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Simple Preventative Health: Learn The Essential Role Nature Plays In Your Mental Health

By Good News Network

According to a study, people living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs, and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress.

The study conducted at the University of Exeter, involving hundreds of people, found benefits for mental health of being able to see birds, shrubs and trees around the home, whether people lived in urban or more leafy suburban neighborhoods.

The study, which surveyed mental health in over 270 people from different ages, incomes and ethnicities, also found that those who spent less time out of doors than usual in the previous week were more likely to report they were anxious or depressed.

Read the rest of the article at the Good News Network

 




6 Little Known Reasons to Eat Cantaloupe this Season

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By Barbara Minton | Natural Society

The peak season for cantaloupe is almost here, and it will bring a great chance to buy some at a reasonable price. But what is cantaloupe good for? Is it worth buying over other fruit? Below you will learn all about cantaloupe and how numerous studies point to the fruit as a means of naturally boosting health at a reasonable price.

One study published just last month says that during this time of the year cantaloupe can be had at roadside stands and farmer’s markets for about 36% less than what supermarkets are charging. But no matter where you get it, cantaloupe is one of the super energy foods that can be eaten by everyone, including the very young and the old.

1. Digested Quickly and Easily

This is because cantaloupe, like all the melons, is digested very quickly and easily if there is nothing else in the stomach. Dr. William Hay, the ‘father of food combining,’ says melon should always be eaten alone, on an empty stomach. If you have difficulty digesting cantaloupe, it’s because there is other food in the stomach.

The worst time to eat cantaloupe or other melons is following a meal, as dessert. In this case, the heavier foods that made up the meal will need to be digested first, leaving the melon to sit in the stomach and ferment, producing unpleasant happenings.

2. Provides a Natural Energy Boost

Cantaloupe does not require pancreatic enzymes for its digestion, as all the live enzymes needed are already in the fruit. This means eating cantaloupe increases energy rather than sapping it as some foods do.

3. High Beta-Carotene Content

The orangey color of its flesh is a tip off to the high content of beta carotene in cantaloupe. One study found that levels of this important carotenoid are about 30 times higher than what is found in fresh oranges, and the bioavailability of it is comparable to that found in carrots.

Although a cup of cantaloupe contains only 56 calories, it provides more than the total daily requirement of vitamin A. Beta-carotene is also a precursor for Vitamin A, taking on the form of vitamin A when that is needed, and staying as beta-carotene when it is not.

4. Lowers Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

In 2008, researchers found that eating cantaloupe can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, excessive fat deposition abound the midsection, and abnormal cholesterol profile. Metabolic syndrome often increases risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

In the study, which involved hundreds of women, the lowest risk of metabolic syndrome went to those who ate the greatest amount of fruit, meaning a minimum of 12 ounces a day. Other fruits producing a similar effect were watermelon, apples, grapes, and bananas. Those with this level of fruit consumption also displayed the lowest levels of C-reactive protein, a well documented indicator of inflammation.

5. Improved Eye Health, Vision

Cantaloupe and certain other fruits are good for the eyes due to their levels of vitamin A and C. Some research has shown that consuming 3 or more servings of fruit every day may lower the risk of developing macular degeneration by as much as 36%. Macular degeneration is the primary disease behind the loss of vision in aging adults.

Additionally, another study found that eating cantaloupe and other fruits rich in carotenoids may ward off cataract formation.

The carotenoids in cantaloupe, in addition to beta-carotene, include the vision-boosting compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, the same carotenoids that give blueberries their power.

 

6. Reduces the Risk of Death from All Causes

Cantaloupe provides a broad spectrum of antioxidant protection because its vitamin A is fat soluble, and its vitamin C is water soluble. Several research studies have concluded that consumption of fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C reduces risk of death from all causes, including the most common causes of death, heart disease and cancer.

Regulates Heartbeat

Cantaloupe has plenty of potassium, the mineral that works with sodium to keep heartbeats regulated, and vitamins B3 and B6. These also contribute to cantaloupe being a good choice for energy production.

Cantaloupe is one of only a few fruits that continue to ripen after being picked. This means they can be bought even when they are hard and left to ripen on the kitchen counter. On the morning you walk into the kitchen and instantly smell the aroma of cantaloupe, it’s time to eat it.

Buy cantaloupes whole to protect their vitamin C until it’s time to eat them. Those that have been sliced up and packaged will have lost a portion of the vitamin C that was once present.

So what is cantaloupe good for? Now you know!




How to Improve Your Immune Function by Boosting Your Natural Killer Cells

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  • Natural killer (NK) cells are a specific type of white blood cell. They’re an important component of your cell-mediated (innate) immune system and are involved in both viral diseases and cancer
  • NK cells are cytotoxic; they induce apoptosis (programmed cell death), which destroys the virus along with the infected cell
  • NK cells — which are not antigen-specific — contain the infection while your adaptive, humoral immune response generates T cells containing antigen-specific cytotoxins to clear the infection
  • KLRD1 is a receptor gene found on the surface of NK cells, and the level of KLRD1 found in a person’s blood prior to exposure to the influenza virus can predict whether that individual would contract the flu with 86 percent accuracy
  • People whose immune cells consisted of 10 to 13 percent NK cells remained disease free after exposure to the flu virus, whereas those below 10 percent became ill

By Dr. Mercola | Mercola.com

Natural killer (NK) cells, a specific type of white blood cell, are an important component of your innate immune system. Your immune system consists of two different branches — cell-mediated immunity (innate) and humoral immunity (adaptive). When you contract a viral disease, the pathogen enters your body and infects your cells.

The subsequent disease process involves your cell-mediated immune response, which activates your NK cells, along with chemicals that attract them to the site of infection, where the white blood cells basically chew up and spit out the infected cells. This process clears the virus and rejuvenates the gel-like water inside your cells.

During recovery, your humoral immune system kicks in and starts generating antibodies against the virus to help prevent the same kind of disease process and symptoms from occurring again, should you be exposed to the same virus later on. As long as your cell-mediated immune system is activated first and the humoral immune system is activated second, you will have long-lasting immunity against that pathogen.

On a side note, naturally acquired herd immunity in a population comes into play when a very high percentage of individuals have gone through this sequence of cell-mediated and humoral immune response. This sequence is not followed during vaccination, which is why vaccine-induced “herd immunity” is a misnomer.

NK Cells Protect Against Viral Disease and Tumors

NK cells are involved in both viral disease and diseases such as cancer and autoimmune conditions. As explained in one 2008 paper on the functions of NK cells:1

“NK cells are effector lymphocytes of the innate immune system that control several types of tumors and microbial infections by limiting their spread and subsequent tissue damage … NK cells are also regulatory cells engaged in reciprocal interactions with dendritic cells, macrophages, T cells and endothelial cells. NK cells can thus limit or exacerbate immune responses.

Although NK cells might appear to be redundant in several conditions of immune challenge in humans, NK cell manipulation seems to hold promise in efforts to improve hematopoietic and solid organ transplantation, promote antitumor immunotherapy and control inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.”

NK cells are cytotoxic, meaning they’re capable of killing cells. Tiny granules in the cytoplasm contain granzymes — special proteins such as perforin and proteases. Perforin, hinting at the functional basis of its name, perforates the cell membrane of the cell targeted for elimination, allowing the proteins and other chemicals to enter, thereby inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) that destroys the virus along with the infected cell.

In this manner, NK cells — which are not antigen-specific — contain the infection while your adaptive, humoral immune response generates T cells containing antigen-specific cytotoxins to clear the infection. Put another way, the NK cells keep viral replication in check while the adaptive arm of your immune system “learns” the properties of the virus and creates antibodies to match.

Research confirms that when you are deficient in NK cells, you’re far more susceptible to viral infections, and likely tumor formation as well.2 NK cells also help regulate your immune system by producing cytokines, signaling molecules that stimulate and regulate other immune system cells.

Since NK cells have the ability to differentiate between normal, healthy cells and abnormal cells, such as those infected by a virus or that have turned cancerous, scientists are looking for ways to enhance NK cell function as a way to improve the effectiveness of cancer treatments.3,4 The good news is there are many ways to boost the number and function of your NK cells, which I’ll review below.

With Enough NK Cells, You Become Impervious to Influenza

Researchers recently made a very interesting discovery: With enough NK cells in your system, you will not contract influenza.5,6 As reported by Live Science,7 a specific gene called KLRD1 “could serve as a proxy for a person’s levels of natural killer cells.” KLRD1 is a receptor gene found on the surface of NK cells, and the level of KLRD1 found in a person’s blood prior to exposure to the influenza virus was able to predict with 86 percent accuracy whether that individual would contract the flu.

According to senior study author Purvesh Khatri, associate professor of medicine and biomedical data science at Stanford University School of Medicine,8 KLRD1 is “the first biomarker that shows susceptibility to influenza, across multiple strains.” As reported by Eurekalert:9

“[O]n the whole, those whose immune cells consisted of 10 to 13 percent natural killers [NK cells] did not succumb to the flu, whereas those whose natural killer cells fell short of 10 percent wound up ill.

It’s a fine line, Khatri said, but the distinction between the groups is quite clear: Everyone who had 10 percent or more natural killer cells stood strong against the infection and showed no symptoms. Khatri said his findings could help health professionals understand who’s at the highest risk for flu infection.”

Ways to Boost Your NK Cells

While the researchers hope their findings may help develop more effective flu vaccines, you don’t need drug intervention to boost your NK cells and hence your protection against virtually all viruses and malignancies. NK cells tend to lose functionality as you age, leaving you more susceptible to disease, including viral infections such as influenza and cancer. The medical term for this degeneration is “immune senescence.” The good news is you can counteract this decline in a number of different ways, including the following:

Get regular exercise

In one study, moderate exercise improved NK cell function in cancer patients.10

Quit smoking

Quitting smoking will also help, as smoking impairs NK cell function.11

Enzymatically modified rice bran (EMRB)

EMRB is produced by exposing rice bran fiber to enzymes isolated from the shiitake mushroom. In one 2013 study, a rice bran product called MGN-312 increased NK cell activity by as much as 84 percent in patients with multiple myeloma after three months of treatment.13 In an earlier study, old mice injected with EMRB had a fivefold increase in NK cell activity within two days.14

Cardamom

A relative of turmeric, known for its potent immune-boosting benefits, cardamom increases NK cell activity.15,16 A 2007 study17 found cardamom inhibited colon cancer by preventing cellular damage caused by the accumulation of toxins and various waste products in the colon.

This tasty spice also has strong antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, effectively inhibiting E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the latter of which is a common source of hospital-acquired infections.

Black pepper

Like cardamom, black pepper has also been shown to enhance the cytotoxic activity of NK cells and promote healthy immune function.18

Colostrum

Colostrum is milk produced within the first 24 to 48 hours of giving birth. Colostrum from cows is very similar to human colostrum, and colostrum products are typically derived from cows. The colostrum contains an array of immune and growth factors required by the offspring.

In a 2012 study19 on mice, oral administration of skimmed and concentrated bovine late colostrum was shown to activate the immune system and protect against influenza infection by boosting NK cell activity.

Another 2014 animal study20 concluded that, “Colostrum supplementation enhanced NK cell cytotoxicity and improved the immune response to primary influenza virus infection in mice.” Colostrum-supplemented mice that did contract the flu also had less severe infection and a lower viral burden in the lungs compared to controls.

An earlier study,21 published in 2007, found treatment with oral colostrum for two months prevented influenza infection three times more effectively than influenza vaccination. According to the authors, “Colostrum, both in healthy subjects and high-risk cardiovascular patients, is at least three times more effective than vaccination to prevent flu and is very cost-effective …”

Mushrooms

Mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake and oyster mushrooms,22 also boost NK cell activity courtesy of beta-glucans, a polysaccharide known for its immune-boosting and cancer-fighting activities. As noted in a 2007 study in the journal Medicina:23

“[B]eta-glucans … increase host immune defense by activating complement system, enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function.

The induction of cellular responses by mushroom and other beta-glucans is likely to involve their specific interaction with several cell surface receptors, as complement receptor 3, lactosylceramide, selected scavenger receptors, and dectin-1 (betaGR). Beta-glucans also show anticarcinogenic activity.

They can prevent oncogenesis due to the protective effect against potent genotoxic carcinogens. As [an] immunostimulating agent, which acts through the activation of macrophages and NK cell cytotoxicity, beta-glucan can inhibit tumor growth in promotion stage too.”

Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC)

AHCC is a commercially available fermented mushroom extract that supports healthy immune function, primarily by enhancing NK cell activity. As noted in a paper published in the Natural Medicine Journal:24

“Supplementation studies with AHCC have demonstrated positive effects on immune function in humans and animal models, including decreased tumor formation, increased resistance to viral and bacterial infection; enhanced NK cell activity … increased T-cell proliferation, including altered T-cell activity; altered cytokine production … increased nitric oxide release by peritoneal cells; and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects …

Overall, AHCC has been suggested to enhance prognosis and quality of life in a variety of cancers, as well as to elicit potentially positive changes in cytokine production and lymphocyte populations — most notably increased NK cell activity.”

Probiotics

Beneficial bacteria found in traditionally fermented foods also boosts NK cell activity,25 and those with low NK cell levels tend to experience greater benefits from probiotic supplementation than those with healthy levels of NK cells.

Ginseng

Panax ginseng augments NK cell activity and boosts cytokine production that lowers inflammation via a polysaccharide called ginsan.26

Melatonin

Melatonin, a neurohormone produced by your pineal gland, is a well-recognized modulator of cancer risk. As noted in a 2006 paper on melatonin’s role in immune system enhancement and its applications in cancer:27

“Physiologically, melatonin is associated with Thelper 1 (Th1) cytokines, and its administration favors Th1 priming. In both normal and leukemic mice, melatonin administration results in quantitative and functional enhancement of NK cells, whose role is to mediate defenses against virusinfected and cancer cells.

Melatonin appears to regulate cell dynamics, including the proliferative and maturational stages of virtually all haemopoietic and immune cells lineages involved in host defense — not only NK cells but also T and B lymphocytes, granulocytes and monocytes — in both bone marrow and tissues.”

A 2005 paper28 also stressed the importance of NK cells in aging and longevity, noting that “Longer life in centenarians has been associated with increased NK cell number,” and, ”The cytotoxic capacity of NK cell is well preserved in peripheral blood of the centenarians.”

This paper also discusses the immunoregulatory action of melatonin on your innate immune system, and that exogenous melatonin (melatonin supplementation) “augments NK cells and monocytes in both the bone marrow and the spleen with a latency of 7 to 14 days.”

Boosting Your Innate Immunity Is Your First-Line Defense Against Influenza and Other Diseases

I’ve often stressed that boosting your natural immune function is a key component of health and disease prevention, and this is particularly true during flu season. As recently discovered, once your NK cells reach a certain threshold, which appears to be right around 10 percent, you will not get the flu even if you’re exposed to flu viruses.

Augmenting your NK cell function also becomes increasingly important with age, as levels tend to naturally decline over time if you don’t exercise and eat foods that help maintain NK cell levels and function.

This is in large part why seniors are more prone to influenza and other infections. They’re also more susceptible to cancer, and NK cells play a very important role in tumor prevention as well. So, in addition to optimizing your vitamin D, consider eating more of the NK cell-boosting foods listed above. Doing so could go a long way toward circumventing influenza and other infections.




A Radically New Understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease Causes and Cures

By: Sayer Ji, Founder | GreenMedinfo

Alzheimer’s disease is expanding unchecked throughout the modern world, despite billions spent annually on pharmaceutical interventions. Could the calcification of the brain play a role?

Despite the multi-billion dollar successes of conventional pharmacological interventions for Alzheimer’s disease, lackluster treatment outcomes have revealed them to be an abject failure. The ongoing hypothesis for the past few decades has been that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a lack of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, but acetycholinesterase inhibitors (drugs that inhibit the enzyme that breaks this neurotransmitter down) have failed miserably to produce anything but momentary palliative improvements, if that.  In addition, post-marketing surveillance data now clearly shows these drugs may actually cause new, more serious neurological problems, such as seizures.

And why should we surprised? We do not know of a disease in existence that is caused by a lackof a pharmaceutical agent. And what are Alzheimer’s disease drugs but patented xenobiotic chemicals, completely alien to human physiology? Therefore, the answer is to look deeper at the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease, and preventing, addressing and reversing them whenever possible — the perennial goal of compassionate and logical medicine.

Pineal Gland Calcification and Alzheimer’s Disease

A promising new perspective on Alzheimer’s disease looks at the role of age-induced brain calcification in neurodegenerative diseases. So-called normal intracranial calcifications, which accumulate in the brain with age, are so prevalent today that the conventional medical establishment considers them non-pathological when not accompanied by overt evidence of disease. The primary brain structures affected are:

  • Pineal gland
  • Habenula
  • Choroid plexus
  • Basal ganglial calcification
  • Falx, dura mater or tentorium cerevelli
  • Petroclinoid liagaments
  • Superior sagittal sinus

Pineal gland calcification is now found in two-thirds of the adult population.[1] While related to neurological injury and innate repair processes, its exact causes in each individual case are complex and mostly unknown. However, one likely culprit is fluoride exposure. [See: Fluoride: Calcifier of the Soul]

One of the primary functions of the pineal gland is to secrete melatonin, a powerful sleep regulatory hormone and antioxidant, known to be protect against over 100 health conditions, including various lethal cancers.  A recent study found that the degree of pineal gland calcification (and pineal cyst volume) in study participants correlated negatively with sleep rhythm disturbances; also, the less calcified their pineal glands were found to be the more melatonin was found in their saliva.[2]

In connection with this finding, Alzheimer’s disease patients are commonly deficient in melatonin levels, likely due to the inability of their pineal gland to produce adequate quantities.[3] [4]Indeed, Alzheimer’s patients have been found to have a higher degree of pineal gland calcification than patients with other types of dementia,[5] and sleep disturbances have been identified as a primary driver of Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis,[6] due to the fact that wakefulness increases the the toxic Alzheimer’s disease associated brain protein — amyloid-β (Aβ) — and sleep reduces Aβ.  Melatonin has also been identified to inhibit the progression of Aβ brain pathology as well as the formation of Aβ protein itself.[7]

A 2009 study published in Medical Hypothesis sheds light on the mechanisms that may link pineal gland dysfunction with the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease:

“[T]he presence of lesions in the pineal gland, which may be attributable to different causes (old age, or exposure to cytotoxic materials or environmental contaminants), would result in development of calcification, the extent of which would increase with more severe injury, with lower concentrations of crystallization inhibitors (pyrophosphate and phytate) and/or with reduced ability of the immune system. Calcification of the pineal gland would lead to a loss of function, decreasing the excretion of melatonin. This reduction in melatonin would both generate a further increase in oxidative injury (because of a fall in antioxidant capacity) and would be responsible for an increase in the deposition of b-amyloid protein, which is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, a dearth of crystallization inhibitors could be a risk factor for development of Alzheimer’s disease, and this hypothesis should be further evaluated.”

If brain calcification is one of the primary driver’s of Alzheimer’s disease, as proposed, then inhibiting calcification may be a viable strategy for prevention and treatment.  A first line approach would be the avoidance of exposure to cytotoxic materials or environmental contaminants that damage the brain. Stress reduction would also be a viable strategy, as it has also been found in the animal model to produce increased pineal gland calcification.[8] There is also a possible role of excess inorganic calcium supplementation (in conjunction with magnesium deficiency) which may drive ectopic calcification, i.e. calcification of soft tissue such as the arteries, breast, prostate, joints, etc.

Theoretically, any injurious vector – natural or unnatural, dietary or environmental, infectious or pharmaceutical – could contribute to brain damage and subsequent calcification. Here is a list on our database under the ‘Adverse Pharmacological Actions‘ index of over 85 problem substances identified to have neurotoxic properties.

This also means that beyond the use of targeted crystallization inhibitors such as pyrophosphate and the plant derived substance phytate (and possibly magnesium and vitamin K2), natural, preferably food-based, neuroprotective agents may also hold great promise in decelerating damage associated with calcification linked neurodegeneration.

Our database contains a list under the ‘Pharmacological Actions‘ index of 165 natural substances with neuroprotective properties, with 109 studies on curcumin, the primary golden hued polyphenol found in the spice turmeric, exhibiting a variety of brain supportive and protective functions.  What makes turmeric (curcumin) all the more compelling is that there are 30 studies on our database already demonstrating its value specifically in Alzheimer’s disease.

Ultimately, conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease do not occur in a vacuum but reflect the overarching context of our bodily, psychological and environmental health as a whole. Simply adjusting brain metabolism from insulin-dependent glucose driven metabolism to a more fat based diet, could dramatically improve neurological health, and subsequently cognition and memory, as evidenced by dramatic improvements using simple interventions like coconut oil for Alzheimer’s disease patients.  Simple evidence-based, relatively non-toxic interventions using spices like turmeric have also shown great promise in preliminary case studies.

For additional research on natural interventions for, and environmental contributing causes to, Alzheimer’s disease use our Health Guide: Alzheimer’s Disease.

Learn from 25+ Experts at the Upcoming Alzheimer’s and Dementia Summit

REFERENCES


[1] Radiopaedia.org, Normal Intracranial calcifications

[2] Liebrich LS, Schredl M, Findeisen P, Groden C, Bumb JM, Nölte IS. Morphology and function: MR pineal volume and melatonin level in human saliva are correlated. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Nov 8. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24449. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24214660.

[3] Liu RY, Zhou JN, Van Heerikhuize J, Hofman MA, Swaab DF. Decreased melatonin levels in postmortem cerebrospinal fluid in relation to aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and apolipoprotein E-epsilon4/4 genotype. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1999;84:323–7.

[4] kene DJ, Swaab DF. Melatonin rhythmicity: effect of age and Alzheimer’s disease. Exp Gerontol 2003;38:199–206.

[5] Ibid

[6] Lucey BP, Bateman RJ. Amyloid-β diurnal pattern: possible role of sleep in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 May 15. pii: S0197-4580(14)00350-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.03.035. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 24910393.

[7] Pappolla MA, Simovich MJ, Bryant-Thomas T, Chyan YJ, Poeggeler B, Dubocovich M, et al. The neuroprotective activities of melatonin against the Alzheimer beta-protein are not mediated by melatonin membrane receptors. J Pineal Res 2002;32:135–42.

[8] J Milin. Stress-reactive response of the gerbil pineal gland: concretion genesis. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 1998 Jun;110(3):237-51. PMID: 9593645

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

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Kidney Cleanse: 22 Foods for Kidney Health

 

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By Robert Harrington | Natural Society

Kidney cleanses have been utilized since ancient times to keep the kidneys free of calcium deposits. These calcium accumulations can sometimes increase to the size of a kidney stone. You’ll usually know when you have a kidney stone because the pain can be excruciating. Thankfully, both kidney cleanses and consuming essential foods for kidney health are sound ways to prevent complications.

The kidneys are very delicate organs which filter the blood — 24/7 — over the course of a lifetime. Therefore, it really helps to conduct a regular cleanse either by way of one’s diet or through the use of a formal herbal cleanse program. The herbal cleanse is designed to gently dissolve the calcium deposits and other accumulations which can build up.

The foods that are particularly well suited for keeping the kidneys clean are as follows (all preferably organic):

  • Cranberry juice
  • Grape juice
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit juice
  • A Lemon or Lime wedge squeeze in a glass of purified water
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries and Cranberries
  • Apples
  •  Grapes
  • Cooking with Ginger and Turmeric
  • Garnish salads and meals with Parsley
  • Kale
  • Pumpkin seeds

Other foods to optimize kidney health are as follows:

  • Algae products such as spirulina, chlorella, and blue green algae
  • Bananas
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Legumes and seeds
  • Papaya
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Sprouts
  • Watercress
    (Source: Alive.com)

 

A diet rich in these foods and juices will help keep the kidneys free of stones as well as the minute calcium deposits which can compromise organ function over the long term. Kidney beans will also help tonify the kidneys and keep them strong.

Here are some excellent recipes that ought to be used during those seasons when the food ingredients are grown locally, if possible. Fresh watermelon juice is always preferable of course.

Watermelon Flush

  • Juice 6 cups fresh watermelon, roughly chopped and include the rind and seeds

Parsley Purifier

Juice the following ingredients doing the parsley and celery last:

  • ½ -1 cup of fresh parsley
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 carrot
  • 1 small cucumber
    (Be sure to stir well after all the vegetables are juiced)

Foods that assist in maintaining healthy potassium levels are especially good for the kidneys. Bananas, dried fruit, and grape juice are especially good as are beans, dark leafy greens, and avocados.

Juice-Based Kidney Flushes and Herbal Kidney Cleanses

There are many different herbal protocols which have been designed to cleanse the kidneys. Some of these are very gentle cleanses and take a little longer; others take a more aggressive approach and are shorter in duration. The specific herbal formulations and various support tonics along with the number of doses per day should be carefully considered given one’s lifestyle and/or work demands.

If you’re seeking a specialty product or protocol, Natural Society recommends the Kidney Cleanse Kit that is offered by the Global Healing Center (GHC). Not only is their cleanse easy to do, the protocol will conveniently fit into the life of a busy professional. The GHC program is highly effective for those who have not performed any prior kidney cleanses or flushes. Click here for the minimal part of the Kidney Cleanse Kit.

When looking for an herbal kidney cleanse program, some combination of the following herbs ought to be present in the formulation:

Herbal Ingredients:

  • “Chanca Piedra (herb) – Rich with phytochemicals and biological activity, Chanca piedra has a firm position in the herbal medicine systems of everywhere it grows. The Spanish name of the plant literally means “stone breaker” and it’s been used by South American people to promote kidney and gallbladder health for centuries.
  • Hydrangea (root) – Hydrangea is well known in Native America folk medicine as a remedy for kidney stones. With incredible solvent properties, Hydragnea root is thought to dissolve the sharp edges of stones to make them easier to pass.
  • Uva Ursi (lichen) – Uva ursi gets its effectiveness from a glycoside known as arbutin. Uva ursi is a well known herbal remedy for urinary and bladder problems. It encourages a clean urinary tract and normal urine flow.
  • Gravel Root (root) – Also known as Joe-Pye weed, gravel root is appreciated by Indian tribes for urinary tract health.It’s traditionally believed to dissolve deposits and offer restorative qualities to the kidneys.
  • Goldenrod (root) – Also popular in Native American medicine, goldenrod is traditionally used to support the urinary system. It tightens and tones urinary tissues and strengthens the kidneys.
  • Marshmallow (root) – Marshmallow has a variety of applications and its diuretic qualities are among the most appreciated. Able to stimulate urine production and soothe the urinary tract, marshmallow gently and effectively supports the kidneys.” (Source: Global Healing Center)



Studies Confirm: Vibrational Frequency Of Sound Heals Cancer & Autoimmune Diseases!

By: JB Bardot | Bardot Archives

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Sound healing is the practice of using audio tones and vibrational frequencies to repair damaged tissue and cells within the body. It works on the basis that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies, and sickness, disease, depression and stress causes human beings to vibrate at a lower frequency. Playing tones that promote healing, happiness and vitality will allow DNA strands to repair themselves, and several scientific studies have been conducted on the potential healing benefits of audio sound frequencies. Sound has been used as a healing tool for centuries, and is still regularly utilized by many different alternative healthcare centers. Tibetan singing bowels, tuning forks, drumming therapy, and even chanting are all used in sound therapy and many participants experience strong emotions during therapy sessions. Advocates of sound healing claim that it has the power to heal mental illness, arthritis, autoimmune disorders and can even shrink cancerous tumors. Learn about the different forms of sound healing and examine the evidence that supports its use as an alternative medical practice.

Related Article: Sound Healing: New Insights From Modern Masters

Dr Emoto’s Messages from Water

Dr Masaru Emoto is a Japanese researcher at the Yokohama Municipal University who stunned the world with the release of his book, Messages from Water. Dr Emoto designed an experiment to test the effect of spoken words and music on water molecules. He placed several bottles of purified water next to each other and exposed each bottle to different spoken words, music or pictures. The words ranged from ‘I love you’ to ‘you make me sick’, and Dr Emoto experimented with different forms of music such as heavy metal and Mozart. The water was then frozen and Dr Emoto used a very powerful microscope to take high-speed photographs of the newly formed water crystals. The results were astonishing, and all of the samples that had been exposed to positive words and relaxing music formed beautifully intricate patterns and symmetrical, geometric shapes. By contrast, the samples that were exposed to heavy metal music and angry words were distorted and disharmonious. Dr Emoto claims that the results show that water is directly affected by outside influences such as sound, vibration, and frequency, and as human beings are 70% water, our health and wellbeing are also affected by these stimuli.

Cymatics And Sacred Geometery

Cymatics is the visible representation of sound and its study has been documented as far back as the 1600s in an essay by Galileo Galilei. It began gaining popularity in the 1960s when Dr Hans Jenny conducted several experiments that showed how sound could be converted into physical form. Jenny’s experiments involved placing some form of powder of crystallized substance over a flat surface and connecting the surface to an amplifier or tonoscope that could cause the surface to vibrate at different musical tones and frequencies. As the tones were played, the powder would shift into different geometrical patterns which became more complex as the frequency was increased. The results of Jenny’s experiments have been recreated by thousands of people all over the world, and typing cymatics into YouTube will bring up some truly startling videos showing how sound can influence physical matter.

Related Article: Sound Healing 101

Modern Forms Of Sound Healing

Clinics offering sound therapy can be found all over the world, and many offer a wide range of different treatments. Crystal bowls, shamanic drumming, tuning forks, and even didgeridoos are all utilized in sound healing and patients often take part in group sessions or workshops. Music therapy is a form of sound healing and is widely used in hospitals in the US to treat disorders such as schizophrenia, amnesia, depression, and can even assist those recovering from a stroke or other serious brain injury. Binaural tones are also widely used to promote different mental states, and musicians sometimes insert them into their music to create an effect on the listener. A wide number of guided meditations are available online that use binaural tones, particularly 528Hz which is known as the divine frequency, to bring the listener into a deep meditative state that allows the body to heal and repair itself.

Scientific Evidence for Sound Healing

A two year study supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation in Germany proved that sound therapy was able to significantly reduce the symptoms of chronic tinnitus. Not only did sufferers report a significant decrease in their symptoms, MRI images of the subject’s brains during treatment showed that sound therapy was able to activate certain areas of the brain that researchers believed were responsible for the unpleasant symptoms associated with tinnitus.

A study that examined the effects of music therapy on those with Huntington’s disease was conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester in 2005 and involved the use of group singing, drumming, and music assisted relaxation. All of the 5 subjects who participated in the trial responded well to the use of sound therapy, and further trials are being organized to test the therapy on a wider range of subjects.

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Your Brain’s Role In Love: Find Out Why Love Is Intoxicating

By: Jacob Devaney | Uplift

couple in fire love

How does the Brain Respond to Love?

Love has an intoxicating effect on us and understanding this mysterious effect from a scientific perspective may help us navigate relationships with a little more clarity. Meditation, self-awareness and good communication skills are paramount to having a successful relationship, but there are biological factors to attachment and separation that can easily override even the most level-headed person. For millennia nature has conspired to evolve complex neurological impulses that underly our desire for connection; this inner process is mirrored externally when we socially engage with the people around us. While we may never understand the inner workings of this process completely, science can shed some light on what’s going on.

Falling in love causes our body to release a flood of feel-good chemicals that trigger specific physical reactions. This internal elixir of love is responsible for making our cheeks flush, our palms sweat and our hearts race.
– Pat Mumby, Ph.D, Science Daily

Everybody plays the fool

Let’s start at the bottom… Love is beautiful, but it can also be addictive; causing us to do and say some crazy things. I think we all know what it feels like to “lose it”, to “melt down” or “flip out” in a moment of passion with a lover or close friend. Well, we have a special part of our brain to thank for this. It is called the amygdala, and it actually has a very important and useful function when it isn’t making us lose our cool. Hopefully we all have the ability to laugh at ourselves and each other through these outbursts; if not there are plenty of songs to console us.

How can you help it, when the music starts to play
And your ability to reason, is swept away
Oh, heaven on earth is all you see, you’re out of touch with reality
And now you cry, but when you do, next time around someone cries for you

Hey, everybody plays the fool, sometime
Use your heart just like a tool, listen baby
They never tell you so in school, I wanna say it again,
Everybody plays the fool

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The amygdala has the ability to hijack our brain into a fight or flight mode. It comes from our pre-historic past when we were preyed upon in the wild. Our brains needed a way to bypass the higher thinking centers in those moments when we required instantaneous response to survive in life-or-death situations. So the amygdala was given the special power to override or bypass the more reasonable parts of ourself. When we are emotionally “triggered” it is the result of our amygdala perceiving some sort of danger. The ability to recognize this, pause and breathe, can do wonders in terms of helping us return to sanity during heated moments.

Romantic and maternal love are highly rewarding experiences. Both are linked to the perpetuation of the species and therefore have a closely linked biological function of crucial evolutionary importance. The newly developed ability to study the neural correlates of subjective mental states with brain imaging techniques has allowed neurobiologists to learn something about the neural bases of both romantic and maternal love. Both types of attachment activate regions specific to each, as well as overlapping regions in the brain’s reward system that coincide with areas rich in oxytocin and vasopressin receptors.
– The Neurobiology of Love, Zeki S. (2007)

Why do fools fall in love?

We are manipulated (for lack of a better word) by a cocktail of neurochemicals in our brains that are associated with sex-drive, attachment, and partner preference. These motives are at the core of procreation for our species; they have a biological impetus that is older than our current lifetime, and will carry on in our offspring after we are gone. However love, sex, relationships are not just for procreating; they are also central to health, personal growth, and spirituality.

Why do birds sing so gay?
And lovers await the break of day?
Why do they fall in love?
– Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers

Neurochemical is a broad term that includes neuropeptides, and neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that enable neurotransmission by transmitting signals across a chemical synapse. Neuropeptides are small protein-like molecules used by neurons to communicate with each other. Generally speaking, the major players in this chemical drama include testosterone and estrogen, which relate to sex-drive; dopamine which has to do with pleasure, addiction, and reward; oxytocin which is most commonly called the “love hormone” as it is associated with attachment and bonding – while (along with vasopressin) playing an important role in partner preference.

Couples often show the signs of surging dopamine: increased energy, less need for sleep or food, focused attention and exquisite delight in smallest details of this novel relationship.
– Dr. Helen Fisher

Related Article: The Science And Psychology Of Love

It’s not just in your head

According to leading theories from experts, our nervous systems are not self-contained but rather demonstrably attuned to those around us, and those with whom we are most close. This hypothesis is called limbic resonance. It is the biological explanation of the symphony of deeply shared feelings that happen when we synchronize with one another in a way that has profound implications for personality and lifelong emotional health. This phenomena is not only unique to humans, it is recognized with other mammals and across species.

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Your Brain IS The Universe: Physical Evidence Your Brain Is A Quantum Device Reflecting The Cosmos

By Deepak Chopra | HuffPost

Brain-flow

In our previous articles, we challenged a cherished point of view, that reality is material and external. There is a world “out there” that that every baby plops into when it is born. Convincing someone that this didn’t really happen is disturbing, and among scientists, whose worldview depends on the material world being real, hackles are raised as soon as you say otherwise. But we aren’t straying outside science in the quantum era. Our basic point, that the physical world lost its reassuring status a hundred years ago when the quantum revolution began — is beyond dispute.

But the fact that every particle in the universe winks in and out of the quantum field, or that particles can transition into waves that spread in all directions doesn’t strike very close to home. Quantum physicists get into their cars every morning with no fear that the engine will vanish into a cloud of energy. But this new, nonmaterial reality actually lies much closer than anyone supposes. The human brain is where the quantum meets the road, with far-reaching implications.

What if there is physical evidence that the brain is a quantum device, and that its design reflects the cosmos in an uncanny way that cannot be by chance? In the Vedic tradition of India, it is held that “as is the smallest, so is the greatest. As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.” We’re using modern terminology, but the concept is timeless: Nature is coherent from its subtlest level to its grossest. Some clues to this truth are visual — the helix that appears in DNA and in spiral nebulas, for example. Hard science isn’t moved by casual resemblances, however.

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To tighten the parallels, one can turn to recent work by physicists including Dmitri Krioukov and reported in mainstream journal like Nature’s Scientific Reports. To quote: The “universe may be growing in the same way as a giant brain — with the electrical firing between brain cells ‘mirrored’ by the shape of expanding galaxies.” Looking at simulations of galaxy interconnections in the early universe and neuron interconnections makes it virtually impossible to tell them apart. The brain and the cosmos, like the Internet, are networks, and they evolve the same way. The result, the authors argue, is that the universe really does grow like a brain. In a related article in the prestigious journal Science, researchers have discovered that the connections in the brain are highly organized, the brain’s structure is like a grid of city wiring, the neurons traversing in all directions.

Several years ago the philosopher Clark Glymour at Carnegie Mellon University published an intriguing paper titled “When is a brain like the planet?” He provocatively concluded that when it thinks, the brain parallels the ecology of our planet. A phenomenon like El Nino, which is coordinated with weather events far away in Africa, is similar time series correlations observed in an fMRI brain scan. (Similarly, Greek seismologists at the University of Athens have concluded that the tremors before an earthquake are identical to the heart patterns before a heart attack.)

The similarities in physical systems can be inexplicable. We ourselves noticed that the number of neurons in a brain (about 100 billion) is on the same order of magnitude as the number of trees on the Earth (estimated by NASA to be about 400 billion). In their actual physical appearance, neurons look like trees with a main trunks (axon) and branches (dendrites, which comes from the Greek word “Dendron” or tree). Neurons connect together in a tree-to-tree fashion as their branches nearly touch. The life of a single neuron is as entangled with every other neuron as the trees in a rain forest. The number of synapses in different neurons (neurons come in many varieties) vary from around 1,000, to 200,000 for large Purkinje cells. Trees have branches that show a self-similar pattern from a few hundred to more than 100,000.

It’s hard for a neuroscientist to look up at trees and not see even more intricate parallels. Trees receive “information” in the form of carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water to produce the oxygen that sustains life on Earth. Animals in turn produce carbon dioxide, which forms a feedback loop back to trees which are fed by it. In a sense oxygen and carbon dioxide, flowing through every living system, are like neurotransmitters. The synapses where brain activity occurs from neuron to neuron are organized through feedback, with one side feeding chemicals to the other.

The fact is that all systems seem to be self-organized, from the complex way that replicant RNA organizes a new strand of DNA to the way the brain produces a single picture of reality that organizes the firing of billions of neurons. The constants that rule the evolution of the universe are so precise that stars are organized to live through definite, orderly stages, and the formation of galaxies from interstellar dust follows its own life cycle.

In recent decades it has become established that a single cell is a system, as is the brain, and the entire body — you are presiding over an entire ecology, and like planetary ecology, everything finds a delicate balance. The phenomenon of homeostasis is the body’s way of balancing hundreds of different functions (e.g., blood pressure, body temperature, the symphony of hormones coursing through the blood stream, digestion, respiration, and waking and sleeping). It strikingly mirrors planetary ecology and its living response to forces of balance and imbalance. The Gaia hypothesis, which looks upon the Earth as a single organism, may well apply to our own bodies as cells in the body of the cosmos.

Related Article: Quantum Physics And Reality: Synthesis Of Science And Spirituality

“As is the smallest, so is the greatest” has come full circle from ancient wisdom to modern science once we accept that every system is driven by feedback loops, homeostasis, and continuing self-organization. At this point, it is up to dissenters to prove that we aren’t inhabiting a living universe, tied into it by the most fundamental characteristics of biological systems.

If it seems too much to grant that the universe is a living organism, that point isn’t necessary. What we wanted to show in this article is that the material world isn’t primary but secondary. Without homeostasis, feedback loops, and self-organization drive every level of Nature — they are invisible and intangible. Without them, the fine-tuned universe couldn’t exist, or the fine-tuned human brain.

There are further horizons to cross. Might it be that forests here on Earth are not only responsible for energy generation but also connect planetary consciousness to cosmic consciousness? This may not be just bold speculation. If indeed the universe behaves like a brain, then why wouldn’t it harbor universal consciousness? After all, if the “hardware” looks the same, then the “software” that creates coherence at every level might be the same. Even though everyone uses phrases like “I’m making up my mind” and “My mind’s not very sharp today,” the “my” is only an assumption.

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Woman Combines Coconut Oil And Cannabis Oil: You Won’t Believe What Happened To Her Body (VIDEO)

By: HealthyTipsWorld

medical marijuana

A lady was diagnosed with advanced terminal lung cancer and even though doctors said it is incurable, her daughter took efforts to obtain cannabis oil for healing after her mother received the oncologist’s death sentence of six months left to live with her cancer. She preserved with amazing results and after curing her stage 4 lung cancer within 3 months she courageously posted an upbeat, outspoken YouTube testimonial.

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She is from Australia and her family appears to be very comfortably middle class. However, cannabis is illegal there. It happened at the beginning of 2014 when she was diagnosed with a small cell of lung carcinoma after couple of attempts to get a biopsy done to determine the extent of masses discovered by scans earlier. Her oncologist did not approve radiation stating that it was not possible and undergoing chemo will only prolong her life for couple of months with a considerably less than an optimum quality of life.

After that, she and her husband searched the internet and found cannabis groups, mostly in the USA, getting what information she could as well as how to make and use the oil. They realized that the oil has to be high in THC in order to cure cancer and the standard is working up to a gram a day. The psychotropic aspects of THC overwhelmed her before she could get even close to that standard of 1 gr per day for curing cancer.

Thus, they created a mix of half gram of coconut oil with half gram of cannabis into a syringe, inserting the syringe rectally, and squeezing the total amount 2 times a day. This gave her the full daily amount of THC loaded cannabis needed to meet the one gram a day standard without the psychotropic effects of oral ingestion, vaping, or smoking cannabis.

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Entering the Heart Space: How a Micro Shift Can Make a Macro Difference

I have the pleasure of seeing Cell Biologist, Bruce Lipton speak at a lecture next month and in celebration of that, I thought I’d write about two of my favorite inter-mingling topics: Living in the Heart Space and the power of belief. Bruce Lipton is perhaps most well-known for his book entitled, “The Biology of Belief” which astutely tears apart the paradigm that we are victims of our genes and heredity. It is a book that has forever changed my life.

Simply put, when one is living in the Heart Space, you are connected to your mind, body and spirit at all times, and keep the awareness of what each needs at all times at the forefront of your consciousness. You face the world with compassion and love, rather than distance, fear or indifference. You feel grounded, not flighty. You feel secure, loved and confident that you are cared for, not like you must struggle to survive, or compete to get where want to be (at the expense of others). And this simple shift in belief, in mindset can literally make all the difference in the world; it can literally be the defining line between life and death.

We’ve all heard stories of “miraculous” healings before; those incredible tales of people who were destined for an early demise, but instead somehow beat death without any reasonable explanation. How is this possible? Are they just “lucky?” Did their immune systems have some freak mega-boost? Were the misdiagnosed? Perhaps…But science now backs up the fact that it is our thoughts and our beliefs surrounding ourselves and our situations that ultimately define the outcome. Sure, outlying factors will always play a role, but the power of our own minds has been so severely down-played that it is, well…mind-boggling to know what we are truly capable of regarding healing ourselves.

Take for example the story of Vittorio Michelli who had a large tumor on his hip and whose doctors said there was nothing they could do for him. He traveled to Lourdes, France and bathed in the famous “healing springs” there. His simple belief in the healing properties of this place, (some could also say the collective energy of so many other people believing as well) started shrinking his tumor, until 10 months later it was completely gone. Read about Vittorio’s story here along with more information on how our thoughts determine reality.

We’ve also heard stories of otherwise healthy people who went for a simple check-up, only to be given 2 months to live and like clock-work check out 8 weeks later. Sometimes these stories are so bizarre as family members are shocked stating they always took such good care of themselves, or were always so happy, etc. But once we accept something we are told as our own personal truth, the body believes it as well, and our thoughts do have the power to make it a reality, whether we ever really had the death sentence of a disease to begin with at all. This is also how we explain the placebo effect; it all lies with the power of belief.

We must consider the influence on our bodies (mental, spiritual and physical) by what we are told by others as well as what we are communicating through our own thoughts. Emotions have energy; you can literally feel when someone throws an angry tone your way regardless of the actual words they chose to use. This is why we often hear that it’s not so much what you say, but how you say it. And the thoughts we repetitively think are what ultimately shape our beliefs; about ourselves and about the world around us.

This brings us back to the Heart Space and why it’s so important to maintain a daily practice to make conscious choices from this space; especially when it comes to your health. As it only takes a moment to think a thought, it only takes one more to change a thought into something positive and something that better serves your truth and authenticity. So, remember that next time you tell yourself negative stories about your body or self-image; even your intelligence. They are more damaging that you think.

Instead be kind to yourself and always keep in your heart the truth that you are a work in progress doing the best with what you know right now in this moment. When you think from your truth, you give yourself the chance to act from your truth and this will allow you to resonate will love and move forward with power and grace; which will automatically open your heart. This is the key to loving yourself and ultimately loving the world you live in.

“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.
The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.” ― Swami Prabhavananda, The Upanishads: Breath from the Eternal

Check out these other great articles on living in the heart:

Gregg Braden on Living in the Heart, Beauty, Compassion, Healing, the Master Plan, and more

How to Use Your Heart Wisdom

TamaraRantTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. Connect with Tamara on Facebook by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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The Ultimate Sleep Solution: Simple Two Ingredient Recipe

By: Healthy Holistic Living

Not-Sleeping

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, but in recent years, the average amount of sleep we get has been steadily decreasing. In both men and women, the average amount of sleep has dropped from 7-8 hours a night to 6-7 hours.

While this might not seem like a big difference to some, it makes a huge difference to your body. During the day, your body is working hard to keep up with your day and it requires the appropriate amount of time to rest, recover, and recharge to do it all over again.

Most people think that not getting a good night’s sleep simply means you’ll be a little tired the next day, maybe a little foggy. It’s nothing that a cup of coffee can’t fix, right? Coffee does help, but loading yourself up with caffeine is a band-aid solution and not a permanent fix.

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Health and Lack of Sleep

A lack of sleep is also a factor in some of the most serious health problems in people and can be a trigger for illness and disease. Studies have found that people who have a shortened sleep, which is defined by less than 6 hours are at an increased risk of heart disease.

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In 2011, the European Heart Journal’s review of 15 medical studies involving almost 475,000 people found that people with shortened sleep cycles had a 48% increased risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease.They also found that these people were also at a 15% greater risk of developing or dying from stroke.

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How to Boost Brain Health and Reverse Neurological Disease Without Drugs – Dr. Mercola

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Story at-a-glance

  • The less inflammatory your diet is, the faster you’re going to get well, because inflammation is nearly always a contributor to neurological dysfunction. Sugar, damaged omega-6 oils, trans fats and processed vegetable oils need to be avoided
  • A simple stress reduction technique done before meals can improve your digestion and absorption of nutrients, boost your immune function and relax your body
  • Melatonin provides the best protection for your neurons against free radical damage, and you need a healthy release of melatonin through the night to calm and heal your brain
  • As you get older, the enzymatic activity required to produce melatonin becomes impaired. To boost your body’s production, take 5-HTP before bedtime. 5-HTP is converted to serotonin, which is further converted to melatonin
  • Natural alternatives to diuretics, commonly prescribed for hypertension, are discussed, as are the many health benefits of proteolytic enzymes

By Dr. Mercola

Your brain is a really important part of your body. I’m sure no one would disagree with that. In this interview, Dr. Lee Cowden, cofounder of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (ACIM), discusses some really simple and inexpensive strategies that boost brain health and support neuroregeneration. This is also the topic of this year’s ACIM conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, in November.

The Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine was founded in 2008 with the vision of educating integrative practitioners around the globe, for the most part online. “Many practitioners are so busy that they can never take the time to go to all of the meetings they need to go to, to learn what they need to learn,” Cowden says, “so we decided to start putting educational courses online.”

ACIM Offers Training Programs for Laypeople and Health Care Professionals Alike

In 2014, ACIM began offering a 300-hour online integrative medicine fellowship training program. Workshops are held in Dallas every few months to allow practitioners to get hands-on training. This year, there are hands-on conferences July 19 through 21, and September 20 through 22. Those are all preludes to the main conference in Orlando November 8 through 11.

“Everything we’re doing this year is focused on the brain [and] neuroregeneration,” Cowden says. “With integrative medicine, we look at the causation, and see if we can resolve the causation of the illness. Once the cause goes away, usually the illness goes away.”

If you’re a health care professional, I strongly encourage you to attend the November conference and get involved with ACIM. But you don’t have to be a health care professional to benefit from ACIM. Even laypeople can study with ACIM. The academy offers a core wellness coach program that includes 70 hours of training. “I think every integrative practitioner needs to have half a dozen or more wellness coaches working with them to hold the hands of the patients until they get well,” Cowden says.

ACIM Conference 2018: Neuroregeneration

The November conference will focus on strategies that can help regenerate all types of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’sautismmultiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other less severe conditions such as the neurological effects of fibromyalgia, and less common conditions such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy and peripheral neuropathy.

“We also are going to focus on what can be done to help people who are given no hope, who have chronic psychiatric conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, neurosis, insomnia and other conditions. We’re going to cover the gamut in the conference in November.

The tendency of the American public is to look for a magic bullet. But, really, for neurological diseases, I haven’t found a magic bullet. There’s a lot of very important pieces. I call those the foundational pieces: Diet, removing electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from the patient’s surroundings, physical activity, as well as brain games. There are a lot of other emotional issues that impact chronic neurological conditions that we need to address as well.”

Quenching Inflammation Is a Key Foundational Step

In regard to diet, the less inflammatory it is, the faster you’re going to get well, because inflammation is nearly always a contributor to neurological dysfunction. The most inflammatory of all foods is probably sugar, followed by damaged, oxidized omega-6 oils, trans fats and processed vegetable oils. These all need to be strictly avoided. In addition to an anti-inflammatory diet, nutritional and herbal supplements can offer targeted support.

“Eating a ketogenic diet with clean fats and oils, doing some [intermittent] fasting throughout the week and getting rid of the inflammation-creating things — sugars, omega-6 oils, peanut products that have high arachidonic acid and so on … can make a great start in getting a patient’s neurological condition improved,” Cowden says.

“In 1988, I had a colleague who had a father in a nursing home in Louisiana who had advanced Alzheimer’s. He was a full-care case. In the morning, the nurses would have to get him out of bed, dress him and feed him. He was always pooping and peeing in his pants. He couldn’t remember the names of the nurses, the family members or anybody. My colleague said, ‘Can you give me some ideas of things that will help my father?’

I said, the problem is that it’s going to take a lot of intervention, and getting that at a nursing home is not likely to happen. He said, ‘I’m pretty sure it will happen, because the head nurse of the nursing home has a mother, just like my dad, with severe dementia. She wants to see if what I try on my dad works, so that she can try it on her mom.’

I recommended a regimen: Dietary changes, supplemental nutrients and proteolytic enzymes 30 minutes before food, magnesium, vitamin D3, tocotrienols, tocopherols, bacopa monieri, other herbs, homeopathics and some things to get the metals out … chlorella … dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) and so on. I said, ‘You need to get your dad out of bed and walk him every day. Get the nurses to do this. Get them to play brain games with him.’

He called me back about four months later. He said, ‘I’ve got to give you an update on this … My dad now gets out of bed, dresses himself, feeds himself, does not poop or pee in his pants anymore. He walks around with the nurses and helps them take care of the other patients in the nursing home. Then he sits down and plays cards with the nurses, and sometimes wins.’ That’s a big shift in just four months’ time, [and] we’ve had lots of other cases like that with dementia.”

Can You Reverse Autism?

Cowden has also seen near-magical improvements in children with autism. A remarkable case is that of a young man named Bryan. Cowden first met Bryan’s dad when Bryan was just 7 years old. He had neither speech nor socialization skills.

His dad was a restaurant owner who went back to school to become a naturopathic doctor in a desperate attempt to help his son after all of his allopathic doctors told him there was no hope for Bryan — he’d never graduate high school, go to college, hold a job, get married or have children of his own.

Cowden worked with Bryan’s father, and not only did Bryan start speaking within a year or two, he graduated high school at 18, played football in college on a scholarship and got B’s in school. After college, he became a massage therapist; fell in love, married and had two children. He is now helping autistic children and adult patients with neurological disease to recover. I’ve met Bryan, and this story is all the more remarkable by the fact that he’s one of the healthiest people I have ever met.

There is a very objective heart rate variability test that measures the fitness of your autonomic nervous system and a variety of other variables called HeartQuest. Bryan scored virtually a perfect score on this test. From being an autistic child at age 7 to someone who’s one of the healthiest people around is a rather dramatic example showing that if you apply these principles, they really can work.

“After his dad helped him get to the point where he was able to do a lot of things for himself, Bryan became highly motivated to eat a clean diet, to do a physical activity, to drink enough water, to get enough sleep and so on,” Cowden notes. “He lives right.”

A Simple Stress Reduction Technique That Pays Dividends

The beauty of integrative medicine is that there are literally hundreds if not thousands of tools available, and sometimes the simplest, least expensive ones are among the most effective. One foundational aspect of good health is stress reduction. A stress reduction technique I learned from Cowden that has helped me decrease my sleep latency, allowing me to fall asleep really quickly when done before bed, is performed as follows:

  • Place your left index finger and thumb together, then grasp a hold of these two fingers with your right hand (see video demonstration starting around 29:55). It’s important to use your left fingers, as the left side of your body entrains the right side of your body rather quickly, whereas the right side entrains the left very slowly.
  • Place your hands on your lap and breathe deeply in through your nose. Hold your breath for one second before breathing out through your mouth. Keep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth while visualizing yourself in the most relaxing place you have ever been. Be sure to include sound, taste, touch and smell in your visualization and not just the visual component. Really remember that place with all of your senses.

Doing this for four to five minutes before each meal will help improve your digestion and absorption of nutrients, boost your immune function and relax your body. Done before bedtime, it’ll improve how fast you fall asleep, how deeply you fall asleep, and the amount of healing your body can get while asleep as it boosts your immune function. For very little time, energy and effort, at no cost, you can get a lot of improvement. Cowden explains the rationale for these specific finger holds:

“On the index finger, on the middle-finger finger side, the dorsal surface, is the energy pathway for your nervous system. On the palm-side surface of the index finger is the energy pathway for your neurotransmitter system. On the thumb, on the outer aspect, is the pathway for your lymphatic system. Everybody who is chronically stressed has a stressed-out nervous system, stressed-out neurotransmitters and a clogged lymphatic system.

When you hold [your left index finger and thumb] with your right hand, you’re taking the excess energy that’s usually in these other pathways and dissipating that into the pathways that run on the palm surface of your right hand. If there are areas or pathways that are deficient in energy, then energy comes out of the pathways in your right hand and goes into the pathways in your left hand.

The principle is balancing the energy pathways. The Chinese have said for 3,000 years that disease develops whenever energy stagnates. If you stagnate energy, then you’re going to have all kinds of problems, including maldigestion and insomnia … This helps, probably more than anything I’ve found, to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

The sympathetic is what causes the fight-or-flight. The parasympathetic, which is to balance out the sympathetic, is responsible for digestion, relaxation, sleep and the calming parts of our nervous system. So many people have almost exclusively, sympathetic and almost no parasympathetic function.”

5-HTP Boosts Melatonin and Helps Optimize Sleep

Another gem I learned from Cowden during a visit to my home was the use of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). My deep sleep measured at zero minutes, despite spending time at the beach daily to expose myself to bright sunshine and using blackout drapes to sleep in the dark. I also turned off the electricity to my bedroom. I thought that’s all you needed to optimize melatonin. It turns out that’s not the case when you get older. Cowden explains:

“Tryptophan, which you find in turkey and pumpkin seeds, gets converted to 5-HTP. 5-HTP is converted to 5-hydroxytryptamine, also called serotonin. 5-hydroxytryptamine finally gets converted into melatonin. However, as we age, toxins pile up in the enzymes [responsible for these conversions] and prevent those enzymes from performing the work they need to do.

You have, over time, lower and lower levels of 5-HTP, serotonin and melatonin, even though you’re doing everything else right. So, yes, we have to continually detoxify, and also, sometimes, support those enzyme systems by what we call excessive precursor supply. You boost the building blocks to make the final product.

Melatonin is not very well absorbed out the gut. Some people take melatonin, but some people have kind of a paradoxical response from that. But if they take 5-HTP, they can actually make as much 5-hydroxytryptamine as they need to fairly easily, and then they have the serotonin and melatonin.”

Low Serotonin Will Impede Melatonin Production

Once I began taking 100 milligrams of 5-HTP about 20 minutes before bed, my deep sleep rapidly increased to about 30 minutes a night. Since then I’ve also painted my bedroom with grounded shielding paint that provides an ultra-low EMF environment. Turning off the electricity wasn’t enough, as assessed by measuring the electric field’s influence on my body voltage. Hopefully that’ll improve my deep sleep further.

Many are aware that serotonin is important for mood, but if you don’t have enough of it, you can’t make melatonin either, and melatonin is the most important antioxidant nutrient in the brain. As noted by Cowden, melatonin is far more important than the oral antioxidants you may take. It’s even more important than glutathione and superoxide dismutase, because it’s fat-soluble.

Melatonin provides the best protection for your neurons against free radical damage, and you need a healthy release of melatonin through the night to calm and heal your brain. The enzyme that converts 5-HTP to serotonin requires vitamin B6 as a cofactor, so if you’re taking 5-HTP and not seeing results, that means you probably need to take some coenzymated B6 (pyridoxal 5′-phosphate) sublingually to get enough of the active form of B6 to enable the conversion of 5-HTP to serotonin.

The Many Benefits of Magnesium

Another supplement that is helpful for sleep is magnesium. Cowden prefers magnesium malate, which is what I use, but you can also use magnesium threonate. There are literally dozens of different types of magnesium supplements. Magnesium threonate has the added benefit of providing some antiretroviral activity, and retroviruses tend to be a challenge inherent with many neurodegenerative diseases. Threonate is also a neurotransmitter, in addition to being an amino acid.

To avoid creating an imbalance, it’s wise to alternate between different forms of magnesium. Cowden prefers magnesium malate because malic acid is a Krebs citric acid cycle intermediate and actually helps generate more ATP energy. If you’re deficient in malic acid inside the cell and you take a magnesium malate, the malic acid is drawn into the interior of the mitochondria and will drag the magnesium in with it.

Without a doubt, magnesium is essential for mitochondrial ATP production. About 50 percent of the metabolic enzymes in your body require magnesium as a cofactor, so it’s a really important nutrient. It’s also required for conduction of nerve impulses and the contraction-relaxation cycle of muscles, including your heart muscle.

There’s also compelling evidence suggesting magnesium may reduce the impacts and side effects of EMF exposure. Importantly, if you don’t have enough magnesium, your body also cannot absorb potassium. Cowden explains:

“If a person is deficient in magnesium and potassium both, you can give them potassium in large amounts on an ongoing basis, and their potassium levels never come up. But if you give them magnesium and get it repleted, and then give them potassium, then their potassium levels come up.

That’s because the kidney tubules selectively hold on to magnesium and waste potassium into the toilet in order to retain the magnesium. Because, apparently, the body sees the magnesium as being a more vital nutrient than potassium.

One more thing. A lot of people in the United States are on some form of diuretic medication, either for blood pressure, swelling of their legs or for some other reason. When you take a diuretic, it has a magnesium- and potassium-wasting effect on the kidneys. They’re wasting both magnesium and potassium into the toilet. But most doctors only give potassium. They don’t give the magnesium.”

Alternatives to Diuretics

Diuretics are frequently prescribed for high blood pressure and/or swelling in the extremities. As in most cases, drugs are not necessary for treating these conditions. Swelling of the legs is often due to congestion in your lymphatic system, or kidney toxicity preventing your kidneys from properly processing water. Hence the water is retained in your tissues. Sometimes, it’s just severe toxicity in the tissues.

“One of the ways the body protects itself from toxic overload is to allow water to go out into the tissues where the toxins are, to dilute the toxins. If you have enough toxicity in your legs, then you’re going to have fluid accumulation there to try to dilute those toxins,” Cowden explains. “The lymphatic system can get clogged up for lots of different reasons.

The lymphatic system is commonly clogged up in people in the United States, because they have a love affair with dairy products and wheat products, both of which produce thick sticky mucoid material in the lymphatic system, which clogs it up. If they’ll get rid of the dairy and wheat products, then the lymphatic system becomes more fluid and able to clear toxins from the tissues through the lymphatic system.”

If you have an extremely weak heart, you may not be able to pump blood properly. This is also known as right-sided congestive heart failure. A very common cause of that is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiency. According to Cowden, taking CoQ10, addressing any emotional issues and eliminating heavy metals will help the swelling to go away even in these more serious cases.

Why Diuretics Are Not Ideal for Treatment of Hypertension

Hypertension is a more complex issue. The first line of treatment and the No. 1 recommended drug for treating hypertension is thiazide diuretic. However, thiazide diuretics cause chromium wasting, which then creates insulin resistance, which in turn raises your blood pressure. As noted by Cowden:

“That seems to be a pretty oxymoronic way to do that. We really need to try to find a better solution. Most people who have hypertension emotionally feel under pressure to do something or not do something. If they can recognize what that is and resolve that emotional conflict, their blood pressure usually goes down quite a bit …

If you get the plaque reversed in the arteries, then the [arteries] are no longer stiff, so then you don’t have a systolic hypertension. You don’t need the drug, because your blood pressure comes down just by getting rid of the plaque in the arteries.

How do you do that? In the early ’90s, I was giving patients with advanced atherosclerotic disease proteolytic enzymes 30 minutes before food, a clean diet, supplements, nutrients, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, etc., and reversing 80 to 90 percent plaque in the arteries down to 20 and 30 percent plaque in just three or four months.

We proved that with the ultrasound Doppler duplex imaging. If we can do that, then why are we doing open heart surgeries, carotid endarterectomies and all that other stuff? It’s because people are not educated about what’s possible. If they haven’t been told that this could be done by their medical doctor, then they don’t believe that it’s possible. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things the medical doctor doesn’t know, because they weren’t taught it in medical school.”

The Benefits of Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes are an effective strategy not only for decreasing atherosclerotic plaque but also for thinning your blood, lowering your risk of a blood clot. Cowden’s father was placed on Coumadin by his doctor, which caused him to bleed profusely whenever he hurt himself working outside. Cowden suggested proteolytic enzymes instead, which his father was eager to try.

He started that when he was about 60. He lived to be 80. He was on proteolytic enzymes 30 minutes before food twice a day for 20 years, without any more clots, without any more of the symptoms for which he was being treated with the sodium warfarin or the Coumadin.

Since then, I’ve treated several dozen other patients with the same strategy. As far as I know, there’s no peer-reviewed literature proving that this is so, but we have lots of anecdotal evidence … As far as I know, everybody has remained plaque-free.”

The enzymes Cowden uses for this purpose, in order of effectiveness are:

  1. Lumbrokinase, made from bacteria that live in the gut of the earthworm
  2. Nattokinase, a fermented soy product
  3. Serrapeptase, made from bacteria that grow in the gut of the silkworm
  4. Bromelain, obtained from pineapple stems
  5. Papaya leaf enzyme

“A person can be energetically tested for several of these enzymes to see which pair is the best pair and just rotate back and forth. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, one; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday the other. If they do enough of those, then usually they’ll have no clot formation,” he says. Proteolytic enzymes also combat tiny clots, frequently caused by chronic infections. The infection, wherever it is located, causes your body to produce excessive amounts of fibrin, a clot-producing agent.

This fibrin can plaster itself up against the capillary walls, restricting the delivery of oxygen from red blood cells through the capillary wall into the tissues.

The above-mentioned enzymes will strip away fibrin, allowing oxygen delivery through the capillary walls into tissues. Once the tissues are no longer starved of oxygen, they can go into aerobic metabolism instead of anaerobic metabolism, and when you’re in anaerobic metabolism, you don’t stimulate cancer growth and microbial growth. So, there are many related health benefits.

Come and See Me and Drs. Cowden, Klinghardt and Bush Speak in November

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytsKtkPskZw

If you’re a clinician, consider attending the ACIM conference in Orlando November 8 through 11. It is by far my favorite professional event to attend as there is just a stellar group of clinicians sharing their insights on how to optimize health with natural strategies that are typically ignored by conventional medicine.

Both Dr. Cowden and I will be speaking along with a list of many other outstanding clinicians, including Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Zach Bush and many others that you can see here. If you are an interested lay person, there will be a two-day event for you November 9 and 10, at which I will also be sharing my latest strategies on how to improve your health.




You Aren’t Going to Believe The Ways Flossing Affects Your Health: Here’s Why It’s Essential

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By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

Your dental health is an important component of your physical health. It’s a frequently underappreciated aspect that can have a profound systemic influence. In fact, thousands of studies have linked oral disease to systemic disease.

Your mouth is like a window to your health; the soft tissues and your teeth reflect what’s going on in the rest of your body. Inflammation is well-known as a “ravaging” and disease-causing force, and gum disease and other oral diseases produce chronic low-grade inflammation.

When the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease enter into your circulatory system, it causes your liver to release C-reactive proteins, which have inflammatory effects on your entire circulatory system.

Health Risks Associated With Poor Oral Health

People who fail to brush their teeth twice a day may be putting themselves at risk of heart disease,1,2 and advanced gum disease can raise your risk of a fatal heart attack up to 10 times.

There’s also a 700 percent higher incidence of type 2 diabetes among those with gum disease, courtesy of the inflammatory effects of unbalanced microflora in your mouth. Other health effects associated with poor oral health include an increased risk of:3

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Dementia: failing to brush twice a day increases your risk of dementia by as much as 65 percent, compared to brushing three times a day
  • Pneumonia: good oral hygiene has been shown to lower your risk of pneumonia by about 40 percent. Other research has shown that people with periodontitis have a 300 percent greater chance of contracting pneumonia
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED): ED is more than twice as common among those with periodontitis than those without ED
  • Kidney disease and more

Related Article: 11 Surprising Causes of Bad Breath You Didn’t Know About (& How to Avoid Them)

Overall, your diet is the most significant determinant of your oral and dental health, but how you clean your teeth can also make a big difference. Flossing, for example, is an important strategy, yet one-third of American adults never floss. If you’re one of them, I’d encourage you to reconsider.

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing is perhaps even more important than brushing because it removes bacteria that are the precursors of plaque, which if left to fester will turn into tartar that cannot be removed by regular brushing or flossing.

Tartar is what eventually causes the damage that leads to decay and tooth loss. Most people are aware that flossing is a recommended practice for optimal oral health, yet nearly one-third of Americans never floss.

Remarkably, 1 in 5 Americans also does not brush their teeth twice a day.4 According to a recent investigation:5

  • 32.4 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 30 never floss
  • 37.3 percent floss, but not daily
  • 30.3 percent floss on a daily basis
  • More women than men never floss
  • Low-income participants are less likely to floss than those in higher income brackets

Flossing Guidelines

Use a piece of floss that is about 15 to 18 inches long, wrapping each end around your index fingers. Slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it around the side of the tooth in the shape of a “C.”

Scrub the area by moving the floss up and down, and back and forth. Make sure you scrub both sides of the adjacent teeth before moving on to the next set.

If you have wider spaces between your teeth, use Super Floss, which is thicker.6 If dexterity is an issue, use soft plaque removers. Similar to toothpicks, they allow you to clean between your teeth with one hand. A double-pronged floss holder is another option.

While flossing, you can get telltale signs of potential health problems. For example, bleeding gums is a warning sign that you have bacteria in your mouth causing damage, which can easily spread through your blood stream and cause chronic inflammation elsewhere in your body.

The answer is to gently floss and brush more often, until your gums no longer bleed from brushing or flossing. If bleeding persists longer than a week, see a dentist.

Keep in mind that a Waterpik cannot replace flossing. These types of irrigation tools can also be hard on your gums. The truth is, if you brush and floss, you have no need for a Waterpik. That said, it can be beneficial if you have braces.

Tooth Brushing Guidelines

Research suggests the ideal brushing time is two minutes, and the ideal pressure is 150 grams (gm), which is about the weight of an orange.7 Brushing your teeth too hard and longer than necessary can cause more harm than good.

Researchers found that brushing longer than two minutes, and/or using pressure greater than 150 gm does not remove any additional plaque, so there’s a “Goldilocks’ zone” when brushing, and there’s no reason to keep going past that point.

Related Article: Turmeric Surpasses Mouth Wash for Oral Health: Gingivitis, Mouth Cancer, and More

When it comes to toothpaste, I recommend using non-fluoridated versions. There are a growing number of such toothpastes on the market these days, as more people are becoming aware of fluoride’s downsides and dangers.

Other toxic toothpaste ingredients to avoid include triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), propylene glycol and diethanolamine (DEA).

Alternatively, you could make your own toothpaste8 using ingredients such ascoconut oil, baking soda (which acts as an abrasive and helps with whitening), and a pinch of Himalayan salt. High-quality peppermint essential oil can be added for flavor and cavity prevention.

The Case for Oil Pulling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFJdUyqLHMc

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. When combined with the antimicrobial power of coconut oil, I believe it can be a powerful tool to improve your oral health. The high lauric content of coconut oil makes it a strong inhibitor of a wide range of pathogenic organisms, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa.

However, it also helps promote oral microbiome homeostasis, which is really important, as you don’t want to kill all microbes.

Oil pulling is thought to improve oral and physical health by reducing your toxic load. By swishing and “pulling” the oil between your teeth, it helps draw out pathogens that might otherwise migrate into other areas of your body. When done correctly, oil pulling has a significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing effect.

Naturopathic physician and coconut oil expert Dr. Bruce Fife has compared the benefits of oil pulling to changing the oil in your car:9

“It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean.

Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer.”

Sesame oil is traditionally recommended, but it has a relatively high concentration of omega-6 oils and the large amounts of unsaturated fats make it particularly sensitive to oxidation and going rancid.

I strongly believe coconut oil is a far superior option. I also think it tastes better. Coconut oil has a lipophilic effect, helping to eliminate unhealthy biofilm from your teeth. As noted by Authority Nutrition,10 it’s particularly effective at killing Streptococcus mutans, an oral bacterium responsible for a majority of tooth decay.

Coconut oil also contains a number of valuable nutrients that help promote oral health. That said, from a mechanical and biophysical perspective, either oil is likely to work.

So how do you do it? It’s quite simple, actually. You simply rinse your mouth with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, much like you would using a mouthwash. Work the oil around your mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for about 15 minutes. This process allows the oil to dislodge and neutralize pathogens and other debris.

When done, spit out the oil (do NOT swallow it) and rinse your mouth with water. I typically spit mine out on the soil outside of my house, being careful to avoid any plants. If you want, you could dissolve a pinch of Himalayan salt in the water and rinse with that. Himalayan salt contains more than 85 different microminerals, so this is another all-natural strategy that can help promote strong, healthy teeth and gums.

Poor Oral Health Is a Risk Factor for Oropharyngeal Cancers

Poor oral hygiene has also been linked to an increased risk for head and neck cancers. As noted in a recent analysis of 13 studies that were part of the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology (INHANCE) Consortium, lack of tooth brushing and low frequency of dental visits consistently raised the risk of head and neck cancers.11,12

Poor oral health is also an independent risk factor for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which could contribute to oral cancers such as cancers of the throat, tonsils, and base of tongue, if left untreated for long periods of time.

In one 2013 study,13,14 participants with poor oral health had a 56 percent higher rate of HPV infection than those with healthy mouths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 60 percent of oropharyngeal cancers are related to HPV,15 but according to this study it could be as high as 80 percent.

The researchers speculate that good oral hygiene could help prevent HPV infection, thereby lowering your risk for oropharyngeal and other cancers associated with untreated HPV infection.

The Importance of Nourishing Your Oral Microbiome

Part of oral health is attending to your oral microbiome — the colonies of beneficial microbes residing in your mouth. Achieving oral health is really about promoting balance among the beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in your mouth.

And contrary to popular belief, antimicrobial agents and alcohol mouthwashes designed to “kill bad bacteria” actually do far more harm than good in this regard, as they can be indiscriminate killers. The key is to nourish the beneficial bacteria, so they can naturally keep the potentially harmful ones in check.

Your oral microbiome, while connected to your gut microbiome, is quite unique. By promoting oral microbiome homeostasis, you can improve your digestion and salivary immune system, the latter of which helps protect you against disease, such as the common cold and flu. Your oral microbiome even plays a role in making vitamins.

Interestingly, probiotics do not work in the mouth, so it’s not as simple as adding more beneficial microbes into your oral cavity. Instead, as an initial step, you need to cease killing too many microbes in your mouth. Scientists are now starting to recognize that many of the same bacteria that perform beneficial functions can have pathogenic expression when disturbed. So avoiding disrupting the microflora in your mouth is typically more helpful than trying to kill everything off.

Even natural antimicrobial herbs can disrupt your oral microbiome. This includes tea tree oil, tulsi oil and oregano oil. The problem stems from the fact that beneficial bacteria end up having less of a chance of developing a healthy and balanced microbiome when you disturb them too much.

Promoting Oral Health Through Nutrition and Homeopathy

So what are your alternatives? While probiotics do not have a direct effect on your oral microbiome, addressing your gut flora can make a big difference. Fermented vegetables and other traditionally fermented foods are an ideal source, but if you don’t eat fermented foods, then a high-quality probiotic is certainly recommended.

I used to be severely challenged with plaque, but once I started eating fermented vegetables on a daily basis, and doing oil pulling with coconut oil, the plaque buildup was dramatically reduced. Your diet can also make or break your teeth, as it were, by influencing inflammation. Avoiding the following dietary culprits can go a long way toward reducing or preventing inflammation in your mouth and body:

  • Refined sugar/processed fructose and processed grains
  • Oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked, scrambled eggs)
  • Foods cooked at high temperatures
  • Trans fats
  • Damaged omega-6 fats found in processed vegetable oils

Certain nutrients are very important for optimal gum health. Vitamin C is one. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is another. CoQ10 is a critical cofactor in the Krebs cycle, which is how energy is created in your cells. Bleeding gums, for example, can be a sign of CoQ10 deficiency. There are also a number of homeopathic tissue salts that can be beneficial for oral health, including:

  • Silica
  • Calcarea fluorica (calc. fluor.) or calcium fluoride
  • Calcium phosphate
  • Calcium carbonate

4 Strategies That Can Improve Your Oral Health

Research revealing the connection between the microorganisms in your mouth and cancer (as well as many other health problems) makes it clear that oral hygiene is a necessary prerequisite if you want to be healthy. Major problems can result from the overgrowth of opportunistic oral pathogens, including oropharyngeal cancers. In addition to avoiding fluoride and mercury fillings, my top four recommendations for optimizing your oral health are as follows:

  1. Eat a wholesome diet of real food: fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-pastured meats, poultry, eggs and dairy; nuts and seeds. Minimize consumption of sugar and processed food
  2. Add in some naturally fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, pickles, kimchee or kefir
  3. Brush your teeth twice daily, and floss every day
  4. Oil pulling

When it comes to oral hygiene and preventing cavities, please remember, drinking fluoridated water and brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste is not the answer because fluoride is more toxic than lead. Rather it’s about your diet, and about proper dental care: brushing and flossing.

By avoiding sugars and processed foods, you prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause decay in the first place. Following up with proper brushing and flossing, and getting regular cleanings will ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy naturally.

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8 Signs You Have a Weak Sacral Chakra (Affecting Your Creativity, Flow and Sexuality)

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Your sacral chakra is located in your pelvic bowl and it is the source of your Divine Feminine. In this video, I share 8 signs that show your sacral chakra is weak.

Signs You Have a Weak Sacral Chakra

  • You can’t play (and/or you work all the time)
  • You have a lot of habitual routines (and find it hard to break out of them)
  • You like to say (or just feel inside), “I’m not creative.”
  • You have sexual issues that may include shame, not being embodied or just disliking intimacy.
  • Physically, you suffer from any of these: pelvic disorders, urinary problems, STDs, infertility or dehydration.
  • You’re always trying to control everything.
  • You have to have a plan, and may even fear spontaneity.
  • You are uncomfortable with or unable to express your emotions.

If you saw yourself in several of these signs, a few things you can do for sacral healing are: play more, do water activities or therapies (like watsu), eat or drink sensual juices like mango or orange, and do emotional release-oriented therapies.

I have several videos on my youtube channel that show you how to boost your sacral chakra. Check out this article about how to do sacral TPQs on my chakraboosters.com website. I recommend wearing my sacral Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoo™ right below your navel, which is not only healing, but looks good too.

Happy sacral healing!

Love and blessings,

Vicki

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Vicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). Check out her new book “The Key to Your Chakras” here on amazon.com. Vicki is also the Creator of Chakra Love and the Chakra Life Cycle System®, as well as the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. You can visit her website chakraboosters.comfacebook page and youtube channel for lots of free chakra info and gifts. Vicki’s biggest joy is to help you unleash your full chakra power and step into your highest potential.




Marijuana Could be a Viable Treatment for Migraines for Many

By Julie Fidler | Natural Society

Yet another study shows the natural healing power of marijuana, and it could give hope to the millions of people who suffer from chronic migraines.

Risks of Migraine Medications

Migraines aren’t just agonizing, they can also be terrifying. That throbbing, crippling pain in your head make some people pass out, and could even increase your risk of stroke, for one thing.

In my early 20’s I had severe migraines on an almost daily basis. Now in my mid-30s, they are few and far between (thank goodness). When I do get one, all I want to do is lock myself in a dark room. Doing anything else makes me incredibly nauseous.

A decade ago, I got rid of my migraines by popping a medication called Zomig. It worked…but it’s not always the best option, especially if you’re on other medications.

Zomig is part of a class of drugs called triptans. Another popular triptan migraine drug you may have heard of is Imitrex. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in 2006 about a potentially life-threatening condition known as serotonin syndrome that can be caused by taking triptans and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. Just one of many risks.

Serotonin syndrome causes a wide variety of symptoms, including confusion, agitation, mania, hallucinations, headache, coma, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, diarrhea, racing heartbeat, fever, tremor, muscle twitching, shivering, and overactive reflexes.

If left untreated, serotonin syndrome can actually lead to seizures and even death. If you have no idea it exists, you’re less likely to seek help for it, and more likely to think you just have some strange flu.

What The Study Says

That’s why this study is so exciting. More than 120 people diagnosed with migraines who were treated with medical marijuana between January 2010 and September 2014 saw their number of headaches fall from just over 10 to less than 5 per month.

Senior author Laura Borgelt, a professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, called it “a substantial improvement.”

Edible marijuana seemed to work best for migraine prevention, while inhaled marijuana seemed to be the most effective at treating migraines.

For years migraine sufferers have claimed marijuana eased their pain, but this is the first study to substantiate their claims. As with all first-time studies, more research is needed. Clinical trials are unlikely at this point, sadly, because marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

Let’s hope that changes really soon.

Even without the clinical trials, medical marijuana could be a viable option for migraine patients in the 23 states where it’s legal, including California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington.

Some got better, others got worse.

But researchers say marijuana won’t work for everyone’s migraines. Fifteen study participants experienced no change in their number of headaches, and 3 people said weed made their migraines worse.

The study’s senior author Laura Borgelt, Pharm.D., F.C.C.P., said:

“There was a substantial improvement for patients in their ability to function and feel better. Like any drug, marijuana has potential benefits and potential risks. It’s important for people to be aware that using medical marijuana can also have adverse effects.”

Scientists aren’t sure why marijuana works to prevent and treat migraines (not that it would likely matter to people who get relief from it). What we know is that there are cannabinoid receptors all through the body, including connective tissues and immune system.

These receptors seem to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Cannabinoids also seem to affect critical neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, and serotonin is believed to play a major role in migraine headaches, according to Borgelt.

Overall, the study concluded with:

“The frequency of migraine headache was decreased with medical marijuana use. Prospective studies should be conducted to explore a cause-and-effect relationship and the use of different strains, formulations, and doses of marijuana to better understand the effects of medical marijuana on migraine headache treatment and prophylaxis.”

The study is published in the journal Pharmacotherapy.

Sources:

Medical Daily

U.S. News & World Report

PsychCentral

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