to reduce knee pain.

4. Ginger

Whether knee pain is due to arthritis, muscle strain or injury, ginger is an effective remedy to alleviate the pain. Its effectiveness comes from the presence of anti-inflammatory compounds in it. Ginger can reduce swelling on the knee as well as the pain.

  • Crush a small piece of fresh ginger root, add to one cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain and add a little honey and lemon juice. Drink two to three cups of this ginger tea daily until the pain is gone.

  • You can also massage the affected knee with ginger oil two or three times a day until you are satisfied with the results.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is an effective and natural treatment to relieve knee pain. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin that has anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties that help reduce pain.

Also, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that turmeric may slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, one of the main causes of knee pain.

  • Add one-half teaspoon each of ground ginger and turmeric to a cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily.

  • Boil one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk. Sweeten with honey and drink it once daily.

  • Another option is to take 250 to 500 mg turmeric capsules three times daily.

Follow these remedies daily until the pain is gone completely.

Note: As turmeric can thin the blood, these remedies are not suitable for those taking blood-thinning medicine.

6. Lemon

Lemon has also been found beneficial as a home remedy for knee pain caused by arthritis. The citric acid found in lemon works as a solvent for uric acid crystals, which is the cause of some types of arthritis.

  • Cut one or two lemons into small pieces.

  • Tie the pieces in a cotton cloth and dip it in warm sesame oil.

  • Place the cloth on the affected knee for five to 10 minutes.

  • Do this twice daily until the pain is gone completely.

Also, drinking the juice of one lemon diluted in a glass of warm water early in the morning on an empty stomach is also beneficial.

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Many also keep their homes too warm at night, especially their bedrooms. Time Magazine cites a study in the journal Diabetes, which "suggests that simply blasting the air conditioner or turning down the heat in winter may help us attack belly fat while we sleep." This has to do with your so-called brown fat, which helps keep your body warm by burning stored fat. Brown fat also plays a role in regulating blood sugar.

According to the article:

"Participants spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: A neutral 75 degrees, a cool 66 degrees, and a balmy 81 degrees. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the subjects had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. (And yes, that means they were able to lose belly fat.)"

Moreover, keeping the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees Fahrenheit will help optimize your sleep. Research shows the optimal temperature for sleep is actually as low as 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit and below 54 degrees will interfere with your sleep.


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Acid Reflux

13 surprising home remedies for acid reflux

1. Lose weight.

3. Try eating raw almonds, an alkaline-producing food that can balance your pH because they are a good source of calcium, says Dr. Millie Lytle, a naturopathic doctor in New York.

4. Drink two ounces of unprocessed aloe vera juice daily.

5. Start your day with a cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice. “By drinking this on an empty stomach 15 to 20 minutes before eating anything else, the body can naturally balance out its acid levels. It's a great digestive aid and is safe for all users,” says Rebekah Fedrowitz, an applied holistic nutritionist.

7. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons daily of apple cider vinegar. It’s great mixed with honey in tea or instead of lemon in tea. “Many people mistakenly believe all acid reflux and indigestion is caused by an overproduction of acid. The latest research shows it's actually the opposite for many people: There is too little acid produced to adequately digest the food eaten,” says Christina K. Major, holistic nutritionist and naturopathic doctor in Trevorton, Pa. Pickles, sauerkraut and other highly acidic foods also work well to help stimulate acid.

8. Eat a Red Delicious apple after problematic meals.

9. “Supplement with Saccharomyces boulardii, a probiotic strain specifically for the small intestine, to help optimize absorption of key vitamins for optimal digestive health,” says Stella Metsovas, author of “The 21 Day Digestive Health Detox.”

10. Take the herbal supplement slippery elm in capsule, powder or lozenge form, as it soothes the irritated tissues of the digestive tract.

11. Chamomile, mint or fenugreek tea may help reduce acid reflux symptoms.

12. Chew a stick of gum after meals to increase saliva production, which research shows can reduce acid levels in the esophagus.

13. Sleep on your left side. Studies found sleeping on your stomach or right side can cause additional pressure that increases GERD symptoms. Left-side sleepers report relief.

Don't exercise directly after a meal, don't lie down right after eating or eat within three hours of bedtime, and elevate the head of your bed if you're a nighttime refluxer.

Itchy Scalp

5 home remedies for an itchy scalp

Fingernails / Toenails

Slideshow: What Your Nails Say About Your Health If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.

Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease.

Back / Spinal Stenosis

Preventing and Treating Low Back Pain With Diet The discs in our lower back are the largest “avascular” tissue in the body, meaning our discs don’t have any blood vessels. Thus, its nutrition just kind of diffuses in from the margins, making it especially vulnerable to deprivation.

Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is usually performed with local anesthetic and mild sedation.

As with many spinal injections, radiofrequency neurotomy is best performed under fluoroscopy (live x-ray) for guidance in properly targeting and placing the needle (and for avoiding nerve or other injury).

Radiofrequency Ablation Steps

The neurotomy or ablation procedure includes the following steps:

  • An intravenous (IV) line is often started so that relaxation medicine (sedation) can be given.

  • The patient lies on a procedure table and the skin over the neck, mid-back, or low back is well cleaned.

  • The physician numbs a small area of skin with numbing medicine (anesthetic), which may sting for a few seconds.

  • The physician uses x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) to direct a special (radiofrequency) needle alongside the medial or lateral branch nerves.

  • A small amount of electrical current is often carefully passed through the needle to assure it is next to the target nerve and a safe distance from other nerves. This current should briefly recreate the usual pain and cause a muscle twitch in the neck or back.

  • The targeted nerves will then be numbed to minimize pain while the lesion is being created.

  • The radiofrequency waves are introduced to heat the tip of the needle and a heat lesion is created on the nerve to disrupt the nerve's ability to send pain signals.

  • This process will be repeated for additional nerves.

Lumbar & Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation/Lesioning heat energy is created and delivered with precision to target nerves that carry pain impulses. The resulting “lesion”involves a spherical area of tissue destruction at the tip of the RF needle that can include pain-carrying nerves.

Why is this procedure done?
Radiofrequency ablation/lesioning is a procedure used to provide longer term pain relief than that provided by simple injections or nerve blocks. Many patients who are being considered for this procedure have already undergone simple injection techniques like Epidural Steroid Injection, Facet Joint Injection, Sympathetic Nerve Blocks, or other nerve blocks with pain relief that is less prolonged than desired. By selectively destroying nerves that carry pain impulses, the painful structure can be effectively denervated and the pain reduced or eliminated for anywhere from a few months to up to 12 months.

How is this procedure done?
Once a structure has been determined to be a pain generator, its nerve supply is targeted for interruption. A small insulated needle or RF cannula [Latin for small reed] is positioned next to these nerves with fluoroscopic guidance (live video X-Ray). Your doctor knows where to place the RF cannula because he is an expert in anatomy. The shaft of this cannula except for the last 5 to 10 mm is covered with a protective insulation so that the electric current only passes into the surrounding tissues from the very tip of the cannula. When the cannula appears to be in good position, the doctor may perform a test and release a small amount of electric current through the needle tip at two different frequencies. This test helps to confirm that the cannula tip is in close proximity to the target nerve and that it is not near any other nerve. After a successful test confirms good cannula tip position, a local anesthetic is injected to numb the area. The RF generator is then used to heat the cannula tip for up to 90 seconds, and thus the target nerve is destroyed.

What should I do to prepare for my procedure?
On the day of your injection, you should not have anything to eat or drink for at least eight (8) hours before your scheduled procedure. If you are scheduled to receive sedation during the procedure, you must have someone available to drive you home. If you usually take medication for high blood pressure or any kind of heart condition, it is very important that you take this medication at the usual time with a sip of water before your procedure.

If you are taking any type of medication that can thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding, you should discuss with your doctors whether to discontinue this medication prior to the procedure.

What should I do after my procedure?
Following discharge home, you should plan on simple rest and relaxation. If you have pain at the needle puncture sites, application of an ice pack to this area should be helpful. If you receive intravenous sedation, you should not drive a car until the next day.

Can this procedure be repeated if my pain returns?
It is possible for the treated nerve(s) to regenerate, which could lead to recurrent pain. However, RF Lesioning is repeatable for nerve regeneration if it worked the first time around.

What to do when lower back pain strikes

take Ibuprofen & Tylenol; lose weight;

Exercise. Aerobic exercise as well as stretching and strengthening exercises for the lower back and stomach muscles can relieve symptoms and improve muscle strength, especially when done 4 or 5 times a week. The most helpful aerobic exercises include riding a stationary bike (with the spine flexed in a forward position) and walking on a treadmill with an incline.

Restrict activities that make your symptoms worse. Depending on the severity and location of your stenosis, these activities might include walking (especially walking downhill) and standing for a length of time.

Doctor Yourself: Stenosis It is worse if multiple vertebrae are involved. Without healthy disks to prevent it, the center spinal channel can gradually stenose, or narrow. This channel is very important: it is the hollow through which your nerve superhighway, the spinal cord, runs. Squeezing or kinking the spinal cord means pain and problems. Try watering your garden when a cow is standing with its hoof on your garden hose.

While spinal stenosis is sometimes congenital or caused by a tumor, by far the most common form is acquired stenosis. The usual way one “acquires” it is through injury, or osteoarthritis, or both.

One of the biggest surprises in analgesia occurred during the 1970's in Scotland at the Vale of Leven Hospital. There, Ewan Cameron, M.D. was giving ten grams (10,000 milligrams) of vitamin C intravenously each day to terminally ill patients. In Great Britain at the time, it was acceptable to provide terminal patients with any and all pain relief available, including addictive narcotics such as heroin.

“Cameron and Baird reported (in 1973) that the first five ascorbate-treated patients who had been receiving large doses of morphine or heroin to control pain were taken off these drugs a few days after the treatment with vitamin C was begun, because the vitamin C seemed to diminish the pain to such an extent that the drug was not needed. Moreover, none of these patients asked that the morphine or heroin be given to them- they seemed not to experience any serious withdrawal signs or symptoms.” (Cameron and Pauling, Cancer and Vitamin C (1981; revised 1993): page xii)

Any vitamin that approaches the pain relieving power of opiates must be considered some kind of analgesic indeed. Although quite a lot of vitamin C is needed for results, it is a remarkably safe and rather simple therapy.

For results, vitamin C needs to be taken to bowel tolerance. That means exactly what you think it means.

The dose varies widely from person to person, but the effective amount is in the range of tens of thousands of milligrams per day, taken in frequent divided doses. and

Serious cases may require vitamin C initially be given intravenously. High daily oral amounts, divided into every-half-hour doses all day every day, may substitute if IV C is not available. It can almost always be arranged if you really want it. In massive doses, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) strengthens cartilage, reduces inflammation and relieves pain. Your doctor may not believe this, but it unless you consult a shaman, your health care should not be a matter of belief.

Many people wonder why the medical professions have not embraced vitamin C therapy with open and grateful arms. Probably the main roadblock to widespread examination and utilization of this all-too-simple technology is the equally widespread idea that there MUST be unknown dangers to tens of thousands of milligrams of ascorbic acid. Yet, since the time megascorbate therapy was introduced in the late 1940's by board-certified chest specialist Fred R. Klenner, M.D. , there has been a surprisingly safe and effective track record of physician reports for one to follow.

When an experienced orthopedic surgeon such as Dr. Cathcart chose to give patients huge amounts of vitamin C, it is time to ask why your physicians have not. There are many possible excuses, none of which should be accepted without examining the evidence.

A search of the medical literature shows that vitamin C does not cause kidney stones. It is safe even at very high doses.

Other mistakenly-believed "side effects" of vitamin C have been found to be completely mythical. According to a NIH report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (April 21, 1999), NONE of the following problems are caused by taking "too much vitamin C"

This, however, is verifiably true: national USA poison control center statistics show that there is not even one death per year from vitamins.

On the other hand, pharmaceutical drugs, properly prescribed and taken as directed, kill well over 100,000 Americans annually.

14 Natural Pain Relievers Sometimes it may be a good idea to try one or a combination of natural pain relief options for managing your chronic pain. While many of these treatments will not work for everyone, sometimes gaining even a little more pain relief makes it worth a try.

1. Release your inner endorphins. Endorphins are the natural pain relievers produced by your body. They work by binding to the opioid receptors in your brain to block the perception of pain, similar to opioid pain medications, such as oxycodone or morphine. Spurring increased production of these natural hormones can substantially help reduce your pain, as well as produce profound feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.

Any activity that gets your blood pumping for a sustained period will release pain-relieving endorphins into your system.

2. Enjoy essential oils. Essential oils have long been valued for their analgesic effects in many cultures. There are many ways to benefit from essential oils—some people inhale them (aromatherapy), others include several drops in their massage oil and enjoy as part of a therapeutic massage. Several oils in particular are thought to have an analgesic effect, including peppermint oil, rosemary, and lavender.

3. Eat cookies. Some research shows that eating sweet foods like cookies, chocolate, or ice cream helps reduce the sensation of pain. Or, just bake the cookies: Enjoying a smell that is both sweet and pleasant has also been shown to reduce the perception of pain.

4. Try heat therapy. Applying some form of heat can go a long way in easing your pain. Try a hot water bottle, gel-filled pad heated in the microwave, electric heating pad, or hot bath.

The benefits of heat therapy are twofold: it increases the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area, and it suppresses pain signals. Some find that wearing a heat wrap, such as those from ThermaCare, is best because it releases a low level heat for several hours and can be worn under clothes so you can remain mobile.

5. Loosen up. Almost everyone can benefit from stretching the soft tissues (the muscles, ligaments, and tendons) in and around the spine. Your back is designed for movement, and if your motion is limited because you are in pain, it can make your back pain worse.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may find it takes weeks or months of stretching to loosen up your spine and soft tissues, but meaningful and sustained pain relief will follow the increase in motion. Warming up your muscles by applying a heating pad for 15 minutes before stretching can help make the stretching more tolerable.

Stretching for Back Pain Relief

Great video on seated hamstring stretch to help the back.

6. Enjoy the outdoors. 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure a day can help the body produce vitamin D. People who got the recommended daily 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D experienced less pain than those who didn't, according to a Boston University study of 221 men and women with knee osteoarthritis.

In one recent study, the 200 study participants with chronic lower back pain that had no identifiable cause were had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than the 200 people in the control groups without lower back pain.

Other research shows vitamin D may directly help soothe pain. 93 percent of 150 people with unexplained persistent musculoskeletal pain were recently found to be deficient in vitamin D levels, according to recent research at the University of Minnesota.

10 Tips for Healing Stenosis Naturally Initially, finding relief from spinal stenosis can be frustrating, since different types of treatment work for different people. It may take some trial and experimentation to find which treatment or combination of treatments works best for you.

Rest and use support when needed. Initially, some patients get slight relief by leaning forward or sitting down, which increases space for the nerves, decreasing pressure. You may feel better while leaning on a support, like a shopping cart.

Schedule physical therapy. Specific stretching and strengthening exercises and massage techniques often help keep symptoms in check, if done regularly. You'll also be coached on proper standing position to relieve back pressure: decompress your spine/relieve pain by standing with pelvis tilted forward to flatten the back.

Exercise regularly. Emphasize activity done smoothly, in a forward-flexed position, without jarring or straining the back. For example, ride a stationary bike or go swimming rather than jogging.

Concentrate on strengthening core muscles. This includes building up the back and stomach muscles as well as thighs and buttocks. A strong core helps you maintain correct posture, reducing strain, tension and fatigue.

Follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Include fatty fish such as salmon and herring, supplementing with high-quality fish oil to ensure your body is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, as are curcumin (tumeric) and the supplements bromelain (derived from pineapple stems), nattokinase (derived from soybeans), serrapeptase (silkworm enzyme) and papain (papaya enzyme).

Maintain normal weight--it makes moving easier in general.

Although you may find that healing stenosis naturally requires a combination of lifestyle changes, once changes become a habit, back pain may be a thing of the past.


18 Foods That Actually Boost Metabolism blueberries, almonds, spinach, avocado, asparagus, oatmeal, legumes.

Daylight Savings Time

Dump Daylight Savings Time Every year find more evidence that it really should be scrapped already, and that thanks to the prevalence of air conditioning, it now actually increases energy consumption. The latest is a study described in STAT which suggests that switching to Daylight Saving Time can kill you. Great video by John Oliver.

Not just lost sleep: Can switching to daylight saving time kill you?


Fluoroquinolones Are Too Risky for Common Infections Aortic Aneurysm, ruptured tendons and progressive nerve damage, irregular heartbeats, depression, nerve damage, ruptured tendons, and seizures

Quinolones The first generation is rarely used today. Nalidixic acid was added to the OEHHA Prop 65 list as a carcinogen on 15 May 1998.[76] A number of the second-, third-, and fourth-generation drugs have been removed from clinical practice due to severe toxicity issues or discontinued by their manufacturers. The drugs most frequently prescribed today consist of Avelox (moxifloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), and, to some extent, their generic equivalents.


cinoxacin (Cinobac)
nalidixic acid (NegGram, Wintomylon)
oxolinic acid (Uroxin)
piromidic acid (Panacid)
pipemidic acid (Dolcol)
rosoxacin (Eradacil)


The second-generation class is sometimes subdivided into "Class 1" and "Class 2".

ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
enoxacin (Enroxil, Penetrex)
fleroxacin (Megalone, Roquinol)
lomefloxacin (Maxaquin)
nadifloxacin (Acuatim, Nadoxin, Nadixa)
norfloxacin (Lexinor, Noroxin, Quinabic, Janacin)
ofloxacin (Floxin, Oxaldin, Tarivid)
pefloxacin (Peflacine)
rufloxacin (Uroflox)


Unlike the first- and second-generations, the third-generation is active against streptococci.

balofloxacin (Baloxin)
grepafloxacin (Raxar) (removed from clinical use)
levofloxacin (Leflox, Cravit, Levaquin, Tavanic)
pazufloxacin (Pasil, Pazucross)
sparfloxacin (Zagam)
temafloxacin (Omniflox) (removed from clinical use)
tosufloxacin (Ozex, Tosacin)


Fourth-generation fluoroquinolones act at DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV.[82] This dual action slows development of resistance.

gatifloxacin (Zigat, Tequin) (Zymar -opth.) (Tequin removed from clinical use)
gemifloxacin (Factive)
moxifloxacin (Acflox Woodward, Avelox,Vigamox)
sitafloxacin (Gracevit)
trovafloxacin (Trovan) (removed from clinical use)
prulifloxacin (Quisnon)

In development

delafloxacin — an anionic fluoroquinoline in clinical trials
JNJ-Q2 — completed Phase II for MRSA

Women's Health

Why Is the Media so Afraid of This Woman's Work? One of the most important books in the history of psychiatry and natural medicine has been published by HarperCollins, who unique among their mainstream publishing competitors, had the guts to release it completely uncensored.

Dr. Kelly Brogan, a holistic psychiatrist specialized in women’s health and practicing in Manhattan, reveals in A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, that a silent tragedy afflicting millions of Americans is occurring right under the nose of the public, without even a whisper from the medical establishment, regulatory industry, and mainstream media.


Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death' This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic's pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists.

The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial. While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed.

Type 2 Diabetes: Two grams of black seed a day resulted in reduced fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function, and reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in human subjects. [Abdullah O Bamosa, Huda Kaatabi, Fatma M Lebdaa, Abdul-Muhssen Al Elq, Ali Al-Sultanb. "Effect of Nigella sativa seeds on the glycemic control of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus." Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2010 Oct-Dec;54(4):344-54. PMID: 21675032]

High Blood pressure: The daily use of 100 and 200 mg of black seed extract, twice daily, for 2 months, was found to have a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.[Farshad Roghani Dehkordi, Amir Farhad Kamkhah. "Antihypertensive effect of Nigella sativa seed extract in patients with mild hypertension." Braz J Med Biol Res. 2006 Apr;39(4):421-9. Epub 2006 Apr 3. PMID: 18705755]

From ad [$69/bottle]: The Best Way To Consume Black Cumin:

The “OIL” - is the most effective form to consume Black Cumin because the oil is more concentrated than whole seeds unpressed, and is more readily assimilated.

Also, because of it’s potent, absorbable concentration – only 1 teaspoon is needed per dose.

Most health experts and natural physicians recommend taking 1 teaspoon of the oil two times per day for therapeutic effects, on an empty stomach/before meals and bedtime. Or once per day, for a healthy maintenance dose or as a preventative measure.

Black Cumin can have sedative effects for some though, and because the oils have bile-expelling characteristics, in my opinion, it is best taken in the evening – unless utilizing 2x per day for therapeutic benefits.

You can take the oil on its own, mixed in water or juice (*great with raw honey), or can be added to warm tea – like herbal chai, etc.

Legs aching

Home Remedies for Leg Pain Here are the top 10 home remedies for leg pain.

1. Cold Compresses

When leg pain occurs after strenuous physical activity, you can simply apply cold compresses. This will help reduce the pain by numbing the affected area and control swelling and inflammation.

2. Massage

Massage promotes faster recovery from muscle damage that causes leg pain. In addition, massage improves blood circulation and helps relieve stress and anxiety.

  1. Rub some warm olive, coconut or mustard oil on the affected area.

  2. Using gentle yet firm strokes, massage your legs for about 10 minutes.

  3. Do this 2 or 3 times daily as needed.

You can also use a self-massage device or apply pressure to sore muscles using a tennis ball.

3. Turmeric

Another effective home remedy for leg pain is turmeric, which has antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

The compound curcumin in turmeric inhibits a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation and pain.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with enough warm sesame oil to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and rub gently. Wait 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Do this twice daily as needed.

  • Also, drink a glass of hot turmeric milk once or twice daily.

  • Another option is to take turmeric as a dietary supplement, but only under your doctor’s guidance.

Note: If you take blood-thinning medicine, consult your doctor before taking turmeric as a medicine.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can also help reduce pain in your leg(s). It is particularly beneficial for arthritis and gout pain. Its alkalizing effect helps dissolve uric acid crystals in the blood.

Plus, it helps remove the buildup of toxins in the joints and connective tissues. In addition, it provides potassium, calcium and other essential minerals needed to ease pain and inflammation.

Drink twice daily.

5. Epsom Salt Soak

6. Tart Cherry Juice

If strenuous physical activity is the cause of your leg pain or muscle soreness, drink tart cherry juice. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherries help prevent and treat soft tissue injury and pain.

In a 2012 study published in the Medicine and Sports Science journal, researchers concluded that tart cherry juice is a safer way to treat muscle pain and inflammation as compared to over-the-counter pain relievers.

Eat ½ cup of fresh, organic tart cherries or drink 1 cup of tart cherry juice, once daily.

Note: Do not drink tart cherry juice if it causes abdominal discomfort or diarrhea.

Aching Legs - Causes and Treatment Aching legs are commonly experienced by the elderly... It is also associated with a lot of medical conditions that’s why it is important to point your finger to the real cause of it, in order to know how to alleviate the pain.

A good history:

Has there been a recent trauma or injury to the leg? Or did the pain suddenly come?

Not that I am aware

Does it affect one or both legs?

Both legs, although the left is more acute.

What aggravates the pain?

Nothing. My leg muscles ache, especially in the morning when arising, while I am resting.
Standing and walking, like watering the garden, makes it worse; almost at the point of spasming or cramping... especially the left leg.

Is it localized to the knee or the ankle? Or there are other symptoms associated with it like back pain?

I have a lot of pain from my spinal stenosis and my knees.

Does it hinder you from doing your daily activity? Does it keeps you awake at night?

It does not keep me awake at night. But in truncates what I would do in the garden, the house, and errands.

Have there been any physical changes on your legs (change in color, size, sensation, etc.)?

The pain is much worse in the last four days. I don't think there has been any change in the appearance of my legs

How about the person’s general health and well being?

General health is terrible. A laundry list of chronic illnesses plus terrible side effects from numerous prescriptions.

Aching Muscles when Lying Down

Experiencing leg pain at the end of the day after strenuous activities is expected. But experiencing pain at rest especially when lying down is another thing.


It is primarily caused by atherosclerosis, a progressive hardening and narrowing of the arteries secondary to fat deposition which reduces the volume of the blood flow through them. Impeded blood flow results to a painful sensation.

Plaque deposition on the arteries may block the blood flow thus hindering sufficient blood flow to the feet and toes.


There is no treatment available for this type of leg pain but the following may be helpful to alleviate the pain:


Doing simple stretching of the calves during the day and whenever there’s an occurrence of pain.

Application of warm or cold compress to help relax the muscles.

Pain relievers.

Aching Thighs


Aging (age related wear and tear of the muscles).


Diseases or disorders that affect multiple body systems or area like diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD).


Signs & Symptoms

Presents as a pain, numbness or burning sensation that is felt between the pelves stretching down to the knees that could be located at your hamstring muscles, quadriceps muscles, and even radiate to your groin or buttocks area usually occurring on only one side of the body.

The spine contains the sciatica nerves. When these nerves are compressed, there will be a pain on the back that radiates down the thighs.


Thigh pain caused by minor muscle strain may be controlled by home treatments like:

Rest to immobilize the affected part and to prevent further injury to the muscle.

Ice reduces swelling by vasoconstriction and is most effective if applied at 20 minutes interval within the day.

Hot compress can be applied to promote blood flow and provide healing once the swelling subsided.

Pain relievers could also be prescribed depending on the doctor’s discretion.


Stretching before doing rigorous activities like sports. Aching Knees

The knee joint which is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments, and fluid plays an important role in our day to day activities. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move so when any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you are greatly affected.

It is noted that bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are some of the common diseases that may .


Bursitis is an inflammation that affects the bursa which is a fluid filled sac that cushions the joints. It affects shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and great toe.


Repetitive motion.

Signs & Symptoms

Pain at the knee joint that presents gradually or suddenly.


The bursitis usually diminishes on its own once the repetitive motion ceases.
Rest, ice, elevation of the affected part.
Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication.
Antibiotic therapy for bursitis caused by infection.
Surgical intervention (bursectomy) in some cases where the infection isn’t responsive to antibiotic therapy.


Resting hours especially for person whose job is repetitive motion in nature.
Exercise with gradual repetition.

2. Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks people of all ages especially the women. It causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis yields better outcome.


Autoimmune... Some say it might be genetically-linked.

Signs & Symptoms

Pain that starts at the small joints of the hands, wrists and toes then later on moves to bigger joints of shoulders and knees.

There may be stiff, tender, or painful joints typically in the early morning while others may report accompaniment of fatigue, weight loss or fever.


There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis. But treatment for it focuses on lessening the joint pain and prevention of further damage. It involves combination of patient education, rest, exercise, medications and occasionally, surgery.


Osteoarthritis on the other hand is the most common form of arthritis.


It causes inflammation of any joints, but with usual affectation on the cause aching in the knee. [8] hands, knees, and spine. The pain is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage (the slippery tissue that covers the bones). Over time, when the cartilage breaks down, the bones will rub together and will make a permanent damage.


Treatment includes exercise, diet modification, medications and sometimes surgery.


Risk factors for osteoarthritis include but are not limited to: old age, injury to the joint, or being overweight.

Diagnostic Test

Confusion over the diagnosis between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis may occur. That’s why no single test can diagnose it.

A thorough medical history, physical examination, x-ray and blood tests are used.

Aching Legs at Night / Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)


Imbalance in a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain called dopamine.

Genetic in nature because more than half of the population who suffer from RLS share the same condition with a family member.

Pregnancy or old age.

Triggered by health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, kidney failure, and iron deficiency.


It is the crawling, tingling or itching feeling in your legs that usually starts mild in the day then gets worse by night especially when you lie down and about to sleep and temporarily get better when you move, stretch or massage your legs.

Treatment Treating the underlying health conditions will help to eliminate the aches. Prevention

  • Lifestyle modification (Stopping from smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages).

  • Cutting back the caffeine intake.

  • Shedding off some extra pounds.

  • Exercising in moderation.


  • Avoid long standing or long sitting with crossed legs.

  • Walk regularly, as long as there’s approval from the doctor.

  • Have a warm bath and simple stretching of calf muscles before bedtime.

  • Lie on one side when sleeping to improve blood flow.

  • Some experts also say that taking supplements like magnesium and calcium in adjunct to vitamins can help lessen the occurrence of it.

Hence, if the leg pain is constant and there are physical changes such as swelling, redness and warmth at the area of concern, the doctor must be informed at once. This might be a clot that needs an immediate medical attention.

Muscle Ache Treatments, Causes and Remedies Not all muscle aches are related to stress, tension, and physical activity. Some medical explanations for muscle aches and pains include:

Statin Drugs
Flu symptoms
Hormonal changes
Lyme disease

When you have a muscle ache, one of the first things you may consider doing is resting the area and then lightly stretch the area as well.

Aside from resting the area, there are several dietary guidelines you can follow to stay hydrated and recover from muscle soreness more quickly.

Top Foods for Muscle Aches

Here are the top foods that can improve hydration, increase circulation and reduce inflammation thereby reducing muscle aches and pain.

Foods high in magnesium – Magnesium is known as the relaxation mineral. Include food rich in magnesium such as nuts, seeds, wild meats and green leafy vegetables.

Foods high in potassium – Potassium can help with muscle relaxation. Include avocados, coconut water, melons, and tomatoes in your diet.

Foods high in calcium – Calcium promotes muscle relaxation. Include collard greens, kale, spinach, and unsweetened yogurt or kefir in your diet.

Electrolyte drinks – Beverages like coconut water or watermelon juice can help replace any lost electrolytes, but be aware that they may be high in sugar.

Water – Sufficient water is critical to maintain hydrated muscles – aim for 8 glasses daily and more if you are physically active.

Foods that Cause Muscle Aches

Soda – Promotes the loss of minerals, which can make cramping worse.

Sugar – Removes calcium and other important minerals from the body.

Alcohol – Can lead to dehydration, which can make cramping worse.

Packaged foods – Are deficient in minerals and vitamins that support proper muscle function and hydration.

Coffee – Overconsumption of coffee or caffeinated beverages can lead to dehydration.

Top 7 Muscle Ache Treatments and Remedies

#1 Magnesium (250 mg 2x daily)
Can help with muscle relaxation.

#2 Potassium (300 mg daily)
A deficiency can lead to cramping.

#3 Green superfood powder
Include chlorella and spirulina to provide minerals for muscle relaxation.

#4 Calcium (500 mg 2x daily)
Required for muscle relaxation.

#5 MSM (500 mg 3x daily)
Has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

Bonus Remedies #6 and #7
Warming up before a workout and stretching can prevent cramping. Also, consuming an electrolyte rich beverage can reduce the risk of cramping.

Essential Oils for Muscle Aches

Using essential oils for muscle aches is the most effective natural remedy for fast relief. Mixing peppermint oil, cypress oil and coconut oil together and rubbing them on the sore muscle is highly effective.

Put 3 drops of peppermint, 3 drops of cypress and 1 tsp of coconut oil on the area then cover with hot compress for 1 minute. Also, you can make your own DIY homemade muscle rub.

Dr. Axe's Homemade Muscle Rub

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) Pain in one leg, or both, may be due to peripheral artery disease, a decrease in arterial blood supply to the leg due to narrowing of arteries. Often the pain comes on with activity, since walking requires more oxygen for the muscles. If the arteries are narrow and can't supply that need, the muscles begin to ache. Blood vessels can be narrowed at any level, from the aorta (the large blood vessel that leaves the heart) to any of the branch arteries. Depending upon the level of narrowing and the particular muscles involved, the areas of perceived pain may be different.

Leg pain from peripheral artery disease that occurs with walking is called claudication. Since peripheral artery disease often affects more than one blood vessel, both legs may be affected, although the pain may be of different severity in each leg. The blood supply may decrease to the point that pain occurs at rest, even without exercise. Poor blood supply to the legs may also compromise the integrity of the skin and may allow infection to occur. As well, poor blood supply makes it difficult for wounds like lacerations or abrasions to heal.

Aching Legs - Causes and Treatment Aching legs are commonly experienced by the elderly but can affect people of any age. It is also associated with a lot of medical conditions that’s why it is important to point your finger to the real cause of it, in order to know how to alleviate the pain.

Aching Muscles when Lying Down

Experiencing leg pain at the end of the day after strenuous activities is expected. But experiencing pain at rest especially when lying down is another thing.


It is primarily caused by atherosclerosis, a progressive hardening and narrowing of the arteries secondary to fat deposition which reduces the volume of the blood flow through them. Impeded blood flow results to a painful sensation.


There is no treatment available for this type of leg pain but the following may be helpful to alleviate the pain:

  • Hydration.

  • Doing simple stretching of the calves during the day and whenever there’s an occurrence of pain.

  • Application of warm or cold compress to help relax the muscles.

  • Pain relievers.


Aching Knees

The knee joint which is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments, and fluid plays an important role in our day to day activities. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move so when any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you are greatly affected.

It is noted that bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are some of the common diseases that may .


  • The bursitis usually diminishes on its own once the repetitive motion ceases.

  • Rest, ice, elevation of the affected part.

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication.

  • Antibiotic therapy for bursitis caused by infection.

  • Surgical intervention (bursectomy) in some cases where the infection isn’t responsive to antibiotic therapy.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) Pain in one leg, or both, may be due to peripheral artery disease, a decrease in arterial blood supply to the leg due to narrowing of arteries. Often the pain comes on with activity, since walking requires more oxygen for the muscles. If the arteries are narrow and can't supply that need, the muscles begin to ache. Blood vessels can be narrowed at any level, from the aorta (the large blood vessel that leaves the heart) to any of the branch arteries. Depending upon the level of narrowing and the particular muscles involved, the areas of perceived pain may be different.

Leg pain from peripheral artery disease that occurs with walking is called claudication. Since peripheral artery disease often affects more than one blood vessel, both legs may be affected, although the pain may be of different severity in each leg. The blood supply may decrease to the point that pain occurs at rest, even without exercise. Poor blood supply to the legs may also compromise the integrity of the skin and may allow infection to occur. As well, poor blood supply makes it difficult for wounds like lacerations or abrasions to heal. Neuropathy: Pain may occur from peripheral nerve inflammation not associated with the spinal cord. These conditions are known as peripheral neuropathies. This can occur from direct nerve irritation or from a medical illness. Examples of this type of isolated nerve injury include foot and toe pain from a Morton's neuroma, most frequently a thickening and inflammation of a nerve that supplies the third and fourth toes, or meralgia paresthetica that causes pain in the anterior thigh resulting from entrapment of a nerve that leaves the pelvis. This neuropathy is also seen in pregnancy when the pressure of the uterus may cause the nerve to become inflamed. These types of pain tend to involve part of one leg only. Diabetes is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy that affects both lower extremities. Alcohol abuse is another common cause of peripheral neuropathy.

Illness: Chronic illnesses like diabetes, alcoholism, cancer, and vitamin deficiencies (for example, B12 deficiency causing pernicious anemia) may also result in nerve pain that often affects both legs. There are some illnesses that cause leg weakness that may be associated with complaints of leg pain, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and multiple sclerosis.


10 Acupressure Points for Relieving Headaches and Migraines Here are the top 10 acupressure points for relieving headaches and migraines.

1. Joining the Valley

This acupressure point can help get rid of a headache as well as provide relief from a toothache, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, constipation and hangovers.

This point is located in the web (fleshy area) between the thumb and index finger.

Using the thumb and index finger of your right hand, apply deep and firm pressure on the L 14 point of your left hand for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat with the other hand. Do as needed until the pain dissipates.

When applying acupressure, try to relax and breathe deeply.

2. Third Eye Point

To get relief from headache, this acupressure point is also effective. It balances the pituitary gland and can even be used to treat hay fever, indigestion, ulcer pain, insomnia, fatigue, tiredness and eye strain.

The third eye point is located between the eyebrows, near the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead.

Close your eyes and locate the point. Apply firm yet gentle pressure with your thumb on this point for 1 minute, then release. Repeat as needed.

3. Drilling Bamboo

If suffering from a headache due to stress or the common cold, use the drilling bamboo point for instant relief. This point also relieves vertigo, poor night vision, lazy eye and hay fever.

Stimulation of this point is highly beneficial for people suffering from sinus trouble and poor eye sight.

The drilling bamboo point is located where the bridge of your nose meets your eye socket and precisely just below the eyebrows. In fact, the distance between the third eye point and the drilling bamboo points are about 1 centimeter on both sides.

Using the tip of both your index fingers, apply pressure to both points at the same time for at least a minute, while taking deep breaths. If you want, you can even stimulate each point separately, but be sure to do it for 1 minute on each side.

4. Bigger Rushing

The bigger rushing acupressure point is also effective. Apart from headache and migraine pain, stimulation of this point can provide relief from foot cramps, eye fatigue, hangovers, allergies and arthritis pain. It is even good for people having poor concentration and fatigue.

This point is located on the top of the foot, just near the valley between the big toe and second toe. It is about 1 or 1.5 inches back from the toes.

Sit comfortably and put your right foot up on your left thigh. Using your thumb, put pressure on the bigger rushing point for a couple of minutes. Repeat with the other foot. Continue the cycle 2 or 3 more times.

5. Above Tears

To get relief from migraine pain instantly, the above "tears point" is also helpful. It can also provide relief from hip pain, shoulder tension, arthritis pain, water retention and sciatica problems. It even clears the head and benefits the eyes.

This acupressure point is located on the top of the foot, about an inch behind the webbing of the fourth and fifth toes, just at the groove between the bones.

Locate this point and apply firm yet gentle pressure with your thumb for a minute on each foot. While stimulating these points, it is important to breathe deeply.

6. Wind Mansion

The wind mansion acupressure point helps with migraines as well as neck stiffness and mental stress. It even helps deal with dizziness, throat swelling, earaches, eye pain and nose bleeding.

This point is located in the center of the back of your head, at the midpoint between your ears and just above the top of your spine.

Slightly tilt your head back and locate this point by finding the hollow under the base of the skull. Using your thumb, gently press at the point while pushing slightly upward for a couple of minutes. Also, apply pressure around the edges of the hollow.

Home Remedies for Migraines

1. Cool It Down

Put an ice pack on your forehead, scalp, or neck to get pain relief. Experts aren't sure exactly why it works, but reducing the flow of blood might be part of it. You can also try a frozen gel pack or a wash cloth that's been rinsed in cold water.

2. A Dark, Quiet Room

Bright light and loud noises can make your headache worse. So find a spot away from the action and pull down the shades when you've got a migraine. It can help speed up your recovery.

3. Exercise

Don't try it when you're in the middle of a migraine attack, because it can make you hurt more. But when you feel well, a regular workout can prevent headaches. It makes your body release endorphins, chemicals that fight pain. It also eases stress and helps you sleep better.

4. Magnesium

You find this mineral in dark-green veggies, whole grains, and nuts. It won't help while you're having a migraine, but some studies show it could prevent one. You can also take it in pill form, but always check with your doctor before you take supplements.

5. Sleep Well

Get some regular shut-eye to help stave off migraines. Too little -- or too much -- can trigger headaches and lower your threshold for pain. Aim for 7 to 8 hours each night, and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

6. Yoga

Exercise that gets your heart pumping can prevent migraines, but it can also be a headache trigger for some people. This activity, though, with its slower movements, is a safe alternative. Research shows that regular yoga sessions cut the number of attacks you get and make them less intense when they do happen.

7. Vitamin B2

It's also called riboflavin, and you can find it in milk, cheese, fish, and chicken. You can also take it as a pill. Studies show it may help you prevent migraines.

8. Manage Your Triggers

Your migraines are sometimes set off by the food you eat or the conditions around you. Find out what brings on your pain and avoid it. Some common trouble spots on the menu are red wine, aged cheese, and cured meats. Bright lights, staying at a high altitude, and strong odors can also be issues.

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6 Health Benefits of Quercetin Quercetin is an flavonoid (plant pigment) commonly found in fruits and vegetables, especially onions, citrus, and apples. Other sources include dark berries, grapes and olive oil. Green tea and red wine have also been pointed out as having notable amounts of quercetin.

That’s all great. But, what does it do for us? Well, perhaps the primary benefit of quercetin is that it possesses potent antioxidants. Antioxidants fight against free radicals –- chemically reactive compounds that damage cell membranes and DNA and also cause cell death. In fact, many of the benefits you’ll often hear attributed to antioxidants refer to the the effects associated with quercetin. Let’s take a look at what some of them are.

1. Supports Normal Respiratory Health

When your respiratory system is irritated, redness and swelling can result from the release of histamines, and quercetin has been reported to have an antihistamine effect. Lab tests have shown quercetin influences intracellular enzymes and may help inhibit histamine release. [1] This can often provide relief for watery eyes, runny nose, and swelling in the face.

Another study compared the effectiveness of quercetin against contact dermatitis and photosensitivity, two conditions that do not respond well to a conventional approach.

2. Supports Cardiovascular Health

Studies have shown that the consumption of flavonoids, specifically quercetin, offer a two fold benefit (at least) in promoting overall cardiovascular health. First, it encourages blood flow. [3] Secondly, researchers have observed that quercetin’s antioxidant action protects against LDL cholesterol oxidation. This may be beneficial because oxidation causes LDL cholesterol to stick to artery walls.

3. Promotes Balanced Blood Pressure

In addition to supporting cardiovascular health, quercetin naturally promotes balanced blood pressure. A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover study evaluated the effect of quercetin supplementation and reported that the participants experienced a stabilization in systolic, diastolic and average arterial pressure.

4. Offers Protection Against Stress

When your body is stressed, it produces cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that produces that “fight or flight” response. Although this is normal, when your stress levels are high and ongoing, cortisol can damage muscle tissue, leading to protein breakdown in the body. Quercetin can fight these effects during times of extended stress as it suppresses the enzyme necessary for cortisol release.

5. Potential for Upper Respiratory Conditions?

Although the jury is still out, numerous animal studies and lab models have suggested that quercetin may offer a bronchial dilating effect.

6. Offers Nutritional Support for Overall Health

Listen, putting good nutrition into your body is one of the best measures you can take to encourage good health. It’s not a guarantee, and some people will still get sick, but it’s a good foundation and fundamental approach. Why should quercetin be part of your approach? Because research has shown that people who consume more fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of some diseases and lab studies have shown that quercetin has a positive benefit against some cancers.

Supplementing With Quercetin

Although quercetin offers many benefits and it is all-natural, there are a few health considerations. Large amounts can stress the kidneys, it may also interact with blood thinners, corticosteroids, and aspirin. If you’re taking any of these, it’s probably best to check with your healthcare provider before adding quercetin to the list — especially if you’re taking it in supplement form. Most people, however, should be able to enjoy dietary quercetin (fruits and vegetables) without a problem.

Quercetin Quercetin is used for treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, heart disease, and circulation problems. It is also used for diabetes, cataracts, hay fever, peptic ulcer, schizophrenia, inflammation, asthma, gout, viral infections, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), preventing cancer, and for treating chronic infections of the prostate. Quercetin is also used to increase endurance and improve athletic performance.


Took for Back pain and after two days - my back felt 100% better.

I received a bee sting to the top of my head and had a systemic reaction, including hives and wheeziness. A double dose of quercitin administered by my doctor cleared the tightness in my throat and chest in 10 minutes. She said it acts as an antihistamine.

My massage therapist told me about Quercetin when I was complaining about side effects the OTC allergy/sinus medications. I tried it. It worked SO MUCH BETTER and has no side effects! I do have to take it at least twice a day, it seems the effects wear off, but I am not complaining!

Started take this supplement for Asthma and severe allergies. After two doses, virtually all of my chronic allergy and asthma symptoms are GONE. I had been using my Ventloin inhaler 10 to 20 times per day. I now use 2 to 4 times per day. I had not slept for months due to constant sinus draining and coughing up phlegm 10 to 20 times per night. I now sleep through the night with no coughing.

Taking this for inflammation and allergies; if I don't take this I really notice a flare up of my inhalant allergies and itchy skin/eczema. I take AI by Pure Encapsulations (also has tumeric and ginger).

Started taking it for its anti inflammatory effect. I believe it is helping me with the pain also.

I love this for my seasonal allergies. I have been using it since the late 90s. It has allowed me to almost completely get off of OTC allergy medicine, not that it worked that well. I start a few weeks before the trees start in my area and use it mostly through the summer and into fall. Usually take one 600mg cap in the morning. If I start to feel allegery symptoms I will take one at night also.

My daughter has severe asthma. She takes Singulair but has side effects. I wanted to try to wean her off of the Singulair but due to her severity of asthma was scared to completely take her off. After 1 bottle, we are taking 1/2 of the singulair and 1 500 mg Quercetin per day. She has not had an asthma attack or breathing treatment during this time.

I began taking Quercetin to curb my chronic allergies and sneezing because my nutritionist advised it inhibits histamines. It suffices to say that this has been the most effective treatment and has reduced my symptoms by reducing my symptoms (sneezing, stuffy nose, etc.) to approximately 1/10th of what they were. I take about 1500 mg per day.


Psyllium Health Benefits Psyllium is a form of fiber made from the Plantago ovata plant, specifically from the husks of the plant’s seed. It sometimes goes by the name ispaghula.

It’s most commonly known as a laxative. Psyllium provides more benefits to your body than decreasing the amount of time you spend in the bathroom. Research shows that psyllium has many benefits to the human body, from your heart to your pancreas.

Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative, which means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier. While it helps promote regularity, it doesn’t promote flatulence, which is good for everyone within smelling distance. While it can be used as a one-off to ease constipation, adding psyllium to your diet can help promote regularity and overall digestive health.

Heart Health

Research has shown that soluble fiber can help manage cholesterol levels. Proper cholesterol regulation is important for everyone, but vital for people over the age of 50.

Psyllium can affect your heart by lowering blood pressure, improving lipid levels, and strengthening heart muscle.

Watching Your Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is a concern for many people, especially those with a chronic condition like diabetes. Besides being good for your heart and blood sugar levels, psyllium may help you lose weight.

Because psyllium absorbs liquid in your body, it can help give you a feeling of being full. This can help you control the amount of food you eat.

People with diabetes are constantly watching their diet to maintain a healthy balance of insulin and blood sugar (glucose). Some research has suggested that fibers like psyllium can help maintain a healthy glycemic balance.

One study found that taking 5 grams of psyllium a day can help patients with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar.

How Can I Get Psyllium?

Psyllium is most commonly consumed in powder or wafer form. It is also available in capsules, granules, and in liquid form... remember that a key component of psyllium’s work in your lower intestine is its ability to soak up liquid. The National Institutes of Health recommends taking psyllium in powder or granule form with 8 ounces of liquid.

5-amazing-health-benefits-of-psyllium-husk intestinal health--reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system!

Prevents Discomfort and Sluggishness

A healthy bowel may not seem like a significant health priority to some, however – you’ll be surprised how many problems will disappear once you’ve sorted out your digestive problems! Nothing worse than going about your day feeling sluggish and uncomfortable

Helps Control Blood Sugars

Rocketing blood sugar levels can be dangerous for both those with and without diabetes – those without should be cautious not to develop diabetes. Introducing more soluble fibre into your diet can help reduce rises in blood glucose levels – specifically after meal times!


It is advisable to build up the dose gradually to avoid adverse symptoms like bloating, wind and stomach cramps. Myprotein suggests adding 2.5g of Whole Psyllium Husks to 300-350ml of water or fruit juice one or two times a day – these Psyllium Husks are available in 250g, 500g, and 1kg pouches, just in case you wish to test them out first!

Due to the bulking nature of psyllium husks, it is essential to ensure you drink enough liquid as otherwise this product may swell up and could obstruct the throat. Psyllium husks are not advised for those who have ever suffered from oesophageal narrowing or swallowing difficulties.

organicindia psyllium Beneficial bacteria love to feed on fiber (such as that found in Organic Whole Husk Psyllium).* Whereas, less desirable bacteria like to eat refined sugars and fats – which Organic Whole Husk Psyllium may help reduce within your digestive system.

Psyllium husk - Promote weight loss and cleanse your colon Psyllium husk is an amazing shrub-like herb that is most commonly found in India. It possesses a plethora of health benefits... reduces the risk of heart disease and promotes overall health.

There are many psyllium husk supplements available; however, they are not all created equal. Many manufacturers grind the husk into a fine powder and then add artificial flavors and colors to make it easier and more pleasant to consume. This not only makes the psyllium husk far less effective, it introduces unwanted toxins to your system. This variety is typically the only type you will find in traditional grocery stores.

You will likely need to go to a health food store to purchase whole psyllium husks with no additives. Whole psyllium husks can be difficult for some people to swallow, so be sure to drink your husks with a full glass of water to avoid choking. It is also important to drink lots of water while taking psyllium husk because without sufficient water the husks can begin to create blockages in the intestines.


5 Home Remedies for Heartburn

Chewing gum

In a small study from the Journal of Dental Research, people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms experienced heartburn relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal.

"Chewing gum stimulates the salivary flow rate," says study author Rebecca Moazzez, DPhil, clinical lecturer in King's College London's department of restorative dentistry. "Any acid that accumulates in the gut is washed away and cleared more quickly. The clearance of acid improves GERD symptoms."

Baking soda

Old wives' tales will tell you the best way to beat heartburn is with a little sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).

"Baking soda is OK for most people with heartburn," says Jacqueline Wolf, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "Because it's a base, it helps neutralize [stomach] acid."

Dr. Wolf recommends mixing between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water. But avoid making baking soda your go-to remedy if you regularly have heartburn—it is high in salt and could cause side effects like swelling and nausea.


Although research is limited, licorice could ease heartburn and get to the source of the problem, says Susan Blum, MD, founder and director of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, N.Y.

"The contents of your stomach are supposed to be acidic…which is why antacids are not the solution," Dr. Blum says. Instead, she says, licorice has natural stomach healing properties. Eating a lot of licorice, however, can also have serious side effects like high blood pressure, so look for DGL licorice. (It does not contain the potentially dangerous glycyrrhizic acid.)

Dr. Blum suggests trying chewable DGL licorice tablets before meals, which are available at most natural-food stores. There are even brands that do not taste like licorice.


Aloe, a plant usually used to soothe burns, could do the same thing for stomachs, says Victor Sierpina MD, professor of integrative and family medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, and author of The Healthy Gut Workbook.

Aloe vera juice reduces inflammation so "it quiets down any inflammation that is in the esophagus as well as the stomach," Dr. Sierpina says.

He recommends drinking 1/2 cup before meals, but warns that the juice can be a laxative. Look for brands that say the laxative component has been removed, such as Aloe Vera Power.

Slippery elm

Despite limited research, slippery elm has been used in herbal remedies for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses, including GERD symptoms. This tree extract thickens the layer of mucous lining the stomach, says Dr. Blum, creating a stronger barrier against acid.

"[Slippery elm] is a demulcent that offers a coating or protective layer to the tissue [of the stomach]," Dr. Sierpina says. "The way slippery elm has traditionally been prescribed is a couple tablespoons in water after meals and at bedtime."

Surprising Heartburn Triggers


Prone to frequent headaches and heartburn? Think twice about reaching for the ibuprofen. When used regularly, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen can trigger heartburn.

Some prescription drugs can too, including antibiotics, calcium channel blockers (for high blood pressure), bronchodilators such as albuterol (for asthma and COPD), osteoporosis drugs, and some sedatives.

fish oil supplements, peppermint, and prescription medications.

A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate, or teaspoon-full to be exact, can help put an end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux. Baking soda, as sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known, can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance.

15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn & Severe Acid Reflux it is not possible to have heartburn without reflux.


Spinach Helps Protect Eyes from Macular Degeneration Most of us will have macular degeneration as we age. But we can slow this process and even prevent it with certain dietary strategies. Learn how spinach and other foods and supplements can prevent the leading cause of blindness.


7 Foods and Nutrients Proven To Cut Macular Degeneration Risk Besides age, the biggest risk factor for AMD is smoking. Other risk factors include sun exposure, high blood pressure and obesity.

Researchers at the National Eye Institute conducted two Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2).

The first AREDS study showed that a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper reduce the risk of late-stage AMD by 25%.

The AREDS2 study found that a combination of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin in place of beta-carotene was just as effective. [ii] Carotenoids were also believed to be safer than beta-carotene for smokers at higher risk of lung cancer.

The AREDS2 nutrient combination is widely available in supplement form. But in addition to those nutrients studies show other foods and compounds are effective to reduce the risk and progression of AMD and improve vision.

Multiple studies show that supplementing with carotenoids and antioxidants improves AMD. In one randomized, double-blind placebo controlled study from a Veterans Administration Hospital 90 patients were assigned to receive 10 mg of lutein alone, or 10 mg of lutein plus a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, or a placebo. After 12 months they found that either alone or in combination with other nutrients, lutein improved visual function.

But it’s not just supplements. Eating more foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin reduces AMD risk. In a prospective cohort study published in JAMA, Harvard researchers followed more than 100,000 people from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study in the United States. Based on diet reports the researchers found that those eating the most foods containing lutein and zeaxanthin had a 40 percent reduction in AMD risk compared to those eating the least. Other carotenoids including beta-cryptoxanthin, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene, were linked with a 25 to 35 percent lower risk.

Here are seven foods and nutrients proven to support eye health and reduce your risk of AMD.

1. Olive Oil

In an Australian study of 6,734 people aged 58 to 69 years, researchers collected dietary information over five years. Ten years later they measured the participants’ macula for signs of early or late AMD. They found that eating 100 ml of olive oil every week cut AMD rates by 52 percent compared to lower olive oil intakes. That’s just about seven tablespoons, or less than a half cup of olive oil a week.

2. Goji Berries

Swiss researchers found that goji berries may reduce the risk of AMD. They conducted a double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of 150 people aged 65 to 70 years. Half the subjects received 13.7 grams per day of a milk-based formulation containing goji berry – also called wolfberry – or a placebo for 90 days. Goji berries are high in antioxidants and zeaxanthin.

The subjects were tested for blood levels of zeaxanthin and antioxidants. They were also examined for the appearance of drusen in the macula. Drusen are yellow deposits under the retina. They are made up of lipids, a fatty protein, and their presence indicates an increased risk of AMD. In the study, drusen increased in the placebo group but remained stable in the goji berry group.

In addition, zeaxanthin blood levels increased by 26 percent in the goji group and antioxidant capacity increased 57 percent. Those measures did not change in the placebo group.

3. Rosemary

A study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute found rosemary may protect against macular degeneration. Researchers discovered that carnosic acid, a component of rosemary, protects your retina from degeneration and toxicity. They treated retinal cells with carnosic acid found in rosemary and found it triggered the production of antioxidant enzymes in the cells. That in turn lowered cell-damaging free radicals. They also tested carnosic acid in animals, finding that mice treated with it suffered less vision damage when exposed to light.

4. Saffron

Australian and Italian researchers proved the Mediterranean spice saffron helps slow progression of AMD and improve vision. They conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of people with early stage AMD. One group in the study supplemented with 20 mg per day of saffron. After just 90 days the researchers saw significant improvement in the saffron group.

Then the researchers tested a group of 29 patients aged 55 to 85 with early-stage AMD. The patients received 20 mg per day of saffron as a supplement for about 14 months. All of the patients reported an improvement in their quality of vision. They experienced improvements in contrast and color perception, reading ability, and vision in low lighting. All of that added up to a substantial improvement in the patients' quality of life.

The researchers noted that saffron from the crocus flower contains chemical compounds called crocin and crocetin. These are antioxidant derivatives of carotenoids. Crocin protects photoreceptors from light-induced death. Crocetin increases the availability of oxygen to the cells.

5. Ginkgo Biloba

French researchers tested ginkgo biloba against a placebo on 10 out-patients with senile macular degeneration. In spite of the small group, the researchers concluded that ginkgo biloba extract led to a statistically significant improvement in long distance visual acuity.

6. B Vitamins

A Harvard study found that daily supplementation with B vitamins may reduce the risk of AMD. Researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 5,442 female health care professionals 40 years or older. Participants were randomly assigned to receive a daily combination of 2.5 mg of folic acid (vitamin B9), 50 mg of pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), and 1 mg of cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), or placebo. After an average of 7.3 years of treatment and follow-up, the vitamin B group had a 34 percent lower risk of AMD. For visually significant AMD the risk dropped 41 percent. The researchers indicated that B vitamins may reduce high homocysteine levels which have been linked to AMD.

7. Egg Yolks

Studies show that egg yolks have the highest percentage levels of lutein and zeaxanthin.[v] Other sources containing both of these carotenoids are corn and honeydew melon, as well as dark leafy greens such as kale, turnip greens, collard greens, and romaine lettuce.

Foods highest in just lutein include kiwi, red seedless grapes, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, cucumber, spinach, peas, green peppers, butternut squash, celery, Brussels sprouts, scallions, and broccoli.

Other foods high in zeaxanthin include orange peppers, oranges, and mango.

The Many Stinging Nettle Benefits There are dozens of stinging nettle benefits including its ability to stop both internal and external bleeding, purify the blood and soften hair while nettle tea helps cure mucus congestion and ease rheumatism.

Contrary to popular opinion, the common nettle is more than a pesky, stinging weed. It has — since ancient times — been an important source of food, fiber, and pharmaceuticals. Although the nettle tribe (members of the family Urticaceae whose name is derived from the Latin uro, to burn) includes more than 500 species worldwide. The bright green to gray green stinging or common nettles (genus Urtica ) are the most prevalent throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This single-stemmed perennial, a plant that spreads by way of both seeds and creeping roots, can sometimes reach a height of seven feet. Its paired leaves are heartshaped and coarsely veined, sharply toothed, and covered with fuzzy bristles. The herb likes moist ground, and its presence is frequently an indicator of rich soil.

Before flax was introduced to northern Europe, fiber from the thick, square, hairy stems of nettles was woven into "linen". In Scotland, the material was used well into the seventeenth century, and was claimed to be one of the most durable of fabrics. Europeans and native Americans also utilized nettle fiber to make strong ropes and superior fishing nets, and — during World War I — Germany and Austria found the fibers to provide a good substitute for cotton.

Taken as a tea, it has been found to help cure mucus congestion, skin irritations, water retention, and diarrhea. The beverage is also said to help nursing mothers produce milk and it also stimulate the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. Applied externally, nettle tea — it is claimed — relieves rheumatism in both people and animals, makes a first-class gargle for mouth and throat infections, helps to clear up acne and eczema and promotes the healing of burns.

Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Nettle (also known as Stinging Nettles) has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hayfever which is the most common allergy problem. It contains biologically active compounds that reduce inflammation. Dr. Andrew Wiel M.D. author of Natural Health/ Natural Medicine says he knows of nothing more effective than nettle for allergy relief. And his statement is backed up by studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Decongestants, antihistamines, allergy shots and even prescription medications such as Allegra and Claritin treat only the symptoms of allergies and tend to lose effectiveness over a period of time. They can also cause drowsiness, dry sinuses, insomnia and high blood pressure. Nettle has none of these side effects. It can be used on a regular basis and has an impressive number of other benefits most notably as a treatment for prostate enlargement.

In Germany today stinging nettles are sold as an herbal drug for prostate diseases and as a diuretic. It is a common ingredient in other herbal drugs produced in Germany for rheumatic complaints and inflammatory conditions (especially for the lower urinary tract and prostate).

Reduces arthritis pain

Taken orally, products made from nettle's aerial parts may interfere with the body's production of prostaglandins and other inflammation-causing chemicals. Consequently, nettle may have an anti-inflammatory effect. It may also enhance responses of the immune system. Chemicals in nettle's aerial parts are also thought to reduce the feeling of pain or interfere with the way that nerves send pain signals. All of these effects may reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis and other similar conditions.

Reduces allergy symptoms

Relieve skin irritation and muscle pain

A solution of the extract may be applied to the skin to relieve joint pain and muscle aches... It may also be used topically for dandruff and overly oily hair and scalp.

This herb should be used for a minimum of 30 days for full effects.

Nettle Tea Milarepa, the Tibetan saint, was said to have lived on nothing but nettles for decades of meditation. Yet another weed that most of us pull and throw out, like dandelions, nettle is a wonderful health-boosting herb that should never be dowsed with weed-killer, but plucked and dried to make into an herbal panacea that could make the local pharmacy go bankrupt. Nettle, from the flowering plant genus Urtica in the family Urticaceae, has so many health benefits, they can hardly fit into this small space. Keep reading to see 29 nettle tea benefits.

Lessens nausea
Cures the common cold
Alleviates diarrhea
Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas
Helps break down kidney stones Reduces hypertension
Helps with respiratory tract disease
Supports the kidneys Reduces inflammation
Eliminates allergic rhinitis
helps with diabetes mellitus
Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating

IGF for Diabetes

I found a solution for diabetes: It was totally natural, and the answer was in my own body the whole time!

The liver makes something called “insulin-like growth factor,” or IGF. It regulates glucose, just like insulin, except it’s 100x more effective!

The best part for me was the fact that I didn’t have to take any pills. IGF doesn’t come as an injection. You just have to get your liver to start producing more IGF.

And all you need to do is eat the right foods. These foods activate your body’s natural IGF, and solves your diabetes.

I didn’t really think that food was the answer to my diabetes, but I was desperate. So I tried it out.

In less than two weeks, I had found a solution to diabetes.

My doctor confirmed it. He was even more surprised than I was. He even called in a nurse to make sure he wasn’t crazy.

He didn’t understand how it was possible. But to me, it was pretty obvious: companies make billions of dollars on our diabetes treatments. No way they’ll let us know that we can eliminate our diabetes without them!

I’m guessing we would know about this sooner if they could make IGF pills, but they can’t. IGF is made in our own bodies, so the answer was inside of us this whole time.

Maybe this solution won’t work for you. But it worked for me, and it worked for thousands of other patients who used to have diabetes.

And all you have to do is eat a few foods that cost about $17 at the grocery store. So why not give it a try?

What we know about IGF-1 Could milk consumption lead to increased levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and subsequent increased risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes? DietDoc investigates.

Insulin-like growth factor 1 (or IGF-1, as it is also called) has been mentioned in the press and by popular nutrition writers like Patrick Holford.

Holford links milk consumption to increased levels of IGF-1 and concludes that because IGF-1 "is strongly linked with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and also breast and prostate cancer", milk is potentially harmful. Strong words indeed.

Four Simple Ways to Increase Growth Hormone (Burn Fat, Build Muscle) Most of us would like to be leaner and stronger. The hormones that have the biggest effect on body composition are growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).

After the age of 25, most people will experience some negative effects from declining levels of both these hormones, including:

  • weaker bones

  • poorer sleep quality

  • increased body fat, especially in the abdominal area

  • older looking skin

  • less physical strength and slower recovery time

Anything we can do to keep GH and IGF-1 levels up will help us look and feel younger. So what can we do?

There are a number of simple behaviors that can radically alter our GH and IGF-1 levels. All of them are simple. At the same time, none of them are easy. All four will all cause slight amounts of discomfort for most people.

1) Eat Low Glycemic Meals
2) Turn Off The Lights*
3) Do Short, Fun, Intense Bouts of Exercise**
4) Stop Eating for 16-24 Hours At Least Once A Week^

* artificial light reduces the secretion of melatonin.

**Research in exercise physiology supports the idea that intensity is more important than duration, at least in terms of trigger positive hormonal reactions like growth hormone release, and positive adaptations (like getting stronger and gaining endurance). In practice this could mean doing short sprints instead of a long slow jog, or doing fewer repetitions with heavier weights (and lifting more slowly to increase difficulty).

^Fasting induces growth hormone release; GH helps burn body fat to mobilize calories to prevent starvation.

You might experience some discomfort the first few times you go without food for half a day or more, especially if you eat wheat and dairy products on a regular basis. These foods contain exorphins (peptides that mimic the effects of opioids on human physiology); withdrawal can be experienced as muscle aches, flu-like symptoms, and a sense of unease.

Taking relatively short bouts of “time off” from eating is generally called intermittent fasting. There are many different approaches, but the general idea is to not eat for 16 or more hours at least a few times a week, or even to restrict your eating window to 8 hours or less every day (this is Berkhan’s approach). Some people choose to fast 24 hours, one day a week.

Personally I have experimented with fasting until 2pm one day a week. I haven’t noticed any dramatic physical effects from my “dipping a toe in” approach, but the documented physiological effects intrigue me. I have noticed positive psychological effects; on fasting days I feel mentally clear and buoyant. I also have more time to get things done.

Edit: Just found this interesting article about food restriction and D2 dopamine receptors, in rats. Food restriction (such as intermittent fasting) may increase our ability to respond to rewards (and thus increase motivation).

Growth Factor DietAs a bodybuilder, you've heard this many times: boosting your body's production of testosterone and growth hormone is absolutely essential

It's called insulinlike growth factor-I, or IGF-I, a naturally occurring protein very similar in structure to insulin, another important anabolic hormone.

Higher carb intake is associated with low IGF-I levels

IGF-1 IGF-1 is typically found in dairy products, as well as in other foods of animal origin, such as meat and liver.

The IGF-1 used in NOW Foods products is extracted from deer antler velvet and comes from New Zealand.

Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer: the insulin and IGF connection Epidemiological studies suggest a positive association between obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) with the risk of cancer and cancer-related mortality. Insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, increased levels of IGF, elevated levels of steroid and peptide hormones, and inflammatory markers appear to play a role in the connection between these different diseases. Medications, such as metformin and exogenous insulin, used to treat T2D may affect the risk of cancer and cancer-related mortality.

Therapeutic potential of insulin-like growth factor-1 in patients with diabetes mellitus The common adverse effects reported for rhIGF-1 are dose-related and include edema, jaw pain, arthralgia, myalgia, hypotension, injection site pain, and less commonly, Bell's palsy and raised intracranial pressure. Although disturbance of the GH-IGF-1 axis participates in the development of diabetic complications, the functional consequences of the complex changes in IGFBP expression at the tissue level are uncertain, and it is not known whether systemic IGF-1 therapy or other manipulations of the GH-IGF-1 axis would be helpful or harmful. Experimentally, IGF-1 has a protective effect on neuropathy, and could find an application in the healing of neuropathic ulcers. The potential benefits of IGF-1 therapy in diabetes mellitus have yet to be realised.

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Growth Hormone: A Potential Treatment Option in Diabetes?

Although under normal conditions, insulin is the major regulator of blood glucose levels, growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) play an important contributory role. Both of these hormones have potent effects on glucose metabolism which may be utilized in diabetes management. Richard Holt explains the growing interest in exploiting the effects of GH and IGF-1 for people with diabetes.

Growth hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland, a tiny organ in the centre of the human head just beneath the brain.This hormone has major effects on glucose metabolism – the opposite to those of insulin. It increases glucose concentrations in the blood and decreases the body's sensitivity to insulin, thus opposing the normal action of insulin. GH concentrations are up to 2-3 times higher in people with diabetes

The excessive GH secretion may be partly responsible for the 'dawn phenomenon' – a rise of blood glucose concentrations in the early morning before waking from sleep.

GH may also be involved in the development of microvascular diabetic complications (nerve damage, eye and kidney disease).

Given this background, it is perhaps surprising that GH is being considered as a potential factor in the prevention or treatment of Type 2 diabetes. While excess GH secretion causes diabetes in up to 40% of people with tumours which over-produce GH (a condition called acromegaly) , a lack of GH also has a detrimental effect on sensitivity to insulin. GH deficiency in adults is associated with a reduction in muscle mass and an increase in fat mass, particularly around the abdomen. This accumulation of abdomen fat appears to be important in the development of insulin insensitivity

Observation of the effects of GH replacement therapy has helped our understanding of the role of GH in glucose metabolism. In the short term, there is an increase in insulin insensitivity. However, as lean body mass (muscle) increases and fat mass is reduced, long-term insulin sensitivity gradually improves.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of features including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension), insulin insensitivity, and glucose intolerance – precursors to Type 2 diabetes. There are similarities in the clinical features of metabolic syndrome and untreated GH deficiency. They suggest that the reduction in GH concentrations seen in abdominal obesity may be important in the development of metabolic syndrome.

The correction of GH concentrations may have beneficial effects: when GH was administered to abdominally obese men, it led to a reduction in abdominal fat, and a reduction in insulin insensistivity.

The major source of IGF-1 in the circulation is the liver; and insulin plays a major role in controlling the production of IGF-1 by the liver... As a consequence, blood IGF-I concentrations are reduced in people who have diabetes.

When IGF-1 is given to people with Type 1 diabetes, there is an improvement in blood glucose control and a reduction in the insulin dose required to maintain normal glucose control. Similar results, together with a reduction in fat mass, are seen in people with Type 2 diabetes who receive larger doses of IGF-1.

The major limitation to the use of IGF-1 has been the significant side effects, including jaw ache, muscle and joint pains, headache and swelling of the optic nerve behind the eye. Consequently, IGF-1 was withdrawn from development as an adjunct to treatment in diabetes. The exact cause of these side effects remains unknown.

Pain Relief

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Top 10 Acupressure Points for Pain Relief & Other Problems It involves applying pressure to acupressure points that lie along meridians in your body to promote relaxation and treat illnesses. There are more than 400 acupressure points on the body.

It is believed that vital energy called qi (chi) flows through these meridians or energy pathways. There are 12 major meridians that connect specific organs, thus organizing a system of communication throughout the body. Illness occurs when one or more of these meridians are blocked or out of balance.

The acupressure points are to be pressed with moderate pressure for a few seconds up to a couple of minutes and then released. For best results, take slow, deep breaths as you hold the acupressure points.

1. Joining the Valley-for Headaches

The Joining the Valley (L 14) acupressure point is popular for getting rid of headaches. It also helps relieve toothaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, constipation and hangovers.

This point is located in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger, at the highest spot of the muscle when both the thumb and finger are brought close together. Press and massage this point for a couple of minutes and then repeat on the other hand. Do this as needed.

2. Pericardium- for Nausea and Vomiting

The Pericardium (P6) acupressure point is considered useful for getting rid of nausea and vomiting caused by a variety of reasons including motion sickness, pregnancy, post-surgery and post-chemotherapy. It also relieves upset stomach, headaches, chest pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome pain and discomfort.

It is located between the two large tendons on the inside of your wrist, about three finger-widths below the base of your palm. Press the point with your index and middle fingers for a couple of minutes. Repeat several times, as needed. You can also get acupressure wristbands from a drug or health food store and use them.

3. The Third Eye- for Chronic Fatigue and Eye Strain

The Third Eye acupressure point (GV 24.5) is good for calming your mind, improving memory, relieving stress, chronic fatigue, headaches, eye strain and insomnia. It also helps relieve sinus pain and congestion. This point is considered beneficial for spiritual and emotional imbalances as well.

Close your eyes and locate the Third Eye pressure point on the knobby spot on the bridge of your nose between your eyebrows. Using your middle finger, gently press it for a few seconds to 1 minute and then release. Repeat several times a week.

4. Sea of Tranquility- for Emotional Healing

Also known as Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17), the Sea of Tranquility acupressure point helps restore a sense of calm and relieves anxiety, nervousness, depression, hysteria and other emotional imbalances. It also helps boost the immune system.

It can be easily located on the center of the breastbone, about four finger-widths up from the base of the bone. You can press this point when you are in the prayer position with your palms joined, fingers pointing upward, and the knuckles of the thumb pressing into the breastbone.

Make sure your spine is straight, preferably supported by a straight-back chair. Press it for a couple of minutes daily while taking slow, deep breaths. Continue for a few months.

5. Leg Three Miles- for Stomach Problems

The Leg Three Miles (ST 36) acupressure point is commonly used to improve digestive disorders including indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Plus, it boosts the immune system, fights fatigue, strengthens the body and promotes general wellness.

Bend your leg and place your fingers just below the knee cap, beginning with the index finger at the base of the knee cap. You will find the Leg Three Miles point at four finger-widths down from the base of the knee cap, where your little finger rests just to the outside of the shin bone.

Apply moderate to deep pressure on this point for a few seconds daily. You can press this point on both legs at the same time.

6. Commanding Middle- for Arthritis and Sciatica

This knee back acupressure point (B 54) is beneficial for reducing knee and back pain; stiffness in the back; arthritis in the knee, back and hips; and sciatica pain.

A study published online by the British Medical Journal in 2006 noted that acupressure may be more effective than physical therapy for relieving low back pain. The researchers also found that the effects of the therapy were not short term because, in fact, they lasted for six months.

Commanding Middle acupressure point is situated at the center of the backside of the knee cap. Gently press it for about 1 minute and then repeat on the other leg. Do this daily, as needed.

Knee Pain

Natural Home Remedies for Knee Pain Remember the acronym “RICE” for treating strains and sprains: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

Here are a few of the herbs and supplements some people have found beneficial.

Willow Bark

A study published in 2001 found that some people with arthritis experienced pain relief using willow bark. The extract is commonly used by herbalists to treat fever, pain, and inflammation.

Ginger Extract

Ginger is available in many forms. It can be purchased in pre-packaged supplement form at health food or vitamin stores. Ginger root or tea can be found at the grocery store. The spice is used in many cuisines. Health benefits include relief from stomach upset and nausea as well as pain relief for many conditions. A study of people with arthritis found that ginger helped to reduce pain when used in combination with a prescription treatment for arthritis.

Herbal Ointment

In a study published in the Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, researchers investigated a salve made of cinnamon, ginger, mastic, and sesame oil. They found the salve was just as effective as over-the-counter arthritis creams containing salicylate, a topical pain relief treatment.

Home Remedies for Knee Pain

1. Cold Compress

Applying cold compresses to the painful knee is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce pain and swelling. The cold will constrict the blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the affected area and thus reducing swelling. It will also give you relief from the pain.

Wrap a handful of ice cubes in a thin towel.
Apply the compress to the affected knee area for 10 to 20 minutes.
Do this two or three times daily until your pain is gone.

A bag of frozen peas also works well as a cold compress. You can opt for alternating hot and cold compresses as well for chronic pains.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also helpful in reducing knee pain. Due to its alkalizing effect, apple cider vinegar helps dissolve mineral build-ups and harmful toxins within the knee joint. It also helps restore joint lubricants to help reduce pain and promote mobility.

Also, you can mix together one tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Use it to massage the affected knee once or twice daily until the pain is gone.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin that works like a pain reliever. Capsaicin’s natural analgesic or pain-relieving properties produce a warm sensation and reduce pain in the affected knee.

  • Prepare a mixture by adding two tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder in one-half cup of warm olive oil. Apply this paste on the affected area twice daily for at least one week.

  • You can also mix one-quarter or one-half teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder in one cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak a clean washcloth in this solution and apply it on the aching area for about 20 minutes once or twice daily until the pain and inflammation is reduced.

  • You can even apply a gel containing 0.0125 percent capsaicin topically to reduce knee pain.

4. Ginger

Whether knee pain is due to arthritis, muscle strain or injury, ginger is an effective remedy to alleviate the pain. Its effectiveness comes from the presence of anti-inflammatory compounds in it. Ginger can reduce swelling on the knee as well as the pain.

  • Crush a small piece of fresh ginger root, add to one cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain and add a little honey and lemon juice. Drink two to three cups of this ginger tea daily until the pain is gone.

  • You can also massage the affected knee with ginger oil two or three times a day until you are satisfied with the results.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is an effective and natural treatment to relieve knee pain. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin that has anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties that help reduce pain.

Also, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that turmeric may slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, one of the main causes of knee pain.

  • Add one-half teaspoon each of ground ginger and turmeric to a cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily.

  • Boil one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk. Sweeten with honey and drink it once daily.

  • Another option is to take 250 to 500 mg turmeric capsules three times daily.

Follow these remedies daily until the pain is gone completely.

Note: As turmeric can thin the blood, these remedies are not suitable for those taking blood-thinning medicine.

6. Lemon

Lemon has also been found beneficial as a home remedy for knee pain caused by arthritis. The citric acid found in lemon works as a solvent for uric acid crystals, which is the cause of some types of arthritis.

  • Cut one or two lemons into small pieces.

  • Tie the pieces in a cotton cloth and dip it in warm sesame oil.

  • Place the cloth on the affected knee for five to 10 minutes.

  • Do this twice daily until the pain is gone completely.

Also, drinking the juice of one lemon diluted in a glass of warm water early in the morning on an empty stomach is also beneficial.

Bee or Wasp Sting Treatment

How to Treat a Bee or Wasp Sting Bees and wasps use their stingers as a means of self-defense. The stingers contain poisonous venom that causes reactions in your body.

1. Remove the Stinger

The first step is to immediately remove the stinger embedded in your skin. It takes just a few seconds for all of the harmful venom to enter your body.

  1. Scrape the sting site with a fingernail or use a pair of tweezers to remove the stinger.

  2. Wash the area with antiseptic soap and water.

  3. Pat dry and apply some antiseptic ointment. You can also apply calamine lotion to ease itching and swelling.Note: Avoid pinching the stinger, as it will inject more venom into the skin.

2. Apply Ice

The next step is to apply an ice compress on the affected area to get immediate relief from various symptoms.

Cold temperature slows the distribution of inflammatory substances to the bite site. It also helps numb the pain as well as reduces swelling.

Muscle Aches

Muscle Ache Treatments, Causes and Remedies Not all muscle aches are related to stress, tension, and physical activity. Some medical explanations for muscle aches and pains include:

Statin Drugs
Flu symptoms
Hormonal changes
Lyme disease

When you have a muscle ache, one of the first things you may consider doing is resting the area and then lightly stretch the area as well.

Aside from resting the area, there are several dietary guidelines you can follow to stay hydrated and recover from muscle soreness more quickly.

Top Foods for Muscle Aches

Here are the top foods that can improve hydration, increase circulation and reduce inflammation thereby reducing muscle aches and pain.

Foods high in magnesium – Magnesium is known as the relaxation mineral. Include food rich in magnesium such as nuts, seeds, wild meats and green leafy vegetables.

Foods high in potassium – Potassium can help with muscle relaxation. Include avocados, coconut water, melons, and tomatoes in your diet.

Foods high in calcium – Calcium promotes muscle relaxation. Include collard greens, kale, spinach, and unsweetened yogurt or kefir in your diet.

Electrolyte drinks – Beverages like coconut water or watermelon juice can help replace any lost electrolytes, but be aware that they may be high in sugar.

Water – Sufficient water is critical to maintain hydrated muscles – aim for 8 glasses daily and more if you are physically active.

Foods that Cause Muscle Aches

Soda – Promotes the loss of minerals, which can make cramping worse.

Sugar – Removes calcium and other important minerals from the body.

Alcohol – Can lead to dehydration, which can make cramping worse.

Packaged foods – Are deficient in minerals and vitamins that support proper muscle function and hydration.

Coffee – Overconsumption of coffee or caffeinated beverages can lead to dehydration.

Top 7 Muscle Ache Treatments and Remedies

#1 Magnesium (250 mg 2x daily)
Can help with muscle relaxation.

#2 Potassium (300 mg daily)
A deficiency can lead to cramping.

#3 Green superfood powder
Include chlorella and spirulina to provide minerals for muscle relaxation.

#4 Calcium (500 mg 2x daily)
Required for muscle relaxation.

#5 MSM (500 mg 3x daily)
Has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

Bonus Remedies #6 and #7
Warming up before a workout and stretching can prevent cramping. Also, consuming an electrolyte rich beverage can reduce the risk of cramping.

Essential Oils for Muscle Aches

Using essential oils for muscle aches is the most effective natural remedy for fast relief. Mixing peppermint oil, cypress oil and coconut oil together and rubbing them on the sore muscle is highly effective.

Put 3 drops of peppermint, 3 drops of cypress and 1 tsp of coconut oil on the area then cover with hot compress for 1 minute. Also, you can make your own DIY homemade muscle rub.

Dr. Axe's Homemade Muscle Rub

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Video on Low Energy Book: Dr. Steven Gundry's Diet Evolution. All supplements do is make expensive urine. In 6 mos. Big Ed cleared out half his artery blockages. Just lost weight and took a bunch of supplements. Phytochemicals powerful nutrients to keep heart cells from dying. They got real results without the side effects found in drugs. The secret building block of bio-energy.

The 3 superfoods you should never eat: Soy products-- they are linked to digestive problems, immune-system breakdowns, cognitive decline, and reproductive disorders, cancer and heart disease. It is full of phyto-estrogen: disrupts your adrenile gland, thyroid gland. For men, estrogen affects your body shape, your weight, your sex drive. Estrogen is the hormone which tells your body to STORE FAT.

Soy contains goitrogens, which disrupts your thyroid function. It drains your vitality/energy. Hypothyroidism = weight gain and low energy.

Soy is the #1 food to cut out of your diet being it is draining your body of energy.

Toxic superfood #2: Wheatgrass. Humans cannot digest grass. Has powerful plant toxins which will make you sick. When a dog wants to throw up, it eats grass.

Toxic superfood #3: Goji berries. No proof that goji berries do any of the things claimed. In 2006 the FDA warned two goji berry merchants to quit making unsubstantiated health claims. They are actually harmful. Avoid them because they are a member of the nightshade family.

They are extremely high in a very dangerous kind of protein called LECTINS, powerful toxic allergens which are in many of the foods you eat. Lectins cause far more dangerous allergic reactions than gluten. They completely disrupt your immune system and prevent your body from healing itself. Worse, they break through your intestinal barrier and cause leaky gut syndrome. Lectins also weaken your blood vessels, a conditionn called endothelial dysfuntion. This condition has been linked to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and septic shock.

Clinical study: Removed patients from all foods with lectins and gave supplements high in polyphenols. Created a 72% decrease in endothelial dysfuntion. A massive improvement in blood vessel function. The markers for cardiovascular disease decreased in 100% of the participants.


1. Lectins are bad news; avoid them as much as possible.
It's almost impossible to cut out lectins completely. They're in wheat grains, nuts, eggplant, tomatoes, poatoes and peppers. That's why the second things is so important.

2. Polyphenols are THE MOST IMPORTANT nutrient you are NOT getting in your diet. You need to be getting as much of them as possible.

Where did I get the idea to develop a polyphenol blend for my study?

It goes back to Big Ed. What Ed was eating--odd fruits and supplements--all had one thing in common: polyphenols. He was eating pomegranates, blueberries, mulberries and aronia cherries. Dark berries are super dense with polyphenols: very powerful energy boosters.

Polyphenols don't just heal your heart. They actually help heal your body in a vast number of ways:

-boosting metabolic function
-fighting inflammation in every part of your body
-reducing visible signs of aging
-helping to lower cholesterol
-regulating your blood sugar levels
-boosting your immune system
-reducing joint pain
-reducing digestive discomfort
-keeping your skin healthy and firm
-activating anti-aging genes
-most important, they boost your metabolism and accelerate your body's production of energy

It's not normal for your energy levels to decline as you age. Ancient people had a lot more energy because meat was only 10% of their diet. The rest was leafy greens, roots, fruits and nuts. And lots and lots of berries.

Modern research has found that plant polyphenols are almost a "perfect" energy nutrient for the human body. And they are extremely effective a helping to control your blood glucose levels.

Your blood glucose metabolism... that's your body's source of energy.

10,000 years ago we invented agriculture and started eating barley and wheat. This was terrible for human beings. Because your body converts the carbs from grains into fat, not energy.

Plant polyphenols actually help your body BURN fat, and they are easier to digest than grans or starches.

Americans have such energy problems because we are eating empty carbs that convert straight to fat instead of energy. And we're missing the thing we are really supposed to be eating: polyphenols.

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My Liver Detox LEMON JUICE: The juice of half a lemon in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.

13 surprising home remedies for acid reflux

Start your day with a cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice. “By drinking this on an empty stomach 15 to 20 minutes before eating anything else, the body can naturally balance out its acid levels. It's a great digestive aid and is safe for all users,” says Rebekah Fedrowitz, an applied holistic nutritionist.

The Benefits of Lemon Water

Helps Digestion. The biggest lemon water benefit may be from the temperature of the water and not even the added lemon. Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli Sprouts look like alfalfa sprouts, but taste like radishes

in 1992[1] a team of Johns Hopkins University scientists isolated a cancer-fighting phytochemical in broccoli called glucoraphanin, which is the glucosinolate precursor of sulforaphane (SGS).[2] When chewed, broccoli releases glucoraphanin and myrosinase, an enzyme found in another part of the plant cell, which work together to produce sulforaphane, which, in turn, activates a transcription factor, Nrf2 in the cell. Once activated, Nrf2 then translocates to the nucleus of the cell, where it aligns itself with the antioxidant response element (ARE) in the promoter region of target genes. The target genes are associated with process which assists in regulating cellular defences. Such cytoprotective genes include that for glutathione. Around 200 genes have been well-characterised, as many as 1700 are thought to be related to this aspect of cellular defense.

The 1992 study was followed by the discovery in 1997[3] that glucoraphanin is in higher concentrations in the three- to four-day-old broccoli sprouts, at least 20 times the concentration of full grown broccoli. This discovery was written about in the New York Times,[4] and created a global shortage of broccoli seed that could not meet the sudden high demand.

Broccoli sprouts actually have lower nutritional values than full sized broccoli according to the USDA.[5] Many studies compare the nutritional value of dry, dormant seeds to sprouts to obtain an exaggerated positive result for sprouts. However, the sprouts are not typically consumed for their nutrient content; they are consumed for their content of bioactive molecules with potent nutrigenomic potential. Broccoli sprouts contain a particular glucosinolate compound, glucoraphanin, which is found in vacuoles within the cytoplasm of the plant cell. The membrane of the plant cells also contain an enzyme, myrosinase, which is walled off from the vacuoles of glucoraphanin. Only when the plant cell is ruptured by cutting, chewing, etc. do the two substances come into contact with each other. In the moist environment of the cell, this leads to a chemical reaction wherein the myrosinase converts the glucoraphanin to an isothiocyanate, sulforaphane. It is predominantly the sulforaphane for which broccoli sprouts have been so widely researched. The glucoraphanin of itself is inert.


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Home Remedies for Dandruff Dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis is a common scalp disorder. It can occur due to dry skin, irritated oily skin, growth of bacteria and fungus on the scalp, inflammatory skin conditions and other such factors. It causes itchiness along with excessive formation of dry skin flakes on the scalp.

Dandruff can be controlled by following a healthy hair care routine. You can also try some simple natural home remedies. It is true that natural remedies take time to show results but they can effectively treat the problem completely.

Indian Lilac [neem]: [The antifungal and antibacterial properties of Indian lilac, also known as neem, help treat dandruff as well as many other hair problems like scalp acne, itchy scalp, and hair fall efficiently.] 1. Boil a handful of neem leaves in 4 cups of water. 2. Cool and strain the solution. 3. Use this decoction as a hair rinse 2 to 3 times a week.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil helps eliminate dandruff due to its antifungal properties. It also moisturizes dry scalp and provides relief from itching. 1. Take some coconut oil and mix half the amount of lemon juice in it. 2. Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes. 3. Wash your hair after at least 20 minutes. 4. Follow this remedy two to three times a week.

ACV: Apple Cider Vinegar: Scalp treatment with apple cider vinegar is effective in getting rid of dandruff. It restores the pH balance of the scalp, thereby inhibiting the growth of yeast. It also works as a natural hair clarifier and helps clean clogged pores and hair follicles. 1. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. 2. Mix an equal amount of water and 15-20 drops of tea tree oil in it. 3. Apply it onto your scalp and massage. Rinse your hair after a few minutes. 4. Follow this natural treatment two or three times a week.

Baking Soda: Being a mild exfoliant, baking soda helps remove dead skin cells and absorbs excess oil. It can also help balance pH levels on the scalp and reduce the growth of fungi that cause dandruff. 1. Wet your hair and rub a handful of baking soda onto your scalp. 2. After a couple of minutes, rinse your hair well with warm water. 3. Repeat once or twice a week for a few weeks. Note: Do not shampoo your hair after this treatment.


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UTI;s, Urinary Trach Infections

When you have a UTI, caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, nicotine, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners can irritate your bladder further. This makes it harder for your body to heal. Treating UTI's

You may find some relief from taking the herb uva ursi (bearberry leaf), which is used as a treatment for lower urinary tract infections. But Rivers cautions that it should be taken only for short periods of time — five days or less — as it could cause liver damage.

In addition, the herb goldenseal may be used as a remedy for UTIs, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. It's smart to tell your doctor about this and any other medications or herbs you’re taking, because side effects or drug interactions can sometimes be serious.

14 Natural Home Remedies for UTI Pain & Discomfort

Enjoy Parsley Water Aside from the fact that it makes a wonderfully refreshing after dinner drink, parsley water can help relieve a urinary tract infection and speed up the healing process by acting as a diuretic. Diuretics are used to treat a number of problems, and work by increasing the amount of sodium your kidneys excrete in urine. When they excrete sodium, they take water along with it, and the amount of fluid in your blood goes down. Less fluid means less pressure on the arteries, this is why it’s used to treat high blood pressure. In the case of UTI’s we just want to encourage an increased amount of urine to keep flushing out bacteria and relieving discomfort. Parsley is thought to work by inhibiting a Na+-K+ (sodium and potassium) pump. By inhibiting the reabsorption, sodium levels rise. To balance out the concentration, kidneys excrete more sodium in the urine. More sodium means more water which means an overall increased output of urine. You will need… -Roughly 1 cup of fresh parsley OR 2 tablespoons of dried parsley -1-2 cups of water Directions Bring water to a boil and add the parsley if you are using fresh-which is preferable in my opinion. Reduce the heat so it simmers steadily and let the leaves infuse the water like this for 6-10 minutes. Strain the leaves out and drink the water hot. If it’s a hot summer day, pop it in the fridge for refreshing parsley “iced tea.” If you use dried parsley, simply place it in a cup of boiling water, cover, and steep for 8 minutes before straining and drinking. Chew Some Celery Seeds Celery seeds also act as a diuretic, due mainly to one of the constituents of celery oil, butylphthalide. If parsley water just isn’t your thing, chewing a handful of celery seeds can help increase the production of urine. If you want to get some more fluid, make celery seed water (follow the method for dried parsley.) You will need… -A handful of celery seeds Directions Once or twice a day, snack on celery seeds right after a meal-it can also help with digestion, so why not? If you do this daily, some anecdotal evidence suggests it can help prevent UTI’s.

(Maybe) Avoid the 4 C’s Chocolate, citrus, carbonation, and caffeine-these are 4 things that you should avoid if you find yourself getting UTI’s frequently. All of them can irritate the lining of the bladder, and potentially make it easier for bacteria to adhere. Citrus will increase the acidity of your urine, which will make it even more painful to pee. When possible, try to steer clear of as much of these as you can-it’s not easy, but it can make life more bearable. On the other hand, some people can find citrus actually helps, hence the “maybe” in the title.

Start Feeling Blue Blueberries are from the same genus as cranberries, Vaccinium, and may also help ward off potential UTI’s by affecting the fimbria of the bacteria trying to attach itself to the urinary tract. Blueberry juice isn’t as easy to come by as cranberry juice (and is usually mixed with things like grape or apple juice), so try consuming these tasty berries whole instead. You will need… -1-2 cups fresh blueberries Directions Rinse your berries and enjoy them daily. They make the perfect addition to just about any breakfast; I absolutely love them in oatmeal.

Hot, Hot, Horseradish Originally from Europe and a member of the cabbage family, horseradish is known for spicy, pungent, sinus-clearing spread made from the white roots of the plant. A natural compound in the plant, allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), has a strong antimicrobial effect. While cranberries and blueberries may be bacteriostatic, meaning they inhibit the reproduction of bacteria, AITC is bactericidal, which means it kills bacteria outright. It does so by attacking the cellular membrane of the bacterium, making it impossible to be viable or survive. You will need… -1/2 teaspoons fresh horseradish (root) -A grater -A glass of water or milk Directions Grate the fresh horseradish, and start by taking 1 teaspoon twice a day. The max dosage is 1 ½ teaspoons three times daily, stopping if stomach upset occurs. If you have a hard time with the spice, a glass of water or milk nearby can help. I find milk to be preferable as water can sometimes seem to spread the spice around!

Cream of Tartar & Lemon This is an old home remedy, not a shiny “this-new-study-just-found” type of remedy, but I love it anyways. Sometimes these old gems work better than anything else you can hunt down, and sometimes they don’t make any difference at all. Cream of tartar may work because it changes the pH of your urine, making a less-friendly environment that makes it harder for bacteria to thrive in. Add in a bit of lemon or lime juice for vitamin C, and you’ve got a powerful bacteria killing concoction that can dry a UTI right up. You will need… -1 ½ teaspoons cream of tarter -Lemon or lime juice (preferably fresh) -Fresh water Directions Stir cream of tartar into ½-1 cup of warm water. Add a dash of lemon or lime juice, and drink 1-2 times a day. This can also help prevent UTIs when taken daily.

Treat and Prevent UTIs Without Drugs Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are infections anywhere along the urinary tract including the bladder and kidneys, are the second most common type of infection in the United States.

Treat and Prevent UTIs Without Drugs D-Mannose is by far the most effective supplement for both treatment and prevention of UTIs.

Similar to glucose in structure, D-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar that is found in a number of fruits, including apples, blueberries, and cranberries. This sugar is the reason that cranberry juice has been commonly recommended as a UTI treatment, though it is far easier to get the recommended dosage from a supplement.

D-mannose is effective because it attaches to E. coli bacteria, causing them to stick to each other and preventing them from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. The bacteria can then easily be eliminated from the body during urination.

D-mannose, even in large quantities, does not cause any adverse side effects, and cannot be metabolized the way other sugars can, meaning this supplement is safe for diabetics and others who are avoiding sugar for any reason. This treatment is also safe for children and the elderly.

Symptom relief can be seen as quickly as the following day, and most symptoms are generally resolved after 48 hours of treatment.

Additionally, taking D-mannose during a time where you feel you are most prone to UTIs, such as prior to intercourse or during prolonged antibiotic treatment, can help prevent a UTI from ever developing in the first place. This is especially helpful for those who are prone to chronic UTIs and want to be able to engage in normal life activities without fear of infection.

The typical dose of D-mannose for UTI treatment is 500 mg [1 tablespoon] in capsule or powder form, taken in a glass of water or juice every two to three hours for five days. It is a good practice to continue taking the supplement even after symptoms have diminished to ensure complete elimination of the bacteria in the urinary tract. This dose can also be taken as a preventative, or prophylactic, method.

While there have not been any peer reviewed research to support the effectiveness of D-mannose in treating or preventing UTIs, clinical and anecdotal experience suggests it is highly effective for the majority of infections, both acute and chronic. Some of my patients who have used D-mannose as a UTI treatment method have even described its effects as “miraculous” – so it’s definitely worth a shot!

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Restless Leg Syndrome

4 Little-Known Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome Restless legs syndrome is a seemingly simple condition, but the cause is often difficult to pinpoint. Find out four potential contributing factors and how to address them.

Pinpointing the cause of RLS has been an active research topic for years, but the condition is still not fully understood. The symptoms have been convincingly linked to impaired dopamine function in the brain, but the cause of this dysfunction is still being explored.

In this article, I’ll review four factors that could contribute to RLS, as well as steps you can take for improving your symptoms.

1. Systemic Inflammation and Immune Dysregulation

Restless legs syndrome has been associated with numerous conditions involving systemic inflammation and immune dysregulation. (3) One review paper published in 2012 investigated health conditions that were reported to cause or exacerbate RLS symptoms, and found that 95% of the 38 different health conditions that were strongly associated with RLS have an inflammation or immune component. (4) These conditions include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, diabetes, and depression.

As further evidence, an elevated blood level of C-reactive protein (a marker of systemic inflammation) has been associated with increased RLS severity. (5) A small crossover trial found that a hydrocortisone infusion, which reduces systemic inflammation, reduced RLS symptoms. (6)

Researchers have proposed three potential mechanisms to explain the association between RLS and inflammatory or autoimmune states: direct autoimmune attack on the nervous system; genetic factors that could predispose an individual to RLS and be triggered by inflammation or autoimmunity; and iron deficiency caused by inflammation, which I’ll talk more about below.

What to do: If your RLS is a symptom of underlying systemic inflammation or immune dysregulation, the goal should be to find and treat the root cause. As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, gut infections are often the culprit—even if you don’t have noticeable digestive symptoms—so get your gut tested.

If you already have a diagnosed inflammatory or immune condition such as those I mentioned above, the best first step you can take is to adopt a “low-inflammatory” diet and lifestyle. This means eating a nutrient-rich, low-toxin diet based on whole foods; getting enough sleep every night; prioritizing stress management; and incorporating regular movement into your day.

2. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and IBS

Some of the more recent research on restless legs syndrome has focused on a connection with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and IBS, which is often caused by SIBO. One study found that 69% of RLS patients also had SIBO, compared with only 28% of controls. (7) They also found that 28% of RLS patients had IBS, compared to only 4% of controls. And according to the 2012 review I mentioned in the previous section, 32% of the 38 conditions associated with RLS are also associated with SIBO. (8)

A strong association between SIBO and RLS doesn’t mean that SIBO is causing RLS in these patients. But a few trials have found that in patients with both SIBO and RLS, their RLS symptoms improve after being treated for SIBO. (9) For example, one double-blind, placebo-controlled study reported that treatment with the antibiotic rifaximin—the standard treatment for SIBO—significantly improved RLS symptoms in patients with both conditions. (10) This, of course, does suggest a causal link between SIBO and RLS.

What to do: If you have both RLS and SIBO, the best option would be to find a functional medicine practitioner who has experience dealing with SIBO and get treated. That said, two steps you can try on your own are a low-FODMAP diet and probiotics. Low-FODMAP diets reduce the amount of fermentable carbohydrates that “feed” bacteria in the small intestine, and a couple studies have shown that probiotics can be as effective as antibiotics for treating SIBO. (11, 12) I’ve found the probiotics Prescript Assist, S. boulardii (a beneficial yeast), and MegaSporeBiotic to be helpful.

One important note about low-FODMAP diets, however, is that it’s generally not a good idea to stay on one indefinitely. Low-FODMAP diets eliminate sources of prebiotics, which can improve symptoms by starving pathogenic bacteria, but can also starve your beneficial bacteria. The best approach is to follow a low-FODMAP diet until symptoms subside (and your SIBO breath test is normal), and then gradually re-introduce prebiotic foods (or supplements) to support your gut microbiome.

3. Vitamin D Deficiency

As I mentioned in the introduction, one of the most-researched theories about the cause of restless legs syndrome is impaired dopamine signaling, which has led to the conventional treatment of RLS by dopamine agonists (i.e. chemicals that can bind to and activate dopamine receptors). Unfortunately, these treatments can become less effective over time, and can even result in a worsening of symptoms.

And while replacing neurotransmitters might be an effective way to manage symptoms in the short term, the goal should be to figure out why dopamine signaling is impaired in the first place.

This is where vitamin D comes into play. The role of vitamin D in dopamine signaling is only beginning to be investigated, but some evidence indicates that vitamin D could play an important role by increasing levels of dopamine and its metabolites in the brain, as well as protecting dopamine-associated neurons from toxins. (13)

RLS has been associated with vitamin D deficiency in several studies, and disease severity has been inversely correlated with vitamin D levels. (14, 15, 16) One study has also found that vitamin D supplementation improved the severity of RLS symptoms. (17)

What to do: If you have RLS, one of the easiest first steps you can take is to get your vitamin D levels tested. A good range to shoot for is typically between 25-50 ng/mL, but if you have an autoimmune disease or another chronic health condition, I prefer to bring vitamin D levels up to 35-60 ng/mL. One way to supplement vitamin D is cod liver oil; I recommend extra-virgin cod liver oil. You can also take a D3 supplement, such as this one that contains both vitamin D and vitamin K2. And of course, you should get regular sun exposure to bring your vitamin D levels up naturally.

4. Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency isn’t exactly a “little-known” cause of restless legs syndrome; in fact, it’s probably one of the most well-researched areas relating to RLS. Iron is required for proper dopamine signaling, but its role is much better established than that of vitamin D, and it’s pretty clear that iron deficiency in the CNS can cause RLS symptoms by impairing dopamine function. (18)

Several studies have found that low iron levels in the cerebrospinal fluid and in the brain occur more frequently in patients with RLS compared with matched controls. (19, 20) And this difference isn’t always reflected in serum ferritin levels.

Other abnormalities in iron metabolism have also been observed in RLS patients, and many conditions that increase the risk of RLS (including pregnancy and end-stage kidney disease) are known to cause iron insufficiency. (21, 22)

Further, iron supplementation significantly improves or even eliminates the symptoms of RLS in many patients. For example, RLS patients with low-normal serum ferritin experienced significant improvements in their RLS symptoms after 12 weeks of iron supplementation. (23) And oral iron was as effective for treating RLS as pramiprexole, a dopamine agonist, although the response rate for both treatments was relatively low (46.7%). (24)

The tricky thing about iron deficiency is that the solution is often not as simple as taking an iron supplement. Iron deficiency is frequently secondary to SIBO, gut infections, or other inflammatory states, which explains at least in part the association between RLS and these conditions. Iron deficiency caused by infection or inflammation is mediated primarily by the hormone hepcidin, which at high levels can decrease serum iron and reduce iron absorption from the GI tract. (25)

One cause of increased hepcidin levels is the production of IL-6, an inflammatory cytokine present in most inflammatory diseases. Another cause of increased hepcidin levels is the presence of lipopolysaccharides (LPS), which are components of gram-negative bacteria that can enter circulation as a result of SIBO or other gut infections. Thus, increased levels of circulating IL-6 or LPS can result in iron deficiency, and subsequently, RLS.

What to do: If you have RLS and iron deficiency, the first step is to identify why you’re iron deficient. If the cause is blood loss (such as from heavy menstruation in women) or dietary insufficiency (such as in vegetarian or vegan diets), increase your consumption of iron-rich foods such as liver and red meat. You can also consider an iron supplement; I recommend Proferrin ES and bovine ferritin, because they are better absorbed and better tolerated than plant-based iron supplements.

However, if the cause is SIBO or a gut infection, increasing iron intake can often make matters worse by creating an environment that promotes pathogen growth and inflammation. (26, 27, 28) For this reason, it’s best to address the gut before (or at least concurrently with) adding iron supplements.

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Insulin Alternative

6 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally Here are some natural ways to get your blood sugar levels under control. Just be sure to check with your doctor before trying anything, and monitor your blood glucose level to avoid it dropping too low — a dangerous condition called hypoglycemia.

Berberine. This compound is found in several plants, including goldenseal, Oregon grape, philodendron, and tree turmeric. Berberine (BBR) lowers blood sugar by activating a protein that helps to regulate metabolism. A review published in the International Journal of Endocrinology says that BBR is effective in “improving insulin resistance, promoting insulin secretion, and reducing intestinal absorption of glucose,” among other benefits.

Gymnema. This climbing plant grows in India and has been used to treat diabetes for more than 2,000 years. It kills a person’s ability to taste sweetness, but is thought to reduce blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin. A study published in the Diabetes in Control Newsletter found that 65 diabetics taking a gymnema supplement extract in a 90-day trial experienced a “positive result.” It adds that the supplement “appears to improve glycemic control… therefore reducing the complications from diabetes.”

Malabar gourd. Researchers say that an extract from the seeds of this plant in the cucumber family revive pancreatic cells to boost their insulin-producing capabilities, thus lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology notes that “oral administration of [the extract] was followed by a significant decrease in blood glucose levels.” Experts say it works fast — blood sugar levels should drop within a week.

Neem leaf. Long considered to be one of the safest medicinal herbs, neem leaf has been shown to lower blood glucose in several studies. One suggested that it can reduce the need for insulin injections by 20 percent to 50 percent. Another native of India that’s long been used in traditional medicine, neem leaf works by improving insulin sensitivity, allowing the body to better regulate sugar levels. It also helps improve circulation, which can be problematic in diabetics.

Fenugreek. The small brown seeds from this plant have been used as both a spice and medicine since the days of ancient Egypt. Experts say fenugreek seeds help with diabetes because they’re high in fiber, amino acids, and other compounds that are thought to slow digestion and the body’s absorption of carbohydrates and sugar. The seeds may also promote insulin production.

Regular fare. Foods that you can find in the local supermarket also have a track record for reducing blood sugar. They include cinnamon, nuts, avocado, garlic, tart cherries, blueberries, and apple cider vinegar.

Neem Leaf

Organic Neem Leaf Powder (Azadirachta Indica) 5*** Sometimes called the Indian Lilac, Neem Leaf Powder comes from the evergreen Neem plant native to India. Bitter in taste, the whole plant is often used as an all-natural insecticide to protect crops. But it has also been used for over 4,500 years for medicinal purposes. Neem Leaf Powder contains upwards of 100 plant based compounds, it is also a powerful antioxidant and a great source of plant protein for vegetarian or vegan diets. Neem Leaf Powder supports oral health and skin health too. In the mouth, Neem fights off bacteria that can cause various oral health issues. Similarly for skin, it can internally or topically fight off infections that lead to pimples, acne, redness, irritation and dry skin. Neem Leaf Powder can be made into a topical paste or serum that helps balance skin oils, treat blemishes, cleanse skin, reduce hyper-pigmentation and stimulate fresh skin cells for a more radiant, youthful appearance.

Directions: Neem Leaf Powder is easy to incorporate into your diet. Start by adding one to two teaspoons into your normal food and drinks. You can stir it into almost any part of your regular diet. Gradually increase dosage over time. Neem Leaf Powder is most effective when combined with a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

Comments: The neem tree grows in semi-tropical and tropical regions, most frequently in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, but it can also be found in Africa, Australia, the southern regions of the Americas, and in some South Pacific islands. In addition to its leaves, which is what this product consists of, the fruit and seeds of the neem tree are used to create neem oil, which is frequently used to create healing, topical ointments and toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners, and skin moisturizers. Neem has been an integral part of the remedies used by practitioners of the ancient healing science of Ayurveda from India, which dates back 5000 years.

Internally, neem has been used to boost the immune system, improve liver function and therefore promote detoxification of the blood. It has been used with success to treat malaria and may lower blood sugar levels and help heal stomach ulcers. It has been used to remove intestinal parasites and treat irritable bowel syndrome, improving either diarrhea or constipation symptoms. Some research indicates it may be useful in suppressing the spread of cancer. Neem taken internally in combination with external use of neem oil has been shown to alleviate pain and swelling of arthritis.

It is recommended that, if you are going to take neem leaf powder internally, you start with very small doses, as little as 1/8-1/4 tsp. per day, and work up. If you do too much, too fast, it can institute a detoxification process of the liver called the "Herxheimer reaction." This is a short-lived reaction (from minutes, to hours, to days or weeks, depending on how well you titrate your dosage). This reaction can include flu-like symptoms such as nausea, sweating, chills, tiredness, sore muscles and headache. If that happens, lower your dosage or back off for a day or so, and then use a smaller dose. I myself have experienced no such symptoms because I've used very small doses (see below).

Neem powder is very, very bitter. I do not recommend adding it to any smoothie you are preparing which has more than 1/2 cup of liquid, because virtually nothing, not even sweet-tasting fruit or stevia, can hide the bitterness. After I discovered that, I now mix my preferred 1/4 teaspoon dose into 1/4 cup to a maximum of 1/2 cup of tea or juice, stir with a wire whisk, and drink it down quickly.

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Autophagy Finally Considered for Disease Treatment Autophagy refers to your body’s process of eliminating damaged cells by digesting them. It’s an essential cleaning-out process that encourages proliferation of new, healthy cells, and is a foundational aspect of cellular rejuvenation and longevity

Autophagy also destroys foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria and other pathogens, and detoxifies the cell of harmful materials

Autophagy slows down with age, and autophagy defects are known to contribute to a wide variety of diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

By activating autophagy, or repairing the mechanism in cases where dysfunction has set in, researchers believe neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be successfully treated

There are a number of ways to activate and increase autophagy, including fasting, exercise, eating autophagy-boosting foods and AMPK-activating supplements such as berberine and PQQ


Painkiller Tramadol Increases Risk of Low Blood Sugar Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has designated tramadol as Do Not Use since 1999. Even in the first few years after its approval, tramadol did not appear to be as effective as other painkillers and was linked to serious adverse events, including seizures and dependence... A new study published in the Feb. 1 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine brings to light evidence regarding another, unanticipated adverse effect for tramadol: hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Tramadol also comes with a worrisome list of warnings, including severe allergic reactions,[14] seizures, addiction, interactions with other drugs, slowed breathing and death.

One particularly dangerous adverse event for tramadol is serotonin syndrome, a life-threatening condition characterized by agitation, hallucinations, coma, rapid heartbeat, rapid changes in blood pressure, increased body temperature and other symptoms.

Importantly, the FDA-approved tramadol label has been modified over the years to include new information regarding diminished response to the drug, the need for increasing doses to maintain its effect and abuse. Withdrawal symptoms — anxiety, nausea, tremors and upper respiratory issues — may occur if tramadol is discontinued abruptly.

Tramadol was classified as a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration because it has many chemical similarities to narcotic drugs such as morphine and codeine.[15] This new classification imposed additional recordkeeping, office visit and drug-testing requirements for this potentially addictive drug.

What You Can Do

If you are currently using tramadol or tramadol and acetaminophen to relieve chronic noncancer pain, you should talk with your health care provider about gradually tapering off the tramadol — because it is addictive — and switching to non-opioid pain relievers or trying nonpharmaceutical treatments. In particular, consult with your health care provider to identify the root cause for your chronic pain. Often, chronic noncancer pain is caused by an injury or inflammation — therefore, it would be ideal to treat the underlying cause rather than just the pain. Specifically, nondrug approaches to pain management — such as physical therapy, meditation, exercise and weight loss — may be harder to implement than painkiller medications, but they are safe and effective in many patients.

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome [TOS]

Ulnar Nerve Flossing Exercise video--sliding nerve back and forth. Arm bent right angle, palm facing you. Grab last two fingers & pull down.. at end lower head. Repeat 6-10 times. Variation: bring the head back. 2. arm stretch out to side, hand bent down, palm out. Reverse hand position and bring arm into neck and bring it snug against your ear [palm over ear exercise]. Stretch head/neck to other side slightly. Repeat up to five times. 3. Arms totally bent upwards, palms upward. Create mask with thumb and trigger finger. Tilt whole body left, then right, elbow facing ceiling. Repeat about 10 times. 4. Tai Chi move: Hand to chest. Reverse hand so palm is out, thumb down. Stretch hand and arm forward toside. At end, fingers are up, stretching nerve "push out". Then return to chest. At end of stretch, bring your hand up a bit, thumb facing down, fingers up. Repeat 10-15 times. 5. The waiter's tray exercise. Start with plate in hand, elbow bent, palm facing up. Take plate down and under your armpit. Around behind, over head and back to starting position. Repeat 5-10 times. Do these exercises every other day so you don't stress the nerve.

Ulnar Neuropathy Treatment & Management Nonsurgical therapy may be helpful in many cases of ulnar neuropathy. If conservative therapy fails, surgical treatment is warranted,

With appropriate decompression performed in a timely manner, the result of surgery for ulnar nerve entrapment should be a return to normal function. If decompression in situ is performed appropriately, return to normal function is almost immediate. With transposition of the nerve following decompression, postoperative immobilization, and the rehabilitative process, 3-6 months may pass before the patient regains normal function.

Ulnar Nerve Damage Exercises The ulnar nerve originates in the neck and runs through the shoulder, upper arm and forearm before ending in the ring and little fingers. Injuries most commonly occur at the elbow and wrist but can occur anywhere along the nerve's path. Ulnar nerve injury is the second most common nerve entrapment injury after carpal tunnel syndrome.

Nerve glides can be performed while sitting or standing. They are often repeated 10 times per session, 3 to 5 times daily. A commonly used glide involves holding the arm in front of you at shoulder level, palm up. Keeping the arm straight, the hand is moved toward the body, flexing at the wrist, and then away from the body. While holding this position, the elbow is then bent, bringing the palm toward the face. Another glide involves extending the arm to the side at shoulder level, palm up. The hand is then brought up to cover the ear with the palm, with the fingers wrapped around the back of the neck.

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The Benefits of Lemon Water

Helps Digestion. The biggest lemon water benefit may be from the temperature of the water and not even the added lemon. Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

Lemon, cayenne, and ACV are combined to create a top alkalizing shot that will make you feel incredible! Cayenne is a metabolism booster, inflammatory reducing spice that also aids in digestion, reduces pain, and can give you a similar buzz to caffeine without the crash. Lemon is a top alkalizing and cleansing food that adds sweetness and vitamin C to the already slightly sweet and tart ACV. The end result is a tonic that’s powerfully cleansing and rejuvenating. Combine the juice of a lemon, 1 tiny pinch (1/8 tsp.) cayenne, and 1 tsp. ACV in a small cup with 2 ounces of water. Add crushed ice, blend, and serve as an icy tonic that wakes you up and gets you going!

The Benefits of Lemon Water

Helps Digestion. The biggest lemon water benefit may be from the temperature of the water and not even the added lemon. Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

20 Incredible Things That Happen When Adding Warm Lemon Water to Your Morning Routine Here are 20 great benefits to starting off your day with a lemon water beverage.

1. Electrolyte up

2. Joint healing

Lemon water can help reduce both joint and muscle pain.

3. Better digestion

Drinking warm lemon water can help your body with digestion hanks to the citric acid contained in lemon. This acid interacts with various enzymes in your body and stimulates the secretion of gastric juice.

4. Increased liver function

Lemon water will help your liver produce more enzymes with the help of lemon water than any other substance.

5. Liver cleansing

Lemon water also aids your liver in helping it release toxins.

6. Fight respiratory infections

Lemon water can help you battle everything from sore throats to tonsil inflammation, thanks to the anti-inflammatory property of lemon.

7. Regulate bowel movement

8. Aid your metabolism

Being a powerful antioxidant, lemon can protect your body from various free radicals and also strengthen your immune system.

9. Reduce depression and anxiety symptoms

Lemon water has a high potassium content – depression and anxiety are often linked to not having enough potassium in your blood.

10. Cleanse

Lemon water can help cleanse your blood and arteries.

11. Regulate blood pressure

Daily ingestion of one lemon is estimated to reduce high blood pressure by 10% – drinking lemon water is a great way to work towards that quantity.

12. Alkalize yourself

Lemon water allows your body to keep a higher pH level, helping your body fight off diseases.

13. Revitalize your skin

Lemons contain vitamin c, which is known to improve skin conditions through the revitalizing of the body.

14. Reduce gout pain

Gout pain can be attributed to a buildup of uric acid – lemon water helps dilute this acid, thereby reducing this pain.

15. Protect your body through pregnancy

The vitamin c in lemon helps lemon water act as an adaptogen, allowing the body to better cope with various viruses. It can also help the bone tissue formation of your unborn baby.

16. Relieve heartburn

Mixing a teaspoon of lemon juice per half glass of water can help relieve heartburn

17. Kidney stone relief

If kidney stones are a concern for you, drinking lemon water can help dissolve not only those but gallstones, pancreatic stones and calcium deposits as well.

18. Lose weight

Lemons have pectin fiber, which aids in the suppression of hunger cravings.

19. Oral health

Drinking lemon water can help relieve tooth pain and fight gingivitis.

20. Prevent cancer

Several studies have found that cancer cannot thrive in an environment that is rich with alkaline – a substance prevalent in lemon.

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Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.

5. Freshens your breath. It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.

9. Gives you an energy boost. Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)

10. Helps to cut out caffeine. I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.

How much?

For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.

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Foods Top nutritionists eat every day oatmeal, turmeric (“I use turmeric daily. Research has shown this wonder spice safely fights inflammation better than some ingredients in common anti-inflammatory OTC drugs. As a runner, I want to eat foods that have been proven to reduce inflammation because that means I can be active for longer in my life. It is also a source of antioxidants that could help fight inflammatory bowel disease, prevent cancer, improve liver function, and possibly lower cholesterol. I put 2 teaspoons in my daily smoothie. I don’t taste it but I know it’s doing awesome things in my body.”), tomatoes, dark chocolate, hot water with lemon (“I start most days with hot water and lemon instead of caffeine as it doesn’t agree with me. The lemon water gently wakes up my digestive tract and gets me ready for the day. The lemon offers flavor as well as anti-inflammatory and immune boosting nutrients.”)

Eating Lemon Peel Lemon peels contain a high amount of oxalates which are found in humans. When we have high concentrations of oxalates it can lead to problems which are associated with crystallization such as kidney or gallbladder stones. Therefore if you already suffer from these problems, avoid eating lemon peel. Otherwise, very healthy.

5 Peels you can eat Watermelon Rind--Yes, the white rind is tart, but by throwing away the rind, not only are you discarding about 40% of the fresh weight of the watermelon, you are losing a potent source of citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that is converted to arginine in the body. Arginine increases blood flow, decreasing blood pressure and improving overall cardiovascular health. Arginine may also have an anti-diabetic effect. Dietary arginine supplementation has been shown to decrease blood sugars in diabetic rats, and a 2011 research study published in Food Science & Biotechnology found that mice supplemented with an extract of watermelon rind had both increased insulin levels and decreased blood glucose levels... Watermelon rind is also lower in sugar content than the flesh, and higher in potassium and dietary fiber

10 Amazing Benefits Of Lemon Peels 1. Improves Bone Health 2. Treats Oxidative Stress 3. Eradicates Toxins (There are toxic elements present in our body which not only make us weak from within but also increase the addiction to hard drinks and other harmful eatables. Lemon peels, because of its citrus bioflavonoids content, help in eradicating these toxic elements present in our body.) 4. Fights Cancer 5. Reduces Cholesterol 6. Prevents Heart Related Conditions (The presence of potassium in lemon peels help in maintaining the right blood pressure in our body. And in addition to this, lemon peels also help in prevention of heart diseases, heart attacks and diabetes.) 7. Maintains Oral Health & Hygiene 8. Promotes Weight Loss 9. Fight Skin Related Conditions (Lemon peels help in preventing and fighting skin problems such as wrinkles, acne, pigmentation and dark spots. The free radicals play a very important role in this process. These are also rich in antioxidants which tend to detoxify the skin to a very great extent.) 10. Other Health Benefits (cleansing the liver, strengthening capillaries, curing ear infections, improving blood circulation, reducing muscle contractions, prevention of strokes, etc.)---Let me now suggest the best way to eat lemon peels. You just need to keep lemons in the freezer till they freeze. Then Grate them. Now you can add these crumbs to your salad, tea or you can also you can eat it directly by coating with some sugar. This is the best way to get both the taste and health benefits from lemon peels.

Lemons and Limes lemon's acidic taste is because of citric acid. Citric acid constitutes up to 8% in its juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative, aids in smooth digestion, and helps dissolve kidney stones.

Lemon, cayenne, and ACV are combined to create a top alkalizing shot that will make you feel incredible! Cayenne is a metabolism booster, inflammatory reducing spice that also aids in digestion, reduces pain, and can give you a similar buzz to caffeine without the crash. Lemon is a top alkalizing and cleansing food that adds sweetness and vitamin C to the already slightly sweet and tart ACV. The end result is a tonic that’s powerfully cleansing and rejuvenating. Combine the juice of a lemon, 1 tiny pinch (1/8 tsp.) cayenne, and 1 tsp. ACV in a small cup with 2 ounces of water. Add crushed ice, blend, and serve as an icy tonic that wakes you up and gets you going!

For a tummy-helping beverage first thing in the day, go with ginger, lemon, and ACV. These three all have digestive boosting properties, but when combined are much more effective. Ginger relieves nausea, indigestion, bloating, and constipation, reduces pain in the body, and can provide natural energy. Combined with the benefits of ACV and lemon, this will settle the stomach, energize you, and provide clarity you need to start the day. A happy gut means a happier mind, and a happier you!

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Lemon, cayenne, and ACV are combined to create a top alkalizing shot that will make you feel incredible! Cayenne is a metabolism booster, inflammatory reducing spice that also aids in digestion, reduces pain, and can give you a similar buzz to caffeine without the crash. Lemon is a top alkalizing and cleansing food that adds sweetness and vitamin C to the already slightly sweet and tart ACV. The end result is a tonic that’s powerfully cleansing and rejuvenating. Combine the juice of a lemon, 1 tiny pinch (1/8 tsp.) cayenne, and 1 tsp. ACV in a small cup with 2 ounces of water. Add crushed ice, blend, and serve as an icy tonic that wakes you up and gets you going!


What About All the Sugar in Fruit? If the fructose in sugar and high fructose corn syrup has been considered “alcohol without the buzz” in terms of the potential to inflict liver damage, what about the source of natural fructose, fruit?

If you compare the effects of a diet restricting fructose from both added sugars and fruit to one just restricting fructose from added sugars, the diet that kept the fruit did better. People lost more weight with the extra fruit present than if all fructose was restricted. Only industrial, not fruit fructose intake, was associated with declining liver function and high blood pressure. Fructose from added sugars was associated with hypertension; fructose from natural fruits is not.


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Psychology of Fitness

Fitness is a behavior issue. It’s not a knowledge issue. Here are the steps you need to take to address the real issue. Get motivated and take baby steps until you are successful.

The key to success in any health and fitness transformation is getting and staying motivated even when it’s tough and making the steps small enough and easy enough that you never have an excuse not to do them.

Let’s address the motivation piece first.

Transforming your body is going to take a while. Months or years in all reality. It’s really hard to stay motivated that long, so developing a habit of motivation is vital. You need to find the triggers that will get you to do the work and then remind yourself of them constantly.

The best way I’ve found to do this is making lists. Two lists in particular.

The first list is all the benefits getting healthier will give you.

The second list is all the pain you’ll experience if you don’t take action.

Make sure your negatives list is longer than your positives. You’ll always do more to avoid pain than gain pleasure.

The next step is to place these lists in as many places as you’ll see them as possible. Tape them to the fridge. Put them in the snack drawer at your desk with all the food you know you should be avoiding. My favorite is to take a picture of one of them and make it the background on my phone.

To avoid getting used to seeing them all the time, it’s a great practice to remake these lists weekly and update them. This way, you’ll stay motivated and constantly remind yourself why you’re doing all this work.


7 Natural Foods That Help Cleanse the Body of Mucus the body produces mucus as a protection mechanism just like it does tears and saliva. Mucus (like other bodily fluids) contain an enzyme that helps break pathogens we encounter through the environment, our food, or when our immune systems sense they are under attack. This is why allergic foods produce mucus, and why when you’re sick you produce more. So while it’s not a very enchanting thought, that fluid we all see as gross is actually really good for us. The problem is if we’re consistently producing mucus all the time, which indicates the immune system consistently senses it is under attack. (This may also indicate our gut bacteria is weakened since it protects us from infection and unhealthy bacteria in which the body wouldn’t produce mucous in the first place.)

So, if we are producing too much mucus (post nasal drip after eating, constantly running nose, cystic white acne, or persistent mucus from the nose or eyes), we need to think about what we are eating, drinking, or encountering that is triggering the reaction. For many people, it’s the top allergenic foods: wheat, soy, dairy, tree nuts, eggs, and gluten (which wheat is part of). For others, it might be an autoimmune disease or a simple zinc or good bacteria deficiency. So the first step is to find out the offenders, remove it, and go on an elimination diet if need be. Excess carbohydrates and refined sugar can also weaken good bacteria and, therefore, cause the body to produce mucus as a result.

1. CUCUMBERS. Perhaps one of the most cleansing fruits out there cucumbers. These are rich in water, potassium, and vitamin C all of which help to cleanse the body. Vitamin C also supports immune health and cucumbers’ alkaline nature also nourish the gut lining and reduce inflammation in the digestive tract which benefits the immune system further.

2. BROCCOLI. Packed with detoxification properties, broccoli contain enzymes that help break down toxins and they are a great source of vitamin C. Their fiber also feeds good bacteria and help wastes leave the body … no detox pills needed!

3. CARROTS. Carrots are a humble root veggie so easy to forget in their ability to nourish us on a deep level. Carrots contain high amounts of vitamin C, potassium (the ultimate body cleanser), fiber, and high amounts of vitamin A that supports immune health further. These root veggies can be eaten raw or cooked and make delicious dinner sides instead of processed wheat pastas and refined carbs that actually enhance mucus production and weaken good bacteria.

4. APPLES. Apples’ vitamin C and fiber known as pectin are what make them such a star at relieving mucus build-up in the body. Their potassium content only contributes to their abilities and apples can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Eat them, blend them, juice them, or bake with them. Cook them up with cinnamon and some pears for a naturally sweet dessert.

5. BERRIES. Berries are another fruit well known to cleanse the body, specifically the digestive tract but that’s not all! Berries are also great sources of vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. These help cleanse the blood and their fiber helps break down toxins in the body to relieve inflammation and infection.

6. GINGER. Ginger can help break down toxins and mucus very quickly due the specific enzymatic benefits it holds. It also produces an anti-inflammatory effect in the body which signifies to the immune system that it’s safe and doesn’t need to produce a protection mechanism like mucus in the first place. Use fresh ginger when possible, and add a little turmeric to benefit even further.

7. GREENS. Greens are one of the most powerful foods of all time to heal the body; with powerful amounts of vitamin A, C, B vitamins and even vitamin E and potassium, they support the body on every single level. Cook with greens at night, eat them during the day... They cleanse the body of mucus and toxins naturally, and their fiber will feed good bacteria while their high chlorophyll content will support immune and blood health.

Remember that if you’re suffering post nasal drip, excess mucus build-up of another kind, first look at what you’re eating that might be posing a problem. Then, if you remove allergenic foods and processed foods and still have a reaction, see a health specialist you trust to be sure you don't have a bacterial infection. You should also begin adding in lots of fermented and probiotic rich foods such as sauerkraut, real pickles, kimchi, kombucha, and yogurt and kefir (non-dairy options are available) to support your system even further. When you give your body healthy, cleansing foods on a regular basis, mucus will subside naturally and your immune system can support you the way nature intended.


Chiropractic BioPhysics and Gonstead Technique for Spinal Health Together, Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) and Gonstead technique create a strong structural correction program for those with cervical spine degeneration and other spinal misalignment problems

Structure dictates function. If your spine is misaligned, your nervous system will be adversely impacted. Getting regular chiropractic adjustments is important for the maintenance of your spine and overall health and physical function

When your neck structure is sound and you have a 45-degree curvature, your spinal cord is at its best position to allow communication signals to be sent throughout your body

When your spine is out of alignment, you lose the ability to hydrate the discs between your vertebrae, which results in diminishing disc space, bulging discs and, possibly, herniation

A common assumption is that unless you’re experiencing pain, all is well. In reality, many if not most diseases are asymptomatic until the disease process is well underway

Gonstead, a specific type of chiropractic treatment that addresses this kind of problem. I’ve always been opposed to X-rays and don’t recommend them. In this case, however, it’s necessary, as the treatment is precisely calibrated based on the X-ray data.

This is precisely what happened to my lower cervical spine and vertebral disc spaces. They were degenerating, but after just three months of therapy, the degeneration is starting to reverse. In the past, I had been reluctant to get regular chiropractic treatments because, mechanically, it just didn’t seem to make sense that a little adjustment here and there is going to make a massive difference. But those minor adjustments really need to be done on a regular basis.

What I really like about Hill’s program is that it’s integrated with home exercises to rehabilitate the spine. It never made sense to me to rely on a chiropractor to adjust you periodically to solve the problem. I believe you really need to consistently address it at home with a regular exercise program, and that’s what Hill had me do.

Based on an evaluation of my lateral curvature, he provided me with a weighted device I wear on my head for about a half-hour each day. Another is a traction unit that you hang from a door, which I also use daily. In this case, your own body weight places traction on your cervical spine. It’s made a tremendous difference. In addition to doing exercises at home, you may also need to address ergonomics at work and at home.

Rudolf Steiner

Good habits will produce good health

Good habits will produce good health; bad ones will create a tendency to some specific illness in the next life. A strong determination to rid oneself of a bad habit will work down into the physical body and produce a tendency to good health. How a disposition to infectious diseases arises in the physical body has been particularly well observed. Whether we actually get a disease will depend on what we do; but whether we are specially liable to contract it is the result of the inclinations we had in a previous life. Infectious diseases, strangely enough, can be traced back to a highly developed selfish acquisitiveness in a previous life.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 95 – At the Gates of Spiritual Science – Lecture VII: Workings of the Law of Karma in Human Life – Stuttgart, 28th August 1906

Translated by E.H. Goddard & Charles Davy

Age & Driving

Most older drivers outlive the age at which they can drive safely WP By Ashley Halsey III August 14, 2018

Older drivers outlive the age when they’re capable of driving safely by seven to 10 years, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said Tuesday, but more than 80 percent of them never talk with their family or doctor about it.

When they do have that conversation about driving safety, the AAA found that in 15 percent of cases it came after a crash or traffic infraction.

The AAA Foundation said that in 2016, more than 200,000 drivers over the age of 65 were injured in crashes and more than 3,500 of them died.

“The right time to stop driving varies for everyone,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety. “This research shows that older drivers can be hesitant to initiate conversations about their driving capabilities, so it is important that families encourage them to talk early and often about their future behind the wheel. With early discussion and proper planning, elderly drivers may extend their time on the road.”

AAA found that only 17 percent of older drivers discuss driving issues with their doctor or family. When they do, the most common reasons are such things as falling asleep at the wheel or trouble keeping in a traffic lane.

“Because driving is closely tied to freedom and independence, it is hard for some adult children to talk to, or have a ‘deep conversation’ with their parents about driving safety,” said John B. Townsend II, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Despite your best efforts to appropriately handle a conversation about driving, some older adults will respond with anger, denial or embarrassment.”

Townsend advises avoiding unloving words or attitudes.

“Do not offend or lecture,” he said. “Instead of saying ‘We need to talk,’ strive to be gentle, genteel, sincere, courteous and empathetic when initiating the conversation. Do not lecture or demand that an older driver give up the keys.”

Earlier research by AAA found that older drivers who have stopped driving are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to enter a long-term care facility as those who remain behind the wheel.

“The best time to initiate a discussion with a loved one about staying mobile without a set of car keys is before you suspect there is a problem,” said Jake Nelson, AAA director of traffic safety advocacy and research. “Planning for personal mobility and independence should be done working shoulder to shoulder with the older driver. Talking sooner, rather than later, can help set mutual expectations and reduce safety issues or emotional reactions down the line.”

Baking Soda

45 Things To Do With Baking Soda Oftentimes, the simplest things in life can be the most powerful. One example of this is baking soda. We don’t think much of that little box that sits in the pantry, but the stuff inside is potent and very versatile.

Baking soda is scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate. In nature, it is found as the mineral nahcolite, which exists in its pure form in the Green River Basin in Colorado.The main benefit of baking soda is that it neutralizes pH and helps keep things from becoming overly alkaline or overly acidic. This makes it great for a wide array of applications.

The following are 45 things you can do with baking soda… 45 of the many! Whenever you can, go with aluminum-free baking soda, especially when taking it internally.


11. Deodorize pet areas. You can sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of litter boxes, underneath the litter, to keep the smell from getting too nasty. You can also deodorize pet beds and areas by sprinkling a bit of baking soda onto them before vacuuming.

13. Deodorize yourself. Instead of deodorant, rub a little bit of baking soda under your arms. Don’t use too much, to avoid powder on your shirt. Alternately, mix a sprinkle of baking soda with a little bit of coconut oil, and rub under your arms. This should keep you smelling fresh all day.

14. Amplify your shampoo. When you squeeze your favorite natural shampoo into your palm, add about half a teaspoon of baking soda to the mix. This will help remove residue and leave your hair feeling ultra-clean.

15. Degrease your hair between shampoos. No time to shower? Sprinkle a bit of baking soda into your hand and work through your hair, being careful not to get too much on your scalp. This will absorb oil and moisture, and keep your hair looking cleaner until your next shampoo.

16. Replace your mouthwash. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of water, and use as a mouthwash to neutralize odors.

17. Whiten teeth. Make a paste using baking soda and water, and use it to brush your teeth. Afterwards, brush with a natural toothpaste, and rinse well. Note: Don’t do this for more than a week, and wait a few months between treatments, so that you don’t wear down your tooth enamel.

18. Clean your brushes and combs. This includes toothbrushes, hair combs and hair brushes. Simply soak overnight in a mixture of half baking soda, half water, and rinse thoroughly in the morning.

19. Remove fingernail stains. Mix equal parts baking soda and peroxide in a small bowl, and gently scrub your nails with the mixture using an old toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly. Over time, this should remove staining.

20. Soothe insect bites. Mix baking soda and water to make a paste, and apply to insect bites to reduce the itching and irritation.

21. Pack in a camping backpack. A baking soda and water paste can also help to soothe the sting of poison ivy, so make sure you bring a box next time you go camping or hiking.

22. Get rid of a splinter. Soak the affected area in a bowl of water with one tablespoon of baking soda. Doing this for a few days, twice a day, will help the splinter to naturally come out on its own, according to Dr. Axe.

23. Exfoliate your skin. Who needs expensive scrubs? Mix a bit of baking soda and water in your palms, and gently scrub your face using a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly. You can also put baking soda on a washcloth in the shower to exfoliate your entire body before you soap up.

24. Diffuse an acne flare up. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply a bit directly to acne. This will help reduce redness and may help it to clear up faster, because the baking soda aids in drawing out bacteria and dirt.

25. Reduce bloating after meals. Combine half a cup of water, the juice of one fresh lemon and one teaspoon of baking soda in a cup. Stir, wait for fizz to subside a little and drink after a big meal to help relieve bloating and gas.

26. Relieve acid reflux. To help soothe the burn of acid reflux, add a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink after meals.

27. Tone down gout pain. To help neutralize uric acid buildup, combine two tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and a teaspoon of baking soda, and drink.

28. Make a great foot soak. Relieve swollen, aching feet by mixing three or four teaspoons of baking soda into a tub of warm water. Soak and relax!

29. Soften your hands. Add a teaspoon or two of baking soda to a container of natural liquid hand soap, and use occasionally to exfoliate and soften the skin on your hands.

30. Take a luxurious bath. If your skin is feeling particularly oily, or if you’ve been exercising heavily, add about half a cup of baking soda to a warm bath, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, and soak. The baking soda will take care of that oil and sweat.

31. Scrub pots and pans. Add a sprinkle of baking soda to a damp sponge before scrubbing your pots and pans. It will help remove any char that may have accumulated, and get your cookware extra clean.

32. Banish drain odors. Got smelly drains? Baking soda to the rescue. Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain while water is running, or add some while you run your garbage disposal. Problem solved!

33. Polish the silver.

34. Get scuff marks off of walls. Sprinkle some baking soda onto a clean, damp rag, and you’ll be able to get most anything off of your walls with a bit of elbow grease. Wipe the wall with a clean cloth or sponge when you are finished.

35. Get the dirt off of produce. When washing your fruits and vegetables, sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto a clean, wet washcloth, rub gently, then rinse thoroughly.

36. Keep ants out of your home. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda along the doors of your home, and any crevices that may be letting in ants. This helps to keep these critters at bay. Baking soda can help to repel cockroaches, as well.

44. Make a great pre-workout drink. Heat seven cups of coconut water in a pot over low heat. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into the coconut water. Add 1/2 teaspoon natural sea salt, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 cup raw honey. Pour into a large jar and shake well. Drink before a workout to give you energy and help keep lactic acid at bay. You can store this mixture for a week in the fridge.

45. Recover after a workout. For a twist on the above-listed workout drink, simply mix together 4 cups of water, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice. This beverage can help to fight fatigue and help you recover faster.

"Is Your Cell Phone Putting You at Risk?" -Mercola The war rages on about the safety of cell phones. Depending on which side of the argument you listen to, there’s either nothing to fear, or your phone is causing grave harm when it comes into close contact with your body. Where does the real truth lie?

The year 2014 marked the first time in history that there were officially more mobile devices than people in the world – approximately 7.2 billion. Although significantly lower, the number of cell phone users is forecast to reach 4.77 billion by the year 2017. That’s a lot of cell phones and cell phone users. But what’s even more fascinating about all these mobile devices is the behavior that surrounds them:

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults own a smartphone and over 250 million of them use their phones an average of six days a week

The average cellphone owner checks their phone 110 times a day, or about nine times each hour

A whopping 46 percent of smartphone owners say “they couldn’t live without” their phones

As of December, 2015, 47 percent of homes used only cell phones

More than about half of U.K. cell phone users suffer from “nomophobia,” or the fear of being without their phone (and the number may be even higher for American users)

The Enigma of Cell Phone Safety

Most conventional experts don’t view cell phone exposure as a problem, mainly because they only look at one component of cell phone safety.

Their focus is on the thermal effects of cell phones and how your body absorbs the radiofrequency energy. The industry insists that because the energy of the fields is too low to cause heating of tissues, it can’t have any biological effect.

These thermal or tissue heating effects are measured and assigned a rating known as SAR, which stands for Specific Absorption Rate.

When buying a wireless phone, the industry suggests you compare ratings and purchase one with a lower rating.

Please understand that the SAR rating by itself is virtually worthless.

The SAR level only estimates the heat from the radiation penetrating into your head from a cell phone – just ONE component of concern!

The SAR level does not measure the risk from the frequencies of the cell phone, the erratic pulsing and modulation of the signals, or the magnetic fields created by the batteries.

Scientists now know that many of the effects from cell phones are non-thermal. In other words, they occur at levels too low to cause significant heating to tissues.

What You Need to Know About Cell Phone Radiation

The frequency of a cell phone’s waves falls between those emitted by FM radios and those from microwave ovens, all of which are considered “non-ionizing” forms of radiation.

When you make a call, text, or use data on your cell phone, here’s what happens:

Your phone sends radiofrequency, or RF waves from its antenna to nearby cell towers, and receives RF waves in return to its antenna.

If you are holding the phone next to your face, as most people do, then about 70 percent of the energy from the antenna is absorbed straight into your head.

As you can see from the diagram below, age makes a difference in how much of this energy can be absorbed into the tissue. A younger child’s skull is much thinner than an adult’s and still developing, therefore more radiation is able to penetrate the brain.

It's not until around age 20 that your brain is fully developed.

These visual images should serve as a powerful reminder to parents that it’s never a good idea to allow a child to talk on a cell phone held close to the head!

As you move your cell phone away from your head, this radiation decreases rapidly. So, clearly, the further away from your body you can keep your phone, the better.

Incidentally, the manufacturer of one of the top-selling cell phones advises against direct body contact with their phones. This is what they say right on their website:

“To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry phone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.”

One of the most important bits of advice I can give you is to avoid holding your phone directly against your head, especially while your call connects – which is when the power surge is greatest.

Using your speakerphone function or a safe headset to keep your phone a safe distance away from your body is a much better option.

But Why Does the Wireless Industry Still Insist Cell Phones Are Safe? You can search online and find study after study that says cell phone usage is safe. The wireless industry claims that thousands of studies have failed to pinpoint adverse effects.

But, is that really true?

First you need to dig deep and find out who funded the study. If it’s an industry-funded study, the results presented are just about guaranteed to favor the industry. Why would they publish results that didn’t?

But just because countless studies might conclude “no risk found,” it doesn’t mean those were the real scientific findings of the investigation!

Dr. Henry Lai, a University of Washington scientist in cellular and molecular engineering, reviewed 85 papers on the DNA-damaging effects of cell phone radiation. He and his colleague had found from their own research that cell phone radiation could cause DNA damage in brain cells.

What did he find when he took a closer look at these studies?

A whopping three-fourths of the papers that showed no toxic effects were funded either by the wireless industry or the military. Eighty percent of those that showed potential negative effects were not linked to the industry.

Even Time reported:

Independent studies on cell phone radiation found dangers at more than twice the rate of industry-funded studies.

We’re talking about a very lucrative industry here… The total revenue of the U.S. mobile wireless industry is over $171 billion!

Could it be that the wireless industry may be twisting science just enough to dodge or at least postpone regulation? They do have a lot at stake...

The 2011 Ruling That Delivered a Major Blow to the Wireless Industry

As cell phone usage around the world expands, evidence continues to mount against their safety, even though the industry still insists cell phones are safe.

Possibly the biggest blow to the industry came in 2011 when the International Agency for research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared cell phones a Class B carcinogen.

This classification puts cell phones squarely in the same category of certain pesticides and heavy metals as well as engine exhaust.

But that’s not all… There are now more than 20,000 publications in the scientific literature that show significant biological effects at exposures well within safety standards, including about 4,000 that include non-thermal effects.

How Cell Phones Impact Your Cells’ Energy Centers – Your Mitochondria

Cell phones have been shown to harm your cells' mitochondria

Your body uses electrical fields to communicate between your cells. The electromagnetic fields emitted by the phones are far more damaging to your body because they interfere with your body’s own cellular communication.

Another major way cell phones can potentially impact you is through their effect on your mitochondria within your cells.

Most of your cells have several hundred mitochondria. Over 90 percent of the energy that your body needs to function properly comes from the mitochondria, so their well-being is essential to your energy production.

Not only are they your body’s primary source of energy, your cells’ mitochondria determine the speed at which your body ages. If your mitochondria are working optimally, your body ages at a normal rate.

Researchers have discovered that the radiation from cell phones can harm your mitochondria, including flipping certain genes within the mitochondria.

As important as your mitochondria are to your health, this potential damaging effect on genes is very concerning to me.

Is the Newest Technology Any Safer?

Industry tries to assure us that third and fourth generation cell phones are safer in terms of non-ionizing radiation.

But are they really?

There’s no proof that 3G or 4G is any safer, and if anything, the preliminary research suggests they may be even less safe.

Here’s the problem…

Today’s standards for radiofrequency emissions weren’t designed for cell phones.

Rather, the current federal standards were developed to guard against thermal effects, but remember, as I explained above, that’s not the issue. As we’ve already seen, most of the studies on cell phones show non-thermal effects.

What’s worrisome now is that evidence is suggesting exposure to cell phone radiation can have biological effects without raising temperature.

Radio frequency waves from cell phones have also been shown to produce “stress” proteins in human cells, proteins that the body produces for self-protection.

I agree that getting rid of your cell phone is probably not an option these days. Today's cell phones are much more than phones – they’re often your camera, video recorder, hand-held computer, and your lifeline to staying in touch with your work and family.

But with all this distressing data and questionable research, there must be something we can do to help minimize exposure. I believe there is…

How to Minimize Cell Phone Radiation Emissions

First and foremost, I recommend you consider not allowing your child or pre-teen to have a cell phone.

For teens, I encourage you to educate them on the dangers of holding or storing a cell phone close to their bodies and to remind them to use a safe headset if they need to make a call.

And, no one should ever use one while driving, including texting.

Here are some additional suggestions for minimizing your exposure to cell phone radiation:

Reduce your cell phone usage. Turn your phone off when you don’t need it.

Use your cell phone on speakerphone whenever possible. Avoiding contact with your head is the most important safeguard you can take.

Keep your phone as far away from your body as possible. There's a significant drop-off in radiation exposure for every inch your phone is away from your body. Don’t stow your cell phone in your pocket!

Don’t place your phone against your head while the call is connecting. This is when your phone is sending out its strongest signal and you don’t want this surge of radiation penetrating your head!

Use a landline at home and at work. Just because everyone else goes cordless, you don’t need to.

Avoid using your cell phone if reception is poor. The weaker the reception, the more power your phone uses to transmit, and the more exposure you receive.

Limit cell phone use in your car. The metal parts of your car – the roof, doors, and chassis can magnify the radiation. Plus, your phone has to work harder and increase its transmitting strength as you travel between cell towers.

If you must make a call unprotected, limit it to less than two minutes. Radiation exposure is dose-related. The longer you spend on your phone, the more potentially harmful microwave radiation you’re exposed to.

Use low-power Bluetooth® technology or a headset to keep your phone away from your body. But just remember that if you use your Bluetooth® or headset a lot, you are still exposed to radiation right near your head.

For the ultimate in safety, use an air tube headset that’s specially designed to reduce cell phone radiation near your head. In just a minute, I’ll tell you about the one I use.

Successful People

7 Morning Habits of Successful People (Win the Day!) With every sunrise comes opportunity. Regardless of what happened yesterday, today is a clean slate — another chance at getting it right and moving the ball closer to the goal line. The morning sets the tone for the entire day, and when you own the morning, you win the day. The happiest, healthiest people know this. They embrace it, and they use it to their advantage. Here are 7 morning habits of successful people that, when done consistently, can help you win the day!

“When you get up in the morning, think of what a priceless privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to learn, to love — and then make the day count!” – Marc Chernoff

#1 of 7 Morning Habits of Successful People: Wake up with a sense of gratitude. We often take life and the people we care about for granted. Be the “glass half FULL” person. Focus on the ‘haves’ instead of the ‘have nots.’ “The more you count your blessings, the more blessings there will be to count.”

#2 of 7 Morning Habits of Successful People: They begin anew. Live now. Not before. Not later. Just NOW — in the moment you’re in.

#3 of 7 Morning Habits of Successful People: They use self-inquiry to affirm a purposeful start to the day. What can I do to make a positive difference in the lives around me today?

#4 of 7 Morning Habits of Successful People: They read something positive. In life, you often have to create your own sunshine, so read something positive every morning when you wake up. Let it inspire you to do something positive before you go back to sleep at night.

#5 of 7 Morning Habits of Successful People: They follow an effective morning routine. Routines help build momentum for you to own the day. They also help reduce the number of decisions you have to make, allowing you to save your decision-making power for the more important things. See “Related Resources” below for morning routine ideas.

#6 of 7 Morning Habits of Successful People: They give themselves enough time to eat a wholesome breakfast. If you’re going to eat breakfast, don’t eat junk. And if you are going to eat breakfast, stick with high-protein and/or high-fat — NOT high-carb.

#7 of 7 Morning Habits of Successful People: They move on gracefully to what’s most important. Success is a choice. It’s not something you have — success is something you DO.

Cold Showers

Cold showers are hard. That's why you should take one. If you do the hardest thing you can do first thing in the morning, the entire day will seem easier by comparison.

Every morning at 7 o'clock, from May until September, my mother wakes up, walks down to the dock, and jumps into the lake for a quick swim. I used to think she was crazy, but now I get it. There is absolutely nothing that wakes one up as effectively as a dunk in cold water – far zippier than any cup of coffee!

The scientific evidence is there. Studies have shown that cold showers stimulate blood circulation, act as an anti-depressant, improve athletic performance, and can help with weight loss by burning off stubborn brown fat deposits.

Doing it in the morning is even better, since willpower is at its highest when you first wake up. That's when sticking to our resolve comes most easily, but then it gradually dissipates as the day runs its course.

5 reasons why you should take cold showers Have you ever taken a cold shower – a really cold shower? Then you'll know that bracing sensation as the icy cold water comes pouring out of the showerhead onto your just-warm, now-frozen skin. You gasp, and perhaps scream, as you become number by the second. Although the shock dissipates, the pain never really goes away until you step out and grab the nearest towel. In the following moments, however, you suddenly realize it was totally worth it. By now you’re feeling the greatest adrenaline rush. Your skin is tingling, you’re wide awake, and you’re realizing, I just did it!

Cold showers have played an important role in many cultures for various reasons. From the Spartans, ancient Greeks, and Romans, to Native American tribes, Japanese Shinto practitioners, and the Scandinavians, cold water plunges have long been part of traditional rituals. They are used to build psychological strength, to cleanse the spirit, to improve health, and to make you feel awesome… once you’re out, of course.

  1. It improves blood circulation
  2. Cold water is an anti-depressant
  3. Cold water is good for your skin and hair
  4. Cold water can improve athletic performance [cold water immersion improves recovery following exercise, and should be administered as soon as possible post-exercise.]
  5. Cold water builds mental strength

Need Water?

7 Signs You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water

1. You have dry skin

Our skin is actually our body’s largest organ, so it’s crucial that we keep it hydrated. When we notice dryness, it could be a signal of a lack of hydration. Also, when we sweat, it is our body’s natural way of cooling itself down, as well as washing away dirt and oil that builds up on our skin throughout the day. So, if you’re looking for another way to stop breakouts of acne, drinking more water could be a solid solution.

2. Dry eyes

3. Dry mouth or increased thirst

4. Joint pain

You may not know this, but nearly 80 percent of our cartilage and spinal discs are made up of water. So, when trying to avoid our bones from grinding up against each other, we need to make sure we are hydrated. Think about how much shock our joints take from running, jumping or even walking! Give them the water they deserve.

5. Premature aging

The amount of water in our bodies keeps going down as we get older. So, as we age, we should increase water intake accordingly. Although you may not notice any signs of aging on the outside, your insides could be feeling the effects of limited water intake. So, in order to limit aging both inside and out, we need to make sure that we drink adequate water throughout our entire lives, and at a slightly increased rate as each year passes.

6. Decreased muscle mass

Like most areas of the body, our muscles are comprised mostly of water. Thus, less water intake means that our muscles could be suffering as a result. When we drink water during a workout, it helps keep us hydrated and brings water to the most-needed areas of the body. In turn, this helps keep inflammation to a minimum and can even alleviate sore muscles after working out.

7. Staying sick longer

When we drink water it allows our bodies, most prominently our kidneys and liver, to flush toxins out. With that said, our organs will always work to filter our waste, but why not try to fuel the machine with the best possible fluid to make this process work more efficiently? Without it, eventually our body will start pulling water from other areas, like our blood, which could lead to unnecessary problems.

Brain Health

If You're Going To Eat One Thing Daily For Your Brain Health, THIS Should Be It By Mark Hyman, M.D. Funtional Medicine Doctor

So what's the No. 1 thing you can do on a daily basis to support your brain health? Eat healthy fats.

This topic freaks a lot of people out—won't it fat make me fat, they wonder? The right kinds will not, but they will provide powerful healing and support to help you feel your best. That's because 60 percent of your brain is made up of DHA, an omega-3 fat found in fatty fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and algae.

EPA is another important type of omega-3, and both of these fatty acids are critical for supporting brain function and mood, regulating metabolism, and preventing diabetes and inflammation. Avoid oils like canola, grapeseed, corn, sunflower, and soybean, and be sure to eliminate hydrogenated oils completely, as they contribute to inflammation and the progression of disease.

Eating more healthy fats doesn't mean you need to go low-carb. In fact, I suggest eating slow-carb instead. This means you're choosing low-glycemic plant foods that are rich in nutrients and fiber but don't mess with your blood sugar. Dark leafy greens, cauliflower, peppers, onions, asparagus, celery, radishes, mushrooms, blackberries, and blueberries are just some of the many colorful options to get these good kinds of carbs into your diet. As an added bonus, eating healthy fats with these types of foods helps you absorb more of the essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

In my personal experience, I found that even though I was already eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, embracing more of the right kinds of fat—like avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and even saturated ones, like coconut oil and grass-fed meat—pushed my mental clarity through the roof.

Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain Taking a walk every 30 minutes can restore blood flow to the brain when you’re sitting for hours.

NYT By Gretchen Reynolds Aug. 15, 2018

Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in brain blood flow and may even increase it.

Sitting Evils

Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain Taking a walk every 30 minutes can restore blood flow to the brain when you’re sitting for hours.

NYT By Gretchen Reynolds Aug. 15, 2018

Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in brain blood flow and may even increase it.

LED Lights

How LEDs Are a Global Blight to Health Richard G. Stevens, Aeon Magazine August 4, 2018

Light pollution is often characterised as a soft issue in environmentalism. This perception needs to change. Light at night constitutes a massive assault on the ecology of the planet, including us. It also has indirect impacts because, while 20 per cent of electricity is used for lighting worldwide, at least 30 per cent of that light is wasted. Scientists say this ridiculously simple strategy can help you learn anything In his book “Fluent Forever,” opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to practice remembering it.

In other words, instead of reading and re-reading a list of vocabulary words, you should read it once and then test yourself repeatedly.

The same strategy works for pretty much anything you’re hoping to commit to memory, and there’s a growing body of research behind it. Psychologists call this phenomenon the “testing effect.”

Results showed that participants who’d read the word list five times performed much better on the recall test five minutes later. But participants who’d read the test just once and been tested performed better on the test one week later. In other words, testing helped boost the participants’ long-term memory.

More recent research suggests that combining testing with immediate feedback (finding out whether you answered right or wrong) is more effective, and can even boost memory right after the information is learned.


Drinking a pint of beer can shorten your life just like smoking a cigarette Recent studies have suggested that moderate drinking is linked to lower risks of heart disease and dementia.

However, some studies challenge the findings.

For example, one study from University of Cambridge and Australian National University shows that the more alcohol a person drinks, the higher their risk of stroke, fatal aneurysm, heart failure and early death.

In addition, too much alcohol drinking is linked to reduction of five years in life-expectancy.

The Flu

How Can You Avoid the Flu This Season? People's Pharmacy

To avoid the flu this year, consider getting a flu shot, wearing a face mask and gargling with green tea. Careful hand washing can also be helpful.

It’s that time again. The signs are up in pharmacies to get your flu shot. TV anchors are telling their viewers that last year’s influenza season was bad, really bad! Is there any way you can avoid the flu this winter?

The CDC reports that 80,000 people died last year. That’s more than in any flu season in recent memory. Millions were miserable. Hospitals were overwhelmed and had to set up tents in parking lots to handle the crush. At least 900,000 people were hospitalized because of the flu, way more than in a typical year.

Will a Flu Shot Help You Avoid the Flu?

With such scary statistics, it is hardly any wonder that public health authorities are encouraging people to get their flu shot now. That’s pretty much the same message we get every year about this time. But if the flu shot is so great, how come it didn’t do a better job protecting people last flu season?

The overall effectiveness of the flu vaccine last year was 40 percent, though for older people effectiveness was just half that. Such statistics are not unusual. Over the last dozen years, the overall effectiveness of flu vaccines averages out to 41 percent.

Even more alarming, however, was the vaccine performance against H3N2. This virulent strain of influenza was responsible for much of the illness and many of the deaths last season. The shot was only 24 percent effective against this nasty infection. Older people only got 17 percent protection. In Great Britain, scientists found that immunization against H3N2 strains was only 5 percent effective for people over 65 (Euro Surveillance, Sep. 2018).

Still, any protection may be better than none. The CDC points out that 80 percent of the children who died of flu last year had not been vaccinated. The agency is urging everyone over the age of six months to get immunized before November. No matter how effective the vaccine, it can’t help anyone who doesn’t receive it.

What Will This Year’s Flu Season Be Like?

No one knows whether this year’s flu season will be brutal, like last year, or relatively light. We can hope for less intensity, since that is what the Southern hemisphere has experienced. Our pattern of influenza infection is often similar to the pattern of the flu season just finishing up in Australia and South America. We really won’t know how bad the flu season is or how well the vaccine works except in retrospect. However, the CDC and the FDA are predicting that the vaccine this year should be a better match and provide better protection than last year.

How Can You Avoid the Flu?

What else can you do to avoid the flu? Experts emphasize the importance of hand washing. A Chinese study showed that people who were most conscientious about washing their hands with soap were least likely to get the flu (Medicine, March 2016--

Another approach that would help would be to have people with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, runny nose and cough stay home from school or work. It’s very easy for people to spread flu viruses around the office just by touching computers, desks, chairs and door knobs or wall switches (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Aug. 9, 2018--

This study found that wearing masks is much more effective than hand-washing in preventing the spread of influenza. So is frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces. Unfortunately, most workplaces don’t incorporate these precautions easily. Combining face mask use and intense hand washing can reduce the spread of influenza, though (BMC Infectious Diseases, Jan. 26, 2012-- When flu threatens, a smart person will adopt these measures.

Will Green Tea Help You Avoid the Flu?

One other simple approach that may help: drinking or gargling with green tea. Studies suggest that catechin compounds in green tea can keep flu viruses from latching on to cells and may improve the immune response (Molecules, July 2018--

On the other hand, Japanese investigators found that high school students who gargled with green tea were just as likely to catch influenza as those who gargled with water (PLoS One, May 16, 2014-- However, the high school students were not very consistent about gargling with either liquid.

In summary, to avoid the flu you may wish to get vaccinated, wear a face mask and wash your hands conscientiously during flu season and possibly gargle with green tea.


--I’m 67 years old, and I’ve never had a flu shot in my life and have never had a problem. The flu vaccine carries no liability, and if it damages your body in any way, and I personally know two people that spent a week in the hospital from the vaccine, you’re on your own. If they’re so proud of their vaccine why is there no liability, and why do they hide what’s in it?

--I wear inexpensive fabric gloves, having vinyl on palm and fingers, when in public places. I also wash the gloves. Less need to constantly wash hands.

--We all need to support our immune systems to the max. Taking pre and probiotics, vitamin D, a good quality multi vit-mineral and eating lots of fresh veggies is key. Also, stay away from sugary foods. Soft drinks and many fruit juices are loaded with it. Artificial sweeteners aren’t any better and may be worse since they destroy your intestinal bacteria, which keeps your immune system in good order. Stay vigilant, and use a face mask whenever possible.

--First and foremost, make a strong habit of never touching your nose or eyes unless you are in the bathroom, after your hands and face were washed. Picking your nose is a no-no, other than with a Q-tip. This is so because there are thousands of microscopic blood vessels on the very surface inside the nose (some of them directly connected to the brain), whose walls are extremely thin and permeable; a gate for infections. The eyes’ tear channels are connected to the nose.

--I had a flu shot (for the elderly) on Sept 12, and came down with flu on Sept 24, 12 days later. The same thing happened last year. (I am 84 years old). I am fanatic on handwashing and use Lysol sheets to disinfect my tv remote, cell phone, and doorknobs and the like I only leave the house once a month for shopping for the month. And at the store (WalMart grocery), I use their disinfecting sheets at the door to clean off the cart handles.

So why do I get flu every year anyway?

New Flu Shot Scare Tactics, Don't Swallow This Spin Mercola - What’s Behind the CDC Claiming 80,000 Died From Flu Last Winter?

They're telling you it was the deadliest flu season in four decades, but here's the statistical trick they're using to frighten you into gulping down their toxic bait. Do not be taken in.


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was the deadliest flu season in the U.S. in four decades, hospitalizing 900,000 and killing 80,000, including 180 children

What they’re counting as “flu deaths” are not just deaths directly caused by the influenza virus, but also infections such as pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, as well as sepsis

The 2017-2018 seasonal influenza vaccine’s effectiveness against influenza A and influenza B virus infection was just 36 percent

People who receive the seasonal flu shot and then contract influenza excrete infectious influenza viruses through their breath, so vaccinated individuals can indeed spread influenza

To prevent one case of influenza, 71 people must be vaccinated. Meanwhile, one case of flu will be prevented for every 33 people taking a vitamin D supplement


Higher rates of autism found in areas where vaccination rates are higher, Canadian data reveals


The Real Cause of Heart Disease—Discovered More Than 150 Years Ago
From INH - Angela Salerno

The real cause of heart disease was discovered more than 150 years ago...

…then buried by a 1984 conference called “the most bizarre action ever taken in medicine,” by a former intelligence officer at the CDC. Meanwhile, hundreds of Americans drop dead every day because of misinformation and misdiagnosis.

In this presentation, we reveal the true cause of heart disease…the 15-minute test to see if you have it (no other test can find it earlier)…and if you do, the “warrior” herb that could save your life. Go HERE now.

Why Millions of Americans Are Dropping Dead After Passing Heart Tests This startling crisis has "led millions to an early grave" – Vanderbilt professor of medicine Mark Houston, M.D.

Don’t be one of them. Discover the 15-minute test for the real cause of heart disease (no other test can find it earlier)…and the “warrior” herb that banishes the hidden killer to save your life.

When Tim Russert, longtime moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press died suddenly in 2008—at just 58—his doctors were shocked. Sure, he was taking cholesterol and blood pressure medication. But his levels were well under control. He exercised regularly and had no chest pain or other symptoms. Until that one big symptom. Dropping dead from a heart attack. How had his doctors gotten it so wrong? Well, Mr. Russert’s internist all but confessed that since he didn’t have the stereotypical symptoms, they never did any in-depth tests. And the tests they did do—like cholesterol and blood pressure—were worthless.

Even the American Heart Association (AHA) admits that more than half of men who die of heart disease have no previous symptoms. They KNOW this. And yet millions of men and women drop dead every year from heart attacks, stroke, and aneurysms. Because… The standard heart tests used in every hospital and doctor’s office in America are wrong. Dead wrong, in fact.

The journal Circulation reported that up to 44% of blood pressure readings are wrong.

A Harvard Medical School study found that even experienced doctors disagreed 42% of the time about whether angiogram results showed a problem or not.

And the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force themselves admit they don’t even know if the benefits of getting an electrocardiogram outweigh the risks for people susceptible to heart disease.

Most doctors use a one-size-fits-all guideline. But depending on your age, gender, where you live, and your ethnicity…this guideline can UNDERRATE your risk by as much as 3,000%.

With those odds you could be in the middle of a heart attack and they’d still miss it! The truth is, even with a doctor’s clean bill of health or a prescription to help “fix” your numbers…you’re just as likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm without any warning. And worse…the more accurate—and useful—heart tests take a back seat. Including one that looks at the place heart disease actually begins (it’s not cholesterol). …And all you have to do is wear a finger sensor and a blood pressure cuff.

This test shows the earliest detectible stage of heart disease. So the sooner you take it, the sooner, better, and easier the damage can be reversed. Without toxic statins or dangerous surgery. Instead there’s a compound known as the “warrior extract.” Studies show it:

Can significantly lower blood pressure—even in people who don’t exercise.

Improves circulation—vital for a powerful cardiovascular system and a full, active life.

Protects your endothelial cells—these are the ones that line your blood vessels. As you’ll see in a moment, this is directly tied to heart disease…and might be the most life-saving benefit of all.

And that’s just one of several easy, little-known natural ways to eliminate heart killers. These solutions treat the real cause of heart disease. And, despite what you’ve heard your whole life, it’s NOT what you think…

For 30 Years, Heart Experts Have Lied to Us

“They are guilty of unethical behavior.”
–professor Petr Skrabanek

My name is Angela Salerno. I’m the executive director of The Institute for Natural Healing. And that’s a serious accusation I just made—I know. But the truth is, mainstream medicine has been pointing their finger in the wrong direction when it comes to heart disease. For decades. Let me explain. In 1984, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute sponsored the National Cholesterol Consensus Conference. There, a bunch of men in a board room decided to make cholesterol public enemy #1. But none of the evidence against the “cholesterol causes heart disease” theory made it into the final report. Including a 1982 nationwide study that looked at 362,000 men, and revealed two pretty clear cut findings:

1. Deaths from heart disease in men with cholesterol under 140 was 0.001%. Deaths in men with “unhealthy” cholesterol over 300? …0.002%. A miniscule difference.

2. The media didn’t report this at the time, but the majority of the men who died during the study—from any cause including heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, and more—had cholesterol levels below 160.

Medical historian Charles T. McGee, former intelligence officer at the Centers for Disease Control, calls the National Cholesterol Consensus Conference, “the most bizarre action ever taken in medicine.” We’d say it’s more than bizarre. It’s downright criminal. The “consensus” was that any blood cholesterol level over 200 was now “at risk.” Overnight, millions of Americans joined this group. Nationwide cholesterol testing became the norm. Eggs and red meat were deemed dangerous. And millions of Americans were forced on statins—for the rest of their lives. …Because along with this decision came the “Physicians Kit.” The kit “taught” doctors about cholesterol screening…eating margarine instead of butter…and cholesterol lowering drugs. And guess who had a hand in putting the kit together? The American Pharmaceutical Association. Dr. Petr Skrabenek, a leading doctor and professor of medicine, put it best:

“Lowering blood cholesterol does not lower overall mortality. None of these studies have shown people live any longer. It is a fascinating sociological phenomenon that some experts, in the face of massive evidence to the contrary, have come up with recommendations based on wishful thinking and dogmatic beliefs.

“They are guilty of unethical behavior.”

The good news is, more and more people are starting to realize that the cholesterol myth is just that. A myth. Heck even the U.S. government is starting to come around! In February 2015 the department of Health and Human Services released their Dietary Guidelines for Americans. And in that report, buried down on page 91, it states: “CHOLESTEROL IS NOT A NUTRIENT OF CONCERN FOR OVERCONSUMPTION.”

You can see why they wouldn’t put this on page one. How embarrassing for them to admit that after 30 years and millions of people put on statins and low cholesterol diets, that cholesterol isn’t actually the problem? Not to mention the billions of dollars Big Pharma would lose. So if not cholesterol, what should we look for? The real cause of heart disease. Because even though it isn’t high cholesterol, there is a very specific way it forms in most people. That’s where the test I told you about comes in. The earlier this test shows damage, the earlier you can start taking action to reverse it. And not with useless statins or dangerous beta blockers. Remember the “warrior extract” I mentioned earlier? It actually works directly on this real cause of heart disease by defeating free radicals that can hurt your heart. In fact a 2003 Indian study showed it could potentially prevent heart disease altogether.

I’ll reveal the exact cause of heart disease in just a minute. Even if you eat right and exercise now, you’ll want to keep reading...

These solutions—plus the test to see if you need them—are available to anyone who wants them. The problem is, you have to know about them.

The heart solutions my research team has uncovered are proven to work. They’re safe, natural, and non-toxic. And backed by extensive clinical documentation. They’ve earned the “seal of approval” from practicing MDs and clinical researchers around the world. So why don’t you know about them? Because you don’t have access to the right research. That’s where The Institute for Natural Healing comes in. With the backing of a well-known, South Florida millionaire with health contacts across the globe, we put together a small group of researchers.

And our investigations into hundreds of natural cures led us to realize that the most effective health solutions—like those to reverse heart disease—are often hidden from public view. Yet remarkably, a few are as close as your supermarket. Others are a mouse-click away. Which makes it even more disgraceful that we don’t hear more about them. Because, let’s face it, good health may well be our most precious commodity. I discovered that first-hand… Because I used to take mine for granted. Years ago, following a stressful period, and well before I came on board as INH’s executive director, I found myself underweight, anemic, sick all the time, bruised…and I was a smoker. As you can imagine, I barely had any energy. It was tough just getting out of bed in the morning. In May of 2007 I found myself in the ER with acute bronchitis…for the second time that year. That’s when I knew things had to change.

So I flushed my unfinished cigarettes down the toilet and decided to take my health back into my own hands. And here’s the thing…not only did my energy return—my entire life improved. My outlook changed. Good things started happening to me and have just kept on happening. All these years later, you’d never guess that frail, sick woman was me. Because the bottom line is…

Good health can—and will—change your life.

The Real Cause of Heart Disease—Discovered More Than 150 Years Ago

In the second half of the 19th century, an Austrian professor of anatomy, named Carl von Rokitansky, spent his 40 year career studying over 30,000 dead bodies. After thousands of hours studying the heart and its vessels, Rokitansky was the first to discover the true cause of heart disease. It’s called endothelial dysfunction. And it goes like this… The thin layer between your artery wall and the flowing blood, called the endothelium, becomes scratched and damaged. It happens to all of us. Years of smoking, not exercising, bad eating habits, being overweight, chronic infection, even breathing polluted air—the stuff we call free radicals. It all makes these little scratches—and they build up over time. Think if you took a small pin or tack and lightly scraped it against the most delicate part of your skin—your inner arm maybe. And you did it over and over again. After just a few minutes your skin would be all scratched up, maybe even bleeding. That’s what happens to your endothelium. Now think about how old you are. 50, 60, 70 years of those tiny scratches? No matter how healthy you are, there’s bound to be some damage there. Luckily, our bodies know how to heal it… A blood clot forms over the damaged area. Blood cells come together to form a new layer of endothelium over the clot, so the clot becomes trapped.

And then repair systems spring into action to clear it from the wall. It’s like when you get a mosquito bite. A scab forms over where you scratched it. And we’re all guilty of picking at those scabs until they fall off. Most of the time we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Same thing happens with those repair systems.

They automatically pick at the blood clots stuck in the artery wall. And when they break off the wall they go flying down the artery. Most of the time this is no big deal. But sometimes…they’re so big they get stuck. And we all know what that means. Heart attack or stroke. Sometimes fatal. Endothelial dysfunction is the earliest clinically detectable stage of cardiovascular disease, according to the journal Circulation. And you can easily find your risk with a 15-minute, FDA-cleared test that Men’s Health contributor Dr. Steven Lamm declared is:

“Like garlic for a chef. It’s that important a test.”

…He said that on an episode of The View, right before Whoopi Goldberg took the test on air. It’s that quick, simple, and non-invasive.

Whoopi Goldberg on ABC’s The View

The lower your score, the more dysfunction you have…and the more at risk you are for heart disease. A 2013 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association proved it. 520 high-risk heart patients took the test. The people who got the lower scores ended up having a higher rate of what they call “adverse heart events” later. Like cardiovascular death, heart attack, angina, stroke, etc. The test has also been featured on Fox News, CBS News, Good Morning America, and the Today show. Here’s how it works. You wear a blood pressure cuff and two thimble-like sensors over your index fingers. The sensors measure how well the blood flows through your fingertips. Then, the blood pressure cuff squeezes your arm and restricts the blood flow. The test measures that too. Finally, the cuff lets up and blood flows again. This is the most important part. It measures the increase in blood flow after it’s been restricted.

Video of blood flow

And that’s it. No needles, no fasting, no wires all over your body, 24 hour monitor, or physical exertion. The blood pressure cuff mimics mental and physical exertion that you’d have in your day-to-day life. Like climbing a flight of stairs, picking up heavy boxes, even the stress of a bad day.

The change in pressure will cause your blood vessels to expand…by quite a bit if you’re healthy. If they don’t expand well, there’s a good chance the arteries in your heart are damaged. But it’s easier to fix than you might think. We’ve laid out all the details on this life saving test—what it’s called, more info on how it works, and most important, where you can get it—in our brand new report "The Truth About Heart Disease: And How to Save Your Life."

As a new report, it would usually sell for $24.95. But you can get it today, for free. Along with the best science-backed natural ways to reverse damage to your heart, and set yourself up for years of healthy living. Starting with…

The key to pure energy: This 1,400 year old “warrior extract”

Studies show this tree bark extract can protect your heart from outside invaders like free radicals—even if you don’t always eat right or exercise as much as you should…it can lower blood pressure and inflammation…improve circulation…and, most important… IT CAN REVERSE ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION. That’s right. The real cause of heart disease you just discovered…this is how to reverse it. It even works in smokers. One study showed it took just two weeks for smokers to start turning around their endothelium damage. And if you don’t smoke…think how much faster it could get to work reversing damage to your heart. The story behind the warrior extract starts 1,400 years ago when ancient healers used it as a heart tonic. Today, veteran herbalist Herb McDonald of Albuquerque credits the warrior extract with lowering the blood pressure in one of his 85-year-old patients. He praises it as “FAR AND AWAY THE NUMBER ONE CARDIOVASCULAR HERB.” Perhaps that’s because of the saponins in the tree bark. They’re natural detergents that can actually help keep your heart clean and healthy. Saponins can break down the fats found in food. Especially bad fats that can lead to endothelial dysfunction.

Perhaps that’s because of the saponins in the tree bark. They’re natural detergents that can actually help keep your heart clean and healthy. Saponins can break down the fats found in food. Especially bad fats that can lead to endothelial dysfunction. People who’ve used it have said: “My blood pressure actually went down.” “Highly recommend for good heart health” “Having much stronger bicycle rides with quicker recuperation time afterwards.” “It is inexpensive and very effective in helping to maintain the health of my circulatory system. More people should use it!” If you take the test I’ve been telling you about and it comes back with a less-than-ideal result…the warrior extract should be one of your first steps to reverse the damage. You’ll get all the details, including the best dosage for the most power, in The Truth About Heart Disease: And How to Save Your Life. And you’ll get it just minutes from now, via e-mail, free with this offer.

You’ll also discover other heart-savers.

A hard-to-pronounce compound that protects your endothelium by making blood vessels relax and reduces blood pressure. It’s also a powerful anti-aging supplement. Seafood has a lot of it, but you can get it at a health store too.

This power-nutrient found in the skin of some fruits is four times more powerful than resveratrol. That means 300% more gets into your bloodstream to go to work healing your endothelium.

This movement is easier-than-exercise. And it directly affects the gene responsible for preventing blood clots and inflammation. Stuart McGill, Ph.D., of the University of Waterloo says doing this “as short as one minute can improve your health.”

Your body reacts to chronic stress the same way as if you were running from a tiger. It increases white blood cells, which trigger inflammation. We’ll give you three tips for de-stressing—including one that’s really fun. You probably thought was just for kids. This is the most in-active way to heal your heart.

Moderate drinkers are living longer than non-drinkers, according to a study in American College of Cardiology. But the color of your alcohol makes all the difference (this one is surprising)…

Add more of this oil to your food—it can go in almost everything. Mayo Clinic researchers said it “significantly improved endothelial dysfunction.”

If everyone over 50 ate just one of this fruit a day…it could prevent about 8,500 heart disease deaths each year. That’s due to a nutrient that can prevent blood clots and lower inflammation.

Grape seed extract supports blood pressure and healthy arteries (including the endothelium). You could pair it with this other seed extract that helps blood flow and manages stress hormones.

Almost every American is deficient in this common mineral. Supplementing with it will do wonders for your heart and whole body (try taking it before bed to help you sleep better).

A study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed this centuries-old yeast extract reduced fatal and non-fatal heart attacks by 45% compared to a placebo.

The details on all these and more are revealed in The Truth About Heart Disease: And How to Save Your Life. These are the true, science-backed solutions. Not the ones mainstream medicine’s been feeding us for decades. Like…

The American Heart Association tells you to eat omega-6s every day—but that actually increases your risk of dying from heart disease by 17%! Reduce your omega-6s by cutting out corn, canola, and soy oils…margarine, shortening, and hydrogenated fats. Instead use olive or coconut oil, organic grass-fed butter, rendered fat, even avocado.

Those “reduced fat” food items people concerned about their heart are tricked into eating? They’re full of sugar…and it’s killing you. Between 1977 and 2000 Americans nearly doubled their intake. Sugar damages your arteries, elevates BP, and ages your organs. Avoid it wherever possible.

And you don’t need to run on a treadmill three hours a day to strengthen your heart. Just 30 minutes of this no-equipment needed activity a week (that’s less than five minutes a day) can reduce cardiovascular disease 23% if you already have it and lower your blood pressure in as little as six weeks. Climb the stairs, carry groceries, and pick up your grandkids without worry.

Of course if you brought any of these to your doctor, there’s a big chance he’ll brush you off. He’s obligated to force pills on you instead, the way he was taught. But the truth is, many pills start out as natural herbs and extracts. The blood thinner warfarin is derived from an anticoagulant originally found in sweet clover. Aspirin’s active ingredient comes from white willow bark. Big Pharma sees the research being done by cutting-edge doctors. And since there’s no money in the natural way, they jump at the chance to take natural remedies running circles around their own stuff…and just make it their own. And then sell it to you for hundreds of dollars. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what happens to the warrior extract soon. The research and endorsements from people who’ve used it are just that good. The same thing’s happening with another natural cure that Big Pharma’s hoping will be their next big Alzheimer’s drug…

The drug industry calls it new…but it’s not new at all…

In 1948, a group of scientists tested a primitive moss plant extract for the first time. The results were astounding. Ever since, research on how this natural substance repairs memory has been quietly piling up. As one researcher put it: “It is as if this natural substance were ingeniously designed to fit into the exact spot in [the brain] where it will do the most good.” In one study the extract was 348% MORE effective than the placebo. The researchers declared the compound is a “safe and effective medicine, [it] remarkably improves the cognition, behavior, [activity of daily life], and mood of Alzheimer’s patients.” You heard that correctly. The scientist himself called it “safe and effective.” And it could benefit anyone that’s getting older and wants to:

Keep your mind sharp—never miss an appointment, or your grandchild’s big game.

Prevent memory problems from getting worse—if you’re starting to have trouble remembering things that took no effort before.

Help mood and behavior—ever snap at a loved one and immediately regret it? This can help with that too.

Even to protect against Alzheimer’s—so you can keep your precious memories vivid for the rest of your life.

Sound too good to be true? If I hadn’t seen the research myself, I’m not sure I’d even believe it. But the fact remains, this natural compound can help keep your brain young… Without Big Pharma weaseling their way in. We uncovered clinical trials supported by top pharmaceutical companies. They are underway right now—or already completed—to test how this substance works as a drug against dementia, Alzheimer’s, even schizophrenia and brain injury. These guys are working with the government to get it out of your hands…and into their own overstuffed pockets. But you can start using it today...if you hurry.

So effective, it’s “really more of a drug than an herb…”

So what is it about this compound that has the suits drooling? It works just like the prescription AD drugs, but better. Let me explain… We have a specific chemical in our brains that’s critical for learning, memory, and other mental functions. Alzheimer’s patients’ brains show a major drop in this chemical. That’s why they gradually lose the ability to think, remember, even do the most basic tasks. So…keep the chemical, keep your mind. It’s simple enough. This extract fights to protect the amounts of the “memory chemical” left in the brain. The more you have and the longer it stays, the better your memory, awareness, and reasoning. It’s like plugging a hole on a bucket full of the only water you have left to drink. In that study I mentioned earlier, not only did the extract run circles around the placebo when it came to thinking ability... But the activities of daily living—like eating, bathing, getting dressed—improved in a third of the patients too. Almost double the placebo patients.

Bear in mind, these results were in people who already had AD. Just imagine how you could boost your brain! This natural compound actually works the same way Alzheimer’s drugs like Exelon and Aricept do. But even though it works the same way, it doesn’t have the same results. It works better. Which makes it even more outrageous that it may soon be more difficult to access. Because instead of just admitting how well their tests on it are going…and getting the word out that there is already something on the market that works to slow down one of—if not the—most devastating, crippling diseases ever… Big Pharma wants to bottle it up, boost the price a few hundred percent, and sell it to you themselves. All they see are dollar signs. Alzheimer’s is expensive. AD drugs on the market now can cost upwards of $200 or more for a 30-day supply. And yes, you’d probably pay that (if you can afford it) because money is nothing when it comes to preserving your memories and mind. Yet you can get this extract now for less than $20. And scientists admit it’s not only safer than those other drugs…it works as well, if not better!

But heaven knows what kind of side effects it may have once Big Pharma starts tinkering with it. Prescription AD drugs on the market now can cause things like seizure, coughing up blood, chronic fatigue, depression, chest pain, sleep problems, pain, and more. But based on all of the studies we’ve seen, the plant extract has no serious side effects. In the last few years, over 100,000 people in Asia have been treated with it. And there’s no reason to wait to try it for yourself. Especially when you can get it now for just a few cents a day. Let’s face it. Our minds, our memories, these are the things that make us—well—us. So it’s terrifying to think that someday we might not remember the names of our kids and grandkids…where we live…how to do simple tasks…

You will get all the details on this natural herb and how it works in our other report, Nature’s Memory Miracle: Saving Your Brain from Alzheimer’s. Again, I’d like to send this report to you as an absolutely free bonus. The mainstream media simply can't cover the latest stories like new natural cures and decades-long cover-ups as thoroughly and unbiased as we do at INH. They would lose hundreds of millions of dollars in pharmaceutical advertising every year. They just aren’t willing to part with that kind of money. Case in point: cancer treatments. I’m not trying to frighten you… But the truth is that right now—as you sit there—you could have dangerous cancer cells hiding in your body. Traditional tests can easily miss it. And you may not have any symptoms…yet. But if left untreated, the consequences could be deadly.

Yet just like the simple test I’ve described that uncovers heart disease earlier than anything else…there is a blood test that can detect this “invisible cancer” up to 19 months before conventional screening tests. With a first-time accuracy rate of 95%. Take it twice and that rate jumps to 99%.

That’s worth repeating. A simple blood test that can detect cancer 19 months earlier than other tests. With up to 99% accuracy. The research behind it is published in respected medical journals, including The Lancet and Cancer Detection and Prevention. But I’m willing to bet your doctor has never mentioned it. Even though a Harvard-trained doctor and neurochemist invented and perfected this test... Over 20 years of research supports it… The FDA even approved it... And it’s covered by Medicare. Of course, just like the heart test, the only reason you’d want to know you have cancer early is so you have the best chance of curing it with as little effort as possible. In our report, Cancer Uncovered: How to Discover and Cure Cancer 19 Months Before Your Doctor Knows You're Sick, you’ll find Angel’s story. She used this test to discover she had early-stage cancer, long before any other test would have showed it. Because of that, Angel was able to use natural supplements to defeat it. She got in touch with a laboratory that specializes in telling you which alternative, integrative, and conventional therapies your particular cancer is most responsive to. We’ll tell you which lab it was, in your report.

If you’re diagnosed with a more advanced cancer, this lab can run “chemo sensitivity” tests which help make sure you’re not being given types of chemotherapy that don’t work well with your particular cancer. The lab also offers tests they say can show which natural supplements may enhance chemo’s effectiveness. Using this lab’s tests, it may be possible to beat cancer with natural supplements and immune boosters if you catch it early. As far as I know, nobody has ever published a report on this test and special therapy for consumers. By getting it directly into your hands (and bypassing the laborious, sometimes “mysterious” FDA-regulations) we can make sure it will no longer languish in the dark. These tests are the type of discoveries that make all of our work and research at The Institute for Natural Healing worth it. And it’s what we bring our readers each month in our flagship newsletter, Independent Healing.

Independent Healing was founded on the idea that everyone has the right to all options available for their health. Most of the time the mainstream only gives us the conventional method—the pills, the surgeries, the chemo…that often do more harm than good. We should be free to make our own informed decisions. And we shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars, get the runaround from insurance companies, or be unwitting victims of Big Pharma. So we created Independent Healing to bring the facts directly to our readers. The thing is, your doctor has access to this same information. But for whatever reasons—lack of time, effort, pressures from within the medical community, Big Pharma, and the FDA—he either doesn’t know about them, or he doesn’t share them with you. And that means you could be losing out on life-changing and life-saving knowledge.

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And that includes your three reports: They’re worth $64.85 if you bought all three separately. But I’ll e-mail them to you for free. And, of course, you get the monthly newsletter, Independent Healing. Independent Healing dives into a different health topic each month and gives you specific, step-by-step protocols to treat so many of the issues we face as we age. Protocols you simply won’t find anywhere else that get to the true, hidden cause of conditions.

Like in March of 2015 when we uncovered the secret root of all cancers—and five ways to reduce your risk every day. It’s all about controlling the way your body creates new blood vessels. Sounds like something you’d have no control over, I know. But you do. And if cancer hijacks your blood vessels, it means an unlimited supply of blood and nutrients to feed on. But taking something called Chinese skullcap has a direct positive effect on your blood vessels. You’ve probably never heard of that one. I know I hadn’t—and it’s just one of many solutions we revealed.

Two months later in May we revealed how to eliminate chronic pain from your life. We gave readers our proprietary Natural Painkiller Protocol for eliminating—and preventing further—pain. It contains seven natural pain remedies that put drugs (OTC and prescription) to shame. Like boswellia, which you may know as frankincense. And the McKenzie press, a simple exercise to ease lower back pain.

Then there are our urgent health warning issues…

In June 2015 we blew the lid off death by water: how fluoride is slowly killing you. Did you know that the kind of fluoride the government puts in our water supply gets the highest hazard warning there is? Even short exposure could cause death or serious injury. It’s insane…and no wonder our water is linked to arthritis and thyroid diseases…cancer and kidney failure…even severe memory loss. We gave readers all the shocking details and ways to stay healthy—like drinking reverse osmosis water (we recommended a brand we like).

And in 2014 we revealed the common—and life-threatening—liver problem that affects about one-third of people in Western countries. Whether you drink alcohol or not. Your liver is the hardest working organ in your body. Without it you’d be defenseless against any threat, including toxins, viruses, and bacterial infections. But how often do you hear your doctor talk about it? If you’re feeling tired, always sick, overweight…something as simple as naturally boosting your liver can turn your health around fast. You can start by taking milk thistle, along with a few other supplements.

We’ve also done past issues on:

How to supercharge your immune system so you never get the flu—especially during the cold months…

Ease heartburn, soothe your stomach, and never suffer from reflux again—without taking a single antacid…

Preserving your vision—and independence—in three easy steps…

The common but little-known condition destroying your erections and killing your prostate…

A blueprint for better brainpower—and why the foods you eat can help your brain perform better than you could ever imagine.

This is knowledge vital to your future health and the health of your loved ones. Things you won’t hear on the news, or even at your doctor’s office. And readers notice. I have a stack of letters from subscribers, like this one from George Grisham in Meridian, Texas, who said:

“We have the misfortune of having multiple medical issues in our lives and I do not trust mainstream medicine enough for the right answers. With Independent Healing I have the options I need to find those answers. You have given me a wealth of knowledge to help take control of my health and those around me.”

Oh and I haven’t mentioned yet: If you ever decide Independent Healing is not for you, you can easily cancel your membership and keep your three free reports, and any others you get along the way. You don’t have to worry about risking a penny—you’ll get a full refund, no questions asked. That’s how we say thank you for trying us out. But I do think you’ll want to stick with Independent Healing. Because in this day and age, you need someone you can trust. A place you can turn to again and again for real, unbiased answers. As Janice Stanton from Ohio put it:

“I love your newsletter. I am my own ‘doctor’ and believe I can heal my body better than anyone if armed with the right information. I love how informative all the issues are. It is a breath of fresh air in a society that thinks toxic prescription concoctions are the way to fix an issue.”

And that’s the thing. Because we are outside the influence of the medical establishment, we are free to bring you the best treatments and the real facts. One reader in South Africa helped fight his cancer using Independent Healing. He wrote to us:

“Your topics to naturally fight cancer have helped me with my struggle against cancer. I am now five years cancer free. Independent Healing helped me to take my health into my own hands.”

If we can find real evidence that a natural remedy works, we bring its complete details to our members. And if we find evidence that it doesn’t work, we tell you that too. That’s why over 35,000 people already get Independent Healing delivered to their inbox each month. It’s the fastest delivery method there is, so we can get timely information in your hands right away.

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Autoimmunity and Homeostasis

A Revolutionary Revisioning: Natural Autoimmunity as the Master Conductor of Homeostasis GMI Posted on: Monday, October 15th 2018 Written By: GreenMedInfo Research Group

What if everything we thought we knew about autoantibodies, which are pathologically elevated in autoimmune diseases, was wrong? Rather than a biomarker of deranged immunoregulation, novel research is uncovering that antibodies directed against self are an essential physiological phenomena, mandatory for homeodynamics.

How Microbiology Distorted the Foundations of Immunology

Through the lens of applied microbiology, a discipline which informed the inception of immunology, the immune system has been fashioned as the armed forces, vigilant against hostile intrusion. In fact, that the founders of immunology were microbiologists such as Paul Ehrlich and Louis Pasteur enabled the persistence of a framework whereby the immune cells were conceived as sentinels or alerted border guards, on the offensive against microbial invasion. Thus, as articulated by Poletaev and colleagues in their recent review, “‘Microbiological’ thinking, namely its idea of war against aliens, has persisted in minds for decades due to the fact that generations of immunologists have been educated by microbiologists”

However, when imagined through the foundations of physiology and pathophysiology, a dramatically divergent view of the immune system emerges. In fact, over a century ago, Ilya Ilyich Metchnikoff incorporated Darwinian logic into a theory suggesting that the objective of the immune system is not war against non-self, but rather ““harmonization of self,” or even ontogenetic creation of multi-cellular organism” in the face of environmental and internal challenges

Therefore, rather than an instrument of war against foreign entities, the immune system represents the master orchestrator of self-regulatory mechanisms, designed to participate in growth, maintenance, repair, signaling, and optimization of physiology

The Flawed Self vs. Non-Self Model of Immune Function

According to classical immunology, the role of the immune system was to differentiate self from non-self, and to eliminate intruders that fell into the latter category. Clonal deletion and clonal anergy were considered failsafe mechanisms built into the immune system in order to neutralize auto-reactive (self-directed) T cells.

T lymphocytes (T cells), components of the adaptive, cell-mediated arm of the immune system that appear secondarily on the scene after non-specific innate defenses are deployed, mature in the thymus. They undergo functional inactivation (clonal anergy) or functional elimination (clonal deletion) if they are self-reactive—bearing receptors that recognize components of self (3). Immature thymocytes that efficaciously bind to elements of self called self-ligands are committed to apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death. On the other hand, those that are not self-reactive escape negative selection and become incorporated into the repertoire of mature T cells (4). This theory was previously conceptualized as a safeguard to protect against the development of autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematous (SLE).

However, the simplistic self versus non-self model has been proven flawed, as in fact “Autoreactive repertoires are predominantly selected early in ontogeny,” meaning that the survival of self-reactive cell subsets is ensured in normal developmental processes,

In addition, clonal deletion and anergy fail to account for how a pregnant mother can tolerate a semi-allogenic fetus, or how the body cannot only permit the existence of, but develop symbiotic relationships with, the billions of organisms in the microbial communities existing throughout the body.

Commensal flora and physiological pregnancy can be reconciled with newfound research by Matzinger, who proposed in her groundbreaking “danger hypothesis” that the immune system functions to identify and neutralize potentially dangerous threats, rather than indiscriminately targeting non-self entities (6). In other words, signals of stranger and danger in concert are what produce an immune response.

The Immune System: From the Body’s Militia to a Reservoir of Regulatory Mechanisms

In tandem with this revised view, researchers are consigning the immune system to the all-important role of supervising the morphogenesis, development, aging, self-harmonization, and self-assessment of the organism, as it is the only system that encompasses the “ontogenetic and event-driven variability” as well as the “mobility and all-embracing dispersal” necessary to coordinate the sequence, timing, and intensity of expression of genetic material

Under this model, the maligning of autoantibodies as exclusively agents of autoimmune disease and harbingers of doom no longer holds water. Instead, it paves the way for novel notions such as natural autoimmunity and physiological inflammation, both of which are integral to homeodynamics and health.

Although vilified in many circles, inflammation is responsible for the essential recruitment of leukocytes and plasma proteins to affected sites, for mobilizing an immune response to infection, for limiting damage by walling off infections, and for repair and resolution of injury

With regard to natural autoantibodies, on the other hand, “It is now well established that autoreactive antibodies and B cells, and auto-reactive T cells, are present in healthy individuals, and in virtually all vertebrate species” as well as in different age groups of healthy individuals, indicating that autoreactivities remain stable with aging

Both human and mouse models have elucidated that autoantibodies targeted to an array of evolutionary conserved circulating, superficial, and intracellular antigens is a natural phenomenon

A vast reservoir of self-reactive autoantibodies has been found in the cord blood of newborns, implying, paradoxically, that both the collections of neonatal autoreactive autoantibody-producing B cells and fetal IgM autoantibodies are evolutionary selected for during fetal development (5). In fact, during the first two years of human life, the diversity of autoreactive antibodies and immune cells expands

Natural autoantibodies regulate and modify processing of genetic information in disparate cell sets and oversee ontogeny, or the development of an organism across its lifespan (1). Encoded by unmutated germline genes, natural autoantibodies have been proven to comprise a dynamic network that modulates organismal homeodynamics

That the immune system supervises homeodynamics is a departure from the “classical homeostatic idea that emphasizes the stability of the internal milieu toward perturbation”

Homeodynamics, in contrast, represents the culmination of all the dynamic and complex behaviors that an organism engages in at bifurcation points to self-organize and restore stability, encompassing all its fluctuating properties such as “bistable switches, thresholds, waves, gradients, mutual entrainment, and periodic as well as chaotic behaviour” (13, p. 133).

Autoantibodies: A Physiological Immunacea

Autoantibodies are critical to regulatory interactions and homeodynamics because regulation revolves around cross-recognition by complementary molecules (1). Stated otherwise, natural autoimmunity is the ultimate regulatory device because autoantibodies can replicate the function of any complementary molecule, which Poletaev and colleagues (2012) call the principle of immune homunculus or Immunculus (1).

In this way, autoantibodies can reproduce or inhibit the biological function of any bioregulator, including pharmaceuticals and endogenous messenger systems mediated by neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, or other signaling molecules, serving as an on-demand means for the transmission of certain signals as well as turning on or off particular biological effects (1). Autoantibodies with these activities have been observed both in patient populations and in healthy individuals (14, 1).

Not only can a system of natural autoimmunity influence molecular events such as DNA replication and mRNA transcription, but autoantibodies also represent a means by which the immune system can modulate cellular differentiation, proliferation, and death (1). Autoantibodies, therefore, instead of merely constituting harbingers of autoimmune disease, represent an assemblage of immunological images that can signify the collective immunological experience of an individual (1). The potency of this immunological panacea, or Immunacea effect, may explain the efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy in a host of conditions (5).

Natural Autoimmunity as Nature’s Garbage Disposal

One of the instrumental housekeeping functions played by the immune system is clearance of virulent agents, immune complexes, and metabolic debris. For instance, macrophages, phagocytic “big eaters” of the immune system that swallow and dismantle defective or infected cells, express superficial scavenger receptors to recognize modified alien or self proteins, as well as Toll-like receptors to bind to evolutionary conserved microbial moieties (1).

Within this phagocytic enterprise, however, macrophages cannot differentiate normal from misfolded proteins, or aberrant from intact cells (1). As articulated by Poletaev and colleagues (2012), autoantibodies, or opsonins, attach themselves to these garbage products to alert macrophages about their defective state, acting in the same way scent marks do for blind dogs (1).

One of the primary sources of physiological garbage is apoptosis, or cell suicide, an orderly, energy-intensive collapse of the cell accompanied by predictable morphological alterations and engulfment of the lingering cell corpses by phagocytes such as macrophages (15). With any ongoing disease process, the rate of apoptosis accelerates, and generation of trash increases in tandem (1).

Necrosis, on the other hand, occurs secondary to cellular injury, and proceeds in an uncontrolled fashion, leading to cellular swelling, membrane fracture, recruitment of complement and cell lysis, which spills intracellular components and leads to inflammation. With increases in either apoptosis or necrosis, which are up-regulated during pathological processes, antigenic ‘splash’ occurs, meaning that cell components normally contained within the cell become visible and accessible to the immune system (1).

The production of autoantibodies is thus directly proportional to the quantity of complementary antigens. Therefore, under normal physiological conditions, autoantibody levels remain constant and within ‘normal range,’ as specified on lab reports. However, increased output of cellular ‘trash’, which accompanies pathophysiological changes in any organ, augments synthesis of autoantibodies as an adaptive mechanism to withdraw this potentially damage-inflicting discharge (1).

For instance, pre-existing pathology in thyroid tissue leads to excessive release of normally sequestered intracellular antigenic material, such as thyroglobulin (TG) and thyroid peroxidase (TPO) (1). With continued inflammatory processes and death of thyrocytes, TG and TPO continue to be liberated, leading to the escalating levels of autoantibodies directed against these proteins that occurs with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (1).

Therefore, the increase in autoantibodies that occurs with autoimmune diseases is a compensatory mechanism, attempting to rectify the excessive emission of garbage material that occurs with pre-existing tissue or organ damage. A fundamental implication of this paradigm-shifting concept is that autoimmune disease, rather than solely an immune system gone haywire, is an adaptive, secondary response to pre-existing tissue or organ damage.

Anti-Pathogen, Anti-Inflammatory, and Anti-Cancer Effects of Natural Autoantibodies

Not only do natural autoantibodies clear metabolic waste, catabolic byproducts, senescent erythrocytes, and soluble immune complexes, but they also function in the innate first line of defense against infection by serving as opsonins for pathogens with which they cross react (5; 16). Opsonins coat microorganisms to facilitate their subsequent clearance by white blood cells.

As noted by Lacroix-Desmazes and colleagues (1998), natural autoantibodies even possess anti-inflammatory effects (5). For example, IgG and IgM autoantibodies can prevent the complement cascade that forms a membrane attack complex (17, 18). Complement is a network of proteins whose inappropriate activation mediates cell lysis and tissue damage in diseases such as asthma and SLE (27). Autoantibodies are similarly anti-inflammatory due to their selective ability to induce synthesis of anti-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1ra and IL-8, while suppressing production of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-6 (5, 19).

By binding to cross-reactive microbial epitopes, natural autoantibodies may even prevent the development of autoimmune disease (20). For instance, in the early twentieth century, Besredka found autoantibodies that could disarm the hemolytic effects of anti-erythrocyte autoantibodies (5). Lacroix-Desmazes and colleagues (1998) also catalogue how remission from various autoimmune diseases, including Guillain–Barré syndrome, anti-fibrinogen autoimmune disease, anti-FVIII autoimmune disease, myasthenia gravis, and systemic vasculitis is “associated with the presence in autologous serum of ‘protective' anti-idiotypic antibodies that neutralize the activity of pathogenic autoantibodies of the patients” (20). Thus, natural autoantibodies exhibit peripheral control of pathological autoimmunity.

Lastly, natural autoantibodies may also participate in tumor surveillance and cancer inhibition, by attaching to cell surface antigens on malignant cells in order to modulate growth of neoplasms (21, 22, 23).

Differentiating Natural from Pathological Autoimmunity

Autoantibodies of the pathologic type tend to demonstrate high binding affinity for self antigens and are oligoreactive, whereas most natural autoantibodies are polyreactive, recognizing multiple self and foreign antigens, and exhibit a range of binding affinities (5; 24). Natural autoantibodies, which belong predominately to the IgG class of immunoglobulins, likewise exhibit a high degree of connectivity, or the ability of the variable (V) region of one antibody to interact with the V region of another (24).

However, natural autoantibodies do target some of the same antigens that pathogenic autoantibodies react with in autoimmune disease, such as thyroglobulin (TG), factor VIII (FVIII), intrinsic factor, and the glomerular basement membrane (5).

Revisioning Autoimmunity: From Pathological to Protective

With publications by Jerne (1974), it became accepted that self-directed autoantibodies are a compulsory normal part of the immune system that can exist without autoimmune disease (25). In fact, the ability of the immune system to discriminate non-self is theorized to have been acquired later in evolutionary history, “due to the redeployment of a system invented for other reasons" (26, p. 396).

Thus, the original purpose of the immune system was self-monitoring, which is accomplished in part via autoantibody production. Reinforcement for this hypothesis comes from the molecular homology, or structural similarity, in immunoglobulin domains between cell adhesion molecules and antibodies, which supports the notion that natural antibodies evolved as a mechanism by which to survey and recognize self (26).

In their pivotal paper, Poletaev and colleagues (2012) argue that the vast majority of cases of autoimmunity are sanogenic, or beneficial, signifying abnormal stimulation of cell death events in a tissue or organ due to some primary damage (1). According to their research, which is consistent with functional medicine principles, elevation of autoantibody titers is the earliest sign of incipient disease, which may develop in preliminary phases of chronic pathology before any overt symptomatic manifestations or laboratory parameters of disease or organ insufficiency appear (1). Thus, measuring autoantibodies represents a potential population-level screening tool for detecting pre-nosologic changes in organs and tissues that may predict disease (1).

Poletaev et al. (2012) propose that the nomenclature “autoallergy” is better suited to describing primary autoimmune reactions, which are poorly regulated, misdirected, or not warranted or conditioned by the needs of an organism (1). They make this didactic distinction on the basis that the vast majority of cases of autoantibody production are “autoimmune” in origin, related to natural or physiological autoimmunity, and based on the need to enhance clearance of apoptotic debris (1). Compared to secondary autoimmune reactions, which they observe in 95% of cases, Poletaev and colleagues (2012) clarify that autoallergy occurs in only 5% of cases (1).

This linguistic shift reinforces the notion advanced by holistic and traditional medical systems, that all seemingly pathological changes are governed by the body’s innate wisdom and represent attempts to restore homeostasis. Just as a fever or a cough are adaptive mechanisms intended to expel invading pathogens, autoimmunity may be symptomatic of the body’s efforts to restore physiological homeodynamics and normalize abnormal rates of apoptosis induced by organ damage.

Therefore, rather than an immune system gone rogue, autoimmunity is often the body’s attempt to rectify imbalances in the rate of clearance of potentially damaging waste products and to correct other deviations in the biochemical milieu. Rather than a proxy for loss of self-tolerance, then, autoantibodies may represent an expression of the body’s inherent self-healing capacity—an attempt to restore homeodynamics and heal itself from pre-existing disease.


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