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Garlic & Vaginal Yeast Infections

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by Judy Slome Cohain, CNM

Garlic kills yeast. Those who bake bread know not to add garlic while the dough is rising or it will kill the yeast. Instead, garlic is added to the dough after it has risen, just before baking it in the oven.

A fresh garlic clove can easily cure a yeast infection. The trick is to catch the infection early. A woman who suffers from frequent yeast infections knows the feeling well. The first day, she feels just a tickle of itchiness that comes and goes. The next day, or sometimes two or three days later, the vaginal discharge starts to look white and lumpy like tiny bits of cottage cheese. By this time, she has a full-blown yeast infection and the lips of the vagina are often red and sore.

If a woman can pay attention to the first tickling of the yeast infection, she can use the following treatment. Take a clove of fresh garlic and peel off the natural white paper shell that covers it, leaving the clove intact. At bedtime, put the clove into the vagina. In the …

Natural pain relievers

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Unfortunately, acute or chronic pain is something that everyone in their life experiences at one time or another. Even though this is a powerful reminder from the body that something is either healing or going terribly wrong, a way to manage the pain is often required in order to live a functional lifestyle.

The first resort to manage this type of pain has typically been prescriptions or over the counter drugs. These medications do have side effects, however, and people are beginning to realize there are more natural solutions that can be as effective or more powerful than drugs. Here are 3 of them.

Boswellia

Often called Indian Frankincense, boswellia originates in the dry areas of India, Africa, and the Mediterranean. It is a remarkable plant and is becoming better known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the root of chronic pain. The unique acids (boswellic acids) block the overproduction of cytokinetic activity in damaged tissues while enhancing blood flow to th…

4 things you can do to prevent cancer

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It's November, and with that we are blasted with pink paraphernalia and special events (cancer runs) to help us recognize the growing problem of breast cancer. It is during this campaign that we also are reminded that the best plan is to learn how to detect cancer in the early stages, while scientists work feverishly on developing a cancer drug to "cure" those who are dealing with advanced stages of the disease.

It is this largely reactive and unnatural approach (waiting until you see signs of cancer, then dealing with it through pharmaceutical drugs) that completely misses the core advice that should be delivered to those who really want to avoid cancer, which is prevention of it in the first place.

Prevention is the most important cancer-fighting tool we have today, and there are many things an individual can do to help prevent cancer. However, the main theme behind cancer prevention is maintaining a strong and healthy immune system, which can make you virtually imperv…

Stages of Menopause

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What is menopause?

Menopause is a stage in a woman's life when she can no longer experience menstrual periods. During this period, the ovaries stop the release of eggs as well as the production of most of the estrogen. Estrogen is a type of hormone found in women which is responsible for both estrous and menstrual reproductive cycles. They form part of the primary female sex hormones.

Stages of Menopause

Menopause takes place in 3 distinctive stages for those who experience it naturally. These are perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.

1. Perimenopause

This stage occurs towards the end of menstruation. At this stage, the woman's ovaries are known to produce reduced numbers of sex hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. A women may sometimes experience irregular periods when the levels of these hormones fluctuate. This stage is associated with the following symptoms:


~ Development of insomnia

~ One experiences forgetfulness

~ Hot flushes are experienced

~ Urinary …

The Best Essential Oils for Treating All Kinds of Illnesses

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Like many other wholistic remedies, essential oils are a great way to improve overall health, treat cold and flu symptoms, calm nerves, elevate your mood and generally create a world that just all around smells better.

You could spend a fortune purchasing specialized essential oil blends that have been developed to treat specific ailments. These can be excellent, but the truth is, you don’t need to fork over a ton of cash to help yourself.

Essential oils are basically concentrated liquids containing key compounds from plants. They have been used for hundreds of years as a safe and effective medicine. There are a number of ways to make essential oils, but the most common forms involve distillation, cold-pressure and through the use of a solvent.

When it comes to aromatherapy, food-grade essential oils are not absolutely necessary. However, if you plan to consume an essential oil or apply it directly to your body through a lotion or oil blend, it wouldn’t hurt to go for the more costly f…

4 ways to prevent allergies in children

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Due to the overwhelming burden of toxins in the world and a largely monotonous diet rooted in grains and sugars, allergies have become commonplace. This has created a weakness in our genetic profile that is being passed down from one generation to the next, causing allergies to pop up in the very early stages of life. To counteract this trend, one must focus on optimal immune building strategies and the external environment in which children live.

Here are 4 key factors to consider.

Breastfeed your baby

According to most alternative health care practitioners, one of the best ways to reduce allergies in childhood is to feed an infant mother's milk. Breastfeeding builds a strong immune system that is armed to deal with infections, toxins, and food allergens.

Lendon Smith, M.D., author of numerous books on children's health, emphasizes that feeding baby mother's milk contributes to children having fewer allergies. He states, "If babies are given anything other than breas…

Pycnogenol can help with heart disease, inflammation, and diabetes

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If you find yourself struggling with low energy, menopause or cardiovascular disease, an extract from the French Maritime pine tree shows promise in alleviating these conditions, plus much more. The benefits extend to ailments like diabetes, impotence, asthma, osteoarthritis and swelling in the hands and feet. Additionally, Pycnogenol increases skin elasticity and reduces both oxidative stress and collagen degradation - thereby reducing the effects of aging.

Pycnogenol addresses a wide spectrum of health issues, including the following:

Inflammation -  Inhibiting eicosanoid-generating enzymes, pine bark extract has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and platelet inhibitory effects in vivo.

One study found that 100 mg/day of Pycnogenol taken orally for three months helped decrease anti-inflammatory drug use in 58 percent of the osteoarthritis treatment group. Foot edema (swelling) decreased by 79 percent verses 1 percent in controls.


Pycnogenol also appears to reduce the symptoms of inflamma…

Mercury in Vaccines Linked to Autism

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Biochemist Brian Hooker, scientific advisor to A Shot of Truth, reveals CDC knew of risks for over a decade

For nearly ten years, Brian Hooker has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have resulted in copious evidence that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which is still used in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants, can cause autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analyzed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of au…

Four herbs with natural painkilling properties

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Tens of millions of people around the world live with acute or chronic pain, and their desperate attempts to alleviate it has made prescription painkillers a billion dollar industry for Big Pharma. Unfortunately, prescription painkillers often contribute to more problems than they cure. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, painkillers such as oxycodone and methadone are the leading causes of overdose deaths in the United States today.(1)

Fortunately, nature has provided us with numerous herbs and spices that contain significant analgesic properties. While not all of these foods are as aggressive as prescription painkillers, they are much safer to consume and lack their unpleasant side effects.

Turmeric

Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat sprains, bruises and inflammation in the joints and stomach, and scientists now understand how it works. This warm, bitter plant owes its distinctive yellow hues to its rich concentrations of curcumi…

5 ways to end constipation quickly

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The world is backed up, and so much so that a bowel movement every few days is deemed normal. This is undoubtedly due to a lack of hydration, probiotics, enzymes, fiber, EFAs, and key vitamins and minerals that allow properly formed bowel movements to happen smoothly and at least once a day.

So if you are stuck and need some extra help without an over-the-counter laxative that will slowly destroy your ability to eliminate naturally, try these five methods.

Magnesium

Also known as the master mineral, adequate magnesium levels are vitally important in order to facilitate a proper bowel movement. It is responsible for proper muscle function, promoting over 800 enzymatic actions, and reducing inflammation.

An individual who is constipated will presumably be suffering from slow peristaltic action (facilitated by the muscular lining in the intestinal system), poor enzyme function, and excessive inflammation. Fortunately, magnesium can help in all those areas.

Be sure to choose a quality li…

Sugar substitutes for diabetics

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 Five sugars that are OK to eat

Over the past 25 years, the prevalence of diabetes has risen substantially in the U.S. (1) Today, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, including 7 million people who have not been diagnosed. Almost 2 million men and women are diagnosed with diabetes each year -- that's more than 5,200 each day. What's more, diabetes plays a primary or contributing role in nearly a quarter-million deaths annually in the U.S. (2)

For those struggling with diabetes, learning to control cravings for specific foods is central to managing the disease. Most experts advise avoiding eating sweet and sugary foods to help ensure that blood glucose and insulin levels remain as stable as possible, but cutting out sugar entirely isn't realistic for most people.



Luckily, there are several natural sugar substitutes that make satisfying your sweet tooth a tasty possibility -- and many have health benefits in addition to their sweet taste. Here are five alternatives yo…

10 critical upgrades for a healthier body

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It is often difficult for people to completely drop old health compromising habits and pick up completely new ones, even if it is a better choice for their health. Due to that fact, transition is an important strategy. Here are 10 upgrades to transition to in order to reach that next level of health.

 Water

Upgrading water is one of the most important factors to consider when becoming healthy. Ditch the contaminated tap and hormone disrupting plastic bottled water and choose spring, mineralized, or filtered water instead.

Smoothies

Don't start the most important meal of the day with coffee and sugary cereals. This is a bad way to wake up the digestive system and it will not adequately power anyone through their morning.

Opt for a superfood smoothie instead that is full of enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and other health promoting nutrients. Incorporate high quality superfoods for the most benefits.

Juicing

Stop shopping in the juice aisle! There are v…

Cancer breakthrough

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Probiotics may save patients from deadly chemotherapy; antibiotics may cause chemo to be fatal

If you or someone you love is facing the possibility of cancer or chemotherapy, make sure they read this story. Breakthrough new science conducted at the University of Michigan and about to be published in the journal Nature reveals that intestinal health is the key to surviving chemotherapy.

The study itself is very difficult for laypeople to parse, however, so I'm going to translate into everyday language while also offering additional interpretations of the research that the original study author is likely unable to state due to the nutritional censorship of medical journals and universities, both of which have an anti-nutrition bias.

The upshot is this: A clinical study gave mice lethal injections of chemotherapy that would, pound for pound, kill most adult human beings, too. The study authors openly admit: "All tumors from different tissues and organs can be killed by high dos…

One Drug to Shrink All Tumors

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A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, researchers have found. The treatment, an antibody that blocks a "do not eat" signal normally displayed on tumor cells, coaxes the immune system to destroy the cancer cells.

Survivor. When mice with human tumors received doses of anti-CD47, which sets the immune system against tumor cells, the cancers shrank and disappeared.

A decade ago, biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, discovered that leukemia cells produce higher levels of a protein called CD47 than do healthy cells. CD47, he and other scientists found, is also displayed on healthy blood cells; it's a marker that blocks the immune system from destroying them as they circulate. Cancers take advantage of this flag to trick the immune system into ignoring them. In the past few years, Weissman's lab showed that blo…