Vaccine-Injured Teen Heals From Severe Symptoms After Detox Diet & Herbal Formula

By Richard Enos | Collective-Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts:A teen who lost all her energy and was plagued with serious physical and mental illness after taking vaccines seems to have recovered after a four-year battle, as a consequence of a strict organic diet and a herbal formula that removes heavy metals.
  • Reflect On:Why are such stories of remarkable healing not being thoroughly investigated and incorporated into the research of our medical establishment?

If our Western medical authority was told that a teenager was physically and mentally injured after taking vaccines, and then was able to heal from her symptoms after going on a strict organic diet and taking a herbal formula that allegedly removed aluminum from her body, what would they be more likely to do?

a) immediately go and speak to the teenager and the doctor who oversaw this process, put together and analyze all the information from this case study, and hope to establish clinical trials based on her remarkable recovery from symptoms including severe fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and significantly diminished attention and communication abilities.

b) ridicule and marginalize the claims out of hand as “unscientific”, or ignore them completely and instruct mainstream media to do the same, and continue to maintain that vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and that her symptoms were not what they were made out to be or were caused by some other factor.

If you answered (a), well… I have a bridge I’m selling that you may be interested in.

The Story Of Chloe Reynoso

The video below discloses the story of Chloe Reynoso, who was an aspiring ballerina that was home-schooled until the end of grade seven. Wishing to change over to public school for grade 8, Chloe was told that she had to get her vaccinations up to date in order to do so. After her first round of vaccines Chloe was showing signs of severe fatigue and sleepiness. After the second round of vaccines two months later, her mother described what was happening when she would take her daughter out to her high-end ballerina school at the University of Irvine:

Couldn’t, couldn’t get her to… we’d drive to, a 45 minute drive one way and she’d go to dance at the ballet academy that was expensive and not dance, and just lay there… and, she would’ve wanted to dance, but she couldn’t, she couldn’t function, she was, her brain, she would just look at you in space. She started losing all of her, turning grey, she lost all of the muscle tone in her face, her lips were turning blue…her blood pressure was dropping, we couldn’t get her to wake up…

Chloe describes that she couldn’t swallow because her lymph nodes were so swollen that at one point she couldn’t open her mouth for a week and could only take in liquids. At one point when her tonsils were also swollen the pediatrician recommended having her tonsils removed, oblivious to the idea that it might be dangerous for Chloe to have surgery in her weakened state. She had many other complications that led to a couple of diagnoses, including mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr syndrome and Lymphoma, but her pediatrician and other specialists said that there was nothing they could do, save temporary measures like antibiotics and steroids which gave her a temporary high followed by a terrible crash. Despite Chloe’s obvious problems, every time Chloe’s mother Michele visited Western doctors they urged her to get a 3rd round of vaccines. By this time, Michele firmly objected, especially as she was linking her daughter’s symptoms with the vaccines, particularly the HPV vaccine, and started going heavily into researching vaccine injury and alternative therapies.

Since Chloe was having severe reactions to unhealthy foods and preservatives, which is some cases led to 3-day bouts where she would sleep 15-16 hours on average, Chloe started being careful with what she ate and worked on eliminating sugar, eating only organic food, and other such measures. This helped mitigate severe and debilitating reactions, but her fatigue and lack of mental clarity were generally still present.

Meeting Dr. Suzie Schuder

Michele’s exhaustive search eventually led her to Dr. Suzie Shuder, a psychiatrist who had segued into the practice of Advanced Integrative Medicine. Here’s how Dr. Schuder describes her methodology in the video:

What I do is I find solutions for people, and I look at everything, and I’ll research things out. I just do that. I don’t do standard, recipe-type doctor’s stuff.

My background is psychiatry, but I don’t believe in psychiatric diagnoses any more. I believe that people have ‘stuff,’ they have all kinds of things. I’ve found people who have copper toxicity, people with all kinds of things that cause them to have stuff that’s ‘psychiatric,’ or makes them depressed, or makes them anxious, or makes them not act right, or makes them tired, or makes them wiped out. And so I look for reasons. And so, it doesn’t really fall under any particular heading.

And I look at all the hormones, also. Because everything in the body, if you have, you know–I look at nutrients, if a person has a problem with not having enough nutrients, that’s going to have an effect on the brain and the body, and then toxins, heavy metals especially. Looking at all of that, and then, I have something to work with.

In the case of Chloe, Dr. Schuder first observed that her something had triggered her adrenal system to function improperly. She prescribed cortisol, and there was a temporary improvement, which told her the diagnosis was correct but the cause of the dysfunction of the adrenal system was still to be found.

Dr. Schuder then considered the vaccines, and in researching the ingredients in vaccines discovered that aluminum was present. Knowing that aluminum in the brain has been linked with Alzheimer’s disease, she hypothesized that the removal of aluminum from Chloe’s body might impact some of her psychiatric issues as well as her extreme fatigue.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.


When Did We Start to Fear Mother Nature’s Medicine?

Barbara Sinclair, When Did We Start to Fear Mother Nature's Medicine?


I don’t ever remember being given herbal remedies when I was growing up. Instead, it was the dreaded pink Pepto Bismol, or aspirin, or the new kid on the block, Tylenol.

I guess my mother didn’t have any role models to teach her natural healing and thus, couldn’t pass it along to me. So, when my own children were young, I followed suit, not knowing any better. I gave them antibiotics when the doctor deemed them necessary. Ditto any other prescription or over-the-counter drug. Oh, how I wish I had had a Dr. Aviva Romm-type around when I was younger.

But there must have been something inside of me that suspected there was a better way (I did make my kids’ baby food from scratch, I’m proud to say). Maybe it was a past life memory. At any rate,  it wasn’t until decades later when I had fibromyalgia that something shifted and I fully began to embrace what I think is the greatest truth that has been with us from the beginning of time –

Food is Medicine

When I think that I had never bought fresh ginger root or healing spices like turmeric, cardamom, fennel, etc. until I was in my 50s, I can hardly believe it. Healing herbal infusions of Nettle, Oatstraw or Comfrey? I’d never heard of such a thing.

But now, it all seems so crystal clear to me. Why wouldn’t someone reach for #1 instead of #2 for nausea?

  1. Ginger
  2. Pepto Bismol (Each mL contains bismuth subsalicylate 17.6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzoic acid, D&C Red No. 22, D&C Red No. 28, flavour, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylcellulose, sodium saccharin, salicylic acid, sodium salicylate, sorbic acid, and water)


When I traveled to Michigan over the holidays to visit family, I brought along dried elderberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves and fresh ginger root. I cooked up a batch of elderberry syrup to give to family and friends. It’s the height of cold and flu season and elderberries are famous for their high antioxidant level and ability to boost the immune system. Well, you would have thought I was whipping up a witch’s brew for all the suspicion it garnered. And so, again I ask

When did we start to fear Mother Nature’s Medicine?

I’ve let go of hoping that my family jumps on the holistic healing bandwagon. We all have our own beliefs and I respect that. And of course,  no matter how much education we have, in the eyes of our family, we’re often still in kindergarten.

For years now I have been studying everything from a natural or holistic point of view. Ayurveda became my main focus because it is so rooted in the elements, in living in harmony with Mother Nature. What’s so scary about that?

Nowadays, anyone involved in natural healing has to be so careful about what they say and write for fear of FDA involvement. How sad is it that drugs have become the norm, are advertised on TV (we’re one of only three countries that allow this), but that you can’t make a statement or claim that a herb, food, or plant can possibly cure an illness.

If you don’t already, I urge you to look to your own garden, your farmer’s market or other sources of healthy whole food to discover the healing properties right in front of you, courtesy of Mother Nature. I think you’ll be amazed.

Much love,

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and certified energy healer (Deborah King Center).You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

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Adding These Herbs Will Give Your Smudging Ritual A Boost!

SmudgingWhen adding these herbs to your smudging ritual, you are adding another element to the environment that you are cleansing and clearing. Smudging, also known as saging, is a ritual that many different cultures have used to clear negative or stagnant energy. The most common herb that is used to clear is dried sage. While using sage by itself does get the job done, many people prefer to add another herb for their own specific purpose.

The Herbs

  • Cedar is often used to cleanse a new home or apartment. It has the energy of protection and bringing in the energy influence of wise and old spiritual energy.
  • Lavender is used to bring in a very loving and nurturing energy to your space. It has a welcoming aroma. It is also said to keep away negative influences.
  • Sweetgrass has a sweet vanilla aroma that connects us to Mother Earth, who has much to share with us. The sweetgrass brings in the blessings and sweetness of life.
  • Copal has a crisp citrus aroma. It is burned as an offering to the “Gods” giving gratitude for our blessings.
  • Frankincense was once considered more valuable than gold! It helps raise your vibration as well as the space your are in, opens up gifts of clairvoyance, and shields you from lower vibrational influences.
  • Myrrh helps keep your vibration high and helps one to attain enlightenment and wisdom. Its smoke is used to consecrate, bless, and purify its environment.

These herbs can be added in a bowl with your sage as a loose blend or you can purchase a sage wand that already has these blends mixed in it. These herbs can be found at almost any metaphysical/new age store.

Blessings and Light,

Laurie Barraco

Laurie Barraco

Laurie Barraco

Laurie Barraco is a professional intuitive counselor, medium, author, recording artist, teacher and the owner of The Mystical Moon, a healing center in Fort Myers, Florida. Laurie offers readings, courses and healing products through The Mystical Moon Online Store. You can connect with her at The Mystical Moon Facebook Page.

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Why is the CDC Scaring You Into 9 Vaccines You NEVER Need?

By S. D. Wells | Natural News

child vaccinesSure, we live in a capitalistic country, and more power to the people who run businesses and make a good living selling goods and services. But, all of those who knowingly make money off other people’s demise should be shut down and fined, and maybe even jailed. That rule of thumb should go for companies, organizations and corporations too, not to mention regulatory agencies, but that’s more of a utopian world, that doesn’t exist, and from the looks of things, probably never will.

Since the beginning of time, indigenous peoples have found natural foods, herbs, tinctures, berries, mushrooms and minerals that prevent and cure all types of infectious diseases, but in America, only a small portion of the population know about them, and some of those folks don’t even believe in them anymore. What’s the reason for that? Fear. Immense fear has been instilled in citizens by their government, that takes a few of the worst-case-scenarios for each infectious disease, and promotes propaganda to literally scare people to death (a slow death via toxic medicines).

There are pictures of children who got polio and lost the use of their limbs! There are pictures of babies covered from head to toe with smallpox and measles and chicken pox … OMG! There are nine-year-old girls being injected with a toxic jab for a benign sexually transmitted disease that’s a form of contagious cancer! Just how many nine-year-olds are engaged in sexual activity? One thing is for sure: many of those girls are going into anaphylactic shock and comas shortly after the HPV vaccine, and it’s not because they are promiscuous.

Then there are the fake diseases conjured up by the nefarious multi-billion-dollar vaccine industry, and propagated by the CDC, and hyped to the fullest extent by the mass media, with lies about breakouts and pandemics, so that everyone will rush to the nearest doctor, pharmacy or Walmart and get stuck with a needle full of MSG, mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum, not to mention combinations of genetically engineered organisms, bacteria and live viruses there really may not be a cure for. Who wants some of that?

The fact is, people don’t want to “take a chance,” because they’ve been brainwashed into believing that the only medicine that works for sickness and disease is chemical medicine made in a laboratory and “approved” by the FDA and CDC. Big mistake. Huge mistake. These are the same people who will have compromised immune systems, unpredictable pathogens in their blood, and actually become more susceptible to the very infectious diseases they’re paranoid about catching. How ironic. That’s capitalism for you. So shut up and go get stuck with poisons, or do a little homework and find out that the real conspiracy is Western medicine trying to make a fortune off the ill health they create and then treat with more damaging “medicine.”

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Originally entitled: “Top 9 vaccines you NEVER need and exactly why the CDC has to scare everybody into getting them”

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.



Top 10 Benefits of Shilajit: Why You Should Get To Know This Herb


nectar of gods himilayian Shilajit

Shilajit may be one of the world’s most unique substances. It is formed by the compression of organic material between layers of rock over hundreds or thousands of years. During the summer months, this biomass literally exudes out of deep fissures in the rocks of the Himalayas. Here are the top 10 reasons why everyone should get to know this herb:

  1. Shilajit the Adaptogen

Shilajit has been classified as an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt or process both internal and external stressors. (1,2) It has been used for thousands of years to fight stress and fatigue, while rejuvenating and regenerating tired cells.

  1. Shilajit the Energizer

Shilajit works by increasing the production of the body’s primary fuel supply, adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This energy supply is made by the mitochondria in every cell as they convert food into ATP or energy. As we age, the mitochondria make less and less ATP. (1,3)

  1. Shilajit the Anti-Aging Agent

The mitochondria manufacture about 95% of the cellular energy of the body, which dramatically reduces with age. The mitochondria are responsible for muscle strength, hormonal energy and, as it turns out, shilajit is a powerhouse for mitochondrial energy, along with an enzyme called CoQ10. Shilajit alone has been shown to activate, stabilize and revitalize CoQ10, making it more available to boost mitochondrial energy production. (3,4)

Related Article: The Himalayan Supplement So Nutrient Rich It Is Considered The ‘Nectar Of God’.

  1. Shilajit Battles Fatigue

In one study, mice were given shilajit for 21 days before exposure to a stress procedure. They were forced to swim daily for 15 minutes for 21 consecutive days. They were then given a series of stress tests for endurance and anxiety. The mice that took shilajit had significantly less stress and anxiety compared to the group that were not given shilajit. (4)

When I was the Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, all the players took shilajit (along with boswellia and ashwagandha) regularly. We went from the 3rd most injured team in the league to the 3rd least injured team in the league that year.

  1. Shilajit the Turbo-Charger

One of the secret ingredients in shilajit are the humic acids, which speed up the transfer of electrons and energy to the mitochondria. Studies suggest this is like a turbo-charger in your car, but for your mitochondria. (1,3) In nature, humic acids found in soils are what break down nutrients and deliver them to plants in a digestible form. In the body, they play a similar role. (1)

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Winter Gardening Tips: How To Plant An Indoor Healthy Herb Garden

By Emily English | Mother Earth Living

Herbs For Psychic Ability

Enjoy healthful, delicious herbs year round with these tips for growing culinary herbs indoors.

Packed with flavor, brimming with antioxidants and incredibly easy to cultivate, culinary herbs are the perfect complement to any meal. And while fresh herbs can get pricey at the grocery store, growing our own herbs makes it easy to integrate them into daily meals. When cold temperatures make it impossible to keep fresh green herbs growing outside (or if you’re short on garden space all year), growing culinary complements inside is an option worth exploring.

Although we would all love it if culinary herbs grew as easily as the ivy tumbling over the bookcase or the peace lily thriving in that dim corner of the living room, that’s simply not the case. Culinary herbs require a higher degree of maintenance, and each has its own unique requirements for abundant growth. Not all herbs adapt well to indoor conditions, but a few are low-maintenance enough that almost anyone can keep them going all year. Use the following tricks to unlock the door to a vibrant indoor herb garden.

Related Article: Natural Remedies: Best 100 Medicinal Herbs, Fruit & Vegetables To Eat And Grow

The Basics

Although each herb has its own needs, several commonalities exist. Grouping your indoor herb garden is often the most efficient way to provide the proper light and moisture needs for all of your plants.

Light: Most important to the growth of healthy herbs indoors is sufficient light—especially in winter. A south- or southwestern-facing window can often provide the minimal six to eight hours of direct light required; if you don’t have a window that gets this much light, you will need additional fluorescent lighting. Ample fluorescent light can come from two 40-watt cool white fluorescent bulbs. If supplementing natural light with fluorescent light, your plants will need two supplemental hours of man-made light for each missing hour of natural light—for example, if your plant needs six hours of natural light but your window can only provide four, then you’ll need to replace the missing two hours of natural light with four hours of fluorescent light. Plants should be no closer than 6 inches and no further than 15 inches from the fluorescent bulb. If growing in completely natural light, rotate pots every three to four days to ensure that all leaves receive equal exposure.

Soil: Herbs prefer well-draining soil. To ensure that their roots don’t become water-logged, make your own potting soil by mixing equal parts of these four ingredients together: sand, perlite, peat moss and organic commercial potting soil. All of these products can be found at your local garden-supply center. Porous clay pots breathe better than plastic pots and promote drainage and circulation.

Related Article: How To Dry Herbs For Long-Term Storage And Health Self-Reliance

Water: Herbs’ water demands vary. Some, such as basil and oregano, prefer near-dry soil most of the time, while others need consistent moisture. Read on for individual plant needs. In general, herbs do not do well in soft water. The high sodium content will harm them. If your soil begins to form a white crusty surface, which indicates sodium build-up, replace it with fresh soil.

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How to Use a Blend of Herbs With Conventional Therapies to Treat Cancer

| Donnieyance

herbs-spices-2560x1440The world of Western conventional medicine is oriented to the ‘magic bullet’ paradigm, where the search for drugs relies on the concept of compounds that bind specifically to a single target and demonstrate a high degree of potency. Recently, though, this approach has broadened, with researchers suggesting that it is non-specific and relatively weak patterns of activity that may ultimately prove of greatest importance in drug discovery. Though research on multi-targeted drugs is still at an early stage, studies indicate that certain antipsychotic drugs, for instance, appear to be more effective when several types of receptors are targeted.1-3

Traditional herbal medicine recognized centuries ago that combining many plants delivers far better results than relying on a single plant. This is true both for supporting health and vitality and for treating imbalances and diseases. The multi-component nature inherent in medicinal herbs makes them particularly suitable for managing the multitude of issues that present in complex diseases such as cancer, and offers great potential for synergistic actions, including interactions between botanicals and the relationship of botanicals to conventional cytotoxic drugs such as chemotherapy and targeted agents.

The Origins of Herbal Medicines for Healing Cancer

Herbal medicine has been the foundation of treatment for human maladies since ancient times, and continues to be an essential part of culturally based healing traditions in many cultures worldwide. As our respect for botanical medicine has grown, numerous herbs, including those traditionally used in Chinese medicine, are being incorporated as remedies for disease management and treatment in Western countries.4

Consider the following:

  • 69% of anticancer drugs approved between the 1980s and 2002 are either natural products or have been developed based on knowledge gained from natural products.5
  • About three quarters of plant-derived drugs in clinical use today came to the attention of pharmaceutical companies because of their use in traditional medicines.6

Because botanicals contain a variety of organic chemical complexes, they usually act on multiple targets. A potential advantage of phytochemicals is that they may act through multiple pathways, thus reducing the development of resistance by cancer cells.7 Botanical medicine does not have single effects, nor does it have a high degree of potency, but rather is pleotrophic, having relatively weak (compared to that of drugs) or gentle effects, assisting rather then controlling, and often acting in an amphoteric, symphonic way—able to not only do different things in different situations, but even to have the opposite effect, depending on the circumstances.

Botanical, as well as natural dietary compounds, have drawn a great deal of attention as potential cancer preventive agents because of their wide margin of safety. However, single agent intervention has failed to bring the expected outcome in clinical trials; therefore, combinations of botanicals and natural dietary compounds are gaining increasing popularity.8

Botanical preparations include crude herbs, herbal tinctures, fluid extracts, powdered concentrated whole herb extracts, standardized herbal extracts, and herbal isolates. Botanical compounds, even as isolates, differ from drugs in that rather than blocking pathways or receptors, they tend to “take the edge off” just enough to reduce excessive amplification. The result is that there is still plenty of activity for normal response and cellular activity. They are also capable of up-regulating protective pathways, targeting tumor cells, enhancing immune activity, and functioning as selective redox-antioxidants—inducing oxidative damage to cancer cells while protecting the health of normal cells. Botanical compounds also reduce mutagenicity of many of the main players in oncogene and tumor suppressor gene mutation, such as the p53 tumor suppressor gene.

Integrating Botanicals with Conventional Therapies In The Treatment Of Cancer

Today, the tide is shifting in the way we view cancer, and as a result, in the ways cancer is treated, even with conventional drugs. The basis of using multi-drug therapy is the recognition that for each disease process, there is more than one mechanism and gene involved. For example, in pancreatic cancer, in the great majority of cell types there is a global genomic analysis that demonstrates at least 12 partially overlapping processes that are genetically altered. Even if you do find the “needle in the haystack” or a “driver” rather than a “passenger” in regard to the cancer, there are a multitude of “co-conspirators”, and the cancer intellect is continually mutating to gain an edge for strength, control, proliferation and metastasis. The pathways that are altered, both intra and extra cellular, as well as in the membrane in any individual tumor, vary widely. This has been documented in all cancers, and in particular Glioblastoma multiforme, which is the most common and lethal type of brain cancer.9 This is why a multi-targeted approach is necessary and the basis for how botanicals can provide a significant advantage.

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Less is More: Ayurveda and the Art of Moderation

Herbs of India

I remember many years ago a friend telling me she had started eating two tablespoons of chia seeds each day, an amount that is commonly recommended on many health websites. Chia seeds are very rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids and have a host of other health benefits.

But according to Ayurveda, my friend is considered very Vata. Vata types tend to be dry overall, inside and outside, and often suffer from constipation. One of the health benefits of chia seeds is helping regulate elimination, but chia seeds soak up water like a sponge and will draw water from the body along the digestive tract (if not soaked beforehand). So, imagine what that does to a person whose colon already tends towards dryness.

On the other hand, someone with a Kapha constitution might not need to worry as much because Kapha types often have an excess of water in their system.

This is a perfect example of why we need to be more in tune with our own body and not just follow the crowd, no matter how health-conscious they are!

And more is not always better, or, as the saying goes, less is more. One of the greatest lessons I learned studying Ayurveda with Maya Tiwari, was to be prudent with the use of herbs. We know how dangerous it is to be taking multiple prescription drugs, but we think nothing of chugging down handfuls of herbal supplements on a daily basis for months, or even years, at a time. Yes, herbs are food, but just like certain foods have contraindications for people, so do herbs, and an easy-does-it approach always works best. Sometimes just a pinch of an herb is more than enough to do the trick.

Ideally, we should only take one or two herbal remedies at a time, and let our body give us signals as to whether or not they are working for us. Three months is a typical amount of time that Ayurvedic practitioners give their patients when recommending herbs. The whole point is to give the body a little jump start back towards balance where it can take over on its own. If nothing else, give your body a mini-rest from supplements/herbs one day a week. And be patient! It can take the body years to find itself in a state of dis-ease and it can take many months to bring it back to good health.

This is a really hard concept for many of us – Vata and Pitta types especially – who tend to pile on new things to try and are impatient for results. A Kapha type, on the other hand, might be more cautious, or inclined not to try anything at all!

I am guilty as charged here. As a Vata-Pitta type, I eagerly take on the role of human guinea pig and will try anything, often getting trapped in a situation where I don’t know what is or what isn’t working because I have too many things going on at once.

Ayurveda is all about balance and one of its most important principles is that of the gunas. The Sanskrit word guna means quality or attribute. (Note: I am not referring here to the three gunas  in Yoga known as Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. That is a conversation for another day.)

The twenty gunas in Ayurveda I have listed below are ten pairs of opposite qualities that apply to everything in Nature, including us. They can be applied to the five elements (air, ether, fire, water and earth) the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), our food and environment, and even our emotions. The gunas are as follows:

  • Cold and Hot
  • Heavy and Light
  • Smooth/Slimy and Rough
  • Dull and Sharp/Pungent
  • Dense and Liquid
  • Oily and Dry
  • Static and Mobile
  • Soft and Hard
  • Gross and Subtle
  • Transparent and Opaque

There are actually many more gunas in Ayurveda, but these twenty are the most widely considered.

If you learn nothing else from Ayurveda, reflect upon the gunas. They give us vital clues about the state of our health. By paying close attention to these qualities in how we feel, what we eat, and what environment we’re in, we can target an imbalance and work to change it ourselves.

Here’s an example: Do you eat too many hot, spicy foods? Do you always run hot – in your body and in your emotions? Feel like a pressure cooker sometimes? Chances are your liver is overtaxed and a possible area of weakness in your body. Recognizing this, you can begin to eat more cooling foods, avoid heating foods, stay out of the heatcool your emotions through meditation, breathing exercises, walking in the moonlight, and even avoiding confrontational situations in the heat of the day.

Does this sound vaguely like I am describing a Pitta-type personality? That is because each dosha has specific gunas which are associated with it.

The gunas of the doshas are:

Vata: cold, dry, light, rough, subtle, mobile, transparent, astringent
Pitta: pungent, hot, slightly oily, liquid, mobile, light, sharp
Kapha: heavy, dull, oily, cold, liquid, smooth/slimy, static, gross, opaque/cloudy

Gunas that are opposite each other will be pacifying to a dosha, while gunas that are close in nature will aggravate the dosha.

The six tastes according to Ayurveda (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent) also come into play here.

Vata: Bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes will increase Vata and cause an imbalance because they are cooling and dryingSweet, sour and salty tastes will help pacify Vata and bring it back into balance. Of course I don’t mean candy and potato chips will balance Vata! Sweet, sour and salty healthy foods such as sweet fruits, vegetables and grains, sour pickles and sea salt or seaweed are Vata-pacifying. Worth noting, however, than any food in excess will aggravate Vata dosha. Oh, you have no ideas how much I love potato chips…

Pitta: Pungent, sour and salty tastes will increase Pitta dosha while bitter, sweet and astringent will help pacify Pitta. This is why Pitta types do so well eating a lot of greens (including green juices), which tend to be bitter and astringent.

Kapha: Sour, sweet and salty tastes increase Kapha, while bitter, astringent and pungent decrease Kapha. All spices (except salt), green leafy vegetables and most legumes are some good Kapha food choices.

Remember that less is more and there can always be too much of a good thing. And variety is the spice of life! Don’t get stuck thinking that you have to religiously follow a dosha-specific list to practice Ayurveda.

Just because your constitution is Vata doesn’t mean you can’t ever have popcorn because it’s drying. Eat it occasionally, if you like, with lots of melted ghee or coconut oil on it! 🙂 Or stay away from it when you’re feeling dehydrated and unbalanced. True Ayurveda is being in tune with your body and mind and giving it what it needs to stay healthy. Of course, this will fluctuate from day to day, season to season, year to year. Be flexible and have fun listening to your body. It really can talk to you!

By the way, my friend didn’t need to stop eating chia seeds altogether. Maybe she was digesting them just fine. Maybe she has enough Pitta or Kapha in her constitution that she doesn’t suffer from typical Vata dryness and constipation. Or perhaps she hydrates herself really well.  Maybe she could start out with a 1/2 tsp. of chia seeds and see how her body handles them. Soaking chia seeds in water first is crucial – it allows them to absorb the water before they enter your system so there’s less chance of added dehydration.

The lesson here is to start out slow, using less and pay close attention to how your body is reacting to a new food, herb, or even environment. Let me know how you do!

Much love,

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, AADP certified Holistic Health Counselor and Energy Healing Practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda. After suffering with the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia for seven years, Barbara was able to heal herself by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at barbarasinclair.com.

5 Eastern Herbs that Treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Barbara Minton | Naturalsociety 

cure for erectile dysfunctionIf getting older is taking a toll on your manhood, you are not alone. About 30 million males in the U.S. frequently have problems developing or maintaining an erection, a condition commonly known as erectile dysfunction (ED). There are numerous pharmaceuticals to temporarily treat this issue (side effects included), or you could try using one of many Eastern herbs that treat ED.

Any man can develop erectile dysfunction, and it becomes common as men begin to move through their 40’s and beyond, with as many as 50 percent admitting they have the problem. The good news is erectile dysfunction can be effectively treated naturally, without drugs such as Viagra or Cialis which have devitalizing side effects at typical dosages.

Herbs that Effectively Treat Erectile Dysfunction

1. Tongkat Ali

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This herb has been used by men for many years and has been referred to as Asian Viagra because it’s made from the roots of a tree that grows in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Tongkat Ali is used to treat erectile dysfunction, and to increase sexual desire, libido and sexual performance. It is thought to work by increasing levels of testosterone, the dominant male hormone.

Testosterone powers male primary and secondary sex characteristics, and maintains cardiovascular health in men. In addition to treating erectile dysfunction, testosterone replaces fat with lean muscle mass, increases energy level and sexual desire, and creates positive mood. Tongkat Ali is a favorite of body builders looking for increased lean body mass and strength.

Tongkat Ali is a powerful and potent herb. According to Ray Sahelian, M.D., if you develop side effects such as insomnia, anxiety and restless, it means you are taking too much. This is easily corrected by lowering the dosage to a level where these effects do not occur.

2. Schisandra

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Stemming from a berry, schisandra is revered in the East and was consumed by Chinese royalty and Taoist masters. Schisandra has been in use since the beginning of Chinese civilization and is as central to Chinese medicine as ginseng. It’s said to be a highly effective sexual tonic when consumed on a regular basis.

Those who have experienced schisandra say it increases production of sexual fluids, sexual endurance, and it can alleviate sexual fatigue. Many men experience ED when they are under heavy stress. Schisandra relaxes the body and strengthens sexual organs, allowing for increased sexual performance.

3. Tribulus terrestris

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A spiny plant used in the medicine systems of China and India for centuries, tribulus terrestris’ active compounds are found in its fruit and leaves. Tribulus is used to strengthen erections and boost fertility and libido. And this information isn’t just passed down; scientific research into the workings of Tribulus is just getting underway.

One study published in 2013 found that it releases nitric oxide, a feature that may contribute to an erectile response independent of testosterone level. Tribulus also increases testosterone and luteinizing hormone as well as DHEA. Tribulus is a favorite of athletes and body builders, some of whom have reported increased breast tissue at high dosages, due to the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Although Tribulus has been used for centuries in the East, researchers in the West have yet to document its safety.

4. Ginseng

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Ginseng is another adaptogen that increases the body’s ability to cope with physical, emotional, and environmental stress. The greater the body’s need for an adaptogen, the increasingly more active the substance becomes. All the adaptogens have been well studied and their safety repeatedly documented. Panax ginseng has been shown to improve overall sexual functioning in men with erectile dysfunction. Creams containing the compound are also available to treat premature ejaculation.

Research published in the American Journal of Urology studied the effects of panax ginseng on men with erectile dysfunction. Those who received 900 milligrams three times a day for eight weeks reported significant improvement in their symptoms compared to those receiving a placebo.

Some people taking ginseng experience difficulty sleeping. Other uncommon side effects are increased blood pressure and heart rate. These effects subside at a reduced dosage.

5. Epimedium

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Image from Wikipedia.

This is another herb used for centuries in Chinese medicine to treat erectile dysfunction and low libido. A study from 2008 found  that the herb blocks the effects of an enzyme that restricts blood flow to the penis. Researchers believe horny goat weed, also known as epimedium, acts as a natural phosphodiesterase inhibitor, the same action as seen in erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra or Cialis. However, the research indicated that horny goat weed can work more effectively and cause fewer side effects than the drugs.

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6 Herbs to Help Boost Your Brain Power

Christina Sarich | Naturalsociety 

child brainIf you want to join the ranks of the smartest people alive today, you might be able to get a little edge from taking some natural brain power-boosting herbs. Only .05% of people have recorded IQs of over 140. If you want to have the brilliance of Stephen Hawking or the intellectual gusto of Kim Ung-Yong who was auditing college courses at the ripe old age of 4, you can try these 6 plants to get those brain cells charged up and ready to fire:

1. & 2. Periwinkle & Ginseng

Both of these herbs improve cognitive function. They have both been studied by researchers at the University of Northumbria in Tyne, England, and can be used together to boost cognitive abilities. Ginseng is great as an alternative to synthetic medications (like those prescribed for ADHD or ADD). It is also known to possess compounds that help protect us from radiation.

3. Vincristine

Extracted from Periwinkle as a natural constituent,vincristine is one of the most powerful anticancer drugs in the world. In fact, it has significantly increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia; however, periwinkle’s vincsristine also offers huge positive neuro-cognitive effects, and even reduces brain tumors.

4. Gotu Kola

While this herb is said to boost brain power in general, gotu kola is also considered to be an adaptogen, which means it lowers stress. Stress has an incredibly abhorrent affect on our brain’s ability to process information and to see things clearly –acting rapidly via catecholamines and more slowly via glucocorticoids. Catecholamine actions involve beta adrenergic receptors and also availability of glucose, whereas glucocorticoids biphasically modulate synaptic plasticity over hours and also produce longer-term changes in dendritic structure that last for weeks – dumbing us down, essentially, with every shallow breath and wrinkled eye-brow. Gotu Kola can help to minimize this reaction and

5. Smelling Rosemary

A team of scientists from the University of Northumbria, UK, has discovered that one of the active essential oils which gives rosemary its favorable scent improves speed and accuracy when performing certain mental tasks. Thanks to 8-cineole, the main chemical constituent in the plant, we can score higher on tests and just function better mentally on a daily basis from smelling the herb. In fact, the higher the levels of 8-cineole in the Rosemary bush, the higher the test scores as evidenced in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. Needless to say, boosting the brain is just one of many rosemary benefits.

6. Ginkgo Biloba

This herb actually helps to regenerate brain cells. While the research isn’t conclusive, numerous studies have found this herb to be beneficial for improving memory and adding intellectual zeal. If you are taking blood thinning medications; however, you should check with your doctor before ingesting since the herb can cause brain bleeding if used in connection with blood thinners. Otherwise, the herb is perfectly safe and has been used for millennia. It is at least 250 million years old. Now, that’s a smart tree!

(Yes, we know simply consuming these herbs won’t literally make you a genius).

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When a Simple Supplement isn’t Enough: Tips for Becoming Your Own Herbal Healer

 | Naturalsociety | Aug 27th 2014

herbalThere are several types of sick people in this world—those that go straight to their doctor when they aren’t feeling well, those who may try some vitamin C and zinc but go to their doctor when those don’t do the trick, and those who have their own herbal arsenal at home—who know which herb or food to take for nearly any ailment. As you cross from one group to the next, there is a lot to learn about natural health. And when you move from the supplement crew to the herbalist gang, you’ll find your knowledge base grows exponentially, as does your health.

Delving into herbal healing isn’t something you should do without proper knowledge and precautions. Just because these aren’t Big Pharma solutions doesn’t mean they can’t be harmful if not used correctly. But, when used as they have been for centuries, herbs and natural healers can provide all of the infection-prevention and fighting power you need, without all of the side effects.

If you don’t have the time or the desire to learn all about herbs, their functions, effects, and best methods for use, find a local herbalist or naturopathic healer to turn to for guidance when you aren’t feeling 100 percent.

Check out NaturalSociety’s home remedies page to see natural remedies for over 40+ ailments.

When you have an infection, whether it’s an ear, sinus, or even a bladder infection, there are certain steps you can take immediately to stop feeding it, says Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, a licensed naturopathic physician. Those things include:

  • Eliminate alcohol, sugar, caffeine, refined and processed foods, meat, and dairy
  • Eat lightly
  • Drink hot, warm, and room-temperature beverages like tea and water
  • Consider juice- or water-fasting for a few days
  • Saunas, steam baths, and massage can help eliminate toxins
  • Rest

There are also basic herbs that are good for any infection. Some of these you may already take when you begin to notice a tickle in your throat. The immune system can be strengthened with vitamin C, zinc, and beta carotene. Echinacea and Goldenseal are great herbs for bolstering your body’s natural defenses too. Specific herbs for specific infections and illnesses could fill a book. Researching the best for your particular symptoms will help you find the right treatment given the circumstances.

When you practice natural healing, it’s important to listen to your body. Monitor your symptoms and how you feel. What’s working and what isn’t? What does your body need to fight off the infection most effectively?

If your efforts aren’t effective, your illness could get worse. If your symptoms develop and worsen, seek help for your treatment

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