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Turmeric (curcumin) is an herb for inflammation and pain that is gaining a lot of attention among natural health practitioners. Turmeric belongs to the ginger family, and is traditionally being used to flavour dishes like curry. Like ginger, turmeric is used to calm inflammation and pain.

In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been studied and used as a medicinal agent for thousands of years. A teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of warm milk, used three times daily, is thought to be an effective Ayurvedic treatment for colds and flu.

Recent studies have shown that turmeric decreases the production of substances that cause inflammation, pain and joint damage in arthritis.  It also aids the digestive process.

Turmeric absorption greatly increases if it is consumed together with pepper. That’s why this turmeric recipe for inflammation and pain contains both cayenne and black pepper.

This bright orange spread can be consumed straight from the jar (for a total of 1 tablespoon daily) for maximum effects. We love spreading it on toast, at the first sign of a cold, and having it with a cup of hot tea!

Note: Since turmeric has been shown to increase production and flow of bile, those with common bile duct blockage or gallstones should avoid this herb

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric-Honey Spread

9 teaspoons turmeric
1.5 teaspoons ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
About ¼ cup of coconut oil (or it can be ghee, or both)
About ¼ cup of honey

Put all the spices in a small glass jar.
Melt coconut oil (for easy mixing) and add to the jar to mix.
Add honey and mix.
Store this natural remedy on the counter, for easy spreading and away from heat.

Take one tablespoon per day.

If you like this turmeric recipe for inflammation and pain, please share with your friends!

How to get the most out of turmeric

By all accounts, turmeric really is a miraculous healing tool (the benefits described above don’t even scratch the surface of its full potential). There’s just one problem: curcumin isn’t very readily absorbed by the body, so it’s difficult to get its truly therapeutic benefits.

Simply using turmeric as a cooking spice won’t give you nearly the amount that you need, and even most powdered turmeric supplements are fairly useless—because they’re low-quality and still not very bioavailable.

But this product is different: a turmeric extract made with organic turmeric, and without any nasty solvents. Through a proprietary, state-of-the-art process, the extract is “liposomalized,” meaning that each molecule is protected by a fatty bubble, which allows all the plant’s goodies to be readily absorbed by your cells.

This formulation takes all that raw turmeric has to offer and presents it in a format that your body LOVES to consume.

This extraordinary extract is even enriched with fulvic acid, which increases the bioavailability of all the nutrients you consume, detoxes the body, balances hydration and mineral levels, and optimizes brain health and cellular functioning. It’s a match made in heaven that will leave you feeling radiant and energized.

So whether you’re searching for the most powerful way to use turmeric as an anti-cancer agent, or trying to optimize your health and prevent cancer in the first place… Give this truly revolutionary product a try.

You won’t believe how quickly you feel its effects. Once you do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make turmeric a part of your daily life a long time ago.

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Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer that effects women in America. Approximately one in every eight (12%) women living in the United States will develop an invasive form of breast cancer in their lifetime. Many people turn to both conventional and alternative treatments to breast cancer because of this.

However, many people develop breast cancer long before they are aware of it, and your chances of successfully beating it, lower the longer it goes untreated. Therefore it is incredibly important to do all you can to prevent your risk of developing breast cancer, which is why we are going to show you the foods you need to eat to do this.

According to Suzanne Dixon, RD, an epidemiologist and dietitian, eating a wide variety of plant-based foods is necessary for breast cancer prevention and overall breast health. Here are some of those foods:

Legumes

Legumes, including beans and lentils, get their anti-cancer benefits come from the natural compounds found in them called phytosterols. One study conducted by researchers at Harvard University found that women who ate some form of legumes at least twice a week had a 24% lower chance of developing breast cancer compared to women who only ate them less than once a month.

Mushrooms

Breast cancer thrives on estrogen. When it doesn’t have a sufficient supply of naturally occurring estrogen, it uses an enzyme called aromatase to create synthetic estrogen. Mushrooms are effective at preventing this estrogen synthesis due to the fact that they decrease aromatase activity.

In a 2009 study conducted in China, researchers found that women who ate 10 or more grams of fresh mushroom (approximately one average sized mushroom) had reduced their breast cancer risk by 64%. Woodear, crimini, oyster, Italian brown, enoki, button, stuffing, shiitake, chanterelle, and Portobello mushrooms all have reported anti-breast cancer properties.

Nuts

“All varieties are rich in phytosterols, which have been shown in lab and animal studies to inhibit tumor development,” Dixon says.

One study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that walnuts contain bioactive molecules that provide them with anti-cancer properties. Researchers also found that applying a serum derived from walnuts decreased breast cancer cell growth when directly applied in a petri dish.

Those eating more peanut butter, nuts, beans, lentils, soybeans, or corn were found to have just a fraction of the risk for fibrocystic breast disease, which places one at higher risk of cancer. The protective effects were found to be strongest for those most at risk, such as those with a family history of breast cancer.

Another study out of the British Journal of Cancer found that even two handfuls of nuts a week may protect against pancreatic cancer, one of our most fatal malignancies.

Nuts are described as “nutritionally precious,” which may explain some of the mechanisms by which nut components induce cancer cell death and inhibit cancer growth and spread in vitro. But which nuts work the best?

Cruciferous Vegetables

These include most crunchy vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. These vegetable’s anti-cancer properties come from one of their many natural components called glucosinolate. During the digestion process, glucosinolates are broken down into active compounds such as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and isothiocyanates. These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer properties in many different types of cancer, not just breast.

Several case-control studies have also found that women who eat cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Factors That Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Aside from eating foods that you know will reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, it is also a good idea to avoid the many circumstances that increase your risk of developing it. Here are some of the most concerning factors associated with an increased risk of breast cancer:

  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising
  • High saturated fat intake
  • Taking oral contraceptives
  • Lack of sleep
  • Use of cosmetics and other products containing parabens
  • Genetic disposition

Although there are some factors that will increase your risk of breast cancer that you cannot change, living a healthy, active lifestyle and eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and legumes is the best way to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

 

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Tea tree oil is a remarkably versatile substance, and in these times when more and more people are shunning the unnecessary use of chemicals, it makes a great all-natural addition to your medicine cupboard.

Tea tree oil is renowned for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an extremely useful item to have in your toolkit of natural remedies. Here are just six of the essential ways it can be used.

 


Pimple Treatment

Many people apply a drop of pure tea tree oil to pimples as an effective spot treatment – the antiseptic agents in oil will quickly neutralize the bacteria on the pimple, while at the same time reducing inflammation and soreness.

Soothing Psoriasis and Eczema

Tea tree oil is also widely used as a natural remedy for psoriasis and eczema. Both of these dermatological conditions are characterized by intense inflammation. The oil’s active ingredients soothe the affected areas and help heal cracked, irritated skin.

Dandruff Relief

Tea tree oil makes an excellent ingredient for an anti-dandruff shampoo. The anti-inflammatory properties calm skin inflammation on the scalp while ridding the hair follicles of impurities. This essential oil also provides a pleasant tingling feeling!

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Owing to its anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil can kill stubborn toenail fungus practically on the spot, halting the fungal infection that can destroy the nails if left untreated. To treat this condition using tea tree oil, simply fill a large bowl with warm water and add around 50 drops of pure oil to it. Let your feet soak in this mixture for 20 minutes before gently drying them off.

Tick Removal

Of all the summertime bugs, ticks are perhaps the most dangerous. They can carry Lyme disease, an autoimmune condition that wreaks havoc on the body, and they are very hard to remove once attached. Luckily, tea tree oil can eradicate ticks quickly, safely, and easily.

All you need to do is soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil. Once the material is saturated, press it against the tick. Within one minute, the tick will dislodge itself from the skin and can then easily be fully removed with sterilized tweezers.

An Excellent Household Cleaner

Lastly, tea tree oil can be used to promote a healthy and germ-free environment around your home, as its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties make for a great all-natural household cleaner.

To safely and effectively rid your bathroom or kitchen of harmful germs, simply pour two cups of water and one of white vinegar into a spray bottle, then add 20 drops of tea tree essential oil. This all-purpose household cleaner will leave your surfaces looking like new while eliminating dangerous bacteria such as salmonella.

 

PIONEERING HEALTH CELEBRITY AND TURMERIC EXPERT RELEASES STUNNING ANNOUNCEMENT:  TURMERIC TURNS BAD FAT INTO GOOD FAT AND SPEEDS WEIGHT LOSS

Considering a Turmeric Supplement?  Make SURE you see these shocking findings

A new way to lose weight

Most attempts at weight loss fail because they fail to address all of the factors of weight imbalance simultaneously. Most people believe that burning as many calories as possible is the key to weight loss.

While burning fat (as measured in calories) is certainly important, the process is ultimately much more complicated. Not to worry, though: studies have revealed that turmeric takes care of nearly every aspect of weight loss.

Turmeric literally supercharges the body’s own ability to burn fat. Here’s how…

Turning “bad” fats into “good” fats. Researchers have known for some time that our bodies contain two kinds of fat: brown fat, which expends excess energy through heat generation (and doesn’t cause weight gain), and white fat, which is the notorious kind that leads to obesity through fat storage.

Turmeric actually turns white fat into brown fat by enhancing the expression of brown fat genes. Turmeric even causes apoptosis, or “programmed cell death,” in white fat cells, thus improving the ratio between brown fat and white fat. And the more brown fat you have, the more easily your body is able to burn more white fat through thermogenesis!!

Welcome to the science of nutrigenomics, where the nutrients you consume can positively alter the ways that your genes express themselves. We’ve come a long way since crunches and calorie restriction were your only options for weight loss.

This process of fat transformation is supported by turmeric’s many other fat-shedding mechanisms…

Anti-inflammatory activity. First and foremost, turmeric quells systemic inflammation, which is at the root of excess fat storage. Inflammation also causes physical pain, stiffness, fatigue, sluggishness, and illnesses of all sorts—all of which majorly discourage the active lifestyle that’s necessary to overcoming obesity.

New mitochondria formation. Mitochondria are the energy-producing powerhouses of your cells. One study demonstrated that, by directly inducing new mitochondrial formation, curcumin (one active component of turmeric) alleviates fatigue, supports the muscular system, enhances athletic performance, and increases fatty acid oxidation. These boosts all help remove the burdens that make weight loss so difficult. [3]

Metabolism boosting. The metabolism—which can be thought of as the body’s “fat-burning furnace”—is often imbalanced and sluggish in those who are overweight or obese. This makes weight loss even more difficult, as much more work is needed to burn the same quantity of fat. Turmeric breaks this cycle by drastically increasing the activity of a metabolism-balancing protein called AMP-activated protein kinase, which increases the rate at which fat can be burned.  [4]

Healthy “weight maintenance” proteins. Turmeric also increases levels of many other proteins that serve as markers of healthy weight maintenance and metabolism. Most notable are hormone-sensitive lipase and p-acyl-CoA carboxylase, which signal the body’s increased ability to burn fat and the suppression of new fat production.[5]

How to Make Turmeric 20x More Effective

Stores are overflowing with turmeric products—but the unfortunate truth is that most of those powders and capsules offer very little benefit.

Turmeric powder has a fairly low bioavailability (meaning that a good portion of it isn’t properly absorbed by your body), it often isn’t very fresh, and it’s sometimes made with harsh processes that can destroy or degrade turmeric’s healthful components.

Because turmeric is hard to absorb, it must be formulated in a certain way allowing the body to absorb and utilize its entire spectrum of nutrients.

Otherwise it is useless…

PuraTHRIVE Organic Turmeric Extract is an outstanding full-spectrum extract that’s “liposomalized”—meaning it’s specifically blended to make the turmeric bind to phospholipids (fats) that increase its bioavailability 20x!

This formulation takes all that raw turmeric has to offer and presents it in a format that your body LOVES to consume.

==> Give this truly revolutionary product a try… start your fat burning and weight-loss power today!  Crunches and calorie restriction are no longer your only options for weight-loss.

 


References 

[1] http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/risks

[2] http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1832542

[3] http://www.jnutbio.com/article/S0955-2863(15)00241-7/abstract

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

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I recently came across a great article by Wade Meredith that explains what happens when you drink just 1 can of Coca Cola and this applies to pretty much most caffeinated soft drinks, not just Coke!

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I have added citations to research I have found that gives some evidence to the claims in the original article.

When somebody drinks a can of Coke or any similar sugary caffeine drink, watch what happens…

1. In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid and other flavorings cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

2. 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=0 – In animals, or at least in laboratory rats and mice, it’s clear that if the fructose hits the liver in sufficient quantity and with sufficient speed, the liver will convert much of it to fat. This induces a condition known as insulin resistance, which is now considered the fundamental problem in obesity, and the underlying defect in heart disease and in the type of diabetes, type 2, that is common to obese and overweight individuals. It might also be the underlying defect in many cancers.

3. 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

4. 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/neurobiology-drug-addiction/section-iii-action-heroin-morphine/4-opiates-binding-to-opiate-rece

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25573353 – Caffeine had a strong anxiolytic and psychostimulant effect by activation of μ-opioid receptors.

5. >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023723

6. >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2402180 – Total urine output of water, calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium and creatinine increased in the two hours following caffeine ingestion when compared to the control beverage.

7. >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/CON-20030056 – Dehydration symptoms

High Fructose Syrup Causes Weight Gain

Something that I noticed when working as a pharmacist was why people would still gain weight even though they were following a strict low fat diet recommended to them by their doctor.

This made me question whether it is really the ‘fat’ that causes us to gain unhealthy weight.

After seeing so many people suffering from obesity related diseases like heart disease, diabetes and the side effects of the medication they were taking, I was strongly motivated to research what actually causes people to become obese, it clearly was not just the fat they were eating!

I actually discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the west such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

Fructose is the form of high fructose corn syrup found in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast foods, sweets and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger.

It is also often found in ‘low fat’ supposedly healthy alternatives and even many popular weight loss products because food with the fat taken out simply tastes horrible. High fructose corn syrup in combination with many other additives are usually added to enhance the flavor.

Glucose is the type of sugar our body loves. It gets metabolized by every cell in our body and is very easy to burn with very few toxic by-products. It also tells the brain to stop eating when you are full.

Fructose on the other hand is another type of sugar and is found in sucrose which breaks down to glucose and fructose.

Fructose is actually only metabolized by the liver and it’s very similar to ethanol (the alcohol in drinks).

When you consume it, it’s actually like ethanol but without the high. It confuses the liver and ends up making lots of bad fats in the process. It also doesn’t signal your brain that you are full.

This is why people can drink massive cups of fizzy drinks which are high in fructose and still eat huge meals containing refined foods that are also full of fructose.

Many fruits also contain fructose, but nature has provided the antidote, as these fruits are also packed with fibre which prevents your body from absorbing too much of it.

When I advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets, free from processed foods, even if the labels say they are healthy options, they started to lose weight and feel much better as a result.

In many cases I asked people to just stop their consumption of fizzy drinks like Coca Cola  and instead swap it with either plain water, or add some freshly squeezed lemon for flavor.

Green tea is also a great alternative, and it is one of my personal favorites because it contains alpha wave stimulating theanine that also double serves as an antidote to the harmful effects of caffeine.

Those who loved to drink tea and coffee sweetened with lots of sugar, I advised to swap with natural sweeteners like stevia instead. This alone had some remarkable results.

There are 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold each day worldwide!! A very significant percentage of that is through supermarket chains like WALMART.

Read more: http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/about-us/coca-cola-by-numbers.html

So you can imagine how unpopular I became in WALMART’s head office in the UK with my information strongly advising people to stop drinking fizzy drinks like Coke!

Refined Salts and Caffeine leads to HBP and More…

Coke is not just high in high fructose corn syrup, but it is also packed with refined salts and caffeine.

Regular consumption of these ingredients in the high quantities you find in Coke and other processed foods and drinks, can lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

A study by Harvard university showed that drinking just one can of sugary fizzy drink a day raises the risk of heart disease by 20%.

Sugary beverages also are believed to promote inflammation, an immune-system response involved in both heart disease and insulin resistance, a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

Scientists investigated the connection between fizzy beverages and heart disease by analysing data of 43,000 men, taken from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

However a small amount now and then wont do any major harm.

The key is moderation!

Even Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, admits that he limits himself to less than a can of Coke a day for health reasons.

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-07-31/coca-cola-sales-decline-health-concerns-spur-relaunch

We should all know by now the health risks associated with soda due to its highly acid forming recipe of sugar, carbonated water and additives like salt and phosphorous.

But a recent Gallup poll reveals that 48 percent of surveyed Americans  – nearly half! still drink soda on a daily basis. What’s more, among those who drank soda, the average daily intake was 2.6 glasses per day.

Source: The Renegade Pharmacist

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As more research is being conducted on natural therapies, it is becoming more than obvious that people do not need to use conventional practices like chemotherapy and radiation to eradicate cancer. Holistic remedies abound and a cursory glance on “Dr. Google” will rank several on the top of most people’s list. Of all the popular natural solutions out there, essential oils and cancer research has gained significant fanfare and for good reason.

Essential Oils and Cancer Research

The truth about cancer and essential oils (EOs) is four-fold.

First – the research suggests that oils can help prevent and treat cancer at the cellular level. Additionally, and oftentimes overlooked, essential oils have been shown to be exceptionally effective at managing the side effects related to cancer itself and the side effects people suffer at the hands of medical interventions.

Second – it is critical to recognize that this is not an all-or-nothing approach. Just because you’re taking chemo doesn’t mean that you can’t use oils. The same is true on the flip side of that coin. Far too many patients and healthcare practitioners dichotomize natural from allopathic therapies, and do not give enough emphasis on the practicality of using both together.

Third – we need to put things into proper perspective and remember that the peer-reviewed articles we have that evaluate the ability of essential oils to prevent, stop and even reverse the growth of various cancer lines are in vitro. In other words, we don’t many live human trials with hundreds or thousands of participants, we have studies that are testing human cells in a petri dish. This is not to say that these studies are useless. The point we need to take from this is that essential oil therapy for cancer is still experimental.

Fourth – with this said, there are literally thousands upon thousands of testimonials of people on the Internet claiming that EOs cured them of cancer. And this cannot be disputed because a vast majority of them are your normal, not-trying-to-make-a-buck kind of people who are not trying to sell a product. These are legitimate medical “miracles,” which are ultimately going to be the basis for further research.

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Best Essential Oils for Cancer Patients

Of all of the studies in the medical literature, this is just a sample of those that suggest essential therapy can benefit cancer patients.

Clary Sage

Sclareol, the primary component of clary sage essential oil, has promising anti-cancer effects in laboratory evaluations. During studies dating back to 1999 to just last year, it has been shown to impact the way that cancer cells proliferate by literally killing through a process known as apoptosis. (1, 2)

Apoptosis is interesting because it literally triggers the cell to commit “suicide,” more formally known as programmed cell death, which suggests that clary sage oil could have profound effects on the prevention and treatment of cancer lines.

This discovery is particularly promising for clary sage, because it also contains phytoestrogens, which are commonly avoided in people with estrogen-induced cancers. Further research will hopefully help reshape the current medical recommendation that cancer patients avoid specific oils because of their phytoestrogen compounds, which can (in theory) feed into cancer.

Frankincense

Of all the cancer-fighting essential oils, frankincense (Boswellia sacra, B. carterii, B. frereana, and B. serrata) is the most controversial. The research out there has been scrutinized because of its industry-bias, and some claim that there are no chemical compounds in frankincense oil that can kill cancer. With that said, just do a search on the Internet and healing stories abound. It is hard to dispute with the thousands of people who state their cancer was cured after using frankincense.

The biggest issue some chemists and Aromatherapists have is regarding boswellic acids (BAs), which have been proven to be “cytotoxic to ovarian cancer cells at pharmacologically achievable concentrations” and “may form the basis of a novel anticancer treatment for ovarian cancer, perhaps alongside conventional chemotherapy.” (3) A known compound in frankincense resin, the debate is whether the essential oil contains BAs or not.

Regardless if it contains BA’s or some other compound that could be responsible for its anti-cancer prowess, several research studies have been published demonstrating similar effects that we have seen above with ovarian cancer on bladder (4), breast (5), colon (6), skin (7), stomach (8), and pancreatic cancers. (9)

Additionally, adding frankincense essential oil to a healthcare protocol goes well beyond the anti-tumor effects. For people utilizing conventional medical treatments, the pain and other side effects can be worse than the cancer itself! This is especially true for brain cancer patients who oftentimes experience cerebral edema (swelling in the head) after their tumors have been surgically removed or at the hands of radiation therapy. To make matters worse, steroid treatment is commonly administered, complicate the side effects even more.

Frankincense extract, which contains the essential oil, can possibly help this particular problem. A clinical trial published in 2011 evaluated 44 patients with cerebral edema and, after taking 4200 mg/day of a Boswellia serrata (BS) extract was administered, the swelling was reduced by 75% or more in 60% of the participants. The researchers conclude that, “BS could potentially be steroid-sparing for patients receiving brain irradiation. (10)

Also shown to help manage depression, pain and boost the immune system. (11, 12)

Lavender

A popular theme in the natural health discussion is that antioxidants are the super healers that we all need. Free radicals created by chemicals, pollutants, stress and toxins are the culprits for a cascade of cellular damage, immune inhibition, and limitless unforeseen health risks – including cancer and chronic illness.

Suffice it to say that, if free radicals are the super villains, antioxidants are the super heroes.

The body itself creates antioxidants in the form of the enzymes catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), and superoxide dismutase (SOD) among others. Unfortunately, our bodies are exposed to a constant onslaught of free radicals that drain our naturally occurring antioxidants and we are forced to supplement.

Believe it not, lavender essential oil joins the ranks as an effective natural antioxidant support.

Of the major antioxidant enzyme mentioned above, Chinese researchers observed that lavender essential oil can upregulate levels of all three in mice within the first day of treatment and protect brain cells again stroke and injury! (13) Romanian researchers noted similar activity by simply inhaling lavender for an hour each day. According to the study, “Taken together, our results suggest that antioxidant and antiapoptotic activities [of healthy brain cells] of the lavender essential oils are the major mechanisms for their potent neuroprotective effects against scopolamine-induced oxidative stress in the rat brain,” that can lead to cancer and other illnesses. (14)

Lemongrass

Several studies have evaluated the potential cancer-fighting properties of lemongrass essential oil. (15)

In 2009, an article was published that evaluated the essential oil of Cymbopogon flexuosus (a variety of lemongrass) for its in vitro cytotoxicity ability against 12 human cancer cell lines; as well as its anticancer effects on mice in vivo. The results were remarkable. Researchers discovered that the essential oil triggers a variety of mechanisms that kill cancer cells. “Our results indicate that the oil has a promising anticancer activity and causes loss in tumor cell viability by activating the apoptotic process as identified by electron microscopy.” (16)

Myrrh

The role that myrrh essential oil plays in natural cancer therapies is a becoming a popular topic in the scientific community. Particularly, with how it interacts with frankincense essential oils. In 2013, one of the most thorough studies on the topic was published in the journal Oncology Letters, and this is what researcher discovered:

“The effects of the two essential oils, independently and as a mixture, on five tumor cell lines, MCF-7, HS-1, HepG2, HeLa and A549, were investigated using the MTT assay. The results indicated that the MCF-7 and HS-1 cell lines showed increased sensitivity to the myrrh and frankincense essential oils compared with the remaining cell lines. In addition, the anticancer effects of myrrh were markedly increased compared with those of frankincense, however, no significant synergistic effects were identified.” (17)

Don’t think that researchers are evaluating frankincense and myrrh together as complementary therapies because of the Christmas story. Oh, no. The resins from frankincense and myrrh trees have been traditionally prescribed simultaneously in Chinese medicine for years. Used primarily to treat inflammatory diseases, blood stagnation, frankincense and myrrh therapy is exceptionally effective to relieve swelling and pain. (18) Even though researchers have not observed a synergistic effect regarding cancer, “A previous study identified that the combination of frankincense and myrrh oils exhibited synergistic effects on harmful bacterial infections Cryptococcus neoformans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” (19, 20)

Peppermint & Spearmint

In 2014, the journal BioMed Research International published an article uncovering that peppermint and spearmint is highly effective at managing common side effects people that suffer at the hands of medical cancer therapies; especially vomiting and nausea. Taken directly from the study we find that these oils, as well as some others, can help with a variety of conditions cancer patients suffer from:

  • “Cancer patients suffer from different side effects which can be preferentially reduced by alternative methods. EOs are used in the aromatherapy for reducing the agony of brain cancer patients [21]. EO is efficient in depression and reduction of anxiety in cancer patients [22]. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, one of the most frequently used treatment method in cancer, are prone to various side effects [23]. These are nausea and vomiting.
  • Mentha spicata [spearmint] and M. piperita [peppermint] have been found to be effective in overcoming these emetic conditions (chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, CINV) along with the reduction of expenditure on treatment in the cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy [24].
  • EOs of Leptospermum scoparium [Manuka myrtle] and Kunzea ericoides [Karo Greenfingers] were reported to prevent mucositis in the head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy when used in the preparation of mouthwash [25].
  • Some cancer patients having metastatic tumorigenic ulcers of skin develop necrosis and malodour [26]. Patients suffering from such malodour were reported to have improvement in their state on treatment of these ulcers with the mixture of EOs having eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemongrass, lemon, clove leaf, and thyme on a 40% ethanol base [27].
  • Lavender EO is widely used in aromatherapy and is found to be beneficial in reducing the distress in cancer patients [28]. Hence, EOs serve as the valuable preparations in amelioration of the side effects and sufferings of the cancer patients.”

Thyme

The journal Molecules published a study in 2010 that evaluated how cancer cells were evaluated could stand up against ten powerful essential oils. Included was thyme and it stood out from the crowd as the most beneficial against prostate, lung carcinoma, and breast cancers. (29)

As one of the primary herbs to facilitate estrogen binding, thyme oil can help balance and regulate hormones. (30) Like we noted above with clary sage, thyme is not the only potential estrogenic essential oil noted for its anticancer potential. It should be interesting to note that, because cancer frequently holds receptors for estrogen and can theoretically be “fed” by any compound that is estrogenic, people at risk of developing certain cancer lines are oftentimes advised to avoid estrogen.

With the potent anticancer properties that we have seen in just the few studies noted above, it is more than likely that we will soon discover that the so-called “cancer-causing” plants and foods people are avoiding actually hold the key that our bodies need to unlock the cancer-fighting potential we all contain!

Dr. Eric L. Zielinski (“Dr. Z”) is a sought-after public health researcher, health educator, author and motivational speaker.  Sign up for his upcoming summit on Essential Oils here:

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Dr. Eric L. Zielinski (“Dr. Z”) is a sought-after public health researcher, health educator, author and motivational speaker.

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Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as a a public health crisis of epidemic proportions! A study published in the July, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that a jaw-dropping 59 percent of the population is vitamin D deficient. In addition, nearly 25 percent of the study subjects were found to have extremely low levels of vitamin D.

Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, and foods that are fortified with vitamin D are often inadequate to satisfy either a child’s or an adult’s vitamin D requirement. Vitamin D is found in small amounts in some foods, such as milk, eggs, fish, and fortified orange juice — but the most important, natural source of vitamin D comes from exposure to sunlight.

Being that we have become an industrialized society, meaning most of us work indoors during the peak hours of sun exposure, most of us do not get enough sun exposure to generate adequate amounts of Vitamin D. Also, the latitude where you live can affect whether or not you receive Vitamin D from the sun in winter months.

For instance, I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and during the months of Nov to March, I cannot generate adequate Vitamin D levels from sun exposure!

I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and during the months of Nov to March, I cannot generate adequate Vitamin D levels from sun exposure!

Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” is now recognized by traditional and natural doctors alike as one of the most powerful, inexpensive ways to prevent disease.

Vitamin D influences over 2,000 of the 30,000 genes in the body, which explains why it has been found to inhibit the onset and spread of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis, and more.

Beyond cancer, increasing levels of vitamin D could prevent many common diseases. Studies now link this miraculous Vitamin D to the prevention of many debilitating conditions including:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Immune System Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Kidney Failure
  • Osteoporsis
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

With the current amount of research being done on this wonder nutrient it is likely that Vitamin D and it’s healing influence over even more diseases will be discovered.

Vitamin D influences over 2,000 of the 30,000 genes in the body, which explains why it has been found to inhibit the onset of many diseases

Some of the current research on Vitamin D and it’s relationship to 5 Common Diseases is presented here in our Special Report.

  1. Cancer

Evidence validating the benefits of Vitamin D in prevention of many forms of Cancer has been recorded since the 1980s.

When the body absorbs vitamin D, it converts it into a hormone called calcitriol.  The body’s organs use this hormone to regulate cell growth and repair cellular damage, including malignant cancer cells.

Dr. Michael Holick, one of the world’s most respected authorities on Vitamin D and author of The UV Advantage explains that “Vitamin D is made in the skin, gets into the bloodstream, and then goes into the liver and kidneys where it is activated into a hormone called 125-dihydroxy (calcitriol).  It is this activated vitamin D that has biological, disease-prevention effects, such as preventing prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer.”

The proper amount of vitamin D in the body helps to:

  • Stop mutated cells from forming and spreading.
  • Causes diseased cells to commit “cell suicide” — i.e., cause them to literally self-destruct.
  • Causes the differentiation of cells (Cancer cells are often undifferentiated, and this causes them to reproduce faster).

An article in the American Journal of Public Health in 2006 concluded that after a review of more than 60 studies of Cancer and Vitamin D, that cancer occurrence could be reduced with improved levels of Vitamin D in the body. The incidence of breast cancer could be reduced by 50% and colon cancer by 80% That is dramatic!

  1. Heart Disease

Most people suffering from heart disease are chronically deficient in vitamin D. By correcting their vitamin D levels people can simultaneously halt cancer and prevent Heart Disease too.

Researchers reviewed the health records of more than 9,000 people who had been diagnosed with vitamin D insufficiency and who had also undergone vitamin D testing at a later date. They found that approximately 50 percent of all patients had achieved healthy vitamin D levels of at least 30 nanograms per milliliter by the second test. Rates of heart disease were significantly lower in this group than among patients who were still deficient in the vitamin.

Chronic Heart Disease has been linked to inflammation in the body. Researchers have found that those who had inflamation in the body also had very low levels of VtiaminD.   As they supplemented with Vitamin D, their inflammation decreased.

Vitamin D contains a protein called cytokines, which have been found to manage and control inflammatory processes, thus reducing not only inflammation but future potential health conditions.

Medical studies have shown in the case of congestive heart failure (CHF) an increase in what is called pro-inflammatory cytokines (those which INCREASE inflammation). In a recent clinical trial, people with CHF were given very high doses of Vitamin D.

There was a 43% increase in anti-inflammatory cytokines in their bodies within 9 months! The conclusion was definite… Vitamin D plays an important role in reducing inflammation in heart patients.

  1. Diabetes

Vitamin D deficiency, long suspected to be a risk factor for glucose intolerance, is commonly found in people with poor diabetes control, according to research studies. 

Esther Krug, MD, an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that Vitamin D deficiency was common in her study of Diabetic patients, with more than 91% of participants deficient. As the deficiency worsened, so did diabetes control. Only eight of the 124 participants took vitamin D supplements she found.

Krug and her colleagues decided to look at vitamin D deficiency in the wake of reports suggesting that vitamin D has an active role in regulating pancreatic cells, which make insulin.   What they found is that the average blood sugar level was higher in patients with severe vitamin D deficiency compared to those with normal levels of vitamin D.

Aggressive continued screening and supplementation of vitamin D levels is crucial for people with diabetes.

Also, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published a study done in Norway. The study showed that cod liver oil, a good natural source of Vitamin D, greatly reduced the risk of Type I diabetes in children if it was taken the first year of life.

The conclusion by the research was that the Vitamin D in cod liver oil has an anti-inflammatory affect on the body, reducing the onset of Type I Diabetes.

  1. Osteoporosis

More than 40 million adults in the United States have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue that increases bone fragility and the risk of bone fractures.

Research studies over the years have helped us to understand that insufficient levels of Vitamin D in the body, contribute to osteoporosis by reducing calcium absorption. Supplementing your diet with Vitamin D will allow your body to utilize the calcium that your are taking, more benefically and efficiently.

Seniors and menopausal women are more at risk for developing Osteroporsis and what we see is that the body’s ability to produce Vitamin D declines with age. This prevents the kidneys from converting Vitamin D into the hormone that benefits your bones and keeps them strong.

The National Institute of Health has reported that 50% of women with hip fractures were shown to have Vitamin D deficiency and osteroporosis. Low levels of Vitamin D were also seen in an estimated 40% of seniors who were hospitalized for hip fractures.

By supplementing with Vitamin D and maintaining adequate levels, the risk of osteoporosis and fractures in menopausal women and seniors could be greatly reduced.

  1. Cholesterol and Vitamin D Deficiency

Many in the medical profession are beginning to recognize that people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are becoming vitamin D-deficient. Cholesterol is required by the body to synthesize vitamin D and statin drugs are are responsible for eliminating it, leading many to speculate that statin drug users do not have enough cholesterol to process vitamin D.

Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol actually plays an important role in maintaining health. It regulates proper hormonal levels and is the precursor substance for the production of vitamin D. Cholesterol also works to digest and absorb fats, nutrients, and vitamins. When converting sunlight into vitamin D, cholesterol in the skin acts as the catalyst for this important process.

Supplementing with Vitamin D (what you need to know)

1. Warning: Never take Vitamin D Without Vitamin K2

Just as important as vitamin D3 is taking vitamin K2! Taking Vitamin D without vitamin K could actually be harmful to your Health!

When it comes to calcium metabolism, vitamins D and K work together. Both play important roles. Vitamin D gets calcium into your blood and Vitamin K gets calcium into the bones and prevents the calcium from accumulating in your arteries, kidneys or heart where it can wreak havoc on your health.

You don’t want rogue calcium going to the wrong places, causing joint stiffness or arterial plaque. Vitamin K2 insures that your body uses calcium properly.

2. Most D3 Supplements are NOT absorbable.

When D3 cannot be absorbed, your body is unable to assimilate and you will not get the benefits. So you still end up with the symptoms.

Vitamin D3 is fat-soluable. This means it needs to be taken with a healthy fat in order to be absorbed.  Most Vitamin D supplements are not absorbable.

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  • Ryan Greendyk a professional health journalist and writer from Santa Fe, NM.  Yoga teacher and  meditator, he is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of of holistic health, teaching others how to take responsibility for their own health and changing the World.

References:

University of California Riverside More Than Half the World’s Population Gets Insufficient Amounts of Vitamin D, Says UC Riverside Biochemist. 15 July 2010;

Holick, M. F. Chen, T. C. Vitamin D deficiency: a worldwide problem with health consequences. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Apr; 87 (4): 1080S-6S.

Los Angeles Times Vitamin D linked to lower heart disease risk.     March 15, 2010

Web MD Low Vitamin D Linked to Poor Diabetes Control.  June 21, 2010

National Institutes of Health Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D   June 24,2011

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Medicine Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: an Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline July 2011

Natural News Do Statin Drugs Cause Vitamin D Deficiency?  January 8, 2010

 Boil Bananas Before Bed, Drink The Liquid & You Will Not Believe What Happens While You Sleep!

We’ve all had those restless nights of tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, unable to get more than a couple hours of shuteye. The more you worry about not sleeping, the more your mind races, and next thing you know, the sun is peeking through the window. I’ve spent one too many nights this way and needed to put an end to my poor sleeping patterns. I came across this delicious tea recipe and it improved my cycle completely.

Irregular sleeping patterns or even insomnia can stem from several different things like depression, stress and anxiety. Almost every night, I would get into bed and my mind would be racing. Whether I was thinking about work, family, or simply the things I needed to get done the next day, I just couldn’t allow myself to relax. If your mind is active, chances are you won’t fall asleep.

Certain medications can also cause insomnia. Pain medications, antihistamines, and heart and blood pressure medicines are among the many that contribute to sleep loss. Yes, some meds might actually make you drowsy at first, but they can also trigger frequent bathroom trips or anxiety which can further disturb your rest.

Whether it’s one of these issues or maybe it’s that you’re addicted to your phone when you should be sleeping, something needs to change.

Banana Tea

Using only a couple items that are likely already in your kitchen, you can whip together a banana tea in no time! This organic, banana-infused sleep remedy works wonders and tastes so good. How does it work? Bananas, especially the peels, are loaded with potassium and magnesium.

While magnesium helps prevent sleep disturbances, both magnesium and potassium work together to help relax muscles. In fact, magnesium is one of the best minerals for relaxation! Keep in mind, this recipe calls for 100% organic bananas. Bananas that are not organic are loaded with harmful pesticides and since we encourage you to eat the boiled peel, it must be chemical-free.

This tea takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and can be enjoyed every night before bed.

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Ingredients

1 organic banana

1 small pot of water

a dash of cinnamon (optional)

All you need to do is cut off both ends of the banana and place it, peel and all, into boiling water. Boil it for around 10 minutes. Using a colander, pour the water into a mug. If you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle the cinnamon into the tea. Drink it one hour before bed time.

If you’re worried about being wasteful, you’ve clearly never had a boiled banana before! After the banana has been boiled, sprinkle some cinnamon over it. Eating the warm, gooey fruit and its peel along with the tea will increase its soothing effects… Not to mention it makes a yummy dessert!

Why Sleeping Pills Are Bad

Out of despair, many of us have resorted to sleeping pills and with almost half of the American population suffering from insomnia or poor sleep, it’s no wonder. But here’s the thing: sleeping pills cannot help you long-term. They provide a short-term fix.

The majority of sleeping pills are a specific type of drug that induces and maintains sleep. They’re classified as something called sedative hypnotics. Among other sedative hypnotic drugs are benzodiazepines and barbiturates. Benzodiazepines—like Xanax and Valium—can be addictive and are used to treat anxiety disorders by increasing drowsiness. Barbiturates depress the central nervous system are used as anesthetics and sedatives.

As with all drugs, there’s a list of side effects that accompany sleeping pills. Aside from the likeliness of them being habit-forming, they can cause the following:

Constipation

Dizziness

Difficulty focusing and remembering

Stomach pain

Weakness

Uncontrollable shaking

Parasomnias (Doing things without realizing it… Scary!)
Sleeping pills also cause your breathing rhythm to slow down and significantly lighten. This means that if you’re already suffering from lung diseases like COPD or even asthma, these meds can be dangerous and even fatal.

Are sleeping pills really worth it?

The sad fact is sleeping pills do NOT give you the restful sleep you
need to function during the day. In the end, the costs far outweigh
the benefits.

There’s a better way–actually MULTIPLE better ways…

The good news is our primal ancestors never needed to take sleeping pills.

One reason is they aligned their body’s natural circadian rhythm with
the rising and setting of the sun.

Read on to discover other ways you can get the deep, restful, rejuvenating sleep that leaves you energized, refreshed, awake…

How Sleep Deprivation Affects the Body

Getting less than eight hours of sleep is bad for your body. When I found out the consequences little to no sleep had on my body, I panicked!

When your body doesn’t get enough rest, generally less than eight hours, it suffers. Cognitive function—your long- and short-term memory—is seriously affected. Have you ever tried to focus on a task while running on zero fuel?

I have and I know it’s near impossible. Processing even the simplest things seems challenging and your emotional responses to things become totally skewed. The scariest part is that sleep deprivation has been linked to serious health problems including obesity, diabetes and cancer.

It’s important to figure out why you’re not sleeping the way you used to and work on fixing it. I now look forward to this tea each night; it’s 100% natural, it smells and tastes great, and it has worked tremendously for me.

 

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Healing Cavities (A True 'We've-Done-It!' Story!)

Oh, people. I”m about to reveal something to you that has taken me months to work up the nerve to confess.

Are you ready for this? (I’m not sure I am, but here goes…)

I haven’t used toothpaste in over a year.

Oh my gosh. I can’t believe I just said that out loud. On the internet.

I guess now I have to explain myself, huh?

Exploring alternate tooth care…

In 2013 I started looking into natural tooth care, as part of my goal to make better, more natural choices in each area of my health and my household.

I thought we had been doing good in this area, using a ‘natural’ brand toothpaste. Until I realized that even my natural toothpaste had stuff I knew I wanted to avoid–like sweeteners, fluoride, and glycerin.

It didn’t take long as I looking into natural, holistic approaches to tooth care to realize that what we eat has so much more of an affect on our teeth than the substance we scrub them with, and maybe my search for a ‘safe’ toothpaste was a waste of energy. And then I read about people not using toothpaste at all, and, well, since toothpaste (and the alternatives people talked about using) has always given me the ibby-jibbies, I decided to just quit the habit entirely.

So, I just scrubbed with water. And it seemed to work fine.

What in the world is Oil Pulling?

Later, I heard about oil pulling. It was such a strange term, I didn’t even look into it for a while. Till I realized that the pain and sensitivity I had been experiencing in my teeth off an on for a while might be remedied through this idea. So, I read up on it—it made sense (coconut oil is anti-bacterial, and could pull toxins from your mouth when you swished it in your mouth for 15-20 min.)—and I tried it.

healing cavities with oil pulling--we tried it and it really works!

I posted the above photo on my Facebook page and had a lot of friends ask me to report how it worked. So, here’s the report:

I loved how my teeth felt on this new cleansing routine—I felt it reduced plaque and made my teeth stronger.

Within a month, all sensitivity I’d been experiencing in my lower molars was gone.

So, I quit toothpaste, and replaced it with oil pulling, and my teeth have never been healthier.

Now, that’s my story, but I put a ‘we’ in the title, because Jeremy’s got a story, too.

And Then Mr. Holden Tried It…

Several months ago, my husband came up to me and said, “I think I have a cavity.” I looked in his mouth and was mortified. His back wisdom tooth was—I kid you not—green and brown and black and pitted, and definitely did not look healthy. Neither of us had ever had a cavity before, but I was pretty sure this was a case study.

I said, “Honey! You need to start oil pulling right away!”

Well, you know, he kinda looked at me the way I imagine you looked at me when I said I quit toothpaste.

But a week later, he felt a chunk flake off of said tooth, and the next morning he pulled out the coconut oil before breakfast. (It’s suggested that you rinse first thing in the am).

He began oil pulling faithfully every morning, as well as taking cod liver oil (upping nutrition was something I read was key to regenerating tooth decay). Within 3 days, he said the pain was gone. And a month later, after oil pulling 5-6 times a week, I looked in his mouth, and his tooth was—are you ready for this? White. White with a bit of yellow, but the black and green and brown had disappeared. The hole the infection had created remained, but all infection and pain was gone.

People, I am not lyin’ here.

Tooth regeneration is possible, and surprisingly simple…

God designed our bodies so incredibly. If we are nourishing our bodies well, He designed them to be able to heal from injury and disease—even our teeth.

I share our stories because the idea of ‘healing your teeth’ is quite foreign to people. But listen to this…

“That tooth decay is caused by nutrient deficiencies and not bacteria has been proven in both animal and laboratory experiments published in books and dental journals…

…If brushing, flossing, massive fluoridation campaigns, and dental surgery were effective in preventing tooth decay, it would not get worse over time. It would stay the same, or get better.”  (Ramiel Nagel of CureToothDecay.com)

But that’s not what’s happening, is it? It has become normal to have our teeth rot out of our head, starting not in our 60’s, or 40’s, but as children and even babies.

“What is missing from the ADA’s bacteria theory of cavities is that strong teeth resist acid and bacteria. And when you, the consumer, understand that a strong tooth resists acid indefinitely, then the next logical question is, what makes a tooth strong?” (Ramiel Nagel)

The answer, which Ramiel details in his ebook is good nutrition. And you know what it means when I use that term around here…lots of whole foods, good fat, raw milk, tasty meats and properly prepared grains and veggies. Ramiel especially stresses whole, raw milk in the diet and plenty of deeply nourishing fats like butter oil and cod liver oil.

So, gotta a toothache? Wish you had stronger teeth? Don’t despair. You can actually do something other than have them all pulled and getting dentures. (Oh, yay!) Increase your nutrition and try oil pulling!

How to Oil Pull With Coconut Oil

  1. Scoop about 2 tsp. of coconut oil out of your jar and pop it in your mouth.
  2. Chew or hold the oil in your mouth till it melts and becomes liquid (takes about 30 seconds).
  3. Start swishing, pulling the oil back and forth and sideways through all your teeth.
  4. Swish for 20 min., spitting the oil out (into the trash) when you’re finished.

Why Oil Pulling works:

Your teeth are actually porous, comprised of yards and yards of minute passages (like a sponge) that bring nutrients to the outer enamel when good nutrition is present in your diet…or suck toxins into the teeth when nutrition is lacking. Oil itself has the ability to cut right through plaque to the tooth surface, and coconut oil in particular has rich, anti-bacterial properties.

It’s believed that  one of the reasons oil pulling strengthens teeth is that it can help reverse the flow of toxins, pulling bacteria out of the teeth, and becoming a vehicle to dispose of toxins. Also, we’ve found the swishing action can be as effective as flossing, without any damage to gums (yes–I’ve gotten popcorn kernels out with oil pulling!)

Where to get good Coconut Oil:

Any organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil will work for this. If it smells like coconut, that’s a sign that it hasn’t been over-processed and still has all the wonderful things God put in the coconut to begin with! You’re looking for coconut oil that is cold pressed, extra virgin, and organic.

For further reading:

==> How To Remove Dental Problems The Natural Way

Here are a couple of things we learned when reading  – “Dentist Be Damned!”:

  • Why you NEED plaque, and how it helps you stay cavity-free (p.13)
  • How to get rid of the bad bacteria that cause dental problems, and optimize your mouth flora – weird, I know! (p.10)
  • The dangers of mercury fillings (p.15)
  • Why most toothpastes are overpriced and contain tooth-damaging ingredients (p.42)
  • The reason using peroxide to whiten your teeth is dangerous for your enamel and gums (p.45)

Source: Trina Holden

10 Foods Made In China That Are Filled With Plastic, Pesticides, And Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Much of the food found in America and Europe is imported from China because it is cheaper, but it comes at a cost.

Recently, there was an article about companies in China mass producing fake rice out of plastic, which can cause serious digestive issues, and even be fatal if consumed daily.

See below is a list of ten foods made in China that we all should avoid!

1. Tilapia Fish 80% of tilapia in America comes from China. The fish are bottom feeders and will eat almost anything. With water pollution, the way it is in China, eating anything raised in that water would be unsafe to say the least. There is, also, one study that states tilapia is less healthy than bacon.

2. Cod Fish 50% of American cod comes from China. Yet again this is a water pollution and feeding issue. There are few restrictions in China for these types of exports.

3. Chinese Apple Juice About 50% of all apple juice sold in the US comes from China. China has been known to use harmful pesticides on their food. Even pesticides that have been banned by their own government. Making apple juice at home from local organic apples is the best method.

4. Processed Mushrooms 34% of all processed mushrooms come from China. Just as we saw with apples, one does not know what the mushrooms are grown in and exactly how healthy they are. Just to be on the safe side, buy mushrooms local or from trusted American-based or Canadian-based farms.

5. Chinese Garlic 31% of garlic sold in America comes from China. Like with other grown foods, the pesticides involved in the process (mainly methyl bromide) are just not safe and should be avoided

6. Chicken In 2013, the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of chicken from China in the United States. As with fish (mentioned above) this is a pollution and feeding issue. China is commonly plagued with avian flu and other foodborne illnesses.

7. Plastic Rice Huge amounts of fake rice has been seized in China, and it is believed that much of it is produced from potatoes combined with a synthetic resin. The goal? To make money, of course, as scam artists have been imitating a popular type of Chinese rice called “Wuchang”. This rice stays hard after boiling. Long-term consumption of this food can cause cancer.

8. Mud (Sold As Black Pepper) One vendor in China was caught selling mud as black pepper. Although this seems like a local issue, one must always verify quality.

9. Industrial Salt Salt produced for industrial purposes is finding its way onto the tables of China. Any salt from China may also contain industrial salt. Consuming this salt may contribute to high blood pressure, hypertension, and the risk of heart attack and stroke.

10. Green Peas The fake peas are reported to be very profitable, and one illegal workshop was producing them for 3 years before it was investigated. They are created with snow peas and soy beans, added with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (used as bleach and preservative). This dye is forbidden to use on food because it may cause cancer, as well as affect the body’s ability to absorb calcium.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell if your apple juice, garlic or mushrooms are from China. This is why we recommend shopping locally at your farmers market, and getting to know your farmer or supplier.

Source: Why Don’t You Try This