vaccinationsThe proper diet is by far the most important aspect of health, healing, and detoxification, but in cases where damage is severe or you really just want to boost or speed up the process, supplements can help you detoxify. Supplements are not, and never will be, a substitute for the right diet. They are a supplementation to the right diet and nothing more. In fact, they don’t work well with a poor diet.

Niacin, charcoal, vitamin C, spirulina, chlorella, diatomaceous earth, edible earth clays, beneficial fats and other nutrients and herbs can radically accelerate the detoxification process when they accompany a healthy diet.

Flushing with Niacin
Niacin, otherwise known as B3, is a very inexpensive way to boost the efficacy of a detox. You want the flush kind, not the “no flush.” Doctors usually recommend starting with 100 mg, but up to 5,000 a day has been used for serious drug detoxification and other urgent detox needs (such as chemical poisoning).

Don’t take niacin for too long. Taking any one single B vitamin for a long time causes an imbalance or deficiency of other B vitamins. Long term, high dose use of B3 can also damage the liver.

Take it in the morning. In 30 to 45 minutes when it kicks in, exercise or do the sauna. Try some hot tea. Drink lots of fluids (like the cranberry lemonade) and sweat out the toxins. Niacin won’t do you much good if you aren’t flushing out the junk while you do it. It’s powerful. You’ll be itchy, hot, and flushed red all over. Most people without a seriously damaged liver can easily handle 500 mg for a few days. The effects last about an hour.

Detox With Food Grade Activated Charcoal
Food grade charcoal is derived from burning pure, untainted organic substances such as coconuts or certain woods without using toxic chemicals in the process. Charcoal forms a chemical bond with heavy metals and many other toxins and is easily flushed from the body.

“The action of activated charcoal involves adsorption, not absorption of toxins. Adsorption is the electrical attraction of toxins and heavy metals, but not beneficial nutrients, to the surfaces of the fine charcoal particles. This is more of a chelation process. The charcoal itself is not absorbed into the body, so the toxins attached to the charcoal particles exit via the bowels. Don’t be surprised by black stools.” –Natural Society

For vitamin C, spirulina, and chlorella, you can make your own nutrition formula or purchase a high quality powdered nutrition formula that contains these ingredients. If you’re making your own (see below), make sure to use only clean, high-quality spirulina and chlorella and other ingredients. If you choose another multi-nutritional supplement, we highly recommend using a brand that is a nutrition powder made of ground, pure, nutritionally complete food with the enzymes still intact. The chlorella and spirulina are not only amazing superfoods that chelate and detoxify the body, they are both highly bio-available proteins, and they have a synergistic effect with the other ingredients. Do make sure any chlorella or spirulina is from a trustworthy source. These ingredients, when coming from cheap sources, are known to contain contaminants.

Epson Salts, Clay Baths, and Hot & Cold Hydrotherapy
Epson salts and clay baths help to pull toxins from the body while they cleanse the skin and unclog pores to allow more toxins to flow out. Hot and cold hydrotherapy increases blood flow throughout the body. Hot water pushes and increased blood flow to the skin’s surface while cold water drives the blood deep to the core.

Alternating hot and cold water brings fresh blood with oxygen and nutrients to the organs and glands and carries away toxins and pathogens. Start with water as hot as you can stand for a minimum of two minutes. Then turn off the hot water for two minutes of cold—the colder the better. Alternate back and forth for a total of 20 minutes, ending with cold.

Originally posted 2015-06-11 09:00:07.

Life is hard and everybody gets anxious and “frazzled” sometimes, but if this is how you feel on/off all day, maybe it’s because you smoke cigarettes. Maybe it’s also because nicotine is only 30-minute relief for the “cigarette hangover” — that feeling that ensues when the commercial cigarette’s insecticide, herbicide, ammonia and bleach enters your lungs, your blood and your cleansing organs.

Maybe you have C.I.D., Chemical Intake Disorder, where your body gets really nervous and upset when you smoke chemicals hourly, or even every half-hour for smokers who “inhale” two packs a day. Problems get a whole lot bigger when you feel lousy and when your central nervous system is in a constant frenzy, unbalanced and reeling from smoking formaldehyde, fiberglass and GMO ingredients. You can call it anxiety, depression or recurring worry, but the insomnia and frequent headaches are no “coincidence,” and they are NOT hereditary.

If your day-to-day events and experiences are overwhelming, it’s time to remove some of the obstacles that stand in the way of not only feeling normal, but feeling great and being able to deal with anything that comes your way. Doctors often misdiagnose general anxiety disorder, and for good reason. Some people take toxic weight loss supplements and consume artificial sweeteners regularly, and their doctors don’t even know. Most MDs in America barely know a thing about nutrition, so they won’t even bring up meat, milk and synthetic sugars like aspartame, sucralose and sorbitol.

Most doctors have no idea how many chemicals are in cigarettes and won’t even suggest to their patients that it’s directly correlated to their anxiety or depression. Plus, allopathic doctors have no clue HOW their patients might stop smoking. Will your doctor prescribe Chantix or Zyban? You may want to do A LOT of research before you consider those! Smoking cessation pills can make anxiety and depression worse, just check the side effects. Chantix blocks nicotine receptor sites in the brain in order to reduce nicotine cravings, but in that process, naturally occurring dopamine and serotonin are blocked, creating dangerous and nearly intolerable side effects.

Did you know that smoking significantly decreases the body’s ability to heal following surgery? Normal healing may not occur if smoking isn’t stopped. The negative effects of smoking on conditions of the musculoskeletal system and treatment of these conditions are well documented; however, most orthopedic surgeons have been reluctant to discuss these with their patients.

Anxiety can be tied to thyroid problems also. There are plenty of toxins in common foods, drinks and cosmetics that have adverse affects on thyroid function, like PCBs, dioxins, GM soy, pesticides, plastics (BPA), heavy metals and flame retardants. How many of these are in your “dirty dozen” vegetables or your Gatorade? You better check. Could these be adding to your anxiety? You bet they could.

Charles Goodstein, an MD and clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, said, “Anxiety is part of life. What makes a disorder is when people have anxiety that mounts to such an intensity that they’re no longer able to cope with it.” That’s why you have to kill the urge to smoke, which is really just the urge to kill your anxiety. So what to do?

Stop smoking and feel alive again!

Once again, there is light at the “end of the tunnel.” Natural News has insightful information and resources to help all walks of life cure themselves of C.I.D. What you do is you stop taking in chemicals! It sounds difficult, but it’s rather quite simple. A revolutionary program that is taught in 60 minutes by streaming video is recommended by the Health Ranger and is called “14AndOut – Stop Smoking Naturally in 14 Days.” Get out of the toxic “ritual” of smoking and stay positive forever. You can do it. Share the good news with smokers you know.

Originally posted 2015-01-13 11:14:39.

eating blueberriesThe health benefits of blueberries are seemingly endless, and among these are improved eyesight, particularly at night. Multiple studies out of Europe and Israel confirm that eating blueberries regularly may help improve night vision, while another study out of Japan says blueberries can help reduce eyestrain and improve weak eyesight.

In a 1998 issue of The Blueberry Bulletin, released by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey, a study on Israeli fighter pilots suggested that soldiers might gain tactical benefits by regularly consuming blueberries. Unique compounds in blueberries appear to enhance capillary elasticity and eye permeability, resulting in improved vision in the dark.

Blueberries inhibit cataract formation, protect against glaucoma

European studies looking at the bilberry, a close relative of the blueberry, have made similar assessments. The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) cites research showing that blueberries help improve overall eye health, as well as inhibit the formation of cataracts and protect against glaucoma. This, in addition to improving eye function at night.

“Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber pilots in World War II were reported to consume blueberries to help night vision,” says the Norwegian Blueberry Council. “…a recent study in Japan has scientifically documented the benefits of blueberries to help reduce eyestrain.”

“All over Japan, consumers buy small vials of blueberry juice to obtain the benefits … The Japan study showed that blueberry consumption reduced eyestrain and improved weak eyesight. Most believe that the substance, anthocyanin, in the blue pigment of the blueberry is responsible for the eyesight improvement.”

Blueberry anthocyanin benefits extend to the heart, brain, and digestive systems

The same blueberry antioxidants that are believed to benefit the eyes also benefit the other systems of the body. According to the late Dr. James Joseph, Ph.D., former lead scientist at the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Research Center, blueberries are a superior brain food.

A study he conducted before his recent passing in 2010 found that daily consumption of blueberries helps slow memory decline and protect motor function, exerting a powerful anti-aging effect. Other epidemiological studies have found that blueberries can help protect against degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, as well as improve short-term memory.

“When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries,” he told LEF back in 2006. “Call the blueberry the brain berry.”

Blueberries can also help protect against the formation of heart disease. Blueberry anthocyanins have been observed to improve the elasticity of blood vessels, increasing blood flow and protecting against clotting. Blueberries also help inhibit the buildup of “bad” cholesterol, prevent the buildup of arterial plaque, and decrease the “stickiness” of blood platelets.

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in blueberry science involve the fruit’s anti-aging properties, which are believed to be mostly due to their rich antioxidant content. Not only do blueberries help protect the brain against age-related decline, but they also help protect the central nervous system, increasing cell membrane fluidity while reducing levels of inflammatory compounds.

“Blueberry extracts have the advantage of delivering the fruit’s phytochemicals in a simple, standardized dose, while consuming blueberries as food offers the benefit of flavor,” adds LEF. “Regardless of how they are consumed, blueberries should be considered a mainstay of every healthy diet.”

Originally posted 2014-12-07 11:13:11.

antiviral herbsFlu season is upon us. Prevention is the key, but if a virus threatens your health, quick action with natural vitamins, supplements, and herbs can stop that virus in its tracks. How many of these herbs, vitamins, and anti-virals are on hand if you need them?

Vitamins
Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin C are all vital nutrients for the immune system, and are all known to help prevent help fight viruses. In particular, vitamin C is well known for it’s virus fighting properties, but if you take high doses of vitamin C to fight a virus, you should not stop taking it abruptly-taper off.

Zinc and Selenium
Zinc has been proven to be effective against the common cold and to be effective as a topical treatment for herpes sores. It is believed to be effective due to preventing replication of the virus. The immune system needs selenium to work properly and to build up the white blood cell count.

CoQ10
CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to significantly enhance the immune system.

Probiotics
Probiotics are always helpful in maintaining gut health, especially when the body is under a viral attack that involves the digestive system. Probiotic foods and drinks without added sugar can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria. Speaking of probiotics, a healthy intestinal tract is absolutely imperative for a strong immune system. See the first source below for more.

Garlic
Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. You can take garlic in a tonic or, if you can handle it, chew raw garlic. It not only will help fight the virus, it will help kill any secondary infections trying to take root.

Echinacea
Echinacea not only supports the immune system, it also has been proven to reduce the severity and duration of viral infections.

Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is believed to interfere with the enzymes that allow viruses (bacteria and fungi as well) to utilize oxygen.

Elderberry
A double blind trial showed elderberry extract’s ability to reduce symptoms of influenza and speed recovery. It also showed elderberry’s ability to enhance immune response with higher levels of antibodies in the blood. It is believed to inhibit a virus’s ability to penetrate healthy cells and protect cells with powerful antioxidants. Elderberry has also been shown to inhibit replication in four strains of herpes viruses and reduce ineffectivity of HIV strains.

Green Tea
The flavanoids in green tea are believed to fight viral infections by preventing the virus from entering host cells and by inhibiting replication.

Olive Leaf Extract
Though double blind clinical trials are needed, olive leaf extract has been shown to inhibit replication of viruses. In one study, 115 of 119 patients had a full and rapid recovery from respiratory tract infections while 120 of 172 had a full and rapid recovery from viral skin infections such as herpes.

Pau d’Arco
Pau d’arco has been used in indigenous medicine for generations. One of its compounds, lapachol, has proven effective against various viruses, including influenza, herpes simplex types I and II, and polio virus. It is believed to inhibit replication.

Liquorice Root
Studies have shown that glycyrrhizin, a compound found in liquorice root was more effective in fighting samples of coronavirus from SARS patients than four antiviral drugs. It reduces viral replication, cell absorption, and the virus’s ability to penetrate cells. It is also being used to treat HIV.

St John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been proven effective against influenza, herpes simplex, and HIV.

Remember that the best defense is a good offense. A healthy diet based on nutrient dense foods, exercise to move your lymph (more on lymph), and aid your immune system, as well as good quality sleep will build a strong, healthy immune system. A strong immune system will fight off viruses without you even knowing the battle ever took place.

Article Source: Antiviral Herbs

Originally posted 2014-10-29 12:36:26.

internal parasitesInternal parasites are more common than most people realize. There are many different kinds. Internally, there’s a pretty good chance that you and a third of the people you know have them. If we consider the possibility that there are many common parasites that we are as of yet unaware of, most of us could be suffering from them. If you want to take it a step further and consider candida a parasite (most don’t group them together, but candida does fit the description), then it could be argued that most people in the world suffer from adverse health effects due to parasites.

We use the word herb loosely here, it should really read “Foods, herbs, other things you can eat to kill parasites.” But that’s not a very good title.

Garlic
Garlic is anti-bad-stuff. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, cancer, and vampires all hate garlic. It’s an absolutely amazing herb and the best in the business at killing bad stuff. It even chelates heavy metals (removes them from the body). Garlic is also a very powerful deterrent for blood sucking parasites like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

Black Walnut-Nuts & Hull
The nuts and green hulls of black walnut (Juglans nigra) are loved by herbalists for their ability to cleanse the blood and the intestines. Black walnut hull is used to cure fungal infections. The juice from the green hulls are used to kill parasites. Only green hulls should be used.

Wormwood
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial herb with tiny yellow-green flowers. Leaves and flowers are used to treat stomach problems and wormwood is a powerful remedy for intestinal worms. Wormwood should be avoided by women who or nursing. Wormwood has strong antimicrobial properties and is used for other infections as well.

Cloves
Clove essential oil is used to dissolve eggs found in the intestines that have been left behind by worms. It’s believed to be the only herb that actually does destroy almost all parasite eggs. When used in conjunction with black walnut and wormwood, the trio break the parasite’s life-cycles. Clove is also antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Clove oil has powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties.

Thyme
Thyme is one of the best herbs for stimulating the thymus, a major gland of the immune system. Thyme helps stimulate the body’s natural defenses and works very well with echinacea to boost the ability of our immune system. Oil of thyme can eliminate growth of many parasites, and it kills them in the intestinal tract.

Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is infused with extremely high levels of free-radical-crushing antioxidants, and it is antiparasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It is a powerful, indiscriminate killer that can reset the microbial environment in the intestines. Many studies show the effectiveness of oil of oregano with everything from parasitical infections to cancer.

Chinese Goldthread
Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all types of infections, including bacterial, parasitic, yeast, and protozoan. It contains a substance called berberine, which is responsible for the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties.

Diatomaceous Earth
Food grade diatomaceous earth absorbs methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. Its positive effects include killing intestinal parasites, balancing the intestinal flora, killing viruses, and absorbing toxins. It’s great for intestinal cleanses. The only side effect known is its ability to irritate the lungs if inhaled; it is a very fine powder.

Article Source: herbal remedies antiparasitic

Originally posted 2014-10-07 11:53:50.

bone brothFrom the beginning of time (well, at least since there’s been fire), man has been eating bone broth. Have you ever wondered why?

I’m sure you remember your mother or grandmother telling you to make sure to eat your chicken soup when you were sick. And likely when you did, you actually felt better. Have you ever wondered why?

I recommend everyone make bone broth and incorporate it into your dietary routine. Here’s why.

1. It heals a leaky gut.

The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.

2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.

A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.

3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.

The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.

4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.

The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.

5. Helps with bone formations, growth and repair.

The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

6. Saves you money.

Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.

7. Super easy to make.

All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.

8. Healthier than buying supplements.

Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.

9. Fights inflammation.

Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.

10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.

The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.

Gut-Healing Chicken Broth Recipe

Ingredients:

1 organic whole chicken
8 c of water
4 -6 stalks of celery, finely chopped
½ white or yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 inch ginger root, finely chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Place all of the above ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low heat for 8 -10 hours.

I like to cook mine until the meat is falling away from the bones.

I make this just before bed and it’s ready and hot for breakfast.

You can store any excess broth in the freezer and defrost for a later time.

Article Source: Benefits of bone broth

Originally posted 2014-08-20 11:55:14.

immune-supportWith the cold and flu season upon us it is a good idea to be prepared and to stock a few useful items.

Garlic – I prefer power garlic capsules (suppliers below) which are easy to take and of very high quality. Garlic capsules which are either LOW or NO odour are next to useless because the main active ingredient Allicin (the smelly bit) has been removed! For maximum benefit you need to take a suitable dose because if the product is not available to the body in sufficient quantity it never reaches the therapeutic level required. For a person weighing 55-75 kilos, 4 capsules per day, 6 days per week is usually a beneficial dosage, obviously take less for lower body weight and more if you are heavier. (That dosage is based on 1 capsule equating to 1 clove of garlic).

Echinacea and Calendula – When experiencing symptoms associated with a virus, taking a dose of Echinacaea and Calendula I find most helpful. 25 drops of each in fairly warm water twice a day is usually very supportive, especially if taken at the onset. Continue until you are symptom free.

Originally posted 2012-11-22 22:06:03.

Explore the significant benefits such as increased oxygen levels which are supportive for all areas of the body, particularly the major organs, blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. This method is of great benefit to women with breast issues. Cancer cells hate oxygen and cannot survive in a body that is flooded with oxygen.

Originally posted 2012-10-27 22:11:15.

find-your-voiceSore Throats – The following tips are very effective in relieving symptoms arising from a variety of different causes. Tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, ulcerations, strep throat and Quincy which is extremely unpleasant, making swallowing almost impossible due to the painful swelling.

Products Required – Table salt, a large flannel or cloth, dried sage and mustard powder. All are available in most supermarkets.

Method – Use the sage to make tea – 3 heaped teaspoons in 200ml of boiling water. Strain, allow to cool and use as a gargle and mouthwash.
For the compress, wet the flannel and pour on the salt so that it is covered in about 10mm of salt, roll into flat tube and apply to the throat, it is best left on overnight so cover with a towel to avoid dampening the pillow or bedding.

Hot mustard footbath:
For instructions see asthma heath tip post.

Case study
A lady came to see me complaining of a sore throat which was so painful she was unable to swallow and had to take soluble pain killers to get any respite. She had an appointment arranged with her GP for the next morning and was hoping I could suggest something she could do in the meantime. I advised her to try the sage gargle, salt compress and hot mustard foot bath, which she followed to the letter. When she saw her GP the next day the swelling had subsided, she was pain free and able to swallow without discomfort. He was amazed at what she had achieved in such a short time without the need for an antibiotic.

Originally posted 2012-09-11 22:32:20.

keep-it-simpleAs you may have realised, I like to keep things as simple as possible, I avoid complication wherever I can, because the bodys needs are both simple and logical. If you give the body what it needs and avoid what it cannot cope with, you are on the path to a healthier life automatically.

Here are some things best avoided – Homogenised Milk – full fat, skimmed, semi-skimmed or organic, AVOID!

Choose instead full fat non-homogenised milk, organic wherever possible.

Avoid the flu jab as it is suspected by some researchers to increase the risk of contracting the flu virus. Many people who receive this vaccine become ill – they are also more likely to spread the disease to others.

Avoid cooking in vegetable oils, this includes olive oil, as at cooking temperature they tend to form trans-fatty acids. Better fats for cooking are coconut oil, ghee, dripping (both beef and lard) as they do not convert to the more dangerous trans-fatty acids.

Avoid also any processed products containing white sugar, white flour, Monosodium Glutomate and Nitrites which are used in meats and fish as a preservative.

That is enough avoids for now, that will start you on the road to good health but more information to come in future tips, including Must Haves.

Originally posted 2012-09-07 22:35:08.

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