Free Introductory Herbal Course!

 

Wow, just got an e-mail from Nick Polizzi at Sacred Science about this free course some of you may want to sign up for. I know I just did a post yesterday, but registration for this ends today, so thought I would do a quick post so you don’t miss out. Here’s what Nick had to say…..

 

If you’d like to learn how to create your own herbal remedies, I have the perfect resource in mind!

Our friends at The Herbal Academy just recently released a FREE online Introductory Herbal Course! I can safely say that this is one of the most high quality herbal education platforms I’ve ever experienced. The women who run Herbal Academy are dedicated, passionate and extremely knowledgeable – which is why they are the best in the biz!

Sign up by the March 17th deadline to start integrating herbs into your daily life!

The Herbal Academy’s Introductory Herbal Course features all-new expanded lessons, fresh videos, hundreds of recipes, new multimedia resources, and experiential exercises that will take your learning off your computer and into your kitchen!

I’ve gotta say, this course is legit!

Through the Herbal Academy’s Herbal Basics Class, you will get an introduction to the herbal approach, learn why herbs are important, and how to use them in teas, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, topical applications, and body care products.

You will get a taste of the popular Introductory Herbal Course, building your confidence using herbs in your own home!

Features of this free Introductory Herbal Course:

● 32 In-depth lessons including the very latest research, presented in a clear, easy-to-digest way!
● Detailed Recipe Book
● Dedicated and beautifully presented materia medica charts for each body system discussed
● 75 herbal monographs
● A Tea Booklet – full of tea recipes
● Beautiful helpful videos to enhance your learning
● Inspiring media and learning charts
● Experiential exercises to bring your studies to life

Registration for this free Herbal Basics Class, an exclusive offer, is only available for a limited time! The special enrollment period runs through March 17th.

https://theherbalacademy.com/free-herbal-basics-class-herbal-academy/

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

+40 Plus Natural Cold And Flu Remedies

 

I thought this post from The Grow Network where they compiled comments from their readers about what they use for fighting or preventing colds and flu makes a great resource to have on hand. Always good to have that first-hand experience factor when something is recommended!

 

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40+ Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Cold or flu got you down? Our Community’s got you covered! Check out these great tips and tricks for treating (and preventing!) colds and flus naturally.

Silver

When it comes to fighting off colds and flu, several of you swear that silver is worth its weight in gold.

  • Suz says, “Since flu starts in the gut, we take colloidal silver at the first symptoms: 5–6 ounces for adults over 170 pounds, 4 ounces for adults under 170 pounds, 3 ounces for those between 80–110 pounds, and start with 2 ounces for a child. After 90 mins, you should see a reduction in symptoms. Four hours after the first dose, take a second dose of equal amount. Six hours after the second dose, take a third dose of equal amount.” She says it will stop not only flu in its tracks, but also stomach viruses and food poisoning. Suz also suggests taking probiotics or eating yogurt the next day to help restore healthy gut bacteria.
  • At the first sign of illness, Marly gargles with and swallows ASAP Smart Silver, and keeps it up all day while symptoms persist.
  • Dsymons recommends snorting some colloidal/nano silver to help assuage a stuffy nose.
  • Phil Tkachuk recommends 10ppm colloidal silver. He says you can either buy it, or make it yourself using The Silver Edge generator or Atlasnova generator.

Fire Cider/Four Thieves Tonic/Dragon’s Breath

Community members velaangels, MarkKathyBrodo, and Rhonda all rely on homemade fire cider as a winter immune booster. Rhonda takes 1 shot per day throughout the winter for prevention, and also uses it to shorten the duration of the illness if she does catch a cold or the flu.

Loa uses Dragon’s Breath—which she says is similar to fire cider—daily during flu season. She works at a high school “around a LOT of sneezing, wheezing, coughing kids” and says she hasn’t had a cold or the flu in the 13 years since she started boosting her immune system with Dragon’s Breath. Here’s how she makes it: “I layer onions, garlic, horseradish, ginger, parsley, and cayenne peppers in a jar and cover with natural apple cider vinegar. I let it steep for about 6 weeks, then strain, add some powdered turmeric, and put the glass jar into the refrigerator. To use, I mix a tablespoon of the mixture with a tablespoon of honey added to a cup of warm water.”

Read More: “How to Make Fire Cider”

Teas, Tonics, and Tinctures

You offered our Community members some wonderful ideas for teas, tonics, and tinctures.

  • Thomas Hodge makes an infusion with crushed Linden flowers and stems by adding 1/2 ounce of plant matter to a quart canning jar and then filling the jar with hot water. He seals it, lets it sit overnight, and strains it in the morning, squeezing the liquid from the linden. Then, he says, “chill it or drink it right away—8 ounces every 3 or 4 hours.”
  • Val recommends a “flu tea” made with 1 teaspoon each of elderflower, mint, yarrow, and lemon juice. This makes 2 cups of tea. “The elderflower is anti-catarrhal and anti-inflammatory, the mint is diaphoretic (it increases bile, thereby helping to release toxins), and the yarrow increases sweating but lowers fevers. It is a pleasant-tasting tea.” Brodo makes a similar tea, but substitutes lemon balm for the mint and adds a spoonful of local, raw honey.
  • Sunny makes a tea from dried elderberries, turmeric, freshly ground black pepper, and slices of fresh gingers, and drinks it all day long, usually mixed in with coffee or chai tea.
  • peaveyplunker mixes together 3 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and takes 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture every half hour until symptoms subside.
  • Stephanie Lebron creates a tea with hot water and lemon juice, plus either ginger, rosemary essential oil, or lemon eucalyptus essential oil.
  • w13jenjohnuses a homemade tincture of elderberry, licorice, and wild cherry bark, and also recommends a tea made with sage, lemon eucalyptus, and ginger, then sweetened with honey.
  • Shrabonisays that a “ginger, pepper, and turmeric-powder decoction in a glass of warm water works wonders.”
  • moncaivegan90boils 2 cups of water with a cinnamon stick, adds 1 cup of fresh red or purple bougainvillea flowers, turns off the heat, covers it for 2 minutes, and then strains it. “I like to add a spoonful of raw honey and enjoy 2 to 3 times a day. This works especially well for colds and coughs.”
  • Yvette McLean makes a tea with mullein, peppermint, and lemongrass, and drinks it around the clock—hot or cold—for 2 to 3 days. She also uses the tea in the following recipe:5 cloves garlic
    2 Tbsp. sage (fresh or dried)
    2 Tbsp. oregano (fresh or dried)
    3 Tbsp. fresh ginger
    1 Tbsp. thyme (fresh or dried)
    1 Tbsp. rosemary (fresh or dried)
    2 Tbsp. honey
    2 whole lemons (including skin)
    2 c. mullein/peppermint/lemongrass tea, cooled Blend all ingredients together. Do not heat mixture. Take 1–2 ounces 3 times per day.“You will be better by the third day,” she says.

Oregano Oil

Several of you recommend using oregano oil to fight off colds and the flu. But do your research! Joy Deussen says, “Be careful with oregano oil. It is hot and will burn the inside of your mouth. I recommend you put it in a capsule and swallow for no discomfort.”

Vitamins

Increase your vitamin intake when you’re fighting off a cold or the flu.

  • Sunny increases consumption of vitamin D.
  • Stephanie Lebron says she takes 2000 mg of vitamin C every hour or so in the first 24 hours of feeling something coming on.
  • Nance Shaw also takes vitamin A morning and night.

Elderberry

Take some form of elderberry for its immune-boosting properties.

  • Along with taking homeopathic oscillococcinum and drinking a Linden infusion, Thomas Hodge takes a tablespoon of black elderberry extract before bed
  • Denise takes 1 teaspoon of elderberry syrup every day during cold and flu season
  • Scott Sexton takes elderberry syrup and/or tincture, plus recommends “Lots of water and rest. Meditation and yoga. And frequent sips of apple cider vinegar. I use essential oils, too. Oregano and the Thieves blend. Plus, I always add a citrus oil. Citrus oils are just happy, and I think they put me in a better mood, too.”

DIY Elderberry Syrup Kit

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic are a favorite food when you’re dealing with colds and the flu.

  • For air purification, Rebecca Potrafka leaves a cut-up onion sitting out in a glass dish. She also takes honey onion syrup for a scratchy throat.
  • Susanne Lambert offers an interesting thought on using onions: “I’ve done some experiments with onions underfoot before bed with a pair of socks. I found that when I woke in the morning, my stuffy nose was gone.”
  • Sunny adds raw or slightly roasted garlic cloves plus sautéed onions to meals.
  • Michael Gray says that if he feels something coming on, he adds to his meals “a fresh clove of garlic, smashed, chopped fine, left out for 2 to 3 minutes” and says that he gets better faster than others who are sick at the same time but don’t take fresh garlic.
  • Marjory is also a huge fan of using raw garlic as an immune booster when she’s fighting off a cold. She’ll chop up several cloves, let them sit for about 10 minutes, and swallow them straight. (Yes, we’ve seen her do this firsthand! 😉)

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Sometimes, the pharmacy is your friend. Our Community members recommended several over-the-counter products that help fight colds and the flu.

  • Bonnie Camo and Thomas Hodge both recommend homeopathic oscillococcinum. Bonnie says it “usually cures colds or flu if taken in the first 24–48 hours. Available in most pharmacies and inexpensive.”
  • Jill recommends cocolaurin. “It’s a natural supplement, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Very effective and safe.” (Cocolaurin is a super-concentrated form of monolaurin, which is distilled from coconut oil.)
  • Several of our Community members take zinc when fighting off a cold or the flu. Nance Shaw recommends a dose morning and night, kathybelair52 sucks on zinc acetate lozenges at the first sign of cold, and Jill takes zinc in the form of Zicam. Sunny also occasionally uses Zarbee’s Nighttime Cough and Throat Relief drink mix, which contains zinc.
  • Sunny also puts Plant Therapy Organic Immune Aid essential oil in the diffuser, under the nose, and on the soles of the feet.
  • When TommyD feels something coming on, he takes 3 capsules of echinacea 3 times a day for a few days.
  • Marius says colloidal silver usually helps him avoid the flu. However, “this year the flu strain was extremely potent, and it got me for the first time in 8 years. I cured it in about 2 days by ingesting hydrogen peroxide 3% In the next days, I rebuilt my intestinal flora—which could be damaged by hydrogen peroxide—by eating probiotics.”
  • Among other things, Nance Shaw recommends soothing coughs at bedtime by putting Vick’s VapoRub on the arches of the feet.
  • Several of you recommend using a neti pot during the sickness to help relieve symptoms. (Remember, though—the FDA recommends rinsing only with distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water, as tap water may contain harmful organisms that could actually make the problem worse.)

Encourage Fever

PInteaReed says, “If you are stricken with flu, make sure to help your fever. Wrap up in heavy blankets and try to keep the fever at 101°F to 102°F. Of course, if it goes higher, unwrap! Fever is what helps kill the viruses inside you. We just used this on this recent strain of really nasty flu that is going around. An hour after you wrap up, you should see a huge abatement of symptoms.”

Prevent It

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and our Community members offered some great suggestions for keeping colds and the flu at bay.

  • TommyD says he can’t remember the last time he had the flu, and attributes part of his immune strength to cooking regularly with a spice mix of turmeric, freshly ground black pepper, ginger powder, and Ceylon cinnamon.
  • Sandy Hines says neither she nor her husband have caught the flu or a cold in over 30 years. “If your
    body is alkaline, flu viruses and cold germs cannot live. Every night before bedtime, we have 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a few inches of cool water.” They also eat about 2/3 cup of plain yogurt with a teaspoon of raw, unfiltered, local honey in it during the day; drink plenty of clean water, eat nutritiously; drink orange juice; and take 1,000 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C every day.
  • Michael Gray helps prevent illness by taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey mixed in warm water every day.
  • Emily says she doesn’t catch colds or the flu, and attributes it to taking Citricidal brand grapefruit seed extract at least once per day. She adds, “I take up to 24 drops. Three is what the package says. Vitamin C is one reason it works so well, and that’s natural Vitamin C, not ‘ascorbic acid.’”
  • Community member bobcarmenmertz has been taking homemade Golden Paste for more than 8 months and credits it for feeling well. “I did start to get a cold, but the severity and duration were greatly reduced. The paste includes turmeric powder, coconut oil, and freshly ground black pepper. You can make it yourself and refrigerate for 2 weeks.” One recipe we found for Golden Paste is as follows:
    1/2 c. turmeric powder
    1 c. water (plus up to an additional cup of water, if needed)
    2–3 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    1/3 c. healthy fat—either from raw, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil, flaxseed oil, or virgin/extra virgin olive oil. Combine the turmeric and 1 c. water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 7–10 minutes or until the mixture becomes a thick paste. (You may need to add some or all of the additional water during this step.) Remove from heat and let the turmeric/water mixture cool down until it is warm and not hot. Add the freshly ground black pepper and oil, and stir well to incorporate. Allow it to cool, then keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze some if you don’t think you’ll use it up by then. You can use Golden Paste in smoothies, in yogurt, as a condiment—even as as an immune-booster for your pets!

Source: https://thegrownetwork.com/cold-flu-remedies-qotm-0218/

 

As an added bonus, I’m adding this recipe I just got in a newsletter from Green Smoothie Girl Robyn Openshaw:

Immune-Fuel Hot LemonAid

Fabulous immune-boosting hot drink featuring water, raw honey, raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper.

  • 4 cups hot water (not boiling)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp raw honey (raw is important)
  • 1/2 piece peeled and chopped fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar (raw is important)
  • cayenne pepper to taste (the hotter the better)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients for 30-60 seconds, until smooth, in a high-speed blender. Drink 1 cup at the first sign of illness, and another cup every 2 hours or as desired.
  2. Do not re-heat Elixir after you make the batch; enzymes and immune-stimulating properties will be damaged.
  3. Drink it cold or at room temperature after your first serving. It will last 1 week in the fridge but can be frozen!

Related Self-help Health posts:

Neti Your Nose

Don’t Under-estimate the Power of C

Kick-ass Flu Remedy

FYI, you can get many of the items mentioned in this post and other natural remedies at a discount at iHerb.com (use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $5 off your purchase). Plus, shipping is free on orders of $20 or more, you earn loyalty rewards cash, AND you get an extra 5% off on orders over $60. 

Vitacost and Thrive are two of my other favorite on-line places to shop. Great discount prices, ever-expanding inventory, free shipping on $49 and up, and if you sign-up for an account at Rakuten (formerly eBates) and then shop at those stores thru the Rakuten portal, you will get a $10 reward for your first order of $25, plus earn cash back from the store where you’re shopping. Woo-hoo! 

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

New Recipes For A New Year, Plus Acupressure Chart And Other Free Resources!

 

In case there’s been a little too much over-indulgence during the holiday season, here’s 2 recipes (plus a link to more!) from  Ross Bridgeford, author of The Alkaline Reset Cleanse, for toning and regenerating the liver, followed by 5 free resources to help get 2019 off to a healthy start…..

 

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But first, there are a few things you need to know about your amazing liver:

1) it is one of the most hard-working organs in your body
2) when your liver is under stress, every area of your health will suffer
3) your liver has the incredible power to heal, rebuild & regenerate

And the alkaline foods in this juice have been proven to support and nourish the liver, prevent liver damage and help the liver rebuild…rapidly!

The Ultimate Liver Regeneration Juice

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Bunch Kale
  • 2 Large Handfuls of Spinach (or any other leafy green)
  • 1/2 Grapefruit
  • 1/2 Inch of Ginger
  • 1 Inch of Turmeric
  • 1 Beetroot
  • 1 Carrot

Directions:

Thoroughly wash all of the ingredients (except for the grapefruit) and juice, starting with the leafy greens, then the ginger and turmeric, then the root vegetables, and finally the cucumber. This ensures that the cucumber at the end washes everything through

Put the 200 ml of water through the juicer to further wash the goodness and flavors through.

Finally, squeeze and gently stir in the grapefruit at the end.

Note: This juice makes TWO serves, so you can either halve the ingredient quantities for one – OR – and this is my recommendation, you can put the other serve into an airtight container in the fridge for later, or tomorrow.

If kept airtight, cool and in a dark place (i.e. the fridge) a juice will keep for 24-36 hours. Of course fresh is best, but this is a good way to halve your juicing time and workload!

I share how each of these ingredients can be so important in nourishing and regenerating the liver – let’s dig into a few now:

  • Spinach & Kale (the leafy greens): Like the rest of your body, your liver loves these greens! Spinach and kale are awesome, and you can swap in or out with watercress, chard, romaine, arugula etc. too. They’re loaded with chlorophyll which alkalizes and purifies the blood to help liver function. Chlorophyll also help neutralize heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and even pesticides!
  • Beetroot & Carrot: extremely high in the plant-based antioxidants: flavonoids and beta-carotene. Eating beetroot and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
  • Grapefruit: High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
  • Turmeric: one of the only foods that can assist the enzymes that are responsible for flushing out dietary carcinogens – protecting the liver from damage. Turmeric can also actively assist in the regeneration of damaged liver cells – it literally repairs and regenerates your liver!
  • Ginger: helps prevent the toxic effects of a wide array of substances, effectively taking the burden off the liver. In addition, ginger lowers serum cholesterol which dramatically decreases the risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

A cleansing version:

Liver Cleansing Tonic

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

2 large grapefruits
4 lemons
300 ml of filtered water
2 tablespoons of cold-pressed flax oil
1 clove of fresh garlic
2 inches of fresh root ginger
A dash of cayenne pepper!

Directions:

Squeeze the juice of the grapefruit and lemon into a blender

Next, grate the garlic and the ginger, and then using a garlic press, squeeze this into the juice

Now add the water, plant-based omega oil and blend for 30 seconds (and add more ginger/garlic to taste)

Why This Recipe Works:

Garlic: contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that are known to activate the liver enzymes responsible for expelling toxins from the body. Another lies in the presence of both allicin and selenium, two important nutrients that play an integral role in the protection of the liver from damage.

Garlic is also proven to activate cells that specifically protect us from liver cancer, and also to lower cholesterol, prevent fatty liver and so much more.

Ginger: has also shown remarkable abilities to prevent liver damage, scarring and prevent fibroids as well as fatty liver.

Grapefruit: Phytonutrients in grapefruit called limonoids prevent tumor formation by promoting the production of one of the master antioxidants: glutathione-S-transferase.

This detoxifying enzyme ignites a reaction in the liver that helps to make toxic compounds easier to remove from body, protecting the liver (and kidneys) in the process.

Lemons: while also containing the limonoids mentioned above, lemons also supports liver function by strengthening liver enzymes, regulating blood carbohydrate levels and serving as the basis for new enzyme creation.

Omega 3: strongly proven to prevent fatty liver and liver disease, omega 3 is also powerfully anti-inflammatory and helps prevent toxic buildup, thus removing a lot of stress on the liver too.

Want more alkalizing recipes from Ross? Check out this page for his favorite ones from 2018. I’m definitely going to try the 3-minute detox tea and cauliflower alfredo sauce.


 

The first free resource for today also comes from Ross Bridgeford……

Join Ross for a 60 minute LIVE webinar to Kickstart 2019 With the Health & Energy of Your Dreams this Tuesday, January 8th!

This webinar is at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT and you will learn:

  • The ONLY three things you need to do to completely unlock huge new levels of energy in your body
  • How to double or triple the benefit you get from the good foods you eat (naturally, for free)
  • How to re-balance your adrenals, thyroid and pancreas – so important for autoimmune, type 2 diabetes, weight loss, cancer and more
  • How to rapidly remove inflammation from your body – you cannot have vibrant health in a state of inflammation
  • How to soothe and heal digestion – alleviating the symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s, reflux and more – and how the pH of your foods is critical
  • PLUS how to get started right away, with simple, actionable steps!

Register now for this LIVE webinar

And from Deepak Chopra…..

During this online event, Deepak will guide you and thousands of people across the globe on how to take active, yet practical steps to healing and balancing your entire being.

Held over 4 weeks, each week will focus on a key aspect of the “whole-self approach”:

  • Week 1 – Body
  • Week 2 – Mind
  • Week 3 – Emotions
  • Week 4 – Spirit

There will be weekly videos, guided meditations, audio webinars, helpful downloads, a private Facebook group, and more! It all begins on January 14th – for free.

Sign up now!

An invite from Nick Polizzi, host of Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness and founder of The Sacred Science…..

Ancient Herbal Detox Secrets

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On Tueday, Jan 8th, I am going to be joining renowned herbalist KP Khalsa for a free webinar where we’ll show you a 5-step Herbal Detox Method that you can try right now. This scientifically-proven technique has been used for thousands of years because it’s simple, super effective and extremely safe.

KP Khalsa is one of the prominent experts featured in the Remedy docu-series and for good reason. He has been working with herbs for over 40 years and is widely respected as one of the leading natural medicine doctors in North America.

Our goal behind this LIVE Herbal Detox Webinar is to give you a full body and mind reboot that will leave you feeling beautiful inside and out, turbo-energized and filled with inspiration. There will be a replay available, if you can’t make the live event.

Click here for full details and to register now

From The Shift Network, the 2019 Winter of Wellness event….

What are your most pressing health concerns?

Are you trying to figure out what to eat or not eat for YOUR body, biology, and digestive system? Looking for the best ways to work with unprocessed trauma?

Want to ignite your creative expression, deepen romantic intimacy, or clear environmental toxins from your body?

Are you seeking alternatives to traditional western medicine… such as EFT, botanical, or energy medicine?

And what about your brain health? Looking for the best ways to increase your mental clarity and focus?

It can be difficult to know where to turn to for trusted resources – practitioners who are experts in their fields and can support you in achieving your wellness goals and addressing your unique needs.

Winter of Wellness is an unparalleled health, healing, and wellness series offering leading-edge solutions to your personal health objectives – with esteemed teachers, doctors, and practitioners sharing their proven methods that address the WHOLE you. During this life-enhancing event, you’ll discover secrets for becoming the best version of yourself – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Learn more and sign-up here

And finally, here’s a link to a free download from acupressure guru Michael Reed Gach, PhD that shows points for balancing digestion and curbing the desire to overeat. If you want to know more about acupressure points, the 12 meridians, self-healing practices, the 5-Elements and Qigong, get on his mailing list for more details….

http://acupressure.ontraport.com/c/s/UHN/vNJZ7/6/LA/oGz/6fLQNu/Hfov7WBxa/P/P

Once you click on this link above, you can save it to your computer for future reference. Hold any of these balancing digestive points throughout the day to reduce your desire to overeat and at the same time strengthen your gastrointestinal system.

Gach is also offering a free webinar on Jan 10th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on Acupressure Meridian Points. You can sign up here

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained health care practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Natural Remedies For Eliminating Parasites

 

I’ve been meaning to publish this ever since I finally got around to posting the information awhile back about how common a problem parasites are, but am just now doing it. Hopefully you’ll find this helpful, and I will likely be adding to it in the future…..

 

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NATURAL Ways for removing PARASITES

 Ridding the body of parasites can sometimes be a long, involved process, and a number of different protocols may be called for. Diet is certainly one way to help address the issue. Certified nutrition specialist Ann Louise Gittleman recommends an “anti-parasite” diet where your daily intake of food is composed of 25% fat, mainly in the form of expeller-pressed oils high in EFAs.

The oils lubricate the gastro-intestinal tract and serve as a carrier for vitamin A, which appears to increase resistance to tissue penetration by parasitic larvae. Proteins, which are vital for strengthening and rebuilding tissue and enhancing immunity, would account for another 25% of what you eat. And the remaining 50% would come from complex carbohydrates, although beans, peas, and other legumes, as well as nuts and seeds, should supposedly be avoided because they can cause flatulence and irritate the digestive tract.

It’s also important to curtail the consumption of refined sugar, since it not only serves to suppress the immune system, but is also the “food of choice” for many parasites. Gittleman recommends eliminating dairy products and gluten-containing foods like wheat, rye, oats and barley, as well. Heavy intake of raw fruits and vegetables should be limited, and cold or iced foods should be avoided, since they cause the intestine to contract and hold in toxins, rather than release them. Other food related guidelines or remedies for parasites include eating papaya, pumpkin and lemon seeds, and using the green black walnut hulls, wormwood, and ground cloves combination mentioned further down in this post. Fungal Defense™ would also be helpful in ridding the body of parasites.

Other herbs and supplements to consider using:

Burdock Root – a natural blood purifier and detoxifier; helps the body maintain healthy skin and nourishes the urinary and respiratory systems; stimulates the digestive and immune systems, restores liver and gallbladder function; supports joint and skeletal tissues, removes accumulations and deposits around the joint and aids in the elimination of excess fluid, uric acid and toxins; has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Cascara Sagrada – helps relieve constipation; nutritionally supports the stomach, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder; is cleansing and nourishing to the colon; also known to assist digestion and helps the body to eliminate worms and parasites.

Garlic – a natural antibiotic and fungicide that helps the body rid itself of parasites and heavy metals; provides nourishment for the circulatory, immune and urinary systems; supports normal circulation and blood pressure, stomach tissue, and aids the body’s natural ability to resist disease. Use either fresh or a supplement with high allicin content.

Golden Seal – nourishes the liver, glandular and respiratory systems and helps cleanse the system of foreign organisms.

Male Fernhelps the body get rid of tapeworms.

Parsley – valued as a blood builder, cleanser and has pressure-regulating properties; helps prevent the multiplication of tumor cells, expels worms, relieves gas, stimulates normal digestive activity and freshens the breath; supports bladder, kidney, liver, lung, stomach and thyroid function; contains more vitamin C by weight than an orange.

Sennaassists in expelling waste from the intestines and kills worms.

Paratrex®a supplement from GHC with a unique formula designed to help the body detoxify and flush the intestinal tract; it’s also a powerful aid in fighting against an invasion of harmful organisms

Latero-Flora™ – another supplement from GHC that can be used in conjunction with Paratrex® to help the body fend off parasites

That covers some of the dietary options available for dealing with parasites. As far as internal cleansing goes, certainly cleaning out the colon, as well as the liver and gallbladder, are key to ridding the body of many free-loading microorganisms, so be sure to read the Self-help Health posts on those topics. Also refer to the post on candida. And any protocol that helps strengthen and purify the body overall, like the Salt Water Flush, would be supportive.

Parasites are anaerobic, so water that is ozonated, and colon cleansers, like Colosan, and Oxy-powder, that release oxygen into the intestines, are other possible options. Several of the companies (Global Healing Center, and EvenBetterNow) listed on the Links page of my website carry products and kits aimed at eliminating unfriendly microorganisms

And a simple recipe involving raw honey and apple cider vinegar is said to help rid the body of parasites. I haven’t used this yet, but these two ingredients are two of the absolute best self-help health aids around and provide relief for all sorts of issues, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it at least helps get parasites out of your system. And it’s certainly simple enough to use/do….just mix 1 TBS raw honey (manuka would be best) with 1 TBS ACV in a glass of (structured) water and drink it down!

The thing to remember with parasites is they have a hard time infecting a healthy body, so anything that strengthens the system overall is going to help ward off or get rid of these unfriendly invaders. The best thing is to follow the old saying “an ounce of prevention….. ” Making sure you maintain proper pH balance is a major step in creating an inner terrain that is inhospitable to infestation by parasites. Do little things, like adding cloves to certain recipes/foods or use it to spice up your coffee or tea. Drink pure unsweetened cranberry juice (cut with some water), or 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, on a daily basis as a preventative measure.

Wash produce in 1 tsp. of hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water, or use Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, Orange TKO (naturalnewsstore.com), or one of the all-natural vegetable washes now available, to help remove parasites from fruits and vegetables.  And did you know that certain parasites can live for as long as 2 wks. under your fingernails, just waiting to gain access to your body? So something as simple as keeping your nails short and washing your hands thoroughly after gardening, petting animals, etc. can make a big difference.

(For more information on dealing with parasites and products to help with the issue, check out Global Healing; you may also want to read the book Guess What Came to Dinner: Parasites and Your Health, by Ann Louise Gittleman, M. S., and/or The Cure for All Diseases, by Dr. Hulda Clark.) And this article from PaleoHacks mentions a couple of remedies I hadn’t heard of before.

Here’s more on treatment options from  The Health Wyze Report :
If a conventional doctor believes that you have parasites, he will prescribe you an anti-parasitic pharmaceutical.  These pharmaceuticals are always toxic, for it is their toxicity that kills parasites.  Thus, swelling of the lymph nodes, hands and feet are common, whilst vision problems, lack of coordination, and convulsions can also occur.  Diarrhea is typical with these drugs.
 These are the most commonly used natural substances for eliminating parasitic infections:
  • Black Walnut Hulls
  • Wormwood (from the Artemisia shrub)
  • Common Cloves (from the clove tree)
  • Pumpkin Seeds, or Pumpkin Seed Oil Capsules
  • Garlic
  • Neem (Do not take neem if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, because it can work as a contraceptive.)
  • Thyme leaf and seed
  • Marshmallow root
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Blends of the above ingredients, with marketing names like ‘Para-Clear’.

We would not recommend choosing one of the corporate formulas, since they are usually overpriced and formulated with low concentrations.  Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to examine each formula, and evaluate them.

Diatomaceous Earth (be sure to read the Self-help Health post for more info) is the best natural anti-parasitic medication. Add DE to your diet to detox parasites that can contribute to food intolerance, nausea, bowel discomfort, pain, itching, asthma, sinus infections, Morgellon’s disease, and a host of other allergic-type reactions.

DE also helps eliminate mercury, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals; removes poisons from chemtrails, radiation and may alleviate the effects of GMOs. DE possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

It is actually an all-natural pesticide which does not harm humans or pets.  It is believed to kill insects, worms and parasites by dehydrating them.  When used on ants, it usually takes around 20 minutes before they are all dead.  One tablespoon of diatomaceaous earth taken by an adult once a day for seven days is believed to be extremely effective at killing all parasites.

If this is going to be given to children, bear in mind that height is a better indicator of the size of their G.I. tract than their weight.  Thus, a child who is 4 feet tall should take 2 teaspoons, and a child who is 2 feet tall should take 1 teaspoon.  If you take this route, we advise you to only buy food grade.  Industrial DE is used for swimming pool filters, but it has been chemically treated, and this type is not safe to eat.  Try to avoid rubbing it onto your hands, as it can have a drying effect upon the skin.

Diatomaceous Earth contains heavy metals as part of its mineral content, but it also contains the natural antidote, selenium, which allows otherwise accumulative heavy metals to be flushed from the body.  Therefore, it is not really a health concern despite the presence of aluminum and lead.  We recommend taking selenium supplements for a week after discontinuing this treatment to ensure that the body thoroughly flushes all of the heavy metals.  Our research indicates that DE is the best overall parasite treatment for humans, because it should likewise kill all microscopic blood-born parasites as well.  When using it, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, because it will dehydrate a person considerably.

Wormwood and black walnut hulls are known to kill adult worms, while cloves kill worm eggs.  Some people use this trio for treating parasites, instead of diatomaceous earth.  It is recommended that you take 500 mg. of wormwood and black walnut hulls, while taking 1/2 teaspoon of cloves daily for around 14 days.  All other herbs mentioned are used in addition to these two core protocols.

As parasites die, they release toxins through their excrement, and from rotting.  The most common parasites, the worm type, attempt to escape by burrowing deeper into the intestines, which can cause sharp pains and cramps.  Even when dead, the body is still burdened with the task of flushing them out.  This whole process can initially make the person feel sicker than before he started the cleanse, but this is only temporary, and it is a sign that the cleanse is working.  While fatigue and grogginess are also to be expected, normal life may be continued, and diarrhea should not occur.  Ensure that you are eating a good, wholesome diet throughout the cleanse to ensure that your immune system is at its strongest.  After the cleanse, you should feel better, have more energy, and experience sickness less often.

Source: The Health Wyze Report

Also, I’ve been experimenting with taking bentonite clay in liquid form to help with candida and other things. It seems like it’s been helping and I plan to write a post about using clay internally at some point in the (hopefully) near future. And a friend of mine has been using a product called Para1, I believe, that I want to find out more about, so stay tuned!

More information to check out:

https://blog.paleohacks.com/9-herbs-that-naturally-kill-parasites/

http://www.realfarmacy.com/eliminating-the-parasites-that-you-almost-certainly-have/

http://www.naturalnews.com/042262_parasites_hygeine_herbal_medicine.html

FYI, you can get a variety of natural remedies at a discount at iHerb.com (use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $5 off your purchase). Plus, you can take advantage of their Trial Offer and Specials sections; there’s no sales tax, shipping is free on orders of $20 or more, you earn loyalty rewards cash, AND you get an extra 5% off on orders over $60. 

Vitacost.com is another one of my favorite on-line places to shop. Great discount prices, ever-expanding inventory, free shipping on $49 and up, and if you are a new customer and use the link on my website you will get a $10 off coupon with your first order of $25 or more. Woo-hoo! 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

 

The Cancer-protective Power Of Aspirin! Who Knew?!

 

Wow, I found this information very interesting. I was already aware of how low-dosage aspirin is often prescribed to ward off the possibility of heart attacks and stroke, but had not heard about this aspect/benefit of taking it.  I would be inclined to use white willow bark myself, since I usually prefer the more natural way of addressing health issues, but to each his own. Just be aware that both forms of salicin come with contra-indications, so be sure it’s something your body wants and needs (use kinesiology or muscle testing to find out and/or check with your healthcare practitioner).
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FYI, I read where most white willow bark supplements have a recommended dosage of around 800 mg per day, but according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 240 mg is sufficient to relieve headache pain. And, if researchers are right, this simple supplement should do wonders when it comes to keeping your inflammation levels down and chronic diseases at bay, plus help protect against certain cancers.
Aspirin

The cancer-protective power of aspirin

Yes, young people and middle-aged people get cancer. But if you live decades of your life cancer-free, the older you get, the higher your risk becomes, especially after 65.

Particularly gastrointestinal cancers, like colorectal, gastric, esophageal, liver and pancreatic cancer.

Does that mean you shouldn’t follow all the emerging advice on nutrition, exercise, diets and supplements to keep your body cancer free? It does not.

But when you make it into your senior years — because you did all of those other things — there’s one more thing you can do to reduce your risk of these cancers by almost 50 percent… and chances are your doctor may have already prescribed it…

A low-dose aspirin a day

Millions of seniors take a daily aspirin to ward off risk of heart attack and stroke. If you’re one of them, you have a head start on many of us…

That’s because studies over the last 20 years have brought to light that a daily aspirin may keep certain cancers away.

But the most compelling argument for aspirin’s cancer protection came from a 10 year study led by Professor Kelvin Tsoi from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Tsoi and his colleagues examined 618,884 participants with an average age of 67 years old, of whom 206,295 were daily aspirin users.

The aspirin users had been prescribed the drug for an average of 7.7 years, and the median dose prescribed was 80 milligrams.

According to the researchers, “Long-term use of aspirin showed 24 percent to 47 percent significant reduction on major cancers in the [gastrointestinal] tract.”

Specifically, those who took the aspirin daily were 47 percent less likely to have liver and esophageal cancer, 38 percent less likely to have stomach cancer, 34 percent less likely to have pancreatic cancer — and the risk of colorectal cancer among aspirin users was also lowered by 24 percent.

The powers that be felt so strongly about these results, in addition to the multitude of previous studies, that the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), an influential federal advisory panel on disease prevention, “recommends initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of [colorectal cancer] in adults aged 50 to 59 […] willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years.”

How does aspirin protect against these cancers?

Before the USPSTF makes the recommendation for a daily aspirin to the broader population, the researchers want a few questions answered starting with what is it about aspirin that may reduce these gastrointestinal cancers.

Could it have something to do with aspirin’s humble natural origins? If they find it does, I bet you won’t hear much about it, so let me fill you in…

You may have read a post by my colleague Jenny Smiechowski, titled, An herbal aspirin a day keeps disease at bay.

A precursor to the aspirin you know of today, available on any drugstore shelf, the leaves and bark of the white willow tree — known as herbal aspirin — were used to relieve pain and other health issues for almost 2,500 years.

The active ingredient in this centuries old medicinal remedy is salicin, which is naturally converted to salicylic acid in your body.

In a previous study, researchers from the Gladstone Institutes found that salicylic acid suppresses two key proteins in the body, p300 and CREB-binding protein (CBP). These two proteins control other proteins, including those responsible for inflammation and cell growth. Researchers found that by suppressing these proteins, salicylic acid prevents inflammation from damaging your cells — often a precursor to cancer. The researchers also found that the two proteins that were suppressed regulate another important protein—one related to leukemia.

And in another earlier study conducted by researchers at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, researchers found that a drug called diflunisal, which contains salicylic acid, stopped cancer from spreading and shrunk tumors in mice with leukemia.

Today’s aspirin

Now, the aspirin you find today on drugstore shelves is made of acetylsalicylic acid — a synthetic form of salicylic acid that is easily manufactured and doesn’t have to wait to be converted in your body, like the salicin found in the willow tree bark and leaves.

But, fortunately, like the ages-old version, it appears to be a potential ally in the fight against cancer.

If you’re not already taking a low-dose daily aspirin for your heart health, perhaps as a recommendation by your doctor, or for other reasons, just be sure you don’t have any health issue that would preclude you from doing so.

Aspirin can have its draw backs, including stomach bleeding and isn’t recommended if you have conditions such as active liver disease, a tendency to bleed, suffer from ulcers or bleeding in your digestive track and, of course, an allergy to aspirin. Young people under the age of 20 are advised not to take aspirin because of the threat of Reye’s syndrome, a condition that can result in death. All of this holds true for white willow bark supplements as well.

If you want to see if you’re a good candidate for a low-dose daily aspirin, run it by your doctor. Mainstream medicine relies on such medicines, so surprisingly this is one preventative measure that he probably won’t balk at.

Source: https://easyhealthoptions.com/cancer-protective-power-aspirin/

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Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

It’s Multiple Health Tips Day Again!

 

Here we go with another round of multiple health tips, instead of a post focusing on just one particular topic. Hope you find something you can use! 

 

# 1 -Here’s a simple-to-use tip I found on Pinterest from faceliftaunatural.com and Tonda Thomas….

Acupressure/Acupuncture Point "Heavenly Appearance" (SI17) This acupuncture point benefits the ears and throat, reduces swelling, relaxes the face lower muscles and helps flushing out toxins.How to work this point? Turn your head in the opposite direction to find the point. Then, the most convenient way is to use the pad of the middle finger. Press inwards, in the direction of the inside of your mouth. Breathe slowly and deeply for 1 to 2 minutes:

Acupressure/Acupuncture Point “Heavenly Appearance” (SI17) – This acupuncture point benefits the ears and throat, reduces swelling, relaxes the face lower muscles and helps flushing out toxins.How to work this point? Turn your head in the opposite direction to find the point. Then, the most convenient way is to use the pad of the middle finger. Press inwards, in the direction of the inside of your mouth. Breathe slowly and deeply for 1 to 2 minutes.

 

# 2 – From CureJoy.com…..

Lemon Juice : Health Benefits of Juicing Lemons

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice FOR Cancer:

Recent studies have shown that consuming citrus fruits, specifically lemons, has prevented, and in some cases helped cure, cancer. And by adding baking soda you will normalize the pH of the body which does not allow the cancer to continue to spread. Chemotherapy has horrible side effects, the worst being that it destroys healthy cells. A combination of baking soda and lemon, on the other hand, only kills the cancer cells.

Patients should drink two teaspoons of lemon juice with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Consume the drink before breakfast on an empty stomach for better effect, and make sure to use organic lemons. They are 100 times more effective than a lemon grown with chemical fertilizers and sprayed with chemicals. Lemon has already been proven to have strong anti–carcinogenic properties. In addition to this, there are many other useful properties (read this SHH post), including having a strong effect on cysts and tumors.

Related Self-help Health post: Baking Soda: It’s Not Just For The Kitchen

 

# 3 – Here’s a video about using white vinegar and alcohol to help remove excess earwax when your ear canal is clogged up…..

 

# 4 – A simple treatment from www.realfarmacy.com to try for migraines that includes two top self-help health aids, lemon and crystal salt….

Himalayan salt in bagMigraines are extremely common and can stem from a variety of causes. They cause pain as real as the pain of injuries, as a really bad migraine can pretty much cripple you and take you down for the rest of your day.

Hence, headache sufferers seek treatment on a near-daily basis. Fortunately, there are several home-remedy treatments that can help alleviate migraine pain, but it seems that the best thing to use in this case is salt. Read on to discover the way salt can relieve a migraine in seconds.

Make sure to use high quality salt such as Himalayan crystal salt, as it is the most complete salt in the world. Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals, electrolytes and elements – a fascinating number considering that there are only 118 elements known to science.

Apart from reducing the severity of migraine headaches, this salt also increases energy levels, balances serotonin levels in the bloodstream, strengthens the immune system, restores the body’s alkaline and electrolyte balance and provides a number of other health benefits.

The salt treatment in case of migraines is quite simple and easy. Take a glass of lemon juice with a high concentration of Himalayan crystal salt and drink it. In most people, the juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon of salt provides the desired results. It works like magic! Give it a try!

 

# 5 – Another tip from RealFarmacy.com…..this one has to do with re-purposing those silica gel packets found in shoe boxes….

No more foggy car windows

I absolutely adore this one, since foggy car windows cause me a lot of problems, especially in damp weather season. This goes to all you drivers out there; it’s a true lifesaver in the winter. Instead of waiting for your windows to defog, which in older car models can take forever, put a bunch of these silica gel bags under your windshield from the inside immediately. You’ll see that tomorrow your windows won’t be foggy. It’s the fastest way to stop your windows from fogging up and you’ll save yourself the 10 extra minutes needed to clean them up.

For more re-purposing ideas: http://www.realfarmacy.com/silica-bags/

 

# 6 – The rinds, peels, stems, leaves and seeds of many fruits and vegetables can be safely consumed and often contribute valuable nutrition and phytochemicals to your diet.  Here are some examples from a post by Dr. Mercola:

  • Swiss chard stems are rich in the amino acid glutamine, which is beneficial for your immune system.
  • Celery tops contain five times more magnesium and calcium than the stalks.
  • Broccoli leaves provide about 90 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement, compared to 3 percent in the florets.
  • Outer layers of onion skins (including the papery skin) are thought to be the most nutritious, including concentrating the highest amounts of flavonoids. Try simmering onion skins in soups and stock, then removing before serving.

Watermelon rinds and seeds are another example. Watermelon rind contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. Citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and this amino acid is important for heart health and maintaining your immune system.Black watermelon seeds are also edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein and fiber.

Passion fruit peel provides another example. It contains a novel mixture of bioflavonoids that have been found to reduce wheeze and cough and improve shortness of breath in people with asthma.

Related Self-help Health post: Save Those Cantaloupe Seeds!

 

# 7 – Several studies have come out recently describing how Manuka honey can help cure gingivitis and periodontal disease. Due to its superior antimicrobial properties, researchers from the School of Dentistry, University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) discovered that chewing or sucking on a Manuka honey product not only caused a 35% decrease in plaque, it led to a 35% reduction in bleeding sites in people suffering from gingivitis!

Related Self-help Health post: “Bee” Health Smart With Honey

 

# 8 – It’s time to start using more thyme :-)……

fresh <b>thyme</b> leaves adding mushrooms soy sauce cream sherry <b>thyme</b>

Thyme is a native to the Mediterranean, and was originally given the name “thyme” in Greece, they still use it in their cooking mixed with olive oil. Oil from the common herb thyme was discovered to kill up to 97% of human lung cancer cells. Recent research has shown that if you mix thyme and olive oil it will enhance the availability of hydroxytyrosol, olive oil’s most potent anti-cancer compound. Could this be the reason why Greeks have about half the rate of cancer compared to the rest of USA and the Europe?

Related Self-help Health post: Foods That Kill Cancer Stem Cells

 

# 9 – Pretty amazing study from an EasyHealthOptions.com post……

Researchers chose 55 patients who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, and using Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA), they measured their total coronary plaque volume as well as dense calcium, non-calcified plaque and low-attenuation plaque.

After that initial evaluation, the patients were given either a placebo or a 2,400 mg dose of aged garlic extract every day for one year. At the end of the year, follow up screening revealed that those who had taken the aged garlic extract had slowed total plaque accumulation by 80 percent! Double wow!

Related Self-help Health post: Garlic: Amazing Herb and Health Aid

 

# 10 & 11 – Here’s two ways from The Alternative Daily to give your immune system a boost. I’ve heard of the cold shower routine before, but not the drumming one. Cool!

Take a cold shower

No one wants to take a cold shower, but it may help your immune system to become a powerful disease-fighting machine. According to research, after a cold shower the body increases its metabolic rate while trying to warm up, which gives your immune system an extra boost. In one German study, participants who took cold showers caught fewer winter colds than their warm-shower counterparts.

Personal Note: Of course I recommend having a structured water unit for that shower! 🙂

Drumming

It may sound unbelievable, but researchers from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California tested 111 people to determine if banging on a drum could benefit the immune system. They found when study participants used a drum, their immune systems showed instant improvement. Those who drummed in a group had the biggest immune system boost. So start that drum circle with your friends. It’s healthy!

 

# 12 – More good news about green tea from Easy Health Options

Green Tea Compound – Promise for Tackling Cancer

When the Bauru School of Dentistry in Sau Paulo did an experiment in which they immersed teeth in cola soft drinks with and without green tea added, they found that supplementing the soft drink with green tea reduced enamel erosion by up to 40 percent.

Green tea is so good for your mouth that they’re using it to enhance healing after dental surgery.

It’s so simple to make. Water and tea leaves and a little bit of heat is all you need. Of course, sweetened green tea would defeat the purpose, so if you want bottled green tea, look for unprocessed and unfiltered versions.

You can now get mouthwashes with green tea in them, too, and they’ve been proven to reduce plaque and gingivitis as well.

Related Self-help Health post: Green Tea: Drink Up For Weight Loss, Dental Health & More

 

# 13 – And here’s a nice tip to end on. This sounds like a great free resource….. 

Total Wellness Summit

You’ll learn from some great speakers, like Kris Carr, David Wolfe, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Jon Gabriel, Dr. Axe and many more, how to:

  • Detoxify naturally
  • Boost your health
  • Nourish and heal
  • Reduce stress
  • Feel true happiness
  • Reverse chronic disease
  • Discover true purpose
  • Break food addictions
  • Nourish with real food
  • Lose weight

Fast track your path to health when you register today!

Got any tips of your own to share? Leave a comment if you do!

Related Self-help Health posts:

Tips, Tips And More Tips

Tips, Tips And More Tips: Round Two

Tips, Tips And More Tips: Round Three

Tips, Tips, Tips: Round Four

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Use The Power Of Cumin For Weight Loss, Plus The Unleash Your Greatness Summit

 

Wow, I’ve always liked the taste cumin adds to soups, eggs, salad dressings and more, but never realized it was so good for you in so many ways until reading this article. I love finding out that something I’m already eating is doing me more good than I thought and even outperforms a number of prescription drugs.  Yep! And if you are trying to lose weight, you’re going to love what you find out about this amazing little spice…..

 

Just One Teaspoon of This Spice Boosts Weight Loss by 50%

Could a few shakes of this yellow powder dissolve stubborn weight and TRIPLE your loss of body fat?

(by Margie King) The peppery spice cumin appeared in the Bible as a seasoning for soup and breads.  The seeds were paid to priests.  And in ancient Egypt, cumin was used to preserve the mummies of pharaohs.

Now a new study shows cumin may also help you finally burn off those extra pounds.

Researchers in Iran wanted to know the effect of this ancient spice on body composition as well as blood fat levels.

They randomly assigned 88 overweight or obese women to one of two groups.  Both groups followed a reduced calorie diet and received nutrition counseling.  But one group ate yogurt with three grams of cumin twice a day.  The other group ate plain yogurt.

The results were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

After just three months, the cumin group members on average lost almost 50% more weight than the control group.  They also decreased their body fat percentage by 14.64% or almost three times the control group’s loss.

The cumin group also lowered their body mass index and waist circumference significantly more than the control group.

The authors speculated that cumin’s weight loss benefits may come from its heat.  It may temporarily increase metabolic rate.

Cumin also significantly reduced blood lipid levels.  Triglycerides dropped 23 points compared to only five points in the control group.  And LDL cholesterol dropped an average of 10 points compared to less than one point for the controls.

Cumin contains more than 100 different chemicals, including essential fatty acids and volatile oils.  The researchers believe the cholesterol lowering effect of the spice can be partly attributed to its glycoside saponins.  These compounds prevent cholesterol absorption and increase its excretion.  Cumin also contains a substantial amount of phytosterols that may positively modulate lipids by reducing cholesterol absorption.

The authors suggested that supplementing with cumin could effectively reduce triglycerides and cholesterol as well as reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome.  [Note: we do not believe that low cholesterol is necessarily a good thing; to the contrary,  cholesterol deficiency may damage your health].

Cumin is native to Egypt.  For thousands of years it has been cultivated in the Middle East, India, China and Mediterranean countries.

It belongs to the same plant family as caraway, parsley, and dill.  In fact, the cumin seed resembles caraway, but the taste is quite nutty and peppery.

You’ll often find cumin as an ingredient in curry powder blends.  It’s popular around the world and is found in Mexican chili as well as Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Like most spices, cumin has a long list of potential health benefits.

A 2008 animal study in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine showed that cumin seeds inhibited loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen.  But unlike estrogen, cumin did not promote weight gain or uterine cancer.

Traditional medicine used cumin seeds to support the digestive system. Modern research shows that cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, acids, and bile necessary for proper digestion.  The essential oil of the cumin plant also contains a compound called cuminaldehyde that activates salivary glands to help predigest food. It also relieves gas and improves appetite.  And it offers relief for IBS symptoms.

Research published in 2010 in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology showed that cumin could lower blood sugar on a par with the drug glibenclamide (known in the US as glyburide).  It also lowered oxidative stress and inhibited the advanced glycated end products (AGE) which are implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular complications.

An earlier animal study found that cumin was more effective than the drug glibenclamide to reduce inflammation, cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids, and blood glucose.

Cumin may also have anti-cancer effects.  Pre-clinical research shows the spice inhibits cervical cancer and colon cancer.

Other studies show that cumin may enhance memory function.  It also has a broad range of antimicrobial powers.

Here’s how to get more cumin into your diet.

  • Add cumin to the pot when you’re cooking soups, stews, chili, rice, beans, or lentils.
  • Sprinkle cumin on vegetable sautés.  It goes well with sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and cauliflower.
  • Add to marinades, salad dressings and mayonnaise.
  • Sprinkle on roasted nuts or chickpeas.
  • Add to the meat mixture when making meatloaf, meatballs, or hamburgers.
  • Beat into scrambled eggs before cooking.
  • Buy some cumin seed tea or brew your own by boiling the seeds in water and letting them steep for 10 minutes.

For more information visit GreenMedInfo’s cumin research page.

Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/just-one-teaspoon-spice-boosts-weight-loss

Author: Margie King, author of Nourishing Menopause: The Whole Food Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Naturally.

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  • Plus, the following 3 free gifts: Wellness Journal pdf by Rodale Wellness, Super Food,Super You pdf by Dr. Josh Axe, and Vitality Resource Guide pdf by Well.org

You can find out more and register for the summit on my What’s New page.

FYI, you can get cumin seed, powder and black cumin seed oil at one of my favorite places to shop  iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60.

Vitacost.com is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of products.  If you are new to Vitacost and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the link on my webpage you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on your purchases. Plus, eBates also offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

 

 

Ayurvedic & Sustainability Events, Thyroid Self-test, Neck Yoga, And More!

 

I have two events and several other free health-related resources to tell you about today, plus a cute video just in time for Halloween :-)…..

 

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From self-care to kitchen tips, yoga and meditation secrets, and herbal tips and tricks,The Ayurveda Summit can wonderfully change your life.

This event will provide you with what you need to:

  • Drastically improve your self-care
  • Get your sleep & bodily rhythms back on track
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Lower stress & anxiety
  • Navigate your relationships with ease
  • Dramatically slow the aging process
  • Learn proven secrets from Ayurveda you can apply to your life right now
  • Grow your Ayurveda & Yoga business
  • And much more!

When you sign up you’ll also receive access to 5 bonuses, including a 90 min. workshop with Cate Stillman where you’ll learn about your constitution and the fundamentals of Ayurvedic theory.

Another upcoming event is the 12-part docu-series called The Search for Sustainability……

During this series, which broadcasts on-line between November 1st-12th, 49 sustainability experts, permaculture designers, organic farmers, herbal medics, energy and building enthusiasts, systems analysts, green-politicians, and health educators share potentially world-changing information during this series that simply is not available all in one place anywhere else.

Topics will include:

• Taking back control of our food, health, water, and energy supplies
• Implementing simple and no-cost methods for living harmoniously with the land and our surrounding environment
• Learning to grow our own food in a sustainable and regenerative way whether you live in New York, Texas, California, Oregon or any state for that matter
• Collecting and properly using water to build back our water table and end disastrous water droughts
• Utilizing herbal medicines and ancient healing methods to thrive with our health and live longer without prescriptions or medical intervention
• Creating and participating in local co-ops, farmers markets, and food growing networks to thrive in our local communities
• Supporting and opening sustainable schools and values-based systems to support the health and consciousness of our children and the next generation
• Learning to thrive in abundance in Urban, Suburban, and Rural communities by making a few simple changes
• Having a deeper and more meaningful spiritual connection to our food, land, animals, and fellow humanity

All this and more will be shared with you at no cost during this series.

You can find out more and sign up for the Ayurvedic and Sustainability events on my websites’s What’s New page. There’s also information there about several other free events, including one on QiGong happening Oct 29th.

 

Another resource that might be of interest to you as we start to head into the often stress-filled holiday season is this relaxing neck/upper back healing yoga routine with Dasham…..

 

A thyroid self-test you can do at home from Dr. Alan Christianson….

 

A free pdf special report from Dr. Nikolas Hedberg about boosting the immune system and keeping colds and flu at bay. At the end it mentions a protocol I have read about before, but never tried…..using 3% hydrogen peroxide in the ears…..

http://drhedberg.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/BoostYourImmuneSystem1.pdf

 

And in honor of Halloween,  check out these pumpkin-related Self-help Health posts, especially the very popular one on pumpkin seeds:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-recipes-pumpkin-pumpkin-and-more-pumpkin/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/all-things-pumpkin-especially-the-seeds/

 

And to end on, here’s a short little video to give you a smile….a corgi puppy takes on a mini pumpkin. Hard to tell who wins. 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpawpackers%2Fvideos%2F1684107941807810%2F&display=popup&ref=plugin&src=video

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

The Power Of Forgiveness, Plus Free Essential Oils And Chakra Workshops And Sacred Science Movie

Did you know that unforgiveness is now classified in medical books as a disease? I certainly know it causes dis-ease and stress, which are known to be key contributing factors in many diseases. Here’s a short article about the part forgiveness plays in the healing process…..

Unforgiveness is classified in medical books as a disease. According to Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, refusing to forgive makes people sick and keeps them that way.

With that in mind, forgiveness therapy is now being used to help treat diseases, such as cancer.

“It’s important to treat emotional wounds or disorders because they really can hinder someone’s reactions to the treatments, even someone’s willingness to pursue treatment,” Standiford explained.

Of all cancer patients, 61 percent have forgiveness issues, and of those, more than half are severe, according to research by Dr. Michael Barry, a pastor and the author of the book, The Forgiveness Project.

“Harboring these negative emotions, this anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety,” he said.

“Chronic anxiety very predictably produces excess adrenaline and cortisol, which deplete the production of natural killer cells, which is your body’s foot soldier in the fight against cancer,” he explained.

Barry said the first step in learning to forgive is to realize how much we have been forgiven by God.

“When a person forgives from the heart – which is the gold standard we see in Matthew 18, forgiveness from the heart – we find that they are able to find a sense of peacefulness. Quite often our patients refer to that as a feeling of lightness,” he said.

Barry said most people don’t realize what a burden anger and hatred were until they let them go.

Source: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2015/June/The-Deadly-Consequences-of-Unforgiveness/

As it mentions in this very short video, forgiveness is not the same as condoning what someone did. It’s about letting go of the anger and hurt so you are free to move forward with your life:

http://www.cbn.com/tv/embedplayernews.aspx?bcid=4312936813001

This excerpt from an article by Vishen Lakhiani of Mind Valley has even more about the power of forgiveness….

Through this process of quantifying meditation they discovered that forgiveness meditation is far and away the best meditation to further your practice, get you into more and more favorable brain waves – and basically all of the benefits we’ve all been hoping to get out of meditation all along!
So much so that they ONLY do forgiveness meditation at this center!
“Having collected a vast amount of data, they discovered that different brainwave patterns were associated to different types of people. They studied highly creative people, Zen monks, billionaires. All of them showed very different and distinct brainwave patterns.

What’s really exciting was that he found a way to train people to replicate these patterns.”
“We had to forgive every single person in our lives who had wronged us. Even if it was in the slightest way imaginable.
I had to forgive high school teachers. Business partners. Family members. Everyone I could think of that I believed wronged me, big or small.
And every time I did a round of forgiveness, my alpha waves would spike. The people behind the program discovered that the single biggest factor suppressing alpha waves are holding on to grudges and anger. So it was critical for us to be able to release every last bit of it out of our system.”

First you imagine the person and the scene of the event where the hurt took place, next you feel the hurt or anger, and finally you move on to forgiveness through seeing what the situation taught you and fostering compassion for where that person might be in their own life.

Related Self-help Health posts:

Get Healthier With Gratitude!

 

And here are several free health resources for you to check out this weekend. First up, an 8-part workshop on the chakras from The Chopra Center…….

Want to push past your fears and life challenges? Understanding the mind-body energy system—known as the Chakra system—is the first step to overcoming obstacles and stagnancy in your life.

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the mind-body system. To visualize a Chakra in your body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy that keeps you vibrant, healthy, and alive.

Since everything in the mind-body energy system is moving, it’s essential that your seven main Chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there’s a blockage, energy cannot flow. In this eight-part series, you’ll learn all about this mind-body energy system, and find out how to open your Chakras to unblock, move, and transform energy and obstacles in your life.

This free, eight-part series will give you a taste of some energetic healing techniques you would learn at the in-depth program, Healing the Heart. We’ll be exploring each of the seven main Chakras in depth as well as learning tips on how to align them.

Free yourself from past challenges, open to new possibilities, and get “unstuck” with total awareness of your Chakras.

Find out more and sign up here.

Next, a free introductory course on essential oils…..

http://aromahead.com/courses/online/introduction-to-essential-oils/special-offer/fb

And last, learn about the forgotten healing secrets of our ancient ancestors in the award-winning documentary Sacred Science. Fascinating, insightful, informative and entertaining….I highly recommend watching this during the 10 days they are offering free viewing…..

http://www.thesacredscience.com/movie.html

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Eye-opening Eating Organic Experiment And Video

 

Food Babe Vani Hari is at it again, ……this time with an article that includes a very brief, but eye-opening video about an experiment that shows how eating organic can quickly make a significant difference in the toxic load our bodies carry……

 

Organic Effect

My decisions are simple when I go grocery shopping. I try to eat and buy organic as much as possible for health, beauty, prevention of disease and the environment. When I saw this new remarkable video, I wanted scream to from the roof tops. Not because of joy though, but because I know so many people are unknowingly being exposed to chemicals that could harm them. This video I am going to share with you today is DRAMATIC. When you see what happens when an average family that eats conventional (non-organic) food makes the switch to organic, your grocery store decisions could change forever. In just 2 short weeks, this family experienced a remarkable transformation!

In January, the independent Swedish Environmental Research Institute conducted this small experiment, using a family of five (two adults and three children), to determine whether there would be any significant changes in the pesticide levels in their bodies if they ate a diet of strictly organic food. They took urine samples from all of the family members every day for a week while they ate all conventional non-organic foods, and then every day for two weeks after they switched to all organic, so that they could analyze it for pesticides and their metabolites. Note that the term “pesticides” is an all-inclusive term for a substance that kills pests – including weeds – such as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and growth inhibitors.

Watch the video here:

 

Some pesticide levels that decreased after switching to organic:

Does a single dose always make the poison?

There’s the argument that the levels of pesticides in their bodies were low when they were eating conventional food, and that they weren’t high enough to cause health problems. You know the phrase: “the dose makes the poison”? However, the researchers here said we don’t know that for sure. They expressed concerns that we don’t know enough about the effects of all of these chemicals when they are combined in the body:

“the system for risk assessing chemicals is suitable only for one substance at a time. There is, therefore, no approved method for making an overall assessment of the effect of multiple chemicals simultaneously, i.e. the possibility that chemicals interact with one another to give a stronger or weaker effect than they would have individually. This is commonly called the “combination effect” or popularly known as the “cocktail effect”….

Given how little we currently know about the combination effects of all the different chemical substances that people are exposed to in their day-to-day lives, it may be wise to apply a principle of caution in this regard.”

What did the researchers say about the results?

  • Exposure to pesticides reduces when we eat organic products instead of conventionally grown food.
  • Choosing organic foods not only reduces the levels of a number of pesticides that we are exposed to through what we eat, but also reduces the risk of a long-term impact and combination effects.
  • Concentrations of selected pesticides decreased by an average of a factor of 9.5 when the family switched to organic food.
  • In relative terms, the children’s load decreased more than the adults’ in the food switch, probably due to their higher food intake relative to their body weight.

This isn’t the only data that came to similar conclusions!

A much larger 2015 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives analyzed the dietary exposure of organophosphates (OPs), the most common insecticides used on produce in the U.S. They found that “those who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower OP pesticide exposures than those consuming conventionally grown produce”. The researchers concluded:

“One way people can reduce their pesticide exposure… is to eat organic versions of those foods that are listed on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, which ranks fruits and vegetables according to pesticide residue level”.

Likewise, Consumer Reports recently came out with a scientific report on pesticides, and recommends choosing organic food to decrease exposure to pesticides. Consumer Reports says, “organic is always the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow our food”.

After learning all this, are you still worried about the expense of organic foods?

“You can either pay the farmer or the hospital”, says my friend Birke Baehr. I am here to help – please see over 75 of my best organic budget tips here.

Source: http://foodbabe.com/2015/05/15/organic-grocery-shopping/

More research to support eating organic:

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/benefits-of-organic-food-nutrients-1428.html

So, what do you think? Is it worth it to choose organic food? With toxins coming at us from so many sources these days….EMFs, fluoride and chlorine and other muck in our water systems, pollution in the air, etc…..I’m thinking any way we can lighten the load on our bodies is worth it!

I recently read an article about how in 2005 the American Red Cross took samples of fetal cord blood from 10 newborns and found a shocking 287 chemicals inside the samples, which included dioxins, phthalates, pesticides, Teflon byproducts, flame retardants and many others.

And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.

A study published in the journal Neurotoxicology took samples of the first bowel movement of 426 infants and found 84% contained mercury, 27% contained lead, and 27% percent had DDT, a pesticide that was banned in the US for the last 25+ years! And this was newborns, so imagine what they’d find in those of us who have been around longer!

Related Self-help Health posts:

A Revolutionary Way to Save on Food!

Water, Water Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink?

Emfs, Your Health And Vibes Up

Get The Lead Out!

Dealing With Heavy Metals & Chemical Toxins Naturally

 On a more upbeat note, the Essential Oils Revolution summit will be ending soon, but on Monday they’re doing a free full day replay of all the expert interviews. If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils and how you can use them to treat diseases (including cancer), you’ll want to check out the details here (the event is free).

FYI, I ended up buying the package of all the presentations and pdfs the other day because I haven’t had a chance to catch any of the interviews and am interested in almost every topic being presented. The bonuses are amazing and the best I’ve ever seen offered with something like this. Among other things, there are several coupons that help cover the expense of the package; in fact, if you make use of them all you could actually come out ahead!

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.