Senin, 31 Oktober 2016

Smartphones Will Be Soon Detecting Cancer

The capabilities of smartphones are increasing every six months. From GMO detection and viruses, an extension to elaborate laboratories may soon be readily available in the palm of your hands. Washington State University researchers have now developed a low-cost, portable laboratory on a smartphone that can analyze several samples at once to catch a cancer biomarker, producing lab quality results.

"Modern biological research is also allowing an extension of laboratory devices on to small computer chips to detect biological information within DNA sequences," said biotech specialist Dr. Marek Banaszewski. "Bioinformatic algorithms within programs will aid the identification of transgenes, promoters, and other functional elements of DNA, making detection of genetically modified foods on-the-spot and real-time without transportation to a laboratory."

Other research, previously published in the American Chemical Society's journal ACS Nano, includes a cellphone camera enabled sensor for allergens in food products and a smart phone attachment that can conduct common kidney tests.

The research team, led by Lei Li, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, recently published the work in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

At a time when patients and medical professionals expect always faster results, researchers are trying to translate biodetection technologies used in laboratories to the field and clinic, so patients can get nearly instant diagnoses in a physician's office, an ambulance or the emergency room.

The WSU research team created an eight channel smartphone spectrometer that can detect human interleukin-6 (IL-6), a known biomarker for lung, prostate, liver, breast and epithelial cancers. A spectrometer analyzes the amount and type of chemicals in a sample by measuring the light spectrum.

lthough smartphone spectrometers exist, they only monitor or measure a single sample at a time, making them inefficient for real world applications. Li's multichannel spectrometer can measure up to eight different samples at once using a common test called ELISA, or colorimetric test enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, that identifies antibodies and color change as disease markers.

Although Li's group has only used the smartphone spectrometer with standard lab-controlled samples, their device has been up to 99 percent accurate. The researchers are now applying their portable spectrometer in real world situations.

"With our eight channel spectrometer, we can put eight different samples to do the same test, or one sample in eight different wells to do eight different tests. This increases our device's efficiency," said Li, who has filed a provisional patent for the work.

"The spectrometer would be especially useful in clinics and hospitals that have a large number of samples without on-site labs, or for doctors who practice abroad or in remote areas," he said. "They can't carry a whole lab with them. They need a portable and efficient device."

Li's design works with an iPhone 5. He is creating an adjustable design that will be compatible with any smartphone.

The work was funded by the National Science Foundation and a WSU startup fund. It is in keeping with WSU's Grand Challenges, a suite of research initiatives aimed at large societal issues. It is particularly relevant to the challenge of sustaining health and its themes of healthy communities.

Source: Prevent Disease

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6 Natural Herbs Which Can Prevent Mental Disorders

When it comes to our health, we do everything humanly possible to maintain it. However, when it comes to our mental well-being, we often ignore our emotional extremes and mood swings. Stress, insomnia, and genetics all contribute to hormonal imbalances and this may result in a number of mental diseases and disorders. Many of nature's herbs contain vitamins, minerals and many antioxidants that can counter and prevent several ailments which deteriorate mental health.

Antioxidants are found to play an important part in this regard. Herbs having antioxidant properties cancel the effects of oxidative compounds that are already present in the body. Since our body is incapable of producing antioxidants that can cancel the effects of all the oxidative free radicals, these have to be taken in the form of dietary supplements.

Many herbs have been used since ancient times, for the prevention and treatment of almost every disease known to man. They can either be encapsulated or taken in form of herbal teas. The good thing about herbal treatments is that they do not pose any serious threats to one's health as they have minimal side effects.

Mulungu bark is used in Central and South America for calming the nerves, improving the mood and aiding sleep. Mulungu contains erythravine, an active alkaloid which helps in anxiety reduction and protecting brain function. The flavanoids found in Mulungu are one of the best antioxidants and help in having a healthier brain. They are found to inhibit anxiety without any side effects and do not affect basic motor skills.

Another effect of Mulungu is the strong physical sensation of well being. It elevates the mood as well. It is known to be helpful with brain diseases like epilepsy, insomnia and anxiety. Studies have shown that all these diseases lead to major brain disorders and other brain degenerative diseases. Mulungu can be taken on its own or with a stimulant like green tea to amplify its effects. It gives mental clarity and improves brain function.

Mucuna has been used in ayurvedic medicine since 1500 B.C and is also known as the velvet bean. Mucuna contains L.dopa which is a biochemical precursor to several neurotransmitters. Dopamine happens to be one of these neurotransmitters in addition to adrenaline and noradrenalin, and it supports improved brain function and increased memory. It also regulates the mood and cognition.

Mucuna is widely known as an anti aging herb. The antioxidant properties make it anti inflammatory and effective towards the protection of neurons. It protects brain function by keeping a check over cognitive and neural functions. Mucuna's secret benefit is that it fights redness in brain, which is one of the symptoms of brain degradation.

Passion flower, also called apricot vine, was found in 1956 in Peru. Passion flower is used in herbal medicines to promote calmness and relaxation. It is also found to be very helpful in reducing anxiety. In synergy with other forms of treatment, it is found to be effective in reducing anxiety, irritability, insomnia and agitation. It also helps with psychiatric disorder called adjustment disorder with anxious mood. Passion flower also helps with sleep disorders and seizures.

The best way to take passion flower is, as an herbal tea. According to the NYU Langone Medical Center, you should drink one cup of passion flower tea, three times a day.

A natural tranquilizer, Skullcap is an American perennial herb found from New York to Virginia and southwards to South Carolina, Alabama and Missouri. Skullcap is a very powerful medicinal herb. It is used in treatments of many nervous related disorders like epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia and anxiety. It is also used in the treatment of ADD and a number of other nervous disorders. It is anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, febrifuge, sedative and tonic in nature. It contains volatile oils, tannins and scutellarins that are very helpful in mental disorders. Research suggests it possesses mood enhancing properties and protects brain against damaging effects caused by inflammation.
According to HerbsList, Skullcap eases muscle spasms, muscle twitching and may help in ailments that involve involuntary limb movement, such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.

From the roots and stem of the piper methysticum plant, a non-alcoholic beverage is made. This herb is found in the islands of South Pacific. It is being used since the early 90's as the herbal medicine for stress and anxiety. It contains kava lactones which are responsible for its psychoactive qualities. They work in the brain to produce non narcotic action against anxiety. Kava is beneficial for anxiety and doesn't affect heart rate or blood pressure.

Other disorders where Kava has been found beneficial are migraines, ADHD, psychosis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Ginseng, also called Panax ginseng, and is a widely used herbal remedy, all over the world. Its health benefits have been known for over thousands of years. It is used as a tonic to balance, stimulate and relax the nervous system. It brings strength and wisdom.
Ginseng is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are known to make us more resilient to mental and physical stress. They reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase the adrenal gland. Adaptogens can calm you down and boost your energy without over stimulation.

It has the same relaxing effect and increased alertness as experiences after green tea. It helps in getting better sleep, increased energy levels and greater personal satisfaction. It is also helpful with the treatment of depression by regulating serotonin, dopamine and noreprinephrine. It works as brain booster and protector. It improves brain function and concentration. It helps with memory issues and protects against age related mental issues. Ginseng also works as an antioxidant and helps in protecting the brain cells against free radical damage.

Increasingly large numbers of people are suffering from brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Dementia. A number of medicines are also available to help with the symptoms, but they are heavy on the pocket and come with many side effects. These herbs have been in use since hundreds of years and do not pose any health threats. Continuous use of these herbs will ensure a healthy brain, strong enough to fight away any disease.

Source: Prevent Disease

Combining Garlic and Lemon Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure and Bad Cholesterol

Combining garlic and lemon juice slashes total cholesterol levels in people with elevated blood lipids, as well as improves their blood pressure, says a new study.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are multifactorial disorders which are characterized by multiple metabolic dysfunctions. CVDs are the major cause of mortality and morbidity in the world.

Data published in the PubMed-listed International Journal of Preventive Medicine indicated that 20 grams per day of garlic and one tablespoon of lemon juice produced significantly greater reductions in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and fibrinogen compared to garlic alone, lemon juice alone, or control.

With their unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, allium vegetables–such as garlic–belong in your diet on a regular basis. There's research evidence for including at least one serving of an allium vegetable–such as garlic–in your meal plan every day. Raw honey garlic lemon shots are known as an effective method to supercharge your immune system.

The combination was also associated with significant reductions in blood pressure, but only compared to the lemon juice only and control groups, which supports the cardiovascular benefits of garlic. Indeed, a recent meta-analysis of 7 randomized controlled trials concluded that garlic supplements could reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by an average of 6.71 mmHg and 4.79 mmHg, respectively (Phytomedicine, Vol 22, pp. 352-361).

Study Details

Scientists from the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran recruited 112 people with elevated blood lipid levels (hyperlipidemic) to participate in their parallel-designed randomized controlled clinical trial. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four groups: The first group received the combination intervention; the second group received 20 grams per day of fresh garlic; the third group received 1 tablespoon lemon juice per day; and the final group did not receive any intervention.

After eight weeks of intervention, the results showed that the combined garlic and lemon group experienced significant reductions in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and fibrinogen, compared with the other groups.

In addition, greater reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure was observed for the combination and garlic only groups, compared with the other two groups.

The Iranian researchers also detected a greater reduction in BMI in the mixed group compared with the lemon juice and control groups.

"A combination of garlic and lemon juice resulted in an improvement in lipid levels and blood pressure of people with hyperlipidemia," wrote the researchers. "Further studies to determine the appropriate doses of garlic and lemon juice for these patients are warranted. In addition, the effect of a combination of garlic and lemon juice might be different based on the degree of hyperlipidemia."

Source: Prevent Disease

How Infection Caused By Root Canals Might Be The Reason You Are Getting Sick

A root canal is hardly an enjoyable experience, but it is a commonly performed procedure in most adults. But the question remains, is it a wise one? What many may not know is that there are issues with root canal therapy that people should be aware of before deciding to have one.

Dr. Robert Kulacz is a dentist that has spent a significant portion of his professional career trying to answer this question. He began practicing dentistry in Brewster, New York. After six years as an associate, he opened his own practice in Somers, New York in 1992, where he performed all the conventional procedures of dentistry, from restorations to extractions and root canals. Dr. Kulacz stopped performing root canals in 1995, but to be clear, he does not promote a ban on root canals, but stresses the importance of informed consent by patients.

What he discovered years ago profoundly changed his life, and led him to write a book about his findings called, The Toxic Tooth: How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick.

I did a lot of root canals for many years. Everything was going smoothly until one day, a patient of mine said to me, 'You know, I heard from my physician that root canals may be bad; that root canals may cause or contribute to other diseases in the body.'

And I said, 'You're crazy. Who is telling you this? That's impossible. You got to look at this information.' He gave me websites of organizations like the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to look at.

I went on to explore this topic so I could come back to him and say, 'Here is where you're wrong, here's where your physician is wrong, and here is where the American Dental Association is right.'

Lo and behold, I found out they're right; I was wrong.

I looked at Weston Price's work, the work of Rosenow, and others. I decided to go to an IAOMT meeting… Dr. Boyd Haley's lecture on root canals and how toxic they are changed my life. I realized I was wrong… From that day on, I changed my practice.

What's The Deal With Root Canals?

The American Dental Association states that root canals are a safe procedure that cannot cause any systemic diseases, and according to Dr. Kulacz and others who have spent time investigating the matter, that's simply not true.

There has been recent research that presents valid proof of systemic illnesses that are a direct result from hidden infections lingering in filled roots. These conclusions are based on research performed by Dr. Weston Price over a 25 year period in the beginning of the twentieth century. The research done by Dr. Weston Price discusses how root canals can cause bacteria to become trapped inside the tooth structure, and can be the cause of many diseases in the body.

Understanding  The Focal Infection Theory

A high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases may actually originate from root canals, with the most common diseases listed as circulatory and heart disease, and the next common diseases are those involving joints and arthritis. The allegation is that there was a series of events that led to important information being hidden about seventy years ago by a group of doctors who didn't fully understand the "focal infection theory."

The focal infection theory says that germs from a central focal infection such as decaying teeth, roots, inflamed gum tissues, and tonsils, can metastasize to the heart, eyes, kidneys, lungs, or other organs and tissues. This then spreads the same infection to these new areas.  This theory has been proven extensively and is regarded as fact. Focal infection states that the bacteria can move into surrounding tissues and travel to other locations in the body through the bloodstream.

Many dentists believe they can sterilize a root canal tooth and that the act of instrumenting and irrigating the canal will eliminate all the bacteria, but that's not the case.

Patients and doctors have been led to believe that infections are not of concern because of antibiotics, but this is simply not true. In the situation of root-filled teeth, the tooth is no longer alive, and does not have blood being supplied to its interior. This means that antibiotics will not reach this area and will not fight any bacteria that exist there.

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrograph. E. faecalis biofilm attached to the root canal wall and entering the dentinal tubule; Journal of Applied Oral Science.
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrograph. E. faecalis biofilm attached to the root canal wall and entering the dentinal tubule; Journal of Applied Oral Science.

The main part of teeth is called "dentin," and while this appears solid, it is actually made up of tiny "tubules." In healthy teeth, these tubules transport a fluid that nourishes the inside of the tooth. However, a root-filled tooth does not have any fluid circulating through it anymore, yet the tubules remain. Any bacteria that are present in this area of the root-filled tooth are out of reach of antibiotics. The tiny organisms hiding in the tubules move further in to the interior of the tooth to stay and then multiply.

Dr. Price performed many experiments while conducting his research. One such experiment involved removing an infected tooth from a woman who had severe arthritis. Dr. Price took the infected tooth and implanted it under the skin of a healthy rabbit. Incredibly, within 48 hours the rabbit had severe arthritis as well. Today's scientists are able to confirm the research conducted by Dr. Price, with recent research finding strains of "streptococcus," "staphylococcus," and "spirochetes" existing in root canals.


One more factor that plays an important role in this situation is the fact that large numbers of bacteria are common in the mouth, and they will morph and adapt to changing conditions. They can shrink to fit small areas and they can also survive on small amounts of food. The organisms that must have oxygen are even able to mutate and survive without oxygen, so because of this adaptation, these organisms can become pathogenic and are able to produce serious disease.

What Patients Need To Know Before Consenting To Root Canals

Root canals will not make everyone sick, however, it is a current belief that every root canal will leak, and this leakage will allow bacteria to invade the structure. The variable between those who become sick with a degenerative disease and those who do not seems to be the strength of a person's immune system. This means that people who are in good health will be able to control the organisms that escape from their teeth and infiltrate other areas of the body.

That said, Dr. Mercola explains that bacteria trapped within root canal teeth are actually "hidden" from the immune system due to a lack of blood supply, and that the root canal tooth becomes more infected over time due to the influx of bacteria from the surrounding gum tissue.

Other research has shown pathogenic bacteria from infected root canals destroy or kill the white blood cells designed to eliminate them, which is why the surrounding jaw bone can harbor such chronic infection. The bacteria can also evade your immune system by:

  • Bacterial mimicry, which is mimicking your body's own bacteria, so the white blood cells will not attack them.
  • Disabling your antibodies and white blood cells
  • Forming sticky biofilms

Methods of Prevention

When it comes to tooth and gum health, diet and oral hygiene is almost always the primary cause of infection. And with most medical interventions, preventative measures can always be taken to avoid the intervention in the first place. This means a healthy diet, rich in whole foods and low in processed carbs is always your best protective measure against dental disease and infection.

When we feed oral bacteria simple carbs, like sugar, these microorganisms produce acidic by-products which in turn eat away at the teeth. Over time these acidic environments lead to more severe infections and the need for interventions like root canals. Not only does a healthy diet help your teeth, but it optimizes your immune system.

Options In Making A Decision

If you must have a rot canal, Dr. Mercola recommends ozone therapy prior to this procedure or even before having an extraction. This is a substance which destroys toxic material and increases your immune response. The ozone is injected around the site of infection with a syringe, and it usually takes a few visits to heal fully. However, if the pulp tissue has died due to infection, nothing will bring it back to life.

If you decide against having a root canal, and opt to have the tooth extracted, there are several options on how to restore that missing tooth. The first and least expensive option is replacing the missing tooth with a removable appliance or partial denture. You need to take it out at night, put it back in in the morning, and keep it clean.

The second and considerably more expensive alternative is to do a bridge. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for caps or crowns, and the missing tooth is attached to those two teeth. The bridge is permanently put in as one unit. The problem is you have to cut down a lot of the enamel on the adjacent teeth, which causes trauma to those teeth, potentially risking the need for another root canal over time.

You could also choose a dental implant, which is the most expensive, and can cause issues within the mouth such a galvanizing with other metallic materials. Dr. Kulacz prefers zirconium implants, as they do not have metallic ions found in titanium implants.

Original Source: The Science Of Eating

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9 Types Of Cancer That Can Be Killed By Cannabis (HERE’S HOW)

Cannabis has been making a lot of noise lately, as multiple states across the U.S. and countries around the world have successfully legalized medical Marijuana.

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant grown in many parts of the world, and has been used for medicinal purposes dating back to ancient times. It produces a resin containing compounds called cannabinoids. These Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. Some of these cannabinoids are psychoactive and act on the brain by changing mood or consciousness. Cannabinoids can be taken by mouth, inhaled, or sprayed under the tongue.

Studies of The Therapeutic Properties Of Cannabis

Cannabis and cannabinoids have been studied in the laboratory and the clinic for relief of pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite. Two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) are drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting.

However, the therapeutic potential of cannabis almost appears limitless, as it extends far beyond just relieving nausea or pain in the terminally ill. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, has been studying the molecular activity of cannabinoids for more than 10 years, and during this time she and her colleagues have learned that tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell "suicide" while leaving healthy cells alone.

This discovery was pretty unexpected, as Sanchez and her team had actually been studying brain cancer cells for the purpose of better understanding how they function. During this process, they observed that when exposed to THC, tumoral cells not only ceased to multiply and proliferate but destroyed themselves, both in lab tests and animal trials. This was first reported on back in 1998, and published in a paper on the anti-cancer effects of THC in the European biochemistry journalFEBS Letters.

The Human Body is Designed to Utilize Cannabis Compounds

Research in the 1980s revealed that the human body contains two specific targets for THC. There is a framework known as the endocannabinoid system, that processes THC and other cannabinoids, along with containing various cannabinoid receptors throughout the body that utilize them. Together, these two natural systems allow the body to benefit from the cannabinoids found in cannabis, some of which aren't found anywhere else in nature. The endocannabinoid system regulates a lot of biological functions: appetite, food intake, motor behavior, reproduction, and many, many other functions. And that's why the plant has such a wide therapeutic potential.

Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids help to inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow larger. Laboratory and animal studies have gone on to show that cannabinoids can kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

Brain Cancer Benefits

  • A study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics outlines how brain tumors are highly resistant to current anticancer treatments, which makes it crucial to find new therapeutic strategies aimed at improving the poor prognosis of patients suffering from this disease.
  • A study published in the British Journal of Cancerconducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid, determined that THC and other cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth. THC was found to decrease tumour cells in two out of the nine patients, and the delivery was safe and was achieved with zero psychoactive effects.
  • A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience examined the biochemical events in both acute neuronal damage and in slowly progressive, neurodegenerative diseases. They looked at THC and found that it reduced neuronal injury in rats, and provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can protect the brain against neurodegeneration.
  • A study published in The Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics already acknowledged the fact that cannabinoids have been shown to possess antitumor properties. This study examined the effect of cannabidiol (non psychoactive cannabinoid compound) on human glioma cell lines (Glioma is the word used to describe brain tumor). The addition of cannabidiol led to a dramatic drop in the viability of glioma cells, the study concluded that cannabidiol was able to produce a significant antitumor activity.

Breast Cancer Benefits

Lung Cancer Benefits

  • A study published in the journal Oncogene, by Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department determined that THC inhibits epithelial growth factor induced lung cancer cell migration and more. They go on to state that THC should be explored as novel therapeutic molecules in controlling the growth and metastasis of certain lung cancers.
  • A study published by the US National Library of Medicine, conducted by Harvard Medical School investigated the role of cannabinoid receptors in lung cancer cells. They determined its effectiveness and suggested that it should be used for treatment against lung cancer cells.
  • A study published by the US National Library of Medicine by the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, from the Department of General Surgery in Germany determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell invasion. Effects were confirmed in primary tumor cells from a lung cancer patient.  Overall, data indicated that cannabinoids decrease cancer cell invasiveness.

Prostate Cancer Benefits

Blood Cancer Benefits

Liver Cancer Benefits

Pancreatic Cancer Benefits

  • A study published in The American Journal of Cancer determined that cannabinoid receptors are expressed in human pancreatic tumor cell lines and tumor biopsies at much higher levels than in normal pancreatic tissue. Results showed that cannabinoid administration induced apoptosis. They also reduced the growth of tumor cells, and inhibited the spreading of pancreatic tumor cells.

Oral Cancer Benefits

Colon Cancer Benefits

  • A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the Colon and have some potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer.

Aids Chemotherapy

A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD made the chemo more effective, and increased cancer cell death without harming the normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.

Other Effects of Cannabinoids Include:

  • Anti-inflammatory activity
  • Antiviral activity
  • Relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis



Why Turmeric, Coconut Oil, And Black Pepper Make A Powerful Cancer-Fighting Drink

Anti-inflammatory compounds might hold the key to preventing cancer. Of course, eating a plant-based diet, regular exercise, managing stress through daily meditation have all shown to significantly improve health as well.

How Turmeric Fights Cancer

Turmeric is a spice with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It actually contains one of the world's most powerful non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory compounds.

A large number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin has proven chemopreventive effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent them from growing.

It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. It's also been proven effective against colon, prostate, ovarian, and brain cancer.

Black Pepper

Piperine, the active compound in black pepper, can increase curcumin absorption in both rats and humans with no adverse effects . It's been said to increase effectiveness of turmeric by as much as 2000%!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil makes a great sidekick to turmeric because curcumin is fat-soluble. This means it needs to be dissolved in fat to make it into the intestine, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Coconut oil also full of antioxidants and substantial amounts of other compounds deemed to be anticancer agents (e.g. squalene and terpenoids).

Cancer-Fighting Recipe

Turmeric is a great spice to use in the kitchen, in anything from curries and vegetable seasoning to hot milk and tea.

The following recipe comes from Dr. Carolyn Anderson who recommends taking this mixture as often as you can. via HuffingtonPost


  • 1 teaspoon organic turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


  • Mix all the ingredient in a small bowl until they all blend together well.
  • Take once a day on an empty stomach.

Source: Bare Natural Truth

Minggu, 30 Oktober 2016

The Technique That Will Quickly Unclog Your Lymph Glands!

The truth is, most people have never heard of lymphatic drainage or even the lymphatic system. This is because it is not often talked about, however, in 2012 researchers at USCmade this statement:

… the lymphatic system is no less essential than the blood circulatory system for human health and well-being.

Researchers found that the lymphatic system is vital for both tissue repair and controlling inflammation in most organs of the human body.

The improper drainage of the lymphatic system, results in an impaired immune system, or even tumors in the lymph nodes. Even though you exercise your body daily, you also need to exercise your lymphatic system by helping it drain properly.

Keeping your lymphatic system in great shape is necessary for optimal health.

Why You Should Detoxify Your Lymphatic System

You probably know by now that we are exposed to a ton of toxins daily, to be more specific over 82,000 different toxins.

When toxins build up and if we don't detox our system regularly, our organs become overburdened which compromises our overall health.

This is where the lymphatic system comes in play. The lymphatic system cleanses the fluid that surrounds the cells in your body by removing impurities and waste products. This helps cells in the body to function properly.

An unhealthy lymphatic system can lead to serious health problems such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, aches and pains, bloating and problems with digestion.

According to Dr. David WIlliams, "No drug exists that has the ability to improve lymphatic flow; however, the job can easily be handled through the topical application of Castor oil. "

The procedure  is very simple. All that you have to do is apply castor oil to different parts of the skin.

For lymphatic stimulation, just apply a castor oil pack to the lower abdomen.  Take a cotton cloth folded in several layers and cold-pressed oil castor oil.  Saturate the cloth in oil and apply it to the skin. You can leave it on overnight.

The castor oil pack will increase circulation of lymphatic fluids, reduce inflammation and improve your digestive system.

Herbs to Help Detoxify The Lymphatic System

Herbs and teas can be used to purify the lymph. One of the most effective herbs to detoxify your lymphatic system is echinacea.

It is believed to boost your immune and support lymphatic functions. Echinacea is used to reduce inflammation and ward off bacterial, fungal and viral infections.

Echinacea helps strengthen certain kinds of cells in the lymph nodes called macrophages, which excrete the toxins out of the lymph.

Sweat It Out in a Sauna

Perspiration is one of the best ways to get rid of toxins.  Sauna baths raise our bodies temperature, thus stimulating sweat glands. Built up toxins such as copper, lead, sodium, mercury and other dangerous chemicals are excreted through sweat.


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Sabtu, 29 Oktober 2016

The Painkilling Cayenne Cream Recipe That Anyone With Stiff Joints Or Sore Muscles Needs To Try

This amazing article was written by Dr. Maggie Luther, ND. We encourage you to check out her website here and follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!

Ready to make a soothing muscle rub for back pain that is natural and free from chemicals?

Well, great. Today I am going to share with you a homemade soothing muscle rub that is easy and fairly quick to make at home. Many of these things you may already have in your kitchen. And the few you don't, you can easily find at a natural food store or coop.

Now you may be wondering why cayenne would be the main ingredient for a muscle and joint rub. Great question!

Why Cayenne Works for Muscle Pain

Capsaicin, one of cayenne's active constituents stimulates the release of something known as "substance P" in the body. Substance P is released from nerve cells and the inflammatory cells of the immune system. Substance P is most noted for its role in helping the body perceive pain and in stimulating the release of various cytokines to induce a healthy inflammatory response.

Cayenne also dilates blood vessels, which allows for more anti-inflammatory cells to make their way to the affected area. When substance P is released and subsequently depleted, as is the case when you repeatedly apply cayenne, the threshold of pain in that area increases. This is also known as pain desensitization. 1,2

What happens is the area actually feels less painful. This allows you to take some much needed steps to helping that part of the body heal. Whether it be walking, stretching, exercises or physical therapy, with the assistance of cayenne, you can help your body heal a lot sooner!

Beyond the Cayenne

This rub is full of additional ingredients that will help your tired, achy muscles relax and maybe even heal some!!

Coconut oil is a wonderful oil that nourishes the skin. It is antimicrobial so is a perfect base for this rub. Coconut oil has been shown to have its own pain reducing and anti-inflammatory properties. 3

Raw cocoa butter is nourishing to the skin. It contains a high amount of antioxidants (just like chocolate) and will be nicely absorbed by the skin along with the beneficial herbs to help penetrate the muscles below.

Ginger is an spic with a long history of use in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and warming. When used in a muscle rub it will help stimulate the movement of blood flow. This allows for new blood to come into the area bringing with it new immune cells and helps push along old blood containing inflammatory cells that have done their job at the site of pain. 4

Turmeric, similar to ginger, is a spice with a very long history of use for its anti-inflammatory and healing effects. Turmeric will help to reduce swelling and keep the body's inflammation in check. Remember inflammation is good for the healing process. But not when the body is chronically inflamed. 5

Peppermint Essential Oil has menthol in it. This is another common compound used for muscle soreness as it will reduce pain and relax the muscles. Peppermint cools an area providing similar relief as ice. 6 There is a nice balance here with the ginger and the peppermint. The former is working to warm the area and bring new blood flow and immune cells, while the later is constricting the muscles and moving the blood along to get rid of waste.

It is a really wonderful combination!

In addition to using the rub for sore muscles, remember to:

  1. Rest the area. One of the worst things most people do is to not sufficiently rest an area that chronically has pain. Rest is paramount to healing! With low back pain, lying down or sitting with legs up is often helpful.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Water is needed to carry your blood around and in that blood there are immune cells just waiting to help reduce inflammation. Adequate water is paramount to healing. Be sure to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water a day. If you are dealing with an injured area, another 15-20 ounces will go a long way.
  3. Consider taking Turmeric capsules for arthritis pain reduction and healing. Turmeric capsules, 1500mg/day, has been shown to be just as effective as NSAIDs for reducing pain in folks with knee osteoarthritis, and without the side effects like NSAIDS (one of which is delayed healing). 5

Cayenne Muscle & Joint Rub Recipe:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw cocoa butter (if you can't find this, then just use all coconut oil)
  • ¼ cup beeswax (grated to facilitate melting process)
  • 2 tsp organic Cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp organic Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp organic Ginger powder
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 4 oz. glass jar


  1. Place the coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax into a pyrex glass container and place that into a sauce pan that contains 2-3 inches of water (the pyrex will be resting in the water).
  2. Bring the water to a simmer. Continually stir the mixture until the cocoa butter and beeswax are completely melted, along with the coconut oil.
  3. Add the cayenne, turmeric and ginger powder and stir until they are completely moistened (roughly a minute).
  4. Remove from heat and add the peppermint essential oil.
  5. Pour the mixture into a glass jar immediately and allow to cool before placing a lid on top.
  6. Use liberally on affected area.

Storage: best stored in the fridge due to the fact it does not have preservatives in it. Lasts approximately 6-8 weeks.

CAUTION: be sure to wash your hands after you apply to affected area, as both cayenne and peppermint EO can be very strong. Also, turmeric may cause mild skin yellowing which is normal.

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Jumat, 28 Oktober 2016

10 Deadly Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys

Our kidneys are super important for our health. They filter our blood, produce hormones, absorb minerals, produce urine, eliminate toxins, and neutralize acids. So as one of the most important organs in your body, your kidneys deserve some love.

Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as "The Silent Diseases". That's why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late.

Here's a list of 10 common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause serious damage over time.

1.    Not Drinking Enough Water

Your kidney's most important function is to filter blood and eliminate toxins and waste materials. When you don't drink enough plain water during the day toxins and waste material start to accumulate and can cause severe damage to your body.

2.    Too Much Salt In Your Diet

Your body needs sodium or salt to work properly. Most people however consume too much salt which may raise blood pressure and put a lot of stress on the kidneys. As a good rule of thumb, no more than 5 grams of salt should be eaten on a daily basis.

3.    Frequently Delaying The Call Of Nature

Many of us ignore the urge to go because they are too busy or want to avoid public bathrooms. Retaining urine on a regular basis increases urine pressure and can lead to kidney failure, kidney stones, and incontinence. So listen to your body when nature calls.

4.    Kick The Sugar Habit

Scientific studies show that people who consume 2 or more sugary drinks a day are more likely to have protein in their urine. Having protein in your urine is an early sign your kidneys are not doing their job as they should.

5.    Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies

Eating a clean, whole food diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits is important for your overall health and a good kidney function. Many deficiencies can increase the risk of kidney stones or kidney failure. Vitamin B6 and magnesium, for instance, are super important to reduce the risk of kidney stones.

An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Americans isn't getting enough magnesium, so there may be a good chance that you are one of them. Click here to learn more about magnesium deficiencies.

6.    Too Much Animal Protein

Over consumption of protein, especially red meat, increases the metabolic load on your kidneys. So more protein in your diet means your kidneys have to work harder and this can lead to kidney damage or dysfunction over time.

7.    Sleep Deprivation

We have all heard how important it is to get a good night's rest. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many diseases and kidney diseases are also on the list. During the night your body repairs damaged kidney tissue, so give your body the time to heal and repair itself.

8.    Coffee Habit

Just as salt, caffeine can raise blood pressure and put extra stress on your kidneys. Over time excessive consumption of coffee can cause damage to your kidneys.

9.    Painkiller Abuse

Way too many people take painkillers for their small aches and pains, while there are many all-natural, safe remedies available. Excessive use or painkiller abuse can lead to severe damage of liver and kidneys.

10.  Alcohol Consumption

Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine or having a beer once in a while, most of us don't stop after just one drink. Alcohol is actually a legal toxin that puts a lot of stress on our kidneys and liver.

To stay healthy and avoid kidney issues it is important to eat lots of fresh, whole foods and if you keep the above information in mind and avoid these common habits as much as possible, your kidneys will not be under constant stress and your body will thank you for that.


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Kamis, 27 Oktober 2016

Ditch The Inhaler And Cure Asthma For Good With These Simple Dietary Changes

Now there is a remedy for asthma right at home, in your kitchen. Stop/reduce those asthmatic attacks with the right nutrition.


Asthma is a condition in which the airways temporarily narrow in response to a certain stimuli that usually do not affect the airways in normal lungs. It is characterized by recurrent attacks of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath that can range from mild to life-threatening.

During such attacks, the small airways in the lungs suddenly become clogged with mucus and other secretions. If not cleared, the blockage can lead to suffocation.

Studies have shown that the major underlying cause of asthma is a chronic inflammation and thickening of the bronchial tubes and nasal passages leading to dramatic muscle spasms, constriction of air passages and consequent breathing difficulties.

Asthma patients who depend on inhalers that contain steroids may have the lung walls coated with this drug/chemical that may cause further breathing/respiratory problems over a period of time. It is a vicious cycle but want that needs to be broken.

Making eating clean as a lifestyle should be one of the first steps to prevent further asthma attacks. Eating/juicing plenty of healing fruits and vegetables will help reduce/eliminate the underlying inflammation of air passages, dilate the air passages, thin down mucus in the lungs, and reduce food allergy reactions that trigger asthma attacks.


Although asthma can develop at any age, it usually begins in childhood, in the first five years of their life. Some children continue to have asthma into their adult years, in others it resolves.

When a sufferer comes in contact with trigger matters, the airways narrow and the sufferer develops difficulty in breathing, accompanied by wheezing. Not all asthma attacks produce wheezing. Mild asthma in very young children, may result only in a cough. In older children, they may tend to cough only when exercising or exposed to cold air.

In a severe attack, breathing becomes visibly difficult, wheezing becomes louder as the sufferer breathes faster and with greater effort, gasping for breath.


Airway obstruction is often caused by abnormal sensitivity to chemical substances that inflame airways, making them swollen and stimulating the muscle cells in the walls of the airways to contract when they should not. Continuous use of steroids may also cause this.

There are many potential triggers that cause these contractions, but most sufferers respond to only a few. Triggers include inhaled allergens such as pollens, particles from dust mites or feathers, and animal dander.

Cigarette smoke, fumes or perfumes, cold air, viral infections, emotional distress, can also provoke asthma attacks.


When you know what triggers your asthma attack, you can prevent flare-ups by avoiding them. An asthma attack induced by food commonly happens within minutes or an hour or so after eating the offending food. However, some reactions may take a day or more to appear, making it difficult for you to pin-point the culprit.

I believe that by firstly avoiding foods that may aggravate, then maintain your health at an optimum level, you can keep asthma away—maybe even for good. Start by reading materials that teach you about optimum health; by exploring this site that teaches you about healing foods, and consistently applying them. A healthful dietary and lifestyle change will take you a long way.

Some of the foods to avoid:

  • All animal products such as eggs, cow's milk, dairy products, meat (include beef, pork, mutton, chicken and fish)
  • Soft drinks because of the harmful ingredients in them
  • Sodium and monosodium glutamate. A diet high in sodium can increase the spastic constriction of your bronchial tubes that histamine causes.
  • Cooking in vegetable oils such as corn oil, safflower and sunflower seed oils. These promote inflammation and counteract the benefits of the anti-inflammatory foods that you consume
  • Alcohol in its pure form can actually help asthmatic constriction to a certain degree. BUT, the alcohol we drink is rarely pure, rather is usually an additive in beverages, such as beer, wine or distilled spirits. The remnants of the hops, the malt, the grapes, the barley, sulfites in wines or the corn from which the liquor was made may bother and trigger an attack.

Foods that help:

  • Eat/juice plenty of fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Juices easily help you achieve an optimal amount that is therapeutic.
  • Fish oil high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna.
  • In an emergency, drinking brewed coffee (but not instant or processed coffee) that contains caffeine, or tea that contains theobromine, was found to be an effective bronchodilators. These substances help relax and open up the bronchial tubes.
  • Hot, pungent foods that provide immediate relief—chilli peppers, spicy mustard, garlic and onions. These foods have anti-asthmatic and anti-inflammatory properties.


Carrot is one of the best foods in dispelling excessive mucus from the body. Drink carrot juice just on its own, or add a few ribs of celery for its super cleansing power.

High intake of beta carotene and vitamin C (with flavonoids) helps to increase lung capacity and relieve respiratory problems, as well as protecting you from breathing disorders such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.


A diet that is high in chlorophyll helps promote detoxification of the liver and colon by getting rid of the toxins, thus reducing the sensitivity to inflammation.

Beetroot and pineapple have very potent anti-inflammatory properties. Drunk regularly, it can be beneficial for reducing the frequency of the attacks.  Guava juice,  strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and most berries have very high content of antioxidants. Most asthma sufferers cannot stomach citrus fruits so these are to be avoided.

Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):

  • 2 green apples + 6 ribs of celery + a bunch of spinach + a bunch of parsley + ¼ lemon
  • ¼ pineapple + 1 fennel + 8-10 leaves of kale + 3-4 radish (pungent) + ½ lemon
  • 1 cucumber + 2 medium-sized beetroots + 3 sticks of lemongrass + ½ lemon
  • ¼ pineapple + 1 cucumber + 2 capsicums (yellow/red) + ½ bunch of watercress + ½ lemon
  • 2 cups of strawberries + 1 cup of cranberries + 1 pomegranate
  • 1 oz (1 shot) of wheatgrass juice + a squeeze of lemon juice

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Selasa, 25 Oktober 2016

5 Prescription Drugs That Could Literally Be Replaced By Cannabis

Several reports have started to emerge stating that five prescription drugs can literally be replaced by cannabis.

A survey was carried out of 473 medical marijuana patients. Researchers discovered that 80.3% use cannabis in some form to completely replace prescription drugs despite the higher associated costs. Cannabis was also found a common replacement for alcohol and other illicit substances, especially among patients under the age of 40 years old.

In fact, a study published in the Drug and Alcohol Review journal ruled that more and more people are turning to the organic substance as a substitute for prescription medication, alcohol, and other illegal drugs.

Prescription drugs make Big Pharma billions of dollars every year. More often than not, these pills don't treat the illness that the patient is suffering from. Most of these drugs can cause severe adverse side effects that are well documented but fail to reach the the people that need it the most.

For example, commercials for the anti-depressant 'Zoloft' state that the pill can actually make a person feel MORE suicidal, rather than assisting in the struggle to deal with depression.

Cannabis has been shown to improve the conditions of many different types of illness and affliction. This list contains five pharmaceuticals that could possibly be replaced by a natural, green remedy.


Many studies have found that cannabis is effective in treating patients who suffer from chronic pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 44 Americans die every single day from overdose of these painkillers.


Xanax is often used to treat patients who suffer from anxiety. Not everyone can treat anxiety with marijuana. In fact, smoking cannabis for some people can cause acute anxiety and paranoia.

However, the effects are linked with the type or strain of weed that is consumed.

Sativa strains are often associated with cerebral highs – which can stimulate anxiety, most especially for users who don't frequently use the drug. However, indica strains have revealed to reduce anxiety.


Similar to tranquilizers, substituting marijuana for stimulant prescription drugs vary depending on the strain. Those who intend to use marijuana as an alternative for these stimulants will have to consume sativa strains, as they have shown to be more effective in treating both ADHD and ADD.


Doctors caution users against trying to stay awake while on Ambien for two reasons. The first (and most commonly heard) is that the drug is extremely powerful and fighting the effects just isn't worth it. If you're required to use a drug this strong to make you fall asleep, you should do just that.

The second reason being that the drug has a "hypnagogic" effect on people if they don't fall asleep right away. What this means is that the drug has hypnotizing qualities. When under the influence of Ambien, people are far more open to suggestion, whether there is a third party involved or the user's own subconscious. This means that you might end up driving your car, stealing something that you shouldn't take, assault, or any other number of negative actions.


A lot of medical marijuana patients have noticed that cannabis can be a very effective treatment for depression, however it varies from patient to patient.

Research has found that smoking marijuana has less side effects than people using antidepressants.


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This Is the Alkaline Diet Every Cancer Patient Needs to Know (Immediately!)

The balance of the pH levels in the body is of high importance for every human being, not only for cancer patients. The overall health is significantly affected by it, and in order to stay healthy, you need to maintain an alkaline environment in the body.

As stated in the Raw Food Health "The human body goes to great lengths to maintain a slightly alkaline PH of 7.35, but poor diet and stress can change the PH to an acidic one in which disease can thrive."

Unfortunately, to maintain the alkaline environment in the body is nowadays extremely difficult, as we are all consuming unhealthy foods, rich in chemicals and toxins, processed foods, microwave meals, and fast foods.

Such an unhealthy diet creates an acidic environment in the body and thus greatly raises the risk of cancer and various other health issues.

Therefore, it is of high importance to follow a healthy, alkaline diet in order to restore the balance in the body, accelerate healing, and support your well-being.

We provide some extremely useful information on how to restore the pH balance in the body and maintain an alkaline environment. The alkaline diet will help you fight inflammation and various other health conditions.

—    Your alkaline diet should be primarily based on organic leafy green vegetables, cauliflower and cabbages, broccoli, herbs and spices, root vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, lentils and peas, onions, garlic, leek and chives, and non-gluten grains such as rice in small amounts.

—    Also, you can consume as much fruits and vegetables as you want, and 2-4 ounces of grass-fed meat, organic poultry or clean fish, a few times a week.

—    Avoid sugar, as cancer cells use more glucose per unit of time than healthy cells. Also,  sugar reduces the magnesium content in the body and thus supports cancer.  "Natural" sugars like agave and honey should also be eliminated from your diet. Instead, you can consume unsweetened apple sauce, figs, dried apricots, or fresh pineapple.

—    Prof. (Emeritus) T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Cornell University Cow, conducted a study which found that dairy is one of the most cancer-causing foods since it contains casein protein.

Hence, dairy products should be avoided in the case of cancer, as due to the high acid production, they may cause inflammation, bone deterioration, and support cancer proliferation.

—    Avoid glutinous grains as gluten causes inflammation. You should not consume high-gluten grains such as rye, whole grains, wheat, and pasta, bread, cereals, cookies, cakes, muffins, crackers, and other baked goods.

You should replace them with non-gluten grains such as quinoa,  buckwheat, and amaranth. Additionally, eliminate "gluten free" prepared products, since they have added sugar or processed oils.


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The Best Essential Oils for Sinus Infection

Viruses (such as cold), bacteria and fungi can all cause the cavities around your nose, eyes and cheeks to get inflamed and blocked. A sinus infection (sinusitis) is not easy to treat in a conventional way. When searching for an effective alternative remedy, try aromatherapy. There are many essential oils for sinus infection that can come to your rescue, and there are different ways of applying them. Here are a few ideas and practical advice to help you get over your sinus infection faster.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

If in doubt, here are some common symptoms of a sinus infection:

  • Pain or pressure in the upper part of your face
  • Congestion
  • Nasal discharge (white or clear if the infection is caused by a virus or an allergy; and yellow or greenish if the culprits are bacteria or fungi)
  • Toothache
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat and cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

How Aromatherapy can Help you with Sinus Infection

Medical treatments, such as antibiotics and antivirals, often have only a limited effect as they can't enter the sinuses. They also have side effects and the bacteria can develop resistance, which will make them ineffective when serious trouble strike.

Essential oils, on the other hand, are very good at penetrating the affected areas and do their job without adverse effects. You can use them repeatedly without disturbing the body's balance, which is particularly useful to those suffering from recurrent infections.

Essential Oils for Sinusitis

There are many oils and oil combinations you can use to treat your infection. Choose a high-quality oil (preferably organic), with an aroma that you like.

Here's a list of some oils that have an anti-inflammatory effect and can reduce the swelling:

 Aromatherapy Techniques for Sinus Infections

Neti pot

Using a Neti pot is a very efficient way of irrigating your sinuses and releasing the blockages. This centuries-old yogi technique is done using a ceramic or plastic pot that resembles Aladdin's magic lamp and is designed to thin the mucus and clear the nasal passages. The use of a Neti pot has also been scientifically backed and many people report great relief and symptom reduction after its application. Here's how you do it using a mixture of saline water and essential oils:

  • In a separate container mix your choice of essential oils; use only a few drops in total (start with a small number of drops to see how you react).
  • Warm up 2 cups of water; use distilled water to prevent any infections.
  • Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of unprocessed sea salt or Himalayan salt to the warm water and let it dissolve.
  • Add the mix of essential oils to saline water and mix thoroughly.
  • Put the solution in your Neti pot.
  • Turn your head to one side and bend over.
  • Pour the solution into your top nostril slowly while keeping your head at a tilt. Let the fluid drain through your other nostril (this is best done over the sink).
  • Repeat on the other side. Make sure to breathe through your mouth during the irrigation process.

You can also use grapefruit seed extract (GSE) in your neti pot – find more information in my article on how to beat sinus infection using GSE.

It's important to do this frequently. If possible, irrigate several times a day. The water should be as close as possible to body temperature before you pour it in your nostrils.

For more information about neti pot and how to use to treat sinus infection read my article about the best home remedies for sinus infection.


Inhaling essential oils is a very simple way of receiving their benefits.

  1. Put a few drops of the chosen essential oil in your palm, bring the hands to your nose and inhale deeply. Essential oils evaporate quickly, so you'll need to re-apply the oils frequently.
  2. Boil some water, pour it in a large bowl and add a few drops of essential oils. Put a towel over your head and lean over the steamy bowl to inhale the fragrance-full vapors. Do this for about 10 minutes, after which you can reheat the water and repeat.


Diffusers can be used to disperse the oils into the surrounding air, so you inhale them in that way. This can be helpful especially if several members of your family are suffering from sinusitis. Follow the instructions on your air diffuser and add a few drops of your selected oils to the water mix.

Essential Oil Bath

Pamper yourself with a soothing hot bath soak. Add 12 to 15 drops of essential oil to the hot water and enjoy the sensation. The steam will deliver the oils to the affected areas and help thin the mucus.

Essential Oil Massage

Massage your pressure points with a mix of oils. For this process:

  • Dilute the essential oil in a quality carrier oil (such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil).
  • Take care to avoid eyes.
  • Gently rub and press on the points on your face: on the side of each nostril, on the temples, on the inside of the eyebrows, across the forehead.


The opinions on whether it is safe or not to ingest essential oils are divided. As some essential oil can be potentially very dangerous, internal use should be guided by a trained professional. This is particularly important when dealing with children, older people and pregnant women.

Only pure, food grade essential oils can be ingested, and usually only in minute amounts. But it's not just about the oil being 100% pure and natural; it's also about its constituents. A teaspoon of eucalyptus oil, for example, can be fatal to a child. There is also the danger of interactions with other medications, so make sure to get proper expert advice before ingesting essential oils for sinusitis.

More tips

  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep the discharge thin, so it can drain easier.
  • Avoid dairy products as cow's milk increases mucus production. Some people are more sensitive to it than others, so this is not a blanket statement, but more of a general recommendation.
  • Avoid alcohol as it can further irritate your sinuses.

If your discomfort persists or worsens, consider getting an advice from a health care professional.

Source: Healthy And Natural World

Add 3 Drops of Oregano Oil to Water and SEE What Happens to Your Lungs

Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs which is usually caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, one-third of all people who developed pneumonia subsequently died from the infection. Currently, over 3 million people develop pneumonia each year. Over half a million of these people are admitted to a hospital for treatment. Although most of these people recover, approximately 5% will die from pneumonia. Pneumonia is also known to be the 6th leading cause of death worldwide.

The most common cause of a bacterial pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumoniae. In this form of pneumonia, there is usually an abrupt onset of the illness with shaking chills, fever, and production of a rust-colored sputum. The infection spreads into the blood in 20%-30% of cases (known as sepsis), and if this occurs, 20%-30% of these patients die.

Antibiotics as treatment

Antibiotics often used in the treatment of this type of pneumonia include penicillin, amoxicillin and clavulanic acid (Augmentin), and macrolide antibiotics including erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin. Penicillin was formerly the antibiotic of choice in treating this infection. With the advent and widespread use of broader-spectrum antibiotics, significant drug resistance has developed. Penicillin may still be effective in treatment of pneumococcal pneumonia, but it should only be used after cultures of the bacteria confirm their sensitivity to this antibiotic.

Add 3 Drops of Oregano Oil to Water and SEE What Happens to Your Lungs

Oregano oil been used for centuries in Far Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures to treat respiratory infections, chronic inflammation, urinary tract infections, dysentery, and jaundice. Laboratory studies in which the oil was applied directly to food-borne pathogens showed that oregano oil has strong antibacterial properties (Dadalioglu I et al 2004). Medicinal oregano has a high mineral content that enhances its therapeutic benefits, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, copper, boron, and manganese. This oil is considered safe for humans and may be used in conjunction with antibiotics to fight bacterial infection (Preuss HG et al 2005).It is also known as an excellent early defense mechanism when you feel cold or sore throat coming on.

Simply take 3 drops of Oregano Oil once per day (you can mix it into a glass of orange juice) and you should notice results within a few hours. Repeat this once per day for up to 5 days until the symptoms are gone.

Baking Soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate) is also use as home remedy. It is a substance that is found naturally in all living things. It acts to neutralize acids and break down proteins.Its purpose is to maintain pH balance in the bloodstream, which is necessary to sustain life. Take note that, one of the most important processes in our body is the process by which the pH balance is maintained. Body pH measures the number of hydrogen ions in solution within the body. The pH scale ranges from 0-14. The neutral or balanced pH is 7. Anything lower is acidic and anything higher is basic. An acidic pH has a low ability to attract hydrogen ions, while an alkaline solution has a high ability to attract hydrogen ions.

If you wonder, "p" stands for potential and "H" stands for hydrogen; henceforth, the potential of the body to attract hydrogen ions to secure balance and health.

If we keep our body with an alkaline pH between 7.3 and 7.4 we will remain free of disease. And by raising pH increases the immune system's ability to kill bacteria. Since Viruses and bacteria that cause bronchitis and colds and secondary infection such as pneumonia, thrive in an acidic environment, rising the pH will destroy this pathogens.

To fight a respiratory infection and dampen symptoms such as a runny nose and sore throat, taking an alkalizing mixture of sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate will certainly help. and to reverse pneumonia, asthma, sinusitis, do some nebulizer with water and two drops of liquid sodium bicarbonate, 2 or 3 times a day.

As an acid neutralizer, baking soda has long been favored for its various first-aid applications. Dissolved into a lukewarm bath, it will soothe the discomfort of sunburn and the itch of poison ivy. Made into a paste with cool water and applied directly to the skin, it will ease the pain of bee stings. One-half teaspoon baking soda mixed into 4 ounces (120 ml) of water can be taken as an antacid.

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This Magical Ingredient Will Destroy Plaque, Tartar and Kill Harmful Bacteria in Your Mouth

Oil pulling is an old remedy which includes natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It can whiten teeth naturally and improve gums health while removing harmful bacteria.

People who have tried oil pulling say it also helped them with skin conditions, arthritis, asthma, headaches, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and more. However, your oral health will be improved, with less sensitive teeth and gums, and whiter teeth.

How to perform oil pulling?

It is incredibly simple. Swish a couple teaspoons of vegetable based oil, such as coconut, sesame or olive oil in the mouth for 20 minutes. Then, spit it out and rinse well. This method is best done in the morning, before eating or drinking. Also it can be done before each meal in case of more dangerous infections or dental problems.

1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of the chosen oil into the mouth.

2. Swish for 20 minutes. The timing is important because this period of 20 minutes is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky and it should be creamy-white when spit out.

3. Spit oil into the trash can instead into the sink. Also, do not swallow the oil because it is full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are not in the mouth anymore.

4. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

5. Finally, brush well.

You may find it difficult at the beginning to keep a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, but you will get used to it after the first few minutes. You mouth will be cleaner and fresher after every oil pulling. After a week, your smile will be visibly whiter and brighter.

Additional Tip:

You can add few drops of essential oil to the oil you are using for oil pulling to improve the taste. You can use essential ols that are naturally found in toothpaste, such as: peppermint, cinnamon, clove, etc.

Pregnant women should first consult their doctor before trying this.

How does oil pulling work?

Your body stores toxins in your salivary glands. When you oil pull, you increase the production of saliva and the toxins in your saliva get trapped in the oil, which you spit at the end.

Coconut oil is antibacterial and has a milder taste in comparison with other oils. Also, it is often recommended by oral health experts.

With oil pulling your teeth will be whiter and smoother. Moreover you will not notice or have any plaque on your teeth.

Oil pulling is an extraordinary helpful procedure that has been used in India for ages as a traditional remedy to:

  • Cure tooth decay
  • Kill bad breath
  • Heal bleeding gums
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Whiten teeth
  • Soothe throat dryness
  • Prevent cavities
  • Heal cracked lips
  • Boost Immune System
  • Improve acne
  • Strengthen gums and jaw

Maybe the best oil to be used for this procedure is coconut oil. It has been showed that it is able to:

  • Balance hormones
  • Kill candida
  • Improve digestion
  • Moisturize skin
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Decrease wrinkles and age spots
  • Balance blood sugar and boosts energy
  • Improve Alzheimer's
  • Increase HDL and lower LDL cholesterol
  • Burn fat

Coconut oil is highly absorbable, so you can get many of these benefits only by oil pulling.

If you haven't tried oil pulling yet, I suggest you try it today.



Minggu, 23 Oktober 2016

Ginger Tea: Dissolves Kidneys Stones, Kills Cancer Cells And Cleanses Liver – Recipe

Ginger is an extremely beneficial root, with potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitic properties.

It is a rich source of numerous nutrients, including vitamin C, magnesium, and many minerals.

It strengthens the immune system, treats pain, helps digestion, treats heart diseases, and asthma. It is also a popular natural remedy for cleansing the liver and treating infections.

The consumption of ginger tea fights common colds and the flu more effectively than conventional medicines.

This healthy drink provides many other health benefits, including:

  • cleanses the liver
  • Dissolves kidney stones
  • lowers the risk of stroke
  • provides the necessary oxygen, minerals, and vitamins
  • Prevents cancer and destroys cancer cells
  • Enhances circulation since ginger has potent warming properties



  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • Coconut milk
  •  A cup of water
  • Organic honey (optional)


You should boil the water and add the turmeric and ginger to it. Then, leave it to simmer for 10 minutes, and add the milk.

Strain the tea, and add honey to sweeten it.



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Kamis, 20 Oktober 2016

The 3 Juices Colon Cleanse: How Apple, Ginger and Lemon Can FLUSH Pounds of Toxins From Your Body

Diseases related with the digestive system are the most common health issues that are growing rapidly in this modern life. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), damaged gut and chronic constipation are the consequences of this situation.

Colon is playing crucial role for elimination of toxins and waste from the body so this is the reason why we should take good care of it.

You have to cleanse the toxins in the organism where the body will operate smoothly, which makes a huge difference for our health. The most interesting thing is that you can make your own colon cleanser right at home and you do not have to see your doctor.

Today we will present you 100% natural remedy contained of only four powerful ingredients. This amazing recipe will flush out the waste and toxins from your body in very short period of time.

You may have to stay home during this process because you will be visiting the toilet frequently.

Sea salt, apple, ginger and lemon are the ingredients consisted in this potion. The large amounts of nutrients found in them will also improve your overall health.

Sea Salt ultimately improves digestion and removes waste and toxins through the body.

Ginger stimulates the colon, reduces bloating and keeps it free from harmful toxins and waste.

Lemon is one of the most powerful detox tools, rich in powerful antioxidants and Vitamin C.

Do not forget that you have to consume at least 8 glasses of water during this treatment. From the morning till mid-afternoon is the best time to consume the water. Do not try this method if you are pregnant or suffer from diabetes or allergies.


• ½ cup warm water
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp ginger juice
• 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• ½ cup 100% apple juice

These amounts are equal to 1 serving.


Warm up 3.5 oz of filtered water, pour it into a glass, add the seal sat in it and mix well. Add the fresh lemon juice, ginger juice and apple juice and mix it again.

Perform this procedure for 7 days. You will completely flush out the waste and toxins from your precious body. This magic potion will also burn the excess fat in your body and improve your overall health.

How Lipotropics and B-Vitamins Work

Heard of a natural supplement that helps the pounds come off fast? Lipotropic and B-Vitamin shots are on the rise. Here is what you need to know.

What are lipotropics?

First lipotropics are a natural supplement created and designed to help with fat loss for those who are over their ideal body weight by a wide margin. When the body is over its ideal weight by more than 20 percent, fat metabolism becomes sluggish, and the liver becomes clogged with fat. This can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, and other problems. Lipotropics speeds fat metabolism and help process fatty nutrients, glucose, estrogen, hormones, and glycogen.

Usually taken in injection form, lipotropic shots are made up of fat burning compounds, along with key B vitamins. Why the addition of B vitamins? Vitamin B 12 helps with the healthy functioning of the heart, nervous system, brain, blood work, and most of all, fat metabolism. Outside of B vitamins, they also contain amino acids that allow other compounds to work as they should, enabling weight loss. Other ingredients include:

  • Methionine defends the body against unsafe compounds.
  • Inositol helps break down fats.
  • Choline is essential for proper liver function and is responsible for making sure fat is burned for energy / fuel.

Together, these compounds are said to result in weight loss through their combined work to burn and process fat.

How effective are they?

A relatively new diet supplement, there are few studies to refer to when evaluating lipotropics. However, users claim that lipotropic shots are effective, with reviews quoting anywhere from 4 to 6 pounds within a week. Some fitness experts suggest that outside of weight loss, lipotropics provide many health benefits. For example, heart health, due to the minerals and vitamins that make up a lipotropic shot. Other claimed benefits include a healthier liver, balanced hormone levels, and better gut health. As well as a stronger immune system.

How safe are they?

Because lipotropic shots are made of entirely natural ingredients, they are considered highly safe. However, depending on the individual, there may be some irritation or sensitivity. Here are some possible side effects:

  • upset stomach, such as nausea or mild diarrhea
  • light headaches
  • allergic reactions

A note of caution, the supplement industry is less regulated by the FDA than, say, prescription drugs. Therefore, claims of effectiveness may be wildly exaggerated. Manufacturers are not required to register their products with the FDA. And so it is on the manufacturers themselves to make sure their advertising is not misleading. As with all purchases one makes, a healthy amount of cynicism and doing your homework with research will protect you from the worst.

Where to buy and how to use lipotropic shots.

First, discuss with your doctor or a health practitioner, such as Body Concepts and Wellness, about whether lipotropics would help you. From there, you can get a prescription for these shots, which can be administered in or out of the office.

Injections are generally given in the upper arm, thigh, or buttock. But it is common to vary the injection site to prevent scarring. Lipotropic pills are available, but their effectiveness is limited as the body is unable to digest them thoroughly. Depending on your body weight, your dose will vary. And then the number of times per week that you take a shot will further depend on your personal weight loss goals.

Only taking lipotropic shots while neglecting a healthy diet and regular exercise could still put you at risk for a wide range of problems. While Lipotropics could be that boost you are looking for, it should not be to the neglect of healthy living essentials.

If you do opt for lipotropics, do so only after consulting your family doctor. Once he or she has deemed it as safe for you personally, combine it with a healthy diet and a well-rounded fitness routine for best results.

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Frozen Lemons Method Will Help You Fight the Worst Diseases – Say Goodbye To Diabetes, Tumors, Overweight

When life gives you lemons, freeze them. You can always grind frozen lemons, and use their zesty hint in your foods. Do not forget, lemons are packed with vitamin C.

The highest concentrations of nutrients are found in the skin of this fruit.

Given that we usually throw the peel, we practically do not get the maximum of this fruit. Lemon skin is often removed, because of its bitter taste.

Consider using every part of the lemon in order to get more vitamins and minerals. Lemons pack healthy amounts of vitamins A, B6, C, and E, folate, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and phosphorus.

The citrus fruit also contains flavonoids and limonoids which reinforce cells, fight cancer, and prevent diseases.

Nutrients in lemons shrink and destroy malignant tumors, prevent the development of diabetes, control blood pressure, soothe acid reflux, treat fevers, and melt pounds. Citric acid destroys germs and microorganisms. Some people use lemons to brighten and clean their skin.

Researchers say that a single lemon has 22 cancer agents, including:

  • Limonene
  • Citrus pectin
  • Flavonol glycosides
  • Vitamin C

Freeze your lemons in order to get the most of them.

The first thing you need to do is wash and clean the lemons. Dry it completely before you put it in a freezer bag. Store the bag in your freezer.

Frozen lemons are much easier to grate. In this way you can cut it instead of squeezing or slicing it. Remember, most of the nutrients in lemons are packed in their peel.

The worst mistake you can ever do is use just the juice of your lemon. By grinding your lemon, you can use every benefit it provides.

Cut off the ends of your frozen lemon, and grate it the same way as you do with your cheese.

In this way you will not slip and hurt yourself.

Once you are done, store your grated lemon in a ziplock bag. Use it to add a citrus hint to your dishes. Lemons will not only "season" your dishes, but also pack them with nutrients. Lemons pull out the flavor of every ingredient you use.

Your body will be more than grateful. Use frozen lemons regularly.

Source: Health Advice Team

Rabu, 19 Oktober 2016

Want To Quit Smoking? This Herb Instantly Destroys Your Desire For Nicotine (And How To Grow It)

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. But, for some people, quitting is the toughest thing on this planet.

Nicotine is what actually makes you keep smoking. It is highly addictive, and makes the body crave for more. So, the more you smoke, the more your body needs nicotine.

When you do not give your body what it needs, you are likely to feel discomfort and "die" for a cigarette. This is the withdrawal phase, and it takes time before you get used to living a life without cigarettes. The physical symptoms disappear within a week but the craving will bother you for quite a bit.

If you are determined to stop smoking, consider trying Stevia.

The power of Stevia

A recent German Study has shown that Stevia can help you quit smoking and avoid alcohol.

Stevia belongs to the chrysanthemum family native to Paraguay. It has been long used as a sweetener.

It blocks the craving signals your brain sends, and you will not crave for a cigarette.

If you are trying to quit smoking, a couple of drops of stevia will do the trick for you. Drop them directly on your tongue whenever a craving strikes. This trick provides an instant effect, and cuts down the craving.

Seek for liquid or powdered stevia. You can find it in supermarkets and healthy food stores. Look for it in the baking goods or healthy foods aisle.

Stevia is also recommended for those who are trying to lose weight and regulate blood pressure. It works well for diabetics. But, as we already said, its greatest virtue is its ability to kill the desire for nicotine. Use it as a face mask product, because it nourishes, tightens, and smoothens skin. Stevia is also an excellent anti-acne agent. Use it to treat dermatitis as well.

Grow stevia at home

Stevia is a perennial plant. It likes warm sun and cannot survive in freezing conditions. However, its root survive in zones 9 and warmer, and grow again in spring. If protected well, it can survive in zone 8, too.

Plant it in 12-inch containers, and make sure you use high-quality potting soil. Keep it in direct sunlight, and water whenever the surface of the soil is dry.

Soil, planting and growing care

Make sure your stevia plant has 18 inches free space. Use loose, loamy, and well-drained soil, because that is exactly what this plant likes. It grows 1-3 feet in height. Of course, this depends on the growing season. Wait for the frost to pass before you plant your stevia plant. Use compost or Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food. Follow the instructions on the label. A mulch will prevent your stevia from drying out in summer. If you plant your stevia in a pot, make sure it gets the same plant food and mulch.


Keep in mind that Stevia does not like soggy soil. Good drainage is of essential importance, otherwise the root will rot. If your plant is still wilting after being watered, its roots are probably rotten. Some insects may also be a problem.

Harvest and storage

Stevia blooms in fall, so you can trim off the flowers. In this way the plant will grow new leaves.

Stevia has small white flowers in fall. In this time of the year the plant stretches out, and does not have too many good leaves. Clip of the blooms, and the plant will release more leaves.

Stevia leaves are sweeter in autumn. The plant tastes much better before it starts blooming.

Dry your Stevia leaves, and you can use them for longer. Cut off the stems, and remove its leaves and tender stems. Scatter them on loosely woven fabric or any non-metal screening. Make sure you dry the leaves outside in the sun.

The leaves will dry out in just one day. Collect them in a container before they get damp. Food dehydrators also work well. Crush your dried Stevia leaves with your hand or use a food processor to powder them.

Store your stevia powder or crushed stevia leaves in airtight containers. The powder cannot dissolve, but it will sure sweeten your drinks and food.

Source: Best Healthy Guide

Boil These Leaves and Say Goodbye to Diabetes without Taking Any Medications

These leaves are very beneficial for our overall health, because they are rich in vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and many other minerals.

Diabetes is a common condition that affects many people all around the world.It happens when your pancreas stop producing insulin or when your body is not able to properly use the insulin which is present in the body. It is as common as it is deadly. (Source)

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?

Urinating more often than usual, especially at night

Feeling very thirsty

Unexplained loss of weight

Itching around the penis or vagina

Cuts or wounds that heal very slowly

Blurred vision

Feeling very tired

When ignored or left untreated, Diabetes can lead to a series of other serious illnesses such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, erectile dysfunction (in men). With processed food and fast food readily available, the number of diabetic people increase by the day. So, what can we do to cure diabetes if we don't have money for medication? Simple: a few mango leaves, and a pot of water.

Here's how:

First take 10 to 15 tender mango leaves, then boil them in a glass of water and leave them to say overnight. In the morning álter the water and drink it on an empty stomach. For best results you should use this method for two or three months.

You can also dry the leaves in a dark place and ground them. Use half a teaspoon of this powdered mango leaves two times a day.

Mango leaves tea can is beneficial to our overall health. They can treat many health conditions such as: fever, diarrhea, insomnia, varicose veins, asthma, bronchitis and colds. Also these leaves can lower your blood pressure and strengthen your blood vessels.


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