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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Dip in The Dead Sea May Help Diabetics


Floating in the Dead Sea for just 20 minutes may help diabetics lower blood sugar levels, according to a study by Israeli researchers highlighted in Haaretz on Tuesday.

The research was carried out by scientists from Ben Gurion University and Soroka Medical Centre in Beersheva, both in Israel's Negev desert, the paper said.


In the experiment, 14 people with Type 2 diabetes, aged 18 to 65, showed a significant drop in blood glucose levels after sitting for 20 minutes in a pool of Dead Sea water.


Glucose levels dropped on average from 163 to 151 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dl) -- 13.5 percent -- immediately afterwards, according to the report.


Blood sugar dropped even further to 141.3 mg/dl after an hour's dip in the water.

The bathing experience did not appear to have any negative effect on other blood values such as levels of insulin, cortisone hormones or c-peptide, the researchers said.


A control group of six healthy individuals did not register any changes in blood sugar levels.

Professor Shaul Sukenik, who led the research at Ben Gurion, described the results as "promising."

"In the event that the findings are confirmed in further studies, a drop in blood glucose levels will allow diabetics who bathe in the Dead Sea to use less medication," he told the newspaper.


"We cannot determine this on the basis of the current study, but the findings do suggest this," he said.


The research team is now trying to raise funds to broaden the research to examine the effect of a daily dip in the Dead Sea across a three-week period, the paper said.


The findings will be published in this month's edition of the Israel Medical Association?s journal, HaRefua.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flood Your Body with Oxygen

 by: Paul Fassa


The most overlooked solution to all manner of illness and disease is perhaps the simplest. All pathogens, viruses, and parasites are anaerobic. They thrive in the absence of oxygen, but cannot survive with an abundance of oxygen. Even cancer cells cannot exist in oxygen. They depend on fermenting glucose to survive and multiply.

The most common and effective therapy for oxygenating is ozone therapy, which was practiced in the USA from the late 19th Century through the 1940s. But since the 1940s the FDA has come down hard on ozone therapy in the USA, while much of Europe, Russia, Cuba, and Mexico use ozone therapy now and continue to prove its efficacy without side effects.

Ozone Therapy

So if oxygenating is so great, then why aren't emphysema patients able to walk out of their wheelchairs? The O2 oxygen supplied by those canisters helps people breathe, but doesn't create the process of internally manufacturing detoxifying enzymes. The O3 ozone has an unstable atom that breaks away as O1, which penetrates tissue and serum cells more rapidly than O2, initiates unique metabolic processes. Both healing and detoxification occur rapidly as a result.

Ozone therapy is currently used successfully in Germany, Spain, Russia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba and other nations. The results are astounding, and there are no adverse effects. Ozone is normally administered as a liquid by IV or injection and simultaneously as a gas though a tube placed in the anus. Because of potential Herxheimer reactions ("healing crisis" from toxins released) that can discourage one from continuing, full percentage dosages are not administered until the fourth session.

Then the next four sessions are for healing at full strength. A clinical evaluation is made after each series of four sessions, each of which takes no more than a half hour. The results are often dramatic. Most chronic diseases and cancers are cured completely in less time than most other alternative treatments take.

Ozone therapy is often used simply to improve health by intense detoxification, even for those who are not suffering from a particular disease. Of course, doctors were not taught this in medical schools. Those health practitioners who are interested have to receive special training at specialized facilities.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is often effective by placing the patient in a highly pressurized chamber of pure oxygen. This more expensive method requires specially trained personnel as well as special bulky equipment.

Oxygenating at Home

Non IV use ozone generators for home use are available for ozonating water and purifying air, even for absorbing ozone anally or vaginally. But the manufacturers of these devices are often harassed or shut down by the FDA.

Food grade H2O2 or hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with water and consumed as a method of oxygenating serum and tissue cells. Food grade means it's pure and without stabilizers, making it safe for consumption if properly diluted. The over the counter is H2O2 3.5% non-food grade. The 35% food grade H2O2 has to be properly diluted.

But handling 35% hydrogen peroxide is dangerous since it is so caustic if not properly diluted. It can burn. So now there are lower percentage and safer food grade hydrogen peroxides available, as low as 12%.

Since "Mr. Oxygen" McCabe's book Flood Your Body With Oxygenas well as his videos, audios, and live lecture tours, several "designer supplements" that create oxygen in the body have emerged for health conscious consumers. They are usually mixed in water and consumed without the hassle of ordering food grade H2O2 and diluting it properly for consumption.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

8 Ways To Live A Longer And Healthier Life

With so many new things to do, so many people to see and dreams to chase, wouldn’t it be great to live a little longer? To have a little more time and squeeze out everything you can from life to achieve so much more. Researchers believe that the human body is made to live beyond todays life expectancy figures in any country. However it is the impurities and toxicity of daily life, hygiene and importantly diet that reduce and make the body fight harder than it should.

There are parts of the world like Japan where men and women enjoy very long and healthy lives whereas other parts of the world are plagued with certain prevalent conditions and shortened life expectancies. There are a few factors and good habits however that we can introduce into our lives, and these will have a positive impact on the length and quality of life we live.

So here are a few tips to living a longer and healthier life:

1. Sleep - I’ll put this first even though there isn’t a real order to these, but getting the right amount of sleep is so vital to our overall health. Scientists believe now that getting too much sleep can be dangerous in the long run, they advise we get around 8 hours and preferably not more than this. Some people manage to sleep 4-5 hours and feel fine but can be setting their bodies up for a fall later in life. So get out the lavender, have some warm milk and start looking after the way and amount you sleep.

2. Exercise
- Another massive factor in deciding what state our body will be in further down the timeline. Scientists recommened at least 25-30 minutes of good aerobic activity at least 3 times a week to keep our bodies in good overall health. Jogging and swimming are 2 of the best aerobic excercises we can do, swimming especially utlilizes the whole body. Your body will look after you if you keep it on its toes. Regular excercise can also help prevent premature death and cardio-vascular diseases.

3. Smoking - Smoking is a complete no no if you want to get the most out of your body now and in the future. The toxic chemicals inhaled into the lungs while smoking cause diseases such as lung cancer and throat cancer to name a few. They drastically reduce the lung capacity of even young people in a short amount of time. The good news is, if you are a smoker, you can stop, it’s not easy but you’ll know it was the best thing you’ve done for yourself once you do it. The sooner you stop, the sooner your body can begin the process of returning to a state similar to before you began.

4. Alcohol - Drinking alcohol within limits can be a healthy habit also, wine is believed to be beneficial to the body when taken in moderation. However with most things in life, consumption in excess generally leads to negative effects on the human body. Excess drinking leads to liver damage or even cancer. Try to watch the units you drink and pace yourself according to your size. Excessive drinking also ages the human face faster over time through the de-hydration it causes. Enjoy it, but just keep an eye on your weekly amounts.

5. Our Weight - People come in all different shapes and sizes, people may long underweight or over weight but the truth is people are just built differently. Being over-weight is known as a contributing factor to conditions such as heart disease, colon cancer and even breast cancer. I won’t give you figures but the point here is to look after your weight. Take time to visit a dietician, have your body fat levels measured and ascertain your optimal weight. Watch what you eat and get plenty of excercise. These little changes can add years to how you feel, and fill you with renewed energies and vigour.

6. Positive Attitude - Life is unpredictable and we can’t be over-joyed all the time. However we can learn to incorporate a positive attitude into our daily lives and change the way we look at things. Turning negatives into positives and trying to find the good in people is a start. Being happy and positive on the inside creates a good balance within us which in turn leads to good overall health in body and mind. So try and banish that pessimism and look for the positives!

7. Learn Learn Learn -
Learning new things sparks our minds into gear, gets those neurons firing and keeps our mind fresh and youthful. Sometimes we get used to life and routine that our brains don’t need to work so hard so it loses a little power. Giving your brain food for though with puzzles, brain teasers, new subjects to learn, instruments, projects… can really preserve your mental capacity well into old age.

8. Our Diet - This is a massively vital part of a live longer regime that should be giving plenty of attention. I placed it low down so even if you only remember a few from this list, hopefully this will be one. A good diet can prevent illnesses forming in your body, even if you are suffering from an illness, a good diet can help your body battle it. A healthy diet will help to control you levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. So briefly, a good diet consists of:

* Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables - Scientists believe 5 a day is a good start, but why stop there? Try and hit 7-8 a     day for maximum health benefits. These help lower the risk of many diseases, make you feel and even look great.

* Oily Fish - 2 to 3 portions of oily fish a week will give your body essential omega oils and offers protection against
heart disease also.

* Reduce Your Salt - A reduction in your salt intake will help to lower and keep in check your blood pressure.
Reduce it little by little and learn to enjoy the real tastes of the foods you eat.

* Fatty foods - Foods that contain saturated fat can lead to higher levels of cholesterol which in turn can lead to
heart disease. Try to cut out saturated fats and replace them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

To conclude, I’d say there are many more additions out there waiting to go onto this list, try to discover what they are. Research into what people eat in the countries where life expectancy is greatest, what are their family and social circles like?

Think about what other changes you can introduce in your life, or which habits to remove and leave behind. Each person is different and genes also play a big role in the way our bodies will treat us. However we can consciously make the decision to play a bigger role in our own life expectancy. You’ll love the health benefits and feel years younger in no time at all, they won’t be able to keep you of the tennis court!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Top five ingredients to avoid in deodorant

by: Danna Norek


(NaturalNews) Deodorant is an essential toiletry that most Americans have in their medicine cabinet today. Many are still unaware of the hidden dangers in the active ingredients of modern day deodorant. They continue to use these potentially hazardous chemicals on their underarms as a way of reducing perspiration and odor.

The primary ingredient used in most antiperspirants is aluminum. Aluminum is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Several studies have shown a link between increasing antiperspirant use and rising rates of female breast cancer and prostate cancer in men. However, the FDA has not committed to classifying it as a carcinogen. Their position remains one of "wait and see" as more definitive studies are released.

Parabens are a family of synthetic preservatives that are often found in deodorants as well. In fact, parabens are contained in an alarming amount of our body care products. A random sampling of 100 human urine specimens performed by the CDC showed that all 100 contained parabens. This demonstrates the high absorption rate of chemicals we place on our skin.

The largest concern is that the absorption of these chemicals will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.

Propylene glycol is another common ingredient that is used in antiperspirants and deodorants. This is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products due to its slick consistency. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more easily applicable to the skin.

The argument that propylene glycol is safe in small amounts has been questioned by consumer safety advocates. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart.

This chemical is even found in many of the processed foods we eat today. Logical thought follows that decreasing our exposure to propylene glycol is the prudent thing to do. It is for this reason that using skin care products that are propylene glycol free is becoming popular in health conscious circles.

Phthalates are another class of chemicals that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to avoid. Phthalates are used in cosmetics, synthetic fragrances, plastics, body care products and medical goods. They help to dissolve other ingredients and to create a better consistency.

The problem with phthalates is that they have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.

Triclosan is another common ingredient included in commercial deodorants. It is utilized as the odor killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties. It is also commonly used in antibacterial soaps, hand wipes and gels.

Triclosan is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA. It is also classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. This classification has prompted some companies to remove it from their products. However, it still can be found as an ingredient in some formulas.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Healthy Herb To Relieve Stress - Kava Kava

Article by Stephen Chaleff


Kava Kava, has become one of the most popular herbs in recent years.

The Kava plant has a large root and is related to the pepper family of shrubbery. Largely found in the South Pacific, it has evolved from over 3,000 years of human cultivation.

Due to Kava Kava’s recent popularity, the herb is becoming a victim of supply and demand, with the supply decreasing and the demand increasing. Kava takes up to five years to cultivate, which makes it difficult for suppliers and growers to keep up with the public’s desire for the herb.

Kava Kava was used by the Germans in the 1890s for pharmaceuticals relating to blood pressure; before then, it was utilized by the Polynesians. The natives used a brew from the root and leaves said to be as cherished as wine was with the Europeans. Kava has been used to treat anxiety/nervous disorders, migraines, and bladder problems.

Today, we use and know Kava as a non-addictive way to sooth nerves and relax. In small, recommended doses, no side effects have been found for Kava. However, large dosages of Kava can have a sedative effect, which means that one should avoid alcohol, driving, and operating heavy machinery when taking heavy amounts.

The “kava” lactones, which are the plant chemicals that produce the desired effects, have been studied in the use of relaxing stiff muscles by blocking signals in the user’s nerves.

A 1993 double-blind case study conducted by scientist H.J. Heinze compared the effects of Kava versus the effects of . The sedating effects found with the users were not found with the Kava users; they were able to perform tasks users are told to avoid.

A 1996 German study revealed that doses of one hundred milligrams, taken up to three times a day, relieved anxiety in a group of 58 people. Scientists at Jena University in Germany gave 101 study participants either Kava or a placebo for 25 weeks. The individuals who took Kava became less anxious than the placebo users. The researchers and scientists concluded that doctors should consider Kava when treating patients with anxiety disorders.

Kava comes prepared as caplets, capsules, tablets, tinctures, teas, and dry bulk. The “Pill” type available is mostly standardized, so you should read labels and check the manufacturer. If it doesn’t say “standardized” on the label or list Kava as the first (and preferably only) ingredient, try another brand. Remember, follow doses listed on the label, and if you are unsure of something, ask the nutritionist or herbalist in your health store.

Kava’s reputation is growing for a variety of reasons. It has been said that Kava produces a hallucinogenic effect or, that it mimics some illegal drugs. That is not the case. It should be sought out only for its intended use: the soothing of nerves.

Don’t take Kava if you are pregnant, lactating, or in a depressive state. Depression is different from anxiety, and Kava does not have positive results on the depressed individual.

Kava may help sooth your nerves and the daily pressures associated with anxiety. Since anxiety is such a prevalent disorder, the prospect of treating it in a non-addictive way has people beating a path to their local health food stores. Try and get in line early, folks, because when demand is greater than supply, shelves become empty and prices go up — and spending a lot of money will only make you more anxious.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Diet alone helps lower bad cholesterol: study


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A diet based around plants, nuts and high-fiber grains lowered "bad" cholesterol more than a low-saturated-fat diet that was also vegetarian, researchers reported on Tuesday.

And the drop in low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, was big enough that dietary changes could be an alternative to statin medications for many people, they said.


"There's no question that statins have made a major difference in terms of cardiovascular disease control," said study author Dr. David Jenkins, from the University of Toronto. But at least for now, he added, "we can only get so far with statins."

One in four adults age 45 and older in the U.S. takes the cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Jenkins and his colleagues wanted to see how big an effect a diet based on the pillars of lower cholesterol could have on LDL numbers without statins.


They randomly split 351 Canadians with high cholesterol into three groups. One group got nutrition counseling promoting a low-saturated-fat diet for six months.


In the other two groups, dietitians helped participants fit more cholesterol-lowering foods, including soy milk, tofu, nuts, oats, peas and beans, into a healthy diet -- meeting with some of them twice during the study, and with others seven times. All the diets were vegetarian.


After six months, people on the low-saturated-fat diet saw a drop in LDL cholesterol of 8 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), on average, according to findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


That compared to 24 mg/dL and 26 mg/dL decreases in participants on the cholesterol-lowering diets. (The average starting LDL was about 170 mg/dL. A number 160 mg/dL and above is considered high.)


That drop is "really a lot," said Dr. Yunsheng Ma, a nutrition and heart disease researcher from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, who was not involved in the new study.

Volunteers in the cholesterol-lowering group were encouraged to consume about a gram of plant sterols in an enriched margarine per 1,000 calories of food they ate, as well as about 10 grams of fiber in the form of oats, barley and psyllium, 22.5 grams of soy protein and 22.5 grams of nuts, per 1,000 calories.


"A lot of people rely on the medication, but diet is really powerful actually," he told Reuters Health. "People ignore that. They think if they're on statins, they can do anything they want, they can eat the high-fat foods because the statins are going to take care of that."


One in five of the participants dropped out before the full six months, and even those that didn't had a hard time sticking closely to the diet plans -- but many still saw cholesterol benefits.


The researchers had everyone in the study who was taking statins go off the medication for the diet intervention. Jenkins said the question of how diet and statins could lower LDL in tandem is for future research.


But for those who like the idea of changing their diet instead of going on medications, this is a reasonable option, he said. Others who aren't interested in adjusting their eating habits might be better suited to sticking with statins, Jenkins added.


"If you want to sit on the couch with the six pack and the wings and watch other people exercise and you're quite determined not to do anything other than that, then we've got a medication for you," he said.


Jenkins said that doctors should encourage their patients with high cholesterol to try diet changes, if they're interested. A couple of visits to a nutritionist might be enough for motivated patients to make the switch to a plant-based, higher-fiber diet, he added.


"The diet only is enough for the majority of the people that have a not-so-good lifestyle," Sabate, who was not involved in the new research, told Reuters Health. "By changing the diet and their lifestyle they can establish good control of their cholesterol."


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Monday, August 22, 2011

How to curb junk food cravings naturally

by: Anthony Gucciardi


(NaturalNews) Binge eating of sugary or fatty junk foods brought on by periods of emotional stress or otherwise may be remedied by consuming saturated fat, finds new research. The reason that many are drawn to junk foods in the first place is a nutritional deficiency. Cravings for chocolate may indicate a magnesium deficiency, for example. Similarly, your body may desire saturated fat during your craving for junk food.

The study is one of the first to show that when it comes to food affecting your emotions, taste isn`t everything. Instead, it is "even more rooted in our biology," says Giovanni Cizza, M.D., an obesity and neuroendocrinology researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, in Bethesda, Maryland, who was not involved in the research. In fact, saturated fat may affect the brain by triggering the release of hormones. The connection between the brain and the gut has been well established in the past, with studies indicating that gut health may actually be directly linked to mental health and stability. Poor gut health has been found to be a major factor in the development of depression and even bipolar disorder.

Published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, they studied 12 volunteers, who were considered healthy and of normal weight. Researchers infused one of two "meal" options into the stomachs of the volunteers: a solution of saturated fatty acids or a saline control solution. After giving the volunteers their meals, researchers played sad classical music and showed them images of faces with sad expressions -- two techniques that have been proven to be effective in inducing sadness in the past. Afterwards, mood surveys indicated that volunteers, who had ingested the saturated fatty acid solution, found the sad music to be far less depressing than those, who were given the saline control solution.

MRI scans taken during the study confirmed the findings; participants, who had consumed the fatty solution, exhibited less activity in parts of the brain that are involved in sadness. The researchers were excited to find that saturated fats helped to curb negative emotions, and the real world implications were quite hopeful as well. Those struggling with straining emotional times, who are often driven to consume health-damaging junk foods, can help ward off these cravings through extra consumption of saturated fat.

Great sources of saturated fat include: coconut oil, organic raw certified butter, , dark chocolate (70% or more cacao content), salmon and other deep water fish, raw nuts and organic eggs.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Love Yourself to Health

Love Yourself To Health


Having high self-esteem doesn't just feel good, it has physical benefits too. It seems that thinking well of ourselves may protect both the heart and immune system.

High self-esteem makes us feel safer when faced with threats, which in modern western society tend to be related to social status rather than physical danger.

So psychologist Andy Martens from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and his colleagues wondered if this protective effect might go further, and dampen our physiological responses as well.

To find out, they carried out a series of experiments involving a total of 184 participants. In one study, participants were given false feedback about their intelligence or personality that was designed to raise or lower their self-esteem. In another, they were asked to rate their natural self-esteem levels each day for two weeks. The team analysed the activity of the participants' cardiac vagal tone – a measure of how strongly the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) influences the heart.

Fight or flight


The PNS acts to slow and calm the heart, in opposition to the "fight or flight" state governed by the sympathetic nervous system. The PNS dampens stress and inflammation, and if underactive can lead to cardiovascular problems and autoimmune disease.

In each experiment, higher self-esteem correlated with higher vagal tone. The effect was relatively small, but Martens and his colleagues say this is the first study to show how a change in self-esteem can lead to an immediate change in physiology, and is an important step towards "filling the gap" between self-esteem and health.

Martens suggests that the most reliable way for someone to boost their self-esteem is to surround themselves with supportive friends or family – people who provide convincing positive feedback – rather than, say, trying to think positively.

"Low self-esteem means more than just feeling bad," he says. "It also means the body isn't functioning in a very healthy way, and this could have serious health implications down the road."

How we feel about ourselves, whether we respect ourselves, determines the quality of our life, our capacity to succeed in healing.

In truth, if we do not like ourselves, we will be incapable of making healthy decisions. Instead, we will direct all of our personal power for decision-making into the hands of someone else: someone whom we want to impress, or someone before whom we think we must weaken ourselves to gain physical security.

It’s often likely that we will hand over our decision-making ability to the medical community, our doctor who “knows best”, or family member who speaks with conviction about what we should do.

Belief in oneself is required for healing. (Yes, yes, yes!!)

Before I realized the significance of self-esteem for developing intuitive skills, I would have stated that faith is  the most important factor in healing. I now equate faith with self-esteem and personal power, because low self-esteen reflects back one’s lack of faith in oneself as well as in the powers of the unseen world.

An empowered sense of self can also develop in stages, over the course of our lives, in a series of mini-initiations. Every time we advance in self-esteem, even in a small measure, we have to change something about our external dynamics. This is where food, lifestyle, and healthy living choices can be positively influenced! We have the choice and the ripple effect takes over.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Healing Crisis: What is it really?

I am posting this blog about healing crisis for my clients. When I put them on a detailed detox or body cleanse program most experience a “Healing Crisis”. This blog will enlighten them of what a healing crisis is all about so that they don’t panic.

Introduction to A Healing Crisis
An increasing number of people today are trying alternative healing methods to cleanse and detoxify their bodies. Simple methods such as switching to a natural food diet, juicing to increase nutrition, or fasting are used to cleanse the body of stored toxins in the hopes of naturally addressing long-standing symptoms such as chronic headaches, adult acne, allergies or arthritis. More intensive methods may be used to perform cleansing of the body’s elimination organs: colon, kidney and liver. However, many people trying these and other alternative health cleansing methods discontinue them when they experience new symptoms of ill health. Generally, these new symptoms are in actuality not a new disease or malady affecting the body, but rather a healing crisis.

Healing Crisis Defined
A healing crisis is when symptoms from diseases and toxins that are released during a detoxification process manifest themselves. Also known as "Herxheimer Reaction", a healing crisis occurs when toxins stored in the body are released at a faster rate than can be properly eliminated. The more toxic one's body is, the more severe the detoxification and the more intense the reaction.

A healing crisis is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during a cleansing or detoxification process. Such symptoms may be mild or severe, depending on the body’s original toxicity, but are definitely temporary. They can occur immediately, within several days, or even several weeks of a cleansing program.

Reverse Order
What is not immediately intuitive is that symptoms are experienced in the reverse order of when the body was originally exposed to their cause. This simple explanation may help demonstrate the reason.

Assume that every year you painted your walls a different color. As time went on, you layered color upon color. Finally after 30 years, you found that the newest paint was not sticking properly because layers of paint underneath were cracking and coming off. So you decided to strip all of the paint off the walls and give it a fresh coat of paint. As you started stripping off paint, you saw earlier layers. In the process of cleaning and stripping the walls, you got glimpses of what your walls were like and what they went through in prior years.

Believe it or not, human bodies work in a similar fashion. As bodies store fat, the chemistry of the fat reflects the internal body conditions at the time the fat was stored. Each year, a residue of the viruses, bacteria and toxins you were exposed to were stored in fatty deposits.

Similar to the paint stripping analogy, as a body is cleansed, stored toxins, bacteria, and viruses are released. As they are released, symptoms experienced with the particular malady or event associated with the toxin are re-experienced – albeit in a milder form.

Possible Symptoms
A healing crisis can have a variety of possible symptoms, depending on what the body underwent during the initial toxic encounter. Symptoms can include:

  • muscle cramps or pain

  • arthritic flair ups

  • diarrhea

  • extreme fatigue

  • restlessness

  • headaches

  • insomnia

  • sinus congestion

  • fever

  • skin eruptions

  • strong emotions or mood swings


Suggested Treatment
During a healing crisis, it is important that the cleansing program be continued. Continued cleansing will help the body rid itself of released toxins and diseases forever. Following these simple steps may help to relieve some of the symptoms of the healing crisis.

  • Drinking plenty of fresh water helps the body eliminate released toxins.

  • Increasing fiber intake and taking supplements to cleanse the colon and kidneys will also help to accelerate the elimination of toxins.

  • If fatigued, give the body rest

  • Meditation can help to manage symptoms such as strong emotions and mood swings


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Red meat boosts diabetes risk: US study




Two slices of bacon, a hot dog or a serving of deli meat daily has been found to significantly boost the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, said a major US study published on Wednesday.

The research by experts at the Harvard School of Public Health represents the largest study of its kind to date and appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Eating 50 grams of processed red meat every day increased a person's diabetes risk by 51 percent, while eating 100 grams of unprocessed red meat each day, about the size of a deck of cards, boosted the risk by 19 percent.

However, those risks went down if the red meat was substituted with nuts, white meat, low-fat dairy or whole grain proteins.


"Clearly, the results from this study have huge public health implications given the rising type 2 diabetes epidemic and increasing consumption of red meats worldwide," said senior author Frank Hu.


"The good news is that such troubling risk factors can be offset by swapping red meat for a healthier protein."


The data for the study came from questionnaire responses from more than 204,000 people in US nurses and health professionals' studies. The subjects were tracked for between 14 and 28 years.


Researchers also updated a meta-analysis that included their data with other studies covering more than 442,000 participants.


Diabetes affects nearly 350 million adults worldwide, and more than 11 percent of adults over age 20 -- or 25.6 million people -- in the United States have the disease, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Type 2 diabetes, a chronic disease that involves high levels of blood sugar, is often caused by obesity, lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Health Benefits of African Black Soap




By Nicole Gordon


Black soap, or African Black Soap, has been used for generations as a natural remedy for acne, eczema, body odor, and to alleviate oily skin. Its many uses include using it as a body soap for cleansing or lathering and using it as a shampoo--all with the main goal of using a natural product to keep skin looking its best.

History







  • Natural black soap originated in West Africa. Alata Samina, as it is called locally, is typically a combination of the cocoa pod (husk), plantain skins, coconut oil, palm oil and essential oils. Used for generations, black soap and its benefits have been a staple for the relief of skin blemishes and everyday hygiene. Although its roots are in Africa, black soap is now sold across the world and on the Internet, used by people of all backgrounds.




Identification







  • Natural Black Soap is a brownish/black color and soft to the touch. Because it's natural and unscented, it has more of an earthy scent, which is also beneficial for skin types that are irritated by fragrance. According to http://www.info-ghana.com/black_soap.html, it's the only soap in the world that does not require lye but lathers more than any other soap without the cancer-causing laurel sulphate.




Uses







  • This multipurpose, all-natural soap is used for issues ranging from rashes to dandruff. Although it's most commonly used to keep skin blemish-free, other uses include as a shampoo, body soap and face wash.




Benefits







  • Natural black soap works for all skin types, from rough to sensitive, and is said to keep skin smooth and hydrated--but without increasing oily skin for those prone to it. It helps work against premature signs of aging and wrinkles, alleviates bumps and spots, is great for removing makeup, and is good for deep cleaning without drying out or irritating skin.




Warning







  • Black soap should never be all black in color. If you come across a product on the market that claims to be "natural" black soap and it's not brown in color, it's dyed and therefore doesn't have the same benefits as natural black soap. Additionally, the fake black soap is hard in texture, whereas natural black soap is soft. The fake soap doesn't contain all of the natural ingredients and can stain clothes.






Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter


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Monday, August 15, 2011

The healing power of touch

posted by Nazia Mallick


Touch is the first sensation we feel when we come into this world. A child’s mental, emotional and physical well-being initially depends a lot on a tender touch. Doctors insist on a newborn baby being placed immediately on the mother’s bosom to feel her heartbeat and to experience the gentle touch of her arms around the body. This helps the child gain a profound sense of security and it later helps in developing their self-esteem, as an adult.

Touch is a very important sensation for human beings to gain a sense of healthy emotional responses later in life. Every child learns the sensation of love and tenderness first with his mother’s touch. Even plants and animals respond to touch. They grow well, feel nurtured and cared for when they are touched. We bring animals into our homes and call them pet. The word pet is all about petting, touching, indulging and caring.

Touch is the nourishment for our soul. Touch releases the endorphins in the brain and essentially helps us feel good.

Ever wondered how a quiet touch conveys a lot to a grieving person than many words of solace? Personally speaking, I feel absolutely at loss with words when I come across a grieving person. I feel that how could words, no matter how right they are, calm the heart torn asunder with grief? However, I have found on few occasions that just placing a quiet hand on the shoulder or gently caressing the hand of a person broken down with emotional pain, calm the sobs to a great extent. It sends across the silent message that you care and empathize with them in their pain. I have experienced that they almost always become quiet in their wailings and give in to a more healthy response of shedding quiet tears. And Psychologists say that to give yourself the permission to cry heartily is to bless your body with the benediction of healing. When a person is frozen with grief and shock, a touch brings on the healing response. They begin to cry, and it lifts them off the dry rocks of their sudden distress.

Touch calms anger, grief and aggression. It brings on healthy tears, stops unchecked and hysterical tears and helps a person gain a balanced perspective on many difficult situations. No words are required when touch is used to convey messages of compassion.

It is observed that more often than not those who are acting hysterical respond to a quiet touch. Though, generally speaking, we as people stay away from such a person. Feeling that they might react violently, but unless a person is medically declared a psychotic, most aggression changes into quietness with a gentle touch.

We all are inherently programmed to receive and give touch to each other. Without touch, relationships fail to blossom, not just among lovers, but between parent and child too. We all know how a crying child responds instantaneously to the touch of his mother and become quiet immediately. How we are told to hug our children to help them grow into emotionally healthy and caring persons in life. Most failing marriages lack the right touches and need a right touch to set it right!

Often when Psychoanalysts talk about troubled childhood and children having grown up with baggage that are at times too hard a burden to carry for their inner world, it is about the lack of proper nurturing and touching as children. Often neglected by a distant father and unloving mother the boys grow up without love and affection for a woman and are unable to commit fully to other relationships in their lives later.

Without getting into the convoluted discussion of troubled childhood and its impact on an adult, lets just sum it up and say that it is the lack of touch, hug and caress in the childhood that creates an intense sense of separateness in a child and they grow up feeling a deeply disturbing loneliness almost all through their lives.

Mother Teresa discovered the power of touch when she said that more than hunger, poverty and physical suffering it is the lack of love, which make people die everyday. She used to touch the lepers and bathe their wounds with her own hands.

It is hard to be Mother Teresa as she was a noble soul, but we could all realize the power of touch and just give it out freely to our fellow human beings only to share with all humanity the feelings of brotherhood and equality.

Let’s, begin from home. Let’s just reach out and hug our child or our parent today, and watch that sunny beam spread on their faces, to warm the cockles of our own heart. Go touch.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Female Libido - How To Increase It Naturally

How Women Can Increase Their LibidoBy Sacha Tarkovsky


Some natural herbal aphrodisiacs can be potent in terms of increasing female libido The natural herbs listed below can increase the pleasure of sex naturally and work on the physiological state of the body making it more active and energized making sex a more enjoyable experience. The most popular natural herbs for increasing female libido and desire are listed below:

Gingko

Gingko for sexual function was first investigated after an older man who decided to take ginkgo to improve his memory. His sexual function improved so dramatically that it caught the attention of researchers. Subsequent investigation found that it also has a positive effect on female libido.


A test using Ginkgo biloba extract with 63 patients was found to be effective in 84% of patients with antidepressant-related sexual dysfunction. In the study all areas of sexual libido saw improvement, including desire, excitement, and orgasm.

Arginine
Arginine is an amino acid, also referred to as L-arginine. It is one of the more popular supplements for sexual dysfunction for both men and women and is referred to us natures Viagra.


Arginine is needed by the body to make nitric oxide, a compound that works to relax blood vessels and allow more blood to flow through arteries and this of course includes to the sexual organs.

In a clinical study 77 women with decreased libido were given either a combination product or placebo. Women taking arginine showed greater improvement such as increased reported sexual desire in 71% compared to 42%. They also reported other improvements such as they were happier with their sex lives, improved the frequency of orgasms, and experienced better clitoral sensation.

DHEA
DHEA is a hormone produced naturally by the adrenal glands. It is converted in the body to both the female hormone estrogen and the male hormone testosterone. Levels of DHEA decline naturally with age and this can lead to decreased libido.
Because older people with a natural decline in sex drive, several studies have examined whether supplemental DHEA can improve libido in these groups.

Research so far suggests that it can help improve sexual function in both men and women. Physician supervision is strongly advised when using DHEA. *You need to consult an experienced health care professional before using it and make sure you have the correct dosage and are in good health.

Ginseng
Ginseng may improve sexual dysfunction in both men and women and has been used for thousands of years in China for this purpose. The active ingredients, ginsenosides, are again believed to facilitate the release of nitric oxide in blood vessels that increases blood flow to the clitoris resulting better orgasms. Ginseng is known to possess phytoestrogen activity and is believed to help the body adapt to stress, which again helps female libido.


Dong Quai
Dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan and is used by herbalists as a treatment for a variety of gynecological complaints from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal problems and is known as: “The women’s herb”.


It is used as a general blood tonic and contains vitamins E, A and B12 and rich in tannins. Researchers have identified six coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects. The essential oil in dong quai contains Ligustilide, butylphthalide, Ferulic acid and various polysaccharides are also present.

These elements can help reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels. Although not used specifically to increase libido its affect on the overall body can help women feel more virile as again it has an effect on blood vessels, which carry blood to the sexual organs.

Female Libido is complex and may result from both medical and psychological conditions. For female libido women a combination of all the herbs above can help women feel better and increase desire by improving mood, reducing stress, increasing nitric acid and improving blood flow generally.

As with any herbs only use under the supervision of an experienced health care provider.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

HOW PETS CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER

Pets are great for childrenProfessionally trained helper animals—such as guide dogs for the blind—offer obvious benefits to us human folk. However, the average domestic pet, such as a dog, cat, rabbit—even a goldfish—can also provide us with many therapeutic benefits. Pets can ease our loneliness, reduce our stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and playfulness, and provide us with unconditional love and affection.

Of course, pet ownership also comes with many responsibilities, and should not be undertaken lightly. To best enjoy a healthy, nurturing relationship with a pet—and experience the many therapeutic benefits a domestic animal can offer—it’s important to choose a pet that’s right for your lifestyle.

How pets can affect mood and health


While most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals, many remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of playing with or snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. Studies have found that:

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.

  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.

  • Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.

  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.

  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.

  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

  • A pet doesn’t have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and pulse rate.


One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that most pets fulfill the basic human need to touch. Even hardened criminals in prison have shown long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, holding, cuddling, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe us when we’re stressed. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and some pets are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost mood.

 How pets can help to make healthy lifestyle changes


Adopting healthy lifestyle changes can play an important role in easing symptoms of depression, stress, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety, Caring for a pet can help with those healthy lifestyle changes by:

  • Increasing exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to involve boring repetition at a gym. Taking a dog for a walk, riding a horse, or simply chasing a kitten around are fun ways to fit healthy daily exercise into your schedule.

  • Providing companionship. Isolation and loneliness can make disorders such as depression even worse. Caring for a living animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems. Most pet owners talk to their pets, some even use them to work through their troubles.

  • Helping meet new people. Pets can be a great social lubricant for their owners. Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks or in a dog park. Pet owners also meet new people in pet stores, clubs, and training classes.

  • Reducing anxiety. The companionship of a dog can offer comfort, help ease anxiety, and build self-confidence for people anxious about going out into the world.

  • Adding structure and routine to your day. Many pets, especially dogs, require a regular feeding and exercise schedule. No matter your mood—depressed, anxious, or stressed—you’ll always have to get out of bed to feed, exercise, and care for your pet.

  • Providing sensory stress relief. Touch and movement are two healthy ways to quickly manage stress. This could involve petting a cat or taking a dog for a walk.


Health Benefits of owning petsPets and older adults


The key to aging well is to effectively handle life’s major changes, such as retirement, the loss of loved ones, and the physical changes of aging. Pets can play an important role in healthy aging by:

  • Helping you find meaning and joy in life. As you age, you’ll lose things that previously occupied your time and gave your life purpose. You may retire from your career or your children may move far away. Caring for a pet can bring pleasure and help boost your morale and optimism. Taking care of an animal can also provide a sense of self-worth.

  • Staying connected. Maintaining a social network isn’t always easy as you grow older. Retirement, illness, death, and moves can take away close friends and family members. And making new friends can get harder. Dogs especially are a great way for seniors to spark up conversations and meet new people.

  • Boosting vitality. You can overcome many of the physical challenges associated with aging by taking good care of yourself. Pets encourage playfulness, laughter, and exercise, which can help boost your immune system and increase your energy.


Pets and adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia




As part of the disease, Alzheimer’s patients may exhibit a wide variety of behavioral problems, many related to an inability to deal with stress.

  • Research at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine concluded that Alzheimer's patients suffer less stress and have fewer anxious outbursts if there is a pet in the home.

  • Pets can provide a source of positive, nonverbal communication. The playful interaction and gentle touch from a well-trained, docile animal can help soothe an Alzheimer’s patient and decrease aggressive behavior.

  • In many cases a patient’s problem behavior is a reaction to the stressed response of the primary caretaker. Pets can help ease the stress of caregivers. Cats or caged animals may be more suitable than dogs, which generally require more care and can add to the burden of someone who’s already looking after an Alzheimer’s patient.


Pets and children



Not only do children who grow up with pets have less risk of allergies and asthma, many also learn responsibility, compassion, and empathy from having pets. Unlike parents, pets are never critical and don’t give orders. They are always loving and their mere presence at home can help provide a sense of security in children. Having an ever-present dog or cat, for example, can help ease separation anxiety in children when mom and dad aren’t around. Studies have also shown that pets can help calm hyperactive or overly aggressive kids. Of course, both the pet and the child need to be trained to behave appropriately with each other.

Children and adults alike can benefit from playing with pets, which can be both a source of calmness and relaxation, as well as a source of stimulation for the brain and body. Playing with a pet can even be a doorway to learning for a child. It can stimulate a child’s imagination and curiosity. The rewards of training a dog to perform a new trick, for example, can teach kids the importance of perseverance. Caring for a furry friend can also offer another benefit to a child: immense joy.

Children with learning and other disorders


Some children with autism or other learning difficulties are better able to interact with pets than people. Autistic children often rely on nonverbal cues to communicate, just as pets do. And learning to first connect with a cat or dog, for example, may even help an autistic child in their interactions with people.


    • Pets can help children with learning disabilities learn how to regulate stress and calm themselves, making them better equipped to overcome the challenges of their disorder.

    • Playing and exercising with a pet can help a child with learning disorders stay alert and attentive throughout the day. It can also be a great antidote to stress and frustration caused by the learning disability.

    • Learning to ride a horse can help elevate the self-esteem of disabled children, putting them on a more equal level with kids without disabilities.



Finding a pet that meets your needs and lifestyle

While people who have pets tend to be happier, more independent, and feel more secure than those without pets, it’s important to select the type of pet that is best for you. You’ll benefit most from having a pet whose needs are compatible with your lifestyle and physical capabilities.

Lifestyle considerations that influence your choice in a pet



  • Little outdoor activity- If most of your time is spent at home, consider pets that would be happy to stay with you in that environment. You may enjoy playing with or cuddling a cat or a bunny; watching fish or reptiles; or talking or singing along with a bird.

  • High activity level– If you’re more active and enjoy daily activities outside of your home, especially walking or running, a dog might be right for you. Canine companions thrive on outdoor exercise, keeping you on the move.

  • Small children and the elderly - Families with small children or elderly living in their homes should consider the size and energy level of a pet. Puppies and kittens are usually very active, but delicate creatures that must be handled with care. Large or rambunctious dogs could accidentally harm or knock over a small child or adult who is unsteady on their feet.

  • Other animals in household– Consider the ongoing happiness and ability to adjust of the pets you already have. While your cat or a dog might love to have an animal friend to play with, a pet that has had exclusive access to your attentions may resent sharing you.

  • Home environment- If a neat, tidy home, free of animal hair, occasional muddy footprints and “accidents” is important, then a free-roaming dog or long-haired cat may not be the best choice. You may want to choose pets that are confined to their quarters, such as fish, birds, hamsters, or reptiles.

  • Landscaping concerns– With certain pets, your landscaping will suffer. Many dogs will be tempted to dig holes in your lawn, and dog urine can leave yellow patches—some say unaltered females cause the most damage.

  • Time commitment - Finally, and perhaps most importantly, keep in mind that you’ll be making a commitment that will last the lifetime of the pet – perhaps 10, 15, or 20 years with a dog or cat; as many as 30 years or more with a bird.


Animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities


Animal-assisted therapy involves the use of volunteers’ animals such as horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and fish to interact with patients suffering from disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and a host of developmental disabilities. The animals have been shown to improve mood and reduce anxiety.

Pets can also be used for animal-assisted activities. A variety of different organizations offer specially trained animals to visit people in children’s hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospice programs, shelters, and schools. During these visits, people are invited to pet and stroke the animals. Some might groom a dog, hold a rabbit in their lap, or have a cat sit on their bed, for example. Some dogs perform tricks or obedience routines to entertain patients and help take their minds off their problems.

To arrange for pets to visit your facility or to volunteer your pet for animal-assisted therapy or animal-assisted activities, see Finding Therapy Pets in Resources and References section below.

If you are in the Atlanta Georgia area and would like to adopt a cat please call or visit our sponsored Animal Resue Center FurKids

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Herb of the week – Ginseng

Origins of the plant


The Health Benefits of GinsengGinseng was originally found in east Asian countries, specifically mainland China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. There is a variety of ginseng known as Siberian ginseng which is not really the same plant at all, but a similar herb known as Eleuthero. Traditional ginseng also grows in North America, but specifically is native to the northeastern region of the United States from the Atlantic ocean across to Iowa and some parts of southern Canada. It is a shade-loving plant, so typically grows in forested regions and cool climates. Ginseng does not do well in southern regions where heat, bright sun, or dry weather will prevent its growth.

The slow-growing nature of ginseng calls for at least three years of life before harvesting a plant. The plant will flower in the early summer and then turn to berries. Once these have fallen, then the plant is generally harvested in the early fall months. The entire plant can be used, but typically the root has the most medicinal properties. The root of the ginseng plant is large, and grows into several branches that are said to look like a human in shape.

Variations of Ginseng


There are a number of variations of ginseng. Most relate to where the ginseng was grown or cultivated, but each area produces a different level of quality in their ginseng.

Asian Ginseng


Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) is the most common form of ginseng and is considered the original form of the herb. It is still grown in China, Japan, and other countries, but is most prevalent in Korea. Korean ginseng is one of the most popular varieties of Ginseng seen in products today. It is important to note that this species is also one of the most superior in quality of the variations available. This is due to the conditions in which it is grown and the longer span of the growing period that is available. The longer the plant is able to stay in the soil the stronger it becomes and therefore is more effective overall.

American Ginseng


American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is quite accessible today in many products. It is still considered a high quality form of ginseng, but it has been found that the roots contain different proportions of the key components. The claim is that the properties are different in American ginseng because of the conditions under which it is grown.

Japanese Ginseng


Japanese ginseng (Panax japonicus) is often used as a substitute to the higher grade Asian ginseng and does not have the same strength nor the quality of Asian ginseng.
Sanchi ginseng (Panax notoginseng) is native to China and is another of the often used substitutes to Asian ginseng. It is very different in its properties from traditional Panax ginseng and is commonly used for entirely different purposes.

Himalayan Ginseng


Himalayan ginseng (Panax pseudoginseng) is a low strength form of ginseng that is most often used to treat digestive issues.

Siberian Ginseng


Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is similar in form to ginseng, but is a different plant entirely. It has a lower level of potency in treatment, and is also cheaper to buy so is often used as an alternative to ginseng. Siberian ginseng has been shown to have its own tonifying effects, however, and can be used with success in treating immune function problems and as an anti-inflammatory.
Red ginseng is a form of Panax ginseng that has been put through a heat treatment and then brewed to turn a reddish color. It is most commonly known for its uses in treating sexual dysfunction, but also has been effective in reducing various types of cancer.

Benefits of Ginseng


The key components in ginseng are the ginsenosides which produce effects in the body similar to the stress hormones released naturally. Depending on the level of potency of the ginseng, these effects can improve a person’s well-being in a number of ways.

Ginseng is most often thought of for its stimulating effects and indeed many of its benefits are due to its effect on the body’s secretion of hormones. Ginseng is known to improve mental and physical performance over time as well as stimulating metabolism, improving stamina, and alleviating fatigue. It has also been used to relax the nervous system and lower blood sugar and also improves immune system response and encourages resistance to disease.

Ginseng has been used to treat a variety of health problems, such as:

  • Reducing mental stress and anxiety

  • Increasing mental clarity and alertness

  • Stimulating the immune and nervous system

  • Treating diabetes

  • Preventing the growth of certain types of cancer cells

  • Lowering cholesterol levels

  • Improving digestion

  • Reducing fatigue

  • Improving athletic endurance


 


Studies on Ginseng


There are a number of studies that have been done on ginseng and its properties to determine if the health claims are true. Many of these studies have shown some strong data in favor of the claims made about ginseng, yet others have proved inconclusive and further studies need to be completed before any results can be shown.


The strongest results from studies on ginseng have been in relation to improving blood sugar, aiding in immune system function, and providing benefits for those with heart conditions. Most studies in these areas have already shown positive results, and further studies are underway to provide more conclusive evidence.

Other conditions that have been tested for treatment with ginseng include anemia, ADHD, cancer, dementia, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, improving mental performance, supporting liver function, and a number of other illnesses. Most of the results on these studies have been positive in nature, but the data is not yet conclusive enough to be shown as proven. More studies are underway all the time, so results are likely to change over time.
For more information on ginseng studies visit MEDLINE at:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/databases_medline.html

Usage & Dosages of Ginseng


Ginseng is available in a number of forms for use. Fresh ginseng can be sliced and brewed into a tea for consumption or added into soups. It can even be chewed or eaten fresh. The most common form of ginseng found is the dried root or some variation of that.

The dried root can also be sliced and brewed into tea, or it can be ground and placed under the tongue for quick absorption. Most ground ginger root is actually put into a pill format for consuming daily. The benefit of buying the actual dried root is that one can ensure that they are receiving a high quality product. It is common that pill formats of ginseng will not have a high potency of the herb.

The typical dosage in capsule format is 100 to 200 milligrams taken once or twice per day. If using a liquid form of ginseng, it is best to take 1 to 2 grams and mix it with water and then drink the mixture. Again, this can be taken once or twice per day.

A good standard is to start with a lower dose and then work up to a maximum of 200 milligrams twice per day after determining physical response and potential side effects from taking ginseng. After a three month period of taking ginseng on a daily basis, one should stop using the herb for a period of two weeks to one month before resuming use. Prolonged use without taking a break can cause nervousness and fluid retention.

Summary

Ginseng is a viable option for supplementing one’s diet to aid in mental focus, lowering blood sugar, and providing an energy boost. It is not without its concerns, however, and it will be some time before enough studies are completed to show the benefits or disprove the claims related to ginseng. Anyone deciding to use it should take it slowly and check with a sales clerk at their local health food store to find a quality brand. As always, remember to check with a physician before starting any new herbal supplement to ensure that it will not conflict with any other health issues or medications.

Caution - Those on blood thinning medications or with blood clotting issues should speak with a doctor before taking ginseng because it can reduce the effectiveness of medications.

 

For a list of herbs and their benefits please visit our herbal directory here – http://www.celestialhealing.net/herbal_guide.htm

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies



Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to include a variety of vegetables in meal planning. There are many health benefits of eating vegetables, including reducing the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and certain cancers, such as mouth, stomach, and colon cancer.

Here are some tips to help you eat more vegetables each day…

1. Make veggie noodles
I think this is a super idea. You’ll need a mandolin slicer or a spiral slicer to create your vegetable noodles; zucchini and eggplant are good vegetable choices.

Or, if you want to try spaghetti squash, boil or bake until tender, then pull a fork through the squash to tear out spaghetti-like shreds.

2. Drink a smoothie
Smoothies are a brilliant option, especially when you’re lacking in time.

Blend roughly 60% fruit, 40% green leafy vegetables, then add water, and voila! you’ve got yourself a healthy, great tasting snack, which you can enjoy on-the-go.

3. Make some soup
Try making chunky vegetable soup with wholegrain pasta added, or put your favorite vegetables into a blender with some spices, cayenne pepper or curry powder for something a little different.

If you’re trying to cut down your calorie intake, eating soup (or salad) before your main meal is a really effective way to do this.

4. Eat with the seasons
It’s so easy to pick the same vegetables over and over again, and therefore limit your diet and your taste buds.

Instead find out what’s in season and go for that instead.

Don’t be put off if you’re unsure how to cook a particular veg. If you’re like most people, you’ll have a sack of unused cookbooks taking up room on your bookshelf. So, dust them off, and take your taste buds to another level!

5. Get marinating
We normally associate marinating with meats, but vegetables also taste great with this extra bit of care.

Mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and string beans take to marinating particularly well.

A tasty choice for marinating is a mix of olive oil, crushed garlic, grated fresh ginger and some soy sauce.

6. Make a veggie sauce
If you usually buy readymade pasta sauce, instead blend a selection of your favorite fresh vegetables to make a healthier option.

7. Swap pasta and rice for sweet potato
I find potatoes to be an extremely comforting food. And, if you’re after a little extra nutritional boost, sweet potatoes are a good choice (they are slightly more nutritious than white potatoes).

When you’re stuck for time, pop them in the microwave to cook through, and then crisp the skins in a hot oven for a few minutes.

8. Munch on raw vegetables
This is my favorite way to eat vegetables now. When my hubby was young he would only eat vegetables raw, and still prefers them this way. As a result, this is how we eat them most of the time in our house.

I usually dip my raw veggies into hummus; almond or peanut butter is also good choices. Celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, and carrots are some of my favorites.

9. Add veggies to your grains
I like to add broad beans to my rice. All you need are a couple of handfuls of frozen beans, then add them to the water as you cook the rice.

Fresh herbs such as coriander or dill added at the end of cooking finish this dish really well.

You could do this with any grain (quinoa, brown rice, barley), and any vegetable would work, so be creative.

10. Wrap them up
Whether as an entree or main dish, wraps and veggies make a delicious option.

You could choose wholegrain tortilla wraps, or a cabbage or lettuce leaf, then simply heap in the vegetables (raw or cooked), roll up and enjoy!

For extra flavour, top with some natural and salsa.

11. Eat vegetables at each meal
To make sure you are meeting your veggie quote each day, have them at each meal, not just as a side dish.

So, for breakfast perhaps mushrooms and tomatoes with wholegrain bread. At lunch a salad wrap, or vegetable soup. And, for dinner at least two sides of vegetables. Don’t forget snacks, they can also be veggie rich.

With a little thought and effort, vegetables can take center-plate in your diet. Your
body will thank you for it later.

Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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Monday, August 8, 2011

How Our Emotions Affect Our Health




We all know people who seem “stuck” in a certain emotional state. Some people seem angry all the time. Others seem sad. Still others seem fearful and some “too” happy. All of us know someone who worries all the time.

Positive and happy emotions affect our body in ways that provide us with health and healing. When we are happy, our heart rate slows, our breath is relaxed and deep and our blood pressure goes down. On the contrary, what we label as negative and painful emotions, affect our body in the exact opposite way. Our blood pressure soars; our breathing becomes rapid and shallow as we gear up for the fight.

We realize that living a life without emotions would be a non-human life indeed. We all need to feel the richness and fullness that all of our experiences bring. We have no problem feeling the love toward a helpless infant when we hold one in our arms. We love the feeling of inspirational music and a serene mountain scene or a sunrise. No one has issues with feeling deeply what we label as ‘positive’ feelings and emotions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine subscribes to the philosophy that there are seven basic emotions related to our organ function.  These are anger, joy, worry, pensiveness, sadness, fear, and shock or fright. Although the mind/body connection has been acknowledged only relatively recently in Western medicine, Eastern medicine has recognized the association between our emotions and the physical function of our organs for thousands of years.

To explain, each organ has a corresponding emotion.  When an imbalance occurs in an organ’s function, such as the liver accumulating too many toxins, a person will often experience excessive anger or irritability.  Similarly pent up or prolonged unresolved anger, can lead to an imbalance in the liver’s physical function, so it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. For this reason it is important to naturallt heal the whole person, not just the physical body when seeking to obtain a state of total well being & optimal health.

Worry and Pensiveness /Spleen

If you can think of a someone who you would typically describe as ‘carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders’, in other words they are always worrying, chances are they are suffering from weak or depleted spleen energy. Excess worry is fast becoming a normal part of our life as we live in a stress filled society.  The spleen organ is overlooked by conventional medicine, as being a vital organ, but it in fact plays an important role in the movement of blood around the body.  Weak or disturbed spleen energy can also cause digestive disturbances, such as poor digestion of food and in some cases even lead to chronic fatigue.

Too much thinking or obsessing about a topic can also deplete the spleen, causing a stagnation of its energy. A person with this condition may exhibit such symptoms as poor appetite, forgetting to eat, and bloating after eating. In time, the person may develop a pale complexion from a deficiency of spleen energy. This can eventually affect the heart, causing the person to dream about the same subjects at night.

Sadness/Lungs

Sadness or grief affects the function of the lungs.  Physically, a person experiencing prolonged episodes of sadness may commonly feel tired, suffer from shortness of breath or tightness in the chest, regular colds and flu, asthma or skin problems and will easily and or frequently cry or even experience depression.

Fear/Kidneys

The emotion of fear is related to the kidneys.  Although experiencing infrequent and brief periods of fear is a normal, it has a more dramatic effect on our health when it becomes chronic and the underlying source of the fear fails to be addressed. In times of extreme fear people involuntary urination may even be experienced. Bet wetting in young children, can also stem from underlying fear and anxiety. Long-term anxiety due to worrying about the future can deplete the kidney energy, eventually leading to chronic weakness and fatigue.

Shock/Heart & Kidneys

Shock or Fright is not just related to one organ but because of its sudden nature, making it especially debilitating to the kidneys and heart. Fright is an emotion of shock and panic due to something sudden and unexpected. Fright affects the heart in the short run and when it becomes chronic can affect the kidneys. in time of shock the body will go into an acute state of “fight or flight” resulting in the  release of excessive levels of the stress hormone, adrenaline from the adrenal glands. In times of acute shock a person will experience heart palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia. Chronic or prolonged stress resulting from shock can have a more debilitating impact on the entire body, leading to the development of many other symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

For many years I have attracted patients into my clinic who suffer chronic and complex conditions and have struggled to find a resolution to their particular ailment, whether they have previously adopted a pharmaceutical or natural medicine approach.  Before we embark on their journey to healing their body,  I tell each of them the same thing….that failing to address the underlying emotional connection to their condition, will most likely result in the failure to completely heal their body and obtain a state of total well-being and balance. Or as I often like to see it, obtain freedom with their health and consequently their ability to live their life in the way they ultimately desire.

It is also important to understand that as emotional beings, it is normal to experience the full range of emotions, but when a particular emotion is experienced over a prolonged period or with particular intensity, it often becomes a source of imbalance within the physical body.

By combining nutrition from whole, (unprocessed), organic foods, deep sleep a healthy lifestyle, whilst tuning in & exploring any underlying emotions that may be regularly presenting themselves, will help you to achieve balance between your mind and body and optimal wellbeing. In other words, don’t forget the head when searching for answers to your physical ailments as the answers may alsoHealth is connected to emotional wellness lay with  any unresolved emotions.

Tips on how to improve your emotional health

First, try to recognize your emotions and understand why you are having them. Sorting out the causes of sadness, stress and anxiety in your life can help you manage your emotional health. The following are some other helpful tips.

Express your feelings in appropriate ways. If feelings of stress, sadness or anxiety are causing physical problems, keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse. It’s OK to let your loved ones know when something is bothering you. However, keep in mind that your family and friends may not be able to help you deal with your feelings appropriately. At these times, ask someone outside the situation--such as a naturopathic doctor, a counselor or a religious advisor--for advice and support to help you improve your emotional health.

Live a balanced life. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school or home that lead to negative feelings. This doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel stressed, anxious or upset. It’s important to deal with these negative feelings, but try to focus on the positive things in your life too. You may want to use a journal to keep track of things that make you feel happy or peaceful. Some research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve your quality of life and give your health a boost. You may also need to find ways to let go of some things in your life that make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Make time for things you enjoy.

Develop resilience. People with resilience are able to cope with stress in a healthy way. Resilience can be learned and strengthened with different strategies. These include having social support, keeping a positive view of yourself, accepting change and keeping things in perspective.

Calm your mind and body. Relaxation methods, such as meditation, are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. Meditation is a form of guided thought. It can take many forms. For example, you may do it by exercising, stretching or breathing deeply. Ask your family doctor for advice about relaxation methods.

Take care of yourself. To have good emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Avoid overeating and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol. Using drugs or alcohol just causes other problems. When you need personal help please contact Dr Akilah El 770-603-0141 or docakilah@yahoo.com

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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