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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Essential Oil Recipes Newsletter

Here's a recipe from the latest issue of Essential Oil Recipes and More. This email newsletter that arrives twice a month is published by Christina Tarman Bethke.

Dry Cough Recipe

Drink Method:
Mix 2 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil and 2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil with 2 tablespoons honey. Take 1 teaspoon of this and dilute in a wine glass of warm water. Sip it slowly.

Massage Method:
Mix 3 drops Eucalyptus with 2 drops of Thyme. Diluted in 1 teaspoon massage oil and massage over back and chest in lung area.

Steam Inhalation:
Use 3 drops of Lavender in steaming water. Inhale deeply through mouth.

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FDA In The Dark On Tainted Food Imports

With all of the numerous recalls on human food, pet food, and other products, one would think that the FDA would not permit any loopholes to allow contaminated products into our food supply. But, five lab operators told USA Today that this is not true.

At labs that test imported food, five lab operators said the FDA gets the favorable test results, but the negative test results are not sent to the FDA if importers tell the labs not to send them.

At least 10% of the time, the lab finds contaminated shipments. There is no regulation that requires labs to send all of their tests to the FDA. Read the entire article.

FDA Has New Warning On Tamiflu

The FDA panel recommended yesterday that Roche change the warning label for Tamiflu, which has been used by 48 million patients since its launch in 1999.

The drug's label already mentions reports of delirium and self-injury, primarily among children in Japan, but some of the FDA's experts suggested the language should mention that several patients have died as a result of these abnormal behaviors.

Read the entire article.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Singing Helped Alzheimer's Patient

As Bill Bundock's Alzheimer's progressed he became more and more locked into his own world. Bill lost his motivation, and his desire and ability to hold conversations, but all this changed when the couple started attending a local sing-song group, aimed especially for people with dementia.

His wife, Jean, said Singing for the Brain had unlocked Bill's communication block. Read the entire article.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Superbug MRSA: What You Need To Know

The head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls MRSA the "cockroach of bacteria." It's omnipresent, tough and adaptable.

This fall, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus suddenly went from a festering public-health issue to the top of the national news on word that it's worse than previously thought.

Last month, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that in 2005, some 94,000 people were infected by the most serious form of MRSA infections, and one in five died.

Read the entire article.

Although this information is very sobering, what is more sad is that information is not getting out there about a patented colloidal silver solution that destroys the MRSA germ, along with many others.

There's no hype about this Silver Shield. The research is recorded in the US Patent Office and Homeland Security has been discussing it.

More info in this previous post.

Ginger For Deadly Infant Diarrhea

The popular spice ginger shows promise as a treatment for bacteria-induced diarrhea, the leading cause of infant death in developing countries.

An extract of ginger blocked the toxin responsible for diarrhea caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (E. coli), which accounts for 210 million cases of diarrhea worldwide and causes 380,000 deaths yearly.

Read the entire article.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Migraine Brains Are Different

Scientists have discovered differences in the sensory areas of the brains of people who develop migraines.

They found a part of the cortex is thicker than in people who are free from the debilitating headaches.

What is not clear is whether the difference causes, or is the result of migraine attacks. Read the entire article.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cat Scratch Disease

Sometimes called "cat scratch fever," cat scratch disease is a bacterial infection that typically causes swelling of the lymph nodes. It usually results from the scratch, lick, or bite of a cat — more than 90% of people with the illness have had some kind of contact with cats, often with kittens. Cats less than one year old are more likely to have it. It's more likely to occur in the fall and winter.

Bartonella henselae is the bacterium that causes cat scratch disease, and it's found in all parts of the world. Fleas spread the bacteria between cats, although currently there is no evidence that fleas can transmit the disease to humans.

Usually within a couple of weeks of a scratch or bite, one or more lymph nodes close to the area of the inoculation lesion will swell and become tender.

Children are more susceptible. No reason to get rid of the cat though. The illness is relatively rare and usually mild, and a few steps can go a long way toward limiting your child's chances of contracting the disease.

Read the entire article.

I've had cats as pets for 37 years and I grew up allergic to everything, so when I got a scratch it would swell and itch and get very red if I didn't do something about it right away.

That still happens, but since we keep Tea Tree Oil in our Herbal Medicine Chest, I just apply some any time our kitty uses my legs as a launching pad for a leap. Tea Tree Oil has many uses.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Drug Companies Accused Of Biased Doctor Training

Pharmaceutical firms spend over $1 billion a year to fund more than half of the continuing medical education (CME) courses that qualified physicians are required to take in the United States.

Although drug firms say that they are scrupulous about separating their CME involvement from promotional activities, some may be influencing doctors, intentionally or not, and may even be putting patients' health at risk. Read the entire article.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Set Family Health Goals

From The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 17 percent of American children weigh too much, and childhood obesity can increase the risk of sleep apnea, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Help your kids develop the determination to make healthy choices. Plan family activities two or three days a week. Go to the park, walk the dog, wash the car, or join a sports league. Limit television or video games, and avoid watching television during meals.

Explain the difference between healthy and junk foods. Share healthy snacks, such as apple slices, carrot sticks, grapes, or oranges, instead of chips, cookies, or candy. Drink water instead of soft drinks at meals.

Copyright © 2007, Character Training Institute.

For more character-training resources, visit the Character First website.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Flaxseed May Reduce Hot Flashes

Data from a new Mayo Clinic study suggest that dietary therapy using flaxseed can decrease hot flashes in postmenopausal women who do not take estrogen.

Although until recently hormone replacement therapy was the most commonly prescribed treatment for hot flashes, unwanted side effects have led to the search for nonhormonal solutions.

They have studied a variety of herbal and dietary supplements in randomized, placebo-controlled trials, including vitamin E, black cohosh and soy, but none has shown to produce any significant reduction in frequency or severity of hot flashes.

Read the entire article at Science Daily.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Pesticides: Statistics, Asthma, Children, Pets & Fleas

Pesticides are widely used in agricultural production, in factories and offices, in homes and restaurants, and in schools. Schools, with their kitchens and cafeterias, athletic fields and playgrounds, classrooms and offices, are regularly treated with a variety of pesticides.

An increasing body of scientific data on the harmful effects of pesticide exposure on people, animals and the environment raises concern about the broad use of these toxic substances. The widespread use of pesticides is a major environmental problem and a public health issue. Recognize Symptoms of Pesticide Poisoning.

The least we can do is to get them out of our homes for the sake of the children and pets if we don't care about ourselves. Their low body weight increases the risks involved.

Poisoning Statistics
According to data collected from Poison Control Centers, in 2004 alone, an estimated 71,000 children were involved in common household pesticide-related poisonings1 orexposures in the United States.

A survey by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding pesticides used in and around the home revealed these significant findings:

* Almost half (47%) of all households with children under the age of 5 had at least one pesticide stored in an unlocked cabinet, less than 4 feet off the ground (i.e., within the reach of children).

* Approximately 75% of households without children under the age of 5 stored pesticides in an unlocked cabinet, less than 4 feet off the ground. This number is especially significant because 13% of all pesticide poisoning incidents occur in homes other than the child's home.

There are alternatives (see below). There are extermination services that use non-toxic methods. Sprays and powders that don't have an odor aren't necessarily non-toxic. Find a business that is using "integrated pest management" methods.

Asthma In Children
Researchers have found that pesticide exposure can induce a poisoning effect linked to asthma. Asthma is fast becoming an epidemic in our schools. Did you know that nearly 1 in 8 school-aged children have asthma? This rate is rising most rapidly in pre-school aged children. Asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness.

Children face unique hazards from pesticide exposure. They take in more pesticides relative to their body weight than adults in the food they eat and air they breathe. Their developing organ systems often make them more sensitive to toxic exposure. Fortunately, organic solutions exist to keep you and your children safe.

Take action. Get more information on what you can do and send a postcard to your school from Beyond Pesticides.

Pet Poisoning
Pet lovers around the world were horrified at the tragedy of thousands of animals dying from a chemical in mass-produced pet foods. It should not have happened. But what about the chemicals we expose them to daily in our home? Toxic cleaning supplies and pesticides do enough damage in humans, without considering the effects in animals with less weight.

Fleas on Pets and In The Home
Flea collars are often purchased for pets at the first sign of the first flea, or even as a prophylactic. The problem is they expose both people and pets to toxic vapors 24 hours a day. The substances the collars are imbued with may be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Your pets may develop dermatitis on their necks from the collars. Cats are especially susceptible. Humans can also get rashes.

In general, flea collars are not particularly helpful. They may kill a flea here and there in your pet's fur, but they will not touch the masses of fleas hiding in your carpet or yard. Here's an essential oil recipe for an Herbal Doggie Flea/Mosquito Collar. You can use this same recipe in a spray to use before and after your dog goes outside.

Understand the life cycle of fleas and how to rid your home from them with non-toxic methods at Alternatives for Animal Health.

Alternative Natural Choices
There are many brands that now produce household cleaning supplies and organic gardening and household solutions to bugs and garden diseases. Our favorite natural product is Sunshine Concentrate.

It has replaced a wide variety of products on our cabinet shelves since I use it for counter tops and bathrooms (adding Lemon Essential Oil for antimicrobial properties), laundry (grease and stains included), dishes, floors, woodwork, soaking fruits and veggies, shower gel, hand soap, garden fertilizer, car wash and car windshield solution, indoor plants, and most recently I use it in the humidifier to eliminate scum and mineral deposits. By the way, you won't have any soap scum in your showers or at your sinks using this, so it saves on cleaning time too. Sunshine Concentrate goes a long way and takes up less storage space.

You can find a variety of products for home, garden and pets at Planet Natural.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Better Digestion Every Day

The holidays is a time when most of us think about digestion, but you don't have to overeat to have digestive problems. Many people are plagued with them regardless of what they eat. With years of poor eating habits (on the run, while standing, bad dietary choices, drinking sodas with meals, etc.), the digestive system breaks down and you feel the effects of it with digestive symptoms such as acid reflux, belching, bloating, gas, and heartburn. There's more problems linked to digestion than we realize.

As we age, our hydrochloric acid (HCl) production diminishes, so taking anti-acids is not the answer. It only leads to other problems. You need HCl to absorb minerals so soaking up the acid can produce other long-term negative demineralization effects.

Enyzme-deficient foods (not getting enough raw fruits and vegetables), and pancreases that don't produce enough enzymes because it's too busy dealing with all the sugar in our diets, will create an intestinal environment that isn't working. Some people are challenged with not digesting specific foods, which means they don't have the enzymes needed for those foods.

Different enzymes are needed for digestion of carbs, proteins, and fats. Eating a lot of raw foods will do more for your health than provide enzymes, but most people don't take the time to do this and prefer a food enzyme combination that digests all types of foods.

Understanding more about how your digestive system works can give you a better approach to dealing with digestive problems. Finding a long-term solution rather than taking something to "hide the symptom" will make you feel better. Poor digestion causes fatigue, constipation, weight gain, and weakens the immune system.

If you don't digest what you eat, you won't get the nutrients needed to supply your body with the fuel and energy it needs. A poor functioning digestive system has lost some of its ability to turn what’s consumed into a product the body can use. The result of that is your brain tells you that you're hungry even though your stomach is not empty.

Improving your digestion affects your entire system. It's not only what you eat that matters, but what is assimilated to the cellular level. Digestion affects sleep patterns. Chronic reflux can lead to esophageal cancer.

Caffeine aggravates heartburn, reflux and ulcers so you might consider the Kick The Caffeine Habit Program at the Teeccino website. We use a Nature's Sunshine product called Herbal Beverage when we want a coffee flavor. I like it for smoothies and to make mocha drinks (with carob for us).

Take some time to learn more about how your digestive system works and make some choices to improve it. All the supplements in the world won't improve your health if they're not being digested and assimilated.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

World Health Care Rankings

Seven years ago, the World Health Organization made the first major effort to rank the health systems of 191 nations. France and Italy took the top two spots; the United States was a dismal 37th.

More recently, the highly regarded Commonwealth Fund has pioneered in comparing the United States with other advanced nations through surveys of patients and doctors and analysis of other data. Its latest report, issued in May 2007, ranked the United States last or next-to-last compared with five other nations — Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom — on most measures of performance, including quality of care and access to it.

Other comparative studies also put the United States in a relatively bad light. Read the entire article.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

America's Healthiest States Report

Are you healthy? Is your state healthy? Is our nation healthy? Health is at the forefront of our thoughts. We want to stay young, fit and healthy. But while the media and the general populace agree that health is important, many of us don't actually take action to working toward greater health. The 2007 America's Health Ranking report is in.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Public Health

Doctors depend on antibiotics to treat illnesses caused by bacteria, from pneumonia to meningitis and other life-threatening infections. The effectiveness of many antibiotics has begun to wane, the legacy of decades of unnecessary overuse in both human medicine and agriculture. Keep Antibiotics Working is a coalition of health, consumer, agricultural, environmental, humane and other advocacy groups with more than nine million members dedicated to eliminating a major cause of antibiotic resistance: the inappropriate use of antibiotics in food animals. Read more.

We can't rely on antibiotics to take care of super infections any more. One alternative to the crises is to use Silver Shield. It's been our choice.