Garlic & Vaginal Yeast Infections



  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 morning, remove the garlic clove and throw it in the toilet. The garlic often causes the vagina to have a watery discharge. One night's treatment may be enough to kill the infection, or it might have to be repeated the next night.


Continue one or two days until all itchiness is gone. The reason that the treatment is done at bedtime is that there is a connection between the mouth and the vagina. The moment the garlic is placed in the vagina, the taste of the garlic travels up to the mouth. Most people will find this strong flavor annoying during the day, so the treatment is recommended for nighttime.

If the infection has advanced to the point that a woman has large quantities of white discharge and red sore labia, it can still be treated by garlic but with a higher dose. Use a dry tissue to remove some of the discharge, then take a clove of garlic and cut it in half. Put it in the vagina at bedtime and repeat this for a few nights. If there is no improvement, she might consider a conventional over-the-counter treatment because it is a shame to suffer for many days. Remember that a woman should never douche during a vaginal infection. Yeast loves water and any water will make it grow faster.

Any cut in the clove makes the activity of the garlic stronger. Thus, the more of the inside of the clove that is exposed, the higher the dose. Each woman should learn the dose that works best for her, from the lowest dose, an uncut clove, to a clove with one or more small fingernail slits, to a clove cut in half.

If a high dose of garlic, a cut-open garlic clove, is inserted in a healthy vagina, it will often "burn" the healthy skin. When the woman is suffering from an advanced yeast infection, the skin is already red and "burned" and the garlic cures the infection by killing the yeast. Then the skin repairs itself. By the way, veterinarians have been using garlic to heal infections in livestock for many years. If drug companies could patent garlic and make money off of it, they would be advertising it everywhere!

Garlic has been shown in vitro (in laboratory petri dishes) to kill bacteria also. In some important research done in China (1), garlic was shown to inhibit the growth of all of the following microorganisms: Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium phlei, Streptococcus faecalis, Bacillus cereus and Micrococcus luteus.

Researchers found that garlic lost its antibacterial activities within 20 minutes of being boiled at 100° C. At the Maxwell Finland Laboratory for Infectious Diseases in the Boston Medical Center, researchers examined the use of garlic for ear infections (2). They found that fresh garlic was bacteriocidal, killing even the dangerous bacterium Streptococcus agalactiae (commonly known as Group B Strep) but is heat- and acid-labile and loses activity when cooked or taken by mouth.

               Escherichia coli bacterium on a microscope

Group B Strep (GBS) can kill newborns, most commonly premature babies. Current U.S. protocols call for culturing women toward the end of pregnancy to see if they are GBS carriers, since newborn strep infections occur more often—but not exclusively—in babies of women who culture positive for beta-strep. About 15 to 30 percent of women carry the beta-strep bacterium, the vast majority without any symptoms, although at least two women with GBS vaginitis have been documented (3).

The risk of contracting GBS by infants probably increases with the quantity of GBS in the birth canal (4). Between 1–3 in 1,000 babies develop beta-strep infections after birth (5). Many of these infections may be iatrogenic, caused by the hospital protocols. The strep bacillus originates in the anus. When the membranes are ruptured, fluid washes down and out of the vagina—until someone checks the cervix. Every time a cervical check is done, the examiner may carry GBS up on his or her gloved finger and deposit it on the cervix. Inserting an internal electro-fetal monitor electrode or an internal monitoring catheter also opens a pathway for bacteria to enter.

Any of these scenarios could also explain why length of time after rupture of membranes correlates with infection rate. No randomized controlled studies have been undertaken comparing women with no vaginal checks or internal monitors to women with frequent vaginal checks. Intrapartum prophylaxis with intravenous antibiotics, preferably targeted on GBS-colonized parturients with risk factors, is, at present, considered the "new standard of care." However, its efficacy and safety at preventing early-onset infection is still in debate. [Editor's Note: See "Facing the Challenge of Group B Strep" in Midwifery Today, Issue 63, Autumn 2002.]

Vaginal chlorhexidine disinfection during labour in GBS-colonized women may, in addition, offer a minor contribution to prevention. Chlorhexidine is a compound with plaque-inhibiting effects and available only by prescription in the U.S. (A compound of chlorhexidine is the main ingredient in Hibiclens®, an antimicrobial skin cleanser available over the counter.) Its side effects include staining of teeth, restorations and the tongue, bitter taste and other disturbances, such as dryness of the mouth and development of oral ulceration (6).

A fresh garlic clove inserted into the vagina for one or two nights will also, most likely, reduce the colonization of the vagina with GBS, with no known side effects, besides garlic breath. But none of the funding agencies or drug companies are interested in providing support for research—likely because the product could not be patented. Chlorhexidine vaginal gel or wash reduces GBS colonization, so the idea of using local measures is not too radical. But at this time, a clinical trial in the U.S. to demonstrate efficacy of these topical methods will be almost impossible, given the established standard of care (intrapartum antibiotics) established by the CDC. So garlic experiments to reduce neonatal GBS will have to take place outside of the U.S.

  
   Garlic protocol:

~ Break a clove off of a bulb of garlic and peel off the paper-like cover. Cut in half. Sew a string thru it for easy retrieval.

~ Put a fresh half in your vagina in the evening before you go to sleep. Most women taste garlic in their mouths as soon as it is in their vagina, so it is less pleasant to treat while awake.

~ In the morning, the garlic may come out when you poop. If not, many women find it is easiest to take it out on the toilet. Circle the vagina with a finger, till you find it. It cannot enter the uterus through the cervix. It cannot get lost, but it can get pushed into the pocket between the cervix and the vaginal wall.

~ Most people will taste the garlic as long as it is in there. So if you still taste it, it is probably still in there. Most women have trouble getting it out the first time.

~ For easy retrieval, sew a string through the middle of the clove before you put it in. You don't want to get irritated. Be gentle. Don't scratch yourself with long nails.



[Reprinted with the explicit permission of the author, J S Cohain. In-links added by GreenMedInfo.com. © 2003 Midwifery Today, Inc. All rights reserved.]



Judy Slome Cohain is a masters degree certified nurse midwife in the US who has been living and working in Israel since 1983 as an unlicensed midwife. This twist of fate enables her to practice evidence-based midwifery, instead of less-than-optimal protocols to protect a license.

She has run All the Way Homebirth practice in Israel since 1983. She would love to hear from women who have tried to change a positive GBS culture to a negative one by using garlic. Please email her at judyslome@hotmail.com with the outcomes, which will be collected for future research. Judy welcomes feedback or questions which can be sent to judyslome@hotmail.com.


References:

1. Chen, H.C., Chang, M.D., Chang, T.J. (1985) Antibacterial Properties of Some Spice Plants Before and After Heat Treatment. [English translation of Chinese article]. Zhonghua Min Guo Wei Sheng Wu Ji Mian Yi Xue Za Zhi 18: 190–5.
2. Klein, J.O. (1999) Management of Acute Otitis Media in an Era of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 49: S15–17.
3. Honig, E., Mouton J.W., van der Meijden, W.I. (1999) Can Group B Streptococci Cause Symptomatic Vaginitis? Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 7: 206–09.
4. Christensen, K.K, Dykes, A.K., Christensen, P. (1985) Reduced Colonization of Newborns with Group B Streptococci Following Washing of the Birth Canal with Chlorhexidine. J Perinat Med 13: 239–43.
5. Irving, W.L. Best Practice in Labour Ward Management. Edited by L.H. Kean, P.N. Baker and D. Edelstone. London: WB Saunders, 2000.
6. Albandar, J.M., Gjermo, P., Preus, H.R. (1994) Chlorhexidine Use after Two Decades of Over-the-counter Availability. J Periodontol 65: 109–12.






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Natural pain relievers



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 the joints. This combination has also been shown to increase joint mobility and loosen stiff joints.


                                     Boswellia

Boswellia has shown great success at reducing inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, and other painful conditions. Many studies have shown that it is as effective as NSAID's, which are the most commonly prescribed drug for issues related to inflammation and chronic pain.


   Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin (asta-zan-thin) is a deep red coloured phytonutrient synthesized by microalgae called Haematococcus, and is also known as the "King of Carotenoids". It's grown in fresh water using sophisticated techniques that encourage the algae to grow its own powerful medicines protecting it from oxidation, UV radiation, and other environmental stressors.

Even though astaxanthin may not be as powerful as leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, it is found to be one of the strongest ones in nature. Several double blind, placebo controlled animal and clinical trials shows that astaxanthin naturally inhibits many of the known inflammation mediators, which eases inflammation and pain without side effects.

It has been used effectively for joint pain, muscle recovery, and other painful conditions. Since astaxanthin is fat soluble (unlike most antioxidants) it gets carried by fat molecules directly to your muscles, tissues, and organs where it is needed most, like your brain, breast tissue, prostate tissue, skeletal muscles, and retina.


   Turmeric

Another powerful anti-inflammatory food with exceptional pain relief properties, turmeric is an ancient spice commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisine. Turmeric has shown to work better than many other pain-killing drugs at relieving arthritis, joint pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and other chronic pain conditions.


                                       Turmeric

A natural painkiller and COX-2 inhibitor, turmeric has been shown to be a safe and effective remedy due to its ability to not only stop inflammation, but to suppress nerve related pain as well. This makes it exceptional for those who suffer from fibromyalgia.


Of course, the effectiveness of these remedies relies on several factors, including the individual's current lifestyle and dietary habits. To learn from someone who has recovered from debilitating pain naturally with a completely holistic approach (who now enjoys radiant health on a daily basis), check out Advice from a Survivor - How To Live A Healthy Life.

 If you're looking for to eliminate the source of pain, the first step is almost always to Balance Your Inner Ecosystem.



   Sources:

http://www.healingthebody.ca

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com

 http://truthwiki.org/turmeric





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4 things you can do to prevent cancer



 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 impervious to any kind of cancer, including cancer of the breast. This can be accomplished in 4 distinct ways.

   Nutrition

With 60% of all cancers being related to dietary factors, nutrition is the most important factor in any cancer-fighting regimen. This means eating a largely local and organic diet consisting mainly of nutrient dense fruit (focus on low sugar) and vegetables, as well as soaked nuts and seeds, and gluten free grains. Animal products should be limited, with charred and cured meats being avoided as much as possible, especially for women who wish to decrease their risk of breast cancer.


In addition to that, be sure to focus on the following nutrients:

~ Beta Carotene (carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and most green, leafy vegetables)
~ Vitamin B6 (bananas, leafy, green vegetables, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, and organ meats)
~ Vitamin C (camu camu, acerola cherry, guava, peppers, kale, citrus fruits)
~ Vitamin D (sunlight, fermented cod liver oil)
~ Vitamin E (dark green vegetables, almonds, eggs, avocado, liver)
~ Folic acid (beets, cabbage, dark leafy vegetables, eggs, citrus fruits)
~ Selenium (brazil nuts, seafood, sunflower seeds, beef, chicken, mushrooms)
~ Magnesium (pumpkin seeds, cacao, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, almonds)
~ Zinc (dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, beans, rice, avocados, cacao)
~ Coenzyme Q10 (fish, grapeseed oil, sesame seeds, pistachios, walnuts, spinach)

In addition to that, be sure to take beneficial amounts of garlic, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, flaxseed oil, hemp, sauerkraut, spices, and pure water. For all foods, the higher the antioxidant content, the better.

   Avoid toxins

It is imperative that we stay away from carcinogenic chemicals and contaminants found in conventional household and garden products, personal care items, water, food, industrial machinery and their by-products, medications, and metal dental fillings. These multiple exposure points accumulate to the point that the immune system becomes severely stressed and cells start to become damaged, until eventually, cancer sets in.

   Reduce exposure to EMFs

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have conducted studies that have shown that EMFs could be classified as a Class B carcinogen, so therefore, exposure should be reduced.

Always test for EMFs using a gauss meter, especially prior to moving into a new house, apartment, or office. Also avoid being in the proximity of power lines and generating stations. Limit your time near electronics (computers, cell phones) as much as possible, as well as heating pads, electric blankets, and beds that plug into the wall.

When avoiding close proximity to EMFs is impossible, consider grounding technology to offset the harmful effects.

   Reduce stress

Stress is known to suppress immune system function, and a compromised immune system can pave the way to various forms of cancer. In fact, many physicians now believe that treating an individual's mental and emotional states is as important as treating the cancerous tumors themselves.



David Spiegel, M.D., a psychiatrist at Stanford University, demonstrated that women with breast cancer who participated in a weekly support group lived twice as long as those who did not. This clearly illustrates the importance of deeper relationships, and how they could be effective in reducing your chances of getting cancer altogether. This is why lifestyle needs to be examined closely, including relationships at work, home, and in various social settings.

To learn more about the best foods for preventing and healing cancer, visit Top 8 Foods and Herbs for Healing Cancer and Cure Cancer Naturally. To learn more about what various toxin exposures can cause cancer, check out the first link.


Sources:

http://www.healingthebody.ca

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com




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Stages of Menopause



   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 tract and tissues around the vagina become atrophied and dry making one to be uncomfortable during sex

~ Urinary tract infections become common

~ Weight gains

~ Mood swings

It should be noted that at this stage a woman is still capable of becoming pregnant. Test done by a doctor can be able to declare whether one is in perimenopause or not by. This is verified by conducting a blood test. High levels of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) as well as reduced levels of estradiol together with the aforementioned symptoms provide a positive result.

To have a better control of the menstrual cycle while at this stage, one is advised to go for HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Some doctors recommend low doses of birth control pills as a method of hormone replacement therapy. Determining menopause in those who opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or birth control pills is usually hard.


Averagely, perimenopause begins at the age of 47 years though some may experience it earlier and may extend for 2- 10 years. In most cases, a woman will enter menopause at the same age at her grandmother or mother entered though those who smoke may enter the stage 2-3 years earlier than non-smokers.

2. Menopause

The menopause can be termed as an isolated or single occurrence in the life of a woman: when her last period took place. Since it is hard to predict when the last period will occur, it considered a retrospective determination as it is known when no other period follows. Medical professionals declare this stage one a woman has gone for 12 consecutive months without experiencing a menstrual period.

During this stage, progesterone and estrogen levels have reduced permanently to levels which are extremely low. Here, production of eggs by the ovaries can no longer take place and thus getting pregnant naturally is not possible. There still a number of menopause symptoms which are associated with this stage:


~ Experiencing hot flushes

~ Night sweats are common

~ Sleep problems

~ Vaginal dryness

This stage can extend from 1-5 years depending on an individual. In most cases, it is associated with women who range from the age of 45-60 years.

3. Postmenopause

This stage occurs immediately after menopause to the rest of any woman's life. As the woman's body is releasing small amounts of estrogen, some symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal dryness may still be common. The woman is prone to be a victim of diseases that are associated with low estrogen levels like osteoporosis, heart diseases and stroke.

To avoid such risks, women are advised to take part in activities which reduce the involve risks. They are encouraged to do regular exercise, eat a nutritious diet with low fat, and take diets that are rich in vitamin D, magnesium and calcium.


   Differences and Similarities between Perimenopause and Postmenopause

Postmenopause takes place after perimenopause has occurred and is permanent. It marks the end of a woman's fertile years as a woman stays it for the rest of her life. They affect a person's health differently. For instance, women who are at perimenopause can conceive while those at postmenopause cannot.

Options of treatment vary dependent on the stage of menopause. The safety profiles, benefits and risks of a given supplement, medication, hormone or surgical method may be different for those at postmenopause from those at perimenopause.



Health restoration measures at a given stage may be detrimental when applied in the other one. For instance, nonsmokers who are at the perimenopause stage and have severe hot flashes can be relieved when they take low does birth control pills whereas such medications are not suitable for one at the postmenopause stage. This is because such hormone levels might be too to be accommodated by her system.

Bleeding in the perimenopause stage might be expected a thing which should not be expected by those who are at the postmenopausal stage. Bleeding in the postmenopausal stages is a warning which one is supposed for medical attention.

It should be noted that postmenopause and perimenopause are two different terms which can never be interchangeable. One can be postmenopausal or perimenopausal but not menopausal and thus knowing the difference is very vital.






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The Best Essential Oils for Treating All Kinds of Illnesses



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 food-grade oils sold in specialty stores like Lorann Oils rather than the basic essential oils sold in healthfood stores or online.


And be sure to read up on any essential oil you want to try. Many oils are fine to consume, but certain oils, such as camphor and pennyroyal, are toxic and should be applied only in tiny quantities, if at all.

Essential oils should never be taken internally without first diluting them. There are certain kinds of essential oils that can damage teeth or even make you very ill if taken in their concentrated forms.

There are many different kinds of essential oils that can be used to alleviate all kinds of ailments, but the following 10 essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to promote good health.

   Peppermint

One of the great all-around essential oils, peppermint oil has a variety of uses that include easing digestion, calming nerves, relieving an upset stomach, reducing inflammation and repelling bugs.

   Lavender

Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It is great for calming nerves and reducing fevers. It is even said to help lower blood pressure when used in aromatherapy. Applied topically, it is great to reduce inflammation and soothe bug bites and poison ivy.


   Tea Tree Oil 

Extracted from the Australian tea tree-really, more like a shrub-tea tree oil is one of the best antimicrobials out there. It is even said to be effective against so-called superbugs like MRSA. It is toxic, so extra care should be taken when applying to teeth or gums.

   Eucalyptus 

With that distinct smell, eucalyptus oil make a great all-around anti-inflammatory, decongestant, deodorant and antiseptic and antibacterial rub and spray.

   Lemon 

Concentrated lemon essential oil can used for all kinds of applications, including as an antibacterial and antiviral cleaner. It is also great in cosmetic applications such as for helping to soothe and heal acne and scrapes and cuts.

   Citronella 

Most people know about using citronella oil to keep those pesky bugs away, but it also makes a great deodorant and can even help combat fatigue.

  
   Orange 

Orange essential oil not only makes an excellent antibacterial spray, but is also good when used in aromatherapy to elevate a person’s mood and fight the effects of stress.

   Vanilla 

Kind of like those scented candles, but only much better, vanilla essential oils can be used after a hard day to calm nerves and help you relax.

   Rosemary 

This essential oil is commonly used as a bug repellant but is also known for relieving dandruff and other painful itches and stings. It is even said to help stimulate hair growth. It also has a long history of increasing memory, concentration, and even creativity.

   Clove 

Clove oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great go-to for topical applications. It’s great for on the spot treatment for toothaches and may help tide you over until you see your dentist. It is also great in aromatherapy for opening bronchial passages and relieving a stuffed-up nose.

   Lemongrass 

Not so well-known, lemongrass essential oil is highly effective as an antibacterial. Used in topical applications like aftershaves, lemongrass oil will not only help fight skin disorders, but the smell will boost your mood and provide a great pick-me-up in the morning.






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4 ways to prevent allergies in children



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 breast milk in the first few months of life, food sensitivities may develop. Their intestines are not meant to digest anything other than breast milk."


   Introduce solid foods later on

Postponing solid foods and breast-feeding longer gives the infant's immune system more time to properlu mature. Studies suggest that introducing solid foods later, in particular peanuts, eggs, wheat, and fish, may reduce the incidence of allergies.

A study published in the British Medical Journal found that children who were started on solid foods before four months of age were much more likely to experience chronic or recurrent episodes of eczema than children who were not introduced to solid foods at such an early age.

After 6 months, when a child is ready to eat solid foods, parent can introduce fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, and low fat protein sources like chicken and fish. No processed food is advised.

   Allergy-proof your home

Exposing your child early on to indoor environmental factors such as molds, smoke, dust mites, and formaldehyde in housing materials, can have a direct effect on blocking airways and can indirectly cause sensitivities to allergens. Being able to reduce exposure to air pollutants, reduces the likelihood of developing sensitivities or chronic allergic reactions.

To reduce household allergens substantially:

~  Wash blankets, pillows, and other bedding monthly in hot water.

~  Remove old stuffed animals from the bed.

~  Remove carpet from bedrooms, or treat it with tannic acid, which denatures allergens.

~  Restrict access for pets to the child's bedroom.

~  Keep windows closed during allergy season.

~  Avoid tobacco smoke.

~  Keep humidity at an optimum level to avoid the development of mold, or too dry of an environment.

~  Use air filters to remove particulate matter and odors from the air.

Of course, there is a risk of keeping things too clean as well which could also cause allergies, so balance is important.

   Avoid early immunization

The schedule of recommended vaccines has become heavy and onerous to an infants newly developing immune system. Immunization now begin in the U.S. with a Hepatitis B shot at birth, and culminates with more than 21 shots over the course of the first 18 months. It is well documented that certain vaccines can cause allergic reactions in some children, ranging from temporary discomfort to death.


If a parent would like to refuse immunizations, they must obtain an exemption form (religious, medical, or philosophical) to place their children in school, since immunizations are compulsory in many states in the U.S.






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Pycnogenol can help with heart disease, inflammation, and diabetes



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 inflammatory bowel disease. Test results published in Phytotherapy Research suggest that pine bark extract "ameliorates ethanol 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid TNBS-induced inflammation by radical scavenging activity, and may have beneficial effects as a supplement in enteral nutrition for inflammatory bowel disease," according to Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Cardiovascular disease -  A combination of Pycnogenol and Centella asiatica (gotu kola) helped reduce arterial lesions and plaque progression in this study. Furthermore, research published in the journal of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis and Hemostasis showed that pine bark extract minimized edema and improved blood circulation.

Impotence -  Since Pycnogenol encourages nitric oxide production, it supports improved blood vessel dilation, increased blood flow and oxygen to muscles. Several studies have found that pine bark extract significantly improved symptoms of erectile dysfunction and impotence. Supplemental intake of Pycnogenol (60 mg/day), L-arginine (690 mg/day) and aspartic acid (552 mg/day) for eight weeks improved sexual satisfaction and erection hardness. A slight increase in salivary testosterone was also evident in the supplement group.

Menopause -  Findings published in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine noted that 12 weeks of supplementation with Pycnogenol was associated with a noteworthy reduction in perimenopause and menopausal symptoms - including (but not limited to) fatigue, night sweats, hot flashes and insomnia. The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 170 perimenopausal women. The researchers concluded, "This study, applying a relatively low daily dose, allows identification of those climacteric symptoms which respond particularly well to supplementation with Pycnogenol."


   Additional benefits

And there's more. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California found that test subjects, aged 6-18 years old, who took Pycnogenol for three months experienced significant improvement in asthma symptoms compared to the placebo group. In another study, the extract was found to be effective in lowering plasma glucose levels in 77 patients with type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, Pycnogenol improved diabetic microangiopathy, as well as retinopathy - the latter characterized by vascular lesions and hemorrhages that cause vision loss. Treatment with pine bark extract was shown to encourage capillary resistance and curb leakages into the retina.


Source:

"Effect of Low-dose French Maritime Pine Bark Extract on Climacteric Syndrome in 170 Perimenopausal Women - A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial" T. Kohama, M. Negami, The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 2013, Vol. 58, pp. 39-46. Retrieved on July 25, 2014 from: http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/23447917

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Mercury in Vaccines Linked to Autism



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 autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.”



When the results of the Verstraeten study were first reported outside the CDC in 2005, there was no evidence that anyone but Dr. Verstraeten within the CDC had known of the very high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. But now, clear evidence exists. A newly -acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference. Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight, was used in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM® shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.

The CDC maintains there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” even though the data from the CDC’s own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database shows a very high risk. There are a number of public records to back this up, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks is exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect….” Also of note, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Dr. Hooker’s fervent hope for the future: “We must ensure that this and other evidence of CDC malfeasance are presented to Congress and the public as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. Children’s futures are at stake.” A divide within the autism community has led to some activists demanding that compensation to those with vaccine-injury claims be the top priority before Congress. Dr. Hooker maintains that prevention, “protecting our most precious resource – children’s minds,” must come first. “Our elected officials must be informed about government corruption that keeps doctors and patients in the dark about vaccine risks.”

Referring to an organization that has seen its share of controversy this past year, Dr. Hooker remarked, “It is unfortunate that SafeMinds issued a press release on my information, is accepting credit for my work and has not supported a worldwide ban on Thimerosal.”


Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Dr. Brian Hooker’s investigative research is sponsored by the Focus Autism Foundation.

The Focus Autism Foundation is dedicated to providing information to the public that exposes the cause or causes of the autism epidemic and the rise of chronic illnesses – focusing specifically on the role of vaccinations. To learn more, visit focusautisminc.org.

A Shot of Truth is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and educational website sponsored by Focus Autism.

AutismOne is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis. To learn more, visit autismone.org.






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Four herbs with natural painkilling properties




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 curcumin, a compound with proven anti-cancer, antioxidant and analgesic properties. One study featured in The Korean Journal of Pain, for instance, discovered that curcumin could decrease inflammatory pain in rats.(4) Another study, published in Surgical Endoscopy, concluded that curcumin could improve postoperative pain and fatigue.(5)

                                         Turmeric

Turmeric powder is usually added to curries and other rice dishes, but it can also be taken as a health supplement. Remember to purchase non-irradiated powder when possible for maximum benefits.

   White willow


White willow is the most famous of the 300 willow species, and its bark enjoys a time-honored reputation as a natural analgesic. Indeed, the Chinese were known to use white willow bark for pain relief as far back as 500 B.C. In the West, American Indians often used it to treat inflammation.(2)

White willow works as a painkiller because it contains a glucoside called salicin, which possesses proven anti-inflammatory and anti-neuralgic properties. For example, a study published in The American Journal of Medicine in 2000 found that white willow-derived salicin was more effective at easing lower back pain than the placebo.(3)

White pillow bark can be consumed in powdered or tincture form. It is a much more natural painkiller than Aspirin, whose principal ingredient is actually salicin.

   Corydalis

Corydalis is another herb with a long history of use for pain relief. Chinese medicine is particularly fond of it, and often prescribes it for headaches, migraines and menstrual pain. Corydalis was even recommended to individuals who suffered from back pain caused by muscle spasms and nerve problems.

Though studies into corydalis' analgesic properties are limited, we know that it is rich in a compound called dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB). A study published in Current Biology in January 2014 found that DHCB was effective against "inflammatory pain and injury-induced neuropathic pain," leading the researchers to conclude that DHCB is a "promising lead in pain management."(6)

                                        Corydalis

Corydalis is commonly found in Chinese herbal stores. It can be purchased as granules, which should be dissolved in hot water and sipped throughout the day, or in capsule form.

   Devil's claw


Devil's claw is a herb native to southern Africa that gets its name from the small hooks that cover its fruit. Though it was mostly consumed as a medicine to treat conditions ranging from pain to malaria, natives also used it as an ointment to heal boils, sores and other skin ailments.

Devil's claw contains three active ingredients -- harpagoside, harpagide and procumbine -- that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Harpagoside seems to be especially effective in this regard and, according to a study published in Farmaco in 1996, had a "small but significant" anti-inflammatory effect on rat paw edema.(7) Furthermore, a study published in Schmerz in 2001 found that devil's claw could reduce muscle stiffness.(8)

Devil's claw is easy to find online or in health food stores. It is usually taken in powdered or tincture form, though it can also be drunk as a tea if you can tolerate its bitter taste.


Sources for this article include:


(1) http://www.workers.org


(2) http://www.hchs.edu/literature/Aspirin%20Alternatives.pdf [PDF]

(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10936472

(4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3259131/

(5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21671126

(6) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24388848

(7) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8766229

(8) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11810324









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5 ways to end constipation quickly



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 liquid magnesium in a highly bioavailable form, without any additional sugars, artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives.




   Spring water

In order to function properly, your intestinal system needs to be well lubricated in order to promote a healthy transition time for bowel movements. The more dehydrated you become, the more difficult it becomes to have a proper and regular bowel movement.

Unfortunately, all water we have access to is not equal. Tap water contains toxins that contribute to improper bowel movements, distilled and reverse osmosis water lacks the minerals for proper hydration, and bottled water is "dead" and contains xenoestrogens that complicate proper digestive function.

For the best results in ending constipation, use an approved spring for water so you have access to naturally mineralized and highly oxygenated water with the least amount of toxins as possible. A good secondary option is a good filtration system that puts minerals back in, or you simply add them back in through a good sea salt.

   Chia

Chia's makeup of essential fats, anti-parasitic antioxidants, and a rich array of fibers make it a perfect blend to build a healthy gut. When you are able to nourish the intestinal system with this remarkable superfood, constipation can end rather quickly.

Two tablespoons of chia gives you 7 grams of fiber (a blend of insoluble and soluble fibers) and helps sweep and sponge microorganisms and toxins out of the colon, which are often causing you trouble with your bowel movements.

Be sure to soak your chia for premium benefits, as their ability to store 10 times their weight in water helps irrigate the intestinal system as well.

   Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a powerful fermented food with a wide variety of benefits, including the promotion of healthy and regular bowel movements.

Due to its massive array of probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients, it tends to break down and soften impacted fecal matter, which improves transit time through your intestinal system. These nutrients will also lower inflammation and hydrate the intestinal system effectively, another barrier in swifter bowel movements.

For best results, choose sauerkraut that is unpasteurized which will deliver more enzymes and probiotics.

   Coconut kefir

Coconut kefir is a fermented beverage that is very healing of the digestive system, and delivers probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients in a highly bioavailable format.

Much like sauerkraut, coconut kefir helps improve the health of the intestinal system, and provides appropriate lubrication and seeding of the intestinal system so impacted fecal matter can be broken down and removed quickly from the body.

Making these solutions a core part of your daily habits, as well as cleaning up your diet and environment, reducing stress, and incorporating movement, can help end constipation for good.








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Sugar substitutes for diabetics



    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 you should consider if you're looking for a substitute for refined sugars:

   Raw honey

A gift from the bees and flowers, honey is available in 300 distinct varietals in the U.S., all of which have unique flavors based on the nectar source. Raw honey -- especially the darker varieties like buckwheat -- contains antioxidants that can help fight cell-damaging free radicals, as well as strong antibacterial properties. Because it can be easily used by the body, some studies have reported that consuming honey can improve athletic performance compared to other carb sources.

   Date sugar

While coconut sugar comes from sap, date sugar comes from the fruit itself. In fact, it is the fruit -- dried and then finely ground. That means it has the same amount of fiber as the whole fruit, as well as nutrients like vitamin B6, iron and magnesium. Since it's finely powdered fruit, it doesn't dissolve well in liquids like coffee of tea, but it is great added to other foods and can even be substituted at a 1:1 ratio in recipes that call for brown sugar.

   Coconut sugar

Made from the sap of the coconut palm, coconut sugar has gained a lot of attention in recent years, thanks to results of initial studies which show that it may have a lower glycemic index than refined sugars, preventing the spikes in blood sugar levels that can interfere with diabetes management and play a major role in weight management. To obtain the sugar, the sap is boiled down to a thick syrup, dried and then ground into a powder that has a flavor similar to caramel. The sugar that results retains many of the healthful properties of coconut, including nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium and potassium.


   Molasses

Molasses is actually a byproduct of the white-sugar-refining process, containing all the nutrients and vitamins that are stripped away as sugar cane is refined. Including high levels of iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium as well as plenty of B vitamins, molasses is quite possibly the most nutrient-rich natural sweetener around. (3) For years, molasses was relegated primarily to use as a livestock feed, but today, more attention is being paid to its use in "people food." There are several grades available, but blackstrap molasses contains the most nutritional benefits.

   Maple syrup

Made from the sap of maple trees -- mostly sugar maples -- the sap is boiled down to create a thick, amber liquid that's not just sweet -- it's also full of calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium and iron, as well as vitamins B2, B5, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid. (4) Maple syrup is about 70% sugar and contains about 50 calories per tablespoon -- less than corn syrup, which has 60 calories per tablespoon. To maximize your intake of vitamins and nutrients, opt for the darker, grade B syrup rather than the lighter grade A typically used over pancakes. You can also buy maple sugar, formed when the liquid in maple syrup evaporates.

Whether you have diabetes or you're at risk for developing the disease, or if you simply want to choose healthier alternatives to refined sugars, these natural sweeteners can provide healthier -- and tastier -- alternatives to white and brown sugars and artificial sweeteners. Try incorporating one or two into your diet and enjoy the benefits of a more natural sugar substitute. And if you've been experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes or prediabetes, including extreme thirst, heightened appetite, major weight loss or weight gain or frequent urination, see your doctor to discuss your risk profile and talk about the tests that can help determine if you have the disease.


Source:

1. http://www.cdc.gov


2. http://professional.diabetes.org

3. http://nutritiondata.self.com

4. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov [PDF]







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10 critical upgrades for a healthier body



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 very few juices on the shelves that are not "dead" and full of added sugar.


Have juice once a day, and make it 15 minutes prior to a meal so that the probiotics and enzymes can facilitate a healthier digestive process. It will also help energize the body, and the amount of nutrients in an 8 oz glass will provide more nutrients than many people get in one day.

   Stevia

There is no debate that North America is on a sugar high. It is one of the most difficult things to avoid, since it is in near everything and most people are addicted to it in some shape or form.

A good way to ditch a lot of the sugar is to use stevia, an herbal sweetener that does not incur the negative effects of regular sugar, like feeding candida. Try it in smoothies, teas, and other beverages.

   Salt

In the process of making regular table salt, aluminum, ferro cyanide, and bleach are used. These toxic materials, combined with the fact that the salt has also been stripped of minerals, make table salt dangerous to ingest.

Upgrade to a good, full spectrum sea salt in order to avoid all of that dangerous processing and absorb the full spectrum of nutrients that come in a good sea salt.

   Eat organic

By now, people have heard about organic or are already eating organic food as much as possible. For those who still haven't made that transition yet, its important to remember its one of the most important.

When eating organic, pesticides, GMOs, antibiotics, and hormones are avoided, and it helps protect the environment as well. For those on a budget, consider checking into the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists, to see which foods are most important to buy organic.

   Eat more plant protein

According to the EWG, the scientific evidence is increasingly clear that eating too much of greenhouse gas-intensive animal meats boosts exposure to toxins and increases the risk of a wide variety of serious health problems, including heart disease, certain cancers, obesity and, in some studies, diabetes.

With complete plant proteins offering up to 60 percent of highly digestible protein, it makes sense to increase consumption of plant material.

   Eat more raw, nutritious foods

People have grown accustomed to cooking their food, and perhaps a little too much. Cooking will destroy delicate enzymes and probiotics, and can also raise your level of cancer causing agents like acrylamides.

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Cancer breakthrough



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 doses of chemotherapy and radiation, but the current challenge for treating the later-staged metastasized cancer is that you actually kill the [patient] before you kill the tumor."


Chemotherapy is deadly. It is the No. 1 cause of death for cancer patients in America, and the No. 1 side effect of chemo is more cancer. But certain mice in the study managed to survive the lethal doses of chemo. How did they do that? They were injected with a molecule that your own body produces naturally. It's production is engineered right into your genes, and given the right gene expression in an environment of good nutrition (meaning the cellular environment), you can generate this substance all by yourself, 24 hours a day.

The substance is called "Rspo1" or "R-spondon1." It activates stem cell production within your own intestinal walls, and these stem cells are like super tissue regeneration machines that rebuild damaged tissues faster than the chemotherapy can destroy them, thereby allowing the patient to survive an otherwise deadly does of chemo poison.

As the study showed, 50 - 75 percent of the mice who were given R-spondon1 survived the fatal chemotherapy dose!

The cancer industry needs to find a way to stop killing all their customers

The problem with the cancer industry today is that all the conventional cancer treatments keep killing the patients. This is bad for business. So the purpose of research like the R-spondon1 research mentioned here -- which was funded by a government grant -- is to find ways to keep giving patients deadly doses of high-profit chemotherapy without actually killing them. You slap a patient with a dose of R-spondon1 (sold at $50,000 a dose as a patented "drug," of course), dose 'em up with a fatal injection of chemotherapy, and then thanks to the R-spondon1 you get a repeat cancer customers instead of a corpse.

That's called "good business practices" in the cancer industry, which is so far best known for turning patients into body bags rather than actually curing cancer.

(Yes, there is a reason why most oncologists would never undergo chemotherapy themselves. They know it doesn't work on 98% of all cancers.)

Probiotics are likely the key to generating your own R-spondon1

Before I discuss why these findings are so important for followers of natural health and nutrition, let me first offer a disclaimer. The research mentioned here was conducted on mice, not humans, so it isn't full proof that the same mechanism works in humans. Nevertheless, the reason mice are used for such research is because they are nearly identical to humans in terms of biology, gene expression, endocrine system function and more.


Furthermore, even though this study used an injection of R-spondon1 as the "activator" of gene expression in endothelial cells of the intestinal lining, in truth your cells already possess the blueprint to produce R-spondon1 on their own. In fact, human intestines are coated with a layer of epithelial cells that are regenerated every 4-5 days in a healthy person. This is only possible through the activation and continued operation of intestinal stem cells, a normal function for a healthy human.

And what determines the health of those stem cells more than anything else? Their local environment which is predominantly determined by gut bacteria. If your gut bacteria are in balance, the gene expression of your epithelial cells is normal and healthy. If your gut bacteria are out of whack, so to speak, the gene expression of your epithelial cells will be suppressed, thereby slowing or halting the regenerative potential of your intestinal cells. This is why people who have imbalanced intestinal flora also suffer from inflammatory intestinal conditions such as Crohn's, IBS and so on.

Thus, probiotics are a key determining factor in the ability of your intestines to maintain the appropriate gene expression for the very kind of rapid cellular regeneration that can help your body survive a fatal dose of chemotherapy.

Meat and dairy cause devastating gut flora imbalances that may increase susceptibility to chemotherapy drugs

This may also explain why people who eat large quantities of processed meat, cheese and dead, pasteurized dairy products -- especially when combined with starchy carbohydrates and processed sugars -- are far more likely to die from chemotherapy than people who eat more plant-based diets. (There isn't yet a source to substantiate this claim, but it's something I've noted from considerable personal observation. You may have noticed it too among your own family members who have undergone chemotherapy treatments. Those with the worst diets seem to have far higher fatality rates.)

Those who consume processed meat and dead dairy have their intestines filled with fiber-less, difficult-to-digest proteins that are putrefied and sit in the intestines for 2 - 5 days, typically. Dietary sugars and carbohydrates then feed the bacteria fermentation process, resulting in the rapid growth and replication of sugar-feeding bacteria that displace the kind of healthy flora which best protect intestinal wall cells.

This imbalance, I suggest, increases susceptibility to chemotherapy toxicity while simultaneously impairing the ability of the patient to absorb key nutrients that protect healthy cells from the toxicity of chemo drugs. This may explain why patients who heavily consume meat, cheese and dairy diets tend to die so easily when exposed to chemotherapy.

But there's something even more alarming about all this that everyone needs to know...

Antibiotics may also set you up to be killed by chemo

Although the research did not directly address this question, its findings seem to indicate that the kind of gut bacteria "wipeout" caused by antibiotics could prove fatal to a chemotherapy patient.

This is especially worrisome because many cancer patients are simultaneously prescribed antibiotics as they undergo chemotherapy. This could be a death sentence in disguise. While neither the antibiotics nor the chemo directly kill the patient, the combination of sterilized gut bacteria and highly-toxic chemotherapy drugs could multiply the toxicity and prove fatal. The death certificate, however, will say the patient died from "cancer," not from the chemotherapy which is usually the actual cause of death.


And yet, every single day in America, patients who are taking antibiotics are subjected to multiple courses of chemotherapy. This may quite literally be a death sentence for those patients.

There's also a self-fulfilling death spiral at work in all this: following the first round of chemotherapy, many patients suffer from weakened immune system that result in symptomatic infections. Physicians respond to this by prescribing antibiotics, resulting in the patient undergoing subsequent rounds of chemotherapy with "wiped out" gut flora. So the chemo causes the problem in the first place, and then the response to the problem by western doctors makes the next round of chemo fatal. This is a self-fulfilling death spiral of failed medicine.

Oncologists seem to have no awareness whatsoever of the importance of gut bacteria in allowing patients to protect their own healthy cells from the devastating effects of chemotherapy drugs. Many oncologists, in fact, actively discourage their patients from taking any sort of supplements during chemotherapy out of an irrational, anti-scientific fear that such supplements may "interfere" with the chemo and make the treatment fail.

This is one of the many ways in which oncologists get cancer patients killed.

Takeaway points from this article:

• New research shows that a substance generated by intestinal stem cells allows subjects to survive an otherwise fatal dose of toxic chemotherapy.

• Healthy gene expression of intestinal cells allows them to naturally produce protective molecules that support and boost cell regeneration.

• Probiotics may protect and support the intestinal stem cells that help cancer patients survive toxic chemotherapy. (More studies needed to explore this and document the impact.)

• Antibiotics may be a death sentence when followed by chemotherapy.

• Oncologists need to consider the risks and benefits of postponing chemotherapy in patients who are simultaneously taking antibiotics. The combination may be deadly. Conversely, they need to consider the benefits of encouraging chemotherapy patients to take probiotic supplements before beginning chemotherapy treatment.



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One Drug to Shrink All Tumors




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 blocking CD47 with an antibody cured some cases of lymphomas and leukemias in mice by stimulating the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as invaders. Now, he and colleagues have shown that the CD47-blocking antibody may have a far wider impact than just blood cancers.

"What we've shown is that CD47 isn't just important on leukemias and lymphomas," says Weissman. "It's on every single human primary tumor that we tested." Moreover, Weissman's lab found that cancer cells always had higher levels of CD47 than did healthy cells. How much CD47 a tumor made could predict the survival odds of a patient.

To determine whether blocking CD47 was beneficial, the scientists exposed tumor cells to macrophages, a type of immune cell, and anti-CD47 molecules in petri dishes. Without the drug, the macrophages ignored the cancerous cells. But when the anti-CD47 was present, the macrophages engulfed and destroyed cancer cells from all tumor types.


In the photos you see of laboratory mice that received anti-CD47 as they gradually reduce tumors and disappear

Next, the team transplanted human tumors into the feet of mice, where tumors can be easily monitored. When they treated the rodents with anti-CD47, the tumors shrank and did not spread to the rest of the body. In mice given human bladder cancer tumors, for example, 10 of 10 untreated mice had cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Only one of 10 mice treated with anti-CD47 had a lymph node with signs of cancer. Moreover, the implanted tumor often got smaller after treatment—colon cancers transplanted into the mice shrank to less than one-third of their original size, on average. And in five mice with breast cancer tumors,  anti-CD47 eliminated all signs of the cancer cellsand the animals remained cancer-free 4 months after the treatment stopped.


"We showed that even after the tumor has taken hold, the antibody can either cure the tumor or slow its growth and prevent metastasis," says Weissman.

Although macrophages also attacked blood cells expressing CD47 when mice were given the antibody, the researchers found that the decrease in blood cells was short-lived; the animals turned up production of new blood cells to replace those they lost from the treatment, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cancer researcher Tyler Jacks of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge says that although the new study is promising, more research is needed to see whether the results hold true in humans. "The microenvironment of a real tumor is quite a bit more complicated than the microenvironment of a transplanted tumor," he notes, "and it's possible that a real tumor has additional immune suppressing effects."

Another important question, Jacks says, is how CD47 antibodies would complement existing treatments. "In what ways might they work together and in what ways might they be antagonistic?" Using anti-CD47 in addition to chemotherapy, for example, could be counterproductive if the stress from chemotherapy causes normal cells to produce more CD47 than usual.

                               biologist Irving Weissman

Weissman's team has received a $20 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to move the findings from mouse studies to human safety tests. "We have enough data already," says Weissman, "that I can say I'm confident that this will move to phase I human trials."








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