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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stockings 'No Help' After a Stroke

Surgical stockings commonly given to stroke patients to prevent blood clots do not work,’ The Times reported. It said that research has found that compression stockings have no effect in preventing deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) in people who have had a stroke.

The newspaper added that the stockings should still be used for patients who have had surgery and by people travelling on long-haul flights.

These results are from a large study of over 2,000 patients that showed that those who used the stockings for one month had the same chance of suffering DVT as those who did not (about a one in 10 chance). Patients who wore the stockings were also at an increased risk of blisters and ulcers. Read the entire article.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Acid Or Alkaline - How's Your Health?

Source: Examiner.com

Most people are familiar with the concept of pH. Whether from Freshman Biology class or your backyard pool, many people have even run a pH test, dipping the litmus paper into or adding chemicals to solution, observing the color change and comparing it to the colors on the pH scale.

If you were to dip litmus paper into your urine, saliva, blood or any other bodily fluid the color would change color. The human body, like everything else on earth has an acid/alkaline balance, hopefully your litmus paper would change to a nice kelly green color (depending on the brand of paper) indicating a balanced pH.

If you are like most Americans, however, chances are your paper will be bright yellow indicating an over acid condition. Or worse yet, teal or dark blue indicating your body is raiding the natural alkaline reserves in your bones and muscles to get back into balance.

Lowered alkaline reserves are the cause of osteoporosis, restless leg syndrome, achy muscles and joints, kidney stones and premature aging among other things. High acidity creates much more than just heartburn, it creates free radicals and all the diseases, cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, autoimmune disease etc. caused by them.

There are many theories on the causes of disease, but in his book Alkalize or Die Theodore Baroody writes “The countless names attached to illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause...too much acid in the body!”

So where does the acid come from? Any time you ingest something, the body tears the organic bonds apart creating an ash. Depending on what the substance is the ash will be neutral, acid or alkaline. Meats, fish, dairy, eggs, nuts, and processed foods such as breads, chips, pasta, and all medications are acid forming foods, exercise, stress, tobacco, and cosmetics including shampoos and creams are also acidifying. Almost all fresh fruits and vegetables as well as herbs are alkalizing. A healthy diet should be 80% alkalizing foods and 20% acid, the norm, unfortunately is the opposite 80% acidifying, 20% alkaline.

The solution, then is really this simple: Lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, limit protein intake to 40 grams a day, avoid processed foods, use natural cosmetic products, drink plenty of clean water, particularly after exercise, don't smoke and keep your stress level in check. Inexpensive pH testing kits are available through Nature's Sunshine or at some local health food stores. Take control of your health by controlling your acid/alkaline balance.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Vaccine More Dangerous Than Swine Flu?

Worldwide, there have only been 311 deaths out of 70,893 cases of swine flu. In the United States, 27,717 cases have resulted in 127 deaths. Every death is a tragedy, but such a low death rate should not be the basis of a draconian government policy.

It is helpful to recall that the Centers for Disease Control with the collusion of the media, constantly tell us that 36,000 people die from the flu each year, a figure that has been shown to be a lie. In this case, we are talking about 300 plus deaths for the entire world.

This virus continues to be an enigma for virologists. In the April 30, 2009 issue of Nature, a virologist was quoted as saying,“Where the **** it got all these genes from we don’t know.” Extensive analysis of the virus found that it contained the original 1918 H1N1 flu virus, the avian flu virus (bird flu), and two new H3N2 virus genes from Eurasia. Debate continues over the possibility that swine flu is a genetically engineered virus.

Naturally, vaccine manufacturers have been in a competitive battle to produce the first vaccine. The main contenders have been Baxter Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the latter of which recently acquired the scandal-ridden Chiron vaccine company. Both of these companies have had agreements with the World Health Organization to produce a pandemic vaccine.

The Baxter vaccine, called Celvapan, has had fast track approval. It uses a new vero cell technology, which utilizes cultured cells from the African green monkey. This same animal tissue transmits a number of vaccine-contaminating viruses, including the HIV virus.

The Baxter company has been associated with two deadly scandals. The first event occurred in 2006 when hemophiliac components were contaminated with HIV virus and injected in tens of thousands of people, including thousands of children. Baxter continued to release the HIV contaminated vaccine even after the contamination was known. Read more

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Friday, July 24, 2009

CleanStart, Popular Cleansing Product


CleanStart® is a two-week program that helps to cleanse, nourish and rejuvenate the whole body, especially the digestive system. It contains laxative herbs to facilitate the cleansing of the intestinal tract. Soothing herbs in the formula help support cleansing while soothing the digestive system. Herbs that rekindle the ability of the digestive system to properly handle digestion, absorption and waste elimination are also part of this product. Lactobacillus spores aid in re-establishing the balance of these beneficial organisms.

The digestive system is not alone in the waste elimination process. For this reason, herbs for detoxifying the accessory organs (liver, gallbladder, pancreas and the urinary tract) are incorporated into this formula. Blood purification is also an important aspect of body cleansing; hence, reputable blood-purifying herbs are components of the product. Adequate water intake is recommended during the cleansing program to help in waste elimination and to replenish losses.

The Laxatives
Psyllium (Plantago ovata) and fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum graecum) function as bulkforming laxatives. Psyllium contains the highest level of soluble dietary fiber of any grain source, and is the chief ingredient in many commonly used bulk laxatives. The laxative properties of psyllium are due to the swelling of the husk when it comes into contact with water. The resulting bulk stimulates a reflex contraction of the walls of the bowel, followed by emptying.1 Fenugreek seeds contain about 50% dietary fiber and may have a beneficial effect on gastrointestinal transit.

Additional laxative herbs in this formula include cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana), yellow dock (Rumex crispus), buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), Turkey rhubarb (Rheum officinale) and aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis). They help remove toxic debris that builds up in the colon.

Anthraquinones, the active component in these laxative herbs, are absorbed from the large intestine and circulated through the blood. Anthraquinones stimulate the secretion of electrolytes and water from the lumen of the small intestine and inhibit their absorption by the large intestine.2,3 They also stimulate a nerve center in the lower intestine, which promotes elimination.4,5

Soothing Herbs
Marshmallow (Althea officinalis), licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) help to alleviate the harsh effects of the stimulant laxatives without interfering with their beneficial effects. Marshmallow root contains mucilaginous polysaccharides that help protect and soothe tissues. The soothing action of marshmallow in the digestive tract helps reduce irritation.6,7 Licorice is thought to have soothing properties.6

Purifying Herbs
Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis), red clover (Trifolium pratense), echinacea (Echinacea purpurea), burdock (Arctium lappa), Oregon grape (Bereris aquifolium) and couch grass (Agropyron repens) are purifying herbs in this product. They are recommended for periodic “spring cleaning” of the blood. They bind to and neutralize toxins. They individually and collectively purify the blood.8 Their mild diuretic effects help increase urine flow and aid in the elimination of urea and toxins. Sarsaparilla, through its sweat-promoting properties, enhances toxin elimination from the lymph and circulatory systems.9 Burdock is restorative both to the liver and the gallbladder.10

Detoxifying Ingredients
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) and dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) are both detoxifying herbs. They have great beneficial effects on the gallbladder and liver, the body’s center for detoxification. Milk thistle is believed to protect and rejuvenate the liver cells. 11

Dandelion improves the flow of bile.12 Dandelion also contains choline, which may account for its liver tonic properties.12 Dandelion has a potent diuretic effect.11

Bentonite and sodium copper chlorophyllin provide additional detoxification capabilities. Bentonite adsorbs toxins, and because it is not digestible, it holds onto the toxins and is eliminated in the feces. Sodium copper chlorophyllin is a green pigment found in almost all plants. It has been used to aid in the removal of various toxins via the liver and remains a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways.13 Chlorophyllin is a deodorizer, helpful in controlling body odors;14 thus many herbalists use it to complete a digestive system cleanse.

Other Ingredients
Other herbs and ingredients that help restore the function of the digestive system include pepsin, capsicum (Capsicum annuum) and potassium citrate. Pepsin augments digestive secretion of this protein-digesting enzyme. Anytime a deficiency of proteolytic enzymes exists, bits of undigested protein may remain in the body. Capsicum is used to improve digestion and soothe the gastrointestinal tract.

Potassium citrate plays a role in gastric secretion and enzyme reactions, helping to support digestion.

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References
1. Leung AY and Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics. 1996;2d ed.:427-429.
2. Izzo AA, Mascolo N, Capasso F. Nitric oxide as a modulator of intestinal water and electrolyte transport. Dig Dis Sci 1998 Aug;43(8):1605-20.
3. The German Commission E. Monograph. Banz no.228 dated 05.12.1985.
4. Yang WX, Jin ZG, Xu WS, Tian ZS, Guo SD. Effects of sennosides on cellular electric activities in smooth muscle cells of guinea pig taenia coli. Zhongguo Yao Li Xue Bao 1993 Sep;14(5):430-2.
5. Mowery, D.B. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. New Canaan, Connecticut: Keats Publishing, Inc. 1986:58.
6. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 8th ed. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty; 2007.
7. PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd Ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company; 2000.
8. Seidel, K.; Knobloch, H.; “Nachweis and Vergllichder antiphlogistischen wirkung antirheumatischer medikamete.” Z fur Rheum. 1989; 55: 566-567.
9. Mowrey, D.B. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. New Canaan, Connecticut: Keats Publishing, Inc. 1987.
10. Castleman, M. The Healing Herbs, The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press 1991: 297.
11. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals. Bisset, N.G. [Ed.]. Stuttgard: Medpharm Scientific Publishers 1994: 121.
12. Murray, M.T. The Healing Power of Herbs. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing 1995: 302.
13. Fahey, J. W., Stephenson, K. K., Dinkova-Kostova, A. T., Egner, P. A., Kensler, T. W., and Talalay, P. Chlorophyll, chlorophyllin and related tetrapyrroles are significant inducers of mammalian phase 2 cytoprotective genes. Carcinogenesis 2005;26(7):1247-1255.
14. Young RW; Beregi JS Jr. Use of chlorophyllin in the care of geriatric patients. J Am Geriatr Soc, 28(1):46-7 1980 Jan.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chinese Herbs For Endometriosis

Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) may relieve symptoms in the treatment of endometriosis. A systematic review by Cochrane Researchers found some evidence that women had comparable benefits following laparoscopic surgery and suffered fewer adverse effects if they were given Chinese herbs compared with conventional drug treatments.

Endometriosis is a gynaecological disorder affecting as many as one in six women of reproductive age. It can cause pelvic pain, irregular and painful periods, and infertility. Surgical treatments do not always lead to long-term improvement in symptoms and drug treatments can have unpleasant side effects such as hot flushes, acne and weight gain.

The researchers conducted the first English language systematic review of CHM for treatment of endometriosis. Two trials, which together focused on a total of 158 women, were included in the review. In one trial, CHM provided symptomatic relief comparable to that provided by the hormonal drug gestrinone, but with fewer side effects. In the other trial, CHM was more effective than the hormonal drug danazol, and also resulted in fewer side effects. Read the entire article at ScienceDaily.com

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Joint Health

by Shannon Larsen
Health Sciences
June 18, 2009

Joints are areas where two or more bones meet. They are made up of cartilage (connective tissue that covers the bones of joints, reducing friction), synovial membrane and fluid (to provide joint protection and lubrication), ligaments and tendons (bands of connective tissue that provide support and control movement) and bursas (fluid-filled sacs that provide cushion). Most joints are mobile, allowing skeletal movement.

Several scientific studies have demonstrated the joint-protective and supportive actions of certain supplements, including glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).

Glucosamine is an amino sugar that stimulates the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans, the major structural component of cartilage, and aids in replenishing joint fluid.1 Chondroitin aids in maintaining the structural integrity of connective tissue, including cartilage. Chondroitin attracts fluid into cartilage, making it more shock-absorbent.2 MSM is a natural source of sulfur which may have soothing properties and is needed for the synthesis and maintenance of cartilage.2,3

Additional joint-supportive supplements include hyaluronic acid, devil’s claw root and other herbs with soothing actions. Hyaluronic acid is found abundantly in joint synovial fluid and cartilage and plays a role in joint lubrication.2 Devil’s claw root contains iridoid glycosides that have soothing properties.2

Nature's Sunshine EverFlex with Hyaluronic Acid is a natural alternative for joint support that combines glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, devil’s claw4 and hyaluronic acid for healthy joint function. EverFlex Cream provides the cooling relief of menthol, plus MSM and CMO (cetyl myristoleate) along with five other cetylated fatty acid esters. Cetylated fatty acid esters have been clinically studied and shown to help promote joint mobility and flexibility. One study showed improved flexibility and joint function in patients 30 minutes after the initial topical application.

Joint Support and Ayurvedic Joint Health provide nutritional support for the structural system including the joints.

IF-Relief contains a combination of herbal extracts that provide antioxidant protection, including mangosteen pericarp, turmeric root, andrographis (whole plant), white willow bark, and boswellia gum.

Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may promote joint health. Two of the acids contained in fish oil—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) reduce the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes.

After several other small studies, a formal trial was launched in which some patients received fish oil capsules and others received a placebo. The researchers noted that after 14 weeks the patients taking fish oil reported a delay in the onset of fatigue.

Clinical studies also indicate that omega-3 fatty acids help improve bone strength and the deposition of calcium into bones.5 Nature's Sunshine Super Omega-3 EPA contains 1000 mg of purified (molecularly distilled) fish oil, providing both EPA and DHA.

References:
1. University of Maryland Medical Center. Glucosamine. 2008. Available at:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/glucosamine-000306.htm Accessed December 18, 2008.
2. Jellin JM, Gregory PJ, Batz F, Hitchens K, et al. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 9th ed. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty; 2007.
3. University of Maryland Medical Center. Sulfur. 2007. Available at:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/sulfur-000328.htm Accessed December 22, 2008.
4. University of Maryland Medical Center. Devil’s Claw. 2007. Available at:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/devils-claw-000237.htm Accessed December 22, 2008.
5. University of Maryland Medical Center. Omega-3 Fatty Acids. 2009. Available at:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm Accessed June 12, 2009.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Why Children Need To Be Outside

Today's children are the first generation ever to grow up isolated from nature. Outdoor time for kids has decreased by more than 50%, while time spent inside, plugged into electronic media has stretched to more than six hours per day.

The consequences of an indoor childhood:

* Increased lack of creativity, concentration and a decline in social skills
* Increased aggression and inability to cope with stress
* Increased use of antidepressants to treat American children
* Doubling of the childhood obesity rate with an incremental $100 billion annual cost to our public health system

Outdoor play offers undeniable benefits:

* Daily unstructured free play improves children’s physical and mental health
* Outdoor experiences build a conservation ethic and concern for the natural world
* Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative, less aggressive and show better concentration
* Outdoor experiences and education enhances children’s ability to learn and retain knowledge

Be Out There encourages families to give children a daily Green Hour®, which helps set a path toward positive physical and emotional well-being. Check out the website for activities and event ideas.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Personal Care with Essential Oils

Christina Bethke loves essential oils and shares her enthusiasm and knowledge at her website, Nature's Healthy Essence. She has lots of personal care essential oil recipes and hundreds of other recipes and health tips.

There's a free email newsletter subscription offered or you can subscribe by feed. It's a great website. Don't miss the Q&A section. Look on the left navigation bar and you'll find a list of archives by topic. Enjoy Nature's Healthy Essence Personal Care Topics.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dangers of DEET - Choose Alternatives

Most insect repellents sold today contain the synthetic chemical DEET (short for N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide). Major U.S. agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, say that it is safe and effective if used properly. Other academic studies, however, have found that high exposure to DEET can lead to psychological problems, rashes, dizziness, headache, and nausea, among other symptoms.

Most of the problems with DEET were found in people who applied the chemical regularly, for instance, once a day for five days or longer. DEET has also been detected in waterways.

Many outdoor clothing manufacturers have started selling clothes treated with permethrin to deter mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. A synthetic version of the pyrethrin found in chrysanthemums, permethrin comes out of the clothing as you sweat. U.S. military research has shown that the pesticide can be absorbed into the skin.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified permethrin as "likely to be carcinogenic" — however, most levels of exposure are not considered high enough to pose a cancer risk.

Resources:
EPA: Deet Facts www.epa.gov/opp00001/factsheets/chemicals/deet.htm
CDC: Insect Repellent Facts www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/repellentupdates.htm
EPA: Permethrin Facts www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/permethrin_fs.htm

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Autoimmune Disease Blocker

Research is being done with Hydrangea Root to make a drug that would stop the autoimmune response in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, eczema and psoriasis, and others.

The incredible part of it is that they've isolated an actual cell that goes out of control creating an autoimmune response. Dr Mark Sundrud say, "This is really the first description of a small molecule that interferes with autoimmune pathology ..."

Read the entire article.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Teen Solves Her Own Medical Mystery

Student diagnoses herself with Crohns disease while studying tissues in school. Although her pathologist was embarrassed, he confirmed her diagnosis. View the ABC News video.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Herb May Treat Autoimmune Diseases

From WebMD.com by Daniel J. DeNoon

A drug derived from an herb used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years is the first to target specific cells that are overactive in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases.

The ancient herb is chang shan, from the root of the blue evergreen hydrangea. It's been used in Chinese medicine to reduce fever and fight malaria.

The herb's active compound, febrifugine, is too toxic for use as a modern drug. In the 1960s, U.S. Army scientists created a febrifugine derivative called halofuginone as a possible malaria drug, but further study was soon discontinued.

More recently, halofuginone was found to reduce skin collagen and was tested as a possible treatment for scleroderma. But until now, nobody knew how the drug worked.

That may be because the drug's target -- a specific kind of immune cell called a Th17 cell -- was identified only in 2006. But now Harvard Medical School researchers Mark S. Sundrud, PhD, Anjana Rao, PhD, and colleagues show that halofuginone does indeed inhibit Th17 cells.

That's important, because Th17 cells regulate autoimmune inflammatory responses. That's the kind of immune response that goes haywire in a wide range of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, eczema, and psoriasis.

"Halofuginone may herald a revolution in the treatment of certain types of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases," Rao says in a news release.

Why? Current drugs for autoimmune diseases take a sledgehammer approach. They smash down many different immune responses, leaving patients vulnerable to infections and cancers.

A drug that can specifically inhibit one type of immune response would be a major breakthrough. Halofuginone may turn out to be such a drug.

"This is really the first description of a small molecule that interferes with autoimmune pathology but is not a general immune suppressant," Sundrud says in the news release.

An added bonus: Halofuginone could probably be taken orally, rather than by injection.

Yet the findings by Sundrud and Rao are based only on mouse studies. They must be refined and confirmed in humans before any actual drug is developed.

Sundrud and Rao report their findings in the June 5 issue of Science.

Source: WebMD.com Article

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ginkgo Reduces Neuropathic Pain

An extract of ginkgo biloba shows scientific evidence of effectiveness against one common and hard-to-treat type of pain, according to animal data reported in the June issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

Dr. Yee Suk Kim and colleagues of The Catholic University of Seoul, South Korea, performed experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of ginkgo against neuropathic pain, a common pain problem associated with herpes zoster, limb injury, or diabetes. Affected patients may feel severe pain in response to harmless stimuli like heat, cold, or touch.

The study provides no evidence as to how ginkgo works to reduce pain. Several mechanisms are possible, including antioxidant activity, an anti-inflammatory effect, or protection against nerve injury—perhaps in combination.

Many herbs and "alternative" drugs are commonly used without prescriptions for a wide range of purposes, despite a lack of scientific evidence for health claims. Ginkgo, one of the most popular herbal products, is widely used as a memory enhancer, among other purposes.

The new study provides the first scientific evidence that ginkgo has a real effect in reducing neuropathic pain. New treatments are needed for neuropathic pain, which does not always respond well to available treatments.

Source: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090605175332.htm
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